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One Bad and One Good

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Reviews

One of my mother’s friends¬†gave her a small bottle of Korean wine as a Christmas gift. Recently, we found occasion to open it and see what it was like. In a word – well in two words, it was “real bad”. It quite literally tasted exactly like cough syrup. It was a very sweet raspberry wine, which is to forever be avoided by our family. Still, though, a nice gift – it’s the thought that counts.

Ahem. Needless to say, the wine wasn’t for us. We also recently found a soup recipe that’s actually good. It’s based on an Olive Garden soup. The flavors are very comforting. If you like soup, this is a good one to try!

Going to visit my little nephew this evening ūüôā

*Cough cough*

I was going through my old and unused drafts and I found this unfortunate piece of history. This article is a joke that Dink and I wrote back in 2013 when we were reviewing the Dr. Mercola bars. We never planned to actually publish this, but looking back four years later, it’s very interesting and I can’t begin to imagine what was possibly going through our brains.

Anyway, here’s this, whatever it is! Enjoy!

“We got these bars and they are good. They fill ya up with happiness and with the heapingness!! I can honestly say that the heapingness of which I speaketh is ostensibly heaping my good and gentle comrades of the North Pole area. The bars are filled, (as one might expect) with peppermint pieces, Garlic extract, cinnamon, and bacon bits all surrounded with chewy, delicious, mouth-watering, delectable, tasty, marshmallow and caramel and chocolate and taffy and toffee and finally, a soft layer of fuzzy cotton.”

-John’s and Dink’s brains – 2013

FoodSaver Food Saver

Posted: January 20, 2017 in Reviews

We recently acquired a FoodSaver brand food saver. It vacuum seals bags which can contain anything of your choosing. In a vacuum sealed bag, food tends to last longer, especially when frozen as well. While we had trouble actually figuring out how to use it, we have been satisfied since we did, and we can tell it’s going to be well worth the money.

For us, there should be plenty to vacuum seal. Most recently, we packaged up a bunch of ground beef that we bought in bulk. We then put the vacuum sealed pounds of beef in the freezer, so they should last quite a bit. In addition, whereas our regular Ziploc freezer bags will normally leak blood and other juices when we defrost meat, these are more sturdy and we shouldn’t have to worry about that. We’ll also probably end up storing a lot of our garden produce with this.

If you’re in the market for a vacuum sealer, the FoodSaver FM2000-FFP model is the one that we purchased, and we are, as stated before, happy with it. A friend informed me that, while the machines themselves often aren’t expensive, the FoodSaver brand bags cost a lot of money and are where the price really starts to add up. If you do decide to buy a food saver, you might want to consider taking my friend’s advice and buying bags in bulk online.

Also, it’s been less then a week since I’ve published! What a rare occasion!

Noteflight Review

Posted: September 23, 2016 in Reviews

If you have a song you’ve heard somewhere and want to get it down on paper, I discovered a tool today called “noteflight” (

A person I know wanted to be able to play the song Come Sail Away as performed by Donald Gould (I’ve included the video that contains the song that the person want to play) and so I started writing it on manuscript paper, but I just knew my writing was going to be difficult to read. So I looked for a tool I could use for free and found Noteflight.

It was very easy to use and I was able to accomplish my task fairly quickly. I could add trill notation, dynamics, and articulation, too. I got the music printed out and also sent it to said person.

Admittedly, what I wanted to do was very simple; however, I could do what I needed to do simply and fairly quickly using noteflight for free! The only thing I had trouble with was having random sharps show up on my trills which I could only get rid of by forcing a natural sign on it…

For a fee, I’m pretty sure you can do some really cool things with this tool. Check it out if you need to get some music written on paper ūüôā

The Naked Bee Shampoo Review

Posted: August 7, 2016 in Reviews


My mother and I¬†have recently decided that of all the shampoos we have ever tried, the Naked Bee shampoo stands out. Not to make it seem like I care a lot about shampoo, but I don’t want all of my hair to fall out when I’m 20; thus,¬†I do try to use shampoos that I think are healthy since I have to shower regularly. This shampoo isn’t too¬†heavily scented with their signature Orange Blossom Honey scent, so it’s fine for me as well as my mother to use.

She likes this shampoo because¬†she says that it gives her hair a lot of body (not that I know what that means). I like it quite simply because it makes my hair feel cleaner¬†than other shampoos. Also, when my hair is a short-medium length, it is prone to many random spikes of hair, but this shampoo seems to control that a bit. Maybe it’s my imagination.

One bad thing about the Naked Bee’s shampoo is that it can tend to dry out hair a bit, like a lot of shampoos. So while it wouldn’t necessarily be good to use every day, if you can let your hair get greasy, it’s really good to use. My mother and I have come to the conclusion that this shampoo is, in fact,¬†our favorite.

All of The Naked Bee products that have the Orange Blossom Honey scent basically just smell like Smarties to me. Smarties, if you didn’t know, are little round candies and they¬†held a distinct presence in my childhood.

We’ve reviewed a couple of other products made by The Naked Bee company. If you ever see some around and have never tried it, I recommend you give it a shot!

NOTE: We do not use expensive shampoos in our home. If you do, you may think this shampoo is not as good as your expensive kind. For us, this is very nice shampoo.