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Saturday, October 31, 2015

REVIEW -- Protein Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner


Protein Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
A Professional Protein Hair Mask and Deep Conditioning Treatment that Repairs, Restores, and Strengthens Damaged, Dry, or Brittle hair while also Instantly Transforming the Texture Of Your Hair Leaving it Soft, Silky, and Easier to Manage. Promotes Natural Hair Growth, helps Prevent Hair loss, and Gives Hair Added Body and Volume through use of an Exclusive Protein Therapy formula which includes Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Aloe Vera, Argan Oil, and Macadamia Oil.
A few months ago, I ran out of shampoo in the middle of a shower. I didn't think it would hurt to use my body wash for shampoo. It would be a one time thing... what harm could it do?

A LOT.

Ever since then, my hair has been really dry... to the point where it seemed like my hair was making dreadlocks on its own.

I tried using Auusie Hair Insurance spray after washing it, but it would only work for a few hours. Then it would be right back to the dry and tangled mess. I was getting frustrated to the point of wanting to chop the damaged hair off and start anew.


^^What I received -- Excuse the glare^^

I was excited to get this mask treatment. In an attempt to repair my hair, I've been using it every other day along with the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2-in-1 Moisturizing Hair Shampoo & Conditioner and it has seemed to make SOME improvement. My hair stays softer long than a few hours and it seems to be easier to brush it out.

The hardest thing disabled people will have trouble with, is making sure the mask is fully worked through the hair. The directions say to use a comb, but I found it easier to use my hands and working it through that way. I felt my hair absorbed more of the product using my hands alone rather than a comb.

I'm still planning to cut my hair sometime, but now, it's for my own personal preference, not because I HAVE to in order to get rid of damaged hair.

This is available from Amazon for $16.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Repairs damaged hair and leaves it soft and smooth.
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.**

REVIEW -- HandsOn Gloves


HandsOn Gloves

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
HandsOn Grooming Gloves Have Arrived at www.handsongloves.com
With a glove on each hand, you reach beyond professional grooming excellence while naturally bonding with your animal.
All-In-One Revolutionary Bathing / Grooming Gloves
Created by Animal People for Animal People
HandsOn Gloves are a revolutionary concept whiches reaches far beyond any traditional curry combs, mitts and scrubbers on the market today. Wet or dry, ou gloves won't slip or fall off while providing you and your animals with a more thorough and enjoyable bathing and grooming experience. One glance and the value we built into our expertly designed gloves is immediately apparent.

HandsOn Gloves News
The most highly anticipated and by far the best bathing AND grooming product to ever hit the market.
You will throw all of your old, antiquated tools away! The scrubbing nodules on the fingers and palms provide a deep thorough clean and are the best de-shedders on the market today. Another added benefit is your animals hair does not stick to the HandsOn Glove; just a simple flick of the wrist and the hair instantly releases so you can go right back to caring for your animal.

HandsOn Gloves Provide a Better, Easier Way to Bathe Horses and Dogs
Get ready to throw out all of your other old bathing mitts and scrubbers in the trash for good.
Remember as a young kid bathing horses and not understanding what the useless bathing mitts were good for? And then, as you got older and your hands were bigger, the mitts were still useless and wouldn’t stay on – especially for the soapy, wet conditions they were designed for?
These problems were the motivation for our HandsOn inventors to spend over three years designing and creating a solution. An effective pair of actual grooming gloves! Through the process, we realized why this type of glove had not previously been available on the market. They were very difficult to make. But we did it!
Yes, that’s right, no more cramps from contorting your hands in unnatural positions, just hoping and praying the mitt will stay on long enough to finish half of one side of your horse. No more reaching for a shampoo bottle with a disfigured thumb (and no individual fingers to grab hold), only to send the slippery bottle flying through your horse’s legs and across the wash stall; freaking them and you out, making you look and feel like an idiot.
Put your opposable thumbs to good use for a better, healthier and happier bath time. You’ll approach these tasks with more confidence, and your horses and dogs will appreciate it.
Having a new puppy in the house means dog hair EVERYWHERE. Chase is what would be considered a short haired dog, but he still sheds.

Being he's a short haired dog, typical pet grooming kits don't really work for him. Either the tools would hurt him or they wouldn't grab the hairs. But it's still a pain when his hair gets on everything. There had to be a way to solve the loose hair problem.

Enter the HandsOn Grooming gloves.


^^front and back of gloves^^

What I love about these gloves is that they work wet or dry. I doubt I will ever actually use them in the bath, but dry they work wonderfully. I just ran my hands over Chase, like I was petting him, and they gathered LOTS of loose hair from him. A quick rinse under the tap and the hair was gone! (I'd suggest using a strainer/stopper in the drain, to prevent clogs)

Which leads me to how easy these would be for disabled people to use... I really don't see a problem using these. They are pretty easy to slip on, have a secure fit with the Velcro fasteners, and if you can pet an animal, you'll have NO trouble using these.

This is available from Amazon starting at $20.27.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great for mess-free grooming
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.**

REVIEW -- Send Me Gluten Free October 2015

Send Me Gluten Free
October 2015 Box

What is Send Me Gluten Free?
We’re not here to save the world, we just want to make yours a whole lot easier.

Our mission is to help the gluten free community by providing great resources and fun ways to try new products that are safe for you and your family. That mission is so important to us because we get it...most of our team lives gluten free. We know first-hand how difficult it can be to find the best products and we’re here to make all of that easier with our monthly subscription box. We hope you’ll join us!
Send Me Gluten Free is a subscription box similar to Taste Guru, catering to the gluten free diet/lifestyle.

I was sent the October 2015 box for review.

So, What was in the October 2015 box?


^^SoyJoy bar in Blueberry^^

SOYJOY BAR IN BLUEBERRY
You'll swear you're eating a blueberry muffin when you experience the simply baked taste of Blueberry SOYJOY. Made with real blueberries and baked with ground whole soybeans, it's a healthy, convenient muffin alternative to snack on anywhere, anytime.

When I first opened the box and saw this, I let out a very audible groan. I had tried SoyJoy bars before, and they were COMPLETELY disgusting. The ones I had tried before were dry and bland. The company must have changed the recipe over the last few years, since this actually didn’t taste that bad. I probably would eat this flavor again.
TASTE: 8/10


^^Enlightened Crisps in Sriracha^^

ENLIGHTENED CRISPS IN SRIRACHA
A winning combination of spicy, tangy, and subtly sweet creates this bold flavor.
WHAT ARE BROAD BEANS?
The best-kept secret in healthy snacking! Enjoyed around the world for their delicious flavor and satisfying crunch, broad beans are a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein and fiber.
ENLIGHTENED CRISPS are lightly roasted in sunflower oil, sprinkled with sea salt, and seasoned to perfection. So go ahead... spill the beans.

These were actually pretty good. I've ate things with Sriracha before and they were much spicier than these were. The crunch was similar to a Pringles chip. They were quite soft on the teeth, which was a plus for someone with gum issues.
There are 4 different flavors to choose from: Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt, Wasabi, Sriracha & Garlic & Onion. I'd love to try the other flavors.
TASTE: 8.5/10


^^PB2 Powdered peanut butter^^

PB2 -- POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER
PB2 is peanut butter reimagined. Freshly roasted peanuts are pressed to remove 85% of the fat and calories. The result is a delicious and all natural alternative to traditional peanut butter with twice the healthy proteins per gram than its traditional counterpart. PB2 can be mixed with any liquid to make a spread, eaten straight from the jar or added to recipes for a rich nutty flavor.

FROM THE BACK: Superior quality peanuts are first slow roasted then pressed to remove 85% of the fat and oil. The result is an exquisitely natural roasted peanut butter flavor that’s deliciously rich in taste, easy to enjoy and wonderfully healthy.

I have yet to try this. I am restricted to what I can and can't do around here at the moment, and to be quite honest, I don't want to deal with the negativity and drama that will come with making this.
But I like the concept that I can make peanut butter whenever I want with just water.
I will update this when I can make this without people trying to control me.
TASTE: ?/10


^^Surf Sweets candies^^

SURF SWEETS CANDIES
WE LIKE TO SAY IT WAS SWEET SERENDIPITY.
That mission continues today – our organically sweetened gummy candy and jelly beans are full of the fruity flavor that you expect with none of the yucky ingredients you avoid. Anyone can enjoy Surf Sweets because our candy is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and the top ten allergens.
You will love how the fresh fruit flavor of the organic fruit juice is revealed when it’s not masked by processed corn syrup and petroleum-based artificial food dyes. Pack them in a lunch box, bring them to a school party, or treat somebody for a job well done and enjoy the guilt free sweet satisfaction of having delicious treats everyone loves and knowing they are free of artificial ingredients.
Though we’re not based in California now, as devoted parents and doting uncles and aunts, we understand the constant quest to find fun products kids love that aren’t filled with icky ingredients so join us grab some Surf Sweets and Snack Happy!

I liked these a lot. Even though these are organic, none of the sweet flavors were lost on these.
There were three kinds: Organic Jelly Beans, Organic Fruity Bears & Organic Fruity Hearts. The jelly beans tasted like normal jelly beans, just a little less sweet. The fruity bears had the crystallized sugar, like the jellied fruit slices and the fruity hearts were just like gummy bears, but in a heart shape.
TASTE: 9.5/10


^^The empty Lovely Candy Co. licorice bag^

LOVELY CANDY CO. BLACK LICORICE
The idea which started the company!  We’ve Consciously Crafted® a gluten-free licorice with all the taste and texture of premium quality licorice.  These delectable, bite size candies combine natural flavors and ingredients with true licorice extract for a lovely flavor experience.

Mama Melissa ate these, as I HATE black licorice. Always have, always will. I tried one for testing purposes and I couldn’t tell a difference between the gluten free and the regular varieties.
TASTE: 3/10 for me, 8/10 for Mama Melissa


^^Chewy Crunchola Bar^^

CHEWY CRUNCHOLA GRANOLA BAR IN OATS, APPLES & CINNAMON
Our Crunchola Chewy Apples and Cinnamon Bars are a tasty snack or on-the-go breakfast you won’t regret later. They’re made from the finest wholegrain oats sweetened with natural fruit juice and apple pieces, sprinkled with cinnamon, and then baked to a delicious chewy texture. Try them in Apricot, Coconut and Chia, too.
What’s not to love?
-Free from nuts
-Goodness of Australian oats
-Dairy free
-Source of fibre
-Low in salt
-No artificial colours or flavours
-4 Health Star Rated

This was really good. Reminded me a LOT of the Nature Valley granola bars, but more chewy. The apples and cinnamon flavors really burst through.
TASTE: 9/10


^^Honey Nut Cheerios^^

GLUTEN-FREE HONEY NUT CHEERIOS
You already know that Honey Nut Cheerios® Naturally Flavored has the irresistible taste of golden honey, making it a family favorite. But did you know that each little "o" also contains soluble fiber from whole grain oats? As part of a heart-healthy* eating plan, eating Honey Nut Cheerios each day can help lower your cholesterol. Made with whole grains and low in fat, Cheerios also provides 12 essential vitamins and minerals. That’s something that everyone can smile about!

Honey Nut Cheerios went gluten free in Autumn 2015 by removing stray wheat, rye and barley, to deliver a more pure version of Cheerios.
I’m pretty sure 95% of us know what Honey Nut Cheerios taste like. I mixed this with ‘normal’ Honey Nut Cheerios, to see if I could detect a difference in the taste, and I was unable to taste a difference. I like Honey Nut Cheerios as it is, so this was a delight to see in the box.
TASTE: 10/10


^^Slender Sticks in Grape^^

SLENDER STICKS ACTIVE IN GRAPE
NOW Foods Slender Sticks Active Grape is the designed specifically for your active lifestyle.

Tasted like VERY weak Kool-Aid. Didn’t have an AWFUL taste, but it’s not something I’d drink on a regular basis.
TASTE: 4/10


^^Modern Table Meals in Mediterranean Green Lentil Rotini^^

MODERN TABLE MEALS MEDITERRANEAN GREEN LENTIL ROTINI
With Garlic Herb Sauce & Mediterranean Citrus Seasoning
We believe wholesome foods can delight & excite the whole family. And dinner should be simple, nutritious & yummy. All it takes is 15 minutes. It’s a dinner you can be proud of: a taste of exciting, a taste of healthy a taste of reality.

Very interesting taste. The noodles were a bit hard, but not to the unchewable stage; more like a firm pasta. I really liked the way the garlic herb sauce paired with the citrus flavoring, which I really couldn’t identify WHICH citrus it was. I didn’t really detect any lemon flavor, but I’m leaning heavily towards orange.
I’d like to try their other flavors, but I don’t see them in the stores I shop in, and I really don’t want to drive to our closest Wegman’s to buy them.
TASTE: 8/10

Like with most foods/subscription boxes, the biggest problem disabled people (minus any chewing issues) will have is opening the packages. Some of the food packages are small, so it's hard to open.

You can start your own subscription at sendmeglutenfree.com. I also have a discount code for all my readers -- 20% off any subscription length with the code BLOG20.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really liked the assortment in this box again. It went from sweet to salty to savory. I was pleasantly surprised at how many things can be gluten free, but still tasty.
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.**

Friday, October 30, 2015

REVIEW -- Evanger's Dog Food

Evanger's Dog Food

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Since 1935, Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. has been the finest natural pet food company in the United States. Our founder, Fred Evanger, bred, exhibited, and championed his Great Danes in international kennel clubs. He was a fervent believer that his dogs' health and the health of their offspring were dependent on wholesome, nutritious food, and strongly advocated that this was the key to his success in the show ring. Mr. Evanger built a canning factory at his kennels so that he could make a quality pet food, free of harmful additives or preservatives;, that was superior enough for his champions. Over 76 years later, we know that Fred Evanger was a man ahead of his time.
As you know, we have a new pup in the house, Chase. We think he's either a Ratcha (Rat Terrier-Chihuahua mix) or a Minchi/Chipin (Chihuahua-Mini Doberman Pinscher). Our Vet thinks Ratcha, but Mama Melissa and I lean more the Chipin.

And he is SPOILED. ROTTEN.

I'm always on the lookout for new things for him to try, but I also want to keep things as all natural as possible, as per our vet's directions. (It doesn't help we have two people here CONSTANTLY feeding him table scraps, even AFTER the vet said not to, but I digress...)

So, I was extremely excited when I received a box of Evanger's Dog food for Chase to try!


^^What I Received^^

Let's take a look at what's inside...

DRY
Whitefish and Sweet Potato
Nutritionally Complete & Balanced: Evanger's Grain Free Whitefish and Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for ALL Life Stages.

I don't know many dogs that like fish; that's mainly a cat thing. But Chase seemed to like this. He ate it all through the course of a day. I don't know if it was the whitefish or the sweet potato taste he liked more.

Chicken and Brown Rice
Made with Evanger's same superior, high quality nutrition, this is the perfect compliment to our canned entrees.

I'd say this was Chase's favorite of the dry foods. This bag was GONE within half a day, if not sooner. People try to say 'Oh, Chase doesn't LIKE chicken.' But that seems to be wrong, since he gobbled this up in no time.

Pheasant and Brown Rice
This chicken-free dinner is a great option for dogs with chicken allergies. This is the perfect compliment to our 100% game meat supplements.

And this was the one Chase HATED... which is odd, because when we opened the box, Chase seemed OBSESSED with this package. But he took 2-3 bites from the bowl and walked away. We ended up throwing the little baggie away.

CANNED
Braised Beef Chunks with gravy and veggies
A hearty dinner of tender chunks of beef with market fresh vegetables of peas and carrots together with nutritious gravy.

When Chase was 'new' to us, Grandma bought a variety box of Cesar wet food. If I remember correctly it was a Beef variety pack, and one of the flavors was (I think) Beef Stew with Peas & Carrots. Chase would NOT eat that flavor... at all. But he devoured this one. He happily ate all the veggies.

Hunk of Beef au jus
Premium tender 100% beef roast cooked in its own juices serves up a meaty supplement.

No surprise Chase loved this one. All this is, is as it reads; chunks of beef in a broth-like juice. We started out giving him half a can, to see if he liked it. He licked his bowl clean, then BEGGED for the rest of the can!

Slow Cooked Turkey Stew
A grain free stew with diced meat and farm fresh vegetables are simmered in gravy for a delectable dinner.

This was the main one I was very skeptical on. Between people claiming Chase 'doesn't like turkey' and turning his nose up at the Cesar Beef Stew, I was sure this would be the one he wouldn't eat...
But he SHOCKED me. He ate every bit of it and licked the bowl clean again. We gave him the entire can of the stew and he ate half of it in one sitting!

Only problem I see disabled people having with these is the packaging. The cans are pop-top cans, and depending of the disability, a disabled person may need help pulling these open. The dry food comes in bags similar to snack bags, so scissors may be needed to open them.

These are available from Evanger's Pet Food website or some pet stores. They also produce cat food, ferret food, and treats. Please visit their website to find a store near you.

FINAL THOUGHTS
All natural foods for pets, that tastes yummy, yet still packs the nutrients a dog needs... it's a win-win!
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, October 28, 2015

REVIEW -- Freedom Clever Clip


Freedom Clever Clip

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
CALLING ALL COFFEE CONNOISSEURS

THE PERFECT PRODUCT HAS ARRIVED

The Freedom Clever Clip allows the Keurig 2.0 to use any K cup and not just the kind Keurig sells! Brew any kind of K cup you want with this Freedom Clever Clip from Freedom Brew! Enjoy!!!

The Freedom Clever Clip can override the Keurig® 2.0 brewers with Lock Out Technology and allow all K-cup® Pods and competing single serve cup/pods to brew.

It simply clips over the camera on the 2.0 machine and "fools" the machine to brew ALL K-Style cups and all K-cups®. Don't accept that you can only use Keurig® branded cups to brew in your 2.0, brew with freedom and enjoy the competing products and better prices. Tired of seeing "oops" when you go to brew a single cup only to damage the pod and not be able to brew it? If you don't want to keep the 2.0, we have many new machines that will brew ALL K-cup® Pods.Return it and take a look at our brands from Remington,Touch and Cuisinart. No affiliation with Keurig Green Mountain Inc. Keurig® and K-cup® are registered trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
While I like our Keurig K550 Brewing system, I don't like the fact that the Keurig 2.0 approved cups are EXTREMELY expensive. I cannot justify spending $15 or more on a box of the cups, just because they comply with the DRM of the Keurig 2.0 systems. But, due to this DRM licence, They HAVE to be Keurig 2.0 compliant cups...

or do they?

Enter the Freedom Clever Clip, designed to let you brew any k-cup in your Keurig 2.0 brewer system.


^^What I received^^

This clips over the eye of the DRM laser, fooling the machine into thinking you are using an 'Officially licensed' Keurig 2.0-compatible cup.

I've have a few of these before, made by the San Francisco Coffee Co. However, theirs seemed very flimsy and cheaply made. I went through two of the San Francisco ones before I got this one.

The plastic on this looks and feels thicker and of better quality.

That being said, this works as expected. There's no added bulk to the lid of the Keurig machine and it reads non-Keurig 2.0 cups and refillable cups. Only downfall is not being able to select different settings/sizes. You're stuck on setting 3, which ranges from 4 oz to 12 oz cups, in 2 oz intervals. This means that if you have a 16 oz travel mug, you need to do some math to get a full mugs-worth. It also defeats the purpose of using the larger carafe that comes with some of the newer Keurig 2.0 models, unless you take the clip out, brew the carafe pack, then replace the clip.

Disabled people with hand/arm issues MAY need help to install this, depending on the disability. I have good dexterity and I had to have Mama Melissa install this.

This is available from Amazon for $9.95.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A necessity for those who don't want to spend $15+ for Keurig 2.0-compatible coffee cups.
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.**