Nov 20

Tums Antacid Chewable Tablets ★★★★★

Tums Antacid Chewable Tablets, Assorted Fruit

My husband is a huge fan of Tums. I munch on them every now and then myself. They are a great source of calcium, not to mention they taste like candy and they help my heartburn. I have lots of heartburn, and I can always count on Tums for immediate relief. Just know that the effects don’t last all that long. That’s the nature of the beast.

Nov 20

GPTOYS F2 Black Aviax Quadcopter ★★★★★

GPTOYS F2 RC Black Aviax Quadcopter Kit 6-Axis 2.4GHz Remote Control Headless Mode

Count me in as a huge fan of Aviax drones. They are the easiest to pair, the most stable, and the most convenient to reset. Pairing the F2 Aviax is one step, and I don’t have to unplug the battery if I want to pair again. Just turn the remote off then on again. The controller is marked, so I don’t have to wonder what each button is for, and the lights on the controller tell me what mode I’m in, so I don’t have to squint to read a control panel or remember what each light sequence means. It gets even better: The drone is stable as can be for being suspended in midair. I can take my hand off the throttle without worry than it will fall out of the sky.

Flips are easy, and one touch return actually works! I can’t tell you how many other drones had special return functions that failed miserably. Now honestly, it doesn’t return exactly home, but it comes back to the general vicinity, and it seems to get lost more if I’m in headless mode.

Headless mode: the mode that lets us fly while spinning. It’s the best mode for beginners because it means they don’t have to keep track of orientation. In some drones, headless mode can only be activated when the throttle Is pushed (i.e., the drone is flying). That takes a bit of coordination for beginners. Newbies won’t have problems here, because headless mode can be triggered when the drone is on the ground. I’ve been through phases with headless mode: I didn’t have it; I was too good for it; I love it!

The only thing I don’t care for about the Aviax drones is that the blades don’t come attached to the drone. I have to put them on, not that it’s that much harder than using a screwdriver, but I don’t like that extra step. On the other hand, it makes for a beautiful presentation, especially this F2 drone, where each side of the box unfolds like a flower. On some Aviax drones, the pilot holes for the blade guards were not large enough for the screws, so the blade guards could not be mounted. On other Aviax drones, the blade guards would interfere with the propeller. I had no problems with the propeller guards on my F2 Aviax.

This product was provided for review by Aidixin Tech.

Nov 20

Icicle Solar Copper Novelty Christmas Tree Lights ★★★★☆

Icicle Solar Copper Novelty Christmas Tree Lights (120 Led/20 ft Blue)

I have three different colored strands from Icicle Direct: blue, purple, and multicolored. They are all rather short strands that cover the front of a medium bush or the front of two small bushes. They are bright compared to a competitor, but the strands are short and they do not have the same number of flashing options — just flashing or not flashing, but no other variations. The lights turn on automatically and stay on at least until I go to bed at 11 PM. Yes, they are very bright then, so I’m sure they are on for much longer than that.

I like how the Icicle Solar Lights look when they’re up, and the fact that they are on wire makes them very easy to store for next year. You will need a lot of these if you want to cover a yard, but at least you won’t have to run extension cords.

This product was provided for review by Icicle Direct.

Nov 20

Icicle Purple LED String Lights ★★★★☆

Icicle Purple LED String Lights, 120 LEDs Copper Starry Lights with 20 Ft Silver Wires Solar Christmas Light

One of the nicest things about solar lights is that we don’t have to worry about running extension cords (yeah, and they’re green). Icicle Purple LED String Lights are on a wire, so they store so much more compactly than traditional string lights, and they weigh next to nothing. The purple lights have two modes: flashing and always on. The strand is long enough to cover the front side of two very small bushes. They are brighter than another set of solar LED string lights I own (different brand), but they are also shorter and have fewer flashing modes to choose from. The lights automatically turn on when it gets dark and they stay on for at least five hours (I go to bed after that, but I’m sure it stays on much longer).

I like the lights. Just wish the strand was longer.

This product was provided for review by Icicle Direct.

Nov 20

Icicle Multicolored LED Rainbow String Lights ★★★★☆

Icicle Multicolored LED Rainbow String Lights, 20ft/120 Colored LEDs

I am impressed by how brightly Icicle Multicolored LED Rainbow String Lights compared to two other brands of solar LED string lights I own. That’s probably because these are a short strand. They only cover the front side of a bush, but they are very pretty. We get two modes: flashing (synchronized), and always on. I wish there were more options, even though I normally choose the always on mode.

Our sun sets earlier right now. It was dark at 6 PM when I went out with my son. The lights were fully on. I came out at 11 PM to take photos, and they were still as bright as ever. The sun was out at 6 AM this morning so I’m not sure how long the lights last through the night, but I am happy they stay on for as long as I’m awake.

This product was provided for review by Icicle Direct.

Nov 20

Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Homestyle Chicken Broth and Noodle Mix for K-Cups ★★★★☆

Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Homestyle Chicken Broth and Noodle Mix for K-Cups

If you were thinking what I was thinking, you’re right. Campbell’s Chicken Broth and Noodle Mix for K-Cups don’t need a Keurig. I opened a K-cup and put it in a cup of water along with the noodles from the packet and zapped it in the microwave. After two minutes, it was done. Actually, I should have taken it out earlier because the cup overflowed. I let it cool and then tried my creation.

Well? It’s not bad at all. The only problem was not enough noodles. They don’t look like on the box. The noodles were sunken, so all I could see was broth, but it’s good broth. I’ve read the Keurig users thought it was watered down. I have no idea if that’s true, but will get the full flavor if you just dump it in a cup like I did.

This is a good portable alternative if you need soup on-the-go for work or camp. All you need is hot water.

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

Nov 18

Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil ★★★★★

Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Imported)

When it comes to cooking, I don’t know much about oils, except that olive oil is supposed to be good for us. So, I bought Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil at the supermarket based on price, seeing as my lips cannot discern the finer differences between brands. I cook with it, toss my veggies and bake with it. And yes, I fry with it (not deep fry, ’cause I don’t like to deep fry anything). I honestly can’t tell the difference in flavor from regular oil, not when I’m cooking anyway. If I’m dipping in olive oil with balsamic vinegar, that’s a different story. I haven’t done that with Pompeian olive oil. I don’t do that unless I’m in a restaurant.

Nov 18

Velocity Toys Speed Spark 6×6 Electric RC Monster Truck ★★★☆☆

Velocity Toys Speed Spark 6×6 Electric RC Monster Truck Big 1:12 Scale RTR w/ Working Headlights, Dual Rear Wheels (Colors May Vary)

The first Speed Spark I got acted like it had a bad battery, but charging the battery didn’t help. The second Speed Spark I got didn’t work, either. Between the two of them, I figured out the first one had a bad battery charger. The second one had a bad remote. Put them together and I had two trucks that worked off one remote and one battery charger.

This is a tough looking truck. With six wheels, you’d think it could run on any terrain. Actually, it is two-wheel drive. The extra set of wheels makes it get stuck more often than other two-wheel drive vehicles on grass, dirt, gravel, and uneven sidewalks. No sir, this was made for asphalt only. It is a slow moving truck, but it makes very tight turns, which is cool to watch.

Younger kids who lack hand-eye coordination may enjoy it because of the reduced speed. This is a good one to learn how to use thumb controllers on. It goes forwards, backwards and turns left and right. Battery life is incredibly good. I ran it for half an hour yesterday and another ten minutes today and there is still juice left in it. I have no idea how long it takes to charge the batteries, though. That red light never turns green. I just plug it in a few hours and then unplug it.

This product was provided for review by AirsoftRC Wholesale.

Nov 18

Excipial Urea Hydrating Healing Lotion ★★★★★

Excipial Urea Hydrating Healing Lotion, 6.7 Ounce

If ever there was a rough dry feet contest, I would win. All my life, the soles of my feet have been downright ugly. I’ve tried urea based lotions in the past, but I gave up on them because it was messy putting something on the bottom of my feet, especially if I have to walk on them all over the house. I go barefoot. Yeah, I know socks would be a great idea but I loathe wrapping my feet in anything unless I have to.

Enter Excipial Urea Hydrating Healing Lotion. I have the Excipial hand lotion. Now, I have the all over lotion, except I put it on my feet. Wow. I love how quickly it vanishes into the skin so that I can walk without tracking lotion all over the carpet. It doesn’t have a strong scent and my feet look instantly more hydrated. I only use the lotion once a day, since that’s all I can remember to do. My feet are dry before I put it on, but I think they are looking better and feeling softer every day.

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

Nov 16

Dove Body Wash ★★★★☆

Dove Body Wash, Deep Moisture Pump 34 ounce

There was a sale at the supermarket: buy two get one free. Of course, I couldn’t resist. I like Dove, always have. I associate it with gentleness, and I liked the shape of the bottle. Really now, those in marketing need a bonus. As much as I know what they’re doing to me, I fall for it.

What I love about Dove Body Wash? It lathers up so nicely. I put as much on my pouf as I normally do with other body washes and a volcano full of suds started spewing out. The scent is hard to describe, but not my favorite. It’s reminiscent of some sort of green plant.

The pump feature is nice, and it’s a large bottle that will last a super long time, now that I know not to load up the pouf so much.