Thursday, December 1, 2016

Alligator Chopper vs PL8 Professional Chopper Review

Okay, so I have issues cutting onions.  They make me cry AND the leftover onion-y air particles stay in my eyes or contacts for hours.  Four years ago I did some looking around for a onion chopper.  I found a Vidalia Chop Wizard without the dicer piece at my local thrift store and I also bought a Alligator Dicer from Amazon.

The Vidalia Chop Wizard worked great for chopping produce for quite some time...until the base broke.  The Alligator dicer was loved instantly and it is still going strong.  I love, love, LOVE it.  But the Alligator dicer has only one chop blade and I have really been wanting a chopper that has different sized chop blades.  And when I dice tomatoes with the Alligator dicer, the juices run out onto the counter because its collector container is above the unit instead of below.  So I have been looking at different choppers in the hopes of finding THE BEST one.

So after much looking around online, I settled on the PL8 Professional Chopper and I bought it from Jet.  It has the ability to do a 1/2-inch chop, 1/4-inch dice, and 1/8-inch mince.  It also utilizes a cleaning grid system like my beloved Alligator Dicer.

Long review short, I still think the Alligator chopper is way better than the PL8.  I am majorly bummed because I was hoping that the PL8 would out-shine it BUT it just couldn't get a crisp, clean cut/dice like my trusty Alligator.  Plus, the PL8 was a huge PAIN to clean, even with its cleaning grid system.

So what now?  I have purchased an attachment piece for my Alligator that will allow a 1/2-inch chop.  I will just deal with the tomato juice issue.  And I still really want to buy this version of the Alligator but I just can't justify the expense.  Of course, I will keep my eyes open for THE BEST.  ;)  Until then, I will count my blessings and joyfully keep using this Alligator brand because they rock!!!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Voluminous Waterproof Mascara Review; 3 Reasons It's My New Fave!

Today I am going to tell you about one of the best mascara's that I have tried.  Though my search for the "perfect" mascara continues, this has become my default mascara.

The funny thing is, I have had L'Oreal's Voluminous Waterproof mascara around for years, but never opened a tube to try on myself until a couple months ago.  Back in my couponing days, I got several of these mascaras for a super-low price and they have served me well for a quick gift add-on.  I'm sure glad I finally decided to "gift" one to myself, because what it does for my lashes is AMAZING!  Read on for three reasons why I love this mascara and one reason why I don't.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Physicians Formula Reviews and Their Weak Customer Service

So I have a new baby so posts have been pretty sparse.  And unfortunately, this is not a glowing review.  As you have probably figured out by now, I am on the search for products that are more natural with less chemicals.  But I am a drugstore budget kind of gal.  Which is why I was SO excited when Physicians Formula came out with their organic and natural lines.  But I have kind of just decided that Physicians Formula is just not a brand for me.  First of all, their products just don't perform as I like.  Secondly, I believe they need to revamp their customer service.

Five Physicians Formula Flops
Read on for my mini-reviews of these products.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Favorite Baby and Toddler Books that are Hidden Gems

I need to confess right now.

I. Am. A. Huge. Fan. Of. Children's. Books!!!  Ever since I took a Children's Literature class way back in my college days, I have been hooked.  Plus, I'm a mom of five and am constantly reminded to read to my kids.  Over the years, I have loved these well-know toddler/children's books like:
  • Sandra Boyton's many boardbooks
  • Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books that ALL my kids love
  • David Shannon's hilarious works, including No David and The Bunyans
  • Any MANY others that any librarian would be able to steer you to in a heartbeat!
But today I want to let you know about a few hidden gems that I have stumbled across. They are ones that we just keep pulling out again and again.

Favorite Toddler Books that Are Hidden Gems

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ollas Part 2: Best place to buy ollas on the cheap is GrowOya

If you read Ollas Part 1, then you already know about ollas and that I made my own.  While it was definitely a cheap option (about $5 per olla), I didn't enjoy the process and wasn't getting fabulous results in my garden with my homemade ollas.  For the last year, I have been keeping up with the olla online market.  I somehow stumbled upon the company GrowOya and ending up finding a good deal on Jet and bought two to try out in my garden this year.  I am beyond excited!
Here is a snippet from GrowOya's website.
So this review is not complete in that I haven't tested these ollas for a whole garden season and cannot make any statement as to how well they will do in the garden.  However, I really feel like I need to get this review public now because:

  1. I do not know how long these ollas will be on sale and wanted to give my readers a chance to buy a somewhat affordable olla if they do not want take the DIY gamble.
  2. I have high hopes that they will perform well in my garden this year based on the reasons below.
I will definitely come back to this post at the end of the growing season to give you all the details on this particular olla.

Okay, now here is the story of how I got the large GrowOya ollas for $23 each shipped