Review: Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer

braun no touch forehead thermometerI was chosen by Influenster to receive this product complimentary in exchange for a review.  While I did receive the product for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Have you ever tried to hold a thermometer in a young child’s mouth.  You find yourself constantly insisting that it needs to be tucked under their tongue, then you wait for the thermometer to beep to tell you it is done, and you discover that it wasn’t able to get a reading and you need to do it all over again.  No parent wants to deal with that when they are trying to take care of their sick child.

I found the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer to be extremely easy to use.  It comes in an easy to open packaging with batteries included, and can be used immediately without any setup.  I did have to spend some time taking practice temperatures.  I found out that Micah runs a little warmer than Maeby and Abram do, and that I need to take that into account when I suspect he might be running a fever.  We got a few crazy readings, but it was quickly remedied by pushing his bangs off of his forehead.

braun no touch forehead thermometerAs you can see, it projects a guidance light so you can check where you are taking the temperature.  It takes two seconds, literally.

braun no touch forehead thermometerI found it to have accurate readings and I loved how quickly I had a result.  If you are looking for a new thermometer, I definitely recommend that you check this one out.

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Review: Jamberry Nail Wraps

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Recently I was contacted by my friend, Martha, asking if I would like to review Jamberry nail wraps.  I have known her over half my life and with our shared ideals on green living, I knew she wouldn’t steer me wrong.  I received free product in exchange for my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jamberry Nails was formed by three sisters that wanted to offer a quicker way to have salon quality nails at home, for a fraction of the cost.  Jamberry nail wraps are gluten free, vegan, latex free, non-toxic and made in the USA.  They are made of vinyl and stick to your nails through heat and pressure.

I watched a couple video tutorials on youtube before I started the application process.  I decided to go with the rice pack method since my nails are curved and I heard it was easier.  I prepped my nails by pushing back my cuticles, buffing my nails, and wiping them with an alcohol wipe.  I held the wraps over my nails to try and figure out what size would work best for each finger.

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As you can see, I overshot the size of my nails and covered up my cuticles.  I had a brief moment of panic before I settled in to start problem solving.  The spots where there was a lot of overhang, I trimmed.  I then pushed back my cuticles (which was a little difficult since I had already pushed them back when prepping my nails).  I sealed the fresh edges with my hair dryer, which confirmed that I preferred the rice bag method.

Two weeks went by, and I had countless moments where I thought they wouldn’t last.  Somedays I feel like I wash my hands more than doctors do.  Raising three children and taking care of ducks and chickens will do that to a person, I guess.  Yet the incessant hand washing didn’t effect the Jamberry wraps at all.  I even made pizza one of the nights and they stuck around after I hand-rolled pizza dough that had been coated in oil.  I like to live dangerously.

jamberry nail wraps after two weeks

I’m going to be honest.  It was hard waiting two weeks to change them because there was another sheet of wraps calling my name.  They definitely have an addicting quality to them.  Maeby and I went through the catalog and picked out our favorites, I dreamt of accent nails, and I wondered if my second application would go better than my first.

I soaked my nails in a bit of coconut oil, and massaged the Jamberry nail wraps off my fingers.  I decided to give my nails a break for a few hours because I wanted to see what they felt like after having Jamberry nail wraps on them for all that time.

My nails felt and looked awesome.  This was probably my favorite part of the experience.  My nails seemed healthier than when I wear polish.  I find that my nails chip easily and feel very brittle after having polish on them.  So not only are Jamberry nail wraps non toxic, I actually saw an improvement in my nails after wearing them.  That is a definite win in my book!

On my second application, I set out to remedy the overhang issue.  I had seen someone use transparent tape to mark the size and shape of their nail.  I tried it and made better matches for my nails.  I once again used the rice bag method and it took about half the time as my first application did.  I was very pleased with the results.

jamberry nail wraps second application

Jamberry offers a line of wraps for tiny fingers, too.  They come with two styles that can be used for up to six applications!  I have been looking through these to figure out which ones Maeby might like to find under the Christmas tree this year. (She is really found of the “snow & ice” which she has deemed as “Frozen”)

There are many great deals going on including a monthly style box  and buy 3 get 1 free on wraps (customs, collegiates, and sorority are excluded).  You could also sign up to host a party and get free perks.

You can visit Martha here to check out everything Jamberry Nails has to offer.