Monday, August 31, 2015

Practico Large Ice Cube Tray Review (Tomoson)

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I received Practico Large Ice Cube Mold, in exchange for honest review from Amazon. The cubes are 2.5 inches tall, I think and great for drinks. I had issues finding the right cups to hold the big cubes, but you can turn the cube on it's side, and put it in the cup, especially if it is uneven.

You will definitely need a wide mouth cup or a silicone cup to handle the size of the ice. The ice does last for a few drinks and then it melts, just like any other ice, whether cubed or crushed. Once it is small enough, the ice is great to bite into.

You can purchase the large mold on Amazon using the link above. The ice mold is prime-eligible.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

LG G4 Juicy Case Review (Tomoson)

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I received LG G4 Case, Quick Circle Case for honest review.

I wanted this as a gift. This house is full of LG users, including a G4 user. The case is magnetic, so when you close, you have a perfect fit. The case also comes with a stand on the back of the case. Next, the case has a circular cut out for the phone' clock face.

The case also has a built in holder for your credit cards and other identification. The magnetic components also work well with your car mounts. The phone is sturdy.

I loved the stand on the back of the phone. I also loved the magnetic close.

You can purchase the case on Amazon, using the link above. The case is prime-eligible.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Go Viral on Social Media Udemy Course Review (Tomoson)

I received access to the Go Viral on Social Media Course on Udemy, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. The course teaches you how to market your content on social media. You will learn about branding; transcribing videos without typing; Pinterest marketing; Facebook marketing, and how to create videos to get increased likes. The course contains 69 sections.

You also will learn about floating social media buttons. I have used add this for floating buttons. Floating buttons allow readers to share your content without having to scroll to the top or bottom of your page. The instructor uses SumoMe, which I haven't heard of before until the course.

Next, you will learn about optimizing your videos. I haven't done this since I graduated from Full Sail. Videos need to be short and to the point. The instructor recommends videos being no longer than 2 minutes. If they are longer, then break them down into a multipart series. I had previously learned to keep your videos between 2 and 5 minutes, depending on content. You want people to watch your videos all the way through. You want your videos to be engaging. The author also recommends monetizing your videos on YouTube. My videos are monetized, but I don't make much money on YouTube. Once you get a set amount of subscribers, I know you can offer paid content, where users pay you to access a video. YouTube also has a donate button now.

Next, you need to think about your tags and descriptions. If you are a company or blog, add your blog or company name in the tag and descriptions. Add your website in the description. The instructor also recommends businesses add their address and phone number for customers can reach them.

Finally, I will discuss transcription. The instructor discusses paying for transcription, but you can do this yourself. You can either type up your transcript in word and paste it into YouTube or typing it in manually into YouTube. Both processes take time because you have to match up the words to the screen. You do have to adjust the sliders to match things up. It is a long process, but it is worth it.

The author also recommends using the transcription button in Word to type up your transcript. Even in school, I had to type up a written transcript, plus add one into YouTube. This made it easier because everything was written up, but I still had to match the words up.

Friday, August 28, 2015

New York Skyline Canvas Print (Tomoson)

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I received Rising Waters New York City Skyline Canvas Print 12 x 16 inch Frame Featuring the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center, in exchange for honest review. I love artwork, whether an oil painting or a photograph. I thought the skyline was beautiful. I have never been to New York, but I can dream. The colors in the print was bright and stood out against my brown wall paint. I hung the canvas above my bed using twist screws.

You can purchase the artwork, using the link above. The New York Skyline canvas print is prime eligible.

Orange Howell #TheSpecial Necklace Review (Tomoson)

I recieved Orange Howell "The Special" necklace, in exchange for honest review.  Orange Howell has created a beautiful collection of pasta art. The necklace comes on a peppercorn leather chain tied into a knot. The pieces on the necklace include a gold penne pasta, a silver rigatoni, and a rotelli and fusilli pairing. 

You also get a flannel gift bag with a gift box. 

The necklace works with both casual and formal wear. I have worn the necklace with a dress and jacket to church, but also a blouse and pair of pants. The necklace is a beautiful piece of art. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ohuhu Run Ladder Review (Tomoson)

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I received the Ohuhu® 12 Rung Agility Ladder with Black Carry Case, in exchange for honest review.  The ladder does require some space and we just recently cleaned out the game room, a few weeks ago. I also have more space on my bedroom floor, once I moved my oldest bed into another room. I like how the rungs are adjustable. Great for a quick workout or to relieve stress.

You can purchase the ladder using the link above. The ladder is prime-eligible.

Bamboo Matcha Tea Whisk and Spoon Set

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I received the Bamboo Matcha Tea Whisk (Chasen) and Small Bamboo Spoon, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. I have used Matcha tea before, but it gets too messy when scooping it into the cup or too clumpy when mixing it. For a while, I didn't drink any because I didn't want to deal with the mess.

The bamboo matcha tea whisk and spoon helps you scoop and mix the tea without too much mess. You use the spoon to scoop the tea into the cup and then use the whisk to remove clumps so your tea can be smoother.

I loved tasting matcha tea without the clumps. It was a great cup of tea. The whisk and spoon comes in a clear tube for storage.

You can purchase the set using the link above. The bamboo matcha tea whisk and spoon set is prime-eligible. You also can purchase a whisk and scoop set for the tea as well.

Pure Naturals Cacao Nibs Review (Tomoson)

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I received Pure Natural Miracles Cacao Nibs, Raw and Organic, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. While the nibs are not sweet, they do  have health benefits, plus crunch. I love the resealable bag, so the nibs won't waste everywhere. I had one incident where I forgot to seal the bag and the nibs went all over my bed.

I have added the nibs so far to plain yogurt for a crunch.

Cacao Nibs contains antioxidants, which supports the body. Cacao nibs also can improve heart health. On the other hand, the side effects of cacao nibs include "anxiety, heartburn, sleeplessness, and abnormal heart rhythms." Cacoa nibs also contains caffeine.

You can purchase Pure Natural Cacao Nibs, using the link above. Cacao nibs are prime-eligible.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#BehindTheBlogger Who do you Think you Are

#BehindTheBlogger Who do you think you are?

When I first saw the title, I was divided between discussing me or my kids. Let's discuss Kalen.

Kalen has started to pick up some of Brad's behaviors. Kalen is very observant. He may not pick up on something at first, but he eventually gets it, even if it's the wrong thing. The last thing I need is two Brad's.

Brad has a violent and aggressive side. Every day, something is getting thrown at me or at the walls, when he doesn't get his way. When he is mad, he uses three main words: bitch, no, and ooohhh. With the last few days, Kalen has knocked over my bedroom door multiple times for fun, while Brad was the one, who took down the door in the first place in a fit of rage. I am hesitant to put the door back on the hinges because I don't want it coming down again because of Brad's anger. Takes too much work to put it back up.

Brad also likes to throw shoes at the wall and at people. Kalen decided today, he will knock down the entire shoe rack with all the shoes still on it, twice. Who does Kalen think he is? If he is 4 and already picking up on Brad's bad behavior, then I am in trouble in the long run. Stacie needs serious help with both kids then, but not everyone understands that.

I have to return a call tomorrow to a home health agency for Brad because I do need extra help and I already had opposition from a relative for the aide to help me. I just can't do this parenting alone anymore, especially special needs parenting.

This is who I am. I am a special needs parent.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

B and C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags Review (Tomoson)

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I received B and C Home Goods Set of 3 Breathable Garment Bags with Bonus Shoe Bag, in exchange for honest review. I wanted the garment bags to hang up nicer clothes, including the kids school clothes. This way the kids can not mess them up before school started. The garment bags were easy to use. There is a hole at the top for the hangers.

I also like the see through slot to see what's in the garment bag. For example, in the picture above, is Brad's red shirts for school.

You can purchase the garment bags on Amazon using the link above. The garment bags are prime-eligible.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LifeWell Garden Hand Trowel Review (Tomoson)

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I received the Extremely Durable Garden Hand Trowel. in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. I don't work outside much, but when I do, I have to deal with the long handled shovel, rake, and hoe, which are all taller than me and sometimes hard to work with at times.

The trowel was great for small jobs like digging holes or pulling up weeds, without bringing out the big hedge clippers. The handle is also lighter and easier to handle.

You can purchase the hand trowel on Amazon, using the link above. The trowel is prime-eligible. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fitwell Exercise Fitness Bands (Tomoson)

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I received FitWellYou Resistance Bands Exercise Set (Light, Med, Heavy) with Door Anchor and Bonus Starter Guide, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. In the kit, you receive a light, medium, and heavy resistance band, plus a door anchor. You also have an exercise chart included.

I liked the longer, single loop bands. The bands are also over 5 ft long. I also wanted to try a door anchor for the first time. The bands were easy to use.

You can purchase the bands, using the link above. The bands are not prime-eligible.