Wednesday, May 14, 2014

#Review : Waggin' Train Smoky Jerky Treats


PRODUCT
Waggin' Train Smoky Jerky Treats,

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon

Smoky Jerky Snacks Dog Treats Smoky Jerky Snacks are dog treats made with 100% real chicken with a hint of brown sugar and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

All Waggin’ Train Treats are backed by Purina, the name pet owners have trusted for quality for more than 85 years.


MY REVIEW

Wow! An actual treat for your dog that smells like its ingredients.  They actually smelled like chicken and brown sugar when I opened them up to give my dog a treat.  I know my dog could smell it as well because she got very excited for her treat!


I am also glad that this product is backed by Purina.  It is a company I trust to take care of my dog when it comes to the diet and treat department.  They do come in larger pieces than other treats, but normal in size for jerky treats in my opinion.  If you have smaller dogs, the treats do break up for smaller mouths.

 I think the only main problem I had with this product is the price that some retailers are charging for it. Yes, it does have quite a bit and is a fairly large bag, but the price was a little steep at $11.99 just for treats.

MY RATING
4/5 Stars


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#Review : Barbie Hair Tattoos Doll


PRODUCT
Barbie Hair Tattoos Doll

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon

Barbie Printastic Hair Doll: Barbie doll gets a totally awesome decorated 'do with a series of totally cute hair tattoos girls can apply to her already fabulous long blonde locks. Seat her in the salon chair, and decide which of the many design options makes the perfect statement. The set comes with 13 design strips! Then simply clip a strip to Barbie doll's hair, wet the hair with the included spray bottle and use the realistic (no heat!) flat-iron tool to swipe and transfer the decals to Barbie doll's hair. The swiping iron tool makes it easy. Then style the decorated locks to create even more fabulous looks. Add stars, hearts, flowers or graphics. The hair tattoos stay in place, even with brushing! Accessories like a comb, barrettes and a clip let girls twist, braid and hold to create a nearly endless variety of glamorous hairstyles. When complete, Barbie doll can admire her new look with the tiny heart-shaped hand mirror. Too much? Too little? Wash it out, and start all over! Includes Barbie doll dressed for a day at the salon, colorful decals, special spray, comb, clip barrettes, heart-shaped mirror, flat iron and stylist's chair. Doll cannot stand alone. Ages 5 and older.


MY REVIEW

My daughter begged for this Barbie. I was worried it was going to be another poorly executed idea into a doll slapped with the Barbie label.  Well, while she ended up throwing it into her Barbie bin to play with her dollhouse, we both were frustrated with the tattoos that were suppose to be fun to play with.

Do not think that it looks easy to put those tattoos in Barbie's hair.  They come out messy and look nothing like the photos from the box. Instead, look forward to many tears of frustration from yourself and child(ren) along with a headache.

I recommend hiding the tattoos and just giving your Barbie lover just the doll.

MY RATING
2/5

#Review : Electrolux PureOxygen Filtration Air Cleaner


PRODUCT
Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 450 Ultra Allergen & Odor HEPA 5-Stage Filtration Air Cleaner, Black

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon

Breathe with confidence!
The Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 450 Ultra Allergen & Odor Air Cleaner helps clean the air with five stages of filtration. Premium HEPA filtration removes 99.97% of dust and allergens from the air in your home while the charcoal filter absorbs odors. In Auto Mode the fan speed automatically adjusts to match the Air Quality Sensor reading, so the lower the air quality detected, the higher the fan speed runs. The on-board light sensor detects when lights are low and automatically activates the Sleep Mode, which dims the display panel lights and sets fan speed to Quiet, so you can sleep undisturbed. The PureOxygen Allergy 450 Ultra Allergen & Odor is Energy Star Certified as well as endorsed by the world renowned Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association, which is deeply involved in the research of preventive methods for allergies and asthma. To ensure your maximum comfort, this model is recommended for Areas up to 450 sq. ft. - a living/family room or large bed room.

HEPA Filtration
Premium HEPA filtration absorbs 99.97% of dust and allergens from the air.
Advanced Activated Carbon Filter
Filter helps reduce odors and some gasses in your home.
Cleancel Treated Pre-Filter
A coating of Cleancel, a chemical compound that impedes the growth of bacteria and molds, is added to the pre-filter.



MY REVIEW

My older daughter has allergies that can make her miserable.  The congestion, headaches, and watery eyes are a constant battle and it gets worse when Spring approaches.  Where we live, air quality is bad most days of the year, so a little extra help from Electrolux was definitely needed.

When the huge box arrived, I quickly unpacked it and set it up.  There is minimal assembly required -- mainly just inserting the filter and putting batteries in the remote which are included.

There are three speeds for the fan -- low, high and turbo.
There are five levels of air quality that are indicated with lights on the unit -- listed from poor to good.



The unit itself is quite large, so smaller spaces will be cramped even more.  I do love the sleek black color though and the remote comes with a holder that attaches to the unit.  My daughter did notice the cleaner smelling air and has had less allergy attacks in the time frame of almost one month.  The only problem I have is finding replacement filters in my area for the unit. Buying online will be required for some people who have the same problem.

MY RATING
4/5 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#Review : Caress Bar Soap - Emerald Rush


PRODUCT
Caress Bar Soap
Scent: Emerald Rush

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon

Experience freshness like never before with caress emerald rush beauty bar, infused with lush gardenia and white tea essence. Sparkling scents surprise your senses while lush, revitalizing lather envelops your skin leaving it delicately scented and beautifully fresh.

MY REVIEW

I am not a huge fan of bar soap.  It leaves my dry skin itch and usually leaves a film on your skin after rinsing it off.  If I had my choice, I would always have liquid soap in my shower.  There are times though that bar soap is cheaper and easier to travel with on vacations.

This soap has a light fragrance to it that isn't overwhelming and could actually use a boost in fragrance.  It lathers up fairly well, but again, it leaves a film that I can feel on my skin after drying off.  It didn't dry my skin out as bad as other bar soaps, but it didn't leave it soft and smooth either.

For this particular soap brand, I would say that it is in the fair range.  It gets the job done, but not something I would use on a regular basis.

MY RATING
3/5

#Review: Caress Juicy Escape Body Wash

PRODUCT
Caress Juicy Escape Body Wash, 18 FL OZ

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon

Experience freshness like never before with caress juicy escape, infused with sun-kissed lily and pink grapefruit essence. Sparkling scents surprise your senses while lush, uplifting lather envelops your skin leaving it delicately scented and beautifully fresh.

MY REVIEW
When you first pop the cap open on this new body wash from Caress, you can instantly be rewarded with the "juicy" fragrance of pink grapefruit.  I am sure the Sun-Kissed Lily fragrance is in there somewhere, but my nose zeroed in on the grapefruit.  It smelled amazing!  So for the smell side of the product I give it an A! 

As for lathering - or suds - I give it a B.  It did lather up, but not quite as much as I would have liked.  I tried it in cold and hot water to see if the temperature would make much of a difference in soap suds and the result was it didn't make much of a difference. 

For cleaning and getting the grime off your skin, I would give it a C.  Yes it gave my skin a clean feel to it when I used it.  After drying off and waiting for about an hour, my skin did start to get that dry feeling.  It wasn't too bad since I normally have dry skin anyway, but I would recommend a lotion being applied to your skin after the shower.

Overall, I would say the best feature about Caress Juicy Escape is the smell.  

MY RATING
3/5

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Westcott Blunt Scissors for Kids

PRODUCT
Westcott Blunt Kids Plastic Handles
with Microban Anti-Microbial Product Protection
5-Inch

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon

Handles feature Microban product protection. Handles infused with Microban protection to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors. 5 Inch blunt scissors are most suitable for ages 5+; 5 Inch pointed scissors are most suitable for ages 6+. Safety Blades. Assorted Colors.


  • Microban antimicrobial product protection
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Plastic handle and finger rest for added comfort
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Perfect for cutting projects, in the classroom or at home


MY REVIEW

My daughter loves to make crafts, but she is always complaining about heavy regular scissors are for her age. She is 9 and can handle them better than when she was a little younger, but she still has some problems with the weight of adult scissors and the length of the blades.  With these scissors, she had an easier time cutting out things for craft projects. Cutting circles was easier with the 5 inch blades and this helped her cut on the lines easier as well.

The only thing that we didn't like was that they tended to stick occasionally. Sometimes they were a little harder to open up and even doing this mid cutting at times.  It could be a defect in this pair of scissors, or it could be something in all of them. That would be a chance you would have to take.

MY RATING
4/5 Stars


Review: Quartet Magnetic Notepad

PRODUCT
Quartet Magnetic Notepad

SOURCE
Amazon Vine
*I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

DESCRIPTION
From Amazon
Hang this magnetic notepad in your locker, on your fridge, or any metal surface you see on a daily basis. At 3" x 8 1/2" it fits just about anywhere and it perfect for jotting down notes throughout the day. Three pre-printed headers help you organize your tasks. Each easy to tear away sheet is lined to keep your handwriting aligned. Paper is white, top binding is pink.

MY REVIEW

I am a list maker.
There. I admit it.  I have paper all over my house with lists for anything and everything written on them.  I even use the back of receipts.  I was tired of losing my lists when they would get misplaced or set aside. The family was always reminding me we were out of something and needed to add it to my "Buy List" but then it would get buried under other things.  So when this came in the mail, I was excited to stick it on the fridge door and have one main place for my lists.

This features a TO DO section, a TO REMEMBER section, and a TO BUY section. Whenever there is a school function or appointment that needs to be remembered, we put it on the list.  Now the kids seem to put it on the To Remember section when they want me to take them somewhere fun, but I use that section as a little message center for the day and usually include an "I Love You" on there.  In the To Buy section is where we write what we are out of or close to running out of for the biweekly trips to replenish items.

The magnetic strip that holds it to the fridge was pretty strong and I never had a problem with it falling off when the doors were opened or shut.

Overall, this is a great item to add to your command center at home, or even for a locker at school for kids to just write random reminders on for homework.

MY RATING
5/5 Stars