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Yurbuds Inspire Headphone Review


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My new awesome headphones!

It has finally happened, I finally found headphones to actually stay in my small ears! Everytime I try to use earbuds, they either shoot out of my ears like little rockets, or they just fall out the second I move my head. Not anymore! Enter the Yurbuds Inspire. Continue reading “Yurbuds Inspire Headphone Review”

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Reviews, Water Bottles

Camelbak Relay Pitcher Review


So I don’t usually receive free things and I got lucky checking my email about a week and a half ago. I received an email from Shape Magazine kind of like a “do this survey and possibly get a free pitcher.” Well, I did it and didn’t think too much of it and a couple days later they emailed me a “Congratulations! You have been selected for  the Camelbak Relay Water Pitcher expect it  in a few days.” So after I did a little happy dance, I waited and waited for about a week before it arrived.

It's here!
It’s here!

After going through the setup, I must say I am quite taken by it! It does work pretty good aside from a few quirks addressed later. It holds 10 cups and I believe that is 10 8 ounces cups.

Minimum fill line on the bottom max line at the top.
Minimum fill line on the bottom max line at the top.

It has a couple of lines here as you can see I found out the hard way that you do NOT want to fill it beyond that first line. The water that is remaining in the filter, will fill it to that second line. If you EXCEED this line like I so cleverly did, it will leak out of the back as it slopes down. This makes a very big mess. Haha!

How the lid works.
How the lid works.

The winning feature of this pitcher is that it’s supposed to fill up “faster than the Brita water pitcher”. I’ve never used the Brita one personally, so I can’t really compare it to that. But from what I’ve seen, I guess the Brita pitcher it takes awhile for the water to go from the faucet through the filter, into the pitcher.  That means you spend more time at the sink waiting for it to fill than ideal.

Filter Tops

It started out a little sluggish, as the instructions said it would until the entire filter is saturated and then it sped up. What I have noticed is the water flowed through the filter without overflowing too much in the first couple of days. It seems to take the water a little bit longer to fill the pitcher now as it tends to overflow a bit from the opening.

It slopes down a bit in the back, that's where it will leak at if overfilled.
It slopes down a bit in the back, that’s where it will leak at if overfilled.

It’s kind of disappointing, it seems to have changed a bit from the first few uses to its continued use now. In order to fill it all the way with faucet on full force it’s best to do this over the sink as it will overflow until you shut the water off.

overfill
Overfill

 

The taste of the water it is pretty good, its fresh, crisp, and clean tasting without that horrible bottled water taste. I despise bottle water from the store or anywhere, I just cannot stand the taste of it. I don’t know how many people like it honestly haha! I’m perfectly fine with tap water. So this is quite nice because it filters I tap water for me without compromising taste.

Bottle top

I went to the Camelbak site to look up costs of both the pitcher and replacement filters and the cost was around $40 and $12 respectively. The filters are supposed to last about 4 months or 80 gallons. The opening at the top of the pitcher where you pour the water has a little window that extends out the four months.

Filter dial to remind you when to change it.
Filter dial to remind you when to change it.

You can see the dial on this picture here. Currently set to June, so I won’t have to change again until September. When you change the filter you just turn that dial to the current month and it will show you about when you should look at changing the filter again in the window. I thought this is a very neat feature.

You can see in this picture the pour speed is pretty good, it doesn’t take long to pour water from this pitcher which is also very nice.

Pour speed is good :-)
Pour speed is good 🙂

Where I live right now, the water is very, very hard and has destroyed several coffee makers despite our best attempt to keep the deposits down. The goal is that this pitcher will help cut down the cost of  refilling water gallons to put in the coffee maker.

Despite its little quirks, I’m quite taken by this pitcher. It does what it needs to do very well, and you can’t really expect it into a whole lot more. I would definitely recommend this to somebody.

Note, I received this from filling out a survey (lucky me) . The opinions are my own and I am NOT being compensated in any way to do this.


Reviews, Running Tips

RunKeeper Data


I have started actively using an app on my phone called RunKeeper. Now keep in mind this is an app that I’ve had on my phone for some time now but I’ve always used MapMyRun for tracking my progress. I plan on using this app even more now because of how easy it has made it to do intervals. Check it out!

http://runkeeper.com/user/queenofheartz44/activity/118793933

Reviews, Water Bottles

Camelbak Better Bottle .75L Review


Finally! Words cannot express how happy I am that after four different bottles, I have FINALLY found one that doesn’t leak! Hooray! This gem is called the Camelbak Better Bottle and is simply amazing. 

I took the Bubba bottle back to Big 5 where the manager gave me a go-ahead to grab as many bottles as I wanted, fill them with water and do the shake test to my hearts content. Boy did I! I eliminated a Filas bottle I was considering rather quickly by half filling it with water, opening and closing the lid, and shaking it every which way possible (right-side up, diagonally, and upside down). It was an epic fail; I turned it upside down, shook and it sprayed like a sprinkler. Now the Camelbak’s turn; this guy won with flying colors. I shook and shook and shook with all my might determined to get something out of it and not a single drop came forth. We have our winner!  (I may have danced around like a moron for a few seconds doing the victory dance.) In case you wonder what that looks like, look here .

Got it in grey, love it!  

 The flip top straw is really awesome especially with how easy they have made it to open, you really can open and drink with one hand. The loop is perfect for a carabiner, looping onto your finger, or hooking on to any pack with a latch on it. I had it on my backpack yesterday and it easily withstood the constant swinging back and forth.

Closer view of the bottle

Has a very sleek design and simple design which is very different than the bottles I usually am drawn to, see here and here . I really am a sucker for pretty/adorable bottles and that may be why I had such a hard time with them because I got them based off looks. Don’t do that. 

The top with the bite-valve

Now, I will point out that if you are unfamiliar with bite-valve straws (I was) it will be awkward the first few times you use it. I fought with it for a while until I figured out how to bite and sip efficiently and I don’t doubt that I looked pretty goofy doing it. (Feel free to practice drinking from this alone I won’t judge).

Measurements along the backside

I don’t know why but it seems like if I can see exactly how much water I am consuming then I get on a roll and keep drinking it. Very good in my book as long as I don’t over-hydrate which is as bad as being dehydrated.  That along with having the straw makes it easier I think to sip mindlessly and then before you know it you’ve gone through the bottle and it’s time to refill. Again, good in my book as long as you don’t overdo it. 

Oh one more thing, depending on where you get it it can range from $10-$20 which is very reasonable for a non-leaky bottle.

QOTD: Ever owned a Camelbak bottle or pack? What is you’re holy grail bottle?