Acacia Wood Curved Baguette Serving Tray Review

Friday, November 27, 2015

Earlier this fall, we received this acacia tray for review. It's a nice little tray - 12x5" with a beautiful dark wood stain. We used it to hold little mini pumpkins on our mantle and are now using it to hold Christmas candies.

It's a versatile tray - obviously useful for serving food, or as home decor. The craftsmanship is fantastic. If you decide to get one, keep it nice by only washing by hand. A dishwasher will split and destroy the wood.

I received this tray for free in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received and no affiliate links can be found in this post.

UpNature Neem Oil Review

This fall, I put Neem oil on my Christmas list. I wanted to use it for it's insecticidal qualities. As luck would have it, I was offered a chance to review a bottle of neem oil. Since it's now winter, I am unable to inspect it's insect killing properties until the garden wakes up next spring.

I am, however, able to open it up and and try it's hair smoothing potential. Until I received this neem oil for review, I had no idea it was often used for improving frizzy and rough hair.

I'm not a huge fan of the scent.... but I did find it worked as well as any other hair oils (argon, coconut, olive) for smoothing out my hair. I like having multiple options. But I am most excited about this product's potential as a more eco-friendly pesticide. I will update this review in the summer when I have had a chance to employ it in the garden.

I received a free bottle of neem oil for review purposes. No compensation was received and no affiliate links are found in this article.

Suuchi custom made scarf review

As the weather turns colder, my interest in scarves grows exponentially. I have a ton of great scarves to wear for different occasions. I even tend to wear scarves in the spring and on cool summer nights. So when I had the chance to review a custom made scarf from Suuchi, I was excited about it.

Who wouldn't want to add another scarf to their collection. My experience picking out the scarf was daunting. I had a tough time navigating their website, but extremely great customer service using their chat window. Computers were not my friend that day, but the chat person helped straighten out all the issues and my scarf was ordered.

Within a few short days, the scarf arrived at my door. It's very well made and is nice and heavy. It's a huge scarf with a lot of versatility. I chose to wear it folded over in an infinity scarf fashion, but I noticed it was large enough to wear as a full head/neck/upper body scarf. There is a lot of fabric involved!

Overall, I am happy with the experience, but I would probably spend more time carefully considering the color options before making my selection. I ended up choosing a pattern I thought would look "professional" but when I had it in my closet I realized I had nothing that would match with it. I should have shopped for my closet instead of what I thought I wanted to look like at the moment.

If you are interested in shopping Suuchi - they make more than just scarves. They also make jackets, skirts, blouses, and dresses. If you run into trouble or have questions, their chat window is super responsive. Happy shopping!

I received a free scarf for review purposes. No compensation was received and no affiliate links can be found in this article.

1 lbs. of Rabbit Hole Hay 1st Cutting Timothy Hay Review

If you've ever had to find quality rabbit hay, then you know what a chore that can be. Just like everything else, there is a huge difference in quality and freshness. Buying at the big box stores generally results in a subpar experience. But travelling to a quality source isn't always ideal either.

Enter the internet. We had the chance to review the Rabbit Hole timothy hay - available almost anywhere with a few clicks and a few days to ship.

The first thing I noticed when I opened up the box was how fresh the hay smelled. The more you can smell something, the more nutrients it contains (protein/nitrogen). The same works in reverse when your rabbit turns this hay into manure. Rabbit manure smells less than horse or cow because it contains less available nitrogen. Of course, it will break down over time to release that nitrogen - making it an excellent (and non burning) plant/garden fertilizer.

This hay was very fresh and apparently tasty... I did not taste the hay, of course. But our rabbit was more than happy to go for it. And as all rabbits do, she turned it into a fantastic manure that will go to feed our various shrubs and plants.

I received a box of hay for free in return for an honest review. There was no compensation received and no affiliate links are included in this article.

Candle Holder with Romantic Love Quote Review

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

As an adult, one of the most exciting parts of the holiday seasons is decorating. Yes, really! I've found that it's quite fun to have holiday decor for each season. I pull out specific items for their holiday and then put them away again later. Most items pull double duty in some way or are practical yet stylish at the same time.

I have just a few thing for Valentine's day, so when I was offered the chance to review this romantic candle holder, I thought it was a good idea.

The holder is a silver color and says "Love is just a word until someone gives it meaning."

That's perfect for Valentine's day. It's also perfect for candle lit dinners, anniversaries, bubble baths, and other times when you want to set a romantic mood.

In person, and with a candle flickering inside, it's quite beautiful. I would recommend you try to find an LED flameless candle to go inside just so you don't burn or stain the inside of the holder. It's a nice decorative piece.

I received  this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation and no affiliate links are found in this post.

Kohree Set of 3 Melted Edge Flameless Ivory Wax Pillar Candles with Remote Control Review

When we moved out of our last house, I was shocked at what I found behind our picture frames. Soot! Actually, the soot was all around the picture frames and the wall behind was clean. I was mortified and spent hours cleaning it off.

From that day on, I refused to burn candles in our homes. Now, we also know about the detrimental health effects of burning chemical candles and so we stick to all electric lighting.

I have a wide variety of decorative electric candles - some controlled by remote, others not. So when I had the opportunity to review this set of flameless LED candles, I was pretty excited. These candles are made of wax and look "melted."

They are controlled by remote (and run by 3 AAA batteries). You can set them on a timer or just turn them off and on. They flicker.

They are a great set. They smell a little like crayon, but only if you put them to your nose. Otherwise, they are pretty much scent free.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and this article does NOT contain affiliate links. No compensation was received.

Valdler Antique Wooden Embossed Flower Pattern Jewelry Box Storage Organizer Pack of 2 Review

Monday, November 23, 2015

As we prepare for the holidays, I'm at a loss at what to give kids who are more attached to screens than anything else. Toys no longer hold their appeal. So when I had the chance to review this set of 2 wooden antique boxes, I thought they would be make the perfect gift.

They are unique little boxes that fit inside each other. The antiquing gives it mystery and excitement - like a treasure box. They are well made and can be used for a myriad of things - keeping treasures, holding jewelry, love notes, rocks or gems.

They are quite small, but that means they will take up less shelf or cupboard space. You can buy larger ones and sets that come with 3 boxes instead of 2.

I am happy with the set and I think my children will see their potential as treasure boxes.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm2d3d8c545a23b695eb7bb60084baa5be

Revolutionary Xtreme Canteen Review

I love thermos-type products. Not the yucky tasting plastic ones, but quality ones made of stainless steel and vacuum insulated for greater usage.

Vacuum insulated bottles are great to bring cold drinks to the beach, picnic, camping trip. They also work great for hot cocoa for your trip to the slopes or sledding hills, making yogurt or oatmeal without electricity, cooking soups, keeping food warm, and on and on.

We had a chance to review the Xtreme Canteen - a 32 oz vacuum insulated stainless steel canteen.  It will keep liquid chilled for 14 hours (without ice) and 24 hours with ice. I will keep things hot for 12 hours.

I tested it out and found the claims to be accurate. The outside did not sweat or give off any hot/cold meaning it was losing minimal energy.

I would feel comfortable using this as my yogurt maker, to make oatmeal, or to carry our drinks. In fact...I have been receiving a lot of complaints about  my silicone lipped glass bottle and may swap out to this canteen for all of our water consumption on the go.

The only downside to this container is cleanup. You will need a long/thin bottle brush. I own the perfect one (and it took me weeks to find!!) because of my other thermos use, but you will want to get that before you start using it for anything besides water.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and this article does NOT contain affiliate links. No compensation was received.

Premium Cotton Knee Support Sleeves Review

When it comes to fitness - improvement and safety are paramount. To take your skills to the next level, you have to push hard, but you don't want to damage your tissues. That's why people are wearing all the different braces and sleeves. I recently had the opportunity to review these cotton knee support sleeves from Theravana.

They are designed to support your knee and contain tourmaline to contain the heat and keep your joints warm. They are used to recover from injury or arthritis or as a preventative.

We have been using them during our home wrestling practice. My son performs moves that are equivalent to lunges and squats continuously during wrestling practice. These moves are great for improving leg strength but can really do a number on your knees, especially cold knees. These supports fit nicely and are very well made. They slide up and on without issue.

They stay in place! And they do warm up your legs. My son does not appreciate the extra warmth but his joints might. We will keep using them and report on additional insight as we have it.

I received a free pair of support sleeves for review purposes. No compensation was received and no affiliate links are found in this article.

Orchid Origami Paper; Folding Sheets; 500 Sheets Review

When you are looking for "non-screen" activities for your kids, you might want to consider origami. My son can spend hours working on origami projects and the ideas are really limitless. But... You will need really good Origami Paper.

We had the chance to review this 500 sheets set of paper and was really impressed. It is the exact right size (essential for origami to work out!) and it comes in a large assortment of colors (10).

I would buy this paper again when we run out.

* I received a free pack of paper in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received and no affiliate links are found in this article.

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