Zep: Clean like a Pro! Product Review

November 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm (Shopping)

I was super lucky and was given a chance to sample some of Zep’s cleaning products- through Crowdtap. First off, have you joined Crowdtap? It’s amazing and you should! I received 3 bottles of Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant and 2 bottles of Zep All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser.
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I really like Zep, and I’ll show you why in minute. A problem that I personally have with cleaners is skin allergies and very frequently just can’t do it because my skin reacts very angrily. I had no issues with Zep. I think the product worked really well and stood up to messes that my 4 year old daughter and 8 year old niece made. Tip, when the kids ask if they can color with their markers, make sure they aren’t drawing with sharpies! If you neglect to make sure “markers” mean only markers and not Sharpies, well, Zep can fix that! Here is the counter where the “markers” that were actually SHARPIES leaked through paper and onto my counters!

So, when messes like this happen just spray some Zep on it and leave it sit for a minute!

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Here it is, waiting for Zep to work it’s magic! After about a minute, wipe it off, and rinse with some water.
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Viola! My counter is kid-oops free! YAY!
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Now for the stove! We actually bought our stove/oven used, and it was fairly clean- oven was spotless, but the stove part was NOT, and ALL the burns all have this big black ring around them. We have never been able to get it off. I knew this review was coming up, so I purposely just didn’t clean the stove. We cooked, spilled, and momentarily didn’t care, because it was in the name of Zep testing! Here’s the nasty mess we made of our stove!
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After 2 tries with Zep, this is the end result. I think it looks pretty good- I didn’t get a shot of what the stove looked like when we bought it, if I had, you’d know this is about as good as it gets.

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Not shown, are the before and after results of using the disinfecting sprays. I looove them, I use them on our door knobs, light switches and alllll over the bathroom!

Overall, I really like these products. I’m not sure about the stove- Zep worked about as well as every other brand we’ve used. Zep worked A LOT better at removing all that Sharpie off the counter, which was REALLLY awesome. It didn’t leave a residue or a gross feeling on the counter it was really clean afterwards and best of all- no black sharpie dots!

Learn more about Zep cleaning products HERE.
Join Crowdtap!!

Disclaimer: I did receive 5 bottles of Zep Cleaner for free via Crowdtap. The photos above are my own. My opinions are my own and were definitely not swayed by free cleaning products.

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Product Review: GNC Total Lean Lean Shake BURN

August 11, 2014 at 3:58 am (Shopping)

This product review thing is new for me. I promise I’ll be completely, 100% honest though. Which, I think some bloggers epicfail at. This entire post is my, very, honest opinion. I received a tub of GNC’s Total Lean Lean Shake BURN from Crowdtap to sample. Side note- if you are NOT part of crowdtap, WHY NOT? Join. Seriously. You’ll thank me, and be really happy, you just have to stick it out an entire month and you’ll see what I mean.

Chocolate Fudge

Back to the Lean Shake! I got this free from Crowdtap. Something I have not told many people, for the past 5 months, I have been actively trying to get healthy and lose weight. It’s been hard; doable, but hard. I’ve plateaued twice, and I finally understand when personal trainers and health nuts tell you that stress is a huge factor in losing weight. Also, who has time to sleep a solid 8 hours? Needless to say this lifestyle changing journey has been both hard and rewarding, I have not given up and don’t plan to. So, losing weight and hitting plateaus- Not my favorite thing. I’ve been pretty consistent with my exercising- I try new exercises, but exercise everyday with the exception of the one day I hurt my ankle and wanted to give a rest- I did yoga that day instead of aerobics. I’ve been eating better, but being a picky eater who hates more things than she likes, this has been difficult, but still doable!

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When crowdtap opened up the sample for this GNC shake, I hopped on board thinking “WOW! I need to try this!”, hoping I would be picked! I was, and I have tried this shake. I told myself before I even got it in the mail I would stick it out at least a full week- even if it tasted horrible, and the only way I’d give up is if it caused problems (like digestive issues, migraines or something along those lines). So, it’s been two weeks. In my first week I lost 4.9lbs. This is now week 2, and I’ve lost 3.7lbs- but I also went out to eat twice and got stuck working longer than normal, which involves sitting. Before trying this shake, I was plateaued for a month. The instructions are simple. Mix your shake, after you drink your shake, you wait 30 minutes and then get sweaty! Go exercise! It’s supposed to help you burn 3x as many calories too! I really liked the burning 3x as many calories part!

I did say I wouldn’t lie and I won’t. First, I will say that I do, really love this product so far. It has helped me lose weight, get over a plateau, and I feel like after I drink the shake, I can exercise for longer periods of time. The only 2 downsides to this shake are 1. It costs $59.99. For me, that’s pretty expensive for something that is just mine- not something the rest of the family would use. Inner penny-pinching mom voice there. 2. If you follow the container instructions… I won’t lie, it’s pretty bad tasting. The container says to mix 2 scoops of the powder with 8oz of water. I was not looking forward to the week I had planned on testing it. So, to fix that problem, I did some research! I found you can mix it with: yogurt (greek was most recommended), in a smoothie, mix it into a real shake, mix with skim or 1% milk, almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk. I chose whole milk and almond milk and with both, the bad taste was gone. It’s more like ovaltine or carnation instant if you use milk or almond milk. So, I think my mistake was, not reading ahead of time what to mix this shake with from other people who tried it, and only reading the container- which says to mix with water. Don’t mix it with water. I mean, you can, but… don’t do it. Go get some almond milk. It’s the BEST.

I’ve given some of this shake to my brother and sister, to my sibling in laws, and my spouse, they all agreed the taste was pretty bad, but not so bad they’d never drink it again, and it DOES work. I know this review sounds odd. How could something that started off tasting so bad, be so amazing? Because it actually works. I feel a lot more energetic when I work out. I don’t seem to wear out as soon as I used to during workouts before trying this shake, and I’ve gotten over my plateau. It comes in 2 flavors- Chocolate Fudge (which is the one I was given) and Cookies and Cream. I think if I bought this, I’d go for the Cookies and Cream over Chocolate Fudge. I like actual chocolate, but, when something says “chocolate flavored” I usually opt for the other choice. So, I’d go with cookies and cream next time, I think.

My Total Lean BURN shake!

My Total Lean BURN shake!

Here’s my shake in my plain, minimalist, black mug, and the container of the Total Lean BURN. If you’re looking for a protein shake, I suggest this one, and now that you know how many different options you have with mixing it, you’ll skip over the mistake I made! It really doesn’t taste bad with other liquids. Almond milk was my favorite. I suggest doing that! So, if you’re in the market for a protein shake, try GNC’s Total Lean Lean Shake BURN.

If you’d like more product information, you can go to GNC’s website, and check out this product RIGHT HERE.

If you are NOT part of Crowdtap and would like to be, you can sign up and join in the fun HERE.

Disclaimer: While I’ve stated before, this was a sample I received for free. The opinions above are definitely my own, honest, opinions and were not swayed by free sample items. Also note, the stock photos above are not mine (the one of the black mug is mine, though), they belong to GNC and not me. I used them purely so you, the reader, could see what the container looks like for both flavors, and know what it looks like if you were interested in buying this product.

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Thrifty Thursday: Cranberry Pyrex Bowl

October 17, 2013 at 3:16 am (Shopping)

I’ll just come out and say it. I LOVE to go thrift shopping. I love stores like GoodWill- my local store DAV is my FAVORITE. The employees are great, and never look at me funny if I buy 50 frames in one shopping spree. Ok, it wasn’t 50… it 15, but still. Normally, I’d expect some goofy looks. My cashier simply asked what I was planning to do with them, Am I crafty? Am I going to paint them and do some amazing, epic collage? No. I make fiber art. Oh, really? [insert 10 minute long discussion of what my fiber art is and looks like]. Yes. They’re pretty awesome.

Anyway. Every Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day. I get 20% off EVERYTHING. It’s awesome. I can buy my kiddo clothes, more frames, kitchen stuff, furniture, etc.. 20% off. I have to fight crowds on Saturday, but, who cares? Isn’t that part of the thrifting experience? Fighting crowds and landing that amazing deal on that special item? Yes, it is.

So, every Saturday, my sister and I clean all the crap out of her car, and go to DAV. Some weeks I haul the kiddo in too, but I kinda like having the extra space for all the “junk” I bring home. 🙂 Last week, I got this amazing cranberry colored Pyrex bowl. It’s HUGE- 4L. I wish I had the whole set, but I’ve never been one to have matching anything- except socks.

So… take a look! It was marked $3.45 and with the discount I paid…. $2.76!

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Wednesday Wishlist: Birds

June 19, 2013 at 8:25 am (Etsy, Shopping, Wednesday Wishlist)

This week’s Wednesday Wishlist is… BIRDS. I have a thing for birds. It’s sad and depressing, when I explain it, because my fondness for birds comes from a sad place… actually, a sad song. The line in the song is “Woe is me, oh woe, And the birds sing no more, Without you I cannot be.” That’s just a little tid bit from the song, but it’s probably my favorite sad song, ever. It also sounds much prettier in German. Trust me.

However. I had come to own this amazing bird ring. It reminds me of the song because this bird doesn’t sing. It’s made by a really awesome lady, over at GriffinsNestJewelry (The photo will take you to the birdie ring listing.)
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Here’s a really cool bird clock from TheBigClockStore
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Chunky Bangle Bracelet by BuyMyCrap

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chunky bangle bracelet

Watercolor Bird Painting by ThimbleSparrow

watercolor bird painting

watercolor bird painting

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Wednesday Wishlist: The Professional

June 12, 2013 at 8:04 am (Etsy, Shopping, Wednesday Wishlist)

When I was a kid, my dad and I had a weekly movie night thing. I’m sure my love of horror films comes from all this. Friday and Saturday nights, we’d sit on the couch, he’d fix us something or other, (remember, my dad was a terrible cook, except or all of 6 things he cooked really well) So, popcorn, trail mix, a can of mixed nuts he got at Blain’s Farm and Fleet. I vaguely remember us trying to bake cookies ONCE, and I remember being terrified when they started to burn and the oven spewed black smoke. The fire alarm and alarm system went off, and the fire department showed up. Anyway, as a kid, we watched Dracula, The Swamp Thing, Creep Show, Nosferatu, Frankinstein’s Monster, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jurassic Park, Jaws, just to name a few. One of my favorite movies, of all time, out of the thousands of movies I’ve watched in my life: The Professional. It has got to be in my top 10 (my list of favorites is in no real order, but it’s in the top 10).

Not only that, The Professional has a pretty awesome cast. Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and Natalie Portman. Throw Liam Neeson in there and the movie’s epicness could be fetal! 🙂 Anyway, I wanted to share my top picks of The Professional related Etsy items- Because it’s related to one of the most awesome movies ever, and, the items themselves are really amazing.

Leon and Mathilda 5″x11″ Mini Poster Print by Jimbeanus

The Professional - Leon and Mathilda 5"x11" Mini Poster Print

The Professional – Leon and Mathilda 5″x11″ Mini Poster Print

Leon Vinyl Record Clock by VantidusVinylArt

Leon Vinyl Record Clock

Leon Vinyl Record Clock

Minimalist Movie Poster by ColiseumGraphics

Leon the professional minimalist movie poster

Leon the professional minimalist movie poster

Leon and Mathilda typography poster by 17thandOak

Leon and Mathilda Typography Poster

Leon and Mathilda Typography Poster

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Feature Friday: DebraMarieDesigns

June 7, 2013 at 10:25 am (Etsy, Feature Friday, Shopping)

DebraMarieDesigns is a beautiful shop with such cute polymer clay jewelry, phone charms, and keychains. She totally saved my butt for a gift for my sister’s birthday!

Here’s the neat little necklace she made for my sister:

Pink Bow Necklace

Pink Bow Necklace

Not only does DebraMarieDesigns make cute little bow necklaces, but she also makes keychains, earrings, bracelets and rings. Check them out!

Philly Roll Sushi Post Earrings

Philly Roll Sushi Post Earrings

Pug Keychain

Pug Keychain

Cinnamon Roll Bracelet

Cinnamon Roll Bracelet

Buttered Toast Ring

Buttered Toast Ring

Blue Berry Popsicle Earrings

Blue Berry Popsicle Earrings

Find DebraMarieDesigns on Etsy and Facebook.

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Wednesday Wishlist: Apple

June 5, 2013 at 10:49 am (Etsy, Shopping, Wednesday Wishlist)

So, it’s no secret I’m a huge Apple/Mac fan. I won’t get into the PC vs Mac… But I love just about every product Apple puts out. It’s my own personal preference. So, with my love of Apple things… Here is my Apple wishlist!

I love Mac Pillow by Petette

I Love Mac Pillow

I Love Mac Pillow

MacBook Pro Fabric Poster by Blooming4ever

MacBook Pro Product Poster

MacBook Pro Product Poster

Glow in the dark Apple by BytesToBites

Glow-in-the-Dark Apple

Glow-in-the-Dark Apple

iMac black wool felted bowl by amothersgarden

Black Wool Felted Bowl

Black Wool Felted Bowl

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Wednesday Wishlist: Rain

May 29, 2013 at 7:37 am (Etsy, Shopping, Wednesday Wishlist)

Lately, it’s been raining a whole ton. I hate it. Normally, I like rain, and non-destructive storms. However, our basement flooded, so I’m unhappy about that. All this rainy weather has inspired my Wednesday Wishlist for this week.

Caught in the rain by LoveLeePhotos

Caught in the Rain

Caught in the Rain

A handmade porcelain mug by Piecesofporcelain

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handmade porcelain mug

Rain mini print necklace by courtneyoquist

Mini print necklace

Mini print necklace

Faiding Into the Rain by kendrajane28

Fading Into the Rain

Fading Into the Rain

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Feature Friday: ThePineapplePit

January 4, 2013 at 6:59 am (Etsy, Feature Friday, Shopping)

I absolutely love, love, love the leather wrap bracelets. So when I got TWO bracelets from ThePineapplePit, I was more than stoked. They’re beyond cool. Here are the two I got:
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I seem to wear the green one more often- I have a lot of green and brown shirts! 🙂 They’re pretty epic bracelets. ThePineapplePit has other styles of bracelets too, single, double, triple, and 4, and 5 wrap bracelets, along with men’s bracelets too! And, she has keychains and lanyards! I do have a keychain from ThePineapplePit, and it’s really awesome. It’s really sturdy and makes my ugly keychain much more fashionable and easy to lug around.

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Men’s Chan Luu Style Double Wrap Bracelet

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Chan Luu Double Wrap Skull Bracelet

If you’re looking for a wrap bracelet, I highly recommend ThePineapplePit. The quality is fantastic, and the store has tons of stuff to fit any style and personality!

You can find ThePineapplePit on ETSY and FACEBOOK.

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Feature Friday: RosiesCraftShack

December 28, 2012 at 6:18 am (Etsy, Feature Friday, Shopping) (, , , , )

Not so long ago, I was searching for a gift for my husband. He has a home office and up until just a few day ago, it was pretty bare, and not as functional as it could be. Anyway, his office “theme” colors were blue, and some white, black or grey/silver. Not much of a theme, really, but I managed to find my favorite piece of his office at RosiesCraftShack. A really epic handmade pen. Check it out!

Matt's pen!

Matt’s pen!

So that’s Matt’s pen. It is sooo pretty, and it writes amazingly. RosiesCraftShack also makes other wooden things too. Like these epic cherry wood tea light candle holders. These are something I’d love to put in my house! Go look!

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3 Rustic Cherry Wood Tea Candle Holders

There are also other types of pens too! Like this executive style rainbow pen, really neat, right? Yeah. It’s pretty awesome.

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Executive style rainbow pen

Not only those, RosiesCraftShack also makes honey dippers, secret compartment cans, pens like I showed, keychains, letter openers, and these amazing wooden buttons!

You can find RosiesCraftShack HERE and HERE.

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