Hit or Hype : Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

I was selected to receive these products for review, so I was excited to try products that were paraben-free,  had plant-based ingredients and weren’t tested on animals.


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The Basil scent was “intense” in the hand lotion and I wasn’t sure if I’d use it at all. The hand soap was assigned kitchen duty since I’m often washing my hands for meal prep; the lotion lives on my desk to keep my hands soft during these cold NE winters. I find my hands are excessively dry and the moisture lasts a while without having to constantly reapply.

I really love how well the hand soap cleanses without stripping the natural oils in my skin and the lotion adds moisture without leaving a greasy, tacky feel.  The hand soap retails for $3.99 and the lotion for $4.99 per the Mrs. Meyer’s website.  You can also purchase the Hand Care Basic set for $7.99 which saves you a couple of dollars of buying them individually.  There are also foaming hand soaps which is my favorite method of hand soap because it dispenses an exact amount which reduces waste.  I have spotted them in our Whole Foods and am looking forward to trying some of the other home care products.

. . . until next time

Tech Challenged

In this fast-paced culture of tweets and 20-second sound bites, conversations are now reduced to 170 characters or emoticons to convey our thoughts/feelings.

As  “Gen X-ers”  we are challenged to keep up with this ever changing mode of tech talk.

A Facebook friend shared this graphic that I found absolutely hilarious.


lol until next time . . .


Whole Foods Grand Opening

I have been awaiting this day since its announcement last year. Newark welcomed Whole Foods with a grand opening last week and it is a welcome change ! We are all striving to eat better and having organic food is such a breath of fresh area for this urban city’s reboot.

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renovated building 2017

Stepping into the renovated Hahne & Company (formerly a major department store) has been given an upscale makeover following 25 years of being abandoned.  This view from the concourse is absolutely breathtaking !

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The building includes retail spaces and boutique apartments. Change for the better has begun.     Stay tuned for updates. . .

A New Love ! !

I am a  pen enthusiast, okay snob ! ! There are a few requirements I have for a writing pen.  My “perfect” pen  must write smoothly (every time), have rich ink, dry quickly and be retractable.

The Paper Mate stick pens were my favorite writing pen in Middle and High School they worked but at time the ink would get “gummy” or fail to write consistently but the thin pen was comfortable for long homework sessions.

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I was first introduced to the Sanford Uni-ball Jet stream line back in the 1990s while working at an office supply company. The hybrid ink offered the rich ink of a gel pen with the slim lines of a ball point. This was a long time favorite.

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I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video from Tokyo Pen Shop that announced Mitsubishi had purchased Sanford and had launched a new  Uni-ball pen. Behold, the Uni-ball R.E. (angel chorus singing).

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Mind you the ink quality is not as intense as I’d like, however this is their answer to the Pilot FriXion erasable gel pens. I purchased this pen from Tokyo Pen Shop  and have been enjoying it for almost a week. It does work just like the FriXion (which I also own). It comes with an”off-black” cartridge which resembles a charcoal grey and I do like. I also ordered a Cobalt blue refill to see which I like better. There are a variety of pen bodies to choose from but I tend to be drawn to black or gray bodies as I feel they look more like a professional pen (see below).

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writing sample with Uni-ball R E

Confession of a pen “geek” done.

until I post next time. . .