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Brenda S.

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Experience: Clothing & Fashion, Health, Travel

Member since January 2013

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Mother of two and owner of a small business.

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I have a lot of experience with the internet, because I am a webmaster and have been exposed to a lot of "online issues."

9 Reviews by Brenda

Who doesn't have a few pounds to lose?

Fortunately, I've never been more than 25 pounds overweight in my life. But as a petite woman, that extra weight has really been a drag and losing it has been hard. I was on Weight Watchers for a few years, but after a while I found that it just stopped working for me. I got near my (realistic) goal but somehow just couldn't attain it.

Somewhere along the line, I found myfitnesspal.com. My husband and teenage daughter are also using it. Right now we have all decided to go "low carb." My husband has insulin resistance and his doctor told him that low carb may be the key for him (he has already lost 13 lbs). I wanted to try that tact, too. I remember that years ago, before Weight Watchers, I did have success keeping the weight off if I just didn't eat too many carbs.

Well anyway, myfitnesspal is not a diet website. It is merely a way for you to track what you eat everyday, and your exercise or activity. You can be on whatever type of plan you want, and track it on this website. You can also track specific things such as the amount of sodium you are eating, saturated fat, cholesterol, and other criteria. They also have a smartphone app that you can use when you're not at your computer.

The website is very easy to use. Thousands and thousands of foods and brands are already in their database (and if not, you can enter something, yourself). If you tend to eat the same thing for breakfast every day, you can "copy to today" so that you don't need to enter the same thing all the time.

You can enter recipes and either keep them to yourself or share them with the entire myfitnesspal membership. You can also "friend" other members and let them see your food diary and recipes. I have "friended" my husband and daughter, so that they can easily copy the nutrition information from the dinner I made.

In summary, I really like this website. It has its drawbacks (sometimes members enter erroneous food information) but overall I have found it to be extremely helpful.

Oh, and did I mention: it's totally free!!!
Zappos.com has made our lives so much easier. I have foot problems and it often takes a very long time for me to find shoes which fit properly. Now, instead of dragging around from store to store, I can buy a bunch of shoes at Zappos and see what works for me. Often I wind up returning quite a lot of shoes, but there are ones that work, and I keep them.

Add to that a teenager who loves shoes but hates to shop. She also has really small feet and it can be hard to find her size in stores. That is another way that Zappos shines, IMO. And when both kids needed shoes for proms or special occasions, Zappos again really fit the bill. I got the shoes AND the little clutch purse there. Slam dunk!

None of this would be possible without their free shipping/free returns policy. And it's a 365-day return policy, too. I don't know how they can afford to do that, but they do honor it.

I still go down to my local high-quality shoe store from time to time, but if I'm searching for a particular thing and don't have the time or energy for that sort of physical shopping, Zappos really helps.
I suppose that your experience with Etsy might depend on the people who sell the specific goods you want to buy. Personally I have only had really good experiences with Etsy.

I have mainly bought small pieces of jewelry for my teenage daughter, who loves the types of handmade things that are offered on the site. In that respect, they are better than eBay, because they are more "boutique-y." Every single thing I've bought on Etsy has arrived quickly and has been even better in-person than in the photos.

I think it's a nice alternative to eBay, and generally I have found their items to be high quality.
Over the years we have rented several condos, houses, and apartments for vacations through VRBO. Their website is a little clunky and sometimes it's hard to search for exactly what you want. But with enough effort, you can find what you need. We've never had any problems with the places we've rented through them and have always been very pleased with the outcomes. I think they are trustworthy and I will continue to use their site.
My husband and I both use CPAP machines. We both love the cpap.com website for a number of reasons. First of all, the cpap supplies are much cheaper there than they are through our insurance's vendor. It's very easy to submit your prescription and get a new mask and hose, etc.

Secondly, their forum (message board) is terrific. The members are really helpful and give great advice, which is essential for a person who is new to the whole cpap thing.

Thirdly, when you order from them, you can get a canister of cpap wipes for one penny. The wipes are really good and do not have any funny odors. They leave your mask smelling really fresh.

I'm grateful that cpap.com exists and I do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone I know who is on cpap therapy.
I needed a special card for my husband's birthday but wasn't finding anything in the stores. Then it dawned on me that I could make exactly what I had in mind on a site like this. I had never tried Zazzle before, even though I'd heard of it previously. I found the entire process very easy. The card came out great, and it arrived in the mail in a few days. It cost me around $4 total, which wasn't bad considering it was a custom thing.

I had a good experience with them, but I'm sad to see that others have not. I will keep that in mind if I ever decide to make something more complicated on their website.

My husband loved his birthday card and personally I would consider using Zazzle again for something small and simple like this.
I like turquoise jewelry, and a couple of years ago I stumbled upon Silver Tribe. They sell their stuff on eBay and also on their own website. I have bought several pieces from them over the past few years, and their stuff is always high quality. You receive the exact piece that is in the photo. Their prices are generally really good, but I still wait for their sales (I get their emails). I've had many good experiences with them, and when a piece wasn't what I expected, the return was no hassle. I really like this website a lot!
I find this website easy to navigate and their prices are really good. I buy vitamins and supplements from them all the time. They ship quickly and the expiration dates are always far in the future, so I know that the products are fresh. I never hesitate to buy from them.
I needed some special pillow covers for my daughter's bed and I found them here. They have a really nice selection of bed linens at very reasonable prices. Unfortunately, one of the items they sent was incorrectly packaged. I got on the phone with them and they corrected the problem for me very quickly. Within a few days I had the correct product, and when they received my return they promptly credited my card. I was very pleased and would definitely do business with them again.

Brenda Has Earned 56 Votes

Brenda S.'s review of VRBO earned 2 Very Helpful votes

Brenda S.'s review of SilverTribe earned 10 Very Helpful votes

Brenda S.'s review of CPAP.com earned 3 Very Helpful votes

Brenda S.'s review of iHerb earned a Fraud Buster vote

Brenda S.'s review of MyFitnessPal earned 2 Very Helpful votes

Brenda S.'s review of iHerb earned 32 Very Helpful votes

Brenda S.'s review of Zappos.com earned a Very Helpful vote

Brenda S.'s review of Zazzle earned a Very Helpful vote

Brenda S.'s review of Etsy earned 2 Very Helpful votes

Brenda S.'s review of LinenSource earned a Very Helpful vote

Brenda S.'s review of iHerb earned a Great Find vote

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