Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon


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I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read his story in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Knickerbacher is unhappy. He spends all his time guarding the princess Gwendolyn, but that is not the life he wants. He wants to be a comedian! Gwendolyn thinks he is funny and tells him to follow his dreams, but his father thinks all dragons must guard princesses. So he practices his jokes and he watches the princess and he wishes for more. One day a prince shows up to battle Knickerbacher for the princess. The young dragon tries to scare him, but his heart is just not in it and it shows. The Prince and dragon chat and eventually both realize they have bigger dreams to chase. Knickerbacher decides to leave to pursue his dreams and the prince rescues the princess then decides he is better off playing baseball than battling dragons. The night of his first show, Knickerbacher is a hit, afterwards his parents come back stage to tell him they are proud of him for being true to himself because that takes real bravery.

This is a wonderful story perfect for kids from birth to 10. I read it to the 3 year old I watch and my 11 year old son and they both loved it. Knickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon is a story all about following your heart and believing in yourself. The illustrations are so beautiful and the kids loved the bright fun colored dragons. I read the story using multiple voices and exaggerating the jokes and the kids giggled through the whole thing. We had a ton of fun with this book and you probably will too.

Thanks for sticking with us,

Domi

I may have received this product free or at a discounted price in exchange for a review, this does not influence my review. This post contains affiliate links, for full disclosures go HERE.

ARTacts Synthetic Face Painting Brush Set

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Click on image to go to Amazon and purchase

What they say

  • • 12 DIFFERENT BRUSHES – This face painting kit includes a brush for every artistic occasion including: brushes that taper to a fine point for detail work and fine lines, square-tip brushes, fan-shaped brushes and more!
  • • HIGH-QUALITY SYNTHETIC BRISTLES – We’ve used a special blend of high-quality non-toxic synthetic fibers for these bristles so they hold more paint, allow you to apply it to faces more evenly, and are easier to clean up!
  • • BUILT TO LAST – Hold your ARTacts Synthetic Face Painting Brushes between your fingers. Feel the solid wood handle balance comfortably in the palm of your hand. Marvel at the gorgeous matte black finish of the handle and the luscious chocolate brown bristles. We’ve designed these brushes to give you years of face painting fun!
  • • IDEAL FOR KIDS OR ADULTS, BEGINNERS OR EXPERTS – Use it for school events, church events, fairs, parades or any time you feel like putting a smile on someone’s face!
  • • LIFETIME GUARANTEE! – We’re so confident in the superior quality of our ARTacts Synthetic Face Painting Brushes we gladly offer them with a 100% Satisfaction Lifetime Guarantee!•

What I think

I enjoyed testing these brushes out. The kids were all more than happy to help with that. So we had a limited color palate to use and had to get creative. I got out the face paints and the brushes and some paper towels and the kiddos picked out what they wanted.

The tiny person was easiest he just wanted some balloons. So we got to work. Now the face paint kit I used is like a Halloween monster man kit so it is the hard thick stuff not true face paint. This made me worry that I wouldn’t be able to get a good idea of the brushes abilities.  I worried for nothing. The fact that it was a bit harder to get started did not affect how well the brushes worked at all.

balloons for the tiny person
balloons for the tiny person

I had to work the paint a bit to get it easier to spread and after that it wasn’t so bad at all. The brushes worked very well. They were all very soft and did not irritate the kids in any way.

Butterfly for little miss
Butterfly for little miss

There was no problem with shedding bristles. Not on the kids skin, nor in the paint and for sure not when I was wiping the paint off with paper towels. I really gave some good tugs too. Shedding bristles is a pet peeve of mine so it is one thing I rigorously test out on any kind of paint brush.

Gamer ghost for the little dude!
Gamer ghost for the little dude!

The selection of brushes is a great beginner or standalone kit. You have the perfect sizes and shapes to meet all the needs. From some thick brushes for filling in large spaces to a very fine tip for delicate lines. These will of course work better with better face paints but they did a great job with what I had on hand too.

This company is great too and they want you to love your product so they offer a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. That is pretty awesome. We obviously had a great time, so this goes in the DO column.

With all the love I can muster on a Monday morning,

Domi

I may have received this product free or at a discounted price in exchange for a review, this does not influence my review. This post contains affiliate links, for full disclosures go HERE.

Chalktastic Liquid Chalk Markers, 8Pack

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Product Description

Endless possibilities and tons of fun – Your ChalkTasticTM Liquid Chalk Markers let your creativity come alive!

Tear open the cardboard shipping box your ChalkTastic Liquid Chalk Markers arrive in and marvel at the bright neon colors of each liquid marker.

Choose a liquid marker in your favorite color. Shake well. And let your creativity soar!

Note how your ChalkTastic Liquid Chalk Markers work great on any non-porous surface.

The colors are vibrant and beautiful; the super-concentrated liquid chalk glides on with no running; cleanup is as quick and easy as wiping your creation away with a damp cloth!

You’ll love these liquid chalk markers as a gift for the creative youngsters in your family; as a fun and reliable education tool (is anything worse than losing the attention of your classroom because all of your liquid pens have dried out?); as an easy way to attract customers to your restaurant, bistro, store or business; and so much more!

Backyard fun, thumbs up!
Little Dude says backyard fun, thumbs up!

And now for the fun part!! I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review, this is that honest opinion.

When I ordered this product, we were very excited for it to come. Little Dude likes to doodle and this looked so fun. So we trooped outside with my friends kiddos and tested these bad boys out. I figured since they were a form of chalk that they would be fine on the sidewalk.

kids giving them a go on the concrete.
kids giving them a go on the concrete.

We did learn that they can make a much prettier picture on smooth surfaces. The rough concrete also could shred the tips if pressed to hard. So we moved to the smoother part of the walk, my steps.

Pretty art from my friends 8 yr old.
Pretty art from my friends 8 yr old.

This section worked much better. The flow was smooth and our little artists were able to get more creative and add more depth to their work. Next Little Dude asked me to put his favorite, a creeper from Minecraft, on his bedroom window. So we tried that out and it was fun too.

Scary Creeper face.
Scary Creeper face.

We all agreed there were a couple things we would change about this product. We really wanted a black one and the caps are designed in a way that if you do not put them on carefully, they can damage the tips. So we would love to see that changed so that the younger kids with less dexterity won’t have as much trouble recapping them.

An amazing drawing by our little artist.
An amazing drawing by our little artist.

So the basics are, this item is a ton of fun. The kids loved them. They were easy to prime and the color flowed out well. The reversible nib made it so they could be more precise or broad, depending on what they wanted. They clean up as easy as chalk but are much more versatile. Little dude and his friends all agree with me that this is a great product.

So we say in unison, this is a do!

Always, (oh that one brought on the HP feels in this geek girl)

Domi

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