9/16/2017

September Books From Bookcase.club #bccunboxing

It's that time again, guys. I recently received my September box of books from Bookcase.club.

Here's what I received:

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All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

Synopsis

Emrys-- a fiery, redheaded Fae-- always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city's draining technology, until she's sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn't any normal assignment-- she's sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain's notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be-king. The prince's careless ways and royal blood make him irresistible to the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure-- Richard is one charge who will put Emrys's magic and heart to the test. 
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through London's magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs, and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard's life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders, and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

First off guys, I'm a sucker for faeries, and well, Prince Richard is a "partying bad boy"?  Also, magic, murder, the underworld, and love? This book sounds like I have to get to reading it asap. I'm just saying...


 The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone

Synopsis

In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all. . .

He's The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known. . .

She's The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat--and demanding he make love to her--Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he's been staking out--but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation. . .or ultimate sacrifice. 


As for this book, there is seduction, paranormal, absinthe, blood, danger, love, vampires, and evil. A mixture of so many intriguing things. 

Gosh, decisions, decisions!

Never heard of either of these books prior to this, but I'm happy to read them! The only problem I will have is deciding which one I would like to read first. 

This is the #blinddate box, in case you are interested in this type of literature as well. I love this kind because it pulls me into a fantasy world of supernatural creatures and away from my ever busy life in the real world. A very nice escape, you know?


Don't forget to check out www.bookcase.club to start your monthly subscription. Each month you get a couple of hand picked books to read. They have quite a few themes to choose from, and there are books for not only adults, but a kid's themed box as well!
Yes, they do have a few different payment plans available.

Use my code, SPIDER15 to get a discount on your subscription!



Disclaimer: I received these books in exchange for my unbiased review.
#booklover #blinddatebox #bccunboxing

Charge All My Devices With My #Meigo USB 3.0 Type-C Cable

Over the years my amount of electronic devices has reached an all time high. I have SO many different ones in my house.
From multiple tablets, phones, game controllers, game systems, computers, lights, speakers, headphones, and on and on.

Well, wouldn't it be great if all I needed was one cable to charge them all?

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Well, believe it or not, but I actually do own a product that can do just that! It is the
#Meigo USB 3.0 Type-C Cable.
It is so pretty too. See it in the pic above? It is a rose gold shade. It has a strap to wrap it up when not in use.

It can charge and sync my Fire HD tablet, my husband's Samsung tablet, my PS4 controller, both mine and my husband's phones, multiple bluetooth speakers that I own, my desk light, several pairs of my headphones, as well as my son's Nintendo Switch console! There is a removable adapter as you can see. I pop that little piece on and charge his system on the go.
You can charge these things via USB or connect it to a wall adapter. These are really easy to find, and usually come with your phone or android device. You can attach it to this cord and plug into an outlet wherever you're at.
You can also transfer and upload files such as video, music, pictures, or documents with this cable.

One of the best things about this product is it has such a strong and durable cord. It can take a lot of bending, which tends to happen a lot in my house. Most of those regular cords can only take so much before they are goners. Not to worry about anymore!
I also love how long the cord is. It is slightly longer than six feet, which is super long. I connect it anywhere in the house and not worry about the cable being too short. I can sit it on my kitchen counter or a table or an island and it reaches just fine.

Below is my review on video, so you can see it actually plugged into all of the devices I talked about.


It is such a wonderfully convenient  product! 


This product is available on Amazon

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. 


9/11/2017

Kasda AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router


I use the internet every single day, multiple times a day. No, it's not only because I am a blogger, but also because I do my social networking, have smart devices in my home that are connected with my wi-fi, I talk to relatives over the internet, and have tv services that use the internet as well. 

Obviously since I depend on the internet so much, having a good router is a huge necessity. 

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Everything that comes in the box:
 Kasda AC1200 Gigabit Router
Power Adapter
 Ethernet Cable
 Quick Setup Guide

You also get:
  24-month warranty
 friendly customer service

Product Details

 Network router with 10/100/1000Mbps WAN/LAN Ports
800MHz Dual Core processor
Dual band router with WiFi power up to 20dBm 
 4 x 5dBi external high gain antennas
Broadband router compatible with Cable/DSL/Fiber/4G LTE/Satelitte modems/gateways from all service providers in US

It was easy to connect to my cable router that I received from my provider. It comes with the ethernet cable, so all I really had to do was connect it to the cable box. I was able to configure the settings on my computer. You can also configure those settings via your smart phone.
If you are not very tech savy, reading the setup guide is important. You can also go to the Kasda website for more help on how to connect, or talk to one of their very helpful customer service reps. 

You can directly connect your computer, tv, etc to the router. It also has wi-fi capabilities so that you can connect that way as well. 

You can find this product on Amazon

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. 

9/09/2017

Ultimate Kitchen's French Press Coffee Maker Review




Have any of you guys ever used a french press??? They're great for making coffee and even tea. 

This one from #UltimateKitchen is so pretty!




Using a French press is a nice alternative to using an electric coffee machine or Keurig. Once you learn how to use it, it's really simple. It only takes a few minutes. 



To use this product, you pour hot water into the glass carafe and let it sit while you boil some more water in a pot on the stove. This helps keep the carafe warm and will keep your coffee hot longer. 
Once your water is boiling for a few minutes, turn it off, and let it cool slightly.
Pour out the water that was in the carafe.
Then, you pour in 8 tbs of ground coffee.
(You can grind some coffee beans to get extra fresh coffee or use coffee that has already been ground up.)
Next, you pour in half of the water and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula. Let it sit for about 30 seconds. 
Pour in the rest of the boiling water and put lid on. Do not plunge yet. You have to let it sit for about 3 1/2 minutes. 
Finally, slowly push down the plunger.
This pushes all of the ground bits of coffee to the bottom, so that they won't be in your drink. 
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy. 
It's a good idea to drink it as soon as possible, because the longer it sits, the stronger it may taste and it can get quite bitter.

I made a short video showing you the above steps:



I love the etched design in the metal. The handle is very sturdy and keeps your hands safe from getting burned.
This product is dishwasher safe too.

Ultimate Kitchen's French Press Coffee Maker is Available on Amazon

Also available at Ultimate-Kitchen.com

For a video on making the best French Press Coffee, please visit this page.



Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review.


9/07/2017

Infinity Cube Alternative to The Ever Popular Fidget Spinner


We've all heard of the ever popular fidget spinners, right? They have been the talk of the internet for months. Pretty much everyone that I know has bought one or more for their children. Some of my friends have bought one for themselves.

Well , let me introduce you to the #infinityCube



It is also known as a fidget cube. These are supposed to be great for relieving stress, anxiety, and to help you focus better. They just might work well for people ADHD as well. 


My nine year old son sometimes likes to play with his fidget cube while he's doing his homeschool work. He says that he likes it because it can do so much more than his fidget spinners. It can be transformed into different positions. It seems to help him stay in his seat more since he is doing something other than just sitting still. Since it's actually keeping him calm and busy, I like it. It just has a pretty cool look to it too. It would be nice even just sitting on a shelf or desk at the office.

Not for children under the age of three.
#anxiety #fidgetcube

This really cool product can be purchased on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review.

Unbreakable Toddler Cups From Swigg


Do  you have a toddler in your house? I do. 
She is my darling little wild child. 

She is growing up so fast. I remember the nursing days, then she rarely used a bottle, then started on a sippy cup or straw, and now she mostly uses cups. 


My favorite cups are currently these from Swigg.




 They come in a set of two and can each hold up to 8 oz. These are lavender, but they are also available in a few other colors.


I love that they are stainless steel, as opposed to BPA filled plastic toddler cups. They are non-toxic. They are also dishwasher safe and very easy to clean, even if you hand wash.



As you can see, they are just the right size for her little hands and the brim is wide, so it is comfortable when she is drinking it.
Another plus is that these cups are double walled, so their hands won't get cold if they are drinking cold drinks or enjoying a cold dessert in them.


Best part? They are unbreakable! Yes they will spill, but at least the cup won't break. This is really great, because with toddlers, there is guaranteed to be a lot of cups dropped!



My kiddo asks to use these cups everyday. She seriously loves them. I like these so much and they should last for a really long time. They can be used by older kids or adults as well :)

Purchase this product right here

#swigg
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. 

8/31/2017

How To Kilem With Style Thanks to Kilem Kollectibles #kilem #beadedjewelry

I'm a beaded jewelry kind of lady. I've loved beaded jewelry since I was a little girl. 
I even used to make some of my own when I was in high school and in college.

There are so many different things you can do with beads.

I recently had the privilege to work with a wonderful company called Kilem Kollectibles and they sent me two beautiful pieces of jewelry to review. 

I picked out a chakra bracelet as well as onyx and tiger eye prayer beads that can be worn as either a necklace or stacked bracelet. I was also sent a cute little storage bag and cleaning cloth.

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The chakra bracelet has beads in each chakra color, which are the colors of the rainbow. What are chakras? Basically energy spots that are within our body. Just type the word into google and you will get a billion results. I have studied chakras for many years, and jewelry like this is usually made to help you focus on and balance each one in your own body. 
Whether it works or not, I couldn't tell you, but it's very pretty either way. 

The reason I chose the onyx and tiger eye necklace/bracelet was not only because it looked very pretty in the pictures, but also because I've read a lot about the healing and protection properties of both. I thought, why not? Again, if it doesn't actually do that, I don't care. It looks beautiful on my wrist or even around my neck. 

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Both pieces of jewelry were made well and don't feel cheap, as though they are going to bust easily. I can tell that they made them with care. 

As for keeping them in good condition, the cleaning cloth helps and storing them in the little storage bag when I'm not wearing them is good too. 

Overall, I'm very happy with the jewelry. They have a variety of styles for both men and women, some necklaces, and several bracelets of all colors to pick from.
They would make such a great gift for anyone.

Check out their website, and use the code GTWST to get free shipping on your order! 


Connect with Kilem Kollectibles 


Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for my unbiased reviews. 



8/29/2017

Making My Life Easier With My #HiveActivePlug #letsgetliving #ad



Raise your hand ladies and gentlemen if you've ever forgotten to unplug something and you've already left the house.
Yeah, you know who you are!
I'm not judging, okay? I've been there. I've a very busy mommy of two. I can forget things like that from time to time. Then, guess what? I've ended up having to drive all the way back home to unplug things like my flat iron...

Oh, not fun. Especially when we're on a schedule and trying to get somewhere on time. 
Such a pain.

So, what have I learned? First off, double check all of the electronics before leaving home. Also, though, to make things even more simple, I've been using my #Hive Active Plug.

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I've mentioned my Hive products before. This is one of my favorites because it has been used in so many different ways. No, not just for your flat iron or regular iron.

You can use it for your slow cooker or crock pot. I've done this because although they can cook all day safely, sometimes I'm gone just a bit too long and need to turn it off before my food burns. I use the Hive app and turn it off from wherever I'm at! Yup, BEFORE I even get home. 
Decorating for the holidays? This plug can definitely come in handy during that time too. Plug your string of lights into it and then set a schedule (YES you can do that too!). You can set the lights to turn off or on at a certain time, set it for certain days, or even set the lights to turn off or on when a door or window, with the Hive sensor attached, is opened or closed. 

These are some pictures of what the app looks like on my phone, to give you an idea.
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This is what is shown when you turn the Active Plug off on the app
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This is what it looks like when you turn the Active Plug on
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This is what it looks like when you are setting a schedule


It's very user friendly. and super useful in my own household.  You can also turn it off or on by pushing the circle button on the top, when you're at home. 

I made a short video review for you guys, below




Click this link to visit their website and learn more about their products.

Connect with Hive
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Disclaimer: Hive sent me these products complimentary in exchange for my unbiased review.


#hiveambassador

8/27/2017

Julep 5-in-1 Corrector Magic #julep #sponsored #cushioncomplexion

I had never tried the brand Julep before. I'd heard great things though. 

After being given the opportunity from Crowdtap, to use a few different Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Correctors and learning that they are cruelty-free, I will definitely be buying more of their products soon.



I was sent five different shades. I'm very happy that they sent a variety, because my skin is always a bit hard to match. Aren't these tubes pretty? I love the overall design. 


This is what they each look like when opened. You twist them from the bottom and the product comes out through the top cushioned pad. You might need to twist it quite a few times in the beginning to get it started, but after that, I've found that you only need a bit of product to get the job done. I like that a lot.


Here's a pic of me using it while out and about. We were staying over at someone else's place, while on a trip. These tubes are extremely convenient because of their design and size. I was able to slip all of them into my makeup bag. Yes, I took all of them because being that they are different shades, I was able to do even more to my face. You can use only one to do magic on multiple areas of your face, or you can use the different shades like I do. 
I like to use them for concealing, blurring, and highlighting different areas of my face. This product blends easily and seriously works great on my skin. They have turmeric in them, along with some other ingredients that are good for your skin.
I'm very happy with these correctors.

Disclaimer: Crowdtap sent me these products complimentary in order to facilitate my unbiased review. 

Grow Your Own Superfoods at Home


I am a huge veggie and fruit addict. I've wanted to have my own garden for years, but have just never gotten started on it. 
This Sow & Grow Seed Starter Kit that I received last week to review is a good way to get into it. 

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This is the Superfood Seed Starter Kit. It comes with seeds for leeks, brussels sprouts, kale, and beets. Biodegradable pots, markers for labeling each pot, and expandable soil discs are also included, along with a very helpful instruction guide.
It's good for beginners because the guide walks you step by step, telling you when to sow, germination time, and where to plant. 

Since I homeschool my kids I thought that this would be a nice science project for us all to work on together. 
They're as excited as I am. 
We started with the beets. It was fairly easy to do. I only wanted to start on one, so that I can make sure we are doing everything correctly. As soon as I see this one sprouting, I plan on starting on the others. 

Here's what we did:


First we soaked the seeds overnight in warm water, like the manual said to do. Those are beet seeds! I'd never seen what they looked like before, so that was pretty interesting. 


This is the expandable soil disc that we placed in a bowl. We poured 122 degree water on it, as instructed.



It was actually pretty cool watching it expand to several times its original size.




We let it cool and broke it apart inside of one of the biodegradable pots.



We tossed the seeds into the soil.


We covered with more of the soil and then stuck the marker in it. We made sure to include the date so that we can germinate in 5-12days and then follow the rest of the instructions. Eventually this plant will be transported outdoors. 


I can't wait to see them grow. The next ones we will start on are the brussels sprouts.
By the way, brussels sprouts and kale are my two most favorite veggies in the world!

We all had fun working together on this.
I think that getting your children involved in projects like this is a great way to teach them about where certain foods come from and introduce new foods, as well as encourage them to eat more healthy foods since they are the ones growing them. 

I've included my video review as well:




They also have other kits available with different fruits, veggies, and flowers!

#sowandgrow 

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review.