Category Archives: Crafts & DIY

Mile High Club,New Popular Costume for 2012 – Wholesale Halloween Costumes, Win $25 GC

When I was offered the chance to review Wholesale Halloween Costumes, the first thing I needed to do, as a Plus-sized gal, was check out and see what they had to offer for my size, and I was not disappointed at all!  I had a lot of fun checking out all the different styles and themes they offer costumes in, for ALL shapes and sizes~

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Dog Days of Summer – Creative Pet Collars Review & Giveaway-International!

First I must thank the very patient and owner of Creative Pet Collars Etsy Shop, Maria.  She sent me this gorgeous hand made collar back in March in anticipation of this Dog Days of Summer Event and has waited ever so kindly for this review.  She is definitely an awesome lady!

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Slice Safety Cutter – Review

I was given the opportunity to review the Slice Safety Cutter and I would like to share with you my experience with this.

When I first received it I used it to cut the tape on a package I received and it worked great going down the middle. I did have issues with the sides of the box.  I also had received  plastic mailer envelope that it did not want to open at all. So I can say this is not designed to work on taped items and plastic! My next step is with paper to see how it cuts, as it really is designed for that, although they state in their site that it will cut into the back of the hard  plastic containers that you struggle with to get your items out of easily.

Now a little about the Slice Safety Cutter.  It is designed to be safe for your fingers, no cuts!  It has a special Ceramic blade that stays sharp and will never rust!  On the scientific rating scale, this ceramic blade is just 2 down from diamonds on the scale for sharpness and hardness.

I am not a couponer but this blade is designed to help cut coupons out of the flyers and magazines, etc.  It also would be good for a scrap-booker. It is magnetic and can find a place on a refrigerator or file cabinet for someone who would use often. This is also easy to carry in your purse for sneaking those coupons or articles in the Dr’s. office!  Check out their facebook page and see what others are saying about the Slice!  Also you can check out their other items. They have some interesting things to look at and consider!

Thank you for the opportunity to do this review. I appreciate the sample and hope to find out it’s perfect use in my home.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Hide a Heart! "Little Hearts that say a lot!"

Have you ever heard of “Hide a Heart”?  This is a great little company born out of love between a husband and a wife. This purple heart shown above is a Glass Purple Heart with a lovely Cross on it to encourage healing and faith for us at home.As a mother with a son in the military, there have been several times when
he was pretty ill and needed a Mom’s love, but I couldn’t be there, which saddened me horribly.  Wish I had the story to share with him so I could of sent the  heart with it’s message written on the heart or on the small card that comes with it to show him how much I love him!

Here is the Hide a Heart Story per the web site!
The Hide A Heart® Story

You may wonder about the motivation behind our product. Here is the very sweet ‘beginning’ story of how we decided to Hide A Heart® . Twenty-seven years ago my husband surprised me with a little red glass heart he had hidden for me to discover. I’m sure he was ‘in the dog house’ for one reason or another, a ‘house’ in which men can often find themselves. But, as you can imagine all was forgiven when I discovered the heart hidden among my lingerie! From that day on we have hidden the heart for one another as a ‘non-verbal’ expression of love. There have been times when the heart remained ‘hidden’ for months before being discovered. Or, I would remember I had not found it for a long while and would go through the house with a ‘fine tooth comb’. I had grown fond of those little ‘messages’. Over the years, the little heart became helpful when trying to say ‘sorry’ or ‘forgive me’ or ‘miss you’ or ‘good job’. Discovering the heart unexpectedly has proven to be a great facilitator for relationship building.
Finding ‘non-verbal’ means of communicating can be challenging for people in any relationship. Couples, parents, siblings, friends all struggle at times to find the ‘right’ words. What can often be difficult to express verbally can be expressed with Hide A Heart® and the opportunities to use Hide A Heart® are infinite!

Purple Hearts for Healing and Hope

Expressing support for someone who is or has faced a particularly challenging time in life can be awkward. Giving a purple heart of healing is a special gift of comfort for someone who is going through the loss of a relationship due to divorce or separation; when grieving the death of a loved one, friend, or pet; or to message admiration of courage and provide encouragement when someone is facing a health crisis requiring surgery, chemo, radiation or psychiatric therapy or tocelebrate the outcome.
Express your affection and create positive communication for nearly every age group.”

What an awesome idea as the original story blossomed.  I am sitting here at home thinking of all the different places I could hide mine. MCatherine sent me a purple heart with a cross on it to encourage me on days when my Lupus and Fibromyalgia have got me down and I feel like I just cant take any more, I will have my purple heart to hold on to in my pants, in my purse, slipped in my bra, anywhere close to my heart!

I want to thank them so much for sending me this purple heart and also one of you will get one of your own as well!

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Joan Penfold personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review,Hide a Heart provided me with a free sample of their products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s & Videos used in this review were provided by myself..