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Second round of product reviews on the way! This one is a tool that I got to use in the hotel room to help charge multiple items. It’s the Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger from Amazon. There wasn’t much research done on my end so I suppose any issues I find are more my fault then the product itself, but my main requirements were price and the amount of USB spaces.

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Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger

The Details

  • Purchased from:
  • Price:
    • $24.95 before shipping

The Good

So when looking for chargers I needed something that could charge multiple USB’s since we’re going to another country and I didn’t want to have to buy converters for all of us going. With this tool we can charge 6 of our devices all at once. I have a cell phone, tablet, and FitBit, my mom has her cell phone, and my aunt has her phone and tablet. This is the perfect fit (although there is a 5 USB model if you don’t need as many). Since we are still stateside I can’t say how it works in another power yet, but I will say that I use this as my normal outlet now. There is one longer cord that plugs into the unit, much like how a laptop has that plug that goes from the wall to the power, then from the power to the laptop, and then the unit. With that extra cord then my charger cable plugged in this has a really far reach. I have had 3 out of the 6 units in use at one time to test it and they all charged within a reasonable amount of time, so multiple items didn’t slow it down. The unit also has a nice sleek look.

The Less then Steller

My only complaint is that when I had my tablet plugged into one port it only charged to about 75% from about 10% in an hour, but another day I had it plugged into a different port and it went from dead to 100% in an hour. So while it says that all ports have rapid and intelligent charging I’m not sure how true that is. That’s really the only issue I have with it right now.

Verdict

I’m glad I made the purchase! I know there are cheaper models, but my aunt’s phone is picky with chargers for some reason, so I went this safe route. There are also more expensive models, and while I don’t have the best electronic knowledge in the world, I can’t really reason paying triple the price for the something that has the same functions. All in all, a purchase that helps to keep my mind at ease. As a side note this will go in my carry on so that I will always be able to charge what I need.

EndNessa

With our trip now almost a month away I’m going to be reviewing some of the items I’ve purchased to take along with us. In this first review I’m going to be talking about some organizational items, which I’m a nut about! There’s not much use for fanfare so on we go!

TravelOn Set of 2 Lightweight Packing Cubes

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The Details

  • Purchased from:
    • Target instore but available online
  • Price:
    • $9.99

So with this purchase I was looking for something to keep my portable charger and cords. I normally use an Ipsy bag but with all we’re needing one bag wouldn’t do and I couldn’t find another bag I already had that would work. So if I was going to buy something new I was going to look around to find something that would work but also not cost that much. That’s when I saw these bad boys. Now I did walk past these about 10 times on various trips so I was able to think about it for some time before leaping in. I’m so glad that I went for it and purchased these bags!

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The Larger Bag

Both bags are fashioned from polyester and they both feature a mesh front which allows for quick identification of what’s inside. They both have zip closures which is nice since it allows for more space and gives you the ability to cram more in then a clasp would. Now in the larger bag I have my bulkier items which are; our converter, one additional plug adapter, a single USB plug and then another 6 USB plug with its plug. I love that all of these items fit and I won’t have random USB adapters roaming around my purse. While it does contain my necessities I will be putting this in my carry on which will live in the cubbies above me during the flight.

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The Smaller Bag

This little bag it bigger than it looks. Here I have my Halo portable charger, my FitBit charger, my phone cord, and 3 additional micro-USB cords for use with other items that will need charging. Even though the Halo looks like it will take up all the space here that’s not the case thanks to the mesh and zipper. All of these items fit nicely with room for even more cords should I need them. This pouch is compact and is a tad larger than the palm of my hand, the larger bag is about 7 inches by 5 and this bag is about 2 inches smaller. This bag will live in my purse (it lives there now anyway) so when I’m traveling this is all I need on the go.

Verdict

Love them, glad I bought them. Have no clue why I waited so long to ‘invest’ the $10 on them. I will say Target doesn’t usually have coupons for travel, but you might be able to get them at a discount during the summer when they have those spend $$ and get $ off types of deals.

EndNessa

I’ve been dreading our vacation for a little while now. I think the main reason behind that is because it’s not happening how I thought it would. Allow me to explain; the trip itself is coming along nicely. The hotels are paid for, as well as the train rides, tours, and random adventures. The plane tickets were paid for in February and we have all our luggage we need. Why dread the thing I’ve been waiting for all year then? I’m nowhere near where I thought I’d be physically. I had plans that I would be at least 2 or 3 sizes smaller and that I’d be confident in who I am.

Now please don’t think that because I am larger I am not confident, I know my body (I’ve had it for 29 years) and I love all that it can do. I am proud of myself for who I am. What makes me sad is seeing where I’ve been and knowing I could be in a similar place now if I had worked harder.

This was me in 2005. I know I don’t still have those pants, and even if I did I know they wouldn’t fit. I think what makes me sad is that this is sort of how I still see myself, and then when I see what I currently look like it’s heart-breaking.

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I remember that I wasn’t afraid to sit in an airline seat during this time, or to share a seat with friends. Now all I can think of is whether or not I’ll have to have an extender, and if I’ll even be able to fit in the seat. This is merely an update of to where my brain is and what I really need to focus on during the next month. I’m going to do my best to avoid fast food and cut back on soda for the next few months. Soon I’ll add more about what I’m taking and hopefully that will get me excited once again!

EndNessa

Lacking Confidence

New Update for Beauty Gabbers: November 8th, 2015, March 16th 2016

So if you can see from above I’ve been meaning to write this a while ago. Anyway, I’ve been lacking on posting a whole bunch simply because my skin has been miserable. Like really bad to the point I was having elementary school flashbacks where I constantly had my oily bangs on my forehead and that caused my forehead to have all these little bumps. It was terrible! I have some photos I tried to take of them before I tried fixing them, but I really hated them and what’s worse is that I had no clue why they began!

After a while (and lots of googling) I found out they were clogged pores. I knew they weren’t acne because I never have had an issue with it, plus all the acne products I tried did nothing. So I got myself some products with salicylic acid and micro-scrubs and went to town. It took months, I mean months to get it back to where it used to be and it still can get bad when I ignore my skin for too long since that oily skin still builds up and gets all gross. I’ve included some of the products that I’ve used to get it back to decent skin, and I’ll let you know what I still use and what is kind of my second string backup items. And no, I don’t use these every day, just as their results are needed, like if I use the Olay scrub, I won’t use Vasanti.

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The Details

  • Get my Face Clean:
    • Olay Fresh Effects Deep Pore Clean & Exfoliating Scrub
    • derma|e Microdermabrasion Scrub (I freaking love it)
    • Vasanti BrighentUp! Lovely scrub
    • Murad Clarifying Cleanser (HOLY GRAIL)
  • Makeup Remover:
    • Any Makeup removing clothes (pictured ones are the one I have currently)
    • Simple Micellar Water (I like Garnier way better now)
    • Acure Facial cleansing Gel (not pictured)
  • Misc.:
    • Olay Toner for Oily Skin
    • Face Masks (not pictured)

Well I’ve been having some issues with Microsoft Word and can’t copy and paste pages right now and because of that here are some photos of bath products I’ve been working on. I’m trying to take better care of my skin and body, so I’ve made some bath fizzies with almond oil and I can say my skin has never been softer!! I’m in love as cheesy as that sounds! Anyway, photos!

 

AllBathBombs1 BathBombsamplesThese are just smaller versions of my bath fizzies, just some of the left over bits that couldn’t make it into the larger bath fizzie mold.

RhageBathBomb1 RhevBathBombs1Both of these fizzies are inspired by characters from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The top one is Rhage. Light blue and darker blue for the cover of the book and scented in Bite Me (s scent that smells like Coke and Dr. Pepper) and lemon (Mary’s scent). The second one is Rehvenge, dark purple and smells like vanilla raspberry, yum!

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