Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Rubber Band Craze Looms On -- Make Sure You Have a Kit Under the Tree for Your Young Divas/Stylistas This Holiday Season

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an hones review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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If you have tweens/teens (and even girls as young as 5 yrs. old, depending upon their interest), then you have probably seen them come home from school with colorful elastic band rings or bracelets, or ask you to buy them a loom, so that they can make their own rubberband jewlerly, like their friends are making.  This is all the craze right now.  I know as my my two nieces have been sporting neon bracelets and rings they have make with latex-free rubberstands.  You can make these stylish jewelry pieces with or without a loom kit, but when asked, my nieces said it is much easier and quicker to use a loom kit rather than your fingers.  But, I did want to show you a video the folks at Expressions by Almar DIY created to show the different rubberbrand bracelets that you can make their line of latex-free rubberbands.


While this video shows that you can get by with your fingers at a loom, there is also a Expandable Travel Loom available from Expressions by Almar DIY, which you can buy as part of their D.I.Y Rubberband Bracelet Making Kit.  

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I was recently sent this kit, along with a couple extra bags of rubbebands and S clasps, to try my hand at making my own stylish rubberband bracelets.  I have to say that the video, as well as tweens/teens who demonstrate how to use the loom make it easier than it really it.  It ended up taking me about an hour to really get the whole looping thing.  I found myself getting to the end of the loom and when it came time to take the rubberbands off the pegs I have weaved them through, around and under, they just popped off on me.  

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My niece couldn't help but laugh at my frustration, as she pointed out that I wasn't looping correctly.  You would think with all my years of making loom potholders and friendship bracelets as a kid, that this would come second nature to me.  But, no, I had to work at it...until I eventually figured it out.  Then, I was cranking out neon and even glow-in-dark toe and finger rings, along with matching bracelets with my nieces.  During that time, they thought I was a cool Auntie. :-)  I will take that! 

I ended up making my nieces day, by giving them the Expressions by Almar DIY loom kit and rubberband supplies I was sent to facilitate my review, as they would find more use of it than I would.  Also, Savannah was getting upset that she wasn't old enough to make her own bracelets like her cousins, so I didn't want her to feel bad.  In return, I asked my nieces to make a handful of rings and bracelets for my daughters, so that when all the girls got together, they could sport their DIY rubberband jewelry together.  They obliged, and a few days later showed up with 3 matching sets for each of the girls, and even one for me.  I have to say, while I am not one for jewelry, I am liking the different rubberbands that you can use with the loom.  My nieces just love the scented ones, while Savannah and Bella are into the glow-in-the-dark ones.  But, the girls can all agree that these rubberband jewelry are cool.  And, with the holidays fast approaching, the rubberbands paired with the loom kit would make for a great gift to surprise that young diva/stylista in your life.

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In addition to the loom kits and rubberband refills, Expressions by Almar also offer nail polish, lip gloss/balms, makeup and even hair accessories, making this your one-stop-shopping site for stocking stuffer and holiday gift ideas for the young divas and princesses in your life.  My mom surprised the girls the other day with the Pinkalicious Cupcake Lip Gloss Set, and now we can't leave the house without the girls putting a dab or two of lip balm on their lips to prevent chapping, and to add an extra glow to their lips. :-)  

Fans of the Pinkalicios books will love the cute cupcake containers the lip balms come in, along with fruity flavors.  My girls can't get enough of these lip balms, and I see them as being hot ticket items for stocking stuffers this holiday season -- so, if you see them in store, make sure you pick up before are all gone. :-)

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to the Expression by Almar online store today and pick up fun gift sets and stock stuffers for that special girl in your life.  Right now, many of their products including their refill rubberbands are on sale, along with FREE Shipping in the USA.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an hones review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. One more thing I wish I had thought of! I know a couple of little ones who would love this under the tree this year. Thanks for sharing this one and Happy Holidays.