Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 HGG Epson LabelWorks Label Maker #Review

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE



EPSON LABELWORKS





The Epson LabelWorks label maker is a great item! This kit consists of the label maker, one roll of strong advertise tape and another of matte tape. And all fit into a handy carrying case! 




I read through the manual and then got to work!  One benefit to the Epson LabelWorks label maker is that you can label cords and wires, though I have not used it for that yet.  My first project was  to label some small bins of screws and nails etc. that I keep in my shed, so when I or a family member are looking for a particular item or size, the item is easy to find. 




My second project was to label cases that I have of dvd's and  due to the ability to change letter sizes, the result was fantastic. Easy to read labels and the ability to have more than one line and whatever size you desire makes this a great product. 




One great feature with the Epson LabelWorks Kit is that it will store up to fifty labels, so if labels need reprinted, you can have it with a push of a button. Making the labels is easy, simply chose the font and size you desire, then how many lines you want the label and after previewing your label on the display screen, press a button to print and another button to cut the label!  




I have already made about three dozen labels and will be getting plenty of use out of this handy tool. The Epson LabelWorks label making kit is a practical  organizing tool and would make a perfect gift for men or women. I know men are often difficult to purchase for, at least I know the guys in my life are. Husbands, brothers and sons would all love this as a gift for the holidays. Be sure to check out this article from Parents Need to Know for other gift ideas for guys. These are the top 5 ideas this year and I was quite impressed with their list. They range from gag jokes to the perfect gift for the gun aficionado in your family. 



Be sure to check out the Epson website for all your office supplies, and follow them on social media!






**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

2016 HGG Magic Bullet Blender and Mixer #Review @thenutribullet

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE



MAGIC BULLET BLENDER





Well, I do believe I am in love :) Yep, with a product that has really blended it's way into my heart. This is an excellent gift that anyone would love. Can be given to guys or gals, and almost any age, though wouldn't do it under about 16 or so.



The Magic Bullet blender is also a mixer, but so far I have only tried it making smoothies. And it worked excellent! I make a smoothie or a shake several times a week. In the morning I often make a protein shake, but for snacking, I enjoy a good smoothie.



I was sent the Original Magic Bullet for my review. And while the blender is small, it has massive power to it! I pulled out all my normal ingredients, and was ready to go to town. As you can see, I like fruit and yogurt smoothies, but I often mix them up and whip up different recipes. Oh, and I do like adding some spinach or other greens as well :)



The Original Bullet comes with the base, the blender cup, and then a small mini cup. Plus the flip top lids and the blade lid. This makes a really nice setup because you can make it in the big bottle, and either take it in that or transfer to another cup. I have made them for myself and my sister, so I just make hers first, transfer it to the smaller cup and then make another one for me.



As you can see from the pics, this really blended nicely. I had no problem with the ice, which is where I normally have issues. The smaller blenders often chop the ice, but don't really blend it. But this came out smooth and creamy. Oh, and I did add a dollop of whipped cream on top :)



This really is a great set for anyone. My brother has been eyeing it himself as he likes making protein shakes before he works out, and my sister loves this style of blender. It is top quality product, and for $39.99, you can't beat that price.  I would urge everyone to check out their site, or follow on social media.








**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, November 26, 2016

2016 HGG Bible Journaling Kit Review and #Giveaway #BibleJournalingKit #FlyBy

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
BIBLE JOURNALING KIT



Well hey there friends! I cannot believe how fast this month has flown by. We are almost into the month of December and I have almost all my gift shopping done :) How about you all? Are you getting geared up for Christmas and your shopping? Today I want to show you a kit that I know would make an awesome gift for a friend or family member. Check it out!



This is the brand new Bible Journaling Kit, which can be purchased through the stores shown at the bottom of the review, and I really liked how they thought of everything you might need to do a detailed job with your Bible reading. This kit includes a case that attaches to your Bible so you can carry everything, a journaling pen, colored pencils, stickers, and my favorite would be the ruled page protector mat with tracing lines. I mean seriously, I cannot draw a straight line on my own, so this last piece is great!



The pouch it comes with has a Bible verse on it, and is brilliant green so you will never lose it :) The strap is adjustable so you can easily lengthen it for a larger Bible. As you can see, my Bible is smaller so I had no problem getting it on. It does pull your cover open a bit but nothing major.



As a gift, this is a great set to purchase for anyone. Whether it is a teenager, a woman who likes to doodle in her Bible, or for the man who wants to take better notes. For those of you who don't want to wait for the giveaway to end, or if you don't win, the links below are where you can buy your own kit. Also, there is a link where they are having their own giveaway for five winners.


Christian Book Distributors: http://bit.ly/CBDBibleJournaling


Now for the giveaway, one of my readers will win their very own Bible Journaling Set. This is USA only and will end 12/10. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Submerged by Elizabeth Goddard with #Review


IN TOO DEEP 



With Christmas just around the corner, Cobie MacBride wants closure in the case of her missing father. But when a visit to the last place he was seen leads to an attack by a masked assailant, Cobie knows she's in over her head. Running for her life, she never expected to find safety with Adam Warren—the man she blames for her brother's death. Seeking answers leads them to a treasure ship, buried secrets…and deadly danger. Christmas could find them starting a new future—if they can avoid getting trapped in the perils of the past. 


The Mountain Cove Series has been such a delight to read. The newest installation in the series is very good, not my favorite out of them, but still an excellent book. 

Cobie MacBride is quite the female protagonist. I loved the spunk she displayed, had a bit of a hard time with how much she caused Adam trouble, though eventually she does let her guard down around him. See, Cobie blames Adam Warren for her brother's death years ago, so when he turns up to rescue her, she wants nothing to do with him. But they are kind of thrown together and must rely on each other if they want to escape the killer who keeps going after Cobie. Could it be related to her father's disappearance? Will Adam be able to save her from the assassin bent on her death? 

There is quite a bit of mystery and that is what I really love in Elizabeth Goddard's books. They are fun and interesting, but the whole "trying to find out who done it" is my favorite part. A great installment in the series and I cannot wait to read the next one.




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

The Remnant End Times Fiction #Review

The Remnant (Plain Truth Ministries, August 2016)



In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn't show up, as some expected.

Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth's population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.

Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible---a remnant of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant's grandparents. 

What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn't return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed?

In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnant is a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2fVwBoJ


MY REVIEW- When it comes to books on the end times, I have a hard time with many of them. Some are just not interesting enough to hold my attention, while others are not sound as far as doctrine. I tend to give more leeway with fiction stories, as they are just that, fiction. So my interest was piqued by yet another End Times novel and I couldn't wait to see how it was.

This actually ended up being interesting, after you get past the first couple chapters. It kind of starts out slow, but does build up speed. And while it does deal with end times, it is also a Dystopian story, making it a little different. I think it showed to a great degree, what our world is like, and what it will very well end up being like. My dad actually picked it up and started reading the story and he said he enjoyed it. I think for me it was okay, but definitely not a favorite. I do believe my father might end up with it :)




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, November 14, 2016

2016 HGG Christmas Forest Wreath Review & #Giveaway!

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE



Oh wow! I am so in love with this company I am introducing to you today. Christmas Forest has some of the most amazing wreaths, ever! I was given the opportunity to feature them in my Gift Guide and I had such a hard time picking what I wanted to review. After all, with wreaths like they have on their site, it makes for a difficult decision. I just wanted to choose several :)



"Welcome to Christmas Foresta place where magic happens every day, and the sights and scents of the holidays are alive year-round. From our very first handmade Christmas wreath sold back in 1976 at Pike Place Farmer's Market until now, we have made it our mission to bring the very essence of Christmas into every wreath that we create. Alive with the fresh evergreen scent of the Cascade Mountains, each of our handcrafted wreaths is a one-of-a-kind creation, and a unique representation of who we are. To put it simply, we love Christmas and look forward to it with childlike wide-eyed wonder every year and that's what we want to bring to each of our customers. That's why our products, our outstanding customer service and environmental commitment are all equally important because Christmas is more than just a season it's an ideal, an experience and an expression of the truest feelings. This year, why not do more than just give a gift? Give the gift of the season itself with an exquisite handcrafted Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest."



I personally had several favorites, but since M. is such a fan of anything Christmas, I allowed her to pick the one she wanted to hang up. And she went with the Polka Dot Frenzy Wreath. I was very impressed when it arrived. They ship these out fresh, so I was worried about it coming in all wilted and losing pine needles all over the place. It did lose some needles, to be expected with traveling, but it was in great shape! And the scent?? I could smell it before even opening it, the guy who delivered it said it brightened his truck, and I could seriously bottle the scent to use as a perfume. I love everything pine or evergreen :)



This wreath is so delightful! They have some very quaint styles and I love how they cater to different needs. Some are more elegant while others are whimsical. I think we chose one of the more whimsical options :) They send the bow along and you can attach it anywhere you desire. And yes, M wanted it a little off-centered. In my opinion, it is fanciful and playful. She definitely has an eye for the designs. And, we have already had a compliment about it from a neighbor who saw it.



Well, how bout it you all? Anyone interested in winning their very own Polka Dot Frenzy Wreath? This will end a little early so I can get the winners information in to them in time for Christmas. The giveaway will end 11/28 and the winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 HGG Abundant Life Coffee #Review @AbundantLifeCof

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE



How is everyone's day going so far? I am pretty stoked about this company that is starting off my gift guide. As you all know, I am a coffee addict. Not the word I like to use for it, but I guess when I drink 2-3 coffees a day, it is pretty accurate. So I know a good coffee when I taste one. That is why I am happy to bring you, Abundant Life Coffee.




I actually won this in a giveaway, but I was so happy with the company itself, not to mention the flavor of the coffee, that I wanted to include them in my gift guide. After all, for those who love a good cup of joe, coffee is the best of the best as far as presents go. I picked out the Original Coffee Dark Roast, mainly because my flavoring I like to get from my creamer, or when I make a special drink. So I like mine to start out bold and dark and go from there.



As you can see from all my pictures, I made this one into an iced mocha. I love my iced mochas!! I drink one probably every day and on rare occasion, twice a day. This is a very refreshing and strong beverage and if you can make it right, it is amazing.



The flavor of this coffee is nice and bold, super strong taste but great texture! I don't feel like I am feeling the coffee when I drink it, which sad to say has happened before with bold coffee grounds. Don't want to taste the grounds :) My dad actually said this had some of the best flavor of any coffee that he has had. I know that I loved it and at the price they charge, it is a really great buy. For those of you interested in purchasing a bag or two, take a look below for their website and also their social media pages. We all have a coffee lover in our life so get them something they will enjoy for a while!










**DISCLOSURE: I won this in a giveaway and was not required to write up anything about them. This is all my thoughts about the company. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Coobie Bra Promotion

Hey ladies! Today is a special deal for you all. With the holidays quickly approaching, I don't believe it is already November, you just might want to purchase a gift for yourself. And this one here is great, especially with the deal they are running right now. Check it out!!




You need this amazing bra in your life! Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and supportive. Perfect for everyday wear our versatile one-size fits 32A - 36D, available in 7+ styles and 70+ colors/patterns, with adjustable straps and removable pads! Try one, you'll love it! 




PROMOTION: Save 25% on any order of Coobie Seamless Bras at www.shopcoobie.com Use code: USFG








**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Beginner's Bible Story Book Review & 5 Winner #Giveaway! @FamilyChristian

Hey all! I apologize for having been absent a bit, especially with my gift guide coming up and all, but things have been somewhat hectic around here. Thankfully I am getting back into the swing of things and life is somewhat normal again. Today I have a wonderful opportunity for you all. This is going to be great for grandparents, parents, siblings, etc. And guess what, there will be five winners!!



It is very hard to find a good quality Bible for youngsters now a days, but not near as difficult as it used to be. And with new things like this coming out? You can't go wrong with giving one of these as a gift. The Beginner's Bible Story Book is just that.



It takes Bible stories and tells them in a very easy to understand fashion. I love this one as it is sturdy, a nice size for little hands, and they just love the pictures! This is not a Bible, but rather a story book.



Definitely does not contain all the Bible stories by any means, but a smattering of the most well-known ones. Great to get your little ones interested in reading their own Bible when they can :)



The Beginner's Bible is a full size Bible. It does have pictures but this is for a little bit older aged child. One who can read on their own and is responsible enough to not destroy the pages while turning them. I would say about 8 or 9, and then going up. The pages are not as thick as the storybook by any means.



So, anyone interested in winning a set of these? You will receive one of each, the story book and the Bible. The top picture is exactly what you will be winning. Remember, with Christmas coming up, this would be a perfect gift. USA only as I will be shipping these out. Giveaway ends 11/21. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Thanks for entering!!


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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Deeply Moving Story from Julie Klassen




Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful. Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse. 
Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?


MY REVIEW-Julie Klassen is a truly talented author, as evidenced again by her latest novel, The Painter's Daughter. I always enjoy these stories and while they are delightful, they are normally deep and thoughtful.

Captain Stephen Overtree steps in and saves the day, marrying Sophia Dupont, after his brother leaves her pregnant and alone. I really liked Stephen. He is kind and gentle, though not always coming across that way. He is firm and used to being obeyed, if only he can learn to treat Sophie different than the men he commands. They make for a great couple with the normal tensions of a marriage with no love at the start.

Mrs Klassen is particular to historical detail and it is part of what makes me love her books. Rich in all kinds of detail, from the weather to the clothing being worn, and don't forget the actual history of an area. Excellent Regency era book and I cannot wait for her next story!!



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Great Start From Susan May Warren!! #Review

Wild Montana Skies
By Susan May Warren



And Susan May Warren does it again! She has penned a novel that had my attention at the first chapter and continually pulled me further into the story. Wild Montana Skies introduces a new series, Montana Rescue, and it definitely starts off with a bang. We get to meet so many intriguing characters, see two people find their way, as well as the start of a mystery.

Kacey Fairing has come home, but for how long she isn't sure. Her days of flying choppers in the military have taught her a lot, but it didn't prepare her for running into Ben King, her ex-boyfriend. It doesn't help that he is country music star extraordinaire, or that she never told him about his daughter, 13 year old Audrey. And while he is only planning on being home for a small amount of time to help his dad, things don't always go as planned.

These two people, Kacey and Ben, are so complex. There were times that I expected Kacey to do something and instead she goes a different route. And Ben is super sweet, though a very intense guy. I loved their chemistry together and let me tell you, it don't get any better than a hero rescuing his true love :) There is a lot of sound wisdom given in this book and two of my favorite quotes are below.


"People think that faith, especially as we face our fears, or hold on to our dreams, is for the weak, the pitiful. People who are afraid or indecisive. But in fact, having faith is the bravest thing we can do. It's the unwavering confidence that God loves us. That although we can't see the road ahead, we can see God. A God we know, a God that loves us - so much that he won't give up on us. Won't let us get lost, even when we think we are. Real faith takes everything you have - throwing your life, your heart, everything you are, with complete abandon into the embrace of God."


"How about this- let's not let our past determine whether God loves us or not. He does. And we'll never get it right without him." 

This is a story of redemption. Of second chances and being able to move forgive past mistakes. I found myself looking at my past, and how I forgive when someone comes to me after they have wronged me. And it goes the other way as well. An excellent story from Susan Warren, but again, what else do you expect? Five star for sure!




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Applebee's $9.99 Steak Dinner! With 2 Winner #Giveaway #WOODFIRED

As a family it is difficult to go out together and get a good meal. One of those that you can sit down, relax and enjoy a steak. When I had the opportunity to visit an Applebee's restaurant and do just that, I was happy to try out their new steak myself and tell all my readers about it. But, I am overjoyed to let you know, that two of my readers will also be able to enjoy a visit of their own to Applebee's!


All four of us headed out to the location nearest us. It is actually in another state, but only about 30 minutes away and well worth the trip. We go to Applebee's on occasion, but as a family it is normally a treat. After all, $15 per person is a bit much for an everyday occurrence. This time we were going to try the limited offer that is available until November 13th. For the great price of $9,99, you are able to enjoy a wood fired grill, 6 oz top sirloin steak along with 2 sides. Believe me, their food is good, but when you bring in an offer like this? You can have your steak every day!


The waitress who seated us was not the friendliest, but our personal waitress was great. This is a young lady who was attentive without hovering and chatty with those who wanted to talk. We did have to ask about the $9.99 steak dinner as they had a sign up but when you open the menu, it says this is a higher price. Our waitress informed us that it actually rings up at the sale price, but not that way in the menu. We ordered our meals, three steaks and one grilled chicken and awaited our food to arrive. I wanted to see if these were as good as they looked on the sign. You know how it is with a lot of places, the pictures look great but then the food arrives and it is half the size or looks old. Let me show you pictures of food that arrived at our table and they can speak for themselves.

6 oz Top Sirloin Steak with Garlicky Green Beans 
and 
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

6 oz Top Sirloin Steak with Garlicky Green Beans 
and 
Crispy Cheddar Bacon Potatoes



Now, do those not look delicious!! I could not believe when they arrived at our table. The food was steaming hot, the portions were good and I could not wait to dig in. Let me show you a picture of the chicken plate as well.

Grilled Chicken Breast with Garlicky Green Beans 
and 
Garlic Mashed Potatoes



We did have one steak that turned out medium well instead of the medium we had asked for, but this was a minor issue and easily taken care of. As you can tell, everyone loved the garlicky items. They were the hit of the night and I personally loved the green beans. Nice and fresh tasting! The meats were so flavorful and tender. I definitely want to make another stop at Applebee's again for another steak before this is over.


Now, I know you are all anxious to hear about the wonderful giveaway. There will be two winners, each receiving a $25 e-gift card. This means that you will be getting it over email and you have to print it off and take it in with you. I had no issues at all taking mine in. These are good for any location in the US and it also means that you and your spouse can have a date night!! Or maybe take a friend out to eat :) I do know they would make a great gift for the holidays but the deal does end next month. You know the normal rules. Giveaway ends 11/2/16, that way you have time to use the gift certificate before the deal is over. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
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