Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FulcrumGallery.com Product Review

Though I have been in my place for well over a dozen year, I still don't have much hanging on the walls. A photograph here, a photograph there of the kiddo and other family members. Not even in the bedroom do I have anything (at all) hanging on the walls.

I decided a couple of months ago, I wanted to make the bedroom, a calming oasis of goodness. I wanted things in there that would make me happy, make me relaxed and make me daydream. So, when I was contacted by Cassidy at FulcrumGallery.com, I knew that this could be my starting point.

I wanted to pick out a picture that would be relaxing to look at, something to make you smile, something to make you wish you were "there."  So, I went with the  contemporary realism art section and I chose a piece that sort of spoke to me and made me wish I was right there, in that moment, on that beach.

My choice was the: Paradise Sunset by Diane Romanello. which is a Fine Art Print on Paper and it also came with a beautiful Mahogany Petite Frame. 

I knew right where it was going as soon as I received it. 

Right above the bed and yes, it looks good there. It brightens up the room. Think I fell in love with this print as soon as I opened up the box.

As for hanging it up, very easy to do. Just took the tape off the one piece on the back, screwed that into the wall and then hung up the picture on it.

And you can see the great pride that they take into the frame work and the inspection of it. Two people (signatures) inspected this before it was packaged up and sent out.

As for a final opinion. I really have nothing bad to say about this print or this company. I think if you choose to go with them you will really love the service that you get. The print was packaged so well it took me a bit to get it undone and it was shipped super fast.

I really believe you should go to FulcrumGallery.com and check them out if you are looking for prints, artwork, etc. They have a sale going on right now where you can get up to 50% off your item. You can also have them convert your photos into prints. That would be a great holiday present for family members.  The choices are almost unlimited because they carry such a huge selection. 

I know that you will find something that you fall in love with on sight, and just want to escape into, just like I did. I know when I go to look for my next piece to add to our home, FulcrumGallery.com is where I am going to look.

Disclaimer: I received an art print in return for my honest review, free of charge. However, all opinions expressed herein are my own and were not influenced by any outside source.

Many thanks to Cassidy and FulcrumGallery for allowing me to do this review.


Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent Review

Disclaimer: I received a product, free of charge, for my honest review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

I was given the opportunity to do a product review for Soap Nuts from Green Virgin Products.  I have to admit they my opinion beforehand was "organic laundry soap? yeah, lets see how well this works."  

What are Soap Nuts? Glad you asked:

They come from the fruit of the Chinese Soap Berry Tree and are dried in the hot sun.  They don't use any toxic chemicals, but has the same cleaning abilities as the soaps that do. They are hypoallergenic, so if you have issues with other laundry soap detergents, you should be okay with this one and Soap Nuts Liquid is a green product, thus creating no pollution for our awesome planet. 

Soap Nuts are USDA Certified Organic.

The bottle that I was sent is good for 120 HE washes, which is two squirts (pumps) per load. I don't have an HE washer so, as instructed, I used three squirts for the load of laundry. You can also get the Soap Nuts Liquid with Pre-Spotter for an extra $6.85.

Because this product is made with the extract of a fruit, it has a very short life span, only a couple of weeks, so a couple of preservatives had to be added to make it last longer. With these two preservatives (which are almost completely non-toxic) it gives the product a shelf life of about two years. Hypoallergenic and negative carbon footprint.

Our opinion?

Soap Nuts Liquid is very easy to use. Super easy. Two squirts or three squirts the choice is yours. Non messy. It squirts out the right amount of liquid each time.

My one issue is that when I look inside the washer, I like to see suds/soap. I like to know that the product is working or appears to be working. With Soap Nuts Liquid, I saw no suds.

As for the final conclusion, it did do an okay job on the kiddo's and my clothes. I had small stain/spot on this shirt and as you can see from the close-up pic, it is gone, or at least I can't see it there.

As for my hubby's clothes? It didn't do to well. But he is dirty. He comes home covered in agricultural stuff, like tractor grease and grime. So, it didn't really clean his work shirts or his jeans very well. 

As you can see, he still has a couple spots, they were faded, but I did have to rewash his shirts.

If you are looking for a Organic Laundry Detergent for your HE Washer, I do believe you should check them out. Maybe get the Pre-spotter with it, that would probably help if you have stubborn dirt and grime on your clothes. For normal washing, it did a fine job. Better than what I anticipated, especially when I opened up the lid and saw no suds.

Out of a rating of 1 (worse) to 5 (best) I would definitely give them a 4.  Was a good effort on hubby's clothes, but it fell short by just a tad.

Many thanks to Soap Nuts for allowing us to do this product review.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay Review & Giveaway

Truth be told I am not overly crafty. I had fiddled around with things years back. Building little bird houses and painting them, finding little things in the craft store and painting them, but really, I wasn't much good. Seems like the things never turned out like they should and I really didn't have the patience to do them (except for those hook-latch rug kits). 

Then I got the chance to check out the Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection by Richard Garay.

Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a Celebration not only easy but also fun.
I was sent two Spellbiders Celebra'tions Collections Kits to have fun with and put together.

Celebrate Party Hat Card

Best Day Ever Treat Bag

I have to admit, I am kind of proud of myself and my end results. It was really a lot of fun putting these papercrafts together. When done right, they really look like a piece of paperart. My favorite out of the two was the card making craft. That one took a little more patience to put together, but it was fun doing it.  I really think Richard Garay hit the hammer on the head with these, and it isn't just these types of papercrafts that they have, there is embossing, die cutting, rubber stamping and Make and Take projects. I think that you would really enjoy these. Fun for the whole family. 

Perfect gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. Do you know where else these would probably fit in and be fun for the participants: retirement centers, nursing homes, etc. So many possibilities. 

Now, do you want to see my final results??

The Best Day Ever Treat Bag (photo courtesy of Spellbinders) is suppose to look like this: 

The finished product of mine looked like this:

The Celebrate Party Hat Card is suppose to look like this (photo courtesy of Spellbinders)

And mine, looked like this:

Not bad, I think. What do you all think?

Also, guess what? Spellbinders provided me with a little stamp kit to give away to one of our readers!!!! YAY!

Cute little 15 piece clear polymer stamps will go to the winner.

Many thanks to the PurexInsiders team and Spellbinders for allowing me to participate in this promotion.

Disclaimer: The Spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own and were not influenced by any outside source.

Giveaway Rules; Open to residents of the US who are 18+. Please only one entrant per household. This giveaway will end on 7/29/14 at 11:59 p.m. est and winner will be notified shortly afterward.

Good luck!


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