Jun 24

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent Packs ★★★★☆

Arm & Hammer Bioenzyme Power Laundry Detergent Packs

https://www.amazon.com/Arm-Hammer-Bioenzyme-Laundry-Detergent/dp/B01D2ZNGBE?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

My husband is in charge of laundry around here. When I asked him what he thought of Arm & Hammer, he said they were fine, except he has to use two packs per load. When he used one pack, it wasn’t so good. Well, the directions do say two packs for a large load and we always fill up our washer, so he’s on the right track. I only get to see the results, but I approve of how my clothes look and smell.

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

Jun 24

UDI RC Eagle Drone ★★★★☆

UDI RC Eagle Drone with Wide Angle 720P HD Camera, Virtual Reality Mode, Real Time FPV, Wi-Fi, Headless Mode, Return to Home — Bonus Extra Battery

UDI RC Eagle Drone with Wide Angle 720P HD Camera Virtual Reality Mode Real time FPV Wifi Quadcopter with Headless Mode, Return to Home, Bonus extra battery

This drone has more options for flying than any other drone I’ve ever flown. We choose how we want to fly it. App controller? Gravity control? Old fashioned remote? No problem! Even though I was a little worried that the Wi-Fi would cut out even in the confined spaces of my living room, that did not happen.

So far, my favorite flying method is with the remote controller together with the phone (optional), so I can see what the drone sees. Gravity control is a new feature for me. We still need the left hand to control lift, but the rest is done by tilting the phone in the direction we want the drone to fly. I have less control with this method, trying to remember what to do with my left hand as the phone has to stay in motion. Using the phone app as the remote controller is not too bad, but we don’t get the tactile stimulation to remind us which direction we are turning the drone.

Flying features include 360 degree flips, return to home (which actually is pretty accurate even in just my home office), and headless mode. It has an onboard camera and comes with a micro SD card with a card reader. One of the only things I don’t like about the camera is it works only with the app. I can’t find a button on the remote controller to take pics and video. The good thing is everything gets recorded on the card, although photos get recorded on the card and the phone.

The drone has a virtual reality mode we could use with a VR headset. Even though I owned on of those, I did not try out the VR feature. VR makes me feel dizzy. I did look at the image on the phone to see what I would have seen with that headset on, and it’s the view from the camera, split into two images to make it 3D when worn a few inches from our eyes.

Even though this drone sports so many cool features, I am deducting a star for durability. The plastic does not handle collisions as well as other brands. I have crashed it more often than I do other drones partly because I was learning how to use all the novel flying methods, but also partly because it’s a little harder to fly.

This product was provided for review by UDI Toys.

Jun 24

Star Wars Darth Vader Window Decal ★★★★★

Star Wars Darth Vader Passenger Series Perforated PVC Window Decal

Star Wars Darth Vader Passenger Series Perforated PVC Window Decal

My son bought me Darth Vader and stormtrooper decals for my minivan windows. Best Christmas present ever. They were easy to apply on the outside of the windows without leaving huge bubbles. I made a mistake with the stormtrooper, but it was simple enough to peel off and start again. Now that they’ve been on awhile, they are harder to get off. I tried peeling a little edge just to see if I could get it off as easily as I did when it was fresh. It was stuck on good, but I did not try very hard to take it off, because I don’t want it to come off.

I have had so many positive comments on these decals, especially the stormtrooper, which shows up better on tinted windows. The only caveat I have for Vader is he goes on the on the driver’s side windows. If you put him on the passengers’ side, he’ll be facing backwards.

Jun 22

Eachine H8S 3D Mini Quadcopter ★★★★★

Eachine H8S 3D Mini Quadcopter Drone Inverted Flight Remote Control Nano Quadcopter RTF Mode 2

Eachine H8S 3D Mini Quadcopter Drone Inverted Flight Remote Control Nano Quadcopter RTF Mode 2

This cute little drone sports a lot of features for its size. For something that fits in the palm of my hand. It not only flies, it also flips, has headless mode, and returns to home.

What is headless mode? Well, when you push the stick on the controller forward, most drones will fly forward in the direction they are facing. If they are facing left, they will fly left. This makes it difficult to stay oriented. In headless mode, “forward” is the direction away from you (the operator) no matter which direction the drone is facing. Trust me on this; it’s much easier to fly a drone that has headless mode.

Some tips: Before you set headless mode, make sure it is pointing in the direction you are facing. You know it is in headless mode by the steady beeping sound.

What is return to home? Well, wherever the drone is, if you want to call it back, press one button and it will come back. This is a cool feature, but it is less useful for small drones, because we tend to fly them in more confined spaces.

The only problem I had with the drone was when I took it out of the box. It wanted to flip upside down every time I flew it. If your drone does this, the solution is to calibrate the drone. There are some buttons for fine tuning, but for something like this, a full reset is in order. First, turn the drone and remote on and pair (push the left stick up and down). Then, push both sticks to the bottom right. Next, push both sticks to the bottom left. There, problem solved.

I can squeeze 6-7 minutes of indoor flying before the battery needs a charge. It’s like a little mosquito but much cuter.

This product was provided for review by EachinedirectUS.

Jun 22

Cat Litter Mat ★★★★☆

Cat Litter Mat

Cat Litter Mat

I like the texture of this cat litter mat. It’s soft on my feet, so I’m betting the cat doesn’t mind it much. And the cat paw shape? Aw, what can I say? It’s much more attractive than the plain dark one it’s replacing. I guess the only thing I would ding this for is size. It’s smaller than my other cat litter mat, although we never used the full length of the old one. Still, this one works well enough, so bye bye old mat.

This product was provided for review by kfir gal.

Jun 22

Zinus 14 Inch Elite SmartBase Mattress Foundation ★★★★★

Zinus 14 Inch Elite SmartBase Mattress Foundation — Extra Strong Support/Platform Bed Frame/Box Spring Replacement/Sturdy/Noise-Free/Non-Slip, Twin XL

Zinus 14 Inch Elite SmartBase Mattress Foundation for Big & Tall Extra Strong Support/Platform Bed Frame/Box Spring Replacement/Sturdy/Quiet Noise Free/Non-Slip, Twin XL

I was thinking of getting a wider bed for my son, but he wanted a longer bed, not a wider bed. We decided to trade his twin up for a twin XL. This frame came all folded up; no assembly required. I simply had to unfold it. The thought occurred to me that if he didn’t like the frame, I could store it in the closet for when we had guests and use it with an inflatable mattress. Before we got rid of his old bed, we put his old mattress on this frame for him to use for a few nights. He said it’s quite comfortable and gave the green light to get rid of his old bed. That was the bed he’s had since he was a toddler. I think I’m going to cry.

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

Jun 22

Infinity Hair Building Fibers ★★★★☆

Infinity Hair Building Fibers to Conceal Thinning Hair for the Appearance of Thicker, Fuller Hair for Women & Men

Infinity Hair Building Fibers to Conceal Thinning Hair for the Appearance of Thicker, Fuller Hair for Women & Men

This stuff is hilarious. I tried it on myself first and it actually works. My sink was a mess with little black fibers, so when I tried it on my brother, we did it outside. There, we ran into problems with the breeze, but in the end, he looked like he had much fuller hair. We sprayed him with hairspray and wiped it gently with a towel to see how much would come off. I expected clumps, but it stayed put. This whole process took about 2-3 minutes for his head. It could have taken longer, depending on how much “hair” he wanted to have, so I wouldn’t want to do it every day for large jobs. For a little thinning near the temples, it’s fine, or maybe reserve it for special occasions.

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

Jun 22

Vanknight Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS XL Skin ★★★★☆

Vanknight Vinyl 3DS XL Skin Fire Emblem Awakening for the New Nintendo 3DS XL

Vanknight Vinyl Decals Skin Sticker Fire Emblem Awakening for the New Nintendo 3DS XL 2015

My son bought these decals for his red 3DS XL. It’s a good match colorwise, and the design looks cool. He gives it four stars. The images are stunning, but the edges are beginning to peel because the fit is not exact. I couldn’t tell at first, but it’s more obvious now.

Jun 20

Dowan Snack Bowl Set ★★★★★

Dowan Snack Bowl Set

Dowan Snack Bowl/Bowls Set

What a gorgeous set of snack bowls, colored just like Amazon’s photos and nicely finished. They are just the size for a large scoop of ice cream or a small sundae. That’s much better than using a cereal bowl. If you believe in portion control, these might help do the trick.

As for shipping, I was afraid these snack bowls would arrive in pieces, but they were well packed and didn’t have a single scratch when I took them out. I immediately placed them in the dishwasher, which they survived, as well. I’m very pleased.

This product was provided for review by Dowan.

Jun 20

Power Baja Remote Control RC Buggy ★★★★☆

Power Baja Remote Control RC Buggy 2.4 GHz PRO System 1:18 Scale

Power Baja Remote Control RC Buggy 2.4 GHz PRO System 1:18 Scale

This little RC car runs on six AA batteries (four for the car, two for the remote). That makes it highly convenient. We don’t have to sit and wait for the lone proprietary battery to recharge; we can have a whole pile of rechargeable AA batteries on hand to keep feeding it when it dies. I recommend a pile, if you want to run it more than six minutes, because that’s how long the car lasts on a set (the remote will last longer, don’t worry).

With batteries inserted, the car is hefty for its size. The pliable plastic body is so thin I could cut it with scissors, but it’s durable and not brittle at all. I’ve crashed it without causing a single scratch.

I like the rubber tires and the suspension system that gives it a little bounce as it runs backwards and forwards along my street. The trigger remote steering wheel makes it easy for even young children to operate. It’s a good choice for the preschool through elementary school crowd.

This product was provided for review by AirsoftRC Wholesale.