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Product Review :: 7 Day Pill Box

Product Review :: 7 Day Pill Box

Product Review :: Small/Medium Easy Open 7 Day Travel Pill Box, Prescription & Medication Organizer with Pill Case from Stuff Seniors Need

7 day pill boxWhat Seniors Need, and What Spoonies need too! If you are not sure what a Spoonie is, it is a person who deals with a chronic illness that has limited amounts of energy (spoons) a day. I am not a Senior, but I am definitely a Spoonie. I take a lot of medications, of course at different times of the day. This pill box not only helps to stay organized, it helps you and your caregiver make sure that your medication is being properly dispensed and that it is being taken. At times I can be so tired, sick, or in so much pain that I am not thinking straight so, a pill organizer is a must. It is not good for me to miss a dosage or to take a double dosage because I can’t remember if I took something or not.

PROS:

* Helps you to stay on your medication schedule by filling the box once a week
* Saves time by doing it a week at once instead of each time you need to take your medication
* Brightly colored sections, one color for each day of the week
* 4 compartments per day, labeled
* Compartments are easy to open and snap shut
* You can easily slip out a day from the holder instead of taking the whole thing with you if you are going somewhere
* The holder for the individual days is made of sturdy plastic that will last. There are slots in the bottom of the holder that you can use to pop out the individual trays if they are giving you trouble when you try to get them out.
* Nice leather case to ensure privacy. I know I don’t like other people to see what medications I am on or how many pills I have to take.
* This looks much better on my nightstand than 10 different pill bottles!
* Leather case is easy to open with a Velcro tab, when closed it helps to ensure nothing falls open if accidentally dropped
* Nice plastic pocket in the lid of the case that holds a general information paper you can fill out, there is room to keep your medication list on the back of the paper. I like it that it is not permanent, you can choose to have that or replace it with something else if/when needed. You can easily take this medication list with you to the doctor or hospital, making paperwork and questions there much easier. The general information is also great if you leave your pill case somewhere.
* Even before my new case was delivered, I received an email full of really helpful information along with contact information for different services Seniors might be in need of. Even though I am not a Senior, I thought it was great that the company selling these was really thinking about their customers and wanted to give them lots of resources to check into if they were in need of anything. I think it is great that the company found a way to offer their customers more without increasing costs at all. That information could actually be priceless to someone!

CONS:

 

* If you take large pills, they may not fit. I use the third slot for pills that don’t fit where they should. If you take large vitamin supplements, you might want to look for something larger than this.
* Some of the words are already rubbing off of the pill boxes, but you can use a Sharpie to write on these if you have trouble remembering what is what.
* There was a problem with the sewing on my leather case by the closure tab. The person sewing it missed about an inch section, veering off the leather itself. So my case is split open there but it is easily fixable with some glue.
* The plastic hinges on the pill cases are very thin. One problem I have had in the past with pill holders similar to this is the hinges breaking. You then have to depend on the snap closure on the other side of it to keep your pills in place, which doesn’t always work. I am going to monitor this and if I do have a problem with the hinges or anything else on this case, I will update my review.

I am really happy with my pill case. As I mentioned, it certainly takes up much less space on my vanity and looks so much nicer than a bunch of scattered pill bottles. A well put together pill organizer is a must if you are caring for someone who is ill, have aging parents who are taking more medication or are ill yourself. This would make a nice gift as well. It shows that you care and want to make sure that the person you are giving it to won’t forget something or have to wonder if they took their medicine at a certain time or not which could cause them to take too much medicine. This happens more than you know and I am not just speaking from my own experience. By keeping medication in a pill organizer, you can tell at a glance what you need to take or if the medication has already been taken. Chronic illness and age can do many unexpected things to your thought processes. Help your loved ones as much as you can, a well thought out pill organizer like this one is just one of the many ways you can help, but a very important one.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Easy Open 7 Day Travel Pill Box, Prescription & Medication Organizer with Pill Case from Stuff Seniors Need, (For Small to Medium Sized Pills Up To 0.75″ in length) on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. (This is an older review I am just now sharing on my blog, created and published before the TOS changes.) 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.


Product Review :: Crystalline Deodorant

Product Review :: Crystalline Deodorant


In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this product at a discount in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, a positive review is never guaranteed or implied.

Crystalline Salts Premium Crystal Deodorant

All Natural Deodorant Made From Natural Mineral Salts Harvested From the Pristine Mountains of Thailand – Ideal for Athletes. Combats Odor Naturally. No Stains, No Synthetics, Aluminum Free. For Men and Women. Natural Salt Rock

After I started getting interested in essential oils, I realized that there were so many other natural products that I had never given any consideration. I came across this all natural deodorant and thought I would give it a try.

I have had this for over a month, and I must say that I am very impressed with it! It is a little different to apply, you get the mineral stick wet and then apply it. It takes a few seconds to dry but once it does, this deodorant has staying power.

It is very dry, once you have applied it and it dries there is virtually no residue that you find with other deodorants. If you are going to be wearing something special I would recommend this so as not to end up with any residue on your clothes. I can also see where it would be very beneficial for people who sweat lot like I do. It does not wear off until I wash it off.

This stick of deodorant is also going to last a very long time! After repeated applications, it still looks brand new. Instead of monthly, the product listing claims you will probably only have to buy this again once every year, and I can believe it from what I see so far. What a time and money saver.

The only thing to be careful of is to be sure and not apply this if you have just shaved. It is made out of salt so will sting against cut skin.

This product has a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied in any way. The best thing about this deodorant is that part of the proceeds from each sale goes to Avoda – an orphanage in Thailand dedicated to helping children with food, shelter, a home and education.

A great product all around, good for you, the environment, and they help out a very good cause!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this product at a discount in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

#crystaldeodorant #naturalproduct #beauty #deodorant #mineralsalts


Product Review :: Valentia Fresh Mist Calming #Toner

Product Review :: Valentia Fresh Mist Calming #Toner


Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner – Natural and Organic Ingredients – with Witch Hazel and Vitamin C – Refreshing – Balancing – 4.0 Oz  from Valentia Skin Care


This toner makes me feel fresh and cool!

Valencia skin tonerI really love a good toner. If you don’t currently use toners in your beauty regime, I highly recommend you give one a try. This one is a fantastic one for anyone new to toners or a toner true believer like I am.  I love that it is full of natural ingredients that I have learned about and know from experience that they work. Magnesium, Witch Hazel, Vitamin C and Tea Tree Oil are all proven natural ingredients that are great for your skin and many other things.

Toners provide your skin with multiple benefits. If you use them as part of a beauty routine, it is best to spritz it on after cleansing your face and before applying moisturizer. A toner helps take your clean routine one step further by removing any remaining oil or dirt from deep down in your pores. A good toner like this one will help balance the PH in your skin, which helps it stay clear of bothersome acne. My favorite thing about a toner is that it helps minimize enlarged pores. The Witch Hazel in this toner is the perfect ingredient for that. It is a natural astringent. 

Valentia facial toner radianceI actually keep this toner by my sink and another on my nightstand and use it anytime I pass by, and especially when I need something to help cool me down. This toner has a light fresh scent that I love. If I am feeling the heat, I just spritz some of this on and then as the fan circulates by my bed, the moisture on my face and neck help to cool my whole body.  I actually use toner so much in the summer that I don’t need a lot of my moisturizer anymore.  In fact, for the last few months, I haven’t done anything special to my face beyond using a cleanser and then toner multiple times a day. My skin looks fresh and clear, and most importantly to me, my pores are smaller. 

Thanks, #valentianatural #toner

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this Valentia Fresh Mist Calming Toner – Natural and Organic Ingredients – with Witch Hazel and Vitamin C – Refreshing – Balancing – 4.0 Oz  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 :: #Smarssen Heart Rate Monitor

Product Review :: #Smarssen Heart Rate Monitor
Product Review :: #Smarssen Heart Rate Monitor


Smarssen Portable Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor, iOS and Android Compatible


Accurate and Comfortable

I experience sinus tachycardia when I move around so I like to keep an eye on my heart rate. I have been considering the different ways to do it. In the past, I have had to wear a portable holtor monitor prescribed my doctor for various lengths of time but to purchase one of those on my own would be too expensive. I was fortunate to come across this Bluetooth heart rate monitor because it will work with various apps and I have found several that work for what I want. I need something that I can wear that will monitor my heart 24/7 so that I will not only have verification of any immediate problems but also have access to data that both my doctor and I can look at to recognize any patterns or trends with my heart rate.

The phone I paired this with is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 5.0.

#Smarssen Heart Rate Monitor

Advantages:
* Works with multiple apps, you can find the one that works best for your needs
* iOS and Android compatible
* Accurate – I measured this against 2 different oximeters and BP monitor
* Band is comfortable to wear, adjustable for many different sizes
* You are able to wash the band, huge plus when you wear something constantly
* Device attaches/detaches easily, no tangle of wires
* Easy to manage by myself
* I can see right away when my HR is staying high for too long a period of time and then do what i can to get it down myself with medication or rest vs going to the ER.
* With the advantage of working with so many apps, everyone is bound to find one that tracks the kinds of things they are interested in be it just plain HR shown on the display of your phone to elaborate charts and graphs displaying your HR data along with your exercise statistics.

Disadvantages:
* The directions could have been a little more explicit when it comes to how the device pairs with apps (it doesn’t pair through Bluetooth scanning, but through scanning within each app) and the need for the band to be very moist in order to work. I really don’t like that the band has to be wet to work. It is not only uncomfortable, once it dries I loose my connectivity and then have to go through the pairing process again.

#Smarssen Heart Rate MonitorIdeally, it would have been nice if this monitor came with its own app. Many of the ones that were recommended didn’t work because of different updates to them or changes in compatibility. I am not done searching for the perfect app yet, but for my use as a 24/7 monitor I have been using primarily BLE Heart Rate Monitor, HRMonitor, and MotiFIT which I found all on Google Play. I will update this review as I find more apps that are useful for monitoring your HR 24/7. I am not really interested in all of the apps that were recommended in the first place since they are more for monitoring your heart rate during exercise. My exercise is walking as far as the bathroom and brushing my teeth.

In fact, the change you see here of an average HR of 75 to a high of 121 was when I simply walked into the bathroom and back.  You can see that something as simple as walking raises my HR, so it is important that I keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t get dangerously high.

I am excited to show my doctor this heart rate monitor on my next visit along with some data, once I decide which app I like the best. This is such a reasonably priced product (under $40.00 at the time of this review) that anyone who has an interest in or really needs to be monitoring their heart rate will be able to justify the cost easily. It is probably much less expensive than your copay if you have to wear an holtor monitor or event monitor for any length of time.

Please note, many of the pictures are of the apps I have been using. I wanted you to be able to get a feel for the kind of data you will see and so you will know that it was actually tested and used. What you will receive when you get this is the monitor, elastic band, battery, and battery compartment tool. Which app you choose is up to you.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I was selected to receive this Smarssen Portable Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor, iOS and Android Compatible 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.

#Smarssen


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Product Review :: Relaxing Sleep Tea #RelaxingSleepTea

Product Review :: Relaxing Sleep Tea #RelaxingSleepTea

Relaxing Sleep Tea – 2 Sizes – Herbal Bedtime Calming Aid – Helps Insomnia and Anxiety – Peaceful Mind and Body – Organic Superior Quality by Cuppa Magic


 

Refreshing sleep with the benefits of aromatherapy, I love the way this smells!

 

I love anything natural that can improve my lifestyle. I deal with numerous health issues so anything that can help me that doesn’t have to be prescribed I am all for! Due to back problems and chronic pain, I have a difficult time sleeping. I can fall asleep in a heartbeat but can’t stay asleep due to the pain. This cuppa magic tea is just the thing I have needed.

Advantages:

#relaxingsleeptea #cuppamagic*  Natural ingredients
*  Smells heavenly
*  Tastes great
*  Helps me sleep longer
*  Beneficial for so many things besides sleep
*  Individually packaged, no measuring needed
*  Package is resealable
* I have been studying natural ingredients for the last year and I have learned that the things they claim their ingredients help, actually do!

Disadvantages:

* None, I love it and it works.

I especially love the way this tea tastes and smells. I love tea anyway, I have always loved the tea ceremonies of Japan and the countless mystery novels I have read set in the Golden Age of England have instilled it in me. There is a science to the perfect cuppa. Having this pre-measured in individual packages takes the science out of it. All that you have to do is add water at your preferred temperature and let it steep, I let mine steep for just under 10 minutes so that I can enjoy the aromatherapy of it. If the tea is too strong for you, you can add some milk that has been slightly warmed, try some honey or sugar, or even just not let it steep for as long.

There is a strong scent of the orient in this tea, that probably comes from the Ginger and Saffron combined with Spearmint. It reminds me of the scent of Singapore that I used to love so much when I traveled more. It is a light floral scent that once you smell it, you will instantly recognize it. I don’t think that many people realize just how powerful a scent can be, I have no doubt that the aromatherapy effects of this tea no doubt help to put you in the right mood for a relaxing nights sleep.

It is important to have a routine built around sleep and preparing for bed. This is the perfect thing to add to your routine. You should drink this at least an hour before you go to bed to give it a chance to get into your system. I don’t think that I will ever sleep all night again because of my pain, but the sleep that I do experience after drinking this is a deeper sleep that leaves me more refreshed.

Ingredient List With Benefits: (provided by Cuppa Magic)

Chamomile: stress & sleep disorders – gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers – menstrual pain – reducing rashes, pimples & scars

Ginger Root: stomach upsets, indigestion & nausea – fight infections – lower cholesterol – improve brain function

Saffron: promote learning & memory – cell formation & repair – maintain blood pressure – disease prevention

Licorice: heal ulcers – relieve pain & stress – calm liver inflammation – PMS

#cuppamagicFennel Seeds: reduce toxic effect of alcohol – digestive disorders – as appetite suppressant – cough & phlegm problems

Rose Buds: clear toxins from internal organs – prevent infections – fight depression & bring inner peace – clear acne & moisturize the skin

Spearmint: improve circulation & reduce stress on blood vessels – fresh breath – nervous strain & fatigue – hormonal balance

Rose Hips: reduces pain, stiffness & joint inflammation – respiratory problems – boost immunity

Lemon Grass: hydrates the skin – eye problems – relax the senses decreasing stress – boost metabolic process aiding digestion

Tulsi Holy Basil: detoxifying & purifying – digestion – relieve headaches – prevent kidney stones by reducing uric acid

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this RELAXING SLEEP TEA – 2 Sizes – Herbal Bedtime Calming Aid – Helps Insomnia and Anxiety – Peaceful Mind and Body – Organic Superior Quality – With Ginger Root – Chamomile – Holy Basil – Saffron 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.

#RelaxingSleepTea


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Product Review :: Copper Compression Gloves

Product Review :: Copper Compression Gloves

Best Compression Gloves Copper Comfort- Helps Arthritis Speeds Recovery in Hands & Fingers – Highest Copper Percent Guaranteed Pair of Medium Gloves


Cool and Comfortable #compressioncomfort

I ordered these copper compression gloves to help with carpal tunnel and pain in my hands. I have heard for years about the benefits of copper and so copper gloves seem to be a logical step. I am trying to use more natural things in my life and for my health and have felt better for it. I ordered a size medium, if you are between sizes or in doubt, I would go larger. The material is very soft and the gloves slip on very easily. They are well sewn so I don’t have any reason to doubt their durability.

#compressioncomfort

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When you slip them on they are comfortable to wear and not hot at all, which is something I worried about. It is easy to wear them for an extended period of time. My hands don’t swell normally but I do have a lot of pain in them. I wish I would have ordered a size Large instead because I might have been able to wear these more and got more benefit from them when it comes to pain relief.

I did like the fact that they gave good support to my wrists. These are much easier to wear than a whole wrist brace which my doctor wants me to wear for carpel tunnel. They give me enough support as a reminder to hold my wrists correctly as I type and to keep them straight when holding my tablet for extended periods of time.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered these Best Compression Gloves Copper Comfort- Helps Arthritis Speeds Recovery in Hands & Fingers – Highest Copper Percent GUARANTEED *Pair of Medium Gloves* on Amazon and received them 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 :: Shiatsu Heated Massager #ShistuMassager

Product Review :: Shiatsu Heated Massager #ShistuMassager


Naturalico Shiatsu Massager (Heated) – Kneading Massage Therapy for Foot, Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain – Relieves Sore Muscles – Total Body Relaxation


Perfect for anyone who requires or wants massage on a regular basis

Shiatsu is a deep muscle massage, if you are used to having a nice relaxing massage you will probably be surprised at how deep and strong this type of massage is. It can actually be painful depending on your body structure. You can adjust how much pressure and “strength” that is put on your body as this massager does it’s work by the way you hold your arms in the massager sleeves. If you want a really deep massage you can rest your forearms on the inside of the sleeves and pull the massager tight against your body. If you need a less intense massage you just need to relax your arms within the sleeves a little bit more.

The first few times you use it you might find it to be a little awkward to put on correctly. Place it around your neck with the handles hanging straight over your shoulder then put your arms through the handles like you are putting a cape on. The same goes for anywhere else you want to massage, you wear the massager like a cape and just adjust where the nodes are on your body. The exception to this is that it has some handy velcro straps on it that help secure it around your waist snugly so that you can really work your lower back. The instruction booklet tells you how to do this and if you watch my video, you can see how to do it on there.

You are supposed to be able to use this pretty much anywhere on your body except for your head and arms. I find it much too strong to use on my calfs and feet. That could be a sensitivity issue, though.

After you have it plugged in and it is on your body you just push the power button, which is the center button. The heat automatically comes on at this point. To turn the heat off simply press the top button. You can turn it back on by pressing the same button. The bottom button changes the direction of the message heads.

There are 4 massage nodes, which are the hard black ball like structures, two on each side of the massage unit. The second 2 round things on the massager provide heat as well as some muscle massage. The instruction booklet identifies these as massage heads, not nodes. The booklet also doesn’t mention anywhere 4 different patterns to the massager and I haven’t found any way to change the pattern it goes in. It goes forward and backward, with the backward pattern being the reverse of the forward pattern. I am not sure what people are referring to when they say they like a certain pattern out of the 4. Maybe they are confusing the word node with mode and since the massage heads are constantly moving before they stop and reverse, people might think it is actually changing the pattern, or node/mode. I am going to have to talk to the seller about this to verify it. Perhaps my unit is broken?

Notable advantages of this massager:
* Comes with an AC adapter to plug it into a wall outlet and also an adapter to use in the car
* Once you put it on a few times it is very easy to take on and off and move it around
* Heats up quickly and doesn’t get so hot that you will get burned
* Multi-Directional massage functionality
* Auto shutoff off the heat after 20 minutes
* The material on this is very soft, the product description says that this is leather but I am not sure about that.

Disadvantages:
* The cord on the massager often disconnects from the power adapter. It is no big deal but you can obviously tell that the connection is not tight.
* After falling in love with this, I decided to read the whole instruction booklet and found out that you should not use this where oxygen is being administered. You would think that this would be safe enough that it isn’t going to let off sparks or anything. Since you can’t use this around oxygen, I am ruled out since I am on oxygen 24/7. I suppose this is going to make a very nice present for someone.

Something to consider:
* The nodes are very hard so you can’t lean back against anything that would push against massage unit as you are using it

I think this is something extremely nice to have and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a way to be able to have a massage whenever they would like to and it is much less expensive than regular massages. Skipping one massage given by a masseuse pays for this unit. I am just extremely disappointed for myself but I do know that other people will benefit from this.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this 4 Naturalico Shiatsu Massager (Heated) – Kneading Massage Therapy for Foot, Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain – Relieves Sore Muscles – Total Body Relaxation 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.

#ShistuMassager


Product Review :: Exercise Ball #liveinfinitely

Product Review :: Exercise Ball #liveinfinitely


Exercise Ball – Professional Grade Anti Burst Tested with Hand Pump- Supports 2200lbs- Includes Workout Guide Access- 55cm/65cm/75cm/85cm Balance Balls (Purple, 55 cm)


This ball will not let you down…

I ordered this Professional Grade Exercise Ball on the promises that it made concerning it’s anti-burst properties and it’s ability to hold a lot of weight. I wasn’t sure what size to order so I contacted the company and they got right back to me; I ended up ordering the Purple 55″ one. I am 5 ft. 5 in tall and weigh around 230. I have had three back surgeries and have chronic health problems that really limit my activity. I need to build up my core strength and my muscles in my back that have been damaged due to the surgeries.

I want to build up strength so that I can sit at the computer desk, in front of my photography booth while I take pictures, or maybe in front of the TV for short periods of time. I have seen these used in offices and have talked to people who say that it makes a world of difference, if you can find the right ball. Of course the worst thing that could happen to my pride and my back would be for the ball to burst unexpectedly and leave me on the floor. I know I am overweight, I don’t want a purple ball to emphasize the fact.

Advantages:

* The ball fit me perfectly, just like their customer service rep told me it would
* The purple color is more of a soft lavender, very feminine
* The ball has raised anti-slip ridges
* Made of heavy duty, Latex free, PVC
* Tested extensively, it is not going to break unexpectedly and I am not going to land on the ground on my bum
* Log on to www.liveinfinintely.com/foreverflex for their free workouts, exercise ball routines, free bonuses, and free PDF poster

Disadvantages:

* None

It took me several days to learn to sit on this and feel at ease and I still can not do it for a long time. Part of that is due to a learning curve and part of it is due to extreme caution. I just have to be exceedingly careful not to injure my back in any way. I don’t have anything to compare this to since I have never tried to sit on one of these before. It is soft, certainly softer than sitting in an office chair even while using extra seat pads to help with pain. I feel confident that I can build up some strength by continuing to increase the time I spend simply sitting on the ball.

When I received this, I noticed right away on the front of the box that it says it has a limit of 2200 pounds. I thought that was a typo on the product listing and the limit was 220, lol, but I was going to try anyway since I am so close to that weight. I was very happy to see it was not a typo! The box contained the ball, two plugs, a plug remover, and the hand pump. I tried the hand pump and it works but then I cheated and sent it outside with my husband to be filled with the air compressor. I didn’t know I would have to fill it 80% full and then wait 24 hours for it to stretch and then fill it some more, so be sure to read the directions. Your ball will be properly inflated when the outermost edge of the ball is the same distance from the wall as the size ball you bought. For example, I ordered the 55″ ball so the instructions said to place the box it came in 55″ from the wall. When the ball fits exactly in that space – from the wall to the box – it is full.

A properly sized ball should allow your knees to be at a 90 degree angle while sitting on it with your thighs parallel to the floor. For those of us who may not remember what parallel and 90 degrees mean, your body should essentially make the shape of a chair when you are sitting on the ball. Your thighs should go straight out in front of you, your legs bend at your knees, and then go straight to the ground. Your knees should not be higher than your thighs and your feet should rest on the ground, not hang in the air.

This exercise ball is great for beginners like me and I think that people who have used one before will really like the features this one has such as the anti-slip ridges and the no burst construction.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Exercise Ball -Professional Grade Anti Burst Tested with Hand Pump- Supports 2200lbs- Includes Workout Guide Access- 55cm/65cm/75cm/85cm Balance Balls (Purple, 55 cm) 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.

#liveinfinitely


Product Review :: 3 Piece Set of Tweezers

Product Review :: 3 Piece Set of Tweezers


3 Tips Premium Stainless Steel Tweezers Set with Case – Slant, Straight and Pointed Tip Tweezers with Case – Best Use for Best for Eyebrow, Ingrown and Nose Hair, Splinters & More

offered by Grooming District


Not all tweezers are created equal

If you have never used a great pair of tweezers before, you do not know what you are missing. All tweezers are not created equal. I ordered this set because every good pair of tweezers I buy seem to disappear frequently. I have finally learned that I can usually find them on my husband’s side of the vanity or hidden in his bedside table 🙂 I do seem to actually loose them easily too so really I liked the concept of 3 different tweezers in their own case.

Advantages

* 3 different tips easily identifiable by their color
* Stainless steel construction which is durable and easy to sanitize
* Appropriate length at around 3 in
* Nice amount of open space between the arms
* Sturdy feel and weight to them, these are not your dime store tweezers
* Designed correctly to make them easy to squeeze and grasp
* The small black case to keep them in is nice. There is a slot for each pair of tweezers or you can place them in the full width larger pocket right behind the slots. I like the idea of having the extra pocket so you could put a little mirror or something similar in there. The case has a smooth, shiny texture on the outside making it easy to wipe clean. The inside of the case is made of a soft material. It is well sewn and should last a long time.
* Lifetime money back guarantee! What more could you want? If you don’t like them, send them back. You have three months to send them back through Amazon. If you have a problem after 3 months, you can still contact them through the Amazon system to get a quick response about how to resolve your issue.

Disadvantages

* The tips of the Silver pair are not as smooth as they need to be. There is a tiny raised knob on the inside edge of the tips making it a little more difficult to grasp and then keep the hair held between the arms long enough to pull the hair out completely.
* The arms are completely smooth. I had another pair that I really liked that just had some etched lines in them where you would hold them. That would be a great thing for these to have because since they are so smooth, they are easy to drop.

Gold
This is my favorite pair. They are what most women are used to using when tweezing their eyebrows. As I have aged, I have also been horrified to learn that I need to watch for horribly coarse long hairs that appear out of nowhere on my chin and jawline! Gasp, and they are sometimes very dark, unlike the blonde, baby-like down fuzz of the rest of my facial hair. (Ladies, this is another thing that no one tells you about as you are growing up, lol. Mine discreetly began after I had my children and now have appeared in full force as I have progressed through my 40’s.)

Back to the tweezers now that I have told the young ladies the secret reason why they need to be prepared with a good pair of tweezers like these. These gold tweezers have the perfect slanted tip for your eyebrows and facial hair. You can easily find and then grasp the tip with the tweezers and then the hair comes out very easily when you pull in the direction of your hair growth. If you pull the opposite way, you may break or cut the hair and possibly even end up with an ingrown hair. Cheaper tweezers make it difficult to find the base of the hair if they aren’t slanted properly and if they are not constructed well enough,with a strong sturdy grip, you lose the hair before you can get it out. We have all been in that frustrating position before. Once you have these, no more need to worry about any of that again. These have performed perfectly every time I have used them and let me tell you there was a lot to catch up on since my husband lost my last favorite pair!

Purple
These have a straight tip that you would use if you needed to pull out larger areas of hair, for example, in the case of a unibrow. Even though I don’t have a unibrow, I do have small tiny pale hairs that you can barely see that seem to grow quickly between my eyebrows. This pair of tweezers worked perfectly to clean that up quickly and easily.

Silver
These are my husband’s favorite kind of tweezers. He has a goatee and mustache and often gets ingrown hairs. He says that these get the job done, but as I mentioned in the CONS, the tips of them need to be level to work most efficiently.

We do not use our personal tweezers for any kind of first aid so I didn’t try them out on anything like that. The same rules apply though so I can see where they would be useful. Since the Silver ones are the ones you are most likely to use for first aid, it is too bad about those tips.

Now that I have told you more than you ever wanted to know about this set of tweezers, I must also say that I ordered this 3 Tips Premium Stainless Steel Tweezers Set with Case – Slant, Straight and Pointed Tip Tweezers with Case – Best Use for Best for Eyebrow, Ingrown and Nose Hair, Splinters & More 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: Detangling Hair Brush

Product Review: Detangling Hair Brush

Detangling Hair Brush – Detangle Hair Effortlessly With No Pain – Good For Both Wet & Dry Hair – Kids & Adults


Detangling hairbrush
I ordered this brush for my son, but have been using it for myself too. My son has Aspergers and one of the issues he has to deal with is extremely sensitive skin. He has been complaining for years every time I comb his hair and it wasn’t until recently when I was doing some research that I discovered that many Autistic children hate having their hair combed because they are hyper-sensitive to touch, especially on the scalp. Since then, I have been on the search for a soft brush that he would feel comfortable using.


What I like best about this brush:
detangling hairbrush* The bristles on this are what makes this a standout as compared to other brushes that make the same claims. The bristles are wavy, not straight. As you are brushing the hair, I think their design makes them more reactive to the changes in hair, especially hair that is tangled. This is an innovative design that I have not seen before.
* Each bristle has a soft round knob at the end, making it softer on the scalp.
* Bristles are securely held on a soft core elevated pad. I even tried pulling some of the bristles out and they would not budge.
* The movement of the bristles along with the knobs at the end, securely held in the brush pad are what makes this a brush my son will actually use without whining and crying. I believe other Autistic children or any child who has a sensitive scalp will find the same to be true.
* The nice round mirror on the back of the brush was an unexpected bonus.
* The handle is comfortable and not slippery.
* The brush is compact and easy to take along with you without taking up too much room.
* Bright colors and the bristles different design seem to make the design attractive to kids, my son thought it was pretty cool looking 🙂

Neutral:
The product listing claims that it will not pull out your hair, but it does pull out mine. I will post some pictures of what it looks like after one use on my hair after a night’s sleep. I really don’t believe though that any brush would not pull out some hair if the hair has a lot of knots or tangles in it. So this is really a problem with the product description, not something inherent in the brush itself that would necessitate a lower ranking.

detangling hair brushImprovements I would make:
I think if the brush were just a little bit larger and had a longer handle, it would be the perfect tool for parent’s to use to get those troublesome tangles out with less pain and stress for even children with long hair. As it is, it is not as easy to hold as I would like. With the longer handle, some molded grips for the fingers would be awesome.

As for my son, he seems to really like it and says that it is the best brush that we have tried, and we have tried a lot! I have been using it on my hair also and find it to be the best thing that I have used when it comes to tangles. I usually comb my hair out once a day and put it up in a ponytail. I spend much of my day in bed due to my health, so the back of my hair gets a lot of tangles in it. If I ever go to bed with my hair wet, it is even worse! This is the first brush that I have tried that actually gets the tangles out the quickest and with the least amount of pulling and tugging. This is true wet or dry.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Detangling Hair Brush – Detangle Hair Effortlessly With No Pain – Good For detangling hairbrushBoth Wet & Dry Hair – Kids & Adults – MONEY BACK GUARANTEE … 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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