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Monday, February 29, 2016

(Product Review) Pets and More Cat Window Perch with Huge Suction Cups


Most cats love to bask in the sunshine so I was sure that getting this Pets and More Cat Window Perch with Huge Suction Cups would make for a very happy kitty. 




Many of the previous reviews complained about the difficulty they had in putting their cat window perch together, so I am very happy to say that mine came assembled with the exception of having to put on the suction cups. This was easy enough to do though, and just took a minute to finish assembly. Another complaint from others was that the suction cups didn't hold. 

I don't know if they are different between different colors, but I got the brown one and read another review where they had two and the brown one stayed on the window very well but the grey one did not. My brown one stayed suctioned to the window very well, and held the cats with no problems. Just be certain to clean the window thoroughly, and if you still have trouble, clean it again with rubbing alcohol and you shouldn't have any issues. 

Even though I have never seen a cat (aside from lions and tigers and such) that weighs anywhere near 70 pounds, I really wasn't impressed that the title of this product it says it can hold 70 pounds but then in the description it says it can hold 50 pounds. In either case, I don't own one of those giant cats so this really wan't a concern, but I could not picture it holding my 65 pound dog. 

I like that it provides a comfortable place for the kitties to relax in the sunlight, and the removable bed is perfect. It is also nice that it is easily moved from one window to another if needed. So far I haven't had any issues with it falling from the window, but if I start having issues with this I will be sure to come back and update as necessary. 

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Expandable Garden Water Hose, 50 Ft, Flexible & Heavy Duty with Brass Shut Off Valve by RY


In the past I have mostly used traditional garden hoses, but I ordered this Expandable Garden Water Hose, 50 Ft, Flexible & Heavy Duty with Brass Shut Off Valve by RY and am so glad I did. 




It is currently the end of February and as you may know, I haven't had much of a chance to give this a thorough test yet since the winter weather doesn't let me start my outdoor gardening yet. We have had a few very nice days though, so I was able to take it outside and do a little outdoor testing on it and it worked very well. 

This year I plan on expanding my garden and needed a few more hoses in order to more easily reach some of the areas where my plants will be. If you have ever carried a traditional garden hose, or worse, multiple garden hoses across a yard, you will know that they get quite heavy. I love how this hose expands from 5 meters empty to 15 meters when filled with water. This expandable garden hose is lightweight, yet sturdy. This one has 4 layers instead of the 3 layers that many other similar expandable hoses have, which really adds to the sturdiness of the product. I expect that this hose will hold up very well to repeated usage. 

It comes with brass fittings on each end, and an 8 position sprayer which ranges from a very light mist to a strong spray.This is a high quality hose, with a high quality sprayer. I am very happy with my purchase and am happy to recommend it to others. 

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

(Product Review) Amber Flea and Tick Collar with Adjustable Leather Strap for Dogs and Cats


I had been hearing a lot about the amber teething necklaces for babies, and while searching for one for my niece I stumbled across this Amber Flea and Tick Collar with Adjustable Leather Strap for Dogs and Cats and decided to purchase one.



I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep it on my dog because she is really hard on collars and often chews or scratches them off. I distracted her with some new treats though and she really didn't even notice when I put them on her. She has been wearing it without any problems.

I can't say for sure whether or not it is effective against fleas since she hasn't been around any of them lately, so the true test of effectiveness will come this spring. In the mean time I will recommend it since it is easy to use and all natural, but I can't vouch for the effectiveness.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Careful Gardener Folding Saw with Hand Protection Safety Guard. Easy to Use Tree Trimming Saw


Spring is almost here and I have been looking at all the trees, bushes and shrubs outside that really need to be pruned. I use my garden shears for the majority of these projects, but there are some that really require a tool such as the Pruning Saw: Careful Gardener Folding Saw with Hand Protection Safety Guard. Easy to Use Tree Trimming Saw to do the job properly.



I have used it on a few of the bushes so far and found that it works wonderfully. It worked quickly and easily to help remove some of the dead branches from the winter storms we have had this past couple of months. It is very lightweight yet sturdy, and had no problems cutting through the branches that needed to be trimmed.

The handle is designed for safety and it is comfortable to hold on to. It also has a double row of serrated teeth, so it easily cut through everything I tried. I love that it folds for easy storage, and portability. This will be great for future camping trips as well as for emergency preparedness.

I would definitely recommend this tool for anyone who has an interest in gardening, landscaping, hunting, camping, or other outdoor activities, as well as anyone who just wants to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. This is a great survival tool, that wouldn't take a lot of space in your bugout bag, car trunk, or other convenient place.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) SlimWay Grapefruit Essential Oil Blend for Weight Loss & Appetite Control - 100% Pure & Natural Therapeutic Grade for Massage


I love essential oils and often experiment with them as natural cures and remedies for various ailments. When I found SlimWay Grapefruit Essential Oil Blend for Weight Loss & Appetite Control - 100% Pure & Natural Therapeutic Grade for Massage I just had to try it.



The packaging was very impressive. It came in a nice velvet drawstring pouch, tied with a pretty ribbon. I love that it tells you exactly what is in the product, and that it is made from so many wonderful essential oils. It has a wonderful scent, almost that of black licorice, but not quite, and the scent is rather mild and not too strong like some products may be.

This product is for external use only, so do not ingest it. It does not feel greasy as I apply it to my skin. They suggest that you should apply to the whole body once or twice per day but the since the bottle is only 50 ml I only apply it to the desired areas. The directions say to apply "the right amount" which is anybody's guess, and massage it in a circular motion toward the heart.

It is said to help promote healthy metabolism, ease hunger cravings, eliminate fats and excess water, improve digestion, enhance mood and increase energy. Although I haven't noticed a major change, I haven't been using it for long so the final results are not in yet.

Still, I have noticed some improvement in several of these areas, so it gets 4 stars from me. I would give it 4 1/2 if I were able, but will have to wait for further testing before deciding if it deserves 4 or 5 stars.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

(Product Review) 2 Quart (1/2 Gallon) Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser with Mason Jar and Stainless Steel Filter by County Line Kitchen


I'm not much of a coffee drinker but my son is I purchased this 2 Quart (1/2 Gallon) Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser with Mason Jar and Stainless Steel Filter by County Line Kitchen and have been using it to make tea.



My son will probably take it over for his coffee, but he will have to wait until I get a couple of batches of tea made first since his coffee takes so much longer to brew. To make coffee or tea, just put your grounds or tea leaves into the cone. The more you add, the stronger your coffee or tea will be. Be sure to leave a couple of inches so all your grounds or tea leaves can be thoroughly wetted.

Next you will add water. Then, the hard part is waiting. It takes about 12 hours, or anywhere up to 24 hours for your coffee to be finished. The seal is tight, so you can give it a good shake after an hour or so to make sure that the grounds are wetted thoroughly, which will give you much better results.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

(Product Review) Premium Masala Green Chai Tea- Organic and Pure Darjeeling Loose Leaf with The Best Indian Spices.


I am an avid tea drinker and recently purchased this Premium Masala Green Chai Tea- Organic and Pure Darjeeling Loose Leaf with The Best Indian Spices.Includes powerful health promoting Antioxidants (Makes 50 Cups)- 3.53oz- By VAHDAM from Golden Tips Teas. 



This fresh tea smells wonderful while brewing, and the taste is even better. I am currently enjoying a nice hot cup of this green tea with cardamon and cloves. The taste is great and the ingredients are all natural and boast of health benefits including maintaining dental health, relieving stress, improving sleep and detoxifying the body. I know that it has helped me relax through some stressful situations that I have been dealing with. 

I love that this tea comes with a generous 50 servings in a resealable bag which keeps it very fresh. I would recommend this tea to anyone, and if you like it a little sweeter you can add sugar if you like. 

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) iClever BoostCube Multiple Ports Desktop Charger, 5-Port USB (SmartID 40W 8A) Charging Station with 1700J 2 Surge Protected Outlets Power Strip for iPhone iPad Samsung Smartphone Tablet Laptop


For months I have had a surge protector, plus several USB chargers plugged into the nightstand by my bed. I really only need a couple of electrical outlets, and often have as many as 5 USB devices plugged in at one time. This iClever BoostCube Multiple Ports Desktop Charger, 5-Port USB (SmartID 40W 8A) Charging Station with 1700J 2 Surge Protected Outlets Power Strip for iPhone iPad Samsung Smartphone Tablet Laptop is the perfect solution to my problem. It has exactly what I need.



The two surge protected outlets are exactly enough for my electrical needs, and there are 5 USB ports as well. My bedside lamp takes a USB charger, so this leaves the other 4 USB ports for my smart phone, my camera, my tablet and one other device of my choice. Depending on the day it could be another phone, my selfie stick, a power bank, my headphones, or anything else in need of a charge.

This charger not only takes up less space on my nightstand, but is also attractive looking. It is sturdy and the four pads on the bottom of this multi-port charger protect my stand from scratches. I love that it has a built in surge protector because we have had a ridiculous amount of power outages lately, and this will help to protect my electronics from damage caused by power surges.

I also love the 5 foot power cable which enables me to plug this device in behind the bed and out of the way. This assures that I won't be accidentally knocking the charger from the stand. Using this device also clears up much of the cord clutter from before.

I can easily keep multiple items close at hand and they can all be plugged into one charger, rather than having multiple cords, with multiple chargers attached to multiple devices scattered across my nightstand every night. I love this multi-port charger, and would recommend it to anyone who has multiple USB devices.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

(Product Review) Garden Shears: Careful Gardener Premium Quality Pruning Shears.

I love my  new Careful Gardener Premium Quality Pruning Shears. They are very comfortable to use and work great for both left or right handed gardeners.



I have a lot of roses and small trees that need pruned, so I am glad I found a pair of garden shears that I really like. My son and I both used these to do some work on some of my indoor plants. He is left handed and said that he had no trouble using these either. His hands are also much larger than mine, but this wasn't an issue either.

They open wide for trimming larger branches, and work great for the smaller stuff as well. I have been enjoying them in my indoor gardening areas, and will be giving them a thorough trial once we get to the outdoor plants. So far I am really loving these, and would happily recommend them to other gardeners.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Easy@Home Bluetooth Body fat Digital Scale


I have been working hard at my weight loss program and needed a new set of bathroom scales. I decided on the Easy@Home Bluetooth Body fat Digital Scale because it is so much more than a normal bathroom scale.



The first thing that caught my attention was the sleek design with easy to read digital readout, but what kept my attention was attention were all the additional features of this bathroom scale.

This scale uses Bluetooth to connect to many phones and tablets. Just download the free app for iPhone or android, and pair your devices. It was quick and easy to do following the instructions included with the scale.

This scale can measure your weight, and BMI in just a few seconds, and can also measure your body water, body fat, bone mass, and visceral fat and upload the stats to the app. It will give you charts and help you track gains or losses in weight.

This scale can also weigh up to 400 pounds, and appears to be accurate within at least a couple of pounds of my last doctors visit. I am happy with this scale and will continue to recommend it to others.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Natural Pain Relief Cream by Marathon Pain Relief


I don't often use the rub on type of pain relievers when going out because of the smell that they all seem to have. The Natural Pain Relief Cream by Marathon Pain Relief may not be completely odor free, but has only a hint of a scent to it, and not at all an unpleasant one.



It is easy to apply and rubs in nicely without leaving an oily film behind. It has a nice warming sensation, and really feels good while being massaged into my skin. I have used it on my neck, shoulder and knees and it really helped in all these places.

It also lasted longer than most of the other creams, rubs and ointments I have used in the past. I like that it is a natural pain relief cream, rather than filling my body with loads of chemicals to relieve the pain and stiffness that I suffer from on a daily basis. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a natural form of pain relief.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Willow & Everett Pour Over Drip Coffee Maker


I don't drink a lot of coffee, but my sons do and they often use my new Willow & Everett Pour Over Drip Coffee Maker for making their coffee. 




To use this you just place it on top of your coffee cup, add coffee, pour boiling water in the top, and wait for your fresh brewed coffee to drip through. It just takes a few minutes for a fresh cup of coffee. 

It is made 18/8 food grade stainless steel and the fine mesh keeps out the grounds pretty well. It also makes a great cup of tea. This is one of those gadgets that I never thought I needed but use nearly every day. 

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

(Product Review) Superior Chef Stainless Steel Large Jumbo Garlic Press / Mincer by PepperMate Durable Kitchen Garlic and Ginger Press by PepperMate


I love garlic, and adding fresh garlic to my cooking is something I really enjoy. I recently ordered this Superior Chef Stainless Steel Large Jumbo Garlic Press / Mincer by PepperMate Durable Kitchen Garlic and Ginger Press by PepperMate and am glad I did because it works very well for mincing fresh garlic for my favorite dishes.



This garlic press is sturdy metal, and it fits nicely in my hand. It is easy to use and minces my garlic perfectly. It works well for even the larger garlic cloves, and is easy to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher. I will be using this a lot, and really love it.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Amazing Mounted Broom and Mop Holder (Grey) by HS Home Solution


I have been working very hard at organizing my home and this Amazing Mounted Broom and Mop Holder (Grey) by HS Home Solution is one more step in the right direction. It was easy to mount on the wall, using the included screws and anchors.



Once mounted, It took just a few minutes to gather up assorted brooms, mops, dusters and other such items and get them all hung neatly and out of the way. This wall mounted holder is doing a great job of keeping these items tidy and within easy reach for when I need them.

I have had no problems with the handles slipping out, or anything falling from this holder. It does just as I had hoped, and is helping me to get my home more organized.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) R'stoyours French Press, 6 Cups with Bonus Measuring Scoop, 2 Decorative Coffee Stencils, and Coffee Bag Clip


My son was without a coffee maker so I got this R'stoyours French Press, 6 Cups with Bonus Measuring Scoop, 2 Decorative Coffee Stencils, and Coffee Bag Clip for him to use.



There were no instructions with it, and having never used one before, neither of us knew exactly how to use it. Reading through the product description gave us a general idea, but no details. We had no idea how much coffee to use in this coffee maker but since we saw other reviews saying it made very strong coffee, we didn't use as much as we might have otherwise.

He was also very concerned about pouring boiling water into the pot, but poured it in very cautiously and had no problems. He was not very happy with his first pot of coffee because he said it was much too weak. Since then he has been experimenting with it, and has come much closer to the needed amount. He is still experimenting, but is much happier with the results now.

I wish it came with directions because it would eliminate the need for experimentation, but still like this coffee maker with or without directions. He must not mind it too much because he wouldn't let me take it back to use for my tea.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) Survival Folding Knife, Multitool by Survival Hax

I have been planning on getting a survival knife for quite some time, so when I was offered a promotional discount on this Survival Folding Knife, Multitool by Survival Hax, how could I refuse?



At first glance you might think that this is a typical lock blade pocket knife, but it is so much more. It has a serrated blade which makes it great for hunting, fishing or tactical activities. Now, take a closer look at the handle.

As you can see it has both Phillips and flat head screwdrivers included in the handle. It also has a 1/4 inch hex drive and a bottle opener. You may not need instructions but it is nice to know they are included for those who need them. This is a nice pocket survival knife, perfect for hunting, fishing, or other activities, or for your bugout bag.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.



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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

(Product Review) Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer


We have been trying to eat healthier, and the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer is one of the tools I ordered to help with that quest.



I really like how easy this is to use, and when not in use, it even looks attractive on my counter. I worried when I first opened it because it looked like a lot of parts to be assembled, but it was simple to put it all together without even needing to look at instructions. It works great and can help me prepare my fresh veggies in a variety of ways.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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(Product Review) 10-Color LINKYO Liquid Chalk Marker Pens with Erasable Ink and Reversible Tips


Around my house we have a bunch of budding artists. I ordered these 10-Color LINKYO Liquid Chalk Marker Pens with Erasable Ink and Reversible Tips and we have been having a blast with them. 




At first, when I saw chalk markers, an image of drawing on a chalkboard crossed my mind, but there are intended for nonporous surfaces instead. You could use them on a chalkboard, but would probably not be able to remove the color once you did. These work great on nonporous surfaces though. 

I had fun drawing on a couple of mirrors, and the kids enjoyed painting gift tags for some gifts we were giving to friends. A bit of marker got onto the table and it washed right off with a wet cloth. 

Just follow the included instructions for use, and you will be creating some beautiful artwork in minutes. The colors are so bright and vibrant, the kids and I loved them. I highly recommend these markers for both adults and children.

Although I got this product at a discount or received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions on the products I review are always my own and have not been influenced by any discounts or samples which may have been provided to me for testing purposes.

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