Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mechanical Engineering Robotics With Thames & Kosmos (& Giveaway Ends 11/3)

My 9-year-old is an engineer at heart. He can look at something and build it with little effort either with or without instructions. Well, Thames & Kosmos has come out with a Mechanical Engineering Robotics set that has challenged him to really think.

The Thames & Kosmos Mechanical Engineering: Robotic Arms is a set designed for kids ages 7 to 14 years old that is all about pneumatic machines. Kids can build six different mechanical models based on parts of robotic machines: arms, grabber, claws and legs. While building, kids learn the mechanical engineering principals behind the machines.

Each model uses a pneumatic system which is basically pumping air to move various pieces. Kids learn how pneumatic pressure moves pieces with air! My son was fascinated with how these models used air and not batteries or a plug! I admit I was pretty amazed at how it worked.

His favorite creation was the robotic arm that he could grip things with. Luckily the set came with a detailed manual with step-by-step illustrated instructions. He was able to fly through building the sets. You can only build one model at a time but the fun is building and re-building the sets, then of course playing with them.
This Thames & Kosmos set was a great starter set for him to learn mechanical engineering principals he was not aware of. He is starting to grasp how much an engineer really needs to know and understand. It clicked for him how the inside of machines works now.
What is great too about this set is you get so many pieces that your child can really build whatever they can dream up or just modify one of the sets in the manual. You don’t need to add anything to these sets, they are ready to be built and played with.

Check out the Thames & Kosmos website for the Mechanical Engineering: Robotic Arms set or find it at a store near you.
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a Thames & Kosmos Mechanical Engineering: Robotic Arms


Creating Paint Masterpieces Without the Mess With Kwik Stix (& Giveaway Ends 10/27)

I received product/compensation in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

I have always been the mom who lets her kids play with the messy toys. You know like clay, paint and glue. I’ve actually had the neighbor kids come over to play at my house because they were not allowed to play with those things at their houses. I have always figured that kids will be kids and they need to learn to express themselves, and of course clean up themselves!
Painting is something though that has always made me a little nervous inside the house. It is not the actual painting as much as it is letting the masterpiece to dry. My kids always use too much paint and the paint just pools on their creations, never drying.
Luckily there is an amazing product line called Kwik Stix which allow kids to paint without the worry of a mess. Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that are available in a variety of colors.
  • AP Certified (non-toxic)
  • Gluten, Egg and Peanut Free – yeah for kids with allergies being able to use them
  • No paintbrushes, cups of water or smocks are required
  • Dries in 90 seconds
  • Work on many surfaces besides paper, including wood, canvas, posters, cardboard, and aluminum. Perfect for school projects as well!

How did we like Kwik Stix?

I honestly cannot believe I have never heard of these before. They are so simple to use and the colors come out just like paint wood. I’ve never seen anything like it before! The stix work like a twist up glue stick. Kids only use as much as they need then they cap it off for next time. The paint dries pretty much immediately, no waiting to show off creations!

My kids had a blast with their Kwik Stix and have used them pretty much non-stop since we received. I love that I don’t have to drag out the “paint bucket” with all their paints, brushes and smocks. I love too that we can take these with on-the-go. We spend a lot of time at hockey rinks and my daughter can now bring her paper and Kwik Stix with to color.

The only thing you can really do with this is paint thin lines easily as the tops are rounded and fat – kinda like a used lipstick. Actually, I colored with them and that is exactly what it felt like – smooth and rich in color.

Find Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix are available at Michaels and Amazon.
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a Kwik Stik Prize Pack

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“Happy Holidays Garfield” (& Giveaway Ends 10/27)

I partnered with this brand for product/compensation in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

Released: September 12, 2017

Running Time: 48 minutes
Join Garfield for two fun-filled holiday tales! In Garfield’s Thanksgiving, Jon Arbuckle invites veterinarian Liz to celebrate Thanksgiving with him, Garfield, and Odie, but has no clue how to prepare a Thanksgiving meal! Then, in A Garfield Christmas Special, Garfield gives a thoughtful gift to Grandma and learns that Christmas is about spending time with your family and making others happy!
BUY IT:  Look for Happy Holidays Garfield on Amazon or wherever DVDs are sold.
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive the DVD “Happy Holidays Garfield


“Black Moon Rising (The Library Book 2)” (& Giveaway Ends 10/20)

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By D. J. MacHale
In Stores October 3, 2017
The next fast-paced in the Library Book Series, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Marcus is an agent of the Library—a place filled with tales that don’t have an ending. Mysteries that won’t be solved until Marcus and his friends Theo and Lu step in to finish them. Before it’s too late.
Because mysterious accidents are disturbing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they’re just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus suspects something a lot more dangerous. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.
Featuring an ethnically diverse cast (Marcus is Irish-American, Lu is Asian American, and Theo is African American) and bundles of adventures and twists, you won’t want to miss out on BLACK MOON RISING.
BUY IT:  Find Black Moon Rising (The Library Book 2) on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive the Book “Black Moon Rising (The Library Book 2)”


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Working Out With Wireless Fitness Earbuds – Jabra Elite Sport (& Giveaway Ends 10/26)

Now that my kids are all in school full-time I finally am working on some ‘me’ time. One thing I am finally doing is exercising, which believe me is something that is taking a lot of effort on my part. I have never exercised regularly and I have told myself every excuse. Well thanks to some great deals on workout apparel and the new Jabra Elite Sport fitness earbuds, I no longer have excuses.

So what is so special about the Jabra Elite Sport?
For me, it is the wireless capability combined with comfort. I have tried earbuds before and they fall out due to fit and/or the attached cord. These earbuds by Jabra have no cord to worry about and they come with a ton of different sized earbuds to try out! You get 3 sizes of EarWings, 3 sizes of silicone EarGels and 3 sizes of FoamTips – small, medium and large for each. It took me a few tries to get them comfortable but with all the sizes and styles, I did find one that was perfect.

Sound is another issue I have experienced, meaning background noise when I am trying to talk or I end up turning the volume way up because to hear over background noise. The Jabra Elite Sport earbuds actually have two microphones in each bud that work together to filter out background noise. It is crazy how much tech is packed into these small earbuds.

Battery power is something I have struggled with in the past with wireless devices but these actually hold 4.5 hours of continuous play time plus include a portable charging case – so you have a total of 13. 5 hours of power. The charging case provides additional charges up to 9 hours. I can actually go almost a week before I need to charge these. Hardcore fitness users can definitely get by without charging for a few days.

I am someone who likes to hear my surroundings when I walk and what is great about these earbuds is you can wear just one of both. You do though need both buds if you want to fully control them – the left is for volume and the right is to play/pause/answer/end call. The right also controls the app.

These earbuds go the extra mile by making them true fitness products

Combined with the Jabra Sport Life app you can actually track your heart rate and track your fitness level, but that is not all. You can also set up training plans to receive coaching recommendations, get workouts to do and track and more. It is like having a personal trainer in your ear guiding and motivating you!

Oh and yes these earbuds are waterproof against sweat and come with a 3-year warranty.

Find the Jabra Elite Sport

You can find the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds on Amazon as well as Best Buy.
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a Jabra Elite Sport


“Bruce’s Big Move” #BrucesBigMove #FollowBruce (& Giveaway Ends 10/23)

Bruce’s Big Move

By Ryan T. Higgins
Published by Disney-Hyperion
In Stores September 26th, 2017
Recommended for ages 3 – 5
After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan…
A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce’s next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.
About the Author
Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) is an author and illustrator who likes the outdoors and cheese sandwiches. He is NOT a grumpy old black bear, but he DOES like making books about one—starting with the best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids… and too many pets.
This is an adorable picture book that my kids all love. While this book is part of a series, each book does stand out on its own and just makes you enjoy the characters more. This story is about Bruce trying to get some peace and quiet but realizing that without all his ‘friends’ and their noise that it wasn’t quite home. I like to relate this to my kids when they complain about their siblings and how they wouldn’t feel like its our home without all five of us together! The pictures are very colorful and visual.
Learn More!
Follow Disney-Hyperion on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram
#BrucesBigMove #FollowBruce

BUY IT:  Find Bruce’s Big Move on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card & Bruce’s Big Move Prize Pack

  • Copy of Bruce’s Big Move
  • Branded tote bag and stickers
  • Plus a $50 Visa gift card to make your own moves!


Discover the “My Little Pony: The Movie” #MyLittlePonyMovie #sponsored (& Giveaway Ends 10/20)

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In Theaters October 6
A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
The film has an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana. The movie features original music and songs performed by Sia, Diggs, Saldana, Chenoweth and Blunt.
Directed by: Jayson Thiessen
Screenplay by: Meghan McCarthy, Rita Hsiao, Michael Vogel
Story by: Meghan McCarthy, Joe Ballarini
Based on: The Television Series Created by Lauren Faust
Produced by: Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, Marcia Gwendolyn Jones, Haven Alexander
Get “Rainbow” featured on the ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ Official Soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon.

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Want even more My Little Pony Movie fun?

Check out The Pony Creator – this website lets fans join the world of Equestria by personalizing their own shareable pony.

Stay Connected with MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE:
Visit the Official Site
Like on Facebook
Follow on Twitter and Instagram
WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a $50 American Express Gift Card & My Little Pony Playset


Friday, October 13, 2017

Sticker Girl Rules The School Blog Tour Review #Giveaway!

About the Book:
Author: Janet Tashijan
Pub. Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Pages: 192
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Jump into Book 2 of this magical middle grade adventure series with Sticker Girl Martina Rivera! 
Bonus feature: Sticker sheet featuring the magic stickers from Book 2 packaged with the book.

A Chipmunk Ballerina. A Treasure Chest Full of Jewels. A Zombie DJ. These are just a few of the many stickers ready to be peeled off Martina Rivera's new sticker sheet and come to life in Book 2 of the Sticker Girl series, Sticker Girl Rules the School. With a newfound confidence in hand, Martina is thinking about running for student council. Of course, her rambunctious sticker sidekick Craig―a talking cupcake―thinks this is a great idea and volunteers her to run for class president. As Martina soon discovers, running a campaign is a piece of cake compared to organizing a class trip and managing a horde of unruly stickers determined to create chaos within her group of friends. A magical new adventure awaits with Sticker Girl!

Bonus feature: Sticker sheet featuring the magic stickers from Book 2 packaged with the book!

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Our homeschool really enjoyed this book. We look forward to getting more books from this author in the near future. The author has an awesome writing style and for those of you that purchase the print book you get a free sticker sheet which is so cool! I chose this book because I loved stickers and had a huge collection as a child. So this worked perfect for mommy! 


Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, and My Life As a Cartoonist are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with My Life As a Ninja coming April of 2017.
Janet lives with her family in Los Angeles, enjoying her respite from the long Boston winters. When she isn’t writing, she’s rewriting. Learn more about her and all her books at JanetTashjian.com!
Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her at spatulaproductions@mac.com for details.

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Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy 

Tour Schedule 
Week One:
10/2/2017- Once Upon a TwilightExcerpt
10/3/2017- BookHounds YAReview
10/4/2017- Rainy Day ReviewsGuest Post
10/5/2017- Little Red ReadsReview
10/6/2017- Margie's Must ReadsSpotlight
Week Two:
10/9/2017- The Layaway DragonReview
10/10/2017- Paulette's PapersExcerpt
10/11/2017- Texan Girl Reads -Review
10/12/2017- a Rafflecopter giveaway
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10/13/2017Nish Homeschool BlogReview