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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Survive It with Titan Paracord

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Paracord almost used to be a military secret. Not many civilins knew about it or it's many uses. It has really become more widely known, especially as it exploded as a craft material.
I received a 100 foot bundle of Titan Genuine Military 550 Paracord to review and I was excited! I had wanted to learn to make bracelets and this allowed me the opportunity.
Paracord has so many uses. You can tie down things to the roof of your car, attaching a water bottle to your belt, string up sacks when camping to protect them from animals, stringing a quick line to dry clothes and so much more. 
It is an awesome item to have in your emergency kit,  disaster or survival kit and in your car. The bundle includes a great velcro strap to keep it contained and nice and neat. 
I got this thinking my son knew how to make the bracelets that are so popular. He laughed at me when I asked him to show me how to do that! So I looked up some videos and learned how to make one with a fishtail design. I applaud all the kids that make these thing like it is nothing!!!

Paracord is stiff but super strong. and the cool thing about the bracelets is if you get into a situation where you need the paracord, you can undo them. Some of the design have as much as 25 feet of cord in them! The one I made has about 12 feet in it. I love all the vibrant colors it comes in. While wearing it, it's a stylish accessory with all the strength should you need it in an emergency.
So you might be asking what type of situations could someone get into where they might need to undo their bracelet. If you get lost while hiking or just exploring, the paracord can be used to estimate the distance covered by foot, you can lower your pack or other equipment down from a higher cliff or ledge, make a makeshift splint or sling if you are injured and you can even strip off the outer covering to reveal the individual threads that make up the core. These can be used for fishing or sewing gear.
Titan Paracord is is genuine military specs, 100% nylon. The company is a veteran-owned business and supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. I love that! It is also made by a certified government contractor under tight specifications. 


Now matter what you want to use it for, Titan Paracord comes in a 100 foot bundle for about $16 and is available in 9 vibrant colors. You can find this strong colorful paracord on Amazon.


Disclosure: I received the item mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post may contain affiliate links which simply means if you click my links and decide to purchase, I may make a small commission, which in turn helps me and my family.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Brush Up Your Make-Up Routine! Xtava Make Up Brush Set

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I remember a time when I though any 'ol brush would do for putting on my make up. Then they  would immediately start shedding bristles and were rough on my face.... :/ I was naive to think quality didn't matter.
I don't wear make up like I did when I was younger, but I do wear regular make up occasionally and I do of course wear my "clown" make up! I was excited to receive this Makeup Brushes Set from Xtava to review and compare the difference to the brushes I bought not long ago.
First I can say there is a big difference! Big. H.U.G.E.! I bought all new brushes just a few months ago because the ones I had were old and bristles were falling out at a rapid rate. Not good with grease paint because they stick in the paint and you end up messing up your makeup trying to get them out.
The ones I bought seemed okay. They worked for the most part, but felt a little rough on my skin. Then after just a few uses, I started seeing those pesky bristles in my makes up. Grrrrr!
So this set of Xtava brushes arrived just when I needed them. These are the best brushes I have ever let touch my face! They are SO soft, it almost doesn't seem possible. 
The set of seven brushes includes everything you need for smooth application and a prefessional look. Included are the Powder Brush, Foundation Brush, Kabuki Brush, Precision Eyebrow Definer Brush, Eye Shadow Base Brush, Eye Shader Brush and the Lip Brush.

They all work beautifully to apply makeup smoothly. This set contains a blend of both natural and synthetic bristles. The natural bristles attract and deposit powdered products and the synthetic bristles of the liquid brushes ensure absorbtion and streak-free results. The lip brush is pushed out when the lid is placed on the end and it retracts into the barrel when the cap removed from the end. It efficiently keeps our lip color from getting all over the inside of the storage case.
In addition to the super soft bristles, the brushes are feather-light and easy to hold. They come in a beautiful storage case that makes it easy to take them on the go with you. The case itself is attractive, with a leather-likefeel to it.  There is a zippered pouch inside for small accessories, eyeshadow singles, etc. 


When it is time to replace your makeup brushes the Xtava 7 pc Makeup Brushes Set is one that offers luxury feel without a luxury price. 


Disclosure: I received the item mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post may contain affiliate links which simply means if you click my links and decide to purchase, I may make a small commission, which in turn helps me and my family.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Get Hooked!! EpicBelle Crochet Hook Set

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Yarns crafts can be so much fun, relaxing and creatively stimulating, but they can also be murder on yor hands and fingers.
I received this set of EpicBelle Crochet Hooks to review and they are wonderful!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Infinite Flavor Options With Live Infinitely Infusion Water Bottle

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Most people that know me, know that I usually only drink water. I drink some sweet tea, but I prefer water most of the time. 
I have been a huge proponent of water for years, but never added anything more than a slice of lemon, some True Lemon or True Lime power to it. Within the last several months, I discovered infusion.
With that discovery came the realisation that there were many, many different stles of infusion bottles out there. I received this Infuser Water Bottle from Live Infinitely and it is definitely the most unique one yet!

Monday, May 11, 2015

It's A Bird! It's The Hi-Viz Window Bird Feeder!


We live in a rural area where we can sit outside without the distraction of loud noises, loads of traffic and bright lights at night. What we DO have are gazillions of birds and other critters. It is so much fun to sit and watch them do what comes natural to them.

I love putting out bird feeders in our trees so I can see a wide variety of birds come into our yard. I received a Hi-Viz Window Bird Feeder to review and I am excited to attract birds up close.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

Loose Threads.....

As the dawn of Mother's Day approaches, many thoughts swirl through my mind. Moms come in so many different packages. It a job that is almost always a journey that is not unlike a roller coaster ride. Many up and downs. Or maybe a better comparison is a quilt. 

The quilt is never quite finished.  New memory blocks being added all the time with bold and bight colors. Old blocks, slightly faded, recall the past. There are loose threads here and there.

Among the memories are some untidy and messy moments from our live. Moments we aren't proud of, blocks of the quilt we might like to remove. But the threads run through all of them. Tugging at those loose threads unravels the tapestry that is our life, our story, the person we have become. 

Mothers are anchor threads that bind a quilt together. It's a complicated binding and it's something we struggle to understand throughout our lives. 

As we look back over the journeys that pieced together the quilt, the story is still sometimes jumbled, hard to understand.

For me, my thoughts of this day immediately turn to the two woman that have meant so much to me, my mom and my mother-in-law. They are such a part of my life! In very different ways, but they are teasured threads in my quilt. 

This year though, my grandma is gone. It is the first Mother's Day my mom can't go see her mother, take her a gift, hold her hand, hug her. I can't even bring myself to wonder what that must be like. I cry at the mere hint of that thought. The fabric of her quilt will never be the same.

I watched from the sidelines as my mother-in-law's quilt was altered by the death of her mother several years ago. It's an alteration that no one can redo. It is a pain that many won't understnd until they live it themselves.

I have watched helplesly in recent times as several friends endured that moment when the tapestry of their lives was interrupted and left loose threads in their quilts. 

The alteration can not be undone, but neither can the threads be pulled out to dull the pain or ease the loss. You can't unravel or undo the past no matter how painful and complicated because every thread made you who you are at this very moment.  

Motherhood is both fragile while being the strongest thread. Mothers live day to day, not totally conscience of the quilt we're such an intricate part of. We're just breathing, trying to do the best we can because as mom's we are faced with seemingly impossible obstacles. Some of us endure the loss of children and we have to stitch up our broken hearts the best we can. We move through more days, facing the joys and sorrows, trying to all everyone expects us to be, despite the varied opinions of what that is. We carry on despite the patched places and add more blocks to our quilt. 

And despite our best efforts, it is a quilt that will never quite be finished because even as we are creating it, we are passing it off to our children and their children after them. Our blocks remain, the threads, even when they appear loose, hold strong, binding our lives together, keeping us connected forever.

I pray that whether you're the mom or a child of someone that is no longer with you on Earh, the mom of one, the mom of many, the adoptive mom, the step-mom, or whatever title you hold, I hope you are blessed today with a feeling of peace, blessed with the knowledge that you are part of something so strong, blessed with the a never-ending quilt! Don't pull the loose threads! Instead revel in the memories that are bound together by those threads.

~ Happy Mother's Day ~

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Refreshing Foxbrim Orange Blossom Water Toner

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When I think of oranges, I think of sweet, sticky, delicious juice.  Delicious to drink, but not exactly what I would want to put on my face though! I see bees getting REALLY intrested in visiting me!

I received this Orange Blossom Water Toner to review and I have learned that this is a new product to love!
Orange Blossom Water comes from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree. It has many uses, but my favorite so far is simply as a toner. Orange Blossom water is  a natural astringent and has anti-microbial properties. Simply applying it lightly with a cotton ball leaves my face feeling refreshed, but not tight and dry like products that have alcohol or benzoyl peroxide in  them. 

I'm a clown and keeping my skin clean and clear is pretty important. The grease paint we use gets into every nook and cranny of our faces. I try to use care to protect  my skin, especially the sensitive areas like around my eyes. Good cleansers and toners are essential, but I also like to keep it as natural a possible.
This Orange Blossom Water doesn't burn or sting and it gets dirt out of the pores. The lingering scent left on my skin is pleasant, too.  It fades away in a short amount of time, but it is pleasant while it's there and it great to not have a choking, gag inducing smell on my face!

Orange Blossom Water has other verstile uses. You can add it to a facial mask for some additional skin healing properties. You can also add it to bath water for a soothing, relaxing bath. You can also use it for aromatherapy, hand freshener, room scent/spray and a facial steam.


I love using this after steaming my face! I get a clean and fresh feeling that lasts and just feels great. You can find Foxbrim's Orange Blossom Water Toner on their site as well as on Amazon.


Disclosure: I received the item mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post may contain affiliate links which simply means if you click my links and decide to purchase, I may make a small commission, which in turn helps me and my family.