Diaper Stroller Bag Review

*I apologize for this post mysteriously publishing twice before. This is the actual review.*

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Whenever we go out, we basically have to use our stroller. We have tried baby wearing or simply holding the twins in the past, but with my bad back, I really have to limit the amount I hold our wiggly toddlers when we go out and about (as I’m all about holding them as much as possible when we are at home).

That means that when we are out and using our stroller, I need to have things accessible. A current trip to the mall or even just the store requires a water bottle for me, plus my phone, keys, wallet, hand sanitizer, and snacks for the twins within reachable distance. The stroller caddy we had been using from Baby Jogger was nice, but it was a little too specific with the multiple, small compartments. I needed something with a large opening that could be used in different ways.

When we received the stroller bag to review from Children N Us, I was thrilled! It seemed to be really well-made (just like my Baby Jogger one), but it had the space that I really wanted and needed. With two clicks, I had it on the stroller and was ready to go!

Overall, I really like it. It can carry so much, and I love the versatility! I can put in bigger toys, socks, drinks, snacks, and small items too, and it all fits!

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The biggest issue that I have is that when you adjust the straps to make it tighter and closer to the stroller handle, it quickly loosens up and falls down again. I think it is because the clips were installed backwards (so it doesn’t stay tight). That is my biggest issue with it. For the price ($20 and Amazon Prime eligible) and the space, I still think that this is a great addition to our stroller!


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Review: Shaving Brush and Bowl

 

 

 


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For years, Tim has been using a shaving brush, brush bowl, and special shaving cream along with a straight razor. They have saved us so much money over the years, and Tim loves the shave that he gets with it.

Tim takes great care of his possessions, but the wooden shaving bowl that he had been using just was falling apart after the constant use, so it was time to upgrade.

As a special gift to him, I requested for us to review a 100% pure badger shaving brush and a chrome shaving bowl with a lid. Let me just say that they are fantastic additions to our bathroom! They look so nice and clean, and they go along with the spa-like feel we have tried to get in that room. Tim loves using the shaving bowl instead of his old wooden bowl or the travel plastic one, and over the past few weeks of use, it has stayed very clean. When you are building up the lather, it keeps everything contained so much better than his other options. It is also really easy to rinse and keep looking new!

The brush looks nice and the handle feels really comfortable. The bristles don’t spread as wide as some shaving brushes, so it takes a bit more work to lather.

Overall, Tim was really happy with these gifts. Thanks to Tomoson for helping to give him a little treat!

 

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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 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: Bee Sili Silicone Oven Gloves

When we got married, we got all new pots and pans (love our All-Clad stainless steel set!), and they came with standard oven mitts. Over the past 5 years, they have gotten really icky and gross, and it was time to get rid of them and get something new. We really liked our Bee Sili Ice Pop Mold Makers, and so we thought it would be worth it to try their oven gloves (a little more flexibility and options than just with oven mitts).

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Overall, we really like them and how easy they are to use. They keep the heat on the outside and your hands safe inside. We really like the feel of silicone, and they are so easy to clean when food spills on them. They are a little awkward to use at first, but it’s really nice to be able to use all 5 fingers to pick up hot items. Our biggest complaint, however, is that the index finger slot is very stiff, making it hard to curl your finger and grip items. This may sound nit-picky, but when you are trying to carry a burning hot pot or pan, it’s important to get the best grip possible, and this simply doesn’t do it.

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We also received a basting brush, which we haven’t been able to use yet, but I feel like we may give it to the twins to play with, as the texture would be perfect for them to experience.

Fore more information, check out the Bee Sili website or check out the information from Bee Sili:

Bee SAFE, THRIFTY & & ECO FRIENDLY when you use SUPER Silicone FDA approved Bbq Grill & Oven Gloves & FREE Silicone Basting Brush * Let your imagination run wild * Have safe fun with family & friends * Remove baked foods from oven * Turn food over & remove from grill * Prepare pulled pork * Handle hot corn-on-the-cob & boiled egss * Roast marshmallow & hot dog over the camp fire * Tend the fireplace * Grab cold drinks & food from the ice chest or freezer * Open lids with ease * Toss in the dishwasher for bacteria free cleaning *     One size fits small, medium & large hands but not extra large hands (6  inches wide) * Heat resistant up to 425 degrees F

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Review: Photojojo Jelly Camera Phone Filters

Sometimes some products that I try out are great and some are duds. This is one of those “dud” products. Not entirely awful, but not one that I see myself keeping.

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That said, let me explain this product: you have these adapters that attach to your phone camera or a compact camera and you can do fun “trick” shots with your camera. The three external lenses that I received were sunburst, 6-image mirage, and wide angle. I thought that the wide angle would be especially neat. Here is the image of how it looks on my camera.

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Here are the pictures that I got when using the sunburst:

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The 6-image mirage:

6 Image Mirage

The wide angle:

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And then a moment later when the lens fell off:

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And here’s a video that I recorded to talk about the wide angle a bit more. Excuse me for letting it go long, but my babies are so gosh-darn cute!

 

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Review: Tens Electronic Pulse Massager Machine


As I’ve written about in past posts, I have chronic back/spine/shoulder blade pain that I believe stems from my pregnancy (at least that’s when the pain started). Stretching and yoga has helped (as has some physical therapy and at-home therapy work), but the pain still lingers. I am always looking for something to help, and when I had the chance to review an at-home portable tens electronic pulse machine (like what I used in my physical therapist’s office), I jumped at the chance.

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The machine looks like a TV remote control, and it works very easily. You just plug in the sensors (you can use up to 4 on this machine), attach the pads to your body (where you want the pulse to hit), and start on the lowest setting. You can then select the appropriate part of the body, and it will go through a series of settings.

While you won’t get a deep tissue massage like some massagers, I definitely didn’t have an overwhelming amount of pain either (like with those typical at-home massagers). It was simply a great way to stimulate the muscles and get them moving. I can imagine that it would be really helpful to pair this with a good stretching or workout.

You can purchase this machine through Amazon for $32.95 (on sale from $59.95).

 

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Review: SiliGuy iPhone Holder

*The giveaway has ended! Congrats, Amanda!*

 

When I had my last car, we had mounted a phone holder that was specific to my make and model. It was wonderful! Then, after the twins were born we got a new car (you can read about that saga here), but the mounted phone holder did not transfer over. I made do, until I received my SiliGuy iPhone Holder.

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This little guy is very cute and made of flexible silicon. You can adjust his arms and head in many different ways, and I was able to move him around so that he “sat” on my dashboard, hanging out of an air conditioning unit.

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Since I’ve been using it, I have loved being able to have a safe place for my phone. I can easily plug it in and have easy access when I get in and out of my car. No pictures of it in use, however, since I…well… can’t take a picture when it’s in its slot.

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One other use that is great is to hang it off of your wall charger to have a place to set your phone.

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Here’s just a little more from the guys behind SiliGuy:

Flexible Cell Phone Universal Car Mount. Use the SiliGuy anywhere you want. Flexibility to secure any smartphone. The universal fitting SiliGuy can grip your mobile device while hanging from your rear-view mirror, slid into the air vent, suspended from the steering wheel, or where ever you want. Any hand-sized device can be safely and comfortably secured in your car, providing safe visibility to use GPS and easy access to speaker phone. 

More than just a car mount! This cell phone holder can be used almost anywhere you want! Secures to bike handlebars, gym equipment, in the kitchen for eRecipes, hangs phone while charging, even secures power cords in the office. 

Want to purchase one yourself? They are available on Amazon for $10.94 (on sale from $15).

I actually have a black SiliGuy to give away to a lucky reader! Simply post a comment that says where you would hang your SiliGuy. You have until October 24 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!

The giveaway has ended. Congrats, Amanda!

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Disclaimer: 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.

 

 

 

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

 

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered!


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In our effort to eat healthy, we have started eating at home for most of our meals. It’s crucial, not only for our health, but also our wallets and sanity (with two babies in the house, trying to go out all the time is near impossible). We have some great meals that we make in rotation, but we are looking for easy recipes, especially with the twins starting to eat real people food!

In my research, I found out about using a spiral slicer for zucchini “pasta,” but I didn’t have a spiral slicer… until now! Here’s some a bunch of info from Brieftons, the manufacturer:

Looking For A Great Way To Eat More Vegetables For Better Health?
The Brieftons Spiral Slicer Is What You Need!

Have you ever wanted an easy, quick way to create long, even strands of vegetables to use in your low carb dishes? If so, you need the popular, newly improved Brieftons Spiral Slicer!

Designed to make raw vegetable “pastas” with ease from carrots, zucchinis and the like, the Brieftons Spiral Slicer is the perfect gadget for raw foodists.

From veggie spaghetti, easy stir fry, to fancy garnishes for the sushi plate, this spiral cutter makes it all child’s play.

It is ideal for making curly strands of firm vegetables, creating garlands of vegetables, making stunning salads and food preparations.

The Brieftons spiral vegetable slicer can cut spirals in 2 thicknesses (2x3mm & 3.5x5mm).

What Vegetables Can Be Used?

Simply use this Brieftons Spiralizer like a pencil sharpener. It works great on many firm vegetables, such as:

Carrots
Zucchinis
Turnips
Rutabagas
Cucumbers
Large radishes
And many more

The Quick, Safe Way to Prepare Vegetables!

It works great on firm vegies like carrots, zucchinis, turnips, rutabagas, cucumbers, large radishes, and more. In fact, it works better than expensive models. It is super easy & quick to operate this gadget, and is safe to use thanks to the built-in finger guards!

What Makes It a Great Spiralizer?

This is a high quality kitchen tool, made from first grade plastic and stainless steel. It comes with super sharp Japanese blades to cut through even the hardest vegetables. It is also compact enough to fit into a kitchen drawer. There is no annoying attachments to worry about. The Brieftons Spiralizer is also easy to clean & dishwasher safe. Just rinse it under the tap, spin it in the dishwasher, or use the included kitchen brush to clean it!

Make More Spiralized Vegetables Than You Can Eat

The Brieftons Spiral Slicer is perfect for making long vegetable strands for low carb, healthy vegetable meals. It can also core vegetables with seeds such as zucchinis, thereby prevent vegetable seeds from ending up on the plate!

What Is Included In the Box?

In the package you will get a Brieftons Spiral Slicer (including a finger-guard cap), a bonus cleaning brush to keep the device in tip top condition, a manual, and a recipe sheet.

In addition, you will receive an exclusive 20-recipe Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe Book electronically, plus other ongoing recipe updates on the Brieftons website.

The Essential Kitchen Tool for Healthy Living

The Brieftons spiralizer is great for those following a low carb, gluten free, or paleo diet, using vegetables instead of pasta/noodles. It is also great for fussy kids to make their vegetables more interesting!

If you love eating vegetables, you will love the Brieftons Spiral Slicer! It makes preparing vegetables so easy, you will want to use it over and over again.

If you don’t already like vegetables, you will like eating them now. The Brieftons Spiral Slicer makes awesome looking, appetizing textures and colors out of ordinary vegetables that you may not want to eat otherwise.

Start making those healthy vegetable dishes today. Our bonus Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe Book is designed to get you started right away!

Get the Brieftons Spiral Slicer Today and Start Eating More Vegetables For Better Health!

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

Pretty thorough information, huh? Well, we put this spiral slicer to the test. This little gadget is no joke!

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

I was actually wondering how well it would work, since it feels a little inexpensive, but it really sliced right through the zucchini like a champ. I’m so excited to stir fry it up and have a healthy lunch! Plus, hardly any of the zucchini was left over afterwards!

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Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway

 

Does this sound like something that you would like? All you have to do to be entered to win one of these is to post a recipe that would use the Brieftons Spiral Slicer (either full recipe or a link to the recipe) in the comments. It doesn’t even have to be YOUR recipe. Find one online that you like (just make sure to let me know if it is not your original recipe to give credit to the original source) and post it in the comments! Easy! I will randomly select one of the comments to win! Contest ends on October 13!

To purchase one of these, simply go to Amazon! It couldn’t be easier! It is currently on sale for $12.89 (and PRIME shipping), so the price is fantastic!

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.

This giveaway has ended, but please feel free to keep submitting recipes! Yum! Congrats to our winner, Sarah, whose name was picked in the Random List Generator in spot #1!

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Smart Weigh Digital Pro Pocket Scale Review


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When I was a teacher (in the classroom, as one can argue that I’m still a teacher every day with A and D), I had these amazing pocket scales in my classroom, that I received after participating in an amazing summer course to help write exemplar lessons for the Virginia Department of Education. I’m telling you, these were amazing, and we used them in so many projects. When I left the classroom, I thought that it was only fair that I passed them along to another teacher that was also in that program.

Since then, I have wanted my pocket scales a bunch of times, and I couldn’t use them! This is why I was thrilled to receive one via Tomoson.com and their review site!

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As a small business owner with my Etsy store Personally Yours by Dory, I am always looking for a better way to ship my products. I come up with the shipping based on past sales, but I always try to be fair. Usually that means that I underestimate, which means that I lose business. I’m so excited to be able to accurately predict shipping now, because I can weigh the product (in the box), calculate it on the USPS Postal Calc site, and I can even print my shipping label ahead of time. Then I can just drop the package off and be on my way! It can’t get any easier than that! The biggest issue, however, is that this has a 500 g weight limit (just a little over 1 lb), so anything heavier than that, and it won’t work. It’s great, though for those lighter items.

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When A and D get older, I plan on using this handy little scale to talk about weights and do comparisons of objects.

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I’m sure, as I start cooking more, I will even be able to use it for cooking!

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In addition, now that I’m getting into my Young Living Essential Oils business as a distributor, I know this will help with shipping costs.

This thing is accurate, small, portable, and so necessary to have in your home. Plus, since it’s only $20 on Amazon, it’s such a great gadget to have!

By the way, here is information from the company about this product:

Have you been looking for the perfect on-the-go pocket scale?
One that is lightweight, accurate, and reliable? Look no further – the Smart Weigh Digital Pocket Scale with its sleek and portable design is exactly what you have been looking for!
Advanced!
Tired of inaccurate weight readings? Ready for an upgrade? The Smart Weigh scale features the highest grade precision with the latest technology.
Weigh Master!
This scale will help you accomplish a wide variety of weighing needs. It will do so accurately and to perfection!
Style!
Features a unique and simple design with its stainless steel 3.94” x 3.7” platform. It is easy to operate by using the four sleek chrome buttons.

  • Features – the top500 is strong, accurate, fast, and user-friendly; will work great for any of your mailing, jewelry, reloading, and cooking needs
  • Functions – this scale can double up as a postal scale; the pcs function gives you an accurate count and the hold function will lock weight readings
  • Design – features a clear LCD screen lit by a bright blue backlight; will display readings in g, OZ, OZT, dwt, GN, and CT
  • Precision – manufactured with high precision sensors to provide the most accurate weight readings; weighs up to 500 grams in 0.01 Increments
  • Includes – 2 AAA batteries with a two minute auto shut off feature; the tare function will provide a net weight

 

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Buy it on Amazon here.

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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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Review: Ice Pop Mold Maker


This is a product that I had been wanting to try for a while, and I’m thrilled that we now own them!

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During my pregnancy, I became addicted to popsicles, especially the ones that would be a sugary liquid and you could stick in the freezer to enjoy when frozen. I called them “pool pops” because they were the same ones that we used to get at our pool snack bar growing up.

Well, now that I’m a mommy and trying to feed healthy things to Audrey and David, I don’t think we will have those pool pops for a while. I would much rather have a healthier juice popsicle option. That’s why I love the idea of making your own! The Bee Sili Popsicle Mold and Snack Container is (in my opinion) the perfect solution. It’s made of strong silicone, has a handy top, and it comes in sets of 6!

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Here are the stats on it from the company:

Ice Pop Molds – Make Popsicles or Use As Lunch Box Snack Keeper – Reusable, PBA Free, Highest Food Grade Silicone, FDA Approved – Make Healthy Pops with Leftover   Smoothie Mix, Juice, Yogurt Popsicles – Keep Snacks Fresh in Lunchbox –  Get 6 Bee  Sili™ Pop Molds Free! Bee Healthy,  Thrifts & Eco Friendly!

  • 100% BPA free, non-toxic
  • FDA approved, food grade silicone that meets the highest standards to insure they are completely safe for you and your family; no after taste or smells
  • Nothing to lose: Love them or  get 100% money back guarantee for life.
  • Each mold is  8” long, 1” wide at the top & hold 3.4 oz or 1/3 cup
  • Space saver, fits in small freezer spaces
  • Reusable, saves money and environmental resources
  • Dishwasher safe – mold and the logo: Bee Sili™
  • No  messy drips, easy to clean
  • Cold and heat resistant so no cold fingers
  • Slim cone shape fits  into small spaces in your freezer, lunch box, purse or gym bag
  • Stand  6 molds  easily in a cup for filling

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I have to say that it is everything that we were hoping for (and more). I am so excited to put our little snacks (Cheerios and puff snacks) in this and then easily stick it in the diaper bag for around-town snacking. The top is easy to remove, so you would want to be careful with it, so you don’t accidentally pull it off. I can imagine that these will be great for preschool and beyond as well, as they are a fun way to package snacks. They would also make great pudding or yogurt dispensers, although I don’t know that I would send them to school with yogurt/pudding in them (as a past teacher, I did not like when students would have GoGurt because of the mess factor).

You can purchase them on Amazon for $11.95, and they are Prime eligible. So, go get them and have a creative solution for making popsicles and storing snacks!

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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.