Monthly Archives: June 2015

BEAUTY Bonus: Grips Eyebrow Hair (not skin!) Firmly & with Built-In Brow Comb

I have thick bushy eyebrows and it’s a pain to clean it up manually on my own, but that was until I found these tweezers by 42 Bees. The slanted tip must do the magic of avoiding pinching the skin and grasping the hair firmly with every pull. All you have to do is angle the tip at 45 degrees or more with the pointy part on the top. Finishing the brows is a jiffy! And what more, it comes with its own brow comb on the other end, so you never go looking for the beauty partner tools when you need them.

RafflePROMO GIVEAWAY:  First to email me at thea.inc.2@gmail.com with the Amazon URL of these tweezers wins one!

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BOOK Worm: Stretch Your Child’s Imagination with Characters That Wish Were with Steve in Minecraft

kindle-logoAnything related to Minecraft fascinates my 9-year old daughter— she loves to play the game on the computer, watch videos of other playing and commentating on their creations, read books and cheat sheets, and endlessly talk of her plans to build her estate.

This book presents 9 fictional characters or avatars that would probably be good companions for Steve, the main and only “real” character that exists when one plays the game. It describes each with an illustration and short description, power level, build rating, fashion rating, popularity and noob. It raises the imagination and creativity of my daughter when playing the game, as she describes how each can play their part in her community designs.

From a technical perspective, this 23-page eBook takes a few seconds to download. It has simultaneous device usage that allows sharing across all devices, so my daughter gets to read the book by the individual standalone pages from my iPhone when we are mobile, or on my Kindle during bedtime. The artwork for the cover page shows 5 of the 10 characters together with the Minecraft blocks as background.

I am rating this book a four-star guided by my priority criteria of personal relevance & objective achievement for selecting the books my daughter reads. Without a description of why these characters exist (less Steve), I was bound to explain it to my daughter that the creators are possibly testing the addition of characters with future versions of the game.

Disclaimer: I had purchased & read this eBook. This voluntary & unsolicited book review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HOME Helps & TRAVEL Bug: When Stinky Shoes Get In the Way

I do a lot of traveling for business. When in hot & humid countries, my feet sweat a lot. With the unavoidable dirt in footwear that can get into the insides, the sum is stinky feet and shoes. What’s worse, when you take it off in an air-conditioned hotel room, the smell emanates, and it can be nauseating. To avoid embarrassing moments, I always keep a bottle of this shoe odor eliminator handy.

The nice about this lemon minty scent is that it’s made of all-natural ingredients, so spritzing directly onto your footwear does not cause allergy even to the most sensitive skin. What more? The liquid dries up quickly & does not cause ugly stains to your precious leather insoles.

 

Raffleemail-logoFirst to email me at thea.inc.2@gmail.com receives a complimentary product courtesy of the sponsor.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Wrinkle Deterrent Formulation that Works Extra-Hard to Fight Age Gracefully

Admittedly, I am in a slow creeping war with a new dermatological enemy— wrinkles and sagging jowl lines.

It’s not an easy situation to combat both cystic acne & deter wrinkles. I feel that my anti-acne medication controls the problem but worsens the moisture quality of the skin, making it look dry, parched and wrinkled. Finding the right wrinkle-deterrent formula to act in combination should not aggravate the acne situation, but rather answer its primary purpose of rehabilitating the skin, and possibly add more benefits with its other ingredients.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a high-viscosity (thickness characteristic) substance that adds fullness and volume to cells. It is commonly used in joint injections to replace lost joint fluids among arthritis sufferers, and acts in the same way as fluid replacement when it is in the form of a topical facial agent. It attracts moisture to improve the skin’s volumizing properties, and because the cells are plumped up, wrinkles become less visible. HA also hastens collagen synthesis, and the more collagen one has, the less wrinkles there are. It is also known to have anti-oxidant properties that combat free radicals, or simply put, takes out the waste materials from our skin, making it look more fresh & new, less aged & haggard.

To complement the primary acting ingredient’s activity is vitamin C. Without going into biochemistry, this ingredient supplements, synergizes (or trigger multi-fold), and/or stimulates the HA component to do its own individual and combination actions of healing, hydrating, and lessening the visible signs of wrinkles and old skin.

What’s important for me is that I get the anti-aging effect without triggering my grade 3 acne to exacerbate. The anti-wrinkle action cannot really be attested to (I can’t compare it to how fast my wrinkles will show without any topical intervention), but after having used it for only 2 weeks at bedtime, I feel my skin more supple, less stretched and dry, and my jowl line less prominent… and without aggravating the acne. Only time will tell if this product will make me look less my age, but there’s no harm in fighting the years gracefully! 😉

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HOME Helps: Dependable Buddy to Reach Too High, Too Low & Cramped Areas

This is my essential buddy when cleaning my home. It helps me deal with hard-to-reach areas such as when it’s way up high (in high ceilings and cabinets), down too low (like under the bed), in cramped places (between furniture and appliances), or simply when things are within a double arms’ length but I wouldn’t bother bending, twisting or contorting my body to get hold of it.

It’s basically a 2-1/2 feet aluminum rod with a gripper on one end and the gun-like trigger control on the other end. What sets grabber/reacher tools is the way the gripping mechanism responds to the direct controls. I can apply a strong hold to a feathery grip with an effortless pull of the trigger with my forefinger. There must be an internal spring mechanism that converts the torque at the controls into higher forces in the reaction mechanism, so it requires less energy to produce the desirable grip reaction.

The rubbery grip end offers cushion from grip impact, and the contour allows grip for both straight and curve edged objects. The rubber grip on the control mechanism is likewise less likely to cause callus formation from long use because it is comfortably soft.

And because the rod part is made of aluminum, it is lightweight compared to others made of metal rods, so it’s easier to use when holding it up to reach high areas.

This reacher/grabber had afforded me a lot of convenience from incessant cleaning. It has kept me from moving ladders countless times, an everyday accessibility that has saved me time and effort.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer:  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

#TheaMcRaeg, #thea, #productreview, #calibreltd, #reachergrabber

TECH Tips: Single Page Collaboration with Easy Share & Access through Social Sites

I love the simplicity of use of this productivity app. It’s true that things can be overwhelming when I have several ongoing projects and the files are all over different applications and storage. It takes time out of my efficiency to keep all programs running and finding files, photos, calendars just to access the data I need to come up with my final output. Worse, it can overwhelm others, too, if all of you share a lot of information and they are cluttered all over the space.

Due to preference of my other collaborators and partners, I use BaseCamp for income-generating activities which are closed within a group, and can be accessed only by logging into the site through a computer for a subscription fee.

Since I got introduced on Samepage, which by the way is free, I saw the option of using it for my extra-curricular activities. This is mainly because the “Page” that I create per event can be shared through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or through simple link-sharing through email/instant messaging/short messaging service (sms).

Don’t get me wrong, Samepage can likewise be used for secure information as long as the sharing option is disabled, which is right under the social media buttons. And the appropriate edit/view option is selected by the Page creator.

Past security, sharing and accessibility features, the page can be
1. pasted with links of cloud drive folders, files, photos, videos, etc., and
2. uploaded
3. attached
4. pasted
with
1. file, photo and video
2. calendars
3. maps
4. tasks
I can also directly type text and tables onto the Page.

The Page display can be arranged to my preference. You can be as creative or geeky as you please. This is a plus to consider because the app shows left to right columns in sequence, and you can put the more important items in this location for easier smartphone and tablet viewing.

It also has an instant messaging section, so communication is all in one place. This eliminates use of email, text messaging, social media instant messaging and VOIP (voice over internet protocol) services to get messages across one another.

I highly recommend this simple, user-friendly collaborative application Samepage for people of all ages and technical level. It just eases organization in this highly diverse techie world, and allows one to enjoy the activity/event, that is socializing with people, the way it should be.

HEALTH Helps: Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay with a Trusty Monitor a Minute Away

I have to admit that at my age of 40-ish (ehem, closer to 50-ish), keeping a constant eye on my vital signs is ultra-important. Monitoring my blood pressure regularly offers a view of what is going on in the inside, if, when and even if I don’t feel other symptoms on the outside. I will hold illness away as long as possible as much as I could.

I always read that high blood pressure or hypertension is a symptom of toxin accumulation in the interior of the blood vessels, may it be cholesterol, fats, etc. Despite keeping my weight or body mass index within the standard, I am still accepting the fact that bad substance accumulation can still happen in the internal lumen of my veins and arteries. So to keep a close watch on what’s going on inside my body, I regularly monitor my blood pressure after varied activities and diet.

Thank goodness I found this Upper Arm Blood Pressure by Health Gurus. Not only can I do it alone, without the technical expertise of using a stethoscope & mercury sphygmomanometer (and alone at that!), which my medical-allied friends confirm is still the most accurate, but it is extremely user-friendly. The instructions are right at the armband and the buttons are intuitive at that, with only a press of the buttons to reset the counter, and you’re ready to go with your reading.

Since my purpose for it is to observe how my blood pressure reacts to my various activity levels and diet composition, I am extremely happy that it records the previous readings. In this way, I can track the ups and downs without having to take a pen and paper to record all my readings (a total of 60 readings). The LED display is awesome. It does not consume lots of power from the batteries, the display is in clear dark numerics in a bright background, so it is very readable.

What more, you get readings of your heart rate, too. So, it’s an excellent alert buddy for the condition of your heart.

I would recommend this even for people suffering from arthritic fingers and who desire to remain independent with regard to activities of daily living (ADL) because it is extremely lightweight, as well as easy to maintain and store in its own pouch.

Every home should keep one of these.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HEALTH Helps: A Slimming Fruit in a Tablet

My aim is to keep within my weight range, and this is the MOST CONCENTRATED garcinia cambogia formulation I have tried where half the minimum recommended serving does the work. That’s less oral intake for me with the multitude of supplements I take daily.

GC.IMG.OfficalPic.Contents.71cYDZAjDxL._SL1150_COMPARISON WITH OTHER FORMULAS: This is super strength, and I only use half the recommended serving for weight maintenance. Comparatively, each capsule of this brand gives 85% hydroxycitric acid (HCA) per 1,500 milligrams, or 1,275 milligrams thereabout. It has the bonus content of potassium to keep my internal biochemistry stable.

BACKGROUND: I am quite comfortable with my weight of 120 pounds in a 157 centimeter frame. I occasionally tip the scale when I binge on fast-food and high carb meals just to make sure my tummy isn’t empty during high-intensity high-pressure periods. I can’t control the havoc in my work and home life, but I will surely try controlling new fat cells from forming and fattening me up at the wrong places to keep the way I am now.

Genetics dictate that I have an apple figure, which mean that my hip area can grow awfully wide ahead of the rest of my body. My rule of thumb is not to change pant size. So once it starts getting tighter, I have to start monitoring the amount and quality of food I eat.

The garcinia cambogia craze spread like wild fire, and thought why don’t I try prevention of new fat cells from forming while controlling what is already present, that is, in the absence of diet and exercise. My regimen is to take only half the minimum dosage recommendation of 2 tablets once a day an hour before meals. In the last 2 chaotic weeks while still conveniently indulging on unhealthy food, I was pleasantly surprised that my weekend jeans still fit the same way. I seem to have not loaded on fat despite my binge on pasta, Big Macs and endless creamy coffees the way I do during stressful times.

Each time I take a tablet, I feel like I’m just plucking the Southeast Asian cambogia gummi-gatta fruit right off the tree because this formulation has no synthetic binders or fillers. I feel confident that I am controlling my hip expansion (and weight) in an all-natural way. In case I would feel any discomfort, I can merely discontinue use without fear of long-term side-effects.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HOME Helps: Insects-Away with Easy-to-Install Flexible Screen Door

I travel a lot internationally, and when in tropical places, there can be a lot of mosquitoes and other flying insects when I take home-stay accommodations (accessory dwellings). These flexible screen doors do a good job of keeping the biting pests and flies away from the interior, while allowing cool breeze to blow through. It’s easy to pack and lightweight, I can easily to put it amongst my clothes.

Installation is not a hassle, whether permanently or temporarily. The Velcro that lines the entire top panel is positioned on the top door frame where the door does not swing. The base strip is stuck at home with adhesive, while when used in other places, I use the tacks that come with it. I could choose to bring another Velcro base strip and stick it with double adhesive tape, but this I have to provide. The sides are attached as well.

The nice thing about it is it falls back neatly closed after being opened either way. No need to remind anyone to close the screen. Pets and small children can also pass through without having a door knob to reach, fingers caught in-between or banging doors. It also gives a translucent view from within keeping me in touch with whatever is happening outside.

It fits the standard door opening of 34” x 82”, which does not problems for smaller openings, as it can easily be adjusted for smaller openings by relocating where it is attached. It comes in black so it doesn’t soil easily, and allows a little more privacy from onlookers outside.

When dirty, I simply hose off with water, or tumble it in the washer.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HEALTH Helps: Quick Lean Mass Restoration with Amino Acid Building Blocks

At 47, I just started on my journey of imbibing healthy diet into my lifestyle. It took me only now, maybe because I’ve been gifted with good metabolism, so I can eat a ton without gaining much weight, as long as I don’t do it weeks in a row.

Besides being conscious of the volume (and calories) of food intake, I also limit my diet to quality food, taking more of the grow (or repair in my case) foods and less of the go foods, to compensate for my less active lifestyle. I try to lessen the animal-sourced food while increasing the vegetable and fruit portions. I even bought several vegetarian, vegan and green smoothie recipe books to help me in varying my dishes and make the presentation more appetizing. This helped a lot especially when I have guests whom I would like to introduce the vegetarian/vegan way of eating.

However, when merging with my work and life schedule, food preparation can be a hassle. In situations where I’ve had consecutive bouts of heavy and long work hours working at a sales office (yes, I do a lot of walking while tagging along heavy loads of sample products) and pressed for time but don’t have the luxury to prepare a good healthy meal, I turn to instant repair and recuperating alternatives such as quick add-on to drinks. I’m glad I found this vegan protein (VP) mix by Everlast Nutrition. I’m confident that I get the health goodness from three (3) unique and varied protein sources to make up for the lost muscle mass without the yucky taste.

amz.IMG.15.6.15.VeganProtein.2Everlast-VP-Alternate-2-42230747-1200_1200High-grade yellow pea, rice and hemp proteins are the main ingredients that help in lean muscle growth and repair, where one (1) packet of 22 grams is good for 31 servings at only 110 calories each. Simply add a scoop into 8 ounces of your favorite drink or even in plain water, and it’s ready to give you that internal lean mass remedy. The mixture breaks down into amino acids which are the basic building blocks of muscles, without causing tummy troubles like flatulence and other gas pains.

What more? It’s for everyone, too! Because it’s non-dairy, non-gluten and non-lactose, as well as sugar, hormone, GMO (genetically-modified organism) and cholesterol-free, it’s completely safe without causing unwanted side-effects.

Say goodbye to the monotony of soya drinks, and start incorporating this healthy option into your diet to assure you’re healthy share of amino acids.

DISCOUNT COUPON: Use the coupon Thea5off at the check-out counter for $5 off the purchase price. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a pack now, and enhance your wellness and health program with this awesome food.

Disclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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