Really enjoying these earphones! by Audiosharp

These earphones are really nice quality.  The package that they come in is the first indication in my opinion of the quality of an item, and the packaging is as good as it gets.  A nice box, nice enough for gifting, these In Ear Headphones are displayed attractively inside, and also showcased is the leather case for holding the earphones as well as the extra ear buds.  This is not a hands free phone device, nor is it Bluetooth, instead, it is a quality little headset for listening to your tune.  All the bits and pieces on it are metal including the earpieces themselves, and the audio plug is 24 K gold plated.  Sound quality is amazing right out of the box, but it also comes with a CD of music and noise to help condition the headphones, because apparently the more you use these, the better they sound, kind of like breaking in a new pair of shoes.  These sounded so good to me out of the box that I cannot imagine them sounding better.  These look nice and help me to enjoy my music! It just really needs to be stressed again that these do not have a microphone and aren’t meant to be used as a hands free phone device.  No Bluetooth, only pure music enjoyment!

Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm2a3dbd54aaacef9d5b93368083dd8bf3

Easy to install shower head attachment – 4/5 stars

First of all, this was fairly easy to install. I am usually the one in my house that installs things like this (or builds the furniture that needs to be assembled), provided they come with clear instructions. This fact is why this product did not get 5 stars. It came with absolutely no instruction manuals. But since I have installed products like this before, I was able to figure it out pretty quickly. The slide bar is stainless steel which should prevent it from rusting and the coating overall is chrome in appearance. The hose nuts were able to be hand-tightened, so I didn’t need to borrow any of my husband’s tools, and the fact that this has a Life-time Warranty lets me know that this company stands behind their product. We have horrible water pressure in our house, but with this installed, it feels great, and is much better than our former shower head.

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm69fe9173086cb3761312feb26edacf6e Since it was a sample for review, they may have sent one that didn’t contain instructions because of this, so I hope that a purchasing customer would receive instructions.

http://www.target.com/p/aqua-dance-drill-free-instant-mount-3-way-showerhead-slide-bar-combo-chrome/-/A-17217093

Great Charger/Sync Cables from Zakix – Great price for 6 @ only 9.99

Great variety of cables and they seem to work great. I’ve used one of each length so far to test, and both worked well for both charging and synching. I’ve found in testing other cables that most excel at one and are ‘OK’ with the other, but this cable seems to do great with both functions. Glad I got these to keep on hand. While I seem to be overrun with charge cables, I never seem to be able to find a sync cable when I need it!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmfb3638b8aa4e3203268b32ab361b1c0f

https://www.amazon.com/Zakix%C2%AE-Pack-Premium-Micro-Cable/dp/B00UWPX3KW/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Insect Repellent Bracelet by Huuman Exploration Innovations – 5 Stars

I love natural solutions to problems that we typically throw chemicals at to solve.  Insects are one of those issues.  I, especially, have spent a large part of my life throwing chemicals at insects that like to bite me.  I, apparently, am a yummy treat for many of these little parasites.  Mosquitoes, fire ants, gnats and other unmentionables.  These aren’t poisonous to me, thank goodness, but I do itch when bitten.  I’ve tried everything from ‘Deet’ based products, which usually work (but I am afraid of the long term damage to my cells for its constant use), to home made solutions with essential oils and my own herbal infusions.  The home-made solutions are very time consuming, and hit and miss since I am a novice.  This Insect Repellent Bracelet and clip is the best of both worlds in one.  It is made from the essential oils that I am very familiar with, but doesn’t involve me slathering my skin with them.  I’ve been wearing the bracelet almost continuously when outdoors (which I am outside a lot), and have noticed fewer bits.  It hasn’t eliminated them entirely but I am not constantly swatting away the annoying creatures like I normally do, nor am I glowing with an oily glow from having applied my homemade concoctions head to toe.  I believe this is working.  I gave the clip to my husband, and as he is also a favorite snack of the voracious critters here in North Carolina (even the flies bite hard), and he has been complaining less.  I am going to continue with this, and may get an extra set to use as an ankle bracelet to ensure that no matter where they try to bite, they will be faced with this wonderful assortment of natural ingredients that they HATE!

Here is a link to the product on Amazon!

I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmed1674aa2079cfcac644f0c79f7e92d6

I found the Coolest Portable LED Light and Fan for my Laptop Bag!

A few weeks ago, I was asked to review a really fantastic product, and I wanted to tell you about it, as well as a special offer for my readers on this blog.  First of all, what am I so excited about?  Well it isn’t the biggest thing I’ve every reviewed, but it may be the coolest.  It is the Mostfeel Portable USB Mini LED light & USB-Powered Cooling Fan.  Both are plug and play type devices, plugging directly into a USB port (I have a hub for my laptop with 3 ports).  I often grade papers in the evening, and then enter the grades on my laptop.  I hate lighting up the whole room when all I need is the area on my desk right next to my computer.  So I plug this little light in to the USB hub, bend the twisty light to point exactly where I need it and get busy grading.  The Fan that is part of this set is really nifty as well.  It is the same basic idea as the light, plugged into the USB port, bent to direct the air flow where it is needed, and in North Carolina in late July, I need that baby pointed right at me.

I also use the light as a reading light, either when I’m in bed, or sitting in our dimly lit living room.  I just grab one of my power banks (with a USB port), plug in the light and I have a portable lamp to do my reading by.  I love this little baby.

I received a complimentary sample of this light/fan set in exchange for a review, and the merchant wanted me to offer you, my readers a great discount on this set.   Since it is a fairly new item, they are already selling it on Amazon at a great promotional price.  Originally 22.99, they are offering it as a special promotion for only 12.98.  BUT, for my readers, if you use the code I’ve put below for you, will receive nearly 4.00 more off that promotional price (so 8.99).  If you have Amazon Prime, it will ship for free too!

Here is the link – Mostfeel Portable USB Mini LED Light & Adjustable Fan

Just add the second one to your cart (the one shipping from Hong Kong) , and when you get to checkout just enter the code: 8888ML02
***Quick edit, I just found out that they lowered their regular price to $9.99, and with the code, it should lower the price to $6.99 with free shipping from Hong Kong!  A great deal all the way around, if you are patient!

Small but Mighty Bluetooth Speaker!! Five Stars

I am having difficulty typing right now because I am dancing in my chair listening to the Eagles on this amazing tiny Bluetooth Speaker. It really is the size of an egg (an not an ostrich egg either). Have I heard better bluetooth speakers? Sure, but none that come close to this size, and the quality of the speaker is definitely bigger than the size of this unit. It is CUTE, and it sounds great. I spend a lot of time away from home at my work office and sometimes like to listen to my tunes while grading papers, and I don’t need it loud there anyway. It doesn’t get as loud as some of the larger units, but they aren’t portable enough for me to bring with me while I trek across campus. This one is, and gets loud enough that my students will be able to hear every bit of the pod cast I play, or the song I share to illustrate a concept. I usually end up using the classroom computer and playing through their sound system, but haven’t been able to hook up my personal phone playlist, so it is rather frustrating at times. This is super light, and will fit easily in my satchel, and comes in a nice little velvet carry bag so the cables will stay with the speaker, and it won’t get scratched while being toted around. I LOVE THIS!!!!

I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pme387385ebe0dbeefed3e8e9f3968aaba

You can find your own XBoom Bluetooth Speaker on Amazon!

https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Speaker-Portable-Wireless-Speakers/dp/B00KUTF6ZK/ref=cm_rdp_product

New Line of Kitchen Utensils I just had to tell you about!

This is not going to be a single product review, in fact Elite Chef (sold by Pure Life Essentials) has just recently released an entire line of utensils that have fully replaced other things in my kitchen, and I wanted to share them all with you.

(Full disclosure:  I received complimentary samples of these products in exchange for my honest reviews, and hopefully, my readers know that I will not say something is great if it isn’t.  I receive no other compensation from Elite Chef, so I am not doing this for commission or as an affiliate, I am going this in-depth because of how much I love these products)

I will have links to where you can find and purchase them, as well as photos taken from their product sales page (which is where you will also find the links to their Amazon page).  I will also try to upload links to several videos of these items in use on my YouTube Channel eventually.  You can see their entire product line here on Amazon.com, but I will also include individual links to the various products I review below.

The item I first received and was probably the most excited about was their garlic press.  Why?  I love garlic, but without a good garlic press, I am too lazy in the kitchen to peel and chop those little garlic cloves, and will grab the jar and cheat!  But truly, nothing beats fresh garlic (although I recently reviewed a really good garlic powder that I will often use in place of fresh).

This is their garlic press, and it is really unique  It also comes with a stainless steel handle as well as a black handle, and I cannot decide which I like best.  The silicone tube pictured (mine was blue) also comes when you order the garlic press and it is for peeling those little cloves.  Now I can be technologically challenged, and that peeler tube looks easy enough, but it took me several tries (and actually reading the instructions) before I was able to consistently get that little baby to peel the garlic.  But I think I have it now.  Additionally, there is a removable basket where the garlic goes and gets pushed through to be ‘pressed’.  This is really nifty because you can drop that in the dishwater without having to wash the entire handle and everything else.  I personally think that this little feature will prolong the life of the press.

One of the things that I LOVE to use garlic in is mashed potatoes and they have a really unique potato masher.

I love mashed potatoes, and they were one of the first things I learned to cook when I was growing up. I really scored when I met a man who liked lumpy potatoes because no matter how I’ve tried, I have never been able to make silky smooth lump-less potatoes without a hand mixer, and frankly, I think hand mixers mash potatoes ‘too’ much, making them more like glue than a side dish. This masher gets my potatoes more lump-less, but keeps them fluffy and ‘real’. I love it! I also use this for mixing all kinds of things. The shape makes it ideal in my mixing bowls for keeping my brownie batter lump free, and when cooking ground meat in my stainless steel or cast iron skillet, I can break up the larger chunks with this baby.  I won’t use it in my non-stick cookware because the metal would scratch it. Love it!

The literal first item out of the box that I was sent was the ice cream scoop.  And the only reason it came out of the box first is because my husband saw it.  He promptly took it to the kitchen, washed it (as you should do all items for the kitchen before their first use), opened the freezer, took out his 1/2 gallon of Butterfingers ice cream and oohed and aahed at how this scoop made short work of filling his bowl.

In his words…”50 star product!
It enabled me to get my ice cream AND more of it sooner.
I did not have to “fling” or thump it on the bowl to get the residue that clings with spoons or other utensils.
It just works perfectly. ”

Cleanup is a breeze too. So many ice-cream scoops have the mechanical strip that scrapes the ice-cream out of the scoop, and that is simply impossible to get clean. This is just the one piece, and something about it is completely non stick. The ice cream didn’t stick at all. It is simply wonderful!

Another item they sent, which frankly won’t get as much use in my home, but will be nice to have when I need it is their apple corer.  I really think that one of the reasons that I do not use apples more often in my home and cooking is because of how work intensive they are.

It is really easy to use, and would make short work of a bushel of apples for pie or canning.  You would still need to peel the apple, but you can find gadgets out there for that as well.  I made baked apples for dessert after testing this item, and it was great to know that my prep time was literally seconds.

The next item on my list of favorite utensils by Elite Chef are their whisks.

How do I love this whisk…let me count the ways. 1) Appearance: It looks great for any kitchen (although I wish it came in other colors than red for the whisk part). 2) The whisk part is solid, although silicone. I’ve owned other silicone whisks, and the whisk part was always rather flimsy. This is very solid which is needed for really mixing and aerating things that you are mixing. 3) I love silicone for cooking because I can use this whisk to mix and stir my bechamel sauce and gravies without worry about scratching my non-stick pans (metal whisks) or melting the whisk (plastic whisks). 4) The size. At 12″ I can whisk eggs for an omelet or egg whites for dessert in my deepest stainless steel bowl without worrying about coating my hand in eggs. While I’m sure the 10″ whisk also sold by Elite Chef, is fine, I am a fan of the longer length of this one. There are other things I like about this whisk, the stainless steel handle, and you absolutely cannot beat the 100% Lifetime Guarantee. It ROCKS!

The last item for this post is the cheese-slicer. If you haven’t guessed by now, I love food.  One of the foods toward the top of my list of favorites are any kind of cheese.  I love hard, soft, cream, even the fake liquid cheeses on State Fair Nachos.  But my absolute favorite snack is to take a block of extra sharp cheddar and slice off bits and just nibble on it.

This is a great cheese knife. Both my husband and I LOVE cheese. I like anything that is cheese and he especially likes sharp cheddar. When I received this, I went out and bought a block of extra sharp cheddar because I figured that I might as well get something we both would like. I filmed the video (hopefully I will get it uploaded to YouTube soon), and put everything away. I didn’t particularly like this video I made, so the next day, I went into the fridge to get the cheese and couldn’t find it. Then I went to my utensil drawer for this cheese slicer, and couldn’t find it EITHER. My next step was my hubby’s home officer where I found a plate, some cheesy crumbs and the cheese slicer…well used.  It was a hit!

I will do another post for the final item from Elite Chef, the Almond Nut Milk Bag.  I’m in the process of finding a good source of natural raw almonds, and this is a new thing for me, making almond milk.  I’ll dedicate an entire post to that however.

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