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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Product review: Amdemin 3.5mm Audio Cable – 3.5 feet Auxiliary Cable Aux Cord


I got one pack, it is 3.5 feet long.  It is heavy duty thick audio cable with a braided nylon jacket.  It has a nice look and feel. The cables fit firmly both into my Android phone and speakers.  The sound quality is good, on par with my favorite cables.  I like the read color as it stands out from my other cables, so it is easy to untangle when I need to do it.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Product review: SmartOmi Bluetooth Neckband Headphones V4.1


The best thing about SmartOmi  headphones is the distance at which Bluetooth continues to play music without breaking up.  I am able to leave the phone on the second floor study and walk down to the first floor and still hear the music without any breaks.  Only when I go to the corner of the kitchen does the music begin to break up.  This is better than my other bluetooth headphones I own.

I also like the vibrating alerts - the headphone vibrates when I turn it on and off (so I am sure the batteries are not being wasted), I don't need to look at the light. It also vibrates when the phone rings.  Phone reception is good.

The ear pieces are comfortable, the short wires to the band don't tangle because they are short.

On the negative side I am not in love with having something touching my neck when the weather is warm. It makes me feel hotter. When I am wearing a shirt with color I put the band under the collar, but I don't wear them all that often especially in the summer. On the other hand I understand that neck band allows for a bulkier design that works better, so I am willing to deal with it because as far as quality of sound and real Bluetooth connection these headphones are excellent.

The headphones are comfortable and I am able to wear them all day long.  They are much better then having wired headphones as I can move between my two computers without having to worry about the cord.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★



Monday, August 28, 2017

Product review: Luke’s Gift Mousrs Japanese Culture Style Journals Notebook




I am a big time note taker. I always have a big stack of notebooks with ideas, things I need to do, and so forth.  I always enjoy pretty covers so I can tell my journals apart.  This unlike journal has heavy stock paper, it similar to sketch notepad paper, only slightly thinner than my watercolor paper notebooks.  The drawing on the cover is both on the hard cover as well as on the paper wrap that goes around the cover.  I use the paper wrap is a book mark, using one of the ends to mark where I am in the notebook.

The pages themselves fall into three categories: in the front there is calendar pages, the center potion is unlined, and the last third has one side grid the other side blank.

The notebooks look classy with a one tone leather binding and a color coordinated ribbon bookmark.  Each journal has an elastic that keeps the notebook closed, especially nice when I travel or carry the notebook with me.   It has a ribbon which gets straight to where I left off.

 The notebook is 7.2" long and 5.2" wide.  Made in China. It is 160 pages.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Product review: IFUNEYS 110pcs Large Glow in the Dark Garden Pebbles




These pebbles glow gently in the dark, they are decorative and not meant to provide any lighting.  In attached photos you can see the effect when they are together and spaced out.  During the day they do not look like regular pebbles, they are white with greenish tones. They are made out of resin, and look like resin rather than stones.  I mixed them into regular gravel for an interesting effect.

The pebbles require exposure to the sun during the day in order to glow at night.  How much sun?  A couple of hours, but the more sun the brighter they look. After a full day of light they flow for about 5 hours.

The pebbles are made out resins (i.e. plastic) and photoluminescent pigments. The seller describes as non-toxic and non-radioactive.

I emailed the seller and asked him how long they are expected to last if I expose them to sun every day of the year.  He told me that I should expect life expectancy up to 10 years.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Product review: ITS JUNLAN Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush


This is a toothbrush with soft bristles. It has a wood rather than plastic handle.  The wood is nicely finished and polished.  My dentist tells me to change the toothbrush at minimum every 6 months, so the wood holds up just fine for that period and it is nice not to use plastic when I don't have to.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Food product review: RECAPS BPA Free Reusable Nespresso Capsules Refillable Pods


I love being able to recycle the capsules and save money on using  my own coffee.  The capsules are a little had to use (to clear all grounds from the cover).  The coffee comes out a little weaker than the original capsules, but acceptable.  Overall, being able to recycle the capsule and using my own coffee overcomes the cons I listed.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Product review: Shine Glitter Decorative Washi Masking Tape Set of 10 rolls



I discovered Washi tape a few years ago and now it is my favorite for crafts as well as gift wrap.  It is pretty, it is sticky, and it can be re-positioned without leaving goo behind.

This is a set of 10 rolls tape are very pretty - the glitter looks even better in person: the colors are vibrant and the glitter is part of the texture, it does no come off even when I rub it with a tip of my nail. The tapes are fairly thin and not transparent.  They have a nice sticky adhesive which can be removed and re-positioned without leaving gunk. It tried it on paper, cardboard, painted walls, plastic - works well on all.  Each tape is 1/2" wide and 32 feet long.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★w

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Product reivew: Clogs Store Clogs Store Women's Shoe for Lawn and Garden / made in Russia


These clogs are made out of recycled EVA plastic.  They have no scent.  The clogs are very comfortable, I wear size 7.5 shoe and ordered size 8 US (37 Russian size).  As you see in the photos and video the clogs are very good fit in both size and width.  I use them as house slippers during the summer - they are comfortable and cool. There are enough holes to provide good ventilation.  I am a fan of Crocs and these are just as comfortable at a better price. I am very pleased!

You can find these clogs on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Product review: Luke’s Gift Japanese Culture Style Journals Notebook


I am a big time notetaker. I always have a big stack of notebooks with ideas, things I need to do, and so forth.  I always enjoy pretty covers so I can tell my journals apart.  This unlike journal has heavy stock paper, it similar to sketch notepad paper, only slightly thinner than my watercolor paper notebooks.  The drawing on the cover is both on the hard cover as well as on the paper wrap that goes around the cover.  The pages themselves are totally blank - no lines and no decorations. I use the paper wrap is a book mark, using one of the ends to mark where I am in the notebook.

The notebooks look classy with a one tone leather binding and a color coordinated ribbon bookmark.  Each journal has an elastic that keeps the notebook closed, especially nice when I travel or carry the notebook with me.   It has a ribbon which gets straight to where I left off.

 The notebook is 7.2" long and 5.2" wide.  Made in China. It is 160 pages.
You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★




Friday, August 18, 2017

Product review: Miracase Wireless Sports Bluetooth Headphones In-Ear







Miracase Bluetooth headphones paired flawlessly with my two phones.  The sound is nice and clear without distortion.  The Bluetooth range is fine with the phone resting in my pants pockets phone or on the table while I work.  However, if I walk away about 5 feet the sound begins to break up.  I use these headphone while working to cover up the distracting conversations and noises by pleasant music.  The headphones are comfortable and I am able to wear them all day long.  The range is a bit less than advertised but perfectly fine the way I use them (pocket or desk).  I really like how comfortable they are and their sound.  They are much better then having wired headphones as I can move between my two computers without having to worry about the cord.

Update: I have been using the head phone for about a month. I noticed that the distance at which Bluetooth streams music without breaks decreased.  Now when I carry the phone in my pants pocket the sound breaks up.  It works better when it lays on the desk while I am wearing the  headphone sitting in front of the computer.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review★★★☆☆

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Product review: Hippo&Crate Toothbrush with Bamboo Charcoal bristles Pack of 4 (black toothbrush)


This toothbrush is soft and feel gentle on my gums.  I have to admit that I got it because I liked the black look.
It fits nicely into my black and white bathroom.  I also like that the toothbrushes come with a cap, which makes this toothbrush also good for travel.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★





Monday, August 14, 2017

Product review: Shampoo and Conditioner Hair Care System - 3 Piece Gift Box by Hot Tresses





This shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer set smells have an  minty scent with earthy background. It is not what I would describe a flowery scent

This shampoo has no parabens and it is fairly low suds shampoo. I thought my hair looked good after washing  - clean and shiny. On weekends when I have more time I also use leave-in moisturizer. It works best when you air dry you hair and even though I am in the rush in the mornings I let my hair dry naturally on the weekends. The moisturizer leaves my hair feeling softer and I hope it is good for it as well.

The set was nicely packaged, and each tube was foil sealed.  The tubes can stand on the caps but are a little wobbly.  After using them in the shower for a few days I managed to knock them down a few times and now they are upside down in a caddy which keeps them from falling down. If I wanted to  change anything I would make the containers more stable when they are free standing on their caps.

Overall, I am pleased with all three items products in the set.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Product review: DreamLifter Team Tripod Mount Set By DreamLifter for Smartphones Go-Pro Cameras and other light photo cameras



This is a light tripod aimed to hold light cameras - such as Go-Pro and phone cameras.  It stated capacity is 5 founds, but I would limit it to a couple of pounds to be safe.  With that per-amble it is a full featured tripod that is very light.


- It has quick release legs. This tripod's quick releases operate smoothly and the hold is good.  The legs have four sections. The bottom portion of the legs is quite thin, and that's where the weight limit feels most critical.

- This tripod  does not have a quick plate.  It does come with 1/4" standard screw.

- Lightweight. 12.85 oz.

- Tripod's maximum height is 41". When it is collapsed its size is 14".

Overall, pretty good tripod for light cameras and phone cameras.
You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Product review: 18/10 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Handles, Lids, Spout, Non-slip Silicone Base (by Casy)






This is a nice set of stainless steel bowls. The set includes three bowls and one lid (for the small bowl). The two larger bowls have a handle and beak for pouring. All three bowls have a silicone base (non-slip bottoms). They bowls fit into each other for storage.

Large bowl: 9.5" diameter x 5.5" deep
Medium bowl: 8" diameter x 4.75" deep
Small bowl: 6.5" diameter x 4" deep

Overall, nice set of size - good sizes, well made, I like them!

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Product review: IRIS GEMMA 1 Pair of Hypoallergenic White Gold Plated Punk Sun Ear Cuff Ear Jacket Earrings



I liked the picture on the listing that showed the silver spokes visible behind behind the ear. Unfortunately on my ears if you place the jacket behind the ear you can see only the very tips of the spokes and this does not look nice.

On the positive side the jacket takes any stud earring so I can use it not only with this earring but my own.

From the hole in the middle of the jacket to the bottom of jacket the length is 1/2".  So you can measure if these jackets will work for you.

The seller's description says that some people need to bend the earrings to fit their ear. Maybe this description means that the seller suggests that the jacket's spokes have to be straightened by the buyer to make them longer (they are at a 90 degree angle so they surround the bead if the jacket is placed in front of the ear).

However, I do not have tools to reshape the earrings and I am sure if I did they would come out crooked as I have no experience in manipulating tiny earring parts.  I really liked how the earrings looked in the stock photo, but if they need to be stretched and reshaped to achieve this result the seller should have performed this task before shipping the earrings.

Since the earrings are usable and work with other studs I am giving them a three star rating, but I am disappointed that I could not get the unique look liked in the stock photo.
You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Product review: Burnshield Premium Sterile Emergency Burn Dressing 4"x4" (10cm x 10cm) "Cools The Burn"

The Amazon stock picture shows a box with several burn dressings, so I was surprised that I got only one 4"x4" burn dressing. Burn dressings need to be changed frequently, so one bandage would not be enough if the injury is significant enough to need a burn dressing. When had I a serious burn the doc told me to change the dressing twice a day.

Amazon has many similar products with a better price.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★☆☆☆☆





Monday, August 7, 2017

Product review: IRIS GEMMA Silver Leaf Ear Cuff Crawler Earrings Ear Climber Studs Hypoallergenic Pairs


These silver-colored earrings are 1 1/8" long.  You put them in as any regular earring and then twist them up. It stays in that position by compressing the ear from the front and from the back.  The compression is not painful but I do feel it because my ear is not used to feeling something in that area.

Sometimes it falls out of the position but it looks nice when it hangs down as well so it is not a problem when I can't fix it right away.  Attached photos show it in both position.  I am not sure of the material of the earrings (description says gold plated) but I do know that if they had any nickel my ears would itch and they do not itch, so they are nickel free.

I like the earrings, I did not have anything like them before.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Product reviews: keep&fresh Cool Coolers Blue Lunch Pack Ice Packs




These ice packs are are just over half an inch thick and fit perfectly into my lunch bag.

I can fit one on each side of the lunch bag as I show in the photos.

Each ice pack disk measures 4.75" x 4.75" x 0.55". They keep lunch cool for at least 4 hours. I am very pleased with them.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Friday, August 4, 2017

Product review: C&AHOME 2 Tier Natural Bamboo Shoe Rack Foot Stool with Cushion and Storage Drawer







This shoe rack looks quite nice. It comes with a cushion so you can use it as a stool.  It can support the weight of my husband who is around 200 pounds. I decided I like all wood look better and we are using it without the cushion.  We are using the top as the shelf for purses, gloves and hats.
Each shelf holds 2 pairs of shoes for a total of 4 pairs.  It also has a shallow draw, which is 2" deep.

Assembly took me about 20-30 minutes.  It shelves comes with an Allen wrench. All hardware and holes lined up perfectly, the Allen wrench fit well but is just a  piece of metal without a handle and it was a bit cumbersome to use.  If I could use a screwdriver with a handle I would have put the shoe rack together in 10 minutes, but the little Allen wrench was a bit hard to hold. 

Overall, I am pleased with look and function of this shoe rack.  The only thing that is not working perfectly is the metal piece that is supposed to hold the drawer up. It is too loose and and does not stay stiff. I tried using various tools  but nothing fit it. My best attempt was using a small Allen wrench from my bike tool kit to hold one side of the rivet and then using thin nose pliers to turn the rivet to tighten it. I felt like I was able to turn it but I could not make it tight enough.  So I have to hold it up with a hand, not a big deal.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Product review: SHINE-CO Stickers 100-Pcs PVC Decals Waterproof Sunlight-Proof



This is a set of 100 stickers on a large variety of subjects - some are cute, some are animals, some are various cities, some are rude, some have naked ladies.  There is something for everyone, but probably not all stickers would be usable by one person for the same reason.  Each theme has 6-10 stickers, so if there are stickers that are not a match they would be a small percentage of the overall number of stickers. The stickers stick well and the ones we put on the bike handled the rain fine.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Product review: Beessential Fragrance Free Hand And Body Cream, Original Honey, 6 Ounce


The Original Honey version of the Beessential hand and body cream is thick and rich cream and unscented. I really like it. The cream is not greasy and is absorbed well and quickly. I like using unscented creams at night time as I scents, even when I like them, keep me from falling asleep.

The Beessential Hand and Body cream is made out of all natural ingredients are from natural ingredients. It is Paraben free. The tube is a fairly large tube that contains 6 oz.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Product review: Gardeneer By Dalen Bird-X Protective Netting 7' x 20'



I purchased this netting in 2013 to protect miniature raspberry bushes from the birds. I have been able to pack it up for the winter and re-use for summers and will be using it again this summer.

The size of the netting openings is just right and it was fairly easy to work with.
I am attaching a photo which shows the netting on my hand so you can see the relative size of the netting grid, as well as over the potted raspberry bush so you see how it looks from a distance.

Overall, it totally lived up to my expectations for protection and longevity.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★