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Wine glasses or works of art? Why not both?? Can’t stop gazing at these hand-painted glasses from Valentina Paris

I’m rather low maintenance when it comes to my wine.  I’ll admit sometimes I don’t even pull out a wine glass, just stick it in whatever cup is closest at hand.  But these Valentina Paris hand-painted wine glasses took my breath away.  They are STUNNING.  These give me an excuse to actually act like a mature classy adult when I drink my wine…or I’ll just put them on the table to gaze adoringly at all day.

The Amazon product photos are absolutely true to life, though it’s so hard to do justice with a camera to these gorgeous glasses.  They’re hand painted with a mixture of opaque black lines, transparent colors, and a striking gold plating.  The only “imperfections”, if you could call them that, are those due to the hand-painted nature of this art, and only add to the character and uniqueness of each glass.

These are of a substantial thickness, no thin cheap glasses here.  And they are definitely JUMBO wine glasses, which is a bonus. 🙂  This could come as a surprise to some customers, so be aware.

Note: As with many fine tableware and delicately hand-painted products like this, I would NOT recommend putting these in the dishwasher.  These are definitely best to be hand-washed.  I don’t know if they would stand up to the dishwasher and I don’t plan to find out!  Just thought I would throw that piece of advice out there. 🙂

Valentina Paris has definitely created a 5-star product with these glasses, both in terms of functionality and form.  They would make a gorgeous gift for the wine lovers in your life…especially if that means gifting it to yourself!!  You can check them out on Amazon here.

I received a discount on this product in exchange for testing, inspecting and reviewing it.  I am not compensated for my reviews and always give my honest and unbiased opinion of each product.  I welcome your questions & comments on my experience, and if this review was helpful to you, please take a moment to let me know!

Lovely Tibetan Buddhist prayer bracelet – for prayer, meditation, or just looking awesome

Before I received this Tibetan prayer bracelet from JDZ Amulets, I’ll admit I was skeptical it would be as lovely as the product photo (nothing ever is).  But when I took it out of the little cloth/burlap drawstring bag it comes in, I audibly oohed and ahhed.  The product photo really is true to life.  This is a beautiful, unusual and unique bracelet that I’m sure will get many compliments.
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As far as overall quality goes, the elastic string is thick and seems fairly strong.  The beads are all intact with no chipping or visible imperfections.  So far I haven’t had trouble with any of them breaking, but will update this review if they do.

The knot at the end is eye-catching and fun, but when I actually wear it, it tends to stick out a little and looks funny until I fiddle with it a bit to make it lie down flat.  A minor issue, but one to be aware of.

The drawstring bag it comes in is cute, but cheaply made – not a big deal since I won’t be wearing that around my wrist though!

I’m not Tibetan, Buddhist, nor do I use beads when I pray, but is a great colorful accessory that goes with almost anything I wear.  It would also make a great gift.

You can check out this bracelet on Amazon here!

I received a free sample of this product in exchange for testing, inspecting and reviewing it.  I am not compensated for my reviews and always give my honest and unbiased opinion of each product.  I welcome your questions & comments on my experience, and if this review was helpful to you, please take a moment to let me know!

One more step to support breastfeeding

I typically just focus on product reviews, but breastfeeding is a topic near and dear to my heart.  So I just want to take a moment to share this poll from Seventh Generation and Mamava as they decide the next location to install one of their fantastic pumping/nursing pods.  Plus, after voting, you can enter to win 10 FREE packs of diapers, because who doesn’t need more diapers?!? http://h3.sml360.com/-/8urn07airportpod-master675

This lovely Mosiso Bohemian Laptop Case will probably last longer than my laptop will.

I usually carry my 15″ MacBook Pro in a backpack case, but have recently been wishing I had something more compact for when I don’t need to carry the kitchen sink with me. The Mosiso Bohemian 15″ laptop case meets that need. I’ve been using it exclusively for over a week and it’s pretty fantastic.

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If you have a MacBook or other thin laptop without CD drive, this sleeve/case is almost a bit too large; it would be nice if they made a slimmer version for these laptops. That being said, it’s also nice to have the extra room since I can fit several notebooks in there with it! If you have a thicker laptop/one with a CD drive, be assured that there is more than enough room to comfortably fit any 15″ laptop.

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The exterior is a thick durable canvas. The Amazon product photo is not quite true to color (for me at least), which actually made me SO happy. The blues in the product photo are more of a lovely teal, and all the colors are slightly more muted. So I actually like the real case better than the photo, which is rare.

The interior is a plush fuzzy fleece. The laptop is overall protected well, though the corners of the bag don’t have quite as much cushioning as I would like (e.g. if you drop it on the corner, I wish it had a thicker layer of foam or something just on the corners). However, as long as you don’t play ice hockey with your laptop case, you’ll probably be fine.

The double zipper is very sturdy, large and thus easy to grasp, and slides easily. I’m not worried about it breaking like I often do with bags.

The stiching on the case is all very well done. No loose threads or weird spots. This is obviously a quality case.

The only thing I’d really change about this case (other than the aforementioned desire for more padding on the corners) is that I wish there was some kind of pocket on the interior to hold papers and such. It’s just one large pocket, which is fine, but it would be handy to have somewhere to stick all my loose paperwork.

You can check out the Mosiso Bohemian 15″ laptop case on Amazon here!

I received a free sample of this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I never guarantee a positive rating. I welcome your questions & comments on my experience, and if this review was helpful to you, please take a moment to let me know!

Now I can bake even more cookies. This might be a problem.

I’ve used and abused my beloved Silpat for many years, but have been looking for more so I can bake more than one tray of delicious cookies at a time! These Culinary Xessories silicone baking mats are of very comparable quality, but a third the price per mat!

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Pros:

  • High quality mats, comparable to Silpat
  • Nonstick cooking without cooking spray
  • Versatile for many uses – I use mine for dough with cookie cutters, and my favorite – to roll up sushi (instead of using a bamboo mat)
  • Fits perfectly in a standard cookie sheet
  • So much easier to clean than a cookie sheet, and reusable for a lifetime without waste of parchment paper
  • And honestly, these are way prettier than my Silpat, I much prefer the brown/tan colors.

Cons:

  • There are a few tiny bubbles in the silicone but nothing you would notice if you weren’t peering at it closely for the sake of a review.

I definitely recommend this product for anyone looking for a silicone baking sheet that’s high quality and fairly priced! I’m a fan.  If you want to check them out, you can get them on Amazon here.

I received a discount on this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I welcome your questions & comments on my experience. If this review was helpful, please click the button below so others can benefit as well. Thanks!

These baking cups are fueling my muffin addiction

I’m always on the lookout for new fun kitchen toys. I’m currently going through a muffin obsession so was excited to get these fantastic Laminas silicone baking cups/cupcake liners.  This is the second Laminas product I’ve owned and I’m very happy with both! I am always concerned with silicone products that they will be too thin and cheaply made, but these are perfect. Very lightweight and flexible, but durable (my toddler even got ahold of one and didn’t manage to chew a hole in it….hurrah!).

BONUS: you can get an extra 10% off these cups right now on Amazon!  Click here, add either the standard or large cups to your cart, then use the following coupon code to get 10% off your purchase:

  • 10% off standard size: 10CUPS4U
  • 10% off large size: 10LACUPS

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Pros:

  • BPA-free
  • No more sticking to muffin tins
  • Reusable & environmentally friendly
  • Super cute colors!
  • Laminas has a lifetime guarantee – while I haven’t had to use it yet, it gives me peace of mind that they’ll help me out any time I have problems with their products
  • Great price for 12 cups

Cons:

  • A minor detail, but I did notice that a few of the cups have some odd “sliced” edges around the rim. You can even see an example in the Amazon product photo that’s currently up (zoom in and look at the top orange cup – it has several notches where it looks like it’s been cut or torn). Not sure what in the manufacturing process is leading to this, but quality control should catch this kind of thing. Other than that, though, these cups are great!

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I definitely recommend these cups to anyone looking for a fun and easy way to spice up their muffin routine.  You can check them out here: https://amzshark.com/r/baking-cups

Don’t forget, you can get an extra 10% off these cups right now on Amazon with the following coupon codes:

  • 10% off standard size: 10CUPS4U
  • 10% off large size: 10LACUPS

I received a complimentary copy of this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.