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Suaoki Led Camping Lantern Light Flashlight Review

We love to go camping. It's a great time to unplug from everything and spend some time outdoors. But gear is important. You want to be able to stay warm, safe, and comfortable. Seeing at night is a big deal. That's why I said yes to reviewing this Suaoki Led camping light. It's super compact (it folds down!), can hang from the tent ceiling, and uses easy AA batteries. It puts out a good amount of light for the size and the batteries last a long time (LED.) It's a great thing to bring with on a camping trip.

This article may contain affiliate ads/links. I received a free product for review purposes. No compensation was received.

HandyMate Magnetic Wristband review

For the first time in years, our house is almost complete. All the walls have been decorated, the curtains made, decor selected. Some rooms took years to finish. I usually wait until I find the right piece at the right price. That means visiting thrift stores, garage sales, etc.

Then I wait until my husband is willing to help hang things. Whenever he puts up art, he puts the nails or screws in his mouth and than muffles to me what he needs next. It's kind of gross. And really irritating. So I was happy to give the
HandyMate magnetic wristband a try.

 It straps around your wrist and holds all your magnetic items. Technically, its strong enough to hold onto tools but I found that cumbersome and annoying. It did a great job holding onto nails, screws, even little brads and brackets that were constantly getting lost in pockets.  My husband felt it was just as easy to put them in his mouth (gross!) but I liked this way better, especially when working alone. Its saves a lot of trips up …

Hillary for Prison - Spread the word!

This election has got to be the most insane one I've ever witnessed! I'm not a supporter of Trump, but I am against everything that Washington currently stands for. Hillary is a big part of the problem. She has and is willing to sell the American people to the highest bidder. Her family has made millions off of the policies she helped enact.

She has broken laws, breached American security, and takes millions of dollars in "special interest" funds. She is a crook if there ever was one.

That's why I'm happy to put up this sign in my front yard. Trump is not the type of person I would want to run my country but Hillary belongs in jail.

I received a complimentary sign for review purposes. No compensation was received. This article may contain affiliate links and/or ads.





PinPals Review

I love to get babies gifts that use their imaginations and their bodies. For first birthdays, I either buy ride on toys or some sort of hand/eye toy. These pinpals are great for this purpose. They require hand/eye coordination. They use the whole body (get up, roll a ball, start over) and they are so super cute.

These make a great gift and are bound to bring joy to any little child.


I received a complimentary set of pinpals for review purposes. No compensation was received. This article may contain ads or affiliate links.


Ultimate Squat Review

You CAN exercise at home and get a quality - physique changing workout. You do not need any extra equipment, but having a few pieces can make it more enjoyable and speed up your results.

I like trying out new fitness equipment, so I happily accepted the offer to review the new Ultimate squat bar. It's a pretty simple device - a bar and two straps.

It's used to perfect your squatting technique. For anyone that lifts weights regularly, this will sound absolutely ridiculous! But I have tried over the years to teach various middle aged women how to squat and it has been difficult for them to get the technique right. In fact, it's been dangerous.

That's where this piece of equipment shines. It teaches proper form and keeps new exercisers from hurting themselves. But.... you must have the right door to use it. All of my doors - except one - were spaced to close to the next wall to be used with the ultimate squat. The one door that had ample space on both sides was a bedroom…

DR Magnum Magnifying Glass 3x 45X Review

Ever had to use a magnifying glass? It's such a unique experience. I've only had to use them for detail work and for experiments like fire starting, but my father needs one for reading.

I gave him this Magnum magnifying glass to try out for this review. It has a lot of great features - especially the 3x and 45x options. The built in LED lights allow it to be used in the dark and the handle is comfortable to hold. It is relatively lightweight but reasonably durable.

I would buy this again.

I received a complimentary magnifying glass for review purposes. No compensation was received. This article may contain ads or affiliate links.




#liveinfinitely Set of Resistance Bands Review

There is NO reason to work out at a gym and pay for a monthly membership unless you are a professional bodybuilder. Even then, it's probably worth it to get the equipment you need at home. But... if you are going to work out at home, you do need some equipment.

Yes, you CAN get a quality physique and great health using just your own body - but we're human - we like fast results and we get bored. So having a little bit of equipment an have a big impact on your psyche and your results.

I like fitness and have owned all sorts of equipment through the years. I've had many, many resistance bands so I have a lot to say about them! Namely - they need to have heavy resistance - do not waste your time/money on 2 and 5lb resistance bands. They will never be used.

They have to be strong! I have had many resistance bands snap and break. You can tell which bands those will be from the beginning. There's a cheapness to the rubber. And they have to have good connections (the clips a…

Stainless Steel Milk Pitcher Review #xchef

I love everything about food - the cooking, the preparing, the eating. So when I have the chance to try out new kitchen gadgets, I'm all about it. If you're a big drinker of warm beverages like lattes and tea, then you are probably familiar with frothed milk.

It turns out (like everything) that frothing milk works better if you have the right equipment. And that's where you would use this stainless steel milk pitcher.

When it's not being used to make frothed milk, you can use it as a measuring cup (for liquids) and even as a pitcher for drinks. It's really petite and I could see a young girl running off with this and using it for her tea parties. It's kind of the perfect size.

Since it's stainless steel - it will last for pretty much ever and is a breeze to clean up.

I received a complimentary pitcher for review purposes. No compensation was received. This article may contain affiliate links/ads.

Egoz Peanut sleeping bag review

One of my favorite things about owning a blog is getting to try out new products. We are a very outdoorsy family and there are a world of products out there that make the outdoors even more fun. Tents and sleeping bags are some of those items!

We were offered the Egoz Peanut sleeping bag for review.  It's a lightweight, army green adult sleeping bag. The absolute best benefit of this bag is the compactness. It was easy to rollup and store - it was very lightweight to carry.

It has a temperature rating between 30-40degrees making it very comfortable and warm in the summer. But.... since we live in the frigid North. I generally like my sleeping bags to have a lower temp rating. We sometimes camp in the fall and winter and need our bags to have that capability.

Those types of bags are usually very heavy. Compared to the "typical" 30-40 degree bag - this one weighs in a bit lighter and is a much more flattering shape. It feels more modern and really cradles the body in a co…

Tiger nuts smoothie mix review #tigernutsusasmoothiemix

Tiger Nuts! What are they? Ever seen them in the store or have you foraged for them? Say what??!! Since I regularly eat and forage for wild foods, I am familiar with Tiger nuts by their regular name - nutsedge.

They are not a nut and they are not related to felines in any way. They are root nodules of a grass plant. Totally edible (and used for generations) and considered an invasive weed in suburbs across the great USA.

I first encountered nutsedge growing among nicely manicured shrubs of a private residence. I smiled when I saw it because regardless of what the homeowner does, it will most likely be there for a long time, and it's perpetual (rhizome) growing habits make me happy. Since it was private property, I did not pull it up to taste. But if I find it in the "wild" I will definitely try the roots raw.

Thanks to Tiger Nuts USA - I don't have to wait to try them. They sent me a smoothie mix made from tiger nuts. It looks and smells like flour or maybe protein …

RIMSports premium ankle strap review

There are very few actual tools needed to get in top physical shape. You really just need your own body and something heavy to lift. When you travel, are new to weights, or just like variety - then you might want to get some resistance bands. If you do, you'll immediately find out that they leg straps that come with your set are horrendous.

I ignored my leg straps forever. Even the straps that came with my Total Gym were garbage. It's a shame, because leg work is really boring if you're stuck with just squats and lunges.

A good strap can make a world of difference. Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to try out the RIMSports premium ankle straps. These straps are nice and thick (read: padded) so they are comfortable to use. This is important when you are pulling heavy resistance. Who wants straps digging into their ankles? The velcro is nice and tight - staying closed when you're in the middle of working out!

They look great - the straps are heavy duty material  - the…

True North Nut Clusters Review

Just the other day, my children were asking what "a snack" meant. Crazy, since they eat "snacks" all the time. My definition - something you eat between meals when you are too hungry to wait until the next meal.

Their answer - chips, cookies, cakes.... I was super disappointed. Snacks should be complete mini meals. When did they become "treats?"

We recently had the opportunity to sample the True North nut clusters:  available in Cashew Crunch, Chocolate Nut Crunch and Almond Pecan Crunch.

These are snacks that fit the bill of - mini meal but also a treat. They are chocolaty and sweet so they are treats, but they also contain protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. They are a nice transition to "mini meals" or a great occasional treat.

I really liked them. They taste great and are very convenient. We brought our packs along on a weekend farm retreat. They were eaten in the car and around the campfire. They come in little chunks - square shape clust…

Does Brushing with Charcoal whiten your Teeth - What are the benefits?

People are using charcoal to brush their teeth, so I tried it too! What happened?

To piggy back on my article highlighting the fact that I haven't washed my hair in months or wore traditional deodorant, this article is about brushing my teeth with Charcoal.

If you've spent any time on Pinterest, then you've likely heard that charcoal will whiten your teeth. Does it? I decided to put it to the test - for all my teeth brushing needs.

Before you even think about using charcoal from your grill, STOP! You only want to use activated charcoal. It's clean - and not toxic. I opened one of these babies:

These are air fresheners filled with activated bamboo charcoal to naturally freshen your home (they work great, but they eventually wear out.) I add the used charcoal to my garden and I also experiment with it. I ground the charcoal in my mortar & pestle until it was dust. I used this same charcoal dust for making homemade deodorant.

I don't recommend this. The mortar&…