Friday, July 25, 2014

Groovy Lab In A Box- Review and Giveaway


I'm so excited to share Groovy Lab in a Box with you all. As some of you all know I took the girls out of school for a Science and Engineering festival that was held locally. It was a BLAST. While at the Science and Engineering festival I discovered Groovy Lab in a Box. When we got home I looked it up online and was so intrigued, I did a little more research and contacted the company. 
As a mom I feel the pull of wanting my children to explore their interests and squeezing in all that they need to learn in school (sometimes the other way around too). I'm always looking for ways to encourage and cultivate their love of science and engineering in ways that are fun and interesting. The thing is we don't have a lot of time to set things up, find supplies, etc. Groovy Lab in a box gathers all that the children and I need for some fun STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities to be the little STEMist they are. 
So here's the rundown on Groovy Lab in a Box. Groovy Lab in a Box is a fantastic learning tool that focuses on STEM  for ages 8-12 or grades 3-5.  It is a subscription service and you can choose 1, 3, 6, 12 month subscriptions. The boxes are delivered right to your door and they include all your STEMist needs for that months hands-on projects and engineering design challenge. When I say that this box includes all you need, I'm not kidding. If you need a single glue dot, it's in the box. Lab notebooks, goggles, compostable spoon/box/cup, everything we needed. I was also pleased to read a little card in our box letting us know that while Groovy Lab in a Box had changed it's name from Einstein in a box that they were using up their packaging because they are an environmentally aware company. In fact just about everything in our box was reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

Pictured above are the components that came in our box. The Lab notebook was perfect for my 8 and 9 year old to read out loud. The language was easy to read and understand, the graphics are clear, simple with clean lines so they are easy to understand. There are also definitions of some words and a small history on the catapult.



The girls and I read about the history of the catapult. Then we talked about Elastic Energy and sorted the contents of our box by material, listing each one in the chart that came in the Lab notebook.


Each of my girls built a catapult.  They took turns launching items, my oldest recorded all of the data and predictions. These boxes can be done with one or multiple children. I liked that my children we able to work together and talk through each activity. 

We're already planning to make a few of these Trampoline Catapults to have some pom pom battles. 


One of the really awesome things about Groovy Lab in a Box is that there is so much to explore BEYOND  the box. There are Stop signs throughout the Lab notebook for the children to investigate further. There are fun and interesting videos which is perfect because it helped my girls see things in action, see projects and ideas in "real life". Most of the videos are just a few minutes long.

While my oldest built the Trigonal Pyramidal Catapult, my youngest built some ammonia molecules and other molecules with our personal set, these didn't come in the box. But the Lab notebook mentioned ammonia molecules and it's trigonal shape. It was great to keep my youngest learning and exploring while her older sisters built the next catapult.



All of these projects were so fun. The Engineering Design Challenge was for the girls to design (and redesign :) ) and build their own catapult using only the box and it's contents. This is an ongoing project around here. I hope to update with the girls creation at some point before school starts, but I don't want to rush them or the process. Hopefully I'll have some picture updates for you.

All in all the Groovy Lab in a Box is amazing. As a mom I love that it's not a box that can be gone through in one afternoon, then set aside. It takes time to do each section of the Lab notebook, for the kids to explore and investigate, build, and record data. The box makes learning fun, it challenges children to take chances and think big. Beyond the Box, as I said is such a great tool. The videos and information on there is great to see STEM in "action".

Find Groovy Lab in a Box
Online/Purchase
Facebook (Fun posts and cool STEM fun)
Pinterest (You must check out their Pinterest boards, so many cool STEM ideas from projects to food)
Twitter
Google+
Linkedin
Instagram 
YouTube
Tumblr

If you are in the US, have a US address, and are 18 years of age or older, enter below to win a prize from Groovy Lab in a Box!

MOBILE FRIENDLY LINK
Read the rules HERE, first.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample/s of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All pictures are from the companies site, unless noted.
More giveaways on Give Peas A Chance found HERE.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 lunches #177-190 Take it Tuesday

Could it be? A Take it Tuesday post!?? IT IS!! I'm just thrilled because I miss blogging regularly. Once summer comes to a close we'll get back on schedule okay? You all can whip me back into shape. In the meantime here's some lunches to hopefully inspire us all for the upcoming school year!
Above is lunch number #177 a Mr Bento packed with
Roasted Chicken
Mac and Cheese
Cucumbers and Peppers
Oranges

Below lunches are the same without the Mac and Cheese. In a Planetbox and two Yumboxes.
#178-180

Lunches #181-183 below, in the Yumboxes and Planetbox.
Cucumber Tomato Feta salad (with mozzarella cheese)
Chicken
Mango
Celery
Sunbutter

The next two pictures are #184-186
Vermicelli Noodle Salads in Yumboxes and a Mason jar.



Lunches #187-190
Celery
Carrots
Dressing
Cheese
Pepperoni
Strawberries

Most lunches on Give Peas A Chance are packed in Planetboxes
and Yumboxes , found HERE.
CUPPOW info found HERE.
I want to invite you all to share your lunches on my Facebook wall, Instagram (see hashtags below), Twitter, and in comments below.
Share your latest lunches- if you have a photo to upload, an Instagram post, a blog post. 
HASHTAGS- for Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest #peasblog #TakeitTuesday
Or come and share you favorite lunch box recipe.
Please make sure you link to all recipes and credit sources. I will delete any recipes that have been cut and pasted. Please leave links only.
Also I would love if you used my affiliate links for purchases on these sites. It doesn't cost you extra, doesn't change your price, but it does help me out.
Here are some of my links 


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pickture That!- Giveaway

Hello everyone! Summer is in full swing here! I have a wonderful giveaway to share with you all. If you've been here a while you may recognize these super cool bracelets from Pickture That! I did a full review and giveaway in 2011 of this company and their product. Well, I'm pleased to say that my bracelet from 2011 is still as beautiful as when I got it. Pickture That! makes photo bracelets that are scratch, stain, and water resistant. They come in two widths and are adjustable.
I love that I can customize with any pictures I want. I recently ordered one of these for my mom. Ordered as in paid for, not was given one for review. That's how much I love these bracelets. I also received a bracelet for review in the new Summer Love size, only because I already have a Georgia Rose.
Above you can see a picture of my bracelets. Please note, the pictures on my bracelets are CRYSTAL clear and in focus as I sent them in. I just don't like posting too many pictures of my children so these are a bit blurry.
My Georgia Rose is the wider cuff and I chose sepia tone pictures. My Summer Love cuff I decided to use full color photos that I took of the girls a while back. Both of these bracelets can be worn with so many different outfits. I like that I can have personalized pieces that are very much a reflection of me and my personal style. I also like the price point for these fun pieces. Under $30! Really! They are also made here in the US of A folks!

Here's a little more about the differences in these two styles from the Pickture That! site. 
$26
This design displays more photos than our original bracelet and is perfect for your favorite Instagram photos. It’s the perfect size to wear with all your favorite accessories.
We know your friends will want one too (and maybe your sister), so be sure to order a duplicate to share with them for only $16. Then you’ll be sure to be BFF’s forever!
$1 of every sale goes to a non-profit cause we support.
$29This bracelet is our original design and displays larger photos that demand attention making it a great conversation piece. The large photos also make it easy to share your photos with others.You can order a duplicate bracelet for only $18. They make great gifts for mothers, grandmas, sisters – everyone!$1 of every sale goes to a non-profit cause we support.
Pickture That! has been giving $1 of every sale to a non-profit cause they support. You can even choose where your dollar goes! Which I think is awesome. You can see the list and read all about these non-profits here.
Find Pickture That!
You can purchase bracelets on the Pickture That! website HERE.
You can also find them on Twitter HERE.
Check out their Facebook page also HERE.
Also in IG @pickturethatllc 

So, cool bracelets, awesome company right? how about a giveaway? The generous folks at Pickture That! have provided TWO prizes for this giveaway! 

If you are in the US, have a US address, and are 18 years of age or older, enter below to win!

MOBILE FRIENDLY LINK
Read the rules HERE, first.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample/s of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All pictures are from the companies site, unless noted.
More giveaways on Give Peas A Chance found HERE.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Vermicelli Noodle Bowl

An oldie but goodie. Not the picture, but Vermicelli Noodle Bowls. I put either these or Spring Rolls on our menu at least once every two weeks. They are just so easy and everyone here enjoys it! Win win here at the Give Peas A Chance household!
Find the recipe and more below-
Make them grain/noodle free by using a spiral slicer like this one that we love for vegetable noodles.
Here are links related to these great noodle bowls, recipes, and Spring Rolls also
Related posts-

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ahem. *taps the mic timidly* Testing. Testing. 1-2-3... anyone still here? It seems as if I've taken a long break without meaning to. If you're still here, or stumbled upon this quite blog, welcome! Today happens to be Manic Monday, which really helps me ease back into blogging! Manic Monday is when I post family favorites that I've blogged before. Sometimes with updated pictures and recipes.
As per my last post, it's SUMMER here. That means soaking up family time. We are enjoying every singe minute of each other. I hope that you are able to enjoy some time with loved ones also this summer. I do apologize for not being around, I have missed blogging and all the wonderful interaction with everyone. Facebook being as it is, it's hard for anyone to see my posts. It's a little discouraging. You can however find me on Facebook, and Instagram for the most part. All social media links are on the right side of this blog.
I do want to continue posting here on Give Peas A Chance regularly again. I also have some great giveaways coming up and I hope you'll stick around for them and enter for some fabulous prizes!

Today I'd like to share a recipe from May 2008, for Strawberry Spinach Salad. What says summer better than fresh picked berries? This salad is wonderful with other berries also, and even pineapple. We have a nut allergy in the house, all nuts except almonds. So I did make this salad with almonds, you can use oat clusters also. I do hope you'll try this salad, and thanks for reading :) Follow the link to find the original post with recipe.
Have a wonderful week.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Bucket List 2014


It's Summer around here! We decided we'd do a little bucket list even though it seems that summer is getting shorter and shorter :( I feel that the days are just rushing by. But I cam so incredibly blessed to be able to be home with the girls during this time. It's maybe a good thing no one seems to want to hire me :0.
We aren't traveling this summer, with no plans for anything and I'm so thankful for that. We've just been hanging out. It's been wonderful! I've been behind on blogging in general, but I assure you I'll be back full force. Or I'm praying so, right now I'm just soaking up my time with my family.
We had a bucket list last year and it was so much fun for us. You can see our list from last year HERE.
What are your summer plans?

In no particular order here are some things we'd love to do.
  1. Go to the pool (6/17)
  2. Georgetown Cupcakes (6/20, 6/30ish)
  3. Scripture (no need to record dates on this)
  4. National Park (6/15- Petersburg National Battlefield)
  5. Make Popsicles
  6. Go berry/fruit/vegetable picking (6/24)
  7. Library (No need to write down date for this I suspect, but done)
  8. Donate items to Purple Heart
  9. Sushi (6/30 ish)
  10. Water park
  11. Splash pad
  12. Zoo
  13. Biking as a family
  14. Play board game
  15. Picnic (6/23)
  16. Ice Cream out (6/19, 7/1)
  17. Canoeing
  18. Keep up with penpals, write more snail mail (No need to write this down each time, but the girls sent their first of the summer out 6/26)
  19. Lincoln Memorial
  20. Museum
  21. Aquarium
  22. Paint toes (done)
  23. Hide and Seek (6/23)
  24. Water balloon/water fight
  25. Wash car
  26. Library of Congress
  27. Fireworks (sorta, from our back yard- Fourth of July this year was perfect, we just relaxed at home)
  28. American Girl (7/1)
  29. Blow bubbles (Yes, done)
  30. Marbled paper
  31. Smore's (yes, done 7/4, 7/5)
  32. RAK- Random Acts of Kindness (Won't record these dates)
  33. Dance (Of course, done)
  34. Hopscotch
  35. Check on house progress (Won't record these dates)
  36. Road Trip (6/15)
  37. Draw (Won't record these dates- they are always drawing)
  38. Square tissue paper craft
  39. STEM stuff
  40. Kids in the kitchen (As much as possible, done)
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