Review: Ohuhu Battery Organizer with Removable Tester

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER:  This review contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click on a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission to help support this blog and my family at no extra cost to you.  For this particular review, I bought this item at full price with my own household funds.  All opinions are my own.   

Have you ever had one of those nights?  The one where your smoke alarm–or your baby’s AngelCare monitor–starts beeping because it needs new batteries?  (Do you remember that “Friends” episode where Phoebe could not get her smoke alarm to stop beeping at night?)  And you fumble around in the dark and grab the first set of batteries you see, but they are not the right size?  And when you finally get your hands on the correct number of batteries of the correct size, they are drained, too?  I have had far too many of those nights in the last few years, particularly with our child’s AngelCare monitor (which I still use with my preschooler, by the way, just because I am “that mom”).

After a few months of contemplating various battery organizers, I bought an Ohuhu battery organizer and removable tester, mainly because it was the color I wanted, semi-attractive, and fairly well-reviewed. When it arrived and I first opened its box, I was a little disappointed because it seemed like an overpriced plastic item–and it was definitely made in China. But that afternoon, as I worked with the easy-to-use tester and stored our working batteries, I found the worth in the item. First, I recycled a lot of batteries that were no longer usable. Second, all of the working batteries are now corralled and organized by sizes into compartments. Third, we will likely save money in the future because I will avoid again buying multiple packages of 2025 and 2032 batteries for our key fobs and garage remotes, not realizing that we already had working batteries in those sizes. Fourth, my husband says the good batteries we have will quit discharging as quickly because of the way they were previously haphazardly stored.  (For the record, I know next to nothing about electricity and discharging batteries.)

Reviews by Shabby Mae: Ohuhu Battery Organizer with Removable Tester

In short, this item will save us time, hassle, and money, making this item well worth its $11, at least to me and my husband.

I intend to store this battery holder in a cabinet and would personally not recommend hanging this item on a wall with the included screws because at least some of the batteries are loose and would likely fall out.  That said, maybe if the battery compartments were fuller than mine, the batteries would not be so loose. (Note: For those of you store your batteries in the refrigerator or even in the freezer, I have not tested this organizer in either.)

Nonetheless, for people who are trying to get organized–maybe trying to organize their junk drawer?–I would recommend this item.  If you are interested in purchasing this Ohuhu battery organizer and removal tester for yourself from Amazon, click here.  You can also check out my condensed review of this and other items on Amazon by clicking here.  (I would appreciate your clicking on the “Helpful” button if you see my review and find it helpful.)

Are your batteries organized?  Do you use a tester to sort through your batteries periodically?

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Review: Viva Naturals Organic Shea Butter

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER:  This review contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click on a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission to help support this blog and my family at no extra cost to you.  For this particular review, I received the item for free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  

I am a Florida girl, and I love going barefoot.  But the older I get, the more I find that my feet don’t love being barefoot. My feet tend to crack easily, and I have to keep them scrubbed and moisturized daily–in the summer, multiple times daily–to keep them looking their best.

When I was offered Viva Naturals organic shea butter for free for my honest review, I gladly accepted it. It arrived last week, and I have been using it since then.  I have found that while it is greasy upon application, it absorbs fairly well and does a good job at keeping my feet smooth.  Since we are currently in the middle of summer, I swim in the pool with my little one every day and use this lotion afterward before putting on a pair of thick socks. I try to put another coat of this shea butter on each evening and put socks back on for a while.  (Well, before I rip them off because I cannot stand wearing socks at night!)

Reviews by Shabby Mae: Viva Naturals Organic Shea Butter

I have ordered shea butter previously for lotions for my preschooler after she was born.  I prefer this shea butter to the butters I used in the past.  It is creamy and not gritty and has a nice scent.  In fact, I intend to buy more and to use it to make all those beauty recipes I have pinned on Pinterest.  If you are interested in purchasing Viva Naturals organic shea butter for yourself from Amazon, click here.  You can also check out my condensed review of this and other items on Amazon by clicking here.  (I would appreciate your clicking on the “Helpful” button if you see my review and find it helpful.)

Have you ever used shea butter rather than a “typical” lotion?  Or do you use it to make your own lotions?

Review: Seasum Bluetooth Speaker

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On the Black Friday before our daughter was born, my husband and I bought a Sony dock for my iPhone 4, intending to use it to play music for her. I was rather smitten with it, and I even kept that iPhone 4 after I upgraded to an iPhone 5 so that I could use it to play music over the dock. But recently I gave that old phone to my mom, rendering that old Sony dock useless. I love music–and so does our daughter–so my husband and I started researching Bluetooth speakers not long afterward. I was initially impressed with the Bose Soundlink, but then I would see Best Buy have a good daily deal on, say, a JBL, and I would change my mind. Then additional motivation arose for wanting a Bluetooth speaker: loud, cursing neighbors. Given that a new privacy fence then in the works would not solve the noise problem, we explored wind chimes and a water feature and then decided that we would also like to have a Bluetooth speaker, at least for holidays, when we found they were actually more likely to argue. We knew we should get a waterproof or at least splashproof speaker. And we wanted a good one for a reasonable price.

Not long afterward, I received a Seasum waterproof LED Bluetooth speaker at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I connected it to my computer via the USB cord to charge it, and before long, I was listening to music from my iPhone 5. Shortly thereafter, I connected it to the computer containing my music–and then I fell in love with this Bluetooth speaker. It has such a rich sound for such a small speaker (it fits in a cupholder!). Although I cannot attest to whether it is truly waterproof, I have found that it is splashproof, as it has continued to function after I splashed it while washing dishes in the kitchen and after I set it on the bathroom counter during a steamy shower. So far, I have used it for an hour period over several days and the unit has yet to be recharged. The one drawback I have found is that the speaker begins “cutting out” when my phone or computer are more than approximately 8-10 feet away from it, but other Bluetooth devices I own have similar limitations.

Reviews by Shabby Mae: Seasum Bluetooth Speaker

I typically turn off the light show when I listen to music, but my preschooler loves the lights. If I had a party outdoors at night, I would definitely turn it on.

Reviews by Shabby Mae: Seasum Bluetooth Speaker

The instruction manual could be better. However, you can generally understand the instructions. Also, if you have worked with other Bluetooth devices, this device’s set-up is intuitive anyway, as are the buttons. I would have liked to have known how long the battery would last. I would also have liked to have known from the beginning what the blue and orange light represented.

I really do love this speaker, and although I have had it only about a week, at this point I would highly recommend it. If you are interested in purchasing the speaker for yourself from Amazon, click here.  You can also check out my condensed review of this and other items on Amazon by clicking here.

Do you listen to music over a Bluetooth speaker?

Review: Chantel Ray Real Estate

Having had a few bad experiences with realtors in the past, my husband and I knew that choosing an attentive and helpful realtor was important to us.  A friend recommended a realtor, but for whatever reason, that realtor did not return my husband’s phone calls or e-mails.  (Maybe she was super busy?)  So when my husband called the realtor on the for sale sign of a home we were interested in and someone from Chantel Ray’s office immediately called back and offered her assistance on our house journey, we were thrilled.  Thus, we used Chantel Ray’s office–and specifically Kathleen Chilton–for our home journey.

Reviews by Shabby Mae:  Chantel Ray Real Estate

Kathleen was very helpful as my husband visited house after house after house–and sometimes visited houses a second and third time.  She did not express any frustration when my husband and I ultimately decided on a house we had previously visited multiple times.  And she gave us a lot of great information to work with as we put an offer in and negotiated the sale price of the house.  More importantly, at closing, she really went to bat for us, getting us money back we did not expect to receive and even battling the lender over paperwork that had not been handled properly or timely.

We would give Chantel Ray Real Estate and more specifically Kathleen Chilton five of five stars without hesitation.  When the time comes to list this house and buy another, we will seek out Kathleen again.

You can check out the condensed review of Chantel Ray Real Estate on my Yelp page.

Did you have a great experience with your realtor?  Do you wish you had used someone else?

Review: Shower Curtain Liners at Dollar Tree

Around five years ago, I bought my first fabric shower curtain.  I was naive enough not to use a liner with it, and despite washing it regularly, within a year the bottom quarter of the curtain was covered in mildew.  I tried washing the curtain multiple times–even soaking it in straight bleach–but was unsuccessful at getting rid of all the mildew.  I was pregnant and nesting, so I discarded it and bought a new all-white fabric one.  In an attempt to avoid the same problems with the new curtain, I started buying inexpensive curtain liners from Dollar Tree to use with it.  I have not had to replace another fabric shower curtain since.

Durability is the main issue with these curtain liners; they are quite flimsy.  When my husband was deployed and when my toddler was just a baby, these liners lasted quite a while–one lasted without ripping or tearing for a year!  Now that my family shares a single tub and shower, my husband is home every day, and my baby has become a rambunctious three-year-old, these do not last nearly as long.  On occasion, they have lasted less than a month because of tearing.  Only rarely have I used this shower curtain liner without an actual curtain, and it worked for my use.

I have never tried to clean these curtain liners because, for the price, frankly, I would just replace them.  Regardless, I have not had any issues with mildew or soap scum with these.

Ultimately, these work as liners, and certainly the price is right, but because I am trying to reduce my family’s footprint, I am exploring longer-lasting options.

A final note:  If you prefer white liners as I do, you should stock up when you find them because on occasion, I have been unable to locate any other than beige at any of our local Dollar Tree stores.

Review: Ekogrips Silicone BBQ Gloves

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My husband and I tried this recipe for cooking steak in the oven.  During the process, we used our cast iron skillet under the broiler. All was going well until my husband accidentally grabbed the handle on the cast iron skillet and burned his hand. Fortunately, my mother-in-law keeps us in stock with some firefighter’s salve. Still, my husband’s hand did not permanently recover for several weeks. So I decided to buy these to try to avoid problems in the future (if my husband remembers to use them, right?)

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These gloves work very well. In fact, they are much like the silicone mitts we liked in the past, but these have fingers, making them a far superior product to those mitts. We regularly use these gloves as potholders, but also use them at least weekly to turn over food in our oven and also on our smoker and grill. These are perfect for flipping steaks or for flipping pork tenderloins on the grill and for pulling sweet potatoes out of boiling water. I anticipate using them during this canning season to pick up hot jars. But be advised that the heat protection is not sufficient to keep your hand on food in the broiler or in boiling water for more than a brief period. We have not used them when putting wood into our fire pit, and you should use great caution if you use them for this purpose.

These gloves are made of silicone, so they are dishwasher safe and ultimately stain-resistant. They do not hold smells the way dirty fabric oven mitts sometimes do. While I am not a fan of the orange color, its brightness ensures that I am able to find them no matter where they are lying on the counter and no matter where they may be resting in my sometimes-messy kitchen drawer. My husband and I are both able to wear one size fits most, and we both are able to get them on and off without hassle. (If you have larger hands, you may want to opt for the larger size.) And the company that makes them seems to provide great customer service and stands by the product with a lifetime warranty.

We love these gloves–in fact, we bought my husband’s father a set for his birthday earlier this year. My husband and I both highly recommend these gloves for use in the kitchen and particularly with the grill.

My husband and I both highly recommend these gloves for use in the kitchen and particularly with the grill.

If you are interested in purchasing the Ekogrips gloves for yourself from Amazon, click here.  You can also check out my condensed review of this and other items on Amazon by clicking here.  (I would appreciate your clicking on the “Helpful” button if you see my review and find it helpful.)

What do you use in your kitchen?  An oven mitt?  Gloves?

Review: Fairy Wings from Dollar Tree

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER:  This review may contain affiliate links, meaning that if you click on a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission to help support this blog and my family at no extra cost to you.  For this particular review, I bought this item at full price with my own household funds.  All opinions are my own.   

Toys that foster creativity, imagination, motor skills, and learning are big in our house.  These fairy wings fit the bill.  Check out my review below, which I have also posted on DollarTree.com.

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My preschooler fell in love with these glittery fairy wings from the day she saw them in Dollar Tree.  (They closely match her tutu that we bought her–not from Dollar Tree–for her second birthday.  I will post a review of the butterfly wand–also purchased from Dollar Tree–in the near future.  Just in case the picture below doesn’t tell a thousand words, I assure you that the review of the wand won’t be nearly as positive as the review of these wings.)

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Thinking the wings were likely cheaply made and wouldn’t last more than a day or two, I refused to buy them–until Halloween. I bought them as part of an inexpensive costume for my child to wear to the trick or treat festivities last year, and she loved them–a LOT.  I really did not believe they would last more than a few days, but that set lasted about a month–and again, she wore them for a couple of hours most weekdays. (I will note that she is not generally rough on her toys.) We are on our second set now, and these have been in our household approximately a month as well with frequent use. Thanks to her grandparents, I have five extra sets in all three colors (pastels pink, purple, and green) in her closet right now because our preferred Dollar Tree doesn’t always have these in stock.

I would buy these again and recommend them to other parents–with the understanding that glitter will be everywhere!

I will buy these again and recommend them to other parents–with the understanding that glitter will be everywhere!

Have you ever bought these fairy wings from Dollar Tree?  Post your thoughts about them in the comments below!

Also, if you have a minute, visit my review posted today (April 29, 2016) on Dollar Tree’s web site and click on the thumbs up sign, indicating that this review was helpful to you.  Thanks!