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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chewy Blogger - Furminator Shed Control Cloths

Chewy.com

ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
Usually, I do these in order of the months, but usually Chase has the items left over month to month, so it's easy to just give him the treats again and write the reviews as he eats them.

However, for November, I did not choose edible treats. I chose something that had a limited amount to them, so I want to get the review written before I run out.

Chase is a cheagle (Chihuahua-beagle mix) and he sheds AWFUL. I was honestly surprised how much a small dog with short hair can shed. It's seriously NOTHING for me to be picking dog hair off my keyboard skin multiple times a day!

Mama Melissa and I have tried daily brushings to no avail... seems like that only makes the sheddings worse. Only thing that controls the shedding somewhat is bathing him. But I really don't want to bathe the boy daily. It's a HUGE production getting him into the tub (complete with him hightailing it to Mama Melissa when I try to take him into the bathroom) and daily baths aren't good for his skin, even with oatmeal/moisturizing shampoos.

So, when I saw this cat version for review, I asked if they could also be used for dogs. Chewy offered to send the dog version instead, so I jumped at the offer.


^^what we received ^^

FURminator Dog Shed Control Cloths
The FURminator Dog Shed Control Cloths are a convenient solution to removing loose surface hair and cleaning your pet’s coat.

Key Benefits
~Three dimensional proprietary loop technology catches and keeps loose surface hair
~3x thicker than traditional wipes
~Reusable up to three times before disposing
~Smooth and rough dual sided to clean and collect hair
~Safe to use on furniture and clothes

As it says, the wipes CAN be used 3 times before throwing them out, but the first one we used on Chase was SO loaded with hair, Mama Melissa was NOT about to even try salvage the wipe. It was completely covered.

The cloths are 8" x 6", so they are about the size of a baby wipe. They are thicker than baby wipes, but feel just as soft. They also have a nice scent to them, so not only does the wipe take off the loose hair, but it leaves Chase smelling clean!

Even after just one use, I noticed Chase wasn't scratching as bad as he usually does. This is a huge plus for us, because Chase would sit and scratch himself raw at times.

I really don't see disabled folks having a problem with these wipes. The box and the actual bag are easy open, and as long as one can use a washcloth or baby wipe, there will be NO problem using these wipes.

The FURminator Dog Shed Control Cloths are available at chewy.com for $4.99 a box. There is also a cat version available.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These wipes are the BEST thing for loose hair with dogs. I'm in love with these wipes, and Chase seems to like them as well!
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM 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.**

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter

Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland - the Ultimate Collection of Openers! A key category within their ever-evolving collection of tools/gadgets, Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland has developed a range of openers to rival anybody! Their portfolio includes multi-purpose gadgets that also open ring-pulls, bottles and jars, as well as devices that are designed specifically for standard cans/tins. Boasting enviable features that maximise simplicity, safety and hygiene, they are guaranteed to enhance even the most well-equipped of kitchens.

The 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter Released in 2016, the 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter by Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland is a can opener with a difference! The innovative ratchet mechanism is less demanding to operate than its traditional counterparts and is therefore ideal for those with limited strength/mobility in their hands and wrists. Once in place, a series of back and forth movements of the ergonomic handle will remove the lid of standard cans/tins with ease. In addition, the device opens ring-pull cans/tins without fuss courtesy of the beak on the side of the gadget. Simply slide it inside the loop of the lid and lift upwards and forwards whilst holding the can/tin firmly in position. Suitable for both right and left-handed usage, the opener possesses a number of ingenious features that separate it from the competition.

Sharp Edges and Lids - a Thing of the Past! The 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter is a member of an exclusive club of devices that do not cut into the metal of the can/tin in order to remove the lid. Instead, it elegantly un-crimps and un-rolls the lip - a process that is an exact reversal of how the lid is attached to the cylinder of the can/tin when it is originally filled. As well as the obvious safety benefit of this mechanism, it also eliminates the possibility of metal shavings/packaging entering the food.

No Cross-Contamination - use it for Everything! The capacity of the 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter to remove the lid without cutting into the can/tin means that the device never comes into direct contact with its contents. This ensures that the opener doesn’t harbour unwanted bacteria and prevents any potential cross-contamination between different foods. As a result, it can be used for everything - even pet food! And it doesn’t even need to be washed after usage - an occasional wipe with a damp cloth is more than sufficient.

Hands-Free Lifting! Once opened, the lid can be lifted from the can/tin without physically touching it courtesy of the 2-in-1 Ratchet Safety LidLifter’s ingenious mini-pliers/pincers.
Opening canned food is one of the things that is pretty hard for me to do. Growing up, Mommy always had electric can openers for me to use, which were a godsend when I was a young teenager and was responsible for getting my own dinner while Mommy was at work. In case of power outages, We did have the manual can openers, which doubled as a 'church key'/bottle opener. I could only use the bottle opener on those, because I didn't have the hand dexterity to turn the 'crank' and open the can.

Plus, I was so shaky, no matter how careful I was, I tended to alway get cut on the lids, whether it was trying to get them out of the can or when I was going to throw them out... most of the time, it was trying to fish them out of the can after they were cut. This was another plus of the electric can openers, since they have the magnet on top, and that holds the lid while I take the can away. But then I still ran the risk of getting cut when I had to take the lid off to throw it out.

However, when I moved to New York, all we had were the manual can openers, which meant I was either reliant on Mama Melissa or SOL if Mama Melissa wasn't here and I wanted to open a can for whatever reason.

I did review another can opener a few years back (That post is LONG gone now) specifically designed for disabled people, but the problem was it was STILL manual and STILL hard for me to turn the 'crank' with my right hand and hang on the opener with my left hand.

So, when I saw Barry Lewis' (AKA myvirginkitchen) video on various kitchen gadgets and this was featured, I promptly went to Amazon and bought one for myself.


^^Stock photo of the opener^^


^^what I received^^

It does take me a few tries to get the mechanisms lined up onto the can, which is done by sliding the pieces of the grip apart and then latching it onto the can. But what I LOVE about this opener is the handle. Once the mechanisms are attached to the can, it's a simple back and forth movement, similar to using a ratchet, to move the opener around the can. I also like the fact that I can hold this grip with either hand and still use the handle without feeling like my hands are going to cramp up.

The thing is this opener doesn't actually cut INTO the can; rather it un-crimps the lid from the can. I like that feature, since IF I had to put the lid back on for any reason (like pet foods or a recipe calls for half at a time) the lid will be a perfect fit.

There are also two metal prongs on the side of the opener, to help lift the lid from the can. Personally, I don't really like the prongs, but that's more my fault. I'm very shaky in the hands, so it's more of a pain to use these prongs to lift the lid. It's easier for me just to grab an utensil I'm already using and pry the lid up enough for me to grab it. Because the lid is un-crimped and not cut, I won't cut myself on the sharp lid edges.

This would make the PERFECT gift for anyone with a hand disability (Arthritis, Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome, etc.) or those who love to let their kids help in the kitchen, since the kids won't hurt themselves on the sharp lids.

This is available from Amazon for $16.20.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Absolutely LOVE this can opener. It's the ONLY one I will personally use when I'm cooking.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Logitech G230 Gaming Headset

Logitech G230 Gaming Headset

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
GAME-QUALITY STEREO SOUND
A pin drop. A bomb blast. Hear it all.
Games aren’t just about graphics. Sound completes the picture. Using 40 mm neodymium drivers, G230 delivers high-quality stereo sound to keep you immersed in your game from start to finish.

SPORTS PERFORMANCE CLOTH EAR CUPS
A soft touch for hardcore gaming
Marathon gaming sessions mean heat and sweat. We covered the G230 ear cups with carefully selected sports performance cloth for a comfortable, soft touch even after hours of use. And they slip off easily for washing to keep the headset in top shape.

LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN
Take a load off
Earpieces have been designed to be slim and light, without skimping on audio quality. A lighter, balanced assembly means you stay focused on the game. You might even forget you’re wearing a headset.

FOLDING, NOISE-CANCELLING MIC
Sometimes silence is the winning move
When you want to be heard, you will be—loudly and clearly. The G230 noise-cancelling mic can be positioned to pick up your voice alone. Don’t feel like talking? Easily fold it up and out of the way.

ON-CABLE CONTROLS
Sound command, close at hand
Keep the mute switch and volume dial close at hand for quick, precise audio adjustments. All attached to an extra long, 2.3-meter cable.

LAY-FLAT EARPIECES
Free-ranging flexibility
We know even twin gamers are one-of-a-kind. For a personalized fit, the earpieces swivel up to 90 degrees. And because they can turn to lay flat, they’re less prone to breakage from everyday wear and tear.
I don't consider myself a 'audiophile' by any means. When I use a headset, I just want something comfortable. I tend to wear my headsets a lot during the day, whether I'm watching my tech subscriptions on YouTube or I'm using YouTube as my personal radio station. So, I want something that is not going to hurt my ears.

So, when Mama Melissa bought her Alienware last year, she also picked up the Logitech G430 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset. She really liked them, so when I was in the market for a new headset, she recommended the 'little sister' to her set, the Logitech G230 Gaming Headset.


^^The Headset in the package^^

This seriously the absolute MOST comfortable headset I've ever owned. I can easily wear these for hours and my ears don't hurt at all. Depending on how warm it is outside, my ears may get a little sweaty, but that is expected. These ear cups are noise-cancelling, so they completely surround the ear. I also like the fact that the earcups twist to lay flat. That's a life-saving feature when trying to store them on a flat surface.

My favorite feature of this headset is the volume control right on the wire. Mama Melissa and I like to share music at night and while she likes her music louder, I prefer it at a more comfortable level. The volume control allows me to set my listening level to something lower, without having to tell Mama Melissa to lower the entire volume.

Speaking of the wire, it is WAY longer than I like. It's a 2.3 meter wire, which equals 7.5 feet. I realize that the wire is technically supposed to be that long, so it can reach a console while the player sits on the couch, and it DOES have a Velcro 'cable tie' for easy management. But for someone using this headset on their computer, especially a laptop, that long of a wire is really overkill.

But that's not my main problem with this headset...


^^The headphone plug wire beginning to fray^^

The wire isn't very 'heavy-duty.' About 6-8 months after I bought this headset, I noticed the wire covering has started to 'fray' or 'peel' away from the wiring. Thankfully, it does NOT affect the sound coming through the headset. I still have stereo sound in both ear cups.

Another issue I have is the microphone boom no longer stays up on its own. I'm not sure what happened to the mechanism, but I now have to tie it up with plastic twist ties to keep it up and out of my way. Otherwise it will repeatedly fall down into my face.

The earcups are supposed to me removable for washing purposes. However, I personally haven't figured out how to remove them.

There are 3 things I think most disabled people are going to have trouble with this headset are:
~if anything breaks on them
~the length of the wire
~removing the earcups to wash them
I like to think I have good dexterity in my hands, but I have a very difficult time shortening the wire and securing it with the Velcro 'cable tie.' I also had a tough time getting a plastic twist tie to slide in between the earcup and the actual headset to secure the microphone boom in an upright position. As I said above, I cannot figure out how to remove the earcups, so I think washing them is going to be out of the question for people who have their disabilities in their hands/arms.

This headset would make a great gift for the gaming newbie, who just wants a headset to be able to interact with his or her friends while gaming and doesn't need all the fancy bells and whistles of a $250+ gaming headset.

This is available from Amazon for $29.99 or from Logitech for $34.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great headset for gaming, but not the sturdiest parts.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sippity Cocoa Mixes

Sippity Cocoa Mixes

ABOUT SIPPITY
If you’re looking for the best hot chocolate mix in America, Sippity hot cocoa mix is that choice. “Simply delicious! Wonderful! Delightful!” and “Oh Wow!” are just some of the expressions people used to describe their feelings after drinking Sippity.
The regular Sippity brand has sugar in the mix, but it really doesn’t taste that sweet. I feel the national brands have a much more sweet taste to them.


^^Sippity Regular Cocoa mixes^^

Going in the order of the unboxing video...

CHOCOLATE
I would be HARD pressed to tell a difference between the Sippity brand and a national brand like Swiss Miss or Land O’Lakes Hot Cocoa mixes. Very creamy and rich.
TASTE: 9/10

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT
Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors. Grandma buys me the Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer when she can find it.
This is what this cocoa reminds me of… or dropping a mini candy cane or Starlight mint into a mug of hot cocoa.
Not overly heavy on either flavor, but strong enough that you can taste both.
TASTE: 10/10

PUMPKIN SPICE
I didn’t taste any real chocolate in this; all I really tasted was Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon, which floated and sat on top, no matter how many times I stirred the drink.
I did like it, but I wish there was more chocolate taste in this.
TASTE: 8/10

CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW
To me, this tasted JUST like I took a cup of plain hot cocoa and let two or three large marshmallows melt into it. It was very creamy.
TASTE: 9/10

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY
Quite a few years ago, Grandma bought a bottle of Chocolate Raspberry coffee creamer for Mama Melissa and I to share. Neither one of us liked it and it ended up going sour in the refrigerator.
So, I was honestly skeptical of trying this flavor, and actually drank it first, ‘just to get it out the way.’
And with the first sip, I was kicking myself.
I think the mistake with the coffee creamer was the fact that it was going into coffee… which was VERY strong perk coffee at the time. But this flavor was delicious. The chocolate and the raspberry flavors played nicely with each other, and the taste was not bitter, like it was with the coffee creamer.
This was SO good… I almost stole the Sippity Lite packet from Mama Melissa’s stash.
TASTE: 10/10

CHOCOLATE CINNAMON
This was apparently a lot better than the Sippity Lite packet Mama Melissa drank. I personally didn’t get nauseated from it, but I did notice the grittiness she was talking about. I would have liked more of a cinnamon taste in this; all I really tasted was the chocolate taste.
TASTE: 8/10

ABOUT SIPPITY LITE
Also available in our six Sippity Lite gourmet flavors, which have the same great taste as our sugar based products but with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving.
Mama Melissa is considered pre-diabetic. Her levels are controlled with pills and diet. Because of this, she likes to keep her sugar intake to less than 3 grams of sugar per item. So, I PURPOSELY requested some Sippity Lite flavors for her, so she didn’t feel left out.


^^Sippity Lite Cocoa mixes^^

Going in the order of the unboxing video...

CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW
Mama Melissa agreed with me on this, that it just tasted like a creamier hot cocoa. She thought it tasted good, and being she can’t have marshmallows anymore, she was happy she could have a way to still have the marshmallow taste.
TASTE: 7/10

CHOCOLATE CINNAMON
So, Since Mama Melissa LOVES anything Cinnamon flavored, she chose to try this one first. She made herself a Cinnamon-Sweet Italian Cream-Mocha coffee with this, and she said the drink tasted very gritty.
Sadly, she became nauseous after drinking this mixture, so I don’t think these flavors mixed well together.
TASTE: 3/10

CHOCOLATE
Mama Melissa said this packet tasted JUST like a less-sweet packet of hot cocoa. She really liked this flavor.
TASTE: 9/10

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY
Mama Melissa said this was kind of light on the chocolate taste, having more raspberry taste. She said it was very sweet; She actually thought she accidentally took the regular version, until I told her I drank the full-sugared packet first.
She liked it, but it wasn't her favorite.
TASTE: 8/10

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT
Grandma has recently found the sugar-free version of the Peppermint Mocha creamer, so she’s been buying it for Mama Melissa.
Mama Melissa agrees that the Chocolate Peppermint packet tastes a lot like this creamer, but she wasn’t crazy over it. She felt the chocolate taste overpowered the peppermint flavoring, whereas the Peppermint Mocha creamer is reversed; The peppermint flavor is stronger than the chocolate flavor.
TASTE: 6/10

PUMPKIN SPICE
So, Mama Melissa does NOT do anything Pumpkin Spice. She willingly gave me this one to try.
And just like with the regular packet, I didn’t taste any real chocolate in this; all I really tasted was Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon, which floated and sat on top, no matter how many times I stirred the drink.
I did like it, but I wish there was more chocolate taste in this. It also tasted grittier than the regular packet.
TASTE: 7/10

They are going to be a CINCH for disabled people to make and enjoy. The mixes come in resealable bags, so they are simple to open. The hardest thing for a disabled person may be actually pouring the hot water into the cup.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
Completely delicious cocoa mixes that I actually like WAY better than the national brands!
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.**

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Love with Food October 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
October 2017 Gluten Free 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’s your favorite part of October – perhaps the cool weather, watching football, or carving pumpkins? Ours is all the delectable Halloween candy we get to try, so we’re sharing them with you! We hope you enjoy these new flavors from your most-loved brands as well as innovative goodness from the latest and greatest in the snacking world. This month we also encourage you to be present in the moment while planning for the future, but don’t look back – you never know what’s lurking there...
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.


And since SOMEWHERE along the way, I either forgot to take or I lost the photo of the goodies in the box, we only have a video this time. So, Going in order of the unboxing...

GO RAW CHOCO CHUNK COCONUT CRISPS
FROM THE POUCH: Choco Chunk Coconut Crisps are the sweet treat that has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Rich chocolate and coconut unite for a superfood straight out of your dreams. Coconut is known for supporting a healthy metabolism, as it converts directly to energy, which helps keep you going and feeling full longer.
Get Healthy and Go Raw!

Meh.
While I usually love anything coconut, I wasn’t crazy about these. I mean, they tasted alright, but it wasn’t something I’d go out of my way to buy or eat.
The crisps looked more like just clumps of chocolate coconut shavings. The chocolate had a very strange aftertaste.
However, these were softer on my teeth than the DANG brand I’ve had in the past.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Nut Free, Organic

NUTTEE BEAN CO. FAVA BEANS in SALT & VINEGAR
FROM THE POUCH: Nuttie Bean Co. came across these ancient belted Fava beans in our travels abroad. Now we’re bringing this healthy, crunchy bean snack to the US.
We’ve chosen 3 unique and delicious flavors to start – more to come.
Fava Beans – a healthy snack for everyone – are packed with Fiber and Protein. Try them with lunch, happy hour, morning munchies, sport’s snack, you name it.
They’re completely allergen free and processed in a very special non-nut facility.
Toss a bag into your life, you’ll love them as much as we do.
And tell your friends too! We’re the UN-NUT!
Be a Nuttee Bean – Grab a pack and try them

I THINK the KALA beans I had back in July’s box were ALSO Fava beans, but I’m not 100% sure.
These are WHOLE beans, not slices like the KALA brand beans were.
I liked the taste of these. Nice and crunchy, but not so crunchy that they hurt my teeth. Slightly heavy on the salt, but not to the point of being overpowered. The vinegar taste was pretty light, but still noticeable.
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TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Peanut/Tree Nut Free, Vegan

THE MIX SUPER SNACK TRAIL MIX with RAW ALMONDS, RAW CASHEWS, GOJI BERRIES, COCONUT CHIPS, WHITE MULBERRIES, SUNFLOWER SEEDS & PUMPKIN SEEDS
FROM THE POUCH: The Mix provides nutrition you can taste and feel. Enjoy it anytime, as a seriously healthy snack!

I usually don’t eat trail mixes. I just don’t like them. This one tasted very bland to me. Only sweetness I really tasted was the coconut. I ate maybe two or three mouthfuls before I just tossed it back in the box and in the trash it went.
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TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No Sugar added, No Processing, Non-GMO, Vegan

SKINNY DIPPED ALMONDS in DARK CHOCOLATE COCOA
FROM THE POUCH: ~PPO free Almonds
~Ethically Sourced Chocolate
~No Artificial Flavors or Colors

For only having 2 grams of sugar, these were really sweet, to be honest.
They were also very hard on my teeth. I know almonds are supposed to be good for cleaning the teeth, but they were just way too crunchy for me… which is a shame, since almonds are my favorite nut.
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TASTE: 6/10 (8/10 for taste, 4/10 for how hard they were on my teeth)
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Diabetic (up to 3g)

NATURE’S BANDITS APPLE VEGGIE FRUIT STIX in BLUEBERRY
FROM THE BAG: For ages 5 to 105
Always Organic
The best of nature from Nature’s Bandits

Now, I said in the video that I thought these would be like ‘fruit jerky.’ They weren’t.
They have a similar texture to fruit snacks, but look like pieces of Dentyne or Trident gum.
The strange thing with these is, they didn’t smell like blueberries. They smelled and tastes like grape juice.
I liked them, but I don’t think I’d buy them for myself.
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TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Preservatives, Kosher

NOGII PROTEIN D’LITES BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE & SEA SALT CARAMEL
I was completely expecting this to be nasty, considering it has dark chocolate and I am NOT a huge fan of dark chocolate.
But this was delicious.
I can’t put my finger on it, but there was something I used to eat as a teenager that tastes just like this. I really want to say it was a chewy granola bar, but I can’t remember.
Only problem I had with this was it made my tongue feel funny after eating it. It almost felt like it was burning. The feeling did dissipate quickly after finishing it.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

UNREAL ALMOND BUTTER CUP in DARK CHOCOLATE
FROM THE WRAPPER: ~Gluten Free
~5g Sugar
~Certified Vegan
~Non-GMO verified
~Unreal taste

I am not usually huge on peanut butter cups, which this essentially is, just with almond butter.
And we ALL know how I feel about dark chocolate.
This wasn’t horrible… The flavors played well together, and I really couldn’t tell this was almond butter.
But it’s nothing I’d personally buy for myself for a sweet tooth fix.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Fair Trade Ingredients, Kosher (with Dairy), Vegan

SCHAR ARTISAN BAKER MULTIGRAIN BREAD
FROM THE WEBSITE: Schär introduces another gluten-free wonder with the Artisan Baker! This new line with amazing taste and texture will replace the original Classic White and Multigrain breads. European recipe crafted with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and honey, we believe it is the best tasting gluten-free bread!

This is actually a repeat from May’s box. I toasted this one morning and had my usual sandwich with it, that morning being boiled ham, swiss cheese and lettuce. OMG, it was SO good. I loved the little seeds in the bread. If I knew what store sells this bread, I’d DEFINITELY be buying it.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Lactose/Dairy Free, Preservative Free

PEELED SNACKS PEAS PLEASE PEAPOD SNACKS in GARDEN HERB
FROM THE BAG: Baked Organic crunchy pea snacks.
At Peeled Snacks, our goal is to make you feel good about snacking. Our first veggie snacks, Peas Please, are made with organic whole peas and whole grain brown rice.
Delicious, baked and crunchy, Peas Please will surely please!

Crunchier and saltier Harvest Snaps. I wasn’t sure what ‘Garden Herb’ should taste like. I tasted dry Italian dressing mix and salt.
While they were good, I think I’ll stick with the Harvest Snaps brand from now on. They are less salty and have more flavors I KNOW I like (Although, I am curious about some flavors this brand offers)
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, Organic,

EXPLORE CUISINE ORGANIC CHICKPEA FUSILLI PASTA
FROM THE BOX: Explore Cuisine searches the globe to bring you healthy foods!
Dedicated to innovative cooking using organic ingredients of the highest quality, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils and rice to provide your family nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful and simply delicious!
Explore Cuisine delivers affordable food by buying ingredients direct from the farmer and producing next to the fields.
Explore Cuisine is committed to fair trade and sustainable living, so that everyone benefits along the way – from the field to your home.
~11 grams of Protein per serving
~30 g Net Carbs
~Good source of Fiber
~Low Fat
~Tastes Delicious

As of this posting, I have not made these. I will edit this once these have been made.
What I like about Explore Cuisine is the fact that they donate 2% of all proceeds to the Food to Thrive foundation, providing education, empowerment and advancement in farming programs.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic, Vegan, Kosher, Low Fat

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages. Also, some folks MAY need help cooking the Fusilli pasta.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks and part of a meal, all that are good for me.
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, October 26, 2017

It's A 10 Hair Care Products

It's A 10 Hair Care Products

ABOUT IT'S A 10
Our story began with an idea that everyone should have great hair. Behind our brand is a team of creators, salons, and stylists. But our most valuable asset has been our loyal customers and clients who continue to support It’s a 10 Hair Care products.

Over the years hair care has gotten confusing. Many brands have filled store shelves with an array of products – all that only seem to accomplish one thing. People have had to create their own concoction of products in order to get the results and hair health they are looking for. It’s a 10 made it simple. Our hair care products provide exceptional results designed to deliver a combination of 10 benefits – all in one bottle.

Now, through our exclusive professional salon formulas, you can enjoy shine, moisture balance and healthy movement with just one product. We call it “strength in simplicity” and it will undoubtedly change the way you think about hair care.20 years in the making, it’s a 10 has become the best.
So, 2 years ago, I did a review for a hair mask through Tomoson. The good thing about that hair mask was it DID repair my damaged hair (never use body wash as shampoo in a pinch, folks. It wrecks your hair). The bad part of the hair mask was the actual application. It was a complete pain, trying to get it worked thoroughly through my hair. I have only used it ONE other time since trying it for the review. It now sits in my toiletry box in the bathroom, unused.

I now opt for moisturizing shampoos, usually the Herbal Essences brand. It’s just easier to use the shampoos and call it a day. So when It’s A 10 agreed to let me review some of their products, I was very excited.


^^What I received^^

MIRACLE MOISTURE SHAMPOO SULFATE FREE
It’s a 10 Miracle Shampoo is a nourishing treatment and clean-rinsing shampoo all in one bottle.

Protect and strengthen hair with each and every shampoo with the It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo. Effective and intensely moisturizing, with a cleansing formula that is mild enough to safely use on even the most delicate color-treated hair, our Miracle Moisture Shampoo takes the guesswork out of finding the right shampoo. From the very first wash, hair is smoother, less damaged and is visibly more bouncy and full of body. With repeated daily use, hair reflects the natural shine of healthy hair that everyone desires.

IT’S A 10 MIRACLE MOISTURE SHAMPOO IS MADE WITH NUMEROUS NATURAL INGREDIENTS TO DELIVER MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE.
Vitamin C: powerful antioxidant protection that restores vitality
Sunflower Seed Extract: natural sunscreen that extends the life of color
Acai Extract: improves tensile strength and shine
Ginger: soothes distressed hair and scalp
Pomegranate: potent antioxidant containing vitamins A, C and E
Tahitian Noni Oil: balances moisture, improves shine and condition
Moringa Extract: powerful antioxidant that beautifies the hair
Aloe Vera: provides intense soothing and protective moisture
Rooibos Tea: shields hair from environmental challenges
Comfrey: conditions and soothes

I honestly ADORE this shampoo. The smell is awesome; the scent actually reminds me of baby shampoo with a flowery fragrance. It’s also a long lasting scent… I could still smell it in my hair 2 or 3 days after I used it.

The results are just about INSTANTLY noticeable. With the Herbal Essences brand, it took at least 5 uses before I noticed any change to my hair beyond what the hair mask did. However, with the Miracle Moisture Shampoo, as soon as my hair was dry, it felt softer and much more manageable.

What I really like about this shampoo is the pump style of dispenser. It’s so much easier for me to just pump it into my hand than having to pick up the bottle and squirt it onto my head, all the time hoping I don’t drop the bottle OR having the shampoo slide off my head onto the tub. I feel a LOT of disabled folks are going to like this feature as well.

And to go with the shampoo...

MIRACLE SHINE SPRAY
It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray - brilliant shine, strength, and protection in just a spritz. Adding the finishing touch to any type of hair, the It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray is the simple and effective way to impart lustrous, healthy shine. Designed to be equally effective on wet or dry hair, Miracle Shine Spray uses powerful natural ingredients to help smooth curly and straight styles while also healing the hair shaft to bring out hair's own healthy shine.

Key Ingredients: Chamomile extract, silk amino acids, noni extract, ylang ylang extract, hemp oil, red tea extract, babassu seed oil.

DOES 10 THINGS INSTANTLY
Weightless shine
Softens course hair
Improves elasticity
Antioxidant
Environmental protection
Anti-humidity and minimizes frizz
Thermal protection
Imparts control and manageability
Seals and protects hair
Locks in moisture

I’m actually usually not one for leave in treatments. I barely use actual hair spray, much less any kind of spray in stuff. So, I was skeptical if I was really going to use this.

But I did try it, and the only things I really noticed is the spray DID make my hair easier to comb and/or brush, and it made the scent of the shampoo last longer, since this spray has the same scent of the shampoo. I didn’t really see an increase in the shine.

What I DID see an increase is is how faster my hair looked and felt greasy/stringy. I can usually get 4 days of clean looking hair before it starts to look dirty. When I used this spray, it looked greasy by the 2nd calendar day after washing it.

I find spraying it onto wet (or at least damp) hair combats this, but spraying it onto dry hair makes the greasy look happen. If you're the type to wash your hair frequently, this won't be an issue for you.

Speaking of spraying it, that’s going to be the downfall for disabled people. I had a very difficult time actually spraying it onto my scalp/hair. The easiest way I found to apply this was spray it onto a comb and then run that through my hair. Again, this is best done on wet/damp hair.

It’s a 10 products are available at the It’s a 10 website, your local Ulta store or from Ulta.com itself, Most major retailers and their online stores, or from Amazon.com

The single bottles would make great stocking stuffers, or you can buy a full collection and give as one gift.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great hair care products that really do work!!
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.**

Saturday, October 21, 2017

DunkyCup

DunkyCup

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Welcome to Dunky Cup

Dunky Cup is a fun, new way to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes – Cookies & Milk. The super durable cup includes three pockets for cookies such as Oreos ® and a separate holder for milk, meaning no more plates to wash! It even allows you to sip milk between cookie bites by use of a clever pocket and spout design. What better way to enjoy your favorite tasty-sweet snack? Kids and adults love it, making it the perfect gift for the cookie or dessert connoisseur in your family.

Features
• 3 cookie holder design. Great for sandwich-sized cookies such as Oreos ®
• Interior pocket holds 8oz of milk, coffee, or tea
• Extra heavy-duty and strong. Designed in the USA for a lifetime of dunking
• Food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Made from BPA free, FDA approved plastic.
• Also works for dippable snacks such as pretzels and carrot sticks. Compatible with The Dipr ® spoon

Specifications
• Material: food-grade ABS plastic
• Width: 5.4 in (13.6 cm)
• Depth: 4.4 in (11.1 cm)
• Height: 3.2 in (8.2 cm)
• Capacity: 8 fluid oz (237 ml)
• Weight: .71 lbs (.32 kg)
• Max. Cookie Size - Round: .61in thick x 2.0in dia. (15.5mm x 21.0mm)
• Max. Cookie Size - Rectangular: .61 thick x 2.0in wide x 3.0in long (15.5mm x 21.0mm x 76.2mm)
• Recommended ages: 2+
I love cookies. Growing up, cookies were one of my favorite snacks. I wasn’t too fond of Oreos (Truth be told, I’m actually still not), but I loved a few Chips Ahoy or iced Oatmeal cookies with a glass of milk.

However, the glasses we had were always the wrong shape for dunking. They were either too tall and the cookie would get too wet, crumbling into the bottom of the glass, or the cup was too narrow, and I’d have to break the cookie in half to dunk it. I finally got to the point of just eating the cookies ‘dry’ and drinking the milk to ‘wash it down.’ I STILL do it this way, unless it's a cookie like biscotti or a stroopwafel.

While I’m too old to be dunking cookies, what about future generations? Surely there HAD to be a way for today’s kids to enjoy dunking cookies in milk.

There is. Enter the Dunky Cup.


^^Stock Photo^^


The Dunky cup is designed to have your milk and cookies all in one little area. It’s no bigger than a Cool Whip or a soup bowl, but it holds 8 ounces of liquid and has 3 ‘pockets’ for cookies. This is super convenient for kids, since they can have the cookies within easy reach of their little hands.


^^What I received^^

There are TWO things I really like about this cup…
1. It’s made from heavy-duty, food-grade plastic.
Dropping things is a GIVEN with CP. It’s like I have the steadiness of a toddler (which is the MAIN reason I could never work as a waitress), so it’s not unusual for me to drop things. I have dropped this cup at least 5 times now, and not one crack in the plastic, not even in the handle.
2. It’s not just for ‘milk and cookies.’
Unless you’re a child or watching how many cookies you eat, no one I know eats just 3 cookies. You can also use this for
~Veggie sticks and dip (although 8 oz of dip might be overkill)
~Soup and crackers
~Soup and ‘sandwich sticks’ – We’ve all seen the Pinterest posts of making Grilled Cheese sticks instead of full sandwiches. The pockets on the side would easily hold 2 or 3 ‘sandwich sticks’ per pocket.

The cup is pretty simple to use; it’s just like any other cup. You will, however, have to drink from the cup while holding it in your right hand. The only problem I see disabled people having is washing it by hand, especially the pockets.

You can buy Dunky Cup from two places… Directly from the DunkyCup Website for $20.00 with Free Shipping OR Amazon for $19.77 (Prime shipping available)

FINAL THOUGHTS
This would make a perfect gift for an older toddler/young school aged child, but also a great gift for anyone who loves cookies & milk.
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.**