Friday, November 27, 2015

Green Kid Crafts: Honest review of a STEM/Arts & Crafts subscription box

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Awhile back, our family decided to try out Green Kid Crafts, which is a cool subscription box for kids. You get a science & craft kit in the mail every month!

Green Kid Crafts sends your family a box focused on STEM and arts and crafts, full of multiple projects for fun with learning, experimenting, and crafting.

Here I'm giving my unbiased review of the service and showing you what's in a typical box. You can skip to the end for a COUPON CODE to use (perfect gift for the holidays — hint, hint).

Full disclosure here: Green Kid Crafts links are affiliate links. Green Kid Crafts did not sponsor this review in any way, and I paid for my own subscription. I do have a previous advertising relationship with Green Kid Crafts, but that is not current. The end!

First, I'll share my videos if you're a video-watching type. Below those, I'll give a mini written & photographic review if you'd rather have still action.

Here's my video review and unboxing. I give my honest impressions of the service and show you what's in a typical box by going through every project:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bzzzz: Building Bristlebots at the Gadgeteers Club

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We've been enjoying a new find:
the Gadgeteers Club!

A friend posted about it on a Facebook homeschooling group,
and we've been making the monthly trek out to Duvall
for some engineering & technology fun.

Our first time, we made Bristle Bots:

They're like Hexbug Nanos, but made with a toothbrush,
battery, tape, and a little motor.
You and your kids could easily make one for yourselves!

Stay tuned for our post of the next kit,
which was a Minecraft torch.

You'd better believe Mikko was thrilled about that one!

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Karsten turns 1

I can't believe it.
Can you believe it?

One whole year since this little guy entered our lives?

And he's growing and becoming so much more capable every day.
Learning words and signs, practicing standing without support,
brushing his hair (clumsily),
brushing the kitties (by poking them in the eye with the brush),
feeding himself off our plates
and laughing uproariously at our mutual jokes.

As Sam puts it, "He thinks he's people!"

We had a little family birthday party for him:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fitting in fiber is fun with vitafusion™ FiberWell Fit (plus $100 giveaway!)

Raise your hand if you're sure you ate enough veggies today. How many hands are up?

That few, huh?

I love emphasizing whole, natural foods in my diet — but as a busy homeschooling, work-at-home mama of three, I'm lucky if I've remembered to shower this week, let alone had the wherewithal to ensure I've eaten all the fiber I need each day.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

STEM fun at the B&N Mini Maker Faire this weekend! #BNMakerFaire

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I want to let you know about a fun, educational, & interactive event going on all weekend:

the Mini Maker Faire!

Mikko and I have gone for several years now to this event created by Make Magazine, but this is the first year it's at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, making it super easy to get to — and FREE! (Best part!)

So I wanted to share so you get a chance to attend. If you have a mini inventor or scientist or gadgeteer in your house (like our future engineer — I'm calling it!), you'll have a great time.

Here's a little video diary of the joy we had yesterday:

The fun continues Saturday & Sunday at a Barnes & Noble near you, so find the full schedule of presentations and DIY opportunities at your local B&N:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Little pumpkins at the pumpkin patch

Every year, we love to go to Stocker Farms
for their Family Adventure Farm & Corn Maze.
(See, for instance, here & here.)

Here is our video diary of the harvest-themed fun: