#BIC Back-to-School Review and #Giveaway!!!

Let’s have some fun! A few weeks ago, the fine people at BIC invited us to review a handful of their new products and host a back-to-school giveaway! I’m thrilled to share our experiences and opinions of everything you see here, and happy to be hosting an easy to enter giveaway that I hope you’ll be eager to enter!

Some of the writing instruments you see here probably look very familiar. There’s really nothing new here, with the exception of the BIC Kids pens, pencils and stylus (more on that in a bit!), even so… the quality fits the price and we love the rich colors, smooth writing experience, and reliability of everything in this prize package.


What is included in this package?

  • Wite-Out ZAP!

Not a new idea, or a new way to dispense,  but when something works, why change it?  My kids and I are ALL students and there are days I can’t even write my own name without a goof.

  • 4-Color Classic Pen, 4-Color Metallic Pen, and 4-Color Mini Pen

You may remember these 4-color pens from when you were a kid. I’m 42 and used them back in the day. They are just as much fun today as they were decades ago.  I somewhat expected the writing experience and quality to be less superior than that of a traditional pen, but so far this has not been the case.  I don’t feel I’m compromising quality with this pen combo and changing ink colors is just a click away!


    A definite winner…

  • Atlantis Comfort Pen and Atlantis Exact Pen

My favorite by far! What a great writing experience I’m having with the Atlantis! I’m so picky about what I write with and only use one kind of pencil for school… and until now, was using a pen that was just ok. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t nearly as sleek and smooth as the Atlantis. These pens actually feel good when put to paper and aren’t too big in your hand. I am not a fan of fat writing instruments… they cause writing fatigue, at least that’s been my experience. The Atlantis writes very fine and release just the right amount of ink to paper. So far, no nasty ink blobs (hate that!) and no writing fails either. Makes writing fun again! I’ve been using the Atlantis pens to fill out volunteer applications for hospitals in my area. Wanting to make a great impression starts with the right pen!


    Here’s something to try!

  • BIC Kid’s Pens, Pencils, and Stylus

Ok… I will confess to not really having anyone in my home who has hands small enough to benefit from this new product. I wish these had been around when my autistic son was a bit younger. He’s always struggled with his handwriting and still does, but given he now has what I’d call man hands, these aren’t a great fit. The Kid’s Pens, Pencils and Stylus are made to help improve your elementary student’s handwriting. I held them and did a bit of scribbling and what I liked is the yellow divider that keeps your hand in proper position. I’d love to hear from a consumer who has had experience with this product. As for my set? I’m gifting them to a great gal pal of mine who has 3 young kids, one of whom is really struggling with his penmanship. We’ll see how he does with them!


For your classroom…

  • Magic Marker Dry Erase Markers

No complaints about BIC’s new line of Dry Erase Markers. We don’t use them a lot, but do like to have them around. From time to time I keep a dry erase sheet on the side of the fridge, for list building, scheduling, and of course chores!

    If you’re into sparkle…

  • Xtra Shine Mechanical Pencils

These are the same BIC mechanical pencils you’ve probably purchased a time or two before, especially if you have school-aged children. They are affordable, and fairly reliable. My daughter likes the sparkly barrel, which may be a new feature. Not adding to function of course, but fun none-the less. We don’t buy this style of mechanical as much as we once did… I’ve started investing in the metal barrel mechanicals as I find them to last a bit longer, but these plastic mechanicals are great for kids. Especially kids who lose things.


So, who’s ready for a giveaway? If you live in the continental US, are 18+, and have a physical mailing address, you are eligible to enter to win EVERYTHING HERE (see photo of all 10 products above) !! We’ll wrap things up on the evening of September 6th, just before midnight (Central Standard Time).

Grab as many (or as few) entries as you’d like using the Rafflecopter form below. Come back daily to collect even more! Thanks for entering, have a wonderful day and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: No compensation was provided for this review. I received the materials featured in this post in exchange for providing an honest evaluation of my experiences. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Kindle Fire HDX #Giveway… or $229 Paypal or Amazon!

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.

Kindle Fire May

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)


Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)


Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)


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Do People Really Win Blogging Giveaways?

I haven’t hosted a giveaway here on The Homeschooling Blog in many many weeks, but I regularly enter other blogger’s giveaways, especially in the summer months when I have a little extra time on my hands. I’ve won many prizes over the years, mostly valued at around $50 or less. The biggest prize I’ve won (up until today) was a recliner that now proudly sits in my living room. That was a couple years ago on Mother’s Day.

From time to time friends will ask about all the giveaway shares they see on my Facebook page and ask if anyone really wins. It’s natural to be a skeptic, especially if you’ve never won anything. Rest assured that every giveaway I host on this blog has a winner! I have no reason to think other bloggers are nothing less than 100% legitimate, so I always give the same answer… your odds are higher winning a blogging giveaway than any other you’ll find on the Internet. Usually the entries are far less in number than others you’ll find on the web, giving you greater odds at snatching the prize. I usually don’t win, but when I do, even if it’s just a book or another apron, it’s a rather exciting day.

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How Our Golden Retriever Completed Our Family

This post is underwritten by our partner Dog Fence DIY, the most affordable resource for wireless dog fencing.

For nearly a decade of “family” we had no pets to share life with. Children it seemed were more than enough, or so we thought. Then one early December morning my husband found a letter to Santa, written by our then 9 year old daughter. “Dear Santa, You don’t have to bring me any toys this year, all I really want is a golden retriever puppy. It should be a girl and she’ll need to have food and a bed, because all the stores will be closed on Christmas day.” There was more, but you get the gist. How could we say no to that? It was time to make room in our family for just one more!


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I Want You 2 Want Me $10 PayPal Giveaway Week 3… We Have a Winner!

Drum roll please…… the winner of our latest $10 PayPal Giveaway is:

Entry #3115 Kelly N.
Kelly has already been week3contacted and has collected her prize.
Thank you to everyone who entered week 3′s giveaway!
Do to some family “stuff” we’ll not be posting a new giveaway this week, but do plan on launching week 4 on Sunday, April 14th.

I Want You 2 Want Me $10 PayPal Giveaway! Week 2

Welcome to WEEK 2 of our giveaway series! We’re giving away $10 every week to thank our readers for their support. We promise an easy entry experience and no long waits for a winning announcement. Last week’s winner, Reynanta C. was notified last night just hours after the conclusion of the giveaway and has already received her $10! Congratulations Reynanta! Will you be our next winner?

This giveaway is open Worldwide, but you MUST have a PayPal account and be 18+. If your name is drawn and you don’t have a PayPal account, I’ll have to ask Rafflecopter to draw another name. So sorry about that! Rules are rules!  Winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond with their PayPal information before a runner up is selected.

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I Want You 2 Want Me $10 PayPal Giveaway Week 1 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

And our week 1 winner is: #805 Reynanta C.

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered this little giveaway. Sunday, March 24th we’ll launch week 2 and another opportunity to win an easy $10 from yours truly. :D

Weekly Giveaway

You might also be interested in the following giveaway:

Conscious Box (another LOW ENTRY solo blogger giveaway with a quick turnaround time, so you don’t have to wait to find out who won!) Ends 4/1


Conscious Box Giveaway! Discover 3 Free Months of Pure and Natural at Your Doorstep Ends 4/1

I’ve been invited by the fine nature-loving people at Conscious Box to offer one of my fascinated visitors a 3-month FREE subscription to Conscious Box! What on earth does that mean? It means for 3 months you’ll get boxes filled with pure and natural products and foods to enjoy! That’s a $59 value! Are you gluten-free? Perhaps vegan? Conscious Box has you covered! With their subscriptions service, insuring you get the right products is just a click away!

With Conscious Box you can rate the products you receive each month, earn points, and redeem those points towards your favorite products! Once you start getting your boxes, it won’t be long at all before you know what you are wishing to have more of.

If you’re like me and are thinking hmmm… this would be an excellent gift for (your random person), the regular monthly subscription cost is $19.95 (shipping included) but because Conscious Box loves this blog and my readers, they’re offering you a special 50% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription. Simply use code: DISCOVERNATURAL





Each Conscious Box includes:

  • Variety of pure and natural products
  • Organic food and/or vegan beauty products
  • 10 points from each box to put towards a future order
  • Tips on healthy living
  • An opportunity to sample a variety of eco-friendly products from green companies you’ll no doubt grow to love


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