Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Orion Rechargeable LED Lantern And Powerbank Review


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I've never gone camping, well except that one time when I was in high school and our club went "camping" inside the school grounds, and it was fun. Hubby keeps suggesting we go camping when our daughters grow a bit older and I look forward to it. Two of the things in my "to-bring-list" are lanterns and power banks. I know the tent, food, drinks, sleeping bags, etc. are more important but I think lighting and extra power for our devices is important too.

When I received the Orion Rechargeable LED Lantern AND Powerbank, and yes you read that right, I was super excited to try it because it is a lantern and a power bank in one.

The Orion Rechargeable LED Lantern and Powerbank arrived in a black box. The box contained the following:
✔ 180 Max Lumens Rechargeable Power Bank Camping Lantern

✔ 3 AA 1.5V Alkaline Batteries

✔ 2 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries

✔ Micro USB Recharging Cable

✔ Instructions and Manufacturer Warranty Registration Details

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When I opened the Orion Rechargeable LED Lantern and Powerbank, I was excited to see how cool looking it is. I was also excited because the batteries needed to power up the lantern is already included in the package.

The top cover is where the 3 x AA batteries are placed.
The bottom part of the lantern is where the 2 bigger rechargeable batteries are placed. The batteries hold 2400 mAh of power (according to the label of the batteries).
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The lantern turns on by pulling the silver handles up.
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There are 2 settings for the white LED light which can be changed by pressing the square button in front.
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The 3rd press will change it to a red LED light and the 4th press of the square button will change the setting to a red LED strobe/flashing light.
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My daughters love using the lantern at home. The light from the lantern is very bright.
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There's a USB port at the back of the lantern to charge the rechargeable batteries. The red light on the square button means the lantern is charging.
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When it turns green, it means the rechargeable batteries are full.
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The Orion Rechargeable LED lantern and powerbank can charge my phone from a drained battery to until 95% of my phone's battery. What's also nice is that the lantern also works while I charge my phone.

I like how the Orion Rechargeable LED Lantern and Power bank is a lantern and a power bank as well. The lantern can either power up with the 3 x AA batteries or the 2 bigger, rechargeable batteries which I think is nice.


I like the Orion Rechargeable LED Lantern and Power Bank and is very handy even at home.

You can purchase the Orion rechargeable LED lantern HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, April 20, 2015

MeasuPro Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Feel the pulse of health! The BPM-50W allows you to monitor your vital blood pressure and pulse rate readings while providing you with the knowledge you need to maintain and improve your health. This automation blood pressure monitor is equipped with 2 user storage profiles, which makes it easy to store and organize readings. Measurements taken are stored in the correct user's profile by simply pressing the user's number icon. Results of the measurements will display with the corresponding backlight color in accordance with the classification of the blood pressure by the American Heart Association. Measurements are taken through a fast and easy process using Measure and Inflate technology. The BPM-50W records up to 120 blood pressure readings, 60 readings per user, with date and time memory recall. It also calculates and averages your blood pressure based on the last 3 readings and detects irregular heartbeats and any arrhythmias. The MeasuPro blood pressure monitor ships with 2 AAA batteries (included), cuff fits wrist circumference of 13.5 cm - 21.5 cm, user manual. 2-year manufacturer's warranty included.

MY REVIEW:

I was supposed to receive a product to try and review but haven't received it yet. There is a set deadline for my blog post, which is today, and the company haven't replied to my messages yet. I posted this post so that my rating wouldn't be affected but I can't say anything about the product because I haven't received it yet.

Caron & Doucet Stainless Steel Polish Review


We only have a few stainless steel products at home and I know how difficult they are to maintain, what more the bigger stainless steel appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers right? Yes, they are pretty and classy but every little fingerprint and smudge shows. Again, this is from my experience of smaller stainless steel things we own, what more the bigger appliances.

I was given the chance to try the Caron & Doucet Stainless Steel Polish and I looked forward to how it would work. I tried it on various stainless and chrome-finish products in our home (kitchen sink, faucets, panini maker (the outside is stainless steel), etc. and I was amazed at how it made them look better.
Here's a quick product description from the company:

A non-toxic product made with 100% plant-based ingredients. This natural formulation delivers uncompromising performance while being  safe and easy to use.

This easy to use non toxic formulation was created to restore the original sheen to stainless steel and chrome kitchen appliances. When used regularly this STAINLESS STEEL POLISH leaves a protective barrier that helps repel fingerprints and streaks.
Spray a small amount of polish on a soft cloth and wipe evenly across entire surface until no residue remains.


I was amazed at how 1 or 2 sprays at the most is enough to make our stainless steel kitchen tools and small appliances shine and look better.

The Caron & Doucet Stainless Steel polish has a clear, thick, oily consistency and it smells nice. It has a subtle jasmine/lemon/citrus/lavender scent which is nice because it doesn't smell like a chemical.

It doesn't prevent our stainless steel tools and small appliances immune to finger prints BUT it helps in a way that the finger prints and smudges are easily wiped away.

This is a nice product and I think it's nice to use on bigger stainless steel appliances like refrigerators with stainless steel doors or dishwashers with a stainless steel door.

You can purchase the Caron & Doucet Stainless Steel Polish HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Yorkshire Mayfair 100% Cotton Flannel Sheet Set Review


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This is the first time I received a sheet set to try and I was super excited because flannel sheets and bed sheets aren't cheap. I have 2 sheet sets at home and Yorkshire Mayfair sent me a random colored queen size flannel sheet set. Yorkshire Mayfair offers 17 different colors of sheet sets so I was giddy when I opened the box. I saw this light green/apple green color which honestly for me, was a bit awkward but likeable.
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I immediately opened it to touch the feel of the fabric and was happy that the sheets feel soft and smooth. I popped it into our washing machine and then dried it using our dryer so that I can try it on our bed.

TheYorkshire Mayfair queen flannel sheet includes the following:
- queen sized fitted sheet
- queen sized flat sheet
- 2 standard size pillow cases
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After removing it from the dryer, I saw a lot of fabric pilling on both the sheets and the pillowcases. Now, I wash all our sheets in our washing machine and toss it in the dryer after because we don't have any space to hang them. I didn't have any problems with fabric pilling on my other bed sheets so I didn't think I would see this on the Yorkshire Mayfair Sheet Set HOWEVER, the softness of the sheets and the pillow case was not compromised. They still felt the same way when I removed it from the packaging so I was still happy to try it.
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The sheets and the pillowcase also produced some little balls of cotton which adhered and got stuck on my clothes and fell on the floor. Again, that didn't affect the softness of the sheets and pillowcases so I still tried them on.

The fitted sheet fit perfectly on our queen memory foam mattress. The pillow cases also fit nice on our memory foam, standard sized pillows.

The flat sheet is perfect to use as a blanket at night since the weather here in SoCal is warm already. The nights are cooler but not cold enough for us to use a comforter so the flat sheet works well a a light blanket for us.

I like how soft the sheets are and how breathable and yet warm it is. Even though they looked worn out the first time I washed them, the quality and softness of the sheets didn't change so that's a plus for me.

You can purchase the Yorkshire Mayfair 100% Cotton Flannel Sheet Set HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

MeasuPro BPM-80A Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review


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I've tried several blood pressure monitors, from the manual and older types which need a stethoscope, to a more modern, digital wrist BP monitor but I've never tried a Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor for home use. I like to keep track of my blood pressure as well as hubby's so that I can immediately see if there are changes in my blood pressure.

When I received the MeasuPro Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor, I was quite excited to see how it would compare to my digital wrist blood pressure monitor.

The MeasuPro Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor came in a flip-top box. The box contained the following:

- MeasuPro Blood Pressure Monitor (model BPM80A)
- Cuff
- 4 x AAA batteries

Here is a quick product description from the company:

MeasuPro is tuned into your needs while monitoring your health on a regular basis. Using advanced technology, the MeasuPro Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor provides accurate measurements of your blood pressure and pulse rate. You'll find that it is compact, comfortable, and simple to use. Using a highly advanced mechanism, it offers state of the art technology to provide the highest grade accuracy. Measurements are taken through a fast and easy process using Measure and Inflate technology. The pressurized arm cuff auto-inflates with the touch of a button and automatically releases the pressure when the measurement is complete. This MeasuPro Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor features a bright LCD display with separate touch buttons for each individual user. The BPM80A records up to 120 blood pressure readings, 60 readings per user with date and time memory recall. Graphical readings are classified in five different levels according to the guidelines of the American Heart Association: Normal, Pre-hypertension, Hypertension Stage 1, Hypertension Stage 2, and Hypertensive crisis. It also calculates and averages your blood pressure based on the last 3 readings and detects irregular heartbeats and any arrhythmias. The MeasuPro blood pressure monitor ships with 4 AAA batteries (included), medium to large sized arm cuff, carrying bag, and user manual.
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I quickly read the user manual/booklet included in the box and proceeded to try the MeasuPro Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor.

The 4 x AAA batteries needed to power up the MeasuPro Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is already included in the box so that's nice because I just had to install the batteries at the back of the blood pressure monitor. I like products which comes with batteries because sometimes, I don't have spare batteries at home so that's one less problem for me.

The cuff came detached from the blood pressure monitor. I easily attached it to the left side of the blood pressure monitor. There is a DC 6V slot on the right side of the MeasuPro blood pressure monitor but it didn't come with the adapter.

The gray rubber tube has enough length for me to relax my arm with the MeasuPro blood pressure monitor beside my arm. The cuff is comfortable enough and the velcro snap holds the cuff even when it starts inflating. The cuff also automatically deflates after it finishes measuring my blood pressure so that's nice too because I don't have to manually deflate the cuff anymore.
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The MeasuPro blood pressure monitor has a BIG LCD screen with a blue backlight. This makes it much easier to read the measurement because of the big LCD screen.

I like the 2 User setting because me and hubby can track our personal blood pressure measurement. Each of us can store up to 60 blood pressure monitor readings which means we can each have our 2-month blood pressure history. The MeasuPro Digital Blood pressure Monitor also averages the last 3 most recent blood pressure reading.

Aside from these features, the MeasuPro Digital Blood Pressure Monitor also has an automatic shut off/turn off feature after a few seconds of inactivity. I can also turn it off and stop the measurement by pressing either the User 1 or User 2 button while it's taking my blood pressure reading.

The MeasuPro BPM-80A is very easy to use and with a touch of a button and a few seconds, I can see my blood pressure. It is accurate because I compared it to the wrist blood pressure monitor and they almost have the same reading.

You can purchase the MeasuPro BPM-80A Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

GoPure 100% Pure Peppermint Oil Review


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I've heard some good things and benefits of using Peppermint Oil but honestly, I haven't tried it yet, until now. I looked forward to try the GoPure's 100% Pure Peppermint Oil when I received it.

Here is a product description from the company:
  • Each bottle contains 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade A cold-pressed peppermint essential oil. Ideal for treating a wide range of ailments and disorders, this peppermint oil is the purest oil available.
  • Peppermint oil is one of the world’s most commonly used essential oils, with a history that dates back as far as 3,000 years. It offers a pleasant, uplifting scent that has been used to treat a variety of physical and mental ailments, from bad breath to depression. Modern research proves that it stimulates several regions of the brain, giving it the power to have a profound impact on the entire body.
  • With a high concentration of essential minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium, it is a highly effective treatment for digestive disorders. Administering peppermint oil is easy; simply place a couple drops in a glass of water, and then drink.
  • Peppermint oil has been proven to have a positive effect on the respiratory system. Whether it is used as a chest rub or is inhaled through a vaporizer, it quickly clears the respiratory tract and provides fast relief from bronchitis, sinusitis and cold-related symptoms.
  • Pure peppermint oil can be used topically to relieve muscle pain, headaches or to simply give skin a vibrant, healthy glow. Its healing properties have been recognized for centuries, and it has been a staple in many medicine cabinets for generations.
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The GoPure 100% Pure Peppermint oil arrived in an amber bottle with a green label. It came with a separate dropper which can replace the original cover of the bottle. The 100% Pure Peppermint oil has a clear color, a slightly oily consistency and has a strong peppermint scent. It actually reminds me of peppermint gum and my daughter said it smells minty.

I like putting a five to ten drops on my oil warmer because it produces a nice, subtle, pepperminty scent which helps with my daughters' nose congestion at night. I also like to put it outside of our pots and on the walls of our front porch because aside from giving our front porch a nice scent, I've noticed a decrease in spiders on our front porch.

Aside from using it in our oil warmer and our front porch, I also like to use this when I'm wiping our kitchen counter. I place a drop or two in our clean, damp rag and then wipe it on our clean counter. It leaves our counter smelling fresh and nice.

Since I only need a few drops per application, a bottle would last a long time. I can't wait to see what other things I can do with the GoPure's 100% Pure Peppermint Oil.

You can purchase the GoPure's 100% Pure Peppermint Oil HERE. You can also visit them on Facebook or on their Website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kitchen Supreme French Press for Coffee And Tea Review


Because I love coffee, and I feel sluggish if I don't get my coffee kick daily, I look forward to trying new ways to make coffee. I've recently tried a double-walled stainless steel french coffee press and now, I was given another chance to try the Kitchen Supreme French Press.

Here's what's included in the box and a product description from the company:

1. The Kitchen Supreme French Press (1000 ml/34 Oz).
Created from the highest quality materials: Double wall – Borosilicate Glass; This is the only type of glass conceived to resist at thermal shocks, it will hardly crack! /Stainless Steel Punger, Frame and Filer Screens.
2. 4 FILTER Screens: The only Press Pot that comes with 4 Screens System for no more grounds in your pure coffee. One Filter is already assembled and the other three are separately inserted in the pack.
3. 1 Unique SPOON made from thick stainless steel for honey, sugar and desert.
4. 1 Coffee/Tea SCOOP.
5. HARD COPY Instructions and Barista Secrets

The Kitchen Supreme French Press for Coffee and Tea has a nice, elegant glass finish. It looks really nice and pretty. The instructions included were simple and easy to understand. There's also instructions on how to clean the french press and the filter screens.
Because the filter screen is fitted snuggly on the perimeter of the Kitchen Supreme French Press, the ground coffee doesn't seep through and mix into the coffee.
For this, I used 24 ounces of water and a pouch of ground coffee. The plunger was easy to push down and I didn't have any problems with it getting stuck.
After a few minutes, my coffee is ready.
The Kitchen Supreme French Press Coffee already has a spout and it doesn't drip on the side after pouring my coffee. The handle is easy to hold and grip and I like how the ground coffee stays under the screen filter. I have fresh and nice-tasting coffee with no other taste from the Kitchen Supreme French Press.

I like the extra screen filters because I can either use them as an additional filter or use them as a replacement. The instruction sheet also included steps on how to clean the Kitchen Supreme French Press the right way so that no ground coffee would be left on the filter screen.

The stainless steel spoon is perfect to use for honey/sweeteners while the plastic spoon is perfect to use for the ground coffee. I like the "extra" free products included because they're really useful.

You can purchase the Kitchen Supreme French Press for Coffee and Tea HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."