Friday, August 28, 2015

Lots Of Flavor With No Calories ~ What More Could A Girl Ask For

Over the last few months I have given up several foods and beverages in an attempt to improve my health and well being. One of those things I gave up was soda. I have not had any in almost 5 months now and it has been great. But I'll be honest, it's not been easy.


That is why I have been thankful for SweatLeaf Water Drops! They have made this transition a whole lot easier! 

Water Drops comes in 4 fantastic flavors: Lemon Lime, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach Mango, and Strawberry Kiwi. I like them all and they are so easy to use.

To enjoy the flavors all you do is squirt the Water Drops into your glass or bottle of water. You can add as little or as much as you want, depending on how much of the flavor and sweetness you want. The more you add, the more flavor and the more of the natural sweetness of the stevia leaf you get.

The really good thing is that you don't add any calories, no fat, no sugar, no gluten, no nasty chemicals or additives, nothing bad for you! That's amazing! And it tastes great. The flavor is light and refreshing. It also helps satisfy your thirst. I love that!

The small plastic bottles are easy to tuck in your purse or back pack to carry with you wherever you go. You can add flavor to your water at any time you want without adding anything that is harmful for you. The bottles seal up tightly, so need to worry about them leaking all over the place when you do take them along.

I am really enjoying these and appreciate having the convenience and the option to add the Water Drops or not. I like them in both water and in my iced tea. Plus each bottle has approximately 32 servings in it (depending on how much you use per serving), which makes them a good value.

You can purchase SweatLeaf Water Drops online HERE! Right now they are not available in very many stores, so be sure to check the SweatLeaf website HERE to find a store near you as they add retailers.

The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Super Large Silicone Molds That Can Be Used In Lots Of Ways

I have featured several silicone products here on the blog. I love using silicone, the ease, the multi- function of the pieces, and the value.

Recently I got the chance to try out another kind of silicone Ice Cube Mold from Practico Kitchen. This thing is really big!

The ice cube mold has four compartments. Each one makes a cube that is 2.25" by 2.25". Those are some really big ice cubes! When you toss the ice in a cup it takes quite a while for one of those cubes to melt. The cubes are so big that we don't have very many glasses that they fit in, but we like the cubes!

The silicone is BPA-free and FDA approved, so they are safe to use for all kinds of things. You can use them for ice cubes, or you can freeze other things in them. It would be great for portions of homemade baby food or toddler food. Freeze the food in the mold and then pop them out into a freezer bag and label. What a great way to save money!

You can also use the molds for mixing up Jello Wigglers. The silicone releases the Jello easily and it makes a fun treat. I even thought about freezing small portions of sherbet or special flavored things to then put in a punch bowl. They would look neat floating and then help flavor the punch too.

The cubes are not as easy to get out of the mold, unlike smaller molds. I found letting the mold sit on the counter for a minute helps release things better. They are dishwasher safe or can be hand washed.

These are nice molds that can be used in a lot of different ways.

You can purchase your own Practico Kithcen large ice Cube Molds HERE!

The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

I Shocked My Friend With Wool Dryer Balls

Since I have mentioned in the past how much I like wool dryer balls, when I got some from i-Gruv to try out, I asked a friend to let me know what she thought about them. Here's what she had to say.

I was given a set of six wool dryer balls to try out when I did my laundry. When I first got them, I thought there was no way these balls would help dry my clothes any faster than just using the dryer. But I followed the directions on the bag and tossed six of them in my large load to dry and set the timer for about half the time. 
When the dryer was done I expected to have to reset the timer and finish drying the clothes. Well I reached in the dryer and was shocked! Everything was dry! I was amazed. I had no idea that tossing six wool balls in the dryer would make that much of a difference. But it really did. I have teased Lois several times about some of her organic things, but this is one I will not be teasing her about anymore. They really work. 
I even did as she suggested and used no fabric softener and no dryer sheet. The clothes were still soft and they had no static. I think she is going to make a convert of me with all this organic and natural stuff yet. I am completely sold on these dryer balls. They are made from organic New Zealand wool, are perfect for people with chemical allergies since you don't add fabric softener or dryer sheets, are supposed to last a full year or about 1500 loads (which would be about a year and a half for me and my husband), and you save money on electricity and not purchasing extra products. All around, it's a win for me! I'm sold! ~ H.R.

So, you can see how my friend felt. I knew she would like the dryer balls and I knew they would work fine for her. I'm sold on them as much as she is!

You can purchase your own i-Gruv Organic Smart Dryer Balls HERE!

The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

No More Stinky Dog, Even In The Summer

Have you ever bathed a Newfoundland? Let me tell you about how it goes.....he gets wet, you get wet, and everything else around you gets wet! It starts with the fact that they are big, really big. Then you add a double coat of hair, and that means there is just that much more to wash. Then you add the fact that you have to get in the tub with him to be able to reach all his parts. Then you add the fact that they are big, really big, and what you end up with is a huge chore and mess!!

Maybe it would have been easier to say, it's not easy! So I have to be honest, I don't give our big guy a bath as often as I should. So what do I do???

I found out just recently. I can use Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo, Waterless, No Rinse Foam Mousse! I am soooooo thankful I have this now! It has made a big job much easier for everyone involved.

First, the Dry Shampoo smells amazing! It has a fabulous mango and pomegranate fragrance that is really nice and he actually likes too! We have tried a couple of the wipes and sprays and he tries to run away when I pull them out. So far with the dry shampoo, he has stayed put and enjoyed it. Oh, and the fragrance lasts for several days too, which is really nice! He's a good smelling doggy now!

It is super easy to use. Just squirt out the foam on their coat and massage in. It spreads easily and gets deep into their coat. It helps by not only cleaning their coat, but also the massaging while rubbing it in helps stimulate the circulation in the skin. My Newfie loves having me use this on him. I was very surprised at how far a little of the foam goes too. When we got the bottle, I thought there was no way this small bottle was going to be enough for a big dog like ours. Surprisingly, it goes much farther than I ever thought and you don't have to use as much as you might think.

After you rub in the foam, you let their coat dry. No towels, no hair dryer, and no extra effort needed. Bender's coat looks great when it dries too. I do try to brush him out when it is dry though. I've noticed that the whole massaging process helps loosen hair and it makes brushing him easy. I get lots of loose bits out, which means less falling on my carpet and having to be vacuumed up.

We really like this dry shampoo and think it would work great for any pet owner. It even works on cats, and you know how much fun it is to give them a bath. LOL!

You can purchase some Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo, Waterless, No Rinse Foam Mousse HERE!

The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Book Six Of The Journey of the Heart Book Series By Colleen Coble

A Heart’s Home

This is the sixth and final novella for the Journey of the Heart book series by Colleen Coble. The final book is a wonderful culmination to the story for the characters. It is an appropriate ending of the continuing story of Jacob, Amelia, Rand, Sarah, Isaac, and especially Emmie. This is not a book that can stand on it's own. It ties all the loose ends together and covers a lot of emotional things for our characters. There are lots of ups and downs for them all and you are drawn into the story with a desire to find out what the outcome will be.

Colleen kept us going right up to the end and it was so good to see what happened, especially with the babies. That line of the story really tugged at my heart! It was such a joy to see each of the characters trusting God and learning to lean on Him. Trust me, this will keep your attention all the way through and you will want to go back and read all six novellas as one whole book. It would be worth it too!

About the book: Emmie’s hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn’t hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

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About the author:
CCobleColleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

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Incessant Divagations

by Rick Jones, Husband of the Minister's Wife

The rural town I lived in for many years was primarily a farming community. At the center of town was our lone traffic light located at the intersection of two state highways.

Many moons ago, when I was in high school, the main north-south highway in our state was being rerouted to bypass several towns, including my own. It was deemed better for the state's economy if vehicles didn't have to slow down from 55 MPH to 45, 35, even 25 MPH as they traveled. Not that they all did, of course. It was commonly believed that many out-of-town drivers were dyslexic. The signs at the edge of town clearly said “SPEED LIMIT 35 MPH”, yet many people drove as if they thought the signs said “53”.

The railroad crossing at the south edge of town had not been repaired for quite a while. It was also slightly elevated. Motorists could elect to [1] slow down and ease over the bumpy rails, hoping that no semi truck was bearing down on them; [2] follow the posted speed limit, which would still rattle one's teeth; [3] accelerate on the incline and go airborne over the bumps. Judging from the number of mufflers and hub caps by the side of the road, option #3 was quite popular. But overall, that crossing worked as a better speeding deterrent than the speed limit signs.

The other method of slowing vehicles was the posted warning from the local police: “SPEED CHECKED BY RADAR”. These signs were displayed at the north, south, east, and west edges of town. As part of the high school's driver education class, I talked to the chief of police about traffic safety. I asked about the effectiveness of this system, and he believed that drivers were slowing their vehicles significantly since the signs had been put up. He also mentioned that it had proven to be very cost-effective. When I asked for specifics, he said that the entire deterrent system had cost the town only $140. I was amazed, guessing that just one radar gun would cost more than that.

He replied, “Radar gun? No, all we bought were four 'SPEED CHECKED BY RADAR' signs at $35.00 each.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two Rivers Bit of Everything Single-cup Sampler Pack Giveaway!!

I think I have mentioned a few times how much I love coffee. Have you noticed??? Well I also love tea and the occasional hot cocoa too, so I was excited to be able to try out the fantastic Two Rivers Bit of Everything Single-cup Sampler Pack (K-cups)! Let me tell you, this box really does have a bit of everything in it to try out!

Included are mostly coffee samples in light roast to dark roast and all kinds of yummy flavors. You can have one flavor at a time or you can do what I did, mix a few to make your own exotic flavor! It's kind of a surprise in every cup, and you get to discover a blend you may really like without having to take a chance on not liking it and being stuck with a whole box of something you will never use.

There are also included a wonderful assortment of hot teas, iced teas, hot cocoa and cider. I got Fireside Cider and Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa in mine and both were yummy!!

Two Rivers always brings you fantastic products at a good price. They stand behind what they sell and I have never been unhappy with anything I have ordered from them. But this sampler box is fantastic! They offer this one and many more for you to choose from, all so you can try something without buying a whole box. And you never know, you may just find the perfect blend for you!

Two Rivers has generously offered to give one of my readers their own 40 count Bit of Everything Single-cup Sampler Pack! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter!! Thanks Two Rivers!!

If you don't want to wait, you can purchase your own box of Two Rivers Bit of Everything Single-cup Sampler Pack HERE!

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