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We've all had our new gifts from Christmas and the things we've started using as part of our New Year Resolutions for 2021 for a month now! There are some things that we are really loving, both old and new that we want to share with you! Maybe you have been wanting to try some of them but have been waiting to make the plunge into a new product. Hopefully our reviews will help you our!
Fitness and Well being Products
My girls all have fitness watches that they love! They have been having "step" competitions all month! (So far, Lindsey has been the winner). Here are their products:
Lindsey and Alicia love their Fitbits! I don't know if they each have the same style, but you can find them on Amazon. Here are a couple of choices, just click the picture to go and see them.
Maddy has the ITouch Wearable. It is a little more affordable and she says that she likes it because it has a buzzing alarm that she uses in conjunction with her alarm clock. She can also time herself with it when she is working out and it helps her keep track of her sleep habits and counts her steps.
Maddy also loves her hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock. She says that it helps her get ready for sleep with the sunset setting. For the sunrise, you can choose from multiple colors. She chose blue because it isn't so harsh on her eyes early in the morning. You can also turn off the sound of the alarm so it's just the light, which she likes to do, but it also has nature sounds to wake up to that aren't so jarring, but more natural. Also, if you have to sleep in total darkness, you can turn the clock face off so that the time doesn't show.
Alicia really likes her Contigo AUTOSEAL Fit Water Bottle. She is working hard to drink plenty of water this year and this 25 oz. bottle is helping her with her goal.
Kitchen Aid-We love them! If you don't have one, they is truly worth the money! Here are some options:
If you keep your eyes open, you can find them on sale at various times of the year! There are also refurbished ones that are a great value!
Instant Pots-An oldie but a goodie now, these are also loved by many of us! If you haven't jumped on the Instant Pot train yet, they are just so convenient and time saving. Perfect for when you forget to get dinner started in time. There are so many great recipes out there to use in them now! We have a couple on the blog, here and here!
Now, this may seem like a little thing, and maybe a little pricey for a little thing, but Lindsey loves this OXO Peeler! She says that it works so well and peels so smoothly! Every so often, you just need a new peeler. They get dull or broken and it is nice to have a nice one when you need it!
I blogged earlier this week about one of my new favorite kitchen gadgets! I used it to bake bread! It is this Hamilton Beach Food Processor!
Obviously, our kitchen gadgets are our favs! Alicia is loving her hand wheat grinder! It is perfect for your preparedness items, in case your power is out! I have the same grinder, so I know that it is also perfect for grinding all kinds of grains. You would be surprised how easy it is too use and how much you can grind without getting too worn out! The grind is adjustable and you can get a very fine flour from this little grinder! The price has gone down since I originally purchased mine!
At the beginning of the year, we posted about hobbies that we want to try this year. I've gotten started on a couple of things and I am having so much fun!
First of all, photography! Mainly for the blog of course. I have two things that are helping me tremendously and they are so much fun to use! (My kids have been so generous to me! )
My Camera-Maddy got me this last year and I am still learning all of the ins and outs of it, but I love it! It is an Olympus OM-D. I am having trouble finding my exact model, but you can find similar ones at that link.
My Light Box-Christmas 2019, My son and his family gave me a light box for my photography! It is the ESDDI LED Photo Studio Light Kit. I love it! It has improved the quality of my pictures so much and as I learn more ways to use my camera, I think the combination of these two products will only improve my photos in the long run!
Resin-I have just started trying my hand at resin! It is so much fun! It is so simple to get a great result. I've only made a couple of things so far. Here are pictures, (taken with my camera in my light box), taken of my first attempt. I'm making necklaces for my granddaughters:
The resin, glitter, sequins and jewelry supplies used here all came in this kit! I was amazed at the value and at the larger sized bottles of resin compound! I can't wait to learn and make more so that I can share it all with you!
2 more things, 1 phone and 1 personal
My Phone! I've been living with a cracked, barely any space phone for some time now. But at Christmas, Lindsey and family got me a new one! It is awesome and it is amazing how having a good working phone can make your life easier. It is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown. It has a nice camera, too!
Alicia's One Step Hair Dryer/Volumizer- Alicia has a lot of thick, curly hair! Right after Christmas, she found this Revlon Hair Dryer, Volumizer on clearance for $10! That was a smokin' deal because right now on Amazon, it is $41.88! Maybe you can find it on sale at Walmart if you are as lucky as Alicia. It has been a game changer for her. She can dry her hair and straighten it all at the same time! Look at this screen shot of her with her hair so straight! My daughters are so beautiful, I know.
There you have it! 13 products that we are loving right now! Some have been on the list for quite a while! What are you loving so far this year? Have you tried any of the items we've mentioned? Drop us a comment! We love hearing from you!
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!