Friday, September 2, 2016

Statement Necklace 2016 Summer Maroon and Pink Collection

This statement piece is absolutely gorgeous and I look forward to working it into my fall wardrobe. I do not consider this a piece for just summer. I think you can do many things with the right accessories.

This is made with a light weight metal, however it does weigh more than the jewelry that I already have but that is not a deciding factor in my rating and review. I love how the leaves are laid across each other in a layered affect. I normally do not wear pinks at all. But this necklace is different.

The chain is very sturdy is as the clasp so I am not worried about the chain breaking at all. I also tend to wear chains that are larger, like this one. A dainty chain just isn't my thing. I would love to see this piece in different colors. I think a lot of women would love this piece if there was a larger color selection. Personally I would love to see this trimmed in brown with golds, yellows and reds. I assume the fact that our temperatures have dropped and fall is on the way is the cause of this, haha.

I would recommend this for anyone wanting to make a statement. It is definitely a conversation starter as I discovered yesterday.

I think the price of this piece is very affordable and I am glad I got a chance to review it. Again, I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with my wardrobe.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Monday, August 29, 2016


My hair is mostly straight already but I do have wave. My hair also loves to go frizzy anytime it rains. If I used hair serums I always ended up getting an oily look. Then I discovered hair straighteners. Gone are the days of hair spray and fancy shampoos and conditioners. Hair straighteners are the in thing, oh and make sure you get yourself some argan oil or your favorite hair serum.

What you get:
1 Straightener
1 Glove
1 Storage Bag
1 Brush
1 Warranty Card

What I love about this brush is that it is metal and has an auto shut off. I am always forgetting things. So this is just one less worry for me. The on the box instructions make it less likely to lose paperwork. I love being able to open the box for a quick reference.

This brush was so easy to use. I just powered it on and used the plus and minus button to adjust the temperature. Once it had heated up I was ready to go. I also use hair serums to prevent heat damage. I think it is very important. I have some products that I had ordered as well as some I bought at our local stores. I just applied the serum and started brushing. I did not use the glove in the video, I forgot, haha. But this is something that I will use in the future. I also love that this product comes with a hair clip. Normally you do not receive these things with other straighteners. I call them perks. This brush comes in 3 colors so everyone can get the color that they enjoy.

My hair has never looked more amazing. I have used this brush after my hair has been washed and dried and that is all it has needed. Even when I get up from sleep my hair still feels amazing. If you guys do not have this brush, you must check it out. You will not be unhappy with it at all.

In ending I have to say that this is my all time favorite hair straightener. Not only does it tame my frizzy hair on rainy days, but it got rid of my wavy hair for a straighter look. I love that there are some accessories included with this brush that makes styling my hair easier. Doing your hair should not feel like a chore. They just made fixing my hair more enjoyable. I would recommend this product for anyone that has curly hair and also for those of us who need healthier looking hair. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hiware® Glass Water Carafe with Stainless Steel Lid

I felt very privileged to be able to sample and review this great Carafe that is not only great for water, but for juice, teas, infused water and whatever else you might want to put in it.

This carafe is very elegant as well as serviceable. It is made from borosilicate glass and is 1.5 liters or 50 ounces. It is dishwasher safe but I prefer to hand wash just because it is glass and might break in the dishwasher. It is for hot as well as cold beverages and I have tried it with both. The handle is also made of glass and I was hesitant at first to use the handle. However, It held up and I was very pleased. This product also comes with a Lifetime Guarantee so you can not go wrong with choosing this product.


My Sunday brunch just became a sophisticated affair, haha. I have discovered that I do need some fruit dishes and a nicer tablecloth to go along with this pitcher. My table is looking a little drab compared to this pitcher. You guys go check this product out and grab yourselves one. You will not be disappointed.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


I  always need wipes and have been using baby wipes while hiking/camping or when we are on the go. I have a 6 year old and it seems we always need wipes. Napkins just do not cut it. So I was able to try these and they worked so much better for me than baby wipes.

These are so much larger than baby wipes. They are 12" by 24" and offer you more than the smaller wipes. They are very durable. I was able to use one and rinse it and then repeat.

They are pre-moistened but not so much that they drip. There is just enough moisture to keep them wet and serviceable. I love that they are individually packaged. I get so tired of fighting with the wipes that I had been using. You know where you pull one and two or three come out of the package. This was a huge plus for me.

I think what I love the most is that the packages are so small and convenient that you can pack them anywhere and not lose space. I have distributed these into my backpacks, purse, and messenger bags for quick and easy access.

These are portable, giant sized, eco friendly, hypoallergenic and vitamin e and aloe vera enriched.

They are perfect for any outdoor activity as well as dining out or quick cleanups. I would recommend these to anyone that hikes/camps, has children or anyone who works out on a regular basis. These are great for anyone. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous gift set. This is a handmade traditional bowl that is from Nepal. It is made from seven different metals: copper, iron, tin, lead, zinc, silver, and gold. It has a beautiful engraved design that makes a lovely addition to your home or meditation.

The set includes the lovely box that seems to made from recycled material, Chinese silk drawstring bag and matching pillow with tassels, and the mallet. You also receive an e-book.

I am somewhat new to meditating. But I am quickly learning. I have not yet mastered the fine art of using this product. I have made it sing 3 times. It requires some practice and concentration. I may be using it to quickly. The times that it did sing it was lovely. It soothed me and relaxed me after use. Since I am still learning this skill I assume that it will only get better with more practice.

OVERALL WELLNESS is achieved by the tranquility of a singing bowl during yoga courses or in the privacy at home; the high resonance of this traditional Tibetan singing bowl balances your crown chakra, relaxes your body, and relieves stress; ideal for yoga training, Vipassana, Sahasrara, and Prayer for Peace of Mind; its pure sonic waves & healing properties promote relief from stress disorder, pain, and depression while proven to be beneficial for people suffering from various types of diseases. (taken from product description and not my wordage)


This would make a great gift for anyone. Not only for their use but as a bit of décor. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Monday, August 15, 2016


THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS by Jenni Fagan tells the story of a small Scottish caravan park living through what people believe is the end of times. People are found frozen in the street, schooling and health care are run on a voluntary basis and euthanasia has become acceptable. People are struggling to survive but life must continue. Dylan who just lost his mother and grandmother, arrives in the park one night to start all over. He meets Stella who is struggling to be accepted and her mother who he quickly realizes he is interested in.

The main focus of the story is Dylan and Constance, but do not count out Stella who stands out amongst all the fear and death. Stella is a trans teen who just wants to be accepted for who she is and is quickly becoming. A harsh winter has set in and they are calling for temperatures to be -40 and below with snow and ice. It would seem that the end of the world is near and that is all I have to say about that, haha.

I found this book to be a little boring through the first few chapters. It was really hard for me to get into. It has taken me several weeks to finish it. However, I did find the characters to be interesting and lively. Once I progressed past the first few chapters I was more interested.

I can not say this is my favorite book of all time. I was interesting and once the story unfolded I became more interested in seeing how the plot progressed. I would give this book 3 stars as I found it okay.

I received this book through blogging for books complimentary for my honest and unbiased review.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Aweoods Children Indian Story Play Tent Indoor/Outdoor Teepee

I received this awesome children's Indian play tent to review and my child loved it. I also loved it as it kept my child busy for hours outdoors as well as indoors. He even sets it in front of the television and sticks his sleeping bag in it, crawls in and watches his movies.

This product was so easy to assemble. It comes with the tepee, plastic tubing, a flag, and décor piece. The plastic tubing has a cord in the middle that makes instructions not necessary. I assembled the top piece and then added the leg pieces. It is important to note that you should stick the top piece inside the tent and add the leg pieces one at a time. Also leave each bottom portion of the leg un-attached until you add the extreme bottom piece inside the tent. It makes it so much easier. Once you have all piping in place tie the cloth strips around the piping to give it more stability and to keep the fabric in place. I then secured the Velcro strips on the front and added the flag at the top and décor piece as well. Voila, it is ready to go.

The fabric on this product seemed to be a canvas type material so I had to go look it up. It is 100% polyester fabric so it is very sturdy. I know I said a canvas type of material in my video but that is in-accurate but in my own defense it does feel like canvas. The tubing seems to be PVC or something similar.

We have been playing with this product for several weeks now and I can not stress enough how much my child loves it. Normally when I am looking for him when we are indoors I now know to look inside the tepee.

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Friday, July 29, 2016


        I am so ecstatic about a product that was introduced to me by my good friend Deb. I was hesitant at first but I wanted to try it. I have tried so many products that just didn't work that I didn't feel that this one would either. Boy was I wrong.

What I love about this product is that it is so simple to take. A few minutes each morning and you are set for the day. The whole entire day. Now who doesn't love that?

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I lost my son in 2009. At that time I pretty much quit caring about anything and everything. I was a mess and it had not gotten any better up until Thrive walked into my life via a package. That first day I noticed a huge difference. My energy levels shot through the roof. I was able to clean my house. I wanted to be outside. I wanted to go swimming. I was happy, I was smiling. I wanted to live again and I got to it. I love my life, I love Thrive. I love what I am doing more than ever before.

I went through life never wanting to grow old. I mean seriously who wants to do that? When I lost my child, I didn't care if I lived or died. Pretty depressing isn't it? Actually, I was ready for it. Then I was saved by my grandson. Not totally saved. But he kept me going. I still did not have the energy I needed to keep up with him. I still could not sleep at nights. So I took over the counter pills to give me energy and to help me sleep. I was slowly killing myself. Thrive saved me, Thrive has turned my life around.

In Thrive I have found the power to be better than I have ever been before. I am slowly becoming healthier than I have ever been before. I am now THRIVING THROUGH LIVE, and I want to help others to get the life that they deserve.


Just click the above link and check it out. Click customer and then create customer account. You do not need a credit card so leave that in your wallet, in fact hide it, haha. Then contact me on Face book and I will send you your samples. You will see how easy this product is to use. You can reach me here Telena Martin. Add me and shoot me a message. I will respond. Also feel free to hear my story by calling the number above. Just dial the number and enter the access code followed by pound.


Hi, my name is Telena and I am 47 years old. I married very young and had 3 children. I ended up divorced at a very young age as well. I always worked hard to make sure my kids had what they needed and some of what they wanted. I have always been a very positive outgoing person who loved meeting new people. But all of that came to a screeching halt on November 17, 2009. 

My son was in a car accident on that day and he would be on life support until November 21. That is the day they pronounced him brain dead. I could not take him off of life support as I was in denial. I could not believe that this had happened to my baby. My parents knew that he would not survive. That is the week that my life changed forever.

I do not remember much about the months right after I lost my son, other than I became a woman obsessed about anything regarding him. But when it came to my job, well I lost my job. I had a job that most would love to have. The benefits were awesome. But I just could not walk down the halls of the hospital and hear the  nurses laughing without getting upset. I became irritable and I never smiled.

My daughter was pregnant at the time of her brothers accident. She would find out about a month later that she was having a boy. The child is my sons namesake and I am raising him. He was born 3 months after Matt was killed. I poured everything I had into that baby. I did not allow myself to grieve. My doctor said I was very smart. I had avoided  something that probably would have killed me by concentrating on something new. I avoided the pain by loving this new little one.

I have been a mess since the fall of that year. I thought that by raising this child that it would help me. Don't get me wrong, I would not change it for anything. I love this little guy more than my own life. But I have been in a downward spiral for 7 years. I was perpetually hungry. I could not sleep. I had no energy. I stayed sick all of the time. I was irritable and emotional. I started taking over the counter energy supplements, not the ones that are good for you. These were the ones with warnings on the label. I was taking over the counter sleep aids, every night. I was slowly killing myself.

Then Thrive walked into my life via a small package and compliments of my good friend Deb Johnson. I started it the next morning. I experienced a miracle that day. I had energy. I cleaned my house. I played with my child (I can call him that because he is mine). I was actually smiling. At the end of the day after I took that patch off, well, I slept. I slept a full 8 hours. Then I woke up and did it again. I felt even better the next day. I had energy, I was not eating my feelings, I was sleeping, I was smiling and it was because of this awesome product that had come into my life. I am ecstatic.

With everything that I have been through I have come to realize that I do not want to raise this child like I had to raise my kids. I want to be there for him when he needs me. I do not want to have to work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet. I want to work around his schedule as much as I can. I want to make a difference in his life and the lives of others like he and Thrive has done for me.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


I was so excited to get to try the WANJIA HANDHELD GARMENT AND FACIAL STEAMER. I do not iron, ever. Who has time for that? This little gadget was so much quicker and gave me better results. I also found that adding a little essential oil to my water made my clothing smell amazing.

This product comes with the steamer, 2 attachments and instructions. The instructions are easy to follow, but make sure you read them. That is very important as I found out first hand. Only fill the water tank to 200 ml, anything more and it will bubble out. Plug it in and set it on the setting you want to use. Ironing? Set it on that. Facial? Set it on that. Give it two minutes to heat up and you are ready to roll. You will see it bubbling inside the tank. It does get hot.

I was able to steam about 6 items before my tank ran out. But I did a thorough steaming. It removed all the wrinkles from my child's clothing as well as my dress. Once I was done, I simply emptied the tank and I turned it upside down in my drainer in order to let it dry. You probably do not have to do that but I did.

Heats up very quickly.
Easy to use
Portable, for home or travel
Removes wrinkles
Gives awesome facials

None, unless you do not follow the instructions, haha.

This is probably my favorite product of 2016. Like I said I do not iron. I also needed a product for giving myself a facial. You simply set it on the facial setting and let it heat up, again 2 minutes. It does not get as hot as the ironing option but I would not put my face to close to the nozzle. Again, do not fill beyond the 200 ml line. I saw a review of this product and she did not follow instructions therefore giving the product a bad review. I know this because I did not follow the instructions when I first set up the product and the same thing happened to me. IMPORTANT: Do not fill beyond the 200 ml line.

In ending, this product is amazing and I love it. I would recommend this product for everyone. Men, women, college kids and pretty much any mature person that can follow simple directions. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

You can find this product on Amazon

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Okay, you guys know me, I have a hard time giving out information as to the plot of a book for fear of giving it away. With that being said, this book was actually very surprising for me. It was listed in the science fiction genre so I was hesitant. I requested it anyway and gave it a shot. I was impressed.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world and follows Elka who ends up on her own. She is found by Trapper, a survivalist who takes her in and teaches her to take care of herself. She sets off on a journey to find her parents while Trapper follows her in an effort to kill her.

This book was thrilling to read. I found it full of twists and turns and I hated to put it down at the end of the day. The characters that Elka meets along her journey made this book one of my favorites.

I normally do not read very many thrillers of this nature. But I really enjoyed this one. I kept my totally enthralled and I enjoyed it. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, July 3, 2016


I have a new product addiction, a naturally moisture rich plant fiber sponge that balances the acidity of the skins oils and impurities. Introducing Konjac Facial Sponges.

Used by the Japanese for years, “Amorphophallus Konjac” the Konjac Potato is a perennial plant, native to Asia with wild forms growing naturally in many parts of China, Korea & Japan.  Frequently growing wild at high altitudes, thus being pure and pollutant free.  It was originally introduced to Japan as a medicine in the sixth century as it was recognized for its health giving properties.  But, for over a century, the Japanese have been using the konjac vegetable as a beauty treatment for their delicate skin.
The Konjac Sponge, made entirely from the root of the the Konjac Potato, it contains fibers that are by nature alkaline, and thus balances the skin’s natural acidity. These fibers are packed with nutrients. Including: Iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamins A, E and D, “B” vitamins 1, 2, 6 and 12, vitamin C and folic acid.

I have been using Konjac sponges for several months now and I seriously love them. They have become my favorite way of exfoliating and cleansing. Here is how I use them:

Before use, wet the sponge in warm water.
Gently massage the face and body in circular motion all over, to exfoliate dead skin cells, and deeply cleanse. Massaging will stimulate dead, tired skin and encourage skin renewal. Your favorite cleanser can be added but is not required. Also, by using this sponge, if you do decided to use a cleanser, do not use as much cleanser. You will love this as it is going to save you a ton of money in the long run.
Keep your sponge clean and hang it to dry. I made the mistake of leaving it laying on the side of the tub, not this one, but another one. It became jellied and nasty after a few days.

I started using these sponges after I had gotten sun burnt at our pool. I had started to peel and it was very irritating. After one use the dead skin had diminished. I have continued to use this sponge and my skin looks so much better.

I am also using this product on my face. My pores are shrinking because my face is so much cleaner. My face is blemish free and baby soft. Exfoliating has never felt so good. I love the feel of these sponges against my face. They are like a jelly once they are wet. I am also using a little dab of my favorite cleanser after the initial testing.

This product is made with 100% Natural Bamboo Charcoal and Green Tea so it is perfect for exfoliating and cleansing.

These Charcoal and Green Tea Body Sponges were created from konjac root fibers that work to eliminate impurities

Bamboo charcoal promotes replenishment of skin cells and encourages nutrient infusion. Green tea helps prevent against sun damage, counteracts signs of aging and decreases inflammation.

This product is soft when wet and can be used on all skin types. They are earth friendly and can be composted after use. It is biodegradable and free of toxins, pollutants and artificial additives.

- Bamboo Charcoal has high absorption qualities and removes excess oil from the skin while helping to regulate moisture.
- Green Tea is well-known for its ability to protect against sun damage and counteract signs of aging.
- Bamboo Charcoal and Green Tea eliminate impurities and remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the face.
- The sponges improve moisture levels by absorbing and releasing water based on the humidity.

In ending, I have to say that these are my favorite Konjac Sponges. I feel confident that my face is as clean as it can be and it is the safest way to cleanse and exfoliate. All the other companies can boast that their product is better but I have to disagree. These are amazing as well as affordable. You can find this product on Amazon.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

For more information on this product as well as similar products please check out Mayberry Health and Home.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016



I was absolutely thrilled to be chosen to review this organic product made by DEL ORGANICS.  I have become a huge lover of organic products and I am always looking for products that actually do what they claim to do.

I have been using this product for a few weeks now and I have been very happy with it. It comes in a gorgeous brown bottle with a lovely label. It is dispensed via a dropper and I love that you can control the amount. Droppers work much better than any other method that I have found.
The color of this serum is orange and gives your skin a nice glow after you apply it.
It has a very subtle, pleasant scent. I have not been able to place the scent as of yet. A friend of mine said citrus. But it just doesn't smell citrusy to me.
I was using this product at night before I went to bed. I have changed that however due to the lovely glow that it gives my skin. I have had many compliments on my skin tone due to this product.
I wanted to try this product to see how it helped with preventing wrinkles and blemishes. But after a few trips to the pool I remembered that the sun does funny things to my skin. I have always experienced redness known as rosacea. Thanks for the reminder Mr. Sun.
Since I have started using this product I have noticed a huge difference in the redness that I normally get every year. It is diminishing and that is a huge factor for me. I have never found a product that would actually help me to prevent the redness associated with rosacea. It also helped it to be less noticeable after it occurred.
The fact that this product is organic and blended and bottled in the USA makes me even more pleased with this serum. I would recommend this product to anyone that has problems with blemishes, redness or wrinkles. It truly is an All-In-One product that is affordable. I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. If you are interested in this product please check them out DEL ORGANICS ALL-IN-ONE SERUM or if you would like more information on the company then you can go to DELORGANICS.COM

Taken from Amazon
Pro-Vitamin A Carotenoid from Astaxanthin, Vitamins B3 (Niacinamide), C (SAP) & E and CoQ10 in this serum form an infallible alliance of antioxidants and age defying defense system for our skin. Wakame Bioferment and Peptide restore and maintain the integrity of youthful healthy skin. Vegan Hyaluronic Acid quenches our skin with long hours of deep moisture and gives it glowing dewy look. Alpha Arbutin derived from Bearberry lightens and evens our skin's complexion. Botanical blend of Wild Cherry, Blue Tansy, Turmeric, Hydrangea and Licorice further revitalizes, balances, soothes and clarifies our skin.


Inspired by nature, Del Organics combines cutting edge cosmetic technology and the natural goodness from our Mother Earth together to formulate and produce natural and organic skincare products to our customers. While creating innovations, yet we respect and preserve the natural integrity of the ingredients from our nature, and hence deliver bio-available products that your skin can easily work with. Instead of using harsh or harmful chemicals to instantly alter the appearance of your skin for short term, we put in natural and organic ingredients into our products that promote the overall long term health of your skin. We believe in beauty is from inside out, and so as youthful radiant skin is based on healthy skin.

All of our products are free of sulphates, parabens, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, petroleum, mineral oil, synthetic colorant, artificial fragrance and any other toxic and harmful chemicals, and free of animal cruelty. Our products are blended and bottled in USA in a FDA registered and cGMP-compliant facility. They are all tested and certified by assurance authority for their qualities and purities.


To propagate the idea of human-nature unity, we will continue to deliver the natural goodness from our Mother Earth to our customers through our products, and yet respect and protect our natural environment.

"GOD BLESS AMERICA" A Patriotic Coloring Book

"GOD BLESS AMERICA" A Patriotic Coloring Book

Unlike a lot of people, I prefer adult coloring books that actually tell a story. This coloring book contains not only pages to color but quotes from famous people as well as scriptures from the Bible. This book offers you some history behind this great nation.
This coloring book is something that I can use to teach my child about the history of the United States.
Some of the uncolored pages of this coloring book are absolutely gorgeous. They just need a little color to make them even more so.
I prefer color pencils to color the inside pages. But the outside pages will be done with gel pens. As you can see in the picture above, it has already been started and gives you an idea as to how beautiful this will turn out when you are done. The back cover hasn't been touched.
The pages have the ability of being removed from the book. This is not an option I will use however. For me this is something that I intend on coloring with my child and saving for years. I guess you could say this will be a memento of times we spent together.
I received this book complimentary for testing and review purposes. You can find this coloring book on Amazon.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson


Ben Jones, is an independent truck driver along Highway 117. It is a very lonely highway that is well known to Ben as he travels it daily.  He loves his job and his customers who are very clever and interesting characters. I personally found the birthday incident one of my favorite parts of the book. He meets Claire who has taken refuge in a house in the area with her cello. From the moment he sees her he is taken with her. But she is running from something, and that will put them both in danger. I am not going to delve any deeper into the plot of this novel as I hate spoilers. 

This is James Andersons first novel and I found it very interesting. It was not one of those books that I just couldn't put down. But I enjoyed picking it up and reading whenever I had time. This book was written in a very straightforward easy to understand lingo that I loved. 

I will definitely add this book to my shelves. It is a book I will enjoy reading again. You can find a copy on Amazon. I received this novel complimentary for my honest and unbiased review and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Just in time for Summer

I have been needing to review this product for a few weeks but we had not seen any mosquitos until yesterday. I sent my 6-year-old out to play and he came in with mosquitos bites. So I broke out the Cliganic Insect Repellent Bands. 

These are 100% Natural, Safe and Deet Free, made of a special blend of non-toxic natural essential plant oils: Geraniol Oil, Lemongrass Oil, and Citronella Oil. 
One size fits all, these are really stretchy and I was able to wear them as well as my child. 
These offer 250 hours of protection. When we were done playing outside I simply put them back in their foil pouches and sealed them back up.
These are not intended for children under the age of 3. Maybe because children that age like to put things in their mouth. 
These repellent bands are waterproof so you can wear them to parks, water parks, beaches, camping, hiking. Anywhere you think you might be attacked by those pesky insects. 
Cliganic offers you a 100% satisfaction guarantee, Risk Free. If you are not happy with the product they will replace it or refund your money. Win, win

This is my child and this is the way he dresses most always unless we are going somewhere. He only ever puts clothes on because I make him, haha. However, around the house he is fine. He was in the backyard and came to me because he was itchy and something kept biting him. So, I got the Cliganic Insect Repellent Bands out and placed one on him. These come in all different colors to appease the pickiest child or adult. 
Of course, he could not leave it alone because he is a boy and he has to pick at everything. But I managed to keep it on him for about 3 hours while he was outdoors. He had no more mosquito bites when he came in. 
With all of the mosquito born diseases out there, we need something to help protect our children. Yes, there are products on the market that can help us achieve that. But do you ever get tired of re-applying products on your child? Does your child have allergies? My child does so I have to be very cautious when it comes to these types of products. 
So in ending, I have to say that we love these and will be using them all Summer. 
With all the mosquito-borne diseases that are around today. I feel great about my child being protected.
These are Non-Toxic and Kid Safe. Wear them around your wrist or ankle. The scent associated with these smell like citronella. The scent is noticeable but not very strong. If you guys would like to check out the product, you can find them on Amazon.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


I just had to share this picture. My little man has graduated from kindergarten and I could not be prouder. We have come a long way and I love him so much. Isn't he just the sweetest thing and he has the most awesome personality on his good days. Yes, he has bad days like the rest of us but raising this baby has been totally worth it. After losing my son I swore I would never love another child. I did not want to experience the heartache again. But God put this little man in my life for a reason. Even though we have had some bad times. The good times make it all worth while.
Nini loves you little man and I will always be here for you. You are my life and my love. "Congratulations" and lets do it again next year.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MiYang Women's Backless Floral Spa Beach Dress Swimwear

This is the first time I have ever ordered a swimsuit online, ever. I saw this one and thought it was adorable and I had to have it. I needed a swimsuit that was cute as well as it had to cover my stomach. The blue peacock print is what attracted me to this suit, as well as the design. I do not think it matters what size you are if you own one of these suits. They are a great suit to add to your closet.

I am normally very cautious when I buy a swimsuit because honestly there are some out there that are just cheaply made and fall apart very easily. They also have a tendency to fade when used in chlorinated pools and while in the wash. I did not experience this with MiYang's suit at all. This suit is machine washable but I prefer to hand wash. I think we all know not to use a dryer when it comes to drying our suits. So I hung it out to dry. But not in the sun. Never dry your suit in the sun. That will fade most all fabrics. I experienced no fading after swimming in our community pool several times. Nor did it fade when I washed and dried it.

This suit is made very well. It is 82% Nylon, 18% Elasten, 80% Nylon and 20% Terylen. I am not sure why the material is listed as it is. I assume that it is talking about different parts of the suit.
The swimsuit feels like a second skin while it is on, yet it breathes. It is very comfortable and I have had numerous compliments on it while at the pool. The girls all want to know where I purchased this suit so I have given them the link. You will find that link at the bottom of my review here.

The chest area is padded so please be aware of that when you are choosing your size. However, there is a small place where you can take the padding out that I just noticed, ha. I seriously do not know how I missed that when I put it on. The straps are adjustable so that you can make it less revealing if you so desire.

Please note: These suits run a bit small so it is very important to know your size. This seller is awesome and if you message them they should be able to help you with that.

This suit is excellent for anyone who loves a fashionable, cute suit for the beach, pool or pool party. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. If you would like to purchase one for yourself or if you just want to check them out please follow the link below. Have an awesome day and a fantastic Summer.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016



I have been needing a lamp for my desk and I was able to try this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

When I first opened the package I was surprised at the size and the way it was packaged. My thought "Well, this is cool." The cord is very short so I was wondering how I would charge it with the USB port as my hard drive is on the floor. I moved the hard drive to the desk top and then discovered the plug, haha. You can charge the lamp with the USB port or in a wall outlet. It is very important to charge this product for at least 6 hours before use. I immediately plugged it in and let it charge.
I fell asleep that night so it actually received more than a 6 hour charge.
I have been using this lamp for the last several days and I love it. The wattage is 5 watts and emits enough light so that you can see effectively with a  cool brightness. I was amazed that this was 5 watts because it seems like more.  There is a slight indentation on the base of the lamp that allows you to turn it on and off. It does not take very much pressure to turn it off at all.

This lamp stands about 15 inches high when the neck is straight up. The neck is bendable so you can adjust it to fit your needs. This was a huge plus for me as I like to control the lighting at my desk.

In ending I have to say this lamp has been a great help to me and it works great. It is very lightweight and allows me to transfer it to where I need it without worrying about cords getting in the way.

Specifications: Mix power: 5w
Color: pure white
Style: modern and portable
Material: high quality ABS plastic
Light temperature: 5500-6500k
Battery Input: 3.7v/700 mAh
Brightness range: 2-200 LUX(30cm distance)
Power Source: built-in battery charges with USB charging cord(included)
Free adjustable: 360 degrees and up and down adjustment
Product Dimension: base approx 14X12.5cm head approx 12.5x 7.5cm high approx 43cm

Stepless Brightness Adjustment: the adjustment of the brightness is smooth, no preset brightness limit.
Long Lasting Battery: last 3+ hours in brightest and 12 hours in dimmer after charging full.
Eye Protection & Eco-friendly: with Non-toxic silicon material, it is suitable for kids, adults, and senior.
360 Degree Rotation: gooseneck adjustment, so you can bend the lamp to your particular need.

Package includes:
1x LED Table Lamp
1x USB Cord
1x User Manual(English)

Monday, May 30, 2016

"HOPE UNFOLDING" Becky Thompson

 I get it, Momma. I totally get it.
 Every day you wake up and try your very best. You love, give, and pour out your life for the ones who call you Momma. But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short. You worry, Am I loving these babies enough? Is this ever going to get easier? Why does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all?

WOW, I have never connected with a book like I did this one. I did not want to put it down. I spent every second mesmerized with her experiences and her reflections.
I was raised in church for the first few years of my life. I do not remember a lot of those years as I was so young. But they instilled in me a belief in God and faith. I married very young and had babies very young. I was not prepared to have children. Kids should not have kids, period.

Now my babies are all grown up and I am raising my grandson. I have been in his life since the day he was born. My daughter lived with me off and on and then I got custody of him when he was three.
Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water and this book is exactly what I needed. It is so hard doing it a second time around. You do not want to make the mistakes you made when you were younger and raising babies. Sometimes you do not know who to turn to. Sometimes your friends can not be there for you. So who do you turn to? Who can you depend on to help lighten your load?

The author talks about her own experiences and explains through scripture how God loves us and how he wants us to turn it all over to him. To depend on him entirely. This books gives mothers hope that the hard times are only fleeting moments in our lives and that there are great things in store for us. At the end of each chapter there are questions a prayer and a statement. There are also a few lines so that you can write whatever you want down. I opted to save this part of the book for my second read. Yes, I am going to read it again.

This book is beautifully written and packaged. I loved hearing of her life experiences with her children and how she overcame the hardships. I think my favorite part of the entire book was the IHOP  experience. Can you imagine that happening to you? I do not think that has ever happened to me but I have a lot of other similar stories. Once I got started I did not want it to end. I did not want to put it down. But being a mother, you have to fold the page over to fix the little one some lunch. Or to fold the laundry. I was soon able to get back to the book after the chaos that is my life calmed down.

In ending, this book is a great inspiration to all mothers. Whether they are first time mommies or experienced. This book is also great for us grandmothers. I enjoyed this book so much and think it would make an excellent gift to anyone with children or grandchildren. Sometimes us grandparents need inspiration to.

I had forgotten how brave I was going to be. Or how firm I would be concerning what was best for my baby and my family, whatever society's judgmental opinions might be. But you know, right there in the middle of IHOP, society didn't seem like some distant hypothetical group. Society seemed like the folks in the next booth eating French toast and getting their coffee refilled.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review:

Sunday, May 29, 2016



    2 cups baking soda
    1 cup cornstarch
    1.5 cups cold water
    (makes about 2 pounds - the recipe can be halved).
Baking soda and cornstarch make a smooth, pliable play clay that can be colored with everyday food coloring - or left white and painted once it hardens. When you have made your model, leave it to air dry - turning every 12 hours or so.

Place ingredients in a pan and stir until smooth. Set the pan over a medium heat and stir until boiling. Stir out any lumps and cook until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Turn out onto a plate and cover with a damp, well-wrung kitchen towel - let cool. Dust a work surface with cornstarch and knead until pliable.


    4 cups plain/all-purpose flour
    1 cup salt
    1 teaspoon powdered alum (optional)
    1.5 cups water

Mix ingredients in a bowl.

This clay bakes best if the ornaments are not too thick - about 1/2 inch is best.

Bake your ornaments on an ungreased baking tray for 30 minutes then turn and bake them for another 90 minutes until they are hard and dry (keep an eye on them so they don't burn). You need a low oven temperature - about 250 degrees F or 120 degrees C. When they are cool you can smooth them with fine sandpaper before decorating and varnishing.

    2 cups of plain/all-purpose flour
    1 cup salt
    1 cup cold water
    1 tbsp oil (vegetable oil is fine - baby oil smells lovely).

Drop the ingredients into a plastic bag and seal. Let the children knead them together inside the bag - then tip it out for modeling fun.


2 cups plain all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups of water

Put all dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add water, oil and color. cook slowly and stir all the time. As it gets hot it will begin to thicken up. Knead on a floured surface.

Alternatively, microwave on high for up to 6 minutes. Remove frequently and stir. Knead on a floured surface.



2 cups cornstarch
1 cup warm water
food coloring

Stir the cornstarch into the warm water, a little at a time until all of the starch has been added. The reason for using warm water instead of room temperature water is because this makes it easier to mix the slime without getting any clumps. You can add a little more starch if you want a thicker slime. Add a small amount of water if you want a runnier slime. Also, the consistency of the slime is affected by temperature. Warm slime will flow more readily than cool or refrigerated slime.

Add food coloring to achieve the desired color.



  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • extra water
  • Food coloring  


  1. Pour flour and water into a pot.
  2. Stir the ingredients over medium heat until it comes together like smooth, thick paste. The mixture will be lumpy along the way, but it all comes together.
  3. When it starts to pull away from the pot, remove from the heat.
  4. Add a pinch of salt. This helps keep the paint from spoiling if you don’t use it right away.
  5. To reach the desired consistency, slowly add cold water to the mixture. I added about 1/4 cup water to our paint. 
  6. Divide the paint into bowls.
  7. Squeeze food coloring  into the flour mixture until you reach the desired color.
  8. Store in a covered container in the fridge if you’re not planning to use this right away. It will keep indefinitely.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ecological Lead-Free Crystal Glasses For People That Enjoy Wine! ROD WINE

I am a newbie when it comes to wine and glasses. I bought my first bottle of red wine a few months ago. I had no idea that there were different sizes and shapes for the different types of wine. I just knew that I needed something to help me relax at night so that I could sleep. I didn't realize that I would enjoy it so much. I did not realize that I would want to learn more, until I was able to try these great wine glasses. I was able to snag my first set and then soon realized there were others to be had as well. It took me about a week to snag them all. But I was very happy that I managed it.


RÖD Wine glasses are heavier because of the material and thickness of the glass.
All of their products are made from lead-free crystal and are restaurant grade.
This makes the glasses stronger and more durable.

The glasses are made of lead-free crystal called crystalline. This is a process that increase the durability of crystal glass without the led component. Instead of led they use sodium-potassium which is a lot more environment friendly. The production of the glasses use electrical smelting that further decrease the impact.

All of RÖD Wines glasses are dishwasher safe and/or can be hand-washed. Make sure you put the glasses on the top shelf in the washer, use the stemware rack if available. Avoid the glasses touching other items in the washer to prevent scratching. For hand wash use detergent and hot water. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residual detergent that can influence the wine taste and dry with a lint free towel.
This information was taken from the ROD WINE website. For more information please follow the link.

I tried the red wine glass first and loved the experience. I love the quality of these glasses. These remind me of stemware that can be found in upscale restaurants. They are a little heavy but feel more durable than regular stemware. Please pardon the el'cheapo bottle of wine pictured. That was my first bottle ever purchased and I did not want to splurge on something I might not like. Each 3 set package of stemware comes in a nice box that will make these an awesome gift no matter the occasion.

I had the same experience with the white wine stemware. Very elegant yet durable. All of the sets that I obtained came in a package of three glasses. I am not sure why as most of the people I know party in sets of four or more. But that is okay. That does not affect my review at all.

Have you ever owned a set of champagne stemware but didn't have champagne to put in the glass? Well, that was me, haha. Putting anything other than champagne in this glass felt wrong. But I did it anyway and got through it. Again, very elegant and serviceable stemware that I have fallen in love with. I now have a problem however. I do not have an adequate display for my stemware. I must go shopping.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS TAKEN FROM AMAZON and you can purchase these from the link above.

DURABLE & BEAUTIFUL - We want sturdy glasses that can withstand everyday use. Thanks to the unique material these are as close to unbreakable and shatterproof as they can be. Made of the highest quality, crafted in one of the most renowned glass regions in the world - Bohemia, Czech Republic. Our products are of Restaurant Grade, made from Lead Free Crystal, and tempered to withstand a lot of cheering. We deliver a beautiful, sexy and timeless design with our glasses, as well as for the boxes.

SAFETY & ECO - Our glasses are dishwasher safe. You have probably owned cheaper wine glasses before and got disappointed when you found them in pieces in the dishwasher. This will not happen with our products, thanks to the genuine quality. We want to lessen the impact on the environment, and all of our products are made of lead-free crystal, called crystalline. They are produced in a modern factory, in an ecological process, that restricts and recycles water, and runs on green electricity.

GREAT AS A GIFT - ROD Wine glasses come in beautifully designed and innovative boxes. The containers are made for reuse and storing. This gift is perfect for anniversaries, weddings and housewarmings. Amaze your friends, family and coworkers with our decorative pieces. Surprise someone special with this elegant case for a birthday, Christmas, New Years or Mothers and Fathers day. Maybe as a romantic present to your wife/husband on Valentines. Really, anyone who loves wine will appreciate it!

SHAPE & EXPERIENCE - Wine is our love and passion. That's why our Red Wine glasses are created to aerate and keep the aroma in the glass. Fine red wine is meant to be enjoyed in stemmed glasses and not in tumblers, goblets, cups and stemless glassware. Why? Because the temperature is critical to get the best experience. Our products are inspired by classic European design, made to enhances your wine experience, to get mediocre wines to taste good, and great wines to taste amazing. Glass Matters!

WHY BUY FROM US - There are very few companies that satisfies the real importance when it comes to drinking wine as we do. We highlight the wines natural flavors, provide superior quality, and our products are a treat for the eye when it comes to our box, glasses, and reusable container for storing. We also want to spread the love of wine. That is why you will get Wine Wisdom, a 180 pages e-book with all the information you need about wine for beginners and enthusiasts alike, with every purchase.

So, in ending I have to say that I love my new stemware. For someone that is new to stemware and wine I think I made an excellent choice in trying these. This product is something that I will treasure always. I am also glad that I looked up their website which is within this review. There was so much information on the site for newbies just like me. I now feel more informed and I am ready to dive right in. I received these products for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.