Everyone is faced with the job of cleaning the place where they live (unless you are lucky enough to have a maid service). I don't have a maid, so cleaning is an important, loving duty I do for myself and my family. I don't just want my home to look clean, I want it to be clean. I also don't like using a lot of chemicals if it can be avoided.
This is where you will find my reviews on these types of items. Please let me know if there is a household product you would like to see reviewed.
PREMIUM TEA GIFT BOX SET
Are you a tea drinker? I am; I like it both iced or hot and am always on the lookout for a great flavored, healthy tea. I was recently introduced to a Premium Tea Gift Box Set from Teabook. It came with a glass BPA-free tumbler equipped with a strainer and a carrying strap. It is dishwasher safe, but not microwave safe. The set contains one special premium tea & 12 packets of loose leaf tea in the following four varieties:
- White - Silver Needle white tea from Xiangxi, Hunan, China is a dry leaf with hints of honeydew melon.
- Green - Green bud green tea from Changde, Hunan, China is a mild, savory, buttery winter treat.
- Red - Sunset Red from Changde, Hunan, China gets it's name Sunset Red from both its color and warming flavor. It is robust, sweet and fresh
- Oolong - Bai Hao Oolong team from Nideng, Fujian, China. It is golden amber with a sweet aroma
Pre-portioned loose leaf tea pouches make the tea easy to use. All you have to do is open a packet, pour it in the tumbler, fill with hot water, let steep and you and your tea are ready to go. Each tea is grown in high-elevation on small farms that don't use pesticides. Because the teas are hand-selected to avoid bitterness & astringency, the concern for over-steeping is eliminated and the tea can steep for up to 1-2 hours.
The first cup I had was the white tea which I enjoyed. I drank it hot. I put ice in my second cup and drank it the way I normally choose most of my tea, iced. It too was delicious and stood up well to the ice.
I would highly recommend the Teabook Premium Tea Gift Box Set. It came well packaged in an outer mailing box and the inner box was suitable for gift giving. You can find the Teabook Set onAmazon. If you love tea, you will love Teabook and so will your friends and relatives. I received the tea box set for free in exchange for an honest review.
Rotary Cutter - IMPROVED - TITANIUM Coated
Are you a sewer? Do you cut out patterns or quilting squares with a scissors? I think cutting fabric is tedious. And I have to be honest, it is not even close to being a part of my crafting favorites list, mostly because I'm not as accurate as I would like to be. So I have jumped on the bandwagon of cutting with a Quilters Rotary Cutter. The blade is titanium coated steel to make the job of cutting effortless.
The cutter I have is by Evergreen Art Supply. I love this company and own several of their products. They are all top notch and in my opinion, so is their rotary cutter. I received one for free in exchange for an honest review. Let me tell you about some of the features of this cutter:
Flawless, precise cuts with a blade that's razor sharp
Fast and Safe with a push button lock to keep the blade open while working and closed for safe storage.
Comfort grip - no more cramped cutting hand
Glides through multiple layers at once because of the titanium steel blade
100% thrilled customer guarantee by the Evergreen Art Supply company standing behind all of its products
Left or right handed - blade comes right-handed, but easily unscrewes and reinstalls on the opposite side
Originally selling for $17.95 on Amazon, it is currently $9.95 with free shipping for Prime members. And because of the 100% money back guarantee, you can buy with confidence. If you are not absolutely in LOVE with our product, we offer 100% money back no questions asked, hassle-free refunds. Not a Prime member? No problem, simply go to Evergreen Art Supply's site on Amazon and shop there. Get a pair of their Professional Super Scissors and receive 10% OFF your entire order +FREE SHIPPING!
BERRY AVE ORGANIZER
I've been decluttering lately and trying to look in every nook and cranny to see what I own but don't use. I also am looking for ways to organize the items I use occasionally or repeatedly. I am currently reorganizing my utility closet. I recently received the Berry Ave Broom Holder, Garden Tool Organizer. I was able to get it for free in exchange for my honest review. It came with the screws and anchors and with installation directions on the outside of the box. It easily installs in just minutes.
I am using it for my mop, broom and a few other items I use when I clean. There are 5 spring loaded slots that automatically adjust to any handle width and Berry Ave guarantees nothing you hang will slip, or your money back. Currently I am only using 4 of the 5 slots & am happy to have freed up some floor space especially because my tools are better stored on the broom holder than on the floor. It also has 6 retractable hooks and I have a dust pan and brush, my dusting mitt and my Envirowand on 3 of them. It can also be use for spray bottles, rags, gloves, etc.
But the Broom, Garden Tool Organizer can be used for so much more than for cleaning tools. If you want to better manage your garage, shed or basement you can tidy up rakes, tools, sporting goods and things you want to get off of the floor. It is weatherproof so you can even install it outdoors or on the shed for gardening tools. Sold on Amazon, Berry Ave offers a 100% THRILLED CUSTOMER GUARANTEE. If for any reason at all you purchase the organizer, they will offer hassle-free, no questions asked returns!
PREMIUM WATERCOLOR PENCILS by EVERGREEN ART SUPPLY
I've been experimenting with my creative side lately. My talents run more towards Pinterest crafts than the do to art. However, I have been having fun with watercolor pencils. I love the fact that I can make a bolder picture with water soluble lead.
The set I have is Premium Watercolor Pencils for Artists by Evergreen Art Supply. It is the #1 set on Amazon with a hinged metal case and pencils that can be used wet or dry. The set contains 36 professional quality pencils, designed and put to the test by real artists. Each pencil comes presharpened and has an ergonomic, triangle shaped grip. They are perfect for your latest art project or if you are art challenged as I am, for coloring in your Adult coloring book. The picture to the left shows how the pencils perform. The darker coloring on the top is with the lead wet and the markings that are less bold are with the pencil lead dry .
Evergreen Art Supply wants every customer to have a positive experience with their products. If for any reason, you are not 100% THRILLED, they offer hassle-free, no questions asked returns! You can purchase with confidence on Amazon.
I received a set in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
MOP AND BROOM HOLDER ORGANIZER BY DOKO-IN
It's spring and I am in decluttering and cleaning mode. I have been really frustrated with my broom closet. I am thankful that I have one and my husband put in new shelving last year, but I don't like the hooks that he put in to hold my brooms, mop and other hanging tools. It's great if the handle has a hole specifically intended for hanging, but my mop doesn't. I have wanted the kind of organizer that clamps the tools in place and I recently found something even better. It's called the Mop and Broom Holder Organizer by Doko-in.
It has 5 strong grippers plus 2 single holders and 6 foldable hooks to hang mops, brooms, gardening tools and practically anything with a handle. And it is not limited to a broom closet. It would be great in a garage or shed to hold shovels, rakes or tools. The grippers are self-adjustable and can hold handles from 1/2 inch to 1.2 inches thick. Each gripper holds up to 7.5 pounds of weight and you simply insert a handle into a slot and gravity will do the rest. Your items release easily by lifting the handle of your mop or broom, etc. It's so easy that even a child can take down a tool and replace it without having to get help.
I like the motto "A place for everything and everything in its place." With the Mop And Broom Holder Organizer you can keep your tools handy and quickly put them away. I highly recommend this product which is sold on Amazon.
I received the Mop And Broom Holder Organizer By DOKO-IN in exchange for an honest review.
I'm being vulnerable right now, ladies. I've been visiting one store in my area way, way, way too much. I'm not on a first name only basis with the workers, but there are a few I chat with now and then. What does my husband say about my frequent trips? Well, when I leave the house I just tell him I'm running errands. But today he did make a comment. You see, the store I have been visiting is Goodwill and I'm not buying, I'm donating! What was my husband's comment? Well let me put it in context.
Have you heard of the Konmari Method? It's "tidying up." Actually, we call it decluttering. I have been focusing on my closets this week. The plural of closet should let you know that I need to be decluttering. The first day I took 6 kitchen garbage bags filled only with clothes. MY CLOTHES! My husband and I are retired; we are empty nesters and I took over all of the bedroom closets except one of the two in our bedroom that is my husband's. Consequently, I had a lot of downsizing to do. On the second day of paring down my wardrobe, I had put everything in the kitchen and knocked a kitchen chair over. I was double bagging, putting one full kitchen garbage sized bag of clothes into a larger bag and struggling when my hubby walked into the room and asked if I needed help. Well I did, but you never know what will happen when a "one closet" husband helps a "three closet" wife. He helped with the double bagging and asked if I needed help loading the car.
I should have said no, but by then I was really tired. He immediately went for the stack of blazers I left on hangers. With no bags is the car, I told him I wanted to put the hanging clothes in last and lay them on the bags. I picked up one full bag; he picked up the other 3. I had one small box to get and he picked up the 7 blazers. He took one look at them and said: " You're getting rid of these? I never saw you wear them." Well that was not really true. He had seen me wear them; but that was about 4 years ago. You know why, ladies. They were my "I think I can get into them again someday" clothes. But I was being brutal with this "tidying up" and getting rid of all my more than one size to small and I don't have any larger clothes.
So how did I answer my husband? No explanation of small clothes, bigger clothes, just right clothes. I sweetly told him that I had worn them and left it at that. That was the shortest answer he had gotten from me in years! He must have thought something was wrong, but didn't want to get the long answer. So off to Goodwill I went, and hubby went back to the computer to take refuge in the familiar. We were both happy!
ESSENTIAL OIL BOTTLES
My daughter and I are both using essential oils and recently we got together to make some essential oil Pinterest products to replace the ones laced with chemicals that we have stopped using. But in order to make those products with essential oils, we needed bottles that are made of glass and not plastic. Some properties in many essential oils will break down the plastic, which can destroy the oil and often cause leakage.
The best way I can tell you about the oil bottles I used is to talk about one of two Pinterest mixtures I chose. It is called Let's Focus & is made with a carrier oil, 5 drops of Wild Orange essential oil and 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil. The purpose of Let's Focus is to help with focus and staying on task, something I very much need. The bottle that I used was a 10 ml roller ball bottle. Before I added the 3 ingredients, I applied the free printable label. After that I added the 10 drops of essential oils followed by adding the carrier oil. I chose Fractionated Coconut Oil and used a tiny funnel to pour it into the bottle, leaving enough space for the roller ball, finding that it snapped on easily. To mix the essential oils with the carrier oil, I capped the bottle & rolled it back and forth between my hands. The bottle did not leak as I did this and when I uncapped it and applied some behind my ears and to my wrists the roller ball rolled smoothly and dispensed the mixture. The directions on the Pinterest pin said to rub your wrists together & deeply inhale the aroma, making an effort to breath deeply and intentionally for several seconds. I did that and liked the fragrance.
The roller bottle is made of thick frosted glass, which protects essential oils from direct UV rays. And I like that though the frosted glass protects against sunlight I am still able to see how much oil I have left in the bottle, something I can't see with recently purchased amber or brown bottles I bought for other projects. I also like that the metal roller ball is rust proof and do not get stuck or fall out. The bottles come in a small box with inserts to keep them from breaking during shipping. And the company that I bought them from, Aster Essentials, includes 3 extra roller balls in a box of 6 bottles sold on Amazon. You get a choice of 5 colors of lids: blue, green, silver, purple or gold. If you order, you can get some easy essential oil recipes by visiting their website: www.asteressentials.com. One final thing I like about these bottles is that they come with a 100% money back guarantee.
I received a box of 6 Aster Essentials Refillable Glass Roll-on Bottles for Essential Oils in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
LIVE INFINITELY MUSCLE STICK ROLLER #liveinfinitely
I'm not a runner who gets shin splints; I'm retired, so I don't have a job that gives me muscle fatigue, but I do have muscle pain in my back. As a result, when I found out about Live Infinitely's Muscle Stick Roller, I wanted to try it.
Some facts about the stick roller:
18" long with a Stainless Steel Inner Core
7 Independent squeak-free ABS plastic rollers
Guaranteed to NEVER break
Boosts blood flow
Breaks down lactic acid
Inside the package is a one page foldout that included the URL for a PDF that explained the benefits of using the Muscle Stick Roller pre workout and post workout and illustrations as well as explanations of upper body and lower body techniques. There are also "how to" videos that are vey helpful. I worked first on my neck because I often sit at my computer for long periods of time. I found right away that I had knots that needed to be worked out. I didn't even get to my lower back the first time I watched the videos. I needed to spend the bulk of my time on my neck and shoulders.
I am so glad that I received the Live Infinitely massage stick in exchange for my honest review. I highly recommend it for anyone who has aches and pains for any reason. Also every purchase is backed with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Buy with confidence on Amazon.
ANGEL CRAFTS SELF ADHESIVE VINYL SHEETS
I have a new cutting machine and I have been more than intimidated to learn how to use it. But I received an invitation to give an honest review of a product by Angel Crafts for their 6" x 12" Self Adhesive Vinyl Sheets at a reduced price. Hence, I not only accepted, but took my machine out of the box and jumped right in.
I have used larger sizes of Angel Crafts Vinyl in the past and I love the quality that they deliver. Their vinyl is strong and made in the USA. This package comes in 35 glossy colors and I chose a beautiful blue to make a cute phrase for my Silhouette. The vinyl is 3 millimeters thick and a pleasure to work with. I liked the size that it came in because I know I will have lots of smaller items to cut in the future and 6" x 12" is an ideal size for that. Angel Crafts is on YouTube if you need help. The steps are explained well and helped me a great deal. There are also a multitude of YouTube videos that will help you set up your new cutting machine and make your first cut.
Bottom line, I love Angel Crafts 6" x 12" Self Adhesive Vinyl Sheets. They have spoiled me and I don't ever look in the stores for vinyl. If you want premium vinyl, made in the USA and offering a 100% money back guarantee, purchase this package on Amazon now. You will be happy you did.
This post is appearing on Firefly Store Solutions Blog Hop on 3/24/16. Check out their blog.
CELL PHONE CLIP HOLDER BRACKET PLUS DESKTOP STAND
I received the Cell Phone Clip Holder Bracket plus Desktop Stand at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review. I was excited when I was allowed to review this set up. It came with a universal holder which had a 360° rotation so you could view from any angle. The problem for me was that as soon as I clamped it onto a table and attached my iPhone 6 Plus the screw cap that tightens the ball joint that holds the clip did not tighten enough to hold up my phone. I was able to adjust the gooseneck flexible hose, but that is not the point. The ball joint needs to be able to be tightened enough to hold up the phone. I will use this, but the gooseneck is stiff and I don't want to have to adjust it over and over. I am hoping to use it at my desk and perhaps I will not have to do any more adjusting. It's just a shame, because I could see how it would have come in handy for reading at night also.
PURGGO CAR AIR FRESHENER (BAMBOO CHARCOAL)
I've driven past a pig farm, been in a vehicle that just transported a boy's soccer team with their gym bags, and bought fertilizer and the one thing I wanted was to instantly have those odors miraculously removed. I never thought it would happen without chemicals sprayed into the car. But it is possible to eliminate foul smells with something as non-threatening as bamboo and charcoal. The Purggo Car Air Freshener is fragrance & allergen-free, all natural and non-toxic. That means it is safe for you, your kids and your pets. It does NOT mask odors with a cover-up scent; it actually removes and ABSORBS the odors. I haven't been near a pig farm, transported a soccer team or bought fertilizer lately, but I know the charcoal and bamboo are working because when I'm in my car I don't smell anything, and I am loving that.
24 PIECE MAGNETIC PUSH PINS
I just received a set of 24 magnetic push pins at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I opened the set of pins, I knew I loved them. They add a pop of color to my desk and hanging shelf system and because each one holds up to 10 sheets of 8.5" x 11" computer paper, I have notes and projects close at hand. With 24 pieces to the set in 4 colors, blue, green, pink and yellow, I keep 6 on the fridge ready to hang the crafts that my 6 year old granddaughter and I love to do. Kids love color, so I can let her pick her favorite magnetic pins for each project we complete. Unlike magnetic alphabet letters or other magnets I have used in the past, these don't slip or give way completely.
If you would like to have a set of the 24 Piece Magnetic Push Pins, they are sold on Amazon.
Amazing Kittens: Adult Coloring Book
Have you seen all of the adult coloring books that have started to flood the market? Personally, I think the first person to float the idea was a genius. They are amazingly relaxing; a great end of the day activity. But you will have a decision to make. Which one should you buy? I started on the internet and found free pages to begin with. When I saw that I could pick the colors and it wasn't a disaster, I took the next step and purchased one. The decision was eliminated when I chose to receive "Amazing Kittens" in exchange for an honest review.
We have owned both a dog and a cat so coloring kittens was a good choice for me. I found I liked this particular book because of its quality. The pages are single sided with 30 kittens to color. The sheets are good quality with just the right weight of paper, and I am loving spending some leisure time away from the distractions of the day. If you are tired of your rat race, relax with Amazing Kittens: Adult Coloring Book and bring out your inner artist! Buy on Amazon.
COLORED TISSUE PAPER FROM ASPICIO PRODUCTS
I have found the cutest Do-It-Yourself way to wrap a gift. All you need is Kraft paper, colored tissue paper, fringe scissors (I didn't have these so I just used a small pair of Fiskars scissors) and double sided tape. I wanted to do something more than just shake out a few sheets of paper and allow it to stick out the top of a gift bag as I usually do. Normally I would not even attempt to use tissue paper as ribbon or to make a cute pompom bow. But I received 100 sheets of Colored Tissue Paper from Aspicio Products at a deep discount in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and they claimed their paper was thicker and would not rip. They were right. I picked 4 vibrant colors that made my gift look exceptional and consequently, I was thrilled with their paper!
If you want a larger, thicker, brighter tissue paper for your wrapping and or crafting, I highly recommend Colored Tissue Paper from Aspicio Products. You won't be disappointed. Find it here on Amazon. Look for it as well on their website for inspiration for a project of your own. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee but I don't think you will need it.
DECLUTTER YOUR CAR'S BACKSEAT: BACKSEAT ORGANIZER
BEAROY CAR BACK SEAT ORGANIZER with TABLET HOLDER
I am a grandma and I have thought many times that I would love to have had the electronic devices that are now available when my kids were small and we went on vacation. I would have liked to entertain the kids with a movie for part of the trip. But maybe you don't have a video player for your car or tablets for each of your children. There is a car back seat organizer from Bearoy that has a clear pocket for a tablet and it fits all tablets with screens up to 11". The pocket that holds the tablet has 3 gaps on each side that provide an easy way to access your tablet ports for headphones. I was able to put my iPad mini in the pocket and attach a set of my headphones to the mini ports. I went out on YouTube and found a few videos to use in my pictures. As I was setting up, the mini turned off and I was able to turn it back on and punch in my password, all through the clear pocket. It would be easy enough to listen to a movie or music and change back and forth. I appreciate its flexibility.
But the Car Back Seat Organizer is much more than a tablet holder. There are many pockets of different sizes including a large pocket with a Velcro strap for bulkier items. There are also insulated thermo pockets that will keep drinks hot in winter and cold in summer. It also has carabineers to hang things such as an umbrella. And what can any car, van or SUV use, pockets enough to keep the car clean and uncluttered. I like clean and uncluttered. If you do too, look at the Bearoy Car Back Seat Organizer, selling on Amazon. I received the organizer for a greatly reduced price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. It came with a logo sticker and a cleaning cloth for removing dust & fingerprints from the tablet pocked screen as a free bonus gift.
STYLISH LINEN GIFT BAG WITH GOLD SATIN DRAWSTRING
A short time ago, I exchanged an honest & unbiased review for 12 Stylish & Durable Linen Gift Bag with Gold Satin Drawstrings. Are you looking for gift bags that can be used for giveaways or for an upcoming event? These deluxe, linen gift bags are very nice and with the flattering gold satin drawstrings, you will have a bag that augments your gifts.
I am a consultant for a company whose products I demonstrate in a party setting. I am always looking for cute and fun ways to give away free products and these bags will do that quite well. They are 4" x 6" with a storage capacity of 4" x 4.5." They would also be great for birthdays or holidays. The linen looks crisp and will not crumble like paper bags.
If you are looking at gift bags, know that you can shop with confidence for these stylish bags. They are 100% risk free. You can purchase from Amaze Creations with maximum confidence while knowing that our ironclad Return Policy covers you. Just return the package, unopened & with its tags & you will receive your money back with no questions asked. If you want to buy these bags, you can find them on Amazon.
METAL CLIP HOOKS FOR TRAVEL LAUNDRY CLOTHING BOOTS
I have a number of cotton tablecloths that I store, folded in my linen closet. It depresses me every time I choose to use one of them for entertaining because they always have to be ironed. It wouldn't be so bad, but because they are folded, they have deep creases on the fold lines. I've always wanted to have a place to hang them in between uses. Now, I not only have a place to hang them, but also metal clip hooks that will be durable enough to hold them, and without clothespin marks. I received 10 Metal Clip Hooks For Travel, Laundry, Clothing and Boots sold by Pro Chef Kitchen Tools in exchange for an honest & unbiased review.
I also have expensive microfiber cloths that I would like to hang up with these clips. They will dry quicker and my kitchen cloths will not have to be wet all day long. I am really happy with these metal clips. I finished my last load of wash and took a bath mat out of the dryer and it was not completely dry. I hung it on my shower rod by 2 of the clips. I took a picture of it hanging on the rod and a later picture showing that the clips left no mark on either of the two places that each hook was attached to the bath mat. There are so many things I can use these heavy-duty, double plated nickel steel clips with integrated hooks for. I may have to purchase more.
All products sold by Pro Chef Kitchen Tools are protected with a full lifetime replacement warranty. If you don't like the clip hooks for any reason or aren't experiencing the results you expected, you will be given a no-questions-asked 100% refund. If you have uses for these exceptional hooks, you can buy without hesitation on Amazon.
STAINLESS STEEL MAGNETIC KNIFE BAR
Where do you store your expensive knives? I used 2 knife blocks for years, but I've recently switched to a knife bar. Once my husband installs it, I will have an open area on my countertop. I don't plan on putting anything in place of the blocks. I'm actually looking to remove a few other gadgets, gizmos and appliances to have more of a minimalist look. I have enough knives that I needed a second bar and purchased a stainless steel magnetic holder. It has a satin finish and because it is mounted on the wall above my kitchen counter tops it is far away from our inquisitive toddler grandson.
It measures 16" and comes with all the hardware necessary for mounting. The magnet is very strong, but allows easy, quick removal of each knife. If you are looking to declutter your counters or move your knives out of easy reach of young children, I recommend the Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar. It looks great and is just what I needed. You can find it on Amazon.
I received mine in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
PINK CHEVRON & DOTTED DRINKING STRAWS
I'm writing this at night and the temperature is 27.6º. Would you drink an iced coffee in winter? I would & I am and I'm loving every sip. Yes because I really like iced coffee, but also because of the pink polka dot straw I am drinking it from. It's fabulously cute and is standing up well to my coffee. I've had paper straws that I want to throw away after the coffee is 3/4 gone because they breakdown on top. But these drinking straws are thick and covered with a food safe coating to make them last for hours. I received a package of 25 pink chevron & polka dotted straws with a Mason jar to display them in and I exchanged the set for an honest, unbiased review.
I will love putting them out for our next birthday party...which just so happens to be mine. They would be a nice addition to showers, graduation, special occasions or everyday fun. They are biodegradable and of course come in other colors. Red drinking straws would be great for Christmas or our next holiday, Valentine's Day. As I am finished with my iced coffee, the straw is still firm, even at the top.
Though these are intended as drinking straws, I am putting aside a few of them for myself & my 6 year old granddaughter. Before Christmas we used colored, patterned straws to make miniature Christmas tree ornaments. I found an adorable Easter egg picture made of straws on Pinterest that would be so much fun to make and a lasting memory for the two of us.
If you love cute drinking straws I highly recommend the Pink Chevron & Dotted Straws sold by Practical Therapies. They look great in the Mason jar that comes well packaged with the straws. And because of the food safe coating, you won't have your guests or family reaching for extras at your next event or everyday occasion. You can find them on Amazon.
48 FINE ART OIL COLORED PENCILS
When was the last time you used colored pencils for anything? Sure, there are professions where you would use them, but other than helping my kids with a project, I can't even recall the last time I held a colored pencil, let alone colored anything. Enter the adult coloring book! If you haven't heard of this, please read 2 more sentences before you judge this as inappropriate. I don't know who had the idea, but there are numerous books of flowers, shapes, designs, images, etc. I saw them in most of the stores I shopped in during the holidays. I even bought one, for my artistic adult daughter (E.K.).
After I had purchased a book that I thought she would like, I searched for colored pencils. I was shocked...sticker shock, that is! Colored pencils have gone up exponentially since I bought my last box of Venus pencils. Some of you will remember the brand. They were my favorites. I realized that if I bought a nice assortment of pencils for E.K., I would have to forgo a present or two. Then I had an idea. Just before she and her family came for our Christmas celebration I asked her if she had any colored pencils. When she said that she did, I asked her to bring them. I couldn't wait for her to open the present containing the coloring book. She was thrilled with the book and drew lovely pictures during the week she was here. She even mentioned that she had wondered if I would like a coloring book, but decided not to take the chance.
Now that I have seen some intriguing designs, I think I would like to try my hand at coloring. If you've read my reviews or my blog, you may recall that I am a retired bookkeeper. I love crafting, but I don't think of myself in the same terms of my daughter and her mad. Consequently, I did not want to spend a lot on this project without knowing if I would enjoy the experience. While I was looking for books online, I noticed that coloring pages were available for free. Half of my battle was taken care of with those 4 little letters that I love; F-R-E-E! Now what to do about colored pencils.
Inspired with free pages I scored, I searched online inside a site that connects companies that need their products reviewed with influencers; people who have blogs and social media sites with traffic.. BINGO! I was able to receive a set of 48 Fine Art Oil Pencils at a discount in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited. My pencils came yesterday, but today something very special came to our house; our 20 month old grandson (A.R.) who will be staying with us for 3 days and nights. I didn't mention this earlier, but one of the attractions of grown-up coloring materials is peace and lack of stress. That's exactly what I need right now. I won't belabor the point, little A.R. is sleeping as I write this. He went to bed before 7:00. He didn't nap today. That explains a lot, doesn't it?
So I printed a simple design off the web and tried the pencils. Who knew! I was relaxed for the time it took me to color 3 hearts in my design. Then I began to stress over what color I should use for the background; not to mention all of the other shapes that were mocking my hesitancy. I had flashbacks of 4th grade. We were in art class; I had one of those big wide paint brushes in my hand and had no idea what to paint. Did I want my classmates to see a stick man. If I only had practiced making flowers, like I do now when I doodle. I don't remember if I received a grade for art. It was obvious to anyone that saw my painting or drawings that I was not an artist. Thank you, Lord, for my friend Laurie who had a job in the typing pool in the downtow area of our city. She informed me of an opening in the accounting department. Ahh yes, accounting is safe. I can leave artistic pursuits to others. I would work with numbers, and comptometers. And left-brained profession was started. No more drawing or painting for me.
Or so I thought until I learned about Grown-up coloring books and received the 48 Fine Art Oil Colored Pencils sold by GL-SAIL. Well, my coloring design will not be hanging on the wall in a school, or even on my refrigerator, for that matter. But one thing I can say is that the oil colored pencils were not to blame for my lack of skills. They were everything I hoped they would be. They came in a box of 2 rows of 24 pencils. As nicely arranged as they were in the box, I couldn't wait to put them in their own colorful carrying case. It is a work of art, with bright colors in designs, it reminds me of the coloring pages I've looked at. It's the perfect addition to these beautiful oil colored pencils.
On to the pencils. They have strong tips and do not break easily. With 48 colors, they give you a lot of flexibility; color softly for a gradient look, or press harder for a bolder offering. They can take anything you can throw at them. The picture tells the story. I've never drawn with oil color pencils, but I like them and will keep using them. That's a statement my 4th grade teacher would never have predicted that I would utter. On sale on Amazon, they are lead-free and non-toxic oil colored pencils, which are made using wood from sustainable forests.. No matter children or adults, both could use it safely. Perfect gift for painting lovers.
SOLAR LANTERN AND STORAGE BOTTLE with USB CABLE
I have been buying solar items for the last year or two. I have not bought very much, but I have a battery charger and 3 different sizes of lights. I live in an area with very many trees that continually loose their branches knocking out the power. Thus with charged solar lights, we can walk from one room to another and not worrying about carrying lit candles. The newest solar light I own is very different from the others. Its a lantern and a storage bottle. It has a waterproof body made from soft silicone and can be of use as a dry sack or drift storage bottle. It is light weight (7.2 oz) and collapsible so it can fit easily in a backpack when camping, traveling, hiking, cycling, backpacking, fishing or boating.
Like the other 2 solar lights, the solar lantern has 3 different settings: high, low and SOS flashing for any outdoor recreation or emergency. But unlike the other two, solar lantern can not only be charged by solar power, but also by USB charging. That is very important to me because in the winter we have more overcast, gray days than sunny days. So I can recharge it even if the sun does not come out for days at a time. It will take from 3 to 5 hours with the USB cable, which is included in the package.
I also will use it when my grandson stays overnight. At 20 months, he is enamored with anything that lights up and can be turned on or off. Once he's in his Pack 'n Play, he won't get a chance to play with it. But because on low, when fully charged, the lantern will hold a charge for 12 hours, I like to use it as a nightlight, knowing that if anything happens to the electricity, it will stay on. I highly recommend the Solar Lantern and Storage Bottle with USB Cable. If you would like this product, it is on Amazon.
I received it at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
DESK LAMP, 6W LED TOUCH LAMP 3-LEVEL DIMMER
I'm finally doing it. I am buying a desk and shelving at the Container Store! Goodbye odds and ends; goodbye clutter and hello BEAUTY. I am so excited. But now that I am purchasing the desk of my dreams, the pressure is on. I have to look very closely at accessories:, whangdoodles, hornswoggers, snozzwangers, vermicious knids and the like. My first purchase is a 6 watt LED touch lamp with a 3 level dimmer.
I am so tired of desk lamps that promise the sky and deliver dust! Consequently, I found a wonderful, sleek light with 3 levels of light. The first picture is of the lowest level which is a comfortable non-flickering eye-care setting that is very non-intrusive. Besides dimming, the desk lamp can be folded flat. It measures 13.75" x 2.25" x 1.25" when not in use and collapsed. And the LED desk lamp can work continuously for 4 hours without power. My favorite feature though is that it can be charged by USB or adapter.
It's beautiful, economical, flexible and just what I was looking for. If you are interested, you can find it on Amazon. I was able to receive the desk lamp at a reduced rate in exchange for an honest review.
SABERMATE MAGNETIC KNIFE HOLDER + KNIFE SHARPENER
I have too many appliances, knife blocks and this & that on my counters. Recently my son was looking for a magnetic knife holder for his kitchen. It had never occurred to me as an answer to decluttering my valuable countertop space. I could get rid of two bulky knife blocks if I purchased 2 knife holders and mount them to the wall. Therefore, I purchased the Sabermate Magnetic Knife Holder at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.
When they came, there was a package of dry wall anchors & screws plus a template to make mounting easy. Along with the knife holder, there was a knife sharpener with a coarse sharpener for dull blades and a fine sharpener to hone blades. Now there will be no excuse for dull knives in our house. Both the sharpener and the magnetic knife holder are backed by a 1-year warranty. If you don't love it, you can return it for a full refund.
I am going to like having my knives out of the blocks I had store them in. The Sabermate Magnetic Knife Holder is 15" in length and holds 5 of my largest knives. If you are in the market for a magnetic knife holder, I am happy with the Sabermate and you can find it on Amazon.
PYŨR BBQ SILICONE HEAT RESISTANT GRILLING GLOVES
Do you own a pair of BBQ gloves? Are they made from food-safe silicone? I just purchased a pair at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review. Though my husband took over the cooking 4 years ago, I still am the baker and I have had my share of burns trying to get a cookie sheet out of the oven. As a result, I thought I could share them with him. Pyür BBQ Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling Gloves are safe up to 425° and are the highest rated, most popular silicone heat resistant gloves available.
They are 100% waterproof so they will come in handy when I am canning. I won't have to worry about picking up boiling hot tomatoes or supporting a jar while I am trying to transfer it from the canner to the countertop. I'll also appreciate the no slip design while I'm canning.
The silicone gloves are dishwasher safe, though I would never have thought to clean them that way. You can also use them to change light bulbs; no more waiting for a hot bulb to cool off. They are so versatile. If you don't have silicone heat resistant gloves you can find them on Amazon.
TRAVEL BACKPACK BY ZIGELS
Do you have a good laptop bag? Do you get tired when you carry your laptop in it? I used to, but not any more. If you do, you should take a look at a backpack made specifically to carry a laptop. I recommend the Travel Backpack by Zigels. The weight is distributed evenly along your back and you can carry your laptop without discomfort.
And your computer will be well protected due to the extra padding inside and out. It has a number of roomy pockets including 2 mesh pockets for bottles. As far as size is concerned, it will fit a laptop up to 17 inches. It is stylishly designed and one of my favorites, it pairs a black shell with beautiful leather-like accents in orangey brown.
I used to have my laptop in a case that I carried by a handle. I like this so much better. I also like all of the pockets. In the front there is one large pocket that I keep my cord in, and a smaller one that you could put a wallet in as well as other items. There are two extra large pockets that you access from the top. One is the compartment for your laptop and the other has another zippered pocket inside that you can keep files and papers. There are smaller places for pens, your mouse and other miscellaneous items.
Stylish and utilitarian, this backpack is perfect for me. You can find it on Amazon and see additional pictures. I received the Travel Backpack by Zigels for a greatly reduced price in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
DIY COMPACT KEY HOLDER by W-PLUS
When people see your key ring do they ask you if you moonlight as a janitor? Seriously, some people have so many keys on their ring that it makes me wonder what they do for a living. I recently downsized my wallet to a minimalist credit card/ dollar bill carrier. It's so compact that it has a loop so you can carry it on your key chain. So that says a lot about me. I like to declutter and downsize. Two weeks ago I saw a compact style key holder; it was right up my alley. Consequently, I exchanged an honest review for the DIY Compact Key Holder by W-Plus and I would like to tell you all about it.
I have included pictures because this is truly different. Your keys do not hang free on a key chain. Instead, they are contained within two pieces of lightweight aircraft aluminum. If you have a ton of keys, you may be thinking that you don't want to add any extra weight to your pocket or purse, but this weighs only 0.3 ounces. And you can say goodbye to key jingle. The whole thing is compact and is smaller than a pack of gum.
The DIY Compact Key Holder will fit almost any key found at your local hardware store. Your keys lay inside it and the jagged teeth of each key is hidden. I have only 4 keys in my holder, but there is a picture of one with 18 keys and it measures only 0.7 on an inch in including the two aluminum end pieces. Do you need a holder for more than 18 keys? This compact key holder is so economical, you can afford to buy an extra one.
I had to put it together and it did have a lot of pieces, but there is a picture on the instruction sheet and it was easy to follow. I was glad and of course that was another thing I liked about it. The key holder has guaranteed 24 hour customer service that you receive from W-Plus. They also have a 30 day money back guarantee. Buy with confidence and put a bounce in your step but no jingle in your keys. Available for purchase on Amazon. I love my DIY Compact Key Holder and highly recommend it.
SAGANIZER ELECTROSTATIC SWEEPER
My 19 month old grandson loves to clean! I noticed this when he turned one. I had my microfiber mop on the floor of the kitchen and before I could get the microfiber on it, our little darling was trying to mop the floor. I adjusted the pole to the lowest setting and he took off. Consequently, a week later, I was in a discount shop and found a toy sweeper. It was the kind that ran on "human power" not on electricity. It was the perfect size for our grandson, so I bought it. The funny thing was that it actually worked, not well, but it did pick up some things. I used it once or twice myself, but it didn't pick up the crumbs I was trying to clean up. Then last week I noticed a company that wanted a review on its electrostatic sweeper (the adult version). I received the sweeper at a greatly reduced price in exchange for an honest review.
It came in a small box with the handle that easily screwed together and unto the sweeper. The moment of truth was here; would it actually work, or would it be like the toy I had bought? I brought it into the kitchen and began to sweep. It was picking up the crumbs on the floor. I had a new tool for myself.
One of the things that I like about the electrostatic sweeper is that the handle lies flat for easy cleaning underneath furniture or rolling islands. Occasionally I will continue to roll the island out to clean under it, but now I could use either my microfiber mop or the sweeper. Both got the job done. But for the most part, I am going to use it for crumbs and little tot snacks that drop on the floor. Prior to having the sweeper I have taken out a broom and dust pan to pick up cheerios or the like.
I'm extremely happy with my purchase though it does have limitations. It is meant to clean up lint, crumbs and dirt. I have a textured mat at each outside door to keep the dirt from my garage or porch from being tracked into the house. The sweeper does not work on the mat because of the depth of its fibers. I will just continue to take it outside and give it a good shake.
So if you want the convenience of a non-electric sweeper, the Saganizer Electrostatic sweeper might just be what you are looking for. It can be found on Amazon.
PYUR KITCHEN DIGITAL SCALE
What are some of the requirements you have for a kitchen scale? Accuracy would be number one for me. If I am weighing out baking ingredients, I want to know that my scale is precise. The Pyur kitchen digital scale is accurate and because of the tare features it calculates the weight of your food without the weight of any bowl or container
Another thing that I look for is a glass surface. I want to be able to wipe it off and not see streaking like you get with plastic. And this scale's glass is tempered. I looked up the meaning of tempered and it means the glass has been pre-stressed by heating followed by sudden quenching to give it two to four times the strength of ordinary glass. The Pyur scale has a reflective black glass surface that is sharp looking.
I weighed a few items that were not opened yet and with the weight on the package. They both weighed .2 of an ounce more that what the package stated, but that was the weight of the plastic packaging. The scale weighs up to 11 lbs and weighs in ounces or grams. It takes two AAA batteries which come included with the scale. I'm very happy with it's performance and will be giving it to my son who is the cook in his family. Every chef needs an accurate and beautiful scale in their kitchen.
If you are looking for a kitchen digital scale, I recommend the Pyur which can be found on Amazon. I received the scale for a greatly reduced price in exchange for an honest review.
CAR BACKSEAT ORGANIZER AND CAR VISOR ORGANIZER
It's that time of year when my thoughts turn to decluttering and organizing the things I want to keep in my house as well as in my car. Our grandson is now 19 months old and we watch him at least once a week. When we take him to run errands with us, I want to have the bare necessities with us. His diaper bag is packed with extra clothing, diapers for at least 2 days, etc. and is just too cumbersome. So I recently exchanged a car backseat organizer by Fancy Mobility for an honest review. My thoughts were that though he is too young to lean forward and get items out of the organizer that attaches to the back of the passenger seat, I could take the things that I need for a 1-2 hour trip and put them in the organizer.
I love not having to lug his diaper bag with us. Now I will be putting 2 diapers, a small package of wipes, a snack that I can use if he is fussy in the store, a few toys and his water cup. A few years from now, he'll be able choose what toys he wants and the organizer will be used more for those things and less for a diaper bag replacement. There is a large Velcro closing pocket at the top of the organizer that would be perfect for holding items you want with you, but do not want to be seen by people walking past your vehicle in a parking lot. It would be a perfect place to hold a few dollars for my occasional iced tea purchases at the drive-thru.
I'm not sure what I want to put in the car visor yet. I probably will use it to hold the audio book that I'm listening to, a pen and note pad. I can then have more room in my console for a box of tissues, umbrella, etc. I love the storage that is provided in both the visor, which is 12" x 6.9" and backseat organizers, 22.1" x 12.4". If you have children, and don't have their take-along items organized, you may want to visit Amazon and pick up the Fancy Mobility Car Backseat Organizer and Car Visor Organizer. They have a 100% lifetime money-back guarantee so your purchase would be risk-free. And January is the perfect time to take control of the clutter in your car.
CAT TOURNIQUET - First Aid Device for Humans, Not Cats!
I've never had a first aid course, so when I had the opportunity to exchange an honest review for a Cat Tourniquet (combat application tourniquet) I quickly applied. But before it came, I wondered if I would be able to follow the directions and actually understand how to apply the tourniquet and tighten it on my own arm or leg. Once again, it was not an issue. I love YouTube. I watched a video and was able to apply the tourniquet and tighten it with the windlass rod.
There is a loop that you place your appendage in and secure it with velcro and then twist with the rod until the blood stops flowing. You can write the time down and it's that easy. It's made of quality material and you can practice over and over until you don't have to have your instructions out but can use it from memory.
The Ari-ale-Tools tourniquet is a great addition to our first aid kit. I would hope that I would never have to use it, but it is comforting to know that it will be there if we ever need it and that it is simple to use. Don't take a chance. The Cat Tourniquet is easily affordable and will give you peace of mind. Go to Amazon and add it to your cart. You will not be sorry. It comes with a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. If you don't feel satisfied for any reason, you well get a refund.
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QUEEN MICROFIBER 4 PIECE BED SHEET SET
I am very happy about the queen microfiber 4 piece bed sheet set. They are made out of brushed microfiber and are very soft on both sides. If you have ever had a set of stiff sheets, you will appreciate that these microfiber sheets are luxurious. The fitted sheet has deep pockets with elastic all around, not just on the corners and can fit mattresses up to 16". Besides being soft and an easy fit for most mattresses, they are fade, stain, shrink and wrinkle resistant. They are hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. And one of my favorites, they have a 100% lifetime guarantee. The company that makes the sheet set, Nestl Bedding, will refund your purchase with absolutely no questions if you decide that this sheet set is not for you.
I am happy that I received a 4 piece set of queen microfiber sheets in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and recommend them as a set of sheet that you will like. They are sold on Amazon. Here is a code for all of my readers for a discount on white queen microfiber 4 piece bed sheet set. The coupon code is: D2001OFF (code is only valid on Queen sheets in White color).
ZIGELS LAPTOP BACKPACK
Do you bring your laptop with you when you travel? These days my travel consists mainly of visits to my daughter and her family but I always bring my laptop. I have an iPad mini, but sometimes I need a break from it.. My husband and I took a long weekend and visited our grandchildren recently. I was so happy to have the Zigels Laptop Backpack with me. I exchanged an honest and unbiased review for the backpack.
The first thing I noticed when I unpacked it was the contrast between the black bag and the rust colored faux leather trim. It really looks sharp. As I examined the bag, I was pleased with the size and number of the compartmentalized pockets. The main pocket is large and will fit a 17" laptop. There is a pocket inside that is "hidden" behind the backpack compartment. I brought colored cardstock for making crafts with my 6year old granddaughter and not only did the paper fit, it was protected and stayed clean and crisp.
There is a small zipper pocket I used for spare cash. Another one on the top of the backpack is very small and if you carry lipstick or Chapsitck, that would be the place to keep it handy. I did not need to use the side mesh pockets which were designed to hold a bottle of water, but I'm glad that they are there for future travels. Now, last but not least are the padded straps. They were very comfortable and adjustable.
I highly recommend the Zigels Laptop Backpack. I showed it to my 13 year old grandson and he liked it too. So, take it from the two of us, If you are looking for quality laptop carrier, this would not only get the job done, it would look good at the same time. You can find it on Amazon.
ROLLINPETS PET NAIL CLIPPER with MASSAGE BRUSH AND STORE AWAY BAG
My daughter and her family just got a dog this summer and though I never desired to clip my dog's nails, this would be a great way to keep grooming costs to a minimum. But the first thing that will be needed is a quality pair of nail clippers. I think I have that part under control. I exchanged an honest review for a pair of RollinPets nail clippers with a massage brush and a bag to store them in.
They are made of stainless steel and they have a nail guard to prevent cutting the dog's nails too short. My favorite kitchen tools are made from stainless steel and that's because they last a long time and never rust. The RollinPets clippers have rubber coated handles so they stay put as you are cutting and are easy on your hand. They also have a lock so that when you are finished with them, you can safely put them away in the store away bag and know that the next time you need them, you won't cut yourself as you pull them out.
You may have tried other brands of clippers and not liked the results. The sharp blades give a smooth edge so you won't have to follow up rough spots with filing. I think you will like the quality of these clippers and the superior job they perform. They are available on Amazon. I think you will be pleased with the RollinPets Pet Nail Clipper with Massage Brush and Store Away Bag
I just had a great cup of coffee! No, I did not have to spend $5.00 and no I didn't drink it under the golden arches. I was at home and I brewed it in my Keurig. And the best part is, I was not contributing to the 9 billion K-cups that were already in our landfills by 2014. I like that I can have a rich cup of home brewed coffee and not have to fret about what my daily habit is doing to our environment. The company that makes these recyclable single-serve Keurig compatible cups is Nature Cups.
Their bold roast, called "Wakey Bold" tastes great and stands up to my pumpkin spice creamer. In fact, they really pair very well. And that is saying a lot, because I am not usually a bold coffee drinker. I prefer light roast and when I have used dark roast, it is for ice coffee only.
If you have read my blog, you know that I love a company that stands behind its product with a guarantee. Well, Nature Cups stands behind their "Wakey Bold" with a "Love Every Drop" guarantee. If you don't love their "Wakey Bold" blend as much as they do, all you have to do is notify them and they will issue and immediate refund! One more thing that I love about this company, is that their coffee is made in the USA.
If you would like to take Nature Cups up on their guarantee, you can buy "Wakey Bold" on Amazon. Take it from me, it's my most favorite coffee!
I received 3 single-serve Keurig compatible cups at a greatly reduced price in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
PACKING TAPE FOR PROFESSIONAL USE by ZITRIOM
I've recently started selling on Amazon so I was very happy when I was accepted as a reviewer for Packing Tape for Professional Use. I exchanged an honest and unbiased review in exchange for the 6 pack of tape. I opened it and began using it on the day it came in the mail and I wasn't disappointed.
I had 4 large boxes to tape and I had no problem dispensing it and because it is ultra sticky, it held firmly. One of the best things about the tape is the cost. The last tape I purchased was Scotch 1.88 in. x 54.6 yds. Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape (3-pack) and I paid $9.99 at my local big box store. The Zitriom tape sells on Amazon for the same price, however it is a 6-pack of 1.9 in. x 55 yds. on each roll.
It's the perfect tape to use for sealing boxes and I will definitely be buying more. If you have been paying more for your tape, you should make the switch too and buy the Packing Tape for Professional Use on Amazon. One more incentive to change brands is the fact that it is the only tape backed by a lifetime no-hassle, free replacement guarantee.
CAR WINDOW SUNSHADES WITH UV PROTECTION BY FAST MILE
There is a new way to protect your baby or pet from the sun while riding in your car. It's called Car Window Sunshades with UV Protection by Fast Mile. I appreciate that it not only keeps the sun out of my grandson's eyes, but it also protects him from harmful UV rays. I've been wanting to get the suction cup car window shade, but they don't cover all of the window. Therefore I exchanged an honest, unbiased review for the Fast Mile Car Window Sunshades. And when Fast Mile named it Car Window Sunshades, they mean SHADES. You don't get only one for the window that your child or pet sits by, but also the window on the other side as well.
Unlike the sunshades that are available to purchase currently, this sunshade is like a sock that goes over both the inside and outside of your window giving your child or pet a ride that does not include sun shining in their eyes. If you would like to purchase one it is risk-free for 365 days. If you are not happy with the product, you can return it within a year and get a full refund or a replacement.
To read more and see a larger picture, visit and LIKE their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FastMileSunshades. And you can purchase them on Amazon.
FAMFAVE DIGITAL THERMOMETER
Have you ever taken a child's or your own temperature with a non-digital regular mercury thermometer? I have and that particular thermometer was not my favorite. I've used so many thermometers since then, from the strip that you put on your forehead to one that you stick in your ear. But technology today is much improved and I love having a digital thermometer.
I just tested the FamFave Digital Thermometer and it is such a joy to use. It took less than 20 seconds in my mouth before I got a series of beeps telling me that my temperature reading was ready. Because the display is LCD and lighted, it was easy to read, even in a dark room. (Which I also tested.)
I am sold. If you are not using an advanced digital fever thermometer, you should check out the FamFave Digital thermometer. It is sold exclusively on Amazon and can be used for babies, children and adults. There are easy to understand instructions in the box and my favorite, a 100% money back guarantee. Head on over. You won't be disappointed. But before you do, keep reading...
As a blessing from the company, here is a promo code to buy the FamFave Digital Thermometer: T53OFF4U. The promotion price is $7.97 and you save 53% off the regular price of $16.97. Purchase it on Amazon. Just put the thermometer in your cart, select check out and on that page you will find a box for promo codes. Add the code and choose apply. Your discount will come off and you will only pay $7.97 and shipping if you are not a Prime member. If you are a Prime member, you of course get free shipping. I love the FamFave and got one for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
FOREVER FUSED FRUIT INFUSION WATER BOTTLE
Over a year ago, I purchased a pitcher for infusing water with the flavor of whatever fruit I used. Very quickly I realized that once I started drinking the infused water, the fruit was above the water level in the pitcher and the fruit looked far from appetizing. Adding more water only diluted the flavor of the fruit. What a disappointment.
Recently I found a water bottle that had the fruit infuser at the bottom. The fruit continually infuses the water all the time you are drinking it and maximum flavor is the result. I am writing this unbiased and honest review in exchange for that bottle. It's called the Forever Fused Fruit Infusion Water Bottle.
We all have heard how healthy it is to drink water and I wanted to give it a try, but I love (am addicted to) iced tea. I needed something like fruit infusion to get me to switch. so I am thrilled to have this new bottle. Of course, I could infuse my tea with fruit and one day I will try that. But for now, I need to establish a new, healthier habit. But it's good to know that I have the tea option to look forward to.
If you have been disappointed with fruit infusion that leaves your fruit high and dry, consider the Forever Fused Fruit Infusion Water Bottle which can be purchased on Amazon. It is eco-friendly, BPA free, dishwasher safe and leak proof. It is also backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Buy one and boost your health with all of the natural vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants just like I am. Free recipes are included.
THE LED FLASHLIGHT KOOZIE WATER BOTTLE ACCESSORY
Would you like to have some fun the next time you need a coozy for your bottled or canned beverage? I exchanged my honest review for a reduced price on The LED Flashlight Koozie Water Bottle Accessory.
These coozies are a miniature party in themselves. They have 9 powerful LED lights with a white, green and red beam. I drink water off and on and I know that when I tried the different colors with a bottle of water I was surprised. The lights are bright and fun. My 16 month old grandson is staying with us for the night and I can't wait to serve his sippy cup in the morning in the Koozie. I'm sure he will love it.
The Koozie came with batteries and a flashlight, also with batteries, a smaller coozy as an insert for smaller bottles, and a drawstring pouch. The whole set is sold on Amazon and would be a fun conversation starter as well as a great gift.
MSL PRO BLACKOUT LIGHT FOR EMERGENCIES
Are you prepared for an emergency? Have you been without electricity for any length of time? If you have, you'll know that an alternative source of light is crucial. Maybe you have decorative candles that you can use in a power outage. Wouldn't you want something that you could safely and easily take from room to room?
I exchanged and honest, unbiased review for the MSL Pro Blackout Light for Emergencies and I feel better prepared. It lights up automatically in a power failure and has an on and off switch that I keep on & plugged in so it will be ready the next time our electricity goes out. And with an efficient-efficient LED bulb, I don't need to worry about running up our electric bill.
I appreciate the strength of the bulb. When the power goes out at out house, which is often, it is usually dark out and I like reading a book while we wait for the power to go back on. The MSL Pro is perfec for that.
If you want a reliable emergency flashlight, I recommend the MSL Pro. You can buy it on Amazon and have it home and charging in 2 days with Amazon Prime.
RISE K-CUPS, ECO-FRIENDLIER PODS FOR YOUR KEURIG
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, do you like your coffee bold and dark roast? I usually like a light roast, but I received a box of Rise K-Cups in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and they were dark roast. No problem; I love iced coffee and a dark, bold roast will hold up to the ice and all of the coconut milk that I put in. Was I disappointed? Absolutely not. This roast can stand up to anything you throw its way!
One unusual aspect of the Rise K-Cups is that they fit most Keurig coffee makers, but they are eco-friendlier than the plastic cups I normally bought. They are plastic, but they use less of it. Each serving brews through a filter, creating less waste and a better tasting cup of coffee.
You might like to know that the company that makes Rise K-Cups, Greater Goods, is a supporter of Pure Earth, an international organization that is working to identify and clean up toxic pollution in the poorest communities throughout the developing world.
So if you like a bold, mellow, smooth dark roast from a company that cares about more than the bottom-line, Rise K-Cups are on sale on Amazon. Why not try them?
12x8 Transfer Paper Tape Roll by Angel Crafts
It's October and my mind is trying to shift gears and think of what gifts I will make for family and friends. My first thoughts were of crafts and because I love word art, I wanted to use my die cutting machine and frame some vinyl Christmas sentiments. I love Christmas carols, so I think the chorus of some of the more popular ones would be nice.
I was blessed that Angel Direct Products wanted to exchange their 12x8 Transfer Paper Tape Roll for an honest, unbiased review. I found their transfer paper is superior to others out in the market. For one thing, their roll of transfer tape is 8 feet long. That is enough to do a lot of projects.
It is high quality having a grid pattern that makes it easy to align your lettering and shapes. That alone allows you to complete your project quickly. And the tape holds your vinyl while it is cut, but releases easily so your project comes off and transfers to your surface without stretching or mishap.
One final plus is that it is reasonably priced and the 12x8 Transfer Paper Tape Roll comes with a money back guarantee. It is sold on Amazon and that means 2 day delivery with Amazon Prime.
BIG SIZE INSULATED COOLER BAG BY SACKO
It's football season and tail gating season is upon us. We have been empty nesters for more years than I would like to count, so if we go to a sporting event, a picnic or trip via our car, we no longer need the sized cooler that we did when our kids were home. And sometimes that's a good thing, because what we use now is a lot easier to carry. I received a large insulated soft cooler bag in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion and we are prepared for anything. When we visit our daughter in Ohio, we always drive and this bag is perfect for those trips. It is a generous 13"(H) x 13 (W) x 8: (D) and has 3 pockets. One is large and in the front, the other two are side mesh-netting pockets. There is also a handy Velcro flap on the top of the cooler that allows us to access small items inside the bag without having to open up the main compartment. It’s perfect for reaching into the back seat and grabbing a piece of fruit or a bottle of water through the flap.
The insulated lining is easy to wipe down for cleaning and does the job of keeping everything cold. We received a red cooler bag, but it also comes in black, blue or green. I love it and would recommend it. Of course you can find it on Amazon and if you have Prime you will receive it in 2 days.
I have a secret. Shh! I am reviewing the most beautiful wine glasses I've ever seen in exchange for an honest review. No, that's not the thing I want you to keep quiet. I am giving this pair of gorgeous glasses from Valentina Paris to my son and his wife. I think they will be as in love with them as I am. Each glass is a unique work of art. They are on Amazon for an amazing price considering they are handmade, mouth blown and hand painted.
Have you ever eaten at an extraordinary restaurant where every morsel of food tasted exceptional, the atmosphere was breath-taking and every last detail from the linens to the cutlery, right down to the plates your food was served on was perfect? It makes your evening memorable, doesn't it? Well that's what will happen when you sip wine from these Valentina Paris glasses. Their design is stylish. They are tall with a narrow stem & shaped so you can get the best wine tasting experience. The description on Amazon says it best. They are shaped to make each sip breathtakingly delicious, balancing smell, taste and appearance.
Whether you are a connoisseur pairing these remarkable wine glasses with an elegant dinner for two or having a glass of wine while reading your favorite book, you will find that they suit every occasion. And with each glass you receive a 100% guarantee. If for any reason you don't absolutely love your them, the company will replace them or give you 100% of your money back. They say they will actually move mountains to make it right for you. Visit Amazon now; you may want to get a set for yourself and another for gift-giving. Your recipients will genuinely thank you!
CAR SEAT TRAVEL BAG BY ANGEL BABY
What do you think of when you look at the price tag of your child's car seat? If you are like me, my first thought was sticker-shock. When my son and daughter-in-law (d-i-l) asked us to babysit one day a week when our d-i-l went back to work, we did not have to think about a car seat. They just brought the baby in the house in his infant seat. But when he was approaching his one year old birthday, we began looking for a car seat of our own that we would keep in our car. My next answer to my own question, is I think that it is an investment.
I don't think I would want to entrust that kind of an investment to an airline and watch it come rolling up the baggage carousel battered, disheveled and not looking anything like what I dropped off at check-in. I most likely won't have that problem, but there may come the time when we will store the seat and I want it to be ready if we need it again. That's where the Car Seat Travel Bag by Angel Baby comes in. Whether you are traveling with your child's car seat or storing it, you want a heavy duty bag that will meet all your needs.
When I opened the package it came in, I was impressed with its obvious durability. It is made out of a resilient, double strength polyester. And when your trip is over, you can store your air travel bag inside its own zippered pocket. It is water resistant so you won't have to worry about the seat getting wet on rainy travel days. The person toting the travel bag will appreciate the drawstring closure with adjustable lock and the bonus shoulder strap it comes with. The bag is large and fits most car seats, booster seats and infant carriers, with guaranteed dimensions of 34" X 18" X 18" or 86.4cm X 45.7cm X 45.7cm. It has an ID box for your name so you can identify your bag if other families are traveling with the identical Car Seat Travel Bag.
I received a bag in exchange for an honest review. If you are traveling with a car seat or just storing it in your trunk, closet, garage or basement, you can find it on Amazon and buy with confidence. The Angel Baby Car Seat Bag comes with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! I love a company that stands behind its products with a guarantee, especially with a lifetime guarantee.
DETANGLER - DETANGLING BRUSH - NO MORE PAIN
Mom, are you spending more and more time detangling your daughter's hair? Does she cry, whine, complain and even scream while your are just trying to get a brush through her hair? How would you like to know the secret to no more pain, discomfort, snags, ripping, yanking and breaking? I can tell you because I received this no more pain product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
It's the Detangler Detangling Brush and it will put a smile on your daughter's and your faces. It controls and detangles 99% of all hair types; not just kids hair but yours too mom! Gentle bristles move easily through tangles to give you silky & smooth hair.
I have little to no body to my hair, so I give it some height by back combing. When I brush my hair out at night with the Detangler, I don't break numerous strands of hair, instead the detangling brush goes through my hair effortlessly. No one wants dead-end hair and we definitely want to comb our daughter's hair and not make her cry and avoid having her hair brushed. If you would like to give the Detangler Detangling Brush a try, you can find it at Amazon. It has no handle, but instead you hold the ergonomic egg shaped back and brush your hair with ease. Test it. I think you will like it.
PROFESSIONAL 9-INCH HIGH CARBON STAINLESS STEEL SCISSORS
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Are you a sewer or a crafter? Do you have children at home? Do you have one decent pair of scissors in the house? I remember the day I wanted to cut something that required sharp scissors. I was distraught when I could not find my favorite pair. When I did find them, they were no longer my favorite. They were so dull, I would not be able to cut fabric with them without sending them out for sharpening.
From that point on, I kept my sewing scissors in a box in a drawer and everyone knew they were untouchable. I also made sure that there were always plenty of pretty colored scissors that the kids would choose over mine. As my kids got older, they understood the value of a good pair of shears.
I just received a new pair of Professional 9-Inch High Carbon Stainless Steel Scissors. How do they cut? Well just like a sharp pair of paper cutting shears that can slide from one end of a roll of wrapping paper all the way to the other end without you having to do anything but guide them. They have a rubberized handle that I like because it gives a good grip. And I read that they are stronger and harder than the standard stainless steel used in other shears. That let's you know that they will be around for a very long time.
If you want a superior pair of highest quality scissors, I recommend these high carbon stainless steel scissors from Evergreen Supply. They are not only for crafts and sewing. You can also use them in your office or workshop. They cut anything from paper to fabrics to even leather. Go to Amazon and buy a pair. And if you have children, remember to keep them someplace where they won't find them so they will stay your favorite pair for a lifetime.
I received the Professional High Carbon Stainless Steel Scissors in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
MINI BLUE SALON CUSHION BOARD NAIL FILES
Well, once again I am way behind the times. I just received mini board nail files in exchange for an honest and unbiased review and I never even knew that there was such a thing as mini nail files, but I really like them. They are 3.5 inches long and 1/2 inches wide and they fit very well in a pocket inside my purse. They would also fit perfectly in a manicure kit, cosmetic bag and you could even keep them in your glove compartment in a Ziploc. But of course their size is not the only reason I like them. The grit for these files are 120 on one side and 240 on the other. That's something else that I didn't know about. Okay, so I'm not a big nail file and polish gal. When I want my nails to look beautiful I get them done and I don't ask the manicurist what # grit is on her files! The dark blue side is the coarsest so I use that side to file and shape my nails. The light blue side works best for smoothing the nail.
I have found that I can file my nails quickly and by carrying them in my purse, I can repair a broken nail or just do a touch up whenever I want. They come in a pack of 50 so you can carry some with you, take some to work and leave the rest at home. If you use mini nail files, you can replace them on Amazon. They would make a cute gift for a friend or friends paired with a cute shade of your favorite polish.
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FIRST AID KIT BY ADVENTURE AID
I have a first aid kit in my car. Well, I thought I had a first aid kit. You see, I just received a First Aid Kit from Adventure Aid in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Their kit puts my car kit to shame. Unless you have purchased a premium first aid kit, you can't imagine how much more is in the one I just received than any other kit I've owned. There are 83 items in my new kit.
It has all the normal day to day first aid supplies and all the trauma components I never thought of. It also has a booklet so when I completely forget everything in an emergency situation, I can follow the instructions step by step. I appreciate that there are labeled slots for everything and open slots for saline solution and for my own homemade sunscreen, bug repellent. Everything is organized in a sturdy bag that is water resistant and has a reflective strip so you can easily find the bag at night.
Let me ask you, do you own a first aid kit? Is it the kind I had in my car, band aids, gauze and tape but not much more than that? Go to Amazon and check out the Adventure Aid Premium First Aid Kit Bag. You may be as impressed as I was. Now I feel totally prepared and I hope you are too.
HOLDEE EYEGLASS HOLDER
I have to wear my glasses all of the time, as a result I never lose them. I do however sometimes have fingerprints on my glasses because I reach for them on my nightstand and touch the lenses instead of the frames.
What about you? Do you only wear your glasses occasionally? Do you put them in the same place every time you take them off, or do you misplace them? The Holdee Eyeglass Holder could be what you need. A holder can keep your glasses protected, your lenses clean and give them a permanent place where they will always be when you don't need them. You will never have to search for your glasses again. All you have to is establish a habit. When you take them off, don't put them down; instead walk to where you keep your eyeglass holder and put them in. Then you can go about your day and they will be waiting for you right where you always keep them.
Not only that, but the Holdee Eyeglass Holder is nice looking, modern and can be used in multiple places: nightstand, kitchen, desk, den. It's up to you. When you are home, keep them in the place that you use them the most. What would you pay for not having to search for your glasses? If you want to have peace of mind and a stylish holder, you can find the what you need on Amazon.
I received a free Holdee in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. And this morning when I got up, I reached into the holder and retrieved my fingerprint-free glasses.
GAVINO KITCHEN SHEARS, PROFESSIONAL GRADEAmazon.
I received a bag in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
3 IN 1 VEGETABLE SPIRALIZER
How has your family been doing with eating healthy? My husband and I go in spurts, but we have taken things out of our diet and one of them is pasta. I started seeing the proliferation of spiralizers on the market and I started researching. For instance, my sister has an expensive table top model and I asked her to demonstrate it for me. Do you know what she said? No! Actually she said she couldn't, but her husband could. Her reason was that she didn't have the strength in her arm to turn the handle. Now my strength has diminished somewhat, but I thought I would be able to do it. Nope, no way, no how. It made me question if I could even own one. Enter the 3 in 1 Vegetable Spiralizer by Kuuk.
It comes with 3 stainless steel blades. If you don't already know this, you definitely want stainless steel. I learned the hard way years and years ago when I bought a kitchen gadget that sliced, diced and rusted. That's how the company should have advertised it. No stainless steel equals rust. The 3 blades of the spiralizer are the shredder blade for spaghetti type spirals, the chipper blade for thicker spirals and the straight blade for long, ribbon-like strands. And though the name says it's a vegetable spiralizer, it can also be used with fruit. Your kids will love it; the older ones because they can help you turn the handle and make the spirals and toddlers and fussy eaters because it looks fun and their siblings are giggling and eating it. That always helps.
So you will like it too; help in the kitchen and everyone eating their veggies; what's not to love? I even like to eat the spirals uncooked as a snack. Zucchini, apples, carrots are just some of my favorites. You can make spaghetti with yellow summer squash or zucchini. I saw a video that a lady made coleslaw with cabbage, a carrot and an apple with her spiralizer.
All of the materials in the spiralizer are 100% BPA-free and completely food safe. When I told my sister about the new spiralizer and how easy it was to use, she said she must have gotten a lemon. But really, any time she wants spirals her husband does it for her. I don't think she got a lemon, I think she got a honey of a deal. If your husband won't spiralize for you, go to Amazon and purchase the Kuuk 3 in 1 Vegetable Spiralizer. It's at a great price, and less expensive than trading in your current husband for a spiralizing one!
I received the 3 in 1 Vegetable Spiralizer in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
TRAVEL BOTTLE SET BY VUMOS
Have we all gotten used to transferring our shampoo, conditioner, lotion, creams etc. etc. so we can get on an airplane and not have our toiletries confiscated because they are too large? Of course we don't have much of a choice. But when you get the Vumos Travel Bottle Set, it's fun! They are so cute; from their shapes to the beautiful blue and white I have to say I'm in love! It's like the feeling I used to get in fall when my mom and sister went shopping for school supplies. As soon as I got home, I wanted to organize my pencils, pens and erasers in my new pencil case. And don't even let me start on clothes. My mom would never let us, but I always wanted to put on my new Buster Brown Saddle Shoes (yes, a 50's thing) and show my friend down the block. That's how I feel about this particular set of bottles and one jar.
You only have to look at a picture of them to see how charming they are. But they are so much more. They are made of a nice weight of silicone. They aren't bulky, but you know you won't need to buy another set because they are like others that you can throw away after a few uses. And, they are leak proof. If you put the cap on correctly, you won't have to put them in their own plastic bag. You wouldn't have to do that anyway, because they come in a clear bag for easy inspection. Even with changes in cabin pressure, they are not going to make a mess. Each bottle is labeled and you can change the label by twisting the collar.
You get 4 bottles, 2 that are 3oz., 1 that is 2oz. and the last is 1.25 oz. The jar size is not specified, but it must be about 2oz. And the kit comes with my favorite thing: a 100% money back guarantee. So why not get these for your next trip. You don't have to be going on a plane. You can use these bottles so that you don't have to lug your full-sized bottles on your next road trip. One look at them when you open your suitcase and you'll be glad you bought them. They are sold on Amazon.
I received the travel set in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
ORGANIC HOME PEST CONTROL SPRAY
BY ECO DEFENSE
Do you know what an earwig is? I didn't when my husband first told me what the insect was that we had found in our house many years ago in the summer. Almost every year they invite themselves in and though we don't see too many, they are, as are most bugs, gross. Because I have been eliminating chemicals in the house, I wanted something organic that would get rid of them. I found a company that wanted to exchange a bottle of their all natural organic Home Pest Control Spray in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. And best of all, in the list of home invading pests it eliminates are earwigs.
The discouraging thing I found when I researched earwigs is that they are most comfortable in very moist soil or in decaying vegetation. I have mostly found them in the basement under or in the basket of towels that needed to be laundered. The bug control company's website made these suggestions:
- The grade of soil by your house needs to drain away from the home, which takes care of many problems and we have done that.
- Remove decaying vegetation such as fallen leaves from areas near the house to minimize the hospitable environment for earwigs.
- If any irrigation or watering is occurring in the area, the soil should not be overwatered
- Chemically treat the inside and outside of the house. (There is no way that I want chemicals in my home.)
That is where the Eco Defense Home Pest Control came in. I followed the directions by shaking the bottle and spraying around window frames and doorways, under sinks, (I skipped in cabinets) and around appliances. If I keep seeing them, I will consider spraying in my cabinets. Time will tell, but I am hopeful.
If you are on the same chemical-free journey that I am on, look into the product I tried. It is on Amazon.
This post is sponsored by Violet iodine, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.
I never knew that there was anything out of the ordinary until I went in for my mammogram and as usual, the technician came back from the radiologist and said she would have to do the procedure over on one of my breasts. Well, as any woman knows, mammograms are no fun, on the contrary, they are usually painful. The last thing I wanted to hear was that she had to do it again. I stepped up to the machine, took my arm out of the cotton gown and put the breast in question on the glass plate. Oh yes, and moved my hips over, reposition my arm, stepped closer to the machine, etc. etc. Another squeezing of my breast so that it was flatter than a pancake (my husbands pancakes are pretty fluffy, maybe I should have said than a piece of cardstock) and the technician took more pictures. Put my arm back into the gown, tie, go back over to the chair and pray that everything went well and I could go home. Oh yes, and pray that the radiologist does not see cancer. Then pray again that if it is cancer he does see it so that I don't go another 6 months to a year undiagnosed.
Now this happened so many years ago that I can't remember what she said the next time she came back in the room. All I know is that the radiologist ordered an ultrasound and I went home and called a few of my friends and asked for prayer. When the time came for the ultrasound, I had peace that it might not be the big "C" and if it was I would be giving prayer updates to my friends, family and church.
No one prepared me for what happened next. Pain, pain and more pain! Did she have to push so hard on the breast? Why was it so painful? And why, why, why did it go on and on and on? Now I'm quite sure that this young lady was a very nice person, but I was not too happy with her right then. I kept on saying in my head that it would be over soon and eventually it was. She then asked if I had been told that I had cysts in my breast. Of course I had not. Why all of a sudden, after years of mammograms had I developed cysts. And are cysts cancerous? Did they lead to cancer? What was next?
What, two weeks until I found out anything? Is that normal? Do all women who have a procedure after a "failed" mammogram have to wait so long? What do they do to keep their mind off of the "C" word? I was glad for friends that prayed daily, throughout the day. I knew they knew how to pray because we went to church together and often shared prayer request. I gave them an update and told them I was feeling anxious.
When I got the phone call I think I was told it was not cancer, but that the doctor would like my permission to try a new procedure. Like a novice, I asked some questions and agreed to meet with the doctor.
I began to read about cysts and came to find out about fibrocystic breasts. The fact that I had experienced tender breasts prior to my excruciating ultrasound and that it was a symptom of fibrocystic breasts was strange. I never associated that with what eventually hurt so much.
Before I leave, I want you to know that I found help for the breast pain I have felt. It is Violet Iodine & it is a molecular iodine supplement which you take daily. It alleviates the most common symptoms of premenstrual breast discomfort, including swelling, tenderness, aches and heaviness. It promotes optimal breast health. Visit VioletDaily.com for more information.
Remember, I told you it was not cancer. So I can also tell you that I will continue my story in a week. I heard that, that exasperation you just let out with a force of air. You can wait that long. At least you won't be waiting to find out about cancer.
Thank you Violet iodine and Blogger Babes for this wonderful opportunity. Let me know what you think by tagging #HugsShouldntHurt on Facebook and Twitter
SURVIVAL WATER FILTER
Those of you who follow my blog, Instagram or YouTube might wonder what I am doing reviewing a survival water filter. You will see in a picture I have attached that I am a 65 year old grandmother who does not look like an outdoors person. Well, I used to be and you never know when I might need this type of product in the future. For today, my big wilderness outing composed a 10 minute trip to our neighboring county with one of my best friends who willingly agreed to photograph me in the process of using my water filter in the Menomonee River.
The day was gorgeous and it was just a bit treacherous to get down a very slight embankment to the River, which was not swollen and seemed quite calm. The water filter removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria, and protozoan parasites and yes, even mud. What I appreciate about this particular filter is that it is 100%
chemical & chlorine free and is reusable. Though it is light weight and relatively small when you think of filtering water, the Survival Water Filter can filter up to 396 gallons of water.
It is the perfect for bikers, hikers, backpackers, kayakers or preppers. It has a strap, so you can hang it around your neck or from your pack. My son and daughter-in-law have gone white river rafting and I think it would be a great gift for them and I would feel better knowing that they had the filter with them.
You can go to Survival Water Filter's website to get additional information. There is a convenient link from their site to the Amazon page where the filter is sold. I received my water filter in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Have you ever had a grill cover blow away? I don't know which to say, "yes, I have," or "almost" because after a storm our cover was still in our yard, but if it hadn't been for bushes that it got caught on, we would never have found it. The day the grill cover from Stronghold Accessories came, the weather man was watching a series of storms that were coming right at us and had left some communities with roof and siding damage from hail, heavy rain and strong winds. I immediately thought that it would have been good to have the new cover on the grill. You see, I didn't know that it had been delivered and the box was on our front porch.
The next day when I found it and carried the box in I was surprised at how heavy it was. The grill cover is advertise as being made from material that deflects water, keeping your grill dry inside and out and protected from rust, water, rain, snow, dirt, sun, and pesky animals. We live in the country and pesky animals love the smell of grill grease. I know I picked the right cover for more reasons than animals though.
You can tell when you feel the fabric that it is rugged and durable. I didn't mention that we live in an area that has blizzards & frigid temperatures, but they won't affect the Outdoor Grill Cover. The fabric of the cover has a specially coated top layer that is specifically designed to prevent cracking in cold weather. And this cover will not be going anywhere in high winds because it has buckle straps that secure the corners of the cover to the base of the grill.
I thought we might have a struggle getting it on, but there are actually handles on the top of the cover that assist in putting it on and taking it off easily. It was when I put the civer on the grill, by myself, (if really was easy to get on) that I realized that there are two pockets that have a heavy mesh on the inside to allow for air flow and one big zippered pocket on the front for storage, perhaps for a stick lighter for gas grills.
If you have had a grill cover blow away, or live where there are harsh weather conditions, give consideration to the Outdoor Grill Cover. The manufacturer knows what he doing when he constructed such a quality cover. You can find what you have been looking for in a grill cover by sticking with Stronghold Accessories on Amazon.
I received the Outdoor Grill Cover in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
MR & MRS EST 2016 VINTAGE WOOD SIGN FOR WEDDING
I love wood signs and I have many of them in my home. But this is one I did not get for myself. I have been married for 43 years and the 2016 means that it will be for a friend getting married next year. It will make a nice shower present because of its quality. It is made from solid cedar by a "local" artist. I put the local in quotations, because though it was made in the USA, the artist's state is not in the details that were posted on the internet.
I love giving a gift that needs no improvements. The sign comes ready to hang with picture frame hanging brackets. It can also be displayed leaning on a shelf. It is painted black with white lettering and measures 11.5" x 3.5" x .75". It will fit in a few different decors; country, rustic, Tuscan and even western decor.
I would love to have one marking the year our family was established. It would go well hanging over a wall with family photos. It can be purchased on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XWLQDGY. If you know someone getting married next year and who fits the decor descriptions I mentioned, this might be something you would consider buying for the couple.
I received the Mr. & Mrs. est. 2016 vintage wood sign in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
EYEBROW SERUM & EYELASH GROWTH STIMULATOR
I have been using eyebrow powder for a number of years due to thinning in mostly the outer portion of my brows. I just chalked it up to the inevitable and never thought I could do anything about it. I've started noticing products that claim to improve the appearance of fuller eyebrows in as little as 60 days! But I didn't want to appear to have fuller eyebrows, I want to actually have fuller eyebrows. With most treatments lately, the biggest problem is time and patience since it takes weeks of regular use to see a difference. So if you're willing to commit, read on.
If you have over-plucked your brows or lost them to age as I have, you may want to try an eyebrow growth product to speed up the process of growing back the hair. The products contain botanical ingredients to help darken the eyebrow hair and stimulate the hair follicles. Jaowing Eyebrow Serum and Eyelash Growth Stimulator was the product I decided to try. It contains 95% natural ingredients and as it's name says is for both eyelash and eyebrow growth. The serum has polypeptides to help amplify the length, thickness & volume of both eyelashes and brows. I wanted to know what a polypeptide was, so I looked it up online. They are groups of amino acids and are thousands of amino acids long. Being that long, they fold over and the first time they fold over on itself or another polypeptide the sequence is then a protein. Okay, proteins are good. I don't mind having protein in my brow serum.
So back from science class and back to the serum. It comes in a small tube with a very tiny brush head. The directions are that you should use it once a day for 30 days and wait until the product is fully dry before applying additional cosmetics. I am only on my first week, but I am hopeful that I will get the results others have posted.
I received the Eyebrow Serum and Eyelash Growth Stimulator in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and if you want to give it a try, you can find it on Amazon.
Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Minutes Flat
WHY DO THIS?
Setting aside an afternoon and doing a deep clean in your bathroom is great, but it’s not always possible to find the time for it. If you have a packed schedule from now until who-knows-when, this lightning-fast cleaning regimen is for you. It may not take care of every stray germ or bit of dirt, but your bathroom will still look presentable when you’re done!
Ventilate. If your bathroom has a window, open it. Fresh air will prevent a smelly chemical cloud (if you’re using chemical-based cleaners) and help surfaces dry faster
STOP - What? Fresh air will prevent a smelly chemical cloud? Do you want a chemical cloud in your home? Yes, you can open your window, but won't any breeze push that cloud into your home? I know it doesn't suck it out!
Would you like to learn a new way to clean without dealing with chemicals and the "cloud" that they bring with them? Before you answer, I have one statistic for you: Once you inhale any part of the chemical cloud, it is in every cell of your body in less than 30 seconds. Now that's a scary thought. If your baby or children are nearby they will have those chemical in their body as well.
There is a way to clean with microfibers and just water. But it's not the microfiber that you can buy at the grocery store, Dollar Store, department store or for the most part any store online The industry standard for microfiber cloths is that the microfiber is one-sixth the size of a human hair. That is truly thin, but Norwex microfibers are one-two hundredth the size of a human hair. What does that mean for you as you clean. It means it picks up more dirt, dust, grease and grime.
Not only that, but Norwex microfiber cloths have silver embedded into the cloth. Silver is a naturally antimicrobial substance. The silver in our cloths does not leach out (which means it remains in for the life of the cloth). It is activated by water and then self-purifies as it dries, meaning that it doesn’t need to be laundered as often. It is important to rinse the cloth out well, rubbing it together against itself and then hang it to dry. The silver inhibits bacterial odor, mold or mildew growth within the cloth. (Any cloths labeled "BacLock” have the silver embedded in the fibers.)
So, because of the size of the microfibers and the self cleaning of the silver you can get a better result from Norwex. Can you really clean with just water? YES!!! Watch our raw chicken demonstration to see how with just a microfiber and water, you can safely clean your household surfaces.
If you are not convinced, keep coming back to my website and I will continue to tell you more. In the mean time, here are the rest of the directions for how to clean your bathroom in 5 minutes. Which, by the way, you can do easily with Norwex!
Spray. Next, spray down the sink, counter, toilet and shower surfaces with their respective cleaners. Let them sit while you move on to steps #3 and #4. While you’re multitasking, the products will cut through grime and clean more effectively. Tip: If you want to skip the shower entirely, just close the curtain!
I have to jump in again. Really? Close the curtain. That will lead to bigger problems later on. I will post how to clean your shower, even a shower that has hard water deposits on it and your shower doors in my next post. Resuming with BrightNest's cleaning tips.
Dispose. Empty the trash. Remove any, ahem, stray reading materials. Toss out empty products and, if possible, hide the rest in a medicine cabinet or drawers.
Restock. Make sure there is ample toilet paper on the roll. Refill the soap dispenser if it’s down to the dregs. Swap out towels – especially the hand towel – for fresh ones.
Wipe down. Grab a cloth and wipe down all the surfaces you sprayed in step #2. If you can spare the time, make sure you get the cracks and corners cleared out, too.
Accessorize. Never underestimate the power of flair. Even if you already have plants adorning your windowsill, go for extra credit by adding a flower or spare candle to the mix. It’s a foolproof way to step up your bathroom game without a ton of effort.
(Me again: And maybe the candle will cover-up the chemical smell!)
My website: http://www.ourrefugeandstrength.household.html
HOW DO NORWEX MICROFIBER CLOTHS WORK?
Norwex microfiber cleans *mechanically* rather than chemically, so that you have a residue-free, clean surface you can see and feel.
What makes Norwex microfiber different from the microfiber you can purchase anywhere else? Three primary things:
1) SIZE OF FIBERS: In order to be labeled “microfiber”, each fiber only needs to be 1/6th the width of a strand of hair. Ours is guaranteed to be at least 1/200th the width of a human hair (small enough to get into the microscopic grooves on surfaces to truly clean!)
2) DENSITY OF CLOTH: There are 2.9 million meters (nearly 1800 miles!!) in a 13x13 Enviro Cloth! This means more microfiber is in contact with the surface- and this along with the microscopic fibers, allow our cloths to mechanically clean a surface by removing dirt, dust, grease & bacteria!!
3) SILVER-Agent EMBEDDED into each fiber- Silver is a naturally antimicrobial substance. The silver in our cloths does not leach out (which means it remains in for the life of the cloth). The silver is activated by water and then self-purifies as it dries, meaning that it doesn’t need to be laundered as often. It is important to rinse the cloth out well, rubbing it together against itself and then hang it to dry. The silver inhibits bacterial odor, mold or mildew growth within the cloth. (Any cloths labeled "BacLock"-- formerly "Antibac"--have the silver embedded in the fibers.)
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