Review: Cave Tools Hamburger Press

There’s nothing like a good juicy burger. But, sometimes getting that at home can be a challenge. Pre-made hamburger patties are usually not very thick or very juicy. That’s why it’s better to make your own patties. They’re fresher, thicker, and taste better because you can add spices and anything else you want to customize your burger. A good hamburger press is essential to make those hamburger patties perfect. That’s where the Cave Tools Hamburger Press comes in.

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Unlike many products on the market, the Cave Tools Hamburger Press allows you to not only pre-make the patties, but also freeze them without losing shape. There’s no wrapping in tin foil or plastic wrap. You make them in the press and then stack the tray in your freezer.

I found this product extremely easy to use. I mixed my meat and then scooped it into the tray. After simply pressing down, I had six 1/3 pound square hamburger patties. There was no messy shaping. My piece of advice would be to make sure your hamburger meat is mixed properly. If not, there is a chance it can crumble. Nobody wants a burger that’s in pieces

 

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The burgers made by the Cave Tools Hamburger Press are so filling that you may even have left overs! One of the best things about this product is that it is dishwasher safe. After you take your burgers out, just pop the tray in the dishwasher. There’s no scrubbing or soaking. The tray comes out sparkling clean and ready for its next use.

If you want to try the Cave Tools Hamburger Press, you can use this Amazon coupon code for 15 percent off: LZEN8T4G.  It’s worth it! Happy hamburger pressing!

 

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Butler Boots Review

Kids and boots. They either love ’em or hate ’em. Sometimes they’re too clunky. Other times they don’t do their job…like protecting little feet from rain and snow.  Whatever the case, finding the right pair of boots for your child isn’t always easy.

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That’s where Butler Boots come in. Your child doesn’t even need to take off his shoes. These rubber boots simply slip on over whatever shoes your child happens to have on. I recently had my kids try these on for size.

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I found that sneakers worked best as the “base shoe” if you will. They were durable and had a straight bottom for the most part. The boot just slipped on over their sneakers. No drama. They were ready to take on Mother Nature…we all at least the puddles she was leaving behind!

These boots seemed comfortable for them. I didn’t hear any complaints! The most important part is that Butler Boots kept their feet dry. Butler Boots are a great alternative to regular rain boots. For my kids, I found that ordering a size up worked out best.

If you’re looking for something different in kids’ footwear, I would give Butler Boots a try!

*I was compensated with this product in order to conduct this review.

 

Review: Delta Temp 2 O Technology Shower Head

“Mommy, this water is too cold.”

“Mommy, this water is too hot.”

As a parent, how many times have you heard your child say this about their shower water? If you’re like me, the answer is one too many. No matter how hard you try it’s not easy to get the perfect water temperature. If you’re tired of playing the temperature guessing game, there’s a new shower head I recently tried out that makes things a whole lot easier.

The Delta Temp2O 6 Setting Shower Head has a very cool feature that takes the guess-work out of shower water temperature. An LED digital temperature display lets you know the exact temperature of the water. What’s even better is that the various temperature ranges are also color-coded.

So, as soon as you turn on the shower, you’ll most likely see the display in blue with a temperature reading.

Blue colored LED lets you know the water is cold

As soon as you start turning it up a notch, you’ll see the temperature rise digit by digit. You’ll also see the display change to a magenta color. This is usually the zone we’re in when my kids are in the shower. For us, this water is in the 80-90 degree range.

Magenta colored LED lets you know the water is warm

Magenta colored LED lets you know the water is warm

If you really want to turn up the heat…literally…you’ll see the display turn to red.

Red LED lets you know the water is hot

Red LED lets you know the water is hot

This water is extremely warm (over 100 degrees) and is probably not what you want to have for your child or for yourself for that matter. The great thing about this is if you or your child accidentally turns the temperature knob too much, the red display immediately lets you know the water is at one of its highest temperatures without anyone getting hurt by touching the water.

When I introduced the shower head to my kids, I let them know about the color-coded system right away. As a mom, this is the best feature. Now, even my four-year-old daughter knows not to get in if she sees the blue or red light.

“Mommy, we want the purple light. Right?” she asks me. You know you have a family-friendly product that does its job when even a four-year-old gets the idea.

While children can’t really enjoy the different shower head settings, adults certainly can. You can choose from Full Body, Full Spray with Massage, Massaging, Shampoo Rinsing, Shampoo Rinsing with Massage, and Soft Drench. The Massaging setting is a nice touch, especially if you’ve been picking up Barbie shoes or Legos all day long!

The Delta Temp2O 6 Setting Shower Head is a useful addition to your bathroom. The safety setting that the LED display provides makes it family-friendly and practical while the different shower head settings give an extra bonus for mom and dad.

*I was provided with this product from Delta to complete this review.

 

How to Choose the Right Card: Some Top Tips

If you’re the kind of person who simply walks into a shop and blindly picks up the first card they come to, maybe it’s time you started putting a little more thought into the selection process. After all, in today’s highly digitalized world – with its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – receiving a card through the letterbox is the nearest thing to a hand-written letter most of us will get.

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We know it’s much simpler to type a quick message via social networking sites, but that’s the very reason that opening a card – taking in its front cover, the well-chosen verse and the words carefully scrawled inside – is almost a little bit special.

 

With that in mind, don’t make the card buying process become as instant as pinging out a quick Facebook message, or tapping out a tweet. Here are a few questions you might want to bear in mind next time someone’s birthday, anniversary or wedding is on the horizon…

 

If you’re in need of some card inspiration take a look at these beautiful handmade cards I found at: www.decorquecards.com

 

How Often Do You See the Recipient? – If you’re sending a card to someone you see weekly, or even daily, you might not spend too long poring over cards in the shop. True, it’s still important to consider what your friend or close family member might like, but if you catch up with them on a regular basis the sentiment can almost be lost. In this case, a silly or jokey card might work best; pay attention to the things they tell you, the stories they relay. And then try and pick out a card based around them. It’s all about raising a smile, even if you do see this particular friend so often that you’re worried you’ll struggle to find time to buy them a card without them lurking around the corner peeping over your shoulder. Choose something light and witty and that’s guaranteed a laugh. If you’re sending a card to a relative or friend you don’t see so often, think about getting a blank one you can write a little note in. It’ll go a long way to letting the recipient know they’re never far from your mind and it acts as a traditional pen-letter too, saving you money on an additional letter/notecard in the long run – it’s win-win!

 

What’s the Occasion? – Now, this may seem like a simple one, but if you’re choosing a card for someone you don’t see too often, it’s really worth double checking the facts before you ping off a card. This is particularly important if you’re sending a card to a niece or nephew and you’re perhaps not so sure of their age. Find out in advance before you upset the birthday boy or girl by sending a card that says ‘Hooray, you’re nine!’, when in actual fact your recipient is 10. It may only be a year’s difference, but when you’re young it matters greatly if, for example, you’re desperate to finally make it to double digits age-wise.

 

How Long Have You Got? – When it comes to choosing the right card, it’s not just about the card itself. Ask yourself in advance how long you have to ensure the card reaches your recipient on time. Have you factored in the time it takes to make its way to their home via post? If, for example, you’ve bought a sympathy card in time for the day of the funeral of a loved one’s relative, make sure you send it so it at least arrives before or on the day itself. A new home card, on the other hand, can be sent weeks after someone moves into their new place – the sentiment is still there and it’ll still be a fairly new abode even a few months later. Don’t forget to also bear in mind the recipient’s interests, too. Are they someone who’d appreciate a lovingly-crafted handmade card, for instance, or a card based on a particular theme?

 

Ask yourself these questions (above) and you’ll always get it just right when it comes to selecting a card.

*This is a sponsored post.

Gymboree’s Newborn Essentials

As a mother of two, I can tell you first-hand how important it is to have the right clothes for your newborn. It’s kind of like the story of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears”…the porridge can’t be too hot or too cold…it needs to be just right. In this case, the clothes for newborns can’t be too tight or too rough…they need to be just right for baby.

The world just got a little sweeter for parents searching for the right clothes for baby. Gymboree’s newborn essentials would be just what Goldilocks would be looking for if she was searching for clothes instead of porridge. The clothes are just right.

When it comes to baby clothes, you want and need something that is soft. Gymboree offers 100% combed cotton. This adds a soft feel to your baby’s already soft skin. The clothes are not just soft; they are also breathable and comfy. This is perfect for playtime, naptime, or those rock-rocks in the baby swing.

We all know babies grow faster than you can say tummy time. That’s why it seems like we’re buying more clothes for them than we ever have for ourselves. To ease that burden and give our wallets a break, Gymboree’s pants have cuffs that can be unrolled to grow with your baby. It really is just a simple idea that makes mommy’s life a little easier…and less expensive. Another bonus that’s a real bargain is the reversible tops and pants. This not only gives mom more options, but also lessens the laundry load.

Once you get all of these great clothes home, it’s time to dress baby. Some days that’s easier said than done. Gymboree’s newborn essentials have easy peasy snap buttons and stretch envelope shoulders so dressing your baby doesn’t feel like you’re stuffing a sausage. It not only eases the stress of getting ready but also cuts down on the time. We all know how long it takes to get baby ready and out the door. Anything that can help in this department is welcomed!

It’s not only great to buy Gymboree clothes for your own baby, but they also make a great gift. I really love to give Gymboree sets because you can always find some cute accessories for every outfit. Although baby may not be fully able to appreciate it, moms love every extra ounce of cuteness they can pile on their little ones.

So there’s no need to go store to store to find the right fit and style. Don’t be a Goldilocks. Get it right the first time with Gymboree’s newborn essentials. It really will make life with your baby a little sweeter.

*This is a sponsored post.

Review: Cave Man BBQ Tools Set

We all know how great it is to eat food on the grill. But, finding the right grilling tools is just as important as having the best BBQ recipe. Nothing is worse than losing some of your meal through the grates on your grill just because you don’t have the proper tools.

That’s where Cave Man Tools comes in. I recently tried out the High End BBQ Tools Set. The set comes with a BBQ spatula and fork as well as grilling tongs. All three tools are stainless steel which is great when it comes to cleaning them when you’re done grilling. They’re also heavy duty. No dollar store quality here! You know you’re working with some serious tools.

The quality of the spatula is an added bonus for flipping burgers. You don’t have to worry about your burger falling apart when you’re trying to cook it thoroughly. Hot dogs won’t roll all over the place when you use the fork. It is immensely strong for picking up meat off the grill.

As for the tongs, they come in handy when turning over meat like chicken. It not only makes it easier, but lessens the amount of flames that may arise when you turn your meat.

The best part is that when you’re all done, you can just throw them in the dishwasher. Gone is the time-consuming task of scrubbing each utensil clean.

If you’re looking for a durable BBQ set for yourself or for a gift, give the Caveman BBQ set a try. It’s definitely worth it!

*I was compensated with the product in order to complete this review.

Review: Scent Trunk

You go into the mall. A salesperson tries to spray you down with the latest fragrance. You feel like you need a shower. It’s annoying.

Or how about this one…you test out a fragrance in the store. It smells pretty good there. Once you get home, it makes you feel sick to your stomach. This is annoying too.

So, instead of going through all that hassle, why not customize your fragrances from the luxury of your own home? Why not get scents that truly suit your likes?

If this sounds awesome (because it is), then you need to give Scent Trunk a try. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone because I hadn’t either. But, once I did, I found it to be a useful and pretty nifty site.

Here’s how it works:

You log on and create a scent profile according to your likes. Then you subscribe to the service to get unique and personalized sample-sized fragrances delivered to your door. Sounds pretty easy, right? It is.

My Scent Trunk

My scent profile showed I like a lot of fresh scents like jasmine and pineapple. When my Scent Trunk delivery arrived in its nice little box and pouch, I got Coconut Sugar, How You Love, and Pavane No. 1 as my samples.

Coconut Sugar is my favorite

Coconut Sugar is my favorite

I have to say my favorite is the Coconut Sugar. It has a nice scent that doesn’t leave you sick to your stomach. The other two are good as well, but the Coconut Sugar is definitely my favorite.

 

What if I get sick of these scents? I can always update my scent profile to go with my current favorites. The best part is I don’t have to go to a cosmetic counter and spray a dozen different perfumes to find one I like.

Scent Trunk is a great resource if you like fresh fragrances tailored to you and don’t want to shop around with a “trial and error” method.

*This is a sponsored post. I was compensated with the product to complete this review.

Sponsored Post: Great Learning Tools for Kids from Kadho

Meet Mochu. He’s an animated penguin who takes his job very seriously.

Meet Mochu! Courtesy: Kadho, Inc.

Meet Mochu!
Courtesy: Kadho, Inc.

He wants to help your babies and toddlers develop and learn sounds. He’s all about great games and eBooks designed to entertain and engage your children and develop their brains.

Kadho has developed Mochu along with a new generation of resources aimed at taking all of those “goo-goo gaga” sounds to the next level. Scientists and early childhood educators have teamed up to create a line of products aimed at making the most out of sound and language. Research shows paying attention to and distinguishing between sounds plays a pivotal role in how children learn as they get older.

If you’re a little shy about using technology to help teach children, don’t be. It’s all around us and it’s not going anywhere. So why not use it to our advantage? In moderation, screen time can actually help a child, if monitored and used correctly.

Take the Mochu Pop game for example. This game lets kids have the fun of popping balloons while hearing sounds that make up languages like English, Spanish, and Italian…just to name a few.  While kids think they are just playing a game, they’re actually learning language skills that may otherwise be hard to teach. The game is geared for ages five and under. So, if you have more than one little person at home, you can experience different levels.

Although the game is top notch, I have to admit, my favorite is the eBook, “Mochu Says Goodnight.” I love it for kids for several reasons. Let’s start with the storyline. Poor little Mochu can’t fall asleep. I’m sure many parents and children can relate to that problem all too well! So, he goes on a little journey to say goodnight to all his friends as he tries to fall asleep.

Then comes the all-important words on the bottom of the screen. I find these helpful for toddlers learning words. They can see them as they are being read and match the sounds they are hearing at the same time. If that weren’t enough, they are hearing different words in different languages.

You can monitor the sounds your child can recognize through Kadho’s parental dashboard. This allows you to keep track of what sounds from what languages your child actually knows. This way you know what you need to work on. It’s a great tool to keep your child’s learning organized and moving in the right direction.

When it comes to teaching our kids, I think we need to be open to everything. Products like Mochu Pop and various eBooks are useful and unique tools that can only help your child succeed.

*This is a sponsored post.

 

Spring into Savings

Decorating On A Dime

Tired of the same old boring or outdated home décor but living on a dime? Not everyone has the type of cash needed to replace countertops, redo flooring, and buy new furniture, so here are a few cheap and easy home makeover tips for busy moms who can’t afford a full home makeover. Of course, my first tip is to always, and I mean always, search for coupons, deals and promotions online. If you’re new to couponing, I suggest that you go to www.discountrue.com and you’ll get every coupon you’ll need in one place. Every penny counts so saving just a little bit now may mean you can spend a lot later!

Start with the walls

Your walls are the most prominent feature of your home so start with them. Adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room and you can work out how much you’ll need by visiting DIY sites that offer pretty accurate calculators. It’s best to choose neutral colors when painting a whole room but if you like bold colors then painting just one wall is a good idea. You could also paint the top half of the wall in one color and the bottom in another with some sort of border between the two halves.

If painting is something you avoid at all costs then consider a feature wall. Your family pictures have more impact when they’re grouped together and it doesn’t matter if the frames are all different. Create box frames using old crates or egg boxes and add a 3D element to your photos by pinning small items that tell a story inside the frame. You could paper the wall instead or even create a mural with self adhesive stickers which are durable, easy to replace and don’t leave any residue.

Unique artwork is an answer

Unique and unusual artwork is easy to come by and can instantly liven up a room. Get a few arts and crafts ideas and get your kids to create some quirky pieces for you or else head out to flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales to find something you like. It doesn’t matter what the art looks like, grab a few pots of acrylic paint, throw a few splashes of color at a piece of paper and voila you have a painting that looks just like the ones hanging in art galleries!!!

If you have any then use the off cuts from old wallpaper to line drawers, shelves and even the inside of cupboard doors to give them an arty feel. Use a corkboard or fabric covered pin board above a desk to display anything that catches your eye such as pretty greeting cards, interesting postcards, cutouts from magazines, fabric swatches, a motivational print, and your children’s drawings. It doesn’t matter what goes up there and the best part is that it changes as you do.

Jazz up items you already own

Use leftover paint to give the legs of a banged up wooden chair a stylish look then use it as a side table in the sitting room, bedroom, dining room or kitchen. Create a display with layers of different colored sand, pebbles, a small ornament, and silk flowers inside an old jar of instant coffee (or any kind of glass jar) and place it on windowsills for a whimsical decoration. Arrange mismatched tableware on a mirror that you’ve turned into a tray to organize the toiletries that always litter your vanity.

Sometimes all you need to do is rearrange the furniture a little. Place the sofa at an angle or move it into a different corner and the whole focus of the room shifts. If you’re getting tired of a piece of furniture in a certain room, think about a way to repurpose it or else move it to another room where it might work. Create a new headboard by folding a beautiful quilt or knitted blanket over the bed frame or else make your own with plywood, some fluffy batting and an attractive fabric.

As you can see a few of these ideas won’t cost you a cent, never mind a dime and they say that a change is as good as a holiday so what are you waiting for? For all things with a price tag, get a coupon from Discountrue and you’ll save lots. Give in to the spring fever and give your home a makeover that won’t break the bank.

*This is a sponsored post.

 

Sponsored Post: Gifts For You Now

We  all know how hard it can be to come up with creative gifts for the same holiday or special occasion every year.

Ties for Dad. Been there, done that.

Earrings for Grandma. Over it.

Gift card for just about anyone. Useful, but can be seen as impersonal.

Sigh.

What’s a momma to do?

As a mom, we don’t always have time (or ambition) to trek through stores with kids and gear in tow to find that “perfect” one-of-a-kind gift that will get all the oohs and ahhs. That’s why it may seem almost impossible and downright stressful.

That’s when you let your fingers do the shopping. Personalized gift sites are a great resource for unique gifts that will get all those oohs and ahhs. Gifts for You Now is one of those sites.

Whether it’s Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, wedding, baptism, or any other special occasion, you can find those unique gifts topped with a personal touch. How about a personalized bunny for your little one? Or an engraved frame for Grandma for Mother’s Day?

Instead of buying another tool box for Dad for Father’s Day, what about some cool engraved items for his man cave?

When it comes to weddings, there are all kinds of gifts starting with the bride and groom and ranging to the parents as well as the wedding party. As for baptisms, there are so many keepsake gifts like blankets, bibs, and crosses that are sure to warm the hearts of those receiving them.

So, the next time you want to give a great gift but don’t have the time to shop around, just click and create for a one-of-a-kind gift.