Cable Quality Does Make A Difference

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

HDMI Cables from Solid Cordz.

We have a flat screen TV that is capable of playing high definition video and audio but we still had the old connectors on it.

Mainly because I wasn’t really sure that having HDMI cables on there would make a big difference and of course spending money for something you are not sure is worth it seems like a waste. I would much rather buy books you know.

Picture of the two HDMI cables from Solid Cordz.

Then of course the folks at Solid Cordz sent me some of their Premium Series Gold Plated High Speed HDMI® Cables with Ethernet.

Picture of the gold plated connectores on the Solid Cordz HDMI cables.

I am here to tell you these HDMI cables make a huge difference. The picture on the TV (watching movies) is sooo much better. My husband says the sound is better but I can’t tell (the captions show up better though).

We did have a bit of a problem with figuring out how to use them. We got them on the TV and the video player with no trouble but them we couldn’t figure out how to actually watch the movie.

We thought the cables must be on there wrong at first but then my hubby checked the remote and changed the setting over to the HDMI and everything worked just great. We sure felt silly for a while.

These cables are really nice.

Some of the features of the cables are :

• HDMI® Ethernet Channel – The HDMI 1.4 specification adds a data channel to the HDMI® connection, enabling high-speed, bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature can send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application.

• Audio Return Channel – The new specification adds an audio channel that will reduce the number of cables required to deliver audio “upstream” from a TV to an A/V receiver for processing and playback. In cases where a TV features an internal content source, such as a built-in tuner or DVD player, the Audio Return Channel allows the TV to send audio data upstream to the A/V receiver via the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for an extra cable.

• 3D Support – The 1.4 version of the specification defines common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices, enabling 3D gaming and other 3D video applications.

• 4K Resolution Support – The new specification enables HDMI devices to support extremely high HD resolutions, effectively four times the resolution of a 1080p device. Support for 4K allows the HDMI interface to transmit digital content at the same resolution as the state-of-the-art Digital Cinema systems used in many movie theaters.

I am so glad we got these. My husband is a movie buff and he loves to watch movies. He also likes to watch football and  he says the picture and sound are much better.

These cables are also for gaming systems and I’m pretty sure any game would be improved by the use of them. Especially online multi-player games where lag can make a huge difference.

If you don’t have HDMI cables or if you have the older ones you should really think about getting some of these newest ones. They could improve your experience a lot.

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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.

Mira Digital Kitchen Scale Review

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

Mira digital kitchen scale. The picture of this MIRA Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale was so pretty! The top actually looks like a mirror and is made of tempered glass which is 4 times stronger than regular glass.

The actual scale looks better than the pictures. The really great thing about it is you can get it to match your kitchen (probably) since it comes in several different colors.

I got a black one because my counter tops and most appliances are black. It looks pretty nice on the counter.

Picture of a Mira Digital Kitchen Scale in my kitchen.The digital numbers are big and have an LCD back-light. The back light makes the numbers easy to see so you can use the scale even if you forget your glasses (like me).

Mira Digital Kitchen Scale with a bowl on top.

It has a Tare function that ignores plates or other dishes so you can weigh the contents easy. Just put the bowl on and touch the button and it removes the weight of the bowl. Then add your items and you have an accurate weight!

A picture of a bowl of onions on my Mira Kitchen Scale.I found out when using this scale that I really had no idea how much 2 lbs was. Or one pound for that matter.  The recipe for onion soup that I had been trying to make called for 2 lbs of onions and I had not been putting nearly enough of them in there.  After using the scale the soup finally got enough onions and it turned out really good.

I also found out that having a scale makes storing meat a lot easier.

I freeze meat and like to have it in 1 lb increments because that is all we really need (just two of us). I did it the way I had been and weighed the meat and some of them were almost a half lb off! That won’t happen again!

The scale works for up to 11 lbs and can be changed to metric if you prefer.

It comes with a 2 year warranty AND the batteries are included! I liked that a lot. I hate getting items and having to  hunt down batteries to make it work.

For more information visit the MIRA Brands website.  You can also find MIRA Brands on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

I am loving this kitchen scale. It makes measuring for recipes a lot easier and it is easy to clean.

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.

Make Your Own Snow Cones!

Make Your Own Snow Cones!

You can make your own snow cones with a Carnival Style Snow Cone Maker. I want one! Isn’t that cute? I remember snow cone stands from fairs and carnivals years ago.  This one will fit on my kitchen counter. I already have a snow cone maker that shaves ice into little bits. But it isn’t this cute. It is just plain black and doesn’t have the holders.

I guess I can’t really justify buying another one just because it’s cute. However, if you don’t already have a snow cone maker…well you know you NEED one! Really you do…just ask your kids. Or grand-kids.  They are having a %15 off sale right now too.

Nostalgia Electrics™ SCM-502 Vintage Collection™ Carnival Style Snow Cone Maker Now 15% Off! Valid through August 2nd. No promo code necessary.The snow cone maker I have is a Hamilton Beach. It works well except for the ice cubes getting stuck every now and then. It doesn’t quite shave the ice but does get it really small. I have been making snow cones just about every day lately since it has been so hot. I usually wait till just after taking care of the chickens because it is really hot out there! Eating a snow cone can really cool you off! I don’t use the snow cone syrup though. Most of that seems too sweet to me. I make mine with Tang. Or cool aid. It works.

Do you make snow cones? What are you doing to stay cool in this heat?

Crane Cool Mist Humidifier Review

I won a Crane Cool Mist Humidifier from A Mom’s Take just before Christmas and used it a lot over the winter. I was just finally getting around to packing up a lot of stuff for the summer and this is one of them. It is going in my closet where I can get at it just in case we do need it over the summer.

 

This little humidifier puts out some mist! It has a control on it so you can choose just how much output you want. I really liked that. I usually left it on low but sometimes I did turn it up. It holds a gallon of water at one time so it lasts a long time before you have to refill it. It also fit in my sink easily which I really liked. The old humidifier we had needed to be tilted and got dropped a few times.

 

This Crane Humidifier also has an auto shut off. It will shut itself off if it runs out of water. So you don’t have to worry about forgetting to fill it up or turn it off. I really like that as I do tend to get busy and forget about things like that.

 

The absolute best thing about them though is how cute they are! I got an elephant and it is so cute. My husband actually liked it too. And you know kids love it! They have several different animal designs and some “normal” designs for those who don’t care for cute.

 

It worked really well and didn’t bother my husband. He said it was really quiet. I don’t expect to need to buy another one for a while as that one is still in excellent working condition…but when I do…I will get another one of these. The duck probably.

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