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Product Review :: Expandable Garden Hose

Product Review :: Expandable Garden Hose


Expandable Hose Nozzle, No Kinking Flexible Lightweight Super Strong Green Nozzle, Water Garden, Expands 3 Times From It’s Original Length, Solid All Brass Sprayer With 7-pattern Multi-functional Spray Nozzle 75ft (Lawn & Patio)
by Hosezzle


Lightweight and a great length for our yard

This is the second expandable hose that I have ordered from Amazon. I wanted to get a longer one for my husband since the first one just wasn’t long enough to get all of the jobs done that he needed to get done in the back yard.

75 expandable hoseAdvantages:
* 75 ft long
* Light weight, much easier for my husband’s bad back
* Does expand and contract as stated
* Does not leak
* Brass fittings, much better than what came on our first expandable hose
* Includes mid-grade nozzle that has 7 spray patterns
* This will connect to our other expandable hose that we already have

Disadvantages:
* I was hoping that this would work for our RV also, but it is not for potable water. Potable means you can drink it. Nonpotable means you should not drink it. I wish they would have put that in the product description since a lot of people who have RVs would love to have a hose like this one. There is a disclosure in the box though that clearly states you should not drink from this. Some of the reasons it gives are standard for any hose, but it does leave it open to questions so I would not recommend it at all for RV use, unless you need an outside hose separate from your water hose. If it was for Potable water, it should be clearly stated, and this is not.
* This hose will need a lot of care that you might not be used to having to do with a regular garden hose. It should be drained and put away after every use, somewhere out of the sun where it can lie flat.

We have only had this hose for a few weeks and used it a handful of times. I am hesitant to wholeheartedly endorse it since it hasn’t even been used a whole season yet. A garden hose is something that will take more uses than this one has had to really be sure that it is durable. So far it has been great. If anything happens with the hose to change my opinion of it, I will certainly update my review at that time.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Expandable Hose Nozzle, No Kinking Flexible Lightweight Super Strong Green Nozzle, Water Graden, Expands 3 Times From It’s Original Length, Solid All Brass Sprayer With 7-pattern Multi-functional Spray Nozzle 75ft on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Product Review :: Bright LED Headlamp/Flashlight #Luxolite

Product Review :: Bright LED Headlamp/Flashlight #Luxolite


Bright LED Headlamp Flashlight with Red Light – Best Adjustable Headlight for Running, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading, Kids – Waterproof CREE Work Headlamps Batteries Included


Lots of options on this headlight make it great for focused activities, has even given my son a boost of needed confidence

This LED Headlamp provides many different options when it comes to the light itself and the uses are wide and varied. The product description is accurate concerning the details of the product design and operation so I won’t take up time repeating everything, I will just start by outlining what I found, in my opinion, to be the overall best advantages and then the disadvantages of this headlamp. Then I will share my recommendation and how our family actually uses this headlamp/flashlight.

Advantages

headlamp flashlight✦ This is wonderful if you need a hands-free option in order to do work or hobbies more efficiently and/or safely
✦ Adjusts to a wide range of head sizes, in fact, it will more than likely fit anyone in your family
✦ This is built to last: impact and water resistant
✦ LED bulbs that last more than 50,000 hours
✦ The head mount tilts up and down with 5 positions, helping to direct the light where it is most needed
✦ Options: White Light (High, Medium, Low, Flashing) Red Light (Steady or Strobe night vision)
✦ Comes in 5 different colors so you can easily tell who’s is who’s if you have multiple family members that have them
✦ Comes with 3 AAA Duracell batteries, ready to use. I hate getting something and not having the needed batteries on hand.
✦ Lifetime guarantee, I think it is great that more companies are focusing on customer service and standing behind their products

Advantage and Disadvantage all in one:

headlamp flashlight red flash headlamp flashlight red✦ This light is extremely bright, much brighter than ordinary lights or flashlights. You will be able to light up the area you are focused on close at hand and you will not need to use multiple lights to do the work. If you are looking further away and using it for your light when walking at night, it provides a focused path of light quite a ways away depending on the terrain. In emergencies, the SOS modes will provide the visibility you need while leaving your hands free to cope with other things.

bright headlamp flashlightHowever, this light is so bright that it can result in some temporary vision problems if someone looks directly into it. Just be sure that anyone using it knows what each setting does and the one that they should use, especially children.

Disadvantages:

✦ Since the beam of the headlight/flashlight is so focused, I would not rely on this for any activity that involved traveling quickly or for something that involved being out in the wilderness with this as your only option. Bicycling, hiking, running/jogging, or hunting are things that the product description mentions that I would definitely want a light with a wider beam than this provides. You need to be able to see your surroundings with a wide field of vision in those situations, not just what this headlamp/flashlight’s beam produces which is too narrow for those activities.

Recommendation:

✦ This LED Headlamp/Flashlight is great to have for focused activities. When I say focused, I mean activities that have a defined scope of vision and one in which you don’t need a broad field of vision, where you don’t need to see what is going on in the environment around you. I don’t agree with the product description about many of the activities it does list that they think this headlamp could be used for. In fact, this headlamp could actually be a liability in certain situations they list, making you feel safe or secure when you actually need a different kind of light for those activities, many of those which I discussed in the Disadvantages section of this review.

✦ It would be really great if the company who makes these looked into offering two types of beams for this, the narrow one it currently does and wide one.

How our family uses this and other people who might benefit from having one:

✦ I really do like this light and it is perfect for what I had in mind which is something a little bit different. My youngest son and the grandchildren all love playing in the back yard. They love playing all kinds of games and riding their battery powered vehicles. My son has limited sight in one eye though and it makes him more hesitant than he really needs to be, especially in the early evening. There aren’t any real obstacles so I thought if he had more light, he would feel more comfortable in being adventurous and exploring.

This light has been perfect for that, it even gives him the extra light needed when it is dark to be able to drive around in one of the little jeeps, adding to the wider field of vision the headlights give. I was right when I thought this would give him the extra boost of confidence he needed to be able to explore more of the yard and participate in activities in the evening. Children need to be able to feel independent and if it takes something like a headlamp, I am all for it.

This really does make a great item for kids to have for so many different things like exploring the yard and house, reading under the covers, playing games like hide-and-seek and so much more. At the time I ordered this, the price point was under $20.00. If you have a lot of kids that is probably too much, but as a special gift or reward it is reasonable, At times I think we guide our children in their play too much, this is the perfect thing to give them and then just sit back and enjoy watching what they find to do with it.

headlamp flashlight white✦ This also makes a great tool for work around the house and in the garage. My husband wants one of his own for his work in the garage.
✦ It will also be very helpful next time we are able to go out camping. Nobody likes walking around the campsite or to the bathroom while tripping over everything not in sight! It won’t be the only type of flashlight we need, though.
✦ The product listing does mention other things this light will be good for that I agree with, especially the caving and walking your dog at night, as long as you are in familiar surroundings.
✦ This is great to use with hobbies where you need to see close up at times but your vision isn’t what it used to be. I love to color but at certain times of the day my eyes are very blurry and just don’t seem to focus well. This added light helps make the whole process easier so that I can relax. People who do any kind of hobbies like embroidery, making models, or painting may find this useful.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Bright LED Headlamp Flashlight with Red Light – Best Adjustable Headlight for Running, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading, Kids – Waterproof CREE Work Headlamps Batteries Included on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#Luxolight


Inspirational Post :: Hope in a World Gone Mad

Inspirational Post :: Hope in a World Gone Mad

 


Hope

After another weekend full of violence and tragedy, my thoughts turn once again to what is happening all over the world.  Why is there so much hate in the world? 

treasures in life

Or is there so much hate in the world because we have lost hope? The world has become such a scary place and I know I am not alone in my feelings. There are so many things I can’t grasp, things I don’t understand.  I just know that no matter what, I must not give up hope. Hope for a better world, hope for my children and grandchildren.

How do you find hope? I recently read a blog post by a new friend, Rose Wolfe. Five Steps to Hope in a World Gone Mad is a wonderfully written post that I urge you to read.  I am just going to give you a short introduction to her writing and then you really do need to visit her site to read the 5 Steps that you can personally take to bring HOPE into your life.

Personal struggles explode into public arenas. Those with shredded souls seek disconnection – wanting to destroy what they don’t understand. They claim their hate is an act of love. In the aftermath, not only is flesh bleeding out, but also the hearts of those who hate the hate.

Challenges are now part of every life as we claw at the chains to live beyond the prison of madness. In an attempt to throw off the albatross of hopelessness that has been tossed around our shoulders, we can actively take steps to find hope. It will require courage.

Read more, Five Steps to Hope in a World Gone Mad

Thank you for such an inspiring blog, Rose.  You have such a beautiful way with words and I have found so many of your posts strike close to my heart.


Product Review :: Stainless Steel Pet Bowls # LallyPet

Product Review :: Stainless Steel Pet Bowls # LallyPet


Set of 2 Dog Bowls 32 oz Stainless Steel for pet/dog/cat food or water and Travel Dog Bowl in Silicone and bottle holder


Nice upgrade for my dog, much better quality than what I had.

DuchessI ordered this new set of stainless steel bowls for my dog Duchess. She is blind now so we have to make sure that her bowls stay in the same place all of the time. They are working out well and I am fairly pleased with them.

Advantages:
* These look so much better than the rag tag collection of whatever the kids could find to feed her in. Her bowls were always blowing off the back porch and then being chewed up or lost.
* Great size for cats or dogs.
* Easy to clean, you can even put them in the dishwasher.
* Sturdy rubber piece around the bottom edge of the bowl to help it stay in place.
* Nice size, will hold 32 oz of water and approximately 2 cups of food.
* The bottom is open to the underside of the bowl, I have seen some with flat bottoms that become bent out of shape making them wobbly. Since the bottom is open, these are easy to stack freeing up space if you are traveling in your RV or even camping.
* Set comes with a collapsible bowl to take on hikes or short trips.
* 3 year warranty

DuchDuches white

Disadvantages:
* The bowl is a little small to hold enough water for any pet over the size of a medium sized dog for a full day. You will have to watch it during the day to make sure they get enough water, especially in the summer.

I actually decided to keep one of the bowls to use as water for her in my my master bath. She just lounges around all day with me and having her water up here makes more sense than for me to try to let her in and out during the day just to get a drink.

* I wish the rubber base was a little more sturdy. My dog tends to nudge her bowl a lot with her nose when she eats. It does move around a lot on our tile and wooden floors. It is not as bad on the back deck. I think if you put a small rug under it that the bowls would not move at all.

* Due to an error in shipping, I did not receive my green collapsible bowl. I spoke with the Seller though and he is sending one to me. No part of my rating is based on the missing item. If there is something remarkable about the collapsible bowl in any way, positive or negative, I will update the rating and review. We already have a travel kit for our dog so I am not super worried about it.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Product Review :: Shiatsu Heated Massager #ShistuMassager

Product Review :: Shiatsu Heated Massager #ShistuMassager


Naturalico Shiatsu Massager (Heated) – Kneading Massage Therapy for Foot, Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain – Relieves Sore Muscles – Total Body Relaxation


Perfect for anyone who requires or wants massage on a regular basis

Shiatsu is a deep muscle massage, if you are used to having a nice relaxing massage you will probably be surprised at how deep and strong this type of massage is. It can actually be painful depending on your body structure. You can adjust how much pressure and “strength” that is put on your body as this massager does it’s work by the way you hold your arms in the massager sleeves. If you want a really deep massage you can rest your forearms on the inside of the sleeves and pull the massager tight against your body. If you need a less intense massage you just need to relax your arms within the sleeves a little bit more.

The first few times you use it you might find it to be a little awkward to put on correctly. Place it around your neck with the handles hanging straight over your shoulder then put your arms through the handles like you are putting a cape on. The same goes for anywhere else you want to massage, you wear the massager like a cape and just adjust where the nodes are on your body. The exception to this is that it has some handy velcro straps on it that help secure it around your waist snugly so that you can really work your lower back. The instruction booklet tells you how to do this and if you watch my video, you can see how to do it on there.

You are supposed to be able to use this pretty much anywhere on your body except for your head and arms. I find it much too strong to use on my calfs and feet. That could be a sensitivity issue, though.

After you have it plugged in and it is on your body you just push the power button, which is the center button. The heat automatically comes on at this point. To turn the heat off simply press the top button. You can turn it back on by pressing the same button. The bottom button changes the direction of the message heads.

There are 4 massage nodes, which are the hard black ball like structures, two on each side of the massage unit. The second 2 round things on the massager provide heat as well as some muscle massage. The instruction booklet identifies these as massage heads, not nodes. The booklet also doesn’t mention anywhere 4 different patterns to the massager and I haven’t found any way to change the pattern it goes in. It goes forward and backward, with the backward pattern being the reverse of the forward pattern. I am not sure what people are referring to when they say they like a certain pattern out of the 4. Maybe they are confusing the word node with mode and since the massage heads are constantly moving before they stop and reverse, people might think it is actually changing the pattern, or node/mode. I am going to have to talk to the seller about this to verify it. Perhaps my unit is broken?

Notable advantages of this massager:
* Comes with an AC adapter to plug it into a wall outlet and also an adapter to use in the car
* Once you put it on a few times it is very easy to take on and off and move it around
* Heats up quickly and doesn’t get so hot that you will get burned
* Multi-Directional massage functionality
* Auto shutoff off the heat after 20 minutes
* The material on this is very soft, the product description says that this is leather but I am not sure about that.

Disadvantages:
* The cord on the massager often disconnects from the power adapter. It is no big deal but you can obviously tell that the connection is not tight.
* After falling in love with this, I decided to read the whole instruction booklet and found out that you should not use this where oxygen is being administered. You would think that this would be safe enough that it isn’t going to let off sparks or anything. Since you can’t use this around oxygen, I am ruled out since I am on oxygen 24/7. I suppose this is going to make a very nice present for someone.

Something to consider:
* The nodes are very hard so you can’t lean back against anything that would push against massage unit as you are using it

I think this is something extremely nice to have and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a way to be able to have a massage whenever they would like to and it is much less expensive than regular massages. Skipping one massage given by a masseuse pays for this unit. I am just extremely disappointed for myself but I do know that other people will benefit from this.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this 4 Naturalico Shiatsu Massager (Heated) – Kneading Massage Therapy for Foot, Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain – Relieves Sore Muscles – Total Body Relaxation on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#ShistuMassager


Amazon TOS Changes :: What is Fact and What is Fiction

Amazon TOS Changes :: What is Fact and What is Fiction


They changed what??? They are making us do what??? No!!! Really??? Who did you hear that from??? They are out to get rid of us!!! How can they do this??? This can’t be legal!!! I’m sure it is because of the …. Do you think that…….

Amazon TOS ChangesThere are currently so many rumors flying around about Amazon’s Customer Review Creation Guidelines. Even though they changed them almost two weeks ago, people are still talking about it and still don’t  understand what changed and how it affects them. I know it can be scary and very confusing at times. What do you believe? Who do you believe? Where do I go for information? Those are all questions that have gone through my mind so many times since I have become a Reviewer.

As if changes to the TOS weren’t enough, around that same timeframe, Amazon wiped another large group of Reviewers again. Many people have claimed that Amazon wiped their account unfairly after they secretly changed their Guidelines, enforcing rules that were not in place when their reviews were written. I won’t address that rumor in this post, but of course, I have some thoughts to share about it later this week….

I have even read where people are going to quit reviewing because Amazon is continually changing the rules and there are no guidelines for a Reviewer to follow. People are unfairly losing their accounts and no explanations are given. Some people think that  Amazon should be sued because they have treated the community so unfairly.

After I heard another rumor that Amazon rewrote the complete Customer Review Creation Guidelines, I knew I needed to read them for myself and see what had changed so drastically. I wanted to know what I should be concerned about the most. So I read them and reread them. Then read them again. To tell you the truth, after reading them I had no idea what people were so upset about. They seemed basically the same to me except for one point. The $5.00 point. We’ll get to the answer to that question, but let’s look at the old and new Guidelines themselves for a minute.

I couldn’t recall exactly what the Amazon’s Review Guidelines said previously, but I knew one place I could find out… What Amazon TOS Really Says, straight from the horse’s mouth.  Ani Ruhama wrote this article back in late January and copied the text exactly from Amazon’s website. Let’s look at this side by side comparison I made. I had decided not to depend on some of the graphics I saw last week where people had compiled a ‘TOS” from bits and pieces they remembered, points they had written down, and partial screenshots. Thank goodness, I didn’t use those for my comparison!

Customer Review Creation Guidelines
Then and Now


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The Promotional Review section and the Paid Reviews section are exactly the same between the two versions except for some formatting changes.

The first section has changed. To post a review, customers must spend at least $5.00 using a valid credit or debit card. Prime subscriptions and promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $5.00 minimum. What does that mean and is it fair for Amazon to change the rules?

What this does not mean is that you can only write a review if you paid at least $5.00 for the product. What it does mean is that at some time during the life of your Amazon account, you must have spent $5.00 on their website.

  • This is lifetime (of your Amazon account) total of $5.00.
  • The $5.00 can not include what you paid for your Prime Subscription.
  • The $5.00, or any portion of it, can not come from the purchase of a product that was offered at a promotional discount.
  • The $5.00 has to be paid with a valid credit or debit card. You can’t use a gift card you purchased yourself, or one someone else gave to you, to meet this $5.00 minimum.

Am I sure about this? Yes!

I was sure that I understood the new stipulation but there are always people (like me) who want to see the proof with their own eyes. Do not assume anything with Amazon. I was just getting ready to write to them for clarification when I opened an email from Rachel Michelle, Director of Relations at Launchzon.com. They are the sister site to a new review website that I just joined, Ratezon.com. Rachel knew that the Sellers, as well as Reviewers, were concerned about all of the rumors swirling around so she contacted Amazon herself and had just received confirmation of what the “$5.00” stipulation actually means. Here is the actual email response she received from Amazon.

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Click here if you would like to be able to read the text of the message in an easier format.

 

thank youThank you, Rachel, for sharing your clarification email with us. If there are any quality, experienced reviewers looking for a new site, Ratezon.com has recently launched and is now accepting applicants! Head on over and sign up if you are interested. They are really on top of TOS and want to make sure that Sellers and Reviewers have the support they need.

Now, on to the question as to if this is fair? I think so. Requiring you to spend $5.00 on their site is not that big of a deal. Anyone who just goes there to order things they are going to review at very little to no cost is missing out on a lot of really great deals and quality products. I love to review things and get great deals but our family also purchases a lot of other things on Amazon. Purchasing and then reviewing those things too is also a good way to keep your account well rounded. What is a well-rounded account? More on that next week…..

great dealsThere are several people you all may know, L.j. Redding among them, who regularly post great deals. She has a page on FB, Pelican Freak Frugal Finds that always has great deals, not to mention free eBooks! If you are reading this and have a page with great deals at Amazon, let me know and I will add it to the list.

$5.00 is nothing compared to the benefits we receive as Reviewers. It is not like you are giving them the money like a membership fee and you aren’t receiving anything in return. You can purchase whatever you want with it. There must be a very large number of people who write reviews and never even purchase anything themselves from the site or they would not have put this in place. What can you do if you are one of those people? Go spend some of your own money on Amazon!

Is it legal that Amazon changed their TOS?  They are not breaking any government or state rules and/or regulations by any of the changes they have made. It is their company and they make the rules. They create the rules, enforce the rules, and answer to no one. I have talked about this a lot before, they write their guidelines and policies to be very broad and vague so that they can interpret them how they want to. Once you submit your review you agree to give up all rights to the content, both written and media. You actually agree to abide by all of their TOS when you sign up for an account.

Did they do this so that they could wipe more Reviewers? I really doubt it. There have been a lot of changes lately, not just to Reviewers, but to Sellers and regular consumers also.  I am sure there are many changes that we are not even aware of yet. Let’s face it, they could have wiped every single reviewer if they wanted to without even having to change their TOS. That is not the reason they changed the Guidelines.

why do they get wipedThe review system began as a marketing ploy created so that they could jump ahead of their competition by having the first online store where customers contributed reviews, both good and bad, on a very large scale. It helped make Amazon who they are today. People knew they could go to Amazon and read reviews written by other people just like them.

However, both Sellers and Reviewers have taken advantage of the system. The fact that Amazon is purposely vague and doesn’t have enough real structure in their guidelines has come back to haunt them. That is the reason people get their accounts wiped. There are no real guidelines and with no real direction built in, the system has become flawed. Amazon’s reputation has suffered and Reviewers are not seen in the best light either.

So why did so many people just get wiped again? There are so many reasons why people get wiped and most of them will never know why, unless they knew they were doing something wrong and took the risk. I certainly feel sorry that so many people have lost all of their hard work and effort. I never want to minimalize that. It could happen to any of us.

I do have some other things I have heard about recently and things I read while researching this article that I will share more about later, but I am going off topic now. Those accounts being wiped do not have anything to do with the recent changes to Amazon’s Customer Review Creation Guidelines.

question marksWill all reviewers be wiped? Is the review system going to away? No. It would be an extremely disastrous business decision for them to wipe all reviews ever done, or even just the ones that were done by Reviewers. For the same reason, the system is not going to go away. Remember, the review system is what made Amazon into the largest online retailer. For them to have to publicly denounce and then do away with what made them who they are would be shooting themselves not only in the foot but In the head.

If Amazon has carte blanche to do whatever they want anyway, why bother to make any changes in the TOS at this point?  Changes in the Customer Review Creation Guidelines are actually a good sign. Amazon is moving forward with changes to the way Customer Reviews should be done. This seems to be part of the needed framework.

change is goodThe constant suspensions of updating rankings and blocking API access is a sure sign to me that they are working on their internal database structure which is what supports the algorithm they use to monitor transactions, especially transactions between Reviewers and Sellers. Until they have made all of the needed changes and are sure their database structure will support what they want to implement, they will probably go forward with minor changes like this instead of a major announcement and then implementation of how they plan to reinvent their once best-in-class system.



Amazon Customer Review Creation Guidelines TOS Changes :: What is Fact and What is Fiction
Most of what I have heard is FICTION (thankfully)
I hope I have cleared up the question about what the $5.00 stipulation means.

To keep your account as safe as possible, whatever you do, don’t forget to put your Disclosure in your review and don’t participate in Keyword Searching, Wishlisting, or other Special Seller Requests.

Do you have other questions about the recent changes?
What other things have you heard?
Do you have questions about the email from Amazon?

You know I always love to hear from other Reviewers or interested parties, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of the recent change, Amazon TOS in general, Customer Review Creation Guidelines, a question about reviewing, or anything else you would like to comment on.


Disclosure: I don’t pretend to know all of the answers and my opinion does have a tendency to come through very strongly in my posts, but I do state all of the facts that I know and make every effort possible to share with you the correct information. I am always very open to hearing opposing viewpoints. If we don’t share what we have learned with each other, none of us will ever make it as a Reviewer.

Product Review :: Sandalwood Essential Oil #brooklynbetter

Product Review :: Sandalwood Essential Oil #brooklynbetter


Ultra Pure Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum Album) – Brooklyn Botany – East Indian Sandalwood, 100% Pure, 1 fl. oz. Great for Skin, Hair Care, Acne Treatment & Aromatherapy

Sold by Brooklyn Botany


Smells heavenly, makes my skin look great, and makes me feel calm

sandalwood essential oil I have found my new favorite essential oil. Move over Bergamot and Bulgarian Lavender. Sorry Basil. I think this is truly one of the most wonderful things I have smelled in a very long time. I have been wanting to smell Sandalwood for a long time but of course, it is usually out of my price range. This is East Indian Sandalwood though and not from the Australian Sandalwood that is almost non-existant anymore. I am sure that is why this is so reasonably priced. I can’t imagine the Australian smelling any better than this! Sandalwood is used a lot in perfumes, now I know why, it smells so great.

Usually, I prefer flowery scents. This isn’t flowery but it has the soft tones that I love. I think another thing that makes it such a memorable scent is that it actually lasts for a very long time. When I unwrapped the package and opened the bottle I immediately smelled it. That one sniff stayed with me for the longest time. My husband really likes this scent too because he gets so tired of my flowery scents all of the time. I use this a lot in my bedroom diffuser which runs almost all of the time. I often combine it with Jasmine and the smell just takes me back to the times I traveled in Asia. Smell can trigger some powerful memories.

This essential oil is good for so many different things. I have been using it as a moisturizer on my face and added a few drops to the toner that I have made for my own use. In the diffuser or in an aromatherapy necklace, this is said to have a very calming effect. That is always something good to have constantly being diffused throughout the room.

sandalwood essential oil colorI think some people immediately get upset that some essential oils are not as expensive as they expect them to be. I for one am thrilled this is at a reasonable price point because that means I can order some more when I use all of this. My skin looks better and my mood is better. It smells fantastic. Those three reasons are enough for me to be convinced that this oil really is what it says it is. If I get the opportunity to ever try the Australian Sandalwood I will be sure to update this review with my thoughts on the comparison between that and this Indian Sandalwood.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Ultra Pure Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum Album) – Brooklyn Botany – East Indian Sandalwood, 100% Pure, 1 fl. oz. Great for Skin, Hair Care, Acne Treatment & Aromatherapy on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Product Review :: Copper LED Lantern #mitakijapan

Product Review :: Copper LED Lantern #mitakijapan


Mitaki ELANT12 Classic 12-bulb Lantern

Offered by SKIVU


Gorgeous and functional!

copper lanterns 12 LED lightsThis is the perfect replica of the old oil lanterns I remember from my childhood, except for one thing, it won’t burn you! With the source of light being 12 LED Lights that run on 4AA batteries, you don’t have to worry about it running out of fuel or injuring anyone. The copper finish on it is gorgeous, copper is what I use as my kitchen accent color. So guess what this little lantern is going to be? It is actually going to be a camping light! And a decorative element!

Of course, I will use it more for a decorative piece than anything, though. I have ordered some of the copper wire lights to place inside of it (with a remote) so that I can place this on top of my cabinets with my other copper pieces. As soon as they come in, I will update this with a picture, I am sure it is going to look like it was meant for that spot.  I think the same copper wire lights inside of it would look nice at a campsite too.

This would also be a great piece to decorate your RV with if you have any little shelves. What would be better than a camping themed element that would work in an emergency as an extra light source?

The lantern is well constructed and I haven’t had any problems. I like that the knob for the lights is dimmable, it can be very dim or super bright.  Other things I like are that the globe is glass, not plastic.  It has a good weight to it, it doesn’t feel like it is flimsily made. The copper color is a finish, as stated in the product review but it looks very accurate. You wouldn’t want a real copper lantern for a camp lantern anyway, it would tarnish too quickly.  It has a handy hook at the top if you want to hang it and it also has a nice long handle to carry it with if you need to.

I don’t see any disadvantages to this. I highly recommend it whether you are looking at this as a decorative piece or a functional piece,

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#mitakijapan


Product Review :: WindowPix Decorative Window Film #windowpix

Product Review :: WindowPix Decorative Window Film #windowpix

WindowPix Decorative Static Cling Window Film
Spring Sunset on the Dutch Canals
Printed on Clear for Window Glass Panels, UV Protection, Energy Savings

Offered by ArtToFrames


Easily Add Beauty to Any Room

windowpix window filmThis makes a great addition to our home. I chose this specific one, Spring Sunset on the Dutch Canals (24 x 36), out of the 14 designs available because I liked the thought of walking along the canals and looking at all of the different architecture. That is something I would really love to do someday. The details are really incredible on this. It is also very interesting to watch the play of light against the window and watch how different parts of the image are the focus as the intensity of the light changes. We also have a large tree right outside of the window behind this and the tree really causes some interesting effects on the image.

Advantages:
* Crisp, detailed print
* Easy to apply
* So many different sizes and images to choose from
* Easy to trim yourself if needed
* Changes the complete feel of the room
* I can open the curtains and not have to worry about the room getting as hot as it normally would
* Not just for windows. I have a great craft idea in mind for one of these and an old mirror……
* Made in the USA!

Disadvantages:
None, I can’t wait to order more of these. I would love it if this company  came out with some designs with a stained glass theme.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#windowpix


Product Review :: Antique Edison Style Chandelier Light Bulbs

Product Review :: Antique Edison Style Chandelier Light Bulbs


Enlightened Ambience 40 Watt Antique Edison Style Chandelier Light Bulb
(E26) Dimmable with Flame Tip Set of 6

by Enlightened Ambience


Timeless Elegance

antique style edison ligh bulbThis is a really elegant and unique set of lightbulbs. You can use these for your more elegant fixtures or pair them with something more contemporary to create a style just right for you. When I first saw these I knew right away that I wanted them for something in my own home, even though I wasn’t sure exactly which special fixture would get a makeover with these.

If you don’t have a full sized chandelier, you will need to make sure beforehand that these will fit. The base of these is exactly like a common white lightbulb that would fit in any full size lamp or overhead light. If you can screw one of those plain white lightbulbs into the light fixture you want to use these in, they will work. I have a standing lamp chandelier that I thought about using these in, but it takes a smaller base than these.

I ended up using this set in the small chandelier over our dining room table. The difference between the chandelier bulbs I had in there originally and these is very noticeable. The light is softer and it is interesting to look up and see the way the filament glows, almost like it is moving. If you haven’t seen one of these lights with an antique looking filament in them it is hard to explain so be sure to check out the images I added and my video.

Edison Style light bulbAdvantages:

✦ Unique look that really catches your eye
✦ Golden tint to the glass of the bulb diffuses the brightness of the bulb making it seem to glow
✦ Edison shaped (see images) filament creates an effect that seems to move
✦ Love the almost ice cream cone shape of the of the bulb itself
✦ 40 watt bulb; if your light switch or fixture has a dim switch already on it, you can dim these bulbs as low as 25 watts

Disadvantages:

✦ None – these work exactly as described and are even lovelier than I imagined they would be.

Recommendation:

✦ If you love antiques, reproductions, or vintage light fixtures these are the perfect bulb for you. These would also be great for the type of person who loves mixing old with new to create something unique. I actually thought of putting these in one of my son’s modern lamps before deciding that I would enjoy them best on something special. You could even just use a single bulb with no shade on a table lamp. The beauty is in the bulb itself; the light from the filament combined with the darker tint to the glass gives these bulbs a glow that is truly lovely.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received these 40 Watt Antique Edison Style Chandelier Light Bulbs, set of 6 directly from Enlightened Ambience in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#Light #EdisonLightBulb #AntiqueLightBulb


Product Review :: PinPix Recipe Board #pinpix

Product Review :: PinPix Recipe Board #pinpix

PinPix Decorative Pin Cork Bulletin Board, Recipe Board with Fruit 24×16 framed in Satin Black

by Art To Frames


Decorate and organize with practical art for your kitchen!

 

pinpixThis is such a nice cork board, I actually consider it more art for my kitchen. The design is fresh and bright and it is framed with a real wooden frame just like a picture would be. I expected more of a piece of cork board in a plastic frame that would be nice, I didn’t expect anything this nice. Isn’t it a great feeling when your expectations in a product are more than met!

Advantages:

✦ This is more than a cork board, it is décor for your kitchen
✦ Many designs and sizes to choose from
✦ The print is bright and crisp
✦ The texture of the cork board makes it look like a painting
✦ Comes with everything you need to hang and use it (except recipes of course, lol)
✦ Very well constructed; on the level of department store quality, not a big box store and certainly not a discount store item
✦ New technology that prevents the pin pricks made on it from staying the same size, the material reforms around the holes leaving a much smoother and cleaner looking surface than a regular bulletin/cork board. Pretty cool!
✦ Some of these designs can easily be used in different locations than the kitchen, depending on the décor of your home
✦ This looks much better than the side of my refrigerator with scribbled notes all over it.
✦ This decorative board is keeping me more organized, my kitchen looks better, makes for a better environment overall.

Disadvantages:

✦ None

Recommendation:

✦ This is perfect if you are looking for a bulletin board/cork board/recipe board for your kitchen. It is also great if you are just looking for something to brighten an area of your home with a splash of color. This is such a nice looking piece, it would make a great housewarming gift, shower gift, or even a wedding present, This would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook or bake, especially if you paired it with some family recipes or recipes that you know they love. You could even add a few pictures and little mementos to embellish it more.

I am very pleased with mine and can’t wait to see what designs the company may come up with next. There are endless possibilities with this new technology that seems to heal the canvas. This type of product would be useful for bulletin boards in children’s/teens/students rooms, offices, the garage, mud room, classroom, etc…

pinpix          juicy pinpix recipe board

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this PinPix decorative pin cork bulletin board made from high-quality canvas, Recipe Board with Fruit printed at 24×16 Inches and framed in Satin Black (PinPix-36) on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#pinpix #arttoframes