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Last year, I was inspired to look back on my reviews and do a re-cap. I thought it was a great idea because what we might like at the outset can quickly change. It was interesting to read that update post last year and see which products I still loved and which I could do without! If you write blog reviews, this would be a great exercise for you as well, and it’s a benefit to your readers.
Long-time readers of Heidi’s Head know that I’m nothing if not honest. I’m not going to beat around any bushes – I’ll let you know if I like something (and think you should too), but I’ll also let you know if I think something is a waste of your money and/or time.
This post is not a recap of ALL the products that I’ve reviewed this past year, but several of the ones that stuck out to me. Please note that I did not receive any monetary compensation for reviewing any of the following products.
So, let’s see . . . . do I like these 9 products just as much now as I did then?
Kingdom Classics CD
As my readers well know, I’m a sucker for all-things-Disney! So, when I was given the opportunity to review Peter Alden’s Kingdom Classics CD, filled with Disney hits but sung with an Elvis twist, I went for it. I first shared my thoughts in Classic Disney Songs with a Retro Vibe. Since the time of that writing, I’ve actually started working with Pete (indirectly through his public relations manager); so I’ve had an opportunity to learn more about him and his work as an Elvis Impersonator. I’ve followed his journey in 2016, which has taken him to Graceland in Memphis and to the Elvis Honeymoon Cottage in Palm Springs, CA. He’s had opportunities to travel and perform at some really neat places and venues.
And, guess what? In just a little over a week, I will get to see and hear him perform (LIVE!) for the very first time! I’m sure it won’t be the last, and Pete’s got big plans for 2017.
NOW: Positive (I’m still enjoying this CD)
Craft Street Design
I received this simple – yet profound print from Craft Street Design and posted about it in Meaningful Words from Craft Street Design. Not long after the writing of that post, I found a black frame for my print and hung it up beside my desk. It’s a great addition to my workspace and is such a simple encouragement to me when I look at it each day.
Craft Street Design has lots and lots of inspirational (and fun) artwork to choose from, so if you’re looking for some new prints to hang in any area of your house, be sure to check them out.
I have a good friend who suffers from plantar fasciitis (and I have my own occasional foot issues as well). So, when I had the opportunity to review these shoes, which I had seen advertised in my Facebook sidebar, specifically for plantar fasciitis, I was excited. Maybe these shoes would be exactly what she (and I) needed. Plus, they were cute!
I posted about them in New Sienna Women’s Casual Shoe from Therafit and I even gave a pair away. Unfortunately, the first pair I received to review was way too narrow and caused me a lot of ankle pain. I asked for a larger size, thinking they might be a big wider (that normally works) but they came and did the exact same thing. I wore them for about an hour (riding in the car) one day and that was the end of that. The person who received the pair I gave away on my blog had the exact same story to tell about these shoes. Disappointing.
Later in the year, I was given the opportunity to try a second pair and thought I’d look for a wide width this time; however, they don’t offer many wide width options, but I was given a suggestion of a wider pair. They came and were the exact same way – I could barely get them on my feet. My 16-year-old daughter, who has the longest, narrowest feet I’ve ever seen, was the only one who was able to wear them.
THEN: Neutral – Positive
NOW: Negative (after trying a second pair)
IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields
When I wrote about these little toothbrush covers in Protect Your Toothbrush from Germs and Contamination, I shared that I thought these were a great little invention. I’ll admit that I have not yet ordered or purchased more of these, but I’m not sure what I’m waiting for because I still think these are a great idea (and so much better than the plastic toothbrush covers for traveling).
Back in June, Brian received a watch from JORD and I suggested that my readers Buy Dad a Watch for Father’s Day. When the watch came, it was a bit bigger than what he was typically used to wearing, but he gave it a try and got so many compliments on it! That watch started conversations with total strangers who would come up and ask to see his watch! It was quite fun.
About a month ago, he looked down at work and noticed a big crack in the face of the watch. We were both sad. But, I reached out to JORD and they sent a return form – we had to pay to send the watch back to them, but they are fixing it and returning it for free. So, for now, we wait. Hopefully he’ll get his lovely watch back soon. (And I’m still hoping that, one day, I’ll get to pick one out to review!)
NOW: Positive (great customer service!)
Anchored Press Planner
In June, I also suggested that my writers be Daily Anchored in Christ by using this planner from Anchored Press. I’m a planner freak, but I also tend to be pretty picky. I know what I want in a planner and while this particular one was beautiful and had so many features that I love, in the end it fell short for me with those weekly pages (on months with split end weeks – 1/2 in one month and 1/2 in the next, the weekly pages all fell in the following month).
I still think this planner is spectacular and would definitely recommend it even though it wasn’t my personal choice.
THEN: Neutral -Positive
NOW: Neutral – Positive (perfect for someone, just not me)
Nancy B’s Science Club
By the end of June, it was the perfect time to start catching and observing some bugs. Unfortunately, my 10-year-old son HATES bugs, so I’ve never been able to get him on board with bug collecting. That is until we received the Bug Discovery Lab from Nancy B’s Science Club. I shared about our experience with this kit in Snips and Snails . . . and Bugs, Right?
In using this kit, not only did I get Ian on board with bug observation, but he went so far as to NAME a bug! It was a real breakthrough for us!
NOW: Positive (I’d love to try more of these kits in our homeschool!)
The Himalayan Salt Shop
In August, I asked my readers Do You Have a Salt Lamp Yet? Honestly, I wasn’t sure what all of the hype was about. Then I had the lamp in my home and I could see and feel the difference it was making. I loved it! We kept it in a high traffic area of our home – the dining room/office. We turned it on each morning and turned it off when we went to bed at night. I could breathe so much better. (Unfortunately, the bulb died and we have yet to replace it.)
Honestly, I wouldn’t mind having one of these in more rooms of our home. They put off a lovely glow and they definitely help purify the air. I don’t know how, but I saw its benefits.
The Shepherd on the Search
In November, I had the opportunity to check out The Shepherd on the Search from Dayspring, a Christian alternative to Elf on the Shelf. I’ve never been a fan of the elf, so I was excited to see this product and how it compared, etc. I shared my initial thoughts in Let’s Join the Shepherd to Search for the Savior.
After having the Shepherd (who we named Orion) in our home for the Christmas season, I can say with all certainty that he’ll be back again next year! We didn’t participate in all the recommended activities, but we did enjoy the story and in following the Shepherd through December. Next year, I’d like to do more fun things with him.
Well, there you have it. My 2016 Reviews, re-reviewed. If you have any questions about anything – then or now – please feel free to ask. Hopefully, I’ll get more fun stuff to share with you in 2017.
If you have a product that you’d like to see reviewed here at Heidi’s Head, please contact me. I’d be happy to share my media kit and chat about working together. I’m pretty easy to get along with, but I do share honest reviews only!