Hemp Socks Sample Pack Review

We all complain about our feet aches so why not treat our feet to socks that feel warm and comfy? I got the Hemp Sock Sample Pack at Hemp Authority to see what wearing hemp socks is like. I’m used to wearing thin ankle socks with my sneakers on a day to day basis. So I knew that this would be an interesting adjustment.

There are three socks that come with this sample pack: knit, crew, and ankle. They all have slightly varying materials. The knit sock is made of 53% Cotton, 23% Hemp, 13% Nylon, 7% Acrylic, 4% Polyester. The crew sock is 74% cotton, 25% hemp, 1% spandex. The ankle sock is 51% cotton, 42% hemp, 6% nylon, 1% spandex. I got large which is size 10-13.

Simply putting the socks on your feet already feel wrapped in like a soft blanket. They’ve made me wonder how I ever walked around the house without my socks on before. They instantly make you feel relaxed. That being said though they quickly made me realize how dirty the floor was as I saw these clean socks pick up dust and hairs where I previously thought there were none. After cleaning up the floors I went back to being relaxed and snuggled by my socks. I kind of like the knit and crew socks more than the ankle socks for this pleasure as they run longer up the leg. Easily I could see anyone wearing these to keep warm in the winter.

Putting my sneakers on they made the shoe feel tighter around my foot. Since they’re thicker socks that makes sense. Obviously if you’re wearing a winter boot you’ll totally love the thickness. I did find it nice though that my shoe wasn’t wobbling around due to that slight centimeter of extra space that previously wasn’t being filled by the sock.

But then I wondered if I went to the gym and ran around, whether or not my feet would sweat more or feel hotter than they did with my old socks. Surprisingly enough I didn’t feel like they didn’t. I tried my best and continued to wear the socks longer after the gym trip, but didn’t smell any strong odors. Maybe it’s because of hemp’s antimicrobial properties, or hemp being able to wick moisture well, or just the fact that these socks remain breathable.

The socks are knit in America and are made by a couple different companies like E.G. Smith and Brothers Earth Friendly Products. They both claim that portions of the profits are donated to environmental preservation.

These earthy socks seem like they’re built to last and in the process will keep my feet comfy all year long!

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ONNO Hemp and Bamboo T-Shirt Review

I had a problem in my bed for a long time. It was hot under the bed sheets. Even with air conditioning I still woke up hot. It took a while to figure out a solution, but I did. I switched to bamboo bed sheets. This switch made me feel refreshed and ready to go after the first night of using them. I then thought if these sheets can make me feel that good why don’t I look at what I’m wearing and find better alternatives. We walk around throughout the day feeling hot and getting sweaty. Does it have to be like that?

I typically wear t-shirts and shorts. I thought that most of what I wore was cotton. However it tended to be more of a mixture of cotton and polyester, which simply put isn’t great for a variety of reasons. It took a while for me to find a replacement of basic colors with a good alternative material. I found the ONNO T-Shirt Company based in Boulder Colorado, which turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. T-shirts made with more thought and care for the people who wear them. They go as far as buying carbon offsets to balance out their environmental impact.

I never previously felt a bamboo or hemp tshirt. I had big hopes for the bamboo tshirt based on my bed sheets, but that was it. I bought their white color bamboo and hemp tshirts to compare. Lets just saw I loved both, but immediately ordered more bamboo tshirts. The bamboo tshirt was so soft and smooth. I knew it would be great for lounging around the house, hanging around outside, and going through more strenuous exercise at the gym. The tshirt is made up of 70% viscose from organic bamboo and 30% organic cotton. I don’t think I can ever go back to buying a typical tshirts at the mall. There are 19 different colors so that’s plenty to fill up a closet.

There are three things that are awesome about hemp t-shirts: they help block UV rays, wick moisture, and are antimicrobial. ONNO makes theirs with a 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton blend. The texture feels more like a typical shirt. Although they claim that over time with washes the t-shirt will get softer. The t-shirt itself feels thicker than the bamboo t-shirt, which leads me to being warmer especially in these hot summer days like a typical t-shirt does. I know that I’m going to start wearing the hemp t-shirts once winter rolls around and temperatures become around 60 degrees and below. I usually wear t-shirts in the winter time and freeze. So I know that the extra thickness might go as far as allowing me to wander around without a jacket for longer periods of time.

Bottom line is that I love both t-shirts. I can’t wait to fill my closet up with ONNO t-shirts and donate my old t-shirts. My life has been transformed.

Hemp Bi-Fold Wallet Review

As we all know after several years of use a leather wallet breaks down and becomes a nasty looking accessory with chips of leather flaking off. Instead of going down that road again with my next wallet, I wanted to pivot and look for alternative wallet styles.

I stumbled upon Hemp Authority, which sells Hempy’s various wallets. Hemp Authority is neat because they aggregate various American hemp products from apparel, accessories, beauty products, etc and strive to ship the products in a sustainable way.

While I can’t fast forward to see how well this hemp wallet holds up over time, I can already see some major differences when compared to a typical leather wallet. With my previous wallet it was super easy to leave a scratch mark with my finger nail, keys, etc. With my finger nail I could scratch over and over Hempy’s wallet and don’t see any scratches. That’s pretty impressive considering that it’s made out of 100% hemp. Who knew it would be that strong.

The Hemp Bi-Fold Wallet matched what I liked most about my old wallet, the plastic ID holder. In fact the way Hempy designed this wallet, there’s a front side plastic card holder and a back side plastic card holder, 8 card slots, and a cash pocket. I was a little afraid at first because the cash pocket is much shorter than I’m used to. However my bills were still able to fit in flat. It’s tall height makes the wallet easy to grip especially as you look for cards/money. The other aspect that helps in this process is the texture of the wallet. It’s both smooth, but rough enough to make it easy to grab out of your pocket.

I’m thrilled to finally replace my crummy old wallet with a hemp wallet that I know will last for a long time and is made in America in an eco-friendly manner.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season – Blu-ray Review

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There’s something unique and special about this particular superhero series. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow takes us not just from one good guy versus bad guy battle after the next, but takes us through history as the Legends must prevent catastrophic events all over the world and all over time. Whether it’s Nazi-occupied France or King Arthur’s Camelot, this team of heroes has their work cut out for them as each mission becomes more complex with each decade they traverse through.

With its excellent ensemble cast, led by veteran actor Victor Garber (Titanic, Argo, Power), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow explores real-world situations with time travel and superheroes as an overarching factor. What would you do if you could go back in time and prevent tragic events from happening? How would you choose which ones to interfere with, to alter, or even eliminate completely?

Adding to the dilemma is that the villains – like Neal McDonough’s Damien Darhk and the Legion of Doom – have begun to time travel and influence and affect past events for their own diabolical purposes. Will the Legends be able to stop the baddies and save/change history without it resulting in total disaster for not only the world but themselves as well?

The series does an superb job with its production design and it’s a shame that series like this don’t get more attention and recognition when awards season comes around. While it may be a superhero series, it’s clear that great care and attention to detail were taken into account when creating the myriad historical periods the Legends inhabit throughout the series.

The second season Blu-ray includes the following special features:

Allied: The Invasion! Complex
Can DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash vanquish evil and save Earth Prime?

2016 Comic-Con Panel
Join the cast and executive producers in San Diego!

Gag Reel

Get ready for some time traveling fun and excitement with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season!

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is available NOW on Blu-ray!

What’s your favorite time period explored by the Legends of Tomorrow? Leave a comment and let us know!

Swell Vision Atticus CR39 Sunglass Review

Does it make sense to put plastic on your ears? Most of us do it when we wear typical sunglasses. That idea sent me on a internet quest to find an alternative.

I stumbled upon Swell Vision, which is based out of South Carolina. Their frames are made out of bamboo. Of course this is far more sustainable than plastic! Exploring more about Swell Vision I discovered that they also put part of their sales towards supporting local Balinese children so that they can attend the Green School in Bali, Indonesia.

Within a week of placing the order I received the Atticus CR39 Polarized Bamboo Sunglasses. Immediately after I put them on I noticed multiple differences from my previously regular pair of shades. They are super light weight. Coming in at only 0.9oz you’ll barely feel them on your face or ears. That red pinched nose effect was greatly diminished even after wearing the sunglasses for several hours. The other noticeable difference to me was how breezy my face felt with the sunglasses. There was something to the design that allowed plenty of air flow helping me feel cool.

There’s lots to mention about the lenses as well. They’re CR-39 polycarbonate lenses that are impact resistant. Of course I’ve tried not to drop them to see how resistant they are. The lenses are UV400 which blocks 90-100% of UVA/UVB radiation. They’re polarized with an anti-reflective coating. What this all means is that you’ll see clearer on sunny days. You won’t get that awful glare. You’ll see deeper blacks, but not feel as if the frames make the world too dark. Maintaining the lenses is simple as they include a micro-fiber cloth and pouch.

Across the board these sunglasses hit every mark. They’re a cool design, have eco-friendly frames, are light weight, and have high quality lenses. If you want to be adventurous like me, take the plunge into the world of bamboo frames. They’re simply better than plastic frames.

Riverdale: The Complete First Season – DVD Review

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Archie has been a mainstay in the world of comics since he was introduced to the world in 1941. For over 76 years, the zany adventures of Archie Andrews and his friends Betty, Veronica, Jughead and others have entertained audiences both old and young. The trials and tribulations of this swell group of teens in the small town of Riverdale still has a place on supermarket checkout stands throughout the nation with Double Digests showcasing its myriad characters time and again.

Over the course of seven decades, Archie and his pals remained their classic selves, with misadventures and teenage drama never getting too crazy for the comic world they inhabited. Whether it was the innocent love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica, or Jughead’s love of food, the plots of the early comics were rather tame.

But Archie and Riverdale would move beyond comics and into radio, TV, and film over the course of those seven decades, and as the medium evolved so did the characters, the stories, and the themes. It was the evolution of more mature thematic elements that eventually led to the death of Archie in the comics in 2014 (in at least one incarnation of the Riverdale universe).

Like Marvel and DC, Archie and his pals exist in multiple versions of their respective worlds, with each new iteration bringing a fresh take to old and new audiences. The latest take on Archie is the new series, Riverdale.

A Millennial update of the 1941 storyline, Riverdale introduces Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and others in a much more brooding and sullen manner than the initial incarnation did. There are secrets and lies aplenty that each character possesses; each one dedicated to their own personal need to maintain some semblance of balance between their personal and social lives. It is from this conflict than many of the stories arise in Riverdale, and the multitude of setups from the pilot build to the revealing season finale.

This definitely isn’t your grandparent’s Archie Comics! There’s a lot of sex, a lot of angst, and a lot of suspense that make Riverdale a must-watch for anyone who’s looking for a solid teenage soap opera. It’s definitely for those who miss Dawson’s Creek and are looking for a new series to sink their teeth into.

And there’s plenty to explore and get excited about in this particular Archie universe. With new problems mixed with familiar comic book storylines, the creators of the series have done a great job mixing the old with the new, the classic with the contemporary. Fans of the old Archie will be intrigued, while newcomers will find something to enjoy as well.

Riverdale: The Complete First Season includes a number of great special features:

The New Normal
See how the world of the beloved comic book icons Archie, Betty, and Veronica has grown darker and more mysterious over the decades.

I Got You
Unplugged musical duet featuring Archie and Valerie.

Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
Cast and crew gather to discuss the show.

Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin
This short documentary explores how a dead body plunged a small town into the heart of darkness.

These Are the Moments I Remember
Musical piece featuring Archie with Josie and the Pussycats.

Gag Reel

There’s plenty of suspense, excitement, and drama to be explored with Riverdale: The Complete First Season.

Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available NOW on DVD!

What’s your favorite Archie storyline? Leave a comment and let us know!