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. 🙂

Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer

This Notting Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer is a handy little tool to keep your clothing looking top notch. It is so compact at  8.25″ tall that it is perfect for travel as well as home use. It is light weight at just over one pound, too. The 140ml tank seems deceptively small, but you can go for a while before it runs out.

Who has time for ironing? Anyone. It takes only a minute to heat the water to boiling. Steaming your garments could not be easier. Fill the reservoir, plug the unit in, turn the switch on, wait about 60 seconds, then attack those wrinkles.

I have used mine mainly for my curtains and draperies and even my shower curtain. It is so much easier to do while they are hanging. It not only removes unsightly wrinkles, but it neutralizes odors and refreshes the fabric. I have used it on my daughter’s scrubs for work, as well.

The power is automatically shut off when the water level is low for safety. There is a 30-day money back guarantee as well as a 24-month warranty, so there is no risk.

If you are interested in checking out this little gem for yourself, here is the Amazon product page.

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OTYTY Tactical LED Flashlight

This OTYTY Tactical LED Flashlight comes in a durable and handy plastic snap lock box. Inside there is foam rubber on the bottom and top lids to protect the contents. The case has the flashlight with an attached wrist strap, the 18650 rechargeable battery, a cylinder for the 18650 battery, a holder for 3 AAA batteries as an alternate power supply, and a wall charger for the 18650.

I put the 18650 into the charger and plugged it in, figuring I would charge it so it would be ready for use when needed. The green indicator light signified full power status. Had it needed a charge, it would have glowed red instead. So I put the battery into the protective sleeve and inserted both into the barrel. I screwed the back on and pressed the orange power button.

The barrel expands and contracts to zoom: [x1, x250, x500, x1000, and x2000]. The beam at x1 is a small square of light which expands out into a huge circle by x2000. The light is quite bright, though it has a slightly bluish tint to it.

The power button has several different functions that it toggles through; namely, max, med, low brightness, strobe, and SOS. To change the mode, merely soft-press the button until your chosen setting appears.

I could not be more pleased with the accessories, features, and value of this flashlight.

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To see more about this product, go here.

Here is my original review.

 

Love Heart Birthstone Pendant

 

This Love Heart Necklace that I got for Mother’s Day features a simulated [cubic zirconia} version of my birthstone. My birthday is in October, so my stone is pink tourmaline. It is beautiful! It truly catches the light and looks spectacular. I feel pretty special while I have it on. I have received compliments on it already.

The 925 sterling silver chain is 18″ long. It weighs just 2.60 grams. It is a dainty necklace. Even though it is elegant looking, it is perfect for any occasion or even dressed down for everyday use. It is versatile. I would not hesitate to buy one as a gift for a loved one for a birthday or another occasion. It says “I love you” complete with gift box.

You can see more and buy any of these twelve beautiful pendants here.

This is my original Amazon review.

 

 

 

 

Cosmic Spinner Fidget Toy

My daughter and I have checked out eight spinner focus toys so far. This model made it to the coveted #1 place with ease.

Fidget toys have become a hot commodity and frequent topic of discussion. You have probably heard about the list of benefits elicited from their use. ADD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, Aspergers and Autism are just the “A-list” of examples. Bad habits are easier to overcome for some. Enhanced focus is a benefit for me. Downtime is a bit more enjoyable, too.

This is an EDC [Every Day Carry] toy. I had no idea until I did some research that there are at least fifty-five styles and types of fidget spinners. Then there are other fidget toys such as chains and cubes. You have more than thirty options from which to choose. It is a phenomenon!

The Cosmic Spinner Rainbow Fidget Toy is the cream of the crop of the eight spinners that my daughter and I have tested out so far. The look is among the best with the rainbow effect looking great, whether stationary or in use.

The durability is excellent as it is stainless steel and has a fast 606 ball bearing. It has real weight to it which is perfect for stability. I can flick it on my desk without having to hold it down as some models need. These traits are more for teens or adults. Parents and caregivers should consider if the child is old enough for this toy, as it could conceivably cause damage if mishandled. There are no sharp edges to worry about, however. Even though it is heavy metal, it does not pose a threat to even small fingers.

The size is ideal for single-handed play. Even my daughter who has tiny hands can use it in just her left or right hand. The most common size spinner is too large to do much that way even for me. The speed is better than any other I own.

Spins can last a good while. Most often I see longer than 4-minute turns. While writing this review, I timed them.

Duration Trial 1: 4:26

Duration Trial 2: 4:39

Duration Trial 3: 4:39

Duration Trial 4: 4:41

As you can see, the Cosmic Spinner Rainbow Fidget Toy performed consistently well. My intent was simply to document routine results. It is capable of longer times if that is your goal.

Here to the Amazon product page if you would like to learn more.

Here is my original Amazon review. 🙂

LIGHTSTORY LED Candelabra Bulb CA11 6W, LED Chandelier Bulb 60W Equivalent, E12 Base LED Bulb, 2700K, Dimmable LED Lights, UL Listed(6 Pack)

These energy-saving lightbulbs are estimated to save hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of each bulb. The lights are 6 watts or equivalent to a 60-watt bulb. I bought these for a chandelier in my living room. They look quite beautiful in there. The light is adequate. The bulbs cast a warm glow, rather than a harsher or more sterile bright white that some others possess.

I like that the LIGHTSTORY LED Candelabra Bulbs are eco-friendly. I am even writing this on Earth Day! They contain no mercury, no UV, and are UL listed. The lights are retro- Edison type bulbs, which works great in my space.

If you are interested in these bulbs, you can get them on Amazon here.

Click here for my original Amazon review. Thanks!

 

You’re Purrfect Fur Me | Premium 11oz Coffee Cup

It Makes My Day!

This cup is adorable! I received it before Valentine’s Day, and it made the day more enjoyable no matter my relationship status. I like the message. There is no perfect person, but there can be someone who is perfect for you, nevertheless.

The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. The cup is durable ceramic. I measured; it holds eleven ounces of your favorite beverage. I like white cups for coffee or tea, as the light color makes it easier to tell that my coffee will be to my liking. 🙂

I would buy the “Purrfect Fur Me” mug again for certain.71rUQsQ6rRL._SL1500_

If you are interested in purchasing this cute coffee cup, here is the link. My Amazon review is here.

Happy sipping!

“My Neighbor Totoro” Socks

~ Comfortable, stylish fun! ~

 

These socks are incredibly adorable! I bought them for my daughter who is a Studio Ghibli fan. The character is Totoro from “My Neighbor Totoro” fame [US movie title].

This set of three pairs of socks has blue, gray, and pink colors included.

She and I wear the same size, so I tried them out, too. The pairs are quality-made, though thin socks. These are perfect for warmer weather. I think the area of the ears at the top of the sock is excellent. The tops are not at all binding on the calf, which is a great relief to me. I have diabetes and the problems associated with it.

My daughter likes that they are fan-related and that they show her style and personality. That is a win in my book.

A tip from the company states that the socks should be washed inside out in cold water for the best results, so I have done that hoping that the socks will last a good long while. So far I have no complaints about durability. There has been no degradation that I have noticed with these from regular wear, washing, and drying.

If you would like a pair of these cute character socks, here is the product page on Amazon.

Here is the link to my Amazon Review.

Do you like Studio Ghibli? Have you seen “My Neighbor Totoro”?

Not Exactly “The Mutual Admiration Society”

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I wanted to like it a lot. Memories of those glorious hours I spent in childhood reading “Nancy Drew,” and most especially “Trixie Belden” came to mind from some description of TMAS on the product page. This tale is not like any of those books. Nor should it be– I get it. Much time has gone by since then, and they seem a bit dated. They were pretty idealized, innocent stories. If I reread them now, I would read them differently than my younger self. I might have to (reluctantly) agree with detractors about being “saccharine” and such.

Though I am willing to concede the series’ I used to get lost in were possibly too straight-laced, this book went too far off the rails for me. The writing is good. This volume is not the first story written about these characters, and this is not the first book in the series, either. Written from the perspective of a jaded 11-year-old girl named Tessie Finley, it follows her and “Birdie,” her 10-year-old sister. A well-intentioned librarian tells Tess she might aspire to become “a real-life Nancy Drew.” Instead, she reads mysteries for the opposite reason. She has dreams of “doing crimes, not solving them.” After all, she would be what she “already was– an eavesdropper, liar, shoplifter, cat burglar, poison-pen writer extraordinaire, and top-notch blackmailer….”

Of course, a lot of this seems wishful thinking. She is not bad. I just cannot relate to those sorts of goals. At all. I understand there has been a tragedy in her life, as she watched her beloved father die in a horrible accident. The title “The Mutual Admiration Society” comes from one of the few flashbacks we get of them with their father. Unfortunately, they are quite brief, as they are the best part of the book. That highlight is never matched for me. That is disappointing, as it happens fairly early.

On the other hand, their mother is barely seen or heard from in the course of the book at all. Her absence and things the narrator/ title character says leads the reader to know that she is not a fixture in her daughters’ lives– even though she lives in the same house. She does not even allow them to call her mom or a similar title, as doing so may detract from her finding a new husband and the girls a substitute dad. We readers are privy to no scenes of closeness with their mother– no breakfasts, lunches or dinners. Nothing. The lead does think about how her mother is a lousy cook, so these meals do happen. It feels contrived. I feel as annoyed at this as I do when watching a movie in which a couple has a child or children, but they hardly appear on camera at all. It is like having children is the easiest thing ever. They never need or want anything. The parents’ lives just progress like when they were pre-child. Anyone? LOL

Much to Tess Finley’s credit, her top goal on her “to-do” list is to take care of her sister. Although just a year separates the girls, Birdie is working with some significant issues of unknown origin. Tess’ treatment of her sister is kind for the most part, allowing for some momentary lapses. She is eleven, after all. However, even being so young, she has compiled what amounts to an enemies list with an expletive title. Really? She often uses her favorite cuss, da*n, and sometimes she uses the blasphemous version. Other than that, there is not too much by way of swearing. There is no sexual content of any sort.

The characters are stilted and not fully fleshed out. Tess’ way of thinking and talking seem a parody of some ne’er do well gangster. It does not ring true but feels quite forced. Add to this that nothing much truly happens, and it was a disappointing read for me. It seems at times like the author was taking a crack at duplicating the charming “Scout” character from “To Kill A Mockingbird,” but it comes up short. The book just does not jive with my sensibilities.

The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen was my January selection from the Kindle First Program. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can choose one of these special titles every month for free. See the choices here.

Here is my original review on Amazon. Please feel free to comment, share or vote as helpful. Thank you! 🙂

~GROUPON COUPONS ~ $avings on Gifts!

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This post is sponsored. However, all opinions are genuinely mine. I have used Groupon Coupons for years, so it is about time I give credit where it is due. Before my husband passed away, I discovered the site and was delighted with the savings we accumulated with them. The coupons made it possible for our family to afford purchases that were otherwise not possible. Now, since he has passed on, it is even more vital that I keep to a very strict budget. I use Groupon more than ever to help me make ends meet.

I still love to give, however. Despite the drop in disposable income, you can bet I do not want to stop now. That is why I check the Groupon site, including Groupon Coupons, often. There is always something new! Often I find exactly the gift I am looking for at a deep, deep discount.

Since I have moved away from my hometown, I give some gifts to loved ones some distance away. One of the things I so enjoy myself is personalized gifts. I try to follow the adage that the best gifts are those you would love to receive yourself. I adore Things Remembered. I have fond memories of shopping the store before I moved from New York. Now that the locations are inaccessible to me, I am thrilled that I can buy online and gift-away from the comfort of my home. Groupon Coupons offers that have come in handy recently are 20% off with free shipping and 50% off!

The other thing I love to gift is flowers. There are so many occasions that they are stellar for– birthdays, Mother’s Day, Sweetest Day, and Valentine’s Day, etc. Who doesn’t smile when they receive them? I have trusted From You Flowers for a few decades to send the perfect bouquet to express my sentiments of compassion, congratulations, and friendship. Groupon Coupons has had offers lately of up to 50% off of roses and flowers and 15% savings on fruit, spa, and wine gift baskets. “Work smarter; not harder” is true to form, so too it works here. I shop smarter with Groupon Coupons. If you haven’t tried it, do yourself a favor and give it a try. If it’s been a while, you might want to check it and see what kind of discounts you might have racked up. There are certain to be coupons for the vast majority of stores and businesses you already enjoy.

How has Groupon Coupons saved you money?

 

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