Turbo ExtremeSteam – Great for your home and wardrobe



Let me confess something to you – we don’t own and iron or even and ironing board. We had them when we were first married (20 years ago), but we hated to use them. When we had things that needed to be ironed they would just sit in a pile in the corner of the bedroom for weeks at a time. I hated to iron, and so did my husband. It’s a boring, mundane, tedious task.

When we purchase clothes we make sure to buy things that won’t easily wrinkle. We also hang things up the very moment they come out of the dryer to avoid wrinkles. We have gone so far as to dampen wrinkled things and pop them back in the dryer to get rid of wrinkles.

So far our tactics have worked OK, but there are times when we really need to have an iron. Especially when there is no time to put something in the dryer.

There is another way to get rid of wrinkles that is super quick and easy to do. It’s called the Turbo ExtremeSteam.

Turbo ExtremeSteam

The Turbo ExtremeSteam is a lightweight, handheld steamer. We have owned other steamers in the past but they are big, bulky and awkward to use. The Turbo ExtremeSteam was made to be quick and convenient. It even heats up and is ready to go in as little as 40 seconds.

Not only is the Turbo ExtremeSteam a must have for keeping your clothing wrinkle free (and getting out existing wrinkles), it can also be used around your home to clean and disinfect things like curtains, pillows and pet beds.

Not sure if steaming is for you? Take a look some quick facts on why it could change up your entire routine.

To Steam or Not to Steam?

  • Steaming is extremely time and cost efficient. It’s the fast way to wrinkle-free garments, so, no need to waste time and spend money on dry cleaning.
  • Unlike dry cleaning, steaming is green and clean. It only uses heated water, so no chemicals are required.
  • It’s gentle on fabrics. Your clothes and home fabrics don’t like the heavy chemicals used in dry cleaning. It makes them weak and sad. Steaming keeps them strong and happy.
  • It’s easier! Who likes hauling out cumbersome ironing boards?
  • Tough on critters. Kills them and prevents them. Bye-bye dust mites and bed bugs. Hello safe, clean furniture and mattresses.
  • A fresh perspective. Steaming de-wrinkles and refreshes drapes, curtains, upholstery and more – you don’t even have to take anything off rods!

I do enjoy getting the wrinkles out of our curtains. I used to just leave them (as pathetic as that sounds). My son uses a tie to hold back the curtains in his room and they get really wrinkled. I have yet to think of a better alternative. I hated out horrible it would make the curtains look. With the Turbo ExtremeSteam I can quickly and easily remove those wrinkle, leaving them perfectly smooth looking, just the way I like it.

We have numerous pet bed, a cat tree and even our loveseat (aka – “The hair chair”) is covered in pet hair and who knows what else. We can wash some of them (they have slip covers) but not the pillow/padding. That is why I love using the Turbo ExtremeSteam to fresh up our pet’s things and kill any creepy crawlies that might have made home on them (or in them). Plus I think the steam helps to freshen them up and make them smell a bit better. I’m all for anything that helps with pet odors.

Pet Beds

SOME of our pet beds – we have more!

Unlike other steamers, this one is so easy to use. Simply fill the water tank, plug it in, turn it on and in 40 seconds you are ready to start steaming.

I believe one take of water will last for about 15 minutes of steaming. I have never steamed that long in one shot so I am not 100% positive. I also remove the water when not in use.

Conair Steamer

This is hand held and you can take it where you need to steam, providing that there is an outlet near by to plug it in. When I need to steam something where there is no outlet I bring the item/items closer to an outlet so I can use the steamer.

The steamer is safe with most fabrics. When in doubt I would test on a very small, inconspicuous area first and foremost. So far I have not had any issues.

There are also attachments for the steamer.

  • Silicone band to pull fabric taut
  • Delicate fabric spacer to protect trims and safely steam fine fabrics
  • Bristle brush to ensure steam penetrates the fibers for the perfect press, even on heavy fabric.
Bristle brush attachment

Bristle brush attachment

I use the bristle brush attachment on the furniture to help grab any pet hair I might have missed. I ALWAYS “brush” the furniture with a special pet hair brush that we use, but just in case I missed something I like to use the bristle brush attachment (I just make sure to remove all the hair from it so it doesn’t end up on our clothes or curtains).

There is even a special piece on the steam to help create the most perfect pleats for your pants. My husband uses that from time to time on his work pants. It’s funny because his work pants lost their creases (pleats) after he wore and washed them many times. Being able to put pleats back in them again they look like new pants.


I like that it can stand up on it’s own when not being used.

I’ve also use the steamer to fresh up things we bring up from our basement storage. Things in the basement tend to pick up that “basement smell.” Using the streamer helps to get rid of a bit of that smell.

So far we have put this to great use. Even my teenagers use it from time to time.

The Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam is available at www.Target.com and Target Retail Locations. You might be able to find it at other retail locations too.

The product has a retail price of $59.99.

For more information about this and other Conair products visit Conair.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on their website.

I’ll leave you with this video from Conair that showcases this amazing product.



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

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Be a little more comfy at your desk with a Marvel Foot Rest


Computer keyboard

Being a blogger I spend A LOT of time at my desk. I work off a laptop. I could use my laptop elsewhere in my home, but I am more comfortable working at my desk.

I try not to spend too much time on the computer because I know it’s not always the best thing to do. I also suffer from Carpal Tunnel in both wrists (mostly my right wrist), so the less time on the computer the better.

There are plenty of days where I am at my computer for HOURS at a time. I have been known to be on the computer from early in the morning until well into the night.

When I am at my computer I need to be as comfortable as possible. I have a comfortable mouse pad, a comfortable chair and I even have a lift for my laptop so that it’s at a good angle so that I don’t put too much strain on my wrists.

Something that people don’t often thing about it our foot comfort.

When you are working at your desk, do you think about your feet? Probably not.

Never would I think about having a foot rest for my feet while working at my desk. It wasn’t until I actually received one to review from Shoplet did I realize just how much I “need” a foot rest at my computer.

Marvel Foot Rest

I was sent to review a Marvel Foot Rest. This foot rest offers a 15 tilt of the platform for improved comfort, posture, and ergonomics. As you know, these are important when working at your desk. You can put a lot of unneccesary stain on your body (and cause things like Carpal Tunnel) if you are not working at the correct posture.

The Marvel Foot Rest allows you to stretch your legs for increased circulation at your preferred height.

This foot rest is also made very well. It has some weight to it too.

The root rest measures 16W x 13.25D x 5.75H (inches).

The top of the foot rest has a textured surface, assuming it’s meant to keep your feet from sliding off. The textured part is the only part about the foot rest that I am not overly keen about. It doesn’t feel good on bare feet and when I am just wearing socks, my socks stick to it.

If you are interested in learning more about the Marvel Foot Rest, or to place an order, visit Shoplet.com.

Shoptlet is your “one stop shop” for office supplies, cleaning supplies and office furniture. Shoplet even carries medical supplies.

Do you spend a lot of time on your computer?

Do you think you would have a need for a Marvel Foot Rest?

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


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A kitchen “must have” – Good Cooking Collapsible Silicone Colander



My family and I live in a teeny, tiny condo. There is no more space! Literally!

We have only three closets (one in the bedroom, one in the hallway and one in the bathroom). They are all stuffed to the max.

I’m afraid to open the closet door because everything will come tumbling down on me.

Because we have no space for our “stuff,” we need to have product in our home that serve a dual purpose or that takes up very little space.

Our kitchen is no different. We have very little cabinet space. For that reason we had to purchase two free standing pantries to house all the stuff we can’t fit in the cabinets.

We have had to get rid of a lot of stuff over the years because we simply don’t have the space. It’s not that easy when it comes to the kitchen because I need just about everything in our kitchen to prepare meals for my family.

A colander is a must have if you ask me. You need it to drain pasta and other foods. You also need it to wash off produce.

To make room in our kitchen cabinet I got rid of the colander that we once had. In it’s place I’ve been using a pasta pot with a built in strainer in it’s lid. It’s been find for pasta and such, but it’s a bit inconvenient to use when washing produce. Sometimes you really need a regular colander.

I’ve been a fan of Good Cooking products for a while. We have a few of the brands products.

Good Cooking has a product that I have needed for a long time – a colander. But not just a regular colander – this one collapses making it easy to slide it into your cabinet without taking up much room at all.

Here is the colander fully “popped up.”



It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a rather large colander. It’s made out of food grade silicone and stainless steel. There are holes on the bottom and on the lower parts of the sides. It’s also 100% BPA free.

The Stainless steel base and rim make this colander sturdy and durable. In addition, it keeps it’s shape when in use (meaning it’s not going to collapse when you are using it).

Here is is completely flattened.


You can easily slide this into your cabinet on it’s side, or lie it on top of your pots and pans.

I keep ours on it’s side. It’s up against the wall in the cabinet next to our pots and pans. It’s not in the way at all.

This colander is very easy to clean too.

I feel that is is a “must have” for any kitchen. It’s not only very handy to have on hand, but it’s also a space saving product too.

The Good Cooking Collapsible Silicone Colander is available at SCSDirectInc.com and on Amazon.com. It retails for around $24.99.

What do you think of this colander? Does it look like something you’d want for your home?



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

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PINCHme Sample Day is Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Don’t miss out!



If you have read my blog on a regular basis, chances are you have read posts I have written about a great service called PINCHme.

If you are unfamiliar with the service, here is a brief description:

PINCHme is a monthly subscription site that lets you try products from leading brands, completely for FREE! All they ask is for your feedback on the products. Every month, an amazing range of free samples are released on PINCHme for members to claim. These samples include grocery, baby, pet, beauty, home and personal care. Be sure to visit PINCHme.com for this month’s Sample Tuesday on July 19th at 12 Noon EST to claim new free samples!

July 19, 2016 (Tuesday) is the next sample day. Don’t miss out. Samples get requested quickly.

PINCHme is a FREE service. All they ask is that you visit the site after you receive your samples and write a brief review. That way the brands know what you like, or don’t like.

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Sign up for free now at PINCHme.com.
  2. Complete your member profile
  3. Order free samples relevant to you
  4. Give your feedback!

That’s it! That is all you need to do.

I love PINCHme because you can get some really terrific samples. In addition you can sometimes receive money saving coupons.

I received a PINCHme sample box a few weeks ago. Check out all the goodies that were inside.

Cat food

Notice our cat Bella checking out this really nice sized sample bag of Purina On cat food. Bella and our other cats think it’s cat treats (I guess because it’s in a bag) so we have been giving it to them as treats. They love it. Now we know we can buy the full size bag because they’ll eat it.

Go Lean

Kashi Go Lean bar – Salted Dark Chocolate & Nuts. One word – YUMMY!!!!


I don’t use nail polish, but my daughter is obsessed with doing her nails. She was thrilled to get these FULL SIZE bottles of nail polish. She loved the blue one the most. It’s a nice, light, summery color.


I have been enjoying trying out the Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Beauty products can be so expensive. I cannot tell you how much money I have wasted on beauty products.

I love the whole notion of “try before you buy.” This generous size sample is great for trying this product and see if I notice any visible difference before buying a full size version.

A little goes a long way too so this sample size jar will last a while.


It’s summer time. You can never have too many bottles of sunscreen.

We used this when we spent the day at the beach last week. They seemed to work well (no sunburn!). I have never heard of the brand before, but now that I have tried them and are pleased with the results I will look for them on the store shelves and buy a full size version.


I have not tried this as of yet, but our daughter took it with her on his trip to South Carolina (instead of bringing a full size tube of toothpaste), so it came in handy.

wash lotion

This body wash and lotion are really nice. I used them right away. I am a big fan of bath and body products.

My skin felt so silky smooth after using this body wash and lotion. I love it! I wish I had more samples (or a full size product) of both products. This is another product I need to look for on the store shelves. I would certainly buy both of them if I came across them.

whole blends

I have seen these (full size) in the store and I have been tempted to buy them to try them out. Once again this is a great example of “try before you buy.”

I have tried another Wholesome Blend shampoo and conditioner, which I was pleased with. This variety is just as nice.

The next time I need shampoo and/or condition I know that these are great choices.

I love that you can try awesome products for FREE. Shipping is also FREE.

PINCHme offers a nice variety of samples each month including grocery, baby, pet, beauty, home and personal care.

PINCHme has over 2 million (yes – MILLION!) happy “PINCHers” nationwide, including me. Why not join the PINCHme community and get your own box of awesome samples each month.

To join, or for more information, visit PINCHme.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

Don’t forget – Sample Day is July 19, 2016 at 12:00 noon (EST). Don’t miss out!

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*I receive free product samples in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Excellent tips for a clean and organized home from your kitchen pantry to bedroom closet


clean pantry

We live in a teeny, tiny condo. There is no room for my family of four, let alone a lot of “stuff.”

Having so little space it’s easy for clutter to build up and for things to get unorganized quickly and easily.

If there is one thing I dislike A LOT it’s a messy, cluttered, disorganized home. I’m sure many readers can agree with me on that. There is something very satisfying and relaxing about having a clean, organized home.

Below are some outstanding tips for many areas in your home to help you get on top of the clutter and keep your home looking clean and organized all the time.

How to organize your kitchen pantry

  • Start by clearing all the food out of the pantry to get a visual inventory of the items you have already. Don’t be surprised if you find duplicates, that’s the hazard of an unorganized pantry.
  • The trick to keeping your pantry organized is to make it easy for your family to keep the items they eat on a regular basis accessible without having to move everything else around.
  • Keep your meal staples like pasta, rice, black beans, quinoa in clear containers so you can quickly and easily see when it’s time to add them to your shopping list.
  • Save shelf space by using an over-the-door towel hanger to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door.
  • Make room by storing infrequently used appliances in another closet, or up on the top shelf. Things like ice cream makers, tamale cookers, pressure canners, electric roasting pans, only get used seasonally, and shouldn’t take up prime pantry real estate.
  • Onions, potatoes, and garlic should be kept in a basket out of direct light in a basket or wire bin.
  • Unbox cereals and store in a tall clear container so you can always see when you need to pick up more from the grocery store. Some containers will hold two full boxes of cereal, so you can stock up, and save on pantry space.
  •  Save space by unboxing individually wrapped items like granola bars, sunflower seeds, chips, etc. and gathering them in a basket marked “SNACKS” so your kiddos don’t have to tear apart the pantry to find them.
  •  If you buy chips in bulk, pre-portion them in ziplock bags to eliminate chip bag clutter and overeating in one swoop.
  • Always keep food off of the floor. Use the floor of your pantry for appliances, pet food, extra containers, or sodas.
  • Use canning jars to store your pantry items. They are cheap, durable (made to stand boiling water) and since they are made of glass you don’t need to worry about plastic toxins leeching into your food, or making room on the top rack of your dishwasher. Canning jars come in a variety of sizes from tiny half-pints to half-gallon glass jars. The lids are airtight, washable, and come in two standard sizes that fit all jars regardless of whether you found them at a yard sale or picked them up at Target.

Clean HOme

Organize your home with these great tips

  • Clutter piles up quickly when you’re not paying attention. One of the easiest ways to prevent clutter is to follow a simple rule: when you have an object in your hand (book, jacket, house keys) don’t just put it down anywhere, put it away.  When you challenge yourself to put things away in their designated places, not in the most convenient location at the moment, keeping your home organized becomes second nature.
  • If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, do it immediately. Small tasks that are allowed to pile up will turn into fodder for procrastination later.
  • It is really easy to schedule away your time and be left with no room for bigger projects that require more concentration. If you’re having a hard time making progress on personal projects, a major presentation, or other “deep work”, put in in your calendar as if it’s an appointment. Then treat it like an appointment: don’t be late, turn off your phone, don’t cancel at the last minute. This is especially helpful if you share your calendar with others to book appointments.
  • Whenever possible, outsource mundane errands. Use on-demand storage like Clutter.com rather than wasting driving your stuff to a from storage. Instead of running to the grocery store, use Instacart or find a tasker on TaskRabbit. Everyday a new service company emerges who can lighten your task list for a small fee.

Clutter Closet Plan

Tips for a neat closet

  • Before tackling a “floordrobe” clear a staging area (move furniture around if you need to) with containers for sorting clothing into ‘keep’, ‘organize and put away’ and ‘donate’. You’re more likely to make more progress if you make room to get work done.
  • Be brutal! If you’re not sure whether to keep a piece of clothing, or donate it, ask yourself if you would buy it again if you saw it in the store. If not, rest assured someone else will love it and something better will take it’s place.

Tips for a clutter-free home

  • Save time straightening your house with this simple technique. Grab an empty laundry basket with paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, and a small garbage bag. Work clockwise through the room, wiping down surfaces as you go, and using the laundry basket to hold items that don’t belong in that room. Before moving to the next room, check the basket to see if there is anything you picked up from another room that needs to be put away, and then repeat in the next room.
  • Make the most of your kitchen and closet storage by rotating out seasonal items to make more space for the things you use more frequently. Christmas cookie cutters, fondue pot, tamale cooker – if you only use it during the holidays, it’s time to stow it away to make space for spring and summer items.
  • Make the most of your cleaning day by hiring service startups to come directly to your door and handle boring tasks while you get your spring cleaning done. Get all your seasonal items safely stored away (and out our your way) by scheduling a storage pick-up with Clutter.com. Use Zirx to get your car washed, gas tank filled and returned to your driveway. Or use Handy to get help with everything from furniture assembly, window washing, to fixing your garbage disposal.

clean bathroom

Tips for a sparking bathroom

  • Keep your bathroom cabinet stocked with dryer sheets and disposable disinfectant wipes for daily tidy-ups. Dryer sheets are great for catching stray hairs and lint, and having disposable wipes handy makes it easy to keep your sink and counter tops neat between deep cleaning sessions.
  • When scrubbing the sink or tub, save time by heating up surfaces first. Fill will the hottest water you can get from the tap, and let stand in the sink or tub for 5-10 minutes. Drain and then let the cleaning agent sit for five more minutes before scrubbing or wiping down. Heat will make most a cleaning products twice as effective.
  • Use a half grapefruit or lemon to remove hard water spots from chome fixtures.
  • If you’ve got soap scum build-up on your shower doors, try cooking spray. Spray an even coat, let stand for 5 minutes and scummy build up will wipe off with a dry cloth.
  • Get rid of that orange gunk on your shower curtains in the washing machine. Add laundry detergent, a cup of vinegar and a couple old towels for friction. Wash in hot water.


About the author:

Emma Gordon is an LA-based organizing & storing expert at Clutter.com with a weakness for DIY projects and kitchen gadgets. She has worked with celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Bryce Dallas Howard, Whitney Port, and Jamie Lynn Sigler. 

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Decorate your space with My Wonderful Walls



It took me a year to decorate the dining room with those stencils (the bookcase was temporarily in the dining room because the Christmas tree was in it’s place).

I LOVE to decorate our home. I think I should have been an interior designer. I have a knack for decorating.

Many years ago (about 25+ years!), I worked with my brother in law. He had a business on main street. His store front had two giant display windows. The only thing that he had in the windows as a hanging sign with his business name and number on it.

Just before Christmas as I asked the office manager if I could decorate the windows for the holiday. She told me to “go for it,” and that I did. I decorated both windows.

The office manager would tell me about people who would  walk in from the street just to compliment the windows. She even told me cars would drive slowly past the shop which she assumed were people also checking out the fun window displays. That made me feel awesome!


Sorry for the poor quality. This photo is 25+ years old. This is part of the window display I did for my brother in law’s business (I blocked out the name). There was another display in another window (no picture available).

My own home is no different. I love to decorate.

Once I had the idea of turning our dining room into a garden. It took me a year to accomplish but using stencils I decorated the entire room from floor to ceiling with flowers, animals, grass and even a five foot tree and garden gate. Sadly, after staring at it for a year while I worked on it I got bored with it quickly. About a year after that we had painted over it. I have a few other spots on the walls in other other rooms that I stenciled and painted over it when I got bored.

A few years ago I discovered wall “stickers.” They are just like stickers, but they were made for the wall. Some even had wallpaper glue on the back of them. They were permanent. I enjoyed them too but when you are bored with them or want to change up the look of the room you have to use wallpaper remover to get them off (and they REALLY stick to the walls too).

Thank goodness for wall decor like the kind you find at My Wonderful Walls. My Wonderful Walls offers “stickers,” or some might say “decals,”that do NOT permanently stick to walls. They are made from a special fabric-like material and can be removed and re-positioned WITHOUT sticking or causing damage to your walls. These are PERFECT for someone like me who tends to get bored with things quickly and often.

Some people might assume wall stickers/decals are more for children’s rooms or nurseries. That is not the case at all. My Wonderful Walls has plenty of designs that would work well in any room of your home, as well as for most adults. Here are just a few examples.






These are decals/stickers – not actual framed or canvas art. However, it look really real. Best of all there you don’t have to put holes in your walls (great news for renters) and you can take them down, move them around, or replace them any time you see fit without damaging your walls.

My Wonderful Walls decals/stickers come as individual pieces (pictured above) to complete sets.

Here are some examples of designs/sets available for children.


Modern interior.



Some can even be personalized, like the name “Elliott” on the plane banner (above) and the farm name (also above) on the silo.

I was asked to review a set of wall stickers/decals from My Wonderful Walls.

I love animals (we have five cats, a dog and a Goldfish) and I wanted something to jazz up our entry way. After much consideration I picked the Dog and Cat Wall Sticker Kit.


The reason why I chose this one is because we have five cats and a dog (plus a Goldfish) and I love animals.

I wanted to use these decals to decorate our main entry way. Its painted a dull yellow color and it’s VERY boring to look at. I wanted to add something fun to it to welcome people who come into our home.

Our friends and family know how much we love animals, so it seemed like the perfect fit to use this set to decorate the entry way.

Here are some shots of the decals in our hallway.

These decals are on the closet doors

These decals are on the closet doors.

Cat resting on the chair rail that lines the hallway.

Cat resting on the chair rail that lines the hallway.

Back of front door - I covered up our family name which was personalized on the lamp sign.

Back of front door – I covered up our family name which was personalized on the lamp sign.

Another cat perched on top of the chair rail.

Another cat perched on top of the chair rail.

Looking into the entry way towards the door. You can see the decals all over.

Looking into the entry way towards the door. You can see the decals all over.

As you can see, these really add a touch of whimsy to our otherwise boring hallway.

Some people might think our placement of the decals are a bit odd, but if you knew us you’d know that we tend to “march to the beat of our own drums.”

These are really easy to apply. Simply clean off the wall where you are going to apply them (a little soap and water with a soft cloth is fine). Then let the area dry completely.

Once you are ready simply peel the wall decal off the backing and apply it to your wall. It’s that easy!

I was worried about these sticking to our walls and causing paint to peel off when you peel the decal off (I have had that happen with other decals). That did not happen with these. A few decals I had to remove because I didn’t like the placement or they were crooked. They peeled off easily and reapplied just fine.

Even one of our cats tried to peel off the cat seated on the chair rail (the one next to the fish bones). He managed to peel some of it up. I simply peeled it off and reapplied it. There was no damage to the wall or the decal.

These are a lot of fun and an easy and affordable way to add some fun designs to your home decor. They are also easy to remove so you can switch things up whenever you want.

I am totally in love with the pet decals we have and I plan on buying more for our bathroom (a different design).

If you would like to check out what designs are available, or to learn more, please visit MyWonderfulWalls.com. They can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

My Wonderful Walls is also hosting a giveaway (it ends July 22, 2016). Enter for your chance to win a $100 which can be used to purchase wall decals of their choice.

Here is the Rafflecopter widget for you to enter. My Wonderful Walls is hosting the giveaway and they will be choosing and notifying the winners.


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


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