Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Reviews from AMAZON (to keep in case of the dreaded "wiping")

This review is from: Bread slicer Yummy Sam® Foldable and Adjustable Bread Toast Slicer Bagel Slicer Loaf Sandwich Bread Slicer Toast Slice Cutter Mold with 4 Slice Thicknesses (white)-Big Discount 15-20% Money Off
5***** Great product, nice and sturdy and easy to use. I was able to put this product together easily. Holds bread perfectly and makes it easy to slice homemade or bakery bread. I enjoyed testing this product. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

This review is from: Hydration Running Belt, Water-Resistant Sports Waist Pack with Enlarged Bottle Holder(220-380ML), Reflective Running Smartphone Waist Bag Fits for iphone 6s / 6 Plus, Galaxy S7/S6/S5 and More (Misc.)
5***** awesome belt, works well for keeping my cell phone and a bottle of water secure while running on my treadmill at the gym. Im happy Its made from a breathable material and the belt is adjustable. As i lose weight i can adjust my belt to fit perfectly. The reflective strips work very well so It can safely be worn at night. i havent run with it at night but i did test it outside at night to see how the reflective material worked and im happy with the results. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review.

This review is from: Sterling Silver White and Blue Diamond Accent Fashion Earrings (Jewelry)
5***** super cute, i love these earrings. i wore them for the weekend and had no problems with sensitivity, probably because they are good quality metal. the backs stayed on securely and they sparkled and just enough to compliment my outfit. :) These were a great buy and would make a nice gift for a special someone in your life.

This review is from: Super Vitamin C Serum - Best Collagen Anti Aging Skincare for Face and Eyes - EGF + Marine Kelp + Hyaluronic Acid (Misc.)
5***** I have tried the Super Vitamin C Serum for 21 days, starting on June 20th and ending with my last useage today this morning. I have noticed the following changes. my skin feels firmer and softer. i noticed small lines near the top of my upper lip that had just started to form have now disappeared. I have noticed less blochiness and redness near my nose. I have also noticed a glow that wasn't there before. I have used this product twice a day with just my cetaphil cleanser which is very mild and gentle. I stopped using any abrasive facial cleansers so i didn't irritate my skin. i only had a slight burning sensation the first day, which prompted me to use a gentler cleanser. I took photos on the first day and day 21! I noticed a difference, and my husband has too. He wants to use the remainder of the bottle. Im not sure i can part with it lol. Works awesome and I plan to get more to keep the results up! I tried this for a discounted price in order to try and review it honestly!

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This review is from: LOUISE MAELYS Waterproof Travel Bags Clear Cosmetic Bag PVC Toiletry Case Organizer (Misc.)
5***** I love clear bags where I can look in and find what I am trying to find. This bag is not only roomy, but well made and see through!!! No longer will I dig around for my chapstick or mascara in a sea of makeup. Now I locate what I am looking for easily. And unlike other bags, this one is well made and I feel like it will be my staple makeup bag for a long time. I love the pink detail around the sides of the bag too. It add just the right amount of color to this bag. The bottom of the bag folds out to make even more room! This bag can be jammed full and closed easily! I just took this bag on a long trip full of makeup and it worked exactly as it should. It protected my makeup from spilling all over and protected my other belongings in my suitcase. I want to get more of these bags for my family and friends as well. Top features are roomy, see through and well made. I received this item at a discount in exchange for my HONEST review. I HONESTLY have been searching for a bag this nice for a while, and Im sure I've found it now!

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This review is from: 3D VR Glasses,Sarlar™ 3d vr virtual reality headset Movie Game For IOS, Android ,Microsoft& PC phones Series within 4.0-6.5inches (Electronics)
5***** These glasses bring the thrill of 3D game to you in a comfortable, durable headpiece. I received these glasses to review, and when I opened the box I was a little taken aback! They look so futuristic! It took me just a few seconds to figure out how to put them on and download a 3D game on my samsung galaxy s6. placed my phone inside between the layers (there are holes to see each side of the phone screen, pretty cool!) my phone has played many games so far in this without damage, which was my top worry. My phone was snug and secure though, and my kids even walked around with this headset on. the strap are adjustable. theres also a little slide switch for adults or children which does make a slight difference in viewing games. It came with a plastic insert but I didnt know what to do with it. I just used my headset without it and didn't notice anything wrong. We tried a rollercoaster game, a racing game and a simulator game. All were awesome and so much cooler in 3D! There are a lot of free games out ther to download as well!!!! I am getting a few of these to give as gifts to friends!

This review is from: 4 Pack Washable Bandana Style Baby Bibs Gift Set, 100% Organic Cotton, Modern Patterns,Perfect for Drooling and Teething, One Size Fits All for Newborns or Toddlers (Baby Product)
5***** these are super cute and of great quality. when they arrived I was very surprised to see the quality at which these were made! They are of great organic cotton! They have 2 buttons for slightly different sized babies which is nice! I loved the uniqueness of the patterns and that they are mostly gender neutral. I noticed no tattered seams or observable flaws in these bibs! they washed very well too! I washed them by theirselves with baby shampoo. I will be using these for my grandkids and will look to the brand for baby shower gifts in the future!

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This review is from: GE Grounded Adapter-Spaced Six-Outlet Tap (Tools & Home Improvement)
5***** This actually screws into the wall so it becomes very secure. We put one of these in each of my childrens rooms to give them more plugs, since their rooms only had one set of 2 outlets! :( This gives them 6 which is plenty for their needs. So far we have not had any issues with these, and beause they are set up with 2 on each side its easy to plug in bulky transformers and such without taking up too much room. I may be buying more of these soon for my downstairs! Great product!

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This review is from: Jetpack Joyride (App)
5***** Jetpack joyride has become one of my favorite games! I love these types of games to unwind and this one doesn't disappoint! You have to collect coins using the up and down keys without running into any enemies along your path. Avoid them with another simple up or down, or shoot them with your attached weapon. Easy to get to the end and you are measured by how many meters (m) you travel.

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This review is from: SUPER STRONG - MagBand Black Magnetic Wristbands - Magnets Surround Almost Entire Wrist! DIY Magnetic wristband For Men/Women, The Magnet Wristband is Super Strong! (Misc.)
5***** Wow are the magnets on this thing strong! I bought this for my hubbys birthday which is still a few days away. I wanted to test this out to him before I gave it to him to make sure it was going to meet his needs and be of good quality. I don't know anyone that likes a cheap crappy gift, so I wanted to test before giving to him. I put it on an put a fairly large sized drill bit on it first. It held well. I started adding drywall screws and finish nails to it to see how much it would hold and im confident it's capable of holding enough metal for any household job. I really think my husband will enjoy this present and I want to get a few more for the guys on his crew for the holidays! Not a bad purchase for the money in my opinion.

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This review is from: iPod Touch 5 Case,iPod Touch 6 Case,ULAK 3in1 Anti Slip iPod Touch 5 Case Hybrid with Soft Flexible Inner Silicone Skin Protective Case Cover for Apple iPod Touch 5 6th Generation (Wave Pattern/Blue) (Electronics)
5***** I have purchased several cases from this company and they have all been of excellent quality and function. The design is never flawed, the silicone fits perfectly around my daughters' ipods and protects them from drops and breaks. I actually hate to admit this, but i threw my daughters ipod when I was mad and the entire ipod was saved, and the case only had one crack in it. I am grateful it wasn't broken, but I think its mostly in part to the screen protector and this case. We have backups in a drawer in case someone takes their case off and loses it I put another on right away.

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This review is from: Sedmart Tree of life pendant Amethyst Rose Crystal Necklace Gemstone Chakra Jewelry Mothers Day Gifts (Jewelry)
5***** This was a gift for a friend of mine. Its symbolic meaning is all about growing, as a tree grows in both its branches and its roots. I gifted it as she was making changes in her life and growing as a person. I think it's unique that it can be made with any color birthstone. I chose hers which is a pretty aquamarine blue. She says it's a beautiful necklace and it's already been worn! If she sends me a photo, I will edit this post to include it. :)

This review is from: Intey Wireless Doorbell Home House Cordless Portable Kit Push Button and Receiver( No Batteries Required for Receiver) 1000-feet Long Range Over 50 Chimes
5***** I am replacing all my doorbells with these ones. I bought a similar setup a few years ago that worked okay, but stopped working and became expensive to replace. I shopped around and discovered a bunch of these newer, more modern looking designs on Amazon. This particular one comes with one doorbell and one receiver that plugs into an electrical outlet. It has a very slick design with a blue rounded corner square both the design itself and an led light. I love that it lights up when chiming, and also to let the guest know the button was pressed properly. That is definitely something I haven't seen on other brands of doorbells. This doorbell is a good volume that I can hear it on the entire floor where it is plugged in. I do need to purchase a few more receivers to have one on each floor. I think 1000 ft range is awesome, as is the fact it has 50 chimes! Some are people talking (hello, answer your door!) and others like Christmas carols (Jingle Bells is one) and Fur Elise and police sirens. Something for everyone! I think this doorbell is excellent value for the money. Literally plug and play with this device. Includes the sticky two sided tape to mount the doorbell button. Plug in the receiver and test (make sure to take out the little plastic battery tab on the doorbell button!) The first time we pressed the button, it worked!

This review is from: Strong Suction Wall Mount Bathroom Soap Holder Dish Tray Basket Stainless Steel by Freehawk
5***** works awesome! I love how strong the suction is, it has been in place since Saturday without falling once! I have put full bottles of shampoo on this as well as smaller items and all have been supported by this handy little shelf. I actually didn't have any bar soap to test this on (we use liquid body wash) but I put a deck of cards on it and it fits well and holds the cards no problem. I love the finish on this item, it is shiny and very high end looking. I am interested in learning if they sell other products, as I think a collection of products in my bathroom would definitely upgrade the look. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Reviewing Products on Amazon

Hey everyone! I'm back, busy as can be, but finally have a few minutes to reach out to you all and let you know what's been up in the Deck household.

Since I wrote last, we've had at least 2 birthdays, Natty turned 10 and Jerry turned 45! For Jerrys birthday, we took a trip to Camden, NJ to see a country concert! It was a lot of fun despite hearing about high crime in that area. We paid someone to park although the girls who parked in front of us didn't and didn't get towed or ticketed!!!!! Anyway, the 4 girls who parked in front of us were so nice! They offered Jer and I beers and shots, quite a reception Camden! Hey girls if you are reading this ya'll were so nice! Thanks again! Anyhow, the concert, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Kane Brown and The Cadillac Three played and we danced and sang our butts off! Despite all the traveling (which we never handle all that well!!!) we had an AMAZING time!!!

We also went to the 100th running of INDY. Not sure if I posted about that yet. Yeah, we have been super busy with school out and trying to pack it all in this summer. We still have a lot planned!!!! We have 2 kids interested in going to a NASCAR race, so we are tossing around the idea of going to POCONO raceway July 31st. I'll letcha know how that goes!

Ok, so my blog post title is about Amazon, yet I've said nothing about it, until NOW! I fell into the Amazon reviewer rabbit hole after seeing some friends online enjoying doing it in their free time. I thought, sure, I can do that too! I had just took the plunge and became an Amazon prime member with part of our tax return back in February. I've been an Amazon customer since forever (2010 I think?) but I've never put much thought into the reviewer ranking or how to get products to review. I've just reviewed products I had bought over the years. My ranking was 41Mil when I started. Now I am at about 2.7 mil which is better. #1 is the best of course. I checked out her reviews. Man, does she get good stuff to review. I do too, so I don't complain, just strive to give good, honest reviews about products. I try to wait 10 days but sometimes I review in 7 if asked. Anyway, in the last 30 days I've ordered made more than 66 amazon orders. My mailman has been dropping off multiple packages daily. They range in catagories from baby products to adult products and everything in between. I've been spending lots of time lately posting reviews, some with pictures, some with videos and some without any. I have had good products so far, with only one product getting a 4 star rating. Most other products are great value for the money. I am looking forward to sharing more about my reviewing adventures soon!

Well, free times up! Kids are home, and I've got to get back to momming!! :) talk to you all again soon!!!!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer is coming! Back to blogging!

Helloooo everyone! I'm back in the saddle again! I've been super busy (but who isn't!?!?!) and blogging took a back burner for a minute. I'd like to officially announce my return to blogging. I decided I needed to jump in two feet first and see what happens. More content. NASCAR. Puppies!!! Recipes and cooking hints I've been learning along the way, and definitely parenting! I've learned alot raising my 4 awesome girls with my husband. We've learned to pick our battles and enjoy the good times we have because we know they eventually grow up and become busy adults just like we did!

Speaking of growing up......our youngest graduates Kindergarten! Yup!!!!! K's outta and going to be a 1st grader in Sept! And our oldest is going to middle school then. Outta 6th grade with L! And our two middles are going into 5th grade! N&N are to have separate classrooms again next year, as we think that gives them some needed time to be individuals. My sweet little non-twins must have some space from each other every now and again.

My husband and I went to INDY in Indiana this past May, and I can't wait to share some photos and memories about that!

I want to make a post about my pups, Penny and Cash! They are my cutie furbabies! A CHI and a SHI-CHI. :)

My sister is engaged! And my younger brother too! So that means my favorite thing in the whole wide world! WEDDINGS! I didn't realize I would enjoy watching other couples' weddings but it's truly beautiful watching others profess their love to each other and then a HUGE family celebration! I love love love weddings and my family!

Oh, I've also developed, or fine tuned maybe, another hobby! Makeup!! I've discovered palates and color correcting and skin treatments! Back in February I subscribed to a bunch of beauty sub boxes with some our tax return money and I had so much fun trying a bunch of new stuff. Then I discovered Ulta. And more makeup sites! Stay tuned!!!

Reviews are another niche I have really been enjoying lately! I will occasionally post my faves here too.

So yaaaa travel, NASCAR, parenting girls, makeup! It's all gonna be here! The posts are real and they are gonna be fantastic! I hope you will join me! (or us...)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Purely Inspired Protein Powder for great smoothies!

Spring is finally here! The air is warmer, the sun is shining and best of all, the snow has melted! That means I can continue my weight loss routine outside! Walking is one of the easiest ways for me to get cardio exercise, and it's also free! I try to walk 30 minutes, rest and walk 30 back.

While I'm resting, I like to have a little healthy snack or drink. I usually pack frozen grapes or homemade granola. It gives me a healthy boost and my 30 minutes home has the same stamina as the first 30 minutes!

I was contacted through one of my favorite review sites to give Purely Inspired protein mixes a try! They were very generous in sending me some Chocolate and Vanilla protein mixes!  I must say, I was excited to learn PURELY INSPIRED is backed by one of my very favorite NASCAR drivers, Danica Patrick! Check it out!  She said “This is the best tasting plant-based protein I’ve ever tasted.”  My daughter Leah especially loves to root her on during races!

Anywho, I looked into the company and products to see what I was getting myself into, and I was pleasantly surprised!!

  1. Purely Inspired is 100% plant based! That means it's also Dairy, Soy and Gluten free! Sutiable for anyone on a vegetarian or vegan diet!
  2. FREE FROM artificial dyes, flavors and sweeteners! Also doesn't contain aspartame, lactose or cholesterol. 
  3. One serving of Purely Inspired packs more of the antioxidant vitamin C than you'd find in a serving of apples, broccoli, oranges, spinach, and blueberries combined!
  4. 20 vitamins and minerals!
  5. Contains Omega-3 (from flaxseed!) and digestive enzymes!

The protein powder comes in 3 delicious flavors, so delicious they have won a Gold Medal for superior taste compared to other plant proteins from The American Masters of Taste! How awesome is that??!!

When made into a tasty shake, these bad boys pack 16g of plant-based protein, at least 6g of fiber and no more than 2.5g of fat per serving! That's pretty perfect for someone like me!

I tried whipping up my traditional "smoothie" recipe using vanilla. Greek yogurt (blueberry) and a variety of fruits. Strawberries, bananas and silk vanilla soy milk was used. I really enjoyed this first shake, however the vanilla was very strong! I added some honey to the next batch and it balanced it right out!

As for the chocolate protein mix, I went with a bit of a different approach. Since Purely Inspired shakes are safe for kids, I thought I would make my girls a yummy chocolate peanut butter shake! Let me just say, they were very well received and I ended up making another batch right away! I used vanilla soy milk, peanut butter and bananas along with my scoop of chocolate protein powder. Yum!

Since the kids wanted to try the vanilla variety, and I was thinking the potency of the shake might make them less likely to try my future concoctions, I made vanilla pancakes! I added a scoop of protein powder to pancake mix and added additional water to make it "batter" I also used colored sprinkles! The result was fluffy, vanilla, protein pancakes! :) My kids wondered why they tasted so great so I informed them they were finally trying the vanilla protein powder! :) It was a fun morning!

I highly suggest giving Purely Inspired a try if you're seeking the greatest in protein powders! Only one scoop per shake, and it's recommended to drink 1-2 per day, before, or after working out. Or whenever you'd like one!

 I like my shakes first thing in the morning, as it gives me a boost of energy without having to rely on caffeine.

When do you like to drink protein shakes? Leave me a comment in the section below! Thanks for reading!

Check out Purely Inspired at the links below for even more infomation!

I received product free in return for my honest review. I only review products I think would be beneficial to my readers and myself.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

InstaNatural Anti-Aging Products

Now that I have hit age 30, I've been more and more concerned with how my face is aging. My mom, who is 46 still barely has any wrinkles. I hope I am fortunate to age as gracefully as my mother.
However, every person is different and ages differently. I received an arsenal of anti-aging products intended for my face, neck, and also some specifically for my eye areas. Overall, I had really great results with my Insta Natural products, so now I'd love to share them with you! I hope you will give them a try and see the amazing results you can have by using their products!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Enter to win in the Lush Decor Giveaway!!!!

Christmas is over and I am still recovering from all the shopping, cooking, and festivities.  Most of my shopping was done on Black Friday at my favorite retailers.  The crowds were insane, and at some points I felt that maybe I should have shopped more online.  A lot of what I was purchasing for my household were towels, sheets, and household goods, that I was putting off on buying until I could find a good deal on.  After Christmas, I hit the clearance sales, hoping to find more deals that were going for 75% off on seasonal things.  Unfortunately, by the time that I made it to the store, the things that I would buy are already gone.  I love to browse but sometimes shopping is not convenient for me, because I am rather busy with children and when I do have downtime everything is closed. Therefore, I spend a lot of time browsing on the internet for things that I would need for my house.

Recently, I came across a site that offers home decor.  If you are a fan of online retailers like Wayfair you definitely should check out out what they have to offer.  Lush Decor has a wide selection of window treatments, shower curtains, bedding, and living room soft treatments.  I was really surprised at how nice the items were.  I am a huge fan of HGTV and I found that their items had more of a high end look.  I think that you can really decorate your entire house with what they offer.

One of the items that I really love is the Lori Bamboo throw.  If you have ever owned bamboo sheets, you would know that bamboo is quite luxurious and soft to the touch.  Valentines Day is coming up
fast and now I am looking for something romantic for the hubby and I for our annual V-Day night-in date and so I think that this would be perfect for cuddling up with my sweetheart while watching a movie, after our romantic dinner.

There are so many items that are perfect for Valentines Day and any other occasions.  You might find yourself browsing for hours, and just admiring variety of fabrics and  rich colors that they have to offer.   So if you are looking for a great deal, Lush is running a huge sale. Right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of fifty dollars or more.  Also, if you sign up for their email subscription or follow their facebook page you can get an additional ten dollars of your purchase. So look around there are a lot of items on sale.  It almost feels like you are shopping at a high end retailer on a smaller budget. So look around and find a gift for that special-someone. I have all my birthdays from March to August so I will definitely be taking a look for some great birthday presents!!

Giveaway time: Lush Decor is giving one of my readers a one-time use gift certificate for a purchase of up to $200 dollars.  What is great about their site is that you can check out with your Amazon.com credentials.  They are fully integrated for a quick and safe checkout.  

Mandatory: go to Lush Decor and tell me one item that you are absolutely in-love with and come back here to leave a comment. The rest of the entries are optional but I highly recommend that you enter as many of the other entries to maximize your potential to win.  This giveaway is ends on 2/1. Thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers who are hosting this giveaway: 

Good luck Readers 

I  have given an honest review in exchange for an item of choice.  However, all opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.  Please note that the sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and the participating bloggers are only responsible for hosting this giveaway.