Monday, November 23, 2015

IDO3D Pen and Ink Up to 25 Projects Print System Product Review

"MOMA.....I'm so BORED!!!"
"I've already played with the 1.1K toys we have, we are out of paint, and I need more bands."

Sound familiar? Thanks to IDO3D by RedwoodVentures LTD, LLC., who is paying me to play with my daughter (WIN! WIN!), I am not going to hear these phrases as much with upcoming snow days and looooong school vacations.

Lately, it seems a lot of Miss K's creations have been 3D. Some of my favorites are her snowman, penquin, tiger and alligators. If you follow me on IG you have seen a few of these. When IDO3D offered to let me try out their kit with my kids, I said YES! Especially when it boasted to make up to 25 projects. Score!!

This IDO3D kit includes:
(5) 3D drawing pens, colors vary but we received two red (the tube appears slightly orange), two green and one yellow.
(1) 3D Guide Book
(1) spotlight for curing the ink
(1) plastic sheet for drawing
(2) accessory shapes
*NOT included are 3 AAA batteries

Check out my little artist. If it involves experimenting, she is all about it.

Tips for using:
  • Make sure your IDO3D spotlight has fresh batteries. Uses AAA(Note: The light may appear to be working, when the batteries are in fact weak.)
  • The spotlight should be held as close to your project as possible (about .5 inches). You can also cure your pieces from the bottom of the plastic tracing sheet by holding your light directly under your artwork. This is helpful for thicker lines and larger areas of ink. The tip of the pen can be adjusted to create thick or thinner lines. (Just like a glue tip)
  • Trace small sections of your project pieces and then quickly hit it with the light. You do not need it to fully cure; a couple of seconds will prevent the ink from spreading and allow you to achieve finer detail. Repeat this process until you are finished with your project piece.
  • We have found that alcohol based hand sanitizers help to easily remove any sticky residue left behind by the ink.
  • You can place your plastic tracing sheet in the sun to cure any unwanted ink. (You can also place your art in a window sill and use to sun to help finish curing your projects.)
You can purchase your very own IDO3D Pen and Ink Up to 25 Projects Print System at this link. Here is her final 1st time project. I think she is in the Christmas mood. 

Miss K and I had so much fun bonding and creating. She thought it would even be fun to answer a few questions about her newest craft making tool, and really thought it was cool when she saw IDO3D advertising on the TV! Too bad we had to leave for her brother's basketball game or we probably would have made it a goal to get all 25 projects made in one night!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Elf on a Shelf 2015 Link- Up with The 4-Crow's Blog: The Introduction

Only one week away and Malia Peppermint Pattie, Charley our scout elves and their pet Frost return from the North Pole. Three Thanksgivings ago The 4-Crow's were summoned by the doorbell and found a visitor from the North Pole. The visitor was nameless at the time, but soon became know as Malia Peppermint Pattie. 2011 was our first year to participate in The Elf on the Shelf Tradition. We didn't exactly have a "real" Elf on the Shelf, so I called our daily link up Elf on a Shelf. We had Charley, a 40+ year old Whitman's Chocolate Candy Elf given to us by Miss K's dance instructor Miss Pam. Then last year, a reindeer pet named Frost joined our nest in all the Elf fun.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 we hosted a weekly link up, showcasing a full 7 days of elf fun. Our Charley, had to semi retire. He is still a part of our household, but because he is "vintage", I decided he no longer needed to be serving in any reindeer games. He is actually pictured in the above button, see his rips? You can read more about Charley here, also feel free to visit the last three years of linkups and see what kinds of fun our scouts have around our nest.

We absolutely LOVE this tradition, so much that we even get to occasionally blog for Elf on the Shelf. See our posts here and here.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Won't you please grab the button below, link up, and play along once a week until December 26th? You can share seven pictures, a few, or just one of your favorite Elf moments/memories of the week. All you have to do is grab the button and put your blog link in the linkup form that I will provide each week. I look forward to seeing all of the Elf games and fun you are having!

Warning: I do post daily on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. My follow buttons are over on the right side of my blog. If you do want to follow and post, I will use the following hashtags #CrowElf15 #4CrowsElfLinkup.
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Last year in order to help keep myself a little more organized since my work load is crazier than ever, I made myself an Elf on a Shelf Calendar. I have once again made time to get organized. See below. Feel free to use my ideas or print out the blank form for your own use.

(download here)

Elf on a Shelf with The 4-Crow's 2015 will be posted the following Friday's, hope you join in!

November 27
December 4
December 11
December 18
December 25

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Popular Purple Sharpener Makes it's Debut Today!! #QuietSharpeners

I first introduced to you one of my favorite products EVER a little over two years ago. Since then I personally have watched 50 teachers in my daughters school personally get one for their classrooms. What is this product you ask? Only the Quietest Pencil Sharpener Ever by Classroom Friendly Supplies. My friend, a kindergarten teacher originally told me about these fantastic, wonderful, QUIET, pencil sharpeners. I didn't believe her. A quiet sharpener is a teacher's dream, right my friends? Anything to avoid classroom interruptions.
So, like any curious blogger/homeroom mom/PTA member, I set about on some teacher research during teacher appreciation week back in 2013. I requested to do a review and was approved. The owner of Classroom Friendly Supplies,Troy Decoff, is an elementary school teacher himself.  He first started selling these sharpeners after realizing that many fellow teachers were also completely fed up with the loud and inefficient pencil sharpeners that they had in their classrooms. Oh I remember those terrible, noisy, messy manual sharpeners, the only ones that truly work when sharpened. I HATE my electric one that we use at home. We had to jab the pencil so far in and it eats half the pencil before it gets sharp. I detest even more when my son tries to do homework in an ink pen. Anyway, Troy responded to my request and told me that I was exactly the type of person they were looking for to review the sharpener. That was the beginning of my love for a pencil sharpener. 
And TODAY.....
I get to introduce to you a brand new color Popular Purple!!

Popular Purple is available for the first time on the Classroom Friendly Supplies website today. Customer's asked and they delivered. This sharpener is a beauty. And of course performs like a dream. I was pretty excited to add another one to my household. My kids wouldn't leave my other one alone. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing In Faith.Hope.Love Review & Giveaway #NIVBibleforTeenGirls #FLYBY

I was once a teenage girl. Shocking, right? Ages 13-18, were TOUGH for me. Relationships between my parents, classmates, and siblings were not easy. Throw in the mix of hormones, boys, and decisions for my future and I was an all out hurricane. No one really knew this. I kept it together, kept it inside.  I didn't focus on my present, but rather than my future during those five years. It is something I regret to this day. I grew up way before I should have. Yes, God had me, but I didn't have His perfect assurance in my life to give it all to Him.

"The great people at Zondervan have designed a Bible for real teen girls with real lives. Today's teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God.  The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that.  This Bible is packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussions about the realities of life.  This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.  It is as sincere about a teen girl's walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more."

I will have a teen daughter in a few short years and given the track God is calling me on so far moving up and working with my daughter's age group in the children's ministry, I see that I am being prepared for teen ministry very very soon . I was excited to review the NIV Bible for Teen Girls and to get a look at what is ahead and how such a Bible will help these girls that I am so vested in grow in faith, hope, and love.

Take a look at how Roman 6:23 NIV is highlighted. The key verses that any teen girl needs to read/share are highlighted. On the opposite page you can see the daily reading. I love how the daily reading just lays it out and talks to you like a friend. Why not? Isn't Jesus our friend? This is how our relationship with Christ should be and getting into the word as a teen. WOW!

One of readers is going to get their very own copy of this Bible. My only requirement is to tell me who the teen will be that you will gift the Bible to. Extra entries are available, but not required.

Be sure to visit the following links to learn more:

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Check out the Amazing Spin Master Quick Cups Video and #WIN! #Sponsored #Giveaway

Do you kids like to play with cups? Red plastic, styrofoam, you name it there is is a song being sung, a craft being made, or a stack going up here at my nest.

Check out the amazing new Quick Cups video from Spin Master and enter that giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 3 grand games packages including Fibber, Moustache Smash, Boom Boom Balloon, Shark Mania, Rapidoodle, and Quick Cups! Also - 10 Fantastic Runner Up Prizes of the Quick Cups Board Game!" Quick Cups is a great game where kids can outperform their parents if they have a quicker eye and hands! It’s a game for everyone to play and ANYONE can be the winner!

How fun does that look! Good luck and be sure to check out the Spin Master Game site for more great game ideas.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Check Out DC Kids Super Hero Creator and #WIN! #Sponsored #Giveaway

Superheroes are EVERYWHERE! There has even been talk of my little princess going as a girl version of a superhero for Halloween. If you could create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more what/who would you be? Actually, why don't you just go to this link and create it now! Here is mine. I have the ability of FLIGHT- I think that might help me get to all the places I need to be much much faster! And I kind of like that my name RED SAGE is a disguise for who I really am. Like the bubble gum? LOL. This was fun!

Also check out some of the amazing new videos from Warner Bros, including favorites such as Scooby Doo & Batman Unlimited. There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen Review

I am ALWAYS looking for cute girly books for Miss K to read independently. If your girl is like mine she loves her pajamas. A book about pajamas, imagination, and teaches a lesson is a TRIPLE SCORE in my favor when it comes to my little girl reading.

Life lesson in this book:

Thou shall not steal. Exodus 20:15

About the Book: 

The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen by Sandra Hagee Parker is a cute, illustrated story about a girl's imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie's cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

This book is appropriate for ages 4-8. Although, I will tell you younger kids WILL sit and listen and look through the beautifully illustrated pages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a special little one or growing girl in their lives. 

You can visit for free downloads and more Pajama Girl fun. 

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Worthy Kids (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1617954721
ISBN-13: 978-1617954726
Available at Amazon.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Check Out LEGO Scooby Doo on YouTube and #WIN! #Sponsored #Giveaway

Okay, so I never realized just ALL the things that were on YouTube until recently. We cut the cord. You know the cable one, and invested in a Roku. One of the channels we downloaded is of course the YouTube channel. Not only do we get to watch all the videos that I have uploaded of my family, but we have been learning some crazy dance moves lately- there has even been talk of a Crow Christmas Video instead of a card this year. Hmmmm...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh

Y'all. I bring it ALL on myself the questions I am about to ask. When does the wife, mom of 2- a basketball player and dancer, babysitter of 3, church volunteer, dance volunteer, and PTA President find time to get things done? When you get yourself into as much as I have managed to bite off lately some things tend to slip- like blogging. When do I find time to get into the word? When do I find time to make my day matter? How do I let my light shine? I confess it is HARD. When one of the companies I blog for sent me book review selections this summer, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Making Today Matter by Sheila Walsh stood out.

Take a look at the following video by Sheila. 

I'm a HUGE Sheila fan, I was even before I saw her at a Women of Faith tour here in Tulsa several years ago. My daughter and I adore her Gigi: God's Little Princess children's books. In some of the material I was sent regarding the book, Sheila writes, "How can we walk through the craziness with Jesus? I know it seems like we don't really have timer for one more thing. But I also know that God's time isn't like ours, and when we give Him our time, He can do more with us in five minutes than if we spent five hours on our own."  Wow! That is BIG. 

So, as I begin my journey in this book, I want to invite one of my LOCAL community friends/family to join me. I HAVE A COPY TO GIVEAWAY. This means a local peer that I interact with, whether it be school, church, dance, basketball or PTA- just ANYONE I come into contact with. A peer that when they receive  book we can encourage one another to take five minutes. This giveaway opportunity will last approximately 24 hours and then I will let Rafflecopter pick for me. You can also get your very own copy here

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Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure & Erin Davis Review

Growing up in a small town Southern Baptist church, I was taught or at least I learned through the example of the Christians that surrounded me that in the church I wasn't supposed to do a few things.

Raise my hands in worship.

Now, I'm going to tell you my thoughts on the first two without a lot of elaboration. You can drink. Jesus did. But Jesus did not drink to get drunk. He was a very responsible guy and a great example. As far as hand raising, I now do it. When I get into the worship mode I want to praise my LORD. The Holy Spirit just moves me. Dancing. Okay, seriously. Some Christians can REALLY dance, some of us can just move our bodies in the rhythm of the music, there are some who should just tap their foot to the beat, and we all know some that should probably take two steps back, cover it up, and get to confession. Get me?

Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine ad lyre. Psalm 149:3

I have been following Cameron Cameron Bure a lot the past few years. She was one of my favorite childhood stars and its VERY nice to see those stars grow up to be actors in wholesome Hallmark shows and the follow their lives on reality tv shows such as Dancing with the Stars and now The View.

This summer, I had the opportunity to review the very book in which Candace shares her journey as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life- Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure & Erin Davis.

"Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we’ve watched as she’s balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance."

Y'all this book. Is good. Got a teen daughter? Read it with her. I absolutely loved throughout the book how she talked about modesty on the show, How yes, she is/was a sexual woman, but that certain things are reserved for her husband only of 18 years. Talk about standing for Christ. Talk about letting her light shine.

How have you stood up for conviction lately in your life? Life isn't easy. Life is full of judgmental choices. For me lately it is just to love others as Christ has loved us. Hate the sin, but love the sinner. So much easier said than done. Forgiveness has been a huge conviction for me and one that Satan continues to throw at me.

You can get your copy here!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to School with a Printable

We are Back to School.

One week into the 2015-16 school year. WHEW. That first week always seems to be the toughest. 

The back to school pictures were taken. 

The classes were found- especially when you start a high school that houses almost 1300 Freshman.

The bus routes were a success. 

Two PTA meetings down, YAY Mrs. President! 

Basketball practices have begun. 

Mom's Taxi Service has commenced with ZERO tips. 

Only one class schedule change. And it was just a flip flop, same classes different hours. 

A new church year started. Classes and Services were changed. And yes, it is a change for us. Lots of new faces. Change is good. 

My "little" man allowed me ONE more year of first day bus stop pictures. One of my friends from church stopped me and told me that she used him as a shining example for her 8 year old.

Word of advice boys: You will always be your Moma's baby boy. Let her take that picture. My favorite picture quote is from the movie Safe Haven- 2013.
"Take a lot of photos. You will only regret the ones you didn't take." 

I love taking pictures of their new shoes and gear. Their feet grow so much, just like they do. Why yes. That is an $80 backpack. WHAT?!?! I admit it. I did it. Only I got it for $60. And you better believe I paid to have it embroidered with his name. It has a place for the basketball equipment and a special pocket for the ChromeBook that the school district blessed ALL Freshman with this year. He doesn't have a locker, so this backpack will be well worth the moolah, hopefully for all of high school.

Miss K. What can I say. Of all the shots I took this ended up being my favorite. Her sweet but sassy personality! The first day of school was an unseasonable cool August morning in Oklahoma, so she got to wear one of her favorite accessories- her jean jacket. She is growing up fast. In the past week I have only been allowed to fix her hair two times. Don't you just love her Rustic Cuff bracelet. We have matching ones, She wears her Cate and knows that I am wearing my Catherine and thinking of her while she is away from me. Such a cute idea. 

See. Shoes and backpack. We are all about our Chuck's this Fall. And my girl and her Vera. She truly is Sassy and Trendy. I am in trouble. Good thing I know how to "shop".

Miss K took this gift for her teacher on the first day of school. Cake balls in a jar. Did you know that if you don't have chalkboard vinyl you can make it yourself? It will probably wash off, but it made the effect I wanted. I had an Avery label and cut it the shape I wanted with my Cricut, the used chalkboard paint. Then we used this printable that I made last year. You can download here

So. How is your Back to School going so far?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Boy

Today we picked up his school schedule. The sign inside the entry way said welcome Class of 2019. The schedule we picked up marked another milestone for him. For me. His high school years are about to begin in only 9 days. 

My boy is a Freshman. Where has the time gone? My boy who has served as a life changer for me in so many ways. Ways he may never understand. You see there was a time when it was just he and I, and then another time when it was just the two of us again. He prayed. Then there was three. Then came four. Then we were complete. 

My boy. My big hearted boy. So talented, so patient. Patient with everyone but his little sister. I'm told that is normal. Did I mention talented? His love for sports, especially basketball is going to take him far. Between the love of the game and his love for Christ.  I pray that his life experiences are well learned lessons. Lessons that one day can mentor those from similar situations. He will be an excellent teacher. An excellent coach and mentor. 

My boy makes me proud each day. There will be lots of growing for both of us in the next four years. Four years that I have to hold him as close as he will allow and cherish each precious moment. Four years to call him my baby boy even though at  almost 6'2" and 187lbs he is far from a baby. My boy will forever be my pride and joy, this Moma's baby boy.