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Product Reviews: Reusable Produce Bags, Sandwich Thins, Scrappy Notes, Silly Shirt Shop

Product Review: Reusable Produce Bags

I have a confession to make. It took me a while to get used to using reusable grocery bags. Just like anything, it was a habit I had to get into. I had to force myself to put them in my trunk, remember them, and go back to the car to get them if I forgot. The discount (a few cents per bag) I got at the check-out stand helped. When I’d unloaded them in my kitchen, I couldn’t just stuff them in the plastic bag drawer or the recycle bin; I had to remember to put them back down in my car.

It took a while, but if finally became second nature to me. I stuck with it, and it became a habit.

And, I’m so glad I did! For me, I’m amazed at how many less trips up from the car I have to take when I use them. It’s not that we’re buying less groceries…it’s that they fit so many more things and are just better and transporting groceries from Point A to Point B.

Then I decided to take it one step farther. What about those flimsy little plastic bags you need for your fruits and veggies? You need something light-weight (you don’t want to be charged for the bag when you’re paying by weight) that can keep your fruits and veggies contained. The plastic bags are right there, and they are recyclable, so I didn’t give it too much thought.

Until I saw these: 3B Bags – Reusable Produce Bags. The company is right here in Colorado! How cool is that?!

I love these bags. They are light-weight, see-through, washable and the perfect compliment to my collection of reusable grocery bags. And, the best part? I’m already in the habit of taking them with me.

The Casual Perfectionist received a free set of (3) Reusable Produce Bags from 3B Bags in exchange for an honest review.

Product Review: Sandwich Thins

I don’t normally review food items. Food preferences are so subjective. One person’s “Oh, wow! You have to taste this!” could be another person’s “Gross! What’s that smell!?”

That being said, I’m really glad I had a chance to review the 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins by Arnold (or Oroweat, depending on which side you are of the Mississippi).

WheatThinsI loved these! They were tasty. They were like pitas but soft. (Are pitas supposed to be soft? Maybe I’m getting the wrong kind of pitas…but I digress…) They had a nice flavor. If you’re a Weight Watchers type of person, they’re only 1-point per serving, and a serving actually makes sense.

My husband loved them. He makes a lot of sandwiches during the week for his work lunches, and they passed his finicky tests with flying colors.

I thought they were great, and I was sad when we ate them all. I will definitely look for them on my next trip to the grocery store.

What did Claire think? She’s a preschooler, so her likes and dislikes in the food department change rapidly and with no warning. She can go from loving to hating to loving something in the same meal.

“Are those big cookies?” she asked, with a glint of hope in her eyes.

“No, they aren’t cookies. They’re like bread. Do you want to try them? Here, try them!”

“Ew. There’s crust all over them! I don’t want to try them!”

And so ended our attempt at getting her to try them. To be honest, I didn’t push her too hard, because that meant there were more for us. Luckily, we finished the bag before she could change her mind.

The Casual Perfectionist received a free package of Sandwich Thins from Arnold (Oroweat) in exchange for an honest review.

Product Review: Scrappy Notes

I love reviewing products from Colorado companies.  Another local company for which I had the opportunity to do a product review is Scrappy Notes.

AL-144This local company creates address labels, invitations, note pads, and a variety of different things. I love how many choices you have when it comes to style, font and color!

The note cards are adorable! They are beautiful, delicate (in a good way), and very stylish. The address labels are great and perfect for a mailing job you want to pull together nicely. The “Queen’s List” notepad I have makes me giggle.  I didn’t have a chance to review the customizable ink stamps, but they look really cool!  They are running a special right now, and you can get 25% off by entering this code online: MHM2509

If you’re looking for a local company for your stationery needs, you should check them out!

The Casual Perfectionist received free products from Scrappy Notes in exchange for an honest review.

Product Review: Silly Shirt Shop

Alternate Title: Life imitating shirt, imitating life.

Silly Shirt ShopIf your child is like mine, she loves silly shirts, costumes, and playing dress-up. Recently, we had the opportunity to review a shirt from the Silly Shirt Shop.

This is company where you can go online and design your own shirt. They have various styles to choose from, and the idea is you create a shirt that matches your child.

As you can see, it went over well! It’s like life is imitating the shirt imitating life. Which one is the real princess Claire?

Claire loved helping choose the character and accessories. The hard part was waiting for the shirt to arrive. (Just waiting at all was hard enough, but that coupled with a glitch in the ordering system and having to place the order again, made the waiting time a lesson in patience.)

For her shirt, she chose a girl that looks a lot like her. She chose her favorite out of many clothing and accessory choices. She also picked out the wand and purse herself. She chose to put her first and middle name on the shirt (hidden by the Princess Pettiskirt in the photo). The best part? She can’t wait to wear it to school to show all her friends!

But, I think I’ll make her keep the wand and purse at home…

The Casual Perfectionist received a free shirt (including shipping) from Silly Shirt Shop in exchange for an honest review.

Author: JoAnn

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