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Detangling Jewelry Hack

 

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I was getting ready for church today and I had a necklace in mind that I wanted to wear. I opened the drawer that holds my jewelry and looked in the little pockets for the necklace, only to find that it had become entangled with other necklaces and chains in the same pocket. I struggled for a few minutes trying in vain to detangle to mess, only to eventually have to give up and select a different necklace and hurry on my way.

 

 

I had heard that you could use baby powder to help with detangling knots in chains so I thought it might help with this proble as well. I got a plate with an edge and my container of baby powder and sprinkled the powder liberally over the knotted chains. I moved them around in the powder  so that they were all coated, then used a long pin to gently pull on them to ease them apart. This requires a little patience and good eyesight to accomplish the task. It took me about 5 minutes to detangle the knot and straighten out all of the chains- 2 of which had knots in them as well. I then gave them all a gentle cleaning and separated them for storage in the jewelry drawer. Task accomplished.

 

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Girl of Stone by Norma Hinkens

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I just finished the book Girl of Stone by Norma Hinkens and it was every bit as good as the first book in the series, Girl of Fire (The Expulsion Project Book 1).

Ms Hinkens has a flair for setting a scene that draws you in as though you were sitting right in the middle of the action, every bit a part of what is going on. Her style is very easy to read and very hard to put down. Many times I found myself saying “Oh gosh, is it 3:00 AM already?” The characters, Trattora and Velkan, are believable and sometimes show their vulnerability, reminding me of what had brought them to where they are now. I hate to say too much in case you haven’t already read the first book. If you haven’t, definitely read it first! Then grab this one! Then you’re stuck along with the rest of us until Norma gets done with Girl of Blood, the final installment in the Espulsion Project Series. I sure hope she’s got something in the works for us once that’s been released. She can’t crank them out fast enough for me!

Ozeri BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

 

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My husband has been dealing with cancer and its after effects for almost 5 years now. One thing he does on a daily basis is to take his blood pressure. He has to take meds to control it and the way they work, one med keeps the blood pressure up while the other med keeps the heart rate down. He can tell if his numbers are off at all and he keeps track of his numbers in case he has to let the doctor know of a situation. We’ve used a regular cuff Blood pressure monitor for a number of years but I used a wrist style monitor at the doctor’s office and decided we should give that a try. I got the Ozeri BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Positioning and Hypertension Indicator.It comes with a hard case to keep it in and a small booklet with directions for usage.

 

The wrist cuff is easy to slip on any wrist and the monitor is voice guided, so it tells you what is going on. For instance, when you turn it on, it lets you know when to move your arm and what position to put it in. If it isn’t placed right you are notified and asked to reposition it. This takes a bit of patience and learning to get this down correctly. If you don’t position your arm correctly you won’t get a good reading. The voice portion is clear and loud and is accompanied by large, backlit numerical readings. It gives you enough time to read the numbers before going dark. It also stores the numbers, which is handy for reporting to your doctor. It can tell you if you have dangerous levels that could indicate hypertension or arrhythmia.

 

The Ozeri BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor  takes some practice to get accurate readings so I would not suggest depending on it solely until you are quite comfortable with it. Other than that, it’s a very well made and nice  looking unit with great visibility, which I really liked!

 

 

Ozeri BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor can be found online at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DCD3E6E/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_c_x_4_w

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

 

Simply Earth’s April Subscription Box with Spring Cleaning

 

Simply Earth April Box

simply earth Products has graciously sent me their April box for review. I have been trying out all of the goodies they included in the box and I am really enjoying getting to know their products. First of all, let me say I was very impressed with their packaging. I have been sent products before only to have them arrive with oil all over the inside of the box. Sometimes the droppers are broken or cracked, etc. All of these things are easily avoided by taking the time to provide good packaging. This is something that was very obvious right from the start when I opened the package. Everything was well protected and each bottle was kept in place by a double walled slot of its own.

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simply earth offers a number of different products to choose from, depending on your needs and your budget. You can choose anything from single bottles of oils, or prepackaged sets, oil blends, sprays, roller bottles, diffusers, and much, much more. Their selection of oils is top notch and they not only have 100% pure products but they have great pricing on their products.

simply earth offers a monthly subscription box called the Essential Oil Recipe Box. I received the April Box, which was titled Spring Cleaning. All of the oils and recipes in the box reflected the subject. The box included:

Lemon Essential Oil

Balsam Fir Essential Oil

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

2 spray bottles (Not 4 as pictured)

window microfiber cloth

cleaning microfiber cloth

a set of recipe cards and labels

simply earth makes it super simple to learn about oils and how to use them. They even send recipe cards for the oils in your kit so you can learn to blend them and make your own sprays, balms, etc. They give you everything you need to use your oils, including the bottles, cloths, even the labels! And you choose which plan works best for you.

Get 5-7 recipes and 4 essential oils + extras for the price of one bottle from the big guys.

1 Box Every Month: $39 per box
1 Box Every Three Months: $45 per box
Just This Month’s Box: $49
Don’t wait another minute to try their products out. They are worth every penny!
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Simply Earth can be found online at:

 https://simplyearth.com

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

Smurfs: The Lost Village Opens April 7th!

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Opens April 7th!

Those cute little blue buddies are back again and they’re more fun than ever before!

Check out this trailer and see what’s in store!

 Need more fun? Try this one!
Smurfs: The Lost Village opens up in Movie Theaters on April 7th.  This new movie follows Smurfette and her new friends as they race through the Forbidden Forest with magical creatures looking for the mysterious lost village. Will they find it before Gargamel does? This movie follows the successes of past movies and is fully animated. Actors/actresses showcased include Ariel Winter, Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello, Julia Roberts, Mandy Patinkin, Ellie Kemper, Rainn Wilson, Demi Lovato, and many more.
Check out the website for more information and loads of fun, including fun activities, such as games, recipes, and coloring pages. Learn more about your favorite characters and find out more about the movie by going to the Official website here:

http://www.smurfsmovie.com/

 

Finally, before you go, I found this discussion question guide and thought it was a great way to add a new dimension to the movie. Find out for yourself!

 

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/smurfsthelostvillage/discussionguide/smurfs_discussion_guide.pdf

 

Post sponsored by #smurfmovie and  #FlyBy

Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste Burke

Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste Burke

Murder at Sea of Passenger X

by Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke has done it again! This time Georgie Shaw and her hunky new husband Detective Jack Wheeler go away for a much needed honeymoon on Marvelous Marley World’s luxurious cruise ship, the MMW Fantasy of the Sea. A relaxing cruise in the South Seas, with sun, sand, a little pampering, and a man overboard. Wait, who said anything about a man overboard? Did he fall or was he helped overboard? And who is the man who is lying in a pool of blood right there where the unlucky man fell overboard? How many more bodies will be found before the end of the cruise? And what does the missing man have to do with jewels that were reported missing? Are Georgie and Jack getting too close to the truth? This book is a lot of fun and the author pens a lot of realistic details about being on a cruise ship. Her attention to details make the story believable and that makes it so much more fun to read. And there’s even a special recipe included to add to the enjoyment. I’d surely recommend this book! It’s a great read!

 

Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste Burke can be found online at:

 

 

Ahava’s Softening Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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I tried a new product the other day, and I love it! It’s Ahava’s Softening Butter Salt Scrub. It’s a thick, buttery- textured cream with small granules of sugar that scrub dirt and debris away gently without irritating my tender, sensitive skin. I have had so many issues with scrubs made from apricot pits etc. that just felt like they were tearing at my skin. Not so with this scrub. It is much more gentle. The cream isn’t loaded with granules- as a matter of fact, I was surprised that it had so little in it. But it really had plenty when I went to use it. I tried it out on my hand at first to see if it was going to be too harsh and it made my skin soft and supple. This lasted for hours. I actually kept putting my hand up to my face to feel how soft it was. This product comes in a 8 ounce tub which is enough for quite a few treatments. It is a little spendy but the quality more than makes up for it in my opinion.

Ahava’s Softening Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub can be found online here:

https://www.ahava.com/softening-butter-salt-scrub

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Diva Naturals Eye Shadows Review and Giveaway

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I used to love wearing eye makeup. I didn’t wear a lot of face makeup but when it came to my eyes, I loved to play them up. Now, as I am approaching my 60’s, I don’t dress up as often and putting on makeup is a thing of the past except for special occasions.

I saw a post about Diva Minerals Eye Shadow and thought “why not?” so I ordered a bunch of colors and thought I would share what I thought of this product with you.

Diva Minerals is a mineral based powder eye shadow. It can be applied either dry or wet, depending on your preference. Dry is a softer hue while applying wet will intensify the colors. The range of colors is awesome and the intensity of some of them makes me think of using paints or pastels. They’re so vibrant!

I noticed when using these eye shadows that I left a fine dusting of shimmer all over my counter and the tops of the products on my countertop. My suggestion is to duplicate my husband’s remedy for keeping messes contained by placing a towel over the counter and sink area before starting. Then when I’ve finished, I simply take the towel out and shake it a few times and I’m done.

I wasn’t familiar with this product when I ordered it, so I asked what kind of brush to use and she said she uses this brush by ELF:

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ELF “C” Brush

Start with cleansing your skin and using whatever products your prefer for moisturizing, etc. A primer is recommended to help prep the makeup area for best results according to the experts as Sephora. MakI tap the container on the counter to help the powder to settle before opening. It’s amazing how much of the powder will disappear up into the brush so go easy when getting it onto your brush and gently tap, tap it onto the side of the container to remove the excess. Apply eye shadow either wet or dry, then apply liner and mascara. One thing I found was that you could use a color dry for shadow, then use the same color wet as the liner for a dramatic pop of color.

Diva Minerals sells eye shadows in  a whole host of colors for a very affordable price. She also sells foundation. Her line can be found on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/Diva-Minerals-440156296056872/

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

Diva Minerals has graciously allowed me to offer 2 eye shadows to you, my readers, in a giveaway. Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter. And be sure to come back daily to get your extra entries! Good luck!

 

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Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s Colombian K-Cup Coffee

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I’ve got a special surprise for you this month! I not only have a review of Brooklyn Beans Colombian K-Cup Coffee, but one of you is going to experience it for yourself! That’s right, one of you will get to try out their custom, small-batch roasted, filter brewed coffee for yourself, just for being here and reading this review. Now don’t get in a hurry or you’ll miss something important. First, let me highlight this awesome coffee.

I must say, I’ve always thought of Colombian Coffee as super strong and bitter, so I wasn’t all that excited when I got my coffee this month. Boy, do I need to keep an open mind! I was way off!! This is a bold, but very smooth coffee, with a rich, satisfying flavor. I love my coffee with cream and sugar and this was no different, but I did sip it black and I was surprised at how flavorful it was. And using cream just made it rich and decadent!

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I love the attention Brooklyn Beans gives to all of their coffees. It’s as if each cup is watched over by one of the three original guys who began the company- they pay that much attention to detail. I’ve yet to find a coffee or cocoa that didn’t give me full satisfaction in my experience and I know if that were to happen they would stand behind their product. Thing is, I think it’s easy for them to make that promise because their product is of such high quality, nobody is going to take them up on it! It’s just that good! American made in an independently owned factory, Brooklyn Beans makes the following promises:

Five separate, important quality-control checks are performed with every batch we make:

  1. Visual inspection – only the best coffee beans make the initial cut.
  2. Supervisor-monitored grinding – A little secret: if it’s too coarse, it won’t brew properly; if it’s too fine, the coffee gets bitter.
  3. Portion quality control – precisely the right amount is packed to ensure the best brew every time.
  4. Filled and sealed pods are individually hand-checked for perfection.
  5. Brewed coffee samples are consistently taken for aroma and taste testing checks (we admit, this is our favorite part of the job!)

Their Brooklyn Beans Colombian K-Cup Coffee is made from 100% Arabica coffees and is Keurig Compatible including 2.0 K Cup Brewers, and can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008I1XLJ0

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

And now for the fun stuff! Go enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a 40 count box of Brooklyn Beans Colombian K-Cup Coffee to try at home. Lots of different ways to enter and plenty of return entries if you want to up your chances, so enter, enter, enter!

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The Smart Tracker by Ancall Review

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I just got a new tracking device from Ancall and I’m really excited about it. It’s called the The Smart Tracker by Ancall and it’s really cool! It takes a little bit of time to figure out how to use it but so far it’s going well for me. I installed the battery as per the directions, then I clicked and held the button down and the alarm started working. I can click and hold for the device to make my camera take a picture, setup under the SOS button so that I can send an emergency message, I set up under the two way tracking icon to enable my phone and tracker to communicate with each other, setup a geofence so I can tell if something (or someone like a small child) has moved out of my specified area. I can even tell if something has moved my tracker, so if I leave it sitting with my purse or phone and it gets moved, I am immediately alerted with a warning alarm. I love this feature!

 

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The SOS feature is pretty awesome as well. I set it up using my cell phone number, then I hit the SOS button and it called my number right away without needing to open the phone or anything. It also sends a text message with the location the message is coming from. This would be very useful in the case of an accident or being lost. My husband had brain cancer and one day he got lost driving to pick up our granddaughter from school. He was flustered and couldn’t give me good information to be able to tell him where he was or how to get back home. I had to drive to where he got lost and find him. Fortunately he was still on the same road he would have taken or I might have not been able to help him. This would keep something like that from happening again. Great idea, right?

 

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This device works for any IOS device Version 9.0 or above with exception to the Amazon Fire and any Android device using system version of V4.3 or above.

Other ways this device is set up to use are:

  • Play Music: Enjoy your favorite music anytime, anywhere.
  • Record Audio: Press the button to start recording immediately.
  • Speed Dial: One-touch dialing to keep you from searching your contact book.

The company mentions online that they are adding new features often and shows some of the new features expected in this picture:

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So far, I haven’t figured out how to access all of these functions but I will keep playing with the tracker and report back when I have figured it out.

 

The Smart Tracker by Ancall can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Ancall-Bluetooth-Accelerometer-G-sensor-Replaceable/dp/B01N1SHCXB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488657752&sr=8-1&keywords=Ancall+Smart+Tracker

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

 

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My Life. One Story at a Time.

Writer | Book Reviewer | The Southern Planner | Organizer | Traveler | Technology

frogreviewsandramblings.com/

My life, My Kids/Grandkids , My Thoughts & Ramblings

Mimi's Marks

My Views and Re-views of Great (and not so great) Products ... and sometimes life in general!

The Girl with Book Lungs

Live and breathe books.

susiesopinions

My reviews of Amazon products

CountryMomma

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

*Stephanies Blog*

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Confessions of Invictus

A Crunchy City Gal Mama

JUST ANOTHER DAY...

Everyday is a new day

The Cajun Hippie Mama

Loving Life While I Live It!

Living Loving Lennon

product reviews for the modern mom

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From product reviews to a little of my every day life..Come one,Come all!

Self Sustained Living Today

Learning to live outside the box

Smart savings

tips and tricks to get you through the day

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