Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Blog



I am happy to announce that I have started a new blog! It is called Evolve: Live. Grow. Give. I hope that you join me there.

Over the next several months I will be migrating and updating some of the posts originally published here on A Handful of Everything over to the new site. Some posts will not be moving.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. I hope to have your join us at Evolve! Some things are similar, and others are brand new! Instead of focusing on crafts, Evolve focuses on developing and creating your best you!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Speed Spark 6x6 Electric RC Monster Truck Review

One of the great things about being a blogger is the opportunity to review products for businesses. As a Tomoson Blogger, I was offered a FREE Speed Spark 6x6 Electric RC Monster Truck from Velocity Toys in exchange for my honest review.


This truck is a great gift idea and on sale for the holiday season at Amazon, see the link below:



I have two boys 9 and 11. When they opened the box and saw what came they immediately started unwrapping it. Pieces of Styrofoam and packaging lay all over the floor, you'd think it was Christmas morning! So much for getting a picture of it in the box...

One great thing about this truck is that it comes with a rechargeable battery pack. No more buying a mountain of batteries! And the controller only turns on when you use it, you don't have to worry about leaving it on and the battery draining, this is very helpful with forgetful children.


After fighting over who got to go first, the boys took turns driving all over the house. The dogs even had fun chasing the truck or being chased by the truck. It lights up and has six wheels which my boys thought made it look awesome.

It doesn't corner the very best, but I'm sure part of that may be operator error, I'm expecting that to improve as they use it more and more. The one down side is that it doesn't have a very long range. You need to be within about 20 feet or so of the truck with the remote for it to work properly. That's not an issue with my kids because they want to follow it around and watch it, but be aware of that. It does drive better on carpet than on a slicker surface like the kitchen floor. We have laminate wood floor in our kitchen and it still drives but it doesn't have as much control as on the carpet. We haven't taken it outside yet, but I'm excited to see how it does.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Great Idea Thursday's - 108

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I am so sorry about last week. Time got away from me and I hope I didn't interfere with your plans. I can't believe that school is almost ready to start back up again. Two weeks for my kiddos!

They are excited to go back and be with their friends and start back into sports. Summer days go by all too quickly. Hopefully because of all the fun :)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Great Idea Thursday's - 107

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Are you loving summer as much as I am? The sun is shining, my grass is dying, the dogs are romping around in the yard and through the sprinkler. It's heaven!

What do you love most about summer? Do you look forward to anything special every year? What traditions do you have?

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Chalk Markers Review


Stardom Brands Liquid Chalk Marker Review



As a blogger, I am offered some amazing opportunities to review products.  Stardom Crafts offered me a FREE set of their Liquid Chalk Markers Mega Pack in exchange for an honest review. This has been one of the most fun reviews I have done! I love these chalk markers and plan to use them a lot in the future.

These liquid chalk markers are amazing. First of all there are a lot of them! 18 markers. Most other packs I have seen come either only with 8 or 10 markers, so you get an great value with this Mega Pack. The colors are bright and once the liquid is completely into the tip (within a few seconds) they create a wonderful solid line.

These markers write on many surfaces. Chalk boards, mirrors, metal, glass. It just needs to be non-porous. If you're not sure it will work on your surface test in a small area before continuing.

  • An amazing feature of these markers is that the tip is reversible so you can choose whether you want a bold or a finer line by choosing the chisel or bullet side of the tip. Great for creating a professional look to your chalk work.
  • These are easy to use. Unlike regular chalk, they are completely dust free! No smudging and mess.
  • The markers are water based for easy clean up and are non-toxic. They are safe for the environment and for anyone 3 and up.
  • 90 day money back guarantee. If you don't love your liquid chalk markers Stardom Brands will refund your money no questions asked.


Creating beautiful designs and writing messages with chalk is so much easier with these fabulous markers. They are perfect for business or a budding artist. Check out what I made with them.


Had to clean all of the nasty chalk dust off the board from using regular chalk.


I took a few minutes to shake each marker and get the liquid into the tips (a few seconds for each one).


Started playing!







These markers are amazing! Super easy to use, the liquid flows nice and evenly and cleans up quickly with water. My new favorite!!! 


Perfect for summer :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Great Idea Thursday's - 106

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How is your summer going? Cookouts on the grill and smoker are so much fun! Can I just say I love meat cooked outside? Anyway, summer is amazing and I hope ya'll are making the most of it!

What fun things have you been up to?

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