Monday, July 09, 2012

UGLee Pen Review and Giveaway

What is that thing???  It's weird, it's ugly, and it's completely ergonomic!!!!  

When you first see the UGLee Pen, your first impressions will vary.  To kids, it is fun, new, and squishy.  To adults, it is interesting, super lightweight, and writes well.  So what is so amazing about this UGLee Pen?  

First, it weighs less than a 1/2 ounce.  That means less work for your hand. 
Second, it's unique shape hugs your hand so that you don't really have to "grip" the pen.  
Third, the soft, squishy grip removes the stress from your fingers and that writing callus.

The UGLee Pen was developed over eight years by a Dr. Lee who was looking for the first truly comfortable pen.  After a lot of failed and mislabeled "comfort pens", Dr. Lee studied everything about the make up of a pen, and that of the human hand, to come up with the UGLee Pen.

My thoughts on this pen are mixed.  I am an dork, so I love the strange look of it.  That doesn't turn me off at all.  The sparkle in the grip...that's a little too juvenile for me, though.  Since this came in a 3 pack, I gave one to each of my 2 bosses to get their take on it.

Boss #1 says the pen is very comfortable, but reactions from other people in an over 40 age group are "too youthful, gooey feeling isn't nice, and it's just a cheap looking pen."  Boss #1 also said he doesn't like the difficulty in pulling it in and out of his pocket.

Boss #2 says his pen stayed at work, but he did notice that it doesn't write well at an angle.  Also, if the UGLee Pen has been sitting for a little while, it doesn't want to write when you first pick it up.  

My feelings were all positive about this pen.  I love it's shape!  I am the kind of writer who presses very hard, so my hand begins to cramp after a few short minutes of writing.  The UGLee Pen's grip is so strange in that you can't squeeze it hard because it smooshes.  So I find I'm writing softer.  My penmanship (which usually looks like that of a serial killer) is a bit improved because of my softer grip.  Guess what....No Cramps Either! Pretty nifty pen if you ask me!

That said, you can order the pens in a 3 pack of your color choice for $19.95.  On the green side, you can replace the ink cartridge instead of the pens when they run out.

This could be a great gift for that student going off to college, or your favorite Dr.

And now...for the moment you've all been waiting for......

Giveaway for a 3 pack of UGLee Pens

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

Friday, July 06, 2012

Off-Season in New Orleans ~ A Family Budget Vacation

The first week in March, the husband and I went to New Orleans by Amtrak without the kids.  We had 5 days to ourselves exploring all we wanted to see and do in the Big Easy.  There was sooo much more than just good drinks, we loved every bit of our adventure.  But...WE SPENT A TON!

The kids (6 and 3) haven't let us forget the fact that they want to go to New Orleans, too!  Soooo...things worked out well in their favor.  We are going to NOLA in the summer!  YIKES!  Yes...we are crazy.  Yes...we know it will be hot.  Yes... we know it's really balmy allll summer.  

However.... we are aiming for a Budget-Friendly Family Vacation.  By traveling to a destination with a summer off-season, we are more likely to accomplish that.  So far, I have planned the first 4 days of our itinerary  and we should come in waaaaay under budget :D

I recently did a review on, and through them, I found a Timeshare Rental for only $60/night! Only $240 for 4 nights in New Orleans!  To top it off, we will be staying right at the end of the French Quarter, near the Market :D  So I can wake up, and walk the few blocks to Cafe du Monde for my Beignets and Cafe Au Lait!!!  My girls are gonna be soooo excited to finally get real beignets!

Please follow Housewife Survival Guide to stay current as we plan our vacation.  As we get nearer to our departure, I will post a full itinerary.  When we arrive, you will be seeing reviews of places and things we are enjoying, pictures included.

If you have any tips, advice, or suggestions... feel free to comment on this post to let us know.  I don't want to miss out on a great adventure.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

First Impressions of Diet 1234


Diet 1234 pills came in the mail Friday!!  I must say, I wasn't impressed with the package I received.  Seriously, all that was in the package was 4 tiny booklets and my 3 bottles of pills.  The tiny booklets would've been nice if they explained anything to do with taking these pills, but they didn't!  One booklet was a pamphlet for all the Creative Bioscience products, the others were Diet Instructions that didn't tell me a whole lot at all.  If I didn't know what I was doing, there'd be a TON of questions left unanswered.

What I would like to have seen: 
  1. A more thorough information booklet about this particular product. 
  2. Ingredients list in this booklet
  3. Consistency within the instructions. (bottle says avoid extra caffeine, but instructions say unlimited amounts of black coffee is okay)
  4. Just a snazzier "Welcome to Creative Bioscience" type booklets.  For a pricey supplement (my 90 day supply = $209 retail) I would expect to see a colorful paper or booklet that welcomes me and tells me what to do.  Just sayin' 
^ You can see in relation to a notebook, just how tiny the booklets are. ^

That all being said....

I have had much more energy and focus. My thoughts aren't as scattered while I'm working.  Also, I haven't experienced any side-effects.  I though I might have been Sunday evening when I felt a twinge of  a headache.  However, when I woke up Monday morning with a full on migraine and Aunt Flo at my house for the week, (sorry TMI but it's necessary) I realized it was all hormonal issues, not from the Diet 1234 supplements.

I'm keeping a spreadsheet online based on the tiny spreadsheet on the back of the little booklets received with my Diet 1234 supplements:

With this, I can keep track anywhere!

Be sure to scroll all the way to the right of the spreadsheet to see my daily notes (complaints maybe).

Please feel free to ask me questions in the comments below.

Wish me luck!


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