Beautiful scenery of the desert where I live. This was just one evening out here, I was so amazed by how beautiful the sky was. In Indiana you didn’t always get to see the beautiful sky because of the trees or the clouds covering the night sky, out here you get to see everything for miles and miles which would normally not impress me but a view like this is breathtaking. I just had to share.
What woman doesn’t like some type of jewelry? I don’t know about you but I love jewelry and from what I’ve noticed most women do, whether it is a necklace, bracelet, rings, anklets, earrings, etc there is something for you. For a very long time now I have wanted a locket or a mother’s ring. You know what I mean about a Mother’s ring, the type that has the birthstone or your children’s name in it. I was recently approached by an Origami Owl representative, Michelle Freatman, to see if I’d like to review some of their jewelry. Of course I jumped at the chance, I had seen Origami Owl posts from time to time and played with the idea of what my story would be if I ever bought one. But now I was getting a chance to review one.
For those of you that do not know. Origami Owl was created by a 15 year old girl by the name of Bella, she wanted to create enough money to purchase her own car on her 16th birthday and founded this company to do that. Those that know me, know I love supporting any child entrepreneurs so I was even more impressed with the company. Not only did she make her dreams come true by purchasing her white Jeep but she gave 1000s of people a job and there are 1000s that wait to become representatives. Plus she enjoys going to schools and giving out gifts. I can only imagine all the good seeds she is planting by doing this.
Back to the Origami Owl review, Michelle, actually let me pick anything. I was a bit afraid at first to pick just anything. But I’d always wanted my story of my kids and my site and I let her know and warned her that I had 5 kids. Honestly, I thought she’d tell me just to choose one birthstone, locket, chain, dangle and that would be it. Nope, not only did she let me get all my kids in there she added surprises for me.
This came in a small rectangle origami box and inside were- 2 take out Origami Boxes ~ These are adorable. The side says “You tell stories with words. We tell stories with Jewelry.” The other side is a picture of an origami owl holding an origami necklace in its hand. Now what goes great with Chinese take out boxes? Sweet fortune cookies do and these have a great surprise inside. Inside was the jewelry all safe and sound some were in their own bags but there was also this little gem which would be perfect for holding charms (picture below).
First, if you are ordering from the Origami Owl website it is a pretty easy 5 step process
1. Pick a locket – the site says pick your charms first but I think you need to know what type of locket you are going to put them in before choosing your charms. Currently there are 15 to choose from.
2. Charms – (7 pieces fit into my large locket) There are all types of birthstone types to choose from, hobbies, initials, etc
3. Chains – 21 chains to choose from either silver or gold, chain or ball, long or short, etc
4. Pick a Dangle – These are just a single piece that hangs down beside the locket. Items such as a key, owl,
5. Plates- Pick between small, medium or large. You pick between rose gold, silver and gold. This will add a background if you need one or a bit of personality to your locket.Each piece is engraved with a single word such as Family, believe, Inspire, dream, etc
Okay six steps because you have to pay. But I’m sure you knew that part.
Wondering what was all in my Origami boxes?
- 5 birthstone charms. I picked 3 boy birthstone charms (2 March, 1 April) and 2 girl birthstone charms (July & August).
- 1 laptop charm ~ this represents my site and internet
- 1 gold heart charm that reads “Mom”
- 1 silver heart charm that reads “Family”
- 1 March crystal element (dangle)
- 1 Tree of Life small (dangle) ~ To me this doesn’t just represent the tree of life but also family roots. I have started my own family tree.
- 1 Silver flat oval link chain
- 1 30″ classic ball chain necklace
- 1 LG Silver locket with crystals
- 1 key (dangle)
- 1 Origami owl heart signature tag
The Living lockets are all about telling YOUR
story, whatever story that may be….your family story, life story, an event in your life, a hobby, your first child, a marriage, graduation, etc. You can see how these could be endless and I believe I found my perfect gift for family members/friends now. You can make these so personal and it shows that you really thought out the gift for a particular person. If you don’t like lockets (ackkk!) you can get the ball chain necklace and add tags and dangles to it to show your own personality. Or if you don’t like necklaces you can get the locket and make it into a key chain.
(This is the LG locket with crystals on it and charms inside. Now I can tell everyone I can fit my kids in a necklace. See how easy it opens up for you to put the charms? )
So you’ve seen all the neat little dangles, charms and necklaces I got. Now a really neat thing about my locket is that I can wear it either with the crystals showing or just plain. I have posted both above so you can see what they look like. But just like it states, the living lockets can change with your mood/life. The one I have in the pictures show it with my 5 kids, however I can switch out the hearts with my computer charm and change the meaning. Or I could just purchase other charms to say my favorite 5 things or something like that. (currently they don’t have a frog or I’d be right on top of that.)
Want to tell your own story or buy an Origami Owl living locket for someone else? Head on over to Michelle’s Freatman’s Origami Owl page. She even does catalog/online parties. I have loved working with her, she’s a very sweet lady and gets back to you very quickly. Sorry but one note, my pictures don’t do the locket and tags justice. These are so much prettier in person.
Do you have a story you’d like to tell? I had a few as you can see. My kids was one but also my website, The Life of a Home Mom (computer with kids, family, etc). I can’t wait to hear your story.
UPDATE: I wanted to update this page, for those of you that may have read this back in June 2013 I wanted to say that I loved the jewelry so much that I now sell it. Yep, so if you’d like to follow my Origami Owl Page on Facebook please do or order through me. I am also available online for Facebook parties, which means you can host a party online and get the same rewards you would at a home party, only now you don’t have to make appetizers or clean your house. Just make sure you are online for an hour to talk about Origami Owl. Email me at email@example.com with Origami Owl in the subject for orders or a party.
Disclosure: I was sent everything pictured above to conduct this review, I was not paid for this review. All opinions are mine as well as the pictures. Honestly I love the product and will be purchasing more in the near future.
I was recently asked to review a bouquet of flowers through Proflowers, boy I don’t think it is ever a good thing to tell a woman to take her pick of flowers. It took me a good two weeks to actually pick the ones I thought I’d like best. There were so many pretty selections to choose from, items like gift baskets, flowers, plants and of course little gifts I thought would be nice.
Before I discuss what I ended up getting with a ProFlowers gift card from them, I want to explain why it is so hard for me to pick just any flower. See growing up my family’s yard was known in our tiny town as “The Secret Garden.” Why you ask? Simple we had 7 trees and 50+ rose bushes growing in the middle of the desert. This is not something that comes easily but the flowers were always amazing and well cared for so when I look at flowers they really have to speak to me. I am not just going to grab a dozen red roses because they are pretty, chances are I had them growing up. It would have to be some very colorful roses, not just pink or red but an orange or something different, like tie-dye.
So I guess this means I’m one of those exotic flower type of people because we didn’t have them growing up. I want something that is different and will WOW me. I ended up getting the Deluxe Mother’s Day Spectacular for $39.98. I got to pick what type of vase I wanted ProFlowers to ship my flowers in. You can pick one or none, I picked the square glass vase which cost $9.99 and my shipping was free because I picked to have them delivered during the week and not weekend. They have plenty of Proflowers coupons here. I still had a few bucks left so I ordered a small brown teddy bear for our baby coming very soon. The total for all of this was $64.16 and I think for this order I got a lot.
When the flowers arrive they do show up unopened, another word for it is they haven’t bloomed yet. Don’t forget to check inside the box for the little food for the plants, I’ve seen others comment theirs dies immediately and mine didn’t as long as they are fed. I will admit that the irises began blooming right away but it took longer (few extra days) for the Stargazing lilies to bloom. What does that mean? Well in my case I didn’t really get the effect it shows online. By the way, I still have two lilies and it has been over 2 weeks. Aren’t they pretty?
Disclosure: I was provided a gift card to make my purchase to do an honest review. No other money was sent my way. Opinions and pictures are mine.
First I wanted to say thank you for giving me a chance to review this really great steam mop. I’ve had steam cleaners before, I’ve had mops and I’ve had your regular vacuums…but never a steam mop. I thought for sure this would fall apart or something but truth is it hasn’t and trust me in my house it has been put to the test. I was sent the Hoover Twin Tank steam mop a few weeks ago and I’ve been testing it out nonstop. I have a few tile floors and then the linoleum floors in the bathrooms and kitchen but the rest of the house is carpet. Which if you have kids or pets you know those areas are the most frequent and easiest of places to get dirty and scuffed.
The hoover steam mop is small but it gets the job done, it has a 30 ft extended cord, a place to roll the cord back up when you are done and two tiny buckets to fill up with the solution and one for the water. The buckets slide on and off very easily that my 5 year old helped me put the water on. My 9 year old has decided that she will use it every week after she has cleaned the kitchen floor to make it look nice. This machine is light, even with the water and solution in it, so no hurting yourself moving it from one room to another.
There are four different controls for steam mopping your floor, tough stains, spot clean, general clean and steam. Push the button in to turn it on, you’ll know it is on because it lights up, push the button in again to turn it off and it’ll stop glowing. You will have to wait 30 seconds for it to kick on but once it does it’ll do its magic. The bottom of the machine has a grey triangle base which attaches to the machine washable microfiber pads which is what cleans your floors.
This does work on carpets (I did use it on some spots), laminate, hardwood floors, vinyl, linoleum (which I know for a fact), tile (once again I used it on) and stone floors. It is suppose to make carpets look refreshed, but I really like how the floors looked. Take a peek for yourself at my before and after.
I can see the shine that it leaves behind, which I love. Just because I have a house with four kids and two cats doesn’t mean my floors need to show it. The fact my kids want to clean because they want to use this also makes me happy.
“I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.”
I don’t know about you but I’m the type of woman that would LOVE to have many bags, not just one but a few for all types of different occasions. Are you one of those? I normally have only one bag and don’t get a new one until that one has been worn out, but I tend to “carry the kitchen sink” as my husband likes to say, which means my bags/purses don’t last over a year. The straps normally break at some point. BagBlaze sent me two bags to try out, I love them both but honestly I have a favorite. If you hop on over to Bagblaze you will discover they have hundreds of different types of bags to choose from. They have messenger bags, wallets, hobo bags, purses, evening out purses, etc. Definitely something for everyone. The two bags I picked out were the Aleysia Messenger bag and the Lyneya Satchel. The site states they are 70% off the regular price, talk about a discount.
The Aleysia Messenger bag is my favorite of the two bags, I use it now instead of my regular purse. I cannot carry much but when I’m just running down the road for something I don’t need everything. The bag carries my wallet, has another pocket for my credit cards/keys/etc, a place for my cell phone and zips shut which means I don’t have to worry about anything falling out. There is also a zipper pocket on the main inside one and one on the back.
The Lyneya Satchel is made of synthetic leather and can carry everything in it, including one or two books you may be reading. The back has a zip pocket which is great for lose change, the front has a buckle strap to close over and a big pocket for those with coupons or small notebooks. Dual braided carrying handles with adjustable detachable shoulder strap, which means it will take a lot of heavy lifting before it breaks. Zip top closure. Interior zip wall pocket, cell and sunglass slip pouches.
Free shipping and free returns which knowing all of us ladies, this is a great deal. Prices range from under $20 to up to $90. BagBlaze wants to give you one of the Aleysia Messenger bags.
Prize: 1 winner will get an Aleysia Messenger Bag from Bagblaze.
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Deadline: August 29, 2012. I’ll post the winner using random.org and the winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or another winner will be picked.
Disclosure: I was sent two bags to review, there was no other form of compensation. The bags were so I could honestly review the product, all pictures (besides one) are my own as well as the opinions. The Life of a Home Mom is not responsible for shipping the prize.
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Submitted on 2012/08/15 at 11:02 pm