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.   



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. 

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. 

Click here to enter:  http://bit.ly/MothersQuilts



*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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review of Toryen Rag


The Toryen rag was discovered by a great house cleaning lady who had tried every cleaning rag she could get her hands on. Realizing that cleaning was a lot of work, she knew there had to be an easier way than scrubbing and wiping, then re-wiping, wiping up streaks, and polishing off water spots. Not wanting a four rag system, she searched for one rag that was no nonsense, simple to use, lightweight, easy to care for, and versatile, working every time on every surface. Once she finally landed on Toryen, she never looked back. Now, she wants to help others be great cleaners as well by making their job quicker, easier, and more enjoyable, whether they are cleaning their own home or doing it professionally. She thinks Toryen is the most straightforward, effective cleaning method available and is the only rag you'll ever need.

Toryen is so effective because it's made up of barely visible fibers which are tightly woven together to create many tiny ports that grab the yuck you are wiping up instead of pushing it around like other cleaning rags do. To use a Toryen rag, you simply saturate it with water, wring it out well, and wipe the surfaces you want to clean. You can use Toryen rags with water alone or your favorite cleaning solution, however, do not use Toryen rags with any type of oil or dusting agent. Toryen removes dust, dirt, soap scum, residue, grime, fingerprints, grease, smears, and stickiness without leaving behind streaks, lint, residue, scratches, dust, smears, or fingerprints. Toryen is reusable (for up to 3 years depending on usage and care), washer and dryer safe, and bleachable but should not be washed or dried with any form of fabric softener. You can also use Toryen dry to clean glass, TV screens, and electronics. Over time though, you'll develop your own favorite ways to clean using Toryen.


                                  The Toryen rag generously measures 16 x 16 inches. It has a very interesting texture, not cottony soft but not overly abrasive either. When dry the Toryen is stiff but after it has been saturated with water it is very supple and easy to use manipulate to clean any kind of surface. It's thicker than a paper towel but thinner than a cloth rag but it's very durably made and can withstand scrubbing, tugging, washing, drying, etc.    



I first used my Toryen rag to clean my shower. After my boyfriend and I have showered at the end of the day, one of my dogs likes to  sneak inside and lick up all the excess water left behind on the floor, leaving behind smudges and paw prints. 


I sprayed my usual shower cleaner on the surface of my shower (Comet All Purpose Spray Cleaner with Bleach) and let it sit for 5-6 minutes. After I had saturated my Toryen with water and wrung it out well, I used it to wipe my shower and with little effort on my part the dirt and grime came up super easy, leaving my shower looking so much better. I did the same thing to the shower in my second bathroom with the same impressive results. 


 My boyfriend also cannot seem to wash his hands without getting water all over the bathroom counter so for this reason I like to keep a Toryen rag handy nearby. The Toryen cleans up these water spots completely without leaving behind any streaks on my counter. 

To clean my Toryen rag, I just threw it into the washer and subsequently the dryer with my regular laundry and it came out feeling just as durable as it did when I first used it. There was a little staining on it but it can be bleached to improve the appearance. I am so impressed with my new Toryen rag and I'm happy with the results every time I use it and you definitely will be too. It truly is the only rag you'll ever need and you can purchase your very own Toryen rag here:  http://toryenclean.com/collections/all.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Why Switch to Dealspotr

I love shopping online. Sometimes I'd much rather shop online than at the actual store, not because I'm too lazy to actually go to the store but because when you shop online there are coupon codes available through deal sites that you can apply to your online order to save you additional money, money that you might not have been able to save at the actual store. Many times your order will even ship free so why not avoid the traffic and hassle altogether and just shop online at home where you're most comfortable anyway. That's the way I see it anyway. 

For years, my favorite deal site for finding coupons that could be applied to online orders was RetailMeNot. At first there were plenty of coupons available to my favorite stores and I saved money almost every time I shopped online thanks to RetailMeNot. Eventually, RetailMeNot became harder and harder to use because every coupon I found was expired, yet it was still listed on the site as a working coupon. And I don't me expired by a few days or even a few weeks, I mean expired months earlier. As frustrating as this was, I would still check RetailMeNot before completing online purchases because I had yet to find a better deal site. 



Then one day my friend invited me to try out a new deal site called Dealspotr and I've never been back to RetailMeNot again. Dealspotr has coupon codes for practically any store out there that offers coupon codes and this includes stores in Canada, UK, Australia, etc. But why is Dealspotr so much better than other deal sites? Because Dealspotr allows people like you and me to add the deals and their exceptional reward program, where they reward points that can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, is a great incentive to keep members coming back everyday to post deals. So Dealspotr is not only a place for online shoppers, but a place where like minded people can come and share deals they've found online. You'll never find a deal that has been expired for more than 30 days at Dealspotr. Dealspotr is such an easy site to navigate, whether you are posting a deal for the community or searching for a deal. 

You don't have to be a blogger to post deals on Dealspotr but if you are you get rewarded even more through their Pro Bloggers program. I'm so, so thrilled to have found out about Dealspotr. I'm on Dealspotr every day either posting deals or looking for deals. It's one of the first websites I visit every day. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check out Dealspotr for yourself here:  https://dealspotr.com/?join=angiesue43

Here's a sneak peak at my dashboard on Dealspotr just so you can see how much I've earned since becoming a member only 3 months ago. 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Find AND Post Deals at Dealspotr


My friend Angie over at the Luv Saving Money blog knows that much like her I love saving money as well, so she invited me to Dealspotr. Dealspotr is very community oriented and is a place where people like you and I can not only find great deals but post great deals as well. It is their mission at Dealspotr to create the world's easiest, fastest, and most trustworthy tool for finding deals. Their goal is to list valid deals for every store, brand, and mainstream product but most importantly filter out all the stuff that doesn't work. To achieve this, Dealspotr is taking an open-source approach (think:  Wikipedia), which means couponing enthusiasts, deal finders, and anyone living a frugal lifestyle work collaboratively to curate the world's most complete and accurate database for deals. At Dealspotr, their community is their backbone and they've designed their platform and business model to incorporate their community as the centerpiece. Part of Dealspotr's mission, in addition to making deals easy, is to make sharing deals and advice more rewarding for their members, both in terms of financial rewards as well as social rewards. They've developed a sophisticated system that measures how each community member performs in terms of saving shoppers money and in turn they get rewarded through e-gift cards commensurate with their success. They also emphasize social connectivity on Dealspotr, offering a variety of ways for their members to connect with each other, keep up-to-date with their friends and followers, and gain recognition and visibility for being a great contributor.



Of course I love finding great deals on Dealspotr but I love posting deals as well (which is super easy), which earns me Amazon gift cards. Since joining Dealspotr in February (a little only 2 months ago) I've already earned $45 in Amazon gift cards, which is perfect because I do a lot of shopping on Amazon. In case you're wondering where I find the deals that I post on Dealspotr, well I find them via various social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram and in my email, even in my spam box. If the deal I'm posting has already been posted by another member, it tells me so, which means at Dealspotr you won't find duplicate deals for the same store or product. Unlike many similar sites, at Dealspotr you also won't find a bunch of expired deals cluttering up the site either. There are so many ways to earn points at Dealspotr that you're just going to have to join (it's free by the way) to find out for yourself. 

You can join me on Dealspotr here:  https://dealspotr.com/?join=angiesue43