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Bib & Sola Handblown Glass Water Decanter Review


The product(s) in this post were given to me at no cost or a deep discount for me to use, evaluate, and give an honest and unbiased review. The links in this post are NOT affiliate links. I was NOT paid for my opinion, nor do I profit from the links.

Bib & Sola

Handblown Glass Water Decanter


One-of-a-Kind Piece of Art

I love having my own unique piece of handblown glass art. I am so thankful that Bib & Sola offered to send me this decanter to use and review, if I would pay the shipping. I am enjoying using it and it is a beautiful addition to my glassware.

Bib & Sola Water Decanter
Unpacking my new Bib & Sola handblown decanter


It’s always nice to do a little something special when you have a friend come visit. Using this decanter was not only a great conversation starter but it made the moment feel special. It was nice to sit out on the porch and serve cool water out of my one-of-a-kind piece of art decanter. I just used two small clear water glasses that I already own, because I don’t have the matching tumblers

handblown glass

handblown glass




It is the perfect size for a bedside water decanter. I always wake up thirsty in the middle of the night, and I don’t want to get up and go to the kitchen. I always have a glass of water by my bed. The decanter is much prettier than a plain water-glass. The perfect item to add to a guest room to pamper your guest.

Bib & Sola Water Decanter
Perfect bedside water decanter


water decanter
I am using my own glass, but this decanter does have a matching glass tumbler.


Holds 1.2 L 

The decanter has a nice long neck, to hold while pouring, with a little pouring lip built into the top rim. It holds 1.2 L of liquid, and has a nice weight to it. The glass has a good thickness to it, and does not appear to be thin or fragile. I like the pop of color that was hand blown into the bottom of the decanter making each one distinct.

bib and sola

To find out more about this Bib & Sola handblown glass water decanter or to purchase your own from Amazon click here.






Diamond Cut® 24pc Cutlery Set in Wood Block Review


The product(s) in this post were given to me at no cost or a deep discount for me to use, evaluate, and give an honest and unbiased review. The links in this post are NOT affiliate links. I was NOT paid for my opinion, nor do I profit from the links.

Diamond Cut®

24pc Cutlery Set in Wood Block

I didn’t realize how old my set of kitchen knives in wood block are. Of course I have purchased other knives (love my Santoku knives) that I just keep in a drawer, but I like the convenience of having the knives in view and easily accessible when I’m cooking. When I was offered a chance to review this huge set of knives with a wood block I was very eager to try some new knives and replace my old ones.

Knife Set With Wood Block Review

You Get What You Pay For

On the box it says this set is a $115.00 USD open stock value, but on Amazon they sell for $21.52 USD.  Oh boy would I be upset if I paid anything close to that $115.00 price. I thought 24 pieces and a wood block what a great deal.  Well, unfortunately, that old saying “you get what you pay for” IS true.

cutlery set

The wood block is unfinished and rough. Also, I think It’s a generic wood block and  not made specifically for this set because the knives fit a little weird, and it’s hard to tell what spot the knife goes in. There are not enough spaces to put all the knives either.

The knife blades are made out of stainless steel. I think they are  a little too easy to bend. As for the diamond cut blades, they are not  much sharper than my old set of knives. The diamond cut on the blades is a little rough too.

cutlery set review
One of the rivets is missing from the handle.

The  polypropylene handles are fused to the blades creating  one piece. The knives and blades are dishwasher safe.

cutlery set
Large variety, but not well made.

Budget Friendly Cutlery Set

With 24 pieces you do get a large variety of knives plus kitten scissors, cheese knife and pizza cutter. The scissors don’t come apart for cleaning. For someone on a budget, maybe moving out for the first time, and needs a complete set of  kitchen knives, this set could be for you.  I’m not sure how long this set will last, but until you can afford a good cutlery set, at least you wold have knives. I do like the big cleaver. I have never used one before. It does feel different that a regular chef’s knife but it’s kind of fun to use.

⭐️⭐️⭐️☆☆ Stars

I give this set 3 out of 5 stars because the set is OK.  For someone looking for a cheap cutlery set that has tons of pieces, this set could be what you are looking for.

You can find this on Amazon by clicking here Diamond Cut® 24pc Cutlery Set in Wood Block 


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Naturalize Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager


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Naturalize Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager With Heat Review 

I have  never tried a Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager before so I really didn’t know what to expect.  I soon found out that Shiatsu Massage is quite intense and deep. Since I am not used to that kind of rough massage I found it to be a little painful and the massager is a bit heavy and awkward.

Naturalico Shiatsu Massager

Since I don’t have a lot of experience I thought I should take the massager to someone who knows what they are doing.  My step-mother is a massage therapist so she knows all about it. I took the massager to her house and she tried it and liked it. She likes a deep Shiatsu massage and doesn’t mind the pain. A friend was also there that has a very, very  bad neck  and wanted to try it out . She thought the massager was  WONDERFUL and it really helped to loosen up her neck.

Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager
Massager with the heat turned on.

This massager uses eight silicone kneading balls plus a bi-direction movement that mimics the feeling of a personal massage with or without heat.  When the heat is on the balls glow red.

Naturalico Shiatsu Massager

The Naturalize Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager has two sleeves that you put your arms through and rest the massager on your neck and shoulders. With your arms in the sleeves you can control where you want the massager on your back or shoulders.

Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager control panel
The control panel to operate the massager.

Under the flap of the sleeve you will find the control panel to turn on the massager and operate the heat and reverse functions. After a certain amount of time the massager will automatically switch directions or you can manually switch the direction of the massaging  balls when you want.  The Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager has four different massage modes.

Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager
Turn sleeves inside out and use velcro strap for belt.

The massager can be used on different parts of your body. The instruction book that comes with the unit has pictures showing how to use it.  One way is to turn the sleeves inside out and use the velcro strap to secure it around your waist like a belt. This makes it easy to massage your lower back.

The Cons

For my overall review I would say if you don’t like painful deep massages this is NOT the massager for you.

The massager has to be plugged in when in use and the power cord is  a bit short. You have to stay close to an outlet to use it, and it unplugs very easy. I would accidentally unplug it when I moved around.

If you are sitting in a chair and lean back too hard the massaging balls will stop rotating.

The massage unit is heavy and a little awkward to use.

It takes awhile for the heat to heat up, and it doesn’t get very warm.

*I was provided with this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. The links in this review are NOT affiliate links. I was NOT paid nor do I receive payment from the links*

You can find this Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager on Amazon by clicking here

#ShistsuMassager #shiatsumassger 



All Natural Fridge Odor Remover by Sagano


Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber and Air Purifier

By Sagano

odor remover


I like using natural products in my home as much as possible, especially around my food. I was excited to try out Sagano’s Natural Activated Charcoal Odor Remover and Air Purifier. People have been using charcoal as a natural, renewable odor remover for many years.

all natural


Because activated charcoal is very porous it absorbs odors, mold spores and other contaminants from your refrigerator. This helps your food to stay fresh longer and your fridge smelling better.

natural odor remover


This odor absorber can be reactivated naturally when needed by removing it from the package and sitting the bag outside in the sun. The activated charcoal will recharge in a few hours of sunlight. This bag should last up to 2 years by using this method.

recharge bag in sun
Take the bag out to recharge in the sun

I have been using my deodorizer/purifier in my fridge for over a week now and it seems to be doing a great job. I thought I would put it to the real test and see how it does with fresh-cut onion!

The onion challenge
The onion challenge

I put my freshly cut onion uncovered in the fridge. I went back later to check to see how it smells now in the refrigerator. When I opened the door I was surprised that I didn’t smell onion. I then opened the door to the freezer and could smell a slight onion aroma.

Air circulation vents
Air circulation vents

I removed the onion from the fridge and shut the door. I went back and checked the freezer later and no more onion smell at all on either the freezer or refrigerator side.

You can see in the picture above that there are air vents all over the container to let the air flow through the charcoal with ease.

I give this product 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can find this on Amazon.com by Clicking Here

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*I was provided with this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*


SHIR HOME Dry Brushing & Anti Cellulite Massager


Dry Brushing & Anti Cellulite Massager


I am always hearing how wonderful dry brushing is and I never get around to trying it. I get a little intimidated and think I am going to do something wrong. Everyone says to brush towards your heart, some say circles, some say long strokes up your arms and legs, and then when you get to your stomach you do something different. It was all just all to confusing to me.

dry brushing

When I got the opportunity to try SHIR HOME’s Bath Body Brush & Anti Cellulite Massager set I told myself now you are going to learn how to do it.

dry brushing
Double-Sided Dry Brush/Massager

The set from SHIR HOME comes with two pieces. You get a double-sided dry brush with a massager on the other side. Use the dry brush before you get into the shower while the brush and your skin  is dry. The brush feels a little rough at first, but then you get use to it and your skin starts to tingle and feel alive and wonderful. The long handle makes it easier to do your back and shoulders. I hate I waited this long to try dry brushing.

Anti-Cellulite Massager
Anti-Cellulite Massager

Second you get a Anti-Cellulite Massager that fits on your hand. You use this while in the shower and use a anti-cellulite cream or oil to help with lubrication. If not this massager sticks to your skin and can be painful. You want to be able to massage the areas for a few minutes to get the lymph drainage.

Anti-Cellulite Massager Hand Grip
Anti-Cellulite Massager Hand Grip


7 Benefits of Dry Brushing

I looked on Marcola.com for inspiration, and found this article. Dry Skin Brushing: Benefits and How To.  He lists 7 key benefits from dry brushing.

  1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
  2. Exfoliation
  3. Increase Circulation
  4. Reduce Cellulite
  5. Stress Relief
  6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
  7. It’s Invigorating

I don’t know about you, but I need ALL 7 of those benefits right now! They give a “how to” dry brush in the article too. But, I still needed more, I needed to see someone actually doing it.

I Searched YouTube and I Found This Video By runwaydonemyway 


You can find tons of info on dry brushing on the internet from very basic to scientific and very complicated. I am going to start out with the basics and who knows where I will end up.

If you want to try SHIR HOME’s dry brush and an Anti-Cellulite Massager  Click Here

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Vitapura Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Review


VitaPura Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Set of 2

Stainless Steel Tea Strainer & Steeper


Being from the South I love to drink a big old glass sweet iced tea! It’s usually too hot to drink a cup of hot tea. So, I haven’t had much experience making hot tea, much less using a loose leaf tea infuser.

tea infuser

Stay away from Epichlorohydrin

After reading this article on Mercola.com “Plastic and Cancerous Compounds in Tea Bags—A Surprising Source of Potential Toxins” I thought I might want to try using a loose leaf tea infuser to make my tea with. Click the link and learn about things to watch for when buying tea bags, even organic tea may have a toxic tea bag. Make sure your tea bag does NOT contain epichlorohydrin.

loose leaf tea

I don’t have any loose leaf tea, but I do have organic tea in tea bags. So I cut open the tea bag and dumped the contents into the infuser baskets. The baskets are made from a high quality, rust-free 304 grade stainless steel, and have lots of very tiny holes for the tea and water to infuse.

infuser locking cap

Line up the lid and twist to lock the lid to the basket so it will stay secure and keep the loose tea inside the basket  during the steeping process.

add water

Add some hot water, adjust the temperature of the water  according to the type of tea you are steeping.


Hook the cup hook at the end of the chain to the side of your glass so you can easily remove the tea infuser after the proper steeping time.

remove tea infuser

 I used very finely ground tea from a tea bag, so  there is a little of the “tea dust” floating in my water. It is really not that much.  This is a great way to use the tea you already have without the bag.

loose leaf tea infuser

If you would like to get this 2 pack of VitaPura Loose Leaf Tea Infusers click here.


For more info and to see more pictures click here to read my Amazon review.


*I was provided with this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*


3D Sleep Mask Review


2 Pack 3D Sleep Mask




Have you ever tried a 3D sleep mask before?

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? I do. I am generally up all night and sleep late in the mornings.  Or maybe you are on the “night-shift” at work and have to sleep during the day.3d sleep mask

Have you ever tried a 3D sleep mask before? The eye part is sorta of concave where it does not touch your eyes. You can have your eyes open and blink them and your lashes shouldn’t even touch the mask.

3d sleep mask

I like the fact that it doesn’t touch my eyes and I can blink. The first time I wore it, I didn’t wake up one time. Usually I wake up several times when I am trying to sleep.

3d sleep mask nose

The 3D sleep mask has a built-in part for you nose. I don’t get a total “black-out” of light. When I look down I can see light, but when your eyes are closed it is really dark. It was surprising how bright it was in my room when I first took off my sleep mask.

3d sleep mask velcro

The mask has an adjustable velcro band that can be  adjusted to fit men, women, and children. The velcro sometimes get stuck in my hair. I like to sleep on my side, and sometimes my sleep mask slips around and even falls off.

When my daughter and I first opened the package she said “They smell like mustard.” I laughed and smelled one and it did have a Dijon mustard smell. ? The smell aired out and they are fine now.

3 d sleep mask on angie
Caught my sister napping with her 3D sleep mask on.

My sister wanted to try one. She said she loves it, and always wanted to try a sleep mask. Since they come in a 2-pack I gave her one. So later when I caught her napping with it on, I thought I’m gonna sneak me a picture. LOL ?

Wanna try this 2-pack of sleep masks click here. 

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*I was provided with this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*



Sagano Raw Activated Charcoal Powder


Food Grade Raw Activated Charcoal Powder by Sagano

activated charcoal powder

Sagano Raw Activated Charcoal is high-grade and super fine activated carbon powder  made from organic coconuts. It’s odorless, not gritty, food grade and toxin-free.

Some Uses for Activated Charcoal


  • facial scrub
  • homemade face mask
  • removing makeup
  • homemade pore strips
  • toothpaste / tooth whitening agent
  • treating acne
  • insect bites /bee stings
  • wound cleansing
  • removing body odor

make pore strips

My daughter said she had seen YouTubers make pore strips, so I thought let’s give it a try.

The pore strips were so easy and fun, I thought let’s try and make the face mask from the recipe on the bag of charcoal. What happened next was a nightmare! LOL ??

I’m not sure what went wrong? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated ? just leave me a comment. Thanks!


Find it on Amazon Here

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*I was provided with this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*


Dashboard Cell Phone Holder Review


iForaa Cell Phone Holder

for iPhone 6 6S Plus 5S 5C 4S, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 Edge Note 2 3 4 5,Nexus,HTC,LG ,GPS Device

I was sent this cell phone holder for free in exchange for my honest review.  

I am having a little trouble deciding on how many stars to give this phone holder on my Amazon review and here on my blog. I had quite a bit of trouble getting the phone holder to stick to my dashboard. I removed the sticky gel pad and flipped it over to see if the other side was more sticky. As it turns out it was more sticky. I was able to get the phone holder to stick to my dash. YAY!

I check it the next day and it seemed like it was stuck pretty good. I drove around and did a few errands and it stayed in place and was very useful.  There are two groves in the holder where you can adjust the tilt of your phone or GPS. You can do this easily with one hand as stated in the description on Amazon.

My iPhone 6 Plus with a case fit perfectly in the phone holder. My case makes my phone too big for some other cell phone holders I have tried. So, that is a plus that my phone fit.

In the description on Amazon it says,

  • Strong Sticky Silicone Gel is REUSABLE (Simply use water clean away dust from the adhesive gel pad before reusing)

I didn’t have much luck with removing the holder from my dash and t getting it to stick to the dash again. I washed it water, like suggested, and it still would not stick. I wiped it really well with an alcohol wipe and it still was not going to stick to my dash again.

See everything in my video review


But, I really like using the cell phone holder in the house on my desk or my nightstand,  anywhere I want to stand my phone up. This is very convenient for using FaceTime or Tango. I like watching YouTube videos etc, and I can do that hands free, and still be able to see the screen.


So this is my dilemma. As a car dashboard cell phone holder I would have to give a low star rating. As a phone holder where is doesn’t have to use the sticky gel, it’s  great.  Since this review is for a dashboard car mount I will have to go with the 2 stars.

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Expert Chef Potato Ricer Review


Expert Chef Potato Ricer

I love being a Grandma and helping my daughter take care of my grandson. It’s very important to us that he has a healthy diet including lots of fresh and organic fruits and veggies. Elliot, my grandson, is ten months old so he still needs to eat soft foods like potatoes. I was really grateful to get a chance to try out this commercial grade Potato Ricer so I could make some homemade baby food for him.

The potato ricer can rice potatoes, carrots, turnips, cauliflower, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips and many more fruits and vegetables according to the Amazon description. I made some boiled potatoes and put them in the ricer and beautiful fluffy potatoes came out of the Ricer, I mixed them with a little formula and a tiny bit of organic butter and pink Himalayan salt and Elliot loved them! That was easy. Then I tried to rice some cooked broccoli, which was not on the list of veggies from Expert Chef, and that did not work out very well. The broccoli was too fibrous and all the Potato Ricer really did was squeeze the juice out. I am looking forward to trying out different fruits and veggies. I think I may try some cooked apples to make an applesauce with a little cinnamon.

If you have any healthy baby food recipes you think I should try out leave me a comment below.


Check out my YouTube video of me using the Potato Ricer.



Reasons I Love My Expert Chef Potato Ricer

  • highest quality 18/10 Stainless Steel

  • commercial grade

  • used by proffesionals 

  • heavy duty

  • 25% larger chamber

  • 3 different size hole discs

  • baby food disc

  • enhanced ergonomically designed soft grip handles

  • non-slip handles that absorb pressure while ricing

  • non-slip knob

  • easy to clean – dishwasher safe

  • 100% manufacturer warranty  



I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest unbiased review.

You can find this on Amazon by clicking here



Snoutstik Nose Balm For Dogs Review


Snoutstik Nose Balm For Dogs Review

Opie & Dixie


  • organic
  • made with 100% natural ingredients
  • hydrates, heals and protects naturally
  • packaging is environmentally friendly
  • over 35% of dogs suffer from dry noses
  • comes in 3 varieties
  • easy to use
  • convenient to carry


Did you know that a dog’s nose is at least a million times more sensitive than our own? Imagine how painful a dry or irritated dog nose can be!

We created Snoutstik™ to help alleviate dry dog noses caused by exposure to the elements, allergies or heredity, but any dog’s nose will find relief with Snoutstik™’s core combination of healing, natural sunscreens, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil.



Snoutstik comes in 3 varieties 

Ingredients (Rosemary): Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter Fruit, Sweet Almond Oil,Hemp Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Rosemary Oil.

Ingredients (Pumpkin): Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter Fruit, Sweet Almond Oil,Hemp Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Tocopherol.

Ingredients (Lavender): Candelilla Wax, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Fruit Oil,Shea Butter Fruit, Jojoba Seed Oil, Extracts of: Calendula Flowers, Chamomile Flowers, Plantain; Lavender Essential Oil, Tocopherol.


Snoutstik Nose Balm For Dogs Review
image from Opie & Dixie


Benefits from each of the 3 varieties 

ROSEMARY FOR SOOTHING INFLAMMATION A natural disinfectant; soothes and reduces inflammation and treats bacterial and fungal infections.

LAVENDER FOR GENTLE NOSE CARE A clean, fresh scent and calming, balancing properties; provides ultra-gentle skin care and can be applied to irritated, itchy spots as a healing aid.

PUMPKIN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE Used to treat burns and wounds; heals environmentally damaged and sensitive skin; high in Vitamin A (restores healthy skin tissue) and C (antioxidants protect skin from free radicals).


Snoutstik Nose Balm For Dogs Review
Zander is 14 yrs old and gets a very dry nose, but after using Snoutstik a few days his nose looks much better.


I was sent the Pumpkin Snoutstik to review. My sweet Zander is getting so old that his nose dries out and becomes crusty and full of dirt. I couldn’t wait to try the Snoutstik Nose Balm out on his sweet little nose. It was very easy to apply since it comes in a tube like lip balm, just twist the bottom of the tube and the balm will advance out the top for easy application. The Pumpkin Snoutstik is good for sensitive skin and contains Vitamins A, C, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil which makes the stick very emollient and just glides on his tender skin.  Zander loves his Snoutstik and his nose feels and looks so much better.


For more information visit www.OpieandDixe.com



I received this product for free to review on my blog, I was not or will not be paid. The opinions are my own.


Pilates for Dancers DVD Review


Pilates for Dancers DVD Review

by SalsaCrazy


Pilates for Dancers is designed for anyone that would like to attain the dancer’s body. Pilates for Dancers was born of the idea that the dancer’s body and physique is beautiful, graceful, and lithe. At the same time, it is an attainable beauty, given the proper exercise routine and discipline.

This video has a great, limbering warm up routine, followed by over 20 explicitly broken down, step-by-step, instructions that anyone can follow. This video progresses in stages so that even absolute beginners will have no problem following along. Geared towards beginners, a lot of time is spent on explanation and proper repetition, so you get the most out of your workout.

Multiple angles make sure you don’t miss any of the important alignment, or subtle movements, Pilates can get us into. 

While this video does a great job explaining each movement, it is a little slow-paced. The slow pace may be because this video is for beginners and they want to make sure that everyone understands everything about the new exercise being demonstrated.

The set is very plain without any flashy decorations or music and there are no other people in the video besides the instructor. This is a very good reference video to learn the different Pilates exercises, but I enjoy a little faster pace with some upbeat music and maybe a few more people in the video doing the exercises  demonstrating the different levels of beginner to advanced for the movements.


Purchase this video on Amazon.com by clicking here.



I received this DVD for free for my honest review. I was not or will not be paid for this review or any links. This is my honest opinion of the DVD.