Product Review – #USArtSupply 50 Piece Colored Pencil Set

#usartsupply available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q3HWHX2

50 wonderfully made colored pencils that come already sharpened! There are so many shades that it was hard to choose from as I sat down to spend time with my daughter. We take a couple of nights a week and just color! I love to use colored pencils because a part of me is just old fashioned! I think that colored pencils add character to anything. My daughter and I have found a way to spend time together and it is a huge stress reliever for me when we sit down at the kitchen table to color. Sometimes we share the colored pencils and sometimes I am plain stingy because I love them so much! You don’t want to push too hard when you are coloring with them because they can break just like any other pencil. The colors are very vibrant and full of life. They make any picture you color or draw feel as if it is simply coming to life. The pencils make the colors look so amazing. As you color the color just flows so smoothly onto the paper. I absolutely adore these pencils and will use them until, I can’t hold them in my hand anymore! It also has a website inside the package that allows you to go to and download some pictures to color. Nothing beats free pictures to color!

I did receive this item at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. That is exactly what I have provided, all the statements are true and my own. I am in no way affiliated with this seller, I would have given the same feedback if purchased at full price.

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Product Review – #ROHEGO Premium Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat

#ROHEGO available at http://ow.ly/ffTv300JOE6

The first thought that comes to my mind is WOW! This was not what I was expecting at all. It is completely different from any rug I have seen before. You will know the difference as soon as you step on this rug. It is so cushiony and feels awesome under my feet. I could not believe how wonderful this felt. It is definitely worth the price. It’s like having a thin pillow under your feet while you’re standing doing the dishes. In fact, this makes me think of a pillow top mattress. This should be called a pillow top rug. There is a huge difference standing on this versus a regular rug. I cannot give enough praise for this rug. I just love it so much.

Okay moving on now. I also love the generous size of this rug. It fits exactly where I wanted to put it, which below the kitchen sink so I can stand on it as I do my dishes. Yes, I do notice a difference when I’m washing the dishes. My lower back does not hurt as much when I’m doing the dishes now. I can also stand there longer than I was able to do before. My feet and legs feel comfortable for a longer amount of time. In addition, my legs don’t feel nearly as tired. It’s actually a lot easier to get the dishes done.

I was lucky that this rug actually matches my kitchen so I had no problems there either. However, they really should offer more colors so that everyone can find something that matches their kitchen colors. I know some people will not even try this rug, simply because it does not match their kitchen. I hope they add more colors for people like that. I was a little concerned at one point when I saw what looked like some grease on the rug. It left some dark spots but it was not grease. I think it probably was water but it left these dark spots. Anyhow, I took a paper towel with some warm water only and wiped the spots on the rug. I let it dry and the spots were gone. So that made me feel even better.

I am not sure how well it will do with food spills or actual grease because that has not happened yet. I hope it wipes up easily and doesn’t leave any stains or dark spots. I also hope this doesn’t tear or rip easily because that would not be good. So far, it has been wonderful and I haven’t had any problems with it. This is definitely a high quality cushioned rug that relieves your legs of aches and pains while you’re standing. It is so cushiony that it reminds me of when you walk into a room that has just bought brand new plush carpeting. It always feels great on your feet. I hope this rug lasts a long time.

Please note that I received the product or obtained the item at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review; all opinions are my own. I am very grateful to have received this opportunity.

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Product Review – #KewlKit MFi Certified Lightning Cable


#KewlKit available at http://ow.ly/dnzL300JO9Z

I travel quite a bit and extension cords are often a hassle, so this iPhone 6 Charger, Slim Step Design, Apple MFi Certified KewlKit® 8 Pin 3.3ft Data Sync & USB Lightning Stepped Updated Cord ( yellow 3.3ft ) (Wireless Phone Accessory), which is a lightning cable, is quite useful to me. It was shipped quickly and packaged nicely, and ready to use straight out of the box. I did not have any problems with installation and my iPad immediately took to the charger (the lighting cable works with all new Apple products). My device charges quickly and there are no issues with the product as of right now. As a plus, the yellow color of the charger is very beautiful and unique, a refreshing change from the standard plain white color. The adapter is quite versatile, being 3.3 feet and easy to bring around, and it’s a good value for the price. A great product!

Please note that I received the product or obtained the item at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review; all opinions are my own. I am very grateful to have received this opportunity.

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Product Review – Key Finder by Beets BLU

#pagertag available at http://ow.ly/Dm7h300IOh1

I am loving this gadget. I think I need one for everything I own! It is easy to operate and the instructions are very helpful. I wanted this because I have only one key That I misplace all the time, I lay it down everywhere! Then I can find it. Once I got it here and loaded the app on my phone I decided I just might need more of these. If you need to find where you left your keys or other item you can actually see a map and it shows the location. I am very excited about this technology and I’m learning more about it daily.

It comes with a battery already in place plus an extra one for later. I will add a metal ring for your key chain, and since it is so securely closed they added a little piece that helps you to open the Beets Blu when it is time to replace the battery. I recommend this and I’ve already needed to use it to find my phone almost daily. I push that little button, my phone rings, I dig it out of the sofa, or from under the bed, etc… and I’m on time going places for a change, instead of being late while I search for my phone!

*I was offered this product for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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Product Review – #MDUB Patellar Tendon Cross Strap

#MDUB available at http://ow.ly/WU7c300HYbs

These things are amazing!!!!!!!! My knee pain got so bad due to all the running that I have to do in the military(I ended up deteriorating most of the cartilage in my knees), that I could barley do squats or even jumping jacks without knee pain, so running for me was out of the question. I also had a hard time doing most of the moves when I was doing the “Insanity” workout,until I came across these babies!!! 🙂 Now I can run for exercise, and do so much more and not feel a bit of knee pain…..I mean like NONE!!!!!!!!! I have purchased tons and tons of knee sleeves, patella stabilizer braces, etc… (all of which ranged from $70.00 to $250) and none have worked like these have for me. I would, however, inform you to measure around your whole knee with a measuring tape prior to purchase as the material only adjusts to literally 19 inches and is not stretchable material, so if you have a knee bigger than that, you perhaps can look around for the same product in a bigger size or ask if they can custom order, but they are definitely worth it 🙂

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Product Review – MDUB Medical Achilles Tendon Strap

#MDUB available at http://ow.ly/LP2N300HY4x

Four stars because it did not completely solve my problem, but did a great job in conjunction with another product. I have Achilles Tendonossis, coupled with an athletic movement which vertically separated my degenerated Achilles tendon on my right ankle. I don’t have to have surgery, and the Dr. did not cast my ankle because I did not want to not be able to drive, so I am waiting for my appt. to have a brace molded for my ankle. I understand the approval time from the insurance company can be very long for this $1,500 brace, so I have to stay off my feet and brace my tendon as best I can in the mean time. I am using a compression Achilles tendon soft slip on sock like brace with silicon along the heel and adding the MDUB Achilles Tendon Strap to re-enforce the stability at the Achilles Tendon. It works very well together. I have a rather medium narrow foot without any swelling or fat on the foot and ankle, and the strap just barely makes it around to velcro together around the other brace. So, find one that is x-large. I think I got a medium one. This product all alone slips on very fast and is good all by itself when I have to get to the bathroom in the early morning hours and need a little stability to walk, but have to do it fast!

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review.


Product Review – MDUB Medical Iliotibial IT Band Strap

#MDUB available at http://ow.ly/blAu300HXRF

Though it looks more useless than a copper wrist bracelet, it actually works for me! What it does is pinch the IT Band, holding it in place, keeping it from scraping against bone, which causes irritation, for me.

It’s not an understatement to say that knee issues are difficult to diagnose. So, you can’t really know if this is going to help without trying it. Luckily it’s pretty easy to test. Get some stretchy material and wrap it around your leg, like in the picture. If you want, you can add a little extra pressure at the location above the pain. If you’re like you me you probably have several full knee braces lying around. Cut one up and convert it into one of these. (Some Velcro tape may prove useful.)

Try it for a couple days and see if it helps. If you notice some improvement, spring for the real thing, the convenience is easily worth the price. If you’re not crafty, you might want to spring for one straight away, what the heck. I spent hundreds on full knee braces (which didn’t help) before discovering this.

I like to wrap my leg with an ace bandage first. (Above and below the knee cap) then wear the thing on top of the ace bandage. This configuration keeps the thing (made from the usual neoprene/polyester material) from getting sweaty and causing any irritation.

Also, some people benefit from a little pressure BELOW the knee-cap (where the doctor hits you to test your reflexes) There are straps for that too. (Doesn’t help my case.)

This review is my own 100% unbiased opinion. I got this product at a discount.


Product Review – MOPO waterproof case bag

#waterproofcase available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DKI5CAQ
This waterproof pouch is awesome! The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is that I wish it were a tad bit smaller in size. It will definitely hold an iPhone 6 plus, but when you have one of the smaller iPhones it can be a little too large and cumbersome. Now, I saw one of these pouches over the summer while my family was visiting a waterpark. I actually stopped the lady and asked her about the pouch. She was taking pictures of her kids while she was standing in a pool of water. She raved how great it was and that you can take pictures while the phone is safe in the waterproof pouch. Both sides are clear so that you can see your screen and the camera is able to take pictures clearly. Now…I have not personally used this yet. It is January and 20 degrees outside 🙂 But, I can say how excited I am to have it and will be testing it out once the weather allows. I will definitely be updating my review once I’m able to personally use it. But, based off the recommendations of the lady from the waterpark, I’m sure I will be loving it.

Pro’s
– I’ve submerged my iPhone in the bathroom sink for a few minutes taking pictures and shooting videos.

– I’ve showered with it and yet to see a single drop of water inside the case when the iPhone was removed.

– The touch screen in the front and the camera in the back were all accessible while in the case.

Con’s
– The only thing i wish it had was access to the top and side buttons. They can still be pressed so it doesn’t really bother me much.

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review.

Product Review – United Linens faux silk curtain panel

#curtains available at http://ow.ly/OSa9300FNo9

I just had my living room redone; painted a nice gray & wanted some white curtains to cover my new windows. I bought these because they looked pretty, were reasonably priced, & had grommets, just like I wanted. What you can’t see in the picture, though, is that these curtains are not just a plain, smooth fabric, but are textured in a waffle pattern. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this, as I feel it will add some depth to my mostly grey, black & white decorating scheme, but want others to be aware, in case they are looking something very simple.

When it is bright outside, I can see through them pretty easily. I was nervous about this, at first, since I didn’t want people being able to see into my living room at night, but after checking them out when it was dark outside, they provide more than enough privacy. Also, mine did have the loose threads that others have mentioned, but I simply trimmed them with a pair of scissors & they are great now. I will also mention that washing & drying the curtains will not get rid of the creases left from being folded during shipping (at least not for me), so they will need to be steamed or ironed if creases & wrinkles drive you crazy, like they do me.

Because of the extra steps I ended up taking in order to make these curtains look the way I wanted, they were a bit more trouble than I had anticipated, but I love them & their price!

Disclaimer, I received this product for free or at a discounted price. All of the opinions on this product are my own and I was not influenced at all by anyone.

Product Review – Lightweight no-stretch polyester hammock straps


#ESCOutfitters available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DD2I238

Fantastic strap system. Better than a lot of other hammock suspension systems I’ve used.

Through the years while camping in a hammock I’ve tried several different types of suspension systems. I’ve used descender rings, Straps with different knots, eno straps, and whoopie slings. Each of them has their drawbacks. Of those I regularly use the whoopie slings because they are lightweight and easy to use. Now I will be using the ESC Outfitters straps most of the time because they are more versatile than the rest.

The Hammock straps are easier than the descender rings and tying different kinds of knots. They are more adjustable than any eno straps. Whoopie slings are fantastic but are difficult to use when trees are close together and really far apart.

These straps can be used when the hammock is almost touching the tree and also when the trees are very far apart. At 10ft long they have a farther reach than most any other suspension system. Other buckle and clip systems are only rated to 500lbs which is a problem if you are trying to use a double hammock.

Overall, this system is really easy to use and can be set up quickly. It’s easy to attach to any hammock. 5 stars without a doubt.