Marky Vacuum Insulated Tumbler Review

As most of us know Father’s day is next month, and if you didn’t know, Father’s day is June 19th.  I have decided to come up with a few ideas of gifts you can give your dad this year.

IMG_0981The Marky vacuum insulated tumbler is very high on my list for Father’s Day gift ideas.  I am in love with this tumbler, and I think everyone should have one.

If you have not heard about the vacuum insulated tumbler craze, here is the deal.  These tumblers will keep a beverage ice cold or very hot for hours.  With the Marky tumbler, I have been able to keep coffee hot for about 4ish hours!!  That is a huge deal when you forget you made coffee to begin with. The tumbler works just as well to keep drinks cold, when I tried it, I took water from the fridge, and it kept it cold for at least 3 hours, beyond that I don’t know, I got thirsty…

The Marky tumblers are 20oz and are made from high quality food grade stainless steel.  If you were thinking about getting one of those name brand tumblers, stop, this one is literally more than half the cost of the name brand, and it works just as well.  You can find the Marky tumblers on Amazon, and, like I said before, would make an awesome Father’s Day gift.

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Naked Binder Woodie Review

Naked Binder WoodieI recently got to try the coolest thing. Binders that have been laminated in a wood veneered onto the outside and inside. Now, I know this has nothing to do with babies, kids, or parenting, but it does cater to my obsession with office products.

Naked Binder WoodieThese Naked Binders are really neat. They come in birch and cherry, and are made from eco friendly and sustainably sourced materials. (That makes it fit into this blog right???) There are two sizes too; 1″ d-rings and 1.5″ d-rings.  The 1″ holds about 220 sheets of regular notebook paper, and the 1.5″ holds about 350 sheets.

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There are tons of ways to use these binders.  You can use them for school, work, or home.  My sister is actually using them for her photography business and to hold her portfolio.  The binders look very professional, and have gained a lot of comments on how good they look.

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The only problem with the binders that I have had is one of the binder’s wood veneer cracked at the spine.  It’s no big deal, and I wouldn’t have noticed it if I had not heard it pop.

If you would like to purchase some of these Necked Binders, you can find them on the Necked Binders website.  The 1″ size will be about $15 per binder, and the 1.5″ is about $16 per binder.

Overall, these binders, although a little pricey, and very beautiful and well worth the cost if you are needing to make an awesome impression.Disclaimer

Child Car Seat Kick Mats by DRIVE™Auto Products Review

auto kick matBack in December “Daddy Marohn” got a new car.  It’s a nice car too, leather seats, and the full package.  One problem we’ve had though is the mud.  It seems like it rained all winter, and the first thing Goose wanted to do when she got in the car is put her muddy little shoes on the back of the drivers seat.  And it was a constant battle with her because she didn’t understand what she was doing wrong.

That’s when we decided to look into a kick matt. The child car seat kick mats by Drive™ Auto Products, are really nice.  They are made from a 100% fiber reinforced commercial-grade material chosen for its durable, washable, flexible, reversible qualities and luxury appearance.

I liked that these kick mats start at by hooking onto the headrest post and then goes all the way to the bottom of the back of the seat and hook on the springs on the bottom of the seat. It was also very very easy to install, and serves it’s purpose.

One thing that I wish that Drive™ Auto Products would change is the fact that there are no pockets.  Yes I know that they like the simplistic design of their kick mats, but I do miss having a spot to keep tissues or toys.

Overall, this is a very good mat, and I am thinking about getting some for the other car, and maybe making my own pockets for it.

If you are interested in purchasing the Drive™ Auto Products kick mat, you can find them on Amazon.

 

(I tried to get pictures, but they didn’t turn out very well.  I am going to try again when it’s daylight out.)

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Kids Magic Set Bundle Review

2015 Holiday gift guide

Buying gifts for boys is something that I’ve found to be a challenge since my nephew was born.  I grew up with all girls, so I never know what to get him.  I want to get him something he likes, but also something he didn’t think to put on his wish list.  This year he is 7, almost 8, and I have no idea the sort of things he is into other than Minecraft.  I knitted him a hat, but what 7 year old really wants a hand knitted hat for Christmas.

So after doing some looking around and reading what other people recommend, I decided to go with a magic set.

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I found this really neat set on Amazon.  It comes with a cape, a magic card deck, a magic wand, a magic wire ring, and a coin illusion box.


Here is Goose demonstrating the coin trick with a dime.

The card deck is really neat.  They are slightly larger at one end than the other, so as long as the one card you want is the only card facing that direction, and it’s near the middle of the deck, you should be able to find it. Here is a short video.

Overall, this is the perfect gift for my nephew, and I know it will make an awesome Christmas gift for any little kid.  It is definitely Goose approved.

If you would like to add this little set to your shopping list, it can be found on Amazon for about $25, the cape alone is probably worth that much, and you get all the other stuff along with it. Very good value.

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Simply Earth Peppermint Essential Oil Review

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Essential oils are well, essential for everyone to have around.  My favorite is peppermint oil.  I love the smell and there are so many things that peppermint oil can be used for.

Two of my favorites is for headaches and tummy issues. For things like sinus headaches and acid reflux, I just put a few drops on my tongue.  Peppermint oil is also good for chronic fatigue, which is a common symptom of PCOS.  In that case, I just defuse a little in my humidifier.

The Simply Earth Peppermint oil is among the best that I have ever used.  It works quickly, and the smell does not dissipate quickly.   It is also 100% pure and undiluted.

Simply Earth is also a company that gives back.  Any product that you purchase, Simply Earth will give 13% to help end human trafficking.

If you are interested in purchasing from Simply Earth, you can find them on their website.  If you would like to connect with Simply Earth, you can find them on the following social networks:

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Surekrill Pure Krill Oil Review and GIVEAWAY

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For a while now I am been taking omega-3 fish oil, and then I heard about omega-6’s.  I had no idea that you should be taking a balance of the two.  Actually, according to WebMD, you should be taking a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1 omega6 to omega3.  The SureKrill by Herbal Gist combines the Omega6 and 3 in perfect balance to omega 9 (which is a fatty acid that does not NEED to be supplemented, but does not hurt).

The benefits of the omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 are pretty long.  They contain DHA and EPA, which help with stiffness in the joints. The omegas can also help with cholesterol (good and bad), brain function, PMS, blood pressure, asthma, and ADHD.

I’ve only been taking the SureKrill for a few weeks now, and I have not noticed any difference from the fish oils I was taking other than the fact I only have to take 1 v/s 3 of the fish oil.  My husband took the SureKrill for a few days and he noted that he would have trouble sleeping if he took it at night.

Overall, I like it.  I am not sure if I was supposed to notice any difference in anything by now or not.  I would recommend based on the fact that everyone needs to be taking omega 3 and 6 daily.

If you would like to have a chance to try the SureKrill for yourself, you are welcome to enter below.  There will be three winners this time, so tell your friends and family too!!

You can also find SureKrill on Herbal Gist’s website here: http://herbalgist.com/products/surekrill

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Rabbit Hole Hay 1st Cutting Timothy Hay Review

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We recently moved to a more rural area, and OUT of a subdivision.  Which is great because Goose has more room to play and we have more room for our dogs and a garden, and a few other animals.  This year we added chickens to our list of pets, and they have the added benefit of providing us with eggs.

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This is “Mailman” and one of the hens. At about 6ish weeks.

I had never had chickens, so I did a lot of research, and I knew that they would need an area to nest, and some bedding type stuff to make a nest out of.  We went through A LOT of stuff to find things that they would like to nest and lay eggs in.

They started out laying eggs beside out AC/Heating Unit. That worked until our unit died, and they didn’t like the repairman messing in their area.  Next, they discovered that they could lay eggs in the tomato plants.  That stopped when I started picking the tomatoes. Finally they decided to start laying eggs in their pen. Mostly in the grass clippings, but once the grass clippings would blow or wash away, they would go back to laying in random spots.  So I decided to try some rabbit hay.

"Mailman" and a hen at 8 months old.

“Mailman” and a hen at 8 months old.

I found some timothy hay at rabbitholehay.com that they LOVE.  I got a 1lb box to review, and it has held up to my crazy chickens.  Now, the timothy hay that I got is meant for rabbits, and though I don’t have rabbits any more, I thought it was worth a try for the chickens.

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This is the rabbit I had for a very long time named Gerdie.

I got the first cutting, which means the hay is a little more stiff and has more of the seed head things on it.  If I still had my rabbit, this would be great for her teeth, and it would provide her with more nutrition than the 2nd or 3rd cutting.

Overall, I am impressed with the quality of this hay.  My chickens love it.  I do wish I still had a rabbit so that the rabbit could try the hay out, too.

If you have a rabbit or any other animal that would enjoy some timothy hay, The Rabbit Hole and I would like to give one you a pound of 1st cut timothy hay. All you have to do is fill out the form below to enter the contest.

If you have missed the giveaway (sad day), but would still like to check out more about The Rabbit Hole, you can go to their website : http://www.rabbitholehay.com/, and also on the following social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RabbitHoleHay

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RabbitHoleHay

Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/rabbitholehay/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FoodForRabbit

Google+: https://plus.google.com/108392040880729419380/posts

 

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BeeHealthy by NativOrganics

beehealthyI was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) back in 2007.  Some symptoms of the PCOS are hormonal imbalance, low energy, weight gain, and so much more. I have been looking for a supplement to take that will help with those symptoms.

BeeHealthy by NavtivOrganics is one of the the supplements that has been recommended to me several times.  It contains bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, and honey.  I knew honey is like a cure all for everything, but I had never really looked into the bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis. Turns out that Royal Jelly alone helps with PMS and menopausal symptoms.

I recently started taking BeeHealthy by NativOrganics, and I have noticed some difference. I have more energy, my allergies are not as bad, and my hormones seem to be trying to get themselves back in order.

On the bottle, it is suggested to take 2 capsules twice a day with food of the BeeHealthy.  However, I can only seem to remember to take it once a day. So, if I feel this much better now, just think of how I would feel if I took it like I was supposed to.

Overall, I love the BeeHealthy, and plan to keep taking it. If you are interested in reading more about it, you can find BeeHealthy on Amazon.  It comes in a bottle of 120 capsules (about a month’s worth if taken twice a day).  I think it’s a little pricey, but definitely worth the price.

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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Del Sol Coloring Changing Backpack Review and Giveaway

2015 Holiday gift guideChristmas is on it’s way, and fast.  I know this year I am completely unprepared, and I’ve only bought three gifts. To tell you the truth, it seems like everyone has so much that I don’t really know what to get them. I like to think outside the box, and get something that most people wouldn’t think about, and for kids, one thing I like to get for kids is stuff for school.

Now that the school year is halfway over, it seems that, even though parents try to buy things that last, the beginning of the year school stuff is starting to wear out. Backpacks are always a big hit with Goose and my sister’s kids.

Del Sol

Del Sol has come out with the cutest backpacks that I’ve seen in a LONG time.  In true fashion to Del Sol, the backpack changes color when out in the sun too.  Goose just loves that inside out of the sun, Minnie is black and white, but as soon as she goes outside, Minnie turns her normal colors, and she has secret designs hidden in the background that pop out as a surprise.

Not only are Del Sol’s backpacks SUPER cute, but they are also very comfortable to carry.  The shoulder straps, back, and handle are all padded, so that you don’t have to worry about the straps digging into your shoulders or the handle hurting your hand.

 

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Goose has been able to fit quite a bit in the Del Sol backpack.  The backpack measures 15″ H x 12″ W x 4″ D.  As far as pockets and compartments, the Del Sol definitely doesn’t have the most I’ve ever seen, but how many does my 4 year old really need?  There is the main large compartment, an accessory pocket on the front, and two mesh pockets on the sides.  She honestly doesn’t need more than that, and if she did, I have a feeling things would get lost.

If Minnie Mouse is not your thing, they have Disney Princesses and a couple of Marvel characters that you can choose from.

Overall, Goose and I love this backpack, and Del Sol would like to give you all a chance to win one!!  You have until November 27th, 2015 at 11:59pm to enter.

 

If you don’t want to enter the giveaway (or have arrived late )’: ) you can still follow Del Sol on the following social media sites.

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AYL Soundfit Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review

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As a parent, we always want to get products that are high quality, but worry about accidents around our kids.  I know we have a very very expensive bluetooth speaker that I’m afraid for Goose to even touch.

The AYL Soundfit speaker really offers all that my very very expensive speaker offers, but in a smaller package and with a few extra features I love.

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First off, what the AYL SoundFit speaker offers…

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Waterproof for accidental drops in water or for shower use
  • Ability to answer calls
  • 33ft working distance
  • X-Base
  • Dust-proof
  • shock-proof

AYL SoundFitThe waterproof/shockproof features is what really interested me in the product.  As a mom of a preschooler, I know spills and drops happen…a lot… and I have to say that the AYL SoundFit has stood up to the test.  I’ve even started taking the speaker in the shower so that I can listen to a little de-stressing music (thanks Foster The People) while I am showering.

AYL SoundFitThe sound quality of the speaker is pretty great too.  I don’t have a way to really test the sound, so what we did was turn the speaker on and played some music.  When we went into another room, we would see how good it sounded.  The AYL Soundfit, still sounded awesome a few rooms away.

There is one thing that really annoyed me about the AYL SoundFit speaker.  It starts off at FULL volume!!  Also the start up/shut down sounds are really really loud too.  Normally when I shower, Goose has just gone to bed, and her room is right beside my bathroom, so I try to be as quiet as I can; when this speaker’s sound effects are super loud, that makes things a little difficult for me.  I’ve started hiding the speaker in the towels to turn it on, and then turn it down right away. Of course when you reach the lowest volume setting, it plays a super loud beep, beep, beep to let you know.  Also a little annoying.

Overall, this is a pretty good speaker.  I hope that in future versions and models they do away with the loud sound effects and maybe have the speaker start out of half volume.

If you are interested in purchasing the AYL Soundfit Bluetooth Speaker, you can find them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014VJD6PQ  Right now (as of 11/3/15) the price is about $30, which is really not bad for what you get.  Well worth the cost.

 

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