21 August 2014

..::Product Review::.. Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener

My Review of the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Can Opener

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"Fed up with cheap or inferior can openers that break easily? Then look no further.  Made of top quality stainless steel, Bru Joy smooth edge can opener is the sturdiest and the easiest to use manual can opener!  Its ergonomic design will never let you down even if you have a weak grip strength.  With a built in bottle opener and soda tab lifter, it is made to last at least 5,000 times opening!"


Bru Joy recently sent me their new Deluxe 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Can Opener for review!

Usually, this can opener is priced at $49.99 on Amazon, but it is on sale for $19.95 + free shipping (if you have Prime). 

Bru Joy Deluxe 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Can Opener

Packaging & Presentation

The Bru Joy can opener is pretty standard when it comes to its packaging.  It is boxed, and when the box is opened, the can opener is visible through a plastic film bag.  The front of the box shows exactly what is inside-- the can opener!  There were no included instructions or pointers on the other 2 tools that are included on the can opener.

First view of the Bru Joy can opener

The back of the original box did give some supporting information about the can opener.  

Back of the box (click picture for close up)

My Personal Experience with the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener

The first thing that I noticed as soon as I held this can opener is that it is durable. It's not super heavy, but it does have some weight on it, which makes for an easier can opening experience.  The first feature that I looked at was the knob.  The box said is was large in order to make turning it easier.  It did!  It turned easily without a lot of force.

Extra large easy turn knob

I examined the underside of the can opener, and it is not cheaply constructed.  I have a Kitchen Aid can opener that I've had for 8 years, and this is made just the same (if not better!)

Inspected the underside of the can opener-- look at the construction!

The manufacturer mentioned that this is not just a can opener, it is a 3-in-1 multipurpose can opener.  In the picture below, I am showing the bottle opener as well as the soda tab lifter.  These functional tools do not hinder the use of the can opener mechanism at all.

Bottle opener and soda tab lifter

Well, you know that I had to put it to the test!  Bru Joy claims that this can opener creates a smooth cut, no rough edges.  Let me tell you, the claim is true.  After removing the lid of the can, I was able to run my finger up and down the side of the cut can with no issues.  

Bru Joy can opener in action!

Lastly, another feature I noticed that was not mentioned is that there are little u-hooks on the end of the handles.  I am not sure what these are for, but I would like to think they are for hanging the can opener on the kitchen wall if you do not have available space elsewhere.

U-hooks attached to handles

Pros of the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener
  • The claims are true.  It doesn't create rough edges after usage.
  • It has weight to it allowing an easy glide around the lid.
  • The handle doesn't get stuck like other openers.  It quickly turns with ease.
  • Multipurpose.  I'm not sure I would use the other functional tools, but they are there if I ever need them!
  • Design.  This can opener is designed for people who cannot put a lot of stress on such a trivial task as opening a can.  This can opener helps with providing the power without strain.
  • This is a very well made can opener that will last a long time.

Cons of the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener
  • Lack of descriptive instructions included.  I would like to know a little more about how to use each feature, and exactly what the u-hooks were designed for
  • The only option is stainless steel, I think it would be interesting if the knob could come in different colors in order to match kitchen themes.


I liked this can opener!  I am definitely going to replace my Kitchen Aid with this one.  I was impressed that this product lived up to the claims that the manufacturer stated.  It was an enjoyable experience to be able to open a can and not fear cutting my thumb (like I always seem to do!).  If you are currently in the market for a real, durable can opener-- you need to check this one out!

Keep in mind that this is also a risk-free purchase.  If you don't like it, there is a money back guarantee.  What have you got to lose?

Are you wanting to try the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Bru Joy. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

..::Book Review::.. Terror Comes Knocking by Aaron Paul Lazar

My Review of Terror Comes Knocking by Aaron Paul Lazar


Have you ever read a book and thought it was so good, and didn't want it to end?

That's how I felt after reading Terror Comes Knocking by Aaron Paul Lazar.  I just wanted the story to keep on going.

Terror Comes Knocking, is a novel in the Sam Moore Mystery series. This book takes you into a whole different world, and you experience an adventure unlike any other.  It's interesting, it's paranormal, and it's one you won't be able to put down. The character development is excellent; everything is so descriptive that you feel like you are a character in the book!


The story begins with Sam Moore, a retired GP doctor. Alongside his wife, Rachel (who unfortunately has MS), they run into a very an unexpected situation; one that a retired doctor shouldn't need to deal with.  Their daughter, Beth, is missing.  Nobody seems to know where she is, nor does anybody seem to take the Moore's seriously. Sam knows there is something terribly wrong, and does everything he can to find Beth.

Guided by his deceased brother, Billy, who speaks to Sam through a extraordinary green marble,  Sam Moore slowly unravels the twisted story behind his daughter's disappearance.  

Sam's good friend Bruce (the Senator) is a candidate in the nearing presidential election. As Bruce is under a large amount of pressure due to the current president visiting, he is also taking on a bit of stress in helping the Moore's locate their daughter.

As the story unfolds, we are introduced to an interesting group of people, people that may be concealing far more than they are letting on.

My Personal Review

Terror Comes Knocking is absolutely jam packed with action you don't want to miss out on.  At 240 pages, you won't want to reach the endpoint. 

The book was descriptive, intelligent, and interesting.  It takes a very talented author to create a story that meets all of the benchmarks that I look for in a good novel.

As far as the book's layout, I really enjoyed the shorter chapters.  It provided for a pleasurable reading experience, and allowed me to complete a chapter quickly if I had to run an errand or the like.

I really didn't want this book to end, I wanted to know more.  More of how everything played out in the end. 
I'm not going to spoil the story, so you are going to have to read it for yourself!

You NEED to read this.  It's THAT good.

Extra Information

Aaron Lazar's books come in both e-book format and print.  

If not available in your local bookstore, check online, or CLICK HERE.

The price is $3.99 for an e-book, or $15.66 for a paperback.

He also has other books that you can check out, I've read 2 so far, and can't wait to read more!

Terror Comes Knocking - 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal – Bronze

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Aaron Lazar. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

18 August 2014

..::Review + Givewaway::.. Balboa Baby Nursing Cover

My Review of the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover

What is it exactly?

     From the website . . .
"Nursing helps prevent obesity, heart diseases, juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis and asthma. When women look back on the time they spent breast feeding their babies, what they most remember is the closeness, the intimacy of nursing. Now with the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover you can give your baby the best – Anywhere!"

Me and my little Cici

Balboa Baby recently sent me the Black/White Leaf nursing cover to review.

There are 12 different patterns you may select for your nursing cover. They are all stylish, and there is an option for everyone's tastes!  Each nursing cover costs $36.00, but they can also double as a stroller cover!

Stroller Cover

Packaging & Presentation

When the box arrived from Balboa baby, I was pretty excited to open it.  The box was colorful, informative, and just attractive.  There were no included instructions.

There is a window on the front of the box, so you can see the pattern inside.  The back of the box lets you know everything you need to know about the works of the nursing cover.  


The sides of the box show you the approval by Dr. Sears, and provide other usage suggestions, such as a sunshade for a stroller and car seat.

My Personal Experience with the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover

I'm sure you've noticed all the talk about women nursing their babies in public.  It's a big thing.  Like a real hot item right now.  There are people for it, there are many against it, and there are the few that don't care either way.  

I'm all for it.  So is she.

<3 Cecilia
But personally, I like to use a cover.  I was attracted to the Balboa nursing cover at first site.  It is unlike other nursing covers that I shopped for.   It is multipurpose, full coverage, it has an awesome pocket on the front, and it lets me nurse anywhere my heart desires!  

After a little adjusting, the fit was absolutely perfect.  Here are some pictures of my modeling it so you can see the actual coverage, and the overall fit:

I can tell you right now that this nursing cover will last a l-o-n-g time.  It isn't cheaply made, It is fitted all around the right places.  The stitching is very professional.

She liked it!
I fed Cici using the nursing cover, and I had absolutely no problems.  She was happy, and it didn't scare her. 

Pros of the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover
  • Fitted. The nursing cover has a reinforced neckline and an adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Patterns.  All of the nursing covers have a stylish pattern. It is very hard to select just one!
  • The way it fits around the baby.  It has a perfect amount of room for the baby without slipping off or becoming too tight around the baby.
  • Quality.  This nursing cover will last a lifetime.  It is a great investment if you are planning to have more kids.  
  • The pocket.  I like the pocket for two reasons: being able to stow a burp cloth, and being able to have easy access to your keys if you are nursing while walking around a store.
  • Price.  The price for the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover is mid-range.  I've researched nursing covers in and out (I just had a baby), and you cannot get a better quality nursing cover for this price.
  • Designed in Southern California.  My favorite place on earth!
Cons of the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover
  • No included instructions.  I know that it is a simple task to put on a nursing cover, but in order to see how to exactly adjust it, you must go on the website.  This can be a bit of an inconvenience to some.  Also, I was a little uncertain how to attach it to my stroller for full coverage.
  • Some products do not come in the same pattern.  I am a little OCD when it comes to matching.  I really, really like the pattern of the nursing cover that I received, but I do not see the matching pattern in the Balboa Tote Bag.  This would either cause me to select a different pattern that I do not like as much, or not purchase the tote bag at all.  I love being able to have the option of getting every product that I like in the same pattern.

This nursing cover is outstanding.  It lived up to every standard I personally have for a nursing cover.

I give it my highest recommendation. 

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Balboa Baby. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

15 August 2014

..::Product Review::.. Olfactif Fragrance Subscription Box

My Review of the Olfactif Fragrance Subscription Box

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"Sign up to begin receiving monthly collections of three niche fragrances in deluxe-sized samples.  Wear each fragrance 15-20 times.  Learn about the talented artists and their fascinating stories in in-depth interviews.  Explore the compositions in smell guides, discussions, and more.  Each month, you'll automatically receive an $18 credit to put toward the purchase of a full bottle of a featured fragrance--an opportunity you won't find anywhere else."


Olfactif recently sent me one of their sample August subscription boxes.  This box included three (3) samples of their featured fragrances from the new Dame Perfumery Scottsdale.

Each deluxe sample is enough to last awhile!  However, if you particularly like a fragrance, you can purchase a full bottle on Olfactif.com for $65.00.  Of course with each subscription box, Olfactif provides an $18.00 credit to put towards your full-bottle purchase, which makes your favorite fragrance only $47.  (Read below for pricing on the actual subscription).  If you know a lot about perfume, you know that this is definitely an acceptable price!    As per the suggested use, you should take each perfume in the collection and try it on.  Let the perfume sit, because sometimes they need to develop over time.  Periodically, smell the scent and notice the changes.  Read the artist's story with your nose.  

The newest Olfactif Fragrance box

Packaging & Presentation

The box that I received in the mail was approximately 6" x 3.5".  On the outside Olfactif was clearly labeled, so I knew exactly what it was!  After opening the shipping box, I unraveled a little black box.  There was also a card sitting on top that explains the best way to explore each fragrance.

Outside Packaging

First look inside, including the instruction insert.

The actual box alone is impressive.  This is not a cheaply made product, you can tell that you are definitely more than just a customer to Olfactif.  Each item that I experienced is quality. 

Beautiful little black box, very fancy!

The last thing about the packaging that I'd like to point out is that the box is a slip-out.  You pull the little ribbon, and the bottom half slides out to reveal three (3) deluxe fragrance samples, each in their own cavity, with another insert placed on top.  

Slide box, including the description insert.

Three deluxe samples placed in their cavities.

This insert has two sides, the first side being the descriptions of each perfume, and the second side provides a little commentary along with where the fragrance is coming from (in this case, Dame Perfumery Scottsdale).  

My Personal Experience with the Olfactif Fragrance Subscription Box

Honestly, what's not to love here?  I am a fragrance maniac, so this box is right up my alley. Take a look at my personal collection:  

My personal collection - Shelf 1

My personal collection - Shelf 2

The box that I was sent contained the following fragrances by Dame Perfumery Scottsdale:
  • Pear, Waterlily, & Amber
    • Notes:  Pear, mandarin, lemon zest, waterlily, cherry blossom, honeysuckle, white jasmine, amber, sandalwood, musk, and vanilla.
  • Mate, Heliotrope, & Patchouli
    • Notes:  Mate, lime zest, aldehydes, heliotrope, iris, tiare flower, patchouli, and amber.
  • Verbena, Freesia, & Musk
    • Notes:  Verbena, kumquat, lemon, bergamot, freesia, orange blossom, day lily, musk, woods.

I used each perfume separately.  I wanted to make sure that I understood each individual note that makes up the vial.  I tried each perfume in the order that it was in the box.

Day 1:  I tried Dame Perfumery's Pear, Waterlily, & Amber.  Here is my interpretation of the notes I personally came across:  This was a strong, sweet fragrance.  I certainly noticed a flowery note.  The waterlily is what stood out the most to me.  This is a very happy, womanly scent.  I would consider this for an 'everyday' wear.

Dame Perfumery - Pear, Waterlily, & Amber

Day 2:  I tried Dame Perfumery's Mate, Heliotrope, & Patchouli.  My interpretation?  The patchouli was the strongest out of all the notes.  I would also consider it to be a strong, spicy, woodsy, almost masculine scent.  This is a fragrance that would boost your confidence, and also provide you with a glimmer of sensuality.  I would recommend this fragrance for such an occasion as a business meeting.

Dame Perfumery - Mate, Heliotrope, & Patchouli

Day 3:  I tried Dame Perfumery's Verbena, Freesia, & Musk.  This was the most interesting out of all the fragrance samples.  It was definitely strong, a little goes a long way with this scent.  I received the most compliments while wearing this fragrance compared to the others.  What makes it intriguing is that I noticed a spicy, yet flowery note.  I like the bergamot, I have never experienced it in such a way as this fragrance reveals.  I would classify this specific fragrance as a 'date night' perfume.

Dame Perfumery - Verbena, Freesia, & Musk

I definitely enjoyed the perfume collection.  I also loved reading the Q&A from Jeffrey Dame of Dame Perfumery Scottsdale.  It was great being able to place a face and a personality to a fragrance line.  I really like the fact that Olfactif goes above and beyond other companies by providing such in-depth material. 

I let the fragrances soak into my skin, and enjoyed the effects as it changed with my body chemistry.  There is definitely a time development, and the longer they stayed on, the better the fragrance became.  Out of the three, my favorite was the Pear, Waterlily, & Amber.  I'm not much for a floral fragrance, but Dame Perfumery Scottsdale really put a twist on a classic. I'd consider this as a signature scent.  My second favorite was the Mate, Heliotrope, & Patchouli. I liked it, but I do not have very many places that would be occasion enough to wear it.  Lastly, my third favorite was the Verbena, Freesia, & Musk.  I wasn't a complete fan of this one.  The musky undertones were a bit strong for me, and it was overpowering in general.  It did provide an interesting experience, but I would not consider buying that one.

Pros of the Olfactif Fragrance Subscription Box
  • Quality. From the packaging to the product placement, Olfactif provides nothing but quality.
  • Consideration.  The customer is more than a monetary resource, they want you to explore and relish their products.
  • Olfactif not only introduces you to new scents, they bring the company to you. They provide you with detailed information on their website so you can get to know the background of the fragrance.
  • The Olfactif website allows you to buy a single version of the perfume that you fall in love with.  They even provide you with an $18 credit each month.  
  • Subscription service.  What more can I say?  Only the best, quality fragrances that are handpicked are delivered right to your door.  No more standing at the department store smelling loads of fragrances, or blindly ordering scents online.
Cons of the Olfactif Fragrance Subscription Box
  • Selection.  Sometimes you may get a fragrance that you don't necessarily like.  Or perhaps you may not like all three of them.  It's a risk that some may not be willing to take.  I, on the other hand would.  I love surprises!
  • Price.  It's expensive, but also consider the quality behind the products.  This is not a $3 one ounce bottle of perfume.  This is the real deal.  At $6 per deluxe sample, you are getting the latest and greatest from perfume artists.
  • Although my favorite, the Pear, Waterlily, & Amber was the fastest fragrance to dissipate.  The sillage was excellent at first, but the longevity dwindled after about 35 minutes.
  • Only one featured artist.  I wish that Olfactif would incorporate a few different fragrances from different collections in order to experience different curves.

This subscription box has been my favorite so far.  It was long awaited, and I am very happy that I was able to review it.  I learned a lot through the exploration of these fragrances.  One month of subscription to the Olfactif Box is $18.  You can also choose other options, which will lower your final price.  Make sure you click the links below to find out about Olfactif for yourself, and be sure to order a box. You can cancel anytime, worry free.

Are you wanting to try the Olfactif Fragrance Subscription Box, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Olfactif. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

13 August 2014

..::Product Review::.. Valentia Even Glow Serum

My Review of Valentia Even Glow Serum

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"EVENS SKIN TONE  & INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE: Vanquish dark spots and revitalize your skin with this new generation Vitamin C serum along with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. This antioxidant serum gives you the smooth skin capable of reflecting light and a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look."


Valentia recently sent me a 1.18 fl oz bottle of their Even Glow Serum with a 20% Vitamin C concentration.

One bottle of this size is usually priced at $85.00 per bottle, but is currently on sale at Amazon for $35.00.  As per the suggested use, you should wash and dry your face, then apply the serum in little dots all over your face to ensure full coverage.  Rub in the serum, and allow to dry before applying moisturizer.

Information & Directions for application
Packaging & Presentation

Valentia sent a package, and after I opened it, I was introduced to this cute little box.  The box describes exactly what the product is, what it does, the key ingredients, as well as application instructions.  Upon opening the box, I pulled out a small brown bottle and unscrewed the cap.  There is a dropper that is placed in the bottle to vacuum the product up in order to apply it onto the face.  The actual serum is a dark-ish yellow color. 

Unpacking of the Valentia Even Glow Serum

My Personal Experience with Valentia's Even Glow Serum

Before anything, I must say that this serum smells good! The Vitamin C is wonderful.  If you like the smell of citrus, then this is the serum you need!  Citrus is known to energize and awaken, which is what it does to the skin.

After receiving the serum, I did just as the directions said.  I shook the bottle, washed and dried my face, and applied liberally in little dots everywhere.    

Ingredients of the Even Glow Serum

I used this product for a full 7 days, day and night.  I love the results.  I was a little nervous to try a new product, as I am pretty set in my ways when it comes to my beauty regimen.  I am so glad I did, and I am definitely going to add this to the normal stuff.  

I didn't notice anything for awhile (days).  I was a little convinced that it didn't work.  But the last two days have brought on a beautiful glow and evenness to my skin.  I have little smile lines around the edges of my mouth, and crow's feet run in my family.  I focused on these places as I applied the serum.  I'm not even joking-- these lines have diminished.  I'm proud to say that this serum does what it says.  It does take a while to work, but the results are inevitable.  Do not be discouraged if you don't notice anything right away.  This product was not made to be a quick fix, it is made with quality ingredients to ensure the effectiveness of the serum.

Another point that I would like to talk about is that the bottle lasts a long time.  The amount of serum you actually use is minuscule compared to the actual serum in the bottle.  I used the serum day and night, and I have enough left to last months.   

I took a close up picture of the actual serum in the dropper.  It is a thick (as in non-watery) serum, which allows for using less serum for more coverage.  

Even Glow Serum in the dropper

Pros of the Even Glow Serum
  • It works.  It's not fast, but it is effective.  I noticed results within 5 days of continuous use.
  • The smell!  It is a citrus-y heaven!  It wakes me up and gives my skin an instant brilliance.
  • Valentia uses 98% natural ingredients in the manufacturing of this serum.
  • Organic ingredients, amino acids, and essential oils are perfectly combined to make a safe, effective product.
  • The viscosity of the product is perfect. It isn't too watery where I felt like I had to act fast to rub it in, and it wasn't too thick where it would potentially dry before I could rub it in.
Cons of the Even Glow Serum
  • Price.  It is kind of expensive.  But, keep in mind, you do get what you pay for. Valentia allows for sales on their product, so keep your eyes open!
  • The application method.  The product is great. However, I'm not too keen on the dropper method.  I think another method that would work just as well would be a roller ball.  To me, a roller ball would make for a more defined, less messy application.  The dropper is an okay method, but some of the serum gets stuck to the sides of the dropper and can be a little messy.

I was definitely impressed with the results of the Even Glow Serum.  I have never tried a serum quite like this before.  The packaging, the effectiveness, and the delicious aroma are all reasons why I fell in love with this product over a course of 7 days.  I'm going to keep on using it, and I'll share more results after a few weeks of continuous use.

Are you wanting to try the Even Glow Serum, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Valentia. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.