6/22/15

Live Infinitely Forever Cool Cooling Towel

Weather this June has been so weird. A typical June for us here is hot hot hot and sunny. This month has been hot, cold, freezing, rainy, muggy, stormy, and sunny. I swear you can experience just about every season all in the span of one week here in NY. We have had to turn the heat on one day and the air conditioner on the next. As it turns out, it has been hot on the days I have been packing up my apartment. We might be moving over the next few weeks, so we have been packing and preparing just in case. I recently got to try out a Cooling Towel, and it has been a life saver to me.


The Live infinitely Forever Cool Cooling Towel is seriously cool! The towel has sort of a leather feel to it, it is light weight, soft to the touch, and durable. While the towel is wet, it feels dry to the touch, thats pretty neat. I don't know how they do it!



To "activate" cooling all you have to do is soak the towel, wring out the excess water and "snap" the towel. If you have been using the towel for a while and it feels warmer to you you can rewet it or just give it another quick snap. I have been sitting here trying to cool down after packing and have been using the towel for almost an hour. I have only had to "snap" it once.


I like to hang the towel around my neck and over my shoulders. It seriously cools me down quickly. I use it after going for a walk, after packing, and after other activity. It quickly wicks away sweat and moisture. I am going hiking this weekend and plan to bring this along with me. It comes with a handy  anti-bacterial carrying case. I think it would be good to use to cool you down if you have a fever. You could wrap it around your neck and up around your forehead like a headband.




This cooling towel is currently being sold for $14.95 on Amazon. To learn more or to purchase one for yourself, check out the Amazon listing.





























I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

6/17/15

The High Intensity Interval Workouts Game from Strength Stack 52

Strength Stack 52 sent me another set of fitness card games to review. This set is HIIT The Game. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This is where you work many different muscle groups, quickly, followed by short resting times. This combats muscle fatigue and promotes muscle growth and fat loss.


The HIIT game can be played alone or with friends. You do not need any equipment making it ideal for anyone without a gym membership. At $29.97 it is cheaper than a gym membership. I love that it can be taken just about anywhere.

For game instructions check out the video below:


I love how clear and concise the instructions in the video are. it is easy to play, at any fitness level. I find that playing with friends adds extra motivation to work harder. The exercise cards in this game are similar to the cards in the other decks I spoke about the other day. These games are quick and fun ways to get your exercise in. To learn more about this game, check out this link. I am a little pressed for time today, but I will come back and add further comments later this week. 


I recited the product mentioned above for free. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

AZSPORT Waist Trimmer

I have noticed that waist trimmers have become pretty popular this year. Wanting to know what all of the fuss was about, I opted to review one. I received the AZSPORT Waist Trimmer. This trimmer is a little different than your typical under bust corset. It is very flexible, there are no rigid bones and it stretches, a lot. 


This waist trimmer is very comfortable and stretchy. It is one of the cheaper waist trimmers for larger waists that I have come across. I'm a plus size woman, with a 42 waist but a larger stomach area (around 47 inches). With this trimmer I am able to reduce the size of my stomach area and waist to 40 inches. That is a 7 inch difference! You can really notice the difference when wearing formfitting clothing. I notice that I look much smoother and slimmer. I can feel more confident in tighter clothes.


I  like to wear this lower on my waist when I am wearing an under bust corset. My corset is a little short, so when I wear this with it, it is able to pick up where the corset left off. I like to wear these as a quick and temporary solution for a smaller waist. While I have been working out for the last year, I haven't seen the results that I would like. With this waist trimmer I can "fake it till I make it". Unlike under bust corsets, this will shrink with you, as it is meant for multiple body types. 


This trimmer is currently on sale for $14.98. To learn more check out the Amazon listing

While I did receive this at no cost to me for a review, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I am going to come back and upload my own photos later this week. I have a very busy week ahead of me and have not yet had the chance to take my own photos. 

Strength Stack 52 Card Tri Pack

The other day I talked to you about the Stack 52 dice set. Today, I will be discussing the Strength Stack 52 Card Tri Pack. It was developed by a member of the military looking for a fun way to exercise anywhere without any equipment. The US Army gave Sergeant Volkin a medal for the exercise programs he designed for the troops. Today it is still used in the military, but has branched out and can be purchased and used by anyone!


The Tri pack contains three decks of cards; there is the original deck of Fitness Cards, the Expansion Pack, and the Insanity pack. each deck is "smartphone enhanced". This means that each card has a scannable QR code. When you scan it with an app on your smartphone it will take you to a site and show you exactly how to use that card. I tried this, and it really works! The video loads quickly and shows you exactly what to do. I think this feature is so cool!

 I love that you can play it anywhere at any time.  You can bring it to the office to use on your lunch break, take it to the park to use outside (maybe you can even get some other people to join you!) or use it in the privacy of your own home. You can get the best results by doing mini-workouts (5-15 minutes) a few times each day. The difficulty is progressive. You can start at any level and advance to elite strength and fitness.




To learn exactly use these cards, check out the video below, it describes it much better than I can.






The Tri Pack  114 bodyweight exercise cards. The exercise cards are color coded, suited, and numbered. There are 6 different colors with each color representing a different muscle group worked:

  •  15 cardio exercises (Blue)
  •  32 core/ab exercises (Red)
  •  3 back exercises (Pink)
  •  30 leg exercises (Yellow)
  •  9 Arm exercises (Orange)
  • 13 chest exercises (Green)
  • 12 of the hardest bodyweight exercises known to man (Gold)
  •  3 instructional cards
  •  2 wild cards (used in games)

This card set is currently being sold for $35.97. I find that they are a great way to get in a quick and easy workout. They are much cheaper than a monthly gym membership, thats for sure! I received this set for free one exchange for a post on my blog. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 





6/16/15

Reach It - Grab It from Calibre Products

In my bathroom, my washing machines sits about 6 inches away from the wall, and it's in a weird spot next to my sink so things that are only my sink tend to fall off and behind my washer. This is super inconvenient because I had no way to get the objects out from behind it without having to move my dryer and then my washer. This i such a pain that i just let the stuff pile up and probably would have left it there until we moved. I recently received a "Reach It - Grab It" grabber and I swear it is a game changer.


I tend to buy expensive Lush soap, and I cannot tell you how many bars I have lost behind my dryer. Everyone one fell behind the dryer I had to order more, because I love the dang stuff. It's seriously great. The first thing I did when I got the grabber was use it to get my soaps from behind the dryer. I have such  stock pile of soap now I will be set for the next year or two! 


The first grabber I received broke the first time I used it. I immediately emailed the company and they sent a new one out right away. I received it within two days of notifying them. The second grabber worked perfect. It does exactly what it is supposed to. It is light weight yet sturdy. I am able to reach things on top of my cupboards. My boyfriend loves "torturing" the cat with it. The cats hate it, but he loves to pick up their tails with it. It doesn't harm them, he just thinks it's funny. 


This grabber has a rubber no-slip claw. It is made out of a rust proof, light weight, aluminum. The ergonomic trigger gives you a pain free gripping experience. This product is perfect for short people, the elderly, and people with back pain. I seriously love it!

The Reach It - Grab it is currently on sale for $19.98. To purchase it for yourself or to learn more, you can visit this link

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest feedback. I will come back and upload my own personal photos later this week. Check back soon. Photos in post are from the Amazon product page.

6/15/15

The Importance of Selfies featuring the SplashETech Selfie Stick

I don't care what anyone has to say, I love taking selfies. I don't have any photos of myself as a child, so having photos to look back on when I'm older is really important to me. When I'm older I won't regret taking 100 photos of my friends at the beach every time we go. I won't regret taking selfies of me looking and feeling good. I would regret not having photos of fun times to look back on. I love seeing my friends selfies. To me, selfies are empowering. We live in a world that tells us we are not good enough, we are not pretty enough, or we are not this/that/the other enough. When we take selfies we are shouting "Yes I Am!". Selfie Sticks are a great way to capture photos that you might not have been able to capture alone. They enable to to take awesome photos without having to ask strangers, something I struggle with with my anxiety. You are able to take photos if you are on a hike alone of yourself on top of the mountain. You can take a cute photo of you and your friends, and include everyone!


The SplashETech Selfie Stick is one of the most lightweight selfie sticks I have used. It is easy to set up, it only takes a minute or two to get going once out of the box. It arrived charged and ready to go. When it is time to charge it, it charges quickly. I like that it uses a usb cord, so I can charge it when I am out and about, with my charger pack. The adjustable range starts at .77 feet and goes to 3.4 feet. There is an adjustable clamp that allows you to adjust to fit most phones. Even my ginormous iPhone 6 Plus fit! Since I have another selfie stick I ended up giving this to a friend who has an iPhone 4, and it fit her phone as well. I love that this is a Bluetooth selfie stick. It makes it super simple to use. There are no cords that you need to plug into your phone. This selfie stick is sold for $12.99 on Amazon.

Check out the photos below to see how I have utilized this selfie stick!


This photo shows how we were able to take a photo at a BBQ with everyone included in the photo


I was able to take a few photos of my bridesmaids dress, better than I would have been able to without the selfie stick.


Here are couple of OOTD photos I have taken:


I was at a party with my friend and we wanted to take a photo with her dog. We were able to do so without asking anyone to take it for us. I like that you can conceal that you are holding a selfie stick in photos. 


 Here is another photo of us that we used the stick for. 


Overall, I am a huge fan of this Selfie Stick. I think selfies are important and using a selfie stick can make taking selfies easier. Don't ever let anyone make you feel bad for taking "too many photos" of yourself. 

*I received the product mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 


6/11/15

Quick Sweat Dice

I recently received the Quick Sweat Dice set by Stack 52 reviews. I have been having so much fun while getting some exercise in with these. They give you an easy to follow, quick, and fun workout.

 The  Quick Sweat Dice set is a bodyweight exercise game. When you play the game you actually get a pretty awesome workout. It's great for all fitness levels, from beginners on up! You wont do the same workout twice and you won't get bored. The variety of exercises maximizes muscle confusion and increases strength gains.


Some quick facts as featured on the Quick Sweat Dice website:
  • Designed by a scientist and military fitness expert, used by the US Army in Iraq
  • Never do the same workout twice: Kills boredom, increases your motivation
  • Play anywhere: no equipment is needed
  • Easy to learn: Sergeant Volkin demonstrates each exercise (see below for videos)
  • Progressive difficulty: challenging for both beginners and experts
I really love that this set is so easy to use. Each die is pretty self explanatory, but if you do not understand what one is telling you to do you can visit the Stack 52 website for a more detailed explanation. This set is being sold for $19.97. I think this is a fair price, considering you do not ned a gym and there are no requiring fees, and no equipment needed. I paid $20.00 for a gym membership that I never used!
I will come back and upload my own photos, but as of right now, it appears that my cat has stolen my dice and hid them somewhere in my apartment. I leave them on my table, forgetting he LOVES to play with the pouch they are in. He has a thing for the material, anytime I have something in a small pouch like this, he takes it and it takes me a few days to find it.
Check out this awesome video that I found that features the Quick Sweat Dice, it's pretty cute! It's adorable.



Here are some games you can play with these dice:

Roll all the dice and do the exercises that appear. You get one point for each rep. Do not rest between exercises.

Time Critical

Race to a point total in the fastest time possible. Try to beat your old time.

It's a Numbers Game


Get as many points as you can in 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes depending on your fitness level or time available. Try to beat your old score!

Tabata Rounds
Get as many points as possible in a 1, 2, or 3 minute round. Rest 30, 60, or 90 seconds. Perform 3, 4, or 5 rounds. Set the length of each round, the rest period, and number of rounds based on your fitness level and mix things up to increase muscle confusion and maximize your results.


* I received the product mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Naturalico Rechargeable Electronic Pedicure Foot File and Callus Remover

I have always been pretty self conscious about my feet. Over the last few months I finally decided it was time that I take better care of them in order to start wearing cute sandals and flip flops. I recently got the Naturalico Rechargeable Electronic Pedicure Foot File and Callus Remover, and honestly I'm a little under-impressed by it. I thought I would love it more than I did.

The Naturalico Rechargeable Electronic Pedicure Foot File and Callus Remover is a device that painlessly remove calluses. It worked on the callus on my big toe, but as far as the rest of the foot goes, it didn't really do anything. I was hoping this would remove the calluses and dead skin on my heals and under foot area. You're not supposed to use this on anything but your feet, but I did find that it removed callouses on my hands. 


I think that the device spins fast enough (40 spins per minute). I think that the file that they use is a part of the problem. It needs to be more coarse. This would have been great if it had included different textures. It did come with an extra file attachment, but it was the same texture as the other.
The device has a rechargeable battery, which is nice as it reduces waste. The LED light that it comes equipped with could be brighter. 

Overall, this might be great for you if you have very light callouses on your feet, but it wasn't the greatest for my heavy calloused feed. I find the $34.99 price point a bit high. 

*I'm going to come back and upload some personal photos later this weekend, photos featured are from the Amazon Product Page.*

I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own. 



6/8/15

Moose Shave Company, Shave Bar.

I am pretty familiar with shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and bars of soap, but I had not previously heard of "Shave Bars". I am a huge fan making products easier to use, while saving space and time. I already use shampoo bars and bars of soap in my home. For me, shampoo bars are easier and quicker to use, and the brands I use are all natural so they are not harsh on my hair. When I saw an opportunity to try out a shave bar, I jumped at it.


The Moose River shave bar is a bar that will prep and moisturize your skin which will result in a clean and smooth shave. This shave bar has a yummy bay leaf and cinnamon spice with a hint of citrusy lime scent. Vitamin E and Shea Butter are used to leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturized. While this shave bar is described as a shave bar for men, I myself use it every day! I think I like it more than my boyfriend does. It leaves a smooth lather on my legs and underarm area that makes shaving easy. I don't feel like it drys my skin out at all, and I have not experienced any razor burn. I've been using this bar for over a month and it has hardly put a dent in the bar. This bar will last me a very long time. 




This bar is currently being sold for $12.99. I find this to be a great value considering this will last me probably until the end of the year, or longer! To learn more about this shave bar or to purchase one for yourself, you can visit the Amazon listing here



Ingredients: Saponified oils of Olive, Coconut, Castor, Shea Butter, Bentonite Clay, Glycerine, Wheat Germ Oil, Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol T-50 (Vitamin E), Rosemary Oleoresin (a natural antioxidant).