Monday, October 10, 2016

Jxstar Little Girl's Classical Animals Printed Sleeveless Summer Dress

My daughter the diva loves new clothes, so when I saw this dress covered in kittens, I knew it would be a hit with her. 

This rainbow cat dress is made from a stretchy, lightweight material, so it is comfortable and cute at the same time. The dress feels soft and silky on the skin, not itchy or scratchy in any way and the sizing is spot on too. It fits perfectly, and she even has a little room for growth too. 

I love how the skirt is ruffled, so it doesn't lay flat and clingy, and it swirls around her when she walks. The dress has zig-zag stitching, which I think holds better than a straight stitch does.

I really have no complaints about this dress. It's cute, she loves it, and it was a big hit with all her friends at school.

*I received a discount on this item in exchange for my honest thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

GDEALER Solar Outdoor String Lights

These solar lights are a fun tear drop design, so they stand out a little more if you are hanging them than they do on the ground. I used these to circle my flower bed anyway, and inserted the panel in a corner to try and hide it from view.

The 20 foot strand was not long quite enough to go all the way around the arch, so I centered it in the front, and I love how it turned out. With 30 bulbs, there is just enough light from these to highlight my plants, making them visible even at night.

The control functions are on the bottom of the solar panel for easy access, and they are simple push style buttons so it takes just a second to switch patterns or turn them off/on. I love how these highlight my yard with a shimmery light that I don't have to mess with.

I have no complaints with these, they work perfectly, look great, and have lasted through the intense heat, as well as several episodes of rain, with no problems at all.

*I received a discount on this item in exchange for my honest thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Emoji Gumballs Are A Hit

Emojis are so popular with the kids, and these gumballs are no exception. My kids wanted them as soon as they saw the package.

 The box contains 24 individually sealed packs of 5 gumballs, and the balls in each package contain the same 5 emoji faces. For me, this means no kids complaining or fighting because one didn't get the same style as the other, so that is a plus!

The gum itself has a nice sweet taste to it, although I think the balls are a bit hard to chew. The kids had no problems with them though, and they love tucking a pack into their bag on the way to school.

I have shared a few packs with their friends too, and had no complaints there either. As quickly as these disappeared, you can safely say they were well received. With Halloween coming, I know these would be a big hit with the trick-or-treaters here too. Happy kids equals happy mom, so I have no complaints.

*I received a discount on this item in exchange for my honest thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Expandable Flexible Garden Water Hose by Kelley General

This flexible hose is not as small as I was expecting it to be when not in use, but much smaller than my traditional hose. I like that it can be coiled, curved, or even stacked in a small box for storage, so it is much easier to put away than the stiff rubber one I had before.

The expandable hose can be used alone, or added to another hose for longer length, and it comes with everything you need right in the box. Connecting it is super simple, and takes only a minute to do, and the multi function nozzle lets you control the force and direction of the water flow. 

The spray options go from a thick, strong blast, to a soft mist, so I can switch from cleaning the sidewalk to watering delicate flowers with one twist. It sprays about 15 to 20 feet on most of the settings, a little more with the stronger spray, and a little less with the fine mist. 

The only thing I question about this is how well it will hold up to children. My kids love playing with the hose in the summer, and I am not sure if this can handle the abuse. It might be fine for filling water balloons and running in the sprinkler, but I wouldn't feel comfortable with them riding a bike over this or stretching it to the limits like they do with a rubber version. The material just feels too dainty for that. I still plan to use this because I like it better, but I might hold on to my old one for awhile, just in case.

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

Premium MASH 100 Pc Nail Art Fimo Sticks

My daughter loves fimo and it is less expensive to buy them in bulk and cut them myself. My selection came with exactly 100 sticks, and only one or two that were close to the same, with one being a bit smaller or a different color. I received-

24 assorted fruit designs including- orange, pear, apple, raspberry, lime, strawberries and watermelons
15 flowers including- white, red, pink, purple, orange, blue and some with the smiley face center

17 butterflies including- pink, red, purple, blue, rainbow, brown, white and some of the side view type
7 feathers in different color combinations
3 dragonflies in different colors and sizes
8 mixed foods like an egg, cupcakes, ice cream cone and
7 hearts including double colors, one with a peace sign in the center and two that were heart shaped but also fruit- a strawberry and a raspberry
The rest were assorted like smiley faces and bows, and several Kawaii characters like Hello Kitty and My Melody

I didn't have any unusable sticks and most of them were easy to slice. I had 5 that were the thicker, more difficult to cut type, but you find those in any bulk selection. I was still able to slice and use them, I just had to be a little more careful. This assortment did not come with a blade for cutting, which I would have liked. These are sealed in a package with two smaller sealed packs inside, which I like better than the ones I have gotten dumped into a zipper bag. All in all, I loved this assortment and would not hesitate to buy these again.

*This was a personal purchase and not supplemented in any way.