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Shugar Soapworks – Beautiful soaps that not only clean, but also saves lives

 

I love to fill my home with beautiful things – most especially things that smell lovely. I pride myself on making my home very welcoming and inviting to friends, family and guests.

When I know we’re having company over I go all out to make sure our home is not only clean, but I also like to add a few nice “finishing touches” to truly delight my guests. That can be everything from yummy treats to beautifully scented candles.

I like to offer my guests the “good” towels and best linens. I even go so far as to use beautiful soap in the bathroom. Actually… I enjoy having beautiful soap in the bathroom all the time.

I was recently introduced to a unique soap company called Shugar Soapworks. I like the name “Shugar” (sugar). When I think of the brand’s name I think of sweet smelling soaps.

Shugar Soapworks offers consumer a line of lovely hand soaps (you can use them in the shower too!) that are not only good for your skin, but also smell delightful.

I was sent a wonderful assortment of Shugar Soapworks soaps to sample and review. I received the following.

  • Rose
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Honey Almond
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Oatmeal & Verbena
  • Oatmeal & Coconut
  • Lemon Slices
  • Oatmeal & Lavendar

Shugar Soapworks soaps are cruelty-free and made only from the purest plant-derived ingredients. They never use sulfates, parabens, or animal by-products.

Each of the soaps has it’s own unique scent. What I like about the scents is that they smell natural – not artificial or “chemical-like.” The scents are subtle. It’s not like you are washing your hands (or body) with a bar of perfume. I prefer the subtle fragrances.

Shugar Soapworks is bar soap. I know that some people prefer liquid hand soaps or body wash. Not me. Call me “old school” but I prefer actual bars of soap.

Each of the soaps is good for your skin – as well as your spirit. Take for example the oatmeal soaps. Not only does the oatmeal help to clean and exfoliate your skin, but the uplifting scents are sure to make you smile.

I discovered just how wonderful oatmeal can be when I was pregnant with our daughter. I had incredibly itchy skin and the doctor recommended that I use oatmeal products (soap, soaks and similar). WOW! It made such a difference. Since then I have been a fan of oatmeal products. Add in a delightful scent and you have yourself a “must have” product.

If I had to pick my top three scents from Shugar Soapworks I’d say Rose, Lemon Slices and Oatmeal & Coconut. They all smell amazing, but those would be my top three (if I had to choose).

The Rose scented soap reminds me of my great-grandmother. I don’t know why. There is just something very classy and nostalgic about the scent.

PHOTO SOURCE: Shugar Soapworks Facebook Page – Pretty packaging!

Shugar Soapworks soaps are just as lovely to look at as they are to use. The packaging is really pretty. You could easily tuck a few bars in a gift basket. Each one-of-a-kind keepsake box tells a story of exquisite beauty and delicacy. Their packaging is also 100% recyclable, a perfect complement to their completely biodegradable soaps.

Shugar Soapworks soaps are not only wonderful to use, but the brand is very much into charitable work.

Shugar Soapworks fervently believes that Clean Hands Save Lives™. That’s why we work closely with our customers to identify nonprofit organizations across the country that can use individually wrapped bars of Shugar Soapworks soaps to better the lives of others.

By providing natural, sustainably crafted soaps, we hope to improve the health of those in our communities who are at high risk of illness. Since launching, we’ve delivered soaps to vital organizations like Comfort Cases, CityTeam Portland, The Los Angeles Mission, Operation Gratitude, Working Wardrobes, SOVA and more, from California to Massachusetts, Oregon to Virginia, and states in-between.

When Shugar Soapworks sent me soap to review they sent me a lot of bars. I knew it would take years for my family to use them all up. With the brand’s permission I donated a good chunk of the samples to a local woman’s charity that helps low income women/families, domestic abuse victims and others.

It made me feel really good to donate these pretty soaps to women who might be going through some really tough times. I hope the sweet smelling soaps lifted their spirits and helped them to feel relaxed and/or energized.

FYI… Shugar Soapworks soaps are not only for women. Men can enjoy them too. My husband happens to like the Honey Almond soap. Both of my kids (young adults) also enjoy the soaps. My husband and son DON’T think they are too “girly” at all. Trust me, if they thought that way they would never use them.

In addition to being charitable, Shugar Soapworks also believes in strong women. They understand what women around the world go through and how strong they need to be. Strong women need soft hands, which is what Shugar Soapworks is about.

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing brand visit ShugarSoapworks.com. I would encourage readers to visit the brand’s website to learn more about this remarkable brand and all that they stand for.

You can find Shugar Soapworks soap at many retail locations across the country. To find a store near you visit the brand’s website and click on the “Store Finder” tab. Dollar Tree and Dollar General are two locations across the country you can find the soaps. You can also find the soap on Amazon.

What do you think of Shugar Soapworks? Do any of the soaps stand out to you?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. I donated most of the samples to a local woman’s charity. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fake Candles Craft – Great for all seasons/holidays (and so easy to make!)

 

I will be the first person to say that I am not very crafty. I used to be, and I still want to be, but it’s not always easy for me to do the crafts I want to do. I simply don’t have the time between my family, work and my blog. I also don’t have the physical space needed to do a lot of different crafts. On those occasions I do a craft it’s usually something quick and easy.

I am addicted to Pinterest. I “pin” crafts all the time on that site – both for my own personal use and for work (I work with kindergartners).

I’m a HUGE fan of decorating for the holidays and seasons, so many of my craft pins are related to them.

One evening while browsing on Pinterest I saw a craft where you can make candles out of paper towel (or toilet paper) cardboard rolls. I wish I had the original site/photo that I saw the project on. I suppose if you look up “paper towel candles” or “floating candle craft” on Pinterest you might find similar ones.

Please disregard the strings. I made these to be hanging candles but you can make them without the string to display on a table top.

Floating Candles

I have a lot of paper towel and toilet paper tubes collected to use on crafts with the kids I work with. I already had the main piece I needed for the “candles.” Here are the rest of the supplies.

  • Paper towel/Toilet paper cardboard rolls
  • Hot glue gun (I used Westcott Mini Hot Glue Gun (High Temp Model) and Wescott Hot Glue Pen)
  • Hot glue gun sticks (I used Westcott because they work with my glue gun/pen)
  • Paint (I chose white and a glitter paint to add some sparkle)
  • Paintbrush
  • Finishing line or clear string (only if you plan on handing the candles)
  • Long needle (only if you plan on hanging the candles)
  • Scissors (Westcott has great non-stick scissors which are ideal for this project)
  • Small battery operated candles (I got mine from the Dollar Store – 2/$1)

Directions:

Make sure your cardboard roll is clean. Pull off any loose paper towel/toilet paper.

Using the scissors, cut one side of the roll with a bit of a “wavy” pattern to it. When candles melt they don’t always melt evenly, so you want to give your fake candle as realistic of an appearance as you can. I neglected to do this part at first. I decided to do it after I had painted them.

You can also cut the tubes to different sizes.

Using your selected paint, paint the entire tube. You might need to do 2-3 coats depending on the paint you used.

I found it easier to stand the tube upright. I put the tubes over prescription bottles so they would stand up right when I was painting them and when they are drying. Spice jars might work too.

Paint an inch or two on the INSIDE of the tube on both end too. You don’t want any of the original cardboard color to show.

Allow the tubes to dry completely.

Plug in your hot glue gun and make sure you have plenty of glue sticks on hand (this craft requires several glue sticks). I’m glad my Wescott Mini Hot Glue Gun heats up quickly. I was anxious to see how my candles would look.

I opted for my Westcott Mini Glue Gun High Temperature Model because I wanted the glue to be a “liquidy” as possible. It can reach up to 400 degrees! This model Wescott Glue Gun is great for;

  • Glass
  • Stone
  • Marble
  • Ceramic
  • Floral arrangements
  • Denim
  • Heavy fabrics

I realize that cardboard is not on this list. I was a bit worried the glue might be too hot, but it wasn’t. It worked out perfectly for my needs.

Westcott also has a low temperature model which is great for crafting;

  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Silk

Once the hot glue was ready I took one of my painted tubes and squeezed some hot glue on the INSIDE of the tube about an inch or so down. This glue will act as a “ledge” that your battery operated candle will sit on when in use. You cannot glue the battery operated candle to the tube or you won’t be able to turn it on/off. You need to be able to remove it from the tube. By making this “ledge” the candle has something to sit on so it won’t fall through the tube.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just squeeze some glue around the sides (even back and forth if you want). It’s just a way of keeping the battery operated candle from sliding through the tube.

Once that glue hardens (it did so quickly) you are ready to add glue to the outside. Using your hot glue gun, squeeze glue all the way around the end of the tube you made the inner ledge. You want the glue to look like it’s dripping – just like hot wax does on real candles. You can keep adding glue until you get your desired look. I ended up going back over a few of them with my Westcott Hot Glue Pen because it gives you precision accuracy, so I was able to add just the right amount of glue in the places I felt like I needed a bit more.

Photo Source: Westcott

This little Hot Glue Pen from Wescott is ideal for any crafting project you might have. It’s also great for quick repairs around your home. The Wescott Hot Glue Pen features;

  • Non-Stick tip for easy clean-up
  • Nozzle changes from blue to red, indicating when the pen is hot and ready for use
  • Top-mounted finger trigger allows for controlled glue dispensing

It can also be used on;

  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Silk

After you have achieved the look you are going for, let the glue dry completely. After it’s dried you can go back over it with some more paint (I used both white paint and a clear glitter paint).

Allow the tubes to dry completely.

The tube before I painted over the glue and tube with more white paint and glitter paint.

The glitter paint gave the tubes a nice texture.

If you want to hang your candles up to give them a “floating candle” appearance (great for Halloween), thread clear string or fishing line into a long needle (a quilting needle would work).

Using a long needle, pop a hole in one side of the candle (just below where you made that inner “ledge” out of hot glue) and pass the needle all the way through to the other side, keeping the needle as straight as possible (another words have the needle go straight across – not at an angle). If you don’t go straight across your candle will tip when you hang it up (unless you are not going to hang it up). Decide how much string you want and then cut and tie off the end.

If you prefer to make a centerpiece simply use your hot glue gun to adhere the candles to whatever platform you want to use.

Here are some photo and a brief video of my finished candles.

 

I intentionally took the video in the dark so that you can see the lighted candles.

This project was so much fun and oh-s0-easy to make. I plan on making this again but as a centerpiece for Christmas. I was going to make 3-4 candles of varying height and glue them together and surround them with some greenery and small ornaments. If/When I make that I’ll update this post with a photo or two.

People assume that hot glue guns are only to adhere a few things together. As you can see there are plenty of other fun things to do with hot glue. Just check out Pinterest. You’d be surprised at how many fun projects you can do. I have seen jewelry, wallets and bowls made out of hot glue.

Wescott non-stick scissors are great for this project. They cut through the cardboard tubes with ease.

Even hot glue dispensers have evolved over the years. The Westcott brand of hot glue guns and pen feature non-stick tips for easy clean up, a nozzle that changes from blue to red so you know when the pen/gun is ready for use, and a finger friendly trigger for dispensing the glue.

If you would like to learn more about Wescott products visit WestcottCreativators.com or WestcottBrand.com/products.html. You can also find some wonderful, creative ideas on the brand’s site or by visiting WestcottBrand.com/craft-projects.html.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on their website (bottom right).

Do you use hot glue guns for crafting? Have you ever tried a hot glue pen?

What are some of your favorite projects you’ve made with hot glue? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Westcott to bring you this information. I received free products to do this project as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Home Warranties – a “must have” for all home owners

 

My family and I live in New York state. Thankfully we haven’t been exposed to too much bad weather, except for an occasional hurricane (Sandy) and snow storms.

My heart goes out to everyone in Texas and Florida affected by recent hurricanes. I cannot even begin to imagine how horrific those events were. I saw photo and videos on television and online and I am in awe of how destructive nature can be.

I cannot imagine losing not only personal items, but also things like furniture and appliances. Even a little damage could make an appliance unusable.

With all this bad weather that has been happening recently, it has made me take a better look at our homeowners insurance and the types of home warranties in New York, where we live.

We did have to take advantage of our home owners insurance back when Hurricane Floyd hit New York (1999). We lost power for three days. Sadly all of our fish died (there was no electricity for their water pump) and we lost all the food in our refrigerator.

Our insurance did cover food replacement, but we had a $500 deductible we had to reach first. UGH! It ended up costing us over $300 to replace everything that we had to get rid of.

We don’t have a home warranty – yet. I have been researching what is available, the cost of owning a home warranty, and what exactly it covers. From what I’ve learned, home warranties typically cover;

  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Interior Electrical System
  • Refrigerator/Icemaker
  • Range/Oven/Cooktop
  • Dishwasher
  • Built in Microwave
  • Plumbing
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Washer/Dryer

and more.

NOT ALL home warranties cover these items. Some do, some don’t. You would also need to check on repairs due to “acts of God” such as hurricane or flooding damage.

That is why you need to do your research. Some might eve cover bigger things like a Jacuzzi or swimming pool.

If you live in an apartment, or rent, you most likely wouldn’t need a home warranty because your landlord should already have taken care of it for you.

Owning a home can be costly. It’s bad enough that here in New York we have to pay state, county and school taxes, let alone having to worry about fixing a broken dishwasher.

I have looked at different home warranty companies, especially those that are available for New York residents, and I am surprised to find that they are not that expensive. I’ve seen some affordable ones, even ones with low deductibles. I found one with a $50 deductible. It cost more than triple that to have the refrigerator repairman come to our home. I should know, before we replaced our refrigerator we had to call the repairman twice to fix the same problem in the freezer.

Personally I think that a warranty is a “must have” if you own a home. If it ends up saving us money in the long run, and provides us with peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong it can be fixed (providing that it’s covered under your plan), then it’s well worth every penny.

I’m curious to know… how many readers are home owners? How many have a home warranty?

If you have a home warranty for your home, do you feel that it’s well worth it? Do you have any experience with a home warranty – good or bad?

Feel free to leave a comment on this post and share your thoughts and experiences. It could not only help me to decide what is best for our family, but it can also provide insight for other readers who might be considering a home warranty too.

Kimberly

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Make your guests feel right at home with ALWAYZAIRE inflatable mattress

 

Oh how I miss having a bed – a REAL bed.

When my husband and I moved into our one bedroom condo we transformed the dining room into a nursery/bedroom for our baby daughter. It was an ideal arrangement.

My husband and I had a beautiful “sleigh bed.” It was one of my most favorite pieces of furniture.

When I became pregnant with our son we assumed the room we created for our daughter would be enough for two children. It did work for a while, but once our son graduated to a toddler bed their little room became two small for two young children. My husband and I had to make the ultimate sacrifice – give up our bedroom for the kids. That was 15+ years ago. For the pat 15+ years my husband and I have been sleeping in the living room (we converted the kid’s room back in the dining room since we don’t have an eat-in kitchen).

We slept on a sofa bed for a few years but it became too uncomfortable. If you have ever spent any time on a sofa bed you know about the dreaded bar that digs into your back.

We decided to get rid of the sofa bed and try a day bed instead. That worked OK for a while, but guests felt uncomfortable sitting on the day bed instead of a regular couch. Plus we missed being able to cuddle together at night (it was hard to do when we slept in separate twin size beds).

We then graduated to an air mattress. This was back in the day when air mattresses first came out.

The air mattress we had was not comfortable to sleep in at all. It was too soft and jiggled like JELL-O when we moved/rolled around. It was like sleeping on a water bed. Not only that it was a major production to get it inflated at night and deflated in the morning.

We gave up on the air mattress and went back to a sofa bed, where we have been sleeping for the past several years.

I still think air mattresses are a great idea, most especially if you have house guests and not enough beds in your home. The one we had (one of the originals) was not very practical. Thankfully they have advanced over the years.

I received to review the ALWAYZAIRE inflatable mattress, available at Walmart. Specially, I received the Fortech 17″ Queen Airbed by Bestway with a Built-in Alwayzaire Pump and 3 Preset Comfort Levels.

Now… I’ll be the first to say that air mattresses are horrible, based on my PAST experiences. That all changed when my husband and I tried out the ALWAYZAIRE inflatable mattress.

The queen size air mattress measure 80″ x 60″ x 17″. I am a “plus size” woman and my husband and I were able to sleep comfortably on the air mattress with plenty of room for the both of us.

Inflating the air mattress is super easy. Simply plug it in and in two minutes (give or take – I didn’t clock it) the mattress is inflated with just one simply press of a button.

Here is a video of my husband putting air into the mattress. I only shot it for 40 seconds because I didn’t think people wanted to watch a two minute video of a air mattress being filled. I just wanted to show readers a bit of how it looks and sounds.

 

The panel for the mattress is lit so you can see the buttons in a darkened room.

What is unique about this air mattress is that you can adjust the firmness to what is most comfortable to you. There are three firmness options to choose from. With other air mattresses you only get one firmness.

In addition to being able to select the best firmness for you and your partner, the air mattress continuous monitors the firmness of the bed and if it senses it’s losing firmness it will add more air into the mattress. You don’t have to do a thing. You don’t even realize it’s adding more air, at least my husband and I never heard anything. The air mattress kept its firmness as far as we could tell.

The mattress it’s self is covered in a canvas-like fabric on the top, bottom and sides. It doesn’t feel like you are sleeping on a piece of plastic. It has the look and feel (in a way) of a real mattress (non-air one).

The bed is made with a sturdy “Y-Beam” construction for added strength and stability. It even has a “frame” built around it to help you from sliding off. I can tell you from my own experience that the air mattress we had years ago didn’t have that and I always felt like I was going to slip off because it was too rounded on the sides.

Bed inflated – ignore our cat. She wanted to be the first one to sleep on it.

This air mattress can be enjoyed “on-the-go” because it comes with a handy travel bag. My husband and I found it next to impossible to get it in the travel bag. We tried but to no avail.

This air mattress has a lot of “pros.” The only “cons” I can think of is that it’s heavy in weight and hard to roll up when not in use (we gave up trying to get it in the travel bag). It also took a while for the air to come out of it (longer than it took to inflate it) and we had to walk around on it a bit to squeeze out the left over air before rolling it up.

Compared to our other air mattress experience, the ALWAYZAIRE inflatable mattress is by far the best one.

Ignore our mis-matched sheets and pillow cases. We had to do laundry.

As far as the price I feel like the ALWAYZAIRE inflatable air mattress is comparable in price to other air mattresses.

I think it’s a great idea to keep an air mattress like this on hand for overnight guests, most especially if you don’t have enough beds. This would also work well with sleep overs or even college dorm rooms.

If you travel in an RV or enjoy camping, the ALWAYZAIRE inflatable mattress can help you feel right at home sleeping on a comfortable bed.

If you are interested in learning more about this mattress you can check out it’s page on the Walmart website. You can also check out ALWAYZAIRE on Instagram and BestwayUS on Facebook.

Kimberly

*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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Are you into essential oils?

 

I know a lot of people will gasp when I say this but I am NOT a fan of Summer. Sure, I enjoy a vacation (not that we really go anywhere) and having time off from work. Who doesn’t? What I don’t like is the heat and humidity. Blah! I am also not a fan of sun. I’m a mixture of Irish, Welsh, Norwegian and Scottish. None of those nationalities are known for their glowing tans. They are all pale skinned people. I get sunburn just THINKING about the sun (ha ha).

My favorite season is Autumn. I love everything about it – the cooler temperatures, the colorful leaves, the start to the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…). It’s my favorite time of year.

I am big into scents. When Autumn kicks in I automatically break out my fall scented products – oils, plugins, candles… I love nothing more than my home smelling amazing. Even as I write his I am anxious to bring out my fall scented products. I can’t wait!

I tend to go more towards oils. I feel like they smell better (not artificial) and they last longer. Just a few drops seem to last a long time where as a candle burns down quickly.

I know a lot of people who are into essential oils, not just the holiday/seasonal scented ones. I’m referring to scents like Lavender, Tea Tree and Orange.

The use of essential oils is not new. People have been using them in a variety of way for what seems like forever.

Essentials oils not only make your home smell amazing, but they can also effect your mood. Take for example Lavender. There is a reason why there are so many Lavender scented sleep products on the market. Lavender is a very relaxing scent. Its soothing and calms you, which is how you want to feel when you are about to go to sleep.

Other essential oils have the opposite effect. Take for example Orange. The orange/citrus scent has an energizing quality to it. It perks you up and helps to give you a boost of energy.

I have been dabbling with essential orders for some time now. I have yet to use them medicinally (ingesting them – that scares me), but I do use them to scent my home as well as in cleaning products.

I have purchased numerous essential oils over the past few years. Some are truly amazing, and others are horrible. I have purchased essential oils that smell totally artificial. How can that be if its a REAL essential oil?

I have also tried to heat oils a few ways. I used to have a burner where I’d put a few drops of an essential oil (or a mix of oils) on a glass dish that gets heated up (either by a light bulb or candle – depending on the unit). The only problem with that is that the oil burns off quickly and cleaning off the glass dish was messy.

I received to review an aromatherapy diffuser and some essential oils from a company called Wasserstein. Wasserstein is a leading manufacturer and seller of consumer electronics, home & kitchen products, smart home accessories and other gadgets. They manufacture all the products they sell themselves, cutting out the “middle man.” Because they are THEIR products they take great pride in offering only quality products to consumers.

The aromatherapy diffuser I received to review has a cool, modern look to it so it goes well with just about any home decor.

Instead of burning oils (and all that mess involved with clean up), you use a few drops of your favorite essential oils in water and the stream generated from the diffuser releases the scent into the air.

To use simply fill the diffuser base with water up to the fill line, drop in a few drop of essential oil, put on the lid, plug it in and enjoy. When you are finished simply dump out any remaining water and wipe clean with a paper towel.

Just add water to the fill line and a few drops of your favorite essential oil/oils.

The diffuser has a timer on it (which I love) as well as a color changing feature. A ring around the diffuser cycles through several colors (blue, purple, green, white…). It also changes the color where the steam comes out. It’s a fun feature but I’m OK with it just staying a single color.

In addition to the diffuser, Wasserstein also offers essential oils. They have a gift set available with six popular essential oils and a diffuser. They also have a larger set of essential oils, which is what I received to review.

The set I received includes the following essential oils;

  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Grapefruit
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass
  • Bergamot
  • Tea Tree
  • Jasmine

There is a great variety in this set. Some I have heard of before (and smelled), others I have not.

I like that Wasserstein took the time to wrap each one in plastic. This helps to prevent them from opening up during transit. I have had essential oils come open during transit and leak out all over the packaging. Wasserstein took an extra step to make sure that didn’t happen with their oils.

I do have some favorites in this collection that I tend to use more so than others – Jasmine, Peppermint, Orange, Lavender and Clary Sage. I like all the scents, but I find that these are the ones I tend to go to more often.

I use the diffuser most of the time, but I have added some drops of the essential oil to make household cleaning products. For example, I mix a few drop of essential oil to a small box of baking soda (Arm & Hammer usually, but sometimes generic too), then sprinkle it on the carpet for a few minutes, then vacuum it up. It helps make the room smell really good and it’s better for you (and your pets) then the kind of powered carpet cleaners you buy in the store.

I love that they arrived wrapped in plastic to help prevent them from leaking during transit.

I also use essential oils with other home made cleaners. I even put a few drops down the drain to keep it smelling fresh and clean.

I like the Wasserstein essential oils because they smell fresh and true to their scent. They don’t have a chemical or artificial smell to them.

If you are interested in learning more about Wasserstein products visit Wasserstein-Home.com. They sell a variety of home and technology products. Wasserstein products are available on Amazon.com.

Are YOU into essential oils? Do you have any favorites? What do you use them for? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

 

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

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Sweeping just got a little bit easier with EyeVac

 

Photo Source: Dreamstime.com

I love a clean house. A clean house makes me feel happy and relaxed. Sadly, getting the clean house that I enjoy so much means that I have to clean. Blah!

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like cleaning. I know some people find it fun and relaxing – not me. I just like that after effect of cleaning – a squeaky clean home.

I have an almost 18 year old and a 20 year old. Cleaning is not there thing either, as the piles of laundry all over the place proves. I have to nag them often to tidy up their rooms. Most times I just do it myself. Their idea of cleaning and my idea of cleaning are apparently two different things. Ha Ha.

One room in the house that I seem to constantly be cleaning is where we keep the litter box. We have five cats and a HUGE litter box. We clean the litter box out easily a dozen times per day. We have to. We don’t want our home to smell like cats. It’s not a pleasant smell at all.

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I pride myself on a non-cat smelling home. When we had our home on the market years ago we had real estate agents and neighbors come into our home to let us know if they smelled that we had cats. They all said “no.” Even one of the agents said if it wasn’t for the cat tree they no one would know we had cats (our cats run and hide from strangers in the home).

Kitty litter is the worst – and I do mean the WORST! It gets everywhere. The cats track is all around our home. Thankfully most of it stays where the litter box is. When they jump out of the box most of the litter falls on the floor near the litter box.

I sweep all the time. We sweep every time we clean out the litter box (so at least a good 10-12 times per day). We sweep everything into a pile, sweep it into a pan, then dump it in the garbage can. If we’re lucky all the litter stays in the pan when we toss it into the garbage. Sometimes some falls out and we have to sweep all over again. It seems like a never ending process.

I was recently sent to review a cool product that takes the chore of sweeping and makes it a whole lot easier. It’s called the Eye Vac. It’s an interesting name for a very useful product.

The Eye Vac is a sensor activated stationary vacuum. It’s not very big in size and it has a modern shape and design to it so it’s much more appealing to look at then a broom and dust pan. Best of all, you can keep Eye Vac out all the time. There is no need to tuck it away in the closet (unless you really wanted to).

Eye Vac has been featured on multiple national televised programs like Rachael Ray, Tony Danza, and The 9 Salon. In addition, Eye Vac has been featured on reputable social media platforms like Business Insider, Odditymall, and Drool’d gathering over 20 million views combined and hundreds of thousands of interactions.

I was excited to try the Eye Vac. ANYTHING that could make the task of sweeping up the litter, pet hair and crumbs quicker and easier I’m all for.

To use Eye Vac simply sweep the debris in it’s direction and Eye Vac will suck it all up. There is no need for a dust pan. No need to bend over to sweep things up, and no risk of spilling things when you try and empty the dust pan in the garbage.

The Eye Vac is small and not an “eye sore” to look at.

Eye Vac has a powerful 1000 watt motor that helps to remove 100% of pet hair, dust, litter and other debris quickly and easily.

In addition to keeping your floors clean, this awesome cyclonic vacuum has a HEPA filtration system that helps to not only clean your floors, but also to help clean the air you breathe. It doesn’t spit dust and debris back into the air after it sucks it up. It’s all confined inside the unit.

There was nothing to do to set Eye Vac up. You literally just plug it in, turn on your desired setting and you are good to go.

Easily accessible controls at the top of the unit.

We originally had ours set to “automatic” which means the moment you get near it with the broom and debris it will suck it all up. When you have cats you have pets you might want to rethink that mode. Our cats would set it off constantly – even in the middle of the night. They were all terrified of it so as soon as it would go off they would scatter. To fix this problem we don’t use the automatic mode. Instead we use the mode where it turns on only when we want it to. It still works just as great for us and our cats don’t have to get freaked out. They have since got used to the noise, but we don’t use the automatic mode so it doesn’t turn on during the night when they walk past it.

We love our Eye Vac. It makes cleaning up after the cats much easier and a lot quicker. I wouldn’t mind having a second unit for our kitchen to help keep the room free from crumbs and “tumbleweeds” (little puffs of pet hair that roll across the floor).

This brief video (below) shows Eye Vac in action. I wanted to take my own video but I couldn’t get a decent shot of it sucking up the litter and other what nots when we swept.

 

If you have pets, Eye Vac is a must. It’s also great for crumbs, dust, and all those other little things that make your floors dirty.

Eye Vac is available in different styles and colors, and range in price from $109 – $129. It might seem a little pricey, but for the convenience it’s well worth every penny if you ask me. It’s been a Godsend and we are grateful for the opportunity to review it.

For more information about Eye Vac visit EyeVac.com. You can save 20% on your purchase using the discount code evblog.

You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (their links are found on the top right of their website).

What do YOU think about Eye Vac? Does it look like something you want/need in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

 

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

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