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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ponytail Ear Warmer Headband


Ponytail Ear Warmer Headband

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
WELL FITTING - Size M: 2.5 '' x 4.5'' x 10.2'' ( when laid flat the headband). - TIP WITH PONYTAIL HOLE: Put the headband on, then pull your hair through the hole and fasten an elastic around it. When you wear it, you should make a pretty low ponytail.
SWEAT WICKING - We made this extra wide, fashionable headband to help keep your hair and sweat out of the way.
COMFORTABLE - It's thick, super soft and really comfortable without slipping around. Most likely you'll forget you're even wearing it. Great elastic and avoid headband slid down over the eyes while running.
HIGH QUALITY - With double layers fleece to cover your ears, this headband is ideal for running, skiing, skating, outdoor sports in cold weather or snow. Easy cleaning with machine wash, air dry.
GREAT DESIGN - Headband for all men or women, you can use the ponytail or not.
While I'm not a runner in general, I have a hard time keeping your typical winter hat on my head when I wear my hair up. This has a nice, snug fit, but not so snug to the point of pain.

This keeps the ears VERY warm, even on very cold days. Also stays wherever you position it. It doesn't slide around like conventional hats do.

I've even used this as a hairband in a pinch, to keep my bangs out of my eyes... I just reversed it and put the hole on top/in front.


^^Headband laying flat^^


^^Headband on my head^^

I really don't see disabled people having issues using this. Just slip over your head and pull your ponytail through the hole in the back.

My only MAIN complaint would be the lack of colors. Don't get my wrong; I have nothing against black. But I'd love to be able to express my individuality with a different color choice.

This is available from Amazon for $18.98.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A life saver for those who wear ponytails in the winter.
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.**

Secure 4-Pocket Walker Storage Pouch


Secure 4-Pocket Walker Storage Pouch

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
~The Secure 4-Pocket Walker Bag is designed to easily and quickly attach to the front crossbar of any standard walker or rollator to keep essential items close at hand (Also attaches to wheelchairs and electric scooters)
~Main zippered pocket securely holds items and features an easy pull cord loop zipper design for those with limited dexterity
~Three front mesh pockets provide storage and quick access to smaller items
~Attachment straps are adjustable to fit nearly any wheelchair, walker, rollator, or electric scooter - EZ-release attachment buckles allow the bag to be quickly installed and removed
~Covered by Personal Safety Corporation's exclusive one year full-replacement warranty against defects and workmanship - Secure by Personal Safety Corporation...The brand trusted by thousands of concerned care facilities across the US, Canada and Europe since 1991!
One of the downfalls of having CP (or any motor-skill disability) is the fact that as you age, you may need a mobility aid. I'm one of the fortunate ones, since I can still walk, even if I do need a mobility aid in the form of a walker or, if it's a REALLY good day, arm-crutches.

But when using a mobility aid, carrying a purse can be a royal pain. Typical handbags are out, since I need both hands to hang on the handles of my mobility aid(s) I'm using that day.

And most of the time with a purse, I have to have it over my head and across my shoulders. This can be a pain, because either I make the purse strap too SHORT and I'm pretty much choking myself with my purse, or I make it too LONG and I'm kicking my purse with my knees. I don't like doing this, since I could possibly crack my phone screen. I can never seem to find a happy medium with the purse strap.

Enter the Secure 4-Pocket Walker Storage Pouch.


^^Front of bag^^


^^The right-side strap & zipper pull^^

What I LOVE about this bag is the fact that when I'm using the walker (which is most of the time during the winters), I can just throw my things into the bag and go. Everything is within easy reach, and the zippers are easy to work. The pulls are a good size and eliminates the need for me to use key rings as pulls.

The main bag is quite roomy. I was able to put my checkbook-style wallet, my LG Sunset phone, a feminine product, a comb and a hair tie/scrunchy inside. I don't really use the mesh pockets in front, but I have just slid my phone into one after a quick text to Mama Melissa.

What I also love about this bag is I can strap it to store cart handles. I like to strap it with the zipper towards me, for extra security. This frees up the child seat for smaller items and my bag is always within reach and not buried under groceries/purchases.

The biggest problem I see disable people having is adjusting the straps. It took me about 10 minutes to adjust each side to fit my walker. The zippers work with no catching or snagging, and the EZ-release attachment buckles can be released with minor pressure.

My only MAIN complaint would be the lack of colors. Don't get my wrong; I have nothing against black. But I'd love to be able to express my individuality with a different color choice.

This is available from Amazon for $16.97.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great bag for those who don't want to carry a purse with them while using a walker.
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, February 19, 2016

Premium 12 Cup Silicone Muffin Pan & Cupcake Baking Pan


Premium 12 Cup Silicone Muffin Pan & Cupcake Baking Pan
By Brilliantchef

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Looking for the best muffin pan bundle to allow you to bake excellent muffins and cupcakes like a professional?

Fed up with paying too much for low-quality muffin pans that are sticky, hard to clean and add an artificial taste to your food?

The only complete bundle at an affordable price - the BrilliantChef muffin pan bundle has all you need - muffin pan + spatula + pastry brush + paper muffin cups - at a great price!

Great muffins time after time: with its top quality 100% food grade silicone, BPA free and FDA approved, the BrilliantChef muffin pan will get you great results again and again!

Made of non-stick silicone, so cleaning it is a breeze - just pop it in the dishwasher and you are done!

Not just muffins: Taco Cups, Pancake Cup Bites, Baked Oatmeal, Chicken Pot Pie - with so many options you will never stop surprising your loved ones with delicious and creative desserts!

Why choose the BrilliantChef muffin pan bundle?

Have you ever wanted to surprise your family with a tasty muffin dessert, thinking about the looks on their faces when you serve them that amazing-looking muffin - and ended up with half baked muffins, with a strange plastic-like taste?

With the BrilliantChef muffin pan complete bundle, you will get evenly baked muffins with an amazing taste that will get you compliments from your loved ones, time after time.

Lifetime extended warranty - don't look any further! With its risk-free lifetime guarantee, BrilliantChef is without doubt the best choice for you!
I love to bake. After getting the Sunsella baking cups last year, I was HOOKED on using silicone for baking goodies.

However, the Sunsella cups are more for cupcakes. So I was excited to get this baking set to make muffins in.


^^Collage of the items^^

This pan has all the same qualities of the Sunsella cups; just in one big pan instead of individual cups. Grandma and I decided to make Banana Nut muffins and the actual muffins popped right out of the little compartments. You don’t need to grease the cups either, like you need to do with typical muffin pans. For someone disabled, (both Grandma and I are considered disabled) this is a HUGE plus for us. Grandma has carpal-tunnel syndrome in her left wrist and arm, so she didn't need to cause pain and injury to that side by having to grease each individual compartment.  The openings are large enough to get the batter into the cup with no issues, minus any shaking issues.

While making the batter, we used the spatula and it worked just like any other spatula. It felt good in the hand and did not feel of cheap quality. The pastry brush is also made of silicone and seems to have good build quality as well. We didn't try using it, since what we baked didn't have a reason to use it.

We did not use the papers, since we figured it would defeat the purpose of the silicone pan. They are cute though, having a heart design on them.

I honestly don’t see disabled people having problems using this baking set. As I said above, the openings are large enough to get the batter into the compartment with no issues. The comparments allow the treats to come right out, so that’s a plus as well. The spatula and pastry brush are easy to hold and have a good weight to them.

This is available from Amazon for $9.97.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very nice quality set that makes baking so much easier and fun!
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.**

Thursday, February 18, 2016

3/4 Length Orthotics by VIVEsole

3/4 Length Orthotics by VIVEsole

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
-PLANTAR SERIES - VIVEsole Plantar Series Orthotics were created for Plantar Fasciitis treatment. The specific combination of arch-support and impact cushioning will help you find relief
-PROVEN PODIATRIST DESIGN - Designed by podiatrists to help you combat foot pain. Proven by thousands of satisfied customers who order repeat pairs.
-ANTI-MICROBIAL - The fabric naturally repels bacteria allowing for long-term freshness and all-day wear.
-VERSATILE FIT: Will fit any athletic shoe, boot, or dress shoe for both men and women. Can be trimmed for custom fit.
-120 DAY GUARANTEE: We stand by our orthotics with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you do not love your orthotics we do not want you to pay.
Being disabled, I have naturally fallen arches... which causes my legs, hips and lower back to ACHE constantly.

I tried another set by AirPlus, and the arches also fell in that set, leaving me in the same boat as before.

So, I was a bit skeptical when I was offered the chance to review these. I honestly thought these inserts would do the same as the AirPlus set and fall within days.


^^The pair of insoles I received^^

However, I was pleasantly surprised. I've been wearing these ever since New Year's Eve, specifically choosing a day that I knew I'd have to do a LOT of walking while doing my monthly errands. Normally when I get home from running my errands, my lower half is in such extreme pain that I am just about dragging myself into the house.

When I returned home that day, however, I did not hurt as much and I could easily get into the house and put my purchases away. My hips and back didn't seem to want to lock up and I didn't want to lay down because of the pain.

Over the past month and a half of usage, I have experienced less pain at the end of most days, weather notwithstanding. My hips seem to be regaining some fluidity and walking has become slightly easier.

The thing I like the most about these is the materials used. The 'sole' of the AirPlus inserts seem to be made of rubber, and really don't hold the shape well, causing little support. The VIVEsole inserts are made from EVA, which bends like rubber, but has more rigidness, giving more support. I haven't seen any misshaping or arch-flattening in these.

I don't see disabled people having an issue with these. Just insert them in your shoes and go.

This is available from Amazon for $19.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great for those who have sore lower extremities, but can't (or don't want to) spend the money for custom orthotics.
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, February 17, 2016

Cynergy Health Science Organic Vitamin C Serum

Cynergy Health Science Organic Vitamin C Serum

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Looking to soften, firm and brighten your face? Want your skin to look radiant while reducing fine lines and wrinkles? Chasing after a timeless look? Give yourself the chance to discover why our clients are raving over their purchase of Cynergy Health Science's Vitamin C Serum. Our formula has been proven to increase cellular turnover and collagen production, giving you an even skin tone with a youthful glow. People will notice the change in your skin's appearance!

Our Cynergy Health Science Organic Vitamin C Serum is a clinical strength 20% Vitamin C Serum combined with vegan Hyaluronic Acid to make it the absolute highest quality Vitamin C Hyaluronic Acid combination available today! Our serum is guaranteed to give your skin a radiant and youthful look and it is scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen. Customers have also reported shrinkage in their pores and a decrease in breakouts once they have started using Vitamin C Skin Serum on a daily basis.

Results are guaranteed or we will refund you with NO questions asked. Start feeling and looking refreshed by ordering today!

Cynergy Health Science has formulated the most effective ANTI-AGING products found in today's market. Our skin care line is packed full of ANTIOXIDANTS, VITAMINS, MINERALS and the latest technology to give you the HEALTHIEST and most RADIANT skin possible.
This Works decently. Has a nice but light orange scent to it. Non-greasy, so it's great for those that have acne-prone/oily skin.

I have seen my pores shrink a little, but it definitely was NOT with the first use. I didn't see any changes until I was using the serum for over two weeks. But my pores and fine laugh lines have lessened in appearance with use.

This is marked as vegan, so those concerned with animal byproduct/animal cruelty can use this without going against their beliefs.


^^What I received^^

Personally, I'm not very concerned with aging/wrinkles. I'm 36 and I'm STILL dealing with acne, sometimes multiple pimples at once, most of the time, they are highly inflamed and painful. This serum has cut the time I have them down by a day, but it has not reduced the frequency of them.

This is available from Amazon for $29.97.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great for those worried with looking young, but don't expect results the first day.
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.**

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

50 Things To Know About Social Media For Bloggers


50 Things To Know About Social Media For Bloggers

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Are you an aspiring writer?
Are you new to the social media scenario?
Do you want to know how you can use social media to advance your writing career?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you...

50 Things To Know About Social Media For Bloggers And Writers by Manidipa Bhattacharyya offers a approach to learn about social media and how it can be used effectively by bloggers and writers.
Most books on social media and blogging give you marketing tips for social media. Although there's nothing wrong with that, learning to control your own content and what kind of content is appropriate for social media is very important as well.
Based on knowledge from the world's leading experts this book tell you about the tips for using social media as well as how to improve your content to suit this new medium.

In these pages you'll discover how to create your online presence and how to gain fan following.
This book will help you to understand what the best practices are for writers and bloggers and also about tools to use to successfully navigate the social media jungle.
By the time you finish this book, you will know tips to create your online persona, tips for creating great content and also about various social networking channels you can explore. 
I do not post book reviews on this page. Actual review to this book can be found here: http://beckysbookbytes.blogspot.com/2016/02/review-50-things-to-know-about-social.html

This is available from Amazon for $2.99.

**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, February 9, 2016

Love with Food Gluten Free Box January 2016

Love with Food
January 2016 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!
It’s a new year, which means a new chance to live your best life, and what better way to start than with a little kindness? Pass this month’s Love With Food box around to friends and family - it’s sure to be a hit! And don’t forget: You’ve already gotten some good karma for the year, because every box sold donates at least one meal to food banks around the U.S.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the January 2016 box.


DRIED GARCINIA INDICA SUPERFRUIT BY SANT
Refreshing, delicious and endlessly versatile - add it to some water, tea or even a cocktail and see why they call it “super.”

So, Mama Melissa and I goofed up on these. Thinking it was a candy, we each took a piece and chewed it.
Mama Melissa promptly spit hers into the garbage and I spit mine into a paper towel. It was outright NASTY.
I then read the package and saw it was supposed to be made like a tea. It didn’t matter. The ‘damage’ was done and I wasn’t going to try this the correct way.
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free


CORN AND SEA SALT CHIPS BY THE BETTER CHIP
Who knew a chip simple would be so addictively delicious? The perfect partner for salsa or queso, although you’ll really love them on their own.

Tasted JUST like a corn chip with a hint of sweet to it. Not as sweet as the Off the Cob chips I received in October’s box, but still yummy. These are more bite-size, making them easier to eat and chew.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free


OAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COCONUT WHENEVER BARS BY PAMELA’S PRODUCTS
Soft, chocolate-y goodness meets oat and coconut-powered energy to keep you going all day. This stuff really is delicious whenever.

Reminded me of a chocolate chip muffin. Very tender and chewy. I ended up with this, due to Mama Melissa’s coconut allergy. It also was not very crumbly, like some ‘muffin-like’ snacks are.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO


GLUTEN FREE BROWN SUGAR & MAPLE OATMEAL CUP BY BOB’S RED MILL
What better way to make good morning great than with a warm, comforting cup of oatmeal, seasoning with just the right amount of sweetness?

Very yummy, but wasn’t quite sweet enough for me. I needed to add about ¾ teaspoon of sugar to achieve the taste I like. I couldn’t really taste the chia seeds this time, which was a good thing, because the last time I had something with chia seeds, it was nasty.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free


HANDMADE SEA SALT CARAMEL BY ANNIE B’S
A balance of rich sweetness and salt makes this the perfect bite of indulgence after a long day.

Ever have Salted Caramel? Yep, that’s all this was. If you like Salted Caramel, you’ll like this.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free


DARK CHOCOLATE TOFFEE BY DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH
Rich, chocolate-y, and just the right crunch. This is toffee like you’ve never tasted before - and you won’t need to taste any others ever again.

I normally HATE dark chocolate, but I didn’t taste the bitter chocolate taste on this. It tasted more like milk chocolate. It reminded me a LOT of a Skor bar, which I went through a phase of loving as a teenager. I gave these to Mama Melissa for two reasons; a. I took the Whenever bar due to the coconut in it, and b. a sharp piece jabbed me in the area of my ongoing gum issues and nearly sent me through the roof in pain.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free


SNICKERDOODLE BY CYBELE’S FREE TO EAT
Just like the cookies your grandma would make for you without even asking - except these are free of the top 8 allergens and ready for you anytime

FROM THE BOX: Say Hello to the Modern Cookie
Full of the flavors you crave and free from the top 8 allergens.
When my son was diagnosed with severe food allergies, I tied on my apron and began baking from scratch. Now you can try our favorite allergy-friendly cookies, baked fresh for you. They’re made with all-natural, vegan ingredients and no preservatives or additives. They’re also gluten-free, sesame-free and sulfite-free. And because your safety is so important to us, all our ingredient suppliers are carefully screened to avoid cross contamination risk. Now MY cookies are YOUR cookies. In addition, thousands or #FreeFrom advocates are sharing recipes and lifestyle tips everyday at CybelePascal.com and CybelesFreeToEat.com. You are now Free-to-Eat!
Enjoy! Cybele Pascal

I’ve had Snickerdoodles before, and I can’t taste a difference between these and normal Snickerdoodle cookies. Cybele totally hit the jackpot with these. Very soft and chewy, but not crumbly, which I sort of expected them to be with only an ‘egg replacer’ in the batter’s ingredients. One of my favorites of this month’s box. Only complaint I have with these is these do taste a hint salty.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Dairy-free


BAKED MAC ‘N CHEESE PUFFS BY SNIKIDDY
The cheesy flavor you love in a crunchy, lighter-than-air package with none of the guilt.

FROM THE BAG: Snikiddy was born from the imagination of two moms who wanted healthier snacks that didn’t scrimp on the flavor, or fun, that their growing broods -- and friends -- would really love…
Thanks for choosing Snikiddy. We hope you and your family have a healthy day.
-Mary

Another favorite of the box. Tasted just like white cheddar cheese curls. Not as greasy as normal cheese curls either.
I really liked how the puffs looked like actual elbow macaroni noodles, complete with the holes in each end.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free


ROSEMARY TRUFFLE GOURMET POPCORN BY POP ART
Rich, earth and still poppable enough that you might just find the bag disappears faster than you thought. Popcorn will never be the same.

FROM THE BACK: Like the Pop Art Movement itself, Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. We elevate the All-American snack by infusing it with fun flavors that appeal to the foodie snack lover. Our palette of ingredients includes only the finest quality Organic Non-GMO popcorn and all natural herbs and spices.
Our Rosemary Truffle Popcorn has the aromatic evergreen flavor of Rosemary and the earthy richness of Italian Black Summer Truffles. This delectable treat is a romantic combination of elegant flavors!

This was… Interesting. I like popcorn and it didn’t hurt my teeth. I wasn’t crazy about the Italian Black Summer Truffles. It gave it a very odd flavor… or maybe it was the Rosemary. I’m not sure which one it was, but one of them gave the kernels a weird taste.
I think I would have like this more if I had received one of the other flavors, which are Thai Coconut Curry, Tandoori Yogurt, White Cheddar Jalapeno, Nori Sesame, and White Parmesan Pepper.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Dairy-free


ALMOND BUTTER AND CASHEW PECAN ENERGY BALLS BY BETTY LOU’S
The protein, fiber and energy you need, mixed in with all the warm, comforting flavors you want. Who says snacktime has to be complicated?

FROM THE PACKAGE: I’m nuts about making products that help you feel your best, which is why I only use the healthiest, all-natural ingredients in each of my hand-rolled energy balls.
~Betty Lou

Tasted just like the filling of Baklava without the flaky pastry. I really liked this, but I gave this to Mama Melissa because I ate the popcorn, since she didn’t like it.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

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, sweets, 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.**