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An Eclectic List Of Artistic Hobbies That You Could Pursue

 

Everybody is creative. Of course, creativity comes in many different forms. Not everybody has the natural talent to paint, for example. Luckily, art is a broad idea that can be interpreted in so many ways. If you’ve yet to find your creative passion, then it might be time to try out some new things. Your next hobby could be waiting out there for you. So, this is an eclectic list of artistic hobbies that you could pursue. 

Music.

If you love music, then that could become your creative outlet. Maybe you enjoy listening to it, but you doubt your abilities to create it. You might not be good at singing (or you might simply not want to sing), and you might have tried to learn instruments but struggled to stick with the lessons. Well, the world of music creation extends far beyond these traditional mediums. In the modern world, you don’t even need instruments to create music, unless you count technological devices as instruments.

Download GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad. It’s free, so it would only require a bit of your time. You might find that you really enjoy creating sounds with synths, virtual drum kits, and a sampler. It takes a while to get used to a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), so don’t expect to produce the next big hit overnight. Just have fun with it. If you enjoy it as much as listening to music, then this could be the ideal artistic hobby for you. You should only do something creative if you genuinely enjoy it, of course.

Photography.

You might want to pursue a hobby of taking photographs if that interests you. Some people have a talent when it comes to drawing or painting, but that isn’t the only way to create visual artwork. Taking photographs is the next best thing. Of course, you shouldn’t tell yourself that it isn’t a skill; it might simply be a skill that you can acquire more easily than skills in other forms of art. You need an eye for photography. Find something that interests you. Maybe you love travel accounts on Instagram. Well, you could try taking some artistic travel pictures on your next trip to see if it’s the right fit for you. Or maybe you like photographs of people. That offers plenty of artistic avenues. You might want to check out this macro photography of the human eye. It could give you inspiration for your own pictures. So, get creative.

Social media.

As mentioned in the introduction, art is a broad term. With modern technology, the term has become even broader. That’s definitely the case when it comes to social media. For some people, social networks are platforms for communication with family members and friends. For other people, social networks are platforms for creative expression. Perhaps you could start posting videos on YouTube. Making fun vlogs or sketches could be a way for you to create art. You could even make money from that. Or perhaps you could start making memes to post on Reddit. The point is that you can be artistic in more ways than you might currently imagine.

Writing.

You don’t have to create novels to say that you’re a writer. Any sort of written work can be viewed as art. Even a well-crafted meme, as explained in the previous point, can be viewed as art. So, a witty tweet on social media could be viewed as art, too. A well-written blog post could be viewed as art. Maybe you simply want to get a notebook and a pen so you can start creating a journal. Documenting your daily life, even if your words are only ever viewed by you, counts as art. You could try it, even if you’re not sure about the idea. It’d certainly give you a bit of privacy if you don’t want to post your innermost thoughts online and have them read by the world. Of course, you can make private posts online if you want to keep your writing to yourself.

When it comes to writing, there are no rules. Well, grammatical rules might count, but the point is that you have the freedom to let your creativity flow. Perhaps you could start introducing your creations to other people once you feel confident in your ability. You might want to create a private poetry account on Instagram, for example, and start by letting a few of your friends follow you. If you gain confidence and start feeling good about your writing, you could make your account public. So, try writing something. Anything. Don’t force a particular style of writing. Start by writing about your day or a happy event from your life. Write about the things that come naturally to you.

Movie Review: Abominable

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital is the animated film, Abominable.

Abominable is the story of a young Chinese girl name Yi, who recently lost her father. She continues to work odd jobs to save money to go on a trip across the country that she had planned on taking with her father. She is also a violinist, like her late father.

One night she comes across a creature that is hiding out on the roof top of the building where she lives. It’s a giant, abominable snowman. She is frightened, but soon realizes that he’s harmless. She also sees that he is injured.

Yi takes care of her new friend, and heals his wound. She names him Everest, after the mountain where he is from, Mount Everest.

Everest was captured and taken from his family by a wealthy businessman Mr. Burnish. He wanted to use Everest to prove the existence of Yetis. All he wants is to get back home to him.

With the help of her neighbor friends, Peng and Jin, Yi sets off with Everest to get him back home to his family before Mr. Burnish and a Zoologist working with Mr. Burnish, Dr. Zara, find the Yeti.

The children, and Everest, head off on a magical journey to get Everest back home, all while being closely pursued by Mr. Burnish, Dr. Zara and their military-like employees.

Along the way the children learn that Everest has magical powers. He uses these powers to help the children escape from Mr. Burnish and his people.

Will Everest ever return home to his family? Or will he finally be captured again by Mr. Burnish and his people? And what will become of Yi and the other children? Will they ever get back home to their families? To find out, you need to pick up a copy (or download/rent) Abominable. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

This movie will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you angry and it will make you overjoyed. You will certainly experience a lot of emotions while watching this film.

Abominable is a visually stunning film. It’s breathtaking. Even if there was not one spoken word in this film, it would still be an amazing film based upon the animation and background music.

I love how incredibly detailed this film is. You can make out the individual hairs on Everest, you can sense the puffiness of the clouds and even so far as to see texture on things. The animation is so amazing that at times it seems like what you are looking at is REAL and not an animated drawing. To me, that is impressive enough in it’s self. The beautiful story just adds to it.

Speaking of the story, I think that Abominable is a great story that touches upon many different themes – family, friendship, perseverance, grief, and environmental issues such as protecting rare creatures (or creatures whose numbers are very limited).

I loved this film. So much so that I plan on watching it again during the holiday break. Speaking of which, Abominable would make a great gift for the holiday.

Of course there are plenty of bonus features included with this film. Here is just a small sampling.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K Ultra Hd, BLU-RAYTM, DVD and digital:

  • DREAMWORKS SHORT – MAROONED – Marooned, tells the story of a cantankerous and selfish robot named C-0R13. Stranded on an abandoned lunar outpost, C-0R13 longs to return to Earth. With a partially built ship and his last power source, this determined robot will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
  • SHOW AND TELL – Back home in the Himalayan Mountains, Everest puts on a magical show-and-tell for his fellow yetis after he receives a special care package from Yin, Jing and Peng.
  • DELETED SCENES with Intros by Writer/Director Jill Culton and Co-Director Todd Wilderman
    • Play All
    • Spa Day
    • Villains at the Map
    • Magic Montage
    • Yak Attack
  • MAKING A MYTH (MOVIE) – In this entertaining ‘making of’ we learn from the filmmakers and stars how they brought the heartfelt and whimsical story of Abominable to life – from the use of magic, music and humor, to the themes of family and nature.
  • ANIMATING ABOMINABLE – From production design to storyboarding and animating, the creative team behind Abominable will take us through the design and animation of the film.
  • YOUR YETI CARE GUIDE – Chloe, Albert and Tenzing provide tips and tricks to caring for your newly adopted “Yeti”. In this case YETI stands for pet – dog, kitten and bird.
  • HOW TO ABOMINABLE – Bring Everest, Yi and Nai Nai to life in your home with this How-to-Draw with a difference. Not only will we show you how to recreate your favorite characters from Abominable, but also how to magically bring them to life through a homemade Chinese style lantern!
    • How to Draw
    • Play All
    • Intro
    • Everest
    • Yi
    • Jin
    • Peng
    • Nai Nai
    • How to Make a Chinese Lantern

I also have some fun extras and clips worth checking out.

You can download the recipes here – http://bit.ly/AbominableRecipes.

 

Click on the above image to download the activities.

Here are a few brief clips from the film.

 

 

 

To learn more about this film, you can visit it’s official website. You can also follow the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter (Dreamworks Animation) and Instagram. The official hashtag is #AbominableMovie.

Did you see Abominal? If so, what did you think of the film? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Holiday gifts from Highlights

 

Are you familiar with Highlights? Highlights is a kid’s magazine that has been around for as long as I can remember.

Going to the pediatrician is never fun for a kid, however, I didn’t mind going because the waiting room had Highlights magazines in it. Often my doctor would let me take some of the older issues home with me. It was like getting a “gift” every time I went to see him. For that reason, I didn’t mind going.

My most favorite thing from the magazine is the search and fine puzzles. Those were always a lot of fun. Actually, all of the activities in the magazine were fun.

I loved Highlights magazine as a kid. As an adult, I can still appreciate this quality children’s magazine. I used to subscribe to it for my kids when they were little.

Highlights has not changed since when I was a child, which is a good thing. The brand has also gone on to create many wonderful Highlights books – both reading books as well as puzzle and game books.

I was sent to review a few Highlights books, all of which are great for the holiday season and beyond.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

 

Families will start a new holiday tradition with this special Hidden Pictures edition of the beloved holiday poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”—the debut title in the HighlightsTM Hidden Pictures® Storybooks series.

MSRP: $12.99

Age: 4 to 8 years

This is such an adorable book! The illustrations are darling!

The front and back cover of the book have glitter on it, to bring the “snow” to life. That was such a creative idea.

This is the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas story, but with a twist. Each set of pages is a a “find the hidden picture” page. One side features part of the story, as well as illustrations of the items you need to find. On the other page is a scene from the story with the hidden pictures somewhere inside of it.

This book is geared towards children 4-8 years old, but I must say, there were a few times I was stumped as to where the hidden item was hiding. Some are not as easy to find as others.

This is a fun book for children to read on their own, or if they just want to try and find the hidden objects without reading the story.

60 Second Puzzles

The Fun to Go books are ideal for busy kids—they fit easily into backpacks for travel, waiting time, or any “I’m bored” moment.

MSRP: $6.99

Ages 6 to 9

This is a small book that comes with an sand timer. The sand runs out in 60 seconds. The idea of the book is to see if you can complete a puzzle in one minute, before the timer runs out.

There is a nice variety of puzzles in this book, from mazes to find the hidden objects. I find that the mazes were a bit easier to do in the time frame than the find the hidden objects puzzles.

Each set of puzzles gives you four tries to complete them. I like that you get more than one chance. You can also do different puzzles each time, then go back to the ones you want to try over again.

This book is small (think), but it’s ideal for tucking into a backpack or luggage when traveling. You can even tuck it in your purse or tote bag to take with you to keep your child occupied and entertained while at a restaurant or waiting at a doctor’s office.

Jumbo Pad of Word Puzzles

This 256-page pad of word puzzles joins our successful, best-selling collection of jumbo books. It’s jam-packed with word searches, crosswords, riddles, codes, and logic puzzles, with removable sheets that are easy to share.

MSRP: $12.99

Ages 6 to 9

There are over 125+ puzzles in this jumbo pad. There is a nice assortment/variety.

Even though this is geared towards children, I found some of the puzzles to be fun to do myself.

You can work directly in the pad, or tear out pages if you want to share them among children (in case you have more than one child/grandchild who wants to use the pad).

The nice thing is that the backside of each page features the solution to the puzzle, so you can easily check your answers.

All of these books are “budget friendly.” They are available on the Highlights website, as well as on Amazon and other retail locations.

These not only make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, but they are also great gifts for year round gifting.

For more information about these and other Highlights products, visit Highlights.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

A Highlights magazine subscription also makes a great gift.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Move over Perler Beads, make room for Aquabeads

 

PHOTO SOURCE: Aquabeads

I work with children in an after school program. They range in age from 9-12 years old (4th through 6th graders).

We do a lot in our program, from homework help to cooperative games. We also do a lot of arts and crafts. My “work kids” are especially interested in arts and crafts, even the boys.

We try and make seasonal and holiday crafts, as well as every day projects. Sometimes my “work kids” are content to do easier things, like color, paint or make things with the Perler Beads.

No offense to Perler Beads. I think they are cool and all, but I am tired of having to sweep up half the container off the floor. I am also not a fan of having to iron the finished creations.

Due to safety concerns, we don’t let the kids iron the Perler Beads, even if they do so at home.

Thank goodness for Aquabeads. Aquabeads are similar to Perler Beads, but instead of ironing the finished design,  you spray it with water.

Lets compare the two when it comes to children. Which is safer? A scolding hot iron, or simple tap water? I think we all know the answer to that.

Aquabeads are similar in size to Perler Beads, maybe a smidge bigger. Unlike Perler Beads, Aquabeads are shaped like tiny balls.

I was sent to review two different Aquabead sets;

  • Beginners Studio – This set contains more than 840 shining jewels and solids beads for plenty of options for creative play.
  • Deluxe Studio – This set gives you even more including more than 1,300 jewels & solid beads.

Check out this brief video about Aquabeads so that you can see for yourself how extremely easy these are to use to create things.

 

The Beginners Studio is a great set to start using Aquabeads. I’ve never used them before, so I like having something more simple to work with. Some of my “work kids” have used Aquabeads before, so the Deluxe Studio was a better option for them.

I appreciate that combining both sets we have plenty of beads and designs to choose from.

The Beginners Studio comes with over 840 beads in 16 different colors. The Deluxe Studio has a whopping 1,300 beads in 24 different colors.

You can actually stack both sets so they stay together. This is a handy feature when packing up at the end of the day. It makes clean up a lot easier.

Both sets come with trays that you work on, the beads, designs, tiny spray bottles for the water and “pens” to help you handle the beads. The pens make things A LOT easier compared to trying to use your fingers. You can use just your fingers if you want, but it won’t be as easy as using one of the Aquabead “pens.”

The pen that comes with the Deluxe Studio has a wheel on the end that allows you to collect and easily dispense a variety of colors. Personally I prefer the Deluxe Studio pen over the standard Beginners Studio pen. I like that you can collect all the colors you need so that you don’t have to stop creating to pick up more Aquabeads.

There is a considerable size difference between the two. The Deluxe Studio is bigger and has more room for storage. It also comes with two design boards instead of one.

Aquabeads Deluxe Kit

Each set comes with different templates, which is nice. You can mix and match each template with the different sets.

The templates are super cute. They feature a lot of animals (elephant, horse, turtle), cars, flowers, bugs and more.

What I like is that each design does not use a lot of the beads. With the Perler Beads you often have to use dozens of beads to complete a design. With the Aquabeads you don’t need that many. If you opt to create your own design and not use one of the templates, then the amount of Aquabeads you use would depend on the size of your design and how complex it is.

Using Aquabeads is simple. Simply slide your template into the appropriate spots on the word station. Next, using one of the Aquabead pens, add the beads to cover the template. You don’t have to use the same color beads that are on the template. You can get as creative and as colorful as you want.

Once you are done with the design, spray some water on it with the included spray bottle, or your own spray bottle.

Spraying the water is an “issue” with my work kids. Some want to soak the beads (making the place soaking wet) where as all you need is enough to coat the beads to “activate” whatever it is that makes them stick together. Just make sure to get all of the beads in the design wet with the water, otherwise you might have a bead or a few beads that don’t stick. Thankfully it’s an easy fix. Simply put the bead back where it belongs, spray it with water, and let it dry.

I love the FREE holiday and seasonal templates on the Aquabeads website.

Once your design has been sprayed with water, let it dry to completion before handing it. Both sets give you a special drying tray that frees up your work station so that you can keep on designing and not have to let drying pieces take up valuable space.

Once your design dries, you can handle it.

I’m not really sure what to do the designs. I want to try and attach jump rings to them to see if the kids can make key chains with them, or maybe charms for necklaces. In the mean time, my “work kids” are content to just keep making and collecting them.

This is not that hard to use. Once you get used to using the pen (do it slow and steady), the rest is a piece of cake. If you do it too quickly, beads will come out and roll around your tray. If that happens, simply move the bead to where it belongs using your finger.

Aquabeads are available at many retail locations, including Amazon. There are different sets and refills available, including Frozen, Toy Story, Disney Princesses and more. There are also free templates on their website.

For more information about Aquabeads, visit AquabeadsArt.com. The brand is also on Facebook and Instagram. Those lines are found at the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

 

It seems like Hollywood is obsessed with turning animated animated films and television shows into live action movies. Disney started the trend. It seems like other movie studios have jumped on the “animation-to-live-action” bandwagon. The latest entry is a live action film of a popular animated television series – Dora the Explorer.

Dora the Explorer was an animated series back when my kids were little. It first premiered on Nickelodeon on August 14, 2000. I believe it’s one of Nickelodeon’s longest running series (I could be wrong). Dora still airs on television, but she has grown up since back in the day when my kids used to watch the series pretty much every day.

Dora is a young girl from South America who enjoys exploring. With the help of her best friend, Boots the monkey, her backpack and map, Dora solves puzzles and gets around obstacles. Along the way she teaches children how to say things in Spanish. Admittedly I learned a lot of Spanish words and phrases by watching Dora the Explorer, and I’m an adult!

I learned how to say “Happy Birthday” in Spanish, compliments of Dora (“Feliz Compleanos”).

 

I was a bit surprised to see that Dora the Explorer was being made into a live action, full length movie. What next? A Barney movie and/or a Teletubbie movie coming to a theater near you?

Honestly, I didn’t hold out much hope for a movie based on Dora the Explorer. To my surprise, the first time I saw the official trailer, I quickly changed my mind. Dare I say that the movie could be, good?

Based on Rotten Tomatoes (84% Tomatometer, 88% Audience Score), Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a hit.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. I was sent a copy of the film to review, along with some fun supplies that can be used to go on my own exploration adventures (more on that later).

Dora and the Lost City of Gold stars Isabela Moner (Dora), Eva Longoria and Michael Peña (Dora’s parents), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora’s cousin Diego), Eugenio Derbez (Alejandro), Benicio Del Toro (voice of Swiper the Fox) and Danny Trejo (voice of Boots the monkey).

Dora lives with her parents in the Amazon jungle in South America. Her cousin and best friend Diego used to live with them too, but his parents moved to the “big city” (Los Angeles, California).

Dora has always love to explorer, even on her own. Being an explorer is in her blood, thanks to her professor parents.

Her parents discover the possible whereabouts of a lost city of gold, Parapata. They feel as though Dora is not ready to go with them, so they send her to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin Diego in the “big city.”

Adjusting to regular life, most especially high school, is the hardest “adventure” Dora has ever had to go on. People are not very kind or accepting of her. In fact, they make fun of her for being difference, and for having a positive outlook and a overly perky personality. Even her cousin Diego is put off by Dora just being herself. When asked to make changes, Dora simply replies that all she knows is to how to be herself.

On a field trip, Dora, Diego, a nerdy classmate and a snooty classmate who doesn’t like Dora at all, end up getting kidnapped and taken to South America.

Once in South America, Dora learns that she was kidnapped to help them find her parents. They have no interest in finding her parents. All they care about is finding Parapata and they know the Dora’s parents know where the City of Gold is located.

Dora, Diego and their classmates were able to escape thanks to a mysterious “friend of her parents” named  Alejandro Gutierrez.

Now it’s a race against time to find her parents before the rebels find them or the Lost City of Gold. But the surviving the jungle is not that easy, especially for Dora’s classmates who have no experience being in the jungle.

Will Dora find her parents before it’s too late? Does Parpata really exist? Will Dora ever be able to return her life back to the way it was before venturing to the big city? To find out you need top pick up, download or rent Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

In the beginning I thought the movie was a bit too “dorky” (for lack of a better description). Young Dora even goes so far as to say a word and look directly at the camera and ask viewers if they can say the word too (reminience of her animated television series). Between that and a poor CGI version of Boots, I wasn’t holding out much hope for this film. But… I gave it a fair shot, so I kept on watching it.

As each minute passed, the film got more and more entertaining. Sure, there were still some goofy parts, but for the most part I found myself very entertaining, especially towards the end of the film where the story peaks.

I’m very impressed by Isabela Moner. She IS Dora. She has the look, the manerisms and the overall “vibe” of being Dora the Explorer. She was the perfect choice to play that role.

In real life Isabela is 18 years old, yet she comes across as a few years younger in the film. By the way, the REAL animated Dora does make a cameo in the film.

I enjoy Eugenio Derbez. I have seen him in a few films and I have always enjoyed them. He’s a funny comedian, not only with his acting, but also with the expressions on his face.

I first thought this would be a film only five year olds would enjoy, but by the time the time the film had ended I realized that it’s a fun, family film for all ages – even adults.

The film is rated PG. I honestly don’t recall any foul language, and there is no nudity or sexual situations (two teens give an innocent kiss, that’s about it). I think the PG mostly comes from intense action scenes.

Along with the screener copy of the film, I also received a backpack filled with essentials one would need to take with them when going on an exploration. The backpack included;

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold backpack
  • Young Explorer drawstring bag
  • Boots tote bag
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Magnifying glass
  • Crayons
  • Flashlight that powers up when you push down on the side of it.
  • And a beautiful flashlight from Maglite.

I may not be an explorer like Dora, but these goodies will come in very handy. The Mini Maglite flashlight will be helpful in case of a power outage, which we happened to have last night (transformer blew – most of the county lost power!).

The flashlight that powers up using the “button” you push on the side of it, is currently in the glove box in my car. You never know when you’ll need a flashlight when you are out and about.

The compass is also in my car. After all, you never know when you might need it.

The binoculars I am holding on to since that I can use them to do some bird watching from our balcony window.

You can never have enough crayons, especially if you want to do some Dora and the Lost City of Gold activity sheets. I have included the activity sheets (below). It’s a zip file.

Dora Activity Sheets

The whistle I have been using at work to get the attention of my “work kids,” most especially for fire drills.

If you would like to learn more about the film, check out the film’s Facebook page. The film is also on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #DoraMovie.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Please note that this is the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

Kimberly

*I received a copy of the film as well as other goodies. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Start a new tradition with Gramma in a Box

 

Do you have special family traditions? Do you have special traditions that your family does outside of the holidays? Sadly, I don’t think many families do have traditions except for those that involve holiday such as Christmas. Hanukkah, Easter or Thanksgiving.

I will admit that my family doesn’t have any traditions outside of the holidays either.

If you are looking to start some new family traditions, especially with your child or grandchild, might I recommend Gramma in a Box.

There are so many wonderful monthly subscription boxes available these days. Books, toys, games, beauty, collectibles… there is a subscription box for just about anything. Even dogs and cats have their own subscription boxes.

Gramma in a Box is a monthly subscription box that provides you with what you need to make yummy treats together with your child/grandchild.

I love the cute holiday stickers that adorned the box.

Each month you will receive a fun filled box of treats to make. Your box includes almost everything you need to make and decorate up to 20 cookie and candy treats, including fresh homemade cookies, a variety of sprinkles and colored frosting, two easy candy crafts, detailed instruction sheet with photos, as well as decorating ideas. Some months will also include holiday theme candy and cookies, such as the Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day photos below. This will be a fun memory maker for children who do not live near their Gramma, or as a great activity for when Gramma visits! So fun and easy that even Grandpa will enjoy helping out!

Can you image how excited a child would be if they received one of the Gramma in a Box boxes? They would be overjoyed! Not only because the box contains delicious goodies, but also because he/she can spend quality time with gramma, making wonderful memories together that will last a lifetime.

I reviewed one of the Gramma in a Box boxes a while back. The one I received was Easter themed. You can read that review here – Enjoy some sweet treats with your family with Gramma in a Box.

Easter cookies we made with another Gramma in a Box box.

I received another box recently. This time the box had a fall/Thanksgiving theme.

Inside the box were the supplies needed to make Fall Cookies, Turkey Buddies and Harvest Bark, so name a few.

Inside Gramma in a Box boxes you’ll find pre-made cookies to decorate based on the box’s theme. There is little to no baking involved. That is a good thing for people like me who can’t bake to save their life. Seriously… I am a horrible baker. I mess up pre-made cookies! Besides, the best part about making cookies is the decorating and eating anyway.

The most you need to do for the most part is microwave ingredients to melt them. That is easy enough to do. Even a child can do that.

I WISH I was able to do a special activity with my great-grandmother, as well as my grandmother (my paternal grandmother raised me since I was a toddler). Both of these amazing women are long gone. I wish I could go back in time. If I knew then what I know now, I would have spent every possible moment with them. I miss them both terribly.

You do not need to be a Grandmother (or Grandfather) to utilize this box with a child. Parents, aunts, uncles, siblings… just about anyone can enjoy creating delicious treats with Gramma in a Box.

For the life of me I cannot find the photos of the creations I made with this month’s box. Ugh!

My favorite treat with this month’s box was the cute turkeys made out of Ritz-like crackers and candy corn. Sweet chocolate and salty crackers together are a yummy combination. Mmm!

The Harvest Bark was also delicious. And it was so easy to put together. It’s a recipe that I can recreate on my own as well.

That is another reason why I appreciate Gramma in a Box. None of the treats are that hard to make on your own. You can use the box as inspiration for other things you can make/bake with your child/grandchild. I know that I’ll be making the Harvest Bark again.

Everything you need to make each goodie is included in the box, with the exception of stuff you already have on hand (kitchen utensils and the like). Gramma in a Box even includes frosting in bags that all you need to do is cut off the tip and you are ready to decorate.

A subscription box like this would make a great gift for a child – or gift it to Grandma so that she can have fun with her grandchildren.

Gramma in a Box will be having a special “Black Friday” sale. You can get a one year subscription (12 boxes) for $190 (normally $220). That is a $30 savings.

You can buy one box, or you can pre-pay for three, six or twelve months. I would recommend subscribing to one box. If you love, by all means, take advantage of the three, six or twelve month options.

If you are interested in learning more about Gramma in a Box, or to subscribe, visit GrammainaBox.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think about Gramma in a Box? Is is something you would like to explore with your child/grandchild? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

The creator of Gramma in a Box – Terry Chamberlin

Kimberly

*I received a free box to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.