Coloring Planners – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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I know, I know – there is a smartphone app (or hundreds of apps) for that.  But if you are like me and many, many other folks, there is something comforting about a paper-based planner.

Why gift one? Sometimes it is nice to have a small coloring space for a mindful moment during your day that doesn’t overwhelm you.

If you have a coloring and planner junkie in your life and need a good holiday gift idea for them, here are some of my favorites.  Any of these would put a huge smile on a coloring and planner fan’s face! Read More

Magnetips – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Review & Giveaway!

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Welcome to the first installment in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

What is an ideal marker for me? I want one that is sturdy, comfortable to hold, has good coverage on many types of paper, lasts a long time, and is refillable.  Add some plain old mindful (OK, sometimes mindless!) fun to a marker and I’d finish looking.

Magnetips fit the bill. They are not just high-quality, refillable fine-tip markers. Each one contains two super powerful Neodymium (rare-earth) magnets. The markers stick together or to any metallic surface, promising hours of creative fun. Coloring is only the beginning! Read More

Johanna Basford’s Ivy and the Inky Butterfly: Review

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is coloring “queen” Johanna Basford’s sixth coloring book and it is refreshingly  different from her previous ones. What isn’t different is the quality and fun we love about Johanna’s work. Read More

Is It Too Early for the Holidays? Giveaway!

I know – November 1st is a bit very early to start thinking about Christmas. But with my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide starting soon, I thought I’d help everyone get into the mood with a giveaway.  So I’ve joined a group of fellow bloggers for a giveaway hop!

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What am I giving away? A copy of Johanna’s Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book for Adults and a $40 Amazon.com Gift Card! Read More

9 Horribly Fun Halloween Coloring Books

Yes, you do need at least one Halloween-themed coloring book.  But what to choose?  In celebration of the spookiest holiday on the calendar I have unearthed some of the most hair-raising, spine-chilling, and fun adult coloring books that will make your coloring a little more delightful. Read More

Easing Your Pain with the NAIPO Massager

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Cat Image: Ivva (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I suffer from chronic back and neck pain from degenerative disc disease as well as herniated discs. And of course, I sometimes get sooo into my coloring that my neck and shoulders get tired and achy!

My physiotherapist and pain doctor have made heat and massage essential to my pain management program.  And my research has told me that massage may have other health benefits as well: it may help lower hormonal markers of stress and decrease blood pressure.  However, regular massages from a Registered Massage Therapist are pricey and kneading away the pain isn’t exactly my husband’s favorite past time.

So I’ve been looking into some options. Enter NAIPO, a company that makes many different massagermassage products such as their Shoulder Massager. Read More

2017 Holiday Gift Guide – We Are Now Accepting Submissions

Adult Coloring 101 is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

2017 holiday gift guideThe Holiday Gift Guide is one of our blog’s biggest events. You can check out our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide here.

This year, we will be showcasing adult coloring-related gift ideas for adults as well as the rest of the family, for home and away alike. The gift guide will begin November 15th and end December 15th. Examples of gift categories include:

  • Coloring books, journals, calendars, etc.
  • Unique coloring applications such as origami, ornaments, apparel, home decor
  • Coloring supplies including pencils, markers, pens, paper…
  • Relaxation products
  • Mental & physical health support and comfort products, particularly as they relate to the activity of coloring
  • Stocking stuffers

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Have You Tried the Zen of Zentagle?

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Image: Victoria Hauber,  CC BY 2.0

We’ve all been loving adult coloring for a long time now, but it is always fun to try something new. If you are looking for a different way to challenge or express your creativity while practicing a therapeutic activity, why don’t you try Zentangle? Read More

Glue Sticks & Crayons Giveaway Hop!

coloring giveawaySummer is coming to an end and that means students are getting ready to head back to school. New classrooms, new activities, new friends, new learning—the start of a new school year is always an exciting time. But, we know that getting ready for all of these new experiences can be a strain and adults can feel a bit stressed out – and left out.

What to do to ease the stress and strain? Adult Coloring 101 has partnered with an amazing group of bloggers to bring a TON of opportunities to win some great stuff to make your life easier! Read More

Travel in Color with Wander Piggy + Giveaway!

Back in the “old days” of travel, when every one had a camera with film, my husband and I made scrapbooks for each trip we took.  We would fill a binder with photos, notes, ticket stubs, hotel information, boarding passes, etc. We love flipping through these books and looking back at the wonderful memories and experiences we’ve accumulated.

However, now that we don’t even take a camera with us when we travel (we use our smartphone), we’ve let our practice of making scrapbooks fall by the wayside, and I do miss them.  Lucky for me, I found the perfect books to help me keep a tidy record of our travel memories: Wander in Colour trip planners and journals by Claudia Chan (aka “Wander Piggy“). I chose Wander in Colour with Cats for our last trip. Read More