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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!

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

 

Looks like we made it.

Twas’ the night before school and all through the house, not a child was stirring – because I’ve sent them all to bed. HALLELUJAH … my routine is back in full swing.

Tomorrow the Wiener 5 head on back to their happy place. Grades One, Four, Eight, Nine and Twelve are calling their names and beckoning them with promises of friends, hot lunches and homework.

Only two get recess which really upsets the 3, but when I point out that they no longer need to change into indoor shoes, they cheer right up. 2 kids will have “graduations” this year, one of whom will have to wear a dress. The last time she wore one, she was 2.5 and very angry about it. 2 are having to ride the school bus this year which is something that they have never done before. 3 have lunch kits and 2 refuse to take anything but paper bags. 3 will wake up with time to spare, 1 will have the morning planned out by the minute and 1 will have to be forced awake and out of the house. 5 will complain when I make them take the annual back to school photo, and then make me promise to not post it on Facebook.

Tomorrow, I will get to work in my office without being summoned to stop a fight. I won’t hear my name screamed an average of 89 times/day. I will be able to get my errands done without being begged to stop at 7-11 for slurpees. If I feel like going out for a coffee with friends, BY MYSELF, I can. I could also have a nap. Hhhmmm .. maybe I’ll just have a nap. An all day, my house is quiet, no one is bothering me kind of nap. Tomorrow, freedom will reign.

Have an awesome year kids. Hope you get the teachers you want, and have at least 2 of your best friends in your class. I hope you don’t have to bring home homework on your first day. I hope everyone loves the $100 jeans that you HAD to have. I hope that you don’t miss the bus as the walk is long. I hope that this is your best year yet and that your successes far outweigh your failures. I pray that no ignorant words spoken over you will stick. I hope that you will hear my voice when you’re presented with opportunities that you know are wrong. I hope that you will guard your heart and mind and focus on what’s truly important. I hope you know just how amazing you truly are.

Always remember that Mommy loves you. But please, get out of my house.

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Teachers, Tuesdays and Thankfulness

I’m fairly confident that we’re not all going to make to Tuesday based solely on this day alone.

I’ve been called names, spit at, kicked at and shoved out of the way. I’ve been hugged, cuddled, praised and given beautiful drawings. It is just one massive mess of boredom, excitement and loose ends around here.

We are officially “a mess” and WE are all very much ready for school to start.

I may tease about wanting to get rid of my kids and getting them out of my hair, but in all honesty, they’re more excited about going back to class than I am. (Barely, but they are).

They’re ready to see their friends, show off their new clothes and their pretty pink hair. There are girls to be chased and a final year of high school to be tackled. A new bus route and new friends. Volleyball, Basketball and Phys. Ed. It is time.

I’ve prepared them for the new year, and they are pretty much ready to be handed over to their teachers. But before I do that, I’ve got a few things to say.

First I must apologize for not getting every single thing on their school supply lists. I’m pretty sure some of those items are not even real, but anyways.  The soles of their runners are white though, so hopefully that’ll give me some bonus points. We labelled everything including ALL of their markers, shoes, bags, lunch kits and the 300 duo tangs. I promise to send no peanut butter anything, but I make no guarantee’s that their lunches will be healthy, all the time. They will usually be clean, and may or may not have socks on. But they will be there every morning awake, fed and ready for the day.

Secondly, I want to thank you. Thank-you for being their guide when I’m not there. Thank-you for keeping them alive. Thank-you for teaching them the things that I have no patience to even attempt. Thank-you for recognizing their positives when sometimes it’s easier to focus on negatives. Thank-you for taking the time to change these little lives every day. Thank-you for giving me 8 hours of peace and quiet daily.

I truly couldn’t do what I do, without you. You are loved and appreciated more than you’ll ever know. Please, never forget that, especially when I forget to send in all of their permission slips and school fees on time.  🙂

Here’s to another awesome year. C’mon Tuesday.

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