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Crayola Review and #Giveaway !

Recently we won a Crayola prize package from the Yummy Mummy Club.

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I was super excited to receive this prize pack. Crayola has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. Each year when we went to buy school supplies I couldn’t wait to buy that pack of crayons.

I was totally jealous when my best friend got the huge pack of crayons with the sharpener in the back.

They had so many colors to choose from!

Crayola has come a long way from the early days of creating beautiful colored pictures.

They have a vast array of hues/shades/colors, they also make special themed packs of crayons! We recently picked up some packs of the minion themed crayons to make sure we had the proper colors for coloring in our Minion coloring book.

One of the most innovative and awesome products that has been introduced to us is:

 MESS FREE Coloring: Color Wonder.

Crayola came up with coloring books and paper that can produce colors when using the colorless markers!

The only thing close to that innovative idea years ago was the little mystery books with hidden images and you used invisible ink to scribble over the page to make images appear.

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       But, having colors appear as you create your own images? That’s just awesome!

When my kids were about 2 and 3 years old they got to draw/paint with their first Color Wonder sets. We had a pad of Color Wonder paper, set of Color Wonder Markers and a fingerpaint Color Wonder set. They thought it was amazing when they used the markers/paint on the paper and colors magically appeared!

Since then we have purchased many Color Wonder sets including Disney:Cars, Barbie, Dora and more!

My kids LOVE crayola products and continuously ask for new products to try. The most recent one was Color Alive. You would color a picture and then use Crayola’s android app to bring the image to life(and 3D!). This definitely is an idea what would’ve seemed so “out of this world” 30 years ago!

My son also received the Crayola Easy Animation Studio for Christmas 2 years ago. He has had lots of fun creating little videos with it and looks forward to creating many more!

Ps: It’s on CLEARANCE right now! Click the link below

(I get nothing if you choose to click it – non affiliate)

 https://shop.crayola.ca/product/easy-animation-studio/

On my kids wish list is:

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/aged-up-fine-line-classic-regular-markers-12-count/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/aged-up-watercolour-coloured-pencils-12-count/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/aged-up-whimsical-escapes-colouring-book/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/glitter-scrapbook-kit-trolls/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/ultimate-crayon-collection/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/64-ct-broadline-markers-variety-pack/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/neon-fx-light-board/

https://shop.crayola.ca/product/creations-mix-your-own-lip-balm/

Plus they’ve mentioned a few more! And people wonder why my walls and fridge are filled with my kids artwork.

Do you know a school that could use some help with art supplies like crayons, markers, paint etc? Did you know that Crayola is giving out up to 20 grants this year(2017)? Click the link below to find out more information and to get started applying now!

https://crayolateachers.ca/grant-program/

Did you know that the peach crayon (now) is the same color that was once referred to as “flesh” color?

I remember asking for the “flesh colored crayon” when I was younger. I never realized that it’s name had changed.

Did you know that in 1993 a crayon color called “macaroni and cheese” was introduced?

Want to know more about the history of Crayola crayon colors?

Click here: http://www.crayola.ca/about-us/crayon-chronology.aspx

Crayola is quality. There is no other brand that we choose when buying crayons, colored pencils and markers.

Many thanks again to Yummy Mummy Club and Crayola  for our prize pack.

Our prize box was abundant with so many fun things to try out that my kids wanted to shared some of it with you!

Head on over to YouTube (

Giveaway Rules:

NateTubeAwesomeness, KaelynnIsCutie and RockabillySteam received a prize box from Yummy Mummy Club and Crayola.

Check out the Crayola Review Here:
https://chaosandsilence.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/crayola-review-and-giveaway/

Follow NatetubeAwesomeness Here:
http://bit.do/NateTubeAwesomeness

Follow KaelynnIsCutie Here:
http://bit.do/KaelynnIsCutie

Follow RockabillySteam Here:
http://bit.do/RockabillySteam

And here:
http://www.facebook.com/RockabillySteam2015

Check out Yummy Mummy Club and Crayola on facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/YummyMummyClub
https://www.facebook.com/crayolacanada

Rules of Giveaway:

1) Give the video a thumb’s up (On YouTube – don’t have to do it on all 3 but that’d be swell if you did!)
2) Subscribe to KaelynnIsCutie’s Channel
3) Subscribe to NatetubeAwesomeness’s Channel
4) Subscribe to RockabillySteam’s channel
5)Comment below(On YouTube – don’t have to do it on all 3 but that’d be swell if you did!) that you have done all 4 steps!

* Bonus entry for anyone who visits Yummy Mummy Club or Crayola and leaves a comment on their facebook page that RockabillySteam sent you (make sure to tag RockabillySteam!). If your name is different on YouTube than facebook please let us know that you tagged us in a comment!

UPDATE: Giveaway ends March 30th 2017 – Stay tuned for a video reveal of the winner!

Giveaway is open WorldWide but for those who live outside Canada and USA your prize will take 2-4 months for delivery as determined by Canada Post. We will let the winner know approximately how long it will take. Prize will be shipped WITH a tracking number when available.

**Yummy Mummy Club, Crayola, Facebook, Youtube and WordPress are not associated with this giveaway nor are they responsible for prize fulfillment.

~Heather

You can check out Yummy Mummy Club here:   https://www.facebook.com/YummyMummyClub/

You can check out Crayola on their website: http://www.crayola.ca/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crayolacanada/

  • We received a prize box from entering a contest.
  • All opinions expressed herein are our own.
  • *ONLY RockabillySteam is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Yummy Nummies – Product Review

Hey Everyone! It’s time for a product review!

Yummy Nummies

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Today I’m sharing our (ChaosAndSilence, NateTubeAwesomeness and KaelynnIsRainbow)  product review of Yummy Nummies products!

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We first learned about Yummy Nummies from Chase’s Corner(Doh Much Fun) via Skylander Boy And Girl, check his video out here:

Chase’s Corner: MAKING SODA AT HOME!! Mix, Spill, Sip & Sell 6 Flavors! $$$ (#25) | DOH MUCH FUN

We’re keeping our eyes open for the Soda Shoppe Playset, you’ll see in our review of the Best Ever Burger Maker why.

I picked up our first set of Yummy Nummies at our local Walmart for about $8.97 +tax. I bought the Donut Delights Maker and the Cupcake Cuties Maker for the kids for Valentine’s Day.

The kids were super excited!

Here’s our video from when we made the donuts and cupcakes:

The overall consensus was that even though the donuts were tasty, the cupcakes were definitely the favorite. The kids had a lot of fun with these kits and we had a bit of the ingredients to set aside for another day of fun.

A few weeks ago I won a giveaway on Yummy Nummies facebook page.

Now, we had more donuts to make but also a new kit, the Best Ever Burger Maker kit!

Check our video review here:

We are definitely Yummy Nummies fans and look forward to trying out many of the other kits that they have available!

 

 

 

 

 

The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror! Review and Digital Giveaway!

Come On A Digital ICY ADVENTURE With The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror!

Released today, November 3rd, 2015  via iTunes:

 The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror

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This follow-up feature film once again sends us on an a fun, family adventure with Gerda (Bella Thorne) and Orm (Sharlto Copley)  that you won’t want to miss.

 Synopsis:

After celebrating their victory over the Snow Queen, Gerda and Orm have given their fellow trolls a taste of freedom. But when Orm gets a cold-hard reality check, they slip into another perilous journey and must protect the world from eternal winter.

—>>> View the trailer for The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror <<<—

My Review:

Having not seen the first movie(Which I highly recommend doing!), The Snow Queen, I am glad that the movie starts with a 3 minute recap of what has happened so far with Orm.

Orm has quite the personality. He ends up in many funny and somewhat dangerous situations.

I found myself holding my breath within one of the first scenes where Orm has an “accident” at work.

The movie has many situations that many younger children will not understand like issues with money and bills, getting fired from your job, and eviction. I would not recommend this for under 6 yeas of age, but, it really depends on the child and what they are used to watching.

That being said, because the characters have wonderful “personalities” children of all ages will enjoy this adventure!

I think it will make for a lovely addition your holiday movies! Definitely a great movie to have on hand when your kids need a bit of distraction this holiday season.

Orm may be accident prone and have a nasty habit of telling lies to get out of and around trouble but, deep down he has the best of intentions and wants to be good.

Unfortunately Orm is faced with fighting his inner demons. Learning to choose right over wrong is not easy.

But, you’ll have to watch the movie to see if he is able to conquer them

and become good once and for all!

This movie is full of twists and turns and very funny moments that I am sure you and your family will love!

Your kids will love all the old and new characters in this movie. My favorite character is Orm’s sidekick Luta who just also happens to be his “Jiminy Cricket” trying to keep Orm from making bad choices.

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Image Credit: http://www.snowqueenfilm.com/en/characters

Ps: Did you know that the voice of Arrog is none other than The Game of Throne’s Sean Bean?!!

I really enjoyed this movie and give it a 8/10 overall. Please come back and let me know what you thought of it!

Available  @iTunesMovies this is a great movie to add to your holiday collection!

 For those of you who cannot wait to watch this awesome movie:

Here is the iTunes direct to purchase link :

Click there —>>> The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror

However……………………

One of my lucky Canadian and USA followers  have a chance to WIN The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror on iTunes, gifted to them by Momentum Pictures / kaboom! Entertainment. This giveaway ends November 27th at 11:59pm

CLICK HERE —>>>a Rafflecopter giveaway<<<—to ENTER

 

I hope you and your family enjoy this movie as much as I did!

After entering the above giveaway please head on over to A Crafty Christmas Giveaway where there are 10 prizes  up for grabs. Ends November 30th.

Steampunk & Rockabilly Inspired Giveaway!

Giveaway happening at RockabillySteam on facebook. 

Open Worldwide. Free Shipping.

Ends July 29th, 2015

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Steampunk Inspired Giveaway
Starts today July 8th and runs until Wednesday July 29th(10pm).
One winner (using random.org) will be chosen to win this prize pack.

Prize Includes:
* Steampunk Sunglasses
* 1 – fantasy/steampunk Pendant from the $10 Bargain Bin
But, wait! There’s more! Each Wednesday a new item will be added to the giveaway.

********Rules********

How do you enter?
Be a fan of the page, like & share the photo(Once).

Please make sure that you set the post to PUBLIC. I will be verifying entried. Failure to follow the rules will delete your entry.

√ If you are the winner I request that you come back and share a photo of your prize received. Failure to do so will eliminate you from future giveaways.

Facebook has NOTHING to do with this giveaway or the prizes.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for prize delivery.

Open WorldWide. Free Shipping.

*** Mugsy from Mugsy’s Adventures helped with the photo shoot today. He is NOT a prize!

‪#‎giveaway ‬‪#‎win‬ ‪#‎steampunk‬‪ #‎winitwednesday‬

New prize added on July 19th – Leopard necklace and ring

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New prize added on July 22nd – Steampunk (stainless steel) Pony necklacePhotoGrid_1437519044200[1]

New Prize to be added on July 29th before closing.

*Make sure your follow the rules to be entered!

Product Review – Betty Crocker Reese Dessert Bar Mix

IMG_20150213_110045I like trying new things. And when a company comes out with something that combines two things I already love, then the logical choice would be to try it, right?

 I can honestly say that blending two flavors/products does not always result in a positive review.

I bought the above chocolate covered chips on a whim, just to try them. They are combining chips, which I love with chocolate, which I love. The combination should result in perfection right?

No. This time it did not. Not for me anyways.

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You do not get many chips per bag, maybe like 15-20. i didn’t think to count. And many of them are really quite small, not whole chips. Most were partially covered by chocolate, like the one seen above.

The chocolate was very creamy and rich and tasty. No complaints about the chocolate. I could not taste the chip at all and the salt was incredibly overbearing. Too much salt! That was the downfall for me. It ruined it. I could see this being a pleasing snack if the majority or all of the salt had been removed.

But for almost $5 a bag. I won’t be buying any more. Kudos to you who love them! 🙂

Now, on with the product review that this post is supposed to be about: Betty Crocker’s Reese Dessert Bars.

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I’ve seen many posts on facebook and pinterest who do copycat recipes or recipes using brand name(like Reese) products and yet, I have not tried many of them. Guess that will be changing over the next few months as I have more time to bake.

I saw this product on the grocery store shelf and while curious on how it tasted, I was not going to pay over $4.00 to try it out. But, last week it went on sale for just under $3 and I decided to give it a try.

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There are 3 packages inside the box.

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The Reese Bar Bottom

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The Reese Peanut Butter Filling

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The Chocolate Frosting Mix

Everything was easy to mix up and prepare. Though I hit a bit of a snag with the ingredients I needed to add to the mix.

I was completely out of eggs.

I already knew that you could use apple sauce and bananas as a substitute for a missing egg, but, I did not want to effect the taste of the bar as that would effect my review of it.

I found that in place of one egg, I could use the following: 2 tablespoons water + 1 tsp oil + 2 teaspoons baking powder, beaten together until smooth.

This did not affect the taste of the recipe at all nor how it baked.

The end result looked like this:

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While it tasted great and you could tell that the peanut butter filling was Reese, I did NOT care for the frosting. I would have much rather melted chocolate chips and put a layer on top. If I decided to purchase it again I will save the frosting mix for something else as it did taste good, just not for this square. It did not compliment the rest of the recipe at all.

Thanks Betty Crocker and Reese for a great new product that I am sure bakers who are short on time will love!

Please click on their names and check out their websites for amazing recipes and other fun stuff! 🙂

xoxoxox ~Heather

Displays – how to draw customers in

Tis the season for Christmas Craft shows. I always have a hard time setting up a nice table. While my tables aren’t horrible, they are definitely lacking. I have two craft shows coming up and hope to do well at them, as whatever I make will be the money we have to spend on Christmas this year.

One of my newest pieces

One of my newest pieces

I also have a few pieces on ebay, you can check them out here:

http://www.ebay.com/usr/cheetah_gurl

I offer free shipping worldwide on my pieces, so you can imagine that I do not make much of a profit. It is more important for me to create fun pieces that will be enjoyed and keep them at a reasonable price, then to over price them and gauge people’s pocket books.

If you are also going to be showcasing  your products at an upcoming craft show, check out the link below for some help on making your display stand out!

Displays – how to draw customers in.

Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Heather

xoxoxoxox

#GameNight Voxbox – Product Review

I love free stuff. Who doesn’t?

Especially when times are tough and we would like to be able to buy what we want, when we want.

It is especially nice that there are programs and contests out there where you can receive/win free products.

I recently signed up for a free account from Influenster . A social media hub where getting connected means that you can earn rewards and products to do reviews on.

Here is a statement found directly on their page so you can know a little more specifically what it is all about:

“The Influenster Team ships out thousands of exclusive VoxBoxes every month from brands you know and love (or will soon love) for FREE. Some programs feature an assortment of great products while others spotlight one awesome brand.” Click here to read more: https://www.influenster.com/why-join

This month we were the lucky recipients of a VoxBox.

Thanks Influenster!

 

Let’s see what we got!

We get to take a break from technology and sit down to play a board game together! Time to connect!

We get to take a break from technology and sit down to play a board game together! Time to connect!

When I opened the box I was thrilled to see Monopoly Junior inside!

(I had an unboxing video but, for some reason my phone has decided to “eat” it and I cannot find it anywhere! )

Cute and well made player pieces!

Cute and well made player pieces!

This is one game I was not only looking forward to playing with my kids at some point, but also dreading it…. I remember always losing at monopoly as a kid, the evil empire my brother would build with hotels.

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We took out all the pieces, read the instructions and started to play. All the pieces are well made, the colors are vibrant and eye catching.

I have to say that I love the “spin” on properties you can buy! You can buy a theatre, pet store, ice cream parlor etc. Awesome idea for kids instead of just having the traditional properties.

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I was the banker, though I think next time I might let my oldest (Nate – he’ll be 7 in December) be in control of this. The math is very simple and easy, no big numbers! Properties cost $1 to $5 and you get $2 for passing Go!

I also liked the idea of having property signs(they have a picture of your player piece on them) to place above the property instead of houses and hotels which can become quite overwhelming for young children when trying to play traditional Monopoly. You simply buy your property and place a sign on it to show that it is already sold.

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In keeping with tradition if you land on a sold property you must pay a fee, which is simply the purchase price of the property.

But, if the set of two properties are owned by the same person you pay for both properties.

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That’s another thing to note. There are only 2 properties in a set. Simple. Kid friendly.

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Playing Monopoly takes time, especially when playing with children 10 and under. It took us about an hour to play the game. But, it also took about 10 minutes to set up and explain the rules.

Patience is needed and I think that is why some parents do not like to sit down and play board games with their kids. It also requires a lot of explaining that there are rules and saying “that’s not fair!” doesn’t work when playing a board game (when everyone is playing fairly, that is!).

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Unfortunately, there is always a loser in a game…. and … as always…it was me..LOL! I went brankrupt and could not afford to pay the fee when landing on a sold property. So, that is when the games ends and you count your money. The person with the most money wins. This time it just happened to be Kaelynn!

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We had a lot of fun paying this game and look forward to playing it again soon!

Many thanks to Hasbro Gaming and Influenster for our Voxbox, which resulted in an awesome family #gamenight !

 

***Please note: We  received the product complimentary to test and/or review.

Monster Tree House Club – Product Review

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Back in August I was heavily into entering contests and looking for free stuff. I sometimes get a little addicted to it. LOL. Who doesn’t like free stuff?

I signed up for a newsletter / email subscription on the Monster Tree House Club’s Website for the chance to win a monthly subscription. Never thought I’d actually win!

Marie (whom is one of the most sweetest people out there!) contacted me to say that our package would soon be in the mail. The box above is what we received. And the kids were quite excited that it had their names on the outside! They LOVE getting mail!

IMG_20141006_184816 Here they are opening it up. They did not want to be stopped for a photo!

The box contained the items that would normally come in the Premium kit which is $250/year (you get a box every month).

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The first item we looked at were 2 personalized (and different) letters for the kids. The fact that they were not the same generated letters was AWESOME!

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Next the kids discovered their certificates. Personalized letters was one thing but certificates??? My kids put them up on their bedroom wall.

They were now official members of the Monster Tree House Club!

Next it was time to check out the content of the box and get learning!

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We sat down with the story book and dvd. Our story was called “Jayden’s Homework Problem”

You have 3 options when it comes to reading the story:

  • You can watch just the dvd and listen to the story
  • You can just read the book
  • You can read along with the dvd. A great tool with learning to read!

My kids loved the fact that it wasn’t just a person reading the story, it was actually the monster from the story who was reading to them!

Not only was there personalized letters, certificates, dvd, storybook, and activity book in the box, there were also a few other great things in there as well!

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My kids love both bracelets and pens. But, the best part was when they could learn about the characters in the story via the trading cards. But, not only could they collect the trading cards and learn about their favorite characters, they could collect them to trade in for prizes!

If your child is struggling with learning to read or doing their homework this program may very well be a good investment for you! We are thoroughly enjoying our time as members of the Monster Tree House Club!

If Accessing Our Inner Child Is This Much Fun, Why Aren’t More Of Us Doing It? » FinerMinds

I absolutely LOVE this.(check out the link below).

I wish we all felt more free to do things like this….during the Christmas peak time in stores my children and husband and I were stuck in a LONG line and I decided, despite my horrible singing voice, to get my little girl to sing a Christmas Carol with me…albeit we were singing softly…I wish someone else in line would’ve started singing with us.
I don’t know why we feel so shy/embarrassed to freely express ourselves when in public..why do we care so much what others think???

I think maybe…..I need to add a public display of craziness/freedom on my list of things to do this year….

Anyone else game to do something and then post it?

Let me know – maybe we can come up with an idea together and set a date to do it and then record it and post it – as well as how we felt before, during, after and what people’s reactions were to it…..lemme know….I’d love for someone else to jump on the crazy bandwagon with me!

Check out the link below to know what I am talking about!

If Accessing Our Inner Child Is This Much Fun, Why Aren’t More Of Us Doing It? » FinerMinds.