Friday, January 3, 2014

Crystal Fusion review

I'm not even going to bother giving a star to this one.

Crystal Fusion is this fancy stuff they convince you to buy when you buy a car at a dealership. They dazzle you with this little jar of "muddy water" that has half of it painted with Crystal Fusion on the inside and half not. So when you mix up the jar, you can see where the mud sticks and where it doesn't.

Then they dazzle you about how it protects your windshield from all sorts of things--not just precipitation! But from bugs sticking and from rocks chipping. That's right, your windshield won't chip nearly as easy with this stuff! And there's warranty too! If you get chipped, they'll replace your windshield for you!

So they tried selling us all these super expensive packages with Crystal Fusion included in it (along with a lot of other unneeded junk). Eventually we just said, "Alright, the Crystal Fusion sounds good. Is there any way we could get just that?" And sure enough, they were game for it since everything after the car itself is just candy coating for them as far as money is concerned.

So they signed us up. It's costing us 4 bucks a month, which comes out to 48 bucks a year, which comes out to a grand total of 240 dollars for this wondrous technology over the life of our car loan.

A few weeks after we got the car, we got a tiny little bottle of spray in the mail for the Crystal Fusion. And the it hit me. ARE YOU TELLING ME WE ARE PAYING $240 FOR REALLY EXPENSIVE RAIN-X??? Yes, yes you are. That's EXACTLY what it is. You know how I know?

Because bugs stick to the windshield just like any windshield--they do not come off any easier. And you need to reapply this crap all the time or else it doesn't work (just like Rain-x). And after about two months (at most) we had a chip on our windshield.

So we have a chip, and since our dealership is 25 miles away in the next town over, and the windshield shop is only open M-F, we need to take a day off work just to get a new windshield. And when my husband finally did, they said they couldn't do it because it was too cold and we'd have to go over the mountain pass to get home. Oh, thanks for telling us that BEFORE he took time off work to come over here.
Anyway, that's an issue with the dealership.

The point is that Crystal Fusion is an absolute gimmick. It's snake oil. It's really, really expensive Rain-x. We already had a bottle of Rain-x in our other car could've used that instead for free.

The spray they sent is in this tiny little bottle, and if you use it up you have to BUY more. You use a LOT of it on the windshield, too. And it's a pain. Half the point of us going for this "Crystal Fusion" stuff was because we believed it worked as good or better than Rain-x without reapplying. We were misled. The other half of the reason we got it was because it was supposed to protect against chips. Which it evidently doesn't do. We hadn't even driven on any gravelly roads!

I don't know what else to say. This is our experience with "Crystal Fusion" Technologies. I've searched high and low on the internet for a place to write a review about it but couldn't find one so I'm using my blog to do so (not the first time!).

Don't buy into it. We'll be paying it off for five more years, and you can bet I'll be applying Rain-x to my windshield before the end of it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Old Dresser Re-Do: Turquoise

Quite a while ago I was able to obtain some FREE paint from Ace. Every once in a while they have a promotion where you basically hand over your address and email and they give you a free quart of paint! Fine and dandy with me! I'll take whatever lame junk mail they want to send if it means a whole quart of free paint! And I don't think my junk mail has increased at all, actually....

The paint was flat instead of any sort of gloss, which was fine because I planned on making it into chalk paint and using a wax afterward.

At any rate, I had big plans for my turquoise paint!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fish Tacos!

With homemade pico de gallo and spicy fiesta sauce.
The sauce is originally from Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken and I got the recipe from America's Most Wanted Recipes.

If you can't read it and you'd like the whole recipe for Fiesta Lime Chicken, I can send it to you or type it out at the bottom of the post if someone requests it!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yellowstone National Park

Here are some of my favorite photos from Yellowstone National Park!

Big Daddy

Random Pretty Pictures

These are some of my favorite photos that I've taken over the years. I hope you like them!

Monarch Butterfly. I raised this butterfly from a caterpillar and snapped this picture when I released it after it came out of its chrysalis. Beautiful!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Edible Christmas Coal

I've baked and cooked so much over the holidays, but really only paid enough attention to take photos of one project, but it's a funky recipe so I hope you'll like it. Christmas coal! It's great for anyone on Santa's good list or his naughty list!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Canvas-Covered Cork Board

In the move between Nevada and Montana, I found a HUGE piece of canvas leftover from something of Andy's. It had a zipper down one side--might've been a mattress cover or big tent bag  or something like that at one point. I didn't care, it was mine now!

So what could I do with canvas? I had tons of ideas! I did want to make a fabric-covered cork board for my future craft room, so why not? I got to work!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

My grandmother has made these for years and years. They're easy and quick and absolutely delicious. They only take about fifteen minutes to whip up and will satisfy any chocolate craving. Who can say no to chocolate on top of chocolate?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mirror Ornaments

I read on Pinterest somewhere that if you glue little mirrors together and hang them in your tree that it will add to the glow of your tree. I made 25 of them, and I'm not sure if it helped but it certainly didn't hurt! And for the two bucks it cost me, I'm not complaining.

Spiced Applesauce Bread

 A year ago a friend and I spent a day making homemade "Apple Butter." It's been in my pantry ever since, waiting for a use. I knew if I opened it that I'd never be able to use it all before it went bad (no preservatives, of course). And we accidentally over-spiced the apple butter, so I wanted to mix it with something rather than just using it as a spread.

Luckily recently I found a recipe for Spiced Applesauce Bread that sounded perfect for my situation. Instead of using applesauce and spices I just swapped them out for my jar of apple butter.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Got Bulbs?

Christmas bulbs, that is. And a picture frame and ribbon? Then you've got a fun little craft project!

This is a fun one because there are so many combinations you could do with picture frame shapes, ribbon styles, and crazy amounts of ornaments you find these days. You could make tons of these with all different kinds of themes!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cincinnati Chili and Sweet Cornbread

With the big winter storm we had the past few days here in Montana (11 inches of snow before Thanksgiving!),it really put us in the mood for chili. Ever since I was a kid I've enjoyed Cincinnati Chili which is a chili that is made up of exclusively meat (as in, no beans or vegetables). People are often alarmed at the idea of putting cocoa powder & apple pie spice in a chili recipe and eliminating beans, but have no fear! It's perfect for a cold winter day. And you can always add beans if you want to anyway!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Halloween Wreaths

I just love a good day of shopping with Micael's coupons! I had a coupone for 20% of my entire purchase--including sale items--and also a coupon for 40% off any one regularly-priced item. I've been wanting to make a Halloween wreath for a long time, and today I made two!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Berry Cobbler

I once made a cake using nothing but a can of soda and a box of cake mix. It came out wonderfully (and you can use diet too, though, it IS cake we're talking about...). And you can make so many different combinations! Orange soda and cream cheese frosting, or rootbeer and cream cheese frosting...I'm a cream cheese frosting nut!

Recently I became aware that the same could be done to make cobblers! So I gave it a try, and here it is.