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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The ATH-AR3iS SonicFuel® on-ear headphones are designed to enhance your everyday listening experience with newly designed 40 mm drivers that deliver clear mid- and high-frequencies and full, expressive bass.

The headphones come with a detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with mic and controls, making it easy to answer calls and handle music/video playback on your devices. The headphones also feature soft, memory foam earpads and an easily adjustable, padded headband for a comfortable fit and outstanding sound isolation. Plus, the headphones fold up for easy portability.

Newly designed 40 mm drivers provide rich, full-range sound reproduction with crystal-clear mid and high frequencies and powerful, detailed bass
Top-mounted PCB design enables smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement and reduced distortion
Stylish round housing design
Soft, memory foam earpads and easily adjustable, padded headband provide a comfortable fit
1.2 m (3.9') detachable cable with mic/controls for use with compatible devices
Foldable for space-saving portability
Available in black (ATH-AR3iSBK) and white (ATH-AR3iSWH)
I am not really an 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.

But, while the Logitech G230 Gaming Headset is my daily headset of choice, the wire being so long and irreplaceable has me, well, annoyed. So, when Audio-Technica offered to send me one of their new headsets for review, I jumped at the chance!


^^Stock Photos of the headphones^^


^^Headphones Open^^


^^Headphones closed^^

I LOVE the sound that come through these. Very rich and full, but not over-bassy. I don't hear any tinniness through the ear pieces, and the music/sounds do not distort at loud levels.

My favorite thing about these headphones are the detachable wire, which is considerably shorter than the Logitech wire. I don't know HOW many times I have had to buy new headphones, because something happened to the wires, whether it snapped or one of the earcups lost sound in them, But with these Audio-Technica headphones, if the wire were to break, I can easily head to any electronics department/store (or even eBay or Amazon) and pick up a new 3.5 mm male to male wire and Presto! I have my headphones working again. It's also a plus if the wire ever get tangled, I can just unplug them from the earcup and straighten the wire out.

I also like the fact that these headphones fold up, so if I want to store them in a backpack or travel bag, I can detach the wire and then fold the actual earcups in towards the headband. That eliminates the risk of them being broken during travel.

Now, for the downside of these headphones, the earcups themselves. They are ON-EAR cups, meaning the sit directly on the ears. It's fine at first, but after a few hours of listening to music or watching Youtube videos, they start to really hurt. I'm not sure if this is how they should be, because I have worn SkullCandy On-Ear headphones for hours and they did not hurt my ears at all. It seems to be worse for those wearing glasses, because Mama Melissa tried to wear them, and she developed the sore ear quicker than I did.

I really don't see disabled people having issues with these headphones. The biggest problem MAY be replacing the detachable wire, if it ever needs replacing.

These are available from the Audio-Technica website or Amazon for $79.00 on either site. These would make a great gift for the audiophile on your list.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great sound, but better suited for tinier ears.
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, December 6, 2017

Love with Food November 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
November 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!
November’s theme is ‘Attitude of Gratitude.’
This November, we are giving thanks for all of you. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and patience during this snacking journey. Thank you for engaging with us and our partner brands, and for constantly providing great feedback. Thank you for putting the “Love” in Love With Food.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

MADEGOOD APPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA BAR
FROM THE PACKAGE: Organic – With Vegetables* – School safe without peanuts and tree nuts
Manufactured in a dedicated facility free from the 8 common allergens:
~Peanut
~Tree Nuts
~Wheat
~Soy
~Dairy
~Egg
~Sesame
~Fish & Shellfish
*Nutrients found in 1 serving of vegetables

Take Apple & Cinnamon instant oatmeal and turn it into a chewy granola bar. This was really, really good.
However, when I ate it, I didn’t taste any vegetables, but it turns out there is actually ‘Vegetable Powder’ in this, and that powder contains: spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Allergy Friendly, Kosher

EMMY’S ORGANICS VANILLA BEAN ORGANIC COCONUT COOKIE
I didn’t really taste much vanilla in this cookie. I mainly tasted just coconut.
While these are infinitely better than the Lemon Ginger flavor I had a few months ago, they are still not a cookie I’d specifically go out and buy… which it PAINS me to say, because Emmy’s Organics is a ‘local’ company to me, based out of Ithaca, NY. I feel like I’m hurting the local economy by speaking ill of them.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, Kosher, Fair Trade

CRUNCHMASTER MULTI-SEED CRACKERS with SESAME, QUINOA, FLAX AND AMARANTH SEEDS
These reminded me SO much of the Stella D’oro Sesame breadsticks I munched on as a child. Very thin and crunchy. I really didn’t taste anything other than the sesame flavor. These were one of my faves from the box.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No Artificial colors or flavors, Vegan, Cholesterol Free, Low Saturated Fat

PRINCE OF PEACE GINGER CANDY
FROM THE PACKAGE: Prince of Peace Ginger Candy are great for the whole family. The sweet ginger taste is warming to the senses. Ginger is also known for bringing comfort to the stomach.

I got a full bag of these in the April 2017 box. This time, I only got 3 of them.
These were interesting. The packaging is MAINLY in an Asian language, some dialect of Chinese, which I don’t understand. The little blip above is pretty much the ONLY English on the package.
Going into these, I thought they would be hard candies, but they were more chewy than hard. Only thing I really didn’t like about them was the ginger burned my mouth.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

GLUTINO GLUTEN FREE PRETZEL TWISTS
FROM THE BAG: Come on baby, it’s a party! It’s a celebration! Even if it’s just a snack. She eats up life by the fist-full, living every day to the fullest. The smile on her lips strikes up the band in your heart and you can’t help but join the dance.
Let’s do the twist!

In April, I did a review on Glutino snacks, but these weren’t one of the snacks. However, I really couldn’t taste a difference between these and normal pretzels, minus a ‘wheaty’  and sort of sweet taste to them. I actually liked these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher

ANGIE’S BOOM CHICKA POP POPCORN in SEA SALT
FROM THE PACKAGE: Back when Dan and I first started popping kettle corn in our Mankato garage, we wanted to teach our kids the value of hard work – and have a little fun along the way. We also wanted a snack we felt good about feeding them (and, ah, the world). Flavorful snacks with real ingredients found in a kitchen, not in a lab (you know, ingredients you don’t have to scrunch up your face to say). Snacks packed with energy, not guilt. Snacks that keep the joy in snacking (and snacking and snacking…). With bright bags that radiate all the love and fun that went into them from the beginning. After all, isn’t that what snacking should be about? We couldn’t agree more. Enjoy.
XO, Angie

Plain, salted popcorn. That’s all this is.
I’m not saying it’s not good, because it is, just… for me personally, I like a bit more ‘flavor’ to my popcorn… butter, white cheddar, even the Cinnabon flavor would work.
I think if I was sent a different flavor, I would have liked it better, But this just fell flat for me.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Whole Grain

ONE POTATO TWO POTATO SWEET POTATO CHIPS in PLAIN JAYNES
FROM THE PACKAGE: At One Potato Two Potato, we believe in a world where a snack food that’s better for you can still be exciting and tasty.
So here’s to a world naturally fun and flavorful, as it was meant to be!
Simply delicious.

My main ‘problem’ with these chips is that they seem to be ‘kettle style’ chips, and they usually hurt my gums.
Other than that, they were pretty tasty. The taste of the sweet potato wasn’t overpowering at all, and there was just the right amount of salt on them. However, I’m not entirely sure I’d buy these for myself.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-MSG, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives, Nut-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher

PAMELA’S BAKING AND PANCAKE MIX
FROM THE PACKAGE: Wake every morning to light and fluffy pancakes made in no time! Quick, easy and delicious with 8 whole grains per serving, use Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix to make all types of delicious baked goods!

Considering there are 4 grams of sugar in this mix, and the diabetics I live with like to keep their count to 3 grams per item, I will be passing this onto my cousin.
What I really like about Pamela’s Products is their support of national and regional non-profit Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and Autism Support Organizations. The last one is important to me, since I have HS friends whose children have Autism. Those organizations need all the support they can get.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Kosher

GO ORGANICALLY FRUIT SNACKS in MIXED BERRY
FROM THE PACKAGE: At Go Organically, we believe Fruit Snacks should be made with Read Fruit. We source USDA certified organic fruit and other quality ingredients to offer you the best, most authentic and delicious snacks for your family.
Please try all of our mouth-watering varieties for a taste experience you can feel good about.
Go Organically. You’ll like what’s in it. You’ll love what’s not!

These are actually softer than traditional fruit snacks… They almost feel like gummy candies.
I couldn’t really decipher what berries were used, but they did taste very fruity.
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic

CRIO BRU 100% GROUND COCOA BEANS in FRENCH ROAST
FROM THE PACKAGE: Honest Energy.
Theobromine is a naturally occurring substance found in cacao that provides a gentle, long-lasting boost of energy so you won’t feel jittery during the day or sleepless at night.
Honest Energy offers you a healthy, non-addictive alternative to caffeine. Honest Energy doesn’t impersonate. It doesn’t leave out the details for convenience or marketing. Honest Energy works with your body – not against it. Read more at criobru.com/honestenergy.

Truth be told, I probably will never make this. We only have one coffee pot in the house, and it’s reserved for water for instant coffee.
If I can find the French Press I received as another review, I will try this, but as of this writing, this is untried.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

PURELL MULTI-SURFACE DISINFECTANT
FROM THE PACKAGE: Disinfects Food Contact surfaces
Worry free around kids, pets & food

Basically, this is the liquid form of a Clorox wipe. I used it to clean the placemats on our table and it worked just as well as a Clorox wipe.
What I like about this spray is it’s a non-bleach spray; the main active ingredient is Ethyl alcohol, so I feel safe using this around Mama Melissa and her asthma.
Get 20% off Purell products at Jet.com by using PURELL20 at checkout (Search PURELL20 for eligible products)

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks 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.**

Monday, December 4, 2017

Nancy's Petite Stuffed Bagels

Nancy's Petite Stuffed Bagels

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels are freshly baked bagels, made with fresh milk and real cream, ready to serve and enjoy in minutes! Inspired by Nancy Mueller for those who want to enjoy exceptional eating every day, each petite stuffed bagel combination is paired with distinct ingredients to create a robust line of flavors.

NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels start with the same quality ingredients used in home cooking -- butter, flour, milk, eggs, fresh produce, herbs and high quality cream cheese and come in four delicious flavors!
I love bagels. One of my favorite Holiday memories is going to the Town Square Mall in Vestal, NY with my Mom and older sister and stopping into this coffee & bagel shop (I REALLY want to say it was ‘Bagel Town’, but this was about 20-25 years ago, so I can’t remember the name). They made the BEST bagels, and after that, anytime I went to Vestal, I made it a point to stop in there and get a few bagels to bring home.

Well, now that I live in Central NY, I obviously don’t get to Vestal anymore, not that it matters since it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. So, I’m relegated to the ones you can get in the stores. Our local Modern Market makes some delicious ‘French Toast’ bagels, but sometimes it’s a pain for me to spread the cream cheese, especially when my hands don’t want to cooperate with me. Plus, I tend to burn myself by accidentally touching the hot toaster when trying to get the bagels out!

So, Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Bagels are a godsend to my hands! No fighting with the cream cheese and no burnt and blistered hands or fingers! I was sent 3 of the 4 flavors to try and review...


^^Outer boxes^^


^^The three flavors labeled^^

Pumpkin: Enjoy a fall flavor favorite with Nancy’s Petite Pumpkin Stuffed Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese blended with pumpkin puree in a pumpkin spice bagel (exclusively at Walmart)

Okay, so I am KNOWN for liking anything Pumpkin flavored, which is quite funny actually, since I wouldn’t TOUCH Pumpkin Pie as a child. I started liking the pumpkin flavor around 15 or 16, and I promptly kicked myself in the rump for not liking it sooner.
I find the warmer these are, the better they taste. I made some the morning after I received them, but by time I had made my coffee and sat down to eat, they were on the cooler side and tasted a little odd.
A few days later, Mama Melissa made me some of the pumpkin flavor when she was making herself some of the jalapeño flavor. Since she can walk faster than I do, I got to eat them when they were still warm and they tasted so much better than the bagels I warmed up.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Original: Keep it classic with Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Original Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in a plain bagel

These were okay… not really my favorite, but not horrible either. My main problem with these is they tended to ‘flake’ – like the bread had gotten wet and was just sloughing off. I really didn’t taste too much of an actual flavor in these; I felt like they scrimped on the cream cheese filling in these.
TASTE: 6/10

Jalapeño: Create a pop of flavor excitement anytime with Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Jalapeño Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese blended with jalapeños in an asiago herb bagel

Whew-wee, these are HOT! I didn’t think these would be as hot as they are. I figured the cream cheese would ‘cool’ the jalapeño flavor down, but it didn’t. My acid reflux (and my mouth) were screaming at me every time I ate these, but I didn’t care. They were THAT good.  I ate about half and then gave the rest to Mama Melissa, since she doesn’t have acid reflux and they played nicely with her pre-diabetic diet.
TASTE: 8.5/10

All 3 of the bagels had very creamy fillings, although as I said above, I felt the Original was lacking in the filling department. But all 3 flavors I received for review were very soft and chewy.

The only problem I see disabled folks having is opening the inner bags. I had trouble opening them, even with scissors; I ended up needing Mama Melissa to open them for me. But as long as the disabled person can use a microwave safely, I can’t see any problem with these. (These CAN be made in a conventional oven or toaster oven as well, but since I was making only 3-6 at a time it wasn’t worth heating the conventional oven for that amount and we don't own a toaster oven here)

These are available at most national supermarkets, with the Pumpkin flavor being an exclusive to Walmart. These have a MSRP of $6.99 each, although Wal-mart sells the Pumpkin flavor for $5.98 a box.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very yummy bagels, perfect for on-the-go mornings or an after-school snack for the kids!
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.**