Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review of Deflecto Organizing Products

Deflecto was founded on innovative and problem solving products and over 50 years and hundreds of new products later, Deflecto is a global leader in office workspace accessories, which can be found at Shoplet.com, the number 1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. Shoplet.com sent me two Deflecto products to review, a stackable caddy organizer and a rotating carousel organizer.

I found the Deflecto Caddy Organizers to be perfect for organizing some of my scrap book supplies, surplus office supplies, and extra school supplies for my son. I was quite surprised by how much stuff I was able to fit in these containers. Each organizer includes three clear removable containers, one small, one medium, and one large and I like that the containers are clear so I can easily find what I'm looking for. The hinged, snap-tight lids are easy to open and close and keep the items inside secure. The lids are also completely removable, if needed, for easier access to my supplies. When removed from the frame, these containers stack independently. Each caddy organizer features an integrated handle/locking system, which is great if you're taking them on the go so you only have one caddy to carry instead of multiple ones. Overall, these caddy organizers are made well and I love all the clever features. You can even buy a separate mounting bar, which mounts on the wall with screws and anchors, that these individual containers can attach to. 

I decided to go a different route when it came to how I would use the Deflecto 9 Canister Carousel Organizer. It's versatile so instead of using it to organize office supplies, I decided to use it to organize our redundant amount of condiments. And before you pass judgement my way, just know that I live in a household with three teenagers, all of whom can drive, and you can bet on at least one of them bringing home fast food at some point during each day. One of their favorite places to eat is Taco Bell and if you've ever been to Taco Bell then you know that when you ask for sauce, sometimes that means a huge handful. I'm not one to waste these things but they can accumulate quickly so I had them in several different places in my kitchen and dining room. This carousel includes six 3 inch containers and three 6 inch containers, which are clear, making it easy to find what I'm looking for quicker. The lids snap tight. The rotating mechanism works very well and this carousel rotates  in either direction. It fits perfectly on my dining room table or my hutch.  

I've loved recently organizing my home with these Deflecto products from Shoplet.com. How would you use them?

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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.**

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review: A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages: How to Understand Yourself and Improve All Your Relationships

A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages, written by New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman, Ph.D., guides emerging adults in discovering and understanding their own love languages, as well as how to best express love in all relationships, whether it be to their parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches, or significant others. The author outlines the general characteristics of each of the five love language (words, time, gifts, service, and touch) and explains the various dialects with each language and offers practical examples of how to communicate the love languages in the daily ups-and-downs of relationships.  He also shares how to handle anger and apologies. 

Having been a teenager myself at one point and now raising teenagers, I know how very complicated relationships can be. A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages is a book written just for teens with a teen's world in mind but in my opinion it's a must for parents and caregivers of teens as well. It explains each of the five love languages well and includes illustrations, quotes, and more. I read this book before handing it over to my 16-year-old son and I have to say that I learned a lot, not only about myself but about each person I have a close relationship with. 

I learned that even though I like showing my love using (written) words, such as through writing someone a letter, a poem, or a simple note, this doesn't work with all relationships. For instance, my boyfriend's love language is service and while he likes when I express my love to him using words, he would rather I do something nice for him, such as doing one of his daily chores so he doesn't have to be burdened with it. I understand this completely because I like when people do nice things for me as well, such as doing the dishes or laundry so I don't have to. Basically, I learned that I like showing love in one way (words) and receiving it another (service). 

If after reading A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages you're still not quite sure what your love language is, there is a helpful quiz in the back of the book to help you figure it out. You can purchase a copy for you and/or the teen in your life on Amazon here.  

About the Author
Gary Chapman, Ph.D., is not only an author but a speaker and counselor who has a passion for people and helping them form lasting relationships. He's the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages and since it's success he has expanded his 5 Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is also the author of numerous other books, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and One More Try, as well as When Sorry Isn't Enough, which he co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Thomas. Chapman is also the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. He travels the world presenting seminars and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review of Marvel Foot Rest

**Disclosure: I received a sample of the below 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.**

Shoplet.com is the number 1 e-tailer of business and office supplies and at Shoplet.com you'll find a huge selection of Marvel products, including the foot rest which I was recently sent for review.  
This all steel footrest features 18 gauge steel and offers a 15 tilt of the platform for improved comfort, posture, and ergonomics. It measures 16W x 13.25D x5.75H inches and it fits under my desk well and is not overly bulky if it has to be transported. As a medical transcriptionist, I spend a lot of time at my desk and I use a foot pedal in order to perform my job duties. I'm able to place my pedal on this foot rest's non-slip textured mat and the pedal, as well as my feet, stay in place perfectly allowing me to perform my job without interruption. The four rubber feet keep the foot rest stable and also protect the floor. The steel frame is strong and well made. This Marvel Foot Rest is big enough that it fits both my feet and my foot pedal with some additional room leftover. It allows me to elevate my legs to my preferred height while sitting at my desk working, which helps increase the circulation in my legs and improves my posture. I normally have terrible posture but this Marvel Foot Rest has helped me out tremendously and because I now have better posture I have less neck, back, and shoulder pain to deal with, which means I will be spending less money on over-the-counter pain medications, NSAIDs, and rubs. I highly recommend this foot rest for anybody who sits at a desk for long periods of time like myself. You won't be disappointed.   

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Botticelli Foods Review

Botticelli Foods is a family owned company that dates back five generations. They offer a full line of fine Italian foods to bring you a full, delectable cuisine experience, including olive oils, vinegars, pastas, pasta sauces, and fire roasted sweet red peppers in addition to specialty items such as Olive Bruschetta, Italian Antipasto, and Italian tomatoes. 

Botticelli Foods was kind enough to send me a few products from their line to review, including their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bow Ties Pasta, and Tomato & Basil Premium Pasta Sauce so on my day off work I made my family and I a nice Italian lunch.  

Botticelli's line of pastas is all natural, containing no preservatives or artificial ingredients. They are made from 100% Italian Semolina, the heart of the wheat. They contain non-GMO ingredients. Botticelli's Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% high grade olive oil from Italy's lushest estates. It's derived from the natural, unprocessed oil of the first pressing of olives. Botticelli's line of homemade-style pasta sauces are made from 100% Italian tomatoes of the highest quality. Their pasta sauces are made from scratch in small batches with a special blend of spices and natural ingredients. 

While I was boiling my bow ties pasta in some Himalayan salted water, I warmed the pasta sauce and sauteed some spinach with the extra virgin olive oil and some garlic powder. When everything was finished, I served the pasta topped off with some of the spinach and pasta sauce, as well as some garlic powder, shredded Italian cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese. 

Botticelli's pasta has a very good taste. My son, who doesn't care much for any pasta sauce, enjoyed his pasta plain with only a little bit of shredded cheese on top and by the end of the day he had had three helpings of it. The extra virgin olive oil really enhanced the taste of the spinach. However, the Botticelli product that I was most impressed with was the Tomato & Basil Premium Pasta Sauce. It has an amazing authentic Italian flavor unlike any pasta sauce I've tried in the past. It is a somewhat chunky pasta sauce but the tomato chunks are very small. It has the perfect combination of spices and isn't bitter at all. It does contain a fair amount of tomato seeds so my boyfriend with a history of diverticulosis was unable to enjoy it for that reason, so like my son he enjoyed his without the sauce as well. Overall, these Botticelli products were great and I was able to enjoy a nice authentic Italian style lunch from the comfort of my own home.  

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book Review: My Mother's Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith

My Mother's Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith is a book written by Ramon Richards and is inspired by 30 family heirloom quilts sewn by several generations of women over more than 100 years. This book features full-color photographs of each quilt to show the handiwork. Each picture is also accompanied with a rich, personal, sometimes heartbreaking, and oftentimes funny story about why and how the quilt came to be with each reading providing a lesson and encouragement from the faithful women who crafted the quilts. Each quilt is as unique and lovely as the hands that created them with each one depicting the enduring legacy of faith, family, and tradition. 

The oldest of the quilts, Carolina Lily, was buried in a trunk in a barn during the Civil War to keep it from being confiscated by raiders and soldiers. A legacy of handicraft, the Carolina Lily is a reminder that faith and family and a belief in God will take care of us. The Carolina Lily now resides at the St. Clair County (Alabama) Museum and Archives where it is occasionally displayed as a marker of the area's history. 

One of my favorite quilts mentioned in the book is the Dutch Doll. It was an experiment of sorts by the author's mother when she first began to quilt seriously again after a long time. It was given to the author on her 18th birthday. Over time however, the author's mother eventually started spotting imperfections in the quilt, stitching that wasn't straight and sloppy embroidery. When she begged to make another one, the author finally told her, "I don't care about the craft of quilting. I care that you made this especially for me. That you made it from my old clothes, the same clothes you'd sewn for me in high school. For me, it's not about the quilting. It's about the quilt and the fact that you made it." The Dutch Doll serves as a good reminder to look at others through the eyes of love. When the author is tempted to pick at and try to fix one's flaws and imperfections, her mother's imperfect-but-treasured quilt reminds her that God sees us all as whole people, and that He wants us to experience the love and joy He felt when He created us. 

Another of my favorite quilts mentioned in the book is the Cathedral Window, which was crafted by the author's grandmother as her health began to fail. She yearned to make one last quilt, her dream quilt, before her death. Completely a Cathedral Window quilt is a daunting task because of the completely different technique used, requiring hundreds of tiny color patches and hour upon hour of intricate hand stitching of the squares. This is an undertaking that younger, healthier women would find intimidating but the author's grandmother dove into the project with gusto. When someone told her grandmother that she might not complete the Cathedral Window before she died, she stoically replied, "That's in God's hands. If He wants it finished, I'll live long enough to finish it." This statement dropped a mustard seed in front of the entire family and her desire to finish the quilt instilled in the author a drive to "not wait" to pursue something she wanted to achieve. I'm happy to say that the author's grandmother not only finished the Cathedral Window quilt, surviving it by more than a decade, but she went on to add two more rows to it to make it big enough for a bedspread. God saw her through it all and more and the faith with which she stepped out into the unknown inspired her entire family. 

I would have never thought in a million years that a book about quilts could contain so many heartwarming stories that even I (someone who knows nothing about quilts and sometimes struggles with faith) could relate to in some way or another. This was a great read, which lifted my spirits, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to give or receive a little encouragement. Couldn't we all use some? 

You can pick up your own copy of My Mother's Quilts:  Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith at Better Books here:  http://shopbetterbooks.com/my-mothers-quilts-devotions-of-love-legacy-family-and-faith/. You can also win one of the quilts featured in the book, the Friendship quilt, along with other loads of other prizes, including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 copies of My Mother's Quilts:  Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith signed by Ramona Richards. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. 

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*Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.