Smart Weigh SBS500 Body Fat Digital Precision Scale


The Smart Weigh SBS500 Body Fat Digital Precision Scale is a very sleek and nice looking scale. If you are someone who likes or has the need to calculate such things as body fat, body water, muscle mass and bone mass, aside from your weight, then you might appreciate what this scale has to offer.

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The scale is simple to set up and use. There is the capacity to be able to store personal information up to 8 users. This does take a few minutes to set up for a single person, but it only has to be done once per individual. Once a registered user steps on the scale, it will automatically pull up the information for the person whose weight closest matches the current weight. If there is more than one person within a 6.6 pound range, then you will have to choose the correct user. If you are someone who does not want your information known and your weight is close to someone else in the house, this could be problematic.

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While the style is very appealing and modern looking with the sleek black and stainless steel design, I do have one issue with the metal part, it is very cold to step on. I pretty much have to brace myself each morning before stepping on the scale as I know it will be chilly on my feet. The digital numbers are easy to read and well defined which is nice.

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For myself and my husband, the additional information of body fat, body water, muscle mass, bone mass, side from weight was interesting the first couple of times. After that, honestly, it would take so long to go through the cycle three times that we would never stay on long enough for that to happen. We would just weight ourselves and then step off of the scale. If you are someone who would appreciate that information, then this might be a useful feature. It is just too bad it cannot cycle three times at a quicker rate.

As far as the scale’s accuracy. For the most part it seemed rather consistent. But, we did notice that there would be fluctuations with our weight on the scale when there should not have been. As in, stepping off and then back up a couple of minutes later, our calculated weight would be different. It would not be a dramatic difference, but enough were we would be left wondering about our actual weight.

Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Weigh-Precision-Tempered-Recognition/dp/B00M8FXDIQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416842854&sr=8-1&keywords=sbs500

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion based upon my personal experiences.

Outskirts of Vision: A Graphic Novel (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Book 1) by Nir Levie


Outskirts of a Vision: A Graphic Novel by Nir Levie is a story unlike any I have ever read. Not only is it a graphic novel, but the storyline, art work and creativity involved definitely makes a person think and wonder “what if…..”

Nir Levie does a great job with pulling the reader in right from page one as you wonder what the story is really about and how did the character, Ben, get where is was; physically, mentally and emotionally.

The plot thickens as we follow Ben on his reluctant psychological adventure between two worlds and his dealings with the only other person who can help him, a rebellious anarchist. As much as they do not like each other, they soon realize that their survival depends on their strained relationship while they attempt to solve the mystery behind the city and its continuous changes. Questions loom over them both while they try to find the answers for “Why” and “Who is really in charge?”

Now, I will admit, this ebook is not for everyone. The plot is heavy and forces a very dramatic outlook of life and society onto the reader as they absorb the words combined with viewing the artwork that has a dark and edgy style. If you are looking for a light and fluffy tale about puppies then Outskirts of a Vision is not a tale for you. But, if you like powerful, different, dark and pondering, this may be a download for you.

Unfortunately, there is one issue I had with the ebook, the font was difficult to read on some pages even with scrolling through the boxes. This saddened me because I did find the story very entertaining, thought provoking and unique, but I had to skip some pages here and there simply because I could not read the written text. Luckily, the drawings are very well done and this helped me to understand the plot and what was taking place so I was still able to follow the story along.

Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Outskirts-Vision-Nir-Levieebook/dp/B00O7IV370/?tag=ebookpro0e-20

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion based upon my personal experiences.

Edamam Nutrition Wizard


For the past month, I was given the opportunity to try Edamam Nutrition Wizard, a nice program that analyzes recipes and/or ingredients to find out the caloric and nutritional breakdown of your meal and/or snack.

It is extremely simple to use and the results are instantaneous. Edamam allows you to either type in the ingredients or you can cut and paste your recipe. Once you have finished inputting the information, next you click how many servings and then analyze. The user will then have a complete and thorough breakdown of such items as: calories, fat (saturated and trans), protein, daily value % and a full list of vitamins and minerals.

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For people who are attempting to watch their weight or caloric intake, Edamam will calculate your personal recommended daily percentages based on the information you provide regarding activity level, gender, age, height and weight.

Another nice feature is the ability to also create/print a nutrition label for the information. This is handy if you are making up something for future use or if you are giving the item away as a gift.

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If you are concerned regarding food allergies, there is also a “Nutrition Claims” section which lists appropriate “no” or “free” items (i.e. gluten free, peanut free, no shellfish, etc.).

Edamam also allows you to find recipes and offers recipe ideas which many sound really good. You can click various selections such as specific types of foods to avoid, caloric minimum/maximum amounts, etc., and then recipe options that fit your needs are shown.

Does this all sound too good to be true? Well, there is one catch. You do have to pay a monthly subscription. There are a couple of different levels, so it depends on how much you want to be able to do which determines the right level for you. But, the basic is $2.95 a month and the Plus version is $5.95 a month.

Bottom line- Do I think it is worth a monthly subscription? If you are someone who cooks from scratch often, has a need for this type of information quickly and/or likes to find recipes that are based on personal needs (calorie, food allergies, etc), then you should check out Edamam Nutrition Wizard.

Check it out: https://www.edamam.com/

I received a one month free trial of Edamam Nutrition Wizard Plus in exchange for my honest opinion based on my personal experiences. The above information is based on my experience with the free Plus trial version I was allowed to use. I cannot say for certain the difference between the two levels, nor can I guarantee all features I mentioned above are included in the $2.95 basic subscription.

Gurin Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale


If you have recipes from grandmothers, such as I do, then you need a scale in order to make the recipes. A lot of the family favorites that have been passed down from generation to generation, the ingredients are written in weight and not in cups or “spoons.” For me, having a scale allows us to still enjoy these recipes without the stress of trying to convert them or possibly mess them up due to miscalculations.

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Gurin Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale is a sleek designed scale that is simple to use. I have used the scale while doing Holiday baking and have measured such baking items as flaked coconut, chopped nuts, sugar, etc. I have also placed items on the scale that I wanted to know the amount for cooking and/or watching calories, such as mini peppers, cereal, etc.

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There are some nice features, such as:
– The scale is simple to use
– It has an appealing appearance with the black tempered glass surface and a blue digital screen
– The digital numbers on the screen are easy to read
– The scale is also thin and a very nice size so it takes minimal space for storage
– You can use a bowl on the scale and push the Tare button so the scale will zero out and allow for the weight of the bowl
– The scale is able to measure in units of either lb:oz, g, fl.oz. or ml

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While there are many likable qualities, there were some issues:
– When the scale arrived, the batteries were dead and I had to purchase new batteries before I could even use it
– The batteries required for this scale are lithium and are definitely not cheap
– Removing the batteries from the scale is difficult to do
– Some of the numbers do not fully show up on the screen, even after battery replacement

Overall, the scale is nice looking and easy to use. I do wish the battery situation was different though, to be honest. If you do not mind lithium batteries, then this may be a scale for you.

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Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O96ZGSM/ref=pe_385040_30332200_TE_item

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion based upon my personal experience.

Pet Urine Odor and Stain Remover by Furry Paws


No one has a perfect pet. All pets have accidents at one time or another, or if it is a puppy then many more times than another! Whether your pet is sick, young, old, etc., something will happen at some point with either vomit, urine or feces. None are pleasant and usually smell.

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Aside from illness reasons, when you have a puppy like we do, there is the drama of housebreaking which can sometimes take time. Even though our pup is a pretty quick learner, she still has moments due to lacking the physical ability for holding it, especially right now as we transition away from crate training and allowing her to roam the house at night. When pets have accidents in these cases, it is really important to rid not only the stain, but also the odor in order to prevent return visits and mixed messages.

We own 4 dogs in total, so messes happen especially with the ages ranging from three geriatric canines to one toddler. We joke that we combined a nursing home with a nursery. With this age range, there will be the unpreventable vomiting, urine or feces debacle.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try Pet Urine Odor and Stain Remover by Furry Paws and I am impressed. It has worked great at removing the stain and also the odor. There has not been any return visits to the site either which is awesome!

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The spray is very simple to use, the bottle is not heavy, easy to hold and you can control nozzle for either spray or stream. You can even turn it to off if you want to prevent accidental spraying. There is a lingering fragrance to the spray for a short time, but it is not a chemical or a medicine type of smell and it does dissipate after a few minutes.

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We have not noticed any issues with Pet Urine Odor and Stain Remover leaving any carpet stains or matting, even after a couple of weeks. I like the fact that it has earned the seal of approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute stating it is safe on carpets.

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Furry Paws also offers friendly customer service and are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns. They also stand by their product with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee which is great!

Bottom Line- Even though we are pretty much past the puppy phase, things still happen and always will when you have dogs. Any dog (or pet) owner knows what I mean. I am happy to find a product that works so well to help during those times and plan on continuing to use Pet Urine Odor and Stain Remover by Furry Paws. #review

Check them out: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NC0GU2C/ref=pe_385040_127541850_TE_item

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion based on my personal experiences.

Listerine Healthywhite Gentle


Recently, I received a free sample from Crowdtap & LISTERINE® brand of Listerine Healthywhite Gentle. My family and I are big Listerine fans and I was excited to try this product. My mouth feels very clean after use and my breath is fresh. There is a slight medicine aftertaste, but that does not bother me. Since I drink a lot of tea, I am always needing a good teeth whitener and I have noticed some improvement in the whiteness of my teeth since I started using this mouth rinse. I was hoping for quicker results, but that may come in time with longer use, overall I am happy with the product so far and will continue to use. #ListerineTeam #sponsored

Nutritional Yeast Flakes by Sari Foods


Nutritional Yeast Flakes by Sari Foods is amazing! This is the first time I have tried a product like this and I absolutely LOVE this stuff! I am not able to eat dairy and gave up on cheese or anything cheese flavored many years ago. Nutritional Yeast Flakes are not only healthy and simple to use, but they can give a hint of cheese flavor to food items. Yay!!

Nutritional Yeast has a lot of benefits, such as, curb appetites, neutralize free radicals, fight aging and lower cholesterol. There is also a great amount of vitamin B which has been shown to help balance hormones, aids with sleeping, improve energy levels, and assist with clarity and mental function.

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It is great that the Nutritional Yeast Flakes are all natural, dairy and gluten free, low in sodium and fat and good source of protein and fiber, low calorie source of many vitamins and minerals and does not contain MSG.

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The flakes are very easy to use and extremely versatile. Once sprinkled on hot food, the flakes melt and are not even visible. With the nutty, cheesy flavor, my family also likes the yeast and most of the time, did not even notice that it was used which has been a simple way for me to make sure the kids are getting more nutritious options during meals. I have used it on numerous foods and all have tasted great; mashed potatoes, omelets, salmon, salad, bread, popcorn, spaghetti and cooked vegetables.

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Sari Foods has great customer service and even emailed an ebook recipe book which contains a lot of ideas and recipes that sound amazing. I have made a couple and they turned our really good.

Bottom line: LOVE this product! It has become a new staple in our household. #review

Check it out: http://bit.ly/1xvXHSM on Amazon and http://sarifoods.co/ for Sari Foods/

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion based on my personal experiences.