Sunday, October 19, 2014

599 Fashion: High-Quality Affordable Clothing for $5.99 or Less

As many of you already know, I am a straight up sucker for a good fashion deal. I've mentioned my obsession with discount clothing numerous times here on Freelance Lady, so the reiteration probably comes as no surprise.

With that said, today I'm bringing to you a lovely little gem called 599 Fashion (I mentioned their inexpensive high-quality clothing on Mommy's Castle awhile back). Imagine my giddiness when I realized that everything is $5.99 or less!

I recently had the opportunity to work with 599 Fashion on a review of a few items, and let's just say, I'm thoroughly impressed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Get Cooking with Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan - A Review

Over the past few months, I've been lucky enough to work with Ozeri on two product reviews, including the Ozeri FreskoDuo Salt & Pepper Grinder and the Ozeri WeightMaster Digital Bathroom Scale. As a result, I've become a huge fan of Ozeri products and was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with them again.

This time, I was able to try out the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan.

* Product and/or service provided for review without cost.

The Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri was delivered promptly, and upon opening, I first took notice of its size. The pan is 8 inches in diameter, which is perfect for cooking food items such as eggs and grilled cheese, as well as for sauteing a small amount of onions and other vegetables. It should be noted that Ozeri makes larger sizes of the Green Earth Frying Pans for bigger jobs. These pans are found on Amazon.

After removing the product from its package, I noticed it came with a protective cloth to prevent scratches during storage.

I'd also like to add that the color of the pan is very pretty. It's a vibrant, clean, shiny lime green.

When I picked the pan up to get a feel of it, I realized that it is pretty hefty. The pan just feels durable. That's likely because it is. It's made of heavy-gauge pure aluminum--with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.

Here are a few more features Ozeri mentions about their Green Earth Frying Pan.

  • Utilizes GREBLON ceramic - a safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free
  • Textured pan delivers non-stick performance without harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Scratch resistant 100% ceramic coating
  • Easy to clean
  • Made from durable heavy-gauge pure aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Heat resistant silicon coated handle
  • Magnetized induction-stove safe base for rapid heat transfer

What I like most about the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan is that it is free of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PTFE is used in many standard pans, and at high temperatures, this synthetic substance releases fumes which may be harmful to humans. These pans that use PTFE are typically manufactured with PFOA. Because the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan doesn't utilizes those synthetic materials, it means that you needn't worry about harmful fume.

The pan uses "GREBLON," a ceramic coating from Germany. The coating is scratch-resistant.

The underside of the pan features a magnetized base that is safe for induction stoves and allows for rapid heat transfer. The base works by transferring heat quickly, efficiently, and evenly.

Before cooking, my husband had a concern about the textured bottom. Would it affect the pan's non-stick properties?

We put the pan to the test to find out.

My egg started out just fine...

...but ended up a little too brown for my taste.

It should be noted that I'm used to cooking at high temperatures for a number of reasons. My stove is older and my current pans don't seem to transfer heat evenly. Because of this, I instinctively used a higher heat setting with the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan.

The higher temperature caused a little bit of the egg to stick around in the pan, but it wasn't "stuck" as you might assume. It literally wiped right off.

The pan was literally spotless with a quick wipe down.

Because I used high heat, I decided to try again with a lower heat setting. I ended up with perfectly cooked grilled cheese. I had absolutely no issues browning the bread, and I also noticed that the grilled cheese was cooked in very little time, compared to a standard non-stick pan.

Even though some of my cheese started too ooze out of the sides, it came right off of the pan. 

This is literally right after having cooked grilled cheese and wiping it off one time.

The handle is silicone, which means that it doesn't slip around in your hand and provides a nice grip. It never once ended up warm or hot and stayed perfectly cool while cooking.

Bottom line, the pan works as it says. It heats evenly, holds temperature well, and is very simple to clean. Even on an old stove, it provides even cooking in little time. However, you should be careful with your heat settings. If you have an old stove, don't assume that you'll need a higher temperature with the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan. It distributes heat so evenly and efficiently that higher temperatures are not needed.

I'm totally satisfied yet again, and would highly recommend the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan.

You can purchase the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan on Amazon.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Black Friday 2014: The Mombie Apocalypse

The 2014 Black Friday advertisements will be circulating soon, which means that moms all over the United States are gearing up for the one of the biggest consumer events of the year.

Stocking up on coffee, Red Bull, and hair curlers, these moms are ready to rush onto the streets and take whatever they can get, without anything standing in their way.

It's the Mombie Apocalypse.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

8 FAQs About Freelance Writing

So, you're thinking about becoming a freelance writer, eh? Chances are, you have some questions you'd like answered before getting started. Fortunately for you, you're in the right place. Below, you'll find answers to eight of the most commonly asked questions about freelance writing.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bloggers: What You Need to Know Before Pitching Companies + Sample Pitch Letter

You're reading your favorite blog when you see a review on a product that you've always wanted to try. Below the introduction paragraph, you see a disclosure: Product and/or service provided without cost for review purposes. What does that mean, exactly?

It means that the blogger received the product for free in exchange for a thoughtful, honest review. Bloggers around the world are building relationships with brands in order to provide reviews on products or services that are relevant to their readers.

10 Ways to Grow Your Blog

Is your blog full of fantastic, relevant content, but not getting the recognition it deserves? Could your it use a little pick-me-up?

If so, then you need to learn how to grow your blog!

Growing your blog means increasing your readership, gaining loyal followers, and building mutually beneficial blogging relationships. Of course, there are also things that you shouldn't do when blogging, but today, we'll focus on the positives.

Rest assured that it sounds a lot more difficult than it really is. While it will take time, effort, and patience, it will absolutely be worth it in the long run.

Learn 10 different ways to grow your blog.

5 Ways to Stick With Your Weight Loss Routine

Based on experience, I know just how difficult it can be to shed those unwanted pounds. I also know that shedding the pounds isn't the hardest part. In fact, the hardest part of choosing a healthy lifestyle is staying with it. Sometimes, a small rift in our routine will completely throw us out of the loop. At times, we just get tired of continuing without seeing major results. No matter what it is that's stopping you from sticking with your routine, know that there are ways to prevent yourself from quitting.

Check out these five ways to stick with your weight loss routine.