Alisten Portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker and LED Light Lamp Alarm Clock

This Alisten Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock LED Lamp comes with the unit, an aux cable, a USB cable, and an instruction booklet. The speaker is attractive, has three levels of brightness for the LED or can be turned off entirely for use while sleeping.

There is an FM radio, and it can play from Bluetooth devices and also as an MP3 player with USB and micro TF/SD Card input. Personally, I use it a lot out on my porch while I am working on my laptop. I use it in conjunction with Spotify or iTunes or even my microSD card full of my favorite songs. I have sometimes also had occasion to sleep while it is on. I love that it can be set to turn itself off so I can fall asleep to music and yet have darkness and silence after I have fallen asleep. 

It is true the instructions are not the clearest, but the features are not that terribly hard to figure out. I enjoy this little speaker and its portability. I move it from room to room when I change places I am working.

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If you if are interested in more details about this Alisten Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock LED Lamp, then here is the Amazon product page.

 

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel – By Julie Lawson Timmer

~ GENERAL TAKE [MILD SPOILERS] ~

I read Mrs. Saint and the Defectives in July when it was available as one of the selections for Amazon Prime’s Kindle First program. Every month, Amazon Prime members can pick out one title from the handful offered and download it for free thirty days before it debuts publicly. It is one of my particular favorite perks of the Prime program.

I chose this title, as it seemed one right up my alley. It sounded fun, light, and quirky enough to de-stress me and set me up for a positive month. I was not wrong.

The titular character, Mrs. Saint, is a powerhouse of a woman with firm opinions on things like being neighborly, families eating together, and teenage boys and dogs. You know– controversial stuff. I could not help but love her immediately. But then, I loved every one of the characters in this book. The author, Julie Lawson Timmer, does a fantastic job of breathing life into them all. Besides mere life, she bestows each with a charm, grace, and personality. I know people such as these.

Markie, a recent divorcée, and her teenage son Jesse become next door neighbors to the irascible elderly woman and a rag-tag bunch she calls “defectives.” The dance that ensues between the overstepping neighbor and the reticent, retreating Markie is something to behold.

The so-called “defectives” are an awkward bunch of lovely people like ourselves and probably everyone we know. No one escapes pain and woundedness in this life. Some merely hide it better than others, if you ask me. Brokenness does not mean one is “defective”– just human in an imperfect world.

The author has an impressive command of language and narrative. I read the book through nearly in one sitting. Ms. Timmer obviously knows people. With a few deft sentences, she made me feel I understood even the lesser characters well. I had a stake in them and their growth and struggles.

If she were to write a sequel, I would buy it and read it with anticipation. The ending was a mixed bag to me. Ultimately, I like what occurred for most of the characters. There was a development, a revelation, that I felt was not necessary to the story, but others may well disagree.

 

~ MORE PERSONAL TAKE – [MEDIUM SPOILERS] ~

 

Mainly, I enjoyed at least the first 90% of the book very much. I smiled often and even laughed aloud. Other times, I found myself “coaching” the characters as though they would hear me and fall into line. [Why do I do that– ever?]

Knowing her neighbor had lots of wisdom, why did Markie not keep her stubborn attitude in check? Why did Mrs. Saint deliver her “advice” in the same matter-of-fact way? Did she not realize that “people do not care how much you know unless they know how much you care.” Had she not heard that you “catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” sometime in her life?

So, I would have preferred if a few certain characters might have been less reactive and stubborn. It became a bit frustrating– though true-to-life to some degree– as we can “miss” each other even with the best of intentions.

I have read many lighthearted books lately in which the last chapters took on a vastly more profound and somber subject or tone. There was some warning [of a sort] when I looked back over the stories in detail. However, they felt disjointed and out of step with the rest of the narrative.

Much to my chagrin, Mrs. Saint and the Defectives wound up this way. My thought on the semi-surprise “Cause” ending is that the book, though seemingly lighthearted in tone, is quite serious in its way. The plight of these people is enough– more than enough to my way of thinking– to give it importance, relevance and whatever other weighty “ance” word you can imagine. This tale is about the human condition.

There is no end of books written about the subject that is broached in the last pages about a certain character’s back story. I would not discourage significant themes. I find them when others may not, in fact. This tale of a pushy but well-meaning neighbor with a houseful of eccentrics under her roof and their dealings with the near agoraphobic single mom and her angsty son is ENOUGH.

The ending seems a reach in a few ways. The explanation feels like a betrayal of the personality and traits of the title character. It does not go with what came before. Also, it seems like a reach — like that of an overachiever holding a pen, who always pushes for more and is rarely satisfied– and never believes that others without that ultra-critical eye, simply marvel at the beauty that was inherent in their words already.

I wish I could have assured the author that just as these quirky, beautiful people she lovingly detailed in these pages have intrinsic worth and are not “defective,” so too would this book be worthy enough without the ultra-serious turn. If it is not broken, it does not need fixing.

What Julie Lawson Timmer has done with her work has touched me greatly, without a doubt, and I am grateful for it. I just would have liked to have maintained the same particular sentiment and tone from the start through to the story’s conclusion. As this is art, though, it is the beholder’s eye that matters. Your perspective may differ.

Here is the link to download the Kindle version of Mrs. Saint and the Defectives on Amazon.

 

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Ledgle Essential Oil Diffuser 400ml Wood Grain Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

 

 

This Ledgle Essential Oil Diffuser can diffuse the air. It releases healthful negative ions in the air to prevent germs and odors. I use mine with essential oils that help with health concerns. However, you can also use it with just water like a humidifier.

The operation of this air purifier is simple. With one button, you can set it to mist for one, three, six hours, or in fact, continually. It can work for about seven hours on the continuous setting. 

This diffuser has ambient colored lights (red, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, and white). With the other button, you can set any of the singular lights or cycle them, or turn off the light completely. I program one of the steady lights in the evening for mood lighting and to reduce glare from electronic devices.

The Ledgle Essential Oil Diffuser is perfect for your spaces, whether in your home or office or a spa. I have mine prominently in my living room, as it is a large room, and this is the diffuser that has the greatest capacity. I do not have to refill it all the time, which is excellent.

The unit has an auto shut-off that powers it down when the water level is low. That way, there is no worry about using it at night or when you are not in the room. This diffuser is the easiest one I own to keep up. I use it the most of them all. I highly recommend this Ledgle Essential Oil Diffuser, especially in large rooms.

Here is the link to the Amazon product page to get one for you or a loved one.

Here is my original Amazon review. I hope you find it helpful.  🙂

 

 

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Fidget Force – LED Cosmic Hand Spinner

This Cosmic model is my first light-up spinner. I was not sure how I would like it. Would it just be too gimmicky? Would the lights increase my enjoyment of the focus spinner? Since my primary goal is better concentration when I am writing, would it improve that for me?

Surprisingly, the lights enhanced my experience. Especially in subdued lighting, the light show in your hands is cool. The lights going on when the spinner is idle are only so-so, but when it is spinning, the pattern is intriguing.

The spinner is black with white circles that let the LEDs show through when slight impact to them turns them on. Each end has three lights (blue, green, and red).

This Fidget Force Cosmic Hand Spinner is one of the lightest ones I own. The spins are among the smoothest, as well. The lights flicker for roughly twenty seconds after you tap them on with a finger or hand. The turns last longer than that, but this is not a spinner for the person who craves long spins. Especially in this instance, I do not mind because the added dimension the LEDs bring to the table.

The other side of the spinner has three peace sign stickers. There are also nine space-related stickers included in the package should you wish to change them out or the current ones wear out.

Although this is a pretty consistent spinner and the spins are smooth as butter, I do believe this is nevertheless one of the least durable should there be a fall from a height or heavy impacts. The most that will happen to this one is that it might fall on the rug, so that is a non-issue. If your child rough houses a lot, then you might want to look for a more durable specimen.

If you would like to buy a Fidget Force Cosmic Spinner, then here is the Amazon product page.

Here is my original Amazon product review. I hope you enjoy it.  🙂

 

Senlleo Precision Optical Wired Mouse

This Senlleo Precision Optical Wired Mouse has a strong braided nylon cord, reinforced on the ends for extra strength. It is the sort that will not get hung up or tangled. It has a simple USB plug, and it is in fact, plug and play. That said, there are options you can configure in your general mouse settings, but there are still more if you go to http://www.senlleo.com and download the driver.

Now I am not a gamer, but my daughter is, so she loves this mouse. After all, there are six programmable buttons, four-color options, and many LED light patterns she can choose. As I said, the mouse is entirely customizable so that it can help her gameplay. Fortunately, programming it is straightforward. We can change it to our desired setting when we get to use the laptop. We both use Windows systems.

As for me, I set the mouse to control my music. I adore music, and this mouse now lets me work through, yet quickly and easily pause/ stop, play the previous or next track of my music in Spotify. This shortcut is saving me time and effort. When I am working, I do not “miss a beat.” Pun intended.

If you are interested in getting the Senlleo Gaming Mouse, here is the link to the Amazon product page.

Here is my original Amazon review of this product. I hope you find it helpful.  🙂

Funny Glass Coffee Mug – By Creative Lifestyles

This Creative Lifestyles Funny Glass Coffee Mug’s listed capacity is 13 oz. However, 10 oz fills the receptacle nearly to the brim. The cup reasonably holds about 9 oz of liquid without much fear of spilling. About 8-10 oz is the perfect size for me, so the smaller size does not bother me.

The glass is quite thick. You will not burn your fingers handling your hot beverage. The handle holds all of my fingers if I want, but is most comfortable for me with three fingers inside the handle, while the thumb is on top and the pinky on the bottom for full support.

This mug is excellent for cocoa, coffee or tea. The imprint is repeated on both sides so that everyone can see the words. It shows off your funny side and just might strike a bit of trepidation in others so you can down a good bit of caffeine before they will start to bother you.

If the sentiment behind the words does not fit your personality, we all know someone like this in our lives, don’t we? 😊

I like glass mugs, as they conduct heat well. The drink keeps fairly hot alone, but I often use a beverage warmer to keep mine warm for an extended time.

The cup I received has a lettering placement that is slightly off from the vertical arrangement on the other side. It is just a few millimeters different, but it is noticeable at certain times.

The cup is food grade and has no BPA, as it is glass. Cleaning is easy whether you hand wash or put it in a dishwasher. I have done both without any problem. Microwaves are no problem for your glass, either. Personally, I have not done this, however.

This Creative Lifestyles Funny Glass Coffee Mug has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so there is no risk.

Should you wish to get one for yourself or a loved one or coworker, here is the Amazon product page.

Here is my original Amazon review for your perusal. I hope you like it! 🙂

 

CRONA iPhone Cables

My daughter and I have used this set of Crona iPhone Cables for a few weeks now. We each have an iPhone 5S and have used these cords exclusively to charge them. In this time, we have gotten no error/ incompatibility messages, nor had any trouble with them.

There four cords are coming in handy around the house and in the car. The 6’ cord is being used on the living room sofa so we can charge at either end with no problem. We use the 3’ cables at both a chair and a love seat. The one’ cord I have at our desk. I have synced my phone there, and I charge my phone there overnight. Then it is powered for the next day.

One thing I particularly enjoy about these chargers is that they do not fray or tangle due to the durable nylon and the aluminum shell.

These cables are durable and should last even up to six times longer than others. Especially indicating a long life ahead is the reinforcement at the stress points. The texture of the cables was a bit off-putting at first, but I am getting used to it.

These Crona iPhone Cables have an 18-month warranty that offers either a full refund or replacement.

If you want a set of these four cables for yourself, here is the link.

Here is my original review. I hope you like it  :-).

APEKX B1 Bluetooth Earbuds – Immersive Sound— Even From Lower Volumes

These Apekx  B1 Bluetooth Earbuds have sets of S/M/L butterfly ear hooks so that they fit nearly everyone. They are comfortable in my ears and stay put as well or better than others I have owned.

On a charge, you get over five hours of time to talk or listen. If you run them completely down, they charge quickly enough. It takes just around sixty minutes. The standby time is supposed to be 180 hours; which is incredible to me.

The most important factor is the sound quality. I mainly listen to music, but occasional podcasts and videos, too. The sound is full, with good bass and clarity. It is an immersive experience. Ambient noise gets filtered well. My daughter and I tested them together. When she wore them at a normal volume for her, I could not hear the song she was playing. The same was true when I had them on. Also, we could not make out what the other person said when we had music going. That said, of course, these are not the earphones to wear if you need to be aware of your surroundings.

These are the pair I wear when I can just lose myself in the music for a while– whether I am working at my desk, performing other tasks around the house, dancing, or relaxing. Music has always been the saving grace in my life. I take it seriously.

Apekx might just get that the soundtracks of our lives mean a great deal to us.

I suggest gifting this pair to someone who has a penchant for turning the volume too high because they want to hear everything and get an immersive experience from their media. They might just turn it down and save their hearing possibly.

These Apekx Bluetooth Headphones come with both a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty.

 


If you are interested in seeing more, here is the Amazon product page.

Here is my original review, I hope you find it helpful. 🙂

Bonebit Fitness Tracker Watch

This Bonebit Fitness Tracker Watch boasts a long battery life with an estimated 7-10 hours standby time and four days operating time on a full charge. To charge the watch, just detach the wristband and plug the end into an available 5V/1.0A USB power supply.

Using this heart rate monitoring personal device is simple. It does need a smartphone. It is not compatible with a computer or a tablet. This watch works with iOS 7.1 and above and Android 4.4 or above. You will need to download the free “Veryfit for Heart Rate” App from either the Apple Store or Google Play.

The sedentary alert is more convenient than the Chrome extension I had used. It still reminds me to get active often, and it goes with me. I expect to use this watch for more activities with increasing fitness levels. Primarily, for now, I am using the step counter. It is motivating me to increase my walking distance every day. It does take about thirty steps or so for the tracking to begin. Little changes can have long-lasting ripples, and I am looking forward to reaping the rewards on down the road.

The other feature I must brag on is the sleep quality monitoring function. I used to have an app that I loved that performed the same duty, but it no longer works. I have an adrenal condition, and frequent insomnia and knowledge about what is happening during sleep cycles may prove invaluable in reversing these difficulties. This Bonebit Fitness Tracker Watch is the right “step” for me at this “time.”

 

 

 

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If you are interested in this product, here is the Amazon product page.

This is my original Amazon product review.

Funny “Go Away” Coffee Mug

I like this “Go Away” Coffee Mug a good deal. This is a large mug. It holds 13 oz of beverage, but you would have to fill it to the very rim. Personally, that is not my habit. I tend to fill this cup with 10 oz of coffee, which is roughly the amount of liquid showing in the product picture. For me, this is a good amount of beverage. I drink slowly, so a hot drink filled all the way to the brim would get cold by the time I finished.

With durable, thick-walled glass, it feels substantial. The humorous message is on both sides so that all can see it. It would be perfect as a gift for someone who works in the public service industry, for instance. This glass is dishwasher and microwave safe.

If I were to suggest anything, it would be that the handle might be a bit more spacious so that all my fingers might fit into the handle. All in all, the “Go Away” Coffee Mug makes for a charming conversation starter.

If you want to order one for yourself or that decidedly non-morning person in your life, here is the Amazon product page.

Here is my original Amazon product review. I hope you find it helpful. 🙂 #AD #DISC

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