Friday, November 21, 2014

SpongeBath is the Newest Kitchen Invention Made to Clean Your Sponge

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know the kitchen sponge is the dirtiest item in most homes? It can be almost 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet, which is just plain gross. I'm embarrassed to show what my kitchen sponge looks like, but here it is. 

Yuck, right? I do my best to try and clean my sponge - I've put it in the dishwasher as well as microwaving it, but it just looks nasty. I swap it out for a new one fairly often, but it just always has a smell and looks gross no matter if I've used it for a few days or a few weeks. I was thrilled to try out the latest and greatest in kitchen innovation, the SpongeBath, because I knew it would help to keep my sponge clean and the stinky sponge smell at bay.

The SpongeBath is a sponge cleaner that kills odor causing bacteria. Every time you put your sponge in it, it's antimicrobial, yet eco-friendly ingredients clean and freshen your sponge. Each SpongeBath refills lasts up to 30 days and there is a small red LED light that will turn on when it's time to change the refill.

Setting up the SpongeBath is easy to do. After you put the refill into the SpongeBath and set the LED timer, it's ready for your sponge. Make sure to leave your sponge in there for about 15 minutes for the most benefit. Also, it's best to start with a brand new sponge because it pre-treats it and creates a protective barrier. 

It comes with three mounting options - on the counter, in the sink, or it can be screwed into the back of a cabinet door (hardware is included). The SpongeBath is made in the USA and they try to use green products whenever possible in the product to help reduce their chemical footprint. The SpongeBath comes in red, black, and stainless and has a sleek design. It's available for purchase at Bed, Bath and Beyond and is a must have in any kitchen.

Connect: You can connect with SpongeBath on their website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and @SpongeBathCo on Twitter.

Adventure Time: Finn the Human on DVD 11/25/14

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I received samples for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.
Adventure Time DVD

Mathematical! We are huge fans of Adventure Time here, it really is a show I enjoy watching with my little guy! Adventure Time follows the fun times of Finn, the last human, and his friend/brother, Jake the shape-shifting dog in the land of Ooo! Finn the Human is the newest DVD adventure following the huge success of Jake vs. Me-Mow and Jake the Dad DVDs. Following true algebraic form, this Cartoon Network hit series offers a fun collectible inside, this time it's Finn's green backpack!

As any good adventurer knows, you need a rad backpack to hold treasure and any other things you might need while traveling from the Candy Kingdom to the Ice Kingdom and all that's in between. The newest DVD is packed with 16 episodes and nearly three hours long. It's a true collection of some of the best episodes from throughout all the seasons, where mostly there is non-continuity, but for die hard fans, they'll recognize characters and storylines. There's The Lich, We Fixed a Truck, Little Dude, The Great Bird Man and more, plus favorite characters, such as Flame Princess all tucked into this amazing DVD! If you don't know what all the fuss is about, Finn the Human is a great DVD to grab and simply immerse yourself in. Trust me, after a few episodes, you'll be quoting along with the rest of us!

Starting last Saturday November 15th, Cartoon Network stared counting down Finn's Top-10 Adventure Time Accessories on their Facebook page! There's still time to catch the countdown going on until the release of the DVD on November 25th. See which 10 items are an absolute must for Finn in the Land of Ooo!

You can connect with Adventure Time on their Facebook page

Puppy Mishaps and Getting to the Root of It

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Our pups are very special to us and are a huge part of our family. We absolutely adore them and love each of them to pieces. And as you can see, they love each other quite deeply as well. I cherish the rare occasion that I'm able to capture a cuddle moment on camera because I swear, every time I bust out that camera, they move!

They may look all sweet and innocent, but I assure you, that is not always the case. Oh no, these boys have been quite ornery at times!

Max was a very good puppy and had very little accidents. This was partly due to his well behaved nature, but to our diligence in taking him out often, though it was the dead of winter when he came to join our family. That helped to teach him though and now if he has to go, he just whines at the door; or clobbers you until you figure out what it is he wants.

Now Gunner on the other hand, he is a sweet boy and I love him to pieces - don't get me wrong. But he was horrible as a puppy. He was so bad in fact, that I often just couldn't handle him and felt like I was at my wits end.

He would chew on anything and everything in site - including my favorite pair of strappy sandals. He once ate the entire tongue and surrounding area of a pair of my hubby's shoes, the day he got them! That was a quick $85 down the drain. And the accidents! My, oh my was that boy ever hard to potty train. Luckily we had hard surfaces throughout the house and he usually went by the back door, so clean up wasn't as bad as if we'd had carpeting. I do recall a time that he chewed up the bottom plastic tray to the kennel as well!

But over time, he did outgrow that horrible stage and we couldn't love him more. I've heard many people say that their yellow lab was similar as a puppy, so perhaps it's sort of a thing with that breed. All three dogs are well behaved for the most part now and the worst we see {er.. smell} around here for the most part is the disgusting flatulence that only a dog can let out. It straight up smells like you stepped in a big pile of you know what!

Speaking of stinky messes, it's very important to consult a veterinarian when a pooch has symptoms of an upset stomach such as really bad flatulence, diarrhea and even vomiting. It could be an issue with their GI and the poor little pup might just be miserable on the inside. Like they say, a wagging tail equals a happy dog and I'm sure we all want our furry little friends to be happy and healthy!

You'll find all sorts of useful information at Royal Canin including prepping for cold weather and boarding during the holidays, nutrition for specific breeds, caring for high energy dogs and so much more. There is a mountain of information which could be very helpful in caring for your pup. There are also topics of questions frequently asked of vets, so you might just find an answer that you are looking for as well.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Add a Little Sparkle in Your Life with Majesty Diamonds

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~I received a beautiful pair of earrings to facilitate this review. Opinions and stories are my own.~

The beautiful thing about the holidays is that everything shines. The shimmer on the fire, the crystal glisten of the first snow; soft twinkling lights and silver stars all seem to make this season magical. I don't know anyone that doesn't love the shiny wonderous things about the holidays and that's why I wanted to share a place filled with some of the most gorgeous sparkles out there - Majesty Diamonds.

I was sent these beautiful Lemon Quartz Floral Motif Earrings to review the quality and packaging. I loved the little red box that they came in. It's actually a box within a box. The outside one being a protective top opening case with a red wooden hinge box inside. This ensures that it is doubly protected during shipping and also serves as the perfect presentation piece for gifts!

majesty diamonds box

Just imagine either being on the giving or receiving end of a little red box that holds all the sparkle of the holidays inside. How could you resist!

The lovely thing about Majesty Diamonds is that it is a family ran business and international diamond wholesaler. Located in the heart of Montreal, they have an amazing reputation backed by 50 years (and two generations) of experience as custom diamond jewelers. They know that their products create lasting memories for loved ones, so they offer only the best natural diamonds from reputable suppliers.

lemon quartz earrings

I absolutely love the earrings that were sent. The stone clarity is a triple A and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, which in and of itself is quite valuable. With 9/10 CTW of lemon quartz set in .925 sterling silver, they are an affordable decadence.

Although these specific earrings are not available at this time, they do have another lovely pair of floral motif style earrings in Citrine Studs that have the same quality.

majesty diamonds rings

Of course what Majesty Diamonds is well known for is their... well diamonds of course! Tis the season to sprinkle on the beauty of one of the world's most precious stones. From engagement rings, eternity rings to fun and fashionable rings, they have a little bit of everything for everyone! Plus, you can get so many of them for over 1/2 off the retail price!

They also have diamonds in all different colors. Did you know there was a blue diamond??

You can also find Diamonds in:
  • Black
  • Champagne
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Multi-Color
  • Ocean Blue

If you really want to impress a loved one this holiday season, you can design your own. Majesty Diamonds has a Custom Jewelry section that makes the whole process very simple.

majesty diamonds build your ring

This season, don't just look at all the shimmer and shine, wear it. Give the gift of something remarkable, packaged in a moment with a little red box.

You can learn more about Majesty Diamonds by visiting their Facebook Page and/or @MajestyDiamond1 on Twitter.