Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Review: City Cars 16-Car Gift Pack by OliaDesign

Product Description
The perfect gift for vehicle lovers of all ages
Speed and action all in a pack of 16 die-cast cars
16 of the coolest 1:64 scale die-cast vehicles
Each pack is an instant collection

My Review

I really like this collection. I got this for my grandson and I think he will really like this. Little boys love cars, trucks and fire engines and he's already got some cars like this so I know he'll really like playing with these. My grandson is almost 3 years old so I think that is a great age to start giving him cars, trucks and dump trucks like this.  Since some of the smaller parts like the rotors on the helicopter are plastic and can break off. I wouldn't think this would be for a child younger than 3 years old. 

I remember when my brother was younger he had tons of cars and trucks like this and he played with them for hours. I used to steal some of his cars and play with them too so don't forget that the girl in your family might also like this. I have a feeling that my grandson will get hours and hours of enjoyment out of this set as well. This set of cars and trucks makes for a great gift for the kid if your family. 

If you'd like to buy this, you can find it here

Disclaimer: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

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, October 04, 2015

Review: Target Beauty Box

Target has a beauty box that you can sign up for each month but supplies are limited and they run out really fast. The boxes are just $5 each and they have at least $20 worth of products in them. Last month they had another box for just $5 and I was able to get this one and was really happy since they are usually out by the time I hear about them. 

It comes in a really nice box which I kept because I'm sure I can find something to store in this box. But I was really happy with all the different products that came in this box this month. For just $5, you really can't beat this offer. Have you signed up and received one of these Target Beauty boxes yet?

In this box I got... 

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion

Aquaphor Healing Lip Balm

Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave in Conditioner

Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

I have really long hair so I'm always looking for new hair care products and I love leave in conditioners. This box was pretty much a hair care box with a sample of lip balm and toothpaste. Well worth the $5 I paid for it. 

Have you tried any of the Target Beauty Boxes yet?

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Review: Japan Candy Box

I was trying to think of a good add on gift for my daughter and son in law for Christmas and saw a youtube review one of my friends posted about this Japan Candy Box. I thought this would be a great add on gift for my son in laws Christmas basket because he likes pretty much anything Japan related, Anime and he loves all kinds of candy. So perfect fit, right? Yeah, not so much. Let me tell you why....

I bought the 3 month subscription box so I'll be getting 1 box a month for the next three months. I figured that I would have enough candy to put some in both my daughter's Christmas basket and my son in laws basket and have a quite a bit to test out myself. So I prepaid for three boxes...a total of $59.70 and while the price is a little steep, I figured that it might be worth it to get something unique for the Christmas baskets. Update: I also won a box so I'll be getting 4 boxes to try out.

As you can see, there really isn't a lot in the box...not enough to make it worth the $20 fee for each box. So I figured, maybe it tastes really good, really unique. Maybe it's the bomb! And that would make it worth getting, so I sampled a few pieces of this candy and not only are the packages small but the candy just isn't good. Some of it reminded me of that soapy taste I would get in my mouth when my mom washed my mouth out with soap as a kid for cussing.

With all the high praise and great reviews I've seen for this candy subscription box, I just don't understand how I am finding it to be lacking, big time. I'm not going to cancel my 3 box subscription or ask for my money back because I'm really hoping the next two boxes are much better. Plus I have a feeling that since my son in law likes Japanese and Anime stuff so much that even if he doesn't like the candy, he'll appreciate the thought that went into this add on gift.

I sampled a few pieces and this was actually the only one that I liked. I was a watermelon gummi candy.

So while I don't think this is worth the $20 price tag per box, I do think that it makes for an interesting conversation piece or a nice add on gift for someone who would be interested in having something that came from Japan. 

I give this Japan Candy Box 2 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, October 02, 2015

How Big Do Rats Get

Last month I had a couple of people ask me how big rats get. It's a tricky question because they actually can be many sizes. Over the last 15 years I've had some really big rats and some petite rats like Flower. So I thought I would just show you. This is Ares, Brodie, Hades and Jasper. Brodie was the smallest of the bunch and he's the one to the right in back of the two facing front. Jasper who is facing front was the biggest rat I've ever had. I'll post more pictures of him later in this post. Right next to him is the black and white rat and that's Hades who was almost as big as Jasper and then next to him was Ares who was a little smaller. 

Lucky who was my 3 legged rat was really big too. He was just under 3 lbs and was 17 inches long. 

Then there was Marbles who was a medium size rat at just 2 lbs and 15 inches long. His fur is curly and missing in some places because he is a Rex rat and he had the hairless gene but his fur came out all wonky. 

And this was Marbles brother, Patches. Patches was the smallest rat I've ever had. He was the size of a small hamster with a small tail and he only weighed 1.2 lbs. He was also a Rex and has soft curly fur. 

Jasper was the biggest rat I've ever owned. He was 19 inches long from nose to tail and weighed a whopping 3Lbs. I sat him next to a paper towel roll so you could see how big he was. 

The paper towel roll was 11 inches long.

And his tail was about 8 inches long. 19 inches all together. 

And then there's Flower who is petite and small. She is a hairless rat. I haven't weighed her because my scale broke a while back but she's not more than 1.5 lbs and she's not long at all. Not that she would sit still long enough for me to measure her. lol 

Most times male rats are bigger than female rats and female rats usually have more energy than males. When males get older they usually turn into chubby, laid back lap rats who want to be held and petted. Female rats usually keep that energy they have most of their lives and are zip, zip zipping around like the energizer bunny. 

But that's not always the case. This was Romi. She was my first female rat and she turned out to be a very big girl and she loved to just lay on me or next to me and be petted. She was almost 3 lbs and about 16 inches long. 

Romi was like Flower and loved to hide in my shirt and even sleep there while I was watching a movie on the couch. While she did have a lot of energy she would also cuddle when she felt like it too. 

These are not all of the rats that I've had but as you can see they do come in all sorts of different sizes. I hope I answered some of your questions.

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.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too. You can also sign up at these sites and get products at a great discount. No Kidding CouponsAMZ Review Trader, and Elite Deal Club.

This week I received:

A set of 2 dog bowls for review.

Did you get anything free this week?

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Why Does Dawn Dish Liquid Make My Sponge Stink?

I had been using Palmolive and before you ask why I didn't just use the dishwasher...I am the dishwasher. My apartment complex is too damn cheap to have dishwashers in the apartments. 

Anyway, I had been using Palmolive and I received a coupon for $1 off of Dawn so we tried it. I like that it cuts grease better and that I don't have to use as much to get my dishes clean but it leaves my sponges with a really rank odor even after the first time I use it. I've tried washing my sponge out really well after doing the dishes, I tried boiling the sponge, microwaving the sponge and even using a new sponge each week. It doesn't matter what I do, Dawn leaves my sponges and dish cloths with a musty, moldy smell after using it with them. No other dish washing liquid does this to my sponges.

So I left a question on the Dawn FB page and this was their response. 

I know I'm not the only one who has had this question because I "Googled" the question and there are a lot of blog posts, articles and forums about this so it's not just me. I may have to use a different dish liquid now.

Do you use Dawn? Have you noticed this?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Stainless Steel Dog Bowls

Product Description

Stainless steel Dog Bowls with rubber bottoms that wont slip

This Bowl didn't slide all over the place when your dog is eating.

- Made With Highest Quality Materials Available 
- With rubber bottoms that wont slip 
- Beautiful Design in Stainless Steel.

- 2 Dog Bowls for the price of one 
- Wont Slip to prevent scratches and damage to hardwood floor 
- Very Easy To Clean (Dishwasher safe) 
- Holds up to 32-ounce

First thing I want to mention is that my bowls came with stickers attached to the inside bottom of both bowls and even after scrubbing them, there's still a sticky residue that will not come off. I really don't like that at all. I'm hoping that over time if will fade away but it's very unattractive right now. It makes no sense for the company to send out dog bowls knowing that water and food are going to be put into them and knowing that not all of the sticker residue comes off easily. 

These bowls are bigger than the small bowls that we got when we were given our dog last year. They are a good size and the rubber seal on the bottom of them do help them not slip around the floor. Falcor, my dog doesn't usually like to stick his face down inside a bowl to eat his food I think because he doesn't like getting his chin hairs and whiskers dirty with dog food. But these bowls are bigger than the bowls I had been using and now he eats out of a bowl instead of a plate but he's still a messy eater. 

At least the bowls stay where you put them. I get annoyed if he scoots the plate or bowls all over the kitchen floor and I accidentally kick the water bowl with my foot and water goes flying everywhere. That didn't happen when I used these bowls. 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Product Review: W-Star Multi Use Adjustable Child Safety Strap Latches Locks

Product Description

Home is where the heart is, but it can also be a very dangerous place for new crawlers and walkers. 

The baby is so curious about everything that they enjoy opening the cabinets, drawers, appliances and even toilets. 

They always make a mess in the room and even hurt themselves sometime. Such things really confused parents. 

The Child Proofing Cabinet Latch is the solution. 

NO screw, no drill, no damage to you furniture. 

What you need to do? 

Adjust the flexible yet durable strap to the length you need, peel back the paper on the 3M adhesive and press on the flat surface or corner that you need to keep your little one out of. 

Marvel at how well it sticks and the ease with which you can quickly open the lock, yet it is too difficult for your toddler. 

My Review

My grandson is almost 3 years old and anyone who's been around a 3 year old knows they get into everything. Since my daughter lives close to me, I see him often and like to give my daughter things for him. So I gave these to her and knew they would be easy to install since you don't have to drill holes or use screws to hold it in place. 

She placed one on the corner cabinet door and tried prying the door open and she couldn't get it open so we knew that the little one wouldn't be able to get into the cabinet. Plus it's easy to open after you get them installed. These are so much easier to install and use than those other latches that you have to try and screw in tiny screws into the wood under the cabinet doors.

If you'd like to buy this product, you can find it here

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Flower's Cage Set Up

I know on Monday's I usually post the Happy Raturday post but the lady that run's the fb page that I get the pictures from is away at school for the next few weeks so I thought I would post a rat related blog post instead. 

Flower has moved into the bigger cage and she's loving it. Yes, both Scribbles and Flower have been solitary rats. I got them that way and they weren't social at all and didn't like other rats so they stayed by themselves. Rats should be kept in pairs or more because they usually like the company but if they are rat aggressive to other rats, sometimes it just doesn't work out.

Flower seems to like one of her new beds. This is the same bed that Lucky used to sleep in and as you can see in the pictures below...he was a lot bigger than she is. lol She is my dainty little girl.

Lucky was a big boy. When people saw him, they always remarked at how big he was because he was a huge rat. Flower is so much smaller than most of the other rats I've had.

When Lucky slept on his back, he just about took up the entire bed. But Flower has a lot of room to stretch out in it.

I put 2 hammocks, 1 fluffy bed, 1 hanging fleece tube, 2 lava ledges and 1 fleece cube in the cage and she went around sniffing everything before settling down for a nap. 

The ramps are covered so that their feet don't accidentally get stuck in the little holes in the ramp. I usually just buy big stretchy socks and snug them up over the ramps. They re easy to pull on and off and cheap enough that I can just throw them away and use a new one when they get dirty.

She spent a lot of time in this bed before checking out the hammocks and cube.

I always put a baby blanket inside her cube so she has something to cuddle in when she sleeps. This is how the blanket usually looks like after a few days. She totally destroys it! it's no wonder I am constantly buying baby blankets and shirts because she's a chewer and loves to chew on my shirts when she comes out to pay too.

Here's what Flower's cage looks like now.

Last year I bought a box of 48 fleece throws because I used the fleece to cover the shelves in the cages as well as on the bottom on the cage. I now have 6 throws left because they love to chew they to bits. 

And after she got all settled in, we shared an ice cream cone.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Product Review: Resistance Bands Barbells

As most of you know, on June 10th of this year I fell and broke my Humerus in my right arm in 3 places. While I'm almost 100% better I still can't move my arm behind my back like I used to before the fall. I'm still doing the PT exercises and still trying to get back the strength I once had in my right hand and arm. So when I was given the opportunity to test out this exercise kit at home, I jumped at the chance because I've been using household items such as cans of vegetables as weights and doing stretching exercises without any equipment. 

Using these resistance bands has been interesting and hard at the same time. Hard because I used to be able to pick up a gallon of milk with my right hand and now I just can't do that, but I'm hoping now that I have this exercise set, I'll be able to strengthen my hand and arm up again and be able to get back to normal. 

This kit was really easy to get started with with easy clear instructions and everything is included that you would need to start out. Even for a total beginner, this was easy for me. It comes with a DVD which was really helpful so after watching it, I started with just one arm exercise a day because my arm is still stiff and if I over do it, it hurts a lot. But after 4 days of working my arms, I could tell a slight difference in the amount of weight I can hold with my right arm, and my shoulder seems not as stiff as it was. I plan on working with this for a few weeks and seeing if this will help strengthen my injured arm, but so far so good. 

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review.