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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

REVIEW -- +LIFEGUARD Mini 1 Portable Charger

+LIFEGUARD Mini 1 Portable Charger

+LIFEGUARD MINI 1 is the best portable battery charger available on the market. This compact well-designed product has a premium smart battery that will save your cell phone battery hundreds of times with rapid and full charges.

● Smart plug & play Samsung grade A cell battery.
● Real 3000mAh capacity - full charge your phone and still have juice.
● Quick charge - get your device 100% charged in 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
● Free 5.9in Apple compatible lightning cable - LIMITED TIME ONLY.
● Tough aluminum shell makes it impact resistant.
● Can be recharged more than 800 times.
● CE, ROHS and FCC certified.

Buying the +LIFEGUARD MINI 1 portable charger right now you will get a 5.9-inch charge & sync lightning cable (Apple compact). It has a convenient size for charge your iPhone (6+, 6, 5S, 5C or 5) with +LIFEGUARD MINI 1.

iPhones, iPods, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Sony and other cell phones, MP3, MP4, digital cameras with DC 5V input.

+LIFEGUARD's confidence in the MINI 1 is backed by its 18-month money-back guarantee. Feel safe to buy the +LIFEGUARD MINI 1 and enjoy your cell phone more than ever.
Having 3 devices to charge can be a total PAIN. Even with my Coosh Dual Charger, one always gets left to go nearly dead... which can be bad when you're out and you realize your phone is at 7% and you don't have a cigarette charger with you.

This is when the +LIFEGUARD Mini 1 Portable Charger comes in handy.

This charger is 3.8" long, and nearly 1" square and weighs 3.45 oz, so it will easily fit into a jeans pocket or a purse. It works with all Android and Apple devices using the 'Lightning' connectors. (I'm SURE it will work with the Apple 30-pin connectors, but it does NOT include this wire)

^^The outer box^^

^^What was in the box -- the short wire is the Apple Lightning connector^^

What I like about this is the mAh (Milliamp Hour) capacity. At 3000 mAh, I can easily charge my LG Optimus Fuel phone from completely depleted to full, and STILL have enough to then charge my Motorola Photon Q 'gaming' phone to at LEAST 70%.

^^Screenshot of it charging my Motorola Photon Q^^

Another nice feature is the different light indicators it has when in different modes. When you're charging the battery, the indicator light is red and will go out when the charger battery is full. When you're charging a device, the indicator light is blue. However, you will need to check your device to see if it has finished charging.

I really don't see disabled people having a problem using this. If a disabled person can plug in a charger and then connect the two ends of a wire, one end having a normal USB connector and the other end into their device or visa-versa, they will be able to use this.

This can be purchased from Amazon for $21.97.

The +LIFEGUARD Mini 1 Portable Charger is a great item to have on hand for your charging needs.

**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, March 22, 2015

REVIEW -- 90 days with the Keurig K550 Brew System

90 Days with the Keurig K550 Brew System

So many choices. So Simple. So Delicious. The Keurig® 2.0 K550 Brewing System features revolutionary Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™, designed to read the lid of each K-Cup™ or K-Carafe™ pod to brew the perfect beverage every time. The K550 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup — all at the touch of a button.

The brewer has other great features including an extra large 80 ounce water reservoir, 2.8 inch color touch display, programmable clock, an auto brew option and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee. There’s even a separate setting for hot cocoa and other specialty beverages like lattes and mochas. The K550 model also has a customizable night light in the water reservoir and offers hot water on demand. So many options to choose from — not at all like a typical coffee maker.

Choose over 400 different varieties, from 60 brands you love including Green Mountain Coffee®, Starbucks®, Lipton®, and more. Look for Keurig Brewed® seal on your favorite K-Cup pod and K-Carafe pod varieties to ensure a delicious cup every time.

The Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System includes a Keurig™ Carafe, a 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter, and K-Cup® and K-Carafe™ pods to get you started.

Variety pack includes:

4 K-Carafe™ pods:

- Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend
- Green Mountain Coffee® French Roast
- Green Mountain Coffee® French Vanilla
- The Original Donut Shop® Regular

6 K-Cup® pods:

- The Original Donut Shop® Regular Extra Bold
- Green Mountain Coffee® Hazelnut
- Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend®
- Barista Prima Coffeehouse® Italian Roast
- Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast
- Celestial Seasonings® English Breakfast Tea
It is no secret our house loves coffee. When we had traditional 12-cup coffee pots, we easily brewed 3 or more pots a day.

But the downfall is when you have people who like different flavors and/or strengths of coffee. I like mine on the light or mild side and preferably flavored... typically what you would get from a convenience store coffee kiosk. Mama Melissa, however, likes hers on the strong or dark side, but flavored as well, preferably cinnamon. As she says, she likes 'road tar' coffee.

With the Keurig™ K550 Brew System, all our needs are met. I can have my mildly-roasted Pumpkin Spice coffee and Mama Melissa can have her strongly-brewed Cinnabon coffee, all with a lift of a door and a tap on the screen.

^^What I recieved -- The K-cups had been put away at this point

^^The Keurig™ K550 set up and ready for a brew

Brewing a cup of coffee through the Keurig™K550 is VERY easy. Just lift the front lid of the unit, drop the K-Cup into the holder, close the lid, select your cup size and strength, and then hit the Keurig 2.0 button.

^^Demostration of the Keurig K550 brewing cycle.^^
NOTE: I have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why the camera seems shaky.

Descaling is easy, and the Keurig™ 2.0 will tell you when it's time to do so. Just run the special descaling solution through the machine as directed on the bottle, and then run a full tank of clear water through the machine.

The biggest problem I see disabled people having with this is closing the lid once a K-Cup is inserted. I have had to use a bit of force sometimes when a K-Cup has been inserted, but it's not forceful enough to break the unit. They also may have a bit of trouble refilling the water reservoir, depending of what hand is their dominant hand.

I will warn you, This is part of the new Keurig™2.0 family of brewers. These brewers have the DRM management software installed to ensure you are using only Keurig™-approved K-Cups. Not only does this ensure the flavor of the coffee, but this also ensures that these Keurig™-approved K-Cups will not damage your machine.

The Keurig™ 2.0 brewers can be purchased through all major store chains and directly through Keurig, starting at $149.99. For more info, please visit Keurig.com

Thanks to the Keurig™2.0, I love the freedom of being able to enjoy whatever coffee I want, without forcing the rest of the house drink a flavor they may not like.

A HUGE Thank you to Lauren Pavlik and the entire team at Keurig/Green Mountain coffee for allowing me to do a review.

**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, March 21, 2015

REVIEW -- 12 in 1 Headband - Versatile Sports Headwear

12 in 1 Headband - Versatile Sports Headwear

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE: Tired of sweat getting into your eyes? Yup, we were too. So we designed Tough Headbands™ to wick away moisture and dry like no other. They're made from 100% microfiber, a breathable material that wicks away moisture faster than the leading alternatives.

DISCOVER YOUR TOUGH & DURABLE SIDEKICK: Wear your Tough Headband on challenging rides, chilly morning jogs, strenuous yoga sessions, dusty desert hikes, or blazing runs down powdery snow slopes. Our headbands retain their form, color and elasticity for years in all climates and conditions.

WEAR IT 12 DIFFERENT WAYS: Rock your ultra-versatile Tough Headband on its own or under a helmet. When it gets colder, rock it as a neck gaiter, face mask or balaclava. Be sure to check out our product images to see all the ways you can wear a Tough Headband. These headbands are great for casual wear too.

EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE COMFORT: Say goodbye to headband headaches. Our microfiber is stretchy and will conform to heads of all shapes and sizes without a death grip. Our headbands are also seamless, resulting in less bad hair days and greater comfort.

GUARANTEED SATISFACTION: The ONLY headband with a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee.

Having CP, there are days that my hands just do not want to cooperate with me and rather than have a bad hair day from saliva-matted hair or find a way to a hair salon for a haircut, I usually just have Mama Melissa pull my hair up into a ponytail.

But a ponytail is so boring. I try to dress it up with fancy scrunchies and rubber bands, but it's still a ponytail.

This headband allows the user to wear it 12 different ways...
-Neck Gaiter/Warmer
-Sweat-style Headband
-Pirate Style

The only downfall with this headwear is there are no instructions included. So far, I have only figured out how to 6 of the styles.

^^in the 'Hairband' style^^

I would have like to have some visual instructions of how to do the other styles.

The material has a nice silky feel to it. It stretches well and doesn't get stretched out of shape.

^^close up of the print detail^^

The only problems I see disabled people having is trying to do the wearable styles on their own. If a disabled person just wants to wear this in one of the simpler styles, like the headband or neck gaiter, they will have no problems.

If you'd like to buy one for yourself, they are available from Amazon in four different styles; Solids, Paisley Prints, Vivid Prints (I have Indian Summer) and Tactical Camo for $7.95 each.

The 12 in 1 sports headwear is a great addition for someone wanting a simple hair accessorization.

**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.**

REVIEW -- INSTACANDI Candy Delivery service

INSTACANDI Candy Delivery service

Send a treat to Someone who is sweet™

The INSTACANDI ranges from old-time favorites like Mary Janes and Tootsie Rolls to Snickers, Milky Ways or Jolly Ranchers. We stock 100's of different INSTACANDIS!

Pick out a package, write personalized message and ship!

Personalized card, 15 pieces of candy, beautifully packaged and shipped for $9.99!
The premise of INSTACANDI is to be able to send someone a little 'Thank You' gift to someone. The package the recipient will receive contains a handwritten card and 15 pieces of fun-sized candy... think what a child would get in a birthday goodie bag or if the child went trick-or-treating.

The outer envelop of the INSTACANDI

For this review, I chose the 'Sweet Treats' package.

Upon receiving and opening the envelop (which, for some odd reason was just TOSSED into the middle of my snowy driveway) I was greeted with a cellophane bag of 15 pieces of assorted candies, at least TWO handfuls of loose confetti, a handwritten 'Thank you' card, a card with their slogan, business name and a strip of paper with a code for 10% off my next purchase. (I will share the code later on... keep reading)

The contents of the INSTACANDI mailing envelop

The assorted candies I received

I think each package is different in terms of what candies you will get. 

Honestly, I wasn't really impressed with this package. Yes, the company does send national branded candies, but I could head to my local Dollar General, buy 1 or 2 bags, possibly even 3 if I hit a good sale week, of their assorted candies, throw it into a USPS Priority mailing envelop with a handwritten note and mail it to a friend, spending about the same, if not a little less.

If you are interested in more info or want to get this for someone, head over to instacandi.com and use the code 'ICTENOFF' to get 10% off your order.

But STOP! Before you surf over there, INSTACANDI is giving away a package to one lucky winner!

INSTACANDI package giveaway

The idea behind this company is awesome, but for the amount of candy the recipient gets, it's just not worth it.

**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, March 20, 2015

REVIEW - Francois et Mimi 50oz Glass French Press

Francois et Mimi 50oz Glass French Press

~~Elegant Chrome Finish
•Holds 1500ml, or 50oz
•Dishwasher Safe
•Micro-Mesh Filter
•Works great with coarse-ground coffee or tea leaves
Our house loves coffee. It's easy for us to go through 3-4 typical coffee pots a day. But, if you have a power outage, you can't brew a pot when you get the caffeine craving.

So, I was excited to get this, in case of emergencies.

^^what I received^^

Sadly, none of the photos I took of me using the product turned out clearly enough for the post, but, for a disabled person, this is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to use. It shifted all over the kitchen bar we have, and there were times I actually thought I was going to drop it. Being it is a glass cylinder, that would have been dangerous and a complete mess.

Pushing the plunger was easy enough for me, even with limited arm strength, but the water shot up through the spout and around the lid, going all over the bar. This probably attributed to the shifting and sliding it did. It seems like the ONLY way I could avoid the water spillage would be to use half a cylinder full, defeating the purpose of having the 50 oz size.

These are available from Amazon, starting at $11.99 and up.

I wouldn't recommend a disabled person use this at all. I'd rather keep a tea kettle and a jar or two of instant coffee on hand for power outages/emergencies.

**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.**