Jul 24

SUBANG 300 Pieces Nylon Cable Ties ★★★★★

SUBANG 300 Pieces Nylon Cable Ties — 100 mm, 150 mm, 200 mm Combo, Black & White

SUBANG 300 Pieces Nylon Cable Ties,100mm 150mm 200mm Combo, Black&White

Cable ties do more than just tie cables. Yes, I use them for that, too. I also use them as luggage locks in hotel rooms. You see, some hotel rooms don’t have very big safes. If I want to secure all my valuables, I have to bring them with me or leave them in the suitcase. Luggage locks can be picked fairly easily. Cable ties, on the other hand, can’t be undone without being cut. What’s to stop someone from cutting — or making off with the entire suitcase for that matter? Nothing, but really the only people who normally have access to our rooms are the cleaning people. Stealth is what they would be after. Stealing the whole suitcase is too obvious. Rifling through our things is what they want. Until cable tie locks become a trend, most cleaning people won’t carry extra cable ties in all different colors and sizes. Cut one of these, and we know someone’s been through our things. Might as well move onto the next room. I just got back from a trip in which these cable ties were in full use and performed exactly as expected. I used the smallest ties in the set (4 inches). There are also 6 inch and 8 inch black and white ties bundled in — you guessed it — cable ties! They are skinnier than my 11 inch cable ties from another company, but I wanted something easier to cut that would go through smaller holes so I am very happy with this set.

This product was provided for review by LIFE.E.

P.S. Lest you think I paint all cleaning persons with one broad stroke, I don’t. This is to protect me from that lone wolf, since we really don’t know who that would be.

Jul 24

Petstages Dog Chew Bone Toy ★★☆☆☆

Petstages 494 Bone Blend Dog Chew Bone Toy, Medium

Petstages 494 Bone Blend Dog Chew Bone Toy, Medium

I had more hope for this fake dog bone than I did for the Petstages 492 Ruffwood Wooden Dog Chew Toy and Petstages 750 Elkridge Deer Antler Dog Chew Toy. She actually looked excited about it and carried it around the house with a spring in her step. That was the extent of it, though. It has sat untouched ever since, except for the few times I’ve tried to get her interested, in which case she would look thrilled for a few moments until she realized it was just her fake bone.

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

Jul 24

Matrix Total Results Repair Shampoo & Conditioner ★★★☆☆

Matrix Total Results Repair Shampoo & Conditioner, 0.75 fl oz

Matrix Total Results Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

I’m using Matrix Total Results right now at the hotel and I can tell you, even for a hotel, 0.75 fl oz bottles are tiny — like single person, single use. It does the job for me, but then the rest of the family has nothing left. Yeah, I could ask for more, but it’s no fun squeezing out the stuff from these bottles, since they contain so little. Good thing I bought my own supply of shower products from home.

Jul 24

Kaytee Chew & Treat Toy Assortment for Hamsters ★★★★☆

Kaytee Chew & Treat Toy Assortment for Hamsters

Kaytee Chew & Treat Toy Assortment for Hamsters

My daughter is a hamster nut. Her room is now filled to the brim in hamster. You should see the size of the cage she built for it. Not only that, she goes and decorates it according to different themes — not sure what the current theme is. Toys? They get rotated in so little Misty doesn’t get bored. My little one says her hamster doesn’t chew wooden toys much, but she likes this set because it’s cute. When varying the cage theme, cuteness matters.

These toys are small and lightweight, hamster size. The color helps them pop against the bedding background. I can’t vouch for chewability, though. For a hamster, she really isn’t much of a chewer.

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

Jul 24

Colgate 360 Optic White Toothbrush ★★★★★

Colgate 360 Optic White Toothbrush Pack, Full Head Soft

Colgate 360 Optic White Toothbrush Pack, Full Head Soft

Normally, I use sonic toothbrushes. I save manual ones for when I’m on the road. Then, I use the freebies I get from the dentists, which are usually good quality but nothing like Colgate 360 Optic White. These toothbrushes blew me (us) away. I should say us, because my daughter couldn’t stop commenting on them. The full head of bristles filled my mouth with suds, its varying lengths digging into every crack and crevice. As the rubber polishing bits grips and shines, the textured backside scrubs my cheeks. Let me tell you, it feels gooood. And when I’m done, my mouth and teeth feel clean! I am not joking. These are my new favorite travel toothbrushes.

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Jul 24

Mueller Sports Medicine Kinesiology Tape ★★★★★

Mueller Sports Medicine Kinesiology Tape, Black

Mueller Sports Medicine Kinesiology Tape, Black

I bought kinesiology tape on the advice of my daughter’s physical therapist. Her knee kept clicking and this was supposed to it align better. We received some samples of another brand from the PT and then bought Mueller. My daughter says this is thicker and works well. Per her therapist’s instructions, she cuts the ends rounded so that the edges don’t peel off. That must work, because the tape stays on for days, through showers and all her physical therapy exercises. So far, she has no complaints.

Jul 24

Gatorade Protein Powder, Chocolate ★★★★☆

Gatorade Protein Powder, Chocolate

Gatorade Protein Powder, Chocolate

My brother drinks tons of protein shakes, so I asked him to try this drink. He’s prediabetic and Gatorade Protein Powder had too many carbs for him (45 g per serving). I drank it instead. Now, I normally don’t have high expectations for protein powders, but this one’s tasty. It reminds me of the powders kids use to make chocolate milk. Hmm, milk instead of water. Maybe next time I’ll do that . . . and go buy me a shaker bottle so I can get rid of all the clumps.

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Jul 24

Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Game ★★★★★

Nina Ottosson 41050 Dog Treat Maze Interactive Puzzle Mental Stimulation Brain Game

Nina Ottosson 41050 Dog Treat Maze Interactive Puzzle Mental Stimulation Brain Game

My poor pup. I just don’t give her enough credit. I took the small dog treat maze for my cocker spaniel because it said moderate difficulty. I didn’t think she had the smarts to figure out anything harder. Well, maybe this one’s too easy because she had it down in minutes. Unlike other dogs, she doesn’t chew this toy, so I can’t vouch for durability against chewing. She flips it, which works much better than the balls because the toy doesn’t get away from her. She even figured out that the maze is easier to flip in the planter areas. No matter where I put it on the patio, it ends up lodged around the plants.

A few minutes after I gave my dog the toy, she left it and came looking for me with a huge smile on her face. I thought, well that didn’t keep her interest for long. Then, I picked up the toy only to find it was empty. Shoot, she’s no dummy. I simply refilled it and off she went again.

The only caveat to this toy is it fits small treats only. Large dog kibble will not work unless you crush the kibble.

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Jul 24

Fitted Sheet Premium Microfiber Twin Extra Long ★★☆☆☆

Fitted Sheet Premium Microfiber Twin Extra Long

Fitted Sheet Premium Microfiber Twin Extra Long, Twin XL

Are the sheets too long or the bed too short? Considering my son’s mattress fits the frame, methinks the sheets are too long. The 8 inch mattress fall between 5 and 15 inches in the product description, so we didn’t go wrong there, but someone messed up in the measuring department. That’s too bad. The sheets are super soft, so I was ready to love it — fitted sheets only, but I knew that.

Jul 24

HUGSIDEA Cat Backpack ★★★★★

HUGSIDEA Cat Backpack

HUGSIDEA Cat Backpack

The adorable kitten on this backpack looks so real, I could almost kiss it. What’s really nice is the paws that fall over the outer pocket actually shows inside that same pocket. Although not a heavy duty backpack, it boasts moderate padding on the shoulder straps, a lightly padded laptop pocket, and a mesh padded back. There’s also a zippered pocket inside for smaller essentials and two outer side pockets.

We took this to Vegas and back and we’ll take it on another road trip shortly. I have another bag sold by a different vendor but undoubtedly made at the same factory. That bag has held up very well on our countless vacations, so I had high expectations for this one. So far, so good, for the kitty bag. It got wet when my daughter put it down during the video game tournament we were watching. Stadium floors can get that way. That upset her to no end, but the bag still looks perfect now that it’s dried. I have full faith that it would survive being dragged halfway across the country, but I will surely let you know if it doesn’t (promise, cross my heart).

The only con about this bag is it’s a lint magnet. On the sides and straps where there’s no image, cat hairs from a real cat reside.

This product was provided for review by HUGSIDEA.