Step up your workout routine with MaxiClimber



I have a confession to make – I hate to exercise. I’m OK with walking and swimming, but aside from that, I am not a fan. My plump body is a good indication of that.

It’s not that I don’t want to exercise. I do (to some degree). It’s just that I feel very self conscious about working out in our condo complex gym. I’m not in shape at all and I feel like people are staring at me, or mocking me, when I work out. For this reason I rather work out in the comfort of my own home – away from the snickering and judging.

We used to have an exercise bike. It was fine and I used it faithfully for a long time. Unfortunately it took up way too much room in our living room and there was no where we could push it out of the way. We ended up getting rid of it.

Another time we had a Gazelle. It worked great and my whole family used it. After a while it started to squeak – A LOT. My husband put WD40 all over it but it didn’t work. It also took up too much room. We ended up giving it to our neighbor.


Without any equipment (aside from videos and hand weights) I haven’t exercised much at home with the exception of taking the dog for a long walk. My daughter uses a hula hoop to exercise with but I can’t use that. I don’t know how to hula hoop.

I’ve been on the look out for a piece of equipment that could provide me with an all over workout, was affordable, and would take up very little space when not in use.

One day I was pitched information about a new piece of equipment I have never heard of before – the MaxiClimber.

MaxiClimber engages all major muscle groups to burn calories and build muscle, utilizing the same movements as rock climbing. The easy-to-setup vertical climber is a total body workout that can help you sculpt lean, sexy legs, rock-hard abs and toned, and strong triceps and biceps. By using your own body weight as resistance, MaxiClimber gives a great cardio and strength training workout without putting stress on the lower joints of your body.

Key Features

It sounded interesting. I like that it’s a total body workout. I also like that it doesn’t put stress on your joints and it’s a great cardio workout (getting your heart pumping is key to a successful workout).

MaxiClimber was kind enough to send me one to review.

When it arrived I was at work. My teenager daughter (who loves to work out) saw the box and asked me if she could open it up. I asked her not to because I worried about her losing any of the pieces. She didn’t listen to me. When I got home the MaxiClimber was already set up. It arrives pretty much assembled.

When assembled (and closed) the MaxiClimber doesn’t look like much. It’s tall and not too wide. When it is opened  you can see what that MaxiClimber is all about.

I think this video by MaxiClimber shows you what MaxiClimber can do for you.


Both of my kids hopped on it and used it with no problem. In fact my daughter works out on it regularly. I’m very impressed that she is so committed to exercising.

I have to admit that I was very intimidated by it when I saw it set up. I didn’t think my 250+ pound body could use it without it tipping over. I cautiously used it the first few times until I felt confident enough that it wasn’t going to tip over on me.

THIS IS A WORKOUT! Oh my! I can barely do 10-15 minutes on the MaxiClimber without my heart beating out of my chest and building up a sweat.


The first few times I used it I felt it the next day. I hurt! That is because I was not used to such and intense workout. My arms, legs, butt and sides hurt. Thankfully the more I used it the better I was and the less I felt it the next day.

It doesn’t look like it will give you much of a workout – but it does. It works out almost your entire body with just this one machine. This includes your upper, lower and core.

Compared to other household exercise equipment (treadmills and bikes), the MaxiClimber helps you to get a more intense, overall workout helping you to burn more calories, tighten and tone your body.


One feature I REALLY like about the MaxiClimber is that it folds up easily and can be pushed into a corner or a closet to get it out of the way when not in use. You can’t easily do that with an exercise bike and most treadmills are too bulky.

We live in a tiny condo so space it at a premium in our home. Being able to tuck the MaxiClimber out of the way is a huge selling point for me. It’s also light enough to move around. My daughter is petite and has no problem moving the MaxiClimber around.

I have to admit that I’ve slacked off a bit the past month using the MaxiClimber. Between end of the school year stuff (finals), our daughter’s senior prom (looking for the dress, shoes, hair, makeup…) and graduation I have been on teh go-go-go pretty much all month long. I was so overwhelmed by everything the day after graduation (a Saturday) I slept pretty much the entire day to make up for a month of running all over the place.

Make sure you wear good sneakers when using this equipment. Do not try and do it barefoot. I did and it HURTS! You need to wear good shoes. It’s also safer that way too.

Please ignore my son's backpack and bed pillow on the floor in front of the climber. As you can see it tucks out of the way. Normally it's on the other side of the dresser against the wall. Our daughter had used it and didn't put it back (thus the reason why my son threw his backpack in front of it - that is where he puts his backpack normally).

Please ignore my son’s backpack and bed pillow on the floor in front of the climber. As you can see it tucks out of the way. Normally it’s on the other side of the dresser against the wall. Our daughter had used it and didn’t put it back (thus the reason why my son threw his backpack in front of it – that is where he puts his backpack normally).

Now that things have settled down a bit I am going to use the MaxiClimber on a regular basis. I plan on starting out with 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a week then gradually increase the work out time and days. Ideally I’d like to reach 30 minutes per day 6 days per week. That is an easily obtainable goal to have.

Even my son who doesn’t like to work out at all will use the MaxiClimber. He likes that he can still watch TV while using it. Not exactly the right motivation, but at least he’s moving.

We love our MaxiClimber. You get to work out almost all of your major muscles with just one piece of equipment that can be easily stored away when not in use. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about MaxiClimber visit their official website, MaxiClimber.com. You can also follow them on social media (all of the links are found at the bottom of their website).

What do you think about MaxiClimber? Does it look like something you would like to workout with? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Enjoy on the go music with a new “friend” – KitSound Mini Buddies


Mini Buddies

Do you enjoy listening to music? I do. I enjoy listening to tunes when driving and while cleaning around my home. There are times I wish we could listen to music at work, but that is not feasible.

I listen to music either online, on my car’s radio, my Amazon Echo or my cellphone. I do have a wireless Bluetooth speaker in my car in case I want to listen to music on my phone instead of on the radio. The only downside to my wireless speaker is that it’s big and bulky. I could not carry it around with my in my pocketbook unless I remove a few items. What I need is something a bit smaller and more portable.

I was recently introduced to KitSound Mini Buddies. They are small, portable speakers. They may be small but they offer great sound.

KitSound Mini Buddies come in a variety of designs including animals and other fun objects. I happen to adore cute things so KitSound Mini Buddies are exactly the type of product I would purchase.


KitSound Mini Buddies come with an attached 3.5mm headphone jack plug that you plug into your device (phone, tablet, PC, music player…).

The Mini Buddies are very small in size (about the size of a golf ball, give or take) which means they are very portable. You can easily slip them in your purse, backpack, pocket or car’s glove compartment so you can enjoy your music where ever you are and whenever the mood strikes. They even have a key chain ring if you want to attach them to something.

The Mini Buddies speakers are rechargeable with their supplied USB cable and built in Li-ion batteries.

Another fun feature about KitSound Mini Buddies is that you can connect multiple buddies together with their headphone jack plugs. The more buddies you connect the more sound you get.

Mini Buddies

KitSound Mini Buddies might look like a “kiddie” product, but they are not. Adults and teens can enjoy them just as much as kids. I’m an adult (most of the time – ha ha) and I love these. I think they are super adorable. I have the Bumble Bee and the Owl.

Whether you are heading off to the beach, lounging pool side or entertaining family and friends at your backyard barbecue – KitSound Mini Buddies can help you pump up the music.

You can purchase KitSound Mini Buddies on Amazon.

These would make great gifts for music lovers, students heading off to college and people who enjoy the freedom of listening to their music anywhere.

To learn more about other KitSound products visit KitSound.co.UK. You can also check out the brand on social media. The links are on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about KitSound Mini Buddies? Would you enjoy owning one? Which Mini Buddy is your favorite?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Beat the heat with a Nano Ice Cool Collar


Beat the Heat

It’s summer time. That means a lot of barbecues, trips to the beach and lounging pool side enjoying the lazy days of summer.

Summer also means heat, humidity and a lot of sunshine.

I don’t “do” sun. I burn easily. Even with layers upon layers of sunscreen I always turn lobster red in a matter of minutes being out in the sun.

I am also not a fan of heat and humidity. I find the summer months to be most uncomfortable. Due to the high cost of electricity (at least where we live) cranking the AC 24/7 is not an option.

We have fans (several) but they don’t always do a great job of cooling you off. Sometimes I think all they manage to do is blow the hot air around, not cool it off.

I have tried so many other ways to cool off from taking cold showers in the middle of the night (I can’t sleep when it’s too warm) to wrapping ice cubes in washcloths to apply to my skin, drinking a lot of ice cold water and eve spritzing water on my skin. Nothing truly works that way. Water evaporates quickly when it’s hot and ice melts.

There is a new product on the market that might just change the way you cool off.

Nano Ice Cool Collar

Introducing the Nano Ice Cool Collar.

The Nano Ice Cool Collar is a cooling agent that you wear like a necklace. It’s made out of large spheres filled with a non-toxic, organic fluid. When this special liquid freezes it’s crystals interlock in a more efficient way than water, making it stay colder a lot longer.

Because the spheres only touch your skin in a small area the frozen fluid inside takes longer to melt keeping you cooler longer – up to 3 hours.

The Cool Collar is worn around your neck like a necklace. It’s a bit unique looking. It looks like a piece of costume jewelry your crazy aunt would wear. That’s OK. I’m sure in due time designs and styles for the Cool Collar will change to suit consumers tastes.

The reason why the Cool Collar is worn around your neck and not placed elsewhere on your body is because the neck is an ideal spot for regulating temperature because it cools the blood in the arteries before reaching the brain.

As the body part that most regulates body temperature, the neck is the ideal spot to cool down for optimal comfort.

I received a Nano Ice Cool Collar to try out for myself. Mine is a prototype and not the one that will be available for purchase. Mine has an elastic closure and the Cool Collars available for purchase will have a magnetic closure so you can place it around your neck and not go over the head.

Nano Ice Keeps You Cool

I’ve worn my Cool Collar a few times. In fact I’m wearing it right now as I write this because it’s a bit warm right now and I’m trying to avoid putting on the AC so early in the morning.

The Cool Collar is a little odd looking, but it’s comfortable to wear.

Initially your skin really feels the cold against it when you first put it on. After a few minutes you don’t notice the cold on your skin as much.

It does seem to cool me off. It doesn’t happen instantly but after a few minutes of wearing the Cool Collar you do notice a difference.

I sometimes find my self taking it off and pressing it against my face and forehead for extra cooling relief, then I put it back on my neck.

It takes a few hours to freeze so be prepared to pop it in your freezer for 2-3 hours before you use it.

Cool Collar

I have not worn the Cool Collar yet for more than an hour (I’ve been on the go-go-go these past few weeks with end of school stuff, senior prom and high school graduation). For all the time I have worn it it’s stayed very cold for the entire time.

Even when you take it off your skin is still cool so the cooling effect lasts a bit longer.

I keep the Nano Ice Cool Collar in a large ziplock bag in the freezer so that it doesn’t touch any meat or take on any freezer smells.

This could also double as an ice pack for bumps, bruises and burns.

Nano Ice Cool Collar can be used and enjoyed by men, women and children.

The people behind Nano Ice Cool Collar are also thinking about their community. They will be providing employment to those in need. They have partnered with the Homeless Veteran’s Association in South Boston as well as Goodwill to ensure that their product is crafted locally, providing jobs for people who are unemployed.

In addition, the people behind Nano Ice will donate a Cool Collar for every 10 sold to aid workers abroad to help keep them cool in hot, harsh environments.


Currently there is a Kickstarter campaign for the Cool Collar. Their goal is $15,000 to aid in production. Their campaign kicked off yesterday (June 25th) and already they have almost half of the funding needed for this project. Clearly there are many people who want the Cool Collar to be available for purchase.

I think their might be a Cool Bracelet in the works too. I’m curious about that one.

If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter its a way that many companies and products find funding. People like you and I donate funds and in return we get special perks. Depending on the company the perks can range from free products to much more. With the Nano Ice Cool Collar campaign their perks include free Cool Collars, a Cool Bracelet, T-shirts, mugs and more.

To learn more about Nano Ice Cool Collar visit their Kickstarter campaign. You can also visit Nano-Ice.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

What do you think about the Nano Ice Cool Collar? Does it seem like something you would like to have? How do you find ways to beat the heat during the hot summer months?

Nano Ice Logo


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Stock up on summer essentials at BJ’s Wholesale Club



Summer is finally officially here. The temperature didn’t wait too long to catch up with the season either. It’s as if the moment it was officially summer the heat and humidity swooped in immediately. Blah! I hate heat and humidity.

This is the time of year that most people look forward to, especially when it comes to vacation. For many people that means traveling far away. For others, like my family, we go on “staycations” – meaning we stay home but find things to do that are somewhat local to where we live (day trips). That usually means the beach, visiting state parks and the county fair.

None the less there are things we like to stock up on for the summer including paper goods (cups, plates…) for barbecues (we barbecue at my father’s house since we are not allowed barbecues in our condo complex) and sunscreen.

I’m not exaggerating when I say we stock up on sunscreen. We almost always have many bottles/tubes on hand at any given time – most especially in the summer months. I get sunburned just thinking about sun (ha ha). Seriously though, I burn very easily. I have very light skin. I’m part Norwegian, Welsh and Irish –  nationalities not exactly known for their tanned skin. My husband is 100% Italian and always gets golden brown skin during the summer (with sunscreen no less). Sadly my kids take after me more so than my husband when it comes to skin color/tone.

I strongly recommend stocking up on sunscreen. BJ’s has a lot of sunscreen packages available. They have different brands and different packaging options.

BJ's Sunscreen

My husband and I took a trip to our local BJ’s to stock up on some summer supplies including sunscreen and paper goods.

I love these patriotic paper goods and cups. These are perfect for the Fourth of July.



Keeping kids entertaining during the dog days of summer is not always an easy task. BJ’s has plenty of awesome activities and toys that will keep kids entertained all summer long. Some of the products I wish I could use with my kids. I wish we had a yard and/or pool. We do have a pool but the condo complex doesn’t allow pool toys or games.

Check out these adorable water friendly toys. Too cute!





I wish we had a home with our own pool. I may be an adult but I would love to play with these water toys, especially the “Lil’ Fishys.”

Check out these other great water toys. One a hot and humid day nothing is more fun (or refreshing) than a toy that will get you wet and help you cool off.



BJ’s is also a great place to stock up on the food and other supplies that you’ll need for backyard barbecues and get togethers with friends. I LOVE the S’mores kit. I was so tempted to pick that up but I don’t know when we’ll be barbecuing again in order to use it. Plus my father bought a new grill and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want melted marshmallow all over it.

I find the 34 pounds of charcoal interesting too. That is A LOT of charcoal! That is for someone who truly loves to barbecue every chance they can get.




For the adventurous people and those who love to get in touch with nature during the summer months (camping, hiking, boating…) don’t forget to check out what BJ’s has for you including things like lanterns and fishing poles. To be honest with you I was very surprised to see fishing poles there. That was a nice surprise.



Most people enjoy the summer months. I DO enjoy doing things with my family, but I’m not always a fan of being out in the heat and humidity. I enjoy doing indoor activities (museums, movies…) where it’s air conditioned and out of the sun.

If you prefer to stay indoors during the dog days of summer be sure to check out what else BJ’s has to offer including indoor fans.

My father has a LASKO fan and it works great. I was tempted to pick this one up when I saw it.


To find a BJ’s location near you visit BJs.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The links are found at the bottom of their website.

What summer essentials do you like to stock up on?



*I received a BJ’s gift card in exchange for this post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Simple Cups make brewing your own coffee easier and more affordable



I LOVE my coffee brewer – or should I say brewers (I have three). Two of my brewers use “cups” (the other one uses a “pod”).

I use a brewer that makes individual cups of coffee because I am the only person in my family who drinks coffee on a daily basis. My husband only uses the brewer to make hot chocolate in the winter. My kids use it occasionally to have a cup of coffee (usually when they didn’t get a good night’s sleep and are dragging in the morning).

Most people who use brewers that use individual cups, it can be costly. Especially if you buy brand name cups. It’s also not easy to find your favorite brand or flavor of coffee available in a cup.

There are cup options that allow you to make your own cup using your favorite coffee. I have a couple of those. I do use them on occasion but cleaning them out is messy. I’m also NOT a morning person, so measuring out he right amount of coffee  to put in the cup is not something I’m up for first thing in the morning. I just want to pop the cup in my brewer, wait a minute and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

What if there was an option that allowed you to create your own cups using your favorite brand of coffee, one you can put together ahead of time and could dispose of after you use it (no messy clean up).

Simple Cups

Camerons Products has a product called Simple Cups. Simple Cups come with a cup, filter and lid. Best of all they are fully recyclable. As far as I know the cups from other brands are not. Simple Cups are also reusable (the silicon outer piece and lid – no the filters – those should be disposed of after use).

Check out this brief video that explains more about Simple Cups.


Camerons Products sent me a sample set of Simple Cups to try out for myself.

There were some trials and errors involved trying to find the right amount of coffee, as well as the right size of the coffee ground, to use in the Simple Cup. I wasn’t sure if I should use a fine grind of coffee or a regular one (the kind that most pre-packaged ground coffee come in). I had to play around to find the right combination to suit my personal preference. I had different coffees that I was using as well (two different brands). I finally found the right combination.

Unlike other cups that you can buy that allows you to make your own coffee cup, Simple Cups can be prepared ahead of time. That way you have one ready to pop in your machine. You don’t have to worry about fumbling around first thing in the morning when you are half asleep trying to prepare a cup for your brewer.

What I did was make up a few cups and put them in a glass left over dish with a lid. Then I placed it in my fridge (I heard that coffee is better in the fridge). I just made sure they all remained upright and didn’t tip. All I had to do was grab one of the pre-made cups out of the fridge, place it in my brewer and make a cup of coffee. Talk about easy!

Cameron Products Simple Cups

So far, so good. I have not had any issues with Simple Cups aside from figuring out how much coffee and what type of grind to use.

Simple Cups can save you a lot on cups for your brewer. Making your own is certainly a more budget friendly option.

If you would like to learn more about Simple Cups, or to check out what other products Camerons Products offers, please visit www.CameronsProducts.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about Simple Cups? Does it sound like a product you would like to try out for yourself?



*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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“Make It Epic” with Schick Hydro and get two FREE movie tickets



When you have children, life is full of milestones – your child’s first word, first time they walk and the first day of school. Right now we’re dealing with a bunch of milestones with our daughter – first job, first boyfriend, graduating high school, senior prom and she just got her driver’s license.

Thankfully our son still has some milestones left to reach.

Two milestones that were hard for me to deal with was when he hit puberty and his voice went from squeaky to Barry White practically over night. The other was when he started to shave. I still find it weird that he shaves. I never expected my son to tell me “I need new razors.” How is it that my baby boy shaves? Sigh…

Both of my men shave – my husband and our son. Interestingly they both require different razors. My son can use any razor I pick up for him. My husband needs one for more sensitive skin.

Schick Xtreme

Schick Hydro is a brand of razors I know that both my husband and son can use (Schick Hydro has a razor for sensitive skin).

Schick Hydro razors are no ordinary razors. They contain a special gel reservoir that activates when wet. The gel is released on the skin making it feel hydrated. It also helps to reduce razor burn and helps the razor glide gently across the skin helping to minimize knicks and cuts. As a women I know how important that is for my legs. I want my husband and my son to experience the same benefits when shaving their face.

My son hates to shave. He finds it time consuming. With Schick Hydro’s special hydrating gel the shaving process is quicker and easier. He tends to shave more when the shaving experience is more enjoyable for him. As a result I get to see more of my son’s “baby face.” He may be growing up but he still has that adorable face he had when he was younger – when it’s free from facial hair.

As for my husband, he looks at least 10 years younger when he shaves. Because he has sensitive skin he hates to shave.

Schick Hydro 5

I bought my husband from Shop Rite the Schick Hydro5 Sensitive Skin razor. It’s been dermatologist tested to ensure it can handle sensitive skin. Just like the other Hydro razors, the Hydro5 Sensitive Skin razor hydrates the skin with use. The hydrating gel contains aloe and Vitamin E and helps to lubricate the skin which reduces irritation and redness and provides all around comfort when shaving.

I am NOT a fan of facial hair. I like my husband clean shaven too. I don’t like to kiss mustaches or beards. Plus my husband does look younger when he’s clean shaven.

I purchase our Schick Hydro razors at Shop Rite.

Schick Make It Epic #MakeItEpic

Schick Hydro is having a special campaign where you can get two FREE movie tickets. The campaign is called Schick Make It Epic (#MakeItEpic).

Everyday Schick® Hydro gets you ready to face the world. Shaving clean or just cleaning up – when you get hydration throughout each shave you’ll be ready when epic happens.

You can get two FREE movie tickets (up to a $20 value) to see ANY movie with the purchase of participating Men’s Schick® or Edge®.

The purchases much be made in a single transaction (another words purchased at the same time) between May 25, 2015 through July 10, 2015.

I found a FREE shaving cream with purchase deal at my local Shop Rite.

I found a FREE shaving cream with purchase deal at my local Shop Rite.


Draw a star (*) next to the qualifying items on your original, dated receipt. Take a clear photo of the entire receipt and text it to 811811 with the word SCHICK by July 10, 2015 for validation. Message rates/terms apply.

If validated you will receive a text back with a code valid for a movie certificate for two admissions (up to a $20 value) to see any more.

For Schick Make It Happen promotion details visit the campaign page or www.ActivateRewards.com/Schick

For more information about Schick Hydro products visit Epic.Schick.com.

The official hashtag is #MakeItEpic.

Does the man in your life use Schick Hydro razors? Why or why not?

Do you plan on taking advantage of the FREE movie tickets promotion?

Schick Hydro


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® Men’s Shave. The opinions and text are all mine.

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