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Beautiful and Functional Glass Straws from GlassDharma

We have our girls attending an environmental science school.  What that means is, we are reminded, on a near daily basis, by our six-year-old that we should cut waste, recycle more and reuse as much as possible.  One of her more recent focuses had centered on her little sister’s love of using straws.  Miss LadyBug LOVES to drink with straws and it is one of the most common single-use plastic that ends up in our house because I had to give in on that, to ensure she would drink enough milk!  I am happy to report, that we have now been able to eliminate the throwaway plastic straws, by introducing glass straws from GlassDharma.  I received several glass straws in exchange for my honest opinion.

What did I think?

First, let me start by saying that I am simply blown away by the passion that GlassDharma has for eliminating plastic waste and its effect on our environment.  I urge you to check out their website and educate yourself about the harmful effects of single use plastics on our planet and the astronomical size of waste that these seemingly benign plastic straws create.  It is funny, that even I was guilty of thinking that it was just a “little plastic straw, how bad could it be?” when it came to plastic waste, but I was wrong.  One of the things that got me thinking was posing the idea about isolating just fast food restaurants and the number of meals they serve each day.  Most of those meals come with drinks and those drinks come with plastic straws.  Just imagine how many little plastic straws that is and if you were to pile them into a room, just how much space and waste that would be!  I am happy to be part of the glass straw club now and am excited to spread the word! 

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Shred Meat Faster and Safer with Bear Paws Meat Shredders!

I am in LOVE with my slow cooker.  There.  I said it.  I do, I mean really, my slow cooker is a lifesaver in our house, and at least two nights a week, the sole reason we have a hot, homemade meal on the table.   I love to make shredded chicken tacos, pulled pork sandwiches and even cook my chicken in there to make chicken salad.   But with these sorts of meals, I need to shred the meat and had been using two forks to do this – while that worked, if I tried to do it with the meat still in the slow cooker (my preferred method), I would either burn my hands at least once in the process, scratch the bottom of slow cooker or both.  Not to mention I would get tired of shredding after awhile and end up with hugely inconsistent shreds of meat and some areas not shredded at all.  I recently received a product in exchange for my honest opinion that has revolutionized my recipes that require shredded meats! 

Bear Paws Meat Shredders Easy To Use!

What did I think?

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PYSIS Fashion Forward Galoshes – Keep your fabulous shoes – Fabulous!

The weather in Wisconsin is finicky to say the very least.  This week we went from more than thirty below zero for two days, to nearly forty degrees four days later.  Needless to say, that when this happens a week after you had a lot of snow, it is wet, slushy and a bit slippery!  When the weather turns like this, it is often this time of year that I stop wearing high heels to work or out for fun because I hate hauling around my giant snowboots in the “in between” weather and typically galoshes are just as big and cumbersome to tote around as snowboots.  So when I heard about PYSIS, the fashion-forward, unique-design galoshes, I knew I this was something I had to learn more about!  I received a pair of PYSIS overboot galoshes in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Relax with All-Natural Bath Products from Cottage in the Woods

I am obsessed with taking baths right now!  I literally went years without even giving a second thought to taking a bath, let alone a long soak in the tub and now I probably take two, three or more in a week!  I love to set up my iPad on a chair in the bathroom and get caught up on my favorite shows (or play Plants vs Zombies), drink a glass of wine and just enjoy the comfort of the warm water and the scent of my bath products.  Since I started this new relaxing habit a couple of months ago, I have been searching for all-natural bath products that would not cost me an arm and a leg since I was going to be using them so regularly.  Fortunately, I found a fantastic Etsy shop, Cottage in the Woods Co, that makes all-natural bath products (and cleaning products, oh and tutus, too!) that are affordable!  I received some all-natural bath products in exchange for my honest opinion.

What did I think?

I must say, I just love the concept behind Cottage in the Woods Co!  This husband and wife team make all-natural bath products and cleaning products by hand!  Their team effort results in high-quality, easy to use and affordable products that should be in everyone’s homes!  Not only do they strive to use all-natural ingredients in their products, but they also attempt to incorporate as many green practices into their business as possible – so you may find your bath fizzies wrapped in last week’s newspaper or your body wash arrive in a recycled box! 

Bath Bomb and Body Wash Combo

I received the following all-natural bath products from Cottage in the Woods Co: body wash, bath fizzies (aka bath bombs) and a shampoo bar.  What I love about Cottage in the Woods Co is that you can pick any scent you want for your products and they will mix you up a custom batch!  I have been crazy for lavender lately, so I decided to take a step away from my usual and change it up a bit!  I received Vanilla Tangerine body wash and Vanilla Orange bath bombs.  Can I just tell you how great these are?  The body wash foams at just the right amount and leaves a fresh scent on your skin when you rinse it away.  Using essential oils, coconut oil, and even sunflower oil – you can be sure that you skin will be soft and smooth after washing with this body wash! 

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