Review: The Snugg iPad Case

I was contacted recently to review a Snugg iPad case – lucky for the company (and ME) I was actually in the market for a new case for my work iPad (4th model). After trying out a Belkin case, a Targus, and a cheapy silicone case, I was ready for something more… me.

The Snugg is IT, you guys. I actually received this case to review over 2 months ago, but I’ve held off on posting my thoughts because I wanted to reeeeeeally use the hell out of it before I offered an opinion. Well… I can now honestly say that after DAILY use for the last few months, in the sales field, constantly in front of my customers… I love it.

A quick rundown: it’s got a built-in viewing stand, a spot for a stylus, places for business cards, a hand strap on the inside, and it has a built in sleep/wake function when the cover is opened or closed. Save from a few pen marks, the material on this thing is quality and has held up really nicely. Because I use it roughly 8-10hrs per day, the inside cover has gotten a little dirty, and I’m not quite sure how to clean it — but the outside still looks top notch.

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I chose a beautiful lavender purple case, and there were many other colors to choose from. I get compliments so often on this case, and I’m fairly certain at least 3 of my customers have ordered one after seeing mine.

I keep it away from my kiddos for the most part — those little fiends are destructive. This case isn’t exactly meant to protect against juice/drool/sticky fingers on the screen, random drops and falls, or being deliberately thrown down in a fit of rage because the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse app is frozen. (If you’re looking for a case with that kind of protection, I love the Trident Kraken for the kids.)

But, it works wonderfully for professional, responsible adults. ;)

The Snugg case can be found here and starts at $29.99. There are cases available for pretty much all iPad models, and the color options are beautiful. Happy shopping!  

 

Spice Box Review – Deluxe Monthly Box

I was recently approached by a company called Spicy Subscriptions to do a review of their deluxe monthly Spice Box. I absolutely love monthly boxes – Citrus Lane, Conscious Box,  Birchbox, etc – so of course I agreed!

Just as a quick warning, friends… this is NOT a baby or family-related post. So here goes…

A little basic info about the company and the service: each month, you’ll receive a collection of luxurious romance, intimacy, and beauty products from the Spice Shop. The Premium Spice Box includes 1 Flirty Item, 1-2 Full Sized Products, and 2-4 Trial Sized Products and the Deluxe Spice Box includes 1 Deluxe Item, 1-2 Full Sized Products, 1 Deluxe Accessory, and 2-4 Trial Sized Products. People… this is not kitchen spice. It is BEDROOM SPICE.

Let’s check out what the April Deluxe Spice Box contained…

  • Simply Sensual Massage Candle – $15.99
  • Kama Sutra Lip Fetish Gloss – $15.99
  • Lusty Lacquers Nail Polish – $12.00
  • Wicked Aqua Candy Apple (lube) – $12.99
  • Spicy Subscriptions Spicy Rabbit (not pictured below) – $49.99
  • “Pink” silicone lube sample
  • “Gun Oil” hybrid silicone lube sample
  • TOTAL VALUE OF OVER $100
  • DELUXE BOX MONTHLY COST: $34.99 — a seriously good deal :)

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Okay, so listen… I haven’t purchased anything like this in FOREVER, and I’m pretty sure the last time I was even in a shop that carried these items I was shopping for a bachelorette party gift. And I’ll be honest… this whole box would make an AWESOME gift. The items were well-packaged, a great value, and… “fun” (lol). I have two toddlers who frequently wake at random hours during the night, so let’s just say I haven’t actually *tried* any of these items other than the lip gloss (very cute, and also kinda spicy — has a plumper in it)… so this box actually IS going to make a fabulous bachelorette party gift for one of my girlfriends who is getting married this summer.

Bottom Line: The Deluxe Monthly Spice Box from Spicy Subscriptions is an AWESOME value, and came with a number of really great products. If this is something you’re interested in on a monthly basis, or if you’ve got (close) friends who would appreciate this as a gift,  I definitely recommend. Just maybe don’t let your kiddos open your mail. ;)

Check out the company and subscribe here.

(Disclaimer: Spicy Subscriptions sent me a Deluxe Spice Box to review at no cost; all opinions regarding the product are my own.)

(photos above from glamorable.com and seeshoplove.blogspot.com)

Built Baby Collection Review

BUILT has launched their new Baby Collection just in time for baby shower season (seriously, everyone I know is popping out a kid or two in the next few months)! Along with a few really cute diaper bags and other products, they are offering the Bottle Buddy One Bottle Tote for $11.99 , the Two Bottle Tote for $16.99 and the Three Bottle Tote for $24.99. The neoprene material is stretchy, stain-resistant, machine washable and has a zip closure. Plus, it keeps the bottles warm (or cold) for quite a while.

I received the Three Bottle Tote and a Single Pacifier Holder ($7.99), both in Baby Blue Stripe print, to review. My initial reaction was that the tote was fairly small, but you guys – it holds a lot! I no longer have “new-mommy-diaper-bag-syndrome” (where one feels the need to pack up the entire house into a diaper bag), so this little tote has actually been perfect for my quick trips to the grocery store, a friend’s house for dinner, or Bouncin’ Bears to wear the kids out so Mommy can enjoy a glass of wine or 4 at night.

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I’ve been keeping the Three Bottle Tote ready to grab with small package of wipes, 4 diapers and a tube of A&D ointment. There really isn’t a reason I would be out long enough to need more than one bottle for Jamie, so when I need to run out the door I make a quick hot bottle, throw it in the tote and pack everyone into the car. It’s been so handy! I love that the neoprene keeps the bottle warm, so I don’t need to worry about finding a bottle warmer or a separate insulated bag to put inside of my diaper bag.

The Pacifier Holder is adorable – Jamie doesn’t use a binky though, so Ellie likes to keep princess fruit snacks in it. Works great!

The entire Built Baby Collection comes in really cute complementary colors, and is made of neoprene (the wetsuit material!). Check everything out online at BuiltNY.com – keep in mind that Christmas is coming up! :)

Happy shopping!

Stur Natural Water Enhancer Review

SuperFamily recently received a box of new water enhancers to try out – anyone ever heard of STUR? The bottles look similar to any of the new squeeze-flavors you can find in stores currently, like Crystal Light, Mio, etc. We were particularly interested in this brand because SuperHubs has been on a “no artificial sweetener” kick since about April – meaning no Splenda, SweetnLow, Equal, or anything of the sorts. Stevia is the ONLY sweetener he will allow into his body, besides actual real sugar, and STUR is a stevia-based natural sweetener designed to perk up your water.
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As I mentioned in my Uncommon Goods post recently, I’ve been trying to drink a LOT more water – and man, that’s just so difficult to do. Water gets so boring after a while! These new STUR flavor enhancers are a perfect fix – a quick squeeze into my gym water bottle, and I’m sipping away at refreshing cucumber-mint water while sweating my booty off. Here’s a little more info:
About Stur:
The founder created it when his wife was pregnant with twins and he wanted to help her drink more water throughout her pregnancy. The U.S. Institutes of Medicine recommend Americans drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Among other things, water helps maintain the balance of body fluids, can help control calories, helps energize muscles, helps keep skin looking good, and helps your kidneys flush out toxins.
Features:
  • Lightly sweetened with stevia leaf extract
  • Natural fruit flavors â–ª Zero calories â–ª Sugar free
  • Gluten free
  • Caffeine free
  • Vegan
  • 7 essential vitamins – A, D, E, B3, B5, B6, B12
  • Add to water, soda water and even cocktails!
  • Portable – great for travel

 

Flavors:

  • Cucumber Mint
  • Lemonade
  • Orange Mango
  • PomeCranberry
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon Tea

 

I’m not giving any away at this point, but if you’re interested in trying out STUR you can find it at http://www.sturdrinks.com/ or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Stevia-Water-Enhancer-Variety/dp/B00C1LXBFC.

Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes – Review & Giveaway

WINNER UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO KARAINA WOLF!
Thank you to everyone who entered to win the 3D lashes. If you’d still like to try them, please check out the Superwife-Younique Online Party (open through November 11, 2013). There you’ll be able to order the lashes for just $29, and you can check out some of Younique’s other items as well (hint: the lipglosses are BOMB). :)

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A friend of mine recently became an Independent Distributor for Younique (makeup and beauty products). Her best-selling product is by far the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes – so guess what? She’s giving away a kit to one lucky Superfan!

Before just throwing free stuff at you…here is a quick review from my Fiber Lash trial. :)

Younique’s Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes is a two-piece kit containing a tube of gel and a tube of brush-on fibers that create the look of false eyelashes in just moments. NOW… I have to be completely real here for a moment and let you all know that I have crazy long eyelashes to begin with – so my results *may* be a bit dramatic. However, I’ve heard from several friends now that this kit really does work wonders, so I’m confident that it’ll be beautiful on you, too!

The two pieces in the kit are called the Transplant Gel (step 1) and the Natural Fibers (step 2).  Each are tubes of product that look and apply just like mascara, and they come in a super-cute little carrying case.

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This included instructions say that you need to apply one coat of mascara of your choice to darken the roots of your lashes, then let it dry completely before using the Younique 3D Lash kit.  I, however, just started directly with the Transplant Gel – I was worried that I’d look like a hooker if I put on my own mascara first! Okay… so you need to act sort of quickly when using these items, so I worked on one eye at a time, and had the caps loosened on both tubes to have them ready.  First brush on the Transplant Gel – this is what the fibers stick to, so be liberal in your application.  Second, apply the Natural Fibers – brush them on like you would any regular mascara. And you’re done! Gorgeous lashes in moments. According to the catalog, Moonstruck lashes add a 300% increase in thickness and volume. Here are my example pics:

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Above, you can see the major difference in my lashes with and without the Fiber Lashes – one eye with and one eye without. I really, really liked the result. I think these are perfect for anyone who wants really dramatic lashes but doesn’t have the time to apply fake ones every single day. Try some out for yourself, or consider the upcoming holidays and think about who among your friends and family would love this!

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Are you hooked yet?

WHERE TO BUY ($29):

Contact Sam Meurer, 907-947-0514

www.youniqueproducts.com/beyouniquewithsam

www.facebook.com/beyouniquewithsam

And now for ze free stuff! To be entered to win a FREE Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Kit…

1. Like Sam’s Younique Facebook Page

2. Comment here and tell me what YOUR favorite asset is – your eyelashes? Your smile? Your sweet booty that you work so hard on at the gym? Tell me what part of YOU that you love most.

I’ll announce a winner via facebook on Thursday, October 31. :)

*UPDATED* Uncommon Goods – Review & Giveaway

*** UPDATED WITH WINNER 9/27 ***

Thank you to everyone who entered, I enjoyed reading all of your wish lists! Aaand now I want to go and spend a whole bunch of money on that site, lol.

Congratulations to JENNIFER LEWIS! Go buy your wine pearls, polar bear ice tray, and anything else your heart desires. :)

It seems that my family has been hit with a damn plague over the last month – at any given point, someone has been sick. I am EXHAUSTED from playing Doctor Mommy and I’m SO ready for everyone to be back at full health. When I received an awesome package of goodies from Uncommon Goods to review a few weeks ago, it definitely brightened my day!

For those of you who have never heard of the company, Uncommon Goods is a privately-owned retailer that specializes in super-creative & unique items and gifts. They’re environment-conscious, pay their employees well (the lowest paid seasonal worker in their warehouse starts at 50% above minimum wage!), and nearly half of their products are made by hand. Most items are created in the USA, and right around a third of their stuff incorporates recycled or upcycled materials. As if all that wasn’t enough to make you take a peek… their stuff is just plan COOL!

I agreed to review a few items from their collection, and I have to say I really wasn’t disappointed with anything! Here is the lowdown on the items I’ve been testing out over here in SuperHouse for the past few weeks:

 

Flavor Infuser Water Bottle

Okay, this thing is just RAD. I’ve been *trying* to drink a lot more water, and I’m sure many of you have the same issue that I do with water just becoming… boring. Enter this sweet water bottle. First off, it’s glass — making it a little heavier than most water bottles, but it never tastes like plastic so… bonus! The flavor infuser is really easy to use – I’ve tried strawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, mint and rosemary in it (all separately) to enhance my water over the last few days, and I’ve enjoyed all of them. I’m sure you guys could come up with even more awesome ingredients and cool combinations – send them my way! Anyway, this water bottle is only $14.99, and would make a sweet Christmas gift (wait, it’s THAT time of year AGAIN?? ALREADY?). Head on over here for more great under-$100 gift ideas . :)

 

Garlic Rocker

Again, RAD. Adam and I had been buying those big tubs of pre-minced garlic from Costco for forever, but lately we’ve noticed we just really like the taste of FRESH garlic much better. I super-hate chopping garlic because well… everything. I hate getting it all over my hands because I’m constantly worried that I might forget to wash it all off and then I’ll touch Jamie’s butt or something – EEK (as if I need any more reasons to worry about Jameson’s butt). This garlic rocker thing is amazing because it basically keeps your hands garlic-free… and even if it doesn’t, it’s made of stainless steel so washing your hands *with* the thing when you’re finished actually removes all of the smell! It’s pretty much genius. And it’s only $15… check it out along with other gifts under $50 here.

 

Sprout Soap

Well this little bar of soap is just plain pretty, don’t you agree? I opened it less than 5 minutes after I took it out of the box and jumped in the shower – it smelled so heavenly I wanted to use it IMMEDIATELY. In addition to being pretty and smelling yummy, it made my skin feel awesome – here’s the description of the soap from Uncommon Goods: “Olive, coconut, and palm oils are blended with shea and cocoa butters for a creamy blend of moisturizing elements that will pamper parched skin. An aromatic mix of lemongrass, lavender, and rose geranium impart the bar with a gentle perfume plucked straight from the garden.” Yeah, I’d agree with all of that. This little baby is only $6.50 – I’d say a pretty good price for something I’ve used almost every day for 2 weeks and haven’t seen much shrinkage. I anticipate it’ll last me quite a while (as long as I can keep it away from the kids – it’s so neat-looking that it’s the first thing they grab for when they get in the bathtub!). :)

 

Boom Cards (Random Acts of Kindness Kit)

Okay, this item I don’t have *too* much experience with yet, but I am excited about it. This whole “random acts of kindness” fad is growing, and these cards are like a cool, organized version. Basically it’s a little bag with 25 cards in it, each with a random act of kindness suggestion printed on it. You can hand them out to random people, or perform the acts yourself (with or without explanation to your recipient). The cards all have a registration number on them, so if people feel inclined they can hop online and see where the card has been — a really neat concept I think, and hopefully something others will jump on board with. Even if the online thing doesn’t catch on, the cards and the resulting kindness acts are sweet. I’ve used three so far, and they’re cute. I’ve also left a few for strangers – on someone’s windshield at the gas station, and in someone’s locker at the gym. Anyway… an interesting concept, and probably a cool gift for the right person! These Boom Cards are only $10 at Uncommon Goods.

 

So – all of these awesome little items were less than $50. Pretty good, right? Check out these and many other gift ideas over at Uncommon Goods… you won’t be disappointed!

 

Now for the fun part — WHOOOOOOO would like a $50 gift card to spend on anything you want over at Uncommon Goods? You could get 3 water bottles, or 3 garlic rockers, or 7 sprout soaps, or 5 kindness kits… or ANYTHING you want! Here’s how to enter:

*check out the gift collection over at UncommonGoods.com

*Comment on THIS POST and tell me what you’d spend your $50 on

For extra entries:

*“like” the Superwife Facebook page and share the a link to this post on your Facebook wall. Let me know you shared by either commenting on this post or on the Superwife Facebook page. :)

*”like” Uncommon Goods on Facebook (make sure you let me know that you did!)

* sign up for the Uncommon Goods email (again, tell me that you did so)

I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 27th (sometime before I pick up the kiddos from daycare, so get those entries in before 5pm!). Good Luck!

(disclaimer: I got this stuff from Uncommon Goods for free to review and write about on this blog. I was not required to put a positive spin on anything, but I did because I genuinely liked the products I was reviewing.)

SuperShopping: A Holiday Gift Guide from BHG

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens – I was given a giftcard to do some holiday shopping at my local Walmart and share a few pricepoint gift ideas with you. I chose the merchandise, and the following is my opinion on a few great offerings from BHG this season. :)

I’ve spent *a lot* of time shopping this holiday season. Like, a wholewholewhole lot. Most of it online, but a good amount in actual stores… and one of the stores I made a few trips to was Walmart. As most of you know, I came in 2nd place a few months ago in the Better Homes and Gardens State Cookie Contest – and I won a fabulous bakeware set from the BHG line from Walmart. Since I like the set so much, I decided to check out the other BHG offerings while I was Christmas shopping this year.

Holy moly, this company makes a TON of stuff! And not just kitchen stuff! We’re talking bath stuff, living room decor, bedroom stuff, blankets, candles, appliances, bakeware… you name it. So, courtesy of BHG… here are a few ideas for those of you who still need some 2011 Christmas gifts (Feel free to also use this resource from Personalization Mall for some more ideas):

 

 

  • BHG Ruffles Pillow ($12.97) – I bought this in red. I love it. It fits right in with my Christmas-y living room decor, and Ellie likes it because it’s got a cool texture. :)

 

 

  • BHG Damask Shower Curtain ($20.97) – Redecorating my bathroom and LOVE this pattern! There were a bunch of other beauties as well, but I liked the elegance of this black and white pattern.

 

  • BHG Candles ($5.97) – OMG, these smell so delicious! I bought Baked Pumpkin Pie (my favorite), Cinnamon Bun and Applie Pie. Best part? NO CALORIES. :)

 

Seriously guys… go check out the selection of stuff. I didn’t even get into the kitchen items – this post would have been 16x as long! I love the signature red accents on everything - it goes perfectly with my beautiful red kitchen. I spent at least 30 minutes at Walmart just oogling BHG kitchen appliances, lol.

Happy Shopping!