7/28/15

Electric Pepper Grinder by Ozeri

Details: The Savore Electric Grinder by Ozeri is the most advanced pepper grinder offered.  It features a new front-side adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism with 3 preset grind levels.  Never invert your grinder again.  Designed to operate effortlessly.  Will grind peppercorns, salt and spices. Boasts an ultra-soft non-slip grip with a finger-print resistant coating.  Runs on 6 AAA batteries not included. Can be purchased from Amazon.  Satisfaction Guaranteed.


My Review: Ozeri has great products they offer.  I have so many whole spices, it's nice to have a grinder for each one.  This particular electric pepper grinder has some quirks I wasn't expecting.  I will also say, it just may need to be broken in.

First off, the container that twists on and off to allow you to either place the batteries in their compartment, or place the peppercorns, spices or salt in the bottom takes a firm grip.  I understand not wanting the top to fall off while grinding, especially since it is weighty with the 6 AAA batteries in it.  However, I'm always afraid I'm going to twist so hard it will break.

The next thing I had an issue was with the front-side adjustable lever/button that allows for 3 preset grind levels.  I could not get this lever to move unless I did indeed invert the grinder and pop the peppercorns away from the bottom.  The Savore Electric Grinder is designed so you don't have to do that.  Again, this could just be an adjustment to more use of the grinder and properly breaking it in.

Ozeri also says that their outer coating for this grinder is finger-print resistant.  I caution you to not use lotion on your hands or you will leave fingerprints behind.  I had put lotion on my hands, washed them once, and then started to place the batteries and peppercorns in the grinder.  Unfortunately, I did leave fingerprints on the grinder. Fortunately, the fingerprints wiped off easily with a dry kitchen towel.

Now for the awesomeness of this grinder.  It fits the hand nicely.  It isn't so tall that you can't grab a hold of it, and push the grinder button at the same time.  It is really a nice size for women and men.


Once the lever is in place for the pre-set grind levels, it grinds quickly and in a nice little circle.  Of course you can move the grinder back and forth to get the pepper, salt or spices in the location you desire. Speaking of the pre-set grind levels, there is a definite difference in fine, medium, or coarse ground.  I like that.  Depending on what I'm grinding, or the food that it is going on, determines which level I choose.

The container that holds the peppercorns holds approximately 1 ounce.  This is about the common size container you can find in stores.  The see-through container makes it nice to see when you need to add more spices etc.

Overall, this is a funtastic product.  I really think using pepper grinders are fun.  I usually place my whole spices in them. My son that went through culinary school thinks they are great too, and he enjoys them as well. Certainly wouldn't get rid of this, and am even consider giving The Savore as gifts.

Pros:  Like the definite difference in the fine, medium or coarse ground levels.  Fits nicely in my hand. Is fun to use.

Cons:  Very stiff in getting compartments twisted apart, and moving the levers to adjust the coarseness of the grind.  Left fingerprints on grinder, but did wipe off easily.

My Rating:  Thumbs Up and Down for reasons listed in Pros/Cons.


6/26/15

Dazzling Handcrafted Jewelry by Sand Glasses Design's Young Sons

Sandglasses Wave and Sand Glasses Design offers dazzling handcrafted jewelry and beautiful "Nature-to-Nature" paintings for your enjoyment.  The jewelry is the focus of this post today and the two handsome young boys that help create jewelry and their story.


The owner of Sand Glasses Design Etsy Shop has two very smart, intelligent and outstanding boys. The oldest is 8, and the youngest is 5.  They are inseparable and love each other dearly.  They are home schooled and measure up to any their age.  More often than not, these two are much more mature and every bit as smart as kids their own age.  Many adults have commented on how impressed they are that these two boys can carry on a decent intelligent conversation with adults.

Each day they see their mother enjoy working with her talents in creating stunning handcrafted jewelry and creating charming paintings.  She is a natural artist and is so full of talent.  The best part is that she is sharing that talent with all of us, and along the way teaching her sons her talents.  I envy her that she is so talented and has talents she can teach her children.  I wished I could have had talents I could have passed on to my own children.

The oldest boy has a couple of summer camps he wishes to attend this year.  His parents told him he would have to earn a certain percentage towards these summer camps if he wished to participate. When a child has to earn something such as this and work hard at it, they are more willing to appreciate that more fully.

Cub Scout Camp Theme
Cub Scout Camp was the first camp for the summer, and currently is going on at the writing of this blog post.  The oldest boy worked hard at doing his chores, but realized this was not going to pay off like he desired.  He asked his mom if he could make earrings and then sell them to help earn money for camp.  Before long, he was making at least 5 pairs of beautiful earrings in a day.  Once his wonderful mother told others what her son's desires were, the earring sales soared and he earned the money he needed for Cub Scout Camp.
Packaging Designed by 8 year old with his mother
The earrings are threaded through the back of a button.
Colors are Yellow, Pink and Lime Green
These earrings sale for $8.00 and our reproducible.
Designed by 8 year old.
 
Packaging designed by 8 year old with his mother.

Earrings created by 5 year old.
Pink Crystal Beads.
These earrings sale for $8.00.
These are reproducible.
The 5 year old has such a tender spot in his heart for his older brother.  He saw how hard he worked to earn money for his camps.  He asked his mom if he too could make earrings.  Not to earn money for himself, but to help his brother achieve his goal of earning the money he desired for his summer camps.  I was so impressed, touched and proud of that 5 year old boy who loved his older brother so much he was willing to help him achieve his wishes.

Soccer camp is the other camp the older boy would like to attend.  He's not quite there with his sales but with your help, he can achieve this.  Please help an 8 year old boy achieve his summer dreams by attending the camps he would like.  He works hard at making the beautiful earrings and his mom works hard at helping to sell those for him by attending various craft/jewelry fairs etc.  His younger brother helps too by making earrings as well.


These earrings are high quality, despite the fact that an 8 and 5 year old boy are making them.  They have been taught very well by their mother, and she inspects each one just to make sure everything is just right.  Every time I wear earrings made by these two boys, every one is so amazed that boys so young have done such a fantastic job.

Made by 5 year old

Made by 8 year old

Please join with me and others in supporting these two boys in their endeavors to earn money for the oldest to attend his Cub Scout and Soccer Camps this summer.  Be sure to click here to see the earrings for sale made by these two young boys.  You can read more about their adventures and lessons learned here.  This blog is filled with fun parables for young children and adults alike.  And don't hesitate to purchase a painting or two, or other jewelry made by their mother.




6/23/15

Digital Bathroom Scale with Color Alert by Ozeri

Details:  The Ozeri ZB21-W Weightmaster Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Change Detection will withstand up to 400 pounds.  It displays your BMI, current weight, and your net weight change since your most recent weigh-in for the last 3 and 7 times.


It has Smart LCD with Color Alert Technology which draws your attention to your weight trend instead of the actual numbers by showing your weight change in color.  Green represents weight loss, Red represents weight gain.

Able to keep track of 5 unique users.  Auto-calibrates with StepOn technology.  Made out of impact resistant glass and has non-slip scratch-resistant  Feet.  Backed by Ozeri's 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.

My Review:  Bathroom scales are so much fun, especially right now where my husband and I are really trying hard to drop not only inches but weight.  This scale is awesome because it gives us a quick glance when we step on it if we gained or lost pounds from the last time we weighed. We don't have to remember our weight from day to day, or write it down somewhere, this scale does it for you. That's really cool. Green lights mean you lost weight, red lights mean you gained weight.  Therefore, it is best to just weigh yourself once a day. That way you know how your weight is from day to day, not from morning to night.
Green Backlight shows 1 pound lost since last weigh-in

Red Backlight shows .02 weight gain since last weigh-in
Since this scale not only measures your daily weight, but it lets you know your progress after 3 and 7 weigh-ins. For instance, after 3 days, you get a total that shows how much you either lost or gained during that time.  The same goes for after 7 times.
Day 1 ~ 1 pound lost

Day 3 ~ 1.3 pounds lost

Day 7 ~ 2.3 pounds lost

I always like to way myself at night.  That's when I weigh the most.  If I can get my night time weight to where I want, then I know that the morning and day time weight will be great.  My husband prefers a morning weigh-in.  It gives him more encouragement with his weight loss.  Everything he ate the day before shows up, but he also has time for his weight to even out from his food consumption and exercise during the night. Therefore, morning weight is always lower.

The Ozeri ZB21-W scale also shows your BMI, based on your height and current weight.  Take that as you will whether you are interested in your BMI or not, but personally I like to see it.  It just gives me another parameter check for my total weight loss.


This bathroom scale is perfect for those who are in a weight loss program.  It gives you a quick yet immediate feedback (red/green ~ up/down) with your progress.  Being able to see how much you lose or gain every 3 or 7 days or weigh-ins is also a great tool.  The base of the scale (what you stand on) is perfect for those with large feet, yet not so big it takes over the bathroom.  Dimensions are 31 x 30 x 2.3 cm or approximately 12 in. by 12 inches.  It runs on 3 AAA batteries which are included.

Pros:  Love the Color Alert Technology to see my weight loss or gain every 3 and 7 days.  Nice large base for those in my family with large feet.  (One son wears a size 13 shoe.)  This is my husband's favorite bathroom scale for the above listed reasons.  He was so excited to get this.

Cons:  None.

My Rating:  A Big Thumbs Up!!!




6/18/15

Aloe Vera ~ The New Botox and More

Details:  Aloe Vera is one of the panaceas of today. The Egyptians called it the plant of immortality. The whole leaf is used for a variety of health related issues and is popular in the health and beauty community today.  The leaf can be made into a juice, a gel, salves, creams, lotions, soaps, etc.


Aloe has been used for a millennia.  It's uses have been documented centuries ago in countries such as Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan, China and Greece.

Some of the most widely uses of Aloe are:
*support for healthy digestive system
*promotes healthy regularity
*supports healthy immune system
*reduces toxins in the body
*moisturizes and hydrates skin
*helps with absorption of nutrients
*provides relief to sunburns
*is a natural antiseptic
*clinically proven to bolster collagen reproduction naturally


It is very beneficial for each household to grow their own Aloe Vera plants.  They are easy to grow, spread quickly, hard to kill (unless you over water) and before long you'll have enough to harvest.

My Review:  Ever since I was first married, and that was 34 years ago this month, I've had an aloe vera plant in my home.  Currently I have 4 medium/large sized pots filled with aloe.  My husband's grandmother gave us our first one.  She grew hers on a ledge near her back door.  She was often seen picking leaves and using them for one thing or another, mostly bumps and bruises.  She said no home should be without them.  I agree.

BURNS:  When our daughter was about 18 months to 2 years old, she was burned severely.  She had gone up to an old fashioned radiator to get warm, and got too close.  She burned her arm from her wrist to her elbow.  Many were telling us to take her to a doctor immediately, but others swore by the fact that if we would just cut open aloe vera leaves and place them gel side down on her burn, leaving no part of the burn uncovered by the aloe leaves she would heal faster and more completely.  We did the latter.

Every morning and and every night we replaced the aloe leaves on her burn.  We then wrapped an ace bandage around her arm to keep them in place.  When we ran out of aloe, we ran downtown and searched every store selling plants until we found more aloe.  We bought every plant we could find, like maybe 6 of them.  We only had to go through about 2 1/2 more plants, and 3 weeks later her burn was completely gone and no scarring.  Today, at age 31 she still has no visible scarring on her arm from that burn.

I must say that the biggest convincer of all to have us go that route was a lady whose son had a serious burn on 1/3 of his body.  The doctors could not help him cure his pain, nor the burns sufficiently.  His mother begged to let her treat her son while in the burn unit with aloe vera. Needless to say all were amazed at the quick recovery her son made and with very little scarring.

(Disclaimer here: I am not a doctor.  Please consult your doctor before treating any burn with aloe vera.)

My mother came to visit us once in Texas and after spending the day at the beach she was fried despite having used sun screen.  She was so impressed at how fast the cooling aloe gel from fresh leaves felt to her sunburn.  She was even more impressed when she only needed one application.

NATURAL BOTOX:  My husband has applied aloe vera gel right from fresh leaves picked from our plants to his face nightly for years.  I should have done the same right along with him.  Wow! He looks so much younger than I do.  No wrinkles around his eyes, or mouth.  It's amazing.  I must admit, it wasn't until I recently read that aloe vera is the modern day Botox that I actually made it a part of my morning and nightly beauty routine.  Within 4 weeks I have seen a dramatic improvement.  I did notice positive changes in just 2 weeks, but the next 2 weeks was outstanding.  Believe me, I will not quit using this.

HEALTH:  My daughter and her family drink aloe vera juice daily.  They have improved their health immensely. Her mother-in-law swears by it.  I've seen how it made a positive difference in my grandchildren's health. Drinking Aloe juice benefits the body with weight loss, immune function, digestion, helps with internal healing, cleansing and repair, plus so much more.

ABRASIONS:  One of my son's is starting his own little farm of aloe vera.  He often uses its gel from the leaves to help his cut up hands from his construction job.  His hands heal almost overnight.  He also gets dry and cracked knuckles each winter, and the aloe vera gel heals those as well.

AIR FILTER:  Aloe vera plants also pull contaminants from the air.  It specifically removes formaldehyde.  I have a large aloe vera plant near my cold air return, and by far that filter collects the most dust on the filter than any other.  I truly believe it is due to the aloe vera plant doing its filtering job.

These are just a few of the many wonderful uses we have personally benefited from aloe vera.

Just know that it is very easy to grow and harvest.

Pros:  Aloe Vera is considered a "Miracle Plant".  I agree.  It has so many uses it is hard to list all in just one post.

Cons:  None!

My Rating:  A Huge Thumbs Up In My Book!!!