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I use stuff. You use stuff. We all use stuff. Here are some reviews about the “stuff” I’ve used.

Tony’s Take on: The Humble Twin from the Dollar Shave Club


Tony’s CowboyStar Rating on
The Humble Twin
from the Dollar Shave Club
:

Welcome to the latest installment in an ongoing review series I call “Tony’s Take on…” where I review all kinds of “stuff” because all of us use “stuff” and we either like the “stuff” or we hate the “stuff” and we love to talk about the “stuff” we love or hate…

Today I’m yackin’ ’bout Dollar Shave Club.  For those folks who want the “stars” and nutin’ but da “stars” well, here they are!

4.5 stars from TxCowboyDancer

4.5 CowboyStars!
Tah-DAH!

Why I like this product

First and foremost — IT IS FRIGGIN’ LOW COST!!!!!! 

The humble twin from Dollar Shave Clubthe humble twin reverseNotice that I did not say “cheap” — I said “low cost.”  It is cheap in price, not in quality.  It is a good value for the money you spend.

Because of my financial situation, I use the cheapest of the three razors that they have: “The Humble Twin”

  • The handle costs $3
  • The replacement blades (five blades) cost $1
  • Shipping and handling is $2

So, when I get only the blades, the cost is $3 for five blades.

If, you do something silly like I did recently and “lost” your handle, well reordering is simple.  My next shipment will include a handle in addition to the blades and will cost me $6.

No matter how you cut it, that is an AMAZING PRICE! — Way cheaper than going to the drug store or grocery store and buying blades.  Especially since most drug stores now lock up the blades because razor blades are such a high theft item.

Second — the blades work well…

Don’t get me wrong, at $1 for five blades you’re not going to feel like you’re shaving with the Jaguar of razors, but it works just fine.

The blade gets the job done — and does the job well.

I have no complaints at all. It is what it is: a basic two blade razor with a small lubricating strip.  Simple, straight forward design that does the job well at an affordable price.

Third — the handle…

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Tony’s Take on: SweetLeaf Stevia


Tony’s CowboyStar Rating on SweetLeaf Stevia:

Welcome to the latest installment in an ongoing review series I call “Tony’s Take on…” where I review all kinds of “stuff” because we all of us use “stuff” and we either like the “stuff” or we hate the “stuff” and we love to talk about “stuff…”

Today I’m yackin’ ’bout SweetLeaf Stevia.  For those folks who want the “stars” and nutin’ but da “stars” well, here they are!

4.5 stars from TxCowboyDancer

4.5 CowboyStars!
Tah-DAH!

Introducing, my good friend, “Stevia” — da Plant!

Stevia-rebaudiana-totalSince Wikipedia says it VERY well, I’m just gonna let them talk for a bit:

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.

The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides, which have up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar, are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable.

[Stevia has] …a negligible effect on blood glucose, which makes stevia attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, and some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.

I love Wikipedia! 🙂

Tony’s Translation:

steviaStevia is a dieter’s and diabetic’s best friend

  • Basically Stevia is used in place of sugar.
  • It is a LOT sweeter to the tongue so a teeny-tiny bit goes a looooooonnnng way.
  • It is the ground up leaves of a plant – 100% all natural.
  • It is ZERO CALORIE!  Did-cha-get-that?  !!!!  ZERO! as in zip, nadda, NUTHIN!
  • You can cook with it.
  • You can put it in your coffee (which is my main way of using it).
  • And for those who are diabetic…. [drumroll please] It has a ZERO Glycemic response!

Some info about who uses this stuff and where it came from:

  • The stevia plant is from South America and has been used as a sweetener for over 1,500 years!
  • Japan is crazy about the stuff! It has been commercially available there since the 1970’s.  Japan currently consumes more stevia than any other country, with stevia accounting for 40% of the Japanese sweetener market.
  • It is approved for use as a food additive in both the USA and in the European Union.

I figure that if people in South America have been using this stuff for 1500 years AND if Japan, a major industrialized nation and one of the most safety aware nations on the planet, has had no issues with this stuff for decades, and they use TONS of the stuff, then hey, I can use it it in my morning coffee with no worries!

Woot!  Uh-huh!  Doin’ a happy dance!

Why I like SweetLeaf Stevia

SweetleafpacketsI have tried several different brands of stevia.  SweetLeaf Stevia is my favorite.  And the Packets are my favorite variety.

I used to use a brand called NuStevia, made by NuNaturals, (which is a good brand).

But to get it, I had to go to one of those specialty “Healthfood / Vitamin Stores” that smell funny when you walk into them and they have all these New Age kinda flyers about cleansing your body and yoga under the moon and… well you get the idea.

Just to be clear: neither the smell nor the New Age bits bothered me…

Nope. The PRICE bothered me!  NuStevia was $10 a box!  And the fact that I had to make a special trip to this store to get ONE item.  Sheeeesh!

Then I ran across SweetLeaf Stevia and I’ve never used anything since.  Here is why I like SweetLeaf Stevia. Read the rest of this entry

Tony’s Take on: Slim Fast vs High Protein Slim Fast


Problem: Which Meal Replacement Shake Should I Use?

Ok, fair warning, this ain’tcha ordinary review…

CalvinBrain

I wouldn’t be, uhmmm, well, uhmmm, “moi” if I did a plain ordinary review!

And why should I anyway?  “Ordinary” is just so.. “Plain!”

One should always strive to be FAB-u-LUS even when reviewing meal replacement shakes.

So………  Welcome to Tony’s Brain – doing a review — Brace yourself, it’s a very strange place!

Regular readers, keep reading and enjoy the silliness that you’ve come to expect from me.

You folks who found me via a Google search and are expecting a “normal review” well dearest visitors, you have a choice…

You can do what my regular readers are doing, which is grabbing their morning coffee or a snack to tide them over for a bit while they sit back and have a few laughs reading my post…

OR

You can jump down to the Read the rest of this entry

Tony’s Take on: Singer 96-Inch Extra Long Tape Measure


Keeping it Simple – Sometimes Simple IS Best

Singer 96-inch extra long tape measureTask:

Pretty much every exercise and fitness guru on the planet says that keeping track of your progress is a good idea. You can track many things like weight or body fat, but one of the easiest, the simplest, and the best, is to just measure the inches on your body:

  • Chest
  • Waist
  • Hips

You add up these three numbers and that gives you your “Total Inches.” As you get healthier and fitter those “inches” will probably shrink. So when you see ads saying “I lost a bee-jillion inches using XYZ Miracle Diet Product,” the grand total of those three measuring points in the “inches” they are talking about.

Using a tape measure and piece of paper is a good way to keep track of your progress AND it is a very LOW COST way to do so.

Problem:

I wanted to measure my body. So I grab the Read the rest of this entry

Tony’s Take on: “The Stuff we use…” (a new review series)


Series Introduction

Thumbs Up - Thumbs DownSince this is the first time I’ve done this, I guess an introduction is in order. When I do a review of a product it will be part review, part tips & tricks, and a dash of my usual, well, uhmmm… drama.

Ok, there. I admitted it. I tend to do “drama” even “drama” isn’t really necessary. But on the other hand. Life without “drama” would be SO boring… 😉 And I’m good for a couple laughs when I’m being dramatic… 😉

Nonetheless, my intent is to keep the drama to a minimum and keep these reviews fairly short and to the point, or at the very least, relevant to the topic at hand. Enjoy!

Full disclosure:

  • These are my opinions…
  • Other than being a customer / consumer, I am not affiliated with any of these companies in any way.
    (Though if you happen to be with one of these companies and you want me to be your spokes person, well, uhmm, give me a shout via my contact form and we’ll talk. – yeh, like THAT’s gonna ever happen!).
  • I have actually bought and used and/or researched the products I review – read the individual review for all the details on any particular item.
  • I am a member of the affiliate program on Amazon. So, if you click on a link, in one of my reviews, and you actually buy the item from Amazon, well, I get paid a teeny tiny commission — a few pennies (from 1-6% depending on the product, averaging about 4%) But that’s what we’re talking about folks. Pennies. So a few measly cents really isn’t enough to make me give a good review to a bad product. Don’t get me wrong… I can be bought, but girlfriend, I can’t be bought cheap!  — I have a MUCH higher price tag than a few pennies maybe earned via a referral. So there! 🙂 (And if I ever *am* bought by a company, I’ll let ya know up front! LOL)  And you don’t have to buy it from Amazon.  That’s just an option.  Use it if you like.  Ignore it if you like.  Your choice.
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