Dollar Store Valentines Day Slime

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Valentines Day slime made from dollar store ingredients!

I don’t like the feel of slime and neither did my son!

For some reason he repeatedly asked me to make snow slime.  

My only guess is that he liked making things and mixing concoctions.  I knew if we made slime he wouldn’t want to play with it so I put the activity off, enticing him with other fun things to do.  Still, he asked to make the slime every week.

Pretty soon we started searching Valentines activities to do together.  We look for eye catching pictures of super fun activities from our favorite blogger mommas and their children. 

This time he spotted Valentines Day Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/valentines-slime-sensory-play-science-activity/ .  

The pictures of the slime were AWESOME!  The mommy of Little Bins for Little Hands posted pictures of different colors!  She had the amazing idea of adding fun objects to add texture to the    stuff!!  AND there were pictures of kids just like my son PLAYING happily with it!  Oh, he was determined to make Valentines Day Slime now….even though he didn’t want to touch it.  OR did he?

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I credit and thank Little Bins for the AMAZING visuals that gave PJ a boost in courage he needed to actually play with the slime.  

I used her formula for the slime as a starting point but used a different brand of glue.  The dollar store version is much thinner than Elmer’s glue.  Here is a link  to her    slime recipe if you are using Elmer’s glue.  http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/liquid-starch-slime-easy-sensory-play-recipe/.   Sorry I’m having trouble with links again but I will fix it soon!

Our Slime required …

  • 2 Bottles of Imagine dollar store brand glue
  • 1/4 c. of water
  • 1/2 c. of liquid starch

Other optional dollar store ingredients

  • Foam Valentine counters
  • Glitter
  • Food coloring

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 I let PJ help make the slime just like he had seen from one of his favorite sites.  Glue then water and stir-stir-stir.  

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He added red food coloring. The swirls of red against the white glue were mesmerizing!!  (We really need to do a milk color mixing experiment of some kind soon.)

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I let him add all the glitter of his choice and he stirred again.  The color was beautiful!  PJ kept poking his finger in it half wondering if it was slimy yet and half  captivated by the shimmery glitter.

 

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I poured the water glue froth mixture into a larger container then we added the liquid starch.  This time PJ poked it with a spoon.

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 Then he stirred the blob of starch around a bit and left the heavy mixing to me.  Yukkk-o!  No wonder he didn’t want to mix it by hand.  It’s very stringy and sticky in the mixing stage.  After you let it sit a bit the mix becomes a whole blob of slime.

And sit it did.

The slime formed air pockets that rose to the surface.  This intrigued PJ so that he tried to pop the bubbles by throwing the foam valentine counters in the bowl.  He still didn’t want to touch the slime.

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I encouraged him, “Try popping it with your finger.” But slime bubbles are tougher than say soap bubbles.  He tried once then again and that was enough ‘grossness’ for him.  So I sat the bowl of slime on the kitchen table and started in making brownies.  PJ headed for his LEGOs and started building.  Oh well, we had fun making it I thought.

After a few minutes he came to the kitchen table and peered into the bowl.  Legos in one hand, he shook the bowl a little and walked away.  

10 or so minutes later he came and shook it again.  

This coming to explore the slime and leaving again went on for over an hour.  

Until finally he reached in and popped that bubble!!!  

He got a bit of slime stuck on his finger.  He rolled it around on his hand, explored the feel of it, and put his whole hand in the slime.  I was excited for him!

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PJ enjoyed playing with the foam pieces and pretending that the ladybugs could talk to each other!  He made them fly high in the air and splat back into the slime:)

He even went as far as to tell me to take pictures of the slime.  My future blogger?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our experience making and PLAYING with slime!  Does your child like to play with slime?  Please comment below.  We’d love to read about it!!

Thanks for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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How To Support A Special Needs Family

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This past few weeks have been stinky for us.  Some days it seemed like the very people I thought would be understanding of my sons differences- have not.  

Most days like these I just laugh and ignore it.  Yes, i laugh: I refuse to cry.  This is one way to deal with it. Plus, there are so many more important things to concentrate on.  So, many more good things to let fill my head about my beautiful son than the judgement of others.

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But the past few weeks have unfolded several comments, looks, incidences all unkind and all concerning our little family.  It was enough to send me on a search to my favorite blogs post about special needs parenting.  

I read other parents points of view about this topic.  It helps me remember I’m not alone.  

As I read I began a list in my head of all the things that Parents of special needs kids wished for from family to strangers for their child.

  • Understanding
  • Patience
  • An extra helping hand
  • An ear to listen 
  • LOVE

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All the great posts, letters, and articles I read were basically about specific times a parent felt like their child(ren) were not accepted by another person for the BEAUTIFUL souls they are.

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I realize now more than ever I can talk about how the numbers of autism are rising, what the criteria for Sensory Processing Disorder is, how Auditory Processing effects the ability to follow directions,  or explain why PJ has trouble doing x,y,z…. til the cows come home.  Am I rambling??

The sad and maddening truth for me is Awareness is not enough!  My little Buddy needs to be ACCEPTED for the smiling, fun, active, HARD working kid he is. (.)

 

The majority of the time people do show acceptance towards him and me as his mother.  

But then there are those days like the days of the last few weeks.

We’ve both been met with judgement and ridicule. And I will leave it at that so as not to have to explain my parenting him or my sons difficulties in detail…one more time.

I’m not going to give up on humanity, though.

I’m bent on being proactive for his sake.  

  These last few weeks I had to believe people truly have had good intentions towards us.  And that they are only trying to help. If you are interested in making a difference on a special needs family’s life – I wrote this with my own experiences in mind.

 

 

Ways to Show a Special Needs Family ACCEPTANCE

1). Dont assume: There is nothing worse to a special needs parent OR a special needs child than to be expected to act a certain way when it is not possible.  When behavior isn’t possible but is pushed on or expected of the child,  the child can have a traumatic experience.  Sounds simple, right??  I can not tell you how many times others have assumed that since my son can talk and follow directions, that he can process or understand the meaning of any verbal direction. Wrong.  Many children with special needs have trouble processing direction for one reason or another.  It may be a problem with the exact wording of the direction,  the number of syllables in the wording, your tone of voice, over stimulation of their environment, processing time, physical handicap that you cant see, an experience that happened before you gave a direction, ect.  My point is that the possibilities are too numerous for even an “experienced” person to know and so one should NEVER assume.  

2).  Ask Questions:  Lately Ive read that moms would welcome your questions about their child. Asking questions is a the best way to get to know their child.  It shows you are truly interested in understanding.  Besides,  many moms would love the chance to chat.  It’s been hard for me to “stay in the loop” with friends and family.  In the past my loop has mostly consisted of Therapists, doctors, teachers, and support groups for parents just like me.   There was hardly time to talk on the phone with loved ones or go out for coffee with a friend.  Yes, ask questions.

3).  Loose the Judgement:  Again this sounds simple.  If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, right?

I can say that being a special needs parent has its ups and downs just like being a parent of a typical kid.  (I should know, I’m both.)  So before you think to yourself a judgemental thought please remember this:  Our typical… is not your typical….

On a given day I may be proud of my son for sitting on the floor of the store and reading a book.  Books help him regulate (calm down) in a number of situations.  It’s a self regulation skill and I for one am so glad he has learned to do this on his own.  He is not hurting anyone/thing by sitting on the floor and reading something from the store rack.  Still, I notice your judgement of the tall kid plopped on the floor in the store.  He notices ,too.

 

4).  Be supportive:  There are a number of things you can do for a special needs family but how do you know what to do?  Honestly, every family is unique in what they need.  It may be that one family would love for you to visit with a hot meal and another may shudder at the thought of how their child may handle a visitor.  (I’ve been in both positions here,too.)  In this case you could leave dinner on the steps.  When in question you can always ask how you can help.  

More ways to help a special needs family:

  • Offer to give them a ride to a therapy or doctors appointment.  -I would be so thankful to have company to talk with me about my sons doctors visit or be able to organize my thoughts with less stress before hand.
  • Offer to sit the kiddos. –  It maybe super helpful to a special needs parent to have this time to clean, nap, or prepare for a doctor visit.  It’s an even bigger plus if you can sit in their home so the parent isn’t worried about a their child handling a transition outside the familiar environment of home.
  • Donate used clothing-  now you may think this is great for a needy family but this is AWESOME to a special needs parent who avoids shopping for the kids sake!!

There is so much to be said about ACCEPTANCE.  I for one could write a series on the subject.  For now, I sincerely hope that my words have touch someone’s heart out..Possibly warmed a few.   

 

Thank you soo much for taking the time to read!

Crystal and PJ 🙂  

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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft

 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

I’m very excited to be a part of this months Crafting Book Clubs book series choice Ladybug Girl! The Ladybug Girl book series is one of PJs favorite set of books that he owns!!

Have you heard of the Ladybug Girl books?

Let me introduce you to our favorites!

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Ladybug Girl is an adventurous character who is very active and great at using her imagination!  In this book Bingo, Ladybug Girls dog goes camping with Ladybug Girl and her family.  As she explores their campsite with Bingo, she casts a spell on an old tree wizard, rides a giant turtle rock, and sips tea in a secret garden.  In the mists of their play with mermaids and fairies Ladybug Girl is called into action after Bingo gets lost.  Then, she herself is lost.  How will they find their way out of the enchanted forest?  You will have to read to find out!

 

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Ladybug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy by David Soman and Jackie Davis is the book my son relates to best!  It’s a story about a visit to the park where Ladybug Girl meets up with a fellow classmate.  The two friends want to play together but can’t agree upon what to play .  A common super hero interest is discovered when Ladybug girl asks her friend if he wants to play Ladybug Girl.  Soon, the two are rescuing Bingo from a scary monster, stopping a mean robot from crushing the play ground and more! In this adventure there are 4 total super insect heroes each with their own imaginative powers!!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Craft

Now comes the fun part.  After reading Ladybug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy (Alot!),  PJ and I did this fun craft together.  

What you will need

  • Broken crayons (yellows, reds, blacks of sorts)
  • Aluminum foil covered baking sheet
  • Preheated oven set at 200 degrees

Thats all you need!

I wanted to build on one of the themes of the Ladybug Girl books and that is to Make the best of what you have.  I think it is important to lead children by example so we used supplies we already had at the house and a little imagination.  Just like Ladybug Girl!!

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We gathered all shades of yellow, black, and red crayons.  It’s ok if they are broken.  

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Peel the paper from the crayons.  This is great fine motor practice!

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I covered a baking sheet in aluminum foil.

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I helped PJ fold the foil into inch wide strips.  He made two of these strips.

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We turned the foil strips on their sides and formed a ladybug shape out of one strip.  We made a simple oval for the bumblebee shape.  We trimmed the strips length down a bit, too.

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We placed the insect shapes on the foil covered cooking sheet and filled them with shades of red or yellow.

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The different shades of each color made the final craft so much more beautiful!!  I placed the cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for just a few minutes to melt the crayons.  

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We added gray stripes to the yellow bee and black dots to the ladybug last.  Then returned the crayon bits back to the oven to melt but not too long.  Otherwise the colors will run into to each other and not appear to be dots or stripes at all.

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It does not take the NEW crayons long to cool.  PJ wanted to peel the foil off.  His craft insects were warm and brightly colored!

 

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They are appealing to the senses..rough on one side from bubbling heat and smooth on the other.  Best of all they are so beautiful don’t you think!?

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I REALLY hope we have inspired you to read a Ladybug Girl book soon!

Thank you for reading,

Crystal 🙂

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Quick and Easy Math or Literacy with Don’t Break The Ice Game

 

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One of the best family games at our house growing up was Dont Break The Ice.  I remember getting this game for Christmas one year and playing it with my siblings.  It was sooo much fun to strategically tap out the blocks of ice without letting the red man fall off! We were allowed to get a little more rowdy in the house with this game as there was no real way to play it quietly:) All these reasons make the game perfect for play when the weather didn’t allow us to go outside.

Now a days the game uses a red bear in ice skates to stand on the ice, but it is still fun even at my age! 

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I just had to get it for my kids as my mom had gotten her childhood favorites for me.  

It’s a bit noisey granted but when you and the kiddo are stuck indoors it’s a super fun game to pull out!  My son loved the hammering and was able to follow the simple goal of keeping the bear on the ice. There’s only one step- tap out the block of ice of your choice-before the next persons turn.  I’d highly recommend it for teaching children turn taking.

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After PJ learned how to take turns I thought it would be fun if he could use the game to practice numbers and the alphabet.

One school holiday in his Kindergarten year I tried adding capital and lower case letters to the Don’t Break The Ice Game using dry erase markers. I tested one block first to see if the dry erase marker would wash off and wallah!  A baby wipe took it right off!

These pictures are a few years old but this is how we “played” by adding letters of the alphabet.

I  wrote about 10 or so upper case letters on ice blocks and the matching lower case letters on the remaining blocks.

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We played as you usually would but each player recorded the letter of their knocked down ice block.  For this I drew columns on white paper and added the names of the players at the top.

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Whoever can make the most Upper to lowercase matches after 5 games is the ABC Don’t Break The Ice champ!

We practiced Number Identification, too. 

I dotted the each ice block like the side of a die.  PJ practiced writing the numbers 1-6. Below, I’ll let the picture do the talking.

Quick and Easy Math or Literacey with Don't Break The Ice Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ways to use Don’t Break the Ice

  • You can have your child practice addition: Each player adds up all the blocks they have.  Whoever has the largest total wins.
  • Practice word families, CVC words, or Nonsense words for letter sounds.
  • Write numbers instead of dots on the blocks and have them match numbers to the corresponding amount of dots.
  • For older children, practice multiplication: Group blocks by the number of dots they have. Three blocks of three dots make 3 x 3 = 9

What other ways can you think of to put a new twist on this old classic??  I would like to read about your learning fun so please comment below!

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Christmas Tree Math Make Ten

 

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Christmas Tree Math Make Ten

 

**This post may contain affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Please see my disclosure page.  If you should chose to purchase from links I provide, my little family will greatly appreciate it!

  Mental math is a struggle for a lot of kids but memorizing math facts help children to process the calculation of math problems faster.

PJ and I have worked on memorizing facts that make 10 for weeks.  And I really needed to find a teaching tool that would make those facts STICK with him.

We repeatedly used worksheets that drill and I made flash cards, too.  We sang a song, watched a few math videos..He just wasn’t remembering it.

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You have seen this at some point in your child, I’m sure.  They aren’t interested or have already given up trying to learn something because its extra hard for them.  They stare at you with a blank face. No matter how many times you go over it, it just isn’t go to stick in their memory or they fail to understand.

Sometimes you have to dig to find something that will help them because you are just as puzzled as they are as to how to help them.  image

Well this is how I felt each time I’d quiz PJ on his Math Facts That make Ten.  I desperately wanted to help my struggling son!

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So, we pulled out his paints and worked on a fun craft he could be proud of in more ways than one!

 

Our SUPPLY LIST..

  • Paints 
  • Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint Brush optional
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and Paper (we used white card stock)

 

PJ was failing to see the patterns in the math facts that make ten: They can be counted up and down. When kids have a mental picture of these math patterns they can draw from memory more easily.  Even if they don’t know a particular addend, they can count forward or backward using a math fact they already know until they have reached the math fact in question.

0 + 10 = 10

1 + 9 = 10

2 + 8 = 10

In PJs case he knew 5 + 5 = 10 every time I quizzed him.  

That math fact would be the math fact he could count up or down from to find the sum of other math facts to make 10 .

I asked PJ to make a Christmas picture using his paints and the TP rolls. (My idea was to write the math facts inside the painted TP roll circles of his picture.)  He wanted to make a Christmas tree! 

He asked me to help him draw a Christmas tree so I suggested he use a ruler to draw the outline of the tree.

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He drew an A shape tree without a bottom or trunk.

Math Facts That Make Ten Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PJ chose to paint the edges of the TP rolls with a paint brush rather than dipping them in paint.

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 I told him we were going to write the numbers of the math problems we had been practicing in the painted circles.  He stamped the outline of a Christmas tree with paint and the TP rolls. We let the picture dry.

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 Mental Math

I explained to PJ that he could remember other math problems that equal ten by starting at the one problem he already knew. “Let’s start with what you know, 5 + 5 = 10.”  We practice counting backwards and forwards from 5.  Then, we recited all the other math facts that make ten by starting with 5 + 5 = 10 going forward and backward.

Looking For Patterns In Math

PJ was ready to write all the math facts down and see  how the addends for each fact either increased or decreased by one.  He wrote 0 + 10= 10 in the very top circle.

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 Then, I asked him to write a number 1 in the left circle and number 9 in the right circle just under the first math fact.  He saw that 1+ 9 = 10

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PJ also saw that the numbers on each side of the Christmas Tree was either increasing or decreasing by one and both sides met at the doubles math fact, 5 + 5= 10.  He had created a picture pattern of his math facts to always remember!!

When I turned his picture over and asked him to tell me ALL the math facts that make 10, he recited them without a mistake for the first time!!  Happy Dance!

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

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Gratitude Printables :Educents CYBER MONDAY

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Educents extended its Black Friday sale!

You can get 15% off SITEWIDE with CODE: GIVEJOY

**This post contains affiliate links.  Please read my disclosure page.  If you choose to purchase from these links our little family would be so grateful!

As a part of my 7 Days of Gratitude series, I’d like to share PRINTABLEs from educents.com to help teach kids GRATITUDE.  While your visiting this educational site..GRAB some deals!!  They won’t last long!

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USE CODE: GIVEJOY

I Am Thankful gratitude activity kit printable. 

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USE CODE: GIVEJOY

Appreciation Certificate and Thank you Awards 

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I Am Most Thankful For Essay Printable

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Thanksgiving Thankful Writing Draw-It!

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Thankful Writing Assignments

 Remember to use CODE: GIVEJOY for 15%off site wide.

Happy Shopping!

Crystal 🙂

FLASH SALE Insanely Cool Toys to help with Sensory Processing Disorder!

This sale has almost ended but not before I stumbled on 3 insanely cool toys that would be great for children with Sensory Processing Disorder!

Educents is extending their Black Friday Sale!  

For the next few hours you can get these 3 great toys at 15% Off ! Use CODE: GIVEJOY

 

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Have you heard of the Gogo Roller?  This is would bring  hours of fun!  And with cold weather coming on, you’ll NEED to find a great toy like this to supplement outdoor play.

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Sensory boxes are still a favorite in our home.  Your child will be engaged in tactile learning as you go over your Lady Bug Science lesson. Pull the Sensory Box out again and again for memory retention.   Educents has several: Chicken Life Cycle, Lady Bug Life Cycle, and a Farm Sensory Box!

Click this #LINK# for the Lady Bug Sensory Box and don’t forget to use CODE GIVE JOY for 15% off site wide!!

Rememeber Sit n Spin?  This is the modern day version of how kids regulate themselves when they need to move!!  Only the Floor Surferr does so much more than spin!!  It moves forward, backwards, anyway a child wants it to!  Plus, children can work on CORE BODY STRETH, balancing, and coordination!!

Just click the name FLOOR SURFERR to bring you to this awesome sensory toy.  Use CODE GIVEJOY and enjoy 15% off too!

 

 

Happy Shopping!!

Crystal 🙂