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Saturday, May 31, 2014

This is How I Loosen Up


Writing a lot of articles and doing reviews on a daily basis can be daunting at times. Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode and other times, I feel that it's empty and I can't think of any ideas or topics to write about. I know it's not just me, but I wonder what my other blogger friends do when they feel like they had too much writing done for the day?

I like to play games when times like this strikes. I usually reach for my tablet and play my favorite games. This helps me relax and after a while, I'm ready to tackle the tasks again. Sometimes, I'm even surprised that I get to finish my articles fast after playing. But, it's not just the games on my tablet that I play when I feel like I'm going to burst. Sometimes I take advantage of my casino bonus. Not that I gamble. I actually hate losing money, but I grew up playing poker, blackjack and "Tongits" (a local card game) with my family. We only play for fun, though, and the bets don't go as much as a dollar.

Now, if you're wondering how in the world did I get a bonus and play in real online gaming sites, I'll tell you a little secret I recently learned on how to get free cash by playing online without making any deposits. Yup, that is possible. A lot of people think that you need to deposit real cash to play and have fun. What they didn't know is that there is a no deposit bonus when you use coupon codes. You can get as little as $5 to as much as $500. I heard some people were able to cash out those no deposit casino bonus codes. I haven't tried cashing out my bonuses because I never tried making those wagering requirements.

Well, I hope this little secret will be of help to those who are afraid to lose money like me. You'll get to play your favorite games without shelling out cash from your own pocket and when you get lucky, you get to cash out your winnings. Nothing to lose there, right?


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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Boarding School Option


When deciding on an education for their children some parents may consider a boarding school. While this was a popular option for the wealthy many years ago, today, many schools have been established to give parents this choice.



The idea of a boarding school is to place a child in a structured and independent learning environment. Some boarding schools stress academic rigor and offer advanced preparation for college. Boarding schools not only offer an enhanced academic environment, they allow more individualized instruction.

Boarding schools are usually located in a campus type setting where students get a chance to experience nature up close every day. Schools in these settings may incorporate this into the learning experience. For example, nature walks or school farms may be a part of the everyday experience.



Staff members generally live on campus and interact with students both in and outside of class. They are able to give individual help with academics or other problems. Because of the generally smaller student -teacher ratio, teachers can better tailor the courses to individual students. Same sex schools like boys boarding school or all girls’ boarding schools give students a chance to avoid some of the problems of coed schools.

On the other hand, boarding schools tend to isolate students from their families. Some schools are located at great distance so visits with family are infrequent. This may lead to loneliness and homesickness. Students tend to bond with teachers and staff and may lose friendships developed at home. However, many students learn to be independent, solve problems and develop new friendships.

If the student comes from a background with many negative influences like drugs, crime or gangs, the boarding school provides a protective environment. The campus is closed to the public and often located far away from the home neighborhood. Freed from the temptations of home, many students succeed and develop more positive behavior traits.

The cost of boarding school is one of the biggest drawbacks for many parents. Aside from the cost of tuition, room and board and uniforms, transportation costs may be prohibitive. If parents live far from the school, the cost of travel will limit face -to -face interaction with family and friends.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tylers Coffee Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

It used to be that my day is never complete without a few cups of coffee. Although I didn't have problems with two to three cups daily, I know I had to cut back because too much caffeine and acid can be bad, too. I'm doing okay with just a cup a day, but there are times I still crave for a cup of Java. Then, I had the opportunity to review Tylers Coffee.




Product Description

No chemicals are used in the process of making our coffee Acid Free. Our coffee beans have more caffeine because we do not burn off the caffeine in the roasting process. Tylers Acid Free Coffee won’t contribute to acid related problems such as tooth enamel decay, acid reflux, indigestion, upset stomach or heartburn. One Pound of coffee will make approximately 100 cups of delicious acid free USDA Certified Organic coffee. Each bag contains 16 oz of ground beans.

My Thoughts

This coffee is delicious and it's good to know that I can go back to drinking more than one cup a day. This is just like regular coffee without the acid. This will be good for my dad who suffers from heartburn.




Pros

Both the Regular Organic and Decaf are acid free. That's because no chemicals are used in the process of making the coffee. Tylers coffee beans have more caffeine than regular coffee because they did not burn off the caffeine in the roasting process.

Cons

I honestly did not find anything with this coffee.

Recommendation

If you have issues with acid, but you just can't let live without a cup of Joe, Tylers Coffee is for you. The delicious coffee will not contribute to acid related problems such as tooth enamel decay, acid reflux, indigestion, upset stomach or heartburn.

Where to purchase Tylers Coffee? Please visit their website at http://tylerscoffees.com/. They also have Facebook and Twitter pages where you can find out the latest updates on their products.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Three Ways to Help Children Succeed


Did you struggle to make it from your childhood to the life that you enjoy today? Do you sometimes think about kids growing up in a much tougher world today and what they may struggle with as they try to succeed? If so, you have the compassionate heart needed to make a difference for children who may one day impact the world in a positive manner. There are three ways you can use your resources to help children enjoy success in life.

1. Sacrifice your time.

If you can spare just one hour each week, you have the time to read with a child who struggles in school or help serve food at a homeless shelter. If you have more than one hour a week to spare, you are a dream come true for many community service projects in your area.

Think about your community and the organizations trying to make a difference for children and families in your area. Call them up and you will see how excited they are to bring one more person aboard, regardless of how much money you have in the bank.

2. Start a community program in your area.

Do you have a special talent or are you successful in a certain area of business? What you know could help parents find jobs, and those jobs have a direct impact on the lives of underprivileged children. If you have something that you can teach others, think about starting a community service project. Start small, but expect amazing things to happen with time.

3. Show your financial support to an established program benefiting children.

If you don't have the money or time to start your own community outreach program, consider financially supporting a program that is already in existence. If you want to reach beyond your local community, you can donate to a program like Sing for Hope. This program brings the joy of the arts to children who would otherwise never learn to express themselves through dance, song and other artistic expressions.

Everyone has something that they can give, and that includes you. If it isn't time, then it is probably financial support. If you don't have a dime to spare, then you may have an hour to spare. Think about how you can give back, and then make an effort to do it today.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Rainbow Bandz Organization Box Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

It's only been recently that I started buying loom bands. Yup, for those of you who do not know yet, I'm a crafter. I've seen these loom bracelets around and I wanted to try it. I'm glad I was given a chance to review the Rainbow Bandz Organization Box. Now, I have a place to keep my colorful Rainbow Bandz refill pack.




Product Description


  • Clear Plastic Storage Organizer Case for Rainbow Loom and Rubber Bands -Adjustable Compartments! Fits the Rainbow Loom Tool and has plenty of room for bands and connectors! 
  • Compartments keep parts separated and are adjustable with the 20 included dividers 
  • Compartment rows are 2 inches wide x 1.9 inches deep and 13-1/2 inches long maximum 
  • See thru plastic storage organizer case fits the Rainbow Loom and loom bands and clips!! 
  • Adjustable compartments keep parts separated. Includes 20 dividers compartment. 
  • See through plastic storage organizer case fits the all Rainbow Loom style and loom bands and clips!! 
  • Each are 2 inches wide x 1.9 inches deep and 13-1/2 inches long maximum. 14" x 8.5" x 1.875" overall. Money back guarantee.



My Thoughts

I have a similar organizer for my cross stitch and embroidery threads, but I like this one a lot because the compartments are adjustable. If a have too much of one color, I can easily adjust it for a bigger compartment and vice versa. The locks are firm, which is a big plus because they can keep the box firmly closed.

Recommendation

This is a great organization box not just for loom bands. You can use it for other crafts or whatever little things you have that needs organizing. The plastic material looks durable and it won't easily break when dropped.

You can get this pretty organizer on Amazon for $9.99. For more information about the Rainbow Bandz Organization Box and to see other products they offer, please visit the Rainbow Bandz website.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Caramel Coffee Protein Powder and Shaker Cup Giveaway


What better way to enjoy the morning without the guilt than with a yummy cup of Caramel Coffee Protein Powder. Join below for a chance to win.

 CLICK Caramel Coffee Protein Powder & Shaker Cup Giveaway


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Facts About Service Dogs


Service dogs are a vital part of many peoples’ lives and help in the day-to-day activities that people with disabilities struggle to complete. Unfortunately, most people are uneducated when it comes to service animals and actually believe myths and false truths. One of the most frequent questions that the public has is how they can make their dog a service animal so he can go everywhere with them. The truth is, the only way your dog can officially be recognized as a service animal under ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is when you met the following conditions:

• The handler or owner has a disability that is documented and defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This includes a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more of their major life activities.
• The dog is required to be trained to perform tasks that help alleviate the disability. Simply saying that the dog’s presence is therapeutic doesn’t qualify the animal.
• The dog cannot alter the environment of others. The means they must be kept under control of their handlers and on a leash any time they are in a public area. The must also no show any signs of aggression, and must be kept clean and quiet.

Unfortunately, the public is under many misconceptions regarding the rights of the disabled and just how service animals work. The public has a considerable lack of knowledge on these matters. For example, many people think that a service dog must wear a tag or vest identifying them or they are not a legitimate service animal. Keep in mind, however, that there are, unfortunately, several unethical companies that actually profit from this lack of knowledge. These companies often sell forms of identification that doesn’t require any proof on the dog’s level of training it has received, nor any medical documentation to determine whether or not the person is actually disabled.

All potential service animals must complete service dog training and met the minimum standards for service dogs. A team of animal behaviorists, service dog trainers, veterinarians and people with disabilities developed these minimum standards to help guide and maintain the development of the service animal education system.

These minimum standards include the minimum behaviors required and recommended characteristics of all potential service dogs. The specialized behaviors and characteristics required of the each dog varies based on the requirements and needs of the individual for whom the dog is being trained.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Types of Treatment Programs


Addiction is, unfortunately, a common occurrence that rips families apart. Simply turn on the television or pick up the latest magazine and you will hear all about the hottest celebrities who are suffering from one form of addiction or another. This disturbing yet growing trend shows no signs of slowing, and it is not glamorous as certain people make it look. Addiction is dangerous and has the ability to be deadly. It takes control of all aspects of your life and makes you lose control. Thankfully, qualified and reputable treatment centers -- such as Your First Step -- are here to help you or your family member fight back against addiction.

Beginning the search for a drug treatment center is the first step in admitting you have a problem. And even though others may see it as a small step, seeking help may actually be the hardest step that those under the spell of addiction make. However, trying to find the right program for you can be an overwhelming task. Consulting a trusted physician who knows your specific situation may be the best option. They can give you recommendations on all the options available.

Treatment centers where once conducted in a hospital-like setting. In recent years, many treatment and rehab programs have moved away from this type of environment and instead are conducted in a more therapeutic setting. For example, several treatment facilities offer amenities such as gyms, swimming pools and basketball courts. Some facilities and programs also offer artistic classes that will help patients overcome the addiction and give them a productive and positive change in their current damaging lifestyle choices. These centers offer a long-term program option where the patients stay on the facilities for their entire treatment.

Outpatient programs are another option available that can help addicts take their life back. Unfortunately, these treatment programs are often not as successful since the patient travels to and from the center for their sessions. This freedom often leaves the door open for the patient to continue using.

Medical detox is an option usually saved for those with serious addiction problems that they cannot medically quit. This treatment medically removes the drugs from the patient’s system. However, there are serious side effects to this treatment option. This includes heart failure, seizures, suicide tendencies, psychosis and delirium tremors.

No matter which treatment option you choose, always check center’s credentials. Never consider any facility that isn’t accredited and respected.


Ozeri Brezza III Review


Today, I am reviewing the Brezza III Dual Oscillating 10" High Velocity Desk Fan courtesy of Ozeri.




Product Description

Featuring dual oscillation motors that deliver cooling airflow with automatic horizontal AND vertical motion, the newly released Brezza III by Ozeri raises the bar in fan performance with unrivaled technology. Built upon the success of the Brezza II Fan, this new dual oscillation fan now boasts 4 motor speeds, a 4-hour timer, a refined design, and a new record for the lowest noise output in its class. The Ozeri Brezza III's dual oscillating motors deliver airflow from left to right and up and down, liberating you from having to move or turn the fan to change the airflow direction. With the new extended-range remote control or via the push of button on the fan's control panel, the Brezza III 10" Desk Fan provides automatic dual motion oscillation for the ultimate in air circulation that ensures the widest distribution of cooling airflow and hot spot elimination.




My Thoughts

I like that the fan is very lightweight. It's easy to carry around and move from one room to another. It is very quiet; there is no noise to disturb you when you are working or wake you up when you're resting. When I first tried it, I was impressed that it turns around in every direction. I have several fans here at home, but I never had one that moves in vertical moves in vertical motion as well.

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Pros

It's small, but sturdy and it looks durable. It fits perfectly on your computer desk or on your night stand table. It has four speeds and it oscillates in any direction. You also have the option to choose the motion of the fan.

Cons

My husband says it is not so powerful, but for me, it is powerful enough. The highest speed is powerful enough to cool a small room.

Recommendation

The features of the Ozeri Brezza III are amazing. If you're looking to buy a fan to keep you cool through the hot days of summer, this fan is what you need. Buy it now on Amazon!

For more info about the Ozeri Brezza III Dual Oscillating 10" High Velocity Desk Fan, please visit the Ozeri website. You may also like and follow them on Facebook for more information.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: LF Yacon Syrup


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Have you heard of Yacon? It's a perennial plant and the root or fruit looks like a small yam. Some say it looks like a potato because of its brown skin, but longer. The flesh is white like a turnip. It also tastes like it, but Yacon is juicier and sweeter. I've heard of this before and that it's good for diabetics and dieters. My dad is diabetic and he's tried snacking on Yacon, but eventually stopped because it was not always available in the markets. Today, I am reviewing the syrup. We've never tried it before, so let's see if the family will like it.

PRODUCT DETAILS


  • 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function. 
  • Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant. 
  • High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your body's metabolism. 
  • Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists. 
  • 100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in an FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.




My Thoughts

It's definitely sweet and would make a great substitute for sugar and other low calorie sweeteners. The consistency of the syrup is thick like honey. And because it's very sweet, you only need a little to add to your food or drink. Although this is intended for our dad, my SIL and I wanted to have a taste of this wonder syrup. The taste is pleasant and I like it.




Pros

It's low in calories and the syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. Only the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant was used to make a premium pure syrup formula.

Cons

None except that it's a tad pricey. But considering the many health benefits of the Yacon root, then I'd say it's worth it.

Recommendation

It's great for people who suffer from diabetes and for those who are dieting. Buy it now on Amazon for $18.97.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Improve Blood Flow with Black Beans

Overworked muscles? 



A delicious remedy for that is black beans. The little gems are packed with magnesium and potassium - minerals that relax muscle tension and improve blood flow to speed the healing of damaged tissues. Experts suggest eating 1/2 cup per day to cut the incidence of cramps, spasms and soreness by 33 percent.

Our Graduates

It was only last year when I helped my nephew and some of his classmates look for class rings online. Now, it's my niece who's graduating from college. Next year, it's going to be my other niece and the year after that, my son. It makes the whole family ecstatic that we have a graduate every year. Sure, sending them to college is very costly, but seeing them march and get their diplomas is definitely worth it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Review and Giveaway


I got an early Mother's Day treat courtesy of Guylian Belgian Chocolate. My heart melts for chocolates and these luxurious treats definitely made my day. Look, I got plenty!






  • One – 22 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One – 22 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles with signature dark hazelnut filling 
  • One – 19 piece Le Gourmet classic Belgian chocolate assortment 
  • One – 11 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles individually wrapped with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One – Gift wrapped 11 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One - 6 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One - 6 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles with signature dark hazelnut filling 
  • Four - 2 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One - No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate Bar 
  • One - No Sugar Added 54% Dark Chocolate Bar


Guylian is the world’s favourite Belgian chocolate and the #1 chocolate manufacturer in Belgium. Guylian “ultra-indulgent” luxurious chocolate seashells are marbled with 100% pure, silky smooth, milk, dark and white Belgian chocolate and are filled with our rich & creamy signature hazelnut filling. The Guylian brand dates back to the late 1950’s when Guy Foubert, a passionate Belgian chocolatier married his love, Liliane, who then joined names creating Chocolaterie Guylian. Today, Guylian crafts the finest authentic Belgian Chocolate Truffles, utilizing the our original signature hazelnut truffle recipe which is still made in small-batch copper kettles exclusively by Guylian’s Master Chocolatiers in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

I've always loved their seashell and seahorse chocolates. The rich, silky smooth chocolate melts in your mouth and the creamy signature hazelnut filling is simply heavenly. They are not so sweet and you won't get fed up with their Belgian Chocolate Truffles, unlike other chocolates that are too sweet. I'm sure many of you are already familiar with Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate products.





As you can see in the photos, the chocolates are elegantly packed. Each piece is made to perfection. And whether you enjoy it as it is, or have them with your favorite drink, you will surely have an ultimate chocolate experience. By the way, the chocs came with a cooler foam brick to prevent them from melting during shipment.

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Truffles would make a perfect gift for moms on Mother's Day. And because you are a loyal reader of this blog, I am sharing with you a code so you can purchase them at 10% off. Simply type Chocolate10 before checkout here.

For more information about Guylian Belgian Chocolate, please visit their website at www.GuylianBelgianChocolate.com, like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

I am also having a giveaway where one lucky reader will have a chance to win all these...


  • One – 22 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One – 22 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles with signature dark hazelnut filling 
  • One – 19 piece Le Gourmet classic Belgian chocolate assortment 
  • One – 11 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles individually wrapped with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One – Gift wrapped 11 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One - 6 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One - 6 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles with signature dark hazelnut filling 
  • Four - 2 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles with signature hazelnut filling 
  • One - No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate Bar 
  • One - No Sugar Added 54% Dark Chocolate Bar


Giveaway is open to US only, 18+ and ends on 17 May 2014.

Good luck!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cool Learning Tool for Toddlers


It's really great to know that Soleil and Sophie, who are barely 3 and still can't speak like normal kids their age do, is learning the alphabet. Yup, they are learning to say and write the uppercase letters, thanks to Preschool and Kindergarten learning kids games for girls & boys, an app developed by Kids Academy company. And they learned to speak and write the first three letters in just a couple of days!




That's when I decided to purchase the uppercase pack. I would have bought the whole pack on iTunes for $9.99, but I didn't want to overwhelm the girls. I thought a little at a time would be best. They were excited that they can open and trace all the letters. After a few days, they can write and say most of the letters. Of course, there are some difficulties as they still can't pronounce the letters F, J, Q, R, V, and W, but, you'll be surprised that they can write them. They also find the curves a little tough. Still, they manage to write the letters.





Then, I was given the opportunity to review the application. So, I purchased the full pack (the money I spent in purchasing the app will be reimbursed later). The girls' eyes went wide when they discovered that they can open all the features -- lower case, shapes, numbers and a whole lot more. I wouldn't be surprised anymore if after a few weeks, Soleil and Sophie can recite the alphabet (and I'm crossing my fingers they can say the words), know both the upper and lower case, learn the numbers and learn how to count, trace shapes, and write everything.

This app is highly recommended for parents who have toddlers. This is the fun and fast way to teach them letters, numbers and shapes. Kids can easily learn to read interactive ABC, alphabet tracing, numbers, shapes and many more.

Preschool and Kindergarten learning kids games for girls and boys can be downloaded for FREE via iTunes or Amazon.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Affordable, Delicious and Healthy Recipes


Healthy meals can be anything but boring. Preparing healthy meals for yourself and your family does not require that you be an expert chef or that you have a limitless grocery budget. Budget-friendly natural food products such as the Harvestland products, can be found at numerous grocery stores. When your meal plan begins with healthy food, you will feel confident that you are doing something wonderful for your family.

Whenever you set a goal that involves some type of lifestyle change, there are a few key tips that can help you remain dedicated to your goal until you successfully meet the challenge you've set for yourself. It's also best to keep the new diet exciting. A slow transition might be met with less resistance from your family. When you're breaking your unhealthy eating habits, it's important that the changes you make don't leave anyone feeling deprived. Take some time to explore a variety of meal ideas such as those those that include all natural chicken recipes.


Transitioning to a healthy diet, also offers you the opportunity to implement some other healthy living ideas into your life. For example, you'll notice that many of the healthy recipes you find will include various types of fresh herbs. It takes a minimal amount of time, effort and space to grow your own little herb garden. There's something extra special about snipping herbs from you garden, instead of buying them from the store.

Turkey is not just for special occasions. Turkeys that are raised with an all vegetarian diet, no antibiotics and no steriods or hormones can be a healthy addition to your summertime meal plans. There are many delicious recipes for turkey such as a turkey burger or a Thai turkey lettuce wrap. These meals would be perfect for lunch or dinner on the patio or deck or as the main feature in your picnic basket.

Fresh vegetables and herbs pair perfectly with responsibly grown chicken and turkey. You can approach your goal of eating healthy, natural foods as an adventure that holds the potential for magnificent discoveries. Your family may not even know that their meals are getting more flavorful and colorful because you're concerned about the quality of food they eat. From their point of view, it may seem that your cooking skills and menu plans are simply getting more impressive. Go ahead and let them think that. Accept their compliments and enjoy your new healthy lifestyle.

Review: Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen Scale


I got really excited when my new kitchen gadget arrived on my doorstep. Now I can evenly divide my meats before storing them in the freezer. This will also be a great help in my food portioning scheme. I'm trying to cut down on my food intake in order for me to lose weight.



Product Description

Industry exclusive scale features Microban antimicrobial product protection that helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria Boasts 2 touch sensitive buttons, 4 high precision sensors, a large Blue Backlit screen and a capacity range of 0.1 oz. to 11.2 lbs. or 1 g to 5100 g Award-winning thin design is infused with Microban antimicrobial technology to provide an added level of protection that won't ever wear away Precise tare button subtracts the container weight for the net ingredient weight; easy unit button instantly converts from lb./oz., kg/g, fl.oz., to ml Includes 2 Lithium Batteries and an Easy Access Battery Compartment (no screwdriver needed)



My Thoughts

It's sleek and thin, unlike the old, big kitchen scale that I used to have. The screen is bright enough and the numbers are large, so it's easy for me to read the measurements even without my glasses. It's easy to use and clean. The buttons are sensitive, so you don't have to press hard to change the units. Another plus is it is infused with Microban Antimicrobial technology that protects the scale from bacteria growth.



Pros

It's digital and it gives you the most accurate measurements. There is no dial to adjust when measuring food in containers. The tare button subtracts the weight of the container, so you only get the precise weight of the food.

Cons

I honestly didn't find anything that I didn't like about the kitchen scale.

Recommendation

It's user friendly. Even those who are not used to using digital gadgets would find the Ozeri ZK13-5PW Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale easy to use. This would make a perfect gift, especially that Mother's Day is right around the corner.

The Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen Scale can be purchased on Amazon for $29.20. For more information about the product, please visit the Ozeri website or like and follow them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rainbow Bandz Rainbow Loom REFILL Pack Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Back when I was young, my siblings and I used to make bracelets using rubber bands. And instead of using a real garter for our favorite game "Chinese Garter," my girlfriends and I would make a long string of rubber bands. The elastic bands we used then are not as colorful as the Rainbow Loom Bands we have now. A set of pp was sent to me for review purposes. Now, if you have been following this blog, you probably already know that I'm a crafter, too. And what perfect timing that these Rainbow Bandz were sent to me because I want to introduce crafting to my twin granddaughters.





Product Description

Rainbow Bandz Rainbow Loom REFILL pack - the new and improved highest quality, brightest color rainbow band refills. The original 5400 pack of Rainbow Bandz latex free rubber bands in 9 different colors: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange, Black, and White. This refill pack is 100% compatible with all loom kits.

My Opinion

I love the bright colors of the bands. They are easy on the eyes and very eye-catching. I also love that they don't smell like chemicals. I never buy the twins toys and other stuff that smells like chemicals. I already found several patterns online and for sure, the girls and I would have loads of fun making colorful loom bracelets.

Pros


  • Premium Quality Bands and safe for Kids 
  • Packed individually per color for easy organizing! 
  • No Smell and won't easily break! 
  • Compatible with all Loom Kits!


Cons

None

Recommendation

Perfect for girls of all ages. Whether you are a crafter or not, you'll have fun making pretty bracelets with friends and family. The bracelets would also make a great gift.

For more information about the loom bands, please visit Rainbow Bandz, to purchase, go to Amazon.

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Review: Zip and Block Anti Allergen Bed Bug Proof Mattress and Pillow


Expect me to have watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing when I wake up from an afternoon nap. I used to have that in the morning too, but lately, it only happens in the afternoon. It sounds weird, right? But that's what happens when my allergic rhinitis attacks. The cause? I'd like to think that dust mites are causing them. I wouldn't say it comes from pollen because my allergic rhinitis happens all throughout the year. And I also wouldn't say that it comes from pet dander because we don't have a pet anymore.

My sheets are changed weekly, still, the sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes are there without fail.So, when I was offered a chance to review an Anti Allergen Bed Bug Proof Mattress and Pillow encasing from Zip and Block, I didn't hesitate. Although the symptoms only lasts for a few minutes, I would love to get rid of the allergy.



Product Description


  • Anti-Allergen prevents bedding bacteria 
  • Waterproof 
  • Breathable 100% Polypropylene with a Polyurethane membrane 
  • Rustproof Zipper 
  • Medically recommended





My Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised to wake up without sneezing. I think I've finally found the solution to my allergy. Both the mattress protector and pillow cases are waterproof. That's another plus because my twin granddaughters alternately sleeps with me. They are barely 3 and we are weaning them from wearing disposable diapers. The bedding is very light and easy to put on. It's good to know that my mattress and pillows are now protected from allergen molecules and I can say goodbye to my allergic rhinitis.

Pros

It's made of 100% Polypropylene with a Polyurethane membrane so it's light and breathable. Judging from the look and feel of the bedding, I can tell that the materials used were of high quality and with proper care, I'm sure this set would last for a long time.

Cons

None. It feels great to finally take a rest from sore eyes, runny nose and sneezing.

Recommendation

The Zip and Block, Econo Block, Anti Allergen Bed Bug Proof Breathable Waterproof Combo Pack- Mattress and Pillow Encasing is perfect for those who suffer from allergies caused by bed bugs, dust mites, pollen and pet dander. It's also great for those who simply want their mattress and pillows clean and bacteria free.

Anti Allergen Bed Bug Proof Mattress and Pillow encasing from Zip and Block can be purchased on Amazon for $42.31. There are only 10 left in stock at the moment, so I'd hurry now if I were you.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 
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