Brush Hero: The Ultimate Detail Brush

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I am a neat freak. Nothing makes me happier than a clean house. One area of my life that I don’t keep clean is my car. My 2013 Subaru Impreza is dirtier than I’d ever like to admit. My husband takes pride in his truck, where I think of my car as a vehicle that transports me from Point A to Point B. I actually got sick of looking at my filthy car, so opted to review the Brush Hero: The Ultimate Detail Brush. 

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What is the Brush Hero: The Ultimate Detail Brush?

The Brush Hero Starter Set comes with your basic turbine, the white brush, and the black brush, plus the garden hose Quick Connect.

Brush Hero is powered by water pressure from a standard garden hose and spins with an impressive amount of torque. It’s not supposed to spin fast! Slow and steady provides maximum scrubbing power.

The white brush is to be used for tough jobs and the black brush is for sensitive surfaces. Be sure to tie back hair, and secure loose clothing before use. If there is an accidental tangle, you can flip the toggle switch, which will stop the flow and unwind.
Brush Hero also has a variety of different accessories listed on their website. Some of them include replacement brushes, extension wands, microfiber towels, and a variety of cleaning products.
What can I clean with Brush Hero?
  • Cars
  • Grills
  • Patios
  • Bikes
  • Gutters
  • Garden Tools
  • Pools
  • Pets

Whatever you do, the Brush Hero is NOT intended for use with pressure washers.

Experience

Let’s start with the bad news, first. I’m a pretty smart woman. I have a Master’s degree and you will find me saying, “Read the directions” whenever my husband and I have a project that needs to be put together…

It took me 1 hour to figure out how to get the Brush Hero correctly assembled and affixed to my garden hose. My husband had to help me and ultimately figured it out. He was so happy I was finally going to clean my car, and he got so frustrated he said, “this better be worth the aggravation!” 

Brush Hero – you need CONCISE directions labeling each piece! I couldn’t even figure it out on your website. I was going crazy. Customer service was going to hear from me. Please know, not everyone knows what female and male connectors are! My husband and I realized that we don’t need the Quick Connect Adaptor and another ridiculous piece and that we could attach the hose right into the bottom of the Brush Hero. Maybe a YouTube video would help?

Was it worth the hassle?

Yes! I don’t think the above pictures do my wheels justice. I have been disappointed using super hot water and brillo pads to try to get the dirt and grime off my wheels (hence why I have never cleaned them). My wheels have been neglected for years, so I wasn’t expecting a miracle. I also ran out of wheel cleaner (of course that would happen the day I actually want to clean them). Brush Hero absolutely exceeded my expectations.

Besides the direction debacle, Brush Hero was very easy to use. It didn’t take much time to get my wheels from filthy to shiny. Take a look at my husband having fun with the Brush Hero below.

After using the Brush Hero to clean my wheels, I mentioned to Jason that I wanted to clean my bike and the windows. My husband said he wants to clean the grill grates and some of the outdoor tools. Brush Hero is very versatile and could help us clean everything!

I would definitely consider purchasing one of the Brush Hero Gift Kits that are available for the holidays. I know my dad and father in law would really appreciate something that cuts grease, grime, and dirt in record time without much manual labor. (Brush Hero also offers free gift wrapping!)

Brush Hero retails for $34.99 USD and offers 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Look no further for a great holiday gift! Help your family and friends to bring cleanliness into their homes for 2018!

Purchase your Brush Hero here & be sure to visit them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.

Namaste.

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BOOK REVIEW: One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker

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I love my dogs, Bailey and Gino. We rescued Bailey from Caring Canine Connections when she was 10 weeks old. She was a stray in a high kill shelter in North Carolina. (She was going to be euthanized over Thanksgiving.) Apparently, she was bitten during transport up to New Jersey, leaving a tear in her ear. Gino, my Chihuahua mix, was dumped out on the street. I went with volunteers from CCC to save 19 dogs from a high kill shelter back in July. Gino sat on my lap the entire drive back home. He looked at me with his big bug eyes as I whispered sweet nothings like “You are okay, little man. No one will ever hurt you again.” into his ears, which were drawn back and down. He was supposed to be killed over the Fourth of July.

I often say that my dogs saved me from myself. They have come into my life when I needed them most. Anxiety and worry are both useless emotions, but have overcome me when I was frantic about finances, health concerns, switching jobs, and finding work. I tried to tell myself that I was living the American dream, but some days felt like a true nightmare.

I received an autographed review copy of One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying by Tom Baker. The book is written from his dog, Mango’s, point of view, which adds humor and lightheartedness to the story. Tom adds his perspective at the end of each chapter. One Dog’s Faith is a Christian book, and has several references to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible. (As most of you know from my previous posts, I was raised Catholic, but do not practice. I consider myself more spiritual and believe in the religion of karma and being nice to others.) Since I love dogs and have been successfully managing my anxiety for ten years, I figured it would be a good read. It turns out, I really loved this book. I have many tabbed pages with important life reminders.

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I interrupted Bailey during her nap to capture the perfect picture.

Tom Baker writes in One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying:

“He [God] allows us to go through some pain in order to progress toward improvement. He sometimes has to hold us down in the middle of our misery to help us find our comfort and happiness. God sees the big picture and knows what’s best for each and every being.” (p. 114)

“Fear is powerful if you let it take over. Fear and faith can’t live in the same dog house.” (p. 168)

“Michelle just said, ‘Give it up…Give it to God…God will provide…God will make a way,’ And He always did, without fail. I saw it; she saw it.” (p 191)

One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying is a feel-good book. It put many things into perspective. I used to come home from a long day at work and instantly start preparing for the next day. I would lay my scrubs out, prepare a lunch and start dinner, set the coffeemaker, pay bills, fold laundry, empty the dishwasher. I was going through the motions, preparing for something that wasn’t even guaranteed. My dogs would be begging for my attention, showing their gratitude and happiness that I was finally home. Now, when I get home from work, I drop my stuff on the table and sit on the floor to give them lots of love. I take them for a walk outside and smell the fresh air. I silently thank God for giving me another beautiful day and the opportunity to be able to come home from a day of work and spend time with my husband and furbabies. I learned to not take life so seriously. One Dog’s Faith offers perspectives that make you think about your life and how to improve upon your relationships with others, as well as God.

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Gino with One Dog’s Faith by Tom Baker

Mango reminds us that dogs live for the moment. They don’t take things seriously. They are happy with very little, and that they truly value their time with us on Earth. I watch Bailey and Gino in awe. They, like Mango, have taught me to let go, trust God, follow instead of lead, and the true meaning of unconditional love.

Be sure to purchase One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying on Amazon. One lucky winner will win a copy.

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Visit Tom Baker’s website: One Dog’s Faith and follow him on social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn. Don’t forget to connect with the author’s dog, Mango, on Facebook!

Namaste.

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Dog’s Faith: How My Dog Helped Me Trust in God and Overcome Chronic Worrying complimentary for review purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you are interested in having your product on Realm of Vibes, e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com for more information or fill out the form on my Contact page.

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Bottled Sunshine with SONNENGLAS

I often describe my home as eclectic, with a rustic feel. I browse home décor and improvement catalogs for inspiration and never turn down a walk through a home goods store. I have a collection of mason jars; a set for drinking and a set for creating essential oil skin care and body products. Earlier this month, I was introduced to SONNENGLAS, a new type of mason jar that provides bottled sunshine!

SONNENGLAS is stylish, eco-friendly, solar-powered mason jar lamp. The solar powered lid collects sunshine during the day. When the sun goes down, the collected sunshine powers 4 built-in LEDs inside the glass jar.

How to Use SONNENGLAS

  • Put your solar jar in the sun so that the rechargeable battery in the lid can fill up with energy. One full charge lets your jar shine for 12 hours.
  • Let there be light! Close the clip switch to make the LEDs inside the solar lid shine.
  • Decorate your jar to your heart’s content. Unscrew the lid and great creative!

Additional Facts

  • SONNENGLAS is 7 inches tall and weighs 1.4 lbs.
  • A Warranty, Instructions, and Background booklet is included.
  • The SONNENGLAS jar is watertight and will be protected from the rain.
  • Your solar jar can be charged using a micro-USB. (Not included.)
  • Your solar jar has a 1-year warranty. If you register, you extend your warranty to 2 years.

Where is SONNENGLAS made

SONNENGLAS is made in South Africa and was originally developed for people in areas without electricity. SONNENGLAS has created jobs for over 60 previously unskilled and unemployed men and women from the townships Alexandra and Soweto. You can feel good knowing that the preserve jar is 100% recyclable and SONNENGLAS is made with 70% local materials.

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Personalization

SONNENGLAS feeds my creative energy. Some ideas for filling your SONNENGLAS include snacks or items for practical use, figurines, sand, flowers…anything that makes you smile! I am still deciding what to put in my SONNENGLAS! (I think I need to run to a craft store!)

When to use SONNENGLAS

SONNENGLAS is ideal for reading, traveling, enhancing garden lighting and home decor, decorating your table and outdoor space, barbecues, camping, patio dining and any activity that would benefit from attractive lighting to create a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere.

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Experience

SONNENGLAS is beautifully crafted. The mason jar says “Consol” on it, which is the South African manufacturer of the mason jar. It is larger than I anticipated (and bigger than most mason jars used for beverages or canning). The directions are easy to follow and within minutes I had my glass shining brightly. The most difficult thing is deciding how to decorate my SONNENGLAS. Another difficult aspect is that I had to wait until my husband got home from work to unscrew the lid.

I feel that this lighted mason jar makes a beautiful addition to my eclectic, rustic home and would make a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays.

Make sure you visit SONNENGLAS on Instagram and Facebook.

Namaste.

Sonnenglas

Disclosure: One SONNENGLAS jar was sent complimentary for review purposes; all opinions within are my own. If you would like your product reviewed on Realm of Vibes, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com or visit my Contact page for more information.

 

A New Caffeine Fix: DirtyBird Energy Soaps

My husband and I often joke that we need an IV of caffeine since we make 8-10 cups of coffee every morning. Working in law enforcement and healthcare brings long, uncertain shifts, fueled often by a good attitude and numerous amounts of caffeinated beverages.

DirtyBird Energy Soaps are a new kind of caffeine fix. This new brand features caffeinated energy soaps in a reusable travel tin.

Dirtybird Energy Soaps come in three 5.5 oz varieties:

  • Original – Peppermint
  • Recover – Eucalyptus
  • Relax – Lavender (This is decaffeinated.)

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The Original soap bars are infused with caffeine and peppermint oil to energize the body and mind.  Scientific studies show caffeine absorbs through pores and hair follicles, which will energize the body even before your first cup of coffee in the morning.  Caffeine has also been used for years in spas on the skin as an anti-oxidant to reduce the look of aging and cellulite.

The Recover bars also contain caffeine and are specially formulated bar helps to gently exfoliate away the day’s dirt and grime to allow optimal absorption of arnica, Eucalyptus and Rosemary extracts. These therapeutic agents encourage faster healing of bumps, bruises, and inflammation so that you can prepare for your next day at school, big game or whatever life has to throw at you (or vice versa).

The Relax bars are perfect for anyone who has had a long day and just wanted to relax. They are infused with lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and ylang-ylang essential oils.  Each of these oils absorbs to relax the body and mind as well as soothe the skin.  An evening shower with Relax helps to promote a restful sleep allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

The soap isn’t the only thing that’s special! DirtyBird Energy Soap comes packaged in their patented reusable container, that snaps shut and allows you to take your soap anywhere; the gym, camping, or vacation. If you don’t have a need for the container, you can recycle it!

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DirtyBird Energy Soaps are available in singles ($5.99 USD), a 2-pack variety ($11.95 USD), 6 packs ($34.95 USD) or in a monthly subscription (6 for $29.95 USD), delivered right to your door every month!

DirtyBird Energy Soaps are made in the USA, all-natural, plant-based, and never tested on animals. They are dedicated to creating products to help productivity for active, busy lifestyles.  Whether it is at the office, during a workout, or raising children, they want to help everyone be at their best and most productive!

My Experience

Jason takes and morning shower and I take an evening shower. (And, sometimes, we swap or take 2 showers a day depending on our moods. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, people!)

I love how the soaps are round, big, and have the DirtyBird logo etched into each soap.

I think the soap container makes an awesome dish and prevents my tub from getting yucky.

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The Original is an ivory color soap smells like Peppermint. It wakes us right up and is super refreshing.

The Recover is an orange color soap and smells like Eucalyptus and Rosemary. I used this after my half marathon and enjoy that it invigorated my sore legs.

The Relax is an ivory soap with purplish jojoba specks throughout. It smells like Lavender and Chamomile. I love this soap right before bedtime. It is super relaxing.

All of the soaps lather nicely and wash without leaving any residue on my skin. The smell is present but subtle.

I would absolutely purchase DirtyBird Energy Soaps and would love to gift them for the upcoming holidays.

Do you want to win a 6 pack of DirtyBird Energy Soaps?

Rules: Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the continental USA. Winner must provide name, address, e-mail, and phone number within 24 hours of the close of the giveaway or another winner will be selected. You will receive a 6 pack of DirtyBird Energy Soaps (2 of each variety, $29.95 USD value). Contest begins October 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM EST and will conclude October 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM EST.

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Book Review: Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food by Simon Thibault

My husband and I are obsessed with eating local food and visiting Canada. At dinner last night, he mentioned that we should plan another trip there so that we know where to move when he retires (14.5 years and counting!) I never heard of Acadian cuisine but was excited and intrigued to learn more.

Enter Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food by Simon Thibault. A cookbook into a history-lesson-slash-novel where I was wishing I was in his Grandmother’s kitchen cooking these delectable items right alongside her…Simon, you are so lucky to have had a Grandma who cooked and kept records! (And I commend your efforts of extensive research!)

A favorite line from Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food:

“When talking about our favourite dishes, many of us start by saying that “My grandmother made,” or “My [insert family member] made,” and then talk about how those particular dishes were made in very particular ways.”

My mother has my Grandma’s meatball recipe. I know that my sister and I will fight over who gets the real handwritten version. I digress…

 

The first section of Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food is Preserves in which I can’t wait to make his salted green onion recipe. I use scallions on my nacho platter and in all my soup recipes. This just sounds delicious and would be a great addition to my daily recipes.

 

The second chapter is for the Breadmaking folk. I have both a gluten and dairy intolerance, so the only place I make bread is with my clients at work. These recipes seem simple enough – so sometime this week I will gather ingredients I don’t have in my pantry (there is a nice segment on stocking your pantry in Pantry and Palate) and choose a lucky client to make delicious bread.

Lard encompasses the third chapter. I never worked with lard. I don’t know if I want to work with lard. Lard seems like something I rather read about then experiment with in my kitchen. Sorry, Simon!

Tȇte de Cochon is the next section. Simon, you are more than welcome to come to my home in New Jersey and give me private instruction on cooking a pig’s head! (That would make a really great YouTube video, I promise!) I appreciate the Acadian cuisine but am not this adventurous when it comes to cooking.

The next two sections are my favorite! Section 5 reads Soups, Sides, and Staples while the last is Desserts. I love Meat Pies, and it reminds me of when my Grandmother made them when she was alive and well. Simon gives a few variations, one I hope to try soon. He also gives a Potato Pancake recipe that I can’t wait to make! I always wanted to make potato pancakes but couldn’t find the right recipe. I tabbed this page instantaneously! And, you better believe, that I will be making his Scalloped Cabbage recipe for Thanksgiving. I had to Google “summer savory” spice is and added it to my shopping list. I think this is my favorite chapter of Pantry and Palate; meals I can make simply and that I know will taste delicious.

I love desserts, but with my food allergies, I only eat them on very special occasions and have my DigestZen from doTERRA on standby. I think the Baked Apple Pudding recipe will be a hit for the holidays. I also have always wanted to experiment with rhubarb and his clear, concise directions make me feel like I can tackle that task.

Simon Thibault

©2017, Photographs by Noah Fecks. All rights reserved. Published by Nimbus Publishing

Pantry and Palate isn’t for those looking for thirty-minute meals, or people who need an illustration with every step. Pantry and Palate would be best for those looking to experience cooking and who want to integrate culture into their meals. When I read Pantry and Palate, I feel like I am holding a distinct piece of Acadian history in my hands. Thank you, Simon, for opening my eyes into a world I didn’t know existed. Pantry to Palate is a cookbook that I certainly cherish and will begin making my tabbed recipes immediately.

Amazon Affiliate link: Click here to purchase Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food.

Please visit Simon Thibault’s website here, and follow him on Instagram.

Namaste.

 

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My copy of Pantry and Palate by Simon Thibault

 

Disclosure: Pantry to Palate was sent to me complimentary for review purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you would like your product featured on Realm of Vibes, visit my Contact page or e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com