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Green Toad Paint System Review

Painting a room or house can sometimes be a very daunting task, not only can it take time, but you also have to deal with sore muscles, joints and maybe a headache as well, now you can at least take care of those sore muscles and joints by using the Green Toad Paint System. It’s really a wonderful product and I used it to paint a few rooms in my home recently.

The system is really very unique, you have one handle that interchanges with all of the brushes and roller. The brushes and rollers also pivot so that you can paint every surface of your home easily and without stress on your joints and muscles. After two days of use I still was feeling pretty good about my paint job and didn’t have the painters after effects that you normally get. Oh, by the way you can get rid of that headache if you switch to chemical free paint. What I really love is how easy the system is to use. It’s simple to put together, take apart and use. All you have to do it push and pull. The brushes themselves are wonderfully made and I didn’t find an issue with finding brush bristles in my paint.

What you get in the Green Toad Paint System

  • 2 Deluxe Contour Handles
  • 1.5″ Tapered Brush Head
  • 2.5″ Tapered Brush Head
  • 2″ Straight Brush Head
  • 3″ Straight Brush Head
  • 4″ & 6″ Roller with Cover
  • 9″ Roller with Deluxe Contour Handle

Another thing I love about this paint system is that everything is biodegradable. That means you can throw it away without feeling like you are harming the environment.

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3 Piece Egyptian Cotton Towel Set Review from #eluxurysupply

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When I got the chance to review these Egyptian Cotton Towels from E Luxury Supply I was excited. I have Egyptian Cotton sheets and I love them so much. I never thought about looking for Egyptian Cotton Towels, but now that I have them I really am very impressed.

I personally love the feel of Egyptian Cotton. I have dry skin and I have found that Egyptian Cotton does not aggravate it as much as some other fabrics do, this is really important for my sheets, but also a very nice extravagance for my towels.

I choose to get the turquoise towels, I have to say my only complaint is that they are more green then blue, but I still really like them and they still work with my décor very well. They are so soft and the bath towel is a great size for me. I’m a larger girl and sometimes towels are just very small, this one is not. Like most towels these did leave a few bits and pieces on my skin, but after a couple of washes that went away and they are still very soft.

Each towel also has a sewn in hook for easy hanging making life a bit easier if you have a small space or only have hooks in your bathroom. Overall I am very impressed with these towels and will be buying a few more to add to my collection. They would also make a great gift!

Perks of these towels

  • 100% Egyptian Cotton Two-Ply Terry Cloth Construction
  • 900 GSM (Grams Per Square Meter)
  • Super Absorbent & Vibrant Color
  • Machine Washable: Will Not Fade In Washing Machine
  • One bath towel (30" x 55"), One hand towel (20" x 30"), One wash cloth (13" x 13")
  • Color options:
    Black, Chocolate, Charcoal, Cream, Forest Green, Latte, Light Blue, Navy Blue, Plum, Purple, Red, Rust, Seafoam, Stone, Teal, Toast, Tea Rose, White

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Febreze Holiday Collection Review

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I was so excited to be chosen to review the new Febreze Holiday line. I love Febreze products and I love holiday scents so yes I was a very happy girl.

I received the Febreze NOTICEables warmer and a duel scent, Cranberry Frost and Apple Cider, along with a Scent and Refresher with apple cider scent. I also received a really cool scent stories book. My niece and nephew really enjoyed playing with it.

The Febreze NOTICEables warmer is amazing! We have a large open floor plan and it scented the whole thing, even though it’s plugged in on one side, not in the middle. I love walking into my home at both doors and I love that I only have to have one plug in to make my home smell amazing! It’s so easy to set too, there is just a small lever on the top and you set it to your preference. I have it turned up kind of high since we do have such a large room.

I really love the Scent and Refresh. I put it in our utility room where my cats litter box is and it’s so nice! I don’t smell cat anymore and it’s really much better to be in there when I need to be. I also love that this one I can set to what I need it. When I change the litter box I don’t need as much scent so I only take it to one click, but after a day or so I need one more. Even having scoopable litter, there still is a smell after a while even when I clean it daily!

You can get the following Holiday Scents

  • Winter Frost
  • Glistening Pine
  • Falling Leaves
  • Cranberry Cider
  • Sandalwood and Sooth
  • Apple and Spice
  • Fluffy Vanilla

What scent are you excited to try?

Disclosure: I received these products from Febreze because of my affiliation with SheSpeaks. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own unless otherwise stated.

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Lysol Healthy Touch No Touch Soap System Review and Giveaway

About the Lysol Healthy Touch System

LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System helps eliminate the millions of germs that your hands can pick up each day! It automatically senses hands and dispenses just the right amount of soap. Handwashing is one of the most important steps you and your children can take to help you stay healthy and with the LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System, you and your family will never have to touch a germy soap pump again.

Available in four great scents:

  • Refreshing Grapefruit Essence™ (Refill only)
  • Soothing Cucumber Splash™
  • Aloe Vera & Vitamin E with Moisturizers
  • Antibacterial Total Care

My Review

The Lysol Healthy Touch Soap System is a great tool for any home. I have mine in my kitchen so that when I’m cooking I can easily wash my hands without contaminating anything. It’s a time saver and it really is a great way to keep your kitchen clean when you cook. I have found I like the scent of the soap, mine came with anti-bacterial Aloe Vera & vitamin E.  The stainless steal look of the dispenser is also a great fit for most homes. If your not into stainless or maybe want to put this in a bathroom, you can also get the dispenser in white.

This is really a wonderful addition to any home and it’s so easy to set up and use. Just follow the directions on the back and your ready to go. It’s also great for kids who have a hard time pushing that soap dispenser spout down.

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Serta Perfect Sleeper Polyester Pillow Review

Recently I was able to review a few items from CSN stores. One of the products I choose was the Serta Perfect Sleeper Pillow set and I was very excited to try it out.

After a week of sleeping on the pillows my excitement had dimmed. They are great pillows and hold up well, but if you like thick pillows like I do you may want to try a different pillow. Within a week these pillows were flat and thin. I’ve fluffed them and moved them and done everything I could to get them fluffy again. Eventually because of a sore neck I ended up putting my old pillows back on with the new ones just to get some height back.  Once I did that the comfort level was better.

Even though the pillows do go flat, I do like the feel of the pillow. It’s still soft and I believe that if I got another set of the same pillow the height would be fine and I would be very happy with these pillows.

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Oneida Culinaria Dinnerware Review

When it comes to a great holiday table you want dishes that will help you show off as well as last thought the dinner. Many times people pull out the fine china and find that a few of their plates are broken by the end of the meal. That is why I was excited to check out the Oneida Culinaria Dinnerware.  It not only comes in a variety of colors but is very durable and has a 3-year chip warranty.  The dishes are beautiful and would complement any holiday table.

Another reason I would recommend this dinnerware is that it’s an Oneida brand and Oneida is known for their quality and customer service. Also when you buy tableware that is this durable you can use it year around and not worry about wear and tear on your plates.

My personal suggestion would be to mix and match the colors and create a beautiful and colorful table for the holidays or any day. The colors I would recommend would be the chili and A La Mode or the blue sage and A La Mode. Both would make a very festive table.

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Bridgewater Candles Review

During the holidays there is nothing like a good candle to create warmth, scent and make your home feel like a home. Recently I was asked to review Bridgewater Candles a very unique candle company with a great heart. Not only do you receive a wonderful scented candle when you order from them, but when you buy that candle you also help to feed a child for one day. It’s a great program and since you just have to buy a candle it’s easy to help a child in need.

The candles themselves are wonderful. They have a strong scent that carries throughout the room and are stylish jars that really do go with most home decor. You also can get reed diffuser oils and tea lights so your not limited to jars.

I received both a Cookie Jar and Frosted Berry scented candles and I love them both. The jars are really cute to and though they do have writing on them it’s only on one side so after you are done using them you could use them to store things like sugar, candy and more.

The other thing I love about these candles is that they are a soy blend candle, they burn cleaner then other candles and you can feel good about burning them in your home. Soy is also easier to clean out of the jar then other types of wax.

If you are interested in buying these candles they are currently offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more, candles do make great gifts!

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American Standard OutReach Lavatory Faucet Review

I received this product to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

I love finding fun new products to test out and this Out Reach lavatory faucet from American standard is really not only pretty, but useful as well. even if you don’t think you need one you find that you use the extension a lot more then you think. We put it in our main bath because my brother uses it to shave. Having the extension makes easy clean up of all that hair and keeps our bath clean for guest that may pop in.

Instillation is easy as long as you know how to install a faucet and it’s all assembled when you get it so there really is no assembly. I would really recommend this for anyone with small pets, or maybe someone who loves to do home hair cuts and needs the sink to wash hair. I also would recommend it for anyone with a disability as it makes washing hands easier, my nieces and nephew loved it!

What do you think about this type of faucet? Would you install one.

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ConAir Fabric Steamer Review

I received this product from linentablecloth.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sometimes you just need to get things clean feeling, wrinkle free and smelling better quickly. That is why I have a lot of good things to say about the ConAir Fabric Steamer. It was very easy to set up, use and put away. It also comes with everything you need to use it. I did enjoy using the cleaner as it was almost relaxing, I used it on my drapery and it really brought the color out and got rid of the wrinkles I didn’t want.

The downside to this system is that you do need to hook the hand device to a door using the included door hanger when you are heating it up. That makes it difficult to set near what you want to clean, unless the object is movable. Most of the time it would be used on clothing so it’s not a big issue. Another downside is that the tubing does heat up. I found it very hot to the touch so I would not recommend this around children, but it did cool quickly so once you are done using it you won’t have to worry about it.

Over all I’m really happy about the system and will be using it to help keep my home and clothing fresh and smelling good. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a fresh smelling home and wrinkle free look.

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Linen Napkins Review

I love nice simple things and the Linen Napkins I received from Linentablecloth.com are just that. They are elegant without being overstated and would be great for any wedding. I ordered a lot of napkins as I have many uses for them besides going on a table. I use them for displays when doing my home shows and I use them as additions to table clothes on smaller tables. I also would use ones with colors as accents to tables, and I may also place them under plants to draw the eye to that area.

One thing I love about these napkins is that they are very simple to clean and really are easy to handle and deal with. I got a cream color napkin because cream tends to work any time of the year. Also it’s a warmer color so it make a room feel warm,  inviting and elegant without the starkness of white. Do you use linen napkins, and if so how, just on your table or somewhere else?

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Linen Tablecloth Review

This product was provided by Linen Tablecloth. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

I was not sure what to think when I was asked to review this site and their products, but now that I’ve gotten them and used them I have to say I love what I’m seeing. As a hopeful newly graduated interior designer I look at quality, affordability and durability of a product. I received my chocolate linen tablecloth a little over a week ago. I immediately opened it up to see how it felt, how good the coloring was and if there were any defects. I didn’t find anything wrong with the product so I decided I would wash it and put it on my table to see how it held up. There was no fading shrinking or bleeding of the coloring and it looks amazing in the bedroom I put it in.

I love the rich color of the fabric along with the lightness of it. I have found that some linen products are very heavy and are actually difficult to carry around. I am actually thinking of using this table cloth in a side business I have where I need to display items. It would work perfectly and really does look professional and classy.

If your looking for a table cloth that will probably last a while and look amazing you should at least take a look at Linen Tablecloth. The site is very simple to use and easy on the eyes. It’s not a mis-match of things but has a great flow to it that takes you from one thing to another without making you think “why am I even here?” Another great reason to check linen table cloth out is that they have a large selection of wedding decor that is very inexpensive such as aisle runners and decorative cloth. Overall I had a great experience with them and would recommend them to anyone looking for these types of products. If you have used this company before please share your experience with us.

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At Home With Laurie Ann Book Review and Giveaway

Book Provided to me by the publisher to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own, unless other wise stated.

About the Book

Down-to-earth talent and easy-to-implement design style describes Laurie Ann McMillin Ray. After years of guiding a variety of clients through an assortment of decorating adventures, she shares her insider’s knowledge and inspiration cultivated along the route. The book gives insight into the art of the easy room makeover by combining color, fabric, and wallpaper with quality furnishings and flea market finds, and teaches how to transform a space from mediocre to wow with just a few small changes (illustrated in more than two hundred color photographs). The best part is that her advice is budget minded, and she gives tips for a thrifty transformation. Bottom line this book is not about conventional decorating dictated by someone else’s rules, but about bending the rules to reflect personality the reader’s.

About The Author

Laurie Ann McMillin Ray has been involved in the Southern California interior design community since the 1980s when she began decorating model homes for her father, well-known builder Corky McMillin. Since that time she has built a solid reputation as both an interior designer and the owner of several decorating stores. She is a self-taught, innovative go-getter who is known for her eclectic style.

Review

This book is really a very good beginners guide to home decorating. If you have no clue where to start you should pick up this book and use it. This book covers everything from selecting furniture to figuring out what style you really should have in your home. There are quizzes and tips to help you find a look that is right for you. Most of the images in the book are more of a country style though there is a really amazing section on holiday decorating and a section on the outdoor spaces you may be looking at right now as spring is here and we all want outside.

The book goes into detail about different types of interiors, eclectic, traditional and more. I love how they are described and since I do have an idea of what these are I decided to show a friend this book, one who has no clue, she loved it so much she ran out and bought it! She is always asking my advice and though she still does she at least has a better idea of what she likes, making my advice even more tailored to her needs.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who needs help with decorating. It’s very useful and should get even the most novice decorator started on there next home decorating project.

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Simplehuman Trash Can Review

This is a compensated review I received a product from Simplehuman to review and express my opinion on. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review one of the Simplehuman trash cans. I had never used their products before but was very interested in what they have to offer. They have many products for the home including recycle bins, shower accessories and kitchen organizers, just to name a few.

stainless steal trash canI expected to get a small trash can, what I got was one that I could use in our kitchen just fine if I wanted to. I put it in my bedroom as this is the place where our dog likes to try to get into our garbage the most. The one in our kitchen is under a cabinet so she can’t get to that. The waste bin did keep the dog out so that was good, but it also made my life a lot easier.

I do all of my school work in my bedroom so I can spread out and not be in anyone’s way. Being able to have a trash can that I could use without my hands was wonderful. All I had to do was push the button with my feet and then the lid on the bin closed on its own so I didn’t have to worry about it and I didn’t have to touch the can with my glue covered hands.

I also liked that the trash bag is held in place without having it show around the edge of the trash can, it looks much cleaner and make your room look more organized. I do love that the stainless steal finish is finger proof. I don’t have children, but I have two nieces and a nephew that visit a lot and they are always touching everything. Even they could not manage to get a print to stay on this finish!

I am so impressed with this product that I will be buying another smaller one that I will be able to use in my office.

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Home Security

Today while I was out my sister had an unexpected visitor and even though we live in a small town and most people are okay this person scared her and she was very uncomfortable. This experience made me start thinking about a home wireless security system and getting one for my mom as soon as we can. Soon it will only be her in this house and I would feel better knowing that there is a security system.

Home security systems are a very smart choice for any home and it can increase the value of your home and drop the insurance price. Something that everyone would love to see. If you get a package from protect America you can get a really great deal it’s FREE! Of course there is a small catch, but something you would have to pay for anyway, the subscription to the service. Thats only $35 a month and you can have piece of mind in and away from your home. The package I like the most is one that offers protection at 10 entry points, talking control panel, 3 window decals, plus more. If this interest you, you can check out their website or call 877-470-2751 (call now and get 2 free key chain remotes)

Keeping your carefully designed home safe is a must for any homeowner, why not save some cash while reaping all of the benefits.

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Get Dark And Warm With Your Curtians

As winter is approaching for many of us it seems that energy prices just want to keep going up the colder it gets. A few weeks ago I was asked to review a great product that may help you keep these energy cost down and may even help you sleep better. The product I am talking about is Eclipse Curtains and I have to say I am very impressed with them. They are thermal room darkening curtains that actually work. According to the site you can save up to 25% on your home heating, reduce noise up to 40% and get rid of 99% of light.

I have to say so far the claims bout noise and light is true, heating really has not effected us until this week so I am not sure about that, but with how well it blocks the light I’m sure it will block heat from escaping too. The best part about these curtains is that they are sold in stores you actually go to, you can buy them at Walmart, Sears, Lowes, Bed Bath and Beyond and JC Penny. The site also has some great design ideas if your not sure what you want to do with them. I put mine in my only bedroom window to test it out and I have to say I love it. It’s black so it does not match my decor, but it works so it will stay though winter and if I move i will incorporate the color into my interior design theme.

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Should You Call Empire Carpet Today?

I remember hearing the commercials for Empire carpet a few years ago and my little brother thought they were fun and repeated the number all of the time. Because of the catchy way they get consumers attention I know a few people who have used them for their carpet installation and were very happy with the results. The company has been around for over 45 years, they are based in Northlake Illinois but today are in over 50 metropolitan areas including some places in Canada. In 2007 they were named the #1 specialty flooring retailer and were in the nations top 200 brand names, beating out well known names like office max, hallmark and H&R Block.

A fun feature of this company is the Empire Man. This live action character was introduced in 1977 but eventually was turned into the animated character you see today. It is now seen internationally and even is now a bobble head doll. Usually this character appears about the same time as the Famous jingle sounds. The “Eight-hundred five eight eight, two three-hundred, Em-pire!” is the one that caught the ears of many people in my area and I’m sure helped them with sales.

If you have seen the commercials for them, like the one above, you may think they only sell carpet, well they actually sell much more then that. They also have Hardwood Flooring including many types of specialty hardwood floors, ceramic tile, and they even have window treatments and bath and shower liners. Really they have almost everything you need for a good home improvement project. Empire Today is also known for their in home calls, they offer free in home estimates and even bring samples to you. They offer next day instillation for any in stock carpet and so far they have delivered everyone that I have talked to has gotten their carpet installed the next day and very quickly. Overall they have been very happy with the quality of their carpet.

This is a great company to look at for your flooring and other home improvement needs. They are very helpful and have great deals all the time. Right now they have a 60% off selected styles event. How long this is available depends on the product you are looking at so make sure to check out the site carefully.

Empire Today is a wonderful company and one that I would recommend to people I know, future clients I may have and anyone else who is looking for flooring. They do care about their customers and the quality of their product. A great trait for any company to have.

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Head Into The Future And Be Creative

Do love the futuristic look of those 70’s TV shows and movies or are you a huge Austin Powers fan? Well if you are I have a great solution for your home that will bring it into the 21st century yet still keep some of that same style. I introduce to you the Ball Chair.

This chair looks very comfortable and is fun to use a look at. The best part is you can custom design your own chair. If you head over to inmod.com you can find a few things you can customize but today I’m talking about this great ball chair that is also a great gift for any soon to be collage student. Some of the options you have for this chair are color of both the inside and outside meaning they can customize it to match collage colors if they are into that. There is also an optional ottoman and an mp3 package that will put your music right into the chair. This item of course is not cheep, but it’s still pretty cool, lets just say that you can get them a laptop bed and TV for less, but if you have the funds and want to splurge on them do so. Of course you can always just get one for yourself or you can use this coupon code and get 50% off your order of $500 or more: modern50

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Discover Beauty With Tile

Good design is not just about the furniture or the colors, but the added extras like tile that can make a room seem special or unique. Most people are familiar with Backsplash tile in a kitchen or bathroom, but did you know that you can do so much more with tile.

One way I love to see tile used is by making Tile murals, these can be put almost anywhere. You can have them in a shower area, along a wall in your garden or in your kitchen or entry way. Tile murals add style and can help to create a focal point in a room that may not have one. If your looking for a place to get backsplash tile or tile for a mural you should really check out Jerusalempottery.com. They are a family owned studio and have been in operation in Jerusalem since 1922. All of the tiles are hand panted which makes them very unique. As you can see from the picture to the left these tiles can create some amazing pictures.

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Heat Your Home with Radiant Glass

Many people right now are trying to find ways to save energy and still keep their homes warm and livable. I have a great new product for you to try called Radiant glass. This glass is made in Colorado by a company called Radiant Glass industries. The product is called Power*e Glass and it is very easy to use and install.

The glass uses a save low voltage current that would be the equivalent of running 2 light bulbs. The current heats the window and allows that heat into your home. Many people who have used it claim that there heaters hardly ever run after adding just a few of these windows. This is a great product for anyone who has a lot of windows in their home. I would recommend having a separate thermostat installed for any interior rooms that have no windows though. These windows will also help keep your home cool in the summer by blocking the heat from outside.

Besides helping with energy cost these windows also will stop condensation and fogging of windows. That way you will always have a clear view outside. This type of window would work well in a bathroom where you may use a shower or tub that could cause fogging and block a view.

Power*e windows can be made any way you would like. They work in most types of frames and can even be tinted. Check out this new unique product and see if if will work for you.

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Cheep Energy and you

Yesterday I talked about cheep electricity and making money from this cheep energy on one of my other blogs. I wanted to share with you how you can benefit as a homeowner from this type of program. The program is run by stream energy they work with different energy companies to get you the best rate possible. They are regulated by the department of energy and they offer a month by month program where you can leave at anytime. I like this part of the deal as you know there is nothing to lose and you can try it out without the worry of a contract.

Another program they offer that works with the cheep energy program is a green and clean plan that will give you energy from renewable sources. In this way you can help keep the environment clean and have energy for your home. I hope to see more programs like this from other companies soon.

I believe this is a great way to  get cheap electricity and to help you save money that can be used for other things, like bills, additions and new furniture or energy saving appliances. If you can get these appliances and use the renewable energy that stream energy provides just think of how much you are doing to help save our earth and save yourself some money.

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