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Revitalize and Breathe New Life to Your Sofa with a Classic Slipcover {REVIEW}


Even though Spring is usually associated with cleaning and sprucing up the home, actually Fall is a popular time to update, upgrade and redecorate your abode.

One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room is to swap out the decorations, add new frames, bring the outdoors in with plants and for furniture, throw on a slipcover onto a sofa or chair.

It’s not easy or cost efficient to go out and purchase an entire new couch but you can add texture, color or design using a slip cover. You can get a custom slipcover but that can be expensive so using a retail one works perfectly to enhance a room.

The Classic Slipcover Company, for example, offers a line of high-end slipcover products that make your furniture look brand new.  From chairs to sofas and even dog furniture, they offer a variety of fits and styles and offered my the opportunity to brighten my front room with one if its quality items.

I was able to use a review sample to update my front room which has an Aztec print.  Classic Slipcover’s twill one piece twill sofa slipcover ($94) Iwith bow ties was relatively easy to set up and keep cover in place and turn the space into a warm and inviting place to read, receive visitors, and kick back and unwind after a long day.

It fits sofas from 84″ to 96.”

I also used the company’s armchair slip cover in the same material and chair to refurbish an old raggedy chair that was in the basement. I brought it upstairs and threw on the cover (I need to affix it better than in this photograph) and it brought my office to life! Love it!

I love their options because they suit my style and tastes: simple, classic, customizable, crisp and clean. Perfect!

Check out the other offerings, including covers for pet beds!!


The Answer to Your Baby Bath Time Aches and Pains Is Here {WIN TWO $79.95!}

When baby gets too big to be bathed in a kitchen or bathroom sink and it’s time to transition to the bath tub, new parents quickly become acquainted with the back and neck strain associated with bending over a tub and trying to keep a firm cradle on baby while sudsing and rinsing her off.

It’s just something we dealt with. The cold hard bathroom tiles under our knees. The eventual crick in the neck that develops. The pain from being hunched over in the most uncomfortable position while trying not to get the bathroom too wet or slippery.

It can be a daunting and in some cases, dangerous task. I mean we’re just talking bath time here! But yeah…

Fortunately for modern moms, manufacturers and product designers have stepped up to the plate to come up with solutions. For example, Modern by Designs makes a Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest that is guaranteed to provide max relief to parents and their achy joints.

The kneeler is made of a durable neoprene material that is water-friendly and dries pretty fast. There is a memory foam padding on the top that cushions the knees and eliminates the discomfort of the hard floor and a non-slip rubber bottom keeps mom or dad or caregiver from slipping and sliding in case the floor gets wet.

To add function, the kneeler has an elbow rest that is also equipped with a net that can conveniently store bath toys, shampoo and bath wash.

There are 4 extra large polyester mesh pockets that can be organized and customized. The material is such to repel the growth of mold as the kneeler dries in between uses. In addition, the elbow rest set comes equipped with 6 strong suction cups, safely securing the elbow rest to the side of the tub for maximal stability.

After each use, you can just leave it right there to dry or hang it on a hook. Toss it in the machine to wash when it gets too funk and hang to dry.

Simple. Easy Breezy and convenient!

The makers even throw in an extra bath organizer attached to 2 extra strong suction cups to eliminate the time searching for bath essentials.

 It also helps to keep the bathroom tidy and organized. Best of all, you can store the wet bath toys in the organizer to dry, so no more moldy bath toys!

Keep them right there for easy access each bath time!

They also offer a 100% money back guarantee for anyone who is not satisfied with the product. That’s a plus! You can return it within 30 days of purchase for any reason with no hassles, the company guarantees.

And at a $39.95 price point on Amazon.com, you cannot go wrong anyway, especially if you can return it if it doesn’t meet up to your expectations but I think it will given all the positive feedback I’ve read on the Amazon page for this product!

Actually, Modern by Designs is offering Bellyitch readers 10% off their purchase.

FOLLOW the makers Modern By Designs on Instagram and Facebook!

And you can also win a pair of kneelers right here!! Entry open to US residents only.

Many ways to win!!! Contest ends on April 5! AND GET 10% if you don’t win! OPEN TO FIRST 100 CONTEST ENTRANTS!

Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest ($79.95)

Review: VTech’s New 2 Camera monitor lets You keep an Eye on Two kids at a Time


Baby monitors have come a long way since I last had a baby. My interest was piqued at learning about one of VTech‘s new monitor that had a temperature sensor, split-screen viewing and the option to monitor more than one child or room at a time.  My goodness! Parents can now have a virtual high tech security system just to watch their kids nowadays.

We wanted to get a closer look and took up VTech’s offer to give a review sample for a spin. One of our Bellyitch readers, Lauren, a third-time mom-to-be tested out the VTech Safe&Sound Bear 2 Camera Full-Color Video Monitor (VM341-216).

First off, she said she thought that the teddy bear-shaped camera was cute and would look great in the baby’s nursery.  It’s white and matches the decor. There was a second camera that she placed in her 8-year old son Ethan’s room so she could keep an eye on him too after she’d send him to bed at the end of the night.  Both cameras feature automatic night vision and full-color video that display on a large 4.3-inch LCD. Lauren found the size of the screen was ample and  she didn’t have to squint or lean in closer to check in on the kids.

For the baby, there is a built-in lullaby and soothing sounds setting so baby can be comforted without having her enter the room. It  would be perfect when it is time for sleep training. Also, given that a big cause of concern over SIDS death is overheating, the monitor’s temperature sensor can help mom make sure the nursery isnt’ too hot.

Again, she too found it neat that you can choose from multiple viewing options, including single view (one camera only), split-screen viewing (all paired cameras at once) and patrol mode (single view that transitions to a different camera every seven seconds). Very convenient and inventive!
With the talk back intercom, Lauren can give her 8-year old instructions from downstairs. The sound and transmission worked two stories down, Lauren said.

The unit can be placed on a table or mounted to the wall to avoid tumbles. It has 9-level of sound indicator and if she is working in the backyward or folding clothes in the basement, she can clip on the receiver to her waist and keep it moving. Multi-tasking is where it’sat!

Feedback/Final Thoughts: Lauren’s favorite feature is the monitor and the fact that the screen is large enough and she can see the baby even in the dark. It was easy to assemble and set up straight from the box. The retail price is $199 which Lauren said she thought was actually reasonably priced for what you get. The sound came thru for her loud and clear for her and she said she would recommend this product so people can kp an eye on baby while in another room.

Eco-Friday: This New Single Serve Brewing System Is Better for the Environment (Unboxing Video)

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I admit being a coffee addict and that I get a euphoric feeling after having a hearty cup of brew.  Earnestly, I think coffee not gets me through my hectic day which usually starts at 6am. My hectic schedule includes corralling my kids and shipping them off to school, then schlepping back to my home office to blog, work on deliverables for legal or consulting clients, social media networking blog posts, try to squeeze in a trip to the gym, conduct meetings or interview people and then end the day by picking up the kids and taking them to the library before returning home to make dinner, and get them to bed, before working until midnight.

I’ve been known to spend a pretty penny at my local Starbucks as well. People give me Starbucks gift cards as presents because they are aware of my love of coffee. My husband wanted to help me save money from all those Starbuck runs and get me a single serve coffee system for Christmas but I discouraged him because of my concern that the capsules are not too environmentally friendly. Also, the costs for the capsules could be astronomical compared to a traditional coffee maker.

When I was asked to review a newcomer to the industry Touch Coffee, my interest was piqued because it looked to be a more eco-friendly alternative to what is on the market now.

It starts with the fact that unlike the standard Keurig K-Cups® in that popular machine, Touch® T526S brewer’s capsules have been re-engineered to so they are larger and thus can brew a larger cup of coffee. The makers boasts that the system has revolutionized and re-invented the  single-serve coffee platform Touch’s easy-to-use systems brew superior-tasting, coffee shop-quality coffee in significantly less time than current machine

They also boast that compared to most K-Cups®, which only fit up to 12.5 grams of coffee, XBold Cups ™ pack up to 15 grams of coffee and XLARGE CUPS™ provide up to 18 grams of coffee.

Nonetheless, the brewers are still  fully compatible with any cup at all—from existing to generic cups, in addition Touch  XBold Cups™, XLarge Cups™ and reusable Refill Jumbo Cup™.

The Refill cup is also another eco-friendly feature because you can save money and instead of buying replacement capsules, you can simply use grounds and spoon them in that filter! Sweet!

Touch has a Flash Heating system that starts brewing in under 20 seconds even if it has been off all night and it heats up just the water needed for the cup and not the entire tank of water.  It stands out from other machines that take much longer to warm up, a company release notes. Those machines shoot water through the coffee grounds too quickly, so users  then end up throwing away untapped flavor with the used capsule.

No bueno!

The T526S brewer allows you to choose from eight cup sizes (6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, or 18 ounces and carafe)

The fact that you can make up to 18 ounces means that one capsule can create up to 4 cups of coffee makes it more environmentally friendly and I noticed that the machine turns itself off automatically which is an energy-efficient alternative to existing brewers in this market.




“We have incorporated our innovative technology to our single-serve system—and the single-serve cups that accompany it—with one goal in mind: the perfect cup, every time,” its CEO Sam Kim said in the release. “Not only did we succeed at designing a machine that produces coffeehouse-quality coffee, but we have also made it convenient, intuitive, quiet and quick with a high-end design.”

The brewer retails for $249.99 and can be purchased at  www.TouchBeverages.com, Amazon.com, HomeDepot Online,  BestBuy.com, and  select Best Buy stores.

But if you are inclined to purchase one based on my review and unboxing below, I invite you to use my affiliate link HERE to do so! Thanks for supporting a blogger! 🙂

My camerman is my 13-year old son Caleb! We had some fun taping this. Check it out! 

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