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Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit Review

As a homeschooling parent, it's up to me to find the best teaching resources for my child. Something that is fun, educational and keeps her interest. That is when I came across the Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit. I was super excited to be able to grab one for review. I knew my daughter would love the hands on learning from this.

My second grade daughter has shown a lot of interest in rocks. She loved when we did our Geology unit. She decided to start collecting rocks and examining them. They are so fascinating to her. So I knew this dig kit would be a perfect fit for her interests. I think the Dr. Cool Dig Kits are so inventive and intriguing to children. They love exploring and learning when they don't know they actually are!

Here is what their website says about the product:

Excavate 3 real gemstone specimens with this incredible hands-on excavation kit. Buried within a gemstone-shaped digging brick, your treasure hunter will dig out a real amethyst crystal, a quartz crystal point and a tiger's eye specimen! This hands-on adventure science kit is a great way to start a rock and mineral collection and includes an excavation tool, brush, and magnifying glass. There’s also a wonderful full-color information guide (written by teachers) so that you can identify and learn about each gemstone. Plus there’s an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to complete. This is a must-have gift for the rock hound or treasure hunter in your family!

AWARDS WON: Preferred Choice Award - Creative Child Magazine 2012 and Seal of Excellence - Creative Child Magazine 2012

So here is what the packaging looks like on the front, inside and back:
And once we opened it up, we found a bunch of fun things all inside waiting to be used.

  • Excavate real quartz, tiger’s eye, and amethyst gemstones with this hands-on digging kit
  • Kit includes digging tool, brush and magnifying glass & is a great way to start a rock & mineral collection
  • Perfect gift for any kid aged 6-12 that is interested in rocks, science, geology, or paleontology
  • The 12-page info guide is filled with cool science facts about gemstones and was written by teachers
  • Activity booklet contains 10 wonderful puzzles and games for hours of extra fun and learning
So the digging began! My daughter was really excited to start this. She had already reviewed the Real Bug Dig Kit and had loads of fun with that one. This one was a bit more trickier for her though. It took a lot longer to dig through and uncover the three stones. But once she did find them, she was really excited!
We made a video of the actual dig! It took a total of about an hour to get all three stones out of the mold. But once they were out, we had a lot of fun analyzing and researching them with the information provided in the booklets.



Overall thoughts:
This was our second Discover With Dr. Cool kit and my daughter liked it but preferred the other one better. This kit took too much time for her to dig through the plaster and she started to become a bit frustrated with it. I took over at one point to help speed up the process. She told me that she would recommend this to someone 20 years old LOL .... but once the rocks were all out of the mold, she did enjoy observing them. I do think this kit was pretty cool. But the time it took was a bit too long to hold an 8 year old's interest. I do like the three rocks she got in the kit though. Her favorite she said was the Amethyst. She loved the purple color of it and said she recognized it from jewelry she had seen before.
You can purchase this kit on Discover With Dr. Cool's website or on their Amazon page. You will also find additional kits there as well to discover with your children. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

That's Right, Cause It's My Birthday

Well today is not just an ordinary day. Today is MY day. That is right! It's all about me. And I'm darn proud of that.
Ah yes, another year older... another year that has past. I feel like I'm getting old. I feel like I'm starting to look old (yuck). I need to remind myself I'm going to be 19 again.. over and over and over. How many times can one turn 19? LOL Well, 19 has been a while for me. But that's ok. I can still pretend, right?
 
No I'm not Abby...no I am not. Though....nope. I still am not.


So this is actually how I feel today:

Ok, so maybe I won't be doing all those things. Birthdays are not what they used to be. My husband doesn't celebrate birthdays {it is against his religion} and so there isn't anything special done for me around here. No going out, no presents, no Happy Birthday {except for my mom and everyone who Facebook reminded}. But you know, I'm getting used to it. Maybe one day there will be a small celebration. But until then, I just party in my head and tell myself how awesome I am because IT"S MY BIRTHDAY!!! Party Like A Rockstar.




Since there isn't any celebration plans for me, I decided to do my birthday manicure. This time though, I went really simple. So much chaos and stress has happened in the last few weeks, I needed something to remind myself it's time to just unwind, to relax, and just take a moment to breathe. So that is why I decided to do my nails very simple, yet fits with the tone.

I am wearing Julep's Aretha {March Birthstone Polish}. I love Julep's Birthstone Collection and was lucky to get the entire collection as a Christmas present this year. So I knew that for my birthday, I wanted to wear the March Birthstone Polish. It was named after Aretha Franklin.

So here is my simple birthday mani. And no, I didn't do any clean up work so the photos are what they are. Next time I'll do some clean up work to it but for now, I'm just going to leave as is.
 This was in artificial lighting. The one below gives a better view of the actual color in daylight....


So what are you wearing on your nails? Do you do something fun or fabulous for your nails on your birthday?

I am linking up with Jennie for The Nail Files Link Up.


THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP


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Pink Basis Review + Giveaway

I was recently contacted by a lovely company called Pink Basis. Have you heard of them? I had not until that day. I was very interested to scope around their website and fell in love with so many cute and stylish products.

But the one thing I saw on their website that I loved the most were the boots. Now, I have never owned a pair of boots {other than as a child for the snow} in my life. I always see everyone walking around with those total fashionable boots that look so cute with everything. Those were what caught my eye at Pink Basis. It was so hard just choosing one pair I liked because there were so many cute ones.

As I was looking around their site, I love looking at the "About Us" section. I love to know about the company and who they are and what they are all about. When surfing through Pink Basis, I found this about them:

PinkBasis.com is an incorporated women's clothing shop based out of one of the nations hottest fashion capitals in Southern California. Our purchasers keep their fingers on the fashion pulse, the result is that they know what is hot, what is not and we bring it online to you. The hard part is done for you and all that is left for you to do is visit our uniquely designed women clothing shop and shop until you drop. As a company we have always had a tremendous interest in new clothing lines, finding the newest trends and best of all; styling outfits that will make you look your best. Each season we travel to designer showrooms and pick out up-and-coming styles to keep the assortment fashion forward. We will always include new styles from our popular lines but plan to continue to look ahead to new designers,introducing the newest lines without sacrificing the classic styles PinkBasis.com is known for. Each season we plan to add more styles from more designers, so everyone will have access to the newest looks. With new items being added to the site every week, keep checking back you never know when a celebrity fashion trend may go "From the red carpet to your closet."
As a proven trend spotter, we believe our boutique will always be ahead of the current trends making our customer a trendsetter in their own circle.
 
I chose the AMI Clubwear Black Slouchy Wedge Boots Faux Suede boots. I was really excited to see how they matched up when they arrived at my door. Shipping was pretty fast and they arrived in perfect timing. Once I opened the box, I noticed a small imperfection with the boots. But nothing too major. I addressed the issue and was really surprised by how friendly the customer service was with the situation. They were happy to replace the product for me and get a new pair sent out. That was really awesome! I was really impressed by the customer service representative. 


The boots are made with a faux suede fabric with straps and buckle accents, slouchy design, stitched detailing, round closed toe, and inner side zipper. 
Upon trying them on, they fit comfortable. I haven't really worn heels in a while but used to live in them so my feet are pretty comfortable wearing heels. These boots have a hidden heel, approximately 4 inch wedge heels, 1 inch platforms. So even though they may look like a flat boot, they are a heel inside.

I decided to try and wear them out running errands with the kids. The boots really didn't bother me til the end. After carrying two toddlers and walking for a few hours, my feet were beat in these. I had to take them off. But if it were just me, without all the extra weight from the kids and the stuff, I am sure I would have been more fine through the shopping process.

 My eight year old took these photos for me. She did pretty good for a little girl and an ipod.

But all and all, these were a really cute boot. I actually got a few compliments on them so that was pretty nifty. So will I ever ever wear them again? Absolutely! They are so super cute and fashionable. I really love these boots so much. I feel these are what was missing from my wardrobe.

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