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.

Monday, May 16

Review: Drink Coasters Holder & Ice Ball Mold by Wisepalace

As it gets closer to Summer my thoughts turn to ice cold drinks.  My refrigerator comes with an ice maker but sometimes I want something more than just plain ice.  Plain ice serves its purpose but it is much more fun and fancier to make your own ice in shapes and/or with more than water.  My kids had so much fun adding the perfect circle ice cubes we made with Wisepalace Ice Ball mold to their drinks.  The mold is easy to fill and since it has holes in the top of each you could make circle ice pops in whatever flavor you want!
Ice cold drinks also mean condensation.  I like the feel of the condensation on my hand when it is really hot out but my furniture does not.  I have been know to use a book or magazine to rest my drink on which means I have ruined a few books and magazines.  I and my family have been using the Wisepalace Drink Coasters (everyone has one next to their bed since we all like water to drink at night) every night and they have been working perfectly!
As you can see in the photo below the set comes with a mold to make four ice balls, six coasters and a holder.

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 15

Review: Orblue Silicone Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cover

A few years ago I got rid of all of my nonstick pans and bought a cast iron pan to use instead.  (If nonstick pans become overheated the fumes released can kill pet birds which we have.)  It took me a little while to get used to a cast iron pan but one think I still have a problem with is forgetting how hot the handle can become.  I have burned my hand more than once so I can up with some different ways to decrease the chances of burning myself again.  I pointed the handle straight back (but that made the back burner unavailable) or I placed a potholder over the handle (it usually fell off).  Neither of these were good solutions but now I have the perfect solution: Orblue Silicone Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cover.  The handle just slips on, stays on, and doesn't get hot.  As soon as it arrived I slipped it onto my cast iron pan and have not removed.  I feel much safer for myself and my family with the cover protecting us.  If I ever get another cast iron pan (I have been thinking of getting a different size) I will make sure I order another Orblue Silicone Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cover.  I would definitely recommend having one for your cast iron pan even if you don't try and grab the cast iron handle a guest might, especially a child, and this handle keeps them safe from a burn.  I know it has kept me safe from burning 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.

Friday, May 13

Review: ModFamily Silicone Stretch Lids

I admit I loved the convenience of using cling wrap.  It was easy to use, inexpensive and easy to toss once it was used.  As a family we have been trying to reduce our use of plastic and disposable items.  Since we stopped buying cling wrap I have been putting leftover food into glass containers.  I miss being able to just cover a glass or mug that still has food or a beverage leftover.  We like to eat our soup out of mugs but my kids don't always finish what I served them.  Now that I have these great Silicone Stretch Lids I can just cover the mug or glass and put it directly into the refrigerator.  The cover stretch well so they fit large and small glasses or cans.  The seal is also water tight so if the container tips over the liquid doesn't get out. You cant say that about cling wrap, it will let liquid leak out.  I have been using the lids quite often since they arrived and so glad I have great alternative to cling wrap.

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 10

Review: TriNova Castile Soap




I have heard so many good things about castile soap but this was the first time I used it myself.  I personally only used TriNova Castile Soap to wash dishes and clean my hands while at the kitchen sink.  The soap did a great job cleaning my dishes and I am looking into find others ways to use the castile soap.
I have heard of using it as part of homemade shampoo, window cleaner, wood floor cleaner, and all purpose cleaner.  The soap is concentrated so a little goes a long way.  The bottle should last me a awhile.  I also like that since it can be used so many way I can buy less products to keep my house 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.