25 April 2015

..::Product Review::.. INSTACANDI Packages


My Review of INSTACANDI Packages

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"The INSTACANDI ranges from old-time favorites like Mary Janes and Tootsie Rolls to Snickers, Milky Ways or Jolly Ranchers.  We stock 100's of different INSTACANDIS!
Pick out a package, write personalized message and ship! 
Personalized card, 15 pieces of candy, beautifully packaged and shipped for $9.99!"

Review…


I was able to send my husband the 'Happy Candiversary' package from Instacandi to review. 

This package costs $9.99.  Shipping is free.


Packaging & Presentation of INSTACANDI Packages

I wasn't the one who retrieved this from the mailbox, so I had to hurry up and grab the camera before my husband devoured all of the candy.  It arrived in a blue bubble mailer, addressed to my husband.


We emptied out all of the contents, and we found confetti, a coupon code for next time, the actual bag of candy, and two cards (one of which I had personalized for free on their website).


The personalized card was handwritten, and it said exactly the message I typed on the order form.


My Personal Experience with INSTACANDI Packages

My husband was so excited to get this.  He loves candy, so this was perfect.  Beginning with the confetti, we found large foiled hearts and small foiled stars.  I liked them so much that I saved them for future craft use.  ;)


The candy was placed inside of a bag with colorful polka dots on it.  It was folded over and sealed with an 'Instacandi' label.  The back of the bag has a label with choking and allergy warnings.


The website says that this package will include an assortment of the following candies:

+ Sweet-Tarts
+ Caramel Creams Bullseye
+ Bit-O-Honey
+ Chocolate Candy Hearts
+ Rainbow Lollipop
+ Milky Way
+ Mini Hershey Chocolate Bar
+ Hershey Kisses
+ Lime Sassy Green Striped Candy
+ Starburst Fruit Chews
+ Hard Candy Fruit Slices
+ Lifesavers Hard Candy
+ Three Musketeers
+ Tootsie Roll Frutie
+ Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

We received each of these candies.  The picture has a few missing because they were located in my husband's stomach at the time of this picture.


Pros of INSTACANDI Packages
  • Convenient.
  • So, so, so many different ones for different occasions.
  • Arrived right on time.
  • Able to be personalized.
  • Free shipping!
        Cons of INSTACANDI Packages
        • I haven't found any cons of Instacandi.
              Summary

              This was a great experience.  My husband and I both loved it.  He wasn't expecting it in the mail, so it was quite a surprise treat!  It was packaged very nicely, included a wide variety of candy, and it shipped super quickly!  I love being able to send a personalized message along with the package.


              Are you wanting to try an INSTACANDI Package, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

              CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


              For further information, please visit Instacandi on:


              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              ..::Review + Giveaway::.. Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box - April


              My Review of the April Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

              What is it exactly?

                   From the website. . .
              "Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."


              Review…
              I was sent the April box from Stampin' Up to review.  

              The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95.  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.


              Packaging & Presentation of the April Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

              I was pretty excited to come home and see a little red Paper Pumpkin box sitting in the mailbox!  The exterior box is red and baby blue, and it is small enough to fit into a standard mailbox.  It measures 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The side of the box says, "You're moments away from your escape..." and the bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.


              When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.  The inside of the box also completed the statement from the exterior with, "...Run away with me."


              The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (April) stamp set, and (2) Classic Stampin' Spots in 'Crushed Curry' and 'Pacific Point'.



              The final layer housed the actual April kit, 'Love You a Lot'.


              The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin, is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! You can view this month's video above.


              My Personal Experience with the April Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

              After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).


              I was really excited to see this kit.  I never peek at what the kit is before I actually open it, so it's always a surprise!  This one is great for Father's Day.  What a treat, because my six year old loves creating things (especially DIY crafts) for his dad.  This was a really fun one to make.  I'll walk you through the steps:

              First, I created the envelope pocket.  Fold on the creases, and fold it over to stick them to the opposite side.


              Next, I cut 10" of the string and tied it through the hole in the envelope pocket.



              The bow tie was really fun!  Take a rounded object (on the video they used a pencil, I used a pen), and run it across the back to round the bow.  When it's pretty rounded, stick an adhesive dot on each side and fold it towards the center.


              Punch out the little strip next to the bow piece, and round it as well.  Put an adhesive dot on each side of this piece, and fold it around the center of your bow.


              Next, take the long strip and put an adhesive dot on each end of that.  Then wrap it around the envelope pocket and attach.


              Use a dimensional and attach the bow to the strip on the envelope pocket.


              Next, grab a piece of the card stock and fold it in half.  Take a white piece and get your stamps set up!


              Use your acrylic 'D' block and your Classic Stampin'
               Spots to stamp all of your favorite pieces on the front, and attach dimensionals on the back.


              Attach it to the folded card stock, and it's ready to go in the envelope pocket!


              How adorable is this when finished!?


              Pros of the April Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
              • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
              • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
              • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
              • Great for Father's Day (or any day if you wish!).
              • I had a lot of fun with this kit, because you can do so much with it.  In fact, you can manipulate these crafts and do what works for you.  


              Cons of the April Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
              • I haven't found any cons of this month's box.
              Summary

              What's better to attach to your Father's Day gift than one of these adorable cards?  They are colorful, summery, and personalized.  This is one of my favorite color schemes, so I fell in love with it immediately.  This craft is great to do with your kids.  Even as a school group!

              Are you wanting to get your very own Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 

              a Rafflecopter giveaway
              Open to US entrants only. 
              $19.95 ARV
              Giveaway will end 05-09-2015 at 2359. 
              No purchase necessary. 
              Winners will be announced 05-10-2015. 
              The winner will be emailed and given 24 hours to respond. 
              If no response, the next winner will be chosen.

              Don't want to enter the giveaway?

              CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



              For further information, please visit Paper Pumpkin on:


              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              ..::Review + Giveaway::.. Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme


              My Review of Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme

              What is it exactly?

                   From the website. . .
              "Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant that really works!  Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic peppermint and organic tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean."

              Review…

              I was sent a 0.25 oz jar of the Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme from Bella Organics to review.  

              The price for this jar is $3.99.


              Packaging & Presentation of Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme

              This jar arrived to me in perfect condition.  There were no dents, defects, nor issues during shipment.  The jar is white, and it has a black screw on cap.  The label is placed on top of the lid, and it is accented with white, yellow, and green.  The jar measures 1.15" x 1.25" at its widest points.  There were not any safety seals in place.




              I also found a 'Facts & Care Tips' sheet included in the package.


              This sheet is a two-sided tip sheet for people that have never used an organic creme deodorant before.  It's very helpful.

              My Personal Experience with Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme

              I'll have to say-- this is the first time that I've ever used an organic creme deodorant.  I've read some pretty ugly stuff about your run of the mill supermarket deodorant/antiperspirant blends.  What intrigued me here, is that your body will actually go through a detox while using this.

              The jar was quite small, but it was enough to get me through a solid week.  It was filled to the brim when I first opened it.


              The creme is so soft.  It blends well, and smells amazing.  If you aren't a fan of mint, then this isn't for you.  There are other fragrances to try as well.  It smells clean, refreshing, and energetic.


              Pros of Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme
              • Very easy to use-- you only need a pea-sized amount!
              • Doesn't block glands, but rather simply fights bacteria.
              • Organic ingredients.
                Cons of Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme
                • I would probably go with the bigger size here.  You are going to want to use it for a lot longer than a week!  The small one is nice, but save yourself the trouble and go big.
                Summary

                I have absolutely enjoyed using this, and it's going to be painful to have to go back to my normal bar.  This smells great, is highly effective, and simple to use!

                Are you wanting to get your very own Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 

                a Rafflecopter giveaway

                Open to US entrants only. 
                Giveaway will end 05-01-2015 at 1159. 
                No purchase necessary. 
                Winners will be announced 05-02-2015. 
                The winner will be emailed and given 24 hours to respond. 
                If no response, the next winner will be chosen.

                CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


                For further information, please visit Bella Organics on:


                DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

                24 April 2015

                ..::Product Review::.. Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool

                My Review of Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool

                What is it exactly?

                     From the website. . .
                "This wallet sized credit card knife and multitool is the perfect mini survival tool for camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, trail riding."

                Review…


                I was sent the credit card multitool (and case!) from Rayburn Fishing to review. 

                This multitool costs $2.49.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.


                Packaging & Presentation of Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool

                This multitool arrived in great condition.  There were no dents, defects, nor issues during shipment.  It measures 2.75" x 1.75" at its widest points.  It was shipped in cellophane.  Unwrapped, you'll find a nice storage case.


                Both the multitool and the guide fit inside.


                This multitool has 11 functions:  a can opener, knife edge, screwdriver, ruler, cap opener, 4-position wrench, butterfly wrench, saw blade, direction ancillary indication, 2-position wrench, and lanyard hole.  It is made of stainless steel.


                The guide has all the information numbered and detailed.


                My Personal Experience with Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool


                This is perfect-- I've been in that situation way to many times where I needed a quick tool, and I didn't have it.  This is perfect.

                The knife is quite sharp, so make sure to watch your fingers when you pull it out of its protective sleeve.


                I love how it stores so conveniently in my wallet.  I take it everywhere!


                Pros of Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool
                • Convenient to carry.
                • Eleven tools in one!
                • Stainless Steel.
                • Comes with a protective sleeve (and a guide!).
                      Cons of Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool
                      • I haven't found any cons of this multitool.
                            Summary

                            If you don't have one of these, get one now!  It's only $2.49 and has already came in handy for me.  It's super easy to carry around, and it is always with you when you need it.  It's worth the money, and I highly, highly recommend it!


                            Are you wanting to try Rayburn Fishing's Credit Card Multitool, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                            CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


                            For further information, please visit Rayburn Fishing on:


                            DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.