Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder Review #brillantecoffeegrinders

Here is a product review for Brilliante Manual Coffee Grinder from my daughter, Holly:


I was asked to do a review of this handheld coffee grinder.  As a coffee enthusiast, I was happy to oblige.  Normally, I always bought my coffee pre-ground, or used Keurig cups, so this was a new experience either way.

One of the positives of this product was clear off the bat – it’s a small, compact design, so it’s perfectly easy to store just about anywhere.  It also offers the ability to grind your coffee into different levels of coarse or fine, which is also helpful if you’re looking to have a variety of options for your brew.  I was looking to do a cold-brew coffee, so having the ability to get a coarse grind was a huge benefit!  I tried it on two of the levels, and it did make a big difference, and the coffee grinds pretty well through it.
There were also a few negatives.  The most obvious one being that, since this is a hand cranked grinder, it requires a lot of effort and muscle to get the job done.  Secondly, as most handheld devices tend to be, it was a bit unfriendly to a left handed user, as I felt that it was awkward for me to turn the handle the way the instructions asked.  Overall, I will likely keep using the product any time I was to have a fresher pot of coffee.

*I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review*


RFID Blocking Sleeves Review #BLOCKIT

*I received this product for free for an honest review*

I recently was asked to do a review on some RFID Blocking Sleeves for credit cards through Tomoson. You have probably seen these all over the place these days with all the credit card scamming going on. I was pretty interested in these because my credit card was recently compromised through the internet, which the blocking sleeves can’t help of course, but I still wanted to give it a go.


The BLOCKIT brand has some really unique designs that really pop. The printing is nice and crisp and the colors are vivid. I can’t really tell if they are working at protecting my cards since that stuff is basically invisible, but it’s an added protection I like to think I have. Only issue was that the cards were really snug in the sleeves and they didn’t fit in any of my wallet pockets. This might just be my wallet though, so I can’t judge on that topic for everyone.

If you would like some more info on these RFID sleeves, check them out on Amazon:



I recently acquired an iPod Touch… well, by recent I mean for Christmas. I still don’t know how to use the darn thing too much. I’m still using a basic phone, so apps whatnot are not my forte. But even not using it as much as I should, the battery drains very quickly. When I received the +Lifeguard Mini Charger, I knew it would save me from embarrassing myself in the line at Dunkin Donuts when I try to use my app and the battery has died. Again.


What I liked about this product is that it is nice and portable, it fits right in one of my purse pockets. It’s also very pleasing ascetically. I was able to get the pink but for those of you who want to be a little more inconspicuous with your portable chargers, it comes in a variety of colors. I also liked that it held a charge just as much my regular charger. No more, no less. It’s also a pretty durable and sturdy product.

Here are some of the specs to help you decide if this is the right charger for you:

  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • About 3.8″ long
  • Apple certified Lightning Cable included
  • Money Back Guarantee

Overall, I’m really happy with this charger and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick fix to your device charging needs!

**I received this for free in exchange for an honest review**


Adeline Anti-Aging Moisturizer Review #adeline

I was pretty excited when I found out I was approved to test out Adeline’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer. I use cream daily anyway and I’m always looking for a product that is better or slightly improves than the one I’m currently using.


Here are some of the specs about Adeline’s Anti-Aging Cream:

  • Adeline’s Anti-Aging Face Cream is formulated with 5 powerful ingredients that fight wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin: Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C & Vitamin E.

  • Handmade in USA

  • Paraben Free

  • No added fragrances, additives or fillers

My skin has noticeably improved in the 2 weeks that I’ve been using the product. It gives my face a smooth, moist feeling. It has a minty aroma that I love, and it has a cooling, tingly feeling as I apply it. While it has only been 2 week, I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a daily moisturizer.

**I received this product for free for an honest review**





Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray #homemadebabyfood

**I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.**


When my grandson was just starting solid foods, my daughter made all of his meals. So when I was asked to review this product, I knew she would be the better test subject for it. Here is her review:

While my son is way past the baby food stage, I’m always on the look out for new and interesting things in case we decide to have a second one. Knowing what I know now, I can tell when something will work and when it won’t. Here are my pros and cons for this Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray by Simple Kitchen Products:


  • It’s BPA free and FDA Approved! Big deal!
  • Frozen food comes out pretty easily. More so than other trays I’ve used.
  • Great to use beyond baby food. I actually tested by freezing some herbs.
  • Size. I’ve used some trays specifically made for baby food that were just too small of a portion for my child. These are great.


  • I had a little trouble with the lid fastening. This makes a difference when you have gobs of mashed sweet potato trying to stay in its cubicle.

Other than that, I think this is a great product and would highly recommend it to a mother looking for a product when their child is starting the fun stage of solids!

Chatty Kathy, Reviews

Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Advantage Review #lifefood

**I received this product for free for evaluation**

When I was approached by Life & Food to see if I would be interested in testing their Omega-3 Supreme supplements I said, “Why not?” I was actually already taking a fish oil omega-3 supplement at the time and figured it couldn’t hurt.


For those interested, here is the break down:

Life & Food (1400mg/ 75% Omega-3s):



Other Omega-3s –70mg


What I liked about this product, besides not having any weird or problematic side effects, is that there are no GMOs, gluten or egg products . If you are simply looking for a fish oil supplement made from USA wild caught Alaskan Pollock, then this is your pill! Which brings me to my next pro, its a MADE IN USA product. Always great to see and support businesses from our own country.

Where to purchase:

Chatty Kathy, Reviews

Something New for Our Next Murder Mystery! Ice Spheres!

Since our last Murder Mystery, I’ve been looking for fun and unique things that would add some extra flair to the party. So when I saw these awesome ice molds, I knew I had to try them!

Pratisphere Ice Sphere Molds
Pratisphere Ice Sphere Molds

What I like about them is that they last for hours. Literally, I tested one in my water one day and one ball lasted about 4 hours. So needless to say, each person at the party only needs one sphere. Or better yet, freeze something like juice or lemonade and place them in a punch bowl with punch to let the guests admire while not watering down their drink.

These balls of ice are about 2.5″ in diameter and take up about the same amount of room in your fridge as about 2 ice cube trays. Once you pop them out of their container, which is easy to do with a little bit of warm water, you can easily store them in your freezer for company. Or the occasional night cap 😉

Why, Yes. I do drink my amaretto out of a Disney glass.
Why, Yes. I do drink my amaretto out of a Disney glass.

I love these little ice spheres and will have them on hand a long time to come!

*I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review*

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Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera

For one of my most recent parties, I held a Steampunk Murder Mystery. When planning for the party, I was trying to decide what some of our activities would be. One day, while browsing the internet, I came across this little camera:


The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera. This camera will print instant photos, polaroid-esque style, revealing the picture in about 90 seconds after it prints. Perfect for Mugshots for the murder mystery! Also a great piece for anyone longing for the good old days when Polaroids were all the rage. A little piece of history revamped for modern day.

Now, the camera itself is not very mini measuring in at about 4.5″x4.5″. The pictures, on the other hand, are. Photos with the white border measure about 2″x3.75″, making the photo itself only 1.75″x2.5″. Pretty tiny. But what can you expect from a camera that clearly states “mini”.


Here is a sample of the photos. One is my mug shot/glamour shot and the other of my grandson cheesing it up for the camera. Quality is pretty good as far as instant photos are concerned. I noticed if you are too close, the flash washes out the face. Too far and you don’t get as much detail. But nothing I would complain about, just tricks to taking better photos.

These aren’t cameras for “real” photos anyway. They are great, on the other hand, for parties and weddings. Because film costs so much and you only get 10 per pack, don’t go wasting them on random crap (like my grandson, LOL). But it’s fun to see his excitement when the photo develops right in front of his eyes. That makes it worth it!

Would I recommend this product? Yes! Especially if you are looking for something fun for a party or wedding. They make great party favors!




Making Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn

Although I’m not into making Polymer clay beads I really like this book, Making Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn. Its a paper back instruction book of 128 pages and retails for $24.95 or $17.36 on

This book is great for the Polymer Clay beginner for seasoned artist. It starts with describing the many tools you may need or want to work effectively with the clay. It has detailed pictures and instructions on ‘how-to’ make canes, from simple rolls to a beautiful kaleidoscope, that can then be layered over beads of any shape. I love this because making canes that are interesting and balanced is very hard indeed. There are many ideas and examples in easy to follow step by step instructions with illustrations.

It continues with techniques of ‘how-to’ make polymer clay look like wood, leather, coral, abalone, jade, turquoise, and onyx, just to name a few. These make wonderful beads or whatever an artist can imagine.

It then demonstrates how to assemble beads into jewelry and finishes with a gallery of fantastic completed pieces of art done by accomplished artists.

I find that this book is helpful with design ideas and I would recommend this book to any one interested in polymer clay, beading or design.

Polymer Clay Beads
Polymer Clay Beads

Steampunkery – The Polymer Clay and Mixed Media Craft Book

My daughter gave me this book for Christmas last year. I love the step by step instructions with pictures for polymer clay and mixed media projects. This book is fun and informative. It is made with sturdy glossy card stock paper, which is nice but makes it hard to keep the book open to the page as you’re following the directions. The pictures are colorful and detailed. There are great projects and ideas for different degrees of abilities for any crafters. The author Christi Friesen is imaginative, creative, talented and funny. There are quirky footnotes and amusing stories throughout the instructions. This book is a lot of fun.

The only problem with the book is that it is coming apart because the card stock pages are not able to bend easy at the binding. The other books by this author (This is the 8th) are made with regular gloss paper and hold together much better and also have beautiful illustrations.

But I give it 4 1/2 suns out of 5.   ☼☼☼☼1/2

Steampunkery book
Steampunkery book