Saturday, March 7, 2015

KidStarter: Cool STEM-based DIY Courses for Kids #KidStarter

KidStarter is passionate about inspiring kids to explore through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at an early age.

It is the responsibility of parents and educators to nurture the children's natural curiosity to manipulate and touch their surroundings.

KidStarter is interactive, instructor-led workshops where kids build an entire product from scratch.   They are introduced to DIY concepts, problem-solving, and teamwork. Most importantly, it's a fun,  safe environment where children can expose their 'inner geek' and feel comfortable about it.

Take a look at some of the cool things they learn to build in the classes!

Here is what some parents have said about the KidStarter classes:

"I really appreciate this idea! Kids can learn through playing with ease and the DIY works are pretty cool, I like it!"

"As a mother, I do like this idea. It's a great opportunity for kids to learn something they can find hard to gain in school and it's so interesting! I'd like to attend the courses with my daughter."

 "My son Ryan loves this program as well as his teachers and classmates. Every time he finishes a new DIY masterpiece I feel so proud of him! I really hope more kids and parents will enjoy the same  happiness we are having now :) "

KidStarter Campaign Video from The Fold on Vimeo.

As a past homeshool parent, I am in love with this idea.  Too many children these days think all they want to do is play video games, be on the computer, or watching videos.  I know first hand watching my own grandchildren!
I hope you will click HERE to check out the cool IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds and awareness of the KidStarter classes.  There are even some very cool perks as well.

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.

Friday, March 6, 2015

New Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Review and Giveaway

Dial has done it again.  This time they have come out with a Miracle Oil body wash.
It's infused with Marula oil for beautifully soft skin.  This new body wash is formulated with Micro Oil Technology for a luxurious, clean-rinsing lather that leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and smooth.

Caring oils are a major trend in hair care and cosmetics.  Dial brings these trendy oils to your shower and bath with their new Micro Oil technology of a rich lather and clean rinsing body wash.

I love the feel of the new Miracle Oil body wash.  The scent is 'to die for'.  It really made me feel like I was in a luxurious bath.  Even the following day I can still feel the softness of my skin.  I wish I had this body wash to use all winter when dry skin is such a larger problem for me.

Would you like to give the new Dial Miracle Oil body wash a try?  Three lucky Marsha's Spot readers will each win a free coupon to do just that!  Just enter using the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Frugal Friday With Marsha --Coupons!


This week has been mostly coupons, coupons, and coupons for me.  I've loved it!
I gave KMart's double coupon days a try for the first time.  I made three trips throughout the week and spent $7.88 total out of pocket.

This first picture does include my shopping from Target and Walgreens as well.  If you would like to read more, I have a post on bubblews:
My Shopping Excursion

 Barq's root beer, 2 Mitchem, 1 Old Spice body spray, 2 Beneful dog treats, and 2 Glad Plug-Ins = $2.45

Fanta, 1 Clear shampoo, 3 Old Spice Body wash, 1 Tampax and package of lip gloss = $2.50

2 Clear shampoos, 2 Old Spice body spray (just realized only got one in the photo), 1 Mitchem, 1 Club Soda, and 4 Glade Plug-Ins = $2.97

I had free coupons from mycokerewards for the soda, which was awesome to use to get to my $25 minimum purchase before coupons.  The Glade were also fillers on sale for $1 each and I used the $1 on any Glade product coupons.
I am a happy coupon camper!!

The Old Spice body sprays are now in my gift tote and will be used for the men on my list at Christmas time.  The lip glosses are also in the tote for the girls.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Writer's Unite 3/5/15

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!
I feel like I am buried in reviews to get written.
I have 2 product reviews to get posted.  Both of those include giveaways.  One of those requires me to make a video on the installation of the product.
I have at least 3 books that need review written. 
I always write a review on Sunday and use it as my Super Sunday Reviews blog post.  This post also include a linky for anyone to share any reviews they have written on their blog for the week as well.
Then I have Saturday and Tuesday each week where I don't write a specific blog.

I am wondering how the bloggers who sometimes have 2 or 3 reviews a day written on their blog do it.  Well, other than maybe blogging is all they do online, whereas I usually have at least 10 tabs open on my computer doing things.

This week I did do a review on Tuesday.  Instead of 2 bubblews posts as I usually link up, I am going to link that review then one of my bubblews post.

Please remember that you are free to link up on Thursday posts that you have written ANYWHERE online.  
As always, I look forward to reading what you choose to link up.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WIP Wednesday 3/4/15

I actually got my sewing machine out this week.  Yay me!

I finished sewing up these 9 lined bags that I had kitted up for months.  So far 2 of them are listed for sale in my Etsy shop

I finishing sewing the blocks together for my five and dime quilt.

I worked on the pink hexagon table topper.  I had hoped to have the last round on and working on hand quilting it by now, but such is life.

Yellow is my favorite color and it's also the color for March with the SoScrappy blog.   How can I resist not trying to do something with yellow?  The problem is that I don't know what!   This is all of the yellow I found in my scraps, so I have some decisions to make on what I will make with it.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Blue hexagon table topper
Pink hexagon table topper

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
RSC 15

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All Lovely Things -- A Field Journal That's a Pinterest for Your Inner Soul

Released today, March 3, 2015, ALL LOVELY THINGS: A Field Journal for The Objects That Define Us is by artist Lea Redmond.
It's an illustrated guide that asks you to do just that; get to know yourself better through the objects that are the inanimate companions in your life.

It works as a "Pinterest for the inner soul". ALL LOVELY THINGS is filled with illustrated prompts and the space for you to examine what the items in our lives really say about who you are. Maybe it's a sweater from your date. Maybe it's a favorite kitchen item, or an old toy.

This one-of-a-kind book will prompt you to draw portraits of yourself or people who you know, admire, or imagine. It will prompt you to connect specific objects to important people in your life. It will prompt you to create sketches, collages, or descriptions of the key items in your life, and how they contributed to who you have become.

Every Spring you are surrounded by message to clear out the clutter in your life and move forward. It's supposed to be a time of discarding what no longer serves you, bidding good riddance to the physical stuff in your home and life that weigh you down.
But....what if before you throw those items out, you take some time to remember what they have done for you?
What if.....creativity can come from those objects that mean the most to you?
What can better know yourself and those you love through creating art of the the things you love?
What if.....there is serenity to be found in your stuff?

In your hands, ALL LOVELY THINGS becomes an engaging celebration of how you collect the things in your world and how, in turn, they make you who you are.

The book is 203 pages including 13 pages of introduction on using the book as well as 14 pages in the back of the book for more ideas and story archives.
26 pages throughout the book are illustrated prompt pages. The rest of the pages are for your life story.

Author Lea Redmond is a maker. She crafts objects, ideas, and activities. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkley, California seeks to create a more playful, peaceful world by offering curious goods, surprising services, ad participatory projects.
You can connect with Lea at

Disclaimer: I rec'd a copy of this book along with promotional materials for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own. Post does contain affiliate links.

Monday, March 2, 2015

All Business Monday -- February Online Earnings

Good morning on this first Monday of March!

I've added up my online earnings for February to share with you today.  

PerkTv -- $20 in gift cards (amazon, Target, and Walmart) (If you sign up, use code 860efbf6 for bonus points)

Swagbucks -- $50 in gift cards (amazon, Target, and Walmart) (if yo sign up use the code HIP70 on the sign up page for bonus points)

Pinecone Research -- $6 paypal

apptrailers -- $4.77 paypal (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)

bubblews -- $48.29 paypal

hausernet -- $15.75 paypal

shopkick -- $4 Target gift cards

Walmart Savings Catcher -- $3.84 to my Bluebird card

neobux -- $8.82 paypal

chatabout -- $5 paypal

checkpoints -- $2 amazon (if you sign up, use code marsha32 for bonus points)

zig marketing -- $25 check

This comes to a total of $188.47.   
I need my monthly total to far surpass what I am earning right now.  Several of the sites and apps on my list I could have, and should have done better on.  I am working hard to keep organized and establish earning routines!    What will March bring?  I can't wait to find out and share it with you!

(Photo: Golden Dollar Symbol by
License: Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Super Sunday Reviews -- Thinking Anew

Thinking Anew Harnessing the Power of Belief by Eugene F. Moynihan, Jr. and Richard F. Quis is one of the best things that's happened to me in a long time.
This book is 200 pages of awesomeness.
Ok, there are only 36 pages of total reading, including the 2 author pages in the back of the book, but those pages are mighty powerful.

In Thinking Anew, the authors teach you to think anew, change your life for the positive by not only positive thinking, but writing those positives out as well.
The rest of the book are notebook pages just like a composition notebook would have. They do have the words Thinking Anew at the top of each page.

This book has made such a difference in my life in only a short time. I've always been a positive person, but recently that's become harder for me.
It's pretty awesome the way they have the book set up too. I love that you have your pages for writing right there with the book, and plenty of them as well.
I started writing February 20th. Several times already I have gone back to specific sections of the "instructions" to renew my mind of what I am doing this for.

Eight pages of the 36 are writing prompts to get you started and keep you going. You don't have to only use those as you will think of your own the more you write. I have truly appreciated the prompts.
I also like the suggestion in the book that if you have a picture of something you are writing about, then glue that in to the notebook as well. This makes it like a vision board in a way, although it's already a vision by seeing what you are writing. As of yet I've not done that, but I sure plan to!

I highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter where you are in your life!

These excerpts from some of the information that they sent me with the book will help you understand it more:

"Some people feel like they've totally lost control of their mind and body. They are addicted to drugs, alcohol or food, or operate entirely at other people's bidding. Many feel they've hit a brick wall trying to change their lifestyle. Some people are frustrated that no one finds them attractive or enjoyable to be with anymore. Others are so frustrated by life they feel that nothing they want is attainable.

If you feel like you on cruise control to nowhere is there any way for you to stop?"

Sure there is!

"You start each day by getting out a piece of paper, and writing down what you want to happen. Their new book, Thinking Anew, explains how writing things down can be the simplest and most powerful thing you can do to get yourself moving towards your goals, regain your direction and your confidence, and place you in control over what happens to you."

"Writing down what you intentions are each day focuses your mind on what you want. The act of writing helps you achieve clarity and frees your mind to use your imagination. You decide what is important and you put away what is not. Your subconscious mind then goes to work and helps you achieve what you want for the entire rest of the day."

It doesn't matter what you want to change, whether it's losing weight, changing your behavior, making more money, rid yourself of an addiction, have a better relationship, or any other challenges, Thinking Anew will help you!
As I said, I see and feel such a positive difference in my life just since starting to write February 20th. I missed one day writing first thing in the morning as I over slept. The rest of that day was nothing bu chaos. The power of positive thinking and writing is real!

Again, I can't recommend this book enough.

Disclaimer: I rec'd a copy of Thinking Anew along with promotional materials for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate links.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...