VANDIMI Wide Calf Knee High Boots for Women

We love boots.

It’s a well known fact in our social circle that my daughter (The Sprite) and I love a nice pair of boots. At any given time we have two dozen or more pair that we are currently wearing around and bout town. Some people actually come up to us just to see what boots we have on that day. So we seldom pass up the chance to add to our ever growing collection.

However, all boots are not created equal. Finding a pair that fits our criteria of equal parts cute and comfortable isn’t always as easy as we make it look. We really lucked out on this latest pair we ordered online. Below you will find our thoughts on out latest find.

We love the look and feel of these boots from VANDIMI! My daughter and I wear the same sized shoes and we get nothing but compliments each time we wear them. The two tone design makes them perfect for dressing up denim and they go with a large variety of outfits in an array of colors. The low heel gives you a little “lift” but not enough to make them uncomfortable to walk in for extended periods of time

There is plenty of room in the calf area of these boots. Noticeably more than the other boots we currently have, but not so much that they feel loose or baggy when on. NOTE: These boots are fleece lined so they do keep your feet and legs nice and warm. With that said, I’d suggest keeping that in mind if you plan on ordering them to wear during the warmer months of the year in your region.

Fashionable / Stylish
Easy to lace up
Low Heel

None that we could find

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You Win Some and Lose Some…

The funny thing about product testing is the fact that not everything is a winner or even close to it while on the flip side, some items really turn around and surprise you. I have to admit that overall most of the things that I have tried have been good (if not great) and also well worth their money while other things have left me with that “I knew I should have turned off that infomercial and not fallen for that” feeling.

I bought a product advertised as a Star Wars Gifts 3D Lamp for my son as a birthday gift (He’s a December baby just like his mama) while I didn’t expect NASA training simulator quality from this item I did expect more than the glorified “flat lamp” that I received. When the title and description are misleading it leaves a bad taste in my mouth as a consumer. My money does not grow on trees and I don’t care for someone taking me for a ride to get it.

Here’s what I left on Amazon – This a 3.5-4 star item for me, simply because I feel the 3D portion of its claims is more than a bit misleading. I’ve had a lot of pseudo 3D items in my life and this isn’t among them. This item is pretty cool and something that I think most die hard Star Wars fans (young and old) would like but I have a real issue with it being called 3D… because it’s not, it’s not even “kinda 3Dish”. It’s a nice light with a unique look to it that functions well and has many colors but 3D it isn’t. If you give this to anyone over 11 or 12 years of age they are going to give you a well deserved “look” for trying to pass this off as 3D. Otherwise I’m okay with this item even if I feel that “Unique Star Wars Lamp” would be a better title for this product. – Do I feel completely duped? No. Would I buy it again? No

Next on my lists of disappoints is a much bigger flop in the form of the AFOUR 3 in 1 Foot File and Shaver – I have not felt or seen something this cheap outside of a bargain bin in a good long while. If you are a child of the 70’s or 80’s I’m sure you remember Cindy or Judy dolls (Barbie’s dollar store doppelganger – I had all of them so I’m not being snooty I mention this for a reason lol –>) This thing was definitely the Cindy or Judy of foot files. It had zero heft to it and the plastic mold it was made with wasn’t even trimmed cleanly. The handle actually felt and looked like one of those 10 cent kazoos you’d get at a birthday party in the grab bag that moms would put together for the other kids. For the quality, or lack thereof, save yourself 7 of the 10 dollars that they sell this for and just get these items at the Dollar Tree.

Now on to the pleasant surprises. First up is the USB Rechargeable Flameless Electronic Arc Lighter sold by RONXS. We all fell in love with this thing. We probably all looked and sounded like Beavis and Butthead (Fire… Fire, Fire!)  But it’s a really nice tool to have around especially if you are an avid candle burner like we are. Once the bigger candles get low in the jar or the wick gets small on any sized candle they can be almost impossible to get lit and if you are trying to light something outdoors, the wind is your enemy, and this item fixes all of those problems without increasing your carbon footprint because it’s rechargeable!

Another win was the ALWUP Stereo Gaming Headset – As a gamer I can’t tell you how nice it feels to have a good headset. Everything from sound quality to game immersion relies on the headphones strapped to your head. Being able to hear the people you are playing with as well as the game itself are all things to consider and this item truly delivered! My favorite feature would be the light on the tip of the microphone. As a person the often plays in the dark it’s nice to be able to tell at a glance whether or not my mic is up or down. They were really comfortable, in fact, after a while I kinda forgot I had them on. If I were to need a second pair I’d buy another set of these.

So there you have it, a little year end review (several days late… but I digress, life has been a busy thing) I hope all of you have had a pleasant start to 2019!

Magic Saksak Silicone Dishwashing Gloves and Goodlylife Activated Carbon Filter

The Gloves – These are a bit bulkier than I expected but they do work great. (Since I don’t have to actually touch the little cleaning fibers they don’t feel odd like the scrubbers I reviewed earlier this month found HERE) Since the silicone material they are made of is decently thick, they allow you to wash dishes in fairly hot water which is what I prefer. While the size/bulk of them did take some getting used to they worked well and all of the scrubbing feelers on the palms and fingers of the gloves made short work of the pile of dishes I had in front of me. My only warning would be that despite the bulk and size on the outside they are not designed for larger hands on the inside. My husband could not get these on easily and they looked like they were about rip as he tried to get it off.

Pros – Durable – Easy to Use – Sanitary – Cost Effective
Cons – Bulky – Not Made For Larger Hands

The Water Filter – This is a really nice filter. If you have an issue with cloudy tap water, this will fix it for you in no time flat. It installed in minutes with no issues which is something my husband loved about this product because the filters we used before could be a little tricky to get lined up.

There is no longer sediment showing on our dishes and the water tastes better than ever. Hope this helps someone considering this item.

Pros – Easy to Install – Long Lasting – Great Value
Cons – None That I could See

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Review: Silicone Scrubbers by M MOACC

M MOACC Silicone Scrubbers Non Stick Dishwashing Brush Kitchen Fruit Vegetables Dish Cleaning Pack 4 by M MOACC

I am so very much on the fence with how best to review these. I say this because it made the following claims (in bold and my commentary follows)

Material: Eco-friendly durable silicone – It is Eco-friendly and durable. I see these far outlasting several packs of sponges

Antibacterial silicone sponges are odorless, non-toxic and wear-resistant, different from traditional sponge – It doesn’t hold on to every little thing like sponges and rags do so it lived up to this claim as well, no smells to report.

Dishwasher and Microwave Safe: This silicone sponge scrubber and brush can withstand high temperatures, will not deform – It came out of its journey through the dish washing cycle, just as it went in.

Quick dry silicone sponges scrubber is Non-water absorbent prevent the breeding of bacteria. Soft, flexible and safe to use – The scrubber itself does dry swiftly. It does not hold on to much water at all.

Silicone washing sponge can be used as fruits scrubber, vegetables scrubber, bottles brush, shower brush, even can use to clean dog hairs  – It worked great on the fruit and to scrub the counters and stove top

If it did all of that as it claimed I’m sure you are confused as to why I’m on the fence. I’ll do my best to explain. I have been washing dishes by hand for 30 years. Call me old fashioned, but there are a few things I’m just flat out used to and these little scrubbers didn’t do most of those things. Here’s my dish washing routine in a nutshell. I fill a sink full of hot soapy water, soak the dishes for a bit, then wash them. While washing, I put soap on the sponge, grab a dish, scrub it good then sit it in the empty side of the sink to await rinsing. So in layman’s terms, I’m accustomed to a soapy washing device (sponge or cloth) that in turn soaps up my dirty dish as it cleans it. These scrubbers don’t hold on to soap and to be honest they felt rather weird in my hand and it felt strange moving against the dishes.

I know, I know I’m 2 minutes away from sounding like Rainman but it’s the truth. It just felt “off”. Even after half a dozen uses it just didn’t feel right.

Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one that also uses my sponge to tidy up the counter tops and the stove. These do decently well scrubbing but it leaves a soggy mess behind because they are not absorbent in the least. So, unlike with a sponge, where you can scrub with one side and then wipe and dry with the other, you have to enlist the aid of another cleaning item for that if you are using these. Another thing worth noting, is the fact that the little hanging loop also snags on items like forks, spoon handles, knives, etc.

So overall, I have to give these a 3.5 out of 5. Yes, they do what they say they will do but I’m not ready to trade in my sponge or dishcloth for these yet.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance and Usefulness: 3.5 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5

Review: The Tracing Light Box by Veidoo

Tracing Light Box, Veidoo A4 LED Tracer Light Pad/Box/Board for Artists, Drawing, Sketching, Animation, X-ray Viewing, Tattoo Transferring (A4) – Veidoo Sold by: Chaoxin

This item arrived on time, intact as well as dent and ding free due to the excellent packaging, so kudos to the shipping department.

The Tracing Light Box by Veidoo came with easy to follow instructions, a USB cord to power the device (fits all of my wall adapters as well as the USB ports on my computers) and 2 metal clips to hold the images and paper you will be using in place.  

As soon as this item made its way into the living room both kids (ages 16 and 22) were all over it. It was love at first sight and the ideas of what to do with it were plentiful. It powers on and off with the touch of a button and adjusting the brightness level is just as easy. The 16 year old got his hands on it first and had a tracing of Ironman from an activity book done in no time. He didn’t even glance at the instructions and he was able to figure out how to operate this device in under a minute. With that said, it is definitely what I would call user friendly.

My neighbor came over and as a fellow artist she was in love with this item as well and asked my son to trace a piece of artwork he’d gotten at a comic book convention for her. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, he did a time lapse video of that process you will see attached to this review.

All in all, this item performed above and beyond my expectations. It works so well, I wish I had one just like it in a larger size for bigger projects. I have several ideas for this item myself.

Backflow Incense Waterfall Cones by CORCIO

Corcio 70pcs/box Lengthened Cone Tower Incense Backflow Incense Waterfall Cones for Incense Burner Holder about 15 Mins-Mixed incense by CORCIO

Item arrived on time and packaged well but mine were just the cones and did not come with the little Buddha statue holder.

I really really wanted to like this bundle of incense cones but they fell more than a little flat for me. Not only do most of them smell like something is burning in the bottom of your oven none of them last the fifteen minutes they claim. I had 13 at the most and anything over 11 or 12 makes it start to smell like you’ve lit the filter end of a cigarette. They leave a lot of excess goo behind as they burn so if you have a small pedestal holder like mine you may find incense goo running over the sides. All and all, I’d have to give these a 2.5 out of five (3 for amazon) some did smell okay and for the price of $7.99 for 70 you do get a decent amount of cones for your money even if I’d consider half unusable.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 2 out of 5
Value: 3.5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Review: Apple Cider Vinegar Pills by BeLive

Apple Cider Vinegar Pills – Detox Support, Cleanse, Diet Capsules, Bloating Relief, Weight Loss Pill & Metabolism Booster Supplements for Women and Men – Recommended Strength 1250 mg Organic by BeLive

I’m very fond of apple cider vinegar and all of its health benefits, but much like most people I struggle getting it down because the taste is more than a little tart. These wonderful little capsules have cured that particular dilemma! After one week of use, I am happy to report my digestive tract is responding to these in the same positive manner in which it responds to taking the liquid apple cider vinegar right out of the glass bottle.

They are not huge capsules (which is a big plus for me since I have difficulty swallowing large pills). The dosage is reasonable. I know that may have sounded like an odd comment but some supplements may require you to take as many a six capsules as one dose so that would mean a bottle of 60 like this would only last you 10 days.

This supplement has gotten rid of that bloated feeling and look and I can also say it has curbed my appetite some despite the fact that was not a result I was personally looking for (but consider a welcome bonus all the same). I know that is listed as something this product may do but many supplements claim that and few truly deliver.

All in all I am pleased with this product and have every intention of taking them as a regular part of my dietary routine as long as they are available. For the price coupled with the ease of ordering and speed of delivery I cannot complain.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Aprilis Antifungal Tea Tree Oil Body Wash

Aprilis Antifungal Tea Tree Oil Body Wash Helps Relieve Athlete’s Foot, Ringworm, Toenail Fungus, Jock Itch, Acne, Eczema & Body Odor, Antibacterial Soap – Soothes Itching & Promotes Healthy Skin by Aprilis

I’d have to give this body wash 3.5 out of 5 stars (but for Amazon I’ll round up to 4). It arrived on time and packaged well.

When I opened it, a bit of the product came out around the neck at the base of the pump, but other than that the bottle functioned exactly as expected. As far as the performance of the wash itself goes it lathered up wonderfully and I can see where it would be useful if you have any of the skin conditions that it mentions that it treats but I can’t say I’d call anything about this body wash moisturizing. If anything, it’s drying and in my case extremely drying. I actually can’t think of the last time my skin was so dry after a shower. I in no way, shape or form recommend this for daily use (despite the fact it says that it can be used in just that way) for that reason.

It did have a very pleasant smell. It did not make my skin or any sensitive areas tingle like other tea tree products have in the past. However, it is rough on the skin. Maybe if I were a runner, construction worker or something like that I’d have a use for something this taxing on my skin but alas I do not, so this isn’t for me.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 3 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Dr. Foot’s Shock Absorption PU Sports Insoles – 1 Pair (M | 5.5~7 US Women’s)

Shock Absorption PU Sports Insoles for Sore Feet Relief, Massaging, Running and Hiking – 1 Pair (M | 5.5~7 US Women’s) by Dr. Foot

Overall I’d give this product 4 out of 5 stars.

This item arrived on time and packaged appropriately for the product. No problems with that at all.

The insoles are well made and are good quality. Even without the included instructions (which were clear and concise) I don’t see anyone having an issue figuring out how to use this product.

Now on to why I gave this item the rating listed above.

They slid into my favorite walking shoes without any hassle and they are super comfortable but for some reason they made my right foot turn outward as I walked and stood. Thinking that there was a chance that it was my foot that was truly the issue, I had my daughter try them out as well (we wear the same sized shoes) and sure enough, her right foot and the right foot only was doing the same thing.

We also tried these insoles in a pair of knee high boots that we are fond of wearing and they went in the boots without any problem but the issue with our right foot turning out some was present in the boots as well.

They also made my heels feel as if they may slip out of my shoes but that is not something that actually happened and that feeling may go away once I get used to having the insoles. I fully intend to keep using them as they are really comfortable (made my shoes feel like new again) and the issues above are minor (my foot was not turning out so badly that it was uncomfortable but it was noticeable). I will come update this in a few weeks to see if any of the above issues resolve after wearing them for a while.

NOTE: The sizing for this product is based on men’s shoe sizes so the medium sized 5.5 – 7 fit perfectly into my size 9 women’s shoes. The seller has addressed several questions concerning the sizing if you are feeling uncertain about what size you may need.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 3.5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

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Product Review: Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

Car Charger, Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

One unit
Cost: $12.99

This item arrived on time and packaged well. No complaints or issues with that whatsoever.

Once opened, I found the charger itself and a small instruction booklet. It did not come with a cord so that you will need to provide yourself. It’s a simple plug and go device so even without the booklet I don’t see most users having a problem using this product.

It has 2 ports (3.0 fast 2.4 standard charge) and both work as expected. I plugged it into the DC/cigarette lighter port in my car and it was ready to go. In minutes my phone went from 26% battery to over 40%. I’d recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a car charger especially those that travel a lot with a phone or multiple devices that need to stay charged.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


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