Thursday, March 2, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Crazy Extra Long Yoga Mat


I've been doing more yoga the past few months, and I've had a yoga mat that I thought was working just fine, but I got this one to review (for a reduced cost) and it is SO much better than my old one. The non-stick grip of the bottom doesn't slide on my hardwood floors at all and the top layer is soft and supportive at the same time. Check out my video for more details, and then buy one for yourself! You can find them here!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Favorite Things

Before we get too far into 2017, I want to talk a little bit about my favorite products and services on 2016.  I tested hundred of products in 2016 - some for free, some discounted, and some I stumbled upon on my own and realized I'd found something great!   These products are some of my favorites and will probably find their way into 2017 as well.
Just so you know, many (but not all) of these products have referral links that benefit me if you use them (but probably benefit you as well!), but if I don't love the product, it didn't make this list. None of these items are added simply because of a referral link.

Amazon Smile
Link: https://smile.amazon.com/
What is it? Amazon Smile is everything you know and love about Amazon.com - but with the added bonus that it will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to your favorite charity.  Anytime you would normally go to Amazon.com - go to Amazon Smile instead.  To get started, go to the Amazon Smile site (link above) and pick the charity of your choice (I recommend Junior League of Owensboro), then continue to shop as usual. It's that easy!

Pura Vida Bracelets
Link: http://www.puravidabracelets.com/
Promo Code: JESSICADECKARD20
What is it? Pura Vida bracelets got their start when two guys took a college graduation trip to Costa Rica. They encountered 2 very poor men selling handmade bracelets in an attempt to support their families. The college graduates asked the men to sell them 400 bracelets to take back home to California. The bracelets sold quickly which lead to the successful operation they have now.  The two poor men they initially encountered now have full time jobs making bracelets...as do 100 of their friends. All bracelets are handmade by artisans in Costa Rica.  The colors are not just for appearances...many of their bracelets represent specific charities, including everything from animal awareness to environment causes to cancer awareness to military to education and more.  To date, Pura Vida has partnered with over 190 organizations and donated over $1 million.  In addition to bracelets, they now have rings, bikinis and other accessories. Use the promo code above for 20% off!

StitchFix
Link: stitchfix.com/referral/3239360
What is it? Oh where do I start....I've been doing StitchFix for over 3 years.  At times more frequently than others...StitchFix is almost a subscription box, except you pick how often and when you receive it.  To begin, you create a profile that includes questions about your preferred style of clothing, sizes, favorite prints, etc. Then, for $20, a stylist will pick 5 items and send them to you.  You only pay for what you want to keep and you send the rest back in a prepaid envelope that comes with your Fix.  If you keep all 5, you get a 25% discount!  I recommend being a specific as possible when filling out your profile and you should always, always, always link up a Pinterest board with your StitchFix account so your stylist can see what types of outfits you like and learn a little more about you.  If you aren't happy with your first Fix, don't give up, the longer you do it, the more they learn your style! Remember, you can get the box as often or as little as you like!

theSkimm
Link: http://www.theskimm.com/?r=e2376057
What is it? A daily email (weekdays only) that catches you up on what's happening in the world!  Don't be left in the dark on current events or breaking news - this is basically the Cliff Note version with a little bit of sass so you can be in the know without reading the New York Times every day.

FilterEasy
Link: http://fbuy.me/eQg91 (this is a referral link that will get us BOTH a free set of filters!
What is it? Be honest....you do NOT change your filters to your HVAC system as often as you should.  Regular filter changes keep repair bills down, decrease your energy bill, and keep you healthier!  FilterEasy helps with that.   You tell the company how many filters you need, how often you would like to change them, what size you need, and your choice of 3 different quality filters..and they automatically ship them.  If you need help figuring out the answers to the questions above, they are ready to help.  I get mine shipped every 2 months.  My filter is on the floor and with my dog it gets bad pretty quickly.  They don't charge your credit card until it's shipped and send you an email when it's on it's way.  This is SO convenient for someone like me who may not ever remember to change my filters if they weren't sent to me!  This service has been great for me!

Bespoke Post
Link: https://bespokepost.com/r/b2a3f1f9
What is it? This is a subscription box geared towards men, but there are some fun things for women too!  Each month there is a new box, you have 4-5 days to Opt out or switch your box if there is a different one you prefer.  One thing I love is that they email you to remind you so you don't forget to opt out if you choose to do so.  You can opt out as often as you like (I may only get 1 a year).  These make GREAT gifts for boyfriends, husbands, dads, brothers, etc.  I've admittedly purchased 1 or 2 for myself.

If you have any questions about the above products, feel free to ask me! They're all great products and hopefully you think so as well!









Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dripo!


Cold brew coffee is in.  Starbucks has it.  I love it.  I buy cold brew coffee when it's -12 outside.  Actually, it hasn't been -12 yet this year.  Give it time.  The problem is that, with any specialty coffee, buying it every day gets EXPENSIVE.  This gives you a way to have your cold brew at home!  The amazon page for this product provides a great video on how this works (Amazon link is here).  

I love the idea behind this...and that the lid can go straight on the tumbler on the bottom! I've tried this one time and the result was pretty weak.  As in, the coffee was weak..you could definitely see through it which means it's not fit to drink.  The system works though.  I'm currently brewing a second "batch" and it's coming through much darker but I used more coffee than the instructions called for so keep that in mind.  

Clean up is a little bit difficult.  There's no throwing away a tiny Keurig cup or picking up a filter that has all the grounds in it.  You have to clean this out..which is difficult if you don't want a bunch of coffee grounds down your drain.

Overall, with a little bit of trial and error, I like this product and can say I recommend it, just remember to use more coffee than it tells you that you need!

**I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bike Kit by Jumaxis




This is a great kit for a beginner or advanced bicyclist. I initially thought the carry bag would be too bulky, but I actually really liked it.  It has a clear plastic cover so you can use your touch screen phone - but keep in mind, the iPhone 7 button isn't really a "button" and this cannot read your finger print.  Earlier versions should be fine, though!  The bag comes in black or blue. The side pockets are great for tools to change a flat, chapstick, keys, etc. The bag is easy to attach and the velcro strips prevent it from sliding down or twisting upside down.  There is a 1 year warranty that covers quality and craftsmanship.  

The kit also includes safety lights: both a headlight and a tail light. The hightlight requires 4 AAA batteries and the taillight requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included. It does include brackets and hardware. They are brought LED lights. 

Lastly, it includes a sheet of reflective stickers.  Not only safe, but fun for kids!
I did receive this at a free or reduced cost in exchange for my unbiased review!



Bike Kit by Jumaxis




This is a great kit for a beginner or advanced bicyclist. I initially thought the carry bag would be too bulky, but I actually really liked it.  It has a clear plastic cover so you can use your touch screen phone - but keep in mind, the iPhone 7 button isn't really a "button" and this cannot read your finger print.  Earlier versions should be fine, though!  The bag comes in black or blue. The side pockets are great for tools to change a flat, chapstick, keys, etc. The bag is easy to attach and the velcro strips prevent it from sliding down or twisting upside down.  There is a 1 year warranty that covers quality and craftsmanship.  

The kit also includes safety lights: both a headlight and a tail light. The hightlight requires 4 AAA batteries and the taillight requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included. It does include brackets and hardware. They are brought LED lights. 

Lastly, it includes a sheet of reflective stickers.  Not only safe, but fun for kids!
I did receive this at a free or reduced cost in exchange for my unbiased review!