Jul 26

Easy@Home Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor ★★★★★

Easy@Home Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Hypertension Color Alert Technology and Heart Beat / Pulse Meter function – Carry Case and Battery are Included | Backlit Large Display, Color Coded Advanced Hypertension Indicator, Wide-Range Comfort Cuff

The Easy@Home Blood Pressure Monitor is easy to use. For those who just want a blood pressure reading, just put it on and press a button. It not only gives the blood pressure, it also reads the pulse rate and stamps it with the date and time. Just so you know how you’re doing, the whole screen lights up in coded colors. Fortunately for me, my readings are always blue (<120/80), exactly in the range I expected. Other colors include yellow (120-139/80-89), orange (140-159/90-99), red (160 or higher/100 or higher), or red (>180 / >110, emergency). Since there are two red readings, I wonder if the machine will tell us whether it is an emergency. The instruction booklet doesn’t say.

Other features include a memory function for up to two adults. It holds 60 records. I’m not sure if that’s per person or total, since I haven’t made 60 measurements. The Amazon title says it’s per person. The monitor uses batteries and there’s a place to plug in an AC adapter, but the adapter is not included. We must rely on AA batteries. The cuff fits arms measuring 8 ¼” to 12 ½” circumference. It fits my arm perfectly. Oh, and I like the zippered storage case.

Blood pressure monitors that rely on Bluetooth have their place, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned standalone monitor – and nothing wrong with adding some nifty color coding features. It’s simple enough to for anyone to use. I like it.

This product was provided for review by Easy@Home.

Jul 26

Ecosusi Womens Multifunction Tote Shoulder Bag ★★★★☆

Ecosusi Womens Multifunction Tote Shoulder Bag

I like the color of my new Ecosusi Womens Tote Bag. It’s nylon, but one never knows what that means online. It’s not the thin nylon one finds in the dollar store backpacks. It’s not the rugged ballistic nylon of flak jackets. No, it’s somewhere in between, durable enough to hold up to everyday wear and tear. The tote comes with a shoulder strap, but I prefer using the hand straps. It looks more chic that way. Additional features include a zippered pocket in front for easy access, and a zippered inner pocket along with some smaller open pockets.

I only wish the bag would hold its shape better. It tends to lose its form when I pick it up by the handles. On the other hand, I got some sauce on it the other day and it wipes down so easily, so this will keep looking new longer than some other bags.

This product was provided for review by Ecosusi.

Jul 26

HyperPS 1.2V AA 2000mAh Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries ★★★★☆

HyperPS 1.2V AA 2000mAh Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries for High-drain Devices, Quick Charge

The beauty of hybrid batteries is the slow drain during storage. They also don’t drain so quickly when in use. I’ve used eneloop and Panasonic hybrid batteries, so I had an idea what to expect going in.

When I got the HyperPS AA Batteries , they were half charged. I was a little disappointed with that, because other brands come fully charged out of the package. Nevertheless, I charged them all up and put them in every device I could think of (blood pressure monitor, toys, blemish remover). I delayed using one battery to see if it would drain with storage. They have performed as expected. I haven’t had to recharge any of them yet and it’s been a couple of weeks.

This product was provided for review by Innolife.

Jul 26

FaSoLa 14 Compartment Travel Pill Case with Splitter ★★★☆☆

FaSoLa 14 Compartment Travel Pill Case with Splitter

What we get with the FaSoLa Travel Pill Case are seven double-sided pill cases and a pill cutter. They all attach to each other but they can be separated and used separately. The double-sided pill cases can be used to separate morning and night doses, or make them daily containers and have them carry a two week supply of medication. The pill cutter works great. The secret is to place the pill where you want it, close the cutter until it touches the pill, then pound it closed in one swift motion. Voila.

There are some problems with the design, though. For one, they have a dollar store quality. The lids don’t stay on well. I’d be worried about placing it in my purse for fear that the lids would open and the pills would spill out. Also, the cases don’t feel flush all the way across. They’re supposed to separate, but sometimes they separate so easily that they fall apart when I don’t want them to fall apart. Another problem is the cases are color coded, but they aren’t labeled. Since the purpose of a pill case like this is to remind me if I had taken my pill for the day, I ended up making my own labels with a label maker.

This pill case would work if I stay home with it, but I wouldn’t use it for travel.

This product was provided for review by FaSoLa.

Jul 26

Berchirly Military Canvas Shoulder Messenger Bag ★★★☆☆

Berchirly Military Canvas Shoulder Messenger Bag Leather Straps for 14.7Inch Laptop

The Berchirly Messenger Bag looks like a nice messenger bag. I’m sorry the construction is less than solid. Right out of the box, one of the loops holding the strap down on the front of the bag was undone. The leather simply tore away. The rest of it looks fine and it is still serviceable, but I’m not happy something new doesn’t look it.

This product was provided for review by Kim’s Republic.

Jul 26

Frito Lay Baked & Popped Mix ★★★★★

Frito Lay Baked & Popped Mix

I bought the Frito Lay Baked & Popped Mix for my son and his friends when they came over for a gaming day. I usually get regular chips, but this was healthier in a stealthy sort of way. With teenage boys, you can’t be too obvious. Judging by the number of bags that disappeared, I think the mix went over well. It includes Baked Original Lays, Baked Cheetos, Baked Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles, White Cheddar Popcorn, and Tiny Twists Pretzels. My family would dip into the leftovers for snacks and as a side to our hamburger meals. Personally, I like the taste of baked chips better than fried chips, and my son does, also. They’re not so greasy. Baked Cheetos are my personal favorite, but there’s enough variety to make everyone happy.

Jul 26

Allmax AX016 Round Slow Closing Toilet Seat ★★★★☆

Allmax AX016 Round Slow Closing Toilet Seat

We’ve owned a few slow closing toilet seats. I prefer them to regular toilet seats because no one can let them slam shut. When purchasing toilet seats, pay attention to the shape of your toilet. It’s either round or elongated. The first time I bought a toilet seat, I went wrong, so just that word of caution.

Speaking of caution, the Allmax Toilet Seat’s assembly instructions had one prominently placed warning. “Note: Pictures may not exactly depict toilet seat and components.” Well, they could have fooled me. The pictures look exactly like the components. Installation was super easy. I didn’t even need a wrench. It has a plastic wing nut and a plastic bolt; and while I didn’t use a screwdriver to tighten the bolt, I don’t even think it’s all that necessary. The bolt was nearly as tight as I could get it by just turning the wing nut.

The toilet seat itself is plastic, which is lightweight and doesn’t feel quite as solid as wood. The lid requires a little push to get started. Not enough push and the lid swings back open. The closing action is slow enough to watch grass grow. When they said slow, they meant it. It is absolutely slow.

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

Jul 24

Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Surf’s Up ★★★★☆

Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Surf’s Up

Who says Suave Kids is just for kids? I used it on myself to see where I was missing out. It’s not as viscous as I’d like. It pours out so easily, it’s easily wasted. On the other hand, it lathers up great, and it really conditions. So many shampoo/conditioners have trouble conditioning, but I used this without adding conditioner and my long hair combed out without catching. That amazed me. Maybe I will give this to my daughter. She always has problems with tangles. It’s why she wears it short.

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

Jul 24

Dazzling Toys Claw Candy Toy Grabber Machine ★★★★★

Dazzling Toys Claw Candy Toy Grabber Machine w/ LED Lights and Sounds

My daughter loves claw machines. It’s all she does but want to play them. She even said when she grows up, she’s going to go spend her money and play all day on claw machines. What a perfect toy for her. Never mind that the Dazzling Toys Claw Machine looks like a toddler toy. I had two eleven year-olds giggling and laughing up a storm on it. My son’s friends came and five teenage boys played on it. They loved it.

So there are those who complain that the claw won’t pick up balls if they are flat on the bottom of the machine. True, there can be times when the claw can’t reach anything. Well, heck, haven’t those complainers ever played the real deal? Aren’t there some impossible toy configurations there, as well? At least here, the kids can “cheat,” and cheat they do. What a blast they had tipping the machine until the balls were just right. You can’t get away with that at the arcade.

The machine looks like something made for toddlers, but the balls inside are small, round things that are ideal for choking. The colorful dinosaurs inside are even smaller still. Of course, you might fill them with other little prizes, like M&M’s.

I heard mention somewhere of tokens or coins. The one I got has not tokens or coins. Press a button and it begins. Music sounds and the timer starts. No tokens.

This product was provided for review by Tonorsworld.

Jul 24

WooPet! FDA Silicone Dog Feeding Mat ★★★★★

WooPet! FDA Silicone Dog Feeding Mat Extra Large, Gray – 24″x 16″; Pet Food Mat for Dog Feeding Station – Anti Spill for Dog Food Container – Raised Edge Trap Food & Liquid – Anti Slip Bumps Dog Food Mat – Dishwasher Friendly

Somehow, my cat always finds a way to get crumbs all around her food bowl. The sane thing to do is place a feeding mat underneath, which I never got around to doing until now. The WooPet! Feeding Mat has a nice, tall lip, which would be great for catching water from a bowl. I’ve no water to catch from her food bowl, but it’s doing a good job with the crumbs. This mat fits her gravity-fed, continuous feed bowl just right. If it were just a regular bowl, I could get two on one mat. With the type of bowl I’ve got, there’s just one. My cat hasn’t asked for my opinion, but I like it. It doesn’t slip, the fish and bone imprint is super cute, and the lip is low enough that the door swings right over it.

This product was provided for review by Saifary.