Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Main Reason He's Happy Brother Goes to School

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bobee "You are my Sunshine" Wall Decal Review

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I recently started the process of giving my boys room a makeover. I have used wall decals previously
 and was excited to have the opportunity to review Bobee's wall decal, which is perfect for Devin's room!
Read ahead to learn more about Bobee and their wall decals, and see why I love mine!



About Bobee:

Bobee might be better known for their Award Winning Diaper and Wipe Dispenser (seen above). Bobee also offers cute decals in a variety of colors that help give a finishing touch in your child's bedroom.

You are my Sunshine Wall Decal
Do you sing lullabies to you baby?
You are My Sunshine is one of the most popular lullabies we sing to our children.
Bobee wall decals are fun way to decorate your baby's room.  They are made in USA, come on matte black vinyl that is easy to install and guaranteed to easily remove without residue for 2 years after installation.
If you live in an apartment or love changing your room decor, vinyl decals are a perfect decorating tool for you.
You are My Sunshine measures 23" wide and 7" tall. The words can be cut and arranged in different layouts.




My Review:

It's been a year since we moved in our current home. I was slow to start "nesting" here with the painting and decorating since our youngest was only a few months old at the time. Now that I have finished painting and decorating the downstairs, I have been in the process of giving the boy's room makeovers. I chose a light green color for Devin's room since it goes with his bedding. Knowing that I would be adding decals I used flat paint, which helps the decals stick and last longer.
I was so happy to receive the "You are my Sunshine" decal, since it is one of the songs that I sing to Devin when rocking him in his rocking chair. It arrived quickly in the mail, packaged nicely in a tube so it wouldn't get damaged. After waiting a few days to be sure the paint was set, I chose a location to put the decal. I chose above the dresser near the rocking chair since that is where I sing to him. 
I gave the decal a little rub along the edge of the dresser to help it stick to the transfer paper. Next I peeled off the backing paper. It is important to do this carefully and slowly, sometimes certain parts might still be stuck to the backing paper. If this happens I just push the papers back together at that spot and peel apart again which works.  :)   
I then placed the wording in the desired location on the wall. Even though the decals are sticky I added a couple of pieces of tape just to make sure that it wouldn't move during the next step. I know there are "tools" some use to transfer the decal to the wall, I have always used the plastic handles to my favorite scissors. They are long and flat, and work great! Be sure to rub over each letter, paying close attention to any skinny or thin area of the lettering. When finished, carefully start at one end and slowly pull away. (If you discover a spot that you missed and isn't sticking to the wall, lay the paper back down and rub again.) It's so easy to do and gives a beautiful touch!


Conclusion:
I absolutely love this decal! It's something small and simple but gives such a big look. I love the contrast with the green walls. I think this would look beautiful on other colored walls- even white.  Bobee also offers other decals, including whales which I will be using in Steven's room this next week.  :)  Have you been wanting to add some fun to your little one's bedroom? Give wall decals a try, easy to use and easy to remove with such a beautiful look!





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Forest Fires

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Work in Progress: Huggable Unicorn

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In between orders I have been working on some new designs, this being one of them. I still have a few things I want to change and add, one of them being wings. I also wanted to try creating 3d style hair, instead of the cut strips of fabric like this gal is wearing. I have a few small unicorns I'm trying out these ideas with (around a foot tall), once I'm happy with the results I'll create a little bit larger plush and have the pattern up for sale.

What do you think of this sample?




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream Review

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I recently had the opportunity to give Body Merry's Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream a try. 
I might be built on the lean side, but after having my sons I have certain areas on my 
body that I wish looked better. Read along to learn more about this gel-cream 
and see how it worked for me!



About Body Merry's Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream:

Combat cellulite with our unique Caffeine + Retinol + Seaweed formula. This gel-cream has a strong caffeine content with the optimum level of retinol (0.4%), as recommended by experts. For good measure, we've also added potent natural and organic ingredients such as algae extract, kelp, coconut oil, Japanese green tea leaf extract and cayenne. Like all our products, it is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
The gel-cream consistency is designed to spread over large areas and it absorbs quickly into your skin. The cream is infused with a refreshing 100% natural ‘mint - green tea - lime’ fragrance, that barely leaves a trace once fully absorbed.
In a nutshell, Body Merry’s Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream is your ticket to visibly reducing the appearance of unwanted bumps and lumps and getting skin that feels and looks tighter, smoother and younger!




My Review:

I will start out by saying I am blessed to have my father's genes and have a nice lean build. However, after having my boys, I like most women wish certain areas looked better. One of these areas is my rear.  :) I wish the skin where the bottom meets the thigh was a little smoother and didn't look so 'dimpled'. I was happy to give the Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream a try and see if it could help tighten up my skin.
The product has a very silky texture, and spread very easily. (A little goes a long way!) My fingers even felt softer after applying the product. It is recommended that you apply this gel-cream twice a day, morning and night. When first applying it, I thought the scent was similar to a lemon-grass kind of scent. I liked it. My first application was done before I went to bed for the night. A short time after applying it, I felt a cool tingly sensation, similar to the feeling you get after applying vicks vapor rub - nothing uncomfortable.
When I woke in the morning, I noticed the scent had become stronger. To me at this point it reminded me of my husbands shaving gel- a strong eucalyptus scent. I didn't really care for it, which is just my honest and personal opinion. I have a strong sense of smell, so I like to stick to softer scents. I kept with the morning and night routine and after 1 week, I noticed that the skin was appearing smoother. Forgive me for not posting before and after pictures. With the area being my behind I'm sure you can understand why!  :)  After two weeks of using the product, my skin was definitely looking and feeling firmer/tighter. It works! I'm going to try it on a couple of other spots to see if it helps tighten the skin there too.

Conclusion:
This gel-cream does work. I saw results showing in a week, which were more noticeable after two weeks. For me personally, the only downside was the scent. A little strong for my liking. It is all natural and organic- so you can't argue with that. Another positive thing is that it is not tested on animals and is cruelty free!
I'd say give it a try if you have certain areas of your body that you would like to firm and tighten. My bum is feeling happier, :)  and I'm more confident wearing my bikini at the beach. Body Merry's products are backed with a 90 day 100%  satisfaction guarantee, so what have you got to lose?

You can find Body Merry's Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream here!




I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.





Friday, October 10, 2014

Giveaway! - Indian Journals

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It's time for another giveaway!
This giveaway is from Indian Journals who is giving
away a "Medium Plus - Ruled" Journal. Earlier this week
I posted a review for a journal I received from
Indian Journals, you can read it here.
Read ahead to learn more about this talented crafter,
and see how to enter for your chance to win!
This giveaway is open Worldwide!


Indian Journals present One of a kind hand made journals using Up-Cycled Patchwork Embroidered Sari's, Brocade Saree Fabrics and Indian Art Screens using with Eco-friendly materials such as Recycled Handmade Paper. Each journal is a piece of art, special and unique in its appearance and ready to ship.





When did you first get into crafting?
I started crafting as a child but my interest grew more during my teens. I would typically be interested in paper, glitter, packaging, re-using, artistic design , poster making what we call today as communication design. My journey on Etsy began before my marriage, in 2009. At that time, my Etsy shop was an extension of my existing organic cotton fabrics and garments business and was originally named Adya International, like my off-Etsy business. As time passed, and my interest in eco, organic, recycled, earth-friendly products grew, I slowly forayed into paper products made from recycled and handmade paper. I also started to show keen interest in re-using and upcycling leftover fabrics into creations of usable art. The journals were a natural by-product of this idea.


Can you remember the first item you listed?
Yes clearly. It was a soap! Not at all close to what I do today – at that time I was a lot into making soaps and that was one of the first things I listed and the first things that sold ! Etsy was very new to me and I was such a novice (not that I can call myself a pro even today). I would constantly check the listings literally 20 times a day till the first sale happened !

Do you have a favorite piece/item to create?
I personally LOVE the elephant design. I love the animals and I feel that they carry immense positivity, fortune, compassion and good luck. I also love mixing and matching remnants of sari's , cushion covers, dupatta's, edges of embroidered fabric and looking how beautiful and distinctive each sari cover can emerge. The best part is that everything coordinates with each other. We as Indians are not afraid to use color – any amount is OK – and that truly reflects in my creations.



Do any of your items have a story behind them?
All my journals are blank but they speak volumes. I lay the out and people will say “wow”, “where did you get that”,“where can I buy it” and obviously – “that’s beautiful”. All of these heart-warming comments cannot come from just a non-living product – so yes all of my journals are living beings with stories behind them – of how they were made , or which song was I listening to, what cover do they have. Take this journal to the right for instance-
This miniature painting is based on the story of "Dhola and Maru".The Dhola Maru story is deeply rooted in folklore and oral traditions. This is a love story of Narwar prince Dhola and Poogal princess Maru. I visualise this journal being used by couple who like to journal their moments of love. For girls who like to write about their little crushes and infatuations. For people who believe in true undying love writing quotes or just using this journal for their daily activities and as an inspirational couple cover.



What advice would you give to someone trying to turn their craft into a business?
I am not sure if I am the right person to advice on this since everyday there is a moment for me where I try and come up with another idea and another product development or another promotion strategy. So from someone like me, the only advice from the top of my head would be to constantly innovate, better, and excite yourself. If you love your product - your customers surely would.


Do you have any social media pages?

Facebook –


Any other info you would like to share?

We offer four journal sizes:
Small – 3.5 x 5 inches
Medium – 6 x 4 inches
Medium Plus – 7 x 5 inches
Large – 8 x 6 inches
Extra Large – 9 x 7 inches

Everything in my shop can ship internationally.




Fun Questions to Get to Know You:

What would you chose as your last meal?
“Spinoccoli” from Pizzeria Uno Chicago (Pizzeria Due). I dream of it too !

If you had to paint your entire house one color, 
which would you choose, and why?
Undoubtedly – WHITE. It doesn’t interfere with my thought space and also everything goes well with it – so I can re-decorate and accent my home anyhow and with any color creating a whole new feel. White works as a brilliant canvas.







If you could get a package right now, 
who would it be from and what would be in it?
Would be the box of printed fabric made from Soyabean protein yarn and bamboo yarn for my other shop Eco Fabric Store on Etsy – www.EcoFabricStore.etsy.com

What animal scares you the most?
The entire creepy crawlies kingdom. I have a bone to pick with God!

What helps you clear your mind?
Being quiet. The quiet then transcends from the outside to the inside and the mind slowly detangles.













Winner will receive a Medium Plus - Ruled Journal 
of their choice from Indian Journals!


This giveaway is open Worldwide!




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