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Things your cleaning WON’T catch

 

Cleaning

I would consider myself a decent house cleaner. I will admit that I can’t clean my home as often as I’d like to. Now that I work part time in the morning I find it harder to get cleaning done. By the time I get home I’m either tired, have a dozen errands to run or I have blog posts to catch up on.

It irks me to see dust on my furniture. I’m also neurotic when it comes to disinfecting things. I’m always spraying Lysol and using disinfectant wipes to clean counter tops, door knobs, remote controls and other frequently handled items in our home.

We also have five cats, a dog and fish. Don’t get me started on the hair and pet dander.

I honestly didn’t give cleanliness that much thought until I became a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a messy person. I simply didn’t think about things like dust mites, germs and bacteria. If my place was dusted and vacuumed I felt that was adequate enough. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I gave things like germs, bacteria, mold, dust mites and pet dander more consideration.

We have an asthmatic cat too so I am always thinking about ways to keep our home and the air we breath cleaner too.

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

3D Illustration of a Dust Mite. Ewww!!!!

Here are some startling (and gross!) facts you might not know about.

  • Just one dust mine alone can last up to 70 days, laying up to 100 eggs in just 5 weeks of life.
  • Dust mites can survive in all climates, but thrive in homes, specifically bedrooms and kitchens.
  • Worst of all: dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma.

Ewww! Ewww! Ewww!!!

Knowing that makes me see dust in a whole new light.

You might think you are cleaning the dust off your furniture and belongings 100% but the truth is you can never really get rid of all of it. Plus you can’t see dust mites. You just know they are there.

Gross! My skin is crawling just thinking about it.

What if I told you there was a device that could help you clean and sterilize your home including carpets, clothing, bedding, sofas, pillows and cushions? Would you want to learn more about it?

Moneual

The device is called Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner. The cleaner uses UV-C sterilization technology to quickly sanitize around your home. The Rydis UV-C is an essential part of the home cleaning process to ensure a healthy and happy family.

When I was asked if I wanted to do a review I jumped on the opportunity.

Here is more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner;

  • Disinfect: Winner of the Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award, the vacuum features a UV-C lamp that emits ultraviolet light to help kill dust mites and disinfect 99% of bacteria and allergens.
  • Vacuum: UV-C vacuum’s 600 Watt motor suction power and high efficiency filter capture even the smallest particles, including the 2,000 fecal specks a single dust mite will produce in its 10-week life span.
  • Vibration: Vibration Pad’s 3600 times per minute strong stomping shakes off dust to be collected by vacuum suction.
  • Customize: Three easy-to-use cleaning modes; Mode One combines vacuum, vibration and UV sanitization, Mode Two combines vacuum and UV sanitization and Mode Three is strictly UV sanitization.
  • Efficiency: Patented Absorption Prevention Technology ensures fabric won’t get tangled in the suction roller.
  • Sanitize: Dust mites survive well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, with figures around 100–500 mites per gram of dust; Rydis’ UV-C lamp helps to eradicate them from your home.
  • Safety: Floor Detection Sensor recognizes the change in surface if the Rydis touches the floor and automatically turns off the ultraviolet lamp.
  • Upgrade: UV-C Vacuum Pro model includes lavender air freshener cartridge and Smart Touch sensor built into handle that allows the vacuum to operate only when you’re holding it.

The device looks like a handheld vacuum. It is but it’s so much more than that.

The device has a vibrating feature which helps to loosen up dust and dust mites while the powerful suction vacuum’s up the dust, dirt, debris and little critters.

In addition to vacuuming dust off of your furniture and belongings the special UV light sanitizes the surface, destroying 99% of bacteria and killing dust mites.

When you use the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner you can rest assure that your home IS clean after you clean it.

Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner

I’m not a scientist so I am unable to see how much dust, bacteria or dust mites are left behind. I can only say that it does a great job cleaning and I feel confident that my home is sanitized and cleaned.

I like that I am able to use it on our furniture – even the cat tree and our pet’s bedding. It does a great job of sucking up all the hair. I just have to make sure to clean it out more frequently then I do when I am using it on the beds, comforters and pillow (places our pets don’t frequent as much).

Our asthmatic cat seems to be doing a bit better. She’s off her oral medication and only using her daily inhaler. I don’t know if the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner has anything to do with that, or the allergens that make her have asthma attacks have decreased or a combination of both. All I know is that she’s off her pills at the moment (yeah!) and I hope to keep it that way. She has a heart condition so I’d like to keep her off the extra steroids if possible.

So far I am pleased with my results. Its easy to use and easy to clean. I only wish it has a handle option so that I could use it in hard to reach places. I would love to use it on my curtains but it’s hard for me to reach the top and I rather not have to take them down every time I clean.

I like that my teenagers can use this too and it doesn’t require special equipment, cleaners or toxic cleaners. It’s safe to use around children and pets.

If you would like more information about the Moneual’s Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner visit http://moneualusa.com/index.php/home-direct.html/. While you are there check out the other cool products that the company offers like the robotic vacuum.

What do you think about this device? Does it sound like something you would like to use in your home?

Do you have issues with dust mites, allergies or asthma? 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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Back to school with Crayola (giveaway ends 9/20/14)

 

Girl drawing back to school

By now most kids have started off the new school year. Some children started back week’s ago. My children started last week..

My kids are in high school now. We never know what kind of supplies they need until they attend their first day of class. We always pick up the basics before school starts (lose leaf paper, pens, pencils, highlighters…). We have to wait for school to start before picking up binders and notebooks.

I miss the days when my kids went to elementary and middle school. We always received a supply list in the mail before school started so we could get all the supplies before school starts and be able to take advantage of the great sales.

One staple that was always on the supply list was Crayola crayons. I miss those days! There is nothing nicer then a brand new box of Crayola crayons. I still remember when I went to school and my mom would buy me a box of crayons as part of my school supplies. It was my favorite supply because I’ve always love to draw, doodle and color. I even love the smell of a fresh box of crayons and how all the tips are perfectly sharpened.

Sadly high school doesn’t require crayons, but they do request students have markers and colored pencils. Crayola makes markers and colored pencils so I am still able to buy Crayola products for my teenagers.

I recently went to Staples to stock up on some Crayola products. Some were for my kids (markers and colored pencils) and the other products I am donated to my job. I work in a childcare situation caring for children at our local courthouse. The children in our care are there for a variety of reasons in Family Court (divorce, custody, paternity, order of protection…). As you can image the children all love to color, so it’s always nice to have an ample amount of crayons on hand. The children also love to paint so I pick up some washable paints too.

I was a bit “iffy” about picking up markers. Markers can be so messy. However Crayola carries washable markers. As per my boss older children often request markers so I made sure to include those in my shopping trip.

Check out all the goodies I picked up.

Crayola

I picked up three packages of Crayola Colored Pencils. One was for my son (he needs it for school) and two for my job.

The Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are new for this year. I picked up two packages – one is a bit thicker than the other. The all-new washability technology allows these markers to wash out of skin, clothing and painted walls. Ultra-Clean will allow teachers to wash off common classroom desks with ease.

In addition I picked up a larger set of washable markers and a package of Pip-Squeaks markers for little hands.

I purchased three boxes of Crayola Crayons for my job and a big box of 64 crayons for me. My husband and I love to color. I know that sounds strange but we find it relaxing. We especially love to color holiday related images. :-) We’re just big kids at heart.

The Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers are also new for this year. These are for our dry erase calender at work. These dry erase markers are designed to help maximize classroom visibility. They are also new for 2014. The Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers have improved color vibrancy, making them easier to read.

Lastly I picked up a couple of packages of Crayola Washable Watercolors paints. The kids love to paint but the paint we currently have in our room is not washable, there fore we rarely take it out (unless it’s an older child).

Crayola products are available at many retail locations across the country including grocery stores, drug stores, department stores, office supply stores and toy stores.

For more information about these and other Crayola products visit www.Crayola.com. You can also find the brand on the various social networking sites.

Crayola Logo

 

Crayola would like to give a lucky reader a $25 VISA gift card that you can use to pick up some Crayola products or other back to school supplies you might need. Thank you Crayola!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Crayola product is?

For Extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a gift card to purchase Crayola products. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A must have for college students – AfreSHeet

 

AfreSHeet

Do you have a son, daughter or grandchild currently away at college? Do they live in a dorm or an off campus apartment? If so you will want to learn more about AfreSHeet.

College students have a lot on their “plates” between attending classes, working, doing homework and enjoying and active social life. Who has time for keeping their dorm rooms clean or doing laundry.

Many college students bring their laundry home for mom to wash for them when they pay their family a visit during school breaks. Included among the laundry are the student’s bed sheets, pillow case and blankets.

One of the last thing on most college student’s minds are their bedding. Do you honestly think that a student will be sitting in class thinking to themselves “I need to wash my sheets when I get back to my room”. Probably not.

Now it’s possible for college students to have a fresh fitted sheet every week WITHOUT doing the laundry with a handy new product called AfreSHeet.

AfreSHeet is a fitted sheet (made especially for XL sized college dorm beds) that is really 7 sheets in one. When the top sheet needs to be cleaned simply peel it off and toss the dirty one out.

That’s right – disposable sheets!

Perhaps this brief video can explain it better.

 

AfreSHeet sent me a set to review. I knew exactly whose bed to put it on – my son’s bed – aka “Hair Central” or “The Hair Bed”. All of our pets (except the fish of course) flock to my son’s bed. If we didn’t wash it constantly it would be really gross.

Four of our five cats on my son's bed (missing one cat and the dog).

Four of our five cats on my son’s bed (missing one cat and the dog).

My son’s bed is a standard so the sheets were a bit too long. It’s OK though, he just tucked the excess underneath.

Please note that my son took the photos for this review post with his cellphone. Since he was using the sheets he wanted to help me with the review.

The sheets do feel a bit different. Not like a real sheet. It’s not a bad feeling – just a different feeling. My son said it took a few nights before he got used to them.

AfreSHeet works EXACTLY like they say they will. When you are ready for a fresh sheet just peel away the top sheet and toss it out. I wanted to find a way to repurpose the sheet but really couldn’t think of something.

Each sheet layer has a special backing on it to make it waterproof. That means liquid (coffee from late night studying…) won’t seep down to the other layers.

Sheets

If you saw what was really on top of your bed sheets you would want to wash it daily. Dirt from sweat, dead skin cells, hair, dust, dust mites, bedbugs and pet dander can be found on your sheets. Ewww!!!! Lets not forget germs, bacteria and other icky stuff. That is why it’s very important to wash your sheets at least once a week.

My son went through most of the sheets already. I think there might be one or two left on the AfreSHeet. So far he is pleased. Once he got used to the different feel of the AfreSHeet he was OK with them. He says that he doesn’t notice any difference between these sheets and regular sheets anymore.

Our cat Bella loves the sheets too.

Our cat Bella loves the sheets too.

You might think AfreSHeet is expensive. They sell for $29.95 for seven weeks of fresh fitted sheets. If you think about how much sheets cost, plus the cost of doing laundry and laundry detergent these sheets might work out to be more cost effective. Not to mention less time doing laundry and always having a fresh, clean sheet each week.

I think this is an ingenious idea. Our daughter is heading off to college this time next year and I think I’ll pick up a few packages of AfreSHeet for her.

If you would like more information about AfreSHeet visit www.AfreSHeet.com. You can also check out AfreSHeet on the various social networking sites too.

What do you think about AfreSHeet? 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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Cut out unnecessary calories and sugars with SodaStream

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA As a mom I try to make sure that my children make “better for you” choices when it comes to snacking and eating. I do my best to make healthy meals and provide my children with nutritious snack options such as chickpeas, baby carrots, sliced cucumbers and plenty of fruits. I also know that kids will be kids and sometimes they want to indulge in “junk” foods. I’m OK with that providing it’s done in moderation and not every day. One junk food (actually beverage) that we rarely ever have in our home is soda. Soda is basically liquid sugar and have no nutritional value whatsoever. We are OK with the kids having soda at a friend’s house or if we happen to go out to eat. Other than that soda is a “no-no” in our home. It’s not that we don’t like soda – we do! It’s just that I know if there is soda in the house all of us (me and my husband included) will drink it mindlessly and before you know it that 2 liter bottle is gone in just a few hours. We know a lot of families that keep their fridge well stocked with a variety of sodas and are totally OK with their kids drinking that instead of a glass of water or unsweetened ice tea. I am not one to judge but that is not for me or my family. This is why I love the SodaStream. Have you heard of it before? SodaStream System The SodaStream is a soda making machine. The base of the soda is water from your own home. That’s right – soda made out of water! The SodaStream is so simple to use that even children can produce soda in a matter of minutes. This is how you use it.

  1. Add cold water to the fill line of the soda bottle
  2. Insert the soda bottle into the SodaStream
  3. Pump down on the top 2-3 times for a second or two each time to carbonate the water
  4. Remove the soda bottle from the SodaStream
  5. Add in the flavoring
  6. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

IT’S THAT EASY! Check out this video that shows you just how easy it is.

  SodaStream has many different flavor options to choose from based on popular soda flavors including;

  • Cola
  • Lemon-Lime
  • Orange
  • Root Beer
  • Ginger Ale
  • Orange Mango
  • Diet Pink Grapefruit
  • Pineapple-Grapefruit

They also carry specialty flavors like;

  • Country Time
  • Crystal Light
  • Ocean Spray
  • Kool Aid
  • V8 Splash

Some of the flavors are available in “diet” versions too. We’re tried a few flavors and so far we are pleased. Dr. Pete is my personal favorite. I know my son liked the root beer. You might think like I thought at first – you are basically adding sugary syrup flavoring into the water so how can that make it better than soda? The flavoring for the SodaStream has less calories and sugar than other soda brands. You can also adjust the flavoring to your liking (make it more sweet or less sweet) if you want. Here are a few comparisons. SodaStream calories and sugar As you can see the SodaStream sodas contain a lot less calories than regular sodas and considerably less sugars per serving. You can even use it just to carbonate the water and make your own seltzer water. Using the SodaStream to make soda is also better for the environment. Instead of having to dispose of plastic soda bottles you simply reuse the bottle that comes with the SodaStream again and again. It’s easy to clean out and it comes with a screw cap to keep it from spilling and the soda from going “flat”. The SodaStream is also convenient. You can make soda anytime you want – day or night. Sometimes my husband likes to have some chips and soda while watching a football game. Since I try not to keep soda and chips in our house if he has a craving for them he has to head out to the grocery store to get them. Often his craving hits at night when he will not leave the house and miss a game. With SodaStream he can make soda anytime the moods hits (as long as he has the flavoring he wants). SodaStream is also more convenient because you don’t have to lug a lot of soda from the store into your home and the flavoring takes up very little space in your kitchen pantry.

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SodaStream with bottle full of cold water.

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After a few pushes on top the water is now carbonated.

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Adding one of the many flavors (available in different forms)

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In minutes you have freshly made soda with less sugar and calories.

As someone who lives on the top floor (with six flights of stairs and no elevators) and in a condo no bigger than a “shoe box” I can appreciate not having to lug groceries up the stairs and not take up much space in our already over crowded condo. Honestly the only “downside” to the SodaStream is the carb0nators (the canisters that add the carbonation to the water). You cannot dispose of them. You must turn them into a retailer that takes exchanges of the carbonators. Depending on where you live the retailers may or may not be easy to locate. You can purchase spared carbonators online but you cannot dispose of the empty ones without turning them in to an authorized dealer. That might be a bit of an inconvenience for some people. If you would like to learn more about SodaStream and where to purchase them, as well as the variety of flavors, visit www.SodaStreamUSA.com. You can also make purchases on the website. SodaStream can be found on the various social media sites too. SodaStream would make a great gift for a college student, soda fan, or someone who is looking to cut out extra sugars and calories from their diets. LOGO 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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I took the challenge with tough stains with Biz stain fighter

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Recently I had my kids go through their clothes and separate them between good clothes, clothes they don’t fit (or won’t wear) and clothes that are stained or ripped in any way.

I hate seeing the ripped and stained pile so big. Most of the clothes can be saved with a stitch or two here and there and an effective stain fighting product.

Most families are on budgets and purchasing new clothes is not always an option. Therefore it’s important to take care and maintain the clothes you have.

Let’s face it – stains happen. Even the most careful person can accidentally get a stain on their clothing.

You can spend a small fortune on fancy schmancy stain fighting products. Or you can stick with a tried and true product, one that has been around for a very long time. Chances are your mom and even your grandmother used it – Biz.

You may have seen Biz in the store. The company did change the packaging and updated the logo and color scheme – but it’s the same product families have been relying on for ages.

Biz can be used as a pre-wash treatment or with detergent.

Stains come in different forms and from different sources. It’s not easy to find one product that can tackle most stains. Biz contains more stain fighting ingredients than other brands. There is no need to go out and purchase multiple products. In addition Biz helps to make whites brighter.

Stain Fighting Ingredients

Most of my family’s stains come from food, makeup and dirt. Some stains are pet related too. I tend to get grease stains on my clothes from things that splatter on me when I’m cooking. I’ve even had a coffee and tea stain or two.

I remember my mom using Biz when I was younger. To be honest I haven’t tried the brand until now. However after my results I am a new fan of the brand.

Biz sent me a bottle and asked me to take the Biz Challenge by treating some particularly nasty stains my family manged to get on their clothing. That was not a problem. We always have something with a stain on it.

I used Biz two different ways.

I added it in with other detergent to keep my whites white and my brights colorful. So far, so good. I am pleased with the results. The whites were looking a bit dingy lately. They seem to be looking more white (as they should) since adding Biz in the laundry. I haven’t noticed too much of a difference with the colored clothes, but that might be because they have already had the color washed out of them several times. Once my kids start wearing their new back to school clothes I’ll be better able to judge if the Biz helps to maintain the colors.

I also used Biz to pre-treat stained clothing before putting them in the wash. I would dabble a little on the stain, gently scrub (if necessary) then let it sit for a while before washing it.

I used Biz on a variety of common stains.

One stain was some dark discoloration on a hand towel in the kitchen. I THINK it was from chocolate cookies my daughter baked recently. I tried to wipe it off with a wet paper towel when I first discovered it. It looked like it could be easily wiped off but it didn’t come off. After I rubbed a little Biz on it, let it site a bit then tossed it into the wash with the rest of our laundry the area was clean again (and dare I say the white was brighter too).

Stain

I also dropped my mascara wand on my shirt last weekend. I tried to wash it off (you can still see the wet spots in the photo) but I only succeeded in smudging it, not cleaning it. You can even see some of the bits from the paper towel I used.

With a little Biz and some gently rubbing the mascara stain came off my shirt in the wash. You can’t even notice where it was. With other stain products you can sometimes see a little bit of the stain (or residue) left behind.

BA

I’m not sure why the shirt’s color is different, unless it had to do with the lighting (two different rooms, different time of the day).

You can also use Biz to pre-soak delicate clothing. I have not done that yet.

You can find out where to buy Biz as well as save $1 on Biz with a special money saving coupon on the Biz website.

You can also check out the brand on Facebookon Twitter and on Pinterest.

To see what others have to say about Biz check out the hashtag #BizChallenge. 

Have you ever tried Biz before? If so, what do you think about the product? Why do you love it and use it? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Kimberly

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CW by CorningWare makes entertaining colorful

 

CW By CorningWare

The summer is coming to an end. Some people might see it as the end of entertaining for another year (pool parties, backyard barbecues…) where as others see this as the start of “entertaining season” (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah, New Years…). Personally I think it’s fun to entertain any time of the year – even for no reason other then to get together with family and friends and enjoy good times and great food.

I love to entertain. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like to, but when I do, WOW! I go all out. I love to decorate, use my best dishes, create yummy recipes and do what I can to make my guests feel comfortable and fully enjoy themselves.

Serving your guests food on beautiful dishes is a wonderful thing to do. You should also consider lovely serving dishes too. After all, no one wants to see boring, stained or chipped serving dishes to accompany your favorite recipe.

I love color. If you visited my home you would see that. I enjoy colorful things. I think they are fun and they make me happy to look at them. You won’t find dark colors in my home – only light and airy colors like soft greens and blues.

I was recently asked if I’d like to review a set of casserole dishes from CW by CorningWare. CW by CorninWare is a colorful line of serving pieces by CorningWare.

I received to review the following set;

CorningWare CW

 

CW By CorningWare™ 4 Piece Casserole Set

MSRP: $49.99 

This colorful CW by CorningWare™ pieces can go straight from the oven or microwave to the table and they can use all the colors at once for an eclectic table setting, or match the pieces with other pieces you already know. When the guests leave, each piece stacks inside the other for compact storage.

Set includes:

  • 1.9-qt. Twilight Shallow Baker
  • 3-qt. Pool Baker
  • 1.5-qt. Vermilion Baker
  • 20-oz. Curry Baker
  • Durable stoneware
  • Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Limited 1-year Warranty

Oh my! I love this set!

First of all the colors are perfect. Each piece is done in a soft color. They have “proper names” (Vermilion, Twilight…) but they are essentially blue, turquoise, orange/red and yellow.

I love that the pieces all fit together nicely which makes them easy to store. Each piece fits inside each other.

The pieces can be used in a variety of ways. I currently have left over bake ziti in the fridge in the 3 quart pool baker (covered in foil – there are not lids for these pieces).

Tonight I used the 1.9 shallow baker as a serving platter for hamburgers. I also used the 20 ounce baker to serve chips to go along with the burgers and other foods we had for dinner.

CW CoringWare Collage

We were not having a party this evening but that doesn’t mean my family doesn’t appreciate a colorful setting.

The great thing about these pieces is that they are very versatile and go great from the oven to the table without having to move them from one dish to another. They are also great as serving pieces (without cooking with them). You can also use them for fancy dinners to backyard barbecues.

This set can mix and match with other pieces you might have. There are also many other pieces available in the same colors so you can create a larger set.

These pieces are a bit delicate. They can easily chip or break if you are not careful with them. I am always careful with my dishes so that is not a problem.

The set is available at many retail locations. I saw it in the store at Target and I’ve seen it online at Macys. Look for the set where ever you buy CorningWare products.

For more information about CorningWare visit www.CorningWare.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.

Mix and Match Pieces

Mix and Match Pieces

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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