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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Product review: Yadebao Tie Belt Rack Organizer Hanger


The hanger is made out of thick plastic, you slide the belt from the side and the belt buckle is too thick to fall through the slot.  The hanger can pivot side to side if one side is heavier than the other so you have to distribute the belts evenly.  When I remove the belt I want to wear I make sure that I leave the empty slot closer to the center by moving another belt if the one I want was on the end.

The belt hanger holds 14 belts. 

Before this hanger I used a round ring belt hanger, and it took a little more re-arranging to get each belt out of the opening.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Product review: Vander Portable Jewelry Organizer Mini Jewelry Box


This is a compact jewelry box with quite a bit of room.  It has two compartments and can store earrings, rings, necklaces. I mostly use it for earrings.  They are well displayed and held in securely.  I can take a nice selection of earrings with me when I travel. The box closes with a zipper closure.

It looks nice and my earrings are more organized.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Product review: Comfee 1.7 Liter Premium 304 Food Grade Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle


This is a nice electric kettle. This kettle hold 57 oz.  The only downside of the kettle that is not aimed at American market and the measurements are in liters. It shows no ounces or cups.  I use my mug to fill the kettle so I would boil just enough water.

Some electric kettles have multiple temperature settings, this one has just one - boil.  This makes the kettle very easy to use, just press the button and in a few minutes it is boiling. Half a kettle took 4 minutes to boil.   The kettle is pretty loud as you can hear in the video.

The kettle is made out of stainless steel and heavy duty plastic.  The parts that are plastic are the window that shows the water, the cover, the handle, and the hot plate.

I have been using this kettle on daily basis no problems so far.  If I could change one thing I would have liked it to have a longer cord, the cord is 30 inches. I have to use the kettle with a power strip.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Friday, July 14, 2017

Product review: Sable 32 oz Food Containers x 20 Pack

Sable containers are large separated into three compartments. They can be used for reheating food in the microwave or storing in the refrigerator. 

The containers are best for dry foods as the container is not water tight.  To see if the containers are water tight I poured some water into them closed and then shook.  I saw that the container dribbled a little bit.  If you take them somewhere where the container will not be horizontal use a plastic bag just in case it dribbles.

The containers are 7.5" wide and 10" long. In attached photos  I show a container with a measuring tape on top so you can see how the space is divided with the container. The large compartment is 4.5 inches wide.

Overall, pretty nice containers for dry foods.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Food review: Turkish Baklava

I was an early tester for Turkish baklava.  The seller was testing a unique approach to selling it, where the purchases finishes making it himself to improve freshness.  The baklava arrives baked but not infused with sugar syrup. I as asked to try two methods of completing the preparation and provide feedback on which one worked best.

The first method:
-  Warm up the 2/3 baklava tray for 8 - 10 minutes at 460F before pouring the hot sugar syrup on the it. Syrup preparation is included below.

The second method:
Pour the hot sugar syrup of the 1/3 tray baklava pieces left without warming.

For both methods I needed to wait 45 minutes for the syrup to fully absorb

Sugar syrup preparation:

250ml of water (250 ml = 8.5 fl oz or 0.25 liter)
400gr sugar  (400 gram = 14 Oz
1 table spoon of fresh Lemon Juice

Turkish baklava is different from Greek baklava because it  uses sugar syrup instead of honey.  The benefit of doing the syrup yourself is that you decide how sweet and how lemon the syrup should have.


Method 1: After 45 minute wait the baklava was still warm and moist. The negative was that the top layer of filo dough curled and did not look attractive.  It was not as crispy as a typical Greek baklava.

Method 2:  The baklava was moist and looked better than the baklava in method 1, but the tast was not as good as using method 1.   The filo was not crispy in this preparation either.

I took baklava tray with me to visit friends and the overall feedback was that the baklava was not bad, but not great.   They would have liked it to be more crisp and several said they liked the flavor of baklava with honey more.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Product review: Garden Hose Splitter,ZETOLL metal body 2-way hose splitter with long handles


This hose splitter has all metal connections which give me a tight seal and no leaks. The outer shell of the hose splitter is made of rubber. Each shut off valve has a relatively long handle and because it is covered with rubber it feel softer. I like these handles better than the short metal handles on the brass hose splitters I have used in the past. I find these longer handles give me a better leverage and because they are softer I can put more pressure with my bare hands.

The package includes 10 additional washers (and one is already in the hose splitter).

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Monday, July 10, 2017

Product review: Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream

Burt's Bees is an excellent shave cream.  Yes, it is a bit expensive but it gives a very smooth shave, the skin feels very smooth after it. My husband said that he seems to get less irritation and ingrown hairs since he started using it.  It smells nice without smelling like a cologne or aftershave. 

The only flaw the product has is that the tube design makes it hard to get all of it when it is almost all gone.  Given the price that felt unfortunate, so when the tube became almost empty my husband cut the bottom end open with scissors and then used a tube squeezer to keep it closed so it would not dry out.  This gave him several extra days of shave cream.  This was after nothing would come out from the tube top!

This has become a regular item for us.  Good stuff!

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★