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21 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Andes Handmade from 12-ounce Pure Cotton Canvas Tote Bag, Giraffes Family

Cotton canvas tote bagSuper cute bag

I admit that I’ve never been much of a bag person, but a few years ago my city instituted a bag ban. That means that you have to bring your own bags to all stores – grocery store included. I forget sometimes and have to pay for their paper bags, but I’m getting better about bringing my own. That also means that I’ve turned into one of those people that ooohhh and ahhhhs over cute bags.

And this one is really super cute. And it’s super roomy too. I feel like it’s one of my largest bags made of this type of material. It also has two flaps down at the bottom (big enough for two water bottles to be made to stand upright, which I’m sure was the intention, but I use it to hold other grocery items to keep them from tipping over or clanking together (think two glass jars – I’m always terrified they are going to break and make a huge mess, but this keeps them nice and secure in their own little corners.

I’ve also had a chance to use it when I was taking a bunch of stuff to a friend of mine and, again, it held a BUNCH of stuff. The handles and bag itself are very well made and sturdy. A great bag, really!

A sample of this product was sent to me at now to little cost for my honest unbiased review.

Description:
Stylish and FashionableFollowing a classic design and made from natural, unbleached cotton, this tote bag looks great as it fulfills its utilitarian purpose. The fanciful and lovely “Giraffes Family” design printed on one side is sure to bring a smile to everyone who sees it.

Strong and Versatile

Perfect for groceries and other shopping, school, beach trips, picnics, carrying your laptop, as an overnight bag or gym bag, and far more. The 15.3″ x 13″ x 4.5″ size is roomy enough for countless different uses, and the bag will hold up to 30 pounds in weight. The two inside pockets are great for organizing smaller items

Hand-Crafted From the Best Material

Finely made from heavy 12 ounce canvas by skilled craftspeople, this bag will last for years and years. You won’t find loose threads and unraveling hems as on cheap machine-made bags.

Practical and Eco-Friendly

Everyone knows that “paper or plastic” is just a choice between two evils. Take a few of these beautiful bags with you when you go grocery shopping and you’ll look great as you do your part for the environment.

Machine Washable

The bag can be machine-washed and line-dried (no dryer, please), so no worries if it gets soiled.

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

At Andes, we believe in our products. That’s why we stand behind them with a money-back guarantee, and provide easy-to-reach customer support.

Rating: ★★★★★

19 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

OtterBox Symmetry Series Samsung Galaxy S6 Case – Sorbet Crystal

otterbox

Just doesn’t seem as protective as other OtterBox products

I’m a major OtterBox fan, maybe it’s because I’m really hard on my phones or maybe I’m just accident prone, but I don’t buy a new phone without an OtterBox on it. I had high hopes for this small looking case because so many of the OtterBox products are a little bulky. I thought that perhaps they had found a way to better protect without so much bulk.

I’m just not sure this will project my phone. It IS much less bulky and it’s very stylish. Although I cannot figure out WHY they did not include one of the paper skins. If you want one, you have to purchase it separately – and they aren’t cheap either. If you are crafty, you could perhaps take one of them and cut out on paper of your choice to make your own custom skin.

I’ve had this on my phone for a couple of weeks and the material is a little grabby so it gets lint stuck to it and it’s just…. it’s just not for me. I’ll go back to my OtterBox Defender, I’m afraid. It’s always saved me. I just don’t have the same level of comfort level with this one.

Description:
Customizable style – Keep it clear to boast the Samsung Galaxy S6 logo or flaunt your personality with Swappable Design Inserts

Rating: ★★★☆☆

14 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Karnotech® REMAX 10000 mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank Portable Charger for iPhone, iPad and Android devices Ice-cream Pink

battery chargerSuper cute and super useful!

We LOVE this power bank. We’ve been using this for over a month now and we’ve had nothing but very good luck with it. It’s been put through the paces of charging phones, tablets and Kindle ebook devices. In one charge of the bank, we were able to fully charge 3 phones. Interestingly enough, it was delivered just as were running out the door with a 25% phone and unable to find either of the power banks we have currently. We opened it… and it was fully charged. I’m pretty sure the teenagers gave a great big “yay!”

It has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once, which is nice if you have multiple devices (for me, it was charging my phone while also charging my kindle device).

We also really love the color. Silver, black and white are the ones we typically get so it was nice to have one with a nice pastel green, so it kind of stands out and you’re digging around in every other black piece of plastic you own.

The indicator is really good as well, it has four little lights that let you know about how much power is left. It’s simple and easy to use!

The BEST part of this is the flashlight/latern though. I ended up giving this to a friend of mine with a not-always-reliable vehicle and she loves having it, it makes her a little more secure – and she can see in her trunk in the dark (there’s no light LOL)

Overall, I’d highly recommend this one. It recharges quickly, it charges quickly with a lot of power to give and it’s super cute.

Note: I received this for a discount or for free for my honest review.

Description:
This 10000 mAh ice cream power bank can easily handle your and your mates power need in business, daily entertainment and travel. Built-in superpolymer cell make it safer and more excellent than normal cell, and never explode.
Specification
Product size: 5.12*2.36*0.79 inches
Compatibility: smart phone, digital camera, mp3/mp4, handheld game consoles Input: DC5V-1.0A
Output: DC5V-2.1A
Capacity: 10000 mAh
Package:
1* 10000 mAh ice-cream power bank
1* USB cable
1* User manual

Rating: ★★★★★

12 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Accuweight Digital Kitchen Scale, 11lb/5kg Stainless Steel Electronic Food Scale AW-KS003WW, White

scaleIt is extremely accurate and looks great…

I’ve been using this scale for the last couple weeks.  It is extremely accurate and looks great on the counter. It has a slique look to it that allows me to leave it on the counter for easy use without having it being an eye-sore (I like clear counters).

My favorite aspect is the fluid ounces measurement, with the weather getting cooler I’ve been drinking a lot of hot cocoa and this measures out the liquid perfectly.  I’ve always had to dirty two items to measure the water accurately (because who wants watery hot cocoa).  This scale measures out the liquid perfectly (I’ve checked it a few times).

Great scale, I recommend it, nice looking and accurate.

Description:
This Accuweight scale is delicately designed in a small elegant body. It also has endless uses and is really great for homes, kitchens, offices, mailrooms, etc. Take it and then you will be surprised at all the uses you will have.1, Fluid ounce and milliliter modes for liquid measurement.
2, Super thin – only 0.59″ tall.
3, 4 high precision G-force load sensors provides accurate measurements from 0.1 oz /1 g.
4, Powered by a long-life lithium batteries (CR2032).
5, Display in g, lb oz, ml, and fl oz.

Weighing functions
This digital scale is engineered for highly accurate weighing in precise graduations of 0.1oz/1g. It can measure up to 5kg (11lb or 176oz). Moreover, you can easily choose between measurement in pounds/ounces and grams.

Auto-zero, tare, auto-off functions and warning indications
The auto-zero and tare functions are incredibly helpful for accuracy when weighing items individually or in containers. To save energy, the scale also features an auto-off function after 180s’ inactivity. What’s more, if the scale is inaccurate, you can calibrate it by yourself. It also provides low battery and overload indication.

Inside Package:
1 x Accuweight 11lb digital scale
1 x 3V CR2032 battery
1 x Users’ Manual

Rating: ★★★★★

07 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

UpSpring Baby Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Drink Mix – 18 ct

UpSpring Baby MilkflowDespite the icky taste, it gets the job done

My housemate has a four month old that she is nursing. He’s almost 5 months, which means he’s right on schedule for a growth spurt. Yes, that means the little guy was nursing like crazy and mom was having a bit of a struggle getting her milk supply to keep up with his needs. When I saw this, I thought we’d give it a try to see. She’s had decent luck with the tea that everyone uses, but said she felt like this helped just a little bit more.

The bad is the taste. She said it’s not awful but it’s not great either. She just bolted it down and chased it with another bottle of water.

At the end of the day, the baby is back to nursing normally and she has noticed a definitely increase in her supply. Which is what matters. Definitely worth a shot if you’re trying to bump up your supply.

Description:
Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle helps stimulate breast milk production. This all natural herbal supplement comes in a berry-flavored drink mix and is a great alternative to traditional fenugreek pills, teas or elixirs. Mix milkflow into 8-12 ounces of water, sparkling water or juice and drink twice per day. Fenugreek has been used for centuries to help nursing mothers with breast milk production. Milkflow makes taking your fenugreek convenient and easy while hydrating you in the process. *This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Rating: ★★★★☆

05 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

SOLO Bradford 17.3″ Rolling Case

solo rolling briefcaseAwesome for traveling in style

I really love this rolling case. I’ve tried several of them over the past few years. After two spinal surgeries, carrying around a standard laptop bag causes me too much discomfort, so I’ve started to only get those that roll. This one is a really nice one. It has a lot of pockets and space and it glides very very nicely across the floor. I travel a few times per year and this will be perfect to hold my laptop, tablet, the various accessories plus a few of my carry on items to boot.

In fact, I think if I were only going to be gone for a day or two, I could easily pack just this bag (clothing in the “file compartment” and be on my way. I’m a light traveler, but even so, there’s lots of space in this thing. A bonus is that it’s small enough to fit under the seat in front of me – I cannot stand the mad rush for overhead bin space, so I rarely bring anything that needs to go up there. It’s just not worth the headache.

The thing I love the most is the handle that disappears into a small zippered compartment. This makes it easy to carry into a meeting without having to carry ANOTHER bag with me. AND that space with the handle isn’t all lost, like I’ve seen all too often. If you look in there, there’s two little pouches to stash more stuff – I use them for my medication and makeup bag. I wouldn’t use it for day-to-day use because it’s a little on the heavy side, but this is absolutely perfect for me for my travel. The exterior has a very nice and professional look and feel, with a little bit of style to go with it.

My biggest (and really, only) gripe is the lack of a sleeve on the back side so that you can slide it over your luggage handle. It does sit on top nicely, but it’s not easily secured. I also am careful about packing stuff in here to be sure the weight is distributed to keep it from tipping forward when “parked”. But that’s pretty standard on all of the rolling laptop cases I’ve used.

Description:

  • Fabric/Cotton
  • Padded compartment protects laptops up to 15.6″
  • Dedicated interior pocket for iPad or tablet
  • Front zip-down organizer section
  • File section
  • Carry handle
  • Hidden telescoping handle system
  • Made in China

Rating: ★★★★☆

30 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

ChoiceMMed Precision Digital Weighing Scale (396 Lbs Edition) with Blue Backlight, in Tempered Glass with Step-on Activation

scaleAccurate Scale

This scale is an awesome scale. First off I love the design. It seems to be very accurate. I have got off and back on it a couple times and it always gives the same weight. Love that it lights up blue for easy to read and to weigh when you don’t want to turn on the lights. Product was provided to me at no cost for an honest review

Description:
This weighing scale is for body weighing,and can weigh up to 396 lbs.There will be an alarm if it’s overweight.With Step-on Activation,your body weight will display on the screen immediately.4″ LCD screen with blue backlight,easy to read.

Auto zero before every measurement,easy to operate.High precision digital sensors ensures its accuracy,the increments is 0.2 pounds or 0.1 kg.

ChoiceMMed weighing scale also boasts a convenient unit button that instantly changes the unit of measurement from pounds to kilograms and British stones.

ChoiceMMed weighing scale has impact-resistant tempered glass platform,sturdy design.Stand on it,no worries.It includes 2aaa batteries.It has auto shutdown function to save the battery.Low power function applies.2 year warranty for your 100% satisfaction.

Rating: ★★★★★

17 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Mondaynoon Women’s SWAROVSKI ELEMENT Crystal ‘Look of Love’ Charm Tennis Bracelet 7.67″

Mondaynoon braceletFor us girls that like a little understated sparkle

Wow, I was really surprised when I opened this. The way it’s packaged and presented is really tasteful. I’m not a girly girl, but I do like to dress up now and then and I like something sparkly each day. Just enough to make the girl in me sing, but the kid-wrangler in me not laugh at the thought. I got this in purple, my favorite color, and it’s gorgeous. I felt like I was opening something really special. The bracelet itself is really easy to get on, by yourself (yes, I know!) and fits my wrist very well. I have thin wrists so sometimes things look weird or hang too loose on them. The way this is designed is that while it’s loose, it doesn’t look weird and droopy and it’s obviously designed for different shapes and sizes in mind. I really appreciated that!

The beautiful purple against the silver, in this setting is just perfection. It’s not too flashy or gaudy. It’s simple and elegant, which is just how I like my jewelry. I’ll be wearing this with a black dress for a party later this month, it’s just perfect!

Highly recommended for the ladies that like sparkly things with class.

Note: I was given a review sample of this product at no cost to me. It does not affect my reviews, as they are always balanced and honest.

Description:
This Mondaynoon Languishing Austrian Crystal Tennis Bracelet will add a little sparkle to your day!It is the ideal accent to any outfit, dressy or casual. Also perfect as a wedding gift, birthday gift, memorial day’s gift or the adult gift, it is really very wonderful. We ensure that each product is smooth with no defect, error is less than 0.33 mm, slightly more refined processing, caress your tender skin.

Rating: ★★★★★

15 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Lenox Nutcracker Snowglobe Ornament

snow globeBeautiful, but missing a little detail that would have made it 5 stars

I love Lenox and have several pieces around my home. When I saw this, I knew it was a perfect addition to our tree. Overall, I’m very happy with this item, but not as jazzed I would have expected. It falls just a little short of the usual Lenox craftsmanship. I absolutely love the idea of a simple snow globe (because who doesn’t love snow globes?) surrounded by the beautiful porcelain. Where this one falls short is the detail of the nutcracker. I held it up to my husband and two teenagers asking them what they thought it was. It took each of them quite a while to discern that it was, indeed, a nutcracker. It’s just missing the details I would have expected.

Having said that, it’s not a bad ornament and I’ll proudly display it on our tree, it’s still absolutely stunning, just don’t look too close. I also liked the simple packaging. Overall, a winner.

Description:
Lenox offers a truly legendary collection of ornaments that has been a treasured part of American holidays for generations. Unmatched quality and hand craftsmanship result in exquisite collectibles that bring a special glow to your home. No other gift expresses the joy of the season more than a specially-chosen ornament for the people who mean the most to you. Best of all, this remarkable collection is created by Lenox, the name more closely associated with holiday entertaining than any other. The confidence that Lenox has in the unmatched durability of every product they offer is backed up by a lifetime breakage replacement policy to guarantee many years of enjoyment to each customer. Enjoy a winter wonderland as a holiday fantasy comes to beautiful life in this miniature snowglobe. Crafted of Lenox porcelain, this ornament includes a lustrous gold rope with tassel for hanging and comes beautifully packaged in an iconic seasonal red box to make a perfect gift.

Rating: ★★★★☆

10 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Evenflo Feeding Advanced Milk Storage 5 Ounce Bags, 20 Count

evenfloPumping mom and daycare provider approved.

I have a working mom friend that is nursing so when I saw these, I knew I had to get them for her. It’s a lot of work pumping every day, trying to keep up with what the baby needs while in daycare. Anything that can make that whole process a little easier makes a huge difference. She loved these bags. We were both a little hesitant because the material seemed really thin, but it held up really nicely to us pouring warm water into it and generally not being very nice, tossing it around, etc. (Hey, don’t judge, pumping is hard work, I wouldn’t trust it to that liquid gold until I was sure either!). After using them for a couple of days, they are winners. She says they are easy to use on her end and the daycare provider loved that there was a spout to help decrease spills. I just wanna know where these were when *I* was a pumping mom! A spout would’ve been HUGE.

Description:
Evenflo Feeding’s Advanced 5 fl. oz. Milk Storage Bags are perfect for collecting, storing and freezing your precious breast milk. Our eco-friendly bags have 30% less material, reducing waste. They are made from a durable, high-density military grade material for extra strength, but are thinner for quicker freeze thaw times. The special design and wider seams allow for a stable, self-standing position when filling and a secure seal with a SafeZip dual track zipper for storing. The perforated, tear-off top creates a convenient pour spout when transferring milk from bag to bottle. Our bags also include adapter holes that easily attach to most standard neck breast pump adapters. Made in the USA. We are honored to support you on your breastfeeding journey. For over 30 years, Evenflo Feeding has created and continues to develop products to help you along the way. You may feed challenged at times, but remember you are a strong and capable mommy who can achieve your breastfeeding goals! Good luck to you, mom, as you continue on your amazing adventure of motherhood!

Rating: ★★★★★