Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Natural Shoe Odor Remover Plugs by Sagano

I currently have these charcoal inserts in my running shoes. In the week or so they have been in my shoes, they have done a pretty good job of reducing the odors that running can cause. Some odor still remains, but these are not new shoes when I first put them in either. They do fit pretty well in my size 8 shoes (I have one partially pulled out to show it in the picture- they do fit completely inside the shoes.) 

I don't believe these will work on super stinky shoes; but if you're proactive and take care of both your feet and shoes they will definitely help some. 

I did receive these complementary in exchange for my review; however the opinions stated are all my own. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dr.Meter IR-20 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer

This Dr.Meter IR-20 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer is great! We've mostly just used it for cooking right now, such as seeing how hot the oven or grill is. However it has so many uses- hot/cold spots in the house for insulation, making sure your air vents are working, checking temps in refrigerators or freezers, air condition leaking from windows and doors, the list goes on and on!

We found the readings to be fairly accurate- based on thermostat setting and air vent outputs around the house, and known oven, refrigerator, and freezer settings. It comes with a manual to show you how to use all the buttons on the back.  It also comes in a nice holster (with belt loop if needed) for when it's not in use.

The only challenge we had with it was with the battery door/compartment. The included 9 volt is a tight fit in the compartment. When you close the battery door it catches on the top of the trigger, turning on the thermometer. With the laser on the same side you could accidentally shot it where you don't want to (a face or eye for example). Thankfully you shouldn't need to change the battery out too often.


I received this item for free in exchange for review, however all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New type of window shades!

We tried out our new sunshades on our rental over the weekend. A road trip from Central Florida to the Keys and back, in the middle of summer, was perfect! I loved how quick and easy it was to swap to a new vehicle. They slide right over the door! It fit pretty well on the doors (this was a 2016 Chevy Impala), but definitely shows on the outside of the car if you have a smaller door. Not having suction cups that fall off all the time is a nice trade off though. The no suction cups were great for the rental too, so we didn't leave the suction cup marks on the windows. I also liked that you can roll the window down  on a nice day, yet still keep some of the sun (and all the bugs!!) out of the car.  
Being able to pop it in to the washer is helpful too; super easy to keep them clean! They also come with a nice carrying bag for those times you take them off.

You can get your own set here

Both window shades are in this handy bag!
Sunshade out of the bag, and not yet on a window. 

Installed on the window. 

**I received this item heavily discounted for my honest review; however all opinions are my own. **

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A great read!!

The "if you were me and lived in..." series by Carole P. Roman are wonderful; Colonial America is no exception. My son really likes the illustrations by Sarah Wright & hearing about a different period in history. I liked how the writing made him feel connected to the story by using lots of "you" "your father" and "your mother".

I also liked how it asked some questions throughout the story to invoke some critical thinking in the readers.  There is a glossary in the back (for helping with words like "daub" & "jerkin") as well as some short bios on some influential people for the period.

This book covers the trip over on the Mayflower, their religious challenges, clothing you would wear, the food you might grow and eat, and how the settlements were built.

The author's blog is working on additional resources like worksheets, coloring pages, and more. Perfect for homeschooling!

I received this book complementary for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own (and we liked it so much we want to buy the rest of the books in the series!)