Save my gadgets 

Let’s face it: technology has taken over the world. Thanks to our laptops and smartphones we have access to almost everything and anything – from bank statements, friends around the world, emails, calendars, reminders, health tracking (you know the whole deal).

As we interact with our gadgets the inevitable happens: the battery drains. And, if you’re not well prepared, or if you can’t find anywhere to plug in your gadget, you end up with a dead machine.

Machine draining isn’t our only gadget nightmare. How many times have your dropped your phone, tablet, or laptop, ending up with a broken screen? I recall the stories when I was back in college, with the most popular way of breaking one’s laptop being throwing our backpacks on the ground.

With all these mixed scenarios, I figured there must be some cool and efficient solution out there. And after plenty of research, I came across Ibagbar water resistant laptop backpack with a charging port, and I’ve officially caught up with the hype.

That’s right! You can now have access to a backpack that can charge your electronic gadgets. I’ve come across many products, some that I love more than others, and for the first time, I could easily grade Ibagbar a 10 out of 10.

Where do I start?

The design is great. I love that it has a minimalistic design, with a few curves and touches that makes it look elegant without losing touch. The material is very sturdy (it’s water resistant), yet it doesn’t look like a heavy duty travel backpack (which is always a plus). This backpack has a multitude of pockets (and when I say a multitude, I mean endless storage space), yet it is the perfect size (not too big, not too small). It has an USB charging cable on the inside, and a USB port on the outside, giving you a few options when it comes to your charging needs. The backpack is also very well padded, so I’m confident my gadgets will be well protected. 

I could easily recommend this backpack for a multitude of solutions:

  1. Commuters: very sturdy, comfortable, and with a lot of storage.
  2. For tech: the backpack is very well padded for protection, and the charging ports are magnificent (did I mention this backpack is washable!?)
  3. For kids: very spacious and sturdy enough to carry books. The charging ports are always a plus. If you have kids in your house, I’m sure you may recall a few times where they’ve forgotten to charge their phones before going to school, even after the 10000 reminders.

I’m very happy with my new acquisition, and I highly recommmend it for everyday solutions.

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XG7XWVK

My Salon At Home 

Let’s face it, most of us can’t go a week without straightening our hair. I have frizzy and wavy hair, so not straightening my hair means that I’ll go a day looking like I got caught in a very humid tornado.

I have found some products to help my hair stay in ultimate shape. But apart from products, it is super important to work with the right heating tools: tools that won’t be overly damaging and targets the frizzies without burning my hair.

I was given the opportunity to try HSI Glider Ceramic Straightened and I’m hooked!

I love that the set comes with a variety of goodies, including:

  1. Argan Oil hair spray to soothe frizz and protect hair from heat.
  2. Professional heat styling glove.
  3. A single use Argan oil leave-in treatment.
  4. A cute storage bag for my straightener.

When I first received the straightener, I couldn’t help but notice the detail and care for its design. It has a nice grippy design and gold logo detailing on both sides of the straightener.

I liked that it has a very high heat setting, which I think is great for people with very curly or kinkier hair. The heat setting ranges from 140 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless of your preferred heat setting, it actually takes only a few seconds for it to heat fully, which I loved as I tend to be very impatient with these things. As the straightener was heating, I decided to try their Argain Oil spray, and I was pretty impressed with how well it worked. When I first sprayed it, my hair was somewhat damped, which I believed set me up for disaster. Also, the spray isn’t oily, so I was concerned with how well it could work at controlling my frizz. My surprise came when I used the straightener: my hair was actually super smooth, silky, and didn’t feel burned (also, I didn’t feel extra wet as I anticipated). Usually, these types of products make my hair very dry, but it hasn’t been like this with HSI Argan Oil Spray.

The heat protection glove is also a great bonus! It felt very little heat while using it (meaning that it could have been worse) so this item definitely comes in handy (I’m so looking forward to use it when blow drying my hair, as I tend to burn my hands with the blowing heat).

If I could rate this product, I would give it a 9 out of 10. The straightener has a great design, the heat is varied and doesn’t burn my hair, and the Argan Oil spray did a marvelous job as setting my hair.

It also comes with a one year warranty.

Check them out!

Glider Ceramic Flat Iron

Keeping it fresh 

One of my greatest pet peeves is messy food storage. Most of the foods we buy come in some sort of plastic bag or container (chips, nuts, seeds, cereal, salad bags, cheese… you name it). And as we all know, when these are not perfectly sealed after use, you end up with food that spoils faster, becomes soft (or too hard), or even loses its flavor.

At first, to solve this problem, I bough plastic clip to seal these bags. The problem is that these sticks were inefficient for food items such as cheese packages. Apart from that, these didn’t seal out the air completely, or sometimes wasn’t strong enough to keep things sealed.

As I brainstormed potential solutions, I got a hold of Willi Smart portable bag sealer, and it has solved all my problems.

I like that this hot enough to bind the plastic bags without over-melting it. Instructions state that it can take nearly 45 minutes to one hour to charge, but surprisingly, mine charged in only 20 minutes. It has red and blue lighting to let you know of the status of the charge (blue indicates when the item is being charged and red indicates when the item is fully charged). It also has two sealing settings: seal and lock.

It’s overall a fantastic item and I’m very happy with how efficient it’s been to keep my fridge and cabinet organized.

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XP86DB2

Natrogix Green Superfood Powder

img_2624My body, health, and weight are some of my greatest obsessions; sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst. As I see myself closer to my ideal weight (about 10 more pounds to go) I can attest that my journey has been a crazy one. I have tried all sorts of diets, workout routines, and what not… and as long I would wish to deny it, the truth is that it doesn’t matter what you do, if you don’t consume the right foods and workout consistently, there isn’t much you can accomplish.

On my journey, one of the things I learned is the importance to have a nutritive breakfast as:

  1. The healthier the breakfast, the faster weight loss I’ve experienced.
  2. I have more energy and am less hungry.
  3. I don’t get weak after a workout.
  4. I snack less.

There are a bunch of supplements and smoothies promoting the nutrition factor, but many of these are just loaded with sugars and a bunch of filters. Usually, a fruit salad breakfast suffices. But when I foresee a long day, I have to eat the right things. After trying a bunch of drinks and smoothies, one that is at the top of my list is Natrogix Green Superfoood Powder.

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There are many things that I like about this supplement, including:

  1. It is a plant-based protein.
  2. It has organic ingredients.
  3. It contain vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, selenium, manganese, potassium, calcium, etc.
  4.  It has vegetables/leafs such as spinach, alfalfa, moringa, green tea, goji berry, broccoli, spirulina, carrot, etc.
  5. It has fruits such as pineapple, cherry, watermelon, blueberry, raspberry, etc.
  6. And other amazing additions such as digestive enzymes.

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A scoopful is enough for a serving, so this supplement does last a couple of weeks. I like that it has a somewhat fruity and a sweet taste (thanks to the natural stevia). The smell is somewhat grass/leafy, but it is actually very refreshing. I personally like adding this to my protein smoothie, as it enhances its flavor.

If you decide to take this with your protein smoothie, I would certainly recommend that you cautiously understand your recommended vitamin/supplement intake, as most protein smoothies already have many vitamins in their serving, and so does this product.

After I started taking this supplement, I noticed great changes such as increased endurance during my spinning classes, and it has even been a great addition to my hair growth routine.

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GFDVYXW

 

 

Shopping for 4K UHD Smart TV Round 5

I’m a tech junkie. I always have to buy the latest gadgets, and when it comes to technological upgrades like 4K UHD TV’s I can’t fall behind.

Early this year, I purchased an LG 4K UHD TV, which is seriously one of the greatest out there. The image quality is fantastic, and the Smart setting additions are super fast.

Recently, I decided to purchase an additional 4K UHD TV for my bedroom; but this time, I wanted it to be budget friendly. 

A week ago, I purchased the Samsung Smart TV, which was a total disaster (image quality was quite disappointing). Today, I went ahead and returned it, and continued searching for a budget friendly idea. As I browsed through the multitude of options, I came across Hisense UK UHD Smart TV, which was about $372. 
I asked around the store for opinions on this brand, but no one could tell me anything, (I’ve owned LG, Vizio, Samsung, Westinghouse, Sony, among others). But I haven’t heard much from Hisense. With the price tag, and the amazing features, I went ahead and gave it a try.


When I got home, I decided to checkout the ports, which are listed below.

Bottom of the TV has:

  • HDMI 3 (4K@30hz)
  • HDMI 4 (4K@30hz)
  • Digital Audio Out
  • AV In


Towards the side of the TV you’ll find:

  • Channel and menu buttons
  • USB 3
  • HDMI 2
  • HDMI 1
  • Audio Out
  • Service
  • USB 2
  • USB 1
  • Ant/Cable


These multiple ports allow connections for antenna, VCR, DVD player/ recorder, set-top box, and satellite receiver. 

Other features include:

  • Ultra fast access to Netflix
  • Numerous social media and gaming apps (including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, Pandora, etc.)
  • Thousand of movie streaming content
  • 4K media player and receiver
  • App Store and web browser
  • Built-in wireless connection
  • Vibrant contrast and 4K streaming

When I first opened the box, I couldn’t help but being excited with the features on the remote control. I love that it has custom buttons to access Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and YouTube, without having to browse through the TV settings (compared to my LG and previous Vizio 4K purchase, where I had to browse through the settings to access these features).

I plan to mount the TV to the wall, but in the meanwhile, I attached the legs, which was pretty easy to do.



Upon setting up the TV, it was given the option to set it up to “home mode” or “store mode.” Home home promoted an energy saving feature, while store mode was promoted for the display of images. 

What I love about this TV is that I’m given a multitude of options to set up the color ratio, warm, brightness, display, and what not (and when I say multiple, I mean picture mode, contrast, brightness, color, tint, sharpness, ratio, advanced picture options, expert settings, and picture settings). These settings were like being at a candy store: I loved my power as a user to truly customize the TV according to my very aim or need.


When it comes to the display of its 4K features, it is FANTASTIC! From 1-10 I would grade this an 9 (or a -A) as the image 4K features is nearly close to perfect. This TV could easily compared to my X3 more expensive LG 4K UHD TV. Now, I literary don’t want to leave my room. 

For the price, I must say that this TV is a total steal. I’m able to enjoy the 4K features in my bedroom without breaking the bank. The 43 inches size is perfect, the Smart features are fantastic, the image is vivid and it allows users to customize according to your needs. I think this is one of those very few TV’s with a quality beyond their price point, and I seriously recommend you check it out! 

Hotter shoes 

We officially have summer weather, and with warmer days comes the need of a new pair of shoes.

I have very complicated feet; they’re bony, long, and with a nice steep arc, which allows me to walk and run at great speeds. With skinny feet and an amazing arc comes complications, such as shoes that doesn’t adapt or support my arc, leading to long days of feet pain.

To ease my pain, I always seek comfort shoes. I have had better luck with some more than others, but I come across some complications once in a while; not only complications in comfort, but also complication in style. If you buy comfort shoes like myself, you probably find yourself hours after hours wondering what to do, as the styles can be more reminiscent of grandma, than yourself.

During my mini pain search, I had the opportunity to try U.K. brand Hotter Comfort Shoes, and I’m definitely hooked!

Where do I start!!!?

These shoes actually look very pretty and they have a variety of very chic styles to choose from.

As you may imagine, these shoes don’t only provide amazing arc support, but I also don’t end up with blisters at the end of the day. Believe it or not, I have tried many comfort shoes that didn’t only not provide enough arc support, but also got me a bunch of blister within only a few hours of wearing them. Hotter shoes are also very flexible (I was able to bend them a little); don’t get me wrong, these are very sturdy and well made! But the bend-ability provides the right support to adapt to my walking patterns.

Overall I think that these are amazing and worth for you to check them out!

Now, you can get 40% off your first purchase with promo code GIVE40

http://www.hotter.com/us/en/beam-sandals?searchterm=beam

Food for dad 

Father’s Day is finally tomorrow, and apart from getting little presents here and there, I wanted to do something special.

See, I like food, and I have a mini obsession with buying kitchen tools that I’ll never use;  however, as contradicting it may sound: I don’t like cooking.

I avoid the kitchen at all costs, so people have bypassed me as a cooking potential in my household. Due to my disappearance from the kitchen, I want to impress everyone (especially dad) and cook for the family on this special day.

When trying to impress your family with your “cooking skills” it is also important to to impress them with the overall atmosphere of the occasion. Apart from loads of alcohol, I ventured out and got a hold of YHY Scallop Porcelain Plate Sets.

The first thing I loved about these plates was the affordable price point. I wanted to get cute and elegant plates for the occasion, but at the same time, I didn’t want to break my pocket (I got these all under $33 dollars).

I also liked that there is some slight weight to these plates (I didn’t want something too flimsy or too heavy). The scallop design is actually very pretty, and the borders of the plates are very smooth and easy to slide my fingers through (some plates at this price point  tend to have very rough or uneven edges). The overall looks of the plate is great, and there’s no imperfection or random dried paint drops (yep, been there seen that). One last thing that I really liked was how very well packaged these were: these come wrapped in very good quality materials to avoid chipping during the shipping process.

Now, the last thing on my list is figuring out the fine details on my cooking success tomorrow!

https://www.amazon.com/YHY-10-6-inch-Porcelain-Scallop-Dinner/dp/B06XSP3ZXD

Music on the palm of my hand (literally)


Warmer temperatures are finally approaching. As soon as the thermometer reaches a temperature high, one of our favorite things to do as a family is a backyard cookout.

Food isn’t only fun, but it is also a fun boding denominator. When you have a big and energetic family, know for sure that music is part of the ambiance, so we’re always on the hunt for speakers and other instrument that can make our bonding time an unforgettable one!

Usually, we would use big computer speakers, get a cable extension through one of the windows, plug it in the yard, and then plug the speaker. As you may imagine to this point, it was a lot of wiring and a lot of work.

It occurred to me (and I’m sure that to all of you as well) that it is 2017! Therefore, there are certainly more time efficient tactics to enjoy a family music cookout. So in my search, I got a hold of Hiyeed minimalist Wireless speaker.


The speaker is very small (it weights about 170 grams); yet, it ispowerful as the sound quality is great for its size. I like that I can pair it to my iPhone up to 30 feet away (I don’t want to be jailed by the speaker all the time), it has a battery playing life of up to 2.5 hours, and a standby time of close to 20 hours.

One of the most fun characteristics of this speaker is that it has flashing light while the music plays. This makes the ambiance super fun, and makes it suitable for our nighttime cookouts.

I’m very happy with my speaker and I think you should check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071Y51LQS

My little oasis

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This world is stressful (I could go on a rant, but I guess it isn’t necessary). There are few things that provoke a sense of conform, relaxation, and safety; including my bed.

For me, my bedroom is like a mini oasis. I can relax, strip myself from all the clothing, makeup, and other social standards; and most importantly: I can finally sleep.

As a result, I’m always try to find multiple things or ways to make my bedroom and my bed super comforting. For example, I love elegant and delicate bed sheets, relaxing scents (nothing too strong, or I can’t sleep), subtle lights at the right corners, heart warming carpets, a pillow with a great support, among other things.

If you have been following my blog, you may recall my constant reference point to my back pain. I was in graduate school up until recently; and in between my blog, my published book, scientific research, statistical analyses, and work, I was easily spending up to +12 hours looking down at a computer. This affected my chronic dry eyes and lead to tremendous back and neck pain, which I have been struggling with for the past couple of months.

Little things like carrying heavy bags, watching T.V, or even finding my comfort spot when going to sleep can be painful. I have also been having difficulty finding a pillow with the right support and balance.

I had tried a few INNX products, including their memory foam bed topper (which was a huge success!) So I went ahead and got a hold of their memory foam pillow.

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Super Cute Removable Cover

There are so many things that I love about this pillow, while others that I need to work on.
For example, I’m obsessed with the fact that it has its own removable cover! I’m a clean freak, so it is always important for me to be able to wash my pillow covers. I have always owned “regular” pillows, so I would throw the entire thing in the washer to make it cleaner, which isn’t always great as:

  1. It affects the duration and quality of the pillow.
  2. Eventually, the pillow falls very flat.
  3. Washing machines get affected through time. It wasn’t until I ruined my second washer that I learned that it is not recommended to wash pillows, heavy blankets, and other similar items.

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Apart from the point stated above, another aspect that I like about this pillow is its comfort level. The foam actually feels pretty nice. I can be very complicated, so a pillow that is too soft or too sturdy can always be an issue. I like that this pillow is certainly sturdy, so it provides the neck and back support that I need. At the same time, the foam is super smooth, so it provides great comfort. Most foam pillows seem to go one way or the other, but this particular pillow was the exception.

The only “down side” to my pillow experience is that it hasn’t yet adapted to the shape of my neck. This is not necessarily something negative, as you want a pillow that provides support, instead of sinking in with your body. In my particular case, I’m aiming for the pillow to adapt to the shape of my neck as it will help provide that little extra boost of support to my particular neck condition. Again, this isn’t negative; if you have a healthy neck posture, you should be fine.

I overall think that INNX is a great brand, and the quality of the items I tried lived up to their promises. Did I mention that they have a lifetime warranty??

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTYNEWM

 

F to the R to the I to the zz’s

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That spells FRIZZ. We all have our hair issues. Mine is dryness and frizz. I have tried a multitude of products, treatments, and approaches; and if you struggle with frizz and dryness like myself, you KNOW that at least 80% of these products don’t work as they promise.

There is one product that is at the top of my 5 favorite products for frizz control. But unfortunately, the brand sells 3 oz of product for $20 dollars, which isn’t budget friendly.

In my attempt to save money, I also tried a bunch of oil treatments at home, but:

  1. It makes my hair oily (not hydrated); therefore, I still experience frizz and some occasional breakage.
  2. Oils wash out hair dye, which is counterproductive and even more expensive.
  3. Oils residue can burn hair, especially when using heating tools.

I continued on my search for an effective and budget friendly product, and finally found It’s a 10 Miracle Defrizzing Gel.

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I’m pretty aware of the brand, and tried a few of their products here and there (nothing major). However, I’m beyond amazed with how well this defrizzing gel works!

First of all, a little goes a long way (which is always important, considering that I’m always trying my best to save money and make my hair products last longer). The gel also feels amazing when applied to my hair (it feels thicker and smooth) and it actually smells amazing (the scent is strong, but not overwhelming). I like that I can use my defrizzing gel both for dry and wet styles, meaning that it doesn’t burn my hair when I use heat. However, I always prefer dry styles over wet styles (my hair is uncontrollable when wet).

The product also claims to do the following on the hair:

  • It is an oil gel-like formula that hydrates the hair without being oily.
  • It is lightweight.
  • Controls frizz and flyaways.
  • Define curls.
  • Improves hair texture.
  • Improves manageability.

As diverse as we are, so is our hair. There are a multitude of factors that can affect the way our hair reacts to products: weather, condition, hair’s health level/condition, chemical processes, hair length, hair ethnic texture, dryness, nutrition, etc.

So from my personal experience with the product, I can attest that the gel like formula is definitely hydrating without being oily. I also noticed that it does an amazing job at controlling frizz; therefore, my hair is more manageable.

I believe it is certainly worth a shot. Don’t forget to check it out!

https://www.fashionandbeautystore.com/its-a-10-miracle-defrizzing-gel-5-fl-oz.html