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28 November, 2015

Electric Milk Frother and Whisk with Coffee Spoon #Review #ElectricMilkFrother

     So my sister is a bit of a coffee addict.  Who isn't, right?  She's actually a big part of the reason that I am so addicted.  We'd get coffees a few times a week when we went into town and I soon realized that I could stay awake all day when I'd had coffee.  ALL day!  Who knew!?  So I drink it a lot now, mostly from Dunkin, I rarely make my own.  My sister on the other hand likes to make her own.  I don't blame her, coffees are expensive.  But when you make them at home, especially the cappuccinos, you just don;t get the froth that you do when you order them at the store.

     So this year for Christmas, she's getting an electric milk frother from me.   Not just a frother, but also a pretty cool scoop that also doubles as a clip to hold the coffee bag closed.  This set is from Classique and is sold on Amazon for a little under $23.

     Now, you might remember the frother I got for myself some time back.  It was decent, I liked it pretty well.  It wasn't as powerful as I'd hoped, but it frothed and it was pretty.  Well, not to compare or anything, but this one is one of those kitchen items that are a total beast.

     From the second that I took the frother out, I could tell that this was a superior product.  It was heavier, it seemed less "cheaply" made and the look was nicer too.  And when I finally got some batteries to put in it and I got to try it, I knew right away that I was right.  The power on this thing is amazing.  And it has two different settings too, which is nice.  Low does a good job, but if you want froth to fill your cup in seconds, high does the trick.

     The scoop is pretty awesome too.  It's an alligator type clip, but it's a really strong clamp.  I was pretty surprised by how nice it worked.  The scoop itself looks really nice and is a really great quality.  This set just really blew me away and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves coffee or has a coffe-loving friend on their gift list.
     To learn more, check out Classique on Amazon.
Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

27 November, 2015

Plush Christmas and Holiday Items #Review #ZUBELS

     Last year for Christmas Eve, we went to my husband's father's house.  we don't find ourselves in that area very often when they are home, so to be able to visit was nice.  We talked and exchanged gifts.  The girls got to see their cousin Wy, that they don't see very often.  They played together and it was good.  One of the gifts that each of the kids got was a home made stuffy.  The girls all got pillows made of yarn that resembled different animals.  There was a lion, a pig, and two cows, all stuffed with stuffing.  They were so cute.  And Boog got a cute little blue monkey that was also homemade.  It was adorable.  We just love that homemade feel.
     That's why I love the new holiday plush toys that we got for this Christmas.  They are from Zubels.  Zubels is a company that sells hand-knit animals, dolls, hats, sweaters, and more using a super soft organic 100% cotton yarn.  It was actually the first thing that stood out to me as I admired them.  The yarn is fantastic!
     They are also hand stuffed, which explains why they are so cuddly.  They aren't overstuffed, they aren't understuffed, they are absolutely perfect!  And when you combine it with the soft yarn, these plush toys are just fantastic.  Perfect for kids of lots of ages.
     I ended up getting the toy soldier and the reindeer, both 12 inches, and a 'Lil Dimples Santa that is 4 inches.  I just love the soldier.  I love his buckles and his shoulders, his hat, and his mustache.  He's just adorable... in a manly, soldier type way.

     The details are pretty great.  They really go all out to add texture and small things that you can really appreciate.  Just look at those little buttons on his buckles.  Look at his white straps!  His belt even has a white buckle area.  These stuffies are amazing!

     The Santa that I got was much smaller than the bigger ones.  He was perfect for hanging off the outside of a stocking or putting into the stocking.  He's a cute little guy that has a lot of details of his own.  I mean, do you see that little golden buckle on his belt?  And his beard can be lifted up and played with.  His jacket has a little flap that can be lifted too.
     And look at that nose and his mustache.  Awww!  These are made so well and with so much love.  And they have gifts for kids with every interest.  From cars and sports to tea time and mermaids.  Boog likes foxes, so I looked and found foxes.  A cute hat and a stuffie to match!

     What would you look for?
     To learn more, check out Zubels on their website at Zubels.com.

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

26 November, 2015

All-terrain Sport Cane by Sabi #Review

     A couple years ago, I found myself in a situation that I'd never been in before.  Even when I fractured my leg, I didn't find myself there... crutches.  And it was so stupid.  I don't remember what shoes I was wearing, but there was this small dip in the ground just at the bottom of our porch steps and when I stepped down, my ankle rolled SO fast.  There was a sharp, shooting, agonizing pain followed by a pretty considerable pain afterwards.  At first I stumbled along, then I grabbed crutches.  after x-rays and getting back home, the pain spiked.  Every bump on the bad as I laid down to rest felt like someone took a hammer to my ankle.  And all it was was a sprain.  I'd almost sooner give birth than to go through that again.
     But to be honest, I think what really pushed it over the edge was the crutches.  Oh my goodness, the pain under my arm and on the palms of my hand... it was the worst.  How do kids do that for 6 weeks straight when they break their leg?  Seriously, how?  Next time I need a little help getting around, I think I'll go with the more 'mature' version... the cane.  And as far as canes go, this sport all-terrain cane by Sabi is a pretty nice choice.

     What's cool about this cane is the awesome rubber dipped handle.  It's really comfortable and gives the cane a pretty cool look.  What's also great is that the rubber is anti-mold and easy to clean.  It gives a really nice grip to keep the hand from slipping.

     The cane itself is made from one piece of super strong and lightweight aluminum.  It isn't adjustable, you need to order the size that fits you best.  I chose small because we're all pretty short in my family.  The cane is finished with a powder coat in a beautiful color.  this particular color is "plum" which has been discontinued but is close to the color they now sell called "purple rain".

     The tip of the cane is shock absorbent and non-slip.  It's also made to pivot easily on the floor surface so that you can move around easier.  I think it's very well made, from handle to tip and would work well for anyone who needs a little help getting around.
     I definitely recommend this cane if you're in the marker for one.
     To learn more, check out Sabi on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Youtube, Amazon, their blog, or on their website at Sabi.com.
Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Stainless Steel Potato Masher with Ergonomic Handle #Review #http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014EMKW9S

     I love food.  I do.  I'm not a glutton or anything, I don't eat all day long.  But I do love the taste of food.  Buttery food, saucy food, meaty food, and especially saucy, buttery foods.  Stroganoff, Alfredo, beef stew.  Mmmm!  And one of my most favoritest... buttery mashed potatoes.  Sadly, I don't make them often because I hate peeling and mashing with the tools that I have.  I used to use a ricer, but it's been misplaced.  Now I use the handles of the mixer and it's not fun.  Luckily for me, I recently got an excellent peeler, so that part is easier.

     And now I have an insanely rugged masher to make the mashing part easier.  It's the Stainless Steel Potato Masher from Kukpo.  Do you see that thing!?  Look at it!  It could mash potatoes made of stone.  Okay, maybe not, but it is pretty darn durable.  I've never mashed anything with something so beastly as this.
     It's a pretty nice sized masher with big holes and small holes.  The steel is nice and thick.  The size is perfect for pulverizing pretty much any vegetable.  Potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, you name it.  This thing will handle it.
a tall enough handle that you can mash quite a bit of potatoes without getting any on your hands.  The handle is coated in a pretty thick solid rubber that I'm not worried about breaking anytime this century.  It's big enough around so that it would be very comfortable to use.
     Overall, this thing is really a beast.  It's quality is fantastic and I can see it lasting for years and years.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone who cooks.
     To learn more, check out Kukpo on Amazon.

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

25 November, 2015

Black Baby Girls Tutu from SBParts #Review #BabyTutu

          One of my favorite things to do as a parent is to take my kids on Photo Shoots.  I've had so much fun over the years doing shoots for birthdays, start of school, start of Summer, and other times of the year just for fun.  Some of my favorite props have been planters, headbands, and tutus.  We had quite a bit of fun after I made a set of tutus for the older three.  I bought tights and cut leggings from them and we used leotards we'd been given.
     The pictures came out great and the girls loved dressing up all fancy.  I have a photo of each of my girls in a tutu, it's kind of a little tradition I had.  So tutus kind o hold a little place in my heart now.  That's why when I got this Black Girls Tutu from SBParts, I was pretty excited about it.  It's a simple black tutu, but the way that it's made gives it a really cute shape I think.  Check it out:
     Doesn't it look dainty?  It's meant to be for babies 0-12 months.  I thought it looked a touch big for that age.  Baby Bee is five.  She's about the size of a 3 1/2 - 4 year old and this fit her well.  I would suggest this tutu for ages 2-4.  The length is also I think a bit long for a 1 year old.  It could likely fit my 11 year old, who wears a size 9 though, so it's flexible.

     The tutu has a pretty satin-like waist band with an elastic band inside.  It also has three separate layers of tulle.   There's a lot of pretty scrunching on the waist, but it tapers out to being pretty smooth at the bottom.   There is no real design at the bottom, it's straight across the whole thing.

     When Baby Bee stands up, the tutu tends to fall flat across the front of her legs and stick out more in the back.  I LOVE that look, I think it's so sweet.  It reminds me a bit of Audrey Hepburn, the way it's shaped.  All she needs is the big sunglasses.
     Overall, I like this tutu, I think it's a pretty cute little prop/costume piece.  What do you think?
     To learn more, check out SBParts on Amazon.

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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