That just seems so crazy to me. I can vividly remember 1.31.14 like it was just last week. Last year I did an end of the year review and absolutely loved looking back on a year of our life. So naturally I thought making it an annual post seemed like a great idea.
Marissa and I had so much fun creating with AtmosFlare, who hired me to try out their product and share it with you, my readers. All opinions are my own.
There are a several things that I LOVE about living the life of a blogger. High on that list is what I refer to as "blogger perks". One of the best blogger perks is getting to try out and share about exciting new products. Recently I was invited to try out a brand new product and today I want to tell you all about it.
I received this product straight from the production line so I don't have any fancy packaging to show you.
But this is it, the AtmosFlare 3D Drawing Pen
At first glance this pen may look rather simple but I assure you there is so much more to it than meets the eye. I believe Marissa's exact words the first time I demonstrated it for her were "Woah", "Wow", "Oh my goodness", "I want to try", and "That is so cool"!
I have to admit I kind of just wanted to keep it for myself. Anyone else ever have those moments. Like the art kit you want to put together or the puzzle you'd like to do... alone? Just me? Yes? No?
So as soon as I (reluctantly) put it down she took charge and I breathed a little sigh knowing she likely wouldn't put it down any time soon.
The AtmosFlare 3D pen allows you to free-handedly draw, write, and create... In 3D!!!
Just let your imagination run completely wild. Dream it up and go for it.
The pen uses a special 3D ink combined with a special light to cure the in as you create. It is amazing and SO much fun to watch, but even more fun to use.
She started out by making simple lines then her imagination took over and she started thinking of all of the things she could create from them. Trees, flowers, castles, houses, people. It only took a few minutes before she realized that she could make whatever she wanted.
This was her first attempt at a flower. There is definitely a bit of a learning curve with this 3D pen, but I know in no time at all she will have it down and be creating amazing things.
I absolutely love it when a child feels free and empowered to create. She definitely had that glow in her eye as she made her imagination come to life.
Thank you AtmosFlare for letting us try out this exciting new product.
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Anyone else feeling the craziness that is the holiday season? Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, my birthday and now we are just 2 days away from welcoming 2016?! This week of the year is always so bizarre for me. Before I know it the holidays are over, I'm a year older and its a brand new year *sigh*.
So, before it all blurs I thought I would take today to do a little Christmas recap post and fill you in on all the random details that made our Christmas great.
We spent Christmas Eve lying around the house doing a whole lot of nothing. I think the girls and I watched White Christmas and The Santa Claus putting our Christmas movie watching at an all time high this year.
Later that evening we headed to church for a Christmas Eve service followed by a Mexican fiesta at Russ' parents to celebrate Christmas with them. I really should have made a Feliz Navidad joke that night.
We arrived home pretty late, sat out cookies for Santa and put the girls to bed. After that I made my typical late night batch of cinnamon rolls and played Santa. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
The next morning the girls woke up about 7:30 (love those kids) and started playing with their toys they got the night before, they didn't even ask to open presents (really love those kids).
We had our traditional Christmas breakfast, this years cinnamon rolls were especially tasty.
Snapped a family photo.
And then they opened presents. Speaking of presents Marissa gave me this. Note in the to she put Beth instead of Mom.
This is the very first present she has ever bought for me (with her own money). She remembered the fuzzy socks I was swooning over at Academy. Such a sweet little girl. She bought Russ & Emily presents this year too.
Next up was cousin time at my parents house.
And playing outside, because it was like 60 degrees out.
It was another great Christmas at the Newman house. It seems like every year we are able to do a little more with the girls making each season more magical than the years before. I couldn't ask for anything more than that.
What was your Christmas highlight?
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