Friday, November 21, 2014

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

A book: A Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks
Sample of Truly Radiant Tooth Paste
Fructis Hair Oil
2 samples of Ovaltine
A coupon for a free 1/2 gallon of Silk
A pair of ear buds from a FB friend because some of us participated in a "Pay it Forward" gifting. We posted that the first 5 people to respond to that post would get a gift from us at some point during the year. I was one of the first 5 to respond to his post. I've now sent out 4 of my 5 gifts to those who responded to my post. I thought it was a great idea to Pay It Forward. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Vizeri Beauty Boar Bristle Hair Brush


I bought this brush when the company released a code that made the price of the brush just $1. I thought, wow, that's too good a deal to pass up and I was right. This is good for me because I have long hair and the dainty small brushes I usually buy aren't really working for my hair. But I can see this brush working for just about any type of hair since it's made so well and the spacing between the bristles are a good size. I even used it on my hair after I curled the ends and it just glided right through. 

I almost never brush or comb my hair when its wet because it's so long and ends up breaking or snapping off before I get to the end. I tested this brush out on my wet hair just to see if it would work and for the most part it did a good job but i don't think this brush would work on really detangled wet hair. I made sure to brush my hair before I washed it and used a leave in conditioner to make it easier to brush and it still pulled my hair in a few places. 

What makes this brush unique is that it's curved unlike the usual flat brushes this one fits the roundness of your head. The other thing I really like is that the little bristles really do feel like a small scalp massage when you are brushing your hair. The bristles are nice and soft and don't scrape my scalp like some of the other brushes I've used. I would definitely recommend this brush.

If you'd like to order this brush you can do so on Amazon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Xtava Spiral Hair Curler




Product Description:
Professional constant temperature curling Iron - fast heat up to 400°F
Spiral Curl Guides designed to effortlessly align your hair onto the Curling Barrel - Will not leave creases in curls
Simply clip the end of each hair mesh and twist
360° Swivel Power Cord with "On" indicator light
Ceramic Technology reduces static and frizz for healthy-looking hair

My Thoughts:

I have very long hair, it's so long that I can sit on it right now. I have incredibly straight hair so curling can take quite a while to get done. I usually roll my hair into small foam curlers at night when it's wet and sleep in them. By morning time when my hair is dry, I have curls. It can be a pain to sleep with curlers in your hair, even the soft foam ones so when I got a chance to try this curling iron out I was excited to try this out.


The curling iron came in a really nice black box for easy storage. It heats up really fast and has a little plastic guard at the end so if you touch it, your fingers don't get burned. I really liked that about it. it's different from other curling irons that I've used and it does take a little practice to get used to it but after a few tries I found it easy to use. 


This curling iron works really good. My daughter even wants to borrow it from me now. I have really long hair and could only get part of my hair into the curling part of it and so only the bottom part of my hair really got curled. I think this is better for someone who has shoulder length or medium length hair, not longer hair like I have.  If you'd like to buy one for yourself, you can find it here.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Power Tek Flash Premium CREE LED Headlamp



Product Description:


168 Lumens of Darkness Busting Power for Up To 110 meters of Visibility - MUCH BRIGHTER THAN THE #1 HEADLAMP ON AMAZON!
Up To 120 Hours of Battery Life on 3 AAA Batteries - Efficient Enough for Weeks of Use
Superbright CREE XP-E LED Lasts a Lifetime - Never Worry About it "Burning Out" - 6 Different Lighting Modes Including SOS and Red Night Vision Modes
Adjustable Super Comfortable Headband Allows Extended Use Without "Brain Squeeze"
FREE SURVIVAL GUIDE EBOOK WITH EACH PURCHASE!

My Thoughts: 

This headlamp is bright! I put the 3 AAA batteries in the headlamp and turned it on and made the mistake of having it pointed right at my face and I have to say that this is the brightest headlamp I've ever had. My husband who is an apartment maintenance man was also quite impressed with the brightness of the light and very pleased when I let him know that I was going to let him have the headlamp. 


I really love that it has a blinking SOS function where the light will blink in an SOS formation and it also has red lights for easy use at night. The headband easily adjusts to fit your head and doesn't give you a headache like some headbands will when you wear them for more than a few minutes. 


I really love this headlamp and recommend it highly. My husband also recommends this headlamp and he's had several over the years that he's used during his many years as a maintenance man and he said that this is the brightest one he's ever had. 

It's well made, very sturdy and seems like it will last a long time. If you would like to get one for yourself you can find it here.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Raturday!



Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*







Sunday, November 16, 2014

Product Review: Midwest 141 Ferret Nation Single-Level Ferret Cage with Ramps



I bought this cage from Amazon.com for $117.00 and it came with Super saving shipping, which means it was shipped to me for free. I didn't have to pay any shipping and handling charges at all. I like buying from Amazon.com for just that reason. This cage is advertised for ferrets but I bought it for my four adopted baby rats and it works quite well for them.

Product features
The cage measures 36 inches by 25 inches by 38.5 inches. It's the largest cage I've ever owned. It comes with a plastic floor pan and large shelf with a ramp. It has a dual locking door latches that can be operated with one hand. It's on wheels so it moves easily and has locking casters on two of the wheels so the cage will stay where you park it until you move it again. Large storage area beneath the cage lets you store all your pets accessories. Very sturdy construction and a platinum-gray hammer-tone finish and a one year limited warranty.

Problems
The only things I found wrong with this cage were the ladder leading up to the shelf has bars that small feet can get caught in and break. I chose to take a large sock and stretch over the ladder so their feet wouldn't get stuck between the bars.

I also saw that there was a space where the ladder hooks into the upper shelf where small feet could get stuck and chose to wrap that entire area with black tape. My rats didn't chew on the tape and now I don't have to worry about their feet getting stuck between those bars either.

This cage is almost perfect, it is very big, big enough for 4 rats to run, jump and play. The bars make it easy to attach toys, beds, hammocks and wheels to the inside of the cage. This cage is very durable and even if my rats chew on the bars, the finish in unlikely to wear off. The large doors that open the entire front of the cage make it easy to clean and play with your pets. I bought this cage for my baby rats and after getting them in their new home I quickly found out that they could stick their heads right out through the space between the bars of the cage.

We were easily able to remedy the problem by using black tape and screening material. We cut the screening material to fit the sides and back of the cage and taped it on, top and bottom. Then cut enough of the screening material to fit half way up the front of the cage doors and taped it on. We were able to remove the screening material as soon as they get a little bigger and could no longer get their heads through the space between the bars of the cage.

The cage comes in a large box and you need to assemble it, but after reading the instructions my husband and I were able to put the whole thing together in two hours.

While this cage is made for Ferrets, I found it great for Rats also. With just a few adjustments this cage can be a great home for pets.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Why "Free To A Good Home" is a Bad Idea


Because of people who I will refer to as 'Animal Harvesters' we all have to be more careful who we give our free puppies, kittens and even hamsters to. These Animal Harvesters look for free animals so they can sell them for a profit. Most of these animals will be given to Research Facilities, Puppy Mills for breeding purposes, or may end up as bait in dog fighting rings, while smaller animals like rats, hamsters and gerbils could be used as food for pet snakes.

How to Keep Animals Away From Pet Harvesters
If you want to make sure that your pet is really going to a good home, list an adoption fee. If the prospective pet owner has no problem paying an adoption fee, this can prove they actually want the pet and are responsible.

Another way is to ask to see the home where your pet will be housed and ask to see the interaction between the pet and everyone who will be living in the household. Pet Harvesters do not like to wait, they want quick results and aren't likely to go through this in order to get the pet.

What To Do If You Find A Stray Animal
While most people will call the Humane Society, or the local animal shelter to pick the stray animal up, in some instances people will keep the animal and try to find the owners themselves. Pet Harvesters also prey on these people because they think it will be easy to say they are the owner and come to claim the animal.

If you find a stray animal, do not put your address in the flier or ad. Post your phone number and a brief description of the animal but be sure to keep some information to yourself that only the owner would know and only tell the would be owner your address if they get all of the descriptions right.

Responsible owners will find people they are sure will take care of their pets that they can't take with them when they move, new litters or stray animals they find and want to re-home. One of the simplest things you can do is to ask the potential new owner to fill out an application with just a few basic informational questions, like address where the animal will be living, a phone number where they can be reached and what the name of their veterinarian is. Most animal lovers will gladly give you this information when they see you just want to make sure your animal is going to a good home.

We all want to believe that those searching for animals are doing so because they want to give a deserving animal a good forever home, sadly that is not always the case.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Freebie Friday!


Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

 This week I received a lot of free stuff. So much in fact that I took 3 pictures. Above is a picture of the Zep Cleansters that I received for free from Crowdtap


This week Crowdtap also sent me supplies for a Millstone House Party. They sent all of this stuff for me to share with friends and family. 
5 bags of Millstone coffee
a box of assorted dried fruit
4 coffee cups and saucers
a Scrabble game
4 Coffee spoons
$5 gift card

Smiley360 sent me a box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and a cute plastic bottle to store it in as well as a pamphlet with tips for using the baking soda for cleaning and household freshness.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Uses


I was recently sent a free box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and a cute plastic container to keep it in by Smiley360 in exchange for my truthful review. 

In the box was also a pamphlet with helpful solutions and tips for Holiday & Entertaining. One of the tips that I'm ffeaturingtoday is how Arm & Hammer Baking Soda can be used as a silver polish. 

Mix a little baking soda and water until you get a paste.

Mine was a little watered down but I found this worked best for me.

Find a piece of silver jewelry that needs to be cleaned. I used one of the silver rings that I wear every day. 

Rub a little of the baking soda paste on the silver jewelry with a soft cloth, rinse off and dry.

It does work and it left my ring sparkling. 

#BakingSodaTips

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to Easily Clean Silver Jewelry



Silver jewelry is beautiful and shiny when you first buy it, it's durable and looks great with everything. It will however tarnish easily if left exposed to air and water. The silver rings I wear everyday will become tarnished but there is an easy way to keep them clean.

The Tin Foil and Salt Method
I recently saw a website called How To Clean Stuff that had this great recipe, "Fill the jar or bowl about half full with hot water.

1. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the jar or a couple of tablespoons of salt to the bowl and mix to dissolve.
2. Add a few strips of aluminum foil to the jar or cover the bottom of the bowl with a sheet of aluminum foil.
3. Now simply drop your silver jewelry in the water.
4. You can shake it around in the jar or swish it around in the bowl. The aluminum with the salt acts as a magnet, pulling the tarnish off of the silver.
5. Allow the jewelry to sit in the saltwater/aluminum foil mixture for a few minutes.
6. Remove and rinse under running water.
7. Repeat as needed until the tarnish is removed.
8. Dry with a soft towel.

I tried this method for a few pieces of my silver jewelry that was extremely tarnished and it worked within seconds for my sterling silver bracelet 2 pairs of sterling silver earrings. I was shocked at how fast this method actually works.