Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway!

I’ve picked up a lot of kooky hobbies in the past that may or may not be in the nerdy hobbies category. I can’t say that I mind too much, though, because if I’m having fun, I don’t care what people think.

When I was in college, I swing danced every day. I got to teach a class at my University where I ended up meeting my husband. He took my class to impress girls. Turns out, it worked!

Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway

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A few years later, I picked up quilling. Yes, that is correct, QUILLING. For those of you that aren’t familiar, it’s where you have special tools and really long, thin strips of paper. You essentially roll the paper, on the needle-like tool, then squeeze it to make different designs.

That particular phase in my life didn’t last long. It was fun, but I quickly got distracted with other things.

My husband and I went through a nice long stretch of geocaching. We were into it back in the days where you had use a good old fashioned Garmin to get to you to the cache.

If you’ve never heard of geocaching, you can find out more in this post by Alana from Parenting from the Heart. Bottom line, it’s a lot of fun, great for kids, but super nerdy.

Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway!

Geocaching in Tombstone, Arizona in 2009. Yes, we saw the sights, but mostly we geocached.

My latest hobby involves rocks.

A local mommy friend of mine added me to a Facebook group that paints and hides rocks. Seriously.

From what I understand, this particular hobby is for kids. They paint the rocks, hide them, find others that were hidden. Perfect for them!!

But if you were to take a peek at some of the rocks being painted, it is clear that the parents are seriously involved. I may or may not be guilty of this myself.

Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway!

What can I say? Turns out painting rocks is fun and therapeutic.

For the most part, this has been just me and my girl. She loves any sort of artistic activities and appreciates sharing her creative process with someone right next to her.

My son has been completely indifferent with our new little hobby. Until now.

I received a package of Kwik Stix to do a review.

It’s tempera paint in an easy to hold stick. It writes like a glue stick, but dries like paint. And this stuff is dry in 90 seconds.

I can’t explain it, but he loves it. My best guess is that it isn’t messy.

Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway!

And no matter how many times he has tested it by dropping the paint on the floor, it has never left a mark.

Now he can get more involved with our rock painting. He doesn’t last as long as Z and I, but he has been able to make a few rocks for us to hide around town.

Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway!

I still use my acrylic paint for my rocks, but my girl and the little guy love experimenting with Kwik Stix.

And rocks of course aren’t their actual intended use. It’s just how we have been able to get my little guy into our latest hobby.

They work anywhere you would use tempera paint. Paper, canvas, wood. Miss Z and I have been going through the construction paper with these suckers.

Nerdy Hobbies and a Giveaway!

Apparently, we’re really into painting…

And now I have some really great news for my lovely readers! I’m giving away a few sets of Kwik Stix! Three to be exact.

First prize is a pack of the Original Colors.

Second prize is a pack of the Metalix Colors. (My personal fave!)

And Third prize is a pack of the Neon Colors.

Kwik Stix are perfect for little hands so they can paint away with no mess!

All of the colors are gorgeous and vibrant. I have no doubt you and your little ones would have a great time experimenting with them. So go ahead, enter to win!

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15 Comments

  • Reply Lauren

    My daughter loves to paint her coloring books, rather than use crayons. 🙂

    September 29, 2016 at 8:56 am
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Ah haha!! That sounds fun too! These would actually be perfect for that-not as wet as paint.

      September 29, 2016 at 9:15 am
  • Reply nicole

    nothing about dancing is nerdy! but some of that other stuff… kidding!

    September 29, 2016 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Theresa

    Our kids love to paint anything from paper to a wooden step stool!

    September 29, 2016 at 11:47 am
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Ooooh!!I want to paint a step stool! That’s a great idea!

      September 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    Ohh I need to get some of these! I always end up coloring way longer than my kids do whenever we do it together… haha

    September 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Hahaha!! I can relate to that! Good to know I’m not alone.

      September 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply K. Elizabeth

    My kids love painting pictures. My son is into painting pictures of our family, while my daughter likes painting pictures of Shopkins and emoji faces.

    September 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Awww!! My son is obsessed with Shopkins and emojis!!! “Look mom! Oji!!” I feel like he says that all day. ?

      September 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    I think we’ve all had a few nerdy hobbies in our pasts 🙂 Those paint sticks look really cool.

    September 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply deanna

    That hidden rock group sounds so fun. i want to do that. My family loves to geochce, we go a lot.

    September 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Alana

    Thank you for linking to me. I LOVE how you guys met!!!! (And yes, I already knew the story) But you guys are so cute!

    October 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Sure!! I was glad to do it! And thank you!! It’s a fun story. ❤️

      October 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Alana

    The rocks look amazing and so do Quik Stix!

    October 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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