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Lush and Luxurious! What We Thought of the MicroSuede Furniture Slipcover from FinalGrab

cI have a one year old who co-sleeps with me because she has night terrors – so unfortunately – my husband opts to sleep in the living room to give us more space. I love him for it. A few months ago we went and purchased a lovely new futon to replace the old tattered love seat that we had in the living room. It is about as long as a couch and has a thick beige fabric covered mattress and has wooden arm rests. Looks great in our living room. The only issue is – the thing is super hard to clean – if anything gets on it it means having to unzip the massive mattress encasing and having to wash it… and we live in an apartment complex with community laundry facilities… and I don’t trust their machines not to ruin things – so, needless to say I have been looking for a cover for the futon since we got it – and when I was offered the opportunity to try out the Quilted MicroSuede furniture cover from FinalGrab I couldn;t have been more elated.

I ordered mine in the sofa size and in the lovely red color they offer. It’s more of a deep crimson/red wine color – but it’s gorgeous nevertheless. The product was super easy to unpack and put on the futon. Y12047474_10207832996128427_835982008_nou simply unfold it and drape accordingly. Part of the cover will hang over the top behind the couch and will hang on the bottom just below the cushion (maybe a little lower dependent on your individual piece of furniture.) Then you just adjust the cover to match up the arm rests on the fabric to the ones on the furniture and you are good to go. As you can see from my 12030955_10207832996088426_246906848_npictures, my arm rests are wood so I just draped the cover over them – and honestly it looks great. There is an area on the left corner of the top and the right corner that is not covered (maybe 2″) but it’s even and it looks like it is supposed to fit that way.

The Microsuede was a lovely choice of fabric for this furniture cover. It is super plush and very very soft. My husband sleeps on it every night and says that it makes the futon more bearable to sleep on. Plus – this is much easier to wash than trying to wash or steam the futon cover.
I really love this product and will likely be ordering several more to cover the other chairs in my home. It’s an amazing quality furniture cover – soft, durable and luxurious – plus it comes in so many colors so you’re bound to find one you like. I definitely recommend it.

If you would like to see the different color and size variations – I encourage you to check out their Amazon page! These slipcovers are very affordable at under $26 and make an excellent and classy addition to any decor.

I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I have not been compensated. All opinions are my own after having used the product extensively.

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Why We Will Never Floss Again – The Pyle Cordless Water Pick

pik1I hate flossing. I HATE it. I have crowded teeth and a small jaw and conventional flossing is time consuming and uncomfortable for me. So, when I was offered the opportunity to test out the Pyle Cordless and Portable Water Pick I was over the moon.

The whole unit is super compact. It folds up into itself and can literally be stored in a medicine cabinet or easily taken on the go and stashed away in a pocket book, suitcase, briefcase, gymbag, etc. Anywhere you go – this device can go to. The battery is rechargeable and comes with it’s own charger. Once charged – you can use the product many times before it needs to be charged again.

The device basically uses the power of water pressure to pressure wash your teeth – like flossing – but with water and certainly less time consuming. There are two settings – normal and soft. If you have sensitive gums I recommend the soft setting – at least for the first few uses until you get used to the pressure. I tried the normal setting the first go ’round and pik3had some bleeding but no more than is normally associated with flossing and crowded teeth.

The nozzle and water pressure really allow you to reach every part of your mouth and to blast away plaque and and any additional gunk left behind that your toothbrush doesn’t get. My mouth feels AMAZING after I use it and I have incorporated it into my daily dental hygiene routine.

pik2This is definitely a dental accessory that is worth the effort to have and use. It’s very user friendly, easy to set up, charge and utilize. Mine sits right on my bathroom counter. It takes up very little space and is super convenient. Check out the video for more insights on this product and a demonstration of use!

I really love this product and how effective it is! I would definitely recommend it. If you are interested in checking it out – we encourage you to visit the product page on Amazon for more info!

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I have not been compensated. All opinions are 100% my own after having used the product extensively.

Our Experience with the Chef Essential Classic 23-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set! A Must Have Set for Any Kitchen!

I have been looking for an inclusive MATCHING kitchen utensil set for some time now. I had lots of utensils – most most of them were hand me downs from friends and relatives – so a lot of them were old and stained and falling apart. I really wanted a set that looked great in my kitchen and so when I was offered the opportunity to try out the Chef Essentials Classic 23-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set – I was over the moon and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

These utensils are high quality. They are all made of durable, heavy duty stainless steel and have sturdy uniform black and silver handles. You can easily tell they belong to a set. This utensil set really has EVERYTHING that you could possible need in the kitchen. It contains several types of spatulas in various sizes, several spoons and ladles, some slatted, some whole. It has tongs, a bottle opener, a vegetable peeler, a whisk, several sizes of measuring spoons and cups and even a pizza cutter. Like I said – if you need it in the kitchen – it’s in this set.

The utensils are easy to work with – they do not bend or break easily and are easy to clean. You can safely stick them in the dishwasher with no issues. I also really liked that they have the tiny cutouts in the end of the handle so you can actually hang them on the wall. I store most of mine in a large round open-top utensil holder – but just for aesthetic purposes I hung the measuring cups and a few of the larger spatulas on the wall. They are very durable but pretty lightweight considering and they hang easily on a finishing nail with no problems.

I love love love this utensil set. It looks great in my kitchen and I was finally able to throw away all of those odds and ends utensils – which made me extremely happy. I would definitely recommend this product. They look great and function phenomenally. Definitely happy to have this in my kitchen. My only comment is I wish they would come out with more sets in varying colors! That would be a lot of fun!

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If you would like to find out more about this product – I definitely encourage you to check out their product page on Amazon! If you purchase it – or have ordered this in the past – I would love to hear about your experience with the product as well! Feel free to comment on this post – I love hearing from my readers!
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I have not been compensated. All opinions are 100% my own after having used the product.

My Experience with the Uberve 2-in-1 Artist Set Acrylic Paint and Brushes



paint3I love having art products around the house. I am very much into DIY crafts and love being artistic. I don’t paint in the traditional sense but I do often require paintbrushes and acrylic paints for projects that I make that require a bit of color here and there or simply for decorating pre-fab products like wooden mirrors or the occasional birdhouse. The set of brushes I had were old, stubby and the bristles were in horrible condition – so when I was offered the opportunity to try out the Uberve 2-in-1 artist set – I was stoked. It looked like it was everything I really needed for my painting kit.

The product comes with 15 long handled wooden paint brushes with no-shed synthetic hair bristles. The brush heads are coated in some sort of hardened preserving liquid when you get them. I think it keeps them from fraying, shedding or becoming dry rotted before they are used. A bit of warm water loosens and softens the bristles easily so that you can use them. The brushes have nice long handles so you don’t have to struggle to hold them and like I said there are paint215 of them ranging in size from large to very small – so you will no doubt have the perfect brush regardless of the project you need it for. The brushes come in a lovely black carrying case – each with it’s own sheath pocket. The brushes stay inside their assigned pocket and to not just roll around in the case. This also prevents them from sliding and getting the bristles caught in the zipper. The case is durable and light weight but very protective. It can easily be slipped inside a tote or backpack for easy travel.

As far as the paints are concerned there are twelve different colors in this particular set of acrylics. All primary and neutral colors are included – if there is a color you are missing you may have to do a bit of blending to get a the shade you want – but that’s paint1half the fun. Each color comes in a sturdy tube. They are individually sealed. Tubes are opened by puncturing the seal with the point in the end of the paint cap. The paint is easy to squeeze from the tube – I recommend doing so a little at a time so that you do not waste what you don’t need. The colors are bright, vivid and creamy and are easily spread by the paint brushes provided.

I have really enjoyed my experience with this product – definitely a great set for an aspiring painter who is starting out. The paint quality is fantastic and the brushes are easy to handle and leave lovely brush strokes. I would definitely recommend. Check out the video to see this product in action.

I really encourage you to check out this product if this is something you have an interest in. If you have used it or decide to purchase we really would love to know what you thought about it – so please do not hesitate to comment with your thoughts and experiences! Find out more about the Uberve Artist set by visiting their Amazon Product Page or by clicking any image on this page.

I received this product free as a sample for the purpose of testing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I have not been compensated. All opinions are my own after having used the produc

What We Loved About the Mindscope Turbo Twister Toy for Kids

I don’t have any children at home that could play with this – but my husband is an RC fanatic and I love having toys to keep around the house for when my nieces and nephews come over to visit. So, when I was offered the opportunity to try out the Mindscope Turbo Twister Pulse Orange – it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to order it.

This remote controlled ‘car’ type device takes 5 AA batteries all together – 2 in the remote and three in the toy – we used the cheap dollar store batteries and even those seem to be holding up to several days worth of use – so no worries about constantly having to change batteries – but if you have rechargeables those would be a great option too. If you are purchasing this for a child – note that they will need a bit of adult assistance as it requires the use of a screwdriver to open the battery compartment. Other than that – completely kid friendly.

The remote control is relatively easy to figure out. The toy turns in all directions on a dime and also has a neat function where the front wheels will turn sideways and flip the car. So there is definitely a lot going on visually – especially when you pair it with the fact that it has flashing bright multi-color lights going the whole time.

My only criticisms for this product are that I wish there was a bit more range capability. The remote will communicate with the toy only over a length of 10-15 ft – but it is a kids toy and a child is likely to want to be close to it – so I don’t really see that being an issue. My other criticism is that I would have liked for the controller to be a bit more durable – the toy itself is actually very sturdy – it can bump into things and not flinch – but the remote control could have been a bit better designed.

Overall – this is an excellent toy I would think this would be appropriate for ages 5+. I have enjoyed my experience with it and I would recommend it. It comes in a variety of colors so if you have multiple kids this would be the perfect thing to buy a few of and let them play together!

Check out a video of this toy in action! My husband and daughter loved it!

Like I said – this toy comes in a variety of colors – so if you are interested in checking them out – click any of the images below or HERE to be taken directly to the Amazon Product Page.

I received this product free as a sample for the purpose of my honest review. I have not been compensated in any way. All opinions are 100% my own after having used the product.

Easy Peasy White Teeth with Shine Whitening Professional Teeth Whitening Kit


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So, here’s my confession for the day – I am addicted to coffee.. and I smoke. I know.. I know.. they are bad for me. I get it. My teeth get it too. My poor pearly whites have really paid the price for my vices all these years. i am not saying my teeth look like gold nuggets or anything – but they are certainly not as white as they could be.. and going to the dentist for teeth whitening is … well a luxury that i can’t fathom spending money on when I have a child and household bills to pay.

So what’s a girl to do? DIY health and Beauty? I think so. If you haven’t guessed – today I am giving you my take on  the Shine Whitening Professional Teeth Whitening Kit.

The kit itself looks small but that’s because the program is pretty simple. Not a lot of steps or parts. It comes with100_3501 two trays (one for the top of your mouth and one for the bottom) It also comes with two syringes of the whitening treatment.

** Before I go any further into explaining use – i would like to take a second to give a warning to those with sensitive skin. You will be handling chemicals – and you may get some on your hands – if you are prone to skin reactions I suggest latex gloves for personal safety**

So, to use this product You uncap one syringe and put a thin coat across the trays. You can u100_3526se the brush to smooth it out. The directions recommend putting ‘dots’ on the ‘tooth grooves’ in the trays – but the syringe didn’t really allow me that kind of accuracy – i just made sure it was lightly coated. You will then want to recap the syringe. This stuff is pretty sticky and will ooze out if not covered properly.

OK – so at this point – are instructed to place the trays in your mouth for roughly 15 minutes. The 100_3520trays slide into the mouth easily – one tray at a time — similarly to putting in a mouth guard. The trays have little tabs on the front which make them easier to handle and maneuver into your mouth.

SO NOW WE WAIT…..

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Ok-  fifteen minutes does not seem like a long time – unless you are waiting to show white your teeth are going to be!! I kept my trays in for fifteen minutes (there are warnings on the package for people with sensitive teeth in relation to time and spacing in between treatments – so if that apples to you, definitely take heed.)

I feel like I should stop a moment – and give you a little insight into my personal experience. I definitely recommend that when you do this – you either wear a shirt you don’t care about – or don’t wear one at all  – not because this process is messy but because the trays paired with the bleaching treatment will make your mouth water – and of course with the way the trays are placed – there is no way to control 100_3510the fact that you are drooling all over yourself. Seriously, don’t let that keep you from buying this product – that will happen with most products of this variety. Also, be prepared to taste the bleaching solution at some point during the process. While you are not putting it directly in your mouth – all that moving saliva is likely to cause you to get a taste of it at some point. No worries though – It doesn’t taste good – but it is certainly not bad enough to make you gag or anything. Just don’t swallow any if you can help it.

DING! TIME IS UP. Lets check out those pearlies.

So at this point you are supposed to remove the trays. Once you do, rinse your mouth out a few times with water. The instructions say room-temp.. I’m guessing this has something to do with heightened sensitivity caused by the product.. but I am not entirely sure. I also recommend rinsing out your mouth trays before storing.

The JURY IS IN…

The Shine Whitening Professional Teeth Whitening Kit comes with this nifty little measuring guide on it’s back panel that can help you determine how much lighter your teeth are since using the product. If you plan to use it – I recommend gauging 100_3503where you are before your first treatment – and then monitor after each treatment to see your progress.

Personally, I have been using this product for about three weeks – I have done a treatment about every three days. The first treatment or two … I didn’t see much of a difference in shade – but my teeth felt ridiculously clean. After about the third treatment – I really started to see steady progressive results each time. My teeth are definitely whiter and more healthy looking. Obviously – this is not a miracle product. You can’t just use it once and expect to have blinding white teeth – but, if you use the product as intended and do multiple treatments over a period of time – it is very likely that you will see some very significant results! I would definitely recommend this product to coffee drinkers and smokers who are looking to take a little age off their smile. This product is also perfect for people who don’t have the time or the luxury of being able to visit a dentist for whitening. This product is super affordable and contains enough bleaching treatment for numerous applications.

As far as affordability – I think it is definitely reasonable considering how many treatments you can do with one kit. The Shine White Professional Teeth Whitening Kit can be purchased on Amazon for $29.99. Definitely go check out the product page if you are interested. Overall I have really enjoyed this product and would order it again without question. It’s effective and affordable — which makes it a winner in my book.

Check out this product on Amazon!

 

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Product Review: Fruit Infuser Water Bottle 32Oz


I am a HUGE fan of infused water. I have been drinking it for years. I love experimenting with different combinations of fruits, flavors and herbs to create a tasty And healthy beverage experience.

Over the last few months, I have noticed that water infusing water bottles have become popular. While they always looked interesting, I never purchased one because I really saw no advantage to them. i can put infused water in any old water bottle and drink it… but, alas, when I was offered an opportunity to try these water bottles I thought ‘Well, why not.’ I ordered… but didn’t expect the product to outshine my expectations. Boy was I wrong.

When I received my package… I suddenly became super excited. The packaging was colorful and the design of the bottles was fun and unique. 100_3306There are two bottles in the package. One clear with a clear tube and one clear with a blue center tube. The inner  ‘infuser’ tube on each bottle has different size vents in it. I imagine this is so that you can use 100_3308a variety of ‘infusable’ ingredients. The wider tube works well with fruits and the smaller vented one works well with teabags and large leaf herbs. Both bottles come with a set of freezable fruit-shaped ice cubes that are both super cute and functional. I throw mine in the freezer for about an hour before use and they keep my water cold for several hours.

Before I purchased these bottles, I was making infused water the old fashioned way. By old fashioned I mean i would add ingredients to a 100_3309pitcher and let them steep. After having used these bottles, I now realize the downside to my old method. Before, I was making large batches of infused water at once… but you really have to drink the whole pitcher in a short amount of time, or your ingredients will get soggy and slimy and your water will get icky. Not to mention if you do decide to take out the chunks of fruit or herbs you have to basically fish them out, which is time consuming. That is where this product has an advantage. You can add your ingredients to the infuser tube and let your water ‘steep’ in the fridge. When your water has reached the taste potency you like you can actually take out that tube, dump it and then pop in yo100_3310ur freezer fruit chillers and you are ready to go. AWESOMENESS.

I also love that this bottle is great for on-the-go. I can make my water at night and take it to work with me the next day. Fits in a standard car cup holder and the bottle is leak proof. Which is great. Also has an awesome flip top nozzle so you can drink right out of the container.

i should also mention this product is SUPER easy to clean. All components are dishwasher save (with the exception of the 100_3312freezer cubes).

All in all I am super happy that I made the decision to order this product. It is well worth the value that it is selling for considering it’s versatility and durable quality. i would definitely recommend this product if you have been on the fence (like I was) about buying an infuser bottle.

If you are interested in purchasing this product click the product link below to be taken to it’s order page on Amazon! Happy Infusing!

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle, 32oz Bonus Size, (Pack of 2)

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I received this item at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review in any way. All opinions are 100% my own after having USED the product.

McCormick Consumer Testing – Accepting Applicants

If you are a fan of McCormick spices and other seasoning products – take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of their consumer testing panel. The company is now accepting applicants to take surveys and do home product testings. The sign up is super easy – just remember to respond to the confirmation in the e-mail they send you after you sign up.

Oh! We should probably mention – they compensate in Amazon gift cards!

If you are interested in this super tasty opportunity Click here to be taken to the form. 

Product Review: L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Comforting Cream

Before I received this product (for free as a sample) I had never really interacted with this brand at all. I had seen a few of their products online and had passed their retail stores in malls in various cities but I personally had never experienced their product. Now that I have – I am really excited to share my thoughts with all of you.

So here’s the deal. I have horrible skin issues on my face. It is VERY hard for me to find moisturizing cream because I have such a combination face. The skin on my nose and cheeks is very dry and flaky while my forehead and chin bounce between being dry and oily – but to avoid my face flaking and peeling I HAVE to moisturize – YOU SEE MY DILEMMA HERE. So, when I received this product I was a little skeptical – not that it was a quality product – but that it would work for me. Boy was I wrong.

I used my L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Comforting Cream after my shower on a clean face for two weeks – but honestly I didn’t need to use it that long to know that it was working – the first day the skin around my eyes and nose were visibly less dry and flaky and softer to the touch. HOW EXCITING! After two weeks – all evidence of dryness on my face was gone – and even better – it didn’t cause any blemishes or pimples to the area of my face that were oily before. To be honest – it seemed like the L’OCCITANE cream really evened out the condition of my face – everything was the same texture – soft and smooth.

Another thing i really loved about this product was how little you had to use. When I received it- it came in a tiny jar – about the circumference of a quarter. I thought to myself – well I’ll get maybe two uses out of this .. three weeks later – I am still using it. It’s great – literally you only have to barely dab your finger in the jar and dot on your face. When you rub it in it spreads easily – no need to use a lot. Which is even better because it lasts longer.

So, all in all – I love this product- and I will definitely be buying it in the near future. It’s not greasy and I love how it makes my skin feel. Oh! and it is light enough that you can comfortably wear it under makeup without feeling heavy or icky. I personally give this product…

If you are interested in purchasing this cream and trying it out for yourself- click the picture to where you can buy it on Amazon –> 

How I got this product – I am a member of a product testing and reviewing community known as Influenster. They sent me this sample – FOR FREE – in exchange only for my honest opinion and reviews. I was not compensated or paid for this review in any way – all opinions are 100% my own.

Get Legit Samples and Trial Products: Smiley360

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So, as you know, here at Frugally Fruitful we absolutely love free products. Free samples are a gift from God and while any sample is great – the bigger the better. I mean sure – getting one teabag to try in the mail is great but you can’t really form a full-fledged opinion about a product by just trying something one time. Smiley360 is breaking all the rules when it comes to sampling and if you aren’t already a member of this community you’ve been missing out.

Smiley360 is not really a ‘sample site’. It’s more of a product testing community. The goal of this site is to be a link between companies and their customers.They want you to try and test out new products and services (FOR FREE) and in return they want you to use a variety of sharing methods ( discussion boards and social media sites) to give your HONEST reviews and opinions about the product.

How does Smiley360 Work?

The process is insanely simple. You go to the site and sign up. Make sure that you are using all valid address and contact info- as they will be sending you product. Complete your profile and answer all the questions about your self and your household. Take this seriously as your answers to these questions is what they use to match you to various products.

Once you have done that all you have to do is wait. As product testing ‘missions’ become available Smiley360 will automatically match them with the best potential candidates. Check the site daily to see if you have any new invites. Once you get one, read through to make sure it’s something you are interesting in testing ( you can decline if you are not interested.)  Once you accept just wait for your package to come in the mail.

Sharing Your Opinion

When you get your product jump in and start using – then get back online and start using the various sharing outlets that the site offers. You will receive instructions with your package and your online dashboard will have a list of required activities for that mission. You will be asked to do things like share your opinions on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You may be asked to take pictures of your product or you using the product and upload them. You may be asked to participate in a review program on the manufacturer’s website. Each activity gives you a certain amount of points. These points tell the site how active and dedicated you are to the community. The better your score — the more invites you will likely receive.

That’s it. Like I said the concept and the site are pretty easy to understand and navigate. So, if you like free product and like to be the first person to try things and share your opinions with the world – definitely get in on this community. I myself am on my third campaign and I am having a blast with it.

This is a picture of the products they sent me (for free) for my latest campaign.

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Pretty awesome huh? Yes those are full size Arm and Hammer samples. So, like I said, if you are not in this community you are really missing out on a cool opportunity to share your opinions and get your voice out there. These companies are selling these products to you – shouldn’t you have a say in how things are done? BE PROACTIVE —  and get free stuff.

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