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Solid Cordz® {Review}

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few things that require outlets when I get ready in the morning.  A hairdryer, flat iron, laptop, etc.  Our super awesome and extremely old Boston townhome has only one outlet per bedroom, so extension cords are a must.  I may not be the smartest crayon, but I know what can happen when you daisy-chain too many extension cords together.  Still, when I need to access all six of the outlets, and I’m left to work with giant bulky pronged plugs, what else am I left to do?

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You get a hold of these 1-foot extension cables from Solid Cordz, that’s what you do.

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Since my husband is the techy in our relationship, I had him spear up this review and contribute his thoughts:

A lot of times when you’re dealing with surge protectors, you have very minimal space to plug in several AC adapters.  Some of those power bricks are so large that they can cover several outlets on the surge protector, minimizing how many things you can plug into it.  You can use these Solid Cordz 1-foot extension cables to free up that space.  These mini extension cords are ideal for tight spaces that have a lot of components running to it, like behind entertainment centers or computer desks.

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We’ve used these in tight spaces behind our entertainment center, which is also the master outlet for our Christmas tree lights on timer, and there’s no way we’d be fitting everything onto one power brick without these 1-ft extension cables to space everything out better.

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We’ve also used these when we needed a short cable of a certain length.  These were just the ticket when we put up our tree and needed to move the electric piano into the kitchen for the month.  Using these Solid Cordz, we created a chain exactly the length we needed, within a few inches, so that there wasn’t extra cord to trip over.

IMG_8980In all, we really like these extension cables.  There’s not a lot to them, but sometimes its the simple ingenious inventions that really make life easier.  We’re glad to have these around, especially around the holidays when it feels like everything needs to be plugged in!

You can purchase the PREMIUM Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cable – wire, black (Pack of 5) on Amazon HERE.

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.

Busy Babes Printables {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Here we are at the end of summer, with just a handful of schools (my mother-in-law’s included!) coming in at the tail end by starting their first day of school the day after Labor Day.  We’re finishing up our Back-to-School Friday reviews and giveaways here at Dandy Giveaway with a FABULOUS giveaway that is designed more for parents than for kids!

I’ve always enjoyed the beginning of each New Year that allows me to make resolutions and re-evaluate priorities, and I feel strongly that the beginning of each new school year gives me another opportunity to do that halfway through the year.  I used to be incredibly skilled at time management and completing tasks but these are two areas that I feel are incredibly lacking since I became a mom.  I’ve seen lots of great ideas for organization to help stay on track, and these ones from Busy Babes Printables are so thorough and comprehensive!

I came across Busy Babes Printables on Etsy and immediately fell in LOVE with the documents available at this shop!  The colors are eye-catching while still feeling calm and organized, and I love the font and type styles that make everything look clean and crisp.  The shop owner, Laura, is a “busy babe” herself as she just started graduate school this week, and I’m confident that her own experiences have helped her develop these documents that have absolutely everything you’d ever need!


PRODUCTIVITY KIT:
– personalized daily planner
– weekly planner
– to do lists: a master to do list, and a weekly to do list
– routines tracker
– ‘8 a day’ water drinking log

BUDGET & BILL PAY KIT:
– monthly budget planner
– bill and payment checklist
– monthly savings tracker
– debt summary
– money management quote page
– bank account information
– debt repayment plan
– check register
– bill/payments calendar
– financial balance sheet

CLEAN HOME KIT:
– daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning checklists
– yearly home maintenance checklists


MENU PLANNING KIT:
– pantry and freezer inventories
– weekly meal planner
– monthly dinner planner
– coordinating blank recipe page

HOME MAINTENANCE KIT:
– home improvement projects list
– home maintenance log
– paint projects color log
– appliance maintenance log
– automobile maintenance log
– home maintenance checklist

HOME INVENTORY:
– appliance index
– inventory logs for: clothing and shoes, furniture, electronics, valuables, kitchen and dining, media, garage and tools, and miscellaneous
– media inventory

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KIDS & PETS:
– babysitter note
– pet information page
– pet sitter note

Organized Shopper Kit - Printable Shopping Lists, and Online Username and Passwords Tracker - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

ORGANIZED SHOPPER KIT:
– grocery list
– need/want list
– everywhere shopping list
– online passwords and usernames log
– online shopping tracker

 Household Management Binder Kit - Home Management Binder - Over 50 Organizing Printables - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Household Management Binder Kit:  This kit comes with over 50 organizing printables!  All together, these printables create a great Home Management Binder system for your home, keeping all of your important information organized and centralized in one place. (Plus, with over 50 printables, you’re saving a ton of money ordering all of these kits together!)

 This Personalized Home Management Binder Kit comes with EACH of the above kits ALONG WITH the following documents:

PLANNERS & CALENDARS: – perpetual calendar pages, both horizontal and vertical designs – weekly family schedule (with sections for each member of the family) – perpetual ‘important dates’ page

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & CONTACTS: – emergency information page – important information page – contact pages – important phone numbers page

When Laura says that you’ll receive an INSTANT DOWNLOAD, she’s serious about it — I had my entire Household Management Binder Kit personalized and sent to my e-mail address immediately with all of these great documents!  I spent the afternoon looking through everything and am looking forward to taking the weekend to fill in all the important information and organize these documents.

I’m especially excited about the Clean Home Kit and the Menu Planning Kit for the next several weeks as we attempt to maintain some sense of normalcy in the midst of a little boy making his grand appearance soon.  I’ve been cooking extra at each meal and stocking my freezer with extra meals and baked goods to tide us over until family comes to visit, and I’m happy to know that I’ll have these materials available during the very sleep-deprived first month.

I’m also loving the Home Inventory Kit, especially after our home was broken into just a couple of months ago and some electronics were taken.  We had some serial numbers written down somewhere and had some serial numbers e-mailed to ourselves, but it would have been SO much easier to have all of that information right in our Household Management Binder to copy and send off with the detective.

One Dandy reader will win a Personalized Household Management Binder Kit from Busy Babes Printables!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S.  entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be   drawn no later than the evening of September 7th and will be emailed  within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a  new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway  were sponsored by Busy Babes Printables, but all  opinions are strictly my own. 

MicroDry Kitchen Mat {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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The Kitchen. It’s simultaneously the best and worst place in the house. Best because that’s where all the food is stored, prepared and eaten. Worst because after the food is prepared and eaten it all has to be cleaned up. Doing dishes is probably my least favorite “wifely duty,” and we have a dishwasher, so I know I really can’t complain. Also, my husband and I struck up a deal when we got married that whoever cooked the meal didn’t have to clean up, so I really really can’t complain because I do most of the cooking and therefore the least of the dishes. That said, I still hate doing dishes when I have to. Standing in front of the sink scrubbing pots and pans can feel like hours of monotonous, horrible work, especially if I don’t have anything comfy to stand on. I purchased a squishy kitchen mat from Costco a few years ago, and it helped, but nothing has been as comfy as the Textra Kitchen Mat from MicroDry.
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MicroDry makes products for the home, bath, kitchen, pets and even the beach! Their patented material is a high-density, machine-washable type of memory foam that quickly absorbs moisture, super helpful for things like hair-drying towels and bath mats. And all of their floor mats feature a slip-resistant floor-covering base so that oh-so-comfy mat doesn’t slide out from underneath you and land you on your bottom. You can view and purchase most of their collection on their website or shop their collection at any Bed Bath and Beyond near you.
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I received the New Textra Kitchen Mat in Coffee. I don’t drink coffee, but I think the color was a pretty good match to what coffee looks like. The fabric is soft and smooth to the touch, and according to the website, “the new ‘Textra’ micro-pebbled fabric can now withstand piling, significantly reducing the amount of dirt and small particles trapped on the mat.” I do feel that it still traps a lot of dirt, but a little shake outside or a quick vacuum every few days keeps it looking fresh enough. When I stand on it, it is very squishy, and when I move my feet to another spot, I can still see/feel the indent that my foot left in the previous spot, so I know the memory foam is working. In addition to being soft and comfy to stand on while doing dishes, it is stain-resistant, which is pretty much a must in a household with young kids. The  mat measures 22″ W x 32″ L and fits any standard kitchen sink area. See, look how good it looks in my kitchen!
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The Microdry Textra Kitchen Mat is available at  Bed Bath and Beyond for $29.99, but really, do you ever pay full price at that store? They almost always have a 20% off coupon floating around, so go get yourself one for around $25 and you could be smiling while doing the dishes tonight!
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Enter to win a Microdry Textra Kitchen Mat in any color Here!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 1st and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Microdry, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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