Kellogg’s Fun Pack

Kellogg’s Fun Pack – Spin Master Games – 600 pieces (100 pieces each)

Another six-pack of cereal puzzles, but instead of General Mills cereals this time we have Kellogg’s. It’s been quite a while since I did the first set (by White Mountain), and although last time each little puzzle got it’s own post I don’t think it’ll be that way this time around. There are way too many puzzles in the queue to add 6 more all at once!

As far as I know this is my first Spin Master puzzle, and the quality was impressive. The pieces were on the thinner side, but not too much so; excellent reproduction, good fit, and nice variety of shapes too. The pieces are on the larger side, and each finished puzzle was approximately 9 x 13 inches – pretty big for only 100 pieces. All around they are a good quality set of puzzles, and were extremely fun to put together.

Ready for some cereal memories and critiques?

These used to be called Sugar Smacks when I was young, but nowadays we wouldn’t want anyone to think we’re feeding our little ones anything less than healthy. Changing the name but keeping the food inside the same doesn’t do much if you ask me. Oh well. Corporations. Whatchya gonna do?

I don’t recall ever having these, they never really appealed to me or my sisters; or maybe we did have them and I’m just too old to remember things accurately. 🤔

Here’s another one that I never cared for. Fruity and chocolatey cereals weren’t my thing as a child – and they still aren’t.

Ah, my old friend Toucan Sam; I enjoyed his commercials very much, but not his cereal. Again, not a fan of the fruity tastes. They all tasted the same to me – boring.

Now we’re getting to the good stuff if you ask me. Of the six cereals in this pack, this is really the only one I actually liked. It’s like Corn Flakes, but without the hassle of having to transfer the sugar bowl into cereal bowl to make it palatable. Every once in a while I get a craving for these and buy myself a box, but that doesn’t happen very often, and usually before the box is gone I’ve become bored with them.

Corn Pops were ok, in a pinch – they were sweeter than Kix, and the texture was slightly less like cardboard; but overall I’d rather have almost anything else (except Grape Nuts). If memory serves they were just puffs of squeaky cereal without much flavor. No thank you.

Rice Krispies are BORING as a cereal in my humble opinion, but excellent for making tasty treats with melted marshmallows and a little butter.

These little puzzles were lots of fun, and if you’re in the mood for some sweetened cereals without all the calories I can definitely recommend this pack of puzzles. 🥣

And tomorrow is the announcement of the winner of the Happy New Year Puzzle Giveaway – if you haven’t entered yet this is your last chance!

The Seven Chakras – Day 7

The Seven Chakras by Phil Lewis – Liberty Puzzles – approx. 94/661 pieces

This is the 7th chakra, Sahasrara, and it is the crown chakra. It was the second of these puzzles that I assembled – because of that fantastic color, it jumped right out at me. Absolutely gorgeous!

Today’s word is dazzling, this image is truly dazzling – the colors are perfection. Phil Lewis is an artist from Boulder, Colorado, where Liberty Puzzles is located. What a fantastic marriage of artist and puzzle maker! Another of his images is one of my favorite puzzles, Sugar Magnolia. (One of these days I should make a list of my top 10 or 20 puzzles ever assembled, that would be an interesting exercise, wouldn’t it?)

Dazzling! I love the images with deeper colors, because it’s more difficult to see the piece shapes in the finished puzzle unless you flip it over. I find that I prefer darker images in wooden puzzles because it’s harder to see the piece shapes, then it seems more like artwork than a puzzle – at least from the front. But even when the pieces are very evident, it’s the enjoyment of the assembly that matters most to me. And these seven little puzzles have given me so much joy!

For all of these puzzles the piece shapes are almost invisible, so I wanted you to see the amazing shapes and cutting by flipping them over. It’s always so interesting to see intricately cut wooden puzzles from the back don’t you think?

We have the final three yoga poses, what looks like the sun, and our chakra symbol inside. The lotus was the easiest multipiece whimsy for me to assemble, good thing it’s one of the first ones I did. I’m not sure I would have gotten that lion put together if it had been first – it was much more difficult! (And we all know what happened with the eagle 😳)

I had the best time putting all of these puzzles together, and am so thankful for my sweet, sweet husband who gave me this beautiful gift.

You may come off like a tough guy to rest of the world, but you’re the most thoughtful and kind man I know, and you would do anything to make me happy. I love you to puzzle pieces! 💖🧩

The Seven Chakras – Day 6

The Seven Chakras by Phil Lewis – Liberty Puzzles – approx. 94/661 pieces

I mean, what is there left to say? Today’s word from the thesaurus is striking; this is a striking image, and the puzzle that goes along with it is complex and amazing.

This is the 6th chakra, Ajna, and it is the third eye chakra.

These puzzles are wonderful to work with – compelling even – and the quality is amazing. They’re more expensive than some, but in my mind they’re worth every penny. I know they’re not for everyone, and they’re not in everyone’s budget. But I don’t feel bad about asking for this for my birthday, it makes me happy. Once a year on my birthday or for Christmas isn’t too much to ask for a little bit of joy. 😊

I must confess that although it looks like there are pieces that will make an eagle, I wasn’t able to figure it out. I got the bottom half of it assembled, but couldn’t get the entire thing constructed. There is definitely an eagle there somehow, I just couldn’t figure out the whole thing. I’m blaming pain and exhaustion and my doped up brain; being on painkillers 24/7 seems to have whittled away at my intelligence.

To be honest I felt a little defeated by it. It was a bad day. But I’m not giving up!

I may pull out this puzzle (I’ve stored each one separately wrapped up in tissue paper) and give it a go on a day where I’m feeling like all cylinders are firing. If I figure it out I’ll post it, I promise. And if after several tries it still isn’t coming together – I can always email Liberty to see if they can give me some help. 🦅

Even without a multipiece eagle there were still plenty of whimsies to pull and show. I really do love these puzzles. 💟

The Seven Chakras – Day 5

The Seven Chakras by Phil Lewis – Liberty Puzzles – approx. 94/661 pieces

This is the fifth chakra, Vishudda, the throat chakra. Isn’t it beautiful? I absolutely adore the look of this one, it’s …. breathtaking. In my opinion Phil Lewis creates unbelievably magnificent art. 🦁

I need to find different adjectives to describe these puzzles; when I look at them the only word that comes to mind is stunning. You’ve heard that already – a lot. I’ll pick a new word each day for the rest of the puzzles.

Spectacular. That’s our word for today. This one is spectacular; the detail, the color, everything about it. You can see in the detail of this image why each puzzle deserves it’s own post. I couldn’t just show a picture of all seven of the puzzles together and bypass the amazing detail in each image. This is one of my favorites; but honestly, they’re all pretty …. spectacular.

So much detail and care put into the piece shapes and making both regular and multipiece whimsies. What a great team they have at Liberty Puzzles! Three more yoga poses, more bits and baubles.

The piece shapes themselves and the design of each puzzle are as much a piece of art as the image itself.

When looking through the pieces after first opening the puzzle, I found the “leg” and said it must be part of a larger character, but after hubby looked at it for a bit he showed me that it was someone laying on the floor with their legs up (shoulder stand?). Very cool!

The lion whimsy took me FOREVER to figure out. I knew he was there, but working out how it all went together required a bit a brain power (which I am sometimes lacking). It’s something else though, isn’t it? The use of negative space here is ….. spectacular. And boy, was I proud of myself when it finally clicked – I figured it out!

Each of these puzzles is truly amazing! I feel as though my use of exclamation marks is getting excessive when writing about these puzzles.

But, damn! They’re so incredible! 😎

The Seven Chakras – Day 4

The Seven Chakras by Phil Lewis – Liberty Puzzles – approx. 94/661 pieces

This is the fourth chakra, Anahata, the heart chakra. It was the first one to be assembled because of it’s absolutely stunning color – STUNNING. The deep, bright color of this one jumped right out at me before the sorting even began, and I knew it would be the first one to be put together. Such a beautiful image!

You can see at the points of the flower around the edges that there are places that look as though something should fit inside, and some that look like pegs. I believe that somehow all seven of the puzzles connect together. An attempt was made once they were all finished, but sometimes the logic is not strong with me, and this was one of those times.

I will be putting these together again though, so there’s always another chance. 😊

So much happening! You couldn’t tell from the front, it doesn’t even look as though it has as many pieces as it actually does. I just can’t say enough how impressed I am with whoever at Liberty designed this puzzle and it’s pieces. Amazing!

More yoga poses – when I was younger I could have done all of those. Not anymore. Ouch! I could have pulled out the flower in the center to show with the whimsies, but honestly I was tired and hurting at the time and it seemed like too much work. And I forgot to flip the chakra symbol around so it isn’t shown backwards.

Additionally, as I’m typing up this post I see two extra symmetrical pieces that should have been added to the stag. Sorry guys, I really messed up on this one. 😢