Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Product Rhi-view: Kitchen Tools Stainless Steel Cleaner Microfiber Cloth Towel

Kitchen Tools Stainless Steel Cleaner Microfiber Cloth
Company Website: prochefkitchentools.com
Product Details: This microfiber polishing cloth towel is an indispensable tool in maintaining your kitchen's appearance. It is the ultimate polishing towel for producing perfect shiny results on stainless steel and chrome. This Premium Microfiber Towel provides the fastest and easiest way to polish kitchen appliances from refrigerators to toasters. Each generously over-sized towel is 16" x 16" which is designed to keep your hands from touching the polished surfaces. Manufactured with safety edging that prevents scratching.
Importance of Microfiber
Using poor quality towels can be the difference between a showroom perfect finish and finish that is swirled and scratched.
These microfiber towels are extremely versatile and can be used with any shiny finish. They are also great to use in the chrome finished faucets and trim in the bathroom, vehicles, tools. After one use of a good quality microfiber towel, there's no need to go back to using terry towels again.

Polishing versus Cleaning (4 Stars)

I'm sure I wasn't the only person who mistook the word 'Cleaner' in the product description to mean that this cloth was intended for cleaning their stainless steel appliances. It wasn't until I unpacked it and read the bit on how to use it that I realized you had to have already thoroughly cleaned the appliance or the towel might scratch it! Since that really wasn't made clear beforehand and I assumed this was going to do both jobs at once I was pretty disappointed.

But I'm one to turn lemons into lemonade so I got my stainless fridge good and clean and gave it a polish. The results were nice but not so remarkable I felt like I would recommend it for folks who've had their appliances for several years as I have. I used my toaster oven to show what I mean, it couldn't get rid of moisture marks or buff out scratches enough to make it very obvious.

With that in mind, I would recommend it for a brand new stainless appliance (or sink) as a maintenance tool for keeping up that brand new shine.

Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Blast: ELF HILLS by S.S. Dudley [Excerpt + giveaway!]


Excerpts from Elf Hills © 2014 by S. S. Dudley

From Chapter 4:

A rustle from a bush to the side of the trail attracted his attention. He watched, expecting a rabbit or ground squirrel to pop out and hoping for a snake or something he could actually catch. Distracted from his search, he quietly picked his way down from the rocks, watching the bush. It rustled again as his foot touched down.

A wave of apprehension washed over him. Something about the moment was familiar, as if he had been in this situation before. The images were vague, so he dismissed them. His imagination got away from him sometimes.

He tiptoed toward the bush, his eyes scanning and probing, looking for a sign of the critter hidden underneath.

He reached out to grab a branch and pull it back—again the images washed over him, memories… There! It was a… a raccoon? Big round eyes, a wide face with a black, furry mask, short stubby ears, and lots of fur. It was holding something shiny in its hands—paws? The creature quickly concealed what it held and growled, showing a mouthful of teeth.

"Augh!" Nugu fell back, scrambling like a crab.

A safe ten feet away, Nugu watched the bush. It rattled again. The raccoon—it could only be a raccoon, he thought—waddled out into the open. It was walking on two feet. Do raccoons walk on two feet? Nugu tried to remember all of the animal documentaries he had seen. Maybe? And do raccoons get so big? This guy looked like he could take on Jeremiah, Nugu's four-year-old (almost five) brother. It reminded Nugu of something else entirely, some creature from a book… or a movie.

Unconsciously, feeling more nervous, Nugu took a couple steps backward.

The big, standing raccoon looked at him, and threw its arms in the air. "BaaaagahLOO!" it grunted. Nugu jumped straight up, turned, and ran.

ELF HILLS is available for purchase on Kindle and in  Paperback.

PLEASE NOTE: This book is free on Amazon from Dec 15 – 19, 2014.  If you prefer print, the paperback is available through Createspace here. This is a code for a 15% discount off of the retail price ($8.99): 9DSCQ3UU. 


Something strange, something magical, is going on in the dusty hills behind the small town of Villaloma. Yet each time Linda Peters puts on her running shoes and sets out to find the enchanted kingdom she imagines—full of dancing elves, unicorns, and more—something stops her. And with school starting soon, she only has a few more chances to really search the hills.

While Linda’s frustration and doubt grow, her cousin, Nugu, looks for answers in his books and wonders if maybe, just maybe, Linda’s stories are for real.

The day finally arrives when Linda can run far, the day she is sure she will find her magic city. But when she and Nugu feel their goal must lie just beyond the next hill, they only find more hill.

Is it all a figment of an over-active imagination; a wistful fantasy?

Or is there truly something magical in those hills that only the strong of heart—and leg—can discover?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S. S. Dudley grew up in Wyoming, USA, an avid reader and lover of the outdoors. He studied at the University of Wyoming and the University of Illinois. He started his first book (an epic fantasy hand-written in with a blue fountain pen…) when he was 13, but never finished it. At some point (as his mother recently reminded him), he decided that he needed to go do something (like get a job) for a while before he could, or should, write. He did, and spent time in Colombia, Panamá, Antarctica and the dark recesses of large science buildings on college campuses. That done, he now writes, lives and runs in Northern California with his wife and two children. He can be found at: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Holiday Snaps Sampler from Harvest Snaps

One of my favorite snack foods goes festive! (5 Stars)

I've been a Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps fan for quite a while (I grew up loving the Calbee brand's shrimp flavored chips too) but I've admittedly not bothered branching beyond the Lightly Salted until I got the chance to try this sampler. I have been missing out!

The Black Pepper Snapea Crisps have just the right amount of pepper without going overboard. I didn't care as much for the Tomato Basil Lentil Snaps but now that I've tried the lentils I am going to be hunting down the Onion Thyme version at my local grocery store. But what I was most excited to try were the Holiday Snaps!

I received the COFFEE TOFFEE and SALTED CARAMEL versions, though there are also Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Holiday Snaps.

I was admittedly iffy on the COFFEE TOFFEE because the idea of peas and coffee together just sounds weird. But it's a surprisingly satisfying flavor with a serious kick of cocoa in there too. It is decidedly messy, think a certain orange cheesey snack food type dust on your fingers only the color of coffee! If you like sweet coffee and the contrast of salty and sweet it's a really yummy flavor.

My favorite though was—no surprise here—the SALTED CARAMEL. I love it as a flavor for just about anything so I kind of wanted to tell my teenager no when he asked if he could have some. To my surprise he actually loved them too! We had chips in the house and he chose these over those so I was impressed. They're not extremely sweet or salty, it's a perfect balance and if I can find these locally I think I'll be stockpiling a few bags away in the pantry for one of those times I need a salty and sweet treat.

Ultimately what makes these a snack I love is that they are so high in fiber and have such a chip-like crispness without being fried. You'd never know these were baked! They're still not something I'd recommend overeating but they are a healthier alternative to the majority of snack foods out there. If I were hosting a holiday party this year I'd put these out for my guests to nibble, the SALTED CARAMEL even look festive with their red and green hue.

Enter to win your own Holiday Snaps Sampler from Harvest Snaps!

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Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beauty Review: Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion

Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion

Company Site: website
Product Details: Why simply moisturize when you can do more? Our Vitamin C infused lotion is a great option for those looking to nurture hydrated, youthful skin. The many benefits of Vitamin C available in a daily moisturizer.
- Improve the appearance of sun damaged skin
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote collagen production
- Protect skin cells
- Safe for all skin types
- No additives, parabens or fragrances
Use dime size amount for smooth application on face. Use day or night for total hydration. Can also be used as an all-over body moisturizer.

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Citric Acid.

A Perfect Pairing with the Vitamin C Serum (5 Stars)

I recently tried Foxbrim's Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum and I loved it so much I decided I wanted to give the Vitamin C lotion a try.

My skin is combination but pretty sensitive and acne prone so I am always nervous trading items in and out of my skincare routine. I've been using the serum for about 8 weeks now and I love how much it has brightened my skin and I have noticed a considerable decrease in both the frequency and duration of my breakouts since I started. I added the lotion in at about 4 weeks and this duo has been amazing. The lotion is light which makes it great for my skin which is prone to oiliness at times but still keeps my dry areas moisturized! I did notice a little increase in tiny whiteheads during the first couple of weeks but since then it has been shockingly smooth sailing.

I am absolutely in love with these two products and aside from a cleanser, a konjac sponge, a mask for spot treatment, and an eye serum this is all I'm using. I am so happy with them I will probably continue to use them indefinitely and would very much recommend them for other women facing that dreaded stage of wrinkles and dullness along with adult acne.

Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Beauty Rhi-view: Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by InstaNatural

Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by InstaNatural

Company Site: website
Product Details: No Need To Travel To the Mediterranean... Now You Can Enjoy the Wonders of the Dead Sea - Delivered Straight To Your Door!
More than a million visitors each year flock to the sacred Dead Sea for a natural remedy for the following:
- Acne & blemishes
- Enlarged pores
- Wrinkles & fine lines
- Body aches
- Irritated or Dry Skin
Our Dead Sea Mud Mask captures the minerals of the Dead Sea waters, along with other nourishing organic ingredients, to provide the ultimate detoxifier & purifier that delivers exceptional results:
- Removes excess dirt, oil, grime & dead skin
- Improves acne and blemishes
- Reduces appearance of wrinkles & fine lines
- Soothes body aches
- Hydrates skin for softness
- Restores even skin tone and texture
- Helps you achieve more vibrant, refined skin
With InstaNatural, rest assured you will receive the best customer care and highest-quality Dead Sea Mud Mask around.
- 100% Natural
- 16 oz. jar - more bang for your buck
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free
MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE: InstaNatural backs their products with a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. If you're not satisfied, simply contact us and get a full refund.

Ingredients: Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Calendula Oil, Hickory Bark Extract

Very uncomfortable but amazing results! (4 Stars)

Ahhh the glory that is the mid-30's, when (if you're unfortunate) you get to deal with not just those first wrinkles indicating you're no spring chicken anymore, you get the pain that is adult acne.

For me acne never went away after puberty started so I've tried a ridiculous amount of products in the attempt to win the war on blemishes but there's something particularly painful and long lasting about these adult acne eruptions that makes them a doozy. I figured I'd give this mask a whirl since I've liked other InstaNatural products I have tried and I was VERY happy with the results. My blemishes were less painful the following day and had visibly lessened in both size and redness.

Unfortunately for me, my skin is sensitive and highly reactive so with my first use I only made it about 7 minutes with the mask before it was itching and burning so bad I had to wash it off with only half of it dried. After that I decided a full-face approach was not going to be okay so I've since been using it as a weekly spot treatment on just the areas with an acne eruption in development and this has worked perfectly without any discomfort.

Because I had such a bad reaction to the mask I would recommend that sensitive and reactive skin types proceed with caution, taking the spot treatment approach. Otherwise this mask works so well I would highly recommend giving it a try!

Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Home Rhi-view: Zester/Grater from Chef Proven

ChefProven 2-in-1 Lemon Zester + Cheese Grater

Company Site: website
Product Details: Rated The #1 Most Useful Kitchen Tool for Grating & Zesting Effortlessly
Professional Zester Grater is the easiest way to add instant flavor and uniqueness to all of your dishes
ZEST FRUIT including lemons, limes, oranges and coconut, GRATE CHOCOLATE to sprinkle over delectable desserts or ice cream, GRATE GINGER OR GARLIC for stir fries, stews and more, ZEST LIME or ORANGE over the top of your favorite beer or cocktail, Toss your old spices and GRATE FRESH CINNAMON and NUTMEG for today's meals
High grade STAINLESS STEEL DURABLE BLADE never needs sharpening, SOFT COMFORTABLE NON-SLIP GRIP, Unique ERGONOMIC DESIGN for maximum control and easy use, BONUS COVER SLEEVE for worry-free storage
The limited edition Chef Proven Professional Zester Grater (2-in-1 Deluxe) is the most popular kitchen tool on the market.
Why? No other tool combines effective zesting and grating in one easy to use tool as well as Chef Proven. Professional chefs and foodies around the world agree, choosing Chef Proven again and again when it comes to the best tool at the best value.
And once you use it you'll see why.
Our Professional Zester Grater is the easiest way to add instant flavor and uniqueness to all of your dishes.
Take your dishes from good to great!- Grate a rich Parmesan or Reggiano over your favorite pasta or salad
- Zest fruit including lemons, limes, oranges and coconuts
- Grate chocolate to sprinkle over delectable desserts or ice cream - Grate ginger or garlic for stir fries, stews and more
- Zest lime or orange over the top of your favor beer or cocktail
-Toss your old spices and grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg for today's meals
Here are just some of the reasons why Chef Proven's Professional Zester Grater is the best on the market:- High grade stainless steel durable blade never needs sharpening
- Soft comfortable non-slip grip
- Unique ergonomic design for maximum control and easy use
- Bonus cover sleeve for worry-free storage

An awesome economical product for your zesting/grating needs! (5 Stars)

I've had a nice mini grater for a long time but have always found it a bit unwieldy for harder cheeses like parmesan or for zesting citrus. It's not a task I take on more than a couple of times a month so I think this is a budget friendly option for folks like myself who could use a microplane style zester/grater once in a while.

Not only is it sturdy and easy to clean (even by hand, though it is dishwasher safe), it stores nicely and has a very comfortable handle. The grip and handle are really what are a big thing for me, there's nothing like slipping and messing up a zest with too much of the pith of a lemon or cutting yourself on the sharps. So far I've done both zesting and grating and have found it to be an excellent and economical find that I would recommend to my friends who want a great tool for fancier kitchen tasks than your typical handheld grater can handle.

Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, December 1, 2014

CHRISTMAS WONDER Giveaway Hop! [My Giveaway + $100 GC GRAND PRIZE!]

Howdy Christmas Wonder Hoppers!

You've probably already visited my book blog, RhiReading, on the hop and are wondering why the hell I'd want to join a hop with two blogs and the simple answer is that this one is my 'lifestyle' blog. This is where I wax geeky on beauty products, cooking, and stuff about and for my kids. It was so hard deciding what to do for my giveaways for both blogs since I wanted to give away something meaningful at both. Then it hit me: give away an audiobook at each! Audio-reading is how I managed to fit in more than 100 books this year (not including kids books or non-fiction) this year while managing two blogs and real life commitments. 

For this blog I decided to give away a book that's perfect for enjoying alone or with your children, THE HOBBIT!

Thanks for stopping by Rhialistic, please be sure you follow me for lots of cool giveaways and product reviews in the new year.

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book Rhi-view: Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay

Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! 
Written and Illustrated by Brenda Ponnay
Picture Book, Holiday, Senses
Ebook, Paperback (32 pages)

It's Christmas Eve and Little Hoo should be sleeping. But there are so many interesting noises! Are there reindeer on the roof and elves in the kitchen? Join your favorite owl and find out in this Christmas story that will make December bedtime more fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even big kids who can't help but believe in Christmas magic.  (Toddler/Preschool)

Utterly charming! (5 stars)

Don't tell anybody but this book gives me warm fuzzies. I usually read any children's titles I get for review before I ever share them with my preschooler so I can decide when to read them to her and this one was so cute I couldn't wait to share it with her.

The illustrations are bright and really adorable and the story well paced enough that kids in the 2-5 range are going to be kept interested. My daughter loved it so much she made me read it three times in a row the first time I shared it with her then immediately began begging me to buy the other Little Hoo titles. Not only are they very well priced, they're a subtly educational as well. In this particular story Little Hoo is hearing sounds and thinking they are one thing when they are really another, which I felt provokes critical thinking and comparison skills.

We loved Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! and would recommend it to our friends.

Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

If you found this review helpful would you please rate it on Amazon?

Other stories by Brenda Ponnay:

Nomnoms Rhiview: Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack + Giveaway!

Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack, Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig Brewers, 40 Count

Company Site: website
Product Details: Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee. This sampler pack has it all from bold to decaf and flavored to complex roasts. If you enjoy a variety of coffees or you are trying to please a crowd, then here you go.
Enjoy a wide selection of coffees
Brooklyn Bean Roaster, Hamilton Mills, Java Factory, Select by Trump, Workaholics, Guy Fiery, Cake Boss
A selection of coffees: Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Light Roast, Extra Bold, Flavored, Unflavored, Decaf
Try 40 different coffees without buying 40 different boxes
For use with all Keurig K-Cup compatible brewers

Not Quite Mega Coffee, Mega Hot Beverages Is More Accurate  (5 Stars)

If the death of your Keurig would cause tears chances are you have tried plenty of different K-Cups in your long-term relationship. But if you haven't been treating it to some variety might I suggest the Mega Coffee sampler as a good place to start?

I must preface this by saying that I feel that calling it the Mega Coffee sampler is extremely misleading! Mine contained a ratio of about 1:1 coffee versus other beverages. If I had ordered this in the summer I would have been really unhappy that it had so much cocoa. That aside I was overall really happy with it as I like cocoa, cider, and both herbal and black teas. The majority of the coffees I received were flavored with everything from pumpkin spice (which I actually hate), vanilla, and hazelnut to maple, caramel, and cinnamon. I received 2 Workaholics coffees, 1 Cake Boss, and 2 Guy Fieri the rest were an assortment of Brooklyn Bean Roaster, Hamilton Mills, Java Factory, Select by Trump. I feel like it's also worth noting there were no decaf coffees in my sampler.

I had several dupes in the cocoas including the Tootsie Roll, Charleston Chew and the ones from Brooklyn Bean Hot Cocoa. Sadly, it looks like the Carnival Cocoa which I loved isn't even available to buy anywhere. The Prospect teas were pretty flavorless but I liked the Stash ones. I even had one random K-Cup with a white lid with a big black question mark on it that was some kind of hazelnut flavored coffee.

There's been plenty of hit and miss between my husband and I tearing our way through the sampler but it's always fun trying new things so I think we would both still recommend it. If you're getting someone a Keurig for Christmas I think this would be a fun add-on so that they can play with their new machine and find tasty drinks without having to buy a whole box of something they might not enjoy.

If you found this review helpful would you please rate it on Amazon?

Notes: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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