Thursday, December 31, 2009



So ladies, are you getting your New Years Eve look together for the big night?  Of course we know the right outfit can make us feel really great, when going out for a night on the town.  But something else that also makes us ladies feel good about our appearance is our makeup.  With the kick off of the New Year, I’m sure you want to make sure that your face is at its very best when you get that midnight kiss.
Well, I might have some help for you for future special nights out. I began using mineral makeup as my foundation about two years ago, and love it.  This type of product is a loose powder which you use on the face as foundation.  Some of the makers of this type of foundation have forgotten one important thing in manufacturing their product, the applicator.  How do you get that smooth flawless skin, even if you have the right product, without the proper means to apply it?  Well, I was recently presented with the opportunity to help with just this dilemma.  There is a product manufactured by élan cosmetics named, “The Original Mineral Saver” that was created by Christine M. Richardson, a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel.


This product is available for purchase on the Mineral Saver website. The original mineral saver is available in eight different sizes that fit most major brands including, bare Escentuals, Raw Minerals, Avon, Sheer Cover, American Beauty, and Maybelline.  This product comes in a package of 4 sponges and range from $4.99 to $7.99 per pack, depending on the size.  The website also offers a compatibility chart so you can see if your makeup manufacturer is listed.


I really enjoyed having the opportunity to try this product.  As I mentioned earlier, I use mineral makeup, but mine comes with a brush attached for application.  I also have another brand that I use on occasion as a powder, over my liquid foundation.  This sponge fit the bottle and covered the holes perfectly.  The powder sifted through the sponge with ease and applied with a smooth and perfect finish, just like I like it.  Of course this is a great product, it was created by a woman who saw the need for something and filled it for herself, and the rest of us lucky ducks.
Christine and élan cosmetics are also being generous with my readers.  They have offered to five lucky readers, each a 4 pack of Original Mineral Savers.  Of course, you won’t have it in time for your New Years Eve beautifully made up face, but I’m sure you will find another reason to try this product out with your loose mineral powder.  For those of you who haven’t tried mineral powder makeup, you should give it a try.  It really does produce a smooth finish on your skin and you can find almost any brand at your local drugstore.  
Giveaway – Each entry must include your name and or email if it is not in your profile.  A comment should be left for each entry. This giveaway will end at 9 pm pst on 1/14/10. Winner(s) will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries and notified via email. Mandatory entries must be completed to be eligible. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is selected. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please look for the You’ve Won email from desperatelyseekingdeals(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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 ***I was provided with a sample of the prize pack from élan Cosmetics in order to complete this review. No other form of compensation was received.  The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced. 




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So, do you have little ladies in your house?  If you do, I’m sure you have been asked to see the new Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, if you haven’t already.  It has been in theaters for a few weeks now and opened to blockbuster box office numbers.  It is always exciting to see a new Disney creation, but I think this one was well worth the wait.  This movie is especially close to my heart because it is set in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

There are 13 songs on The Princess and the Frog soundtrack. The complete list of songs includes five songs from Anika Noni Rose, and there are also two zydeco songs from Jim Cummings.

Here’s the complete list of songs from The Princess and The Frog Soundtrack:
  • Never Knew I Needed                                    – Ne-Yo
  • Down In New Orleans                                   – Dr. John
  • Almost There                                                   – Anika Noni Rose
  • Almost There Reprise                                    Anika Noni Rose
  • Friends On The Other Side                            – Keith David
  • When We’re Human                                      – Anika Noni Rose
  • Gonna Take You There                                  – Jim Cummings
  • Ma Belle Evangeline                                      – Jim Cummings
  • Dig A Little Deeper                                         – Jenifer Lewis
  • Down In New Orleans (Prologue)               – Anika Noni Rose
  • Down In New Orleans (Finale)                     – Anika Noni Rose
  • Dippermouth Blues                                        – Joseph King Oliver
  • Cajun Love Song                                             – Leon Russell
I became even more excited when I was presented with the opportunity to review Disney’s The Princess and The Frog soundtrack. The soundtrack has a true New Orleans ragtime, jazz feel to it. A second favorite about this soundtrack is that Disney has the characters singing, rather than having the music simply as a backdrop to the movies activities.  This really creates an authentic feel for what is taking place in the movie.  When the character sings the song it is more easily relatable to what is happening in the movie, than when you are only hearing the songs being played during a scene.


The tracks are a mixture of zydeco, ragtime jazz, gospel, and are toe tapping good. Dr. John’s “Down in New Orleans” (with a prologue by Anika Noni Rose) has a distinctly Newman sound, reminiscent of his work on Toy Story. “Almost There” is Princess Tiana’s independence song. She makes it known that she is going to do her own thing, no matter what may happen. 



Another great track is a Cajun cut “Friends on the Other Side” which is in line with its Disney villain, pure evil in a Disney sort of way. “When We’re Human” has a Mardi Gras party sound, this is where we learn what Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana plan on doing once they get out of their frog bodies and back into their human form. “Gonna Take You There” is a zydeco tune that makes it almost impossible to sit still while you’re listening to it. 


“Dig a Little Deeper” is a gospel song sung by Bayou-style fairy Godmother Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis).  I really love this character, just from the previews alone. This is an uplifting, fun song which has an accompaniment by the Pinnacle Gospel Choir. I must admit, this is a soundtrack that will be enjoyed by young and old.  It seems to have a little something for everyone and kids will be able to reminisce about the movie each time they hear one of the songs.


There is also bonus content on this CD.  Just insert the disc in your computer and get videos, interviews, behind the scenes content, links to online communities, and more.


*** I was provided with Disney’s The Princess and The Frog Soundtrack for review purposes only.  No other form of compensation was received.  The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced



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Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I know most of you are quite happy that all the holiday cooking is over, that is of course if you don’t count the big New Years meal. But what do you do with all those leftovers that you want to send your holiday visitors home with? Well, instead of sending them home with your plastic ware, why not start the New Year off by doing something a little green. Hey, it’s the New Year, so why not turn over a New Leaf. Reynolds Wrap Foil, the same one that most everyone has used before has a new item, Reynolds Wrap 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil. It has the same strength and durability you’ve come to expect from Reynolds. It can be used to line pans, to wrap foods and keep them warm, or to cover leftovers, all without being wasteful. Reynolds has also gone a little farther in the process to go green, the box and core which house the 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil is also made of recycled materials and the printing on the package…. Made with water proof ink.

Here is what Reynolds Wrap has to say about their new product:

The food safe foil made of a mix of post consumer aluminum and industrial aluminum. Green Living expert, Sara Snow, has teamed with Reynolds Wrap to help families learn how to make positive changes that will benefit the environment. The new foil is available in standard and heavy duty strength and may be found in the foils, wraps and bags aisle at grocery stores and most mass market retailers. The standard strength is available in 50 Square foot rolls and the heavy duty strength is available in 35 square foot rolls. Both have a suggested price of $2.99. For more information on Reynolds Wrap Foil and its new line of 100% recycled aluminum foils you may visit their site.

Reynolds wrap has also included a few tips for using Reynolds Wrap in the kitchen and other ways:

• Wrap lunches, snacks and leftover foods in Reynolds Wrap 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil for an updated way to keep food fresh.
• Line pans and baking dishes with Reynolds Wrap 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil to cut back on clean-up and save water.
• Be sure to check with your local municipality to find out what products it accepts for recycling. Some recycle aluminum foil. If yours does just rinse the foil, crumple it up and toss it into the recycling bin.

I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to review this Reynolds Aluminum Foil product. There were plenty of leftover items to be had during this past Christmas holiday. It was great to able to use the product to wrap items separetley and label them on the outside of the foil. That way I could wrap desert items in their own packet and main course items in their own. I was happy to not have the responsibility of trying to find enough plastic or paper plates to send things in, which really isn’t environmentally friendly. The plates usually aren’t recycled, plus you still need to find something to cover the top of the plate, usually foil or plastic wrap. I also like the fact that items may be reheated directly in the foil, by just placing it in the oven at the appropriate temperature. Plastic Containers need to be washed and can sometimes begin to leak toxins in the microwave, if the surface becomes damaged. This problem doesn’t exist with the aluminum foil.

All in all, I have been a long time fan of Reynolds Wrap products, and with the introduction of this new 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil product I will continue to be. I am taking one small step in conserving our environment with a brand I know and trust. I would like to thank Reynolds Wrap for allowing me the opportunity to review their product.


*** I was provided this product by Reynolds Wrap for review purposes only. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.
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I must admit Cottage Cheese has never been a favorite food of mine. I have tried it with fruit, with honey, alone; nothing ever seemed to lure me in to the fold of cottage cheese. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to sample and review Daisy Brand Low Fat 2% Cottage Cheese, I was a little apprehensive, but thought I would give it one last try.

Daisy’s Low Fat 2% Cottage Cheese is available in both a 16 oz. and 24 oz. size containers and is all natural with no preservatives and no added hormones. Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese is currently in limited distribution. Click here to view availability.

Here is what their website has to say about their low fat 2% cottage cheese:
Daisy Brand Low Fat (2%) Cottage Cheese is low in fat without giving up any of its delicious, refreshing taste. Now, you can enjoy an all natural low fat cottage cheese made with the care and quality you’ve come to expect from Daisy. And it's also an excellent source of protein to help keep you satisfied and on the go. It's low fat cottage cheese, the Daisy way.


About Daisy
Daisy Brand is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that prides itself on producing and selling high-quality dairy products, while providing a good value to its consumers. It is these principles that have set the foundation for growth and continue to be the driving force behind the company's direction. Daisy began as a cheese company in 1917, delivering products in a horse–drawn cart, and nine decades later is serving customers coast-to-coast from the largest sour cream plant in the world. Through four generations, one thing has remained constant and unwavering – a dedication to quality. Our ingredients are always pure and natural, creating products that are as fresh the day they’re opened as when they were made. That’s the Daisy way. It has helped us become the leading national brand of regular sour cream and light sour cream in America. Be sure to watch for new Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese coming soon to a store near you!

So, I thought trying the 2% cottage cheese would be a great way for me to jump start my New Year’s resolution of losing some weight. It’s low in fat and high in protein, what could be a better way to start those pounds moving south. After looking around the Daisy website I found quite a few recipes for their Cottage Cheese. The first one I tried was:


Baked Crab and Cheese Wonton Cups
• Prep Time: 15 Minutes
• Time To Table: 40 Minutes
• Serves: 15
Ingredients
• 1/2 cup Daisy Brand 2% Cottage Cheese
• 1 6 ounce can drained crab meat
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
• 1/4 cup diced celery
• 3 thinly sliced green onions with tops
• 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
• 1 minced garlic clove
• 15 won ton wrappers

Directions
Combine cottage cheese, crab meat, Parmesan cheese, Swiss cheese, celery, green onions, lemon peel and garlic in a medium bowl until well blended. Press won ton wrappers into 15 mini muffin cups sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place rounded tablespoon filling in each won ton wrapper. Lightly spray with non-stick spray to coat. Bake on bottom rack in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking pan; cool 10 minutes. Serve hot with sweet-sour sauce or mustard sauce.
Nutritional Information: Calories - 127 cals Total Fat - 2 g Cholesterol - 17 mg Dietary Fiber - 1 g Sodium - 279 mg Protein - 8 g Total Carbohydrate - 19 g

Can I just say, yummy!!!. This was so good, I would've never guessed that it included cottage cheese if I didn’t make it myself. I made one small adjustment by adding some Cayenne pepper, since I like things spicy. This is one recipe that went into my recipe binder. So, with the success of this recipe I thought I would give another a try. This second one was right up my alley, since I love bread. I did however make two substitutions, first I replaced the 4% cottage cheese with the 2% I had on hand, the second substitution was instead of sharp cheddar cheese, I used pepper jack cheese. It still came out very tasty, just not as moist as I think they would have come out with the 4% cottage cheese, the pepper jack cheese gave it just the punch I was looking for. These are reminiscent of the Red Lobster biscuits, yummy!!!!

Garlic Cheese Drop Biscuits
• Prep Time: 15 Minutes
• Time To Table: 30 Minutes
• Serves: 12
Ingredients:
• 2 cups baking mix
• 1/4 cup cold butter + 1 tablespoon, divided usage
• 1 large egg
• 1 cup Daisy Brand 4% Cottage Cheese
• 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix baking mix and ¼ cup of cold butter until like coarse crumbs. Make a well in centre of the dry ingredients and place in it the eggs, cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese and milk. Stir just until moistened. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and add garlic powder. Brush on the tops of cooked biscuits once removed from oven.

Now, I’m not sure that either of these recipes would fall into the category of “diet” and they were not presented as such on the Daisy website, but they certainly are good. I’m still not the sit down and eat spoonfuls of cottage cheese girl, but with the huge assortment of recipes on the Daisy website, I will be able to add more, low fat dairy to my diet. For more information and to learn where to find Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese in your area, visit http://www.FreshenUpYourFridge.com. Also check out, Cottage Cheese: The Best Kept Secret.



*** I was provided Daisy Low Fat 2% Cottage Cheese by Daisy for review purposes only. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced
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Stop by Prissy Green and enter to win a lunch bag kit.  Sooooo cute!!!
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Monday, December 28, 2009




As you can probably tell from a previous post, I really like soft hands.  I can’t stand for my hands to be dry and rough for myself or others to feel.  I also don’t like to feel rough dry hands when I shake, or hold someone’s hand.  Well, I think I have found the perfect product to make sure that the hands that I touch and shake of the men around me will be nice and soft, as well as smell great.  I was recently introduced to the new Vaseline Men line.  This line is unlike any other lotion/hand cream I’ve seen for men.  It has the same great Vaseline qualities you’ve come to know and love and now it also has a great manly fragrance as well. 
Vaseline has introduced two great products for men, Vaseline Men Fast Absorbing Body and Face Lotion and Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body and Face Lotion. Unlike other materials, when skin is moisturized and performing optimally, it actually has the ability to get stronger.  The stronger and more resilient skin is, the healthier you are.  Vaseline Men is a line of body and face lotions designed to fortify men’s skin to make it resilient.
Vaseline Men Fast Absorbing Body and Face Lotion has a suggested retail price for the 24.5 oz pump bottle of between $5.49 and $5.99
·         Lightweight formula absorbs within 15 seconds
·         Instantly relieves dry skin
·         Builds healthy skin resilience
Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body and Face Lotion has a suggested retail price for the 10 oz bottle of between $3.19 and $3.69
·         80% more hydrating ingredients to heal extra dry, rough skin
·         Locks in hydration to defend against dryness
·         Lightweight, non-greasy formula
I had the opportunity to create a word of mouth campaign with the products I received to sample, and decided to introduce four men and their acquaintances, to the new line and capture their thoughts. 
 First, I introduced this line to my husband who really suffers with dry skin during the winter months. He is always scratching his back and arms during the dry seasons.  I asked him to use it after his shower and after each hand washing.  I gave him the pump bottle to take with him to the office, and the 10 oz. bottle to use after the shower (since this is the most fragrant one.) His thoughts:
·         “I don’t need to use cologne after getting out of the shower.”
·         “I just can’t believe I didn’t scratch my back all day.”
·         “The Fast Absorbing really does what it says, I don’t like greasy hands.”
·         “All the guys that stopped at my desk had to give it a try to see if it really was fast absorbing.” “Consensus – Yes.”
·         “I can tell its moisturizing my skin after several days use.”
Second, I introduced this to my father, who as you may remember from a previous post, works quite a bit with his hands in the garage and in his garden.  Most times when he is working on a project he doesn’t wear gloves unless he is working with some type of chemical. I also asked him to use the Extra Strength after showering/bathing and to keep the Fast Absorbing by the sink in the garage, so he can use if after clean up. 
·         “I love Vaseline products and can’t wait to try this.”
·         “I smell so good after using the Extra Strength; I might have to fight the ladies off me.”
·          “It’s great to have this in the garage where I spend so much time, it reminds me each time I see the bottle, to use it.”
·         About the Fast Absorbing, “It disappears into the skin and isn’t greasy, but you know it’s there.”
·         “I even used the small bottle at the coffee shop and my buddies tried it too.  They thought it was great that it evaporated on their skin and wanted purchase some of their own.”
Third, I introduced this to Qasim, a guy who works for our company, but also has a job as a mechanic.  He’s complained to me before that he hates to get grease under his nails and likes to keep his hands clean and soft.  He usually wears plastic gloves while working under the hood, but sometimes has to use bare hands to get to a part.  I knew he would be a great candidate for this product, so I gave him two bottles to sample.
·         “I like the scent; it’s nice to be able to update throughout the day.”
·         “Tell me how to keep the guys at the shop from using it all, the bottle is almost gone.”
·         “I think it’s great that I can use it, and then put on the rubber gloves with no wait time.”
·         “I’m going to see if I can by this by the barrel, my skin has never felt this good.”
·         “My wife really likes that my hands are softer, and that my face and hands both smell great.”
Of course you know that no sampling of a product would be complete, if I didn’t try it myself.  Hey, it’s made for a man's skin, but it doesn’t make women grow hair or anything weird.   So, my thoughts, it absolutely does what it claims to do.  It dries in 15 seconds or less and is very lightweight on the skin.  The fragrance is a little masculine for women, but I like the scent on everyone I encountered. I also shared the other two bottles I had with the Priest at church.  He likes to smell nice and is constantly shaking hands, and likes to wash his hands a lot especially during cold and flu season. He loves that it has a manly scent and he will not have to use as much cologne. He has told me that he has gone through half the bottle already and loves that his hands are nice and soft when he shakes hands with the church and community members.  I have to tell you ladies, you really should get a bottle or two of this for your guy. You’ll be more likely to hold his hands and he’ll love you for it (even though he won’t say so).


Go by and  check out the Vaseline website for more information on the Men’s line, as well as their other products.  Also have your guy, take a look at the “Train Like a Pro Sweepstakes” which ends 1/4/10.  The guys can download Michael Strahans’ workout, and watch a video of him on how to get in a quick 15 minute workout, which also includes health tips.
The sweepstakes prizes include:
·         A trip for two to ESPN’s New LA Studios. 
·         A personal training session, with a trainer to professional athletes’
·         A year’s supply of Vaseline Men
·         A signed item (TBD) from Michael Strahan
And, as if the wonderful people at Vaseline haven’t already been generous enough, they are offering three lucky winners a set of each of these lotions for their very own.  The winner(s) will receive one Vaseline Men Fast Absorbing Body and Face Lotion 24.5 oz pump bottle and one Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body and Face Lotion 10 oz bottle.  Thank you to Vaseline for sponsoring this giveaway and allowing me to introduce so many people to your wonderful products.
Giveaway – Each entry must include your name and or email if it is not in your profile.  A comment should be left for each entry. This giveaway will end at 9 pm pst on 1/11/10. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is selected. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please look for the You’ve Won email from desperatelyseekingdeals(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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*1 Entry * Tweet this giveaway (once a day, be sure to include your tweet link in the comments). With this: Giveaway @scrappydz Vaseline Men Prize Pack! Go here http://tinyurl.com/ygdfp9r Ends 1/11/10 Please RT (direct link can be found by going to your twitter account, clicking on the time when it was posted at the bottom of the post and copy and paste that link in comments.)

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***I was provided with a sample of the prize pack from Vaseline in order to complete this review. No other form of compensation was received.  The opinions expressed are my own and those of my friends/family and have not been influenced. 




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Friday, December 25, 2009







MAY EVERYONE HAVE THE JOY AND PEACE OF THIS BLESSED DAY!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Thursday, December 24, 2009



I recently had the opportunity to try another great product at the holiday party I attended. I tell you, I was the hit at this party with my friend. Along with the keg I brought, I also brought three sample sized bottles of Partida. Partida is 100% estate grown, 100% blue agave and has no additives, colorings, or artificial flavorings. Partida tequila comes in three varieties: Partida Blanco, Partida Reposado, Partida Anejo. Partida uses only pure distilled spring water in its double distillation process. The Blanco is not aged at all, the Reposado is aged six months and the Anejo is aged eighteen months. This is the type of tequila that is meant to be sipped, like a fine wine or brandy.


Well, of course that didn’t stop my friend and I from switching things up a bit. We decided since the bottles were so small that we would keep these to ourselves and not share with anyone else at the party. We decided to try out the Margarita recipe that was enclosed with my samples. This consisted of:

• 1.5 ounces of Partida Tequila

• 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

• .75 ounce of Partida Agave Nectar (which we didn’t have so we used honey)

• .75 ounces pure water (we used spring)

Then you shake all ingredients with ice. Taste and add additional lime juice or sweetener. Serve in a glass on the rocks. Since the bottles were sample sized we were able to get two margaritas from each bottle. If we would have had the Agave Nectar available to us, the margaritas would have been lower in calories than traditional margaritas. These were some of the smoothest margaritas I have ever had, nothing else to muck up the taste or flavor, just the natural goodness of the Tequila. Partida may be purchased at various online retailers, and liquor stores throughout California. For additional information about the products offered and drink recipes you may visit their site.  Belive me, this is a great accompaniment to any celebration, very classy. Oh, yes we did enjoy all three bottles, sorry guys. My favorite is the Anejo.



*** I was provided by Partida with one sample bottle of each variety for review purposes only. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.
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Well, there’s nothing like a prayer being answered.  As, I am writing this our home internet has been down for over twenty hours.  So then, how am I writing this online?  Well, with the help of this great product from hField Technologies.  I was sent this little helper to review and right now, I consider it a godsend.  Hfield technologies just launched the newest generation of its Wi-Fire USB Wi-Fi Adapter.  To put it in laymen’s terms, it’s a device that allows you to pick up wireless signals from a greater distance than just using your computers wireless connection.  The new Wi-Fire is 40% smaller and 30& lighter than its predecessor, but stills delivers that extra punch needed when surfing wirelessly.
When I started my experience out here at the coffee shop, the signal was weak and sporadic, at best.  Since connecting my lifesaver, my connection went from sporadic to consistent.  My signal strength, which I think is another great feature of this product, is at 85%.  I can only imagine what it was before I connected my little friend.  This device is extremely user friendly and I had it up and running in about ten minutes, this includes loading the software.  The steps are simple, load the software, let it install itself, remove the disk, connect the USB cable to an open USB port and the other end to the Wi-Fire and you’re set to go.  The Wi-Fire will list all available wireless connections in range and let you know if they are a secure network or open network (meaning anyone can access it).


While I began my internet journey on the patio, I received some strange looks because my little friend was sitting at the top of my screen.  That and because a few smokers came out onto the patio, I moved to my vehicle, which was parked about 100 feet away.  This coffee house is in a shopping center with lots of vehicle and foot traffic.  There is a restaurant across the street that had wi-fi, a gas station about 300 feet away with wi-fi and of course several others that were surfing the net as well.  I love that the connection manager keeps you up to date on the signal strength on everything in the area. 
This is what their website has to say:


The Wi-Fire uses a powerful directional antenna, highly sensitive receiver and proprietary software to find and enhance normal WiFi signals. With it, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet–even at low signal strengths–faster, more reliably and with a more consistently strong connection–than you are able to with an internal wireless adapter.
The Wi-Fire draws very little power from your laptop battery. It comes complete with everything you need to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Just install the Wi-Fire Connection Manager, plug the Wi-Fire into an available USB port and you’re ready to start. It can rest on any flat surface, laptop display or flat screen monitor.
The Wi-Fire Connection Manager reveals all available networks in the area–more than you’ve ever seen without the Wi-Fire. Simply rotate the Wi-Fire to maximize the signal strength for one of your desired networks, select the strongest available network – public access or private and encrypted – and then click connect. You’re now connected in places you never were before! Enjoy your new freedom and convenience.
The Wi-Fire will provide higher speeds at low signal strengths than your typical internal adapter and competing “high performance” products. It has even beat Draft802.11n products in range and speed at long distances.
The Wi-Fire allows you to surf the web, tap remote applications, download large files, stream audio and video–without squinting at a tiny screen and thumb typing on a credit card-size keyboard. And just try performing essential online tasks on a painfully slow cell phone connection. You could wander around, searching for the closest and strongest access point. You could suffer through a spotty, slow connection that drops at the most inopportune time.
This product is great for anyone on the go.  Students in the dorms and classroom will have greater internet reliability, Business People who travel and spend most of their time in hotels with spotty wi-fi, people who travel in RV’s and need to connect amidst all the metal at the campsite, and just about anyone else, especially the blogger whose internet has gone down at home and has to go to the coffee house to connect.  This little gem retails for $59.00 and may be purchased at Amazon, and the hField website.    I would like to thank hField technologies for providing me with this great device to review, I think I’m in love.

*** I was provided with a sample of the Wi-Fire in order to complete this review. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.



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