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Michelob Ultra Light Cider Review – Deliciously Yummy Summer

By , June 18, 2012 8:50 am

This is a sponsored post, but all of the opinions are my own.

Michelob Ultra Light Cider

Perfect for porch-sipping

I’ll be honest: Prior to working on this review, the brand Michelob did not scream “Fine, quality product.” I’m not a beer fan, and even though Michelob’s website, which you can visit here claims they are “crafting a better beer,” I remain skeptical. Fortunately, none of that matters to me, because the past few weeks I’ve been drinking Michelob Ultra Light Cider which – I am forced to admit – is quite delicious.

I often feel left out when my beer-drinking friends sit on our delightful front porch in the warm Chicago weather, drinking their beers. Even if I make myself a mixed drink, the experience isn’t the same. I like to have cider in my fridge; to me a ‘tall, cold one’ should start with apples, not hops or barley. Chicago has a ton of good ciders available in liquor stores, but most of them either still taste too strong for me or have something like 300 calories a bottle. Or both.

It’s at this point I begin to feel cheesy when describing Michelob Ultra Light Cider. It’s good. It’s damn good. It’s smooth, not at all bitter, and only 120 calories. I don’t want to sound like a shill, but this is a drink I’d recommend even if I weren’t being provided with a sample. My beer-drinking friends have trained me to be leery of mass-produced alcoholic beverages. Chicago has a huge craft beer and liquor scene, with tons of options. But this cider is good, even if it is made by a big company. Quite honestly, it’s entered the (very short) list of drinks I ask for when out at a bar or restaurant. It’s also gluten free, which is a bonus for my gluten-intolerant friends.

But what else can I say? This is a good drink. It’s a low-calorie drink. It’s a reasonably-priced drink. And it’s delicious on a hot Chicago day.

Check out the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider page on to see what other reviewers are saying about Michelob Ultra Light Cider, or visit the sponsor’s site for more information.

As a final question, if you were to make a perfect pairing with a 12 pack of Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, what would you pair it with?

I want to love My Artist’s Way Toolkit, but can’t

By , June 14, 2012 5:53 pm

Note: I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own. Follow more about the BlogHer review program of the Artist’s Way Toolkit at Blogher.

All artists should be familiar with The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. If you’re not, it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s usually labeled as a ‘self help’ book, which I suppose it kind of is, but it’s so much more: a creative guide, a prompt toward personal development, and a focused way to improve one’s artistic self. Even if you don’t follow every page or every lesson, I highly recommend picking up a copy. Unfortunately, I can’t make the same recommendation for the new online service, My Artist’s Way Toolkit. Read on to hear why.

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Review: Vibratex Mystic Wand

By , January 4, 2012 5:12 pm
Pink and white


Way back September, I won a gift package from Early to Bed as part of their anniversary giveaway. Since I’ve been making such good use of my prizes, I figured I should share the love with all of you. The best part of the prize pack was undoubtedly the rechargable Vibratex Mystic Wand. Now i realize it looks a whole lot like the Luxe Magic Massager I reviewed back in 2010. And the general size and form factor are about the same. But where the Luxe was a poor-quality, loud, non-silicone, un-sexy toy, the Mystic Wand is awesome.

Lets start with build quality. The Mystic Wand has a removable silicone head, which allows for better cleaning and for the head to be replaced with other attachments that Vibratex makes. EDIT: I misread something somewhere. The rechargeable Mystic Wand does not have a removable anything. That said, it’s all silicone so easily cleaned with soap-and-water. END EDIT. The head is firmly attached to the body by a flexy-bendy neck, giving good control without feeling like the vibrating part is going to snap off. The body is coated with what feels like the same silicone as the head, but I’m not positive enough to want to stick it in my body. But you wouldn’t want to, so no worries.

The body is easy to hold, and feels well-made and not too heavy. There are two buttons – one to turn on and one to cycle through the 6 different vibration patterns: three that are a solid vibration at various strengths, and three that are different patterns of on and off. There’s also a blue light, which is a little bright, but I’m not looking at it while I’m using it… The version I got is rechargeable, and there’s a little rubber nub at the bottom to cover the charging port. Vibratex says it’s “splash resistent,” but I’m not going to risk trying it in the shower. It does feel pretty watertight, though. All in all, it feels like a good piece of equipment in ways the similarly-shaped Luxe never did.

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Review: Amante Remoted-Controlled Vibrator

By , December 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Mention a remote controlled vibrator to anyone my age, and they immediately think of the scene from The Ugly Truth where Katherine Heigl is wearing vibrating panties at a dinner meeting and accidentally allows a random child access to the remote:

Alas, my experience with the Amante Remote Control Egg wasn’t quite so exciting, but still provided good fun. Read on for the full review!

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Review: Luxe Magic Massager

By , September 27, 2010 7:18 pm

One of the great things about living in Chicago is Early to Bed, a “sex-positive, women-oriented shop,” with a goal of being “staffed by people who take their sex toys seriously and are able to honestly answer questions about toys and sex in general.” (I feel particularly spoiled because they’re in walking distance of my apartment.) A few weeks ago, I responded to an open invitation they had on their blog, asking for sex toy reviewers. I was lucky enough to be selected, and today picked up my first toy for review: A Luxe Magic Massager.

Luxe Magic Massager

Luxe Magic Massager, in all is luxe-ious glory.

My first impression of the Luxe Magic Massager didn’t blow me away. The packaging is certainly functional, but the picture on the front is slightly out of focus and the back contains clinical language about not using on “inflamed areas or skin lacerations” and a 30-day warranty which requires sending in a $12 money order for processing. The back also says “SOLD AS A NOVELTY ONLY,” which means the manufacturer is able to dodge laws restricting the sale of sex toys but, more importantly, is able to dodge listing the contents of the product. (And, sure enough, while the Luxe is “Assembled in the U.S. with pride,” it was made in China.)

Indeed, e2b recommends basically any soft-material sex toy other than silicone be used with a condom. Alas, the Luxe doesn’t say this on the box, so I’m saying it now: if you’re using this (or any other “novelty” toy), or are unsure of the toy’s material, use a condom! I’ll be honest, I’m a little less worried about this particular toy, because it won’t be going inside me or used on any skin with porous membranes, but for anal play I only use toys with condoms or well-washed silicone. (And now I’ll get off my soap box and on to the actual review!)

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