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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review: Fleece Lined Wool Blend Beanie

It was around 100 degrees today in Georgia with about sixty percent humidity, so unfortunately I am not thinking of ways to keep myself warm in cold weather....
On the other hand, I have Strep Throat, and with the air conditioner on in the house... I am freezing so I though I would try out this fleece and wool beanie by CacheAlaska. 

1. It is super warm... I mean Super warm... it feels great and the wool/ acrylic blend is super soft and not scratchy at all. 

2. As you can see it has a plain and classic style, I like this because it means I can wear it with anything during the winter months when fashion takes second fiddle to being warm.

3. It has an amazingly soft and useful fleece ring on the inside to provide more comfort, snugness, and some extra warmth.

The fleece by far is my favorite feature, it is super soft and of high quality, which means it will not fall apart easy and I imagine it will get more and more comfortable as you break it in. As you can see from the photo as well, the stitching is very precise and solid...this is not a flimsy product, and it can be washed in a washing machine.

That being is wool, I would not put it in the dryer unless you wanted it to shrink.

Now I have a small head, so this hat was a bit large for me, but folding it made it fit perfect and I could always dry it to shrink it up.

Overall for 19.99 with free two day prime shipping on Amazon, I think this is a great addition to your winter wardrobe or... a really nice and cozy gift for a friend or relative.

I also think it could easily be worn by a man or a woman.

This was a product review, I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

If you would like to get your own awesome beanie in a variety of fun and classic colors CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The AYL Tactical LED Flashlight Review

I love the outdoors...I wish I could go camping and things of that nature more, but with a job, a toddler, a husband, and a full-time PhD program, who has time.... but when I do go out, I found the folks at AYL know how to make gear that proves to be quite useful in any situation.

According to their Amazon Page, The AYL Flashlight has the following features:

  • VERSATILE 4-in-1 TELESCOPING BODY - Lightweight and compact, this flashlight AYL TC80 offers an extendable/retractable body for precision lighting coverage.
  • SUPERIOR LOW LIGHT VISION - Ultra-bright front LED bulbs provide 300+ feet of direct illumination and a 180-degree COB cone when extended.
  • HANDS-FREE MANUVERABILITY - A powerful magnetic base lets you attach your pocket flashlight to any metal surface giving you full vision in tight spots
  • OUTDOOR DURABILITY - This high power LED flashlight is made with aircraft-grade anodized aluminum that's both water and shock resistant.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Each battery powered flashlight is backed by superior customer service, a promise for quality and a Limited Lifetime Guarantee.

Are you in love yet.... Here is my Review:
By The way... I loved it.
I have sung the praises of the folks at AYL before, I have a bluetooth speaker, some wireless earbuds, and now this flashlight from them. They just continue to put out high quality and inexpensive items that last, are durable, and do the job. This flashlight is relatively small, about an inch longer than smartphone, but it is weighted, has some awesome features, and really lights up with relatively little effort. The light itself has multiple functions, you can adjust the scope of the LED light at the top and open the middle with little effort by extension and have a nice little spotlight that works excellently. I could see this working great for lighting up a tent while camping or using the spotlight when having a roadside emergency. I love the flashlight has a magnetic base, so you can keep hold of it while doing work in odd situations. The flashlight is small but strong, and thus it has some weight to it, nothing overly problematic, but you can tell this is a strong metal that will not break down easily. The flashlight is water resistant, but not proof, but I think that should probably do the trick if you get stuck in the rain or something of that nature.  I like that this flashlight is small enough to fit into a purse, but powerful enough to light over 100 ft if necessary. The light need four AAA batteries to work, and they are not included. Like always, the AYL flashlight comes in a nice little khaki gift box and looks nice for gift purposes...great for a dad, brother, or grandfather special event or for anyone who likes to work and play outdoors. For less than 22.00, this is a really nice buy.

This is my new go-to flashlight, that I will have to hide from the toddler to keep it safe.
IF you want your own....and you should because AYL just makes awesome inexpensive items.... Here is how you get it.


AYL TC80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight CREE - Tactical Emergency Nightlight with Telescoping Body and Magnetized Base - Water Resistant Spotlight for Work, Auto, Camping, Garage, Emergency - Battery Powered

Price: $20.99 with free two-day shipping for all amazon Prime customers

This was a product review. The folks at AYL provided this flashlight at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

AYL Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

I have yet to find the perfect pair of wireless earbuds, the problem usually arrives with the fact that by  nature, they have to be a bit more bulky than other earbuds and the weight and size tend to bother me. I own other products by AYL and love their wireless bluetooth waterproof speaker, so I thought if anyone made a pair that would satisfy me, they would. 
First, the Pros:
Lightweight cord
The volume control on the side
three size adjustable buds to fit any ear
smaller outer ear attachments, which means that people like myself, with smaller ears, do not struggle to keep the buds in their ears.
The charge time is also quite fast. In two hours I got a full charge and was able to do yardwork and go running, which took about three hours without problems and plenty of charge leftover for other activities. 
The blue tooth pairing is also pretty easy.

The Cons:
The wireless headphones are still bulky and the ear additions are bothersome to me. I just do not like the weight of any of the bluetooth wireless earbuds because my ears are small and having extra bulk means they will come out of the box easier, which is a problem in my opinion.
That being said, it is more of a personal problem and I found the headphones overall to provide ample use and sound great. 

The earbuds come with different sizes for your ears, a custom usb cord for charging, and a nice little faux-leather bag. The display box it comes in is also a nice plain cardboard that holds the product in place, while also providing a nice box for gifting, this would be really nice for the runners in your family.

I received this item at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Here is the product information if you are interested in the AYL headphones:

What: AYL AX1 Sport Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
Price: $29.99 with free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime customers

Hope you get as much great use out of them as I have!

GarDspro Garden Hose Nozzle Review

Today I am looking at a garden hose nozzle by GarDspro. It is a nine setting nozzle that sells for a little under twelve dollars on Amazon, which is pretty inexpensive. The nozzle also has a water pressure dial on the back of the nozzle which allows you to manage the amount of water coming out of the nozzle at any given time. 

As you can see here, the nozzle is not super small, it is a nice sized nozzle that has a lot of space on its output area to accomodate the nine settings the nozzle comes with. What I liked about the nozzle is each setting is different enough to be used in different settings.
The different sprays are as follows"

The Jet, Flat, and Angle settings are great for cleaning purposes and I found the Soaker, Center, and Mist settings wonderful for gardening.  Each setting is distinct, so you are not getting an advertised product that just has 9 similar settings.

In addition, I found that the handle and grip on this nozzle was great....
First, the nozzle has this foam-like soft addition to the handle which keeps it cool out in the sun and I find that useful in the summer heat. Second, the construction of the nozzle is top quality, it does not feel loose or frail in my hand...its not overly light.
The water pressure dial in the back works great, and ensures that just enough water comes out if I want it too, I can also set it to a certain pressure of water and walk away to do something else while I prop the nozzle up and get plants watered. 

Overall a really nice product for under twelve dollars.


Top Rated Garden Hose Nozzle by gardspo, best 9 settings hose nozzle that fits USA standard garden hose

Price: $11.97 with free two-day shipping on for prime members

Get it here:

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review of the Mitaki LED Lantern

I love antiques and I would love to have a house filled with gaslights and old lace, but I do not think my modern need for electricity and the internet goes with it. 
So what do you do.... well I found this adorable little lantern that looks like a classic copper gaslight, but it is actually a battery powered adjustable LED light that runs on four AA batteries and only costs $11.95.

Look at this thing, I love it!!!
Usually when I get things to test out at a discount I talk about how functional they are and if they work...but I really love this and am so glad to add it to my office decor and on top of that, think of all its uses in cosplay or at Halloween. 

For $11.95 Amazon Prime members can get this with free two-day shipping.

I am also going to include a video of me using the lamp so you can see the bright LED lantern and how it adjusts.