What about hiking poles?

So I wanted a nice set of hiking poles for uneven terrain on this summers backpacking trip.  My son has a single pole, my Husband is carving one for himself, but I wanted a set of two just in case.

I chose this set for a few reasons:

  1. they come with a one year warranty.  who would say no to that?
  2. these have tungsten steel tips
  3. Very comfortable I like the cork it doesn’t make me all sweaty like the rubber grips do, and under the cork is EVA foam so nice and soft and will over time form to my hands.
  4. They have an extra set of rubber tips and a set of mud/snow tips.
  5. These come in a really nice carry case with backpack straps.  Although I did get a really nice carry case that clips to my backpack to hold my son’s pole and these fit in there as well so i will most likely be using that case instead.

.I highly recommend these hiking poles.
I received these Trekking | Hiking | Walking Poles [2-Pack] Anti-Shock | Retractable | Lightweight Aircraft Grade Aluminum | Comfortable Cork Plus Foam Grips | Include Extra Tips Plus Travel Carrying Bag for free or at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review. DSCF0116click here to buy these hiking poles. I am not affiliated with the seller, supplier, or manufacturer in any way.


So I received this face paint by Blue Squid to try out.  My son’s birthday party was coming up so I thought great day to use it.  I had a friend of mine painting faces.  She said these were very professional quality.  They covered well the colors are vibrant and easy to use.  I also had her use a 24 makeup brush set instead of paint brushes and she loved doing it that t way it was much easier than just paintbrushes.

The glitter is in a liquid base which made it go on easier and helped to blend the other colors.  So plan for that when you are using it.

There is a blurb on the back of the packaging that says be careful these are such vibrant colors they may not want to come off with just soap and water but I did two big pink circles on my arm left them on for a few hours then washed one off with soap and water and the other using olive oil and a paper towel.  both came off perfectly no issues at all.  Of the people at the party, everyone said it came off easily except for the boy with the ninja turtle face he still had some green around his nose but his mom said she didn’t think he really tried to get it all off.



I thought I would try a K2 double hammock


So I bought a K2 double hammock.  Talk about a nice hammock.

It is extra long and extra wide so more like a triple hammock. It is very roomy and comfortable.  My 10-year-old son loved it so much I couldn’t try it out as much as I would have liked. But that is alright he had a blast in it.  And ended up taking a nice afternoon nap.

I took the hammock out of the bag it has nice carabiners and is very well stitched.  I really like the colors of Kelly green and black.  It came with a heavy duty rope to hang it from a tree but I prefer tree straps so I used the MalloMe brand tree straps.

I had it up in less than a minute.  I sat in it and then lay down it was very nice I could have taken a nap but as I said I have a 10 year old.  So my son was saying my turn my turn can I try it out now.  So I let him get into it and I took pictures of him enjoying it.

He talked about all the things he could do in this hammock and how much fun it was going to be this weekend when his cousins come over.  And tehn he lay back and started swaying in it and soon he was asleep.

I am so glad it was such a beautiful day today.

So then when he woke up,  we took everything down to see if it would be as easy to take down as it was to put up.

The tree straps work wonders Just unhook the carabiners adn fold the hammock in half then in half again tehn sutff it in the carry sack.

Then roll up the tree straps and done in less than a minute.

this is going in my husbands pack when we go backpacking this summer.  You know when he isn’t looking I will stick it under his clothes.  It only weighs 1.7 pounds and the mallome only weighs 1.4 pounds with the heavy carabiners but I can take those out because the K2 came with nice carabiners.  So more like a half a pound.  He won’t notice.

If you would like to buy the K2 double hammock you can purchase it here.



Getting ready to go backpacking first a sleeping bag.

link to sleeping bag I bought



This sleeping bag comes in a stuff sack. Makes it easy to stuff it back in the bag Although it could be an inch bigger this thing is a tight fit.
I took the sleeping bag out of the stuff sack and laid it out unzipped it and zipped it then inspected the zipper. It moved nice seems well made no sewing issues.
I laid down on it and it felt comfy I pulled up the zipper part way and then it didn’t want to go any further. I put my arm outside the sleeping bag and pulled it up a bit further and then tried from the inside again but it was difficult then I pushed my foot against the edge of the sleeping bag to tighten it up then the zipper went to the top no problem.
it was soo nice and warm I almost fell asleep right away.
I unzipped it, much easier it just slides unzipped.
It has the sleeping bag smell that most sleeping bags have and I don’t like it very much so I used Febreze on it to get rid of the scent. at the first campout, I will bring it tot he bonfire and let the campfire scent get into it. I love the smell of a campfire.
I then took the sleeping bag and stuffed it back into the stuff bag. It worked ok it is a tight squeeze to get it in there but it will fit if you keep pushing. then tighten up the lock all ready for the next campout.

today the Fitbonic Smart phone dock

Buy it here.



I took this out of the box. there is a docking station a plastic piece fo the back of dock for more support for whatever you put in the dock. the cord, a remote a male to male 3.5 mm adapter, and an instruction booklet.
I looked at the charging tip in the dock and saw it was the older wide one. So I thought oh well my son’s iPad uses this I guess he gets a dock. but then I looked in the instruction and saw you turn the charging tip to the right and the type c charger comes up with the straight part forward then turn again a type c but with the straight part in the back. Turn again an apple lightning tip comes up.  There are 4 tips in all.  So I put my iPad air on there and did the Bluetooth it showed right up I selected it and started playing some music .  The iPad does not have to be physically connected for the Bluetooth to work.  Then I took my iPad off and turned the charging tip wheel until the USB type c tip was up with the straight part to the front and plugged in my Samsung galaxy S5 phone it went right on. Then I put my iPad back in its leather case and tried plugging it into the USB plug on the side while the Samsung phone was charging on the dock and they were both charging fine.
I set up the Samsung phone to the Bluetooth and played some music then I changed to the iPad again no issues. I played Netflix on the iPad and the sound was excellent
Next, I tried the equalizer I was setting that up and kept changing it until I found the one I liked best. There are lots of settings and lots of them are really great.
The only Con: No 12-hour clock but I set the clock anyway it took a little to get it set but it wasn’t that hard.
I played with the remote and all the functions worked fine.
I highly recommend this docking station.
I received this Smart Phone Dock From Fibonic – Bluetooth Speaker, Universal Charging Dock, Alarm Clock – Hands-Free Calls – USB-Charged Devices – iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, Nokia, LG, SONY – Lifetime Guarantee for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. Since I use your reviews when I buy products I will always return the favor by leaving an honest review for you whether or receive a discount or not. I am not affiliated with the seller, supplier, or manufacturer in any way. This is my honest review.

How can you join in the fun of reviewing?

So I really like to review and some companies you need to be invited to join.

So here is your invite


just click on that link and you will be able to start the fun too.  With this company you get points for doing reviews at first they give you enough points to start out with one product you write your review and then you get points for that.  then you buy more things the things are generally 99% off the regular price.

If you want to see a typical review that I do here is a link to one of them.


just to give you an idea of what you can do.

Some people write things like:

It worked I liked it  I got it at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review.

That’s it.  But you get points based on your review so if you write more and get people interested then you will get more points.

I hope you enjoy!

Are magnetic tablet and phone holders safe?


So I went to digital trends for the info.

While the magnets won’t destroy your phone or tablet.  Magnets can cause chaos to some apps especially the ones that use the compass like map programs or any program that wants to know your location.

Also the magnets can give a magnetic charge to steel items in the phone.  Which can then later on cause problems for the internal compass.

So shouild we use products like http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Magnetic-cell-phone-mount-tablet-stand-ipad-holder/dp/B014QF3D6M

It is up to you whether you use it ot not comment on if you have been using a strong magnet on your phone or tablet and either had or have not had any problems.