Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays

 

I love cold drinks but I’m not fond of our ice maker. The ice cubes have a nasty freezer taste that I really don’t like and I end up drinking something warm rather than use the ice cubes. Funny thing is, our ice maker has limped along since we moved into the house 14 years ago and it has finally given up on us. Perfect time to get new ice cube trays.

 

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I got a set of Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays and right off the bat I fell in love with them. They are a bright, cheery blue and green color, and they’re made from premium food grade silicone. The cool thing I really like is they are so super easy to get out of the tray. The tray is flexible so you can twist it, but they recommend you pop single cubes out by pushing up on the bottom. This makes it convenient if you decide to use the trays for gravy cubes or baby food leftovers, even juices.

 

I was really happy to find out that the Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays from Vremi have lids on them so they don’t absorb freezer odors or get anything else mixed into them by accident. These also make stacking much easier. Each tray makes 21 cubes and they’re really cube shaped. They measure 1.3 inches on each side. They look really cute in a drink glass and they’re the perfect size for my kidlet’s glasses. And the trays are safe in the dishwasher, so cleanup is a cinch!

I am really happy with my Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays. I would totally buy them again!

Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/Vremi-Silicone-Ice-Cube-Tray/dp/B01H7BF1DA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484886222&sr=8-1&keywords=Ice+cube+trays+with+lids

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

Xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set

 

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This is my new favorite hair tool set, the Xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set. This set consists of the base handle, a 1.25″ barrel, a 1″ barrel, a .75″ barrel, a .7″to 1″ wand and a .3″to .75″ wand. The 2 barrels have clips to secure the hair while curling. The wands spiral from the large diameter to the small diameter with no cool tip so there is also a protective glove, plus there’s a zip up heat protective bag to store all of the pieces in when not in use (and cooled down).

 

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This set is easy to use. Simply choose which tip you want to use and push it into the handle. My only issue is that there were no directions for changing the barrels so I kept trying to push in the barrel and twist to lock because there was a lock/unlock icon on the side of the handle. There is no lock function- just push the barrel into the handle. Then heat up to your desired temperature for your hair type. Temps range from 250ºF-300ºF for delicate or fine hair types, 300ºF-375ºF for normal hair, and 375ºF-410ºF for thick, coarse, or natural hair types. The temperature is in easy to read bright green LED numbers right on the handle. It only takes about 90 seconds for the iron to come up to temperature and you’re good to go. If you are forgetful like I sometimes am, it’s nice to know that there’s a build in 60 minute automatic shut off. Switching is simple- just allow the iron to cool down, then pull the barrel off and put on the size you want, then you’re ready for the next great curl!

 

 

The barrels are made from Ceramic Tourmaline, the handle is a good quality feeling handle, and the bag is really nice. The cord is an extra long  8’10” with a 360 degree swivel.  It all comes in a very stylish looking black box. Altogether, this set as well as their other products looks and feel very upscale. I am really happy with Xtava’s 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set and I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.

 

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The Xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set can be found online at:

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

WiFi Hidden Mini Camera Power Bank from Icemoon

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I have been intrigued by the idea of using WiFi operated cameras to keep an eye on things. I can see where they would be useful in many applications, such as; watching to make sure a sitter is actually keeping an eye on their charge, protecting a vulnerable area from trespassers, watching for movement at the entrance to your home, as well as many others.

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I got a WiFi Hidden Mini Camera Power Bank from Icemoon and it includes the power bank with an HD 1080p WiFi capable camera, a charging cord, an 8 gig Micro sd card and a mini disc for hooking the device up to your computer or laptop.I’ve been trying to get it hooked up for days now. I began by using the directions included in the box with the device. Unfortunately, the directions leave a lot to be desired. I spent quite a while trying to decipher them, then decided to try the disc. I’m not really sure what the purpose was for including the disc because it really didn’t help me get any farther than I already was. I am not a tech genius, but I do find that I am more savvy than most when it comes to computing and electronics. But this little device has been a tough nut to crack.

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I was able at one point to get the camera operational. It had a fairly nice picture in a mid- darkened room. I could view what was going on from my phone while it was happening. It has a red light and a yellow light that flash while recording. This is pretty noticeable and I can’t imagine it not being obvious that there was something flashing. It also has 2 small white lights, kind of like a flashlight, but very small and not very powerful that I could tell. I wasn’t sure exactly what they were for. I like that I was able to unplug the camera and move it and it would still record. I shut it down and then attempted to start it up. Back to square one. I spent another 45 minutes trying different combinations to get it working again.

All in all, this device, when working, takes good video. I am not sure about the playback because I was never able to get it to replay. And it seems to need to be completely reinstalled in order to use it again. I can’t give it a very good rating at this point, but I will continue to work on it and see if I can decipher how to get it to work properly.

The WiFi Hidden Mini Camera Power Bank from Icemoon can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/icemoon-Wireless-Security-Activated-Cameras/dp/B01HZBB230/ref=sr_1_1?s=gift-cards&ie=UTF8&qid=1484632915&sr=8-1&keywords=WiFi+Mini+Camera+Icemoon
I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

Blue Squid Face Paint Kit for Kids

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The Face Paint Kit from Blue Squid is superior cosmetic grade non-toxic and completely hypoallergenic, with no parabens and will work on even the most sensitive skin. It is water based so all I had to do was wet the paint to the consistency I needed and then apply. I did my son’s face for a video contest and it was really easy to work with this paint. I would only need to reapply more moisture as needed when I worked with a large area. I am used to using a lot of paint crayons and I like them but for big areas I prefer something that I can apply with a sponge, get in and get out!

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We love doing characters for various plays or just painting faces for fun. I’ve tried a number of products and the newest one is the Face Paint Kit from Blue Squid. This is an awesome kit that includes 14 different colors of face paint, 4 different sized sponges for applicating paint, 2 brushes for applying fine lines, 2 glitter gels in silver and gold for accenting designs, and a packet of 5 stencils for quick party fun!

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To see how well it works in action, I am including the Youtube link so you can see his video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzwNstINe4A&index=1&list=FLncQ8ft5OkvYULjOEwJdTZg

It’s easy to paint with The Face Paint Kit from Blue Squid. Their color selection makes it easy to do most designs with ease, but if you want more colors, you can easily mix them for new and custom shades. If you don’t feel comfortable painting by hand, use the stencils that Blue Squid has included in the kit. These only take seconds to use. They’ve even included an online resource guide so you can watch videos and learn new techniques.

I like that The Face Paint Kit from Blue Squid doesn’t crack after applying. Sometimes a paint will crack, especially on the face with all of the muscles that move, but he was able to talk, sing, etc. and it stayed nice until he was ready for clean up. He used a warm soapy washcloth as directed and it removed the paint quite easily.

The Face Paint Kit from Blue Squid can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J5NX860/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_1_w

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Xtava Twist Curling Wand with 1″ to 1.5″ Barrel

 

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The next product from the Xtava line that I tried out is the Xtava Twist Curling Wand – The Xtava Twist Curling Wandis a Tapered Clipless curling iron with a 1 to 1½ inch diameter Tourmaline Barrel. I really like the sleek, stylish look of this curling iron but what really counts is how well it works and what the features are. So let’s get down to it.

 

 

First impression of the Xtava Twist Curling Wand is the clipless feature. I’ve never used a clipless iron before but I loved the tapered barrel and thought I could at least give it a try. It’s a little intimidating at first and it takes some thought to figure out how best to use it. I showed it to my kidlet and she immediately fell in love with it, so she did the learning while I watched. The Xtava Twist Curling Wand includes a heat-resistant styling glove and has a cool tip for ease in twisting and handling the iron.

 

 

I plugged in my Xtava Twist Curling Wand and it lit up immediately. It shows the temperature while it is turned on and its LCD display is large and easy to read. It heats to 22 different settings, from 200ºF-410ºF. It only takes about 90 seconds to fully heat up, so you can plug it in and not have to wait long to start using it. It has an 60 minute automatic shut off function so if you get distracted it won’t stay on. I love that feature! And the Ionic ceramic & tourmaline technology combine to offer smooth, silky, and frizz-free curls for most any hair type- even color-treated, dry, or damaged hair. This iron creates bouncy curls while smoothing the cuticle and locking in the curl.

 

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The Xtava Twist Curling Wand comes with a 8’10”, 360° swivel cord for ease of use without tangling. It includes a heat resistant carrying case for storage or travel. My kidlet loved how her hair came out but had a little bit of trouble handling the iron, especially on the ends. But all in all, the price is very affordable and I would recommend the Xtava Twist Curling Wand for anyone looking for a new curling iron.

The Xtava Twist Curling Wand can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/xtava-Twist-Curling-Wand-Professional/dp/B01LXS1OXQ/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1483846549&sr=8-1&keywords=Conical%2BCurling%2BWand%2B1-1.5&th=1

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Girl of Fire by Norma Hinkens

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Girl of Fire by Norma Hinkens

 

I recently received an Advanced Reader Copy of Girl of Fire by Norma Hinkens. I’ve just recently begun to read her books and I thought the first book I read was good. Wow, I could not put this book down! I had a love/hate relationship when I finished the book. I loved the book so much I wanted it to last forever/ I hated that the book was done and I wanted more! Thankfully, the is Book 1 in a 3 part series called The Expulsion Project.

This book begins years into the past as a group of scientists plot to protect their infant children by jettisoning them off of the planet for a new chance at life on new planets. Fast forward as our main character, Trattora, is intrigued by a ship of oremongers who come looking for supplies to repair their ship and any kind of ore that they can sell. Trattora is the adopted daughter of the chieftain and expected to take the reins as the future ruler of her planet, Cwelt.

Velkan is the serf of the ship’s captain, Sarth. Trattora takes them on a tour of the planet hoping to learn more about Velkan and why he seems familiar. She’s mesmerized by the ship and the idea of being able to travel but her planet doesn’t have a fleet. While they’re away, a enemy ship threatens to take over the planet and imprison her tribe. Trattora devises a plan to go with the oremongers to sell a sample of ore that could possibly earn enough to fund a fleet to protect her planet and her family.

I’d love to share the rest of the story because it’s so awesome but that would be cheating you out of a great read. This is listed as a sci-fi, dystopian thriller trilogy with a whisper of romance. I would say it’s every bit of that and more. The characters and plot meld together nicely and are easily believable. A 10 out of 10, must read, stay up late kind of book!

Girl of Fire is available for pre-order  at a discounted price on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Fire-Expulsion-Dystopian-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01MRUL6U5/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483421378&sr=8-2&keywords=Girl+of+Fire

Hurry before it goes up!

I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

Xtava Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener

 

 

My kidlet has ethnic hair which is coarse and thick, while my hair is fine and thin. We each have our own needs when it comes to hair styling. I love being able to style my hair but I can’t use her tools and she can’t use mine because they aren’t made to work with all hair types. Xtava took this into consideration when they came out with the Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener. The Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener from Xtava is a new and different kind of styler than what’s been available to the consumer in the past. This straightener has a number of really great features that sets it apart from the others.

 

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The Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener from Xtava comes in a flat black colored hard-board box. It comes with a zippered, insulated bag for safe storage while not in use. (Note: always cool your iron down before storing it).

 

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Before using the Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener from Xtava, I read the instructions thoroughly. The microprocessor offers multiple heat settings according to the type of hair you have, ranging from 265-445 degrees fahrenheit. The flat iron features an integrated temperature regulator to keep the temperature from fluctuating while you are styling your hair. This, combined with infrared heat and Ceramic tourmaline plates, gives a smoother shinier finished product.

 

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The Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener from Xtava heats up within 90 seconds so there’s not a lot of waiting. A generously sized screen shows the temperature so you know when it’s ready to use. My last flat iron kept shutting off because of the temperature control location on the side of the iron. This iron’s controls are in the same place but they don’t seem to click off as easily. And the 2 inch wide plate makes it easier to iron larger sections of hair at a time. The iron has an automatic shut off feature and an extra long 8 foot cord with a 360 degree swivel end to keep it from tangling.

 

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I’m very happy with the Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener from Xtava. They’ve included a lot of features that I would have expected in a professional straightener, but they priced it so the average user can afford it. Thanks Xtava!

 

You can find the Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener from Xtava online here:

https://www.amazon.com/xtava-Pro-Satin-Infrared-Straightener-Professional/dp/B00RFWKUWO/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1483236510&sr=1-1&keywords=flat+iron

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Lemon Essential Oil for Aromatherapy from Pure Body Naturals

 

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This month I am sampling Lemon Essential Oil for Aromatherapy from Pure Body Naturals. This is a Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil with no fillers and no additives. It’s a premium grade, 5X strength oil that comes in a 1 Fl Oz bottle. The bottle is dark brown, so it protects the oil from light exposure, ensuring that it stays fresh longer. It also comes with a handy dropper for measuring out the oil in recipes.

The Lemon Essential Oil for Aromatherapy from Pure Body Naturals works great for cleaning and disinfecting all sorts of things, from metal, glass, ceramics leather, or wood. It’s a wonderful additive to your bath and can also be used to cleanse whether in a cleansing mixture or on its own. It’s clean, invigorating smell just makes me happy!

 

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Speaking of happy, Lemon Essential Oil for Aromatherapy from Pure Body Naturals is great for use in a diffuser. It’s well known for elevating moods and boosting your metabolism. Add a few drops to a spray bottle and you have instant room deodorizer. Put this in a mini spray bottle and you have a purse size deodorizer that travels with you. Next time you visit the rest room and it smells funky you’ll thank me for this one, guaranteed!

 

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Speaking of guarantees, Pure Body Naturals is so sure you’ll like their product that they give you not one, but 3 months to try your new oil out. If you don’t like it for any reason, simply email them and they’ll send you your money back.

You can find Lemon Essential Oil for Aromatherapy from Pure Body Naturals online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Aromatherapy-Pure-Body-Naturals/dp/B01LMIXY06/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1483074068&sr=1-1&keywords=lemon+essential+oil

I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Brooklyn Bean Roastery Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa for Keurig K Cup Brewers, 40 Count

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During this time of year, I love getting away from all of the hustle and bustle and settling in for an evening of Christmas Movies and maybe a cup of hot cocoa to relax and unwind. I recently got a 40 count box of Brooklyn Bean Roastery Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa for Keurig K Cup Brewers. I’ve tried a number of their cocoas and I’ve yet to be disappointed. They all are so flavorful and delicious and this cocoa was no exception.

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We chose a movie and popped it in, snuggled on the couch with blankets and slippered feet, and began to watch one of our favorites, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In no time, we were ready for a mid-movie break to make our cocoa.

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Brooklyn Bean Roastery Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa is a rich, smooth, peanut buttery hot cocoa. It pairs one of the most iconic flavor combinations there is; peanut butter and chocolate. Who doesn’t love that? But this time it’s in the form of a velvety smooth cocoa that’ll warm you to your toes! Perfect after a long day of chasing after Christmas presents, entertaining guests, or baking 12 dozen Christmas cookies. It’s as good a reason as any to sit back and relax for a while.

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I love that Brooklyn Bean Roastery Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa fits in my Keurig K Cup Brewer. I just pop one of the K cups in the top of the Keurig, close the lid, and push the button. The large size option is perfect for this cocoa. It’s a nice big cup of cocoa but it hasn’t lost a bit of its intensity. And at only 70 calories, I can enjoy a cup of cocoa without feeling guilty. I can even reach for one of those freshly baked cookies to go with it. Mmm, I have to go- I think it’s time to make a cup of Brooklyn Bean Roastery Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa and settle in.

You can find Brooklyn Bean Roastery Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Brooklyn-Roastery-Peanut-Single-Cup-Brewers/dp/B00O647RR0/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1483069823&sr=8-2&keywords=peanut%2Bbutter%2Bcup%2Bhot%2Bcocoa&th=1

I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

 

 

Helichrysum Essential Oil from Oil Labs

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Helichrysum Essential Oil from Essential Oil Labs is good for many uses. It’s well known for skin conditions like sunburn, acne, and wound relief, as well as for wrinkles and dry skin. It naturally protects and heals skin. I recently had an ingrown toenail that became infected. My friend suggested I use Rosemary and Helichrysum oil on it and it cleared it up very quickly.

 

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I also like using Helichrysum Essential Oil from Essential Oil Labs in my diffuser. It’s got a light fruity scent that is very pleasing to me. It is known for easing stress and negativity. My hubby seems to have the grumps, so I put it in the diffuser and it seems to put him in a better mood. I just like the smell!

I noticed that Helichrysum Essential Oil from Essential Oil Labs is on sale right now on Amazon. You can find it online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Helichrysum-Oil-Therapeutic-Acetate-Essential/dp/B01LZANMNN/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1482453254&sr=8-1&keywords=helichrysum+oil

I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

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