Monday, December 17, 2012

Product Review : Gillette® Venus® Embrace®

I was recently accepted as a product tester with Inflenster and one of the first items they sent to me was the Gillette® Venus® Embrace®  razor. One of the coolest things about this razor is that all the blades are interchangeable!! Influenster was kind enough to include both an Embrace®  blade and an Olay blade in my box and I tried them both. First I tried the Embrace®  blade, twice. I think I had been using this blade for a while on the past but upon trying to purchase it at the store could not remember which one it was, so I resorted to using my husband's razor. When I had the opportunity to once again use the Venus® Embrace® , it was a whole new world!

The Venus® Embrace®  is lightweight and formed to fit in a woman's hand. There is no need to apply extra pressure, the razor and blade are the correct weight needed to apply the proper pressure needed to shave a womans' legs. The blades glided effortlessly over my legs, and gave me a great shave, even with several days growth. The first day I used the Embrace I was in a rush and had to do a quick shave. Normally under these circumstances, I would end up with nicks and/or razor burn. This did not happen with the Venus® Embrace®. The second time I used it, I got the same wonderful results.

Then I tried the Venus® handle with the Olay blade and was astounded! There are moisture bars on each side of the blades which release skin conditioners to help get a better shave. These bars float on some sort of spring mechanism and move at the slightest pressure, to glide effortlessly on every curve. I felt like I had a new toy after attaching this to my Venus® handle!! Once again, I had several days growth on my legs when I tried this blade for the first time and got an amazing shave. I could feel the moisturizers being laid down on my skin as I shaved.

The second time I used the Olay blade, I tried it "dry," without the soap I usually use to shave with. I was amazed that I was still able to get a good shave, only missing parts that I couldn't see because I did not have my contacts in! This blade is truly amazing and I will continue to use it and report back how long it lasts. I do not know how water will affect the moisture bars, if rinsing will make them shrink or not.

Another thing I noticed about both of the blades is that I did not need to rinse them as often as with the previous razor that I had been using. So far my opinion is that the Embrace®  is great for everyday use and the Olay would be great for people in drought conditions. I say this because as I mentioned previously, I do not know if the Olay blade will not last as long due to the potential shrinkage from water. I plan to continue to compare the two and report back.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Write Spot, Donna B. McNicol: Zombie [five sentence fiction]

My Write Spot, Donna B. McNicol: Zombie [five sentence fiction]: [photo credit: AMERICANVIRUS via photo pin cc ] He could feel it growing inside him, clawing at him from the inside out, churning thro...

My Write Spot, Donna B. McNicol: Awkward [five sentence fiction]

My Write Spot, Donna B. McNicol: Awkward [five sentence fiction]: It's been way too long since I wrote any flash fiction and I've missed it. Going to try my hand at the latest challenge from Lillie McFerrin...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

National Mill Dog Rescue: Dog of the Week

National Mill Dog Rescue: Dog of the Week: LAREDO “You lookin’ fer sweetness? You’ve come to the right place!” I’m Laredo, a young 12-lb, male rat terrier mix. I sp...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

National Mill Dog Rescue: Please VOTE for the Dogs!

National Mill Dog Rescue: Please VOTE for the Dogs!: Dear NMDR Supporters and Friends,     Many of you have asked, "How can I help NMDR, especially if I don't live in the ...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Supporting Compassion International through my Ebay sales

I'm clearing out my book collection among other things. Trying to make a little money on the side. Along the way I discover I can support Compassion International {or any other charity I choose, pretty much} through my Ebay sales. Very cool! Ebay has gotten a lot ore user friendly since the last time I did any selling there. I've had periods of buying, periods of selling, periods of buying... lol. I think I'll be selling for a while. Please go check it out and spread the word....


Sunday, July 8, 2012

52 in 2012

Well, I am finally starting on my goals for the year. I finished reading two fiction books: The Help and Inkheart. Both were much better than the movies, of course. However, I do feel compelled to watch Inkheart again to see just how different it is from the book. The Help was much more heart wrenching than the movie. If you have seen the movie and enjoyed it, you should definitely read the book, and then loan it to a friend! Next on my list is a classic, haven't chosen one yet.

I also made a couple of playlists in iTunes to help motivate me to get things done around the house, like house cleaning and exercise. I have found that I get a lot more done when I have music playing. Certain music motivates me for different things. Serious housecleaning requires country music of Christian rock. ;) Right now my playlists are several hours long so I have to go through them and cut out songs that just don't..... make the Then I will transfer some of them to either my phone or my mp3 player and see how well they help me.

Till next time!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Help save an American Hero!!

A former Marine, Cpl Megan Leavey, is hitting bureaucratic red tape in her quest to adopt the military service dog she served with in Iraq before he is put down. They were both severely injured in Iraq when an IED exploded near them. They spent a year recovering together. The dog is 10 years old now and can no longer serve. But time is running out for the faithful dog. Sen. Charles Schumer has stepped in and has asked the military to expedite Leavey's application to adopt Sgt Rex before he is euthanized. Help reunite them - please sign & pass on!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Favorite Quote

“Preach the gospel always, If necessary use words.”

~ St. Francis of Assisi.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Well, not entirely wordless this week...... {grin}

Quote for the day

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. ”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963);

35th US President

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday's Thoughts

I took the time today to catch up on, or at least try to, on a few blogs I follow. I managed to read a few post from Becoming Minimalist and karenika. I found Karen's post about 52 things to do and it really intrigued me. I don't like the idea of resolutions, but I knew I need to set some goals. The idea of 52, one per week, really struck a chord with me. That and a post over at Minimalist about other good thing to incorporate into a new year really got me going. I drafted up some vague ideas, then used the idea of the 52 things and wrote attainable goals from that. I won;t share them all here now, but one of my goals is to read more. I love to read and always have but I find that I'm reading less and less as I get older. I think I find I let distractions get in the way. I spend too much time surfing the net, reading what everyone else is doing. I thought that writing out a schedule would help me be more disciplined. Bah! Too boring.

I had set up my daily schedule in blocks of 30 minutes, with "rewards" and "drudgery" interspersed. I thought I would be motivated to get things done if I knew there was fun stuff to be done. To be fair, the schedule is less than a week old. But I changed it up by writing the activities on small pieces of cardstock so I can pick them out of a basket and do them in any order I want. I hope this will make my schedule feel less, well, scheduled! And hopefully it will help remove some of those pesky distractions that have been keeping me from the things I really do like to do! Minimalist has another good post that helped me in all this goal setting I have done today, right here.

I made a goal to read more. Then I narrowed that down to reading one book a month (I'm in grad school too), plus a few extra. I took some of Minimalist's advice and added 3 classics to my list, then split the other 12 up between non-fiction and fiction. Here's the list of books that I plan to read this year:

Great Expectations
Gulliver's Travels
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Promise - Ted Dekker
Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath - Cornelia Funke
Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke
The Heaven Trilogy - Ted Dekker

Non Fiction:
Self Nurture - Alice D. Domar
Captivating - John & Stasi Eldredge
Ninety Days of God's Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness - Randy Alcorn
Has God Spoken? - Hank Hanegraaff
The Life God Blesses - Jim Cymbala
Blessing Your Husband - Debra Evans

Some of these I have already started, so I hope to get a few more books in by the end of the year. Also, I do not know how grueling my MS program will be nor how many breaks I will have so that will also affect my pace. I am sooo looking forward to getting some good reading in again! And I will report on each one as I finish it, or maybe even while I'm still in it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012