Thursday, September 4, 2014

Crayon Rocks With Coupon Code

For those of you who don't know, mental health plays a HUGE part in my life! I have been affected by people with special needs my entire life; between family with special needs and working with people with special needs, you could say I have a passion for it. Recently I was given the opportunity to try Crayon Rocks.  Crayon Rocks are geared toward children with special needs to help them learn basic writing skills.

Who are they and how did they start?

Crayon Rocks were developed by Barbara Lee, a special needs teacher who worked with elementary aged children for 23 years. She invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by occupational therapist Jan Olsen and her Handwriting Without Tears program. She learned from Mrs. Olsen how important it was for children to develop a strong tripod grip early in their education process — handwriting skills depend upon this. Seeing that a simple tool to develop these skills in young children wasn't readily available, Ms. Lee set out to develop one.

How do Crayon Rocks help kids?

Since a child's first writing tool is usually a crayon, that crayon should be one that encourages him or her to use thumb, first and second fingers in a tripod grip. This is what makes Crayon Rocks a wonderful tool for fine motor development. Because of their shape, they do not allow kids to easily grip them in a closed fist which deters fine motor development and are also more resistant to breaking.
Children with cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays and various forms of learning disabilities have tested Crayon Rocks in the classroom. Parents and teachers of special needs students often tell me how much their children love them.

What are they made of?

Unlike most crayons which are made of petrolium paraffin wax, Crayon Rocks are made from U.S.–grown and processed Kosher soy wax. We combine this wax with natural mineral pigments to create beautiful colors and a natural ground rock that gives the crayons their body. This creates a crayon that goes on smooth and blends easily.

Where are they made?

We first made Crayon Rocks in a garage in La Crescenta, California, mixing the colors in small batches and forming them in hand-made molds. Since then we've upgraded our digs a a barn — a wonderful structure raised by our Amish neighbors here on a hilltop in Hestand, Kentucky. Our manufacturing has been upgraded a bit and our procedures are more refined, but our simple surroundings suit us well.

How are they used?

Our crayons make it easy to apply great swaths of color to the paper along with being able to create line work and smaller details. The colors blend together easily and allow kids to develop an endless array of new shades and combinations. They give rich color that goes on smoothly and easily helps little fingers to grow strong as they spill their creative ideas onto paper.
We recommend brushing your finished creation with the palm of your hand for a finished oil pastel quality.

Are Crayon Rocks safe for kids?

We are committed to offering a safe and eco-friendly product. Crayon Rocks are non–toxic. They are, however, small enough (1.5 inch x .75 inch x .75 inch) to be a potential choking hazard to very young children. Made from a renewable resource, soy oil, they are an environmentally better choice over traditional petroleum wax crayons.

Are they CPSIA compliant and certified non-toxic?

Yes, we are certified non-toxic and conform to ASTM 4236. We are CPSIA compliant. You can eat our crayons if you want, but PLEASE don't inhale them. They ARE a choking hazard. Not for children under 3 years of age or those who will put them in their mouth. Use with an appropriate level of supervision.

Do your crayons contain phthalates or lead?

Phthalates are substances added to plastics to make them more flexible. Our crayons have NO phthalates in them. To the best of our knowledge and research, none of our current packaging or processes for manufacturing have any phthalates associated with them. And all tests show us to be significantly below the recommended cutoff level for lead and all heavy metals.

Not only did Crayon Rocks send me some to keep for myself but they also donated 100 packs of Crayon Rocks to my holiday gift bags i'm making for the Helen Devos Children's Hospital. This is truly an amazing company who are doing great things for communities! I cannot even begin to describe how much I admire Crayon Rocks and everything they do for Mental Health awareness. 

Crayon Rocks also gave me a special coupon code to share with all of my lovely readers! So if you would like to try out some of these amazing little bad boys use the coupon code Mindy20 to get 20% off your order. The code expires Dec. 1st 2014 so you better get your Crayon Rocks while you can!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Graze Box and Code for FREE Box

I recently was given the opportunity to try a phenomenal subscription box that is packed full of delicious, nutritious snacks! Graze Box gives you so many options! They have over 90 snacks to choose from, including natural treats, pure nut mixes, rolled-oat granola bars and juicy dried fruit. They even give you the option of a calorie counter box! If you go with the calorie counter box they offer over 50 snacks with calorie counts as low as 50 per serving! That's right, only 50 calories for a delicious snack! No more feeling bad about having a mid-afternoon snack.

Graze boxes also fit in mailboxes so there is no need to worry about being home to sign for a package! Or if you prefer, have them deliver your Graze Box to your office! Here's what I think is the coolest thing about Graze, ALL boxes are only $6.49! You get 4 amazingly yummy snacks for under $7. 

Now, I know I post a lot about different snack foods and health foods and I typically love everything i try but Graze box takes the cake! All 4 of the snacks I received we're so good! not only did I eat the entire box within a week but I also went online and ordered another one! Graze offers tons of different options when it comes to ordering their boxes! You have the power on when you get one! Want one every week? Go ahead! Feelin' like once every 3 months is more your style, no problem! You pick how often you get one of these delicious boxes!

Hookup time! Graze Box is offering ALL of my readers a FREE Graze Box! All you need to do is head over to and type in the code: MINDYSSNACKS to get a free box filled with super yummy snacks! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

KleenSlate Concepts

KleenSlate Concepts offers a line of award-winning dry erase products that are high quality, durable, fun, and easy to use.

KleenSlate features the one-and-only, hand-held Response Paddle– a low-tech, educational tool designed to enhance communication and engage students. Created by former teacher Julia Rhodes,  the Response Paddle was  originally invented to improve the classroom, however it soon proved to be much more than just a teaching tool. You can find our hand-held whiteboards and markers in a variety of contexts all over the world– in homes, offices, hospitals, and care facilities. They are handy for people traveling or on-the-go, and they make communication easy in difficult situations.

KleenSlate Concepts‘ priorities are to build lasting relationships with customers and develop quality, innovative products.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Knot Genie

The Knot Genie and Teeny Genie Detangling Brushes were created for every parent that's endured the foot stomping and screaming matches that come with brushing their child's hair. With the Knot Genie, even the curliest, most knotted up hair practically slips through the unique bristle configuration- gently and painlessly. Try the Knot Genie on your kids (or on yourself) - you'll be amazed by the ease of brushing. As well as how it virtually stops breakage and split ends.

I have VERY thin hair and it doesn't really get knotted but it does however fall out if i use a very aggressive brush. Now for those of you with thin hair you know, you we can't afford to lose any hair that we don't have to! So the Knot Genie is perfect for us! It glides flawlessly throughout my hair without causing breakage and extra hair falling out. This is a new must have in my getting ready routine! If you or your children have hard to manage thick hair, ultra fine hair, this is the hairbrush for you!

They come in a variety of fun colors as well! Head on over to Knot Genie and get one for yourself!