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5 Reasons Adult Coloring Books are so Popular! A Fun Friday Review


Why are adult coloring books so popular and one of the hottest trends?  Most of us associate coloring with little kids practicing their motor skills and learning what red, yellow, blue and green look like. Adults are the ones reminding children to color inside the lines.  Or so it seemed…

The trend of Adult Coloring Books is raising eyebrows from every age segment and has brought out secret closet coloring enthusiasts from just about everywhere.  In case you haven’t noticed, the very first thing that many stores are showcasing on prominent front entrance displays and aisle end-caps are sections labeled “Adult Coloring Books and Coloring Pencils”.  I had to investigate for myself what in the world was going on and here are my discoveries.

I broke down and bought an adult coloring book with some Prima Color Watercolor pencils for around $15.00.  My first book was Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge by Kerby Rosanes.  I was on the hunt for a chicken theme coloring book and ended up purchasing this book instead.  I couldn’t really find what I wanted; however, this one has 2 chickens in it and the whole book reminded me of a hidden objects book.  Sounds exciting so far!

 

At the time I was nursing a wounded chicken and my heart had been broken over the situation.  I colored one of the chickens to match the injured chicken.  By doing this I transferred some of the emotional energy that I was feeling inside from a real life situation, and was able to move it to the activity of coloring in a book.  Suddenly, I found comfort through a difficult time and the coloring showed me an appreciation for Adult Coloring Books.  I think I am now starting to understand a few things about this fad.

Animorphia Coloring book chickens

Coloring for the first time in an adult coloring book.

 

All hobbies connect individuals on an emotional level and bring feelings of relaxation, comfort, and happiness; otherwise, we wouldn’t have those hobbies. I discovered as many already have, that the Adult Coloring Books fad is here to stay and is now ranked one of the biggest trends!

Here are 5 great reasons you should take a break and color with the rest of the world.

  • Provides an outlet for stress and busy life.  Stress is part of life and we need ways to decompress.  Have you thought about coloring on your lunch break at work?  How about after dealing with a stressful situation in your life at the end of the day?  Admit it, life is not always easy; so instead of decompressing by watching TV, try investing some time into coloring.
  • Provides a sense of creativity.  Finding the right coloring book is key. Have you ever looked at a DIY project someone has done and thought, “Wow! I wish I could do that!”  Gardening is a great example where we all hear, “I don’t have a green thumb.”   Let me tell you a secret; we all have our reserves even if we don’t openly admit it. Here’s your chance to shine because there is no right or wrong way to color.  Go for it and you can be super artistic or just plain and simple.  In addition, you may learn how to blend or mix colors and learn something new.
    Jordan Gaines Lewis is a science writer and a Neuroscience Ph.D. student at the Penn State College of Medicine said, “In part, it’s a way for people who have never felt very artsy to literally add some more color into their lives.”  You can read more here.
  • Provides an emotional connection and relationship building.  This is my favorite reason because you can spend quality time with children at their level and cultivate stronger relationships.
    How about the elderly? Many can’t do the things we may take for granted on a daily basis, so break out the Adult Coloring Book and find a simple picture– and color it with them.  It gives the elderly a sense of being, a purpose!  If they can’t hold the pencils, you can help them and both of you will benefit on a wonderful relational level.
    I have a friend that has been lonely and feeling down lately, so I arranged to have a dinner with her next week.  What a great opportunity to take a coloring book and some pencils with me!  I can also use that time to bond and encourage her through conversation.
  • Provides an inexpensive hobby and it’s easy to take with you anywhere.  Nobody said you have to buy the most expensive set of color pencils or watercolors.  If you choose to do that very thing, that is up to each individual.  It can be as simple as Googling “free printable adult coloring pages” and breaking out your kids broken crayons. Of course, you could land somewhere in the middle and grab an Adult Coloring book on Amazon and some decent watercolor pencils like I did.  It’s as easy as tucking them into your purse or backpack when on the go.
  • Provides fun for anyone and makes a fantastic gift.  I love candles and lotions, but have you considered giving an Adult Coloring Book and some pencils to a friend?  How about someone in the hospital?  Birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Easter basket gift?  After you give it to them, offer to sit and color with them.  With modern technology we often forget to spend valuable time sitting and interacting with others; so here is an awesome opportunity for you to work on strengthening your relationships.

Meeting Other People Who Love Adult Coloring!

Facebook has an amazing group centered on Adult Coloring with almost 20,000 people and still growing.  The people in this group share tips, pictures and art supply suggestions.  People come together with great common goals to relax, encourage and everyone sees all colors.  Make some new friends!  It is a closed group and all you have to do is request to join. Simply click the blue link up above this paragraph to request to be added!

For the record, I did find my own chicken coloring book called Difficult Chickens by Sarah Rosedahl. I enjoyed it so much I made a video about it. Check this out!

 

So what are you waiting for? Do a search here through Amazon to find that perfect coloring book to meet your needs! I even picked out a few top rated sellers that may just suit your needs!


Kim Linville Chicken Scratch DIY

Kim Linville in her happy place with her chickens!

      Kimberly Linville is the owner of Chicken Scratch DIY.  Wife of 20 years, mother of two children ages 10 and 13, chicken enthusiast with a passion for sharing tips and experiences through blogging, DIY and photography.

How to be Honestly Thankful this Thanksgiving! – A “Fun Friday” Encouragement


As a little girl I was taught that Thanksgiving originated because of the Pilgrims and the Indians. The Pilgrims wanted to show the Indians they were grateful towards them and were also thankful to God, the God of the Bible. The Pilgrims demonstrated their thankfulness with a big feast from their harvest and shared it with the Indians. As a child, there was no political correctness labeling Indians as Native Americans. As a child, I didn’t see labels and I didn’t see that they came from different backgrounds. This is not a debate on tolerance or if this is right or wrong!

The point of sharing this is to remind us that children don’t always see things the way that adults do.

These last few months have been somewhat difficult in teaching my son a few lessons in boundaries and how far is too far. Yesterday, I came home from working at my parent’s house all day, where I did a lot of repairs, cleaning and whatever miscellaneous work needed to be done. (Remember my mom had her leg amputated?  You can read it in my “Meet the Author”.) I’m trying to earn some fast money for Christmas gifts for the kids; and I was exhausted, hungry and had physically worn myself out for over ten hours. I was Done…with a capital “D”!

I arrived home happy to see my kids, until a bomb shell was soon dropped on me. The principal of the kid’s school had called my husband regarding an incident with my son in class that day. To be transparent, my blood boiled and I became impressively angry, and I couldn’t believe how mad I got. I don’t understand how many times I have shown my son, taught my son, and educated my son in good manners yet “Whooosh”….it all went right over his head again.  Are you kidding me??? SMH

I wish I could tell you I made all the right decisions after that. Mentoring my son, teaching, disciplining and loving on him.  What I really did is what most of us do when we get that worked up; I yelled and I threw a big adult fit. I’m not proud, in fact I’m ashamed, and I am willing to admit it because there is a lesson here.

The next morning, I woke up still irritated from the previous night. We got the kids ready for school and I just kept trying to reason with my son why the choices he made hurt others. I kept asking him what was he going to do to make it right? At some point I realized I needed to back off!

As my husband and I got the kids loaded into the car for him to take them to school, I looked down through the window where my son was sitting and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Instant compassion overwhelmed me. How many times have I disappointed God? How many times have I made God disappointed with me for things I do?  Does God smack His head thinking “when is she going to get it”?

It was then– in that very moment that I realized my son doesn’t see and process things as I do. Remember the story of how I learned about the Pilgrims and the Indians? This is a great example of how kids do not see things the way adults do. How foolish of me to think he has it all together. My expectations that my son is in a ten year old body; thinking like a 40 year old man??? How unfair am I to expect this from him and treat him that way. Yes, there are expectations for our children but we have to remind ourselves that they are still kids. They don’t have life experiences yet like most of us do.

I think often we are all guilty of “not getting it” at any age. Our stories are all different and our sins are all different, but we all have one thing in common. We all need love and forgiveness.

My son needs to see his worth comes from God before I can even begin to help him understand what he did was wrong. This same situation is applied to all of us. We all need to see our worth is established in a God who loves all of us. Even if you don’t believe in God, He still created you and loves you. Your opinion of God doesn’t make you any less real to Him!

When my son comes home today, I am going to give him the biggest hug and tell him how much I love him and forgive him.  He can rest in that forgiveness.  I know that if I mess up I want God to love me that way and not judge me on a careless mistake.  I can grow from this experience.

I am thankful for this forgiveness.  Take this opportunity to forgive your friends, neighbors, family or co-workers.  We all know how it feels when we are rejected knowing we didn’t mean to hurt or offend someone.  Even if you did something on purpose, looking back we know we need to make it right.  So give forgiveness.  Rest in that.  Then be thankful we have that opportunity.

On a huge side note, personally I serve the God of the Bible, and that is where my foundation is set.

I want to challenge all of you where your foundation is and the basis of where your thankfulness comes from.

Is it just in your own “feel good” opinions?

Is it stemmed in truth?

Where does your truth come from?

The truth I see is not my own truth.  I look to God, the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. It’s His truth, not my own. God’s got my back, even with my huge mistakes.  I need to be a living example to my son and my daughter.

This is how I want to be “Honestly Thankful this Thanksgiving”.  I’ll start by trying to let go of my anger and anxiety, but how do I do that?  Through prayer.  Even though I don’t understand it all, the Bible shows us in two verses that it is possible.  It will guard my heart and my mind.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

On a side note, you really can’t “DIY Thanksgiving”.  God did that for you by sending his Son, Jesus.  All we can do is accept what Jesus did on the cross for all of us and be thankful.

If you would really like a great section of the Bible to hit you right between the eyes, chomp on this. Ephesians 4:25-32

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Happy Thanksgiving!  I dedicate this to the people we know and the children that have crossed my path or my children’s path.  Forgive us, we love you.  You know who you are. I am so blessed to know we can rest in that grace and be honest and thankful for you this Thanksgiving!

  •  On a side note I own all the books that are shown above with Amazon.  I highly recommend all of them and the Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids is a fantastic stocking stuffer for your child.