Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shandali Microfiber Travel Towel Review

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A few weeks ago I was sent a microfiber travel towel from Shandali to review. 
I have heard quite a few things about microfiber towels, but haven't had the chance to try one yet.

About Shandali Microfiber Travel Towel:
* #1 Rated Travel Towel - MICROFIBER - Guarantee Bleed Free - Includes Hook
* NEW AND EXCLUSIVE TO AMAZON: Lighten your load and stay dry all day long with new and advanced microfiber lightweight material
* ULTRA-ABSORBENT & QUICK-DRYING: Support your active lifestyle with a towel that absorbs wetness and drys 10x as fast as a cotton towel
* TRAVEL | SPORT | CAMPING | BEACH: Shandali UltraSport Travel Towel is multi-purpose towel that allows you to use the same great towel in multiple places. Enjoy it during a relaxing day at the beach, a kick-*** workout at the gym, or while you're camping out on a kayaking trip
* 100% MICROFIBER MATERIAL: Soft on your skin, super-durable, and extra-compact so you hardly notice it's in your bag. Take it backpacking and keep your load light
* HASSLE-FREE MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE: If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied, within 30 days, please return your Shandali UltraSport for a no-questions asked, full refund

My Review:
As I mentioned above, I haven't had the opportunity to try a microfiber towel before. I've heard people mention how light weight and absorbent they are. I was very interested in giving one a try.
Shandali offers two sizes of microfiber travel towels, a medium size at 24" x 48" and a small size at 20" x 40". Along with size options, they also offer the travel towel in three different colors- Morning Sky, Pebble and Stone, and River Blue. I decided on the River Blue color, and the medium size.
Delivery was very quick. When I opened the package I was amazed at how lightweight this towel really is. It is pretty flat, so if you are use to big fluffy towels it will be an adjustment for you like it was for me. This towel might be thin and light weight, but man can it soak and hold water! I first tried it out when showering. I typically use two towels when drying off. I automatically wrap my hair in one, and dry my body with another. This microfiber towel dries so quickly, with one swipe over my skin I'm dry! I can quickly dry off and wrap my hair in just a minute. Another benefit I noticed with using this towel to wrap and dry my hair, is less frizz. When using a cotton towel even after having it wrapped, I still need to squeeze or rub to get more water out. My hair is thick and naturally wavy/curly, so I like to avoid as much frizz as I can.  :)   With this towel I can wrap my hair and have most of the water absorbed by the time I am ready to unwrap it after getting dressed. With just a little squeeze, I can get the last bit of water out without needing the extra friction. (This is after drying my body too!)
The towel dries quickly after hanging it over the shower curtain. It also comes with a loop to hang on a hook which is a great feature. I also later took this towel with me to the beach. Bringing a microfiber towel instead of a beach and/or cotton towel saves A LOT of space, you have extra room to pack more without the bulk. Another plus? Sand didn't stick to it! (I hate drying off feeling the grainy sand rubbing on my body when it gets all over cotton towels...)

I was very impressed with the quality, durability, and absorbency of this microfiber towel. Like I mentioned, it was a little adjustment switching from a fluffy cotton towel to the microfiber towel, but I'm hooked now- especially with drying my hair! This towel is not only great for home use, but beach use. I can only imagine that my Hubby will steal it for the gym once he gets home from deployment.  :)
You can find this towel exclusively on Amazon. They are normally $34.95 - $39.95 (depending on size) but are ON SALE right now for $14.95 - $19.95. If you have been wanting to try out a microfiber towel like I was, I would take opportunity of this deal! 

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

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Giveaway! - Paper Plaza

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It's time for another giveaway!
This giveaway is from Paper Plaza, who is giving away a 
Handmade Card of Winner's Choice!
Earlier this week I posted a review for a card I received 
from Paper Plaza, 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!

"Born with a love for all things Paper. Also developed a 
keen sense of environment conservation since a very young age. 
Paper Plaza is all things Paper with a touch of India and personal style."

When did you first get into crafting?
Got into crafting as a kid 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.

Can you remember the first item you listed in your shop?
The first item listed at Paper Plaza were little handmade note cards. They sold very quickly !

Do you have a favorite piece/item to create?
At Paper Plaza, I love sourcing these wonderful Indian envelopes with lot of character. I make sure that they are of great quality. People use them as note card holders , gifting sets, envelope systems etc.

Do any of your items have a story behind them?
The handmade mini cards surely carry a lot of emotion and "cute" with them. The whole idea of creating something so small and cue is awesome. Each card is a piece of art, special and unique in its appearance and RTS ready to ship.

What advice would you give to someone trying to turn their craft into a business?
I would always say to broaden their horizons, and keep "bettering" themselves.

Do you have any social media pages?

Any other info you would like to share?
All products are priced absolutely reasonably. Whats more - they all ship free with another item!

Fun Questions to Get to Know You:

Do you have any tattoos?
None at all !

What is your favorite flower?
The Indian Rose - its different from the usual rose we see. Its slightly lighter in color , smaller in size and more open in structure. And the smell - oh my god ! Its addictive !!

How many siblings do you have?
We are the Three Musketeers including myself!

Do you prefer hot or cold weather?
Somewhere in between - split for choice!

What is your favorite thing for breakfast?
Brown Bread with butter. Cheddar if you want to be generous. Not to forget Indian Chai Tea - complete with the milk and masala!

One winner will receive a Handmade Card of their choice 
from this section of Paper Plaza's Etsy shop! 

Click the link and take a look around, Paper Plaza has cards for each occasion! 
Which one will you choose?

This Giveaway is open Worldwide!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

With and Without Kids

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Meet "Robo-Tot"

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After a few delays, I am happy to announce I finally have my robot pattern up and available! If you are interested in making one of your own, you can find it here!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Now on Instagram!

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Huggable Friends is now on Instagram! If you would like to follow me, you can find my profile 
by clicking the link below. You will be able to see more 'work in process' photos, as well as 
some personal photos of my crazy household.  :)

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