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August 2015

Review–New York City Sunset Canvas Print

I fully believe that the difference between having a run-down-looking home and having a well-put-together-looking home (besides obvious cleanliness) is decor. A house without any curtains, photos, or decorations of any sort leaves you i a perpetual state of looking-like-you-just-moved-in.
Making the upgrade from old hand-me-down decorations to being able to choose my own decor has been an amazing step in ‘adulting’. I love being able to take the time to pick colors that go well together, and design the rooms in my home to have the feel that I want them to! The area that I’ve had the most trouble with so far is my stairway. We have this nice split staircase with windows that spill light onto the wall and the steps, but the weird outdoor-style shingles that are on the walls made it difficult to find the ‘right’ piece for the area.painting2
Luckily, this beautiful print of the NYC skyline (pre 9/11) at sunset is the perfect complement to the wood colors and textures, especially when the light spills onto the wall in the morning! It’s a great size for the area too, 12 x 16, with strong canvas, a sturdy frame, and even a little metal hanging bracket on the back of the print. I absolutely love that it came ready to hang! painting3You should hop on over to Amazon and check out everything Rising Waters Photography has to offer: New York City Skyline Canvas Print 12 x 16 inch Frame Featuring the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received this high-quality print for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Mini Silver Tiara Hair Clip-12 pcs-product review!

We absolutely love these little crown combs! I got these to use for my daughter’s birthday party to put into gift bags, and they were a huge hit! The little boys received a ton of treats and little superhero masks, and the little girls got treats and crowns.

They were all so cute, running around looking like a bunch of little princesses! I feel like every little girl needs a little crown, and these were perfect! I love that they don’t cost a ton, so they’re the perfect little item to throw into gift bags, or to use as a party accessory, for little girls! These are so shiny, we really love them, and the comb really helps it stay in their hair, no matter what hairstyle they’re sporting!crown2

You can buy yours on amazon here: Shining Diamond Silver Princess Tiara Crown Hair Comb Mini Tiara Hair Clip For Princess Party Favor – 12 pcs

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle
I received these princess crown combs for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Molkky – World Favorite Outdoor Game Now in USA

Our family loves spending time outdoors together! We love camping, fishing, swimming, and everything outside, but by the end of summer, we seem to run out of things to do in our yard, or on cool days out camping when we can’t swim. This game is perfect! Molkky is a lot of fun, and fun for the entire family to play together! 😀

I love how easy it was for all of us, even my four year old, to learn to play! The scoring system is really easy, and I LOVE that the game came with a scoring pad to use, too! The pins are really heavy, duty. I can tell that this game will last for years and years, and the wooden carrying case that they come in is absolutely beautiful, and super high-quality! You can find it here: http://www.tactic.net/product.php?lang=US&kl2=1&category=13&k1=&k2=&k3=&Product_number=41061&kuvanro=1

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this game for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

KUKPO Can Opener Review

I’m a manual can-opener type of woman. I don’t really have extra counter space for an electric can opener, and have honestly never found one that worked well on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, it’s tough to find a high-quality can opener at a price that I’m willing to pay. I used to go to the dollar store and get my can openers for $1, but they inevitably ended up breaking, usually in the middle of opening up a can. I was in the habit of keeping two around, in case one broke…but realized that over the course of a year, I was going through four or five junky can openers, which is more trips to the store for can openers than I would prefer!

canopener2This can opener from Kukpo is really awesome. It’s honestly the smoothest manual can opener that I have ever used. The extra-big, easy to grip handle is perfect for everyone in my family…one of my daughters simply has really weak arm and hand muscles, and with a little bit of practice, this has helped her strengthen those muscles! I’m always having her open cans for me while I cook. 😉 You can get your own awesome can opener here: KUKPO Manual Kitchen Can Opener – High Quality Stainless Steel With Large Handle

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this can opener for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Gaia Organics Baby Shampoo–Product Review

This all-natural baby shampoo & body wash smells soooo good! I’m so glad that we have little ones, so that I have an excuse to keep buying it! The all-natural ingredients make me feel really good about using this, and it leaves such a soft, sweet-smelling scent on their hair and skin. The package is cute, with an adorable baby on the bottle, which I use to distract our almost-3-year-old from the horrors of being bathed. 😉

babyshampoo2The squeeze-bottle design is nice, too. I’m actually not a huge fan of pump-style dispensers, because the kids have a tendency to overuse them, somehow more than squeezable bottles with a standard shampoo-style spout.
The lavender has a really nice, calming effect on both of the kiddos, and helps them get to sleep just a little more quickly. I love how soft and clean it makes their hair look and feel, and it really brings out the curls in little girl’s hair! It’s great as a body wash as well, so I don’t have to fumble with multiple bottles for washing different parts of their body, either. Yay! You can buy it here:Gaia Organics Shampoo For Kids & Body Wash – All Natural Baby Shampoo Moisturizing, Hypoallergenic & Tear Free Baby Wash and Shampoo – In Calming Lavender – 8 Oz/237 mL

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle
I received this organic shampoo & body wash for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Pet Product Review–Dog Training Collar by Cujo Control

I have the sweetest dog in the world, but she is incredibly excitable, and a bit too friendly! She has a bad habit of running up to people when we’re playing in the front yard, or running into the neighbor’s house whenever she notices the door open! It’s really frustrating, and yelling at her to “come” has absolutely no effect once she sets her mind on something! Luckily, Cujo Control has this amazing dog training collar!
collar2This is NOT just a shock collar. I mean, it has that function, but I honestly have never had to use it. My dog isn’t quite that stubborn, thank goodness! The two functions I use are the ‘beep’ function, which emits a high tone at the press of a button, and the vibrate function, which makes the collar vibrate much, like your phone. Both of these functions work amazingly! I use the beep function for reminding her that she’s out of bounds and needs to stay in our yard, and the vibrate function helps snap her out of her insane quest to be petted, and keeps her from jumping up onto friends and family, too! I absolutely love this! The remote and collar are both rechargeable by usb, so you never have to worry about replacing expensive batteries, but beware: the remote doesn’t seem to hold a charge for more than a day or two, so it’s wise to charge it overnight if you use it regularly like we do! You can buy yours here: Dog Training Collar With Remote – 8 Levels of Shock and Vibration Correction Plus Sound Mode – Fully Adjustable Electric E Collar With Remote for Large, Medium, and Small Dogs – Best Puppy Training and Dog Obedience Training – Wireless Rechargeable and Water-Resistant Anti Bark Collar with Range up to 800M Lets You Train 2 Dogs – 100% Satisfaction Best Lifetime Guarantee!

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this dog training collar for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

LED BBQ Grill Light–Product Review!

Ready to grill into the late-night hours? I know I love to grill even when it starts getting late, but once you can’t see the food anymore it starts to become pointless! That’s why I absolutely love this awesome LED BBQ grill light!

grilllightThis grill light is easy to install batteries into, and fits onto the grill with ease! Even I can figure it out, haha! I love how super-bright it is..the only drawback is that it DOES tend to draw bugs, so if you’ll be using this at night time, be sure to use a grill with a lid, so you don’t end up with an extra-crunchy topping!

You can buy yours here: BBQ Grill Light – Anear Barbecue Grill Light for BBQ Outdoor Handle Mount Touch Sensor Switch Barbecue Lighting

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this grill light for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Product Review–Two Meows Cat Litter Mat (Grey) – Paw Shaped

I am so sick of cat litter being tracked all over my house! It seems to get everywhere…somehow, even into my bed, which makes me crazy, because the litter box is literally on a separate floor, on the opposite end of the house!

Finally, this litter mat has helped! It’s so great for trapping those stray pieces that get stuck to kitty’s paws, so I don’t end up with kitty litter in my bed, which obviously, is a huge deal! littermat2My cat doesn’t have any trouble walking on it, it doesn’t bother her a bit, and it’s huge, so even if she wanted to try to go around it, it’s not really an option, since I have a covered litter box!
You can buy your own here: Two Meows Cat Litter Catching Mat, Paw Shaped, Large, Soft on Paws, Gray

As Always, Stay Beautiful and Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this cat litter mat for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

CoffeeCrazy’s Organic & Fair Trade Colombian Roast – review

Mommy NEEDS coffee to function! My boyfriend is starting to learn that the only way to wake me up in a good mood is to make coffee! Even if I have to get up to get it myself, the pure scent of coffee can make everything better!

For the past couple of weeks, I have been drinking this amazing colombian roast by CoffeeCrazy, and I’m absolutely in love with it! This french roast is dark, smooth, and amazing! I love the fact that the beans come whole, because It makes for a much fuller, fresher-tasting brew, so I use my manual coffee grinder to grind just enough coffee for my sweetheart and I, and he brews it the next morning! 😀 I love this so much! It creates the perfect coffee aroma, and an amazing taste, which is great, because I prefer my coffee black! You have to go check it out, and buy yours here: CoffeeCrazy Premium USDA Organic, Fair Trade Colombian whole Bean Coffee (Whole Coffee Beans)

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this amazing Colombian Roast coffee for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

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