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Product Review :: Double Hammock #XLLightweightPortableDurableNylonHammock

Product Review :: Double Hammock #XLLightweightPortableDurableNylonHammock


YUEDGE Lightweight Portable Durable Nylon Hammock for Outdoor,Traveling, Camping, Hiking, Backpacking (XL Blue)


Durable enough to stand up to several rambunctious kids!

Please note, I received this at a discount in exchange for my review. 

I ordered this hammock for my grandchildren to use in the back yard and on camping trips. Our family really loves hammocks and everyone seems to always gravitate to them when they are out. I thought if I got this double hammock it would be big enough to hold a few children and I was right, it is perfect. Two adults can even snuggle up in this for a nice nap.

Advantages:
* Accurate size at approx 108″ x 80″
* Big enough for 2-3 kids under 10, 2 kids and 1 adult, or 2 average sized adults
* Made of breathable nylon, easy to clean, dries quickly
* Carabiners and thick nylon ropes came already attached to the hammock
* Easy to hang and comfortable to use

Disadvantages:
* I wish the carrying case, which is actually attached to the hammock, was just a little bit larger. I found it difficult to get it all packed back up into the bag but it is possible. If you are the methodical type, you will have no problem.

double hammock

This hammock comes in 4 different sizes and 2 different colors so make sure you are ordering the size that you need. I ordered the XL in Blue and have been very happy with it. It does match up to the product description very well so as long as you are aware of what is described in the listing and that is what you are looking for, you should be very happy too.

I think the smaller sized hammock would make a great reading nook hammock in a closet. Kids love hammocks and any small space would do. You could even make a reading area in an unfinished basement or attic by hanging one of these from the beams and simply putting some tumbling mats below it in case of a spill from the hammock. These hammocks are lightweight and durable, perfect for all kinds of different projects with kids, indoors and out.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this YUEDGE Lightweight Portable Durable Nylon Hammock for Outdoor,Traveling, Camping, Hiking, Backpacking (XL Blue) on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Product Review :: Bright LED Headlamp/Flashlight #Luxolite

Product Review :: Bright LED Headlamp/Flashlight #Luxolite


Bright LED Headlamp Flashlight with Red Light – Best Adjustable Headlight for Running, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading, Kids – Waterproof CREE Work Headlamps Batteries Included


Lots of options on this headlight make it great for focused activities, has even given my son a boost of needed confidence

This LED Headlamp provides many different options when it comes to the light itself and the uses are wide and varied. The product description is accurate concerning the details of the product design and operation so I won’t take up time repeating everything, I will just start by outlining what I found, in my opinion, to be the overall best advantages and then the disadvantages of this headlamp. Then I will share my recommendation and how our family actually uses this headlamp/flashlight.

Advantages

headlamp flashlight✦ This is wonderful if you need a hands-free option in order to do work or hobbies more efficiently and/or safely
✦ Adjusts to a wide range of head sizes, in fact, it will more than likely fit anyone in your family
✦ This is built to last: impact and water resistant
✦ LED bulbs that last more than 50,000 hours
✦ The head mount tilts up and down with 5 positions, helping to direct the light where it is most needed
✦ Options: White Light (High, Medium, Low, Flashing) Red Light (Steady or Strobe night vision)
✦ Comes in 5 different colors so you can easily tell who’s is who’s if you have multiple family members that have them
✦ Comes with 3 AAA Duracell batteries, ready to use. I hate getting something and not having the needed batteries on hand.
✦ Lifetime guarantee, I think it is great that more companies are focusing on customer service and standing behind their products

Advantage and Disadvantage all in one:

headlamp flashlight red flash headlamp flashlight red✦ This light is extremely bright, much brighter than ordinary lights or flashlights. You will be able to light up the area you are focused on close at hand and you will not need to use multiple lights to do the work. If you are looking further away and using it for your light when walking at night, it provides a focused path of light quite a ways away depending on the terrain. In emergencies, the SOS modes will provide the visibility you need while leaving your hands free to cope with other things.

bright headlamp flashlightHowever, this light is so bright that it can result in some temporary vision problems if someone looks directly into it. Just be sure that anyone using it knows what each setting does and the one that they should use, especially children.

Disadvantages:

✦ Since the beam of the headlight/flashlight is so focused, I would not rely on this for any activity that involved traveling quickly or for something that involved being out in the wilderness with this as your only option. Bicycling, hiking, running/jogging, or hunting are things that the product description mentions that I would definitely want a light with a wider beam than this provides. You need to be able to see your surroundings with a wide field of vision in those situations, not just what this headlamp/flashlight’s beam produces which is too narrow for those activities.

Recommendation:

✦ This LED Headlamp/Flashlight is great to have for focused activities. When I say focused, I mean activities that have a defined scope of vision and one in which you don’t need a broad field of vision, where you don’t need to see what is going on in the environment around you. I don’t agree with the product description about many of the activities it does list that they think this headlamp could be used for. In fact, this headlamp could actually be a liability in certain situations they list, making you feel safe or secure when you actually need a different kind of light for those activities, many of those which I discussed in the Disadvantages section of this review.

✦ It would be really great if the company who makes these looked into offering two types of beams for this, the narrow one it currently does and wide one.

How our family uses this and other people who might benefit from having one:

✦ I really do like this light and it is perfect for what I had in mind which is something a little bit different. My youngest son and the grandchildren all love playing in the back yard. They love playing all kinds of games and riding their battery powered vehicles. My son has limited sight in one eye though and it makes him more hesitant than he really needs to be, especially in the early evening. There aren’t any real obstacles so I thought if he had more light, he would feel more comfortable in being adventurous and exploring.

This light has been perfect for that, it even gives him the extra light needed when it is dark to be able to drive around in one of the little jeeps, adding to the wider field of vision the headlights give. I was right when I thought this would give him the extra boost of confidence he needed to be able to explore more of the yard and participate in activities in the evening. Children need to be able to feel independent and if it takes something like a headlamp, I am all for it.

This really does make a great item for kids to have for so many different things like exploring the yard and house, reading under the covers, playing games like hide-and-seek and so much more. At the time I ordered this, the price point was under $20.00. If you have a lot of kids that is probably too much, but as a special gift or reward it is reasonable, At times I think we guide our children in their play too much, this is the perfect thing to give them and then just sit back and enjoy watching what they find to do with it.

headlamp flashlight white✦ This also makes a great tool for work around the house and in the garage. My husband wants one of his own for his work in the garage.
✦ It will also be very helpful next time we are able to go out camping. Nobody likes walking around the campsite or to the bathroom while tripping over everything not in sight! It won’t be the only type of flashlight we need, though.
✦ The product listing does mention other things this light will be good for that I agree with, especially the caving and walking your dog at night, as long as you are in familiar surroundings.
✦ This is great to use with hobbies where you need to see close up at times but your vision isn’t what it used to be. I love to color but at certain times of the day my eyes are very blurry and just don’t seem to focus well. This added light helps make the whole process easier so that I can relax. People who do any kind of hobbies like embroidery, making models, or painting may find this useful.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Bright LED Headlamp Flashlight with Red Light – Best Adjustable Headlight for Running, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading, Kids – Waterproof CREE Work Headlamps Batteries Included on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Product Review :: Copper LED Lantern #mitakijapan

Product Review :: Copper LED Lantern #mitakijapan


Mitaki ELANT12 Classic 12-bulb Lantern

Offered by SKIVU


Gorgeous and functional!

copper lanterns 12 LED lightsThis is the perfect replica of the old oil lanterns I remember from my childhood, except for one thing, it won’t burn you! With the source of light being 12 LED Lights that run on 4AA batteries, you don’t have to worry about it running out of fuel or injuring anyone. The copper finish on it is gorgeous, copper is what I use as my kitchen accent color. So guess what this little lantern is going to be? It is actually going to be a camping light! And a decorative element!

Of course, I will use it more for a decorative piece than anything, though. I have ordered some of the copper wire lights to place inside of it (with a remote) so that I can place this on top of my cabinets with my other copper pieces. As soon as they come in, I will update this with a picture, I am sure it is going to look like it was meant for that spot.  I think the same copper wire lights inside of it would look nice at a campsite too.

This would also be a great piece to decorate your RV with if you have any little shelves. What would be better than a camping themed element that would work in an emergency as an extra light source?

The lantern is well constructed and I haven’t had any problems. I like that the knob for the lights is dimmable, it can be very dim or super bright.  Other things I like are that the globe is glass, not plastic.  It has a good weight to it, it doesn’t feel like it is flimsily made. The copper color is a finish, as stated in the product review but it looks very accurate. You wouldn’t want a real copper lantern for a camp lantern anyway, it would tarnish too quickly.  It has a handy hook at the top if you want to hang it and it also has a nice long handle to carry it with if you need to.

I don’t see any disadvantages to this. I highly recommend it whether you are looking at this as a decorative piece or a functional piece,

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

#mitakijapan