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Friday, July 31, 2015

Relaxing Outdoors Just Got Better In a Comfortable Hammock from Swift-N-Snug - Take It With You Anywhere



Relaxing outside in the shade can be very nice.  We purposely planted some cottonwood trees just to have nice shade to relax under.  We planted them in a row so that one day we would be able to put a hammock between them, and we did!


There is nothing like settling back and taking it easy under cooling shade after a long day.  Having a comfortable hammock that is easy to put up and take down, makes it even better.  The hammock that is perfect for this is the Swift-N-Snug Comfortable Hammock.


The Swift-N-Snug is a great hammock to repose in.  It is made of high quality 210T parachute material.  Parachute material is durable, breathable, and will dry quickly if it gets wet.  The seams on this hammock are all triple stitched to  provide long lasting durability and support to hold up to 400 lbs.  Plus that triple stitching will significantly reduce the chances of rips and tears.


This is a double-sized hammock that measures 110"x 73" (280 cm x 185 cm) so you can actually share and snuggle with someone you love in it.  The hubby and I have relaxed together within.  It does get a bit snug, but it's passable.  We've always liked to stay out late on a summer night watching the moon rise over the mountain and gazing at the stars.  This hammock just makes contemplating the stars more cozy than sitting in chairs.


One thing we never do is leave the hammock under the tree all day.  The sun and the desert heat do nasty things to any kind of fabric.  We put the hammock up when we want it, and take it down when we are done.  With this hammock from Swift-N-Snug, it really is easy to do.  The Swift-N-Snug hammock comes with two 8" carabiners, ones that can easily hold 400 lbs, which makes it easy to clip the hammock up and take it down.  To tie the hammock to the trees, this hammock also comes with two high-strength nylon tree ropes.  They are a generous size, and are easy to make a good sturdy knot with.  I guess we planted our trees a bit too far apart for a hammock, and had to use some extra rope for one side.



Putting this hammock away is a breeze.  Because of the light-weight parachute material, this hammock takes up hardly any room when folded.  It neatly packs away in the bag that is sewn onto the hammock.  I love that the bag is attached to the hammock - it won't get lost.  Once folded and tucked into it's bag, the whole package is now only measures 8"x 9" and can be about 3-4" wide, and weighs only 25 oz.  This makes the hammock a perfect traveling companion.


The small size of the Swift-N-Snug Hammock when in its bag makes this hammock great to take with you camping, backpacking, to the beach, anywhere you want to take some time out to hang loose.  We've also sat in the hammock sideways to gaze out over the valley in the evening.  It does make a comfy swing when you sit in it sideways.  You are not going to want to leave this hammock behind when you go traveling.


We are really happy with the Swift-N-Snug Hammock.  My husband is tall, 6'4", and he has not problems with this hammock - he's always comfortable, and he can easily get in and out.  Swift-N-Snug is so confident in the quality of their hammock that they offer a lifetime guarantee (replacement), and a 90-day money back guarantee for any reason.  So get the Swift-N-Snug Hammock at Amazon today!


Swift-n-Snug is determined to be the new trend setter in sports and outdoor accessories.  With many exciting products lined up, Swift-n-Snug aims to become a household brand, offering superior quality, great value and exceptional customer service.

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Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.  Needless to say, all opinions are entirely my own, and no other compensation was received.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Going Somewhere? Take Water With You & Keep It Cold In the Futurepace Tech Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle



Here in the high desert it can get very hot, but we love hiking around.  Wherever we go, we always bring water with us.  Keeping hydrated is the key between life and death in a hot climate like ours.

I like to bring water with me that is a bit on the colder side.  It helps my body cool down quicker on a hot day.  Having an insulated water bottle is what I like best as it will keep my water cold even in the heat of the sun.  That's why I like my new Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle from Futurepace Tech.


The Futurepace Tech water bottle is made out of durable food grade stainless steel.  Food grade 18/8 SS guarantees a tough, durable, rust proof, sustainable and no metallic taste bottle.  Plus using a reusable SS bottle stops the dumpling of plastic in our oceans and landfills.  The key to keeping your beverages cold is that this bottle is double layered vacuumed insulated.  It will keep your cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours.  You can also put in a hot drink in this bottle as the insulated sides will keep your hands cool and keep your hot drink hot for up to 8 hours.

18/8 Stainless Steel - No Aluminum - No Plastic Lining
Once you get your beverage inside, don't worry about leaks.  This bottle is leak proof - and that also means sweat-proof.  Because of the double wall insulation, you will never get those little beads of water condensing on the outside of the bottle.


The Futurepace Tech Water Bottle is a slim design.  It will fit in your cup holders in your car, your bottle holder on your bike, or will fit into a side pocket on a backpack.  It holds a generous 20 oz which will keep you going for a few hours.


The lid is made from BPA-free plastic.  It also has a clip on it.  My son plans on taking this bottle with him when he returns to college next month.  He's going to clip the bottle onto his backpack since it is going to be too full of books this semester.


Have you ever thought of switching out all of your plastic water bottles to clean stainless steel?  We've recently dumped all of our plastic for stainless steel.  Plastic is harder to clean as there are little micro pockets where old beverages can get trapped in.  Have you every made Kool-Aid in a plastic pitcher?  It just seems like you can't ever get rid of the smell, right?  With stainless steel you'll never have that problem, plus it is so much better for the environment.


Going on a trek into the wilderness, or just to yoga class.  The Futurepace Tech Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle is the perfect companion to take with you!  Want to learn more?  Check out the Futurepace Tech Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle at Amazon.co.uk.  ( I was asked to add the UK link.)  Here's the US link: Best Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle.   You will be happy with this bottle!


Futurepace Tech is a Lifestyle Products company committed to innovation, sustainability, making shopping simple and delighting our style savvy customers. We strive to provide premium products to support our clients’ healthy outdoor lifestyles.

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Disclosure: The product was provided to me in order for me to facilitate an honest review, plus a small compensation. Regardless, all thoughts are my own honest opinions!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Most Amazing Kitchen Tool: The Ozeri Gourmet Digital Kitchen Scale


Since we always do a lot of baking and we always cook our own meals here at home, there is one kitchen tool that we love having - a kitchen scale.  We seem to be always weighing our ingredients or, when baking bread, we like to be sure that each of the loaves that we bake are all about the same size for even cooking.

I was recently sent a new kitchen scale to review from Ozeri.  The old scale we had before was really such a nuisance.  It was one of those that looked like something from the grocery store, that was a bit inaccurate, but my husband was a bit nostalgic over it.  With this new Gourmet Digital Kitchen Scale from Ozeri, my husband found a new digital scale that he really likes.  He has been brought up-to-date with the most amazing and highly accurate kitchen scale with some great features that you normally would not find on any other kitchen scale.


My husband, the main cook of our home, was profoundly impressed with the great accuracy of this scale.  It has a uniquely designed award-winning wide tempered glass platform that provides an oversized weighing area.  To precisely weigh, it has 4 high-precision GFX sensors which will accurately weigh items from 0.4 oz to 11 lbs or, if you are following a European recipe, 1 g to 5000 g.


The scale has a large LCD display.  Above you can see the picture of the scale "Off."  The LCD stays on to show you two of the three great extra features that this scale offers: it show the current time; and the current temperature of the room.  The other great feature to this scale is a timer!


When turned on, a display screen lights up with a high-contrast blue light.  Makes the screen nice and bright.  You can also see the timer up there on the top left better with the back light on.  So often, we need more than one timer going at the same time.  Having an extra timer, that won't stop buzzing until you come to shut it off, is very handy.  The timer can be set for any time up to 99:59.


The four easy touch-sensor buttons make operating this scale a breeze.  The tare button, once touched, will put the scale reading to "0.0."  I decided to see if my 1-cup measuring cup was accurate.  I set the scale to fluid ounces for milk (there is a fluid ounces for water), and set the measuring cup on the scale, and tared it.


As you can see, 8 fluid ounces of milk is slightly below the rim on my measuring cup.


My daughter likes to make pound cakes.  One of the items you need is 1 pound of flour.  I tapped on the unit button to set the scale to ounces, put a bowl on the scale, and tared it.


Here is one pound of flour perfectly measured for a pound cake.  In pounds and ounces, the scale will accurately measure the ounces in 1/10 measurements.



The Gourmet Digital Kitchen Scale is powered by three AAA batteries which are included.  The back light will shut off by itself if the scale is left idle for two minutes.  In the box with the scale comes the user manual, and a handy little booklet, Calorie Guide and U.S. Postal First Class letter Rate Guide.  The calorie guide is mainly the whole book, and is very useful.


The scale comes in a nice box that makes it perfect for gift giving.  You can store it in the box, but with the having the time and temperature always being displayed, I like having it out.  We don't have a lot of counter space, so my husband, who really likes this scale, is going to be making a rack to put the scale on the wall in the kitchen, and to where it can easily slide out when we need it.


It's nice not having that old bulky scale in the house anymore.  The Ozeri Gourmet Digital Ktichen Scale is so much more compact and accurate. If you would like a most amazing kitchen scale, get the Gourmet Digital Kitchen Scale at Amazon.com.  For my Canadian friends, you can purchase this scale at Amazon.ca.  As with all Ozeri items, your satisfaction is guaranteed.


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Disclosure: I received the Gourmet Digital Kitchen Scale from Ozeri for the purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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