October 24, 2010

Lotus Cleaning System...really cleans!! {giveaway}

I'm not the greatest housekeeper in the world, I fully admit that. It's not that I don't like a clean house, it's just that I have soooo many other things demanding my time that something's gotta give. And unfortunately it's housework.

That doesn't mean I live in a pigsty. "Clutter" and "filth" are different things. I can stand clutter, because it's just stuff I haven't had time to sort and put away yet. But filth? Nope. Can't abide filth.

So when the Lotus Cleaning System arrived on my doorstep, it was not a good time to jump right into housework. I had too many other things to do. By the time I got around to actually using the Lotus Cleaner, well, let's say my apartment was...eek!...bordering on filth.

Which just presented a challenge to the Lotus Cleaner.

And it stood up to the test brilliantly!

I started with the kitchen, because it needed the most attention. Setting up the Lotus cleaner is a breeze. There's a large booklet inside the box that walks you through every step, with pictures and easy to read clear instructions. I was very pleased with the amount of information included in the booklet. So many times, manufacturers just don't give you enough info, or it isn't presented in the clearest fashion. But the Lotus people are doing everything right, even down to the instruction manual!

Anyway I just did what the instructions told me to do, like installing the filter and running a cycle completely before using the cleaner. I guess this was to break in the filter. They also suggested using that water I just ran and water my plants with it. So I did. Nervously. Wasn't sure what kind of effect it would have, ya know?

Three days later, my plants look like they have a new lease on life!! Seriously!! New shoots, glossy leaves...must have really liked something about that water!

Okay, back to my kitchen... After running the first cycle and watering my plants, I prepared another bottle and tackled my refrigerator. It has one of those textured surfaces, the kind that may look clean but harbors dirt and germs and who knows what all in those little cracks. I used the sprayer and wiped with one of the enclosed cloths. Then I ran my hand over it. Okay. Fine. Feels clean. Then I ran my hand over an area I hadn't cleaned yet.

Oh my.

I could definitely feel the difference! Even though the surface of the refrigerator wasn't "filthy", there was still a layer of grime and grease that came off when I used the Lotus on it. I was amazed at how squeaky clean my refrigerator could be!

Next I moved on to the microwave. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm one of those that, even though I may neglect other housework, I want my microwave spic and span. I shudder to think of the germs and whatnot that a dirty microwave holds. And every time you use a dirty microwave, you run the risk of adding that "stuff" to your food that you're about to eat! So I'm kind of a fanatic about using a plate cover to prevent spatters, immediately rinsing the plate cover, and immediately wiping down the microwave after use. I wipe it down again everytime I do dishes. Just habit, I guess, but one I have no intention of breaking.

So I used the Lotus sprayer on what I thought was my clean microwave.

Wow!! I was astonished at the gunk and junk that came out of the tiny corners and nooks and crannies inside the microwave! Even with my diligence at keeping it clean, the Lotus got it even cleaner! I couldn't believe the stuff I was wiping out with the cloth. I feel better already about cooking and heating food in there, now that I have the Lotus!

Did you know that the Lotus system can also sanitize your fruits and vegetables? That's important, not only for the food you get at the supermarket but also the roadside stands. You don't know what kind of chemicals and pesticides and all that are coating the surfaces of your produce. But you can destroy all that bad stuff simply by putting the produce in the wash unit that comes along with the sprayer bottle in the Lotus sytem and letting it run through a cycle.

I'm sitting here writing this review and munching on an apple that I cleaned in the Lotus, and I can't tell you how good it feels to know that no nasty stuff is going into my body! The Lotus strips away germs, chemicals, and all that's left is the apple in its purest form. Doesn't your family deserve clean food? And don't you deserve the peace of mind from knowing that it is clean? Hey, did I mention you can even clean meat with the Lotus? And it's great for sanitizing pacifiers, toothbrushes, kitchen gadgets that are difficult to wash, and what about tweezers? Hairbrushes? Combs? Nail clippers? The possibilities are endless.

One thing I really like about the Lotus System is that it doesn't use steam to clean. You're not going to be steaming your apples or toothbrushes, or handling boiling hot water in the sprayer. No, the Lotus works with cold water. It's the patented process that makes it effective at cleaning and sanitizing.

I am simply amazed at the difference this little gadget is making in my home, not to mention how much better I feel about cleaning now. It's as if all the cleaning I've done up to this point has been superficial at best, even with all those nasty chemicals. The Lotus does it much better, more efficiently, more affordably, and definitely more environmentally-friendly. What more can you ask from a cleaning system?

Now the next thing on my list is to see how the Lotus sprayer performs in the bathroom. Judging by the refrigerator, I can't wait to see how squeaky clean it will make the shower door!
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October 17, 2010

Chex Mix Snacks "Game Day" get-together

I wanted to share with you some pix of our Chex Mix Snacks "Game Day" get-together. I received a great package of goodies from MyGetTogether including three packages of Chex Mix, some coupons, football themed paper plates and napkins and a great HUGE snack bowl!

Take a look at what I got -

And here's how I set up a side "buffet" for my football guests -
Have to give a shout out to our MEMPHIS TIGERS!!!
Although the Tigers didn't win today  :(  we still had a great time watching the game together and eating great tasting Chex Mix! As you can see, my friends love to munch while they watch the game --
Since this group was mostly adults, they said they preferred the traditional Chex Mix to the new sweeter varieties. But as you can plainly see, there wasn't much of ANYTHING left after the game.  :)

All in all it was a terrific gettogether made even better by having great traditional and new Chex Mix! Thanks, MyGetTogether for providing the party goodies!

And don't forget to go enter The Ultimate Chex Mix Game Day Sweeps at their Facebook page!

October 10, 2010

Affordable little shoe rack that doubles as extra shelving {review}

My closet is a mess. There isn't room enough for my clothes, let alone anything else I need to store there. And I only have the one closet in my entire apartment. So I was in desperate need of something to keep shoes off the floor and out of the way. So naturally I turned to CSN when I went shopping for a shoe rack.

The Trimmer 4-tier is a great shoe rack for the price. I looked at all the racks, and ended up selecting this one not only for the price but for the added convenience of extra shelving if needed. It's very sturdy.

The package came wrapped and double-wrapped to insure that none of the parts got chipped or bent. I was very pleased with that, because being made out of metal wire, it could easily have been damaged in shipment. So I appreciate the extra care in packing.

Putting it together is simple...but you might need an extra pair of hands to do it! All the pieces are separate. You simply hook the bottom shelf on one end support piece, then hook it on the other end support piece, and then add shelves as you go up. It took a bit of wrangling for one person! But it really was simple - just be forewarned that you might need some help and don't get frustrated (like I almost did).

Since the shelves literally just lie on top of the outer supports, I was worried that when I loaded it with shoes it might collapse. I worried for nothing. It is very sturdy and there is just the right amount of clearance so that the shelves do not come off easily, they are hooked on pretty tight.

I can get 12 pairs of shoes on it, and it could easily go into the bathroom as a small shelf if you need something near the bathtub, for instance. I wouldn't put books on it, because there is not enough back support to hold books upright, but towels, knick-knacks etc. would be fine.

Overall I'm very pleased with this shoe rack and would recommend it mainly because it does double duty as extra shelving if needed.

{Disclosure: I purchased this shoe rack from CSN with my own money. My review was not influenced in any way.}

My first body pillow - and it's a doozy! {review}

I've never had a body pillow before. But after having hip replacement, I found that I was stuffing pillows between my knees to keep the "bad" hip comfortably in place. I'm a side sleeper, so my knee was always at an angle to my body, twisting my spine and putting undue pressure on that artificial hip joint.

CSN offered me a gift code so I could get a product to review on my blog and after some deliberation I chose this one, the Sarah Peyton Memory Foam Body Pillow.

Good choice, if I do say so myself. :)

When it came in the box, I was a little surprised...the box was small and HEAVY! Surely my new body pillow couldn't be in this box?! But the pillow had been compressed very tightly and then rolled up for shipping. When I unrolled it, I thought no way. Then I noticed the little sticker that said to give it up to 48 hours to uncompress before using.

So I had to wait a couple of nights before I could try it out. After a few hours, I checked on it and lo and behold, it had tripled in size already! I waited the full 48 hours before using it, and by the time I did use it, the pillow was fully uncompressed.

This thing is huge! I'm 5'6" and it's at least 4' long - quite long enough to support not only my knee but my ankle as well (which was a problem when using standard pillows). I LOVE IT!! It's soft but firm. The memory foam is amazing. Once you get settled comfortably, the pillow conforms to your individual shape and you're all set for several hours of comfortable snoozing and rest.

The pillow is rather heavy, I admit, because it is literally stuffed full of memory foam. Very substantial. Having never experienced a body pillow before, I was expecting something about like a regular king-size pillow only longer. This is truly a remarkable product and a bargain at that price. Not at all the flimsy long pillow I was expecting.

Having this firm but soft support underneath my leg and knee, when I sleep on my side my spine is no longer twisted and I don't wake up with a backache anymore. Also, sleeping on my side meant my arm and shoulder were twisted as well, but now I have support there too because this pillow is long enough to go from my ankle to my elbow. My spine no longer screams at me for the nightly abuse. Highly recommended!

{Disclosure: CSN provided me with a gift code in order to purchase a product to facilitate my review. No other monetary consideration was involved and my review was not influenced in any way.}

October 6, 2010

Ultimate Family Vacation...with my sister!

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When you hear the words "family vacation", does that make you think of loading up the whole kit and kaboodle for a week at the beach? or a visit to a theme park? or how about a cruise? or an extended stay with another family member who lives on a farm or in a big city with lots to offer for entertainment?

Yes, the kiddos, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins and the family pet are important to consider when planning a "family vacation", but don't forget the other members of your family.

Take for instance my sister. It has always - and I mean ALWAYS - been her dream to visit Australia. Personally? Sure, I'd love to visit Australia too, but it doesn't hold the same appeal for me that it does for her. I'd much prefer to visit Europe - Paris, London, Rome, Vienna - but I admit Australia does hold some charm for me.

But for my sister, it's like The Land of The Holy Grail or something. Seriously. I don't know if she fell in love with Crocodile Dundee and has never gotten him out of her system or what. :) But she constantly thinks about winning a trip to Australia or looking at travel websites to see how many years she must save her spare pennies to be able to pay for a trip to The Land Down Under.

It's almost an obsession with her.

Which brings me to my point. It would be an honor to take a "family vacation" with my sister, just her and me, to Australia. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do or anyplace else I'd rather be.

Except maybe Fiji.

You see, Fiji is my dream vacation. Fiji is my "Bali Hai" and yes, it calls me.

So the Ultimate Family Vacation in my book? A South Sea adventure with my sister wherein she gets to visit Australia and I get to visit Fiji. It's going to be an enormously expensive trip either way, so might as well kill two dream birds with one stone.

G'day mate!

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