FSL Xylem Earphones Review

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I've been looking for comfortable earphones for a long long time! So when the opportunity to review these earphones came up I couldn't let it go! 


This is simple to explain. Here are the things you need to know about the FSL Xylem Earphones:


1. Great look. Seriously, how cool it is to have wooden earphones? Not the typical black, red or white that are bleh...
2. Comfortable (silicone tips come in 3 sizes for better fit)
3. Lightweight (they won't fall, they stay put even while you are moving like a crazy person dancing)

DIY Rock Garden Markers

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What should you do if you have a ton of rocks in you backyard?

Garden Markers!

With our backyard project and our little expertise about gardening we definitely needed some garden markets to not confuse the plants (now that we have them we don't need them lol)

Anyway, this project is really simple and easy. Great activity for the kids too. My little guy is 3 and he is more into abstract art, so I had to do the job.

You need:

  • Rocks - as many rocks as you want to paint, really… I only used as much as the plants I needed to identify. Make sure to clean them really well and let them dry before painting them.
  • Paint Pens - I was going to use paint and brushes, but I am lazy and the markers mean less mess and clean up when finished *wink*

  • Clear Coat Spray Paint - I didn't do this, but after a month or so outside one of the markers paint started to fade because of the rain and sun exposure.


How to do it?

1. Decide what rock you want for each plant. Some vegetables and fruits are bigger than others (and some words are LONGER than others) so you need to sort the rocks first. Make sure you know about how big or small your writing will be.



2. Write the name of the plant on the rocks. Remember to leave space for the drawing, or if you don't feel like drawing fruits and veggies you can totally write the work in the middle of he rock with the color of your preference.





3. Paint the vegetables and fruits. Start with the first one you wrote the name on. That one should be dry by now. Anyway, try not to touch the painted areas so you don't mess all your hard work. If you are using more than one color (one on top of the other i.e.: fruit and leaves like the carrots) wait until the first one dries before applying the next color.




Wait for the rocks to dry completely, I'll say it probably takes couple of hours, but I would prefer to wait a whole or half day to spray the clear coat. Make sure to check the wind direction and to spray it in a place where you don't damage your things :)




Let them dry and place in your garden!








Happy Gardening!




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Flat-Pack Toiletry Kit Review

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We travel a lot and we like to keep our belongings sorted and organized in our bags. This toiletry bag was the perfect thing for us. We used to keep our toiletries in a small bag with a zipper that came with the luggage set, but it was driving me crazy to have everything in the same compartment. Awful.




This compact toiletry bag has different compartments that help you be more organized and not mix up deodorant with toothbrushes. We are three (2 adults and a toddler) and it had space left after putting our stuff inside. We had 3 toothbrushes, 2 toothpastes, 2 deodorants, panty liners, shower hat, q-tips, dental floss, triple antibiotic and some pain reliever tablets in envelopes.




The bag has a removable mirror (velcro), elastic strips, elastic pockets, zipper pockets and an outside mesh pocket that has a velcro and wire to make the mesh stay in place. The bag folds and closes with a plastic buckle that has an adjustable strap, when the bag is open you can hang it from a hook attached to the top of it. The toiletry bag material is sturdy and waterproof.


Included in the bag is a plastic zip baggie that contains TSA certified containers: a spray bottle, 2 silicone bottles, and 2 small containers with lids great for pills.


The silicone bottles are great because their texture and material makes them easy to squeeze, they also have suction cups on their sides perfect to stick them on shower walls or mirros. The bottles' caps are removable and they have a rotating disc that you move to identify the content of the bottles (shampoo, lotion, soap, etc) pretty neat.






This bag takes little space in your bags even when it is super full.




Overall great product and I would recommend it to everyone! :)





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What's growing in my garden?

So here is a little summary of what we have in our backyard/edible garden. The grass hasn't grown, but it is on its way. 

Let's begin with the cucumbers (variety: straight 8). I lost three cucumber plants, only one survives. Two died because of too much sun exposure, the other… A. Cat. Killed. IT! ugh! So we had to build a cage with shade cloth to protect the one that was left standing. 


Keep an eye on the blog because I'll show you how we made the cages. And the same method was used for my potato tower :)

Behind the cukes, there are my bell peppers. I wanted to experiment a bit and I transplanted these peppers when they didn't even have their true leaves. I think it was a mistake because they haven't grown as much and they have been outside for weeks… 


The tomatoes on the other hand have been growing like weeds! Which is good. They started to flower but I picked those to make the plant concentrate on growing and not so much on the fruit. They are still small, I can wait a bit.

I have three varieties right now: Cherry Sweet 100, Ponderosa (Beefsteak) and Tommy Toe. 

Tommy Toe tomato variety

DO you see that beige cloth behind the tomatoes? Thats a shade cloth, used to filter sunlight. And right behind it you will find my Guatemalan Blue Banana and my Butternut squashes :) They are full sun, but apparently California's sun was too strong for them lol They will grow vertically on a trellis to make better use of the small garden space in my backyard. 

Shade Cloth + Trellis = Happy Plants.

Guatemalan Blue Banana
Butternut Squash

Next to the squash, I have a 2-tier raised bed. In that bed I have carrots and onions. I used to have strawberries, but for some unknown reason they died. There is one (of six) trying to survive, so we'll see…  

I have to rows of carrots (left photo) and two rows of onions on the top tier. Onions and strawberries on the lower tier.


After the raised bed, you'll find four dirt rows. The first three have broccoli. These broccoli sprouts were also an experiment. I had so much trouble and killed a LOT of broccoli seedlings trying to grow them indoors, so I decided to try my luck and direct sowed some seeds in the backyard, I barely watered them… and guess what? They all sprouted in 2 weeks. 

Mother nature is amazing!

Broccoli seedlings

The fourth row has some peas. This little pea you see below was also direct sowed, just like the broccoli. At the same time I started three seeds indoors. 

See the difference? Awesome right? I love gardening!



Additional to these I have a raspberry plant, potatoes in a potato tower (tutorial soon), and recently sowed some sunflower, arugula, lettuce, cherokee purple tomato and spaghetti squash seeds. 

Seriously, I always say: "Oh, these are the last seeds I'm going to sow this season", then the next day I am sowing something else…. It is addictive. It is also a great activity to share as a family. My little one is enjoying it and my hubby too (he may or may not say that I take care of the plants more than I take care of him…. oops!)

Are you growing something this spring? Hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon!
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Ramini Brands Biodegradable Peat Pots and Germination Trays Review

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You all know that we decided to transform part of our backyard to an edible garden… well, I was given the chance to review some great things for gardening.

Today I am going to talk about two from Ramini Brands:

- Germination Trays
- Biodegradable Peat Pots

Let's start with the germination trays:

The package contains three (3) trays. Each tray has 12 cells. They are 1.5" wide.

I use these trays mostly for my small seeds: peppers, some tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, arugula, etc… seeds that I know can stay a while after spurting here because they don't need so much space for their roots as others.



The material of these germination trays is a thin plastic that works great to push the seedlings from the bottom to take them out without having to disrupt their roots too much.

Luxury 1000 Thread 100% Cotton Sheets

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Shout out to my new bed sheets!



These sheets are great! I have been struggling to find a good, soft sheet and now I have found them. I received the brown set (King) for free, from the manufacturer, for testing purposes and I am in love.

They are soft and kind of shiny, you know that silky look… wonderful. They fit perfectly and keep the temperatures nice. I have had some that get extremely cold or too hot and itch… These are truly a gem.




The color reminds me of chocolate powder. It is not too dark as a regular brown color sheet. It doesn't have too much details in the borders but it is fine. It looks magnificent and I which I could have them all!

They don't have too much detail, but they look really good.



My little one approves! (Yes, he still sleeps with me sometimes. Can't say no to the snuggles)
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Big Size Insulated Lunch Bag / Cooler Review

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Let me start by saying this cooler is huge! I love it. It is the perfect size for my family of 3. We love to go on road trips and I don't like heavy bulky coolers because they are rigid and just plain a pain to take around or even fit in the car ( or even when I am working on the backyard). I don't like to go in and out of the house with my dirty boots (and I am too lazy to put them on and off too many times) so this cooler worked like a charm to keep some refreshments with me while I worked outside in my garden.


The color is nice, I thought it was going to be a neon, extravagant green and it actually is a nice green, maybe couple of tones lower than a shocking neon green. It doesn't hurt my eyes like I thought it was going to do haha!

It has a solid pocket and mesh pockets on the side. I normally use them to hold spoons, napkins or our stainless steel straws. This time it was holding my silicone cups :).They are pretty deep so they hold really well and have easy access too.


Here are my favorites specs from the Big Easy Brands Cooler:

1. It is narrow: it fits in the space between my center console and the backseat on the floor of my pick up truck.


2. It has a top flap: Thank you Big Easy Brands! This flap makes it easy to just turn around from my seat on the front, open it and grab whatever my little one is asking without breaking my back trying to unzip the main compartment, which helps you keep it cool inside longer.


3. The capacity: I can fit a 2-litter bottle of soda (my hubs is addicted, don't judge lol), 5 zippy cups, couple of bottles of water, yogurt and ice packs. Enough for a trip to the Bay or the Mountains and back.


4. The strap: although I don't carry it around all the time (it stays in the car during our trips) we love how convenient and comfortable the strap is for easy transportation. It is easy to carry the cooler in and out of the truck and/or the house, even if you have your hands full. IT is also adjustable *wink*

I am really happy with this product. It met my expectations: it is functional, easy to carry, holds a lot of stuff inside, keeps my beverages cool and looks nice.

We already used it for a 3 day road trip. We used it to store all our dry snacks and bottles of water. Now there will not be another bag to hold our yummies when we go on road trips, the Big Easy Brands Insulated Cooler is it!

Something I wish this cooler had was a removable hard liner inside. When icepacks start to sweat, the water just go all the way down to the corners and, even though it didn't really leak, it was kind of wet when I touched it from the outside of the cooler (since it was a long trip I had to try it at home before). Like I said, it didn't leak so it was all good :) Another thing is that the hard shell would make it easier to clean and it also helps to keep its shape and stand when its content inside is not balanced.

Overall great product and I would recommend it to everyone.





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