Longest Lasting Super Bright Rim Lights By Speed Racer


My daughters ride their bikes often. Since they occasionally ride in the neighborhood as it is getting dark, safety is a concern. They also like to make their bikes fun-looking and unique. When I had an opportunity to try out the Longest Lasting Super Bright Rim Lights by Speed Racer, I knew they would be up for the challenge.

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The Rim Lights come in a pack of 6 LED valve lights (3 green, 2 blue and 2 colorful). The lights just screw into the valve stem and works with motion. The instructions were not very helpful, but once we figured out how to put the lights together, installing them on the valve stem was simple and they did stay secure once attached.

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Unfortunately, we had some issues with these lights. One of the biggest issues, the instructions are not very thorough and we had to figure out for ourselves that there is actually a paper inside that needs to be removed before they will work. Once we figured that out, still only about half of them worked initially. My husband is pretty tech savvy and was able to take the nonworking ones apart, fixed all but one and then put them back together. The unfixable light still did not work and he figured out that a piece was actually missing from it.

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Once we got most of the lights working, we put them on both tires on each bike. They did stay unlit while the bikes were not in motion and then light up as they were riding. The lights were not too bright, but bright enough you could see them and tell what color they were on each valve stem.

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One word of warning, they break easily if you drop them. We accidentally dropped one of the lights onto cement from a standing position while trying to fix it and it shattered.

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Overall, the girls enjoy the lights on their bikes, but clear instructions and better quality would be nice.
Check it out on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Longest-Lasting-Super-Bright-Lights/dp/B00O2D9UQQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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

Garlic Press and Peeler by Alpha Grillers


I do a lot of cooking and use fresh garlic and ginger often. I hate having to use a food chopper or a knife just to cut up a clove or two of garlic or a chunk of ginger. In hopes it make my kitchen life easier, I recently tried the Garlic Press and Peeler by Alpha Grillers.

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The Garlic Press and Peeler arrived in a very nice and sturdy cardboard box that also works well for storing both products when not in use. Alpha Grillers also emailed me simple to understand instructions and a yummy sounding 50 recipe ebook that gives a variety of ideas for meals, soups, sauces, etc. using garlic.

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My first impression was that the stainless steel press and peeler are both well made, sturdy and durable. The press feels comfortable in my grip and is not too heavy to hold or use. The peeler is a nice length and thickness of silicone material so the clove will stay in while using the tube and not pop out the end before peeled.

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The peeler is simple to use, just place an unpeeled garlic clove into the tube and then roll the tube back and forth while applying pressure. The clove peel should them flake off leaving a ready-to-go clove. If not, apply a little more pressure while rolling the peeler. For me, it worked as promised and I did not have to apply very much pressure in order for the peels to come off. I only had to roll it back and forth about 5 times for the clove to be done.

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Using the press is also straightforward to operate. You can place either a peeled (which is what I do) or an unpeeled clove into the press, close it and squeeze the handle. Garlic should then come out of the bottom holes. I did not have to squeeze very hard in order for it to work which I really liked. I would then take a knife or wood skewer to easily scrape off the pressed garlic and use. The press also worked great when I tried it on a small chunk of ginger using the same process.

Cleaning the press and peeler were both very easy. Since I peeled the cloves first, the residue left was minimal and rinsed out easily. I also ran it through the dishwasher to see how the press would do and it came out sparkling clean, good as new and no leftover garlic scent or remnants. For the peeler, I just tapped the peeler to remove leftover garlic skin and then rinsed it out in warm water. Even after rinsing, it still worked fine the next time.

Alpha Grillers also has great friendly customer service and offers a Lifetime Guarantee and will refund 100% if unhappy at any time with their product.

Bottom line- I am very happy with the Garlic Press and Peeler set and look forward to using it often.

Check it out on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Garlic-Press-And-Peeler/dp/B00I937QEI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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

Mr. Sandman: A Novel by Lyle Howard


Mr. Sandman: A Novel by Lyle Howard involves a man named Lance Cutter’s thrilling and mysterious tale that envelops his entire life, starting all the way back to his birth. Not a normal birth mind you, then again, Lance is not a normal man, so it seems fitting.

The ebook begins as one tale, then quickly fans out to include numerous lives and interconnections which all come together in the end. The plot originates prior to Lance entering this world. It then takes on many side stories and you stop to wonder what the connection will be eventually. A playing accordion if you will, expanding and contracting. But the reader is always let in on the secrets as they unfold and everything becomes clear.

When hiding is longer an option and the facts end up being just a stone’s throw away for Lance, he is determined to cast the first rock towards his freedom on many levels; mentally, physically, privately and normalcy. Police, firemen, government secret agents, animal control, pets, Coast Guard, DNA and Doctors all play a role in Mr. Sandman as Lance struggles to not only stay alive, but to protect Julie and above all, find out the truth that has haunted him for almost 30 years.

I really enjoyed Mr. Sandman by Lyle Howard. The ebook was very exciting, full of twists-and-turns throughout the entire story. There are very few novels that keep me in suspense and unsure of what the next page holds, but Mr. Sandman definitely ranks among the others on a short list. I was continually surprised by events, the “who done its” and how will this play out. Mr. Sandman is a long ebook, but I read it in record time because I was driven to reveal the truths, just as much as Lance. From beginning to end, Mr. Sandman: A Novel is well worth the read.

Check it out on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Sandman-Thrilling-Lyle-Howard-ebook/dp/B00S50D2DE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1424705367&sr=8-4&keywords=mr+sandman

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

Golden Retriever Blueprint with Personalized Name by Dog Blueprints


I have a Golden Retriever who is almost 11 and, sadly, her health is definitely catching up to her age. As much as I wish for her to remain with us forever, I know that is not possible. Having the Golden Retriever Blueprint with Personalized Name is an awesome way for us to always have a keepsake and memory of our sweet girl after she is gone. While she is still with us though, the poster is fun to read and totally describes your typical Golden Retriever.

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Soft ears, loving eyes and happy tongue are just some of the features pointed out on the blueprint that help to describe our Maddy. It is also fun to see quick facts regarding origin, average height and weight, colors and I really love that her name is on it. My whole family loves the poster and so happy we have one for our gentle girl.

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The quality of paper used for the poster is nice and strong. The blueprint color is a pretty blue and also very easy to read with the big white lettering. The poster came in a very secure cardboard tube and that also works as a great storage container if you need to keep it protected. We are hoping to get ours framed as I plan to hang it up, especially for the day our Maddy is no longer with us, as a memorial. The poster is 18” x24” so framing should not be difficult, but they can also trim it to fit a 16” x 20” frame so you have size options which is nice.

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I am extremely happy with the Golden Retriever Blueprint with Personalized Name by Dog Blueprints. Blueprints can put a name up to 12 characters on the poster to make it special for your girl or boy Golden.

Check it out on Amazon: http://1txn.com/gtaz

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

Premium Silicone Baking Cups set of 24 by Simple Baker


I love to bake and I make many things from scratch muffins and cupcakes. One thing I do not love it paper muffin cups and usually just went without cups all together and only used greased muffin tins. Recently, I had a chance to try out the Silicone Baking Cups by The Simple Baker and was pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked them.

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The Silicone Baking Cups come in a pack of 24 and have 6 very pretty colors (4 cups each in the following colors: blue, green, yellow, purple, pink and orange). I have noticed that they are super easy to use, just place one in each muffin tin cup, no need to grease or oil the silicone cups since they are nonstick, fill the cup as directed by the recipe and bake. When they are done, the silicone cups just pop right out of the muffin tin and I place on a cooling rack, as usual. Once ready to eat, the muffin came out of the cup easily and did not stick at all. I made quite a few muffins and while removing the muffins from the silicone cups, none of them broke apart, stuck or had any issues.

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Washing is also very simple since they are top rack dishwasher safe. They held their shape and cleaned right up when I cycled them in the dishwasher. Once they were clean and dry, I just stacked them back up and returned them to the plastic container they came in for easy storage.

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The positive aspects:
– Pretty colors that look nice when serving your baked goods.
– Reusable since they wash up well in the dishwasher (top rack).
– Nonstick features worked great, even with continual use.
– Freezer and microwave safe.
– Withstand high temps in the oven, up to 475 F/250 C
– BPA free.
– Standard size of cup measuring 2 5/8 inch x 1.25 inch and holds 2.5 fluid ounces.
– Cups were easy to fill and did not collapse.
– Baked goods tasted the same with these baking cups as they do with paper cups or just the tin.

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As far as any negatives, I have not found any as of it.

Simple Baker also offers a 100% lifetime guarantee on their Silicone Baking Cups and will stand behind their product by refunding your purchase price if you are not happy.

Check it out on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OIK5KEO

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

FrescoVino Wine Chilling Rod by Destined Creations


I love wine. All kinds of white wines. I am not picky on the style, but one thing is for certain, I like my white wine chilled. For this reason, I was really excited to try out the FrescoVino Wine Chilling Rod by Destined Creations which comes with a chilling rod, aerator and stopper in a sturdy cardboard storage box.

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It is easy to use (be careful to use the standard size of wine bottle openings, will not work in bottles of unique sizes) by placing the rod in the freezer for at least 2 hours without the aerator/pourer attached (rod can just be left in freezer whenever not in use), chill your bottle of wine, then attach the aerator/pourer to the rod, pour out 1 glass of wine from the bottle to allow room for the rod and then insert into the wine bottle to keep the rest cold. If you have any leftover wine, then just place the wine stopper into the aerator in the bottle to save for later.

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Cleaning is easy, I just rinse the rod off with warm water and put it back into the freezer for next time. I also rinse out the aerator/pourer and stopper, place in the nice sturdy box the items arrived in for easy storage.

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While using this product, I did have some leaking the first time, but that was due to a different size of wine bottle so the seal was not correct. When I tried it a second time on a standard wine bottle, no issues at all; no leaks, wine poured easily and the rod kept the wine cold for quite a while. The stopper also fit well into the aerator for saving the wine for later.

The only drawbacks I have noticed, keeping an eye on the style of wine bottle and also, once the wine gets low within the bottle, the rod does not reach that far and it would be nice if the rod was just a touch longer. Otherwise, I definitely will continue to use my FrescoVino Wine Chilling Rod set.

Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LLKM11O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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