Thursday, October 30, 2014

You Are My Sunshine Wall Decal Review

Bobee is a company that offers a variety of vinyl wall decals for children's rooms and nurseries. I received the You Are My Sunshine wall decal for review. It's 23" wide by 7" tall in black matte lettering. The words can be cut and arranged in different layouts, but we chose to keep the design as is.

You Are My Sunshine Wall Decal Review

We put this decal up in Sophia's bedroom right above her bed. I wanted her to always remember that she is my sunshine! When I told her what it said, she started singing the song - it was so sweet! I made sure to follow the instructions by first washing and drying the wall really well - especially since it is textured so it's always a bit tougher to apply decals on texture. I've applied vinyl decals before so I didn't really need to consult the instructions for the application, but if you have never done this before, definitely read the instructions and view the Bobee instructional video.

It was pretty easy to apply, although they didn't include a plastic scraper tool that helps get the vinyl to stick without air bubbles, so I used a credit card instead. Make sure you rub the letters several times before peeling away the backing and always peel very slowly at an angle, and you will be good to go!

You Are My Sunshine Wall Decal Review

This decal looks so nice on the wall and really spruces up Sophia's room. The nicest part is that it's removable and won't leave any residue or ruin the paint if we ever need to remove it. This is a great and affordable decor option for anyone, but especially for those who like to change up decor every so often or if you rent and can't apply permanent paint or decor to your walls. It's also way easier than painting a design like this on the wall. We love it!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Gurin Professional Rechargeable Water Flosser Review

The Gurin Professional Rechargeable Water Flosser has a high capacity water tank and a rechargeable design. It comes with two color-coded detachable nozzles so it can be shared between family members, and it features three operation modes - Normal, Soft, and Pulse.

This flosser uses a rechargeable Ni-MH battery inside that can charge up with the included AC/DC adapter. This makes it cordless until it needs to be charged. It does make a really quiet high-pitched sound when it charges, but it's hardly noticeable. There is a detachable water tank that you can fill either by detaching it and filling, or you can leave it attached to the system and open the reservoir cap to fill. I find it easier to remove the tank and fill it. And then when I'm done, I detach and shake out the water tank and let it sit up side down on the sink to drain.

Gurin Professional Rechargeable Water Flosser Review
I've never used a water flosser before but have always wanted to try one, so I was really excited to get this for review. It took awhile to get the hang of using it, but now I love it. Turns out, you have to stop and spit out the water probably by the time you get half of one set of teeth done. I guess I never really thought about it before! It also took me awhile to get the hang of how long to hold the flosser to each tooth, but practice makes perfect. This is so much easier than flossing with string, and I actually DO it - I don't have to lie to my dentist anymore about how often I floss!

I also really appreciate the different modes, I think my favorite is Normal, but I haven't really decided yet. But it's nice to have the different modes for different preferences. The interchangeable heads can also be rotated 360 degrees depending on preference. Overall, this water flosser is easy to use, versatile, and makes flossing quick, easy, and effective. It's also great for braces or other dental work, since the water just flows around obstacles. I also just learned that I can add a little mouthwash in the water tank for an even fresher clean - Cool!

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EZwipers Windshield Wiper Blades Review + Giveaway is a quick and easy place to find windshield wiper blades for your vehicle. They offer several brands of wipers at low prices plus free shipping, so it's great for anyone on a budget and for those who don't have time to run around town trying to find new wiper blades.

EZwipers Windshield Wiper Blades Review + Giveaway

I'm personally pretty clueless when it comes to car stuff, so I wouldn't even know where to go to buy wiper blades. Which makes ideal, since all I have to do is type in my car's year, make and model into the site and it automatically pulls up the right wipers for my car. My Chevy Malibu pulled up four results, all under $20 per blade. I recieved the Anco Series 31 Wipers for review, which are under $10 per blade and have the classic wiper style. I received both the Driver and Passenger wipers, but you can choose just one or the other if you only need one replaced.

My dad helped me install the wiper blades on my car and turns out it was super easy - They just snapped right in. But, does offer installation guides on the site for anyone who needs help. One thing we noticed is that all of the parts on these wiper blades are plastic, versus my former blades which had some metal in the base. So, I'm interested to see how these hold up during the winter months, but so far, they actually are working great. The day after installation, it rained all day and I was able to test them out. The blades wiped the windshield clean without any streaks, and I was able to see clearly. I've had nothing but good results so far and am impressed with effectiveness of these blades.

I will definitely order from in the future, and next I'd like to try the Anco Winter Wiper Blades which are designed to resist freezing and remain flexible in extreme weather. The site offers Secure Checkout or PayPal (which I prefer for online ordering) and it's really fast and easy to order wiper blades for any vehicle.

Enter below to WIN a pair of Anco Series 31 Wipers for your vehicle!

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Naturalico Firming Cellulite Cream Review

Naturalico Firming Cellulite Cream is an anti-cellulite cream that soothes and firms skin and reduces the appearance of bumps and lumps. It is made with Retinol to tighten and renew skin, L-Carnitine which helps the body metabolize fat, Green Tea to stimulate stored fat release, Coenzyme-A to break down fat, along with active ingredients Galucine and Caffeine.

Naturalico Firming Cellulite Cream Review

This cream is a bit runny but that helps it to spread across large areas like thighs and butt. It has a very strong citrus-minty smell that I'm not a fan of, but it starts to fade upon absorption. I like to use this cream on my arms, as I do feel it helps to make them look more toned and smooth. It also helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks, so I like that it has a double duty.

The cream doesn't really tingle or anything, but it does give a sauna-type feel and makes a difference visibly to the areas I apply it to. The 4 oz jar is a bit small for using it every day, but I usually just use it after a shower, so about every other day. I highly recommend washing your hands after use, since the ingredients are strong and could be harsh if it gets in your eyes or mouth.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

RezVera All Natural Digestive Support Review

RezVera All Natural Digestive Support ReviewRezVera is a specially formulated natural supplement that works to improve colon health, promote normal bowel movement and improve the overall digestive system. The 100% natural ingredients come from plant extracts so they are all natural without any harmful chemicals.

RezVera is meant to eliminate gas, stomach bloating, constipation, heart burn, diarrhea, Crohn's Disease, and IBS naturally. I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) so I often get bloating and discomfort after meals, especially big meals. I also have a hard time with trigger foods like dairy, so taking a supplement like RezVera to help me break down the food helps a lot. It reduces gas and bloating, helps me digest food properly, and eases any discomfort. And I haven't noticed any negative side effects either. This supplement works well for me and I take it after big meals or meals where I know I'll have issues afterward.

Each capsule of RezVera is formulated with natural digestive enzymes and bio-nutrients to help break down 30 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat. So depending on what you eat, you can take 1 or 2 capsules after a meal.

I recommend this supplement for anyone who experiences digestive issues, IBS, constipation, or irregular bowel movements. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers + Natural Care Wipes at Target

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

If you're a parent, then you know how messy things can get with babies and small children in the house. From leaking diapers to dirty hands and food-covered faces, Huggies has it covered! Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers feature SureFit* design to provide up to 12 hours of leakage protection. Plus they have a flexible waistband that conforms with baby's every move, keeping the diaper in place comfortably. And for everything from cleaning baby to wiping up spills, Huggies Natural Care Wipes provide Triple Clean* thick layers in a soft, gentle cloth.

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers + Natural Care Wipes at Target
Recently I stopped by our local Target store to pick up a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers and Natural Care Wipes for Bobby, who turned 2 in June. He is still in diapers but will be ready to start potty training any day now. He is a very active little boy, so it's very important that his diapers move along with him in order to keep leaks contained. The worst thing is finding a mess from a leaking diaper, which we've experienced in the past with other brands. So far, Huggies Snug & Dry have kept little Bobby happy and comfortable while keeping him dry and leak-free. The stretchy waistband and reinforced sides offer optimal coverage and a perfect fit.

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers + Natural Care Wipes at Target
The Huggies section at Target made it really easy to find what I was looking for. There are tons of different options, but I found Snug & Dry Size 5 diapers in a matter of seconds. I also picked up a refill pack of Huggies Natural Care Wipes, which we already have a designer tub for. I noticed that there were also cool on-the-go containers and soft packs for the wipes too, so there's something for every family's different needs.

We use Natural Care Wipes for everything - From washing hands and faces after dinner to wiping off the table and countertop to, of course, diaper changes. We also have a pack of them in the van for cleanups on the go - Like at restaurants, we'll wipe off the table and booster seats/high chairs, and at the grocery store, we wipe down the cart handle and child's seat. The wipes in our van really came in handy when Sophia got sick on the way home from the zoo and we had some major cleanup to do when we pulled over. We were so thankful to have Natural Care Wipes along! The reason we choose these over other wipes is that they are natural and soothing. They aren't harsh on delicate skin or full of chemicals. They smell good too, and even us adults use them. Some other ideas for Huggies Natural Care Wipes are to clean muddy pet paws (genius, right?), wiping off shoes, after workout for a refresher, or even removing makeup.

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers + Natural Care Wipes at Target

To make shopping even easier, Target is launching a new subscription program that provides automatic shipments of diapers, wipes, formula, and other household essentials right to your door. This way you never run out of the things you need, plus it saves you time and energy. For most parents, a simple shopping trip with the kids can be time-consuming and stressful. The Target subscription even allows you to choose how often you want items to be re-stocked, so it's really up to you!

Overall, we're very happy with our Huggies experience and have now switched to Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers exclusively since they work so well for Bobby and are superior to other types and brands of diapers we've used before. And we'll definitely be continuing to use Huggies Natural Care Wipes even after the children are out of diapers. Be sure to print off these Huggies Target coupons for your next purchase:


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MaskIT Review

MaskIT ReviewMaskIT is a patent pending specially designed sanitary solution for feminine hygiene items. It has pocket technology which makes it easy to grasp the used product while protecting the hand, and then it seals in the product to block smells and dispose of it discreetly.

MaskIT is made from mater-bi which is earth-friendly, biodegradable, and certified compostable. It is derived from plant starches, vegetable oils and compostable polymers which can be consumed by microorganisms in the soil. Unfortunately, not all feminine care products are biodegradable yet, but the company that makes MaskIT is hoping someday they will be.

I received samples of both the small and large MaskIT products. Small is ideal for tampons and large for sanitary pads. The material is soft and doesn't make much sound (unlike many feminine product wrappers) so it is very discreet. It seals well and is a plain ivory color so it doesn't look very conspicuous. These wrappers are small enough to keep in a purse, pocket, or travel bag. I probably wouldn't use these on a regular basis, but more on special occasions or when I'm in public places and want to keep things discreet.  I keep one in my purse for the workplace or occasions like staying overnight at a friend's place. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about when visiting someone's house and wanting to keep things discreet!

MaskIT is made in the USA. All packaging is made of eco-friendly paper, printed with soy-based ink, coated with water-based aqueous coatings, and 100% recyclable.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Recipe - Candy Corn Shots

Halloween Recipe - Candy Corn Shots

The other night, my brother made these amazing Candy Corn Shots for us for family game night. They are so cute and actually taste like candy corn! Plus, they're really tasty (which I don't usually say about shots!) Here is the recipe, if you want to make these for Halloween:

Candy Corn Shots

    • 3 Lowball Glasses
    • Whipped Vodka (we used Marshmallow Vodka instead which was perfect)
    • Heavy Whipping Cream
    • Simple Syrup
    • Red and Yellow Food Coloring
    • Shot Glasses
Steps (Makes 4-5 Shots)
1. In each of the three Lowball Glasses, mix the following:
    • Yellow Bottom = 2 oz Simple Syrup + 2-3 drops Yellow Food Coloring
    • Orange Middle = 1 oz Whipped Vodka + 1 oz Simple Syrup + 1-2 drops each of Red & Yellow Food Coloring
    • White Top = 2 oz Whipped Vodka
2. Mix a little heavy cream into each glass for a more cloudy look.
3. Pour the Yellow Bottom layer slowly into shot glass.
4. Hold a small spoon in the shot glass just above the Yellow Bottom layer and slowly pour Orange Middle layer onto the spoon.
5. Gently tip the spoon to set the Orange Middle layer down onto the Yellow Bottom layer. (This process ensures that the layers don't mix.)
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the White Top layer.
7. Repeat steps 3-6 for each shot glass.
Recipe yields 4 to 5 Candy Corn Shots. Enjoy!

Thirty Scary Tales Book Review

Thirty Scary Tales Book Review Just in time for Halloween - Choose your scare from 30 different horror stories! Thirty Scary Tales is a collection of creepy short stories by author Rayne Hall - writer of horror and fantasy fiction. Instead of bloody violence and gore, these stories aim for psychological scares - From claustrophobia to drowning to any other fear you may have.

This well-written collection has something for everyone. It addresses many different common fears and even some unique things like a dark twist on an old fairytale or what could happen when you run away from a bad relationship. I personally enjoyed The Bridge Chamber, The Devil You Know, and Burning the most. What I like about this collection is that I can choose to read a story here and there without reading the whole book front to back. It's perfect to read before bed because each tale is short enough to get through without falling asleep... And also because nighttime is the creepiest time to read these stories!

The author lives in a small Victorian village in southern England, thus, the spelling and grammar in these stories are British English. For me, this made the stories that much more interesting. There were a few times where I had to read a bit slower to understand the verbiage, but it didn't really get in the way of the creepy mood or the impact the stories had on me.

These are definitely more subtle scares than your traditional horror stories, but that is why I like them. They are just disturbing enough without going overboard. I also really enjoyed reading the author's notes at the end of most of the stories - they explained where she came up with the idea or how a story developed in her mind.

Thirty Scary Tales is available on Amazon as an ebook or paperback.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways

12 Weeks of Christmas Announcement Who doesn’t love giveaways?! With the holidays right around the corner, Tessa from Mama Smith’s Review Blog and Joyce from Women and Their Pretties wanted to do something special for all of the loyal readers. As part of the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide they are hosting the 12 Weeks of Giveaways. Now, what is this exactly? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like – for 12 weeks we will be giving away a prize a week.. EACH! If you are counting, that is 24 prizes. But guess what, it does not stop there! Over the course of the 12 weeks there will also be FLASH giveaways, so keep your eyes peeled.

You will find these giveaways shared across many blogs, thanks to a ton of INCREDIBLE bloggers who agreed to co-host! Make sure you thank them!

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Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Oxygen Review

Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Oxygen Review 180 Cosmetics is a skincare company that provides advanced formulas with nourishing oils and natural extracts to help maintain and restore youth and beauty. Their line of hyaluronic serums contain the highest concentration of quality Swiss hyaluronic acid on the market, and are enriched with natural ingredients for effective results.

Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Oxygen uses oxygen to promote cell renewal, increase circulation, and energize the skin. The hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisture-binding ingredient that keeps skin plump, hydrated, and younger looking. So this combination works very well together and makes my skin feel really moisturized and soft. It also contains antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals.

This serum is unscented, clear, and thin. It comes in a small bottle, but one drop is all it takes to cover my whole face. The serum is very gentle and feels so good and nourishing when I apply it. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any residue. The thing I like best about this serum is that it can be applied anytime and can work in tandem with other serums - For example, I often apply Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Oxygen first and let it absorb, then a Retinol serum, and lastly a moisturizer.

I recommend that everyone use a hyaluronic serum to keep skin hydrated, plump, and youthful, and I recommend the 180 Cosmetics serums for high-quality results.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with water bottles. At home and at work, I use reusable water bottles for my water rather than cups because they are spill-proof and I tend to drink more out of a straw. Plus as a cat owner, I've learned that cups of liquid are susceptible to my cat's boredom and WILL get knocked over eventually.

So I was really excited to review the Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. It is nice and large, made of premium 18/8 food grade stainless steel, and has double wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks cold. It really does keep my water cold for a long time - longer than any of my other reusable bottles. It also doesn't get condensation on the outside since it is double-wall insulated. I also received a nice insulated cloth koozie with the bottle that keeps water cold even longer and keeps my hand from getting cold.

Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ReviewHydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review
I love the flip top cap and that the bottle came with two wire straw cleaners so that it's easy to clean in all the nooks and crannies. That's one thing that's hard about reusable bottles is the cleaning since most are not dishwasher safe, including this one. The bottle also has a carrying handle which makes it easier to take on the go. It is spill-proof and very sturdy.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the quality of this water bottle and use it every day. I love the design, the convenient size that fits in cup holders, as well as the double-wall insulation to keep drinks cold.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

D-Gas Natural Anti-Gas Aid Review

D-Gas Natural Anti-Gas ReviewD-Gas is an all natural anti-gas aid that relieves bloating, discomfort, and gas. It can be taken with meals to prevent bloating before it begins, or it can be taken whenever you feel discomfort. It can also be taken daily as a natural digestive aid and antioxidant.

This formula is drug-free and made of natural gas-relieving ingredients: Cardamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill Seed, Fennel, Ginger Root, Papaya Enzyme, and Peppermint Leaf. There are no fillers, flavors, sugar, salt, lactose or gluten.

I've been taking D-Gas whenever I feel bloating and the digestive upset of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which occurs regularly for me. D-Gas has been really helpful in relieving the pain and discomfort, which lets me go about my daily activities without interruption. I take this often after big meals or before going out with friends since that's usually when these issues are the most bothersome for me.

D-Gas is an effective natural anti-gas alternative and doesn't have any negative side effects in my experience.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shady Baby Cling Sunshades Review

Shady Baby Cling Sunshades are 19 x 12" window clings that reduce heat and sun glare plus provide 30+ sunblock protection. It blocks over 90% of UV rays, so your children and babies can sit comfortably in their carseats without the sun beating in on them through the windows. These can also provide protection for anyone or even pets.

The shades cling with electrostatic so they are super easy to use - Just place on the inside of your window and they stick! They can be removed easily and re-used over and over. There is no risk of breakage or flying projectiles, which is really important with children in the vehicle. Another nice feature of these shades is that while they provide heat and sun reduction, they still provide visibility so passengers can see out the windows through the shades.

Shady Baby Cling Sunshades Review

I really like that these can be folded up again and stored back in their package, but it did take me several tries to figure out how to fold them back up again. This was the only issue I ran into, but I finally realized that I had to put both cling sides together, then follow the simple instructions to get them to fold up the way they came.

The Shady Baby Cling Sunshades are especially helpful in cars, where the backseat windows aren't tinted and the glare and heat can get really bad. They have a good design and stay in place well, plus they're very versatile.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels Review

The Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Dish Towels come in a 3-pack of 15 x 25 inch kitchen towels. This microfiber is the real thing - not a cheap knockoff - and can hold up to 10 times its weight in water! After I soak up spills, instead of a sopping weight towel, the towel just seems damp.

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels Review

The cloth material is super soft - I actually use these towels more for drying my hands after being in the kitchen rather than on dishes or cleanups since it is so soft on my hands! But the material is also very gentle for countertops, dishes, and any other kitchen needs.

Besides my grandmother's embroidered dish towels, these are the nicest towels I own. Other kitchen towels are scratchy or thin, but these are plush, absorbent, and look nice with the white checked design. Plus they're very affordable and you get three in a pack!

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