AtivaFit Speed Rope

Pep started cheering when she was five and competitive cheer and multiple tumbling classes soon took over her life.  She spent four to five days a week in the gym sweating.  It’s hard to believe she stopped cheering so she could be more active in Civil Air Patrol. There is PT but it is not 4x times a week so she isn’t getting the regular full body workouts she was used too.

A few weeks ago she decided she wanted to take up boxing and was considering ballet and tumbling again for high school cheer.  As part of this foray into boxing, she wanted a speed rope.  I thought we would try this skipping speed rope by Ativafit. Made of PVC covered steel wire, I thought it would be nice to have a rope that would be durable and doesn’t tangle. The rope is over 9 feet and indicated it was adjustable. This adjustment happens by sliding a screw along the rope.
In this particular case, even with the adjustable rope, the extra length pieces hang awkwardly and made it very distracting and uncomfortable when jumping for fear of whacking herself with the end pieces. The rope could be used at full length for my son who is 10 inches taller with no issues.   When she gets a little taller, I don’t think the rope will be as cumbersome for her. In the meantime, it will be available for her older brother.

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I received this product as a discount for review. All opinions are my own.


Black Owl Fashion Backpack

My daughter has had an owl obsession since she was two. She went through a phase where she would only wear owl t-shirts. Now she still loves owls, steampunk, all things Harry Potter and fashion accessories. This backpack goes perfectly with her Harry Potter and steampunk outfits!!! The gold embellishment stitching really make the eyes pop.

This backpack is really lightweight and can hold more than you think. It comes with two outside pockets, a zippered main compartment which the owl face closes over and then an internal pocket. It advertises being about to hold a tablet. It can hold a tablet and other necessities quite easily. We put a huge sunglass case, a Pixel 2XL, A droid Turbo 2, a clasp wallet, white gloves, a belt, keys and two 4ft flag bags rolled up and still had plenty of room.

I was carrying it for my daughter yesterday at a craft show and received multiple compliments.

This was shipped internationally.  The company was awesome.  I had a secure transaction, an international tracking number which I could then track once stateside and it took just a few weeks, not months which was fantastic.

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I received this product at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.




Lace Black and White Masquerade Masks

Pep’s school is having a silent auction and Masquerade Ball in a few weeks to support our fine arts department.  Pep will be playing with her Wind Ensemble group but she wanted a mask that she could wear while not interfering with her French Horn.

We saw these lace masks on Amazon and thought they might work.   Pep was a little disappointed because they are so large. She doesn’t have a small face but the eye cutouts were very big.  It took some major adjusting and arranging and tightening to get the mask to stay where it wasn’t sliding.  The lace masks are stiffer than expected but they are also very flexible. The nose piece doesn’t block breathing and there is no blocking the mouth like there might be with a larger plastic mask.  The ties are a decent length.  She attempted to tie underneath her hair but the mask kept slipping so she tied them on top of her hair but then they looked funny.   We will have to play with them to see if we can come up with a solution.

The masks come in a two pack of black and white
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Touch’N’Keep 72 piece Adhesive Magnets

I originally looked at adhesive magnets as part of a craft project for my older Girl Scout Troop as part of our work on organization.  They are at that age right now where Girl Scouts isn’t always the most important agenda item, so my daughter decided she would use them to make decorative magnets for her room.

Touch’n’Keep sells this sheet of 72 magnets with adhesive backing. My daughter did love decorating them with the washi tape we had on hand. They also adhere to her magnetic chalkboard. They hold maybe two sheets of paper. My biggest beef with these magnets was actually the way they were packaged. The film sheet they were adhered to was ripped when it came out of the cardboard envelope folding the sheet downward. I lost about 20 magnets due to adhesive issues. Otherwise they are cute and great for crafts.

I received this item at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.


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Jinweishun Sviuse Women’s Summer Strapless Sleeveless V-neck Casual Split Sexy Beach Prom High Maxi Long Dress

Over the years, Pep has gone through multiple phases of clothing.  When she was little, it was skirts and tops and knee high socks and cute hair bows and pigtails.  Then it was tunics and leggings.  A year later, the leggings itched all the time.  Then it’s been jeans and t-shirt and in middle school the required polo and button downs.  Then she found Hot Topic and we were back to dresses of sorts.  They are all character themed of course.

But HT doesn’t carry a lot of plain colored clothing items.  And Pep looks great in bold colors like orange.  When I saw this dress, I thought it would be a cute party cover up for her HP swimsuit.

This dress is polyester with a little bit of spandex.  It has a very flirty skirt.  The v cut in the front is low so you are showing a lot of skin.  Which is why I thought it would be good for a beach party cover up.  However, Pep doesn’t like it at all.  She wouldn’t even let me see it other than she said it showed everything and she didn’t want another one.   We did get the small. She did say a medium would be too big in the top.

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I am going to give it to my niece who is a little less curvy than my daughter and see if she will wear it.

I received this product at a discount for a review. All opinions are mine or my daughter’s as the dress was bought for her.



WebSun 60 Second Salad Chopper

I love salad. All through my second pregnancy we lived at Sweet Tomatoes. I like having a wide variety to choose from. I like the choices of egg, cheese, green peas, pasta noodles, corn, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli. Yum.

If I want salad, I much prefer Sweet Tomatoes or the Ruby Tuesday salad bar, but it gets expensive, especially when it’s three or four people. But I don’t always have ready everything I like on my salad. I hate cutting vegetables and I hate the mess, and how quickly veggies can go bad. But I can’t afford eating out all the time right now.

So WebSun makes one of those simple 60 second salad choppers. Put you veggies in, wash (I did beforehand) and then place the base on, flip over, and chop. Then rotate 90 degrees and repeat. Mine was a little too full so it didn’t rotate as well. There is a “juice moat” to collect any juices.

This one had a large onion, romaine, a decent sized tomato and carrot chips. Currently cooking up some chicken for a grilled chicken 🥗.

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I received this product at a discount. All opinions are my own.


AncordWorks AW01 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Our household is heavy on the playing music. We probably go through 10-15 pairs of headphones a year and 10-12 portable speakers. I would compromise sound quality for a cheap price but as we all know cheap doesn’t always mean decent quality. A few months ago, I tried a speaker from Ancord Works and really liked it.
I was looking for a speaker Hunter couldn’t destroy. This one comes pretty close The AW01 AncordWorks Shower/Outdoor Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and rugged. It comes with both carabiner and suction cup. I was able to easily sync with my Droid turbo phone and my Samsung tablet. Idropped it and soaked it in the shower. It’s been playing beautifully while soaked over an hour. Also comes with USB cable and brick an 8gb Microsd card and reader. There is a small door where the charging cable and microcard go. This is my third AncordWorks speaker and they are on on par with our JBL quality wise. Pep will probably try to sneak off with it cus it’s camo green. Impressed 🎶🎵🔊🔊

The speaker also comes with an one year warranty so if there are any issues they can be resolved.
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I received this item at a discount. Opinions are my own!!


Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Diffuser

The hubby is not big on scents.  I love love love them!!!  However, with the exception of car scents (primarily in my car only), I have lost the war on scenting my house.  Around the holidays, I could get away with some cinnamon or apple cider scents but toothpaste, cleaning products etc –especially with citrus and he balks.

When Pep and I were planning the Breathe Journey for Girl Scouts,  we ordered some essential oils off Amazon for a few projects.  We didn’t get a diffuser at the time because it wasn’t needed.  I didn’t really need or want anything fancy and didn’t want to pay a lot of money either.  So when I saw the Ceenwes Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Diffuser , I thought I would give it a try.

It’s really simple. The top comes off and you fill the tub with water. I started with two of the measuring cups full and then added some drops of essential oil, in this case Peppermint because of Christmas being a few days away.  I pushed the mist button twice to get it on high and the setting for 120 minutes.  It took a few minutes but then I began to really smell the peppermint.  A few button pushes on the left side changed the colors on the diffuser.  Within twenty minutes my whole upstairs smelled fantastic.

You can find  this diffuser here on Amazon.


Silicone BrushEgg

When Pep started shopping at Ulta and wearing make-up outside of cheer competitions, a little over a year ago, it was just simple mascara and lip-gloss and maybe a little powder.  Fast forward to today and she has two full sets of make-up brushes, concealer, powder, primer, blender eggs, eye colors, liners and some things I don’t think I have ever heard of.   I’m glad that 90% of the time, she doesn’t wear anything but mascara but when she does – it’s like one of those beauty videos – and everything now is applied with a brush or an egg.

This cute little silicone Brushegg slips over two fingers.  Apply a little shampoo/dish soap to the egg and dip the brush in water and then gently swirl and scrub.   Pep’s brushes were definitely in need of a cleaning and she was able to clean her first sit of 10+ brushes in around 20 minutes.   Just remember to rinse the brushes, pat dry and shape them back to their original shape before they dry completely. Putting them over the edge of the counter or table helps both sides dry too.  She much preferred using the egg to running them constantly under the sink with no real friction other than fingertips.

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I received this product at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.



INNX Trunk Storage Net

When Pep gave up cheer, I thought we would finally cut down the time in our car.  Then Hunter started taking classes at tech school and suddenly I’m spending four plus hours in the car a day between Pep, Hunter and taking care of my mom.  From food to clothes to papers to the pile of mail, I feel like my car has become a hot mess.

Enter these simple Storage Nets from INNX .  With two secure and wide pieces on each side, they attach securely to the carpet portion of your trunk (or backset if you have a carpeted area). This product only included 1 storage net but they do ship in sets of two as well.   They are easily adjustable and movable.  One net could hold two to three water bottles easily.   It is also easy to store items such as first aid kits, cleaning supplies.

The storage net measures 15.7″ by 10″ inches and attaches to the carpeted area of your car.  If you don’t have carpet on the back of the front driver and passenger seat the storage net wont stick.

The storage nets are great because they can also be removed and stored when not in use.  Find yours here on Amazon:

The storage net also comes with a lifetime warranty.

I received this item at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.