Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Syono Orthotics Gel Insoles Review

The Syono Orthotic Shoe Inserts and Gel Insoles are a set of orthotic insoles and inserts that provide cushioning and support to alleviate pain throughout your body. They absorb the shock your feet receive from everyday motion. 

Walking, running, and standing become easier and less painful. Syono Orthotic Shoe Inserts and Gel Insoles are highly recommended for those who stand or walk on hard surfaces all day, those who have constant or recurring foot and heel pain such as plantar fasciitis, and those who would like to get the most out of their day without accumulating the damage done to our feet by daily activities. 

Every insole comes over-sized so you can cut them to whatever size you desire.

My review: Syono gel insoles are easy to insert into any shoe, feel extremely comfortable, and definitely help alleviate foot pain, particularly for shoes that don't have proper cushioning or arch support, or for situations where lots of walking or standing around is involved.

I inserted these into my Toms, which are loafer shoes. While Toms are always comfortable and nice everyday shoes, they have virtually no arch support, so I can tell they aren't best for walking around in. Syono gel insoles only come in two sizes, but each size can be trimmed to best fit your particular shoe. On one hand, I love this because it allows me to put the insert into any type of shoe—whether it's wider like a sneaker, or narrower like a loafer—but at the same time, it was kind of a pain in the neck to trim the padding to fit the inside of my shoe exactly. It requires a bit of time and lots of inserting to check the fit, taking out to trim again, etc., but since it fit my shoe exactly, I suppose it's worth it.

The actual feel of the insoles is fantastic. I could really notice the difference in how my feet felt after being in my shoes for a long time. The product isn't overly thick and bulky—it's a pretty thin insert—yet the gel cushioning is fabulous. I can see this being a hit for everyday people like me who sometimes need extra support with uncomfortable, flat-bottomed shoes, and for people who have chronic foot or heel pain.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MAG Magnetic Screen Door Review

- Excellent to hot weather. Keep fresh air in! 
- Highest quality material available 
- Designed with a high standard of functionality.
it instantly opens and automatically closes behind you using powerful magnets, so you can carry food, drinks and more from inside to out without ever having to fiddle with latches, sliders or heavy doors.
- Invisible Magnets, 
- Easy to install! No tools required 
- Excellent for your pets! 
- All sewing technology, make the magic mesh more durable.

My review: In concept, MAG is a fabulous hassle-free screen door with a magnetic closure that makes it so easy to use, for both doors both indoor (like for the kitchen, bedrooms, etc.) and out. This is a great idea for those who want to leave doors open on hot summer days, but don't want the pesky flies and mosquitos to come in.

Application is very easy—the MAG utilizes an adhesive/velcro pairing so you can stick this screen door in any doorway, and extra thumbtacks for even more reinforcement. I think this was very thoughtful, however, the screen door was way too long for our door frame. The width fit perfectly, but the screen dragged three or four inches on the floor, which doesn't only look unattractive, but also made the entire screen door wobbly and not straight because the bottom was not flat with the ground. I could not find a way to adjust the height of the screen without applying it above the doorframe.

I feel like this is a high-quality product with a lot of thought put into it, but because it didn't fit, I simply could not use it how I wanted to. It also will not apply to glass/sliding doors, which is how our back doors are set up, so that was a disappointment as well. Hopefully MAG will make an adjustable version suitable for sliding doors and shorter door frames.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Priority Chef Dual Julienne and Vegetable Peeler Review

  • The only julienne cutter and vegetable peeler and slicer that you will ever need, premium 2 in 1 zoodle maker and peeler, easily create professional quality julienne vegetables and healthy vegetarian noodles or zoodles in seconds
  • Our vegetable peeler is perfect to peel potatos, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, butternut squash, apples, onions and more in seconds - giving a professional cut each and every time.
  • Stunning brushed metal finish with ultra sharp blades that will create perfect zoodles, peeled, slice or julienned vegetables any professional chef would be proud of - every time with a fraction of the time it normally takes
  • FREE eBook offering 40+ healthy dishes that be created using our tool - Liven up meal times and get your kids interested in eating vegetables with these great healthy recipes - exclusive to Priority Chef

  • My review: I love this julienne peeler and find it an affordable, convenient, and efficient alternative to expensive spiralizers. As a huge health foodie AND carbaholic (an unfortunate combination), I'm always trying to find ways to cut down on carbs, and vegetable noodles are my heaven-sent answer. By cutting pasta and rice noodles out of my diet, I save SO many calories, but can still enjoy my yummy Italian pasta dishes and Asian noodle salads.

    Any firm vegetable will make fair-sized noodles, but my favorites are zucchini/squash noodles (virtually flavorless, and can work with any sauce), raw carrot noodles (for a raw crunch), cucumber noodles (a neat way to eat cucumber salads), and potato noodles (for hash browns!!!). The possibilities for recipes and garnishes are endless.

    The Priority Check dual peeler both peels your vegetables, but also has another side to it that juliennes, or finely shreds, your vegetables. I no longer have to take ten minutes to finely shred my carrots for salads—this peeler does it for me in seconds! It is very sturdy and I was impressed by how high-quality the metal is. It won't be breaking on me anytime soon, and the blades look like they'll last a lifetime.

    The peeler is slightly dangerous because there are no protective covers on the blades; I would suggest storing this in the box it comes in, because otherwise you could cut yourself while digging around for it in a drawer. While peeling, it is very easy to cut yourself, especially if you're working fast or working with a smaller, rounder object (like a potato). One solution I've found is to place the vegetable on a cutting board and hold one end down with a fork. This way, you can julienne the veggie quickly and effectively, without accidentally shredding your fingers—which I have definitely done before. Ouch!

    My only complaint is how difficult it is to wash this item. Since I only use it for vegetables, I never need to scrub it with dish soap or anything like that, but when using pulpier veggies, like carrots, potatoes, and cucumbers, little shreds of vegetable will get stuck between blades and in the metal sections of the peeler. A dish sponge/towel hardly fits in there, and I'm definitely not touching those blades with my fingers, so usually I just need to run it through running water until the shreds come out. However, if you don't have very strong water pressure, I would suggest using a toothpick or small cleaning brush to clean in between blades; you don't want these pieces of food drying and getting stuck to your kitchen tool!

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Sticker You Review and Giveaway

    You can now customize stickers into any shape, size, or quantity you need! Only using StickerYou's Sticker Editor you can make stickers to the exact 0.1” in size. Make your stickers round, square, or contour die cut to the image to get that perfect shape to match your artwork. For business purposes, you can upload your company logo or idea and promote your brand message. All custom stickers are printed using very durable, water-proof white or clear vinyl removable adhesives.

    Review: I was given the chance to try StickerYou's white vinyl stickers. You can create your own sheet of stickers and design the shape, cut, colors, and images as you desire, and they will print them out for you! Here are some of the wonderful features of these high-quality printed stickers:

    100% Satisfaction Guaranteed100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
    No MinimumsNo Minimums

    Removable Without ResidueRemovable Without Residue

    Microwave SafeMicrowave Safe
    Dishwasher SafeDishwasher Safe

    Any Size, Any ShapeAny Size, Any Shape
    StickerYou will cater to any of your sticker printing needs, including wall decals, iron-ons, labels, and temporary tattoos. The best part is, you can customize them completely with their user-friendly editing tools and using your own images/designs.

    Giveaway: One reader will get the chance to win two pages (or up to $37) of white vinyl stickers like I did. Just email me at to be considered.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    TrueSol Yacon Syrup Review

    • Pure yacon syrup assists in weight loss and slimming waist sizes, regulating blood sugar, and increasing daily fiber intake
    • The syrup, distilled from the Peruvian tuber yacon -- contains up to 50 percent fructooligosacharides, or FOS. FOS, classified as a prebiotic, is a non-caloric sweetener and also a fiber source.
    • According to a 2009 Scientific study, daily intake of yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index.
    • Yacon syrup Speeds up the metabolism to combat excess fat and regulates the hunger hormone, making you feel full longer.
    • Low-Glycemic Sweetener

    My review: Yacon syrup contains ingredients that naturally lower blood sugar, and it can be used as a substitute for high-calorie or high-glycemic sweeteners such as sugar or maple syrup as well. The bottle recommends taking this as a supplement for weight loss by the spoonful, like medicine, but personally I wouldn't recommend that because it doesn't taste that great by itself. It's not entirely unpleasant, but it's kind of a stale-sweet, starchy flavor that's the same texture as corn syrup; I would not find myself craving this stuff by the spoonful.

    Instead, I use it to sweeten foods that I normally add sugar or honey to, such as teas, nut butters, and baking recipes. This is an excellent sugar and honey substitute, with less calories, and a lot more fiber! I'm a huge health foodie, and am always looking for healthier alternatives to my favorite foods and ingredients. While yacon syrup's taste is far from regular honey or sugar/stevia, it's virtually tasteless with a hint of sweetness that will let you have the same sweetness in foods without sacrificing your waist line.

    Giveaway: If you want to win your own bottle of Yacon syrup, please email me at and I will choose ONE winner.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    NightFood Review

    Finally, the perfect snack for people who snack at night!
    You don't beat nighttime cravings with chips or ice cream, and you know you can't beat them with carrot sticks or rice cakes.
    You need NightFood.
    Review: WOW, these snack bars are absolutely delicious!! I can't believe how decadent the combination of dark chocolate crisp and white chocolate coating are, in fairly low-calorie, guilt free bar!

    Each bar is about 140 calories which isn't exactly nothing in a diet, but it's much healthier than unhealthy fried foods like chips and donuts. To me, they taste like Clif bars but MUCH tastier. And they're nice and chewy, yet crispy at the same time too, like a thick, chocolatey rice crispy bar. Amazing!

    Honestly I don't think they do much to beat nighttime cravings or help you sleep better or anything like that. While they were a satisfying snack, they didn't make me completely full either; they are pretty small bars. I'm sure if you could control yourself and eat these INSTEAD of unhealthy snacks, you'd save lots of calories, but they don't stop you from eating unhealthy snacks to begin with. To make yourself feel fuller, drink a lot of water with consumption. I typically down a whole water bottle while eating my NightFood bars and then brush my teeth right afterwards to cut any cravings.
    However, because of just how absolutely delicious they are, I'm planning on buying my own box now! NightFood is currently holding a promotion where you can get a FREE trial box of delicious Cookies 'n' Dreams bars—just pay $4.95 shipping. That's still less than $1 for each bar, so it's a great deal! They have a new flavor coming out soon as well, so be on the lookout for that!

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Barefaced Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

    Join millions and experience the Dead Sea's natural wonders...
    Bursting with Goodness
    Dead Sea mud is full of natural minerals, salts and nutrients, proven to have repairing and healing properties for our skin.
    Sent from Mother Nature
    Filtered down from the surrounding mountains, layers of fine salt, sand and clay deposits have developed over centuries to form the black mud of the Dead Sea. Our mud has been harvested straight from its bed.
    Enriched with Organic Ingredients
    Our mud is the best we could get our paws on. All we've done is added a few all organic ingredients to ensure it remains fresh for your skin to enjoy.
    Proven to Naturally Improve the Appearance & Feel of our Skin
    - Tone, tighten and improve skin texture.
    - Exfoliate, unclog and purify pores. Help rid your skin of blackheads and imperfections.
    - Draw out unseen excess oils and impurities.
    - Moisturize and stimulate skin collagen to help fight wrinkles.
    - All natural and organic ingredients. Paraben free.
    Compliment & Complete your Beauty Regime
    Free radicals from pollution in our modern world mean simply cleansing and moisturizing isn't enough to ensure your skin is bare and beautiful. Our deep cleansing mud mask contains natural anti oxidants to fight free radical damage and maintain healthier, younger looking skin.
    Show off your Bareface
    Banish those bad skin days and reveal a Barefaced more confident you. Skin will feel beautifully bare, purified and rejuvenated. This good skin feeling with brighten up your complexion and your day.

    My review: I wanted to love this all-natural, supposedly blackhead-clearing mud mask, but I feel like it didn't do anything good for my skin. I have sensitive skin to begin with, but I also have oily-combination skin and struggle with acne and clogged pores, so I thought this mask treatment would be great. I have tried other mud masks in the past—some on the quite expensive range—so Barefaced's Mud Mask seemed like a pretty affordable, completely natural option.

    However, I had a few issues with it. I'm not sure if the formula separated or if I just received an old batch, but my mask was extremely watery in its container. There wasn't any visible separation (i.e. I didn't see a layer of water pronounced on top) but I gave it a stir with a spoon anyway. It didn't help much, so I applied it as it was. Because of it's non-sticky, watery nature, it was rather hard to apply and dripped down my face as I was using it. The consistency is hardly a mask, it was more like a face wash!

    After about two minutes of waiting with the watery mixture on my face, I started to feel tingles. Usually if your skin tingles while using a mask treatment, it means it's working. Usually, it isn't an unpleasant sensation, and it's actually quite invigorating. However, with this mask, it was very much an unpleasant feeling; it wasn't itchy, but it just didn't feel good! I wanted to scrub it off then and there. I did not wait a full ten minutes like instructed, and only kept it on for a total of three. When I washed it off, my entire face was bright red. Not swollen or broken out in rash (thankfully!) but tomato red. Thank goodness it was nighttime, otherwise I would not have been able to go out like that.

    The redness took about an hour to die down, and my resulting facial texture was nothing to call home about. In fact, the mask left a certain residue on my skin that made it feel a bit waxy—definitely not soft and smooth as it advertises. I did not see a visible reduction in blackheads, pore size, or blemishes. I didn't see anything, other than redness and the residual layer that wouldn't disappear even after a second face washing. I just assumed it was a moisturizing property of the mask, but it didn't feel hydrating and smoothing.

    I'm not sure if I'd be willing to give this mask another try, even though I have the entire jar left. Apparently you are not supposed to use this more than twice a week, yet you have to use up the entire jar within six months of opening, so I'm pretty sure a lot of it is going to go to waste, especially since twice a week is two times too many.

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.