Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Easy Peasy Patches are Fun For All

As a mom, I have encountered just about every kind of trend or fad that has come and gone. I have purchased everything from electronic bugs to super expensive dolls, just because the kids just had to have it. Usually, after a few weeks or months, they lose interest and go on to the next thing, leaving the previous items behind to collect dust.

I noticed something different with the Easy Peasy Patches though.The kids loved these the first time we tried them, almost a year ago and they still loved them just as much this time. I have had one of these stuck to my modem and it is still smooth and firmly attached, and my daughter has several on her jeans and skirts too.

 These peel and stick patches can adhere to just about any smooth surface, and stays there too. You can use these on clothing, accessories, lockers, gaming gear, backpacks, notebooks and more. They are so simple to apply, almost anyone can do it by themselves, and it takes literally a few seconds to attach your patch just the way you want it.

These patches require no ironing or sewing, so the kids can do them or their own, and they last through the washer, dishwasher and dryer. They can be use for mending, decorating and more.

*I received sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own

3 Mode LED Flashlight with Magnetized Base

My husband is out on the road driving multiple nights a week for work. With a truck full of merchandise, and people being the way they are, I am always worried about what might happen to him out there.

The way I see it, if he is going to be out like that, I at least want him to have some basic supplies on hand. He has food and water in his lunch every day, so he would be ok there, and he knows how to shoot and fend off attackers, but what about a light to see where he is going or to draw attention to where he is?

Something as simple and compact as the 3 Mode Flashlight I was sent for review, could really make a difference in this situation. This slim tool has a traditional front facing round light for aiming directly at an item or area. This light is the brightest because it is focused, but it does not cover a large area. It works well in lighting from dusk to pitch black and is bright enough to help you see even the smallest item, crack, screw etc.

There is also a more wide setting that covers a larger area but is not as bright or direct. Both work well for different situations, from alerting someone to your presence, to lighting the area to change a tire at night. The red light also draws attention and usually signals someone in distress or need of some sort. This is helpful if in a wreck, caught in a storm, broken down or lost and can also light the way if necessary.

This flashlight features 18 white and 11 red LEDs for a total of 29 lights that can last for over 100,000 hours, and the magnetic base can be stuck to any metallic surface for easy hand free use. This is perfect for roadside repairs, working under the house, on a roof or on a car by yourself.

This anodized aluminum flashlight, with plastic light covers, is not only lightweight and versatile, but it has a handle attached for easy transport too. Wrap it around your wrist when climbing or to have in reach but still keep your hands free.

* I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stay Charged Wherever You Are

My husband is a truck driver and is always on the road. He basically comes home to sleep, and then he is gone again. Being back and forth like that, plus being in areas where there may not be many people, if you need help, having a phone that is charged and ready to go is an absolute necessity. 

We carry some of the newest and most advanced phones available, but that doesn't mean a thing if it isn't charged. No matter how nice the phone is, if the battery is dead, it will not work. In order to maintain a fully charged phone at all times, we need quality chargers on hand.

The Lifeguard car charger I was sent to review is available in both black and white. It features two USB ports, allowing you to charge more than one device at a time. Simply plug your phone, tablet, laptop and more into the slots and you are good to go. The charger itself slides easily into the power port in your vehicle, for safe and simple charging in just seconds.  

I love that these are so versatile too. They work with iPhone,iPad, Samsung, HTC, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets and anything else that charges via USB. How awesome is that! 

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own from personal experience.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scar Removal Plus

There are so many products and methods available for scar removal that sometimes it can be hard to decide which one to try. From natural cures to expensive treatments, scar removal is a big issue that many people deal with.

I have personally tried a number of products designed to minimize the appearance of scars and scar tissue. I am human and I have scars from carrying three children, but I have also had extensive surgeries and damage to my foot and ankle, so I have a lot of scars in that area too.

When I was sent the Scar Removal Plus gel to review, I wasn't sure which place was the best to test it first, so I went for the stomach scars since they are the biggest and the oldest. The directions say to massage the gel into the scar twice daily, so that is what I did. This blends in easily and only takes a few seconds to rub completely into the skin. There is no residue or stickiness left behind either.

I noticed a change in my marks and scars within the first few days of using this. They not only appeared lighter, but they didn't seem to be as thick or stand out as much as before either. After about a week, I could see less definition where the healthy skin meets the scars. They seemed to be almost blending in with the surrounding skin so you had to look to tell where they started and stopped. This was obvious before, so that is a nice change for me.

I like that this is something I can add to my routine without having to find extra time to do it. The process is so quick, you can apply it right after the shower, or before getting dressed, and you wouldn't even notice the extra seconds you used.

*I received a sample item in exchange for my honest review only. All opinions are my own from personal experience.

Natural Eyelash Enhancer from Lash IQ

I love to make the switch from chemical based products to more natural ones. I like the idea of using what we have available in nature, and it never hurts to eliminate some of the junk we are exposed to daily.

One area where I can't get enough natural products, is for my body. The last thing I want to do is rub a bunch of unknown goop all over myself. Any time I see an option that claims to be natural, I like to check it out and see just what is inside and how well it works.

The Natural Eyelash Enhancer I recently received for review is a perfect example of this.
The Lash IQ serum is designed to give you a fuller, more noticeable eye look and I believe it does just that. A swipe across the top of my eyelid/bottom of the lashes, once daily at bedtime was all that was needed to get fabulous results. The ingredients like Pumpkin Seed and Cucumber Fruit extracts allowed this to be much more satisfying that I had originally expected, and it is so compact, you can take or store it almost anywhere.

This serum  is clear in color, so it doesn't show on your eyes or leave a mess on your pillow, and it works in just 4 weeks. Honestly, it worked in less time for me. I noticed a more full, and longer looking, lash line after about 2 weeks of daily use. My eye appeared more defined and the thicker looking lashes drew attention to them right away. A thin swipe of mascara was all I needed to get a nice, even look for a night out too, instead of having to swipe back and forth with the wand like before!

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Doll Hoodie and Paint Kit from Design and Dress Me

 After completing our review of the Nightgown kit from Design and Dress Me, we were given a chance to try another of their fun projects, the hoodie and paint set.

This was such a fun kit and so easy to use too. I love that it comes complete with everything you need to design your own doll hoodie right in the package.

The hoodie itself is thin enough to use over just about any outfit your doll has on. It features a nice stretch that allows it too look like a jacket, and not be too snug. The hood is large enough to fit over styled hair and can be worn up or down. I loved that this has a zipper so you can leave it open if you like and don't have to pull it down over their head and mess up the hair. It zips easily and stays in place once closed.

The paint colors in the set are nice and vibrant, and they show up really well against the yellow color of the hoodie. They apply easily with rounded tips, and you just leave the hoodie out to dry once finished with your design. No need for an iron or any heating to create this, so the kids can do it all by themselves. There is a generous amount of paint in these containers and we had plenty left over to design other items or add more to the hoodie later if we wanted.

This makes a great gift and can be taken with you anywhere. A perfect way to stay entertained in the car, on vacation, sitting in the bleachers or just relaxing at home. It takes only a small space and a bit of creativity. My daughter completed hers in around 15 minutes and with no mess to clean up after!

*I was sent a sample item for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Design and Dress Me Doll Nightgown Kit for Kids

Getting me to sew is like pulling teeth from a hippo... not a fun or easy task to say the least. I never liked to sew and have tried to avoid it as much as possible. Unfortunately, there are some times when I just have no choice but to grab the needle and give it a shot, like when my daughter wants something for herself or her dolls.

 Knowing that mom hates sewing, she started learning some of the basic stuff on her own. She enjoys projects and crafts, so sewing is right up her alley, but she can't quite do it all by herself. Thankfully there are now projects available that she can do mostly on her own, like the complete sewing kit we received for review from Design and Dress Me

This is an absolutely awesome sewing project for kids. The kit comes with everything you need to complete the entire project, including needle, thread and even pins for holding the pieces of material together as you sew.

There is a paper pattern included in the kit that you lay on the material pieces for cutting. This part is a little tricky and it may be easier to cut one side at a time instead of both pieces together. Once your pattern is cut, you simply pin it together, sew along the sides and the top, and it is finished. This was easy enough for my 8 year old to do alone, with the exception of threading the needle. She was able to pin, cut and sew the gown without any problems at all. The sizing of this is accurate and the finished nightgown fits the doll well. The material is stretchy, so even if you get the stitches a little further in than intended, you should still be able to fit it on a doll with ease. We followed the pattern exactly and had no issues getting the gown on and off.

This kit would make a great gift. It is cute and fun, plus it gives them a sense of accomplishment. My daughter was excited to make something for her "Daughter" and has already asked for more of these kits for her birthday. You can use this for a summer activity, travel, camping, while visiting and more, because it all comes right in the package and can be taken with you anywhere.

*I received the mentioned item free for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Longest Lasting Super Bright Rim Lights

My kids love anything that has to do with color and lights. They are always asking for things that glow and my daughter even has rope lights all around her room. Now that it is summer again, we are looking to take their love of light outdoors for even more bright colored fun.

The super bright rim lights we were sent for review are perfect for warm night play. They can be added to bikes, cars or even the baby stroller. Not only are they fun for kids, but they help with safety too. The neon colors are easy to see and once they start spinning, they create a fun light effect that can alert others to their presence too.

The light set comes complete with 6 lights, two each of blue, green and color changing, which are my favorite. This was enough for us to do all three of my kids bikes in a different color. It would be perfect for switching the colors on your bike if you do night riding too.

The lights were not really hard to put in, although you do have to be careful because they seem as if they could break easily. All of the ones in our set were unbroken, in great shape and worked fine though.

The covers screw off of the bulbs, although I didn't see how to replace the bulb itself, so I am not sure why. At the bottom of the light piece there is a section that screws off to insert/remove batteries. There is a small piece of paper in each one to prevent them from lighting before use. You simply remove the paper to make these work. It takes only seconds to get them ready and a minute to install them.

These are bright enough that you can see them and great fun to use too. I even wanted some of my own since the kids took all of these!

*I received a free item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Regenepure DR 4 oz Hair and Scalp Treatment

I have shown you many of the items I have tried for beauty care, but not so many that go beyond the skin. One of your parts that is just as important as your skin, is your hair, and you have to work to keep it looking and feeling healthy too.

I have naturally long, straight hair and it has always been easy to keep it looking bright and beautiful. I never really had to do much with it, but I have noticed lately that it is not as luxurious as it used to be. The hard water combined with dye, sun and other issues have left my hair lacking bounce and luster. The worst part is that I have noticed more and more strands in the shower and my brush, meaning more of it is falling out too!

I was offered a bottle of the Regenepure Hair and Scalp Treatment to try, and I thought it might help bring some life back into my locks. This mixture contains no harsh chemicals, Sulfates or Parabens, so I didn't have to worry about it doing more damage to my hair. It is designed with Ketonconazole, a powerful anti-fungal that gets rid of dandruff, and is the only active ingredient proven for hair loss shampoo, so I thought it just might add some thickness back too.

I noticed my hair had more softness and less of a dead, dry feel to it after just one time using this. I think this is from the aloe vera and jojoba oil that are included in the mixture. This treatment is just like any other, simply apply it to wet hair, massage into scalp and roots, leave on for a few minutes and rinse.

There was a change in my scalp while using this. I didn't notice any dry or itchy feelings and no shampoo flakes or leftover residue either. My hair had more moisture and didn't seem as limp or flat as it had before. I had less tangles after my shower too, and it was quick and easy to brush once dry. I cannot say how this does for actual dandruff because I do not have problems with that, but it did seem to provide a more healthy and attractive look and feel to my hair overall. I would use this if trying to restore moisture or obtain added bounce and shine.

*I received a sample item in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Beetastic Kids Face Paint

My kids love to express themselves. They will spend hours drawing, coloring, painting, sculpting and more, but they get really crazy when you give them face paint like the kit from Beetastic we were sent to review. This non toxic kit is FDA compliant, so I have no concerns about using it with the kids.

There is supposed to be enough in each kit to paint a total of 50 faces. I don't know if that is correct, but we have created about 10-15 and there is still plenty left. There are 8 different colors in this kit, and it comes complete with brushes and sponges for application.

The first thing we noticed was that we needed to add water when using this. It is printed on the box, making it easy to figure out how to use the makeup. You only need a little bit of water to get the paints started and they apply easily once wet.

These are almost like watercolors, but apply a bit thicker. The more water you use, the more diluted the color becomes and the less thick it applies. Once you work out the amount of water needed, it is so simple to create fun and scary images with this kit.

My daughter is only 8 and she was able to use these without help. She created several looks for her and her friend, and it was something fun for them to do on a sleepover night.

The boys took a turn next and ended up with their own interesting creations. They all had fun using these paints. They provided a nice distraction on a summer day and were universal enough for everyone to enjoy.

The paints wash off easily with a cloth or sponge and there doesn't seem to be any residue left after. We have not experienced any irritation or skin problems from using this kit. This would be perfect for a party, event, Halloween or just because.

*I received a free sample item in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.