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My Carbon RFID Money Belt

Money Belt 1RFID MONEY BELT

~ What ~
Made of a durable black nylon and mesh with a molded plastic buckle and a nylon zipper, this black belt is adjustable for size 25 to 39.5-inch waists. It measures approximately 9 by 5 by 0.5 inches and has a total of three 3 by 4.5-inch pockets. With the belt being waterproof and containing RFID blocking, it should not be washed.

~ Why ~Money Belt 2
We like to travel, so I appreciate a nice looking functional fanny pack that also has a hidden pocket. I love the RFID blocking capability to protect my identity. I like that there are several pockets plus a small hole for earphones to access a pocketed cell phone. With one zipper access to the 2 outer pockets, Velcro tabs fold out to show another hidden zippered pocket. The money belt is ideal for storing credit cards, folded money, identification, keys, or other small items including a smartphone.

~ Why Not ~
Some may wish there were other color choices besides black. Others may want a longer belt length to hold their girth.

~ Wish ~
I wish the belt were available in other colors.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a slim fanny pack or money belt that can hold a plethora of small items plus protect your identity with RFID blocking when traveling, this is a must.

Thanks to My Carbon for this sample that I am freely evaluating.

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Lucky Clover WiFi Single Wall Switch

Wall Switch 1LIGHT UP YOUR ROOM FROM YOUR PHONE

~ What ~
This small white oblong electrical light plate allows a person to control a wall switch via his or her wifi smartphone without needing a hub. By downloading an app to a smartphone, the 4.5 inch by 3-inch long unit can be controlled at a distance or by voice command using the Amazon Echo. Arriving in a small package, the wall switch comes with instructions and 2 extra screws. Electrical work is necessary to an electrical wall socket.

~ Why ~Wall Switch 2
Having an Echo in our home, I like that I can speak a command and Alexa handles my requests. I like that this device can be synced with my smartphone and that I can access from anywhere via my phone a light in my home, turning it on or off. Another nice feature is it has a blue LED glow that can be seen and used in the dark.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like having more apps on their smartphone may not be interested in this product. The directions are vague in installing the wall plate into an existing electrical configuration as there is only a small diagram with no wiring directions. The light plate cannot be used when multiple switches (like 2 or 3) are incorporated into one wall plate. Others may not own an Echo to verbally have the unit go off or on.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were available 2 or 3 switches in an one plate configuration as a singular one cannot be used in any part of my kitchen to work with my canned lighting.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to control a light-switch by voice or when not at home, this device may work well with a smartphone app or when using Amazon’s Alexa, but I recommend checking the wall plate first to make sure a singular switch plate will work where you want to control a light.

Thanks to LUCKY CLOVER for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XYG11BR/

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Lucky Clover Smart Plug-In Timer/Controller

TURN LIGHTS/APPLIANCESAlexa Light 1 ON MILES AWAY OR HAVE ALEXA DO IT

~ What ~
This small white electrical plug-in allows a person to control an appliance via his or her wifi smartphone without needing a hub. By downloading an app to a smartphone, the approximately 2-inches round by a ½ -inch deep (without the 3 prongs) unit can be controlled at a distance or by voice command using the Amazon Echo. Arriving in a small package, the plug-in comes with detailed instructions.

~ Why ~
Having an Echo in our home, I like that I can speak a command, and Alexa handles my requests. Setting up this simple device took less than 15 minutes by syncing it with my Samsung Galaxy Core Prime smartphone and setting it up to link remotely and with Alexa. I like that I can access the freestanding light in our family room and turn it on or off from anywhere via my phone. Another nice feature is it can be set for specific or random times to deter possible intruders.

~ Why Not ~Alexa Light 2
Those who do not like having more apps on their smartphone or already use timer plug-ins may not be interested in this product. Others may not own an Echo to have the unit go off or on verbally, but it can be used only as a timer.

~ Wish ~
With the Amazon link having reviews for the company’s smartbulb, it would help if it included those for this plug-in. I wish the adaptors were available in other colors to match a room’s décor or plug-in face plates.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to control a light or appliance while not at home, this handy plug-in works great with a smartphone app or when using Amazon’s Alexa.

Thanks to LUCKY CLOVER for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XX73YQG/

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Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Care

Eliz Arden Cream 1Complete 8 Hour Skin Care Set

~ What ~
This set by the famous cosmetic company focuses on 8 hours of skin protection. With the 1.7 ounces of 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant, the 0.5 ounce 8 Hour Nourishing Lip Balm, and the 1 ounce of 8 Hour Intensive Hand Treatment Moisturizer, all skin is covered with a combination of petrolatum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy that includes Vitamin E. The three items arrive in a colorful red gift box with information of active and inactive ingredients, uses, warnings, and directions.

~ Why ~ Eliz Arden Cream 2
Now that I am in my late fifties, my skin is aging quickly. Born and raised in Southern California, needless to say, I have wrinkled, dry skin. I like that the skin protectant is a thick transparent tannish-looking cream that easily rubs into the skin, leaving a shine without it being greasy. The lip balm is a transparent beige color that glides onto my lips and lasts for hours, especially if applied right before bedtime. The all-white hand cream absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving it pliable and soft.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not ritualistically apply moisturizers to your body, you may not want to consider this product, but it does help with consistent use to keep the dryness at bay. Those who already have oily skin may not want to add more oil-based products to their nightly regimen. Some may wish the lip balm had more potency than SPF20.

~ Wish ~
My only complaint was that protectant had a chemical smell, but since I am only applying it at bedtime, its scent goes away after a few minutes.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of three products to keep your dry skin moist and soft, this would be an excellent choice.

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

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Inspired Home Living Hammock Chair

Hammock Chair 1FUN CHAIR HAMMOCK SWING

~ What ~
Made of a soft spun, durable cotton fabric, this green, blue, white, and brown stripped single hammock chair can be hung anywhere so one can sit comfortably. Measuring approximately 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall when hung, the canvas-like material has multiple strong blue cords that link up to a 3.5 inch round wood pole for support. It hangs by a center loop at the top. Instructions are not included, and no assembly is required.

~ Why ~Hammock Chair 2
With this chair-hammock for one, there is plenty of room for relaxation because the two wooden bars hold the fabric apart so when one sits on it, it does not encompass them completely. Another nice feature is that it can spin around a little, but not too much, depending on how the loop is secured. I like the quality of the fabric as it feels durable and should hold up to mold, mildew, and repeated use.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the design or colors chosen for the hammock. Others may wish it came with a large O-ring or carabiner for hanging, but the corded loop suffices.

~ Wish ~
With blues, green, white, and brown stripes being the only color option, I wish more color choices were offered. Including a storage bag would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun one-person upright chair hammock, this would be an excellent choice.

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

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Tpower Trump USA Power Bank

Trump 1DUAL POWER BANK CHARGER

~ What ~
This small white electrical power bank is used to charge several types of electronics such as smartphones that include iPhones and Androids, MP4s, PSPs, and cameras. With an 8000mAh capacity, the approximately 3 by 3 by 0.75-inch gadget has 2.4A  and 1A USB ports side by side. Also included is a white 9-inch micro USB cable for Androids. With a Donald Trump and American flag theme on the top of the bank, it has a LED light showing when the product is fully powered. Instructions on the back of a gift box are added.

~ Why ~Trump 2
When I travel, I have to make sure I carry all the cables and chargers, and it is a hassle. I like how compact this external battery charger is and that it has more than 500 times recharge cycles with an extended battery lifespan. It is multi-purpose in that it can be charged and then cordlessly charge other devices.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not travel, need to recharge their cell phones regularly, or need a power bank when electricity is not readily available will not consider a product like this. Others may think the Donald Trump photo and byline are gimmicky.

~ Wish ~
With this product being compact and easy to throw in a purse, backpack, or briefcase, I wish it included a small drawstring carry bag.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive power bank that shows President Trump in front of an American flag and can cordlessly charge electronics, this would be a keeper.

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

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Meco Mushroom Nightlight

Nightlight 2Cute Mushroom Shaped Lamp

~ What ~
Made of ABS and silicone, this small portable lamp is mushroom shaped and able to change colors when tapped or touched. Measuring 4.7 inches round and 3.9 inches tall, it varies from 7 colors by tapping its round top. Coming with a short 8-inch USB cord for charging, it can also use 3 AA batteries that are not added. Instructions are included in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~Nightlight 1
When our 3-year-old granddaughter visits, she likes to have a nightlight on in her room. I like the soft ambiance and colors this light provides by tapping its top it changes colors automatically. Because it does not use electrical plug-in, it can be placed anywhere, including in a tent, camping, or playing inside. Another nice feature is that the top is silicone, so pliable to the touch.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like small soft colored lighting will not appreciate this product. Others may wish it included an electrical cord that could be plugged into a wall socket. I found the USB cord too short to use, so I had to use the battery option.

~ Wish ~
I wish the lamp had an electrical adaptor included as well as a longer USB cable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nightlight that is a little bigger than the plug-in wall socket type or one that is battery operated and can be taken anywhere, this would be a good choice.

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Segol 100 Ceramic Magnets

MagnetsSuper-Strong Small Magnets

~ What ~
Made of strontium carbonate and iron oxide, this set of 100 small ceramic magnets can be used for many things. With each measuring 0.7 by 0.2 inches, they are Grade 5 and have 2800 Gauss. Wrapped in packs of 10 in cellophane, they arrive in a gift box. Added are 10 small colored push pins (2 of each color) with magnets inserted in them.

~ Why ~
With a degree in art, I am always dabbling in different projects. I was thoroughly impressed with the strength of these magnets. If you look at the photo, I had to keep them far apart as they kept moving toward each other when placed on the table. With several grandkids, I know there will be plenty of projects to make with them such as refrigerator magnets and other creations. I like how there are many in the box.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like making things or being creative will pass on these magnets. Others may find no use for them or buy them and forget about them.

~ Wish ~
With all the magnets being the same size, it would be ideal if several different sizes were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pack of quality magnets that are small and versatile, this would be a perfect choice.

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Breezee Microfiber Towel Set

Towel 1~ What ~
This complete set includes a large towel with a matching washcloth, travel bag, and 3-digit lock. The blue bath-size towel measures 32 by 55 inches and has a zippered pouch in one corner for small items. The small towel is 16 by 32 inches. The added gray travel bag is made of nylon with a mesh area and has a zipper and handle. A small combination lock is also included.

~ Why ~
My husband is a gym rat who sweats a lot when he works out. I like how the 2 towels are the same color. Having the small zippered pouch in the corner is a smart way to carry keys and identification. The towels seem to absorb his sweat without retaining the smell after being machine washed and aired dried. Another nice feature is the towels have hanging loops. Including the carry bag and lock are pluses.

~ Why Not ~Towel 2
Those who do not go to the gym may not need this type of product, but it could be used at the beach, poolside, or camping. Others may wish it was in a different color.

~ Wish ~
I wish both the bag and towel came in other color options. It would be helpful to include cleaning instructions as I am unsure it can be put in the dryer.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a gift for someone who goes to the gym, this is a perfect solution that will be greatly appreciated.

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

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Home Prime Bath Sponge Set

Nice BathLoofah Sponges Exfoliating Set

~ What ~
Designed to smooth skin on men and women, this package contains 3 exfoliating sponge pads and 2 mesh cleaning balls. Each cream-colored loofah measures 5.7 by 3.93 inches and has an elastic strap for the hand. The blue and pink mesh sponges are 4.33 by 3.93 and have a white corded loop for hanging. No instructions or cleaning tips are included.

~ Why ~
As I get older, I notice my body needs a good buffing and a loofah is an excellent way to make my skin soft. I like that the hand strap easily fits on either hand and does not slide off. In adding soap to the mesh balls, they foam up nicely and do not hurt my skin.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not use sponges or washcloths when bathing. Others may think the loofah is too rough on the skin, but it is made to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin.

~ Wish ~
I wish instructions were included in the cellophane bag. It would be nice to know if both products can be put in the washing machine or hand washed.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice bath sponge set, this would be an excellent choice to give a pampered woman, especially if a designer soap or two were added.

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