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Deal of the Day :: Evolve Showerhead by Laura
January 4, 2012, 11:10 am
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals, Product Reviews, Thrifty Thursdays

One of the daily deal websites, DailySteals has a great deal for today.

Evolve Tree Frog Eco-Luxury Showerhead with 3.25” Spray Head

for only $14.99 plus shipping!

I found it online on a few deal websites, but it’s listed on Amazon for $40 – what s savings! You can read on Amazon, there are some positive reviews.

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Heinz :: PlantBottle by Laura
September 2, 2011, 12:57 pm
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

One pretty miscellaneous fact about me: I LOVE ketchup and I will put it on pretty much any potato product they make.

Recently eye-spied with my big eyes this beauty: the PlantBottle. They are plant-based bottles developed by Coke— aptly named “PlantBottles” — for all of its 20 oz. ketchup bottles. The plastic bottles consist of 30 percent plant material, and are made with a Brazilian sugarcane ethanol, which results in a lower reliance on unsustainable resources as compared with traditional PET bottles. When Coke first introduced PlantBottles in 2009, an initial life-cycle analysis by the Imperial College London showed that the bottle had a 12 to 19 percent reduction in carbon impact. Coca-Cola said that last year, PlantBottles eliminated the equivalent of 30,000 metric tons of CO2.

Read more: Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Also, check out the Trivia Sweepstakes at Heinz!


Conserve :: Saving Energy and Money with a Socket by Laura
June 9, 2011, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Product Reviews

 

Belkin, makers of some fun electronics for your home, ipod, laptop, whatever you need has now come up with another fun gadget we all need. Their new “Conserve” line of products includes a socket, a valet pad, monitor and surge protector. All of these items are energy and money saving products that are designed to help you track, monitor and control energy use in your home. Use less, save more!

Save energy with timed power. Timed power, you say? Let’s just think about your morning activities: curling iron, coffee maker and phone charger. Let’s say you use these for 30 mins or so every morning. It’s a pain to keep them unplugged (yes, appliances use energy when they’re not in use!) and re-plug in every freakin’ morning. What if we had Conserve Socket? There are three settings, 30 minutes, 3 hours and 6 hours. Plug the curling iron in, choose the 30 minute setting, and the socket automatically shuts off after 30 minutes. This also reduces the fire hazard!  Same as with anything we use on a casual basis. Want to charge a phone overnight? Set it on the 3 or 6 hour timer, and boom. Use it to shut off standby power after your electronic devices are fully charged. Shut off lights, fans and heaters to avoid leaving them on indefinitely.

Try to resist buying about 100 of these!



Sit..Buy: Good Dog! by Laura
May 26, 2011, 8:22 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

I know, I know. Where’s all the wedding posts? I’ll get to it soon enough – I need some recovery time!

A great find from Meghan, the World’s Best MOH!

I know how it is, you go into those big box pet stores and you ‘awwww’ at all of the cute leashes, collars, toys…but think for 2 seconds. Where is this stuff made? What is it made of? The second question is VERY important in my mind, since our dog loves to digest everything she chews on.

And that’s where “The Good Dog Company” comes in. Made in the USA, they make earth-friendly (and doggy friendly) goods for our fur-kids. Check out their cool store!

How cute is the “Man’s Best Friend” collar pattern?



How to Clean Silver :: Without Any Nasty Chemicals by Laura
March 25, 2011, 3:38 pm
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Product Reviews, Projects

One of the items I keep an eye out for when I visit thrift stores is silver platters and interesting pieces for my wedding. They’ll either be nice to keep after the event, or they will sell for either the price I paid or more. It’s a win-win. The thing about buying silver from thrift stores? The tarnish and not-so-great quality of the product. So, I set out to clean these super tarnished pieces.

I recently did some research on ways to clean silver while not using any harsh chemicals, pain in the ass products, or spending a bunch of money. As you can see by the piece on the left, I had to get something that worked, and worked well. My first research result? Make a baking soda and water paste and rub, rub, rub. This method barely touched the surface of the tarnish I had…my hopes for an eco-friendly home remedy were shrinking.

So when I found this latest method, I was a little wary. It called for a pinch of salt, some baking soda, boiling water, and some foil. Well…I can say this method is AWESOME. It works like magic…black magic, I tell ya. I took some photos of the process, so everyone could see the difference…and how magical this really is. The tarnish actually grabs ahold of the foil, so make sure you don’t skip that step!

Click on the images to enlarge them.



Holiday Green Gifting Guide :: Something for everyone! by Laura
December 2, 2010, 5:06 pm
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

This is the start of of Green Gifting Guide – what better way to start then something that satisfies the New Year’s Resolution to “organize,” is super cool and friendly on the earth.

John Mayer has some new Holiday items for sale, and one caught my eye: ecosystem Weekly Planner

Here’s the details:

A collaboration with our friends at ecosystem: a custom Weekly Planner. Features an imprinted deboss of the Heartbreak logo on the soft flexi-cover.

Medium weekly planner, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, 144 pages acid/chlorine free 60# PCW paper, flexi cover (soy based inks, water based adhesives and dyes).

ecosystem notebooks are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and are made entirely in the USA using the most environmentally responsible processes. Like all of us, each ecosystem (notebook and planner) has a unique past, present and future. Register your books unique ID located on the inside back storage pocket at http://www.ecosystemlife.com and learn how your book’s past brings together its recycled parts to create a new chapter in the life of each component.

PLEASE NOTE: This item is expected to ship no later than December 16, 2010.



Complaint on the Complaint Department :: Circle Cutter of Death by Laura
September 30, 2010, 9:08 am
Filed under: Product Reviews

Recently I got a Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Cutter, product # MA281056 from Walmart. I know tons of projects for my wedding I wanted to use something like this on, including a circular reception menu and my recent project, paper Ball jar lid inserts using, what else, a Martha Stewart clip art and template.

This handy tool seems like a fabulous idea, a great design and a inexpensive product with endless uses. Multitasker, as Alton Brown loves to say. Well, I’ll say, yes, it’s a great inexpensive multitasker, with a very BAD design. The “handle” has insertable blades, which are protected by these little plastic tabs, where you insert in the blade and slide this tab out. Seems easy, right? Why yes, it’s super easy…easy to slice your finger open. I’ve done this not once, but twice. Am I insane to try it after I cut myself once already? No, well, not for this reason. I thought, like any human, maybe I wasn’t paying attention, or getting the idea right. I have gone many many years using my Xacto knife without a single injury. So I sit at my desk, put this thing in front of me, prepare, and then get out the blade o’ danger. I gently place it in, sliding the “safe” little tab off, and b-bam…HUGE slice on my finger. About 1 inch in width, and who knows how deep. I First Aided myself, replayed the entire thing in my head…and then decided to call miss Martha Stewart Crafts to complain.

Upon calling, I get routed around, finally reaching Martha Stewart Crafts help line. The woman was nice, but when I told her how the design has a major unsafe flaw, and that I’m bleeding on the other end, all I get is a nice little apology, and my “note” sent to the “Product Manager” to tell them that “customers” are having “problems” with it. Oh, and have a nice day.

It seemed pretty un-momentous for me, no freebies, nothing but I’m sorry and a canned response.

I think I’ll put this Circle Cutter up for when I have enemies that need one.