Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fix It With Gaffer Tape

I am always having to fix things around the house. With my husband on the road driving all the time, if something needs attention right away, it is up to me to fix it. That is unless I want to let it spill, run, drip or whatever it is doing until he comes back home. That might work for something things, but not everything can wait for days on end to be repaired.

I am not the most handy person who ever walked the earth, so I am always in need of a quick and easy way to correct an issue. If it involves a ton of tools and a million steps, I am likely to get annoyed quickly. When I first tried the gaffer tape, I knew it was the answer to this dilemma for me. It gave me the extra hand I needed without actually having another hand to work with.

Gaffer Tape is mainly used by professionals in the arts and entertainment industry to secure cables and wires to podiums, stages and more. The non reflective surface allows it to blend in with it's surroundings instead of standing out and drawing attention to itself. It is very flexible, allowing it to have multiple uses, and it peels off easily without leaving any residue behind or causing any damage to the surface you apply it to.

One of the things I like best about Gaffer tape is that you don't need anything to cut it. You simply tear it in strips or however you need it with your hands. I always have the worst time trying to hold tape, scissors and whatever I am working on, while trying to cut off each piece that I need. It is so much more simple to just tear off a strip as I go along, without having to deal with extra tools and steps.

I used this to bind cords together to keep them from being a crazy mess behind my computer. It works well and it doesn't cause any damage to them. I also used it to seal a box that was being shipped to make sure it didn't open before it was supposed to. My daughter used it to build a fort for her to play in and we even used it to tape up a costume that was too long so it didn't drag on the ground. It worked great on all the materials we tried ti with and held strong each time. I imagine we will find many more uses for it over time too!

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

INTO THE WOODS -Brand New Featurette!!!

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New Exfolimate- Your Best Mate for Silky Smooth Skin Review

Now that I am in my 30's and actively working to prevent the signs of aging, I am open to trying almost anything that doesn't seem dangerous or absurd, so when I saw the opportunity for a review of Exfolimate, I thought I would give it a shot.

 The Exfolimate concept is simple. You simply The micro-groove technology along the smooth surgical grade stainless steel edge gets the dirt and debris from your pores instead of just rubbing across the skin like other products do. Running the tool across your skin as directed removes dirt, oils, old skin cells and more. It

This comes as a two piece set with one tool for the body and a smaller one for the face. Each one comes with handy attachments so you can hook this in your shower or wherever you want to keep it. It can also be used to take this along with you while camping, on vacation or wherever you feel the need for fresh, rejuvenated skin.

I admit I was a bit skeptical of dragging this metal thing across my skin. It looked sharp and intimidating to me when I first opened the package and really looked at the tools. I worried that it would be painful or that it just wouldn't do what it was supposed to do. I mean really, how is a piece of metal going to give me better skin? 

I was shocked at how easy this was to use. It didn't hurt at all and it removed the clutter from my skin instantly. I could see the difference within seconds as I used this. Having the two different sizes allows you to comfortably get to all the areas you need to without any issues. It says to use this once a day for only a minute so it doesn't take a lot of time. It clears and reduces your pores and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth every time you use it. This is one tool I plan to keep around for a long time!

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.

Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Drinking Straws LAUNCH! Review

My daughter loves using straws. Every time I buy a pack of them, she goes through them like crazy and when I want one, they are always gone. I have seen glass straws before but worry that she will break them so I just keep buying more of the plastic ones.

The people at Eco At Heart must have had a similar problem because they just launched the stainless steel drinking straws I tried last week. These straws serve so many purposes that I just love them. Because you wash and reuse these, you are cutting down on waste and reducing your plastic footprint. So many plastic items don't get recycled already, it is a shame to keep adding to it.

These are wide so they work great for milkshakes, smoothies or anything else you normally drink. I love that they get cold when drinking a frozen or iced item and they can be frozen before using to keep your drink extra cold. I used these to drink everything from chocolate milk to margaritas and they never left any taste in my mouth or changed the flavor of my drinks.

I have 5 people in my family, so the fact that these come in packs of 5 is perfect for us. We can each have one for having a meal or drinking something together and they work great when the kids have friends for sleepovers and want milkshakes after dinner.

The straws won't rust or bend so I can toss them in the dishwasher when we are finished and they can be ready for next time. These would be perfect for keeping with my camping stuff and taking on trips where you never know what you might get into. They would make great gifts too!

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.

Custom Temporary Tattoos from Sticker You

My kids love tattoos. they are always putting them on and showing them off. They even share with all their friends. When I saw the chance to try the custom temporary tattoos from Sticker you, I knew it was perfect for them.

Using the tattoo page tool, you can create your own personalized sheet of mixed tattoos or get one with all of the same design. You use the upload tool to add your own artwork or images and scale them to the size you want. You can add several of each design or just one and you can change the look of many of them with a huge selection of colors.

 I made two sheets of tattoos and it took me about 20 minutes to complete them. I browsed the variety of choices provided and found a ton of designs my kids would love. I made some of them smaller and some a little bigger, depending on the design. My daughter loves skulls and butterflies, so I found a bunch of those and made them in a rainbow of colors. I grabbed some cute ones, funny pictures, pretty designs and more. There were so many I liked, I had to narrow it down when making my sheets because I still wanted more.

It is really simple to use this tool and the checkout process is a snap.  You can also make stickers, magnets, labels and more at Sticker You. They offer so many options, it lets you personalize your look for a party theme or holiday treat. This would be a cute way to mark participants for an event or as part of a group too.

The tattoos go on easily with water and take only seconds to apply. They look super cute and last several days. The only issue we had was the film covers the entire sheet, so you really want to follow the instructions and cut these out close to your design to avoid a bunch of excess coverage on the area you apply the tattoo.

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 19, 2014

Our Surprise Ride Box for Kids Rocked Giveaway

My daughter received the coolest item for review a couple of weeks ago thanks to Surprise Ride. It was packed full of fun things for her to use to pass the time, and it worked out perfectly.

 Surprise Ride offers a monthly subscription box full of items designed to provide hours of fun activity for kids ages 6-11. Each month offers a new theme and the items in the box match that concept for a new kind of fun each time.

The box we received contained a fun mix of items that my daughter had a blast working with . The first thing she noticed was a cute wind chime that came with a ton of rainbow colored plastic pieces in a variety of shapes. It even included the glue so she didn't need anything extra to make a fun craft that she could keep or use as a gift.

The next craft she tried was the grass head character. It came with a soil pod that you just put in the provided bowl, added water and let it soak. The kit included the cup for measuring and a nice spray bottle to water her plant man with as he grew. 

 Within minutes, it increased in size like a sponge until she was left with a pile of fresh soil.

 She just had to add the grass seed and stuff the head piece with it. The next step was to use the included pieces to create a fun face, set him in a sunny area and let nature do the rest. 

Within just a few days, she had a cute guy with a head full of grass hair. How cute!

The box also had a book, a solar dancing plant and a fun snack of Plentils crunchy lentil chips in dill and sour cream flavor. Reagan ate most of the bag but I grabbed one to try.They were delicious and I can't wait to try more of  the flavors available.  

We loved the Surprise Ride box. At only $24.99 with free shipping, it would make a perfect gift for any fun loving kid. It is also something entertaining to take along on vacation, while camping or anywhere you need an activity to enjoy and pass the time. I can only imagine what fun things are in the other boxes!!

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 16, 2014

Cellulite with Retinol & Caffeine and Body Firming Cream Review

In my battle against aging, I have gathered an arsenal of items that assist me in my goal. Although eating more healthy and exercising have their benefits, I am always looking for more.

The Cellulite with Retinol & Caffeine and Body Firming Cream is one of the products I use to fight those unwanted pockets of fat and firm my skin. This blend has six active ingredients to help burn off fatty tissue and leave you with overall better looking skin.

Made in the USA, this product is clinically proven to eliminate cellulite, leaving you looking better and feeling better about yourself. The compound helps to release stored fat, which is then broken down and eliminated by the individual ingredients in the mix.

I tried this cream for about 2 weeks. I used it as directed and applied it to all of the suggested target areas including hips, glutes, abs and more. It is quick and simple to apply and takes only a minute or so to thoroughly rub it into the skin.

This does have a slight chemical smell to it. It is not overpowering or unpleasant but it is there. I only noticed the smell when first opening the jar and during application to the arms. I never smelled anything when applying to other body parts.

I noticed a firming to my skin within about a week of using this. It helped smooth those bumpy areas and left my skin feeling more silky and with less of those baby stretch marks I have had for years. I liked that it works on all the parts I need help with and I can apply it once or twice a day while dressing, after showering or whenever I think of it.

I plan to finish this product and see if I get any more results from it. I am happy with the ones I have now, but would be thrilled if it helped even more!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sweet n Low Brownie Mountain

2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp Sweet n Low
3/4 cup flour
2 ounces semi sweet chocolate bits

Melt chocolate and butter in a pan or bowl and stir until blended, add vanilla. Set aside and combine all dry ingredients. Mix eggs into dry mix and add chocolate mixture. Bake at 350 until finished.

I cut my brownies into pieces, usec cream cheese icing to create a stacked mountain and served.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Legs Party with Skintimate Raspberry Rain Shave Gel

I hate shaving. I hate the process of having to lather everything and take so much time to try and remove every last little hair from all those places I don't want hair to be. I hate searching for something that leaves me feeling soft and smooth after using it, instead of bumpy and irritated.

  Thanks to Crowdtap and my host package for the Skintimate Shave Party, I was able to try the new Raspberry Rain shave gel. This great smelling shave gel allows me to shave where I need to without smelling like a man after. I love the lather you get from it and how easily it applies.

I quickly realized that you only need a small amount of this gel to shave a large area. I applied it the first time thinking I would need a lot to cover my entire leg, boy was I wrong. The girls were laughing because I had enough to do several legs and the more I tried to spread it around, the more it foamed. I had to wipe my leg with a towel and try again, there was so much of it!

We loved that this left our skin with a moist, silky feel after using. None of the guests who tried it had any complaints and several of them mentioned grabbing this the next time they were out. I didn't have any samples left when we finished either, so I guess it was a hit!

We used the cute Schick Quattro razors that were included in our package. Each of the ladies got to keep theirs to take home too along with their Skintimate sample. 

Because this was a girls party, we decided to include our daughters, or the ones who were old enough to participate. Part of the evening included painting our nails and doing pedicures, the girls had a blast with that! They loved the cute pink color we were sent and used it as well as several others from our collection to make their own looks. 

Thanks to Crowdtap for supplying the samples to share with my guests!! All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream

As we get older it becomes more difficult to keep our bodies in shape like they used to be. It takes hard work and dedication to stay firm and fit, but it never hurts to have a little extra assistance on the side.

Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream is a product designed to do just that. Infused with caffeine, Retinol and seaweed,  this is designed to combat cellulite and reduce the appearance of unwanted bumps and unsightly pockets of fat. You simply massage the cream into your skin in all those places where you need a little extra help, or even think you might be needing it soon.

The cream is easy to apply and only takes seconds to rub into your skin. It has a thick type feeling to it. It looks and feels like set pudding to me, but doesn't apply thick and gooey at all. It leaves your skin with a tingling feeling a few minutes after using which lasts for awhile but isn't bothersome, just sort of fresh and minty feeling.

I used this for about 2 weeks and noticed a tightening of the skin. I applied it to the underside of my arms and under my chin and both areas seemed more smooth and less flabby looking. I measured around the arm and there was a decrease in size too.

I plan to try this on other areas to see the results I get there. It works externally on any area where cellulite gathers, so you can treat all your problem areas with just one product.

Fair warning, this has a strong smell to it. It isn't unpleasant but a menthol type smell that reminds me of vapor rub in the winter. Personally I like the smell, but if you don't you might not want to try this.

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.

The Four Best Android Phones of 2014

The Android marketplace is constantly evolving, with phones becoming more powerful and feature-packed every year. 2014 is no exception: outstanding new models are being released by all major manufacturers throughout the year. It has become impossible to pick a single best Android smartphone, given that every model offers similar performance in a unique package. However, with that said, here are four of the most impressive and anticipated Android smartphones of 2014.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5
The S5 is the latest installment in Samsung's insanely popular Galaxy series. Not surprisingly, the Galaxy S5 improves on virtually everything users loved about the S4, including upgraded internal hardware and a slew of unique new features.

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung continues its innovative use of Super AMOLED screen technology. Compared to LCD screens, Super AMOLED offers lower power consumption while also sporting brighter, more saturated colors. This compliments Samsung's TouchWiz UI quite well with its intricate graphics and cartoony appearance. The S5's 5.1-inch screen also offers sturdy Gorilla Glass 3 construction and full HD resolution at a pixel density of 432 ppi. Beneath those pixels is a lightning-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.

Taking inspiration from Apple's iPhone 5S, Samsung has included a fingerprint scanner on the S5's home button, allowing users to unlock the phone at the swipe of a finger. Another interesting new feature is the rear heartbeat sensor, which allows users to check their pulse on the go while integrating the information into Samsung's custom fitness applications. Fitness-minded users will be happy to hear that the S5 is dust- and water-resistant with a certified IP67 rating.  Other features include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a removable battery, up to 32 GB of internal storage and Micro-SIM card support.

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The G3 is LG's latest upgrade to their cult-favorite G2 smartphone from 2013. Just like the G2, the G3 features cutting-edge hardware specs as well as the smallest bezel-to-screen ratio of any Android smartphone currently available. With its tiny front bezels, the G3 is able to fit a huge 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen into a body that is hardly bigger than most 5-inch phones on the market.

The screen's resolution is equally as impressive as its size: at 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, it's the first quad HD phone ever released, sporting an unmatched pixel density of 534 ppi. Powering all of those pixels is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, as well as an Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. To offset the increased power usage of quad HD, LG has managed to stuff a huge 3,000 mAh battery into the G3's tiny frame, so battery life is equally as impressive as it was with the G2.

On the back of the G3 you'll find LG's trademarked rear-button layout, which is done to minimize the size of the side bezels. Above the volume and power buttons is a centered 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, making it one of the most capable smartphone cameras on the market. The G3 also features 16 GB of internal storage and Micro-SIM card support.

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The HTC One M7 of 2013 won numerous design awards, being the first Android smartphone to feature premium aluminum construction that rivaled Apple's renowned build quality. For 2014, HTC has taken this design philosophy a step further: the One M8's body is now composed of 90-percent aluminum, featuring a sleek curved back that offers the most premium feel of any Android phone on the market.

Like most 2014 Android phones the One M8 has increased in size, now featuring a 5-inch Super LCD3 screen. Protected by sturdy Gorilla Glass 3, the One M8's display offers some of the most realistic color reproduction on the market, sporting a pixel density of 441 ppi. Behind the screen is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz as well as an Adreno 300 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.

Setting the One M8 apart from other Android offerings is its unmatched sound quality: dual front-facing HTC Boomsound speakers provide loud, crisp audio that rivals even some laptop computers. The other most notable feature of the One M8 is its innovative Duo Ultrapixel camera. Though it's capable of only 4 megapixels, the 2-micrometer size of each pixel allows them to absorb up to twice as much light as competitor's cameras, making the One M8 exceptional in low-light photography.

The Duo camera also features two separate sensors: the primary Ultrapixel sensor works in conjunction with a depth sensor that allows users to refocus images after they are taken. Other features of the One M8 include up to 32 GB of internal storage, Micro-SIM card support, and an integrated IR blaster for controlling television sets and other peripherals.

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Xperia Z Series

Xperia Z Series
Following their unprecedented six-month release cycle, Sony has upgraded their well-reviewed Xperia Z1 smartphone with an even more impressive offering, the Z2. With its aluminum frame and sturdy glass-back construction, the Z2 offers one of best build qualities of the Android marketplace. And under its beautiful exterior, the Z2 is packed with cutting-edge features and hardware.

The Xperia Z2 sports a large 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 424 ppi. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM, the Z2 is one of the snappiest smartphones on the market. Internal storage is limited to 16 GB, but Micro-SIM support offers expandability up to 128 GB.

The Z2 is one of the most weather-proof phones available: with IP58 certification, it is both dust-proof and water-resistant for up to 30 minutes. The Z2 also features one of the most impressive cameras in the Android marketplace with its 20.7-megapixel shooter capable of recording 4K video. With its dual front-facing speakers, the Z2 is second only to the HTC One M8 in sound quality, making it the perfect device for quality media consumption.

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