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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28 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

CAP Barbell Strength Standard Bench with Leg Developer

weight benchAlso he liked that it was multi purpose for leg development…

My nephew wanted a bench for lifted weights. He was doing it without a bench but with the bench he said it made it much easier for him. Also he liked that it was multi purpose for leg development. Before we were taking him to a gym but there aren’t many gyms too close to our house. So this was a nice compromise for sure. Also he loves the 4 positions it can be in but the distance between them is kinda disappointing, it is very small.. The low weight limit was bit of a concern but for now at least he isn’t lifting that much. The weights he already had worked fine with this bench.

It doesn’t take up a lot of room which is great since his room is very small. The biggest problem we found is that my nephew had a very hard time putting it together.

Over all though he loves the bench and uses it all the time.

Description:
The cap strength standard bench with leg developer is ideal for weight lifting and leg training. The back has three height adjustments and the bar catch has four positions. Two plate storage posts keep your plates off the ground and organized.

Rating: ★★★★☆

26 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Outward Hound Kyjen 41019 Lucky Dog Slot Toy

lucky dog slotsA good dog toy

Two of my dogs love this. They are smart dogs and love all and any puzzles. They like challenges. It took them a bit to figure it out but once they did they would use it all the time! Kibble was enough to get our dogs interested.

Our dachshund has short legs but instead used her nose to press the flap to get the kibble/treats. Our terrier mutt is large enough to use his paws, but would get confused sometimes and scratch it. Then our two chihuahuas couldn’t use it because they are too small, but instead they would stay behind our dachshund and terrier to get the kibble when they would dispense it.

Sadly though there are a few cons too. Sometimes when our dogs would press the flap too hard they would make it flip over. Also sometimes the kibble or treats would get jammed then our dogs would throw the toy around.

But over all this toy is great, And most of our dogs love it.

Description:
Do you feel lucky, pup? Well, do ya? This treat-dispensing slot machine-style game features a kibble-releasing paw press and 3 chambers of jackpot treat-winning fun! When pups push down the paw press treat releaser, Lucky Dog Slots makes it rain goodies! Fill up with your favorite treats or kibbles, and bring “Dog Vegas” fun home to your furry friend. Every dog’s a winner with Outward Hound Games! Bring out the genius in your dog with our interactive, treat-seeking puzzles and exercise toys. Game on!.

Rating: ★★★★☆

26 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Pokémon Ash’s Arena Challenge

Pokémon Ash's Arena ChallengeThe kid loved it, but I don’t get it….

My nephew is a MAJOR Pokemon fan. The kid knows all of the character names and can tell me all of the major stories and their powers, etc. It kind of makes my head spin because when I ask him what he did in school that day, he doesn’t remember. Yeah, he’s THAT kid.

So, I brought this over to his house and squeals and sounds of glee exploded forth from him. He and I then got the package open (well he ripped it open while I stood back out of the way). We sat on the floor to play together. He loved it. He quickly figured out how to do the different “moves” and soon brought out more of his figures that he knew would work with it.

I admit, I don’t really get it. I mean, it’s a super simple toy and it looks to me, it would get boring after a while, but he never seemed to tire of it. He’d put a new guy on there and send them barreling down the arena.

He’s had it for a few months now and he STILL plays with it. I dunno, but it’s “way cool” in his eyes. Good enough for an 8 year old 🙂

Recommended for rabid Pokemon fans.

Description:
Step into the competition with the new Ash’s Arena Challenge! Turn Ash’s hat backwards to get him battle-ready and send the highly articulated Pikachu into action. Use the buttons on the arena to activate Pikachu’s Quick Attack, Thunderbolt and Iron Tail to take down its opponent. These three unique battle moves also activate authentic music, voice and attack sounds for realistic battle play. This set includes an articulated Pikachu, articulated Ash, a Wobbuffet figure, and arena. As a bonus, most small size Pokémon figures are compatible with the arena.

Rating: ★★★★☆

24 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Lamaze Gardenbug Wrist Rattle And Foot Finder Gift Set

Lamaze Gardenbug Wrist Rattle And Foot Finder Gift SetSuper cute and baby loves them!

These are so super cute! They are little socks and wristlets for baby with colorful bugs on them. Super easy to use, you just velcro the wristlets onto their wrists and put their socks on. For babies that play on their backs with their feet in the air, this is ADORABLE – and it looks so freaking cute as well.

The downside is that they are only really good for three to six months or so, then the baby outgrows them and spends more time pulling them off of their feet than anything, but during that time that there are so few toys that really interest them, these are perfect – and you don’t have to worry about them dropping them – or even being able to hold them.

Recommended for cute little babies everywhere!

Description:
The Lamaze Gardenbug Wrist Rattles and Footfinders put tons of fun within your baby’s reach! Cute colorful bugs wrap and rattle gently around baby’s wrists, fastening easily and safely with Velcro tabs. Brightly colored ankle socks slip on easily so baby and bugs can enjoy each other’s company. Enchanting rattles, contrasting patterns and bright colors stimulate vision, interaction and discovery. Baby-soft materials are safe for baby to chew. Lamaze inspires daily discoveries through toys created with delightful surprises that encourage baby to learn while playing.

Rating: ★★★★☆

21 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Andes Handmade from 12-ounce Pure Cotton Canvas Tote Bag, Giraffes Family

Cotton canvas tote bagSuper cute bag

I admit that I’ve never been much of a bag person, but a few years ago my city instituted a bag ban. That means that you have to bring your own bags to all stores – grocery store included. I forget sometimes and have to pay for their paper bags, but I’m getting better about bringing my own. That also means that I’ve turned into one of those people that ooohhh and ahhhhs over cute bags.

And this one is really super cute. And it’s super roomy too. I feel like it’s one of my largest bags made of this type of material. It also has two flaps down at the bottom (big enough for two water bottles to be made to stand upright, which I’m sure was the intention, but I use it to hold other grocery items to keep them from tipping over or clanking together (think two glass jars – I’m always terrified they are going to break and make a huge mess, but this keeps them nice and secure in their own little corners.

I’ve also had a chance to use it when I was taking a bunch of stuff to a friend of mine and, again, it held a BUNCH of stuff. The handles and bag itself are very well made and sturdy. A great bag, really!

A sample of this product was sent to me at now to little cost for my honest unbiased review.

Description:
Stylish and FashionableFollowing a classic design and made from natural, unbleached cotton, this tote bag looks great as it fulfills its utilitarian purpose. The fanciful and lovely “Giraffes Family” design printed on one side is sure to bring a smile to everyone who sees it.

Strong and Versatile

Perfect for groceries and other shopping, school, beach trips, picnics, carrying your laptop, as an overnight bag or gym bag, and far more. The 15.3″ x 13″ x 4.5″ size is roomy enough for countless different uses, and the bag will hold up to 30 pounds in weight. The two inside pockets are great for organizing smaller items

Hand-Crafted From the Best Material

Finely made from heavy 12 ounce canvas by skilled craftspeople, this bag will last for years and years. You won’t find loose threads and unraveling hems as on cheap machine-made bags.

Practical and Eco-Friendly

Everyone knows that “paper or plastic” is just a choice between two evils. Take a few of these beautiful bags with you when you go grocery shopping and you’ll look great as you do your part for the environment.

Machine Washable

The bag can be machine-washed and line-dried (no dryer, please), so no worries if it gets soiled.

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

At Andes, we believe in our products. That’s why we stand behind them with a money-back guarantee, and provide easy-to-reach customer support.

Rating: ★★★★★

19 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

OtterBox Symmetry Series Samsung Galaxy S6 Case – Sorbet Crystal

otterbox

Just doesn’t seem as protective as other OtterBox products

I’m a major OtterBox fan, maybe it’s because I’m really hard on my phones or maybe I’m just accident prone, but I don’t buy a new phone without an OtterBox on it. I had high hopes for this small looking case because so many of the OtterBox products are a little bulky. I thought that perhaps they had found a way to better protect without so much bulk.

I’m just not sure this will project my phone. It IS much less bulky and it’s very stylish. Although I cannot figure out WHY they did not include one of the paper skins. If you want one, you have to purchase it separately – and they aren’t cheap either. If you are crafty, you could perhaps take one of them and cut out on paper of your choice to make your own custom skin.

I’ve had this on my phone for a couple of weeks and the material is a little grabby so it gets lint stuck to it and it’s just…. it’s just not for me. I’ll go back to my OtterBox Defender, I’m afraid. It’s always saved me. I just don’t have the same level of comfort level with this one.

Description:
Customizable style – Keep it clear to boast the Samsung Galaxy S6 logo or flaunt your personality with Swappable Design Inserts

Rating: ★★★☆☆

14 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Karnotech® REMAX 10000 mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank Portable Charger for iPhone, iPad and Android devices Ice-cream Pink

battery chargerSuper cute and super useful!

We LOVE this power bank. We’ve been using this for over a month now and we’ve had nothing but very good luck with it. It’s been put through the paces of charging phones, tablets and Kindle ebook devices. In one charge of the bank, we were able to fully charge 3 phones. Interestingly enough, it was delivered just as were running out the door with a 25% phone and unable to find either of the power banks we have currently. We opened it… and it was fully charged. I’m pretty sure the teenagers gave a great big “yay!”

It has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once, which is nice if you have multiple devices (for me, it was charging my phone while also charging my kindle device).

We also really love the color. Silver, black and white are the ones we typically get so it was nice to have one with a nice pastel green, so it kind of stands out and you’re digging around in every other black piece of plastic you own.

The indicator is really good as well, it has four little lights that let you know about how much power is left. It’s simple and easy to use!

The BEST part of this is the flashlight/latern though. I ended up giving this to a friend of mine with a not-always-reliable vehicle and she loves having it, it makes her a little more secure – and she can see in her trunk in the dark (there’s no light LOL)

Overall, I’d highly recommend this one. It recharges quickly, it charges quickly with a lot of power to give and it’s super cute.

Note: I received this for a discount or for free for my honest review.

Description:
This 10000 mAh ice cream power bank can easily handle your and your mates power need in business, daily entertainment and travel. Built-in superpolymer cell make it safer and more excellent than normal cell, and never explode.
Specification
Product size: 5.12*2.36*0.79 inches
Compatibility: smart phone, digital camera, mp3/mp4, handheld game consoles Input: DC5V-1.0A
Output: DC5V-2.1A
Capacity: 10000 mAh
Package:
1* 10000 mAh ice-cream power bank
1* USB cable
1* User manual

Rating: ★★★★★

12 January 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Accuweight Digital Kitchen Scale, 11lb/5kg Stainless Steel Electronic Food Scale AW-KS003WW, White

scaleIt is extremely accurate and looks great…

I’ve been using this scale for the last couple weeks.  It is extremely accurate and looks great on the counter. It has a slique look to it that allows me to leave it on the counter for easy use without having it being an eye-sore (I like clear counters).

My favorite aspect is the fluid ounces measurement, with the weather getting cooler I’ve been drinking a lot of hot cocoa and this measures out the liquid perfectly.  I’ve always had to dirty two items to measure the water accurately (because who wants watery hot cocoa).  This scale measures out the liquid perfectly (I’ve checked it a few times).

Great scale, I recommend it, nice looking and accurate.

Description:
This Accuweight scale is delicately designed in a small elegant body. It also has endless uses and is really great for homes, kitchens, offices, mailrooms, etc. Take it and then you will be surprised at all the uses you will have.1, Fluid ounce and milliliter modes for liquid measurement.
2, Super thin – only 0.59″ tall.
3, 4 high precision G-force load sensors provides accurate measurements from 0.1 oz /1 g.
4, Powered by a long-life lithium batteries (CR2032).
5, Display in g, lb oz, ml, and fl oz.

Weighing functions
This digital scale is engineered for highly accurate weighing in precise graduations of 0.1oz/1g. It can measure up to 5kg (11lb or 176oz). Moreover, you can easily choose between measurement in pounds/ounces and grams.

Auto-zero, tare, auto-off functions and warning indications
The auto-zero and tare functions are incredibly helpful for accuracy when weighing items individually or in containers. To save energy, the scale also features an auto-off function after 180s’ inactivity. What’s more, if the scale is inaccurate, you can calibrate it by yourself. It also provides low battery and overload indication.

Inside Package:
1 x Accuweight 11lb digital scale
1 x 3V CR2032 battery
1 x Users’ Manual

Rating: ★★★★★

07 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

UpSpring Baby Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Drink Mix – 18 ct

UpSpring Baby MilkflowDespite the icky taste, it gets the job done

My housemate has a four month old that she is nursing. He’s almost 5 months, which means he’s right on schedule for a growth spurt. Yes, that means the little guy was nursing like crazy and mom was having a bit of a struggle getting her milk supply to keep up with his needs. When I saw this, I thought we’d give it a try to see. She’s had decent luck with the tea that everyone uses, but said she felt like this helped just a little bit more.

The bad is the taste. She said it’s not awful but it’s not great either. She just bolted it down and chased it with another bottle of water.

At the end of the day, the baby is back to nursing normally and she has noticed a definitely increase in her supply. Which is what matters. Definitely worth a shot if you’re trying to bump up your supply.

Description:
Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle helps stimulate breast milk production. This all natural herbal supplement comes in a berry-flavored drink mix and is a great alternative to traditional fenugreek pills, teas or elixirs. Mix milkflow into 8-12 ounces of water, sparkling water or juice and drink twice per day. Fenugreek has been used for centuries to help nursing mothers with breast milk production. Milkflow makes taking your fenugreek convenient and easy while hydrating you in the process. *This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Rating: ★★★★☆

05 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

SOLO Bradford 17.3″ Rolling Case

solo rolling briefcaseAwesome for traveling in style

I really love this rolling case. I’ve tried several of them over the past few years. After two spinal surgeries, carrying around a standard laptop bag causes me too much discomfort, so I’ve started to only get those that roll. This one is a really nice one. It has a lot of pockets and space and it glides very very nicely across the floor. I travel a few times per year and this will be perfect to hold my laptop, tablet, the various accessories plus a few of my carry on items to boot.

In fact, I think if I were only going to be gone for a day or two, I could easily pack just this bag (clothing in the “file compartment” and be on my way. I’m a light traveler, but even so, there’s lots of space in this thing. A bonus is that it’s small enough to fit under the seat in front of me – I cannot stand the mad rush for overhead bin space, so I rarely bring anything that needs to go up there. It’s just not worth the headache.

The thing I love the most is the handle that disappears into a small zippered compartment. This makes it easy to carry into a meeting without having to carry ANOTHER bag with me. AND that space with the handle isn’t all lost, like I’ve seen all too often. If you look in there, there’s two little pouches to stash more stuff – I use them for my medication and makeup bag. I wouldn’t use it for day-to-day use because it’s a little on the heavy side, but this is absolutely perfect for me for my travel. The exterior has a very nice and professional look and feel, with a little bit of style to go with it.

My biggest (and really, only) gripe is the lack of a sleeve on the back side so that you can slide it over your luggage handle. It does sit on top nicely, but it’s not easily secured. I also am careful about packing stuff in here to be sure the weight is distributed to keep it from tipping forward when “parked”. But that’s pretty standard on all of the rolling laptop cases I’ve used.

Description:

  • Fabric/Cotton
  • Padded compartment protects laptops up to 15.6″
  • Dedicated interior pocket for iPad or tablet
  • Front zip-down organizer section
  • File section
  • Carry handle
  • Hidden telescoping handle system
  • Made in China

Rating: ★★★★☆