27 August, 2013

Signazon Window Cling Review

     So I am not the kind of person who can just strike up a conversation with someone I don't know.  I wish I were, but I am not, I'm working on it.  I am also not the kind of person who can just say "No, thank you.  I am not interested at this time."  If I said that I would have such a guilty feeling that you would think I had just run over someone's dog.  I never want anyone to think little of me to the point where it really interferes with my life.  It is so very sad but also so very true.  But hey, I can laugh about it.  I know it's dumb.
     So imagine how I feel 2-3 times a year when that unfamiliar knock is at my door and it is religious solicitors or book salespeople, talking about what they are most passionate about and I need to turn them away.  I shudder just thinking about it.  Actual human interaction!?  With strangers!?  Trying to sell me something!?  OH NO!  Yes, there is panic, I won't lie.  I have been wanting to find something for a while that will discourage them.
Behold, Attack Dog!
     I was told that if you answer the door naked, the religious ones won't come back.  But even if I were the owner of a smoking hot body (which to my disappointment, I am not), I would feel terrible flashing church people!  I was told that maybe answering the door with a gun or a knife that may or may not have suspicious looking strawberry syrup on it would do the trick.  Gosh, I don't want to talk with the cops either!  I was told to bring my dog to the door to scare them into leaving quickly.  Did that, stood in the middle of winter with the door cracked open holding back a hair-on-end, growling, ferocious, terrifyingly loud and throaty barker of a dog for like 10 minutes.  And even when I lost grip and he almost slipped through the door, they stood firm at the door step.  One time they even brought a child to ward off people who might scream and curse at them!  WHAT!?  Who ARE you people?  Don't bring the child into this!
     Then of course someone had a brilliant and stupidly simplistic idea.  A NO SOLICITING SIGN!  Give me a second to smack my head, mmkay?
Okay.  Yes, a sign, it's brilliant in a 'duh' kind of way.  But that involved money where as none of the other options did, so it has been a long time coming.  And yeah, a piece of paper with crayon writing is free, but really... I want it to look like I mean business.   And I don't mean any business, I mean Step-any-further-and-I-will-bring-your-bottom-to-court-and-end-your-tyranny-on-my-emotions type of business.
     So it had to be yellow.
     And lucky for me, Signazon had just what I needed.  Isn't that the loveliest thing you have seen all day?  Yes, I realize that I could have squeegeed better.  To be honest, I just wanted it on the door, to heck with how perfectly.  But it did go on very easily and the squeegee worked well when we did use it.
     You might notice a few scuffs on the bottom there.  That is not how it came.  That was because my husband thought he would help squeegee by using the cardboard tube that came with it.  Yes, I am serious.  I love that man, but sometimes... well sometimes he is just like me, oblivious.  That said, the cardboard sucked the color right out of that sign.  It's probably why the squeegee that came with it wasn't made of cardboard.  However, if the sign does get scratched, it will leave scratch marks, just in case you thought it wouldn't.
     It came in a box and was wrapped around the aforementioned tube.  The squeegee was also in the box.  It came very quickly, I should know because I counted the seconds til it arrived.  I was not disappointed.  So far, we haven't had any solicitors.  I hope it deters them.  If not, well, I guess I be making myself a nice little panic room in one of our closets.
     Signazon has WAY more than Custom signs though, they have pre-made No Soliciting signs as well as for sale signs, store sale signs, and other business clings.  They even have clear clings, so you could make yourself one of those stick families in Photoshop and put that bad boy on your window.  Bonus: It peels off!  Divorced?  Cut the husband out and stick it back on!
     I kid, I kid.  But seriously, the possibilities really ARE endless and the design process is so easy!  Please try it, if for no other reason than to just kill 20 minutes while you wait for Facebook to get more interesting.
     The signs are pretty reasonable too.  This one would set you back less than $37.  But you could order a custom sized smaller one for less or a bigger one for more.  Awesome note:  You can order a full car window cling for your back window.  The site will help you choose your Make, Model, and Year to find what size you need!  How awesome is that!?  I was totally impressed with the site and how easy everything is.  Please check them out for any sign that you may need.  Think book sale, baby shower, memorial sticker... what do you need?

Disclaimer:  I wish that I could say that  this sign is completely false and that I in no way would actually avoid my own home for weeks if I thought a salesman might come back... but I totally would.  I would find SOMEWHERE for my kids and I to be for every second that I could afford to be using the family vehicle.  Would I hide in a closet?  No, but I would hide behind curtains as I peek to see if you have left yet.  Will I cry?  No.  That one is false.  At least I think it is.

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.

Eyeglass Factory Outlet Review

     I had a feeling that my eyes had been getting worse over the past year.  But I had no idea how much worse.  It's actually embarrassing how much worse they have gotten, and actually, I almost doubt the accuracy of it.  I should know better than to lose track of my glasses but, with five kids at home, sometimes things get lost.  And so I was without glasses AGAIN with progressively worsening eyes!  And then the prescription came and I had to get new ones anyway, so even if I found the old one ones I was out of luck.
     Thank goodness I was pointed in the direction of Eyeglass Factory Outlet!  They are a very easy site to maneuver and the glasses are priced reasonably as well at just $34.50.
     When I first went, I knew that rectangular frames are the only ones that I look half decent in, so that is where I started.  I could have chosen to search by Men's, Women's, material type, frame type, or style, but I chose to search by frame shape.
     I was given fifteen choices that were rectangular.  most of them would have looked good, but I decided on these unisex glasses:
     They are a coffee color.  Mmmmmm.  They have a nice solid frame that has a spring open type action in the hinge that I love.
     The first thing I noticed when I put them on is that there was glare.  I think this is the only pair I have had without the anti-reflective coating, so is it more glare than can be expected?  I can't say.  I got fairly used to it pretty quickly, but it can sometimes be a nuisance, especially while on the computer.
     After that, I noticed that they were very comfortable and I loved the color.  They are not bulky at all which is great and they are light weight.  They are over-all a very nice frame.
     It came with a sturdy, hard case which is ALWAYS better than a flimsy soft case and also a cleaning cloth, which works wonderfully.   I do adore those cleaning cloths!
     The glasses shipped and arrived quickly, they were in great shape and I was very pleased with the whole ordering experience.  The process on the site is very easy and user friendly.  I was able to choose lens material, lens features and put in my prescription with no trouble at all.  But just in case you get confused about anything, there is a FAQ page as well as email and phone contact options on the site.
     Eyeglass Factory Outlet also has a pretty good deal going on.  You get 25% off of a 2nd pair (of equal or lesser value) and one low shipping charge of $5 for both pairs of glasses.  Not bad!
     So in closing, I think these glasses would be my favorites if it weren't for the glare.  I would get them again, but have anti-reflective lenses put on them.
     You can check Eyeglass Factory Outlet out on Facebook or Twitter as well as on their site.

What is your favorite feature in a pair of glasses?

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.

Yochi Yochi Rattle Socks Review

     Rattles on your feet!?  Talk about sweet!  You know what rattles consisted of when I was a baby?  Here, let me show you a picture:
     Cute?  Yes, I love the whole barber shop post deal going on.  But from my experience watching my own children play with rattles, I shudder to think how many times I smacked myself in the head with it.  No kidding, I count the bruises in my nightmares.  Not to mention, have you ever lifted one of these?  Did babies under the age of one even ever get these off the floor?  They are bulky and heavy for tiny arms.  And big for tiny hands to grasp hold of.  And the phone!  Don't get me started on the phone rattle!  I can see it now.  "Ring, ring!  Mommy's calling the baby!  Now raise the phone ever so elegantly towards your face... on purpose."  Yikes.
     Now don't get me wrong, I may have been too young to remember the barber shop rattle, but I recall using the phone well into childhood with fond memories.  But it really is nerve-racking when in a baby's hands.
      One solution to this are the wrist rattles.  GREAT idea!  The baby has a soft rattle that you don't have to pick up over and over and over when little one is feeling comedic.  You don't have to worry about people thinking you abuse the poor child from all the little bruises on his face, and it rattles any time the baby moves his hand with no real effort on his part.  But being on his wrist, it kinda gets in the way of drinking from a bottle or holding toys or other things, like getting him into anything with a five-point harness.
     So of course, it only makes sense that the rattles should go on the feet!  I suppose you could put the cuff rattles on ankles, but one good kick and I imagine they would come right off!  So what solution is there?  SOCKS!  Heck, yes!  Why have I not seen these before now?
     Yochi Yochi is the same company that makes those ADORABLE squeaker shoes.  You know, the ones that squeak so that you KNOW where your child is.  That is a good thing to have when you have little escape artists in your home.  Especially little escape artists who can climb gates, maneuver stairs, and open doors (been there, not fun!).  Well now they are bringing you rattle socks that match!  Did I mention how insanely cute the designs are?
     The skull ones that we got are called Captain Zuga, The lady bug ones are Miss Mushi, The panda ones are Princess Sakura, and the Frog ones are called Prince Kairu.  Can we just talk about these Princess Sakura ones for a sec?  Cute, are they cute!  I want a pair desperately for Baby Bee.  In fact, I want a pair of these shoes for all of my children.  Sadly, they only go to size 10 toddler.
     But on to the socks.  It was the socks that we actually got to try.  Let me first tell you how crazy soft they are.  I wish they fit me because I would live in them.  They don't have a traditional cuff at the top, they roll down instead.  And besides the "cuff", they feel like regular knit socks on the outside and squishy loopy clouds on the inside.  Okay, not real clouds, but they sure do feel nice.  Your baby will never want them to come off!
     The skull itself has a very thin material (I'm not even sure what it is) for the teeth and bones.  It almost looks like felt, but feels like half paper and half fabric.  What is THAT!?  But because of the thinness, our skulls actually have teeth that are kind of crooked in the center, which we adore.  The skull itself is soft and fuzzy and has an upside down heart for a nose.  Awwwww!  And two very large eyes.  It almost reminds me of Tim Burton's movies.  I just wanna snuggle with it, it looks so friendly.
      My son loves them, or at least he is indifferent while wearing them.  He loves them while holding them.  He likes to look at them.  The rattle is a sweet little rattle, much like the wrist rattles that you find.  Baby Man seems to like the sound as well.
     Overall, we are very satisfied with the rattle socks.  Now we just need to get him some shoes to match ;)
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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