DIY Poo Pourri

Let’s face it, most people do not want to talk about bathroom activities. What goes on in and around the porcelain throne is not usually a topic of discussion. I’m not the shy type, so when I saw the video advertisement for Poo Pourri I was all in! However, more often than not when I see articles or blog posts about Poo Pourri the person writing it says something like “I bought this as a gag gift”. Not me, when I saw this product advertised, I was all for what it was promising to do and bought it right away.

About ten days and twenty-two dollars later my order arrived in the mail. My family and I tried it and we have been fans ever since… well,  fans of the product because it works, and it works well. We just weren’t big fans of the price tag and shipping costs. A four oz bottle will set you back around ten dollars and even if you find it in a discount store five bucks is as cheap as I’ve ever found the four oz size, though it’s usually around eight dollars.

I don’t mind paying good money for something that works – but for a household that has five people in it on a regular basis on top of entertaining often, keeping both bathrooms stocked with this spray proved to be costly.

With saving money in mind, I turned to the wonder known as the interwebs and researched  how to make my own.

The recipe ended up being more simple than I thought it would be. I had all of the ingredients right down to the distilled water on hand!

Here’s the recipe I used:

Step 1 – 2 Teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin or Dish Soap.
Step 2 – 2 Teaspoons of Rubbing Alcohol.
Step 3 – 20-30 Drops of a Fragrant Essential Oil. (I used lavender oil)
Step 4 – Fill the remainder of the 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water. (I used an empty Poo Pourri bottle I had under the sink)

After that, it was simply a matter of shaking it up and spraying. That was it.

I was honestly impressed with just how close it was to what I had been buying for a mere fraction of the cost. The results were 8.5 out of 10 – This recipe took a few more sprays for the same effect and still wasn’t quite as strong, yet for a cost difference of about twenty-five cents per bottle for this homemade version versus at least five dollars – if not ten dollars a bottle for the name brand, I’m sold.

Have any of you made a DIY version of something that worked out well (or not lol)? If you’ve blogged about it please leave a link to it in the comments, I’d love to try it!

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Online Shopping – The New Frontier

I’ve loved online shopping since day one. From the first time I put a few items in a digital cart, plugged in my information and had it show up hassle free on my doorstep, I was hooked. It was the perfect thing for a busy 20-something with way too many irons in the fire who was trying her level best to milk 36 hours out of the 24 allotted for each day. You can shop at your leisure, minus the crowd and at any time it suits your whims and wiles. Are you awake at 2:36 AM on a Tuesday? No problem. You can sit in your computer chair and browse as many and any online shops as you want without getting weird looks from people for having on your Batman Jammies and your hair in a sloppy ponytail.

As constant as it has been the last few decades the landscape has changed recently… and I love the shift. Online shopping (or selling for that matter, but that’s another post) is no longer just something for giant merchandisers, big box stores or frilly boutiques. Now, if you want to shop on the world wide web (been a while since you’ve seen that typed out hasn’t it?) you can do it almost anywhere. But out of all of these, Facebook Marketplace is the one I want to focus on today.

You can find everything from house shoes to half million dollar homes listed for sale on Facebook Marketplace. My current Marketplace obsession is buying household cleaning products. I’m a bargain shopper to my core and it sorely pains me to have to pay anywhere close to full price for anything, so online shopping with its many deals, coupons, and rebates is most definitely the place for me. My friends call me the Deal Lady or the Coupon Queen. If they want to save on something they contact me because they know I’ll be able to find a deal of some sort in short-order.

In my area of the world, extreme couponers are on every corner. For example, I can get three bottles of Gain laundry detergent, a nine- pack of Angel Soft toilet paper, Febreeze, lotion, deodorant, dryer sheets, Puff Plus tissues, and a wide assortment of other things in a convenient bundle for about thirty bucks (some examples pictured below). Some of these extreme couponers even deliver! So if you are not up to meeting the seller in the parking lot of your local grocery store or well-lit gas station you could have them bring it right to your doorstep. Not sold on it yet? Give it a shot first-hand, pull up your Facebook, click on Home and on the left sidebar click on Marketplace and have a look around. If you have no interest in anything else listed for sale there type the word “bundle” in the  search bar at the top and see what pops up in your area. The sheer amount will likely surprise you. Household bundles, skincare bundles, and grilling bundles oh my!

Between, Kroger ClickList and the Walmart equivalent, Amazon and Amazon Pantry, Grub Hub and UPS a person could get everything they need at the click of a button if they wanted to. If nothing else these options certainly do go a long way toward freeing up a person’s time for more of the joys in life.

And if the human race needed more time for anything these last few years it is definitely joy.


You Win Some and Lose Some…

The funny thing about product testing is the fact that not everything is a winner or even close to it while on the flip side, some items really turn around and surprise you. I have to admit that overall most of the things that I have tried have been good (if not great) and also well worth their money while other things have left me with that “I knew I should have turned off that infomercial and not fallen for that” feeling.

I bought a product advertised as a Star Wars Gifts 3D Lamp for my son as a birthday gift (He’s a December baby just like his mama) while I didn’t expect NASA training simulator quality from this item I did expect more than the glorified “flat lamp” that I received. When the title and description are misleading it leaves a bad taste in my mouth as a consumer. My money does not grow on trees and I don’t care for someone taking me for a ride to get it.

Here’s what I left on Amazon – This a 3.5-4 star item for me, simply because I feel the 3D portion of its claims is more than a bit misleading. I’ve had a lot of pseudo 3D items in my life and this isn’t among them. This item is pretty cool and something that I think most die hard Star Wars fans (young and old) would like but I have a real issue with it being called 3D… because it’s not, it’s not even “kinda 3Dish”. It’s a nice light with a unique look to it that functions well and has many colors but 3D it isn’t. If you give this to anyone over 11 or 12 years of age they are going to give you a well deserved “look” for trying to pass this off as 3D. Otherwise I’m okay with this item even if I feel that “Unique Star Wars Lamp” would be a better title for this product. – Do I feel completely duped? No. Would I buy it again? No

Next on my lists of disappoints is a much bigger flop in the form of the AFOUR 3 in 1 Foot File and Shaver – I have not felt or seen something this cheap outside of a bargain bin in a good long while. If you are a child of the 70’s or 80’s I’m sure you remember Cindy or Judy dolls (Barbie’s dollar store doppelganger – I had all of them so I’m not being snooty I mention this for a reason lol –>) This thing was definitely the Cindy or Judy of foot files. It had zero heft to it and the plastic mold it was made with wasn’t even trimmed cleanly. The handle actually felt and looked like one of those 10 cent kazoos you’d get at a birthday party in the grab bag that moms would put together for the other kids. For the quality, or lack thereof, save yourself 7 of the 10 dollars that they sell this for and just get these items at the Dollar Tree.

Now on to the pleasant surprises. First up is the USB Rechargeable Flameless Electronic Arc Lighter sold by RONXS. We all fell in love with this thing. We probably all looked and sounded like Beavis and Butthead (Fire… Fire, Fire!)  But it’s a really nice tool to have around especially if you are an avid candle burner like we are. Once the bigger candles get low in the jar or the wick gets small on any sized candle they can be almost impossible to get lit and if you are trying to light something outdoors, the wind is your enemy, and this item fixes all of those problems without increasing your carbon footprint because it’s rechargeable!

Another win was the ALWUP Stereo Gaming Headset – As a gamer I can’t tell you how nice it feels to have a good headset. Everything from sound quality to game immersion relies on the headphones strapped to your head. Being able to hear the people you are playing with as well as the game itself are all things to consider and this item truly delivered! My favorite feature would be the light on the tip of the microphone. As a person the often plays in the dark it’s nice to be able to tell at a glance whether or not my mic is up or down. They were really comfortable, in fact, after a while I kinda forgot I had them on. If I were to need a second pair I’d buy another set of these.

So there you have it, a little year end review (several days late… but I digress, life has been a busy thing) I hope all of you have had a pleasant start to 2019!

Magic Saksak Silicone Dishwashing Gloves and Goodlylife Activated Carbon Filter

The Gloves – These are a bit bulkier than I expected but they do work great. (Since I don’t have to actually touch the little cleaning fibers they don’t feel odd like the scrubbers I reviewed earlier this month found HERE) Since the silicone material they are made of is decently thick, they allow you to wash dishes in fairly hot water which is what I prefer. While the size/bulk of them did take some getting used to they worked well and all of the scrubbing feelers on the palms and fingers of the gloves made short work of the pile of dishes I had in front of me. My only warning would be that despite the bulk and size on the outside they are not designed for larger hands on the inside. My husband could not get these on easily and they looked like they were about rip as he tried to get it off.

Pros – Durable – Easy to Use – Sanitary – Cost Effective
Cons – Bulky – Not Made For Larger Hands

The Water Filter – This is a really nice filter. If you have an issue with cloudy tap water, this will fix it for you in no time flat. It installed in minutes with no issues which is something my husband loved about this product because the filters we used before could be a little tricky to get lined up.

There is no longer sediment showing on our dishes and the water tastes better than ever. Hope this helps someone considering this item.

Pros – Easy to Install – Long Lasting – Great Value
Cons – None That I could See

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Review: Silicone Scrubbers by M MOACC

M MOACC Silicone Scrubbers Non Stick Dishwashing Brush Kitchen Fruit Vegetables Dish Cleaning Pack 4 by M MOACC

I am so very much on the fence with how best to review these. I say this because it made the following claims (in bold and my commentary follows)

Material: Eco-friendly durable silicone – It is Eco-friendly and durable. I see these far outlasting several packs of sponges

Antibacterial silicone sponges are odorless, non-toxic and wear-resistant, different from traditional sponge – It doesn’t hold on to every little thing like sponges and rags do so it lived up to this claim as well, no smells to report.

Dishwasher and Microwave Safe: This silicone sponge scrubber and brush can withstand high temperatures, will not deform – It came out of its journey through the dish washing cycle, just as it went in.

Quick dry silicone sponges scrubber is Non-water absorbent prevent the breeding of bacteria. Soft, flexible and safe to use – The scrubber itself does dry swiftly. It does not hold on to much water at all.

Silicone washing sponge can be used as fruits scrubber, vegetables scrubber, bottles brush, shower brush, even can use to clean dog hairs  – It worked great on the fruit and to scrub the counters and stove top

If it did all of that as it claimed I’m sure you are confused as to why I’m on the fence. I’ll do my best to explain. I have been washing dishes by hand for 30 years. Call me old fashioned, but there are a few things I’m just flat out used to and these little scrubbers didn’t do most of those things. Here’s my dish washing routine in a nutshell. I fill a sink full of hot soapy water, soak the dishes for a bit, then wash them. While washing, I put soap on the sponge, grab a dish, scrub it good then sit it in the empty side of the sink to await rinsing. So in layman’s terms, I’m accustomed to a soapy washing device (sponge or cloth) that in turn soaps up my dirty dish as it cleans it. These scrubbers don’t hold on to soap and to be honest they felt rather weird in my hand and it felt strange moving against the dishes.

I know, I know I’m 2 minutes away from sounding like Rainman but it’s the truth. It just felt “off”. Even after half a dozen uses it just didn’t feel right.

Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one that also uses my sponge to tidy up the counter tops and the stove. These do decently well scrubbing but it leaves a soggy mess behind because they are not absorbent in the least. So, unlike with a sponge, where you can scrub with one side and then wipe and dry with the other, you have to enlist the aid of another cleaning item for that if you are using these. Another thing worth noting, is the fact that the little hanging loop also snags on items like forks, spoon handles, knives, etc.

So overall, I have to give these a 3.5 out of 5. Yes, they do what they say they will do but I’m not ready to trade in my sponge or dishcloth for these yet.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance and Usefulness: 3.5 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5

Backflow Incense Waterfall Cones by CORCIO

Corcio 70pcs/box Lengthened Cone Tower Incense Backflow Incense Waterfall Cones for Incense Burner Holder about 15 Mins-Mixed incense by CORCIO

Item arrived on time and packaged well but mine were just the cones and did not come with the little Buddha statue holder.

I really really wanted to like this bundle of incense cones but they fell more than a little flat for me. Not only do most of them smell like something is burning in the bottom of your oven none of them last the fifteen minutes they claim. I had 13 at the most and anything over 11 or 12 makes it start to smell like you’ve lit the filter end of a cigarette. They leave a lot of excess goo behind as they burn so if you have a small pedestal holder like mine you may find incense goo running over the sides. All and all, I’d have to give these a 2.5 out of five (3 for amazon) some did smell okay and for the price of $7.99 for 70 you do get a decent amount of cones for your money even if I’d consider half unusable.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 2 out of 5
Value: 3.5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5


Salt and Pepper Grinder Set by Choosy Chef – Set of 2

Salt and Pepper Grinder Set by Choosy Chef – Set of 2 Refillable Salt and Pepper Shakers
by Choosy Chef

I’m happy to give this product 5 out of 5 stars! I love these grinders! They are adjustable, easy to fill, easy to use and versatile. For the price and durability I don’t see myself buying any other grinders for my needs. I’ve put all sorts of whole spices and course salts in them and they do not disappoint. Plus they are quite classy looking in a clean simplistic way and you can never go wrong with stainless steel, which just adds to the fact that this product is a winner! If I could give these more than five stars I would!



Functionality and Performance: 5 out of 5
Ease of Use: 5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls – XL – Extra Large – 100% Natural Premium Organic by Sheep Soft 
Set of 6 – Cost $12.99 

They arrived on time and packaged well so I have no complaints there. For that, the webstore receives 5 out of 5 shipping packages from me. 

Now on to whether or not I feel this product is Cart Worthy or not…

I’m okay with these dryer balls but I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up dryer sheets just yet. They do seem to aid in drying time while simultaneously diminishing wrinkles but man are they noisy. Like wake you up from a nap thinking that people are trying to break in noisy. Sounds a lot like tennis shoes in the dryer to be honest. On top of the noise, they also don’t work very well on static cling.

The product came with no instructions (do I need to use 2 at a time? 4? all 6? Do the balls themselves need any sort of care?) so I had to guess on everything and we settled on 4 in the dryer at a time. Yes, there are some instructions in the ad on Amazon where I purchased them but what if I had sent these as a gift? I’d have assumed instructions some sort were included even if it was just a mere slip of paper that said: “Put 4 to 6 balls in your dryer per load. If product is wet, dry in machine or in direct sunlight. Do not store wet.” But this product came with nothing. Also, we tried using essential oils on them and thus far have not noticed our clothing smelling any different.


Pros:
Does speed up drying time
All natural
Reusable 


Cons:
Noisy
No instructions
Doesn’t do much for static cling


I find these dryer balls to be a decently made product but I’m not giving up my dryer sheets for them. In my humble opinion I’d have to give these Wool Dryer Balls three out of five shopping carts and overall, I’d leave these on the virtual shelf, they are not a going home with me cart worthy item.


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Peppermint Essential Oil 4oz – Review

Peppermint Essential Oil 4oz (Huge Size) 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Pre Blended with Unscented Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) by Island’s Miracle 

Talk about a lot of bang for your buck…huge jar for the cost! The coconut and peppermint smells mix well together so neither is overpowering. I see many and various uses for this in my household from colds to bug control to laundry. Some seem to have had an issue with the fact that it is already mixed with a carrier oil but it was stated clearly in the ad, which means I expected it and was fine with it. I think it’s perfect for use in lotions, soaps and laundry. 

Not sure if I’d recommend this for diffusing as the smell wasn’t really prominent when we tried it.

Overall, I rate this product 4 out of 5 stars overall. 

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