Rainbow Pencils FlipStir Puzzle by Enlivenze LLC ~ Review

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

I have a puzzle addict in the house, so when TOS Review Crew was offered a chance to try out FlipStir Puzzles from Enlivenze LLC I jumped at the chance. We Choose the Rainbow Pencils puzzle to try 1st.

If you haven’t hear of FlipStir puzzles, your not alone. But I promise they are worth the try! They are fun for the whole family!!! Basically it is an enclosed puzzle that you solve using a special stick that is manufactured into the top. Our Rainbow Pencils puzzle is a “level 1” and has 10 3D pieces. The “level 2” puzzles have the same number of pieces but are harder images to solve. Level 1’s come in Rainbow Pencils and Tyrannosaurus Rex.The Level 2 options ae Solar System and Statue of Liberty. I thought we would start with the easier.

Here is how FlipStir Puzzles work…

Each puzzle come in a hard plastic cylinder with a paddle type stick inserted into the lid. Start by shaking/stirring the puzzle to mix up the pieces. Then using the wand you rearrange the pieces to make your picture. Hence the Shake~Stir~Solve.

One of the best things about the FlipStir Puzzles is that because it is self contained there are never any lost pieces. That makes this puzzle super portable! You can take it in the car on trips without fearing that something will be lost. It is also made from durable materials and has stood up to my kids well.

My daughter loves it!!! We even have races to see who can complete it the quickest. She wins every time haha

Here is an up close pic of our puzzle. FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

She really can complete is in a mater of minutes! It takes me  alot longer. haha

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We give FlipStir Puzzles by Enlivenze LLC a 2 thumbs up!!!!!!!

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Kwik Stix 12 pk from The Pencil Grip, Inc. – Review

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

I am in LOVE with this product that I had the privileged of reviewing!!!!! It has made my must have list for school supplies!!! What is it????? It’s Kwik Stix 12 pk by The Pencil Grip, Inc.


Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
The Pencil Grip, Inc. company may sound familiar to you. They supply many useful items for writing including “The Pencil Grip” which is the #1 recommended ergonomic writing aid.


But they offer other great products too like Ergo Stylus, textured pop beads, gripables cutlery, plus school and office supplies.

For this review I received a 12pk of Kwik Stix. I had never heard of them before came up. But, now I can’t imagine not having them in the classroom.

Kwik Stix are Tempera Paint sticks that dry super fast. They kind of remind me of glue sticks only in paint form.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

By using these Kwik Stix’s you can have the look of paint without the mess. You don’t need water, brushes, paint shirts, etc… You just pop off the cap and paint away. They dry in 90 sec. and once dry provide a paint -like finish. They work great on all types of surfaces like paper, cardboard, wood, ad canvas. They are also washable, so if they get used in not so good places like walls, tables, and arms it will wash right off.

We have been using the 12pk with regular color, but, they also come in neon and metallic finish. They also have class packs of 96 piece for 8 sets of the 12 pk or a smaller 6 pk.


Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
My favorite thing about this product is how mess free it really is. I love art time but used to get frustrated with the supplies that needed dragged out for painting and then the clean up. A cup of painty water always getting spilled somewhere inconvenient. With Kwik Sticks my girls can paint anytime without help getting out supplies or cleaning up messes.

I also don’t have wet paint papers laying all over the house waiting to dry since it drys so fast. Some of these type of products have claims that they can’t back up. But Kwik Stix is the real deal!!!! It makes painting fun again.

Here are some of our projects…

My youngest used them everyday. She liked to use them on her Math Papers!


We used them in our learning time when we studied about Spring weather. They made great rainbows.


Our letter books got a make-over with them too.


May baskets looked great with some Kwik Stix art.



Really, the only wish about them that I have, is that they could come in a fine point selection since my kids liked using them so much. It was hard to write and be able to read since they are about the size of a glue stick. But, I really love using them and letting them create with them. We will be ordering the other sets for next year’s school!

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May Day Tradition

May Day

Each May Day as a child my mother helped me make May baskets full of treats and flowers to deliver to my elderly neighbors door steps. I never did the Ding/Dong ditch approach but spent time getting to know them and helping out whenever I could.

Since my girls have been old enough, we have carried on this with elderly, shut-ins and widows of our church. Our numbers have gone up and down. Some have moved and some have passed on. But the girls treasure knowing each one of them and hearing about what May Day was like when they were younger. May baskets are a lost tradition that needs to make a return. It is a great way to teach respect for the older generation and for the older folks to interact with the young. It helps bring the two together and start a lasting bond.

This year we have sixteen on the list! We are delivering early since May Day falls on Sunday this year. We have been doing it so long that most come to expect a visit around this time of year. The girls also get nice cards in the mail as a thank you which has struct up a pen pal packed a time or two.

Here are some photos of the girls making the baskets this year!


Constructing and decorating the baskets.


All decorated!


Filling with treats! We’ll add flower vases tomorrow before delivery.


16 completed baskets waiting for delivery!