Friday, November 20, 2015

Product review: Priority Chef Knife Sharpener

So I'm a VERY active home cook.  The one thing that is keeping me from a kitchen remodel (aside from the cost) is the thought of being without a stove for weeks on end.  I have a middle of the road set of knives that are constantly getting worn down.  And no one wants to cut beef with a worn out knife!

I was provided a sample from Priority Chef to try out their knife sharpener and was pleasantly surprised at how small it is and that it works great!  Just a few runs through the finishing edge and I was slicing through a chuck roast like it was warm butter.

The price tag is great as well, but they have an even better deal for all of you.  Visit Amazon to pick yourself up one and enter promo code 5VK7PBI4 for a $5 discount.

No one wants dull knives.  Do yourself a favor and fix that.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Product review: Midori Spring Matcha Tea

  Matcha....this is definitely an acquired taste. In the defense of Midori Spring, I have never had any kind of matcha tea so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Upon first inspection, it is a vibrant green and very smooth powder and has a very pleasant taste. The direction state 1/2 teaspoon to start with in 2 ounces of water so I mixed 12 ounces of water with about 2 teaspoons because I wanted to start out light. Even after adding some honey and coconut oil, I just couldn't get used to the taste as it is very....earthy. Again, I didn't know what to expect as I have never had it before, but I have seen dozens of recipes that I want to try baking with it, so I will give that a try. I'm not a coffee drinker and primarily drink chai tea but I love all of the reported benefits of matcha so I'll add this in to my routine from time to time.

*sample provided*

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Product review: Sleep Mask

So I'm the type of person that likes to be in complete silence when I sleep, and I like it to be dark. Especially on vacation. I lost my beloved sleep mask years ago and have been too lazy to replace it, but finally got a chance to try the Dot&Dot Sleep Mask. I do like that it doesn't sit straight on your eyes and causes any pressure there, and the molded nose is a nice touch even though I felt that it put a little bit of pressure on my nose. The strap sits comfortably around the head and didn't feel any pressure there. I can't wait to take it on vacation with me!
*Sample provided*

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Product Review: Tens Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager

The downside of being a massage therapist is that at the end of the day, I myself need fixing.  When I received a sample of the Tens Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager I wanted to see how it stacked up against other units I have used in the past.

First out of the box, it's very self explanatory.  I love that they include the batteries, that's a bonus.  I would have loved to see some type of carrying case/bag like my other one does.  The nice thing about this is that there are manual and automatic settings, such as the knees, shoulder, joints and neck.  It has 10 settings and has a timer of 15 minutes.  The pulses felt great, and I couldn't go up to the highest setting because it's, well, HIGH!  You have your choice on the manual settings between massage, knead and beat.  The massage, well coming from a professional, didn't feel like a massage, but the kneading and beating felt good.

It did help to loosen up my chronically tight shoulders and I can see using it after a long day just to ease some of the problems that I incur from helping everyone else out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Product review: Raw Wallet

Confession:  I'm a card hoarder.  In my wallet I have credit cards, rewards cards, discount cards and a bunch of randomness happening.  Not the George Costanza level, thankfully, but my wallet gets full!  So when I was given the opportunity to try out the Raw Wallet at a discount, I wanted to see what they are all about.

First off, it is designed with the minimalist in mind, so it may not be an ideal fit for me, but I took out all of my not-often used cards and instantly, my regular wallet fit easily in my purse again!  It is designed to fit 8 cards, but I can tell you, I've got more than 8 in there and they are holding up just fine.

I can definitely see using this when I am out and about and don't want to carry my entire wallet with me, and it's got a handy clip on the side for your keys.

All in all, I'm a fan!

Product review: Urban Athletic Belt for Women

I recently received a sample of the Urban Athletic Belt for Women to try out and after testing this one against another running belt I own, I am definitely switching!  The washable lycra/spandex has enough storage for my phone, keys, some cash, lip balm and because of the snug fit (I got a medium) I don't have to worry about anything falling out or the belt itself falling down (like it was the case of my other belt).  It even comes with a handy mesh bag to store it in when you're not using it!

Friday, May 22, 2015


I'm SO much more productive on my days off!  Logged over 17,000 steps, woot!

Walked to/from the gym (about 2.5 miles total).
BB Bent over row-5x5 @ 75

Superset 5x5:
Lat Pulldown-55#
Hang Power Clean-45#

Deadlift 5x5:

Superset 5x5:
Straight Leg Deadlift: 65#
BB Good Morning: 65#

Also walked the dogs around the block

11;30am:  Made these paleo chick-fil-a nuggets from Stupid Easy Paleo.  So good!

12:45pm:  Zoyo!

5pm: Turkey burger with mozzarella, berries with heavy whipped cream

7pm:  More nuggets, along with some broccoli

9pm:  Had friends over for a bonfire, had about 5 marshmallows.