Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#ProductReview: Karnotech Wireless Bluetooth Speaker #BLUETOOTHSPEAKER

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I started something recently called "Mommy's Music Hour" which really is more like two hours, but the idea behind it is to get my kids off of their electronics. What I do is at the same time every day, I take all of their devices away and turn off the tv. Then I turn on Pandora radio on my phone and listen to music until it is my daughter's nap time. The kids are expected to play with their toys and each other. Most of the time, I end up taking care of their little brother and just stopping fights, but slowly they have begun to accept that during this time they need to get along. It has been a great thing for them and for me. I try really hard no to mess with my phone during this time as well. However, what is needed to make it really work is a speaker connected to my phone. They have to be able to hear the music the whole time otherwise the "Can I have my Insert device here?" questions are non stop. Karnotech has supplied me with one Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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As you can see in the picture, the speaker is tiny. It fits in the palm of my hand. I actually really like the size. It fits on top of my fridge or microwave and is big enough to see but not obtrusive. This little speaker packs a punch too! The sound coming from it can be extremely loud. I connected it to my phone. I turned the volume of my phone all the way up and then the volume settings on the speaker made it get even louder. It has buttons for increase and decrease volume. It also has buttons for skipping ahead and back in the music. Something that I found really amazing was that I was running Pandora on my phone and I could use the skip forward button on the speaker to skip the song Pandora was playing. I couldn't go backwards, but you actually can't go backwards in Pandora, so I wasn't surprised. Another neat feature is that it talks to you. It tells you "Power On" or "Connected" as well as other things. You can even change the language that it speaks in by holding down the Multifunction button until it beeps once. I didn't try to see what languages it offered other than looking through the manual. The manual is in English and Japanese, I think, so those are probably the speaker's languages.

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Now I only used the speaker for playing music. It has some other awesome features that you may find useful. If I had received a phone call while listening to music, the speaker has the ability to answer the call. By pressing the Multifunction button (short press), it will pause your music and then automatically start the music again when you hang up the phone (also by pressing the multifunction button for a short press). If you want to refuse the call, you press the multifunction key for two seconds (long press). If you want to redial the last call on the phone, double short press the multifunction key and it will redial. Pretty cool huh?

The speaker has a little blue light and red light to tell you other things, like a constant red light for charging. The red light will turn off when it is fully charged. The red light will blink five times when the battery is running low. When the speaker is pairing with another device the red and blue lights will alternate flashing. The blue light will flash two times for five seconds when it is in standby mode, two times for three seconds when a call is taking place, and a constant blinking when you get a text message or when it is not paired with another device.

So there's a lot to this little speaker! It has a thee-band equalizer and even comes with a standard 3.5mm external audio input port (I guess that is in case you have trouble with the bluetooth). It works great and the five hour battery life is amazing. I believe it only took about two hours to charge completely. You can use it while it is plugged in for charging. It comes with a very short USB charging cord, so if you want to use it while charging, you may want a longer cord. According to the box, it looks like it comes in five different colors (or will soon).

You can purchase the Karnotech Wireless Bluetooth Speaker from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Karnotech-Wireless-Bluetooth-Lightweight-Hands-free/dp/B017XJVHPM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463568300&sr=8-1&keywords=B017XJVHPM

Saturday, May 28, 2016

#ProductReview: Magic mill 6 STAINLESS STEEL Tray Food Dehydrator Digital control #magicldehydrator

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I love to make homemade food and to try to eat healthy, but I just love food in general. The desire to want to eat healthy doesn't always out weight the desire to just eat food. Things like chips are really hard to cut out of my diet completely. I have always wanted to try out homemade fruit and veggie chips using a dehydrator because I could make them without all the additives that make them not weight watcher friendly. Magic Mill has supplied me with their Six Tray Food Dehydrator with Digital Control at a deeply discounted price. I have received no compensation for this review and all opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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I was so excited to try out the dehydrator that I didn't even plan out what I was going to put in it first. I grabbed some strawberries out of the fridge, sliced them in half and threw them in. I think I had them in the dehydrator for about seven hours. They weren't completely dried out at that time, but I ate them any way. They were really yummy and I couldn't wait any longer. I should have put them in at the highest temperature because I left them too thick. The second item I tried was bananas. I nearly filled the dehydrator with very thinly sliced bananas. I left them in the dehydrator for nine hours at the highest temperature. I have been eating them for five days now. They satisfy that need to eat something crunchy and since there's nothing on them, they are a zero point weight watchers snack for me. They were extremely easy to make and have kept very well in a tupperware container.

The Magic Mill Dehydrator comes with six stainless steel racks and six plastic mesh nonstick trays. You could put things directly on the stainless steel racks, but if you use the mesh, clean up will be easier and you won't tear the food. Using the mesh actually has helped me to determine when my food is completely dehydrated. If the food it still sticking to the mesh, I know I need to leave it in there longer. When it is peeling off of the tray, it is easier to get off of it and normally the food is completely dehydrated. I have made strawberries, bananas, a variety of peppers, and apples in it. I intended to try potatoes, but my potatoes weren't any good by the time I got to try them. The bananas took nine hours to be done and I have been eating them for an entire week. With the peppers, I finally figured out the best way to cut them them so they were a uniform thickness. They only took four and a half hours to dehydrate. Finally the apples only took seven hours to completely dehydrate and taste AMAZING.

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It comes with a clear door so you can see inside to check on the food. It has a digital display with eight different preset temperatures, though I find using the highest temperature of 158° the most effective. You can the time on it in 30 minute increments, but there's no harm in setting a higher time only to turn it off when the food is done. It has 360° air flow from the fan in the back and the one in the top. Perhaps the most impressive part though is that it never gets too hot to touch. The back is a metal panel yet I was able to put my bare hand on it after it had been running for several hours. THAT certainly makes a mom happy. There's no chance one of my kids will walk by it, touch it, and then get burned. It is completely safe.

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I am completely in love with this. I can't wait to try out more items. The box for it advertises making nuts, yogurt, muffins, fruits, jerky, pet treats, crackers, granola, meat, herbs, potpurri, desserts, trail mix, vegetables, poutlry, rising doughs, and dried flowers. With a list like that, I kind of expected there to be a cook book with it. That's my only complaint. There was no cookbook. It does tell you that dehydrating times and temperatures vary based on the thickness of what is in it and how many tray are filled. However, it has just been a guessing game for e to figure out how long to cook anything in it. Other than that, I love it!

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You can purchase the Magic Mill 6 Stainless Steel Tray Food Dehydrator with Digital Control from Amazon at http://goo.gl/4wCUVk

#ProductReview: Beiyile Ride on Toys for Kids Junior Version #Beiyile

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I'm always on the look out for new toys for my kids and anything that uses up their energy is even better! My oldest can ride a bike, but my daughter has really short legs and just can't seem to reach the pedals on anything I put her on. That leaves me looking at riding toys that do not require pedaling, but still requires effort to use. Beiyile has the perfect solution! They have provided me with one of their Junior version ride on toys in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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This toy does not come assembled. It comes with everything you need to put it together though. The only thing you will need is a pair of scissors because they use zip ties to hold things together inside of the box. I assume this is to make sure parts don't slide around and ruin the paint job. It is very easy to assemble as well. You really don't need the instructions, but I will say that the instructions themselves were a little confusing to me. The only reason was because they show you a picture of the step and then write "Step #" under it. I'm used to seeing the title of the step before looking at a a picture, but that really didn't change anything. You can assemble it in any order because no part requires assembly prior to attaching to the base of the toy. I show you exactly how I assembled it in the beginning of my video.

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This toy comes in red and green and is appropriate for either girl or boy. This particular version is for ages 2-4, but as you will see in my video, my almost six year old son is also able to ride it. He's a little cramped, but he loves it just as much as my daughter does. It is extremely light weight so both of them are able to pick it up and move it. That is especially good since my daughter hasn't been able to figure out how to get it to turn yet. So how does it work? Your child sits in the very good sized seat, puts their feet on the pegs, and uses the handle bars to wiggle the front wheel back and forth. The wiggling motion get it to move even from a still position. All I had to say was "wiggle" and my daughter and son both were able to get it moving. It doesn't require any kind of batteries, which I love. It is difficult to tip over, but my daughter is the clumsiest kid I have ever known so I will say it isn't impossible to tip over.

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I absolutely love how easy it is for them to operate. Both kids actually fight over who gets to rid it next and insist on riding it nearly every day. I love how big the seat is so they sit comfortably and don't slide off of it. It really is an amazing toy. If the kids keep fighting over it, we will have to get a second one so they don't have to share. Beiyile makes an age 4-14 version as well. It doesn't have handle bars, but requires the kid to wiggle back and forth using their feet. I highly recommend this toy for all kids! It is amazing!

You can purchase a Beiyille Ride on Toy for Kids Junior Version from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Beiyile-Alternative-Bikes-Green-Color/dp/B01A6T2BA6/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1463362087&sr=8-6&keywords=beiyile

Thursday, May 26, 2016

#ProductReview: 5-Size Multi-Color Food Storage Container Set #FoodStorageContainers

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We live in a society where we all should be trying to reduce our carbon footprint. Using things like tupperware which can be washed and reused over and over are a great way to reduce the amount of waste being put into our landfills. While using such storage containers, it is also good to try to be healthy. It is becoming a new trend to try to use storage containers that provide you with single servings so you can reduce how much food you eat in one sitting and therefore be healthier. I have been given one set of five storage containers made by Prefer Green in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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These storage containers come in five sizes that can be stored inside of one another. Each has a different color lid to help you color code what you are storing. They are BPA free, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe. Now, they are not 100% leak proof and the company freely admits that. You can tell this is the case when you put the lids on. Sometimes that actually snap on and sometimes you will not hear that "snap". Without the "snap" I would assume that the container might leak. Now, I didn't have them leak, but I suspect I will if I were to put something like soup in them. However, they have a lifetime guarantee, so if you are unhappy with the result of your food storage, you can contact the company with any issue.

Each container is meant to fit varying sizes of vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, and nuts (in that order from largest to smallest). This will help you to know how much of each item you can eat to stay healthy. I personally cook weight watcher meals and am using them to store single servings of the meals I make to help me calculate the number of points I am eating.

Overall, it's a great concept, but for me, I need about three more sets so I can use the same size for all my single servings. I have been able to freeze a meal without having the lid come off in the freezer (yes that has been a problem in the past). Then I thawed and heated the same meal in the microwave a few days later. I was happy to see that reheating the food did not cause a stain to appear on the container. A lot of containers will get this ring in them from the top of the meal as the plastic almost melts in the reheating process. This did not happen. I then put the container in the dishwasher after I ate it and it came out perfectly clean. There was no staining and no warping from the freezer to microwave to dishwasher process.

You can purchase this 5-size Multi-color Food Storage Container Set from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DDHZ5G0

#ProductReview: Double Heart Pendant necklace #yoshine_jewelry

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Yoshine Jewelry has provided me with one Double Heart Pendant necklace in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review. This necklace has a very deep red garnet stone. From the feel of it, it is a real garnet, not imitation. It is pretty lightweight. I could not take a picture to do the red any justice. It looks brighter than the pictures I have taken. Here's a close up one to give you a better idea, but it still doesn't show how pretty this stone is.

Around the outside of the red garnet heart is another heart made out of a platinum plated alloy. It is filled with Swarovski crystals to give it more sparkle. The stones are all embedded into the alloy so they are very securely in the pendant. I doubt there is any way that the stones will come out of the pendant.

As for the chain, it is white gold plated. The pendant and the chain both will not leave any green marks on your skin. I actually wore the necklace while exercising to see how sweat would affect it because there's no stamp on the pendant to tell you what material it is made out of. It left my skin clean so you can wear this necklace all day every day without fear of having it leave you green. The amazon page says that the chain is 18 inches long, but I think that is the max length of the chain. There are two inches of extended chain so you can adjust the length of it, but it feels really short to me. So I think the chain is 16 inches with a two inch extension. I can also say that the chain is not really strong enough for an infant to grab. He grabbed it an pulled one link apart. I was able to use some needle nose pliers to pinch it back together, but I don't recommend letting your little ones grab it.

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Overall, it is a beautiful necklace. It is very comfortable to wear and pretty durable. I love where it lays on my chest and the deep red stone. It is a great present for the woman you love.

You can purchase this Double Heart Pendant Necklace from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Yoshine-Mothers-Platinum-Plated-Crystal-Necklace/dp/B01EV7YZVW?ie=UTF8&m=A34QVRG5LSALQ7&qid=1463113665&ref_=sr_1_11&s=merchant-items&sr=1-11

About Yoshine Jewelry
Yoshine Stands for Let You Shine. Mr.Toby established the company in 1991 in Hong Kong. We supply high-end jewelry and gift items. We own three wholly independent factory.alloy jewelry manufacturing silver and copper jewelry manufacturing electroplating process workshop. Now we are selling jewelry on Amazon. Our products are very popular among customers.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

#ProductReview: 1 Pair Natural Real Quartz Chakra Dangle Earring #quartzearring

I am not really into the whole Chakra thing, but since I have been giving essential oils a try, why not try chakra jewelry as well. To be honest, I found these earrings up for review and thought they were beautiful. That was my first impression. The idea of utilizing them as Chakra earrings is a bonus. I received one pair of Rose Quartz Chakra Dangle Earrings in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received not other compensation for this review.

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The stones in the earrings are about an inch long. They are completely solid and have a beautiful color to them. They are held into the hook with a very solid piece of metal. It appears to be clamped onto the stone without actually cutting into the stone. It looks to me like there is a leafy pattern cut out of the metal which I love. It makes me think of roses even more by having the leafy vine with the rose base. They have a very nice weight to them. If you aren't used to wearing dangle earrings, they might hurt your ears after wearing them for an extended period of time, but I found them comfortable.

These earrings come in two colors: Rose Quartz and Amethyst. I had to look up what those stone do for you. I also had to look up Chakra as well. I found that chakra is a reference to energy points in the body. They call it the subtle body, but I would interpret it to mean the soul. The stones activate energy points in the body to help heal the soul. That is my interpretation. There is no chakra in the ears. The closest you get is the Third Eye Chakra and the Crown Chakra.

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At first I thought the earrings were meant to activate the point in the ears, but it is the stone itself that is important in this case. Rose Quartz is a pink stone and therefore affects the higher heart chakra. It affects the emotions of love, compassion, truth, and forgiveness. Because I can't summarize this and do it justice, I pulled this description of how it will help me from www.healing-crystals-for-you.com:

There are also other benefits to the physical body by assisting this chakra to begin to open up and its energy to expand. The higher heart chakra governs the immune system, and its vibration helps during infections, especially influenza.

It's energy aids the thyroid gland and throat, just above it, and the general well-being of the physical body.

It will aid high blood pressure, and healing of tumors and with feelings of general irritability.

Its calming ability helps to create more restful sleep. As the energy flows to and from this chakra to the head, it may help to relieve headaches.

Via the throat chakra it may aid with communication and loss of voice, especially if you have not been expressing ideas about issues that it is now time to let go of.

By voicing your true feelings you may heal ongoing problems within the throat and above it. As you begin to work more with this chakra you may find that you are open to express your love more freely.

You may find yourself being open to more loving touches, hugging and general demonstrations of the loving feelings that are flowing more freely through your body, and within all aspects of your life.

If you have wondered what your life purpose is, working with the energy of the thymus chakra may aid you to find out exactly what that is.

This is a chakra that has been neglected in the past, but now the earth needs each of you to elevate your vibrations.

As you work with this chakras energy, you will find that you will begin to live your life, more in line with what your higher self desired for you.

This relates to what you planned before you came here to this earth in this incarnation.

If you were interested in the Amethyst instead of the rose quartz, it will affect your Third Eye Chakra which focuses on heightened spiritual growth, positive attitudes, and selflessness. According to the same website, here's what it would do for you:

Anyone who feels they need to improve the energy and flow in this area may choose to use them. If a chakras energy is not in balance, you may find that problems may develop in the area.

The main function of the third eye chakra, is to look after the organs in its vicinity, in particular to manage specific areas of the brain, eyes, ears and nose.

One of this chakras actions in the body is to stimulate second sight, the term used historically to refer to the gift of clairvoyance or seeing psychic visions.

In olden times, they named it second sight to discriminate between it and normal sight.

This chakra also manages the working of the spinal cord, and governs the birth of a range of psychic gifts.

It aids the development of abilities such as psychic knowing and clairaudience or psychic hearing, and it also helps you to develop your intuition.

If you are working within this area to help you to develop any of your psychic skills, once you begin to make contact with spirit it is easy to become ungrounded.

Avoid potential health problems by using natural crystals for spiritual grounding purposes, including the dark crystals such as Black Tourmaline, Black Obsidian or Black Diopside, and by doing a grounding meditation.

You can purchase Real Quartz Dangle Earrings by KISSPAT from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/KISSPAT-Natural-Gemstone-Earrings-Amethyst/dp/B01A6DSIAY

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#ProductReview: Silicone Molds Ice Cube #icecube #StarWars

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You know I love to bake and I have been loving anything silicone for my kitchen. Well we also are HUGE Star Wars fans in this household. When I found out that there were silicone molds for Star Wars, I just had to get them. Jollylife has supplied me with one six pack of Star Wars molds in exchange for my honest opinion for a deeply discounted price. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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As with all silicone molds, these are made of food grade silicone. They are FDA approved. They are freezer and oven safe (up to 440°). You can use them for ice cubes, candies, cookies, or even crafts. They are thick so they hold their shape very well. They are smaller molds so you don't have to worry so much about them collapsing on you while you move them around. Some silicone molds are too flexible to carry around once you put stuff in them and require you to use a cookie sheet or some other solid item under them. These do not require that.

The first thing I tried these molds out with was plain ice cubes. I wanted to see if they were easy to get them out of the molds and how strong the joints of the x-wings were. I didn't take any pictures of the ice cubes. I seriously forgot to do it, but I show them to you in the beginning of my video. The detail was amazing though it was difficult to see in the ice. I put them in water to see if you could see the detail better that way, but I didn't really notice. I think with the right lighting you would be able to tell what the ice cubes were in the glass. I found that the x-wings held together great and the legs on the small R2-D2s broke easily.

The second thing I tried out was making homemade peanut butter cups. I have always wanted to try to make them and I decided that these molds would be the perfect excuse to try. What I did was melt a package of "Chocolate Candy Coating" in a double boiler. While that was melting, I melted about 12 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds on high. Then I added about 14 cup of powdered sugar to the melted peanut butter. I stirred that with a spoon and set it aside. Next I used a spoon to fill the silicone molds about 13 full. I put the molds into the freezer for 15 minutes to make sure the chocolate was completely solid. Then I pressed a small amount of my peanut butter mixture onto the frozen chocolate and covered that with more chocolate to fill the molds. The small R2-D2s, x-wings, and small Han Solos I made into solid chocolate because I ran out of peanut butter mixture. Once filled, I put the molds back into the freezer to solidify. My son was super anxious to see how they turned out, so we only waited 15 minutes before I took them out of the molds. The detail on these things is just phenomenal. Almost every single one came out without breaking.

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I am super excited about these molds! I can't wait to try to make something else with them. I'm thinking of sugar cookies. I can make the dough, press it into the molds, and bake them directly in the molds. I didn't have enough time to try this out before my review was due, but I am so in love that I am certain they will come out great. It will only be a question of how long do I leave them in the oven to cook all the way through. I am sure that looking at the pictures of my peanut butter cups, you have to agree that these are just amazing! They are dishwasher safe too! Came out of the dishwasher looking just as good as the day I received them. If you are or have a Star Wars fan in your house, you need these molds.

You can purchase these Star Wars Silicone Molds Ice Cube Trays from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Baking-Chocolate-Dishwasher-Intructions/dp/B01F6PFK1M/ie=UTF8?keywords=ice+cube.