New Product Review: Gifts for You Now

Life has a way of surprising the heck out of you, doesn’t it? I mean, I guess there MAY be those people out there who always have everything buttoned up perfectly, but I don’t know any of them! Do you?!

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Two of our very dear friends are godparents to our two-and-a-half-year-old twins. And they got the surprise of their lives not long after the girls were born when they discovered…THEY were pregnant! That little surprise just turned a year old a couple months ago – isn’t he the cutest?!

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We all absolutely adore him!

Yes, life can be very surprising, but, along those lines, one thing I love to do is surprise people who mean the world to us with thoughtful gifts. And for me, if I can get a personalized gift? Even better! And it really is the icing on the cake if I can find that gift online, because I just don’t have a lot of time to go store to store looking for the perfect item these days.

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So when Kate from Gifts for You Now asked if I’d like to review one of their Easter products, there was one item that jumped off the screen at me: this Embroidered Personalized Easter Basket! I KNEW our favorite baby boy would LOVE it!

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Is that not the cutest?! I fell in love it with as soon as I saw it!

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New Product Review: Stencil Revolution

I’m always on the hunt for unique things to use in decorating my home. Aren’t we all? I mean, we don’t all want to have the same living room decor, do we? We want something that personifies who we are and what our tastes are. We want a home that reflects US and that we’re proud of! Right?!

Glad we cleared that up.

Along my personal road to domestication, I’ve experimented with MANY different forms of decor – lots of DIY decor included in there, too. Lots of successes and lots of failures! But one thing I have never used before is…a stencil. I know, I know. I’m not sure WHY I’ve never taken stenciling into account, but I just haven’t.

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So when Emily from Stencil Revolution contacted me to see if I’d like to check out their stencils, I thought it was a great idea!

I’ll be honest, it was hard for me to decide what stencils I wanted to try out, because Stencil Revolution has an amazing variety of stencils and sizes! In all seriousness, I’ll probably be back for more – they’ve sparked a few other ideas for me. Looking at their selection, I’d never have thought that Stencil Revolution is a small, family-owned operation based out of Spring Hill, Florida – their selection speaks to a much larger organization! It’s good to know, though, that when you place an order, a member of their family personally cuts, packs, and ships it directly to you!

Here’s what Emily sent me:

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I had specific plans for each one, so I got to work quickly!

I started with the “gather” stencil first. I had a wooden sign I wanted to use with it, but it needed some brushing up to make sure it matched the mirrors that were already hanging on the wall I wanted to add to.

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New Product Review: Velvet Caviar

Despite the title of this post, no, I most certainly have not discovered the best caviar that money can buy! I honestly don’t care for that nasty mess myself – no offense meant to any connoisseurs out there. But I think I HAVE found something special that at least redeems the name for me!

If your life is anything like mine, your life is tied to your PHONE. Like it or not, it’s how I take pictures, it’s how I do my tasks and to-do lists, it’s how I learn and even how I teach my kids sometimes! It’s an important bit of life these days, and I want to make sure I keep it protected. Ya feel me?

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But it’s HARD to keep it protected! When I’m chasing 2 2-year-olds around the park and I stop to grab it to take the CUTEST pic of them coming down the slide, I’m apt to drop it on the pavement in my rush, which is never good..OR cute. And sometimes I’ve even forgotten to charge it, so it does no good for me to even pull it out – it’s dead, no pictures for me.

So when Sam from Velvet Caviar contacted me about reviewing some products, I was intrigued. First by the name, and then by my options! WOW!

Here’s what Sam sent my way:

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Let’s start with the Phone Grip & Stand. I’ve seen lots of folks use these, but I didn’t really understand the “grip” part, I guess. I mean, can’t I just hold my phone? (Apparently, there are times when no, I can NOT! HA!) So I added this sweet little piece onto my current cover and decided to take it for a test drive!

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New Product Review: California Design Den

Sheets are important. That is all.

Well, there’s a little bit more.

I’m one of those people who is pretty particular about their sheets. There, I said it. I have certain things I look for when it comes to purchasing sheets for the beds in our home, so when Deepak from California Design Den contacted me about reviewing a set of their sheets, of course I was super interested!

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I hadn’t heard of California Design Den before, so I stopped to do a bit of research, and I was impressed by what I found. From sateens to percales, every set of their sheets are crafted using fine materials, superb craftsmanship, and eco-friendly production processes. Customers can buy their linens through retailers like Wayfair and Nordstrom Rack, and many of their sheets are also best-sellers on Amazon! In addition to sheets, the company also offers duvet covers, comforters and quilts, and their website makes it easy to shop all of their offerings by size, color and fabric.  

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Great! I was excited to get my sheets and see if they lived up to the hype!

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As you can see, I chose a light blue color that coordinates with the blues and yellows of our Master Bedroom. I love the shade! Calming yet rich, and a great compliment to our decor.

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My first test of a new pair of sheets is how they come out of the dryer. If they’ve become twisted and rough in the dryer, I’m already agitated with them when I pull them out. But there was none of that agitation with these sheets. They came out just crisp enough to be considered “new”, but still super smooth to the touch. 

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How Slow Cooker Product Reviews Can Help You with Your Purchase

My slow cooker has been on the fritz these days. And I cannot…I repeat…CANNOT have that happening at this point in my life. I’ve put way too much trust in that particular appliance – I must have it working! But I’ve used the same one for a few years, and so I’ve become rather attached to it. How on earth am I supposed to choose a new one?

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Slow cookers take the stress out of preparing healthy homemade meals. They’re designed to simmer your food at low temperatures over an extended period, with minimal effort on your part. But how do you get a slow cooker that’s perfect for your needs? Simply purchasing the costliest and most sophisticated appliance won’t cut it because price doesn’t automatically predict performance. To get the best value for your money, you may want to check product reviews before making a purchase.

Unbiased Information

Nearly all manufacturers depict their slow cookers to be the best. You can’t trust their words as parameters for evaluating the quality of their products. The best judges for slow cookers are the consumers themselves. Product reviews provide tremendously valuable information about slow cookers that you can’t find elsewhere. They give opinions and in-depth insights into performance, packaging, shipping, and even encounters with the manufacturers’ customer service.

The reviewers talk about the different topics on the products in a way that’s real and unfiltered. Bias is minimal because the information provided is based on personal experiences with slow cookers and there’s no pressure on the reviewers to give a specific response.

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