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Drawing Stencil Kit for Kids Large 54-Piece| Fun Travel Activity Set, Organizer Case with more 280 Shapes, Art Craft Girls And Boys, Creativity Educational Toy Ages 3 to Teen | Excellent Gift for Kid

Art with Smile is a drawing stencil kit available on Amazon. You can see the great reviews and I also agree. It comes in a case with 14 large plastic drawing stencils, 22 blank paper sheets, 14 colored pencils, 1 pencil sharpener and 2 clips. 

The organizing case is great and keeps everything securely inside when closed. It is available in either red or blue. Lots of stencils included and they hold up to pencil use. The pencils and paper are just okay but the kit can be refilled with better quality pencils and paper that you might already have. This art kit is terrific for ages 3 and up. Creative and fun.

Art with smile

Visit the Art with Smile website for a 10% off discount code.

Art with Smile provided the red stencil art kit to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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We are on a mission. Since 2002, Real Kids Shades (RKS) has made it our goal to protect as many kids’ eyes as possible from the damaging effects of UV radiation. We launched RKS when we searched and could not find an inexpensive pair of real sunglasses that would protect our kids’ eyes.

The RKS promise is simple. Offer affordable, premium quality, 100% UV protective sunglasses designed specifically for kids, and manufacture them using the most durable materials available so they will last.

Reviewed and proved to be awesome.

Before trying RKS,  I was already aware of the dangers of cheap sunglasses. Shaded lenses without UV protection cause more harm than not wearing any sunglasses at all. (Read more about toy sunglasses here.) Please share this information with those you know and help more families make educated choices when purchasing sunglasses for their kids.

Visit Real Shades to learn more about quality sunglasses. They have many styles in sizes for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults. I like the wrap around style of “bolt” to keep out as much light as possible. 

Kids Bolt Fashion Sunglasses



I remember when my reviewer wore “My First Shades” in 2013. 

I’d like to thank Real Kids Shades for the privilege of reviewing their children’s eye wear. Their sunglasses provide “real” sun protection. They are safe, durable, and comfortable. Real Kids Shades are reasonably priced with benefits that are priceless!

I received sunglasses from Real Kids Shades to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Bigger. Better. Beautiful.

It has been a long search to find my zafu (floor sitting cushion). But here it is and meeting all my expectations.

Handmade in Canada, it is made with a 100% cotton cover and filled with buckwheat hulls. This zafu comes in three sizes and Julie with REALthings helped in determining the best one for me. I use my zafu for meditation/stillness but mostly for floor time with a toddler. This cushion makes it so I can sit straight and comfortable by lifting the hips higher than the knees and letting the back straightening naturally. I am happy to avoid the posture of collapse (slumping).  With thought and care in its making, it does its job perfectly . 


Mountain Zafu Blue Smoke

The website is easy to navigate and contains really helpful reading.  The start here tab will direct you to Meditation Cushions 101 (where you will see this cute illustration along with the info).

There are other cushions options for you including one called the Runa that Julie designed herself. The design looks pourposeful and I’d love to try this cushion style. 

Key points about REALthings cushions
– we make them bigger so they fit North American bodies really well 
– we make them by hand so they are durable and leave a wonderful impression 
– we make them beautiful so you will be inspired to create your own oasis of calm and find moments of peace and beauty in your day
– we make them portable and versatile so people can use them for many purposes – comfort at work, travel and relaxing.
– we make them locally in eco-friendly ways  – we use natural materials, recycle our scraps and use biodegradable plastics and have minimal waste.
For all our American customers  – the prices are about 20% cheaper than listed because of the value of the Canadian dollar against the American dollar.  So for example a cushion that is $90.00 CAD is $72 USd . The same applies for shipping which is also shown in CAD dollars.

REALthings provided a zafu to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Shop Earth Creations for organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo fashions for the entire family. Super stylish. Earth kind. In addition to using sustainable fibers, they also dye the clothes with natural clay avoiding the use of chemicals from synthetic dyes. 

Eco. Pure. Simple. That’s why I love Earth Creations! I’ve featured them on the blog many times & today’s feature is for their fun imprinted top.

Happy Dragonflies on organic cotton. True to all Earth Creations clothes, the cotton is noticeably soft. This design was made for Earth Creations by a local artist.  And get this !, the tee is also rated UPF 50+ (the actual test was over UPF 90). It is the natural property of the clay that makes it block so effectively the UV spectrum of sunlight. Earth Creations is always a win シ


Get 15% for a first time online purchase. Visit and use the discount code “welcome”. 

Made in the U.S.A.Southern Craftsmanship.


Earth Creations provided the happy dragonflies tee to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Flying Fisherman brand of eyewear is “designed by fishermen for fishermen”. The Fluke Jr. Angler Kids were tested by the cute little guy seen below. “He likes them” is his review comment. It is so mportant to have quality eyewear for everyone’s year round outdoor fun. They tested to be durable, comfortable, and afforable. (additionally, phone customer service was also pleasant and helpful to a purchase inquiry) Highly recommend. 
Jr. Angler Sunglasses block sun, wind and damaging UV rays, protecting for smaller faces. Nose and temple pads prevent frames from slipping. Polarized Lenses Eliminate Glare and Reduce Eye Fatigue. Polarized Triacetate Lenses are Impact and Scratch Resistant, Lightweight and Durable. AcuTint™ Lens Coloring System Adds Color Contrast Without Distorting Natural Colors, Allowing You To See More Clearly. 100% Protection From Harmful UVA and UVB Rays. Limited One Year Warranty.

Flying Fisherman provided the Jr. Angler Sunglasses to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

Paperback, 192 pages

I would recommend adding this to the typical health curriculum for high school grades. The author gives good advice from evidence based studies as well as common sense. Part one of the book is “The Wake Up” designed to ” freak you out. It’s a synthesis of how and why our phones are designed to be hard to put down, and what effect spending so much time on them may be having our relationships and out mental and physical health.” Part two is “The Breakup”. This part is ” a 30-day plan designed to help you establish a new, healthier relationship with your phone.” Both the reading and 30-day plan would make a great class project.

I am that person that already limits phone, television, and computer. Glad to have gained more insight into this topic from Catherine Price’s book. A smart read.

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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The Birdhouse Chick

Birdhouses, Wild Bird Feeders, Bird Baths & Garden Art.

Their mission:

“Promote stewardship of conservation – getting more people into their yards and gardens. By offering uniquely fun products, we hope to entice more folks to the fast growing, rewarding and relaxing hobby of backyard birding!”

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Durable poly-lumber will not crack, split, warp or fade. The bird-friendly tail-prop design lets birds land and perch easier as they actually “prop” their tails on the long bottom portion of the feeder for leverage. Ideal for cold weather, suet is packed with fat and calories to help keep birds warm in freezing weather.  Can be used for year-round use with No-Melt suets for warm-weather feeding. This feeder fits all standard suet cakes, features stainless steel screws and twisted wire hanger.

Recycled. USA Made. The birds in my yard have taken to it right away. 

Check out The Birdhouse Chick’s interesting Facebook page, too.
Beth at tThe Birdhouse Chick provided this bird feeder to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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