F September 2010 ~ Critique of the Unique

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In the Kitchen with Amelia

Welcome Amelia to the Critique of the Unique! Join Amelia in the kitchen for great down-home cooking ranging from appetizers, to tasty main dishes all the way through to awesomely delicious desserts!!

"Winnie the Pooh" in Theaters this July

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood this July and revisit your old time favorite characters!

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Winners Circle-Mystery PI, Evora, Mystic Wonders, Money Savvy

The three winners for the Mystery P.I. Stolen in San Francisco Game are as follows:

#31 Diane B

#21 Kiara

#1 David B

Winner for the Evora Probiotic Mints is as follows:

SalanderServant said...53

GFC follower. 3

Mystic Wonders Complete Laundry Set winner is as follows:

LAURA1877 said...80


Winner of the Money Savvy Bank is as follows:

Emma B. said...27

GFC follower #1


Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Etsy Wish List: A Weekly Glimpse into my Favorite Finds

 I love anything with butterflies and started collecting them after my mother passed away in 2003. These beautiful earrings are offered by Sudlow Jewelry for $33.00 and come in a gift box ready for gift giving.

This blue bird ceramic coaster set can be found at the Julie Magers Soulen Photography Etsy Store for $20.00. I love the striking blue color and how it pops out of the background! Simply beautiful.

Tune in next week for more of my Etsy finds! I only post the pictures and links after receiving written permission to do so from the Etsy store owner. If you like these items and visit the store, let them know you found them through Critique of the Unique!

Happy Blogging!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Salvation Army Thrift Store: Going Uptown!

Retail marketing is so over-rated! Let's take a look at my recent finds at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Did you know that The Salvation Army Thrift Store has their own line of furniture:

Love the colors and pattern in this couch--seriously I do!
 Their own line of household appliances:

My mom's old coffee pot looked a lot like this.
 Beauty Supplies:

Sunquest Tanning Bed-just what I need!
 Salon Care:
The fancy pedicure chair-with vibration and massage

Exercise Equipment:
Nothing but the best-BOWFLEX Baby!

Gold's Gym branded
Might be the only way I can afford an Apple
 Television and Home Electronics:

I suppose these would be considered "vintage" now that we have flat screen

Why pay retail when the same great things are offered at a thrift store near you!!!  


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flexi-8 Review and Giveaway (Closed)

I have thin, fine hair and when I attempt to use traditional hair bows or accessories, they hardly ever hold my hair. The only thing that does hold my hair is those plastic claw clips (I use the small size and it holds up all my hair) but they give me horrible migraines and I'm always breaking them. When I heard about the Flexi-8 flexible barrette I was leery if they would actually work. I had purchased several hair design type products from infomercials that did absolutely nothing to hold my hair in place, so I was skeptical of the Flexi-8 barrette.

The package I received from Flexi-8 contained five sized barrettes...mini,  extra small, small, medium, and large. To know what size I needed, I visited the website and reviewed the video on sizing that helps determine the correct size for a particular hair type. For my hair, I would mainly use the mini and extra small sizes and for certain styles, I would use the small.

The Flexi-8 barrettes are so easy to use. Simply put hair into the desired style (for style ideas, watch the Hair Styles video) place the metal bar under the hair and bend the barrette over the bar until it clicks. The bar has three grooves to latch onto thus ensuring a perfect fit! Don't worry, the barrette is extremely flexible and the patented design is durable and made to withstand use after use....unlike that old claw clip I used to use!

I want to share how the Flexi-8 barrette was born. Missy Dorsey wanted the fancy beaded chopsticks she had seen, so she bought all the material to make them, but decided to purchase them from a popular retail store instead. Her husband, John Dorsey, was intrigued by the retail price on the chopsticks and thought he could design something similar at a fraction of the cost. He went to his garage and came up with the design which soon became a hit amongst friends, and later to retailers nationwide. He sold millions of his chopstick hair design--until times got tougher (like a lot of us are feeling in today's economy) and the retail sales declined.

His wife and him under went some hard times and weren't even sure how they were going to pay rent. It was then that his wife Missy told him "pull out some of your old beads and wire, make something and go sell it...NOW or else!"  He quickly began assembly on the Flexi-8 and it wasn't long before he was selling at Farmer's Markets and the like, and through pure determination... his personal sales efforts has resulted in the sale of Flexi-8 in over 38 countries!

What makes them so popular is that they are suitable for all hair styles: straight, curly, coarse, thin, and they do what they claim to do! They hold hair...and well! Even after wearing the Flexi-8 all day, they didn't slip and I wasn't burdened with the migraine that my old claw clip would give me. They even worked well in my daughter's hair and she didn't complain that it was uncomfortable and she was actually still wearing it when she came home from school (usually barrettes fall out of her hair by recess)!  They come in all sort of styles and designs and even have an o to be customized to your liking!

I cannot stress enough the importance of ordering the proper size. Since the Flexi-8 comes in a variety of sizes, it is important to know which size fits you best before ordering. Please watch the video and read the descriptions to learn which size is right for you!

Where to Buy: Flexi-8 barrettes can be purchased directly from the website. Simply choose your size after watching the video, and search for the perfect barrette that fits your styling needs!

Special Offer:  If you use coupon code 543626 , you will get either 10% OFF or allows you to BUY 4 Flexi-8's and receive the 5TH FREE!

One winner will receive 2 Flexi-8 barrettes of their own!! Mandatory entry is required and extra entries will only be valid after mandatory entry is completed. Giveaway is open to United States and Canada residents only! Please make sure your email address is visible in your profile or included with your post. Winners will be chosen via random.org and will have five business days to respond or a new winner will be chosen. For complete rules, regulations, disclaimers and disclosure policies, please visit the Legal Page
Giveaway will end at Midnight on October 9, 2010 Central Time. GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Winners will be chosen soon and will have five business days to respond to winning email.

Mandatory Entry: Visit www.flexi8.com and watch the sizing video. Leave a comment telling me which size you need and what design in that size is your favorite!

Extra Entries: Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Worth one entry each. 
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  • Tweet about this Giveaway (can be done once daily)-- Tired of the old claw clip? Go to @uniquecritique for your chance to win two Flexi-8 barrettes. Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada until Oct. 9.
Sponsored by Tomoson.com
FTC Guidelines require that I disclose that I received five Flexi-8 barrettes for the purpose of this review in association with Tomoson.com. No other monetary compensation was received. All opinions herein are my own, honest opinions. Other opinions may vary. Thanks to Flexi8.com and John Dorsey for sponsoring this review. Flexi-8 is responsible for prize fulfillment. 

This Product Was a Free Giveaway

Power Sox EZ Match Socks Review

Big feet do not run in my family. Big ears do...but not big feet. I am a size 8 Wide...or maybe a 9 depending on the style. I don't consider that too large, but about average. So, why is my daughter already wearing a size 8 Wide shoe too? She's only eleven! I'm certain her feet will keep growing...eventually, but my goodness, what size will she be at by then?  Okay, so she has big feet. I try not to make an issue of it, but there is one problem with this scenario. My shoes fit her feet. Some of you are probably thinking that this is a good thing...buy one pair of shoes that we both love--less money spent. WRONG. Her feet are like mine in another aspect. She is pigeon toed. But, her pigeon toed curve is more prominent then mine, and so after her feet have been in my shoes...I can't wear them again. It's her sneaky way of stealing my shoes.

But she doesn't stop at shoes. She tries to steal my socks too!! When we sort socks, she grabs up all the ankle socks and shoves them in her drawer. Some of them are mine!!! Try telling her that...she will defend the socks, stand over them and guard them, and I have to wait until she is at school to raid her sock drawer to take back the socks that are rightfully mine!! It's a game we play, but some days, a girl just needs a pair of socks without having to go a'searchin!

Along comes Power Sox EZ Match Socks. They are designed with gold rings around the toes. Each gold ring represents a size. If there is one gold ring, it is size small, two gold rings is size medium and three gold rings is size large. This makes it easy sorting! Simply find the socks with the matching rings and viola...a pair of matched socks!! This comes in handy for two reasons. One reason is that my son also wears ankle socks, and when his are the same color as ours, it takes a little matching side by side to see which socks are his, or hers, or mine. This eliminates that problem in its entirety. He normally wears a medium, and therefore I just find the socks with two gold rings around the toes and I can tell his from the rest of the pile. The second reason this comes in handy, is now I have a way of differentiating my socks from my daughter's socks, even though we wear the same size. No longer can she claim my socks hers, as hers will have the gold rings around the bottom and mine will not!! This way...I always win and my sock drawer stays full!

The Power Sox EZ Match Socks come in Unisex, Men, Women and Kid's sizes and in a variety of styles from performance socks and team socks for athletics to the basic socks for everyday wear. They also come in a variety of lengths and colors to fit your needs.

The Good: I like the fact that the socks are made of good quality. They are thick and not like what I find in packages at my local supercenter. I can see them wearing these for quite some time. The Gold Ring does make it easier to match and takes the chore out of matching socks (not a favorite in our house....in fact we've graduated into two "sock bags" as no one wants to match them). The website provides a sizing chart for the best fit, and the socks are made with flat toe seams, arc brace for support, strike zone cushion padding for shock absorption and AquaFX moisture management for dryness protection plus contoured Y heel to keep the sock in place (from website). They are easy to wash-simply turn inside out and tumble dry on low.

The Bad: Although they do come with the flat toe seams, my son still had problems with the seam being too bulky. He does not like the feel of certain fabric on his skin, and these socks do cause him a little discomfort. He has worn them, and made it through the day, but on some mornings, it is too much for him to bear and we shed the socks to find some without seams. This is not going to be a problem with most people, but if you have a child that does have this sort of texture aversion, then I suggest testing a pair on your child before replacing your current brand.

Where to Buy: Power Sox EZ Match Socks can be purchased directly from the website for 3/$5.99 which I find to be a great bargain!!

FTC Guidelines require that I disclose that I received 2/pkgs containing 3 pairs of Power Sox EZ Match Socks for the purpose of this review free of charge. No monentary compensation was received. The opinions expressed herein are my own, honest opinions. Other opinions may vary. Thank you to Power Sox EZ Match Socks for supplying the product for this review. 



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