One of the most fun, unexpected parts about running a lifestyle website and social channels is the opportunity to review Public Relations items. I believe the way this works is that entrepreneurs create a product and then hire PR firms or individuals to spread their product widely, hoping to get it into the hands of those who will increase sales and grow its popularity. (I have so enjoyed self-teaching myself about the industry of marketing and business.)
From time to time I receive items that may fit my demographic, and testing them out and authentically reviewing them is really fun! If I don’t like them, you never hear about them, so you have my word that I’ll never recommend something I don’t love or that I’m not personally intrigued by. I’ve received a small handful in the last few weeks that I’d love to blab about here, if you’re interested in reading about some new (or new to you) items and brands.
Psst – While I was given each of these items in exchange for a potential review, I have not been compensated or required to share about any of the following.
Strolyy – A Universal Car Seat Carrier
Oh, dear Strollyy, I couldn’t live without you! After having three babies, this may just claim the top spot for my FAVORITE BABY ITEM EVER.
Jesus, strike me if I’m lying or exaggerating – but this “basket stroller” has me stopped every single day (if I’ve used it of course) and I’m not kidding. Ask anybody who has been at a restaurant or out shopping with me, and they’ll tell you that people stop me right and left to ask me what this gadget it. This “basket stroller” (my own term for it) folds up to the size of a large umbrella and unfolds rapidly. I drop Jillian’s bucket car seat right into it, buckle a strap on top, and roll. It’s light, easy, and SMALL. I primarily use it for restaurants (instead of sticking her car seat on top of an upside down nasty high chair) or when picking up Sadie from preschool. EVERY MOM NEEDS THIS. Seriously.
Tesalate Sand Free Beach Towel
I just received this Tesalate beach towel, but I am SO fascinated by it and can’t wait to try it out on the beach next month.
The texture of it is so different from a normal beach towel. It claims to be sand-free, so I’ll come back and update on that in a month or so! I was given the opportunity to pick out my choice of print, and my goodness – that was a HARD decision! So many beautiful ones! (I chose the “No Oasis”!)
Though I haven’t tested out the “sand free” component of this towel, at this point I would absolutely recommend this as a gift for someone based on the fascinating texture, the uniqueness of this item, and the GORGEOUS prints available. I personally would love to receive this Austrailian-designed towel a gift and plan to gift this to loved ones as well.
Headleveler Customized Pillow
The headleveler pillow arrived on my doorstep at the exact time that I needed it. I’ve never been one to travel with a pillow or be even semi particular about what kind of pillow I use, but the Headleveler custom pillow has taught me that PILLOWS MATTER when it comes to getting better sleep.
About a month after I started using this pillow, I accidentally left it on our living room couch and went to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night and had the worst time going back to sleep. I continued to wake up multiple times (not newborn-related, LOL) and generally just did not sleep well. I realized when I woke up that it was likely because I wasn’t sleeping on my Headleveler.
It’s that good. I knew it was comfortable after sleeping on it the first few nights, but after three months of use, I can’t imagine ever using another pillow brand. It’s customized just for me, and I can tell.
This brand allows you to take a quiz about your sleep habits and then matches you with the right pillow. I highly, highly recommend. Take the quiz! Truly I am so grateful for this brand and the better sleep this pillow has given me.
Pampered Chef Batter Mixer Dispenser
My Pampered Chef rep Sam sent this batter mixer dispenser to me, and Jamie has been enjoying using it with the kids to make our traditional Saturday morning pancakes! We found there to be a bit of a learning curve to it, but it really is pretty easy to mix once you get the hang of it, and it makes baking much more simple!
If you would like to purchase one of these mixers or anything else from Pampered Chef (the BEST brand for kitchen items in the WORLD), please shop from Sam! She is so kind and knowledgable of her products, and she’d be happy to help you!
Labotica Face Mask
I just received these two face masks two weeks ago, and our big girls think they’re the coolest because they make “Mommy’s face so shimmery!” I’ve used them four times so far, and they leave my skin feeling SO soft. I plan to use them once a week from here on out.
Note: I have been struggling to evenly peel the mask portion off (a piece of feedback I plan to give the brand), but washing it off with a warm, damp wash cloth seems to do the trick. If you’re into trying out new beauty products, I would give these a go for fun!
Ellie Workout Apparel Subscription Box
Receiving this package made me squeal! The box from Ellie was so pretty, and what was inside was even better!
The brand Ellie recently sent me their curated athletic wear subscription box, which included a top (I’m wearing it right now for the third time in two weeks – ha!), a shimmery dark purple sports bra, and some dark purple fitness leggings. I am OBSESSED! It’s called the Ultraviolet box, and it’s available for you to snag! There are also a handful of other outfits that all start at $39.99.
The fit for all of these items is true to size, and the material feels like quality. I’ve washed, dried, and worn all of the items several times, and they’ve all held their shape well. I’m so glad this brand and service is on my radar now for new apparel in the future! Head to their website to poke around. Ellie some of the cutest stuff!
Lotus Trolley Bags
As soon as I got the email about these Lotus Trolley bags, I immediately responded back that I needed these!
I am a big, big Aldi grocery store fan, but the bagging situation there makes me pull my hair out at times, especially if I have the kids in tow. I just received these bags last week and unfortunately haven’t made a trip to Aldi yet to try them out, but as soon as I do I will report back because I know my opinion will be favorable. I just know it!
The reviews on Amazon are insane. Almost 800+ perfect reviews. That’s TELLING! They’re great for any grocery shopping experience, good for the environment, and supposedly make shopping and unloading much, much easier. Head to Amazon to check them out!
Which one of these products/brands intrigues you the most?
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo