Friday, July 1, 2016

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Book Review & Giveaway #WormOnAWalk #FlyBY #Giveaway


Miss K and I were given the opportunity by FlyBy to read a new book to our little friends who visit us each week. Unfortunately, the reading to the friends won't happen until next week, since we just got the book. But, that didn't stop BOTH my kids from picking up this book and reading it. YES, I said both- even a 15 1/2 year old was drawn to this book. Maybe it was the beautifully illustrated cover. It's funny because even the simplest of books can teach the biggest lessons in life. God created us all unique. We are wonderfully made, loved and special.

About the book:
“Would a worm go on a walk, if you could lead him down the street? Would he wear his tiny tennies, if he had two worm-sized feet?”

So begins this humorous and imaginative picture book that introduces children to the idea that animals are uniquely created by a loving and wise God. Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, with its colorful, comical illustrations, is a fresh, fun way to teach young children that God created all things very good. He gave all the animals, and children, too, wonderful qualities and unique strengths. Children will giggle over the ridiculous scenarios presented, and they will come away with the knowledge that we all are loved and special.

Format: Jacketed hardcover
Page count: 32
Reading age: 4-7

About the author:
Hannah C. Hall is the author of best-selling children’s books, including God Bless You and Good Night and God Bless Our Christmas, as well as an award-winning blog, HannahCHall.com. Hannah lives in Prairie Grove, AK with her husband, Josh, a worship pastor, and their four children.


One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this book? Who wants it? Enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below, or order at this link.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Where is the Grace? Where is the Love?

I started writing this post on June 1st. I posted it in the notes of my phone. Not quite complete, not quite finished with my thoughts on the whole parent bashing that seems to take place anytime a parent/child tragedy happens. Little did I know that in two weeks time another incident would hit national news. Now my post is complete...



Where is the grace? Where is the love?

As a Moma I cannot even count on one hand the times one of my children have gotten out of my sight. One of mine thought he was pretty funny at age 3 hiding in that clothes rack at Walmart for 180 seconds. Believe me a Code Adam was called. The feeling of panic that grips a parent to find their child missing for even one second is unexplainable.

My poor niece- Miss J, I'm sure glad I got to practice parent on you. Poison control has been on speed dial ever since that possible fingernail polish remover consumption and yes, I will admit the the time I THREW you to protect you from an attack of swarming insects. I don't think we ever did find what truly was attacking us.

Oh, and to this day why did I put flip flops on an 18 month old? Her poor nose as it met the driveway pavement. I guess I should have also been berated when she got in the way of a driveway pickup basketball game and was hospitalized overnight with a concussion.

Let's don't even talk of all the zoo's we have visited over the years. I can guarantee you that if one or three of us Williams' kids could have found a way into a few cages out of curiosity we would have. We were pretty ornery.

I can only imagine another mother's fear for her child as she watched helplessly as her child was in the cage and possession of a wild animal. I am sure if she could have figured out the how to get in the same cage she would have.

A NO SWIMMING sign means just that. NO SWIMMING. It doesn't mean not sitting on a beach. What kid wouldn't be curious enough to dip fingers or toes into the water. Kids are kids!!

I cannot and do not want to imagine a father's fear as he did everything within his human power to save his son from the grips of a hidden reptile.

Face it, NONE of us mothers or fathers will be awarded the perfect parent of the year award. EVER. Let's love. Let's support. Don't hate on or judge. Tragedy is tragedy. Finger pointing doesn't help, it cuts deep. Let's cover each other in grace.

I think we have become a society looking for everything that a parent does that is wrong and are putting them to shame when something bad happens. When the bad happens it happens to all of us. If we are to be Christlike we are to remember, Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Esther: The Belle of Patience, Book #2 in The Adventures of Rooney Cruz Bible Belles Series Review #FlyBy #BibleBelles

It's summer. WooHoo!!!  The one thing my kids hate to do in the summer is anything that remotely looks like school, including READING. As a mom and an avid reader, this breaks my heart. When FlyBy Promotions contacted me about reading and reviewing the latest book in Bible Belle's series, my Moma wheels started turning. How can I make Miss K enjoy reading this summer... To be honest she doesn't like to read, because she is slow, and feels like she doesn't do a great job at it.

I haven't shared on the blog yet, but Miss K now has a YouTube channel- Miss K's Corner. Yes, she is now an aspiring YouTuber.  She has 7 videos, with 7 subscribers, and a total of 343 likes total. Believe me, she can rattle those stats off like nobody's business. Anyway, if she can vlog about something she does, a DIY, a shopping haul, or something else, then MAYBE I can get her to read a book and vlog about it.

MISSION SUCCESSFUL. Take a look at this. I'll admit, this was a huge lesson for both of us. My comfort in reading, meets her comfort behind the camera. Her discomfort in reading, met my discomfort of self behind camera. What a lesson the Belles are teaching us both.



"About the series: Bible Belles’ The Adventure of Rooney Cruz is an original children’s series that presents real life heroes like never before. The series highlights five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah.

THE SOUND OF THE BELLES WILL BE H.E.A.R.D. -EXODUS 28:35

We’re setting out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. We want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. We want girls to remember their names, their stories, and how special they are."

We were sent an e-book/pdf of  Esther: The Belle of Patience. I just love how the women of the Bible are being compared to modern day girls. Esther releases in June 2016. One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this book to add to their library. Will it be you? Just enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below.

Book Trailer:

Bible Belle's Esther: The Belle of Patience from Bible Belles on Vimeo.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Watch "The Eleventh" on Feeln



Since we cut the cord- the cable one- a little over a year ago, I haven't missed too many of my favorite channels. Except for ONE. The Hallmark Channel. But believe me when I tell you feeding kids is worth way more than paying the cable bill to watch one channel. At least that is my opinion. Since we cut the cable, we have been saving over $100/month. This week we were given the opportunity to review an episode of a new series by the Feeln streaming service.

Did you know that Hallmark has a streaming service? YES! Feeln is the leading streaming service that brings you heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, anytime, anywhere. All movies are handpicked so you spend less time searching and more time with the stories you love. Feeln brings home the exclusive library of Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series, and award-winning originals you won’t find anywhere else.

My family and I sat down last night and watched the new original series that Feeln launched this month. “The Eleventh” which stars a trifecta of TV legends including Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Dancing With The Stars), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Up), and Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm In The Middle).
“The Eleventh” focuses on a young girl’s journey to getting to know her estranged grandmother in order to bring closure to the past and unite her family. The series has heart-warming themes of family, forgiveness, healing, and love.

Check out the trailer:



Jason, Miss K and I sat down to watch our free episode of  "The Eleventh" and immediately wanted more. This show is very well written and perfect for FAMILY viewing. It's the perfect time of the year to start a new family series. School is out for the summer, and all of the other shows are ending their seasons.

To watch full episodes of ‘The Eleventh’ on Feeln go to this link.

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I received a free first episode screening of "The Eleventh" and will receive a free one year subscription to Feelin for doing this review. All opinions are my own. I will receive no monetary compensation for this post. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

DC Super Hero Girls #Giveaway #Sponsored #Win

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Did you know that there are DC Super Hero Girls? I didn't, and I cannot wait to show Miss K. Thanks to DC Comincs and Zeitghost Media for asking me to share this spoonsored giveaway on my my blog. One of my readers could possible win 1 of 3 $100 giftcards.

If your kids are looking for action-packed girl power, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What I love is how dynamic the characters are from strong and fearless to edgy and fun; there is a character for everyone. I also love that I am familiar with a few of these Super Hero Girls and can introduce them to my daughter- face it the new Super Hero movies that are coming out really do not show a kid friendly side these days.

Check out their YouTube Channel, which makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device.



Their website is also full of character information, products. and has an extended online experience where kids can play games, download free printable activities, and more.

Be sure to enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below to possibly win 1 of 3 VISA $100 Gift Cards with DC Super Hero Girls!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Got Smarties? Here's an idea for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Warning: if you are a teacher of one of my children or one that I volunteer for, DO NOT READ THIS POST. Seriously what are you still doing reading?

My favorite week of the school year is coming up in a little over a month. Teacher Appreciation Week- May 2-6 in case you don't  have it on the calendar yet.  This year I get to plan for not a dozen (includes specials teachers), but for about 80!!!

Planning began in January. Shopping began in February. My latest purchase was today at Dollar General. Bags of Smarties for .75! I bought 10 bags. Oh yes, I did.

Now I am not going to give all of my ideas in this post, because I know there are a few of those 80 teachers/staff members that are still reading my blog- they get an F for following instructions today.

I made this printable for my Freshman son's six teachers. I will just take string and attach 3 or 4 rolls of Smarties to it.
 Here is a blank one. You can download at this link.

Need one for a group of teachers...

I can't wait to see all the new ideas this year for TAW week. Remember to thank the Special Teachers and Bus Drivers also!!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

OKWB Mini-Con 2016. Don't Miss Next Year. #okwbminicon

One week ago today, I had my bag packed and was ready to take a little overnight trip to Sequoyah State Park. To sleep in a room with a person I had never met in person.  To hang out in my PJ's and karaoke with almost 20 other women, of whom I had only met three in real life. Was I crazy? NOPE. Not by a long shot. You see these 20 are a community of mine. A community that even though I may never had met in person, at some point during the past few years they have let me into their lives through their words. They are bloggers, all but three Oklahoma Women Bloggers. They are writers.

We were all attending the first ever Oklahoma Women Bloggers conference. Search #OkWBMiniCon on all social media sites for more info, pics, and attendees.


Bag packed, ready to go, waiting for my kids to get off the bus so I can give them a hug and kiss. What happens? Life. In walks the 15 year old man-child and his nose is sitting on the side of his face, not the middle. SON, in basketball you block with your hands not your face. A trip to the ER at my scheduled time to leave was in order. Diagnosis, Nose Fracture.
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I walked out of the ER and posted the above on Instagram, then called Miss K and blew her a kiss through the phone. Sometimes a Moma Blogger just has to let the Daddy take on duty.

From my house its only about a 35 minute drive to Oklahoma's Sequoyah State Park. Absolutely beautiful. This is sunrise Saturday morning.



You've heard the saying "big things come in small packages", well in less than 24 hours we heard from six fantabulous speakers who brought tons of information. On Friday night, we heard from creator/founder of The Women Bloggers Stephanie Buckley aka The Park Wife about the importance of community. Then on Saturday we heard from Jackie Wolven about blog branding. Then our fabulous OKWB...

Marisa Mohi, Topic: 10 Reasons I Stopped Reading Your Blog

Allison Griffin at Refunk My Junk, Topic: The Business of Blogging
(Major FanGirling going on. Allison is also a "retired banker". I want to be her when my blog grows up.)

Mari Farthing, Topic: Yes, You are a Writer (Don't Eat the Monkey)


Stephanie Clinton, Topic: Letting Go of Blog Envy




The OKWB admins Stephanie, Marisa and Mari did an outstanding job putting this conference together, I cannot wait until next year's conference. Wanna join me? Wanna be a sponsor? Be sure to follow/join the OKWB. You can contact them here, tell them I sent you!!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith Review & Giveaway


This morning out my living room window, I heard the sweetest sound. I grabbed my camera but it flew away as soon as I opened the door, it probably didn't help that two doors down there is a new house being built and they also had started pounding away with their hammers. I did capture him/her on top of my neighbors house though-not a great picture, but I got it.


A red breasted robin. This is how I know spring is officially around the corner. It won't be long and I will find that sweet nest, and hear even more sweet sounds. Did you know that there is a Legend of the Easter Robin? I didn't, until I was asked to review The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith by Dandi Daley Mackall. The legend of the robin's breast is an old Pennsylvania Dutch tale. The point of the legend is a celebration of the robin's compassion and of Christ's sacrifice. 

Take a look at this video. 



Wow, huh? The story is so sweet and the pages are beautifully illustrated in this hard back book. I read it by myself first and I will be honest, I had a few tears flowing. Then when Miss K got home- she just turned 9, I had her read it aloud. We love adding books like this to our library. And this one was a bonus, because even I learned something new.

One of my readers is going to be blessed with their very own hardback copy of this book. The only required entry for this is to tell me who you will share this book with. Bonus entries are available!

About the book:
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.

Age Range: 4-8 years
Hardcover; 32 pages
Publish Date: January 26, 2016





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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, January 29, 2016

JESUS TODAY: DEVOTIONS FOR KIDS Review & Giveaway #JesusTodayKids #FlyBy

Most of my readers know that I serve as a 3rd Grade Station Leader at our church. This month our life app has been self-control. 

Our memory verse this month is, "A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” Proverbs 25:28, NIrV

We have been exploring different verses in Proverbs talking about not only the power of self-control , but self- control over words, thoughts, temper, and knowing when to stop. 

This has been an eye-opening lesson for myself, and I am most certainly am glad that I am saved and forgiven by grace, because let me tell you, I have had to reveal a few of  my own self-control issues to this group of 9 year olds. One- is my failure to read the Bible every single day. Two- my Diet Coke addiction. I have challenged my group this month to bring their Bible every Sunday, yes they are rewarded by a Synergy Buck for bringing, but they all have learned the trick of finding Proverbs and are all getting very good at finding the Bible story for the week. Most are admitting to me now that they are exercising self-control over what they bring to church. Their parents are telling them to bring their Bible. Yay!!

When FlyPropeller contacted me to host a review/giveaway on the JESUS TODAY: DEVOTIONS FOR KIDS by Sarah Young, both hands went up. My own 3rd grader is one of those 3rd graders that I had to confess too. Oh Moma. Oh My. 

We received our book on January 19th. I turned the page to the 19th devotion for no specific reason. God had a reason. Miss K has been dealing with some fear at night issue. You see God knows. 

Take a look at the scriptures that accompany the daily passage. I am reading each night to Miss K right now, but it is written to where she can read to herself if necessary. Needless to say we are in awe of this devotion.

About Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids: 
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you.  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years

About Sarah Young: 
Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.

One of my blessed readers is going to get their very own copy of this devotion. Who wants it? All you have to do is answer one question on the easy Rafflecopter form below to enter. Bonus entries are available.

Who will you share Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids with?

You can find more information about Jesus Today and Sarah's other books at the following sites.
Official Website 

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Apps that Pay Me $ to Snap a Receipt

Several people have asked me several times to collectively share in a post what apps I use to earn cash back on my everyday purchases.  Since it is the beginning of the year, and I tend to let my $ accumulate on these apps all year long for Christmas spending, I will now share. Now, I am not going to tell you that this doesn't take a little TIME, but then again time is $ in my pocket for odds and ends, a gift card or two, or maybe even an unexpected Black Friday purchase!



So here you go...

Ibotta- When my friends join Ibotta with my referral code and redeem a rebate, they’ll get $10, and I will get $5. This is my second year to use this app and so far my cash back has been a little over $40- I have friends who have earned a LOT more.

There are two easy ways to earn with this app, you can upload a receipt or link a loyalty card, such as Reasors, CVS, or Walgreens.
  1. Download the Ibotta app use my link above, available on iOS and Android. The app is required to submit a receipt. 
  2. Unlock Rebates. Before you go shopping, unlock cash rewards on great products by completing simple tasks. 
  3. Go Shopping. Buy the products you’ve unlocked at any supported store.
  4. Verify Your Purchases. Scan your product barcodes, then submit a photo of your receipt. 
  5. Get Cash. You’ll have the cash deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. Once you get to $20, you can transfer this $ to Paypal or Venmo. If you reach $25 then you can get gift cards at stores like Walmart, Starbucks, or iTunes. 

Checkout 51- check out this how it works here. 
  1. Browse offers and buy products at any store.
  2. Upload your receipt using Checkout 51.
  3. They confirm your purchase and credit your account.
  4. When your account balance reaches $20, you can cash out and they mail you a check. Please see their terms for more details.
SavingStar- This site lets you cash out at $5. And there is almost always a FREEBIE offer. You can save both through stores and online.  I have my Reasors, and CVS cards automatically linked to this app, so when I select my offers and purchase, the savings is added directly to my account. Here's how it works at the store, which is how I use it.
  1. Select offers on web or mobile.
  2. Use card at checkout or take a picture of receipt.
  3. Get cash in your SavingStar account.
Snap by Groupon- This site let's you cash out at $20. It is also a referral app. I get $1.00 if you sign up! 
  1. Download the Snap app at the link above for iPhone or Android. You can also use their website. 
  2. Browse their offers before you shop.
  3. Purchase promoted products at any store.
  4. Snap a photo of your receipt and get cash in your account. Pretty easy. 

Receipt Hog- I have only been using this app since September/October. You don't go shopping for anything specific on this app. You just take a picture of every receipt you get and qualifying purchases earn you coins. After 1800 coins you can cash out for $5 in the form of Paypal or Amazon gift card. There are a few other things like levels and spins, but I will let you read about it at the link above. Basically, the more you shop and submit, the more you earn! 

mobiSave- I just downloaded this one last week. So far I have earned $2.30 on everyday items such as bread, milk, bananas, and detergent. Not bad. It's the same concept as the others. It just is paid IMMEDIATELY to my Paypal. Love this one so far.

  1. Select the offer before you go shopping.
  2. Snap a picture of the receipt when you get home.
  3. Get paid within hours. It looks like the payout will be through Paypal as well. 
Walmart Savings Catcher- if you are not using this app that is specific to Walmart, what are you waiting for? I am a great competitive ad shopper, but I do miss things. I love scanning my Walmart receipts and throwing them in the trash. Then if I need to return something the receipt is right there on the app, plus it pays me back if a lower price is found somewhere else.

So, what $ back apps do you use? Any that I didn't mention above? What I really love about a few of these apps is being able to use my one receipt on all of them. For instance, maybe three of them have an offer on bananas. ChaChing!! 

So, let the $ back earning for the year begin, can't wait to hear how much you get back at the end of the year. 

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Disclosure: I am not being paid by any of these apps to write this post. A few of these apps have referral links which I have included in my post, which earn me $, some will even earn you $ for signing up and using it. SCORE!! If any of these companies want to pay me in the future to write about them...AWESOME!

Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Word of the Year- BE

This year's word is broad. It almost has to be. Just because. That is how I roll with these word of the year things.

This past year, I found on a quote cuff at Rustic Cuff which really spoke to me as a mother, wife and just  for my family in general. It is by the former missionary Jim Elliot who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador. He was a missionary before my time. He died in 1956. Look him up.

"Wherever you are, be all there."

Our 2016 word of the year is BE.

BE real.
BE happy.
BE present.
BE strong.
BE courageous.
BE kind or BE quiet.
BE fierce.
BE brave.
BE still.
BE fun.
BE you.

Wherever and whatever we are doing, we will just BE all there and do life to its fullest.


What is the one word you will stick to in 2016? What is your Word of the Year? 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

AtmosFlare™3D Drawing Pen Review #AtmosFlare #Sponsored

'Tis the two weeks of Christmas Break and boredom has officially set in- and we shave less than a week to go until school is back in session. What will I do with the 5  days remaining to keep my sanity in tact besides eat? What will these kids of mine do besides eat, play video games, watch TV, and drive me insane?

Thanks to AtmosFlare™ 3D DRAWING PEN by RedwoodVentures LTD, LLC., who is paying us to test out their latest product before it hits the shelves in January, I can add another activity to our break. Yippee!!

Take a look at the flower pot that Miss K made using the AtmosFlare™ 3D DRAWING PEN.



You may recall last month, I was paid to play with their I DO 3D product. See our review of it here. Honestly, we like the AtomoFlare 3D Pen, so much better. It's more precise and cures while being used versus drawing and then curing. And, being able to draw and sculpt in mid-air is amazing!! Take a look at the following video.


AtmosFlare 3D from Redwood Ventures LTD on Vimeo.

Since we are in testing mode, our pen came in a brown box with the following items:
Pen (1)
Ink Cartridges (2, blue and red)
Ink Tips (4)
Cap (1)


Miss K loves making craft videos-I think she is contemplating becoming a YouTube sensation, so I let her make one of the AtmosFlare™3D Drawing Pen for this post, keep in mind she and I are still not experts on 3D pen art, but we are having fun trying and learning.




AtmosFlare™ Pro Tips:
  • Start squeezing before you turn on the light. It helps to keep the nozzle free from initial buildup.
  • Ink your base/attachment point first then turn on the light. Otherwise the ink may not stick or simply pull right off. 
  • Shining the pen on a bright surface will cure what is already inside the nozzle. The reflection of the light cures the inside of the nozzle and can block it. 
  • When the nozzle is clogged, remove the nozzle then clean/clear the nozzle with a paperclip. If you leave the nozzle attached to the resin bladder when cleaning the obstruction will just get squeezed back in to the nozzle.
  •  Try to store the pen upright while in frequent use so the ink stays a the tip. Otherwise you will have to shake the pen or squeeze through the air pockets which might distort your line. 
  • Your battery will last about 4 hours. When it’s time to change your battery, the lighted “M” emblem will alert you by flashing three times.
  • You might see moisture vapor near the tip of your pen as you draw. This is a harmless, odorless result of the 3D ink curing as excess moisture evaporates.
Safety:

  1. Avoid looking directly at the spotlight, and don't point the spotlight at your eyes or the eyes of anyone else.
  2. Place cap on drawing tip after use. AtmosFlare™ works best if used and stored at room temperature, (between 60 and 80 degrees fahrenheit, 15 to 27 degrees celsius.)
  3. For the best results, draw directly on the supplied plastic sheet and accessory shapes. This keeps your drawing surface clean and neat. (We were not supplied these sheets, but instead improvised with parchment paper and our supplies from the IDO3D review)
  4. Wash hands well with soap and water after use.
  5. Do not place ink in mouth or ingest. In case any ink enters your eyes, wash with plenty amount of water. If you experience any unexpected allergic reaction, consult a doctor.
  6. Product performs best if used within 12 months after manufacturing (manufacture date is printed on pen).
  7. Our system does not use heat to assist in the curing process, but heat is generated for about 5 seconds during the curing process. Do not apply ink to skin under direct light or sunlight as it may cause skin irritation or burns. If ink is applied to skin, wash thoroughly with soap and water.
  8. Adult supervision is required. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of 3D ink.
  9. Keep pen/ink away from pets.
  10. Results vary depending on level of skill. 
  11. For information regarding allergic concerns, please call our Customer Service 1(855) 876-8124
Troubleshooting
  • If material cured in pen tip. Remove pen tip and unclog the cured material. 
  • Replace new battery when curing time is up to 1 minutes. 
To Clean
  • Wash with soap and warm water. 
  •  Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer to help remove sticky residue from hands.
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I will say, be sure to save ALL pieces to this pen. We made the mistake of throwing away the original tops to the ink- big mistake. If the ink inside the tip wasn't hardened, it kind of poured out a little. 

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by AtmosFlare™. All content is my honest opinion. I will be compensated monetarily for this post.