Monday, February 27, 2017

Glasstic Water Bottle - Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
This year I started going to a fitness center to get in shape.  I've also been going on walks, when the weather's nice.  One thing that keeps me going is water.  It keeps me hydrated and keeps me from feeling like I'm going to drop down and die.  I've been using a Glasstic water bottle during workouts and, I've got to say, I really like it.
There are a few things that make the Glasstic water bottle so special and handy.  For one, it has a unique design.  The glass is contained in a shatterproof shell.  That means if I have an "oopsie doopsie" moment, the broken glass will remain inside the protective outer shell. There won't be glass fragments all over the floor.  And, Glasstic will replace any parts of the bottle for free if it does break.  That's good customer service!  The Glasstic water bottle is mostly shatterproof, so it will unlikely break.  It is designed to take a decent beating.  Other features of Glasstic is that it has a wide mouth and a flip top with handle.  It also doesn't sweat or cause condensation on the outside of the bottle.

 There are several different designs available for the Glasstic water bottle.  I received the Peace Design with blue flip cap, which is mostly blue and green in color.  Peace signs, swirls, and florals cover the entire bottle.

Glasstic recently launched a design tool allowing customers to design and create their own custom water bottle.  You can add images, symbols, or text.  The Glasstic website is very informative, and has videos showing how Glasstic is shatterproof.

I consider my Glasstic water bottle a staple for my workouts, and I take it with me all the time.

It's National Strawberry Day

Red and juicy, the strawberry has so much food potential on its own or added in a dish.  To celebrate the berry whose seeds are on the outside, Edible Arrangements is offering 20% off purchases at their site when you use code EDBL2275 at checkout.  Carlo's Bakery is also offering 40% off their strawberry shortcakes at all their US locations and at their online shop.

If you'd rather create a dish at home that includes strawberries, here's a yummy recipe for Rachel Berry Cheesecake:

1 graham cracker pie crust
 1 8 oz. cream cheese package
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream
3 cups fresh berries
 1 cup strawberry jelly

1. Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and whipped cream in a mixer.

2. Add in the berries and mix until smooth.

3. Spoon mix into pie crust.

4. Chill in fridge until set.

5. Melt the strawberry jelly in a saucepan until smooth. Mix in fresh berries and top jelly mixture onto cake.

What's your favorite way to eat strawberries?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lucky You Giveaway Hop - #LuckyYou2017 DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Lucky You giveaway hop, hosted by Savings in Seconds.  I am participating in this hop with a few other bloggers.  Each one has a different prize.  After entering my giveaway, be sure to check out the other blogs.  I am doing a giveaway for a Blinky Bill: The Movie on DVD.

Film Overview:

Blinky Bill is a little koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his explorer father's footsteps. His father, Mr. Bill, went missing in the Outback sometime ago and Blinky is the only one who believes his dad is still alive.

When Blinky discovers a mysterious clue that hints at his dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback!

He quickly makes friends with Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a nervous frill-necked lizard. Pursued relentlessly by a vengeful Cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky, the trio must learn to work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father!

Digital Copy Expires October 11th, 2017.

DVD Release Date: October 2016

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Honeywell Removable Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review from Honeywell.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

I have super dry skin and the cold winter weather makes it much worse.  Besides using creams and moisturizers, I've been using the Honeywell Removable Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier to provide a cool mist in my bedroom.  It also helps with congestion relief.  

I've only ever owned a humidifier designed for children, so I was amped to use one for myself.  The machine is fairly quiet and hasn't been disruptive to sleep when we've used it.  It can run up to 36 hours per filling.  We've been using the humidifier in our bedroom during the afternoon and evening hours, and we're pleased with how well it works. This particular model is available in two colors - black and white.

 Using the humidifier is fairly simple.  Although it does not look like it upon first glance, the humidifier has several components.  It took me a couple of times to read the instruction manual, but now I have the hang of it.  Included is a demineralization cartridge that is optional to use.  Its function is to help minimize the production of white dust caused by hard water.  There are two ways that you can fill the Honeywell Removable Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier.  You can either pour water from a pitcher or jug directly into the water tank or you can take the tank off the base and take it to the sink to fill.  I prefer the first method.  

The humidifier is powered with an electrical cord.  The power knob has high and low settings.  To work at its best, the humidifier needs to be pointed away from walls or furniture.  The device needs daily maintenance of emptying the water tank, doing some wiping and rinsing, and finishing with drying it down.  A deeper, more thorough weekly cleaning is recommended.

The humidifier shuts off when the water level is low or when the tank is removed from the base.  That means no worry from me, wondering if it's going to run on empty.  I'm definitely a fan of this humidifier!

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Keeping Baby Safe with the diono radian rXT Car Seat - Review

I received product for review from diono.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

I love having my little nieces over to visit or take them somewhere, but transporting them used to be a task.  I'd have to take the car seat out of the parent's car and put it in mine.  Since receiving the diono radian rXT car seat, I've been able to save time and I feel safe knowing that I have a top-quality car seat.
diono, a leading manufacturer of child safety seats, also understands that safety is paramount for little ones.  Most parents choose safety as the #1 factor in choosing a seat, and diono's radian rXT car seat is designed with safety and security as top priorities.  I personally know a few parents that swear by diono as their car seat provider, and I can now see why.

This particular car seat is available in six colors, and I received it in Black Scarlet.  The overall design is sharp and streamlined.  

I highly recommend reading the instruction manual before assembly.  Most of the car seat is already put together, but there's some important instructions that you should abide by for proper installation and safety reasons.  It also helps you determine the proper positioning for your child.

The diono radian rXT car seat can be used in both rear and forward-facing positions.  It can also be folded and unfolded.  It folds flat for travel.  Shoulder straps can be purchased separately to carry the car seat on your back if you want to transport it somewhere by foot.  

This car seat model has so many great features.  Some are for safety and a couple are for convenience.  A few of the safety features include a steel alloy frame and aluminum reinforced sides, energy absorbing EPS foam and side impact protection, infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort, and a Safe Stop® energy-absorbing harness.  Safe Stop is a device designed to absorb energy and reduce impact to a forward-facing child.  One of the convenient accessories is a cup holder.  The diono radian rXT can be used from infancy stage to booster mode, which is typically that of a child up to 120 pounds.

I have noticed that this car seat is heavier than the average car seat on the market.  This is because it includes so many safety features, and is built with a steel frame.  And that's something I can deal with.  After getting the hang of how to install and use this car seat, I like it a lot.  And my nieces who've rode in it seem very comfortable and enjoy the ride.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 63

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 63. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater - Review

I received product for review from Honeywell.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

I wrote a post a few days ago with a review on the Honeywell UberHeat™ Ceramic Heater, which gets used in the guest room/office.  Now I'd like to tell you about another heater from the same company - the Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater.  This particular heater is put in to use in the garage when my husband is hanging out in there, or I use it when I'm doing my thing in the laundry room.

Thankfully this winter hasn't been too harsh in my area.  And I much prefer it that way.  When chilling weather does strike I can count on Honeywell heaters to kill the chill.

Because this ceramic heater has several functions, I recommend that you read the instructions and manual before using.  There is no assembly required.  It can be put to use as soon as it's taken out of the box.  The heater is powered with electricity by plugging in the cord.

There is a power on/off button and several settings.  When the heater is first turned on each time, it will default to one particular setting.  So, you will need to push the control buttons each time to select the setting you want.

The heat settings include:

Floor Area - low heat:  Warms up the floor area in front of the heater.

Personal - moderate heat: There's a choice of two options.  One provides heat using the upper heating elements and the other slightly increases heat output.

Room - moderate-high heat: Brings heat to cool, drafty rooms.  Can choose moderate or maximum heat level.

Thermostat - moderate-high heat:  This allows you to control and choose your desired temperature.

Heatphase Timer: Gradually transitions the room temperature from warmer to cooler with a timer.

Quiet Mode:  Has a low heat setting and a fan speed to produce white noise.

The Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater needs to be placed on a firm, level surface and kept at a safe distance from surrounding objects.  I particularly like that this heater has several safety features, with one being a tip-over switch that will disable the heater if it is tipped.  A high temperature safety control prevents overheating, and a thermal cut-off fuse that will permanently shut down the heater if it operates at a higher than normal temperature.  The heater is made with heat resistant materials and is cool to the touch.

Because the heater has so many settings, I can set the heat to exactly what I want and Jason can set it to his liking when he's using it.  I don't have to be too hot, and he doesn't have to be too cold.  It's the perfect heater for us.