Dear Readers: Goodbye, For Now *READ ME*

Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.” ― Jarod Kintz


The time has come. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, at this point you’ve probably suspected this post was coming. While I had intended on maintaining this blog forever, or selling it off at some point in the future, that is no longer the case. I haven’t been active on here for a couple months now. It’s funny how once you have everything you thought you wanted, things still change and your desires become different. I’ve decided it’s time to take a break, for an unknown amount of time.

This blog has been a very important part of my life for the past 6+ years. I began this blog (back when it was MaeGal’s Fashion) when I was 17 year old. I’m sure those of you who are older than me can relate to how much change occurs between 17 and 24. It was an outlet for me in the beginning, a distraction from school when I needed a break, a fun way to keep connected with family (my friends didn’t know about this blog until many years later). I’ve enjoyed interacting with my readers, companies and writing reviews. I’ve enjoyed mail days, photographing new items for review, preparing and being organized in what needed to be done.

I’ve reached a point in my life where this blog no longer brings me the joy it use to. I didn’t want to make this decision too soon after I moved, fearing it was just my anxiety and depression acting up, but I’ve now determined that’s not the case. (I currently have 300 unread emails in my work inbox — UNHEARD of for me, I thought 50 was far too many). I don’t get pleasure out of the writing of reviews like I once did, and I don’t think that’s fair to the companies I work with nor my readers who expect quality reviews from me. Plus, it seems silly to be forcing myself to write when it use to bring me pleasure. I recently moved away from my small hometown to the big city of Seattle, WA. With that move came a new job, a change in my current job, a change in my relationship, and the adjustment that comes with city living and living with roommates again (5 of them!). For the past three months, I’ve been working three jobs, which is why my blog took a serious downfall. Now I’m back to just working the two jobs (full time together), but I’ve realized it’s just too much for me to keep blogging. Right now, I want to focus on my job and moving up the ladder. I really enjoy the two companies I work for and the work I’ve been doing (docketing/ paralegal work at a law firm).

I’m not selling my blog/website at this time, not am I officially closing it down, either. I’m just going to leave it here for the time being, pending on the interwebs. When the renewal for my domain and hosting comes up next year, I’ll decide then if I want to sell, renew the domain and keep the blog here, or possibly revert back to the free domain. I still think there is a chance I will want to come back to this blog in the future, perhaps as far into the future as when I have children and can review things for them. But I’m just not sure what the future brings right now.

As for my social media accounts, I’m going to keep them all open, but will only be maintaining the FaceBook fan page. (This is your best way to contact me/ stay in touch.) I won’t be posting reviews, etc. there anymore, obviously, but I’ll still post some fun social media type things, and perhaps try to share some giveaways from fellow bloggers. I’d like to keep interacting with you all on some level, and I think FaceBook is a good way to do that.

Thank you for all your support throughout the years. For those of you who have read my blog since the beginning, a special thank you to you for sticking around through so much. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching me grow up some? 🙂 If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask them below or contact me via my FaceBook Fan Page.

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P.S. No promises yet, but it’s possible I’ll just go back to my very original idea of just having a blog to share my thoughts, strong opinions and other controversial topics. We shall see…


#Review: #OrderOutOfChaos – Academic Planner, Time Management Book


A note prior to the body of this review: My most sincere apologies to the company for my lack of timeliness in having this review published. A subsequent post to follow will future explain, for those interested in knowing where I’ve been.


For review, I was sent both a book on time management and an academic planner from Order Out of Chaos. I have previously reviewed other items of theirs, and was excited to support a company whose mission I’ve always supported.

I had intended on having this review posted prior to the beginning of the school year, but school has certainly started in this hemisphere by this time of the year. Perhaps this will serve as a reminder for something parents/students might like next year, or perhaps it’s the right time to upgrade to a better academic planner now to help your child succeed this school year. It’s never too late to make changes and start fresh!

“What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management?”

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As a teen who was the worst with time management, or maybe I was just a master at procrastination, I thought this book would speak to readers who have teens and want to tips on how to best help them succeed. I was planning on going into more detail about the book, but you’ll just have to find out more for yourself here.

In short, this book gives helpful tips to parents to help their teens succeed. These are great skills to help your child master now, so that they have the skills when going off to college where they will begin to fully rely on themselves. College professors don’t care if you didn’t get your work done because you managed your time poorly! Start your teens off managing themselves for a more successful schooling future.

I know when I was reading through this book, I found a couple tips that would have been useful for me back in my schooling years. Of course, much of my trouble came from knowing what I needed to do, but then taking the get-up-and-go to do it. I plan to donate this book to the school my mom works out, which recently added middle school grade to their school. This book will be helpful for parents of those students.


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I previously reviewed an older addition of this Academic Planner from Order Out Of Chaos, and was interested in giving the newly released version a try. (Just noticed that first review I did was 3 years ago!) I like that these planners are full 8.5 x 11 sized, rather than the smaller version available. I think that smaller ones fit in purses better, but for academic purposes, I believe think the larger sized is helpful for many students. This planner is designed specifically to break down each class a student has an identify what needs to be complete for each day. (I use to use my planned to indicate what homework I needed to do, when tests were, etc.). There are also useful sections for planning bigger projects and making goals for your learning.

Aside from its purpose as being a useful academic planner, his planner also works if you have multiple aspects of your life that you like to plan/organize. This planner has been working wonderfully for me as a means of keeping track of my personal, blog, and work deadlines and appointments. It would also work quite well if you have a couple children and a spouse’s schedule to keep track of in addition to your own, each person gets their own line.


Overall, I quite like both the book and this planner. If you have students who struggle with organization and time management (or even if they don’t), I’d recommend checking out both of these helpful tools. I know my school always gave out planners, but they weren’t as useful as this.


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#Review: Cord2Go Retractable, Portable Charge Cord | #SkivaTech #Cord2Go


A note prior to the body of this review: My most sincere apologies to the company for my lack of timeliness in having this review published. A subsequent post to follow will future explain, for those interested in knowing where I’ve been.


For review, I was send the cord to go retractable USB lightning charging cable, for iPhone 5 and above. While I generally do not review items that don’t work with devices I have, there was a mix up and I was sent an item incomparable with any of my devices. I’ve enjoyed all the products I’ve reviewed from this company, so I figured this product wouldn’t disappoint.


I was excited to receive this product, as it is just what I wanted for for using in conjunction with my portable charger. The size of this cord makes it much more convenient for storing in my purse. Unfortunately, it will not be for me. I thought about giving away this cord, but have decided to keep it on hand for friends who need the new generation cord/ for when I might finally upgrade my phone this coming year.


Overall, I quite like this product and am rather bummer that they don’t make one compatible with the first generation chargers! I would buy one for myself and a couple as gifts. Of course, I do have plenty of friends who are with the times. Unlike myself, my sister and a couple friends who still have iPhone 4s’s. If you’re in the market for a small, easily portable charging cord, I would highly recommend checking out this one.

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#Review: Water Proof Clear Smartphone Pouch | #Smartphonepouch


A note prior to the body of this review: My most sincere apologies to the company for my lack of timeliness in having this review published. A subsequent post to follow will future explain, for those interested in knowing where I’ve been.


For review I was sent the a smartphone pouch, a waterproof pouch to protect your phone from getting wet and damaged. Great for fishing, boating, a day at the beach, torrential downpours, or any other time you don’t want to risk your phone taking an unwanted bath!

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I wanted to review this product because I do not currently own any sort of pouch or a case to protect my phone from getting wet when I’m at the beach. This past summer I’d been using a plastic baggie. While that works and you can still use the touchscreen on your phone, it’s not quite the same as having a bag that is thicker and better designed for this purpose. While I don’t do many activities in the winter that require me to use these, I will be very grateful to have them come summertime again. Although I can imagine that they might be useful if you plan on being in really wet snow, or like the go playing on frozen bodies of water where the risk of falling in is present. (Though if you fall in a body of frozen water, your phone getting wet is probably the least of your worries.)

The smart phone pouch itself is a rectangular, transparent, plastic pouch with two large ziploc type closures that is then folded down and velcroed in place. The pouch comes with an attachable cord that is big enough to wear around your neck, if you so choose. The transparency of the pouch allows you to use all the features of your phone (even the camera!) without taking the phone out of the pouch and risking it falling into a watery grave.

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Overall, I like this smart phone pouch and will continue to use it whenever I’m playing near the water. As this package came with two pouches and I don’t plan to use mine so often that I’ll need a replacement, I plan to gift the second one to my sister. I would recommend this pouch to anyone who spends time around the water with a smartphone they’re rather not have water damaged.


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#Review: Ohuhu® Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack | #DryingRack

This post contains products received for free in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links that will earn me a small payment if clicked.

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For review, I was sent the Ohuhu® Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack,*. This drying rack is made with rust proof stainless steel and light blue plastic. It features two adjustable side wings and a number of drying options and arrangements.

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Here is the review I posted to Amazon;

“While I hadn’t previously been interested in drying racks, with my recent move to Seattle, I knew I would be needing a drying rack of my own. And I’m quite please to have been chosen to review this one! I prefer it to the drying rack I’d been using at ‘home’.

I find that this drying rack as a number of places to hang various items and a number of options for me to choose from. It has places to dry shoes on the bottle, hang shirts on the top, enough room to lay items flat. I haven’t actually had to use it yet to dry clothes, but I’m looking forward to it. I tried it out with some dry clothes to see what I could fit and was glad to find it quite spacious.

Overall, I light this drying rack. I like the materials it’s made from and its color. I quite like that it folds up conveniently enough to stow away behind my bedroom door where it’s out of sight and out of the way until I need it again. I would recommend this drying rack to anything looking for one.”

Dry your own clothes!


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#Review: J.I’s Mouse Deodorizer | #truck

This post contains products received for free in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links that will earn me a small payment if clicked.

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For review, I was sent a a 4 pack/ 6 month supply of J.I’s Rodent Repellent Mouse Deodorizer*. This product does as the name suggests and controls the scent of mice and other critters from permeating your truck, car, camper, boat, trailer and more.

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Here is the review I posted on Amazon;

“According to J.I on Amazon, ‘each individual pouch covers approximately 500 square feet of space. Poke holes in your packs, place them along your walls and walk away. That’s it! … Better than moth balls – multi packs work excellent in large and small warehouses, hotels, shops, machinery and garden sheds, garages, for a fresh tractor cab, trucks, RV campers and trailers, boats, cars, cottages and cabins, basements, storage bins and lockers, mobile homes and houses, and near seed plants, bags and indoor or outdoor use. No see, no view, no touch, no mess, like magic! Great for home defense against mice smells, even better for industrial and commercial application.’

I decided to use my Rodent Repellers in our family garage. We had a rat problem one summer, and still get the occasional mouse or rat, so the garage often has a rodent scent about it. So far, I’m please with the results. I can’t say that they had a big job or a lot of scent to cover up, but I did notice a difference (prior to my moving out). I’m headed home this weekend and will be interested to see how it smells now.

Overall, I’m pleased with the results I’ve had. I think I’ll actually get a set for my dad. He recently got out our old family trailer, and there was a family of mice living in it. He also just removed a family of mice from one of his old cars. The man could really use these, and less vehicles… “



Interested in deodorizing your space?

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An Overdue Update

Greetings, MaeGal Readers!

If you follow me on Facebook you already know briefly what’s going on, if you follow me in Instagram I just now posted a brief update. I thought it was time for an update here on my actual blog, due to the nature and possible changes that this update brings.

You may have noticed that in the past three weeks this blog and most of my social media accounts have taken a serious dive in activity. That is due to a few things; 1) first a fore most, I moved to Seattle, Washington (about 3 hours from where I lived previously), 2) I moved with my job, but am now working remotely from home, 3) I started another job related to this first job of mine that is also remote, 4) I have a lot of changes and struggles going on with my relationship right now, and 5) I’m experiencing a lot of emotions I had been suppressing for some months on account of this change and being alone with my thoughts.

I do plan to continue to post review and keep MaeGal alive. (I was briefly considering moving on from this blog, but I don’t think I should make any big decisions like that right now.) I will continue to post reviews here, but I think I’m going to try and be more selective for a time and maybe try blogging only a couple times a week versus everyday. I think it’s time to focus less on the numbers and growing my blog, and just focus on maintaining right now.

So I hope you’ll stick around with my through yet another change. Thank you to all of those who read. I know there are still some of you who do, and I so appreciate you!


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#Review: “How to Be a Real Estate Investor” – Phil Pustejovsky

This post contains products I received for free in exchange for an honest review. I received compensation for this post.

For review, I was sent to book “How to Be A Real Estate Investor: Discover How You Can Make Fast Cash and Build Wealth Investing in Real Estate” by Phil Pustejovsky. As the back cover suggests, this book will help you discover how to invest in real estate “without cash, credit, risk or experience”. If television as anything to say, it seems that flipping housing is becoming a more known and success-prone line of work. So why not learn about it and see if you want make money investing in real estate.


I was interested in reading and reviewing this book for a couple of reasons. 1) My father is currently considering purchasing foreclosed on housing with the intention of selling them for a profit. He’s humored the idea in the past, but it getting serious. I think this book would be helpful for him and I’m passing it along to him just as soon as I’m done. 2) I’ve always thought about it myself. I’d like my next major purchase to be some sort of small piece of real estate, perhaps something like a condo so I don’t have to worry about the outside of a house for my first project. This is still a couple years down the road, but it’s never bad to read something and learn more. Plus, this book focus more on making money without investing your own, which is more appealing to me at this life stage. 3) I thought that it would very likely be interesting to many of my readers. I know a lot of my readers are a bit older than me and possibly in a place in their lives where this is just what they need!

I haven’t completed reading this book yet, however I’m a little over half done as skimmed the rest of the book to see what additional information Pustejovsky was going to discuss. So far, it’s been an interesting read. The book begins with an introduction in which Pustejosky tells his story of how he got into real estate investing. I was pleased to found him an easy read, and not at all to technically wordy, as I thought may occur.


In this book you will learn from the following parts, per the table of contents; 1. Why Be a Real Estate Investor, 2. How to Think Like an Investor, 3. Real Estate Investing 101, 4. Advanced Investing Techniques, and 5. Your Real Estate Future. In part 1, you will learn what is IDEAL (read the book to know the acronym) about being a real estate investor. In part 2, you will learn what it takes to be a real estate investor and how to get the best results with the right mindset. In part 3, you will learn everything you need to know to become a real estate investor, from two main subcategories of How to Make Fast Cash and How to Build Long Term Wealth. In part 4, you will learn more advanced real estate techniques, such as Foreclosures and Short Sales. In part 5, everything you’ve learned will be put together in summary. Here is where you make your plan and set your goals to begin your real estate investor journey.

As always with book reviews, and why I generally don’t do them anymore, I have a hard time explaining the book without giving it all away or just saying ‘go read it’! But I hope you found this review helpful. If you’re interested in real estate investing, I would recommend checking this book out. It’s a pretty quick read and taught me a lot.

Interested in learning more? Check out the book on Amazon.

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#Review: RFID Blocking Anti-Theft Card Protectors | #B00XATKDJG

This post contains products received for free in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links that will earn me a small commission if clicked/ if a purchase is made.

For review, I was sent a set of LINKYO RFID Anti-Theft Protector Sleeves*. The set I received contains 10 sleeves; 2 passport sleeves, 5 plain white card sleeves, and 5 green patterned card sleeves. It’s always a good idea to protect yourself from theft as much as possible, even digital theft like this. Great for use in big cities, while traveling abroad, or just for peace of mind at home.

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I reviewed this product on Amazon, and thought that rather than rewriting my review, I would simply share my review with you all here, too;

“I’d never been particularly interested in RFID protecting sleeves while living in my small town. (Aside from the year I had an enhanced drivers license and wanted to protect that in the provided sleeve.) Now that I’ve recently moved the the city, I was very interested in using these RFID sleeves. It give me a better sense of security knowing that my cards are protected from unwanted digital thief attempts.

While I could do without the plain, white sleeves that are not unlike the one I was issued with my enhanced license, I’m quite a fan of the green patterned ones. I like that the opening in on the side of the sleeve versus the top of the sleeve. This makes for the perfect sleeve to fit with my card inside the slot in my wallet. It’s pretty easy to pull out when I need it, and not too hard to put back in one handed. I also like that these seems to be the thicker of the two type of sleeves, which seems to be a factor in determining their protectiveness.

I also like the passport protectors. While I don’t travel much using my passport, I’ll look forward to using this sleeve the next time I do travel abroad. (Though other reviewers seem to indicate that this is unnecessary for passports issued post-2006, when apparently the covers of passports were modified to provide their own protection. But I don’t mind being extra safe!”

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Overall, I like and have no complaints about these LINKYO RFID Protector Sleeves. I will be continuing to use them, particularly now that I’m living in a bigger city. I’ll be saving some for replacements when mine get worn out, and the plain white ones will go to my mother who was interested in having some for herself. I would recommend these sleeves to travelers, city dwellers, and anyone else looking for piece of mind.

Interested in protecting your own cards/ passports?


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Review: Lake House French Press Coffee Maker | #LakeHouse

This post contains products received for free in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links that will earn me a small commission if clicked or purchases made.

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For review, I was sent the Lake House French Press Coffee Maker*. I use a french press nearly every day when I’m at home to make a cup of coffee, and it’s nice to have more than one press! With my recent move from my childhood home to the big city, I was thankful to have accumulated enough presses for both my mom and I to have a couple each.

As for this french press specifically, it’s not unlike others I’ve used in the past. However, it has a few key features that I really like, features that make this my favorite french press and they one that will be living with me (once I get it from back home, it got forgotten in the kitchen!). I like that overall sleek design of the packaging. The handle is made of plastic, so it doesn’t get hot when you add boiling water to it. The handle also has nice clearance between where your knuckles will be and the hot coffee, more clearance than other coffee presses I’ve used. The feet are stable and keep the coffee press level, an issue I had with another brand before.

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I have the hardest time reviewing things like this, simply because I’m not totally sure what I want to talk about/ what I should mention. For products like these, it seems like a simple “it works as it should without issues and I recommend it” would suffice at times.

Overall, I like this Lake House French Coffee Press. It does the trick while looking stylish. I have no complaints and have used it a couple times now. My Mom also reports that she has had no issues, and used it just this morning (considering my leaving it behind). I would recommend this french press to anyone who is in the market for one.

Interested in tying this press for yourself?

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