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Experience is Everything

Music has always been an important part of my life. Most of my family members, including extended family, are at least somewhat musically inclined and several have made music their careers. My mom put us to bed as kids with music every night and we all started piano lessons as soon as we were old enough. I also took voice lessons, and learned to play the flute and saxophone in middle school. Somehow, however, I have managed to get out of the “music habit” in recent years and I have missed it terribly. I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to review several wireless speakers in recent months though, so music is making a comeback in my life, and not a moment too soon.

Inateck Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

My newest wireless speaker was provided by Inateck whose motto is, “Experience is everything.” How is that for perfect truth? I love the sentiment and I love this speaker. The Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker has a built in viewing cradle and stand to support smartphones and tablets. This is the first portable speaker I’ve tried that supports my iPad, and I chose it from all of Inateck’s wireless speakers specifically for that feature. My iPad is my oldest mobile device so it naturally has more of “me” installed than even my fairly new and larger storage capacity iPhone.

Check out these features:

  • 5 Watts x2 drivers
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery (5-6 hours of play time)
  • Built-in high sensitivity Microphone
  • One-step-connect: enters pairing mode automatically
  • Automatically connect to the last-connected device
  • Compatible with Bluetooth enabled media players
  • Equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack for non-Bluetooth devices

Inateck Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

This little baby fills so many shoes that I am still amazed by its very reasonable $25.99 price tag. It supports all kind of media playback. Not just high quality music, but game sounds, movies, and other net-based media streaming. It can be used as a speakerphone without squeals or distortions and features one button call control. This wireless speaker’s sleek and modern look fits into any decor, while its precision design steadily maintains a crystal clear sound. It even boasts a signal range of up to 10 meters although I didn’t get quite that much range. The Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker package includes (1) speaker, (1) USB charging cable, (1) 3.5mm audio cable, and an owner’s manual. An actual manual! I know!

Inateck Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

Whether you like to sit back and relax to soothing tunes or put on your boogie shoes, Inateck’s Bluetooth Stereo Speaker is a fabulous choice. It is an affordable quality product that you will enjoy showing off. You might not even mind sharing it with the gamers, film critics, and hands-free phone talkers in your life. 

Get Connected with Inateck:

Web: www.inateck.com

Twitter: twitter.com/inateckofficial

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Inateck is based in Leipzig, Germany and offers a host of technological products and solutions. From docking stations and hubs to speakers and chargers, “Inateck provides all kinds of accessories or upgrades, including Expansion Cards, Power Supplies & Batteries, Hard Drives & SSDs, Cables & Tools etc.”

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Organic All Natural Handmade Soap

As I have previously mentioned, my skin tends to be very dry and itchy and I recently had an epiphany about the ingredients in soap. That thick rich lather that comes from most moisturizing soaps is due to the inclusion of chemical ingredients – specifically sodium lauryl sulfate. I can’t use toothpaste with sodium laurel sulfate. It only makes sense that my skin might be sensitive to it as well. Since then I have been on active search mode for naturally made soaps, even going to far as to try to make my own. That is why the Keomi Skincare Signature Collection is so exciting. Finally, an organic all natural soap! Yay!

Sodium lauryl sulfate is the ingredient in soaps, shampoos and household cleansers (!) that cause them to lather up, and its dangers are well known. I’m extraordinarily sensitive to sodium lauryl sulfate in oral care products. It makes my tongue and gums burn so badly that before I was clued in by a doctor I could only eat or drink items that were at room temperature. I was in misery. Why did it take so long for me to realize that it could be affecting my skin?

Keomi Skincare Signature Collection

Keomi soaps are cold-pressed and carefully crafted with only the highest quality ingredients. A rich blends of over 10 USDA certified organic vegetable, fruit and seed oils, plus shea and cocoa butters make up its base with pure essential oils added to each unique batch. Keomi soaps are not just for luxury cleansing but are actually good for your skin. Organic herbs, Dead Sea clay & salt, seaweed and French green clay are among the hand picked ingredients infused into these super-fatted soaps.

My sample of Green Tea Goddess soap arrived beautifully packaged in a silver drawstring gift bag. At first touch I could tell that Keomi Skincare Signature Collection soaps are something special. Its high glycerin content is obvious and even without applying water this soap is clearly meant to hydrate skin. Flecks of herbs peek out from within and the soap emits a healthy clean scent. No one skimped on anything in making this beauty! It lathers right up and leaves my skin feeling soft and oil free but never dried out.

Keomi Skincare Signature Collection

Because Keomi soaps are all natural they will melt away in a soap dish. Here are a few tips from Keomi Skincare for storage and use:

  • Store open soap in a dry place, out of the stream of water, and on a draining soap dish. Don’t let soap sit in a dish or container that is bowl shaped, or that allows water to pool in the bottom. Avoid those indentations built in some showers as “soap dishes” as they rarely drain properly.
  • When using soap for body cleansing, longevity improves if you avoid rubbing the bar directly on the body. Instead, use hands, washcloth or other bathing instrument to apply.
  • Store unused soaps in a cool, dry place, preferably NOT under the sink if you have metal pipes. (The soap’s glycerin will attract moisture from the pipes) Many customers report storing soaps in linen cupboards or dressers to freshen towels and clothing.
  • We know our soaps smell really good but please refrain from ingesting! Please keep these, and all soaps, out of the reach of children.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Vital Oxide from The Ecology Works


House breaking a new puppy requires lots of patience, positive reinforcement and lots of sanitizing spray. Sometimes I think those sprays are worse that the smell of a puppy accident but I endure because I’m a bit of a germaphobe. Still, I have often wished for an alternative and I have finally found it in a new disinfecting spray I received to review. Vital Oxide from The Ecology Works is the answer to my prayers. This powerhouse disinfectant is easy on my lugs and sinuses. Yay!

Vital Oxide is a hospital grade disinfectant that kills 99.999% of the molds, mildew, fungi, yeasts, bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces and in the air.  It is also a highly effective odor remover that actually kills the organisms causing the odor rather than just drowning them out with chemically created scents. Vital Oxide works through oxidation, not bleaching, making this spray strong enough to disinfect, yet gentle enough for hand washing.

“The 100% biodegradable formula is eco-friendly, with no ozone-harming VOCs. Non-corrosive, odorless, colorless, and will not irritate skin.”

James Burnett, inventor Vital Oxide, set out to create an environmentally friendly solution to kill the ever increasing super bugs like MRSA, E.coli, Listeria, and H1N1 without introducing more toxins into the air. The result is Vital Oxide with its main ingredient stabilized CLO2 and its powerful oxidizing action. “Our label reads hospital grade disinfection, yet no rinse required on food contact surfaces – a  rare combination of strength and environmental protection. That’s what you find in Vital Oxide.”

Vital Oxide is so gentle that it can be left right where it is sprayed without the need to wipe it away. That is a huge plus in my house! (Puppy training is for the birds I tell ya!) The scent of Vital Oxide is light enough to keep me from gasping for air like with other popular disinfectant sprays. It doesn’t even bother the puppy’s sensitive nose. My only complaint is that the spray cap was broken when my bottle arrived even though it was encased in the usual spray can plastic cap. I’m not sure how the spray nozzle cap could have been broken in transit but the can still sprays if I hold the spray nozzle in its proper place. I just have to be very careful not to lose it. This does seem to be a design flaw as I’ve seen other reviewers report the same issue. Once I purchase another can I will come back to update – and I will be purchasing another can. I love this stuff!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Ancient Beauty Secrets and Modern Solutions

There has been a recent surge in demand for beauty methods and techniques that rely on natural ingredients and the knowledge imparted by our ancestors. A new book, Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions by Rachelle Weisberger, seeks to explain how the popular beauty treatments of today have evolved from the methods used by the great beauties of history. Is beauty only skin deep or is it in fact a whole body, spiritual quest?

Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions

A self described ugly duckling in her youth, Rachelle Weisberger was naturally attracted to a career in the beauty industry. Her acne filled teen years inspired her to excel as a make up artist specializing in camouflage techniques. Later in life, as the director of a chain of beauty spas, she directed an integrated program of skin care, healthy bodies and fitness programs. Ms. Weisberger understands the importance of beauty inside and out and wrote Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions as a way of imparting her extensive knowledge to everyday women.

Ms. Weisberger’s first Biblical role model was Sarah, one of the Bible’s best known great beauties (Genesis 23:1). She found herself especially intrigued by Sarah’s extraordinary longevity (she lived to the ripe old age of 127) and immediately wanted to know more. As she studied her bible and other historical and religious documents for more information, Ms. Weisberger found even more role models in the stories of Leah, Miriam, Rahab, and Deborah. The link she found among these Biblical beauties was that their true allure, their true beauty, came from within. Beauty is not simply a skin care regime but a lifestyle. She realized that nourishing and caring for the physical body is not enough; the soul must be tended as well.

Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions

Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions is not the story of ancient beauties. Ms. Weisberger gives full tutorials on make up application complete with diagrams. She discusses skin care, sun protection, hand care, hair care and much more. Her easy to follow explanations and instructions are based upon her knowledge as a cosmetologist and are as interesting as they are sound.

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Get Connected with  Rachelle Weisberger, Author, Speaker, Beauty Expert & Lifestyle Coach

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Easiest Ever Caramel Sauce

This recipe has been around for ages but I recently realized that it doesn’t seem to be as commonly known as I had thought. Now that I have had two people ask me for the ‘recipe’ I thought it was worth a post of its own. This caramel sauce is so delicious and so easy that it belongs in every cook’s repertoire.

True caramel is made by browning (caramelizing) sugar, so technically this sauce is really more like dulce de leche which is made with dairy and sugar. This sauce can be used hot or cold, baked into another dish or eaten right out of the can with a spoon. Not that I would ever do that….but I have heard…. I digress. Once made, this sauce can be stored in the fridge for several days or frozen for months, ready to be warmed up and devoured any time you need a sweet treat. If you can avoid emptying the can with a spoon directly into your mouth, of course.

Ready for the recipe? Take one can of sweetened condensed milk and cook it.

The end.

Easy enough for you? I thought so! Now there are two ways to cook the can. (Yes, the whole can. Unopened.)

1) The Slow Cooker Method

Place one unopened can of sweetened condensed milk, any brand, into a slow cooker. Cover can with water. Cook on High for 7 hours or low for 10 hours. Carefully open can and enjoy!

2) The Stove Top Method

Place one unopened can of sweetened condensed milk on its side in a sarge saucepan. Cover can with water. Bring water to a full boil, then simmer for 2 hours. Replenish water as needed to keep the water level above the can. Do not let pan boil dry! If the water boils out there is a real danger of the can exploding! To ensure this doesn’t happen without relying on my feeble memory, I set a timer to go off every 20 minutes.

This method never fails. Sometimes I use the caramel sauce right away, but more often than not I make the sauce a day or so before I need it. I just turn off my slow cooker leaving the can right inside. When I’m ready to use it the next day I have room temperature caramel sauce ready to go. The can I cooked yesterday was used this morning in a new test recipe. I’m making Snickers Bread – challah bread dough, caramel, chocolate, and peanut butter. Mmmmmm. Keep an eye out for that post here soon!

 

 

 

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