Thursday, August 10, 2017

Things we lost in the fire : Book review

I had the truly strange pleasure of reading Things we lost in the fire by Mariana Enriquez.
  This book was by far one of the most strange and macabre collection of stories I've ever read. The stories set in Argentina are daring and inventive, truly pushing limits.If you love horror stories, then this book is a great read. Its a mix of Gore and emotion.

 The stories are set in the harsh truths of the world. The characters are very real. The stories are gritty, emotional and terrifying, all to verifying degrees. I'm not easily disturbed, but some of the stories were truly unsettling. I enjoyed the book. It evoked emotion and a guttural reaction. They are weird and not for everyone, but horror lovers will like them. The stories cover the spectrum from gory to psychological. There's something for everyone. Be prepared to cringe. Find out more and purchase this book Here.

I received this book for free for my honest unbiased review.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Girly Room Makeover

Hello beautiful readers! I love a good DIY and I love decorating. I had the opportunity to do a fun room makeover for my boyfriend's daughter. I did this a couple years ago, but in the true spirit of procrastination. I'm just letting you all in on it now. My boyfriends daughter was turning 12 and she still had the cute little baby girl room from when she was little. She needed an update fit for a preteen, so I decided to revamp her room for her birthday. I had so much fun. Let me show you how I did this fun update on a small budget doing a bunch of DIY projects. The entire start to finish project took me about a week. Sorry about my minimal before pictures, but here is a picture of what the walls looked like before the makeover.
My first step was to take down the old wall border. I bought a spray to help take it down, and scored it with a serrated knife because I was trying to save money on the scoring tool..haha. It worked ok.

The next step was to paint the walls and trim. I decided on a fun bright color scheme that she would love. I went with a bold purple on the walls, pink trim and teal accents.


I was lucky to have my mom and grandmother contribute to the room too. My mom made some fun sequined curtains and sewed some fuzzy fun pillows. My grandmother knitted a blanket for the room.There were already some cute girly curtain rods in the room, I just repainted them to go with the new color scheme.This next picture showed what they looked like before and you'l see the after in the later pictures. So the next step was to hang the fun new curtains.
Next she needed a desk, so I took to the local town wide yard sale and found a small dining table that would work perfectly for just a dollar. I took it home and spray painted it teal and black to match the accent color. 
I also did the same with her existing old dresser. I spray painted it in two colors and sprinkled it with glitter while it was still wet.I ran out of one can of spray paint as I was painting, so I just went with it and ended up with a kind of speckled graffiti look on top. I like the result.

I also revamped a couple other existing pieces in her room including a small chalkboard with hooks, and a small bookshelf.
The bookshelf was in primary colors with ABC cutouts on the sides. I painted it and covered the cutouts with home made pink animal print insets.I placed it on top of her desk for storage.
I repainted the chalkboard and personalized it with her name.
I also repurposed a small book shelf I already had, painted it pink and used it for some small items in her room.
I had a small lamp that I painted black. I covered the shade in funky duct tape, and added a pink feather edging. These were all things I had on hand.I used an existing chest against the wall as a bench seat or reading nook, and covered it with the hand made blanket from my grandmother. I added the fun pillows my mom made.
I bought 3 large foam boards at the dollar store to create some funky art for her walls. I painted 3 bright colorful designs on them. As they dried the paper separated from the foam board, but that was ok. I just tacked them to the wall. 
I added some fun accents to the walls, including these 3d butterflies that I got on clearance for $6, and some cute colorful wall stickers  from the dollar store.
I made this fun colorful little accent from a paper punch and some paint samples,some thread and a pipe cleaner.
Abover her desk I hung some of the fun crafty things we had made together, and a little magnetic white board I had.
I used most of her existing bedding. I just bought a new blanket for the bottom bunk. In a fun pattern.
I hung up a few existing things from  her old room and set up the rest of her things.
I ended up taking a patio chair and spray painting it for her desk.
 She loved it!! She was so excited!



This was such a fun project and I really had minimal costs. I used everything I could that was already there just by repurposing, and getting a little creative.
Total cost for everything I had to buy was under $100. How much she loved it was priceless. 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY makeover. I hope to share more DIY projects with you in the future.
XOXO
Roberta
















Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Litter Genie Review

I was lucky enough to try out a litter genie this past week. I've always wanted to try one. I have a multi cat household, and I've always used zip lock freezer bags to scoop and seal the used litter. The litter genie makes scooping discreet and easy.

The litter genie was very simple to assemble following the instructions provided. Once it's set up with the provided bag refill, you simply open the top scoop the clumps into it, and pull out a lever which drops the clumps into the bottom of the litter genie then closes it off sealing the order inside. It creates a nice tight seal and there are no orders.

 It also hides away the unsightly scoops of litter. The bottom holds quite a bit before you have to empty it. It's very easy to tie off the bag and start a new one. This litter genie makes my life so easy. It hides the mess and looks neat and tidy in my bathroom.

It comes with its own scoop and a scoop holder on the side. I was very impressed and am considering getting a second one because I have two litter boxes in my home. If you'd like to know more about litter genie , get one for yourself or engage with the brand, just follow the links below.
http://www.littergenie.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LitterGenie/
https://www.instagram.com/littergenie/
http://www.twitter.com/littergenie

Litter Genie is available for $14.99-$16.99 at Petco, Pet Smart, Target, Walmart, Amazon.com,and  Chewy.com. The refills are priced at $5.99-$35.99.
Each refill can last up to 2 months with one cat. This is an amazing product for any cat lover that wants a clear fresh smelling home.


I received this product for free for my honest unbiased review.

Friday, February 3, 2017

#100yearsofmakeupchallenge : 1940's

Hello, my beautiful readers. Today's post is a fun one. I have been really enjoying doing some makeup challenges lately on Facebook, and I get lots of questions about what products I've used, so I decided to show my readers the looks I'm creating, and give you a rundown of the products I'm using. My first post is for a look I created for the #100yearsofmakeupchallenge. This challenge, as it's name suggests spans 100 years of makeup. The challenge is to create a look from each decade from 1910's to 2000's. The look I created today was for the 1940's. I browsed tons of pictures on Google for 1940's makeup looks, and this is what I came up with.
From the pictures I found I saw a thinner arched brow, red full lips, a subtle eye, and a soft rosy cheek. I also recreated a fun 40's hairstyle I found. I love this look.Here's a list of the products I used and how I created this look.

I hope you enjoyed this 1940's look, and I hope you have fun recreating it. 
Stay tuned for my next decade look. 
Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Customizable Coffee Mug Review

I was lucky enough recently to try a custom made mug from 5family. They have many different designs that you can get printed onto mugs, sweatshirts, t-shirts,bags and more. The designs are easy to customize with your own name. I got a fun mug made that reads " To save time let's just assume Roberta is always right. It's done in a cute font and hearts.

 It's surrounded by a beautifully detailed floral design. The mug makes a perfect gift and you can put anyone's name on it to make it very personal. The mug is durable and perfect for your morning coffee or tea. It has a nice large comfortable handle.The saying is funny and the design is stunning. It's printed on both back and front of the mug. The printing is of great quality. I really love this mug. Buy it now!

I received this product for free for my honest unbiased review

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Minos Stainless Steel Tea Pot Review

This adorable stainless steel teapot is a wonderful thing for tea lovers. This is a heat resistant pot so your hands can safely touch it. Theres a basket in the top to steep your tea right in the pot and make tea for two in one pot. It looks sleek and stylish on your counter and to bring to the table. 
The tea pot comes with swappable handles so you can change the color to suit your mood. The teapot is very durable and built to last. I did think this was a full size pot based on the picture, but I just didnt read all the detas. It is a small pot for about 2 cups of tea. Its a cute pot and very useful. It makes a great gift. 
Buy it now !

I received this product for free for my honest unbiased review.

Monday, January 30, 2017

900 pc. Multi Colored Adhesive Rhinestones Review

I was really excited to get to try a set of self adhesive rhinestones. This set is great it comes with one sheet of multi colored stones in a variety of sizes. You get 15 colors each with a full row of each of 3 sizes, for a total of 900.

The little gems are very sparkly. The colors are vivid. They are very versatile. You can use them to decorate your phone or other devices. You can use them for arts and crafts projects. There's a ton you can do with these. Most of them were in perfect little rows on a plastic sheet, but a few of mine were loose when I received it. The gems stick well, so they are great for any project or item that you want to sparkle.These are great!
 Buy it now!

I received this product for free for my honest unbiased review.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tune In: The Beatles All These Years by Mark Lewisohn Book Review

I'm so glad to have been able to read  Tune In: The Beatles All These Years by Mark Lewisohn.Tune in is a New York Times best seller, and Mark Lewisohn is considered to be the world's leading Beatles authority. Before writing this biography Mark Lewisohn published The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, and The Complete Beatles Chronicle.He was a consultant on the Beatles Anthology and numerous other projects.  If you are a big Beatles fan, or just a music lover you'll enjoy this book. I thought it was great. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about The Beatles, you'll learn something new from this book.This book is a 3 volume trilogy that is a full accurate biography.

The book is a wonderfully written history of a great band, and a major part of rock and roll history. The book is filled with pages and pages of wonderful pictures of the Beatles when they were young and throughout their career. I really enjoyed reading about the early history of the Beatles and how they came together as a group. The book is well researched, detailed and all encompassing. The pictures and stories let's you get to know the guys a little better and see another part of their lives. This book is volume 1, and I'm really excited about reading volume 2 and learning even more about some of my favorite musicians. This is a must have for any Beatles fan.You can find out more information about the book and author Here.

I received this book for free for my honest unbiased review.

Ozeri Non Stick Frying Pan Review

I'm excited to tell you about another product I was lucky enough to try from Ozeri. This is the 10" green earth non stick frying pan. This frying pan is amazing. When they say non stick, they mean it. Nothing sticks to this pan. This is a nice heavy frying pan with a great, bright green color on the outside.

The inside is made with a smooth ceramic non stick coating. The coating is scratch resistant and so simple to clean. You can seriously just rise it out or wipe it clean. It's so nice, because let's face it, clean up is usually the worst part.

The pan is safely made with no harsh chemicals. The handle is heat resistant. Everything I've cooked in this pan comes out perfectly. It heats up fast. This is my go to pan. It's a great high quality pan that I use daily. It comes with a soft protective piece to keep it from getting scratched when you store it.

Ozeri did a great job on this amazing piece of cookware.
Buy it now!


I received this product for free for my honest unbiased review.

Ozeri Oscillating Tower Fan Review

I was recently able to try a new fan by Ozeri. I'm very happy to say that this is the nicest fan I've ever owned. It's a tall slim design, that looks nice and fits easily into any space. It's simple to assemble.

 It's an oscillating fan, so it's great for cooling your whole room. It has an easy to read digital display. Where you can see the mode, speed, temperature, and some nice animated symbols to represent them.

It comes with simple control buttons on the unit and also on the accompanying remote. The buttons include an on /off button, speed button, oscillation button, mode button, and 2 buttons to controller the built in timer function. It's very simple to use.

My favorite part about this fan is, on the top there is a little window. When you pop it open, there is a place to hold the remote. This is a simple feature, but so useful. We all know how those little remotes can get lost.

The fan is tall and has vents the full length of it, so it really covers a large area. It fills the entire room with a nice breeze and can be turned up to a great full wind. I was really happy with the quality, and functionality of this fan. I would highly recommend it.
Buy it now!

I received this product for free for my honest unbiased review.