Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#ProductReview: Kidecals Personalized Labels @kidecals

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If you have kids, you will find that there are times when you just want to write your kid's name across the front of their stuff so they know it is there's and so other people don't take it. Heck, you may feel this way about your own things whether you have kids or not. Most of the time using a permanent marker really isn't the best choice even though I know I do it. Permanent marker on some items will eventually rub or wash off, so it isn't even that permanent of an option. I remember using one of those label guns back in the '80's that made small strip labels that weren't very flexible and nearly impossible to remove later on. I love it. I labeled all my things. I haven't seen one of those guns in ages though, so I have looked for other labeling options. You can print your own in your own printer, but they will eventually be no good. So the labels need to be made of something that doesn't easily rip or fade.

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Kidecals has a solution to this dilemma. Their labels are flexible/malleable without tearing easily or disintegrating in the wash. They are dishwasher safe, washer safe, dryer safe, and microwave safe. With all those options, it is pretty safe to say that they are fridge and freezer safe, but don't hold me to that. You might be thinking, "How can they be washer and dryer safe?" They recommend that you put them on the tags of clothing because they will hold better there, but you can actually put them say on the inside of a jacket and wash the jacket. Your label should stay put. I can't tell you what they are made out of, but they are BPA free. They feel like vinyl, but I don't think that is what they are.

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I have been sticking my labels on all kinds of things. We have a lot of gadgets in our house, so I immediately thought to put them on those. I put them on our sippy cups so we don't lose them when we go out. They are inside of my kids jackets since we are in that awkward season where you need a jacket in the morning, but not always in the afternoon. I labeled various school items for my kindergartner. If your kids go to daycare, you can put these labels on literally everything you are required to take to daycare.

On the website, you can completely customize labels to fit any need. Simply pick out the type of label you want and select customize. They have labels specifically for keyboards, canning jars, walls, school, by gender, by activity, etc. There are tons of options. You can write anything on them, change the size of the font, and even change the color scheme. Use them to advertise food allergies, personal issues like autism, home addresses, and anything else you can think. Those are some of the options that I think would be extremely helpful. You can put an allergy sticker on you child's shirt every time they go somewhere if it is something severe enough that everyone should know. It could be something that saves your child's life.

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Overall I love these labels. I didn't know what all to demonstrate in my video for you, so I showed you what happened when it went through the dishwasher. I wanted to demonstrate how waterproof they are and how well they stay in place.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

#ProductReview: Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels on The Go Storage Organizer #hotwheels

Boys always end up with a billion toy cars. It is just too easy to grab a little hot wheel next to the cash register of a store for less than a buck and make your child super happy. I have done it multiple times in order to keep from buying my son candy that I didn't want him to eat or other larger toys that I knew he'd play with once and be done. The ease of purchase makes it so you have a ton of these little cars floating around your house. They fit underneath the furniture and appliances. In some case they fit under doors and get stuck in closets. They also get left all over the living room floor for you to step on much like Legos. Finding a good place to store them can sometimes be difficult though. You want something that can hold as many cars as possible, but still be able to be moved around so your child can play with them anywhere and get them out of your way. Up to this point, we had most of my son's Hot Wheels in a large plastic Semi Truck that has these little compartments for each car. However it can only hold about 48 cars and it is so old that the sides come open dumping the cars all over the place. Introducing Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels on the Go Storage Organizer. I have been given one in exchange for my honest opinion and have received no other compensation.

The Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels on the Go Storage Organizer is very much like those cloth bins that are so popular nowadays. It is approximately one foot by nine inches and about six and half inches deep. It folds up when it isn't in use so you can store it some place easily. While in use, there is a folded piece of cardboard covered in material that you put in the bottom of it to give the bottom more stability and structure. There are two "sections" inside of it to help divide up the stuff you put in it. While it is designed to hold 150 Hot Wheel cars, you can really use it for just about anything. There's no special places to put the cars or to actually organize the cars, so anything fits in it. I put "sections" in quotes because the divider is not connected to the bottom of the bin so anything small that you put in one side can slide under that divider and into the other side. The bottom piece of cardboard that you put in help to keep things from slide from one side to the other, but it does not prevent it.

The outside of the organizer has several pockets to carry stuff. You can put more cars in it or use the mesh pockets to hold food and drinks. They say on the packaging that they are perfect for holding water bottles. On two of the sides above the mesh pockets are handles. They are very sturdy handles that allow your child to carry the container with one hand. I believe that are made out of some kind of nylon.

There is a lid to help try to minimize dumping, but the lid is no attached to the container at all. The lid doubles as a small lap desk because it has a padded section under it to make it more comfortable when placed in your lap. That is why it isn't attached to the container. The padding is what helps hold it in place when it is on the container, but it does pop off fairly easily in my opinion. To put the lid on, your simply push it into place until the padding under the lid fits securely inside of the box, which will also give it a little stability when moving the container around. The top of the lid also has two elastic bands which are to help hold things in place when being used as a lap desk. You can use them to hold down papers or the sides of a book.

Overall, it has a really neat printed design which makes it very clear what it is for. You child will know which bin is the car bin. It is lightweight and easy for a child to carry. My son ran off with it immediately and began putting toys in it. I ended up filling it with the rest of his cars, but he was very happy using it. It will hold a lot of stuff even though it isn't very big. I wish the lid had a way to make it stay on. It could have snap buttons or some kind of clip just to make it stay in place. I don't know that the top will ever be used as a lap desk for us because it isn't super hard and it is small. It's a neat idea, but would be better if it were a hard top.

You can purchase the Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels on The Go Storage Organizer from Amazon at

Sunday, June 19, 2016

#ProductReview: Car Trunk Organizer by Starling's #promotion

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Everyone has trouble keeping things from falling over or spilling out of bags in their vehicles. Some people have found various "life hacks" to solve this issue and some of us just keep on keeping on. There are various products out there to help you with this issue. You can get milk crates or large totes that you toss in the truck when you need them and remove them when you are done. Personally, I find that annoying because I might end up buying more at a store than originally planned and not have those things with me. Well the ideal item is something that can fold up and be stored in the trunk all the time yet takes up very little space. Starling's has the solution and has given me one of the Car Trunk Organizers in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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As you can see, it starts off very compact. Yes it is in a package in this picture, but it is approximately the same size when you take it out. Unfolded it is two feet long and approximately a foot wide and a foot deep. It should fit in just about any car trunk, including a hatchback. It is made 1680D Oxford polyester with extra stitching from really thick thread. Of course it would have to be really thick to go through all three layers of material and hold together as well as it does. The material itself is really thick so three layers of it gives even more stability and structure. There are flaps that cover the bottom to give it its form and reinforce the bottom, but those flaps also fold up easily so you can fold the entire thing back into the flat form you already saw.

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There are ten small pockets on the outside of it so it can be used for something other than just a car trunk organizer if you wanted. It is pretty much waterproof, so you could essentially use it as a cooler. Use it for camping and put all your smaller item like salt and pepper shakers in the outside pockets. It has extremely durable handles on the ends to make it easier for you to carry. You can fill it up and move it into the trunk or out of the trunk with ease (as long as you are strong enough to lift it). There are also four eyelet holes (two on each end) that you can use to tie it into place. I use them to tie it into my truck bed (shown in the video) so I could get groceries with my truck. Now I personally think that if you want to use it in a truck, you should get two. There are buckles for securing and for keeping it folded when not in use. I think you can take two of them, buckle them together, and then secure in your truck bed so that they span almost the entire width of the bed. This would just give you a little more stability when using it in a truck.

Like I said, I put it in my truck to go grocery shopping. I took a picture of it empty, a picture of my shopping cart, and a picture of how much of the groceries I fit into it. To initially look at it, you won't think that you can fit a lot in it, but it is all a matter of how much you want to stack.

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As you can see, I fit a lot of groceries inside of it. My cart was completely full and I think I only had four bags that I couldn't fit in the organizer. We also took it with us on vacation and were very happy with it. We always pack our own drinks and snacks when we go to our gaming conventions and we were able to put all of that in it and more. My husband absolutely loved it. He said it "made him a more effective pack mule." He loved not having a bag for snacks and a bag or cooler for our drinks. We eliminated at least three bag type objects because we were able to put almost everything in this organizer. We love it.

You can purchase the Starling's Car Trunk Organizer from Amazon at