Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stretchy Hair Ties Review

Stretchy hair ties are pre tied in to a loop, that you stretch around your hair, and put on like you were using a rubber band. They are, however, better for your hair than rubber bands. I have found them to be gentle on my hair, and they hold up their stretch well. I’ve been using mine for around a month or so now, and they’re all working well.

The pre-made designs usually come in darker shades of colors, and from what I’ve seen; the print is on both sides of the tie. If you like the darker shades, and want the print on both sides, then I recommend the pre-printed ones. I also like the option of picking your own designs in this assortment. You can choose from both solids and prints.



The print on demand ones that you can order from Zazzle.com, come with the print on the outer side. The colors appear somewhat lighter on these as the dyes are just printed on the outer layer. If you like fun artistic designs that you might not see too many of, then I recommend choosing from the many design options at Zazzle.

This is my favorite design from Zazzle so far. I like all the different colors.





I have found that the darker colors at the print on demand company, like black, didn't show up quite as well as the more pastel colors did.

Both types above are made from elastic.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sportline Pedometer Review and Link to Purchase

I only recently purchased the Sportline Pedometer, but am impressed with what I have seen so far.

I used to have a non-battery powered pedometer, and it left quite a bit to be desired.

The latest pedometers are battery powered and tell you so much more than just the number of steps taken.

The Sportline 345 Pedometer gives readings for the steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned.

It is very easy to set, just hold down the Mode/Reset button until it zeros out. It will start again at zero and begin counting once it notices movement. When you stop, just toggle through the Mode/Reset button to read the different displays. The numbers are easy to read.

This unit comes with a replaceable battery that is good for a year. The unit remains on in between uses.



I liked it so much, that I even designed My Walking Chart, which I shall soon order from Zazzle.



There are daily columns for # of steps taken, distance, calories burned, and also one for location. I thought it would also be nice to see if there was a difference in calories burned with a change of terrain.

I'd be interested to know your feedback on the chart design.

Thank you.

Cheryl Paton

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Goo Gone - a product review

The bumper sticker was old and very faded. I applied one coating of the Goo Gone and waited a few minutes, per the instructions. After the initial wait, I was able to peel the vinyl like top coating.

A very sticky layer remained. I applied a second coat and let it sit a couple of minutes. It loosened it up quite a bit and I got a good bit of it off.

I applied a third coating of Goo Gone and waited another minute or so, and easily wiped the remaining sticky stuff away. Voila, all the sticky spots and signs of the old bumper sticker were gone.

I had a second smaller bumper sticker that I decided to remove. It hadn't been on the car quite as long, only around a year or two. That one only took two coatings of the Goo Gone for it to be wiped away. I again had to peel the vinyl type layer off first, and then did a second layer. That was all that one needed.

If you have a sticky residue on a hard surface to remove, I would recommend Goo Gone.



Cheryl Paton This product was purchased by a family member. The company did not pay for this review. C. Paton earns income for items purchased through links on this page.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My tiered garden bed is ready

I've had my Suncast Tiered Garden Kittiered garden bed for several years now. The one on the left is the first one I got. The next year, I purchased a second one.

The temperatures here have been gradually warming up, so I got out there and pulled up the remains of last years veggies. It's all ready now for this seasons' plantings. I've already planted marigolds in the front area. I like a touch of color.

There is a blueberry bush in the top tier on the right, that will be there for its' third year now. In addition to that, I'll be planting corn, sweet basil, spring onions, spinach, and beans.

In a separate area in a larger flower pot, I'll be planting a tomato plant.

I'm so glad that I purchased the Suncast Tiered Garden Kittiered garden bed before. Having fresh lose soil makes gardening so much easier, as well as the tiered levels.

This is the longest that I've gardened for a number of years in a row, and the tiered garden bed has made the difference.

If you'd like to see the early beginnings and stages of my garden, as well as tips for putting the kit together, visit my tiered garden bed here.

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton is a freelance artist, who also occasionally writes products reviews. She receives income for items purchased through links on this page.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I am enjoying our screen away storm door

It has finally warmed up enough that my family is saying it is too warm inside. It is too soon to turn on the air conditioner, and the temps outside are now cooling off.

So I got to open the kitchen and the living room screens on the storm door. Ah yes, the cross breeze blew through and it is pleasantly cooling the rooms off.

The screen away storm door is one of the best purchases that I've made. You can read more about these storm doors here, and find links to purchase.

The link above will take you to one of my pages on Squidoo.

Cheryl Paton

C. Paton is a freelance artist who also occasionally does product reviews. She receives income for items purchased through links on this page.

I watched the movie, Saving Mr. Banks a second time, DVD

I had seen Saving Mr. Banks at the theater, and liked it quite a bit. This time I watched it on DVD. I not only enjoyed watching it in the comfort of my living room, with my feet propped up, I liked that I already knew most of the story line.

That allowed me to get a deeper meaning out of the movie, and to pay attention to parts I might have missed the first time around. It was an awakening for me. Seeing it for a second time was more emotional for me, as I related to the lead characters so much more.

I got more meaning from little bits of the conversations that were spoken, and even had a bit of a catharsis. I'm so glad that I watched it a second time.

If you would like to read more about this movie and or purchase the DVD, visit my Squidoo lens on Saving Mr. Banks.

Do you like watching movies more than once?

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton is a freelance artist who also enjoys watching movies. She receives income for items purchased through links on this page.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom on DVD

I had wanted to see this movie on the big screen. However, I did have some reservations about it, because I knew that there was quite a bit of violence in it. But after having watched it on DVD, along with other movies about apartheid in South Africa, I thought it wasn't so bad.

This movie actually did go more in to what it was like for Mandela while he was in prison. That is what I really wanted to see. I wanted to know what, and perhaps how he went about his transformation. The movie did not go in to much of that, but you could see the outward signs of how he was changing.

After Mandela was out of prison, and in a meeting, he responded to a question about his being peaceful. He replied that it was the only way he could be.

Mandela had learned his life lessons very well, and there was no going back.

You can read more about this movie, and find DVDs about this and other inspirational documentaries about this man's life here: Nelson Mandela.

Cheryl Paton Cheryl Paton is a freelance artist, who also writes product reviews about things she has purchased and/or used. She receives income for items purchased through links on this page.