Friday, June 17, 2016

YRU Chill Qozmo Sporty Lace Up Mid Top Sneakers


YRU Chill Qozmo Sporty Lace Up Mid Top Sneakers

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Synthetic sole
SPORTY LOOK: Show off your athletic side while staying chic in these mid-top sneakers from YRU.

CASUAL EVERYDAY STYLE: Be a babe even in comfy sneakers! These are made out of fabric and vegan leather.

COMFORTABLE STYLE: A round toe allows your toes to get comfortable and a laced up front provides a secure fit.

FINEST QUALITY: Worn year-round, these sneakers feature a comfortable cushioned insole that snuggles your feet to provide comfort with every step.
100% VEGAN LEATHER: These premium sneakers are an earth-conscious product. Buy them with confidence, knowing your stylish purchase is an environmentally friendly one, too!
Once again, I am having Internet issues. I am only posting this to verify my tasks. I will edit whenever I can.


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This is available from Amazon starting at $58.60.

FINAL THOUGHTS
WILL BE FILLED IN WHEN REVIEW IS COMPLETE.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes/No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Friday, June 10, 2016

Life Crutch


Life Crutch

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Ergonomic Handles - Unique and ergonomic design keeps wrists in natural position, helps prevent Carpel Tunnel and sore wrists caused by traditional crutches
Articulating Crutch Tips - 75-100% of surface coverage at all times to assist in a secure footing.
Strong Construction - Can support users up to 300 lbs. Professionally used by the NCAA
Shape - Designed to encourage proper posture in motion. Prevents wrist and underarm pain.
Fits users approximately 4'6" to 6'7''(54" - 77") (with 19 height adjustments)
At 37, I'm trying to reverse the signs of CP aging by trying to wean myself off the walker and onto crutches. I do pretty good with the Ergobaum by Ergoactives Forearm Crutches, but they are a bit heavy and clunky. They are a bit of a pain to take places.

So, I was excited to get these crutches for review.


^^The actual Crutches^^

I like these a lot. They are very lightweight and come fully assembled, which was a plus over the Ergobaum Crutches. I was able to put these right inside the car with me easily.

I actually felt just as stable on these as when I have any other double-sided mobility aid.

Mama Melissa did have to adjust them a bit for me, but otherwise, I don't see disabled people having an issue using these. Just put them under your arms and go!

These is available from Amazon for $49.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great lightweight crutches that feel incredibly stable.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

MDUB Patellar Tendon Cross Strap


MDUB Patellar Tendon Cross Strap

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Patented Crosstrap design creates 20% more isolated pressure on the intersection and then dilutes the pressure on the sides and back. We don't have plastic or rubber parts that often make injuries worst if you fall, in fact our Crosstrap actually softens the impact. Reduce suffering from knee pain, doing any kind of exercise, or even a walk, seems like a big task. This knee strap provides a way to do exercise without worrying about the knee pain.
Professional Grade - Don't be fooled by cheap braces that everyone sells, The Mdub Cross Strap is made up of high-quality materials which gives it longer life and makes it durable. Unlike other Knee straps available in the market which have plastic on the side and will cause irritation and injury, these straps are made of high-quality neoprene & nylon which makes it light & soft. With this knee strap on, you can workout without worrying about hurting your knees.
Comfortable - This Knee strap provides patellar support with soft neoprene padding for comfort. These are adjustable with Velcro straps and are very comfortable to wear. It doesn't restrict your movements and lets you do any physical activity with ease. The padding provides good support for the knee especially when you're walking up or down an incline.
Universal Sizing - This Knee strap is fully adjustable and provides a nice, tight compression fit to your desired level. The curve of the straps allows you to fully adjust them to the curve of your knee. The perfect fit of the strap reduces the pressure on the patella tendon and thus helps to alleviate the pain while running or exercising. Moreover, the strap can be adjusted to fit almost everyone.
The Mdub Crosstrap can also be used for various injuries (pending your size and need) Patella Tendonitis Jumpers knee, IT Band, Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), and Shin Splints.
Having CP, one of the joints that bothers me the worst is my knees, the left one in particular. It has a tendency to buckle beneath me.

Knowing I'd be walking a LOT on the 3rd, I chose to put this strap on to see how my knee would feel and behave with it on.

My knee did feel more supported, and I was able to do my errands just using my Life Crutches, instead of my usual wheeled walker... which is a total win for me, considering I'm wanting to get AWAY from using that, if I can.


^^Stock Photo of the strap^^


^^Photo from Instagram^^
What I like, but yet HATE is that this fastens with Velcro. It's easy to fasten, once it's through the holes, but the Velcro holds SO WELL, IT'S DIFFICULT to undo when you want to take it off. This proves to be a double-edged sword.

Folks with disabilities in their hands may need help to put this on and take it off.

This is available from Amazon starting at $8.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very supportive, but hard to actually use.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Love With Food May 2016 box

Love with Food
April 2016 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
This month’s theme is ‘Love is Empathy.’ Empathy is all about understanding what others feel and go through. At Love With Food, we understand the struggle of people with Celiac disease, and always encourage others to empathize too. For Celiac Awareness Month, we partnered with one of the most trusted brands in allergy-friendly food, Enjoy Life Foods, to bring you a special box of delicious and completely Celiac safe goodies.

According to my tracking apps, my Love With Food box SHOULD be here with today's mail. With that being said, Let’s take an in-depth look at the May 2016 box.


FROM THE OUTER PACKAGING OF EVERY ITEM:
At Enjoy Life, our whole business is making smile-good foods that keep people’s insides happy. That’s why all of our foods are specially made to be gluten-free and free from the 8 most common allergens.
Scott Mandell and the Enjoy Life team

Our products are free of:
-wheat
-dairy
-peanuts
-tree nuts
-egg
-soy
-fish
-shellfish
Also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites.

So, What was in the May 2016 box?

ENJOY LIFE MUFFIN MIX
Get ready to fool all those gluten-free baked good doubters with these fluffy, moist muffins. Just add a little water, oil and your favorite mix-ins!

Okay, so we know the deal by now… anything that needs to be cooked/baked is a no-go in this house, at least for right now. Things MAY change in the near future on this front, but as of the posting of this review, it’s a no-go.
I MAY try to talk ‘Grandma’ into making these, but I’m still BEGGING her to make a cookie mix from last year for me.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE BAKED SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES
A classic treat with just enough sweetness to be utterly craveable, minus all the pesky gluten.

I got a different brand of Snickerdoodle cookies in January’s box and I really enjoyed them. These were softer than the brand in January’s box, but they also had an odd taste to them… something grainy or ‘seedy,’ like you’d find if eating blackberries. Still soft on the teeth though.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE SEA SALT PLENTILS
These light and airy bites are the ultimate combination of better-for-you and phenomenally delicious.

These were the exception to the ‘No Potato’ rule. I’d say the ‘crunchiness’ around the level of a ‘sweet’ rice cake, like Quaker Apples & Cinnamon or Quaker Caramel Corn. I didn’t taste too much salt on these, to be honest. They tasted quite bland.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE CARAMEL APPLE CHEWY BAR
An iconic flavor combination packed into a perfectly portable bar, for bringing the good snacking times with you everywhere.

This had the slight texture of something made with crispy rice… Almost like a chewy granola bar made with rice and oats. VERY sweet. I didn’t taste caramel in this; I tasted more of a syrupy flavor. The syrup taste overpowered the cinnamon or the apple flavor.
Despite that, I would eat this again, and they’d be perfect to toss into a child’s lunch box/bag.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE BEACH BASH SEED & FRUIT MIX
The ideal energy-packed snack for getting you through that 3 p.m. slump or getting through that weekend hike

This 'Trail Mix' contains Sunflower kernels, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and apricots. The fruits were very tender and the seeds weren't very hard on my teeth/gums. I deducted a point for how hard this was to open and get out.
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE MOUNTAIN MAMBO SEED & FRUIT MIX
Fruity with just a touch of chocolate, this nut-free mix won’t ever let you down when your sweet tooth calls.

This 'Trail Mix' contains Sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, chocolate chips and cranberries. As with the Beach Bash mix, The fruits were very tender and the seeds weren't very hard on my teeth/gums. But something just didn't taste right in this one. I liked the Beach Bash flavor better. I also deducted a point for how hard this was to open and get out.
TASTE: 6.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE COCOA LOCO CHEWY BAR
Chocolate lovers, get ready to drool. This bar packs in cocoa AND chocolate chips for an ultimate indulgence-while leaving out all the gluten.

This was my LEAST favorite thing in the box. The chocolate had a very ODD taste to it, kind of chalky, if I had to pinpoint the taste. I’m not one for brownies either, and this had the texture of brownies.
Despite the odd chocolate taste, it did have a pretty decent flavor, but I probably would NOT eat this particular bar again, just because of the odd chocolate flavor.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE SUGAR CRISP CRUNCHY COOKIES
Not too sweet with a sinful buttery taste and an irresistible crunch. Would you believe there’s no gluten or dairy? Mind blown.

Tasted just like a normal sugar cookie. Very crunchy, but yet easy on the teeth.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE CHOCOLATE CHIP CRUNCHY COOKIES
Everyone’s favorite cookie, baked thin and crunchy to satisfy your biggest cravings-and your Celiac diet.

Chips Ahoy cookies, Anyone? Because these tasted EXACTLY like them, complete with the same level of crunch! The coloring was a bit lighter, but everything else is the same!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

ENJOY LIFE S’MORES DECADENT BAR
What’s better than a s’more you can have anytime? This soft, rich treat has all the nostalgic flavor that you love, with none of the allergens you don’t.

I wouldn’t call these bars ‘soft,’ since a piece hit my gum issues and made me have such a reaction, Mama Melissa asked me what was wrong, because I nearly went through the roof in pain.
All I really tasted in this was the chocolate and the rice ‘crispiness,’ Not really a S’mores flavor.
I like the taste of these, but if you have sensitive teeth/gums, you might want to avoid these bars.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND part of a meal in the same box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Skimm 32 Shiny Wedge Women's Sandal


Skimm 32 Shiny Wedge Women's Sandal

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Available in 3 colors: White, Red and Black!

Make some fashion magic happen by bringing back the jellies! Ankle strap sandals have a clear jelly upper with a low platform wedge heel.

Non-skid sole and cushioned footbed.
Color- White, Red, Black
Synthetic upper, synthetic sole
Measurements approx: Heel 2.75" w/ 1.5" platform.
I never really got to wear the 'Jellies' all little girls wore as kids. I needed corrective shoes and while most girls got to wear 'Jellies,' flip-flops and any type of dress shoe they wanted, I had to have gray 'Mary Jane' shoes or the black and white Saddle shoes... which looked cool with jeans, but not so cool with dresses and skirts, and DEFINITELY weren't the most comfortable. (Seriously, the year Stan at Stan's Shoe Shack gave me the Saddle shoes, I wore my sneakers with dresses. That's how PAINFUL those shoes were)

I didn't get my first pair of Jelly shoes until I was late into my teenage years, when I didn't wear corrective shoes any more, only because there weren't any shoe cobblers that worked with my medical insurance at the time. I LOVED those shoes; they had the 'work boot' style treads, but had a 1.5"-2" stocky heel. The summer of 1997, I LIVED in those shoes. I even made the 25 minute, 1.1 mile walk to my hometown's Blueberry Festival, and then around the whole Village Green in those shoes.

But, as with all shoes, they wore out and I ended up tossing them. Then my CP got worse and I didn't DARE wear heeled shoes.

So, when I was offered a chance to review these shoes, I was VERY excited!


^^Actual Shoes on my feet^^

While I like these shoes, they don't like my feet. I had to have Mama Melissa help me with buckling them, and my feet hurt after about 3-4 hours of wearing them.

However, I like the construction of them. They seem to be made solidly. The soles are thick and sturdy, and the buckles stay connected. I didn't feel like the shoe was going to fall off of my foot.

The one thing I didn't like about them is I honestly felt like I was wearing 'stripper shoes.' I also felt wobbly on them... almost like the bottom of the sole was more narrow than the foot bed.

Disabled people are going to need help buckling and unbuckling these shoes. If they are unsteady on high heels, these may also be a problem for those folks.

This is available from Amazon for $25.00.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Really nice pair of shoes... just not disability-foot friendly.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Not for disabled folks, but for normal people, yes.

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Friday, May 20, 2016

Novapolt External DVD Drive


Novapolt External DVD Drive

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Plug and Play. Full compatible with USB 3.0 / USB 2.0

Compatible with WindowsXP/windows2003/Windows8/ windows10 Vista/7, Linux, Mac10 OS, OS X Yosemite, 2015 27" retina iMac, Macbook Pro with OS 10.10.5, macbook air version 10.9.5, imac with el capitan - os x 10.11 and all PC
Power by USB, no need any other power source, no need to install any driver program. Powered by single USB port, just connect it to any PC or MAC with the USB connector, then it will read the disc automatically.

With Slim, Light-weight and Shockproof Design, you can put it in the travelling bag or on your desk This superdrive is for ultrabook, netbook or PC, you can playback CD and DVD, and record CD( ONLY BURN CD)which will give you perfect effect when you are watching DVD videos, installing software, or create backup discs, etc.
I use an Asus Chromebook as my computer. Sadly, The majority of ChromeOS devices do NOT come with a CD/DVD drive, so I was very excited to get this drive. I was looking forward to watching some DVDs and accessing old burnt CDs.

This wasn't to be, though.


^^What I received^^

After finding a tutorial video on YouTube and downloading/installing the appropriate app to read video files, I connected the drive to my Chromebook and inserted a DVD... the drive acted like it was going to read the DVD, so I could open the 'chapters' individually, but nothing happened. The drive was not even found in my file system, so I couldn't even explore the disc.

I tried BOTH USB ports on this Chromebook, thinking maybe it needed to be connected to the USB 3.0 port (and I am unsure which side the 3.0 port is on) and neither side would read the disc. I know the USB ports work, since I have an external wireless mouse and I have accessed my external drive through these same ports.

I did not feel like dragging out my Ubuntu desktop to test the drive on it, and all other computers in the house have a CD/DVD drive already installed.

As far as disabled folks go, there should be NO issue using this... if it works on your system. Just plug it in and hit the open button. As long as you can plug in an USB wire to the port, you'll be fine.

This is available from Amazon for $29.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Complete waste of time, energy (and money) if your system isn't compatible.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**