Tiny Revolution

November 12, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under babies, fashion, kids, men, product reviews, women

Every once in a while a clothing company will come along and make me feel inspired. Whether it’s through their products, their charitable contributions, or just being green – they make me stop and think about the ways that I can contribute to the overall good of our environment and the people within it. Tiny Revolution is one of these companies.

Tiny Revolutionary - the ultimate cool baby tee and organic baby clothes shop on the web where peace, love & equality aren’t just for grown-ups. We believe that children are our most precious natural resource and that by teaching them the values of social responsibility we can create a new world full of love for all of us! We offer an extensive line of quality designer baby tees, cool baby clothes & unique baby gifts. Tiny Revolutionary has something for any do-gooder baby, mama or papa in your life.

I recently had the opportunity to review a tee of my choice from the Tiny Revolution website and even though there were so many cool designs I knew immediately which one I wanted . . . a tee for Kaila that said “I’ll change the world someday” ($22). Isn’t it amazing how one simple sentence can be so powerful?

The cotton/polyester/rayon shirt is ultra soft and comfortable. There are no itchy tags or pokey seams. In fact, it’s so soft that even I want to get one now. Plus, their clothing are made 100% sweatshop free and uses non-toxic and water-based inks.

However, probably one of the best things about Tiny Revolution are all of the charities that they work with.

  • Save a Child’s Heart: provides life-saving heart surgeries to babies and children in poor and war torn countries.
  • One Village at a Time: to provide education and support to struggling communities in Africa, particularly those hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.
  • Hands to Hearts International: makes the world a better by sharing critical knowledge about early childhood development to communities compromised by poverty and conflict.

Or you can select your own charity to support from their list of participating partners where $1 will be donated for each item that you purchase. How cool is that?

So stop by Tiny Revolution today and not only will you get quality inspirational clothing but you’ll also be helping the environment and people who live there.

This post was written for Tiny Revolution who provided the complimentary product in exchange for our honest review.

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OFF Clip-On & OFF Deep Woods Dry Mosquito Repellents Reviews

July 11, 2011 by  
Filed under men, product reviews, women

I live in the south and this means the summer brings swarms of mosquitoes. We don’t dare leave the house, especially in the evening without some sort of repellent! OFF has been my favorite repellent brand for years and has always been something I can depend on, which is why I was so excited about trying their OFF Clip-On and Deep Woods Dry Spray-On Repellents.

 

About the OFF Clip-On

The new, smaller OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent provides personal protection from mosquitoes within minutes. If you move, allow a few minutes for the unit to rebuild its protection. Protects against mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus. OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent provides mosquito protection without putting anything on your skin. The quiet, battery-powered fan circulates repellent all around you (batteries are included). OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent is odorless. Each refill provides up to 12 hours of head-to-toe protection and will work with previous and new design OFF!® Clip-On™ unit. One refill is included with the unit. OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent refills are sold separately and contain 2 repellent disks.

Deep Woods Dry Mosquito Repellent

OFF! Deep Woods® Dry is great for your active lifestyle. Its quick drying formula dries on contact and offers long-lasting mosquito protection that feels dry and comfortable on your skin. Effective protection that repels mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats and chiggers.My Thoughts

My son has very sensitive skin, so the OFF Clip-On was something I knew we had to try. He was very excited to clip it onto his shorts and go outside to help me in our garden one evening. I, on the other hand, sprayed on the Deep Woods repellent and was ready to go! The clip on did a great job of staying put, even with my son being very active. However, I think the OFF Clip-On is better suited for adults and for those who aren’t in constant motion. I think it did a good job of keeping the mosquitoes away, though I was paranoid since the directions say you must remain in one place for a few minutes for protection to rebuild. It would be especially great when having a picnic, cooking on the deck, or even sitting on the beach! Plus, it really is odorless. I’ve used it several times since then and love it. We just took it the beach, too, and it was very effective at keeping the flying bugs at bay.

The OFF Deep Woods spray is something I really can’t leave home without during the summer. Never once has a mosquito gotten through it’s barrier. It does have 25% DEET, but I feel completely protected against bites and the threat  of West Nile Virus. What’s better is how it goes on- smooth and without that gross, filmy layer. I can’t stand sprays that make you feel icky and dirty. I can’t wait to go inside and wash it off, but the Deep Woods spray is much different. I’m a huge fan of this and make sure to take it where ever we go- the yard, park, beach, camping, hiking, etc. It’s a must-have!

This post was written for OFF who provided the complimentary products in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

Gillette Odor Shield for Men (Free Product Offer)

June 27, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under men, product reviews

Hubby is a very busy guy. If he’s not rushing to airport gates, he’s at the gym, surfing at the beach, or jogging around the neighborhood. His image is very important to him so making sure he’s smelling great is definitely a priority . . . for both of us.

The technology in Gillette Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant and Gillette Odor Shield Body Wash makes worrying about Body Odor a non-issue. Gillette Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant and Gillette Odor Shield Body Wash feature Odor Shield technology that targets and neutralizes odor at the source to help eliminate body odor instead of just covering it up. Using Gillette Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant and Gillette Odor Shield Body Wash together offers ten times more coverage than using just anti-perspirant alone so you can perform under pressure.

He recently had the opportunity to try out both these products and boy did he put it to the test. On the very first day that he used it he was flying from Honolulu to Maui with a connecting flight to Seattle. His flight from Honolulu was delayed so when he landed he had to run across the Maui Airport to get to his plane on time. There’s nothing worse than having to work on a plane for 6 hours wondering if the passengers can smell you. Yuck!

When he boarded the aircraft he was a little winded and little tired but definitely not sweaty. He couldn’t believe that it actually worked. So now, he doesn’t leave the house without first using Gillette Oder Shield for Men. And I for one am thankful!

Want to try it out for yourself? Share your story with Gillette on Twitter using #GilletteOdorShield or @gillette or on Facebook and they will be happy to send you some free products!

This post was written for Gillette who provided the complimentary item in exchange for our honest review.

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Red Toolbox: A Perfect Father’s Day Project

June 17, 2011 by  
Filed under household, kids, men, product reviews

When I first found out I was pregnant, all I could think of was little itty bitty cuteness.  But, while I was dreaming of small clothing and even tinier shoes and accessories, my husband was looking much further ahead.  He had already set his heart on road trips to the Grand Canyon stopping at every cheesy landmark along the way, hiking to the top of every mountain near us, and teaching our kids how to fix stuff in the garage and house.

So, when Father’s Day rolls around each year I don’t look for matching t-shirts and onesies, I look for hiking and camping equipment and other stuff to do together in the future.  Backbacks to grow into, sports equipment for kids twice our children’s ages, and camping gear that really is meant for adults… that will probably be outdated before either child ever can use it.

Well, at least I used to buy stuff for the future.  This year I found the perfect gift for my husband {and my daughter} that allows them to do what they do best – hang out together.  That gift is from Red Toolbox, the maker of carpentry tools and kits for kids.

Instead of toy tools that are merely for play, the tools from Red Toolbox are truly unique in the fact that they are actual tools.  They make tools that work just like adults versions, only on a smaller scale so they are easier for children to manipulate.  Paired with DIY kits that allow for easy projects you can finish in an afternoon or two, it’s got all the makings of a perfect father/daughter {or son, of course} activity.

If your child is anything like mine, they can spot a toy from a mile away and want nothing to do with it if there’s a real version to use.  For this reason, I was a bit apprehensive about what the quality of the Red Toolbox tools would be and what they would look and feel like, fearing they would be discarded as soon as Daddy-O’s tools emerged.  The folks at Red Toolbox must have understood this, because the tools that arrived the other day are nothing if they aren’t cool.

We got to try out their electric cordless drill, a hanging birdhouse kit, and a 5 piece tool kit {set A}, which includes everything your little one needs to get started – 2 screwdrivers with magnetized tips, a hammer, a tape measure, and safety goggles.  Immediately upon opening the package we were all excited to try the tools and get to work.  Our daughter couldn’t believe that these tools were actually hers, with the quote of the night being, “Oh my goodness, these are AWESOME!”

The kit itself was a level 1 project which made it an easy build with everything already cut to size and pilot holes pre-drilled, which made it a perfect project to start with.  I really liked that everything was clearly labeled and easy to piece together, even for little hands.  Another thing we really appreciated was that all tools needed to build the kit were identified on the side of the package which meant we didn’t get home just to find we needed a different set of tools in order to complete the project.

Whether she was helping us measure, sand the edges, count out pieces, or screw the birdhouse together using the manual and electric screwdriver, she was having the time of her life.  She is still a bit young for the recommended age range, but I can assure you that she was heavily supervised the entire time and did really well listening to the instructions and helping out.  Because the tools are smaller sized they were easy for her to use, they will be something she can still grow into throughout the years without growing out of too quickly.

In fact, I made it very well known that I will be frequently borrowing her tools, especially the electric cordless drill for my own projects.  I never have been great at using tools around the house and it has become somewhat of a joke that I always end up with “extra pieces” and extra nail holes.  Having found Red Toolbox, I am really excited that I have found tools that are much easier for me to use for general use without having to pull out my husband’s industrial tools that are much faster and more powerful than I need for my projects.

The tool kits and DIY projects are sold at Lowes {and lowes.com} so you could easily pick up a few tools and kits before Father’s Day.  As cool as Red Toolbox is, I was incredibly impressed by how affordable the sets are and how fun they are.  Now that we have seen how ready our daughter is for appropriate sized tools and woodworking projects, we will definitely be returning to Lowes to get additional kits for the family to do together.

BUY IT: Red Toolbox products are currently available at Lowe’s stores nationwide and at Lowes.com.  Additional information can also be found by visiting www.red-toolbox.com.

This post was written for Red Toolbox who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.

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