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Product Review :: Circuit Maze Board Game

Product Review :: Circuit Maze Board Game


STEM Learning with electric currents, what budding scientist wouldn’t love this?

CircuMaze-1008-LoResSpillThere could not have been a game more perfect than Circuit Maze Board Game ever invented for my son! He loves science but has challenges due to his Autism. This game will actually keep him occupied, entertained, and learning for a long time. STEM activities have always been great with him so this really is his niche. The object of the game is to arrange the token pieces to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored Beacons.


PROS:

* STEM activity
* Teaches about electric currents
* Builds logic skills, sequential thinking, and problem-solving
* Challenges range Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert
* Easy to add your own spin to it by adding a timer or varying the rules as in making it a multiplayer game or play in teams
* All of the pieces seem to be very sturdy
* The cards have the answers on them in case you get stumped 🙂
* Includes: 21 Game Tokens (1 Two-Part Power Source, 3 LED Beacons, 2 Straights, 2 Bridges, 2 Double Corners, 2 T-Shapes, 5 Corners, 1 Switch and 3 Blockers)

DSC00668CONS:
* None at this time. I would think it was great though if they could come up with some additional sets of challenge cards and/or circuit pieces to expand the game even more. You really have the possibility of having this become a real challenge to collect and beat all different kinds of sets that perhaps accomplish different things when it comes to electrical engineering and science.

DSC00669My son is loving this game, and we are both learning a lot. I love that it gives him the opportunity that to do something he likes and I have the chance to reinforce needed social skills. Right now we are really doing it together but I can see him taking off on his own anytime soon. He is very bright but I want him to become aware of the rules of games in general and not just jump in there and do things the way that he thinks they should be done, which is his tendency.

 

 

DSC00670 In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this Circuit Maze Board Game directly from ThinkFun for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Product Review :: Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops

Product Review :: Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops


Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops 3M Self Adhesive Stick On Organizer for Car, Ethernet, PC, USB, iPhone, HDMI, or Desk (Large Triple) Assorted Multicolor (Office Product)

What a simple but effective way to help you get your cords organized! There seem to be more cords around than ever before. Everything has a cord, plus a back-up, and maybe even an alternative power supply. It is hard enough remembering which is which much less looking neat and orderly. I really hate the jumble of cords under my husband’s computer desk and the tangle under our nightstands.

DSC00656These make organizing everything so much easier. The best way I have used them so far is to clean up underneath my vanity. I like it now that all of the cords are able to be tucked away and out of sight. These are especially nice because you can place three different cords in one clip. The wall plug is high enough up the wall that the vanity back covers most of it. All that I had to do was take some additional 3M tape and mount my surge protector to the underside of the vanity and then use these on the back of the vanity to hold up the cords from my lamp, diffuser, CPap, and clock. I then also was able to straighten up the surge protector cord by looping it through one of the extra places in the 2 clips I had already mounted.

I can’t believe 2 little clips cleaned up that much mess! At less than $1.00 a clip at the time this set was ordered, they are well worth it. These come 10 in a pack so I should read the other reviews to see how everyone else is using them too! 🙂 I can see them coming in handy not only in the bedroom and office but in the bathroom and kitchen also. Anywhere you have a cord mess, you need some of these. They are so easy to put up and all of them have stayed in place so far.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops 3M Self Adhesive Stick On Organizer for Car, Ethernet, PC, USB, iPhone, HDMI, or Desk (Large Triple) Assorted Multicolor on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Product Review :: US Art Supply Stretched Canvas 6-Pack

Product Review :: US Art Supply Stretched Canvas 6-Pack


Freedom Series US Art Supply Professional Quality Acid-Free Stretched Canvas 6 Pack
Offered by TCP Global Corp #usartsupply

As a lifetime hobbyist, having a brand new set of 6 blank canvases has put my mind into overdrive. There are so many incredible projects that I can do with these. I hope you find the quick video I did helpful, it was totally on the fly after I read about so many people having problems with them sticking together and being damaged. I wanted to show you that the company obviously cares about your input and their product because it looks like they have changed the whole way they are packed and shipped. I apologize, I did make a mistake in the video saying they were 16×18, they are actually 16×20.

 

 

DSC00676PROS:
* Great for different kinds of painting including but not limited to acrylics and oils
* Can be used for countless other crafts besides painting
* Great price point at under $6.00 per canvas at the time mine were ordered
* You can tell care has been taking in the assembly of these. The construction and stretch look better than other quality paintings I have purchased.
* 3/4″ thick, 16 x 20
* 100% white cotton canvas that has been tripled primed with acid-free acrylic gesso
* Hand stretched on kiln dried stretcher bars
* The corners are folded neatly and tight
* Plenty of staples placed approximately 1″ apart
* Lightweight: Unprimed 7oz, Primed 12 oz.
* Each canvas is individually shrink-wrapped then wrapped again as one set
* They lay level when placed flat

CONS:
* None

I am very impressed with these. I think they are probably great for the beginning to intermediate painter and perfect for anyone who just needs a stretched canvas for another craft project. My only problem is trying to decide on what to do since there are so many great things you can do with them!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this US Art Supply 16 X 20 Inch Professional Quality Acid-Free Stretched Canvas 6-Pack – 3/4 Profile 12 Ounce Primed Gesso – (1 Full Case of 6 Single Canvases) on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Product Review: What a Wonderful World!

Product Review: What a Wonderful World!


TCP Global 8: Blue Ocean Desktop World Globe with Black Base

I have loved globes since I was a little girl so I thought this would be a great gift for my son!

DSC00642PROS:
* Can be used as an educational toy or as a decoration
* The educational opportunities are endless
* The continents are shown realistically, the globe seems to be in proportion
* Each continent is shown as a different color than it’s neighbor, except for the US
* Great size at 8″, easy for any child ages 4 and up to play with and learn from
* The base and stand come off, making it easy to hang from the ceiling
* The Latitude/Longitude, Timezones, Equinox, Ocean/Wind Currents, International Date Line, and Time Zones
* Made of materials that will last
* Seems accurate

CONS:
* There is almost too much information on it, making it hard to read
* Even though it is a nice size, I wish I would have gone a little bit larger so that it would be easier to read
* There is a grouping of very small dings along with a shallow dent of about 3/4″ where it looks like someone might have dropped it.
* Each state in the US is shown as a different color which might be confusing to some people

It seems that the problem some reviewers have had with the states and capitals has been resolved. They are on my globe, but since there are other cities that they have included, it can be confusing.

DSC00641Would I buy this again or recommend to a friend? YES!!! I love it not only for the nostalgic memories it brings back, but for the educational opportunities that it will give my son. That is well worth the price point of less than $20.00 at the time I ordered it.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this TCP Global 8″ (20cm) Blue Ocean Desktop World Globe Black Base on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#tcpglobal


Product Review :: ROHEGO Comfort Mat for Standing

Product Review :: ROHEGO Comfort Mat for Standing


by ROHEGO

ROHEGOMy husband says this is the best thing that I have got him in a long time. My poor guy has had 5 back surgeries so you can just imagine the pain he is in still, from something as simple as standing up for any length of time. Right now we are using this in front of our kitchen sink so that he gets some relief as he is doing the dishes. We have hardwood floors in our kitchen and he says that having the mat eases the pressure on his back considerably. Due to my health conditions he has to do all of the housework as well as working full time so anything that makes his life easier, I am all for it!

The product description is accurate so I don’t want to repeat all of that, just talk about what we like best about this.

ROHEGO 1PROS:
* The amount of pain/stress relief he receives by using the mat it considerable, on the high end of a rating scale of 10
* Textured backing so it stays in place
* Beveled edge makes it easy for me to push my wheelchair over it
* Eco-friendly and non-toxic
* Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied! What do you have to loose?

CONS:
* None, this is a fantastic product! I wish we would have got one sooner.

If you have any type of physical impairment that makes it painful or difficult to stand, you need one of these. If you have to stand for a long time at your job, you need one of these. It is that plain and simple. My husband doesn’t put up with gimmicks and things that don’t benefit his back. I think it is great too, it does feel considerably softer, but at the same time supportive when I do try and stand on it for short periods of time.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this ROHEGO Premium Anti-Fatigue Standing Desk and Kitchen Mat – 20″ x 39″ x 3/4″ – Reduce Fatigue and Increase Comfort and Productivity at Home, Office, Studio with this High Quality Comfort Mat – Black on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#ROHEGO


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Product Review : US Art Supply® Jewelescent® 120 Gel Pen Set

Product Review : US Art Supply® Jewelescent® 120 Gel Pen Set

Jewelescent Gel Pens USART SupplyThis is the second time I have ordered gel pens from US Art Supply. I spend most of my time in bed due to my health and so have a lot of time on my hands. I like to keep myself occupied and one of my favorite things to do is color. I find it to be very relaxing and stress-free. There is nothing hard about it except choosing what to color, what to color with, and then what specific color you will use! To some, 120 pens might seem overkill but if you color a lot, you will go through a lot of pens, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and whatever else you use.

The first set of gel pens I ordered from US Art Supply was a 48 pen set, US Art Supply Jewelescent 48 Color Gel Pen Set Professional Artist Quality Gel Ink Pens. My review is basically the same but I do have a few different points to make so they are both worth reading for more information. At least my hope is that you find them useful 🙂

These are some really nice gel pens. I would say they are for anyone who is entry level to being a fairly serious colorist. Some of the colors, especially the Glitters, would be appreciated by professionals.

Of all the sets I have ever used by any manufacturer, no two are the same.
This set is one of the better sets that I have used.



PROS:
* 120 colors to choose from, tons of options which I love! *see complete list of colors below
* You are able to naturally blend with some of the colors if you do it quickly
* You can completely color over another color, not always possible with other setsDSC00545
* Fine tips, excellent for tiny areas
* You can actually use the case to store the pens in if you are careful
* The ink dries quickly, hardly any smearing
* Minimal color bleeding to the back of the page, only dark colors
* Color-coded tips and caps that are accurate
* Non-toxic, acid-free, meets ASTM D-4236 standards
* Great for coloring, doodling, writing letters and cards, journaling, scrapbooking, or any number of other possibilities
* I was able to write on greeting cards and shiny slick paper with these which is a bonus since a lot of pens won’t do that
* Lifetime Guarantee! If you have a problem with them, contact them and they will give you your money back. A Lifetime Guarantee is something not seen a lot anymore and something that can be very nice when you run into trouble.

CONS:
* The ink itself is not consistent, more or less can come out of a pen requiring shaking during use if not enough, bleeding out of the intended area if there is too much.
* The tips are almost too fine, leaving line marks instead of flowing into the fibers
* The tips will mar the back of a thin caliper paper such as copy paper and many coloring books


COLORS:

Jewelescent Gel Pens Glitter

24 Glitter: 2 each of Purple, Dark Red, Medium Pink, Red, Dark Orange, Light Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Grey, Black

Metallics and Blacks

20 METALLICS AND BLACKS : Teal, Dark Blue, Purple, Red, Lilac, Orange, Green, Silver, Gold, Dark Grey, Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 Pastel: Lighter Blue, Pale Blue, Lilac, Pink, Bright/Light Green, Yellow, Pale Pink, Light Orange/Melon, White

18 Pastel: Lighter Blue, Pale Blue, Lilac, Pink, Bright/Light Green, Yellow, Pale Pink, Light Orange/Melon, White 6 CLASSICS: Red, Green, Blue

 

Glitter Neon

24 GLITTER NEON: GN Light Green, GN Pale Pink, GN Medium Pink, GN Medium Green, GN Purple, GN Green, GN Bright Yellow, GN Light Orange, GN Orange, GN Red, GN Pink.

* 18 Pastel: Lighter Blue, Pale Blue, Lilac, Pink, Bright/Light Green, Yellow, Pale Pink, Light Orange/Melon, White * 12 Fluorescent Neon: Neon Purple, Neon Pink, Neon Medium Green, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Pink

18 PASTELS: Lighter Blue, Pale Blue, Lilac, Pink, Bright/Light Green, Yellow, Pale Pink, Light Orange/Melon, White 12 FLORESCENT NEON: Neon Purple, Neon Pink, Neon Medium Green, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jewelescent Gel Pens

These are a really good set of pens that I do recommend. The Glitters are by far my favorite group, with the Metallics coming in a close second. I have really enjoyed using them and have found them to be fun to work with. Out of 120 pens, I have only had one that broke after shaking it when it wasn’t writing very well.

One improvement I might recommend would be to add some kind of comfort grip. Whatever your favorite artistic hobby is, though, I think that you will really enjoy these gel pens. In my first set, I had a problem with the silver metal tips not being screwed on all of the pens correctly. I did not have that problem with this set.


In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this US Art Supply® Jewelescent® 120 Gel Pen Set – Professional Artist Quality Gel Ink Pens in Vibrant Colors – Classic, Glitter, Metallic, Neon, Pastel & Swirl Colors – 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

20 Free Coloring Books Just for You!

20 Free Coloring Books Just for You!


LIfe is about using the whole box of crayonsYou can get these FREE Coloring eBooks on Amazon, I just ordered mine not even an hour ago.

Anyone and everyone can download the Kindle App and then once you have downloaded your books, you can pick and choose which pages you would like to print. These coloring books are made specifically as eBooks by the authors and their publishers, to be downloaded and printed.

You can print them 1 time or 100 times, the book is yours once it is downloaded! For more instructions on the Kindle App and how to make this work for you, head on over to the Coloring for Adults page and the directions are there towards the bottom of the page.

Make sure to ALWAYS double check the price before ordering. Amazon can and does change their prices frequently.  I can only guarantee these at the time that this is published. If you accidentally order one, no worries, you can always return it with no problem.

color my lifeThese books are FREE for you to enjoy, with no strings attached. They looked good to me and they are part of what I downloaded today. I have not had a chance to look at all of the books completely, but I have high hopes for these. Ignore the ratings, it looks as if there are only a few on most of these and one person has gone through and put the same negative comments on almost every book I looked at today, crazy huh?

If you don’t like these, who knows, maybe I will post some more soon 😉

Note: This list has been removed as it was very much outdated, check out the Coloring for Adults page for the latest updates on free books, thanks!

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Having problems? Just let me know by leaving a Comment below or tweet me @ATCOSerendipity

 

 

This page DOES NOT contain affiliate links.  I am not an Amazon Affiliate and make no money from what you purchase or download.  Enjoy!


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Product Review: Detangling Hair Brush

Product Review: Detangling Hair Brush

Detangling Hair Brush – Detangle Hair Effortlessly With No Pain – Good For Both Wet & Dry Hair – Kids & Adults


Detangling hairbrush
I ordered this brush for my son, but have been using it for myself too. My son has Aspergers and one of the issues he has to deal with is extremely sensitive skin. He has been complaining for years every time I comb his hair and it wasn’t until recently when I was doing some research that I discovered that many Autistic children hate having their hair combed because they are hyper-sensitive to touch, especially on the scalp. Since then, I have been on the search for a soft brush that he would feel comfortable using.


What I like best about this brush:
detangling hairbrush* The bristles on this are what makes this a standout as compared to other brushes that make the same claims. The bristles are wavy, not straight. As you are brushing the hair, I think their design makes them more reactive to the changes in hair, especially hair that is tangled. This is an innovative design that I have not seen before.
* Each bristle has a soft round knob at the end, making it softer on the scalp.
* Bristles are securely held on a soft core elevated pad. I even tried pulling some of the bristles out and they would not budge.
* The movement of the bristles along with the knobs at the end, securely held in the brush pad are what makes this a brush my son will actually use without whining and crying. I believe other Autistic children or any child who has a sensitive scalp will find the same to be true.
* The nice round mirror on the back of the brush was an unexpected bonus.
* The handle is comfortable and not slippery.
* The brush is compact and easy to take along with you without taking up too much room.
* Bright colors and the bristles different design seem to make the design attractive to kids, my son thought it was pretty cool looking 🙂

Neutral:
The product listing claims that it will not pull out your hair, but it does pull out mine. I will post some pictures of what it looks like after one use on my hair after a night’s sleep. I really don’t believe though that any brush would not pull out some hair if the hair has a lot of knots or tangles in it. So this is really a problem with the product description, not something inherent in the brush itself that would necessitate a lower ranking.

detangling hair brushImprovements I would make:
I think if the brush were just a little bit larger and had a longer handle, it would be the perfect tool for parent’s to use to get those troublesome tangles out with less pain and stress for even children with long hair. As it is, it is not as easy to hold as I would like. With the longer handle, some molded grips for the fingers would be awesome.

As for my son, he seems to really like it and says that it is the best brush that we have tried, and we have tried a lot! I have been using it on my hair also and find it to be the best thing that I have used when it comes to tangles. I usually comb my hair out once a day and put it up in a ponytail. I spend much of my day in bed due to my health, so the back of my hair gets a lot of tangles in it. If I ever go to bed with my hair wet, it is even worse! This is the first brush that I have tried that actually gets the tangles out the quickest and with the least amount of pulling and tugging. This is true wet or dry.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Detangling Hair Brush – Detangle Hair Effortlessly With No Pain – Good For detangling hairbrushBoth Wet & Dry Hair – Kids & Adults – MONEY BACK GUARANTEE … on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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