Monday, September 22, 2014

Wild Tree Design Review and the Perfect Fall Giveaway!

Sara at the etsy shop Wild Tree Design recently provided us with a cute pair of wool slippers and a wonderful-smelling candle to review. Sara was gracious to allow us to choose which slippers and candle we would like to review. Here were my choices:

Peach and Mango Soy Candle

I like the cute look of the candle- the logo on the front, the brown cardboard cap, and the cute jar.

Of course, this wasn't the only scent to catch my attention. Wild Tree Design offers more delicious-sounding scents, like Rose Bouquet, Sage and Lemongrass, and Lilac.

The Peach and Mango candle smells really good! It offers a fresh and fruity scent.

Army Green Felted Wool Slippers

The slippers are soft and warm. They are very comfortable. I didn't want to take them off! They will certainly come in handy this winter! The soles of the slippers are quite cushiony. If I could improve one thing about them, it'd be the fit. They were a bit tight and could've been a bit more roomy in my opinion.

Wild Tree Design is a very professional business and the products are very quality. Definitely check them out!

Now on to the perfect fall giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win your own candle and pair of slippers! Who doesn't like to have a candle burning on a cool fall day while wearing a comfy pair of slippers?

Note: In order to be entered to win, you must like Wild Tree Design's Facebook page.

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Reviewed by Becca. :)

Disclosure: Although we were provided with the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

GoVida Foods Review and Giveaway

GoVida recently sent us some of their freeze dried fruit to try out and review - and I was excited to do just that. Their products are a great, convenient way to get fruit into your diet.

Banana and Raspberries - the bananas reminded me a bit of marshmallows - like the marshmallows in marshmallow cereal. the raspberries had true raspberry flavor, but I missed the juiciness that the berries bring.

Grapes and Pineapple - the pineapple, I was surprised to find, has a texture that is similar to fresh pineapple. The grapes tasted like a mix between fresh grapes and raisins.

Dragon Fruit and Dulce de Leche - the dragon fruit pieces... I was not a fan of. I know, though, that every not everyone loves every fruit. The dulce de leche pieces were yummy - caramelly and delicious.

Apple and Maqui Berry Powder - this is really tasty. The apples have a nice texture and I love the fact that they have the peels on them still (or, at least that's the way they seemed...). There was so much in the bag for only containing 50 calories.

Lychee - I was a little nervous to try this, as lychee is always something that they use to stump the contestants on cooking shows - it's something that seems to have a bad rep. The taste, though, was fruity and fine enough to me. The texture was very airy and light.

Strawberry and Dulce de Leche - The strawberry pieces are full of flavor - and my three year old niece loved them. The dulce de leche was tasty and good.

I enjoyed trying some new fruits as I tasted these products, and I love the nutrition that they offer. All of the varieties are gluten free, high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and don't contain any added sugar. My personal favorite is the Grapes and Pineapple variety.

Thank you, GoVida for giving us this opportunity! 

Now on to your chance to enter to win a prize pack from GoVida! Just enter the rafflecopter below.

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Reviewed by Emily

Disclosure: Although we were provided with the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Snazzy Living Etsy Shop Review

Snazzy Living recently allowed us to choose one of the pillows from their Etsy shop for us to receive and review.

The shop is full of fun pillows with bold colors, and it was hard to choose just one. Some of the pillow designs that we liked and didn't pick are featured below.

Lime Green Dorm Decor Monogrammed Pillows 16 inches Alphabet Pillow- letter cushions

House Number Pillow -White and Black Outdoor Pillow Cotton Monogrammed 16 inches

Personalized throw pillows-Orange alphabet monogrammed pillow custom Made-14 inch big letter pillows

The pillow cover that we ended up deciding on is made of a beautiful yellow material. Faced with the option to customize the cover, we decided to add the first letter from our last name - and we decided to do this in gray.

The pillow cover is gorgeous. It is bold and bright, and the perfect addition to our living room.
The cover is made of  quality material - and the embroidery is well done.

One thing that I really liked about this pillow cover compared to some others out there is the fact that it zips closed - so easy to do.

It is crazy what a pillow cover can do to a room. Have boring pillows in your home? Cover them up with something colorful and bright!

Thank you for the pillow cover, Snazzy Living!

Reviewed by Emily

Disclosure: Snazzy Living provided us with the product to review; however, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Willow Tree Minerals Product Review

Willow Tree Minerals recently sent a few of their makeup items to try out and review. Their Etsy shop features a variety of natural products - including makeup and body care items.

In addition to the items that I received, some of the products in the shop that I think are really cool include the following:

Their lip glosses that come in a variety of flavors - your pick!

All Natural Lip Gloss - 19 Flavors

Their safe and natural nail polishes - especially the Licorice Whip variety:

Licorice Whip - Natural Non-Toxic Nail Polish

And all of their natural foundation products!

The products in this shop all seem to be reasonably priced, which I think is really cool when it comes to natural makeup. I love shopping through Etsy so that I can support real individuals, too.

I asked for the chance to review the Roasted Coffee Eye Liner, and it was sent to me along with two eye shadow samples.

The eyeshadow is shiny and sparkly and fun. And it lasted all day after I had applied it to my lids.

The eyeliner was easy to apply, and it gave a light lining to my eyes that I actually really liked. This stayed in place throughout the day, too. I was really happy with the way that it looked and the way that it is packaged - just like a commercial eyeliner.

Overall, the products were high quality and natural. I am happy with my experience with this shop. Thank you, Willow Tree Minerals!

Disclosure: Although we were provided with the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What $15.77 Can Buy You (alt. titled 'Why We Love Thrifting')

We got all of this for just $15.77. Seriously.

And all in our hometown, too. 
Between two sales going on, one at a consignment shop that is going out, and the other at a thrift store, we were able to nab some pretty sweet deals. 

And the best part? The racks had pretty good brands on them!
These shirts, on a 50% off sale at our local thrift store were all less than $.50 each, and the Silver Jeans under $2.00! 

Lauren Conrad sweater. 

American Eagle top.

Maurices top, Silver Jeans. This whole outfit cost less than $2.00.

Just look at these awesome receipts! 

Over the past year or so, my sisters and I have really gotten into thrift shopping. We love shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops for their everyday great prices on - oftentimes - name brand or designer clothing... and even more so when we can get amazing deals like these! 
Always remember to keep your eyes open for sales going on at your local thrift stores. You never know just what you might find hidden on the racks.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Barney Butter Product Review

The company Barney Butter recently provided us with a variety of packets of their almond butter to review. Below are a couple of them that we tried.

Vanilla Bean and Espresso has good coffee flavor that was interesting and unique in a nut butter. It was a great addition to a rice cake.

Honey and Flax was good. The honey in it added just the right amount of sweetness. Makes it good to add to a smoothie or have in a sandwich or even use as a dip.

The packets are really handy to use on-the-go. They worked really well when we had a picnic lunch!

Barney Butter's products are gluten free and nonGMO. They don't contain trans fats or hydrogenated oils. Check out all of the healthy varieties they offer here

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Love's Fortune Book Review

Revell recently provided me with the book Love's Fortune, by Laura Frantz, to review.

Cover Art

Set in the early 1800's, Love's Fortune tells of Rowena, "Wren," as she goes from living in countryside of Kentucky to living in rich society.

It is easy to come to know the characters and feel for them as the story progresses. They seem very real and you can feel for them amidst their joys and pains and struggles.

I must admit though, the story took until about halfway through in order to pick up. Before that, it seemed quite bland. It seems much of the first half could have been cut out, or at least condensed, without hurting the story.

After halfway through though, Love's Fortune flowed interestingly, smoothly, and rather quickly. There was even some adventure and some surprising twists, which I enjoyed.

One last thing I would have enjoyed more is the ending a bit more drawn-out. It happened a bit too abruptly to truly enjoy all that the characters had to go through in order to get there.

Overall, if you enjoy historical fiction, I would suggest giving Love's Fortune a read.

You can hear more about the book, including the designing of the book's cover, in the short clip below.

Disclosure: Although I was provided with the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.