Friday, July 18, 2014

Cottonelle has a line of Clean Care products for you!

It's time for another review of one of my favorite products,

Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths,
along with Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper.
I set them up in the guest bathroom to make sure everyone who comes to town can experience a fresh, clean bathroom experience!  :-)
Don't they look right at home?!?

Cottonelle products have consistently proven to be top performers, and these flushable wipes are a great addition to their offerings.  I've used them in the past, and will continue to do so.  To be frank, I don't use them every time nature calls, but there are those moments when extra cleaning is greatly appreciated, so having these cloths on hand is great.  I love them for being strong, lightly scented and cool, but not cold.  After using them, I don't feel any residue or smell any perfumes.  I think the dispensers are cute enough to keep on display, too.

[If they sit unused, they will eventually dry out.  I counter that by taking the batch out of the dispenser, wetting them under the faucet and then reinserting them back into the dispenser.]

Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper is very soft to the touch.  It's strong enough for the "intended jobs", but I still find it "dusty".  I prefer the toilet paper to not release so many fibers into the air, as dusting is my #1 dreaded chore.  Can I get an amen for that!!!

All samples were provided free from Crowdtap (thank you!!).
This sample kit also had extras for my friends.  I passed them off, along with coupons, to my girlfriends.  One of them, Elizabeth, was happy to show us her excitement to give 'em a whirl!

My other friend, Marilyn (photo-shy), was concerned about using them with her septic tank system, but I reassured her to fear not, as they come with the approved-for-use label:
Many thanks to @Cottonelle and @Crowdtap for the awesome sampling kit.  It's always my pleasure.
#CottonelleCleanCrew #LetsTalkBums.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dr. Scholl’s® DreamWalk™ High Heel Insoles

I scored a nice pair of Dr. Scholl’s® DreamWalk™ High Heel Insoles for free, which is so appreciated (thank you BzzAgent)! 

I had this notion in my head that they might be a pain to cut to size, like other inserts I've tried, so I admit to procrastinating just a bit before getting down to business.  After all, my typical sandals were spot-on for comfort, so it wasn't a big rush.

Once I finally opened the package, I was so very happy to see that there is absolutely no trimming required!  They are already sized to fit right in my heels, so I proceeded to peel off the clingy backside of each insole and grabbed my fav pair of sandals with big heels.  I applied them as directed (very simple), tacky side down (not ooey gooey sticky, which means no residue).   They are also still visible along the inner sides of the feet due to the way the instructions tell you to place them.  I don't think this is a big problem, though.

I wore my sandals around the home for a couple of hours, but honestly, they changed the fit of my shoe enough that it made my baby toe keep rubbing on a strap, so I had to take them off.  No biggie, as they are repositionable, so I simply removed them, grabbed a pair of standard heels and reset them.

Then I walked around my home/home office for the rest of the day, except this time, I only put the insole in one shoe so I could evaluate exactly how much difference they were making.  I will say that when you first stand on them, the arch support feels too rigid, at least on my mostly flat-feet.  It does mush down a little after you've worn them a while.  Again, it did change the fit of my heel, but this time, in a good way because it eliminated the extra room at the heel area where the shoe would be prone to slip a bit along my Achilles tendon area. 

Overall, I didn't really notice a lot of difference between the two feet, as far as comfort and support.  I did, however, like having an insole in my shoe so that my bare feet did not stick to the inner material.  If you are wearing nylons, then this is a non-issue.   I would like them better if there were more padding in the ball of the foot area, as that's where all the pressure goes when wearing heels.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sinful Colors nail polish

Today must be catch up for me, as I'm recalling various products I've been sampling lately.

Are you a nail painter?  For me, I prefer to get my nails done at the salon with shellac, but I haven't been doing this for over a year, since we moved back to MA.  Growing up, I loved to paint my nails, but became weary of waiting through indeterminable drying times.  I eventually fell out of the practice because of that, coupled with how easily the polish would start chipping. 

Well, I received a free sample of Sinful Colors Professional from #PINCHme.  I'm a pink and purple girl, so this color, "ablaze", was sweet for me.  I found the drying times were pretty fast.  I was also pleased to see that washing my hair and prepping food in the kitchen did not cause the polish to chip.  The drawback I have noticed so far is that after a couple of days, the color needs to be refreshed in order to maintain the shine.  No one likes dull nails, right?

I would give this polish a 4.5 out of 5.  I saw it on the Wal-Mart end cap for $1.98, so it's not a bank drainer.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

I normally wear my nails a bit longer than this, but after one breaks, you know the routine.  They all get chopped back.  You can see that even with short nails, the polish still looks nice and sassy.  Perfect shade for summer, too.

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

I recently went on a cruise and wanted to bring a new book with me, something light-hearted and uplifting, yet with an interesting plot.  I was happy I chose Robin Lee Hatcher's, "A Promise Kept". 

This was a lovely novel that wove a delightful tale of differing generations within the same family tree.  I enjoyed going on the journeys with Emma and Allison, as they make their ways through life, love, heartbreak and healing.  Always bringing the reader back to focusing on the Lord, Robin does a nice job of crafting a perfect read for any vacation you may have in your upcoming future.  Thank you, Robin.  It was just what was needed to chase away Old Man Winter in New England. :-)


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A beautiful cooking accessory.

A beautiful cooking accessory.

I bought this a couple of months ago, and truth be told, I'm yet to use it. I took it out of the box and examined all the attachments. It's a very sturdy machine and looks like it will do a sound job on my lightweight mixing duties. It's super heavy, though, so I'm trying to figure out how best to store it on my counter (because it's so lovely) and yet have easy access when I want to put it into use. (The rubber feet really grip tightly to my granite, so I can't just slide it out of its resting position.)

Anyone have any storage/usage suggestions?

Herbal Essence Body Wash Strikes Again!

Herbal Essence Body Wash Strikes Again!
#TheHerbalistas #bodywash They aren't just about hair anymore.
I have been able to sample two of their body washes, HELLO HYDRATION and BODY BURST. They are both great, strong scents that last, and both lathered nicely with my pouf. I'd choose BODY BURST as my first pick, due to its deliciously fruity scent. It makes me smile & dance (see my post dated 9/24/13). 
With that being said, I really did enjoy the coconut scent of HELLO HYDRATION.  It reminds me of summer & beach days, hanging out with my friends and laughing it up.  Good times.  Thank you Herbal Essence.  I'm really looking forward to trying out all new scents, too!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning

It's time for spring cleaning.  Let's kick it off here, shall we?

Here's my Top 10 list for making it sparkle:

1. Start from the top down, beginning with the exhaust fan.  Pull it down, debug, clean and repaint it bright white, as necessary.

2. Brush the ceiling corners with the broom to capture all finely spun webbing that's normally out of my reach.

3. Dust the light fixtures over the mirror, including the light bulbs, and then clean the mirror, itself.

4. It's bleach time.  Scrub the toilet inside and out.  Don't forget to wipe down the baseboard heaters, too.

5. Wipe down all the ceramic tiles in the shower with Lysol textured cloths.

6. Scrub the tub and dose the drain with some baking soda and white vinegar.

7. Remove old tub caulking and reapply bright white!

8. Clean the sink and counter areas.  Excellent time for uncluttering.

9. Wash the throw rugs and clean the floor.

10. Look for a new way to spruce it up, like change out the curtains, add flowers, spritz with a new fragrance, etc.