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Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover Review

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To me, keeping our pets safe from unwanted chemicals is almost as important as keeping those chemicals away from our children, and when we got Sophia last year, I knew we were going to have some challenges, but I never imagined we would have problems with face stains with her.

betta bridges tear stain removerWhen I first realized that were were going to have issues when Sophia and her tear stains, I looked into products at the pet store.  I was really concerned about some of the ingredients that claim to remove the stains.  Some had hydrogen peroxide, which you as you may know, should NEVER be used in or around the eye, and others had antibiotics that could cause problems of their own and has to be ingested.  When I first saw Betta Bridges Pet Tear Stain Remover I was very pleased to see that this tear stain remover contains nothing that will harm your dog. You should always avoid the eyes when using Betta Bridges tear stain remover, but it really makes me worry less since I know that the ingredients are all natural and non-toxic.

Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain RemoverThe best way to use Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover is to take a cotton ball and pour 1/2 a cap full on it.  Dap gently around the eye and muzzle or anywhere there is staining. Sophia doesn’t mind really anything, so I am able to just sit her on my lap and just gently rub that area with the cotton ball.

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Before we started using Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover.
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After we’ve been using Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover for two weeks.

As you can see there has been quite a bit of change we started using the Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover two weeks ago.  I think the more stained areas are just going to have to grow out and then be cut off.  I am going to finish this week of using Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover everyday and then next week start with the once a week thing.

Overall, I have been very please with how well Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover has worked for Sophia.  I have never had to deal with tear stains with any of my other white dogs, so this was a whole new experience for us.  I am so glad that I found Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover.

If you are battling tear stains on your pup, I would really suggest looking into Betta Bridges Pets Eye Tear Stain Remover.  You can find them on Amazon (PRIME!!!), right now, one 8oz bottle is about $20.  Yes, I realize there are less expensive products out there, but with how little you use, and how well it works, I feel the cost is justified.  Disclaimer

 

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Argan Oil – 100% Pure & USDA Organic Review

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I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about the benefits of argan oil.  I figured it would be another one of the passing trends, but when I kept hearing about it, I wanted to try it for myself.

First of all, it’s always nice to know what the product is and where it comes from.  Argan oil comes from the seeds of the argan tree in Morocco.  It is pressed into an oil, and traditionally has been used in foods and to treat skin problems in that culture.  And I have to tell you something, I think they are on to something.

I have been using the GoPure Argan oil for a few weeks now on my hair.  I was having some real problems with dry hair with split ends.  To use, I just take a quarter size amount in my hand and massage into my hair, I wait about 5-10 min and rinse.  I’ve read that if you leave the oil in loger, the benefits are greater, but I’ve really seen a difference in the amount of time I’ve been using it.

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My Nonna (grandmother), also helped me out with this review.  She has been using the GoPure Argan oil on her hands, arms, and face as like a sort of lotion.  She reports that she has noticed that her skin has not been as dry, and looks and feels more hydrated.

Overall, I think I will keep using the GoPure Argan oil on my hair.  I am really loving how it’s working for my needs.  As for my Nonna.  She loves the Argan oil too, and has been asking me if I can get her some more (hahaha I think she is addicted to it). We both love that it is all natural and free of any dyes and chemicals.

If you are interested in purchasing some GoPure Argan oil, you can find it on it on Amazon (PRIME!!!) or the GoPure Naturals website.  My bottle was sent via Amazon, and I had no problems with it.  The box was very sturdy and arrived right on time.

 

 

I have to apologize.  I have photos of my hair after I started using it, but my computer is pitching a fit tonight.  So, when it decides to act like an adult, I’ll upload the photos. Disclaimer

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KG Baby Amber Teething Necklace

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When Goose was a tiny baby I learned about the AMAZING effects of Baltic amber on pain and inflammation.  I was quick to try it because she was starting to cut teeth, and she needed something to help with the pain. I don’t know if it was a mental fix or if the Baltic amber really helped, but when a few days she was no longer crying in pain or drooling as much as she was.

Baltic Amber NecklaceGoose wore that necklace for the next year and a half.  Only taking it off to bathe and then when I took her to the doctor (I’ll admit it, I was trying to avoid a fight with her doctor about the effectiveness of the necklace).

In case you don’t know how Baltic Amber works, Here is the best article I’ve seen recently about everything Baltic Amber.

Baltic Amber NecklaceSo, recently Goose started complaining about growing pains.  She would tell me that her legs or knees hurt.  I remember that from when I was little, and I remember how uncomfortable it was. I instantly reached for our old trusty Baltic amber necklace, only it was no where to be found.  I don’t know if it got lost in the move or if maybe its still in a box somewhere, but it was obvious I was going to have get a new one.

KG Baby was kind enough to let me review one of their Baltic Amber Teething necklaces, and I honestly really like this Baltic Amber necklace better.  The beads of Baltic amber are bigger, which makes me believe that Goose is getting more skin contact with them.  I also like that each bead is knotted twice.  This keeps 1) the beads from going everywhere if broken, and 2) keeps the necklace from becoming as much of a choking hazard.

Baltic Amber NecklaceThe clasp itself is something very special.  The clasp is a screw clasp, so babies cannot undo the necklace and chew on the beads.

So far, the KG Baby Baltic Amber necklace seems to be really helping Goose and her growing pains.  I know that she hasn’t been complaining as much about her leg hurting, well, not until it’s time to pick up her toys or help with her chores.

If you would like to purchase a KG Baby Baltic Amber necklace, you can do so on their website or on Amazon (PRIME!!!).  The current price is $15, and I have to admit that is a TON less than what I paid for Goose’s first baltic amber necklace.

There are two different sizes you can get the Baltic Amber necklaces in on Amazon.  I got the 12″, and it fits Goose very well, and she is 4 years old. Also, if you go on KG Baby’s website, you can choose between a multi colored stand and a honey colored strand.  Both are very pretty.

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Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag

 

One thing you learn soon after you have a baby is, for as little of a person they are, they really require a lot of crap when you leave the house.  I was honestly very surprised how much stuff we had to take with us when we took Goose anywhere, and she was a breastfed baby!  I couldn’t imagine having to cart around formula, bottles, and water for formula fed babies.

I absolutely hated our diaper bag too.  It was so hard to find anything in.  The bag was deep, but really narrow. When Goose was about 3 months old, I ditched that one, and carried the backpack I used in high school.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

Recently, I got to try the Cranberry Baby diaper bag.  I really do wish I had known about these diaper bags when Goose was born.  I love this bag.

First of all, I love that the bag comes with 4 pieces.  You have the main big bag, two smaller bags that could be used for a wet/dry bag or bottles.  You also have the changing pad. When Goose was a baby, I didn’t use a changing pad, just a blanket, only because I hated trying to pull the changing pad out and then trying to put it back in.  This one is a lot nicer than the one I had, and I think I would use this one.

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Another thing I like on the Cranberry Baby diaper bag is the fact you have 8 pockets and two zipper pockets to hold all of the baby stuff.  The main compartment has a zipper too which is really nice, but I’ve not used it since I’ve been using this bag.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

When you have a baby, it really matters how much stuff you can take with you.  In the Cranberry Baby diaper bag, I was able to put the following: 3 onsies NB pjs, 3 pairs of NB pans, 4 NB shirts, 9 hemp/microfiber diaper inserts, 4 prefolds, 4 cloth diapers, and ring sling. Plus the bags and changing pad that came with the diaper bag.  I was very impressed.  I probably could have fit more too if I had organized it a little better.

Overall, I have loved carrying this bag.  I have loved the super cute leopard print and leather accents.  I’ve actually been using it as a computer case to carry my 13″ laptop. It has worked great, and I have places inside the bag for the power cord and all the accessories.

If you would like to purchase your very own Cranberry Baby diaper bag, you can find them on Amazon.  The current price is $34 (PRIME!!!), which I think is less than what we paid for the crapy one that we had when Goose was born, and I like the Cranberry Baby one a ton better.

 

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Blupure Countertop Water Filter Review

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There has been a lot of press recently about how dirty tap water is, and it has a lot of people scared.  We have been using water filters for years, but I know I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it.  I’ve always kind of wondered about the things that are in water filters, or what might be left over once it goes through the filter. What drew me into the BluPure filter was two things;1) It is ecofriendly and 2) there were 13 stages in this filtration system.

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The 13 stage filtration consists of the following filters:

  1. 5-micron filter pad
  2. KDF-55
  3. 5-micron filter pad
  4. catalytic carbon
  5. 5-micron filter pad
  6. G.A.C. (granular active carbon)
  7. 5-micron filter pad
  8. ion exchange resin (I.O.R.)
  9. 5-micron filter pad
  10. zeolite natural rock
  11. 5-micron filter pad
  12. calcite
  13. 0.5-micron carbon block


There are a ton of steps that water has to go through just to end up in your glass.  Almost everything that might have been in you water should be out by then including:

  • Chlorine
  • Cysts
  • Heavy Metals
    (mercury, iron, lead, etc.)
  • Herbicides
  • VOCs
  • Asbestos
  • Giardia
  • Arsenic
  • Bromide
  • PBCs
  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Radiation Particles
  • Medication Residue
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Pesticides
  • Trihalomethanes
  • Cadmium
  • Petrochemicals
  • Sediment

That is a quite a bit of stuff. The water to me tastes so much cleaner, and it no longer has that chlorine taste. I am going to try to have the water tested soon, to see if a lab can tell the difference between a control sample and a sample of water that went through the filter.  Once I get the results I will post them.

There are a few problems I’ve had with the BluPure filter.  First of all, we have very high water pressure at out house, and that caused the BluPure filter to leak.  The leak was very slow, so I could never find where it came from.  BluPure sent me a replacement part, but before I went and tried to take the filter apart, I decided to try the filter at my mom’s house.  There it worked just fine.  The second issue we had was that since the filter hooks directly to the faucet, the water coming out of the faucet very slow.  That is just more annoying than anything, and I’m not really sure what is causing that issue.

Overall, barring any thing coming up on the lab report, I really do think that BluPure has come up with a very nice product.  I wish that I could use it at my house, however my mom and sister are really enjoying having it.

If you would like to purchase your very own BluPure water filter, you can do so on Amazon.  The current price is $85.95 (PRIME!!) and has 4.9 stars out of 5!  So, if you are looking for a filtration system that will remove almost everything in you water for a reasonable price, this is where you should look.

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Snowy Day Fun Our Preschooler (Plus Review)

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Over the past two weeks, we have had 5 winter storms. Yes, I said five!  Everytime the snow starts to melt a little, a freeze comes and it turns into another layer or ice!  In fact, as I write this post, we are supposed to be getting like another 3-5″ of snow.  That may not sound like a lot to some of you who get feet and feet of snow, but for the south, that is a lot of snow since we are not used to it.

Goose is starting to get a little cabin fever.  Dance has been cancelled, we haven’t been able to see family members like we normally do on the weekends, and she hasn’t been able to see any of her friends.  So, we had to come up with something to do.

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This year is the first year that I felt comfortable with her riding on a sled, and we have a perfect place for her to ride the sled this year. So she took a few ride down the yard on the sled, but soon got tired on it since she (as she says) “couldn’t steer that thing”.

Michael and Nora built a really cute snowman, and I decided to up the cuteness, and put some really great glow sticks that I got from Amazon for the the eyes and mouth.  It was so funny, the people driving down the road got so confused when they came upon it.  We made it so that it wouldn’t be too much of a distraction, but it was noticeable once night fell.

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Another thing we tried was coloring and measuring the snow.  Goose loved that, and I even got a quick fun lesson in on how the color dilutes when you add more snow.  I think she was just having fun coloring snow and slicing through it with the ruler.

We also tried to make snow bricks and a snow castle, but I think our snow was just too dry this time, and the bricks and the castle kept falling apart. It was fun to try though.

Glow Sticks bath time fun

When we came in from playing in the snow, Goose was cold and wet, so she went straight into the bath.  I surprised her by putting a handful of the same glow sticks we used for the snowman in there with her, and turned out the light.  She had so much fun, and she stayed in the bath until the water went cold!

The past few days, she has had some fun but we are looking forward to being able to drive around town again and seeing all of her dance friends.  I love the snow, but I think spring would be welcome too at this point.

If you are wondering where I got all of those glow sticks, well like I said, I got them on Amazon.  The company that sells them sent them to me to review, but honestly, they were a great price (about 13¢ a stick), and probably would have bought them anyway. The glow sticks are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant.  They come in a pack of 100 8″ long sticks, and have the connectors so that you can make bracelets, necklaces, glasses, or whatever your imagination can come up with. They are a one time use type thing, so I do feel wasteful using them a lot since they can’t be recycled.  So I limit the amount that Gosse uses (other than the bath I guess) so we can cut back on that waste, sort of a compromise.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings for the snow, and if we can come up with some more fun activities for it. Disclaimer

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FulcrumGallery.com Review

FulcrumGallery.com reviewOn of my favorite pass times is capturing Goose’s childhood through photos. I have personally taken THOUSANDS of pictures of her.  I have so many now that I’ve started to search for ways of displaying a select few in actual print.

A few months ago, I was contacted by FulcrumGallery.com about doing a review. I immediately went to their site to see what kinds of things they do.  I saw some of the most beautiful prints of paintings and photos.  Normally, those are not really my thing, and I was about to decline, but then I saw that they would do custom photo prints!!!  I was extremely excited.

So I set off to deciding which picture I wanted from the THOUSANDS of photos I have of Goose.  Let me tell you it was not an easy decision!

Baby Marohn's photoThere were so many choices to make.  First I had to decide which photo I wanted. I decided on a picture I took of Goose using my Samsung point and shoot camera.  I figured it would show me how good a quality the print is when it gets here since this camera is far from anything fancy.

Then I had to choose what style I wanted.

FulcrumGallery.com has plain canvas prints with not a lot of other options.

Museum wrap canvas with quite a few choices to make

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Gallery wrap canvas with only a couple of options

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Framed Canvas with lots and lots of frame styles to choose from

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That’s not including all the mat and glazing options you can choose from.

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So after a few hours (yes I am one of those indecisive people who spend hours trying to make one decision that should be super simple…you should see how long it actually takes me to write one blog post haha). I decided on the 20.88 x 16.88 inches Framed Photo Print, Tuscan Rustic Walnut frame, Top Mat Haze, and Non-Glare Acrylic Plexiglass.

When I got my tracking number, I was doing my own little happy dance.  I checked the number severl times a day to see where my package was. It was so frustrating to have to wait.  This is where I have to say I was very disappointed, not in FulcrumGallery.com, but in UPS and USPS.  The package was sent “Smart Post” so once it arrived in my city, it was transfered to my local post office for delivery.  Somewhere between UPS and USPS, my beautiful photo was misplaced!! I was so upset.  FulcrumGallery.com made it right though.  I was impressed with their customer service reps, and how quickly they responded to my emails about the shipping.  In no time, another print was on it’s way to my house.

Last week, my framed photo print finally made it’s appearance.  It was obvious that FulcrumGallery.com takes pride in their work. My order was packaged perfectly and safely.  It actually took quite a bit of effort for Goose and I to unpackage it.  It was like Christmas morning for Goose and I, we could not get the print out fast enough.

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Upon getting all the packing material off I was very very impressed with how close to what I ordered my actual print was. The only noticeable difference to me was the color of the mat. The mat on what I ordered was a tad bit darker, but again that may just be my computer screen resolution. I am very happy with the matting, and it turns out to be the perfect color.

Fulcrum Gallery Frame reviewI am very impressed with FulcrumGallery.com’s work. The frame is beautiful.  To me, it is very obvious that this is NOT a cheap frame.  It is a nice thick piece, and feels very solid.

Fulcrum Gallery ReviewWhen I turned over the print, I noticed that even the custom framers stand behind behind their work by signing the back of each framed print they do.  Out of all the prints I’ve had made, this is the first time I’ve seen the framers stand behind their work.

fulcrum galleryI have to say that I was very worried about how clear the photo itself would be.  Like I said before, I just used a regular point and shoot camera.  It is 14 megapixels, but that in no way put my mind at ease. If you look really really close, you can kind of see that the image is not 100% clear, but truthfully, no one is going to be looking that close to that photo.  If I had used a DSLR or a more professional camera, I would have expected more.  However, that was not the case, and the photo quality is really what I expected.

Overall, I am very impressed with FulcrumGallery.com’s work and professionalism.  I was very happy that I was able to experience their customer service first hand, because they were just plain awesome.  I will be proud to display their work in my home for years to come.

If you would like to purchase your very own custom print from FulcrumGallery.com, head on over to http://www.fulcrumgallery.com.  They have high quality designs that would fit in anyone’s home. The framed photo I received would have cost around $60, but believe me, when I say I am not a bit disappointed in the craftsmanship.

FulcrumGallery.com is also on the following social networks if you would like to connect with them:

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Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System Review

Dr Hanas Nasopure Nasal Wash System ReviewOver the years I’ve avoided neti pots like the plague.  I always thought they looked very uncomfortable and very unsanitary. So a few weeks ago when I got a horrible cold I was so thankful that Nasopure had sent me the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System free to review.

Dr. Hana's Nasopure Nasal Wash System

That little squirt bottle, became my best friend for like a week, and it was so easy to use too.  The pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride that comes with the bottle is pre measured so that you don’t have to worry about putting too much or too little.  You just open the little pack, add water, mix and use.

Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System let you control the pressure that the water comes out, so you don’t have to twist your head in an uncomfortable position use it.  You can hold your head at a very natural position

When using Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System, there is no need worrying about added dyes, perfumes, or chemicals.  They use all natural pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate in their pre measured packets. Also, the bottle is made out of 100% recyclable BPA free plastic.

The squirt bottle is very easy to wash, too.  Just put it in the dishwasher or wash with warm soapy water and rinse well. So easy!!

Here is a list of the common health problems that the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System may be able to help:

  • Allergies
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sinus Issues
  • Ear dysfunction
  • sore throat
  • coughs
  • post nasal drip
  • asthma
  • snoring
  • decreased sense of smell/taste
  • exposure to pollution

Out of all the things that the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System can help, the thing I like best is not how the product works, but how it is made and where.  The Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System is made here in the good ole’ USA by adults that have disabilities.

Overall, I loved my Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System.  It was so easy to use and clean, and I only felt really uncomfortable the very first time I used it only because I had no clue what I was doing and what to expect.

If you think you are ready to purchase your very own Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System, you can do so on their website http://www.nasopure.com/.  The complete system cost about $20 (plus shipping), but if you are not ready for the complete system, you can pick up the sample kit (which is what I got) for $15 (plus shipping).

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Premium Silicone Heat Resistant Gloves

Premium Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling BBQ Baking Gloves

I recently received a pair of AYL premium silicone heat resistant gloves to review.

Here is a note from the manufacture:

You should know what separates us from the competition, its simple really:

– The Most Popular Silicone Cooking And Grilling Gloves Available!
– Heat Resistant For Temperatures Up To 425 Degrees Fahrenheit
– 100% Waterproof, Covers Your Wrist, Keeps Hands Safe and Dry
– Lightweight, Flexible, No Slip Grip Design To Allow Safe Movement Of Hot Items, Easily Grab Carved Hot Juicy Meats
– No Staining or Smell: Even After Long Term Use
– Dishwasher Safe, Easy to Clean
– BPA-Free
– FDA Approved
– 1 Size Fits All

This is the second pair of silicone heat resistant gloves that we have used. The best part about the AYL silicone gloves is how heat resistance they are. You take hold things that are hotter and for a longer duration than a cloth glove. They also have a nice texture so that it is easier to grab hold and hold onto things. Since it is silicone you don’t have to worry about hot water seeping in through the gloves or getting them stained. Most of the time if you get any thing on them you can just run them under some water. Another thing that we have noticed is that the silicone gloves do not wear as easily so you don’t have to worry about getting holes.

These AYL silicone gloves do work great for BBQ as well, I like that they are water proof so that if you set them down you don’t have worry about them absorbing water. Another advantage of silicone is that they don’t stay hot after handling hot items. With a lot of thicker cloth gloves they usually end up having wet spots or variations in the heat resistance. Since you don’t wash silicone gloves like cloth gloves you don’t have to worry about the fabric getting bunched up in different places.

If you have never owned a pair of silicone gloves, and you enjoy cooking you should do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of AYL silicone gloves on Amazon (Currently $19.99)or from a local retailer. They cost a little bit more than cloth gloves, but last a lot longer and are much more enjoyable.

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ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Review

ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Review

 

A few weeks ago Goose had a dance recital.  That meant tons of hair accessories, make up, jewelry, and so much more. If it had not had been for the ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote, I don’t know what we would have done.

One thing you learn in dance is always plan for the unexpected, and always bring extra stuff. So that is what we did.  In the may outside pockets of this tote, I put hair stuff and make up; hair spray, gel, ponytail holders, bobby pins, eye shadow, blush, and lipstick (she’s three so I don’t go crazy with the makeup). On the inside, we put a first aid kit, a small sewing kit, and baby wipes.

In the end, I was so glad I had brought the ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote. It held everything I needed, and every girl in our dance ended up needing something for my tote. The mesh made it very easy to find stuff, and I wasn’t worried about the tote getting dirty, since it’s made for the shower, I knew I could wash it if anything happened and it got dirty.

Overall, I loved my ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote.  Even though I didn’t use it for the shower, I would definitely recommend the tote for those who live in dorms or if you have kids that are planning on going to an overnight camp.  I know, from being a child who spent many weeks at Christian camp, that this tote would have been excellent for the showers since you have to cart everything back and forth from your room to the bathroom.

If you are interested in purchasing a ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote of your very own, you can do so on Amazon.  As of right now (1/3/14) they are around $9 PRIME, and it is well worth it if you ask me.

 

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