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Veenev Baby Carrier – Review

So my wife has been babywearing for 2 1/2 years now and used numerous types of carriers: wraps, slings, and a few soft structured carriers like the Bjorn and Ergo. Each style of carrier has it’s pros and cons and each works best for different carrying methods.

So this particular carrier is a soft structured carrier, meaning it wears similar to a backpack, and has buckles and padded straps. You can position the baby on your back, like a backpack, or in the front.

Some of the Pros of this carrier:
– It is a very comfortable carrier to wear, very minimal stress on your back, and to the baby.
– The back is slightly higher so it offers more support for smaller babies allowing for carrying when they are napping.
– It seems very secure when fastened. The buckles lock and do not feel loose at all.
– The material is very soft and breathable. The ventilation helps keep it much cooler than other similar style carriers
– Has a hood that can be attached/removed.

Cons:
– the strap across the back is a touch short.
– You need 2 hands to unfasten the waist. Not a bad thing because it’s extra secure but you have to set baby down and can’t remove it one handed.

So while I do love the design and look for this carrier, due to the weight limit I was unfortunately to worried to place our 30 lbs son inside for fear it would not hold him. We will be having our friends over and will let you know how it holds with their newest bundle of joy so make sure you subscribe for updates coming soon!

You can click here to purchase your own Veenev Baby Carrier on Amazon!

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Summery Pop Up Portable Mosquito Tent – Review

 

My wife and I have really wanted to go camping outdoors this summer, however we want to try and enjoy the experience with our 2 year old son, and the mild/hot weather in Tennessee keeps that from being so easy. Throw in the fact that my wife is a magnet for mosquitoes and you can image how miserable it could be for my wife and our son. Then the fear of the Zika virus just makes you want to stay indoors and away from standing water, or lakes.
So when I was offered a chance to test out this Summery Pop Up mosquito tent, it was obvious that we want to try and use it outdoors.When most people think of a tent, they want to be covered outdoors from most elements of the like rain, water, bugs, and the sun. This isn’t that kind of tent. It only provides some shading, mostly in the center only, and from bug. This does not have the rain flap that you would want/need to use for overnight camping, however depending on the climate and the seasons you may not need it either.

What makes this so great is that they keep the netting from resting on you, which would allow mosquitoes to bite you. All of the nets that drape over the beds sag at the sides so if you sleep with someone else you end up pushed against the netting and find yourself vulnerable to bites. Also it folds up nice and slim to not take up also of space and can be stored easily off to the side. Included is some rope to tie down, and some stakes to secure into the ground to keep it from moving away on it’s own.

As you can see in the photos my wife was able to lay down and our 2 year old son without any issues. I was also able to lay down however I was up to the edges and would have not been comfortable for long periods of time. Our son was able to stand up inside it without any issues, and my wife was able to sit up and still have room from her head touching the top.

My only issue is that it is difficult at first to fold up, and the instructions provided are handy reminders, however I am a visual person and it took 45 minutes to figure it out for myself. Once you get it however, it does get easier and can be done in just a few seconds.

All said, this is a good tent to have when if you want your kids/loved onces outdoors without getting bothered with bugs. Please a basket of toys inside and some sun screen, and they will be entertained for hour!

Click here to purchase on Amazon for $49.99!

Homiom Microfiber Duster – Review

So let me say that this is a very nice duster. It has a pretty solid expandable pole for reaching the hard to reach areas, however it’s not the best.

The head of the duster is a microfiber and very soft. It picks up the dust very easily however it does not hold onto it very well. As you can see below, when dusting my fan it does not trap the dirt and it just falls on the floor, or on you.

One thing that I really like is the head is also bendable so that if you have ceiling fans you can use it to clean them easily without having to get a step-ladder or step stool. It doesn’t take a lot to bend it in any direction you want or need it and just as easy to straighten it back out.

To detach the head there is a gray switch that you have to push up then pull the head out. To put it back in all you have to do is push the head back in until it clicks and the gray switch will automatically go back down into the locked position.

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It is very easy to clean also. Just take and run it under warm water. You do not need to use any type of soap to clean it as the dust, dirt and all of that will come out with the warm water running over it. Wring it out and then let it air dry. I would recommend that you sit it straight up and down to dry or you will get flat spots that you will have to fluff back up. It doesn’t take long though to fluff it back up.

The extending pole is very easy to do. You twist it clockwise to loosen it to either lengthen or shorten the handle and turn it counterclockwise to lock it in place. When it is fully extended it will reach about 5 foot 4 inches or 64 inches. With it fully extended you will have no problems reaching the corner of our tall ceilings.

All in all I think this is a good duster to have and worthy of the $17.99 price tag currently on Amazon. My biggest complaint is that it does not trap the dirt and prevent it from falling all over the place when using it for high hard to reach areas. While this did happen when using it on the ceiling fan, some lower areas trapped the dirt fine, and seemed to be good at keeping it attached.

 

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Kitchenbest Silicone Utensils – Review

So for someone like me that is not a big fan of cooking, these are great kitchen utensils!

The color of these is a nice lime green, which my wife isn’t a fan of, however grew on me and I started to really like since it’s a really different color! I have purchased other non-stick cookware friendly utensils before and they are a hard plastic that tends to melt if you leave it on the burner in the pan to long, or worse the black starts to fade and looks grey over a few washes. These are made of silicone, which eliminates that problem, and after 5 wash cycles in the dishwasher have not warped or faded any of the color.

The utensils have a stiffer metal type core that makes them solid for cooking, but still have that soft silicone feel to them. They are comfortable and easy to hold on to when cooking. The only one I was not a huge fan of was the spatula. With it being silicone the edge is softer and you can’t use it to scrap anything off because of that. It did work great for making scrambled eggs though. The softer edge went around the edge of the pan very well and worked great.

Clean-up is also a snap. They are dishwasher safe! I have put them through my dishwasher 5 times so far, on the high heat setting and they did not melt, fade or get warped.

You can tell that these are really meant to last. They seem to be high quality and I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for some silicone utensils.

You can click here to purchase your own set on Amazon for $24.99 currently.

 

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Review – Wasserstein – Digital Multifunction Stainless Steel Kitchen Food Scale

I love everything to do with food, whether it is eating out, checking food stores, or cooking at home. One of the most important tools to cooking is using a scale like this one.

When I opened the package with the Wasserstein Digital Kitchen Scale, and saw that it was a similar size to an iPad mini, I was blown away. Looking straight down on it, it has a nice stainless steel design. On the bottom of it, it has a unit button, a power/tare button, and in between is the LCD screen. These buttons are smooth, and part of the overall design and super sleek.

The design is very straightforward and works exactly like you would expect. Make sure that it’s placed on a flat surface. Press the On/off/tare button. The LCD screen will light up, and be on 0. The scales can be on ml, gram, fl.oz, or lb and oz. I love this feature, because most cookbooks are metric. To change from one to another, you have to touch the Unit button, and each one will be displayed.


Say you wanted to weigh flour for homemade banana pudding, put the bowl onto the scale. It showed the weight of the bowl. Then press the Tare button, and the scale goes back to 0. Next you’re able to put in the flour to the desired amount, and then take the bowl off the scale, or Tare it again and add additional ingredients that are depended on weight.

Once you remove the bowl from the scale, your showed a minus amount. All you have to do is press the Tare button, and it goes back to 0.

Weight appears to be exact as you can see in a side by side view of my older scale, they both matched and weight seemed to be the same with no difference between the two.


Cleaning is a breeze, as I just wipe them with a damp cloth. Do not wash them in a sink of water, as they are not waterproof.

They have a lifetime warranty with the original owner, subject to you taking care of the kitchen scale. A list of do’s and don’t is in the User Manual.

So whether you want to weigh .1 of an ounce, or 11 pounds, you have the availability of doing it with this scale. It comes with 2 lithium batteries, so you can just buy it, and start using it immediately. Your friends will want one too.

Click hereto go to the amazon page to purchase your Wasserstein Digital Scale!

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Review – Kuda Outdoors Flashlight

I always love getting new flashlights because we use them everywhere. When this one arrived, the first thing that I said was that this light is BRIGHT! Be sure you’re not looking at it when you first turn it on because you will blind yourself!

This flashlight comes with everything neatly boxed separately. It comes with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, a wall charger, a plastic battery sleeve, a battery holder so that you can use 3 AAA batteries instead of the lithium ion battery. I like that it can be used with 2 different types of batteries so you can always use it even if you forget to recharge the big batteries.
The coolest thing about this flashlight is the variety of light functions. Besides being able to adjust the beam from zoom to wide angle, it has 5 modes of lighting: bright, medium, low, strobe & SOS signal. This is a really great flashlight & is handy to have not only around the house, but for camping trips too.

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Review – BESTEK 600A Car Jump Starter

I’ve used a lot of power banks, but this is without a doubt the most complete setup I’ve ever run across. In addition to the usual assortment of USB adapters that typically comes with a power bank, this also includes a set of jumper cables (more on those later), a 19v 3.5A output port with a wide range of adapters, a cigarette lighter adapter for charging. Everything comes packaged in a very nice carry case with lots of elastic straps to keep everything in place.

Something that was really unique to this kit was the Seat Belt cutter, and Glass Breaker that is designed into this system. While it’s size may make it hard to keep in the glovebox or center console of most vehicles, this is really handy when/if you come upon a vehicle accident and need to quickly provide assistance.

The powerbank itself is nicely styled. It feels solid, and has a very stylish looking case – it’s a lot more ornate than the typical utilitarian-looking powerbank. It has a nice LCD screen to display charge level, and 2 very bright flashlights.

For the usual tasks of charging a phone or a tablet. the power bank has four USB output ports: two 1A; another is 2.4A; and an ‘Auto 0-2.4A’. It also has a 19v 3.5A output for powering larger devices (such as a laptop) and includes 8 different adapters for the included cable to cover most common plug sizes.

Charging the powerbank requires using the included charger – it can’t be charged from a USB port. There are two included chargers: one for plugging into a wall outlet; the other for plugging into the car power outlet. That’s a nice feature since it means you can keep the power bank charged while you’re in the car.

I used the powerbank to recharge a variety of devices without any problems. Works fine, and the 10,000mAh capacity means you can get several full recharges of smaller devices, and close at least two full recharges of a larger device such as a tablet. Missing is any Quick Charge so if you have a device that is capable this will not provide that feature that most newer power banks can handle.

I can’t say if it will actually work to jumpstart a car battery – don’t have the means to test that since my car battery is in fine shape. Keep in mind that using it to jumpstart a car could be a two person operation since you have to unhook the power bank from the car battery within ten to twenty seconds of the car starting to avoid having the power bank overheat. The manual stresses that repeatedly.

I was able to jump start my Craftsman Riding Lawnmower several times to ensure that it does work for jump starting, and as provided by BESTek:

Recommended Vehicle Engine Displacements for Standard Jump Start

• Gas powered vehicles – 5.0L and lower displacements.
• Diesel powered vehicles – 3.0L and lower displacements.

On the plus side, the jumper cables that come with this seem very well made even though they are very short – the powerbank would need to be about six inches from the battery for everything to hook up.

But even if this does not jump start a car, the other features are worthy of a 5-star rating. It’s well-built, comes with a very nice case to hold the many pieces and parts, and it can run a laptop through its 19v 3.5A port, a feature you don’t see a lot of on power banks. While in an emergency it may not be the first thing you grab trying to escape, it’s practicality makes it a must have for families. It’s pricey, at around $50.00 as of this review,  the feature list is pretty impressive versus the typical power bank. And if it can jump start a car, so much the better.

Click here to view on Amazon!