I made my grandparents happy with a foot spa

Buying a gift for my grandparents is every year one of the most controversial and nerve-racking choices I need to make. So, two weeks prior to their anniversary (oh, I won’t mention the ordeal of buying them individual birthday presents) I was already stumbling in and out of stores in the biggest quest of the year. I don’t even remember who suggested that a foot spa machine could be a great choice: it might have been a friend, a saleswoman or myself, but I immediately felt this might do the trick of pleasing them, after a couple of years of failed conventional gifts that they had no use of. I forgot to mention my grandparents are quite practical people and they like to receive items that actually serve at something.

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As they both have feet problems, given their age, they were amazingly thrilled with their new toy and we’ve spent quite some time reading the instructions manual and teaching them how it functions and what they can do with it.

I was pleasantly surprised when they called me, after a couple of weeks, to thank me for the machine, as it helped them relax their tired feet at night and treat minor issues such as swollen and sore feet, that they were prone to especially in days when they had to walk more than usually. Recently, they have taken a trip outside the city and they packed the spa with them, together with all the needed ingredients, in case they would have needed it. They said the foot spa machine was of major assistance after a long day walking. I’m considering taking them another one, so that they both have an individual machine and not fight over it.

Looking back now, I can see why this product was able to ameliorate their foot pain and relieve fatigue after walking. When I bought it, I was informed the spa wasn’t solely designed to heat water and keep it warm while you attempt to peel off the rough skin of your soles, but it included a couple of other helpful, relaxation enhancing devices. On the bottom it had two antiskid, rubberized surfaces, to prevent any accidents from happening, which I thought could be quite useful to my grandmother, as she already had knee surgery and really couldn’t afford injuring her legs again. Besides, the machine was also fitted with two massage rollers that you had to rub your feet on to relax them and, additionally, you could also enjoy a vibrating massage and water wave massage.

Moreover, this little machine was fitted with an aromatherapy device in which you could add your favorite fragrances to obtain a perfumed bath. However, my grandparents usually use Epsom salt which they put directly in the bath. And, to make things easier for them, the device included a simple drainage hose, and a system that allowed them to push the spa and empty it with ease, without having to carry it. Now I’m looking for something a little bit more professional, so that they are able to enjoy a professional spa treatment at home.

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Looking for a comfortable mattress for my truck tent



If you already own a truck tent you know how convenient it is. You can set it up in minutes, and it allows you to have plenty of privacy when you are sleeping in your vehicle. It will also protect you from the wind, rain and even hot sun, but this doesn’t make the floor of your truck bed any more comfortable. While sleeping bags and blankets can help make the hard metal floor a little less painful, nothing allows you to get a good night’s rest quite like an inflatable mattress. The right air mattress can actually make you forget that you are sleeping in the bed of your truck, at least until you get a glimpse of the nighttime sky. After trying out various models I have finally found a mattress that not only fits my truck and tent, it is also incredibly comfortable to sleep on.



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One of the first things I noticed about this inflatable mattress from AirBedz Lite is that it is designed to cover the wheel wells in the back of the truck. While I am not suggesting that it will make them comfortable to sleep on, it does help prevent any painful bumps and bruises if you toss and turn a little at night. The air coils are also designed to evenly distribute your weight so you can enjoy “all over” support in almost any position.

This air mattress is designed to go in the back of most standard size pickup trucks, and it measures 75” x 63” x 12” when fully inflated. With over 6 feet in length, most adults will find that they can sleep comfortably on the mattress without their feet or head hanging off. Another reason I like this mattress is its durable construction, especially since I have a pretty good idea of what is rolling around on my truck floor. The high quality PVC material is resistant to rips and tears, and this also means that the mattress won’t start deflating due to a small air leak.

While some experienced travelers can probably remember everything they need for their trip, I am not one of them. That is why I am glad that everything needed to inflate the mattress comes included with it. The portable pump can be easily stored with the air mattress, and it also comes with a 16’ cord that is long enough to use with my full size truck bed. Since it runs off of DC power it can be plugged into your vehicle’s outlet so you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring batteries or locate an alternative power source.

I am not saying that this air mattress will make the back of your truck as comfortable as your bed back home, but it might come pretty close. Best of all it is extremely easy to inflate, and it fits in the back of my vehicle and inside my truck tent.

I consider purchasing a roof top tent next time and see which one is better for my trips.

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My review of the Plusino Spin Kit

Out of the many spinning cast rod and reel combo’s for bass fishing I have tried over the past years, I have to admit the Plusino gave me the greatest satisfaction in what the number of successful catches is concerned. It is kind of ironic because, being very picky, I like to buy my own tackle, and this combo was bought by my wife who has no knowledge whatsoever about fishing gear. She apparently went with the store personnel suggestion, and even though I am usually distrustful with strangers recommendations, I had to take it out fishing a couple of times just to reward her effort. To my surprise, it proved to be a very effective equipment and I rarely switched to something else.

The first thing that comes as a great advantage on this rod is the fact that it’s telescopic, so you can store it anywhere you want, and it’s even easier to set up for fishing than my two-piece rods. In addition, it is composed of a Carbon fiber and fiberglass mix, so it feels flexible and yet strong. Eight aluminum oxide guides hold the line in place on every segment and you can feel the control you have on your cast through the slick reel handle.

The reel has a large, deep aluminum spool with a medium line capacity. The 12 bail bearings are a good feature, as they make the tension in a strong drag almost unobservable.

Some other reviewers complained about the anti-corrosion feature not being as advertised, but until now I haven’t seen any sign of rust or corrosion, although I have been using the gear in saltwater and on wet weather conditions.


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Tips on buying a fish finder


We, fishermen, all want to catch more and more fish, which is why it’s absolutely natural to look for a dependable and accurate fish finder at some point or the other. Let’s face it – not all these devices are built the same. Some are better than others, whether they’re packed with useful functionalities or just have superior capabilities. Here’s a short list of tips and tricks to refer to if you want to get the best value for the right price.

One of the crucial details to consider is to pay attention to the frequency and power of the product you want to spend your money on. These days, portable fish finders come in all shapes and sizes and some might have larger or smaller screens, but the bottom line is that the power has to be correlated with the frequency so that you’re able to understand if the unit is fit for your needs. The higher the power and the lower the frequency, the more detail you’ll be able to see in deep waters. With a higher frequency and lower power, you’ll be able to target your catches in shallow waters.

Another feature to take into account is the size of the screen. If you prefer a simplistic approach, perhaps you’d benefit from using a portable alternative such as the Deeper Smart or the Fish Hunter Pro, which come with transducers that can be connected wirelessly to any of your mobile devices. This feature is advantageous because you will be able to get all the benefits of your tablet, for instance. If you prefer the typical fish finder, it goes without saying that you should pick one that comes with a resolution of at least 240 by 160 pixels. The larger the display, the higher the price of the product. Also, you’ll have to look at the water resistance of the screen so that it’s not affected by the wetness in your kayak or aluminum boat. On the same note, you ought to decide either on a color or a black and white screen, although we hardly recommend getting a grayscale option nowadays, as these ones seem to become more and rather obsolete with every day that goes by.

For all intents and purposes, you have to know just how you’ll be mounting your transducer. In our experience, transom mount transducers are by far the easiest to install and work with, but this may not be a reasonable option for people interested in doing some kayak fishing, which case they ought to select a thru-hull unit.


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Water powered sump pumps – are they the best choice

Even the best water powered sump pumps have both advantages and disadvantages and know them all in order to make an informed decision. You want to know that you’ll be spending your money on something worth the while as the pump has to be capable of keeping your basement in top shape regardless of a power outage or any other damaging circumstances.

One of the most common pros of getting and using a water powered alternative is that it can operate infinitely. As such, most of the models that are available in today’s market require no electricity and no battery. If you install the system properly, you have a high chance of using it for many years to come. Maintenance and cleaning are two things you won’t have to be bothered by if you pick this alternative as there are virtually no parts or replacements that have to be checked. Since it does not rely on a battery, there will be no acid spills or battery disposal problems to speak of. What’s more, the installation of this kind of system is often times a breeze as it doesn’t require a lot of technical knowledge and can be performed swiftly by many owners.

The disadvantages of getting such a product are significantly fewer when compared to the pros. However, they do exist and a prospective buyer should be aware of them before making a final call. You ought to have a reliable water source in order to use this kind of sump pump, which might be a problem for some people, specifically because many models have been designed to work with at least 2 PSI of city water. If you have a city water supply, you really have nothing to worry about. If, on the other hand, you don’t benefit from this water source, you may find that a battery backup sump pump is the right product for your needs. Another con of using a water sump pump is the fact that the water in the entire system might get mixed with the one in the pump, which can lead to contamination. This issue rarely occurs as most of the consumers install a backflow preventer.

The efficiency and performance of a water powered sump pump cannot be denied. It could be compared to a battery backup sump pump but the main difference between the two is the fact that the second is considerably less affordable compared to the first. Besides, it needs a full-size sump pump to be able to do its job as there are few battery backups that can be bought separately. It might be worth underlining that, if you’re the owner and user of a submersible alternative, you unfortunately can’t install a water powered option. The system is incapable of doing its job under these circumstances.

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What are weather radios and how do they function?


Everyone should own a weather radio.These tiny items will provide you with the weather forecast at any time, without you having to check the prognosis. However, their main purpose is to alert people about natural hazards in any US state, so that they can reach a safe spot in time and not get caught wandering on the streets during a hurricane. Though they are intended for the purpose of broadcasting the weather news and alert people on natural hazards, they can also be used as normal radios to listen to the news, your favorite music or radio shows you appreciate.

The only thing you need to do when you receive your new radio, to be able to enjoy various radio channels is to switch from the weather channel band from the menu to the AM/FM band and to find the one you prefer.That shouldn’t be very difficult, as most products come with simple-to-use buttons.Traditionally speaking, you should have an on/off control on one side of the device, while all the other controls are arranged on the front side of the radio.

How to program your weather radio?


To be able to program your radio you need to plug it in, switch it on and then activate some basic settings. If you want to listen to the weather prognosis, search the channel by using the up and down arrows. Once you find the right frequency, and the radio can be clearly heard, you must insert your area’s S.A.M.E. code to be right away notified if a storm, hurricane, or other natural disasters are awaited in your county. The device will memorize your channel and, even if you switch to another radio channel right away, the weather alert will automatically interrupt it, to notify you of any impending weather hazards. Don’t forget to check for the code assigned to your county prior to that.

However, as I read in numerous weather radio reviews the radio can be programmed to notify if any other areas are affected by natural hazards. You just need to switch the menu preference from SINGLE to ANY and, thus, receive all county weather alarms. But, if you just want to be informed on 2 or 3 counties, you can go to the MULTIPLE category in your menu and introduce the specific codes. This way you will have access to weather information from various regions. The NWR will not only warn you in case of a natural disaster, but also if a serious accident has taken place in your area, if any chemical hazards  have happened, if any epidemic has affected a specific region, and even let you know about any terrorist attacks and threats. Having one of these with you may indeed save your life at least one time.

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I use my drill press for woodworking and I love it


I have always known drill presses to be terrific precision tools that can bore holes in exact locations while delivering meticulously controlled boring depths. A favorite tool of woodworkers, the drill press is what I have decided to get myself for my small workshop. I did plenty of research on size and cost to help me decide between a benchtop model and a freestanding or floor unit. I found that for my purpose, I could get a benchtop model at the onset and hopefully move from there once my real estate space has grown.

Since all drill presses work basically the same way, learning how to run my new drill press was easy. The motor is mounted at the back of the machine. It drives a pair of pulleys connected to a spindle that drives the bit. Adjusting the bit speed is easy with the stepped pulleys, allowing me to work on different materials and thicknesses for various woodworking projects. I always use slower speeds for large diameter bits and higher speeds for small diameter ones. I like that my machine comes with five speeds so I can make more precise adjustments every time.

I sometimes experiment (I also experiment with different types of drill and for that I go to website where there are drill press comparison tables) with special types of bits to cut square mortises for joinery works for furniture or to cut decorative rosettes for intricate projects. I also like that my unit has a quill lock that is quite easy to use, which allows me to lower the bit to the exact spot on my workpiece and hold it there temporarily as I make the necessary adjustments to the drilling depth. I am able to handle different sizes of workpieces thanks to the worktable dimensions of 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches. The slotted worktable accommodates clamps or a vise so my workpiece can easily be held in place. The support post is solid and strong, and the base offers more than enough rigidity and support to handle all the vital components of the machine securely as I work.


The chuck always works smoothly. The chuck and spindle assembly are designed so the bit will not exhibit a lot of or wobble as it turns, ensuring consistency in my projects. The primary reason I got a drill press was accuracy. Woodworking requires precise hole drilling and with my drill press, i can create uniformly spaced holes to exact depths, widths and angles as needed for my projects. The depth stop lets me control how far the drill bit will sink into my workpiece, ensuring that the holes are bit too far into the wood nor too shallow.

The machine also enables quick completion of projects with the automatic setting of depths and angles, so I can prevent wastage of materials and time in my workshop. Since I wouldn’t need to exercise as much caution when using a hand drill, i am not slowed down unnecessarily thanks to the automation provided by my drill press. With ample power in my hands, the drill press offers me better functionality that allows me to drill angled holes into wood, letting me enter the wood at the exact spot. I really love my drill press and what it can help me do.

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Retiring and living out your remaining years traveling with an RV


Starting out

Retiring and living the rest of your life in an RV might be something that may have never crossed your mind. Perhaps you’ve found out about it from a friend who’s considering it, or maybe you’d like to experience the things you didn’t have the chance to when you were employed. Some people nowadays work online and can still make a buck or two while at a campground. The greatest advantage offered by living in an RV is freedom. There’s nobody stopping you from leaving the desert unannounced. No limitations, no rent, no mortgage. Plus, you can finally visit your relatives although you might have been postponing such a trip for many years. The neatest thing about RV travel and living is that nothing and nobody’s pinning you down. As long as you stick to some ground rules, you’re set to go. Be advised, this lifestyle may not be for everyone, particularly if you’re a greater fan of golf courses than you are of not so comfortable sleeping conditions.



RVs are categorized in most of the rv gps reviews depending on their weight and size. Before deciding which one’s the best for your needs, what you need to take into account is your finances. The prices of various models can vary from three thousand to three million dollars, but we couldn’t recommend you to choose either cheap or expensive. Anything you feel comfortable with spending is convenient enough, but you have to be aware of the fact that a second-hand RV might have some problems and might require you to spend a lot more money on repairing it. You guessed it, this is money you could have spent on a brand new RV. As for what you’ll be spending on the road, you’ll have to think of consumables, food, and gas. Luckily, most campgrounds can let you stay for 21 days at a time without any fees. Some of these even have free internet.

Health plan

Since retirement traditionally happens once you’ve become older, you’re likely to suffer from one thing or the other. If you take pills on a daily basis, be sure always to check with your physician and get a subscription that allows you to avoid going into the doctor’s office every month. Also, check your insurance to see whether there’s any coverage in the states you plan to visit or camp in for a while. This can help you avoid a lot of additional costs.



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Why I Don’t Think Radar Detectors Are Still Viable in 2016

Radar detectors are pretty nice to have, since they can let you know in advance that there is a police radar ahead. That gives you enough time to reduce your current speed, so you do not get a ticket. However, no matter how great things seem to be right now, there are certain technicalities that can prevent you from using a radar detector properly. Since the legislation regarding radar detectors and their use in the US is terribly fractured, and states do not have the same laws everywhere, especially for long distance drivers this could be a serious problem.

Under the Communications Act of 1934 it is legal to own a radar detector in most US states. While this should make things pretty simple and straightforward, things are simply not like that. For instance, in Virginia and Washington DC, radar detectors are completely banned, so even the simple fact of owning one can get you into trouble. And things do not stop here. There are important exceptions to the rule, such as the use of a radar detector on military bases. However, since you are supposed to go through several checkpoints in such areas, chances are that you will have no opportunity to speed up too much.


Another thing you should know about radar detectors is that they are usually not allowed on heavy vehicles. For vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, the use of such devices is strictly prohibited. In Illinois, New York and New Jersey, there is even more legislation regarding heavy vehicles and the use of radar detectors. In addition, if you are caught operating a radar detector on such a vehicle, you will have to pay a pretty hefty fine.


In California and Minnesota, you can have a radar detector installed on your car, but be aware where you place it. These states have quite a rigorous legislation regarding mounting objects on the windshield. The law considers that such objects can obstruct the driver’s field of view, which may lead to accidents. Although it is fairly convenient to have the radar detector mounted on the windshield, you should have it mounted someplace else, to avoid any run-ins with the law.


You may escape with an undetectable radar detector, but I would advise against. Besides the fact that you cannot know for sure whether the device can really go undetected or not, if you are caught, you can risk getting fine for it, or even worst. Such problems with the law make radar detectors a tricky choice for 2016. They do work and they can help you reduce the number of tickets you would normally get for speeding, but since you may find yourself breaking the law, this is something for you to keep in mind. So, here are my two cents on this, and why I think radar detectors are not so great anymore.

Beltronics is making some good radar detectors. The Beltronics PRO300 detector is pretty cool and affordable.

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Why an electric broom is a great addition to your house


I have taken a long time to consider if to add to my kitchen arsenal an electric broom ( here is a top with the most popular products available online) and what type I should choose. In the beginning it wasn’t easy, I had to browse through reviews and offers that weren’t always useful. Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that, if I wanted something that is able to replace my vacuum cleaner, it should be a product I was able to use with ease and that would spare me from the ordeal of using my vacuum cleaner. Until then, I had been using a heavy, old model that was impractical because of the hose that I had to drag from one room to another.

I have a medium-sized apartment, so I don’t need more than one hour for vacuuming, but preparing the machine for use took me more time than the actual vacuuming. I’ve started my search for the best electric broom, by checking major brands offers in detail. I’ve made up my mind to buy a cordless electric broom from Bissell because I believed a cord would make the product inconvenient to use and due to the positive reviews from owners.

I ordered it, and the product arrived after two days, nicely wrapped at my door. I’ve decided to use it right away to see how it works on my carpet. Just a little piece of advice, though it may seem like not such an important thing to do, since the item seems so easy to handle, read the instructions manual that explains how the item needs to be set for better results on different surfaces. There’s a button on the lever that starts up the main roll brush,  to offer you better performances on fluffy materials, by picking up mess stored deeply into your carpet’s fabric. The brush is not needed on tiles and hard floors, so you can switch it off.

The item I chose, the  Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo Cordless Rechargeable Sweeper functions on both hard floors and carpets and it can be converted into a handheld vacuum that I thought would really come in handy to use in spaces  that would normally be out of reach for any type of cleaning utensil. Due to this ergonomic feature, you can clean underneath or inside cabinets and other pieces of furniture.

The battery runs for approximately 50-60 minutes so I can sweep my entire place at once. However, even if I finish earlier, I always recharge it, to have it ready in case I need it again. It is a really easy-to-use product and the handle is extremely mobile, thus you won’t feel tired after an 1 hour-long cleaning session. Plus, you can pick up the dust from underneath your furniture, because the head of the broom is slim and it fits in about any place. I’m sure I won’t be forced to use my heavy vacuum cleaner for a while now and my house will still look sparkly.


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Replacing my old quesadilla maker

When my old quesadilla maker began failing, I knew I had to get a brand new one pronto. The existing quesadilla maker I have has been on my kitchen countertop for a good three years, and that’s good enough for me considering that I got it on sale at a fantastic bargain price. Now, before buying my trusty quesadilla maker, I did some research and product comparisons. I also looked at owner feedback to make sure I wasn’t going to get an appliance that would turn out unusable or easily broken. I was lucky to find my old quesadilla maker three years ago, and I have not regretted that purchase one bit. This is why I am so sorry to have to bid goodbye to my favorite dinner cooking partner that has served me well all these years.

Till now, I still haven’t decided which quesadilla maker to get. There have been so many companies that manufacture small electric kitchen appliances that it has become more difficult to choose a single product, much less to do research on all of the products available to thresh out the best performing ones. I have even asked everyone I know who owns a quesadilla maker but sadly, majority of them have the same problem I do: they have not been able to find the perfect quesadilla maker to replace their old ones. Now what should I do?

Well, miracles never cease after all! One of my pals, who has been on holiday in Europe for a month, invited me to dinner one Saturday evening (last night only!) so we could celebrate her return and swap stories on what had been going on with our respective lives. Single like I am, that friend of mine prepared both our favorite food that evening, nothing else but , you guessed it, QUESADILLAS! We both love Mexican food, especially quesadillas. She put in all our favorite fillings, chicken, turkey, Monterey Jack, green pepper, chopped onion, avocado, the works. We had a quesadilla party that evening. There were so many stories to share I completely forgot that she had the very kitchen appliance that I needed to replace in my own kitchen, a quesadilla maker. It was new, since she had to retire her old quesadilla maker before she left for Europe.

I did get around to asking her the million dollar question: where did she find such a fantastic replacement appliance that cooked the quesadilla perfectly, all golden brown and crispy? She mentioned this helpful site that reviews quesadilla makers. It is Sunday morning, I am exhausted from all the gabbing we did last night, but I am now about to visit that fantastic site my friend told me about. Cheerios, you guys! Got a job to do for the sake of many dinners to come!



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Yogurt is an important part of a balanced diet



A US study has proven that with high intake of yogurt, especially as part of a healthy diet regimen in adults, promotes a positive effect on blood pressure control and can also be beneficial in the prevention of hypertension. Those who consume more than three servings a week are more likely to gain less weight over a year compared to those who consume less than one serving per week. Always choose low-fat or fat-free yogurt. Or better yet, make your own fat-free yogurt using skim milk plus non-instant non-fat dry milk.

If you own one of the best yogurt makers, it ensures that you can make homemade yogurt for your consumption instead of having to buy from the grocery. If you add up the grocery money you shell out to indulge your weekly yogurt fancy, you may be able to save up enough to get a premium quality yogurt maker so you can have all the yogurt you want any time. Plain yogurt can be topped with some fresh or dried fruit, and this will be a better alternative to fruit-flavored commercial yogurts that can contain sugars.There have been significant studies that have found a real connection between yogurt consumption and healthy weight management. The findings in those studies have found that yogurt, if not helpful enough for losing weight, can be instrumental for weight maintenance, at least.

Compared to butter, cream and cream cheese, yogurt is a healthy dairy product. Existing research has suggested that less weight gain can be associated with yogurt-rich diets over time, which has not been found to be true when consuming nonfat or low-fat milk. Furthermore, weight gain is associated with comparable consumption of cheese and whole milk. Yogurt diets also produce health effects on specific conditions such as diabetes mellitus and other cardiometabolic diseases. Yogurt is one of the key food items that we should consume more of, specifically when fighting off diabetes mellitus.

More yogurt contributes to beneficial diet patterns, especially if we are to consume a greater quantity of minimally processed foods including vegetables, nuts, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seafood and vegetable oils. Cut down on your red meat intake, as well as on your consumption of sodium-preserved or processed foods and meats full of added sugars, starch, refined grains, trans fat and salt.

Yogurt is a low-fat and nutrient-filled food item that offers a preventive effect in studies that evaluated the relationship between blood pressure levels and yogurt consumption. If you obtain over 2 percent of your total calorie intake from yogurt, this could mean less risks of incident hypertension compared to not eating any yogurt at all. Consuming high amounts of yogurt can result in a smaller yearly increase in systolic blood pressure compared to not eating yogurt at all.



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