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.

Sep 28

C & H Sugar Company Granulated Sugar ★★★★★

C & H Sugar Company Granulated Sugar

If advertising ever works, it’s for brand recognition. Yes, I admit I buy C & H Sugar for no other reason than I recognize the name. Yesterday, I used a ton of it in my sweet and sour sauce. You know, that stuff we get in Chinese restaurants? Not those fast food places — the restaurants. It’s so good, but you can’t buy that in the bottle. Sweet and sour in the bottle is nothing like what you find on your table in the restaurants.

Well, my friend told me the super simple recipe (thank you, friend), which I will share with you because it’s not a secret. My mom used to do a similar version, but she didn’t cook it and she didn’t thicken it. This is better. If you try this, you will never buy the stuff in the bottle ever again.

Sweet & Sour Sauce

3 parts sugar
2 parts vinegar
1 part water
1 tablespoon cornstarch for each cup of sauce
a drop or two of red food coloring (optional) for that pink color

Mix everything and boil until thick and translucent. Voila.

Sep 28

Velocity Toys GT3 Racer Exotic Supercar Remote Control RC Car ★★★★☆

Velocity Toys GT3 Racer Exotic Supercar Remote Control RC Car 2.4 GHz Control System, High Speed 15+ MPH, High Performance Lithium Battery, Big Size 1:10 Scale RTR

This box will impress any kid. It’s huge. The Velocity Toys GT3 Racer is 1 1/2 feet long and so beautiful to look at. Batteries included. Yay! I took it out and started charging right away. It took a few hours and then it was up and running. This thing can run at least 15 minutes before going kaput. Believe me, that feels like a long time.

It’s so easy to drive. Just pull the trigger and turn the wheel. Easy now. Turn too much and it spins circles.

The body of this car is soft plastic, which means it’s not brittle, which means it didn’t crack after I crashed a couple of times. No, just scratches, and we can’t see those well because of the cool paint job. Still, the plastic reminds me of clamshell packaging, like I could cut it with scissors. I probably could, but I won’t because I like it too much.

When I was done, there were pebbles rolling around inside the car. Just shake it out.

This product was provided for review by AirsoftRC Wholesale.

Sep 28

SUNROLAN Womens Canvas Top Handbag ★★★★★

SUNROLAN Womens Canvas Top Handbag White

The SUNROLAN Womens Canvas Handbag is really a cute bag — so simple, so casual. I can fit just about anything in it, including my tablet, phone, wallet . . . and yes, my daughter’s gym clothes. There are two open pockets to keep me organized, and zippered pockets inside and outside to secure my wallet and cash. I love outer zippered pockets on purses. The main compartment zippers closed. That is so much better than open top bags. I never have to worry about things falling out. Those straps go over my shoulder and they don’t feel cheap. Nothing about it feels cheap, just casual. The only thing that surprised me about the purse is the top doesn’t open as wide as I expected. I’m not sure what I expected. It’s not that it’s a small opening, either. Some purses open larger than the width of the bottom. This one doesn’t. Cute purse.

This product was provided for review by Sunrolan.