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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UROKAZ Silicone Fashion Rings

UROKAZ Silicone Fashion Rings

Simple yet Fashionable : UROKAZ Beveled Edge Design Ring with a colorful stripe collection that is right for everyone. Patent Pending.

Durable and Flexible : Unlike other stripe silicone wedding rings in the market, the flexible UROKAZ Ring unique stripe design is meant to last for a long time.

Comfortable to Wear : UROKAZ hypoallergenic ring made with BPA free and FDA approved medical grade silicone. Our best quality silicone makes wearing UROKAZ ring like wearing AIR.

Fit Your Lifestyles : Stay active and look great while enjoying your vacations, outdoor activities, and even your daily life. UROKAZ ring is right for you, whether you are single or married.

Perfect Gift : It is a thoughtful gift for your loved ones for any occasions including Christmas, Father's day, Mother's day, Valentine's day, Wedding Shower, Engagement Party, Bachelor party, Prom Date, and many more events.
I am hard on my hands. I have been known to BEND 14k gold rings with as hard as I am on my hands. My engagement ring is stainless steel for this very reason.

So when Little Peam asked me to review their UROKAZ Silicone ring, I was excited. Finally, a ring that could hold up to the abuse I give my hands!

I chose the Green and Black ring, to show off the CP pride. I planned to use this as a right hand ring, since I have long lost my class ring.

And my excitement soon turned to disgust.

This ring is light when you're holding it, but it feels heavy when it's actually ON the finger. I could definitely tell I was wearing it.  It also seemed to run on the small size. I ordered a size 8, which is what my ring sizers said I would wear on my right hand. However, it seemed like it was cutting into my finger. It wasn't to the point of cutting off circulation, but it did leave an imprint in my skin.

^^the silicone ring on my finger^^

The thing that ruined the whole experience for me was that I seemed to be allergic to the silicone material. I'm not sure if it was I'm actually allergic to the silicone or if it was water got trapped underneath the ring as I did the dishes and showered, but I developed a painful and itchy rash every time I wore the ring.

^^My finger after 2-3 days wear^^

I really don't see disabled folks having an issue with this ring, minus any allergic reactions. Just slip it on and go.

This is available from Amazon for $19.99.

It's a nice ring for those hard on their hands, but only if you're not allergic to silicone

**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.**

#BehindTheBlogger -- My Inner Nerd

#BehindTheBlogger -- My Inner Nerd

Growing up, I never really considered myself a 'nerd.' I really wasn't your stereotypical definition of a nerd; I had my share of friends, I considered myself decent-looking, I wasn't socially awkward (cerebral palsy notwithstanding), I did get pretty good grades, but I wasn't in the running for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, I never really got into the whole 'sci-fi/fantasy' genre, I followed and even played SOME sports (What do you mean Bowling isn't a sport? IT IS SO!)... None of my personality fit the 'Nerd' spectrum.

However, one thing that I did enjoy was technology. I still do enjoy it, probably more now than I did when I was a teenager.

I got so much pleasure from watching 'Kevin Cable' work when he would install/upgrade our cable lines. He probably thought I was 'underfoot' watching him. But he made it interesting, and when Mommy got into her 'switch the living room around' moods, I was the one that was in charge of unhooking/reconnecting the TV setup.

In school, Computers were a big part of my life. I was almost ALWAYS using one, and I was one of the first ones to have a computer at home. I was one of the first kids to access the Internet at school... way before it was commonplace to use it in the library. I was the first one of my friends to have the Internet at home... when the only options were AOL or a local dial-up provider.

When we went to digital cable and Road Runner Internet, I was the one who once again watched Kevin install the new cables and had to learn the new set top box and new remote... this wasn't a 'hook the coaxial cable to the back of the TV and use the TV's remote.' Nope. All new technology. Same with the new Internet... 'Ethernet? What the heck does that even mean?'

As time went on, my academic interests shifted to tie in with this 'nerdyness.' I 'dropped out of' the Medical Transcription course from ICS (now Penn Foster) to take their Web Page Design course. I threw myself into this field, even asking my mom for HTML coding BOOKS for Christmas that year. Seriously, what 19 year old girl wants BOOKS for Christmas? Oh yeah... a nerd.

When Mommy died in 2001, I promised myself I'd graduate with the equivalent of an AA degree in Web Page Design, and I did. I got my certificate in 2003, and seeing my name on that paper with the words 'Satisfactorily Completed the Requirements' was one of the proudest days of my life.

Since then, the love for technology has grown tenfold, and in some way, has even expanded. I have taught myself graphic design (and why I don't do it any more is a post for another day). I have repaired old laptops to decent working status quite a few times. I have even taken an old HDD from a failed laptop and turned it into an external drive, thus recovering my files from the drive.

I love reading about Windows, Mac and even Linux distros. 90% of my YouTube subscriptions are technology related. I love debunking people's 'beliefs' about technology...Yes, Win10 'phones home'... A LOT. However, it's anonymous. When Win10 sends data home, it's under an id like 'UserABCD1234,' not your name. Microsoft has NO clue what files you actually have or what is IN those files. They just have data of what apps you're using and what WAYS the apps are being used. All technology that is connected to the Internet does this... Android, iOS, Mac, Linux... even my Chromebook does it. The only difference is Microsoft is up-front and honest about doing it! I love reading about all the fun and interesting things you can do with a piece of technology.

I don't see my love for technology dying soon. There is way too many interesting things to see, learn and do with technology to even consider not being a technophile... and if being a technophile means I have to embrace my inner nerd... Well, Let's start embracing, my little inner nerdy self! LOL

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

YRU Chill Qozmo Sporty Lace Up Mid Top Sneakers

YRU Chill Qozmo Sporty Lace Up Mid Top Sneakers

Synthetic sole
SPORTY LOOK: Show off your athletic side while staying chic in these mid-top sneakers from YRU.

CASUAL EVERYDAY STYLE: Be a babe even in comfy sneakers! These are made out of fabric and vegan leather.

COMFORTABLE STYLE: A round toe allows your toes to get comfortable and a laced up front provides a secure fit.

FINEST QUALITY: Worn year-round, these sneakers feature a comfortable cushioned insole that snuggles your feet to provide comfort with every step.
100% VEGAN LEATHER: These premium sneakers are an earth-conscious product. Buy them with confidence, knowing your stylish purchase is an environmentally friendly one, too!
Growing up, I was told I should have 'High Top' sneakers, to give my ankles a little more support. However, the last pair of high tops I actually owned were I believe a pair of Reeboks... or MAYBE it was a pair of British Knights. It was my Senior year of high school and the picture I remember was taken nearly 20 years ago. Without dragging my external drive out and looking at my personal photos, I couldn't tell you.

I never really found a pair I liked (and that were comfortable) after that. I did buy a pair once, but because of the way my feet are, I normally can't wear sneakers with the lace holes 'overlapping' the tongue. They have to be 'sewn into' the upper, like Reeboks are.

When Zooshoo offered me to review these sneakers, I was skeptical. Would my feet allow me to even wear them comfortably?

^^the sneakers in the box^^

I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable these actually are. They are a bit tight around the ankles, but nothing that would cut in. Disabled folks may need help lacing these through the hooks. I personally could not lace them using all three hooks.

^^shoes shown with laces not through hooks^^

The one problem I have with these are the hooks themselves. Because of the way I walk, the hooks like to catch on themselves and I feel like I may fall over my own two feet.

These are available from Amazon starting at $58.60.

Comfy on the feet, but laces are a bit short.

**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, June 27, 2016

Kuuk Onion Chopper

Kuuk Onion Chopper

Made from high quality, food-safe plastic and stainless steel, this kitchen gadget will make chopping your cooking ingredients quicker and easier than ever before. Simple to use and designed for easy storage, this is one handheld appliance you don't want to miss.
Chop anything as finely as you like
Simply press down on the top of the device to chop your food-press more times for a finer chop and press as many times as you like. Whether it's diced onions, chopped carrots or almonds, it's equally easy to make any food into the consistency you desire.
Compact, efficient design
This mini food chopper is designed for the modern kitchen in more ways than one. As well as improving the cooking process directly, it fits easily in a cupboard or drawer without taking up much room at all. The Kuuk chopper is efficient for cooking and for storage-what's not to love?
Faster and safer than a knife
Unless you'e a professional chef, chopping and dicing endless onions, vegetables and nuts can get time consuming and even dangerous. You get careless and before you know it-you've cut your finger. However, with this hand food chopper you can avoid that problem altogether and safely, quickly chop as much produce as finely as you'd like.
Dishwasher safe, cleans easily by hand
Clean this food chopper easily in the sink by rinsing with warm soapy water. Or, place it in the dishwasher and let the machine do the work-it's 100% dishwasher safe.
I love to cook... when I'm allowed. Most of my 'cooking' is kept to making salads I can make sandwiches with and different pastas.

Contrary to popular belief, I DO like veggies, and I like putting them in my salads, but I'm not fully trusted with a knife... yet. We're working on that trust.

So, I needed something that would make it easy for me to dice up those veggies. Enter the Kuuk Onion Chopper.

^^What I received^^

The problem with this is how well it works. It does work well with patience... but you need a LOT of it. I had the most trouble with it sliding all over the countertop I was using.

The bowl this has is considerably small. If the cup holds 1.5 cups, you're lucky. I have 2 other chopping bowls by Brieftons, which are larger and they work much better and seem 10 times sturdier than this chopper. I've dropper the smaller Brieftons bowl countless times, and it STILL looks brand new.

Disabled people will have trouble holding this steady enough to actually use it.The plunger does press easily enough, but depending on the food being chopped, it may be hard to actually CHOP. I was able to get it to chop onions with minimal effort, but it didn't work the greatest for garlic or celery. I wouldn't rely on this to chop anything harder than celery, to be honest.

This is available from Amazon for $6.95.

Will work in a pinch, but I feel other choppers would work better than this.

**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.**

Kootek Hand Grip Strengthener

Kootek Hand Grip Strengthener

• Kootek hand grip strengthener is ideal for improving strength, power and speed in the wrists, fingers and forearms. Ideal for athletes, musicians, rock climbers, golfers and tennis players;
• Hand grippers also work great for rehabilitation. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, tennis elbow and are on the way to recovery from a fractured or broken wrist, or tendon surgery, then this is the perfect gripper for you;
• This tool is constructed to be durable and offers users a top quality design with stainless steel tension springs, comes with adjustable dial that can be adjusted from 22 to 88 pounds (10-40KG);
• Ergonomically designed and it fits well for all hand sizes, perfect for men and women, seniors and teens;
• Non-slip handles covered with soft, comfortable and durable rubber for frequent and comfy usage.
With my CP, one of the things I should be doing are hand exercises. But you eventually build up a tolerance to most Stress Relief balls. That's when you need to move to something different.

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.

^^What I received^^

This strength trainer is GREAT for disabled people, especially those with hand-wrist disabilities, like carpal-tunnel syndrome. It feels a little heavier in the hand than most Stress Relief balls, but works the hand/wrist muscles more. I could really feel the muscles working in the forearm and wrist area when using this.

The resistance in this ranges from 10 kg to 40 kg, which equals about 22 to 88 lbs. Right now, I have it set to the 10 kg level, and it still is kind of too tough for me personally.

Disabled people may need to use both hands to squeeze this, depending on their own personal dexterity.

This is available from Amazon for $7.99.

Nice premise, but a little too restricting for disabled people
WOULD RECOMMEND: Depends on the person's dexterity level

**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, June 10, 2016

Life Crutch

Life Crutch

Ergonomic Handles - Unique and ergonomic design keeps wrists in natural position, helps prevent Carpel Tunnel and sore wrists caused by traditional crutches
Articulating Crutch Tips - 75-100% of surface coverage at all times to assist in a secure footing.
Strong Construction - Can support users up to 300 lbs. Professionally used by the NCAA
Shape - Designed to encourage proper posture in motion. Prevents wrist and underarm pain.
Fits users approximately 4'6" to 6'7''(54" - 77") (with 19 height adjustments)
At 37, I'm trying to reverse the signs of CP aging by trying to wean myself off the walker and onto crutches. I do pretty good with the Ergobaum by Ergoactives Forearm Crutches, but they are a bit heavy and clunky. They are a bit of a pain to take places.

So, I was excited to get these crutches for review.

^^The actual Crutches^^

I like these a lot. They are very lightweight and come fully assembled, which was a plus over the Ergobaum Crutches. I was able to put these right inside the car with me easily.

I actually felt just as stable on these as when I have any other double-sided mobility aid.

Mama Melissa did have to adjust them a bit for me, but otherwise, I don't see disabled people having an issue using these. Just put them under your arms and go!

These is available from Amazon for $49.99.

Great lightweight crutches that feel incredibly stable.

**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.**

MDUB Patellar Tendon Cross Strap

MDUB Patellar Tendon Cross Strap

The Patented Crosstrap design creates 20% more isolated pressure on the intersection and then dilutes the pressure on the sides and back. We don't have plastic or rubber parts that often make injuries worst if you fall, in fact our Crosstrap actually softens the impact. Reduce suffering from knee pain, doing any kind of exercise, or even a walk, seems like a big task. This knee strap provides a way to do exercise without worrying about the knee pain.
Professional Grade - Don't be fooled by cheap braces that everyone sells, The Mdub Cross Strap is made up of high-quality materials which gives it longer life and makes it durable. Unlike other Knee straps available in the market which have plastic on the side and will cause irritation and injury, these straps are made of high-quality neoprene & nylon which makes it light & soft. With this knee strap on, you can workout without worrying about hurting your knees.
Comfortable - This Knee strap provides patellar support with soft neoprene padding for comfort. These are adjustable with Velcro straps and are very comfortable to wear. It doesn't restrict your movements and lets you do any physical activity with ease. The padding provides good support for the knee especially when you're walking up or down an incline.
Universal Sizing - This Knee strap is fully adjustable and provides a nice, tight compression fit to your desired level. The curve of the straps allows you to fully adjust them to the curve of your knee. The perfect fit of the strap reduces the pressure on the patella tendon and thus helps to alleviate the pain while running or exercising. Moreover, the strap can be adjusted to fit almost everyone.
The Mdub Crosstrap can also be used for various injuries (pending your size and need) Patella Tendonitis Jumpers knee, IT Band, Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), and Shin Splints.
Having CP, one of the joints that bothers me the worst is my knees, the left one in particular. It has a tendency to buckle beneath me.

Knowing I'd be walking a LOT on the 3rd, I chose to put this strap on to see how my knee would feel and behave with it on.

My knee did feel more supported, and I was able to do my errands just using my Life Crutches, instead of my usual wheeled walker... which is a total win for me, considering I'm wanting to get AWAY from using that, if I can.

^^Stock Photo of the strap^^

^^Photo from Instagram^^
What I like, but yet HATE is that this fastens with Velcro. It's easy to fasten, once it's through the holes, but the Velcro holds SO WELL, IT'S DIFFICULT to undo when you want to take it off. This proves to be a double-edged sword.

Folks with disabilities in their hands may need help to put this on and take it off.

This is available from Amazon starting at $8.99.

Very supportive, but hard to actually use.

**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.**