Friday, July 1, 2016

10 Things I'm Loving This Summer! All Items $30 and Under (most for much less)!!

Our family has been doing quite a few things this summer, making it one of our best ever yet!! Along the way we've also been sent some products to test out and see how we feel about them. Some I like, some I don't. I'm going to list my top 10 favorites here, and you can see if you might like them too. Please note, these are in no particular order of favoritism, as they are all very different from one another...the common bond they have is that they're all just items I like owning.

The Sip & Spin Cup has a pinwheel that spins every time you take a drink.
#1. The Sip & Spin Cup. It's a simple concept really, you sip, the pinwheel on the top of the cup spins, and it's brilliant. What little one wouldn't love having their very own pinwheel in a cup whenever they wanted something to drink? My granddaughter loves hers, and her mom said it's fast become her favorite cup. I'm glad she likes it, and I suspected she would. Grandma's are good at guessing these things, you know.  :)   She already likes to drink water and eat healthy, but if your child is resistant to water as a drink, making this the 'water cup' could increase her/his (there is a boy version too) intake by a whole lot. :)

Sip & Spin Fun Straw Cup
  • Makes it fun to drink water – wow it’s spinning!
  • Sip to spin the pinwheel – the butterflies soar around the flower
  • Motivate more water instead of sugary drinks; Ease feeding aversions and other feeding disorders
  • Easy to drink from, simple to clean, and durable; Dishwasher safe
  • Valve-free straws for better dental health, speech development, and hygiene; Free of BPA, Phthalates, PVC, Nitrosamines, Latex, and Lead
  • Contains 1 cup, 1 lid, 1 Sip & Spin straw, 1 (bonus) Zoomi straw; For 1 year and older; Able play rated for special needs kids
These 7th Heaven Peel Off Masks are Awesome & they cost under $5 a piece!
#2 The 7th Heaven Green Tea Peel-Off mask is just what the doctor ordered for a little me-time. The heat this time of year can be harsh on our skin, and what better way to replenish than with a little down time & pampering. These kinds of masks are my favorite, they actually feel like they put moisture back into your skin. I like to peel way better than I like to wash off mud (though 7th Heaven has mud and self-heat spa masks as well). These are clear and you can feel them working to invigorate your skin. I say buy one of these for every gal you know, invite them over and have a Girl's Day. 

Peel Off masks are gentler and more effective than scrubs whilst leaving skin incredibly purified and smooth. You'll be amazed at how many dead skin cells show up on the mask after use. So why not jazz up your weekly scrub routine and use a peel off instead!


Dap RapidFuse has fixed more things for us this summer than I can count!
#3 Dap RapidFuse has been such a big help to us this summer. First and foremost, my son's glasses broke, through no fault of his own. They weren't built strong to start with, having just a teeny piece of metal inside of an even smaller opening, that was supposed to stay in place forever more...with anyone that would be hard. With an 8-year-old: impossible. Kids like to move!! So I did get him new glasses, that have plastic frames, but the RapidFuse bonded them long enough for him to still have glasses until the new ones arrived. Now just to note, the glasses did break again after a week or so, but that wasn't the fault of the adhesive. Like I said, those glasses were terrible construction from the get-go. The all-purpose adhesive did last long enough though, and for that I am grateful. That aside, we've fixed many other things that have held up, including my beloved dragonfly stick for the yard that my niece got her sweet 3-year-old-hands on and broke. ;)  Dap makes an awesome adhesive, I love it!

RapidFuse™ All-Purpose Adhesive provides a fast-setting, professional-strength, clear bond that's 40% stronger than other glues* without the expanding foam or dripping glue mess.
Appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, RapidFuse works on most common household materials, from wood, metal, rubber, plastics, ceramics + porcelain, to glass, fabric, stone, concrete, tile + more.
  • FIX IT FAST—sets in 30 seconds, cures in 30 minutes, repositionable up to 3 minutes
  • FIX IT RIGHT—40% stronger than tough polyurethane glues*, 2X more durable than instant glues, bonds clear
  • No Foam, No Dripping, No MESS
Interior/Exterior Use | Fine-Tip Applicator

Bonds Virtually Everything to ANYTHING:

WoodMetal
RubberPlastics
Ceramics + Porcelain          Glass                         
FabricStone + Concrete
Tile


*40% Stronger than polyurethane glues based on averaging strength on ABS plastic, polycarbonate, white oak, rubber, and steel. 2X more durable than traditional cyanoacrylates.

No Ad is always our go-to sunscreen for the kids!
#4 No-Ad is our go-to sunscreen and has been for as long as I can remember. Here in south Florida, the summers get HOT, and the kids are outside, a lot!! I want to make sure they're protected head to toe with something I can trust. Ad Sense does the job well. I'm happy to say (knock on wood) that my kids have never gotten a burn, not even a little bit, while using it. It comes in big bottles, little bottles, different spf's, sprays, and even a stick. My son recently took a bottle to camp (swimming day) and the bottle didn't come back. I was in mourning. ;)  Luckily, I can and did, pick up a new bottle the next time I went shopping. It's reasonably priced and the best sunscreen around for protecting precious skin.

Great for sensitive skin. The entire NO-AD line is now paraben-free, retinyl palmitate-free.? And baby products are fragrance-free, oil and dye-free, hypoallergenic and enriched with cocoa seed butter and vitamins. Organic beeswax allows the stick to apply super smoothly unlike other baby sunscreen sticks that drag on delicate skin. Lower cost per ounce than national brands.  NO-AD costs less because "no advertising" means it doesn't buy expensive TV, print, and radio ads.


Acquarella Nail Polish is fragrance-free and non-toxic

#5 Acquarella Beauty Products. Items that strengthen your nails, color that lasts a long time, a file and the nail polish is fragrance-free and non-toxic too..what's not to love??!! This is a brand I had never seen around, now it's one I look for to buy. The white bottle you see is a conditioner. If you're looking for a higher-end brand of polish, this is one I personally found to be top-notch. It's one of my absolute favorites. They have some great colors out for summer too; colors you don't find just everywhere.

Weleda.com has so many great beauty products,
including this Almond line for your face
#6. Weleda makes an excellent line of products for your face that I thought I would mention too. The slight almond scent in the product I received for my face was very pleasant and felt refreshing. I think scents really do have the ability to soothe, and the slight scent of almonds makes me happy. You can get items for your face in any form, lotion, oil or cream. The product feels high quality and does what it says (soothes your skin). I wouldn't mind shopping around to see what else they have. They certainly don't lack variety on their website. Take a look for yourself if you have a minute. They have a ton of great sounding beauty products for sale.

  • Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and 100% natural
  • Intensive cream that deeply moisturizes and calms dry, sensitive skin
  • Restores skin’s natural balance and strengthens its protective barrier


Bausc Sweet Mint Lip Balm. Just the right amount of mint!

#7. Sweet Mint Lip Balm from Bausc. This is a non-waxy formula that is light and natural. It keeps your lips moist even in the worst of heat. I have this in my purse so it's always at the ready when  I need it.

Ingredients: prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ricinus communis seed (castor) oil, beeswax, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), theolroma cacao seed (cocoa) butter, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E),menthe piperita (peppermint) oil.

Pebblebee lets you take selfies, text friends, track items and more!

#8. Pebblebee This is one of the most expensive, but still reasonably priced items on the list, considering all that it does. The Pebblebee Stone is easy to use: download the app on your iPhone or Android device. Set up your Stone. The directions will walk you through how to do it. The stone has a tracking mode, so you can find whatever it is you have stuck it to... but it does so much more than that alone! You can text friends, control your music, snap selfies with it and more. The uses for this are numerous and once you get the hang of it you'll wonder how you lived without it.



#9. Shoe Slotz I hate trying to find a good place to store my shoes. They're either unattractively sitting around in a bunch, or they're lined up taking up way too much space on the closet floor. I don't like the see-through plastic pouches (just a personal preference), and when they're on a closet shelf, there's no room left for anything else.


The solution? Shoe Slotz. what a lovely invention. They double the storage space in your closet instantly and they keep your heels from getting scuffed or marked up). I like this idea! I like my Shoe Slotz. :)

Mytee Scoopy traps condensation!

#10. My Mytee Scoopy Condensation Squeegee. Don't laugh, this thing comes in handy in more ways than you would think. It's perfect for cleaning the turtle's tank, works great on the regular windows, and it keeps condensation from running on the sill and ruining the wood. I think every house should have one of these. It's easy to store too because it's small! My kids laugh at me for getting excited about my Mytee Scoopy but you can bet any time there's  a need for it, they're the first ones to want to go grab it.

SCOOPY was invented in New Zealand as a way to deal with the annoying condensation that forms on windows during Winter months.  That condensation is caused by warm air meeting cold air.  This could take place on an exterior window, on a shower door, on a mirror, on a wall...the list goes on and on.  If the water is left to drip down to the bottom, it could cause nasty mildew stains, which are ugly and potentially harmful.  You could use a conventional squeegee, but the water is just going to pool at the bottom, so what's the point?  You could use a towel, but who wants to do more laundry?  De-humidifier - too expensive!  SCOOPY helps you get rid of that water without puddles of water on your window sill, without extra laundry, and without the cost of a de-humidifying system!

And there you have it. My list of summer faves. :)  Have you tried any on the list? Would you? What's your favorite?  I can't pick a fave because they're all so different from one another. I can say I recommend each and everything thing though, that's on the list. :)  

60 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I need some Shoe Slotz in my life. What an amazing way to store ALL my shoes.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

What some great items - I have to admit I love 7th Heaven masks they are so lovely!

Susan Kane said...

Every product listed I could use!

Terri Beavers said...

I can see why you love these products because they all sound great. I'm going to have to try No-Ad because my sunscreen didn't work so well today on the grand kids.

Pat Hatt said...

The shoe slots sure look like they will come in handy for those with lots of shoes.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I'm always looking for strong adhesive so I would use that one around the house. I love how affordable all of these products are.

Elizabeth O. said...

All these items are awesome especially the ones for the kids, like that sippy cup and the sun screen! The shoe slotz is awesome as well!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great picks! I am a big fan of NoAd in our beach bags. I really need the shoe slots. Having 3 girls in the house, you can imagine how our shoe closet looks. So unorganized!

blythe32 said...

I'm obsessed with facial masks right now, especially the ones for Tony Moly. Zelda makes such great products. I love their skin food.

Liz Mays said...

I'm liking these picks. I may have to try that rapid fuse. Those shoe slotz are really cool too.

menopausal mama said...

LOVE the Shoe Slotz!

Amy Jones said...

I'd love to have all this product, amazing prices!

Mom Knows Best said...

The shoe one is needed in my house. With 6 people we have a lot of shoes to store.

Nikki said...

I like the product for shoe storage. It will save a lot of spaces and money as well.

adriana nudo said...

I need to try that face mask! And the shoe storage is a great idea - it'd be perfect for my foyer closet!

The Mid Life Guru said...

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I need to find me some Shoe Slotz!!

Emily Reviews said...

I really need those shoe slotz. My shoe area is a mess!

Nicole Herose said...

I like the fragnant-free nail polish. My son hates the smell of my current nail polish.

Mauie Flores said...

I'd love to have the mask! Cool that it's affordable!

Seattle Travel Blogger said...

You have posted some clever ideas here.
I think your picture is adorable also!

Sandee said...

Some cool items, but I'm going for the mask. I think that would be great for my face. That's some serious me time.

Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I can't believe the prices - what complete bargain they all are! x

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm impressed with the Shoe Slotz. It's brilliant. I often find one shoe and not its mate. That would solve this problem.

Cheers, Rosey. Keep a smile.

Echo A said...

Fun stuff! I bet my kids would love those cups!

Shannon Peterson said...

That cup sounds awesome! And I definitely need those shoe slots!

Nicole Escat said...

These products are definitely must-haves! I like the shoe organizer, I need that!

Geraldine said...

I love the Sip n Spin Cup! My boys will totally dig it... they are monster drinkers. Shoe Slotz looks cool, will consider to get them for an organised shoe cupboard!

Ms KathyKenny said...

It's always good to have a list of things that we like about a season and the fact that its below $30, I'd say heck yeah!

~ Noelle said...

I have tried none of these and I want to try them all!!!!! Wow. Thanks for a great list of items that I might need to add to my birthday list. :)

leah kairu said...

love the kids one, i could definitely use a nail kit, right this moment

Angie Scheie said...

Under $30?! Nice! The Pebblebee really stood out to me.

Kerri said...

I have one of the 7th Heaven masks. Maybe today is the day to try it out. Great list of finds!

Enricoh Alfonzo Naidu said...

oooh great who doesn't love under the budget items, this is great of you to take the time to compile the list.

carol l mckenna said...

She is so precious and cute ~ wonderful photo and post ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Ashley @Irishred02 said...

Loving the shoes. And all this under $30 nice!

Michelle Waller said...

I really need those shoe slots in my life. It would make things so much easier and I would have so much more storage room.

Tiffany said...

I literally just saw the Shoe Slotz today at Dollar General. Seems like an interesting way to save space.

CourtneyLynne said...

Ooooo I love those face masks!!! I always buy those when I go to Walmart!!!!

Colette S said...

That is a good list.
I have heard of some of these products.

Is that grandbaby?
Oh my slow down on the growing beautiful!!!

agnes dela cruz said...

#10! I saw the same item on the grocery last week with a different brand name though. I'd be getting one for the shower room so the kids can clean up after shower. perfect for windows too.

mail4rosey said...

That is sweet grandbaby girl. I love her so. :)

alissa apel said...

I love that cup! I want one! ;) That would be really fun to get small kids. The sun care would be something we'd use. I use kid sunblock all the time on myself.

Maddi'sMommy said...

Oh my gosh I love those Green Tea peel offs!

berlin domingo said...

Love everything especially the shoe slotz. I find it as a smart invention.

MaryJane Tauyan said...

i cud use lots of sunscreen right now! its super hot in dubai!

Seattle Travel Blogger said...

I think my niece would still like that sip and straw cup; even though she is getting a little older now, she still takes pleasure in the little things. I like that about her.

Catherine Sargent said...

These all look like great products. I will have to try the No-Ad sunscreen. We spend a lot of time at the beach.

Stacie said...

I have 4 kids. So, you know... Rapid Fuse to the rescue! ;)

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

I've only recently heard a little bit about No Ad skin care. It looks and sounds wonderful, I'd love to try it out! - Jeanine

Pam said...

That RapidFuse would be really useful here. All of us have glasses, and no matter how careful you are, there's always the chance something could happen.

Kristi said...

That Sweet Mint Lip Balm sounds great. Something for year round... in the dry summer and when my daughter gets chapped lips in the winter.

Liz Mays said...

They're so simple and they'd help with organization a ton. Our shoes always become a mess.

Nicole Escat said...

My sister is having problems with her tweens' eyeglasses, so I will recommend Dap RapidFuse to her!

Crystal said...

I haven't thought about No Ad sunscreen in forever, but I totally loved it. With the amount of time we're going to be in the sun this summer, I should stock up.

Toni Patton said...

I love the NOAd sun protectant. It's actually always in our beach bag living in Florida!

Couponing in Central Florida! said...

OOOH the peel off masks look great. Perfect for my daughters and I .

Rachelle J said...

The pebblebee is so something I need in my life! How fun is that!?

Kiwi said...

You have a lot of items to review!! I am interested in the PebbleBee...I am always losing things so it would be cool to track it!

Christina Aliperti said...

I really want to try the lip balm. With hemp seed oil I know it's really good for the lips.

Emily said...

I love Welenda's product line. So natural and really quality ingredients. I used a lot of their baby products with my kids.