Dec 182016
 
Crab Pot Christmas Tree
An FCS Team Member received the Crab Pot Christmas Tree in order to provide you with an honest Crab Pot Christmas Tree Review .  All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Crab Pot Christmas Tree Review

Christmas happens once a year…it’s simply… magical.  The story behind it.  The decorations.  Family traditions. The excitement children display.  Everything about Santa. Though all of these things are magical, the most enjoyment as a child were the lights – the Christmas Trees lit up.  The homes lit up like a light bulb.

I remember as a child, we’d drive around at night to see all the lights people had on display. As us kids got older, the outdoor decorating seemed to be less and less.  Then years later, bang – people began to decorate their outdoor spaces just as I remembered as a kid – even more so.

Here we are today.  People still are decorating their outdoor spaces.  It’s so much fun to drive around and see all the lights and displays throughout the holiday season.  Some people really, I mean really, get into it! Today there are just so many different decorations to be had. The blow up figures.  The different styles/sizes of lights. The lighted deer. The lighted polar bears.  The lit gift boxes.  And now we can add the Crab Pot Christmas Tree to the list of decorating decor.

I’m loving the concept behind the Crab Pot Christmas Tree.  The fact that it’s a space saver when not in use – is ah-mazing!  We could own 6/7 of these and take up barely any space when being stored.

The Crab Pot Christmas Tree is a great invention.  Take a read at what they are all about:

Crab Pot Christmas Trees are remarkable, perfectly shaped trees that are pre-lit, fold flat for storage, sparkle from EVERY angle and are easily set up. What makes these holiday trees so unique and the MUST HAVE of the season for home decor? Crab Pot Christmas Trees are made from the very durable PVC Coated Crab Pot Wire which withstands all that Mother Nature throws at it. Want to see these fold flat Crab Pot Christmas Trees? Check out the fold flat trees in this video, because seeing is believing and this is how you can make the season sparkle with ease. (See Below)

More Key Features to Keep in Mind:

  • The Crab Pot Tree is made in the USA
  • It sets up in minutes
  • It folds flat for storage, in minutes.
  • These trees can be used indoors or out.
  • They come with two options for wire colors – white and green.
  • There are 7 tree heights to choose from ranging from 1′.5″ to 8′ tall.
  • There are 4 styles to choose from – LED, Incandescent, Twinkler, and Twinkler LED.
  • There are 12 light options to choose from.
  • The tree is fireproof and weatherproof

 

Our Review

Crab Pot Christmas Tree

The image above doesn’t do the tree justice…getting an outside shot wasn’t an option in below zero temperatures we’ve been experiencing (yes, winter arrived much too early this year).  Lit, the tree lights are very bright and very pretty.  One doesn’t notice the PVC wiring or light wire.

Our reviewer received a green wired 3′ Crab Pot Christmas Tree.  The tree came boxed and was easy to open.  Once removed and untied (securely holding the tree in the box), the tree spread out like one would spread out party honey-comb decorations.  The tree was already wired with ties so that one knows just where to tie the two side sections together.

From there – simply plug the tree in and you’re good, if you’re using the tree inside. If you’re displaying the tree outside – there are seven metal U-Shaped brackets to insert over the bottom edge of the tree to hold it securely in the ground.  In the package with the brackets, there were 3 packages of 4 bulbs (one being a flasher), along with 2 fuses in each package.

crab pot tree metal tie down brackets

crab pot tree metal tie down brackets

crab pot tree replacement bulbs & fuses

crab pot tree replacement bulbs & fuses

The PVC wire and the string of lights are sturdy.  Assembly was a breeze.  The lights lit bright.  Decorating this tree for inside use can easily be done.  For inspiration – check out all the decorated trees on the Crab Tree site.  One could also decorate it for a porch or even outside if that was a preference.

Ours was not decorated.  A friend saw the Crab Pot Christmas Tree and asked us where we got it.  She expressed it was the perfect size to bring to her friend in an orthopedic rehab center and would like to get one so that her friend would have a tree in her room for the holiday season.  We offered ours up on loan.

crab pot christmas tree construction

Storing this tree after the holiday season is over – is a space saver.  It folds flat and takes up approximately 5″ in height.  It can be stored in the box that it came in – in approximately the same amount of space which would preserve the tree lights well.  Take a look below.  We’ve folded the tree back up and put it back in its box.  This took all of 5 minutes, if that.

Crab Pot Christmas Tree

Crab Pot Christmas Tree

Since our reviewer was kind enough to lend this out for the Christmas season, next year it will be on display, fully decorated, in the home.  An updated picture of the decorated Crab Pot Christmas Tree awaits you come 2017.  If you have any questions about the Crab Pot Christmas Tree Review – leave us a comment.  We’re more than happy to answer your questions, if we have the answer.

 

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Sep 212016
 

All-Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp Review

himalayan salt lamp

This post has been updated 4/1/2020 to remove all links.  The company that this review was based on – is no longer in business.  That said, we’re keeping the post up in case it will help others in their decision on purchasing one. One can find a multitude of choices on Amazon.com – including ones in the shape of a heart, rectangle and more.

We bring you this Himalayan Salt Lamp review thanks to the Himalayan Salt Shop.  An FCS team member received a 5-7lb salt lamp to facilitate this review.  Onto the review…..

Are you looking for an all natural air purifier? If the answer is yes, maybe the the all-natural Himalayan Salt Lamp is your answer.  Exquisitely chipped from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, a topic of conversation, an all-natural air purifier displaying an orange/amber glow, a piece of home decor – this is what a Himalayan Salt Lamp is all about.  Let’s first educate you on  Himalayan Salt Lamps.

About Himalayan Salt Lamps

All-natural Himalayan Salt Lamps have been popular in Europe for decades.  They are now becoming popular in the United States.  They offer a two-fold purpose – purifying the air while serving as a beautiful, glowing, home decor piece.  The lamps are made of pristine pink Himalayan salt crystals and vary in sizes.  This crystal salt is hundreds of millions of years old which has special properties and high mineral content.

How Himalayan Salt Lamps Work:

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How You Benefit:

Heat from the bulb (in lamps) or flame (in candle holders) causes the salt to emit negative ions

These negative ions bond with the pollutants in the air (positive ions) and neutralize them Also, the newly bonded ions become heavier and fall to the ground removing them from the air circulation

In addition, these negative ions combat electro-smog caused by electronic devices operating in the home

Symptoms from asthma, allergies, and other illnesses can also subside from the effects of these products.

Onto our review…..

This is the Himalayan Salt Lamp we received to facilitate this review.  Isn’t this lamp just beautiful?  We had the perfect doily to set it upon in the room we placed it in – a bedroom.  In this photo, the lamp is lit.

Himilayan Salt Lamp

Here is an up-close and personal image of the salt crystal.  Notice the intricate details of the the crystal. Doesn’t it remind you of rock candy?

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The image below shows the ambiance this crystal lamp gives off when the room lights are off.  It very much holds a warm amber glow, in itself, and to the area surrounding it.  If you wonder if you could use it as a night light – you most certainly can.  We did think though, that this particular lamp size lit up the room too much for sleeping.

Himilayan Salt Lamp

The lamp comes with an easy on – easy off UL listed cord.  The length of the cord is roughly 6′.

Himilayan Salt Lamp

The salt lamp sits upon a wooden base which is where you’ll find the the light bulb.  The 15-watt bulb is included with the lamp.  If you look closely at the base – all that noise on the base is from handling the salt crystal to lie it down so that you could see the base.  The three (3) divots on the base is so that you have choices as to which way you’d like to display the lamp and yet keep the cord towards the back…simply brilliant!

Himilayan Salt Lamp base

In the bedroom this salt lamp resided in originally, we were unable to tell if it made a big difference in the air quality.  Though in all fairness, to get the best results for purifying the air – it’s recommended that the lamp stays on all the time.  We did not keep it on all the time in the bedroom due to the way it lit up the room during sleep time.  However, we did not find any foul odors in the bedroom it resided in.  The room was odorless as one entered it.

We also placed this in a room where there is an Ozone Ionizer nearby, for a few days.  We found that with the lamp on as well as the Ozone Ionizer being on, that for whatever reason, the salt lamp canceled out the effectiveness of the Ozone Ionizer.  One could smell the stench of stale cigarette smoke walking through the door.  It was our hope that we could effectively use both purifiers since the salt lamp was essentially placed on the other side of a wall from the Ozone Ionizer…though, this was not the case.  Given this finding – the salt lamp must do something good in order to cancel out the effectiveness of an Ozone Ionizer!

We’re going to move the lamp once again – after the master bath is completed and place it in the master bedroom. This post will be updated when that happens.  This will be a major test as the master bedroom, during the winter (it’s fall now), causes major allergy issues for one of us.  We would have tried this before now, but the dust particles from the room being remodeled is beyond a light dusting and we certainly didn’t want the lamp to get ruined by that.

Please – if you decide to purchase a Himalayn Salt Lamp – do not place them where pets can get to them.  Some like to lick the lamps which can cause death.

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Mar 292016
 

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour – Amazing Show

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Show

The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 90th year of performing.  How exciting is that?  Even more exciting – the team now has a female Globetrotter.  The very first female to be on the team ever.  Even more exciting (for us), we got to see the Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour show live.  Our first time for seeing one of their performances.

I knew their show wasn’t the “norm” for a basketball game – I just didn’t know what “wasn’t the norm” – really was all about.  I didn’t tell the kids what I knew – I let them believe what they had imagined in their mind.

As the game progressed one kept saying, “This isn’t what I expected.  This is so much fun!”  She thanked me several times for bringing her.  On our way home I heard many times over, “Can we come next year? Please? Please?”

Seriously, the Harlem Globetrotters are about more than your traditional basketball game –  it’s a basketball game like no other.  There’s lots of hooting and hollering, fun music, hand clapping, whistle blowing, ball tricks, acrobatics – the show is certainly entertaining.

From the moment they come out on the floor until the very the last autograph is obtained 30 minutes after the “game,” the Globetrotters engage their audience.  Hand clapping, playing to cool music, mascots that were fun to watch doing their “thing”, bringing kids down to the court for some fun, engaging adults.  The Trotters meandered up into the stands.

Here you see them making their entrance out onto the court:

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Tour

Aiming to entertain you in multiple ways…like hanging from the basketball hoops….

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To playing basketball…

Harlem Globetrotters

And, mascots that do amazing things (I won’t spoil the fun by posting pics of what they do)….

Harlem Globetrotters

See the tall player in the back?  He stands at 7’4″!  Now that’s TALL!

Harlem Globetrotters

We met the first woman to be a Harlem Globetrotter … “Ace Jackson”

1st woman harlem globetrotters 2016

And yes, she autographs whatever you’d like, as do all the others.  Get all the autographs you want on whatever you have at hand.  There were kids getting their pants autographed!

World Vision

The Harlem Globetrotters support World Vision – what a great way to make a difference.

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The Harlem Globetrotters are proud to partner with World Vision to build a better world for children. You can sponsor a child just like Globetrotters TNT, Hi Lite, and Buckets do. Your sponsorship helps a child and his or her community gain access to basics like clean water, education, food, healthcare, and economic opportunity. Be a part of our team by sponsoring a child today!

If you’re at the show, you can sponsor a child while there or head to their website.

There’s just so much fun to be had at a Harlem Globetrotters game.  You won’t be disappointed whether you’re a child or an adult.

There are many more tour dates coming up this year. 

Save on your ticket purchase –  25% off Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour <<click here>>

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Mar 082016
 

Lugz Lumber Hi SR Ankle Boot Review

Lugz Lumber Hi SR Ankle Boot Review

I’ve always wondered what the Lugz brand could do for my feet. I’ve heard a lot of folks talk about them and have read a lot of reviews, but I’m not one to venture out and try a new brand of shoe without being able to try them on over and over again, before making a decision to want to actually purchase them. That said, I had the opportunity to put a pair of their boots to the test before doing just that in order to facilitate this review.

I ordered the (Men’s) Lugz – The Lumber Hi SR ankle boots  and find myself very pleased with the boot.  I wanted a boot that resembled a sneaker.  Something that wasn’t too bulky, as I don’t have the need for a big boot.

Key features of this Lumber Hi SR ankle boot were described on the site as having:

  • A Durabrush Upper – as described
  • A Padded tongue & collar – as described
  • Flexastride memory foam insole – There’s definitely a foam insole, as to how flexible it is, I am not sure on this.  The boot itself, is still stiff so maybe as time goes on, I will appreciate the flexibility I am suppose to be feeling.
  • Slip resistant rubber outsole – as described

Lugz Lumber Hi SR Ankle Boot Review

In addition to those features, I found the boot to have a deep traction soles. This is a good thing if you’re in need to ground your feet into terrain. The bad side of deep traction soles – don’t walk in the house with them on your feet if you’ve been playing in the dirt or snow – you’ll have a mess to clean up.  All kidding aside – you’ll have plenty of tread on the bottom of the boot to last a long time.

After I wore them, a light bulb went off in my head.  I thought it would be nice for you to see what I mean by deep traction – my apologies for not having the light bulb go off to begin with:

Lugz Lumber Hi SR Ankle Boot Review

In all the reviews I read on Lugz shoes/boots, I could not find one that talked about the arches of their shoes/boots. Good arch support is a must with any shoe going on my feet…including sandals. These Lugz Lumbar boots have just that – good arch support. It sets in the foot-bed of the shoe where it’s supposed to. The arch is high enough to give good support to the arch, but not so high that it’s uncomfortable.

I’ve been wearing mid-top sneakers for sometime and like that height. Being a boot I expected these to be a bit higher and that they were. Though – they weren’t uncomfortable. The ankle is actually supported very well.

I have an issue with my feet getting cold in shoes/sneakers/boots – faster than most people do. I found that my feet stayed warm. Now, I can’t say I was out in 10 degree weather for a long time, but in comparison to my other footwear – these stood right up to keeping my feet warm.

The stitching of the boot was consistent and appears as though it will hold up for quite sometime. Of course, some people go through footwear a lot faster than others do – it all depends on the person and how hard on footwear they are.

I also found that there is plenty of space in this boot. Though I am a woman, I wear men’s sneakers/boots – I tend to like their styles better. Compared to the sneakers I own, these boots equally have the width of the sneakers with the exception of the left boot being just a tad bit wider.  I think it’s important to note that I do not wear heavy socks with these boots.  I wear a mid-weight sock.

These boots were a hit in our house.  There’s this thing in our house with the teen. If mom has it and it will fit the teen – then the teen must complete her own findings. I’ve been told that I will need to share these boots.  She liked them and stated, “I’m rocking this outfit,” (leggings, sweatshirt and my Lugz boots)!  Honestly, they are a nice looking boot.

Be sure to check out their new line  Snow White Collection for women.

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Jan 032016
 

In recently ordering a few gifts from Novica.com, I  thought I would show you how impressive the details of each piece of jewelry that was purchased truly is.

Each piece of jewelry arrived in their own little bags.  Inside, each earring was in their own little ziploc bag.  A little folded card was found inside each bag as well.  The cards tell you who made the jewelry, what they are made of, and a bit about the history of the pieces.

Novica earrings

These pictured below are the sterling silver Enchanted Dragonfly Earrings.  The details are magnificent.  The earrings are delicate and dainty.  Someone who helped us through some really rough times over the past year was the lucky recipient of these as a thank you.  She adores, and I mean adores, dragonfly anything!

dragon fly earrings

Here below are the sterling silver Gecko Shuffle Dangles.  Can you see the intricate details?  These are just too cute.  These were a gift for the “fun” niece.

lizzard earrings novica

Sterling silver button earrings, ‘Heart in the Moon‘ are shown below.  These are too cute.  They are not thin, so there’s no worry of them bending should they get caught in a pillowcase or clothing.  These were given to a young lady who wears nothing but stud earrings.  When she first saw them – she was like -they don’t match.  I said, “I know.”  They aren’t meant to – they are meant to compliment each other.  Then I reminded her of the socks she wears these days…then she got the point.

heart open heart novica earrings

If you love handmade items, if you love supporting artisans from all over the world, you may just find the perfect gift for someone…maybe even something for yourself, at Novica.com.  Over the past few years, we have ordered many items from Novica.  There hasn’t been a one, that we weren’t satisfied with…not a one.

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Jun 292015
 
**This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell. Reviewer received a free visit to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are those of an FCS team member.

Amwell telehealth

Times have certainly changed in the healthcare industry as to the options available when needing to be seen by a doctor.  To that list of options one can include Amwell Telehealth Urgent Care Service.

I can remember when doctors did house calls in addition to office visits.  That stopped – probably because of the increase in the population and/or insurance purposes.  We then needed to be seen solely in a doctor’s office.  For an emergency – to the local Emergency Room at a hospital we went.  Next came Urgent Care Centers being placed into communities – giving individuals another choice of when and where to be seen.  And now one can add to the list of choices – Telehealth Urgent Care services.

Amwell Telehealth is just that – an online Urgent Care service.  Amwell is found on the web, or through an app (android & IOS).  The beauty of this service is that one doesn’t need to leave their home to be seen by a doctor for a diagnosis of simple ailments.  Most often the doctor can prescribe prescription meds (unless your state doesn’t allow this), when appropriate.

Who Would use Amwell’s Service?

Anyone who finds the need for a doctor that doesn’t fit in the realm of needing emergency services.  You don’t want to be wasting time with a tele-visit if you’re thinking you’re having a heart attack or if you’re having suicidal thoughts –

A few reasons people go online to see a doctor:

  • I feel like I should probably see a doctor, but can’t really fit it into my over-booked schedule.
  • I’m flying tomorrow and can’t get out of work.
  • It’s difficult for me to get a doctor’s appointment.
  • I’m not sure if I should go to the ER or not.
  • My doctor’s office is closed and I don’t want to go to an urgent care clinic or hospital
  • I just moved and don’t know any doctors in my area.
  • I just need a second opinion.
  • I’m between jobs and have no coverage.
  • I have a question about a loved-one’s health and would like some advice.

Some of the most common conditions that can be diagnosed and treated online:

  • Bronchitis
  • Cough
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Pinkeye
  • Flu
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cold
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight concerns
  • Smoking Cessation

Who are the Doctors You’d be Speaking to?

  • The doctors you would see would be licensed physicians in your state.

Does Insurance Pay for These Visits?

  • Many insurance companies will pay for the online visit.  However, should you not have insurance, a 10-minute visit is $49.00.  For readers of Finger Click Saver’s, save $10.00 off your first visit with the promo code: LOVEAMWELL10.

Our Thoughts

***Let me say this first!*** 

***If you can capture an image of what is going on – do so before beginning your visit.  There is a place for you to upload images once you’re logged in.  I hadn’t realized that, and wished I did, as the provider could have actually seen what my shingles looked like at the time of the visit.***

Onto our Amwell visit.  We found Amwell is so easy to use.  You can utilize them on the web, or through an app (android & IOS).  Sign up was simple!  Within five minutes, I had myself signed up online, (children under 18 can be added to your account).

Because I don’t have a camera on my PC, I downloaded the app to my iPad.  Fast and simple to do.  I then logged into Amwell.  I was asked to choose the reason for my visit (Medical, Nutrition, Psychology).

amwell telehealth ipad visit

I then needed to answer the following prior to being seen:

  • What the reason was I wanted to see a doctor for?
  • I was asked what my medical conditions are
  • What medications I was on
  • What my billing status was IE: insurance, no insurance

The available provider was already seeing a patient, so I was asked if I wanted to wait in the “Waiting Room.”  I thought it was super kosher that I was provided with a profile of the doctor I would be speaking with.  Had I not liked her credentials, I could have waited until other providers became available.

That said, in reading the provider’s profile I was very much at ease in speaking with her; so I opted to wait for her to come aboard.  My wait was less than five minutes before she connected with me.

amwell telehealth ipad visit

Once connected with me, the provider introduced herself.  We had a glitch where she couldn’t see or hear me and since they ask for a phone number in case of any issues, she called me immediately on my phone.  She had me refresh the app and we were then good to go.

One of the very first things that I was asked was what state I was from.  This is to ensure that the provider is licensed to practice in the state you reside.  After that, we went over my medications and conditions list.  Next came my question I wanted answer to.

The issue for me at hand, was that I was wondering what I could take to help with the pain of shingles.  You see, I had been diagnosed with shingles on my upper left butt cheek the day before my Amwell visit.  The pain I was experiencing had already started three days before, but gradually progressed as time went on.

By the time I had my visit the pain was not only from my backside through to my pubic bone, but headed down my leg and into my toes.  It was becoming increasingly hard to sit.  My thighs were feeling heavy and crampy.  I wanted to know if I could take Motrin around the clock to aid in that pain, or if there were something else that would help my pain.

The provider was amazing at explaining how shingles pain works.  She reassured me that the medications I had been given was an aggressive treatment plan for me.  I was informed of a couple other meds that I could be put on for neuropathy pain; however any narcotic – including morphine and any anti-inflammatory, would not work for shingles pain.  Her advice to me was to see if I could wait it out rather than go on another medication specifically used for neuropathy pain.

The provider I spoke with was extremely professional.  She spoke in terms that I could understand.  She answered any questions I had.  Would I use the Amwell Telehealth service again?  ABSOLUTELY!  I was left feeling that I had received the care and advice I was in need of.

Have you ever used Amwell Telehealth, or a similar service?  What was your experience – please share.

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Jun 292015
 

**Reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product in order to bring you an honest review.  All opinions are those of the reviewer’s.

IntelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector

Review & Giveaway

intelliarmour intelliglass review

We spend way too much money on our electronic hand-held devices to risk them being damaged.  Whether it be a drop to the ground or something that comes crashing down on the device – if the screen receives damage – it could be a costly repair.  That’s where protecting your device with an intelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector would be to your benefit.

Sure we can use the little plastic films that are available to protect screens, but one risks a broken screen if the device gets hit just so.  What the IntelliGLASS offers is an extra layer of hardened glass that fits right over your device’s screen.  Simply put – the IntelliGLASS will get the brunt of the impact opposed to the device’s screen, hopefully enough so that there will be no screen damage.

What is intelliGLASS?

Each of our screen protectors is crafted from intelliGLASS™, our most advanced protection yet. intelliGLASS™ is crafted from hardened glass that offers better than steel scratch protection, an oil and smudge resistant outer coating, and advanced silicone adhesion that eliminates bubbles and permanent residue.

The result is unmatched protection without losing clarity or touchscreen sensitivity. But that’s not it: we’re so confident that intelliGLASS™ will deliver as promised, we guarantee that it will last the life of your device.

intelliARMOR sells intelliGLASS for these devices – all with free shipping

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We ordered the intelliGLASS HD Apple iPad AIR Screen Protector to facilitate this review. 

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All you need comes neatly packaged in a protective package.

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The little brown packet you see on the left side contains an alcohol prep pad and microfiber cleaning cloth, which you use to clean the device’s screen.  There is a squeegee that is used with the cleaning cloth after the intelliGLASS has been placed on the screen.  One wraps the squeegee with the cloth to get any left over air bubbles out, squeegeeing from the middle outward.  The buttons are to raise the home button to make it easier to use that button where the intelliGLASS will end up raising above the original button.  You can choose between a clear button or a black button depending on your device and/or preference.

intelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector

The packet on the right (above) contains the intelliGLASS and a sticky film to remove any dust and debris from the device after you’ve cleaned the screen with the alcohol prep and cleaning cloth.

Applying the intelliGLASS to the device is fairly easy; though I do suggest you have an extra set of hands available to help with the film removal and placement.

When all is said and done, your device will be protected by the intelliGLASS, and will appear as though there is nothing over the screen.

Here are shots that were captured after the install (by a camera):

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I didn’t use a button to raise the home button – I didn’t feel the need to.

Our Thoughts on the intelliGLASS

I loved that the product came with literally everything needed for installation.  The sticky film provided was a God send; simply because we have a lot of pets.  If possible, an extra set of hands is helpful during placement of the intelliGLASS to the device.  Two of us placed it on the iPad in no time.

The intelliGLASS was installed an iPad AIR 6.  This device is used for Assisted Typing.  That said, we’ve had no issues with the intelliGLASS hindering swiping the screen or typing.  Often times, the pressure of my son’s pointer finger, when typing, is on the weaker side.  We’ve had no issues typing with him because of this.  This proved to me that the intelliGLASS did not affect the use of the screen.

As you can imagine, since this device is used for Assisted Typing, many hands are on that iPad screen.  The screen pictures you see above depict no smudges or fingerprints and I didn’t clean the screen before taking the pictures.  That’s very important for my son, as his vision is less than perfect.  I am more than thrilled with the intelliGLASS living up to it being oil and smudge resistant.

I have to tell you, that between the cost of the iPad AIR 6 ($700) and the price of the case that is needed to attach the device to his wheelchair ($190 which doesn’t include a screen protector) – I was thrilled when I was approached by intelliARMOR asking me to perform an intelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector review – when I was.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

I feel much better knowing that his communication device has an extra layer of protection that is living up to what the company says it will (no clarity loss, oil and smudge resistant).

Lastly, there’s a piece of mind knowing that the company  states: we guarantee that it will last the life of your device.” 

intelliGLASS can be purchased {here}.  Get social with intelliARMOR on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and YouTube.

Do you use such a product?  What has your experience been like?

Giveaway

intelliglass HD giveaway

One winner will win a choice of intelliARMOR’s intelliGLASS for their electronic device.  Open to US only.  Giveaway runs from 6/29/15 at 9pm EST thru 7/11/15 @12am EST.  Please see Rafflecopter T&C for complete terms & conditions.

Please check the intelliARMOR website to make sure your device is listed.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Should you have any issues, please direct them to spar9797@fingerclicksaver.com. This giveaway is in no way associated with any social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

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Jun 192015
 
*The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

travelon anti-theft messenger bag

If you are a traveler who wants to condense all your baggage – this Travelon Anti-Theft Urban E/W Messenger Bag from GoInStyle.com, is for you!  Keeping your gear safe and looking stylish with this urban messenger bag by Travelon is very easy.

This isn’t just an ordinary messenger bag.  In addition to the messenger bag being made of slash proof material, this bag also features an RFID blocker to keep your personal information secure.

travelon anti-theft messenger bag

As you can see the Travelon Messenger Bag has so much room that you can take along credit cards, electronic devices, a passport, cell phone, a water bottle, money, and so much more.  There’s no need to be carrying a purse or wallet in one place and your devices in another.  This messenger bag simply simplifies your life!

The messenger bag is made of a nylon material with durable mesh padded webbing that is of slash-proof construction.  The outer shell material is not flimsy.  It’s sturdy and holds it shape very well.  Comparing this messenger bag to leather – this is much lighter.  That’s important if you’re going to be carrying it around a lot and have it loaded with all you need.

travelon messenger bag

Note – photo depicts the color of the bag as being blue – it is actually a true black.

There are multiple inside pockets that allow you to carry everything you need – seriously – this bag is all you need.

travelon anti-theft messenger bag

 

Included is an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) blocking card slot.  What that RFID blocker means is that your personal information will be safe and secure while in the card slots – safe from those looking to steal your identity, banking information etc.  With identity theft being in full swing, it’s imperative that one does what is needed to keep their information safe.  The best article I’ve read on protecting yourself against theft can be found at http://www.consumerreports.org.

If you’re someone who likes to carry around multiple computing devices – this bag will suit you just fine.  It holds an iPad, tablet, and laptop – *Note – holds up to a 15″ laptop.  The bag is spacious!

The picture below shows where I was able to get an iPad in a case, a tablet in a case and an iPod in a case into the pockets.  There’s no doubt that a 15″ laptop could be included with all these other devices at the same time. 

travelon messenger bag There’s more – the bag has Smart phone pocket and a mesh pocket that expands to hold a water bottle.  Carrying the bag around is made easy as you can wear it over one shoulder or across your body.  Alternatively, you can carry it by its handle at the top.

on shoulder travelon anti theft messenger bag

All-in-all – the bag measures 16 x 11 x 4.25 inches with having a 16-22 inch shoulder strap drop.  Minus the shorts and hat – doesn’t the bag look stylish even on a teen?!

Our Thoughts

We love this bag.  We can carry whatever we need in it.  It’s padded well so there’s not a worry that our devices won’t be protected.  The padded strap makes carrying it on/over the shoulders comfortable.  We don’t need to pack up multiple bags if we’re going someplace together.  The convenience of being able to store a water bottle on the outside makes it easy to get to.   There’s an outer pocket, where you can keep items that you use frequently, at your fingertips.  And when we’re out and about – we know our personal information is safe from predators.

Should you prefer a different style of a messenger bag – goinstyle.com has several to choose from!

travelon anti-theft messenger bag

travelon anti-theft messenger bag

You’ll also find anti-theft protection money belts, arm/leg/wrist wallets, waist packs, along with a multitude of other stylish products for both men and women.

About GoInStyle.com

GoInStyle.com seeks to bring quality, fashionable accessories to busy lives.

Our merchandise… comes from time-tested brands, and each product is selected for both style and quality construction.

Our people… love fashion, enjoy finding and sharing new things, and are dedicated to delivering a great experience for every customer.

Our company… Phoenix Leather Goods was founded in 1997, has served over 1 million happy customers, and is continually growing to bring new fantastic products to new favorite customers. 

Our philosophy… as a Christian company is rooted in principles of faith. We work to honor God, our customers, our partners and our team in everything that we do.

GoInStyle.com is our latest site offering high quality accessories and travel goods. You can find our original site and additional accessories and travel-related products at www.beltoutlet.com.

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Giveaway

We’re giving away a Travelon Anti-Theft Urban E/W Messenger Bag thanks to GoInStyle.com.  There’s one mandatory entry being where you’ll need to check out what GoInStyle.com has for products and then come back and tell us the one you’d like to own.  The giveaway is Rafflecopter powered and open to those located in the US (fill in rest).  Complete details of the terms & conditions of this giveaway can be found on the Rafflecopter form.

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May 112015
 

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derma roller 1.mm

There you have it.  Above is the Derma Roller System – a micro-needling technique used by Hollywood Stars.  I was thrilled with the opportunity of being able to try this system out and share my thoughts on it.

I’ve said it before, I’m aging, and I just don’t like it.  Though I’ve never abused my skin, I can see the difference in the tone of my skin, opposed to what it used to be 10 years ago.  I’m beginning to notice discolorations that weren’t there a year ago.  Those bother me just as much as the fine lines do.

I’ve began using Hyaluronic Acid Serums to help with keeping the aging process at bay, as much as I can, about a year ago.  Now, I’ve added the Derma Roller System to my skin routine.

derma roller 1.mm 1

The Derma Roller System I’ve been using is offered in five different needle sizes ranging from .5mm to 2.5mm.  Each of these needle sizes are used for treating different areas of the body.

derma roller 1.mm

When making the selection as to which one I wanted to try – I thought long and hard.  I wanted one that would be able to numerous areas of the body in the event that I wanted to try an area other than my face.  That said, I didn’t want any hair regrowth happening as it’s bad enough as a woman loses estrogen as they age that hair growth gets to be a nuisance on the face.  So in looking at the chart above, also found on the Derma Roller System website, I decided to try the 1.0mm roller.

Using the Derma Roller is extremely simple and does not take a lot of time out of your day – from prep to completion – ten (10) minutes max is what was needed to complete a facial treatment.  Please note – I did not use the Peptide Mask.  I confirmed with the company that the mask was not necessary, but was informed one will get better results using it.

How to use the Derma Roller System:

I’ve included the instructions you’ll find on their website – I wanted to leave no room for err.

Preparation:

Before you begin using the Derma Roller System, wash and dry your hands and the area to be treated with soap and water thoroughly. Clean your treatment table with disinfectant and then prepare the following items:

  • Derma Roller System with needle lengths of 0.5mm or 1.0mm (included)
  • Peptide Mask (available at your local pharmacy)
  • Clean towel
  • Sunscreen/Sunblock
  • Half a glass of disinfectant: rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (only – required once per week/treatment)

How to Apply:

1.  Roll the Derma Roller gently over the area you wish to treat 4 times vertically, 4 times horizontally, 4 times diagonally to the left and 4 times diagonally to the right (as illustrated below). This is more than enough to stimulate collagen and elastin formation in the skin.  Avoid using the Derma Roller on your eyelids or lips.

derma roller facial pattern instructions

2. Place one sheet of Peptide Mask on your face and leave the mask on for 10 minutes.

3. Daytime treatment only – if you are using the Derma Roller System in the daytime, apply sun protective cream to the face and neck after removing the Peptide Mask.

4. Treat only once per day, up to 5 times per week when using the Derma Roller System 0.5mm.  If you’re using the 1.0mm system, treat only once every 3 to 4 weeks.

Cleaning the Derma Roller

I cannot express enough how important it is to start with a clean slate before using the roller and the after care of the roller itself.  It’s a hygiene product – one that should not be shared with others.  After using it should be washed with hot water.  Once a week, the head should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes, in a cup 1/2 full of the disinfectant of choice.  Remove from the cup, shake it, then lie it on its side to dry.  Once dry – place it back in its case.

My Findings:

As you can see, the system is extremely easy to use.  I mastered it the first time I used it.   I can’t give you before and after pictures, as they would be misleading you.  I have a regimen that I follow nightly, using a Hyaluronic Acid Serum and restorative cream.

That said, I can tell you this:

1.  You will need to figure out how much pressure to use when doing the treatment.  My first shot at it – left a few places bleeding.  Now – you must remember that everyone’s skin is different – and just because I had this issue – doesn’t mean you will.  And, who knows – maybe I was being a bit too aggressive with the roller…so I would suggest starting out gently/lightly when rolling.

2.  Doing the treatment will leave your face red and maybe even feel like it’s stinging (that was my experience).  The redness will go away in a few hours as will the stinging.  My suggestion is to use the Derma Roller System at night before bed.

3.  I did find that hair growth was happening at a faster rate after the 5th use.  And why this would be – I have no idea but wanted to point this out.  For all I know it could be a coincidence due to my age and menopausal state.  I use Nair (facial) and find that I need to use it a bit more often.  I do not like this part, but I can live with it…I want the wrinkles/fine lines gone!

4.  A long time ago I had read that one should use a Vit. C serum after a treatment like this – so I opted to continue using the Hyaluronic Acid serum after each treatment.  I had no adverse affects in doing so.

I will continue to use the Derma Roller System.  Nothing is going to work over-night, so being realistic in giving the product a chance to work, seems to makes sense to me.  Over time I will continue to lose the key ingredients that keep the skin supple, and if by chance using the Derma Roller System will help that cause – I’m not giving it up.

Updating this post to say – after using this product for a few weeks – I noticed that there were little blood vessels that appeared on my cheeks.  I thought after stopping the treatment that I would see my cheeks go back to normal – but they didn’t.  I have stopped using the product and will not be using another.

The Derma Roller System comes with a 60-day money guarantee and can be purchased at http://www.dermarollersystem.com/.

What’s the one thing about aging you hate the most?  Have you ever tried a micro-needling system?

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