Saturday, September 29, 2018

Max Build More Blocks

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review,.
I like to follow plans.  If I get a booklet with instructions I follow them.  My boys like to make up their own creations.  We discovered recently that we can no longer play with blocks together! I want to go step by step they would to make a dinosaur head tractor lol.
It is okay though and as a mom I love their creativity and thanks to Max Build More Blocks they can build bigger and better things
Max Build More Blocks, the newest toy brick brand exclusively available at Walmart in October. Max Blocks are compatible with all major toy brick brands and offers unbeatable value for budget with high quality bricks for a fraction of the price of big name brands. The founding principle behind Max Blocks is providing high affordability for savvy parents who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to give their little ones the best opportunity to express endless creativity through imaginative brick play! 

253 PC MAX BLOCKS Set – $9.99  
250 PC ACCESSORY PACK – $12.99 
 759 PC MAX BLOCKS – $24.99 
 10”x10” MAX BLOCKS BASE PLATES – $3.99

We personally were able to review the 759 pc.  I love the endless possibilities for my boys.  They work with he block we already have and the even come in their own storage bin!  Yes no more hurt feet (those suckers really hurt lol)  All the fun and only a fraction of the cost?  YES PLEASE!!!

goDog® RopeTek

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
We all been there, that horrible moment when our pet's favorite toy rips!  Poor Loki just stares at me with sad eyes and I rush to amazon to order him another one.  There is no invincible toy, quote contrary to what some claim.  Loki has proven them wrong, but there is a few toys that are a bit tougher and can stand up to Loki's rough and tough play.

Such is the case with goDo Rope Tek
goDog® RopeTek™ combines the strength and durability of climbing rope with flexible TPR with new ThermaFuse Technology™ to produce a toy that is made to stand up to tough play! ThermaFuse Technology is an exciting NEW, patent-pending manufacturing process that fuses nylon climbing rope to a TPR surround that makes them more durable than standard rope toys.

Loki can pull and tug all he wants, but this Rope Tek toys so far have held up!  

Saving Faith

I was given this movie for the purpose of review.  I was no paid to write this review 

Saving Faith, arrived on DVD, Digital, and On Demand on September 18 from Lionsgate. Including music by Donny Richmond and Sunday Drive and appearances by Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Phil Vassar, and members of the Gatlin Brothers and Rascal Flatts.

When the historic Ritz Theater is on the brink of foreclosure, the theater’s owner Faith Scott (Jenn Gotzon) and her Uncle Donny (Donny Richmond) decide to host a Christmas themed show, in June, to help save the building.  Even against all odds, Faith and Donny turn to their faith and friends to help pull off the impossible. Approved by the Dove Foundation for all ages, Saving Faith is a, “film that is balanced for family filmgoers” (The Dove Foundation). 

In this gospel-driven drama, poor Faith is ready to give up hope. Her struggling small-town theater is about to get foreclosed by the bank—when her charming Uncle Donny convinces his famous friends to play live and save the business. But when a local developer decides to sabotage the concert, it’ll take a miracle to make the show go on.

“Making Saving Faith” Featurette
“Not Alone” Music Video by Jimmy DeTalente and The Electric Revival

Donny Richmond (The Christmas Reunion), Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon, Doonby, God’s Country), Jim Chandler (TV’s “The Quad”), Henry Cho (Say It Isn’t So, Material Girls), with Special Appearances by Amy Grant  (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Postman, Maverick), Vince Gill (Maverick, Tin Cup, Indecent Proposal) and Victoria Jackson (UHF, The Last Laugh, I Love You to Death).

Super cute movies that reminds us there is something more powerful than us.  A God who can do the impossible as long as we let him!

Your Money, Your Marriage The Secrets to Smart Finance, Spicy Romance, and Their Intimate Connection By Cherie and Brian Lowe

Book Description

God’s vision for your marriage is far more than mediocre, and money and sex are two of the most common tension points. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

In Your Money, Your Marriage, Brian and Cherie Lowe offer straight talk and power principles for getting your finances back on track so you can get back to your romance. Take it from them—the Lowes worked off $127,000 in debt in just four years, and emerged not only financially free but better together.

Join Cherie, personal finance blogger at Queen of Free, and Brian, family law attorney who’s seen it all when it comes to marital money struggles, in this journey to help you and your spouse go from different books to the same page. Through candid and hilarious stories, fresh ideas and practices, and a few winks along the way, Brian and Cherie reveal the secrets to “financial foreplay” able to help every couple thrive together in finance and romance alike.

You’ll learn how to:

Develop “passionate patience” with each other toward a shared financial goal
Identify unhealthy financial habits
Save smart on date nights
Sort through misaligned expectations as a couple
Beat the comparison game
Cultivate a stronger relationship on a budget of zero dollars

Couples share much more than a bank account or even a bedroom—they share a sacred union. Imagine what your marriage could be if you could put cash conflict behind you. Your Money, Your Marriage is an invitation to find out, and to thrive together.

I never thought money would be one of the woes in my marriage....  It turned out to be the biggest.  Sometimes it can feel like I'm the only one having this issue, but this book Your Money, Your marriage made me realize i'm not!  I love the realistic down to earth way the book is presented ( I don't feel like I'm being put down)  I love that this couple is related able and have gone through the issues so they can give a first hand experience on how to get out.  And the book is funny, I never thought I could giggle when reading about something so serious  But I did!!
A must read for all couples!

Out of Print Clothing

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Every once in awhile I work with a company I am already familiar with and LOVE.  Such is the case with Out of Print Clothing.  At this point I own so many of their tops it would be impossible to name them all.
They are perfect for me!  My brother has his sports team shirts, my sister has her band tees and I have my book shirts :)

I read everything from classic, paranormal, historical, sci-fi, poetry, contemporary, biography, mysteries and everything in between.
I love to read, so it is no mystery I love a clothing shop whom clothing features some of my classic favorites.  Now I own several items for myself, but they also have men and children items.
They have so much to choose from too, long sleeve, fleeces, tees, bags, socks, notebooks, totes and so much more.
"Each product is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book."
As someone whom has many worn, dogged eared, broken from being open so many time spines I had to smile at this.  My books aren't "ruined" they are worn :)

Well as the saying goes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and my boys LOVE to read.  Which is why I choose to review a tee for each of them.
Both are soft and feel as if they been wearing them for years.  And no I don't mean they have holes in them lol, Out Of Print clothing just has that soft worn in feeling.

 They are loose without being baggy :)
The material always seems to be just right my fleece are thick enough to keep me warm on a cool day and my tee shirts and thin enough that I don't die when I wear them in the sun.
So thumbs up for using the right material every time.  
Okay instead of telling you how cool they are I will just show you

No two stories are the same and neither are kids.  My oldest son is all about survival books and to be honest scar books.  The Jaws tee was perfect for him.
My youngest son is more like me, we like fantasy and paranormal.  So he Harry Potter tee series is perfect for him (yes we totally have a marathon every year right before Halloween!) 

I love that I can get something for everyone in my family here!  As I said before my brother has his sports tees, my sisters has her band tees and my kids and I have our book tees.

Ware Pet Products

I was given products in this post for he purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this post
You most likely already know I love my 3 pups.  They mean us much to me as my two human kids.  I once even told my hubby if I had to choose between saving his life or Loki's it would be Loki...  What you may not know about me is I have 3 rats!!
And here is the guy that started it all

My BooBear, I wont lie at first I was scared of him.  But after spending just one minute in his presence I was in love.  I drove an hour to get him.  On the way home he sat on my sister's lap just staring at us!  Once we got home he fell in love with my dog Loki and the have been BFF'S ever since.  BooBear plays, cuddles and even gets excited of treats.  But my Boo was lonely so I had to get him a friend
The white rat sleeping in Boo's turtle bed is Peanut.  Peanut was a feeder rat I saved from a horrific death.  At first Peanut didn't understand being pet, having a safe dry place to sleep or even what it meant to be loved.  Boo taught him and no Peanut is my most affectionate rat.

We were happy, but one day Quinn my youngest son started to ask for a rat.  
Thus Simba joined our happy little family.  Now Simba likes lots of attention and is hyper.  His favorite game is wake up his brothers and run away!  He steals stuff from me (like if I have him out and try to read, he rips my book away!!!)  Like I said he likes to have the attention all on him.

Like my pups my rats enjoy being pet and cuddled, the like treats and toys.  And just like my pups the give 10times the love they get.  
 I loved Ware Pet Products, because they have all the products the smallest members of my family need.
  • The Kapok Build-a-Series (Kapok Build-a-Bed + Kapok Build-a-Hut + Kapok Build-a-Nest) from WARE Pet Products is the softest bedding created to keep small animals SO cozy. Eco-friendly, the packaging for these actually transforms into the product itself...turning into a bed, a hut or a nest. Each product is printed with vegetable based inks making this product convertible, efficient and safe to chew. Comes in 3 choices
    • Kapok Build-a-Bed
    • Kapok Build-a-Hut
    • Kapok Build-a-Nest 

  • Critter Crackers are a 3-pack of wholesome chews, made from high fiber timothy hay, offers a terrific and healthy option for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small animals. 
    • Critter Crackers-Ocean Friends
    • Critter Crackers-Safari Friends

  • The Chill Stone is made of a chew proof dolomite that helps to keep small animals and critters cool and comfortable and is MUCH lighter than the typical granite. This is really important!  Over the summer I used cold water bottles, but this flat stone is so much easier for them to lay on and keep cool
    • Chill Stone  (the photo below is not of a rat, I just wanted to show you can use these products for other small animals as well)

  • The Health-E Collection of healthy chews for small animals are wholesome and adorable chew they'll love.

  • The products above are just a few of the many offered by Ware Pet Products!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Why Biz works

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post, so that I could write a review
flag football--check
soccer--half way ther

I'm sure anyone else with active little boys have a check list that looks like this.  We go year round with sports with only a handful of weeks off in-between.  I love it though, getting to cheer my boys on and see that proud look on their faces when they score!  Their clothing though does suffer!  With never ending sports I need a detergent that can keep up....
And Biz does just that

So what is BIZ, you may be asking yourself?
No two stains are the same, so different stains require different ingredients to be rid of them. Sadly there is no one ingredient to clean them all. So why not have all of them in one?  Most brand do not offer that, but BIZ® didn't cut any corners... Biz has more stain fighters than other brands. That's why it works better.

As you can see Biz realizes we don't live in a bubble and we are going to get several kinds of stains.  So the fight them all.  Look below to see how the stand up against the competition.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

White as Silence, Red as Song: A Novel

I tried... I REALLY tried 

So my headline should say it all.  I tried several times to get into this book, but just could not.  It got to the point where I would dread reading it.  I KEPT at I though and finished the book, mainly because I saw other reviewers saying it gets better.....  For me it never did I didn't like the characters (especially Leo, the main character)  He did get better as the story plot went on and he grew up a bit, but I feel the damage was already done and I just couldn't get into it.

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .” Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams. And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast. Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.


Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
Growing up I loved the Muppet Babies!  I remember I would watch Muppet Babies, Baby Looney  Tunes and Wacky Races all the time (at times I think I made that last one up, because no one else remembers it!!)
They were all great shows and I was so happy to see they were bringing The Muppet Babies back.  They may look a bit different than I remember (better graphics) but they are still the same lovable group.  My kids loves this show so much that two weeks ago when I purchased two teddy bear Guinee Pigs the named one of them Fozzie bear (the other is Winnie, short for Winnie the Pooh)

Almost 30 years after the Muppet Babies first won the hearts of kids and families around the world, Disney Junior's reimagined "Muppet Babies" chronicles the hilarious playroom antics of a young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal – plus a brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. Under the watchful eye of Miss Nanny, the Muppet Babies use their imaginations to embark on countless adventures that take them to the farthest corners of the universe and demonstrate to young viewers the power and potential of imaginative play. 
Sir Kermit the Brave/Animal Fly Airplane
Super Fabulous vs. Captain Icecube/Piggy’s Time Machine
The Great Muppet Sport-A-thon/You Say Potato, I Say Best Friend
Hatastrophe/Fly South

Bonus Features: 2 Bonus Episodes-
How Kermit Got His Groove/One Small Problem
Playground Pirates/The Blanket Fort

10 “Muppet Babies: Show & Tell” Shorts-          
Kermit’s Show and Tell
Piggy’s Show and Tell
Fozzie’s Show and Tell
Gonzo’s Show and Tell
Summer’s Show and Tell
Animal’s Show and Tell
Kermit and Piggy’s Show and Tell
Kermit and Fozzie’s Show and Tell
Piggy and Gonzo’s Show and Tell
The Great Muppet (Short) Musical

6 Music Videos-
“What's So Scary About The Dark?"
"Never Have To Say Goodbye (To The Summer)"
"Get Back In The Game"
"Good Things Come To Those Who Wait"
"You Can Be A Dancer"
"Muppet Pirate Shanty" 
Release Date:               August 14, 2018
Ratings:                                TV-Y (US)
Run Time:                           Approx. 92 minutes (not including bonus)
Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                                  English 2.0 Dolby, Latin Spanish 2.0 Dolby
Subtitles:                      English Line 21, English SDH, French S & Latin Spanish
Closed Captions:              English

So as a mom I love that the episodes are super cute and deliver a great message.  But not by being to over the top.  My boys no longer like shows that are to obvious.  Muppet Babies is the perfect blend of fun and real life lessons.
As a long time fan I can see this reboot did a pretty awesome job of capturing the original fun and put a new twist on already beloved characters!