Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Farm Animals from Leisure Arts

You may recall last week when I told you about the book with zoo animals. Well, my daughter loved them so much that I had to go back and fish around for some more great patterns. You know how I feel about Leisure Arts and if you are new here let me just say, they are the best pattern resource for crafters of many craft genres. 

That being said, it didn't take me long at all to find Farm Animals by Jessica Boyer. This fantastic books has patterns for six farm animals that are absolutely adorable. The patterns are labeled for beginner plus and I think they are easy enough that anyone with basic crochet skills will be able to make them easily. I am making the sheep right now. I happened to have some fluffy yellow so, my sheep will be yellow, but I think the fluffy yarn will make it super cute. I will be making the whole family so look for that update!

As with all of the pattern books from Leisure Arts, this one is written with very easy to follow instructions and has great pictures as well. If you make toys, you really need this book! Seriously, have you seen the cow? Just look at the back cover, he has udders! How adorable is he? I have a sister who decorated her kitchen with cows and I just know she is going to be getting one of these little cuties! And the pig, oh my, he is a round little ball of adorableness isn't he? Let's face it, they are all awesome and I have already made my yarn list so that I can make each one, at least once.  

Have you made toys before? I would sure love to hear about them if you have. If you haven't yet this is a great place to start since these patterns are not complicated and the results are just so awesome. 

Take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale

It is no secret that I love Ozeri and all of the household products that they offer. Recently I got the chance to try their Precision Digital Bath Scale. The scale is made of tempered glass and has step-on activation. That means you step on the scale and get a reading without tapping, or waiting. The scale comes in white or black and is 11.8" x 11.8" in size. The maximum weight is 400 pounds and the minimum is 13.2. The scale uses 1 CR3032 battery which is included and is installed on the back side of the scale. 

This scale uses 4 high precision sensors and gives an accurate reading every time. I noticed a lot of reviews on Amazon saying that the scale does not give consistent readings so I decided to try that out for myself. My boyfriend stepped off and on 4-5 times and got the same reading every time. I did the same as well. And to test it even further, we both stepped on the scale together and the given weight was perfect, to the ounce, of our weights put together. I really enjoy this scale and I have had nothing but good experiences with it. I really love that it is sensitive enough to weigh my children as well!

The kicker? This scale is only $15.95 and ships free with eligible orders over $35. Head on over to Amazon, so you can pick up your own scale and see all of the other great products that Ozeri offers!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Vitagoods Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush (Coupon Code Included!)

Sometimes you stumble upon a product or device that you just have to try. Most recently, I experienced that with the Vitagoods Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush. Before I jump into the Brush, Vitagoods is a company dedicated to offering lifestyle, health, and beauty products that enhance everyday routines. 

I saw this product and just knew I would love it! It is a vibrating brush that you use in the shower while shampooing your hair. The rubber bristles massage your scalp while helping to promote healthy blood flow and removing impurities like dead skin, dirt, and dandruff. Personally, I have noticed that my hair feels healthier and my scalp feels so much cleaner! My boyfriend has dandruff and he has noticed a significant difference in his scalp as well.


Not only does it promote a healthier scalp and hair, it is also a very relaxing experience. I was a little worried that it would tangle up my hair but I am super glad to report that it didn't! It is even kid approved. My daughter and son both enjoyed it and I have noticed a huge difference in my sons dandruff/cradle cap. This is an all around great product that I can see a lot of people getting great results from!

Vitagoods offers so much more than this Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush so be sure to check out there website and full line of products. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to never miss any news as well!

Also, Vitagoods has created a coupon code just for you guys! Use the code emptynest to save 50% off of your own Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Therafit Now Has Boots!

Making shoes that are comfortable is a hard task and part of the reason is because we all have different comfort needs for our feet.  I think I've told you before I have pretty flat feet, as well as low arches, and that makes most padded shoes pretty uncomfortable. In fact, there are very few shoes that I find comfortable.

I have told you before about Therafit. In fact, I have told you a few times because I have several pairs. When you find a shoe that is THAT comfy you will want that comfort in every style. I was saying to husband this winter that I wished they made a boot and, as if by magic, the new line from Therafit has a boot!!! Now I truly have a comfy for shoe for every season and every activity.

There are so many reasons to love the Euro Women's Ankle Boot. I’ll start at the top. It has an adorable leather upper with fully padded collars. The style is cute and playful and even the shoelace eyelets are snazzy!  It has a shock absorbing, EVA, removable insole which has heel and arch support. I was pleasantly surprised that this didn't bother my feet, but I really love that you have the option to take it out if it does. It has polyurethane gel insert comfort pads between the EVA insole and the next insole which is made from cosmo fabric.

Next is the EVA midsole and the shock absorbing wedge. This is the part that makes it adjustable. In this wedge there are three adapters  You can leave them all or take as many or all of them depending on your preferences. They are really easy to remove. You just firmly press from the inside and the rod will easily pop out. To put them back in, you just push them in from the outside. It really is that easy, since I have other Therafit shoes I knew I like it with them all, which came as a surprise to me since I typically prefer less support.  I recommend you play with it until you find just the right setting for you.

Now that you know why they feel so good, take a peek on the Therafit site at how good they look! I am so excited about all of the new styles. If you haven’t looked in a while you will want to take a peek because they have added some gorgeous styles. I mean, really, a girl can’t have too many shoes, especially when they are this comfy! See TheraFit's full line of shoes on their website. Also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any news!

Come on back though because it is giveaway time! One lucky reader will win their very own pair of Euro Women's Ankle Boots from Therafit shoes! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Open to US residents, 18 years and older. Winner has 48 hours to respond before another is drawn.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Affirmats

With the New Year, comes new resolutions. I decided this year to set a simple goal: be more active. Instead of setting fitness or weight loss goals, I figured a blanket statement like that would be easy to keep with and maybe generate some desirable results as well. Since I have always enjoyed yoga, I set out for new yoga mats and found Affirmats. 


Affirmats offers yoga mats that have little affirmations written on them. The two I received say. "I am wonderfully made" (blue) and "I radiate love" (purple). These little sayings help you not only get through your yoga session, but also through the day. Everyone needs a pick-me-up every once in a while and you can get yours while doing your daily yoga! 

These mats are 25 x 69 inches and 5 millimeters thick. They are also free of phthalates, latex, and heavy metals. Made of a Jute/ECO-PVC blend they are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non-toxic, and slip resistant. As well as all of these great things, Affirmats are also super comfortable and very stylish! My boyfriend and I are very happy with our Affirmats!

No matter what your New Year's resolution is, if you do yoga, or want to start, Affirmats offer awesome mats that help you be more positive. Be sure to visit the Affirmats website to see all of the great mats they offer. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Zoo For You From Leisure Arts

Over the holidays I made my very first crochet toys. I found it to be very rewarding to make these fun little toys, which work up super fast. I like the idea of the kids playing with a stuffed toy that I made. It is a different sort of crochet that, while it uses the same stitches, has a different flow all together. 

Since I had so much I wanted to expand my patterns in this area and found a great book at Leisure Arts. A Zoo For You has eleven great animal patterns for you to create a little soft zoo for the children in your life. These are absolutely adorable, seriously. 

I have started the hippo because hippos are too cool and the pattern is so cute. These patterns are written to use #4 yarn which is awesome because that is what I have hanging around in the greatest amount. They are also all easy to do and use very basic stitches so even beginners can make these little darlings. 

The alligator is also on my make list since I am from Florida, I really must make him. If I am being honest, I will make them all because I am just a big kid at heart and each time I open this book I fall in love these little guys... Elephant!! And monkey!! I need to get busy crocheting!  

Do tell, have you ever made crochet toys? If so I would love to hear about it. 

Take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sleep Better with the IntelliPIllow Adjustable Intelli-Gel Pillow

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to how you feel and function. I am personally one who sleeps very lightly and the slightest thing out of sorts will keep me up. I have a lot of neck and back ache issues as well, so one thing I always struggle with is finding the right pillow. I like firm support but it has to be at just the right level and as a side sleeper, it can be super challenging to get the right height. 

That being said, the right height for me, may not be the right height for you. In fact, the right height this week may not work for me next week.  So really, the perfect pillow would need to be adjustable. I was absolutely excited to try out the IntelliPIllow Adjustable Intelli-Gel Pillow.

There are so many things I love about this pillow. To start with, it has a very plush feeling, washable cover and when you lay your head on it, it is cool. That alone was awesome because I do have night sweats and hot flashes so I always look for a cool sleeping pillow.

As much as I love the cover what is underneath is even cooler! There is a layer of Intelli-Gel. This layer is part of why it sleeps so cool and has a lot to do with why it is so comfy. It relieves pressure points and is hypoallergenic and non toxic. Just under this layer is a layer of foam. While this foam is very soft, it is also supportive.

Now here is the really neat part, in the middle is an adjustable chamber. There is a built in pump that allows you to lay down with your head on the pillow and fill it to just the right level for you. It is easy to let out air too so you can make any needs adjustments until you get the perfect amount of support.

When you put all of these features together, what you get a great restful, cool sleep and I can say that I personally did not wake up with a crick in my neck. In fact, so far I have had a week of crick free waking and that is priceless.



If you are still hunting for that perfect pillow I invite you to take a look at the IntelliBed site and get the full details on this amazing pillow. After seeing the difference the pillow made, I will be strongly considering the bed. You can also connect with IntelliBed on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.