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Rosso Caffe Coffee Pod Set

Coffee 160 GROUNDED COFFEE PODS FOR NESPRESSO COFFEE MAKERS

~ What ~
Made of 100% grounded coffee, this pack contains 60 individual one-serving capsules to make coffee using all types of Nespresso line machines. There are three categories of pods in dark, medium, or light, each containing two flavors that include 10 of Gentlemen, Maestro, Rico, Intelligente, Purismo, and Delicante pods. All come in designer cardboard boxes with information, a flyer, and gift card.Coffee 2

~ Why ~
I am not a coffee aficionado but love having options when drinking it, and this set has a myriad of six different flavors that can be enjoyed with a Nespresso based on your light to dark preference. Although I am drinking more decaf coffee as I age, I liked the two lightest blends of Delicato and Purismo as I found them full of flavor yet not overwhelming with too much caffeine. With 2 sealed plastic bags containing 5 pods each in a box, when the bags are opened, the wonderful, full-bodied fragrance of coffee fills the air. I also appreciate the flyer as it shows all available options.

~ Why Not ~Coffee 3
Some may prefer making a full pot of coffee to drink throughout the day so individual pods like this set would not work. Others may want different flavors such as peppermint, mocha, et cetera that some pods offer so should refer to the enclosed flyer or check online.

~ Wish ~
I wish decaf flavors were added to the mix, but it is an option as per the flyer.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a 60-pack of individual coffee pods in six different flavors, this is selection may work well with your Nespresso if you are not super picky about flavors.

Thanks to Rosso Caffe for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Mayoga Compact Umbrella

Umbrella 1WEATHERPROOF COMPACT UMBRELLA

~ What ~
Made of 210T pongee with nine aluminum and reinforced fiberglass ribs with a wood-looking handle, this compact black umbrella measures 12 inches long and 2 inches in circumference. When opened, it expands to approximately 4 by 2 feet. It comes with a carry bag, and instructions are included.

~ Why ~
We live in the Pacific Northwest where we get an average of 40 inches of rain, so we need durable protection. I like how this water-resistant micro-weaved fabric will keep us dry. Because it is so compact and lightweight, it is perfect to store in a small car trunk or interior side door pocket. Another nice feature is the easy-access button that automatically opens and shuts the ribs of the umbrella.

~ Why Not ~Umbrella 2
Some may not like using umbrellas while others may prefer the regular size that can also be used as a walking stick when closed. Others may struggle with getting it back in its carry sleeve, but it does fit nicely once you wrap the Velcro tabbed strap, push the telescopic frame into itself, and fold in the pliable fabric. Online it states its handle is wood, but it may be made of a durable plastic.

~ Wish ~
I wish the umbrella completely shut, including the telescopic shaft. Having it in other color options would be appreciated.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a weatherproof umbrella that looks professional and is compact, this would be a nice choice as it does look professional for a business person to use.

Thanks to Mayoga for this product that I am freely evaluating.

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Mayoorz Cake Decorating Kit

Cake 1MAKE PRETTY CAKES & CUPCAKES

~ What ~
This 32 piece set for cake or cupcake decorating includes 26 frosting tips, 3 reusable silicone 12-inch pastry bags, a coupler, smoother, and flower nail in a clear plastic holder along with a downlink for an ebook titled Modern Cake Design. The stainless steel tips are rust free and dishwasher safe. Item descriptions are printed on the outside of the box.

~ Why ~ Cake 2
Having recently gotten into fondant icing and molds, icing tips have been another interest of mine. I like how these are easy to use and clean. With so many options, a novice like I am should have no problem. Each tip is quality made with stainless steel, not a hard plastic. Having reusable icing bags is a plus so you never run out like you would with the throw-away type. The ebook helps newbies learn how to decorate correctly.

~ Why Not ~
If you are not into DIY projects or cake decorating, you may pass on this item. Others may think it would be easier to buy a decorated cake instead of doing it themselves.

~ Wish ~
It would be thoughtful if the plastic tray was not flimsy and was in a hard plastic case for storing instead of having to put it in the cardboard gift box.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for the cake tip kit that is complete, this is a nice choice. It would be a nice addition to any chef or baker who likes to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and other items.

Thanks to Mayoorz for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Best Choice 5 Piece Patio Set

Patio table 1SPACE SAVING PATIO TABLE & CHAIR SET

~ What ~
Made of a weatherproof gray wicker on an iron frame, this outdoor patio set comes with a square table and four chairs with black seat and back cushions. Saving space by making a cube form when not in use, the compacted set measures 47.5 inches long by 46.5 inches wide and 29.8 inches tall. Instructions are in the box, and some assembly is required.

~ Why ~Patio Table 2
With a summer party coming up, we hope our guests can enjoy the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest by having an outdoor patio table and chair set where they can dine. I like how sturdy the furniture is and that it is a durable, pliable plastic-feeling wicker that will not rust. The back and seat cushions are thick at over 2 inches each and are comfortable (the chairs can be used without them). It took my husband and I a little more than two hours to assemble with no issues except sore fingers from turning the Allen wrenches.Patio Table 3

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like wicker furniture, but this one is sturdy and should last a long time. Others may not like the dark gray color, but it could be spray painted, and the cushions could be covered. Many may not like that there are so many bolts to attach, so it is tedious work.

~ Wish ~
I wish multiple colors of the wicker such as white, brown, or black were available. It would be ideal if the set came preassembled.

~ Want ~Patio Table 4
If you are looking a quality patio table set that saves space when not in use, this one is a keeper. It will look great outdoors on a patio in time our summer party.

Thanks to Best Choice Products for this sample that I am evaluating by choice.

This product can be found at https://bestchoiceproducts.com/products/best-choice-products-outdoor-patio-wicker-bar-counter-table-brown

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Vot Chef Salt & Pepper Shakers

Shaker 2ELEGANT PAIR OF GRINDERS

~ What ~
Made of stainless steel and clear glass with metal, ceramic, and plastic inserts, this package includes two salt and pepper shakers with a towel. Measuring 5.3 inches tall and 2.6 inches in circumference, each container holds approximately a cup of salts, spices, herbs, peppers, or any grindable contents. A 9.5 by 10-inch light yellow terrycloth with the company’s logo is included, but no instructions are in the premium quality gift box.

~ Why ~Shaker 1
With each grinder being a little over 5 inches tall, they are the perfect size to keep on a table or cupboard. I love how compact yet handy they are as the steel section twists to grind when the unit is turned metal side down and the lid is removed. Having an adjustable grinder helps define the size of the grinds. The added small towel is soft and fluffy.

~ Why Not ~
Many may prefer already grounded pepper, sea salts, and spices, but grinding on the spot produces fresher flavors and tastes. Others may prefer the taller type of grinder or dual sided one, but this one is ideal if looking for something compact.

~ Wish ~
I wish the set included instruction on how to adjust the grinder as well as clean the shakers.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for high-end, elegant set of salt and pepper grinders, this will make a beautiful choice or a nice gift.

Thanks to Vot Chef for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Flat Harmony Whiteboard Calendar

Calendar 1TRACK MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

~ What ~
Made of a glossy laminate on a flexible magnetic backing, this white monthly calendar measures 12 by 17 by 0.3 inches and comes with 3 markers in black, red, and blue that include erasers on their ends and magnets on their sides. The board is blocked off in 5 rows of 7 squares that represent a month; each black lined square is 1.5 by 2.3 inches on a white background. The all-magnetic backing secures it to a metal appliance or surface.

~ Why ~Calendar 2
The best thing about this over-sized calendar is that it is reusable and erasable. The numbered date can be written in the small boxes in each square, and the included pens can write an appointment, meeting, or reminder, only to be erased by using the opposite end of the marker or a clean cloth; when not in use, the magnetic markers can stick to metal too. The calendar also has a section on the bottom for writing notes. Another nice feature is the flexibility of the backing as it is not a few strips of the magnet but the entire surface.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not care for the size of the board, wishing it was either larger or smaller. Others may not like that it is erasable as they want to keep notes and appointments of the past by months.

~ Wish ~
I wish the markers were a little less watery as they do not write as boldly as expected.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an all magnetic backed monthly calendar whiteboard, this is an ideal choice.

Thanks to Flat Harmony for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Innovpower Wireless Desk Lamp

Desk Lamp 1CLAMP ON LIGHT VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE

~ What ~
Made of ABS plastic and silicone, this small white desk lamp or table lamp can be clamped onto a table, computer, desk, headboard, or any surface that is a couple of inches thick. Without the need of an electrical outlet, its long-lasting battery can be charged via an included 2-foot USB cable. It has three modes of lighting: low, medium, and high, which can be lit from 9 to 6 to 3 hours respectively. Instructions are included in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
When we travel, I like to stay up later than my husband and read. Having this handy book lamp, I can clip it to my book or the bed’s headboard and adjust the flexible gooseneck to the needed position. I like how the tap-and-touch sensor can be quickly accessed on the base of the lamp, producing the 3 levels of brightness. Another nice feature is how flexible the neck can arch.

~ Why Not ~Desk Lamp 2
Those who do not like direct lighting will not appreciate this product. Others may wish it included an electrical cord that could be plugged into a wall socket. Some may prefer it in black or a different color.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the lamp had an electrical adaptor included as well as a longer USB cable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a wireless clip-on light that can be taken anywhere, this would be an excellent choice.

Thanks to Innovpower for this product that I am freely evaluating.

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Inspired Home Living 24 Ounce Bottle

24 Oz Bottle 1LARGE INSULATED DRINKING BOTTLE

~ What ~
Made of food grade 18/8 stainless steel, this large mouth bottle with a matching screw-on lid can hold up to 24 ounces of fluid. With double insulation, it can keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 12 hours. It is eco-friendly and BPA and Phthalate free with no metal aftertaste. It measures approximately 12 inches tall and 3 inches in circumference. Instructions are not included.

~ Why ~
The best thing about this bottle is that it holds a large quantity of fluids and has a wide 1 3/8-inch mouth opening to add regular sized ice cubes. I like how drinks can stay hot or cold for long periods of time so it works great at the gym, camping, hiking, etc. I also appreciate that it is made of stainless steel so will not crack, break, or rust like other drinking bottles.

~ Why Not ~24 Oz Bottle 2
Some may not think stainless steel is healthy to drink from, but there is no aftertaste using it, and it is not harmful to use. Others may prefer see-through containers for their beverages, but the drinks will not remain as hot or cold as this product.

~ Wish ~
I wish cleaning and care instructions were included. I assume this should be hand washed and dried and not put in a dishwasher.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a large, sleek stainless steel drinking canister, no need to look further with this one.

Thanks to Inspired Home Living for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Biovy Nutrauric Supplements

Uric 1NATURALLY CONTROL URIC ACID

~ What ~

Containing 60 days of supplements, these 120 capsules support normal uric acid levels in the body. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken two pills a day. The contents are tart cherry extract, turmeric powder, celery seed extract, psyllium seed power, and black pepper extract. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and to consult their doctor before using.

~ Why ~Uric 2
Keeping proper uric acid levels is important as we age. I like that this formula includes turmeric that can help with joint pain that I occasionally have. Being produced in a GMP facility is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
If one does not like taking it in pill format, it could be opened and sprinkled on food.

~ Wish ~
With the product manufactured in Florida, I wish the label stated it was made in America and where the contents originated.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for high-quality natural supplement to aid in keeping and maintaining a good uric acid level, this

Thanks to VitaMonk for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Orilife High-Waisted Women’s Brief

Briefs 1LOOK 10 POUNDS THINNER

~ What ~
Made of 94% spandex and 6% rubber thread with a bamboo fiber crotch lining, this boxer brief tummy control girdle for women is available in black and nude. There are four sizes of Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Its high waistline that includes 4 4-inch stays starts under the breastline, ends at mid-thigh, and is designed to keep the tummy and thighs unnoticed while shapely flattering the waist and buttock area. With 2 inches of lace around each thigh area, an insert is sewn into the crotch area. No cleaning information is online, the printed cleaning icons on them state to hand or machine wash and do not put in the dryer or stretch.

~ Why ~
Similar to the “spank” garment, this item has a cellular-knitted method of shaping the body by improving tightness of the skin. I like that the top of the shaper starts right under the breastline, controlling the flab and muffin top look that older women usually get. I wear mine with casual jeans to dresses and like that I appear thinner-waisted. The Large size fit my Size 8 frame comfortably.

~ Why Not ~Briefs 2
Some women may feel constricted wearing this type of underclothing, but it is not uncomfortable and does shape the body and hides the flab. Others may not like how high up it goes on the waist as the top may bunch and fold over around the ribcage area or that it travels down the thighs, but it eliminates any potential folds of skin as the 4 stays keeps it upright.

~ Wish ~
Since the attached tags are not in English, it would be ideal to have cleaning instructions online and written on the tags that included cleaning icons.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a tummy tucking, smooth hip area pair of undergarments, this boxer/brief is the way to go if you want to look more flattering.

I ordered these at their online price at the time and am freely reviewing them.

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