Monday, May 17, 2010

eShaki Review

"Shakti means power in Sanskrit. eShakti therefore means the power of the Net.  We believe the internet empowers customers and helps companies be customer-centered." With that little tag line I my curiosity was peaked.  Can a company really make affordable clothing, quickly, with a quality I would deem worthy of wearing?  Let's be honest, I am not a dress person.  Period.  Once I was approached to do a review for the company, I was at a loss as to what to choose.  I'll be honest, inside I was giddy about getting to, even for a second play dress-up.  I took to the net to ask for help.   Twitter, my regular blog and Facebook to ask for help.  Many chose what they would choose for themselves.  Cool, but this was for me and really I needed something that would fit my personality, my personal lack of style.  Looking at the products they had to chose from freaked me out, wowza!  Color choices, lengths, personal styles, how on earth can I choose alone?  Well I ended up choosing a classy little number, and quite on accident really.  See they are CONSTANTLY putting up new styles and color.  Green is my thing, not like the whole save the earth jive, but the shades make me feel...comfy.  And here comes a green dress, found on there by none other than my little dude!  
It was a green version of the purple one I had originally looked at possibly reviewing. 
My product was delivered overnight, instead of the usual three days.  I cried when I saw the dress.  Ok, it may have been partly the pain from the torn fascia in my leg.  I hobbled up the stairs to try on the dress.  I was concerned from the pic the fabric was going to be itchy, stiff, and heavy.  I pulled it out of the dress box and almost tossed it over my shoulder!  Light weight, the first thing to come to mind was it flowed with me.  Not at all stiff, it moved, not itchy either.  I am very touchy with the way cloth feels on me, this was just wonderful. I custom ordered the dress with sleeves, since I get cold easily.  I didn't realize till after the dress was on, that they had tossed on a zipper underneath the arm of the dress.  This was my least favorite thing about the whole experience.  The detailing looks so fragile and delicate in the pictures is well sewn and sturdy.  I must say, even in the leg brace this dress is beautiful.  I felt like a princess, and that is something I have not felt like in a long time!  I even went and got my hair all retouched up and retried on the dress, even more stunning, the dress that is...

I have to say, seeing as this is the first nice dress I have gotten in ages, since I am an at home student that doesn't really like to socialize with the to-do's in the area.  Though for some reason, I am supposed to.  Dresses are hardly what one would wear to the planning and set-building for haunted houses either.  I hope to wear it to a going away party soon, leg brace or not!

I took a couple pics of the dress myself.  Really the pictures are great on the site, but nothing like what they look like in person.  Go figure I can't find the stinking memory card.  I will add them here if the evil goblin ever returns my memory card. 

**The low down on eShaktiAs advertised.  Fast shipping, beautiful clothing you can get customized for a low price.  If they ever need someone to advertise their clothing, I work for cheap and have a big mouth!  Try them out, affordable in all sizes colors and styles to fit even a picky one like me!  My new go-to place to get unique clothing to match me give me some style.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Jennifer at I Hate Whine is having a super cool giveaway on her site from Cafe Press.  Go check it out!!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

KaBoom Baby

Being a full time wife, mother, and student I have my plate full.  Adding in the OCD's my husband has and his "need" for utter cleanliness makes cleaning a ain.  I just wanted something, anything to give me a little more time elsewhere in the house.  I didn't care where it came from as long as it was safe and kept up with the hectic ebb and flow of casa King.  Come on, we all know we all love loathe to clean out the bathrooms, especially when you are the only person producing estrogen in the house, sits to pee, and has the joy of cleaning for bathrooms.  Yep 4 freaking toilets, and a child who likes to go to the bathroom half asleep and aim is optional if you get my drift.  

We are also on a septic tank, built by a man who has a "thing" for elbow pipes.  We have to be extremely careful with water consumption, what goes down the pipes etc.  We must also keep the flora and fauna within the tank happy.  Thank goodness the lesson was learned with clean water backing up in to the basement on three separate occasions, all on the weekend and all after the 4K of new carpeting was laid down.  That's how we roll.  The culprit was "septic safe" TP that time.  Another time another review folks for that one.  Moral is it set the weatherman even more on edge when it came to the septic.  ALL cleaning products must not only be septic safe, but garner his approval.  Um, ri-ght honey, whatever you say...

As stated above I needed something to give me that little bit of extra time somewhere.  I decided one day to try out the Kaboom Scrub Free.  IT said it used Oxy Clean in it.  I love oxy clean!  
Did I tell the weatherman? Nope.  Didn't want to deal with his barrage of questions.  I tried it on one of the most used bathrooms in the house.  Below is how it all went down:
 *Product- KaBoom Scrub Free Toilet Cleaner

*The pitch- no scrubbing the toilet for up to three months.  Septic safe, and discrete, hides in the rear of the tank.  I thought why not.  Leaving me only three toilets to scrub.

*Purchased-Bought one package of KaBoom Scrub Free toilet cleaner, from Menards.  Cost aprox 7 dollars.  

*Installation-looks far more compicated then actually is, don't let it scare you.  Remove toilet tank lid.  pop one tube off replace it with the tube in the box toss on the purple holder, attach other tube to hook and stick with the clip into the pipe that pours water into the bowl.  Unscrew lid on purple container open the bag with the pellets put both inside the container, screw lid back on firmly.  Replace toilet tank lid, flush.  Done.  Simple Simon.

*Results-while I labored away on the other three bowls, I only had to do the occasional quick rubbing off with the toilet brush of particulars left by the little dude hint hint.  I liked it, the two tabs lasted about 5 and a half months.

*Pros- It keeps the bowl from streaking, or getting that weird settled-water look around the bowl if toilet isn't used that often. It didn't ruin my septic from using it, so that is always a plus.  With our well water we get streaks form the water on the porcelain of the toilets, I didn't for the entire time the product worked, also no darkening where the water comes out underneath the lid.  Another HUGE pet peeve of mine.  It didn't smell awful like the KaBoom cleaning spray does.

*Cons- That being said about the smell, it does give off a bleach smell that did alert the weatherman to its presence.  That was a bit of a put off for him.  Keep the lids up, to disperse the smell.  I wouldn't advise, just to be safe, letting animals drink out of the bowls.  This isn't an issue for us as my dog is too short to reach his head in and if he was tall enough too lazy to do so.  But a heads up as with all cleaning products for toilets watch out for your pets. Also, 7 bucks does seem a bit high, a good price mark in my opinion is 5 dollars.  I justified the 7 by dividing it by the three months advertised on the box I wouldn't have to scrub a lot on the toilet.  If you can look past it, or find a coupon, do it!

*Over all review- Would I buy it again, I did.  I recently bought a refill for the initial bathroom that had a unit installed, as well as a second unit for another bathroom.  I am hoping to sneak it through without the weatherman noticing.  Slowing working up to having one in all 4 bathrooms!  I like not having to slave over scrubbing the toilets, not having that ring in them under the lip or where the water settles.  I have heard rumors of these things exploding, I just cant see it.  Screw off the lid, put in the tabs, screw back on the lid firmly, flush.  Simple Simon!  So if you want to give your self a break, and want to spend 7 bucks to do so, I recommend, KaBoom Scrub Free Toilet Cleaner for your bathrooms.
I was in no way compensated for this review by the company in any way.  I purchased the product with my own money.

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