Darby Smart Review and Coupon January 2014

darby smart january 2014


Darby Smart is a popular craft box that recently started their own subscription service. I love DIY and crafts, so I decided I had to try them out. The January box also had a really fun theme which made my decision that much easier!


darby smart january 2014

The Cost: $19 a month, including shipping

The Products: Each month, Darby Smart will create a new craft for you to try and send everything you need to finish the craft.

The Coupon: Use HOWDYDARBY for $10 off your first month


darby smart january 2014

The product card shows you what is in the box, plus a quick DIY tutorial for your materials and suggestions. I like that they provide guidelines instead of hard and fast directions so you can allow yourself to be as creative as you want.


darby smart january 2014 Valentine’s Mini Cookie Cutter Set - Retail Value $3.29

These cookie cutters are just too cute. These were included to create fondant shapes, but I think I will have to try to make mini sugar cookies with them.

Mini Rolling Pin – Retail Value $1.22

I’ve never seen a rolling pin this small before, it is so cute! I don’t know if I would ever actually use it, but it makes a nice decoration in the kitchen.


darby smart january 2014

Toothpicks - Retail Value $0.25?

Wilton Pearl Dust in Yellow and Ruby Red – Retail Value $4.49 each

I’ve never used pearl dust in my decorating, so I am excited to give this a try.


darby smart january 2014

Sprinkles Cupcakes Red Velvet Cupcake Mix – Retail Value $14

I was so excited to see the Sprinkles Cupcakes mix in the box. I read the directions and it involves a lot of butter, so I will see about substituting some of the butter before I try to make it.

Fonadrific Buttercream Chocolate Fondant – Retail Value $4.29

I love playing with fondant, it is like edible playdough which is always a good thing.


darby smart january 2014


Wilton Do Something Sweet Baking Cup – Retail Value $2.09

I have a mini collection of cupcake liners, so I was happy to have some ready for Valentine’s Day!

Royal Brush Set Value Pack (Sable) - Retail Value $7.45


Thoughts: This was a great box for me! I am really excited to try to make these cupcakes and and share the end results with you. I hope the future Darby Smart boxes will be just as fun.


What did you think about this Darby Smart box?

Kiwi Crate Glowing Animals Review October 2013

Kiwi Crate is one of my new favorite kid’s subscription boxes. They have such fun crafts for me to do with my daughter that we really enjoy playing with long after the activity. I could not wait for our October box!
The Cost: $19.95 a month

The Products: Kiwi Crate creates a box of 2 – 3 crafts with one or more mini activities for your child to do. The targeted age range is 3 – 7, but my 2 year old is able to do many of the crafts with my help. You can read my past Kiwi Crate reviews here.

The explore book had a really cute story about the little Kiwi bird going out camping and meeting lots of new friends who glow in the dark. In the back there was a mini activity to make a firefly. I had to do this for her because it involved a lot of cutting.

We received two crafts in this box. One to make two glowing jellyfish you can make race up and down along a string. The second craft is a cute little glowworm stuffed toy. The instructions for the crafts are very easy to follow. Most children will not need any assistance with either crafts. The only part which younger children may need help on is cutting the ribbons to 12 inch pieces.

These are the glowing jellyfish we made! My daughter loves to play with them and we like to do a little race each night before bed!

Thoughts: These crafts were such a blast to make and my daughter really loved them! I also really love that you can now buy past crates as well as special non-subscription crates in their shop. They also offer affordable sibling add-ons if you have a few children.

What did you think of the Glowing Animals Kiwi Crate?



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Project DIY Review and Coupon September 2013 – Jewelry Craft Subscription Box

A friend from college used to make our small group of friends jewelry and I was always so impressed with her talent. I’ve wished for a long time that I could one day figure out how to make pieces that looked as high quality as hers. When I heard that MJ Trimmings was starting their own jewelry subscription box called Project DIY, I signed up immediately!

The Cost: $30 a month, including shipping. You can purchase a jewelry making starter kit for $20

The Coupon: Use code MJDIY8 for 20% off your first subscription – you can use this to add on your starter kit for free!

The Products: Each month, Project DIY will send you 2 – 3 accessory crafts for you to make, plus provide detailed instructions via their website or free mobile app – just search Project DIY!

This is the jewelry maker starter kit. It comes with  needle nose plier, wire cutter, chain nose plier, jump ring opener, assorted clasps, earring hooks, jump rings, and chain extenders.

I love how well-organized the projects are. These containers are really cute! I did not realize the small bag actually escaped one of the containers in shipping until after this photo was taken.

Suede Tassle Keychain

This was the craft I was not too excited about at first, but it was one of the more simple crafts to do and it actually looks really cute in person!

Horseshoe Wrap Bracelet

I love wrap bracelets and the photos of the finished product is what really drew me to this subscription box in the beginning. This took the longest to make and required a bit more skill using the tools from my starter kit. It also hurt my fingers a bit working with the gold wire. The end product was so worth it though!

Equestrian Charm Necklace

This was the second craft that drew me in with this box. I thought the overall look and feel was perfect for Autumn and was just my style! I did this craft first and it was the easiest and fastest out of the three. I am so in love with the finished product!

Here are my finished projects:

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Thoughts: This was such a fun box! The projects were fun and did not take too long to do. I actually sat down and did all three at once. I used the app for instructions and it made it very easy to figure everything out. Right now, I feel like I can take over the jewelry-making world because of this box!

What did you think of Project DIY? Which of the pieces did you like the most? Which crafts do you want to see for October?
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Kiwi Crate Review September 2013 – Kid’s Craft Subscription Box

A while back, there was a deal on Plum District for Kiwi Crate and since I wanted more boxes for my daughter (plus I cannot refuse a good deal!), I decided to sign up! Everyone who used the Plum District deal would start off with the Wonders of Water box. Kiwi Crate is a kid’s craft subscription box that has a selection of creative and education crafts send yo you each month.

The Cost: $19.95 a month, including shipping
The Products: Each month, Kiwi Crate will select different crafts for you to do with your child and provide every thing you will need to complete the craft – right down to the safety scissors! Crates are designed for children aged 3 – 7, but my two year old has been able to do the crafts with my help and has enjoyed them very much! If you find a past Crate that you really want to try, you can also buy it in their shop. They also have a sibling add-on if you have more than one child!

I never caught on until now that Kiwi Crate was named after the Kiwi bird – I actually thought it had to do with the fruit!

I loved that each child got their own Kiwi bird mascot to keep in their first box. My daughter absolutely loves her bird and brings him everywhere! With him in this picture are two of the craft booklets to make water color animals and a floating sailboat. Each of the crafts have bonus activities ad materials that are related to the primary craft.

This was an additional craft that was also more of a science experiment. This was the only activity that was really best suited for an older child. It explores density and how things float on water. We do have a cousin who is 7, so we will be saving this for when he comes to visit.

These are the materials for the crafts. So far, we’ve only done the water color craft and my daughter loves the water color animals she’s made. The extra craft/experiment was to draw lines on a sheet of paper and sit it in water and watch the color bleed and create a rainbow once the water gets soaked up. We ended up just continuing on coloring and spraying the paper because that was more fun for her.

I loved that the box was also a little craft itself. My daughter had so much fun coloring this in!

Thoughts: I am already in love with Kiwi Crate! I loved the stuffed toy, the craft selection and the overall presentation. Although I did not do a price breakdown for the items in the box, I believe this is definitely worth the price. For me, the true value of the box lies not within the retail values of the craft materials, but for the overall experience the crafts have for my child.

What do you think of Kiwi Crate? If you are a current subscriber, are there any past crates you recommend we try?
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Whimseybox Review August 2013 – Craft Subscription Box

I’ve had this box for weeks now, but wanted to hold off on my review until I could show you my finished work, unfortunately, I still have not gotten around to starting the project, so before I forget about the craft altogether, let me share my review!

The Cost: $15 a month

The Products: In each Whimseybox, you will receive everything you need to create a different craft every month. You will also receive a tutorial, with access to detailed photos and a video how-to.

I really loved the presentation of the box – they really put a lot of thought into it. Due to the nature of the box and materials, I left out values. The craft for this month is a beaded wrap bracelet which is very in-style now.

I was surprised to find this at the bottom of my box! I am glad I realized it was there and decided to inspected the cards because my needle was attached to the back of one.

I am not really sure what I will need the cement for, but I am pretty excited to get the chance to make my bracelet and find out!

I love that they give us a choice of corse to use. I like the idea of a classic white bracelet, but the teal is more my style!

I loved these pencils! They are so cute .My favorite is the :Makers Gonna Make.”

Thoughts: I really cannot wait to work on this craft! I am making it my goal to make time this weekend to squeeze in some time to make my bracelet because I’ve seen the end results from other people who got the box and I am really jealous!

What did you think of the August Whimseybox craft? If you made your bracelet already, was it fairly simple? Show me your finished project!
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Foldigo Review July 2013 – New Kids Craft Subscription

I sometimes watch a younger cousin of mine who just turned 7. When he is home, he spends most of his time in front of the TV, so when he is with me, I try to make sure he is more active. Sometimes, I have difficulty finding new crafts for him, especially since he requires something simple. When I came across Foldigo, a kids paper craft subscription, I was really excited! Even more so when the agreed to send me one to try out!

The Cost: $4.95 a month for a digital subscription, $11.95 for a printed subscription

The Products: Each month, Foldigo sends out an activity pack with a theme and story line. As each month goes on, you go further in the story series until you move on to the next story! Each paper craft is easy-to-do and often involve 3-D elements to make the craft and play after more fun. Every new subscriber begins with the Livingston and Friends – The Tournament series.

I wanted to wait until my cousin came to the house so I can take a few action shots of the finished project, but it doesn’t seem as though he will be around any time soon!

The first in the series comes with an easily digestible short comic-book.

I love that the comic book is blank so you can do the coloring yourself! I used to love coloring as a kid, so I would have even liked to see the front of the comic book uncolored as well.

The activity kit came with cut-out characters you can color and use to reenact the story. The small sheets are glue dots to help bring everything together in a 3-D scene.

The 3-D dots are supposed to help stick strips marked out on the first page adhere to the house to help prop it up on its own. Again, you color in the entire scene yourself!

The cute little dog is a full-3-D punchout figure. I really wanted to try and put her together on my own, but so far I’ve been good with waiting for my little cousin to come over.

Thoughts: I thought this was certainly a fun and easy activity for a child. The perfect little craft to help pass the time in a way that we can all enjoy. I am really curious about what the other packs and stories are like!

What do you think of Foldigo? Is this something you think your child would like?

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Green Kid Crafts Review – June 2013 Kids Subscription Box

I know I am very late with this review, but in my defense, the box got lost in the mail and only arrived just now. A friend of mine is am ambassador for the company, so she gave me this box for free. Green Kid Crafts specialize in eco-friendly and earth-conscious craft for young children between 3 – 8. This month’s theme was Backyard Science.

The Cost: $19.95 a month, including shipping. Add another $10 for a sibling box

The Products: Each Green Kids Crafts box contains everything you need for 3 – 4 crafts – including a snack! Each craft or science project is simple enough for young children, while still engaging their minds and helping them learn more about the world around them.

I loved that each of the projects were separated so we could keep everything organized while deciding which crafts to try. After taking this picture, my daughter ripped up the Happy Family Caramel Apple yogurt snacks and devoured them within minutes.

The card gives you a preview of each of the crafts. I love that two crafts actually involve the box. What a great idea that we can certainly do over and over again! Each first-time subscriber also receives safety scissors for all future crafts.

Nature Collecting Bag

I loved this craft. My daughter loves to color and paint, so to have an art craft she can show off everyday without taking up extra space on the fridge is pretty exciting.

Leaf-stamped Pendant

This craft is a little too advanced for my daughter, so we are keeping this one of younger relatives who we sometimes babysit. It really seems like such a fun craft though!

Sunprint Magnet Frame + Summer Shadow Box

I love this craft because it uses the box as the focus. For me, this was one of the most fun crafts in the box!

Thoughts: I am really impressed by this craft subscription. Even though it is for an older child, my daughter still enjoyed trying out the crafts with my help. I think I might start subscribing for a few of the children in our family for when we babysit.

What do you think about Green Kid Crafts? What is your favorite kids subscription box?