Thursday, February 23, 2017

Summates 47" Universal Roof Cargo Rack Roof Basket

I picked up this roof rack as the first add-on for my new cross bars on my 2014 Ford Escape and for the most part I really like it. It feels like a really solid construction and I wouldn't have any concerns about placing cargo on the top so long as it is properly secured. It also feels rather snug to the crossbars even considering the fact that the mechanism is hand-tightened until I can get something in there to tighten it further.
Out of the box I ran into a couple issues. First, no directions were included with this. I was able to look at the pieces I had along with the stock pictures online and I was able to get it all figured out. However, if you didn't play with Legos as a kid, you may become overwhelmed pretty quickly. Maybe it's just a fluke and instructions might be included in all others...just beware. Additionally, one of the four small washers that connects to the from wind deflector was too small for the bolts that came with it. Not a huge deal, but an inconvenience. The last problem was that mine came with a few scuffs on it. You're probably calling foul and thinking it's on me, but I did everything on the folded out cardboard box that it was shipped in so I'm confident I didn't scrape it. 
Overall, I'm pleased with this cargo rack. It's secure, it looks good, it was relatively painless to set up, and it should allow for some extra cargo room. I would recommend this to others if they're looking to not spend as much as a the more costly well-known brands out there.
Dimensions: (47" x 39" x 5.5")
Rated: 4/5
Find it here: https://goo.gl/O5BDOs

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Framed Home Cinema Metal Sign Mounted on Rustic, Weathered Wood

It's always been a goal of mine to have a movie theater in my home and to decorate it properly. Well after 29 years: goal achieved. Since we've moved into our new house I have finally been able to set up a movie theater in the basement for everyone to enjoy.
I recently received this framed metal sign that's mounted to rustic wood and it's an absolutely perfect addition. Normally, these sort of things feel really cheap, but that isn't the case for this one. The ticket portion is metal and it's screwed tight to the wood frame. This thing is solid as a rock!
When you get the framed version, it comes with the hardware to hang it up already installed on the back. All I did was put a nail in the wall, hang up the sign, level it, and I was done. I couldn't be happier with this and it really helps pull the theater together.
Although I received this product in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and reflect my personal experience with this product. Feel free to ask me questions about this review and I'll respond within 24 hours. I hope my opinions help to enhance your purchasing experience!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Avtion SUS 304 Stainless Steel Toilet Paper Holder

This toilet paper holder is actually a pretty neat addition to the throne room! It's stainless steel, very sturdy, and incredibly easy to set up. All I needed was a philips head screw driver (although it is recommended you use a drill and the included anchors) and I had it installed in about 2 minutes.

The toilet roll holder has a platform on the top which is advertised as being used to hold your phone. In the video I demonstrated this with my wife's iPhone 7+ and it's absolutely sturdy enough to hold it with very little concern for failure.

Although I received this product in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and reflect my personal experience with this product. Feel free to ask me questions about this review and I'll respond within 24 hours. I hope my opinions help to enhance your purchasing experience!

Rated: 5/5
Find it here: goo.gl/0bOstj
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Activa Naturals Whey Protein Powder - Strawberry (2 Pounds)


The first thing that I always hear from people when they see me drinking a protein shake is, "how can you drink that stuff?" Well, it's not always easy. However, this particular protein shake isn't anything like the others I've tried. I was shocked at how smoothly this mixed in to the milk I used. More than anything I felt that this shake tasted like melted strawberry ice cream...jackpot!
A single serving nets you 22g of whey protein, 130 calories, 2g of fat, 7g of sugar (sucralose, ugh), and 25% of your daily recommended calcium. Additionally, it has a host of BCAA's and enzymes to really help beef this product up. What stuck out to me as being a negative was the use of sucralose as a sweetener and red dye #40. Beyond that, the ingredients are pretty solid.
Overall, this is a great tasting protein powder that helps deliver some outstanding results. I've only been using it for about two weeks, but I can already see an increase in muscle mass and an enhanced recovery time after a workout.
Although I received this product in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and reflect my personal experience with this product. Feel free to ask me questions about this review and I'll try to respond within 24 hours. I hope my opinions help to enhance your purchasing experience!
Rated: 5/5
Find it here: goo.gl/qYE1Yq

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dancing Pet Natural Shampoo



I've given my dog (Roscoe) a good handful of baths since we got him about two months ago. Each time we used the same shampoo and I never really thought anything more about it. It took a good while to rinse him out but he always came out pretty good...I thought. After using this shampoo, I can really tell what I've been missing.
Compared to others, this shampoo lathers up a bit better and it rinses out substantially faster. It used to take me half of my time bathing him just to rinse him out. Now, it seems like I'm getting done in a fraction of the time. His fur feels softer and his white patches stand out much more. On top of all this, it has a nice floral smell that doesn't seem like it's chemical laden. Oh yeah, this shampoo is based on natural ingredients and it's biodegradable so I'm definitely a fan.
Overall, this is a really nice shampoo and I'll certainly be sticking with it. The decreased rinse time alone makes it stand out above the crowd!
Although I received this product in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and reflect my personal experience with this product. Feel free to ask me questions about this review and I'll respond within 24 hours. I hope my opinions help to enhance your purchasing experience!
Rated: 5/5
Find it here: https://goo.gl/oUfhFR

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mileagea Pico DLP Wifi Projector



This thing is smaller than my phone!! The first time I tried this I had a couple friends over to have a campfire, drink some beer, and watch a movie outside. They were blown away with the size and I was entirely happy with the projector. Although it has the built in battery I kept this plugged in to a power source because the last thing we want is for the projector to shut off at a good part. The sound quality is what you'd expect from something this size...not good. However, the audio out port allowed me to connect an external set of speakers which really made it a non-issue.

We started out playing some Gears of War from an Xbox One using the HDMI connection. While the image was a little dark, a few tweaks to the in-game settings made it substantially better. After the gaming session, we streamed some TV shows from Netflix and it was very enjoyable. After that, I used a USB device (formatted in NTFS file format) and was able to use navigate with the included remote to the USB menu on the projector and the file loaded right up!

I have an iPhone and can do AirPlay, but since I prefer to run my media directly I can't tell you how well or not so well that portion works. However, I've seen videos of others using it and it seems to work just fine.

Overall, this thing is entirely too cool! I love being able to do outdoor movies with very little needed from me!

Rated: 5/5
Find it here: https://goo.gl/tf2dh7

CVLIFE 12*50 Compact Monocular Telescope


For all the time I've spent up at my brother's house or at my grandparents, this thing would've been very useful. A lot of times we will be up there looking in the fields for deer but we always have rather large binoculars that can get pretty cumbersome pretty quickly. While this may not have the massive range that those binoculars have, this is much lighter and more manageable so I can use it for longer periods of time.
The monocular itself feels pretty sturdy and doesn't feel like cheap components were used. The image is very clear and the ability to adjust it for more clarity really helps to sell this product. The included pouch with belt strap and the cleaning rag allow you to protect your device and keep it cleaning and functioning properly for a long time. If you plan on taking this hunting or on hikes through the wilderness, it has a built in compass to really help you stay on track. Additionally, there is a tripod mount that will let you go a bit more hands free while you use this.
Overall, this is a nice addition to any survivalist/hunting/outdoorsman type of equipment. It seems well built and comes with the things needed to keep it in good working order.
Although I received this product in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and reflect my personal experience with this product. Feel free to ask me questions about this review and I'll respond within 24 hours. I hope my opinions help to enhance your purchasing experience!
Rated: 5/5
Find it here: https://goo.gl/Z6xiMl