Foster Creativity in Kids

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with an AtmosFlare 3D Pen to review.  All opinions presented are 100% mine and were not influenced by the company.

When I was growing up, I always wanted to be an artist.  The problem is I lacked the talent, or at least in my eyes I did.  Over the years I have come to realize that we are all artists in our own respects.  Some of us just have natural talents, while others of us have to really work at it.  My son is one that does not have to work at it.  He just has it.  His talent resides in drawing cartoons.  The rest of us, well, we have to work at it.  We just have to allow our minds to get creative.

As a teacher and mother, I know how important it is to encourage creativity in your kids.  Allowing a child to be creative allows them to express themselves.  It is also a great stress reliever.  Believe it or not, it is a great way to problem solve.  It keeps our minds engaged on what we are creating.  We must constantly analyzing our product and make changes as needed along the way.

Today we have so many great tools at our fingertips!  Technology has really allowed us to take our imaginations and creativity to new levels.  Never would I have imagined that we would develop 3D printers!  Now we have taken that one step further.  3D drawing pens have been developed!   I can’t possibly imagine what they will think of next!

Atmos Flare 3D Drawing Pen is a great tool that families can use at home to create 3D images.

The Atmos Flare 3D Drawing Pen comes with the following tools:

Pen

Battery

2 ink cartridges

Tips

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We set out trying to experiment with our pen.  Setting up is easy.  We were given two colors-red and blue.  More colors are available for purchase.  You simply put the battery in, add your color, and then place a tip on it.  As you can see we started small.

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After watching some of the tutorials and just tying our our imaginations, we were able to create this chair.  For this one we used a regular sheet of paper to build on.

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As you can see below, we were able to pick it up and turn it upside down.  The 3d image did not fall off.

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Once we got the hang of using the pen, we were able to create this cross.  We found the more that we worked with the open, the better we got.  It does help to have a steady hand when constructing things.  However, you can work with things directly on wax paper and then peel off.  See video below for what I mean.

A couple of things we found out along the way is that it can be sticky and leave a residue.  You want to make sure that you are working on a surface that allows you to remove the leftover residue and one that will allow you to pick up your creation.  Wax paper is a great tool or plastic cutting boards.

Once you begin using the pen, you will want to continue to use it without stopping for a long period of time.  If you allow it to stay on without use, it can hardened.  It is like a glue bottle.  Once it sets, it gets hard and you need to remove the hardened part so it can flow freely again.

Imaginations can run wild with an Atmos Flare 3D Drawing Pen.  This would be a great Christmas gift for the budding artist in your family, or it can be a great gift for someone that you want to get off the screen time.  Remember the days when our parents told us to get outside and just play!  Pick one of these up for your kid and get them to just let the creativity flow!  They might be surprised at the fun they have waiting for them!

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As a product that was even featured on The View as one of the hottest products in 2016, the Atmos Flare 3D Drawing pen is a great tool for kids that does foster creativity.  Be sure to check out their website, because they offer a variety of tools to help you and your kids make the best of the this amazing tool.  From getting inspirational ideas or watching tutorials, they have got you covered!

Atmos Flare 3D Drawing Pens can be purchased on Amazon, walmart.com, bestbuy.com, and Toys R Us.

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It is never too early to introduce babies to books

 

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We recently celebrated our sweet one’s first birthday.  It seems hard to believe that he is already one.  Where did the time go?  As a mother of older kids, I know how fast this time can go.  One thing I have learned over the years is the importance of spending time reading to our little ones.

Our home is full of books.  From nonfiction to fiction, we have got quite a spread in our library. We have books for adults and we have books for kids.  We even have books for our sweet boy.  Yes, I know he can’t read, but he can see and engage with the pictures:)  Recently I was sent sent this fun board book.

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This was a sweet, colorful board book that appeals to a baby’s interest in looking at other babies.  Babies enjoy books, looking at other babies, and their own flowering abilities. This short rhyming poem combines all three in a sweet and happy way, while introducing babies to God’s love for them. The simple words are paired with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities, allowing the book to be used as an introductory concept book as well. And it ends with a reminder that Baby is always loved by God.

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Are you looking for a sweet book for your precious bundle fo joy?  Baby Baby is perfect!  It kept our little engaged for quite sometime.  He even picks it up now and babbles to himself:)  Seriously, you will want this one for your own library.

Pick it up on Amazon.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this book for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center to host Halloween fun with Brick-or-Treat every weekend of October

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Join the Atlanta attraction for weekend activities and holiday-themed fun!

Halloween will bring scary amounts of fun to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta with its annual Brick-or-Treat celebration! Every Saturday and Sunday of October, children can enjoy a “find the pumpkins” MINILAND scavenger hunt and pumpkin build classes in the Master Builder Academy to place in the LEGO® pumpkin patch! The attraction will also host a costume contest on October 29-30 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Don’t miss out on all the spook-tacular, fall fun!

 

WHAT: Brick-or-Treat

MINILAND scavenger hunts, build-your-own-pumpkin classes in the Master Builder Academy, a LEGO pumpkin patch and more! Plus, the attraction will host costume contests October 29-30, and the top winner will take home an annual attraction pass! Other prizes include general admission tickets, LEGO trophies and all participants will receive a certificate!

 

WHEN: Every weekend in October!

Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Brick-or-Treat Costume Contest

October 29-30 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day

 

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta | Phipps Plaza

3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

HOW: Tickets can be purchased at the door or online ahead of time. To guarantee entry by purchasing online, visit http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/LDCatlanta or http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta/.

Chivalry in Action at Medieval Times

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Calling all lords and ladies with a love for unique learning! Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will introduce a brand-new Educational Matinee for students of all ages beginning Wednesday, October 12. The new educational presentation focuses on the Medieval Times Code of Chivalry and how it relates to modern day.

Students are taken back in time to life during the 11th century to watch real-life scenarios depicting how living by the code meant showing compassion, courage, respect, charity and honesty. These values have survived the test of time and still ring true today. In addition, the 90-minute show will include an interactive audience Q&A that puts students’ historical knowledge to the test.

True to the medieval era, no spectacle would be complete without action and excitement! The new Educational Matinee will present an authentic jousting tournament, action-packed sword fights and of course, a hot, delicious feast!

All educators have access to the all-new EDUCATORS Web Portal where they can download FREE lesson plans, study guides and exercises to help bring the experience into the classroom, and watch it come to life as brawn and brains unite.

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WHAT:
NEW Educational Matinee

Tales of steel and steed provide students with interactive educational experience

WHEN:
Select dates beginning Wednesday, October 12

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Castle doors open at 10 a.m.

The complete 2016 Educational Matinee schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 23*
Wednesday, October 12
Friday, October 14
Wednesday, October 19
Friday, October 28
Thursday, November 10
Friday, November 11
Friday, November 18
Tuesday, November 29
Thursday, December 1
Friday, December 2

The complete 2017 Educational Matinee schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 27
Wednesday, February 15
Friday, February 24
Friday, March 10
Friday, March 17
Thursday, March 30
Friday, April 7
Friday, April 14
Wednesday, April 19
Friday, April 21
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28
Thursday, May 4
Friday, May 5
Wednesday, May 10
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Tuesday, May 16
Wednesday, May 17
Thursday, May 18
Friday, May 19
Friday, September 22

WHERE:
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Sugarloaf Mills
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

HOW:
Group tickets (parties of 15+) for all matinees are $28.50 per person (without tax + gratuity). To book a field trip, visit bit.ly/MTFieldTrips or call Group Sales at 770.225.0495.

INFO:
The Educational Matinee is recommended for students of all ages. For more information on the show or to plan a field trip, visitwww.medievaltimes.com/GAEDU.

Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park

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I grew up with a wonderful family that exposed me to many different things when I was young.  Of course, I took for granted what they had exposed me to and even despised some of the events that they “dragged” us to.  As a parent now I know why they felt the need to expose us to many different venues despite the whining my sister and I would do.  They felt it was their duty to show us as much as they could of the world around us.  To provide us with experiences so we could learn to appreciate the beauty all around us.

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One of those “adventures” that my parents used to take my sister and me on was to cemeteries.  I was never really into this as a child and I find it quite funny, now that I am older, that I actually like them.  I recall many times when we would pull over to the side of the road and walk through small cemeteries doing rubbings and admiring tombstones.  I even remember going to some for Easter egg hunts and even having picnics.  Our adventures did not consist of frolicking around the grounds of the deceased being disrespectful but rather our parents were teaching us to respect and admire the beauty found in such places.  To remember those that are buried through their stories and trying to keep their tombstones looking nice.

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Some of the cemeteries have quite rich histories such as Oakland Cemetery, one of my family’s favorite places to visit. Oakland Cemetery is located in Atlanta off Memorial Drive.  Originally the site of a farm, its founding fathers purchased it in 1850 and had it designated as public burial ground for the fast growing city.  Atlanta Graveyard or City Burial Place as it was first called was designed a rural cemetery garden meaning that it would be a cemetery surrounded by gardens rather than a drab unappealing graveyard.  The name was later changed to Oakland in 1872, and it grew in size to 48 acres due to the Civil War.  During the 19th Century it was common to see guests taking carriage rides and having picnics in Oakland.  Additionally you would see family members taking care of family owned plots. Unfortunately, after time the cemetery fell into disarray and was not maintained until 1976 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Oakland Foundation was founded.

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So why do I write all this? I want to let you know about an event called Sunday in the Park.  On Sunday, October 2 from 12 to 6 Oakland will “go back in time with a Victorian street festival bustling with art, entertainment, food and more.”  Guests can take a peek into mausoleums and admire the many monuments and gardens Oakland has to offer.  There will be carriage rides and free walking tours as well as a multitude of some of Atlanta’s famous eateries such as

Al A Carte Frozen Bananas and Ice Cream
Angel Fire 7 BBQ
Bento Bus
Cousins Maine Lobsters
El Dorado Tacos
Flavors of Hawaii Shaved Ice
The Mobile Marlay
Oldknow Beverage Co.
Rusty’s Nutz & Cotton Candy
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Plus, you will be surrounded by many artists and musicians.  There will even be a Victorian costume contest!

The suggested donation is $7 and all proceeds from this family-friendly event benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation.

If this sounds like something fun for you then please come and see what Oakland has to offer.

Get a Head Start on Christmas Cards

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I really love being able to send people photo Christmas cards.  Actually, I love ordering photo cards to send throughout the year.  Whether they are thank you cards or Christmas cards, I think sending ones with photos are meaningful.

Now’s the best time to get a head start on your customized holiday cards! Explore AdoramaPix’s holiday collection. Choose from a wide range of stunning designs and paper options. Then, upload your photo and customize any holiday card with your own personal touches. Holiday snail mail has never looked so good!

As an AdoramaPix customer, I have been pleased with the items we have gotten from them.  They are of great quality and really look professional!  This year our Christmas cards will come from AdoramaPix.

Shop Now: http://bit.ly/2d7blyf  40% off greeting cards. Use code:.

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Disclaimer:  No compensation was received from this blog post.  I will receive a small pack of Christmas cards for free.  All opinions presented in this post are 100% mine and were not influenced by product or compensation.

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Skillet Peach Cobbler

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I live in Georgia where the peaches are sweet and in abundance.  Although summer may be quickly drawing to a close, that does not mean you can;t still enjoy the delightful taste of a succulent Georgia peach.

On a recent trip to Blue Ridge, my husband and I stopped by one of our favorite local spots, Mercier Orchards!  If you have not been here, add it to your list!  They had a variety of succulent Freestone peaches just waiting to be enjoyed out in the summer fun, and they were just the right size and texture for a sweet Georgia peach cobbler.

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We had headed out to the store to buy all the necessary ingredients when it dawned on us, why not make it in the cast iron skillet.

Now this cast iron skillet is not generations old.  I sincerely wish it was.  We bought it last year, but we have worked to season it and make it just right.  I think my grandmother would be proud! We threw together some ingredients and made a delicious skillet cobbler with Freestone peaches from Mercier Orchards.

(This recipe was for a ten inch cast  iron skillet.)

Ingredients

About 20 slices of peaches

1 cup of melted butter

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/2 cup of milk

2 teaspoons of baking powder

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Add peaches to skillet and pour melted butter over them.

In a separate bowl, add the sugar, flour, and milk.  Stir until you have formed the batter.

Pour batter into skillet over the peaches.

Bake for one hour.