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.

Nov 22

Kossedeng Men’s Cotton Loose Fit Multi Pocket Cargo Shorts ★★★★☆

Kossedeng Men’s Cotton Loose Fit Multi Pocket Cargo Shorts #3233 Soil Yellow 32

I’m not sure why anyone says the Kossedeng Men’s Cargo Shorts fit looser than expected. Based on that, I got one size smaller for my husband. I should have gotten his regular size. The smaller size is just a tad too snug. Still, it fits enough that he can wear it. He’s planning on using these shorts as his gold prospecting shorts, since the color is about the color of dirt we work in and they look like rugged shorts.

Straps hang loose all over these shorts. At the bottom of each leg, there are two straps that he can tie together to close up the opening around each leg. There are two more straps hanging off the front pockets. We’re not sure what those are for. Maybe it’s a fashion statement. Other than the odd straps, we like it.

This product was provided for review by Nature.Z.

Nov 22

Heavy Duty Metal Dinner Forks ★★★★★

36 Count Heavy Duty Metal Dinner Forks

These Heavy Duty Metal Dinner Forks are similar in design to my Mikasa forks, just a little bit lighter in weight. I showed them to my husband and he agreed that most people would not even notice the difference. I’ve been using them every day, washing them in the dishwasher. They look great. I’m throwing them in with the rest of my flatware, ready for Thanksgiving.

This product was provided for review by Atlas Stone.

Nov 22

17M 55ft 100 LED Solar Powered String Lights ★★★★★

17M 55ft 100 LED Solar Powered String Lights Garden Decoration Christmas Wedding Light RGB Mixed Color (Red, Green, Red)

I have always wanted solar string lights for Christmas, but I wasn’t sure of their performance. I have no doubt now. These LED Solar Powered String Lights are amazing. They are bright and colorful and so pretty. We even have a choice of constant on or flashing (I choose always on). They turn on automatically and stay on all night. When I go out the next morning, the sun is mostly up (about 6:15 AM), the lights are still on, bright as ever. They turn off automatically about fifteen minutes after that, but I can’t believe it. None of my other solar lights are on. None of them would ever last that long without dimming. I am in awe of these lights. They are a much better option than running extension cables all over the yard.

I would absolutely recommend these solar string lights to anyone putting up lights in their yard for Christmas.

This product was provided for review by Aukey.

Nov 22

Amzdeal® 10 Pcs of Waterproof Solar Powered Stainless Steel LED Lights ★★★★☆

Amzdeal® 10 Pcs of Waterproof Solar Powered Stainless Steel LED Lights for Outdoor Garden Pathway Patio Lawn (White Color)

I placed these Amzdeal® Solar Powered LED Lights along the path in front of my house. Every night, they turn on automatically. Most of them do, anyway. I have a wayward one that never started out with much power and it doesn’t turn on, but the other nine do. They don’t give off a whole lot of light, but they will light the way.

The path lights are small and cute, not heavy and cumbersome like some other solar path lights I’ve seen around. I like the look and the way the light casts on the ground like the rays of the sun.

What could use a little improvement is the flat bottom. That makes it harder to drive into the ground. A spike would be nice. Also, the lights don’t last through the night. By 10 PM, they are either snuffed out or are very dim, so they last about four hours.

This product was provided for review by Aukey.

Nov 22

SlimPlate System ★★★★★

SlimPlate System – Step by Step Portion Control Plate Weight Loss Program

I began the SlimPlate System on October 15. Today is November 22. I’m on step 2 and still have two more steps to go. When I started, I was 140 pounds. My BMI is okay, but I’m heavier than I’d like to be. Today, I’m 136. I was planning to wait until the end of four months to write this review, but the holidays are coming up and it would be hard to evaluate the effectiveness of the system if I cheat and gain weight, so I want report what has happened up until now.

I’ve followed the system as best I could, but it was not exact. The first month, there was no room for carbs on the dinner plate. If we were having spaghetti and meatballs with salad, I’d take just meatballs and salad. However, if it was lasagna night, no problem. I still had my lasagna on the protein portion. I just pat myself on the back for adhering to smaller portions. There’s a breakfast bowl and plate for bread and cereals, so the system does not disallow carbs completely in step 1.

To be honest, I was hungry the first day. After that, it wasn’t so hard. We get two snacks, which the plan insists we eat, and I can drink two sugared drinks (not sugar-free) per day, so I can get in my sodas.

I’m on step 2 now. There is room for a small amount of carbs on my dinner plate now. If my roll is far too large for the carb section, I might break it in half; but something that is just a little bigger, I leave whole. Having room for carbs is so much nicer.

We eat out a lot. I cut portions in half most of the time. When I eyeball it, half a portion is what fits on my plate. Alternatively, I order off the light menu.

I plot my weight with an app using my Bluetooth scale. My weight has been fluctuating much less since I’ve started the system. It is on a steady downward slope. You can see it in the photo of the screenshot I uploaded:

SlimPlate Weight Loss Graph

I’m very happy with the weight loss and I hope I have some self control for this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This product was provided for review by SlimPlate System.

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Nov 22

ProDeals® 10FT Photo Video Studio Adjustable Background Backdrop Support ★★★★☆

ProDeals® 10FT Photo Video Studio Adjustable Background Backdrop Support System Stand Backdrop Background Heavy Duty Support Stand with Case + 4 x Sectional Cross Bars

This ProDeals® Background Backdrop Support is my first backdrop support. I wasn’t sure what to expected. It comes in a bag. We take it out, snap the bars together, open up the legs, and screw the bars to the legs. It’s pretty simple.

We have to provide our own backdrop, of course. I bought my own muslin that’s 6 feet wide. That means I really don’t need ten feet of bars all the way across. I just put two bars together and that’s good enough for me. The stand extends to a maximum of 6 feet tall. I can’t seem to get the advertised 8 feet.

I’ve pretty much left this up in my office, ready to snap photos or video at any time, so the bag is not being used. It wouldn’t be hard to take apart for transportation, though. The backdrop support helps my photos look so much nicer than they did before. I’m happy with it.

Nov 22

Avery Textured Place Cards ★★★★☆

Avery Textured Place Cards, White, 1.43 x 3.75 Inches, Pack of 60 (80504)

Avery has it down with their specialty papers. We no longer need worry about downloading or installing software, proper formatting, or finding images. Once we have the paper, just go to their site, enter the template type, and every event or celebration type will show up. Choose one style, change it up, use their images or upload your own. Then (this the beauty of it), automatically transfer the style you created to other paper types to coordinate your theme. I did exactly that.

Avery Textured Place Cards come six to a page. The paper is textured card stock. They come apart so cleanly, you’d never know they were ever attached. The secret to separating them is to bend them once forward then back. Don’t tear them or the edges will be ragged.

Once separated, we have to fold them in half ourselves. I think they should have included a crease line for that, but folding them into a tent isn’t hard.

Be sure to select the correct template type (16109). I didn’t the first time. I just clicked on “place cards” and ended up formatting for some other type of Avery place cards. If you do it right, they will format nicely.

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

Nov 22

Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport ★★★★☆

Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport, Holds 80 Balls

Assembly wasn’t too difficult, but the illustration wasn’t completely clear. Two bars go on top and two bars go on bottom. We were missing four screws to complete the job. Luckily, I found some at home that fit the holes.

The Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport is a huge improvement over the wire basket one we had. It’s sturdy. Its legs don’t fall off, and the top bars hold the balls in during transport. No more spilling balls because of a loose lid. Slide those bars aside to gain access to the balls. It’s easy. Picking up balls isn’t a chore anymore, either.

My son is a fan. I am, also. After the last basket we had, I’m very happy we found this one.