#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!

Aleratec Smart Phone Waterproof Pouch

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.

Aleratec Smart Phone Waterproof Pouch Closure

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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#Giveaway Event: Swinging into Summer – $200 ARV | Ends 7/1

Welcome, MaeGal Readers, to the Swinging into Summer Giveaway Event! I’m excited to help bring you all this giveaway because it’s such a fun prize! I know my sister and I would have LOVED one of these Swing and Spin’s when we were younger…actually, we’d both probably enjoy it still. So with summer in the air and the kids home from school, get them outdoors and having fun with this swing! And reminder, it can hold enough weight for the whole family to join in on the fun. – s.
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The Swing and Spin brings back the fun of a classic tire swing while providing you and your family with a safe, durable and versatile backyard pastime.

Our swings are one of the safest swings on the market. Rated up to 540 pounds, every swing is made for the entire family to enjoy.

Unlike the old traditional tire swing which is made from old rubber that doesn’t stand up to the elements, Swing and Spin uses high quality UV resistant Polyethylene, a highly durable thermoplastic used in products we rely on every day. The internal webbing-like design with the ropes not only makes for a more comfortable seat, but you don’t have to worry about little ones taking a tumble through the center hole. This webbing of rope also improves the weight tolerance and reinforces the core integrity of every tire swing we produce.

The best part about the Swing and Spin is the easy set up. Just take it out of the box, attach the swing to the rope and find a tree limb, swing set or another cross beam to attach to. Staying true to the classic tire swing, any model swing from Swing and Spin can be mounted in two ways – with the ropes fixed together at one point for 360 spinning and swiveling or separated to operate like a standard swing.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on July 1st, 2015.  Good Luck!!

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#Review: Legend Paracord Survival Bracelet

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 a purchase is made via them.

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For review, I was sent the Legend Paracord Survival Bracelet* with built in whistle (it’s that little black nubin on the clip/clasp). I’ve heard about paracord bracelets before and have always wanted to try one out. They’re ideal for hiking, camping, or those who spend a lot of times outdoors. And this bracelet serves a practical purpose while being stylish.

What is a Paracord Bracelet? The short version- Paracord is a lightweight, very strong string (originally from parachute cords, hence the name paracord). A paracord bracelet is a woven bracelet made from a long string of paracord. Each string of paracord is also made up of tens of smaller strings within it (I’ve seen survivalists use the smallest strings to make fishing nets, etc.). 

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The picture above shows the built in whistle (which is probably my favorite feature) as well as the detail of the plastic clasp and the cord itself. I thought about breaking into the paracord so you could see the details and then illustrate the strength on this cord, but I didn’t want to destroy the bracelet until I need it! I’m sure there are plenty of places to find this information online if you wanted to know.

As you can (hopefully) tell from the picture below, this bracelet is a bit too big for me. One size fits most, and apparently not me this time. I’ve remedied this problem by deciding to give this to my Dad for a Father’s Day gift!  He’s a very outdoors-y type, frequently hiking and camping. This bracelet would be ideal for him for wearing often, or throwing in his hiking pack for when he’s out and about.

Legend Survival Bracelet Size | maegal.com


Overall, I like this paracord bracelet, specifically with it’s whistle feature. I’m excited to give this to my Dad as a Father’s Day gift, I think he’s really going to enjoy it. I would recommend this bracelet to anyone who is interested in hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Or buy it as a gift for someone who fits that description!

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Review: Shandali — Microfiber, Super Absorbent Towel

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As the packaging says, the Shandali UltraSport Travel Towel is a “lightweight, microfiber, ultra-absorbent, quick-drying” towel that is just “perfect for traveling, camping, hiking, beach or outdoors”. This towel would be a great staple for a number of vacations or to throw in the car for spur of the moment needs. Continue on to read my review and see how absorbent it truely is.

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For review, I was sent this here Shandali towel. It comes all folded up and wrapped in plastic. When you unfold it fully (which I see now I don’t have a photograph of) it’s about the size of your average bath towel, just much thin and much more absorbent. 

I plan on keeping this towel in my car. It’s just perfect if I find myself at a lake or river or somewhere where I just need to swim. It’s small so it doesn’t take up much room at all. It’d be easy to through in a purse or bag to take with you anywhere you might be in need of a towel. I’m think about how there are a couple longer walks to parts of our near by lake that get quite nice in the summer. This towel would be great for those times!
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Above is a visual for you of the towel slowly getting wetter and wetter as I poured water over it. I wanted to see just how much water this towel could hold. I’d say it hold over a cup, as I was able to pour a full cup of water on it and there were still a couple spots of dryness.

Shandali can be machine washed in cold water and tumble dried on low or hang dry (recommended), so you can use it over and over again!

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Review: Unique Cleaning Products (Carpet Shampoo, Pet Stain & Odor,Grime Eater)

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Uniquemm.com offers a variety of natural products for your deep cleaning needs. Thy offer carpet shampoos, stain and order fighters, a grime eater for grills, and more. Continue on to read my review of three of Unique’s products!

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For review, I was sent the three products pictured at right. From left to right they are; Grime Eater Surface Cleaner, Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator, and Carpet Shampoo + Stain Remover. All products are in the 32 oz size, which will last me forever given te amount of carpet we have at my current house. Who knows what the future will bring carpet wise, I very will may have a chance to use it more frequently.

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The first product I reviewed was the carpet shampoo. This product is designed to be used with a carpet shampooer, but can also be used as a spot treatment. As I don’t own a carpet cleaner, I tried out this product on a water stain that my sister and I had in our apartment when we moved out. 

I was quite pleased with the results! Quite honestly I wasn’t expecting it to do that great of a job on a water and rust stain, so I sad lay did not take before and after pictures. What went from being a large line nearly completely cleared up! If I had more time, I’m certain I would have been able to make it not noticeable (but alas, it was time to move out).

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My sister cat is a horrible lite beast. She has a very unpleasant habit of peeing and pooping on my throw rugs in my bedroom. Not okay! Though she doesn’t leave stains, I like to use something like this stain and odor remover to remove the odor as well as kill all the bacteria. I spend a lot of time sitting on the floor, so it needs to be clean!

I tried out this remover on one of the little beasts newest presets she left me, and it seems to do the trick. I’m usin this new product to try and deter here from using that area as a bathroom, but until then, it’s nice to be able to clean up the mess. 

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The Grime Eater is formulated to tackle your most stuck of messes. The packaging says it can be used with anything from grills to concrete. I’m looking forward to using this to clean our grill later in the summer when we start using it a bit more. 

To same the product, I used it to clean off the grime gathered in the little trays under the oven elements. Though I didn’t use it too much, what I did clean it seemed to do a pretty effective job. 

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All in all, these products worked quite well for me. The price isn’t too bad and I like that the company uses nature ingredients. It’s better than nothing! Great products for individuals an businesses alike. 

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