Mamaway Bamboo Postpartum Recovery Support Belly Band Review

Mamaway Bamboo Postpartum Recovery Support Belly Band
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Best Home Products - I had both my daughters through C-Section and afterwards, I wore a belly band to help with the incision and on a side note, lessen the belly pouch, tighten stomach muscles and support my back. When I received the Mamaway postpartum belly band, I looked forward to trying it even though I'm not pregnant. It's nice to see if this is different from the ones I used before. Before I head on over to my review, here is a short description of the product from the company:

1. 12% Polyester, 48% Nylon, 20% Bamboo Charcoal, 20% Rubber
2. Wear right after birth. Can be used straight after birth to first help with uterus and pelvis recovery, then used to tighten the abdominal area as well as back support, as you will be bending down constantly to pick up your baby. Perfectly safe for both natural and c-section. Wide enough to be a corset, soft enough to be a wrap and strong enough to give you back support.
3. Triple Compression. Easy to use 3 step fastening feels secure and comfortably tight. Two extra compression belts to reinforce key recovery areas, giving you an immediate waist line.
4. Comfortably tight. You can wear it all day, everyday, even during sleep. Designed to bend, twist and move with your body and won't ride up, ever.
5. Incredibly stretchy. Breathable Bamboo fibres form a rigid yet flexible material enabling easy, natural movements. Accelerate recovery with added infer-red to improve blood circulation.
6. High quality, durable construction that will maintain its shape, wash after wash.

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The Mamaway Postpartum Belly Band arrived neatly packed in a plastic casing. I would say that this product is much better than the one I've used 4 years ago because the material used is soft and smooth and yet it provides a lot of support on the belly. I noticed that it has an extra layer of band that adds more compression and helps the band to stay in place. This belly band from Mamaway provides double support not only to the belly but also my back. It is easy to wear and stretchy and can be adjusted for comfort. The material is hypoallergenic and does not irritate the skin. It can easily be washed with no worries about the material because it maintains its shape and not easily wear off. I am so keeping this for my next baby.

You can purchase the Mamaway Bamboo Postpartum Recovery Support Belly Band HERE.
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Gurin DHMD-210 Electric Compact Dehumidifier Review

Gurin DHMD-210 Electric Compact Dehumidifier
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When I take a bath, our bathroom would become foggy, specially the mirror, even when I turn on the exhaust fan. I have to open the door to clear the foggy mirror and now that the weather is colder, opening the door brings in a blast of coldness inside the bathroom. So, when I received the Gurin Dehumidifier, I was excited to try it. Before I head on over to my review, here is a short product description from the company:

The Gurin Electric Compact Dehumidifier uses Peltier Technology (no compressor) which makes it light and quiet. It is perfect for bathrooms, and small to mid-sized rooms where dampness and humidity are a problem. This unit is small enough to easily fit on your desk or workbench. It extracts the moisture from the air and stores it in a spill-proof reservoir. Just plug it in and it quietly dries the air. Features an automatic shut off switch to shut the unit off when the water reservoir is full. When this occurs a"full" indicator light will alert you when the reservoir needs to be emptied. Holds up to 16 oz. CE and UL Approved.

Gurin DHMD-210 Electric Compact Dehumidifier

The Gurin DHMD-210 Electric Compact Dehumidifier in a box that included an AC/DC Power Adaptor and an instruction manual. It is small and compact measuring 8.5(H) x 6(W) x 5(D) inches and weighing about 2 lbs. It is so easy to use, just plug it and press the On Button (Green Light). I decided to set it up in our bathroom because it's foggy after I take a warm shower.

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Specially now that it's getting colder, the mirror would fog up even if I turn on the exhaust fan in our bathroom. I have to wait a couple of minutes and open the door in order to lift the fog from the mirror. When I received the Gurin dehumidifier, I was excited to try it to see if it would help lessen the fogginess inside the bathroom. The Gurin dehumidifier is so quiet and doesn't consume much space. Since our bathroom countertop isn't that big, I like that I can fit it there without having to compromise space. It is quiet, barely a whisper, when working so it's nice. I have to empty the tray every 3 to 4 days because water collects at the plastic bin. I like that it's easy to use and works as it should.

You can purchase the Gurin DHMD-210 Electric Compact Dehumidifier HERE.
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Advanced Color Care System From Arvazillia Review

 Advanced Color Care System From Arvazillia
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I had my hair colored about 5 weeks ago and ever since, I've used the Suflate Free Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair mask from Arvazallia. I use the shampoo every other day, which is when I wash my hair. The Arvazillia shampoo has a pearly, light greyish color and smells really nice. It smells luxurious and elegant which also leaves my hair smelling nice.

It creates a creamy lather compared to a bubbly one from my previous shampoo. I like how it rinses off clean and doesn't leave any residue on my scalp as well. After rinsing it off, my hair would always be super tangled from my previous shampoo but with the Arvazallia shampoo, my hair is less tangled, though I still have to use the conditioner.

The most important thing is, my hair color hasn't faded yet and still looks vibrant. The Arvazallia shampoo is sulfate and paraben free which really helped my color treated hair from getting dull and brittle. I also like how this hydrated and protected my hair. It helped make my hair manageable and smooth. This is a really nice product which effectively moisturizes and protects my color treated hair.

The conditioner works well together with the Arvazillia Shampoo and leaves my hair feeling smooth. It removes the tangles making it easier for me to comb my hair after taking a shower. The Arvazillia conditioner rinses off quickly and doesn't leave any residues on my hair and scalp. I like how it smells and how it leaves my hair smelling nice.

Since having my hair colored, the Arvazillia conditioner protectedm y hair from getting dull and brittle. My color treated hair remained vibrant and helped it look healthy and shiny. This also provided moisture and hydration my color treated hair needed to remain healthy, shiny, soft and smooth.

 Advanced Color Care System From Arvazillia
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 The hair mask came in an 8.45 oz. plastic jar. The product inside has a white color and a paste-like consistency. I use this twice a week. after shampooing, and leave it on my hair for about 5 minutes and then rinse it off. For my below the shoulder length hair, I scoop a small amount and comb it through my hair using my fingers. It rinses off quickly and doesn't leave any residues on my scalp and hair.

What I love about this is the instant softness and smoothness I feel once I rinse this off my hair. It gives my hair the extra moisture to prevent it from being too dry and brittle. I also like how it leaves my hair smelling nice and hydrated.

The rejuvenating hair mask from Arvazillia is also sulfate free so it's safe for my color treated hair. I love how it makes my hair looking healthy and shiny.

You can purchase the Arvazillia Advanced Color Care System HERE.
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CushionCare Wrist Rest Pad - Mouse Pad Included Review

CushionCare Wrist Rest Pad
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When I use often and for longer periods of time, I notice that my wrist would feel a bit rough and callused. Sometimes, my wrist would also feel a bit sore when I use the computer for an extended period of time. So, when I received the CushionCare Wrist Rest Pad, I looked forward to trying it.

CushionCare Wrist Rest Pad

I received the CushionCare Wrist Rest Pad in a box bundled with a Mouse Pad. The Wrist pad measures 18 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches and is made of quality memory foam that is soft and conforms to the weight of the hand/wrist.

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It does not deform and will always go back to its original shape even after hours of use. It provides cushion to my hand and wrist while typing thus reducing strain and also pain for prolonged computer use. It helps maintain the natural position/angle of the wrist while on the computer. It is comfortable to use in that the pad does not slide and stays in place thus keeping the hand and wrist also in the right position. I gave the mouse pad to my youngest brother and he is glad to have it because he plays games and is always in the computer. He said that the mouse pad also helps a lot in reducing wrist strain.

I like that both products are effective and I recommend it to anyone who uses the computer often.

You can purchase the CushionCare Wrist Rest Pad HERE.
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Pack of 6 Packaging Tape From Zitriom Review

Pack of 6 Packaging Tape From Zitriom
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When we send packages, I always look for a durable, effective packaging tape because I wouldn't want the contents of my package spilling out during shipment. So, I would often buy the more expensive ones before because of a bad experience with a cheap one. When I was offered to try the packaging tape from Zitriom, I grabbed the opportunity to try it. Before I head on over to my review, here is a quick product description from the company:

Ultra Sticky Tape - Made With Highest Quality Materials Available
- Packaging Tape with High Tech Film technology provides extra strength for package protection
- all-season Adhesive For Excellent Holding Power During Extreme Hot or Cold Temperatures

Pack of 6 Packaging Tape From Zitriom
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This packaging tape from Zitriom came in a pack of 6. It included 1 dispenser that has sharp edges and cuts the tape easily. The clear tape measures 1.9 inches wide and 55 yards/roll. Not bad for the price. The tape is a little bit thinner as compared to the other brand that I have at home but when I used it to pack a box, It did not differ from my other tape. It is also sticky and adhered to the box instantly thus securing the box from opening up or spilling the contents. It also did not rip or break easily like some tapes that I have encountered before. So far so good. I have not seen any problems with the packaging tape.

You can purchase the pack of 6 packaging tapes from Zitriom HERE.
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Stainless Steel Heart Shaped Toothbrush Holder Review

Stainless Steel Heart Shaped Toothbrush Holder
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I used to use a plastic cup for our toothbrushes. It does the job but wanted to try something more pretty for our bathroom. When I was offered to try the HSS Heart Shape Stainless Steel Toothbrush Holder, I looked forward to trying it. Before I head on over to my review, here is a short product description from the company:

1 Good design and nice look, make your room and your life colorful
2 Can put 3 toothbrushes
3 Toothbrush and toothpaste products can be tidy
4 Made of metal,no the gargle cups.

Stainless steel heart-shaped toothbrush rack, lovers gargle toothbrush rack, creative wash gargle toothbrush rack.

Stainless Steel Heart Shaped Toothbrush Holder
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The HSS Heart Shape Stainless Steel Toothbrush Holder has an elegant and at the same time cute design. It is sturdy and looks durable. The stainless steel metal is thick and looks lit it has a good quality. I set it up in our bathroom to organize our toothbrushes and toothpaste. It can fit all 4 toothbrushes (2 adult and 2 kids) and both adult and kid's toothpaste.

My only concern was that there is no covered base underneath the toothbrush holder so water from our toothbrush tends to drip down our counter.  To fix this, I either place a pad of tissue paper underneath or a cloth to absorb the water. There wasn't any cup included too but I was hoped that it came with a cup too because it is kind of hard to find the right cup for this. This will make a nice gift.

You can purchase the Stainless Steel Heart Shaped Toothbrush Holder HERE.
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Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee Review

Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee
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I started working a couple of months ago and now that the weather has become cooler, I always bring hot coffee on my drive to work. I leave our home at around 2:20 in the morning so it's really cold. So, I've stocked up on my single serve cups for my Keurig 2.0. When I was given the chance to try the Friendly's Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig, I was excited to try it because it says it's Keurig 2.0 compatible. Aside from that, I was excited to try the fun and dessert-y flavors included in this pack. Before I head on over to my review, here is a short product description from the company:

Now you can enjoy the taste of all your favorite ice cream flavors in your coffee mug. Buttery butterscotch, creamy chocolate marshmallow, decadent Vienna mocha chunk, cool mint chocolate chip-these flavored coffees will satisfy the biggest ice cream craving without all those pesky calories. Try the friendly's ice cream flavored variety pack and savor the sweetness with someone special. This promotion includes a 40 count box of Friendly's Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers.  This product IS 2.0 compatible.

Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee

First of all, I tried this on my Keurig 2.0 but it still gave me the error message of these cups not for a Keurig machine. Luckily, I've found a way to use these on my Keurig 2.0 even with the warning message. :)

Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee

Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee

I've tried all 4 flavors and each has this different, distinct flavor which makes drinking coffee fun. My favorite would be the Creamy Chocolate Marshmallow because I love coffee and I have a sweet tooth. I do add creamer here because I can't drink black coffee but the sweetness and the dessert-y taste is definitely there.

Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee

The Vienna Mocha Chunk is a bit more bitter among the 4 flavors and my least favorite would be the Mint Chocolate Chip because I am not a fan of chocolate mint flavors. The butterscotch is a bit sweeter compared to the Creamy Chocolate Marshmallow but tasted good as well.

Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee
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I like how these are much cheaper but taste good. It has a mild coffee taste which really suits me. I like how this keeps me warm during my drive and keeps me awake. Overall, I would recommend this variety to those who likes coffee and desserts like me.

You can purchase the Friendly's Single Serve Variety Pack Ice Cream Flavored Coffee HERE.
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Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum Review

Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum
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Best Home Products - I've reviewed a couple of Vitamin C Serums already and what can I say? I'm in love with them. I've incorporated it on my daily routine and I'll continue using it for a long time. Now, I am excited to do a review on another Vitamin C Serum brand because aside from the usual 20% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid ingredients of the other Vitamin C Serums I've reviewed, the Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum has 4 additional ingredients added to enhance and support the Vitamin C's effect on the skin.

20% Vitamin C helps in brightening your skin as well as improve the texture. Vitamin C is also critical to the production of collagen which helps maintain skin's elasticity and firmness. It is also scientifically proven to reduce oxidative stress protecting you from sun spots, redness, dulness and wrinkles. The Hylarunic Acid allows the skin to retain moisture while simultaneously increasing elasticity and firmness.

So what are the 4 additional key ingredients added to the Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum? Here are the 4 additional key ingredients added and their short description from Valentia.

1 & 2. Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil - These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

3. Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.


4. Green Tea Extact- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.


Even Glow Serum Vitamin C Serum Antioxidant Treatment Advanced Plant Stem Cells Natural & Organic Ingredients Includes Organic Rosehip Oil & Sea Buckthorn Oil, 1.18 oz

The Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum has a thicker consistency compared to the other Vitamin C Serums I've tried. I like the orange color and the yummy orange scent. :) The natural ingredients in the bottle have a tendency to settle so inverting the bottle and shaking it very lightly for 1 to 2 seconds is a must. The bottle might be small but believe me, this would last a LONG time because you only need a few drops a day.

Even Glow Serum Vitamin C Serum Antioxidant Treatment Advanced Plant Stem Cells Natural & Organic Ingredients Includes Organic Rosehip Oil & Sea Buckthorn Oil, 1.18 oz

This is 5 drops of the Valentia Even Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum. It says to apply a small amount to face so I just dispensed the same amount I usually dispense in the past vitamin c serum I've used.

Since the Valentia Even Glow Serum is a bit thicker, my initial thoughts were it will be a bit heavy on my skin and it will not be absorbed as fast as the other brand I'm using. I was surprised that it was absorbed just as fast (about 15 seconds) and that it didn't leave any heavy residue/feeling on my skin. It also didn't cause any break-outs on my skin which is a plus for me. :)

After using the Valentia Even Glow Serum for a week every morning (my previous routine for my past vitamin c serum was every night but I changed it to every morning), my skin looked brighter and fresh. It made my skin glow and look radiant. It haven't actually vanquish my acne scars and dark spots but it did make them appear lighter on my 1st week of using it.

I love the Valentia Even Glow Serum and the additional ingredients because it is effective and I saw results quickly. The difference wasn't noticeable overnight but in a week, it made a difference already. That's quick enough for me. :)

You can learn more about the Valentia Even Glow Serum on Amazon. It is currently priced at $25 a bottle but it'll last for a long time. I am using it for a week now but I can barely see any difference on the volume.
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Pretend Play Shopping Cart From Precious Toys Review

Pretend Play Shopping Cart From Precious Toys
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My 4 year old daughter loves to play pretend. She has a mini kitchen with all the grocery items, veggies and fruits. The Precious Toys Kids & Toddler Pretend Play Shopping Cart from Homeco just completed her collection. Take your shopping list and your teddy bear and get ready to shop. Our durable metal shopping cart looks just like those in real stores. Heavy gauge steel construction includes 360 degree pivoting front wheels, easy-grip handle, and a folding seat so a child and his or her favorite companion can navigate the aisles in style. There are endless play possibilities with this incredibly durable metal shopping cart. Children love playing grocery store; they can collect play food in the shopping cart, roll to the pretend checkout and pay, or stock the shelves with supplies.

Encourage sorting, planning, and motor skills by creating a shopping list with pictures or simple words and then asking a child to fill the order, or ask him or her to put all of one kind of play food in the cart (like frozen foods), then roll to the end of the room, unload it, and return for something else (like fruits and veggies). With sturdy metal construction and pivoting front wheels, this kid-size metal shopping cart toy is the perfect addition to your play grocery store. Easy to maneuver, fun to fill, and built to last for years of pretend play.

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The shopping cart was easy to assemble. Just took us a couple of minutes. It is so cute and looks like the miniature version of the shopping carts we use in the groceries. There is a small polka dotted pink and black foldable seat perfectly meant for her doll.

Precious Toys Kids & Toddler Pretend Play Shopping Cart with Groceries by Precious toys
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It is quite sturdy and works smoothly on wooden floors and even on the carpet. The front wheel even swivels 360 degrees for easy and smooth turning. It even has an easy grip handle just like the real ones. It can easily be folded away when not in used to conserve space. She is happy that she has her very own cart now.

This would be a great Christmas or birthday present to young kids and toddlers.

You can purchase the Pretend Play Shopping Cart from Precious Toys HERE.
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Qutees Womens Knee High Socks Review

Qutees Womens Knee High Socks
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The Qutees Women's Knee High Socks, Boot Socks, Leg Warmers, Boot Cuffs has a very nice and cute design. It is comfortable to wear, fits just right and provides comfort and warmth specially now that it is getting cold. It is easy to pair and looks nice with my boots. It looks good with a dress, a skirt or shorts. The only thing I don't like about it is it makes my legs look a bit bigger. Maybe because I'm only 5 ft 2 and have short legs. I still wear it inside my scrubs because I stand most of the time at work and it provides good support for my legs.

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Here is a short product description from the company:

Knee high socks will flatter your legs and complement your outfit. Boot socks are made with the best material: 95% Acrylic and 5% Spandex. Acrylic fiber holds its shape better than any other materials. Comfortable for year round wear. Knee high boot socks can be wear with flats, heels, and boots. Buy now for the holidays! Great gifts for birthdays and holidays. We are proud to announce with every purchase a donation will be given to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.

You can purchase the Qutees Women's Knee High Socks HERE.
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Accuon Digital Wall Clock Review

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I like having clocks around our home because I have a habit of looking at the time often. I also prefer a digital clock because it's easier for my daughters to know the time. When I received the digital wall clock from Accuon, I looked forward to trying it.

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The Digital Wall Clock from Accuon measures 9 x 5.75 inches and has a large, easy to read display that can be seen from across the room. It is a self setting radio-controlled atomic clock. I can choose between 12 or 24 hr formats. It displays the date, day, temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit and seconds. It has an option to turn On/Off daylight saving time. It can be mounted on the wall or set up on the table. 2AA batteries which were needed to power up the clock were included. Awesome clock that will make a fine gift this Christmas.

You can purchase the Accuon Digital Wall Clock HERE.
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Kuuk Potato Fry Chipper Review

Kuuk Potato Fry Chipper
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I love french fries but I rarely make them from fresh potatoes at home. If I do cook them at home, I would always cook the pre-made ones from the grocery store. Why? Because slicing them one strip at a time is too much of a work for me. When I received the Kuuk Potato Chipper, I looked forward to trying it. Before I head on over to my review, here is a quick product description from the company:

Enjoy restaurant-quality fries at home
The Kuuk potato slicer is a must have appliance for anyone who wants delicious, restaurant quality french fries in their own kitchen at home. Simply place a potato in the slicer and press down on the handle to create evenly sized chunks of potato-ready to go in the pan or deep fryer.

Easy to use-creates fries in seconds!
Simply place a potato in the device, press down, and presto! Your very own perfectly shaped potato fries. Choose between a more traditional, thicker cut for restaurant-style fries, or the thinner option for gourmet-style. Either way.. you'll love them!

Create healthy sticks to use with dips
Cut carrot or cucumber batons to use as a low carb, low fat healthy alternative to dip in to salsa, hummus, guacamole . You can also create zucchini or apple strips.

Kuuk Potato Fry Chipper

I received the product packed in a nice box. The slicer measures 10 x 6 x 3.5 inches and the square cutting part measures 2.5 x 2.5 inches.

Kuuk Potato Fry Chipper

It came with 2 sets of cutting blades. The one that is mounted will produce bigger fries and the extra blade which is found tucked at the bottom will yield smaller french fries. It is easy to change the blade but make sure that the blade faces the inside.

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Just insert the blade at the right side and that the 2 gaps or grooves should be at the top. It has a suction at the bottom to position and steady the slicer when cutting fries. It is so easy to use, just put the fries and pull the handle down. I noticed that the slicer had a hard time cutting bigger potatoes but it can slice the smaller ones with enough/right effort/force.

I like how sturdy this is and that it doesn't rock or feel like it's going to break down once I push the lever. I have only tried the slicer with potatoes and works well with small or medium size potatoes.

I love how easy this is to use and that it saves me time when cutting potatoes.

You can purchase the  Kuuk Potato Fry Chopper HERE.
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Gurin Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

Gurin Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
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Blood pressure and pulse/heart rate are the 2 of the most important vital signs where health is concerned. These measurements help to assess the general health or basic body function of a person.I've tried several blood pressure monitor from Gurin and from experience, I know that their products are durable, well made and accurate.


The Gurin upper arm automatic digital blood pressure monitor is so handy and easy to use. It is very convenient to have one at home to check and monitor blood pressure and pulse rate. In fact, I can take my BP myself without the need for help as it is easy to apply the cuff and the big monitor displays the result within seconds. The result is quite accurate but not as precise as the mercury and aneroid sphygmomanometer, which is the most accurate and precise type of equipment to take blood pressure. Of course, I wouldn't use the latter ones at home since mercury is toxic and poisonous.


This BP monitor can record 60 previous readings for monitoring and comparison. My mom who is 46 uses this every now and then just to check her BP. She does not have high BP but has a family history so she wants to check for her peace of mind and besides, one can not always go to the clinic just for BP. This is 1 instrument that is important to have at home for health monitoring and assessment.


The only thing I noticed was that the large digital display doesn't have a back light so I have to use this in a well lighted area. Although the display is large, making it easy to read, the lack of back light makes the display a bit dark and hard to read in dim places. Other than that, I like how the cuff deflates on its own after a blood pressure reading. The 4 x AA batteries are also included which is a nice addition too.

You can purchase The Gurin Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor HERE.
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Click n' Play Kids Pretend & Play Doctor Kit Review

Click n' Play Kids Pretend & Play Doctor Kit

My daughters, specially my 4 year old, loves to play pretend with their toys. Often times, I would hear them making different scenarios with their toys. When I received the Click n' Play Kids Pretend & Play Doctor Kit, I was super excited to show it to my daughters. Before I head on over to my review, here is a short product description from the company.

The Pretend & Play Doctor Set provides the perfect way to ease children's anxieties about doctor visits. Let them pretend to be the doctors or the patients and work out different scenarios for using all the tools. This Pretend & Play set is a great way to help children better understand their world while developing early language and social skills. Role playing doctor or hospital visits eases children's' anxieties and encourages empathy.Your little doctors will have super fun with this award winning toy! Develops fine motor skills, great for OT (occupational therapist)


Click n' Play Kids Pretend & Play Doctor Kit

The 15-piece set came in a sturdy plastic carrying case.

Click n' Play Kids Pretend & Play Doctor Kit

Included in the set are:
- stethoscope
- cellphone
- blood pressure cuff
- thermometer
- syringe with plunger
- ear examination tools (otoscope)
- 4 bandages
- scissors
- plastic specimen dish
- pair of plastic tongs
- dental mirror



The sturdy plastic carrying case measures 12 x 14 x 3.5 inches which makes it easy to keep everything organized and in order.


Pressing the stethoscope button produces 2 sounds, which is a heart beat and a coughing sound. The batteries are already included and installed in the stethoscope.



The blood pressure cuff is cute and the plastic bulb is squeezable.


The cellphone is also battery operated but the batteries aren't included.


The toys included in this set are colorful and sturdy. I love how my daughters were able to familiarize themselves with some of the tools they see when they go to the doctor. The tools included in this set are all made of environmentally safe plastic. I also like that the size and length of the tools included in this set are perfect for kids and toddlers. They aren't too small and are easy to grip and hold.


I also like how my daughters are able to enhance their creativity and social skills by playing with each other and playing different scenarios. They also pretend that their dolls and plush toys are patients and they've set up a mini clinic here at home.


You can purchase the Click n' Play Kids Pretend & Play Doctor Kit HERE.
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Click N' Play Pretend Play Cutting Vegetable Toy Set WIth Cutting Board and Knife Review


Click N' Play Pretend Play Cutting Vegetable Toy Set WIth Cutting Board and Knife

My 4 year old daughter has a Hello Kitty pretend cooking stand and she already has lots of pretend food and vegetables however, this is the first time she had a set of vegetables which can be sliced into two using a plastic toy knife and chopping board. Of course, when I received this, I was super excited to show it to my daughters. Before I head on over to my review, here is a short product description from the company:

This brightly colored set of plastic vegetables comes apart into segments, so children can pretend-slice vegetables. Our 14 piece set includes a variety of 12 different vegetables and a plastic knife that makes a realistic cutting sound along with a cutting board. We pride ourselves in developing products that encourage creativity and build self-confidence through play. This brightly colored set of plastic vegetables comes apart into segments by slicing them, then fit back again with Velcro.

Children can pretend-slice vegetables on the cutting board with the included knife
Set includes a variety of 12 different vegetables with a cutting board and knife
Made using the highest quality materials. Tested to be safe for kids
Helps develop child's mind, creativity and thinking ability and train their hand-eye-coordination and hand flexibility by their own operation. Develops fine motor skills, great for OT (occupational therapist) 


As soon as my daughters saw this set, they were super excited to play with the vegetables inside. This is a nice and cute pretend play cutting vegetables set. It consist of 10 pieces of different varieties of vegetables such as eggplant, carrots, green bell pepper, corn, tomato, broccoli, lemon, avocado, cabbage and onion. It also came with a cute little chopping board and a knife. These are made of quality plastic materials that were previously tested and safe for kids.


All the vegetables can be sliced in the middle and put together again by a velcro. The plastic vegetables have nice bright colors that mimics the real colors of real vegetables. It has a nice see-through plastic handbag for carrying and storage. 


I love how my daughters were able to slice these plastic toy vegetables in half and then put them back over and over again. These toys promoted motor skills because they would have to practice holding 1 side of the vegetable and using their other hand to slice it in the middle using the knife. After that, they would put them back together again.

Aside from that, I love how light but durable the plastic vegetables are. My daughters were able to hold and grasp the toy vegetables easily. This play pretend toy set also enhanced creativity because my daughters were able to do pretend cooking using the vegetables on this set.

This is a nice set of pretend vegetable toy set and I love that these can be sliced in the middle using the plastic toy knife included. The velcro on the middle of each vegetable hasn't come off even after repeated slicing and putting back.

You can purchase the Click N Play Pretend Play Cutting Vegetable Toy Set HERE.
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Loonacy: The Maniacal Matching Card Game Review

Loonacy: The Maniacal Matching Card Game

Loonacy is a fantastic, real time card game for 2-5 players from Looney Labs. There is absolutely 0 text and you can learn the rules in roughly 15 seconds. Even though it is just a short game, playing is highly addictive. On our first night playing Loonacy it ended up being our only game in play. Since then, it has become one of the greatest intro and filler games in my collection. Because learning how to play is really simple, I will focus on why I think Loonacy makes an exceptional intro game, how well it scales between 2-5 players, and who I think would enjoy the game.

How to Play:
Playing is very simple. The goal of the game is to be the first player to discard all cards from your hand. In order to discard a card from your hand, you must match one of the two symbols on it to one of the two symbols on the top cards of one of the various discard piles.

It seems simple, but now for the catch: there are no turns. Like I said at the top, this is a real time card game. This means everyone is going to play at the same time and the top card of the discard piles can change at any moment. Loonacy will test your reflexes and ability to recognize patterns at a glance as you race to rid yourself of your hand of cards.

What if you cannot play a card? You simply wait for the top card of the discard piles to change and hope a symbol you can match with comes up. If you find yourselves suddenly staring at each other with no one able to take a turn, everyone must then draw a card. Make sure to keep the new cards face down until everyone has their new card; that way no one has an unfair advantage. 

Setup:

Shuffle the cards into 1 draw pile.

Turn over the top cards of the draw pile, creating a number of separate discard piles depending on the number of players.

5 Player Setup: Loonacy
4 Player Setup: Loonacy
2 Player Setup: Loonacy
 
3 Player Setup: Loonacy
 
Deal each player a hand of 7 cards, players should not look at their cards until everyone is ready to start playing.

Why is Loonacy an awesome intro game?

The board game scene has seen an influx of new gamers and general peaked interest in the past few years. Even so, when I try to introduce someone to the hobby or it comes up that I play board games, I am still often met with, 'What, like Monopoly?' Rather than try to explain what modern gaming consists of, with Loonacy you can say, 'It's easier if I show you and it will only take 4 minutes'.

Obviously you won't always have the opportunity to bust out Loonacy and show someone, but the combination of how fast it plays and how quick it is to explain are part of what makes it an awesome introduction game. Other than eliminating time constraints, this demonstrates that newer games don't always take as long as Monopoly or Risk. And if someone is upset by losing, Loonacy is fast enough that you can just play again.

Loonacy: The Maniacal Matching Card Game
Examples of Cards: Loonacy
Loonacy has several other appealing intro features besides just being a quick play game. For example, there is no benefit to the person teaching so no one will feel as if you have an unfair advantage. Players will get used to matching various icons and quickly assessing/managing their hand of cards.

Another part of an intro game is the desire to play again. This is often coupled with a sense of accomplishment and desire to do better the next time you play. Loonacy almost always leaves me wanting to play again, especially when it was a close game and I only had a card or two left.

Who would enjoy Loonacy?

Although I would love to say Loonacy is for everyone, it clearly is not. If you do not like speed/reaction games, this is a definite no - even though it is easier and quicker than some of the other similar games I have played. My second disclaimer: if you are not a fan of the standard randomness that comes with Looney Labs games, I would avoid picking up Loonacy. Let us now turn your attention to those who will enjoy Loonacy:

New Gamers: With a low price and small box, it is easy to add to your collection. It is also a fairly unique game and even if you own another reaction game, it is worth picking up this game specifically. It is easy to get your friends to play because there are no cumbersome rules and I always have an easier time getting non-gamers to try a card game than I do a game with a board and pieces. Lastly, a benefit to playing this game is that it gets you used to icon matching and hand management which are big parts of a lot of other games in the hobby, regardless of their complexity.

Casual Gamers: When you do not get to play board games every night or get to play with the same group of people and enjoy lengthy session, two of the most important things to me are setup time and explanation time. Loonacy takes longer to shuffle than it does to setup and explain. Another important aspect of casual games to me is how often they actually get played, since a casual board game budget might not support as many games. I have more than a couple light, filler games, but Loonacy has managed to dethrone them all and shows no signs of becoming a dust collector anytime soon. It's also physically light and small so you can easily bring it with you.

Gamer Gamers: You can never have enough games to introduce to new gamers and Loonacy does a great job filling this role. It can also help you even out your collection, as I think speed/reaction games are underrepresented in a lot of bigger collections. At the very least, Loonacy is a fast filler than you can play while waiting for other players to arrive or wrap up any games that they are already playing. 

How it Scales 2-5 Players

2 Players: The gameplay is fun but gets old a lot quicker with just 2 players. I find you end up drawing a lot more cards which slows down the pace of the game. It seems weird that with 4 discard pile options you would have to draw a card but for some reason with 4 options there always seem to be multiple piles with the same icon on top. Lastly I find 2 player Loonacy to just be less exciting, there is no shouting, cheering, fighting over who is putting their card down first. That does not mean I dislike 2 player Loonacy, it has its place like on a hike, hanging by the pool or when you are desperate to squeeze in even a couple minutes of gaming.

3 Players: The three player setup has my preferred number of discard piles. I find that they all change often enough to keep the pace of the game quick and give you lots of options. Occasionally two discard piles will have the same icon on top but not as often as in the 2 player setup. When we play with any number of players now we almost always use the 3 discard pile setup because it seems to work the best to keep the game flowing. We never timed any of our games but I feel like 3 player games were over the quickest.

4 Players: The setup says to only use 2 discard piles which creates a more intense game than with 2 and 3 players. There is much more competition for the discard piles meaning if feels like someone is almost always going for the same icon as you. I found that with only 2 discard piles we ran into a lot more cases where everyone had to draw a card. Using the 2 pile setup and playing with 4 players felt like games would either be over really fast or really slow, this is why we now use 3 piles instead of 2.

 5 Players: After reading my opinion on 4 players I am sure you can guess how I feel about 5 players all using 1 discard pile. The discard pile is a revolving door of icons and the game can finish before you even play a single card. Or you can get down to 1 or 2 cards and suddenly be back at 7 or 8. I don't think you have to draw cards as often as with 4 players because the icons are changing so often but sometimes you get stuck drawing 3 or 4 cards in a row because no one can make a match. 5 players is my favourite way to play Loonacy, I like the chaos, excitement and volume of playing with 5 players but disliked the 1 discard pile setup. We normally use 3 discard piles but still change it up and play around with different setups and I would definitely suggest doing the same.

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