Thursday, December 3, 2015

How I Get Items To Review


I've had some people ask me how I get the products I am reviewing. There are several sites that I use, but this is a new one I have joined https://reviewsio.com/register?mref=teresajoy that is my referral link, I will receive a few points for different prizes (gift cards) for everyone that clicks through the links and then more if you actually sign up. Basically what you do after you sign up is look through the items that are currently available for review. Then, you click on the items that interest you. Not all of these items are free, some are just discounted. This can be nice if you were already going to buy that product anyway. Be careful though, because some items are no cheaper than you can get directly from Amazon. I've received some really nice items for review, I've also received some things that I didn't care for. Whichever you get, make sure when you are done reviewing the item that you leave a completely honest review. Remember, other Amazon customers are counting on you to review the item truthfully so that they can make an informed decision. Do not overhype the product just because you got it at a discount. I have been slowing down with my reviews lately, at first I tried to get everything, but now I am just more selective. Reviewing items is work, and it takes a lot of time to do a good job. If you try it out, let me know how it goes! Here is my refferal link one more time https://reviewsio.com/register?mref=teresajoy

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Wild Sweet Nibs, Organic Cacao Nibs Lightly Sweetened, Raw, Single-Origin, Gluten-Free, non-GMO Superfood (4 ounce) (Misc.) When I ordered these, I had no clue what they were. My very first taste, I was not real impressed. Then, I had some more and thought "Hmm, these are kind of good...." Let's just say, I had to move them away from myself before I finished the entire bag in one sitting! It's a small bag, so that wouldn't be hard to do. I don't like dark chocolate in general, but I really like these (after that first surprising taste). They are sweet enough to be yummy, but not so much that you feel like you've eaten something really unhealthy. Plus, it tastes like chocolate (and coconut). I can see buying these just to have around to hold off the chocolate cravings that hit. I received this at a discounted price. This is my honest and unbiased review. Trust me, I'd tell you if I didn't like it. I pledge no loyalty to the companies that give me a discount.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Audiosharp AS1128 Metal In Ear Headphones I am letting my 12 year old daughter use this In-Ear Headset after I tried them out for myself for a few days. I found the sound quality to be quite nice. Everything was clear and no static. The earbuds were comfortable as well. However, the real test is the 12 year old. She is pretty hard on headphones. Well, it's been a few weeks now and they are still working great. So, I call this a win! I received these at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Friday, November 20, 2015


ekSel COOL Oven, Grill & BBQ Gloves, White Woven Aramid with Non-Slip Blue Silicone, One Size, Flexible & Lightweight, 2 Pack (1 Pair) (Kitchen) I really like these gloves. We have a few pair of the silicone gloves that I like ok, but I found that I like these better. These are more comfortable and I think they block the heat better than many of the silicone ones I've used. There is heat protection all the way around your hand, not just on one side, so I like that Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmd8014b7f4159bab608afe4c84ff25c82

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Valdler Women's Feather Fascinator Party Hat With For Dance Tea Party Wedding.This is an adorable little hat! I have a problem with many hats giving me a headache. However, this hat is very lightweight, so I had no problems with that. It is also an open weave design, so it will not over heat you like some hats. The hat itself looks absolutely darling! It is easy to put in your hair with the clip that is attached inside. It stayed on my 12 year old daughter all day while she was running around. We really love this hat and the way it looks! Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pma8c8f1be9c0c9690a568336cb3167c2c

I had meant to post a picture of my daughter wearing this, but I was running around like crazy today and never got another pictrure! She was wearing this with a Hawaiian dress today, even though it is 30 degrees outside! Kids, you have to love them! http://amzn.to/1LphKZr This floral crown was so much prettier in person that it was in the pictures! We were very pleasantly surprised at this. The flowers are nicely made and look quite realistic. The wreath is nice and full but not overpowering. My daughter is the hat person in this family, so she claimed this as her own. She decided she wanted to change the ribbon in the back to match the outfit she was wearing, and she was able to do that very quickly and easily (with ribbon I had in my stash). The wreath was simply stunning on her. Edit: My daughter just got home from a restaurant where she wore this. I am told that everyone in the restaurant went crazy over this! It was quite a hit! Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmca44caf46f8436596c10216e80aa0937

Magnus Heavy Duty Double Edge Safety Razor Long Handled - 2 Free Double Edge Razor Blades - Your Perfect Shaving Razor I gave this razor to my husband. He is on a razor kick lately and likes trying out all kinds of new ones. He says he likes this one because it has a long handle. It is a nice weight and feels good in your hand. He gets a nice close shave with it. It is nicely made and should last a long time. I received this at a discounted price, this is my honest and unbiased review.

Precision Grooming Set


Precision Grooming Set These just aren't my favorite tweezers. I have had a hard time getting a good grip on things with these. They are not bad if what you are trying to grab is not real tiny. They aren't working well for me for grooming purposes though, which is why I really wanted them. I do like that they come in a nice little case. I will probably throw these in my travel bag. I like the scissors that come with the set, they are nice and sharp and I've used them to cut many different things since receiving this set. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Tweez'em Stainless Steel Precision Tweezers for Ingrown Hair, Eyebrow Hair, Facial Hairs - Great for Splinters and Glass Removal - Steel Pointy Ends Meet Perfectly -Tweezers You Buy Once and Love Forever! (Health and Beauty) I'm just not a fan of these. I happened to get a sliver the same day I received these. So, I thought this would be a great opportunity to try these out. I washed and sterilized these the best I could and gave it a go. I quickly realized that even though the splinter I was trying to get out was rather big, these just weren't going to work. The ends are just so tiny that there was not enough surface area on the tweezers to get a good grip on the splinter. After trying for a few minutes, I actually just ended grabbing the splinter with my fingernails and pulling it right out. I've tried them on ingrown hairs a few times and I've had the same results. They just don't work well for me. I received these at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Zakix® 2 Pack/6 FT, Premium High-Speed & Certified HDMI Cable - 6 Feet, Supports Ethernet, 3D, 4K and Audio Return, 18 months warranty (Electronics) Really nicely made cord. Heavy duty end and thick cord. I am very impressed with how well this is made. It looks as if it will last for quite some time. It works wonderfully. I have had no problems at all with it so far. Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmeb3fd7bb733db783f2322a58af4c4ad5

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Legend Organic Premium Organic Matcha


Legend Organic Premium Organic Matcha This is a ceremonial grade matcha, which means that it is better than a culinary grade for just drinking. I find that the ceremonial grade, including this one from Legend Organic is much less bitter than the culinary grade. There is also a quality difference. With this matcha, I actually feel like I have more energy and am more alert. I like to make this with milk, almond or cow. I put the matcha in the milk and then add a bit of sweetener. I prefer honey, because it is natural. This actually tastes quite good. I'm not a big fan of just straight matcha, but if that is your thing, make sure you buy a ceremonial grade, like this one. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review. I do not agree to leave a good review for the products I receive free or at a discount like some reviewers do.

Dot&Dot - Baby Stroller Attachable Organizer - Diaper and Bottle Tote Bag - Specially Designed Bag to Attach To Strollers, Walkers and Car Seats to Lighten Your Load While Out and About With Your Baby http://amzn.to/1QjwlO1 This thing is pretty nifty. Now, I know, you may be saying "but, my kids are big, I don't have a stroller. I don't need a stroller gadget!" Well, I felt the same way until I realized that this nifty little thing works great to hang on the back of the seat in the car. The kids or adults can then put their drinks in it as well as other items in the other pockets. It keeps it all neat and handy right there! And, the cup holders keep the drinks cold! Well, a little bit anyway, better than just having them out. And, if you want, you can also hang this on the back of a stroller. I received this for free for review purposes. This is my honest experience with this product.

Dot&Dot - 3oz Travel Bottles - Refillable Cosmetic Containers and Organizers


http://amzn.to/1QjvXyT I like to use this refillable/reusable container for my home made toothpaste. It makes it easier to than putting it into a little jar. The container is pretty easy to fill, the opening is nice and wide. I have only had a small problem with anything leaking out of the container, and that I think was due to me not putting the top on very well. For the most part, everything is nicely contained. I received this at a discount for review purposes.

Friday, November 6, 2015


PaleoCrazy Organic Matcha Powder Japanese Tea for Energy, Focus and Weight Loss (Misc.) I've tried many different match powders in the past few months. This is a culinary grade, so it is a bit bitter to just drink as a tea. I generally like to mix the ceremonial matcha with milk and a bit of sweetener. I tried that with this matcha, and it is a bit too bitter. However, it is pretty good when put into a smoothie. Mathca will help give you energy without the jitters common with caffeine. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Best Running Belt with Free Earphones for Women + Men. Water Resistant - Expandable - Touchscreen Compatible - Reflective : Fanny Waist Pack for Money Exercise & Fitness. Holds iPhone 6 or Smartphone (Misc.) This is a nice lightweight water resistant running belt. It is very small looking, but it expands to easily hold your phone and other running essentials. It has a nice reflective strip on it so it is highly visible. It even comes with a set of earbuds, which was nice. The belt is very comfortable to wear and doesn't get in your way while running.
For the next few weeks, you can use coupon code BELT2525 to get a 25% discount when purchasing! http://www.amazon.com/Earphones-Resistant-Expandable-Reflective-Smartphones/dp/B014143JXK Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm572ebd1aee905782e772d67911de286f

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sili Bake Pastry Mat


I was excited to receive this mat. And, it worked great the first time I used it. It is lightweight and thin, so it rolls up nicely for storage. I made pizza dough on it, and it did not stick. However, after I wiped it off, I noticed that the edges are not sealed. There are little pieces of fibre (plastic or fiberglass?) coming off of the mat. I tried to see if I could just pull it off, but when I did that, it seemed to start things unraveling and more fibres came off. I am not comfortable using this for food, because I would not want those fibres to be ingested by my family. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Crossfit Jump Rope-Fast Speed,Adjustable Length-Best for Training Boxing, MMA ,RX,WOD's - Includes Free Sport Towel ,Ebook,handy bag,Extra Cable & Extra Screws -100% Lifetime Guarantee By Shvoongsport (Misc.) http://amzn.to/20m2WpJ This jump rope was ok. I like that it comes with an extra "rope". It also comes with a little towel and a bag to put everything in. It is really easy to adjust the length, and once adjusted, it stays that way. I've had others that slip around while you are jumping. There are a few things I wasn't crazy about however I found the handles to be too skinny and there is not grip to them, so they are not very comfortable to hold. When I was jumping, my rope kept twisting. I've only used it a few times, so perhaps this problem will sort itself out wit further use. I prefer a heavier jumprope, but this was lightweight, as advertised. . I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Omega 3 Fish Oil (1500mg Per Serving) 800mg of EPA & 600mg of DHA Per Serving (90 ct bottle) (Health and Beauty) These are fairly easy to swallow, they are a gel type capsule, so they go down smoothly. There is not much of an aftertaste or fish burps with this either. There are some studies that link Omega 3 consumption to lower risks of heart problems and lowering cholesterol, as well as helping depression and fighting cancer. However, there can be side effects as well, such as increased bleeding and higher LDL cholesterol. when taken at high doses. So, please consult your doctor before taking this. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Born In Nature's 20% Vitamin C Facial Serum + E + Vegan Hyaluronic & Ferulic Acid - 100% Natural Mint Ylang Scent - Antioxidant Rich - Anti Aging - Protects Against UV Damage & Wrinkles - Glowing Skin (Misc.) This serum has a rather pleasant smell to it. It has a slightly minty scent. There is still the underlying Vitamin C serum scent, but it's nicer than most. It feels a bit heavy on my skin, so I'm not crazy about that. However my skin does feel smoother after I use it and it isn't real sticky feeling. I can't say that it is really doing much to make my skin look a lot better, but it does feel nice right after I use it. I received this at a discount .This is my honest and unbiased review.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Stainless Steel Can Opener from X-Chef - Manual Kitchen Tool with Attached Bottle Cap Opener and Soda Tab Lifter I tried this out on a small can, which I often have problems with. This can opener worked great! It was very easy to turn and was quite smooth. I usually only use Swingaway brand can openers, because they are wonderful and last forever. This one feels a lot like that. I don't know how long it will last, but it seems nicely made. I will update my review if anything changes. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Digistick Selfie Stick


I'll admit it, I have a bit of a selfie stick addiction. I have....a few..... I really like this one because it is pretty long, 32inches, but when it is compacted it is about 7 inches and fits into my purse. Now, this selfie stick was working great the last time I tried it out, but then I went to do this review, and what do you know, my phone and my selfie stick are not talking to each other. I even tried making them hug it out like I do to my kids, but it was a no go. I have no clue what is going on. So, I am charging my selfie stick up a bit more and hoping that does the trick. This selfie stick works through blue tooth, so it does need to be charged up. However, if you just can't get the selfie stick button to work, you can usually set your camera settings to take a picture by yelling "cheese" or some such thing. Which, is what I did when I took this lovely selfie of my dogwood tree.
I received this at a discounted rate. This is my honest and unbiased review.

HotelSpa 4-in 2.5-GPM (9.5-LPM) Chrome 6-Spray Showerhead This is a nice showerhead. There are several different settings Power Rain, Pulsating Massage, Hydro-Mist, Rain/Mist, Rain/Massage and Water saving Eco Rain. I found it a little difficult to change the settings at first. The showerhead is easy to install and requires no tools. It is nicely made. Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmda89fc134f0d7c76e3007a0a1ead0cf5

High Potency Vitamin D3 5000 IU in Organic non-GMO Olive Oil for Enhanced Absorption (240 Softgels), All-Natural, Made in USA, Active Form Vitamin D - Immune Support, Maintain Healthy Bones & Teeth - for Men and Women (Health and Beauty) I am very impressed with this Vitamin D3. It is a nice dosage first of all, and I like that it is in olive oil. I have read that the oil helps absorption. I found these easy to swallow. Vitamin D-3 is also called cholecalciferol,your body makes this naturally through your skin. D-3 helps with calcium absorption and is thought to possibly help with depression. I live in Michigan, so the days of darkness are hitting us here now, so I'm hoping this will help. I received this product at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Maxx Elite King MaxxFlo Nutritional Food Feeder Medium (Baby Product) It took me a bit to figure this out. I wish there were more pictures with the directions. However, once I "got it" it was really quite simple. I'll just let you know, I couldn't get the dome cover off at first, so I thought it stayed on. With a little pulling and twisting I got it off, and after that it was easy to do. This is nicely made and quite cute. It's a quality plastic, not the thin kind. It comes with two nipples which is good. I'm not sure how easy it will be to find replacements for it. I received this at a discount. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Fruzie Fruit Infuser Water Bottle


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I really like this water bottle. You can put fruit in the middle if you want to. I usually do not want to. What I really like about this is how well the top seals the bottle. There is a silicone part in the middle that fits over the opening of the bottle. The cap goes over the entire top of the bottle, so if any liquid does leak out, it would be somewhat contained in the cap. Also, there is a small latch on the cap so that you can put it down so the top doesn't just pop open. Thee is a hook on the bottle too which you could clip to something. I haven't done that. There are grips on the side of the bottle making it very comfortable to hold. This is also a nice large bottle, so it holds a bunch of water. I drink a lot of water during the day so I liked this a lot. I received this at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


http://amzn.to/1Hd0upK My daughter loves hats and she was very excited to receive this one. We were not disappointed. The hat is absolutely adorable! It came a little smooshed, but we were quickly able to just push it back into shape. The hat look really cute on my daughter. She has super thick wavy red hair, and this stayed in very nicely. There is a strap and two combs on the inside of the hat. These and a few bobbi pins held it in place nicely. The hat is a nice quality wool hat. There is a veil, that my daughter really loves. She pulls it down over her face to be "mysterious". Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmd78a8727326085a710e116f79dfb2625

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle - Large 32oz, BPA Free, Flip Top, Leak Proof, Reusable - Features a Rubber Grip & Easy Carry Handle - Maximum Natural Hydration - Great for Detox, Sports, Running, Yoga, the Gym and Outdoors http://amzn.to/1P6NSXP I really like this water bottle. You can put fruit in the middle if you want to. I usually do not want to. What I really like about this is how well the top seals the bottle. There is a silicone part in the middle that fits over the opening of the bottle. The cap goes over the entire top of the bottle, so if any liquid does leak out, it would be somewhat contained in the cap. Also, there is a small latch on the cap so that you can put it down so the top doesn't just pop open. Thee is a hook on the bottle too which you could clip to something. I haven't done that. There are grips on the side of the bottle making it very comfortable to hold. This is also a nice large bottle, so it holds a bunch of water. I drink a lot of water during the day so I liked this a lot. I received this at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.