Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mira Brands Digital Kitchen Scale ST95 Review

Disclaimer: I received the following product free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion about it.  I was not paid or compensated for this post in any other way and all opinions expressed are my own.

Say 'hello' to the Mira Brands digital kitchen scale ST95!

(Please excuse the crushed box.  My cat thought it was for him.)

I try to stay away from single purpose items when I can, in an effort to reduce the amount of items in my itty bitty apartment.  My kitchen is one of the smallest and most crowded rooms in my home.  Because of this, my grandma thought I was nuts when I told her we were getting a kitchen scale.  "What are you going to use it for?  It's going to take up a lot of space just so you can weigh your flour." She wasn't on board at first.  Now that we have our Mira Brands ST95 kitchen scale, neither of us would want to be without it. 

The scale is about 9 inches long, 5 inches wide, 1.5 inches tall and is pretty light in weight. It's very small and slim, making it easy to store when not in use.  It comes with a large (24.5 cm in diameter) stainless steel bowl, which can be used to weigh things like flour, or removed to weigh things without the bowl.  The scale requires 3 AAA batteries to work, can measure in grams/ounces/kilos and has a maximum capacity of 11 pounds.

Setting up and using the scale is ridiculously easy.  Simply turn the scale over, put the batteries (included) in, then turn it over.  The blue LCD screen will light up to let you know you did it right. If you want to measure using the bowl, set the bowl on the scale and press the On/Off/Zero button to balance the bowl out to zero.  Once the screen reads 'zero', you can add whatever you're weighing and that's it!  If you want to adjust the unit, and measure in grams or milliliters instead of ounces, simply press the 'unit' button.  It's all very simple and easy to use.  The scale will automatically turn off after a few minutes without use, or you can hold down the On/Off/Zero button to turn it off manually

I use my kitchen scale for a lot more than I thought I would use it for.  They aren't just for flour!  Fruits and veggies, chocolate, sugar, you name it.  The Mira Brands kitchen scale is great for non-kitchen related things also!  I use mine to weigh packages so I can ship them from home.  This alone makes it so convenient I don't ever want to get rid of it.

Quality-wise, the Mira Brands scale feels like it will hold up well.  It is accurate, well-made and durable.  While it did stand up to my 1 year old accidentally dropping it, it does have weight limit of 11 pounds, after which damage may occur.  If you overload the scale, the LCD screen will flash 'EEEE' like a little cry for help.  I don't know what you would need to weigh in the kitchen that might overload the scale, but be careful NOT to make the scale cry for help.

Overall, I am happy with my kitchen scale.  I love the size, accuracy and cute little blue digital screen.  The scale and I have become good friends, and he's staying with me (despite efforts from my parents to convince me that they would love him more than I do.)
You can buy your own Mira Brands kitchen scale on Amazon HERE for 39.99$

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Evenflo Symphone car seat GIVEAWAY! (ENDED)

Welcome to the Evenflo Symphony 65 DLX Giveaway

The Evenflo Symphone 65 DLX is an All-In-One car seat that grows with children.  It accommodates children from 5 - 100lbs and is adjustable to rear facing, forward facing harnessed and forward facing booster without harness modes.  The Symphony 65 keeps car travel safe throughout childhood and may be the only car seat your child will ever need.  The Symphony 65 with e3 joins the DLX and the Symphony 65 e3 with TruTether, providing a full range of options for safe car travel.

Here are the features of the Symphony 65 DLX:
  • #1 Rated Car Seat by a leading consumer magazine!
  • IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Best Bet - Provides good lap and shoulder belt fit for typical 4 to 8 year-olds in almost any car, minivan or SUV.
  • National Parenting Publication Awards Gold Prize Winner for its innovation, usefulness to consumers, and high quality
  • SureLATCH Connectors Just Click, Click, Push for super-fast, super-snug installation in less than 60 seconds!
  • e3 Side Impact Protection significantly reduces the forces in side impact crashes through advanced energy absorption and an expanded zone of protection.
  • All-In-One Car Seat - The only car seat you will ever need!
  • Infinite Slide™ Harness easily slides for an accurate fit every time. No reworking the harness as child grows!
  • Up-front multi-position recline for child’s comfort while asleep or awake
  • 65 lb. harness weight rating accommodates growing children longer
  • Removable head and body pillow for additional comfort and support
  • Accommodates children 5 to 100 lbs and features One-hand Adjustable Headrest
  • Fold-down cup holder for easy access to drinks and folds out of the way when not in use
  • Easy-off, machine-washable car seat pad requires no harness rethreading 
  • Energy absorbing foam liner provides added safety & comfort
  • New CrumpleSafe™ base counteracts the forces of a severe crash
  • Designed, Engineered, Tested, Molded and Assembled in the USA
  • Available at Burlington and Babies ‘R’ Us for $199.99
Evenflo is now embarking on a “Made in the USA” initiative to let consumers know that its car seats and ExerSaucer® activity centers are designed, engineered, molded, assembled and safety tested in the USA, with U.S. and global components!  To give consumers a behind-the-scenes look at their manufacturing facility, Evenflo has also created a “Proudly Made in the USA” video.  You can check out their video on the Evenflo website HERE.

One lucky person is going to win an Evenflo Symphony 65 DLX Car Seat! 

Open to the US only.  Ends 8/7/13 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway.  The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3 Easy Ways to Get a Little Healthier Every Day

We live in an over-processed, over-sterilized, fast-food world.  With things like On Demand, Youtube, Coke and bacon, it can be hard to focus on living a healthy life.  Luckily, there are some small ways to become healthier.  These changes are so small, you probably won't even notice them!  Until you start feeling the benefits, that is.  Here are a few things you can do every day to help you become a healthier YOU.

1. Get a little sun - But not too much.  A few minutes of sun every day, about five, is enough to give you your daily dose of Vitamin D in a natural way.  Don't spend too much time in the sun, though, and never stay out if you're feeling too hot.

2. Drink more water.  I know, I know.  You hear it all the time.  But it's true!  Water should be the first beverage you reach for, because it gives your body exactly what it needs when you're thirsty.  Try replacing one other drink a day with a glass of water instead.

3. Learn to listen to your body.  You body will tell you what it needs.  If you're craving a certain food, you may be missing a mineral or vitamin.  If you're in pain, slow down a bit and rest a little more.  If you're always tired, try changing up your diet.  Your body knows what it needs, when it has had too much and when something isn't right.  Learn to read your body's cues, and you'll be on your way to becoming a happier, healthier you.

What easy things do you do every day to get a little healthier?