{Honest Review} e-auto Glass and Chrome Cloth (from e-cloth)

Disclosure: I received this product for free from e-cloth. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I don’t know about you, but cleaning is one of my LEAST favorite tasks. I’d seriously do just about anything else first. And cleaning the car is definitely low on my priority list. Fortunately, I have a husband who prides himself on clean cars and enjoys taking care of that type of thing. Even still, it’s hard to find the time to clean the cars as often as he’d like (or as often as we should), so when I had the opportunity to try the e-auto Glass and Chrome Cloth by e-cloth, I jumped at the chance. If there’s a product out there that will make this task just a bit easier (and go more quickly), I’m all for it!

The cloth arrived very quickly, and in great shape. I immediately tore open the packaging so I could check it out!  I love getting mail.

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The cloth was slightly different than what I expected.  For some reason, I was thinking it would be more like a towel, but it wasn’t.  It was thin (more like a t-shirt thickness) and had a slightly ribbed or grippy texture on one side. The other side was smooth. I was fairly skeptical that it would work with just a wet surface, so I was anxious to put it to the test.

I’m sorry to say I didn’t take any before/after pictures, but believe me- this cloth WORKS!! After I was done wiping down the car chrome, I brought it inside and used it to clean my bathroom faucets and mirror. I always have the hardest time getting those faucets shiny, but the cloth did the trick! It even cleaned the chrome temperature control nozzle in my shower (which was pretty sad and covered with water spots and scum). I didn’t even have to use that much elbow grease- certainly no more than I normally used when cleaning. Add to that the added benefit of not having to spray any cleaners (hello, money saving! And no breathing in that stuff!), and I’m sold. I have safely stashed my e-cloth into the cleaning drawer, and I will be pulling it out next time we have to clean cars or anything else shiny (or glass) in the house. I love that this cloth is so multi-purpose… you definitely get your money’s worth!

Here’s the description from the e-cloth website:

Used after cleaning the car, the Glass & Chrome Cloth leaves glass, chrome and bright body parts sparkling and smear free.
• Glass and Chrome Cloth – 20” x 16”
• Use the Glass and Chrome cloth to produce a perfect smear-free, lint-free and polished finish on windshields, glass, chrome and mirrors using just water
• How to Use: Use the cloth dry on a dampened surface to remove light grease and finger marks and to dry to a perfect, smear-free, polished finish.
• Guaranteed for 300 Machine Washings

The Glass and Chrome Cloth’s advanced microfibers can potentially remove wax/polish from the car body, especially residue that would harbor dirt and bacteria. It will not remove or impact the protective paint finish.

I’m also doing a giveaway where you can win your very own Glass & Chrome Cloth- for free!!  Just click the link below to enter!
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{Honest Review} Regalo Baby Travel Tray

Disclosure: I received this product for free from Regalo Baby as part of a contest. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

It’s been nearly a year since I won this tray from Regalo Baby as part of a Facebook giveaway contest.

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I never win anything, so I was extremely excited to get this tray… even if I wasn’t 100% certain how I would be using it.  I certainly NEVER would have guessed that this would become the most utilized toddler item in our house.  I’m not lying or even exaggerating.  Ian uses this tray EVERY SINGLE DAY.

It is a near permanent fixture on our coffee table, and almost always has a drink of some kind in one of the cup holders.  I really like that the green part snaps off so if you don’t need (or want) a divided tray, you can have just a large flat surface.  When we first got the tray, and Ian was younger, we used the divider a lot.  We’d put some snacks in each section and it made it easier to contain the mess.  Now that he’s older and using plates and utensils, I like having just the flat portion of the tray available.  We can put his lunch plate (or a snack plate) on the tray and he can sit down at the coffee table and chow down.  It does a really good job of containing his mess.

Another thing I like about this tray is that it’s all plastic (minus the squishy padded bottom), so it is extremely easy to clean.  For a quick clean, I can spray it down with a gentle cleaner and wipe the mess away (my favorite thing to use right now is my Thieves Cleaner).  If I’ve neglected the tray for a few days (…or longer), I can just throw it in the sink and lightly scrub it with dish soap and a sponge.  After a quick towel (or air) dry, it’s ready to be used again.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about this tray- I love it!  So if you’re looking for a travel tray (or even a tray to use around the house, like we use it), you really should check it out.

Product Information from Regalo Baby:

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The Regalo Portable Play Travel Tray is a wonderful device that allows children their own place to snack and play on the go. It can be taken anywhere and includes side clips that securely attach to a car seat, a table or a plane seat belt. The baby travel tray has a flat design and a foam bottom that allows it to lie comfortably in your child’s lap or on a table surface. It includes a detachable dishwasher-safe food tray that can come off to help them get in and out, or for cleaning. The flat activity surface can hold toys and other items that baby might need. Also includes two compartments to hold drinks, snacks and toys. The car seat travel tray has a convertible shoulder strap to allow for convenient transport wherever you go. It is also easy to slip in a vehicle or behind a table. This convenient tray is sturdy, safe and easy to install.

Regalo Portable Travel Tray:
• On the go feeding
• Attaches to car seat, tables and plane seat belt
• Detachable food tray
• Flat activity surface
• Baby travel tray with 2 compartments for drinks, snacks and toys
• Food tray insert is dishwasher safe
• Convertible shoulder strap included for easy portability
• Plastic construction

Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

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Today is a favorite, and it’s a sewing project: Box Pleat Crib Skirt Tutorial

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Image from Hibler House blog ( http://dkhibler.blogspot.com)

When I was pregnant with Ian and working on his nursery, I wanted the color scheme to be sage green and navy blue. The walls were already painted the green, so I wanted to use the navy blue in various accents around the room. There was just one problem: finding baby stuff in navy blue was HARD!

I finally came to the realization that I’d have to make a few things. When I decided the crib skirt would be one of those things I’d be making, I set to Pinterest to find a tutorial. There were a lot on there, but I liked this one the best. It was easy to follow and had lots of clear pictures.

In the end, I wound up with a very nice crib skirt for only a little expense and not too terribly much effort.

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My finished crib skirt

I’ll definitely be using this tutorial again when I make the crib skirt for the new baby (since she’s s girl and her color scheme will not include navy blue).

If you’re looking to make your own crib skirt, give this pin a try!!

Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

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Today is another recipe (but this time, a side dish) and it’s a FAVORITE!!!!  Cheesy Ranch Potatoes, from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

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These are just as good (dare I say better??) than they look.

I had about half a bag of red potatoes left over from something else I had made previously and had no idea what to do with them.  So I hit Pinterest and looked up potato recipes.  This one had me at “cheese” and “ranch”- what more could you want?  I ended up making a simple chicken dish with these as a side, and it was heaven.  Jon thought they were fantastic, too, so it was a hit all around.

One warning- these do take a while to cook… like an hour.  So make sure you factor that into your cooking time (i.e. Don’t wait until 30 minutes before you want to eat to start making these.  I DID check the instructions on these closely, so I knew the cook time and planned in advance, but I can’t say that I’ve always done this.  So, just, FYI).

If you decide to give these a shot, let me know what you think of them!  Happy pinning!

Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

Welcome to another edition of my series, Pinterest Favorites and Fails!

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Today, unfortunately, is a big fat FAIL. It’s another recipe (can you tell I like to pin food?? LOL)- Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole, from Cook Lisa Cook.

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Sounds and looks delicious, right? I mean, just look at all that cheesy goodness.

The problem with this recipe is that it is INSANELY spicy. It’s not just a little hot…it’s burn your insides and make your stomach turn hot. (For the record, my husband likes spicy food and actually did enjoy this…I have no stomach for spicy so I took about 2 bites before deciding if I continued to eat I would surely die).

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Picture from Cook Lisa Cook

Perhaps these pictures of the chicken being coated in the red death should have tipped me off. But no where in the post or the comments (yes, I nearly always read comments before trying a recipe) did it mention just how blazin’ hot this would be.

I’m sure I could tweak this recipe to cut down on the heat, and I probably will since I like the concept and overall ingredient base. Perhaps I’ll try that and let you all know how it goes.

So, if you love spicy (like, really spicy), you may want to give this recipe a shot. Otherwise, steer clear unless you want your insides to burn out! Happy pinning!

Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

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This week is another recipe, and it’s also a Pinterest Favorite: Chicken Spaghetti

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Photo from boomerbrief.com

I love love love this meal.  It has a little kick to it but it’s nice and creamy and oh so filling.  It’s also extremely easy and very forgiving. I’ve used a variety of noodles in this (spaghetti, angel hair, penne) and a variety of chicken (canned, bagged, breast I cooked myself). It’s an inexpensive meal and Ian really likes it (that’s reason enough right there to try this one out).  I love finding meals that the whole family eats together and enjoys.  I actually like this one so much that I printed it out and put it in my recipe binder- a coveted place of honor for a recipe!

So go ahead, check out the recipe and give it a try!

{Honest Review} Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear Thermometer

Disclosure: I received this product for free from Influenster. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Taking Ian’s temperature has ALWAYS been a pain. When he was an infant, he was extremely wiggly and active and never liked to stay still for more than a few seconds. Now, as a toddler, getting him to be still is even more of a chore.

We bought a forehead thermometer when he was born thinking it would be an easy, quick thing. We were wrong. It had to sit on his temple for a while, and anytime he turned his head or fidgeted, the reading would be off. It was nearly impossible to get an accurate temperature, so we were never 100% sure if he was running a fever.

Next we bought a multi-use thermometer (mouth, armpit, rectum) thinking it might be easier/better.  But I was never overly keen about sticking it up his butt (I’m not sure anyone is, really), and he was too little to really get a good reading in his mouth, so we were again stuck trying to get a fidgety kid to stay still long enough to get an armpit reading.

Ian was never a pacifier baby, so those thermometers that look like pacifiers were never a possibility for us, either. We eventually gave up and instead of relying on the thermometer, we gauged fevers based on how warm he felt and how cranky he was acting. Probably not the best method.

When I had the opportunity to get the Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear thermometer, I was ecstatic.  Here is some information about the thermometer from Braun, the manufacturer:

Designed to give you some piece of mind when your child comes down with a fever, the Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology has all the features you could ever want in a thermometer. Used by more doctors’ offices than any other infrared thermometer brand, the ThermoScan features a pre-warmed tip that improves accuracy, a unique guidance system that ensures precise results, and infrared technology that takes your child’s temperature in seconds.

When the unassuming brown shipping box arrived on my doorstep, I instantly knew it was my thermometer and couldn’t wait to tear it open and play with it. Included in the box were the thermometer, a protective case, lense filters, and batteries (hooray for batteries being included!!).

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The thermometer also came with a quick start card and a thicker manual, but really, the thing is pretty self explanatory.  The only thing I needed to look up was how to switch from Celsius to Farenheit. Once I got that figured out, I was able to try this bad boy out.

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Oh. My. Gosh. This thermometer is amazing. I’d never used an ear thermometer before and was a little worried about how well Ian would take to it (since he HATES when the doctor looks in his ears), but my fears were unfounded.  He was actually really interested in it and he even stuck it in his ear and pretended to take his own temperature (and mine!).

Part of the reason this thermometer is so great is that it is just so quick! You press the button and before you can count to 3, the temperature is read. I didn’t know it was possible to get a reading that quickly, especially with an at-home product, but it is! And it’s accurate, too! I feel extremely confident knowing that the next time we’re wondering whether Ian is running a fever, I can whip out the Braun ThermoScan 5 and KNOW within a few seconds.

If you’re looking for a new thermometer, you shoud definitely check this one out.  You won’t be disappointed!

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