Monday, January 19, 2015

Dylan's Giraffe

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I recently took another break from sewing Hobbes to make this cute blue fellow for my baby nephew, Dylan. 
After his birth I learned that my son Devin and him almost had the same first and middle name- but I decided on Devin. They do have the same middle name though. :)  My Sister in Law is a big fan of giraffes, so I wanted to make one to send their way.
This giraffe is made with three different shades of blue fleece, light, medium, and dark blue. I embroidered my nephew's name on one of the spots over the hip. I hope it makes him smile once it arrives and he grows to love his new little friend!



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine's Wine Label Set Review + Giveaway

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I recently had the opportunity to receive some Valentine's Day Wine Labels from iCustomLabel to review. I have a sister-in-law here on the island who loves wine and introduced me to some delicious sweet wine from one of her favorite brands, I knew these would make a perfect gift for her and her husband come Valentine's Day.
Read ahead to learn more about iCustomLabels, read my review, and see how to enter to win some of your own!





About iCustomLabel:
Here at iCustomLabel, fun and entertainment is taken seriously and we do our best to provide a service that can instantly liven up any special celebration. People enjoy celebrating almost any occasion as it helps to ensure that the moment will live long in our memory. Life is too short not to enjoy every moment you can, which is why celebrating seems to be a natural part of life. We can help you to create personalized and unique labels to use at any occasion, giving you the ability to make your next special occasion unlike any other. 

iCustomLabel sets the standard for Personalized Wine Labels. We use a professional series digital press, which allows us to produce a very high quality label. If you're looking for that missing "it factor" for your wedding, birthday party or use it as a promoting tool for your business or event.  We thrive to provide a one of a kind chic and elegant label suited for any occasion. 
Label Dimensions: 3.5" x 5" Material: Glossy Polypropylene - 100% WATERPROOF 





My Review:
After moving to Hawaii I was able to meet my Brother and Sister in law (he is also military and stationed here).
They are both wonderful and fun people to visit with. My Sister in law introduced me to one of her favorite wine brands one night we got together for dinner. She, like me, is a sissy when it comes to alcohol and prefers the sweet flavors. "Sissy" drinks as our Hubbys would say... but that's okay.  :)
When I saw the opportunity to review iCustomLabel's Valentine's Wine Labels, I immediately thought of her and how these would be a wonderful gift for Valentines. iCustomLabels sent these labels quickly and packaged in a padded envelope to prevent damage during shipping. I received 3 labels to review; "Eat Drink Love. Valentine's Wine 2015", "Who needs love when you have bacon!!", and "Happy Valentine's Day". When the labels arrived, iCustomLabel also sent a paper that shows images of the style of bottle they recommend to use their labels with.
It is recommended that you use bottles that are tall and thin for these labels, that way they fit properly. When going out to shop for bottles that would match each label's color scheme, I tried to match the recommended shape as best as I could. As you can see from the photo below, the dark pink bottle isn't as long as the other two and starts to curve, which causes the label to crinkle at top. It still looks wonderful I think, and matches the color perfectly!


Conclusion:
I'm excited to give these as a Valentine's Day gift! These labels are something so simple that add such personality to the bottles. iCustomLabel also offers personalized and custom labels where you can add your own images and text, how wonderful is that?  iCustomLabel doesn't stop there, they also offer a variety of labels, from water bottle labels, to cigars and candles- as well as gift tags! I think their candy labels would be a cute idea for Valentine's candy for my son's class this year. Browsing through their site I get a lot of creative ideas!  :)
I think these labels are an excellent idea to add fun to wine bottles, and only take a second to do. Just peel and stick, and your bottle has a unique look which will be sure to bring a smile!

If you would like to view more of iCustomLabels Valentine's Wine Labels, 
you can find them by clicking here!



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iCustomLabels is offering 3 Wine Labels to one lucky reader!
You can enter to win by using the rafflecopter form below.
This giveaway is open worldwide.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bathroom Break

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Liztek Bluetooth Music Receiver Review

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I recently had the opportunity to review a Bluetooth Music Receiver from Liztek.
When Hubby saw it, he wanted to be the one to give it a try- this is his first review!
Read ahead to learn more about Liztek's Bluetooth Music Receiver, and see Hubby's review.



About Liztek's Bluetooth Music Receiver:
Liztek Bluetooth music receiver is highly cost-effective wireless stereo audio receiver. You can listen to music from your mobile phone without the cables. It is designed for home AV systems, home stereos, headphones, automobile or motorcycle speakers, boats, RVS and more. Simple operation, normal speaker become hands-free Bluetooth speaker magically, portable for vehicle mounted systems.
  Superior wireless performance; Transmit up to 33 feet away with line of sight
    Plug the receiver into any A/V receiver, stereo system, or speaker through standard 3.5 mm jack
    Play music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-capable smartphone, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android.







Hubby's Review:
Liztek AR01 Bluetooth receiver was to my surprise an incredible addition to my audio devices. I love to work in my garage, whether it is on my truck, building something, or just organizing things, I love to listen to music while I work. It can be a real pain to have to try and stay connected to my music while I am walking from place to place or going in and out of the garage. With the Liztek AR01, I am able to listen to my music or pod casts while also being able to wander inside and eat a snack or grab more supplies from outside. 

The device has several features that I found to be useful, the rechargeable battery lasts just about 5 hours and doesn't take much longer than 2 hours to charge back up, though I usually just grab it back up after an hour. It was really easy to pair up with my iPhone and my computer, the range was somewhere around 30 feet which I found to be more than enough and also worked through my garage wall and into my kitchen. While outside I did notice that if I got out of view far enough away it would fade out on me, but once back within sight it kicked right back up. It is very light weight and uncumbersome and so very easy to use with red and blue led lights. 

The Liztek AR01 was well packaged and came with a male/male connector, a USB charging cable and an instruction packet. The instructions are easy to follow and make linking up your device so much easier as it has a thorough walk-through of how to pair your Liztek AR01 receiver with your iPhone, android, iPad or home stereo. 

I'd reccomend the Liztek Bluetooth Music Receiver to anyone who enjoys taking their music on the go like I do.


If you would like to learn more about Liztek's Bluetooth Music Receiver,







Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Polka Dot Fish

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These days I find myself mainly sewing Hobbes, so it's always nice to get an order 
for something other than him.  :)   Last week I received an order for a little boy who 
wanted "a polka dot fish" for his birthday. I found this adorable pattern online on Birch 
Fabrics' Blog. You can take a look by clicking here! This soft little fish was made with 
3 different fabrics. A minky fabric was used for the main body, then a dark blue fleece 
for the tail, and a light yellow fleece for the top/bottom and side fins.
His size is about 12 inches in length as asked by the mother. The perfect size to hug 
and carry around for little hands! I hope the birthday boy loves his new little friend.  :)




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

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If you have read my past reviews, you will know I am a big fan of InstaNatural.
When I had the opportunity to review another one of their products, the Dead Sea Mud Mask-
I was more than happy to give it a try. Read ahead to learn more about this product, and to see how it worked for me!



About Dead Sea Mud Mask:
Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium.
Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains.
Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin. 

*100% Natural / Best Value - Our Dead Sea Mud Mask is made from PURE Dead Sea mud to ensure the highest-quality product. Our formula is all-natural and arrives in a huge 16 oz. jar to deliver premium value.
*Apply on the Body - Our mask also includes a nourishing blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula Oil, and Hickory Bark Extract that provides unsurpassed moisture to soothe dry and irritated skin. Men, women and teens with skin issues can seek help by using this natural remedy.
*Great for Acne & Blemishes - This detoxifier and purifier comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea, which is known to contain many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium and bromine. These elements work to extract excess oil & dirt from the skin and purge blemishes.
*Manufacturer Guarantee - InstaNatural is proud to back their products with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, no matter where you buy our products. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, please contact us for a refund - no questions asked.
*Age-Defying Benefits - Using this facial mask once a week also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Applying the mask will improve your skin so you can achieve a more even skin tone and smoother complexion.






My Review:
Before receiving this product to review, I already had a positive opinion about the InstaNatural brand. All- and truly all of their products are wonderful and gentle on the skin because they are made with 100% natural and quality ingredients. You really do get your moneys worth when purchasing items from their brand.
I have used a few different clay masks in the past for my skin, but have yet to try a mud mask. InstaNatural's Dead Sea Mud Mask arrived quickly and packaged well to prevent damage. I noticed as soon as I opened the container, that unlike clay masks I have used in the past, this mask had a thinner texture. I was curious how well it would work with a thinner texture than what I was used to. It worked pretty well! The Dead Sea Mud Mask was easy to spread over my face. The mud mask had no scent to it at all, which was nice. The container states that it will take up to 15 minutes to dry- which is true. I noticed that it also depends on how thick you apply the mask. Areas that had a thinner amount, such as my forehead, dried quicker than areas around my nose.
The mud mask will lighten as it dries, and you will notice a tightening feeling on the areas applied. I like to apply about 15 minutes before I am going to shower, that way I can rinse it off while I wash up. The times that I have rinsed off at the sink, I like to use a warm washcloth to wash it off quicker. Some areas take longer for me to rinse off- again, the areas around my nose. Right after the first use I could see that areas with large pores looked slightly smaller in size. My skin did feel a little tight and itchy (I have sensitive skin) though after applying a moisturizer I felt refreshed.
I continued using this product for twice a week, as I did with previous masks. For me personally, to do more dries out my skin. This routine has helped me shrink my pores and also reduces irritation and inflammation I have.

Conclusion:
I would definitely recommend this product for anyone dealing with irritated, inflamed, large pores or acne prone skin. These were the reasons I wanted to try this product, and it benefited me. InstaNatural has many wonderful skin care products that are all made with 100% natural ingredients. They also are a cruelty free company (which I love), and offer a satisfaction guarantee on all of their products- no questions asked. You can feel confident giving InstaNatural a try, check out their amazing and beneficial product line!


If you would like to learn more about InstaNatural's Dead Sea Mud Mask, you can find it on Amazon here.




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