Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940" Book Review!


I LOVE learning. Something about cramming information into my head that hasn't existed there before is exciting to me. I love when it betters my life, or expands my mind. Books have a tendency to take you to another place and another time that you may not have experienced otherwise. Needless to say, my favorite aspect is "another time". Things change as the years pass and it's fascinating to see the differences in different eras. Social patterns, styles, problems, etc. are all aspects that can define an era. Additionally, things happen in each of these eras that define them.

When offered the opportunity to review a paperback copy of "Sketches of a Small Tow: Circa 1940" I was excited! This era is the one that many of our grandparents lived in! Obtaining that insight is just fascinating. By thinking about what I've read, I can see how this generation is the way it is.  Sometimes, viewpoints and attitudes are a result of the raising. After all, how can you adapt to something easily when it goes against the grain of what you DO know?

"Sketches..." is a beautiful insight into one place and one point in time. Although it may mean nothing to the world, it is the entire world to Clifton K. Meador, MD (the author). This book is a great demonstration that each individual person has a collection of opinions, experiences, memories, and reactions that makes them part of the colorful tapestry that is human civilization. My favorite parts examined segregation. It is so easy to forget that people used to live differently with different viewpoints in our freer world of today! The struggles of the past have shaped our presence. 

The book was very easy to read and understand. The detail and personal voice the author put into the text make it an entertaining and interesting read. If you're looking to be transported to a different place and time and feel like you're listening to a story...pick up "Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940" today! You'll be so extremely happy that you did! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

FlavFusion Water Bottle Review!

I am VERY conscious of my fluid intake. For too long I spent my days miserable, exhausted, and sick because I was so dehydrated. When I finally figured out that one can of Coke a day wasn't cutting it (after a visit to the doctor), I drank more. But what mattered most was WHAT I drank. I started this year with a resolution of cutting out soda completely. I think I made it to the first week of March...and I failed. Now, I'm very thoughtful when it comes to balancing soda with water. Obviously I TRY to go for less soda...but a few days a week I'm out of control and awful.

You guys know I love useful products! Those that I can use daily...or improve my life in some way are the best! I can honestly say that THIS product is one that I use all day long and always know where it's at. It's the FlavFusion fruit infusion water bottle!

Shown without basket! 
If you've seen these, you know what they're about. At first, I was hesitant. I didn't know if this would work. After all...how can ANYTHING make water taste better? But I'm not even kidding when I say that this bottle has made water drinking a joy! I started out with strong-flavored fruits (strawberries, lemons) and gradually, I worked myself into fruits with less flavor (peaches, raspberries). Now, I'm at the point where I can drink water...plain...with no fruit! The fruit is a definite plus but when there's no good, fresh fruit available, or we haven't made it to the store...it's good to be able to drink water plain! Thanks to the FlavFuision bottle, I can do that! The transition took just a few weeks! I went from not drinking water and gagging at the taste of it (yes...it does have a taste!) to sucking it down because I can't get enough!

As for the bottle...I really like it! It's really tall...so it holds a lot of water. I can easily put a lot of ice in there and have plenty of room! The basket is where you put the fruit after you've cut it up. The basket snaps securely onto the lid. Some bottles like this lack a secure basket and it easily unscrews. Not this one! The attachment is TIGHT! The lid of this bottle is different from others as well. Where some have a spout for pouring out water or just an open mouth, this one has a sippy-type straw that folds up and down into a hoop that can be easily attached to a belt loop, backpack, or bike! When turned upside down, the bottle DOES leak a little....but it's certainly not the pouring that you would have with other bottles (plus nowhere do they guarantee that it's spillproof!).

If you're looking for a fantastic way to get healthy and hydrated, the FlavFusion bottle has all that you need! Give it a shot!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tools4Wisdom Planner Review!

I am NOT an organized person! I often forget that I have homework due, what exactly it is that is due, when I have events going on at work...my doctor's appointments, etc. On top of that, there are things that I REALLY want to remember (like birthdays!) that are impossible for me to hold on to for more than a few moments!

When I was offered the opportunity to review Tools4Wisdom's Planner, I was VERY excited! I love testing products that can make a direct impact on my life! Especially when they make it BETTER!

I received a Zentangle-ish cover with a lot of different colors! The designs are very whimsical! The planner is spiral-bound, and the coil is made of solid (not hollow), durable plastic. The cover of the planner is laminated and glossy...so there's no fear of tearing it! The cover pieces are thick, as well.

The very beginning of the planner features places for monthly and year goals. As you flip through the planner, it is divided up by month. The first section of each divider is a calendar overview. As you flip further, you see that the planner is broken into individual days (it tells the day of the week AND the date) and further into specific times. At the bottom of each day, the planner has spaces to prioritize your goals. There are places to log weekly goals and focus on why they are important. In the back is a section to write notes and ideas as well as journal entries.

This is the most comprehensive and well-build planner that I've ever used! It's great quality and it covers SO many bases that it's impossible to NOT be organized with it! If you're looking to get organized and what to do it in a stylish and practical way, look no further than Tools4Wisdom's planner, available on Amazon!

2 True Sol Extreme Testrone Review!

I'm always looking for products that I know will help those around me, if I can't use them. This allows me to expose a product to a wider audience and offer something in exchange for an opinion! When I was asked to review 2 True Sol Extreme Testrone, I knew someone who could use it (through his expressing interest in a testosterone supplement). Often, testosterone is used to build muscle, increase energy, decrease recovery time for muscle recovery after a work out, and increase hair growth (often facial). Basically, it's more of what makes guys "guys" in a tablet form.

For the sake of keeping this person's name out of the public, I will say that he was extremely pleased with the results. He felt more energized and "up to" the task of working out at the gym. He also noticed that muscle was forming more quickly than it had in the past. However, it DID take about three weeks to notice the changes. I asked how the tablets were and he was happy to report that they were easy to swallow, didn't get caught in his throat, didn't have a bad aftertaste, and were sealed securely in a bottle with a mouth big enough to easily retrieve the pills.

His review has made others we mutually know curious about trying this supplement! Seeing it work in person is really amazing! If you're looking for a way to build muscle faster, have more energy, and recover from workouts more quickly, I'd (and more importantly, he'd) highly suggest this supplement! I received this supplement in exchange for my honest (in this case...friend's honest) opinion.

Blue Skies' Super Bright, Long-Lasting LED Bike Lights Review!

I love reviewing interesting and creative things! The art teacher AND child in me gets excited when something has a practical use AND looks awesome! When I was selected to review Blue Skies' LED Bike Lights, I was pumped! Off the top of my head...I could already think of many uses for these! I really looked forward to getting them because I wanted to see how they'd hold up!

Basically, the lights look like long, skinny crystals. I honestly expected them to be cheap little plastic, Dollar Tree items with metallic plastic as the base. When I opened these, I was really happy to see that they were actually VERY durable! Being on wheels, I would think it would be easy for them to fall off, get crushed, or strip the screw ridges. The base is a heavy metal, the plastic is nearly glass-like quality (clear, durable, heavy), and the lights screw on easily. I put these on both a bike AND my car tires (on the air spout) (I'm not sure if that's technically "safe" for my tires OR the product....but...). I was surprised to find that they held on at high speeds, lit up bright, and didn't look any worse for wear after testing!

These would easily work on a stroller, a car (depending on the tires), a bike, tricycle, or really any toy with a wheel! Kids would LOVE this! They're so awesome and futuristic-looking! Use them for nighttime safety or to liven up any play room! Both kids and adults are sure to love the added fun of these LED lights!

Overall, I'm most impressed with the durability of these lights! They're not flimsy and the lights don't die out quickly! I'd highly suggest them to make any ride more fun!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Easy@Home LH and Pregnancy Test Kit Review!

I'm far from a health nut, but I do find the human body interesting! The fact that there's so much more going on than many of us know, or even imagine about is astounding! For someone my age who is considering kids in the future, it's especially important to know the ins-and-outs of what's going on. When offered the opportunity to review Easy@Home's Ovulation/Pregnancy kit, I was excited! There are a lot of symptoms that go with the female cycle that often lead to thinking that there's a bigger problem. For example: back pain leads me to think that I've got a kidney infection or that I've pulled a muscle. 

Through tracking my cycle with Easy@Home's kit, I know what to expect at certain times of the month and I can more easily pinpoint when I'm going to start my period. This has always been tricky for me because it's so sporadic. The kit is VERY easy to use and accurate! Basically, the test is composed of sticks that you dip into urine, depending on what you're testing for. I've been using the LH (Ovulation) sticks to track the ins and outs of my cycle. I dip the stick, give it a minute, and read the result. The lines are very easy to see and the results arrive quickly and clearly. 

This kit is also extremely cost-efficient. For such a low price, you get 40 LH and 10 pregnancy strips. I've seen some pregnancy test kits go for $20 alone and that just includes 2-3 tests! If you're trying to have children, actively, this kit costs about the same and offers insurance that you're trying at the right time. By monitoring what your body is doing, you're a step ahead of blindly trying! 

If you're looking for a cost effective, accurate, and easy way to figure out your body, Easy@Home's kit is the absolute best way! 

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have! 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmec6ecdc8e04d45830fd347dd0622d829

Friday, July 10, 2015

Compressions Goggles Makes Summer AWESOME!

Summer brings about a LOT of season-specific activities! With new activities comes the need for special equipment. When I was offered the opportunity to review Compressions Swim Goggles, I was excited!

Typically, goggles have a bad rep with me. They don't stay snug, they hurt my head, the band pulls my hair, and they fill with water. Needless to say, I was hesitant about trying these out. When they arrived, I immediately put them on to see how they sealed. Holy cow!! The suction to my face was SO tight that I had NO holdbacks about testing them in the pool. The real test, however, would be JUMPING into the pool and seeing if they would pop off!

When I jumped in, they held up! The best part was that they didn't fog! They stayed clear and my vision was unobscured by water, fog, condensation, or pieces of plastic. They work like a DREAM! I was able to keep them on for about an hour before I needed a break!

Overall, I'd highly suggest these goggles for teens at play and curious adults (underwater in the lake is amazing!). They are fantastic, durable quality and I'm looking forward to years with these goggles!