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FaithBox : Get to know what’s inside #FaithBox #monthlysubscription #AllinGoodFaith

WahmReviewer :Kathy L. Crow
I received this product for free in exchange for this honest review.

Faithbox is an organization that will send a box out monthly with unique daily devotionals to strengthen faith along with fine curated products from companies with Christian ideals. The box I received held several small items along with a 30 day devotional book that had space for notes or journaling.

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There was a stocking cap from Krochet Kids Peru that was handmade and signed by the person who made it.

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There was a small chocolate bar from “ilmorso” that was flavored “coffee and Cream” (Yummmm!) Conscious ink manifestations tattoos and FaithBox sent a tattoo that reads “I AM GRACE”. Each word selected is selected to support the faith journey.

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There was also a pamphlet about the companies involved and how they each contribute to giving and showing LOVE. The point is to make an IMPACT in the world. The real benefit is that each box sold provides three meals to hungry kids.

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This project is quite impressive. The whole process is very ingenious in that marketing is being done for a variety of different companies at a minimum expense for the companies. When you purchase one of the boxes you are provided with samples of those products.

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Our souls are being fed and feeling joyful at providing something for hungry kids, with each box that is shipped it will provide three meals to hungry kids at Christian orphanages through their partnership with RiceBowls.org .The companies represented in each Faithbox have also done an incredible amount of good since many have give back programs or support their own philanthropies.  It is a WIN/WIN situation and all done with the same ideals in mind. It truly speaks of the Christian spirit. Well done!

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Be sure to check out Faithbox on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and get your very own FaithBox when you visit their Website.

Make sure to check out the video of FaithBox too!

Who is Walker’s Hollow?

 WAHM Reviewer – Melissa McClure

 

Where do I start? I asked myself this question when I received my package from Walker’s Hollow. Shannon Petro, the owner of Walker’s Hollow sent me a variety pack. In my package it included, an 8oz. Mason Candle in Berry Parfait, and Clamshell-Red Velvet. Air Freshener in Sexy Little Thing scent and one Wild Current Sandalwood. Plus two Tart packages, one was Lavender, the other was Hot Toddy.

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Whenever I receive a package in the mail, everyone in my house goes crazy. This time in particular was my 5 year old son. When we opened the package, he took each item out and smelled each one. His response was, “mmmmmmmmmm” to every-one. His absolute favorite was the Clamshell that smelled like Red Velvet cake. When you open the clamshell package the wax even has what appears to be cinnamon.

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I have to be careful when I burn candles, as I own a daycare and candles are not permitted during daycare hours. So I got up early one morning after my morning run and lit the Berry Parfait candle. In between children leaving and arriving when I do not have them at my house I light my candle. Oh my gosh is it heavenly! The candle smells exactly like it does when you open the jar. I have bought many store candles and have been disappointed when I light the candle and it does not smell like when it is not lit and just in the jar. Currently as I am typing this review I have this candle burning and the wonderful smell is completely across my entire upstairs of my house. I have had comments from the daycare parents asking me what I used to make my house smell so wonderful. They actually thought I was baking something!

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The next test and the true test were the air fresheners. Sexy Little Thing is my absolute favorite smell out of the whole line that Shannon had sent me. Considering I have two young boys…..*gulp* and a mini-van, which I won’t admit to owning….it is my husband’s vehicle. Anyone knows that when you have children, your cars are not the same anymore; you go from clean cars to finding chips and spilled chocolate milk in the carpet. Eventually, there is kind of a funky smell that not even the ever famous Febreze can get out. I hung my cool new Fleur De Lis shaped air freshener in the van, and when on a small trip with the family to the grocery store. When I first opened it, I did not smell the wonderful Sexy Little Thing scent from the package but as it circulated a bit it began to work. By the time we came back from the store, MY HUSBAND’S VAN 🙂 smelled wonderful. Although it did nothing to change the ever apparent look, yup, it’s still a mini-van.

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The tarts can be placed on any burner and according to the brochure that Shannon sent me, “soy candles burn for 7-9 hours per oz. of wax whereas paraffin only burns 4-5 hours per oz.” I put the lavender tarts on the candle warmer at night time outside of my son’s room, hoping the calming scent of lavender would slow him down a touch. The tarts let off a warm, calming aroma and as my son was relaxing for bed I noticed he kept inhaling deeper and deeper so he could smell the warming tarts. Everyone in my household truly loves these candles; the smell is exactly the same as when you open the package.

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Inside the brochure is a HUGE list of different scents that Shannon has and at the bottom of the brochure it even says that if there is not the scent you are looking for listed, she will make it for you! She has a few stores in Lower Michigan that carry her products and you can also contact her through her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walkershollow to place an order. I know where I am going to be getting my candles and air fresheners from now!

 

 

#Handmade Skincare Products from Scratch with #TheSoapDistillery

WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle

 

If you know me, you know I love body scrubs and other “smell goods” for the shower and bath. That’s why I was so happy to get the opportunity to review some products for The Soap Distillery. All it took was one peek at her etsy page,http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapDistillery, and I was sold!

The Soap Distillery is based out of Chicago, Illinois where Danielle makes small batches of each product, inspired by cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, by hand using raw ingredients and no premade or purchased bases. With names like “Hair of the Dog” and “On the Rocks,” who couldn’t love these products? They carry all handmade soaps, body scrubs, body wash, and body oils. So there is something for everyone.

I was given a choice as to what scents I wanted. They honestly all sounded good to me, so I told Danielle to just surprise me. Surprise me she did! I got “Wheat Beer” soap, Body Scrub in “Tequila”, ”Hair of the Dog,” and “Gin,” and “Bourbon” Body Oil. Of course I had to open all of them right away and give them the sniff test. They were all awesome!!! I couldn’t wait to try them out!

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The soap is great! Even my husband is using it and he loves it. Our skin doesn’t dry out like it does with “regular” soap from the store, and it smells great! The soap looked really cool too! It looked like a glass of beer straight from the tap. A perfect gift for that beer lover in your life.
The scrubs caught me off guard a bit. In a good way though. With other scrubs they always leave my skin feeling oily, which is great, if that’s what you’re going for. These scrubs don’t do that at all. They are a “scrub and body wash all-in-one!” They left my skin feeling clean and gently exfoliated. All three scents smelled great, but “Hair of the Dog” is my favorite, hands down!
The body oil also surprised me. I’m not big on that oily feeling, if you haven’t guessed that yet. So, I was a bit apprehensive when I went to try this oil. It is lightweight and left my skin so soft! Now, it’s my go to after a shower. The scent, “Bourbon,” is scrumptious. My husband loves it!

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Working with Danielle from The Soap Distillery has been wonderful. Every question I have has been answered promptly and professionally. My product arrived quickly and very well packaged. I highly recommend any of these products! So, click on over tohttp://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapDistillery and place your order. I know you won’t be disappointed!

You can also find The Soap Distillery on facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/thesoapdistillery

Or on her blog at thesoapdistillery.blogspot.com

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

#Handmade Fashion with Sanstemar on #Etsy

WAHMReviewer – Laura HeinIe

I like to shop on etsy, A LOT. I usually find some pretty cool items. When I stumbled across Sanstemar, they were no exception. I instantly wanted one of their cute handkerchief dresses for my daughter. I mean, look at this cute dress!

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Just looking at it makes me think of warm summer days, playing in the sun. How about you?

The dress is beautifully crafted and comes in a variety of different colors and patterns. They even give you the option for a custom order if you don’t see what you would like. The dress in the picture is the one that was sent to me for this review. It fits my daughter nicely. It’s tight enough at the top that it doesn’t fall down, yet it’s not so tight that it’s uncomfortable. She can move and play in it freely. The seams are all very well done, so there’s no concern of tearing. The ribbon at the top finishes it off nicely.

I also received this very cute purse.

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Isn’t that just great!? I love it! Just like the dress, this one is also handcrafted with the same care and quality as the dress. The inside is lined with an upcycled t-shirt and makes it easy to find what you are looking for inside the purse.

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All pockets on the outside of the purse are fully functional. They have not been sewn shut, so you can store your chap stick, or phone there for easy access.

Sanstemar also carries weighted blankets and lap pads for those with sensory disorders. I did not receive this item for review, but if the purse and dress are of any indication, these products will not disappoint. Both the purse and dress are so well made that I wouldn’t have to think twice before ordering from Sanstemar.

Want your own? Head on over to their etsy store and place your order. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sanstemar

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

KeepLets

WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle

I received this product for free to base this review on. Like always all of my opinions are my own.

When I started the homeschooling journey four years ago, I wanted to help my children memorize God’s word. We started off small, just one short verse a week. We still do one verse a week, but I mix in some longer verses every now and then. I’ve been using a really great tool using index cards, and it’s been working wonderfully. All four of my children can tell you at least a few of the memory verses we’ve studied in the past.

However, I wanted more. I wanted a simple way to have that week’s memory verse available to each of us throughout the day. Not just during our school time when we take our or “Scripture Memory Box.” I also thought it would be cool to work on my own memory verses. To have a visual reminder of what I needed to be for my husband, my kids, my friends, etc. That’s why I was so happy to have stumbled across Keeplets. Here was my answer!

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Keeplets are these simple, yet wonderful bracelets that keep scripture attached right to your wrist! Right where we all need it! Actually, they are much more! Not only do they carry bracelets, they have key fobs, bookmarks and taglets. There is also a wide variety of fabric to choose from, so there is something there to suit everyone.

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Each variation of the Keeplet has a clear window where you place your verse. The bracelet has a snap closure with three different settings, to allow for different sizes. The key fob has a swivel clasp to allow you to attach it wherever you desire. The taglets are basically a mini version of the bracelet with only one snap. You can attach them to just about anything. The bookmarks are just a flat version of the bracelet without a snap.

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I received two bracelets and a tag-let for this review. I don’t think I even had the package fully opened and my oldest son was begging to have one. He chose the “orange leaf” bracelet and a verse to go in it right away. He’s been wearing it daily. He chose a verse to help remind him to be kind to his siblings. He said it has really helped him remember to think before he speaks.

I put the taglet on my purse right away also. I’ve had a few people notice it and comment on how useful something like that could be. I am finding it very useful in my daily life. I notice it each time I grab my purse and take a moment to read the verse I chose to place inside the pocket.
I also laid claim to one of the bracelets. I have been wearing it for a couple of weeks now and it is so comfortable. There are no rough edges that scratch and with the three different size settings, it’s not binding at all.

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They also have available verse templates that make it simple for you to just print and cut what you like. If you want to customize it to suit your needs, they have provided a blank template for you to edit. Both of these can be found
Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of Keeplets. I can really tell that Jennifer has put a lot of care into each item she creates.
You can find your own Keeplet at http://www.biblekeeplets.net.Keeplets can also be found on Facebook.

 

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

Make My Maxi : Calling all #Fashionistas

WahmReviewer Cecily Bulter

I received these products for free to base this review on. All thoughts and written words are my own.

When I saw that Make My Maxi was up for a review I jumped at the chance.  I messaged Rachel and discussed options for the review and we decided on her headwraps. I chose a gray one, because I like neutrals and then asked her to surprise me with a black and white one because she had such a variety of black and white choices. The school I work for, and my kids attend, colors are black and white. She sent me an adorable chevron one. And there was a coupon for another one too!!!

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She was very quick with her responses even when I was not so quick with mine. Rachel works out of her home so she can spend time with her two young daughters. I love being able to do business with a person or company that I know I helping directly. Rachel makes headwraps, maxi skirts, circle skirts and more for both grown up and little girls. You can send her fabric or chose from fabric she has. Her items are very reasonable considering the time she spends making these items herself. She does adjust pricing based on whether you send her the fabric or she supplies it. You can find pictures of available fabric, and instructions for order on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MakeMyMaxi , there’s a link to her etsy shop right there on the page as well.

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She was very quick with sending out my head-wraps. I was super excited to get the package in the mail. I love them both headwraps are stretchy enough to fit me and both of my daughters. Plus they are both made of super soft fabric. They are also very versatile. You can wear them multiple ways. You can wear them wide and over your ears, or with the ‘knot’ in front, or fold them or scrunch them up to make the narrow. They are not too loose and not to tight. Kind of reminds me of “The Three Bears”, they fit just right!

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If you’d like more info on the products Rachel sells feel free to contact her at the Facebook page above or at makemymaxi@gmail.com

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Robin’s Soap Shoppe – #Handmade #Skincare Products

WAHM REVIEWER- Cecily Butler

I was sent item’s to base this review on, all of my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Robin’s Soap Shoppe

I have a friend in KY who when faced with the difficult decision of how to support her family decided to go back to what she knew best, soap making. Robin’s Soap Shoppe has been making cold process soap since 2002. In that time she’s made nearly 3000 bars of soap!! She makes the soaps out of her home by herself or with the help of her two teenage daughters. She’s a one woman show!! Robin is an army veteran and a single mother of 4. What makes Robin’s story more amazing is that she does this while fighting debilitating anxiety and arthritis.

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Robin’s soap Shoppe soaps are made with essential oils and fragrance oils. On top of smelling great they look beautiful too!!! I was so excited when I opened my box and found two of the most beautiful looking soaps I’d ever seen. I chose her Super Gardener soap. I love to get out and dig in the dirt and thought my hands would enjoy the pampering. I almost didn’t want to use the soap it was so pretty. It smelled amazing, clean and flowery at the same time, without being heavily perfumed or over powering.

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This soap will totally change your thinking about soap. No longer will the 6 pack of cheap bar soap from the discount store work.  When you see the artwork and the time it takes to make these beautiful soaps you will never go back.

Robin sells her soaps through her Etsy shop Robin’s Soap Shoppe which I encourage you to visit and read more about her story and her journey into soap making. She also details the arduous process of making cold process soap. You can also check out her salves.

You can also follow her on facebook.  Robin’s Soap Shoppe on Facebook

Also, the pictures in this review were taken by Robin. She is an excellent photographer as well. I knew any pictures I took would not do her soaps justice.

Trades of Hope ~ LoriAnn #fairtrade #ethicalstyle #ethicalbusiness

WAHMReviewer – Laura

 

A while back, I came across a wonderful company called “Trades of Hope.” The first thing that drew me to them was all of the cool items they had. Items I’d never seen before ranging from purses and jewelry to home décor. Once I heard the backstory, I was sold!

 

“Trades of Hope” sells Fair Trade products made by women need around the world. By doing this, Trades of Hope offers women a way out of some pretty dangerous situations. All over the world, women work in terrible conditions in sweatshops and are even victimized in the sex trade. They do all of this just too barely get by and feed their families. These women are mothers, daughters and sisters.

 

Trades of Hope” has offered them freedom from these horrible conditions by giving them an opportunity, not a hand out. These women now have a readily available way to market their hand made goods to the world. In the product line, you can find items from women in Bangladesh, Haiti, Nepal, the Philippines and many more places. All in all, “Trades of Hope” works with 15 different artisan groups that cover 4 continents!

 

Now that you know about the company, I’ll tell you a bit about the products. I found my products through Lori Ann. You can find her at http://www.mytradesofhope.com/loriann. For this review, Lori Ann sent me the Butterfly Bird Feeder. I love it! Just look at it hanging there! It’s beautifully crafted and perfect for any bird lover.

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With each product, you can find information on the artisan group that made it. What a wonderful way to connect with women around the world. Each item has a personal touch. Each item means one more meal for a mother’s children, one more day that daughter doesn’t have to work in a sweatshop. You can help these women and fill your home with beautiful products at the same time! It’s a win/win in my book!

 

You can find Lori Ann at http://www.mytradesofhope.com/loriann and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ce.loriann

 

LNK Crafty Creations

WAHMReviewer – Laura

There’s a meme that’s run around the social networking scene for a while now. It says something to the effect of; “Chapstick: You’ll misplace it before the tube is empty.” Funny, right? Well, it’s funny because it’s true for most of us. I don’t know how many tubes of chapstick that I’ve bought and misplaced over the years. The amount of money is probably something to be ashamed of.

I don’t have that problem anymore! No, I didn’t swear off buying chapstick. I found LNK Crafty Creations Chapstick holders! The same day I received it in the mail, I put it on the hook I have on my purse organizer and my chapstick has had a home ever since. Even my 3 year old daughter has used my chapstick and put it right back where it belongs! Amazing!!

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The chapstick holder is very well made by a stay at home mom of twins. She has been wonderful to work with. Always positive and picked just the right chapstick holder to send to me after I told her just a few details. Seriously, she picked the PERFECT color and pattern!

You can find your own chapstick holder in her shop on Facebook by clicking this link: LNK Crafty Creations shop. They are only $4, so you can afford to buy a whole bunch of them. I’m thinking these would make wonderful gifts for teachers, coaches, moms, dads, kids….. I mean, can you think of anyone that doesn’t use chapstick? I can’t think of a single person in my life that doesn’t use chapstick and with all of the choices of colors and patterns, there’s bound to be one for everyone in your life.

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Not only does she carry chapstick holders. Her shop also has stationary gift sets that come with two notebooks (large and small), pen and key fob. All for only $10!! She also makes and sells key fobs for $5 and rice wrap heating pads/cold pads for only $8. Her prices are amazing and her craftsmanship is perfect!

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I know that she will be on my list of places to purchase gifts from come birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion I need to find that perfect item for someone!

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You can connect with LNK Crafty Creations on Facebook at: LNK Crafty Creations Facebook Page

 

Or on Etsy at: LNK Crafty Creations Etsy Shop

Yoyen Designs #handcrafteditems

WAHMReviewer – Kristina Mumma

I received these item’s to base my review on. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Yoyen Designs is based in San Diego, CA and specializes in handcrafted products and creative graphic designs.

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Yoyen Designs is based in San Diego, CA and specializes in handcrafted products and creative graphic designs. I was fortunate to be able to review both types of products – handcrafted mini book necklace as well as cute note cards. The quality of both are exceptional!

I received two different miniature book necklaces to review – Navajo and Floral. They came packaged in their own bags and mini “yoyen” tags. I can tell you that the quality was impressive and beautiful! The book is approximately 1 ½” X 1 ¾” and is hand stitched. The paper inside the book is made from 100% cotton fiber watercolor paper. You could actually write a special message within the book! The fabrics used are high quality and have complementary embellishment. The attention to detail was fabulous!

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You can view similar miniature book necklaces for purchase on their website: http://www.yoyen.co I also was able to review notecards…a weakness of mine if I’m being totally honest. I love sending notes and enjoy finding unique, high quality cards or even making my own! My love of notes makes me a bit picky I’ll admit. The cards from yoyen however exceeded even my pickiest expectations! The paper is exceptional quality – it is a heavy premium paper. The designs were fun yet classy.

 I honestly don’t know which was my favorite – the cute little birdie or the bike… What do you think?

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Envelopes were included and the olive green color was the perfect accent to the red and golden yellow of the cards. The envelopes are 100% recycled, 30% post consumer, made with 100% hydro power and acid free. Whether you are looking for high quality note cards, unique jewelry or other handmade gifts I highly recommend yoyen.

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Visit their website to see their full list of products. Stop by their facebook page and tell them you heard about them through WAHM Reviews!

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