Nov 24

Kitchness 12″ Silicone BBQ Basting Brush ★★★★☆

Kitchness 12″ Silicone BBQ Basting Brush – Stainless Steel Handle – Round Silicone Bristles Hold Butter or Sauce – Heat resistant (Orange)

The Kitchness Silicone BBQ Basting Brush is useful for things like basting beef ribs. It picks up sauce well and spreads it evenly. The brush is a little on the narrow side compared to another silicone brush I own, but that hasn’t hurt performance. It’s superior to my “paintbrush” basting brushes because it doesn’t lose bristles into my food and it’s easy to wash. I just put my Kitchness brush into the dishwasher and it comes out clean.

A surprise cake tester was included in the package. I tested that cake tester against toothpicks a few times on some cupcakes. It seems I always get to my cupcakes when they are done, so I haven’t seen the results for when they are not done. So far, so good. It’s nice having a cake tester I can wash and reuse.

This product was provided for review by Ed Amazing Store.

Nov 24

Dell Inspiron i3148-6840sLV 11.6-Inch 2 in 1 Convertible Touchscreen Laptop ★★★★★

Dell Inspiron i3148-6840sLV 11.6-Inch 2 in 1 Convertible Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i3 Processor, 4GB RAM)

This is my second touchscreen Windows 8.1 laptop. It’s the first one with a screen that folds over, transforming my laptop into a tablet. What can I say? I love it!

SIZE

I’m not sure I’d really classify the Dell Inspiron i3148-6840sLV Convertible Touchscreen as a laptop. It’s lots smaller than my husband’s Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop, but just a tad bigger (and heavier) than my 11 inch ASUS Eee PC netbook.

Would I call it a tablet? It’s noticeably larger than my Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet, and much heavier. If I only wanted to haul around a tablet, I’d pick my Kindle Fire.

WINDOWS 8.1

The key to unlocking the beauty of Windows 8.1 is a touchscreen laptop. Swipe-touch-scroll-type-click flows so intuitively, you’ll wonder where Windows 8.1 has been all this time.

I was a Windows 8 hater. I’m not anymore.

TABLET/LAPTOP

I’ve only ever used my ASUS netbook when travelling. This has changed with my Dell convertible. I am so comfortable hauling it with me around the house. If I need to type up an email, I can do it. If I want to read, just fold it over. Like the Android tablets, it senses when my screen is in portrait mode and automatically rotates.

I was afraid the keys would get in the way when I fold it over, but that hasn’t been the case for me. I could hold it like any tablet, touching and swiping away on the screen. I tried pressing the keyboard intentionally to see if it would cause problems, but it doesn’t.

There’s a little button on one side I can touch any time I want to see the tiles. I never liked the tiles when I had Windows 8 on my PC, but they work so well on a touchscreen.

I do use the touchpad, but I use it less and less as I get more comfortable touching the screen instead. The touchpad is sensitive and works very well.

SOME ISSUES

The one thing lacking is documentation. There wasn’t any paperwork in the box, except the warranty.

I see three USB ports. One of them looks like it’s marked for charging and the other two are just marked for data. I’m not sure if the charging port is the USB 3.0 port or not.

There’s also an HDMI port and a card reading slot. That card reading slot is a 2-in-1 media card reader. Which media? My SDXC card fits, but I’m afraid to insert it all the way, because I got it nearly in but felt no spring and didn’t know how I was going to get it out.

I’d like to find some answers without having to go online.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

This is the best laptop I’ve ever owned. It turns on and off quickly. The battery life is great. I’ve been using it for days and it still has juice.

The Dell convertible won’t replace my Kindle, but it will replace my ASUS. I haven’t ditched my PC, but I’m no longer chained to it.

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

Nov 24

Salicylic Acid 2% Daily Gentle Peel ★★★★☆

Salicylic Acid 2% Daily Gentle Peel – Naturally Derived From Willow Barks

When we first got Salicylic Acid 2% Daily Gentle Peel, my son absolutely refused to use it. He said it burns. So, I bought him some other acne meds. Months go by. His acne cleared up and I thought nothing more of it. Today, I noticed his acne was coming back. I asked him if he would like me to buy more cream. No, he doesn’t want the creams. He says they’re messy and they don’t work. He wants this peel. It turns out that’s what he’d been using when his skin was so clear and he’d run out. “It burns, but it works.” Go figure.

This product was provided for review by Refresh Skin Therapy.

Nov 24

Dickies KHAKI Big Boy’s Flexwaist Slim Stretch Pant ★★★★★

Dickies KHAKI Big Boy’s Flexwaist Slim Stretch Pant, Dark Navy, 16/Regular

I imagined Dickies Slim Stretch Pant would hug the leg, something I’ve seen for slim jeans, almost looking like jeggings for guys. They don’t look like that at all. I would label them more like “not baggy,” a close fit but not tight or leg clinging. Size 16 fits my son very well. He’s been shopping in the men’s section (size 29 x 32), but these pants still have the adjustable waistband and the length is to the ground — good if he grows.

The khaki material is great for when the occasion calls for “not jeans,” like Thanksgiving dinner coming up. I’m happy he’ll have something to wear.

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

Nov 24

Exclusive Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set ★★★★★

Exclusive Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set – Limited Edition

I cannot believe this. All my measuring devices in one set. They all stack neatly and everything is easy to find. I’m never going to lose another cup again, not if it means losing R2.

Is it dishwasher safe? The box didn’t say, but I put it all in the dishwasher and they survived. I’m probably going to hand wash it most of the time, because I don’t want the colors to wear off prematurely. R2 needs to keep looking like new. Of course, if colors fade, it would just make him look like he’s been through a lot.

I love my R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set. I bought it for myself, but I would have been over the moon if someone had gifted it to me.

Nov 22

Easy@Home TENS Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager Unit ★★★★★

Easy@Home TENS Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager Unit – a Portable Muscle Stimulator for Electrotherapy Pain Management | 6 Auto Procedure Options and 10 Levels Intensity

I get aches and pains in my muscles and bones, but it only flares now and then. Since I’ve gotten this Easy@Home TENS Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager Unit, I’ve had one flare-up and used it on my knees. Ahhh.

There are two sets of wires. Each set will connect with two pads, so we apply a total of four pads. These pads are reusable, but they can be replaced as necessary.

We can choose an automatic procedure based on what part of the body the pads are placed:
+ waist
+ shoulder
+ joint
+ hand/leg
+ sole

If we want more control, just choose from three settings:
+ massage, a more continuous stimulation
+ beat
+ knead

Intensity can be set on a scale of 1 to 10 and speed is adjustable.

I do wish for a display that easier to read in dim light. I’ve found myself turning on a desk lamp just to read it. A backlight would be nice. Other than that, this TENS machine is wonderful. It really does help with minor aches and pains. If you think a massage would help you, this TENS machine may be just the ticket.

This product was provided for review by Easy@Home.

Nov 22

Nanny’s Choice Infrared Body Thermometer ★★★★★

Nanny’s Choice Infrared Body Thermometer — C° or F°

Nanny’s Choice Infrared Body Thermometer is an excellent thermometer. I love that I can take my children’s temperature without touching them. I never want to wake them when they are ill. With the infrared thermometer, I can check their temperature without touching them.

Compared to my other thermometers:

tympanic thermometer: 99.8 °F
temporal thermometer: 99.3 °F
Nanny’s Choice infrared thermometer: 99.1 °F

What I like is we can manually calibrate it. If I think the readings are 0.2 °F higher than the gold standard, I can adjust it down. Even better: the lens is recessed. I won’t dirty and scratch it like I could on my last infrared thermometer.

In addition to body temperature readings, we can take surface temperature readings or check the room temperature. Nanny’s Choice told me the room temperature is 77.9 °F. My thermostat said it’s 78 °F (it does not measure in tenths).

The two most important things to remember when using this thermometer is we need to let it automatically calibrate whenever we insert the batteries or move it to a room with a significant change in temperature. This takes 15 to 20 minutes. Also, we should not take measurements closer than 3 to 5 seconds apart.

This product was provided for review by Nanny’s Choice Childcare Products.

Nov 22

DE 2600mAh Powerbank ★★★★☆

DE 2600mAh Powerbank — Portable Battery Charger- with 3 Function Flashlight

I like this DE Powerbank. It not only gives my HTC One M8 a 54% charge, it can also double as a flashlight. Unlike the single LED bulb “flashlight” on some other power banks, this one has a reflector that gives a true flashlight beam. It looks like a flashlight, it feels like a flashlight. I would actually use it as a flashlight. We even get three modes: bright, dim, strobe. I guess strobe would be good in emergencies.

The only thing I don’t care for is it’s a little “loose.” When I shake it, there’s a little movement inside. I have a few other power banks like this that aren’t “loose.” I prefer not to feel that movement inside.

This product was provided for review by GE Affiliates.

Nov 22

Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles ★★★★☆

Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles — Hand-poured in the USA — Fall Harvest Themed Gift Set of 3 Different 2 Ounce Candles — Includes Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, and Autumn Leaves.

We get three candles in this Fall Harvest Themed Gift Set: pumpkin spice, cranberry, and autumn leaves. Pumpkin spice and cranberry make my house smell like I’m cooking up a storm — so yummy.  After I burned them, I just left the jars open and we could smell them for days afterwards.

The autumn leaves candle has a much more mild scent. At first, my daughter couldn’t smell it at all. Then, she said it smelled like lemon. I admit, I couldn’t smell it well, and neither could my husband. It’s there, but just a hint, not a knock over the head.

I’ll be burning these candles over Thanksgiving when my in-laws arrive. It’s the perfect way to set the mood.

This product was provided for review by Old Factory Candles.

Nov 22

LDYS Unisex Hollow Cotton Hooded Vest Jacket ★★★★☆

LDYS Unisex Hollow Cotton Hooded Vest Jacket for Couples Black M

I normally wear a women’s medium, but this LDYS Vest Jacket runs small. I could get it on, but it would not come together to zip — not even close. I passed this on to my daughter. She normally wears a child XL or adult XS. It fits her, maybe a little on the large side.

The eye-catching bright splash of color suits the younger crowd. My daughter, who never wants to wear a jacket, will wear this one without complaining. I’m glad. It looks cute on her.

This product was provided for review by Nature.Z.