Sunday, July 26, 2015

RFID Protection Sleeves Help Keep Your Information Secure

With so many things to worry about in life, the last thing we need is another things on that list. I try to do anything I can to make my life easier and that includes protecting my bank, debit and credit card account safe from prying eyes.

It is one thing to avoid unsafe sites or use only secure checkouts when shopping online, but how can you guarantee those same kinds of protection while out in the stores? Yes, you can carry cash, but that has risks of it's own, so what do you do?

One way you can help avoid someone getting your information is to use RFID blocking sleeves on all your cards. It only takes a second for someone to walk by and scan you without you even knowing it happened. These simple to use protector sleeves feature multiple layers designed to block the handheld scanners often used to steal your account information. A layer of aluminum and a copper substrate layer are covered by the outer paper layer, but you would never know it by looking at them. These compact little sleeves are small enough to fit into most card slots with the card inside them, so you don't even have to change wallets or card holders.

I don't have one of the tools used to steal numbers, so I cannot prove that these work 100%, but to me, if something this small and simple can help prevent it in any way, it is well worth giving it a try.

*I received a sample item in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Konjac Sponge All Natural Fiber Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge

I had never tried a Konjac Sponge before this, so I had no idea what to expect from it. I knew it was supposed to be helpful for your face and assist in keeping pores clean, but that was really all I had to go on.

The first thing I noticed was that in the package, this sponge is hard as a rock. It reminded me of sea sponge, only it looked noting like anything I had ever seen. Once you add water to this, it instantly becomes soft and pliable, so much so that, except for the color, it seemed nothing like how it started. You can see in my photos the difference between the dry sponge in the first one and the wet sponge in the other two. The sponge absorbed the water so quickly, I had to squeeze some of it out before trying this on my face because it was dripping everywhere.

The sponge almost felt soapy once it had absorbed some water and felt almost strange when rubbing it across my face. Not strange in a bad way, just something different from any of the makeup type sponges I had tried before. It was not uncomfortable, and did not seem to have any smell or anything to it, just a very different sensation than I expected. It was super soft and glided easily across my skin.

After a week or so of using this, I could tell a definite change in my face. I normally have breakouts during menstruation, so that is when I chose to use this. I noticed a reduction of acne and a better overall appearance to my face after using this and it seems to have almost stopped the normal breakouts that I usually experience.

I like that this comes on a string for hanging, so I don't have to worry about it touching on anything that could transfer to my face and it dries easily this way too. The next time I need it I just get it wet and use it again, no hassle.

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DownIT Skull Shot Glass

I love having things that everyone I know does not have. I like unique, fun and flashy things, so when I had an opportunity to review the Skull Shot Glass, I knew it was right up my alley. I am not a huge drinker, but this looked like so much fun to have.

My glass arrived in a box, nicely packaged and in perfect shape. I was instantly surprised by how big this was, much larger than a normal shot glass. Of course, this is to accommodate the skull in the center.

You can clearly see the skull design without anything in this, but once you fill it, the results are even better. The skull stands out nicely and adds a fun effect to your drinking game or a neat way to present to your guests. It is even fun to use when having a drink after work or to end your day. This would make a great gift and if you purchased multiples, would look nice lining a bar or on a shelf too.

Cleaning this is just as easy as any other glass. It washed with soap and water and nothing was stuck inside or left behind. It dries well and didn't have any spots or anything after. This is made of a thicker glass, which I found nice. It makes me more confident about using it, and less worried that it will slip and break.

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish 'n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There's something for everyone's taste buds! 

Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you're a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.

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*I will be visiting the festival and will let you know what we think, so check back!

Space Scouts Subscription Boxes Are Out of This World

Summer is always a hard time for me, trying to keep up with the kids, their friends and the neighborhood kids can be hectic, and you always hear the words, "I'm bored". I am always searching for something new and exciting for them to do, and always open to suggestions too!

Space Scouts monthly subscription club for kids is a delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe! Each month your child will explore a new place in space -- stepping into the worlds of space exploration, space science, and astronomy. Join Roxy and Jett as they scout about the galaxy engaging your child in fun learning activities, hands-on discovery, and exciting challenges. Packages arrive each month filled with fun additions to your collection -- magnets, stickers, toys, and more! 

Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous, so it is a continuous adventure. It's a great way to learn too! Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping, much lower than many other boxes available. Discounts for multi-month purchases help you save even more!. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+ and entertained my 8 year old quite well too. 

The first box we received included a metal munch box, a grabber claw and some super fun activities. There were little figures to go along with the theme and everything was nice and colorful, which usually means attention grabbing for the kids. The activities included were not too difficult and did manage to occupy my nephew for quite awhile. They can take the box and go through each item, following directions and discovering new things as they go. This is fun and somewhat educational, making it perfect for gifting too!

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

AdoramaPix Photo Books

If you are anything like me, you have hundreds or thousands of photos saved on your phone and computer. I am always snapping a picture of something and it seems like my photo files just keep getting bigger and bigger. Instead of letting them sit and pile up, why not turn them into something that will last forever, an awesome photo book. 

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE:

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Studio Movie Grill Offers A Fun Dining Experience

If you are looking for something fun and unique to do for a date, special occasion, or just a night out with the family, Studio Movie Grill is the place for you.

This interesting take on the movie experience is so much fun. You get to drink ,eat and watch, all from your seat with service right to you. Sit down, order your selections and enjoy the film without hassle or issues. What more could you really ask for?

The menu offers starters like pretzel bites, cheese fries and spinach dip to get you going. Add a drink from their selection of cocktails, beer or wine, or change it up with an adult milkshake for a special treat. Not feeling like alcohol, they have soft drinks, tea and more too, so something for everyone.

Next you can fill up on salads, pizza or entree favorites like Mahi Mahi fish and chips, St Louis ribs  or coconut chicken tenders. There is even a kids menu for the little guys. Finish with one of their amazing desserts like frozen hot chocolate or Italian Cream Cake. There are plenty of options and you even have a table try at each seat to make enjoying your food that much easier at the movies. No more using your lap to hold your food and gripping your drink the entire time.

By combining the movie with the dining experience, you get to enjoy food, drinks and film all at the same time. This is a great way to spend a family night out. They play current films and even offer reserved seating when buying tickets online! It's the perfect, no hassle way to enjoy your day. Make a date with someone special, treat the kids for a job well done or go with friends for a relaxing experience.

This really is fun to do and so simple too. Review the site to find the nearest theater, check the menu or reserve seating before you go and enjoy. It's that simple!

*I was provided with tickets to sample the experience. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 20, 2015

HealthyWiser Ph Test Strips for Urine and Saliva

I always knew the ph levels in your body had effect on some things, but I had no idea how much it really affected your body. I was totally unaware that having a level too high or too low could cause physical issues that I suffer from on a weekly basis.

If your pH is too acidic it can cause:
✔ Energy drain, headaches and indigestion
✔ Bone degeneration
✔ Muscle loss
✔ Insulin sensitivity that results in weight gain and increased risk for diabetes

If your pH is too alkaline it can cause:
✔ Nerve and joint pain
✔ Arthritis
✔ Insomnia
✔ Body stiffness

I had no idea that many issues could result from a ph imbalance, but now that I know, it makes sense. All the small but persistent issues like stiff muscles that had no reason to be stiff, or those extra pounds, even when watching what you eat and exercising. I wasn't monitoring my ph levels at all, so who knows how many times I suffered for no reason. 

Now that I know, it it so easy to keep track using the ph test strips, I can measure my levels in just a few seconds and know what to eat to help correct them if needed. These strips are long enough that you don't have to worry about getting messy when dipping them and they react right away, so you have your results in moments and know exactly where you stand. With 100 strips per bottle, these will last me quite awhile and I know exactly when I need more and what to get. So simple, yet such a big difference when you actually pay attention and monitor yourself. 

*I received a sample item for review purposes. Al opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gripsafe Silicone Gloves

I love to cook and bake and am always finding new recipes to try. The more new things I find to create, also means more time in the kitchen around the hot oven and burners. I am accident prone, so you can do the math.

I try to find items for the kitchen that make my life easier. From handy tools to new kitchen concepts, I like to see how well they fit into my lifestyle. One of the new paths I have been trying is silicone kitchen items. I had tried bakeware, candy molds and pan liners, but had never used the gloves before, so when I saw them available for review, I thought I would give it a chance.

One thing I loved about the silicone gloves was the size. They were large enough for me to slip on and off with ease, making it less of a task when in the middle of cooking. I like that they are easy to clean and don't become frazzled and frayed after washing like so many cloth type pot holders do. The silicone washes in minutes and they dry quickly too, so even having to wash them by hand isn't a problem.

I like the bright orange color and the cute heart pattern of the gloves and they work great for popping in things like bread, cookies or frozen pizza. The one thing I didn't really like was they they seemed to get hot when using them for something more stable like a casserole or cake pan. I found myself looking for somewhere to set the pan quickly when they heat became too much for my fingertips. I didn't really notice this issue anywhere else on the gloves, but it did get hot a few times in the top area of the finger parts.

That said, they are only designed to handle temperatures up to 450 degrees, so even though the temps may have been in that range, the food inside the glass pans felt too hot for me. They worked well for turning items on the grill and made it simple to remove them quickly too. Overall, if used for quick transfer items or lower temps, these are a nice addition to my silicone collection.

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Vita Sciences Nervex Neuropathy Pain Relief Cream

After having so many surgeries on my foot, the nerve damage is unreal. I have almost constant stabs, tingles and searing pains that just do not go away. I take medication, which I am sure helps it some, but it is still bothersome to the point that it literally makes you think about just numbing the whole thing for good.

I have tried several over the counter topical creams and lotions to try and reduce the nerve pain, and have had some success with them so far, but nothing that makes me want to keep coming back to it. After my last surgery, 3 weeks ago, the doctor suggested trying something else to assist with the pain. I do not want to be on multiple medications, and I obviously have to walk and live with it, so I decided to see what else I could find.

I happened across the Nervex Neuropathy Pain Relief Cream, and applied for a review. The worst that could happen was it wouldn't work fully like everything else, right? To my surprise, this actually helped quite a bit. I applied it to the areas I could, avoiding the places where the incisions and stitches were, and waited to see what happened.

I could feel a lessening of the pains after applying the cream. I can't say it took away every tingle of pain, but I doubt there is anything that will do that. It did, however, minimize the pains I had and make me less aware of them than I had been before. The sharpness was dulled, and allowed me to continue with what I was doing without having to stop and wait for the pain to pass. This was much better than what I was dealing with before, so that was a big plus for me.

After continued use of this, I have noticed multiple times where the pains were really bad before applying this, and much more manageable after. I have used it before doing something strenuous on the weak foot, and as a spot treatment too. Both ways seems to give me relief and make getting through the day more bearable.

*I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions are my own.