IALUKU Aviator Polarized Sunglasses

When Pep started flying, normal sunglasses wouldn’t cut it and she would only wear aviators.  In the last two years, we have gone through about ten pairs.  Some were poor quality, a pair or two were left at the airport and one pair might have fallen 15,000 feet…….

So she was in need for a new pair of aviators.   These Aviator Polarized Sunglasses by Ialuku are really quality made sunglasses. I was worried that she wouldn’t like the brownish color as she has always worn gold or silver.  She actually loves the frame color and almost look more a like a reddish brown.

These lens are polarized, and have an anti-reflective lens. They are a little big on her face as the lens is 58mm which is around 2.2 inches so they are big lenses.   She wore them flying this past weekend and she loved how they had no glare at all.  They also block UVA and UVB rays which is great for being in the air and on the ground in sunny Southwest Florida.


These glasses were a really great find.  Hopefully they will last longer than their predecessors.

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I received these sunglasses at a discount in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own or Peps.


AtivaFit Speed Rope

Pep started cheering when she was five and competitive cheer and multiple tumbling classes soon took over her life.  She spent four to five days a week in the gym sweating.  It’s hard to believe she stopped cheering so she could be more active in Civil Air Patrol. There is PT but it is not 4x times a week so she isn’t getting the regular full body workouts she was used too.

A few weeks ago she decided she wanted to take up boxing and was considering ballet and tumbling again for high school cheer.  As part of this foray into boxing, she wanted a speed rope.  I thought we would try this skipping speed rope by Ativafit. Made of PVC covered steel wire, I thought it would be nice to have a rope that would be durable and doesn’t tangle. The rope is over 9 feet and indicated it was adjustable. This adjustment happens by sliding a screw along the rope.
In this particular case, even with the adjustable rope, the extra length pieces hang awkwardly and made it very distracting and uncomfortable when jumping for fear of whacking herself with the end pieces. The rope could be used at full length for my son who is 10 inches taller with no issues.   When she gets a little taller, I don’t think the rope will be as cumbersome for her. In the meantime, it will be available for her older brother.

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I received this product as a discount for review. All opinions are my own.


Black Owl Fashion Backpack

My daughter has had an owl obsession since she was two. She went through a phase where she would only wear owl t-shirts. Now she still loves owls, steampunk, all things Harry Potter and fashion accessories. This backpack goes perfectly with her Harry Potter and steampunk outfits!!! The gold embellishment stitching really make the eyes pop.

This backpack is really lightweight and can hold more than you think. It comes with two outside pockets, a zippered main compartment which the owl face closes over and then an internal pocket. It advertises being about to hold a tablet. It can hold a tablet and other necessities quite easily. We put a huge sunglass case, a Pixel 2XL, A droid Turbo 2, a clasp wallet, white gloves, a belt, keys and two 4ft flag bags rolled up and still had plenty of room.

I was carrying it for my daughter yesterday at a craft show and received multiple compliments.

This was shipped internationally.  The company was awesome.  I had a secure transaction, an international tracking number which I could then track once stateside and it took just a few weeks, not months which was fantastic.

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I received this product at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.




12 ounce Boxing Gloves



It’s hard to believe it has been two years since Pep gave up cheer.   I know there are days I miss it and there are days where I think deep down she might miss it a little……but just a little.   Even if she did want to go back, I really don’t know how she would even make that work between Civil Air Patrol, flying and Theatre (and school theatre at that!!!).

So she has been looking at alternative sport possibilities as needed for her USAFA application.   She has looked at Volleyball and Lacrosse – both team sports and full of a cardio workout if needed.  But no – Kiddo has asked for boxing gloves.

Boxing Gloves!!!!!!  What?????!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?! So I found these 12 ounce Red Boxing Gloves on Amazon.   I was worried they would be a little large for her hands but they Velcro around the wrist provided the ability to make a snug fit. The gloves also allowed my daughter to curl her hand up appropriately.    They also seemed to provide for a snug fit and also have an antimicrobial layer.

My only upset with this purchase was that the package at the top was physically cut open and there a small slice in the top of the glove.   While I received these gloves at a discount, having them have a defect from the time I opened the box does not appeal to me.   Meanwhile, I am sure Pep will get a lot of use out of them

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Lace Black and White Masquerade Masks

Pep’s school is having a silent auction and Masquerade Ball in a few weeks to support our fine arts department.  Pep will be playing with her Wind Ensemble group but she wanted a mask that she could wear while not interfering with her French Horn.

We saw these lace masks on Amazon and thought they might work.   Pep was a little disappointed because they are so large. She doesn’t have a small face but the eye cutouts were very big.  It took some major adjusting and arranging and tightening to get the mask to stay where it wasn’t sliding.  The lace masks are stiffer than expected but they are also very flexible. The nose piece doesn’t block breathing and there is no blocking the mouth like there might be with a larger plastic mask.  The ties are a decent length.  She attempted to tie underneath her hair but the mask kept slipping so she tied them on top of her hair but then they looked funny.   We will have to play with them to see if we can come up with a solution.

The masks come in a two pack of black and white
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Touch’N’Keep 72 piece Adhesive Magnets

I originally looked at adhesive magnets as part of a craft project for my older Girl Scout Troop as part of our work on organization.  They are at that age right now where Girl Scouts isn’t always the most important agenda item, so my daughter decided she would use them to make decorative magnets for her room.

Touch’n’Keep sells this sheet of 72 magnets with adhesive backing. My daughter did love decorating them with the washi tape we had on hand. They also adhere to her magnetic chalkboard. They hold maybe two sheets of paper. My biggest beef with these magnets was actually the way they were packaged. The film sheet they were adhered to was ripped when it came out of the cardboard envelope folding the sheet downward. I lost about 20 magnets due to adhesive issues. Otherwise they are cute and great for crafts.

I received this item at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.


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Jinweishun Sviuse Women’s Summer Strapless Sleeveless V-neck Casual Split Sexy Beach Prom High Maxi Long Dress

Over the years, Pep has gone through multiple phases of clothing.  When she was little, it was skirts and tops and knee high socks and cute hair bows and pigtails.  Then it was tunics and leggings.  A year later, the leggings itched all the time.  Then it’s been jeans and t-shirt and in middle school the required polo and button downs.  Then she found Hot Topic and we were back to dresses of sorts.  They are all character themed of course.

But HT doesn’t carry a lot of plain colored clothing items.  And Pep looks great in bold colors like orange.  When I saw this dress, I thought it would be a cute party cover up for her HP swimsuit.

This dress is polyester with a little bit of spandex.  It has a very flirty skirt.  The v cut in the front is low so you are showing a lot of skin.  Which is why I thought it would be good for a beach party cover up.  However, Pep doesn’t like it at all.  She wouldn’t even let me see it other than she said it showed everything and she didn’t want another one.   We did get the small. She did say a medium would be too big in the top.

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I am going to give it to my niece who is a little less curvy than my daughter and see if she will wear it.

I received this product at a discount for a review. All opinions are mine or my daughter’s as the dress was bought for her.



Lobkin Neckband Bluetooth Headphones

I have a pair of Hesh Wireless SkullCandy over the ear headphones that I absolutely love but don’t like to get sweaty in them and have to stop wearing them after an hour because they start to hurt.  Then when I find a pair of wireless earbuds I like, Hunter has taken Pep’s wireless headphones/earbuds/speaker etc…and then managed to destroy them in a few days and blame her.  This is after he has gone destructo mundo on his own gear. Matt calls this manipulation, I just look at it as another aspect of living with Autism Spectrum disorder.  Anywhooo.

Case in point – I had just ordered another pair of Bluetooth earbuds similar to my hubby’s and within a week, Pep is using them.  I told her to keep them since her running headset was ruined by her sweet brother (though I don’t think on purpose.) So this momma bear has been on the look out for a new pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Found these Lobkin Neckband Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon.  This is my first neckband headset. My hubby has had a couple different pairs he has used for work. The first two pair he had would just get sweaty and feel heavy on the neck when I wore them. This Lobkin Neckband is very lightweight and better yet is designed to be sweat proof.  It has this really cool hydrophobic nano coasting which almost feels like it is silicone base to make it water resistant.  In Southwest Florida between the humidity, the sweat, the rain, the heat index, the rain, the dripping humidity……well its just a pretty awesome feature.

This Lobkin neckband also touts Bluetooth 4.2, noise cancelling and a good 9 hours of playback time which means it will last your whole day or maybe a little more if you are just using for music or working out.  The headphones connected quickly to both my tablet and phone so that part was cake.  I didn’t take calls on them but am pretty sure it will work well.  The sound quality for the music and the movie I watched was solid and not tinny.

Overall, the Lobkin Neckband Headphones seem to be pretty decent and well made.

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WebSun 60 Second Salad Chopper

I love salad. All through my second pregnancy we lived at Sweet Tomatoes. I like having a wide variety to choose from. I like the choices of egg, cheese, green peas, pasta noodles, corn, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli. Yum.

If I want salad, I much prefer Sweet Tomatoes or the Ruby Tuesday salad bar, but it gets expensive, especially when it’s three or four people. But I don’t always have ready everything I like on my salad. I hate cutting vegetables and I hate the mess, and how quickly veggies can go bad. But I can’t afford eating out all the time right now.

So WebSun makes one of those simple 60 second salad choppers. Put you veggies in, wash (I did beforehand) and then place the base on, flip over, and chop. Then rotate 90 degrees and repeat. Mine was a little too full so it didn’t rotate as well. There is a “juice moat” to collect any juices.

This one had a large onion, romaine, a decent sized tomato and carrot chips. Currently cooking up some chicken for a grilled chicken 🥗.

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I received this product at a discount. All opinions are my own.


AncordWorks AW01 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Our household is heavy on the playing music. We probably go through 10-15 pairs of headphones a year and 10-12 portable speakers. I would compromise sound quality for a cheap price but as we all know cheap doesn’t always mean decent quality. A few months ago, I tried a speaker from Ancord Works and really liked it.
I was looking for a speaker Hunter couldn’t destroy. This one comes pretty close The AW01 AncordWorks Shower/Outdoor Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and rugged. It comes with both carabiner and suction cup. I was able to easily sync with my Droid turbo phone and my Samsung tablet. Idropped it and soaked it in the shower. It’s been playing beautifully while soaked over an hour. Also comes with USB cable and brick an 8gb Microsd card and reader. There is a small door where the charging cable and microcard go. This is my third AncordWorks speaker and they are on on par with our JBL quality wise. Pep will probably try to sneak off with it cus it’s camo green. Impressed 🎶🎵🔊🔊

The speaker also comes with an one year warranty so if there are any issues they can be resolved.
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I received this item at a discount. Opinions are my own!!