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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

The ATH-AR3iS SonicFuel® on-ear headphones are designed to enhance your everyday listening experience with newly designed 40 mm drivers that deliver clear mid- and high-frequencies and full, expressive bass.

The headphones come with a detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with mic and controls, making it easy to answer calls and handle music/video playback on your devices. The headphones also feature soft, memory foam earpads and an easily adjustable, padded headband for a comfortable fit and outstanding sound isolation. Plus, the headphones fold up for easy portability.

Newly designed 40 mm drivers provide rich, full-range sound reproduction with crystal-clear mid and high frequencies and powerful, detailed bass
Top-mounted PCB design enables smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement and reduced distortion
Stylish round housing design
Soft, memory foam earpads and easily adjustable, padded headband provide a comfortable fit
1.2 m (3.9') detachable cable with mic/controls for use with compatible devices
Foldable for space-saving portability
Available in black (ATH-AR3iSBK) and white (ATH-AR3iSWH)
I am not really an audiophile by any means. When I use a headset, I just want something comfortable. I tend to wear my headsets a lot during the day, whether I'm watching my tech subscriptions on YouTube or I'm using YouTube as my personal radio station.

But, while the Logitech G230 Gaming Headset is my daily headset of choice, the wire being so long and irreplaceable has me, well, annoyed. So, when Audio-Technica offered to send me one of their new headsets for review, I jumped at the chance!

^^Stock Photos of the headphones^^

^^Headphones Open^^

^^Headphones closed^^

I LOVE the sound that come through these. Very rich and full, but not over-bassy. I don't hear any tinniness through the ear pieces, and the music/sounds do not distort at loud levels.

My favorite thing about these headphones are the detachable wire, which is considerably shorter than the Logitech wire. I don't know HOW many times I have had to buy new headphones, because something happened to the wires, whether it snapped or one of the earcups lost sound in them, But with these Audio-Technica headphones, if the wire were to break, I can easily head to any electronics department/store (or even eBay or Amazon) and pick up a new 3.5 mm male to male wire and Presto! I have my headphones working again. It's also a plus if the wire ever get tangled, I can just unplug them from the earcup and straighten the wire out.

I also like the fact that these headphones fold up, so if I want to store them in a backpack or travel bag, I can detach the wire and then fold the actual earcups in towards the headband. That eliminates the risk of them being broken during travel.

Now, for the downside of these headphones, the earcups themselves. They are ON-EAR cups, meaning the sit directly on the ears. It's fine at first, but after a few hours of listening to music or watching Youtube videos, they start to really hurt. I'm not sure if this is how they should be, because I have worn SkullCandy On-Ear headphones for hours and they did not hurt my ears at all. It seems to be worse for those wearing glasses, because Mama Melissa tried to wear them, and she developed the sore ear quicker than I did.

I really don't see disabled people having issues with these headphones. The biggest problem MAY be replacing the detachable wire, if it ever needs replacing.

These are available from the Audio-Technica website or Amazon for $79.00 on either site. These would make a great gift for the audiophile on your list.

Great sound, but better suited for tinier ears.

**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.**

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Love with Food November 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
November 2017 Gluten Free 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!
November’s theme is ‘Attitude of Gratitude.’
This November, we are giving thanks for all of you. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and patience during this snacking journey. Thank you for engaging with us and our partner brands, and for constantly providing great feedback. Thank you for putting the “Love” in Love With Food.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.

^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

FROM THE PACKAGE: Organic – With Vegetables* – School safe without peanuts and tree nuts
Manufactured in a dedicated facility free from the 8 common allergens:
~Tree Nuts
~Fish & Shellfish
*Nutrients found in 1 serving of vegetables

Take Apple & Cinnamon instant oatmeal and turn it into a chewy granola bar. This was really, really good.
However, when I ate it, I didn’t taste any vegetables, but it turns out there is actually ‘Vegetable Powder’ in this, and that powder contains: spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Allergy Friendly, Kosher

I didn’t really taste much vanilla in this cookie. I mainly tasted just coconut.
While these are infinitely better than the Lemon Ginger flavor I had a few months ago, they are still not a cookie I’d specifically go out and buy… which it PAINS me to say, because Emmy’s Organics is a ‘local’ company to me, based out of Ithaca, NY. I feel like I’m hurting the local economy by speaking ill of them.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, Kosher, Fair Trade

These reminded me SO much of the Stella D’oro Sesame breadsticks I munched on as a child. Very thin and crunchy. I really didn’t taste anything other than the sesame flavor. These were one of my faves from the box.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No Artificial colors or flavors, Vegan, Cholesterol Free, Low Saturated Fat

FROM THE PACKAGE: Prince of Peace Ginger Candy are great for the whole family. The sweet ginger taste is warming to the senses. Ginger is also known for bringing comfort to the stomach.

I got a full bag of these in the April 2017 box. This time, I only got 3 of them.
These were interesting. The packaging is MAINLY in an Asian language, some dialect of Chinese, which I don’t understand. The little blip above is pretty much the ONLY English on the package.
Going into these, I thought they would be hard candies, but they were more chewy than hard. Only thing I really didn’t like about them was the ginger burned my mouth.
TASTE: 7/10

FROM THE BAG: Come on baby, it’s a party! It’s a celebration! Even if it’s just a snack. She eats up life by the fist-full, living every day to the fullest. The smile on her lips strikes up the band in your heart and you can’t help but join the dance.
Let’s do the twist!

In April, I did a review on Glutino snacks, but these weren’t one of the snacks. However, I really couldn’t taste a difference between these and normal pretzels, minus a ‘wheaty’  and sort of sweet taste to them. I actually liked these.
TASTE: 9/10

FROM THE PACKAGE: Back when Dan and I first started popping kettle corn in our Mankato garage, we wanted to teach our kids the value of hard work – and have a little fun along the way. We also wanted a snack we felt good about feeding them (and, ah, the world). Flavorful snacks with real ingredients found in a kitchen, not in a lab (you know, ingredients you don’t have to scrunch up your face to say). Snacks packed with energy, not guilt. Snacks that keep the joy in snacking (and snacking and snacking…). With bright bags that radiate all the love and fun that went into them from the beginning. After all, isn’t that what snacking should be about? We couldn’t agree more. Enjoy.
XO, Angie

Plain, salted popcorn. That’s all this is.
I’m not saying it’s not good, because it is, just… for me personally, I like a bit more ‘flavor’ to my popcorn… butter, white cheddar, even the Cinnabon flavor would work.
I think if I was sent a different flavor, I would have liked it better, But this just fell flat for me.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Whole Grain

FROM THE PACKAGE: At One Potato Two Potato, we believe in a world where a snack food that’s better for you can still be exciting and tasty.
So here’s to a world naturally fun and flavorful, as it was meant to be!
Simply delicious.

My main ‘problem’ with these chips is that they seem to be ‘kettle style’ chips, and they usually hurt my gums.
Other than that, they were pretty tasty. The taste of the sweet potato wasn’t overpowering at all, and there was just the right amount of salt on them. However, I’m not entirely sure I’d buy these for myself.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-MSG, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives, Nut-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher

FROM THE PACKAGE: Wake every morning to light and fluffy pancakes made in no time! Quick, easy and delicious with 8 whole grains per serving, use Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix to make all types of delicious baked goods!

Considering there are 4 grams of sugar in this mix, and the diabetics I live with like to keep their count to 3 grams per item, I will be passing this onto my cousin.
What I really like about Pamela’s Products is their support of national and regional non-profit Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and Autism Support Organizations. The last one is important to me, since I have HS friends whose children have Autism. Those organizations need all the support they can get.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Kosher

FROM THE PACKAGE: At Go Organically, we believe Fruit Snacks should be made with Read Fruit. We source USDA certified organic fruit and other quality ingredients to offer you the best, most authentic and delicious snacks for your family.
Please try all of our mouth-watering varieties for a taste experience you can feel good about.
Go Organically. You’ll like what’s in it. You’ll love what’s not!

These are actually softer than traditional fruit snacks… They almost feel like gummy candies.
I couldn’t really decipher what berries were used, but they did taste very fruity.
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic

FROM THE PACKAGE: Honest Energy.
Theobromine is a naturally occurring substance found in cacao that provides a gentle, long-lasting boost of energy so you won’t feel jittery during the day or sleepless at night.
Honest Energy offers you a healthy, non-addictive alternative to caffeine. Honest Energy doesn’t impersonate. It doesn’t leave out the details for convenience or marketing. Honest Energy works with your body – not against it. Read more at criobru.com/honestenergy.

Truth be told, I probably will never make this. We only have one coffee pot in the house, and it’s reserved for water for instant coffee.
If I can find the French Press I received as another review, I will try this, but as of this writing, this is untried.

FROM THE PACKAGE: Disinfects Food Contact surfaces
Worry free around kids, pets & food

Basically, this is the liquid form of a Clorox wipe. I used it to clean the placemats on our table and it worked just as well as a Clorox wipe.
What I like about this spray is it’s a non-bleach spray; the main active ingredient is Ethyl alcohol, so I feel safe using this around Mama Melissa and her asthma.
Get 20% off Purell products at Jet.com by using PURELL20 at checkout (Search PURELL20 for eligible products)

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages.

Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks that are good for me.

**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.**

Monday, December 4, 2017

Nancy's Petite Stuffed Bagels

Nancy's Petite Stuffed Bagels

NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels are freshly baked bagels, made with fresh milk and real cream, ready to serve and enjoy in minutes! Inspired by Nancy Mueller for those who want to enjoy exceptional eating every day, each petite stuffed bagel combination is paired with distinct ingredients to create a robust line of flavors.

NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels start with the same quality ingredients used in home cooking -- butter, flour, milk, eggs, fresh produce, herbs and high quality cream cheese and come in four delicious flavors!
I love bagels. One of my favorite Holiday memories is going to the Town Square Mall in Vestal, NY with my Mom and older sister and stopping into this coffee & bagel shop (I REALLY want to say it was ‘Bagel Town’, but this was about 20-25 years ago, so I can’t remember the name). They made the BEST bagels, and after that, anytime I went to Vestal, I made it a point to stop in there and get a few bagels to bring home.

Well, now that I live in Central NY, I obviously don’t get to Vestal anymore, not that it matters since it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. So, I’m relegated to the ones you can get in the stores. Our local Modern Market makes some delicious ‘French Toast’ bagels, but sometimes it’s a pain for me to spread the cream cheese, especially when my hands don’t want to cooperate with me. Plus, I tend to burn myself by accidentally touching the hot toaster when trying to get the bagels out!

So, Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Bagels are a godsend to my hands! No fighting with the cream cheese and no burnt and blistered hands or fingers! I was sent 3 of the 4 flavors to try and review...

^^Outer boxes^^

^^The three flavors labeled^^

Pumpkin: Enjoy a fall flavor favorite with Nancy’s Petite Pumpkin Stuffed Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese blended with pumpkin puree in a pumpkin spice bagel (exclusively at Walmart)

Okay, so I am KNOWN for liking anything Pumpkin flavored, which is quite funny actually, since I wouldn’t TOUCH Pumpkin Pie as a child. I started liking the pumpkin flavor around 15 or 16, and I promptly kicked myself in the rump for not liking it sooner.
I find the warmer these are, the better they taste. I made some the morning after I received them, but by time I had made my coffee and sat down to eat, they were on the cooler side and tasted a little odd.
A few days later, Mama Melissa made me some of the pumpkin flavor when she was making herself some of the jalapeño flavor. Since she can walk faster than I do, I got to eat them when they were still warm and they tasted so much better than the bagels I warmed up.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Original: Keep it classic with Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Original Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in a plain bagel

These were okay… not really my favorite, but not horrible either. My main problem with these is they tended to ‘flake’ – like the bread had gotten wet and was just sloughing off. I really didn’t taste too much of an actual flavor in these; I felt like they scrimped on the cream cheese filling in these.
TASTE: 6/10

Jalapeño: Create a pop of flavor excitement anytime with Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Jalapeño Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese blended with jalapeños in an asiago herb bagel

Whew-wee, these are HOT! I didn’t think these would be as hot as they are. I figured the cream cheese would ‘cool’ the jalapeño flavor down, but it didn’t. My acid reflux (and my mouth) were screaming at me every time I ate these, but I didn’t care. They were THAT good.  I ate about half and then gave the rest to Mama Melissa, since she doesn’t have acid reflux and they played nicely with her pre-diabetic diet.
TASTE: 8.5/10

All 3 of the bagels had very creamy fillings, although as I said above, I felt the Original was lacking in the filling department. But all 3 flavors I received for review were very soft and chewy.

The only problem I see disabled folks having is opening the inner bags. I had trouble opening them, even with scissors; I ended up needing Mama Melissa to open them for me. But as long as the disabled person can use a microwave safely, I can’t see any problem with these. (These CAN be made in a conventional oven or toaster oven as well, but since I was making only 3-6 at a time it wasn’t worth heating the conventional oven for that amount and we don't own a toaster oven here)

These are available at most national supermarkets, with the Pumpkin flavor being an exclusive to Walmart. These have a MSRP of $6.99 each, although Wal-mart sells the Pumpkin flavor for $5.98 a box.

Very yummy bagels, perfect for on-the-go mornings or an after-school snack for the kids!

**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, November 24, 2017

Why I use Linux

Why I use Linux

So, about 13 months ago, I did a post about Windows 10. In that post, I said I use a Chromebook. I still have that Chromebook, and there's nothing wrong with it, but I have since moved my daily computing activities to a Linux distro, Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon.

So, why do I use Linux?

Mainly, it just fits my needs.

While I like Chrome OS, it just feels too restrictive for me. While I was using my Chromebook, I was forced to use Google Docs and Pixlr Editor for my blogging needs. They work for what they should, but I need more options. I need dedicated programs, like LibreOffice and GIMP. I also like the fact that these programs come pre-installed with Linux distros, unlike Windows or even Macs.

I also like my privacy. Because there are so many different distros of Linux (Mint, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Fedora, Elementary OS, Manjaro, etc), there's no set 'owners' of the OS, so there's no one to 'phone home' to. This means MY stuff is MY stuff. MY programs are MY programs. The programmers of Linux Mint have NO clue what is on my system besides what they have included in the base of the OS.

I also like the fact that I can actually CHOOSE what updates I install. I have an issue with the 4.10 kernel and a 'USB Device Descriptor' error on the system this was written on, an ASUS X555YA laptop. Now, with Windows, I'd have to either
a. live with the error and HOPE my system will still boot.
b. hope Microsoft will push a patch that will fix the error.
c. google a fix on my own and hope I don't need to go into Regedit to fix it (because Regedit seriously frightens me)
d. Hope it was just a wonky install of something and do a complete reinstall of Windows.

But with Linux, I'm able to 'roll back' to an earlier kernel version and STAY there. In my case, I rolled back to Version 4.8.0-53 and my system works wonderfully. I don't have to worry about Linux Mint overriding my settings and FORCING me back to 4.10 (or even higher). I'm also able to choose what other updates I get with a simple checkmark, none of this 'You're getting all the updates and if it bricks your system, too bad.' garbage. I'm even able to choose what LEVEL of updates I get:

I have my settings set to 'Let me review sensitive updates,' which is what most users will want. I like this, because *I'M* in control.

I also like that 99% of the programs come from the Software Manager, which means they are safe and won't cause an issue with the system. It also means that the programs are added to the repository, so when I do my updates, I'm going to get updates to those programs as well.

But, the things I love about Linux the most is it's FREE and it's OPEN-SOURCE. I can customize it to my heart's desire and there's no restrictions. I'm not going to have a big conglomerate coming after me if I alter the code of the OS... if anything, it's actually encouraged! And you can't really beat the price tag! (Although, I do encourage all users to donate to the Linux projects... This helps the programmers survive. Man can only survive on so many ramen noodles!)

I've recommended Linux to all my friends; some have switched, some have not. But, with the exception of AAA gamers (and even that is questionable) or those that rely on certain programs, I can't really see a need for someone to stay on Windows.

Linux just works for me and my needs, and that's #WhyIUseLinux.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Influenster: Marc Jacobs Eye-conic Palette

Influenster: Marc Jacobs Eye-conic Palette

What it is:
A long-wearing eyeshadow palette that features seven shades, including four fashion finishes, velvet, satin, silk, and lamé—to layer and dress your eyes.

What it does:
Empower your inner eye stylist with these ultra-luxe eyeshadow palettes, each featuring four fashion finishes: buttery matte velvet, shimmering satin, sparkling silk, and metallic lamé. Each curated palette includes a covetable mix of chic neutral, wearable shades and provocative pops in a new super-plush shadow formulation to cover lids in lasting, velvety-rich pigment. Available in six different colorways, choose the wardrobe that speaks to you, then layer it on to make the ultimate impression.

This palette contains:
- 7 x 0.003 oz/ 0.08 g Eyeshadows

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Beyond his fashion design, Marc Jacobs is also known as “the ultimate stylist” for making last-minute adjustments to perfect every look right before it walks down the runway. The eyeshadows in each Eye-Conic palette are inspired by textiles and layering, and come in four fashion finishes so you can be the ultimate stylist, too. Finish your look and let it stand out by layering a bright color or lamé pop on top.

Read the shade names from left to right for a short poem. The slim, seven-shadow palette was designed to feature the oblong infinity mirror, and was inspired by the rearview mirror of an automobile.

Each palette features its own shade personality:
Glambition (bare and bronze): She was infamous, known for seeking the most over-the-top glamour.
Let me preface this by saying: I don't wear too much makeup.

It's not that I don't WANT to, but two things stop me;
1. I really DON'T know how to apply it so I don't look like Mimi Bobek's little sister. (Only time THAT came in handy was during Choir concerts, since the hot stage lights muted it out a bit)
2. With the lack of saliva I have, any lipstick I have runs right off my lips and then I look like a ventriloquist's puppet, because I have makeup everywhere but my chin.

Personally, I don't think I look good with foundation, powder, and all the other stuff on, but have streaks down my chin, so I RARELY wear it. I will wear it for my videos, but otherwise I am usually just a sheer lipstick/lipgloss/lip balm and clear mascara kind of girl.

So, when I received this palette, I wan't sure what I'd ever do with it. I mean, most of these ARE colors I would wear, with the exception of 'Known For' and 'Glamour.' But again, I don't wear it enough to actively USE the palette.

^^What I received, with colors labeled^^

This palette has 4 different 'Fashion' finishes: Velvet, Satin, Silk & Lamé. But, apparently my camera didn't pick up the colors very well, so I'm going to go over them individually.

SHE WAS - Very beigish in color. I'd say it's the equivalent to a 'tan' foundation or powder shade or a 'Latte Coffee' color.
INFAMOUS - Peachy brownish shade. Much darker than any pictures show. I'd say this is a 'Coffee with Cream' coloring.
KNOWN FOR - The pictures show this as gold, but in person, it's more 'bronzy.' Very shimmery. This is one of the two lamé shades.
SEEKING - Another 'Coffee' shaded eye shadow. The photo shows it as being light, but it's more of a 'Hot Milky Chocolate' or a 'Espresso' shade.
THE MOST - Another lamé eye shadow. This is way more peach-toned than 'Infamous.' Again, very shimmery, but 'Known For' is the more shimmery of the two.
OVER THE TOP - This is more of a 'Dark Hot Chocolate'  or a 'Mocha Coffee' shade. Rich in the brown hues.
GLAMOUR - Very dark, almost BLACK in color. Perfect for the 'Smoky Eye' look that is so popular.

I really don't see disabled people having problems using this. The clasp opens easily and if you can apply eye shadow, this will be no different than other eye shadows.

This palette would make a great Stocking Stuffer for the makeup lover in your life. It is available from Sephora.com for $49.00. 5 other color choices are available through that link.

Great selection of colors, but Just not a palette I'd personally use.

**I AM A MEMBER OF INFLUENSTER. 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.**

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chewy Blogger - Furminator Shed Control Cloths


We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
Usually, I do these in order of the months, but usually Chase has the items left over month to month, so it's easy to just give him the treats again and write the reviews as he eats them.

However, for November, I did not choose edible treats. I chose something that had a limited amount to them, so I want to get the review written before I run out.

Chase is a cheagle (Chihuahua-beagle mix) and he sheds AWFUL. I was honestly surprised how much a small dog with short hair can shed. It's seriously NOTHING for me to be picking dog hair off my keyboard skin multiple times a day!

Mama Melissa and I have tried daily brushings to no avail... seems like that only makes the sheddings worse. Only thing that controls the shedding somewhat is bathing him. But I really don't want to bathe the boy daily. It's a HUGE production getting him into the tub (complete with him hightailing it to Mama Melissa when I try to take him into the bathroom) and daily baths aren't good for his skin, even with oatmeal/moisturizing shampoos.

So, when I saw this cat version for review, I asked if they could also be used for dogs. Chewy offered to send the dog version instead, so I jumped at the offer.

^^what we received ^^

FURminator Dog Shed Control Cloths
The FURminator Dog Shed Control Cloths are a convenient solution to removing loose surface hair and cleaning your pet’s coat.

Key Benefits
~Three dimensional proprietary loop technology catches and keeps loose surface hair
~3x thicker than traditional wipes
~Reusable up to three times before disposing
~Smooth and rough dual sided to clean and collect hair
~Safe to use on furniture and clothes

As it says, the wipes CAN be used 3 times before throwing them out, but the first one we used on Chase was SO loaded with hair, Mama Melissa was NOT about to even try salvage the wipe. It was completely covered.

The cloths are 8" x 6", so they are about the size of a baby wipe. They are thicker than baby wipes, but feel just as soft. They also have a nice scent to them, so not only does the wipe take off the loose hair, but it leaves Chase smelling clean!

Even after just one use, I noticed Chase wasn't scratching as bad as he usually does. This is a huge plus for us, because Chase would sit and scratch himself raw at times.

I really don't see disabled folks having a problem with these wipes. The box and the actual bag are easy open, and as long as one can use a washcloth or baby wipe, there will be NO problem using these wipes.

The FURminator Dog Shed Control Cloths are available at chewy.com for $4.99 a box. There is also a cat version available.

These wipes are the BEST thing for loose hair with dogs. I'm in love with these wipes, and Chase seems to like them as well!

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM 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.**

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter

Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter

Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland - the Ultimate Collection of Openers! A key category within their ever-evolving collection of tools/gadgets, Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland has developed a range of openers to rival anybody! Their portfolio includes multi-purpose gadgets that also open ring-pulls, bottles and jars, as well as devices that are designed specifically for standard cans/tins. Boasting enviable features that maximise simplicity, safety and hygiene, they are guaranteed to enhance even the most well-equipped of kitchens.

The 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter Released in 2016, the 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter by Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland is a can opener with a difference! The innovative ratchet mechanism is less demanding to operate than its traditional counterparts and is therefore ideal for those with limited strength/mobility in their hands and wrists. Once in place, a series of back and forth movements of the ergonomic handle will remove the lid of standard cans/tins with ease. In addition, the device opens ring-pull cans/tins without fuss courtesy of the beak on the side of the gadget. Simply slide it inside the loop of the lid and lift upwards and forwards whilst holding the can/tin firmly in position. Suitable for both right and left-handed usage, the opener possesses a number of ingenious features that separate it from the competition.

Sharp Edges and Lids - a Thing of the Past! The 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter is a member of an exclusive club of devices that do not cut into the metal of the can/tin in order to remove the lid. Instead, it elegantly un-crimps and un-rolls the lip - a process that is an exact reversal of how the lid is attached to the cylinder of the can/tin when it is originally filled. As well as the obvious safety benefit of this mechanism, it also eliminates the possibility of metal shavings/packaging entering the food.

No Cross-Contamination - use it for Everything! The capacity of the 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter to remove the lid without cutting into the can/tin means that the device never comes into direct contact with its contents. This ensures that the opener doesn’t harbour unwanted bacteria and prevents any potential cross-contamination between different foods. As a result, it can be used for everything - even pet food! And it doesn’t even need to be washed after usage - an occasional wipe with a damp cloth is more than sufficient.

Hands-Free Lifting! Once opened, the lid can be lifted from the can/tin without physically touching it courtesy of the 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter’s ingenious mini-pliers/pincers.
Opening canned food is one of the things that is pretty hard for me to do. Growing up, Mommy always had electric can openers for me to use, which were a godsend when I was a young teenager and was responsible for getting my own dinner while Mommy was at work. In case of power outages, We did have the manual can openers, which doubled as a 'church key'/bottle opener. I could only use the bottle opener on those, because I didn't have the hand dexterity to turn the 'crank' and open the can.

Plus, I was so shaky, no matter how careful I was, I tended to alway get cut on the lids, whether it was trying to get them out of the can or when I was going to throw them out... most of the time, it was trying to fish them out of the can after they were cut. This was another plus of the electric can openers, since they have the magnet on top, and that holds the lid while I take the can away. But then I still ran the risk of getting cut when I had to take the lid off to throw it out.

However, when I moved to New York, all we had were the manual can openers, which meant I was either reliant on Mama Melissa or SOL if Mama Melissa wasn't here and I wanted to open a can for whatever reason.

I did review another can opener a few years back (That post is LONG gone now) specifically designed for disabled people, but the problem was it was STILL manual and STILL hard for me to turn the 'crank' with my right hand and hang on the opener with my left hand.

So, when I saw Barry Lewis' (AKA myvirginkitchen) video on various kitchen gadgets and this was featured, I promptly went to Amazon and bought one for myself.

^^Stock photo of the opener^^

^^what I received^^

It does take me a few tries to get the mechanisms lined up onto the can, which is done by sliding the pieces of the grip apart and then latching it onto the can. But what I LOVE about this opener is the handle. Once the mechanisms are attached to the can, it's a simple back and forth movement, similar to using a ratchet, to move the opener around the can. I also like the fact that I can hold this grip with either hand and still use the handle without feeling like my hands are going to cramp up.

The thing is this opener doesn't actually cut INTO the can; rather it un-crimps the lid from the can. I like that feature, since IF I had to put the lid back on for any reason (like pet foods or a recipe calls for half at a time) the lid will be a perfect fit.

There are also two metal prongs on the side of the opener, to help lift the lid from the can. Personally, I don't really like the prongs, but that's more my fault. I'm very shaky in the hands, so it's more of a pain to use these prongs to lift the lid. It's easier for me just to grab an utensil I'm already using and pry the lid up enough for me to grab it. Because the lid is un-crimped and not cut, I won't cut myself on the sharp lid edges.

This would make the PERFECT gift for anyone with a hand disability (Arthritis, Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome, etc.) or those who love to let their kids help in the kitchen, since the kids won't hurt themselves on the sharp lids.

This is available from Amazon for $16.20.

Absolutely LOVE this can opener. It's the ONLY one I will personally use when I'm cooking.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Logitech G230 Gaming Headset

Logitech G230 Gaming Headset

A pin drop. A bomb blast. Hear it all.
Games aren’t just about graphics. Sound completes the picture. Using 40 mm neodymium drivers, G230 delivers high-quality stereo sound to keep you immersed in your game from start to finish.

A soft touch for hardcore gaming
Marathon gaming sessions mean heat and sweat. We covered the G230 ear cups with carefully selected sports performance cloth for a comfortable, soft touch even after hours of use. And they slip off easily for washing to keep the headset in top shape.

Take a load off
Earpieces have been designed to be slim and light, without skimping on audio quality. A lighter, balanced assembly means you stay focused on the game. You might even forget you’re wearing a headset.

Sometimes silence is the winning move
When you want to be heard, you will be—loudly and clearly. The G230 noise-cancelling mic can be positioned to pick up your voice alone. Don’t feel like talking? Easily fold it up and out of the way.

Sound command, close at hand
Keep the mute switch and volume dial close at hand for quick, precise audio adjustments. All attached to an extra long, 2.3-meter cable.

Free-ranging flexibility
We know even twin gamers are one-of-a-kind. For a personalized fit, the earpieces swivel up to 90 degrees. And because they can turn to lay flat, they’re less prone to breakage from everyday wear and tear.
I don't consider myself a 'audiophile' by any means. When I use a headset, I just want something comfortable. I tend to wear my headsets a lot during the day, whether I'm watching my tech subscriptions on YouTube or I'm using YouTube as my personal radio station. So, I want something that is not going to hurt my ears.

So, when Mama Melissa bought her Alienware last year, she also picked up the Logitech G430 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset. She really liked them, so when I was in the market for a new headset, she recommended the 'little sister' to her set, the Logitech G230 Gaming Headset.

^^The Headset in the package^^

This seriously the absolute MOST comfortable headset I've ever owned. I can easily wear these for hours and my ears don't hurt at all. Depending on how warm it is outside, my ears may get a little sweaty, but that is expected. These ear cups are noise-cancelling, so they completely surround the ear. I also like the fact that the earcups twist to lay flat. That's a life-saving feature when trying to store them on a flat surface.

My favorite feature of this headset is the volume control right on the wire. Mama Melissa and I like to share music at night and while she likes her music louder, I prefer it at a more comfortable level. The volume control allows me to set my listening level to something lower, without having to tell Mama Melissa to lower the entire volume.

Speaking of the wire, it is WAY longer than I like. It's a 2.3 meter wire, which equals 7.5 feet. I realize that the wire is technically supposed to be that long, so it can reach a console while the player sits on the couch, and it DOES have a Velcro 'cable tie' for easy management. But for someone using this headset on their computer, especially a laptop, that long of a wire is really overkill.

But that's not my main problem with this headset...

^^The headphone plug wire beginning to fray^^

The wire isn't very 'heavy-duty.' About 6-8 months after I bought this headset, I noticed the wire covering has started to 'fray' or 'peel' away from the wiring. Thankfully, it does NOT affect the sound coming through the headset. I still have stereo sound in both ear cups.

Another issue I have is the microphone boom no longer stays up on its own. I'm not sure what happened to the mechanism, but I now have to tie it up with plastic twist ties to keep it up and out of my way. Otherwise it will repeatedly fall down into my face.

The earcups are supposed to me removable for washing purposes. However, I personally haven't figured out how to remove them.

There are 3 things I think most disabled people are going to have trouble with this headset are:
~if anything breaks on them
~the length of the wire
~removing the earcups to wash them
I like to think I have good dexterity in my hands, but I have a very difficult time shortening the wire and securing it with the Velcro 'cable tie.' I also had a tough time getting a plastic twist tie to slide in between the earcup and the actual headset to secure the microphone boom in an upright position. As I said above, I cannot figure out how to remove the earcups, so I think washing them is going to be out of the question for people who have their disabilities in their hands/arms.

This headset would make a great gift for the gaming newbie, who just wants a headset to be able to interact with his or her friends while gaming and doesn't need all the fancy bells and whistles of a $250+ gaming headset.

This is available from Amazon for $29.99 or from Logitech for $34.99.

Great headset for gaming, but not the sturdiest parts.