Volt Heated Gloves Review

 Lupus and Cold Weather

The cold weather never used to bother me like it does these days. In the last few years, my tolerance for cold temperatures has really gone down a lot.  Living in Northwest Ohio, I have had my fair share of Blustery Winter days.  Living in an environment such as this makes it difficult to enjoy any sort of outdoor activity.  

I experience significant joint pain especially in my hands as soon as the temperature begins to drop.  My joints lock up and stiffen and it can take hours for them to return to normal once I get out of the cold.  I even have issues with this when doing simple tasks like carrying a gallon of milk.

Last winter, I was weeks out from my kidney cancer surgery and my lupus was flaring.  I was sad because I wasn’t up to decorating for the holidays like I usually do with my family.  Christmas is one of my favorite and to me the most beautiful holiday and I was pretty bummed out that I couldn’t withstand the cold in my condition to participate in the outdoor decorating or events.  

volt heated gloves review
volt heated gloves review

I know I am not alone as a lupus warrior who has trouble with cold weather.  In fact, about ⅓ of people with lupus also suffer from a condition known as Raynaud’s Syndrome.  

According to John Hopkins, Raynaud’s phenomenon is a problem that causes decreased blood flow to the fingers, although it can affect other parts of the body as well.  It is well known that Raynaud’s symptoms can be exacerbated by cold temperatures.  

I have not personally been diagnosed with Raynaud’s but living in northern Ohio, it often feels like winter last half of the year LOL.   As soon as my hands and feet began to get cold I begin experiencing a deep aching pain and experience significant stiffness in my joints.  

It has really affected me so much in the last few years, that we have contemplated moving back down south to get some relief.  I knew that I was going to have to really think of ways to protect myself in the winter from the brutal elements of this coming Ohio winter.  

These are some tips that I plan to implement in order to help me deal with lupus in the winter months.  Remember, it’s extremely important to speak with your rheumatologist before adding any new plans or products to your treatment plan.   

  • Wear gloves or mittens
  • Wear a hat to help retain heat and prevent UV exposure
  • Use a scarf to help retain heat
  • Make sure that you are covering with a wind protected & waterproof product
  • Limit your exposure to cold weather
  • Try to plan outdoor activities in the warmest part of the day.  (Don’t forget your broad-spectrum sunscreen for lupus too, even in the winter!)

You can now probably understand why I was so excited to have an opportunity to review heated gloves recently.  I honestly feel like having a pair of heated gloves is a necessity of life that I didn’t even know I was missing as a lupus warrior.

If you have ever been curious about how well warming gloves can help keep you warm in the cold, read below to see my personal review of these unique and efficient heated gloves.

What are heated gloves?

I had never tried heated gloves until I came across a heated clothing company called Volt. Volt’s story was one that I could not only relate to but incredibly piqued my interest in heated products.  

volt heated gloves review

Their website states that the founder was searching for a comfortable and efficient warming slipper for his mother who suffered from chronic cold feet, even indoors.  While many heated products I had researched previously were focused mostly on those using them for working or sporting outdoors, Volt’s focus was on efficiency, comfort, and style.  

If you were to have asked me to name 3 things that would be a factor in choosing heated gloves, these would be them and they seriously checked off all my boxes with their unique heating technology. So, I was definitely excited when Volt sent me one of their heated products in an exchange for an honest review.  

Volt’s heated apparel contains their special patented Zero Layer® heat system that helps them eliminate bulk while providing more efficient heat transfer than any other heating system available.  

Their system uses special thin heating panels that are constructed of thin stainless steel fibers that are woven into the fiber and protected with special thermal bonding sealing tape to help provide long-lasting wearability.  You can read more about their amazing and scientifically tested technology here.

Volt Heated Glove Review

I had the honor of trying out Volt’s WOMEN’S 7V ALL PURPOSE HEATED GLOVES.  This specific style number is: GL-7V-LN if you want to browse on their website. I chose to get a size Large for these, as I experience unpredictable joint swelling and I wanted to allow comfortable room for my fingers and their swelling. 

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They have an array of heated gloves that you can choose from, but I liked the idea of testing out an all-purpose heated glove so that I can get an honest review on something I would be able to use daily.  So if you have plans to really get elbow deep in the snow, be sure to check out their really cool Avalanche X heated gloves!

These all-purpose Volt Resistance battery powered heated gloves are gloves that include 2 rechargeable lithium batteries and a dual charger.  They are also made with a waterproof and breathable material that ensures the ultimate in cold weather protection. 

They contain a built-in microprocessor controller that has four separate power level settings to keep you in control of how much heating you prefer with your gloves.  The best part? These gloves provide heat for over 8+ hours per charge! The temperature on the highest setting can reach up to 150 degrees!

When I first pulled these heated gloves out of their zipped bag, I couldn’t help but noticed the amazing quality of the gloves.  For an all-purpose glove, they were very thick and very well made.  

I honestly was surprised at how thick the gloves felt, yet they weren’t crazy bulky like other gloves I had tried in the past.  If you have ever tried unlocking your house door with super bulky gloves, you can probably understand why I find this a huge plus in my review LOL.

These specific gloves are dark gray in color on top and a black faux leather on the bottom.   They are honestly pretty stylish & modern looking for a heated glove.  You can see the quality in the stitching of these heated gloves and when you flip them over and see the quality of detail on the underside of the gloves.  

volt heated gloves review

The inside is lined and provides an extra layer of warmth and protection from the outside elements.  You can tell a lot of thought went into the design aspect of these heated gloves.

There is a zipper located on the top middle part of the glove and this is where you are able to connect the portable battery charger to the glove itself.  It may look like a tight fit, but the battery pack fits snugly inside of the zipper pouch and drops to the forearm area of the glove.  In this area, there is a clear window to help you change the heating settings and turn on the battery pack while wearing the gloves.  

This is especially important to me because it enables me to easily wear these from the car to outside or inside while maintaining the specific amount of heat that I need for whatever activity I am participating in….all with the light push of a button!

volt heated gloves review

The Volt All-Purpose Heated Gloves come with two separate battery packs and a dual wall charger so that you can charge both battery packs at once, but only take up one outlet plugin.  As a mom with techie obsessed kids, this is also a major win for me personally.  Hey, I need all the open outlets I can get LOL.

volt heated gloves review

The instructions that were attached were relatively easy to understand and simple to implement.  I was a little confused because the instructions said the LED lights will show green when fully charged, but mine stayed blue for hours (even though its hard to tell the color in this picture).  This didn’t seem to affect anything as they still worked perfectly, but just in case yours comes with blue lights as well, know you aren’t alone or that maybe I didn’t let them charge long enough lol.

After I charged my battery packs, I was excited to finally hooked them up and test these heated gloves out!  If you notice on the bottom right side of the battery pack, there is a little button you can push to help release your charger easily.  The chargers also have the word “TOP” stamped on the top of the charger, so if you are like me and struggle with figuring out which way a charger is supposed to go in, this is definitely helpful!

volt heated gloves review

It does seem to take a few minutes for the gloves to really fully heat up, but you can begin feeling the warmth almost immediately after plugging them into the battery pack.  

The warming elements seem to extend around the wrist area, the palm area, and along with each finger as well.  It never felt ‘too hot’ for me at any point, even when I had it set to the highest setting.  It honestly was an evenly distributed comforting warmth that was amazing.

It really protected my hands from the cold temperatures when I was helping my husband to hang this year’s Christmas decorations outside.  I was able to fully use my hands and extend my fingers without them being bulky from gloves or the cold.  These all-purpose gloves may be the best product I have reviewed so far.  Seriously.

volt heated gloves review

To be able to be outside in the cold and be able to help do things with my hands is life-changing as a lupus warrior living in Ohio.  People who are not affected by cold weather can never understand the pain and discomfort that we experience from cold temperatures.  It is so heartwarming to know that there are products available to actually make our lives more LIVABLE.  Volt’s heated gloves are one of those products.  

I highly recommend Volt’s all-purpose heated gloves if you are looking for an easy way to keep your hands protected from the cold.  These stylish and quality gloves provide not only heat but style and comfort as well.  These would also make a perfect gift as well for someone you love who suffers from the cold. 

You can check out Volt on Instagram and on their website to see more awesome heated clothing!

 




Bloq UV Hoodie Dress-UPF Clothing Review

I recently shared my Block UV unboxing video and review of their amazing sun-protective zip-top and UPF leggings.  If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you can find it here.  As a lupus warrior, sun protection is extremely important and UPF clothing can help make that a lot easier.

Today, I wanted to share my experience in trying out their sun-protective hoodie dress!   For the particular one I tried out, the style number is 2009 and the color was lavender.

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I will first say that the color is a beautiful lavender that is very light in color.  It is almost a pastel lavender, so if you are someone who likes a little color this would definitely be a beautiful choice.  Of course, if you prefer a bolder color, they have around 14 different color choices to choose from!   There is seriously a color for everyone!

Living in Ohio, I deal with the wind a lot.  In the summer it can be nice but in the cooler months, not so much!  The one thing I absolutely adore about this BloqUV hoodie dress is the fact it has a hood and offers full chest coverage.  This helps protect me not only from the sun but the wind as well!

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I suffer from trigeminal neuralgia as well, which can be triggered by even a slight breeze on my face.  Having a hood can help me shield some of that wind so that it doesn’t have a chance to trigger my trigeminal neuralgia while I am outdoors.  It is basically a win-win for me when you consider it’s UPF 50+ protection benefits too.

This BloqUV hoodie dress is extremely lightweight and cooling as well.  The material is made from BloqUV’s unique BlokTek formula which features a UPF 50+.  It was UV lab tested and blocks 98% UVA/UVB rays!  As someone who deals with photosensitivity, this is such an important piece to add to my lupus management plan.  In addition to using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing UPF clothing can add an extra layer of protection from the sun’s rays.

It’s hard to believe something so light and airy can provide such amazing sun protection, it’s almost magical!  This sun protective hoodie dress is also loose-fitting which is something I definitely prefer with my prednisone usage.  I need a little breathing room if you know what I’m saying LOL.  The stretch of the material is perfect, it is not constricting but moves with your body.  It also stays really cool when you are doing activities outside in the sun.

If you are a lover of all things with pockets, I am so excited to share that this BloqUV hoodie dress even has pockets!  As someone who deals with brain fog and misplaced things all the time, this is extremely beneficial for me.  It’s not every day you can find a dress that checks off so many personal needs when it comes to clothing.

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Another cool thing, like a lot of BloqUV’s sun protection clothing, is the fact that it is so versatile.  This hoodie dress can be worn as a dress or a bathing suit cover-up.  Yet, it is also the perfect length to wear as a top as well.  You can also wear it like a tunic with their UPF leggings, which is what I chose to do for this review.  It is important for lupus warriors to protect themselves from the sun not only in the summer but in the winter as well.  This versatile piece from dress to tunic makes that transition easy and efficient.

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Another unique detail in this sun-protective dress is the fact that it has thumb holes.  I think thumb holes look really cool but they also serve a large purpose for me personally.  They enable me to keep the sleeves down and my hands are able to be mostly covered as well.

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I don’t know how many times I have been outside at an event, only to realize hours later that I had my sleeves pulled up for half of the day.  This causes me to get too much sun exposure and sometimes even to burn.  Having these thumb holes helps me not pull them up without realizing it and I have found it very beneficial when you are driving somewhere as well.

Overall, this is definitely one of my top picks for sun protective clothing.  It not only looks cute and is comfortable, but can help you stay protected from the sun.  If you suffer from photosensitivity due to lupus like me, make sure that you give BloqUV sun-protective clothing a try.  The quality of their clothing is amazing and I highly recommend this BloqUV hoodie dress along with their many other UPF clothing.

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Code: LUPUSLYFE20

 

 




Square Root Nutnola Review

After spending the last 6+ months on prednisone, I have become more serious about eating healthier.  The last year has been a whirlwind for me in the terms of my health. After dealing with lupus and a kidney cancer diagnosis in November of 2019, I have finally realized how extremely vital it is that I really get a hold on of the things that I am putting inside my body.  With that said, I struggle with this A LOT.

As a chronic illness warrior, it is really important that I find ways to ease my meal planning and meal prepping.  I don’t always have a ton of energy to spend planning a healthy meal for my family.  I knew that I needed to find ways to better manage my time and energy when it came to creating healthy meals and snacks for me and my family.

Meal prepping is one of the best things to do when you suffer from a chronic illness.  I try to find a slow day that I can dedicate to planning meals out for the week.  I usually choose to do this on Saturday since the kids do not have school going on and I do not have a lot of work going on.  If you can plan and prep the hardest parts of your meals on one day, the rest of the week can breeze on by.

Even if I am able to make healthy choices with my meals, I find myself slacking in the snack department LOL.  I constantly feel like I need to munch on something.  The only problem?  I usually reach for something crunchy like potato chips because they are quick and easy to consume.

Square Root Nutnola

So you can imagine how excited I was to be approached by Square Root about their Nutnola line of products.  The company was born when the founder, Ellie, was diagnosed with Celiac disease.  She wanted great tasting granola but found it was hard to find ones that fit her gluten-free / grain-free diet and Square Root was born.  To have someone create a snack that was not only delicious but good for you is like a dream come true to a chronic illness warrior.

Since its inception, Square Root has released a couple of tantalizing flavors in their Nutnola snack mixes and in their Nutnola butter.

Square Root’s Maple Cinnamon Nutnola Review

square root nutnola review

Square Root states the Maple Cinnamon flavored nutnola is what started it all.  This delicious mix contains delicate hints of maple and cinnamon.  I don’t know about you, but maple & cinnamon are one of my favorite flavor combinations.  There is just something that is so warm and inviting about maple and cinnamon.  This makes this specific flavor of nutnola a perfect topping for yogurt or oatmeal.

I personally love this flavor and found it an amazing topping for oatmeal drizzled with honey.   With the temperatures starting to cool down here in Ohio, I believe that having a bowl of warm oatmeal with this crunchy and sweet nutnola mix pairs extremely well on these cold mornings.

square root nutnola review

I also seem to find myself snacking on these right out of the bag LOL.  They seriously are a great and quick snack that can help you stave off hunger since they are packed with protein!  The best part of Square Root’s Maple Cinnamon Nutnola mix is the fact it is Certified Gluten Free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, vegan, refined sugar free, and non-gmo!  Yes, it may be hard to believe that something that tastes so delicious can meet all these special diet requirements, but I am here to tell you it’s true.

You also won’t find any artificial ingredients in this nutnola which helps to make it an easy choice when it comes to looking for granola alternatives.  You can see how hearty this mix is and with the protein, it is perfect to jumpstart your mornings!

square root nutnola review

You can find the ingredient list below:

INGREDIENTS: CASHEWS, PECANS, WALNUTS, MAPLE SYRUP, ALMONDS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, SLICED ALMONDS, COCONUT OIL, COCONUT FLAKES, CINNAMON, SALT

Square Root’s Lemon Blueberry Nutnola Review

square root nutnola review

Square Root’s Lemon Blueberry nutnola is a refreshing and light mix of all things heavenly.  Out of the 3 flavors that I tried, this one was just so unique in its airy and citrusy flavors that it has won my heart.  I enjoyed it over a homemade yogurt parfait that was made with blueberries, grapes, and cranberries.  I can’t really explain the unique flavors of this delicate nutnola, but that it’s a sweet and fresh flavor addition to anything you add it to.

square root nutnola review

If you are looking for a refreshing way to spruce up your yogurt or even a salad, Square Root’s Lemon Blueberry nutnola would make a perfect choice.  This is also a great choice to snack on straight out of the bag and believe me, I have many times LOL.

This flavor of Square Root nutnola is also Certified Gluten Free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, vegan, refined sugar free, and non-gmo.

square root nutnola review

You can find the ingredient list below:

INGREDIENTS: CASHEWS, SLICED ALMONDS, DRIED BLUEBERRIES (CULTIVATED BLUEBERRIES, APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, SUNFLOWER OIL (<1%)), PECANS, ALMONDS, COCONUT OIL*, COCONUT, MAPLE SYRUP*, 100% PURE LEMON POWDER*, SALT, LEMON OIL. * = ORGANIC

Square Root’s Chocolate Cherry Chia Nutnola Review

square root nutnola review

The Chocolate Cherry Chia nutnola is ridiculously delicious.  I almost feel like there is no way this nutnola blend can be healthy for me LOL.  Square Root’s Chocolate Cherry Chia nutnola is made with dairy-free chocolate and dried cherries.  Does it get any better than that?!?

If you are craving a sweet snack that is actually good for you, this blend would be my top choice for you.  Again, this nutnola makes a great protein-packed choice when it comes to quick and easy snacking.  This would be a great choice as a yogurt topping as well, but I decided to top ice cream with it! And…WOW!

square root nutnola review

It is seriously amazing on ice cream, so much so that I forgot to take a picture before I ate it LOL.  While I am definitely trying to only eat ice cream in moderation, I do feel better knowing that I have the ability to pack a ton of protein into my sweet treat without sacrificing flavor.

Square Root’s Chocolate Cherry Chia nutnola is Certified Gluten Free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, vegan, refined sugar free, and non-gmo.

square root nutnola review

You can find the ingredient list below:

INGREDIENTS: ALMONDS, CASHEWS, DRIED CHERRIES (MONTMORENCY TART CHERRIES, APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, SUNFLOWER OIL (<1%)), CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL VANILLA EXTRACT), OLIVE OIL*, MAPLE SYRUP, CHIA SEEDS, SALT, PURE VANILLA EXTRACT. *=ORGANIC

Square Root’s Chocolate Chia Nutnola Butter Review

square root nutnola review

Okay, so let me first start and say that I am automatically down to try any sort of butter.  Usually, the ones I do try aren’t the healthiest of choices LOL.  So, you can imagine my curiosity when it came to Square Root’s nutnola butter.  Square Root’s chocolate chia nutnola butter is made from their Chocolate Cherry Chia nutnola!  How they can do this is beyond me, but it’s magical!
I tried Square Root’s Chocolate Chia Nutnola Butter on toast and it was delicious and amazing.  I am so pleased to have a quick and easy way to incorporate this healthy butter into my everyday life.  It takes a few seconds to transform a boring and ordinary piece of toast into a sweet and fulfilling snack that is good for you!  To be able to have dairy-free chocolate for breakfast is nothing short of amazing.
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This butter has the ability to transform so many snacks that you may eat daily.  Toast is just one of the many ways that you can add protein into your diet each day.  This butter would be amazing with fresh fruit, in your smoothie or yogurt, and even on ice cream!
Square Root’s Chocolate Chia Nutnola Butter is gluten free, grain free, paleo-friendly, dairy free, vegan, and non-gmo.
You can find the ingredient list below:

INGREDIENTS: ALMONDS, CASHEWS, CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL VANILLA EXTRACT), OLIVE OIL*, MAPLE SYRUP, CHIA SEEDS, SALT, PURE VANILLA EXTRACT. *=ORGANIC

Square Root’s Maple Cinnamon Nutnola Butter Review

square root nutnola review

After trying all of Square Root’s Nutnola products above, it was hard to decide on which was my favorite.  They all are really tasty and convenient in terms of use, but I think that my favorite has to be their Maple Cinnamon Nutnola Butter.  I really do love the warm and comforting taste of maple and cinnamon and this butter satisfies those cravings but with a super smooth presentation.

I also tried this particular nutnola butter on toast and it has quickly become one of our household’s favorite snacks.  There is just something about cinnamon and maple that makes my heart sing, especially in the fall and winter.  If you are trying to decide between the two flavors, I would definitely choose the maple cinnamon butter because there are so many ways you can use this flavor combination each day.

square root nutnola review

Square Root’s Maple Cinnamon Nutnola Butter is gluten free, grain free, paleo, dairy free, vegan, refined sugar free, and non-gmo.

You can find the ingredient list below:

INGREDIENTS: CASHEWS, PECANS, WALNUTS, MAPLE SYRUP, ALMONDS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, SLICED ALMONDS, COCONUT OIL, COCONUT FLAKES, CINNAMON, SALT

If you don’t follow Square Root on Instagram, you definitely should!  They have amazing recipe inspiration to help you realize the full potential of their nutnola products.  I can almost bet you will never look at granola the same once you give Square Root’s Nutnola a try.

 

 




BloqUV Sun Protective Clothing Unboxing

?Hey warriors! If you have been following my blog, you know how serious I take sun protection these days. You also probably know that I love doing reviews lol. ?

?I received a special package from @bloquv and I am so excited to share my unboxing video with you all!?

☀️I will be reviewing these products soon and sharing my review on my blog & on my social media accounts so make sure to stay tuned☀️

?Bloq UV is also offering 20% off to my followers if you use my code: LupusLyfe20 ?

? Check out their UPF products here: ? www.bloquv.com