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Saturday, April 26, 2014

GRAZE nibblebox

GRAZE Nibblebox

I signed up for Graze on the recommendation of a fellow blogger friend, Kelly.

Graze is a 'snack-by-mail' program. You sign up for free and depending on the program you enroll in, They send you a box of snacks either weekly, bi-monthly or monthly right through the USPS. The boxes are small enough that they will fit right in your roadside mailbox.


This is what I received in my first box. Let's take a in-depth look at each of the snacks.


Brooklyn Bites
poppyseed pretzels, cheese cashews and roasted pumpkin seeds. 

Oh, these was delicious. I'm a HUGE fan of pretzels as it is, and the poppyseed pretzels were yummy. I couldn't really taste the cheese flavor on the cashews, but Mama Melissa said she definitely could. I also enjoyed the pumpkin seeds. They weren't overly salted, as some commercial roasted seeds are.


Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack
rustic rolled oat flapjack with apple and cinnamon

These are similar to a granola bar or an oatmeal breakfast bar. Mama Melissa is NOT an oatmeal or granola eater, and she really liked these. Very chewy and moist. You could REALLY taste the apple and the cinnamon flavor in these. These were hands-down the favorite snack of the shipment.


Garden of England
dried mini strawberries, black currants and apple slices 

Least favorite of the shipment. Mama Melissa didn't like this at all, and I only liked the dried apple slices. The mini strawberries and black currants really had no flavor to them. These quickly went into the 'Trash' selection of the graze website.


Corn chips with Salsa
tomato salsa fresca with mini tortilla chips

Another favorite of the shipment. We both could taste lime and what we think was cilantro in the salsa. I liked this more than Mama Melissa. The corn chips were bite-size, so one chip could easily fit into someone's mouth.

Disabled people might have trouble opening the individual plastic containers. They are peel-back style, so you may need to open these with a knife or scissors. Other than that, There should be NO issues eating these.

Graze boxes come in 2 sizes, the nibblebox and the calorie counterbox. The nibblebox has the most variety, but the calorie counterbox keeps all snacks under 100 calories. Both boxes are $6.00 and that includes shipping and handling.

However, I have a treat for all my thecpchick.com readers! Using the link below, you can get your first Graze nibblebox FOR FREE! ($1.00 temporary charge will be applied to your credit or debit card, but it WILL be returned to you)
https://www.graze.com/us/p/BECKYL1FU
 
FINAL THOUGHTS
I really liked the Graze program. I don't always have the $6.00 per box to get these weekly, but I do plan to get these monthly.
STARS: ​​​​​​​​​
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BzzAgent - Starbucks Blond Roast coffee

Starbucks Blond Roast coffee

I'm not new to the Starbucks brand of coffee. I did a review on their Naturals Fusions Cinnamon flavor coffee about a year ago and didn't really care for it. But I wanted to give Starbucks the benefit of the doubt, thinking it was just the variety we got.

I was WRONG.


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NOTE: I do have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why my speech sounds slurred as it is, and why my Hands movements are the way they are. You have been warned.



Contents of the box.


The Starbucks Rewards Code program


inside of the 'sticker'

Not entirely SURE what the 'Starbucks Rewards' program is. From what I understand, it's a loyalty program that allows you to earn Stars by paying with a registered Starbucks Card, the Starbucks mobile app or by entering Star codes from specially marked Starbucks® products. In return, you can earn free drinks, free refills, free food and more. Our household doesn't buy bagged Starbucks coffee or visit a Starbucks coffee shop enough to actually use this program.

As for the taste of the coffee, again, it was bitter. I was able to use my normal amounts of sugar and milk, but I was still able to taste the bitter undertones of the coffee.

Mixing the grounds with another brand (in our case, Maxwell House) made the taste MUCH more tolerable.

Disabled people will have trouble using the bags the grounds come in. The openings are small and it's hard to get the grounds out when over half the bag is gone. I would recommend disabled people pour the bag of grounds into a different canister (old coffee can or a plastic coffee tub) or use the K-Cup method for ease.

FINAL VERDICT
I was hoping this variety of the Starbucks brand of coffee would be better than the Natural Fusion brand we tried in the past. It wasn't. I would NOT purchase this variety.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

**I AM A MEMBER OF BZZAGENT AND HAVE RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse


For her birthday, I bought Mama Melissa a Logitech V220 wireless mouse for her Windows 7 desktop. After seeing how much she enjoyed the freedom of being wireless, I went and purchased my own. I, however, ended up with the Logitech M325 model.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
System Requirements
Mouse body size (height x width x depth): 2.2 x 3.7 x 1.6 in; 57 × 95 × 40 mm
Mouse weight (Including battery ): 3.3 oz; 93 g
Unifying receiver (height x width x depth): 0.6 x 0.7 x 0.2 in; 14.4 x 18.7 x 6.1 mm
Sensing method : laser grade tracking (LGT)
Resolution dpi: 1000
Versus speed performance inches per second : 20
Buttons: 5 (including tilt function) : 5
Scroll Wheel : Yes (Web wheel )
Tilt function : Yes
Battery: 1-AA type batteries
Battery life: 18 months maximum
Operation distance : about 32 ft; 10m
Wireless system : Advanced 2.4GHz technology
Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows RT, or Mac OS 10.5 or later
Connection I / F: USB

I can personally attest to the fact that this mouse will work on both Windows XP SP3 and Ubuntu 8.10. I'm now using Ubuntu 13.10 and it works FLAWLESSLY.

 
Mouse itself – Color is 'Brilliant Rose' but it looks more like a 'Metallic Red' in actuality.

 
Mouse in comparison to keyboard

 
Unifying receiver itself – very tiny and hardly noticeable when in USB port.
Yes, I realize the receiver is 'upside down.' Apparently, Dell installed them this way.

I used to be a 'Wired' girl my whole life... any peripheral I used on my systems HAD to be wired and P/S2. I inherited this from the fact that my VERY first computer that used separate peripherals, everything was wired and used P/S2 connectors. Everything worked, and I saw no reason to change it. But, as systems become more modern, the P/S2 connector was phased out. So, going wireless was a HUGE change for me.

This mouse works like any other mouse, except there is no wire to tangle and catch. The response is awesome; quick and precise. Buttons click cleanly and there is no 'multiple click syndrome' as I recall wired mice developing. Wheel scrolls beautifully and quietly, with minimal vibration to the finger.

Only issue I could see disabled people having is that this mouse is SMALL. It seems to be designed more as a laptop mouse or a travel mouse. When holding the mouse, my fingers hang over the top of the mouse. This causes a number of unintentional right clicks. It does become QUITE annoying while trying to surf the web or design graphics. This won't be an issue for those with smaller hands.

This mouse is available from Logitech for $29.99 plus shipping and tax (New) or from eBay seller outletmp3 for $13.88 with FREE shipping.

FINAL VERDICT
The Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse is a sturdy mouse that works as described. It comes in a plethora of colors and designs to choose from.
STARS:  
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BzzAgent - TONE® Body Wash and Bath

TONE® Body Wash and Bath

GIVE YOUR SKIN AN INSPIRED EXPERIENCE
Tone® moisturizing body washes are made with spa-inspired ingredients that transport you beyond your shower with invigorating scents, leaving you with irresistibly soft skin. You’ll fall in love with the naturally smooth feel after the first wash, while you indulge in intoxicating aromas from the whole line:
  • New! Petal Soft with Pink Peony & Rose Oil
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel® with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids
Don’t let the luxurious experience stop with Tone® Body Wash – there’s a full line of pampering Bath Bars and Foaming Hand Wash to keep your skin fully fabulous, too.

I love this product!  It makes my skin SO soft and smells WONDERFUL!




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NOTE: I do have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why my speech sounds slurred as it is, and why my Hands movements are the way they are. You have been warned.

What I like most about this product is the scent. It smells flowery, but not OVERLY flowery so that you smell like you just stepped out of a florist rather than your shower. The scent is light, but pleasant.


Tone® also leaves your skin soft and moisturized. My body feels smoother and I see less dry skin than when before I used the body wash.


I also like the shape of the bottle. It's easy to grip, even when wet, and it doesn't slide (or attempt to slide) out of your hand in the shower. The lid of the bottle is easy to open, even with short nails. People with disabilities should have NO trouble with the bottle.


Tone® Body Wash is available at most drug stores and Walmart for $3.50 a bottle or $5.94 for a twin pack.


FINAL VERDICT

Tone® Body wash leaves your skin clean and moisturized, without overpowering your nose.
STARS: 

WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes.

**I AM A MEMBER OF BZZAGENT AND HAVE RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.