Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Purifier Review

A few years back, I was looking for an air purifier for my apartment to help with dust and allergens. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go with the Hamilton Beach True Air air purifier. I was able to get it through Amazon.com for about $50.

The TrueAir purifier comes with a permanent HEPA air filter that can be vacuum cleaned every 3 months or so. It is electrically powered and comes with 3 speed settings depending on how fast you want it to circulate the air. This model comes with a stand to set it up vertically or horizontally. It is easy to move around because it is not that heavy. The Hamilton Beach TrueAir purifier has a stylish look to it with curvy lines and a concealed fan. The color is off white with a light grey cover on the front.

Air Purifier Performance Review
Setting up the air filter was very easy. Basically all you have to do is take the filter out of the bag and then put it into the purifier. Next, you can snap on the stand and it is ready to go. I started out by trying each of the 3 settings: Whisper Clean, Medium, and Quick Clean. Whisper Clean is very quiet and has a mild breeze. Medium is a little more noisy but not loud. Quick Clean is the highest setting and moves air the fastest. It is somewhat loud, but not annoyingly loud. If you want to clean the air fast, go with the Quick clean. I usually use the Medium setting because is it a good mix of air circulation and sound level.

I put the air purifier on a movable stand so I can place it in different locations around the apartment. Hamilton Beach says that this model will clean 160 square feet of room air. I'm not sure how that can be tested, but to get a good clean, I will rotate the position and location of the filter to get good coverage overall.

So far I have been using it on average about a hour a day on the Medium setting. I have noticed that the HEPA filter has collected some dust already so it is filtering the air. I have not noticed much of a difference in air quality, but this is something that is difficult to measure.
Overall I am pretty happy with the Hamilton Beach TrueAir air purifier. It is reasonably priced, has good coverage, looks good on the outside, and has positive reviews from most customers who have used it. If you are looking for an air filter for a large room up to 160 square feet, check out this model by Hamilton Beach.

Long Term Update
I have had the air filter for several years now and it is still working good! Every month or so I clean out the filter using a vacuum hose extension which is very easy. I would recommend this air filter if you you are looking to get rid of dust and air particles in a small to medium sized room.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Feit Eternalite LED Nightlight Review

When I moved into my new place years ago, I was looking for a nightlight for the bathroom and kitchen to give a little light when it was dark. In the past I had used traditional nightlights with replaceable bulbs, but this time I decided to try out the LED style that lasts longer and uses very little energy.

I found a sleek looking nightlight by Feit Electric for about $5 at the local hardware store. They are also available online at sites like Amazon. I took them home, plugged them in and they were good to go! One of the nice features about them is that they are light sensitive so when the room light is on, they turn off automatically. Then they turn back on as soon as it is dark again. They provide plenty of light to see where you are going at night without being too bright.

I have now been using them for about 7 years and they are still going strong. The packaging says they only use 25 cents worth of electricity per year which is pretty impressive for a light that is on most of the time. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a nice looking nightlight that is reasonably priced and will last a long time.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

BFvsGF Announce Split and End of Vlogs - This Time it is Not a Prank

In an emotional video yesterday, Jesse and Jeana from Youtube channel BFvsGF announced sad news that they would be taking a break from each other as well as discontinuing their daily vlogs millions have come to love. In summary, the stress of recording their lives everyday and sharing it with millions of people has taken a toll on them and their relationship so they have decided to take a break.

This is big news to someone like myself who has been watching their videos everyday for years. I, like most people, first found them through their prank channel PrankvsPrank and soon became a subscriber of their daily vlogs on BFvsGF. One of my favorite things to do is watch Youtube videos and BFvsGF has been one of my favorite channels all these years.

They provided daily entertainment for millions of fans but they provided so much more than that. As they gained popularity, their fame afforded them the opportunity to attend big events, meet famous people, and travel to different cities and countries around the world. I know myself and many others almost lived vicariously through them as they experienced many things that most people will never get a chance to experience.

Jesse and Jeana had a huge influence on their audience and they took the responsibility to set a good example for the Peeps. Were they perfect? No, but as they have mentioned in past vlogs, they always looked to set a good example and because of that, making the vlogs encouraged them to be better people themselves.

Many people will undoubtedly be upset to hear about this news, but it is completely understandable. Their lives have been on display and under scrutiny each day for years and while it is the reason for their success, if they decide to change paths and do something else, well, as their friend Ed Bassmaster would say, “They got every right ta”.

So what will the future hold for BFvsGF and Jesse and Jeana? Jesse has announced plans to move to New York while Jeana will stay in Philadelphia. Jesse has expressed interest in continuing to make videos such as short films. I'm sure we will continue to see new projects from both of them, just not as frequent as we have come to expect.

Personally, I would like to thank Jesse and Jeana for sharing their lives with us over all these years. I wish you guys all the best and success in whatever you decide to do next! We will miss you guys and hope to see you again soon! Peace, on the streets, SAAAN!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Live with Kelly Post Strahan Era

Live with Kelly and Michael has been one of my favorite morning shows to watch over the past few years, so it was big news a few weeks back when they announced that Michael Strahan would be leaving the show to join Good Morning America. This past Friday was his last day. It was a good episode with lots of recaps of his time on the show. There is a good chance he will come back eventually as a guest or guest co-host.

I tuned in yesterday with eager anticipation on what it would be like since he left and it is now just Kelly and a guest until they find another permanent co-host. I was kind of surprised at how well they made the transition. Everything from the intro for the show to the coffee mugs on the table had been updated to reflect the change with "Live Kelly".

I'm glad to see they were able to continue without missing a beat. Kelly is amazing and brightens up each day with this show. The first co-host was Jimmy Kimmel who is a friend of the show and does a great job at filling in as co-host.

It will be interesting to see who eventually gets to take the permanent spot next to Kelly. From what I have seen, some of my favorite episodes are when her husband Mark Consuelos joins in. I think he would make a great co-host but it might be too much for them to live together and work together. Another one that comes to mind is Josh Groban who has been on the show a few times and always does a good job.

Whatever happens, it is good to see Live with Kelly is still going strong!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Arm and Hammer Essentials Deodorant Review

I had been using Speedstick Power Gel deodorant for some time and overall it has been ok but recently I decided to try out a new deodorant to compare. What sparked this change was one day I dropped the Speedstick and the gel got all over the floor. I cleaned it up, but I noticed the floor still had a very slippery texture. I kept cleaning it but it was very hard to get it back to non-slippery condition. I figured it if was this hard to get off smooth tile, it must really be sticking to skin!

So I started looking at some alternatives and decided to try one of the natural deodorants. I found Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant for a reasonable price so I decided to try it out. I was thinking it was going to be a white stick, but it is actually a clear stick inside. It has a very good scent that I actually like better than the Speedstick Gel.

Upon trying it out over several weeks, it works very well as a deodorant. It is not an antiperspirant so it is not designed to minimize sweat, but it does keep you fresh all day. Also I noticed it does not build up a residue on the skin which I noticed with the Speedstick Gel so that is also a plus.

Overall I am very pleased with the Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant and will probably buy it again once this one runs out. I recommend it if you are looking for a natural deodorant with a great fresh scent at a reasonable price.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

10 Best Toys of the 80s and 90s

I was doing a little reminiscing about toys I had growing up and wondering what ever happened to them. I guess once you get older, you no longer want toys and they end up being given away or passed on. As an adult looking back, it would have been a great idea to hold on to them as collectibles or just for fun! Never the less, I decided to round up a list of my favorite toys from the 80's and 90's. Note: This list is from a boy's perspective so it does not include girl's toys.

10. Yomega YoYo
Yoyo's have been around for a long time and there are a lot of cheap ones out there that do not work very well, but in the 90's we discovered high quality yoyo's like those from the brand Yomega. They allowed you to do lots of tricks and they were not too expensive. I had the Brain yoyo and the Fireball yoyo. They are still available today in case you are looking to pick up a new hobby!

9. Micro Machines / Hot Wheels
Micro Machines were miniature cars you could collect and play with. They had replicas of real cars as well as other things like boats and planes. Also Hot Wheels goes along with this category because they are also collectible cars but are in a larger scale. Both were a lot of fun to collect and play with on the tracks and settings made for the cars.

8. Action Figures
Action figures are a staple in the toy industry and growing up, I had many of these from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to X-Men, to Transformers. They are a great way to own a piece of your favorite cartoons and movies!



7. Nerf Products
Nerf made the foam dart shooting guns and accessories which were always a fun interactive toy. They were a relatively safe way to battle with your friends. I had a few of these Nerf guns which were great until you end up loosing the darts!


6. Gak / Play Doh
As a young kid, Play Doh is another one of those staple toys. It's jar of colorful doh you get to mold into anything you want. Endless fun and possibilities. Nickelodeon Gak came out a bit later and was more of a slime texture but just as much fun!













5. Trading Cards
Technically these might not be considered a toy, but trading cards were a big deal back in the day and it was one of our favorite things to collect and trade with friends. We collected Marvel cards as well as sports cards trying to get the complete sets and the special bonus cards!


 4. Pipeworks 
Playskool Pipeworks may not be as well known as some of the others on this list, but it was one of our best toys as a kid. Basically it was a set of PVC pipes and connectors that allowed you to build many different things from monkey bars, to cars, to slides. They need to bring these back again!


3. Remote Control Cars
Remote control cars were one of my favorite toys. Just charge them up, take them outside and drive them around the neighborhood. We usually got these from Radio Shack where you could get some pretty fast cars!

2. Legos
Another classic toy that has been around for some time and continues to be one of the most successful. Legos let you create things piece by piece following instructions, but you can also use your creativity to build your own things once you have collected a lot of pieced. This is something that is still fun even as an adult.

1. Nintendo
The original Nintendo was pretty much the most amazing thing at the time. It might not have been the very first video game system, but it was the first one that really caught on, at least during this time. From the original Mario Bros and Duck Hunt to all the games after, Nintendo was a great toy and it set the stage for the modern video games we have today.

What were some of your favorite toys growing up? Feel free to leave comments below.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jimmy Johns $1 Sub Customer Appreciation Day

Today, April 21st, Jimmy Johns Sandwiches is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day by offering subs for just $1. There are some restrictions for example, it is only during lunch hours of 11-3pm and they must be ordered in store, so no delivery. Also it is one per customer but you can get back in line to order more subs.

They are offering subs 1-6, the slim subs, and the BLT for $1. I don't go to Jimmy Johns often, but I figured I would head over to the nearest location to check it out. I was planning on picking up a sub but as soon as I pulled in, I saw the line out the door all the way around the building!

$1 sub is a good deal, but I was not going to wait in line for a half hour just to get a deal on a sub so I decided to pass on it. But if there is a Jimmy Johns near you and you don't mind waiting in line, I recommend taking advantage of this great deal!