Trying Out OneZeeMe for Personalized Toddler Style

When Keelan was born, I recall going through onesies like crazy that first year. Of course I had to have a special one for every holiday, every season and every age. So I love the idea of this new subscription box from OneZeeMe.com, where you get personalized onsies sent every month. They sent me a cool box to check out and review, and provided my son with his new favorite shirt.

And it’s not just onesies! I was excited to see they also included t-shirts. To get started I filled out a short survey to find out my child’s age, name, gender and special interests. They then tailor the box to be special for each child by using their name, age and interests on the clothing. They also include holiday and seasonal themes as well.

We got a box with two onesies and two t-shirts and I’m happy to say, the sizing is great. Everything fit! I’ve found kid’s sizing to be all over the place, and often onesies will run too short, but these were perfect. My son was really excited as soon as he saw his name on the sparkly “Super Keelan” shirt and had to put it on right away.

I brought the box out with me to a “mommy and me” type shoot hoping to get pics of all of them, but he only wanted to wear Super Keelan the whole time! We did get some great pics in that shirt at least, taken by Sharm Fassbender Photography:

This is the sort of thing I’d love to have gotten as a gift! As a thrifty parent I mostly go for $10 Target shirts and bargain 3 packs of onesies, but even then, when you break down the cost (a four item month-to-month subscription box is $50) it’s just over $10 an item so that’s pretty good for personalized clothing. They also have 3, 6 and 12 month options, and a 10% off code for your first purchase: 10PERCENTOFF.

I really liked the box and think it would make a great baby shower gift. Babies got to gave their onesies! Might as well be stylish about it.

 

Artificial Bonsai, the tiny tree for busy lives

Back in college I had two pets- an orange tabby cat named Worm, and a bonsai tree. Sometimes I think that tree required more attention then the cat. Seriously, when I went away for a weekend I put out food and water for the cat but had a friend come over to water the bonsai with very specific I instructions.

It was a pretty little thing in a blue dish. I used to love pruning it with tiny scissors and enjoyed the little white flowers that would periodically bloom.

The cat lived a very long and happy life, but unfortunately my bonsai didn’t survive the college years. So when CommercialSilk contacted me about trying out a fake plant, first thing I did was check to see if they had a bonsai that looked like mine.

So here it is in all its glory:

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A cute little bonsai tree that I never have to water or worry about. I never get to prune it either, but I’m ok with that now. I can barely keep everybody’s nails trimmed much less remember to trim a tiny tree these days.

I really liked the realistic details on the trunk and roots. I think it looks like a real plant up on my shelf. I had to get a three pack on SilkPlantsDirect.com to get the exact one I wanted, so if you don’t need three little trees, this would make the perfect gift for your plant-killing friend.

And I had just the spot for it on my kitchen shelf:

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Fake bonsai! The tiny tree for busy lives 😂

 

 

Moms are tired, Part 2. This time, it’s organic

envigor-8When Khroma Herbal Products contacted me to sample a product, they sent a few suggestions like diaper cream and an immunity support tincture. Things I could certainly use. However, one look at the website and I was like, “Give me the ENERGY STUFF!”

In my previous Moms are Tired post, I reviewed V-8’s answer to our sleepless nights and non-stop toddler chasing. I’ve never really been a fan of energy drinks (unless you mix them with vodka), and energy pills make me feel weird and jittery, so the idea of trying an all-natural tincture appealed to me.

Everything Khroma sells is organic, vegan, ethically sourced and eco-friendly. I gave the Envigor-8 a try. I like to research my products a little and found it humorous that this is also the same name of a popular male enhancement product. So, just to be clear, their product is an energy booster, not a penis booster.

According the their site, Envigor-8 is “The world’s most effective organic energy supplement.” I often wonder about how you substantiate a claim like this. Like, maybe I should start calling my blog “The world’s most amazing mom blog” and see if it catches on.

OK, back to the review – I gave it a try with the help of my handy assistant. He also wanted to try it but I said Nooooooooo. lol

I started with just a dropper full to make sure it didn’t make me jittery and then worked my way up to the recommended 3 dropper fulls. The taste is weird and herbal at first, but after a few tries I actually really started to like the unique flavor. I did not get a sudden burst of energy, but more like a little sustained boost. After a few days of use, I started to look forward a little afternoon treat and pick-me-up. No jitters, no heart racing, no crash. I actually liked it so much that I will probably buy myself a bottle when this runs out.

I had a few questions for them while writing the review. Their answers are in red:

1) For the dosage of 3 dropper fulls, is that supposed to be a full dropper? Or half? It only sucks up a little each time so I wasn’t really clear on what a dropper full was
The amount that is sucked up from one squeeze is considered one dropper full. It will usually be about half full. 
2) Is it best to take it in the morning? Or if you like drinking coffee in the morning, should you wait until the afternoon?
I would suggest taking it in the afternoon if you drink coffee in the morning. 
3) Should you only take it once a day? Or wait a certain number of hours before taking again?
I like to take it one in the morning and one in the afternoon, personally. You can take more if you want to. The dose is fairly small and the ingredients aren’t dangerous so taking too much isn’t a concern
4) Did you guys know there was an Envigor8 that is a male sex enhancement supplement? That’s the first thing that pops up when searching the name. Just wondering if you have run into any  confusion with that, lol
Ha! I didn’t know that!
5) Is there anything people should be concerned about when taking this supplement? Like avoiding caffeinated drinks or anything like that.
Not really. It is fine to take with caffeinated beverages and doesn’t have any serious interactions
6) It has a very unique taste. At first it was weird, but then it really grew on me. Is there added flavor, or is that the natural taste
I love the taste too! That is the natural taste of the herbs 
 INGREDIENTS: Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Eleuthro Root, Organic Panax Ginseng, Organic Peppermint, Organic Ginkgo Biloba, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Guayusa, Organic Licorice Root

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My husband, the guinea pig

When Baldwin Men Care contacted me about doing a review for their Mens Nourishing Cream, I replied back that I wasn’t a man but I happen to have one that I’d happily subject to their product testing. They don’t test on animals, but willing husbands are free game!

I should note that my husband is a fan of fancy face cream. If he runs out then he dips into mine. So I knew he’d be into trying it, I just wasn’t sure how he’d be at giving me an in-depth review. He gave the anti-aging face cream a try, which is made with Dead Sea minerals, argan oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, African shea oil and dunaliella extract.

I had our son model the manly face cream since I kept forgetting to get my husband to do it. He wore a hat and tie for the occasion:

So this is how it went the first night he tried it:

Me: How does it feel?

Hubs: Greasy

Me: Greasy? Like it didn’t soak in? or slimy?

Hubs: I think I used too much. It’s very fragrant. (he starts moving toward the bed and is still a good 12 feet away)

Me: I can smell you from here!!

Hubs continues to get into bed.

Me: (hiding under covers) I can still smell you! You need to try it again in the morning.

Hubs: But it says it’s for nighttime use!

The next day he left for a business trip and took his cream with him. He used it every night and continues to use it now. He said it just takes a little and it isn’t greasy. He did, in fact, use too much the first time. Getting a descriptive review out of him was not all that easy but he did say he liked it, his skin feels good, and he actually likes the smell. I’m very sensitive to smells so I still tell him to use it at least an hour before bed. The smell is one of those strong “manly aquatic” smells. It’s nice in small doses.

So the final test results are: Mens Nourishing Cream is good cream with a powerful manly cologne smell. It just takes a little, which means it will last a while. And you get to go to bed with a good smelling man with soft skin, so it’s a win-win all around. You can purchase it on Dead Sea Minerals Cosmetics and use code GeekMamas for 15% Off.

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It’s Halloween! Carve ALL the pumpkins!

One of my must-do Halloween activities is carving pumpkins. This year Vita For Home sent me their stainless steel Pumpkin Carving Tool Set to try out. I’m happy to say, I was impressed with the durable tools!

I started my pumpkin project by making a Pinterest board for ideas and tips. So thanks to Pinterest, I decided to paint my pumpkin black to make it look cooler during the day. I really like the contrast of the orange showing through where it’s cut.

The kit came with a nice metal scooper, small carving saw and wedged shaped etching tool. I needed to use a larger knife to cut around the stem and remove the top piece, then went to town with the scooper/scraper. The metal scoop worked way better than the spoon I usually use. I was able to scrape the sides really clean and smooth. It even had serrated corners for digging out chunks.

After the pumpkin was all cleaned up, I drew my design on with chalk. My son had a smaller pumpkin and I let him draw his face on with a sharpie so I could cut it out for him. He wasn’t into scooping out goo and too little for a knife, so it was a good way to get him involved a little. He enjoyed sitting in my lap while I was carving my design.

The carving saw worked really well. I will definitely be adding these tools to my carving collection. So many pumpkin kits come with those flimsy knives that bend unless you poke them in just right. This small saw was very sturdy. My only complaint is that I wanted more! More tools like a larger knife for big parts and a poker for making small holes. This is a great starter kit for basic carving, and you can always raid the kitchen and get creative with basic utensils.

I was really happy with our pumpkin family results:

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If you’d like to try out the set, you can get here: www.VitaPumpkin.com and save with this 20% OFF COUPON CODE: RR6J3XMB