Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Got an Outdoor TV?

Living is So Cal we do a lot of entertaining in our backyard. So that means we also have a TV out there to watch shows, games or listen to music. But having a TV back there can be a lot of maintenance to make sure the TV stays clean, out of the direct sun when it is really hot or to not get wet. It also can get real dusty out there too, and that isn't good for it either. 

So when I saw the Outdoor TV from Clicks on Amazon I went out back and measured my TV and was ecstatic to find out it would fit! So I placed an order and got it so quick, I mean this is Amazon Prime we are talking about. 

The cover was easy to see it was made from high-quality and premium material that can protect your television from rain, extreme heat from the sun, dust, dew, mist and other contributing factors that can cause damage. The inside will prevent scratches while the double stitched edges make sure this cover lasts a lifetime. Literally a lifetime, they guarantee their cover! The back and bottom has velcro to close the cover around your television. The cover measures 42 x 26.5 x 4.5 inches so make sure you measure that TV! It also has a small pouch for your remote control. The cover boasts to be dust-proof, waterproof, and weatherproof, so you wouldn't have to worry about your TV's condition. You also get a large microfiber cloth to keep that TV clean and free of fingerprints. 

It was suer easy to install I literally just took the cover and placed it over it and closed up the velcro on bottom. It took me no time and no extra help needed to put it on. I really love it and I know that the TV is safe and when we get the rain this season I won't have t worry so much. i also included some pictures of it on. 

What are you waiting for? Go get your TV cover before the prices go up! With a lifetime warranty it is definitely a great deal and saves your TV! Go get your Clicks Outdoor TV Cover here on Amazon.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Quest to Organizing my Baking Sheets

So let's talk about your kitchen cupboards. Messy right? I know mine are! So I went on a hunt for organizing my kitchen to make life easier when I want to cook or bake. I'm tired of opening up my cupboards and everything falling out. So that's where this rack comes in from X-Chef. 

I had initially thought I would use it for my pot lids. But then I got to thinking about all of my my baking sheets, tins, etc. They really need more help then the lids do. Let me face reality for a moment because I do realize I just need to throw some of them away. NOOOOO!!!! But I get attached to certain baking sheets for different cooking or baking needs. This one burns cookies just right, this ones never burns, this is the catch all for all drips, etc.  Well walk in the X-Chef Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry Organizer Rack that I was given the opportunity to receive for testing and review purposes and this couldn't have come at a better time! 

This works out perfect and I am already planning how many more I need because one just is not enough for me! The rack is sturdy, a nice silver color and has a good weight to it. This is a must-have to get those baking sheets in order or even your pot lids.

So how many do you need? You can find this rack here on Amazon.

*Item was received at a discount for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dog with Joint Pain?

Arthritis is one of the most common of dog ailments. Commonly found in aged dogs and dogs of certain breeds. Natural deterioration of joints during the process of aging affects the flexibility of joints. For an owner, it is a heart-breaking situation to observe their beloved fur baby, limping and moaning due to pain. Young dogs can also be affected by arthritis after serious injuries or accidents. Dog parents should be aware of some the symptoms and treatment of arthritis in dogs.

So what are some of the signs? Here are a few I found online:
·      Loss of appetite
·      Constant licking of the joints
·      Difficulty in sitting or standing up
·      Unwillingness to go for walks or walking with a stiff gait
·      Resistance to touch
·      Swollen and/or hot joints
·      Because of pain in joints, you may find the dog sleeping what seems to be or is all day

Glucosamine works great for dog arthritis. It is available in various forms, for example, chewable pills, powder, liquid, tablets of different strength, etc. I chose a liquid form for my dogs. They are quite the picky eaters so I figured adding a little bit in their water or raw food was the easiest for me. So what does it do? Well it helps repair and renew the worn and damaged cartilage by providing the matrix that is useful in the process of regeneration. The liquid I got from TerraMax Pro also has Chondroitin sulfate, which can be the best supplement for dogs diagnosed with arthritis. It helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis and hip dysplasia. There have been no major side effects of these supplements that have been noted. Glucosamine promotes the repairing process of the damaged cartilage while chondroitin blocks the flow of enzymes, which destroys the cartilage. I love that in liquid form you can expect fast and complete absorption of the ingredients. Besides the fact, it is easy to feed. The supplement is regarded as a safe nutritional supplement. It helps reduce the pain and slows down the advancement of arthritis. But results are not instant. You should have patience.

Now it is important to note that medications meant for human beings should not be given to dogs. Before purchasing and feeding your dog any medicines, you should always first consult with your vet. Instructions from your vet, regarding dosage should also be strictly followed. The vet will check factors such as age, weight and medical history of your dog and would then determine the dosage. You should religiously follow the instructions on the labels too. Apart from feeding correct glucosamine doses, arranging a soft and comfortable bed, healthy diet, massage, etc., are considered as big part of the treatment. Since pets cannot tell you what the problem is and how much pain they are experiencing, you should try to collect as much information as possible, for providing proper care. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from arthritis. So, you should always be careful about the diet and exercise program of your dog.

Here is a link to the Liquid Glucosamine I got for my dogs, which can be found, on Amazon. I do buy my dog food with glucosamine in it but since switching my smaller dogs to a raw diet I noticed that my chiweenie (half Chihuahua half dachshund) was achy again. I am hopeful this will get him back to his spunky self. TerraMax Pro also provides for a money back guarantee so you can try it risk free. So what are you waiting for?

Below is some information from the company about their liquid “gold”.

TerraMax Pro is 100% Safe and All Natural. It's very well suited for a lifetime of use. Side effect are very rare and mild in nature. A very small percentage of dogs may display minor side effects, such as vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually alleviated by reducing the dose or when given with food. TerraMax Pro can be used with most other drugs and vitamins without complications. Always read and comply with all labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. Always seek veterinary advice before adding any new product or drug.

Active Ingredients per fluid ounce: Glucosamine Hcl (shellfish): 1600 mg; Chondroitin Sulfate (beef and/or porcine): 1200 mg; MSM (Methyl-Sulfanylmethane 99.9%): 1000 mg; Manganese Chelate: 7 mg; Hyaluronic Acid (as Sodium Hyaluronate): 10 mg.

Inactive Ingredients: 100% Pure Aloe Vera Juice, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Stevia, Vegetable Glycerin.

Contains No: Sugar, Salt, Starch, Wheat, Gluten, Yeast, Corn, Milk or Soy Derivatives.

Easy to Administer! Simply add the recommended dosage to your dog's food or drinking water. Under 10 lbs: 1 teaspoon (1/6 oz.); 10-24 lbs: 2 teaspoons (1/3 oz.); 25-49 lbs: 2 teaspoons in AM (1/3 oz.), 1 teaspoon in PM (1/6 oz.); 50-100 lbs: 2 teaspoons in AM (1/3 oz.), 2 teaspoons in PM (1/3 oz.); over 100 lbs: 3 teaspoons in AM (1/2 oz.), 3 teaspoons in PM (1/2 oz.). For even faster results start with an initial loading phase. Simply double the recommended dosage for the first 4 weeks. You will see significant results after only a few weeks!

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Unconditional 100% Money Back Guarantee.... TerraMax Pro has the purest and highest amounts of Glucosamine, Chondroitin and OPTI-MSM, which are proven to increase overall health and to help rebuild cartilage and joint tissue. Not all glucosamine and chondroitin products are created equal. Some products are made with ingredients that are simply unhealthy for your dog, so make sure that the supplements you give your dog contain only the best. If you're serious about your dog's health Order Now, you're covered by our Unconditional 100% Money Back Guarantee!

My take on Isa Professionals Victorya Ceramic Flat Iron

Hello everyone! I told you I'd be writing more this year. So let's start with a product review. If you are an online shopper like me then you know how many choices you have out there for any product. So reading reviews are so helpful because they can sway your decision one way or the other depending on your needs. I hope to do more product reviews for you all and give you my truly honest opinions of each and every product. I don't want to be one of those sites that always says every item they get is amazing. But if it deserves the toot I will definitely toot that horn.  So anyways lets get to the flat iron. I don't know if you all know but I have blessed by the hair gods, I think of it as a curse some no most days. It is long and thick. Read that as heavy and a pain in my ass neck.

Let's start wth the basics of the flat iron. The model I got is ISA Professional's Victorya Flat Iron Hair Straightener. This is their 1" Solid Tourmaline Ceramic Plated flat iron.The plates are said to help protect your hair and leave it silky smooth. The plates get hot so you definitely need all the help you an get to protect your hair. This iron also has Smart Temperature Technology, so basically it will self adjust the temperature depending on the thickness and texture of your hair. I find that really handy because I don't want to have to remember what temperature to set it to for the different parts of my hair. And the cord has a 360 degree rotation meaning your cord won't get all twisted up with use. I can't remember how many times I used my curling iron and half way through having to untwist the cord. 

So in the box is really nice, easy to read and open. I like boxes that you know exactly what's inside.
Picture of the box
Inside you will find your flat iron and a manual. Not that you really need on but I guess some people would. Its simple to use this iron. Just plug it in and turn it on. But make sure you have a heat safe surface to lay the flat iron down on. The plates won't actually touch your countertop but they will still radiate a lot of heat.

So before you start! Make sure you have dry hair! Do not use this to dry your hair as it will scorch it. I also use a thermal protective spray, also make sure this dries before you start. I like to brush my hair throughly and spray the spray in after I was it so it can soak into the open cuticles. Once my hair dries naturally (if I'm not in a rush) I add a little bit more spray  and allow that to dry before I flat iron my hair.  So what I did for this post was to flat iron only half of my hair so you can see what my hair looks like when I don't flat iron it and when I do. Now some of you may say but you have straight hair why in the world would you use a flat iron? Well I like my hair flat. I know everyone else wants their hair to look fuller but when you have as much hair as I do then flat works better for me. I mean I  do not want to add more volume to my head. It has enough. It only took me about 15 to 20 minutes to do the one side. I like to start in front and move my way back. If I am in a rush I will spend most time on the top layer of my hair and quickly flatten the underneath since all you will see is the top. Also make sure when you run the iron through your hair to keep it moving. Do not hold it in place or you can burn your hair to the point it will sear right off! When I finish straightening my hair I always add a little shine serum. I mostly do this because I like the anti-frizz component and a lot of them also protect your hair to keep humidity out so that your hair won't unravel if you live in a high humidity climate. 
Left natural Right after the Flat Iron

Left Flat Iron Right Natural 

I had absolutely no problems straightening my hair with this flat iron and it ran smoothly through my hair. When you straighten your hair make sure you don't touch the strands right after you ran the iron through it. Trust me it's HOT!!! I would definitely recommend this flat iron if you are looking for a quick and reliable flat iron. While the price may be off putting sometimes you have to pay a price for a quality item. You don't want something that doesn't heat properly or heats spotty. Your hair is important and you should take care of it. If you are interested in this item you can find the Victorya here: 

If you bought it or have other questions please feel free to contact me. I am no professional but I know what works for me and am happy to pass along any knowledge I may have. Let me know if you like this post and what other items you'd like to me to review.

*Disclosure: Item in post was provided to me for free or at a discount in exchange for a review. All opinions of the item are my own real thoughts and 100% honest.* 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Need more light for a good selfie?

Well I have found the perfect thing. This is a good selfie stick with an led light that has three settings.  You do have to download an app to use it, but it was easy to download and use after that. I suggest you read the little instructions. I could not figure out the light and then finally read that you have to switch the power on for the light to work. Which is good so you don't waste the battery life. You do have to charge this stick so I'd suggest doing that overnight or for at least a few hours. Once my daughter finds out it has a light i'm sure i will be missing a selfie stick but she'd probably use it more than me anyways so I'm ok with that. I do love that it comes in a little bag and it is pretty compact. So taking this places would be easy to do. Just remember that a lot of places don't allow selfies sticks anymore so don't take it every where. Or look up the rules before you go. I'd be sad to lose this stick or have to walk back to my car just to put it away. I have included some pictures and a link to this great product!

Switch to turn on light & usb plug in

First light setting

Second light setting

Third light setting

You can buy it here on Amazon. Thanks for checking out my post and review. I do give it 5 stars because we all know a good selfie start with good lighting!

**I received this item at a discount for review and testing purposed. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Introducing the Osaka French Coffee Press

Are you familiar with the French Press? I must say there is some allure to the French Press.  

So why even drink coffee made in a French Press, besides that it looks fancy? There are a few advantages actually. First the oils that coffee has naturally, when you use a paper filter or the plastic machine the oils can either be soaked up or line the plastic parts of the machine. Which in turn leads to a different tasting cup of joe, that some would say tastes like old coffee. So how is it made? Well first you need a French Press, while there are so many options out there I decided to try this double wall press from Osaka. Why double wall? Well in traditional French Presses the single wall version is good for those will be drinking it quickly because as you imagine the glass will make the coffee get cold quickly. The double wall holds in the heat a bit longer. 

So what’s next? You need to have hot water, coarsely ground coffee beans, patience to allow the coffee to steep, then slowly and carefully pressing the plunger down so that the coffee grounds do not escape through the side. So next is the taste test. I must say that coffee made in a French Press is a bold, strong brew. But it also is pure with no weird taste from left over gunk lining your machine and no burnt coffee from allowing the pot to sit on top of the warmer until you drink it.

So what do you think? I see so many more advantages to using a French Press like the fact it will cost less in the end. No more paper filters or K cups, no more huge loss of counter top space from a coffee maker. The French Press can easily be stored in your cabinets out of sight. It is also much easier to clean. Wash it like any other glass cup. For this one I like to make sure to dry the wood so there isn’t any warping.  Plus French Press coffee can be made to your liking. Add more grounds or add less to make your perfect brew. So what are the disadvantages? Well you could shatter the French Press we have done that a few times. Simply by hitting it on the counter or sink too hard. Also having to stand around to press down the coffee a few minutes after you add the water. So you can’t program it to start before you wake up or make it while in the shower. But I believe coffee made in the French Press is much better. 

So that’s my take on making coffee with a French Press. Will you be trying it or do you already? You can find the Osaka French Press here on Amazon.

**I received this item at a discount for review and testing purposes. All opinions are my own and are based on my true feelings of this item.