product and store reviews

 

Know something I love?  People sharing great products with each other.

To me, a product is worth talking about if it’s an off-brand that delivers just as well as a name-brand, or a name-brand that is so excellent, it’s worth shelling out a few extra dollars.

FrogTape is worth the extra dollar or two.

The short version product review:

FrogTape is a magical painting must-have.  At under $5 a roll, it completely blocks out paint where you don’t want it.  Painting can be a long, tedious process–I highly suggest FrogTape to ease some of your painting stress!  (And no one is paying me to say that.)

  • The key to having no paint bleed through the tape is to make sure the tape is pressed down very well.
  • I’ve seen FrogTape at Walmart and home improvement stores.
  • Use FrogTape, submit a review of the product, and be entered to win a $100 Visa giftcard during the current promotion on the FrogTape website.

{how to paint wall stripes: tutorial}

I have used FrogTape in the past to help create clean, crisp lines where two walls meet in the corner of a room or at the baseboards of a wall.  I seriously doubt I’ll ever try another brand of painters tape.

Recently my husband and I moved to a new apartment.  The apartment is great in a handful of ways that we’re thankful for, but it definitely has that just-yer-average-apartment feel.

Character equals zero.

The color pallet is off-white and more off-white.

The window blinds are exactly the same ones I’ve seen in every apartment ever.

My first thought:  can’t stand this.

Second thought:  blank canvas.  Bring it!

Our entry way that used to look like this…

got a little face-lift, ladies and gents.


 

There is one stripe that changes color and then swings around to cover a wall of our living room, like so.

The swing-around stripe is my husband’s favorite part, and something about it does look kind of math-ey and statistical (and therefore something he would like).  Reminds me of a bar chart maybe?  I don’t really know.  :)  But we both like it.  yay!

So this is what the stripe looks like in our living room before hanging any decor on the walls:

To get the striped look, be prepared for some measuring, and lots of eye-balling if your ceiling isn’t straight.  I measured by leaving small hash marks on the wall with a pencil that were then painted over or erased.  The Frogtape I bought was one inch wide.  Remember to factor in that one inch when you’re doing your measurment calculations.

I was truly surprised how quickly the process went.  And really–you don’t use that much paint if you’re only using one color.

In the picture below, you’ll see how I’d press the tape down lightly, let the roll hang, and then step back and see if it looked level from a distance.  If it didn’t, I’d lift the line of tape and readjust.  If it did, I’d press the tape down very well and continue with another foot or so of tape.

Look at that clean, crisp line!  And it’s so SO easy.  Shortly after painting, gently remove at an angle as pictured below.

But c’mon, what’s a great looking living room without great people to share it with?

I’m a little nervous but really excited to tell you something:  during the month of September, I’m going to give you a home tour of our one-bedroom apartment.  I hope you’ll find inspiration in some of the simple {like seriously, really simple} and truly inexpensive {we’re talking garage sale and free!} ideas I’ve incorporated into our home to make it a place we love coming home to.

Talk to you soon!

♥  stacy

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Today we’re holding a cheesy, cyber spacey, ribbon-cutting ceremony and launching into a new facet of foolishness:  product and store reviews!

I have wondered if people might ask, “do product reviews really fit a website that is supposed to be about abundant living and challenging the ways of the world?”  My answer is of course, “uh huh!”

How we spend our money matters.  Most of us don’t really enjoy working, but imagine if we couldn’t work?  Health and the ability to work with our hands and use our imagination, skills and talent–these are good gifts from God and how we handle our earnings reflects the attitude of our hearts.  How we manage our blessings, income or otherwise, shows something about our maturity;  and let’s not forget that God looks at how we’ve handled small matters before entrusting us with big.

I want to find and share products that are either…

1) a real bargain because they’re inexpensive yet do the job

or

2) items that aren’t necessarily a steal but are worth the investment based on how well they deliver what they’re intended to.

I hate to see people needlessly spend, and I also recognize that sometimes buying a more expensive, quality version really does save in the long run because it needs to be replaced less often.  I absolutely love deciphering which products are which.  I love it so much that it even drives me to use math!  Now, let it be known that the only math I EVER enjoy doing is math that has to do with shopping (that’s not exactly true….I was really good at writing math story problems in sixth grade!) so if my coming up with detailed price-per-ounce calculations and trying off-brand purchases and walking up and down the aisles of Target like a mad-woman can also help you make wise purchases–that’s what I call a cherry (and huge dollop of whipped cream!) on top.  And then rainbow sprinkles.

{Here’s to sharing good stuff with each other!}

the product

Thermos brand travel mugs;  more specifically the Thermos Sipp 16-ounce vacuum-insulated travel tumbler

what’s to love?

Thermos brand travel tumblers keep beverages hot and cold like I have never experienced with any other brand.  If you use a plastic travel mug, or a cheap travel mug, you are well acquainted with having to drink that baby down fast because you know it’s going to cool off in minutes.  And don’t we also all know the terror of thinking our mug is securely closed, only to find we’re now wearing it on our shirt or chin?

I kid you not–this tumbler will keep your coffee hot for at least four hours and still drinkably warm and satisfying for an additional two hours after that.  As you can imagine, this minimizes dumping out coffee because it’s cold or having to re-heat repeatedly. It’s heat retention ability is stunning and with the Sipp model, you can literally hold the thermos upside down without so much as a hint of leakage.  I adore this thermos!

I’m not the only one who finds it amazing.  In fact, the only time I use “mine” anymore is in church when my husband and I pass it back and forth during the service.  Monday through Friday you’ll find the thermos being enjoyed from my hubster’s office because he treasures his coffee hot even more than I do.   Ah yes, marriage = sharing.   {I love you, Ben!}

Another neat feature of the Sipp model is the small “button” in the middle of the lid.  When the travel mug is open and ready to be slurped, the drinker sees white.  When the tumbler is closed, the drinker sees red.  The thermos opens and closes by pushing this button.

what’s not to love?

For some, the price.  This thermos is selling for $27.68 on Amazon.  Wal-Mart typically has a nice little assortment of Thermos brand tumblers, and some sell for less than this model.  Because I’ve had mine for about a year, I needed a refresher on what the price was.  When I found it on Amazon and shared it with my husband–we both grimaced for three seconds and then said, “But it’s so worth it!”

additional thoughts

In the past I have also used the vaccum-insulated 16 oz Butterfly Travel Tumbler and been very happy with it.   It keeps beverages hot, but is not quite as leak-proof.  It’s selling for $23.99 at www.shopthermos.com.

If and when you decide to go for it, treat the purchase as an investment.  Don’t leave your first one in the library bathroom–never to be cherished again.  ;)

suddenly in the mood for coffee?

Did you catch my coffee shop adventure?  Have you left a comment to be entered to win Dunkin Donuts coffee and your very own hand-held frother in the current giveaway? 


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