Hi, my name is Candy in Austin, TX and this my blog to rave (and sometimes rant) about books, movies, products, services or just whatever strikes my fancy. I love when people comment on my blog, so feel free to agree or disagree or maybe I inspired you to try something?

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16 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Inateck Compact Kindle Paperwhite Cover Microfibril PU Leather Protection Cover Case – Sleep Mode Control Through Magnetic Induction for New 2014 & 2013 & 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6″ 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G – Simple & Lightweight – Black (will only fit Amazon Kindle Paperwhite)

I have a Kindle cover made by Amazon that turns it on when you open it and I adore it. My daughter has coveted it for a while, but they are pricey so we just haven’t gotten around to purchasing one for her. When I saw this cover, I knew I had to have it for her.

What a great deal this thing is! The price is amazing for the quality. No, it’s no QUITE as good of quality as mine is for my Paperwhite, but this thing is really close. Compared to the Amazon one, this one would work just fine. Mainly because most folks upgrade every two or three years and this cover should last at least that long, if not a little longer. I was really surprised at the quality for the price and, honestly, next time I need to order a cover for my own, I’d look at this company. You can’t beat the bang for the buck or the quality.

Of course, the sleep mode and turn on feature are always appreciated. I guess I have fumbling fingers because I can never find the little button, especially in the dark (and I read a LOT at night). Honestly, my daughter nor I can remember the last time we had to find the on button for my Kindle because these covers have us totally spoiled.

As far as protection goes, it’s sturdy, has a nice soft interior (that doesn’t seem to shed, I have been using it for a month now and no shedding yet – will update it if it starts doing it, but my experience has been that it usually starts right away).

Highly recommended for those with a Paperwhite looking for a good, sturdy protective cover (the fun colors don’t hurt either!). You can’t go wrong here.

Description:
Color: Black

High quality craftsmanship using sturdy Microfibril PU Leather Cover Case, effective protection of your Kindle screen
The surface of this Inateck Kindle cover is made using fine and high quality Microfibril PU Leathe, it is dirt-repellent, water and sweat resistant. The material feels comfortable and natural to the touch, possible friction between screen and cover surface is minimised. Your Kindle is thoroughly protected when choosing this protection cover.

Better Together
The cover automatically puts your Paperwhite to sleep when it is closed and wakes your device upon opening making it so easy to jump back into your latest book. The magnetic button ensured that the cover remains firmly shut, but can be opened without much effort, without using cumbersome hooks or nubs. Closing and opening can be realised effortless, while your Paperwhite is effectively protected from most external adversities, be it at home, abroad or in the office.

On the Go
Thin, Simple & Lightweight, Compact and durable, this cover is perfect for taking Kindle Paperwhite wherever you go. When you are finished enjoying your content, simply close the cover to put your Kindle Paperwhite to sleep and you are good to go. The integrated magnetic closure will ensure your cover stays shut while in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.

Lose Yourself in Your Reading
its precise, form-fitting frame ensures a seamless fit, allowing you to focus on reading without being distracted. Reliable enough to endure long-time use, so you can get lost in your reading.

Rating: ★★★★☆

14 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

DEWALT DW317SA Corded Jig Saw and Sheet Sander Combo Kit

We recently started renovating out house. This meant we needed some new tools. My husband had a little hand sander and a hand-me-down jigsaw from his father. Neither we really up to the task.

The sheet sander in particular was a very nice upgrade. The vacuum attachment is very handy in keeping the dust down, and even just when using the included bag we notice a huge difference.

The jigsaw is also very easy to use. His old jigsaw required a fulll set of tools just to replace the blade for different jobs, the keyless replacement is much easier and a lot less confusing.

Overall: 4 stars. Probably not great for everyday use, but for home DIY, this set was a perfect match.

Description:
What’s in the Box:

  • (1) DW317 compact jig saw
  • (1) D26441 sheet sander
  • (1) Dust bag with vacuum adapter
  • (1) Sandpaper punch

DEWALT DW317SA Corded Jig Saw and Sheet Sander Combo Kit
The DEWALT DW317SA combo kit features the DW317 corded orbital jig saw and the D26441 1/4 sheet palm grip sander. These two tools are designed for precision and accuracy with innovative features that allow for easy control in a variety of projects around the house. This kit would make a great addition to any woodworker or DIYer’s tool collection.

D26441 1/4 Sheet Palm Grip Sander
The 1/4 sheet palm grip sander features a 2.4-amp motor that sands at 14,000 opm, providing a superior finish. It has a textured anti-slip top and body grip that provides ultimate comfort and control during use. The dust-sealed switch protects against dust ingestion for longer switch life, and the sealed 100% ball-bearing construction provides longer life. This sander offers a dual plane, counter-balanced low-vibration design to reduce user fatigue. A high capacity dust bag with built-in vacuum adapter provides maximum dust collection with or without a vacuum. The kit comes with a dust bag as well as a sandpaper punch.

DW317 Compact Jig Saw
The compact jig saw features a 5.5-amp motor that delivers powerful cuts in the hardest materials. The jig saw provides users with an easy-to-control saw ideal for detailed work and curved cuts that require real precision. Make fast, accurate work of tough jobs with variable-speed control, a shoe that bevels, and the saw’s four-position orbital action. The jig saw’s variable-speed control allows the user to make quick, accurate adjustments and utilize speeds ranging from 0 to 3,100 strokes per minute. The saw delivers a 1-inch stroke length and its dependable 5.5-amp motor provides the power needed for tough applications. For quick blade changes, this jig saw has a keyless blade clamp which allows for changes without touching blade or reciprocating shaft.

This easy-to-maneuver jig saw weighs just 6.2 pounds, but that doesn’t mean it compromises on dependability or comfort. An all-metal gear case provides the durability necessary in a professional shop environment, while a comfortable grip allows the user to work longer and produce work with precision. All of these features work together to provide better control over the tool and work pieces.

Rating: ★★★★☆

11 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Otterbox [Defender Series] Samsung Galaxy S5 Case – Frustration-Free Packaging Protective Case for Galaxy S5- Black

I love Otterbox. No, I LOVE Otterbox. When I saw this come in for review I nearly did a dance for joy because, as we all know, they aren’t cheap. These things are like armor for your phone. I have dropped my phone, sat on it, threw it and all kinds of stuff while it had an Otterbox on it and never had a scratched added to it.

The problem with this “Defender” series is the screen protector portion. See, getting this thing apart to put it on requires supernatural skills – the same amazing skills are required to get it off once it’s on your phone as well. So, yeah, before I could even get it apart to put it on the phone, my finger went through the screen protector, so that part was broken.

It takes a little doing to get it on your phone. Maybe it’s because I’m not actually a superhero, but after a little grunting and a lot of cursing, it was on. I snapped the screen on it and the rest of it and…. then decided to see how well I could get it off.

Hahahahahaha… a bloody finger and more curse words later, it was off.

It’s on there now and I do have a regular peel and stick screen protector on it, so I never bothered to pick up one of the spares you can buy.

It’s a GOOD case, don’t get me wrong. I have never used the clip that you can optionally use with it, but it looks like it’s good quality as well.

However, if you do not have Hulk hands, you might want to look at another Otterbox series. This one means business and I don’t want to end up with stitches every time I need to open it up to take out a battery or whatever.

So, I love Otterbox. I will continue to buy Otterbox. But I will NOT be buying this series. I’m also thinking that when I buy a new case, I should probably just buy a new phone too because I’m not sure I can get this thing off again. *laughing*

Recommended for those that need series protection for their phones and don’t have a need to swap the case or remove it.

Description:
Trusted, Rugged OtterBox Protection
Ensure your amazing Galaxy S5 prevails through your busy life unharmed. The OtterBox Defender Series case is designed to protect your Galaxy S5 in all of the places where you like to use it. As well as this device is made, it is even better with an OtterBox.

Rugged, Multi-Layer Case
OtterBox is the innovator of the first multi-layer case. Since that first case many have tried to create something similar, but nothing beats the original. Innovative engineering and precision design work together to create this multi-layer case that provides trusted protection against drops, dust, scratches, and shock.

High-Quality Materials
The Defender Series Galaxy S5 case is made up of a two-piece polycarbonate internal shell that deflects impact force, a self-adhering screen protector that guards against scratches and scrapes and an external durable synthetic rubber slip cover that absorbs impact. These materials work together to take on the heavy use and accidental abuse that can happen to your vital Galaxy S5.

Included Holster
Every OtterBox Defender Series Galaxy S5 case comes standard with a belt-clip holster. The clip fits on most straps and belts, rotates to any position, and holds the phone face-in or face-out. Lock the clip into place and the holster acts as a kickstand for hands-free media viewing. The holster for Galaxy S5 is a representation of the evolution and improvements to our holster design.

Technology Use Without Worry
This is the OtterBox Galaxy S5 case you need if you want to be careless, are tough on technology, anticipate heavy use, or are just plain clumsy. Enjoy your reading wherever you like without worrying about damaging your Galaxy S5 along the way.

It’s An OtterBox
With any OtterBox protective solution, you can expect a premium product from the #1 most trusted case brand in smartphone protection.* Known for rugged protective products, OtterBox cases deliver incredibly tough protection to prevail through your always-on lifestyle. Adventure confidently and take your device with you knowing you have OtterBox protection on your side.

*Source: The NPD Group/U. S. Consumer Tracking Service, 1/2011 – 12/2013

Rating: ★★★☆☆

09 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Seiki SB102N Super Slim Bluetooth Sound Bar (Black)

We needed a sound system for our daughters TV and PS3. Her room is small, so there wasn’t a lot of space to set up a full surround sound.

The Seiki Sound Bar turned out to be just about perfect. Her TV is wall mounted, and the sound bar turned out to be almost exactly the same width as the TV. We mounted it right below the TV and presto, she was set.

The full array of inputs on this device are really impressive: She has the TV, PS3, and her computer plugged into it. She listens to music from her phone over the Bluetooth connection.

The sound is great in her small room. I think that it would get lost in a larger space, but in there is it perfect.

Overall: 4 Stars. Perfect fit for what we needed.

Description:

  • 2.1 Channel Output
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • FM turner, Optical Input
  • Wall Mountable
  • LCD Display

Rating: ★★★★☆

07 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Five Star Magnetic Storage Pocket, Neoprene, Black/Blue

You know those little things that get lost in the bottom of your locker? Those things you need for every class but never seem to have?

Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters: Those things your really need every day but pencil holders are so passe’ once you get to Middle School.

My daughter had one of these in her locker the last 2 months of school. She is a bit of an organization freak anyways (gets it from her mom!) so it is nice that she can see when she needs to ask for more supplies.

Well made, sticks to locker well, and holds just enough to be useful.

Overall: 5 Stars. Great way to stay organized!

Description:

  • Lasts All Year. Guaranteed! Five Star Locker magnetic items are slam resistant to ensure products won’t slide down or fall off – even when you slam your door!
  • Extra strong magnets keep product in place
  • Durable neoprene material securley holds items in place
  • Pocket stretches and retains its shape as pencils, pens, cell phones, calculators, and more are stored throughout the year

Rating: ★★★★★

04 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Daily Dental Treats – Mini

We have three dogs and brushing their teeth has always been a chore, when they let us do it. There have been times where we’ve gone a month without brushing due to their bedtime antics. We’ve been trying to include more dental treats over the last year. Either they are expensive, don’t work, or the dogs just plain hat them.

The Milk-bone treats seem to be right in the middle. Our vet did notice that the dogs teeth are doing better, but it could be because we are getting more brushing in. 2 out of the 3 dogs will take the treat and either chew on it right then, or save it for later. The 3rd either takes it, or leaves it.

Overall: 3 stars. Dogs seem to like them ok and they seem to be helping their teeth.

Description:
Tastes Like a Treat, Cleans Like a Toothbrush*
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews help provide an easy and effective way to help take care of your dog’s teeth. These daily dental treats are clinically proven to reduce tartar and plaque build-up, as well as fight bad breath. The unique dental twist bone is designed to clean even hard to reach back teeth and down to the gumline.

Clinically Proven as Effective as Brushing*
Give the dental treat your dog will love and you’ll love giving. Innovative Milk-Bone Brushing Chews were awarded the prestigious Veterinary Oral Health Council (VHOC) Seal of Acceptance as an effective way to help reduce tartar build-up when fed daily. Plus, they help fight bad breath with every bite.

Fun to Chew with Patented Pending 75º Twist Design
Only Milk-Bone Brushing Chews feature a patent pending 75º twist design that helps clean even hard to reach back teeth and down to the gumline. The paw-friendly chew also features nubs and ridges designed to clean like bristles on a toothbrush.

Irresistible Chicken Taste Fortified with 12 Essential Nutrients
Dogs love Milk-Bone Brushing Chews. They are delicious and great for daily use because they are fortified with 12 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium to help support strong bones and teeth.

Click-to-Close Box Helps Maintain Freshness
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews feature a unique, click-to-close box and a re-sealable inner bag to help maintain freshness and brushing power. Milk-Bone Brushing Chews make it easy to show you care from the first tasty treat to the last dental twist.

Easy to Choose with 2 Sizes
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are specially designed for dogs of many sizes to enjoy the benefits of a daily oral routine with our delicious dental twists.

Available in two sizes: Mini for dogs 5-24lbs and Small/Medium for dogs 25-74lbs.

*When fed daily, Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are as effective as brushing a dog’s teeth twice a week based on the reduction of tartar build-up. The Veterinary Oral Health Council recommends daily tooth brushing for optimal effectiveness.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

02 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Kernel Season’s Cheesy Seasoning Variety Pack, 2.85 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 3)

I love flavored popcorn. The more flavor the better. What better way than to put the flavor on yourself!

The flavors really add to the popcorn. Instead of a salty, greasy mess you get a snack with whichever flavor you are craving!

My personal favorite is the White Cheddar, but both the Nacho Cheddar and the Garlic Parmesan have fans in the house as well.

Overall: 5 Stars. Make some cheesy popcorn to go with your cheesy movie!

Description:
While in college, Brian Taylor was looking for a way to add some pop to his favorite snack, popcorn. He started mixing what would later become the original Kernel Season’s recipe while living on campus at the University of Michigan. Brian teamed up with experienced flavor experts to perfect the recipes and began developing a seasoning line. Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasoning popped overseas in 2005, shaking up the flavor in grocery stores, movie theaters and millions of homes around the globe. Kernel Season’s is the leader in the popcorn-seasoning category, with even more flavors and on-shelf innovation coming soon! America’s Number 1 Movie Theatre Popcorn Seasoning is all natural, gluten free, made with 0g trans-fat, whole grains, real cheese, and Kosher dairy.

  • Flavors include White Cheddar, Nacho Cheddar, and Garlic Parmesan
  • Jazz up popcorn, potatoes, pasta, eggs, vegetables, rice and more
  • Gluten free, Kosher certified, no MSG, and 0g trans-fat
  • All natural
  • Made in the USA
  • Great on popcorn, potatoes, pasta, eggs, vegetables, salads and more
  • Ships in Amazon Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Variety pack includes: white cheddar, nacho cheese and garlic parmesan

Rating: ★★★★★

30 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Nerf Zombie Strike Sidestrike Blaster

My son has about 25 Nerf guns of various sizes, ammo capacity, and range. The Zombie Strike Sidestrike Blaster doesn’t really seem to fall into any of the normal categories for the ones he mostly uses.

Shot capacity before reloading: 1. He prefers the smaller 1 shot pistols.
Priming: Due to the way the extra ammo is carries, cocking the pistol is more difficult that most.
Range: Unpredictable. Sometimes 10 feet, sometimes 30 feet.
Accuracy: Unpredictable. Best at short range (ie point blank).

The best thing about this blaster is the holster. Great selling point.

Overall: 3 stars. Looks cool, but not as versatile or powerful as other Nerf Blasters.

Description:
A fast draw is all that’s between you and rampaging zombies. Practice quick-drawing your Sidestrike blaster from its holster before your next mission. You can keep your 4 Zombie Strike Darts in the holster’s storage compartment and attach your holster to your belt with the belt clip so you’re completely mobile. The holster also fits your Firestrike blaster (sold separately). Go for the fast strike and take out every last zombie with the Sidestrike blaster. Nerf and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

27 June 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Arkon Sticky Suction Deluxe Windshield Dashboard Car Mount for Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 3 iPhone 5 iPhone 5C 5S Smartphones

I really hate car mounting hardware that is phone specific. Yes, it fits perfectly, but when you get a new phone the mount becomes landfill. My husband and I have different models of phones as well, and when we go on trips, my phone ends up being the one used for the GPS and map apps. And I hate the way he has his phone set up. So when it is his turn to drive, I am stuck staring out the window.

But no more!

We set this mount up for my phone specifically, but then tested the following in the mount:

Galaxy S5
Galaxy S4
Galaxy S3 Mini
LG2

They all worked great in the same holder!

Installation was fast and easy! Even in the hot Texas sun it stays mounted tight to my dashboard.

Yes, it does look a bit “universal”. However, I will accept the trade off on looks for the added flexibility.

Overall: 4 Stars. Sticks great, holds phones, does it’s job!

Description:
The SM679 sticky suction deluxe car mount fits all large smartphones up to 6.75” tall, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and previous Galaxy S series smartphones (including the S4 and S3), Galaxy Note 3, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and Motorola Moto X. It also fits midsize tablets, including the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and 8.0, Galaxy Note 8.0, iPad mini, and Kindle Fire HD. This mount package includes Arkon’s Slim-Grip Ultra Universal Holder and a sticky suction deluxe windshield or dashboard car mount with one-touch lever. The mount is ideal for car dashboards, windshields, and other flat or slightly textured surfaces. The sticky suction base uses a powerful combination of polyurethane gel and suction to provide a maximum surface bond. In order to prevent permanent indentation marks on soft vinyl, leather, or similar dashboard surfaces, Arkon recommends using the included 3M adhesive mounting disk. The sticky suction mount is also easily removable and reusable. To restore the suction, just rinse the pad with a mild liquid soap and warm water then air dry. The smartphone or tablet is held securely in place with the spring-loaded holder, and can be inserted or removed from the mount with one hand. Included with the holder are 8 support legs (4 short and 4 longer versions). The top and bottom adjustable-leg design of the Slim-Grip Ultra helps keep any side buttons and ports unobstructed. For the Samsung Galaxy S5, Motorola Moto X, and for the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, iPad mini, and Kindle Fire HD, the best mount holder configuration is to attach 2 short support legs on top and the 2 long support legs on the bottom of the holder. For the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 2, and Galaxy Note 8.0, use the 4 long support legs on the holder. For the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, use the 4 short support legs on the holder. The arm of the suction mount adjusts vertically and provides 360 Degree rotation, providing flexibility in viewing the smartphone from any angle.

Rating: ★★★★☆

25 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse with Fully Customizable Surface, Weight and Balance Tuning

I’ve been trying mice for years trying to find the right weight/size balance. I have fairly small hands, yet want a mouse that has a little heft to it. Finally, a mouse that is customizable for my needs!

Weight/balance: The G502 comes with a little set of weights so that YOU can set it up how you want it. I used them all, but others would probably pick and choose. They were easy to install and remove.

Feel: This is where it lost a star. The plastic feels a bit cheap. Some people like the texture and think it gives extra control, it just makes the mouse feel grimy to me.

Look: Looks very sharp! Has a bit of a “stealth” look, but that is ruined by the glaring blue “G”. You will never lose this mouse in the dark!

Controls: I love the controls! The up/down sensitivity buttons are perfectly placed, and I love the mouse wheel control (either free-wheeling or clickity-click).

Overall: 4 stars. Very nice mouse, I just wish it looked a little more polished.

Description:
AS UNIQUE AS YOU. Every gamer dominates differently. G502 Proteus Core is designed to let you mod it with unparalleled levels of customization. Elevate your game with surface tuning calibration, weight/balance adjustment, DPI shifting, and 11 programmable buttons. Make Proteus Core yours, and then go make the competition yours.

Rating: ★★★★☆