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Don’t forget to pack Wet Ones

 

Dirty Hands

I am so happy that Spring is finally here. Well… it’s been Spring for some time now but the apparently the weather missed that memo because it has not been Spring-like weather at all. It’s been cold and miserable. Thankfully the weather FINALLY matches the season.

Now that we can all emerge from “hibernation,” throw open the windows and enjoy the fresh air – many of us are looking for outdoor activities to enjoy with family friends.

It’s also the start of baseball season which means plenty of muddy cleats, grass stains and spilled food and beverages from the concession stand.

Whether you are enjoying an outing to the ball field, or planning on spending a few hours at the playground, don’t forget to pack the Wet Ones.

Wet Ones are antibacterial hand wipes are great for every messy, sticky, muddy or germy situation you can think of.

Wet Ones are great to use when you need to clean you hands after using the port-a-potty at the ball field. They are also good for cleaning your hands after you put them in some “mystery goop” on the bleachers. They are also good for washing off your hands after you enjoy something messy like a chili dog.

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Wet Ones are easy to bring along. They are available in a 40 count canister and 15 and 20 count travel packs. There is even a box of 24 individually wrapped single wipes that easily slide into any pocket or sports bag.

My husband and I always keep Wet Ones handy in each of our cars. You never know when you are going to need something not only wash off your hands but also to clean off picnic tables, wash dirt off of shoes and to wipe up spills and other messes.

As you are enjoying the warmer weather, don’t forget to tote along some Wet Ones. You never know when you might need them.

Wet Ones are available at many retailers across the country.

For more information about Wet Ones please visit WetOnes.com.

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Kimberly

*I received a few product samples in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Enjoy the look of real candles with Luminara candles

 

Candles

I LOVE candles. I think they are beautiful to look at and really add to the ambiance of any room.

Sadly, with five cats and a dog, having real candles lit and set out on the coffee table, or bookcase (or any other place they can easily reach or knock over) is not safe. Accidents happen and I am terrified of one of my pets might knock of a candle and cause a fire.

I don’t want the fear of a house fire to take away from the pleasure and enjoyment I receive from seeing candles light up a room.

I have tried different “fake” candles in the past – ones that have flickering lights that seem like a real candle. The only problem with those is that the light comes from within – there is no wick or flame. I personally enjoy watching the flame dance around on top of the candle.

A few years ago I happened across a candle brand called Luminara. Luminara candles are by far the most realistic flameless candles I have ever come across. Unlike other flameless candles, Luminara candles DO have a “flame” that dances around – but its not a real flame, nor will it cause a fire.

Luminara candles run on batteries. There must be some kind of a fan inside the candle that makes the “flame” dance around just like a real candle.

One of my Luminara candles. The flame looks so real!

One of my Luminara candles. The flame looks so real!

My candle next to a plush toy. Would you let anything get this close to a REAL candle?

My candle next to a plush toy. Would you let anything get this close to a REAL candle?

I find the Luminara candles to be just as mesmerizing to watch as a real candle and unlike a real candle I don’t have to worry about it around my pets. Well, with one exception (one of my cats chewed on the “flame” of one of the Luminara candles that I have).

Luminara candles have timers so that they can turn off and on at the same time every day. You can enjoy these beautiful candles year round. The timer puts them on for 5 hours and off for 19 hours.

Each candle runs on two “D” size batteries (not included) and should run for about 500 hours before the batteries need to be replaced. That is approximately 100 days.

Luminara candles are made out of real wax and have the look and feel of real candles.

Check out the Luminara candles in action.

 

You can find these beautiful candles at PeachSkinSheets.com. They carry these candles in different colors. Some are event scented too! They are available in 5″ and 7″ sizes.

Luminara candles could be used as a night night, to enhance your dining experience or simple to add some ambiance to any room. I think these would make a beautiful tablescape.

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These would make GREAT gifts!

There is even a remote control available on the PeachSkinSheets.com website to control your Luminara candle from afar.

Don’t forget to check out the other great things available at PeachSkinSheets.com too (they are also on social media).

Have you experienced Luminara candles in person? What do you think about the these amazing, realistic candles?

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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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New Air Wick Life Scents Collection

 

Air Wick Life Scents

Have you ever walked into a room and picked up the scent of something that transports your mind to another place and time? It happens to me often. I might be at a friend’s house, in a store or some other place and my nose picks up even the slightest scent that brings back memories.

To give you an example, growing up I had a lilac bush outside my bedroom window. When the lilac flowers were in bloom my room smelled amazing. Whenever I smell lilacs my mind is automatically transported back to my youth when I would see the flowers in bloom outside my bedroom window.

I have the same experience when I smell REAL pine trees (Christmas trees). It brings back memories of decorating the Christmas tree when I was younger.

My childhood home at Christmas time (no snow) with the horse barn in the backyard.

My childhood home at Christmas time (no snow) with the horse barn in the backyard.

Sometimes even the oddest scent will remind me of something, like my grandparent’s house, my dad’s cigars or the barn we had in our backyard for my sisters horse.

Air Wick understands how important these types of scents are. That is why they created a new fragrance line, Air Wick Life ScentsTM Collection.

This 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.

The new scents work in “layers.” For example, with their Mom’s Baking fragrance one person might smell delicious vanilla while another person might smell something that smells more like homemade pie crush or a layer of baked pear.

You may have seen the commercial on TV with the young man who returns home and automatically smells pie and wants to ask for a piece.

To help launch the collection, Air Wick partnered with interior designer Jeremiah Brent (known for his work with Rachel Zoe + hubby Nate Berkus) to showcase how fragrance is the finishing touch to any room in the home.

Inspired by the new Life Scents Collection by Air Wick, Jeremiah has put together a list of design tips that aim to inspire every home owner.

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Don’t Take Yourself too Seriously: Design at its best and purest form is an extension of who you are, and who you would like to become.

Accessorize with Scent: Scent is the final touch to a room. It’s what you smell when you walk into a home and it stays with you – it is the final frontier of a well curated home and that’s why Air Wick’s Life Scents are the perfect accessory.

Break the Rules: Don’t subscribe to the rules of design, think outside of the box.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: When curating your home there is no reason to rush, it takes time to pick out the pieces you’ll keep forever that tell your own home’s story.

Invest in Key Pieces: Life’s a journey, ensure the key pieces you’re picking can go on any journey you take. The same goes with scent, Air Wick Life Scents’ Sweet Lavender Days is a great option – it helps create a sense of comfort and relaxation in your home.

Always Set the Table. Tablescapes Year ‘Round: Be sure to change up your table for every season – whether you’re hosting a diner party or a table for two, it’s important to have a centerpiece that serves as a focal point.

These are great tips.

Air Wick sent me a couple of their new Life Scents to try out for myself.

Lush Hideaway

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.

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Summer Delights

Summer Delights sweetens the air with florals, sweet melon, and vanilla notes.

You can clearly smell the flowers with this scent. I cannot pinpoint the exact floral smell, but it’s definitely flowers. After the winter we had I welcome the scent of spring flowers.

I don’t know why this scent makes me think of this, but whenever I use this spray I am reminded of my home being totally clean (like a spring cleaning) and the way it smells because I usually have the windows opened and I can picture in my mind it being a sunny day with blue skies and just a few clouds. Its a strange thought to have when I smell this, but that is what my mind thinks about.

The new scents from Air Wick are available at mass retailers nationwide from around $4.99. The Air Wick Life Scents Collection can be enjoyed in their Everyday Collection and Spring Collection in Scented Oils (for Plug-Ins) and Freshmatic Room Sprays.

For more information about the collection please visit www.AirWick.us/collections/Life-Scents. The brand can also be found on social media.

Have you tried any of the new Air Wick Life Scents yet? If so, which one/ones? What did you think about when you smelled them?

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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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Get a wireless “wake up” with Amplifyze TCL Pulse

 

Alarm Clock

I am not a morning person. Personally I feel mornings should start after 11:00 AM.

I’ve never been able to wake up to alarm clocks. As a teen (and young adult), my mom always had to wake me up. At one point I had five – yes FIVE – alarm clocks that were set five minutes apart. The idea was that I would hear and wake up to at least one of then, then knowing they were all going to go off would force me to get out of bed to turn them off before I had five alarms buzzing away at the same time.

Sometimes it worked – other times it didn’t. Some how I managed to sleep through all five, but they did wake up the rest of my family.

These days I rely on my husband to wake me up in the morning. Even though our bed is in the living room (sofa bed) – one of the busiest rooms in our home – I still sleep through most of the noise can commotion.

I will wake up when my cat has an asthma attack. Go figure. I guess it’s the “mom” in me that hears her and wakes up to give her the inhaler.

I was sent to review a unique alarm called the Amplifyze TCL Pulse.

The Amplifyze TCL Pulse is a dream come true solution for those who consistently sleep through traditional alarms  (teenagers, college students, heavy sleepers, those with hearing loss.)  This sleek, chic Bluetooth enabled combination alarm/timer can be programmed with your iPhone once you’ve downloaded the free accompanying intuitive app from the App Store.    It offers a choice of vibration (keep it under your pillow), loud sound, or both, and can be programmed for multiple users.

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The TCL Pulse is a small device – about the size of the average hand. It’s not very flat but flat enough to slip under your pillow without causing discomfort.

In order to use the TCL Pulse you’ll need to download the free app. You can set your TCL Pulse from the application. It transmits the information to your TCL Pulse device wirelessly using Bluetooth technology.

I’m not too keen on having devices such as cellphones near my bed when I sleep. The TCL Pulse is supposed to be “OK” to be by your head. It doesn’t transmit the harmful “rays” (for lack of a better description) that cellphones do. As per the company the TCL Pulse is completely safe to use.

You can set your alarm to go off with a vibration, sound or both. You can adjust the volume too so that it’s not too loud and jolting when it goes off.

Knowing that tradition alarm clocks don’t work for me I was curious to see how this device worked.

I’ve tried the alarm with sound and without sound, as well as the vibration. For me, personally, the vibration works better. The sound doesn’t really wake me up. Occasionally it does, but not always. The vibration seems to do the trick for me.

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I use several pillows when I sleep. Sometimes they fall on the floor or some how end up on my husband’s side of the bed. When that happens I can’t feel the vibrations. If you are a restless sleeper like me  you might want to take that into consideration.

The TCL Pulse it not only for waking you up in the morning. You can use it as a regular alarm too. Use it to time your showers (I’d suggest putting it in a closet on the volume’s highest setting so you an hear it – I wouldn’t leave it out because the moisture from the shower could ruin it), cooking, “time outs” for your kids and more.

The Amplifyze TCL Pulse is available in different colors (pink, white and black) and retail for $39.95.

The TCL Pulse is small in size so you can tuck it inside your luggage when you travel or in your purse or backpack to take it with you to use throughout the day to remind you of an important meeting or when class is about to begin. You can also use it to wake you up from a “power nap,” which is something I like to use it for.

I think this would make a great gift, especially for college students.

If you would like to learn more visit TCLPulse.com. The brand is also on all the social media sites. You can find all of their links on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the TCL Pulse? Does it seem like a product that you could really use in your life?

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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 color and whimsy to your home with Whim™ by Martha Stewart

 

Whim Sets

My mom always told me that I like to march to the beat of my own drums. I have never been one to follow the “norm.” I choose to be different and unique. I’ve always been that way.

My home reflects my eclectic tastes. I have mismatched furniture, my desk is covered with toys (my toys – not toys belonging to kids) and I have rat and mice wall decals on my walls and doors. I know that sounds strange but I put the rats and mice around our home for Halloween a couple of years ago. I thought they looked cute so I kept them up. They look realistic too.

I’m a fun person. I’m a kid trapped in a forth-something year old body. I adore things that are whimsical, cute and colorful. I’m all about having fun and making people feel welcome in my home.

Growing up my parents had a formal living room. It looked like something out of a magazine. Everything in that room looked perfect. As a child I wasn’t even allowed in the room. Call me crazy, but how is that living? I want my home to reflect me and I’m certainly not boring and stuffy.

My husband and I don’t have a real bed. We sleep in the living room on a sofa bed. That is one of the disadvantages of living in a shoe box sized condo. I dream of the day I can have a REAL bed in our own bedroom.

A few weeks ago I was sent information about a new product line from Martha Stewart. I adore Martha Stewart products from home and home wares to pet products (did you know the Martha Stewart brand has pet products?). I joke with family and friends all the time that if we had a bigger home I would turn into Martha Stewart. There are so many things I want to do that I have seen her do on TV and in her magazine, it’s just that our home is not conducive to those things. If given the opportunity I would totally turn into Martha Stewart and host lavish parties and make my home the envy of every home on the block.

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Martha Stewart’s new product line is called Whim™. Whim™ is an exclusive bedding and dinnerware collection from Martha Stewart that is available only at Macy’s, both online and in stores.

The Whim™ product line includes comforter sets, sheets and quilts in playful prints and colors, as well as colorful dinnerware.

I was given the opportunity to review a bedding set from the Whim™ collection. Some people might wonder why someone who sleeps on a sofa bed would want a nice bedding set. It’s for that very reason why I wanted to do the review. Just because I can’t have a real bed doesn’t mean that I don’t want my bed to look inviting and cozy. There is no reason why my bed can’t look as nice and well made as regular bed.

I was sent to review the Whim™ Pretty in Poppy Bed-in-a-Bag set and my choice of sheets. I love the choices I had from the Whim™ collection. I could have picked pink flamingo sheets, turquoise polka dots or zebras. I was leaning towards the pink flamingo sheets but my hubby thought that was too “girly” so I went with the turquoise polka dots.

The great thing about the Whim™ collection is that nothing is supposed to match. It’s all supposed to be fun and whimsical.

Our bed in a bag set even included two throw pillows with mismatched patterns.

Even though nothing truly matches, when you put it all together it really does work well together.

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The comforter, colorful polka dot throw pillow, blue throw pillow and poppy print pillow cases all came with the bed in a bag set. The white sheets and pillow cases with the turquoise polka dots were a separate set from the Whim™ collection. Those are the sheets I could have gone with the zebras or flamingos. I think I made a nice choice.

Here are some other photos of our beautiful bedding. Even our cat Bella approves.

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Not only is the bedding colorful and fun, it’s also VERY comfortable. I love cuddling with my hubby under the comforter. It’s thick and fluffy. Our old comforter was so old that it was pretty much flat. It’s so nice to have a fluffy one again.

With it finally being Spring time it was also nice to put away our drab flannel sheets and make things more colorful and cheery with a new bedding set.

Our Whim™ bedding is great for Spring, Summer and year round. In fact I am thinking about getting other sheets (like the pink flamingos) so that we can swap out the sheet sets throughout the year.

The new Whim™ collection from Martha Stewart also includes very colorful dinnerware that can be mixed and matched too.

I am loving this new collection. I can’t wait to see what else Whim™ has in store.

For more information about this fun, colorful collection visit your local Macy’s store or shop Macy’s online at www.Macys.com. You can also fine Macy’s, and the Martha Stewart brand, on social media.

What do you think about this new collection? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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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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Happy National Crayon Day!

 

Crayons

Guess what today is? If you read the subject line you’ll know that today is National Crayon Day.

I have always loved to color and draw with crayons. I loved receiving brand new boxes of crayons with the perfectly pointed tips and all the paper wrap intact.

I may be an adult but I still enjoy coloring. In fact my husband and I both color. We find it very relaxing.

It’s an ongoing tradition that I buy my husband a new box of crayons (64 count) with the sharpener in the back for Christmas.

There are plenty of crayons on the market, but for me, nothing compares to Crayola crayons.

In honor of National Crayon Day (March 31, 2015) here are some fun crayon facts, courtesy of Crayola.

  • The most popular crayon box is Crayola crayons 24-count box.
  • 13 Million – The number of Crayola crayons produced DAILY.
  • The most popular crayon color is blue.
  • 223 BILLION – The number of Crayola crayons produced to date.
  • The world’s largest Crayola crayon is 15′ high, 16″ wide and weighs a whopping 1,500 pounds. It’s also the popular color, blue.

Here are some interesting historical facts about the world’s most popular crayon brand, Crayola.

1903 – The Crayola brand is born

The Crayola name was coined by Alice Binney, wife of company founder Edwin and  former school teacher. It comes from “craie,” the French word for “chalk” and “ola,” for “oleaginous,” or “oily.”

1958 – Name Change

Prussian blue, the first Crayola crayon color to get a name, becomes “midnight blue.” Teachers prompted the change, as children could no longer relate to the Prussian history.

1962 – Melting Pot

The company renames the flesh crayon “peach” to recognize that not everyone’s skin color is the same. 

1990 – Eight Hues and a Cry

For the first time in Crayola history eight colors are retired. Maize, lemon, yellow, blue gray, raw umber, green blue, orange red, orange yellow and violet blue are enshrined in the Crayola Hall of Fame. 

1999 – What’s in a Name

For only the third time in Crayola history a crayon is renamed. Indian Red becomes “chestnut.”

In honor of this day Crayola sent me a delightful package of Crayola products. Crayola has come a long way since it’s original box of crayons. Now you can find coloring pads, window crayons, markers, glitter glue and so much more.

Crayola sent me goodies in an adorable Crayola crayon box. It looks like a giant box of crayons.

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Which is the REAL box of crayons? LOL!

In addition I received the cutest COOKIE made to resemble the iconic box of crayons. This is just so cute, I don’t think I could eat it.

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Check out the other goodies I received.

National Crayon Day

The box contained a large box of crayons, an 8-pack of crayons, Disney’s Frozen Coloring Pages, Marvel’s Avengers Color and Stick and really cool looking Window Crayons that can be used on windows, car windows and mirrors.

I’m keeping the large box of crayons for me and my hubby. I am also keeping the Window Crayons because I want to use them to decorate our sliding glass door for holidays and seasons.

I am bringing the other products to work with me to share with the kids. They are going to go crazy for the Frozen coloring pages. I also know that the boys will love the Avengers coloring pages too.

If you would like to learn more about Crayola or their products visit them online at www.Crayola.com. You can also find the brand on the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom of their home page).

You should check out their site for FREE coloring pages, lesson plans and craft ideas.

I hope you and your family enjoy National Crayon Day. I hope you have a colorful day.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in exchange for my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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