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Archive for May, 2015

Furniture Afterlife, Professional Wood Polish & Conditioner by Leather Afterlife

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We bought a nice hardwood dining table and chair set a couple years back, and I’ll admit that I haven’t done the best job continuing to care for the wood, so I was happy to try out this Furniture Afterlife wood polish and conditioner to help give them some extra care. After treating the set with the Furniture Afterlife, I’m really pleased. First of all it is extremely quick and easy to use. A small hole in the cap makes it simple to dispense a small amount of the liquid at a time. I simply used a folded up paper towel as an applicator, doing a bit at a time until all the surfaces were treated. It goes on easily and does not leave behind an oily residue. The paper towel definitely showed evidence of all the dirt and grime that this helped to clean off, as it was also conditioning the wood. I was impressed with instantly how much brighter the wood’s finish looks after treating with the Furniture Afterlife. It somehow gives the wood back its natural sheen and makes the natural grain really stand out. In addition, small nicks and scratches are much more blended in with the rest of the wood and do not show up as obviously after being conditioned. I will definitely continue to use this on all of my wood furniture to keep it in good shape.


I’m very glad that I was able to receive this as a promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest and unbiased review.


Quality Thermal Laminating Pouches by Space Evolution

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We bought a small laminating machine a couple years ago in order to be able to preserve some of our kids’ special artwork and to help with other household documents. I was excited to try out these Space Evolution laminating pouches. At only $12 for a pack of 100, it’s a great deal. I didn’t have any important papers that needed laminating right this second, so I decided to make something fun for my kids. They LOVE My Little Pony, so I printed out graphics of the characters and put them into one of the Space Evolution pouches. I like that they include a heavy weight paper sleeve in the box that I could lay out on the table with the laminating pouch on top of it to help line up the items and make sure the pouch doesn’t pick up dust and dirt. It runs very smoothly through our laminator and the plastic melts together just as it should to make a durable coating to protect the piece of paper. These work just as well as the expensive name brand ones, so why pay the extra money?


I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.


Ladybug Tooth Fairy Pillow by Loveable Creations

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My seven year old lost her first two teeth last year. The first one took me totally by surprise (and her too – she hadn’t realized it was loose until the day it came out!), so I suddenly had to scramble to get ready for the tooth fairy to make a visit. I wish I had already ordered this Loveable Creations tooth fairy pillow back then – it would have made things so much easier! She has two loose teeth right now – one of them so crazy loose that I was afraid it would fall out before this pillow even arrived, but luckily for us it’s still hanging on! She is SO excited about using this adorable ladybug pillow when that tooth finally falls out. She helped me choose the design as well – it wasn’t an easy choice (she really liked the monkey and purple owl too), but we’re both really happy with the ladybug. The antennae and color spots are great accents – so cute! I love the design – it is made of soft, sturdy felt and nicely stitched around all the edges. The tooth shape with the ladybug theme is so clever. The best part though is the sewn on felt envelope-style pocket on the back – a perfect size to hide that precious tooth! The pillow is soft enough that my daughter can have it in her bed if she wants, and big enough that the tooth fairy can leave behind a note and some sort of reward under the pillow in exchange for the tooth. The tooth fairy should be visiting our home any day now, and I’m really looking forward to having “her” use the Loveable Creations pillow this time around!

 I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.


Emma the Elephant Plush Toy by BabyFirstTV

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When I saw this adorable elephant from Baby First, I knew my kids would love it. It reminded me a lot of Gerald the elephant from their favorite books by Mo Willems. Even though they promptly informed me that it does NOT look like Gerald (shows what Mom knows!), they are having a blast with it! This is a really nice quality stuffed animal. The “fur” is very soft and all the seams and stitching are done nicely so that it will hold up to a lot of playing and cuddling! The big eyes really make it extra cute and I love that the included even such details as a fluffy tuft of fur at the end of the tail. My daughter is very creative, and immediately decided to create a costume for this new furry friend, so with the aid of construction paper, scissors, and tape, we now have “Super Elephant” in the house! The size is also really nice – big enough for them to really have fun with (you can see the pen for size comparison in one of my photos). I know that this will continue to be a favorite for both kids to use in their creative play for a long time to come.


I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.

Snug Safe n Sound Kids Earmuffs

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My mom suffers from premature hearing loss, so I am very aware of hearing related issues and want to make sure I do everything I can to help protect my childrens’ ears.  If we take them to a loud music concert event, having ear protection is key.  In addition, my daughter is learning to play the drums.  Most of the time inside the house she uses drum brushes so it’s not too loud, but if she does need to practice with the real sticks, it gets loud for both her and my son.  These Snug Safe n Sound Kids Earmuffs are perfect for both of these situations.  I like that the inside of the headband portion is covered with a soft, cushioned lining, which makes them extra comfortable.  The ear covering portions also have a generous amount of cushioning.  The headband portion does not adjust, but the way that the earpieces rotate on the metal bracket allows them to fit a range of head sizes.  In fact, it fits my 4 and 7 year olds nicely and I can also wear them myself (I have a small to medium sized adult head)!  My kids love the way they look and feel and I can personally attest that they are quite comfortable and really do a great job of blocking out noises.  The way that the earpieces rotate also helps for traveling, since they flip all the way around to make the earmuffs very compact to fit into a backpack or suitcase.  The range of available colors is really nice, and can help to make them appealing to a kid who might not think it’s cool to wear earmuffs to protect their ears.   All the components are very sturdy – I’m sure these will last us for years until both our kids are big enough for an adult sized model.


I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.

Lint Remover By Furzie

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We have three cats in the house, and with the weather suddenly warming up after a long winter, their shedding has gone into overdrive! I was just saying that I needed to find something to keep the cat hair under control when I found out about this Furzie lint remover, and was excited to give it a try. The Furzie is a very different design from any lint brush I’ve ever tried. At first glance it is reminiscent of a hairbrush, with a skinny handle and a head with many rows of bristles. The brush portion has long red bristles that are soft and very densely packed together.
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When I first opened up the Furzie I immediately tried brushing off my shirt and was amazed at how much cat fur quickly gathered on the soft bristles! I didn’t even think my shirt at the time had much cat fur on it, but apparently I was wrong!  Wow!
Then to get the fur off, I can either gather it up with my fingers off the brush or (even easier) just give it a quick rinse in the sink and allow it to air dry so it’s ready to use again. I’m amazed that it actually dries back to the same texture with no clumping of the bristles. It’s much easier than those old sticky rollers that you have to buy refills for or the old fashioned lint brushes that I always had to really work at to remove all the lint or fur.  This is seriously the best lint remover for cat fur that I’ve ever tried!I’m very glad that I was able to order this at a promotional discount in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.

Universal Smartphone Periscope Spy Lens by Lucky Star 14 LLC

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I have a lot of fun experimenting with the camera on my Android smartphone, so I was really intrigued by the idea of a periscope lens to take photos around corners. The lens itself is very compact and lightweight – easy to fit in a pocket or take in any purse or other bag. When aligned properly with the camera lens on my Moto G, the mirrors in the periscope allow me to use the front facing camera to see (and take photos) around obstacles or around the corner of a wall, which is really pretty cool! There are no instructions included with the product, and it took me a few minutes to figure out the purpose of the included metal rings, in 3 slightly different sizes and shapes. These rings actually have a sticky adhesive backing on one side and are meant to adhere to a smartphone, fitting around the lens opening. Then the periscope lens magnetically is attracted to the side of the ring that faces outward, to allow the user to easily get the periscope lined up with the smartphone lens. This doesn’t really work well with the Otterbox case I have on my phone (and even if it did I really don’t want to permanently stick something on the outside of my phone), so if I want to use the periscope lens, I just have to hold it up. It’s a bit tricky to get aligned manually each time, but once it’s in the right spot, I can easily rotate it around to the desired angle and take stealthy photos to my heart’s desire!

I’m glad that I was able to order this as a promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.