Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great Oral Health Oral Probiotics Review

Disclosure: Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

I've been taking regular probiotics for years and they help a lot with my digestive issues. This is the first time I've tried an oral probiotic for oral health and hygiene. I've been using the Great Oral Health Oral Probiotics for several weeks and they really seem to help with my dry mouth. They are easy to use. I just chew one before bedtime, after brushing my teeth. The theory behind them makes a lot of sense, increasing the "good bacteria" can counter the bad bacteria that causes bad breath. While it is always hard to verify how well supplement products work, I do feel I'm getting some benefit and have noticed my breath is not as bad in the morning. 

As far as the mint flavor, they're have more of a chalky taste with a hint of mint so I don't love them. However, they are tolerable. I'm a big probiotic proponent so I would love to continue using the oral probiotics regardless of the taste. 


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Friday, August 28, 2015

HALFPOPS Snacks Giveaway

What are HALFPOPS?

Delicious and addicting snacks that will keep you from digging at the bottom of the popcorn bowl.

Guess what? 
One of my lucky readers will get to try a sample of all four of the HALFPOPS flavors.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bang Long Anti-Fog Polarized UV400 Sports Sunglasses

Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

It's hard to find a comfortable pair of sunglasses to wear cycling, hiking and running. I hate sunglasses that squeeze my head and give me a headache. As much as I prefer riding with my prescription sunglasses, I'm constantly scratching or breaking them so I really like using a less expensive pair for sports activities.

The Bang Long Anti-Fog Polarized Sunglasses
are perfect for sports activities. At less than twenty dollars, I don't have to feel bad if I fall and ruin them. I like how they wrap around my eyes to keep bugs from getting trapped. Also, the gray lens darkens just enough on sunny days. The polarized lens keeps the glare off the glasses.  I love that they are lightweight  and don't squeeze my head.

One thing I don't like is the design of the nosepiece. While it is super comfortable, it takes a little getting use to looking down as it seems to stick out a bit in the field of vision. Also, I wish the lenses were a little thicker and better quality but for the price point, I really don't expect that. The lenses are crisp and clear so that is more important for sports activities anyway.

Overall, the Bang Long sunglasses are awesome for my outdoor activities.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beets Blu PagerTag Review

Product received at no charge in exchange for honest review

I'm constantly misplacing my keys and spend a lot of time looking for them. The Beets Blu PagerTag is awesome for those times when I misplace my keys in my house. All it takes is downloading a free app on my smart phone and pushing a paging icon that will send out a beep. Also, the pager tag is lightweight and doesn't take a lot of space on my keyring.It would be handy to keep one in a purse or wallet as well. The app has an option of turning on a geo locator which shows the last place the tag was left. A great way to locate the tag in case it is out of range. 

The Pager Tag app also has an option to turn on an alert when the tag is out of range. While this is a good idea when leaving the house, it drove me crazy while inside the house. I was constantly getting alerts on my phone and had to turn it off. The nice thing is that I can still use the pager with the alert turned off.

The app drained my phone batter fairly quickly so I suggest closing the app after use.

The PaperTag is definitely a smart gadget and has helped me save time on several occasions when I can't remember where I left my keys. That alone is worth a 5 star review.

Rating: ★★★★★

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beets Blu Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Review

Product received at no charge to facilitate review

I've tried several different heart rate monitors and they end up in the unused pile more often than not. Mostly, it's because of the hassle of having a strap that works only with the device it comes with. I already wear a GPS watch while I run and I don't want to wear an additional wrist device to keep track of my heart rate.

The Beets Blu heart rate monitor works with any bluetooth enabled device. I like the fact that I only need the heart rate strap and I can sync it to my smartphone. Whenever I ride my road bike, I use the Map My Ride app to keep track of my ride. This app syncs with Beets Blu heart rate monitor which means I don't have to take an extra device. However, Beets Blu app works better with the monitor as it keeps a constant display of my heart rate. The one drawback to using the smartphone apps with this device is it drains my battery quicker.

The sensors on the back of the strap are large which makes it nice for sensing heart rate. However, they must stay moist to get a good reading. Not a problem for me. I wet them with water a bit before exercising and I sweat a lot during my workout so I keep a constant reading. Gel may work better for those who don't sweat much.
I love that the Beet Blu heart rate monitor works with my treadmill. No extra devices needed to get my heart rate. It also works with the Polar enabled machines at my gym. The Bluetooth enabled strap is definitely the way to go.

Rating ★★★★☆

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Where Will You Next Adventure Take You? HALFPOPS Review

Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
Admit it. You've done it. I have too.
You know, picked out the half popped kernels from the bottom of the popcorn bag or bowl.
I have some exciting news. Now you don't have to pick them out. Instead, you can pick out a whole back of half popped popcorn kernels. Better yet, they even come seasoned in four different flavors. So besides the nutty flavor without the nuts, HALFPOPS additional flavors to enhance the experience. HALFPOPS are gluten-free, nut-free have no corn syrup, artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils or preservatives. What they aren't is low calorie so I have to be careful while I'm trying to lose weight not to eat the whole two serving bag. It would be so easy to do since they taste so good.
I got a chance to taste all four flavors.

Butter & Pure Ocean Sea Salt 
Call me boring but I love the plain sea salt flavor of HALFPOPS the best. It's just like finding the kernels from the bottom of the popcorn bowl where I originally learned to love them. I love the crunch I get when eating these and the touch of salt to help with salt replacement on a sweaty hike.

      Caramel & Sea Salt
The caramel and sea salt come together for a sweet treat. This flavor satisfied my sweet tooth without being too sweet.

Aged White Cheddar
While not my favorite flavor, the aged white cheddar is still good. 

Chipotle Barbeque
I'm not a fan of barbecue flavor anything so I have to preface by saying I'm not the best one to give this flavor a review. This was the only flavor I didn't like but to be fair, I let my teenage son try these and he thought they were "pretty good." 

I listed the flavors in order of my favorite to my least favorite but there was only one flavor I didn't care for and I'm excited to see these on the shelf.

HALFPOPS are light weight making them a perfect snack for hiking or traveling. I like keeping snacks in my hiking backpack that are easy to carry and will stay fresh so I don't have to repack for every hike.

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