Customer Service Series Explanation:
The market for almost any product today is very competitive and to me customer service is what really stands out and makes me want to be a loyal customer of any given brand, service, or company that fits my current needs and budget. That being said, periodically when I reach out to companies, I would like to share my experience with their customer service in case it helps protect you from a bad situation or gives you confidence to make a necessary purchase knowing the company really backs their product or service.
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Zulily Customer Service:
I recently purchased a lovely duvet cover fromzulily. When it arrived the pattern was lovely and the material soft, but I noticed a snag and a few marks on the material.I contacted zulily and included photos of the damaged item and within one hour they replied! As they were not able to sent a replacement, they actually refunded me and provided me a credit! I thought this was an incredibly generous response and was far beyond what I expected. Zulily is the only daily deal site that I actually purchase from and allow to email me these days and great customer service is one reason why. Thanks Zulily, I love you!
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Can I just say I love this little cart? Ikea sells the Raskog cart in their kitchen islands and carts section and it currently comes in beige, black, and red/brown. I swear it used to come in a gorgeous mint/blue shade at one point.
Anyways, I have it in black and it is awesome! Yes, you can use it as a kitchen cart. You can also use it as a bedside stand (Think PJS on a shelf, books on a shelf, and charging tech on another shelf, as just one example.) You can use it as a movable art cart. Keep all your supplies in one place and pull it to wherever you want to work that day whether the kitchen table, sofa, outside, wherever! Use it as a little TV table/end table if you don't have one. Cart cleaning supplies around on it. Display books, CDS, etc at a garage sale. There are endless options.
The Raskog cart costs $24.99 on the Ikea website plus shipping if you don't live close by to pick it up. Shipping varies.
You can also order it on Amazon with Prime shipping. The cost goes up to $50, but you will get it delivered to your door step in 2 days and have the awesome Amazon customer service behind you. It's big price difference, but for some people it may make sense.
Do you have any other creative ideas for using these carts?
I recently did a post about Wool Dryer Balls. You probably knew about them already. BUT did you know about SOAP NUTS?!
Seriously, they are from nature. They are little nuts. And they SUDS! Crazy and amazing! (But actually I am probably just thousands of years behind haha!)
Anyhow I started using these in my weekly laundry. Every week I do a load of whites with bleach including sheets, plus a load of casuals and miscellaneous kitchen towels. I’m not super particular. (Confession) You put a few of these soap nuts into a little drawstring pouch they come with and toss it in the washer. That’s it! I do recommend the suggestion to let them soak in warm water first, though.
I have been using these for a while now, about 3 months. I have no complaints about my clothes! My clothes are generally not soiled. They are just ‘dirty’ from being worn. For that application, these work great. They come out smelling fresh, but without a scent, if that makes sense?
The only think I have noticed is washing mymakeup removing cloths: They never seem to get 100% clear of the dark eyeliner or mascara marks. They aren’t dirty when they come out that if you rubbed your face with them you would get old make up on you. But the ‘stain’ isn’t fully removed. You may need a stronger detergent for these. Or maybe I just need to add more soapnuts!
I’m still learning how many soapnuts to use at a time, but I liked one suggestion of just adding a new one to the bag each time you do laundry. (Initially you put several in) So you’ll have a fresh sudsy one, a few that are still sudsing but just a bit, and probably a couple that are done sudsing down at the bottom. Just a guess.
DH still does some separate loads of laundry with commercial products.
Would you switch to more natural products? Would you try these soapnuts? Or soapberries. Whatever you call them?!
Right now I’m really liking them and don’t see any reason to switch back!
2 months ago, I ordered some natural laundry stuff off of Amazon. I ordered some Inco Little Helpers Wool Dryer Balls & some NaturOli Soap Nuts ( Soap Berries?).
I wanted to give them some time of testing before I wrote a little post. I do 2-3 loads of laundry per week, over about 8 weeks... I thought that was a pretty decent length of time.
So the Dryer Balls are a natural way to soften fabric without any chemical fabric softeners or disposable sheets. They come in a nice drawstring bag. I definitely feel my laundry has come out nice and fluffy and not static-y which is great! The listing says they don't make any noise during drying, but I kind of disagree. While the dryer cycles I can hear them hitting against the inside of the dryer. It isn't alarming or inconveniently loud, but it's definitely something I can hear. Just like if you have a big buckle or zipper that you hear clang against the door while it's drying... same kind of thing. My dryer is in an enclosed laundry nook anyways, so it's really not obtrusive.
One great idea to freshen the scent of clothes is toadd a few drops of essential oils to these balls before tossing them in. I loved this suggestion, but found that no matter how many drops of oils I added to the dryer balls, I still couldn't smell them by the end of the cycle! I'm not sure if theorange oil I used was not good quality, or if I need to add them in the last few minutes of the dry cycle only. Do you have any tips?
Overall I am very pleased with this eco-friendly laundry purchase and will absolutely continue to use these wool dryer balls.
Stop by tomorrow for a post on the soap nuts! :o)
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I have to tell you I was skeptical when DH told me he signed up forHP's Instant Ink program. Basically you pay a certain amount of money per month to HP to print a certain number of pages. They automatically send you new cartridges as needed. I thought we were legit going to be getting ripped off every month.
(I was pleasantly surprised)
"Supposedly" there was a substantial savings to this.
We have never gone over our printing amount, and in fact when you have extra pages leftover, they are in a rollover bank, so you don't ever lose out on pages you've paid for, if you will.
I used to be scouring the deals at Staples, our local office supply store, trying to see when ink was on sale and how to use my rewards to get a discount and I definitely got some good deals, but it also took a lot of time, mental energy, and work planning when to purchase and driving to the store etc.
Now that we haveHP Instant Ink, I love it and I wouldn't look back. Based on what HP is telling me, I'm getting a good value. But even if I wasn't, the sheer convenience of this program is worth the cost to me. But I really do think I am getting a good value.
At $5/month x 12 months thats only $60. To buy a package of ink for our printer (1 XL black and 1 each of cyan, magenta, and yellow) would cost around $100 on Amazon or Staples. And I know we used to replace ink more often than once a year. So I think I am genuinely saving cash, time, effort, gas, mental energy, and more with this program.
I highly recommend it!!!
Do you want to try HP Instant Ink? Get one month of HP Instant Ink for free!
It's been about 7 years since I first purchased a Vitamix. I did some odd jobs to save up a hefty chunk of cash to invest in this super-powered machine because of it's great reputation. On the day-to-day, I mainly use it for blitzing up smoothies and pureeing sauces and soups. I've also used it to grind whole wheat berries for flower. But I had never used it to grind spices (or even thought of it, or needed to) until recently.
I went on a muffin-making frenzy one day and after I was elbow-deep in dishes from the first round of muffins and started the second (two different varieties), I realized we had NO ground cinnamon in the house. NONE. How does this happen!?! How did I not realize?? I checked my backup spice shelf, but nope. Everything but cinnamon. How can you make cinnamon apple streusel muffins with no cinnamon? *sigh* To go out of the house at this point just felt painful. *double sigh* After all, there was probably muffin batter in my hair! You never know.. ;p
But just then I realized I had some cinnamon sticks and I've had a Vitamix for almost a decade! DUH MOMENT! I just tossed a couple of those sticks into the dry container and in a matter of moments they were blitzed to powder. When I opened the lid it was the most gloriously intense cinnamon smell I have ever inhaled! The muffins were amazing and, while it was never in question, this justreaffirmed my love of my Vitamix. <33
Do you grind spices fresh or buy them already ground? I usually buy them pre-ground, but this has inspired me to do some spice-grinding of my own in the future!
If you love Earl Grey tea.... You will love using this essential oil!
I have been enjoying it in my diffuser. I no longer need to buy chemical-laden room sprays because I can just use my diffuser with essential oils and get nice scents and health benefits as well!
This has a unique citrusy smell and comes from Italy.
It's cold pressed from the peel of the bergamot orange.
Ideas for using it from the company:
Diffuse for emotional and mental benefits
massage diluted for physical ailments
I think it would be interesting to add this to a natural deodorant for the scent and the natural deodorizing properties.
In addition to the oil uses itself, the company donates a significant amount of their profits to various non-profits. My bottle indicated 7.5%, but the company is now indicating 13%. I'm not sure if that is an adjustment and my label is not up to date, or if the % varies, but it really seems that 13% is the current rate and the cause relates to human trafficking. Helping victims as well as educating providers and people to help victims of human trafficking. It's always nice to know your purchase is helping your family and someone else.
I received this bottle for free to test and review. Still, I hope my opinion and research have been helpful!
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Leftovers or packing lunches are great ways to save money and eat healthier. These containers have three separated compartments which allow you to keep your foods separate and also to control portions. Score!
Store hot or cold foods in these containers, up to 33 ounces.
Microwave and dishwasher safe - They are actually safe up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit!
There are grooves on the bottoms so that they will rest nicely on top of each other to stack. They don't actually CLICK into place, but that is kind of a good thing because sometimes, when you're in a hurry especially, it's a nuisance to try to pry two containers apart without causing a scene.
Speaking of prying containers... don't try it with these. I was too excited to open the lid (and it was on there gooood) that I actually cracked the rim of one of them. Maybe it was a total fluke, but it can happen. It happened to me.
Regardless, I think these containers are nice to have on hand for yourself or the family, but I also love the idea of sharing a meal with someone so these are perfect to give someone a meal in and if they don't return the container... not a huge deal!
This set was provided to test and review.
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