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Cube Dog 3D

10 Jun

Thank you to Cube Dog for sponsoring this review. For more information about Cube Dog please visit the Facebook page or download it on iTunes.

Earlier this week, we were given the opportunity to try and review the new Cube Dog 3D app. Kaelin had previously been a big fan of Foo pets (until the website eliminated the option for free membership) so I thought this app might be right up her alley.

It was.

She spent quite a while “creating” her own Cube Dog by selecting the facial and body features.  And the color … which was, of course, PINK.

“This is how it works, Mama.  If you raise a kid without pink, they’ll love pink.”
“So what you’re saying is that it’s really my fault that your favorite color is pink.”


When you’re finished creating your Cube Dog, you can rotate and zoom it to get the full 3D view.  You can also pet, tap or swipe it and it will do little tricks.  Kaelin’s favorite is when it turns into a Ninja.  She also really likes the one where it calls your phone, but we both thought it was odd that regardless of whether you “answer” or “decline” the call, the dog just hangs up and puts the phone away.  I think it would be cool if he carried on a little mini conversation or at least said “hi.”

Kaelin has asked to play with the app several times over the last few days, which tells me that it has some staying power for a 5-year-old.  She also figured out how to work the features mostly by herself (including filling my photo album with snapshots of her dogs), which tells me it’s pretty intuitive.

Overall, it’s an app I’d willingly pay the standard $0.99 for.  At the moment, it’s FREE (not sure if they’re planning to keep it that way), so I think that’s a great value.

While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

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Review: Chi Home Stylist Kit

26 Feb

Chi Home Stylist KitI have always had good hair.  Can I say that without sounding pretentious?

It’s relatively fine, but has always been pretty thick, and when I get it cut the stylist usually comments on how healthy it is, despite the fact that I blow-dry it every day.  I usually contribute this to the use of good products.

I have a lot of hair these days.  Mostly that is due to negligence, as I haven’t cut it in almost a year.  I’m not a huge fan of it being this long, because it’s harder to shake out of my face when the wind blows, and I don’t like having to pull it out of my arm pits every time I put on a shirt.

Unfortunately, hair cuts are not in my budget right now.  Neither is my beloved Fekkai Glossing shampoo and conditioner.  Which means my long hair has been in really bad shape lately.

There’s nothing that will make you want to hide your head like bad hair. Scraggly, dry, dull, frayed, damaged hair that refuses to cooperate with any effort to style it.  Since I’m on a bit of a self-improvement kick recently (because frankly, I could use some improvement), I decided to take action.

I bought this kit on Amazon for $25 , which is a significant discount from what you’d pay if you were to purchase the products separately and in a store (the Shampoo retails for $25 by itself).

I had to have it shipped to my parents’ house for Jens to bring back when he returned from his business trip, because this Amazon Marketplace seller doesn’t ship to foreign countries like Alaska.  So today is the first opportunity I’ve had to try it.

The Infra shampoo smells like cologne, which bugs me because I hate cologne, and I don’t really want to smell like a man.  Fortunately, the scent doesn’t stick around after your hair dries, so the fragrance is just a mild negative in my book.

The Infra Treatment doesn’t do a whole lot for detangling, but does leave my hair reasonably manageable after I get out of the shower.  I didn’t have to spend much time working through it with a comb, unlike some other “conditioning” products I’ve tried.

The Keratin Mist spray bottle is somewhat difficult to use.  It delivers tiny little spritzes and when you have long hair can take a lot of time to cover.

I was somewhat worried when I put a dab of the Silk Infusion leave-in treatment into my hands, because it basically feels like it’s made out of straight oil.  Having used products that gave my hair an oily texture in the past, I was apprehensive about its results.  However, I’m pleased to say that the product has not left my hair looking or feeling oily once blow-dried.

As for total results, I can say that I highly recommend these products.  Today, my hair is smooth, shiny, and soft to the touch – a night and day difference from where it was before.

Even though there’s entirely too much of it, it’s nice to have my hair back.

PS… You may notice that this post is not categorized under “Sponsored,” which means that nobody is paying me to say anything about this product.  I just thought I’d share it because I like the way it works.

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Unrelated Little Tidbits that Aren’t Long Enough to Warrant Their Own Post

20 Jan

I love how my kids cheer for breakfast.  It’s great to bring a carefully prepared plate out every morning to the resounding cheer of “BREAKFAST!!!”

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IMO, if it has to snow, it should be big, wonderful snowflakes, and not the tiny little wet snowy junk that came down all of yesterday.  I’m finding that I greatly prefer snow to rain when I have to be out in it… I just wish it didn’t stick around so long afterward.  I think Dallas has the right idea.  It snows, and it’s really exciting – then in 2 days the ground is clear.  EVERY TIME.

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Can I just say that I’m proud of my husband for being such a hard worker.  He’s started his own company with a friend and has been taking on some projects in addition to his full-time job.  Yesterday he worked 15 hours and potentially has several more projects in the pipes for the next 6 months or so.

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Koren’s newest thing is to say something that’s either outrageous or doesn’t make sense, and then “I’m just jokinnnn'” with a huge grin.  He’s such a ham.

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We had a lynx in our yard.  Jens saw it when he was on a work call.  Had he not been on the phone, he probably would have gone out and shot it, because it was dragging one of its front legs.  We’re glad Hastings wasn’t tied up outside at the time.  Injured predators tend to go for easy prey, like tied up animals or children.  This one was in such bad shape though, it probably won’t last much longer.

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Also in the wildlife category, Jens scared a moose half to death when he leaned over the railing in the dark and spit on it.  He didn’t know the moose was there and got quite a shock when it reared back in surprise.

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Kaelin is getting so spoiled at school.  Her teacher is a fisherman whose family is like modern day hippies.  His wife sports dreads (this is Homer, where the women in dreads outnumber the women who wear makeup) and they raise just about every kind of animal you can imagine.  And they all come to school.  The class has a pet guinea pig, Bear, who is a permanent resident and you may remember as our house guest over Christmas break.  But the kids have also gotten exposure to lots of other animals that come to class on occasion.  Hen-hen the guinea pig, Bella the Hamster … Tuesday they got to meet Andromeda, a 3-day-old baby goat.  Today they get a puppy.  Kaelin is in hog heaven amongst all the animals.  She tells me that SHE got to hold Andromeda TWICE, when all the other kids only got to hold her once.  Koren seemed pretty indifferent to the goat but is excited about the puppy.

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This is a note for CRAFTERS (or anyone who needs to buy gifts for them) – Joann’s is having a 40% off sale THIS WEEK ONLY on just about everything that pertains to scrapbooking and card-making.  Also, you can use coupon codes NFSE20 and NFSE22 online to get 50% OFF any item that’s not already on sale.  That’s some pretty significant savings, so get thee to the store!!!  Joann’s is on my Awesome list lately, because their online store will still ship most orders all the way to Homer, Alaska for less than $8.

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Our library has been out of commission for over a week.  The server went down on the 11th and nobody knows what to do to fix it.  So no one can check out any books until they get it up and running again.  Bummer.  At least they still do Story Hour on Wednesdays.  Yesterday, the kids made a craft that will be displayed in some Art gallery in town during the month of February.

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We’ve been to our little Homer Theater a couple of times in the past month.  When we moved here, this theater had a sign out front for several months that read, “Boiler’s broken, bring your coat to the movie.”  The lobby/concessions is the size of my kitchen (maybe) and they only take cash or check.  They have PEPSI signs everywhere but only serve Coke.  The bathrooms hold one person at a time.  There’s only one screen, it’s a bit bigger than our media room screen in Dallas, and they play 2 movies per day.  And the movies are on actual film strips.  Fun times!

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  • Safeway/Tom Thumb’s “O” Brand Organic No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter is the best peanut butter in the world.  It’s organic, but you don’t have to stir it up or refrigerate it (is it just me, or is cold, hard peanut butter the WORST).  And it’s the best tasting peanut butter I’ve tried, organic or otherwise.
  • Organic Valley 2% milk is the bomb.  It’s slightly more expensive than Horizon, but has better animal management practices and tastes even better.  FACT: Organic Milk tastes better than the regular hormone- and antibiotic-laden stuff.  And it won’t make your daughter grow boobs at the age of 9.
  • I’m not a fan of most greek yogurts, but Fage yogurt is awesome.  I can never go back to American yogurt.  Ladies, suck it up and get the 2% instead of the Fat Free.  It’s worth it.  I particularly like their little duo cups that have the yogurt on one side and the fruit mix on the other, so you mix it yourself.  It doesn’t get runny like the other greek yogurts that try to put it all in the same container.
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Thumb Things to Review

22 Jun

Thumbs Up: Dyson Vacuum. Love it. Took it over to clean up the old house and had to empty the canister 3 times from all the crap that thing picked up that our other vacuum left behind. Our previous vacuum went through a bag once every few moths. Now we know why – OLD VACUUM DIDN’T WORK.

Thumbs Down: Satin Sheets. Ok, I have always wanted satin sheets (always, meaning since I discovered them at Bed Bath & Beyond when shopping for dorm room accessories my freshman year of college). Finally bought a set as a housewarming gift for myself and J. BAD CHOICE for several reasons:

  • They are noisy. Shifting around at night causes enough “russle russle” to wake up any sleeping indiviudal in the room, the dog and the neighbors 3 doors down.
  • They don’t let your skin breath. Which means they will keep you warm when your room is cold, but it’s not the cozy warm of cotton sheets. It’s the skin-suffocating warm that makes you sweat if you don’t leave half your body out of the sheets.
  • They are too slippery. Try to sit on the bed and find yourself abuptly landing on the floor. Lay your head on the pillow and it slips out from underneath you. Open your mouth to yawn and all the covers slide off onto the floor. And I’m fairly convinced that this slip-n-slide business is the reason for the neck injury that kept me home from work yesterday. Because the pillow won’t stay under your head, your neck has to compensate all night to keep it there. Consequently, I woke up and couldn’t turn my head in any direction all day. Last night I slept without a pillow and that seemed to help. At least I can drive today.
  • They are expensive. I don’t mind spending money for good sheets, but it really really irks me to spend a lot of money on sheets I (and my neck) would have been better off without. So in summary, save yourself the trouble and stick with the higher thread count cotton sheets.
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