Soothe Aching Muscles Between Workouts with the Flexx Sports Muscle Roller Stick


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If you are an active runner, engage in cardio or sports, you are familiar with muscle pain. Proper stretching and massage are important to maintaining a stress free body. Professional massages aren’t always practical and personal massage chairs are expensive.

The Flexx Sports Muscle Roller Stick is simple, affordable and it works! We have been testing the above for the past couple of weeks and love how simple it is to use and easy it is to store. Simply use both hands to grip at each end of the roller stick and the textured plastic beads in the center move and roll to help alleviate tough knots and aching muscles. It is especially effective on the upper and lower back, quads and calf muscles. Not only does it help with pain but it helps increase circulation and prevents the dreaded lactic acid build-up.

At only 9 oz. in weight and just over 18 inches, the Flexx Sports Muscle Roller Stick is perfect for home, office, gym and travel. It has a steel rod core for durability and comes backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

At under $25, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for active family and friends!

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Tiny Tots Tuesdays: GOLME Urban Pac Backpack and Soccer Goal

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Have a soccer lover in your house? Check out the Urban Pac Backpack and Soccer Goal. This innovative backpack is big enough to hold shoes, a laptop, school work and more! Plus it has a hidden and rapidly deployable goal. Goal has a 1.5′ x1.5′ Net that fits a size 5 soccer ball. Shield Anchoring System (SAS) keeps the goal strong during play. Large main storage compartment with front/back mounted organizers exterior ball and water bottle carrier. At under $40, the Urban Pac makes a great birthday or back to school gift for your son or daughter or even classmates.

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Wish List Wednesdays: Document Your Summer Vacation with Muvee Reveal 11

muvee_reveal_11_reviewIf you love making professional looking videos but don’t have a lot of time, we have an affordable software that will help you get your precious memories documented fast! Muvee Reveal 11 is a windows based software that allows you to import movie clips and automatically stitches them together to create a high-quality video suitable for future showings.

Whether you are compiling everyday family videos, a once-in-a-lifetime wedding, completing your bucket list or extracting stills from your videos, Muvee Reveal 11 can help!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Muvee Reveal 11 is extremely easy to install and use. In the upper left hand corner you can easily add and arrange movie clips from your computer or camera memory card.

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Double-clicking on a clip will bring up an edit screen. The edit screen easily enables the user to highlight or exclude segments within a video clip. It also has a tab for adding captions and video effects. Choose “auto-summarize” from the personalize tab (lower-right corner on main dashboard) if you want Muvee Reveal 11 to do the editing for you!

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The software also comes with styles. After choosing a style, you can add music from your hard drive and Muvee Reveal 11 will take care of the rest! If you need a video specific theme, you can purchase more styles for a small fee.

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In the bottom right hand corner you will see the personalize button. Clicking this option allows the user to use all of the clips added or have the software edit for you. You can also add a professionally edited cinematic title by simply adding caption text and still photos in themes like “action” and “family”. Even add a video logo and voice over.

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Movies can be saved and rendered in a multitude of formats including YouTube, Facebook and even
Blu-Ray quality! Render time will depend on age and capacity of computer and option chosen (HD or web file). You can even store movies on the software’s cloud or burn to a DVD.  Other features includes adding stickers and borders to still photos, color filters to your videos and adjusting the pace for every style. Muvee Reveal 11 retails for $79.99 and can be purchased directly from muvee.com.

Our final thoughts: After creating a few videos, we are confident this is a great software for PC. It is easy enough to use for people who are not computer software friendly but comes with enough features to keep a computer wiz satisfied. HD movies do take a considerable amount of time to render but the result is worth the wait. We did not experience any freezing of the program itself which can sometimes be a problem with video based software. Cinematic titles alone are worth the cost of the software. Although additional styles cost extra, for a special event the $10-$15 would be worth it to make the video unique and special.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Julie’s Picks: Custom Picture Puzzles by Piczzle + Giveaway!

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juliespicks_piczzle_custom_photo_puzzleDisclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I recently received a custom picture puzzle by Piczzle and I am thrilled with the results! The process could not be easier!
You can choose from vertical or horizontal orientation and fun shapes like circles and hearts. Simply choose your desired shape, add up to 2 lines of text and upload your photo.
Piczzle will turn your pictures into puzzles!

I chose a family photo that my boys would have fun putting together. I received the standard cardboard piece picture puzzle (medium size/48 piece), but you can also order an heirloom wood base puzzle for a special occasion. The cardboard pieces are very durable and fit together easily. The picture was also printed at a high quality resolution with good color.

My boys really enjoyed putting together the custom picture puzzle. The coordinating photo box is really handy for keeping everything organized. It’s definitely an activity that is great for quality family time.

Piczzle is a great gift for upcoming Spring/Summer weddings (use their engagement picture personalized with their wedding date), it’s small enough to add to your luggage for Spring Break activities and even a great gift for Grandparents for upcoming Mother’s/Father’s Day! 

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Want to try out Piczzle? Piczzle is graciously giving away a small sized picture puzzle to one of our lucky readers! Enter the giveaway below and earn extra entries for sharing the giveaway with your friends and family! Find Piczzle Photo Puzzles on Facebook and Piczzle Photo Puzzles on YouTube.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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CableKeeps™ Goldie by NICE™ Strikes Gold as an iPhone Accessory Gift

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The Gifting Experts are huge fans of Kickstarter so we were excited to receive Kickstarter‘s own “Goldie” created by Jim Young of Seattle Washington. Goldie is not your average fish. The bright orange durable rubber goldfish is a functional, modern housing for your iphone (or ipod, ipad mini) charger and cord.

The boxed package is super easy to gift wrap and ship around the world. Goldie itself measures in at approx. 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. Simply insert the charger plug into the “mouth” of the fish and the corresponding cord plugs into the back and wraps around the tail. The charger and cord stay organized and don’t get tangled when you’re “fishing” for it in the bottom of your backpack, briefcase or handbag. Great for everyday use or traveling!

Goldie is made in the USA, comes in six bright colors and is 100% recyclable. If you need a charger for another device such as an iPad or European Apple product, CableKeeps™ by NICE™ has a whole school of fish including “Nibbles“, “Gulp“, “Spike” and “Ink“.
At a mere $16.00, you’ll be able to purchase these fish for all of your holiday gifting needs including teens, techies, co-workers, friends and more!

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