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Introducing the NanoTorch Twist from KeySmart

 

The holiday season can be a stressful time. Not only to do you need to worry about entertaining out of town guests, family and friend, but you also have to spend hours driving all over town looking for gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list. Others might choose to spend sleepless nights browsing the internet for the perfect gift. I’m an online shopper myself (I hate crowds and long lines).

I know from first hand experience that it’s not always easy to find gifts for others. Take my father for example. He doesn’t want or need anything, and if he did, he’d just go out and buy it.

People often think that practical gifts are not as stupendous as other gifts might be. Perhaps that might be the case sometimes, but not always.

Let me introduce you to a practical gift idea that I personally feel would make a marvelous gift. It’s called NanoTorch Twist by KeySmart. It’s an interesting flashlight that I’m sure will often come in handy.

I know what you a thinking – giving someone a flashlight as a gift? How much fun would that be?

We all need a flashlight at one point or another in our lives. Some people more than others. Here are a few examples;

  • During a black out
  • While working on a car’s engine
  • To light to way when camping
  • To give to a child who is afraid of the dark
  • To find lost things behind or under furniture

These are just a few examples. I’m sure there are many more (I can’t think at the moment… need more coffee!).

There are plenty of flashlights on the market, but the NanoTorch Twist has features that other flashlights might not have.

The NanoTorch Twist features:

– A rotating swivel head
– A rechargeable battery
– Magnetic tail cap and pocket clip for hands-free use
– 5 light modes, perfectly versatile for home, yard, emergency and car
– Made from machined aluminum casing, the NanoTorch touts a 50,000 hour lifetime.

The NanoTorch Twist is weighs only y 3.25 oz, and it’s less than 5″ in size, making it the perfect companion for travel, camping, or any possible emergency situation. It can easily slip into your pocket, purse, luggage, cabinet, drawer or car’s glove box.

Check out this brief video to learn more about the NanoTorch Twist.

 

I was sent the NanoTorch Twist to review.

I didn’t watch the video BEFORE I received the flashlight. When it arrived I was trying to figure out how to charge it (it comes with a charging cord/plug). I looked all over the flashlight. I honestly thought I was going crazy!

I reached out to the brand and found out that you charge the battery that is inside the flashlight. It looks like a normal AA size battery, but there is a little hole in it where you plug in the charging cord to charge it.

I’ve never charged a battery that way before. It’s kind of cool.

This flashlight is BRIGHT. As in super bright. I mistakenly turned it on while it was facing me and was nearly blinded by the light. It’s powerful!

I love that it has different settings. That way you can adjust it to suit your needs. Take for example a child who is afraid of the dark. They wouldn’t need the super bright setting. A softer setting would be better so as not to keep them up all night (the brightest setting would probably illuminate the entire bedroom).

The safety settings are handy too, especially when driving, camping or hiking.

The swivel head is a great idea. That way you can make sure the flashlight is facing where ever you need it the most.

The magnetic base is also handy. At the moment I haven’t found a need for that feature (yet), but I’m sure I will eventually, especially when my husband is doing work on our cars. It is nice to have that “hands free” option.

It’s also important to have a functioning flashlight in case of emergencies. You never know when you might experience a black out.

This flashlight would make a great gift for anyone – grandparents, college students, mechanics, hikers, campers…

If you would like to learn more about this awesome flashlight, visit GetKeySmart.com. You’ll find the option for the NanoTorch on the top index area, your you can click here.

KeySmart has a lot of other interesting products, most especially their key holder. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for your keys. It’s a really cool concept that is worth checking out.

The brand is also on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list that would enjoy the NanoTorch Twist? Would you like one for your home? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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. 

Decocrated – the Home Decor Subscription Box

 

I’m not a big fan of cleaning (it’s a “necessary evil”), but I do love to have my home to look and feel the best way possible. I want everyone who enters out home to feel welcome. I want my home to be warm and inviting.

I take pride in how my home looks, right down to the littlest detail.

I love to shop for my home, more so than myself. I also like to switch things up a bit and swap out decorative pieces from time to time (or move them to different spots in our home). My husband is the first to notice when I change things up. He thinks I do it out of boredom. I don’t. I just like to keep my home looking nice, so if that means I need to move a clock from one wall to another, or swap out my red vase with my blue vase, so be it.

I love shopping at home decor stores because I never know what I’ll find. In addition, I often come across pieces that I didn’t think I’d want or need for my home, until I see them. This is why my husband jokingly says I need “adult supervision” when I shop. Ha Ha.

There are a lot of subscription boxes on the market these days, from beauty to horror collectibles, and from kids boxes to boxes for your pets. But did you know that there is a subscription box for your home? There is! It’s called Decocrated – the home decor subscription box.

Every three months (quarterly, or as the seasons change), Decocrated sends subscribers a box full of timeless, high quality, home decor.

Since their boxes arrive when the seasons change, it’s the ideal time to switch up your home decor to match the season (or a “seasonal refresh” so to speak).

Decocrated subscription boxes feature full size products, and their combined value far exceeds what you pay for the box. You would also have to shop at many different stores to get similar pieces, but with Decocrated, these wonderful goodies come directly to you.

Each box comes with approximately 7-8 pieces. Many reflect the season, and other pieces can be enjoyed year round. It’s totally up to you.

Here are the actual boxes from this past year (Fall 2018, Winter 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019).

As you can see, you get a lot of wonderful products with each box. Each box geared towards a specific season.

These boxes can be enjoyed no matter where you live. For example, just because you live out West where you don’t have the same type of Autumn as people in the Northeast have, doesn’t mean that you’ll like the fall box any less (and vice versa). Each product is meant to be enjoyed no matter where you live in the country.

You can utilize all of the decor items in each box when you receive the box, or wait until you are ready.

As you can see, many pieces can be enjoyed year round. It’s totally up to you.

I was sent to review Decocrated Fall 2019 box.

In the first photo you can see two of our cats are just as excited about the Decocrated box as I was – except they wanted the EMPTY box to play with, and I wanted to goodies that were inside. Ha Ha.

The box is really big. That is because it contains full size products. These are not miniature or sample sizes. These are the same types of products you would buy in a store. 

The box is very well presented. Decocrated took time to make sure you enjoyed opening the box, as much as you did opening the product boxes.

Inside the box I found an assortment of smaller boxes. These are the boxes the products are in. They are not labeled on the outside, so it’s a total surprise as to what is inside. It’s like Christmas morning!

Decocrated makes sure that your products arrive to you safely and in one piece. For that reason they prevent the interior boxes from bouncing around with empty boxes and cardboard. They are labeled as such so you know which box is which.

I like this idea. I think it works better than bubble wrap, and the cardboard can be recycled too.

Once I opened the box up, I was able to retrieve seven boxes that contained the products. These are nice size boxes too.

Now for the fun part… opening up these boxes to see what’s inside.

The first item is a large, woven, wicker tray. The sides are about 2″ high (give or take, I cannot find my ruler).

I am not sure what I plan on doing with this yet. I know it’s a tray, but I’m honestly thinking about hanging it up on the wall in my kitchen. I think it would make an equally as nice wall decoration as it would a try.

I was going to use it on my coffee table, but right now our kittens are still in that phase where they will sit and sleep in anything they can fit in. I know if I put this on the table they are going to sleep in it. So for now, I think using it at wall decor would be best.

Inside the box was a really cute letter board that came with many letters to create different words. Right now I have it set as “Boo.” After Halloween I am going to use “Fall.” After that I’ll change it to “Love.”

The letters easily slide on and off.

This is one of those products that I didn’t know that I “needed” in my life until I finally received one. I really love this letter board. I would love to get more tiles for it so I can create even more words.

This is a pedestal tray or stand. Again, I can’t find my ruler, but I’d have to say this is about 7″ across each way (approximately) and about 2″ high (approximately). You could use this as a tray or a pedestal for a vase, photos or a piece of artwork.

The photos do not do this justice. My apologies for the low quality of the pedestal photos.

I have not found a place for this yet. I know I can use this on my dining room table during Christmas time. I have a centerpiece that could use some height on it to be seen better over the high back chairs. I have been wanting something like this just for that purpose, so I know this will be put to good use for the holidays.

This is a double sided piece of block art. One side is perfect for Halloween, and the other side is great for Thanksgiving. You could also keep “Thankful” up year round, because we should all be thankful no matter what the holiday or season.

I love that this piece has a dual purpose. You are getting two decorating pieces in one.

Currently I have this on our television stand. I look at it every night when I am watching T.V.

Inside the fall Decocrated box was two pillow cases that fit 8″ x 8″ throw pillows, which we happened to have for our couch.

One pillow is white (front and back) with blue triangular-like shapes on it. The other pillow features a pumpkin with some succulents on one side, and a reddish color on the back side (see above pictures), so this pillow is reversible.

We use the throw pillows on our couch. I have always thought about mixing it up for the holidays and seasons, but I never got around to looking for pillow covers. I am so glad Decocrated sent me some. Now that I see how great my dark couch looks with a pop of color added to it, I want more throw pillows to reflect the different holidays and seasons.

Also included in the 2019 Fall Decocrated box is a two sided metal sign. On one side it reads “Gather here with thankful hearts,” which is ideal for Thanksgiving. On the other side it reads “Welcome to our home.”

This sign is made of metal and the sign swings around to reveal the other side.

What a wonderful decoration to keep up year round (which I plan on doing). Right now I have the “thankful hearts” message displayed. After the holidays I’ll change it to the “home” message.

Doesn’t it look great on the table in our hallway? I love it! It’s perfect!

I don’t know much about succulents, except they are cute and they require little water.

Inside the fall box is metal wall art of a succulent.

At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like hanging this (it didn’t match with our current decor) but after I hung it up in the hallway, I think it looks great!

I love that it’s three dimensional, and that it’s made out of metal. It’s a unique piece that I have received several compliments on thus far.

This wall art doesn’t necessarily express fall/autumn, so we can keep it up year round. I like that it also matches one of the throw pillow covers that came in this quarters Decocrated box.

As you can see, Decocrated gives you a lot for your money. I love how they match the holidays/seasons so perfectly.

You can subscribe to an individual box (Winter is the next box), or you can subscribe for the entire year so  you don’t miss out.

A subscription would make a wonderful gift idea. Even one box would be perfect to give someone for the holidays.

For more information about Decocrated, visit Decocrated.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Decocrated? Does it look like something you would be interested in trying out?

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. 

7 DIY Home Improvement Activities You Can Tackle in a Weekend

 

Want to spruce up your home on a budget and a time crunch? These seven DIY home improvement projects can be done in a weekend and will take your living space to the next level. So get creative and let loose your inner interior decorator.

1) Upgrade Your Hardware

This is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to update your home’s look. It’s all in the details. Simply check out a paint store for paint supplies like spray paint and some blue painter’s tape. Then get ready to remove old doorknobs, paint, and replace. You can take dingy old doorknobs and give them a brassy update or get stylish with black hardware details.

2) Re-Frame Your Perspective

If your mirror isn’t drawing much inspiration when you look into it, maybe it’s time to re-frame your perspective – literally.

Instead of trying to remove large, heavy mirrors from their original placement, you can keep them where they are and simply re-frame! This way, you avoid all the heavy lifting and keep costs low.

Simply purchase some framing material from your local hardware store and outline the edges of your old mirror. Before you know it, you’ll have a mirror that pops.

3) Create a Warm Welcome

Your entryway can make a big impression on guests. Make them feel comfortable by creating a space for them to remove their coats, shoes, and umbrellas after they walk in the door. By adding simple items like a rug, storage cubbies, and a few coat hangers, you can make them feel right at home.

Make the entire thing DIY by simply attaching some re-purposed crown molding, paint, and hooks to your wall for jackets and coats.

4) Create a Relaxing Laundry Experience

Laundry can be a pain in the neck—if you let it. On the other hand, laundry also can be an enjoyable and relaxing experience of getting all your favorite textiles clean.

Upgrading your decor in your laundry room can make more of a difference than you might imagine. Small changes can really do the trick. Consider putting your detergent in matching glass jars, placing clean laundry in wicker organizing baskets, and creating a behind-the-door storage space for the ironing board.

5) Make an Entrance

How have your doors been looking lately? If it’s an older house, or if you’re just tired of looking at the same doors, it could be time for an update. Keep the doors you have and create an illusion of newness with some trim and a fresh coat of paint.

6) Jazz up the Kitchen

Just like regular doors, a pantry door is another home detail that’s often forgotten. If you want to jazz up your kitchen without tearing out the cabinets or redoing the marble, consider replacing just one thing: the pantry door.

A beautiful french door, a stained glass door, or a sliding barn door could be just the touch of style you’ve been craving to give the entire kitchen a face lift.

7) Add Some Greenery

The easiest way to add some needed life to your home is with some actual life – plants! Greenery is not only great to look at, but it’s also great for your lungs and even mental health.

This is an activity the whole family can enjoy! Head to your local garden store and pick out a handful of succulents along with some pebbles, dirt, and a unique selection of glass vases. You can each have fun creating a unique space for your succulents. Got kids? Teach them the value of responsibility by having them each take care of their own planter. Succulents are easy – just give them a tiny bit of water every other week.

If you want to upgrade your home but don’t have a ton of time or money on your hands, there’s a way around it. Try one of these seven unique DIY ideas this weekend and marvel at how the little details can make a big difference.

Check out The Comfy – a new way to keep warm

 

Our daughter. She hates the cold, especially winter.

I’m not sure if it’s the same in other parts of the country, but here in New York I’m getting “weather whiplash.” One day we have the air conditioner blasting, and the next day we’re cranking up the heat.

Fall weather appears to be kicking in (finally). We’ve had nights so cold that my husband put the flannel sheets on our bed and took out the heavier comforter. I think he’s going a wee bit overboard right now. It’s not THAT cold. But, admittedly, there have been times where I’ve had a bit of a chill. I’m rarely cold, but the older I get the more sensitive I am to the cold.

I wear fuzzy slippers and a sweater when I am cold at home. That seems to be fine enough for me, but the rest of my family, especially our daughter an my husband, no matter what they do, they can never keep warm.

If you are one of those people who tend to bundle up when there is a bit of a chill in your home, or you just love to snuggle with a soft blanket, I have a great product for you. It’s called The Comfy.

The Comfy is kind of like a sweatshirt, but it’s also like a blanket. It’s as if the two combined to make one fabulous product.

The Comfy is a huge blanket-like product that you wear. It even has a hood and a pocket to keep your head and hands warm.

You can snuggle into the comfy by pulling up the hood and tucking your feet underneath. It’s almost like making yourself into a snugly and warm “cocoon.”

I was sent one of The Comfy’s to review. I received one in a dark red color. The Comfy is available in a large variety of colors. They even have special ones for Christmas (Santa, reindeer, Elf), a pink one for Breast Cancer and an American flag one.

The moment I received The Comfy to review, our daughter just had to try it right away. She is ALWAYS cold. Even in the summer she wear hoodies and complains she’s cold. She also has Raynaud’s Disease, so when she gets cold her hands turn ghost white.

Our daughter is short (5′ 2″) and a medium size in clothing. The Comfy fit her just fine, even if it seemed too big on her. She doesn’t mind at all. She prefers it to be big because she says she can bury herself inside of it when on the couch or in bed watching TV or on her computer.

As you can see, it looks like she’s wearing a blanket with a hood on it.

I’m a plus size woman. Lately I’ve been wearing 1X/2X clothing. I was reluctant to try on The Comfy, thinking it wouldn’t fit me, but it does! And it fits with plenty of room to spare.

On me, the arms on The Comfy are a bit long, but that is fine with me. It keeps my hands and arms covered and warm.

My husband HATES being cold. He counts down the days until the first day of summer when the first day of autumn comes around (no kidding). He even jokes about making one of those paper chains people make for Christmas (the ones you tear off a chain each day until Christmas), to countdown the first day of summer. Ha Ha.

One night I found him in bed, on his phone, wearing The Comfy. He didn’t sleep in it, but he wore it until he was ready to go to sleep.

The Comfy matches our bedding really well. It’s pretty much the same color.

The Comfy is not only great to wear at home, but you can take it with you on the go. You can wear The Comfy at outside sporting events and camping, for example.

The Comfy is great for both woman and men. They even have children’s sizes.

The brand also sells boots and a Comfy hoodie, which is a new product.

The Comfy was invented by two brothers and were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. They are backed by the show’s star Barbara Corcoran.

We love our Comfy. We all share it, but I think it might be time to buy everyone their own. I’m thinking of giving my kids (who are young adults) one each for their birthday, as well as my husband. That way I can get mine back.

The Comfy and any of the other brand’s products would make great gifts for the holiday season.

For more information about The Comfy, please visit TheComfy.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about The Comfy? Is it something you want in your life?

Kimberly

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

NoteTower – Organizational Products for you Home and/or Office

 

I have a desk that sits in the corner of the living room. It’s one of those corner desks. No one uses my desk but me. My kids will on occasion to print something out, but that is about it.

My husband hates dusting my desk. That is because my desk is filled with my toys (actual toys) and some of my horror dolls (I collect creepy dolls, among other things).

I often think about getting a regular desk, but I would need one with plenty of storage and shelf space. I would also need one with plenty of room for both my laptop and desktop.

My husband thinks my desk is unorganized. He’s a total “neat freak” and extremely organized (and that is an understatement!). I refer to my desk as “organized chaos.” Just because it might not look neat and organized to him, doesn’t mean that I don’t know exactly where my “stuff” is when I need it. I’m organized “behind the scenes.” Ha Ha.

If your desk is anything like mine, and you are interested in getting more organized, I have some handy products you might be interested in checking out. They are from a brand called Note Tower. NoteTower has products to help you organize not only your personal desk, but also your space at work (should you work at a desk).

I did receive a product to review from NoteTower. They sent me to review their NoteTower Monitor Mount – Note & Copy Holder.

The NoteTower Monitor Mount is a plastic “strip” that easily mounts to the side of your computer monitor (LCD). It can be clipped on with the attached clip. The clip has textured rubber on it to protect your monitor, as well as to keep it from slipping.

You can mount the NoteTower Monitor Mount on either the left or right side of your monitor – whatever feels better for you. You could probably attach it on top too.

It’s made out of a pretty strong plastic. There is no reason why this wouldn’t last for many years with proper care and usage.

The mount allows you to view documents and papers horizontally and vertically.

The Monitor Mount has “arms” that extend out to support your document.

To use the Monitor Mount, simply extend the arms and slide your document into the the mount. This allows you to easily see important papers, “to do” lists, appointment cards and even photos.

The purpose of the Monitor Mount is to not only provide you with better viewing of documents, but also to eliminate sticky notes being all over your desk and/or getting lost. You can simply write down important information and attach it into your Monitor Mount.

I did receive one to review, however, it’s not easy for me to use. My laptop sits on my corner desk in a docking station. The docking station keeps my computer charged at all times, and I am directly connected to the internet (not via Wifi). The way my desk is set up (corner desk), I’m not left with enough room to use the Monitor Mount. The “arms” can’t extend all the way, so I am unable to use it properly, unfortunately.

Excuse the mess. As you can see, the way my desk is made (corner desk), the sides of the shelves are close to where my laptop is. It’s hard to extend the arms of the NoteTower in order to use it.

As you can see, there is no room on my desk. Even if I moved my laptop more towards me (which would be uncomfortable for me to type on), the arms of the NoteTower would still be hitting the other things on my desk.

I love the idea of the Monitor Mount, and I would definitely use it to keep track of my editorial calendar, my work schedule and other important things. I wish I could use it. I am holding on to it just in case I do end up buying a new desk one day and I have more room.

NoteTower offers other products (some would work better on my desk). Each one is meant to help your organize your work space and keep things neat and handy.

Here are just a few other products available at NoteTower.

I really like the ones with the built in compartments for your pens, sticky notes, paperclips and clips. They are available in a variety colors too (white, blue, black and pink).

NoteTower also offers other products with the built in “clips” including chalk boards and dry erase boards.

They will also soon be offering what they call Display Rails to let you display photos and other important things on your wall. I like this idea. It would be fun to use it to display your child’s artwork, as well as your favorite photos.

If you are interested in learning more about NoteTower, visit NoteTower.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the top right of their website.

What do you think about NoteTower? Are there any products that really stick out to you? Feel free to tell me about them in the comments section.

Kimberly

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

Alberta Canvas Buildings & Fabric Covered Buildings

 

Fabric structures can be traced to as far back as the Ice Age when simple shelters were made out of animal skins draped and stretched over sticks. These shelters were predominant in regions where building materials were scarce or where survival meant moving from one place to another.

The tent practically evolved from these structures. From then on, other than the military tents, fabric structures have become mostly recreational which is contrary to their original purpose.

This changed, however, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With the technological breakthroughs paved the way to extensive investigations of the structural principles behind a modern generation of fabric structures which led to what have now become modern fabric structures.

Today, these structures houses athletic facilities, entertainment centers, and industrial projects. From their humble origins of animal skin and sticks, these structures now offers unique advantages over the conventional concrete and steel buildings; these structures have now become permanent installations and have contributed greatly to the culture and history of engineering and aesthetics.

You can find good fabric buildings in Alberta. Check them out and learn more about these structures, but here are some great advantages of these modern aesthetic structures.

Flexibility

They can be customized to suit varying needs such as housing aerospace projects, industrial equipment, and mining operations.

These engineering masterpieces can meet almost any dimension and varying peak heights and roof pitches. There is no question with shapes and sizes because they can be designed to follow even the most unique and odd forms. The steel frames that hold these structures together can be customized to include offset peaks, column heights, etc. that will support any design the need to be achieved. Elements such as heating or cooling systems, lighting, fire suppressors, doors, conveyors and cranes can be added, as necessary.

Durability

Just like conventional buildings and structures, steel frames are used to put fabric buildings up. The fabric used is of quality that will last for decades. The combination of steel and ripstop fabric gave these structures the strength and durability that is necessary for heavy use. Rigid frames and solid designs will also support additional elements on the structure. It also supports codes related to snow, wind, and seismic activities.

These buildings do not use screws or nails on the roof which means it does not have any entry points for moisture which most often is the cause to rust formation. The support beams and trusses are made of steel but they are usually galvanized to protect them from corrosion. The fabric itself is rust-free and flame-retardant.

Efficiency

Heating and cooling elements are necessary both in conventional concrete and fabric buildings. However, the costs associated with these utilities are significantly lower in fabric ones. Fabric materials are non-conductive, it does not retain the sun’s heat, so normally they will still be cooler on hot days and warmer on cold days so the air-conditioning requirement is lesser compared to what is needed in concrete buildings on those kinds of days.

Fabric roof s also allows some amount of light through the structure so during the day there will be lesser requirements for artificial lights.

Set Up and Relocation

These structures are multiple times easier to put up more than the concrete ones. They can be permanent in one location but they can also be relocated as they are designed to be portable. Installing most of these will take.03 man hours for every square foot, which is much faster compared to the .077 man hours needed for each square foot with concrete buildings.

Sustainability and Recyclability

Materials used in putting up these types of buildings are re-usable.

Most of the materials in a fabric building can be re-used. Also, most of the fabrics used are polyethylene and are considered to be low toxin-emitting materials.