Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review of Benebone Peanut Butter Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy

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

Benebone is a USA small family business producing nylon dog chews made with only natural flavoring, such as real bacon, chicken, and peanuts with all manufacturing, design, material, ingredient sourcing, design work, and tooling in the USA. You can find Benebone dog chew toys at Chewy.com, including the Benebone Peanut Butter Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy that Chewy.com sent my two dogs, Tyson and Crook, for review. 

Made in the USA with real crushed peanuts and food-grade nylon, the Benebone Peanut Butter Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy is infused throughout with flavor. This is a decent sized chew toy as well. The prongs provide my dogs with added stimulation. Both of my dogs really loved this chew toy and it was extremely hard getting them to share. They are both very strong chewers and I was impressed by how well this chew toy was made.  After several days and quite a few hours of chewing on this toy, it is still intact (finally a toy they haven't been able to break pieces off of the same day) and I'm certain that it will be one toy that's around for quite a while.

Here's Tyson taking his turn.

And Tyson again taking his turn with Crook staying close by to take ownership.

And here it is after several days and it has been chewed on for quite a few hours.

 You can find the Benebone Peanut Butter Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy and other Benebone dog chews at Chewy.com.  When you purchase Benebone products, you'll also be supporting animal welfare nationwide as a portion of all Benebone sales are donated to animal support organizations. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How Smead Products Keep Me Organized

In addition to reviewing products on my blog, I also review products on Amazon. While a lot of Amazon product reviewers keep track of their reviews using spreadsheets on the computer, I like to keep track of mine the old fashioned way....on paper. Once I get approved to review a product, I order the product on Amazon using the code the sellers provide me and then I print out my invoice. I then put the invoice in a divided folder such as a Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folder. I especially like divided folders for keeping track of my reviews because in one section I keep invoices for products I've ordered but haven't received yet and once I receive the product I move the invoice to another section for products I've received but haven't reviewed yet. Once I've review the product on Amazon, I then move the invoice to a third section for completed product reviews. I have a couple folders full of invoices and I keep them all together in a Smead Redrope TUFF Pocket File Pocket. This method may not work for everyone but it works perfectly for me. I'm happy to let Smead help keep me organized because for more than a century Smead has been known for its high quality, environmentally responsible products and innovative organizational systems.

The Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folder is green compliant, made with 10% total recycled content. Like I said, it keeps me organized in doing product reviews because I can separate my invoices into certain categories so I know what products I'm still waiting for and what products still need reviews, etc. I can also write directly onto the folder or apply a label for my headings. Two of these sections are on the right side of the folder while the other section is on the left side. This folder also features a patented Lockit flap at the top to hold your documents in place and prevent them from falling out. This folder is made very well. It's thick (11 point stock) and very durable. I'm not quite sure how much one of these folders will hold but I have at least 40 invoices in mine with room for plenty more. 

I do a lot of Amazon product reviews so I have a couple of sectioned folders full of invoices. I keep all my folders together in a Smead Redrope TUFF Pocket File Pocket. It's also green compliant, made with 30% total recycled content. My 3-in-1 folders fit perfectly into this Tuff Pocket with room for several more and even a notebook or two. This really is one tough pocket that is virtually indestructible with the sides and bottom fully lined with tear-resistant Tyvek with a hidden reinforcement strip at the point of greatest stress. I can transport this Tuff Pocket from my office to home and also take folders out and put them back in multiple times a day. There is nothing flimsy about this product. It's super strong and I don't have any doubt that this will last for many, many years to come because it can take a lot of abuse and stay strong.  This Tuff Pocket does a great job at protecting my folders with my invoices inside. I can even turn this pocket upside down and the folders inside don't budge, making it great for traveling.   

So what do you think of my organization system using these Smead products? Would this system work for you or how would you use these two products differently? You can purchase them at Shoplet.com and in addition to being the number one e-tailer of business and office supplies, Shoplet.com also carries an assortment of cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, and everything in between. 

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**Disclosure: I received the above products for free from Shoplet.com in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My Favorite "Other Scary Movies" For Halloween

When you mention scary Halloween movies, most people generally think of movies like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th and the endless sequels and remakes. However, if you're tired of watching these same old movies every October, year after year, you need to check out my list of "other scary movies." They may not feature masked, knife wielding, psychopathic, serial killers, but they definitely have a creep factor making them worth a watch. And in no particular order, here are some of my favorite "other scary movies" for Halloween. 

The Happening (2008)

Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo, The Happening is a movie about a high school science teacher, his wife, and the young daughter of a friend struggling to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide. Something like a zombie apocalypse but with a unique twist, The Happening is definitely a movie with a big creep factor. 

Signs (2002)

Another movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Signs stars Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin and is about a preacher who looses his faith after the death of his wife. When mysterious crop circles begin to appear, the preacher and his family (his two kids and brother) must stick together to survive. If you're like me and love extraterrestrials, you'll love this movie. 

1408 (2007)

1408 stars John Cusack and is a movie about a cynical and skeptical writer of supernatural phenomena. While writing his latest book, Mike Enslin stays in cursed room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel to do some research. Over 50 people have died in this room and he soon finds out that those who check into this room might never leave. This is a very, very creepy movie and while I'm still very confused by the ending, it's definitely worth a watch. 

Ghost Ship (2002)

Starring Julianna Margulies, Ghost Ship is about a crew who finds a passenger ship floating adrift on the Bering Sea that has been missing since 1962. Once the crew begins towing the ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and they become trapped inside with the ghosts of the former passengers, including that of one young girl. They soon find out that it was one of their own who brought them there. This movie also happens to be accompanied by an awesome soundtrack and if you've never seen it, you really need to check it out.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Starring Richard Gere, Debra Messing, and Laura Linney, The Mothman Prophecies is sorta kinda based on actual events, with of course a Hollywood twist. The Mothman Prophecies movie is about a couple who was involved in a car accident and the wife mentions a moth shaped creature appearing around the time the accident occurred, similar to the Mothman. When she later dies as a result of the accident, her husband John starts investigating the Mothman, which brings him to the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia where Mothman sightings had been occurring. If you've never heard of the Mothman, The Mothman Prophiecies, or the Silver Bridge for that matter, this is definitely a movie to add to your watch list. 

After watching this movie, I researched the Mothman and my family and I even visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia (because we don't live too far away) where we visited a museum dedicated to the Mothman. It was a very interesting visit and made a believer out of me. 

So, have you seen any of these movies? Do you think they deserve to be on this list? What other movies would you add?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy First Birthday Gotcha Covered Notebooks

Earlier this year I introduced my readers to an awesome new company called Gotcha Covered Notebooks who specializes in personalized notebooks for any age and any occasion. They often have great sales going on but on November 6th they're going to offer their best deal ever to celebrate their first year as a company. This deal won't be revealed until November 6th and it's a one day only event so be sure to visit their website and social media pages (which I have listed below) that day to find out what the big surprise is. In the meantime, you can sign up for their email updates here to receive special offers and promotions, notices of exclusive free shipping offers, and more. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Book Review: STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed By Korie Robertson with Chrys Howard with Stories and Wisdom from Willie Robertson {And Giveaway}

*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.

About STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed:  In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries. 

About Korie Robertson:  Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana. 

My Thoughts:  I'm a fan of the entire Duck Dynasty clan. I watch their television show, have their merchandise, have one of Miss Kay's cookbooks, and have previously read Good Call by Jase Robertson. You get the idea. I really have the utmost respect for this entire family. 

Anyway, Strong and Kind introduces you to some character traits that children need in order to lead a successful life. Korie and Willie want their children to be strong and kind and she explains why these two character traits are the most important to them. I love that Korie shares personal stories, both from when she was growing up and as a mom herself. I also love Willie's insights, which are both hilarious and heartwarming. This book will not only make you want to be a better parent, but a better partner as well, because the two ultimately go hand in hand. I love the included bible verses as well. 

Even though the Robertson family is very religious, you don't have to be a Christian to read this book, just a parent who wants the best for their children. This book would be perfect for new parents because they could start using these principles on their children from a very young age but it doesn't matter what age your children are. My son is 15, almost 16 years old, and I came across a lot of useful information, ways to instill good character traits in him so that he might be able to make the world a better place. What two character traits do I want to instill into my son? I want my son to be strong and compassionate. But why these two traits you ask? I want my son to be strong because life is anything but easy and it will try to knock you down every chance it gets and when it does I want him to be able to get back up and be stronger than ever. I also want my son to be compassionate. I don't just want him to feel sorry for those who are less fortunate than him though, I want him to act upon those feelings and actually help people. 

STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed will be available starting October 27, 2015. You can find out more about the book and the authors at the below links.

Official Website:  http://strongandkindbook.com/
Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp2Ey295MBg&feature=youtu.be

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Recipe: Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole

I tried out a new recipe yesterday and it was a big hit at dinnertime. Try it out and let me know what you think. :)

  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound pack of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 large can of cream of chicken soup plus more as desired for a creamier dish
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 pound box of rotini pasta
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook and crumble bacon. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into bite sized chunks.
  2. Set cooked bacon aside for later use.
  3. In the same pan, cook chicken in the bacon grease.
  4. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions.
  6. Drain pasta and add to a 9×13 baking dish. 
  7. Add  in chicken, cream of chicken soup, part of the Monterrey Jack cheese, and part of the bacon and mix well. 
  8. Top the dish with the remaining bacon and Monterrey Jack cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

You can also jazz up this casserole by mixing in a packet of ranch seasoning and/or adding in a vegetable such as chopped broccoli.