DIY keyring

This is a pretty cool design on a keyring.  It keeps your keys organized and all in one place.  The problem I have is this:

  1.  You can’t read the keys.  I have about 6 keys that all look the same for my office and doors at work.  If you don’t know exactly where you put them in order…you can’t figure out which one is which.
  2. If you have to remove any of them it is a royal pain in the butt.

If you get this, just be careful to watch where you put each key and plan ahead because I couldn’t use the key to my trailer hitch when it was on here.  There wasn’t enough clearance to turn trhe key.

I received this item at a discount for my honest review.


Audist SX-3511 Earbuds

These are some basic earbuds.  I compare them to the ones you might buy at a gas station or the local discount store.  We have Big Lots around here and honestly, I think I’ve gotten the same brand there.  These are not the worst, but certainly not the best.  They are not all that comfortable and the microphone is too low to be functional.  The button sometimes has a mind of its own, stopping and starting music, accessing voice controls, etc.  On the plus side, they do sound decent…about what you would expect from $9.00 ear buds.  If you need a second set or a cheap pair to use on a plane, in the gym, etc where you don’t mind if you lose them, then these might be perfect for you.

I received these for free for my honest evaluation.

Alisten X25 Digital Recorder

This unit is tiny.  So tiny I have lost it numerous times.  There are three buttons on this thing.  two at the bottom and a multifunction slider switch at the top.  There are many menus and features, but honestly it is way too difficult to make your way through the menus to use them.  I really can’t figure out how to use this thing reliably.  The combination of button presses leaves me so frustrated that I would rather pull out my phone and record using the built-in apps.

I can’t recommend this thing.  These are my opinions and you could be better at it than me.

You can try your luck at amazon:


MPOW Armor Plus Bluetooth Speaker


The Armor Plus Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker from MPOW


Oh wow!  MPOW Armor Plus is the absolute best Bluetooth speaker I have ever heard!

This thing is awesome!  Looks, sound, quality and customer service…all hands down the best.

The first thing you will notice when you open the cardboard shipping box is that this is a hefty speaker.  The size is massive for a portable Bluetooth speaker.  At about 8.5 inches long, 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide it is the largest speaker of its kind that I have ever seen.  The whole thing is wrapped in rubber that provides drop protection.  On the front and back there are iron trimmed speaker grills that are also made of metal.  You wouldn’t want to, but you could throw this thing from a moving vehicle, off a bridge and then run over it with another truck and it would probably still work. (* I didn’t try this, I like it too much!)  I probably am exaggerating a bit on that last idea, but you get the picture.  It is one tough speaker!

Let’s take a look at what’s inside…

Two 8W speakers blast the sound out the front with a passive radiator bass port on the back that thumps the bass out the backside.  The sound is crystal clear at any volume level.  I didn’t notice any distortion when playing my music.  I play a variety of styles from Rap to rock to country it all sounds great!

Strong Bluetooth Connection once you pair this speaker with your phone it remembers the connection and will connect automatically.  The range is outstanding!  I can sit this on my kitchen counter and walk all over my house, even through some walls and rarely lose the connection.

5200mAh Battery 22 hours of music play without skipping music due to low battery.  You can even use the built-in USB port to charge your phone from the speaker battery!

IPX5 Splashproof/shockproof performance

Charge indicator lights You can quickly see the charge of the battery from teh blue LED lights near the charging port.

Play Music and take calls with the built-in microphone

3.5 mm audio cable and Micro USB cable You can use the included audio cable to play music from non-Bluetooth devices.  Charge your speaker with the included micro USB cable.


Charging Port, phone charging port and Audio cable port

Wrist rope and carrying bag These can be used to carry your speaker and protect it when it is not in use.


Two EQ Modes Switch between EQ modes for indoor and outdoor listening ( I haven’t been able to tell much of a difference in the sound from these two modes, but it has been snowing and very cold here, so I haven’t used it outside yet.  I look forward to testing this feature out in three weeks on the beaches of Florida.

 What about the controls?  Well, what about them?


7 control buttons


7 buttons are displayed on the top of the speaker…Power, Track back, Volume Down, Play/Pause, Volume up, Track up and the call/EQ mode button.

One thing I really like about this speaker is the control buttons.  Most of these Bluetooth speakers have four buttons.  The plus and minus button serve to change volume and advance tracks.  The Armor Plus has 7 buttons!  I love the dedicated volume buttons and track advance buttons.  You no longer have to worry about accidentally passing up a favorite song because you were trying to turn up the volume.

This thing is flat out awesome.  I doubt anyone who is serious about their music would be disappointed by this speaker.  I highly recommend it and would say it is the best large format speaker I have ever seen.

I received this speaker at a discount for my honest review and I am so very glad I did.

FYI…customer service is amazing with this company as well.  They truly want their customers to be happy and will go to great lengths to ensure that the customer is satisfied!




AYL 900 Lumens CREE Tactical Flashlight

Whoa!  This thing is blind your neighbors bright!  I mean it…all flashlights say not to shine it directly in your eyes, but with this one…they mean it!

I have not had a brighter flashlight.  All from a beautiful aluminum casing that fits nicely in your hand.  No big bulky mag light size, this is about 7 inches long and comes with a wrist strap and a belt clip.  The head of the flashlight slides out to magnify the light and allows you to have a small, intense light or to expand that light to become less intense, but still brightly light up a larger area.

There is a rubber push button that operates the light and turns it on and off.  A firm press turns the light on and off and a softer press changes modes from on to flash to SOS flash.

It operates on three AAA batteries and has  nice glow ring inside the head that shows you where it is even in the dark!  I am ordering more for my wife’s car and for my mom’s car.

I highly recommend this flashlight without reservation!



Mr. Biscuits Burning Love Hot Sauce

I love a good hot sauce.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for a melt your face heat and other times I like a milder, hot sauce that doesn’t burn for a long time, but just adds a little heat right at the moment.

Mr. Bisuits is the perfect mix of both!  It provides a heat that gets your attention while you are eating it and reminds you of it just a little bit after you eat.

The first bottle came damaged from amazon.  I contacted the company and amazon and was pleasantly surprised when the owner contacted me back and sent a bottle from the warehouse.  Amazon just wanted to give me my money back.

A great sauce and great customer service?  That is a win-win!  I had it on pork chops tonight for dinner and I must say it was tasty!  A nice mix of habanero pepper, onion, garlic and just a bit of a sweet hint from the honey and citrus.  It is very good and I highly recommend it!




Brandon Colker’s Make Money Blogging Book

Brandon Colker has provided an outline of a system that has proven to work for many.  How to Make Big Bucks with Big Blogs provides many points of interest to bloggers looking to turn their words into money.

Many of the points made can be found from other sources on successful blogging, but one would potentially have to search many different sources to put these together.  Mr. Colker has placed them in one neat package for the reader.

While it sometimes sounded like an infomercial, the information is presented in a quick read or, as was my case, listen on an audio book format.

If you are looking for this type of information, then this is a nice, neat, small package that provides it all in one place.

I received a link for this audio book in exchange for my honest review.  You can get your copy by clicking the following link.

RY Gardener Flexible expanding garden hose

If you’ve never used one of these expandable garden hoses I recommend them…with one warning (see below).

This one is a nice blue color with some added features that sets it above the rest.  This hose set comes with a handle that has all the normal patterns, full, shower, flat, soaker, jet, etc.  It also comes with a hose hanger that fits over the water hydrant.  This hanger is not really functional for me because all of my outside hydrants are low to the ground, so the hose still lays on the ground.  If you had a higher faucet then this would work really well for you.  It comes with all the rubber washers you would need.  Inside the hose is a flexible PVC hose that also provides some protection against hose burst.

The only thing I’ve found with these…not just this one specifically, but all expandable hoses…you lose pressure in them if you don’t have a lot of water pressure at the hydrant.  I washed our cars to get the winter road salt off and after spraying, you can see the hose start to recoil and the water stream diminishes to a slow stream.  If you stop spraying the pressure will build back up and the hose will expand again, but it is kind of a pain.

I recommend these hoses and specifically the RY Gardener hose if you’ve got good pressure at your house.

I received mine at a discount for my honest evaluation.  You can get yours at the link below.

Pop the Top Bottle Opener

Have you ever heard the phrase “build a better mousetrap?”  It is usually uttered about taking a product that is simple and functional and designing a brand new way to do it.

Well, TaZa has done it…no, they do not build mousetraps, but they do make bottle openers.  Such a simple design, one that has been around for years, with many different variations of the same thing and now TaZa has made it much cooler, quicker and just better.  Enter, Pop the Top Bottle Opener.  Just smaller than a can of pop, the Pop the Top Bottle Opener fits nicely in your hand.  Slide it over the top of your favorite bottle of beer and push down.  You have just opened a bottle with out any bending of the wrist using only downward pressure!

This is a great tool to use with your friends at the next tailgate, party or just sitting at your house enjoying a few beers.  It is sure to spark conversation and amusement when it is brought out.

The company makes these in silver or black.  The opener is perfect for the cap collector, too.  It opens the bottle without bending and destroying the bottle cap.  I love the bottle opener and I am sure you will as well.

I received mine at a discount for my honest evaluation.  You can get yours at the following link.

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AYL Bluetooth Soundfit Speaker

I have had experiences with many different brands and styles of Bluetooth speakers and I will tell you that this is one of my absolute favorites!  This feels like a quality speaker even before you take it out of the box!  Once out you will notice some features quickly.  Rubberized cushioning surrounds the edges.  I feel like I could drop this many times and it would still come up playing..of course, I will try not to drop it, but if I did….I’m just saying.  To help ensure you don’t drop it there is an attached writs strap screwed onto the speaker.

Four buttons on the top of the speaker give access to power, track skip forward and back, volume up, play/pause and phone functions to answer and end a call.  There is a microphone built in so you could use this to take a call by the pool without getting your phone close to the water…I know, right!  You are already as in love with the thing as much as I am and I haven’t even began telling you about how great it sounds!

This speaker pairs quickly and always pairs as soon as I turn it on (as long as my phone is within range).  The sound on this speaker is amazing!  Rich deep bass, nice bright highs (not tinny or muffled as I have found on other Bluetooth speakers).  The buttons respond nicely and do a great job controlling the volume as well as the track up and down.  One interesting feature is the screw hole at the bottom…you could mount this on a small tripod or speaker stand to get the sound elevated on a better listening level.  That’s a pretty cool feature I’ve not seen on one of these Bluetooth speakers before.

I turn this on at night when I fall asleep with Pandora running on a 60 minute timer.  I turn it off in the morning, so basically it plays sound for an hour and then sits on standby for about 4 more hours.  The speaker stays charged for about 4 nights of this type of use with intermittent use during the evening before bed.  Charge it up during the 5th day while I am at work and I am good to go for about another 4-5 nights!  It will definitely be heading to Florida in a few weeks on Spring Break.  I can’t wait to listen to it while I sit at the beach drinking Miller Lite in the sunshine!  And if it ends up raining…I’ll still drink my Miller Light and sit at the beach because it has a water resistance rating of IPX5.  It is safe from multi directional water drops and sprays.  I will not submerge it in the ocean.

PROS (in order of awesomeness):

  • SOUND–it is the best sounding speaker I have (and I have some that cost more and some that cost less)


  • I received the light blue one
  • when you connect or turn the speaker on there is a loud connection tone that is not affected by the volume level.  When I connect at night the sound is quite loud.  This is not a feature I dislike, but I wish the volume of the connection sound was controlled by the volume setting of the speaker.

Seriously, that is the only thing I can find negative about this speaker.  I love it and I’m sure you will, too.

I received mine at a discount for my honest evaluation.  You can get yours at the link below.