Saturday, August 13

Review: Balance Beans Math Game

My girls are 11 and 13 and both have so much fun playing with #ThinkFun Balance Beans.  My youngest daughter was the first to play.  Once I told her the simple rules she started trying each card in order.  She only had about five left when her sister showed up.  Her big sister wanted to start playing immediately. She let her sister play a few cards, trying one or two of each level before they played the last five cards together.  The game is listed as a solitary game but my girts played happily together and alone.

We had plans to meet their former teacher and some friends at a local park so we took the game with us.  Once we were all sitting down to catch up my girls brought out the game.  The game was hit with the other kids and their parents.  Their former teacher was especially excited about the game and not just because her maiden name is Bean. 
I highly recommend this game, even I have fun playing with it by myself!
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Review: Pete's Dragon


Last week my family and I were able to attend a sneak preview of Pete's Dragon and we loved it.  This version is very different from the Disney movie made in the seventies.  We just loved this movie and not just because of the fantastic dragon!  The characters are just so engaging and you care about that right away.  The movie is so touching, I almost cried a few times.  I would recommend this movie for the whole family.  My kids are already asking if we can see the movie again now that it is in the theater.  My sister, mom and nephew are seeing the tonight and I am sure they will love it too!

Disclosure: My family and I attended a free sneak preview and all opinions are my own.

Friday, July 8

Review: 5 Bend Stainless Steel Straws by Uniqhia

I have been trying to reduce the waste my household creates.  My kids love to drink through straws but if they start to add up after a while.  If you use plastic straws they are inexpensive to buy but they don't last and just create more plastic waste. Those straws get thrown away and end up in the environment and straws are among the top ten debris in the ocean.  Now I don't want to give up straws instead I use reusable straws.  Uniqhia Extra Long Stainless Steel Drinking Straws set comes with 5 metal straws and a brush to clean them.  They are 10.5 inches and the perfect size to use in 30 oz. insulated cups.  My kids have been using them everyday since they arrived.  I don't have a picture but we also use them when drinking smoothies.  I haven't yet since it is summer but I can't wait to use them in my travel mug to drink hot coffee or tea.  Also, since they are metal I know they won't break and I can take them along when eating out or traveling.

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, July 3

Review: Manuka Honey natural body soaps


 
I like a soap that does not have added fragrance.  I like a nice scent, I just want it to be naturally occurring and light.  Manuka Honey natural body soaps feel wonderful on my skin and the scent is very subtle, just the way I like it. 

When I use the soap my skin feels clean and soft.  Sometimes soap dries my skin out when it is cleaning but this soap does not.  My skin feels clean but not tight or dried out.
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, June 29

Review: BFG

My family and I were able to attend a sneak preview of BFG last week and we were so excited.  My younger daughter, almost 11 years, loved this movie.  She was laughing out loud, especially the scene with the feast (I don't want to give anything away).  She just could not stop talking about how much she enjoyed watching the movie.  Now my teen thought it was a good movie but did not laugh out loud like her sister.  The movie is just beautiful to see.  My favorite part is when they are exploring and visit the dream tree.  The visuals in those scenes is enough just to see the movie.  The movie is good for families, though it would depend on the teen if they might enjoy it or not.  I did find the giant hard to understand sometimes so you do need to pay close attention and somewhat translate in your head. 

Disclosure: I attend a sneak preview with my family and all opinions stated are my own.

Monday, June 20

Review: VidaKai Loose Leaf Fruit/Tea Infuser Water Bottle


I am always drinking water but sometimes it is nice to have a little more flavor.  I do not like artificial flavors so if I want to add flavor it needs to be from real food.

I made lots of infused waters in the last week in VidaKai Loose Leaf Fruit/Tea Infuser Water Bottle.  The first was tangerine sage with chopped strawberries, then lime mint with crushed blueberries and both were delicious.

Since the infuser is at the bottom the water continues to be infused as I am drinking it.

Once I finished my water, I actually added more water at least once, sometimes twice to infuse more water.  When it was time to clean, the bottom comes off for much easier cleaning
To clean out the metal infuser, you just pop it off and clean it out.
The bottle is great infusing water and even more important to me it is so easy to clean and dry.
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 


Saturday, June 18

Review: Sound Intone MS200 Headphones

I don't know about you but I seem to listen to music or television/movies more using my iPad or iPhone more than any other way. If I am going to listen over headphone then I want them to sound good.  Sound Intone MS200 Headphones sound great plus they fold up for easier traveling.

My husband saw how much I was enjoying them so he has been using them too.  He likes to watch movies while on our exercise bike and found these perfect.  The sound is great and they look sharp too so I recommend these to anyone in the market for headphones!
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 


Tuesday, June 14

Review: Propresser Stainless Steel Kitchen Garlic Press


Growing up my grandfather always had a garlic press at dinner, with which, he would use to press garlic he grew himself straight onto his food.  Luckily I love garlic almost as mush as he did.  Surprisingly I have never owned my own garlic press. I tried buying garlic and chopping it myself or buying it already chopped.  Neither method worked, the pre chopped garlic just doesn't have the right flavor and chopping it myself was so much work (plus I can never chop uniformly small pieces).

 The Propresser Stainless Steel Kitchen Garlic Press is so easy to use.  I rolled the garlic pieces in the tube to rub off the outer skin and placed in the garlic press.  Just a squeeze:
Out comes great garlic.  Since receiving this garlic press I have been using garlic much more often.  I even made some garlic bread by adding the pressed garlic into soften butter, spread on bread and broiled to perfection! I am actually out of garlic since I have been using it so much.
Now, what about cleaning?  I found the garlic press quite easy to clean.  I used my finger to grab the leftover bits of garlic that did not go through, washed with a sponge and it was clean.
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 
 

Saturday, June 11

Review: Double Camping Hammocks by Live Infinitely

As I live in the Pacific Northwest even in summer one can not count on the weather to be dry. I need to be able to easily put away those items used outside.  Beside being of strong and safe contrition I wanted a hammock that was easy to pack away.  Live Infintely Double Camping Hammocks is easy to pack up and very light making it great for camping or even your own back yard.
 


The hammock it easy to just roll up and then stuff into the attached bag.  It did not even take a whole minute to pack up the hammock and roll up the straps and place in their own separate bag. 

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, June 3

Review: Pack of 120 Premium Multi-Size Chalkboard Labels

I buy lots of food in the bulk section in my grocery store and that means that the foods are not labeled except with labels I make myself.  In the past I have tried making labels with different levels of success,  With these labels I just write on them, peel and stick,  It is so easy and if the label doesn't look just right I just wipe it off to try again or peel it off and reattach.  It is really as easy as that.
The Pack of 120 Premium Multi-Size Chalkboard Labels I received comes with so many labels I will have more than enough to label everything I want to.  It also comes with full size sheets you can use as they are or even cut into the shape you want, for example a heart or hippo or anything you want.  I haven't decided what to do with the large sheets yet as I am too busy using the smaller labels to label my whole pantry!
 

As you can see they are easy to write on using chalk or chalk markers.  You can write on them before or after attaching them to whatever you are attaching them too.  Personally I like to write on them first but have written on them after placing them on jars too, so I know it works both ways.

If you need to label stuff I highly recommend the Pack of 120 Premium Multi-Size Chalkboard Labels.

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, May 31

Review: WonderEsque Zester and Cheese Grater

If you have ever tried to zest citrus or grate hard cheese on a box grater, I feel your pain.  A box grater is great for shredding cheese such as Monterey jack or similar cheese but is not great for anything else.  Besides the grating, the cleaning is quite awkward.  I am loving WonderEsque Zester and Cheese Grater for hard cheese.  I recently, completely on accident, created my kids favorite pasta dish.  One of the main ingredients is about 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.  WonderEsque Zester and Cheese Grater makes the grating of the cheese so much easier.  I have also used the WonderEsque Zester and Cheese Grater to grate chocolate for dessert but have not tried it on citrus yet (the lemons did not look great in my store.)
I also like the feel of the handle, it is really comfortable to hold which is nice when you are using it for a while.
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, May 23

Review: AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves+Internal Cotton Layer

I am adoring these AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves+Internal Cotton Layer oven mitts.  I bake almost every day so that means I use oven mitts virtually everyday.  The gloves keep my hands protected from heat while gripping the hot item well.  Since the outside of the glove is silicone, that means it is waterproof.  I can not count how many times I have spilt water, usually boiling water, on my oven mitts, with these gloves my hands are protected.

 
I also really like the cotton lining, it is soft and comfortable and adds even more protection against heat.  They fit my hands well and both of my daughters' hand too, who are still smaller than me.
My husband has also used them and says they fit great too.

I actually like these gloves so much I am getting rid of all of my other oven mitts!
 
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, May 21

Review: #BoldBrite Running Headlamp with Reflective Band


The most important thing to me about a running head lamp is how comfortable.  This head lamp with reflective band is very comfortable, comfortable for long runs (well as long as you don't adjust it to tight.)
Also very important is if the light is bright enough to light up the area in front of you, which this does.  The strap is also reflective so if a car comes up behind you while out running in the dark they will see you.


Personally I only use the regular light but if I ever need it also has a solid red light or a flashing red light.  Besides running a head lamp is so nice when camping or searching in a dark room.

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.