Saturday, December 12, 2015

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Beach Windscreen/Playpen Review

As most of you know, I live in Vermont, which means the beaches are decent for about 3 months out of the year, so you may be wondering why I requested to review a Beach Windscreen/Playpen, especially since my baby is now 5 years old and it's late late fall, almost winter. Well, mainly it's because I have a new baby; his name is Liam and he's an American Bully, I thought it would be a nice outside playpen for him.

Product Description: This one of a kind, 5 in 1 beach screen/Playpen helps prevent kicked and blowing sand while laying flat on your blanket. This product also features a bottom which helps to eliminate sand on your blanket or towel and also serves as a baby playpen. Their one of a kind beach Screen is multi-configural and can be made from a family set up into a temporary sandbox and/or baby playpen, as well as beach games. It allows you to create and maintain your space at the beach and does not block your view or other beach goers view of the beach. The product not only comes assembled and ready to use, there are also O rings so that the poles do not fall out of the fabric of the beach screen.

When it arrived I was shocked at how small it was, it's shorter then my arm and VERY light (3lbs).
As I began setting it up inside, I had an o, crap moment. This product is NOT for indoors and NOT for grassy areas, there aren't any pegs for the ground and there's no way that it can stand on it's own without being stuck into something. This is for beach use ONLY, the poles are hollow and get put directly into the sand. So, my idea of using it as a puppy playpen, was shot out the window.

Even though I wasn't able to use this product first hand, I still like it. It's a very smart idea and the compactness and light weight of it is a huge appeal to me, the fact that there's a fabric tarp with it is also great (yay, no sandy towels).

I will be using this product come summertime, mostly for playing games and laying my towels out on. I would highly recommend it to someone looking to keep a baby/toddler in a safe zone at the beach or if you're looking for a little bit of privacy. The only thing that I would do to improve upon this product was make it so you could use it on grassy areas also.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are my own.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Bakerolla Premium Silicone Baking Mat Review

Recently I (as in a contractor) re-vamped my kitchen, I mean total haul over and I LOVE it. My counter tops are now stone and absolutely gorgeous, I try to baby it as much as possible, my husband even more so (he cleans it 3 times a day neurotically). Most people would say, oh my gosh your husband cleans your kitchen daily!? You must love that! I do and I don't, he won't let me put my purse on the counter and every time I say I'm going to cook or bake he groans and begs me not to make a mess.

So, to cut down on the mess, I requested to review Bakerolla Premium Silicone Baking Mats. They are:

  •  Measuring 11.5 by 16.5 inches, the Bakerolla Silicone Baking Mat is made of quality silicone (BPA Free) that is non-stick, heat resistant UP TO 480F, has no odor and creates no smoke
  • They do NOT require extra grease or fat due to the nonstick surface eliminating the need for greasy sprays or treatments which "Significantly Reduces" yours and your families fat intake.
  • Easy to use. They are designed for all types of ovens, from cookie baking to gourmet pastry preparation. The heat distributes evenly, so your baked/oven goods will be cooked perfectly every time. Perfect for use in the oven, microwave or freezer
  • Easy to clean, just rinse with warm water and air dry.
  • RISK FREE PURCHASE - with 100% Lifetime Guarantee with the best customer support you could ask for, or your money back. More details on the description

They arrived rolled up and my first thought was, "Oh god, they're going to try and roll up on me." But they didn't, right when I put them on my counter, they stayed flat. When I tried to slide them over, I couldn't, they wouldn't move at all, I had to pick it up and move it, which is perfect when baking. I hate trying to do something and have what I'm working on slide all over the place, it just creates more of a mess.

As for using them to line my pans, they are freaking wonderful! I no longer have to line my pans with aluminum foil or use PAM, I just slap one of these babies on and stick it in the oven. After I'm done with cooking I just rinse it off in the sink and put it away, no more stained pans!

I would recommend these to anyone who bakes (or even just cooks frozen food in the oven) to buy a set of these, they are completely worth it and easy to maintain.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review

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