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Magic Stix Markers Review/Giveaway

My children have truly enjoyed creating masterpieces with the Magic Stix Washable Markers by The Pencil Grip, Inc. In preparation for this review, we’ve been using these awesome markers for approximately 6 weeks and have enjoyed every minute of it.

You definitely recognize The Pencil Grip, Inc. because I have reviewed for them before. Upon receipt of this new product I was intrigued by the information they offered with the package. I made it my mission to test every fact to ensure its veracity. By the end of this review you will find out if these markers passed every test and also be given an opportunity to win a set for your household.

The first thing that I tested was the company’s claim that these markers are odorless. I had everyone in the house smell them over, and over, and over, and over again. I was pleasantly surprised that these don’t even have the normal marker scent that other companies have on their “unscented” products. To date no one in the house has been able to catch any scent from either of these markers.

Next we tested out the brightness and boldness of the colors as well as the overall quality of these markers. I was very excited with the packaging of this product because it is sleek, stores easily, lays flat, and doesn’t take up much space at all. I really think this one of the best packaging set ups that I have seen offered by this company. I love that all the caps are the same color so that way you don’t have to worry about trying to match them specifically. The colors were all vibrant, unique, and looked great on the artwork that my children and I created. No matter how many times we’ve used them, even the lightest color still comes through with perfect pigment. I’ve even used these when Bible journaling and noted that the colors dried quickly and did not bleed through to other pages.

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Last and definitely not least the biggest claim that these markers will not dry out with the cap off for 7seven days was tested. I was the 100% skeptical about this alleged fact and I couldn’t wait to prove them wrong. I left the light brown marker sitting on the bar top, without the cap for seven days. I placed the cap back on so I could record the giveaway video. The cap was only back on the marker for three minutes before I recorded the results. So, did the marker work after seven days with the cap off? You can find that out those results as well as information about the giveaway via my recent YouTube video.

Overall, the Magic Stix Washable Markers are another true testament to the high quality items that The Pencil Grip, Inc. adds to their product line. We appreciated the opportunity to review these markers and to give a set away to one lucky supporter. As stated in the video this is a United States only giveaway. Please refer to giveaway rules for additional requirements and information.


Be sure to check out additional reviews on these markers by members of the Homeschool Review Crew.

Make today colorful,

Ta’Neisha K.


Our Preschoolers LOVE Starfall!

Our preschoolers have truly enjoyed the games, activities, and fun to be had with this interactive program, created by Starfall Education Foundation. We had the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership and have appreciated the easy access and great benefits.

You might recognize Starfall because they have a myriad of children’s apps available right now. Actually, upon accepting this review opportunity I never realized how many of them my children were already using. The great thing is that most of the apps they currently offer are FREE; however, you only receive a sample of the content. By becoming a member your children instantly obtain unlimited access to all the activities. Currently, Starfall offers reading, math, and games for preschool through first grade as well second grade math.

While using this program I have found that both our four-year-old and two-year-old can operate it easily. We initially decided to use this app three times each week but that quickly grew to daily use. With Bam Bam, our oldest preschooler, I focused the majority of his time on math and reading activities. He liked following along in the books by using the highlighted words and pictures. I often found him sharing books, without the read aloud feature, and teaching his little sister. The math also excites him and he liked practicing numbers, counting, geometry, measurement, patterns, creating calendars, and singing the songs.

“I like starfall! I like to make the gingerbread boy, making the pumpkin, and the silly turkey. The snowman is so funny! The books are helping me a little but I’m still learning. I like to make the boy, pick his costume, and pet. Starfall is my favorite thing on mama’s phone.” Kyle, 4 years old.

With princess I allowed her to have a bit more freedom in her exploration of this amaxing app. She had so much fun handling it on her own. I could definitely tell that she felt like a big girl going from game to game all by herself. She spent most of her time learning ABC’s, making gingerbread girls, and singing songs.

“I like to build the girl. I like to build the pumpkin. I love my gingerbread girl. The games are fun. The turkey is cool. I want to build things every day.” Trinity, 2 years old

The annual Starfall Home Membership is a single account that can be used by every child in your immediate family. You can download app on multiple devices, and yes, even grandparents can access it during your membership. The entire family uses one email and password to authorize the website on any computer or download the Starfall App for Android, Kindle, or iOS systems. Our family also loved that your $35 annual Home Membership fee is 100% tax deductible as a contribution to the extent allowed by law.

I’ve already shared information about the awesome benefits of this inexpensive The Starfall Home Membership with my friends and family. Cheers to Starfall Education Foundation for doing a fantastic job creating an awesome interactive experience for young children.

Click this hyperlink to read other Homeschool Review Crew member’s thoughts about Starfall.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Marble Shaving Cream Art

This week we endeavored to create a beautiful messy art masterpiece for the best husband and father in the world. After some searching I happened upon this really cool marble shaving cream art and we truly enjoyed making this project. Be sure to look at the video for a tutorial and fun moments in our family.

Though we incorporated this messy art into a Valentine’s card rest assured that you can do this any time of year. I definitely plan to incorporate artwork into all the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for the grand parents and godparents.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ta’Neisha K.

Merry CHRISTmas

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Merry Christmas!!  Yes, despite the few comments and many emails received due to this holiday blog post, our household still celebrates Christmas and all the joy that comes with the season.  The month of December was filled with joy, celebration, vacations, and family memories and we can’t wait to share our accomplishments with you.

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Here is the list of awesome accomplishments from December:

  1. We completed five Science projects!  This was a fun month for science and all the children had so much fun conducting experiments on their level.
  2. We attended several Christmas parties via friends, family, and church throughout the month.  We even hosted our own Holiday Pajama Party on Christmas Eve.
  3. I lesson planned, and lesson planned, and lesson planned some more!
  4. We managed to laugh and smile through the holiday season a lot more than we thought we would.  Losing a loved ones, no matter when, is hard but we are grateful for the comfort of God as we made it through our first Christmas without Pops, my husband’s father who passed in July, and Great Pa-Pa, my grandfather who passed at the beginning of December. As 2017 comes to an end, I implore each of you to love on ALL (yes, I mean ALL) of your family, make time to make memories, and take lots of pictures. Time is our most valuable currency as well as our most precious commodity and inestimable asset.  Every one should make family time a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly priority because life, no matter how long, is truly short

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Father God, thank you for the reader of my blog posts and viewers of the YouTube videos because their support has afforded a myriad of opportunities and for that I am truly grateful.  Thank you for family, friends, and all the memories we have made with them this year.  Thank you for the year 2017!  It might not have been perfect but strengthening our obedience to your will and growth in your word was worth every obstacle encountered.  Thank you for the every year ending with reminders to be thankful in November and to spread CHRISTmas joy in December! And finally Lord, thank you for the birth, life, death, and subsequent resurrection of your son Jesus Christ through which we have immediate access to salvation.  Just as you did this year, and in every moment of time prior, we trust you to guide us into and through 2018 because we can accomplish nothing without you.  In the name of Jesus, Amen 

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We accomplished a lot more but I think that’s enough to share for now.  This is the last blog post for 2017 and I pray that it finds you all in the best of health, strength, and faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for each and every person that has supported my hobby this year and hope you found encouragement, laughs, and learned a few new things. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

See you in 2018,

Ta’Neisha K.

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kit & Scissors Giveaway

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Princess and Bam Bam enjoyed using  The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit we received from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  Today I am so excited to share details about these products and within this review you will also be given an opportunity to WIN BOTH ITEMS for your household.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors were a perfect addition to our weekly preschool activities as we created various autumn themed art projects.  My favorite part about these scissors is the permanent plastic safety shield that contains the blades, ensuring your children do not injure themselves.  The ergonomic shape provided crisp cuts and made these scissors easy to hold for our little lefty, Bam Bam, and for our Princess who is a righty.


In addition, the yellow training lever is a flexible spring designed to automatically open the scissors back up after they are squeezed close which helps little hands tremendously.  As a former preschool teacher, I often remember children getting frustrated when their scissors didn’t “open back up” or were “stuck closed” after use so the training lever would have been such a big help to me back then.  The training lever can also be folded in once you’re comfortable with your child’s cutting ability and are ready for them to have less restricted use.  These scissors are suggested to be used for ages 3 and up but our two year old daughter used them, with supervision, and had no issues.

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The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit includes The Crossover Grip, The Pinch Grip, and The Pencil Grip – Graduation.  The Crossover Grip is best for training younger children to properly position their pencil or pen.  The “super hero cape” hovers over the fingers and definitely reinforced Bam Bam’s positioning.  This grip did fit a larger sized mechanical pencil and he held it comfortably without any complaints.  The Pinch Grip is a transition piece which replaces the larger “super hero cape” with a partial covering that allows for a bit more freedom.  This also gives the user a clear view of how they are holding the writing utensil and gives opportunity for self-correction.  The Pencil Grip Original – Graduation is one that can be used for any age and provides continued support, comfort, and durability for many uses.  It is also important to note that all grips are latex and phthalate free.  Be sure to visit the website for FREE DOWNLOADS which include information on how to use the grips, teaching tips, and a reference chart featuring correct and incorrect handwriting grip positions.

You can see how we used these items in our homeschool via my recent video.


Now, for the moment you’ve all been reading for…

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A big thank you to The Pencil Grip, Inc. for sponsoring this giveaway!  One winner will receive one pair of the The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and  The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.  This giveaway ends at midnight on October 24, 2017 so don’t wait to enter!


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Be sure to check out additional reviews from other homeschoolers by clicking this hyperlink.

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.


September 2017 Homeschool Wrap-Up

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As this month comes to a close, I had to share a few things that have been going on for quite some time now. All the details for what we’ve have been up to during recent events, how we have been adjusting since the passing of our beloved father, and what curriculum we are using can be found via this recent video.


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September was a good month for Team KEMP Academy as we all learned our new normal and took school one day at a time.  This month’s accomplishments include:

  • Bear completing two science projects
  • Bam Bam doing great in speech
  • Princess learning shapes and recognizing them throughout the house or while we are out
  • I lesson planned for the entire month and two weeks into October.  WHOOP WHOOP ! Take that procrastination <sticks out tongue>
  • Bear read five chapter books, most within one weekend and one within two hours.  He enjoys reading and even helped write a recent review.
  • Bam Bam confirmed his left hand status and has been writing up a storm.
  • Princess got a new kitchen for her birthday and keeps the family full on delicious plastic and imaginary cuisine.
  • We’ve been having family fifteen minute workouts or stretching time to start our day.  It has been so much fun and really helps us all wake up.
  • I reinstated Friday Fun Day which consists of a science project or messy art and lunch in the living room while we watch a movie.  We’ve been enjoying the Torchlighters series via our Amazon Prime membership.
  • HOOPLA has been a blessing and we recommend listening to the audio books while riding in the car. You can learn more about how we use HOOPLA via this awesome hyperlink.
  • I have been keeping up with my Bible in 90 Days reading plan via YouVersion.  Next time I definitely want to do a chronological reading plan.
  • Our local library had ninja story time.  IT WAS AWESOME!! Ninjas and books go great together.

As always, be sure to check back to the blog weekly for awesome reads to help get you through the week.  I have a few homeschool giveaways coming soon so make sure you are subscribed to my blog and YouTube channel for those announcements.

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Happy homeschooling,

Ta’Neisha K.

Review: Let’s Go Geography

Our 4th grader has been having so much fun with this new world geography curriculum. Let’s Go Geography covers a variety of countries across the globe each year.  This program also features several subscription options to meet your family’s curriculum needs. 

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Initially, I was excited to try this product because our oldest truly enjoys geography lessons. He gets really excited about learning information from different cultures, especially as it pertains to their access to the scriptures and belief in Jesus Christ.  Prior to our official first day of school we followed along with the provided lesson plan for Bear’s coursework to get him back into school flow.  As a complete curriculum I enjoyed the weekly reminder emails featuring information about upcoming lesson and a download link.  This made things so simple because I could easily open the file and print while I enjoyed my favorite makeup guru on YouTube or clipped online coupons.  And, for those of us who occasionally procrastinate or suffer from the forgetful “mom brain,” having your lesson waiting in your inbox is definitely a plus!

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Once school started, I realized that this curriculum also came at the perfect time because we are currently finishing another world geography series. While lesson planning I was grateful for the option to use the lessons that coincided with the country we were already studying.  So, if your child is enjoying their time in South America feel free to skip around and enjoy the remaining lessons for that continent. Although we had to skip around these last few weeks I look forward to going back to visit the countries that we missed.

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The Let’s Go Geography curriculum provides lessons for two regions of the United States along with twenty-six additional countries each year.  We are currently in year one of the program which includes lessons about Greenland, Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Norway, Sweden, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Cambodia, and so many more. The activities in the lessons range from listening to music from the country, creating unique art work, map work, and time to write about what they have learned.  Even though various activities are included, you can easily complete a lesson each week including teaching and activity time. You also have the option to create a passport for your child to use as they enter each country as well as a Travel Journal to hold all of the favorite things they’ve done each year. I look forward to saving Bear’s Travel Journal as a keepsake. 


Finally, I had to share that this program is able to be used with all of your students from Kindergarten up to Fourth grade.  Our preschoolers even have their own passport and enjoy listening to the songs or watching videos about the various countries.  I get so excited in knowing that I can adapt the lessons for our younger students and have even found several board books about the countries we’ve visited at the library.  Let’s Go Geography is definitely large family friendly!

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Overall, our experience with Let’s Go Geography has been so much fun. Every week we look forward to exploring each continent via this homeschool geography curriculum.  The lessons are jam packed with so much information and there is even a blog on the website dedicated to providing great articles to heighten your homeschool experience. But wait, there’s more! Right now you can visit the website to get a FREE DOWNLOAD of continent coloring pages. You can also check out the special offers section for the current coupon codes to save on your membership subscription. 



As always, be sure to check out additional reviews on this awesome homeschool geography course by clicking this WORLDWIDE hyperlink.


Make this week grand,

 ~Ta’Neisha K.