Friday, December 23, 2016

Cozy VoxBox

 I LOOOOOVVVVEEEEE Influenster, I mean what's not to love about getting free stuff, right?

The newest box that Influenster sent me, free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions, was the Cozy VoxBox.

Inside of it was:
  • A coupon for free Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream
    • Easy to use, less mess, but with the same great taste
  • A coupon for free Country Crock Spread
    • A delicious spread, great for baking or just putting on toast
  • Info about Ebates
    • AH-MA-ZING program, get cash back for shopping online (within 6 years I've earned over $700 cash back!)
  • Simple Makeup Wipes 
    • Simply wipe off the days mask and start fresh
  • Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Colour
    • Lip color that stays, with a balm to keep your lips hydrated
  •  2 Pilot Frixion Clicker Pens
    • OMG these are AMAZING pens, they freaking ERASE, and well!

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Decorative scroll 3 Tier Spice Rack Review

I bought this decorative spice rack from Amazon at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.

My opinion is that it's okay, I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars:

It's about an inch too wide to mount on the side of my cabinet and I have a tiled back splash, so I don't have anywhere to mount it.

The main reason for the 3 star review is that the bottom tiers are only good for small and medium spice containers, which I only have about 5 of, all my other spices are in the tall bottles.

So if you choose to buy it, make sure you measure the space you'll put it in, and stick to small and medium containers.

Sub-Note: It may work better for cosmetics then spices, I'm going to put it in my bathroom as an alternative.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Nestle Splash Vox Box #NestleSplashofFun

I received the Nestle Splash Vox Box from Influenster, in it I received:
-A bottle of Mandarin Orange Nestle Splash
-An Inflatable beach ball
-A Straw

My opinion of the beverage Nestle Splash Mandarin Orange is that in general I like it, it has a nice mild flavor, definitely not overwhelming, but for me it has a slight burn/scratchy feeling going down, I don't know if I have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients or what, but I haven't seen anyone else post about it.

Personally I won't be switching my Arnold Palmer Half and Half ice tea, since I'm obviously sensitive to something in it. I would recommend it though, if you don't like drinking plain water, it's also a healthier alternative to other beverages, with it having zero calories and carbs.

I received my Nestlé Splash products complimentary from Influenster and am entering the Brand Challenge for a chance to win a prize

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Project Mc2 Camryn's Remote Control Hoverboard with Doll Review

Project Mc2 Camryn's Remote Control Hoverboard with Doll
  • Get ready to speed around with Camryn Coyle and her super cool hover board, just like in the Netflix Original Series, Project Mc2!
  • Included are: helmet, 2 elbow pads, 2 knee pads, doll, and hover board with remote
  • Hover board is controlled by a remote control and can speed forwards, backwards and spin 360 degrees
  • Hover board fits any Project Mc2 doll

This is a very cute and fun toy for an older child (I'd say between 6 and 10?). The doll is very pretty, and dressed well, I loved the hair color (purplish, red). There are lights on the hover board which turn on when you use it.

I like that this toy actually works like it's supposed to, there is a removable stand that connects the doll to the hover board so that she remains stable and there is also a smaller 3rd wheel in the front so that it doesn't flop forward. To use the hover board, you switch the power on the hover board and remote and you push the buttons on the remote to move it forward, backwards, and to turn left or right.

This is a very fun toy and I would definitely recommend it.

Things to note: The hover board comes with batteries (3 AAA), but the remote doesn't (2 AAA) and it's a pain in the butt to take out of the box.

I received this toy free of charge in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are my own.
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Review and Giveaway


The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!
In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

BarkBox Review

I have an almost 1 year old Pitbull mix and he's a chewer...I mean like bad, toys last MAYBE an hour around here. So, I thought I'd give BarkBox a try, see if I could find a toy that would last. While I really liked the idea of this subscription service it wasn't for us.

With BarkBox you get toys and treats for your lovable pet, you can choose what size your dog is, so you get the perfect products, if you like the items you received you can go back through their site and order more.

When you sign up using my referral link you get a free month box with subscription purchase. My free box came with
Slobbery SunflowersDingo the ScarecrowTrachea ChewNana's Natural Chicken JerkyDonuts Fried Dough Bites
My dog LOVED the treats, he destroyed the scarecrow in an hour, but surprisingly the flowers, which could be separated lasted a few weeks, he looked so cute carrying around flowers.

My second box came with:
Panda's Pocket KnifeDucky CharmsHalf Pig EarBungee Buddy Bear Pup Stream Snacks
Once again he loved the treats, but the toys were done within a day.

Subscription rates: 1 month is $29, 6 months it's $24 per month, the 12 month subscription is $20 per month, I chose the 1 year subscription and used a prepaid card that only had $30 on it. I know a little shady, but I didn't want to spend almost $30 on something my dog either wouldn't like or would destroy in a day, which is what happened. You can cancel your subscription at anytime, but if you choose the 1 year plan for the cheaper rate, it will charge you every month for a year even if you cancel, unless you use a prepaid card that had a limited amount on it.

My opinion of this box is good, I liked it, I just wish they had more durable toys. I would recommend it to dog owners, as long as they don't have destructive chewers like me.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bulu Box Subscription Review

Monthly subscription vitamin and supplement subscription box

I've been attempting to lose weight for 3 years now and I have been successful, I went from 215 to 160, but I'm still searching for things that will better my health and get me to my size 10 goal.

When I heard about Bulu Box, a subscription company that sends you a box of sample sized products (4-5 samples based on your profile) each month for $10 with free shipping, I thought I'd give it a try. You can choose from Bulu Box original and Bulu Box weight loss.

I've actually participated in this program twice, once for the company itself (free of charge) and then a 3 month subscription on the request of my sister. The first time I participated I was in the midst of moving and forgot to write the review (oops), the second was at the end of 2014 and Jan 2015, looking back at my review list, I realized I never wrote a review, so I thought I'd make up for it by writing it now.

How Bulu Box thinks:
"You'll LOVE discovering new products, but just as important as finding your new healthy faves is seeing which products don't work for you. Try 4-5 samples based on your profile before buying full-size so you don't waste your money."

I like being able to sample the products, such as taste, but some of the samples aren't large enough to see if they make a difference, you'll get a 1 "dose" sample and some things can take a week or more to actually start working.

I also like that you can earn points:
"Each month you can earn up to 100 Rewards Points (that's $10!) just for subscribing and sharing your thoughts. Log in to your account to fill out your sample surveys about the products you just tried. Once you've earned Rewards Points you can use them like actual cash towards a full-size purchase of your new favorite product. Some Bulugans even get their order completely free!"

Finally, if you like one or more of the products in your box you can buy it right from the Bulu Box site, just click Buy next to the item you liked.

My opinion on Bulu Box, is that I like the concept, but it's not for me, my sister on the other hand loves it. So, my recommendation is that if this is something that may interest you, go for the one month subscription, just to see if you like it, please note that all plans automatically renew each month, but can be cancelled at anytime.

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Suave Kids Wild Watermelon 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I had bought my daughter, Mary, Suave Kids Wild Watermelon 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner because it was on sale and I had a coupon.

Mary has very thick hair, that I recently had bobbed because it's hard for her to manage. She's been using it for a few weeks now and every time I wash her hair...OMG the smell, it's AMAZING! It smells like watermelon Bubalicious. This shampoo is tear free, hypoallergenic, which is another reason why we use it, not just because I bought it on sale, shampoo in the eyes is the worst especially for kids.

When Mary gets a little older though I'll switch her to something better suited for her hair type, but for me...I may keep using her shampoo. This is where my actual review comes in.

During the long Memorial Day weekend, I had been doing A LOT of outdoor work in 90* heat, I was gross at the end of each day and would therefore take a shower. I was running out of shampoo and kept forgetting to bring more it in, so I used Mary's shampoo for those 4 days.

Now, my hair type is thick, but very fine. I very rarely find a shampoo that works with my hair, but I think I finally have with Suave Kids Wild Watermelon 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner. It makes my hair super soft and shiny, it's been ages since my hair has been this nice and all because of a KIDS hair product.

So, if you have fine hair like I do, I recommend Suave for kids, it's cheap enough to give it a try and comes in a few different scents and even comes in a 3 in 1 (shampoo, conditioner, and body wash) variety. You can find it just about anywhere (Walmart, grocery stores, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.), prices vary and are more expensive in the pharmacy stores and cheapest at Walmart at $1.88.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

SavingStar-Cash Back Program

Join SavingStar and earn cash back on your groceries with exclusive freebies, coupons, and big savings on your favorite brands.

First link your store loyalty cards to your account (you can also submit a picture of your receipt with your participating purchase), "Clip" the coupons you want on the SavingStar site, then do your grocery shopping; in a few days your cash back will show up with your qualifying purchases.

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$50 off $100 purchase to Tommy Bahama

Join the Tommy Bahama Email List 
and receive code for $50 off your purchase of $100 or more.

User can print confirmation page and present at retail store for discount.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mr. Biscuits - Burning Love Hot Sauce Review

My co-workers have a thing for spicy, I don't know how they do it, since a Slim Jim makes my mouth feel like the pits of Hell. So, when I saw a company looking for reviewers for a hot sauce, I thought I'd treat one of my co-workers/best friend with something that would put a little step in her giddy up, plus the name was just awesome: Mr. Biscuits Burning Love Hot Sauce.

I gave the hot sauce to my friend this morning at work, since she didn't have anything to put it on, she drank it. Yes, folks, you read that correctly DRANK it and loved it. She said that it had a smokey salsa like flavor, where the tomato taste was very evident, which was great.

The heat on a scale of 1 being meh to 10 being sweet baby Jesus I see the light, she put it at a 6.5. It had a lingering heat, that made her perspire and fan herself a bit.

Her overall opinion of it was that it had a unique flavor and was very good. She recommends it and can see herself bring it to a BBQ to share the Burning Love.

About Mr. Biscuits - Burning Love Hot Sauce:
  • High HEAT (Scoville Unit Rating of 50,000), low vinegar and balanced flavor
  • HAND CRAFTED in Seattle by locally renowned chef, Casey Weber. Peppers raised by Alvarez Organic Farms.
  • Unique blend:
    • Habanero, Jalapeno, Thai Chili, Garlic, Onion, Tomatoes, Vinegar, Organic Citrus Fruits, Organic Fireweed Honey
  • All natural, Vegan, Non-GMO, Organic Ingredients, Gluten Free and No Added Fillers.
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I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are my own. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Join PinchMe!

Join PinchMe free of charge and receive free samples in exchange for your feedback. You pay NOTHING for being a member.

Answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits in your Member Profile. PinchMe will learn what you like and offer samples just for you. Please note that you might not receive samples EVERY month, samples are first come first serve.

Once you've had a chance to try your samples, complete a short feedback survey to tell PinchMe what you thought of the samples and they'll share your thoughts with the brands. If you fail to complete the feedback surveys, you will not be eligible for future samples, until they're complete; they give you plenty of time to fill them out and they're pretty short.

I've been a member since they first began and have gotten free nail polish, breath right strips, dog food, a full sized bottle of Kraft Parmesan cheese, toilet bowl cleaner, plus much, much more.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

HappyHeartMom® Car Child Safety Seat Belt Adjuster Pad Review

I requested to review the HappyHeartMom® Car Child Safety Seat Belt Adjuster Pad because my daughter (6) hates seat belts, they land right on the side of her neck, rubbing and cutting her. So if I could take that annoyance and pain away from her by trying a new product, I'm good with that.

This product is very easy to put on the seat belt, just unsnap the snap, pull the seat belt through, and re-snap the snap, bam done, no directions required.

My daughter loves it because the seat belt no longer rests on her throat and I love it because she's no longer begging to put the belt behind her back. The seat belt adjuster pad pulls the seat belt down and slightly away, alleviating the uncomfortable set belt rub, but still providing full seat belt protection.

The only downfall that I found, is that it slips down and covers the top buckle, making it very hard for my daughter to buckle her own seat belt, otherwise it's perfect.

I would fully recommend this product to anyone who has a child that uses a seat belt.


I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are my own.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

First Aid Kit Review

I requested to review a first aid kit from Protect Life. I'm the type of person who is paranoid something will happen, so it helps me rest easy when I have a first aid kit handy. The kit I keep in my car is just one I put together at home, so it doesn't have much in it; I plan to replace the one I made with the one I'm reviewing. 

The first aid kit from Protect Life is small, light weight, and packed to the brim in a sturdy canvas case. Since it's so small I plan to keep it under the front seat of my car, it probably could fit in some glove boxes, but mine is too jam pack with junk.

I didn't go through the description before I ordered it, so was pleasantly surprised to see how much was inside this tiny package. What you'll find inside:
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes (6 pcs) 
  • Alcohol prep pad (10 pcs)
  • Butterfly closure strips (10 pcs)
  • Extra large adhesive bandage (4 pcs)
  • Adhesive bandage (25 pcs) 
  • Knuckle adhesive bandage (4 pcs)
  • Fingertip adhesive bandage (8 pcs)
  • Gauze swab (3 pcs) 
  • 1 Disposable cold compress 
  • First aid tape (1 roll) 
  • Cotton tip applicator (20 pcs) 
  • 1 Abdominal pad 
  • Disposable vinyl gloves (1 pair) 
  • 1 Slim rescue howler whistle 
  • 1 Button Compass Liquid filled 
  • 1 Moleskin blister relief 
  • 1 Triangular bandage 
  • 1 Emergency blanket 
  • 1 Glow stick 
  • 1 Disposable raincoat 
  • 1 Scissors 
  • PBT conforming bandage 5 x 3.6 cm (1 roll) 
  • 1 CPR face mask 
  • 1 Metal tweezers 
  • Eye pad (2 pcs) 
  • Elbow/knee bandage (2 pcs) 
  • Safety pins (4 pcs) 
  • Sting relief pads (2 pcs).
I would recommend this first aid kit to anyone who is looking for a kit for their car, boat, or saddlebags. It's also decently priced, especially if you go and try to buy all medical individually at a store.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream Review

I live in Vermont, where the winters are dry and harsh, especially on skin. I also work as a document preservationist, the documents are usually filthy, touched by numerous unwashed hands for centuries, so I'm constantly washing my hands throughout the day. The results of a harsh winter and many hand washings? Chapped, spotted, dry hands. They hurt and become unsightly if left untreated for too long.

So, when I received Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream free of charge in exchange for my unbiased opinion from Influenster, I brought the sample to work. I keep it in my desk, so that after I wash my hands I can apply some to my skin.

Some of the perks to Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream are that it's non-greasy, which is great because leaving grease stains on irreplaceable documents is a big no-no, plus it absorbs and alleviates the burning feeling of dry skin rather quickly. It's also great for sensitive skin, I dab a little on my face now and then when I develop a dry, flaky area.

I'd recommend this Moisturizing Cream to those who need a little relief from the effects of dry skin.

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