Jord Ely Maple Wood Watch Review

Paul from Wood Watches by Jord sent me one of their Ely Maple watches to review {ARV $129}

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Before Paul contacted me I had never heard of a wood watch. I was definitely intrigued and excited to partner with Jord to tell you all more about them.

Beyond the fact that these watches are stunning to look at, they serve a greater purpose. These modern watches are a sustainable product. I know that is a movement that many of you hold dear in your hearts so make sure you check out all of their mens and womens watches to find one that suits you best.

Cozy Cat Furniture Kitty Condo with Round Perches Review

CozyCatFurniture sent me their Kitty Cat Condo with Round Perches to review {ARV $99.95}.

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This arrived in a large box with assembly required. I saw the task of assembling this kitty condo as a small challenge and decided to take it on myself instead of asking my (more handy than I) husband.

There were simple illustrated instructions included and after a short while and minimal confusion I assembled it correctly on my own. The only tricky part for me was getting the ladder lined up correctly. It really did not take me that long to do.

Filling that Christmas Tree Shaped Hole in Your Life

If you’re anything like me, once you’ve removed your Christmas tree from your living room, it feels like there is a big gap in the room. It might be how it looks 11 months of the year, yet it somehow just looks wrong.

In January, the evenings are still dark, and it can be surprising how much you miss the Christmas tree lights,as well as the tree itself. You could put a lamp in its place, but then you may not need it in the summer months, and it will create an issue when next Christmas comes around you have to find somewhere else either for either the lamp or the Christmas tree – and if you relocate the Christmas tree, you’re going to be left with the exact same problem next January.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Tray Review

Marty from Smile Brilliant sent me one of their Teeth Whitening Trays to try out.

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I have never whitened my teeth before and have felt that they are a little more yellow than I would like them to be.

I was very excited to try this product out and see just how well it could whiten my teeth. I am sure that you are wondering the same thing. Let me first tell you a little about how this product works.

Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups Review

Galley Essentials sent me a 12 pack of their Silicone Baking Cups to review {ARV $10.99}

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These silicone cups have been a great addition to my cupcake and muffin baking. Scrubbing out crusted muffin from each individual muffin tin cup is not my idea of fun. I also do not like to spend a few bucks on paper cups that have to be thrown away.

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These have been really easy to fill, peel away when eating and clean as well.

They are BPA free and safe to use at the high oven temperatures needed to bake cupcakes and muffins.

Three Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set Review

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

I was sent this 3 pack of Bamboo Cutting Boards to review. {ARV $59.99}

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I only had one plastic cutting board at the time so these were much needed. I love that there are 3 different sizes so you can customize using whichever board works best for what you need it for.

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Bonefish Grill’s New Menu #HelloNewMenu

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

The Bonefish Grill sent me a gift pack, including a gift card to try out their new menu.

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I took my husband out on a much needed date night and we were excited to try out some of their great new products!

To start I had a Modern Mojito and Michael had the Omission Pale Ale. Both were delicious and a great way to start out our night away from the kiddos.

StyloPhora Ice Ball Mold Review


I was sent a 3-pack of Ice Ball Molds and funnel from StyloPhora to review {ARV $39.99}

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The StyloPhora Ice Mold is a 2 piece system that you simply pop together and use the funnel included to fill with water. once it is full you can just set it inside your freezer.

When you are ready to use your ice ball you just pull the top off and pop the ice ball out of the mold. I usually did have to use a butter knife to aid in popping the ball out but it was not difficult.

Pack for Days out with The Kids

When you’re out and about with the kids, you have to pack smart and pack well – be prepared for any situation, without bringing the kitchen sink. How can you do it without being a superhero?

 

Baby Changing Bags

 

This is an art form, and here’s how you perfect it:

  • Buy a bag with lots of pockets and make sure you use them for the same items each time: this saves you time rummaging around looking for things in the bag when you’re trying to change a diaper in a crummy bathroom somewhere.
  • Make a checklist of the things you need, and ensure you have them before you leave the house: spare diapers, extra outfit, wipes, diaper rash cream, sanitary baggies, cloth, bib, bottle, spare pacifier… you know the drill.

Clothing

  • Dress your children in layers: even though it’s warm outside, indoor air conditioning can be cold. Heavy sweaters aren’t great, but with layers you can adjust what they’re wearing and make sure they stay comfortable indoors and out, whatever the temperature.
  • thick pair of booties will ensure your kid’s feet stay nice and cosy.
  • Don’t forget waterproofs in case it rains: soggy kids are unhappy kids.

Transportation

 

Managing your kids on public transport can be a nightmare: you’re struggling with a stroller, trying to hold hands with the other child, etc. Consider a sling if your baby is small, as this will free up your hands when getting on and off transport. Another suggestion is to consider leaving an expensive stroller at home and bringing a cheap replacement in case it gets damaged on a trip: airlines for example often don’t pay for damages!

 

Behaviour

 

Everyone has different words of wisdom on how to keep your children well behaved when out in public.

  • One popular piece of advice is to make sure you bring lots of snacks, as this can distract them from bad behaviour or enable them to eat if they’re peckish and grumpy.
  • Do your best to ensure they’re well hydrated and entertained during the journey as this can help to alleviate any temper-tantrums later in the day.
  • If you’re going to a particular attraction, teach them about it first. For example if you’re going to the Zoo, read about it together first so he or she knows what to expect and gets excited about the animals.

 

Going out with the kids can be tricky, but with the right preparation you can all have a great time with as little stress as possible.

 

Black & Decker 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac Review

Black & Decker sent me one of their new Vacs to test out and I have to say that I LOVE IT!

You see, I have been desperately wanting a little cordless hand-vac for a while. A long while. And, did I mention desperately?

I currently have a big, older vacuum that I hardly use because we have no carpeting in the house. About every month or so the amount of ‘unintentional trailmix’ covering my van floor gets out of control and needs to be vacuumed out. Lugging the big ol’ vacuum outside, searching for the single coveted extension cord, and trying to reach that hose across the van without the vacuum falling over and penetrating one of my children’s skulls gets a little monotonous. This is the desperation I’m talking about.