Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Coosh CBT791B Ultra-Slick Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

I received this product for free to review.

Hey everyone! Finally I have something I can compare to something else I've reviewed!!!
When I first received this I was blown away by the style of the speaker.

Something about that off rectangle shape, the tire tread like rubber coating and the bright orange trim just scream style. The other Bluetooth speaker I have just seems drab in comparison. I also really like the buttons, one big power button makes it east to connect and disconnect from your device while the other buttons which really just look like pictures of buttons lend to the overall functionality by allowing me to (without memorizing codes, patterns or methods) turn the volume up and down, play, pause, and skip songs easily without needing to touch my tablet or phone. The sound quality is awesome.

It is much louder and I can be heard much more clearly when using in conjunction with my ps3 than any other bluetooth device I have. It also has a Bluetooth button on it which I honestly haven't pressed yet for fear of shutting off the Bluetooth and not being able to get it back on, though it might mean I can switch what device it is connected to without finding the culprit and shutting off its Bluetooth. I'll have to try that theory out later. Now I thought the other speaker had a mini USB port for charging but I guess it was more like the charger for my PlayStation controllers where this one is actually a mini USB, and it holds its charge just as well as the other one despite being used pretty much daily for mini dance parties and online gaming. In fact I almost forgot to review this because it has become such a fixture in our home. I'm not gonna lie I'm buying one as soon as I get a second PlayStation. If you would like to try it out yourself you can pick it up here.

Nova RiF6 5000 mah portable battery charger

I received this product for free to review.

Hey everyone! So I'm hoping you enjoyed whatever holidays the season has brought you, me I'm a little behind and a little confused by it as I thought I already did this but the holidays are crazy so maybe I got mixed up lol. Anyway I have been wanting a portable battery charger for awhile.

Mostly for my vaporshark DNA30 cause the battery life sucks on it and I thought it would help to let me use that mod out of the house. Of course by the time I got the thing I was on to bigger and better things in the vape world but with so many options on things to charge it wasn't hard to try several things. First off it does come with a USB to mini USB charger that works both ways you can charge this with it and then keep the cord with it to charge your phone or tablet or mod even later on. Considering 5000mah is not that much in terms of power to a tablet I'd say it does fairly well getting my dead tablet of to about 25% battery life. My phone of course owing to the fact of having a smaller battery faired better but it still wasn't enough to fully charge it. On top of that it doesn't actually charge any faster than plugging it into a wall (probably a bit slower but it says port 2 allows for 2a so maybe I should have compared that to port 1 as well given it says 1a) but for times that you are simply without options and need power its pretty nice. Its not too big or heavy to keep on you and it holds its battery charge very well. I don't see it having practical every day uses but would recommend having a couple in strategic locations just in case you need to make a phone call in a pinch after Facebook drained your battery. If you would like to pick one up for yourself you can do so here.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bamboo Pro™ Self-Warming Knee Support Review + Giveaway. (closed)

I received this item for free to review.
Hey everyone. So I should probably start these differently sometimes but how else do you address a mystery group of people? Anyhow after having kids I ended up with bad joints. Like all of them but mostly my knees wrists and ankles so I was stoked when I got this to review. The first thing I noticed of course was there was only one, I guess these don't come in pairs like socks and gloves do. I suppose some people only have one bad knee and my right knee is worse than the left most of the time so we will roll with it.

OK like any other support sleeve thing it just pulls on. It fits on nicely and really helps to support my knee which completely takes the pain away without putting my foot asleep. It does concern me that I wear a large comfortably considering I'm not large at all. I mean I wear a size 8 pants. So this might be hard for larger people to find the right size. Also it says it is self warming and I haven't felt that at all in fact if anything it feels colder with the support on than when its off.
That works well for me but it doesn't advertise that so.. I don't know if others have had a different experience. It is built in such a way that there is a top and bottom so it fits nicely even on my thigh and doesn't usually flip or slide but it is fairly thick and visible under most clothing. I still like using it and I think you will too so why not enter the giveaway below for it? If you'd like it even faster you can buy one here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Easy@Home branded 50 Ovulation (LH) and 20 Pregnancy (HCG) Tests

Hey everyone. So I know I'm not the only one out here with this issue and I know most of my reviews start this way but really what is the point of having anything without it addressing a need? Yes I am more messed up than the average bear, but that works in your favor. Below is a screen shot of my period tracker. The key thing to notice here is the cycle lengths.
So I really am not 100% on how I've been lucky enough to have had three kids with this craziness going on. Never mind the fact that the long months have me running off to grab more pregnancy tests which are a total waste of 5-10 each! So needless to say when I seen the opportunity to review this kit I thought it was a fabulous idea and chance to spread the word about these. I mean if you are trying to have a kid you should be saving money not wasting it on expensive tests (not to mention polluting your future child's world with the stacks of bulky pregnancy and ovulation tests) 
When I got these I was a little surprised by what it contained. I'll admit I didn't look closely at the pictures before applying but it basically looks like a box full of big alcohol pads or something similar.
Nothing like the pee on a stick tests I'm used to. Now I've never actually used an ovulation test before but that's OK because it comes with a big sheet of detailed instructions on how to use both tests.

I am not actually trying to get pregnant at the moment ( Mom, Mama). Three is most definitely enough! But perhaps this could help me understand the insanity of my cycle a bit more and maybe help me to avoid it all together as well 
**note** It does state in the instructions that this is not meant to be used as birth control! I assume this is because of legal reasons and them not wanting to be sued by people trying to avoid the egg. 
So basically to use this instead of peeing on the stick you would use the other method and go in a cup and dip the tip of the strip in it. Set it down. Wait 3 minutes and read the results. For the pregnancy test  the second line makes it positive and a line is a line is a line. For the ovulation test shade matters, the darker it is the closer you are to ovulating. It says in the instructions that you should do the deed at least 24 but no more than 48 hours after a positive reading if you're trying to get pregnant so that seems pretty straightforward. It also gives you a handy (ish) guide of when to test so you don't waste a bunch which probably won't help poor inconsistent me very much but hopefully you are more regular than me (even if you are regular and irregular like long consistant cycles as opposed to my A.D.D. periods). 
I have to believe the reason this setnmis so cheap is because you are getting just the part you need and none of the plastic or batteries or even additional cotton most tests come with since reviews seem consistently positive about accuracy. (Again I'm not knocked up so as long as it says negative a pregnancy test would be accurate) but the ovulation test should be interesting so I will try that out until I get a positive. According to my tracker that should have been about 5 days ago but we shall see.
Inside the package is a test and a silica gel pouch in case you are like me and thinking that its filled with some kind of powder since you can here it shaking around in there. I went ahead and tried one of each and it seems I am neither pregnant nor ovulating at the moment (though there is a faint line so this may be a long month and it just hasn't happened yet)

I like how they are color coded too! I'm going to keep trying for a positive result on that ovulation test but for now the only thing left to say is this seems totally legit and a freaking awesome value. If you'd like to check it out yourself you can pick it up here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Air comfy travel pillow

Hey everyone. Well this is another really cool thing. I got this travel pillow and its a lot different from any other I've seen. Usually you either have a plastic thing you have to blow up or have a bulky not very travel friendly styrophome balls. Also they are generally the horseshoe shaped kind that for around your neck and honestly don't do much for the back of the neck support just the sides minimally too because if it was tight enough for supporting your neck it wouldn't be comfortable. This one is different for one it seems to me more like a filled up space bag.

Its very compact,and one of the few inflatable things that will actually go back into the carry bag with no issue. Its really quite cool you just turn the valve and it will inflate itself then close the valve and it stays inflated as you use it. It has an elastic strap that fits around the headrest its easily adjustable from that point on by sliding it up or down. I'm very short and it could go too low for me even.

It does stay where you put it on the seat well and is very comfortable. I've actually used it in the bathtub as well where it also works great and I've used it while getting a massage to keep my neck straight and my face off the floor. Deflating it is easy too, just loosen the cap on the valve and roll it up from the other end, tighten the cap back and it stays deflated until your next use. The cap doesn't come all of the way off and I really think that were it to ever develop a hole it would still be able to be used just probably not stored as easily since I think it would stay in its inflated position. I really like it and if you want to check it out yourself you can pick it up here.

How to be a reviewer.

Hey everyone. So I've gotten asked more and more often how to get started doing what I do. I have to admit it is a pretty interesting path to get here. Myself I kind of stumbled upon this whole review thing by accident. Maybe fate who knows. Really one day the two things I've always been really good at just fell together in the most awesome way.
   People will try to tell you that nothing is free when really there is a lot of things that are in fact free. I truely believe that free samples are the most efficient form of marketing there is. Think about it. I want you to buy my product. I can spend billions in advertising trying to create a buzz or a following get you excited and you might pick it up on a whim, or you might not. This product could be absolutely wonderful and you may be a loyal customer for the rest of your life because it is simply that amazing. But only if you take that step and try it. Instead you could give some of your product away and trust that it is awesome pay far less because instead of advertisement its just production costs and you can be sure the customer is trying the product.
    I used to spend a lot of time surfing the web finding free stuff. Its exciting really and there are quite a few sites that put it all together for you. But those are few and far between though I had scored some doozies like 40lbs of free meat delivered to my door for example.  My first job in fact was giving away free samples. I have always loved marketing so when I got a chance at making a 10$ credit to a vape shop I just ordered from to shoot a video provided I liked what I got it just clicked and for awhile I stuck to reviewing vape stuff. Marketing wise this was the smart thing to do. To have a niche. Something you focus on but that just isn't me. I come from a long line of "jacks of all trades" its just in my blood, so I decided to put my finding free stuff skills to work so I could share my opinions with all of you. It makes sense, I live off of reviews anyway I may as well contribute.
   So back in the day I would simply google free ____ whatever I was feeling like at the moment. Search through pages of scams to find the golden egg. The actual freebie. In retrospect I should have started a blog then, but that seemed kind of dorky. This was like 16 years ago, man everyone would be reading me by now. Not to mention the awesome list of real freebies I would have accumulated by now. Some are still around but they aren't the same as they were like teenfreeway.com there used to be all kinds of samples there. And then there are the make money websites like inbox dollars which is real and does pay just be careful to either spend nothing or make it worth it. Like there was one time I signed up for a trial of a discount shopping program it was like 5 bucks they sent me a 100$ visa gift card and hooked me up with another program with a free trial that sent me an 85$ check. I canceled them and made 180$ for really doing nothing. More often than not people forget to cancel and they make a killing. And yeah inbox dollars is tedious but that random 20$ check saved us more times then I can count.
   But why waste so much time when I could be helping others too. So I found two sites that I'm on almost exclusively now. Tomoson.com and influenster.com. they are quite a bit different but have the same core principal. Social media is king. Give people a product and get them to talk about it, reward them for being more visible to the public, make money!
  Now on influenster they are the ones who actually chose both who and what you get. You fill out your profile and earn badges in your areas of interest and do some reviews of stuff you have already tried while having a large reach via all the social media sites and they will send you a package. Then it's like a game. There are many tasks you can perform that earn you points towards badges and chances at various prizes. Then there is a survey at the end and you are done. Tomoson on the other hand you chose what you would like to review and apply. They chose who they would like and send out either their product or a coupon code to you and then you do whatever tasks they say (you can do bonus tasks too if you choose) usually including a review on your blog, sometimes Amazon too, and posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You'll need all of those accounts plus a blog page and either a pay pal account or amazon prime (or both PayPal can be used for returning your shipping fees or paying you) once you get the items you have about a month (unless otherwise specified) to complete your review and any other tasks the company decided on. Sometimes there are preresiquites to applying in the first place which usually includes having a certain amount of friends or followers on specific social media sites (Facebook and Twitter are the big ones) I've been surprised a lot of the time by finding products that I've considered buying before and getting to test them out with my only commitment being an honest review. Yes honest. There is no point to falsifying reviews. You will lose readers and as for the company they may send you more stuff but really what's the point of getting more crap you don't like?
   I usually include a ton of photos with mine and honestly the easy stuff is the hardest to review. Electronics are probably the easiest. You can list the specs and say how it worked or compare it to something similar. Supplements and skin stuff are probably the hardest because of the quick turnover needed, sometimes they don't work that fast. If you don't complete your tasks your ranking goes down too so make sure its something you can do. Now you can also always just review stuff you have tried before. You can do so at your own pace and get a following built up. You can do blog reviews or YouTube reviews or even amazon reviews if you like and companies will start to contact you. You can also directly contact companies if you would like to try their product and may have some luck (though that is by far the farthest route). You pretty much just need a computer and your opinion and the ability to get people to listen to you. Some companies will even pay you for your opinion but that comes later and is a personal choice. If you have any questions you can always comment below or look me up everywhere on the internet. :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Liquid Chalkers

I received this product for free to review

Hey everyone, well the idea behind this product is that its a marker you can use on chalkboards and then erase it like chalk. Great idea and it honestly worked beautifully when wrighting on the chalk board. The colors were fresh and crisp. It was easy to get the chalk ink flowing too and I didn't get the creepy feeling I get when using actual chalk so that was a bonus. Then I went to erase it. It wouldn't erase with the chalk board eraser.

It wouldn't erase with a wet towel. I finally got it off of my chalk board with some spray on alcohol. On the plus side this could be used along side of regular chalk for things that would otherwise be rewritten or carefully erased around otherwise. I also tried it on my dry erase boards and honestly they are way better than dry erase markers, they definitely erased more cleanly and didn't stain plus they don't die an early death if you don't cap it tight enough. Apparently they work differently on different boards so perhaps a real slate would work perfectly otherwise you really couldn't use it as your only form of chalk. The colors are wonderful and vivid and it came with 8 red green purple blue white yellow orange and brown. If you have a dry erase board I haven't found anything that works better. If you'd like to pick them up yourself you can do so here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

MeasuPro IRT20 Temperature Gun Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting

OK this has some really cool features.

My husband is an HVAC tech so this is actually a product that I am familiar with using. It had the battery included I love that little fact since so many things don't and sometimes they don't actually say so when you buy online so that was a great little extra! Anyway the temperature gun is very easy to use. Its easy to identify hot and cold spots and of course the temperature of any given thing but what I like about this one is you can turn the back light and the laser off and on.

You can also switch between °c and °f so that's cook but my husbands has a laser that moves I suppose to show the spread of the gauge where its hitting whish I suppose has its own benefits but its annoying and you can't turn it off either. This one even the kids can use and I don't have to worry about them blinding each other with the laser light. It is very light in weight so I doubt you'd notice any extra weight in a tool bag or purse even. The packaging was very easy to open so much so I could even put it back in to store it and protect it in between uses. It has the same accuracy as my husbands temperature gun too so I'm guessing its pretty accurate. Heck it was even easy to install the battery! I did receive this for free for testing and reviewing it but the price it is currently listed at is really good I'll say at 20$ I really don't have a single complaint. If you'd like one for yourself you can pick not up here.

DKnight Magic Box Bluetooth Speaker

I received this product for free to review.

OK so this is my first Bluetooth speaker so sorry I have nothing to compare it to.  First off it is super easy to pair with a tablet or a phone. Seriously turn it on, turn on your Bluetooth and its there. Click it and you're connected. I was especially impressed by this as my previous experience with Bluetooth was like an hour long ordeal trying to connect a headset to my ps3. Also you dont even need bluetooth devices just an aux cord plugs right in that way too!

Now I made sure to fully charge the speaker when it came before trying to use it (the red light turns blue) and yes I used a wall charger to do so as I don't actually have a computer. Does take the standard mini usb charger though so thats a plus. The sound quality is really good and depending on the device you connect it to the sound can be pretty loud too but that was something weird about it. I would have thought the speaker would go as high as it would go but idk. The distance it works over is pretty big too I've connected it to my phone and left my phone in the bedroom (open door) and used the speaker in the bathroom while I took a bath and it worked great until my phone decided to go into sleep mode or something equally stupid and the music stopped but that 

Has nothing to do with the speaker. I really use it a lot and I've had it about two weeks and I haven't had to charge it since the first time so that's pretty awesome. 

The kids like picking it up and running around with it while its playing and there is no difference in sound quality. I have not tried to use it for a conference call yet but have tried hooking it up to the ps3 hint the key code is 0000 to make it connect, PlayStation is the only thing that has asked so far and I can hear people on it better than I can with it playing through the TV but it seems like I break up a lot so the sound quality isn't maybe the best when it comes to its microphone. I like how you can skip songs and change the volume from the speaker itself. Its super light and works a lot better in the car than the stupid thing you plug in your phone and use the radio signal with. Its kinda grippy too so it doesn't slide around too much. It could use more volume and bass but the thing is tiny and wireless so I'm not going to fault it there. I have really enjoyed having it. If you want to check it out for yourself you can pick it up here.