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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Easy-Open Front Closure Bra


Easy-Open Front Closure Bra

Bras are one of the HARDEST pieces of clothing for a disabled person to put on by themselves. I can do it, but if it's a 'normal' style bra, I have to put it on backwards... meaning I have to hook the eye closure in front, spin it around, align/adjust the cups of the bra over my breasts, then slide my arms through the shoulder straps. However, I am always pulling the straps back onto my shoulders. I began to have 'Mama Melissa' tie my straps together to form a racer-back style in the back, just to keep the straps up.

To make my life easier and allow me have more independence, I took to wearing sports bras... just slide over my head like a shirt and go.

But even THEY can get twisted. It seemed like NO bra was disability-friendly.

Enter the Easy-Open Front Closure Bra from FreshComfort Inc. This adaptive patent pending bra is designed for easy-on and easy-off for special needs female consumer. It's a great product for those with arthritis, diabetes, skin sensitivity, mobility issues and after post op procedures. The bra is made with hidden seams and plush binder to minimize skin irritation and offers good support and is comfortable all day long. This bra style has a Velcro front closure with removable bra pads. The pads offer extra support, shaping and coverage. The bra is machine washable and can be machine dried.


^^Stock photo from the promotion page^^

I purposely waited until Thanksgiving to wear this bra, since my family and I were going to another family member's house for the day.


^^what I received^^

I wasn't ABOUT to take a photo of myself in the bra, because I felt that was TOO intimate for the blog.

The band of the bra has two 'patches' of Velcro, one to secure the band while feeding the longer piece through the 'hook' and a piece on the band that adjusts to your ribcage/body. There is also a plastic snap along the edge of the front panels.

Instructions:
1. Put bra on like a button-up shirt/vest, by sliding arms through armholes and positioning shoulder straps on top.
2. Criss-cross front panels and secure/close the Velcro found on end of front bottom panel and reverse side of top front panel.
3. Pinch Velcro tip together and feed through the 'D' ring attached to the band of the bottom panel.
4. Pull band through 'D' ring and adjust to your comfort. Secure/close Velcro and snap the plastic snap.

The most difficult thing I had trouble with was feeding the Velcro tip through the 'D' ring. It could have been I was in a hurry that morning, but that took the longest. Once the band piece was properly fed through the 'D' ring, It was very easy to adjust and secure.

The bra was extremely comfortable. I didn't feel like I was being bound or restricted by the band, nor was rubbed raw as I usually am with typical bras. The shoulder straps stayed in place perfectly. I chose NOT to remove the cup padding, but it didn't affect the wearability. I actually forgot I was wearing it until I scratched my shoulder and saw the blue strap, something I never experienced with typical or sports bras.

Most disabled women will NOT have trouble putting this on. It's truly very easy to put on and take off. If you can slip on a button-up shirt or a coat and work Velcro, you will be able to put this bra on.

Easy-Open Front Closure Bras come in blue with white trim (what I received) or all white, and come in sizes ranging from S to XXL. You can go to the Fresh Comfort Inc. website to order your own. They also offer front zipper style bras, along with seamless boxer and brief styles of underwear.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I LOVE this bra. It's very comfortable and will provide all-day support.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes, absolutely.

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

Tuna Squish


Tuna Squish

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Tuna Squish let's you open canned tuna without smelling like one! It's a handheld can press that drains the liquid, removes and ejects the lid from canned tuna (and other cans) with minimal human contact. Never touch your tuna! - See more at:
http://tunasquish.com/#sthash.MPOSZBOH.dpuf

Simple. Easy. Delicious.

Whether you are a tuna lover, a healthy eater, an athlete or a brainiac you can rest assured, with the Tuna Squish you will never have to touch your tuna again.


Okay, the premise of this little device is simple: use this and you'll never have to touch stinky, smelly tuna water or oil again.

Which would be a great idea... for able bodied people. Disabled people, especially those that have spasms in the arms or hands, you're going to wear the juice.


^^Stock photo of the Tuna Squish^^

The instructions are simple...
1. Open can as usual, but do NOT remove lid. Place opened can in Tuna Squish and squeeze the handle closed.
2. Turn sideways to drain the liquid.
3. The magnet lifts the lid out of the can when opening. Remove can.
4. Press fin button to release the lid into the trash.


^^Stock photo of the Tuna Squish in action^^


^^what I received^^

I had my helper 'Mama Melissa' open the can of tuna for me and set it near the sink. The Tuna Squish still wobbled for me while placing the can inside the cutout for it, and I STILL wore the juice. Defeated the purpose right there, but I was adamant about finishing the review.

From every video I saw, squeezing the two handles together looked easy enough, and that all the juice drained from just minimal pressure.

WRONG.

I like to think I have pretty good dexterity in my hands. I can type about 40 WPM, write fairly neatly, and work buttons/snaps/shoelaces with minor problems. So, it's not like I have weak hand muscles. However, I was unable to get all the juice out with one squeeze, like I am able to with just my hands and thumbs directly on the lid.

Mama Melissa had to squeeze it a second time to get more juice to drain. I then took the Tuna Squish from her and squeezed it yet a THIRD time, draining even more juice. The third time was the charm, because when I opened it, the tuna was dry.

I will say disposal of the actual lid was very easy. One flick of the 'fin' button and the lid did fall. So, I was able to eliminate the possible cut from the sharp edges of the lid.

Actual disabled people are going to have a very difficult time using this, to be absolutely honest. It seemed to take me even LONGER to open and drain a can of tuna using the Tuna Squish. If you have a MINOR disability (like arthritis or carpal-tunnel syndrome), but still have some arm/hand strength or you're an able-bodied person and just don't want to get the tuna juice on you, this will work wonderfully.

You can click the link in the Product Description above for more info or to purchase.

BUT, Tuna Squish is offering ONE Tuna Squish device to a lucky winner!!

Tuna Squish Giveaway
**DISABLED DIVA REVIEWS IS NOT RESPOSIBLE FOR FULFILLMENT OF PRIZE.
DEZIGNATED LLC. TAKES ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR FULFILLING PRIZE.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This gadget has potential. I feel it would work best for an able-bodied person or someone who is just slighly disabled.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes, but only to able-bodied people.

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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Display-Sheet Makeup Bag


Display-Sheet Makeup Bag Review

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This drawstring bag with display sheet makes it easy to find what you're looking for. Open the bag, pull out the loose end of the display sheet, and pour the bag's contents onto it so you can look through them. When you've found what you need, just lift the display sheet and slide the rest of the items back into the bag!

Sleek, durable nylon fabric makes this a great storage device for any range of small items that might be otherwise difficult to organize!



^^Stock photo of the bag^^

I really don't know where to start this review... This bag is one of those products that is better suited for a video review. Sadly, the video I had of this did not turn out worthy of uploading.

But I will say it works as promised.


In the video, I just took a BUNCH of my makeup and hair accessories, throwing them into the bag. I then pretended that I wanted a barrette, so I dumped the contents out, found the barrette and dumped everything back into the bag by grabbing the corners and folding them towards the middle, lifting as I did so.

Everything slid neatly back into the bag. Nothing fell off the sides of the plastic/nylon sheet. I then tucked the sheet back into the bag and pulled the drawstring.

There were two things I didn't like with the bag; the size and the lack of some sort of security feature on the drawstring.

Honestly, I would have liked to have a bigger bag. The sheet took up a LOT of the internal space of the bag. I felt like I couldn't put much more than what I had in the bag and still be able to tuck the sheet back inside.

I also didn't like the fact there was no way to ensure that the bag stayed closed after tightening the drawstring. There wasn't even a way to 'tie' it, like in a loose knot or bow. The ends of the drawstring are pre-knotted and seem to be 'glued' or shellacked into that knot, and while the lack of a security feature may in fact be a blessing for 95% of disabled people, I would be nervous that the bag would loosen up and work itself open if used as a travel bag.

As far as how the disabled community will be able to use this bag, I find it to be a godsend for us. Everything stays on the sheet, making it easy to find something and even easier to put everything away when we're done. We won't have to worry about dropping everything all over the floor when putting our toiletries away.

If you'd like to try this bag (or a larger size), you can order one from http://www.displaycorp.us/

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really liked this bag. It worked as promised. Only downfall was the size.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes.

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bioque Cleanser and Refinisher


Bioque Cleanser and Refinisher

I would have thought by time I hit 21, I'd be 'over' acne. Acne only affects 'Tweens' and teenagers, I thought.

Yet, here I sit at 35, dealing with what seems to be weekly breakouts. I suppose I can attribute this to the fact that I just have overly-oily skin and I'll have to deal with it for the rest of my life, but that's not it. It's part of CP and the fact that I have TERRIBLE saliva control.

Usually, I use St. Ives' medicated Apricot Scrub (or the store brand equivalent) to combat this problem, and it's the only thing that seems to keep the breakouts at bay.

With St. Ives being 100% natural and only having three ingredients, but still gets the job done, I was excited to get this 'All Natural' facial cleanser kit.


^^Stock photos^^

^^what I received.^^

From the Bioque website...
This purifying facial wash is the ultimate cleanser for all skin types, and the first step to great-looking skin. Ideal for travel and for those on the go.

Features & Benefits:
• This cleanser contains no harsh chemicals (like sodium laurel or laureth sulfates) which strip and damage the outer skin barrier.
• Gentle cleansing agents derived from amino acids and yucca extracts not only clean but gently exfoliate and purify your facial skin.
• Vitamins A, B3, C, and E are deposited for maximum benefit.
• Cleans and tones, eliminating the need for additional toners.

Sounds all good. It doesn't contain any chemicals, just like St. Ives... Touts itself at being All Natural, just like St. Ives... It should work JUST as well as St. Ives.

Truth be told, it doesn't. Not for me.

I received my kit around October 27th. This was my 'Before' photo.


^^Excuse the lighting and the dirtyish mirror... our bathroom lighting fixtures are awful and I just cannot keep that sucker clean.^^

You can tell from the red circle that I had started to break out again. I purposely stopped using St. Ives once I knew this was coming so I could have a more 'controlled' test. I wanted to get the most UNBIAS and ACCURATE results, making sure the St. Ives was in no way a factor.

I followed the cleanser instructions to the letter, wanting to achieve the optimal results. I used it for a week, finally stopping on the night of November 1st, out of sheer pain. My chin was RAW, inflamed and I seemed to have MORE whiteheads than normal, one becoming extremely huge!


^^REALLY BAD FRONT FACING SELFIE.^^

I was going to bed in near tears, thanks to the pain this cleanser caused. The skin around my chin was chafed, blistering red in color and felt tight and hot to the touch. My skin actually felt weather-burned from the cleanser! I tried using different 'soothing' skin lotions on the area (Shea Butter lotion, Aloe Vera lotion, Vaseline) and nothing seemed to ease the tightness, chafing and redness.


^^24 hours after discontinuing cleanser use^^

This shot was taken approximately 24 hours after the last washing with the cleanser. I used just PLAIN hot water and a soft washcloth to wash any oil and dirt from my face. A lot of the redness had faded, only being red around the pimples. The large whitehead had also popped from the hot water & washcloth combo.

Because of the pain I experienced from the cleanser alone, I did NOT even try the Refinisher. I was scared to. I did not want to subject myself to any more pain.

Now, to be fair, I could have just had an allergic reaction to the cleanser. I don't see why CP would affect my skin pH and chemistry, but I have a similar reaction if I use the 70% Rubbing Isopropyl Alcohol on my face. Just because I had this reaction, doesn't mean your face will react the same way. This COULD be the product that works wonders for you.

That being said, if you'd like to try it, Bioque is giving away a set of the Facial Cleanser and the refinisher.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

As for the disability factor, if you have the dexterity to squeeze a tube and wash your face in a circular motion, you can use this. There won't be any special limitations or adaptations using this product.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Only thing I REALLY liked about this was the light citrus scent it had. Otherwise, it didn't work for me as promised.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Sadly, No.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

App Review -- Inbox by Gmail

Inbox by Gmail

When Gmail announced their new gmail app, Inbox by Gmail, I wanted in. So, on November 5, 2014, during their 'Invite Happy Hour,' I was able to score one of the coveted invites.

I'm not saying that there is ANYTHING wrong with the current gmail app. I love it and I use it daily. But I wanted to try something new... maybe something that would help me to stay organized even MORE than Google Calendar, which is a god-send in itself.

I was SADLY mistaken.


^^three screenshots of the Inbox by Gmail app interface -- I'm guessing running on Android 5.0 - Lollipop^^
Credit to the Google Play Store app page

The app itself looks... well, different. I guess the BEST way to describe it is the 'card' element of Google Now with the tabbed design of Hangouts or Google+. It's snappy in responsiveness and it boasts the 'Material' design that Google is touting across the Android platform.

And that's where the positives end.

As I said, after receiving my Invite, I installed to try it out. However, I didn't realize that marking things as 'done' moves them from the inbox to 'All Mail.' You need to keep the messages 'Pinned' to keep them in your actual inbox. I thought it would just mark them as 'read,' but that the messages would stay in the Inbox. I'm not sure if the 'Snooze' feature would accomplish what I wanted.

It took me a good 20 minutes, between the regular Gmail app and the desktop version in the Chrome browser on my phone, to restore all my important messages back to the inbox, so I can go through them at my leisure.

Most Google-branded apps are self-explanatory, and very simple to use. This is what I love and have come to expect from the Google-branded apps. There doesn't seem to be much in the line of Help with this app, Just a three-panel 'tutorial' that doesn't explain a lot.

Disabled people are going to have a hard time working this app. The check marks to do ANYTHING with a message is VERY tiny and hard to pinpoint when tapping. The stars in the normal Gmail app are easier to tap on than the check marks

Inbox by Gmail is in beta right now and is on an invite-only basis. I am NOT sure if I have any invites, but you can request your own invite by emailing inbox@google.com and downloading your respective platform's app, through Google Play Store or through iTunes.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Unless the rumors are correct and this app is being 'planned' to take over as the default gmail app on mobile devices, I don't see myself installing this app again.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Unless you have a spotless and empty Gmail inbox to begin with, I'm going to have to say no.