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Eggstractor review

As Seen On TV EGGstractor Review Video

Eggstractor, product review, as seen on tv, weve tried it

As Seen On TV EGGstractor Review Video – This past holiday season I had the opportunity to test out a couple of “As Seen On TV” products that are to assist you in the kitchen and make your life just a little bit easier when preparing food. I’ve included videos that show simple demonstrations of each of these kitchen products:

EGGstractor – This product claims to “peel hard boiled eggs instantly!” as well as “peels eggs 10x faster & easier!”

It comes with a plastic base, an accordion style pump and a 101-egg recipe guide. Let’s get straight to it; I gave this thing a try on multiple occasions before making the video with no prevail. I really wanted it to work, but it just did not. Even though there are detailed instructions (literally a book) included, I know how to hard boil an egg and have been doing so for decades. My method is to place eggs in cold water with a tablespoon of baking soda, bring water to boil, cover and remove from heat for exactly 10-minutes and then place eggs in an ice bath to cool immediately. My eggs typically peel easily and without frustration, not in this case using the EGGstractor; it is a workout that takes longer than just peeling the eggs yourself. I even went out of my way and bought different types of eggs to be fair to this product, I purchased some from Costco, Target and Cub Foods during the trial period of having this; but still, I couldn’t get a single egg to come out as clean as I would by just peeling it by hand. It also claims on the box to be fun and easy. Watch the video below and ask yourself, does that look fun and easy to you? We’ve Tried It, and we will skip it.

You can purchase the EGGstractor for $10.95

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Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls Review

Alpaca Balls

Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls Review: Go GREEN and save money was the promise when purchasing a set of 100% Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls. After a month of using them for all of our laundry I am definitely sold.

Alpaca dryer balls are felted alpaca yarn designed to bounce around the dryer with the laundry to shorten drying times and reduce wrinkles without exposing your clothes to any of the chemicals in dryer sheets or plastic dryer balls. You can re-use the alpaca dryer balls for years. The best results come when using 3 dryer balls.


As they tumble around the dryer the alpaca balls fluff the laundry and gently pummel it to make it softer. They can also reduce drying time by about 25% by absorbing moisture, which can result in saving money on utility bills.

The alpaca balls help reduce static, but be careful not to over dry the clothes, which can result in the dreaded static cling. I have only noticed minor static in a load of towels which I had accidentally set on the extra dry setting. Speaking of loads of towels, the alpaca dryer balls won’t affect the absorbency of the towels like dryer sheets do.

Alpaca Balls Specialty Meats & Gourmet

The first use is best with a load of wet towels. The balls may initially become a little fuzzy. If this happens, carefully trim off the fuzzy hair with a pair of scissors, and you’re good to go. The dryer balls may shrink slightly with continued use, which is normal.

Do you really like the scent of dryer sheets? Use essential oils to scent your dryer balls. If you do use essential oils send the dryer balls through alone on a short cycle to dry the oil, otherwise you may get oil spots on your clothing.

Do you have a money saving tip or product we should try? Comment below we would love to hear from you.

We purchased our Alpaca Balls at Specialty Meat & Gourmet in Hudson, WI. Thanks Linda and Steve for the recommendation I will be in to get some for Christmas gifts.

WTI Cheese Tasting

Specialty Meats and Gourmet Cheese Tasting Review

Weve Tried It Cheese Tasting

Specialty Meats and Gourmet Cheese Tasting Review: We have done a few stories and videos in the past featuring Specialty Meats & Gourmet in Hudson, WI and felt like it was time to visit our friends again. This time we talked them into coming to us and bringing along a variety of gourmet chesses for us to try.

Co-owner Steve Loppnow knows his stuff when it comes to exotic meats and artisan cheese. WOW! The video is 30 minutes long but with Steve’s knowledge and Trevor’s facial expressions it’s worth watching.

List of cheeses in the order that we tried them and photos of the products that Steve paired with the cheese:

  • Menage – Cow, goat and sheep milk. Made in Carr Valley LaValle, WI.
  • Pear Mascerated Blue Cheese – Made at the Rogue Creamery in Oregon.
  • Roth Kase Buttermilk Blue Cheese – Made in Monroe, WI
  • Vat 17 – Aged Cheddar made in Sheboygan , WI.
  • Prairie Rose – Alpine Style Cheese made in Milton, IA.
  • Mango Ginger Stilton – Made in Westby, England.
  • Horseradish Havarti – Made in Monroe, WI.
  • 6 year Tilsit – Made in Ceneter City, MN.
  • Brick “Aged” Theresa – Made in Widmer, WI.
  • Chechil – Smoked braided cheese.
  • Smoked Goada – Made in Thorpe, WI.
  • Nut Brown Ale Caerphilly – Made in Stratford, WI.
  • Bellayitano Espresso – Made in Plymouth, WI.
  • Gjetost – Made in Norway.

spicy garlic

Honey Butter

coffee bark

angry pineapple

If you are near Hudson, WI be sure to stop by Specialty Meats & Gourmet, 1810 Webster Street #8 (Across from Hudson Mills Fleet Farm) Hudson, WI 54016. You can also order online at Smgfoods.com.

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Tangled Salon and Spa Missy Gets a Makeover

Missy Hair

Tangled Salon and Spa Missy Gets a Makeover – Generally people don’t cut the majority of their hair off right before winter but I was ready for an extreme change. A big shout out to my hairstylist of many years Nan Grekoff co-owner of Tangled Salon and Spa in Hudson, WI for allowing We’ve Tried It to come in and video the experience.

Not only did I get the full treatment from Nan, stylist Justine Burton did my makeup to make sure I looked my best for the big reveal. I may have to watch the video several times to see exactly how Justine did my eyes with the POP of blue.

I must admit I am a bit of a baby when it comes to putting bleach on my head… I like to say that I have a very sensitive scalp. So if I am acting up in the video just keep in mind my “sensitive scalp”.

If you are in or near the St. Croix Valley be sure to stop in to Tangled Salon & Spa, 209 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016 – 715-386.8123. You can also check them out on Facebook.

Thanks again to Nan and Justine for giving me this fabulous new look! I love it!

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Halloween Makeup Ideas with BB Makeup

Phat and TOny

Halloween Makeup Ideas with BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar – We are one week away from Halloween and we still haven’t figured out what we are going to dress up as.

We’ve Tried It enlisted the help of Brooke Fleetwood owner of BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar in Hudson, WI and artist Colleen Schullo to test out a couple Halloween looks on our very own Phatphood and ‘On the Fly‘ MY29 television host Tony Fly. Both guys shave their heads and both have goatees to work around. Phat is into scary clowns and well Tony didn’t give us any ideas so we went with a pumpkin skeleton.

Brooke and Tony

Colleen and Phat

Check out Colleen transforming Phat…

Watch Tony Fly as Brooke transforms him into a pumpkin skeleton in 45 seconds…

Here are some other amazing looks that you can get at BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. The first two pictures are me…

Missy Germain halloween

Missy Germain Halloween look

Brooke Halloween Makeup

Brooke Cheshire Cat Halloween

bb makeup Halloween ideas

bb Halloween makeup

bb halloween ideas

If you are in the Twin Cities or St. Croix Valley area and want your makeup done for Halloween or any other event get in touch with BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. Check out BB’s website for locations near you or call 715-781-0248. Tell them We’ve Tried It sent you!

Thanks Brooke & Colleen we had a blast!

Spirooli Spiral Slicer

Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review


Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review: This is the latest As Seen On TV product that We’ve Tried It put to the test. Check out the video. Not only will you get to see the Spirooli in action, you will also learn how to make Avocado Basil Pesto.

I thought the Spirooli was quick and easy as well as the clean up. However, with it being light, if not held down securely with one hand it can jump from the counter while you are rotating the handle with the other. It does have suction cup feet, but we used the cutting board for the visual and they did not suction to the board. It also makes a plastic-on-plastic squeak when rotating handle sometimes. I will continue to use it and try other vegetables. 6/10

Avocado Basil Pesto

Avocado Basil Pesto Ingredients:

1 cup basil
1/2 avocado
1 clove of garlic
Handful of pine nuts
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Sun dried tomatoes

Throw the first 4 ingredients into food processor. Process until everything is well combined. Mix in juice of half a lemon. Season with sea salt and pepper to desired liking.

The sauce was a little too thick for my liking so I added about a tablespoon of olive oil. This is optional. For the zucchini noodles, I just spiraled one med zucchini. I topped off this recipe with sun dried tomatoes.


Instant Ageless botox in a box

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless Review

Instantly Ageless

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless Review: WOW! This is one of those products that I can’t gush enough over. When I bought it I was told that it was Botox in a box. It is. Today I woke up with bags under my eyes and in two minutes they were gone.

Recently I watched a video of a woman trying out Jeunesse Instantly Ageless and I couldn’t believe the results and had to see for myself. I purchased mine at BB Cosmetic Makeup Bar in Hudson, WI. It comes packaged with 50 packs that have 3-5 applications in each pouch.

Using a very small amount I just dabbed the cream under my eyes. You can feel it tightening your skin. Within a minute I could see it working and within 2 minutes my bags were gone. Seriously, gone.

The product description: Instantly Ageless is a powerful anti-wrinkle microcream that works quickly and effectively to diminish the visible signs of aging. The revolutionary ingredient is argireline: a peptide that works like botox—without the needles. Instantly Ageless revives the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.

Instantly Ageless isn’t just for getting rid of bags under your eyes: Visisibly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, erases the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, minimizes the appearance of pores, helps to even skin texture, mattes skin for a flawless finish and restores skin to optimum appearance.

If you are not near the Hudson, WI area you can purchase it online here. Do you have a product that you want us to try? Leave a comment below.

The Nerium Difference

Nerium Age Defying Night Cream Review


Nerium Age Defying Night Cream Review: When a buddy of mine told me he has something for me to try “since you have a lot of social network friends,” I immediately knew it had to be some type of health or beauty product since it seems like the biggest fad these days.

What-do-ya-know, that’s exactly what it was! So I meet up with him and he hands me this box of Nerium Age-defying night cream. I told him I would give it a 5-day trial and give him some feedback upon completion.

I lightly lathered this product on nightly before bed with a splash of water, and I must admit, after my week was up I was quite impressed with the results. Smoother, healthier and more firm skin were my results. I thought my skin was already to that level, but I guess it made it a little better and decreased my fine lines that I had developed over the years.

Nerium Review

The only thing that I did not like about Nerium is the smell. Since you rub it in to your face before bed and leave it on overnight you can smell it while you sleep. I thought it would smell a little better since one of the main ingredients is aloe vera, but maybe I am just sensitive to the smell. Even though it is left on over night, it is not a mask, but has a mask-like delivery system.

If you are interested in this product, check out Brent’s website: www.bshouler.theneriumlook.com

Sundial Resort and Spa Sanibel Island

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Review

Missy Germain and Shirley Erdman

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Review: It’s amazing how a little rest and relaxation on the beach can rejuvenate your mind and body. We just got back from an amazing week spent with our families at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island Florida.

Sundial Resort

Sundial has everything you could possibly need right there on the grounds. You could enjoy your whole vacation without ever leaving the resort. They have recently been making some new upgrades and additions to the resort to ensure  a truly amazing experience.

Sundial Resort and Spa

One of their new addition’s is Bailey’s Marketplace. This market has a great selection of just about anything you could need or want during your vacation. Bailey’s Marketplace offers homemade baked good, freshly brewed beverages, a fantastic selection of deli items, groceries, beach apparel, toys, gifts and just about anything else you may have forgot to pack. We enjoyed being able to stop into Bailey’s to pick up fresh pastries and special treats throughout our stay.

Sanibel Island Sundial

Sundial has also added a state-of-the-art fitness center for guests to get in their exercise. While none of us used the center it looked fantastic through the glass. How great would it be to get your workout in while overlooking the beautiful pool area.

Gulf of Mexico

If you are looking for a little pampering while on vacation or having a destination wedding you will love the new addition of a complete spa to the grounds. The spa offers everything you would expect at a spa. You can choose one service or spend an entire day getting a full pampering from head to toe.

Tennis anyone? Sundial has recently upgraded their tennis courts to new Hydro Grid clay courts as well as offering tennis racket restringing. Whether you are a seasoned player or a first timer everyone can benefit from lessons from Sundial’s tennis pro.

Shirley family

One of the best parts of vacation is all of the new foods to try. At Sundial their restaurant choices will not disappoint. You can choose from a casual meal by the pool at the Turtle’s Pool & Beach Bar or Slice of Paradice Pizza and Ice Cream Shop or head upstairs and enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico while dinning at the Sea Breeze Cafe’.

Missy family

Getting an ice cream treat at Slice of Paradice made getting my daughter out of the pool a little less dramatic! Our lunch at Sea Breeze Cafe’ was amazing. Our entire group enjoyed different items from the menu and we were all sure ours was the best. Our server was great, he was able to arrange our table so we were all sitting in the shade but still had a front row view of the gulf. We kept him busy finding out the ingredients in our meals that were so delicious we just had to find out how they were made.

Room with a view

The accommodations at Sundial are top notch, they have options for everyone. You can choose from a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom condo. All condos are equipped with full kitchens with everything you need to prepare full meals or just some quick snacks. There are different options for what view you would like. We had a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico from our fourth floor two bedroom condo.

Quick tip, if you are on an upper floor they do have elevators located in the center of the buildings. We located these after bringing our luggage and groceries up to the fourth floor. The two bedroom condo was spacious enough for our group of 6. With the 2 bedrooms as well as a den that converts into a sleeping area it is perfect for a group. If you just can’t disconnect from your job for your entire trip, don’t worry each room is equipped with high speed wireless internet to keep you in touch if needed.

Sundial offers many different activities for when you are done relaxing on the beach. As a resort guest you have use of their kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and craft’s for the kids. Want to play a friendly game of beach volleyball? They have that too! Sundial Beach Resort is also the newest campus for the Sanibel Sea School. You can choose from half-day or full-day classes that provide interactive classes about the ecosystems and wildlife on Sanibel Island.

Shelling in Sanibel

Our entire group had such an amazing time at Sundial Resort & Spa relaxing and creating family memories that on our way to the airport to head home we didn’t even make it off the island before we started discussing when we could go back.

Thank you Sundial Resort & Spa for a great trip and we will be back soon!

Shirley Flowers

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Cheers Pablo Hudson, WI Review

Cheers Pablo Cover

Cheers Pablo Hudson, WI Review: Looking for something different to do with your friends and family? We highly recommend checking out Cheers Pablo in Hudson, WI. Lucky for us their motto is “No Painting Experience Necessary! Just Come Ready To Have Fun!”

Cheers Pablo is a new expanding franchise where groups can go for a couple of hours of painting instruction and come home with a truly amazing piece of art! Enjoy an evening out with friends in a fun and energetic environment. Manager Stacia Zezza said “come with friends or come make friends.” You can socialize or just focus on your painting. In between instruction they turn up the music, so you can’t help but have fun.

cheers pablo hudson

Our instructor was Fafa Aguilera and she was fabulous! She never laid a hand on our paintings, instead she would stand behind us and give instruction and show how to properly hold the paint brush.

paint process

Cheers Pablo painting

We enjoyed our evening at the Hudson, WI Cheers Pablo location that opened February 18, 2015. There are currently locations open in Burnsville, MN, Woodbury, MN and Hudson, WI. New locations will be opening soon in Eau Claire, WI, Coon Rapids, MN & Chicago, IL.


The Hudson locations main studio seats 56 and features a full bar for the budding artists to enjoy, as well as many different snacks. When booking a private event (party room holds 22 people) you are able to bring in your own food items or even have a fully catered event. The staff will be happy to help you plan your special night. This would be a great place to have a bachelorette party or wedding shower.

group painting

They also offer kid’s painting parties, a great alternative to having a party in your home. There is nothing better then letting the kids enjoy a couple of hours of fun and head home while someone else is doing the clean up! You can also invite them into your own home for a more private event. Cheers Pablo will bring all of supplies needed right to you, whether it is your home, business or restaurant.

Chloe painting

Cheers Pablo currently offers over 170 different paintings to choose from and are in the process of adding even more based on current decorating trends. You can choose a picture that will go with your home decor. It’s like paint by numbers without the numbers.

Here is our group photo:

Cheers Pablo

We truly had a great night with lots of laughs! If you have been to Cheers Pablo we want to see your finished masterpiece! Post your photo on our Facebook page.