Saturday, December 8, 2018

Product Review: Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

Car Charger, Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

One unit
Cost: $12.99

This item arrived on time and packaged well. No complaints or issues with that whatsoever.

Once opened, I found the charger itself and a small instruction booklet. It did not come with a cord so that you will need to provide yourself. It’s a simple plug and go device so even without the booklet I don’t see most users having a problem using this product.

It has 2 ports (3.0 fast 2.4 standard charge) and both work as expected. I plugged it into the DC/cigarette lighter port in my car and it was ready to go. In minutes my phone went from 26% battery to over 40%. I’d recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a car charger especially those that travel a lot with a phone or multiple devices that need to stay charged.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


 #RankBoosterReview #Sponsored #Mercase

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Face Wash For Oily Skin by Aqua Elegante

Face Wash For Oily Skin - Organic Daily Facial Cleanser With Moisturizing Aloe Vera Gel - Natural Anti Aging & Exfoliating Scrub For Cleansing Oil And Acne by Aqua Elegante on Amazon

Size - 4 fl oz Cost $19.95

Okay on this blog most of the stuff I review comes from items I’ve ordered online so in addition to my experience, photos and observations with and of the product you will often see a packaging and shipping rating that will indicate how well the item was packaged, if it arrived on time, etc.

For this Item I’d have to give the shipping and packaging a 5 out of 5 - It arrived on time and packaged perfectly for what the item was. The plastic bottle was free of dents and leaks. So major Kudos to Aqua Elegante for the thought they put toward packaging and shipping!

First thing I noticed after removing the plastic safety and freshness ring and opening up the pump bottle was that a little bit of the product spilled out around the neck. That’s nothing major so after wiping that away I unscrewed the pump cap and smelled the contents. Wonderfully pleasant and fresh is how I’d describe the scent but that was to be expected from a product that has several natural oils in it. More importantly, the smell was not overwhelming as it very well could have been and to be honest that was my concern.

Before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this review let me tell you about my skin. The skin on my face has always been exceedingly oily since puberty and I’m over 40 years old. This goes beyond T-Zone oiliness - what I have is all zone oiliness with the exception of the tiny patch between my eyebrows and the little thumb pad sized dot of flesh under my bottom lip… outside of that you could fry chicken on my face at any given time.

I’ve been on a long quest to find something that works and works well for the majority of the day without overly stripping my face of moisture to the point of my skin feeling so tight it hurts to smile.

Now that you know what this face wash is up against let's roll!

This product has simple clear instructions that state to shake bottle gently then apply a small amount to a damp face and massage in gentle circular motions until it lathers. Simple enough and all went off without a hitch but I feel I must make mention of the fact that when close to the eyes this product does make itself known. It did not cause my eyes to burn but there was a definite tingle that let me know that I in no way, shape or form wanted to get this in my eyes.

After massaging this into my face for a good minute or so I rinsed with warm water and blotted my face dry with a towel. Once my face was completely dry it was oil free and smooth to the touch without feeling super taught.

1 hour after washing my face with this product my skin still appears oil and shine free and looks freshly washed.

4.5 hours later still looking nice and matte and shine free outside of a little oil showing up on my nose.

6.5 hours later a little more shine on my nose (my most troublesome oily spot) but nothing too noticable.

24 hours later (with no touch ups or blotting) my face still looks mostly matte and fresh!

All in all I’m extremely satisfied with this facial wash and I’m looking forward to using it on a daily basis. For the price tag of $19.95 I think I’d be happy paying that for as long as it looks like this will last me (2 months or more) and for the results it has given me.

Overall this product gets 5 out of 5 Stars from me with no cons to speak of.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Value: 4.5 out of 5

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Salt and Pepper Grinder Set by Choosy Chef – Set of 2

Salt and Pepper Grinder Set by Choosy Chef – Set of 2 Refillable Salt and Pepper Shakers
by Choosy Chef

I'm happy to give this product 5 out of 5 stars! I love these grinders! They are adjustable, easy to fill, easy to use and versatile. For the price and durability I don't see myself buying any other grinders for my needs. I've put all sorts of whole spices and course salts in them and they do not disappoint. Plus they are quite classy looking in a clean simplistic way and you can never go wrong with stainless steel, which just adds to the fact that this product is a winner! If I could give these more than five stars I would!

Functionality and Performance: 5 out of 5
Ease of Use: 5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween Hijinks

It was a rare occasion but this Halloween the Sprite and I stayed in. No costumes, no booze nothing but the two of us and a couple of B rated scary movies. Life was swimming along at a lazy pace as per usual when a thought hit me and then the following conversation takes place between me and the Sprite: 

Me: Man we didn't think to get candy in case we get trick or treaters

Sprite: Nah, no need to worry, noone trick or treats on this street

*Thirty seconds later I shit you not* DING DONG

Sprite: *looks at me with wides eyes* Is our porch light on?

Me: Yup, it's always on.

Sprite: *flips light off on the poor kid standing on our doorstep*

Me: You did not just do that *giggles in disbelief* You know that's like the Halloween equivalent to getting a door slammed in your face, right? lol

#HangingWithTheSprite #AnotherDayInTheLife #WeAreSoGoingToHell #ItShouldntBeFunnyButItWas #AdventuresAtZanarkand

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls - XL - Extra Large - 100% Natural Premium Organic by Sheep Soft 
Set of 6 - Cost $12.99 

They arrived on time and packaged well so I have no complaints there. For that, the webstore receives 5 out of 5 shipping packages from me. 

Now on to whether or not I feel this product is Cart Worthy or not...

I'm okay with these dryer balls but I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up dryer sheets just yet. They do seem to aid in drying time while simultaneously diminishing wrinkles but man are they noisy. Like wake you up from a nap thinking that people are trying to break in noisy. Sounds a lot like tennis shoes in the dryer to be honest. On top of the noise, they also don’t work very well on static cling.

The product came with no instructions (do I need to use 2 at a time? 4? all 6? Do the balls themselves need any sort of care?) so I had to guess on everything and we settled on 4 in the dryer at a time. Yes, there are some instructions in the ad on Amazon where I purchased them but what if I had sent these as a gift? I’d have assumed instructions some sort were included even if it was just a mere slip of paper that said: “Put 4 to 6 balls in your dryer per load. If product is wet, dry in machine or in direct sunlight. Do not store wet.” But this product came with nothing. Also, we tried using essential oils on them and thus far have not noticed our clothing smelling any different.

Does speed up drying time
All natural

No instructions
Doesn’t do much for static cling

I find these dryer balls to be a decently made product but I’m not giving up my dryer sheets for them. In my humble opinion I’d have to give these Wool Dryer Balls three out of five shopping carts and overall, I’d leave these on the virtual shelf, they are not a going home with me cart worthy item.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Peppermint Essential Oil 4oz - Review

Peppermint Essential Oil 4oz (Huge Size) 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Pre Blended with Unscented Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) by Island’s Miracle 

Talk about a lot of bang for your buck...huge jar for the cost! The coconut and peppermint smells mix well together so neither is overpowering. I see many and various uses for this in my household from colds to bug control to laundry. Some seem to have had an issue with the fact that it is already mixed with a carrier oil but it was stated clearly in the ad, which means I expected it and was fine with it. I think it’s perfect for use in lotions, soaps and laundry. 

Not sure if I'd recommend this for diffusing as the smell wasn't really prominent when we tried it.

Overall, I rate this product 4 out of 5 stars overall. 

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

TraveT Stainless Steel Lid and Spoon Rest

TraveT Stainless Steel Lid and Spoon Rest Storage Cooking Tool
by TraveT

We love this item! It solves a timeless cooking dilemma with an added spoon rest! No more stove tops covered in lid condensation. No more looking for space where there is none. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves to cook.

I might even get a second one for when I do holiday cooking! 

Functions as advertised and expected, one step assembly and cleanup is a breeze! You can't ask for more.

**NOTE** if you have Square lids (like on the copper skillets) it can be a it tricky to get them balanced.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Rock Car Mount Adjustable GPS Bracket Air Vent Phone Holder for Smartphones - Golden 

This phone holder was just what the doctor ordered! My husband had a magnetic one he adored but
once he got a new phone it wouldn't attached to that any longer. He looked like a real lost puppy with no way to mount his phone to the dashboard so it would be near eye level. This car mount put the pep back in his step. It was easy to install (one step - clip to vent and VoilĂ  ) it stays put (which was my major concern with this item) and it is easily adjustable.

I highly recommend this to anyone that uses their phone for GPS or music while on the move.

5 out of 5 stars overall. I have zero issues with this item. No Cons to report. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alexa Fancies Herself a Comedian It Seems...

So this just happened:

Sprite: Alexa, tell me a joke. 

Alexa: Why did Adele cross the road?

... so she could say hello from the other side.

This made still being sick with barely a voice, a snotty nose and achy ears much more bearable. Sleep well all, my meds are calling.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fatback Soul Shack

Fatback Soul Shack - Party of Two 

2440 Roanoke St
Christiansburg, VA 24073

I have to give this place 4.5 stars out of 5 because this place was absolutely wonderful!  Good food and great service. 

Everything from the decor (It looks like a truck-stop garage blend with the giant tires made into the counter and actual tailgates for the backs of benches) to the food (if you never have fried green tomatoes anywhere in the New River valley EAT.THEM.HERE.)

My husband and I ordered a side of fried squash and a side of the fried green tomatoes to share as an appetizer. That was the best decision ever. Both were amazing. They were fried and seasoned to perfection! They needed no salt, they needed no sauce...just needed the quickest way possible into my mouth! 

My main course was the half rack of St. Louis Style ribs and a side of collard greens. I wasn’t wowed by the greens (they tasted like they were cooked with vinegar in the pot and that isn't my thing but for others it may be awesome) and it came with 3 hush puppies (those things were golden balls of yumminess). The hunk of rib meat that came out as my meal was the size of my head... seriously, this thing was huge. The flavor was really good but it could have been more tender in my opinion because I don't like to have to take a knife to my ribs I just like to bite into them and have them all but fall off the bone.  Also, upon eating the rest later because there was no way I could eat it all in one sitting, I ran into more of that toughness and a lot of gristle and fat and not much meat left considering the size of it...I was a little disappointed in that but I'd order it again (I am guessing that this was a fluke because meat cuts can be odd like that). Anywho, I had everyone in my office wanting BBQ thanks to me heating that up in the microwave for lunch. 

I can easily see myself working my way through the menu at this place. 

Also, do yourself a favor and try the beer they have on tap... you will not be disappointed.

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Dining Area: 5 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Last Remnant -Xbox 360 by Square Enix

The Last Remnant -Xbox 360 by Square Enix

This game has a lot of potential but in my opinion it needs some work so overall I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. If you're thinking about buying this game I implore you to consider what it is you really like about RPG’s then go on online and look up some gameplay footage to see how it this game plays out firsthand. When it comes to video games, I think it’s better to watch videos as opposed to only reading reviews (especially when the game is an older one so there's lots of input about it already online). I bought this with a lot of excitement in my heart unfortunately after only a few hours of gameplay I found myself yawning and I have to say I’m more than a bit disappointed in this. 

The opening of the game did grab my interest a little… and only a little and all this talk of Remnants kinda makes you curious but it is no Final Fantasy so don’t go in thinking you’ll get that kind of gameplay or storyline out of this game. The graphics are decent most of the time (a little glitchy at others). The battle system is okay but leaves a bit to be desired. You pick a command but it is super general (You don’t get to choose fire, steal, blades of fury, etc. Just choose magic or combat, use heal, or wing it) the characters act as a big confusing group, then your opponent's attack as another group, and then it’s your turn again. I won't go into any more detail than that. Like I said in the beginning, it has potential but in my humble opinion it needs some work to be truly gratifying to hard core RPG lovers like myself.

Gameplay: 2.5 out of 5
Graphics: 3.5 out of 5
Storyline: 2.5 out of 5
Fun Factor: 3 out of 5

Product Review: Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

Car Charger, Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger One unit Cost: $12.99 This item arrived on time and packaged well. No c...