Product Reviews

Tech Review by Jay @GeneWildersHair @Hisgadget @TenMinitt

Posted on August 10th, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

Ad: Disclaimer/Disclosure – HisgadgetInc. provided a sample of this product for the purpose of review. An additional sample is available for give away from iClever. No other compensation was received. All opinions are that of Jay @GeneWildersHair.
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iClever® Wireless Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Car Charger

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 Construction: The plastic doesn’t feel cheap, as if it will break after some usage after time. I can see it holding up well for many years. It’s got a long bendable neck that while very pliable, feels very strong and again doesn’t feel as if it will break anytime soon. I love the fact that you can bend it to any position you see fit. The transmitter itself easily comes off of this bendable neck with a gentle tug, which is great if you don’t feel like leaving it attached while away from your vehicle. The base can be left plugged in while you pull the transmitter off so you can put it in your glove box so that no possible thieves in the area will see it and want to break in to your car. The base of the entire unit has a USB plug which makes it easy to charge your phone or other devices.
Usage: For those folks that don’t have an auxiliary port for their vehicle’s radio (or a USB plug in as most newer cars have now) this is the next best thing. It’s got buttons on the front to skip ahead or go back to the previous song. There is a button on the very top of the device that can pause, play, or even shut off the unit entirely.  There is also an easily adjustable volume knob towards the top of the device that you twist to the right to increase volume and to the left to decrease volume.
There’s a separate dial to turn for changing FM frequencies. The display is easily read on the front even in bright sunlight and is small enough to not be intrusive during night time use. To use this device all you have to do is plug it into your vehicles  power port or cigarette lighter port, activate your Bluetooth on your phone or tablet, and choose to connect to the device within your phone’s Bluetooth menu options. Now you will want to tune into an FM station on your vehicle’s radio that doesn’t have a signal coming thru (you want nothing but static here) and of course tune into whatever frequency you may have chosen here, on the iClever Transmitter. Once you’ve got that dialed in, you’re all set to enjoy any audio coming from your phone, including phone calls. This is probably the best use for this device, as you can use your vehicle’s speakers for hands free phone calls.
Sound Clarity: Music sounds okay. With all FM transmitters you can never really get rid of slight hissing (at loud volumes), slightly lower volume output, and a bit of static here and there.  Music doesn’t sound as good as say a CD or even a hardwired connection, but it’s still decent. like I said, if you don’t have an auxiliary port this is as good as you’re gonna get. In my opinion this unit is best used with phone calls, and podcasts. Neither one needs to be at the highest fidelity to notice any degradation in the audio at all. Overall this device does what it’s advertised to do, and does it quite well.

 

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My Love for Mexican Food is About to Get Real! #MizMeliz @DelRealFoods

Posted on May 16th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Foodie Reviews, Product Reviews

Del Real Party In A Box Giveaway Featuring Fresh, Authentic Mexican Foods

Imagine my delight when I received news from Del Real that I could host a give away on my blog for a Party in a Box! (Disclosure)

I recently resolved to not do any more posts on my blog for free and to limit advertising that wasn’t beneficial to me or my own brand. But, I never said I would not work for food! Del Real offered me some free samples and a great gift for one lucky reader, so I am going for it. I don’t even need to wait for the samples to be delivered. I have tried Del Real Foods and I liked it.

I saw this commercial on TV around Cinco de Mayo. It cracked me up!

I love Mexican food, the kind we have here in Los Angeles, that is. I know it isn’t the same as they have in Central Mexico. Or, at least that is what I have been told, I have never been there. I don’t eat it because I am Mexican. (I am “mostly Mexican” by heritage.) I do eat it because my parents liked it and we ate it at home quite a bit. That is because my Dad loved it. It is the same reason my kids love Filipino food. Their Dad loves it. Homemade food and certain foods from restaurants are comforting to us and remind of us of good times.

“Del Real Foods is a family-owned Mexican food company based in Mira Loma, California. Del Real Foods offer authentic taste using the freshest ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Gluten free and trans fat free, Del Real Foods are cooked over an open-kettle.”

I admit it, I don’t know how to make good Mexican food. I can make a few things the way my Mom made them. She had a deep dark secret that I found out when I wanted to learn how to make her best dishes for my family. Her recipes were not handed down from her mother, or even my father’s mother. She confided that she used the suggested recipe on the side of the can of sauce that she bought at the market to make her enchiladas, and her taco recipe was from the can of beans. (Don’t laugh at me!) I can relate, moms do what is necessary to make things easily as well as wholesome for our families and friends. There is nothing more authentic than that, right?

My mom gifted me with some authentic recipes and the love of foods from the South Western United States since she was from a small town near Albuquerque, New Mexico. My mother, my grandmother, aunts and cousins made sopapillas, carne adovada, green chile stew, posole, cabalacitas, and stacked enchiladas with red or green sauce made from the New Mexico chile (a variety of Capsicum annuum – peppers grown throughout the state of New Mexico.) These foods are family favorites, yet vary quite a bit from the flavors of Mexican food made in California.

Del Real makes it simple to get fresh tasting Mexican food on our table so we can enjoy it quickly and easily. Like the commercial in the video above, you can make it in minutes (and you might not even need hands.)

“Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends.

Del Real Foods refrigerated products include Carnitas, Barbacoa, Tamales, Seasoned Shredded Beef, Shredded Chicken and much more.”

http://www.delrealfoods.com/

You have a chance to sample the flavors, because Del Real is allowing me to give away a grand prize “Party In A Box” featuring Del Real highlights like carnitas, tamales, pork al pastor pupusas and the newest delicious addition: the Al Pastor Taco Kit. The grand prize Party In A Box will also include a Del Real picnic cooler basket, as well as a Del Real blanket. It’ll make for a great fiesta or spring picnic!

Everyone knows I have a little love affair going with tacos! I really like Baja style tacos like the ones at my favorite restaurant, solita’s Valencia. I love making tacos, too. The way I learned how to make them involves frying the corn tortillas in oil to to make the shells. All the fresh ingredients are prepared and served in a separate serving dish and everyone makes their own taco. It takes time to prepare all that stuff. So, I am really intrigued by the El Pastor Taco Kit that Del Real makes. I will definitely try them.

I did a little research on the company and I was so pleased with what I learned. Most importantly, I feel like I can relate to Del Real‘s message and beliefs…and they have a great sense of humor! Del Real Foods products are based on the following pillars:

●      Authenticity: the family strives to create deliciously simple products based on traditional recipes infused with Mexican culture and bold colors. Prepared in an industrial, home kitchen, the products will provide comfort and familiarity.

●      Healthy People: cooked with a safe open-kettle method, the products are made with the freshest, ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Once prepared, they are ready to enjoy. The products are also gluten free and do not contain any trans fats.

●      Healthy planet and better communities: the company has adopted sustainable initiatives including wastewater management and recycling to help the environment. Del Real Foods has also sponsored local sporting events and made donations to local communities to contribute to their improvement.

For more information, and to find the nearest retailer, visit: http://www.delrealfoods.com/

Find them on Social Media @DelRealFoods on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

TWEET THIS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE PARTY IN A BOX:

My Love for Mexican Food is About to Get Real! #MizMeliz @DelRealFoods @MizMeliz

On Thursday, May 28, 2015 I will search the hashtag and phrase “My Love for Mexican Food is About to Get Real! #MizMeliz” and choose a winner randomly. I will give the contact information (Twitter handle) to the folks at Del Real so they can reach out to you and get the party in a box to you right away. Check back here and see who the lucky winner will be.

I will give you an extra chance to win – if you leave a comment telling me a story about your love for Mexican style food. I look forward to your responses!

This post was written for the purpose of introducing you to Del Real Foods, quotes and photos are used with express permission. All opinions are my own. I was not paid for this post, however I was offered some free samples to taste the products and a special offer to give away a Party in a Box from Del real Foods to one lucky reader. See my disclosure for more details on why I post articles like this on MizMeliz.com.

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3 #TenMiniTech Rockin’ Reviews @RavPower

Posted on March 7th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews, Uncategorized

This is a review, not an ad. I received samples of products to try so I can share my experience with you. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to write them. See my disclosure for more details. There may be affiliate links associated with this post and the products mentioned. This means if you want to buy something from the affiliate and use the link to do so, MizMeliz.com will receive a small percentage which helps to support this website.

It’s always fun to get new tech devices. I want to share my experiences on some products I have tried recently. Please let me know if you have tried these or any new products that you think are great.

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I love this wireless charging pad together with the S5 receiver from RAVPower International Inc. It is basically a holder for you phone that fits on the dash or air vent and charges your phone while it is sitting there. Dual purpose! Cool, huh! And it’s wireless!

Wireless Car Charger Dock by RAVPower® 

3-Triple Coil Qi Enabled Windshield Dashboard Car Mount Holder with Wide Charging Area Wireless Charger for Nexus 6/5/4/ LG Optimus LTE2/Spectrum Lumia 920,iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus,Samsung Galaxy Note 3/2//S6/S5/S4/S3,Nokia Lumia 820/925/1020

List Price: $119.99
Price: $79.99
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Special Features:

  • In-car smartphone holder wirelessly charge Qi compatible smartphones
  • Wire-free charging starts the moment you put your phone on the charger
  • 1.5A input with 3 x Charging coil to maximize charging efficiency(Input:DC5V/1.5A , Output:DC5V/1A)
  • Adhere securely to windshield / dashboard / air vent; extra sticky suction cap – sticks to smooth and even textured surface
  • 360° rotatable head to position your device for perfect viewing while driving
So far, what they say is true.

“At RAVPower we take great lengths to ensure our products are made using the highest grade of components available.” @ravpower

20141231_11393720150129_185650IMG_5429This is a favorite product that I love so much I can’t do without it now. Top quality. Easy to install. (Especially if you put it on your “Honey, Do List!”) Simple to use and very powerful. Essential for everyone who uses their cell phone as an everything device. Keep your phone within eyesight while driving, great for GPS. Charges quickly and efficiently. Nothing to plug in, just set the phone on the holder and go. Never worry about your phone falling off the passenger seat and falling on the floor! Adjustable sides easily tighten and release with one touch for easy removal. I have mine on the vent and it has stayed on for over a month with no trouble at all. My Samsung Galaxy S5 fits on the base even with the bulky Body Glove cover and charges right up.

Miz Meliz Rating: A+ for power, ease of use, top quality.

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Next up, this is now always in my car to charge our various devices and it is great because you can plug in two at the same time. It’s the RAVPower Dual Port 24W / 4.8A USB Car Charger(Comes in White & Black.

iSmart Dual USB Port Car Charger by RAVPower® 

24W / 4.8A for iPhone; iPad; iPod; Samsung Galaxy; Kindle; LG; Nexus; Motorola ; Blackberry; Nook; Bluetooth Speakers and Headsets; HTC One; External Batteries and More (Mine is White)

List Price: $39.99
Price: $29.99
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Special Features:

  • RAVPower Dual Port 24W / 4.8A USB Car Charger charges your iPad, iPhone, iPod, HTC, Blackberry, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, PDAs, Mobile Phones
  • Smallest Available: Smaller than most 10 / 15 watt options (2.9 × 1.0 × 0.9in) adding minimal bulk to your console. 12 / 24 volt input compatible with all standard cigarette-lighter sockets.
  • Two iSmart Charging Port: Detects your device to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 2.4 amps per port or 4.8 amps overall.
  • Sophisticated circuit design with over-heated, over-current, over-charging protection. Charging will be automatically stop when battery is full.
  • Input:12-24V; Output:DC 5V 2.4A & 5V 2.4A; Certified by RoHS, CE, and FCC
20141208_072433usb car charger 2 usb car chargerThis is a must have at $10! Get this for everyone you know. Extrememely nice quality casing, with a glossy finish makes this look worthy of plugging in your expensive devises to charge while you drive. This isn’t a give-away shottzky. It appears heavy duty in style, but it is as compact as they come. You can’t go wrong with this charger. Keep it in the car and charge up your iPhone and an android or other device at the same time. Very fast and powerful. I love it!
MizMeliz Rating: A for it’s sleek and efficient design and super powers.
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Last one…3 for 3. I had been wanting to get a led desk lamp for my son’s bedroom night table. This turned out to be perfect!

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp by TaoTronics®

Elune TT-DL08  (6W, Flexible Arm, 3-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Controller, Glossy Black)

List Price: $79.99
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Desk Lamp20150215_115700When it arrived in the mail, I thought for certain I got the wrong thing. I thought, uh-oh. This is going to be too small. Maybe it is one of those clip on kind. But it turned out to just be quite compact when folded. It opened up and is exactly the right size for a desk or night table. All of the features make it stand out and it’s modern design and abilities make it perfect for the young person or tech enthusiast in your house or office.

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Miz Meliz Rating: B+ for style, savvy, and sophistication. A bit pricey.

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All Adventurers Should Have a Good Flashlight @DorcyDirect #Review

Posted on January 6th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

I think all adventurers should have a good flashlight.

This is a product review. Disclosure

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I have always loved flashlights. Holding a beam of light in your hand and shining it brightly, illuminating the path in front of you, it is a powerful feeling. Didn’t you always want to be the one to hold the flashlight? I sure did.

I haven’t lost my adventurous spirit. I still like to explore. Even though I don’t go on nature walks and camping very often, like I did when I was younger, I still like to have the best equipment to take with me on trips. I also like to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

I have had some pretty cool flashlights over the years. My Dad always made sure I had a big flood light in my car. My mother-in-law always made sure we carried flashing emergency lights with us on family trips. My husband keeps a big Maglite in the hall closet. I have had various smaller versions for my purse throughout the years. But now, I have the chance to have the real deal. Now, I have a flashlight that is worthy of a true adventuress…I have the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM flashlight.

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If you are wondering what $80 bucks will get you in the flashlight Universe, let me tell you. Comparable to a Maglite ML300L in price as well as number of lumens (more on that later) the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM flashlight is sleek, stylish, durable, and quite powerful. It uses Double A batteries instead of D Cells, so for that reason alone, I like it better if comparing it to the Maglite. For me, I have always found the Maglite to be too heavy and more like a weapon, dare I say “billy” club, intimidation tool, than the ray of light I like to shine ahead of me on a dark evening stroll! So, the Dorcy with it’s smaller, sleeker design, attractive and functional wriststrap, and dual settings of brightness from dim to an intense high beam is the one for me!

I keep my flashlight on my desk at the ready for my next adventure!

photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2014 http://mizmeliz.com

“Every Adventuress Needs a Good Flashlight!” photo by M. Reyes

The Dorcy Metal Gear XLM Extreme 618 Lumen LED flashlight, retails at $79.99 and is excellent in quality and style. Read the specific deatils below, this is the part about the lumens. (I like saying that! Say it outloud…loooomeeennnss. Lumens. Lol!)

438_1_“The new Dorcy Metal Gear XLM (Extreme Lumens) flashlight produces 618 lumens of light from a single LED chip. Utilizing the Cree XM-L LED module which allows Dorcy to drive the chip with 6 alkaline batteries to produce an intense beam of light. With beam distances over 300 meters (1100 feet) the 41-0435 utilizes Dorcy’s TrueSpot® Optimized Reflector System. The aluminum Construction, Side Mounted Push button switch and convenient lanyard make this light a must. Powered by 6 AA batteries the 41-0435 with run over 5 hours and give you plenty of light. The light offers two light settings that will allow the light to run in a dimmer light setting which will run over 25 hours. The 41-0435 has been tested to the new ANSI flashlight standards.”

Everything about this product is high tech, but what matters to me is it’s durability, quality, and usefulness. You cannot go wrong with this flashlight!

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 For the times I would like to ride my bike around the neighborhood instead of walk in the wilderness…I am equipped with the Dorcy LED Bicycle Light, which retails at $55. That may seem high for a bike accessory, but this is quality stuff that should last and last. When I opened the package the light looked seriously “space age” to me. In fact, I kept it out of sight from my husband and sons for awhile because I knew that they would want it for themselves. It just looks like that kind of gadget that every man/boy/adventurer must have.

Compared to many similar lights available on Amazon which vary in price from $10 to $100, I think the Dorcy LED Bicycle Light is by far a superior product. It has a heavy duty casing which is durable and can be used as a flashlight when released from it’s mount. It’s design is well thought out for the rider and quite useful as well as being super cool looking. This combined with the Dorcy Tail Light (below) would make the perfect gift for any cycling enthusiast. (Or, for any casual rider/walker/adventurer like me!)

594_2_“The Dorcy LED bicycle light and personal light produces a Wide Angle Uniform Light pattern for better and safer biking visibility. The Wide Angle Lens spreads the light only horizontally, not up in the trees or sky where you don’t need it. This keeps the brightness up and lights the full width of the road or trail in front of you. In addition to providing more lighting area for the rider, it will not blind oncoming pedestrians. With the patented “Quick Release” for easy removal of the light when you are not using the bike you can use the Flashlight for personal use. The lights are made from Durable Aerospace-grade Aluminum Alloy, corrosion resistant and with excellent Lumen output, and Battery run time. Water resistant to IPX-6 Standards, the weatherproof switch has three positions – Constant on/Flashing mode/Off. The flashing mode is ideal for increased safety awareness. With the Patented Battery Cartridge Holder for either end orientation it is easy to change the batteries. Clamps are tool free, and will fit any bike in the North American market and comes packaged with alkaline batteries included.”

 I love this Dorcy Bicycle Tail Light and actually take it with me sometimes on walks. It is very dark where I live and I worry that the cars passing by won’t see me. I feel safe when I turn on those flashing red lights! At $13.99 it is definitely a good buy and a must to have for your bike.

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“The new Dorcy bicycle tail light is constructed with a ABS body and shatter-resistant Polycarbonate cover. The 3 bright LED’s can be see from over 200 meters away and with the Patented 90 degrees two-direction, adjustable, quick- release, and tool-free bracket, mounting is easy. The new particular light diffuse of refractive reflector design produces a high brightness light pattern and operation lasting for 100/200 hours in constant/flashing modes(0~100% light). This light is an essential part of any bicycle safety program.”

 I am so glad I had the opportunity to try these great products out and share my experiences with you. Why wait for your next adventure? Be prepared and get your flashlight ready. Check out all the products at Dorcy.com and let me know which model you get.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Dorcy Products for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Dorcy website unless otherwise indicated. All thoughts and opinions are my own. See my Disclosure for details on why I do reviews on my blog.

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Aukey vs Hoo Too Review

Posted on October 1st, 2014 by & filed under Product Reviews

USB power port hubs, a blogger’s friend.

We all need them. More ways to plug in. My lap top only has three ports. I often need more. What’s a girl to do?

I was asked to try these products and received free samples. See my disclosure for details on reviews like this. All opinions are my own. Even though I get to keep the products, I have no connection with the manufacturers and am not obligated to give a positive review. (Disclosure.)

HT-UH007 Bus Powered 4-Port USB 3.0 HUB

2014-09-21 09.31.34Looking at the box, I thought this device was going to be bulky and I thought it looked like a power strip. I was impressed when I opened it up and it has a simple, sleek design. I plugged it in and it was super easy to use. I love having the ports in a position that are easy to see and readily available for use, especially since I started recording videos for my podcast, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, I use multiple USB drives, microphone, and headphones, so this really helps!

I highly recommend the HT-UH007 Bus Powered 4-Port USB 3.0 HUB.

 

 

How does it compare to the Aukey 4-Port Hub?

Aukey 4-Port Hub

2014-07-12 17.36.24I really liked the Aukey device, and fell in love with it’s modern design. It is great to plug in next to my pc. It is a little cumbersome for my laptop and it’s light weight and sleek attributes get tossed around a lot with the cables, so it doesn’t always look that pretty. Other than that, it is functional, easy to use, good looking, and powerful. (Just like me!)

I am super lucky to have both products to use as needed. If I had to decide on one, it would be difficult. They are both top quality and useful gadgets. I might go with the Hoo Too, which is just slightly better for me. I don’t care for the design as much, but it seems tougher – if that makes sense. The design of the Aukey is pretty and elegant, I guess that gives me the impression that it isn’t as powerful. But it is! It is very fast when accessing big files.

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