Sunday, January 23, 2011

Budget Gagdets__Frother and Memo Pad Review

I was contacted by Budget Gadgets to do a review for them.  I agreed as I had never heard of their site and curious about the quality and types of products they had.
Budget Gadgets

In my package, which my kids were amazed by because it had a Stamp from Japan on it, was a Frother and Pear Memo Pad.

I had never had a frother before but my days of working at Williams Sonoma I was intrigued.  My first experiment with it was mixing hot chocolate.  How many times do you put the mix in and then there is the sentiment on top.  With the frother it takes no time for smooth drink.

Coffee Whisk Mixer Milk Blend Frother Battery Opearted
Cheaper than Starbucks...

Next it was time for my drink, frothed milk in my coffee.  Did the trick.
The kids enjoyed playing with it and it is a priced $5.50 for the the quality of the gadget.

The only concern is the spring comes off slightly but you can wiggle it back into place.

The second item I was given from them was a pear post it notes

Fruit Note Memo Pad Scratchpad Notepaper Post-it Paper




 Well post it notes it is not but just tiny little pear shaped slices.    It would definitely be more useful as a post it note.  You can use them as space holders in a book or I write down quick addresses or phone numbers while I am sitting at the computer.

The idea is cute and put together it does make a cute accent to a desk.  thinking about doing the apples for a teachers gift at only around $2.50!!  

If you get a chance to check out their website  http://www.budgetgadgets.com/ see what else they carry you can use this code for a 5% discount site-wide. stayingclosetohome5OFF  
Not to mention all orders are free shipping regardless of amount.

My children's favortie way to froth milk


Friday, January 21, 2011

Applied Labels Review

 was just sent a pack of Applied Labels to review.  I ordered them in my daughters name as she did not have any before.
I was thrilled when about the possibilities after watching the how-to video on their websitehttp://appliedlabels.com/  ,



 Here is the description from their website:
The sleek, clean, sharp, classic alternative to labels that shout.   Our extraordinarily tough labels are dishwasher & laundry safe.  
Award Winning Products.  Lead, BPA & DEHP Free.  Made in the USA!

I thought I would give them a try as it is a product created by a mom to be used by mom's or dad's.

In my package I was sent 60 personalized classic stickies, 30 backs and 15 shoe covers.  They easily come off the sheets like any mailing labels would.

The plain backs are for attaching these to clothes labels.  You put them on the clothing label and when you are done you just cut them and pass on the clothes.  Useful idea!!



They were a little small for some of my daughters jacket labels, especially the LLBean coats.  

We added them to her ice skates to try the shoe covers.  They were not bothersome to her and due to the timeliness of this review I am not sure how long they will stay in place.

We placed them on her thermos and lacrosse stick.  They seem to stay on great.

I have not tried them in the dishwasher as she is not of the age to have sippy cups or bottles:)  VIew HERE



I really like the idea of the bottle labels with dates.  I am sure these would be great help especially if you had a child in daycare.  I also thought these would be great for preschool where you have to date and label all of your snacks!!  They would be great on the ReUsies Snack Bags for this purpose.

The come simply in black and white and have about 19 different icons to choose from.  I think I would buy them for a babygift in the future, and try out the dated labels this time.

Go to  Applied Labels to order your set, they are offering free shipping on certain packages.  Also check out their Facebook Page.



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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

$20 gift card Giveaway---Target Or Amazon Your choice

Announcing A giveaway on my other blog: CLose To home


Post from Close To Home, must enter on that site:

I am so excited and thankful for all my followers both old and new. I promised that I would host a giveaway when I reached 200 GFC followers and 100 FB fans on my new Fan Page and I have exceeded that goal. To celebrate I am giving away one $20 giftcard from either Target or Amazon, if you win you get to choose.

Feel free to pass this on to your readers as well, as we are always looking for new blogs and readers.

Winner will be picked through random.org and announced Friday the 21st of January at 5pm!!

To ENTER the $20 Gift Card Giveaway Just follow the following steps. You get 4 chances to win!!

1) You MUST follow Close to home from either Google Friend Connect or Facebook FAN PAGE Leave me a comment telling me which gift card you would choose and what you want to buy. Leave me your email to contact you. (1 entry)

Extra Entries:

2) If you are not following both GFC and Facebook Fan then sign up for the one you are not already a member of. (1 Entry)

3) Tweet or post on your facebook page about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to the tweet/post. (1 Entry)

4) Become a twitter follower (1 entry)

5) Vote for my Blog on the Fence--link in the right side bar and let me know you did it (1entry)

6) Grab my button and put it on your blog (2 entries)

Good Luck and thank you again for your support and please let your friends know about me there will be another giveaway at 300 GFC fans!!!

Open to US or Canadian residents only!



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