Wednesday, December 31, 2014

$100 Paypal Cash Giveaway



Our December $100 Paypal Cash Giveaway was such a huge hit we decided we would bring it back for January. 

Last month the giveaway was only open to the US but this month we are opening it up worldwide! 

 One of our hosts this month is Barbara's Beat. She is a blogger that participated last month and was responsible for so many of the entries our giveaway received! Be sure to check out her blog

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stemless Wine Glasses

I received the BPA Free Stemless Wine Glasses through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Pack of 4
  • Shatterproof Glasses (plastic) 
  • 16oz
  • BPA free
  • Dishwasher safe
These Taza plastic wine glasses work great for outdoor usage. There's no need to worry about glasses getting broken if knocked over. Since these glasses are plastic, they are shatterproof. 

I was expecting the glasses to be heavier or thicker, but they're a nice light-weight glass that's easy to pickup and hold. 

These glasses are not my favorite to use indoors. I prefer normal wine glasses for that, especially for family gatherings.

I do enjoy these glasses for outdoor use, especially near a pool, camping, grilling, etc. 

My favorite thing about these glasses are that they're dishwasher safe.

Checkout these stemless wine glasses on TaZa!'s website

5-in-1 Phone Charger

I received the 5-in-1 Home and Car Phone Charger from RIF6 LLC through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Car charger output of 26 watts (3 ports)
  • Car charger can charge 2 tablets and 1 smartphone at full speed (at the same time)
  • Car charger compatible with all standard cigarette-lighter sockets
  • Includes: 2 dual USB wall chargers (max output 2.1 amps), one 3 port black car charger (max output 5.1 amp), and 2 micro USB 2.0 data cables (3 ft long)
When I first received this product, I was not expecting high quality cords. I had expected those small cords that are easily broken. Instead, which I'm very happy about, the kit came with thick cords that are heavy duty. They don't bend easily at either end, so it helps reduce breakage. I just wish the cords were a little longer. Three feet is good for close up distances or a few feet away. For where I charge my phone at night, it's too short to reach my bed. I still enjoy using the cords throughout the day by my computer or work stations. 

I never had a wall charger that had dual USB ports. I was amazed at how quickly it could charge two devices at once. It didn't overheat the charger or the devices either. It worked great. 

I've had a car charger with dual USB ports before, but it always made my devices hot when charging and it was very bulky. I was pleased to find that the car charger in this kit was smaller and didn't overheat or run hot. 

Overall, I believe the 5-in-1 charger kit by RIF6 LLC has high quality and works great. Makes charging multiple devices super easy without having to use up all the plug-ins. 

Check out this charging kit on amazon

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Deluxe Pet Grooming Brush

I received the Deluxe Pet Grooming Brush by Ramini Brands through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • For dogs and cats
  • Reduces shedding
  • Durable metal and wood
  • 7" x 4" brush
  • Metal bristles are 7/8"
The brush has a nice heavy duty handle and top. It wasn't too heavy that would harm the pet or hurt to hold onto it for awhile. It wasn't too light either. It felt good to hang onto.

The bristles were hard and pokey. As long as you don't press down too hard, it shouldn't hurt the dog or cat.

My dogs usually don't like hard, metal bristle. They didn't freak out over it as badly as they have other metal bristle brushes. There's enough space between the bristles to make it easier to groom the pet.

The four year old dog didn't mind the brush. She enjoyed it as long as I didn't press down too hard. It moved a lot of loose hair and didn't pull or damage her fur. She enjoyed this brush more on her back and chest areas.

The puppy didn't enjoy this brush at all, but she acts that way towards most brushes or grooming tools.

It removed hair with ease and barely pulled on their fur. It removed tangles very well.

Check out this brush on amazon.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bella & Bear Tweezers & Brush

The Pluckers
I received the Bella and Bear tweezer set "The Pluckers" through a promotion.

I enjoyed this tweezer set. 

The packaging and tweezers were a lovely color and design. They were fun, artsy, and feminine.

More importantly, the tweezer set worked great. Each tweezer in the set had it's edges line up perfectly, which allowed the tweezers to grab the hair, splinters, in-grown hair, etc, with ease. 

The Flat or Straight tweezers work great for hair removal. The slant tweezers are great for hair removal or splinter removal. The pointed tweezers are excellent for precision use of ingrown hair, single hairs, or splinters. 

The tweezers weren't too heavy, but they weren't cheapo or poorly made tweezers either. They were a nice quality for their price and value.

Check out these tweezers on amazon

Brush on You Set
I received the Bella and Bear brush set "Brush on You Set" through the same promotion as the tweezers.

One of the brushes in the set I enjoyed, the other was poor quality. 

The bigger brush was hollowed on the inside and seemed like it was made of plastic. It was like a doll brush, not a brush for a person's hair. It works great if your hair is already brushed through and tangle free. Otherwise, it pulls and yanks on your hair, not fun. 

On the other hand, the smaller, flat brush (the comb) works great for detangling and brushing through wet hair. It's thicker and more heavy duty than the other brush. The combs are bigger with more space in between to make it easy to glide through wet hair. 
Check out this set on amazon. 

Oleavine Facial Moisturizer

I received the Oleavine Facial Moisturizer through a promotion. 

Product Info:
  • Allergy Friendly, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free
  • Reduces and fights fine lines and wrinkles
  • Made with Argan Plant Stem Cells, Vitamins A, B, C, & E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Tea Extract, Avena SAtiva Oat Extracts, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, and more (Full list of ingredients can be found here.) 
  • Plumps skin
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Hydrates skin
  • Brings out a natural glow to skin
One of the first things I noticed with this moisturizer is that there is a slight fragrance, even though it claims to be fragrance free. It smells like a floral mixture. It's not overly strong, but it is there. I usually am sensitive to smells or fragrances, but this moisturizer isn't too bad. 

 A small amount of moisturizer works great and last for hours. It absorbs quickly. It brings out a natural, healthy glow to skin, which helps reduce the appearance of discoloration.

It made my skin feel very smooth and lasted all day. It doesn't leave behind any greasy or oily residue.

My favorite thing about this product though is the packaging. I love the design and look of the bottle. It's different, feminine, and artsy. Plus, I absolutely love the wist cap. The pump goes down when it's twisted close. The pump rises when it's twisted open. It's my favorite design of any moisturizer bottle I've seen or tried so far.

Check out this moisturizer on amazon

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I received the Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Pure Luxe LLC through a promotion. 

Product Info:
  • Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin
  • Plumps skin
  • Made with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines and loss of skin tone

There was no strong smell to this serum, which is great. I could quickly see the change in my skin tone. More color came out in my skin tone and was more balanced. Dark spots or discolored spots were slightly faded.

The fine lines by my eyes were less noticeable.

A small amount of the serum can be quickly absorbed on the skin, which helps hydrate and moisturize the skin.

Check out this serum on amazon

MeasuPro Temperature Gun

I received the MeasurPro IRT20 Temperature Gun by Smart Weigh through a promotion. 

Product Info:
  • Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer
  • Laser Targeting
  • Can be used for cooking, food prep, automotive diagnostics, HVAC service, electrical troubleshooting, etc. 
  • Choose between Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • LCD display with bright back-light 
  • Measure range: -50 to 380 degrees Celsius (-58 to 716 degrees Fahrenheit) 
  • Response time is 500ms
  • Low battery indicator
  • Uses one 9V battery (is included with purchase) 
  • Automatic shut off function of 7 seconds
  • Distance to spot ration is 12 to 1

The gun is very light weight and easy to use. The rubber finish on the handle makes it comfortable to hang on to.

The bright back-light makes the gun very easy to read. The numbers are also very easy to read.

You can shut on and off the back-light using the lightbulb button. The laser pointer or targeting can also be shut on and off using the triangle button.

I prefer using the back-light and laser for easy reading and accurate aiming.

I also prefer using Fahrenheit reading because that's what I'm used to.

The gun works great for food prep and cooking. From working in a food service in the past, I know how important it is to keep some food prep (meat, vegetables, uncooked food, etc.) or milk like products in the correct temperature range to avoid food born illnesses.

With how easy this gun is to use, I really wish my past food service work places had these when we had to take temperatures with the food. It avoids having to deal with cross-contamination because there's no contact with the food. It also saves from having to clean it after every temperature reading like a normal thermometer.

Check out this MeasuPro on amazon.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker

I received the Liztek JSS-100 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker through a promotion.

Product Info:

  • Comes in yellow, blue, or green
  • High Definition 
  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Universal compatibility
  • 6 hours of playtime 
  • Access to handfree talking, volume up, volume down, skip, backwards, pause, play, and power buttons. 
  • Water resistant 
I always listen to music while I'm in the shower, so this works great. It beats trying to listen to my phone playing music over the shower and being stuck with songs I don't want to listen to at that moment. 

It's very easy to charge, though the charging port cover can easily fall out or get lost. 

The suction to the suction cup works great. At least, it does until a little dog gets a hold of it when it's charging. The suction cup stills works with the dog's chew marks on it. It just has to be pushed onto the shower wall harder. 

It's very easy to connect via bluetooth to any device. I've connected it to my phone and to my iPod. 

The power, skip, backward, handfree talking, pause, and play buttons were easy to find. 

One of the issues I had with this speaker was not knowing about the volume buttons until I was writing this review. I didn't realize that you just had to hold the skip button for volume up and the backwards button for volume down. 

The only other issue I had with the speaker was that the sound can get sharp with certain songs. It can hurt the ears. Most of the time, the sound is perfect. 

And, no matter how many times the speaker gets wet, it still works great. 

Hot Yoga Towel by Yoga Design Lab

I received the Hot Yoga Towel by Yoga Design Lab through a promotion. 

Product Info:
  • Lightweight
  • Nonslip
  • Reduces injuries and improves balance
  • Towel size: 72" x 24"

 I loved the design of the yoga towel I got. I got the Paisley design. It's not as colorful as the Geo design, but it works just as well.

I thought the Paisley design would make me dizzy, but the pattern is more spread out than what the photo on Amazon shows.
I was amazed at how long the towel is. I wasn't expecting it to be so long, but it fits perfectly on the yoga mat.

It's very lightweight and absorbent. Works great for any sport or exercise activities, especially yoga.

No matter how many times I've washed it, the pattern has not faded.

Even though the towel says it's to be a non-slip, I still felt the towel move on me. It wasn't enough to make me lose balance though.

Check out this yoga towel on amazon.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Power Tek Pocket Knife

I received the Power Tek Fire Talon Multi-Tool Pocket Knife through a promotion.

Product Info: 
  • 2 Built-in LED Flashlights (Battery is included)
  • Combo knife
  • Spring-loaded Needlenose Pliers w/ Wire Cutters
  • Wire Strippers
  • Spring-loaded scissors
  • Philips and straight screw drivers
  • Made of black Oxide Stainless Steel
  • Size: 4"
  • Weighs: 9.8 oz

First thing I noticed about this pocket knife was that it was heavy. At least, it was heavier than I expected it to be.

I was shocked and impressed with the quality of this pocket knife, as well as the other tools included on it.
There's little rubber inlays to help provide a better grip for comfort and to avoid dropping it.

(Yes, do not drop it on your foot. It will hurt.)

I kept finding more and more parts to this multi-tool. I had not expected so many, but I'm also not overly familiar with most pocket knives. I just use the few that's been laying around the house.

Although, some of the tools are hard to get out. It took several tries to get the smaller ones out.
Those ones do not compare to this multi-tool pocket knife. The ones at my house either didn't have all the tools this Power Tek Fire Talon one does, the ease of use is different, the others didn't have as tight of grip when using the pliers as this one does, or the knife and scissors just are not as sharp.

(Yes, the knife and scissors are very sharp with this pocket knife. Be careful.)
I like at the battery is included for the flashlights, since I could not find what type of battery was needed in the listing of details.

The battery was a little hard to get out at first due to the paper that was also in it. I was afraid of breaking the door where the battery is.

The flashlights are on both ends. They're great for close areas. They don't reach the distance of normal flashlights or cell phone lights.

Check out this Multi-Tool Pocket Knife on Amazon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tru Moroccan Shampoo & Conditioner

I received the Tru Moroccan Shampoo and Condition through promotions.

Product Info:
  • Natural, Organic Argan Oil Shampoo
  • Repairs dry, frizzy, and damaged hair
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Helps with dry, flaky, itching scalp, and dandruff
  • Repairs and restores shine
Organic Argan Oil, Herbal Infusion, Aloe Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin B5, Asparagus, Cilantro, Geranium, Apricot Kernel Oil, Rosemary, Jojoba, Olive Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

First thing I noticed about the shampoo is that it smells like oranges or citrus. At least, that's what it reminded me of. It wasn't too strong, but it wasn't exactly a light smell either. 

I like that the shampoo is all natural and organic. It made me feel save knowing that there was no harmful chemicals or other products that could be in there. My hair is important to me. 

The shampoo didn't really lather or soap up much in my hair. It did make it feel dry like it removed some of the natural oils in my hair, but it didn't make it overly dry like some shampoos do. 

The shampoo was very easy to wash out of my hair. It did leave my hair feeling heavy, which isn't the best when you have long hair already that gets heavy. 

Check out the shampoo on amazon

Product Info:
  • Natural, Organic Argan Oil Shampoo
  • Repairs dry, frizzy, and damaged hair
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Helps with dry, flaky, itching scalp, and dandruff
  • Repairs and restores shine
Argan Oil, Herbal Infusion, Aloe, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Linseed Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Starflower Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Oil, Oatmeal, Citric Acid

I could smell the coconut oil, oatmeal, and citric acid in the conditioner. The smell was lighter than the shampoo and was pleasant. 

With longer hair, I needed more conditioner per use. It helped make my hair shiny and washed out well. 

I liked that the conditioner was all organic and natural. My hair is important to me, so I don't want to use any harmful chemicals on it if I don't have to.

On the down side, it left my hair feeling heavier than normal. It was also harder to brush through when wet compared to when I use my normal conditioner. 

Although, this conditioner is better than some of the store bought brands I've tried in the past. It just doesn't compare to the salon conditioner I already use. 

Check out this conditioner on amazon.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The List ebook

I received The List: Shout Out Your Dreams by Yuval (UV) Abramovitz through a promotion.

This book was very inspirational. The guide helps motivate you to want to act on  your dreams or desires.

Normally, I wouldn't like a book that wasn't fictional, romance, or mystery. I really did enjoy this book though. It was fast-paced, which kept me from getting bored or tired of the book. There was also humor mixed in with from the author about what he's experienced, gone through, or how he feels relating to the guide. It kept me amused and wanting to read until the end.

What inspired me the most was hearing his story at the beginning. To hear about his accident as a teenage boy and how he lost his ability to walk from falling on the ice. Something he had warned his boss about.

In that time, the author had choices to make. He could let his situation defeat him and lose apart of himself or he could try to rise above it. He chose the later. The author had created a list of dreams and goals he wanted to achieve one day.

His teachers and peers looked at him with pity thinking he'd never be able to achieve some of those goals.

The author worked heard to try to teach himself how to walk again with the help of physical therapy. It took a long time to recover. He believed that he was able to walk again thanks to his list of dreams. He had something to fight fore, something to work towards.

In all honesty, I don't know if I could have been as strong as him through a time like that. I'm not sure I could have been able to learn to walk again like he did, but then again, you never truly know how you'd react until you get put in that position.

Check out this guide on amazon.