Monday, November 2, 2015

REVIEW: Craft Sanding Sticks 50 Assorted Nail Files with Minor Flaws in a Variety of Grits and Shapes


I love the story of these sticks.  They started as nail files, but were repurposed because they had some defect in the manufacturing process.  Since they could not be used as nail files, they are used as sanding sticks.   I love that the company is keeping these products out of landfills.

If you’re a crafter, you need these sticks!  They do an excellent job of smoothing your projects.  The sticks come in varying thicknesses and sizes.  You can find just the right one to fill your needs. 

I actually have been using them on my nails.  After inspection, I didn’t find any reason not to use them.  They have done a great job for this purpose.  They don’t leave my nails splitting or cracking.  Some have been better than some emery boards or nail files that I have found no local beauty supply stores. 

Overall I am impressed with this product.   I do recommend it.


I received this product, free or discounted, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  
#sandingsticks


http://www.amazon.com/Sanding-Sticks-Assorted-Variety-Shapes/dp/B00CPS30LG/keywords=sanding+sticks


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

REVIEW: Aqua Dance Drill Free Instant Mount 3 Way Showerhead Slide Bar Combo - Chrome

This shower head was an upgrade from my old one.  I had another one with two heads, but this Aqua Dance shower set exceeds it by far.  One of the major differences in this one and my old one lied in the bar.  My old one did not have this.  I could only use one of the heads at a time.  The handheld could really only be a handheld, as if I tried to use it while mounted, it would just spray the water at the ceiling.   That is not the case with this shower head.  I actually get the true benefit of having two shower heads.  I can use them both at the same time!  The handheld can actually be slid up and down the bar so that you can direct it at the part of your body you need it most.  I like to aim it at my lower back to massage my back while I shower with the main head. 

Installation was a breeze.  It took just a few, short minutes.  The instructions were detailed and easy to follow.  The pictures helped with this as well.  IT also looks very nice when installed!  The chrome shines and matches any bathroom d├ęcor.  The shower head is also light weight.  Being that I was installing it while my husband was away, I appreciated that it was easy and lightweight.

The settings on this shower head are amazing.  My old one only had three settings.  This one has a whole lot more.  My favorite is the jet massage setting.  It applies nice pressure to your back.  The product also has a water-saving feature.  This is probably important to those who own homes and want to save water.  If you live in an apartment, this probably won’t matter as much to you. 

Overall, this is a great shower head set.  I do recommend it!


 Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm2b21de16a5c3b0913227003411b15196

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

REVIEW: 2 x Acrylic Hydraulic Lift Adjustable Counter Bar Stool Dining Chair Clear -Pack of 2 (2005/7542)



These stools are not white.  They are a clear!  
You can buy them here




I have had these bar stools for a few weeks. I had been waiting on my husband to put them together, thinking that it would be too complicated,  I got tired of waiting and ended up putting them together myself. This was so much easier than I could have ever imagined.

The instruction are really are series of pictures. They are easy to follow though. The sheet shows you what the parts are and they are labeled by alphabets. There are two diagrams. One shows you have to attach the seat and the other shows you how to attach that part to the base. Here's how you assemble them:

1. Place the round metal plate on top of the pole that has the lever and footrest attached
2. Align the holes on the plate to the holes on the pols
3. Sit the seat on top, aligning the holes
4. Place the screws/bolts in the holes ( I researched which part was nuts and which part was bolts after doing the video)
5. Slide on the washer
6. Twist on the bolt and tighten with the included wrench
7. Put that to the side and grab the large round base.
8. Apply the silver ring onto the base.
9. Slide the large end of the remaining pole into the hole on the base
10. Fit the assembled seat onto the assembled base
Very simple. I really like the way the holes are drilled in the top of the acrylic seat. The screws sit flush down into the holes, so there is no worry of snagging clothes or getting poked.

I love the way this assembled product looks. They have a modern style. As you can see form the video, I'm not a small girl. They hold my weight very well. The hydraulic works nicely too. I'm really surprised at how lightweight these are. They do not take much effort to move at all.

I'm really impressed with this product. You can't beat the price. I do recommend them. You can use them even if you do not have a bar, as the hydraulic allows them to be short or tall. I'm very impressed.

I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Based upon the sleek and modern look, and the ease of assembly, I am absolutely in love with these chairs.

Monday, August 24, 2015

SURPRISE!!! Special Discount on Gen X Clothing

If you were following the blog a few days ago, you saw the Gen X Clothing that I reviewed recently.  Well, they are giving you all a discount on their whole website.  

Just use the code  
Tiffanie20 
at checkout on the 


Keep in mind that I mentioned in my review that many of their clothes do run small.  I suggest getting them a size larger.  Enjoy


Friday, August 21, 2015

REVIEW: HLC.ME 6-Piece Heavy Gauge Non-Stick Bakeware Set, 6-Piece Set

When you're working on losing weight, you have to become content with baking your food.  You'll definitely need a nice set of bake ware.  I got this set in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


This set has everything you need to do some major baking. I am in the process of changing the color of my kitchen to red. I HAD to have this set. It is beautiful. The red is so rich. I am in love. Those details are nothing in comparison t the way these babies cook.
They are truly nonstick. I like that they are nonstick on the outside and the inside. I realized how important nonstick on the outside was with a mishap a while back. Some things spilled over and I could NOT get the cooked on grime off a pan. That is not the case with this set. Nothing sticks, so you don’t have to worry about the horrible mess that exists after your cobbler spills over the side of the pan.

Cleanup is easy. All you need is a bit of warm soapy water and a wash cloth. I let them sit in the water for a few minutes, then everything just wipes off. I do not use any abrasive material. I will also caution against using metal in these pots to preserve the integrity of the nonstick coating.

I recommend this set for a house warming gift or for anyone w ho needs a new set of pans! It would make a great first set, for sure!


Get yours

HLC.ME 6-Piece Heavy Gauge Non-Stick Bakeware Set, 6-Piece Set


Thursday, August 20, 2015

REVIEW: Gen X Clothing

Because I have been consistently losing weight, I knew it was time to get some new, cute clothes. I got three items from Gen X Clothing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. They are each trendy and well-made.




I did read the other reviews before getting this product. I made sure to order it a size larger. I actually wish I had ordered it two sizes larger. It is still a bit tight. It isn’t a big deal, though. It is just extra sexy. I love the print on this jumpsuit. It is well-made. The stitching is nice. I really appreciate that it did not shrink after being washed. You basically step into it and button it up the front. Very easy. I recommend getting a strapless bra to wear with the product if you have larger breasts. Ladies with smaller breasts can get away with wearing it without any support, as it does provide a little support.

Overall I love this product. It is very cute. Just make sure you order it larger than your regular size.

Plus Off shoulder Rip Dress


I didn't take a photo of this one yet, but if you click the title, you will go to the listing.  
I ordered this dress in an Xl and it fits perfectly. I love that it is lined because I was afraid that it would be see-through. That is not the case at all. It is extremely comfortable. It hugs your curves in all the right places. I actually added a belt to hide my little tummy pouch a bit. I saw where someone had an issue with getting the top to stay down. It is important to note that this is an off the shoulder dress. When you wear it off your shoulders, you can fold the top down. If you try to wear it on your shoulder, the top will not fold down.

I do recommend this dress. It is perfect for a night out. I have no complaints about this product. Pair it with a nice pair of earrings and a nice chunky bracelet for a beautiful effect. You can even add a short necklace or choker to make an even bolder statement.

WOMENS PLUS AMERICAN BAZI DESTROYED DRAWSTRING DENIM JOGGER



These jeans are HOT!! I love the dark denim with the faded front. The ripped design is cute. These jeans are a combination of jogging pants and jeans. You can wear them with gym shoes or with heels. They can be dressed up or dressed down. I find them very versatile. They do run a little small, so make sure you order a size larger than your regular size.

If you have a larger bottom, you may want to order them two sizes larger for the sake of comfort. I was actually a size XL, but lost 25 pounds. I did go ahead and get them in the XL, which isn't my size anymore. They fit for the most part. I just wish I had a little more space in the butt area.

This is just a snippet of the items that they have.  You can check them out for yourself


Monday, July 20, 2015

REVIEW: Beautiful Hand Painted Wine Glasses



I still indulge in the occasional glass of wine.  I especially like to drink it on Thursday during Scandal.  The photos do not do these wine glasses any justice at all.  They are absolutely beautiful.  The glasses are mouth-blown and each one is unique.  They are also hand painted.  The artists paid delicate attention to the detail.  Maybe it is in my mind, but I do feel like my wine tastes a little better when I drink it from these amazingly crafted wine glasses.  The stems are long and the actual glass is huge.  This does not take away from the stability of the glass.  They are extremely stable whether full or empty.    I feel like Olivia Pope from Scandal when I drink from these awesome glasses.  While my glass is as big as hers, mine is also much prettier.  These are definitely my new Thursday night Scandal and How to get Away with Murder glasses. 

  • #ValentinaParis


  • I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    REVIEW: Running Belt for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus & Android Smartphones + Touchscreen Compatible



    This is my favorite running belt yet! I am so ecstatic that this running belt has a clear window so I can see my phone screen. Not only can I see my phone screen, but this screen allows me to touch and operate the screen. YES! In addition, there is room on the inside for my keys or my ID. It is spacious, but also slim. The belt is adjustable. I find it comfortable to wear. It is also padded, so you don’t have to worry about your cell phone becoming wet from sweat and short-circuiting. I’m excited!

    I received a discount on this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.






    Friday, July 10, 2015

    *GIVEAWAY* Old Factory Scented Candles Gift Set

    The lovely people at Red Rover Naturals have decided to give my readers a chance to win an

    Old Factory Candles Gift Set of 3 Candles

    According to their listing, these candles are: 

    •  Handmade in the USA with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks. Lead-free so you can feel good about enjoying the warm, flickering glow of these candles with your family. We use only premium fragrance oils which make our scented candles essential for every home.
    • ·Each gift pack comes with 3 fragrance-themed candles. Each of which burns clean for 25 to 30 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house.  We recommend burning one candle in a smaller room, or combining 2 candles in a larger room for a mixture and the best effect.

    I have personally had two sets of these candles.  I have had the Fresh and Clean set and the Hippie Mix.  I love these candles.  The fragrances are dead on!  My favorite candles from these sets are the Lemongrass,  and the  Bag O’Cookies.  At home, I burn them.  At work, I use them on a warmer.  The fragrance throws very well either way.  I also love that they come in a box that is gift-giving ready!

    I received my candles in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  Because I loved them, I am hosting this giveaway for the company.

    Old Factory Scented Candles Gift Set Giveaway  

    Check them out here.

    Available Fragrance Collections:


    Fall  Harvest
    Pumpkin Spice
    Cranberry
    Autumn Leaves


    Christmas Tree
    Candy Cane
    Gingerbread


    Hot Cocoa
    Roasted Chestnut
    First Snow


    Rose Petals
    Champagne
    Dark Chocolate



    Lemongrass
    Olive Blossom
    Fresh Linen



    Cucumber
    Lemongrass
    Green Tea



    Sea Breeze
    Hawaiian Lei
    Awapuhi



    Coffee Bean
    Hazelnut
    Chai Tea


    Straight Razor
    Leather
    Mahogany



    Baby Powder
    Baby Shampoo
    First Blanket



    Leather
    Vanilla Sex
    Jasmine Bubbles


    Cannabis
    Incense
    Bag O Cookies

    Sugar Cookie
    Chocolate Fudge
    Cinnamon Crisp

    Key Lime
     Lemongrass
     Orange Zest

    Bourbon
    Black & Tan
    Champagne

    Lily of the Valley
    Lilac
    Plumeria









    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    REVIEW: Scandle Candle Rejuvenate Blend Aromatherapy Body Candle 10 oz. Ceramic Canister


    I love this candle!  It will definitely remain in my arsenal of products! My skin feels amazing.  Can't wait to share this experience with my husband.

    You can get yours here:

    http://www.scandlecandle.com/

    So...I found myself jealous

    I always thought that once I hit the 20 pound mark, people would notice and be in awe. I imagined a lot of:
    “Are you losing weight?
    “Whoa, how much have you lost?” 
    “You’re looking good! What are you doing?” 

    Here I am, a little over 20 pounds lighter than I was three months ago, and it seems like nobody is noticing my efforts.  This wasn’t really a big deal to me, until today.  See, I had actually gotten one of my friends to diet with me here and there.  So far, she has lost 11 pounds.  People have already started to ask her about her weight loss.  When I heard someone ask her how much she had lost and tell her how good she looked, I actually became jealous!  I couldn’t believe that I put in all this effort and lost all these pounds, but someone who only lost half the weight I have was getting all the attention that I imagined I would have at this point.

    When I finally “checked in” with my thoughts, I realized how ridiculous they were!  First of all, my weight loss is not for the benefit of other people.  It is for MY benefit.  I want to be thin.  I want to be healthy.  I want to decrease health risks.  I want to be able to wear clothes without feeling like I had to carefully choose something that hid my imperfections.  Why was I looking for outward validation?  After all, it isn’t about what other people think about me, it is about how I feel.  Am I proud of myself?  Heck yeah!  I’m rocking right now!

    Then I started to bathe my mind with the positives to neutralize these negative thoughts.  I mentally rambled a list of things for which I should be thankful.  My clothes are fitting looser.  Some are even hanging off of me. My stamina and endurance have increased. I can actually run up the stairs without feeling like death was sitting on my chest.  I can comfortably cross my legs!  I know many may not understand how big a deal that is.  Crossing the legs is one of those things that is just feminine.  I could barely do it.  When I would get them crossed, it would only be for a few minutes, as either my leg would slip off or it would be too painful and I would have to adjust my position.  So, yeah, this is a big deal to me. 

    As I thought deeper, I realized that the negative thoughts that I allowed to creep upon me were completely wrong!  My husband has told me every single day how proud he was of me and how good I look.  Every time my Godmother sees me, she asks how much more weight I have lost, and bellows out a “You go girl!”  My mom, who (while she is my biggest supporter) is my biggest critic, has even commented on the weight loss.  Friends have even noticed when I posted a new picture on Facebook.  Somewhere along the lines, the compliments from those closest to me became background noise.  I had stopped being grateful and appreciative of this affirmation.  I’m sorry.  I love you! 

    I felt so silly that I had to confess these thoughts to my friend.  She was amused.  “Tiffanie, are you serious right now?”  Unfortunately, I was!  “Tiffanie, you’ve obviously lost weight. I don’t say anything because I see it every day.  We have been talking about our accomplishments together.  I didn’t think you needed validation for something you already know.”  I felt even sillier than I had initially.  She also pointed out that my changing body was hiding under my clothes that were now baggy and suggested that I have my clothes taken in, since I didn’t want to invest in new clothes until I reached a goal. 

    Had this been another time in my life, I would have allowed this one thought to develop into an avalanche of thoughts.  I would have found myself rolling downhill into the largest bucket of ice cream topped with caramel, nuts, and whipped cream that I could find.  Then, that bucket of ice cream would have melted into a guilt-ridden puddle that caused me to eat more garbage, until I became so discouraged that I turned right back to my old eating habits.   What would have happened then?  You guessed it!  I would have gained all of the weight back in a matter of weeks, and some of those pounds would have come back with friends.  I am extremely grateful that I am learning to neutralize my negative thoughts before they become a problem. 

    “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
                                                                Proverbs 23:7
    It is so important to be aware of our thoughts.   There is a reason that God tells us to only think on those things are pure.  He knows how easily it is for us to allow our thoughts to create our reality.  A few more minutes in self-pity would have sent me into a whirlwind of feelings that would have eventually led to destruction of my progress at my own hands. 

    How do you combat your negative thoughts?  Do you redirect them?  Do you reflect on the Word of God?  OR do you allow them to lead you down Destruction Avenue?  The single easiest way I have found to redirect negative thoughts is to find things to be thankful for.  If your heart is filled with gratefulness, there is no room for anything else.  Once I got so wrapped up in being thankful, that I found myself thanking God for shoelaces, so that I didn’t have to worry about my shoes coming off my feet in the event that I had to run.  There is nothing to silly or too little for your gratitude. 

    Let us pray.
    Father, it is with great humility that I come before You today.  I must first ask that You forgive me for the negative thoughts that I allowed to enter into my mind today.  In the same token, I want to thank You for the work You have been doing in me that allowed me to immediately turn my thoughts onto what is good.   Thank You for stopping what could have been an emotional train wreck in its tracks almost immediately so that I may continue to push toward my goals. 

    Lord, I lift all that are struggling with negative thoughts, depression, and feelings of failure or inadequacy. I am pleading on their behalf that you give them a renewed mind.  Let the mind that is in Your Son, Jesus be also in them.   It is so easy to allow the things of this world to form our thoughts.  Forgive us for allowing distractions to take our hearts off of You and Your goodness.  Thank you, Father.  We love you.  In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.


    Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If you have found any value from it, please comment and share.   I love you!  Thank you!




    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    A timely message when there are cakes in the staff meeting

    My job is big on celebrating birthdays! If there are 3 birthdays in the month, we have three cakes! If it is someone's anniversary, there is another cake! There are always pastries in the kitchen. We are overloaded with sugar and carbs! Right before going into the staff meeting today, I decided to do my Skinny School lesson on lunch. This message was timely! Here is my summary: We all mess up! That is simply human nature. Some mess up/fall off more than others. Your success is determined by the way tog handle those slip ups. The result of large slips is usually utter discouragement. So as soon as you slip with your eating and exercising, don't wait. Get back on track immediately! The emotional suffering that comes with being overweight is much harder than the temporary discomfort associated with working toward your health and fitness goals. Imagine how you will feel when you can feel comfortable in anything you wear. Imagine the freedom associated with not having to think about your weight all day long? Some may call you obsessed with your goals. What some see as obsession is simply discipline. People who criticize your discipline are trying to find comfort in their own laziness. Pray that they see the light like you have. There were 2 cakes!!!! No cake for me today. I am learning self-mastery. Sorry if it bothers you that while you're having seconds, I'm sipping tea.

    Sunday, June 21, 2015

    REVIEW: Coconut Oil Soap with Shea Butter, Olive Oil & Plumeria Essential Oils - Natural & Organic Ingredients By Soap.Club Handmade Bath & Body Skin Care Products With Moisturizing Lotion


    I decided to try this soap because I have eczema  and dry skin.  This soap is said to help with dry and irritated skin.  It contains a lot of great ingredients, such as olive oil,  coconut oil, and shea butter. It is also organic. 

    The first thing I noticed when this soap arrived is the smell.  The fragrance is amazing.  It sort of  takes you away on a mental retreat.  I love it.  The bar feels silky as well.  Upon using it, my skin was moisturized and refreshed.  The moisture actually lasted a lot longer than other soaps.  My eczema spots are starting to clear up as well.  In addition, it leaves you smelling nice. 

    The soap in the bathroom at work dries my skin out very badly.  I actually took cut my bar of soap in half and put some in a portable soap dish so I could use it at work.  Now, I don’t have to walk around with ashy hands or use lotions and oils all day.

    I never heard of soap.club prior to this experience, but I will definitely use them again. 


    I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  


    Monday, June 15, 2015

    REVIEW: Connoisseur's Inn Wine Bottle Stopper with Stylish Diamond Shaped Crystal Ball on Top



    This wine stopper is absolutely beautiful!  It comes in a beautiful box that is ready for gift-giving.  The box is lined with a satin-like material.  The wine topper fits nestled right in the space that is crafted for it.  These details are extremely elegant.

    The design of the wine topper is excellent.  It is magnificently crafted.  I especially like it when the light catches it the right way.  I attempted to catch a photo of the sparkle that is produces.  It’s so gorgeous.  I almost feel rich when putting this on top of a bottle.  It doesn't just fit a wind bottle.  It also fits other  750ml bottles.  My husband likes to use it on a nice bottle of cognac. 

    This stopper does a great job keeping the wine fresh.  Lately, I haven’t been completing an entire bottle of wine.  The rubber rings make the wind topper fit snugly.  When you pull it out of the whine, you hear the “pop” sound that I love so much.   It also keeps our cognac from going stale.  We are happy.


    I received a discount on this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.   

    You can find your own here.

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Why hasn't the scale moved?

    Here I was, panicking!  It is almost the middle of the month, and I haven't lost gotten rid of one pound this month!  I couldn't believe it!  Then it hit me.  Almost every night, I have awakened and eaten a handful (or two) of  dry roasted peanuts!  Of course, I wasn't tracking this midnight eating. That means that every single day, I was going over on my calories as well as my carbs.  

    I did some research and found that eating in the Middle of the night is called Nocturnal Eating Disorder .  If you find yourself doing this, it is important to do a check-in to make sure you are emotionally and physically healthy.  I know for sure my Nocturnal Eating is the result of stress and not taking time out for myself.  That changes today.  It is counter-productive to sabotage all of my hard work. 

    It is  important to track every single thing that is going into your body.  If  you are serious about getting healthy, you will need to have real goals that you follow.  For me, I try to stay within 50 grams of carbs and 15-25 grams of sugar per day.  I do not know the carb and sugar count of everything I eat, and I definitely won't remember everything that I ate for the day.  I MUST track my foods religiously.  If not, I will be going over my goals.  Not only can I stall my weight loss, but I can gain as well.  


    *Note:  With Nocturnal Eating Disorder, you are fully aware that you are awake and eating.  .  There is a similar eating disorder called Sleep-Related Eating Disorder.  Whit this particular disorder, you are not actually aware that you are eating in the middle of the night.  

    Signs to watch for with both disorders are: 
    • Lack or appetite in the morning
    • Unexplained weight gain
    • Noticing that things are different in  your kitchen (food missing, dishes out, etc.)

    With signs of either disorder, you will want to consult your doctor.  These signs can be warning of a more serious underlying health disorder.  

    I have had a full check-up and everything is perfectly fine.

    REVIEW: Apalus Auto On/off Light Controlled Insect Trap, Smart Indoor Mosquito Traps,Mosquito Killer With Electric Vacuum Fan, LED Ultraviolet Light Bug Zapper,No Chemicals,Romantic Night Light

    This Insect trap by Apalus says it is for indoor use. I wouldn’t particularly try it outside because outside is not as controlled an area as in the house. It appears that the low rating on this product is because the customers were using this product outside instead of inside. Outside is a wide open area.

    The first thing I like about this bug zapper is the sleek design. Nobody can actually tell what it is. I also like the cool blue light. The touch button is cool as well. You don’t actually have to press a button. You just touch the power switch. The first touch turns it on hi, the second turns it to medium, the third turns it to low, and the fourth turns it off.

    The instructions recommend that his product be used when it is completely dark in the room. That way, there is no other light to draw the insects. It is also recommended to not have any air blowing on it, as it could affect he function of the fan that draws the bugs into the unit.

    I took it out the box and used it right away. I initially had some issues getting the top aligned. One side would go in, but the other wouldn’t. It took me a few minutes to be able to hold it level enough to get the unit put together correctly. A feature for improvement would be to put some stickers on it with arrows that tell you exactly how to align the unit.

    I turned it on when I arrived home from work. There wasn’t anything flying around, so I didn’t expect anything spectacular. Surprisingly, there was a fly and some gnats inside the unit the next morning. I was so confused because there was nothing here.

    This product comes with a small brush so that you can clean the insect carcasses out of the unit. I would suggest a brush that is a little bit larger. That is just a minor inconvenience though. The thing that I like most is that the fan makes sure that the bugs do not get back out. Once they are in this unit, they are there for good until they dehydrate and die. Also, it is nontoxic. I really worry about chemicals, giving that I have a toddler.

    While I like to believe that I have ninja-like reflexes, I still fail to hit a fly before it moves. This is a much better solution. I don’t have to wait in the shadows, stalking a pesky insect. I can just sit back and relax, knowing that the insect will not be around very long.

    I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Today's Delivery



    I usually have small items delivered to work.  Well this is what I got delivered by UPS today!  I got another box from a courier, and USPS hasn't come yet.

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    It's Official... 20 pounds down!!!

    That's right!  I started my journey at 190 pounds in March.  I am officially 170!

    ***Insert Happy Dance***


    REVIEW: Silicone Soap Candle Making Fondant Tool Chocolate Mold Hard Candy Mould Ice Cube Tray Kit Party Supply

    I actually got two of these molds. I got the stars set and the brain set. The silicon is food grade, so while it is good for wax, it is also good for food related projects. The first thing I did was try them as ice cubes. After washing the trays, I filled them with water and went to work. When I returned, I pulled them out of the freezer. I ran them under a bit of warm water before popping them out. It was very easy to get them out of the molds.

    As you can see from the pics, two of the stars have some cute sticks. Those would be nice for swirling around in your drink when you do not want the ice to sit in your drink. The first thing I thought was that it would be nice to fill them with wine to swirl around in my drinks. I'm not sure how well you can see in the picture, but the larger stars also have a smaller star cutout in the middle. It is unbelievable how incredibly detailed the brain ice cubes were. Even after running these molds under water, they did not lose this definition.

    After I finished playing with my super cool ice cubes, I remembered that I had some white chocolate chips. They were really cheap and when warming the chocolate, it never really became creamy. It actually got hard, but I decided to try it anyway. I put it into the molds the best I could, by trying to press it into the crevices. I put it into the freezer to set for just a few minute. Surprisingly, they still turned out well. They popped out of the mold pretty easily. Because the mold is silicon, you can pull on it a little bit to release the candy. They will still come out perfectly. They were still very defined. I can only imagine how nice they will be if I actually had better candy to melt.

    Cleanup was easy as well. I sat them in some warm soapy water for a few minutes, then just rinsed them. They did not require any scrubbing or anything.

    I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

          

    Review: Topwell® 5000Lm 3 Cree XML T6 LED Rechargeable Headlamp Headlight Torch Light Work Lights Headlamps with 2Pcs 3.7V 18650 4000mah Rechargeable Battery AC Charger and Car charger (Flat head)

    My husband does plumbing. We thought this would be great for when he is in dark places. It is difficult to hold a torch to weld and a flashlight at the same time.

    The first thing we noticed about this Topwell headlamp is that it is rechargeable. There are two rechargeable batteries that come with it. We have gone through so many batteries trying to light up flashlights and such. Often, the batteries are completely drained before we even use the flashlight. So when the time comes that we need to use them, we have to go to the store first.

    This headlamp comes with two types of chargers. Why is that important? Well, imagine the power goes out in your house. You go to turn on your headlamp, but the batteries are dead. Obviously, since there is no power in the house, you cannot charge them in the house. BUT you can charge them in the car!!! You'll only need to charge them a few minutes if your goal is to go down into the basement to try to get the power back on. Great thinking, Topwell!

    The light is extremely bright. The batteries were already charged upon arrival, so we did not have to charge them. The light is also adjustable. It has four different modes or your needs. It also fits a variety of head sizes because it is adjustable. My husband actually wears it over a hat.

    I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This review was developed after testing the product.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015


    REVIEW:

    Skinny School: Where Women Learn the Secrets to Finally Get Thin Forever (Genie Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]



    I found Julie Gordon’s book, Skinny School, by accident.  I was actually searching for some tips on diet and on being a good wife when her page was recommended.  I went to her website and saw that not only does she have the book, but she offers a program to go along with the book.  That was enough to make me want to get the book.  I ordered the book, then I signed up for the Skinny School Online, which was starting up the following week. 

    The one thing that I appreciate about this book is that it is in actual story formation.  It is not your typical how-to book with information thrown at you that you may or may not catch.  The main character faces all of the struggles that we face in life and learns to deal with temptation, setbacks, and emotions in an effective way.  I was drawn into the book from beginning to end.

    This book is interactive as well.  There are lessons that the main character has to do.  To get the most out of this book, it will be helpful to do the exercises with her. 

    There are so many diets out there that are temporary or simply do not work.  Julie helps you to get a hold on what your issues really are and helps you to deal with them.  She encourages you to spend time on your journey without feeling guilty about the amount of energy that you put into it because it IS a real, important life goal.

    You will not be disappointment by this book.  It is a story that has humor and love.  There were some times where I wanted to shake the main character because things were so clear, but her self-esteem was so low that she could not see things that were obviously in front of her face.  That is how wrapped up I was in this book!


    I purchased this book in Kindle Form.  After reading this book, I was so upset that I did not purchase the physical book.  There is so much life-changing information that you really want to mark it up with highlights and taking notes.  I will be ordering the physical book and I will reread it and be more interactive this time around.  Meanwhile, I started Skinny School just three weeks ago, and as of today, I am in the 10 pound club!  

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    REVIEW: Etekcity Etekfit Digital Bathroom Bluetooth Body Fat Weight Scale, 1-Year Warranty, FCC/CE/ROHS Approved, Measures Weight, Body Fat, Water Percentage, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass, BMI, BMR, Visceral Fat (11lb-400lb, Android/iOS App Tracking) (Health and Beauty)

    I received this scale in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. The reason I wanted this scale is because I am working toward my fitness goals. I have been reading a book that encourages you to weigh yourself daily in order to be accountable. I needed a reliable scale to do so.

    The first thing I noticed about this scale is that it takes AA batteries which were included. I appreciate that! A lot of other scales take those flat batteries. AA is way easier to find. I really appreciate this company keeping things simple for me. This scale is also very attractive. I love the design.

    I have had many other scales that were supposed to have the “step on” technology. None of t hem ever worked like that. My old scale, I actually had to pick it up and slam it down on the floor in order for it to come on. This scale by Etekcity actually comes on as soon as I step on it.
    They have an app that the scale connects with via Bluetooth. The app tracks your weight and your body fat. The BMI is accurate, but I’m not so sure about the water and body fat analysis. It shows you your progress. You must be barefoot for the water and the fat to be calculated. I paired it with my Galaxy S6 with no problems.

    The scale has been consistent for me. I move it to several reliable places around the house when I weigh just to make sure it is accurate. I say reliable places because I know that my floor can be unleveled in some places and show a lighter weight. I take it to the places that I know are level.

    The LCD screen has a large display. It is very simple to read the numbers. That is appreciated. My toddler is learning numbers and likes to look at the lit numbers as well. He also likes to stand on the scale when I’m not looking. Since it is so responsive, it is harder to keep him away from it.

    I love this scale. I am extremely impressed by its features, accurateness, and its sleek design. I recommend this scale to anyone who is looking to be accountable in their weight loss journey