Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review of Master Caster Products From Shoplet.com

I always love it when Shoplet.com sends me items review, especially when the products are from a great company like the Master Manufacturing Company, which is certified by the W.B.E. (Women's Business Enterprise). Shoplet.com carries a wide variety of Master Caster products, including the Dual ActioMicrofiber Gloves and Roll-Arounds Instant Swivel Wheels that I was recently sent to review. 

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The Master Caster SMARTer Dual Action Microfiber Gloves are very functional. Unlike regular gloves, these microfiber gloves are made with specially designed fibers in the fingertips that allow you to activate/operate any touchscreen device while the palm of the glove can be used to clean finger prints, smudges, streaks, etc. from your touchscreen device. They are lint free, odor free, and static free, which means I can touch my hair while wearing these gloves and I don't have to deal with static. They are also washable and reusable. I'm able to operate all of my touchscreen devices while wearing these microfiber gloves. They also do a wonderful job of cleaning my screens of smudges without causing any scratches. These gloves are on the thin side and not bulky whatsoever. They are very, very soft and warm and keep my hands and fingers toasty. 

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The Master Caster Roll-Arounds Instant Swivel Wheels attach securely (with no tools needed) to most smooth surfaces such as vinyl, plastic, wood, corrugated board, and masonite with a specially formulated adhesive.  The 360 swivel action allows smooth rolling in any direction.  Each set of four wheels holds up to 250 pounds and can help you move file cabinets, bookcases, storage totes and trunks, small safes, tool chests, toy boxes, recycling containers, and much, much more. 

I didn't have an ideal experience with this particular Master Caster product. When I tried to attach these wheels to a plastic storage tote full of Christmas decorations to help me move it easier, they did not attach as securely as I would have hoped and came off when I tried rolling the tote. With this product, there is not much room for error because each time the wheels are applied, the adhesive gets weaker and weaker to the point they will not stick at all. Perhaps I was too hasty when applying them and did it incorrectly. The wheels themselves seemed to be made very well though. It would be nice if you could buy extra adhesives so you could reuse these wheels for moving other products or just have an extra set in case your application doesn't go as smoothly as possible. 

Shoplet.com is more than just a place to shop for office supplies. At Shoplet.com, you'll also find a wide variety of cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, as well as discount office furniture for your home and business needs. 

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above products from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review: When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette




When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette is a book written by Max Davis, the author of over 20 published books, who has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette is about loving people like God does and is a collection of heartwarming and incredible stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus much like the author did. 

My favorite story was  "A Green-Eyed Brunette" of course. I loved reading the powerfully inspirational story about how the author went from being "one of the guys" to a fervent Christ follower as a teenager. God used a green-eyed, brunette teenage girl to speak to Max Davis and he was transformed into a new man. The journey wasn't always an easy one but it was definitely worth it. I also liked "A Dangerous Book", which is the story of a man named Hien Pham who was captured and imprisoned in the 1970s when South Vietnam fell to the Viet Cong. His crime was that he was living out his faith in the God of the Bible and working with American Christian organizations that promoted the gospel. His Bible confiscated but he continued to pray for strength to endure the living hell that was his reality. The days turned to weeks and the weeks turned to months until finally a year had passed after which Hien finally broke and gave up "all hope" that God was hearing his prayers or that God even existed. It wasn't until Hien was made to clean the latrines, the lowest form of indignity for the prisoners, that he began to have faith again. He had noticed bits of paper with English words written on them in the trash bin that were being used as toilet paper. Upon further investigation, he realized that these were pages from a Bible and he soon realized that God hadn't left him at all. He began to use these pages as his daily devotions. Hien held on and was eventually released and is now a successful businessman and Christian leader in California. 

I'm not a Christian, I'm actually someone who struggles quite a bit with faith, but after reading When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette I have to say that I'm feeling a bit inspired. I'm inspired to start trying to see the good in the most difficult situations. I'm going to try to find Jesus in ordinary people in everyday circumstances so that hopefully one day I'll do more than simply receive God's grace but I'll allow it to soften, change, and shape me into a new woman. 

You can purchase your copy of When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette here:  http://worthypublishing.com/books/When-Jesus-Was-a-Green-Eyed-Brunette/.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review of At-a-Glance Vienna Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book From Shoplet.com

With the new year right around the corner, one must have item that should be on every busy mom's list is a new weekly/monthly appointment book. Shoplet.com carries a huge selection of 2017 calendars and appointment books to help you get the new year started, including the At-a-Glance Vienna Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book, which I was sent for review. 





This Vienna planner has a lot of wonderful features to help me organize my sometimes extremely busy schedule. It measures 8-1/2 x 11 inches and is wirebound and printed on quality paper that contains a minimum of 60% post-consumer wast recycled material. The marks that I make with my pen and highlighter do not bleed through. The front of this planner is rather stylish and features a thick purple cover with a large die-cut medallion with the same pattern continuing throughout the pages on the inside. It covers 12 months from January to December. Each two page spread covers an entire week, Monday to Sunday, with an equal amount of space for each day, including the weekends. Some planners only give you a small amount of space for the weekends. Each month is tabbed to make it easy to find the date you're looking for with one month per two page spread that features daily blocks and a notes section. This appointment book also includes special pages, including a holiday listing, 3 year calendar overview, event calendar, contact pages for 24 contacts, and notes pages. 



Overall, this appointment book is stylish, well made, and is a great way to keep me organized in 2017.  The only thing that could make this appointment book better would be a pocket on either the front or back cover to hold loose papers, receipts, bills, notes, etc.

Shoplet.com is more than just a place to shop for office supplies. At Shoplet.com, you'll also find a wide variety of cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, as well as discount office furniture for your home and business needs. 

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above product from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Flawless VoxBox Review

It's been a while since I've reviewed one of  theVoxBoxes I've received from Influester.  While every VoxBox is pretty great, I'm especially loving my most recent one, the Flawless VoxBox. 


My Flawless VoxBox contained products from Simple, Harvest Snaps, Yogi Tea, SinfulColors, COVERGIRL, and Dr. Teals, as well as an invite to Ebates (but I'm already a member). 

I've been a big fan of Simple products for many years now. Their products are effective and always gentle on my very sensitive skin. My VoxBox contained a pack of Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes, which of course I loved. It also contained a sample of Simple Micellar Water, which I hadn't tried before. I have however used Micellar Water before, but it was from a very high end expensive brand. I found that the Simple Micellar Water was just as effective, gentle on my skin, and affordable.  

I also received a pack of Harvest Snaps Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps. These snacks have a nice crunch to them and are easy to eat. They are packed full of flavor and taste exactly like peas. They also happen to be a healthy snack. I definitely want to try out Snapea Crisps in other flavors, especially onion thyme and tomato basil.

I've also been a fan of COVERGIRL since I've been a teenager and I love when I get the opportunity to try out their new products. Included in this VoxBox was a COVERGIRL So Lashy! BlastPRO Mascara.  The 3-in-1 brush is made for all lash types. My lashes are short and light and this mascara really adds volume to them, making them bold and beautiful. The specialized ball tip allows me to easily coat my corner lashes and other hard to reach lashes.





I'm not a fan of tea at all, hot or cold, and never have been, but I still gave one of my Yogi Tea samples a try anyway (Honey Lavender Stress Relief). While it did have a wonderful, soothing aroma, I still didn't much care for the taste.  I did love the inspirational quote on the tag of my tea bag, "May this day bring you peace, tranquility, and harmony." I'll share my other tea sample with a tea-loving co-worker. 

Since I'm a nail biter and also couldn't paint my nails to save my life and since my tween niece has her nails polished 90% of the time, I gave her my SinfulColors nail polish from the Kylie Jenner Collection in a beautiful shade of pink (Miss Klaws). She immediately tried it out and loved it.




I haven't had the chance to try out the Dr. Teals Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Soak yet but my boyfriend has. He has arthritis in one of his feet, especially around the big toe area, and adding this Epsom salt to some warm water was a great way for him to relax and it actually made his toe feel a lot better. It also has a nice scent. Myself, I can't wait until I can find the time to draw me a hot bath and soak in the tub with some of this Epsom salt uninterrupted while listening to my Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (that's my happy place).

I didn't need an invite to Ebates because I've been a member for a while now. I love Ebates because I do a lot of shopping online and it's nice to receive money back on my purchases. If you're not a member yet, you can sign up here:  https://www.ebates.com/r/ABAILE171?eeid=28187. 

So, tell me what's your favorite product that I received in my Flawless VoxBox? 

*Disclosure:  I received the above products for free for testing purposes in the Flawless VoxBox from Influenster.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: Visualising the Beatles


Visualising the Beatles (written by John Pring and Rob Thomas) is a book full of witty stories and surprising facts about the Beatles using stunning infographics and data visualisations. This is a book that even the most devoted Beatles fan will enjoy.  I love the way this book is presented, divided by albums, and including quotes, timelines, graphs, and more.


In Visualising the Beatles, there are also sections with random facts about the Beatles. For instance, there is one section where the authors list their favorite Beatles conspiracy theories. There is another section about Beatles memorabilia sales with a list of prices of some of the most expensive Beatles items ever sold at auction.  There is also a section at the end of the book about solo projects, new bands, collaborations or the immense influence John, Paul, George, and Ringo have had on the generations of musicians who've come after them. Visualising the Beatles really demonstrates just how much the Beatles’ musical legacy continues to this day and I immensely enjoyed getting to take a peek at it.


Visualising the Beatles will make the perfect Christmas gift for the Beatles and/or music lover in your life. You can order your copy here:  https://www.orphanspublishing.co.uk/book/visualising-the-beatles/.

*Disclosure:  I was given access to a free pdf version of Visualising the Beatles in exchange for a review on my blog.

Keeping Fueled With Foster Farms On Game Day #FosterFarmsGameday

Last Friday night, my son's high school football team won their conference after going 10-0 in the regular season so they are off to the playoffs. Their first playoff game (regional quarterfinals) is Saturday night, which is also when The Ohio State Buckeyes will be facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Thank goodness for our DVR because we'll still be able to watch our Buckeyes play when we get home. It will make for a late night though, which is why we'll need to make sure we fuel ourselves up good during the day so that we can get both games in. Foster Farms offers a huge selection of products, all of which are great for snacking, but if you want to make a meal out of them, they are great for that too. 


One of my family's favorite Foster Farms products in their Crispy Strips, which are fully cooked, 100% all-natural, and contain no added hormones or steroids. I just pop them in the oven for around 20 minutes and they are ready to be eaten. They taste great and have a nice crunch to them. You can eat them as a snack or make them the main course in your meal.  

I like to place a Foster Farms Crispy Strip on a warm pita and drizzle it with buffalo sauce (a mixture of ranch dressing and hot sauce). It makes for a quick and easy game day snack but I can also make it the main course of my dinner when paired with my favorite sides. Which ever way is your favorite to enjoy Foster Farms Crispy Stripsit's a great way to stay fueled on game day! 


Who is your favorite college football team and how do you and your family jazz up Foster Farms Crispy Strips?

Sweepstakes

Foster Farms is currently running a game day sweepstakes. All you have to do is post a photo or video (less than 2 minutes) with #FosterFarmsGamedaySweepstakes and you could with a $100 retailer gift card plus be entered to win a $1000 Game Day Party or VIP trip for 4 to the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, CA. For Foster Farms Game Day Sweepstakes official rules visit:


*I received free product coupons from Foster Farms in exchange for this post, however, no other form of compensation was received.