InkJoy by Papermate – The Joy of Writing

I received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here. Writing - actual pen to paper writing - used to be something I did on a regular basis. Whether it was for school or hobby, it seemed I was always writing something. That has changed a lot with technology and these days the bulk of what I handwrite are to-do or shopping lists. My hands cramp from carpal tunnel when I write much more than that, plus there's no need. I can send a text or message just as easily. That being said, I do still write those lists and when I do I expect my pens to work. I'm sure you know how frustrating it is when a pen doesn't work - I always give it a few tries, scribbling in a circle trying to get it to work again. Then I hunt for a new pen. I almost always end up empty, pens are never around with you need them! With InkJoy pens by Paper Mate, I don't have to worry about pens giving out or the ink being goopy. I was sent a variety of InkJoy pens … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide – Old Factory Candles – Giveaway Ends 12/1

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer and honest in nature. 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Gifts for the Home Featured Product! See the rest of the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide here! We often have a candle burning here, it's pretty much imperative when you have eight animals. Most of the time they smell great when you have them right under your nose, but when you light them and walk away, the scent is gone. What's the point of having a candle if you can't smell it unless it's in your face? Old Factory candles smell fantastic and you can actually smell them throughout the whole room. Richard had Hot Cocoa in our bedroom the other night and it smelled so delicious! In fact, both Richard and Jake have snagged an Old Factory candle when they were bathing or showering. I chose the Winter Wonderland set which included Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnuts, … [Read more...]

Cabeau Evolution Pillow Review

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  All opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer based upon personal experience with the product. We aren't travelers. I think we would be given the right circumstances and money, but generally we stick to our area in Iowa. You might think to yourself but Billie, why on Earth would you review a pillow marketed towards travelers? Good question! The answer is because like most products on the market, there are always several different ways to use an item. The reason I chose to review the Cabeau Evolution Pillow is because Richard was due to have surgery, septoplasty to be exact. The doctor told him that he would need to prop himself up for a few days after surgery. My MIL gave him like five pillows to use, but I knew he would probably still slide down and be uncomfortable. The Cabeau Evolution Pillow would be perfect to rest a7round … [Read more...]

A Guide to Making Cosmetic Changes in Your House

A facelift for your home usually includes a hefty price tag. Is it possible then to make affordable cosmetic changes, add magic, and create a whole new look? If you’re ready for a cosmetic change, the answer is a resounding, YES! The following tips provide suggestions for improving the look of your home without destroying your budget. Fresh Paint - A Facelift Inside and Out One of the least expensive and most dramatic changes that you can make is to paint interior and exterior walls. The effect can be dramatic. Not only does paint add value to your home, it is a relatively cost-effective change, and one that doesn’t require much time. A fresh coat of paint will spruce up any living-space. Newly painted surfaces are like a breath of fresh air, a welcome change on grey winter days. Use colors for the exterior and interior that provide some contrast while bringing in complementary details. A dramatic effect can be achieved by painting one wall with a contrasting color to add … [Read more...]

Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Massager – Review

Hey, guess what? This is a review. I was sent samples of the products below. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are solely my own based upon my experience with the product.  Richard and I often go tradesies on backrubs. Jake used to get out of chores by giving us backrubs too. Hey, when your back hurts, right? Anyway, Richard prefers a lighter touch with the massage, he says it's calming. I prefer a deep down massage and I'm constantly telling Richard to bear down or "massage like you mean it". When Jake is giving me a backrub, I always tell him to massage like he's mad at me. When they aren't bearing down it just feels like they are tickling me or just shaking my shirt. I spend a good portion of my day sitting in a computer desk and my muscles start to ache down deep. We had a wand massager and it was ok, but it didn't get as deep as I would have liked. The last time Richard was using it on me, it short circuited some how and actually singed his hand! He … [Read more...]