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 as I’m walking unless it is just above 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.

Apr 18

Gotideal Carbon Monoxide Detector ★☆☆☆☆

Gotideal Carbon Monoxide Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital LED Display, Battery Operated – Color White

I had a carbon monoxide detector once that I tested by holding near the exhaust of my car. It went off like I thought it would. I did the same with the Gotideal Carbon Monoxide Detector. It did not go off. I checked the batteries. They were charged. I pressed the test button. The alarm went off. I went back to the exhaust . . . nothing. Normally, I allow vendors to send another sample for retesting of defective products, but I don’t accept failure when it can mean the difference between life and death.

This product was provided for review by Gotideal.

Apr 18

InStyler Max 2-Way Rotating Iron ★★★★☆

InStyler Max 2-Way Rotating Iron, Black

The InStyler Max is like a pair of tongs, with a brush on one side and a rolling pin on the other. It heats up quickly from one to five bars of heat. Straightening hair and making flips is incredibly easy, much easier than using a regular curling iron or brush and hair dryer. The barrel will switch the rolling direction by just squeezing the iron closed a couple of times. What’s more difficult is making loose curls, which requires me to wrap the hair around the barrel and squeeze the iron shut. It’s easier to use a curling iron.

Be careful not to burn yourself. They include a little square of heat-resistant fabric for us to lay the iron down on when it’s heating up, but the large awkward size and lack of a stand makes this iron easier to knock off the counter or bump unintentionally.

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

Apr 18

Philips Lighting 38324-0 – PL-C 26W/841/2P/ALTO – 26 Watt CFL Light Bulb ★★★★★

Philips Lighting 38324-0 – PL-C 26W/841/2P/ALTO – 26 Watt CFL Light Bulb – Compact Fluorescent – 2 Pin G24d-3 Base – 4000K -

The bathroom light was flickering. My husband bought a replacement at the hardware store but it had the wrong base. The base was square, but the pins were horizontal to each other. We needed one where the pins were diagonal. I bought the Philips 26 Watt CFL Light Bulb from Amazon blindly, because it was difficult to tell if the pins were diagonal or horizontal from the image. I got lucky. The pins are diagonal and the light bulb fits. Yay! No more flickering bathroom light.

Now I know. I need a 2-pin G24d-3 base.