ShedRain Automatic OpenClose Umbrella

This is the model and design I have!

Umbrellas.  We all have one or two–nine or ten if you’re my family!  Of all of the umbrellas I have to choose from when it’s raining or I just want some shade on a walk, this is the one I grab every time.  The ease of use was initially what attracted me to this baby.  The extra feature I didn’t really notice until we had a particularly windy day.

Have you heard of an umbrella with a wind vent? These have one. I had never heard of a wind vent in an umbrella before. When wind kicks up, it doesn’t flip inside out and break!  We all know that pain at some point. As an added bonus water does not leak in from the vents.

The automatic open/close feature means that you unwrap the little strap that secures it closed, then press a button on the handle to open it.  You also press the button on the handle to release the tension and pop it closed.  No more pinching fingers trying to press in a little tab while standing at your car!  Afterwards you just collapse it down, give it a few hard shakes (to remove extra water) and re-secure the strap.  Unsecure it and give the petals a good wipe when you are done with it for the day.  Actually, do this on any umbrella.  Maintenance is important!

ShedRain Umbrella - One of this years' designs!

  • Huge size when unfurled. This baby is 4 and 1/2 feet across. Perfect to keep all to yourself, or share with a loved one.
  • It closes up small enough to fit in a tote bag. Note I mention tote bag, not a regular purse. See below. It’s close to the size of a large water bottle when closed and secured.


  • This is not a totally compact umbrella. It will not just be slipped into a small handbag. If you have a regular purse, there is a carry strap for your wrist.  Personally, this isn’t a con for me, but it is a concern for the majority out there.
  • The price might put people off a bit. I paid $25 for mine. It’s down to $22 this year at Target. After years of destroyed umbrellas, I considered the old addage:  You get what you pay for.
  • The models this year are much less colorful than they were last year. Chalk it up to general fashion trends.

Would I recommend this product?  Absolutely.  You should have two–one for your person and one for work (if you have a locking storage area at work.)  This is the 3rd year I will have my umbrella.  That’s a long time for something to still function correctly these days.

This post is not sponsored and reflects only the opinions of the reviewer.

Sargento Balanced Breaks

Today I am going to be telling you about Sargento Balanced Breaks snack packages.  I bought mine at Costco, but they are available at other stores such as Sam’s Club, Walmart, BJ’s, Wegmans, etc.

Sargento Balanced Break
Sargento Balanced Break: White Cheddar, Almonds, and Dried Cranberries. My favorite!

Quick and Dirty on Sargento’s Snack:

  • 7 grams of protein.
  • 180 calories.
  • Salty-sweet-fat flavors are all there and easy to combine or eat separately.
  • Generously portioned.
  • Comes in large and small quantity packages.
  • Individual snacks are very portable.
  • 4 flavor combinations using Almonds/Cashews/Peanuts and Raisins/Dried Cranberries.  All include some kind of cheese.
  • 42 cents per snack package. Your prices will vary depending on store and where you live in the US.



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100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream

100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream

I came upon 100% Pure Cosmetics creams when searching for makeup that wouldn’t give me rashes, hives, and blisters.

I am pretty heavily allergic to most of the makeup out there.  Over the last 20 years I’ve tried and retried hundreds of things from almost every brand out there and wasted thousands of dollars in the process. American makeup on the whole is quite terrible in this regard.

If I do a makeup review, it will be on a sensitive-skin focused product that claims to be hypo-allergenic. I digress! As a member of society, I too am judged by my looks first, so keeping the skin lovely is important.  Equally important is the quality of what you slather on your skin, so I had to try 100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream.

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Kirkland Daily Multi Vitamins & Minerals

Kirkland Multi Vitamins and Minerals
The gigantic bottle of vitamins.

Quick Review of the Vitamins:

  • 3 cents per pill
  • Supply is just over 16 months
  • Only available at Costco

Tip:  Get a Costco gift card and you won’t need a membership to shop there. You can only pay with the gift card though.

A daily supplement was recommended to me by my doctor long ago because I have a rather sickly disposition in general, and I’m always looking for the more frugal options since I’m an intolerable cheapskate.  Of course, this means I’m a Costco junkie. Love the employees to bits and pieces, and they have some amazing deals in the store!

When I emptied my last bottle of Equate multi-vitamins, I gleefully headed to the pill aisle to see what deals Costco could offer. I picked up a behemoth bottle of multi-vitamins (500 count) for around $15 and giggled at my good luck all the way home. There was much side-eye from my family, as I do not giggle very often. Read more