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Spring Crafting = Halo’s Fun #MThalosfun #ad

13 Mar

When asked to get crafty at a recent event my kids and I attended we said sure but we couldn’t do it on an empty stomach. Sure we had breakfast but we needed a little more energy from something healthy that was easy to digest, easy to peel and no mess. What snack could we possibly have like this? Halos mandarins is what I’m talking about. 

These little guys have been a favorite of ours for years. Who doesn’t love a seedless, easy to peel, sweet mandarin that you can snack on any time of the day? Halo’s go to school, work, on the go, when we travel and is stocked in the fridge for whenever we want one or two. 

Momtrends invited us to the Children’s Museum of The Arts to get crafty on a cold day but once inside it felt like Spring. Halos mandarins surrounded us and we took our fruit to a whole new level and created chickens and bunnies. We were also treated to amazing snacks that included: Mandarin Spring Salad, Fruit Pizzas, Cider and Smoothies as well as other fun, healthy treats. 

I love the canisters that we took home because they can be used for so many different things. The tote bags were cute as well and there were also coupons for more Halos. Check out the website for more craft ideas: http://www.halosfun.com/teamhalos.html. 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Thank you to Momtrends for the invite. All opinions are ours 100% as always. 

Back To School With Crayola Products

7 Sep

School supplies don’t have to be a difficult shopping experience when you know exactly what brands you can trust. Ever since I was in school my parents always chose Crayola crayons, markers, paint, and colored pencils. I always wanted the ginormous pack of crayons with the sharpener in back. It had to be CRAYOLA! The cheap crayons didn’t cut it and I loved the variety of colors Crayola had and still has. They even have glitter crayons now. 

Since I grew up using Crayola it’s only right my kids use them too. There’s even new products that I know my kids will want.

New Products

· Crayola Emoji Maker: Drawing inspiration from the growing popularity of emojis, kids can experiment with Crayola colors to make 16 custom color emoji stampers and share their unique emoji messages with friends. Using the included design labels, kids can also create custom color names and decorate their barrels. For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $19.99.


· Crayola My Way: Crayola My Way allows fans to customize their own box of Crayola Crayons – from a personalized message on the front of the box to the colors of the Crayons inside the box – in an easy, highly interactive an fun process. After choosing the First Day of School theme, kids can make the Crayola Crayon box their own by uploading a personal photo or piece of artwork to the front of the box, adding their favorite nickname, and selecting their favorite Crayola colors. The personalized 64-count box starts at about $5.99 and can go up to $24.99 depending on the level of customization.


With the new school year just around the corner, kids want to have the best materials and coolest new supplies that reflect their unique interests, while parents want their kids to have best-in-class products that will last them through the year. From tried-and-true classroom staples like Markers, Crayons and Colored Pencils to make –your-own Emoji Markers and customizable Crayon boxes – Crayola offers a wide selection of products that will inspire creativity and get kids excited for the school year.
Classroom Staples

· Crayola 24-count Crayons: Crayola Crayons are a classic kids’ art tool that generations have used to learn to color, spell and draw. Crayola Crayons are designed with a focus on true color, smoothness, and durability.


· Crayola 10-count Classic Markers: Crayola Classic Broad Line Markers are the classic, long-lasting, durable markers that many generations remember from childhood. They lay down brilliant color, yet won’t bleed through most paper. Crayola Markers are also preferred by teachers for all of their projects.


· Crayola 10-count Ultra-Clean Washable Markers: Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are formulated to provide brilliant color where you want it while washing easily where you don’t. Crayola’s classic markers now have an improved Ultra-Clean washable formula and come with two new bold colors.


· Crayola 24-count Colored Pencils: Crayola Colored Pencils are an essential creative tool for kids to use at home or school. Each pack contains pre-sharpened Colored Pencils and a range of vivid colors to inspire children’s self-expression and imagination. Made with thick soft leads that won’t break easily, the pencils create brightly colored lines that are perfect for school projects and creating detailed artwork.


Check out @Crayola on Twitter and http://www.crayola.com for more info. 

Disclosure: Crayola sent my kids products for back to school. Opinions are 100% ours as always. 

 

CHARM IT! Design A Charm Contest #charmit

23 Apr

Saturday, April 18th partners CHARM IT! and Crayola held an event at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC. It was for their Design-A -Charm Contest. Kids were invited to the event and encouraged to design an original charm for the chance to have it produced as an actual CHARM IT! charm.

It was a packed house and my daughter was very excited to get creative and design a charm. I think she did over ten designs. She loves drawing and I was happy to see her put her skills to good use. Hopefully one of her designs will come to life. 

She’s always been a fan of charms and girly accessories. I loved the way the staff wore the charms for necklaces as well as bracelets. They showed us the winning charms from their last contest. Kids know what they like and it shows in these wonderful charms. 

There was a photo booth for the kids and parents with different charm it props and a cute background. We had fun with that. Cupcakes that looked like one of the charms. Breakfast foods and beverages were also provided. 

These charms were tested in highly accredited labs and are safe. This is a big plus in my book. Here is a list of ways to care for your charms courtesy of CHARM IT!

Follow these basic care tips and enjoy your CHARM IT! collection! 

Remove CHARM IT! before engaging in rigorous activities or sports for safety. 

Remove CHARM IT! before hand-washing, bath and showers and swimming in chlorine pools or salt water. 

Remove CHARM IT! from all pockets before doing laundry. 

Do not clean CHARM IT! with any jewelry cleansers or chemicals intended for precious metal jewelry. 

Do. It wear CHARM IT! immediately after application of body lotions, sunscreen, creams and perfumes. 

The contest hasn’t ended yet. There’s still time to enter. You have till May 6, 2015. To enter head to http://www.shopcharm-it.com/contest and download the official entry form and let your kids get their charm skills on. Also check out @Charm_It and @Crayola on Twitter. 

What will your child create? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to the event and given gift bags. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

   

 

   

  


  

  

  

  

  

  

TEACHING MY KIDS CALLIGRAPHY & ART CLASSES THIS SUMMER #orientaltrading

4 Mar

In high school I was given the opportunity to take calligraphy class. I didn’t ever think I would be able to learn such a beautiful handwriting in a short period of time but I did. I also had my work featured on display for a month in a NY public library. My mother and I were so proud. Ever since then I’ve always practiced and made sure to buy the right pens and ink. The more I talked about my skills the more people asked me to do wedding invitations, birthday cards, and invitations, I also wrote the names on the diplomas at my son’s school for the graduating sixth graders. Everyone would tell me you should put up an ad letting people know you can write calligraphy and make extra money. I like it as a hobby and helping those out who likes my fancy handwriting when needed. I don’t mind taking it to the next level though.

First, I want to teach my kids how to master it so I’ve teamed up with Oriental Trading to get me the supplies I need so my kids can learn on summer vacation. I know I’m gonna have to get plenty more but the main thin I wanted were the Elegant Writer Calligraphy Pen Sets. You can’t teach without the proper pens. I ordered two sets of these. One set is all black, and the other set has multiple colors. I can’t wait to teach my kids calligraphy and see if this is something they will embrace the way I did.

I also purchased these cool pencil sharpeners that look like bottles of cologne or a bottle you put ink in and dip a feather to write like way back when calligraphy looked amazing. My kids love these.

I could not pass on the Woodless Colour Pencils. These are just right for drawing, illustrating, and coloring. We will be having indoor and outdoor art classes as well.

The Biggie Sketch Pad contains 125 sheets and is perfect for the kids. I should have gotten two but I will get more in due time. This can start us off.
I ordered pens too because we’re always losing pens in the house so hopefully these will be around when we need them.

Oriental Trading has everything you need from arts and crafts, to party supplies, giftware, toys, etc. They have been recognized as one of the Top 50 Internet Retailers, and Top 50 Catalog Companies. I loved getting my catalog in the mail. There’s so much to choose from I always go over budget. Lol. Oriental Trading supports organizations and programs in Education, Youth, Healthcare, and Human Services. They also partner with Bloggers and Vloggers. You can go on their website to learn more : http://www.orientaltrading.com

My other blogger buddies and I will be hosting a Twitter party soon so I encourage you to check out wwww.orientaltrading.com and see what you like because you never know what you will win. Also follow my friends on Twitter and keep checking back for when we have the #LetsPartyOTC #orientaltrading Twitter Party.

@BronxMama_com
@MommysMingle
@MamiDoesItAll
@BoyzRuleOurWrld
@3CityGirlsNYC
@OrientalTrading

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given supplies. These opinions are 100% my own.

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