Thursday, July 21, 2016

It's Summer, Time for a Craft!

This summer has been such a whirlwind for us entertaining. We had a small break before company and we spent a day doing a craft. :-) I'm playing catch up because this was over a week ago. :-) But wanted to be sure I included it as part of our summer fun. :-)

We bought glasses from the Dollar store and spray painted them white. Then bought flowers there also to create personalized vases. Using permanent markers we got started on our creations.



                       Hayley hand drew hers first then taped it to transfer onto her cup/vase.


         We had fun just doing our own things and making them with things that make us smile.





The next couple are different angles of my vase. I didn't get super detailed with my art skills this time, lol.


                         Just wanted something that would make me smile when I saw it. :-)




           Hayley has quite the artistic touch and the face she drew turned out really well on her vase.




We used them as vases but they would be great for pens, markers, pencils, makeup brushes, real flowers and so much more. Just a cute, inexpensive craft for summer time. :-)

                                                    More catch up posts coming soon.

         
                                                                   Blessings,
                                                                         Jill

Monday, July 18, 2016

Review of Mugs Western Inspired Ankle Boots #zooshoo

I love these cute Mugs western inspired ankle boots I recently reviewed! Since I'm so tall I have a hard time finding shoes to fit and usually end up in a size 12 shoe comfortably. I noticed for this review opportunity they did not have that size but I really liked the shoe so I tried the 11 and I'm glad I did! They fit really well and are quite comfortable and are 100% vegan fabric. :-)
They are available in several different colors: Black, Clay, Cognac, Vino, Khaki.  This is the cognac color I ordered.


I wore them a few times to do an accurate review, but really looking forward to fall when they will be a regular part of my wardrobe. They also have good grip on the bottom so it's not real slippery when out in the rain. Zippers on the inside making it easy to put them on and take them off quickly.


These would make a great gift too, I really like them and definitely would buy more in different colors. :-)

*I received this product for a discounted price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

                                                                           Blessings,
                                                                                 Jill

Review of Survivor X Premium Pen-Sized Fire Starter #Survive101



I think this premium pen-sized fire starter from Survivor X is a great concept. It's small and compact so it's perfect for keeping on your keychain or in your purse. It comes in handy in an emergency situation or to use when you are camping or hiking.  




While it's great that it's compact and small, it does provide a challenge to those with bigger hands. Jerry did the review video for me on YouTube this time and found it difficult to handle having larger fingers. As you will see demonstrated in the video at the end of my post. Also there is only one very small piece of cotton included with it, so if you don't get it right on one shot you will need back up pieces of cotton or other material that will easily catch a spark and keep it going. It is reasonably priced.


To use the tool after you unscrew it, scrape off the protective coating, remove the cotton under cap and then strike until you create sparks with swift strokes. Takes a couple tries, but it does work. Nice product, wonderful to have on hand if you enjoy camping a lot or traveling different places and may have use for it.



                               Jerry demonstrating how it works on my YouTube channel.


*I received this product for a discounted price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own*


                                                                          Blessings,
                                                                                Jill

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Review of ebook Abigail and the Shara Adventure by Tali Carmi #promotion





Abigail and the Sahara Adventure is just one great book in a series of children's ebooks that I had the pleasure to review. Even though it's geared toward younger and early readers I had Kathleen read it as well and give me her opinion. She loved it and wants to read the other ones. :-)

The great thing about this book is it is fun to read and is engaging for young readers. It also helps them learn about the differences of other cultures. As you can guess by the title Abigail has an adventure in the Sahara and is able to help others while learning about their culture. I don't want to give a lot of the story away as it is a short read, but I do recommend it for children. :-) Another great summer read and being a Kindle book perfect for car rides too.


          * I received this ebook for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. *

                                                                          Blessings,
                                                                                Jill

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Sister Kim and her Family were Next to Visit!

Summer has been keeping us very busy and our home is filled with love and many visitors :-)
My sister Kim and her husband Brent and daughter Neve came down late on Thursday evening and left early Monday morning.

The girls were so excited and happy to get to spend time with their cousin Neve! Neve has decided to do a YouTube channel also and here is one of her videos :-) From the video you can click on her link to see more and like and subscribe. Hi Neve!! I know you are reading right now, miss you!


How quickly they grow up.....




They enjoyed spending some quality time outside, reading and relaxing in the hammocks, metal detecting, playing with the dogs and more!



On Saturday, Jerry and Brent took the girls out for the day to an auction, some yard sales and out to eat, etc. My sister and I for the first time in many years were able to go out by ourselves and enjoy the beautiful day. I can't even remember the last time I had a girl's day without the kids! It was such a great day. We started by visiting the Childress Vineyards and winery. What a beautiful place! We took a tour and enjoyed a lovely lunch, had a glass of wine and just got to catch up on all that has been happening in our lives. From there we went shopping, then followed up with a nice dinner out and headed back to the house.



I miss spending time with her.... our lives get so busy. But it truly is important to take the time to slow down and connect with our friends and family. We need to make a point to do this more often. :-)


One of my favorite white wines from there is the Muscadine and we bought a couple bottles, one so she could take home with her. The next afternoon we sat on the porch watching the hummingbirds and enjoyed a glass while catching up some more. Not a jam packed couple days, just taking time to reconnect. :-)

On Monday they left early to head home and that afternoon Jerry picked Breanne up at the airport and she is spending 2 weeks with us :-) She is Hayley's best friend so there will be more posts to come. :-)


                                                                        Blessings,
                                                                            Jill

Review of the ebook Forte by JD Spero #fortebook





Being the new kid at school is never easy, but having a talent and being so gifted at playing the piano makes the transition attract the attention of a boy named Jason and a girl named Brenna. This has been a gift of Sami's to play the piano so effortlessly and when her mom moves her from New York back to her home town to enhance that talent; Sami begins to quickly learn things aren't always what they seem. In order to fit in with the "cool" crowd Sami feels pressured to try out for the volleyball team. Then she is persuaded to drink some mysterious blue liquid called aquamarine that seems to improve her volleyball skills as well as the other players. She loves the feeling of fitting in and being accepted by the girls on the volleyball team, yet could it be at the expense of Jason and Brenna? What power does coach Payne hold over these girls and can that control be broken? Although she promises her mother she won't try the mysterious blue liquid ... sadly she becomes addicted to it and the side effects are becoming devastating! Will Sami be strong enough to turn her life around and help others who need her? A very interesting story line unfolds....

I really enjoyed this ebook and found I couldn't put it down! It was not what I expected, it was even better with all the twists and turns that occurred throughout each chapter. It was interesting to read how Greek mythology gets interwoven into a story that captures your attention and makes you wonder why and how are these things occurring? What happens is an unexpected thrill in what appears to be a young adult story, but it definitely exceeds beyond that into an enjoyable read for adults as well! There is interesting real life history about a Victorian mansion, called Skene Mansion that I found myself researching after reading the book. Highly recommend putting this book on your summer reading list! You can find it here on Smashwords. :-)

* I received this ebook for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

                                                                      Blessings,
                                                                            Jill

Review of New York Biology Retinol Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturizer #newyorkbiology #retinolmoisturizer #antiaging


Looking for an anti-aging moisturizer that works within a few days? I was quite impressed when I received this retinol advanced anti-aging cream made by New York Biology for a review. I carefully select the products I choose to review by reading their ingredients and choosing ones that don't have an entire list of harsh chemicals in them. I was happy to see this product included natural items such as green tea, vitamin E and B5 and wheat germ oil to name a few. Green tea and wheat germ oil are natural antioxidents. When using these ingredients it has been shown to help prevent damage to your skin caused by environmental and other chemical exposure.



Retinol cream is a great product to help with stimulating the growth of collagen production and therefore helping to aid in speeding up cell turnover and even helping to reduce and fade old acne scars. During this process you will begin to see your skin transform and become younger looking by firming, smoothing and helping to decrease wrinkles and fine lines. Can also help reduce and fight against dark spots on your skin from the sun and aging.

Some things I like about this product is you get 1.7 fl ounces and you only need a small amount to apply to your face and neck twice a day. So it will last a long time. Honestly I use mine once a day in the evening and I already notice a difference in my skin. It's easy application also keeps your product sanitary.  I let my sister try it as well when she visited for a few days. She also liked how quickly you noticed a difference and no redness. All you do is gently push down on the top and it provides you with just the amount you need to apply. There is also no harsh scent to this product. Another huge plus to using this product is it is made in the United States! 

If you'd like to try a product that really works, you can purchase this retinol advanced anti aging moisturizer here  Perfect time to try it out as it is on sale! :-)


*I received this product for free from New York Biology in exchange for my honest review. All                                                                           opinions are my own. *


                                                                        Blessings,
                                                                              Jill