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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Some helpful websites

So today I'm not sharing a review. Instead, I have some helpful websites you might be interested in checking out. Recently my mom shared an article with me that came from Family Circle. They were talking about making purchases online. Here are some that you should check out:

https://lish.com/ by Payvment creates a storefront based on feedback for hundreds of thousands of sellers. It uses social medi/a like Facebook to advertise by posting on people's Timeline about items they like and bought. You use PayPal for a secure transaction.

https://www.zaarly.com/ is like an online yard sale for goods, services, and experiences.

https://www.taskrabbit.com/ has a service that allows you to hire trusted folks to run errands, do household chores or perform repairs for a fee. The "taskrabbits" go through background checks and video interviews before being approved.

http://www.swap.com/netcycler.html is a service that you have to sign up and provide a valid payment method in order to use. Once you do that, you can then search for things you want and list things to "swap". Only payment expected in the swap will be shipping. In return, they ask you swap things of equal value.

Remember to look for https in the address bar and certificates such as the Norton Secured Seal!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Better Than Pants review

So how many of you have a nerd, geek or humorous friend on your gift list? Now how many of you actually found something awesome to get them besides a gift card to NewEgg or Best Buy??
There is another option for your consideration. BetterThanPants.com has T-shirts of all kinds. There are gamer references, old school (90's) references, PI references, Zombies, Star Wars.... You can browse to your hearts content through so many designs.

These shirts aren't some light cheaply pressed-on designs either. They will stand up to washings and wear. For my review I chose the Who's Your Daddy and Zombie Response Team shirts. (If you don't get the 'Who's Your Daddy' reference - you seriously need to watch Star Wars.) They are comfy cotton tees with cool nerdy sayings that announce to the world: I'm a NERD and PROUD of it! ;-)
Aside from these two as my top two favorites, I also enjoyed the Warning: If zombies chase us, I'm tripping you - Cool Zombie Shirt and the Diaper Loading Please Wait Baby Shirt.
Even better, is the fact that there are 3 web addresses that are all in the same company group. So check out http://www.betterthanpants.com/, http://90stshirts.com/, and http://www.dailytees.com/. So many choices! Its like they say, "With shirts this awesome who needs pants?" You can also custom design a shirt for yourself or someone else to make it truly unique and special. Follow them on Facebook to see all their latest additions as well as deals http://www.facebook.com/betterthanpants or you can simply join their newsletter and receive email updates. Happy Nerd shopping!

Friday, December 14, 2012

DaVinci Gourmet review

Everyone may not be gourmet in the kitchen. But with a little help, they can still make a gourmet treat. DaVinci Gourmet provides specialty syrups to add that yummy element to so many things.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, deserts and even entrees can be transformed into something to excite your taste buds with just a little something extra. They have tons of recipes you can check out on their website. For those looking to keep on the healthier path they offer the sugar-free syrups.
DaVinci Gourmet sent me several flavors to try. Sugar-free Caramel was so good in my hot chocolate! It adds a rich flavor and I only put about a teaspoon in my cup. My kids and husband were drinking up my hot chocolate as soon as I finished stirring it! The delicious smell that rose with the steam drew them in.

Then for breakfast one morning we decided to make pancakes. As a treat, I added about a tablespoon (or two) into the mix. We had yummy caramel pancakes that my boys wanted seconds and thirds... and fourth and fifth helpings of.
They also sent Vanilla, Hazelnut, Sugar-free Chocolate, Zero calorie Kahlua. They have so many flavors to choose from! I plan to dazzle up my brownies next... So check them out and tell me what you think about the products and recipes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sonic Alert review

Being married to a deaf guy, I've spent the past 6 years or so learning about and seeing different products that deaf people use. The technology they have made for deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) devices is getting better all the time. One of the most notable devices is a signaler.
I was given the chance to test the USS360 Universal Sound Signaler from Sonic Alert. It's a small device that you plug into the wall then you plug a lamp into it. Put it in a room you spend a lot of time in and any time there is loud sound - knocking on the door, baby crying, alarms, etc. your lamp will begin flashing. This is so helpful for our family. I have hearing issues as well but I'm able to hear my daughter cry or someone knocking on the door. However, when I'm not home my husband needs to be able to know what's going on too. This USS360 works with all other Sonic Alert receivers. Once plugged in, this device will submit a signal via the power lines in your home to any other Sonic Alert Receivers you have plugged in as well. 

Devices like these are great not only for deaf but also for those who have other degrees of hearing loss. Or maybe for those who tune everything out and drift into their own minds and need a reminder to come back to realty...

There is another awesome thing I should mention about this device; it has various degrees of sensitivity to sound. It catches my son whispering across the room just as easy as my daughters cry depending on the setting we pick.
Now as a warning, you should not use power strips or surge protectors with the Sonic Alert Signalers or Receivers because they block the signal that is transmitted from the signaler to the receiver. They must be plugged directly into a working outlet without any adapters getting in the way.
They have other things as well. Alarm clocks, other types of signalers, amplified clocks and phones as well as listening devices.
Want to learn more about their technology? Check them out on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonic-Alert/ or at their website http://www.sonicalert.com/.

This technology is called X-10 technology. I found a link where you can get a little more info about what that means.  http://www.smarthome.com/about_x10.html

If you are looking for more specific information about this particular signaler, check out this link: http://sonicalert.com/products-signaling-systems-USS360.html
The other receivers they have available can be viewed here: http://sonicalert.com/signaling-systems-receivers.html

I'd love to hear what you guys think about this. So leave me a comment below!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Emerson Creek Pottery review and giveaway

As I've mentioned in some of my other reviews, I love companies that make and sell products right here in the United States. I also love pottery. My grandmother had a beautiful set of pottery dishes on display in her china cabinet the always impressed me. I found a company that not only sells pottery but they are made and sold here in the US. Emerson Creek Pottery makes some beautiful pieces and sets. With the holidays here, these pieces are even more appealing for all your holiday gatherings and family sharing. They have so many things that make great gift ideas as well.
I was sent a Peony Pitcher in the Copper Clay color. It's so cute. I love the deep, rich color (that goes so well with the ranch theme we have) as well as how smooth the surface is. It's the perfect size for a small bunch of flowers to make a centerpiece. I'm sure too when my daughter is old enough to have "tea parties" this is will be something she goes for first. It reminds me of a miniature size of a pitcher my mother used to have. Remember the pitcher and bowls households would keep in the rooms of their farm house so guests could wash their hands and face? Just like that!

Emerson Creek Pottery also has some lovely appetizer plates, dinnerware, bakeware, baby dishes... The list goes on. They have various colors and designs to choose from as well. You can check out their website
http://www.emersoncreekpottery.com/ to see everything they have to offer. My favorite design they offer is the Field of Iris. I like that they make pottery that is not only beautiful, reminiscent of antique-like pieces, but its also made for modern life.
These dishes are safe to use in your microwave as well as your dishwasher. There is no lead in them and you can cook with them in your oven. Being heavy duty and made to last everyday makes them worth every penny compared to the cheaper imports most folks buy that break or shatter or might even develop cracks over less than a years worth of handling. As a bonus for those who love historic facts, the building that houses their showroom has a rich background going back to the 1800's.

So now for the fun part! Enter below to win a Peony Pitcher in your choice of design. As a bonus, they are also giving my readers a coupon code 867, good for 20% off, $25 or more, until 1/7/13. So check them out, enter to win, and happy holidays!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Zevia review

I don't often drink sodas. But occasionally I feel like having one or I might drink them when I'm out. I don't like the sugary taste and the after taste that generally follows. But I think I found a soda that can satisfy the craving while feeling light and refreshing still. I recently received 6 flavors of Zevia to try. First thing I noticed about the Zevia sodas: they are clear! I drank the Black Cherry first since I love black cherry. It's clear, which is a good thing if you have kids because it won't stain if it spills. Also that shows me its not filled with a heavy syrup or artificial coloring/dyes. It has zero calories and no sugar as its naturally sweetened with Stevia. It's not a heavy tasting soda. I also tried the Grapefruit Zevia, Dr. Zevia, Mountain Zevia, Orange Zevia, and Caffeine-Free Cola.

Mountain Zevia was my favorite. Great tasting but with natural sweetener that made it very refreshing.
My least favorite was the Caffeine-free cola. Normally the only caffeine-free soda I like is Sprite. This one didn't excite my taste buds too well but if you like diet soda, this one should work well for you.

The Grapefruit Zevia didn't taste much like grapefruit however, it did have a citrus flavor. Orange was exactly as you'd expect. Dr. Zevia was good too. It was similiar to another leading name brand of familiar taste.
I like the different ways they tempt the taste buds. It's unique. They make a great drink for those who like the soda taste without the soda calories, sugars and weight gain that comes with it. Also, an added bonus that I'm fairly certain these would have though I don't think its been proven... no discoloration of your teeth. Normally sodas made with syrups, teas and coffees tend to yellow your teeth. Overall that makes them a win-win in our house.

You can check them out on their website http://www.zevia.com/. There you can also find coupons, like them on Facebook, subscribe to their YouTube channel, check out thir products, or find out where you can buy Zevia. They also have recipes. So check them out and leave me a comment telling me what you think about them!