Reviews

Simple Truth Cleaning Sample Review

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Recently, my husband signed up with Kroger family of stores to receive various FREE samples and coupons in exchange for promotional posts done on Facebook, Instagram, on blogs, sharing word of mouth, etc.  We have received several items so far and are loving doing this.

This time we received a sample roll of Simple Truth paper towels, Simple Truth Fresh Mint Cleaning Wipes, and Simple Truth Pop Socket along with coupons to share.

The thickness and the texture of the paper towels were really nice. I was not expecting the towels to be as thick as they were. Not only were the paper towels thick and nicely textured, they were very durable and held up nicely through cleaning.  The Simple Truth Paper Towels are “made from 100% recycled paper, with a minimum of 60% post-consumer content” (from the Simple Truth Website). These paper towels are also hypoallergenic. That’s awesome for those with sensitivities. They also do not contain dyes or fragrances.

I love the fact that these paper towels are also available in Select-A-Size just like most major paper towel brands.

I put the cleaning wipes up against my normal Lysol® brand cleaning wipes.  The Simple Truth wipes cut through the grease way better and didn’t leave a residue.  The cleaning wipes are free from Parabens, Sulfates, Triclosan, Phosphates, and Ammonia.  They are gluten free (which is awesome for me as I am allergic to wheat products) as well as vegan and non-toxic. The Simple Truth Cleaning Wipes are not tested on animals nor do they contain any animal ingredients. These wipes are also Rainforest Alliance Certified.

The fragrance of the wipes is neither overpowering nor is it artificial. These wipes contain organic peppermint leaf oil. Love that scent!

The only downside is that the Simple Truth Cleaning Wipes do not contain an antibacterial agent unless you count the Citric, Acetic and Malic acids. Citric acid does demonstrate some antimicrobial properties against anaerobic bacteria, especially against cocci, but it is less effective than 2.5% sodium hypochlorite according to laboratory testing. Acetic acid is almost ineffective in disinfecting. Malic acid is minimally effective against Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli. (You can Google the effectiveness of these acids to see for yourself.) So there is that.

The pop socket thing is interesting…. It does not stay on though. I don’t know if there is something on the back of my phone that is messing with the glue or not. Having it on my phone does help when it sticks.

All in all though, these products are great. “Simple Truth® and Simple Truth Organic® are available at more than 2,200 grocery stores in the Kroger Co. Family of Stores” (Taken from their site.). You can click this link to see where to buy.

I hope to bring you more of these reviews of the Simple Truth Products along the way as well as more of the great products the Kroger Family of Stores has to offer.

Also, if you would like to be a part of the Kroger Sharing Network and receive FREE products and awesome coupons, click here.

Reviews

Bead Treasures Regal Rulla Review

Today is a bit different.  Normally I do a tutorial on Tuesdays, but today I am doing a review of this really nice beading kit I purchased at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $5.  The normal price for this kit is $19.99.

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So for $5, I decided it was well worth it.

The kit comes with almost every thing you need:

 

  • Instructions
  • 3.5g (30) Rulla beads in “Crystal Violet Rainbow”
  • 0.5g Miyuki® size 11/0 seed beads in “Matte Metallic Patina Iris”
  • 2g Miyuki® size 11/0 seed beads in “Light Gold”
  • 16g Miyuki® size 8/0 seed beads in “Metallic Forest Green Iris”
  • 7.5 Matubo™ size 6 beads in “Bronze Pale Gold”
  • 2 – 4mm closed gold tone jump rings
  • 2 – 6mm open gold tone jump rings
  • 1 – 12mm gold tone lobster claw clasp

Okay…let’s get to the review.

The kit is labeled “Advanced Beginner” ages 14+. It says that it makes a pendant with a necklace of up to 22″ long.  I feel it is appropriately labeled.  It should take about an hour or just over depending on your skill level. There is actually enough beads to make it a bit longer if you need to. It’s not a bad kit.  The quality of the beads is nice.  There are some flaws in the beads though.  So make sure you either do not use those beads or turn them so the flaw will not be seen from the front of the pendant. So if you are ready to try your hand at some bead stitching, then I recommend finding these kits and see if they are on clearance too.

The package is easy to open and could easily be recycled for bead storage.

The cons of this kit are: There are a few things that really could be improved here

  • No needle
  • No thread
  • Instructions are just a bit unclear and not enough pictures. I am a very visual learner and seeing pictures would be better than very unclear language.
  • Some of the beads are flawed and misshapen causing the finished piece to be a bit off.
  • Recommends using thread for the necklace. I do not like this as thread can easily break. I ended up using Beadalon® 19 strand stringing wire which gave the same soft drape of thread but the security of a wire.
  • The style of the necklace is not all that pretty.  The pendant is gorgeous, but the pattern they recommend for the necklace detracts from the beauty of the pendant.  I suggest either using a slender chain or a different pattern for the necklace.

The pros of this kit are:

  • All the beads you need are plus extras.
  • Color coordinated beads which are beautiful.
  • Not a hard project to complete within about an hour or so depending on your skill level.
  • Retail price is normally $20 which really isn’t a bad price if you are planning on selling the finished piece. You could probably sell this for a low break-even price of $35 if you count your hourly rate as $15 an hour. I think you may be able to get more for it because it is very beautiful and unusual.
  • The pendant is GORGEOUS!

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All in all, I think this was a great purchase especially since it was only $5!  Would I purchase one of Hobby Lobby’s other kits at full-price?  Possibly if they were as easy as this one. If you find this kit and do buy it, here are a few suggestions:

  • Double stitch your base row to secure the piece. It can be a bit floppy as you work.
  • Keep your tension tight, but do not over pull.
  • Take your time and read the instructions before you begin so you can familiarize yourself with the technique used.
  • Use Fireline® in Smoke so the thread is not visible.
  • Coat your thread with a thread conditioner.  Yes, I know you could get away with not using this, but it really makes a difference as to how the thread slides through the beads.
  • Either use a chain for your pendant or a different pattern for the beaded necklace.
  • Use stringing wire for the necklace if you use beads and not thread.

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Overall, I really liked this kit. It was easy to figure out even though the instructions seemed a bit oddly worded for me.  But then again, I am a very visual person and reading instructions and being able to follow them doesn’t come easy for me. Watching someone or looking at very clear diagrams and pictures is easier for me.  I ended up buying two of these kits. Between the two with the extra beads, I may be able to get a third necklace out of it.  GO ME!  Until next time, stay caffeinated my Peeps!