Saturday, November 26, 2016

#trymorphpen #ProductReview

Right now I am excited to have the time to #trymorphpen for a #ProductReview. I honestly have not had much time to use it yet, but my work is slowing down for a few days. I have four videos of unboxing, loading, using and then unloading the Morph Pen that I will try to upload here. I do plan to use the patterns provided in the free ebook over the next few days and will take video of the sessions.

I have another 3d pen and it is not nearly as easy as the Morph Pen. I would love to get this as a gift, or even give it. This 3d pen is a very good one for starters.

I did receive this product at a discount or free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A face is worth a thousand...

Trying to be witty at 2:16am used to be a talent of mine...I think. Maybe I was just entertaining to myself. Regardless, I do have a job to do (and that job is not educating the masses on the proper use of regardless versus irregardless, which is kind of a double negative wrapped up in a word without meaning).

So, if you are one of the fabled people who do not need to worry about skin care, you can stop reading now. If you want to take care of your skin so it will stick to you and do its job then I might have some personal experience to share with you.

I was excited to try the Valentia Fresh Mist Calming #Toner for the simple fact that it was a mist. I always feel like I use too much toner when I have to put it on a cotton ball or something else. Plus it totally sucks when I don't have any more cotton balls. You can see how easy it is to use in my little Instagram video below.


I absolutely love the scent, too! It isn't too flowery nor does it smell strong like an astringent. The toner was able to slightly tighten my skin without feeling that my skin is stretched too tight.

I would totally purchase this again and suggest you try it!

Next I was given the opportunity to test out three products from #SwissVita. They sent me the Swissvita Facial Cleanser with AC-11, the Swissvita Eye Cream For Wrinkles and the Swissvita Dark Spot Corrector with AC-11.

Honestly it was difficult for me to try these for the simple reason that the containers were not easy to open. I wish I could say more but I really did not get a chance to use them. If I get to a place where I can easily open the containers and try them out I will update this post.

As always, I received these above mentioned products at a discount or free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Head Case

I have a slight obsession with headlamps.

I want one that does the light and magnifies, but have yet to find one that works well for a reasonable price. So, I must do with just the lamps. Head lamps are such useful gadgets to have around the house because it frees up your hands for whatever you are lighting.

#Luxolite sent me the green one you see in the photos here. The Waterproof CREE Headlamp w/Duracell Batteries Included is one of my favorite headlamps I have. The photo on the left is of the lamp just placed on my head. The entire band is elastic and is very comfortable. It is also adjustable for those of you with smaller or larger heads (insert witty joke here if you want). The photo on the right shows the lamp's light "deployed" facing down. The light can actually be moved into four different positions so you can place the light where it is needed most.

I can remember holding a flashlight for my dad when I was a kid and he was under the sink fixing the plumbing or various other locations and fixes. This would have been really wonderful for those situations. Another wonderful use for this headlamp is when you go on a walk or hike or when camping. Basically anywhere you would need a flashlight but would also like to have two free hands.

This headlamp is just a good item to have in your tool arsenal. I would suggest this as a good purchase for yourself or even a gift.

As always I received this product at a discount or free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Electric Sockets and Odor Killers

The Onite 2-Pack of E26 to E26 US Standard Screw Light by #LH1KBL is a genius little gadget. And you know how much I love gadgets! Ok, so this screws into a light socket (lamp, wall, ceiling, it does not matter) and then you screw your lightbulb into it. A bit of a side note - I would suggest only using a LED bulb so you don't end up pulling too much energy to one socket. Now that you have the gadget in the socket and the bulb in the gadget, what do you do? Well, you use the gadget to plug up to two non-grounded plugs.

This is wonderful for small spaces where you may not have enough wall plugs for what you need. Also if you live in an older home or work in an older garage these can be a lifesaver. They work quite well and come in a set of two, bonus! And for those of you who like to use lights for the holiday, this could really be a great way to put up more house bling.

I plan to get these for my Dad who is the ultimate garage tinkerer. I think that he would really appreciate a few more outlets.


The All Natural Fridge Odor Remover by #saganofresh is safely ensconsed in my refrigerator and doing its job quite well. I have no illusions about being a talented homemaker so my fridge frequently hosts unplanned science experiments.

I have to say, within 24 hours of placing this little plastic box in my fridge I could tell a huge difference. It won't keep things from spoiling, because that is not its job, but it will keep the scents in the fridge from crossing to other foods.

It works well and is easy to "install". All you do is place it in your fridge, closet or mudroom. Probably a great idea for a bathroom used mainly by boys, too.

This is something I would purchase again.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Luxury vs Utilitarian

I love getting everyday household items to test and review. Why? Beause right now I cannot afford to purchase them at full price. A non-slip bath mat has been on my list for a while because of Husband's lack of balance. I was very excited when the Non Slip Anti-Bacterial Bath Mat Deluxe by #luxyhome was offered. I jumped at the chance to order it (at a discounted price or free) and try it out at home.

When it arrived I was a bit underwhelmed. I expected something that had the word "deluxe" in the name and was sold by a company with "luxy" in its name to be more than something that I could find in any bath in a roadside motel.

Here's the thing, it does work. It is non-slip and, even though Husband has yet to try it, I already feel better about his safety when taking a shower. So while the mat is not luxurious it is something I plan to keep in our tub. I would recommend this product to anyone who has the possibility to fall in a tub.

Quick reminder that I did receive this product at a discount or free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?


This 8 Inch Chrome Rainfall High Pressure Shower Head is huge! This is the shower head which started my obsession for finding the perfect one. This was provided to me at a discount or free by #cbsbundles and I absolutely loved using it.
The shower head is very shiny as you can easily see in the photo. Here in Idaho we have pretty hard water, unless you have a working water softener in your home. Ours has never been set up, so hard water is a fact of our lives. I was pleased at how long the shinyness stayed even with the hard water issue. If you've never lived with hard water it can and does leave scummy looking "stains" wherever it dries. I think the silicone holes in this shower head kept it from getting overly wet and kept it from getting stained quickly. 

Basically I liked the head and have no issues with recommending it.

And the obligatory disclaimer that I did receive this product at a discount or free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Product Review Parade in Dire Need of a Pedicure

I was approached by the seller of #zoshoo shoes and asked if I wanted to try some of their shoes at a ridiculously low price. What they wanted of me was to be honest and unbiased in my review on amazon, to provide a video review (I'm calling it the shoe parade) and share my experiences on my blog and other social media accounts.

So let me make this transparent. I did pay for the shoes, but veeeeeery little. I did not pay for shipping since I have amazon prime. I have not, nor will I be paid for my opinion or review. All craziness is mine and mine alone.

As I am writing this I have not had any problems with the shoes. Should any issues arise (for example if the sole came off while wearing it or if a shoe ws put together backwards) I would contact the seller first to see if their customer service and return policies were working and try to get the issue resolved before posting the review. This is what I would do with any product I received whether through a review, a full price purchase or as a gift. The only difference is my review will be colored by the extra experience and the service and return would be discussed in the review.

One more note, I have gone back to past reviews to update as necessary. Once I was contacted by the seller and offered a newer design of a product to see if it fixed the issues I brought up in my review. It did and I amended (BUT DID NOT DELETE THE ORIGINAL) the review. Quite recently I had a product stop working after only a few uses. The return/exchange time had passed so again I amended my review. The seller contacted me and we are now trying to get the item replaced. I don't see my being an official product reviewer as anything special. I literally call them as I see them. If I can be proven wrong or educated I will add to my review, but it will not change the original review. As a consumer I would prefer to see the process a customer goes through rather than a sanitized version of the experience.

Now that I have penned my reviewer manifesto...

Onto the shoes!

I have 4 pair of shoes that will be examined in this parade in dire need of a pedicure.

The Tobin Western Slip On Cowboy Distressed Ankle Pull on Bootie Women's Boot has a synthetic base and a leather top. The heel is 2.75 inches of stacked wood. There is no opening or closure as these are supposed to be pull-on with using the side tabs. These are year-round use shoes and, in my western riding experience, could be used for riding horses with a western saddle. Unfortunately I could not get them on my feet. I really wish I would have been able to get these on because they were so cute. The opening does not have enough give in order to accommodate my high arches.


The Lace Up Cut Out Heeled Ankle Bootie reminds me of a Gladiator style shoe. The base material is synthetic as is the top, according to the product listing. The heel is a 3.5" wooden block, which I expected to be uncomfortable. The material used for the top of the shoe is cut in a way that provides a good amount of coverage with giving little peeks at parts of the foot. This type of shoe would work for someone who had not yet had a pedicure, but a painted toe would really spice them up. The tie on each shoe is threaded through the panels at the front and then wrapped around the ankle above the shoe before being tied in a bow. Another part that I expected to be uncomfortable but was not. Altogether this was not an uncomfortable shoe for me. It is something I would wear in the Spring and Summer, not for long walks but truly a nice date shoe.

The Chunky Platform Ankle Strap Sandal has a synthetic base and top and is a type of shoe I have stayed away from in the past. I never really got into the platform shoe because I have enough trouble tripping over myself in flat tennis shoes. However I decided I would have some fun and try it. The front of the platform is approximately 1.5" and the heel comes in at approximately 2.5". The shoes easily slid on and attach with a buckle on an ankle strap. I did get the black ones and probably would wear them Spring through Fall in milder climates. Here in Idaho I would have to put these away after summer because I would not want to be caught wading in them. I was quite surprised at how easy it was to walk in these shoes. The weight from the platform kept me centered more than expected. I would not wear these for long distances or on beaches. Not sure why I had to share about beaches since I haven't been on one in over a decade, but just sayin...

The Western Chelsea Ankle Boot are my overall favorite! They have a synthetic base and top, according to the listing. However I believe the majority of the top is leather...I could be wrong. Anyway, there is a low stacked heel and the base has a spongy feeling to it when I walk. I kind of like it and it makes it so I don't clack all over on hard surfaces. Each side has elastic tabs which allow the top to open enough to let my feet in easily. The back of the shoe molds nicely to my heel and keeps my foot from slipping out. I LOVE these. I have worn them with boot cut and with straight cut jeans. They could also work with leggings and even skirts. These are year-round shoes which never seem to make it all the way to my closet.

I have this video which shows the shoes on my feet with jeans and with a skirt and it is fabulous and it is lost somewhere in my computer. When I find it I will upload it.

Quick reminder that I did receive these product at a discount or free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Are You a Tea Noob or Connoisseur?

I have had the Stainless Steel Tea Infuser Strainer from #bizzonegroup in my possession for a while and just today was able to use it. Earlier this week I received the Premium loose leaf teas gift box from #Vadham and just had to try one. The tea sampler comes packaged in a holiday themed box which means one less package to wrap if you are giving it as a gift.

The tea selection is not what I was expecting. According to the amazon listing I was supposed to get black, green and chai teas. I did get a nice assortment but they were all black teas. I will be contacting the seller to see if I received the wrong box or something else went wrong. Regardless, the teas are nicely packaged in a high-quality food grade pouch that is very easy to reseal. The seal is tight and the scent of the tea, when opened, is very appealing. I chose the Orange Earl Grey to try first.

The strainer is a very well-designed piece of kitchen equipment. They took into consideration the range of mug openings and the red silicone covered piece fits in all my mugs but also covers them completely. This allows for the tea to steep without losing too much of the heat of the water. The lid has enough weight to create a nice seal and the blue silicone adds to the viability of the seal because it is soft enough to mold with the red silicone below.

It was so easy to fill the strainer with a small amount of the tea and then pour almost boiling water over the top. Then I placed the blue lid on top of the strainer and let it steep for 20 minutes. 3-5 minutes is the generally recommended time to steep, but I got distracted (yes, really) and got to it after 20 minutes.
I thought it was easy to use, but I was amazed at how easy it is to just take the strainer out and you're ready to drink the tea. Just watch the quick video! The micropores in the strainer do not let any of the loose tea leaves (or bark, fruit peels, whatever you're brewing) get into the water. The tea, even at a 20 minute brew, was clear and smooth. I was extremely impressed!

One caution or potential issue for the teas. They do not come with instructions. The instructions are on the amazon listing, but that is not the greatest place to have them when giving the teas as a gift. As you can see in the photos there is a large white card with the Vadham name and logo on it. It would be simple to print the instructions on the back of that card before packaging.

On the right you can see the tea as it started to steep. I took the picture within the first minute after pouring the water. On the left is the tea once I removed the strainer after 20 minutes of steeping. Look at how beautiful the color is! The tea is clear and really went down smooth. I did not need to add any sweetener because the flavor was so pure. 

I do think these two items work well together. If you plan to get one for the tea noob or the connoisseur, I would suggest getting the other as well. They make a nice gift set and will be greatly appreciated by the recipient.
I did receive both items at a discount or free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.