Monday, August 31, 2015

Yoga Socks Review

Sold by: Arg group

After reviewing these socks, I have determined that they are more appropriately sized for my wife.  We both tried them to see who they would be more suited for.

My wife has the following to say about them, "Yoga socks great for yoga.  Better traction than sweaty feet or regular socks."  "They are a little tight around the toes."

I found them to be tight around the toes.  In the images you can see that they caused indentations in my two smallest toes on each foot.

I wear size 11 men's shoe
My wife wears size 9.5 women's shoe.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.

When they originally arrived one pair was missing and the supplier sent me another pair.  Great customer service.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ode to Kenneth in Binary

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I often wonder what to
Do, when I am here.
After many years of
Hearing answers
Of how great this place is.
For most here they think hours of driving is close
And that other place's attractions are theirs.
Last of all, I
Long to live in the other places that this place claims
So that I can find fun, without delusion

(c) Brady L.B. 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Levels of Guitar Review

Levels of Guitar has two levels of monthly member ship.  If you find that you are above that of beginner then go for intermediate.  Intermediate level has everything in beginner level plus more lessons at intermediate level.

This online lesson program is in depth and has helped me learn more than by books alone.  I have always had a problem with how to hold a guitar and I tried my best to follow what the books told me on how to hold it, but was always tiring.  The beginning lesson tells you what to do and why and how to prevent fatigue.

I really like this program and am glad that I got it.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.

GoPro Selfie Stick Review

With so many selfie sticks out there you have to wonder which one to buy.  The truth that you have to look at the qualities that you want in the selfie stick and which quality that you want the most.  Some of the main qualities that I look at are: price; sturdiness; versatility; and free add-ons such as tripod stand, phone holder, GoPro attachments, shutter controls, regular camera attachments.

This selfie stick sits on the expensive side, but it is sturdy and has many components that come with it.  The tripod and the selfie stick has the standard screw that is used in the bottom of many regular cameras. 

The tripod attaches to the bottom of the selfie stick with that standard screw.  The tripod is also stiff in its rotation ball, so it will allow a DSLR camera on top of the selfie stick (make sure the selfie stick is as vertical as possible so your camera does not fall).

The phone and gopro attachments can be installed on the end of the selfie stick or on the tripod without the selfie stick.  The phone attachment has to different installation direction (so you can choose which way you want to attach your phone).

It also comes with a blue tooth controller so you can snap your pictures on your phone from a distance without holding the selfie stick.

With all of these components this selfie stick makes up for the price.

I received this product for a reduced price in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Superb Wood Chess Set by Chess Armory

Sold by: Chess Armory

This chess set is really nice.  The wood playing board measures about 15" x 15".  The board lays flat while you play and then acts as a case for you pieces when in storage.  The playing pieces are of a nice size (example: The wood king pieces are about 3 inches tall.).

I really like playing chess with my kids and when I got this chess set they only wanted to play with this set.

I received this product for a reduced price in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


FlipStir Puzzle Review

FlipStir Puzzle - Solar System
sold by: Enlivenze

I received this great puzzle and it took me a little time to figure out how to play.  Once I figured out how to play I was able to solve the puzzle in 3-10 minutes depending on how easily the pieces moved.

Enlivenze ask that I answer some questions (Enlivenze's question : My answer)

Play Patter: repeat movement and time ... easier than a Rubix cube

Interest for different ages:  People of all ages would be interested in
this game/puzzle.  But to solve it you must have enough hand eye
coordination to move the blocks.

Family Toy: yes

Would I use it in the following places:
travel - fun for a few minutes, but can be too noisy in the car
school - too noisy
office - can be too noisy for the office
home - fun little toy to pick up and use for a few minutes

Value for money: a little expensive when compared to a cheap Rubix
cube.  Similar in price to more expensive Rubix cubes.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Stong Citrus Press Review

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Sold by: UsefulBitz

Every now and then I need to squeeze a little juice from an orange or lemon or lime.  Oranges I use to make orange chicken sauce and lemon/lime juice is used in many different recipes.  To get this juice there are three ways of doing it: use juice from the store; squeeze the juice from the fruit using your hand and a spoon (to collect the seeds); or use a juicer (press or electric)

Kitchen Bitz provides a nice citrus press for lemons, limes, or small oranges.  This press removes the juice from your citrus fruits with ease.  It keeps the seeds and large solids in the press, while letting your juice to flow through the holes in the bottom.  This product is made of painted metal.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Stainless Steel Steamer Review

Sold by: Sunsella

This vegetable steamer works great for steaming small amount of vegetables.  It is made of stainless steel.  When you open and close this product you need to be careful so you don't damage the steamer (The hinges on the product are stiff and the metal leafs are thin).

After you steam your vegetables the metal steamer is going to be hot, so before you start make sure that you have access to the ring in the center for removal from the pot/pan.  After the steamer has had some time to cool, it can also be used as a small plate.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a honest and fair review.

Kuuk Garlic Press Review

Sold by: iHeadphones_Inc

This garlic press works better than other garlic presses I have tried in the past.  It provides a better mincing capability and leaves less in the screen.  This allows you to better utilize your fresh garlic in your meals vs. just flushing some or most of your garlic down the drain/garbage.

This Garlic Press has three parts that rotate around connection pin.  Because all three parts rotate around the connection pin and cannot be removed, it makes it harder to clean when compared to other models where the screen piece can be removed.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a honest and fair review.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Small Practico cutting board review

Sold by: Pratico Goods

I like this cutting board. It is made of nice strong bamboo and is very sturdy. The bamboo cutting surface protects the cutting edge of your knife.

The size of the cutting board helps during the cutting process in the following ways:
• The weight prevents the cutting board from moving around
• It has a small cutting surface so you don't have to worry about space when cutting small items
• It has a grove around the edge that will catch small amounts of juice run off from your cutting event.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.

Nice Beginners Art Set Review

Sold by: TCP Global Corp

This is a really nice paint set.  It comes with a nice variety of materials and has what you need as a starter painting kit.  I used this kit to paint "Life in the Green" as seen in the image.

*The easel has many cross bracings to allow for small canvas to be painted on it.
*The easel does not have a lip on the shelf.  I find lips on the easel shelves can cause restrictions in painting the bottom of the canvases.
*The brushes have nice bristles, long handles for distant painting, and natural wood color handles
*Paints are vibrant in color
*The perfect size of draw to store your painting supplies.

Problems I have had with this set:
*The paint draw was too tight, it required some sanding to allow the drawer to move in and out easily
*All the paints have a metallic/heavy metal/iron smell to them.  This will cause me head pain when compared to other brands of acrylic paints that do not have this smell.
*The canvas panels came curved.  This could be due to that they are not as thick as other canvas panels that I have used.  The thickness of the canvas boards measure at 4/32 inch based on my calipers.

In the picture you will see the set with 9"x12" canvas panels on the easel.

This kit comes with: table box easel with drawer, 3 canvas panels (9"x12"), 12 acrylic paint colors (12ml each), 16 well plastic palette, 4 brushes (flat #2, round #4, round #6, flat #8), HB pencil (#2), and plastic palette knife.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Essential table top easel review

Sold by: TCP Global Corp

This product is light and made of strong aluminum.  The tray is 1 inch deep by 16 inches long and has a 1/4 inch front lip running the whole length of the tray.  The lip does not cause any problems unless you have a canvas that greater than 3/4 inch in depth.  3/4 inch to 1 inch in depth it hinders the ability to paint to the bottom of the canvas.  The one I got measured 22 inches from the center of the tray to the tip of the arm.  Due to the A frame type back I would not use it on a canvas that is much smaller than a 8 x 10 inch.

This easel holds my canvases nicely and the covered feet prevent it from slipping while I am painting on it.  I like how it is light and compact.  It allows me to be able to sit down at a table to not worry about if I am going to hit the legs of the easel, because it is sitting on top of my table.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Black Civil War Cavalry Western Style Cowboy Hat Review

I normally were a 7 5/8 (3X Beaver) hat.  This hat is slightly tight on my head.  That being said, the soft elastic on the inside of the hat allows it to be worn as different hat sizes.  It fits nicely on my kids heads because of the elastic.  In my opinion this hat is made for those that need a hat size 7 5/8 (3X Beaver) or smaller.  If you are towards the 7 5/8 (3X Beaver) expect it to be tight.

The hat is made from a thick soft black material.  The hat appears to be of good quality material.

As you can see form my images that the hat does not exactly match the images provided by the seller.  It did not come with vent holes, the tassels are different, and the crown is shaped differently.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Superb collection of canvas boards review

Sold by: TCP Global Corp

This very nice canvas set give you a great variety of canvas to draw or paint on.  These canvas boards lay flat and have been nicely primed.

The back of the canvas boards have a label that is easy to write on.  The back label provides space for the following 5 items: title, artist, medium, signature, and date.  I find this useful, because sometimes I forget to include the medium indication when I have finished my art.

The thickness of the canvas boards measure at 5/32 inch based on my calipers.

This set comes with:
  • 6 - 5"x7"
  • 6 - 8"x10"
  • 6 - 9"x12"
  • 6 - 11"x14"

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.

#usartsupply, #canvas, #art

The must have ice cream spoon review

These spoons measure about 8 and 3/4" in length.  This is the perfect length to reach into those deep cups without getting your hands messy.  The small spoon head allows for better reach into the corners of the cup, while still allowing for a spooning ability.  I think the spoon head is the perfect size for eating ice-cream.

When eating ice-cream you don't want too big of a spoon for the following reasons:
-you go through your ice-cream too fast (smaller head slows you down)
-eating ice-cream too fast causes brain freeze

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Fine art paint brush review

Sold by: TCP Global Corp

This paintbrush set comes with 7 soft nylon bristles. The nylon bristles provide nice smooth distribution of paint.

The handles are just the right size to hold in one hand without too much handle hanging out either side of your hand. I find that these shorter handles provide better control when you want to hold the paintbrush close to the head. The handle is painted with a deep red. I personally like wood colored paint brush handles, but colored handles work just fine.

The brushes contained in the packet did not match what was indicated as coming in the packet (two of the brushes were different).

Size of paint brushes indicated that comes in the packet:
flat shader size #2,flat shader size #6,round size #2,round size #4,liner size #2/0,flat angular shader 1/4",wash 3/4"

Size of paint brushes that came in my packet (based on the number on the paintbrush and shape of the brush head):
flat size #2,flat size #6,round size #1,bright size #2,liner size #2/0,flat angular shader 1/4",flat (wash) 3/4"

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Essential Microfiber Hair Towel Review

I like microfiber towel because they provide great cleaning/drying abilities while providing minimal weight for the towel.
I measured the dimensions of the towel that I received and got: 19 inches by 38.5 inches.

I gave this product to my wife to try out and this is what she has to say about it:
"This towel is handy cute device.  It dries my hair just about the same as a regular bath towel worn turban style without all the extra bulk and need for balance on one's head.  Just so you know my hair is considered both fine and medium length."
"This towel would not work very well for those with long hair."

The towel came with a card that indicated that I could get a free hand towel if I followed its instruction.  I followed the instructions and have not received the hand towel.  It has been two week from the time I completed the instructions and the time I am writing this section of the review.

I received this product for free in-exchange for a fair and honest review.