Friday, September 1, 2017

A Big BOO!

Booted From Program

It appears that after having been a member of the Amazon Vine program, Vine Voice, for many years, that I have received the old Boot in the Butt  award.
With no warning, I am suddenly unable to access my old account. Repeated attempts to gain access, and even emails to the program, have left me with no answers.

And so, it is with regret, that I must inform you, my reviews will once again, after nearly ten (gasp!) years, I will be independent reviews!

And that's a Good  thing in reality. I have such a hectic life. I really don't have much time for reviewing any more, so look for those reviews to come slowly. But come they will! Also, I will be under no time constraints in placing reviews. And I will be able to speak my mind without the "guidelines" of some program determining what I can, and cannot say.

All that aside, I enjoyed my many years with Amazon Vine. They provided me with much "fodder" for free to review. And brought me much entertainment.

But, as with all good things, the season must end. And so it is with this.

So, I thank you all for your patience as I start another review journey. This time independently! And I look forward to telling you what I really think of some of the many products I will be reviewing!

As always, your comments are welcome!

~Texicanwife~

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Elements LED Geo String Light Set, Silver, 10-Count


Elements LED Geo String Light Set, Silver

10-Count 

 

I  love this light string! They are absolutely gorgeous! I've hung them in my living room in a reading nook, just for ambience. 

 

Each little geo shape features a glass bulb. They are battery operated on  2 AA batteries (not included). The set is 63-inches long. And they are on a 6-hour timer, so they will automatically cut off, saving your battery usage.

 

Perfect for an accent. Or for a special event. Very modern in appearance, yet they fit right in with my more traditional environment.  Everyone who sees them comments on how lovely they are!

 

I give this light string five stars,

 

and a big thumbs up.










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SABRE Personal Alarm with Motion Detector, Magnet, and Key Ring

SABRE Personal Alarm with Motion Detector, 

Magnet, & Key Ring

 

Gotta love a personal safety device in these days and times! And this is the one to have on you at all times!

 

This super loud (120db) alarm can be heard from up to 600-feet away!  Your neighbors will hear it if you set it off! Unless you're out in the middle of nowhere, somebody will hear it! And it should deter anyone within hearing!

 

The sleek  device is also a key fob, so put your house keys and car keys right on it.  

 

It's also a motion detector! And a magnet! Stick it next to your front door as a security alarm! Put it on the fridge door if you're trying to lose weight! (Okay, well, that may be a little extreme!) Place it on a table or nightstand, and it provides motion detection for up to 15-feet, in a 120-degree arc. Feel safe and secure.


It runs on 3 LR44 batteries (included). And it comes in either a black case or a turquoise case.


You can purchase this device here, for $11.99, and Prime members get free shipping. 


I rate this SABRE Personal Alarm with five stars,


and I give it a big thumbs up.










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Perky-Pet Red Sparkle Panorama Bird Feeder

Perky-Pet Red Sparkle Panorama Bird Feeder 

I adore how cute this sparkly bird feeder is! And the birds come flocking to feed from it. Can't wait for winter to see how many I can catch on film!  

The feeder holds an amazing 2-pounds of bird seed, which means fewer trips to fill it up! Great perches for the birds to rest upon while eating from the self-filling feeding troughs.

While the web site states it is squirrel proof due to the Sur-Lok cap, I have already seen squirrels hanging upside down from the cap, and simply sliding down to the perches and getting the feed, so you can betcha that this is NOT squirrel proof! But, hey, the little squirrels want their share, too! So, plan on sharing! 

The powder coating gives the feeder a sparkly finish which I am sure will attract the birds come winter! And it is aesthetically pleasing for your porch or garden.

I give this feeder five stars,

and a big thumbs up!
You can purchase the feeder here, for $19.42. Prime members get free shipping.





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Dingo Delights Chicken 9 Pack

Dingo Delights Chicken 9 Pack 

These treats must smell fantastic to the dogs, because they all came running for them! However, I can say that's about all they must be. 

Every dog I offered them to, couldn't wait to latch onto them. And every single one, bit into them, or tried to, and spit them out. Out of 9 dogs in our neighborhood, not a single one ate the treat. Every single one crunched down on them, and then spit them out.

My little Chihuahua couldn't even bite into it. It was so hard she simply carried it around in her mouth before abandoning it altogether.

Unfortunately, I can only give this 2 stars (obviously they must smell good since all of the dogs rushed to grab one)

but I have to give it a big thumbs down.
If you must, you can purchase a package of 9 of the treats, which touts
  • 100% Rawhide free
  • Made with real chicken
  • Snack for all dogs
  • Good source of protein 
here, for $12.80. Prime members get free shipping.





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Saturday, August 19, 2017

DII Cotton Adjustable Check Plaid Chef Apron

DII Cotton Adjustable Check Plaid Chef Apron 

 

I love wearing an apron when I cook or clean, and I am so happy to see that they have made a come-back after so many years of being "out of style" or only for Granny's. And I love this adjustable check plaid chef apron from DII (you know how I am with DII!) If it's DII, it's quality stuff!

 

I love the large pocket which gives you a place to put things as you clean, or cook. I am forever removing jewelry and sticking it in whatever bowl or dish is lying about if I don't have pockets. Then forgetting to put it back on because it's not on me! 

 

The neck band is fully adjustable so you can get the perfect fit for you. And the waist ties are extra long for either wrapping around your waist, or making it fit well for larger people. (Well, some of us have a bigger than usual waist. Don't laugh! Even big girls like nice aprons!)

 

You can purchase this apron here, for $11.99. It's a Prime item, so member's get free two day shipping. 

 

I give this apron five stars

and a big thumbs up.









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Sterling Silver All-Around Pave Cubic Zirconia Ring (1.4 cttw)

Sterling Silver All-Around Pave Cubic Zirconia Ring 

(1.4 cttw) 

 

This is a lovely ring. Sterling silver, not plated, but real silver, it is clad entirely around the ring in pave cubic zirconia, with a total weight of 1.4ct.

 

This ring is beautiful enough for an engagement, or anniversary ring. It really is! And yet, it retails for only $24. No kidding! It can be purchased here, and comes in sizes 6-8. I placed it next to real diamonds, and you really can't tell that these are not the real deal! Your friends will never know that you're wearing cubic zirconia!

 

I give this ring five stars

and a big thumbs up.









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Mae Women's Swing Tank Pajama Set

Mae Women's Swing Tank Pajama Set 

 

I am a pajama kind of girl. I love the fact that after a long, hard day at work, I can come home and slip into my pajamas, and I'm still decently covered should someone drop by unannounced! And these pajamas fit the bill perfectly!

 

Soft cotton (think t-shirt cotton, yes, deliciously soft) allows for freedom of movement and relaxation. I sleep so well in these pajamas! And as far as lounging about goes, hey, aren't these the cutest pajamas for summer wear? (If only I turned my camera on me now! Then you could see, but since I am without hair done, makeup, or how about teeth - yeah, I'm that old! - I wouldn't put you through that! LOL) Use your imagination!

 

I give these pajamas five stars

and a big thumbs up.




You can find these pajamas here, and available in sizes Small to Extra Large. Prices range from $37.80 to $38. And shipping is free for Prime members.





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Wickedly Prime Mate` Getaway Mango and Pineapple Herbal Tea


Wickedly Prime Mate` Getaway Mango and Pineapple Tea

I love a good tea. Usually a black or oolong tea. Occasionally along comes a flavor that I can really enjoy, and this Wickedly Prime Mate` Getaway Mango and Pineapple Herbal Tea fits the bill.
A lovely blend of sweet and tart comes through when you brew a cup, or a pot, of this tea. Absolutely delicious hot, I found when warmer weather arrived, it really shines when brewed and served over ice! It is so refreshing! Try serving it with pineapple wedges for a little extra something that really dresses it up for summer serving to guests. It really brings out the pineapple flavor, that is almost hidden when served hot.

The box comes with 15 tea bags, so it makes 15 cups of tea. I used 8 to make a gallon of iced tea for a special occasion. And it was so good!

You can purchase this tea here, for $5.49. It is an exclusive Prime Pantry purchase for Member's only, and is free shipping with purchase of four other Prime Pantry items.

I give this tea five stars,
and a big thumbs up.









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DII 100% Jute, Rustic, Vintage Table Runner

DII 100% Jute, Rustic, Vintage Table Runner
Black
15" x 74"

Okay, folks. I'm back with yet another DII table wear item. (You know how I love DII!)
Today we have this lovely, 15 x 74 100% jute table runner. It looks absolutely gorgeous with the DII black and white buffalo plaid tablecloth by the way! Or with the DII 100% cotton black tablecloth. 

It gives your table a rustic, homey look. It's both appealing to the eye and to the senses with it's jute rough touch.

I love the size. My table is 54 x 54 with the leaves left out, and this is perfect for the smaller table. It gives me just enough overhang on the two ends to look really nice. 

I think it's great for everyday use. Or even for an outdoor, intimate get together for a barbecue. 

I haven't tried to launder it yet, so I'm not real sure how well the jute will hold up. I think I would try to handwash and press it dry with towels rather than machine washing, or wringing the water out when handwashing. (If you don't know how to use a towel to press water from hand laundered items, here's a video that will show you how to do this.)


I've used this method for years, and you would be surprised how much water you can press from just about anything hand laundered!

I give this DII jute runner five stars
and a big thumbs up.
You can purchase the runner here, for $10.99, and shipping is free for Prime members.





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Walnut Hollow Country Deluxe Antler Display Kit with Photo Frame, in Oak

Walnut Hollow Country Deluxe Antler Display Kit with Photo Frame

in Oak

Do you have a special hunter in your life? What a great way for him, or her, to display that very first rack they take! Or for that very special extra, large rack they managed to bag!

This plaque features a hand rubbed oak plaque base. A hollow skull shield with velveteen cover. And especially nice is a photo frame to capture the moment on film for posterity. 

What a great gift for that hunter. Or for yourself if you are the huntsman!

Made by Walnut Hollow a leader in the industry, you can be proud to display your prize with this plaque!

You can purchase this antler display kit here, it retails for $24.49, and Prime members get free shipping!

I give this kit five stars,

and a big thumbs up.









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No Coffee Pot Mesh Bird Feeder


No Coffee Pot Mesh Bird Feeder

 I love all things coffee. You'd never have thought that a few years ago, when coffee drinking was the furthest thing from my mind! I was strictly a tea drinker. Then one day, I woke up kind of sluggish. And I got my get-up-and-go fixed with a cuppa Joe! I've been hooked ever since! So every morning I start my day with coffee.

So, I was thrilled to get this fantastic bird feeder! It is the actual size of an old fashioned stove top percolator. The body is made of a wire mesh that allows birds to peck through for feeding. The wire bail provides a sturdy hanging implement from your choice of sites. Perfect for the front porch, or a tree in the yard. Great for year-round bird watching enjoyment! (I've been taking photographs of birds for years, so this gives me the opportunity to get some shots up close and personal! Love it!)

The generous size means fewer refills. And the fact that it is closed and has to be pecked through to reach feed means a little harder for squirrels, or other critters, to get into! Love that!

Lightweight, and easy to fill, and hang, you purchase the bird feeder here, it retails for $17.95, and Prime members get free shipping.

I give this coffee pot bird feeder five stars...

...and a big thumbs up.






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Hallmark Shoebox Funny Birthday Greeting Cards

Hallmark Shoebox Funny Birthday Greeting Cards

Set of Five (5) Cards

Everyone loves Hallmark cards! They've been around since, well, forever! They are literally the Hallmark of greeting cards! (No pun intended!) 

And who doesn't love the Shoebox line from Hallmark? We've all stood in front of the greeting cards section at our favorite stationary, or gift store, and read dozens of cards at a time. We laugh ourselves silly over them! Sometimes, we even attract other people who are passing by, who stop to read some of the funny cards, just because, well, because it's funny!

Here's a great selection of five Shoebox birthday cards from Hallmark that are sure to make that someone special in your life laugh silly, too!

Great little lines that will bring tears. Tears of laughter that is! All the while wishing them that very sincere, although funny, birthday greeting.

Great price at $17.65 (less than $3 a card, and yes, you'll pay more than that in the store!). You can get them here, with free shipping for Prime members. It's a win-win purchase!

 I give these Hallmark Shoebox birthday cards five stars....

...and a big thumbs up!









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Plated Sterling Silver "Clarion" Round White Cubic Zirconia Y-Shaped Pendant Necklace

Plated Sterling Silver "Clarion" Round White Cubic Zirconia Y-Shaped Pendant Necklace

 Now this is about the most stunning piece of cubic zirconia I have seen a long while! This is a beautiful sterling silver plated 20-inch Y-pendant. And although it is costume jewelry, no one will ever need to know. It looks that authentic!

This is something you will want to wear again and again! Great for special occasions or gift-giving.

The center cut stone is 7mm in flawless beauty surrounded by smaller stones. Clarity is perfect!

I can't find anything negative about this stunning piece of jewelry! I give it five stars...




and a big thumbs up!


You can purchase this lovely Y-pendant here. It retails for $39, and has free shipping for Prime members.



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Goodthreads Men's Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Micro-Check Shirt

Goodthreads Men's Slim-Fit Long Sleeved Micro-Check Shirt

Make no mistake about it, for the price, this is a very nice shirt. V-E-R-Y nice. However, when the description says it's a Slim-Fit, it is a true slim-fit shirt! Hubby normally wears this size, but he does have a small pot-belly. The shirt will not reach nicely around his belly. Looks great otherwise.

It is 100% cotton, which as a vegan, you know that I love. It's environmentally friendly. And as a housewife, it's cool and comfortable. Easy to care for. You can wash and dry as usual, and simply hang it right away after the drying has completed, or just give a slight touch of the iron to make sure you have no small wrinkles.

Great for casual wear, but nice enough for the office with a good tie and jacket. Looks great tucked in, or worn loose.

I give this five stars...


and a big thumbs up!
You purchase the shirt here  for $25, with free shopping for Prime members.





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DII Metallic Decorative Woven Seagrass Bin

DII Metallic Decorative Woven Seagrass Bin
11 x 11 x 11

Here we go again! Another great DII item! A decorative metallic seagrass that's woven into a great storage bin!

And I love the size! 11" x 11" x 11". Fits on a bookcase shelf perfectly! Which means lots of storage in my office! (I have been collecting bins, and they have REALLY changed my storage problems!) And this is one that has really helped. This particular bin holds all of my boxes of various sizes of envelopes. Once on the shelf, the various boxes are hidden from view. Yet the cut-away handles makes for easy retrieval when needed!

These have sturdy frames. And the shiny metallic look fits in with just about any d├ęcor.

I give these bins five stars...


and a big thumbs up!


The bins are available here and retail for $22.99, Prime members get free shipping! Which makes them super economical!





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DII 100% Cotton Black and White Buffalo Plaid Table Runner


DII 100% Cotton Black & White Buffalo Plaid Table Runner
14" x 72"

Okay guys! Here we go again! Another DII favorite! If you've been reading this blog, then you know how much I adore the DII products over on Amazon.com First they are usually made from natural materials, like cotton. And second, they are made well. Meaning, they're going to h[e to washings, and normal wear and tear. A big help in a household with kids. Or pets, in my case! (Or a husband! LOL)

I love the length of this runner. 72" is perfect for that 52 x 52 table. Giving you just enough hang over the edges to dress up the table, and not so much that you have to hang the extra toward the back of the table that's next to the wall! (Yeah, you know what I mean!) We downsized, so this smaller runner is perfect for the two of us, but works well when a few guests are over as well.

And it looks great with the DII black tablecloth and placemats, and the matching buffalo plaid napkins! Great coordinated looks with all of the DII products!

I give this five stars


and a big thumbs up!


You can purchase the runner here. It is available for $17.48 and with PRIME you can get free shipping! (By the way, if you haven't purchased Amazon Prime it's only $99 a year, and saves you shipping every time you purchase online with Amazon.com, making it not only more convenient than store shopping, but cheaper when you get everything delivered free, and usually within 2-5 business days! (I have had delivery the very next day!)

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Where to Get The Best Laundry Soap Ever!

Where to Get the Best Laundry Soap Ever!

Have you been looking for an economical, practical, laundry detergent that actually works?

Look no further! We have what you need!
The Best laundry detergent in the world!