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Grooming District Tweezer Set Review

tweezersCalling all my PCOS “cysters”, I have found the best tweezers in the world to deal with our hairy-ness!!

I have been using some cheap ones that I got at walmart for years, and I had no clue something better was out there.  The Grooming District ones (my set came with three), are completely awesome!!!  They are made from some very sturdy metal, so I don’t have to worry the tweezers bending.

The tweezers also grab and hold onto the hair like no one’s business. So what used to take up so much of my time plucking, I can get done in record time.

My set came with three different tips.  There is a straight tip, a slanted tip, and a pointed tip.  I tend to use the straight tip more than any of the others.  I have found some uses for the slanted tip (like around my eyebrows), but not found anything to use the pointy ones for.

Overall, I am very impressed, and am definitely keeping these around for a long long time. Disclaimer

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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

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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.

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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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Amazing Birds Adult Coloring Book Review

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When I was little I loved coloring books.  There was something enchanting about bringing animals, characters, and landscapes to life in color.  Now that I am older, I kind of miss it, and to be honest, the kids coloring books that my daughter really do not offer the challenge that I like.

I’ve been hearing a lot about adult coloring books, and I really wanted to try them out.  I was able to get the Amazing Birds developed by Tali Carmi coloring book for free in exchange for my review, and I was so excited.

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I was not disappointed in this coloring book at all.  The whole book is full of beautiful of exotic birds from all over the world like the cockatoo.  Other birds include the hummingbird, swan, hawk, and more.

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My first coloring was the cockatoo.  I didn’t have any of the fancy colored pencils or markers that a lot of people are using to color these adult coloring books, but I did have some pretty nice Crayola crayons. I have to say that I had a blast coloring this picture.  It’s actually oddly relaxing to see the bird come to life in the colors I want it to be. I just let my imagination run wild.  My daughter even spent more time coloring her own picture since I too was coloring.

Over all I loved the Amazing Birds coloring book, and I am excited to see what other coloring books they come out with for adults.

If you would like to see about getting your very own Amazing Birds adult coloring book, you can find it on Amazon and their website. Weather the book is free or $20, it is really worth the cost, and a great stress reducer.

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Our House Gluten Free Baking Mixes Review

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Gluten issues is something that has been going on in our family for a while now, and it always amazes me how bland and tasteless the products are that are available.

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Recently, my sister and I got to try the Our House baking mixes.  We honestly had never tried to make anything out of gluten free all purpose flour, but decided there was no better time like the present. our house

The recipe for biscuits was a lot different than what we normally do. The recipe called for:

  • 1 ½ cups Our House Gluten-Free Baking Mix (228 grams)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup milk (or milk alternative)
  • 1 large egg (or 1/3 cup applesauce)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

OUR HOUSEWe also are used to cutting out the biscuits, so we went ahead and did that.

Baking was about normal, and they looked just like normal biscuits when they came out of the oven.  The texture at first was a little different though.  You could tell they were a little different than normal biscuits. It almost felt like we had added a little bit of finely ground cornmeal to the mixture.

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Overall, I think our biscuits made from the Our House Gluten Free All Purpose Baking mix turned out really well.  You could tell there was something a little different about them, but the biscuits were very good.

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My next adventure is to try the Our House Bread Mix, which can be put in the bread machine (kind of excited about that part).

If you are interested in purchasing any of the Our House mixes or flour, you can find them on their site https://ourhousegf.com.  The prices are really not all that bad compared to other gluten free products out there, and well worth EVERY penny.

Our House also has several really awesome gluten free recipes on their website for things like blueberry cobbler, peanut butter cookies, and so many more.  It’s worth checking out if you are one of the many who are not able to eat gluten.

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Medication Free Pain Relief and Reviews

babymarohnEver since I was a child, I have suffered from scoliosis back pain, and recently, my knees have started acting up.  I hate taking NSAIs because of the side effects, and I just don’t like to put drugs into my body.

For a long time, I would just have Michael massage my back when it started acting up, but since he is now working full time and going to school, it’s been hard to get any relief for my back.  Then a few months ago, my mom broke her ankle and had to start going to therapy to help get motion back.  They used a machine in her therapy called a Tens unit. This is basically a machine that has electrodes that attaches to whatever body part is tense, and uses electric pulses to stimulate the muscles. I knew right away that is what I was going to need for my back.

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I ended up getting the PM-120 tens unit from Santamedical on Amazon to review.  This is a pretty cool little unit.  It has 6 stimulation modes, each imitating a different massage type.  The strength of the electric pulses is easily and gently changed with the buttons on the front.  One of the best parts is you can attach up to 4 electrodes to the unit.  That means more area of the muscle can be stimulated at one time.  I personally like to use two on my back, and if my knee is bothering me, I put the other two on my knee. There is also a self timer on the unit.  It has a default setting to 20 minutes, but it can be changed from anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes.  The very best part of the whole unit is how small it is.  It is about the same size as a small MP3 player (or like the 1st gen iPod nano), so it would easily fit in a travel case or purse if you needed to use the tens unit on the go or while traveling.  If you want to read more about the PM-120 tens unit from Santamedical, you can find it on Amazon here.

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For my knee that I have been using two different compression sleeves. One I reviewed a few months ago here, and my new one that I got to review is an Tourmaline infused compression sleeve that emits infrared pain relief from Tayere.  I, honestly, don’t 100% understand how this works, but here is the jist of it.  The tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral, and it has been shown to produce a weak electrical charge, giving it magnetic field properties, which is what enables it to produce and emit Far Infrared Rays and negative ions. That somehow causes a warming effect that is supposed to penetrate deep into the muscles and tissues. I know that the compression sleeve feels great when I put it on my knee.  I love how the sleeve fits nicely under pants and shorts.  It will wick away moisture so you don’t have to worry about becoming over warm wearing it. However, I can’t wear it long because it’s a little too tight on my thigh, which makes my leg hurt after I wear it for a long time. If you want to read more about all the awesome features of this knee compression sleeve, you can check it out on Amazon here.

Overall, I do love both the tens unit from Santamedical and the knee compression sleeve from Teyere Therapeutics.  They offer medication free pain relief, which is completely AWESOME.  I really enjoyed reviewing these two products, and I hope to find more natural ways to relieve pain soon.Disclaimer

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Coosh Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

CooshRecently, my doctor noticed that my blood pressure has been creeping up over the past few years.  I tried to tell her that it was because of the long wait to see her, and the fact that I have a preschooler at home.

The doctor didn’t like my excuse and wanted me to start taking medication for my blood pressure.  However, my blood pressure was not too much above normal and I hate some of the side effects that the medication was going to cause, so I talked the doctor into just checking my bp regularly at home.

When I got home I started looking at all the different blood pressure monitors on the market right now.  I became very overwhelmed very quickly. There are a ton of features that the monitor can feature, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted a multi-user blood pressure monitor.

The two I ended up getting (actually I was able to review them so that really worked out for me) are from Coosh. The models I got are the CBPM002 and the CBPM001.  I love them both, but there are a couple of differences.

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The Coosh CBPM001 has a large backlit display, which I LOVE.  It is so easy to see, and very user friendly.  This model also stores up to 90 readings, so you or your doctor can view your results and trends.  This model also comes with a carry case.

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The Coosh CBPM002 is smaller, which is nice and makes it easier to carry around because it doesn’t come with a carrying case.  It stores 60 results, which is very nice if you are not having to monitor your blood pressure as closely.

Both monitors are approved by the FDA, and they both have a WHO classification indicator.

There are a couple of things I didn’t like.  One is the cuff size.  The cuff says that that it can be used for someone with a 8.7″-12.6″ bicep.  I am a plus size gal, and this cuff is a little uncomfortable on me.  I luckily had another cuff that goes with another bp monitor that works perfectly.  The second is that I cannot find any user manuals online for either of the monitors.  Maybe I’m not searching for the correct keywords.

If you would like to purchase one of these awesome blood pressure monitors, you can find them on Amazon.  Here are the links CBPM001: http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00vvs7ada and CBPM002: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VVSXS4U?psc=1.

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Little One’s Pillow Review

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When our kids are infants, we constantly hear no pillows, no blankets, no stuffed animals, so I’ve always been a little apprehensive about giving Goose a pillow to sleep on.  She has been a co-sleeper since she was a few months old, and during the night she’s has always creeped her way onto my pillow.  So, when she started sleeping in her own bed a few months ago, I was really confused about if she was supposed to have a pillow and what kind of pillow she should have.

After some research I found that you could start introducing a pillow at about age 2, but I always tend to err on the side of caution.

I knew when I did chose to introduce a pillow it should be small. That’s why I decided to go with a toddler pillow. I know the amount of toddler pillows on the market can be very overwhelming. One of the best toddler pillows that I’ve come across is the Little One’s Pillow.

little ones pillowI love that it is made with organic cotton that is grown and woven in the USA. Some other great things are the pillow is only 13 in x 18 in, hypoallergenic, and can be machine washed. That’s a huge plus in my book. Goose LOVES how soft and fluffy the pillow is, and will not sleep with any other pillow now. 

If you would like to purchase the Little One’s Pillow and Pillowcase, you can find them on Amazon, and you can read more about the set on their website http://www.littleonespillow.com/. The pillow is a little expensive at about $26 (7/1/15) and the pillowcase is about $20 (7/1/15). It’s still a great investment, and they have a guarantee if you do not like the pillow.

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Titan™ Genuine Military 550 Paracord

Recently, we received Titan™ Genuine Military 550 Paracord for a blog review. Most people would look at paracord and not think much about it since it doesn’t look very impressive, but in this instance appearances are very well misleading. Currently it is $15.99 on Amazon and is available in various colors including neon pink.

So the first question is always, what can you do with it? Well unlike most ropes or cords paracord is extremely versatile, light weight, and strong. You can even use paracord to make bracelets such as:

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This allows you to have not only something that looks rather nice, but can be used during hiking, camping, fishing, and other outdoor recreation activities. When its always handy to have a few feet of strong rope or better yet paracord. I know some people are already thinking that they cannot do it that is why the Titan™ Genuine Military 550 Paracord comes with two free ebooks on uses for the paracord.

So not only do you get a great product, but you can get access to information that allows you to realize some of the potential of this great product. For more creative designs you can mix and match different colors that way you can personalize it instead of just having a clump of bulky rope.

As I mentioned before I love to take paracord hiking because it is properties, everything holding your gear together to making a quick shelter is easily done with paracord and you don’t have to worry about it holding up because of the wind or rain. And unlike most rope or twine, paracord doesn’t fray as easily so it makes it easy to untie complex knots.

If you are looking for a Father’s day gift this would be a great item to consider, since not only does it make a great gift on its own, but you can get creative with it and pair it with other outdoor activities to make a very special gift.

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