Econo Lodge in Tifton Georgia [Review]

I was traveling to Tifton Georgia for my oldest son’s wedding. However, I wanted to make sure that we had a place to sleep where we arrived there. I used TripAdvisor at first, but I really didn’t like their reviews, most importantly the prices that were offered. Most of the reviews were really negative, which had me worried. I continued looking for an inexpensive hotel to stay. I couldn’t see spending $100 per night for just a few extras. I used hotels.com, booking.com to get an idea of prices, along with TripAdvisor.

I continued to read the reviews. I found that it was cheaper for me to go directly to the website of the hotel, after I read online about someone having to pay a third-party fee or full price. In my opinion those third-party apps tend to be more expensive. I reserved two rooms with a king bed, after reading some of the reviews on their website. Their price was $65 per night, cheaper by $25 from the night before at the Super 8.

New logo (2008–present).

New logo (2008–present). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Econo Lodge in Tifton, Georgia.   Econo Lodge is part of Choice Hotels. I signed up for the Choice Privileges Program. I noticed a slight discount and points for free overnight stays. The Econo Lodge is located along Interstate 75. There are two separate buildings with the swimming slightly in the middle (layout forms an “L”). There is an upper & lower floors, stairs are open concrete. I prefer the lower level.

I didn’t like:

  • There was no ice bucket in the room, just the lid. A small mistake by housekeeping.
  • The “free” breakfast consisted of bagels or toast. Coffee, apple and orange juice. Selection of cold and hot cereals. A very small cinnamon bun (local Walmart brand).
  • The inside of the pool looked or was stained. There was no liner, the concrete just looked stained, but the pool water was very clean along with the pool area itself.
  • That the mounted TV was slightly off-center from the bed, which at times made it difficult to use the remote from different angles.

I did like:

  • Outside entry doors. This is a matter of personal preference. I prefer having my car parked right outside my room window, instead having to walk inside a building, similar to an apartment building.
  • There was an iron, ironing board, microwave and mini refrigerator in the room.  We had traveled almost 1000 miles. We needed to keep our food & soda cold. Along with ironing the clothes for the wedding, was needed after having them neatly folded in our suitcases.
  • I enjoyed having the TV mounted on the wall. This allowed for more free area in the room.
  • That the room was clean, didn’t smell musty, moldy.
  • The booklet inside the room that gave the visitor lots of helpful information. The different for TV & radio channels (alarm clock on night stand). Page for general information about guest laundry, ice machine, about rooms, pool hours. A page with a map of rooms. Page with local business in the surrounding area.
  • The site is off Interstate 75. The shopping mall is within walking distance and several other small shops close by.
  • That the office staff was very friendly and helpful.
  • It was a relief to know that even after making a reservation, that they will hold a room for me
  • FREE wifi. However, I had to log in every time I returned to the lodge. There is no password required, only works inside the building. Sometimes there were times when I was kicked off while in my room. Quickly logged back on.

I would recommend this Econo Lodge for an over night stay or even for longer. We stayed two nights. I was pleased with the over all facility and service. I will continue to use the Econo Lodge in Tifton Georgia will I return for family get togethers. I was not disappointed with any of it, including the price.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for writing this review. This review is based on my experience using this Econo Lodge in Tifton, Georgia.

Vow Vox Box 2 [Review]

This is the second part of my Vow Vox Box product review.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. This product was very disappointing. It is a pretty color, however it is just too light. Maybe use this for french tip, in place of the white color. But I wouldn’t recommend it as a solid base color. This product states that it is 7  nail benefits in one bottle. A base coat, strengthner, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip-resistant, gel shine. I will say it doesn’t chip easily. Just not a big fan of the color. This sells around $5.50 up to $8.00. No I would not pay either price for this. The applicator brush is unique, because it’s flat. However, there are streaks when applying the first coat. It doesn take several coats to cover up the streaks. I would try another color of this particular nail product to see if the results are the same. There are 56 shades to choose from.

Tide to Go. This is a travel size instant stain remover. I’ve used this before. Loved it! It works great on the run. I keep on in my purse for emergencies. I use it as a pre-stain remover. I seen these sell for $1.00 and up. You can purchase 3 in a pack for around $8.00

Riley & Grey. Is a wedding website. Where couples can build their wedding website from scratch. This is a great thing to have so that any & all family & friends can view the beautiful & very special day for their loved ones. Here is a link for the FAQ page to give you an idea about the site. I will be giving this to my future daughter in law to set up for her & my oldest son to show off their southern wedding.

All my discount information in on the back of this card.

All my discount information in on the back of this card.

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Vow Vox Box [Review]

My third vox box. Complimentary for testing purposes from Influester.com

My third vox box. Complimentary for testing purposes from Influester.com

I was excited to receive my third vox box from Influenster. This box is called the “Vow Vox Box” and this is what was inside.

Inside the Vow Vox Box

Inside the Vow Vox Box

  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. This product is something I’ve always wanted to try, however never had the money to spend on it. The product states that in 8 weeks most dark spots on my face will be gone or faded. According to the jar, it should be applied in the morning and evening. I will say that this is worth the money (so far). It has a fresh, clean smell to it, almost like shampoo. There is no greasy feeling after it is applied. The cream can be worm underneath makeup and doesn’t have a heavy feeling. I have dark circles under my eyes from allergies. I’m tracking the progress on the lighten of those dark areas. I have seen this cream priced from as low as $18 and as high as $30.

 

  •  EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge. The box was pretty simple, with details about the product and how to use it. When I first opened it, I felt the sponge. The sponge was rock hard. I thought “this is gonna hurt.” I held it under running water to moisten it up and it became soft. That was so cool. Lathered it up with my regular facial cleaner. Washed my face, it didn’t hurt at all, it worked very well. The sponge is made of 100% natural ingredients including Konjac, which is a plant native to Asia. The EcoTool sponge runs around $5.99. After use just let it air dry, it doesn’t go back to the original form. However, it does shrink up and get a bit hard. I was satisfied with this product and would recommend it.

 

 

  • Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream. I have always enjoyed using this product. The shaving cream does leave my legs feeling smooth & silky. There are 7 varieties, mine was Raspberry Mist. I didn’t smell any scent of raspberry, just that shaving cream smell. There is a small (5 oz) & large (8 oz) cans. The cost is runs from $1.50 to $2.50. The small can fits great in a weekend or overnight bag. I would use this product again. All & all it works very well.

 

 

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster.com for testing purposes

 

 

 

Tickle Me Purple [Sex Toy Review]

I won a Glas Purple G-Spot Tickler back at Christmas via thefrisky.com’s Sexmas Giveaway.

I remember back in the late 90’s visiting my best friend. He was good for turning me on to new things in the sex world. That was the time when he was selling glass dildo’s in his campground general store. I had never seen them before. I thought wow, those are so cool looking. Some were really eye-catching. Why was he keeping them in the deep freeze? He pulled one out, handed it to me. Brrr. I tried to imagine how it would feel inside me. I could only think of my experience with a popsicle on a hot summer day.

When I had seen that I won a Glas dildo I was excited, I would finally be able to know how it feels first hand. I will admit that I was fearful of the word “glass.” I imagined the worst. What if it breaks while I’m using it? What if I drop it? It just might hurt. I thought about how hard & stiff, being handcrafted glass that there would be no give to the product, as in flexibility.

All these thoughts were swept away after my first use of the Purple G-Spot Tickler. I am now a glass dildo fan.

Out of curiosity I looked up the price for this specific glass dildo.  I found various prices ranging from as low as $12.95 to as high as $33.99, depending on the website. This dildo is simple. There are no seams in the glass, completely smooth. On the outside of the box it states that it is “one of a kind. Handblown, Handmade and Handcrafted.” There are no patterns, no designs, just a very simple glass dildo. There is only a curve at the tip to stimulate your g-spot and a large ball at the bottom for a comfortable grip, which I really do like.

The box that it came is simple, with just a few features on the bottom of the box. The dildo itself was wrapped in a protective foam to prevent breaking during the delivery process.

This dildo measures approximately 7 inches in length with one inch width. This dildo is made of  borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass can withstand two different temperatures at the same time. It does not expand like regular glass does. This type of glass is able to withstand quick temperature change. So, this dildo can be used with cold or hot temperatures. Imagine the possibilities. This glass dildo weighs approximately 8 ounces. It does feel heavy in the hand if a person isn’t used to glass products such as this one.

My favorite feature about this glass dildo is that it is hypoallergenic and is extremely easy to clean afterwards. I have used soap & water. I have used alcohol wipes to clean it. Soaked it in hot water. I have towel dried it, air-dried it. Placed it back into the protective foam wrap, stored in its original box.

I enjoyed using this dildo. Starting out fearful of a glass sex toy, I’m looking forward to experiencing more glass dildos. This toy has provided me with several orgasms. I would recommend this product. I’m glad that I have it in my growing collection of sex toys. It is one that I like to use more often. This glass dildo definitely tickled my g-spot.

Glas Purple G-Spot Tickler

Micro Therapy Pro [Review]

Ever since my accident I have suffered with shoulder and neck pain. When I read about the opportunity to test the Micro Therapy Pro by Painsmaster I sent in my request. I received this product a few days ago, as I sit here typing this review out. The box itself is 6.4 x 0.7 x 4.4 inches, weighing  0.3 ounces.

Inside the package

  • One set of Micro Therapy Pro™ patches
  • One circuit (connecting cable with built-in battery for  up to 300 hours of use)
  • User instructions

I am currently wearing the patches on my right shoulder and neck area. The low-level electrical stimulation is very low, so low that I felt nothing. I was assuming that I would feel something like the currents that I felt at the chiropractor’s office. It was difficult to tell if the product was really working. There is a red light that blinks when the product is working properly. I do like that the patches can be worn underneath my clothing. There is no aroma of a medicated gel (like Ben-Gay or Icy Hot) and most importantly there is no medication in my system that could hinder my driving skills. That means I can wear these patches while I’m at work. Driving.

I wore the patches for about 12 hours. Took them off, that’s when I felt 80% better. The patches have a gel type adhesive that does not pull the skin when taking them off. Rinse the patches & allow them to dry before reapplying to the plastic holder.  The Micro-current therapy patches are not a cure, but will definitely ease major pain, until if necessary a person needs to schedule for a doctor’s appointment. I tried using them on my lower back, however found it difficult to apply myself. The two patches have to be close together yet not too close and then to snap on the wire that connects the two patches. Very difficult for me to do by myself.

The price for this product is around $50. I have seen it as high as $80. That is just a little too much for me to spend on a product like this. However, feeling like I was I am glad I had the patches. Especially, with my profession, I can’t take a chance on taking medication that makes me drowsy. I would recommend this product to use when Tylenol or ibuprofen isn’t enough to ease the pain. Also, it provides pain relief until you can get to the doctor.

The instruction booklet provides all the information needed to use this product. I was a bit concerned when I read the first page. There are questions like

  • Do you have a cardiac pacemaker?
  • Do you have an implanted defibrillator?
  • Do you have any other implanted stimulator or metallic devices?

I have a metal plate in place of a clavicle. This concerned me. However, I did try the product and that is why I only kept the patches on for about 12 hours. I did not notice any change or problems afterwards. *Sigh* of relief. I would suggest calling your doctor before using this product if you are not sure. I think because the current is so low that it didn’t affect the metal plate I have.

 

 

I received a free Painmaster Micro Therapy Pro via Fuel My Blog for testing purposes only.

My VivaVoxBox

I received my second Vox Box from Influenster.com. Below are the products I found inside the box.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I tried the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer first. It’s a spray body lotion.

  • Be careful when spraying it. Be aware of your your background because you’ll get lotion places you don’t want the lotion to be. (Suggestion: apply in the bathroom after a shower. Be careful not to get lotion on the floor because floor will get slippery)
  • Has a cocoa butter scent, reminds me of summer and the beach, sun tan lotion.
  • Is still somewhat stinky when dressing immediately after applying.
  • Skin is very smooth & soft. There is no greasy film afterwards. Just a slight stinky sensation to clothing. But to touch the skin after applying there is no slick, sticky or greasy feeling.

You can pick up this product for around $8. I would definitely use it during the summer. I would take it poolside,  applying some lotion to prevent dry skin after being exposed to pool chemicals and sunshine.

Vaseline Brand Spray And Go

Vaseline Brand Moisturizer Spray And Go

I received two bottles of Pure Ice nail polish.  One color is called “After Hours #274CP” It’s a pink-rose shade. Not necessarily a color I would have picked for myself. However, it does grow on me. I really liked that it doesn’t chip as easily as I expected it to. I am very hard on my nails (nail-biting habit). I did need about three coats. The second color is “It’s Complicated 1001” this nail polish is clear with multi-colored hexagon shaped confetti mixed in it. I would not wear this type of nail polish. The confetti pieces slide when you apply it. Sometimes you get a bunch of it in one area, you must paint over it to spread it over the nail.

 

There were the new Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths in the Viva Vox Box. Very similar to baby wipes, thicker than most brands. There are 25 towelettes in the package. This product is a bit pricey for only 25 towelettes. You can buy it for around $6. However average price for this type of product. The quality is towelette is much thicker than the cheaper brands. I like the hard plastic cover because it stays closed, better than the cheaper brands with just the sticky reseal cover. The towelettes will remain moist in this package. I did use one to remove my makeup after work. The towelette did remove most of the makeup. However, the towelette start to become what seemed to be fuzzy and stretched out looking. There isn’t a strong aroma of perfume or fragrance, slight hint of what smells like baby powder. I would recommend this as something to carry in an overnight bag or even in your purse. The cleansing cloths serve their purpose when you may need to freshen up during a hot summer.

I found some lip color. I love any product for my lips. New York Color Proof Twistable Lip Color. A shade called “South Ferry Berry #040” It’s a bright red shade. I love the way it smells, reminds me of a berry scent. What I don’t like is that it is a bit waxy, having a similar feel to a cheap lip balm. It’s a matte, so the color is not shiny, which I do like for a change. This product doesn’t last as long for me as some others because I do tend to lick my lips a lot and rub my lips together. This product will smear and stain your skin for a bit if you’re not paying attention. Like lipstick it will get on your teeth. It’s a twistable tube,  like a big crayon. Costs around $3 for any one of the 12 colors that are available.

The Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel-off mask was really good. I had used similar products in the past. However none are as thick as this product. The Manuka Honey Peel-off mask was very thick. I did have difficulty when I tried openly the pouch. There is a designated tore off spot. However when I did tear it off it wasn’t enough to squeeze out the product. I had to get scissors to finish opening the hole. I noticed that there was a lot of product inside. I applied it to my face, sat around for it to dry about 20 minutes. It is the neatest feeling to pull (peel) it off. Then to look at it, seeing the skin lines, dry skin. There was a tight feeling to my face afterwards, a bit dry. Only thing I didn’t like is that it was a one time use. There are so many other skin care products to choose from, covering all parts of the body. It seems that most products come in pouches. Which I don’t like those, but one can always cut it open to get every last drop of the product.

I did a separate post for the Shell Fuel Rewards card. You can read that one here.

Shell Fuel Rewards Card

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I received my second vox box called the VivaVoxBox.  I needed gas in my car. The Shell Fuel Rewards card came at a perfect time. I activated it online. Then went to fuel up. Gas is $3.79 per gallon. Memorial day weekend is around the corner. I know it will go higher. At the pump there are instructions to tell you to swipe the reward card first before any thing else.

Once you sign up you can also sign up for other programs via the FRN (Fuel Reward Network). Savings on Allstate insurance, shopping, dining and groceries. It might be worth looking into, just to save a few pennies. Remember to always read the fine print before signing on the dotted line.

 

Melt App [Review]

I heard about a new audio app for iOS called Melt.

Melt is for people to express their most important thoughts in voice. Melt is Voice-over compatible for visually impaired users!

This app was created by Jason Lew, Shane Wey at Superhero Labs. Based in San Francisco, California. 

My Cons

  • There is only 60 seconds of record time.
  • Once you push the “blue” record button, another screen pops up. “What’s on your mind?” with another “blue” record button and you must tap that again to record.
  • Can not upload any art or photo to go with your audio
  • For iOS only
  • There is no saving of recorded audio. You must upload or hold it until you’re able to upload it.
  • There is no usable website.
  • I have noticed that there are a lot of younger members/users. Mostly female from the looks in the “new melters” section. There are a lot of silent members.
  • No description section for 60 second audio. There is no use of hashtags.
Melt iOS App

Melt iOS App

My Pros

  • Can share via Facebook, Twitter, email, text message and URL.
  • You can share the audio immediately after recording or share someone else’s (including yours) later on at a more convenient time.
  • There is a total number of plays on your profile, to let you know how many times your Melts have been played.
  • Has a “Featured” members section. Great way to “promote” the frequent users.
  • Commenting abilities. Both typed & audio. However, if a member uses the audio reply underneath that specific Melt, the response is not directly linked under the original Melt but placed into the main “Melt feed.”
  • Ability to “like” a Melt.

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Always curious about new audio platforms, I signed up.

Signed Up for new app

Signed Up for new app

 

Once you sign up, you notice there is a drop down menu in the left hand corner. There you can see your options for moving around within the app.

Home: contains your followers “Melt feed.”

Me: contains your profile, along with all your Melts. You can see how many Melts you have uploaded. View both your followers and those that you are following. You can see the total number of plays. Currently mine is at 174.  There is a section where you can edit your profile. Name, Tagline, Location and website. Upload a bio photo. You can email an advertisement to someone about your new discovery.

Melters: Breaks down the membership in three sections. Featured. New and Search. An excellent way to found users to listen to and follow. A plus is their “featured members” section.

Melts: is the main feed where all Melts are found. Where you can listen to the new stuff.

This app is fairly new. I’m sure that there will be more changes, improvements in the near future for this growing app. It’s great for sharing a single thought on twitter. Facebook people tend to read posts verses clicking the play button. I can’t see it being popular on Facebook.  There isn’t a lot of interaction among users. There is ability to type a comment, but this is about audio. It starts to defeat the point of the app if there is more typed commenting. Difficult to reply or debate with only 60 seconds to the audio.  Of course there are always the core community users of any app, no difference here. There are a few users who truly enjoy this app. Who use it to promote awareness to their beliefs on a subject. There are some users who use it to share about their day in school. Some record their everyday routines, just being silly. I can’t see this app being used by podcasters or those who enjoy using audio for audio blogging in length. This app is short & to the point. Get your thought out there.

Once your Melt is uploaded you recieve an email with the link to your Melt. There you can also share via Twitter, Facebook, URL and embed. Below is an example of a recent Melt I did.

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