Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Easy@Home Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Kit

In old times, when the technology was not so advanced , guesswork used to play a vital role in determining pregnancy . I'm sure there were no ovulation or pregnancy kits if we go back in the history and ladies used to guess and monitor their symptoms like vomiting and nausea.

Thanks to the technological advancement, now you can get concrete results by only using a strip. I'm writing about ovulation and pregnancy test kits here, beauty of these kits is that you can perform a simple test in the comfort of your own home. 

There are many companies in market today selling these ovulation and pregnancy kits. If you are planning or already having kids, you must be familiar with these kits. I've seen these test strips ranging from $1 to even $160. I will be sharing my feedback on Easy@Home products here.

About Easy@Home One Step LH Ovulation Test Strips: 

As per product description-
The LH (Luteinizing Hormone) which is in the urine of normal women will increase dramatically in the middle of the menstrual cycle. The LH increase triggers ovulation which is when the egg is released periodically from Normal fertile women. WHO experts state that LH testing is a reliable way to detect ovulation. Ovulation will occur after 24-48 hours following a positive test. One Step Ovulation Urine Test is a qualitative test used to predict when there is a LH surge, and in turn, when you are likely to ovulate. 
Easy@Home provides different kits having 50 or 100 individual LH Ovulation test strips. Each test strip is individually wrapped , you can easily carry individual strips if you want.  It is simple to test, manual comes with clear instructions. I'm not detailing the steps which says you need to collect pee in a disposable cup/glass and then keep the strip in that for few minutes. It might sound a bit messy, but this gives mostly accurate results. As per company, their tests are FDA approved and over 99.8% accurate. I don't think I can comment on accuracy based on few tests.


About Easy@Home One Step HCG Pregnancy Test Strips: 

As per product description-
Detects the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin ("HCG"), which appears in urine very early in pregnancy. Regardless of the technical language, this test works just like most other pregnancy tests out there. It measures the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. This hormone is produced by the cells of the embryo that will later form the placenta. The level of HCG starts to increase from its basal level of less than 5 mIU/mL directly after implantation, and doubles about each 48 hours during the first weeks of pregnancy. 

Easy@Home kit comes with 20 strips for testing pregnancy. If you are not getting periods then these can be used to check if you are pregnant. These strips are also individually wrapped.

  1.  Reasonable kits, good quality in reasonable price. You can get 50 Ovulation and 20 pregnancy test strips in $22.  It means around 70 strips in $22 or you are getting 3+ strips in a dollar. 
  2. Individual packing, each strip is individually packed which makes it easy to carry and also easy to store.
  1. Bit messy, strip needs to be dipped in pee for a few minutes. Some small cup is needed for this.
  2. You have to buy disposable cups for testing. 

Easy@Home kits are available on Amazon. It gives option to order strips from 20 -1000 in count.

Disclaimer- I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.Opinions expressed are 100% of my own and not influenced by anyone.I am in no way liable for any injuries that may result because of  use or misuse of product

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Smart Weigh- Black Digital Food Scale- Review

I recently got a Digital Food Scale from Smart Weigh for review purpose. This scale can be used to weigh food items in grams, oz, ml , cups etc. Though it's a kitchen scale, you can use it to weigh  any other small items like medicines as well.
(image credits- Smart Weigh)

This scale is very light in weight, small and looks stylish. I kept it on my kitchen counter top and use it frequently to weigh food while making new dishes. Most recipes demand measurements say take 20 gms of ingredient A, 50 gms of ingredient B. With this scale, I can get accurate readings in grams. 

I tested this to measure water,  milk, medicines,  apple, bay leaves box and much more. This is very simple to operate, just put 4 AAA batteries and it's ready to use. It has 2 settings, 'Tare' and 'Mode' . If you want to measure glass of water, then first put empty glass. When it shows some weight, then press Tare to set it to zero. Then pour water in the glass, and it will give reading for the water. It gave accurate readings when I tested like this.

I measured food items ranging from 20 gm to 2 lbs and it gave quite accurate readings every time. Tare button if pressed for 2 seconds , switches off the scale. Tare function sounded bit confusing initially, but after 2-3 times I was comfortable with its use.
Bay Leaves box shows 56 gm, and scale 110 gm ( including leaves and box).

It can be used to measure in oz, gm, cups etc. It can measure up to 11 lb/ 5 Kg.  In a nutshell, I am quite impressed with this scale. You would really enjoy it and find it useful if you try new recipes and measure a lot in kitchen.

Smart Weight is available on Amazon and costs $19.99 currently.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wait for the Rain ~ Book Review

Title : Wait for the Rain
Author: Maria Murnane
Pages : 272
About Author-
Maria Murnane is the bestselling author of Cassidy Lane , Katwalk ,Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind and Chocolate for Two.
I received a copy of  'Wait for the Rain' for the review purpose. Today I finished last chapter of the book and sharing my view here.

This is a story of Daphne White , lady who will be turning forty in a few days. As you all know, most of us especially ladies are in quest for the fountain of youth.  We celebrate our birthdays but after certain age we panic with each birthday. Same happened with Daphne White, she dreaded accepting the fact that she is turning forty. She divorced 2-3 years back, her husband is getting remarried; her daughter is occupied in her own world . She is a stay-at-home mom who regrets her decision of sacrificing her job for the sake of her family.

Then enters KC and Skylar, Daphne's friends. All of them plan a trip to Caribbean island to celebrate their reunion. Author has very beautifully portrayed beach and island scenes. She has explained scenes in such a real and vivid manner, that I want to go to some nice beach for vacations, want to rent a beach home , and want to drink mango sangrias and smoothies.

I really liked some sayings in the book like -
'Forty is the new black', 
'Power naps are the fountain of youth'  (page 146)  ,
'Don't waste time fussing over things that don't mean squat.'(page 236)

I really enjoyed reading this book, characters are so lifelike that you can relate with them. KC's passion for fitness, Skylar's workaholic nature, Daphne's feelings as s stay-at-home mom ; you can easily relate with these characters.

I liked Maria's style of writing. Maria's style of writing coupled with her lifelike characters has made this book completely different.

Wait for the Rain is available on Amazon .

Monday, May 11, 2015

#Adeline Anti-Aging Moisturizer & Organic Eye Serum Review

We are always in search of fountain of youth, though it is true that " there is no true fountain of youth" , but we always look for alternatives which can hide our real age or keep our age from showing up.

I received some beauty products from Adeline for the review purpose. These are anti aging moisturizer and organic eye serum, both have anti-aging ingredients to fight wrinkles.

I was reading a book, it says ' Forty is the new black' . I really liked this saying, we can grow old but age shouldn't define our boundaries. If you think these wrinkles can make you look older, then don't let these wrinkles show up.

Adeline anti-aging moisturizer came in a small bottle, you can easily pump the serum and apply on your face. I normally apply it in night before going to bed. You can also apply it in morning. This serum is neither too thick nor too thin, it is non greasy, it hydrates and moisturizes skin well. Also, it has mild fragrance and after applying to the face sometimes it creates bit tingling. 

When I applied it for the first time, next day I noticed some slight red rashes on my face. Then I applied it again by giving a break of 2 days, then it didn't give any rashes. I have no noticeable wrinkles as I am still in my 30's. I am using it daily to keep my skin healthy and young.  I observed that it keeps my skin hydrated and glowing.

As per company, Adeline's Anti-Aging Face Cream is formulated with 5 powerful ingredients that fight wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin: Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C & Vitamin E. 

I also tried Adeline's Organic Eye Serum, this is to minimize signs of aging around eyes like dark circles or puffiness around eyes. This also came in a small bottle ( 15 ml), and serum looks bit like glue. I usually take small dab of this serum and apply around my eyes and rub slightly. It feels bit sticky and it tightens the skin around eyes like a face mask. I found it unscented and refreshing. 

I didn't experience any allergies with this eye serum, I'm applying this every night since 2-3 weeks , and found it bit refreshing and it tightens skin around eyes.

As per company, this serum has natural ingredients like cucumber extract, Chamomile extract, Aloe leaf juice, Sunflower seed oil etc. 

In a nutshell, I am satisfied with the quality of Adeline anti aging moisturizer and eye serum. Not all moisturizers and serums suit everyone's skin, so if you want to try , first put a small amount in test area say hands, if you don't see any skin allergies then only you should apply these on face.

Adeline's Anti-Aging Moisturizer  and Adeline's Organic Eye Serum both are available on Amazon and currently costs costs $35.25 each.

Disclaimer- I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.Opinions expressed are 100% of my own and not influenced by anyone.I am in no way liable for any injuries that may result because of  use or misuse of product

Sunday, April 19, 2015

4-Piece Cotton Flannel Sheet Set from Yorkshire-Mayfair ~Review

I received a 4 -piece Cotton Flannel bed sheet set  from company named as Yorkshire-Mayfair to review and share my honest opinion on my blog.

To be honest, I have tried multiple flannel pajamas but never bought a flannel bed sheet before. This bed sheet set came in a standard bed sheet package having fitted sheet, top sheet and 2 pillow cases. I received bed sheet in baby blue color and in Queen size. 
Description says it is heavy bed sheet, but I felt that this is moderate in weight. It is not very heavy. It fitted well on my queen size bed and looked nice. This is made of 100% cotton and is very soft and cuddly. This bed sheet is good when used in cold weather, it gives that additional warmth due to its material. 

The colors stayed after wash but dryer showed lot of lint.  I have washed it 2-3 times since I received this. I would say that color didn't fade and it still looks good on my bed. But, I am not very impressed with the amount of lint.

This bed sheet is perfect if you are looking for soft and easy going fabric. Be careful when you wash this, better if you could dry it without using machine.  In short, It is not a very fancy, royal looking bed sheet which you can put in guest bed room when you have your best guests coming. But this is a bed sheet which you can use it on daily basis.

Yorkshire-Mayfair 4-piece bed sheet set is available on Amazon and currently costs $39.95