Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouch Review and Coupon Code

I was so thrilled when Kiwi Crate announced that they are offering three new crates including  Doodle Crate (for children age 9-14+).  This will be a Christmas gift for my niece so I’m not going to do the project, but I did take everything out and read the directions to see how complex it is.

Coupon Code:  Kiwi Crate has $5 off your first box with  codes: October25 0r Blog25.  But, if you use my referral link, you will save $10 off your order.  (Full disclosure – I will also earn a $10 credit).  I checked and you can only use the referral credit or a coupon code, not both.  The referral or coupon codes are good off any of their boxes.

Doodle Crate

Doodle Crate

I was so excited to see this blue box in my mailbox.  Unfortunately I was hoping to send it to WI for my niece’s birthday today and it didn’t arrive in time.  Fortunately, I have Amazon Prime and this box will be saved for Christmas.

Doodle Crate - First Look

Doodle Crate – First Look

The Doodle Crate  first look was different from Koala Crate or Tinker Crate .  There was no magazine in here, so I could see the actual materials.

Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Directions

Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Directions

Like Tinker Crate , Doodle Crate  includes one project.  The directions are in full color and show how to use the included tape to make your own patterns on the included bags and how to make a yarn pom pom.

Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Inspiration

Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Inspiration

The back of the directions included some inspiration for additional patterns with notes on how to achieve those looks.

Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Materials

Doodle Crate Painted Canvas Pouches Materials

The Doodle Crate included plenty of materials.  Lots of tape for marking out patterns, cupcake wrappers to use as bowls for the paints and 4 bottles of paint.  There’s plenty  of paint to use for other projects after this one is complete.

Doodle Crate Notebook and Pen

Doodle Crate Notebook and Pen

How adorable is this?!?  Instead of a magazine, the Doodle Crate  includes a notebook and glitter pen.

Doodle Crate  is $19.90 per month (less if you prepay for multiple months at a time).  I was VERY impressed with this first box.  There is one activity included but it has enough materials for two (and plenty of paint for additional painting).  I like that they encourage kids being creative and not just copying the pictures on the directions.

Did you get the Kiwi Crate?  To learn more or sign up, click here (once you create an account, you will receive a $10 credit off your subscription).  The referral code works for Kiwi Crate and any of the new subscriptions (Koala Crate, Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate).

~Elizabeth

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Tinker Crate Motors Review and Coupon Code

I was so thrilled when Kiwi Crate announced that they are offering three new crates including  Tinker Crate (for children age 9-14+).  This will be a Christmas gift for my nephew so I’m not going to do the project, but I did take everything out and read the directions to see how complex it is.

Coupon Code:  Kiwi Crate has $5 off your first box with  codes: October25 0r Blog25.  But, if you use my referral link, you will save $10 off your order.  (Full disclosure – I will also earn a $10 credit).  I checked and you can only use the referral credit or a coupon code, not both.  The referral or coupon codes are good off any of their boxes.

Tinker Crate

Tinker Crate

I’m loving the colors of all these boxes.  My mailbox was very colorful today.

Tinkerzine

Tinker Crate – First Look

The first look was mostly the Tinkerzine – Tinker Crate’s magazine.  Under that were the directions and material for the project.

Tinker Crate - Motor

Tinker Crate – Motor

The theme of the first box is Motor.  Unlike Kiwi Crate and Koala Crate, there is only one project included in the box.  But, it is a much more detailed project.  Since this box is geared toward older children, I think that is very age appropriate.  Depending on the age/skill level of your child, they may need some grownup involvement in completing this.

Tinker Crate Motor - Directions

Tinker Crate Motor – Directions

The directions are written for a child to complete their own motor.  There are pictures of the supplies and pictures for each step (I’m very visual so I loved that).

Tinker Crate Motor - The Directions

Tinker Crate Motor – The Directions

The project is broken up into chunks which is greater for the younger kids.  There are also video  instructions for kids on the Tinker Crate  website (perfect for kids and parents who need a little extra help).

Tinker Crate Motor - The Materials

Tinker Crate Motor – The Materials

I was really impressed with the materials included.  The packet in the back of the picture are small wooden pieces and it even includes the batteries.

Tinkerzine

Tinkerzine

Like all Kiwi Crate boxes, there is a magazine included to extend the learning opportunities within the box.  This months’s theme is Electricity.  The concepts are explained well and were easy to understand.  I like that they didn’t oversimplify the concepts, but they didn’t read like a textbook either.

Tinkerzine

Tinkerzine

And of course there were lots of pictures :)

Tinker Crate  is $19.90 per month (less if you prepay for multiple months at a time).  I was VERY impressed with this first box.  There is one activity included but it is detailed.  I really like that they split the activity into smaller chunks – it makes it easier to stop if they have to and to feel confident in what they’ve accomplished as they work through the activity.

Did you get the Kiwi Crate?  To learn more or sign up, click here (once you create an account, you will receive a $10 credit off your subscription).  The referral code works for Kiwi Crate and any of the new subscriptions (Koala Crate, Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate).

~Elizabeth

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Koala Crate Colors Review and Coupon Code

I was so thrilled when Kiwi Crate announced that they are offering three new crates including  Koala Crate (for children age 2-4).  This just arrived today, so we haven’t had a chance to do any of the activities, but I know people are anxious to see what’s in the box, so I wanted to post right away.

Coupon Code:  Kiwi Crate has $5 off your first box with  codes: October25 0r Blog25.  But, if you use my referral link, you will save $10 off your order.  (Full disclosure – I will also earn a $10 credit).  I checked and you can only use the referral credit or a coupon code, not both.

Koala Crate

Koala Crate

The Kiwi Crate are green and I love that Koala Crate is a different color.  Ava will soon know which box is hers when it comes in the mail.

First Look - Koala Crate

First Look – Koala Crate

The first look didn’t show too much.  All I could see was imagine! magazine which is a collaboration between Koala Crate  and Highlights.  I loved Highlights as a kid, so I’m excited to have the girls experience some of their materials.

Second Look - Koala Crate

Second Look – Koala Crate

Once I moved the imagine! magazine, the second look showed me a lot more.  I had seen the preview of the box on the Koala Crate  site, but didn’t remember too much of what was going to be in it.  Ava spotted the Color Cube right away and took off with it.

Koala Crate Grownup Guide

Koala Crate Grownup Guide

Each box comes with a grownup guide for the “grownup assistant” :)  It details each product, how much grownup involvement is needed and how messy the products are.

Koala Crate Colors - The activities

Koala Crate Colors – The activities

I love the details that they’ve included so you can easily plan out which projects you have enough time for.  Unlike the other boxes from Kiwi Crate, this one will need the most grownup involvement because of the age of the kids that it’s geared for.

Activity 1: Color Scavenger Hunt

Koala Crate Color Scavenger Hunt Directions

Koala Crate Color Scavenger Hunt Directions

Koala Crate Color Cube

Koala Crate Color Cube

The color scavenger hunt involves rolling the color cube (which is adorable) and finding an item around the house that matches the color.  I’m not sure how often we will play the game, but the color cube will really help with Ava learning her colors.

Activity 2: Watercolor Banner

Koala Crate Watercolor Banner

Koala Crate Watercolor Banner

Watercolor Banner Supplies - Koala Crate

Watercolor Banner Supplies – Koala Crate

I’m hoping to tackle this with the girls this weekend.  Ava (2) is a little young for doing the whole project herself, but with her big sister (5) by her side, I’m sure she will do great.  They included watercolor paints for learning how colors mix.  All the materials are included except something to cover your workspace and the water for the paints.

Activity 2: Color Explorations

Color Explorations Koala Crate

Color Explorations Koala Crate

This activity also uses the watercolor paints.  I’m sure Ava will mix all the colors together to make brown pretty quickly, so we may do the banner with just the crayons.

Color Explorations materials - Koala Crate

Color Explorations materials – Koala Crate

The box included color squares that you can overlap to make new colors, or use as is to learn the names of the colors.  I think Ella (5) will have a lot of fun combining the colors together.

Color Explorations - Koala Crate

Color Explorations – Koala Crate

Color explorations also included a coloring pad.  I love that the pictures are in color so you could leave as is to teach the colors and older kids can match their crayon color to the printed color.  I thought it was just going to cover the basic colors, but I really like that they expanded the activity by directing kids to mix certain colors to see what they make when combined.

Imagine magazine - Highlights and Koala Crate

Imagine magazine – Highlights and Koala Crate

We have been loving explore! magazine from Kiwi Crate so I had high expectations for imagine! magazine.  I am pleased to say my expectations were definitely met. There are stories and different types of activities (like the search for crayons below).  No Goofus and Gallant though :(

Imagine Magazine - Highlights and Koala Crate

Imagine Magazine – Highlights and Koala Crate

Koala Crate  is $19.90 per month (less if you prepay for multiple months at a time).  I was VERY impressed with this first box.  There are three activities included and they could easily take a few hours to work on with a grownup.  But, each activity is structured so that you can do a little and put it away to do more later.  Toddlers can have varying attention spans so you can work this around your child’s mood and interest for that day.

Did you get the Kiwi Crate?  To learn more or sign up, click here (once you create an account, you will receive a $10 credit off your subscription).  The referral code works for Kiwi Crate and any of the new subscriptions (Koala Crate, Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate).

~Elizabeth

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Erin Condren FREE Cover and Coupon Code

I am so excited that the 2014-2015 Life Planners have launched!  I really do love all things Erin Condren and they have helped my husband and me get much more organized this year.  The new Erin Condren life planners and notebooks have removable covers so you can change them up throughout the year (or have a fun cover for weekends and a professional one for work).

Erin Condren FREE Cover

Erin Condren FREE Cover

Now through 11/2/14, create one FREE cover with code FREECOVER.  If you sign up through my referral link you will receive a code for $10.00 off your first purchase.  Once you purchase your life planner or notebook, you can go back and create another cover for FREE (you do have to pay shipping).

I ordered three new covers (one for my husband’s notebook and two for my Life Planner that hasn’t shipped yet), but so far only one has arrived.  Since this deal is ending soon, I figured I’d post the pictures of what we’ve received.

Custom Colorway Erin Condren

Custom Colorway Erin Condren

This is the  On-The-Go notebook I ordered for my husband.  I didn’t love the white letters on the cover so I figured I’d order a new one with the deal.

Erin Condren Envelope

Erin Condren Envelope

The cover we received is the exact same quality as the covers that come on the Life Planner and notebooks.  They were shipped in a pretty Erin Condren envelope (all my orders before now have always come in a box.  The envelope is just as pretty as the box.

Free Erin Condren Stickers

Free Erin Condren Stickers

Erin Condren orders all come with free stickers.  I have quite the collection of stickers now thanks to Erin Condren.  I love that they send a variety – there’s a couple bookplates, some birthday ones and some generic stickers.

Custom Cover in Frame Me

Custom Cover in Frame Me

Either I thought this color combination would look better in person or I entered the colors in the order form incorrectly….  this cover is growing on me but I don’t love it as much as I thought I would.  The quality is great and the cover is sturdy enough that it will hold up to being put on/taken off the Erin Condren notebook during the year.

This also comes with a coordinating back cover but I somehow didn’t take a picture of it before I put this away for Christmas.  I’ll update the post when the other covers arrive.

Are you taking advantage of this deal?  What pattern are you getting?

~Elizabeth

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Friday Fave Five

Friday Fave Five

Friday Fave Five

I’m again linking up with Jennifer at Mom’s Got Mail for her Friday Fave Five blog hop.

I’m going to be offering two giveaways this month.  The first will go live tomorrow (11/1/14) and it’s my biggest yet!  It’s a product from a company I’ve featured a lot in my Friday Fave Five – hope you love it as much as I do.

Here are my five favorite things this week:

 Favorite Purchase:

Whirlpool Duet Washer

I am officially old…my first favorite this week is a new washing machine.  Ours died on Sunday (after a weekend of not doing laundry) and we bought a new one Monday.  (We got a floor model and saved a lot of money.  No damage but a couple marks that came off with the magic eraser.)  We were too late for Tuesday delivery and Wednesday they could only bring it in the morning.  We finally got it Thursday and I’m in love!  I can fit a TON of clothes in there and it’s super quiet.  We didn’t get the dryer (yet) but I’m hoping to pick it up next year so we can stack them and gain a lot of floor space in our laundry room.

Favorite Deal:

Erin Condren Book Plates

I am a huge fan of practical teacher gifts.  I only taught five years, but I got tons of ornaments and teacher plaques.  My favorite gifts were the ones that I could really use.  Erin Condren is having 40% off stickers and that includes these adorable book plates.  They are $15 with the code STICKERS40 (coupon ends 11/2) and would be perfect for elementary school teachers.

Favorite Book:

Gone Girl

I am totally late to the party with this one, but I just started reading Gone Girl.  I’m about halfway through so don’t spoil it for me but so far I am loving it.  It’s been a long time since I’ve read something like this.  I read before I fall asleep and a lot of mysteries give me nightmares.  So far, the book hasn’t disrupted my sleep too much, but I did have a couple odd dreams… I’m hoping to finish it this weekend.

Favorite Clothing:

Fabletics Salar Baby Boot

I have been living in the Salar Baby Boot pants from Fabletics.  Every night I put them on when I come home from work because they are cozy and not too heavy.  They are very flattering and have held up to multiple washes.  They come in different lengths, but I ordered the regular (I’m 5’3″).  I should probably wear the Short length, but these are perfect with sneakers.

Favorite for Kids:

Summer Infant Kick Protect Guard

Summer Infant Kick Protect Guard

We needed some seat back covers for the car so I picked these up on Amazon for $12.17 (it came in a 2-pack).  They aren’t super heavy duty but I like the pockets.  They are a good size for the girls’ sunglasses and tissues.  The pockets on the back of our seats are too big and they lose their small items in there.

 

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Our washing machine broke on Sunday night, so we bought a new one at Lowe’s Monday night.  They couldn’t deliver on Tuesday (we purchased it too late).  They could have delivered yesterday, but we were both at work.  It should be delivered today, and I really hope it is.  We are running out of clean clothes!

~ My Jane orders are starting to come in!  These are all Christmas presents and I’m so excited to find things I wouldn’t find in the stores.  The chef’s hats and aprons from Princess Linens will be here tomorrow and the placemats arrived on Monday.

Personalized Chef Apron and Hat Set

Personalized Chef Apron and Hat Set

Personalized placemats

I love the alphabet on the back of the place mats and didn’t realize that it also has their names.  I’m going to have to pick up some more dry erase crayons for the girls so they can use these while dinner is cooking (Dry erase markers + kids = stressed out Mom).

~ My personalized covers for the Erin Condren Life Planner should be here today.  If you haven’t ordered teacher’s gifts yet, I saw these in their sticker sale (40% off all stickers through 11/1):

Personalized Book Plates

I love useful teacher’s gifts and they’d be great for teacher’s in lower grades.  They also have wording that says “This book is a gift from…” which is awesome.  My Mom writes in every book that she gives, but I never remember to.  Maybe cute labels would remind me too.

I’m picking up a couple sheets of these for my Erin Condren Life Planner and my FUNctional Family System.  They were easy to create, but I don’t have a lot of pictures of just one family member, so it took a while to find ones where I could crop others out.

Erin Condren Photo Stickers

Erin Condren Photo Stickers

I put cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and then First and Last Day of School and Dance Recital pictures on there.  Last year, I created the personalized word stickers but was not that impressed.  The blue and orange are Erin Condren stock pictures of a balloon.  I plan to use those for all the parties Ella gets invited to :)

~ Ava is becoming such an independent little girl.  With Ella at this age, I was pregnant with Ava and she was the only child.  Seeing Ava want to be like her big sister is adorable.  She’s adding more words, but still not stringing lots of words together.  Hopefully that will come soon.

Ava

Ava

~ My husband and I are going out for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, but we have no plans.  This is the first time we’ve gone anywhere without the girls in a long time.  I think we are actually going to get some of the Christmas shopping done for them.

 

 

~ It’s been a slow box week so far, but it’s going to be picking up FAST. Kiwi Crate’s new boxes Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate and Koala Crate are coming tomorrow, my Erin Condren covers should arrive today (my planner is still “in production” and has been for over a week – so I’m hoping that shipped and just didn’t update).  I think Birchbox Man is coming today.  Look for lots of reviews this weekend.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Finish This…

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I’m linking up today for the Finish This… hosted by  LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and NICOLE (Three 31).  Basically, they provide the prompts and I have to finish the sentences.

As a kid, my favorite Halloween costume was all of them.  My Nana was a seamstress and made us awesome Halloween costumes.  My Mom has them all packed away in her attic.  A few years ago, we went through them and Ella wore the Red Riding Hood costume that I wore as a kid.  I can’t wait to see Ava wear it next year!  For a 31 year old costume, it was in great condition!

Halloween – Little Red Riding Hood


As an adult, I celebrate Halloween by
taking the girls trick or treating.  I am not that into Halloween, but seeing it through the girls’ eyes is a lot of fun.
My favorite candy is … hmmm, there are so many I like.  If I’m in the mood for chocolate, I really like Snickers.  But, if I’m in the mood for something fruity, then it’s usually the gummy fruit slices. 

Thanks for reading!

~Elizabeth

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