Monday, July 30, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

BzzCampaign: Bic Soleil Savvy Disposable Razor

     As a BzzAgent, I get to try out lots of cool stuff, just for sharing my opinion. And you don't have to be a blogger to be a BzzAgent. So you can sign up and try out free stuff whether you are a blogger or not! 
     So, the latest Bzzcampaign I've gotten to be part of is for the Bic Soleil Savvy disposable razor. This is a disposable razor  that actually has removable cartridges. Each razor comes with four disposable cartridges. And then I guess you throw the razor itself out? 
     While I think the razor is great and pretty reasonable in price (about $6-7 or so), I kinda wonder--what is the point of a "disposable" razor with removable cartridges? It seems kinda wasteful to me to have to throw out the handle when you're done with all four cartridges. Because what are you going to do with just a handle? I'm sure creative minds can find a use, but that's not my point. The cartridges are not available separately.
     So the Bic Soleil Savvy is between the cheapo disposable razors and pricier razors with removable cartridges. These razors don't have moisturizing bars like, say, the Venus Embrace. But they also don't cost as much and the handle is sturdy like the more expensive razors. I think Bic has a good thing here, but I really think they should reconsider selling cartridges separately. After all, the razor itself is good enough to last--why should I have to throw it out? 
*I received this product complimentary through BzzAgent in exchange for sharing my honest opinion. I received no further compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.*

Friday, July 20, 2012

Farm Rich Review

     I was recently asked to try and review 2 Farm Rich products of my choice and was provided 2 coupons which allowed me to get full sized bags of Farm Rich frozen snacks! I was more than happy to oblige, since I love convenient snacks for my little girl (and sometimes myself ;-)). 
     After looking at both our regular grocery stores, I was unable to find them. So I finally looked on the Farm Rich website for somewhere to get them and found out Walmart was the only place to get them around here. Walmart had about 10 different choices where the other stores had none. After much deliberation, I decided on the Mozzarella Bites and Italian meatballs
     The first thing I tried was the mozzarella bites. I love bread and cheese--two bad things for a diet, but taste so good. 
     The mozzarella bites were right up my alley, as I knew they would be. Apparently they are up my daughter's alley too. She seems to like them almost as much as I do! I made them in the microwave because it was faster and easier, but I suspect they might have tasted better in the oven.

     I used the Italian meatballs in spaghetti. We normally just have ground beef in our spaghetti because it's easier, but this was a nice change of pace. The meatballs were already to go. All I had to do was heat them up (microwave again) and toss into spaghetti sauce. And noodles don't take long to cook, so we had a quick and easy meal. The most complicated thing was the salad!

     Whether you're looking for a quick meal, fun appetizers for your next party or a kid-friendly snack, Farm Rich strives to meet that need for your family. After all, their motto is "Keep 'em Happy!" 

*I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. I received no further compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.*

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Product Review: UGLee Ergonomic Pen

     I recently got the opportunity to try and review a different kind of pen. It is the UGLee Ergonomic Pen. I know, the name is kinda weird. And the pen actually looks a little weird. But it has a soft, geletainous grip. 
     This ergonomic pen is designed to make writing more comfortable, especially for those who experience discomfort when writing with a regular pen. Anyone can use it, but it might be particularly helpful for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel and for children. 
     How can it benefit children? Well, the design of this ergonomic pen makes it ideal for children who are developing fine motor skills as they are learning to write. It is also easier to hold onto than some other pens. 
     This UGLee pen takes some getting used to, because it is designed differently from regular pens. But once you get used to it, it is quite nice. I like the "squishy" feel of the pen. It really seems like I am not putting as much pressure on my hand to write. And since I have a young child, I'm glad I will have this pen to help her learn to write. I am really glad I got to try this pen. 
     And now for the fun part. One of my readers can win a set of these pens to try out themselves! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below. US residents only. Good luck! 
     Note: Winner will receive a random color pen set, chosen by the company. 
     *I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer BBQ Cravebox

     I got my Summer BBQ Cravebox this weekend. If you haven't checked out Cravebox yet, you should! They are currently all full, but will hopefully open up new spots in the future! Make sure you check out the limited edition boxes too! 
     This month's theme was BBQ and here is what was in the box: 
     1. BIC Flamedisk--This is a charcoal alternative for your grill. You just stick it in the grill, light it and cook. Easy clean up. Of course, we live in an apartment and don't have a grill, but DH was excited about it anyway. We can use it at the park. Assuming there is a grill available!
     2. Bic Multi-purpose Lighter--This was actually just a coupon for a free product, not the actual lighter. 
     3. True Lemon Original Lemonade--I got a pack of 10 individual packets for water bottles. I like Crystal Light pink lemonade, so I look forward to trying this. 
     4. Mighty Leaf Tea Sunburst Green Iced Tea--I like iced tea, but I'm not sure how much I'll like green iced tea. But I'm willing to try it. This one tea bag is big enough to make a half gallon pitcher. 
     5. Mozaik Appetizer Ware--This is a set of 24 teeny little (disposable) plates and forks. This is probably the least useful thing for me personally. I hardly have people over--much less host any kind of event that would warrant something like that. 
     So, I am looking forward to trying my drinks and cooking a steak with that nice new FlameDisk. :-)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Product Review: CAPTCHA Monster

     Who here loves typing in Captcha codes? No? Anyone? Didn't think so! In my opinion, Captcha codes are the bane on the internet surfer's existence. To me, there are few things more annoying than writing a comment on someone's blog, and to find out that before you can "submit" you have to fill in a Captcha code. In fact, many people are deterred from leaving comments at all if it requires solving a Captcha to do so. something to keep in mind if your blog requires this.
     For those of you that don't know, a Captcha code is that series of random, often hard-to-read numbers and letters a lot of websites make you fill out before submitting forms or comments. You know, to prove you're not a robot. Well, how long did you think it would be before somebody found a way around that? 
     If you are a Captcha-hater like me, you may want to check out Captcha Monster. This is an add-on that is compatible with Firefox only (which is my preferred browser anyway) that solves the Captchas for you. I just jumped at the chance to try this out! 
     You can set it to solve Captchas as soon as a page loads, when you start filling out a form or on request only. Now, it is not completely fool proof. I have found that it doesn't fill out Captcha's in pop-up windows. Like, some blogs have a new pop-up when you want to leave a comment. Captcha Monster doesn't seem to fill those out. 
     Also, at first it didn't seem to do case-sensitive Captcha's correctly. So you always want to double-check. But it finally did start doing it. For example, sometimes Swagbucks requires a case-sensitive Captcha when you do a search. The first time I tried it, it did lowercase instead of capital letters. But later it did capital letters. So it's not completely foolproof, but still a great tool! 
     Unfortunately, this is not a free app. Basic plans start at $2.99/mo. But you can try it out free for 30 days with no strings attached. If you decide it's not worth it, you don't have to purchase. But you may just decide you love the convenience of it. Type in code 20tomoson for 20% off. Go to the Captcha Monster website to get your free trial!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Product Review: My Hikes Pants Fastener

     So, if you have kids, you probably know they tend to grow one direction (up), then another (out), then back again. Especially when they're little. When they're chubby little toddlers, they may need pants that are the next size up width-wise, but then the legs are way too long. So what do you do? 
     Enter My Hike Pants Fasteners! These clever little clips are made to hold the hems of your pants in place after you roll them up to the length you want. Not complicated at all! And they come in several cute designs for both boys and girls! In fact, when picking which set I wanted for my review, I had a hard time deciding between the butterflies and the flower. I eventually decided on the flower, though. 
     So, is it a simple design? Yes. Could you do the same thing with paperclips? Maybe. But the result would be kind of tacky and not nearly as cute. Plus, it could be dangerous if young children manage to pull them off. The My Hikes don't have any sharp parts and the clip itself is actually clear, so the only thing you see is the design (flower, car, butterfly) itself, unless you look really close. They can be pulled off by young ones, but they are unlikely to come off by themselves. They have a good, stiff grip. 
     By the way, you don't have to be a kid to use these. Adults can use them too! One size fits all. I don't consider myself that short, but when I buy jeans or pants, I have to get "petite" or "short" (whatever term the brand uses). So, I can imagine if I were any shorter, something like this would be great to have. And you can use them to make capri pants. As long as you're okay with having "cute" stuff on the hem of your pants! I can see ladies being much more comfortable with this than guys. I can just imagine the look on my husband's face if I offered him a pair of these to wear. Maybe I should try it, just for fun. :-P 
     I have been informed that my readers can get My Hikes for 40% off by using the coupon code MyHikes40off47. Please make sure to check them out! Or try your luck at winning a set by entering on the rafflecopter form below, as My Hikes has generously offered to send a set to one of my readers! Good luck!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Product Review: Sue's Bracelet Helper

     Do you wear bracelets? I mean the kind with clasps, not "bangles." If you do, do you ever get frustrated trying to get someone to help you get it on as everyone is getting ready to go out? If not, is it because you don't want to bother getting help? Or maybe you're like me, and are just so rushed and frazzled trying to get everyone else ready that you don't have time for personal things like jewelry or make-up.
     Well, I can't help you out with that last one, but I did recently get introduced to a handy little tool made to fix the problem of "I wanna wear the bracelet, but there's no one to help me put it on!" It's called Sue's Bracelet Helper.
     This little gadget allows you to put your clasp bracelet on by yourself! It would probably be confusing if I tried to explain how it works, and it is a little confusing at first, but I will do my best with pictures.
     First, you clamp the bracelet helper to the end with the hole. Don't let it cover the hole at all, or your clasp won't go in. Also, make sure you hold it where you can hold it still, and not at a "joint."

     Next, drape the bracelet over your wrist. And hold the clamp at the top of your wrist and pull the clasp up and into the hole.

     And there you have it. Bracelet on--all by myself!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Product Review: Classic Nursery Rhymes

     I recently had the opportunity the review the Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection DVD from Ocean Music. This collection has been "around" about 30 years, but is now becoming more widely available. Baby First TV will begin airing clips from the series and the collection is available for the first time on CD, DVD and digital download.
     The DVD consists of little skits of 72 nursery rhymes. Who knew there were so many? Not me! Some of them I've known since childhood and some had slightly different wording. Some of the songs had tunes I had heard before but was not familiar with the lyrics of. Some I had never heard at all before seeing this DVD. But it really did take me back to my childhood!
     The skits were an odd combination of puppets, drawing and "live-action"--sometimes more than one. The "live-action" clips had the appearance of being set on a stage or perhaps "pasted onto a storybook background. The cast was mostly made up of children. It seems a little on the "slow" side in this age of of high-tech special effects and it is definitely dated, but the rhymes are as catchy as ever and my daughter enjoys watching them. 
     If you would like more information about the Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection, visit the website here. Also, be sure to visit them on facebook! You can also see clips featured on Baby First TV --a site which has all sorts of activities and videos designed for little ones! Check them out and see what fun activities you find! 
     *I received this product for review for free via Mom Spark Media. Any opinions expressed are my own*
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