If you have a young builder on your list or a budding architect, then I have a toy for you.
I was sent Arckit GO Colors to review. It was nominated for Best Construction Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association.
What is it? It’s a creative, free form model making system that opens the world of architecture to everyone.It’s a fun way to learn design skills using large floor plates and easy “click and connect” components make this perfect for budding architects.
Well, it was really for Stella, she loves to build. She couldn’t wait, she loves to have houses for her small toys.
When she opened it the first thing she was thrilled about was that all the pieces came in a big ziptop bag, she didn’t have to worry about them getting lost. (Great thinking in the packaging department.)
The instructions are all illustrated, step by step.
I’m not going to lie, she got stuck on some parts. That was because she wasn’t paying close enough attention to which pieces she was using.
Once she realized she was using the wrong piece (a four block instead of a three block) she was good to go. She had the house together in less than an hour.
There are interactive directions on the website (which I suggested she look at) but she wanted nothing to do with it. She was going to figure it out on her own.
It is kind of a challenge to get the ceiling for the first floor on, it takes patience, but she got it done.
She was thrilled to have a new house for her room.
The age suggestion is 10+ and Stella is 8, if it can be built, she’ll get it done.
Stella says she wants a to build an entire neighborhood.
Now, do you have a builder on your list?
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I was given an Arckit Go Colors to facilitate this review, but all opinions are completely my own.
Over the summer my sister and I went to New York City. We go every year.
As usual we had a list of things we wanted to do.
Some were achieved, and one was not!
The list was short this year.
We wanted to…
Go to Dylan’s Candy Bar (of course)
Go to the top of a building
Get a cupcake from the Sprinkle’s ATM
Go to Minus 5 Bar
Go to Central Park
We went to Dylan’s because I have three kids and all hell would break loose if I came home and didn’t have candy for them. Not to mention that I love that store.
We were trying to decide between the Freedom Tower and Top of the Rock. We ended up going to Top of the Rock because it’s closer to Dylan’s and Central Park and deep down, we’re kind of lazy. The only problem was that it was SO humid that we couldn’t see as far as we would have liked.
We went to the Minus 5 Bar, in sandals and dresses. We had been at an event and there were quite a bit of drinks already consumed before we even got here, I won’t mention what number beverages those two were of the day. One of us spilled her drink as she was picking it up, the bartender was a great guy, good thing it wasn’t crowded. That place is so cool, I wish I could have brought in my camera.
We went INTO Central Park, after we were accosted by several vendors trying to get us to ride in their bike thingy. Every single one we walked past jumped in front of us to ask if we wanted a ride, not if it’s $200. Since is was so hot, we did a quick loop and were done. We saw a childhood friend while we were there, we didn’t say Hi.
Now we get to the Sprinkle’s Cupcake ATM saga. I’ve been trying to get one out of that machine for over 3 years. How do you think it went this time?
We also got to do a some other things.
We saw the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island while on a boat tour.
We went on The Ride. It’s very entertaining, the best part is watching the people around the performers. They look around trying to figure out what’s going on, it’s great.
We made a homeless lady cry hysterically when we gave her our dinner.
I finally found the LOVE sculpture.
We got to see pigeons flying around Penn Station, I didn’t even know they stayed up that late, but it is New York City.
We had a great few days, despite the ridiculous heat.
We were sent the Gemmies Design Studio and some Gemmies Activity Packs to review and if there’s anything that Stella loves, it’s a crafty kit.
She was so excited when this arrived. She immediately opened one of the smaller activity packs and went to work.
We opened the Design Studio Create Your Own Kit and it was magnificent. There is storage for all the beads and elastics. Then to top it off, there’s a light up display area where you can place your finished designs.
The kits come with template cards for specific designs. We started to make the ice cream cone. I’m not going to lie, this is where frustration set in…for both of us.
The elastics and beads are easy to maneuver at first, but connecting them takes some finesse.
At times the directions are tricky to follow, but manipulating the beads to match the card helps.
The hardest part was at the end, trying to connect the ends together. She couldn’t get them to connect without other beads falling off, sending her into a mini fit.
We tried another design and she ran into the same problem.
Since the name is “Design Your Own” she decided to start making her own designs.
Within fifteen minutes she made not one, but two bracelets for her and her sister and another for her doll.
She is determined to make the designs that are on the templates and I am sure she will succeed.
Anyone who knows me, knows why yoga is not a possibility for me.
I went to the gym this morning, after studying the schedule very carefully (I’m known for reading it wrong). At 10:30am a Pilates Mat class was scheduled, Pilates being one of my favorites coupled with the fact I haven’t been to the gym in 5 days catapulted me out of the house in a hurry.
I made it by the skin of my teeth, no time to stop at the locker room…nothing.
I walk in, the lights are already out (why they turn the lights out is a mystery to me, you can’t see what the instructor is doing) but I walked in right behind another lady and it was technically 10:29am, I wasn’t late.
I get an extra mat, lay my mat on top, remove my footwear and get into position. The lady who walked in right as I did asked the instructor “Is this Pilates or yoga? Because I know you teach yoga.” The instructor replied that it was going to be, “Pilates with some yoga poses.”
The class starts out a little slower than a Pilates class, so I’m thinking (hoping) it will pick up soon.
Every move we do she wants us to hold for 3 deep breaths. I don’t know what kind of free diving breathing techniques they use in yoga, but I don’t use them in my everyday life, so her 3 deep breaths were equivalent to about 6 or 7 of mine.
I didn’t have a problem getting into and holding the poses, which surprised me, but having the attention span of a 2 year old my mind kept wandering and I would lean and/or fall over.
When I go to the gym I like to break a sweat, I don’t go there to relax. If I wanted to relax, I’d go to the beach or go get my nails done.
For the entire hour, I did not sweat once, I did not feel the “burn” and I felt like I wasted my time, I was tricked.
Needless to say, today’s class felt like an epic fail to me. And top it off; I left class with a banging headache.
If you enjoy yoga, God bless you, it’s is definitely not for me.
Well after weeks of asking, Saturday was the first day of soccer for Stella.
She had been saying how she needed money (especially after the Tooth Fairy visited Maizie) and she NEEDED some dollars because her piggy bank was feeling light.
You see, my dad gives her a dollar for every goal she scores or if she makes a good move, this is her motivation.
She’s not just in it for the money, she laughs the entire time she’s out there; unless this one particular kid is in her way (she just doesn’t like him).
Frankly I think she likes the attention, there are six people cheering her on.
Saturday morning, she got up and couldn’t wait to get dressed.
I pull her together and then it’s the dilemma of what hairstyle am I going to wear?
Should I wear one ponytail, two ponytails or braids, every week it’s a challenge (she has even had me redo her hair because she didn’t like a style). She went with braids.
As I was getting ready I could hear her talking to Maizie and Teddy. She was telling them what they had to yell while she was playing. She wanted them to yell, “Go, go Stelly! Kick that ball!” I then heard Teddy inform her that he was not going to be yelling that (He did).
She takes this seriously.
We get there, sort through the chaos, and then she finally picks a field (she was dying to start kicking her ball) and she starts practicing.
She kept kicking the ball into the empty goal, I think she thought they were going to count toward her grand haul (they didn’t).
I put her shirt on her and it’s like she’s playing in a dress, she doesn’t care; she got a game to play.
She ended her day with a total of two dollars, a pink frosted doughnut and a Gatorade; she was quite satisfied.
We all know who the Care Bears are. Well, On September 9th they want you to #ShareYourCare.
How can I share my care?
It’s so easy, You are probably doing every day without even knowing it. We want you to spread some loving, caring, sharing, friendship, acceptance, happiness and fun.
See, I know I try my best to do it all the time, but I will make an extra effort on September 9th.
If you have kid’s, I came up with 5 simple things they can do in school.
Be a friend to everyone
Don’t let anyone play alone
Immediately go up and introduce yourself to a new student
Help someone if they are having trouble with something
Stand up for anyone and everyone if you see or hear something you think is wrong…DO SOMETHING!!
You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but be a friend to everyone. You never know, you may be the only person that is nice to that person.
Never let anyone play alone, if you see someone by themselves, invite them to play with you. If they don’t want to, that’s okay, they know you offered and may accept next time.
A new student knows NO ONE, go up to them and say, “Hi my name is …” Even if you don’t end up being good friends with that person, you made an effort to make them feel better.
If you see someone having trouble with something, their computer won’t work, they dropped their stuff, they can’t figure something out, ask if they need some help. It may only take you a few minutes, but they might remember it for a long time.
Never let anyone feel bad, about anything, EVER! If you hear someone saying something mean, tell them to stop. If you see someone being mean, do the same thing, if you need to, get an adult.
If you want to know more about #ShareYourCare Day click HERE
I received some clothes from Triple Flip for my girls to review and let me tell you, they are in love.
Have you noticed girls clothes lately?
Especially for tweens, the choices are less than appealing. They are either geared toward little girls or for budding floozies. My girls are neither.
This is when, unfortunately, many girls start to feel self-conscious about what they wear.
One of my daughters is very tall and very slim. Oh yea, and she refuses to wear jeans. So many times when she gets leggings, the are too short. Not anymore.
My youngest is always moving, CONSTANTLY! Not to mention, she a bit of a fashionista. She’s covered.
How do you feel about a company that’s mission is to encourage body confidence and a healthy self-image?
If you want this for your daughter, then you need to check out Triple Flip. They are Canada’s best-selling brand of tween activewear and accessories. Best of all, they’re available in the US.
The fit of Triple Flip clothes isn’t like ordinary styles. They’re shaped differently, to flatter all girls.
Let me tell you both of my girls are in love with Triple Flip.
Maizie received a pair of Accelerate Leggings and a Valley Tee.
It finally cooled down enough here to wear leggings and I don’t thing I will ever get them off of her. They are so soft it is insane. She has told me no less than seven times how great and comfortable her leggings are. She has also worn her Valley Tee constantly as well.
Stella received a pair of Full Force Legging and a Kira Tee. She loves how easy it is for her to do cartwheels in her super soft leggings. She has worn her Kira Tee a few times, she likes how it “goes out on the sides” (the fit is more a-line than a regular t-shirt).
We spend A LOT of time a sporting events, sitting around watching and waiting for games and these are the perfect combination of comfort and style.
Three years ago I said I was going to be a Pinterest Mom, well it didn’t happen…big shock. I know I was shocked too. Maybe now that my kids are a bit older and don’t need as much attention I can actually achieve this goal? Only time will tell.
This is the year I’m going to shine brighter than all the other moms out there. I am going to be the mom that all the other mom’s talk about, strive to be, dare to out-do. I’m going to be THAT mom, the Pinterest mom.
I will finally have three kids in school and it is my time to be brilliant. There will be nasty, snarky posts about me, sideways glances in the school yard, but I don’t care. Creativity will be mine!!
I’m going to make the snazziest lunches, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, healthy and delicious. My kids will eat the rainbow at lunch alone. There will also be heartfelt notes in each lunchbox, everyday. I may even make my husband write some too.
There are going to be epic dinners and after school snacks, maybe a couple of fancy desserts a week. I’ll have plenty of time to go to the grocery store and prepare my feasts.
My girls are going to go to school with fancy hairdos everyday and carefully put together outfits. Polyvore’s not going to have anything on me. Moms will be trolling my Instagram feed for outfit inspiration. I’m even going to sew some fantastic ensembles.
Organization: a place for everything and everything in its place. My house is going to be spotless. A chore chart will be posted and adhered to; everyone will know what his or her job is.
After school starts, Halloween is just around the corner along with the “Holiday Season”. The snazz will be happening at the Kraus House this year, I’m giving advance warning. We’re talking decorations up the wazoo. If I pinned it, it will be!
Birthday parties will be like society galas with themes, themes, themes. Keep your fingers crossed for an invitation, the social events of the season. Swag bags for all that attend.
Who am I kidding? This is never going to happen. Lunches? Maizie INSISTS on getting school lunch salad everyday and she has the same snack the entire year. I may have to get somewhat creative with Stella (she’s a bit of a diva) and Teddy eats anything (especially if I put it in a thermos), leftovers it is.
I have been trying for years to plan meals in advance, it hasn’t happened. I’m a look in the fridge/freezer and figure out what can be cooked the fastest kind of girl. And when it comes to baking, well that’s Ted’s job and we won’t discuss it any further.
I’m lucky Maizie even gets her hair brushed before we leave the house in the morning and she’s not big on fancy hairdos. Stella on the other hand has started doing her own hair (at 5 years old). I suppose I should really help her out in that department, but she does a pretty good job. As for clothes, Maizie doesn’t like to get too adventurous in the wardrobe department Stella’s whole motto is “Flair or Nothing”. (You should check Instagram for Stella’s creations.) I do want to sew more; I’ll have to find my sewing machine first.
Organization and cleaning, face it Ted, it’s NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. I try but the shiny things take over and I lose focus. I really do plan on trying to stay organized since my scatterbrain “condition” seems to get worse with age.
Holiday decorations? My kids have to nag me until I can’t stand it in order to drag them out and then I let them do it. Well, I do take control of the mantel. Last year Stella asked for two straight weeks for me to put the Halloween wreath on the door and I don’t even think I own and Thanksgiving decorations.
Birthday parties? I’ll have them at a place so I don’t have to do any of that. I’ll pay someone else to decorate and create a theme. I will admit I have a tendency to go overboard with the favors.
There will probably still be sideways glances and comments, but they’ll be more like, “Wow, she is a slacker.”
Maybe this school year I can find a happy medium?
Disclaimer: None of these photos are from Pinterest, I took them all.