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Menu Baggy Winecoat Review

Menu Baggy Winecoat

Menu Baggy Winecoat Review: Just when we thought we had seen it all! You can now disguise your wine or any beverage for that matter in a purse like tote.

Now we should be honest and say that we have not tried this. But, we have many friends who enjoy wine and would probably use this “winecoat” often.

Seems genius! The product has been designed from a 31 Bag-in-Box. The spout opening will fit all standard taps. You can adjust the size of the bag by rolling or folding the belt.

The rubber base gives the winecoat the stability it needs so you don’t have to worry about the bag spilling. You can purchase in black or white.

Menu Baggy Winecoat white

Need your wine to be chilled? No worries there is plenty of room to add cold packs. Another notable benefit would be if you aren’t a wine drinker you can purchase disposable beverage bags and fill your tote with your drink of choice.

This seems like a great gift for that hard to shop for friend. Tell us what you think, would you use the Winecoat? Leave us a comment below.

Here are the links to purchase the Menu Baggy Winecoat and the disposable beverage bags:


Sothei All Natural Body Care Products

Sothei products

Sothei All Natural Body Care Products Review: We love purchasing from companies that not only provide all natural products but also give back to charitable organizations.

We found Sothei products while at a charity event. If you have followed our stories and videos you may have picked up on the fact that I am going to be running the TCS NYC Marathon in November. I have the honor of running for Joint Council on International Children’s Services ‘Change For Children Campaign.’

Joint Council let us know that they had partnered with Sothei products in a fundraiser for the campaign, so this was a great opportunity for us to try their products.

The Sothei collection is hand made from all natural products. When possible they use only therapeutic-grade essential oils in their products. They offer products for the body and face as well as essential oils. The prices are very good, products start at $4.00 for a few items and go up to $45.00 for their complete Spa Gift Basket.

We wanted to try as many products as we could so we purchased the Sampler Set for $12.00. This set included 8 of their top selling products:

Sea Salt Face Scrub
Sea Salt Body Scrub
Exfoliating Face Wash
Herb and Charcoal Mask
Velvet Hand Soap
Hand and Body Lotion
Almond Oatmeal Bar Soap
Liplicious Lip Balm (full size)

The products came packaged in a cute decorative bag that would make it a great gift. I have loved all the products. My skin has been so soft ever since using these natural products and with the use of essential oils they all smell amazing. Instantly hooked on the lip balm. One big bonus to this line is that we knew what each and every ingredient was.

If you are looking to try some all natural face and body products I would recommend giving Sothei products a try. You can also contact them if you would like to have a Sothei product fundraiser for your favorite charitable organization.

Do you know of any companies that make a point to give back to charities? Let us know we are always looking for products to try.

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Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Tool Review

Mrs. Field Scoop-N-Cut Tool

Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Tool Review: We love a good kitchen gadget! This two sized all-in-one scoop tool makes pushing out your cookie dough as easy as can be.

The Scoop-N-Cut tool has a teaspoon side and a tablespoon measuring side. The scoop area is silicone and it’s small and compact size makes it easy to store. Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe.

cookie dough

We really did think that this was a great gadget! Easy to use and it kept our cookies uniform in shape and size. We will definitely be using this time and time again.

If you buy a premade roll of cookie dough there is a center bar that cuts your cookies. We tried the new Marie Callender’s Chocolate Chip cookie Mix. The recipe only called for one egg and 3/4 stick of butter, mix well and use your Scoop-N-Cut tool. Simple.


In other reviews that we read there was a suggestion to wipe the tool with oil for the first use. We did not do this and had no problems with the dough sticking. Thumbs up for Mrs. Fields Scoop-N-Cut Tool!

Tell us about your favorite kitchen gadget in the comment section below and maybe we will try it out!



Mashalot Shopping App Review

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Mashalot Shopping App Review: We must admit that we are iPhone junkies and love downloading a great app! Think shopping, travel, eating, latest trends and finding out where to get the best deals all in one place.

Over the weekend we met up with Mashalot founder John Marino to get first hand info on how this cool iPhone shopping app works. And what better place to meet up than Minneapolis’s hot new fashion forward concept store OOTN Magazine.

I hate to use the words holiday season before Halloween… but, this seems like a great place to post all of the items you want for gifts and then your family and friends can just follow you and see what you have been eying up.

How does it work? See something you like, open your Mashalot app, take a pic of whatever it is: shoes, lipstick, food…tag a category, add your location and give it a brief description. Simple!

Mashalot is a mix of Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Foursquare all combined in one location. Want to know what is trending and where to find it – download the app now.

Follow me: Missmissea on Mashalot – I plan on heading to the Mall of America soon and will be posting the best deals that I come across.

Mashalot app

Thanks to Desean Mills founder of OOTN Magazine for allowing us to film at your beautiful store. We will be back very soon!


Olloclip 4 in 1 Photo Lens Phatphood Review

Olloclip 4 in 1 photo lens review

Olloclip 4 in 1 Photo Lens Phatphood Review: I like to take pictures with my iPhone 5 (mainly food), so I figured why not try some of these fancy lenses I see promoted/suggested on Facebook?

Olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens for iPhone 5/5s vs. 3-Piece Set: Macro, Wide-Angle & Fisheye Magnetic Smartphone Lenses. Let me start off with the biggest annoyance. When using either of these products, and if you protect your phone with any type of case, it needs to be removed before using. Understandable, but bothersome.

Olloclip lenses are attached to a tight fitting mold that slides snug over your factory installed lens on your iPhone. Simple, pretty much error proof. The 3-Piece Set: Macro, Wide-Angle & Fisheye Magnetic Smartphone Lenses have adhesive rings that stick on to your device. These rings are magnetic which allows the lenses to bond to your device. It was hard to center the ring onto my device. Also I’m not one to stick things on my phone. Not cool.

They both have a fish eye lens. The 3-Piece Set: Macro, Wide-Angle & Fisheye Magnetic Smartphone Lenses shown first is blurry and shows the innards of the lens. Where as the olloclip is a clear picture and just shows the intended view.

Macro Lens Olloclip Fish


Facial Hair Removal Epilator Coil Review


Facial Hair Removal Epilator Coil Review: When women get to a certain age facial hair pops up here and there and it must be taken care of. This product caught our eye as something we should try.

We would like to state that we watched a few YouTube videos on the Epilator tool before we tried it and most of the women raved about the product and didn’t seem to be in any pain… Watch our video review to see if that was the case for us.

Here is what Cheeky says about their product: Works by extracting hairs from the root. Hair removal by bending the coil over the hair then giving a twisting action entrapping the hair for a rapid pluck.

Do you have any hair removal products that you think we we should try? Comment below and maybe we will check them out.


Bluapple Produce Saver Review

Bluapple Review

Bluapple Produce Saver Review: So we tried Bluapple which claims to prolong produce freshness. Buying two containers of strawberries we gave it the Weve Tried It test.

We placed one container of strawberries in the  upper drawer of the refrigerator with a Bluapple ball and the 2nd container strawberries with nothing added going in the drawer below it.

Bluapple website product description: Ethylene gas is given off naturally by fruits and vegetables as a signaling mechanism in order to coordinate uniform ripening. However, once concentrated in your refrigerator or other storage areas, the presence of ethylene gas continues to speed up ripening and hasten spoilage.

The Bluapple® is designed to provide effective ethylene gas absorption for three months in a typical home refrigerator produce bin or storage container. The active ingredient does not “wear out”, but continues to absorb ethylene until it has reached its capacity. A One Year Refill Kit rounds out the Bluapple® ethylene gas management product line, allowing consumers to reuse Bluapples® and not add them to landfills.

Both drawers were untouched for ten days. When we took them out, both batches of strawberries were moldy, but the one with the Bluapple appeared to have more mold (photo on left.)


Bluapple says that the approximate storage life of strawberries without using the saver ball is 7-10 days. Their claim is that by using Bluapple you can extend the useful storage life of your produce up to three times longer. Which on the short end would give your strawberries 21 days.

We may have to try with a different fruit or vegetable, but so far, this product failed. 0/5  If you want to give it a try you can purchase the Bluapple on Amazon for $13.00.


myCharge Amp 4000 Portable Charger Review

MyCharge iPhone Charger

myCharge Amp 4000 Portable Charger Review: This less than half-a-pound phone charger can save the day when you are out and about. For instance, when I did my State Fair food adventure I was constantly using my phone to take pictures and notes on all of the food I was eating.

Well we all know iPhone batteries really suck, so not even half-way through the day my battery was at 12%. I just grabbed my newly purchased MyCharge and plugged my iPhone 5 via USB and continued with my food adventure.

Not only did my phone fully charge while I constantly used it, but the MyCharge had some juice left to keep on charging even when I left the fair with a full charge on my phone.

Great device! Light, small enough to fit in pocket, and does what is intended. 3/5. One concerning downfall, any aftermarket iPhone USB cables do not work at all. I tried three aftermarket cables and only the original cable that came with my iPhone work. This brought my product rating down significantly.

Do you know of any inexpensive portable chargers that work great? Let us know in the comments below. You can purchase the myCharge Amp 4000 on Amazon for $29.99.

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My Fun Fish Tank Review

My Fun Fish Tank

My Fun Fish Tank Review. Shirley ordered more As Seen On TV products! This time around she bought each of our daughters a My Fun Fish Tank. The product claims to be self-cleaning, which translates to no cleaning for the moms.

As Seen On TV product description:

My Fun Fish the aquarium that cleans itself like magic. Just add clean water and the dirty water flows out the cleaning spout. My Fun Fish Tank is always crystal clear and provides you fish with a happy, healthy home. My Fun Fish Tank as seen on TV will captivate your family’s imagination with an incredible water world. My Fun Fish Tank any room into an under-water world of discovery. Include My Fun Fish Tank, 1 white LED light, stones and plant. Fish not included.

*Gravity Clean Technology
*Keeps Water Clean, Fresh & Oxygenated
*Kid-Friendly, Mess-Free

Check out our review video review and find out if we would recommend My Fun Fish Tank:

Although we seemed skeptical in the beginning of the video we would recommend buying the My Fun Fish Tank. It really was easy to clean and our daughters love it. For $14.95 you can’t go wrong!


Good Grips Grape and Tomato Cutter Review

OXO Good Grips Grape and Carrot Cutter

Good Grips Grape and Tomato Cutter Review: We love a good kitchen gadget and when we saw this little goodie we decided to put it to the test on grapes, tomatoes and black olives.

The OXO product is described as follows: “Take the hassle out of quartering grapes and tomatoes with the OXO Good Grips Grape & Tomato Cutter. Sharp, serrated, stainless steel blades quickly and easily slice through the soft fruit skin, while keeping fingers safe and out of the way. The blades also cut through pitted olives and grape tomatoes with ease. The curved finger rests provide comfort, even during repetitive use. The Grape & Tomato Cutter is great for making chicken salad, sangria, fruit salad, salsa and more. The cover snaps on for safe storage. The Grape & Tomato Cutter comes apart for easy cleaning and is top-rack dishwasher safe.”

Product Features:

*Quarters grapes or grape tomatoes in an easy, one-handed motion
*Perfect for grapes, pitted olives and grape tomatoes
*Serrated blades quarter quickly, easily and safely
*Perfect for chicken salad, sangria, fruit salad, salsa and more
*Curved finger rests provide comfort while cutting
*Cover snaps on for safe storage

One thing we noticed was that the cutter didn’t work great on bigger cherry tomatoes, so stick with medium to small for the best results.

Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget? Tell us about it in the comments below.