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Oriental Trading Company,Thanksgiving Home Decor Review
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Most of you are familiar with the Oriental Trading Company, they are well known for their party decorations and supplies. But, did you know they also sell home decor? I was asked to review some of their lovely home decor for the Thanksgiving holiday. I ordered a three piece set of white wood candle sticks, 3 flameless candles, 2 lanterns ( 2 colors, white or silver) and 2 strings of LED lights. Perfect for creating a Thanksgiving vignette or centerpiece. The tiny string of LED lights can be added in a variety of creative ways they are 33 feet long! Everything arrived just as pictured and packed well. Prices are affordable and they have ongoing sales too. I incorporated several of their products into a variety of Autumn vignettes. You can also use them for Christmas or Hanukkah too. Simply switch out the pumpkins, add some pine floral picks and holiday ornaments and Bob’s your Uncle, a Thanksgiving vignette is now a Christmas vignette or centerpiece. Scatter some of their Autumn leaves for added touch to the vignette or Thanksgiving centerpiece. They also have plenty of favors, crafts and ideas for the the children’s table too.
The candles have a wax texture and are heavy enough to keep from tipping over, they do use batteries, which eliminates having to search for a outlet a on/off switch is on the bottom. The white metal lanterns have some minimal assembly and the glass is packed securely to protect from damage during shipping. Pay close attention when assembling the glass, it is sharp on the edges. The wood lathed candle sticks ( candle holders) are finished well and consistent in color and appearance. Overall a nice selection to decorate for the holidays . Everything comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and you don’t see that very often these days. I liked these products so much I am giving away a set of candle sticks and flame-less candles HERE. You are only limited by your own imagination.
I give them my top rating.
Savisto Luxury 2 Person Wicker Picnic Basket with Full Picnic Set review
Available at Official Website
£35.99 ( $46.52 USD)
I received the Savisto Luxury 2 Person Wicker Picnic Basket with Full Picnic Set for review. The basket arrived quickly and was well packaged. The wicker basket is attractive and true to the photo. The attention to detail is evident in the construction. Leather straps hold essentials in place leaving plenty of room for two cold storage bags. Inside you will find- two insulted bags (frozen ice packs are not included) and an insulated wine (or water bottle) bag with a comfortable strap included. The basket I received for review is 16 inches Width x 12 inches Depth x 8 inches Height it has 2 reusable ceramic plates, little stainless steel salt and pepper shakers, a set of two stainless steel eating utensils ( 2 knives, 2 forks,2 spoons) and a muti-use gadget complete with cork screw. The product description includes 2 wine glasses. But, unfortunately they were not inside my basket. There is a 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee on this lovely picnic basket and I do think that shoes pride in their products. . Because I don’t give half star reviews. This luxury picnic basket gets 4 stars. This is a new Savisto product and rolling out something new can have its challenges. But, I believe quality control should have not let this picnic basket leave the factory without the full contents as listed on the box and website. Savisto was founded in the North East of England and they sell everyday home and kitchen essentials with a variety of products, excellent customer service and a superb 2-year guarantee on all products. Parts of this review can be found in this blog post HERE
Perfect Linens Second Skin Sheets Review
Available at official website
Price varies depending on size
The Perfect Linens Second Skin sheets arrived beautifully wrapped in tissue paper, it was a lovely presentation. There was an added bonus too, laundry soap. I chose the double blue stripe pattern. This pretty detail is subtle and resembles hand embroidery. I put them on the bed and surprise! They fit perfectly over our pillow top mattress. 100% Egyptian cotton, 400-thread count sateen, 4 piece queen sized set (included a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillow cases.) The generously sized top sheet is a bonus for my 6 foot 4 inch husband.
According to a poll conducted by the Washington Post the “average” person spends 26 years of their lifetime (78 average years) sleeping. You need to be comfortable; the soft feel of the Second Skin sheets is the perfect way to end the day. They cannot guarantee sweet dreams, but they can guarantee comfort. I like these sheets so much I gave a set away in the Perfect Linens Giveaway. Sweet dreams friends.
Dezignable .com Review
Priced varies depending on service
I am pleased to share my review of Dezignable.com an online Interior Design Service. I was very enthusiastic about having a professional guide me through a mini makeover of our den/home office. I had a small budget to work with so the designers were challenged. The whole process is rather simple. I strongly advise you to read my den makeover post HERE for details. Dezignable.com launched in February, 2015. Alison Andrews Reyes and Marty Collins partnered when they both had major renovations on their own homes and they were frustrated in the process. They wanted to build something that would help the everyday home enthusiast create great design for their home.
• Create a Pinterest board with things I would like for a cozy den office.
• Create a Drop box account (I already had one) and invite Dezignable to join in the Cozy Den Makeover folder.
• Establish budget
• Provide a drawing of the den and include the size of the room, sizes of furniture, location of doors windows, etc.
• Notes on what you are willing to give up for the makeover and what to keep.
• Upload your information to drop box.
I went through the step by step process to makeover our den. I enjoyed it and learned a few things too. I found the website to be very user friendly. Start to finish time is a bit long, it took a month which I think is a bit long for one small room. I think communication with the designer I selected could have been better. But her design was lovely. In the end I combined my layout with the designers in order to make everything fit.
I do not give half star ratings. So I am giving Designable.com four stars.
Canvas Pop Review
Available at Official Website
Price varies depending on your choice of size, finish, frame
Like most of you I preserve my memories with photography. When Canvas Pop asked me to review their custom canvas printing I was happy to oblige. I love finding new ways to decorate our home and a custom photo canvas is a unique personal touch. I chose the 16″ x 20″ with 0.75″ wrap style. Putting my photo on canvas at Canvas Pop was an easy process; you just -upload your photo, choose the size, wrap style, framing options, and you can even add one of their amazing photo filters and effects to make your image truly unique. They also provide a digital proof so you can make sure your canvas print is just as you want it. Canvas Pop also has a 100% “Love it” guarantee for life!
My canvas arrived packaged securely and I was impressed with the quality, colors and wrapping of the canvas. I think they stayed true to my original photograph. An extra bonus was when I looked on the back and saw the hang wire already in place! Now I can enjoy my lilacs all year. Canvas Pop is my new ‘Go To Place’ for custom photo wall art, next time I will have it framed too.
I liked this product so much I gave a gift certificate to create a canvas as a prize in the Hang It Up Giveaway June 12, 2015
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Rejuvenator Microbubble Shower Head Review
Available at Official Website
In our busy lives we often take quick showers so we can rush off and get our “to do “ list done. This shower head from Rejuvenator products will keep you lingering in the shower with no need to rush when you feel the microbubble water drops hitting your skin. We installed this shower head in our guest bathroom.This showerhead was easy to install and has a nice appearance. It has patented Microbubble technology that cleans deep within your pores. Its self-cleaning jets offer a full coverage spray and it has a diverter that allows for your regular shower head to be switched on as well. The only thing I would change about this fine product is the length of the shower hose.
PostBoredom Art Review
Available at official Website
Being and independent artists and designer myself I am always ready to jump at the chance to promote independent artists. I was happy to oblige when Post Boredom Art asked me to write a review. Art is personal and reviewing art can be a challenge. But, I believe Indie art comes in all forms, shapes and degrees of awesome! Postboredom provides a variety of quality Modern and Urban style art pieces, perfect for decorating and inspiring. I am not reviewing thew actual artwork but instead reviewing how it was received, etc. I received this Urban Art Original Watercolor 8 x 10 print for review. I am fond of impressionist art and this particular piece reminded me of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (French Impressionist) painting the Beach at Guernsey. It arrived promptly after ordered, printed on glossy photo paper, covered in plastic sleeve, in a cardboard envelope, ready for framing. Post Boredom, its “Where Indie Art Lives”.
CardStore Website Review
Available at Official Website
Price varies depending on selection 3.00 and up
The simple joy of receiving a card in the mail just got even better! CardStore.com asked me to try their easy to use card making website. You have a lot of choices; cards, stationary, calendars, and more for any holiday or occasion. You create and personalize it and then they mail it for you. Yes, they mail it. You make it, add photos and fill it with love. Then fill in the address and they print it, put it in an envelope, add a stamp and mail it out in plenty of time to get to its destination. Their website is very user friendly and you will find a variety of options styles and choices. I made this film strip card or our anniversary. I love it! My husband was intrigued when he saw the post mark and return address from me. He loved the card and it is a sweet keepsake of our recent anniversary celebration. Let your creativity run wild and never forget another birthday or occasion again.
Storables Microfiber Cup Saver Review
Available at Storables stores and Storables .com
Many of you know I collect teacups and keeping them stored neatly and safely can be a challenge. Stacking them on top of each other causes chips and breaks. My buffet was getting so over filled with my lovely collection that I wasn’t certain how best to organize them. When the kind people at Storables asked me to review their Microfiber Cup Saver I was thrilled and hopeful it would help me keep my organizing gene in check. Success, this easy to use and attractive cup organizer is just what I needed. Made of a strong and lightweight microfiber, it holds 12 cups individually each one separated by sturdy locking dividers. I liked this product so much I did something I rarely do. I bought two more and I also purchased their 4 piece microfiber plate saver set. Each of the organizers has the added bonus of a sturdy zipper closure all of the way around and each has a content label on the front, so you know what is stored inside. This product gets my highest rating.
Google Nexus 7 16 GB Tablet Review
Available at Staples and other fine stores.
I am often slow to dip my toe in the water when it comes to learning new tech goodies. I am thankful Staples gave me a little nudge with a request to review the Google Nexus 7 Tablet. I opened the box and loved the sleek look of it straight away. Once I turned it on I was sincerely impressed with the picture clarity. I was happy to learn that it works a lot like an android phone (minus the phone). Very user friendly.
My husband was quick to point out its blue tooth capability. I like the 7 inch screen and how comfortably portable it is. The representative originally suggested I use it for storing all of my recipes. I was storing my recipes on my computers and it was truly inconvenient at times. This tablet allows me to see the full recipe or zoom in. You can read my blog post about organizing recipes HERE.
I am pleased to share that the Google Nexus 7 16 GB tablet performs well. There are a lot more functions to this portable device, apps and other things you can add. I have used it for several other things as well as recipes. I can access facebook, pinterest, read blogs and hang out on google plus. Or watch a video or play a game. It has a 10 hour battery life which allows you to use it with confidence. If I could change anything about it, I would change the back; it is very sleek so you must hold it firmly by the sides. I can recommend this product with a smile. 🙂
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Sanyo LCD DP19649 19 inch Television Review
Available Walmart.com and at most discount retailers
Price Varies ( watch for sales)
I know what I like and this review was easy to write. This television is perfect for a second tv. It works well in the den, kitchen or the guest room. I have one on my desk in my office it has great picture quality. Built in speakers and an easy to use remote control provide user friendly channel changing and clear sound quality. Easy to access video and audio features allow for additional components. The screen measures 18 ½ inches with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution allowing for a very clear picture. Affordable price and an an excellent value from Walmart and department stores.
The La Shop 8 Foot Sun Shading Umbrella With Firm Solid Wood Pole review
Available at TheLaShop. com
It’s a scorcher this summer and the desire for shade is at a premium. Fortunately we have this umbrella from The La Shop. It is 8 feet in diameter (they have bigger ones) and is supported by a solid wood pole. It is attractive and functional but does not allow for adjustment ( straight up only) It is exactly as it appears on their website. It has a unique pully system for opening and closing so no pinched fingers! Even on the sunniest days you will have some shade. Made from UV protective, waterproof and anti-fade polyester, I have the added bonus of knowing it should stay true to its color for a long time. However, the fabric is very thin, so I am an not sure about longevity. You can place the pole in the center hole of your picnic or patio table. It is sturdy but definitely needs the additional purchase of the umbrella stand. It is a good product .
Available at BumbleJax. com
Prices Vary from $59 and up
We all want our homes to represent “us”. We decorate with sculptures, portraits, photos and knick knacks. Well, I do (wink) . At the Seattle business, Bumblejax you can also decorate with personalized one- of- a- kind art. Beautiful custom art pieces replicated onto acrylic, bamboo, aluminum or gatorfoam. They create handmade, gallery quality wall art using just your digital photos. Amazing! I absolutely love my acrylic piece. It’s unique and a true one of a kind piece of artwork using my photography. I love it.
Ordering your custom piece is easy, just upload your high quality digital photograph and fill in the information. They do the rest. It arrives ready to mount and packaged well. I highly recommend Bumblejax for your next piece of artwork.
Hallmark Magic Prints Review
Available at Hallmark. com and Hallmark stores across the country
When I was contacted by Hallmark to provide a review I thought it might be for one of their beautiful commercials. I knew I would need a box of tissues, because typing through a stream of happy tears can be difficult. Instead they requested a review for Hallmarks new Magic Prints, You Touch My Life Designed Frame . The Hallmark Magic Prints frame comes with a mess-free Crayola® magic ink applicator so a child can add their handprint on one side fo the frame and a photo on the other . It is a truly unique gift. The idea of this is, well, “genius”!
I gathered four of our five grandchildren 9 one lives out of state) and we used the easy magic prints a little differently than it was intended. Instead of hand prints ( it will only fit one, maybe two) We did thumbprints. I had each child turn the thumbprint into a stick figure of them. It was easy, fun and made a wonderful Mother’s day gift for my daughter (their Mother). There is a space in the center for my other granddaughter. She will add her print when she comes to visit.
Leave it to Hallmark to find a wonderful and unique way to say I love you. I loved this so much I gave one as a prize in the April Showers Giveaway.
I only gave this product a four out of five rating, because I don’t use half stars. As promised, it is mess free. But, the residue left behind on their little fingers was a little tough to get off. Plan for some extra scrubbing, but it is all worth it for the end result. Side note, I still had happy tears when I saw how happy this unique gift made the children ( and their Mother).
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Hot Coffee Art Review
Available at HotCoffeeArt.etsy.com
Reviewing artwork may seem like a difficult task. But I assure this was not. The original artwork from Hot Coffee Art is terrific. Each original print is unique and made with care. Some are reminiscent of days gone by and all of the art prints are a lovely addition to your home décor. The prints arrive wrapped well and are shipped promptly. Each one is easily mounted and framed and true to the image provided in the shop.
Create My Walls Review
Available at CreateMyWalls. com
Prices vary according to size and style
I am always happy to review products that helps you decorate your home. Home decorating reflects you. Finding the perfect accents for your home is easy at CreateMyWalls. You can fill your home with beautiful printed canvas art made from your photography. Each piece is a professional canvas print. Upload your photograph, family portrait, a favorite landscape, your wedding, your beloved pet, the possibilities are endless. They provide a variety of sizes and styles as well as suggestions and ideas to help you get started. I created this lovely canvas from a photograph I took on the Oregon coast using the gallery wrap finish. With the gallery wrap finish no frame is needed. My art arrived well wrapped and is absolutely beautiful. I have had comments asking if I painted the image. I liked this product so much I gave one away in my April Showers Giveaway.what are you waiting for? Go create your walls, you will be happy that you did 🙂
Apple and Bee, Apple Of My Eye Eco Shopping Bag Review
Available at Red Envelope
I don’t use plastic at the market or shops. I have a pile of plain cloth and canvas bags in my car. I take them with me when I go shopping. When I used this Sweet Apple Of My Eye eco shopping bag I received several compliments about its appearance. I told everyone who asked that they could get one of their own at Red Envelope. Apple&Bee creates durable, reusable items that help reduce landfill pollution and helps to keep our planet cleaner. They are proud to be a carbon neutral company . This bag is made of eco jute and has a biodegradable lining that wipes clean easily it measures approximately 15 inches x 13 inches
It is the perfect size for a quick trip to the market. The only thing I would prefer is if I could put it in the washing machine with my other bags. This bag is true to the picture on the Red Envelope site and I have used it several times. A great gift too.
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Scentsy Warmer and Fragrance bar Review
Available at Melissa’s Scentsy Shop
I was thrilled when Melissa from mbmelissa.scentsy. us contacted me to review a scentsy warmer and fragrance, we all want our homes to smell nice. I received the bride warmer . It is perfect for the style of my art room. It looks lovely on the table and the room smells amazing thanks to the My Home fragrance bar with its mix of spicy cinnamon and floral scents. There are numerous fragrances and warmer styles available through Scentsy and they also have an exciting new program called sincerely scents. I encourage you to ask Melissa about it.
Scentsy began with a simple idea. A safe, wickless alternative to scented candles. It quickly grew into one of the most successful direct selling companies in the world. These wickless and decorative ceramic warmers are found in homes throughout the country. That’s right, this wonderful decorative warmer uses no flame, so you can leave it on for an hour, or all day if you like. It warms the scented wax with a light bulb!
I’m sure you have figured out by now that I think this is a terrific product and a wonderful alternative to burning a candle.
Classic Exec Lap Desk Review
Available at Lap Gear
My husband bought me a laptop last year. I was thrilled. Although he said it was as much for him as it was for me. Because it meant I would be downstairs on the computer rather than upstairs in the den. I used to spend the majority of my time sitting on the couch with my laptop computer resting precariously atop a fluffy pillow. I am happy to say those days are long gone now that I have my Lap Gear.com lap desk. It is a wonderful and very comfortable solution to my problem.
It rests comfortably on my lap with its micro bead padded underside and it has an attractive large flat top work area contoured to fit comfortably in front of you. It holds my laptop computer upright with plenty of room for a mouse too. An easy to use handle makes portability a cinch and it has the patented lapshield heat barrier as well. I have already used my Lap Gear lap desk to write letters, read magazines and books and soon I will use it for writing my holiday cards. I happy to provide a five star ratings for the Lap Gear Lap Desk gets a high score from me! It’s made well, light weight, attractive and functional. I recommend it for all ages.
Bella Vita iPhone Wristlet and iPhone Wallet Review
Available at Bella Vita and Amazon.com
Bella Vita means Beautiful Life in Italian. Bella Vita is also the name of a company run by two beautiful women. Katie and Julia. They created Bella Vita with a goal to forge original designs in fine leather, providing a colorful twist on super-affordable luxury. They draw inspiration from the beauty of life. A double espresso. A fine bottle of wine. The warmth of sunshine and even waves crashing on the beach. Being a HUGE supporter of small business and particularly Womens business, it is an honor to review the Vita Bacca iPhone 4 Wristlet for women and the Vita Ciocolatto iPhone 4 Wallet for men .
Bella Vita! Life is beautiful, and so is this iphone wristlet. It is a beautiful combination of style and practicality. Made with rich leather and in a luscious warm pink color, it’s very feminine too. Pride in workmanship, attention to detail, and excellent quality is evident from the moment you untie the ribbon covered box.
Keep your not so attractive phone perfectly safe with room for credit cards, driver’s license and some cash too. It’s great for on the go. It is a an attractive substitute for carrying a purse too. No need when you have what you need in hand ( on your wrist). under $100 too.
Bella Vita! Life is beautiful, and so is this iphone wallet. It is a beautiful combination of style and practicality. Made with rich leather and in a luscious chocolate brown color. Pride in workmanship, attention to detail, and excellent quality is evident from the moment you untie the embossed box.
Keep your not so attractive phone perfectly safe with room for credit cards, driver’s license and some cash too. Easily slips into a purse, briefcase or into your jacket pocket. Keep your phone safe in style. This wonderful iphone wallet can be used for a man or a woman and it’s less than $100.I do not hesitate to give a five star rating two both of these fine products!
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Nottingham Brown Bonded Leather Folding Storage Ottoman Review
Available at Overstock.com
This is the ideal ottoman for my television room. It is the perfect height to rest my tired feet at the end of the day. It holds several blankets inside with easy access to the blankets for our grandchildren. A leather style coffee table, it holds my stack of reading without fail. We’ve used it as a coffee table,ottoman and storage bin.
Made of brown upholstered leather it measures 31 inches long, 15 inches wide and 17 inches deep. The unique feature to this ottoman is that it can fold flat when not in use or for moving to another room. It easily folds closed, place the lid on top and slide under your bed or couch. A great value!
Soylicious Plug In Warmer and Tart Chunks Review
Available at Candles Are Us
I always have a scented candle going in my home. I prefer wickless candles ( I use a warmer) I was excited to receive this plug in warmer and package of pumpkin spice scented tart chunks (candles)
Soylicious tart chunks are made from two types of American grown soybeans, with natural botanical oils added to give them vibrant colors and a creamy texture. The warmer heated up quickly and I really like the two part construction. But, my favorite part about the warmer is the on/off switch. I just kept it plugged in and turned it on and off when I wanted to. You can remove the top ( bowl) and use it as a light. The pumpkin spice tarts started scenting my room within a few minutes and the fragrance was pleasant and not to overpowering. It lasted for several days. I think this set would make a lovely gift too.
Flexible Digital Camera Tripod Review
Available at Budget Gadgets
Price $ 21.99
As many of you know I enjoy photography. I do use a tripod for a lot of things . I carry it around in a large case with a strap. But, when I’m out on little adventures I don’t always want to lug a big heavy tripod. So this little gadget works well.
Budget Gadgets is an online retailer/wholesaler located in China. They are dedicated to selling quality electronic gadgets, they also provide free shipping to anywhere in the world.
I tried this tripod out on several different things.My bicycle handle bar, our truck antenna, a workout machine and a few other places too. I wanted to try it on a variety of different sized items to make sure it stayed secure. My camera attached easily and securely.
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos with the camera attached. Because I only have the one camera. But, I tried it with the camera attached and it stayed secure.
It also fits nicely into my camera bag.
This is a great little gadget for an average digital camera. You would not be able to use this with a larger camera, or with a camera that has lens attachments.That’s where the big tri pod would be best ( they sell those too).
My only complaint, if you can call it that, is I wish it had a bubble level on it. That’s all I’d change.
Overall a fine product that does what it is intended and it is a fair price too.