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I received these pouches of Downy Fresh Protect Beads in my Influenster Goddess Voxbox.

We make our own laundry detergent (click here).  We don’t any sort of beads that make our laundry have any particular smell.  Putting these beads into our laundry was a good change.

One pouch is good for one load.

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I put the clothing into the washing machine and poured the contents of the pouch onto the top of it.

That’s all.

I didn’t add any extra fabric softener because I wasn’t sure if it was going to clash with the scent in the product.

Our laundry came out smelling so fresh and clean.  I really liked the scent of the beads BEFORE I put them into the wash, so I was expecting to enjoy the way they would make our laundry smell.

Overall, it’s a good product.  It’s easy to use, and my clothes came out smelling nicely.  There really isn’t anything else to comment on.  I do recommend this to others.

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I got it!

I got my first VoxBox from Influenster.

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This VoxBox includes the following:

  • Downy Fresh Protect Beads
  • Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner
  • Always Radiant Feminine Pads
  • Nail Polish from the Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Satin Collection
  • Pantene Expert Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

I’m very excited to have these items and to test them out.  I hope I have a change to review all the items in this box within the given time frame.  I’ll be doing my best to take pictures!

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The reviews will start soon!  Stay tuned.

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Disclaimer: The item featured in this ‘Shopping small’ post is purchased by me. I am not sponsored by the store featured.

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I love Harry Potter.  I love coffee.  I love mugs.

When I saw this, I HAD to have it.

I loved it so much, I bought more than one and shipped it out to my brother, another Harry Potter fan!

The Pink Polk Dot Custom Creations is an only store found on Etsy.  Click here to go directly to the shop.  This shop has so many different designs on mugs and reusable coffee cups.  This shop even has glitter dipped items!

Glitter!

There is an endless selection of items in this shop.

The mug arrived packaged so secure.  It came in very good condition.  As you see in the photo below, the shop owner adds a bit of flair and fun in her packaging.  I totally loved the little purple tinsel.  It was such a cute way to make her packaging stand out from other shops.

Customer service is also excellent.  The shop owner responds so quickly and is so accommodating and friendly.  That personal and friendly service is why I love shopping small.

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I’ve already used mine several times, and I still get a kick out of it!  I absolutely love it!

To clean the mug, the shop specifies that it should not be soaked and should not be placed in the dishwasher.  These mugs are to only be handwashed.

Seriously, isn’t it the greatest?!

Click here for the direct link to the item.

If there are any other small/handmade shops you’d like me to check out, please leave a comment below.  If I feel like it’s a good fit for myself and this blog, I’d gladly purchase an item and leave a review. 

 

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Disclaimer:  The item featured in this ‘Shopping small’ post is purchased by me.  I am not sponsored by the store featured.

Supporting the small shop community has kind of been my thing lately.  I respect the hard work of every ‘momtrepreneur’ out there.  It’s tough working from home, juggling the kids, and trying to keep a business running.  I should know.  I promised myself I would try to shop small and from the handmade community as much as I can and that I will try my best to promote them in my small corner of the Internet.  So, here we go!

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This sweater is from Fresh Apparel.  They specialize in various sweaters, T-shirts, and tank tops for children and adults.

This has got to be one of my favorite designs they have.  I’m definitely ‘living that mom life’ and love wearing this sweater during these cool spring mornings.  It’s soft and super comfy.

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Yup, that’s me!

However, I do know that this sweater is a seasonal item for the shop.  I believe that by the time this blog post publishes, this sweater is no longer available until next fall.  I’m still featuring it on the blog because I would love for you to visit their website and check out all the other awesome items and designs they offer!

Visit them on Facebook at Fresh Apparel for my information about the shop and their products.  Don’t forget to visit their shop directly at Fresh Apparel.

Happy shopping!

If there are any other small/handmade shops you’d like me to check out, please leave a comment below.  If I feel like it’s a good fit for myself and this blog, I’d gladly purchase an item and leave a review. 

 

I like product reviews.  I rely on them heavily whenever I’m looking into something I’d like to try, such as hair products, facial care, food, and just about everything in between.

I’ve been a member of Influenster.com since 2012.

I’ll admit that I haven’t been very active in all those years.  In fact, I’ve only recently rediscovered the site and have decided to become more active.  In becoming more active, I increase my chance at receiving free products from them to try out.

This is where you, my lovely readers, come in.

I’ve struggled with the product review section of my blog.  I never know what to review.

With Influenster, I have the opportunity to be giving things to review, from food to cosmetics and whatever is in between!

Occasionally, you’ll see a product review on this page, and it may come from an Influenster campaign.  I’ll always make sure to indicate that in the description of the product.

I look forward to receiving items and giving my honest opinion about them.

If your interested in joining, you can click the badge on the sidebar of my blog page, or click on this referral link.

I’m so excited!

Oh, and I’ll also try to incorporate some product reviews that are solely my own, meaning I purchased the product and tried it out without any influence from any company.  I like sharing what I use on a daily basis and why I like using them.

I can’t wait to expand this part of the blog and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

The Target $1/$3 rack is amazing.  It’s got some pretty great little toys for a very reasonable price.  I use that rack to buy M some potty rewards (potty training.. a whole other blog post that I’m still trying to figure out how to put together..).

M earned a potty reward recently.  This time it was a Hello Kitty Imagine Ink activity book.

BENDON_26041_1361588351-1The image isn’t the exact book she played with.

She actually enjoyed this book every much.  She loved that she just needed one marker to color everything.  She loved finding all the hidden pictures on each page.  She also enjoyed how colorful everything was.  She enjoyed it so much, she finished the whole book in two days.

I loved that it was mess free.  The marker only worked in the activity book.  If she tried to color on other things, the marker didn’t work and it didn’t leave any unwanted marks on anything.  I loved how engaged she was every time we played with the book.  I loved, that when opened properly, the plastic holder the marker is stored in can be used to store the marker when not in use.  Less clutter for me!

I didn’t like were that the marker did have a little bit of a chemical smell to it.  I just wish it didn’t smell that way.  I also didn’t like that the marker was starting to dry out after the second day of using it.  Luckily, we finished the book in two days, but I’m not sure the marker would have lasted much longer had we decided to stretch out the fun and only do a few sheets a day.

Overall, it was a great $3 purchase.  She liked it so much, she asked for more of these books.  I’m definitely getting her more.

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M received this trike for her second birthday back in September 2013.  She has loved it from the beginning, however, she’s refused to take it outside.  All that changed last week.  We were finally able to take it out and she absolutely loves it more than ever!

Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike

This trike was pretty easy to assemble.  Of course, Hubby did all the assembling.  The directions were fairly easy to read and he had it put together in less than an hour.

This trike is awesome because M doesn’t necessarily have to pedal in order for it to go forward.  That handle in the back acts as a stroller handle.  You can steer and push the trike around.  You have complete control of the tricycle with that handle. 

If M doesn’t move the pedals, the trike makes a ticking noise that can get a bit annoying.  Hubby seems to think that there is a setting within the front wheel that can remove that ticking noise, but so far, we haven’t figured it out.

The back has a little “trunk space”.  You can lift the little back area and there is a small storage space.  It can’t really hold much.  It can probably hold a little baggie of snacks, but nothing major.  We usually find small random objects in them that M likes to place. 

The wheels are hollow plastic, which makes them fairly easy to clean, but I’m not sure how long they will actually last in the long run. 

M loves this trike.  Ever since we finally used it outside, she has been wanting to go everyday! 

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I highly recommend this since you actually have a lot of control of the tricycle, especially when a two-year old is at the front!

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I hate stepping out of the shower into a cold bathroom.  I just hate being cold.  I depend on a space heater in my bathroom a lot. 

When my old space heater finally gave out, Hubby and I were on the search for a new one.  I simply couldn’t function without heat.

This is whenwe found this:


Holmes HFH436WGL-UM Heater Fan with Bathroom Safe Plug

This is a great heater.  There are temperature controls and various modes you can set up.  There is a clock set up where you can schedule when it will turn on.  There is a “stay on” mode where you just turn it on and it stays on until you turn it off.  There is a temperature control mode where you set the temperature you want and it will shut off once it hits that temp.

I usually just keep in on the “stay on” mode and enjoy the nice warm heat.

The front does tend to get a little too hot to touch, so I recommend NOT bumping into it if you can avoid it. 

I also don’t have this in the bathroom that M uses.  I don’t want to risk any sort of accident between her and the heater.

I highly recommend this heater.  We’ve had it since January and it’s still working like it’s brand new.  I’m hoping this will last a long time.

If you love to be warm, like me, this space heater is absolutely perfect for you!

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 I’ve been trying introduce M to activities that keep her busy and entertained.  She enjoys drawing and markers, so I figured she’d enjoy painting. 


Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaint

This is great.  This paint only works with the Crayola Color Wonder paper.  The color doesn’t get anywhere.  Because it’s a gel, it’s easy to clean up.

At first, M was a little apprehensive about touching it, but it didn’t take her long to get used to it.  She loved making splotches all over the paper.

The colors are a little muted on the Color Wonder paper.  The colors are not bold, but it’s a only a kid’s fingerpaint.  She’s not the next Monet.  We did notice that the longer the paint sits on the paper, the stronger the colors came out. 

The gel dries a little sticky, so if you want to save your child’s artistic creations, I would not stack the pages on top of each other, even if you think that the paints are dry. 

This set seems to be a “one time use” fingerpaint set.  M dug through the gel pots and used up the fingerpaint in one sitting that lasted about an hour.  I did try to save as much as I could by scooping up the globs of gel on the piece of paper and scraping it back into the pots. 

You can find fingerpaint refills here:

 


Crayola Color Wonder Paint Refill – Set of 2 (Tropical and Classic 75-2038)

M enjoyed this very much.  I look foward to getting some refills and letting her paint again.  It’s a great activity that keeps her still and quiet for at least an hour. 

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M has been obsessed with Play Doh for awhile.  Why haven’t I posted a product review yet?  In any case, here we go!


Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Cone Container Craft Kit

I bought M this basic set to get her started.  It came with one can of Play Doh Plus and two cans of regular Play Doh.  The accessories are two small ice cream cones, a spoon and an ice cream scoop, and an extruder that looks like a syringe.  The base of the main container contains a lot of different molds that look like ice cream toppings and candies.

From the start, M loved it.  She loved to put Play Doh through the extruder and make “noodles.”  She loved to fill in the ice cream cones.

From a mommy’s perspective, it’s great.  It’s a great way to keep M busy for an hour, sometimes longer!  It’s much better than having her time occupied with WATCHING Play Doh videos on Youtube.  I’d rather that she actually PLAY with the Play Doh.  

I do have a few issues with Play Doh. 
– It smells.  Play Doh has a distinct smell that isn’t super pleasant.  I did play with Play Doh in the past, so opening a fresh can of it does smell like my childhood, but it still stinks.  The smell doesn’t linger, nor does it fill up the whole room.  It just smells. 
– It sticks.  We have carpet in our apartment.  We have to layout a plastic trash bag underneath her play table.  If the Play Doh gets on the carpet, and someone steps on it, then it’s stuck.  It’s pretty much the same affect when Play Doh gets on clothes and gets pressed into it.  I’m sure there are methods of removing playdoh, I’ll have to do my research.
– It sticks on hands.  I’ve noticed that the Play Doh sticks onto M’s hands.  By the time she’s done playing with it, she’s got a thin layer of stuck Play Doh residue on her fingers.  This isn’t the greatest since M is still a thumb sucker.  I have to make sure that there is no Play Doh residue on her thumb when she’s done.  If I don’t, she’ll be ingesting it due to her thumb sucking.  I know Play Doh is non-toxic, but the idea of her ingesting it is disturbing. 

Overall, I love PlayDoh.  I’ve always loved it as a kid, and I’m so happy that M loves it as much as I did. 

Before I purchased the actual Play Doh, I researched some homemade versions and made them.  I wanted to test out the interest factor without spending the money.  I also wanted to see if she was ready to play with it without putting it in her mouth.  There are tons of homemade play doh recipes on line.  All you have to do is pick one to try it out!

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