One of my favorite things about being a Social Insider (formerly known as a Purex Insider) is getting to try their new products, sometimes before they even hit the shelves.  This time I was given Purex with Clorox 2 to review.  It is designed to brighten your brights while getting your whites as white as possible.  I’ve been using it for about a week now and I am very pleased with the results.  Not only are my brights staying bright, and my whites staying white, my laundry also smells amazing.  This is some of the best smelling detergent Purex has come out with so far.  It smells very clean, and sort of flowery, and the smell really lingers on your clothes.  I pulled a shirt over my head yesterday, that I had washed over a week ago, and it still smelled wonderful.


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This is such a simple idea that I have to wonder why it wasn’t thought of before.  It was one of those things that when I saw it my first thought was “why didn’t I think of that, duh!” Flasks are nice to have if you want to carry a drink, or a few, with you but not everyone likes drinking right out of the opening.  This collapsible shot glass is genius!  It folds up and fits right into the body of the flask and when not in use it just looks like part of the design.


The flask itself is really made well too.   It has a very nice black leather cover and looks very stylish.   It has a slim design so it would fit easily into a pocket or purse and it looks really classy.    I also like the fact the BarMe included a free funnel.  It can be hard sometimes to pour into such a small opening and that really made it effortless  BUT I will say that I would have done one thing different.  I would have made the funnel collapsible too.  It is the perfect size to fit into the folded up shot glass and if it was also collapsible you would be able to keep both in the same spot.  As it is now, you have to carry the funnel separately and I would worry that I would lose it.  Even though you would probably fill it and leave the funnel at home, it would be nice to be able to carry them all together if you “needed” to.  Other than that, I would say that this is a very well thought out product and it seems to be made to last and even though it folds up, the shot glass did not leak a bit when we used it.


This would make a great bachelor party gift and would also be nice for that hard to buy for person that seems to already have everything.  Chances are they don’t have a flask quite like this one.   I will definitely keep it in mind for the drinkers on my list this Christmas.

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I used to have a burger press that I had gotten from Tupperware but I misplaced it a couple of years ago so when I was offered this to review I was excited. I thought all burger presses were basically the same but evidently I was mistaken. The Yumms brand burger press has an added feature that makes it way better than the others I’ve seen. This one has 3 parts. In addition to the normal top and bottom piece it has an extra piece called a lifter. You place this in the bottom before adding the ground meat and then after you press the meat into the burger shape you can lift this extra part up and the burger comes right out. Sounds so simple but it’s so flippin awesome! I HATE touching raw meat and that eliminated that step entirely. Since the parts are all coated the burger slid right out and right off of the lifter with no touching required. (I used an ice cream scoop to put the meat into the press also so I didn’t have to touch it then either…yay me!) I love that they are free from harmful BPA and that they are totally dishwasher safe too. They make a nice consistent 4 1/2 inch wide patty and they end up about an inch thick, maybe a little less than an inch, so you end up with burgers that all cook at the same rate. I even made some extra patties and layered them between sheets of wax paper and then placed them in a freezer bag for future use. This is truly a must have for every burger lover and especially for people like me that do not like to touch raw meat.


These are a must have for grillers! The worst part of grilling, for me anyway, is having to clean up afterwards. I hate scrubbing down the grills and I usually use oven cleaner so then I have to deal with that awful smell too. I don’t like using aluminum foil because it sticks to the food and the grill and I personally think it leaves a metallic flavor in the foods you are grilling. These Yumm BBQ mats are a great alternative to all of that! They wipe clean with soapy water and there is absolutely no mess on the grills. I love that you can cut them to size for whatever type of grill you have too. They fit ours perfectly but it’s nice to know that if we wanted to use them on a different type of grill they would still work. Remember though, they do have to be used on a grill that is at least 7 inches from the mats to work properly so it does have to be a sort of deep grill to get the best results. I am happy that these mats keep the food from getting charred too. They seem to make the heat distribute more evenly so you don’t have “hot spots” that burn parts of the meat you are grilling and that’s huge for me! I do not like a charred taste on my meat at all. I guess if you are the type of person that has to see “grill marks” or even one that likes the charbroiled taste these might not be for you, but they are perfect for my family. I love how easily they wipe clean and that you can just store them right on the grill since there’s no reason to really put them away. I will never grill without them again.



I didn’t realize how much we needed this until I got it to review! We live in Arkansas and it gets HOT here ….too hot to grill out when the sun is still shining bright for sure. We usually wait until later in the evening when the sun starts to settle in for the day before we start grilling and that means that it’s usually pretty dark by the time we are finished. This is a lifesaver! It’s so nice to be able to see what we are doing even after the sun goes down. Even better, it was super easy to install. There’s only one screw and they even give you a screwdriver to use which was a big plus since I can never find our small screwdrivers. It attached very easily to the grill and it is very sturdy. It only takes 3 batteries and the light is bright enough that it lights up the entire grilling surface easily. It seems to be weatherproof too so I would think it would be ok even if it was to get rained on but I think we will take it off between uses just to be safe. It rains a LOT here and I’m not sure how that would work out if we left it outside all of the time. My husband are both very pleased with this Yumm’s BBQ light and now that we have one, we wonder how we ever did without it.



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Once again Purex Insiders has pleasantly surprised me.  My husband and I both smoke and we have two cats ( four when the weather’s bad and the outside kitties decide to come in too)  so I worry about what our home smells like when people visit.  Not that we get a lot of company in the middle of nowhere but it’s still nice to know that if someone does stop by our house smells welcoming.  I use wax burners a lot and they work great for bigger rooms but they can overpower a smaller room so these are a great alternative.   They probably wouldn’t work as well in a bigger room but they are perfect for  a bathroom,  guest room,  or even the laundry room.    I have had the one I received in my bathroom for 4 days now and it smells great.   You notice it as soon as you walk in there but it’s not overwhelming at all.  Just a clean, fresh scent that everyone could enjoy.


They are simple to use too.  Just peel off the protective layer and place the cap back on.   The cap is designed with air holes so the smell comes through gradually and the pearls are supposed to hold their scent for about 30 days.   They have five scents to choose from:

Blue = Blue Sky Breeze

Green = After the Rain

Yellow = Seductive Pineapple

Purple = Tranquility

Blue #2 = Serenity

I was given the Blue Sky Breeze and I love it.   I also want to try the After the Rain scent.  I prefer clean, fresh smells to fruity or flowery ones so I’m not sure if I would like the Seductive Pineapple but  the others are perfect for someone like me and I’m sure I will try them all eventually.  Maybe I’ll get the Serenity or Tranquility to put on the night stand next to the bed.   Those sound like they could be calming and peaceful and would be perfect for the bedroom.  I’m sure no matter which scent I choose, or where I put it,  I will love it.


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The older I get, the more important my bed and the bedding I choose have become to me.   I used to sleep on any old sheets and didn’t even know there was a difference, but as I got older I started noticing how uncomfortable the cheaper bedding felt and started looking for better quality. For the last few years I have mostly purchased Egyptian cotton sheets because I like how crisp they feel but sometimes I miss having softer sheets to climb in to.  When I was offered these 100% flannel sheets from Yorkshire-Mayfair to review they seemed like they would be a great choice so I was excited to try them.


Our mattress is really thick and sometimes it’s hard to find sheets that will fit correctly.   I’ve even had to use clips or mattress suspenders to keep some of them in place. It’s so aggravating to  try to sleep on a mattress when a corner of the sheet comes off and it’s all bunched up underneath you.  I am happy to say that these sheets fit our mattress perfectly and have not budged after using them for a week now.  They are specially made for extra thick mattresses.  They also washed quite nicely.  I washed them before putting them on and they didn’t “pill up” or lose their shape at all and they came out feeling super soft.  They are also really thick and honestly it feels as good as snuggling up under your favorite T-shirt if you could crawl under it.   They feel really soft against the skin and they don’t “crease up” underneath you while you are sleeping.


I highly recommend these if you are looking for a good quality, comfortable set of sheets.  They keep you very warm, but since they are cotton, they also “breathe” so you don’t get overly hot.  I haven’t even had to stick my foot out while I sleep this week to cool down and that’s almost a miracle.



febreze1First I have to comment on how cute the Febreze kit the sponsors sent me is.   They really put a lot of effort into it and it shows.   I received 3 Febreze car vent clips and they came displayed in the cutest cardboard car and even included a game to play.  In the “pull here” section of the car was a game board,  game play cards and everything else you need to play the cute Febreze Road Trip to Freshness game.  I was sold already on the marketing!

febreze2I was given 3 Febreze car vent scents to try 1) Linen & Sky  2) Midnight Storm and 3) Gain Island Fresh and it was hard to choose which one I wanted to try first.  I was worried about opening them to smell them and then them losing their potency.   I am happy to say that is not an issue.  They are made where you decide when to activate them and yet you can still try them out to see which scent you prefer.  I ended up choosing the Linen & Sky because I love clean, fresh scents and I was not disappointed.

febreze3Within seconds of activating and installing the vent clip my car smelled great!   (I am a smoker unfortunately so this is not usually the case)  It was super easy to activate, just a click to the backside, and it installed quite easily too.  I love that it has a dial on the top that you can use to decide how much scent you want it to put out.   I originally put it on the highest setting and realized right away it didn’t need to be up that high.  Even on the lowest setting it put out plenty of scent.

febreze6I really couldn’t be happier with these car clips.  I love the variety of scents to choose from and how easy they are to use and I especially love how great they make my car smell.  I am also super excited that the sponsors of this review have also given me a $25 Walmart gift card to give to one of my readers so they can experience these for themselves.

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We all know lanterns are great for camping but since moving to Arkansas a few years ago, I’ve learned they are also great for many other things too.   Between living in the middle of Tornado Alley and the storms we get here regularly, this lantern will come in very handy!  We lose power several times each month and sometimes it will be out for hours.  It’s a hassle to round up candles and find the flashlights (and batteries IF we have any)  every time the power goes out and that’s where this lantern comes in handy.   Don’t let the small size fool you…it is only about 6 inches tall but wow! is it bright!  Even on the lowest setting it completely lights up the room and when on high it lights up most of the house.

It also  has a strobe light for use in emergencies.  We had a tornado come through here (again!) a few months ago and this feature sure would have come in handy.   The strobe would have been great for letting people know we are ok but may need help.   It is very bright and bound to get someone’s attention, which would also be nice for the ones that are looking for someplace to go after their house was damaged.   You really couldn’t miss it and it would help lead the way if they needed to find help and weren’t sure where to go.

This lantern will also come in handy in the Summertime when we like to hang out outdoors late at night.   It would light up the backyard enough that we could still play cornhole or even while we take a late night swim.  It’s definitely not just for camping and I’m sure the longer I have it, the more uses I will find for it.   I think every household should have one in case of emergency….you never know when one could strike!

Here is a video showing it in action.  As you can see it is very bright and the strobe light would definitely get attention when needed.


Product Description

Protect Your Family During Power Outages and Emergencies, and Power Your Outdoor Adventures with the Brightest and Longest Lasting LED Lantern

The AYL StarLight 330 LED Lantern combines the latest LED lighting technology along with an innovative design that results in unsurpassed performance.

300 Lumens blows away the competition and provides the brightest LED lighting in its class

Super high-efficiency LED light generates little to no heat and can be used continuously for up to six days, making it a must have for any type of emergency and safer and longer lasting than any type of emergency candles!

Sturdy rubber and ABS plastic construction for maximum durability and water resistance

Removable top for focused forward lighting or for use as a hanging area light

LED lights are guaranteed for up to 100,000 hours of use and never need replacing

For Recreation. For Safety. For Peace of Mind.




fan1    I live in Arkansas….humid, stuffy Arkansas….. and leaving the doors open is not usually an option here because it gets so stuffy feeling in the house that you can hardly stand it.  We were looking for a fan that not only looks good but will provide sufficient airflow to allow us to keep the doors open and air out the house when we’d like.   This Ozeri 42″ Tower Fan was the perfect choice!   It’s very stylish looking and has everything you could possibly want in a fan.  It’s very quiet, even on high speed, and it’s shape and size makes it fit into just about any space, small or large.  I also like that the temperature of the room is shown on the display panel.   You can literally watch how fast the temperature goes down when you’re using it.

fan2  It has lots of great features too.   There are 3 speeds to choose from and the high speed is powerful!  It blows out hard enough to cool the whole house.  I really doubt we would even need it to blow so hard very often and we mostly use it on the slow or medium speeds.   It’s still very quiet too, probably not the fan you want if you like to sleep with the sound of a fan blowing, but it’s perfect for the rooms in your house where you don’t want any excess noise.  It doesn’t interfere with conversations or being able to hear the TV or normal day to day life.  To be so powerful and so quiet at the same time is really a plus.

There is also a timer that you can choose when you’d like the fan to shut off and 3 different modes you can choose….Normal,  Natural or Sleep……Natural mode will cause the fan to turn off and on every few minutes  (I personally, don’t like this one as it sort of gets on my nerves going back and forth from on to off but I can see the benefits)  and the Sleep mode dims the entire display panel so there are no bright lights to interfere with your sleep.  The remote even stores right in the top of the fan so hopefully it won’t be misplaced very often.


It’s perfect for small places like dorm rooms too, so keep it in mind for the students you know.  I’m sure they would be a fan! ( HaHaHa that was lame I know….but I had to say it 🙂 )


I received this product for free in exchange for providing my opinion but all views are strictly my own.


fan2  There are so many things I like about this fan that I’m not sure where to start.  I love the sleek design and think  it would fit perfectly into just about any decor.  It’s stylish looking and hardly takes up any space and it’s very lightweight so it’s easy to move to another room if you wanted to.  It’s also very quiet.  It puts out just enough white noise for those who like to sleep with a fan on, but not so much that you can’t hear a TV or conversations going on.  You can set it to use one, two or all 3 fans and a simple touch of a button will make it oscillate  back at forth to cool the entire room.  (The one I received does make a slight vibrating noise when it is in “swing” mode (oscillating).  I can’t figure out exactly what is rattling but it’s very faint and I don’t really notice it anymore.)

fan3There are many options on the control panel of this fan.  (It also has a remote and a place on the back of the fan to store it)  Along with being able to choose the number of fans working you can choose from 3 different speeds.   It also has a timer you can activate when you don’t want it to run continuously.

Then there is the  Nature Mode.  When this is selected and the fan is on high speed it will cycle between high, medium and low speeds for 5 seconds each.  If it’s set to medium speed it cycles between medium and low and when it’s set to low speed it cycles between low and off.  Great for conserving energy!

Sleep Mode is another great feature.  When you select Sleep Mode the fan works at high speed for 30 minutes then switches to medium speed for 30 minutes and then to low speed for the rest of the night.  Even the lights on the control panel will dim if they haven’t been used in a few minutes.  Nice touch for those that like to sleep in complete darkness.  I swear they thought of everything when they designed this fan.  I honestly can’t think of anything I would change about it.


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I was super excited to get to review this because we have 2 cats that love to run in out and personally,  I get tired of opening the door a zillion times each day.   This was just what we needed!   Before,  if we tried to leave the door open every bug in the neighborhood took it as an invitation to come on in.   With this screen in place we don’t have to worry about that anymore.

The cats were a little hesitant at first but they got over it pretty quickly and started using it right away.  I know they love the feeling of independence it gives them  (even though in reality they are only allowed in the back yard so they aren’t as independent as they think they are) and I am loving the fact that the magnets close so quickly that the bugs don’t stand a chance.  I do wish they came in different sizes though as the door I would most like to use it on is 4 inches bigger than our other doors and it wouldn’t fit.  I guess I always assumed there was a standard door size and found out that this isn’t true.  So make sure you measure first to make sure it will fit.


Installation is super easy.   You simple lay it on the floor face down and then add the adhesive backed velcro strips.   (4 across the top and 4 on each side) Then just pick it up and pull the backing off of the top pieces while adhering to the door frame, making sure to get it on evenly and fairly tightly so you won’t have any gaps.  Then just do one side at a time,  pulling off the adhesive backing as you go and again, placing it snugly to the door frame.  They also include a few tacks to ensure that it stays in place.

The only thing I would change is that I would use one full length adhesive backed velcro strip for each side and across the top.  I just feel that a solid piece that goes from end to end would really lessen the chance of gaps that could still allow smaller bugs in.


All in all, this screen works exactly as promised and we are very satisfied with the results.   There are a few minor adjustments that could make it even better but it’s pretty nice already and solves the problem of unwanted bugs in your house while allowing your pets some freedom.

~BEST QUALITY – Premium Magnetic Screen Door – Invisible Strong Magnets – Best curtain design

~ NO TOOLS REQUIRED – Very Easy to install – SIZE: 35.5″ x 83″ – Fits doors up to 34″ x 82″
~ MAGIC MESH – Closes automatically – Fresh air IN – Mosquito, bug and fly OUT
~ EXCELLENT FOR YOUR PETS – Dogs and cats can come and go freely
~ 100% GUARANTEED – We guarantee your total satisfaction, or we’ll give you your money back

It instantly opens and automatically closes behind you using powerful magnets, so you can carry food, drinks and more from inside to out without ever having to fiddle with latches, sliders or heavy doors.

– Invisible Magnets,
– Easy to install! No tools required
– Excellent for your pets!
– All sewing technology, make the magic mesh more durable.

Product Dimensions: 35.5 x 83 inches
Color: Black

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