Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stuff You Already Know....And Everybody Should Review & Giveaway



About the book

Part pep talk, part reflection, part friendly kick in the butt, Stuff You Already Know . . . And Everybody Should gives you 437 ways to make your life count from doing the right thing (#256) to setting boundaries (#333) to relating to people half your age (#369). No matter what your season of life whether newly graduated, climbing the career ladder, or living out your legacy years these 437 nuggets and their accompanying stories are sure to provoke laughter, conversation, contemplation, and bold new action.

About the author

Gina DeLapaGina DeLapa headed for California in 2001 to pursue a master's degree in counseling a move that raised a few eyebrows from her Midwestern entrepreneurial family, but nonetheless worked out unbelievably well. She has served as a university career counselor in the Midwest and as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, the University of San Diego.

Today she is the creator of the Stuff You Already Know series, which is either going to take off like a rocket or never be mentioned again. Either way, she's not leaving southern California. For more information or to join the Stuff You Already Know revolution, visit StuffYouAlreadyKnow.com.


My thoughts

I love reading books that contains information about "what I have learned during my life". Stuff You Already Now...and Everybody should know is one of those books. This book contains 437 short statements in a wide range of topics. Because the statements are short, the book is a really fast read. However, I enjoyed reading the book at a slower pace so I could read a few nugget at a time and take a moment and think about them.

The author does have some weird nuggets, but she does offer explanations on why she included them. Some nuggets of advice do include small stories so the author can explain why she included that nugget of advice. It is kind of fun understanding the back story of some of the advice.

Here are some examples:
20. Never ridicule someone's name. Names are sacred.
39. Take notes on your own life.
98. If you don't like someone, don't go camping with them.
159. Don't take medical advice from Dr. Google.
168. Before you pick up your date, clean out your car.
209. Cut your parents some slack. They, too, had imperfect parents, as did we all.
411. Put your energy into the present and the future, not the past
The advice is the book is serious, funny, witty, and just plan obvious. The best thing is that this book makes you think, laugh, and say "duh, I should totally be doing that". 

Giveaway
*open to anyone who is 18+ who lives in USA or Canada
*winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is chosen



*Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Little Bunny's Bible Review


About the book

Little Bunny's Bible is a plush-covered book that covers key stories of the Bible. It beautiful and well written poems, toddlers will learn about God's Wonderful Work, God's Friend Noah, Daniel in the Lions' Den, Jonah Learns a Lesson, God's Greatest Gift, The Lost Lamb, It's a Miracle, and Jesus Opens Heaven's Doors.

The illustrations accompanying the precious rhymes will capture the attention of any toddler and help them learn about the Bible in a fun and pleasant way.

My thoughts

I absolutely love bunnies and when I saw that there was a Bible board book that had a plush bunny cover I just knew I had to have it. The bunny plush cover is so soft and my kiddos loved giving the book a hug because they just loved "their bunny".


The rhymes that accompany each story are actually well written and not cheesy at all. The rhymes teach the beautiful Bible stories really well. Here is an example from God's Wonderful Work:

God shaped the earth, turned on the light,
And separated day from night
He dried the land and dug deep seas
And planted flowers, grass, and trees

The illustrations are so beautiful and my kiddos love looking at them. This is definitely a board book that was created with love and care. This book is one that kiddos go back to frequently and it makes me smile because I know they are learning God's word. I definitely recommend getting this sweet Little Bunny's Bible.


Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sneaky Math - A Graphic Primer With Projects Review

                                       

About the book

Many people fear math and numbers, even Barbie, who famously said "Math class is tough" in her controversial 1992 talking doll version. But in Sneaky Math, Cy Tymony takes tough and turns it into triumph. He shows us how math is all around us through intriguing and easy projects, including 20 pass-along tools to complement math education programs.

The book is divided into seven sections:

 1. Fundamentals of Numbers and Arithmetic
 2. Algebra Primer
 3. Geometry Primer
 4. Trigonometry Primer
 5. Calculus Primer
 6. Sneaky Math Challenges, Tricks, and Formulas
 7. Resources

About the author

Cy Tymony is an amazing inventor. By reading comic books and studying science as a young boy he amazed his friends with unusual scientific projects, demonstrations and ideas. He is trained in auto mechanics, electronics, video and audio technology and computer science and has taken courses in martial arts, security and survival techniques. For decades has focused his enthusiasm, creativity and imagination on educating people of all ages and walks of life. He is the author of the Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things book series.

Cy Tymony is a real live renaissance man. He has lots of media experience. He is a wonderful and inspiring guest with a childlike enthusiasm for science and technology. His Sneaky Uses books explore the delight of finding. He has an incredible and contagious energy who delights in sharing the wonders of the human potential.


My thoughts

I love math. I didn't major in math when I went to college, but I went into chemistry and focused on quantum chemistry which uses a lot of math. Sadly, not everyone loves math. I know a lot of people who hate math because they just don't get it or had bad teachers.

For those you want to understand the principles of math or just want to have a super cool book that provides fun projects to do, then you must check out this book, Sneaky Math a Graphic Primer With Projects.

Sneaky Math is a fantastic book that is written so the basics of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus are easily explained. The examples Tymony provides are easy to follow. I love how Tymony provides projects throughout the book to make the math learning process more hands on. The projects are designed to be simple, easy, and fun to do.

Here is an example of one project to help you understand and practice fractions:


This book is designed to help everyone tackle those challenging math concepts. And, I can totally see why because the author explains the concepts clearly using real life applications and fun projects. Plus, there are tons of visuals on each page so you can see exactly what the author is talking about.  I have really been enjoying this book, and I hope you will too!

And be sure to check out the Sneaky Uses website for more books and fun and creative ideas!

*Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Majestic Pure Lemon Essential Oil (#begreen, #giftguide, #lemonoil)






About the product
  • LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL - 4 oz - PREMIUM QUALITY, 100% PURE - Cold Pressed Lemon Oil (Citrus Limon) from the rinds of lemon. THERAPEUTIC GRADE, unfiltered and undiluted with no fillers, no alcohol or other additives.
  • POWERFUL AND PURIFYING FRAGRANCE: Lemon Oil has a natural energizing, revitalizing and uplifting scent that helps to clear the mind
  • HOUSEHOLD USES: Lemon Essential Oil is a great disinfectant and antiseptic cleanser with refreshing and cooling properties. Clears Unpleasant odor, Used as air freshener and for cleaning applications including removing gum, oil, grease spots and sanitizing surfaces
  • HEALTH AND SKIN CARE RECIPES: It's great for Aromatherapy, and used in many skin care recipes. Lemon Essential Oil has Nourishing properties and it Promotes Healthy Skin. It's also used in recipes to fight seasonal allergies. Good immune system booster and also helps indigestion
  • LARGE 4 OUNCE and PREMIUM QUALITY GLASS DROPPER inside each bottle for ease-of-use. 100% GUARANTEE - Purchase with complete peace of mind, If you are not completely satisfied with Majestic Pure Lemon Oil, we will refund your entire purchase

Indications
Lemon Essential Oil has a powerfully fresh traditional lemon fragrance that is quite energizing and uplifting. Use in air freshener or diffuse Lemon Oil to clear cigarette smoke and other unpleasant aroma. It is used for many household cleaning and sanitizing applications. Lemon oil is also used for many skin care recipes and home recipes to fight seasonal allergies. It blends well with other essential and carriers oils.

Directions
Lemon oil is highly concentrated and dilution is recommended for both topical and internal use. Other than aromatherapy, dilute prior to use with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, or almond oil. Please consult appropriate reference source for suggested dilution ratios. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Avoid using on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays. 

My thoughts

 I just have to say how much I love the company , Majestic Pure. After ordering their lemon essential oil, they sent me a pdf containing information on how to use the oil and the benefits. I absolutely love the pdf because it provided me with other ideas on how to use the oil.

Anyways, when I inspected the bottle I was really surprised by the size of the bottle. It was so big. I use a lot of lemon essential oil so it was nice to know that I wouldn't be running out of this oil super quick. When I opened the bottle, I immediately thought that my kitchen had many fresh cut lemons in it. The smell was wonderful and it really made me happy.

I love using lemon essential oil in my homemade cleaners because my homemade cleaners consist mainly of vinegar. Lemon essential oil is perfect for cleaners since it is antiseptic and it helps lift your mood. So when I clean, I feel happier and I am comforted knowing that my home is cleaner.

And the last thing I want to mention is how I love the dropper that the bottle comes with. The dropper allows me to accurately measure what I want! I really like the dropper more than the control flow cap. All I have to say is how much I love my lemon essential oil.

Here are some other uses for lemon essential oil:
  • laundry
  • clean hands
  • natural disinfectant
  • improves mood
  • immune support
  • increases metabolism
  • teeth whitener
 I love my lemon essential oil and I hope you will too!



*Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush Review (#AlphaGrillers)



About the product

  • SAFE FOR ALL GRILL TYPES. Whether you have porcelain coated, stainless steel, or cast iron grates, you can scrub away safe in the knowledge that the Alpha Grillers Grill Brush will not mark your grates.
  • HEAVY DUTY, LONG LASTING BBQ TOOL. Thanks to the tough, plastic reinforced, twisted steel handle and stiff, stainless steel bristles, this brush will easily cut though any mess on your Weber grate, season after season.
  • OPTIMAL HANDLE LENGTH. Through extensive testing we have found 18 inches to be the perfect length for a grill brush. Long enough that your hand wont get burnt, but short enough that you retain excellent leverage and control while cleaning your grate.
  • 1 YEAR 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Not only is this the top rated BBQ brush on Amazon, but it also comes with a No Hassle 1 Year 100% Money Back Guarantee. If, within the first year, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase for any reason, just let us know and we will refund you all your money.

So what's so good about the spiral design?
The bristles in most brushes point in the same direction. This means they can only be held horizontally.
With the Alpha Grillers brush, bristles point in all directions so you can hold it at any angle and easily clean
all parts of the grate.

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My thoughts


 Grill brushes and me just don't get along. I tend to buy ones that break so easily or that just don't do the job well at all. So after much researching, I decided to try something different and test out this BBQ steel grill brush.

And I am not disappointed with the results. I love the design of the brush because it allows me to clean the grill very effectively since the bristles point in all directions. I am able to get my grill cleaned about 2 times as faster now and it looks even cleaner!

The handle length is nice because it allows me to clean my grill without having to lean into it. I just wish it was a little bit longer. I have used it many times and the grill brush seems just as strong as the first day that I used it. The handle is made out of plastic which I don't really love because I prefer wood handles.I will have to update my post in a few months to let you know how well the handle has held up.






I totally recommend this item for anyone who loves to grill because it will make the clean up process so much better!







*Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rove Products Review (#begreen, #giftguide)

About 14-Ounce Double Wall Hot & Cold Hydration Mug


Sip from anywhere around the lid, keep drinks hot or cold everywhere you go.This eco-responsible 14 ounce hot & cold hydration travel mug by rove is loaded with high quality materials and advanced features that make sipping your favorite beverages a refreshing pleasure. The one-touch push open lid offers 360 degrees of sipping area all around the rim. And when you finish sipping, one touch provides a leak-proof seal.Drinks stay hot or cold longer in this stylish travel mug, thanks to double wall insulation, which reduces exterior condensation and eliminates puddles.
My thoughts

I have been needing a new water container, and when I read about the double wall hot and cold hydration mug I really wanted to try it out. I love the fact that this mug can be used for hot and cold liquids because I drink. And, it does keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold.

The 360 degrees of sipping area is pretty cool especially for mugs! I love the fact that I don't have to make sure I am drinking from the right spot because it doesn't matter.



The one-touch push open lid is really simple to use. One push opens the mug up and another push closes the mug. I love that feature because with little kiddos I don't have to worry about them spilling my drink. This mug is definitely something you won't regret getting. I use mine on a daily basis.


About 20-Ounce Double Wall Flavor Infuser Tumbler

Become your own mixologist with this rove 20 ounce Double Wall Flavor Infuser Tumbler. Just add your favorite beverage to the tumbler, then fill the removable Flavor Pod with either fresh fruit, frozen fruit, veggies such as cucumbers, flavored ice or fresh herbs to infuse your drink naturally. The Flavor Pod has a large capacity to hold multiple flavorings, and is top loading for easy refilling.Plus, this infuser tumbler is double wall insulated to keep your beverage cooler on the go, eliminate puddles, and reduce exterior condensation for a more comfortable grip. A dual access lid lets you sip through the mouthpiece or with the curved straw, which has a flared end to keep it in the tumbler. The twist-on lid’s silicone seal ring eliminates big spills. A protective sleeve keeps your hands dry while providing a comfortable, sure grip. This user-friendly 20 ounce beverage infuser is also eco-friendly.


My thoughts

I have never tried a flavor infuser tumbler before; in fact, I have never tried a tumbler. Anyways, I have had fun trying it out. This tumbler is really easy to use. I put whatever I want inside the flavor pod and then I enjoy the wonderful drink that I made.


My little boy absolutely loves this tumbler! He drinks from it everyday because he loves the fact that his "cup" has a straw and that he can have fruit in his drink. He really loves strawberries so he has been enjoying a strawberry drink the last week. I have been enjoying strawberries and lemons in mine.

This tumbler is definitely a fun way to spice up your drinks and keep them cold!


About 7-Piece Laptop Iced Bento Lunch Box

This versatile 7 piece laptop Bistro Box by rove takes lunch service to another level, allowing you to enjoy hot lunch service, cold lunch service, and bistro box service on the go, while keeping it fresh and cold for hours. Constructed of BPA-free, durable polypropylene, Bistro Box includes a large bistro box, hinged lid with carrying handle, 2 triangular containers, built-in reusable fork and spoon, and a non-toxic removable freezer gel pack. Freeze gel pack to activate. When ready to use, attach gel pack to inside of hinged lid.

Lunch can be packed in a variety of ways to fit your needs. Basic Pack: pack everything in the large container when you do not need to keep ingredients separate. Hot Lunch Pack: put food in separate compartments, or microwave them at different settings. Bistro Pack: use the 2 triangular containers when you want a little of this and a little of that, like half a sandwich and fruit. Solo Pack: use one container for a quick lunch or snack.

Bistro Box has a variety of on the go uses – it is ideal for taking a luscious lunch to work, around town, to a picnic, or even on an airplane. Bistro Box containers are top-rack dishwasher safe, microwaveable, eco-friendly, and available in 4 trend-right colors to fit your healthy on the go lifestyle. Move up to a smarter lunch box: the sleek, compact and versatile rove iced Bistro Box that keeps food cold and fresh for hours.

My thoughts

It is hard to find a really good lunch box. Either they are too small, too big, or are really cheap and break. Thankfully, I have the perfect solution for your lunch box woes! You just need the 7-Piece Laptop Iced Bento Lunch Box

I low how the Bento lunch box comes with a fork, a spoon, and a freezer gel pack that is non-toxic. It is nice to have a lunch box that is designed to carry those items. The fun thing with this lunch box is that you can choose how you want to use it because there are different ways to pack food in it. The first way is you can use the 5 compartment box container so you can keep all your food separated until you want to mix it up such a salad (or if you want the food to be separated for your entire lunch time). And the second way is to use just the square container if you are taking large food items like a sandwich.



I love how this lunch box is so versatile because it makes it that more more usable! This is one lunch box you will keep using over and over. And, the best part about this lunch box is that it is dishwasher and microwave safe!


*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 26, 2015

First Bites Review (#begreen, #giftguide)

News Release From Perigee

A recently published brain-scan study suggests that there is a way to condition your brain into craving healthy food - so why not start on this healthy track as early as possible with our children?

Poor nutrition during the first 5 years can have long-term negative effects on the body and the mind, including weight and behavioral issues down the road. And yet children still fail to meet the recommendation for important nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, protein, fiber, and iron. Even more surprising is the reason: a 2012 survey of parents found that most had never received advice on feeding their toddlers so they had no idea what foods could make up a healthy diet for their kids.
First Bites - Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers by Dana Angelo White is the solution to this problem



About the book
*on sale February 3, 2015
*192 pages
*includes more than 75 quick and easy recipes

First Bites is a "cheat sheet" approach to introducing 50 superfoods into baby and toddler diets, with tips and recipes to show parents how to raise healthy eaters for life.

First Bites is the quick and easy reference guide that all parents can keep on hand to whip up tasty and nutritious meals for their babies and toddlers in no time. Recipes are designed to help to foster healthy eating habits and create a diet filled with 50 fresh, minimally processed superfoods that are just as delicious as they are healthy. In this book, fruit and veggies take center stage in new and exciting ways, yet parents will also learn to create healthy spins on classic kid favorites like mac and cheese, pizza, chicken fingers and cupcakes.

First Bites offers all the tools parents need to turn the naturally healthy foods they have on hand into delectable breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks designed to encourage youngsters to become strong and healthy eaters for a lifetime.

About the author

079-web-squareDana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, and nutrition and fitness consultant. She specializes in culinary nutrition, recipe development and sports nutrition.

Dana works closely with chefs and authors to develop creative and healthy recipes for cookbooks, magazines and menus. She is the nutrition expert for Food Network.com and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. She was a consultant for Follow Productions on seasons 2 and 3 of Bobby Deen’s show Not My Mama’s Meals and has worked as a media spokesperson for Cooking Light Magazine. She has made appearances on Good Day Street Talk, Food Network.com, Access Hollywood and ABC Nightly News and GMA Health. In October 2013, Dana was named to Sharecare’s list of Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Nutrition, recognizing her as one of the most influential voices in health and wellness. She currently serves on the advisory boards for Applegate and Healthy Happy Kids and is a spokesperson for Hidden Valley’s Love Your Veggies program.

Dana is the sports dietitian and assistant clinical faculty in the department of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She is a member of the NATA-SCAN Alliance Committee and conducts workshops and cooking demonstrations for fitness organizations, corporate settings and schools.

To learn more about the author, her book, and get some delicious recipes, visit her website http://danawhitenutrition.com/


My thoughts

I am a firm believer in feeding children healthy food. I got a lot of snarky comments when I told people about the way I feed my kids because some people feel that not giving sugar at a young age is mean or not possible. Well, I proved many people wrong. I made my own baby food and gave healthy snacks to my kiddos.

First bites is a well written and well organized book. I love how the book first discusses what growing bodies need and then goes into the 50 superfoods and why they are so important. Then there are 4 chapters dedicated to recipes and they are: 1) fruit and vegetable, 2) grain, 3) protein, and 4) dairy and egg.

Each recipe chapter is divided up into recipes for the following ages: 6-12 months, 12 to 18 months, and 18 to 24 months. This is incredibly helpful because you have a reference on what your child can eat and how to prepare the food. Plus, the recipes are not super complicated and are recipes that everyone can do.

White takes the time to go in depth about the 50 superfoods to explain what it is, why it is important, easy ways to use them, and also provides the name of the recipe that you can look up in the recipe section of the book. This is very helpful because not only do you learn why your child needs certain foods but how to incorporate the food into your meals. Also, the 50 superfoods are foods that you can easily purchase at any grocery store. I love that because it goes to show that you and your family can eat well and not break the budget.

I love how the author promotes food introduction at 6 months of age. I find it really annoying when I read articles saying to feed your baby solids at 4 months. It is actually recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to wait until 6 months of age to introduce solids in order to allow your child's digestive system to develop. And, the author even provides a suggested chart about when to introduce foods.

Trust me in saying that First Bites is a book that you definitely want to get! And, you can even give it as a gift because it would make a fantastic baby shower gift.

*Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.