Oct 04

ECOOPRO Ultralight Double Size Camping Hammock ★★★★☆

ECOOPRO Ultralight Double Size Camping Hammock, Orange

This is a nice, large hammock, big enough for two. I’m finding that I like large hammocks, even if I’m the only one inside. The extra room means I can spread out diagonally, which feels wonderful.

The ECOOPRO Hammock is one of those hammocks that’s tighter down the center than down the sides. Whether you like this or not depends on if you want to be a banana inside a peel or a banana with the front peeled off. With this hammock, you are a banana with the front peeled off. It’s my second hammock that holds me just so, and I like having the sides fall a little so that I can see the world.

Once I’m done, I just stuff everything back inside the pouch which is attached to the hammock. That bag isn’t going anywhere. I’m happy to have one less thing to misplace.  My only qualm was it didn’t come with the hammock tree straps that are shown in the photos nor the ropes that are listed in the description. To be fair, the vendor said they are supposed to be in the bag and offered to send them right away, but I declined, since I already have hammock tree straps. Just bummed they weren’t there to begin with.

This product was provided for review by Emarthtech.

Oct 04

Big Joe Dorm Chair ★★★★★

Big Joe Dorm Chair, Limo Black

My son bought the Big Joe Dorm Chair with his own money so he could sit in front of the TV and play video games. He’s a slight kid, 110 pounds. It’s been less than a month and it’s holding up well. It appears to be filled with foam beads, like a bean bag chair; but it is packed more tightly and sewn with a seat back, so it has a lot of support, unlike some other bean bag chairs we have in the house. I like how it feels. My brother, who came over to play a few games agrees.

I expect the foam beads to eventually collapse. I used to have to refill my bean bag chairs for that reason. There’s a zipper on the bottom. I suppose I can refill it, but for the price ($20), I wouldn’t mind replacing it.

Oct 04

Plus Guard Your ID Roller Advanced Wide ★★★★☆

Plus Guard Your ID Roller Advanced Wide, Green

I have a smaller version of Plus Guard Your ID Roller Advanced, so I’m familiar with these, and my expectations were adjusted accordingly. Before Plus Guard, I used a redacting stamper, which wasn’t quite as good, because I was stamping the shipping labels on boxes, and the boxes weren’t flat. A roller works better.

Of course, just about every shipping label I’ve ever come across is glossy. The packaging for this wide Plus Guard reads “Now for Glossy Paper Labels!” so I was excited that maybe now we have something that won’t come off, the holy grail of redacting ink! Alas, it’s the same stuff. Nothing new. Just use isopropyl alcohol or something similar and voila! I’ve known this, I’ve always known this, and yet I still use it. Why? It helps keep the casual glancing eyes away. Most thieves are lazy and go after the easiest prey. Make them work for it and they move on. If you are the target, well no amount of ink is going to stop them.

I like it better than my old Plus Guard because of the size. It needs fewer swipes. When you have as many labels to go through as I do, every swipe saved is time earned. It’s good, if you know what you’re getting. Still, minus one star for getting my hopes up.

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

Oct 02

Ponosoon Women’s Sunglasses ★★★★☆

Ponosoon Women’s Sunglasses Polarized Oversized Metal Rivet 2321 (Tortoise-Gold)

As I was removing the protective plastic film from my new Ponosoon Sunglasses, the lens popped out. Not a good first impression, but I popped it back in so easily and it has stayed in place ever since.

With inexpensive sunglasses, I always wonder if “polarized” and “UV protection” are just stickers placed by unscrupulous sellers or if they are true to their word. I performed some quick tests that anyone can do at home.

For polarization, I held the sunglasses up to my computer monitor and rotated them. If they darken, they are polarized. These are polarized.

For UV protection, I shined a blacklight flashlight on something that fluoresces. Then, I placed the lens in front of the flashlight to see if it blocks the light. In this case, it does, and the fiber I saw fluorescing suddenly “turned off.”

Satisfied that I was getting some UV protection, I wore the sunglasses for driving around town. I’ve been wearing them for almost two weeks, and I love them. At first, I was concerned about light coming in from the sides, but that hasn’t been a big issue. I was also concerned about clarity. With some cheap sunglasses, I have trouble reading the road signs. That hasn’t been a problem with these.

Yes, if I push on the lenses, they will pop out. That’s about the only issue I’ve had. They haven’t accidentally popped out except when I first got them, but minus one star for this minor problem.

This product was provided for review by Ponosoon.

Oct 02

Shefko ‘Warden’ Wool Blanket ★★★★★

Shefko ‘Warden’ Wool Blanket – 80% Wool 66″ x 84″ Grey – Fits Twin / Full Size Beds

I’ve been using the Shefko Wool Blanket every night since the day I got it, which is two weeks ago. It’s warm this time of month, but my husband turns up the air so that I’m freezing cold. It’s a constant battle. The wool blanket has kept me nice and warm. It’s scratchier than my comforter, of course, but not nearly as scratchy as I expect wool to be; and it is much better at keeping cold air from leaking in. I think I’ll move this blanket out to my car eventually, for use as an emergency blanket. I have a few blankets in the trunk, which I’ve pulled out on a number of occasions when we’ve been stuck outside in the cold. This is a nice addition.

This product was provided for review by Shefko.

Oct 02

JustNile Table/Desk Clock ★★★★★

JustNile Table/Desk Clock With Holder – Antique Bronze Bike Roman Numeral

This JustNile Clock is much larger than I expected. The basket in the rear is big enough to hold pencils. It’s taller than my large Kindle Fire, about 10 1/2 inches tall, and about 12 inches from front to rear. I’ve had it sitting on my desk for two weeks. The second hand sweeps smoothly around the face, not that jerky motion, and no tick-tock sound. It keeps good time, not a minute lost nor gained since I’ve set it. I love the style and quality of construction. Very cute!

This product was provided for review by JustNile.

Oct 02

Universal Toilet Tank Flush Lever ★★★☆☆

Universal Toilet Tank Flush Lever, Chrome Finish Toilet Handle Fits Most Toilets / Lever; C.P. Metal / NUT & Spud; Die Cast / 8″ Arm; Brass & 9″ Stainless Steel Flapper Lift Chain with Hook & Bullnose

I’ve changed the flush lever on my toilet a number of times. I’ve always bought universal toilet flush levers, but this is the first time I’ve had to jury rig one to make it work. This Universal Toilet Tank Flush Lever comes with a chain, thank goodness. My tank doesn’t use a chain, but that’s what I used to jury rig the contraption. You see, the lever ends up sitting too close to the tank wall so that the part it lifts, whatever that’s called, gets stuck. The lever pulls it towards the tank and there’s too much friction so it won’t fall down. The toilet keeps flushing and flushing until I push that whatchamacallit back down. I took the lever out of that thing and tied the chain around it so it could pull it up instead of push it up, and there would not be anymore friction. It’s not the best solution. With the chain, the lever has to be pushed extra low to make sure it lifts the whatchamacallit high enough to flush.

The second problem with this lever is the handle is too loose. Yes, I tightened the nut. It’s just loose. The last one I had did not have this problem.

Sep 30

Barilla Protein Plus Farfalle Pasta ★★★★★

Barilla Protein Plus Farfalle Pasta

Seventeen grams of protein. Wow! That’s perfect for my vegetarian athlete daughter, who needs all the protein she can get. We had Barilla Protein Plus Farfalle Pasta last night per my husband, who wanted it cooked in heavy cream with parmesan cheese and sausage. Really, that sounded bland and disgusting, but it wasn’t bad at all. Everyone was happy with the pasta, even though the kids had it plain. Tastes better plain, they said.

Sep 30

SINPAID Backpack ★★★★☆

SINPAID Backpack Blue

While the SINPAID Backpack doesn’t have enough pockets to satisfy the heaviest users, it’s a great backpack for kids. The colors shine as brightly as shown in the product photos, and it comes with two compartments. The back is padded with firm foam that somehow reminds me of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I would prefer mesh padding, but for those not carrying heavy loads, the foam is good enough. The primary compartment has a pocket to hold a large tablet, but it’s not padded. The secondary compartment consists of one small open pocket, three pen pockets, and one large open pocket. I would like to see a zippered pocket either inside or outside somewhere, but there are none. We do get mesh side pockets, though. I like the look: the chest strap, the zipper ties, the color pattern, and the buckled straps along the side.

This product was provided for review by Hairby.

Sep 30

Petsafe Cheese Toy ★★★★★

Petsafe Cheese Toy

My cat can sit there for a full ten minutes staring and swiping at the Petsafe Cheese Toy. It has an on/off button and includes a play-while-you’re-away mode. The only thing I didn’t like about that is there were no instructions for how to get the play-while-your-away. I thought just turning it on was enough. No, you have to push and hold the power button until three beeps sound. Then, it runs for ten minutes before going into standby mode. You’ll know play-while-you’re-away is on because a light flashes and the unit is silent.

Is play-while-you’re-away motion activated? I walked around it to try and trigger it. Apparently, it just randomly turns on. Last night, as I passed by the living room, I caught sight of the toy on its side, mice popping in and out, and my cat sitting there staring at it. She must have knocked it over trying to get at the mice.

There are only two mice, one on each side of the wedge. That’s enough for her.

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