I’m Obsessed: Liquid Chalk Markers

liquid chalk marker set

Yep, I’m pretty much obsessed with these markers.  I’ve been holding myself back from writing on all the surfaces of my house!  I ordered the Liquid Chalk Markers with Chalkboard Labels from Kitchen Supreme and they have so many uses.

When they arrived, I went to the Kitchen Supreme website to watch their video of how to use them.  At first I thought these would be made of chalk.  But actually they are permanent on porous surfaces like chalkboards.  However, they wipe off if you use them on non-porous surfaces like glass, enamel, ceramic, shiny metal, and mirrors.  They are a lot like something we used to call “paint pens” when I was a kid.  The colors are bright and cheery, and I used them in a bunch of different ways.  If you’ve ever seen those colorful menu boards at restaurants or coffee houses, this is likely the type of marker that was used to create that look.

First, I tried them out on my laptop case.  I haven’t finished the design yet, but I like it so far!

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Then, I used the liquid chalk markers on the window that faces my front porch to create a DIY mother’s day decoration.  “Mom” was the only word I could write that can be read from inside the house and outside on the porch!

markers on glass

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I also wrote a message for my hubby on the bathroom mirror that he would see when he woke up in the morning.  I never realized how tough it is to take a photo of a mirror, especially at night… but you get the idea!

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The markers came with a bunch of black labels in different shapes. I used them to update the label on a canister for flour in my kitchen.  I think the after looks way better than the before!

before chalk markers

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The liquid chalk markers also worked well for more utilitarian purposes.  I used one to mark when my hot water heater was installed.  This spot is easier to read than the other place it was marked with the date.  This idea could work on other appliances too.

chalk markers on appliances

I do suggest you try them out in an inconspicuous place if you’re using them on a new surface.  Just make a dot in a corner where no one would see.  I did have an unfortunate incident with the red liquid chalk marker and my washing machine top, but it was my own fault for not testing that out first (and it did wash off eventually…after an overnight treatment of oxyclean).

I highly recommend the liquid chalk markers from Kitchen Supreme.  I’m sure I will find many more uses for them as time goes on!

**I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  For more reviews or to buy, see the product here: http://www.kitchen-supreme.com/liquidchalk.html**

Updating Our Rec Room Decor with Pop Chart Lab

Last summer my husband and I bought our very first home!  Luckily for us it has a basement rec room which gives us a lot of extra space.  I wouldn’t call it “updated”, but certainly works great for what we use it for, and it has gotten a lot of use already.  We used it for Thanksgiving dinner and were able to fit 13 people, which would have been a pretty tight squeeze in our dining room.  We also had a Christmas potluck breakfast there for almost as many people.  But it gets the most use when my husband hosts weekly  “game nights” with his guy friends.  He loves hosting and with everyone’s lives being so busy, it is nice to be able to connect almost every week.

pop chart labs, poser, man cave

I always have the distinct urge to stick all the extra framed photos and art that won’t fit upstairs on the walls of the rec room.  However, my husband has vetoed that plan, and it makes sense that he should get the first pick since he and his friends use the room the most.  When I came across the posters from Pop Chart Lab, I knew I’d hit the jackpot.  There was bound to be something he would love.  They make graphic chart prints on a huge variety of topics, from beer to Beatles songs.  It is hard to describe the look of their charts, so I urge to to have a look yourself.  They also put some of their prints on houseware items (like coasters and cheese platters).  I think they combine art and information in a really unique way!

pop chart labs, poser, man cave

The majority of them would be an awesome addition to a “man cave” or rec room.  It was a tough choice, and I had my man make the final decision.  He decided on The Giant-Size Omnibus of Super Powers.  It looks great and has been a great conversation starter, too!

pop chart labs, poser, man cave

pop chart labs, poser, man cave

Pop Chart Lab has so many other great posters.  I love the look of this one, called the Nebula of NES Games.  To tell you the truth, I know nothing about Nintendo games, but it just looks awesome!

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They also have  prints that would fit in any room of the house. Various Varieties of Fruits would look great in a kitchen, and An Arrangement of Peonies would be nice in a bedroom.

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Here are a few more photos of the details in the rec room (aka the man cave).

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Book from a friend; whiskey from my husband’s grandfather’s collection

 

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Steins from my husband’s father

 

**I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  For more reviews or to buy, see the product here:  http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints-comics/products/the-giant-size-omnibus-of-superpowers **

Have You Heard of Fractionated Coconut Oil?

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Even though I’ve been using coconut oil for beauty and cooking for many years, I had never heard of this type of coconut oil before I got the chance to try out the La Lune fractionated coconut oil.

So what is it, and how is it different from the regular coconut oil you might see elsewhere?  Basically, it’s coconut oil without any additives, smell, taste, or color.  Because it is refined, it is easier to wash out of clothes and linens.  Some of the fatty acids have been removed, so it has a longer shelf life than regular coconut oil does and it won’t go rancid.  La Lune naturals website describes it like this:

“Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long chain triglycerides are removed, thus leaving mainly the medium-chain triglycerides and making it an absolutely saturated oil…In addition, fractionating raises the comparative concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, thus giving it more of antioxidant and disinfecting effect.”

fractionated coconut oil, la lune

So what can you use it for? It is the perfect carrier oil for essential oils, so it is great for massage therapy.  When I tried out my Avo Essentials Lavender Essential Oil I put it in regular coconut oil as a carrier.  This fractionated coconut oil actually might have been better to use if I’d had it then because it is non-greasy (won’t clog pores!) and would have let the essential oil’s scent shine more instead of mixing it with a coconut scent.

If you check out the pdf e-book from the La Lune website you can see tons of recipes on what to use it for.  I learned it can be used in a recipe to cure stretch marks or to make body scrubs.  It can be used as shaving cream, to remove eye makeup, as a hair mask and hair growth treatment.  You can also use it on your baby to cure cradle cap and baby acne.

The La Lune website doesn’t mention anything about ingesting it, but after a little research I found it can be used for culinary purposes.  Most people prefer using regular coconut oil in cooking though- because it is unrefined, it still has lauric acid, which has an extra antibacterial effect.  Regular coconut oil is also more readily available and generally a little less expensive, so that’s why it is more common for cooking while fractionated coconut oil is more common for cosmetics.  The main downsides to using this fractionated coconut oil are that it might be more expensive (depending on the brand) and you don’t get that extra power of the lauric acid.

I know some people who are very sensitive to the smell of coconut.  They can’t use regular coconut oil in cooking or on their skin because it reminds them of the taste of coconuts.  I think this fractionated coconut oil would be prefect for people who dislike coconut but still want to get all the benefits of coconut oil.  With so many uses, if you get it you’re bound to think of at least a few ways to use it!  I personally liked it for massage- next I’m going to try it as a hair mask!

** I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  For more reviews or to buy, see the product here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00u9hw5uc **