Saturday, July 23, 2016

Versatile Silicone Muffin Pans ~ Gotta Love 'Em

Baking is one way I love to spoil my family, so finding good products to use baking is a must. One such product that is pretty good is by Keliwa. It is their 12 Cup Silicone Muffin & Cupcake Baking Pan.

First of all if you read my blog on even a semi-regular basis, you know I am a fan of silicone. I love using it for all kinds of things. Baking is no exception to how I feel about silicone. it is just so easy to use and take care of.

The 12 cup muffin pa is made from FDA approved silicone that can take temperatures up to 450°. Not too many things are baked at that temperature or higher, so you are safe using this kind of pan from pretty much everything.

When it comes to muffin pans I use them for mini-meatloaves, egg cups, muffins, cupcakes, ice, lotion bars, dog treats and more. They are great for sorting small things too and with being silicone, it's okay if the kids play with them. They won't get hurt!

There are a few things you need to remember about using silicone in baking. Normally you do not have to add any kind of grease to the pans before you add the food to be baked. A few things you still need to make sure and grease the pans for are cakes and cupcakes. Pretty much everything else comes out without a problem. I use a spray to grease the pans with and the really nice thing is the spray does not build up on silicone like it does metal or glass pans.

(Cupcakes I made then then promptly forgot to take pictures of after they were done. Sorry!)

The Keliwa muffin pan is nice. The cups are standard size and you can stack them together or roll them up to store them. That's another nice thing about silicone. Cleaning is rally easy. I use my regular dish soap in the sink like all my dishes. But you can wash them in the dishwasher too. Oh and the can go in the freezer and the microwave. Gotta love a versatile product like this.

You can purchase the Keliwa 12 Cup Silicone Muffin & Cupcake Baking Pan HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Helping Hands And Magnification For All Kinds Of Specialty Crafting

Some crafting projects and home repairs can take several hands more than you have. And when you need those extra hands they often are not home to help you.

That's where something like the Kitclan LED Light Desktop Magnifier comes in handy. This is a small tool that can help you hold things while you work on them.

The large magnifying lens that is 3X, which is sufficient for most purposes, makes it easy to see what you are doing up close. The neat thing is you can work on things without the magnifier too. It swivels up and out of the way for use with just the extra "hands" part. There are two adjustable points on the neck of the Magnifier so you can adjust the magnifier as needed. The lens can also be rotated 360 degrees.

I really like that there is a small LED light bulb to really help you see what you are working on. The light works by plugging it in with the included USB cord. I found the cord to be way too short, so I have replaced it with one I already had here at home that is 5 times longer. Now I can use the magnifier pretty much anywhere I want to without having to worry about a tightly stretched cord. You can use 3 AAA batteries instead of the USB cord, but the light is not as bright then.

The alligator clips that come with the magnifier, hold things tightly so you don't have to worry about things slipping while you are working. They swivel around 360 degrees and move side to side to reach towards or away from each other depending on the size of the item you are working on.

This magnifier is great for small detail work while making jewelry, working on electronics, making fishing lures, and more. There is also a small tray at the bottom to hold bits for you while you work.

Now I will tell you that most of this unit is plastic, so you need to be careful while using it, especially with anything hot that might melt the plastic or from dropping it. For example, the coil to hold your soldering iron. The end of it touches the plastic so you need to adjust it some before letting a hot soldering iron be put in it. If it was made from better material I would be very excited about it, but since it is just plastic, not so much! It is still a fairly good product.

You can purchase the Kitclan LED Light Desktop Magnifier HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

The Lifepul Dog Leash Harness

I may have mentioned once or twice that we have a big dog. He's really big and the vet just recently told us he is finally done growing. I was glad to hear that. He now weighs in at a whopping 149.8 pounds. To say the least, taking him for a walk is an adventure. He is well trained, but even the best trained dog can see something now and then that gets them excited and they will pull you like crazy. Thing is with a dog this big, that means getting pulled off your feet.

So I was excited to try out a Lifepul Dog Leash Harness. When you walk a dog with one of these leashes it is much easier on you and your dog. There is less tugging and pulling and it is easier to control your dog without hurting them and their neck. The harness is really well made with extra stitching on all the ends to help prevent breakage and tearing. The material is made out of a jean kind of material and looks really nice and is heavy duty to hold up to lots of use.

It's super easy to put on your dog and is adjustable to fit most large dogs. They also make ones for smaller dogs too. On the harness there are two adjustable sections that you slip your dogs front legs in. There is a plastic latch clip to connect the two sides together around your dog and then two metal rings to attach the leash too. It takes about one minute to put this on your dog. I really like it.

Not the problem for me and why you are not seeing any pictures of Bender wearing it is that it does not fit Bender. He's too big. Even though this harness is made for large dogs it will not fit dogs this big, which means no Newfoundlands will fit it unless they are young. ***sigh*** I know that this would mean several other breeds of dogs would not fit it either sadly.

To me this is a real bummer, especially since it is so well made too and easy to use. It did fit my neighbors dog but they did not give me permission to take a picture with their dog wearing it. So the company gave me a good picture of a dog wearing it.

Well made and a great idea, just make sure you get the right size for your dog!

You can purchase the Lifepul Dog Leash Harness HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

QMT KROMATIX Colors of Awareness Giveaway

QMT KROMATIX Colors of Awareness Giveaway

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Presents The QMT KROMATIX Colors of Awareness Giveaway
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  Holiday Contest and Sweeps along with a amazing group of blogs is honored to work with QMT Windchimes to present their newest line of chimes named "KROMATIX". These Chimes come in beautiful vibrant colors along with beautiful chime tones. QMT Windchimes is teaming up with Holiday Contest and Sweeps to bring the awareness of Breast Cancer, Lupus and Cerebral Palsy in the "QMT/Kromatix Colors of Awareness Giveaway". Their Kromtix Windchimes come in colors that are known to show awareness in the support to find a cure in various diseases. This giveaway will highlight the awareness in their vibrant colors of Pop'N Purple, Funky Fusia and Funky Green.
For example the awareness color for Lupus is Purple (Pop' N Purple), Breast Cancer is Pink (Funky Fusia) and for Cerebral Palsy (Green) Funky Green. We all need to stand together in the fight to find a cure for all the diseases that effect the lives of each and every one of us. To learn more about Breast Cancer, Lupus and Cerebral Palsy, simply click on their names for more information. Three lucky readers will each receive a Kromatix Windchime in one of the below colors to not only show their support in finding a cure for one of these terrible diseases, but at the same time enjoy their beautiful and relaxing tones that each resonate.

  Kromatix 27" Funky Fusia Windchime Breast Cancer

  Kromatix 27" Pop'N Purple Windchime Lupus

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  These beautiful and vibrant windchimes from Kromatix will not only let you show your support for a cure of these diseases, they will give you countless hours of relaxation from their amazing sound. Make sure you visit the QMT Windchimes website for other colors available from their Kromatix brand and check out the vast selection of chimes they have to offer from Corinthian Bells, Aries, Aries Elite and much much more.....
Let the wind run wild this summer with KROMATIX. Their newest release, KROMATIX boasts four ultra-bright colors for vibrant, backyard fun. KROMATIX are hand tuned, providing the excellent sounds with long lasting vibes. These bold colors will brighten your spirit and will add style to your d├ęcor.

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The Softest 100% Organic Cotton Receiving Blanket On The Market

I appreciate things that are made organically, things that are better for us and nature, especially when the products are for our little ones. Babies are so sweet and deserve the best around them all the time. That's why I am happy to share this product with you.

YourEcoFamily has a really nice Certified Organic Cotton Receiving Blanket. The blanket comes in pink, blue, and white, like the one I got, and this blanket is super soft!

The blankets are made with the highest quality 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. Soft and cozy, these blankets are ideal for your baby's sensitive skin. Unlike some of the organic cotton swaddling blankets on the market that look and feel a lot like cheesecloth muslin, these blankets will cuddle your little one in complete softness. The generous 40" x 40" size of the blankets allows them to be used for multiple purposes, as a swaddling blanket, for tummy time/playtime, as well as a cover for a stroller, crib, bassinet, cradle, and more. I am nicely impressed with the size and the softness!

The blanket can be machine washed in cold water with like colors, with mild detergent, and on the gentle cycle. You should tumble dry them on low for best results. With plenty of other baby things that should be washed and dried the same way, this does not mean any real special care that is awkward or disruptive to your life.

I love this blanket and can't wait to give it to a very sweet little one in my life. I may not have my own grandkids yet, but my adopted ones are getting spoiled like crazy! I think Mom and Dad will like this little blanket too!

You can purchase the YourEcoFamily Certified Organic Cotton Receiving Blanket HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saves Me Time, Energy, And Space!

Laundry, everyone's favorite thing to do. Okay, maybe not, but it is something we can't get out of. Think how awful the world would smell if we didn't do laundry. Eeeww!

We live in a small home and one thing I struggle with is having laundry baskets in the way a lot. Every time I turn around I seem to have one in a place where I don't want it to be. It's hard to store them and there really is not place to tuck them out of the way. So.......

I am using now the Smart POP UP Collapsible Laundry Basket from Proper Goods. This thing is super nifty!! It's not your average laundry basket. It is so much more.

The basket holds a good amount of laundry. It is sturdy and the handles are comfortable to hold on to and to carry it with. There are plenty of vent holes all around the basket and the best folds down to take up very little room and can be stashed out of the way when I am not using it!

How cool is this? The basket is all of 3 ½" high when it is collapsed. Seriously, I was amazed at how little space this basket takes up when it is folded down. The secret is that part of the basket is made from silicone, which can bend and fold in all kinds of ways and then pop back into place for when you use it.

It is really easy to pop it out to be full size. Just hold on to one handle and push down on the bottom of the basket. When you want to fold it back up again, I just push the basket down on the floor and it fold back in place. Quick, easy and a HUGE space saver!

Can't say enough good about this basket. I even love how you can pop out the basket just half way and use it for smaller loads. Very handy! I plan on getting several more and doing away with all the old ones that I struggle with storing and that always seem to be in my way.

You can purchase the Proper Goods Smart POP UP Collapsible Laundry Basket HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Black Amber, The Newest Fragrance From Enlightened Ambience

I love to burn candles all year long. It just adds a really nice atmosphere to my home. Plus one thing you may not know, burning candles in the summer does not add to the heat in your home, it actually helps reduce humidity. That's a good thing to know.

One company that I have learned to love that makes the best candles is Enlightened Ambience. The candles they make are some of the highest quality I have ever tried out. Each candle is made from top ingredients and has a fragrance that is lasting and just right in how much you can smell it and how long it lasts.

The latest fragrance I got to try out is one of their newest, Black Amber. Let me tell you, this is a fun fragrance and not for wimps. It is semi-woodsy, romantic and has a bit of a sandalwood scent to it. Actually it is kind of hard to describe other than to say, WOW!

What I love about the candles is not just the fragrance. They burn so well. Every single time, they burn evenly. I don't have to fuss adjusting the wick to one side or the other to make sure it burns right. They also last for a long time. I have had mine burn up to 14 hours. That a good amount and I feel like I'm getting my money's worth with them lasting so long.

I can highly recommend these candles to you. They come in a box of 24 an cost just over $1 each. For a quality product like this, that's good!

You can purchase this new Black Amber fragranced candle from Enlightened Ambience HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.