Spark Creativity Early with My First Crayola {Ends 5/26}

My kids love when they get to sit down and unleash their creativity on paper. My oldest sons, Zander and Jace, both love to write stories and draw pictures to go along with those stories. Lucy is starting to do a really good job of coloring inside the lines, and Parker is starting to make shapes that actually look like objects on paper. Even my 14 year old daughter loves to sit and color with kids when she babysits. And Gage, well, until this review came along, we had to keep the crayons away from Gage. He prefers to eat the crayons instead of actually use them on paper.
Thanks to My First Crayola, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Crayola has come up with these awesome new products that allow my one year old to color like the big kids and I don’t have to worry about him eating the crayons or putting the markers in his mouth.
For this review, I received the following items:
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Markers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Triangular Dry-Erase Crayons
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Musical Rub-Art Station
  • My First Crayola™ Mess-Free Markers & Paper
  • My First Crayola™ Mess-Free Finger Painting
  • One specially marked box of original Cheerios® cereal

I have to say, this has to be one of our most favorite reviews that we have ever done. We all loved it! I’d like to take a minute and go through what I loved most about each of the products:

  • Washable Crayons, Markers, and Stampers – These are absolutely awesome! They are animal shapes, and they’re perfect for baby hands to grasp. Gage could sit for hours and color all over his paper – and his highchair. {Thank heavens they are washable!}
  • Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat – Parker loves this! And, it’s completely portable, so he’ll take it with him every time we get in the car.
  • Washable Triangular Dry-Erase Crayons – These are awesome for teaching Parker the proper way to hold his crayons.
  • Washable Musical Rub-Art Station – Parker can’t get enough of this. He loves that it plays music when he presses on it, and how the picture “magically” appears.
  • Mess-Free Markers & Paper – Gage loves these! It came with a cow-shaped marker, and he loves scribbling all over the paper.
  • Mess-Free Finger Painting – So.Much.Fun! All my kids love that you can use clear paint and have designs appear like magic on the paper. I know it’s for the younger ones, but even my older kids love it.
  • Cheerios® – A staple in our house. And right now, Crayola & Cheerios have teamed up and are offering up to $5.00 off of My First Crayola products inside specially marked packages of Cheerios. This is a great way to get stocked up on My First Crayola items to get you through the summer.

I have been a mom for almost 15 years now, and I have never seen anything quite like the My First Crayola line. I absolutely love it, and I would recommend it to any parent with young children.

I also want to encourage you to connect with Crayola in the following ways:

Want to try the My First Crayola line for yourself?

Myblogspark and Crayola are giving my readers the opportunity to win a My First Crayola prize pack. The prize pack includes:

  • My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Markers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat
  • One specially marked box of original Cheerios® cereal
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Disclosure:  The information, products, coupon, video and additional My First Crayola™ gift pack was provided by Crayola® and Cheerios through MyBlogSpark.

Kiddie Academy – Success for a Mother/Daughter Team

Kiddie Academy
You may have noticed the banner in my sidebar for Kiddie Academy, and you may have been wondering what it’s all about. Today, I’m going to tell you more about Kiddie Academy and the wonderful opportunity they are giving so many families.

Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in educationally focused daycare for more than 30 years, with centers across the United States.

Moms know that childcare is an in-demand, steady growth industry. They might not realize that the education-based childcare sector is growing even faster. With the support of a strong franchisor, education-based childcare is a great opportunity for positive short- and long-term results for franchisees.

Kiddie Academy upholds a commitment to measured, strategic growth and works to support the ongoing success of each individual academy.

I want to share with you the story of Shanie & Judy. This mother/daughter team opened their Kiddie Academy franchise in 2009, and have had great success. Their decision to start a franchise came after Shanie had a difficult time finding adequate childcare in the area for her daughters. After 6 years of running an in-home child care service, Shanie and her mother were disappointed with the child care options that were available to them. They started discussing starting their own day care center, and decided that a franchised child care organization was the best bet. They started researching companies and were immediately impressed with Kiddie Academy’s website and vision. It wasn’t long after a visit to the Kiddie Academy corporate headquarters that they opened their own franchise.

Shanie and Judy share a common goal: Providing children with a safe, nurturing place to learn and grow, all while provinding parents with the service and consideration they wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Shanie and Judy have had their challenges, the largest being finding staff that had a level of passion for children and education matched their own. They’ve overcome this challenge by providing staff training, positive reinforcement, and leading by example.

Every day, Judy and Shanie see the results of their hard work and dedication — from the smiling faces of their students to the parents who trust Kiddie Academy to care for their children. They have created an environment that is warm and welcoming with stellar customer service, which is consistently praised by their current families. As an added testament to their success, they received the 2009 New Academy of the Year award at Kiddie Academy’s annual conference. Way to go, Shanie and Judy!

Kiddie Academy is growing right now, and they are looking for new franchisees in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Imagine for a moment how great it would be to run your own business and work with someone you love. You would impact the lives of children daily, and you could be such a blessing to so many little lives.

After working in daycare myself for many, many years, I have to say that Kiddie Academy blows me away. Their commitment to children, their dedication to parents, I am super impressed.

If you want to learn more about Kiddie Academy, and how to start your own franchise, check out their website:

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kiddie Academy. The opinions and ideas expressed are 100% my own.