Apr 14

SUNROLAN Women’s Flats ★★★★☆

616-2lan39 SUNROLAN Women’s Flats Leather Slip-On Dress Shoes Slippers

The SUNROLAN Women’s Flats were exactly what I expected, given the photos on Amazon. I normally wear a size 8 ½ (wide if the shoes run narrow) or size 9. I was sent size 8 ½. I think a size 9 would have fit a little better, because my big toe hits the front of the shoe, but these shoes are soft. I think if I wore these enough, they would stretch out. I’ve been wearing them everywhere without socks and my feet don’t hurt. I’m surprised by the number of compliments I’ve been getting. I wasn’t ready for that. They make great work shoes.

This product was provided for review by SUNROLAN.

Apr 14

Mytlp LCD Alarm Clock ★★★☆☆

Mytlp LCD Transparent Screen Calendar Timer Thermometer Clock

The Mytlp LCD Clock works. It plays “Auld Lang Syne” when I inserted batteries, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” when the alarm rings. There’s also a countdown timer (“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”).

We can choose between 12H and 24H modes, and the clock displays the date, day of the week, and temperature for us to see at a glance – as long as there’s sufficient lighting and the area behind it is not too dark.

You see, the screen is transparent, so whatever sits behind the clock may interfere with your ability to read the clock. There is no backlight switch on the clock to light it up. In a lighted room with nothing behind it, it’s great, if you like holiday music. In a dimmer room with a dark wall, forget it. Most of the time, I have to struggle to read the clock.

This product was provided for review by Erics.

Apr 14

Honeystore Waterproof Suede Antiskid Dog Winter Boots ★★★★☆

Honeystore Waterproof Suede Antiskid Dog Winter Boots

I wanted my dog to love these Honeystore Dog Winter Boots. They look beautiful and well-made. If she could wear them, they would keep her feet dry when it rains, and I wouldn’t have a bunch of muddy dog prints tracking all over my carpet every time it rains. The only problem is she doesn’t like them. They fit her, but she shakes them off.

It reminds me of one of my dogs when she was a puppy trying to get her collar off, because she wasn’t used to collars. Eventually, she got used to her collar and just wore it. These boots may be the same way. My dog might get used to them in time; except my adult dog is smart and very capable of figuring her way out of these. Minus one star because these are very nice shoes but my dog won’t wear them.

This product was provided for review by Honeystore.

Apr 14

Dog Breath Freshener Foam Spray ★★★★☆

Dog Breath Freshener Foam Spray – Eliminate Bad Dog Breath – Effective Teeth Cleaning Product – Mint Flavor – Reduce and Prevent Tartar & Plaque – No Xylitol/Alcohol

For anyone who wants to know, this Dog Breath Freshener Foam Spray works. My dog’s breath was stinky until I tried this spray. It just takes one squirt. She didn’t seem to care for the flavor, but it didn’t look like she was suffering, either. I’ll take that.

This product was provided for review by Petseer.

Apr 14

Ekouaer One-piece Halter Side Cut Out Monokini Swimsuit ★★★★★

Ekouaer One-piece Halter Side Cut Out Sexy Swimwear Monokini Swimsuit

I normally wear a size 8/10 in women’s clothing, and a medium in t-shirts. I chose the medium Ekouaer One-piece Halter Side Cut Monokini Swimsuit. Since I normally wear a one-piece suit with more coverage, I thought this side-revealing outfit would make me feel totally naked. I was self-conscious, but when I looked in the mirror, I realized the black strip down the center of my belly drew the eyes inward so that I actually look thinner, despite what’s sticking out the sides.

In the water, the center strip got a little baggy. My husband thought maybe I should have gotten a size smaller, but then I think the bottom fits and so does the top. If I got a size smaller the rest of me won’t fit. He likes it anyway and rates it five stars.

This product was provided for review by Ekouaer.

Apr 14

STIN SunPower Solar Phone Charger ★★★★★

STIN SunPower Solar Phone Charger – Portable Solar Charger for Mobile Devices – High Efficiency Solar Battery Charger with Dual USB Ports – 2.1 amps + 2.5 amps, 16 Watt Solar Power Charger

I have used many solar panel chargers. For the competition, at best, they work okay. I look at them as something I could use if I had nothing else, which is why the STIN SunPower Solar Phone Charger blew me away. Never have I had a solar panel charger like this.

My other solar panels require a very sunny location. If I leave them out all day in the sun, I get what amounts to a trickle charge. I left this one out all day under partly cloudy conditions and got a full charge on my power bank. I was so surprised, I left it out again a few days later under sunnier weather and tested the amperage. It turns out this solar charger will charge my devices at the same rate as my USB wall charger: up to 0.98 amps for one of my power banks. It will charge up to two devices at once without losing juice. Wow and wow.

The competition better be worried, because I have a new gold standard, and it’s much higher than the old one.

This product was provided for review by Evoc Technology.

Apr 14

Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion ★★★☆☆

Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion with 64GB SD Card, Expanded Storage, 4640 mAh Battery Charger, and more for iOS and Android devices (MLWG2/64SD)

Here’s a one-device-does-all gadget that promises a lot. The Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion a power bank, a wireless SD card/flash drive reader, a mobile hot spot. For everything that it does, it’s not larger than my other power banks. Indeed, from a distance, one might mistake it for a smartphone. Where to begin?

POWER BANK

On this, the device shines. At 4640 mAh, I can get up to a 99% charge on my HTC One M8, and it’s a fast charge. This is an excellent power bank.

MOBILITE APP

The Mobilite app is free. We can use other apps, if we want. With my other Wi-Fi card readers, I’ve often had to hunt for other apps because the ones that come with the devices did not function well. With these readers, the app is everything. Did I have to find a new app to work with my Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion? Not at all. The app provides a smooth experience. Everything is user friendly, and it will keep playing all the music on my queue without forcing me to go back and push play after every song.

Wi-Fi SD CARD/FLASH DRIVE READER AND MOBILE HOT SPOT

I often have trouble with devices that connect via Wi-Fi. It seems they never give off a strong enough signal, as is the case here. The SD card drive, flash drive, and mobile hot spot would be perfect, if only the Wi-Fi signal were strong enough. I found that it’s nearly impossible to use these features unless I babysit the Wi-Fi signal and constantly hit the connect button on my phone. Sometimes, it will work a good ten minutes, but this is not a given. Even when sitting right next to the Kingston, I have trouble. Even when it works, my phone is loudly complaining about the unstable signal.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Since I think most people would be buying this device for the Wi-Fi card reading capability, I will have to rate this product three stars. It works, but not very well. The power bank half is five stars, fantastic.

This product was provided for review by Kingston.

UPDATE 4/16/15: UPDATE 4/16/15: The maker suggested I solve the Wi-Fi problem by either using the Mobile Companion as a bridge or disabling the Wi-Fi Optimizer. I did have it on bridge mode, which wasn’t helping.

Disabling Wi-Fi Optimizer did the trick. It kept my connection from disconnecting and I could stream music and mp4 files. However, the connection was still labeled unstable, and I was unable to bridge to my home network. I’ve been able to bridge in the past, and I haven’t changed those settings. Hmmm.

Apr 14

3D Printing Drawing Pen ★★★★☆

3D Printing Drawing Pen Crafting Modeling ABS Filament Arts Printer Tool (Yellow)

Compared to another 3D pen I own, this 3D Printing Drawing Pen has a variable speed setting, variable temperature setting, and it’s faster. My daughter likes it because the button is easier to push and doesn’t make her thumb tired.

The default temperature right out of the package is set at the lowest setting. That’s all I recommend, because it smokes a little even at that setting.

My biggest complaint about this pen is the reverse button. It worked at first and then broke. I took the pen apart to find the thing fell off the circuit board. The vendor sent a replacement with a reverse button that failed to function right out of the box. It’s not the end of the world. Instead of reversing the feed, my daughter cuts the filament and then feeds it through until it’s completely out – a waste of filament, but this is a solution.

Despite the reverse button problem, my daughter said she would choose this pen over the old one because it’s faster and her thumb doesn’t tire. She made white horse with a red and blue stall with her new pen in no time at all. For that, she rates it four stars. She said it would have been five, if not for the button.

This product was provided for review by DBPower.

Apr 14

Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Lotion ★★★★☆

Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, 5 Fluid Ounce

My whole family slathered on Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Lotion for a day at an outdoor festival. Normally, everyone prefers a sunscreen spray, but we didn’t have any on hand. The lotion would have to suffice. My daughter’s first comment was “It’s not sticky.” My husband’s first comment was “It’s not oily.” My first thought was “It doesn’t leave an ugly white film.”

The bottle is small (5 ounces), but a little dab will do ya, meaning just a small squeeze seems to cover a large area (though with sunscreens, a big dab is better). Nobody burned, and my husband would know it right away, because he burns within five minutes, and we were out there longer than five minutes.

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

Apr 14

Mug Root Beer Cans ★★★★★

Mug Root Beer Cans

My son and I live on Mug Root Beer. I’ll drink it warm, but it’s so yummy ice cold and frosty. I get the sweetness without the caffeine, and that foam that brings my experience to another level. Other sodas don’t compare. When I have a choice, it’s Mug. Love the design on the can, by the way. Like they say, it’s all in the presentation.