Green Kid Crafts Review: The Best Way to Combine Art and Science Fun review combine art science

A few weeks ago I heard about Green Kid Crafts for the first time. It sounded pretty fantastic, but I really wanted to see one of their boxes for myself before I wrote anything else about the brand.

I was interested from the moment I read about the goals of the company!

Like so many of the best children’s products, Green Kid Crafts is a mother’s invention, created by a working mom and environmental scientist. Her personal experiences taught her how important it is for children to exercise creativity, develop a love of discovery, and learn about the world around them.

Green Kid Crafts’ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) creativity boxes create those opportunities, and certainly spark the imagination! Their products deliver discovery, learning and fun to children ages 3-10.

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I was so excited when I received our box of science projects and crafts, and I really wanted to document everything that was inside and share it in real time. So I created a Green Kid Crafts review and unboxing video.

I also took plenty of pictures, so if you’re not into videos, scroll down to see my Green Kid Crafts review!

Green Kid Crafts Review and Unboxing Video:

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The box I received from was a standard one that’s identical to the boxes anyone would receive.

I have to say, I was thrilled, and I mean thrilled with the contents!

Our box is Discovery Box #43: Volcanoes, Crystals and Gems. I knew from the moment I opened it that my own kids would be in love with everything shown in the pictures. What child doesn’t love rocks?

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The Green Kid Crafts box got better and better as I looked through it.

The card on the very top said the box contained a geode kit, a crystal-making kit and supplies for an erupting volcano. I found each of the kits packaged in zip-top bags:

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But there was actually more in the box than what was presented when the box was opened! To make it even more exciting, the surprise additions to the box were absolutely fantastic.

We received a Rock, Crystal and Gem Excavation Kit: review

Along with these art supplies and a card with instructions for how to make eruption volcano art.

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The flip side of the card contains information on Jackson Pollock and how his style of splatter painting relate to the art described in the included project.

The box that’s already full of science projects relating to geology includes a creative project to tie it together and information about an artist and his technique.

It’s like Green Kid Crafts figured out everything moms want our children to do to become smarter while staying busy and packed it all into one compact box! 

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Piper immediately started making crystals. It wasn’t long before she had a crystal ornament growing in a jar.

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I forgot to take a picture of the finished crystals but the project turned out beautifully. We’ve done way too many science projects where nothing worked right, so I love that we followed the instructions and the stated outcome actually happened!

Then she got to work on the crafty part of the Green Kid Crafts box. At seven years old, she was capable of following the instructions and creating her own art project.

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While some of the individual kits require help from an adult, I love that others allow the kids to be independent and make something entirely on their own.

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I think her finished painting is pretty amazing!

How to buy one Green Kid Crafts Box

Green Kid Crafts boxes are priced at $19.95 with discounts if you prepay for 3 or more months at a time. I do think $19.95 for everything included in the box is well worth it. If you’re not sure about it for $19.95, keep reading.

Green Kid Crafts frequently, and I mean very frequently, offers promo codes to save a lot on their boxes. Right now there’s promo code, STEAM16 that will take 40% off the price of a box. That makes it just $11.95!  

Don’t let the word subscription scare you when you look at the order page. You’ll need to order the Monthly Subscription to use most of the promo codes.

Here’s what you need to remember if you’re thinking you just want one Discovery Box: Note your order date and pay attention to the shipping date. Then check out the FAQ for how to cancel if you don’t want to receive additional boxes after your first one.

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If you’re entirely averse to any sort of ordering and canceling process you can easily buy one of many single kits or discovery boxes. These start at just $9.95 and they look pretty fantastic.

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I love this Stacked Ornament Kit for $9.95 and you can get boxes with just as many projects as I received from $19.95. review what's in the thanksgiving box

They even offer boxes with holiday themes, like this Thanksgiving Box that’s on sale for $19.95 right now.

Now that I’ve seen what’s in a Green Kid Crafts box, I know I can stand behind this company. I’ll definitely be sharing all available coupons to make sure you can get your creativity boxes for the lowest price possible!

I think a box from Green Kid Crafts would make an excellent gift for the holidays or a birthday. What do you think?

Order your box from Green Kid Crafts today!

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Disclosure: sent me this box to faciliate the Green Kid Crafts review. All opinions and fangirling are 100% my own.

Sharing Entertainment Anywhere With Moto Mods

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I recently received a package from Verizon and the #VZWBuzz team that blew my mind:

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That’s the Moto Z Force Droid with these innovative new snap-on gadgets called Moto Mods. These are the Moto Mods I received:

Moto Mods can easily turn your phone into a stereo, a television, a battery powerhouse and more. Inventors and developers are coming up with new ideas for Mods even as I’m writing this, and the possibilities for this type of technology are endless!

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The mods are super simple to use. The Droid phone is at the bottom of the stack in the above picture. It has those little gold dots near the bottom. Those dots are magnets.

This is the phone I received with the included back removed:

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Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie Recipe: A Green Smoothie that Kids Love!

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I tend to overthink things. Especially parenting. I constantly remind myself that my own behavior has a direct influence on the people my own children will become.

I’m not just talking about the big stuff, like the examples I set in my marriage and how I talk to people. I also think about it in the day-to-day stuff, like eating habits and housekeeping.

I’m definitely not perfect, but sometimes it hits me that improvements I make in my own life could result in better lives for my children.

One thing that seems to be on both my mind and my husband’s mind lately is our diet. Neither of us have stellar eating habits, and it’s not lost on me that the serving of fruits or vegetables (mostly fruits) that Haiden and Piper have at every meal would also be good for me.

So James and I decided that while the two of us should add more produce to our diets, all of us should be eating more veggies.

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But I have this problem: I don’t like preparing vegetables. I feel like most of them take time to taste good, and I rarely allow myself time in the kitchen for that. I also worry that valuable nutrition is lost in so many different cooking methods, and that adds to my reluctance.

Then I listened to a podcast discussing green smoothies. I’ve had them in the past and I liked them, but I had forgotten all about them.

Related: See the perfect Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie recipe!

It struck me that green smoothies would be an easy way to add a lot of vegetables to our diet. If I could find a kid-friendly green smoothie recipe, a green smoothie my kids loved, I wouldn’t have to worry about lengthy preparation or losing nutrients.

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Armed with my Simple Green Smoothies book and my new Ninja Blender with Auto iQ (more on that later) I set out to make an array of smoothies. I was determined to find one thing:

A green smoothie kids love!

I found more than one, but one I came up with on my own is my kids’ favorite green smoothie. The Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie recipe has strawberries, blackberries, banana and two handfuls of fresh spinach!

Green Smoothie Preparation notes:

First, Measuring fresh spinach is weird. It needs to be packed into a measuring cup. One cup of fresh spinach is roughly one handful, so I skip the measuring cups.

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Second, green smoothie ingredients need to be layered in your blender container, and the order matters!

I love the Ninja blender system I’m using because it comes with single-serving/two-serving smoothie cups as well as a full-size pitcher. The cups make smoothies a breeze, and the biggest cup lets me make two full 16-ounce green smoothies at once!

Here’s how you layer ingredients if you’re using a single-serve blender cup. Remember that you’ll turn the cup upside down onto the blender, so put your green smoothie ingredients into the cup in this order:

  1. Spinach leaves
  2. liquid
  3. fresh fruits
  4. frozen fruits

Then you can put the lid on the cup and invert it onto the blender.

Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie Recipe


2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups cold water
3/4 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or more strawberries
3/4 cup pitted cherries
1 banana


  1. Layer ingredients in your blender. If you’re using a single-serving blender use the order listed above. If you’re using a traditional blender just reverse the order so the most solid ingredients are on the bottom.
  2. Blend until smooth. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to blend with the Ninja’s Auto iQ feature.
  3. If you’re doubtful you’ll get a smooth consistency with your blender, start by blending only the spinach and water. Once that’s liquified, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

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Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie Recipe


  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 3/4 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or more strawberries
  • 3/4 cup pitted cherries
  • 1 banana


  1. Layer ingredients in your blender. If you’re using a single-serving blender use the order noted above. If you’re using a traditional blender just reverse the order so the most solid ingredients are on the bottom.
  2. Blend until smooth. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to blend with the Ninja’s Auto iQ feature.
  3. If you’re doubtful you’ll get a smooth consistency with your blender, start by blending only the spinach and water. Once that’s liquified, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Be sure to check out my video to see how the Ninja BL682 Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-iQ works! See it below or at this link: Nutri Ninja BL682 review.

This Ninja blender’s single-serving cup and the Auto-iQ function is how I made the Cherry Banana Berry green smoothie recipe in one step with just one touch.

I love that I don’t have to dirty any other dishes and I can take my smoothie to go as soon as the blending stops!

Since I made that smoothie with the Nutri Ninja Blend button in the above video I’ve learned that the Ultra Blend button makes an even more liquified smoothie. I don’t like chunks at all, so I’ve pretty much only been using the Ultra Blend button for all my smoothies.

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The Nutri Ninja Blender System is worth it for the smoothies alone, but it does so much more than make green smoothies. It can crush ice into snow cone consistency and it even has a food processor bowl and blades. That means it combines the functions of two appliances into one!

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Click here to learn more about the BL682 Nutri Ninja Blender System today!

Do you have a recipe for a green smoothie kids love? Please share it in the comments! 

Disclosure: Ninja provided the blender to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

Free Printable Beauty and the Beast Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets!

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Can you believe Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been with us for 25 years? Disney is celebrating with a brand new Walt Disney Signature Collection Beauty and the Beast! It’s now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. I’m celebrating at the same time with free printable Beauty and the Beast coloring pages and activity sheets!

Click “read more” to learn about the Walt Disney Signature Collection and get your printable Beauty and the Beast coloring pages and activity sheets!

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Free Printable Captain America Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is now available on digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray and I’m celebrating with free printable Captain America coloring pages and activity sheets!

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About Captain America: Civil War

The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, “Captain America: Civil War”.

In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that escalates into an all-out feud. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Emmy® Award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige, p.g.a. is the producer of the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Join the nonstop action and pick your side—Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers, or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark.

Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of beloved Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson aka Falcon, Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, Vision and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, along with new recruit Scott Lang aka Ant-Man and joined by two new additions to the MCU: T’Challa aka Black Panther and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.

More than 60-minutes of thrilling, exclusive bonus material includes: an inside look at the evolution of lead characters Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, a behind-the-scenes exclusive on the making of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” never-before-seen deleted scenes and hilarious outtakes.

Plus, home audiences can learn more about the latest additions to the MCU and get an exclusive, first look at Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, coming to theaters Nov. 4, 2016.

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Captain America: Civil War Bonus Features on digital HD and Blu-ray:

United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War  ::  Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In the behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews. Then discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America: The Road to Civil War  ::  Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.

Iron Man: The Road to Civil War  ::  Jump into the evolution, growth and development of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Gag Reel  ::  The high-stakes conflict has a break in tension with hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Avengers.

Extended and Deleted Scenes  ::  Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of the film

Audio Commentary  ::  Watch and listen to directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.

Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange  ::  Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen. This is an exclusive sneak peek first available on Captain America: Civil War!

Buy Captain America: Civil War on Blu-ray and digital HD today! 

Captain America coloring pages and activity sheets

Captain America coloring pages activity sheets

These free printable Captain America coloring pages and activity sheets are the perfect way to entertain any Avengers fans! Get them here.

More Disney Printables

I’ve been providing free Disney printable coloring pages and activity sheets for years. Here are some of my most popular Disney printables:

Disclosure: Thank you to Disney PR for the Blu-ray to facilitate this post, and for letting me provide these printable Captain America coloring pages and activity sheets to my readers!

FITBIT SURGE – A Fitness Super Watch that Does it All #VZWBuzz #FitbitSurge

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If you’re looking to get more active or lead a healthier lifestyle, one of the first steps you can take is finding a fitness tracker that works for you.

So many fitness trackers have entered the market over the past few years that it’s hard to know which one is right for you. There are several options for basic models that do minimal tracking, and it can be tempting to zero in on the lowest price point.

This is something you really need to know before you start shopping: you’ll be addicted to your fitness tracker as soon as you start using it regularly.

More importantly, if you go with a basic model, you’ll quickly want more and better features than the simple step-counting and sleep tracking that those models offer.


  • If you start counting your steps soon you’ll want to know how many floors you’ve climbed.
  • If you start monitoring your sleep you’ll soon wish it just sensed your sleep and wake times.
  • If you like checking a display to see your steps you’ll soon want to see all your stats on that screen.
  • If you check your fitness tracker after a run, you’ll want to see the impact to other workouts, like cycling, weightlifting, spinning and yoga.

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The Fitbit Surge is a device that does everything you need a fitness tracker to do, plus so much more!

Before I get to the actual product description, I think the actual Fitbit Surge reviews say a lot more about how real people use — and love — this superwatch!

Fitbit Surge Reviews


“I have always been a fan of Fitbit and this Surge is amazing. It has all the features I would want in a super watch. I can read my texts, see my calls. Built in heart rate, floor/stair counter, optional workouts, GPS, everything!!”

“…as far of ease of use, compared to other fitness watches, this thing is a dream, fairly idiot-proof and for the price, probably the best bang for your buck.”

“I’ve had so many different HR monitors and trackers and [the Fitbit Surge] is, by far, the best. The screen is big enough so that I can see it without reading glasses, and I can see it in sunlight with sunglasses. It’s easy to use, especially for a non-techie.”

“This is definitely well worth the investment. NOW, I’ve tried a few of these [fitness trackers], this one by far has been better at not only tracking my workouts and steps, but at motivating me to do more.”

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About the Fitbit Surge:


Don’t just start. Surge.

Train smarter and go farther with Surge – a sleek, fitness super watch that helps you reach your peak performance on the track, in the gym, and all day.

With integrated GPS and automatic, continuous, wrist-based heart rate tracking, Surge gives you real-time workout stats like pace, distance, calories burned, heart rate intensity and target zones to make the most of your training.

Designed for all day wear, this contoured watch tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, sleep and 24/7 heart rate trends for better fitness insights.

Stay connected on the move with advanced smartwatch features like call and text notifications and music control. Every moment counts when you’re striving to be the best.

Built with eight-sensor technology and best-in-class battery life, Surge transitions seamlessly from work to workouts—tracking real-time stats like steps, distance, heart rate, active minutes, calories burned and more, to keep you in the know, on the go.

Surge also automatically monitors how long and how well you sleep, syncs those stats to your smartphone and computer, and displays your trends as detailed charts on the Fitbit dashboard. Plus, it has a silent alarm to make waking up easy—even if your training isn’t.

Enter to win a Fitbit Surge!

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One lucky reader will win a Fitbit Surge with a retail value of $249.99!

Only one person will win, but you have to enter before this giveaway closes to have a chance to win. Better yet – enter daily with special entries for an even better chance of winning!

I’d love a retweet of this giveaway on Twitter:

Enter the giveaway in the widget below. Hint: you’ll need to visit the Fitbit Surge product page to enter the giveaway. Do it now!

Fitbit Surge Giveaway

Thank you so much for entering! Verizon will ship the prize [One (1) Fitbit Surge] directly to the winner. 


More Tech Accessory Giveaways!

Verizon is working with a few other bloggers to give away different tech accessories! Check out these giveaways:


Disclosure: This giveaway is provided by Verizon as part of the #VZWBuzz program. All opinions are my own.

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