Need a last-minute stocking stuffer?!?

Hey friends! So, as a mom of four, I have to say one of my biggest headaches when it comes to art supplies for my kiddos is all of the markers drying up within a week of buying a new pack cause my kids just can’t seem to put the lids back on in time, or tightly enough, or whatever the case may be. So I was super excited when The Pencil Grip, Inc. (the makers of Kwik Stix one of my all-time-favorite art supplies) offered to send me a pack of markers that are guaranteed to not dry out with the lid off for seven whole days!!!

MAGIC STIX - markers that are guaranteed to not dry out with the lid off for seven whole days! | Review by Running With Spears #magicstix #markers

MAGIC STIX - markers that are guaranteed to not dry out with the lid off for seven whole days! | Review by Running With Spears #magicstix #markersThey’re called Magic Stix and are available on Amazon in both 12 and 24 packs. We haven’t yet tested them for a full seven days without the cap, but we did lose a lid for three days and the marker was still perfect!

We have little Kindness Elves that give prompts for kind things to do every morning in December, so I presented these markers to my girls by having the elves set them out with a note to make Christmas cards for people. My girls literally believe markers that don’t dry out are so magical they just *had* to come from Santa’s workshop. It was so fun to see their excitement over these!

If I hadn’t needed to go ahead and test them out right away, though, I totally would have saved these to put in stockings. I really like to include a fun, new art supply in stockings every year. 🙂

MAGIC STIX - markers that are guaranteed to not dry out with the lid off for seven whole days! | Review by Running With Spears #magicstix #markers

One side-note about these, though, they say washable but I would treat them more like permanent markers. I mean, you  shouldn’t plan to use them on anything that you WANT to stay permanent forever, but they have not washed off my girls’ skin easily at all. I haven’t tried getting them off clothes or anything yet, but based on the difficulty on their skin I’d rather not test it.

They color really well, and I like that they’re completely odorless. And my girls like that I’m not telling them every five seconds “put the cap back on as soon as you’re done.”  I definitely recommend these fun new (sanity saving) markers!  😀

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women | Review

Hello lovelies. Zonderkidz recently sent me a free copy of Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women  to review. 🙂

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women - tacking tough subjects with relevant devotional thoughts, scripture and space to journal! | Review by Running With Spears #jesusgirl #devotional #teengirls

This beautiful, hard cover devotional book for teens or older tweens contains daily short-and-sweet devotions that include scripture, a relevant thought to chew on, and space to journal. Throughout the year, girls will be challenged to draw closer to God through the difficulties they face, and equipped to handle pressures such as bullying, and navigating the complicated world friendships and dating in social media rich society by leaning on God through thick and thin. Most of all, young women are reminded that God cherishes them, they are beautifully and wonderfully made, and beloved.

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women - tacking tough subjects with relevant devotional thoughts, scripture and space to journal! | Review by Running With Spears #jesusgirl #devotional #teengirls

Evergreen has been doing these devotionals every night and really enjoying them. Thanks so much for the fantastic devotional, Zondervan!

NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls | Review

Hello friends! My eight-year-old, Boo, has long been admiring the coloring Bible that Zonderkidz sent us for my ten-year-old earlier this year, so she was thrilled when they sent a copy of  The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls for us to review.

The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls with hundreds of verses to color. | Review by Running With Spears #coloringbible #tweens #faithgirlz #zonderkidz

This gorgeous Bible contains hundreds of detailed illustrations of verses to color on thick paper that prevents bleed through or tearing from colored pencils. Which is fortunate since Boo hasn’t yet mastered using a light touch with her pencils and ordinary pages would most definitely not hold up to her coloring. It also has extra-wide margins with lightly ruled lines for journaling or additional coloring.

The cover is a marvelous teal leathersoft over board binding that’s perfect for eight to twelve year-old girls. It’s a full-text New International Version Bible with lay flat pages and a ribbon bookmark.

Boo was so thrilled to receive this. My brother and his fiance came over a few days after we gave it to her and she couldn’t wait to show them her beautiful Bible. 🙂

The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls with hundreds of verses to color. | Review by Running With Spears #coloringbible #tweens #faithgirlz #zonderkidz

She’s literally spent hours upon hours carefully coloring the verses in this Bible. It’s become one of her favorite ways to relax. What better way to meditate on God’s word than to be immersed in a verse while you color, draw and journal?!? I actually told her this was an early Christmas present because honestly this Bible is absolutely stunning and just feels like the type of thing that should be a special gift.

I highly recommend this as a Christmas gift for tween or teen girls! Boo and I are both very impressed by the quality, and the lovely cover and coloring pages.