Apr 21

Fifi & Fido Beefy Jerky Treats ★★★★★

For Dogs Only – Dog Treats Made in the USA – Gluten Free & comes in Sticks – Fifi & Fido Beefy Jerky Treats

When my husband saw the Fifi & Fido Beefy Jerky Treats, he thought these were jerky treats for humans. They sure look like human food. Yum. My dog loves these treats. She does every trick in the book for them. She’ll happily go outside for them. That’s how I get her outside, actually. I give her treats, so she will do it when I need her to do it. For these jerky treats, she practically jumps through the door.

This product was provided for review by Fifi and Fido.

Apr 21

Ekouaer Men’s Cotton Mid-Crew Athletic Sock ★★★★☆

Ekouaer Men’s Cotton Mid-Crew Athletic Sock, 6-pack

My husband wore the Ekouaer Men’s Socks to work today. He says it sits a little lower than he’d like (above the ankle), but they are otherwise comfortable. Half the socks are white, so they are not really dress socks. My son is wearing those. They are good for casual wear.

This product was provided for review by Ekouaer.

Apr 21

iSmartAlarm iSA3 Preferred Package Home Security System ★★★★☆

iSmartAlarm iSA3 Preferred Package Home Security System, White

The iSmartAlarm Preferred Package is great for those who want a security system without the monthly subscription fee. The Preferred Package comes with the base station, two key fobs, two window/door sensors, and a motion detector. We can control it remotely via an app, or use the key fob when we’re home.

The iSmartAlarm system has several advantages over my ADT system. I can control it remotely. I can view the status of my devices remotely (is the door closed?). I can expand the system. I don’t have to pay a monthly fee. I can be notified by push notification whenever someone walks through the door, if I wish.

Is this system easy to disable? Only if you make it easy.
1) Hide the base.
2) Turn the warning beeps off, so the crooks don’t know an alarm has been triggered. They also won’t find and disable the base.
3) Connect the base to a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) in case someone shuts off your electricity. Make sure this UPS doesn’t beep when the power goes off (you can program most of them).

We can set the alarm arming delay to 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min, and 5 min. The disarming delay can be set to 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, and 3 min. The siren volume can be set to low, medium, or high. At high, it is close to 100 decibels from 1 foot away. I used a sound meter to test that myself. Every time the alarm is triggered, I get a phone call, a text message, an email, and a push notification. We get 30 alarm calls per month that starts at the beginning of each month. If we exceed that, the phone calls will stop, but the push notifications will continue.

The range of the base is impressive. I had my base inside a cabinet. There are walls, doors, rooms, and hallways between the base and the sensors, but it could see them all.

WINDOW/DOOR SENSORS: These sensors come as pairs and are triggered when doors or windows are opened. They are mounted with adhesive pads. Each sensor must not be more than ¾ inch from its other half. They don’t have to be flush with each other. You’ll need about 1 ¾ inches for the larger half and ½ inch for the smaller half. If you have molding around the door, make sure the part closest to the door is ½ inch wide and flat.

MOTION SENSOR: This sensor is only in action when you have the away mode activated. Triggering it will trigger the alarm. I’m impressed with the range of this motion sensor. I can trigger it by walking past the doorway in the room next door at an angle to the direction it’s pointing. I did not expect that to trigger anything, but it did.

KEY FOB: The key fobs duplicate the basic commands we find on the app: disable, home (window/door sensors active), away (window/door sensors and motion sensor active), and panic. I like using the key fob because the base responds immediately. With the app, there’s a delay.

iSMART APP: This gives us full control of the entire system. The versatility is incredible. View the status of the window/door sensors (open or closed), adjust the alarm arm or disarming delay, use it like the key fob.  This app works well on my HTC One M8.

The basic system impressed me. I plan to use the iSmartAlarm in conjunction with my ADT system. They complement each other. iSmartAlarm can do a lot that ADT can’t, but ADT will do something iSmartAlarm won’t. That is, ADT will call the police.

This product was provided for review by iSmartAlarm.

Apr 20

L.P.T – “Family-the Whole World” Wooden Photo Frame ★★★★★

L.P.T – “Family-the Whole World” Wooden Photo Frame (5×7-Horizontal)

I didn’t look very closely when I chose the L.P.T Wooden Photo Frame, completely missing the Christmas holiday theme. I put a 5″ x 7″ photo of the family in it, which fit perfectly (no movement), and it looks great. The frame is unfinished wood, reminding me of the type of handmade frames one would find at a street fair or swap meet, where the guy sits in the back making custom-made frames. The thick wooden border both looks and feels solid. I like it.

This product was provided for review by L.P.T. Design Studio.

Apr 20

Bracoo Thermal Therapy Belt ★★★★★

Bracoo Thermal Therapy Belt (with 6 Inch Ice Hot Bag) – For Joint and Muscle

My daughter’s a gymnast, so we go through lots of ice packs and hot compresses. The Bracoo Thermal Therapy Belt can be used either way. Fill the bag with ice and water or plain hot water, then wrap. It’s small enough for me to get around my knee and large enough to wrap around my midsection (32″ around, it won’t go too much larger), so I can use it for my back or belly, as well. The Velcro holds tight, but it will slip down my leg as I’m walking unless it is just below my knee, where it will stay above the calf. On my waist, it doesn’t move.

The ice bag is small, which will work for most intents and purposes. It doesn’t leak. I have a medium ice bag I that will fit on the belt, if I need it. I’m sure a large ice bag would work, as well.

This product was provided for review by Comfytopia.

Apr 20

Magne Rod 00105 Magnetic Cafe Rod ★★★★★

Magne Rod 00105 Magnetic Cafe Rod, Nickel, 17-Inch by 30-Inch

From reading the reviews, I was a little worried about the capabilities of the Magne Rod rod, but I took a chance, because I needed a magnetic curtain rod for my metal door. I hung a 40″ x 84″ blackout curtain on it. Blackout curtains are on the heavy side, and this one held just fine. I’m not sure if maybe others are using wider curtains (hence, more weight), but I did not have trouble with it holding that curtain up.

Do be sure to move that rod inside the base until the magnet latches. Otherwise, the rod will fall out of it.

Apr 20

Mirrotek Over The Door Combination Jewelry and Makeup Armoire ★★★★★

Mirrotek Over The Door Combination Jewelry and Makeup Armoire, White

The Mirrotek Jewelry and Makeup Armoire is far larger and heavier than I expected. I thought it was plastic. It’s wooden, with plastic brush holders and wooden shelves. Installation was simple, a matter of screwing on two door hooks and applying a strip of removable adhesive tape. It came with mounting hardware for the wall, but I prefer the easy route. I placed it on my bathroom door, hoping it wasn’t going to bump the wall every time I opened the door. It doesn’t, because the door stop keeps the door far enough away from the wall.

Although there are holes all the way up and down the armoire for placing shelves and brush holders, only about a third of them (mostly along the top half) can be used. To place anything along the forbidden zone would mean the door to the armoire won’t not close, due to the necklace hooks or earring holders bumping the brush holder shelves or bottles on the shelves.

When done, we get two regular, shelves, 1 tray, two brush holder shelves, 36 hooks for necklaces, and three rows of earring holders. There’s a mirror inside and one outside. The one inside is only big enough for me to see my face. The one on the door is full body. I’ve never had a full body mirror in my master bathroom. This is wonderful. I can finally see my feet.

The armoire comes with a set of keys. There’s a magnetic latch, but it’s more secure if I use the keys to lock it shut. If I could change anything, it would be to place the necklace hooks so that the necklaces don’t bump the shelves and bottles. That tends to push the door open.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Apr 18

Hometek™ PU Leather Rectangular Tissue Box Cover ★★★★★

Hometek™ PU Leather Rectangular Tissue Box Cover Dispenser, Black

Hometek Tissue Box Cover is handsome. The bottom opens up and latches with a magnetic closure. Inside and all around, it screams quality. This box will fit into any office or room with dark wood or leather, or I can see it in a boudoir. Just be aware that the inner height measurement is 3 ¼ inches tall, which is not tall enough for my 120-count Kleenex box or anything larger. My 100-count box fits. That’s the shortest size box (height-wise) I found in the store. Medium or tall is not good.

This product was provided for review by Hometek.

Apr 18

Kitchen Utensil Set ★★★★☆

Kitchen Utensil Set – High Quality Black Silicone & Stainless Steel Cooking Tools (6 Pieces) – Includes a FREE Stand

The Kitchen Utensil Set is a very nice cooking utensil set. The combination of metal with silicone lends aesthetic appeal along with heat resistance. The utensils are gentle on my non-stick pots and pans and work great at scraping. I don’t have to worry about them melting from the heat. They are also a lot longer than my other cooking utensils (about 14 inches). That’s too large for my crock, but not to worry. They come with their own stand.

Are they dishwasher safe? Yes. I’ve washed them in the dishwasher, but like a lot of my silicone kitchen products, they get spots that way. I wish that didn’t happen. I guess I could always wash and hand dry but I’m too lazy for that. I just have to live with knowing they’re clean.

This product was provided for review by Pro31Living.

Apr 18

Sun Zero Blackout Curtain Panel ★★★★☆

Sun Zero Blackout Curtain Panel, 40 by 84-Inch, Solid, Barley

The Sun Zero Blackout Curtain Panel is nice and thick, and has a soft, velvety texture. I didn’t really know what color barley is supposed to be, but it looked a shade of green to me online. In person, it is more of a brown, which doesn’t look right in my room. I’m a little hesitant to spring for stone instead, as I’m not sure what color stone is, either.

From the photos, I assumed we get two panels. I should have paid more attention to the product description. It’s just one panel, and it’s about an inch shorter than the 84 inches advertised.