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Chalkboards. Markers. And why you need Chakola in your life.

As you’re all very much aware of by now, I have 7 children. A few are very artistically inclined and one is a crafting wizard, or nightmare, I can’t decide based purely on the trail of “craftiness” that he leaves all over our house. Point is, we like to get creative around here and draw or write on everything. Papers, tables, walls, dishes .. everything seems to be fair game for graffiti so when I was asked to review some fancy new Chalkola Chalk Markers, I was all over that.

As a Mama, the main attraction to me was that they would clean up easily with water. Hello??? Do you have any idea how messy chalkboards get, especially when they’re being drawn on and wiped off many times a day? Well, it’s a lot and I’ve got the chalk stained baseboards and socks to prove it.

We were given the Chakola Chalk & Metallic Marker Set to review and let me tell you, THEY ARE AWESOME.

The colours are super bright, and once you get them flowing, they write smoothly and have great coverage. Not like normal chalk where you have to push down really hard and/or go back and forth, over and over to get a solid colour.

We used them on chalkboards, marking glasses with names at a birthday party, decorating coffee mugs, writing on bedroom windows and on wooden signs. They worked well in all applications but I loved how they looked on glass. They would be awesome to use in decorating for weddings on glasses or place card settings. Or teachers, on whiteboards … these would be amazing.

I’m happy to report that they all wiped off with just water and didn’t leave any residue. The only colour that required a little bit of elbow grease was the white, and that was after sitting for 2 weeks. They really are like drawing with felt tipped markers and that is how they look on your projects.

We did try them on some of our “painted” on chalkboard walls, and while the pens wrote beautifully, they were very hard to clean off. Because of that, I’d recommend that you only use these pens on non-porous surfaces, such as smooth finishes, like glass, mirrors, whiteboards and chalkboards that weren’t “painted on”. They did easily wipe off my front door (don’t ask), the craft table, my kitchen counters and my fridge though, so that’s pretty great in my books.

Our Family of Many give these 18 thumbs up and we recommend Chalkola Chalk Markers with no hesitation at all. The Wieners approve!

As a bonus to you for reading, use CODE: 15OFFINF to get you 15% off of all Chalkola products.

 

Yes, I got the markers for free and yes this is an honest review.  :)

 

Mom First. Writer Last.

That pretty much sums up my day.

Matching outfits for school, reading up on my new “job”, doing laundry again, and again and again. Separating the minions from the screaming fighting match that is Minecraft when played with a sibling that cannot read and doesn’t know any colours. Planning what to put in the 25 lunches per week that I’m about to start making again. (The ONLY bad part of back to school time). Planning our escape in 2 weeks. Counting inventory for one store, and cleaning up my massive mess that the other store creates. Popcorn and movie night with the Wiener 5 and yet another load of laundry still to fold.

In other words, today was a stupid busy, but awesome Mom day.  Not sure if I was too busy, too lazy or too tired to write today. Let’s go with busy. No writing, just surviving.

Super Mom. Out.

awesomeness

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Liam ~ Natasha ~ Zita ~ MagzD ~ Peter ~ Christine ~ Cliff ~ Hethr ~ Tracy

S is for September

September. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and I for one, cannot wait for its arrival.

And before you all think I’m mean and don’t like my kids, shush. I love my children very much, and just as they love me more when I buy them nice presents, I love them more when they’re in school. I will admit, when they were younger it was harder to send them off to school. Now  …. not so much.

Frankly, they like it too. They love being with their friends all day, playing on school sports teams and not having a long list of chores. They also miss the routine that I am so desperately craving. There’s something secure and comforting about knowing exactly what you need to be doing at any given time. When they’re busy, they’re not in trouble. I like busy children.

September is also my January. My “new year” always begins on September 1st as my life revolves around the children anyways. It’s a great time to start new things. Going on a diet, heading to the gym and getting your house in order are all perfect September activities. We ‘re already helping our kids be successful and teaching them to start their year off on a good foot, why not do the same for ourselves?

January is just the half-way point of the year and it’s the time we have to send more pencils, erasers and kleenex to school. It’s not a good time for changing anything, especially since you’re too fat from Christmas anyways. If you start changes in September … they’re a lot easier to stick to come to December. That’s my theory anyways.

The arrival of September means that Fall is soon on it’s way and that the hot weather is over. I don’t like being hot. At all. I love Fall, changing leaves, cooler temps,  jeans and sweatshirts and cooking in a crockpot. It also means new socks for everyone as August 30th is the bi-annual “throwing away of the lonely and ugly socks” day.  Good-bye to the stinky, holey and un-matched socks … hello to new white clean ones.

It also means it’s time for my shoppping pilgrimmage to Target, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Big Lots and Ross. I get to eat biscuits and gravy for breakfast and go to Old Country Buffet for lunch. (Not exactly sure how I’m going to make those 2 experiences gluten-free, but I sure am going to try). I will fill my motorhome with $2 boxes of cereal, shoes and whatever else calls my name at The Dollar Tree. It really is a blessed event, and one of the best weeks in Fall.

So .. as September draws closer, please know that I won’t be crying at the door as my children head off to the bus. I will be shoving them out the door with their new backpacks and $100 calculators and waving good-bye. As soon as I’m done singing and rejoicing, I’ll probably have a little nap and then celebrate the start of the new year.

Aaaaah. September.

This post is Day 21 of the Summer Blog Challenge – 31 posts in 31 Days

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