Feb 14

Maxtra® 72″ Inch 4:3 Portable Floor Pull Up Presentation Projector Screen ★★★★★

Maxtra® 72″ Inch 4:3 Portable Floor Pull Up Presentation Projector Screen

Maxtra® 72

This screen beats all other options. I don’t have to hang it off the ceiling. On the contrary, I can take it anywhere. Since it sits flat on the floor, it’s more stable than the screens that rely on tripod stands.

I love how the case and screen and legs are all-in-one. I don’t need to assemble anything and I don’t need to keep track of where I put the case. I don’t have to hang the screen on a rod to keep it up, either. I pull it up with one arm and it stays extended at any position I leave it at, like magic.

The only drawback to the screen is the scent. My house smells like a mechanic’s garage now, which I think is the lubricant they use to grease the hinges. I’m willing to put up with that as long as it keeps the lifting mechanism working as smooth as butter. At any rate, I’m sure it will dissipate with time.

The dimensions I measured are as follows:

* length of case: 63″
* width of screen (white area): 58″
* height of screen (white area): 43″
* floor to top of extended screen: 77″

Picture quality is terrific. It’s much better than watching my shows onto a white sheet or wall.

This product was provided for review by Max Lead USA.

Feb 14

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15 ★★★★☆

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15

The makers said we should see a difference within a week. Well, it’s been about that long for me, and I’d say the difference is subtle — so subtle that some improvements may simply be wishful thinking. One thing’s for sure, my skin feels more taut just after I apply the cream every day, but that sensation goes away right after I slap moisturizer over it. The glow and suppleness? I’m not sure if they are for real, but I’m willing to live in dreamland for as long as it lasts. If it can keep me believing, I’ll give it four stars.

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

Feb 14

Fig Newtons Cookie ★★★★★

Fig Newtons Cookies

Fig Newtons Cookies

There are two cookies in each bag and twelve bags per box. It’s such a shame that each cookie is one serving. That means one bag (two cookies) is 200 Calories. Ugh! I shouldn’t be reading the nutritional information. If it weren’t for that, I’d be eating the whole box in one sitting. I love Fig Newtons. That soft, outer cookie shell balances out the sweet, fruity filling like yin and yang — delicious. As fattening as they are, they at least feel somewhat healthy.

Feb 14

Kaplan Math Workbook for the New SAT ★★★★☆

Kaplan Math Workbook for the New SAT

Kaplan Math Workbook for the New SAT

My son will be taking the SAT in a couple of years, but they’re already running through PSATs at his school. We want to be ready, especially since they have changed the design. This book goes over the essentials, like test taking strategies and answers one of the most important questions: SHOULD YOU GUESS? Every section of math is discussed with a brief overview and example questions. Tricky questions are given, along with the reasons they may trip up students. They did get me on some!

What I found was this book is not only good for high school students, it’s also a great way to brush up on math. After more than a quarter century, things get rusty. I appreciate the clarity of the explanations (never confusing), but lament the low number of sample “hard’ questions per each section. I understand space is limited, but sometimes we only get three questions, and we’re lucky to get seven.

Overall, it’s a great way for students to find their weak spots and study up. To keep my brain active, I’ll keep working on the hard questions, but when I’m done, I’ll be passing this book on to my son. From what I’ve seen, I trust that it will be a great help.

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

Feb 14

For U Designs Cute Dog Design Gym Duffel Bag

For U Designs Cute Dog Design Gym Duffel Bag

For U Designs Cute Dog Design Gym Duffel Bag

This duffel bag doesn’t look like a duffel bag because it has less of a rectangular brick appearance and more of a messenger bag feel, except that it’s fatter. It’s the only bag that was large enough to hold my 15.6″ HP, so I co-opted it for my laptop until my daughter protested. She wanted it for herself. Okay. I get it. The printing is gorgeous and the pug is out-of-this-world cute.

There are plenty of pockets, including a zippered outer pocket, an open outer side pocket, and a shoe pocket that holds my husband’s size 11½ athletic shoes. Using it does eat up room inside the bag, though.

I took this bag on a weekend trip and still can’t figure out if I like using the hand straps or optional should strap better, but I’m glad I have a choice and was very happy with its performance. The only reason for four stars is the back does not have a printed design. It’s all black and catches lint like crazy.

This product was provided for review by For U Designs.

Feb 14

Neushop Women’s Mellor 100% Cotton Long Sleeve Premium T-Shirt★★★★☆

Neushop Women’s Mellor 100% Cotton Long Sleeve Premium T-Shirt

Neushop Women's Mellor 100% Cotton Long Sleeve Premium T-Shirt

I normally wear medium or large. I took medium, and it fits perfectly. The neckline is low — not low enough to show cleavage, at least in someone with not a lot to show. This is a very comfortable shirt. The material is so soft, not cheapo t-shirt material. The only reason I give it four stars is because some of the material where the neckline joins full circle juts out from underneath. I want to snip it off, but then I’m afraid the threads will come loose. It’s just a small bit of material that’s not noticeable with my hair worn down, but I know it’s there.

This product was provided for review by Neushop.

Feb 14

Greenbest Durable, Rust-free Hose Hanger ★★★★★

Greenbest Durable, Rust-free Hose Hanger

Greenbest Durable, Rust-free Hose Hanger

For anyone who thinks this hose hanger is too small, it’s because they are using it to hang a traditional garden hose. This hose hanger has “expandable hose,” “pocket hose,” “shrinking hose” in the description, and the Amazon photo shows it holding an expandable hose. I have a 100 foot expandable hose, and this is plenty large enough to hold that. My only problem is there is an obstruction below the faucet that makes it hard for me to hang as it was designed — not the fault of the hanger. I had to improvise and hang it above the faucet. It works exactly as it should.

The thermometer read over 100 °F, and it’s not that hot here, so I took out my trusty infrared thermometer and double checked. While it’s only in the 70s outside, the sun’s rays were hitting the thermometer directly and heating it up. I aimed the infrared thermometer on the hanger’s thermometer and it was indeed over 100 °F. If you are getting a reading that appears off, this may be the problem. To get a better reading, I would need to hang it in the shade. I don’t think I’ll do that, though. I bought this for the hose hanging, not the temperature gauge.

Feb 10

Fitleader FS1 Exercise Bike ★★★★★

Fitleader FS1 Exercise Bike

Fitleader FS1 Exercise Bike

I knew I would like this bike from the moment I opened the package. It was so well packed. Every bag/part was labeled, right down to every screw and tool. The instructions were in plain English, and there weren’t many steps.

I was afraid the display would be too small, but it’s large enough for me to easily read. It has a timer, so I know how long I’ve been riding. There’s also speed, distance, Calories, RPM, and an odometer (to keep track of the total distance ridden over the life of the bike), not to mention that it takes my pulse when I grab the handlebars. Leave it on one setting or put it on scan mode and it will cycle through. The display automatically lights up when I start peddling, or I can activate it by pressing a button. It turns off after four minutes of inactivity. No outlet required. It is battery powered. (Yay!)

For the men out there, the seat has a groove down the center. I’m not sure how much that helps. The seat adjusts up/down/forward/back, and the handlebars can be raised and lowered. I’m 5’5″ and I’m very comfortable on it. There are eight resistance settings. I set it low, because I’m so out of shape, but I did try higher settings for a little bit. I’m impressed by how smoothly it rides. The resistance doesn’t feel sticky or jerky.

This is a small bike, especially next to my husband’s treadmill. It’s heavy, but it has wheels on the front to help with dragging it wherever I need to move it. These are small wheels. Yep, on carpet, drag is the word, but it’s not all that hard to do. The bike doesn’t fold up, not that I need to.

The only thing I would really want to change is the units. I want to see how many miles I’ve ridden, not kilometers. Other than that, I’ve been using the Fitleader daily. Just put my large Kindle Fire HD on the display, turn on a Prime movie, and ride away the time. I really love it.

This product was provided for review by Zoxou.

Feb 10

Maxell Watch Battery Button Cell SR626SW SR-626SW 377 ★★★★★

Maxell Watch Battery Button Cell SR626SW SR-626SW 377

Maxell Watch Battery Button Cell SR626SW SR-626SW 377

My husband’s watch battery died, so I bought these to replace it. A whole pack is less expensive than buying them individually. Eventually, I’ll use them all. I noticed some reviewers said their batteries were alkaline, not silver oxide, so I did a double take. Mine are silver oxide. I assume some vendors are using trickery and others are confused. Mine came from Photoland, in case you’re wondering. The watch is keeping time again, so it the battery works. Will take time before I know if they last.

Feb 10

CUCOL Women’s Quartz Bamboo Wood Watch

CUCOL Women’s Quartz Bamboo Wood Watch

CUCOL Women's Quartz Bamboo Wood Watch

My husband has two wooden watches. He gets comments on them every day, so it was time for me to get my own. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this watch, but I was. It’s much more attractive in person that online. Like hubby, I got compliments. It must be the contrast between wood and white leather. That sure got my attention.

This watch fits my skinny wrist at the smallest notch (it buckles closed). It’s lightweight and keeps time well enough. I set it to my cell phone and haven’t noticed any time lost or gained over the course of a week. The time is easy to read, if you’re old enough to remember analogue watches. Kids nowadays, I can’t vouch for them. I’d say the only drawback is a lack of day and date, but that would mar the clean look.

This product was provided for review by Mazuno.