Back to School with Kwik Stix

Hey Hey!

It is that time of year again. When all the kiddies are heading back to public school and homeschoolers are preparing for new curriculum and lessons. Can I just say, first, how exciting it is to start a fresh new school year? I have always loved the feeling of NEW. Although we do continue our learning ALL year, it is important for me to reflect and organize for myself. I had planned (very difficult to keep plans around here), to have our “first” day of our NEW journey on Monday, August the 13th. Well, we had some things come up and had to postpone it for another week. The kids were okay with it because we have been spending our week in the water and surviving this heat.

Things to come…

A few things I have planned this year are, to finish some of the last years’ history and math activities, a brand NEW science lesson, exploring new words with my 1st grader, lots of crafts and so much more! I must balance all of this with a toddler and things to keep him busy as well. There will be no such thing as boredom in this house.

Kwik Stix

Oh, and guess what???

I have a special and fun review and simple activity to share. Recently, Pencil Grip Inc. contacted me to try out there awesome mess-free paint. Of course, I said yes. We love anything to do with Art! Mess-free is even better 😀

They are very much like pastels and go one very smoothly. They really are mess-free. However, I am not sure I would consider them to be like paint. Well, not like the paint you may be thinking of. For example, acrylic or water-colors. It is actually Solid Tempera paint. It can be used on paper, posters, wood and more. They are also non-toxic.

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More information: No water needed, bright vibrant colors, dries almost instantly, and Nut, Egg & Gluten Free.

We received the Metalix colors. I believe these do as they claim and my youngest (6&8) children loved them the most. My oldest daughters (10 and up) didn’t enjoy them as much, as they are into more detailed art with acrylics. Honestly, I love them as a Mom! I can allow my littles to use them whenever they feel the urge to get creative, without worrying about the mess. I no longer have to tell them to wait for me to help. They can just have at it!

So, you will have to determine what will work best for your children. Age is a big factor. They are fat like regular sized glue sticks. Perfect for little hands!

Want to see more? Check out the video below and let us know what you think 🙂 Be sure to keep scrolling after the video, to find out where you can order Kwik Stix today!

Don’t they look so fun? I can’t wait to use them for my next project. I think we may try them on a woodcraft!

You can purchase Kwik Stix online at Michaels, Target, and Amazon. They are also available in your local Walgreens! Thank you Pencil Grip for letting us try your new product. Also, a big thank you to all my readers. I hope you enjoyed this update and review.

If you have any questions about this product or homeschool, please leave a comment or send me an email at whatshappeningwithjessica@gmail.com

Have a beautiful week!

❤ Jess

 

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My little guy enjoying his Tiny Wafers

Valentine Cards with Magic Stix

It’s almost that annoying day again!

Yes, I said it. I really don’t care for Valentine’s Day. However, my children absolutely love it and I am not about to break their hearts by not celebrating it. They love to show their affection and that is something I cherish about them. 

Valentine’s is not a romantic day for us, but a family love day at our house. The kids make decorations, pictures and cards for family. Then, Dad and I buy them something special. We don’t go all out with toys and junk candy though. I want my children to learn that they do not need “stuff” to feel loved or be happy.

On to our Valentine Cards. Nothing fancy or hard about them but very special and made with a lot of love. I bought construction paper and gave them the Magic Stix markers that were sent to me. I Normally add glitter and other sparkly things. This year has been challenging for me with our littlest. So, I decided to keep it simple.


Magic Stix Markers are odorless and washable. I love that because my Bella gets headaches from most markers and my son always gets ink all over his hands. It washes off pretty well. These markers also have a vented saftey cap and the colors are very nice, bright and bold. 

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The kids really enjoyed them because of the variety of colors. I agree with them! Not the same old colors like some brands. They are also guaranteed to not dry put for 7 days with the cap off! I have not yet tested this claim, however. I will be doing the no cap challenge on Instagram soon, so be sure to follow me there! 🙂

So far we loving Magic Stix and they are holding up well with my four kiddos. What do you think? Want to give them a try?

Charcoal Face Cleanser & Aloe Vera Moisturizer Review

Good afternoon my friends.

I am here to share another skincare review. I love these kind because my skin health is important to me. I am getting older and it is on my mind more then it use to be.Getting some fine lines and my eyes seem to always look tired. It is to be expected with a baby tot right? 

As a teen, I had moderate acne. Which was normal I suppose. Now that I have educated myself a bit on some aspects of health, I know that I must take care of what’s on the inside before it will start to show on the outside. However, skin care is very important.There is such a thing as washing too frequently because it strips the skin of natural oils.
Our skin absorbs everything that it comes in contact with. We are basically sponges lol. 


(Charcoal Face Mask fun)

It is very important how we treat it. It is impossible to be perfect and I am definitely not. I limit the amount of toxins I put on my skin and in my body the best I can. Which finally leads me to this review!

Have you had trouble finding a face wash and moisturizer that worked? Some washes are really drying because of the alcohol and harmful ingredients that are in them. A lot of moisturizers leave a bad oily residue that can cause acne breakouts and rashes. I have been through this. No fun! These other brands, which you will usually find at stores like Walmart, are doing more harm than good. 

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Charcoal Face Wash by Simple Man

“Revive pores and remove impurities with a blend of organic extracts and powerful bacteria-fighting agents. A non-abrasive formula that exfoliates on a cellular level. Unveil a brighter you as you cleanse and gently exfoliate in one step.”

I’ve never used any of their products before. I was a little nervous about trying because I have sensitive skin.

Let me say that, yes these products are marketed towards men. However, many women use Simple Man soaps, washes, etc. Both myself and my husband have been sharing this charcoal face wash. 

The husband says, “Hey, I really like that stuff. Where did you get it?” I then tell him its for a product review and I am testimg it out. Well, that was an easy review for him! I had to tell him that women can use Simple Man products as well. I’m not sure he liked that. Probably because he didn’t want to share.

I said I love it! Why? 
One, let’s start with the scent. Not too powerful and chemically. I love the way it smells. Just a tad fruity but not over-powering. 

Second, you do not need much to wash. A dime sized amount is all you need.

Third, it does not dry out my skin! You know how harsh winter is on the skin. It has been an unusually cold winter for us in Georgia. My face and hands get the driest. Hand washing has been dreadfully rough on my skin. So, this is a plus. Remember what I said about ingredients?

Fourth, the charcoal that is in the face wash has helped heal a few of my imperfections. If you don’t know, charcoal helps with pulling toxins and impurities out of the body. It has many, many uses. I use it for my teeth, face, and much more. 

Pomegranate Moisturizer 

-“Condition and hydrate the skin in the most natural ways. A soothing formula that leaves the skin with a velvet touch. This naturally infused blend is inspired by skin-loving Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Leaf, Organic Jojoba Oil, & Bergamot Oil.”

Our skin needs to stay hydrated. It is so important to use a healthy moisturizer daily. Like I said before, we are like sponges, if we don’t keep the skim hydrated it dries up, flakes, peels and can cause aging to accelerate. 

What I love about this moisturizer…

You only need a pearl sized amount to apply all over face and neck. Its creamy, light on the skin and the smell is delicate. The most important thing for me is that it is not greasy. I don’t feel like my face is heavy with makeup. I have not had a breakout or a rash. I have used this once a day so far. My skin feels very smooth and I am very happy with my clear skin.

Overall, I give this product a 100! Seriously, not one issue arised. In fact, it has helped hydrate my skin. I love everything about it. The only problem I’m having is sharing it! 😄

After less thane one week of use.

What do you think? Would you give it a try?

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Natural Health: Oxylent Supplements

 

I am always trying to find the best vitamins for my kids. It is important to me to give them something that will help their growing bodies and immune system. Most vitamins sold at stores like Wal-Mart are full of synthetic ingredients. One has to really pay attention to the ingredients list, even if it does say Natural. I have an eight month old, and although he doesn’t need vitamins because I breastfeed, I need them very much!

 

Breastfeeding takes a lot from a Mother. She needs all the nutrients and vitamins that she can get. If she doesn’t then it all goes to baby, leaving her with nothing. Let’s face it, Mom needs to take care of herself too! I have recently discovered a natural vitamin supplement for the whole family. This is not your everyday vitamin. It is a vitamin powder that you add to your water. Shake and drink!

A company called Vitalah and founder Lisa Lent created an amazing health and nutritional supplement. I was sent to review a few from their Oxylent line. I will be sharing what each one is for, the ingredients and how my family reacted to the supplements.

I will start with the children’s Oxylent….

 

Children’s Multivitamin Supplement Drink

For children 4 and up, this vitamin powder has many benefits. It supports child development, strengthen’s growing bones and muscles and supports a healthy immune system. This mix has a full spectrum of essential minerals and nutrients.

Ingredients are…

  • Citric acid
  • Natural fruit flavors
  • Beet root powder (for flavor)
  • Silica
  • Stevia leaf extract

What it does not contain is…

  • No gluten, dairy, soy, herbs, caffeine, or anything artificial.

To see the list of vitamin and minerals click here.

I had my 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl take the children’s Oxylent. They were very excited to try it out. Even more so when they seen it looked like a delicious sugary drink! In about 4-6 ounces of water, I mixed one packet of the Bubbly Berry Punch. The first drink came with a smile. I wish I had my phone on me at that moment. They said it tasted delicious and sweet. I gave this to them every morning for about 15 days. The supply was for 30 days but they shared.

Every morning they woke up asking for their “vitamin drink.” I was pretty amused by this. They usually don’t care to take their vitamins. I noticed after just a few days how much better they seemed to be doing. By that I mean, more awake and ready to do school work and running around the house like little wild monkeys. Now I know that is normal for some kids but before I was sent these vitamins, their immune systems were a bit low with the weather change. Summer heat to rain and cooler temps can be an issue with health at times. I also will admit that they do not eat enough vegetables. That is changing now!

So like I said, they are really thriving with their focus in homeschool work. I also want to point out that they also use to complain about foot and leg pain every night before bed. This I know is a lack of minerals, not “growing pains.” Oxylent’s Children’s vitamin powder really works! It is not your normal everyday children’s vitamin. I have tried many and have never seen such results. On top of that, they love the taste!


Oxylent’s Multivitamin Supplement Drink

 

For adults, mix one pack in 4-6 ounces water. Children over 5 can use half a pack. This vitamin powder has your daily essential nutrients with no artificial flavors or colors. It came in three different flavors: Sparkling Blackberry Pomegranate, Sparkling Berries and Orange. This 5-1 Multivitamin powder has many benefits as well!

It gives a natural energy and immune boost, helps you manage your weight and appetite, great for traveling, and no sugar! Just to name a few. I felt safe giving these to my 9 and 12 year old daughters. Half a pack was all they needed and they were more focused and seemed to have more energy. My 12 year old is not a morning person and this did the trick. Haha!

Ingredients…

  • Citric acid
  • Natural fruit flavors
  • Beet root powder (for flavor)
  • Silica
  • Stevia leaf extract

What it does not contain is…

  • No gluten, dairy, soy, herbs, caffeine, or anything artificial.

 

Exactly the same added ingredients! To see the list of vitamin and minerals click here.

 

Recommended for People who:

 

  • Are tired of swallowing pills
  • Have difficulty digesting
  • Are looking for a natural energy boost
  • Require electrolytes for hydration
  • Want a full-spectrum multivitamin
  • Athletes, Travelers, Students, Seniors, Everyone!

For more information click the link above.

 

So, to give you my opinion, rather my children’s opinion. My oldest did not have much to say about it, as she doesn’t have much to say about anything these days. She shrugged her shoulders and drank it. Parenting problems! My 9 year old did however have something to say. She asked for half a pack every morning or afternoon. Her favorite flavor was orange and she loved it best very cold. Of course, we ran out of orange first. Her second favorite was Sparkling blackberry Pomegranate. She did not like the sparkling berry flavor at all. I personally thought it tasted fine. Kids do have particular taste buds right?

Like I have said before, I have purchased many types of vitamins. Not only were they expensive but to get my kids to remember to chew or swallow them was a daunting task. Sometimes they didn’t taste good and of course it wasn’t on their must do list….BUT with these vitamin packs they do look forward to taking them. It has become a major part of our routine every day. For that I am thoroughly grateful! I know that my children are getting what they need. Not only in the kinds of vitamins but minerals as well. Many people forget that minerals are vital for our health. The only negative was one flavor. I would say that is amazing!

  • Great taste
  • Packed with essential vitamins
  • Packed with essential minerals
  • Fun to drink
  • Convenient
  • No artificial anything
  • Mom approved

Oxylent’s Prenatal Multivitamin

 

 


Oxylent’s prenatal multivitamin has double the daily nutrients! I was pretty surprised when comparing the milligrams and IU. Of course when you are pregnant or breastfeeding you are basically taking care of two right?

I won’t list the added ingredients again because they are exactly the same. The vitamins listed on the back of the box and packets can be found here. I will point out that it has folate as 5- methyltetrahydrofolate. Their website can explain what this particular folate does.

To learn more about this special prenatal pack please visit this page on Oxylent’s website. I highly recommend you read up on it.

I absolutely loved this vitamin mix! I wished I had known about it while I was pregnant. I seriously needed all of the nutrients I could get. It wasn’t the easiest pregnancy and I was fatigued most of the time. Now I breastfeed and it takes a lot from me as well. I have to eat something every 2 hours or I will feel starved and my energy (what I have left of it) depletes. It only took one-two days for me to feel revived. My energy is up, my focus has improved and my appetite has gotten easier to deal with. I definitely look forward to my vitamin drink every day.

I usually wait until mid day to drink it because that is when I start to feel very tired. It definitely helps this Mom continue to do what she needs through the day. What is even better about this vitamin mix is knowing that I am giving my baby the best vitamins and minerals as well. Lastly, the flavor, Sparkling Cranberry Raspberry has an alright taste. I will be completely honest and say that at first I did not like it. I believe that most people are use to so much sugar (yes me included) that natural flavors taste kind of odd. After about a week I really started to like how it tastes. Regardless, I would keep drinking it just for the amazing benefits it gives me. Drinking it cold or with ice is the best!

What do you think? Would you try it?

Sport Oxylent 3-in-1

My husband was given Oxylent’s Sport. Although this is a sport supplement, it is packed full of vitamins that will help someone who isn’t into athletics. My husband walks a lot and is in the sun quite a bit. It helps with energy, stamina and recovery. To begin your day with energy, stamina to keep going and helping your body to recover after a long day.

Features:

  • Amino Acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Electrolytes
  • Science-backed ingredients of superior quality
  • Well-known sports nutrients with cutting edge ingredients you can’t find anywhere else!
  • Great-tasting Blueberry Burst flavor
  • No sugar or calories! Sweetened with pure stevia
  • No gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine, anything artificial
  • Non-GMO

For more information on the ingredients please click here.

So what did he think? I have never heard him so positive about a supplement. He is the king of buying supplements and protein powders. He usually buys those 5 hour energy shots to get through the day. I asked him how he felt the first few days and he said his energy is great! Another thing that he had trouble with before was dehydration and body cramps at the end of the day. Guess what? No more cramps and no more feeling like he is going to slump over. He is absolutely thrilled to finally have something help him with energy, stamina and recovery! As a family, we have all been trying to eat smarter and cleaner and this has just added to it. He has also been losing weight and I really believe Oxylent’s Sport has helped.

I almost forgot to mention the flavors! Blueberry burst and lemon-lime burst. He loved both flavors! 100% Happy husband! Thank you Oxylent 🙂

Want to know more about the company who sent us these great supplements?

Vitalah and founder Lisa Lent sent us Oxylent and she has an amazing story to share with you. Please go to her website here and let me know what you think.

I highly recommend Oxylent supplements and my opinions and those of my family are ours alone. We were not paid for our thoughts and review. I was sent the products for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

I hope you do have a look. You won’t be disappointed!

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