Thursday, March 31, 2016

Product Review: Reversible Memory Foam Stay Cool Pillow With Gel

Product description

★ COOLING GEL- Keeps you cool while you sleep. The Cool Gel side disperses body heat and creates a cooler sleeping surface while working with the core of pressure-relieving memory foam. Its cooling properties dissipate heat for a comfortable night's sleep. The Memory Foam side responds to temperature and pressure to mold to your shape by creating the perfect support for your head, neck and shoulders. Cool Gel and Memory Foam pillow is 5 Inch thick.

★ FIRMNESS: Medium Soft on the Memory Foam Side and Medium Firm on the Cool Gel Side.
★ LUXURIOUS COMFORT: Your head is cradled in comfort and luxury allowing you to get the rest that you deserve. Less tossing and turning means better sleep.

★ DIRECTIONS: With your new pillow please remember the following: 1) Open it and allow it to start to take shape. 2) You may experience a "Fresh Foam" odor which is not harmful. The odor should dissipate within 72 hours. In some rare cases it may take up to 1 - 2 weeks. To assist with the odor we recommend spraying the pillow lightly with Febreze or a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

My Review

This pillow like my other memory foam pillow came rolled up and as soon a you tear the packaging off it, it expands to its full size. Memory foam is really comfortable to sleep on and I love my memory foam pillows. So I was kinda hoping that I could find one with a cooling pad or some kind of cooling gel to keep me cooler in the summer months here when it can reach 117F. I was really hoping this would be that pillow and for the first 30 minutes I did feel some cooling from it but it only lasted about 30 minutes each night I tried it.

They do have an odor like they state they will for the first few days because of the memory foam. I did what they suggested about using febreze and it did get rid of it. 

It comes with a zip off cover that can be put in the washing machine and you can wipe the cooling gel mat off with a damp cloth if you need to. 

I love the memory foam in this pillow though, it's incredibly comfortable to sleep on and forms to the shape of my head and neck when I lay on it. After I get up it takes its shape back within a few seconds. I really like this because I used to buy a new pillow every few months because after laying on it they go flat or if you fold it over they start to take on a weird shape that you can't fluff out. 

This is not a light pillow it has some weight to it but I don't mind that. 

If you'd like to buy one of these for yourself, you an find it here

I give this Cooling Pillow a 3 out of 5 stars. 

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Favorite Picture of the Week

I found this picture of Ken and Lucky. Ken would stand by the door and talk to Lucky and show him outside. Lucky was such a laid back rat that he would just sit there and look around while Ken was talking to him. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: Toxic by Eve Langlais

Book Description

Don’t play with your food, the first rule of etiquette vampires are taught, and yet I am so tempted to nibble on the mortal doctor I’m forced to work with. My weakness for Raphael is a problem—for him. My touch is deadly to humans, although they do tend to die with a smile on their face. 

Vampires are real. The world now knows, and in a gesture of good will, we’ve allowed them to send a human to study us that the populace might understand they’ve nothing to fear. We’re not savage, mindless killers. We’re cold, calculating survivors, and we know how to keep a secret. 

It’s up to me to make sure this human doctor doesn’t see too much. So no eating him, as I’m sure his demise will end the precarious truce vampire kind has with the world. It saddens me to admit we will need their armies and weapons in the coming war. A war they refuse to believe is coming. 

Fools. I haven’t lived this long to suffer them, and I didn’t become the general of the vampire queen’s army by being diplomatic. Everyone will fight in the upcoming battle, or they’ll feed my troops. All things living will do their part, or die. 

Just like Raphael will die if he keeps tempting me with those lips. Because everyone knows a vampire’s kiss is toxic. 

My Review

Vampires are facing a war and they need to come out of hiding and let the world know they are real because in the upcoming war, everyone from human to shifter is going to need to fight. 

When the world finds out that vampires are real the vampire queen tells Ellie, aka Countess Elizabeth Bathory that she is to submit to the human doctor for tests. This is to make the humans feel better and let them get to know the vampires a little better and for some to prove that vampires are really real. 

What Ellie doesn't count on is the fact that doctor Raphael makes her undead heart go pitter patter and she can't seem to get him out of her mind or get into his. Even though Ellie is smitten with Raphael, she knows that it can go nowhere as having sex with er would kill him and she doesn't want that. 

Raphael comes off as very disinterested in Ellie as a woman at first. He seems every bit the nerdy doctor that he seems to be. But we get glimpses of something more, that maybe he isn't exactly what he's trying so hard to make her believe he is. He is a mystery and it was fun reading her reactions to him and the big twist that reveals itself. 

This is a different kind of vampire story. Vampires and humans can't have sex because vampires are toxic to humans and they die. And Ellie is a blood thirsty vampire. We find out that Ellie, aka Countess Elizabeth Bathory got her blood thirsty reputation only after she had been turned into a vampire and newly turned vampires are blood thirsty creatures if left unchecked. Since her sire was killed before he could really explain how to be a vampire, she had to find a way to go on herself and she went a bit over board. 

Since most of this story is told from Ellie's point of view, we really get to see what she's thinking and while she might not be bathing in the blood of virgin's any longer, she still see's humans as food and she has a temper. But she's a good soldier and does what she's told for the most part. 

This was a good vampire story filled with blood thirsty vampires, a nerdy doctor, an interesting love story and a great twist. 

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

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of Rat Logic*

*Photo courtesy of Rat Logic*

*Photo courtesy of MrRat395*

"I is praying for more yogies."

*Photo courtesy of RamblingRatz*

"I wanted a baby brother not a toy robot dog." 

*Photo courtesy of St Francis Rat Sanctuary*

"Easter rat wishes you a Happy Easter"

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Product Review: Large Backpack with Lunch Kit and Binder by Fast Forward

Product Description

Back to school shopping can be a nightmare, but not anymore! Now you can buy all of your child's essentials in one affordable purchase. This set from Fast Forward includes a full sized backpack, binder, and lunch bag. This purchase is perfect for the last minute shoppers, or just people who generally like to get lots of quality at a little price! You child will love their matching school set with their favorite characters on it. Make learning fun this year for them with adorable designs and bright colors. Best of all, each of the pieces fit together for one easy to carry bundle, perfect for little ones! This set has plenty of storage and organization. The lunch bag is thoroughly insulated, and the binder holds all of those A+ papers. All for one low price that will keep you and your child happy!

My Review

My grandson is 3 years old and I've been buying things for when he starts school and while I know that's a couple of years away, I also know it's never too early to start getting these things. So I decided to buy the Avengers backpack/lunchbox duo. I really liked that it came with a folder and everything fits together nicely. It has a sparkle to it that is in the fabric not added as glitter so it's not going to come off. I really like that the lunch box is a good size and fits with velcro right onto the backpack. The material this is made from looks and feels very sturdy so it's not going to fall apart the first week of school.

I really like how colorful and vibrant the colors and pictures are on the backpack, folder and lunchbox. I think my grandson will like this and I'm going to fill it with school supplies before I give it to my daughter as a surprise for both of them.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Favorite Video of the Week

I thought this week I would share one of my all time favorite live performances. I've loved Adam Lambert since he as on American Idol and I've been listening to his music since then. Which is strange for me since I usually listen to bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Slipknot and Atreyu. I do listen to all kinds of music but not usually pop type stuff. But damn this guy is like sex on a stick. lol I just love him and his performances.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Product Review: Dapple Dish Soap/ Dapple Laundry Soap

Dapple was nice enough to send me 2 samples. One sample of Dish soap and one sample of Laundry soap. I know that if you have a baby or if you have sensitive skin, you're always on the look out for baby friendly or sensitive skin friendly soap and detergents. Well these products are baby-safe and eco-friendly cleaning products, 

The first sample I used was the Dapple Dish Soap. 

The sample was enough for me to do a whole sink full of dishes and it was great on greasy glasses and plates. It works as well as the dish soap I usually use and it didn't dry out my hands. I made lot of suds and left behind no residue or sticky feeling. 

Then we used the sample of Dapple Laundry Soap. It got an entire load of towels clean, soft and fluffy. 

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:

13 hair care samples from Yerdle. I had some money left on my Yerdle acount and she offered free shipping on this lot of hair care samples so it was free for me since Yerdle gives you $35 when you sign up using someone's link.

I also received a sample bag of Hemp Hearts from Swaggable.

A sample of Co Q 10 gummies

Avon Perfume sample

And a sample of Lemon Pepper spice that I won in a FB promotion.

And a $5 Amazon GC from Crowdtap. 

Did you get any freebies this week?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Product Review: Doctor Set Play Toy By Little Treasures

Product Description

The toy play set is a full package of realistic pretend play of various toy parts and tools, with simulating designs and shapes that trigger the real feeling of set theme. The game provides a realistic view of the game set that is utilized in everyday lives, giving the preschoolers a golden chance at learning discipline at a very early age. The game involves many kinds of stories to it with simulating toy parts that indulge the little ones in a creative, pretend play which is extremely realistic to the fantasy-oriented minds. The kids learn the usage of several elements, obtain the gist of utilization and learn the roles of the toy parts that they shall use in their later life, at some point. 

Festively colored parts and unique features add immense fun and creative play to the game. Real, appealing colors and tones attract the little ones extensively, allowing them to indulge in the toy game of fun, pretend play. The toy parts are manufactured with top quality materials and components, which are non-easily broken or dented. Strong, durable and excellent quality, along with being waterproof invites usage of all kinds; rash, anxious treatment of eager kids is perfectly compatible with the toy parts. This realistic game set for kids allows a creative learning outcome in the most entertaining manner imaginable. It teaches pretend play of tools and elements that are occupied in everyday life, inculcating within the preschoolers a game discipline that can be implemented in later life. The toy beautifully packaged in a toy box, and guarantees hundred percent satisfaction and entertainment within the kids of all ages, where hassle free refund is also provided upon return of the play set for any reason.

My Review

When I was a kid I loved doctor play sets. I used to play doctor with my stuffed animals because I thought when I grew up I would be an animal doctor but I also played doctor with my brother and some of the kids in the neighborhood. When I was little, all the kids wanted to grow up to be doctors because there were doctor shows on the tv all the time. So I thought my grandson would love this. It has all the doctor equipment that he would need to make sure mom or dad isn't sick when they show him how this stuff works. Plus its nice for kids to have play sets of some of the same equipment they might see in a doctors office when they go for their own check up.

If you'd like to purchase this set, it can be found here. At the time of my purchase, this set was $14.99.

Disclosure: I was given this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Country Crock Margarine

I've been using Country Crock for years because I like the buttery taste and I like how it melts nicely into mashed potatoes and vegetables. I've used it for baking cookies, cakes and even making bread in my bread machine and it always works great. The thing I like most is that if I use it to saute vegetables, I don't have to worry about it burning like real butter does. I can use this on a medium high heat and I won't get that dark color or burnt butter flavor that happens when butter browns or burns. This works well for me which is why I've used it for years and I love the new package design.

I made a big bowl of mashed potatoes to go along with dinner and used Country Crock margarine in them and everyone loved them and dinner. 

Disclosure: I was sent a coupon for a free tub of Country Crock Margarine via Influenster.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: Target Beauty Box

In This Box Was: 

Soapbox Coconut Oil Shampoo

Soapbox Coconut Oil Conditioner
Mayfair Soap Foundry Body Crème in Sea Lily Jasmine

Vera Wang Embrace Green Tea and Pear Blossom Eau de Toilette 

L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist 

Skinfix Lip Repair Balm

EcoTools Mini Pouf 

Laneige BB Cushion 

Derma e Hydrating Night Crème with Hyaluronic Acid 

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués in Second Nature 

This was the Target Beauty Box that I got last month. It's was only $7 plus tax and this might be the best box yet. I was very happy with this box. 

There was 10 different things in the box and I've tried all of them. I think my favorite thing in this box is a toss up between the Vera Wang perfume sample because that smells so good and the lip repair. I go through a lot of chapsticks because I have dry lips and apply a lot of chapstick and this is nice and works great. 

All in all for just $7 this was a great box. I really enjoyed everything in this box and have no complaints at all. Plus it was just $7 which is an amazing price for everything I received. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of MrRat395* This grumpy guys name was Tibbett and he passed away yesterday. I still have a few pictures for upcoming Raturday's though. I'll miss see that grumpy face on Twitter. 

"Blah blah blah, do you ever shut up?"

*Photo courtesy of MrRat395*

"Really? I just don't believe it."

*Photo courtesy of me. lol *

"I'm relaxing here, go away." 

*Photo courtesy of me lol *

"Are you sure this is a cookie and not some of your weirdo health food?" 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Product Review: Wisconsin's Best Teriyaki Naturally Smoke Snack Sticks

Product Description

Teriyaki Naturally Smoke Snack Sticks, 7oz. Hickory Smoked From Wisconsin's Best
7-1oz. Naturally Smoked Teriyaki Value Pack
7oz. Value Pack, 7- 1oz. Hickory Smoked Sticks
Top Seller, High Protein Snack
Spiced to perfection and full of Hickory Smoked Flavor

My Review

I was pleasantly surprised by these Teriyaki flavored beef sticks because I don't normally like things that have a teriyaki flavor to them. But these don't have an over powering teriyaki flavor to them, it's very subtle and what I taste the most is the naturally smoked flavor. I really liked them and since they don't have a lot of fat in them, it's all beef when you bite into it. You don't get a mouthful of fatty, greasy meat when biting into these like with some other beef sticks. 

It's a nice size pack and would be great to take along on a hike or a picnic because you can throw the entire pack into a cooler and know that these are going to get eaten up while where ever you are going. My husband and I finished these off in 2 days. He really liked them and so did I. If you already like meat snack sticks then you'll probably like these as well. 

The only con I found was that these meat stick snacks are a little dry but I think that's because they are smoked and don't have a lot of fat added to them. If you'd like to purchase these, you can find them here

I give this product 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I was given this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Favorite Video of the Week

Most of you have probably seen this but it's not something I've ever seen in real life. I guess I'd have to go to NY and ride the subway in order to see rats in the wild like this. I still laughed though.

Friday, March 18, 2016

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:

2 books and book swag that I won in a blog contest.

And I won a $5 Gift Certificate from Crowdtap. 

Did you win or receive anything for free this week?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Product Review: Goline Portable 8-Color LED Night Lamp

Product Description

1.Eco-friendly lithium battery. 
2.8 square LED lamp beads. 
3.Press button to change among 8-color night lights. 
4.Press once to turn on the white bright light, again to change into breath color light mode. 
5.The indicator light will keep flashing when the battery is on charge, and will keep red when done. 
6.Circuit protection of battery overload, leakage and overcharge. 

My Review  

This night light is so cute and after charging it up, it's cordless! I can't tell you how happy I am about that. I've seen some really cute night lights but if you have small kids, you really don't want a cord dangling down where a child can get at it. Plus since I'm keeping this for myself, it's nice not to have to try and hide the cord around back of my desk. 

I love that it has so many different colors to choose from or I can choose to let it cycle through all of them. And if you press down on the pliable silicone you can fold it down into a cute mushroom shape. 

It comes with lithium metal batteries already installed and they are rechargeable. It comes with a USB cord that you just plug into the computer and recharge it that way. The light has a nice calming effect and would be great for a child's room or a bathroom, anywhere you want a soft light. I think this would even be nice on a bookshelf.

The push button on the bottom of the lamp makes it easy to rotate through the different modes and lights and to turn off. I'm very happy with this light. 

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

As you can see, it has a lot of different colors you can choose from and they are all pretty. If you'd like to buy this light, you can find it here

I give this night light a 5 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Favorite Picture of the Week

Falcor is totally giving me the side ways look. Like, what are you doing with that camera? He sure does give me some strange looks. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Today I'm A Guest Reviewer at I Smell Sheep

Today I reviewed this book over at I Smell Sheep. Pop on over, read my review and say hi. 


Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing Gary Jansen, the man she loves nearly lose his life when it isn’t even his fight. Once he was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he’s a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins—a man Gabrielle still needs and desires and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger.

And she isn’t the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown...

Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled into the path of a desperate man and a woman in love and on the run. And they’re all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.

Want to read my review? Come on over here

Product Review- Bedsure Soft Cozy Warming Flannel Throw

Product Description

Everyone loves a sweet home and a sweet home needs cozy bedroom. Bedsure blanket is the most comfortable bedding partner you can ever imagine. Made of ultra soft microfiber and great technique, this is what you want as a silk soft and warm blanket - No Fade or Pill. Feel great on the skin and offer feelings that you don't get from a basic plush blanket. This blanket features a finely brushed ultra plush hand with a rich and inviting sheen. All the products are strongly packed and well maintained. In order to meet various needs from customers, varieties of choices are offered.

Color: Ivory

Size:50" X 60" ; Throw 

Care Instructions: Machine Wash Cold; Gentle Cycle; Do not Bleach; Tumble Dry Low; Air or Line dry. Do not Iron or Dry Clean.
Bedsure Customer Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee.
If you are not satisfied with our blanket, just return it within 30 days for a full refund. No questions asked, no hassle. Also, if you are satisfied, your feedback and review are high-valued.

My Review

This throw blanket is so soft, that's the first thing I noticed when I took it out of the storage bag. The blanket is a nice size and is great for lounging around on the couch on a cold night watching tv. This would also make for a great gift because it comes with a storage bag and is just the kind of blanket that I would like to get as a present. Good thing I bought this for myself because after seeing and feeling it, I don't want to give this one away.

I do recommend washing it after getting it because it does shed just a little when it's new. I was wearing a black shirt when I got mine and after taking it out of the bag and feeling it, I noticed a lot of white fuzz on my shirt but after washing the blanket, that fuzz stopped coming off and it was still just as soft as when I took it out of the bag the first time. And as you can see from the picture, Falcor really wanted this blanket. He must have thought it was for him because as I was taking this picture he grabbed it and tried running off with it. You can find this blanket on Amazon

Disclosure: I received this throw blanket at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of @MrRat395*

"But I don't want kisses right now."

*Picture courtesy of @MrRat395*

"I'm cleaning my face, not sniffing my toes."

*Picture courtesy of Rat Logic*

"Myyyy cracker"