Friday, March 27, 2015

MeasuPro Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor Review #MeasuPro

Disclaimer: I received the product described below at no charge, however all opinions are my own and I only recommend products that I feel are suitable for my family and readers.

I always look for the best products for my family. That includes making sure that my family remains healthy. As a nurse I look for high quality products that will hold up to continuous use and the occasional drop on the floor.

I spent the last two weeks using the  MeasuPro Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff on my patients and my family. I made sure that I put it through a rigorous test. Here is what I found.

For patient use, it is quick and easy. Since my patients are all in the geriatric population, I would like to see that the wrist cuff is a little more flexible. The stiffer material inside to hold the shape can pinch thin shin and I had several patients verbalize it was uncomfortable putting it on. The accuracy was perfect. Considering that this is going on a wrist, I was impressed.

For home use, I loved it. I immediately tested it on myself. Just like anyone else would, right? I set myself up as patient #1. Then I went and popped it on my husbands wrist. he was patient #2. After placing it on my husband and hitting start, I walked away. When I returned, the MeasuPro was sitting on the counter. I immediately asked my husband what his blood pressure was. His reply, " I don't remember and the machine turned off." I hit the #2 button and his blood pressure popped up. 153/97. BUSTED! For those of you that may not know, that is too high.

My final test was for a young child. The namesake of this blog. He is currently 7 years old and was placed on a new medication that is regularly used to decrease blood pressure. No he does not have high blood pressure at 7. He is being treated for epilepsy with chronic insomnia and ADHD. This is all new to this family as we have dealt with sleepless nights for the last 5 years. Even though I work in the medical field, does not mean that I want to shove medications at my child. But we were convinced to start a trial of medications.  The first 10 days of the new medication were a low dose, but I was still panicked. The doctor set up all sorts of rules stating things like, no fluids after 6pm. Take the pill and climb right into bed. Make sure to use the restroom before taking the pill to ensure you do not need to get up after taking the pill. If any of those are not a red flag, I am not sure what would be. So for the first night, I check his blood pressure throughout the night to make sure he did not drop too low. After day 10, the dose doubled and I repeated the same process. They may have started treatment for insomnia for him, but they may be treating me next.... ugh.

Overall, the MeasuPro Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor is a great unit to use in your home. It is accurate, easy to use, and holds up to continuous use well.

Product Description:
The BPM-50W allows you to monitor your vital blood pressure and pulse rate readings while providing you with the knowledge you need to maintain and improve your health. This automation blood pressure monitor is equipped with 2 user storage profiles, which makes it easy to store and organize readings. Measurements taken are stored in the correct user's profile by simply pressing the user's number icon. Results of the measurements will display with the corresponding backlight color in accordance with the classification of the blood pressure by the American Heart Association. Measurements are taken through a fast and easy process using Measure and Inflate technology. The BPM-50W records up to 120 blood pressure readings, 60 readings per user, with date and time memory recall. It also calculates and averages your blood pressure based on the last 3 readings and detects irregular heartbeats and any arrhythmias. The MeasuPro blood pressure monitor ships with 2 AAA batteries (included), cuff fits wrist circumference of 13.5 cm - 21.5 cm, user manual. 2-year manufacturer's warranty included.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AYL Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling BBQ Gloves Review #SelectCulinary

Disclaimer: I received the product described for free or reduced cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I cannot tell you how many times I have been cooking in my over and had a hot pad slip out of my hand or an oven mitt slide right off my hand. There have also been countless times that I have used a hot pad and bumped the top of my hand on an oven rack. OUCH!

When I originally was given the opportunity to try out the silicone heat resistant gloves, I had no expectations. Once I used them, all of my oven mitts went in the trash and all of my hot pads turned into trivets for my table.

I instantly fell in love. They slide on just like a glove and protect your hands from hot objects. No sliding off my hands and no bumping exposed parts of the hands on oven racks with these little babies!

Oh did I forget to mention that these are dishwasher safe? OMG! Heaven! No need to worry about getting greasy goo in your laundry. Rinse them off in your sink and toss them on the top rack of the dish washer and you are good to go. Well, you may want to actually run your dishwasher too.

The only downfalls I could find:
They come in orange
They may not fit really large hands

There you go. If you don't have giant hands and do not care that these amazing gloves are orange, these belong in your kitchen!

Product Description from the manufacturer:
★ Perfect For Use As Cooking Gloves, Baking, Smoking, Or Potholder
★ For Use on Hot Food in High Temperature In The Kitchen, Use As Grilling Gloves, Oven Gloves, Or Even Camping!
★ Protect Your Hands And Avoid Accidents With Insulated Waterproof Five Fingered Grip
★ Far More Protection And Easier to Use Than Oven Mittens!

FDA Approved and BPA Free, Pure Food Grade Silicone Grip Gloves

When you purchase AYL Grips today, here is what you should do: When that awesome Amazon brown box arrives in the mail, rip that tape off, open it up and check out our cool packaging! And just wait until you get a feel for the Ayl Grips, there is nothing with more quality and durability than our BPA-Free, FDA approved 100% pure silicone - just waiting for you to be introduced to the kitchen and the grill!

You should know what separates us from the competition, its simple really:
- The Most Popular Silicone Cooking And Grilling Gloves Available!
- Heat Resistant For Temperatures Up To 425 Degrees Fahrenheit
- 100% Waterproof, Covers Your Wrist, Keeps Hands Safe and Dry
- Lightweight, Flexible, No Slip Grip Design To Allow Safe Movement Of Hot Items, Easily Grab Carved Hot Juicy Meats
- No Staining or Smell: Even After Long Term Use
- Dishwasher Safe, Easy to Clean
- BPA-Free
- FDA Approved
- 1 Size Fits All

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Infinite Joy Tea Review # Reduxa

Disclaimer: I received the product described free or at a reduced cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
In my day to day life, I run across people regularly that are dieting. I hear simple things like, "I cannot eat that, I am on a diet." I have found that it is much easier to keep it simple.

I come home sit down and relax. I do not stress over that little piece of chocolate cake that I had at dinner last night, because I know that I do not eat chocolate cake every day. Besides, what is better than coming home on a dark rainy night and having a warm cup of tea?

With Infinite Joy, you can make dieting a little easier. No need to take pills. Just sit back and relax while enjoying a light cup of tea in the peacefulness of your own home.

You will find that the taste is light and better yet the tea is herbal so there is no caffeine. You will not stay awake all night or feel jittery throughout the day.

The down fall, there are 30 tea bags in each package of Infinite Tea. The suggested serving is 2 to 3 cups per day. That means that you will have to buy one bag every week. 

Product Description From the Manufacturer:
nfinite Joy is a herbal tea for losing weight it includes 21 herbal ingredients that help in supporting natural weight loss. The herbs in this everyday diet tea and detox supplement helps to naturally raise your basal metabolic rate which allows you to burn the excess fat in your body and eventually help you to shed those extra pounds. The ingredients in this herbal tea makes it a great tasting tea for appetite suppression best of all the most important benefit of Infinite Joy is that it's herbal ingredients help to naturally detoxify your body. The herbal combination helps by stimulating the detox action of liver and eliminates unwanted toxins from your body.

Infinite joy also includes powerful ginseng which is well-known for its weight loss property. This simple weight loss tea is also rich in compounds called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are a group of beneficial, non-nutritive biological compounds that occur naturally in roots, leaves, buds and stems of plants. Research on weight loss indicates if your body is staggering with accumulated toxins, it becomes extremely difficult to lose weight via exercise and dietary changes. This is why an ideal diet tea and detox supplement like Infinite Joy is the best support you can offer yourself while on a weight loss goal. If you are working towards shedding the unwanted weight, it is a perfect addition to your weight loss regimen. Keep in mind to follow healthy eating habits, stay physically active as well as monitor and decrease stress level.

The product is 100% natural and unlike other weight loss products has no caffeine. With this simple, everyday tea weight loss is not a distant dream, the combination of ingredients in this herbal tea makes it an ideal weight loss supplement. Try Infinite Joy it is a perfect diet tea and detox supplement that also improves your overall health and well-being besides acting as a weight loss tea.

Vitamin C Serum Review #vitamincserum

Disclaimer: I received the product described below for a reduced cost or at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

As I get older, the change in my skin scares me. Yes, I said it. The wrinkles, the lines, the dark spots, they are all there.

I have tried many products that claim benefits, most of which I never experience.  So I thought that I would try something new. Why not a Vitamin C serum?

I used the Naturalico Vitamin C serum each morning and night before bed. I made sure to apply a thin layer to a clean dry face and allow the serum to thoroughly dry before going to bed or applying my normal make-up routine.

After two weeks of daily use, here is what I noticed.
  1. More even skin tone. It was Not drastic, but I figured if I continued to use the product, the over evenness would get better.
  2. Healthy glow. My skin no longer had its normal dull appearance. I now have a healthy all over glow to my face. As a younger woman, I would have disliked this look, but as I get older and the natural oils fade, this is a look that I aim for now.
  3.  Minimal reduction in fine lines. Yes, just minimal. In all fairness, this is only after 2 weeks of use and to see real results, the product should be used for 6 to 8 weeks. Maybe with continued use, I can see fewer lines. Wouldn't that be nice?
I did not notice any reduction in the couple of brown spots that I have developed from sun exposure over the years, but again, I remain hopeful that these may fade, even slightly, with continued use.

Product Description From the Manufacturer:

You Won't Find A Better Higher Quality, More Potent Effective Vitamin C Serum On The Market - with Pure 98% Natural 72% Organic ingredients

Truly the Best Vitamin C Serum on the Market Today
Nowadays, you can find a multitude of anti aging serum options, but none of these products can truly compare to our Vitamin C Serum. Only the finest of natural ingredients like pure sea buckthorn oil, organic hyaluronic acid and organic rosehip oil are included in our revolutionary formula.

A Multitude of Benefits From One Face Serum
Our combination vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum simultaneously addresses existing damage while providing potent antioxidant protection from oxidative damage. While vitamin C brightens the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin, keeping it properly hydrated and making fine lines and wrinkles less deep. You can even tackle those unsightly age spots with the brightening power of our anti aging serum. Rigorously tested, our face serum truly lives up to its promise and can make a difference in the firmness, radiance and youthfulness of your skin.

The Natural Anti Wrinkle Serum for All Skin Types
Our formula is ideal for all skin types and can be used at any age to fight wrinkles and promote a gorgeous complexion.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Deluxe Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Review #AneroidSphygmomanometer

Disclaimer: I received the product below for free or reduced price to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

For those of you that do not know, a Sphygmomanometer is more commonly called a blood pressure cuff. They are great to have around the house for those loved ones that need to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis.

Of course there are the electric blood pressure cuffs out there. But, let me tell you, as a health care provider, I prefer not to use electric cuffs on all of my patients.  Yes, a manual sphygmomanometer takes a little more time, but know that electric blood pressure cuffs can provide inaccurate readings on people with heart abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation. 

TheSantamedical Adult Deluxe Aneroid Sphygmomanometer with black cuff and Carrying case has

1. Precision crafted manometer exceeds industry standards for accuracy
2. Nylon cuff

 Not only is this an easy to use and read sphygmomanometer, but it is more than affordable for those that need to check up on their family members health regularly. If you think that it would be better to spend more money on the electric cuffs, you may be surprised at how much more you will really be paying. 

If you do not know how to take a blood pressure manually, seriously YouTube has a video for everything! Besides practicing is half of the fun.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dead Sea Mud Mask Review #deadseamask

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.

Sometimes I feel like there is nothing better than the feeling of fresh clean skin.  Well, for a change I found a small addition to my fresh clean skin routine that I loved.

I needed to be thorough when reviewing the Instanatural Dead Sea Mud, so I recruited a few friends. Why not right? So not only did I gather my data, but I used the data of 3 generations to see if it worked the same on all of us.

First off, the ages of guinea pigs, err, I mean testers, ranged from 10 years old all the way to 72. We all sat around and slathered mud on our skin, let it sit until dry, and rinsed it off to discuss or thoughts.

To start, lets discuss the mud itself. The texture of the mud is unlike any mud I have ever used. It is lighter going on the skin and feels a little more like a smooth gelatin than a traditional mud. I thought it was unusual at first, but it was so easy to apply that I realized this texture is amazing. The was no pushing and pulling to get it on my skin.

Hurry up and wait.
Do you every feel that way? With the Dead Sea Mud I started to feel like it was not going to dry out. Not knowing everything about the product, it was possible that it wouldn't. But I remained patient and it finally dried out. I am not sure that it really took any longer than a traditional mask, I really think that holding a conversation for more than 5 minutes with my sister was starting to make me feel like I needed to crawl out of my own skin. Normally it takes longer than five minutes, but keep in mind we had been under the same roof for three days already. That should be a worlds record for the two of us.

Get it off me!
Okay, now it was time to wash my face. I forgot how much of an effort it can be to get mud off. Okay so it may not be hard for you, but I may have put mine on a little thick. It tool a washcloth and a small effort to clean the mud off of my face. Then Voila! I had clean skin!

The much awaited outcome.
Now that I had gone through the entire process with three other people we gathered our thoughts. The 10 year old was useless. I think she would have told me she liked the mud from my backyard smeared on her face. But all of the adults agreed that our faces felt better. No, they did not "look" better, but all of us agreed our skin felt softer. Usually after a mask I feel like my skin is tight or slightly sticky. I did not get that feeling from this. Just a lightly refreshed feeling and a feeling I needed to apply a mud mask more often. If she is lucky, I might even allow my sister to join me.

Pet Stain Remover and Odor Eliminator Review

Disclaimer: I received the product described below free of charge. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Being a pet owner sometimes means cleaning up things we really do not want to. If my carpet could talk, I am sure you would run away plugging your ears. In fact, my husband's feet would have some great stories to make you cringe too. He is the one that usually "finds" the unwanted items left on the floor by our dogs.

Not only did I want to test this product in my home, but nearly two years ago, we had a BIG mess inside of our car. Our large dog fell ill and while in transport to the vet, lost the entire contents of her bladder. I thought that I had managed to clean it up, but the car still smelled. I even took the car to have it detailed, but unfortunately the detail shop advised me that he did not have pet odor removal products available for the car.

So my problem was not limited to the carpet in the car. The back seats were folded flat to allow the dog to rest comfortably while being transported and her lovely little gift ran between the sections of the seats. So I not only needed to get the smell out of carpet, but the actual seats needed to be cleaned also. The biggest problem, there is no visible stain to locate. The auto detailing took care of that for me. So on a stinky hunt I went.

The product could not be easier to use. I followed the instructions for an older stain and saturated the area I thought the stain was. I allowed the product to stay on a little longer than one hour, just for good measure. To completely saturate the area, I used about half the bottle. But, remember that I was "guessing" at where the odor was coming from.

After my extended "hour" passed, I used a dry towel to absorb and excess liquids from the car seat and carpet. Then I waited. I allowed the car to air dry with the windows cracked for 2 days. I had to do this in my garage since I live where the sky leaks ALL of the time.

After my two day wait, the car no noticeable foul odor. I could smell a hint of the scent of the Pro Vet Choice but it was not strong or overbearing. It is a light clean scent. As I ran my heater and warmed my car up during driving, I noticed a light foul odor again. I repeated the sames steps as before and have not had the scent return. It has been over 2 weeks and I have heated my car up and cooled it back down again.

I honestly could not be happier to have a clean smelling car again. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get the stink out.
Product description: Pro Vet Choice offers a professional strength pet stain remover and odor eliminator. The product is safe to use around children and pets and cleans almost all organic stains (e.g. urine, feces, vomit and blood) on most carpets, upholstery and fabric. This product uses a specially formulated blend of enzymes and bacterial microorganisms to effectively clean tough stains without the the use of harsh, toxic chemicals. The enzymes act to break down the proteins in the organic matter so the the bacteria can use them as a food source. The microorganisms literally EAT the stain until it is gone. They can work up to 80 hours and leave no residue or odor. This means your pets will not be attracted back to the same spot to mark again. This pet deodorizer is proudly designed and manufactured in the USA with top quality ingredients to be the finest carpet cleaner spray for home use. Pro Vet Choice comes in an easy to use 32 oz. spray bottle. You can use it to freshen pet bedding, crates, and cages … in fact you can use it anywhere your household pet spends time.