Saturday, July 30, 2016

#ProductReview: TECHEF - Frittata and Omelette Pan #techef

I happen to be pretty good in the kitchen. I'm not a chef, but I a really good cook. My husband and I talk all the time about the difference between a chef and a cook. I can follow instructions really well, and I am learning to make changes to recipes for the better. However, I'm not so good at making things up. One of the things that has eluded me for years is making omelettes. My husband laughs at me because I can make really awesome cakes, but I can't make an omelette to save my life. It always ends up turning into scrambled eggs. I have been told that it is because I try to put too much in the omelette, but I have had omelettes at restaurants that are packed full of stuff, so I don't really believe that. TeChef has the PERFECT solution for someone like me. They have given me a Frittata and Omelette Pan in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

This pan is coated in a Teflon nonstick coating that is made without PFOA. I honestly don't know what PFOA is, but I am sure that is extremely important to people who do know. The pan itself is made from aluminum. It is considered to be dishwasher safe. Personally, I find that if you let it cool completely and then soak in room temperature water, the egg comes off very easily. It is actually very easy to clean by hand. If you do put it in the dishwasher, be sure to make sure nothing will bang against it because you could scratch the Teflon coating. Also, it is oven safe, but only up to 350°F. Along with the temperatures it can withstand, they say never to preheat the pan on high heat. You can damage the coating this way. Also it is best used over low to medium heat. While it might take a little longer to cook your omelette, it will keep you pan cooking well longer.

What I absolutely love and what makes it so someone like me can actually make an omelette is the folding design. The pan folds in half. I don't know if I did it right or not, but I put everything for my omelette in one side of the pan, closed it, and flipped the pan to cook the other side of the omelette. The only issue I have with it is that flipping it is a little difficult. On side of the pan has a long handle like you have on most skillets, but the other side has a small loop handle. It is a little difficult to grab a hold of the small handle. I would recommend moving the pan slightly off the burner when you grab the handles to flip. I almost burned a knuckle getting too close to the burner. The design makes it easier to store with your other pans, but it would be easier to flip if it had two long handles.

When I made my first omelette in the pan, I was a little worried that I did something wrong. Remember that I am terrible at making omelettes. I put my three eggs in one side of the pan. Then I added green peppers, ham, and cheese. I closed the pan and let it cook on one side for a while. Then I flipped the pan. When I opened the pan, I expected to see my omelette sitting on the part of the pan closest to the burner. I actually saw half of it in both sides though. I don't know if that is supposed to happen or not, but I closed it and let it cook longer. When I checked on it again, the eggs in the top of the pan had come down to the bottom of the pan. I flipped it again just to make sure I had cooked everything all the way through and then removed it from the heat to put on the plate. It came out looking like an omelette! I was amazed. My husband was even more amazed. I made my first real omelette! Here are some pictures to show you how it went.

Now, I did notice one thing when I was finished cooking. Some of the eggs had gotten out through the hinge in the pan. They cooked on the pan and were just fine cleaning off of it, but if you let too much come out, it could get on the burner. So be aware of this in case you smell something burning! Overall, I have used the pan five times. I messed up one omelette because I put too much cheese in it, but otherwise I am making omelettes for the first time in my life. Thank you TeChef!

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#ProductReview: Complete Pet Care Set #amazon

It's been a while, but I reviewed a wooden car set from MMP Living and have found those little cars to be excellent toys for my kids. They were for three and up, but they are made so well that my nine month old is able to play with them (i.e. slobber on them) without me worrying too much. Well recently my kids have become obsessed with wanting to help take care of their baby brother and any animal/critter they can find. I decided that reviewing MMP Living's Complete Pet Care Set would help my kids to learn a little bit more about pet care, grooming, and playing doctor/vet. They have provided me with one set in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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The Complete Pare Care Set comes with a dog carrier made from plastic just like the ones you would use for a real dog. Everything fits inside of the carrier, but you may want to look into getting something to hold all the toys. My kids didn't like having the toys in the carrier, because the poor puppy stuffed animal that came with it didn't have any room. They wanted him to have room to "move around" inside of the carrier. We have been keeping the toys in a bin on their toy shelves, or rather that's where I put them when I clean up after they are in bed. My daughter absolutely loves all of the toys and keep most of them either in her room, in her child-sized backpack, or on the kitchen table. The other toys included in the set are a set of veterinarian tools and grooming tools. The doctor tools include a stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cup, scissors, tweezers, reflex hammer, otoscope, syringe, and magnifying glass. The grooming tools include a hair dryer, two pairs of scissors, "electric" razor, shampoo, conditioner, comb, and mirror. Many of these items really aren't items that I have seen a vet use, but rather we have a full doctor kit and a full hairdresser kit. All of them are great to pretend with for the stuffed puppy or if your kids want to pretend they are a doctor or working in a salon. Three different way that they can play giving them more for their imagination and fun.

Every piece is made of plastic except for the puppy stuffed animal. They do say that it is for 3 years old and up. My two and half year old daughter is really good with not breaking things, though not so good at remembering to keep them away from her baby brother. I got this for her and her older brother, but inevitably my youngest have gotten a hold of the items as well. If you have kids younger than three that could end up playing with it, watch them carefully. My youngest is teething and he put the little reflex hammer in his mouth, bit down on it, and popped one of the little yellow half sphere ends off of it. That piece got stuck in his mouth. He wasn't able to swallow it, but we have a little trouble getting it out of his mouth because of the round shape. If pieces break, they are choking hazards. I have to watch them carefully when they are playing with this and their baby brother is awake. Also, the little hair dryer made noise when you pulled the "trigger" on it, but after 24 hours it stopped making noise. The kids had it broke that fast.

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This kit isn't something that can take a lot of really hard play, but with kids that aren't fighting over it or that don't play rough with their toys, it would be a great thing to have. My kids absolutely love it. They have played with some piece of it every day since we got it. It just isn't as durable as I would like it to be.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

#ProductReview: Silver and Gold Egyptian Earrings #EgyptianEarrings

I'm always on the lookout for jewelry makers that make different jewelry than what you can buy in some chain store. I like things that are different and Spunky Soul jewelry is definitely in that category. They have provided e with one pair of the Silver and Gold Egyptian Earrings in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

Even though the earrings are called Egyptian, the design actually has Greek, Roman, and Egyptian concepts. I'm honestly not sure what parts are from each culture, but the triangle shape at the bottom is Egyptian. The Egyptian triangle (probably meant to be a pyramid) is the silver portion of the earring and the hook is the gold part. The middle section looks like it might be gold too where re the beads are strung together. They are very light and fit nicely in my ears. I wore them for several hours and hardly noticed I was wearing them. The only clue I had was when I would turn my head and the earrings would touch the side of my neck. They are indeed that long measuring 2.25" long.

If you are hard on jewelry, then rest easy knowing that these have a warranty that you can register at their website Upon registering, you will receive a code for 15% off your next purchase through their website. With a logo like "Dare. Dream. Do." I think they will have even more unique pieces of jewelry coming. Right now they have eyeglass cases, 10 necklaces, three earrings, and one bracelet. All very different from anything I have seen before. I think that these earrings are very well made which bodes well for their other items, but I took them out when my nine month old son woke from his nap. Even if the earrings can withstand him pulling on them, I don't think my ears could. My husband thought they looked really good and I enjoyed wearing them.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

#ProductReview: L-email wig Women's High Waist Pleated School Plaid Skirts

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We go to gaming conventions. Well, really my husband and I go because we are n't willing to deal with having our kids ask us to buy everything they see if they were to go. We have decided that when each one is around age seven, we will ask if they want to go with us and take them if they say they are interested. We only have one more year to enjoy being on vacation alone so I'm collecting things to dress up in. I don't actually COSplay currently, but I have always wanted to. My costumes are normally just for Halloween and at home. One of the easiest costumes to gather stuff for is the standard School Girl. The most iconic piece of the costume is the school girl plaid skirt. L-Email Wig has supplied me with one Women's High Waist Pleated School Plaid Skirt for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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This skirt comes in 15 color variations: red & black, black & green, red & white & black, red & blue & yellow, black, black with two white pinstripes, gray, white, white with two black pinstripes, navy blue with two white pinstripes, two versions of black & white, blue & white, red & yellow & black, and blue & black & white. We are partial to red and black in my household (my favorite colors) which is why I picked this one. I had to get a size XL. They include a sizing chart on the Amazon page to help you figure out what size is best, but if you are unsure, you can email the company. I spent a good amount of emails talking to them to determine the best size for me. The sizing is quite important because there are two layers of material. The outside layer has extra material because it is pleated which has a lot more give to it than the inside layer. The inside layer is a satin material that I found to be a little tight. I am guessing the satin layer is designed to help "hold in" your extra weight so that the skirt fits better. I had to pull it up a little bit because if I had sat down with it completely over my hips, it probably would have ripped. So the XL was pretty much an exact fit for me. My waist measured 101 cm which is almost exactly in the middle of the XL size range.

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It is very much a high waist skirt. I was actually surprised because other "high waist" skirts that I have worn did not go above my belly button. This one does. Now, maybe that is because I measured wrong and got the wrong size. I don't know. I have trouble determining where my waist is really supposed to be. However, since it is only a couple inches above my knee when it is above my belly button, I feel like I was wearing the skirt as it should be worn. I like the length on it a lot. Most pleated/school girl skirts are way too short on me. I have a good sized butt (i.e. junk in the trunk) so skirts tend to be a good length in the front and too short in the back. I dislike always worrying about bending over unless that is the point of wearing the skirt.

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The only issue that I have had with the skirt is that the zipper sticks. I have a tough time grabbing a hold of the zipper. I had my husband try to help zip it up and he struggled to grip it as well. I think that with multiple uses the zipper will loosen up and be easier. Of course you don't want a zipper to be too easy to go up and down unless there's another way to keep the skirt on so the difficult zipper is a good thing. Otherwise it would need a button as well. A button isn't unreasonable on the skirt if you feel like you need it though. It has an elastic waist so it is unlikely that it will fall off of you, but if you want a button on it, the company will probably comply. They make custom COSplay outfits and are willing to help you create your exact costume. If you want this skirt if different colors than the ones they already offer, just contact them directly and tell them what you are looking for. Since they make professional COSplay clothing, you can contact them about other items too to see if they are able to help you out with all aspects of your costume.

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The skirt is a great skirt. I do wish I had a better shirt to wear with it. I planned to wear a corset that I purchased a few years ago from a convention, but unfortunately my last child has cause me to be just a little too big for my corset. I pulled out the only shirt that I had that looked ok with the skirt. Eventually I will have the other necessary pieces for the outfit to go together.

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#ProductReview: Aulker Portable Bluetooth Speaker DY22 - Black #Aulker

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Everyone has seen those little speakers that fit in the palm of your hand that you can connect to your phone via bluetooth. I even reviewed one not that long ago. However, I don't think those can be a normal radio without being connected to anything and sometimes it isn't convenient to connect your phone or tablet to a speaker. I personally don't listen to the radio much any more because the only place I have a radio is in my truck and listening to the radio with three young kids is nearly impossible. I began looking into getting something that could connect to a phone and still get the radio stations so I can move out of the 90's for my concept of music. Aulker has provided me with one Musky Portable Bluetooth Speaker in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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This speaker has the capability to get FM radio, connect via bluetooth to your devices, connect to your devices using AUX, play music through USB, and through Micro TF SD Card. It comes with a USB charging cable and takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge. After fully charged it will play for about eight hours. We didn't run it constantly to see how long it was going to run, but we played it for a good part of two Saturdays without charging it. When it is charging, there's a little red light next to the port that turns off when it has finished charging.

To connect a device via bluetooth to the speaker, you turn on the speaker. It will tell you that the bluetooth is on as well as have a little blue light under the mode button. Turn bluetooth on on the device. The speaker will tell you that it is connecting and when it is connected. From there, you do everything via your device. If you want to use a USB device, you plug it into the USB port and the speaker will automatically start playing whatever you are playing. It is the same for the AUX. Now I have one issue with the AUX. The cord didn't plug all the way into my phone because of the case on it. So if it doesn't connect right away, that could be the reason why. Also when I was plugged in via AUX, jiggling the cord or twisting it in my phone would produce some static through the speaker.

If you decide you want to use the radio, it is really simple. You jut push the mode button and the blue light will move to FM. Then you press the skip forward or skip backward once to move one tick forward on the radio channels. If you want to search for the next radio station, press and hold the buttons go forward or backward to the next station. It works wonderfully. I located two good stations when I was using it. Now, I didn't move the speaker around when I was listening to the radio, so it is possible that the clarity would change if I moved it, much like old radios with those long antennas.

Another function with the speaker, that I do demonstrate on the video is the hands free calling. If you have your phone connected to the speaker and someone calls you, it is kind of difficult to disconnect your phone to answer the call. You can instead answer the call using the speaker. You use the "Play/Pause/Answer Call" button to answer an incoming call. The call will be played over the speaker, so anyone nearby will be able to hear the entire conversation. When you talk the speaker will pick up what you say to play back for the person calling. If they are nearby, like in my demonstration, there can be some feedback. I didn't get it on the speaker, but my husband did on his phone.

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About the only thing left for me to tell you about this speaker is about its construction. The speaker it made of plastic, but the front part is not made of mesh like a lot of speakers are (or perhaps used to be). It is instead a mesh made of hard silicone. It won't get torn or damaged, but still allows great sound to come through it. It isn't super tiny, so you aren't going to put it somewhere and lose it, but it isn't huge either. It fits nicely on any shelf and is lightweight enough to carry around with you. I'm keeping the box in case I intend to travel with it, but it doesn't need to be kept in the box to keep it safe. It's a great little speaker. My husband has claimed it for when the guys come over every Saturday, but I love that I can actually listen to the radio again when the kids actually let me.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#ProductReview: Russian Piping Tips #RussiaPipinTip

A hobby of mine is making cakes and other desserts for my loved ones's birthdays. I like to figure out their favorite dish and put my spin on it to turn it into something extremely special for them. Over the last three years, I have amassed at least 40 cake pans, various fondant rolling instruments, and a small selection of icing piping tools. My collection of icing piping tips has been in need of increasing for a while so I can make ever more decorative designs. This is why I signed up to review Comenzar's Russian Piping Tips. I have received a set of 23 Russian Piping Tips, one coupler, and ten piping bags at a deeply discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

There are 23 piping tips that come in this set. Each one is supposed to be a flower. The idea is that normally you have switch out multiple piping tips in order to make a single flower, but with these tips, you only need one tip to make the same flower. That is why each tip is considerably large and needs to use a special coupler. The coupler comes in four pieces. The only explanation I have for the multiple pieces is that it makes it stronger. You can't squeeze this coupler and have it break in half with this design. Since you will be pushing a rather large amount of icing through the coupler and piping tip, it needs to be very sturdy.

These tips are stainless steel which makes them dishwasher safe. They are al heat and cold resistant. When my icing started to melt inside the bag, I stuck the entire thing in the freezer with the tip still on it. The tip was perfectly fine, though I will tell you that the icing hardened inside of the tip making it a little more difficult to get it out which really means that you probably shouldn't leave the tip on when you get the icing cold again. The tips won't be damaged if you do though. When you go to put them in the dishwasher after using them. I suggest you rinse as much of the icing out of the tips before putting them in the dishwasher. There's almost a tablespoon of icing that gets left in the tip when you remove it from the coupler. Which leads me to my next suggestion, you should probably have double the amount of icing you think you need when you are using them just because of how much gets left in the tips. If you need multiple colors, you'll have lots of icing not getting used and will need extra to make sure you don't run out. Better safe than sorry I say. Also, you will want to make your icing thick. If you make it from scratch or buy it, you want thick icing in order for the flower shapes to be clear. I honestly did not make mine thick enough, but you can still identify some of the flowers on my cupcakes. All you have to do to make it thicker is add more powdered sugar. My recipe calls for four cups of powdered sugar, but I probably should have added at least another cup, maybe more.

These tips work great. I love the flower shapes that I was able to get to show up clearly. My only complaint about them is that I have no idea what each tip's flower is supposed to be. I think that they should engrave the name of the flower on the tips. There's a ton of surface area where they could have the names of the flower on them and that would help just about anyone in figuring out which tips to use. I can identify the roses, but I am unsure what the other ones are. Otherwise, I love them. I have to keep them separated from all of my other ones because they are so much larger. They come in a really nice box so that won't be a problem.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#ProductReview: HouseVines Wine Shirt, SuperPower Women's shirt #wineshirt

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I love wine. I really do. I am trying not to drink too much of it these days, but I have a glass every night when I have it in the house. My whole extended family loves their alcohol, so when I saw HouseVines Wine Shirt, I thought it would be a great shirt to wear to the next family get together. They supplied me with one size large SuperPower Women's Shirt in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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This shirt is a simple black t-shirt, though looking at it up close it looks more like a dark gray color, with the "I make wine disappear. What's your superpower?" screen printed on it. It is designed for women. The pink in the screen print is super bright. I love neon pink and this satisfies that love. Also of note, the screen print is not super thick so it doesn't feel awkward when being worn. It is thin enough to actually fold the shirt without forcing a crease int he image. The shirt itself is a thin, lightweight material. It is stretchy and super soft. I found it to be very comfortable. It is made from 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon. Based on a previous review of a different shirt I did, this is considered a tri-blend which is why it is super soft and has the little bit of stretch to it.

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I ordered a large. Depending on the brand, I can wear sizes medium to extra large, which is why I picked the one in the middle. You order it through Amazon and there is a link for a sizing chart available. I assume that this link is accurate for these shirts since it is included next to the drop down box for the sizes, but the title of the size chart is "Amazon Women's Shirts size chart". Being that the shirt isn't made by Amazon, it is possible it isn't completely accurate. My bust is closer to 36 inches which really makes me a size XL according to the chart, but the shirt, as you can see in the picture, fits me perfectly as a large. Take that into consideration when making your purchase.

I haven't had a chance to wear to any get togethers yet, but I wore it during a simple visit with my mom. She absolutely loved it. My dad did too honestly. If it wasn't printed in pink, I think he would have wanted one as well. I love the feel of the shirt. It washes wonderfully. The screen printing is very durable and cleanly done. It's a fantastic shirt. It would be so much fun to wear on a wine tasting tour. I have gone on one near Watkins Glen, NY and I just know everyone would love it there.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

#ProductReview: Apalus LED Mosquitoes Trap #ApalusInsectTrap

I have always been a mosquito magnet. Everyone else around me can sit outside at night and be unscathed, but I will be ate alive. Unfortunately my kids have inherited this quality from me. Ironically, if the kids are outside with me, the mosquitoes actually don't go after me as badly because they attack my kids instead. I dislike having to put bug spray on the kids all the time though. Partly because then they need a bath every night to get those chemicals off of them, but also because it is such a hassle. recently, I have decided that we need to look into another method of keeping the mosquitoes away from my kids. I have received one Apalus LED Mosquitoes Trap in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

This insect trap is electronic. This means you're not going to be able to plug it in and leave it running all the time. You also can't leave it outside in the rain. The way it works it you plug it in, turn it on, and let the mosquitoes come to it. There's a purple LED light that attracts the insects and a fan in the back that sucks the insects into it. The bugs sucked in hit the element and are instantly killed. The light produces 360-400nm UV-A light which is considered effective in attracting mosquitoes, moths, and various other insets. I trapped a Japanese beetle in it, but it wasn't powerful enough to kill it, so I was able to release it later on.

I was surprised by how extremely quiet it is. you barely hear the whir of the fan when it is running. I'll caution you that it is very easy to forget it is on because of how quiet it is. I accidentally left it on overnight outside one night. Luckily it didn't rain. I was able to get a good idea of how many insects it would collect when left on for an extended period of time with next to no light on around it. They recommend that you use it in extremely low light situations so that the bugs are attracted to the purple LED light instead of other lights. Here's what we caught in it that night.

Now I will tell you, the first night we used it, all I caught was the beetle. I caught much more when I left it on over night, which if it is outdoors, that is not recommended. I would say that if you have a problem with getting these kinds of bugs in your home, this thing would be great at night. Otherwise, it seems pretty weak to me. I didn't have problem with mosquitoes the first night we used it, but after that, I didn't notice it helping a bunch. I think it needs to pretty much be sitting on the table next you instead of trying to draw the mosquitoes to a different direction away from you. Instead use it to collect them as they get close to you. I also think that maybe the fan needs to be a little stronger. Either that, or I'm just too enticing a target!

It's pretty simple to clean. They provide you with a brush to wipe the bugs off the inside, but you will need a philips head screwdriver to take the cover off to use the brush. The little compartment at the bottom catches the bugs that die so you don't have a pile of bugs in the bottom of it that you can't get out of it.

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