Review: Kidecals

Disclaimer: I received the following items in exchange for my review. All of my opinions are 100% my own.

With it being the back-to-school season, it is also the start of  “I can’t find my (fill in the blank)!” and “Where are my (fill in the blank)?” Although Audrey and David are too young to do this, we certainly aren’t immune to leaving or misplacing things, especially when we are out and about (all of the Doyle family has the tendency to spread out our possessions upon reaching our destination). When I was contacted by Kidecals about reviewing their products, I was thrilled to try out their website and personalized decals.

We ordered four different products from them: personalized decals for David and Audrey, labels for gifts, and decoration for my laptop keys (“keycals“). I will admit that we had a hard time figuring out exactly what to order, because they have such adorable products on their website!

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As we were working on designing and personalizing the labels, there were a couple of bugs with the personalization software, especially when I wanted to change the amount of labels to order. I found that I needed to select the size and quantity first before personalizing. Besides this bug, however, it was great to be able to see what we would purchase before finalizing the order.

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The labels arrived incredibly quickly in the mail, and I was thrilled with the quality. They are nice and thick with a really strong adhesive backing. These labels aren’t going anywhere! I love that I can seemingly use them for clothing, sippy cups, or toys, and they won’t budge. I haven’t tried them on clothing yet, but they are advertised as being able to go anywhere. Honestly, if you see how sticky these are, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do well.

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I’m all about making my life easier. With two babies, I love the idea of being able to use labels instead of handwriting their names on every item that goes out of the house. With the sizes available and the different options in styles, I would definitely recommend checking out Kidecals.com!

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Check out the different products they have available:

Boys Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/boy-labels/
Girls Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/girl-labels/
Parents Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/parents-corner/
Organizing and Kitchen Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/canning-labels/
Keyboard Stickers: http://kidecals.com/product-category/keyboard-stickers/
Chalkboard Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/chalkboard-labels/
Wall Decals: http://kidecals.com/product-category/wall-decals/

 

If you would like to receive a discount on any of the items available, they have a great deal for those of us with multiples in our families (whether the same age or different ages). You can enter these coupon codes at the checkout:

2 children:  doubles2014 = 15% off $25 or more
3 children:  threes2014 = 20% off $50 or more
4 children:  fours2014 = 25% off $75 or more
5 children:  fives2014 = 30% off $100 or more
6 children:  sixes2014 = 35% off $125 or more
7 children:  sevens2014 = 40% off $150 or more

 

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Young Living Essential Oils

Disclaimer: I have not been paid for these statements. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If there are any incorrect statements, I will edit them as soon as I am made aware.


A week ago, I had an online Essential Oils (EO) 101 Party/Class with Angela Bickford, a fellow MOM. I had been talking with her about oils for months, and I was finally ready to bite the bullet and get my Young Living Kit.

What is Young Living?

Young Living is a company that has been in business for many, many years, harvesting and selling essential oils for personal use. One reason that I was drawn to them is their Seed to Seal process (they grow the plants, harvest, and then bottle and sell the oils). I like that it is all with one company without working with middlemen along the way. It is very controlled and YL is extremely careful with their process. Fun fact: 2% of essential oils sold in the US are suitable for medicinal purposes, and YL sells 98% of them! You can find out more about the Seed to Seal process here.

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Guest Post: Redoing a Vanity for Under $50

I am so excited to share a post written by my sister-in-law, Lauryn. She and her husband (Tim’s brother, Kevin) just bought their first house and have been amazing with their home renovations. I really hope that she will do some more guest posts, as they have done a great job!

Vanity Before-After (1)

Hello fellow blog readers! Dory (my sister-in-law) asked I write a post on my husband’s and my recent DIY of my vanity. We moved into our first home just a couple months ago and I finally have room to have a vanity again! My mom picked this one up at an antique shop in Warrenton, VA, and brought it down once we moved in.

Vanity Before - DoyleDispatch.com

The vanity is in great shape including the huge mirror attached! It sat in our garage for about a month until we decided to try our hand at painting furniture.

What you’ll need for this project:

  • vanity : a gift but was $230
  • two orbital sanders (if you have a helper): borrowed for free
  • medium grit sandpaper: borrowed for free
  • paint: $30 (we overestimated and only used ~$15 worth)
  • brushes: already had
  • stencil of your choice: $12 (but came in a packet with others)
  • paint of your choice (for stenciling): $2
  • painter’s tape: already had
  • foam paint brush: $5
  • drawer pulls (to jazz it up): $67 for 6 pulls

Total for project with vanity: $346

Total for project without vanity (using a piece of furniture on hand): $116

Kevin borrowed his dad’s two orbital sanders and we went to work on the vanity first, turning it over on its sides to make sure we sanded underneath and any hard-to-reach crevices. Several times, for the more intricate or thin parts of the vanity, we went ahead and just used a piece of sand paper (medium for the entire piece).
 Next up came the drawers: these we whizzed through as the finish was only on the front. We went ahead and sanded the sides and the inside lip of the drawers. Once completely sanded we broke out the paint (Saffron Strands by Behr) and went to town. We skipped the primer (it’s included in the paint) and applied two coats. Continuing with the drawers we painted the front, inside lip and sides again with two coats.

Vanity Painted - DoyleDispatch.com

Then I realized just how mustardy yellow it really was and DID NOT like it. (The fluorescent light in the garage didn’t help either). I didn’t think the whole “just-one-color” thing through and found it to be just wayyy to grandma-y (yes, that’s a word) looking with the shape of the vanity and the mustard yellow.

I spoke with my mom that night and explained we sanded and painted the vanity but the color was just too bold and how I was going to sand it again the next day to re-paint it. She suggested white washing the vanity with a cloth just to subdue the color which gave me an idea! I headed to Michael’s the next day to pick out a stencil for the front. I really like the moroccan print lately so I found a stencil with this pattern then headed to Home Depot and picked up a jar of Martha Stewarts Metallic Paint in Thundercloud. I headed home and out to the garage. Kevin and I decided to try something new again, stenciling furniture.

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Kevin wanted to be very precise with the stenciling so he measured out the center for each drawer then placed one of the shapes in the middle (so the middle of the drawer would have a centered shape). Once all the centers were found, I went ahead and taped the stencil down with some blue painter’s tape and was sure none of the stencil was lifting up off the curved shape of the drawer. Once the area was covered using Martha Stewart’s foam brush, I quickly lifted the stencil and let it dry for a couple seconds while I grabbed the next drawer. This went on for six drawers. Once I was through I grabbed the first drawer I worked on and placed the stencil over just two or three of the stenciling I had done prior in order to line up the shapes and proceeded to cover the remainder of the drawer (which involved repeating this last part 3 times).

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We moved everything up to our master bedroom once it was fully dry. I still wanted to get pulls for the drawers but hadn’t picked them up yet. A couple weeks and an Anthropologie 20% off sale later, we now have some pretty snazzy drawer pulls on the vanity! It was really easy to install the pulls because we had already found the center of the drawer, all we had to do was find the middle shape and drill away! This removed the risk of not having the pulls lined up once the drawers were stacked, too.

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I hope this encourages anyone who is putting off either painting furniture or stenciling furniture! All you need is a couple afternoons (and an extra pair of hands certainly helps the process go a bit faster)!

Tips:

  • Do not skip the sanding step. It’s time-intensive but worth not having a “gunky/thick” feeling/look to the furniture
  • Skip the primer step since you’re sanding, more than likely you’ll need two coats of paint regardless
  • If possible, use two sets of hands 🙂
  • Remove the stencil once painted after a couple seconds and move onto the next one drawer. By the time you’re through with each set of stenciling move back to the first drawer as the thin coat of paint dries quickly!
  • Be sure to center the stencil by measuring each drawer so the stencils line up

 

Isn’t the “after” just amazing?! I love how it turned out! Thanks so much, Lauryn, for this great tutorial! Make sure to check out her new blog From NOVA to SWVA! Yay! My blogginess is rubbing off on more family members!

Our New Laundry Room

I use the term “room” loosely in our title. It’s really a laundry closet, but that doesn’t sound as nice, does it?

A couple of years ago, we upgraded our washer and dryer to a front-loading set, complete with a steam dryer (thanks to a Black Friday mix-up at Lowe’s that ended up in our favor). We love how they work, and it made us want to make everything else in that tiny room as pretty as the washer and dryer.

Finally, over the 4th of July weekend, we made our changes: paint, new shelves, a new open cabinet, and a countertop!

Here is our before, filled with a grimy and deteriorating shelf, rusty pole to hang clothes, and lots of sticky old detergent (that was there when we moved in).

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Once we removed the washer and dryer, we were left with quite a mess to clean up.

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Ew.

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And that shelf. I don’t know if you can see the grossness that is that shelf.Small Laundry Room Makeover Gross Shelf

 

Even after just removing it, it felt so much better!Small Laundry Room Makeover Blank Canvas

 

Tim had to find the studs to do some prep work.

Small Laundry Room Makeover Finding Studs

 

Ready to paint!

Small Laundry Room Makeover Prep Work

 

So much better, just after one coat of paint!

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And then we installed the shelves, countertop, and the open cabinet.

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Tim was miraculously able to finish this entire project in one day (July 4th). The only issue that we faced were getting the washer back in (we finally had to loosen the countertop to get it back in) and a hole in the wall (the size of Tim’s heel) because of said washer not going back in.

Helping New Parents

Helping New Parents

Recently, I came across this article from Twiniversity called “How to Help a New Parent of Twins.” This was a topic that has recently come up time and time again both in talking to Tim about things we wished to have help with and with others. In this list, there are some things that I agree with and some that I don’t. So, here’s MY list of how to help out new parents of twins based on Twiniversity’s list and my thoughts.

1. Feed the Family: Yes, yes, yes, and yes!

Don’t get me wrong, we have LOVED the adorable clothes, blankets, loveys, and other gear from our registry. We have used every single item we have been given. They have been wonderful. But as for HELP for us during those first few days/weeks/months, food has been the #1 “gift.” We aren’t picky (at least during this first little bit). We don’t even need full meals. But to open the freezer and be able to pull something out easily has been amazing. For those friends and family that have done this for us, I want to publicly say THANK YOU! You have no idea how little we want to cook and how wonderful it is to not have to cook or go grocery shopping.

2. Clean Their House: Yes and no.

When we first came home from the hospital, we loved the help from our moms to clean the house and do laundry. It was simply one less thing we had to think about. The only reason that this worked is that, in the months and weeks before Audrey and David arrived, our families took the time to learn how we liked things done. As the months have gone on, however, we have felt like we can do a bit more around the house and we want to do more around the house. To have the extra help with cleaning can make use feel inferior or incapable. Although we have twins, we really are managing ok at this point. If you want to help with cleaning the house, please ask us if that is ok. Find out how we want it done and listen to that. Otherwise, we will go behind your back and redo it… and that doesn’t help us OR you. Better yet, find out if we have a cleaning person that we use and pay to have the house cleaned. We had that given to us as a gift by amazing family members, and you have no idea what a relief that is!

3. Take Care of Their Older Children: Yep!

While we don’t have older children, we do have our dog, Lucy, and our cat, Toby. While the cat is pretty self-sufficient, we can’t say that about the dog. When the babies came home from the hospital, my parents took Lucy to their house to stay for about a week and a half while we transitioned into our new lives. Then, we were able to slowly ease into her being there with day-visits first and then finally we had her back with us 24/7 at about 2.5 weeks after birth. Having older children/animals definitely complicates things, and to have this extra assistance is so wonderful. Eventually, it was really nice to have Lucy back with us, and it has been great that my parents have offered to take her for overnights every now and then. As I mentioned with #2, as we have gotten into a routine, it’s comforting to have her here, and it has been wonderful for the offer, but we also appreciate that they understand when we say “Thank you, but no thank you.” Mom and Dad, if you are reading this, we may take you up on it when we travel down to Alabama this summer or for other short trips coming up (traveling with babies AND having a dog might be challenging…).

4. Help with Late-Night Feedings: Eh, not really

We had our moms stay with us for the first two weeks that we were home from the hospital. They were enormously helpful, from cleaning to laundry to doing the 6:30-9:30 baby shift while we had 3 hours of sleep. They always told us each night: “Come get me in the middle of the night if you need me.” Maybe we were stubborn or gluttons for punishment or it really  wasn’t that bad, but we never got them. We have always done the middle-of-the-night feedings by ourselves. It was simply too much trouble for me to pump and give the milk in a bottle. Now, the one time we did have help with the night feedings was at about 2.5 months when my parents stayed with the babies, we went to a hotel, and we could sleep all night long. It was glorious and we did nothing but talk about the babies the whole time. We missed them so much, that we haven’t done it since then (not even for our anniversary). And you know what, that is ok! But that one night was really nice!

5. Listen to Parents’ Needs: OH YES!

Please listen to the parents. Our needs change as the babies change. What we need on Monday may not be what we need on Tuesday. Listen to us. Ask us. Sometimes we will not know, but ask anyway. If we don’t know and you see a need, ask if it’s ok if you do so-and-so, and then do it. Having twins is hard, but probably harder than anything is the feeling that we aren’t independent anymore, like WE are the children again. We aren’t. We can do it, but it is just easier with help. Thank you so much ahead of time for respecting our need to feel capable to do this. I mean, we did survive a multiples pregnancy and birth! We can do this (there’s a little cheer for the MOMs reading this)!

6. Encouragement: PLEASE!

I really feel like this goes along with Listening to Parents’ Needs. We do NOT need you to tell us how you did XYZ with one baby (unless we ask). We do NOT need negativity of ANY kind (whether it is aimed at us or someone else). We need sincere, honest encouragement. If we choose to breastfeed, be our cheerleader. If we are able to go out with the babies to the mall, tell us how proud you are of us. If we took a shower for 3 days in a row, hire a marching band and start a parade. Please just be an honest encourager for us, no matter the choices we make. Keep your opinions to yourself. No, really, please do that. Don’t tell us how you or your cousin did it, whether she had one baby or 4. Tell US that we are doing it right and well. That’s what we need now more than anything. If we ASK, you can be honest (to a certain extent). Otherwise, keep your mouth shut, please!

 

So what do you think? Are there any tips that you new (or experienced) moms might give to those that want to help you out?

Dyson vs Shark

Dyson vs Shark

We have had our Dyson DC24 for years now. Whenever anyone would ask about what vacuum to get, I would recommend it in a heartbeat. Yes, it is expensive for a vacuum, but it handles the long-haired pet hair from both Toby and Lucy like a champ.

So, when I was pregnant and after giving birth, I was unable to carry the Dyson up and down the stairs. So I would have to wait for Tim to get home from work so I could vacuum the entire house. By the time he was home, I was exhausted, so I didn’t vacuum the house all that often. Yet another task for Tim.

We decided that it was time for us to invest in a second vacuum. The Dyson would still be great for the upstairs, where all of the rooms are carpeted, the hall is wood, and the bathrooms are vinyl. We would get a second vacuum for downstairs. I had heard amazing things about the Shark brand, and after some research (and polling friends on Facebook), we decided to purchase the Shark Navigator Lift Away.

I feel really lucky that I now have two great vacuum cleaners, and I can use them both! I also have the unique perspective where I can compare them side-by-side.

Price: Shark

Our Shark cost $160 (minus the 20% off coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond), whereas the Dyson costs around $500. Somehow we were able to still get 20% off of the Dyson when we bought it at BBB, even though I know that we weren’t supposed to. Shh… Still, it’s obvious that Shark wins on this one.

Suction: Tie (Leaning towards Dyson)

Both pick up a LOT of stuff. I think the Dyson is better on carpeting (even after all of these years), but the Shark is AMAZING on hardwood floors. I know that our Dyson will sometimes push the dirt and hair around on the hardwood, but the Shark just picks it right up.

Accessories: Shark

The Shark comes with WAY more accessories, including 2 crevice tools, a dusting brush, and the smaller “Pet Hair Power Brush” which looks like a smaller vacuum. The Dyson only has the crevice tool and dusting brush. I also really like how the Shark lifts apart to make it easy to carry the vacuum and clean the stairs.

Engineering: Dyson

I had to include this because it really does matter. The Dyson is a much sleeker looking machine because of the engineering component. I also think that this matters in how all of the accessories fit and store on the machine. We couldn’t get all of the Shark accessories to stay attached, so some of them are in our hall closet. Hopefully we will remember they are there. If someone knows how to attach them all, will you let me know?

Ease of Adaptability: Dyson

When you attach the accessories to the Dyson, there is a nice loud “click” as it falls into place. That lets you know that it is ready to go. It is also very clear how to line it up to put it together and how to take it apart. In addition, the canister comes off (to empty) with one finger pressing a button, whereas you have to use both hands to get the canister off of the Shark. Also, with the Shark, you have to just push the accessories onto the hose and hope that it has a tight enough seal. Once it is there, they work great, but you have to push a bit first.

Momentum: Shark

I was impressed with how the Shark almost flew out of my hands as it self-propelled itself across my area rug. That little bugger fish was quick!

Sturdiness: Dyson

This goes along with the engineering, but the Dyson just feels like a sturdier machine. Maybe it is because it is heavy, but it felt much more solid than the Shark.

Standing Up: Dyson

I had read this in reviews, and I would agree that the Shark felt like it might fall over, whereas the Dyson feels like it’s not going anywhere.

Switching Between Floors/Carpeting: Shark

When you want to use the hardwood setting on the Dyson, you have to turn on the vacuum and then turn off the roller. For the Shark, however, it automatically goes to the hardwood (roller off) setting, and then you can turn it to the carpeting setting. Then you can also adjust the suction of the Shark.

Ability to Get Into Small Corners: Shark

The Shark is a narrower, smaller vacuum, so it goes into smaller corners better than the Dyson.

The TLC VoxBox

I have received one other VoxBox in the past, and I was a little underwhelmed with the contents inside, so I took a little break from the program. I still periodically get emails from Influenster, and when I received one that was geared specifically to moms, I knew I had to apply. I am so happy that I did! I got a box that was so full of amazing goodies!

#TLCVoxBox

So what was included?

1. Neosporin Neo To Go! (Retails for $4.97-$7.50)
#NeoReady

This is the perfect item to keep in your purse or diaper bag in case of a boo boo. With two soon-to-be-mobile children, I’m sure we will use this plenty! It’s great to have something quick and easy to grab and then protect our kiddos from infection, pain, and stings.

2. Breyers Gelato Indulgences Gift Certificate (Retails for $4.49-$5.99)
#GelatoLove | Facebook | Twitter

With the flavors Vanilla Caramel, Raspberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu, and Triple Chocolate, it is near impossible to choose which one to try. Since I can’t eat too much dairy, I let Tim decide, and he picked out Triple Chocolate. I tried a little bit, and it was outstanding! I’m not sure we would get it all the time, but it was a wonderful special treat!

3. Ivory Bar Soap (Retails for $3.99 for a 10-pack)
#SudLife | Facebook | Twitter

As part of our effort to live a clean life with simpler ingredients, I love that a bar of Ivory soap was included. This bar of soap has just basic ingredients, and it can be used for so much! In fact, I found this list put out by Procter & Gamble with tons of uses of Ivory soap. Plus, if you do a search on Pinterest, you will come up with about a thousand and a half more ideas.

4. AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother (Retails for $30)
#AvonANEW | Facebook | Twitter

This is an item that is a great go-to item for moms that don’t have time to put on a full face of makeup (like me). You just slide open the compact, dip your finger in, and pat the wrinkle smoother on your fine lines. To be totally honest, I cannot say how well it works, as I don’t have too many fine lines yet (now gray hairs… that’s another story), but I did it on some of my smile lines, and it was hard to tell the difference. I have read some reviews where people swear by this, though, so that’s something! I will attest to the fact that it is so smooth and soft on your skin, and it doesn’t look dry or caky the way that some cover-ups or makeup can appear on the face.

5. Puffs To Go (Retails for $.49 for a single pack)
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After just having gotten over a cold-turned-sinus-infection, I will say that I have never needed soft, lotion-filled tissues as much as this spring. I used box after box, but when I was on-the-go, I was out of luck! I could never find soft tissues in a to-go size. I’m so glad I have this now! I can just throw it in my purse, and I have 10 tissues that won’t wreck my nose with constant irritation.

6. Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card
#FuelRewards | Facebook | Twitter

I am not someone who is picky about where I get my gas. I basically look for the cheapest price. I’m intrigued by this free fuel rewards card, and I wonder if it will actually help us save money. There are also ways to save on gas when you shop at different online stores and eat out. The only problem is that I wonder if I will remember to use this card when I’m out and about. Still, it was very easy to set up, and free is free! Plus, it’s not a credit card.

Review: Publisher Plus for Mac

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Publisher Plus for Mac Review

Through Tomoson.com, I tried out the software Publisher Plus for Mac. I had previously tried out and reviewed CollageIt3 from the same company, and I have to say that right away I like this software better than the first one.

Publisher Plus for Mac Review

Here’s some information from Pearl Mountain about this software:

Publisher Plus is a powerful page layout application for desktop publishing on Mac. It empowers you to create stunning flyers, brochures, business cards, newsletters, adverts, reports, calendars, posters, booklets, etc.

Key Features:

  • 170+ professionally designed templates.
    Customize text and crate multiple pages freely.
    Lots of art resources: clipart, background, mask, frame and filter.
    Lots of editing features: margin, size, calendar, layer, etc.
    Add preset shapes or customize shapes with drawing tool.
    Multiple export and share options.

Check it on Mac App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/publisher-plus/id862880554?ls=1&mt=12
Regarding video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejcrX4NKpvo

Publisher Plus for Mac Review

Right away, I have to say that I really like the clipart, backgrounds, and other images that are included in this software. It’s nice to have such a large library included. It was also rather easy to manipulate the various boxes and images, which was nice. My one qualm about it, however, is that it was really hard to change the paper size to a custom size that worked for my needs. I would have loved if it didn’t just work with paper sizes, but also as pixels so I could easily make my images web-ready. This shouldn’t be a hard thing for the program, and it was a major let-down that I couldn’t easily do it. I tried to save and then export as a jpeg, but it only worked about half of the time. Maybe I still need to play around with it, but I was surprised that “Save As” didn’t always create a new file (as it should), and “Export” didn’t always export the current image.

Publisher Plus for Mac Review

Overall, if you are looking for a program to get you started, this is a great one. To be honest, I can do everything I need to do via Pages (the Mac equivalent to Word), so I will probably use that first and foremost. This is still nice for the novice who wants to get started on designing paper crafts (cards, brochures, signs, flyers, etc).

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.

 

 

 

Review: Konjac Facial Sponge w/ Bamboo Charcoal

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

This post contains affiliate links.

Konjac Facial Sponge Review - DoyleDispatch.com

A couple of weeks ago, I received a Konjac Sponge to try out and review. I was very curious about this, as I typically only wash my face with my face wash and sometimes a washcloth. I don’t usually have dry skin, so I don’t typically exfoliate, but I was willing to give the sponge a try.

Here’s some information from the manufacturer:

Konjac is a moisture rich plant fibre which is by nature alkaline, and thus balances the acidity of the skin’s impurities and oils. The unique net like structure of the sponge gently massages the skin, breaks down dirt, stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells. Leaving the skin extremely clean and refreshed! 

pureSOL Konjac Sponge is unbelievably soft and excellent for all skin types! It is made of 100% pure vegetable fiber and processed without any coloring or additives, great for hypersensitive skin!  

IMPROVES SKIN TEXTURE: pureSOL Konjac Facial Sponge gently exfoliates while deep cleansing and removing any toxins and impurities, leaving you with a radiant complexion. It is extremely soft and gentle for everyday skin care. Great for all skin types.  

BRIGHTER LOOKING SKIN: The natural woven fibers of the sponge gently massage the skin and stimulate blood flow. It detoxifies and encourages skin renewal while balancing the skins pH, leaving your skin extremely clean and refreshed! 

PREVENTS SPOTS, BLACKHEADS AND BREAKOUTS: The added BAMBOO CHARCOAL contains activated carbon and essential minerals to deeply cleanse and absorb excess sebum, toxins and other harmful chemicals from your skin. You will see your pores getting smaller, tightening and brightening your skin.

100% NATURAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY: Why compromise your health with products that contain harsh chemicals and additives on your skin? pureSOL Konjac Sponge is completely natural, eco-friendly and free of parabens, sulphates & chemicals. It is biodegrade, cruelty free and vegan. After use, you can compost the sponge and feel good about the environment! You can even add it to your flower pot! At pureSOL our packaging is 90% compostable.

EASY-TO- HANG SUCTION HOOK: A must have for you konjac sponge! Perfect for hanging in a well-ventilated space so it’s dry and ready for you to use the following day. No more searching for something to hang your pureSOL Konjac Sponge on!

Konjac Facial Sponge Review - DoyleDispatch.com

I received the Konjac Sponge at the end of a really bad cold, and I had been blowing my nose for days and days, which made it really dried out. After just two days of using it along with my typical face wash, I noticed that the dryness and rough skin was completely gone. My normal, healthy skin was back around my nose.

Konjac Facial Sponge Review - DoyleDispatch.com

I really like how soft and flexible the sponge is, as it really doesn’t feel rough or harsh at all. It gently exfoliates, so I really do believe that it is good for all skin types. It has the density and squishiness of a new sink sponge, although it has a shinier look and smoother finish to it. It is easy to get the soap out of it after each use, and I like that it has a string to hang it easily for drying. The suction cup/hook fell off within minutes of hanging it in the shower, but that may be because we have an old drop-in shower instead of real tile or glass. Instead, I just hang it on our shower caddy.

If you are looking for something natural and different, I would definitely recommend it. At $10.95, it’s a little expensive for its size, but it does a great job and lasts for a while, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

Konjac Facial Sponge Review - DoyleDispatch.com

 

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Headboard Illusion

Creating the Illusion of a Headboard

Ever since we moved to Richmond, we have talked about buying bedroom furniture. We always decide against it, because I inherited a gorgeous set from my great grandfather (passed down to me by my aunt and uncle). It works great and it is a family set… so why not use it?

Well, the only thing against this set is that it doesn’t have a headboard.

So every year or so, we talk about wanting to get a headboard. Do we get one to match the rest of the set? Do we buy a new bedroom set? Do we make a headboard?

We can never decide.

So instead of purchasing a headboard, we save money. We like to save money.

A few years ago, I came up with a solution for our To Have a Headboard or To Not Have a Headboard dilemma: The Headboard Illusion.

Instead of spending the hundreds or (gulp) thousands on a new bed/headboard, you can make an illusion out of pillows! To do this, you will need the following (for a king bed):

– 3 Standard-size Shams
– 2 King-size Shams
– 1-3 smaller accent pillows

It’s so easy too! Make your bed as normal, with your sleeping pillows laid flat against the bed.  Just put the 3 standard-size shams against the wall (on top of the sleeping pillows for height), the 2 king-size next (on just the mattress), and then the accent pillows. You now have a nice, full looking bed without the headboard.

Of course, you will want something else as a focal point, which is where our maps come in. We placed them low enough to cause visual interest and trick the eye, but not so low that you will bump your head on them if you sit up in bed.

Bed Runner