Kiwi Crate Review and Giveaway

April 3, 2013

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The boys and I recently had the privilege of sampling a craft kit sent by the folks at Kiwi Crate. The boys are always impressed by packages addressed directly to them, and were even more impressed at the two colorful wind-powered projects inside! There were a few “ooohs!” and “whoas!” as spontaneously captured:

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Each Kiwi Crate comes with all the supplies you need for a particular project. I had pulled out my tape and scissors from my own craft supplies, but there was no need because even those are included in each kit! The best part is, we were sent a sibling crate which has plenty of materials for each child. Because the boys had their own sets, there was no fighting, no squabbling, no whining-and-dining (as my mom likes to put it). This may very well have been one of the least stressful craft sessions we’ve ever done!

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My five-year-old needed assistance, oh, maybe 50% of the time. But my 7-year-old was able to accomplish the projects mostly on his own. The materials are colorful, neatly packaged, and kid-friendly. Each project occupied the kids for about 25 minutes and they were completely engaged the entire time! Here are the finished wind cars:

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Working on the wind sock:

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Subscribers benefit from free shipping and recieve never before released crates. Single crates would be great for birthday gifts, rainy days, or nice to test run if you’re not ready to commit to a subscription.

We had such a great experience with our kit, I am thrilled that Kiwi Crate has offered to send a crate to one of my readers! To enter, please leave a comment mentioning which single crate you’d be interested in. Giveaway ends next Thursday, April 11 at midnight, and I will contact the winner directly.

Kiwi Crate also has a giveaway going on right now where you can win every item in their DIY Materials Pop-up Shop along with a table from Pottery Barn.

Good luck!!

Winter’s been a long time passing

March 31, 2013

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Can’t possibly be any happier to find Easter eggs filled with candy and money.

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Can’t possibly be any more thrilled to stop for a photo.

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As Kai would put it, Easter weekend was epic (his word du jour). Grandma Kirk visited from California earlier this week, followed by a visit from Lola and Lolo who went all out with eggs and Easter baskets for the kids…leaving meeeee off the hook this year – sigh of relief! We’re dealing with some fallout though between the boys, one of which was not on board with splitting the money finds 50/50, but such is life and its tough (tough!) lessons.

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We’re starting our full week of spring break tomorrow, kicking it off by going hog wild at a playdate, then running errands at Target, and possibly finishing it up with a chocolate milk bender.

DIY Cardboard Planet Play Shelves

March 26, 2013

DIY Mountain Shelf

Via Pinterest, I stumbled on a new favorite craft blog, Pysselbolaget, which has a tutorial on these fabulous cardboard shelves. After Kai made his mountain shelf from an old shoebox, I thought the boys might like some planet ones too.

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After tracing a plate onto the flat backside (or bottom) of a box, I cut out the “planet” shape with a pair of scissors, keeping part of the sides attached for stability. Dax pointed out how it resembles a couch!

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We then blended a bit of black and white acrylic paint together, but didn’t mix too thoroughly so that we’d have a marbled, textured gray to paint our moon with. Then I let Dax go to town with the paint. Finally, we added in some dark spots and craters to make it a little more realistic and familiar for our lunar astronaut (we had extras from Danyelle’s brilliant astronaut Valentines we put together for classmates this year).

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When unused, the shelves nest together nicely for storage.

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Harper Collins Easter Books Giveaway

March 13, 2013

I have a fun giveaway for you! Harper Collins recently sent me a set of five Easter books and would like to offer a set to two of my readers as well! The range of titles has been perfect for us; Mara snuggles (per usual) with the little bunny that accompanies Goodnight Moon, Dax enjoys the pictures books, and The Velveteen Rabbit is a quick little chapter book for my oldest (all hardcovers except for Velveteen Rabbit).

Two simple ways to enter: leave a comment for one entry and for a second entry, pin a book from Harper Collins’ Easter books Pinterest page (make sure to leave a second comment if you choose to do this!)

Giveaway closes Friday, March 22 at midnight EST.

And speaking of Easter, how excited are your kids? I know mine are looking forward to yet another scavenger hunt left by the easter bunny!

Gold Leaf Easter Egg DIY

March 5, 2013

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this project and it’s finally live! The gilding process was a lot of fun and the eggs turned out beautifully despite the project seeming to go awry (and get incredibly messy) at one point.

Visit SheKnows.com for my full tutorial.