Rachel Reviews ^ Safety 1st Cabinet Lock

We have a little network saboteur on our hands at the Geist household. Lil’ Bit is the queen of sneaking into the tv cabinet’s doors and messing with the router or modem. For a quick fix, I tied them shut with some yarn, but Brett and I both decided to go ahead and get some actual cabinet locks. Without further ado, my review of the Safety 1st cabinet lock.

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This lock was $3.99 at Babies R Us. We were out buying baby shower gifts for some friends having a baby and decided to pick up a lock while we were at the store. This one lock looked okay. It was cheap and it looked less bulky than other locks you normally see.

The pros: It locks your cabinet up tighter than Azkaban.

The cons: It locks your cabinet up tighter than Azkaban.

(If those Dementors would’ve had these safety locks on their cells, Sirius Black wouldn’t have escaped. Just sayin’.)

Good night! If you never have to open the cabinet again, then this is the safety lock for you. However, if you need to access what is in the cabinet on a daily basis (or ever), you’re going to run into LOTS of frustration. It is so hard to slide the handles apart. Plus, it doesn’t extend far enough for us to put it on our kitchen cabinet doors. It comes with two in a pack and I thought one was slightly easier to open and close than the other. I think the problem lies with the button that is supposed to disengage the teeth to slide it. It is cheaply made and doesn’t lift free of the teeth enough to have it slide easily. That’s my theory.

So new parents, don’t get this safety lock for frequently used cabinets. If you have a cabinet that is full of gasoline and lead based paint that you only use once a year for your family tire burning extravaganza, then go right ahead and buy them. They’ll keep baby out of that cabinet.

for keeping your baby away from your tire burning supplies

So, anyone have any good cabinet locks they recommend?

P.S. I’m reviewing this on my own; not getting compensated or anything.

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Sidney Countryside 10K

A couple of Saturdays ago, Keli and I ran the Sidney Countryside 10K. It makes you seem very fancy for a second when you tell people you’re running in Sidney. If you aren’t familiar with the CU area, the first thing that comes to mind is Australia. Sorry, we don’t have the cash to shell out running in the land down under.

Post race. It was hot!

This race is very different from the Illinois Marathon 10K, but in good ways. They aren’t kidding when they say that it’s a countryside run. We were out amongst the corn and soybeans in good ol’ Central Illinois. It is also much smaller, so if we were fast, we’d probably end up placing. The feeling was so nice and laid back, but still very well organized. Plus the proceeds go towards Agriculture scholarships, which I’m all for.

After the race there was Dairy Barn ice cream sandwiches, watermelon, coffee, bagels and other tasty bread, and door prizes! I won a squirt bottle with a week’s pass to the Savoy Rec Center which I’ll probably never use, and Keli won a really cool quadcopter drone.

If you’re wondering how I did, I did not beat my previous time, but came in around 1:16:30 or so. I’ll definitely be signing up to run it again next year! It was a really fun race.

Rachel Reviews ^ Oxy Clean White Revive

It’s been a while! We’ve been doing things like moving and living life.

So you know how you see stuff in stores and wonder if it really works as advertised? I know I do. So I’ve decided to start a series that I’ll run here and there that chronicles my findings about different new products I try. None of these posts are sponsored in any way, it’s just me sharing my thoughts about products.

My first post will be dedicated to Oxy Clean White Revive. I picked some up at Meijer the other day because I had been reading in Good Housekeeping that it really helped get rid of stains and discoloration on whites without bleach. Many of our bathroom towels are white and our bathroom floor mat used to be white.

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So here’s what my ‘whites’ looked like before. Believe me, those towels look really white there…they are not:

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Rachel Reviews Oxy Clean White Revive ^ brettandrachelplus

I followed the directions on the box and decided to let them soak in hot water with a scoop of the White Revive for an hour. I just filled up my washer then once it started agitating I opened the lid so it would just sit there. You can definitely appreciate the dinginess now.

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After the hour was up, I added detergent and more of the White Revive as it recommended then dried them. You can let them sit longer than an hour in the washer if you have really dirty whites. I started out with the minimum amount of time to see how it worked.

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Rachel Reviews Oxy Clean White Revive ^ brettandrachelplus
I was very impressed with the results! Especially on the bathroom mat. I had not washed that in at least two years (don’t judge) and it was grimy. I recommend White Revive if you need to spiff up dingy whites.

Is there anything that you were kind of wondering if it actually did what it was supposed to? What was it? Or have you bought something with high hopes and it was awful?