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Protect your fingers with Chef’s Thumb protector and peeler system

 

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I consider myself a somewhat decent cook. I also enjoy trying out new recipes with my family.

This past weekend I was at my cousin’s 50th surprise birthday party. While at the party my husband and I enjoyed a delicious cucumber salad that my cousin had prepared. It was made with cucumbers, dill, vinegar, onions and Feta cheese. I fell in love with it (I couldn’t get enough of it). I had to Google the recipe when I got home so that I can make it for my family.

The recipe involves cutting cucumbers and onions. I am not a big fan of cutting up vegetables and fruits. We have super sharp knives and I always worry that I am going to slice off part of my finger or give myself a deep gash. I have done it before, so I know how painful it can be. For that reason I tend to be reluctant to cut things up.

I have watched plenty of online videos on how to properly cut things and where to place your fingers when you are cutting, but I still have a fear of cutting myself.

Not long ago I was sent a nifty product to review that helps ease the fears associated with cutting foods. It’s called the Chef’s Thumb. Chef’s Thumb makes food prep safer and easier.

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As you would expect by the name the product the Chef’s Thumb has to do with your thumb. Think of it as a little “coat of armor” for your thumb to protect it from getting cut or scraped.

Chef’s Thumb slips over your thumb to help you grip and stabilize the cutting surface, ensuring safe and secure cutting, while protecting the thumb from the knife.

Because people’s thumbs are different sizes and thicknesses, Chef’s Thumb provides multiple inserts to ensure that your thumb fits snugly and securely into the thumb protector.

Set up is super easy. Simply select the insert that works best for you, snap the protector in place and you are ready to go.

It does take a little getting used to. Once you get used to the feel of the Chef’s Thumb you don’t even notice that you are wearing it.

It does offer peace of mind, or at least to me, that I am not going to cut or knick my thumb while cutting cucumbers, onions, peppers, carrots or even apples (the things I seem to cut the most). My husband can use it too without changing the insert. It would be a wee bit more comfortable for him if he made it fit his thumb better, but for the short amount of time he uses it he doesn’t mind.

In addition to protecting your thumb the Chef’s Thumb has “teeth” on the underside of it that are used to grip the product you are cutting it and preventing it from sliding around the cutting board.

Chef's Thumb Peeling

I’m sure many people can relate to trying to slice something slipperly, like a peeled potato. It’s hard to keep it still so you can slice thing slices. With Chef’s Thumb you can grab on to the potato with the “teeth” allowing you to make the slices you want.

Chef’s Thumbs also comes with an optional peeler that you can use. The attachment allows you to peel the skin off things like cucumbers or carrots. It works the same way as a regular peeler the only difference is that the peeler works off your thumb, not a separate device.

I have used the peeler a few times but so far I am not used to it yet. It feels weird to me to peel with my thumb. I’m used to using an actual peeler. I’m not saying that it doesn’t work (it does!), it’s just that it’s different and I’m not used to it – yet.

Chef’s Thumb is made from a high-quality stainless steel and a strong polycarbonate, with a triple bonded Titanium T3™ blade that is razor sharp and will never rust.

Check out the video (below) to see Chef’s Thumb in action.

I think this is a great product. Every kitchen should have one whether you are a gourmet chef or an ordinary cook like me.

Chef’s Thumb sells for only $14.95 ($5.99 S/H) and comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.

For more information please visit www.ChefsThumb.com.

This would make a great gift for a foodie, newlyweds or someone starting out on their own.

For the record, I was going to take photos on my own but it’s not easy to cut and take photos at the same time.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Life Scents from Air Wick

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall that I LOVE things that are scented and fill my home with fragrance. I personally feel that scents can really affect your mood. They can help you to feel happy, relaxed or even energized.

I have amassed a large collected of scented products over the years including sprays, candles, oils, plug ins and reeds. I like to swap them out often so that we don’t become “nose blind” to the scents. If you smell something long enough your body gets used to it and you can’t really smell it anymore. For that reason I swap out my scented products on a regular basis.

Several months ago I reviewed some fragrances from the Life Scents from Air Wick collection, Lush Hideaway and Summer Delights. You can read my review here – New Air Wick Life Scents Collection.

According to the brand, Life Scents from Air Wick;

Is a first of its kind collection features new scent technology with constantly changing fragrances crafted to mimic real life experience. Unlike other home fragrances that have just one fragrance note, each scent uses patent-pending technology with three distinct fragrance notes that are easily experienced alone but also work together to provide one harmonious multi-dimensional experience that evokes unique, personal memories.

Now that the warmer weather is here it’s time to swap out the scents I have been using for more “summery” scents.

Famed interior designer, Jeremiah Brent, says that scent is the final layer to any space – giving it depth. Life Scents from Air Wick helps add new depth to your interior space because it’s the first ever, constantly changing fragrance for your home.

It’s true. The scent does seem to change. I also like that not everyone smells the same thing. I might smell something and my husband might smell something a bit different. Some of the scents also provoke pleasant memories.

The brand’s new spring collection features some tropical aromas that inspire relaxing retreats. The new scents include;

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  • Turquoise Oasis
  • Lush Hideaway
  • Sunshine Cotton
  • Mystical Garden

I reviewed Lush Hideaway a few months ago. This is what I had to say about the scent, as well as the brand’s description.

“Lush Hideaway notes of wild berry, fresh mint, and coconut water transform spaces with fresh outdoor scents.”

Every time I plug this in I am reminded of grass. It’s the funniest thing. My husband and kids don’t smell it, but I do. It’s not fresh cut grass either. The scent reminds me of being at the local park with my family and watching my kids (when they were little of course) playing on the playground equipment.

I can always tell when this plugin is being used. It’s a noticeable scent. It’s not a strong or overpowering scent, but I do smell it.

Grass might now sound like a pretty scent, but when you live in a home with no yard it’s nice to transport your mind to a park on a nice, sunny day.

I was sent to review recently Mystical Garden and Turquoise Oasis.

Mystical Garden

Mystical Garden.

Discover mystical gardens of sun ripened raspberries, blooming roses, and delicately soft marshmallow.

Without knowing what scents made up Mystical Garden I could sense that it was a bit sweet. Almost like candy, but not overpowering. It’s a delicate mix of floral and sweet scents. Now I know it was the marshmallow that I was smelling.

The scent doesn’t remind me of a garden but rather a state fair or carnival. I know that sounds odd, but that is what memories it stirs up when I smell it. I have many fond memories from our local county fair and carnivals growing up, as well as with my own family. To me that is a good thing.

I like this scent. It’s a “fun” scent, if that makes sense?

Turquoise Oasis

Turquoise Oasis.

Surround yourself in the untouched beauty of a turquoise oasis with scents of sun bleached driftwood, salty sea spray, and warm breeze.

This scent keeps changing for me. I honestly can’t pin point what it smells like to me or what feelings or memories it brings up. Sometimes it reminds me of those fancy soaps my great-grandmother would use. Don’t get me wrong – that is NOT a bad thing. That was one of the things about my great-grandmother that I remember, her appreciation for fancy soaps.

Other times the scent reminds me of when my kids were little. I can’t explain it. I just smell it and think about my kids when they were in elementary school. Weird huh?

That’s the thing I love about Life Scents – that they are not just one solid scent and that the scents stir up emotions and memories.

Life Scents by Air Wick are available in automatic room sprays and plug ins. They are sold at many retail locations.

For more information please visit www.AirWick.US/collections/Life-Scents. Notice that its .US, not .com. The brand can also be found on social media.

Have you tried any of the Life Scents? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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Find your pet’s favorite foods and treats and BJ’s Wholesale Club

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that we have a “mini-zoo” at home consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish named Fishy (sadly our other Goldfish passed away a couple of weeks ago).

When it comes to our cats we have to buy things in bulk. It’s just easier that way, otherwise we would be going to the store every week for litter and cat foods. Plus it ends up saving money in the long run.

We do shop at pet specialty stores from time to time, especially for more specific needs. For regular foods there is no need to make the trip there, especially if we have other shopping we need to do.

Did you now that you can find plenty of pet foods, treats, litter and more at your local BJ’s Wholesale Club? They literally have aisles of pet foods and supplies (well, at least our BJ’s did) including pet beds, doggy poop bags and more.

My husband and I went to BJ’s to pick up a few things and we made the trip up/down the pet aisles to check out what they had. Our dog is very picky and only really eats one brad of dog food (canned). Sure enough we found it at BJ’s.

We ended up not buying it during this trip, only because we recently bought him food and didn’t have the space to house anymore. We did buy him the poop bags. We needed those. They even came with another baggie holder which was nice. I like having those bags in bulk because we always seem to run out of them.

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I believe we paid $9.99 for 240 bags PLUS the holder. That comes out to about .04 cents per bag.

We picked up a bulk bag of dry cat food for our cats. They are not picky like our dog is. With an entire aisle full of food to choose from it was hard to narrow it down.

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I should have stood at the end of the aisle and took a photo looking down it so you could see that both sides were nothing but cat food and supplies.

We ended up getting them a huge box (48 cans) of Friskies as well as a large bag of dry food.

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The dog food aisle was even more jam packed with dog food and supplies. There were plenty of pet beds, treats, toys and more.

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The man in the photo is my husband checking out the dog foods.

I was very surprised that BJ’s carries Fresh Pet foods. My one cat LOVES Fresh Pet (my other cats don’t for some odd reason). I never tried it with our dog.

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I was also surprised to see that they carried different types of Flea and Tick preventatives.

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I’ll have to remember that when our dog needs more.

Of course BJ’s had plenty of foods and other goodies. I especially enjoy their baked goods section. Even if we don’t always buy much, they are still yummy to look at.

I like that BJ’s has products I haven’t seen in our local grocery store yet, like these Minions and Inside Out fruit snacks. I even saw a lone package of Disney’s Frozen snacks too.

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You can also find plenty of seasonal products at BJ’s Wholesale Club. When we were there we saw barbecues, tents, beach chairs, gardening equipment, backyard furniture and so much more.

I wish we had a house with a yard because there were plenty of wonderful things I would have loved to have purchased.

If you haven’t been to BJ’s in a while now is a great time to check back in and see what’s new. Don’t forget to stock up on your pet foods and supplies too.

If you have never been to BJ’s before you can find a location near you by visiting www.BJs.com. Look at the top of the page can click on “Find a Club” to find a location near you. They often have promotions where you can get a FREE 60-day membership.

You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The links are found at the bottom of their website.

Do you shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club? Were you aware that they stock their aisles with many pet foods and supplies?

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Kimberly

*I received a gift card to shop at BJ’s in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A perfect gift for Dads and Grads from Collage.com – PLUS get a FREE 8″ x 10″ gallery wrapped canvas for only $15.98!

 

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Father’s Day is just weeks away. In addition this is the time of year when many high school students are graduation from high school. My own daughter graduates in less than a month from now. Sigh…

It’s not always easy to find the perfect gift for Dad or the soon to be graduate in your life. There are only so many mugs, ties and t-shirts you can own.

I have a great gift idea that is sure to put a smile on that special someone’s face – a canvas print from Collage.com.

I know that there are many websites that offer personalized photo canvas prints. In fact I have reviewed a few. What makes Collage.com is the “extras” you can do to the canvas to make it more personalized.

The one thing I don’t like about most canvas print sites is that you are only allowed to use one photo for the canvas. With Collage.com you can use many photos to create the perfect canvas. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I love canvas prints, and I’ve always wanted to make up one with photos of my own family.

Collage.com were kind enough to let me do a review for one of their canvas prints. I had many photos to choose from on my computer of my family members. I’m so happy to finally be able to use them.

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After you upload your photos you have many designs options to choose from. You can add a background, change the way the photos look, alter the colors, and so much more. With most canvas companies you have only one to two options at best.

With Collage.com you can change the background, add text, use filters, add a border and my personal favorite, you can arrange the photos into specific shapes or even words. You can have your photos arranged to look like the world “Love, ” or have your son’s photo made into a basketball and even your baby’s photo done in the shape of a rubber duckie.

With Collage.com you have MANY options to choose from to make your canvas print look exactly how you want it to look.

The prints are also available in several sizes. In addition you can also make up other photo gifts including blankets/throws, posters, calendars, phone cases, SHOWER CURTAINS (that is a unique gift idea), beach towels, cutting boards and so much more. You can even save your projects to work on them at your convenience or in case you want to order more products with your design.

Here is my finished product. I couldn’t get too close to it because there are some family member’s whose images I don’t want seen. I also fuzzed out some of the faces. The print is a million times nicer in person than in my cellphone photo.

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I love this and I cannot wait to hang it up on the wall.

Imagine the possibilities. The photo products from Collage.com are great for everyone you need to buy gifts for, from an infant to a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary and just about every special event in between.

Prices range depending on the product and the size. I found that that prizes are decent compared to similar products from other companies.

I have Collage.com bookmarked on my computer because I know I’ll be doing some more shopping there, especially around the holidays for gifts.

For more information or to check out what they have to offer, visit www.Collage.com.

Collage.com was kind enough to make this wonderful offer.

The first 1,000 people who take advantage of this code will receive an 8″ x 10″ gallery wrapped canvas (a $49.99 value) for FREE! That’s right – FREE! Just pay shipping ($15.98).

The code is SHESCRIBESCANVAS.

This coupon is valid until June 2, 2015.

CLICK HERE to design your canvas print.

At check out enter the coupon code. The discount will be seen when applied to your shopping cart.

Feel free to share this with your friends and family. Limit one FREE canvas print per address. You can use this shortened URL to share with others – http://bit.ly/1Gvqccf and makes sure the have the code, SHESCRIBESCANVAS.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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See what goes on when you are not home with an Oco Camera

 

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My husband and I always talk about what really goes on when we are not at home. With a “mini-zoo” we’re curious to see what our pets do all day.

I know our dog usually goes after one of our cats (he’s very jealous of her – she has health issues but he sees it as spending more time with her). I did an experiment where I pretended to leave for work and opened/closed the front door, just to see what our dog did when he THOUGHT I was gone. Sure enough I found him going after that one cat. He doesn’t attack her, per say, but rather he gets a little “frisky” with her, if you know what I mean. Being asthmatic she cannot handle his weight on her and the pressure on her lungs.

We also wonder what our kids do when we are not home. We have teenagers so they are OK to be home by themselves. We know that they spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

We have thought about getting a camera to video tape what goes on when we are not around, but the ones we looked into are too complicated to set up. Not only that, you have to adhere them to a wall, and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted something that offered a bit more flexibility.

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to review an Oco Camera.

The Oco Camera is a small, unobtrusive camera that is so simple to set up that even a “technologically challenged” person like myself could set it up in as little as 1-2-3. Normally my husband has to help me set up “techie devices.” This was one of the rare times where I was able to set it up on my own.

This is how easy it was to set up.

  • Plug in the camera.
  • Download the FREE Oco Camera app
  • After you create an account on the app a QR code will appear. Place the code in front of the camera so it can “read” it and you are done. That’s it! There is nothing more to do. It literally took mere minutes to set it up.

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With other cameras you have to configure your router (or add it to it), charge the device, or mount it on the wall. They are typically more involved to set up. The Oco Camera was by far the easiest thing I have ever had to set up. It’s almost like a “plug and play” device.

What I really like, aside from the ease of set up, is that you can put the Oco Camera anywhere you want. You don’t have to mount it anywhere (unless you want to). You can move it from room to room and set it up at a different location depending what you want to see.

The Oco Camera sends you alerts too to let you know what the camera is “seeing” or what is going on wit the camera (if it’s turned on, or turned off, detects sound or motion…).

The alerts come to  you via the app which you can view on your phone or mobile device. I have the app on the phone and the app sends me messages when the Oco Camera detects something.

The video you see from your app is a live stream of what your camera sees. We did notice there is about a 1-2 second delay from what we see and what the Oco Camera sees, but that is not a problem at all.

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The camera also records at night via night vision.

A cool feature with the Oco Camera is that you can record and send a message via the app. Someone can respond back via the camera too (it’s a two-way talk feature). That is handy when you catch your kids don’t something wrong or if you want to let your dog know you’ll be home soon.

You can even record and save the recordings to the Cloud. The first year is free when you purchase the Oco Camera. After that, if you wish to continue saving the recordings to the Cloud there is a monthly fee. I don’t plan on saving any of our recordings, so I’m not worried about that.

FYI… If you purchase the Oco Camera and want to watch the live streaming (or even recordings) do so with your phone sideways for a larger view. I was watching them on my iPhone in the normal position until I realized turning it on it’s side (the same way you would record a video) gives you a much better view.

The quality of the video is really good too. I was impressed by that. It’s pretty clear. You get a good view of everything that the camera sees.

Check out a live stream demo from the Oco Camera site HERE.

Live Stream

Up to 16 people can also view the streamed content, so my husband and I can both check on things at home. If you use this for your place of business you can allow the store owner and managers to access the content (up to 16 people) so that everyone can check in to make sure everything is OK.

Why would you want an Oco Camera? In our case it’s to check in on our teens when we are not home (it also lets us know that they are home from school) and to see what our pets are up to. The Oco Camera can also be used as a baby monitor and as a security camera.

Oco is an indoor camera. I cannot be used outdoors.

I never thought I would use this camera as much as I do. I like being able to see things going on at home when I am at work. Nothing ever happens (occasionally I see one of my cats walk by), but that is OK with me.

If you would like to learn more about Oco Camera visit GetOco.com/US.

SAVE 20% with the discount code SHESCRIBES20 (Valid until June 21, 2015) on the Get Oco website.

Would you have a need for Oco Camera? If you owned one what would you use it for (security, check in on pets, baby monitor…)? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Add your personality to your devices with Skin It

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“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?”  – Ian Wallace, Author.

I love that quote. It’s a favorite quote of mine.

I’ve always “marched to the beat of my own drum,” so to speak. I’m not one to “keep up with the Jones.” I honestly don’t care what kind of car people drive or what labeled clothing they wear. That is not me. That is not who I am.

I have a quirky personality and I make no attempt to hide that. If you walk into my home and see my desk (the one I blog from every day) it does not look like the desk of a grown up, forty-something year old woman. It looks more like a child’s desk, or a desk a teacher would have in a classroom or daycare setting. My desk is covered with toys and knick knacks that have a special meaning to me.

A few examples of the things you’ll see on my desk are my robot from the Real Steel movie, a bottle of glitter that says “Pixie Dust” on it, my La La Loopsey Doll, a skull filled with vodka (I can’t remember the brand off hand), plenty of Fisher Price Little People (I love them! I collect them) and my Misty and Stormy horses from Beyer.

Not only do these things have memories attached to them, they also show off my personality. I’m a fun person. I don’t want to “grow up.” I plan on being young at heart even when I’m 100  years old (God willing I live a long time).

SOME of the toys on my desk.

SOME of the toys on my desk.

You can show off your personality in many ways, from the clothes you wear to your hairstyle. You can also show off your personality with your mobile devices and laptop.

I have a cellphone case that says “Zombie Outbreak Response Team” on it. Why? Because I think zombies are cool. I liked them long before everyone jumped on the zombie bandwagon (compliments of The Walking Dead).

Not only ago I had a chance to review a product from Skin It. Skin It makes “skins” and other products that go on your mobile devices, tablets and even laptops. Skin It products add color and personality to an otherwise boring looking device.

I have a laptop and a desk top. My laptop is just there. When I’m not using it all you see it a plain, black laptop. I thought it would be fun to try a Skin It product on it and add some of my personality to it.

Trying to narrow down which Skin It to get for my laptop was hard. There were so many fun designs to choose from. The great think about Skin It products is that they are removable, so you do not have to commit to just one design indefinitely. I’m currently very happy with my Skin It and I have no plans on replacing it any time soon.

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I opted for a Peanuts Gang (Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends) Skin It for my laptop. They have Skin Its for pretty much any size laptop. You just need to measure your device and select the best size option. There is no cutting necessary.

I love my Peanuts Skin It. It’s adorable! Whenever I’m not working on my laptop and I glance at, or walk past, my desk I can see the Peanuts Gang smiling back at me.

I love being able to add my personality to my laptop. When I am on the go and people see my laptop they will know that I am a fan a Peanuts fan. I think it also conveys that I’m a fun person too.

My husband was impressed by my Skin It. He was looking for a new cellphone case so I checked out the Skin It website and found a Dallas Cowboys cellphone case that he loved. I purchased it for him for his birthday.

He loves his new case and he enjoys being able to show off his favorite NFL team. Even though they haven’t played well in years he’s still a big fan and proud of it.

Skin It Phone Case

Skin it has skins for many different devices – even ones you would think you could put a skin on including Roku, gaming consoles and game controllers. Never in a million years would I think to personalize a game console and controller. That would make a fun gift idea.

Skin It also sells photo canvas prints, stickers and so much more.

Skin It has so many designs to choose from. So many that it would probably take you hours to go through them all unless you have an idea of what you would like and can do a search for it.

You can even use your own photos to truly personalize your skin. If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift, or graduation gift, why not give the lucky recipient a cellphone case with their children’s picture on it (or best friends if it was for a graduation gift). I’m sure the grandparents would also love to show off their grandkids with their cellphones instead of having to take out their wallet or carry around a small photo album.

If you would like to check out Skin It yourself visit www.SkinIt.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All their links are found on their website.

What do you think about Skin It? Is it a product you would use? If you could put a Skin It on your device, what kind of image would you want? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free Skin It for my laptop in order to do this review. I purchased the cellphone Skin It with my own money. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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