Right now, there are less than 70 days until Christmas. Seventy days!
Some of you are thinking "Plenty of time!"
Not me. I'm in full on panic mode. In my head, Christmas season starts with Danger Girl's birthday and back to school. That's because we have her birthday, then the fair starts, two weeks later is Punky Brewster's birthday. And...about a week after her birthday...Santa arrives at the mall...which means I go back to work. Just after Santa arrives, Leelee has her birthday and Thanksgiving (same week) quickly followed by D's birthday...a week before Christmas.
I have to get all of my seasonal stuff done in between work and all of these birthday parties! S-T-R-E-S-S
That is why I really love shopping online for the holidays and birthdays. It makes my life 1000 times easier.
Needless to say, when Uncommon Goods approached me about their new stocking stuffers collection, I eagerly looked over their offerings. If you're not familiar with Uncommon Goods, get familiar with them. I'm a big fan of companies that look at the big picture: made in the USA, paying their workers a more than fair wage, and give back to the community.
Looking over the site at the stocking stuffers, I had to decide if I wanted to get something for myself or for the kids. Even though my new phone needs a new case the kids won out.
For a moment, I really wished The Boy were taking guitar in school this year because the Pick Punch looks super fun! In looking at the calendar, it was between some great texture play for Punky Brewster or something animal and science related for Danger Girl.
I spent a lot of time looking at the Aquafarm before deciding on it. I had some concerns about how difficult it would be to maintain. Not the tank part...the plant part. I don't exactly have a green thumb. And would it be something a kid could do herself?
Those were my questions going in and I decided to just take the plunge and see.
And I'm so glad I did.
The whole kit assembly does need adult supervision, but once it's actually put together, the Aquafarm is definitely something that is a good, kid-friendly project.
It takes time to set up, mainly because you need to equalize the temperature of the water. The instructions are very clear, too.
One of the best parts of the Aquafarm, is that everything but the fish is included...plants, rocks, and chemicals. But, they have your back on the fish, too. Included in the package was a coupon for a 99 cent male betta!
Say Hello to our new family member: Sushi.
Totally unintentional on the part of the company, but the packaging for this even helped Danger Girl with a homework project! She had to build a model of a Native American home...and the super packaging material was exactly the right shape and size! So, I guess you could say we recycled their recycled packaging!
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