Yan Hou Tang Green Oolong Tea


~ What ~
Made of all natural ingredients, this pack contains 20 pyramid-shaped individual tea bags filled with organic oolong tea with a classic fragrance style from the high mountains of Taiwan. Although the packaging contains nutritional facts, no instructions are listed. It states it was produced on 7/30/17 and expires 12/30/19.

~ Why ~
I drink green tea daily due to its antioxidants and healthy qualities. Since it tends to be tart, it is wonderful to find that this tea has a sweeter flavor and floral aroma. I like that the bags are premeasured, so you do not have to hassle with loose leaves and strainers. Being verified by the US FDA, the tea is safe to drink. I found the flavor full-bodied and delightful.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like this type of green tea so will not consider this product, not realizing that it is full of flavor. In drinking it, I was concerned at first as it produced a weak light color after being brewed for several minutes (see photo). However, I was impressed with its sweeter than normal flavor and flowery smell.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful to know the exact percentages of what herbs are included. I wish it was noted if the tea had caffeine in it or not and that instructions were written on the package.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an oolong green tea that tastes sweeter without adding sugars, this is a tasty option due to its lovely flavor.

Thanks to Yan Hou Tang for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

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This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Yan-Hou-Tang-Gunpowder-relaxation/dp/B075M6FGT2


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365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart

365 Devotions for a Thankful HeartTitle: 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-08964-3

“Each daily devotional offers an encouraging Scripture and a closing prayer to help you focus on what God is accomplishing in and through you,” the back jacket states in the book, 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this small hardbound for women meant to be read daily throughout a year encourages focusing on having thankful heart though God. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the CEV, ESV, KJV, MSG, NASB, NCV, NIV, and NLT. It comes with an attached mint green marker ribbon.

The book is separated by month with one page dedicated to each day of the year. Each date starts with a title and written-out Bible verse, followed by several paragraphs that usually begin with an everyday topic or idea, Bible story or character, or notable figure or happening. The page ends with a short one to two-line prayer of thankfulness.

As it concentrates on being thankful, some random titles include Seeing Past Our Stumbling, Being Like Mary and Martha, Two Simple Words, Everyday Courage, A Wardrobe Worthy of the King, A Little Salt, Precious to the Lord, s, Responding with Prayer, The Potter’s Task, In His Hands, No What-Ifs, Bloom and Grow, The Eeyore Within, More Precious Than Rubies, and In His Image.

~Why ~
So many devotions include a writer’s personal experiences, but this one does not. I am so thankful that its focus is on God and the Bible. I like that I could relate to the topics and how God is the One we should be thanking. The prayers are short but meaningful.

One devotion I enjoyed is dated September 16 titled “Rejoice … Always?” with Philippians 4:4 written out. The commentary lists several excuses we all make when things are going poorly and how we should rejoice and be glad because we can do “all things through Christ who strengthens us” including rejoice. The prayer is asking the Lord to teach us how to rejoice because each moment is spent with Him.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their savior may not appreciate this devotional. Some women may not like themed devotions so would pass on it. Others may prefer only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading. It should not replace daily Bible reading.

~ Wish ~
While I was impressed with the deep concentration on the topic of being thankful in this book, I wish only a few Bible versions were provided as some have rather liberal interpretations of Scripture.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that you can relate to throughout the year while reminding you to be thankful, this one will help you see how God is always there for us and wonderfully takes care of us. It would make a thoughtful thank-you gift for a loved one.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/365-devotions-for-a-thankful-heart-zondervan/1127456090

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Night Night, Sleepytown

Night Night, SleepytownTitle: Night Night, Sleepy Town
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1003-6

“Come on down to SleeptownWhere the time is always right
For snuggling and for sleeping in,
And we always say, ‘Night night!’” the story begins in Amy Parker’s children’s book, Night Night, Sleepytown.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages three to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about Sleepytown, a place where everyone helps out and is thanked for the things they do. Full page color illustrations of the residents of the town cover the pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale has a bear mayor showing newcomers Sleepytown. A farmer and his animals, an officer at a school zone, a teacher with her students, a mailman with parcels, firebears with bubbles, a doctor and nurse with a patient, and construction workers work together and are thanked for what they do. As the town goes to bed, they thank God too.

~Why ~
Having given our two-year-old grandson the prior books in this series, he loves the style of this book’s reading and rhyming while looking at the charming animals that live in the town, especially the fireman and digger driver. I appreciate how the book reiterates working together and being appreciative of one another, thanking them and God. The residents are cute, adorable, and engaging to look at for non-readers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only once. Some young ones may not understand some of the actions such as an officer directing children across the street or a teacher doing math on a chalkboard.

~ Wish ~
There is nothing I would change about this read.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that is about a charming town of animals, this one may help children understand working together and being thankful for others.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This product can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-night-sleepytown-amy-parker/1127480985

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Julovey Collapsible Reacher Grabber


~ What ~
Made of aluminum alloy and ABS plastic with rubber tips, this black reaching grabber that weighs 5.6 ounces measures 32 inches long when extended and is approximately 16 inches when collapsed. There is a hand trigger on one end that allows the other end’s 2 grippers to grab an item out of reach. With a rotating 360-degree jaw, the vice can pick up an something that weights up to 5 pounds. Instructions are not included.

~ Why ~
Since I am getting older, my husband banded me from climbing ladders when I fell off one, breaking a rib. I like that I can use this extender to reach the top shelf of our kitchen cabinets to get a glass vase, jar, or item. In using it, it does easily grab and grasp the item without you having to put too much pressure on the grips in your hand. I also like that it can fold up almost flat and stored in the clear plastic snap-shut bag.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like having to use these types of help-aides, but they are good for when you do not feel comfortable standing on a ladder or step-stool to reach up and get some. Others may feel their hand gets fatigued holding down the grippers, but they are ergonomic so should not tire the hand.

~ Wish ~
It would be ideal if instructions with tips were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a durable, sturdy, and foldable reacher grabber, this is the perfect selection.

Thanks to Julovey for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Bauer Wu #Julovey

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Julovely-Rotating-Mobility-PickPicker-Extension/dp/B07F5VTMBS

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Sigmaceutical Biotin Gummies


~ What ~
Containing 60 supplements, these chewy gummies help stimulate hair growth and maintain healthier skin and nails. The bottle states the dietary supplement serving size is 2 gummies a day. Including 5000 mcg of Biotin, added ingredients are Vitamin A, C, D, E, B-6, and B-1, as well as Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, and Zinc to name a few. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and to consult their doctor before using. The bottle was stamped Lot #286475 and best used by 07/2020.

~ Why ~
Now that I am in my 60s, I have noticed my hair thinning and my nails cracking and peeling. Since these chewables have a lot of Biotin in them, hopefully they will help my issue. I like that they contain so many vitamins and are easy to take. Being produced in the United States at a GMP facility is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
Those that are skeptical of non-prescription hair/nail/skin supplements may avoid this product. Others may be concerned that some of the ingredients will negatively interact with prescription drugs, so contacting a physician or pharmacist is ideal. If you are allergic to tree nuts, be aware these contain coconut oil. Some may not like that they are cherry flavored and taste a little sour. Since they are chewy, they may stick to the teeth, bridgework, or dentures.

~ Wish ~
I wonder if the hairs on my face will grow too in taking this supplement. If you already take a multi-vitamin, you may want to check the dosage of the combination of vitamins as some may be in a higher range than recommended.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a tasty chewable gummy that will help your skin, hair, and nails look and feel healthier, this is an easy way to do it.

Thanks to Sigmaceutical for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FK6DCQ5/

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Imagine Heaven Devotional

Imagine Heaven Devotional: 100 Reflections to Bring Heaven to Your Life TodayTitle: Imagine Heaven Devotional: 100 Reflections to Bring Heaven to Your Life Today
Authors: John Burke and Kathy Burke
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-9362-3

“The Imagine Heaven Devotional has been written for personal application of the biblical promises of Heaven, in hopes of bringing Heaven’s blessings to your life today,” the introduction states in John and Kathy Burkes’ book.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this hardbound devotional targets those who want to focus and learn from those who have had near death experiences (NDEs) and how they relate to Heaven and what it will be like. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the GNT, MSG, NASB, NLT, and NLV versions.

After an introduction, one-hundred devotions cover two pages each and start with a written-out Bible verse, followed by a paragraph about a person who has had a NDE with quoted documentation from the person on what they saw, felt, and experienced in regard to eternity. There are several follow-up paragraphs by the authors about the experience, offering Bible verses while encouraging and exhorting how to look toward our being with God when we leave this Earth. A short prayer completes each devotional.

~Why ~
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God, especially when it relates to Heaven; the after paragraphs do this. I like how the authors gently remind the readers to turn their eyes and hearts to Christ.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that discusses near death experiences and concentrates on going to Heaven. I may be one of the few who do not believe that NDEs are spiritual messages from God when one leaves their body, goes to Heaven, communicates with deceased loved ones, sees Jesus, and returns back to Earth as the concept is not Biblically based (read John 1:18 KJV – No man hath seen God at any time …).

~ Wish ~
With Heaven as the main topic, the book may put misplaced focus on the fantastic, charismatic experiences some have with a NDE instead of searching and studying the Word of God to find out what it says about eternity. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you believe NDEs are orchestrated by God and like to read about personal experiences regarding this topic, this thorough and well written book may entertain you, but although I find it interesting and engaging, I cannot recommend it.

Thanks to Baker Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imagine-heaven-devotional-john-burke/1127179150

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Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids

Crack Yourself Up Jokes for KidsTitle: Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids
Author: Sandy Silverthorne
Publisher: Spire
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2969-1

“This fun, crazy joke book is filled with the greatest jokes, stories, knock-knocks, and riddles in the world,” Sandy Silverthorne writes in the introduction of his book, Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-four-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old who enjoy silly and funny jokes, puns, backward jokes, and lists. With no profanity or adult situations, a few cartoon drawings are added.

Every kid and adult love jokes, even the typical “knock-knock” ones or corny puns. This pocket-sized book has one to four jokes per page.

~ Why ~
Since I have three grandchildren who visit from out of state, I like having books to read, especially if they are funny or produce laughter. With these jokes been clean, they are the type that need no explanation about an uncomfortable situation mentioned.

Here are examples of several jokes:
– Did you hear about the missing barber?
Police are combing the city.
– Tried to catch a fog yesterday. Mist.
– Knock, knock. Who’s there? Summons.
Summons Who? Summons at the door.
– Kylie: Why are you putting lipstick on your head?
Chloe: I’m trying to make up my mind.
– What has a foot on each end and a foot in the middle?
A yardstick

~ Why Not ~
Yes, some of these jokes are pretty lame. However innocuous they are, the silliness will bring joy to children. Some of the tidbits may be too hard to understand for younger ones. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the jokes that include God or the Bible, but there were not too many of them.

~ Wish ~
With everything being so serious for young ones (and adults) these days, more books about jokes, riddles, and laughing for all ages would be appreciated.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a joke book geared toward kids but apropos for adults, this is a keeper.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crack-yourself-up-jokes-for-kids-sandy-silverthorne/1127179121

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Yiyayiyayo Warm Solar Dandelion Lights


~ What ~
Made of stainless steel poles with polycrystal solar panels, this set of 4 garden stake lights shaped like long-stemmed dandelions are solar, so no batteries or electricity is required. Each light measures approximately 20 inches tall by 3.3 inches in diameter and runs for 10 to 15 hours after being charged by the sun 4 to 6 hours. Instructions are included in their gift box, and little assembly is required.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this set of garden lights is that they are solar-powered, so I do not have to think about turning them on and off daily or running any electrical wires. They have glass triangular spikes that stick out on the top, showing a warm glowing light ball. They were easy to assemble by putting the ground pointer on the metal shaft and the light’s holder on the opposite end. To turn them on, there is an on/off switch. If placed near a wall, they produce a cool shadow effect.

~ Why Not ~
Those who live in the Pacific Northwest or where there is limited sun may not think they will light up long enough at night during the short sunny days. Others may think their floral balls are too small. If you do not like warm lighting, these come in bright white too.

~ Wish ~
I wish these lights were doubled in size so they were more noticeable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 4 tall, dandelion-shaped outdoor lights that are solar powered and emit a warm glow, this would be a romantic way to brighten a patio, porch area, or yard.

Thanks to Yiyayiyayo for this discounted product I am not obligated to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FYL27SZ/

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The Daily Question for You and Your Child

The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three-Year Spiritual JournalTitle: The Daily Question for You and Your Child
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 978-0-525-65092-8

“With questions that tap into your youngster’s creativity, interests, feelings, and spiritual insights, this journal helps you record daily details from your child’s unique perspective,” the back jacket states in the book, The Daily Question for You and Your Child.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page small hardbound targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their young children by using a daily three-year spiritual journal. Geared toward calm, enlightening, and peaceful conversations, children ages four to twelve years old would benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative.

After a front flap to insert a photo, ownership page, and introduction, one page is dedicated to every day of the year with monthly division pages. Having no pictures included, the top of each page has the date with a short question that is asked. There are three sections of five blank lines each that cover three years to write down answers to the question.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal way for an adult to read out loud the day’s question to a young child and write down his or her response. Because it covers three years of journaling, it records a child’s thoughts, fears, accomplishments, growth, and thinking about a topic. It would be an excellent socialization tool at the dinner table, bedtime, or during a time that promotes talking.

Here are some engaging questions asked:
What makes you feel brave?
What is the biggest thing you can jump over?
If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?
Who makes you laugh the most?
Do you think you are competitive? Why?

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to journal may not want to spend the time and effort with this book. There are some questions that young ones may not understand based on its comprehensive wording. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you may not want to ask some questions to your child. However, there are only two to four per month, and they are not too in depth.

Some of the questions are:
What is your favorite Bible story? Why?
What do you think heaven will be like?
Who can you pray for tonight?
What do you need most from Jesus today?
How does God communicate with you?

~ Wish ~
A few of the questions may not be able to be answered in five lines.

Some of these include:
Write a story about a puppy.
Make up a short story about a robot.
Make up a short story about a talking grapefruit.
Make up a short story about going into space.

~ Want ~
By stimulating thoughts and concepts with young ones, this is a creative book that starts the process of not only thinking about how a young one acts, feels, thinks, and reacts, but it also promotes learning and knowing about God. Having read a similar shorter book to our five-year-old granddaughter who was captivated by being asked eclectic questions, I think this would be a fun parent/child project both would enjoy.

Rated: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Thanks to WaterBook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-daily-question-for-you-and-your-child-waterbrook/1128515160

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Aperil Electric Arc Lighter


~ What ~
Made of mainly metal, this lighter has no flame, needs no lighter fluid, yet it can set a spark electronically. Measuring 9.1 by 1.2 by 1.4 inches, the lighter is 360 degree rotatable, has an auto shut-off, and safety lock. Coming with a short 8-inch USB cord for charging, it also includes a wine opener. Instructions are included in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
I love burning soy candles in the house, but it is a hassle to light them, even with one of those long barbecue gun lighters. I like how the arc spark quickly lights a candle flame and how small the tool is with its bendable cable. Another nice feature is it can be recharged by its USB cord into a computer, smartphone, or power bank. The added cable and wine opener in the designer box is a nice touch.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not use lighters (for example non-smokers) may not be interested in this item, yet it is ideal for camping or lighting candles. Others may not like that it is fairly long in length, but most lighters like these are and at least this one is bendable.

~ Wish ~
I wish the lighter had a longer USB cable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a lighter you can take camping and have an instant flame, this is a must as it is so simple to use.

Thanks to Aperil for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FR2661T/

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