Thursday, November 1, 2018

Need To Do Some Serious Pruning? Here's Some Help!

Gardening is a favorite pastime of mine, so I love it when I find a tool that helps me do what I love with more ease.

The GARTOL Anvil Lopper is perfect for that! I was seriously impressed when I got them. I remember using loppers when I grew up on the farm my family lived on. I hated using them. They had wooden handles that had bad grips and were hard to operate. I just didn't have the strength to use them well.

That's not the case with the GARTOL Anvil Lopper. This is a serious gardening tool! The size is great, you can use them to cut small to fairly good sized branches with ease. The handles are made with a specially designed ergonomic grip, made of a triangular iron thick tube, that is firm, durable and solid enough to withstand powerful forces. I love how well balanced they are. I remember some of my Dad's old ones that the blades were much heavier than the handles and it always felt like you were going to drop them after the cut was made. That does not happen with these! It is comfortable to hold, and it's easy to keep them even and level.

The blades are made of a high-carbon steel that will hold it's edge for a long time and will not rust, bend or dent. Love that! And boy, can the blades handle some good sized branches. We were able to use them on 2" green limbs easily. The lopper made it as easy as slicing bread. I was impressed and it took so little effort on my part. The lopper did all the work for me.

I liked the curve of the blades too. It makes it easy to keep them in place as you get ready to cut. The lopper is 29" long and has a compound action making the cut for you. Your arms and back are not going to tire easily using these!

If you are looking for a fantastic lopper for your heavy duty gardening, this is the pair! I highly recommend them to you!

You can buy the GARTOL 29" Anvil Lopper HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in October

All throughout October you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

2. Earn 300 SB total before November 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $50 this month already and plan on earning more. I earn enough each year to pay for Christmas, birthday, and other gifts throughout the year. Really helps our budget a lot!!

I received this information as a part of Swagbucks Influencers.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Spooky Fun with the October Shop Swago Board!

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shop Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. 

Here’s what you need to know to get your 150 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 150 SB.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, October 12th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

I received this information as a part of Swagbucks Influencers.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Amelleon Leather Tri-Fold Slim Wallet, Perfect For The Men In You Life

When was the last time you took a look at your husband's wallet? I pay attention to that a lot, because the average man can go through a wallet pretty fast! They wear out and then they look awful. So it is nice to know where to get a good quality, and not expensive wallet to replace a well worn one.

Amelleon has a really nice tri-fold wallet that my guys like a lot. It is a leather slim fold wallet that has plenty of room for credit cards, id and cash.

In the wallet are 7 slots to hold credit cards or loyalty cards, and a window pocket to place a photo id so you can quickly show it to someone and find it when you need to pull it out. The window has a small opening on the front to help you get the id out easily. That is such a nice feature, since a lot of wallets have window pockets that are hard to get things out of.

Once special feature is the RFID blocking material to protect your credit cards from being scanned and your information stolen. With all the technology out there making it easy to steal you credit card numbers, this is a great feature to have.

There is also a little coin pocket. If your guys are like my guys, they don't like change rattling around in their pockets, so this is a nice little bonus to have.

This is a great wallet that would make a nice gift for any of the men in your life.

Your can purchase the Amelleon Leather Tri-Fold Slim Wallet HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Angel Glow of Shiloh

The Angel Glow of Shiloh
By Randy Jones

It was early April of 1862, the weather in western Tennessee was cool and wet but the tempers were hot. General Grant and 42,000 Yankees had crossed the Tennessee River at Pittsburgh Landing and set up camp in the Southern State near a small church named Shiloh. Oddly enough the name ‘Shiloh’ is based on a Hebrew word meaning ‘His Gift’. In the case of naming the church Shiloh, it would mean “God’s Gift”. 

Within a day of General Grant setting up camp to wait for the rest of the Army led by General Buell, Confederate General Johnston and 45,000 men headed north to meet the invading army. It was uncommon for a Confederate force to outnumber a Union force so this was thought to be a sure Southern victory. 

As dawn broke on April 06th, a Yankee patrol found the Confederates staging for battle less than a mile from the main Union army. Before the word could reach the Union headquarters, General Johnston attacked, driving the surprised blue bellies back near Shiloh Church. During this rout, many of the Yankees left behind food, shoes, and other supplies which were greatly appreciated by the Confederate Army. These men were not the battle-hardened troops of Lee or Jackson’s famous Foot Cavalry, most of the troops on both side were inexperienced in battle but they did their best.

Throughout the day, the Confederates battered the Union army, driving it back towards Pittsburgh Landing and threatening to trap it against the Tennessee River. During the afternoon, General Johnston rode forward to direct the Confederate attack and was struck in the leg by a bullet, causing him to quickly bleed to death. Johnston was the highest ranking general on either side to be killed in action during the war.

There was a sunken stretch of road the Union had set up a defensive position in and it was referred to as a Hornet’s Nest because of the mini-balls zipping past one’s head, sounding like a hornet’s buzz. Yankees lost numerous defenders of this position but the Confederates lost more men who tried to and finally did take the position. Confederate General Pierre G. T. Beauregard had assumed command, and he gave the orders that halted the advance at nightfall. The Union army had been driven back two miles, but it did not break.

Men wounded during the first day of battle lay on the wet muddy soil, many in what was marsh land as it neared the river. There were not enough surgeons or medical supplies for either army’s needs and to many men the saying, “If the mini-ball doesn’t get you the surgeon will” held no comfort. About half of the soldiers died from blood poisoning or infection after the surgeon worked on them as medicine was nowhere near as advanced as it is today or even by the turn of the century. The men left in the open had to fend for themselves, which meant go without, and as a light rain set in with the cool temperatures, they would be fighting hypothermia.

As they lay in misery, Union General Buell and 20,000 more Yankees were coming across the river that night. The chances for a complete Confederate victory diminished as troops from Buell’s army began shoring up Grant’s command and the worn out, sagging Union line. When Dawn broke the next morning, the Confederates found themselves out numbered and facing troops that were well supplied.

Grant was no fool, he knew if he delayed even a day the Confederates would have time to rest from the previous days effort, so he counterattacked on the morning of April 07th. The tired Confederates slowly retreated, but they inflicted heavy casualties on the Yankees. By nightfall, the Union had driven the Confederates back to Shiloh Church, recapturing grisly reminders of the previous day’s battle such as the Hornet’s Nest, the Peach Orchard and Bloody Pond. The Confederates finally limped back to Corinth, thus giving the victory to Grant. Tennessee would never be the same and this opened the door to Corinth, MS.

The cost of the victory was high for the Yankees and it was equally high for the Southerners. This two days of battle the would be the largest loss of men from of any battle in America to this date in history. More than 13,000 of Grant’s and Buell’s approximately 62,000 troops were killed, wounded, captured or missing. Of 45,000 Confederates engaged, there were more than 10,000 casualties. The 23,000 casualties in 48 hours, was a sobering reminder to all in the Union and the Confederacy that the war would be long and costly. It would take two days to find and haul in all of the wounded and dead from the fields of battle. The Battle of Shiloh and the meaning of Shiloh itself doesn’t seem to fit does it? But it does.

There were stories I read about and were told of as a child of how men in both armies that laid out in the weather in the wet lands and marshes had their wounds glow dimly in the nights. Many referred to this as an ‘Angel’s Glow’. It was said that even after two or three days of waiting for help, many of these men recovered quickly and suffered far less cases of infection. But this is no doubt just an old wives’ tale or such. Those were the days when even small wounds could get infected and lead to gangrene, amputation and/or death. The human body can’t glow and I can think of only a few things worse than looking down at a bullet wound, bayonet gash or such and to see it have a blue-green glow about it.

In 2001, a young boy visited Shiloh with his family and heard to story of the Angel Glow and the wounded recovering better because of it. In 2015 this teenager and a friend decided to make a science project out of this and two high school students set out to debunk or prove this myth. It helps that his mother was already a scientist and studying Nematodes. They did find something interesting.

Nematodes, or roundworms, are typically a parasitic worm. There are thought to be a million different kinds of nematodes, but the ones in question fed on insects found in the dirt and mud in that area. These nematodes hunt for insect larvae in the mud, burrow into their bodies, and then regurgitate a bacteria into the larvae which kills the host from the inside out. The bacteria is called Photorhabdus Luminescens, and it’s bioluminescent glows a soft blue.

The soldiers laying on the cold wet ground had nematodes living in their wounds vomiting up this kind of bacteria. Sounds bad doesn’t it? The P. Luminescens were working to devour the germs and bacteria that otherwise would have led to an infection. So, having worms might not be a bad thing. Given the awful conditions during the Civil War, soldiers were undernourished and operating with weakened immune systems. This further diminished their ability to fight off bacterial infections on their own.

Still roundworms and glowing bacteria does not sound healthy. Except the bacteria and this type of Nematode do not survive well in a human host because the body temperature is too high and after the soldiers were collected up and hauled into the hospital they were warmed back up allowing their bodies to kills off the roundworms and bacteria.

Back to Shiloh and God’s Gift. Most of us would not think that cold weather was a God-send if we were wounded and laying on the ground while being soaked with a light rain. Most of us would not consider getting a bacteria puking parasitic roundworm in a wound a positive thing either. Or seeing a wound glow at night. But this proves that the wisdom of God is beyond the understanding of man. It only took about 150 years to prove God’s provision, for if the battle had not happened near Shiloh, if it had not been cool enough to bring the body temperature down and had not been wet, the ‘Angel Glow’ would not have saved the lives of so many men.

First Corinthians 1:25 tells us, Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”And in Second Corinthians 9: 8 we are told, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” Maybe the soldiers did see God’s hand of provision in this because they named it Angel Glow, which could mean it could have been considered a gift from God.

We need to look for an expect to find God’s love, grace and provisions around us at all times, during victory or defeat, during battle or peace time.

Copyright 2018 by Randy Jones 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Compact, Easy To Use Ice Cube Trays From Seniore

I love using silicone in my house. It's so easy to use! So I was excited to try out these Silicone Ice Cube Trays from Seniore.

How often do you try to stack trays on top of each other, one falling into the bottom one, tipping the whole pile, and then you have water splashed all over the freezer? It can happen a lot. Then if you have mismatched trays, the problem just gets bigger.

These silicone ice cube trays are perfect for stacking without having to worry that one will fall into the other because they all have lids. The lids do not snap on tight, they just rest on top of the tray. But with the lid, you have a sturdy base to set the next tray.

Since the trays are silicone, you can fill them fast and empty them fast. The ice pops out with little to no trouble, by just wiggling the silicone. You can even keep the lid on, flip the tray over and they all pop out on to the lid. Easy!!

Each tray holds 24 ice cubes that are about 1" square. You get three trays in three bright colors, and that gives you 72 ice cubes that take up a small space in your freezer. I also like the the cubes are smaller in size, making them great to fit into some travel beverage bottles.

The best part is with the lids, the cubes are covered and less likely to pick up odors from the freezer. To care for the trays you should hand wash them, as well as the lids. Don't wash them in the dishwasher.

There are tons of ways you can use these ice cube trays. Fill them with pureed baby food, small fruit pieces and water, ground up herbs to add to sauces and soups, just to name a few. The ideas are almost endless. I really like them and love the space saving in my freezer.

You can find your own set of Seniore Silicone Ice Cube Trays HERE!!

Right now, get 40% off using this code: E4CVMZ5D

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Compact Table ~ Super Easy, Lightweight, and Handy To Have

How many times have you gone to a ballgame, gone camping, or go on a picnic and wish you had a small table, or any table to make things easier? Here is something that is perfect just for that and many other things!

RORAIMA has a nifty Folding Compact Table that is lightweight, easy to travel with and easy to use. The table is made with a lightweight aluminum frame and top, that takes no time at all to set up. The whole table, base, table top, and storage net to hold things underneath it, measures 27½"x27½"x27½" and weighs all of 11 pounds. 

It comes in a storage bag with two compartments, keeping the top and base separated so they don't bang against each other.

I was really surprised at how easy the table was to set up. You open up the base (legs of the table) just enough to place the support bars on. Secure the support bars and place the table top on it. On each end of the table top there are cups that go over the ends of the support bars. The table top stretches to secure tightly to the base. Takes less that 5 minutes and you are set to go.

There is also net storage under the table that once attached, you can leave attached to store it. But if you don't need it, it comes off easily.

Surprisingly, the table can hold up to 120 pounds. That's quite a bit for a small table. It's just the right size for several campers to use for eating, or to take along to your kids soccer game to keep snacks on. There's room to stow things in the net and plenty of room on top to serve from. Oh, and it comes with a strap to help you attach the storage bag to your backpack for easy carrying. Nifty!

I think my only concern is that the metal does get pretty hot sitting in the sun, so I would suggest to cover it with a towel or cloth of some kind to keep from burning your fingers, or to keep it in the shade if possible.

We really like this little table and plan on keeping it in our car, although I wouldn't be surprised if we bring it out to use in the house once in a while when we have guests over for a buffet dinner. Small extra table is great for people to put their drinks on.

You can get your own RORAIMA Folding Compact Table HERE!

This reviewer received the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. No other form of compensation was given. All opinions are those of the reviewer.