Friday, August 22, 2014

Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld- REVIEW

What started as a "desk toy" for adults to keep hands busy has become a huge hit for all ages. Thinking Putty was developed by "Crazy Aaron" and is a HUGE hit in our household. When I set about doing this review I was certain my kids would like this putty for all of 20 minutes at the most. After all it's "just putty" right? I was so very wrong for over TWO hours my children played with the Thinking Putty, and since then they have pulled it out several times to play with it. Thinking Putty goes beyond the ordinary with glow in the dark, UV reactive, magnetic, and heat sensitive varieties that come in amazing colors. Thinking putty is made in the USA, it doesn't leave a sticky residue on your hands, and it doesn't smell. It's a fun unique product.

That's a lot of Thinking Putty!!
Thinking Putty is stretchy but bounces like a ball! It tears like paper, and can shatter like ceramic. Super Magnetic Thinking Putty can also be attracted to a magnet and our Hypercolors can change color with the heat from your hand.Unlike all other products, Thinking Putty comes in extra large handfuls and a rainbow of really awesome colors!
A whole 3+ ounces!

My children simply PLAYED with the Thinking Putty. Squishing it, making it pop, stretching it, tearing it, forming it into shapes, and using the magnet that came in our tin of Strange Attractor. We also got a tin of Liquid Glass which is a little different in texture. It's totally clear which is awesome! My oldest loves toys like this which she calls "fidgets", she wants to collect several more of these Thinking Putty tins. What's great about them is that they don't dry up and  are packaged in a 4 inch tin with 3.2 ounces of Thinking Putty in each one! Depending on the type of Thinking Putty some tins come with a strong magnet, or a UV light. Very cool. (Thinking Putty does come in 2 inch tins also, we just have the 4 inch tin.)
Check out this cool Liquid Glass!

Here's more about Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty-
Kids love the tactile feel of the bouncy, stretchy putty collectively known as Thinking Putty manufactured by Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld. All products are top quality silicone sold in 4” diameter tins and smaller 2” tins. The large Thinking Putty tins serve up 1/5 pound or 3.2 ounces of putty. Best of all, it's completely inert, non-toxic, and safe. And because it's silicone based, not clay or earth-based like other modeling compounds, this moldable putty will never dry out or crumble. The vast online and in-store inventory boasts over 40 awesome colors plus some remarkable effects like glow-in-the-dark, UV reactive, and even crystal clear.
With prices starting at $10 for the large size, these tins make terrific birthday presents, stocking stuffers or good-report-card prizes. Choosing just one style or color will be the toughest choice once in the store or shopping online at parent company Puttyworld's site, Crazy Aaron serves up items like
Twilight ($11) in the Heat Sensitive Hypercolor series. "Just as an evening sky melts into the dark of night, Twilight Thinking Putty's deep purple color disappears with a touch of heat to reveal a fluorescent blue complexion," reads the online description.

Current Thinking Putty selections include:

Phantoms • Ages 3+ • $14.95

Now you see it, now you don't! Unlike any Thinking Putty ever made, this unique and new line features two colors: Foxfire and Arctic Flare. The Phantoms have a magic all their own as they react with vibrant colors to UV light. Using the included black light keychain, kids can actually draw and decorate the putty! Buy an extra black light keychain when ordering the putty for just $5.95. Purchased alone, the crazy keychain will run $11.95.

Super Magnetics • Ages 8+ • $14.95

When Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is stretched, molded, or shaped, the putty has no magnetic charge and behaves like any other Thinking Putty. However, in the presence of a magnetic field, its magnetic forces begin to align. Suddenly, a truly Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is created that will attract to one magnetic pole and repel from the other. A super strong ceramic magnet is tucked inside each tin. Choose from colors Tidal Wave, Strange Attractor, Reactive Razz or Quicksilver.

Super Illusions • Ages 3+ • $14

Crazy Aaron worked for years in his basement lab to come up with these mystifying colors like Super Oil Slick. These truly original colors will surprise and delight kids while keeping them playing for hours! And, while indoor lights are great, sunlight makes these colors really explode! Choose one or all three: Super Oil Slick, Super Lava and Super Scarab.

Liquid Glass • Ages 3+ • $14.95

Like glass or ice, this putty is completely clear! Twist it, stretch it, shape it. Its consistency is a bit different than other Thinking Putty, but it is awesome without a doubt.

Heat Sensitive Hypercolors • Ages 3+ • $11

Sensitive to both heat and cold, this putty is thermo chromic -- just a touch from the hands or a warm coffee mug will reveal a new "hot" color. Allow it to cool off or stick it in the fridge! Then the "cool" color will be restored. Choose one of four colors: Twilight, Chameleon, Amethyst Blush and Sunburst.

Glow In The Darks • Ages 3+ • $11

What's hypnotic and irresistible? This tin of putty that looks milky white in daylight yet glows magically when the lights dim. Use Crazy Aaron’s black light keychain to write messages on the putty and draw special designs. Click on the website and Crazy Aaron offers several cool tricks designed just for the Glow in the Dark Thinking Putty. After exposure to light (the brighter, the better), these colors will glow for hours. Choose from colors Krypton (green), Ion (blue), Aura (purple) or Amber (yellow).

Putty Creatures • Ages 3+ • $12

Thinking Putty Creatures have a unique texture and come with two Creature eyes! Tear open the tin and grab your Thinking Putty Creature. Start stretching, twisting, snapping, and pulling. Mold the perfect Creature and then put in the eyes! But do it quickly, because your creature will "melt" in a few minutes and you will have to come up with another awesome design. Choose one of four colors: Green, Orange, Blue or Pink.

You can find Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putting 

We also found some tins and a cool display at a cool local toy store!

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.

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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
Facebook (Fun posts and cool STEM fun)
Pinterest (You must check out their Pinterest boards, so many cool STEM ideas from projects to food)

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!

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

Below lunches are the same without the Mac and Cheese. In a Planetbox and two Yumboxes.

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

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

Lunches #187-190

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. 
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!

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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