Posts Tagged ‘travel’

We design and manufacture the newest line of unique eyeglass holders that do away with chains, pins, and bling. Our eyeglass holder has an absolute minimum of parts, and is very small. Invented to solve a long term problem – what to do with your glasses.

My review: The Eye Loop did the job of holding readers and sunglasses. (Also works for badges) Like the simple look. Like that it doesn’t harm clothing. This review was tested at home by me, “in the air” by my airline pilot reviewer, and a third magnetic holder was given away locally.

There are currently three styles to buy at an affordable price of ten dollars. (shipping is 3.00 or free with purchase of two holders)

The Eye Loop was featured in the Feb issue of Real Simple Magazine.


Magnetic Holders LLC provided three magnetic loop holders to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Calla Pillow

The Calla Pillow is the World’s Best Washable Pillow, covered in soft organic cotton, made by parents for kids.

And now they offer pillowcases!

The Calla Pillowcase is unbleached and undyed and 100% chemical free. And it fits the perfect little Calla pillows.

Refresher: The Calla pillow is washable, organic, contains no flame retardant chemicals, hypoallergenic, appropriately sized for children, and comes with a 3 year guarantee.

While designed for children ages 2-5, the Calla pillow is great for anyone. (little guy’s pillow sometimes finds its way to my room) I find that it offers a comfortable support ( 3″) and measures 13 x 18.

Also new on their website is “Lovely Lavender Oil”. Containing Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Bulgaria and Coconut Oil, it is pre-diluted and comes with a dropper top so it’s ready to use. A few drops and gently massage. A “calming” essential oil, Lavender is one of the best for toddlers and their families.

Visit their website and remember to use discount code CCPILLOW for 10% off your order today!

Notes From Dawn received a Calla Pillow from CallaCreative last year and it is still the best little pillow ever! A Calla pillowcase and Lovely Lavender Oil was received in exchange for this review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



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Reyn Spooner : Oahu based company known for it’s authentic Hawaiian-inspired fashion.

Check out this Eco bag. True island style. And with ten percent of the proceeds from the eco bag product line being donated to support the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, it’s really something to smile about!

eco bag

With plastic bags banned from the islands, the Reyn Spooner eco bag is a distinctive and green alternative for island shopping. And for those of us on the mainland, we can be Eco in true Aloha style.


All Reyn Spooner Eco Bags are made in Hawaii. The bags are made with remnants from the production of the Aloha shirts and shorts making each bag unique. Available in two sizes, they all have a reverse-print look for a softer, sun-warmed style.

Wrinkle free. Reusable. Upcycled. Unique. Purposeful. Fashionable.

Reyn Spooner Eco Bags are available in stores (Hawaii) and online. Visit their Facebook page for good stuff like discounts and giveaways.

Notes From Dawn received the Reyn Spooner eco bag in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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Pedro's NA

We all enjoy the ride. Whether commuting by bike to escape traffic or stay in shape, exploring trails and mountains on a mountain bike with friends, pushing mental and physical limits in a weekend race, or taking a two-wheeled adventure with the family – the bicycle allows pure enjoyment like few other things in life. At Pedro’s, we are committed to offering innovative, unique, and high quality cleaners, lubricants, tools, and accessories that keep your bike running right, so you enjoy every ride. Pedro’s – Enjoying the Ride Since 1989.

A huge thank you to Pedro’s for providing the following products for review here on Notes From DawnThink Spring – and get ready to ride, if you aren’t already. 

Reviewed: Pedro’s Starter Kit

Enjoy a beautiful day out on your bike – Spring IS coming. And no matter what your mechanical misfortunes, this kit will have your bike up and running in no time. Here’s what is in the Starter Kit:

• 7pc L Hex Set w/ Holder: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm hex sizes.
• 8mm L Hex
• Tire Lever Pair – Yellow
• Cassette Lockring Socket
• Phillips #2 Screwdriver
• Flat 5.5mm Screwdriver
• Apprentice Pedal Wrench
• Six-Pack Chain Tool with Spoke Wrenches (3.2, 3.3 and 3.5mm)
• Cable Cutter
• Cog Wrench
• Toothbrush



There’s even extra spots for tools “down the road”. It’s durable and waterproof, a perfect way to stay organized. Save bench space and hang the wrap by the two metal grommets. A great kit.

Reviewed: Folding Hex Set w/ Screwdrivers and the Folding Hex Set w/ Torx 25
Two essential tools you’ll wanna have this spring. Both backed by Pedro’s lifetime warranty.
Reviewed: Chain Pig
“Pedro’s Chain Pig: He gets dirty so you don’t have to!” He’s an easy to use, hands free cleaning machine. A neat way to clean your chain.

Reviewed: Folding Repair Stand

“Durable and stable three-point base. 360-degree rotating clamp accepts tubes up to 65mm. Trigger-style clamp for quick and secure one-handed clamping. Height adjustable from 42″ to 73. Includes heavy duty carrying bag.” Handy to use and simple to store out of the way. Spoil yourself with this one!



Bike. Buy from Pedro’s. Enjoy the Ride.


Notes From Dawn received these items from Pedro’s in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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A beautiful hike UP to 5,468 feet (above sea level) that’s accessible right from downtown (Helena, MT). Pictures provided courtesy of a pilot layover. Wish I could have been there and enjoyed all that nature.







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Flying from Montana back to North Carolina in the Cherokee 140

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crossing the M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

photoFlying is easy. Spelling is difficoult chalaanging hard.

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►►►Attention parents. The Calla Pillow is designed specifically for your little sleepy heads.

It is…..

– Hypoallergenic
– Machine Washable
– Durable
– Organic Cotton
– Soft (but not too soft)
– Appropriate thickness based on the Pediatrician’s Guide

Designed for toddlers ages 2-4, it also makes a great adult travel pillow. I really love the feel of the USA grown, 100% organic cotton sateen shell. It is a washable, hypoallergenic pillow that’s oh-so-comfy. It has the “right stuff” inside for a comfortable snooze. Way way better than anything I’ve seen in the stores. Be sure to visit the CallaCreative website for a 15% off discount code. And rest assured, this toddler pillow comes with a 3 year “outgrow it guarantee”.

Although washable, I’d love for Calla to offer pillowcases. Just for the sake of it; in organic cotton, too. 

P1130800little Lincoln enjoys his Calla Pillow



All About CallaCreative~

When our daughter turned 2 she was ready for a big girl bed and started asking for a pillow to sleep with. We gave her an old flat pillow that we had laying around the house, and while it was safe – it just looked uncomfortable, oversized and old. We knew it was a short term solution.

After talking with many other parents in our circle, we found out some of the important things that parents look for in a pillow. Some themes that kept appearing were – Washability, Durability, Organic, Safe and Hypoallergenic. As we looked for pillows that met these criteria, we realized that there was a rather limited selection of pillows for Toddlers. 

We researched many different types of fills and found the advantages and disadvantages of each. We were disappointed with many of the organic fills out there. Cotton clumped. Wool wasn’t able to be washed. Memory foam couldn’t be put in the washing machine at all. We ended up going with a special blend of polyester cluster fiber that is hypoallegenic, machine washable and extremely durable.

 We chose an organic cotton sateen shell for the pillow that is sourced locally and certified organic. It’s softer and more durable than the traditional 200 or 400 thread count non-organic cotton pillows out there.

 After a lot of back and forth, we found a pillow that we loved and that Emilie (our daughter) loved. So we reached out to other parents to get feedback. The feedback was very helpful for us as we improved our design.

 We found that some parents thought the pillow was too thick. So we reduced the fill. And found that other parents thought the pillow was too thin. So we researched the appropriate thickness from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Original Calla Pillow falls within the guidelines set forth by the AAP.

 When the pillow arrives, it is at it’s fullest and will reduce in thickness by 30-35% within the first week of use and will remain at that optimal thickness until it’s washed again. When washed and dried, the pillow regains its full bounce.

 One challenge we’ve faced has been creating a pillow that will last a long time because we as parents value durabillity. That’s why we’ve chosen to go with the highest quality available. It’s machine washable in case the pillow gets spilled on or experiences any of the many unimaginable situations your toddler will no doubt put the pillow through. We’ve also decided to include a 3 year “OutGrow it Guarantee.” We’re certain your pillow will last.

 Also, we’ve chosen to partner with Amazon to fulfill our orders because of their trust and dependability. They’ve taken great care of us as customers and their support is top notch. We care about doing things right and this strategic partnership will allow us to reliably and dependably ship the pillows to your home.

 We are a husband and wife (and parent) team and live in Indianapolis, IN. We’ve been married for 6 years and have a beautiful daughter, Emilie. When we’re not making pillows and serving our customers, you’ll find us spending our time with our daughter, 2 black labs. We love food, craft beer, traveling and making new friends.

Notes From Dawn received a Calla Pillow from CallaCreative in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



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