Wednesday, May 4

Review: Maxam Marble Mortar and Pestle

I have always wanted a mortar and pestle.  I have used them before but never owned one, and now I do!  Freshly ground herbs just add something special to your food, plus the smell is divine.  I have not tried grinding anything else, well except rice.  Did you know that before you use your stone or marble mortar and pestle there is a specific way to clean it?  Well I did not until now.  I read many websites and the consensus is to first rinse well (but don't use soap as it will end up in whatever you grind later.  Once it is really dry then grind up white rice at least three times.  The grinding of the rice helps clean out any marble dust created when it was made.  Once all that is done my Maxam mortar and pestle is ready to use!  I can't wait to try making more than just ground spices, I heard it is the best way to make guacamole.  I will have to test that theory!

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, May 1

Review: Premium Silicone Long Hair Swim Cap

I have been continuing with my swimming workouts since December.  I have used swim googles every time I have been swimming but until now I just put my hair in a braid or ponytail.  My hair was not happy with the almost daily swimming.  It wasn't just the chloride it was also that the motion of swimming snarled my hair, at least the ones that escaped the rubber band(which at least a few did each time).  My hair, and myself, are so much happier now that I am wearing my Prestige Premium Silicone Swim Cap.  Knowing I don't need to wash my hair or dealing with snarls I find myself swimming even more.

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, April 23

Review: Silicone No Tie Shoelaces


I really do not like to tie my shoes.  To avoid tying shoes (or because I always seem to be in a rush) I usually put on shoes that are slip-ons.  I do enjoy wearing tennis as they are comfortable but I only wear them if I will be doing lots of walking and make the time to tie the show laces.  I was sent a set of Silicone No Tie Shoelaces.  You just pop them in the shoelace hole and now I don't have to tie shoelaces!  Below is a video of the installation and use of the Silicone No Tie Shoelaces.

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, April 13

Review: Loupe Led Magnifying Glass with Light - 3 Intercha

The three lens of the Loupe Led Magnifying Glass with Light are so easy to take on and off.  The led light is underneath where the lens are clicked in so the light shines perfectly on the item you are viewing through the lens.  As the lens become smaller the magnification increases so the smallest lens magnified the most.  The Loupe Led also comes with a velvet bag to carry it all plus a cloth to wipe down the lens. 
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, April 8

Review: 32 Oz Live Infinitely Infuser Water Bottle

We drink mostly water at home and while out but sometimes water can be a bit plain.  I don't like artificial flavors so if I want flavor I want it to be from real food.  I was very excited and my daughter even more so to try 32 Oz Live Infinitely Infuser Water Bottle.  I found a great deal on organic strawberries so we have been enjoying strawberry infused water.

This was the first infuser water bottle I have ever tried and I am hooked.  The fruit and/or vegetable is placed in the center basket and the way the infuser is designed all water flows through the fruit/vegetable before exiting the water bottle.  That means that every drop of water is infused with the fruit/vegetables.  It is so essay to use so we have enjoyed strawberry infused water daily since it arrived. 
We are enjoying the 32 Oz Live Infinitely Infuser Water Bottle so much we will need to get another one soon.
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, April 5

Review: Aposon 1025-Black Sport Watch



My husband loves watches so he was excited it try out the Aposon 1025-Black Sport Watch.  He had been wearing it daily for about a week when we went on Spring break.  He likes the watch so much he took it on our trip to San Diego. 
He told me that he likes how easy the numbers are to read and lights up so you can see at night.  I found the watch was also very easy to change to the correct time.  (I am the one who set the correct times on watches always.)
I was actually going to use the watch myself but since my husband liked it so much I let him have it. He is wearing it for work, vacation (LEGOLAND, beach, shopping, running), and weekends!

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, April 4

Review: Digital Oral Thermometer by Nanci Perrin

Luckily no one has had a fever so I have only used the digital oral thermometer to measure a baseline temperature.  It is a good idea to know what your regular temperature is.  My natural temperature is in about 97.4 F so if my temperature was 100 F I know that is 2.6 F above my normal rather than less than 2 F above the average normal temperature. 
This thermometer was easy to use and understand.  The thermometer is suppose to have a special beep to let you know it is measuring a fever on someone but sick no one has been ill I have not heard it yet.  I do like that feature of beeping to let me know that it s considered a fever. The thermometer also comes with a carrying case, that way you can carry it in your purse or baby bag and know it will stay clean in the case until it is needed. 

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


Friday, March 25

Review: #Pashoshibaby Bandana Bibs


If you have a drooling baby you know how their clothes get wet and how the moisture irritates their skin.  To save having to change and wash clothes so often, have your baby wear a #pashoshibaby bandana bib.  The #pashoshibaby bandana bib is cotton (with polyester backing).   The cotton soaks up the drool and the backing keeps the clothes and your baby protected.  I was sent a set of four fun #pashoshibaby bandana bibs plus bonus pacifier clip and bottle strap.  The front of the bib is organic cotton and I must say very cute patterns,  The back is so soft I want to keep touching so it will feet soft against a baby's skin too.  The back is attached with three sets of snaps in a row.  That allows you to adjust to a smaller or larger neck as the baby grows making the bibs useable for a longer time
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Wednesday, March 23

Review: #liveinfinitely Muscle Stick

I am a swimmer (I have been going at least three times a week since December) and my husband is a long distance runner.  We both have sore muscles sometimes.  Now that I have a #liveinfinitely muscle stick I have been massaging those sore muscles.  The handles are quite comfortable and the rollers move easily as I massaged over my muscles.  I like how I can change the deepness of the massage by changing the amount pressure I use.  My daughter also had to run pacers during PE this week (I am not quite clear what pacers are but they do make sore muscles.)  I used the #liveinfinitely muscle stick gently on her legs and she said it really helped.
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, February 24

Review: SteadyDoggie Insulated Water Bottle


I prefer to avoid plastic whenever possible.  I have been changing my reusable water bottles to metal and glass.  I was very excited to try out SteadyDoggie Insulated Water bottle.  When I drink out of plastic I can taste it so I definitely prefer to avoid plastic.  Most water bottle come with one type of lid or another but this bottle comes with two lids but they can be used three ways: 1. Use sport lid (with spout) and just pour with out having to remove the lid. 2. Use sport lid with the straw so you can drink without tilting.  3. Handle lid with carabiner (lid to use when using with hot liquids).  I used the sport lid with the straw the most.  I added ice with my water and left the water bottle in my car all day, and in the late afternoon the water was still cold and no condensation on the outside.  I have been enjoying the water bottle but my kids like it even more.  My oldest claimed it today since she is feel ill today.
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, February 13

Review: FloAthletika Yoga Towel


   One the of the ways I like to exercise or be active is to do yoga.   I have never been to an actual class but I do enjoy doing yoga from a DVD.  In the past I just used a beach towel on my carpet.  Now I have an even better solution: the FloAthletika Yoga Towel .  The towel has silicon on one side so it grips the floor and doesn't slip around.  I tried it on a wood floor and carpet and it gripped great on both.  The towel can be used with a yoga mat but as I don't have a yoga mat I don't have experience with the towel in that way.  For me the towel works great and when I needed too it is easy to wash.  I just tossed it into the wash with my other towels and just let it air dry (which was very fast)!  My daughter liked the towel so much she used it to meditate and plans on using it when she does yoga too. 

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

Friday, January 29

Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

Earlier this month we were given the opportunity to see Kung Fu Panda 3. The movie was fantastic. Each movie in the series is connected but also a whole new story. In this third installment Po reunites with his original panda family and together with his adopted dad they have to save the world.  I loved seeing the pandas and watching Po connect to his panda side.  It was so entertaining to see the his two dads both parenting Po in their own way. 



My husband has not seen the first two movies but still really enjoyed the movie and now wants to see the first two.  You don't need to have seen the earlier movies to enjoy this installment but they are such great movies you will probably want to watch them too.  The movie is a perfect family movie in that the kids will love it and so will the parents, at least we did!

Disclosure: My family and I attended a free preview of the movie.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 28

Review: White Chalk Marker by Chalko



I have never used a chalk marker before so I was so excited to try these out.  I love the look of chalk but my hands always feel so dry and itchy after using chalk so I haven't used chalk in years.  The pens were so easy to use.  The first time the pen is used you have to do a few steps to get them working.  It is very easy, I pressed the tip down while the pen was pointing up, flipped the pen so it was pointing down and pressed the tip down and up until the liquid chalk flowed into the tip.  The Chalko White Chalk Marker set also came with some labels to write on with the markers.  I used them to label some food in my panty.  I also used the markers to write directly on glass and metal jar lids. These pens were great now I just need to get some colored chalk markers for even more fun.

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


Wednesday, December 30

Review: Magikuchen Pineapple Cutter


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

I think my kids are more excited about the Magikuchen Pineapple Cutter  than I am, and I am pretty excited about it!  I grew up with my grandmother cutting up fresh pineapple for us all of the time.  My kids love pineapple and I have bought it a few times fresh but it is so much work to cut up fresh pineapple.  I have to admit I have not bought fresh pineapple in a few years because of the hassle. Right before Christmas the Magikuchen Pineapple Cutter arrived and my kids were so excited we went out that day to buy a pineapple.  Unfortunately it was very green and not quite ripe enough so we had to wait.  Well with the holidays we finally remembered today to cut up our pineapple.   


I was a little apprehensive to clean the cutter as the bottom looks quite sharp but it was easy with a sponge.  After it was all clean I attempted to use the pineapple cutter for the first time.  It was very easy though I think I messed up at the end.  I think I was suppose to take off the handle (which I did correctly) and then turn the whole pineapple upside down so the pineapple spiral would just slide out.  Well now I know for next time! You can see me in the video below trying out the pineapple cutter for the first time!


My kids loved having the fresh pineapple (they wanted to eat it for lunch) and it was so easy to use and cut the pineapple that we will be using it weekly when pineapples are in season!
http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Magikuchen-Effortless-Pineapples-Indulgence/dp/B010VW0USI
#magikuchenpineapplecutter
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Monday, December 28

Homemade Waffle Cones

My husband has been on an ice cream in waffle cone kick for a while now.  He loves finding local ice cream shops near us or anywhere he is traveling.  Since we went nonGMO over two years ago we have not had ice cream cones at home (cake or waffle).  Well I decided to get him a waffle cone maker for our anniversary.  Now I am not sure how many people would love a waffle maker as an anniversary gift but my husband does.  He was so excited as soon as he opened it, especially since I had bought three cartons of our favorite ice cream to go with it.  I read lots of reviews all over the internet and on Amazon.com and in the end I chose Chef's Choice 838 Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker.  I have used the waffle maker over five times in the last three weeks and it works great every time.  The first time is a little scary and takes a little longer (or at least it did for me because I kept checking for doneness on the cone).  Now I know exactly what setting to use (just past 3 so I don't see the three) and count 20 seconds after the green light turns back on.  I pull the cooked cone out onto the clean towel and roll over the mold, lastly I pinch the end with the towel to stop ice cream drips, or at least most of the drips.  What even taste better is to scoop the ice cream into the cone while it is still warm, it just brings it to an even higher level of yumminess!