A thing about Spring...

Monday, May 3, 2010

So...it's no secret I've got this thing about spring...

I just love the renewed sense of life that one has when the snow all disappears and new life starts popping up all around us...
I'm learning to garden, little by little...and absolutely loving it...


I don't do food (yet) unless you count an occasional pumpkin -


but oh how I love the flowers ~ for with the flowers, come the butterflies. We looove our butterflies...and we even put special treats out for them...see how we kept them happy last year??

The kids get just as excited as I do about our butterfly friends...they are soo beautiful to look at...


So, you can imagine how awesome I thought these butterfly kits were that we saw on tv, from a pretty neat company called Insect Lore. H asked me a few times if we could get that...and I'll admit...I was thinking - that cannot be for real...can it?

So...I thought I'd find out for myself by contacting the company.

Not five days later...I came home to a package on my doorstep, courtesy of Insect Lore. I'd be lying if I told you that I wasn't as excited about this as my kids are! ok, truth be told, I might even be more excited...


In said package? An awesome poster showing the life cycle of a Painted Lady Butterfly - which is already hanging on D's bedroom wall per his insistence,

Lifecycle Stages Figures that the kids are absolutely fighting over -



and...get this you guys...LIVE BUTTERFLY LARVAE!


I am sooo. beyond. excited.

We have this cup with little teeny tiny larvae in it and we are having soo much fun watching them hang out and eat...

What an amazing experience to be able to watch this life cycle transpire right before our eyes!


Thanks to Kurt and the kind folks at Insect Lore - my kids are enjoying this experience, and not only that -

one of my readers also has the opportunity to win
the VERY. SAME. PRIZE PACKAGE! EEK!
SOOO EXCITING!!

That's right folks! Kurt at Insect Lore has offered to ship the same great things to one of you awesome readers...
What do you have to do?

Simply leave me a comment telling me what you like about spring, or what other products from Insect Lore you think are cool, or that you think I'm awesome...or all of the above. Or none of the above... but seriously. That's it. Just leave a comment. I'm not going to give away extra entries for becoming my fan on facebook or following me on twitter, though I'm happy to have you along for the ride over there if you want and would love to have you share this super cool experiment with your friends...


If you want to follow along with Insect Lore on Twitter - do that too! But it's not required!!


Are you as excited as I am about our new found friends residing on our kitchen counter?

Go ahead...tell me how cool it is via my comments and you too might be able to play along with your very own kit should you be the comment that random.org selects! Comments will be closed on May 14th at midnight with a winner to be drawn shortly after that!

Can't wait?
Visit insectlore.com to order up your own today!
These words are my own. I was not compensated to talk about the Butterfly Kit, however my family was given the above mentioned items to review in exchange for my honest feedback/opinion.

26 comments:

simplicity said...

These are the best! We used to do these kits when we were little (yes I am young) but they are so fun! Would love the chance to win some for my kids!

Unplanned Cooking said...

My kids would love these kits! They're fascinated by butterflies. And tornados.

Recovering Procrastinator said...

My kids love butterflies. I wonder if they would be creeped out by the larvae. I'd love to find out. :)

MamaBear said...

Julia has this at her school and the butterflies came out just in time for the very last day of school yesterday. So neat to see! One of my favorite part about Spring is watching the grass turn green in our backyard. Then there's the planning of our garden, and puddle jumping after that first warm rain.....

MamaBear said...

Oh and I forgot my most favorite thing of all!!!! OUTDOOR PHOTOSHOOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lori said...

i like the butterfly much better than the ant farm we had. That was messy and just irked me. LOL. (im just commenting-no need to enter in giveaway)

Together We Save said...

I love butterfiles and so do my girls... we always plant flowers to attract butterflies in the spring.

fritzfacts said...

Boo would FREAK like you have no idea! She has three bug habitats, a bug magnifying glass and books upon BOOKS about bugs. She would really FREAK!

We love spring in our house too. While I love flowers I often kill them...that is why I keep Hubby around! He remembers to water them for me.

Thanks D!

LutherLiz said...

That is awesome! I'd probably share it with daycare so they could all learn about the butterflies. I'm sure they'd love it!

Anti-Supermom said...

I'm with Liz, I'd share it with my daycare, ha-ha, which means *mine*. All the kiddos would love this!

I like you, Darcie, more than larvae, just so you know ;)

Amanda said...

Pick me Pick me my kids would go NUTS! :)

MollyinMinn said...

Darcie, that is way cool! I can see why you were excited. My kids keep asking each year if we can do the butterfly thing through the U of M, but this is way more my speed!

Stereos and Souffles said...

My friend's daughter had this one year and she just loved it.
Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest!
Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

AStarrA said...

My daughter has been wanting this but haven't had the extra money so thanks for the chance! I also think the Strange Plants Biodome Kit is pretty cool
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Sarah said...

I love insect lore! I've used their products in my classroom before :). I also love their ladybug land!

Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

daunfamily said...

My favorite thing about spring is how invigorating it is! You get a new sense of the potential your life holds when you see the new growth that spring has brought.
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The Marketing Mama said...

Very cool, Darc. I remember how excited you were about this, so that's so cool you have one!!! I'm sure my kiddos would love one, too! :)

Alena said...

My daughters would absolutely love this.

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Tabathia said...

I love flying kites in the spring & celebrating my kids bday and my daughter has wanted one of these since seeing it on tv

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Kerrie said...

I think my 3 boys would also enjoy the Earthworm Nursery w/ Live Earthworms!! Thanks for the chance to win a fun and educational giveaway!
kerriekg(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kimberly @ RaisingOlives said...

These are so much fun. We did the Painted Butterflies once and they would love to do them again.

Our critters went from caterpillar to butterfly and then laid eggs again. Here is my warning, when the caterpillars hatch from the eggs they are small. They are so small that they fit through the mesh on the butterfly home!!! So I would not suggest having the butterfly home sitting on your table near when the eggs are expected to hatch. :)

Kim said...

Every year our second graders do this for a science project - it is so awesome!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Name:Modesty
WOW! I would love ti win this for my little sister. She loves Butterflies. Thanks for the giveaway.
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

The Taylor Household said...

My kids would love this.
jonilynntaylor at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

How fun! And educational! I'd love to try this with my boys!

Adrianne said...

I think my little boys would love to try this out! How fun!

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