Saturday, February 27, 2016

Product review: New Renuzit Sensitive Scents

When I was offered to review Renuzit Sensitive Scents I immediately jumped at the opportunity because in some smaller rooms of my house, the usual fragrance cone or scented oil warmer can be overpowering and I love different scents in my rooms, so leaving doors open during the day is not always an option. Renuzit Sensitive Scents is made for people who find regular air freshener often overpowering and the series comes in three great forms - the spray, the cone and the heated oil:
My personal favorite is the Pure White Pear and Lavender, but besides this variety, you can also buy Pure Ocean Breeze as well as Pure Water Blossom and Cucumber. The Pure Ocean Breeze comes in the cone and the heated oil, while the Pure Water Blossom and Cucumber variety only comes in the cone.
To honest, even the commercial for sensitive scents is hilarious, as you can see below.

And what is even better, one of my readers will win a coupon for a free product, so you can try out your favorite scent in your house and see if your nose is happier as a result of it.
The Giveaway ends 3-14-16. Winner will be notified by email (therefore the required comment) to provide mailing address. 

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Disclaimer: I received free products and coupons in exchange for a sampling and an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book review: Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids – by Whee Winn

 Normally I tend to review more serious books, but have gown up in the USA, the knock knock jokes were something I only learned about in college. And just I like I really never do well in the nursery rhyme categories on Jeopardy!, I am not really very good at telling these jokes. I simply have not heard enough to be able to come with even a lame version of a knock knock joke. So I considered this book have remedial joke education for me and half just reading a book for fun that was easy to read and entertaining. The book scored high in all these categories. These jokes are clean, appropriate for young kids, but also entertaining for adults that just want a chuckle here or there.

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There are more than 200 jokes in the book and they are all fun, easy to read and will keep your kids entertained. But to be honest, they are also fun for some adults like me, that just enjoy a silly joke from time to time that does not live off some double entendre and can be safely told in mixed company.

If you have kids starting around the age of 7 or so, this book will probably be really fun and entertaining for them. Just be prepared to listen to a lot of knock knock jokes after that. Not that that is a bad thing!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crowdtap Sampling: Garnier Color Sensation dark ash blonde

One always says that blondes have more fun and that used to be the case. But advanced age has brought on gray hairs and so maybe the fun is also gone a little bit. But no despair, add some home coloring help from Garnier in ash blond and the fun is back in your life!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - with new confidence and dark ash blonde hair, this outfit will rock!
 Applying the hair color is very easy and at a price of less than $4, so many different shades of hair are now available to you. Check out the Garnier website for all the available shades and detailed instructions on how to achieve salon quality hair color at home.
Garnier Color Sensation is especially formulate to deliver rich, long-lasting color with multi-dimensional pigments for beautiful, natural-looking results and incredible shine.
The product is designed for a full-head color or maybe just the occasional root touch-up. The full Color Sensation kit includes a brush for more precise application.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - application is super easy and long lasting!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample to try out and review. As always, the opinion expressed in this blog post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Crowdtap sampling: RoC NEW 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream

 Through Crowdtap, I received a new product from RoC - the 5 in 1 chest, neck and face cream. This product helps with fighting off the signs of aging, but not just in your face, but also in the neck and chest areas. I and my mother tried the product and we both love it. It is available on and retails for less than $20 for 1.7 ounces.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - my dream outfit to show off the rejuvenated neck area
 The cream is especially formulated to restore elasticity and firmness, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This anti-aging product hydrates the aging dry skin and leaves skin smoother and younger looking. Both of us have been using the product now for about one week and we feel that not just our face, but also our neck has improved in terms of the firmness of the skin.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - my mother used the RoC 5 in 1 cream as well and loves it!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample to try out and review. As always, the opinion expressed in this blog post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Crowdtap sample and review: Reynolds kitchen Cooker Liners

 Through Crowdtap and Reynolds, I was able to try out the slow cooker liners that Reynolds has been selling. Like anyone whoever spent some time in the Midwest, slow cooker time is starting in November and ending sometime in April and in between there are stews, soups and just about anything else that can be fixed in the slow cooker. Naturally, I was very excited to try out the liners since my slow cooker is making an appearance on the dinner table now several times a week. This weekend it was time for one of our favorites carrots and dumplings. If you cook it nice and slow, the dumplings soak up the carrot flavor and it is was one tasty and healthy dish. So here goes -
copyright Durhamonthecheap - ready to start cooking and looking forward to an easy clean up

copyright Durhamonthecheap - everything assembled and now set it and not worry about, especially clean-up

copyright Durhamonthecheap - looking good, those carrots and dumplings!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - slow cooker liners work on different size pots, including very large ones!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - best part, no clean up - simply lift out the liner and toss - you have NO clean up.

Overall, I loved the experience. While dumplings and carrots are not the messiest meal to cook in a slow cooker, having a large pot to clean is always a chore. Now, simply lift out the liner and you are done. This makes clean up so much easier, more time for the family and the slow cooker will be used more often now in our household. 

Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this blogpost is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Book Review: An Amish Year: Four Amish Novellas by Beth Wiseman

This is a great book, although I believe at least one of the stories may have been published already in another book.
It is compilation of 4 stories that all focus on romance and where it finds different people at different stages in life. in Rooted in Love, Rosemary is a very good at running a household, but so far love has not found her or more like she has not given love a chance. There is a secret that prevents Rosemary from agreeing to courting Saul, despite Saul making it clear that he never stopped loving her since they were teenagers and one day Rosemary ended their relationship. The story involves a secret that Saul has to convince Rosemary to let go in order for their love to have a chance.
In the next story, a Love for Irma Rose, Irma Rose has to choose between two men, the dating Jonas, who is wild, exciting, but also dangerous or date a mean that would be considered the wise choice and a good catch. A similar story is described in Patchwork Perfect, but her Eli, a young widower, is pursued by two women who want to marry him. Only to have Eli fall in love with a third woman, who has no plans on getting married.
The last story is "When Christmas comes again" and describes the first Christmas as a widow for Katherine. But a strange visitor, who also knew her husband, brings the promise that life will still remain what it used to be and Katherine will find some happiness over the holidays.
The books are told from very different angles and describe different aspects of love. All describe wholesome people that have problems, but approach the problems with a positive outlook overall on life and knowing that things will look up again. Overall, this book is a collection of peaceful stories that bring a nice diversion to a weekend, when the cold weather outside, makes reading a book a fun and cozy thing to do.
 Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed in the blogpost are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third parties.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Crowdtap sampling: Reynolds Kitchen Cookie Baking Sheets

 I received through Crowdtap a sample of the new parchment baking sheets from Reynolds Kitchen - they are great. They come in a box of 25 sheets and are pre-cut to fit on a large baking sheet. We of course can always use an excuse to make cookies and so we ended up making some Oatmeal Chocolate cookies. They turned out fantastic using the baking sheets. Nothing stuck to the baking sheet, the bottm of the cookies came out perfect, no hint of over-baking.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - ready to try out the Reynolds baking sheets.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - adding the cookies, a couple of spoons at a time!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - moving the cookie mix to the overn - let's see how they hold up

copyright Durhamonthecheap - super easy to use since the sheets are precut and fit perfectly onto a large baking tray

copyright Durhamonthecheap - yep! They came out perfect, nothing burned, no sticky mess to clean up!
Cnclusion, these baking sheets do the trick. We had a very consistent quality of the cookies and no burned mess or sticking cookies to the baking tray. I am very happy with the baking sheets and will definitely keep them around for cookie making or general baking that may involve items that could stick to the baking sheet.  The product is available on for purchase!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample to try out and review. As always, the opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party