Yum…Bread! My Kryptonite! 4-stars!

I love bread.  Unfortunately my wallet doesn’t.  I try to eat healthier bread, but often at the end of the month I get what I can afford.  Zack from Keyton has given me one of their new bread machines to test, and omg, is there anything better than home-made bread?  I don’t think so.  This is a great bread machine with 25 options, I have only explored 1 or 2 at the time of this post.  I use it to make bread.  Period.  However, if you are adventurous, this machine has settings to make dough without baking, as well as yogurt, roasted nuts???, and vinegar.  I am looking forward to trying those features when I figure those out, but for now, my palate and my stomach are both grateful for the bread settings.  YUM.  Here is the link to my review video on YouTube.

Why not 5 stars?  Well, two reasons, and not because the tops of my loaves aren’t looking the way I want, the bread is still yummy.  The owner’s manual is in VERY small print, and I had to pull out a magnifying glass to read it, and it contained only the most basic information about bread machines.  It also didn’t come with ANY recipes which really surprised me.  The other issue is the price which seemed a bit high, but it is such a full-featured machine it might be worth it if I used ALL the features.

I still love this machine and plan to use it often.  Even my hunny who isn’t a fan of bread loved the loaves I made with this machine.  And I am saving money!

Toys for my new toy!

I’ve only recently gotten my first GoPro (my husband has had one for awhile), and while neither of us are adventurous or athletic, we both love taking photos and videos and love to record our pets and our road trips. These cameras allow us to do so without worrying about packing an extensive camera bag or collection. I love these wrist straps by MuvePro because I keep them in our glove box, and when we hop out of the car, I can have my camera on my wrist which is easily accessible. I don’t do a lot of boating, so I cannot imagine using the floating band for that, but any time I am near the water, I wear it because frankly, I am clumsy, and if anything I am liable to simply trip or drop it in the ocean, never to be seen again. Hopefully with this on my wrist it won’t go flying, but if it does, the floater should keep it visible (hopefully a better swimmer than I will grab it for me) or else it will remain visible as it floats out to sea :P.

You can find these straps here.

You can see my new action camera (GoPro clone) here.

I received both of the products mentioned above in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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HAVIT HV-H025BT Bluetooth Headset for Hands-free use!!! Wonderful!

This is a great Bluetooth headset. This HAVIT headset is very lightweight, and one of the best features of it, in my humble opinion is that it has different sizes of ear buds, and the smallest seems smaller than most sets. This is good for me because I have tiny ear canals and usually have tons of issues keeping ear buds in comfortably. This set not only has covers that are small enough to set in my ears, but also has loops/flanges which further allow these to remain securely in my ears by utilizing the ridges in my ears to secure the buds. So my fit issues have been solved.

As far as sound goes, these sound as good to me as my wired headphones that I have for my desktop computer. My music from my phone music library play wonderfully, and the music sounds rich, not tinny like I’ve experienced before with ear buds. I was skeptical that these were actually able to be used for telephone calls because for the life of me I couldn’t locate the microphone. But while I was testing these for the music, my phone rang, and I took a chance and answered it, and my husband was able to hear me clearly. That simply amazed me.

Technophiles, unlike myself, probably understand how these gadgets work, but I am always constantly amazed when they work as flawlessly as these, especially with me being the operator. It worked GREAT!!!

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http://www.amazon.com/HV-H925BT-Lightweight-Sweatproof-Cancellationet-Ear-canal-fit/dp/B00WR0WNGA/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Tenergy Wireless Bluetooth Beanie…yes a Bluetooth Beanie and it ROCKS!

This beanie is really a great product that I am thoroughly enjoying. When my husband first told me that we were receiving Bluetooth beanies to review, I thought he was joking, but indeed this is a beanie, and it is Bluetooth. Before I even talk about the audio part of this beanie, I want to talk about the beanie itself. This beanie, as you will see in my video is well made. (I haven’t figured out how to upload videos here yet, but you can see my video on the product page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R1J6O1S1LTASCL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm).

The knitting is quality, with no knots or snags, even stitching and is obviously made of fine yarn. There is a fleece lining, both of which have enough stretch to fit on my head which is fairly large, but in addition to that I have a lot of hair, so finding these types of hats is always difficult for me. It is snug, but it fits. I would expect to pay at least 20 just for this quality of beanie, but then add in the Bluetooth headset built in to the beanie, and this is a remarkable product. This beanie has ear flaps for warmth, but they also hold the earphones. This unit paired effortlessly with my LG G2 phone, and I was able to begin listening to music within moments of pairing it. I charged it for about an hour before trying this, and it has held its charge through a couple uses over two days. If you tie the braids under your neck, the earpieces will rest more snugly against your ears allowing for even better sound, but the sound is pretty good considering the non-conventional type of headset this is. This is great for any kind of cold weather activity, sledding, or even taking a run (which I don’t do) in the winter. You can answer your phone easily and have a conversation through with the built in microphone, as well as listening to your favorite tunes while enjoying the cold. A wonderful idea and a product I hope that others will get to enjoy.

*I received a complimentary product sample in exchange for an honest review, and I am truly pleased with this product!*

http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-Wireless-Bluetooth-Beanie-Tassles/dp/B00QR3ASSI/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill & Grinder, by Ozeri. Great little device!

I just got this grinder today, and it was incredibly easy to use. It takes 4 AA batteries (not included), and the way it comes apart to put the batteries in is intuitive and easy to figure out. When you remove the top part, that is where you fill with the peppercorns as well. There is a little gadget on the bottom that you can turn to adjust the grind, and once put back together, it worked flawlessly. It had an added feature of a tiny light on the bottom, which came in handy when I was preparing to bake my pork chops this evening. Our kitchen is not well lit, especially our counter-tops, and it really helps to see where the pepper is going. I don’t use a lot of pepper in my cooking because my husband has both a sensitive stomach and a sensitive palate. But I personally love it, and it worked better than I was expecting.  After only one day’s use,  everything is great and I am completely happy with it.

http://www.amazon.com/Artesio-Electric-Pepper-Grinder-Ozeri/dp/B004BCXC58/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Ozeri Ultra Thin Professional Digital Kitchen Food Scale – Works Flawlessly!

This is a great scale. I have begun making my own health and beauty products, and many of the recipes I have found use weight rather than volume, and I have used it twice for that purpose, and everything has turned out perfectly. Additionally, we sell a lot of small things that need to be shipped, and I have always estimated the weight before printing out shipping labels, but now with this scale I can weigh up to 11 lbs (it has the option that you can change to metric as well). It has been accurate, and since I am remembering to turn it completely off between uses, the batteries seem to have a solid charge to them.

The design is clean and because of its thin profile, it is easy to find places to store it when not in use. The screen is easy to read, and there is absolutely nothing complicated about using it. I would highly recommend this product to anyone needing to weigh small items at home (or at a business for that matter!). Great product!

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!

http://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-Professional-Digital-Kitchen-Stainless/dp/B002UEZ2FC/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Bluetooth Temperature & Humidity Weather Station. 3 of 5 stars.

I received this wireless thermometer as a complimentary sample for an unbiased review. I am not a technological whiz, but I am learning more and more about electronic devices. When I received this, I was actually quite excited because for some reason, knowing how hot or cold it is has become an obsession of mine. I constantly check the weather channel, but since I live in a rural area, I am never sure the closest reading applies to me. We are in the midst of an arctic blast right now in North Carolina.

There is a definite order to setting this thing up (which is why I love reading the instructions (and other reviews). I first downloaded the free app from the Play store, and installed in on my Nexus 7 tablet (it was not compatible with my phone). Setup was relatively painless, it asked for a couple location based things and whether you wanted Celsius or Fahrenheit, and then it began looking for the unit.

Once you install the batteries (included in the package *1 star*) in the device, it automatically turns on and begins looking for a Bluetooth connection. It paired effortlessly (1 star). It began reading the temperature in my office immediately, although in Celsius (even though I had set it up for Fahrenheit), but after about 2-3 minutes, suddenly it switched to something I understand 😛 (1 star). I was very excited because it worked!!!!! But the real test came when I walked the 10 feet or so from my office to the front door, opened the door and set the unit outside on my patio table (no more than 15 feet from the tablet with the app running) to see if it would continue to work. Almost immediately, the app disconnected from the device, could not see the signal. So, following the instructions, I went back outside (brrr), opened the battery cover and reset the device, then ran to the tablet and tried to get it to reconnect. Alas it did not. The app registers the last temperature it received from the device which is 71 degrees and oh I wish that were true (We had an ice storm last night!) The device itself is relatively accurate (although it took about 20 minutes to register anything close to the actual temperature outside) although having to go outside to check the temperature seems to defeats the purpose. I wish I could give this more stars because I really wanted this to work well, but after testing and trying this unit, it just isn’t working as it should or as it is advertised.

http://www.amazon.com/Cappecs-Wireless-Thermoblue-Temperature-Thermometer/dp/B00PQ51N28/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj