Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Travel Essentials: Coosh Powerbank Review




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It's no secret that I like to travel but I also love to read. I can go through two or three books on vacation and it's burdensome to carry multiple books in my backpack. I would rather travel with my iPad so I can download plenty of books and have internet access at the airports to check email. It's always a bummer if I forget to charge my iPad before a trip or if my battery dies while on an airplane.

I have portable chargers that work great for my phone but they usually don't have enough power to charge my iPad. I don't like carrying more than one charger so I was thrilled to try the Coosh® High Capacity Powerbank with 13,000 mAh capacity.

This is the perfect travel companion. Not only does it charge my iPad to 100% but it also gives my phone two charges even after using it for my iPad. The first time I used the Coosh® power bank, it charged my iPad from 22% battery to 100% in about four hours. It charged my phone from 16% to 100% in two hours and after charging both, I still had enough power left to fully charge my cell phone again. With dual USB outport, I can even charge both at the same time. It's also compatible with other tablets, MP3/MP4, and games.

I'm excited to finally find my perfect traveling companion. While it is a little heavier than a cell phone portable charger, the fact I don't have to take multiple chargers easily makes up for the extra weight. I haven't used it long enough to comment on the durability but I would definitely recommend the Coosh® power bank for anybody who is on the go a lot.



Rating:  ★★★★★

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Product Review and Giveaway: Purex Power Shot


 Yeah! We get dirty!




But we have so much fun outside, we don't care.

After our adventures, our clothes aren't just dirty but stinky too. I can't tell you how many pairs of muddy socks we've thrown away rather than drag them home from trips with us because we didn't have a washer.



So what do we about it?

Our dirty laundry need rescuing and that's exactly one of the biggest reasons I became a Purex® Insider. Some of the major detergent brands leave my skin itchy with rashes. Purex® is one brand I've never had to worry about. 


I get excited when I receive the new Purex products to review at no charge. The latest, Purex® Power Shot, is exactly what our laundry needs. After using an HE washer for years, I realized I may be using too much laundry detergent. I love the Purex® Power Shot. It is so easy to get the right amount of detergent and better yet, the no-spill detergent bottle doesn't drip all over my washer after use. I don't need one more mess to clean up after a hard day of hiking.

Purex® Power Shot is an easy measure liquid detergent. All I have to do is flip the lid, turn the bottle upside down, and let bottle do my work. If my clothes are muddy, I can use an extra shot, but I've found that I rarely have to do that. 

I don't have to worry about Purex on my sensitive skin. The Power Shot is like their other products and doesn't leave my skin itchy. It leaves my family's clothes smelling fresh and clean without a heavy scent. 

 For those who love the mountains, the Power Shot detergent also comes in Mountain Breeze scent.

I can't wait to get back on the trail. But I have to admit, even with the Purex® Power Shot, I'm not too thrilled about folding laundry.



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Orajel™ Single Dose For Cold Sores: Product Review

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It has been a long time since I've used an over the counter product for cold sores. I usually use a prescription medication and have always assumed they worked better. However, after trying the Orajel™ Single Dose, I am a firm believer in OTC products again.

I used the Orajel™as soon as I del a cold sore coming on. My cold sore still appeared but not as big as I have had them in the past. It also didn't last as long as usual either. I liked the single use applicator. I didn't have to worry about a dirty applicator spreading my cold sores. I also liked how soothing the medication felt. Since my lips get so dry during the cold winters, the moisturizer was a nice addition. It made my lips feel smooth.

Though I received the product at no charge, I would gladly pay the retail price the next time I get a cold sore. It is worth the cost. I didn't find anything about the product I disliked or would like to change.

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Rating:  ★★★★★

Friday, December 12, 2014

Secret Outlast™ Product Review

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It's no secret that I sweat a lot. Anyone who has ever met me at the gym has most likely noticed how wet I get after my workouts. While I know I could never find an antiperspirant that would keep my completely dry during a hard workout, I do want one that will keep me dry and odor free during the rest of the day.

Secret Outlast™ is good for odor protection on my regular days though it doesn't work as well during my hard workouts. What I like the most about Secret Outlast is that it glides on clear, eliminating white marks on my clothes. I have had to throw away good workout clothes because of deodorant stains before so I am happy to find a product that will keep me from tossing out another item. 

Secret Outlast goes on wet but dries quickly. I usually use a blow dryer on low for a few seconds to make sure it is completely dry before getting dressed for the day.

While the clear gel doesn't last as long as solid deodorant, it is nice to have a bottle around for those times I worry about my clothing. 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Hiking in Moab, Utah: Corona Arch

Corona Arch - Moab, Utah

Though Moab is close to Arches and Canyonlands National Park, you don't have to go inside the national parks to partake of Utah's beautiful arches. Corona Arch is near Moab and can be enjoyed at no charge.

Getting There: From Moab travel north on Highway 191. Cross the bridge to the Colorado river and about 1.3 miles past the bridge turn west onto State Road 279 also known as Potash Road. At 10.1 miles, the marked trail is on the North side (right) of the road. A gravel parking lot sits at the trailhead.

Length and Type: 1.5 miles one way or 3 miles round trip on constructed trail and slick rock. Good for beginner hikers. This is a hiking trail only. 



The Trail: At the trailhead, follow the constructed trail to the visitor register box near the railroad tracks. Cross over the tracks through the fence openings. 


Continue following the trail along the roadbed to a gap in the rim.

From the gap, it is important to look for the cairns which will mark the rest of the trail. Follow the cairns up the wash about 100 yards and then veer left. Continue following the cairns over a sandy pass, toward the base of a large cliff.



Follow the base of the cliff to the first safety cable and around to the second cable. Steps have been cut into the rock for easy climb and descent.
2nd cable with steps

From the top of the second cable,  climb the ladder over the ledge and follow the cairns along the slick rock. You will see Corona Arch as well as Bow Tie Arch to the left as you approach them.




Hiking shoes are recommended but a good pair of athletic shoes will suffice.

Corona Arch is also a popular destination for thrill seekers. It is billed as the world's largest rope swing. The BLM has tried to ban this and I do not recommend trying it as there have been deaths from miscalculating ropes. Not only that, but the ropes leave damage to the delicate rocks. When we hiked, there was a group of young adults jumping off the arch thus the climbing rope in the photo. Please do not try this without somebody who knows what they are doing.

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