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Friday, January 29, 2016

Photobucket issues...

Photobucket issues

So, as you may have noticed, a LOT of my photo links are broken, making my site look horrible.

Photobucket is having server issues and is down right now. I can't really do much about right now; I don't have any of the photos saved other places. Everything is uploaded to Photobucket, then deleted from my drive.

Photobucket IS working on it. According to their last Facebook post, some accounts are up, but unable to actually be logged into. My account for here isn't loading at all, so I'm on one of the still affected servers.

Until this issue is resolved, you may see some 'wonky' posts with the broken picture icons and some just plain text posts. I apologize in advance for these.

Seems like I get ONE issue fixed and another pops up. *sigh*

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cocomel Candies

Cocomel Candies

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Welcome to JJ’s Sweets. We are a candy company dedicated to offering blissful, innovative and mindfully crafted treats. We draw from the past but are influenced by our desire to see candy evolve into tasty indulgences that inspire the spirit, support our bodies, and are sustainable for the environment.

The idea for this company came to the founder JJ in a dream he had one night in 2009. In the dream, JJ witnessed a kooky Willy Wonka-ish candy man creating innovative new candies that were not only delicious but also healthier for our bodies and contained some functional benefits. They were also unique in their flavors, drawing on old recipes but infused with a modern sense of global adventurousness.

Inspired by the dream, JJ began experimenting with making delicious, natural sweets made from sustainably sourced, organic, healthier ingredients. Having been a scientist, musician and long time foodie, he soon found that the art of candy making was a perfect combination of his passions: science + art + food = candy making! JJ’s Sweets was born.

What started as a candy stand at Boulder’s local farmer’s market has since grown into a thriving natural candy brand, with Cocomels occupying shelf space in more than 1,200 retailers around the country. In 2014, JJ’s Sweets further expanded our reach in the natural candy market with a line of Chocolate Covered Cocomels.

Despite our growth, the cornerstone of JJ’s Sweets remains rooted in JJ’s original dream to develop delicious, innovative treats without sacrificing the health of his customers or the planet. This drives everything from the ingredients we source to the material we use to package our products.

Every JJ’s Sweets concoction is a mix of divine inspiration, creativity, love, attention to detail and hard work. We feel lucky to find ourselves in the admirable position of offering to the world little bits of edible joy. We take pride in our products and stand behind what we do. Please contact us with any feedback you might have. We love to hear from you.

Please enjoy, and remember, “Life is Sweet!”
I love caramel. Granted, with my ongoing oral issues, it's a bit tough for me to eat, but I still love them.

I was very intrigued by caramels made with Coconut milk in the place of dairy milk, and was excited when JJ's Sweets agreed to send me some for review.

Mama Melissa took a chance of trying these with me… even though she has an aversion to coconut products.

DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED COCOMELS


Dark Chocolate covered Vanilla caramels

VANILLA
The caramel itself was good, but the dark chocolate ruined it for me, actually with all three of the chocolate covered candies. I ate this without Mama Melissa, since I figured she could not try/have them.
TASTE: 5/10


Dark Chocolate covered Sea Salt and Espresso caramels

SEA SALT
The sea salt actually covered the taste of the dark chocolate for me, until it dissolved. Then I could taste the dark chocolate. Mama Melissa did NOT like these. She promptly spit her bite out.
TASTE: 7/10

ESPRESSO
This was the WORST one of the dark chocolate ones. I actually thought I broke a tooth on the coffee bean that was on top. I pretty much swallowed these whole to get rid of them.
TASTE: 2/10

NAKED COCOMELS


Naked Espresso

ESPRESSO
From the back: Roasted. Rich. Delicious.
Experience this soft, sweet meld of roasted espresso beans and caramelized coconut milk. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Reminded me of the Nips Coffee flavored candies I ate as a teenager. Mama Melissa said it was good at first, but then she likened it to the way her mom makes a pot of coffee, which is VERY VERY strong. Her coffee nauseates us most of the time.
TASTE: 8/10


Naked Vanilla

VANILLA
From the back: Luscious. Smooth. Warming.
Delight in this rich, aromatic coconut milk caramel infused with premium vanilla extract. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Tastes just like the Vanilla caramel in the Dark Chocolate covered ones, but better, since there was no dark chocolate to deal with. Very creamy and smooth. Not an overdose of vanilla, but not undetectable either. Mama Melissa said these were okay.
TASTE: 8.5/10


Naked Sea Salt

SEA SALT
From the back: Sweet. Salty… Sublime.
Savor this mouth-watering mix of luscious coconut milk, natural sweetness and crystalline sea salt. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Really couldn’t taste too much of the actual sea salt in this. It actually reminded me a little bit of an Almond Joy, in the sense of the saltiness of the almond with the sweetness of the coconut. Mama Melissa said these tasted a little like saltwater taffy… and then called me insane, because I have never had saltwater taffy in my life.
TASTE: 8/10


Naked Original

ORIGINAL
From the back: Smooth. Rich. Divine.
Nourish your spirit and let go with this mouth-watering coconut milk caramel. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Tastes very similar to the Vanilla Cocomels. If I were to do a blind taste test, I don’t think I would be able to tell the Vanilla and the Original flavors. Mama Melissa thought these were okay.
TASTE: 8/10

What I love about these caramels the most is that people who either are allergic to dairy products or have an intolerance to milk/lactose can enjoy caramels again. Luckily, I don't have either problem, but being dairy free is a HUGE plus for those who have to avoid dairy for health reasons.

The two major problems I see disabled people having with these are opening the bags and unwrapping the 'Naked' flavors. The 'Naked' flavors come in ziptop bags and individually wrapped in a wax paper of sorts. This paper likes to tear when being removed from the candies. If you can chew caramels, you will have no problem chewing these.

These are available from JJ's Sweets starting at $4.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very yummy candies that EVERYONE can enjoy!
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, January 19, 2016

Love With Food Gluten Free box December 2015

Love with Food
December 2015 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
What better way to celebrate the holidays than to surround yourself with great friends, family and food? December’s box is the perfect excuse to celebrate all three, with enough chocolate to help you power through until New Year’s. And we’re spreading the love this holiday season, because every box sold donates meals to food banks in the U.S.

I really love the fact that this month, for every box sold through Love With Food, a donation was made to a food bank in America. Having used food banks and received the Holiday food baskets myself during my teenage years, these community services are very close to my heart.

Let’s have a look at all the yummy goodies in December 2015’s box.


TEA BY NUMI TEA
Curl up on the couch, watch the rain (or snow) fall and sip these warm, fragrant brews for the perfect holiday afternoon.

I’m not really a tea girl; I LOVE my coffee. But these two flavors had me intrigued.
TURMERIC TEA - AMBER SUN - With all the info in the medical community about Turmeric being good for pain management, I was very interested in this one. I try to avoid taking OTC pain medicine as much as I can… which results in me being in pain 90% of the time.
I didn't mind the flavor, but I didn't see a change in my pain level. I think it would take more than one or two cups to affect pain.
INDULGENT TEA - CHOCOLATE EARL GREY - I have only had Earl Grey tea one time before, in the Keurig sampler pack. I liked it, but would the Chocolate flavoring alter the flavor of the Earl Grey?
The chocolale gave it a hint more sweetness, but that's about it.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Dairy free, Organic


CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT STICK MINI BAR BY LUNA
This ultimate holiday flavor pairing is protein-packed, gluten free, and made with organic ingredients. It’s the perfect treat for the holiday season!

I’ve come to really like Luna bars lately. They must have changed the recipes since the mid-to-late 2000s, when they honestly tasted like dirt.
These honestly remind me of the Keebler Grasshopper or the Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies. I LOVED this bar. Very delicious.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free


LEMON SUGAR GLUTEN-FREE CRUNCHY COOKIE CHIPS BY HANNAHMAX BAKING
A balance of light and citrusy that still gives you the feeling that you’re getting a treat… just try not to eat the whole bag yourself.

FROM THE BACK: Lemony, crunchy and absolutely delicious. One bite and you will be hooked on our Gluten Free Lemon Sugar Cookie Chips. Made with the essence of pure lemon, it is the perfect partner for an afternoon tea or whenever you feel you need a little zest in your life. Like all our Cookie Chips, we only use whole ingredients, just like you would if you baked them at home. Enjoy them straight out of the bag, or pair them with some of your favorite fun foods.

I’m honestly not one for sugar cookies, which is odd, considering I have a severe sweet tooth. These were amazing though. I actually loved how the lemon flavor was extremely strong in these. It sort of reminded me of lemon meringue pie in a cookie. Nice crunch to it as well.
You can save 25% off your order when you use the code loveGF2015. (One time use per customer, expires 06.30.16)
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO


PEPPERMINT YOGURT COVERED PRETZELS BY GLUTINO
A smooth, creamy, minty yogurt shell with a crunchy, salty surprise inside. It’s a snack and a present all at the same time!

I love pretzels as it is, and these did not disappoint. I’m not sure what the little crushed red candy bits on the outside are. It tastes like candy canes, but I don’t remember candy canes having a get-like appearance. Neither the yogurt or the pretzel overpower the other. If you’re the type that likes candy-covered pretzels, these will be right up your alley!
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free


PB2 POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER BY BELL PLANTATION
Toast, crackers, straight from the bowl - this easy-to-mix, low-fat, and irresistible spread is delicious on just about anything.

Now, I usually LOVE peanut butter, so I was excited to try this. But disappointed me very much. While it was creamy and did spread easily, It tasted bland and lacking. I’d personally try to find a different gluten-free spread than eat this.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy free


BEAN CHIPS BY BEANITOS
Just the way to spice up the holidays - just serve these with your favorite salsa or queso and watch the party get started.

FROM THE BACK: We’re two brothers who love to snack! We think everyone deserves to crunch and dip without compromise -- to enjoy a snack that tastes great and is good for you. But we just couldn’t find a snack that fit the bill… so we created Beanitos.
Beanitos are an honestly delicious snack made from super nutritious beans that have fiber and protein grown right in them, They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients.
Some call us revolutionaries. Others call us and say, “C’mon over and bring some Beanitos.” We think you’ll call Beanitos your new favorite snack!
Doug & Dave
The Foreman Brothers

We got a bag of the Original flavor, which is just black beans lightly salted with sea salt. I would have liked more of a salty flavor to these. They tasted very bland to me. They had a nice crunch to them, but still were bland.
I think I would have liked these more if we had received one of the other flavors.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO


TINY GUMMIES BY LITTLE DUCK ORGANICS
The perfect snack for the kids when they’re craving those sugary holiday sweets - but surprise! These are organic AND non-GMO.

FROM THE BACK: Your little ones are super humans who deserve super snacks! For this reason we create yummy, wholesome snacks made with only the highest quality 100% organic ingredients.
No sugar, No additives, No preservatives

Not even sure WHAT Goji is, to be honest. It’s some type of Chinese berry. These were good. Nothing that I’d specifically make a trip to the store for, but if I spotted a package and had enough for them, I’d buy them. I didn’t really taste any carrot in these, which for little ones, is probably a good thing. The orange and the goji overpower it.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Organic, Dairy free


MANGO AND GOJI TINY YOGURTS BY LITTLE DUCK ORGANICS
Crunchy, creamy and melt-in-your-mouth, these fruity morsels are so addictive you’ll have to work to keep from eating the whole bag yourself.

I think my bag of these were just mango pieces, because I did not see any berries or yogurt pieces, unless the mangoes, berries and the yogurt was combined. They were very creamy and seemed to melt in my mouth. Very easy to chew.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Organic, Non-GMO


REAL SALT SHAKER BY REAL SALT
Just the right size for seasoning your classic holiday dish to perfection, once again.

This is just sea salt in a shaker. Nothing fancy here. If you’ve ever had plain salt, you’ll know what this is. The downfall of this was actually opening the top.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy free


BANANA COCONUT FRUIT SNACKS BY MATT’S MUNCHIES
These fruity bites have a flavor you can only get when you use organic ingredients. You might just like them better than fresh bananas.

There tasted like mashed bananas (or banana baby food) made into a fruit roll-up and sprinkled with toasted coconut copra pieces on top. I LOVED these. Mama Melissa only had one, due to her coconut allergy.


^^Closeup of the fruit snacks^^

You can save 20% on your order from Matt’s Munchies store (http://www.mattsmunchies.com) by using the code LOVEFOOD20. (Expires 05.31.16)
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Dairy free, Organic


CHOCOLATE MUFFIN AND CAKE MIX BY SIMPLE MILLS
Nothing says “holidays” like the warm, comforting smell of something baking, and this mix is ready to be made just the way you like it.

I’m honestly not sure if I can try/review these, due to Mama Melissa’s coconut allergy and there are two different types of coconut products in this. If I do, I will edit this, but as it stands right now, this will probably be given away.
TASTE: unable to rate due to coconut allergen
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Dairy free


ORGANIC MILLET AND BROWN RICE RAMEN WITH MISO SOUP BY LOTUS FOODS
Need a quick and easy dinner for those cold winter nights? This stuff is packed with flavor and none of the other stuff like gluten or GMOs.

FROM THE BACK: Lotus foods brings you Millet & Brown Rice Ramen, traditional Japanese-style noodles made from our specialty rice instead of wheat!
In addition to being gluten free, millet and brown rice are some of the most nutritious and easily digestible grains. Our Millet & Brown Rice Ramen has a delicious nutty taste and is a good source of fiber and protein.
Add the savory red miso broth to our quick-cook Millet & Brown Rice Ramen for a convenient bowl of flavorful and nourishing noodle soup any time. For a complete meal, add your favorite veggies and protein. Ready to eat in 4 minutes.

Not the best, but not the worst either. I think the seaweed really ruined this for me. I am not one for seaweed, and especially not in my Ramen noodles. If the seaweed wasn't in it, I would have rated this higher, but there was no way to avoid it, and it ruined the whole thing.


^^The prepared rice ramen^^

That being said, I only tasted a slight difference between the rice ramen and the typical wheat ramen.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Dairy free, Organic


MONTANA MORNING GRANOLA BY GLUTEN FREE PRAIRIE
Packed with all the stuff to actually make “good morning” a reality: Berries, nuts, a touch of sugar and no gluten

I added this to an overly-ripened mashed up banana. It was okay, but I would have liked to have more of the nutty flavor to it.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

BONUS ITEM: SPF 15 lip balm
Just a little ‘Thank you’ from Love with Food for my support throughout the year. 3 different types of sunscreens, vitamin E and moisturizers to protect the lips. No real taste to it, but it did make my lips feel softer.

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, fruit, AND a meal in the same box.
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, January 15, 2016

Snakku Japanese Treats Subscription Box

Snakku Japanese Treats Subscription Box

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
To get you the best that Japan has to offer:

There's so much more to Japanese snacks than the common snacks you find at your local Japanese grocery store. We love Pocky and Shrimp Chips as much as you do, but the best snacks are unfortunately only available in Japan.

But don't worry! We spend tons of time finding the best snacks from all across Japan, so you can get the best that Japan has to offer.

To support local Japanese stores:

Every store, every town, every region of Japan has so much history and is proud of their local products. Often times, a local mom-and-pop shop has been making snacks for hundreds of years, passing down the tradition and recipe for generations.

We aim to support these shops and tell their story, so they can continue to make the delicious snacks for the next hundred years.

To give you the Japanese experience from start to end:

If you've ever been to Japan, you know how amazing the service and attention to detail is. How they treat customers like kings and queens. How they immaculately package their products.

We hope to bring a little bit of the Japanese experience to you too. We've paid special attention to the details by making our packaging authentic and memorable. We've gone the extra mile to provide you with travel tips and snack reviews on our blog. And we're always looking to connect with you! Whether if it's about Snakku or you're just looking for Japan travel advice, we love talking with our customers.
I love trying foreign treats and goodies. That's one of the reasons I love Munchpak so much. However, the downfall with Munchpak is that it's NOT strictly one country or region. It's a global box.

Snakku is a strictly Japanese box, and I was excited beyond words when Shigeki agreed to send me a box for review.

It arrived in WONDERFUL condition. It was securely packed, but not overly packaged to where a disabled person would need help to unwrap it. It was even gorgeously wrapped in a beautiful Japanese cloth. Everything was securely packed in the the box, and no food was damaged.


^^A really bad photo of the box I received^^

Let's take a look at what was in the November 2015 box, which had the theme of 'Tokyo Boutique.'

Tokyo. So much to do, so much to see and so much to eat! The famous places you read about all the time are definitely a must visit, but make sure to take a stroll away from the main path and venture into the lesser known parts of the city. The same goes for the snacks. The popular ones are great, but the real gems are from the stores that only the locals know about. This month, we feature a variety of different snacks from boutique shops in Tokyo!

TOKYO BANANA
These snacks are only found in Tokyo and are one of the most popular snacks in the city! This banana shaped fluffy sponge cake is made with real bananas and has been a hit ever since it was introduced in 1991. Even I (Shigeki - Snakku founder) don’t particularly like banana flavored snacks, really enjoy these! The Tokyo Banana in this month’s box is filled with banana maple custard.

Imaging making super fluffy banana pancakes and dousing them with real maple syrup; you have this treat! It was really soft and the custard had more of a pudding texture. At first bite, I thought it was a caramel flavor, but from the second bite on, I realized it was maple.
TASTE: 9/10

TOKYO BANANA PIE
A very delicate biscuit made by Tokyo Banana. Like all of their snacks from this store, this is also made with bananas. There’s a light smooth finish to the cookies, which is achieved by using quality bananas and slowly baking the cookies.

I really didn’t taste too much banana in this. To me, it just tasted like your average shortbread, but lighter. It was also VERY crumbly.
TASTE: 8/10

MAME YAKKO
Made by a small shop in the lavish Ginza neighborhood, this unique cracker is made from a mixture of edamame beans and rice. They douse the crackers in a secret broth before baking it, giving it a crisp clean savory finish.
Flavors include edamame, spicy dashi broth and traditional roasted kinako soybean flour.

These snacks had a corn puff texture to them. We received 3 individually wrapped crackers, a light colored one, a dark colored one and a greenish colored one. I’m not 100% sure which one was which, but here’s how we thought they tasted.
Light colored - I’m guessing this was the spicy dashi broth flavor, although to us, it tasted like a white cheese cheez-it.
Dark colored - Again, I’m guessing this was the traditional roasted kinako soybean flour, but it tasted almost cinnamony (is that a word?) and sweet. It certainly didn’t have a soybean/salty flavor.
Green colored - Obviously, this was the edamame flavor. Only having tried edamame beans once before and thinking they tasted a bit like lima beans, we were shocked that this had almost a green tea taste to it.
All three were very yummy and easy on the teeth.
TASTE: 8.5/10

KINESHA
These seasonal folded butter biscuits are from a lesser known but up-and-coming snack store in Ginza. The three flavors (plain, maple and chocolate) are made to represent the foliage from Autumn in Japan.

These were interesting. They look like they would be crunchy and hard, but they are actually soft and flaky.
CHOCOLATE - Not as flaky as the other two; more of a cookie-like crunch to it. Very sweet. The taste is very similar to the cocoa butter scent, if that makes sense.
MAPLE - We did NOT taste any maple in this; if anything, both Mama Melissa and I said we tasted a coffee flavor in this… like a ‘Rich’ or ‘Bold’ brew of coffee. Even though I don’t like those strengths of coffee, this was delicious.
PLAIN - VERY heavy on the vanilla in this one… extremely reminiscent of the white ‘cream’ filling found in filled donuts. My actual favorite of the 3 biscuits.
TASTE: 9/10

SWEET SAKE SOFT CANDY
Mellow candy made with real rice sake

I have NO clue what sake is, to be honest. I believe it’s a Japanese wine, but I’m not sure.
That being said, these candies reminded me of the Hi-Chew candies or the Puccho Stick Soda chews we got in a Munchpak a few months ago. I didn’t really detect ANY taste to this, not even a rice flavor. But they were softer than I anticipated and I didn’t have any issues chewing these, even with my mouth problems.
TASTE: 7/10

SEASONAL MEIJI HORN
Delicate biscuit sandwich made with Japanese purple yam

The texture of a KitKat, with a very interesting flavor. Sweeter than a yam. I’ve had something to this years ago, but I can’t place what it was.
TASTE: 9.5/10

NIDOAGE MOCHI
Double grilled soy glazed mochi crackers

When I hear the term ‘crackers,’ I think of flat pieces of bread-like chips. I do not think of sticks of hardened bread.
But this is exactly what this was; a soy sauce flavored crouton stick. Despite the fact that it was very hard on my teeth and gums, this was my absolute favorite item in the box!
TASTE: 9.5/10

MUKASHI NO SENBEL
Old school rice crackers grilled in a clay fire kiln.

Ow, Ow, OW! While this was downright delicious, it was another one that was also VERY hard on my teeth. The pieces liked to jab me in the gums. Again, I’d equate the hardness to croutons.
That being said, I sensed a bit of soy flavoring on this as well. I liked it, because I went through a spell of eating cooked rice with nothing but soy sauce on it!
TASTE: 9/10

DOUBLE ANZUTSUMI
Two kinds of stuffed mochi cakes (sweet potato & red bean)

Mama Melissa and I got these TOTALLY wrong. We thought the fillings were apple and fig.  We couldn’t tell them apart because neither one of us read Japanese writing, but I think the darker of the two was the red bean flavor.
Both were very sweet and delicious! Really soft on the teeth as well. They even LOOKED cute, as they looked like mini tacos!
TASTE: 8/10

The only problem I see disabled people having with these snacks is opening the individual packages. Most of them are soft on the teeth (and pretty much melt in your mouth), so besides the crouton-like snacks, there should be no issues with chewing.

This is available from the Snakku website starting at $14.95 for the 'Tasting box.' I personally received the '1 Month Subscription Box' for $38.95. There is also a 3 Month Subscription plan and a 6 Month Subscription plan.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Wonderful treat box packed to the brim with Japanese goodies that can't be found anywhere else. Well worth the price!
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.**

THANK YOU TO SHIGEKI AND THE ENTIRE TEAM AT SNAKKU FOR MAKING THIS REVIEW POSSIBLE!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hand Exercise & Stress Relief Ball


Hand Exercise & Stress Relief Ball

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The ball's durable gel core is coated in smooth lycra fabric for optimal grip and comfort in your hand. Each buyer receives our exclusive Hand Therapy Guide (in digital form), which illustrates a number of hand exercises you can do with the ball.

Uses:
(1) Exercise & strengthen grip, fingers, thumbs, wrists and forearms;
(2) Squeeze the ball to release tension & relieve stress; and
(3) Physical therapy tool - alleviate pain & stiffness from medical issues like arthritis & tennis elbow.
Being disabled, one of the activities I was told to do was exercises, mainly in the hips and legs, since they are what is affected the MOST by the CP. I kept up with them all the way until I was 22, when I moved from PA to NY. I then slacked off and that was a mistake. My symptoms have gotten worse with age, to the point where I need some sort of mobility device to get around. I can walk VERY short distances unassisted (<10 feet), but I am extremely shaky when I do so.

The good thing is my hands and wrists aren't really affected. I have shaky handwriting due to the spastic tightness in my hands, but other than that, I have pretty good control over my hands.

This ball is GREAT for disabled people, especially those with hand-wrist disabilities, like carpal-tunnel syndrome. It has a good weight in the hand and really works the hand/wrist muscles, even moreso when doing the exercises included in the digital guide.


^^What I received^^

Also works great to relieve stress. You can just squeeze the stress away.

I don't see disabled people having ANY problems with this item.

This is available from Amazon for $10.95.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great way to strengthen the hands and wrists
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.**

Deluxe Lavalier Lapel Clip-on Microphone


Deluxe Lavalier Lapel Clip-on Microphone

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Very high quality in a very little package with a very little price tag. Our clip-on lapel microphone is capable of recording very high quality audio into an iphone, ipad, android or most any other recording device that has a 3.5mm input jack. Money back guarantee! If there are any problems with your clip-on lapel microphone, simply send it back for a full refund.
This works great for making videos with your smartphone/smart device. Sounds are clear and picked up well. MOST of the time, there is no need to hold the microphone; just clip it to your shirt/jacket/tie and talk. The wire is long enough so that you can freely move your hands and arms about, and there is no special app or software needed.


^^What I received^^


However, disabled people are going to have trouble with this if the disability is in their hands. I personally could NOT use the clip. It works VERY stiffly and takes both of my hands to open the clip. Take one hand away to grab my top and I lose the opening I did have. I ended up having to hold it between my fingers.

This is available from Amazon for $12.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Works well as intended; just wish the clip was easier to work
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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