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Product Review :: What’s Your Favorite Color?

Product Review :: What’s Your Favorite Color?




 

I saw a funny thing on Facebook earlier today from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons asking, “What’s your favorite color?”

Answer?

myfavorite-color-is-christmas-lights

 

Please note, I received all of these products at a discount in exchange for evaluation and a review on my blog or in social media.

The first five years or so we lived in this house, our outside decorations were the best decorations around. We have a larger home and every line of the roof had dangling lights and there was a blow-up Santa in a sleigh on top of the roof! There were multiple other decorations and ornaments in the yard too. We would have people driving through our neighborhood from Thanksgiving until after the New Year to look at what we had managed to do.

Then I got sick and there were not as many decorations, but still our home looked lovely with the little we could do. The last 5 years or so we have done very little, a few years there were no decorations at all. I felt like we let our neighbors and all the kiddos down but we just couldn’t manage it between my health and my husband’s declining health. 

This year I had a plan. I ordered 4 items; 2 laser lights, one set of curtain lights, and one set of mesh lights. My plan was to accomplish an elegant transformation in much less time than it took to write this blog post, hopefully in less than an hour or so.

What do you think? There were 3 of us to work on this, my husband, my sister, and myself. Granted, we are three disabled adults, but I had a great transformation in mind and my goal was to show you just how easy it can be to decorate the outside of your home.

starry-laser-lights-projection-christmas-lights-moving-laser-fda-approved-star-projector-landscape-lights-with-wireless-remote-green-blueStarry Laser Lights Projection Christmas Lights Moving
Laser FDA Approved Star Projector Landscape Lights
with Wireless Remote (Green & Blue)

 

 

laser-christmas-lights-landscape-projector-outdoor-waterproof-lights-laser-lamp-outdoor-garden-yard-wall-family-gathering-decoration-green-and-blueLaser Christmas Lights, Landscape Projector Lights Outdoor
Waterproof  laser lights Laser Lamp for Outdoor
Garden/Yard/Wall Family Gathering Party
KTV Wedding Night Club Decoration (Green and Blue)

 

 

ActionFly Multi-Color Outdoor RGB 96 LED Mesh Fairy string Lights Twinkle Lighting With US Plug for Wedding Christmas Xmas Thanksgiving Party Events Home Roof Decor Tree-wrap (Blue)Nofonda 300led Window Curtain Icicle Lights
String Fairy Light Wedding Party
Home Garden Decorations 3m*3m (Cold White)

 

 

 

 

nofanda-curtain-lightsActionFly Multi-Color Outdoor RGB 96 LED
Mesh Fairy string Lights Twinkle Lighting With US Plug
for Wedding Christmas Xmas Thanksgiving
Party Events Home Roof Decor Tree-wrap (Blue)

 

 

 

Well to find out, you will have to check back next week…..  I can’t wait to show you the After pictures. Here is the Before picture, taken earlier this week. 

 Our house

#LaserChristmasLight


 



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 :: Moscow Mule Copper Mug

Product Review :: Moscow Mule Copper Mug


Domestic Corner – Copper Moscow Mule Mug – 16 oz – Smooth Finish

Copper Mug with Nickle Lining – Perfect for an ice cold drink on a hot summer day!

copper mugI love the look of copper and use it as an accent color in my kitchen. When I first say a Moscow Mule Mug, I was just interested in it because I loved the color and it looked unique. It wasn’t until I had my first taste of an acidic drink in a Moscow Mule Mug that I truly appreciated it. The copper in an authentic mug reacts with the acid in the liquid and creates a truly unique flavor. Everything is crisp and sharp, but not bitter. The copper also acts as a conduit for the temperature of whatever the liquid is so the mug feels chilly and cold, which gives the perception that the copper actually makes your drink colder.

Some manufacturer’s have used a stainless steel lining which does keep your drinks colder but this is the first one I have had with a nickel lining. I don’t know anything about nickel, but I do know that the product title of this mug is misleading. This is not a MMM, it is a copper mug lined with nickel. It does state that in the product description, but I know sometimes people make impulse purchases and don’t read the details close enough. If you are like me, you just have to see the words Moscow Mule to get excited!

copper mugAdvantages:

* Nice copper barrel, very smooth
* Brass handle is soldered on and very large, I can use 3 fingers to hold it
* Smooth rolled lip for smooth drinks
* Great shape for drinking from, the ice doesn’t all come at you at once

copper mug

Disadvantages:
* Since the product title is misleading, I did deduct one star for that. Nothing can give you the true taste of a 100% copper Moscow Mule. Since it is listed discreetly in the product description I can’t deduct too much for this in good conscience.
* The copper is not as bright and shiny as some of the other Copper Mugs I have collected over time

If you are just looking for a copper colored mug, this will probably be a really good option for you. I know some people don’t like the unique taste of copper so this would work for them. Also, if you are not drinking something that as some kind of acid in it, you don’t need it to be 100% copper. You can just enjoy the icy cold feeling of a great drink on a hot summer day with this!

copper mug copper mug

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this copper mug 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 influenced or 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 :: Startonight Wall Art Canvas

Product Review :: Startonight Wall Art Canvas

Startonight Wall Art Canvas Maple Tree

Startonight Maple Tree PaintingThe painting appears very much like it does in the product description on Amazon. I believe this is the famous tree in the Japanese Garden in Portland but I could be wrong. I have seen the tree in person and this is a very nice representation. The print actually looks better in person, the yellows are bright and crisp and it looks really glorious to me hanging on the wall. I love photography and trees, so I thought this would be the perfect match for me. I also love unique things so the idea of a glowing photograph was intriguing.

Beautiful print but fails to glow

The technical specifications are correct and it is well constructed and easy to hang. I won’t bother repeating the product listing information again since I am sure you have read it. I will go straight into my thoughts and experiences with the painting. My problem with this product is that it does not glow like the product description promises it will. I have had mine ‘charging’ straight across the hall from a huge window for over a week now. That particular hallway gets direct light almost all day and when the light starts to fade I have been turning on the lights in the hallway and the connecting rooms. Every night my husband takes it down and into our bedroom where it is very dark. With absolutely everything turned off, my husband says that he can see a very faint glow in one area along the top edge, but I can not.

Today I even propped the picture up on a different window sill so that it was directly against the window for several hours and still it did not glow when I took it into my walk in closet. The concept is not hard to understand and there really is no way of doing this wrong. I am going out of my way to charge it with direct sunlight and then direct overhead lighting also. When I take it into a dark room, it should glow. I have even tried shining a large LED desk lamp on it for a few hours before turning off the lights in the bedroom to no avail. I have tried every suggestion that was sent to me when I inquired about my problem.

I think my video will show more than anything how the picture is beautiful but fails to glow. I also need to call to attention that in some places in the product listing, as in the title, for example, this is listed as a painting and in other places, it is described as a print. I think that is misleading to initially call it a painting and go back and forth with the terms. A painting would be valued at much more than a print. In view of these issues, I have to rate it negatively. If this had been marketed as just a photographic print, my rating would have been much higher.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Startonight Wall Art Canvas Maple Tree, Nature USA Design for Home Decor, Dual View Surprise Artwork Modern Framed Ready to Hang Wall Art 23.62 X 35.43 Inch 100% Original Art Painting! 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.

#canvaswallart


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Product Review :: Vintage White 4 Piece Bathroom Accessories Set

Product Review :: Vintage White 4 Piece Bathroom Accessories Set

Vintage White Bathroom Accessories 4 Piece Set
by Whizzhome

This Vintage White Bathroom Accessories Set is just what I needed to give my bathroom counter a little touch of class.These are kind of a shabby-chic look, more on the chic side. I have a Victorian style home so these fit right in with the theme of my home and the theme of the decor that I have chosen to go along with the house. These are classy and elegant without being over the top. They look like they have always belonged there.

Attractive and elegant; but also practical and durable

Overall, I am more than happy with how these look and function. I love that they are made of fairly thick resin and not glass, I have had too many bad experiences with glass vanity pieces breaking with the slightest pressure. These are DSC00704nice sturdy pieces that will last a while, probably longer than the next time I want to redecorate. The raised designs on each item is a silver color making them not the shiny, glossy white the product description says, but I am perfectly happy with that. I prefer this much more. The design is not a true French Fleur-De-Lis Motif, but it is very elegant and in that style. The rest of the product description is accurate so I won’t repeat all of that information for you but just describe what I do and don’t like about each piece.

Soap Dish: Perfect size to hold a larger bar or several small specialty soaps. The inside of the dish is nice and smooth, making it easy to keep clean.

Soap Dispenser: This is a VERY large soap dispenser, much larger than I expected. I have tried it with regular liquid soap and with a thicker gel soap and they both worked. The actual pump is very sturdy, much more so than what you find in disposable bottles to hold up to long use. I love that this bottle is so big and that it will require refilling less often.

Toothbrush Holder: This is a nice holder.with a thick bar down the middle to keep the sides separated I suppose. It will hold even the larger specialty brushes. You could easily put two brushes on one side and a tube of toothpaste on the other or if you have a family bathroom you could put 4-6 brushes in here depending on the size. If you keep your toothbrushes in your drawer, you could easily use this to hold two or three brushes and some essential favorite tubes of makeup,

Cup: We use disposable cups in the bathroom so I am using this for a new set of make-up brushes I just got. This cup is so large, it will hold a lot of things! You could use this for so many different things like cotton swabs and Q-tips, flowers, bath salts, potpourri, or even your razor. It is always nice to have options.

I can’t get over how practical and durable these are, they look so elegant and expensive that I expect them to break at any time but I have knocked them against each other, the counter, and numerous other things with no chips at all. I also like that the bottom of the pieces aren’t slick. They are the same color but the finish is not as smooth so that they will stay where they are placed and any water on the counter isn’t going to have these sliding around. I think this is a great set that will fit into the decor of many people’s homes, not just Victorians like mine. The cool white color with the hint of gray will be nice just about anywhere. These would be a nice addition to your own bathroom or as a gift. They come in a very nice black box that would make them very nice for gift giving in fact.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Vintage White Bathroom Accessories, 4 Piece Bathroom Accessories Set, Bathroom Set Features French Fleur-De-Lis Motifs, Soap Dispenser, Toothbrush Holder, Tumbler & Soap Dish – White Glossy – Bath Gift Set from 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.


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Product Review :: US Art Supply Stretched Canvas 6-Pack

Product Review :: US Art Supply Stretched Canvas 6-Pack


Freedom Series US Art Supply Professional Quality Acid-Free Stretched Canvas 6 Pack
Offered by TCP Global Corp #usartsupply

As a lifetime hobbyist, having a brand new set of 6 blank canvases has put my mind into overdrive. There are so many incredible projects that I can do with these. I hope you find the quick video I did helpful, it was totally on the fly after I read about so many people having problems with them sticking together and being damaged. I wanted to show you that the company obviously cares about your input and their product because it looks like they have changed the whole way they are packed and shipped. I apologize, I did make a mistake in the video saying they were 16×18, they are actually 16×20.

 

 

DSC00676PROS:
* Great for different kinds of painting including but not limited to acrylics and oils
* Can be used for countless other crafts besides painting
* Great price point at under $6.00 per canvas at the time mine were ordered
* You can tell care has been taking in the assembly of these. The construction and stretch look better than other quality paintings I have purchased.
* 3/4″ thick, 16 x 20
* 100% white cotton canvas that has been tripled primed with acid-free acrylic gesso
* Hand stretched on kiln dried stretcher bars
* The corners are folded neatly and tight
* Plenty of staples placed approximately 1″ apart
* Lightweight: Unprimed 7oz, Primed 12 oz.
* Each canvas is individually shrink-wrapped then wrapped again as one set
* They lay level when placed flat

CONS:
* None

I am very impressed with these. I think they are probably great for the beginning to intermediate painter and perfect for anyone who just needs a stretched canvas for another craft project. My only problem is trying to decide on what to do since there are so many great things you can do with them!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this US Art Supply 16 X 20 Inch Professional Quality Acid-Free Stretched Canvas 6-Pack – 3/4 Profile 12 Ounce Primed Gesso – (1 Full Case of 6 Single Canvases) 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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