Sep 04

HOVEOX Women’s Cotton Stretch Yoga Leggings★★★★☆

HOVEOX Women’s Cotton Stretch Sports Running Yoga Leggings

I chose X-large HOVEOX Women’s Yoga Leggings per the sizing chart, but the material is stretchy and I’m sure I could have fit large (what I usually wear). X-large doesn’t give me the smooth lines that a smaller size would have gotten me, but it’s not baggy and falling off or anything. The yoga capris ride higher than I expected, just under the belly button. I wonder if it would be that way in a smaller size, but my shirts usually cover the waistband anyway. It looks fine, so I wore it to the gym and had a great workout. They’re comfortable and move with me, but if I had to choose again, I’d get large.

This product was provided for review by Hoveox.

Sep 04

The Nutro Company Adult Dog Food with Fish and Sweet Potato Formula ★★★★☆

The Nutro Company Adult Dog Food with Fish and Sweet Potato Formula

My dog prefers The Nutro Company Large Breed Weight Management for Dogs with Chicken and Rice Formula and The Nutro Company Large Breed Dog Food Can with Adult Chicken and Rice Formula over The Nutro Company Adult Dog Food with Fish and Sweet Potato. Hard to say if it’s the scent or the fact that fish and sweet potato is a loaf versus the chunks of meat in both chicken and rice formulas. My money is on the meaty chunks.

At any rate, she does like the fish and sweet potato when there’s no chicken and rice to distract her. It makes her have stinky gas, but otherwise no tummy troubles.

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

Sep 04

Quaker Oats Quick Oatmeal ★★★★☆

Quaker Oats Quick Oatmeal

Years ago, I used to make oatmeal cookies using the recipe under the Quaker Oats Quick Oatmeal lid. It got rave reviews. I cooked a huge batch for a fundraiser at school and they sold out. People seeked me out to tell me how good they were. Well, they changed the recipe.

Luckily, I found it online and made another batch to bring to a potluck. You can still use the recipe on the lid if you make the following changes: Use 2 sticks of butter instead of 1, and use 1 cup of brown sugar instead of 3/4 cup.

I doubled the baking time for two of the batches to make crunchy cookies, and I baked them for the recommended time for one batch for chewy cookies. They both taste great, but I subtracted a star for changing a winning recipe.

Sep 04

Wrangler Men’s Authentics Classic Carpenter Short ★★★★★

Wrangler Men’s Authentics Classic Carpenter Short, Retro Stone

With men, it’s so easy. Just order by waist size and it fits. My husband likes these Wrangler Men’s Carpenter Shorts. He wore them all day Saturday after they went through the washer. He said they were comfortable and they looked great on him. Not baggy anywhere. Not tight, either.

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

Sep 02

Crusar Collapsible Cargo Storage Container ★★★★★

Crusar Collapsible Cargo Storage Container

Before I could put the Crusar Storage Container in my trunk, my kids claimed it for their rooms — both of them, but my daughter called dibs first. Now, it’s in her room collecting books.

This is a collapsible organizer with two partitions that Velcro to divide the trunk into thirds. In my trunk, I’d probably not use both partitions, because the compartments would be too small. There are pockets on the sides, and an insert for the bottom to make it sturdy. The attached lid keeps things looking neat (and we don’t have to worry about losing it). If you want a removable lid, well it’s not removable.

I wondered how I would be able to lift the trunk organizer with the books inside. Have no fear: there are handles on the side and the bottom did not collapse when lifted it up. The lid is strong enough to hold the books that my little girl piles on top. I’m impressed.

The trunk was flat when it arrived, but I’m not folding it back up anytime soon.

This product was provided for review by Crusar.

Sep 02

The Nutro Company Large Breed Weight Management for Dogs with Chicken and Rice Formula ★★★★★

The Nutro Company Large Breed Weight Management for Dogs with Chicken and Rice Formula

The weight management version of Nutro Large Breed Dog Food Can with Chicken and Rice Formula looks identical in every way. I can’t even find the Calorie content to see how many Calories my dog is saving. I just have to trust she’ll not gain weight (not that she needs to be on a diet). I tested The Nutro Company Weight Management Formula against the regular formula and I threw in Nutro with Fish and Sweet Potato Formula for good measure. Of course she chose the meaty chunks of chicken and rice over fish loaf, but she ate the regular formula before she went to the weight management version. I wonder if she really knew the difference.

At any rate, my dog doesn’t seem to care which one I give her. She’s happy wagging tails either way. The chunks aren’t too big for her, even though it says “large breed,” and it doesn’t upset her tummy at all.

Sep 02

General Mills Cereals Chocolate Chex Cereal ★★★★★

General Mills Cereals Chocolate Chex Cereal

Chocolate Chex Cereal is one of my favorites. The chocolate isn’t too sweet, and not every piece is chocolate, so we get a balance of flavors. I eat it in the morning with milk or snack on it dry. That gets me through a whole box every two days or so. My kids like it, also. It’s seriously good.

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

Aug 31

Leaper Canvas Sling Bag ★★★★☆

Leaper Canvas Sling Bag Outdoor Cross Body Bag for Men Dark Blue

The product title may say “men,” but it’s really a unisex design. I’ve been using the Leaper Canvas Sling Bag as a sling bag/purse.

I’d say the sling bag is the size of a small backpack (won’t fit school textbooks), or large purse (will fit a large Kindle Fire). There are tons of pockets: a pocket on the flap, an open pocket and zippered pocket under the flap, a buttoned pocket on the side, a zippered pocket and three open pockets inside the main compartment.

I like the handle on top, which looks like it’s topped with leather, and all the little decorative buckles and zipper pulls that tie the look together. What I don’t care for is the strap, which is adjustable length, but not adjustable enough. I need it shorter, so the sling bag doesn’t hit my butte when I have the strap slung crossbody. Perhaps that’s why it’s a men’s bag. They tend to have a longer torso. The strap does attach to the left or right bottom corner of the bag, though, so it will suit whichever shoulder you want to sling it over.

This product was provided for review by Fifth Season.

Aug 31

Meaneor Women’s Fit and Flare Dress ★★★★☆

Meaneor Women’s Fit and Flare Dress V-neck Flowy Pleated Short Sleeve Dress Orange

I usually wear a size 10. I chose large according to the size charts and the Meaneor Women’s Fit and Flare Dress fits perfectly. This dress is stretchy and reminds me of athletic wear. You’ll have to wear seamless underwear. In fact, I wear mild shapewear underneath, because every roll and jiggle shows right through. With the shapewear, it’s great.

This product was provided for review by Meaneor.

Aug 31

Luseta Tea Tree & Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Set ★★★★☆

Luseta Tea Tree & Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Set

If only you could see these lovely bottles. They belong in the finest hotels, the classiest of bathrooms. If there was anything Luseta did right, it was choosing the right bottle. They also set themselves apart by combining tea tree and argan oil. I honestly had no idea what tea tree was supposed to smell like. I know argan oil has a nutty, sweet, earthy scent. Both the Luseta Shampoo & Conditioner have the same scent. Since I don’t detect argan oil, it must be the overwhelming scent of tea tree, which is quite medicinal. If you like strong medicinal scents, this set is for you.

I would have preferred more argan than tea tree, but tea tree isn’t bad. My hair is clean and it doesn’t tangle. My hair looks healthy, and that’s what counts.

This product was provided for review by Luseta Beauty.