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Friday, August 28, 2015

FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS

FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS

Now that the Verizon issues have been fixed COMPLETELY, I can get back to the normal posting schedule! Yay!

In this week's video, we meet Charisse, who was also born with CP.


I can relate to Charisse a LOT, since I myself have gone through many of the same experiences growing up.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

TASTY THURSDAY -- Chef Cristiane's Brazilian Gourmet Hot Sauce


Chef Cristiane's Brazilian Gourmet Hot Sauce

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Chef Cristiane Pereira's Brazilian "I'm Hot" Gourmet Hot Sauce - Craft Made in Small Batches with Malagueta Peppers - Mild/Medium Hotness - 5 oz.

-  This is a unique homemade hot sauce made from an old family recipe. Each bottle is made from a small kitchen by Chef Christiane Pereira of Taste of Brazil Cafe in Chicago.
-  Medium Hotness with a fresh tomato taste just like they serve in Brazil with a perfect balance of flavor and hotness. This is not extreme hotness, but rather a more mild or medium hotness that allows you to enjoy the delicious flavors of the peppers.
-  Made with Malagueta Peppers from Brazil Tastes great on chips, Mexican Food, sandwiches, meat, etc.
Made with all natural ingredients - no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, and no artificial ingredients
-  Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, onions, water, extra virgin olive oil, carrots, malagueta peppers, cane sugar, salt, garlic, and spices.
I love HOT foods, to a point. You're NOT getting me to eat a jalapeƱo pepper and DEFINITELY no way am I eating a ghost pepper, but I do like the spicy snacks and I like banana peppers on my subs.

Whenever I make my chicken salads, I tend to make them spicy. My go-to sauce is usually Frank's Red Hot Wing sauce. It's the perfect amount of hotness, without making it feel like I could breathe fire like a dragon.

So, I was intrigued by Chef Cristiane's Hot Sauce. Could it replace Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce as my go-to hot sauce? I set out to find out.


^^What I received^^

A few days after received this, It was time to make my weekly batch of chicken salad. I was lazy this time and used canned chicken for ease. I also used some celery in the salad, not only to get my veggie intake up, but to give the salad a bit of crunch.

After mixing the chicken, celery, ranch dressing and mayonnaise together, I poured in a generous helping of the sauce. It gave the salad an orangish color, as shown.


^^Chicken salad made with Chef Cristiane's Brazilian Gourmet Hot Sauce^^

The sauce made this particular batch of chicken salad EXTREMELY hot; way hotter than I'm used to. It wasn't a terrible flavor, but it did make my mouth and tongue burn with the hotness level. I'd equate the temperature level with pure Tabasco sauce or habanero peppers.

I'm not entirely sure if it's the way the sauce is supposed to taste or if it produces this flavor mixed with the eggs and vinegar of the mayonnaise, but after mixing the sauce in, the salad had a sour/spoiled taste to it. I know it wasn't, because everything was fresh, but the salad had a tangy taste to it, like the mayonnaise had been left in the hot sun all day.

The only problem I see disabled people having with this depends on their personal preference on hot foods. If they love hot/spicy foods, they'll have no issues. If a cooking onion is too spicy for their diet, those people will be in tears after eating this.

This is available from Amazon for $15.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very flavorful sauce; just not the best for use in mayonnaise based salads.
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.**

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEAUTY WEDNESDAY -- PantyJoy Subscription Box

PantyJoy Subscription Box

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
3 NEW PANTIES DELIVERED EVERY MONTH. CHOOSE FROM BRIEFS, THONGS OR VARIETY.

Select Your Style Preference (Brief, Thong or Both)
We Hand Select Every Pair For Quality and Style
Receive 3 New Pairs Every Month Valued at $30 or more
Enjoy Month After Month
I usually stick to 'plain jane' undies. Hanes or Fruit of the Loom brand 'Granny Panty' briefs. I do buy fancy designs, though. I have a pair I call my 'Dolph Ziggler undies' (WWE fans will probably figure out why) and a blue flowered pair, but other than those, I tend to stick to solid color briefs.

I was excited when Steve at PantyJoy agreed to send me a month box for review.


^^The three pairs I received^^

I chose the briefs and boyshorts. The downfall was I wasn't entirely sure WHAT size I would need, so I chose the 'Large.' Sadly, I could only comfortably wear one pair; the pinkish-orangish pair shown above. The purple 'Love' pair and the yellowish-green pair were too tight for me.

I do like the quality of the panties. They did not feel cheaply made or from thin material. They were normal thickness for cotton and/or stretchy nylon material.

I don't see disabled folks having a lot of issues with these. These are just normal underwear, so if you can put on undies, you're good to go.

I do want stress, however, to be ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE of your size. As I said, I requested the 'Large,' which should fit a US dress size 12-14. I can easily wear a size 14 Petite jean, so I figured the large size would be fine. It wasn't, and I could only wear one pair of panties. I am NOT holding this against the company, since this was MY fault for not requesting the X-Large sizing.

This is available from the PantyJoy Website for $15.00 a month.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very cute panties at a reasonable price. The best of both worlds.
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.**

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

REVIEW -- U.S. Art Supply 9" x 12" Premium Manga-Marker Paper Pad


U.S. Art Supply 9" x 12" Premium Manga-Marker Paper Pad

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
- Acid Free, Neutral pH, Natural White Sheets, Ideal for Sketching and Mixed Dry
- Marking Pen Paper with a Smooth Uniform Surface that is Virtually Bleedproof
- Ideal paper for Drawing with Ink Pens, Water and Permanent Markers & All Pencils
- Pad of 24-Sheets, 60 Pound (100gsm) paper
Mama Melissa is the artist in the house. If she's not watching YouTube videos, she's drawing or at least doodling... sometimes even doing both.

So, when this drawing pad was available for review, I jumped on it for her.

Sadly, she wasn't impressed by it.

It's an awful small quantity of paper; only 24 sheets. Any art/drawing pad I've ever seen or bought is at LEAST 50 sheets, if not more. It is double sided -- one side being like typical drawing paper, the other side being glossy, like photo or professional pamphlet paper.


^^cover of the pad

It is a good size pad though, 9" wide by 12" tall. It's thicker than typical copier/printer paper or notebook paper. I'd liken the thickness to construction paper.


^^examples of different writing utensils on the paper^^

Here are the key points to keep in mind when using this paper.

GLOSSY SIDE
• ink smears when freshly used, but does NOT smear when dry.
• Only good with markers/sharpies/pens… anything with actual ink.
• Colored pencils seem ‘chalky’ and faded. When Mama Melissa colored a shape with a colored pencil, there were 'crumbs' of the clay and wax of the 'lead.'
• Dark colored pencils turn to pastel-like colors, i.e. navy blue becomes baby blue or robin egg blue.
• Normal pencils do write, but are hard to erase. Don’t quite fully erase.
• Colored pencils erase completely.

TYPICAL DRAWING SIDE
• a little less glossy than the ‘photo’ side, but still has a ‘sheen’ to it.
• Colored pencils seem a bit darker, but still seem light. Not as chalky or crumbly.
• Anything with actual ink is fine.

The upswing is there is no leak through from inks on either side.

The biggest problem disabled people will have with this paper is the smear factor. I suspect most drawings done by disabled people will be smeared from shaky hands.

This is available from Amazon for $6.96.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Not the best paper for drawing; I'd use this quicker for painting with good-quality watercolors or acrylic paints
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.**

TECH TUESDAY -- 3 Port USB 2.0 USB HUB with Multi-card Reader

3 Port USB 2.0 USB HUB with Multi-card Reader

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
New 3 Port USB 2.0 USB HUB with Multi-card Reader for SD/MMC/M2/MS MPO DUO

Features
• USB 3 port HUB Combo Card Reader for SD MMC M2 MS
• Support Memory Card: MS/MS PRO DUO/SD/MMC/M2/Micro SD(TF)
• Powered by USB port, no external power needed
• Size:7.5"x7.5"x3"
I originally bought this about 6 months ago, when I was still using the Dell Inspiron desktop, because it was difficult to use the built-in card reader and front USB ports where I had to keep the tower part. I couldn't see the ports and it was a pain to have to actually get on the floor when I needed to put a SD card or plug in a USB device.

But then, in a change of direction, I ended up going to a HP Chromebook 11, which did not have a built-in card reader. Sadly, that system was a pain and would not read any cards inserted into the unit.

For my birthday, I ended up getting an Asus 13" Chromebook, and after using the built-in card reader with a LOT of difficulty, I got this unit out and tried it.


^^what I received^^

The Asus Chromebook read the 4 GB card inserted into this hub with no issues. I was able to move photos from the SD card to my system quickly and easily.

There are no drivers needed for this hub. It's completely plug & play. Just hook the hub up and then insert a SD card or an USB device. The system will automatically read the card or device. However, it IS USB 2.0 compliant, and since I do not have any USB 3.0 devices, I am unsure as to how this will work with the newer USB 3.0 devices.

The only problem I see disabled people having with this depends on their level of stability in their hands. If they have shaky/spazzy hands, they may have trouble connecting the USB connector to the USB ports on their systems. The card reader slots work tight, so removing the cards may be difficult for some users. (Remember, ALWAYS eject your cards from the system safely, to ensure any data on the card is not corrupted)

This is available from eBay seller sjbcable for $4.49 and FREE shipping. (I'm sure there are other sellers with the same item; sjbcable is the seller I purchased mine from)

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really like this little hub. I am glad I decided to make this purchase, as it has been a lifesaver.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Monday, August 24, 2015

ADMIN POST: Update on the Internet issues

Okay, so... here's where we at...

Verizon called me today and asked me if we were working. Well, when I left the room where our modem is, we were, but Mama Melissa yelled down that we WEREN'T. Christina told me that she was waiting for info from the local manager, and when she had more info, she'd call me back BEFORE 5 pm ET.

Christina called me about 3:40 PM and told me that told me yet ANOTHER tech was looking at the 'remote site' to see what the issues were. She then said she'd call me back tomorrow and give me MORE info, because they are having issues with their equipment, but they can't pinpoint it.

So, this tech then called me, told me that he was down at the remote site on Town Line Rd, which is 2.8 miles away, and everything looks good, but he was going to check some other things.

On Saturday, Bob (the original tech) did some work down there and this morning, he even switched out some ports, which was supposedly the issue, and I should have been fixed.

Except I wasn't.

About 15 minutes later, the 2nd tech is pulling in our driveway. Everything looks good on Town Line Rd., so he can't figure out why we keep dropping the signal. He runs a few tests and figures out that it's somewhere in our wiring from the telephone pole to the house, because OUTSIDE, we're pulling over 3 Mbps downstream, but our jack is pulling 510 Kbps downstream. He changes a few wires in our outside boxes and all of a sudden, my jack is pulling the 3 Mbps down, but the modem/WiFi is pulling 1.3 Mbps downstream.

After pulling anywhere from 100-300 Kbps downstream all weekend when I had a signal, I'll HAPPILY take the 1.3 Mbps downstream. LMAO

The 2nd tech still wants to set up a call to replace the main wire from the telephone pole to the house, to see if we can get the full speed of 3 Mbps I'm paying for actually through the modem. The good thing is, they DON'T need to replace the jack... they hope.

I'm STILL not sure how well we're going to work on Tuesday during the day, because I wasn't keeping a connection during the day, but I was keeping a 'workable' speed at night, from 8 pm on.

IF I'm actually fixed, I'll get caught up this week and actually have posts for you guys.

IF NOT... I'll have to wait until Verizon gets me fully fixed and up to what I should be.

I'm so sorry, you guys. I seriously HATE this. I just want a steady, WORKING DSL connection. I'm hoping Verizon can give me this soon.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ADMIN POST: Internet issues...

I'm still dealing with Verizon's internet issues. This time, it had me out from Friday, 08.14.15. until tonight, 08.18.15... and it's still spotty. Sometimes, I'll get GREAT speeds; other times, not so much. Verizon is scheduled for a tech dispatch tomorrow (08.19.15), so HOPEFULLY, that will fix any lingering issues.

That being said, I am taking THE REST OF THIS WEEK OFF FROM NORMAL BLOGGING. I want to get caught up on things just collecting dust in the inbox. I will pick up again with MOBILITY MONDAY on 08.25.15.

Thanks for understanding.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

REVIEW -- Brieftons Food Chopper


Brieftons Food Chopper

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Ever wished there's something that can take the hard work out of chopping vegetables and fruits? Or ever wondered how to NOT get watery eyes while cutting onions? If so, the Brieftons Food Chopper is your answer!This versatile tool makes quick work out of tough cutting/chopping tasks, and it's so easy to assemble, use and care for.

And if you hate getting watery eyes when chopping onions, this will solve it all for you. With the lid on top and onions inside the bowl, you can effortlessly chop away without them making your eyes water.

This hand food chopper is the quick and easy way to chop fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs or create fresh salsas, pestos, coleslaws, salads in just seconds.

It can be used equally well as a vegetable chopper, salad chopper, onion chopper, garlic chopper, herb chopper or as a general-purpose manual food chopper.

BENEFITS

✓ Powerful & Versatile: Perfect for slicing vegetable salads, chopping nuts, herbs, veggies, pesto, hummus, salsa, guacamole, boneless meat, and more.

✓ Compact & Safe to Use: 3 cup capacity. Great for small kitchens, RVs, travel and camping. Made from BPA-free plastic.

✓ Easy to Clean: Blades, bowl and storage lid are top-rack dishwasher safe. Components come apart for easy cleaning.

✓ Convenient: Makes food preperation fun and easy. Just pull the cord a few times to to chop/mince/blend your ingredients.

✓ Designed for a Perfect Chopping Job: Features sharp stainless steel blades for fast chopping, comfort soft grip lid, anti-skid base, easy pull cord, large handle for easy leverage.

With so much to do during the day, cooking needs to be done fast. The Brieftons Food Chopper is a versatile and indispensable kitchen tool that makes cooking quicker, easier, and more fun.

The Brieftons Food Chopper is a versatile and indispensable kitchen tool that you will want to have on your kitchen counter at all times.
I like to cook. The problem is, I'm not very talented with a sharp knife. A lot of the times, I have to have Mama Melissa help me dice up onions and celery if I want to put them into my lunch salads. That's not very independent.

Enter the Brieftons Mini food chopper.


^^box of the chopper I received^^


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

I LOVE this chopper. I'm able to get the veggies diced small enough to go into a meat salad. The handle was extremely easy to pull, even with shaky hands. The bowl is a good size and is made of sturdy, non-breakable plastic, as shown in the epic fail I did in the video.

Depending on the texture you want/need is how many times you will need to pull the cord...
1 - 5 pulls for coarse, chunky cuts
6 - 10 pulls for medium to fine cuts
11 - 20 pulls for fine to very fine cuts
20 or more pulls for very fine of puree consistency

Since getting the bowl, my household has used this on onions, celery, graham crackers and peppers. The only downfall is I still experienced the 'onion cry' when I opened the lid.

The only thing disabled people may have with this is cleaning the parts. According to the instructions, the lid cannot be submerged in water, but can be wiped down with a damp cloth. The other parts can be submerged in the sink or thrown in the dishwasher. The hardest part to actually clean is the blades. I did nick my finger while washing the blades, but it was no different than a paper cut. So disabled people may need to be even more careful when washing the blades. I would suggest using a dish brush and/or wearing gloves when doing so.

This is available from Amazon for $15.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Completely, totally, utterly in love with this chopper. I love that I can add veggies to my salads without needing to use a knife.
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.**

Monday, August 10, 2015

MOBILITY MONDAY -- OxyRub Pain Relief Cream

OxyRub Pain Relief Cream

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
OxyRub® pain relief cream rubs away pain—right on contact!

OxyRub® works within minutes to:

- Dissolve arthritis pain in knees, hips, fingers, and wrists
- Relieve tense, painful back, leg, and neck muscles
- Cool and soothe stubborn bursitis pain
- Take the throbs out of bumps, sprains, and bruises
- And so much more…

Pain is the single most common reason that patients seek medical care—and yet, there have been shockingly few truly effective solutions. NOT ANYMORE. Now, not even the worst chronic pain can stand up to the pain-relieving power of OxyRub. Whether you've been fighting arthritis pain for ages or just suffer from aches and pains after a round of golf or an afternoon in the garden, OxyRub pain relief cream can eliminate your pain—quickly.

OxyRub combines the pain-relieving power of menthol with a patented, proprietary oxygenated essential oil into a soothing, pleasant-smelling cream.

Just apply OxyRub where it hurts and PRESTO! No more pain!

That's because muscle pain relief cream OxyRub rubs in quickly and goes to work right at the source of your pain, to conquer it within minutes, right on contact.

Without waiting to digest a pill…without worrying about drug interactions or harmful side effects…without medicinal scents, messy oils, or greasy lotions.

OxyRub's secret lies in a patented blend of menthol, emollients, and oxygenated essential oil in a soothing, non-greasy cream that's absorbed into the skin in seconds with NO burning or irritation!
Having CP, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to control the aches and pains that come with it. But I don't want to be putting all these weird chemicals in my skin, causing who knows what.

Enter Dr. Pergolizzi's OxyRub pain relief cream.

I've been having some issues with my right leg as of recently. I think I've been putting too much strain on it, and the muscles have been having searing pains and feeling like they want to pull and/or tear. Since I also have arthritis, the leg was really aching on one night, when it happened to be DOWNPOURING outside.

Withing 5 minutes of rubbing the cream in, my quadricep was cool and relaxed. I was able to turn over in my bed without the searing heat rippling through the muscles. I was also able to get a full night of deep sleep, without waking up every time I tossed and turned.

What I really like about this cream is the fact that I can pronounce all but one ingredient in it. The main active ingredient is Menthol, which is known for its cooling properties.

This is available from Amazon for $18.99. Please go to the Healthy Directions webpage for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Awesome cream for aches and pains.
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.**