Sunday, April 22, 2018

Get Ready For A Fun Summer With The Screen House From Roraima



I love sitting outside when the weather gets nice. There is just something about feeling the cool breeze and enjoying the sounds of the birds. To me it's extremely relaxing. So I was thrilled when I got the chance to review this Screen House from Roraima.


The Screen House comes packed in a nice duffle-type bag, with everything in it, also in their own, separate bags to keep things nicely organized. It's fairly light weight and easy to transport around if you want to take it camping, to the beach, or a park. Stowing it away in the back of your car or a camper would take up very little room.


Now setting the whole thing up is another story. I hate to say, but the directions are not the best I have ever had. They are written in very, very small print, making it a little difficult to read, and they are not as clear as they could be. Also, the illustrations could be a lot bigger to make it more clear exactly what thing they are trying to show you.

But after a few trial and error moments, my husband and I got the Screen House up. It took us about an hour, but I am sure that the next time, it won't take anywhere near as long.


I do have one small problem though. The tent stakes they send along are "L" shaped instead of the traditional "Y" shaped. This can be a problem when the wind picks up, and since this Screen House does not have any solid sides. The wind can really pick this thing up like a kite. I know, I watched the wind do just that!

But my husband did get the ends bent more to a traditional "Y" shape, and the tie-downs are holding much more securely.


I do like that they made it easy to roll up the door sections. There are ties in order to keep them out of the way. The two long sides have a full zipper on them, and it makes it nice for many kinds of uses.

I love the size, ample enough for 5-6 adults to enjoy sitting in with no table. You could easily fit a picnic table in it with plenty of room to walk around.

We are very sure we will enjoy this Screen House for a long time.

You can get one of your own HERE! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0732V1WRX?)


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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Southern Family You Will Love

High CottonHigh Cotton by Debby Mayne

If you want to read a book that will completely draw you in and leave you wanting more, this is one for you! This is the first book of the "Bucklin Family Reunion" series, and I can hardly wait for the next one to come out.

High Cotton is filled with a wonderful, southern family who all love God, love each other, and love family reunions, of which they have several a year. I love how Debby approached the first person narrative in a unique way. There are four specific family members the book focuses on; Shay Henke, Puddin’ Henke, Missy Wright Montague, and Sally Wright. Each chapter of the book is from the point of view of one of these four women, and you bounce from one to the next seeing how intertwined their lives are. At times, it's easy to get a little distracted and lose track of who is doing what when and where, but to me, that is very much like real life.

There is comedy, hidden secrets, family drama, hope, chaos, and a group of people we can all relate to in some way. You will laugh, maybe shed a tear or two, laugh some more and cheer them on as you see how each woman grows through changes and turmoil with the support of this amazing, crazy southern family.

You can purchase your own copy HERE!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

A Book You Won't Want To Put Down

Starting from ScratchStarting from Scratch
by Kate Lloyd


I was never a big fan of Amish books, but this one is so different from others I have read. I was genuinely surprised at how wonderful this book was. It was hard to put it down.

The book was written in first person, drawing you into the world of Eva Lapp. She is a very believable character, and you are drawn into her life quickly, caring about what happens to her and those she loves. Things happened in her past that others twisted into painful gossip, something most everyone has experienced.

Eva was sure she would spend the rest of her life alone; no husband, no children. It was not what she wanted, but she was determined to make the best of things alone. Little did she know how much her life really was going to change.

The characters in the book are all people you can relate to, albeit some are a little eccentric, and it was enjoyable to see how each brought something special, although not always enjoyable, to Eva's life. Her faith and trust in God is stretched and she grows in ways she never expected.

This is a book I can recommend with no reservations. It is the second in the Lancaster Discoveries series, yet is an excellent stand-alone book.

You can purchase your own copy HERE!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Viatek/ Bob Vila Spring Giveaway


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Presents The
Viatek/ Bob Vila Spring Giveaway
3 - Winners

  Holiday Contest and Sweeps is happy to bring you a great giveaway from one of my valued sponsor, Viatek Consumer Products along with a great group of my Dedicated Blogs. This giveaway is called "The Viatek/Bob Vila Spring Giveaway" in which three lucky winners who reside in the Continental United States and are 18+ years of age to enter will each win a prize package contain a set of the Bob Vila Easy Planter (Set of three) and a Bob Vila Pruning Tool. Each prize package has a MSRP of $44.98 ea.

  Let's Take A Look At These Great Products:
  Ready Planter (3 Pack) 



Turn those unsightly posts into beautiful gardens! The Bob Vila Ready Planter is not your traditional hanging planter, these planters have a sturdy rubber elastic band that allows you to attach the Ready Planter to any post between the diameter of 3" to 5-3/4". That means, no drilling, hammering, or gluing is required. This makes it easy to attach and remove without damaging your structures! Turn your deck or patio into a wonderful herb garden, give your mailbox a splash of color, or even hide those ugly gutter drains, the possibilities are endless.

  
  Features: Easily decorate your gutter drains, fence posts, even small trees Attaches to posts up to 5-3/4” in diameter Comes in a set of 3 Made from durable water resistant plastic Removable Bob Vila Logo sticker



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Bob Vila Pruning Tool

   

The Bob Vila Pruning Tool makes pruning those hard to reach plants a breeze! These sheers have over a 20 inch reach, a 180° rotating handle, ergonomic grip and limb grips on the shears that will make reaching back into your garden and pruning your plants easier than ever!

 
Features: *Over a 20 inch Reach *Cutting end rotates 180 degrees *Sharp Knife Edge Blade *Adjustable Foam Hand Grip *Clamps limbs to hold in place *Safety Latch/Lock on handle



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Popcorn Factory Spring Giveaway

The Popcorn Factory Spring Giveaway

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  Presents The:
  The Popcorn Factory Spring Giveaway
3 - Winners

Holiday Contest and Sweeps along with a great group of fellow blogs gladly brings you The Popcorn Factory Spring Giveaway. Three lucky winners will win three different prize packages. The winners must reside in the Continental United States and be 18+ years of age to enter. For more than 35 years The Popcorn Factory has been the "Popcorn Authority" with their impressive collection of crowd pleasing gifts and tasty snacks for all to try. They start with the finest corn grown right here in the USA and transform each kernel into premium popcorn using 100% corn oil and infusions of the very tastiest flavors. The Popcorn Factory pops over 1 million pounds of popcorn per year, and all of their popcorn is Kosher OU-D. Since 1979, they have been delighting customers with delicious, premium popcorn and impressive, all-occasion gift tins, baskets and towers. In all that time, they remained committed to bringing you fresh product, unique ideas and above all, complete satisfaction. And they back this guarantee with our Popcorn Promise: You and your recipients must be absolutely delighted!

  Let's Take A Look At The Prize Packages:
Grand Prize: 
Lavender Watering Can and Snacks
Topped with a delicate, white grosgrain ribbon, this real watering can is filled with goodies to enjoy now, and a functional watering can that's perfect for summer gardens, herbs and plants. The sampling of goodies inside the can include: Awesome Blossoms Gummi Candies and 3 flavors of popcorn: Butter, Caramel and Spring Mix Kettle. 14 oz. Serves 2-3

  Second Place Prize: 
Spring Tote Bag and Snacks
 
It's a bundle of treats inside a handy, reusable burlap tote with a lovely white and blue print featuring flowers and hummingbirds. The treats inside include: Peach-filled Galettes, Bunny Kisses Taffy, Assorted Hard Candy Rods, and 5 flavors of popcorn: Caramel, Sea Salt Slim, Kettle, Peanut Brittle and Butter Toffee Pretzel Mix. 2 lb. Serves 4-6.

Third Place Prize: 
Fancy Floral Sampler
A sampling of luscious treats are lovingly packed inside this Fancy Floral box, including: Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Milk Chocolate Popcorn Bites, Foil-wrapped Sour Candies, and 3 flavors of popcorn: Spring Mix Kettle, White Cheddar and Caramel. 1 lb 9 oz. Serves 2-3
 
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Unusual Package, Undeniable Joy


I was excited when this CD came in the mail. My sweet husband, who loves listening to all kinds of music, volunteered to review this for all of us. Here's what he had to say!

“For Your Kingdom” is a collection of twelve songs plus a short and possibly unneeded introduction. There is musical variety and superior vocal talent. The lyrics emphasize praising of God, emphasizing His majesty and often mentioning the worshiper's feeling of being overwhelmed with peace and joy, but they go beyond this point, and unlike much contemporary music, they speak of a resolve to worship and serve God.

The musical quality is excellent, whether the songs are calm or energetic, and some songs build from quiet reflection to bold celebration [“We Cry Holy”]. One-third of the songs have a style that, to my aging ears, can be described as “electro-techno-dance club pop”. Whatever it is, I don't care for it . . . but the professional performance is still evident. The only shortcoming I heard is that sometimes the vocal control of the female lead singer is so precisely delivered that it loses personality.

While the production values of the content are high, the packaging is strange. It's hard to tell if Higher Vision is the name of a production company, a church, or a musical group. The songs credits are given, but neither the male lead singer nor the female lead singer are identified. It looks like an “in-house” album, where everyone involved in presenting the result and most of the people who will hear it are already in the know. This is probably the case; the executive producer is the pastor of Higher Vision Church in California, and co-wrote several of the songs. It is easy to be caught up in the reverence, joy and desire to serve God evidenced in this album, but just adding a few names crediting the singers and musicians would have improved the personal connection and increased the impact.

“For Your Kingdom” is overall a very good album. After I listened to it twice for review purposes, I brought it out again three days later and enjoyed it again . . . yes, even the “electro-techno” songs. [A little, anyway]

For more information, check them out here: www.highervisionworship.com

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.