A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood

A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating MotherhoodTitle: A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood
Illustrator: Stephanie Corfee
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4789-4741-7

“Enjoy moments of peaceful creativity while being reminded of your special place in the hearts of your loved ones and your wonderful God-given purpose …” the back jacket states in Stephanie Corfee’s A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets mothers who enjoy down time coloring. With forty-six illustrations, the right side of the pages have black and white artistic designs to color. The left side is usually left blank so that the art medium does not bleed through the pages. While focusing on motherhood, the designs celebrate the topic with a Bible verse or saying often incorporated into the drawings. The NKJV, NLT, NIV, MSG, and NLV versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

Including a verse from Psalms, Proverbs, Matthew, or Romans to name a few, also added are quotes from well-known individuals such as Lincoln,  Graham, Mother Teresa, and Chapin. The drawings involve lovely patterns of mothers, flowers, leaves, hearts, birds, foods, objects, and mandalas as a few examples.

~ Why ~
Moms who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books will love this book that concentrates on them. I like that the written words are short and to the point, while the charming illustrations are clear, crisp, and creative.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not mothers or do not have time on their hands may not appreciate this book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling.

~ Wish ~
I wish more coloring books were available like this that had one side blank in case the paint or markers bled through and that they could be removed and framed.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a special gift for a mother or to give to children to color, cut out, and frame as a gift to give, this would be a keeper and appreciated greatly by a mom.

Thanks to Hatchette Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book

Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book: With Illustrated Scripture and Quotes to Cheer Your SoulTitle:  Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book
Illustrator: Robin Mead
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-3934-5

“Reinvigorate your spirit through the hopefulness of these pages,” the back jacket states in Robin Mead’s Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy a coloring book devoted to mostly Biblical inspirations within its illustrations. With bold and beautiful drawings in black and white on all the pages, there are Bible verses from the Old and New Testaments as well as various quotes from Emerson, Stevenson, and Gandhi typed on a majority of the pages.  The KJV, NIV, NLT, And NKJV versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

~ Why ~
Those who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books will love this book that promotes God and the beauty that surrounds us on Earth. I like that Bible verses and sayings are written out and to the point. The designs have detail that will reduce stress as one colors flowers, animals, birds, insects, buildings, cities, fields, children, and a plethora of other things. It is thoughtful the illustrator added tips and tricks at the back of the book.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with the Almighty may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. Some may wish the cardstock used were thicker to avoid ink or markers bleeding.

~ Wish ~
Since the illustrations are on both sides of the pages that are not thick, colors may bleed through to the other side. I wish the book had one side blank so the artist could cut out and frame the finished design.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a creative coloring book of delightful and joyful depictions of God’s creation, this one that includes Bible verses and famous quotes will make an artist happy.

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The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional

The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book DevotionalTitle:  The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional
Text: Katara Washington Patton
Illustrator: Laura James
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-9642-3

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page almost ten-inch square paperback targets those who enjoy a devotional abut Jesus while coloring matching-the-story designs. With forty-six devotionals based on the parables of Christ, the right side of the pages have a devotional that starts with a written out Bible verse followed by a short discussion and question to answer or prayer. The next page includes a corresponding black and white artistic design to color with a promise of God highlighted on the left side. The Bible versions used are the AMP, AMPC NLT, MSG, NIV, NKJV, ERV, MEV, NCV, ESV, and NRSV.

With no table of contents, the parables cover being the light of the world, anticipating the Master’s return, and the mustard seed to lost sheep, wise stewards, and the prodigal son to name a few. While the illustrations include people, animals, food, and scenery, a climbing vine is located on a corner all the devotional pages.

~ Why ~
Those who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books while focusing on Jesus and His parables will appreciate this coloring book. I like that there are often questions or challenges at the end of the devotions with space to write or draw. Using cardstock paper, the right side of the pages are left blank, so the medium such as felt tip paints or markers will not bleed through to the other side.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for the dark black thick lines or that most of the drawing include people often with the same facial expressions.

~ Wish ~
Because there are so many human depictions in the book, it may not interest those who prefer designs of nature that are more colorful. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical devotional about the parables of Jesus with pages to color, this will make a thoughtful, retrospective approach to connecting with God.

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Homde Children Placemat

Baby Placemat 1LARGE, NON-SLIP INFANT PLATE/MAT

~ What ~
Made of 100% food grade silicone that is BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate-free, this green container can be placed on a flat surface and remain in place. Meant for infants five months or older or children learning to eat, it has 3 heart-shaped sections that form a 3-leaf clover. With the placemat measuring 10.2 by 8.4 by 1.2 inches, each of the sections hold 3 to almost 4 ounces. The product can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning and is microwave, oven, and freezer safe. Instructions are included on the box.

~ Why ~Baby Placemat 2
With a grandson that is 8 months old, he is starting to eat more solids so this silicone placemat is ideal for putting on his tray table and adding a few soft foods for him to pick up and put in his mouth. I like the shape and ability to remain stationary on his tray. On my wood desk, it was securely in place, releasing only when I lifted its edge. Another plus is how large each of the 3 sections are so they hold plenty of food.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like placing food in front of a child in a highchair with a tray may think the product is not necessary. Others may consider their child would make a mess of trying to reach for the food in the sections, although it may enhance eye-hand coordination.

~ Wish ~
I wish the bowl could be available in other colors. Having more written information online regarding how much each section holds would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an immovable tray when feeding your infant, this is an excellent product.

Thanks to Homde for this product I was partially reimbursed and am evaluating by choice.

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Big Look Bible Book

Big Look Bible Book: Make Believe IdeasTitle: Big Look Bible Book
By: Thomas Nelson
Illustrations: Dawn Machell
Publisher: Make Believe Ideas
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9428-7

“Bible characters pop in these stories with big art and shaped pages,” the back jacket states in Big Look Bible Book.

~ What ~
This twenty-page hardbound with a cut-out front cover, rounded corners, and shaped pages targets children four to eight years old who enjoy board books with simplistic pictures. Even though it has a picture of a teethy Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and three crosses when Jesus died, the abbreviated nine stories retold from the Holy Bible are not too frightening.

As young readers view five stories from the Old Testament of the Garden of Eden, Noah, Joseph, David and Goliath, and Daniel, the four stories in the New Testament stories include Jesus’s birth, angels visiting, the three wise men, and His resurrection. Each story is told on the left side of the page in six lines while the colorful illustrations cover the open pages.

~ Why ~
I like how the short stories are written in paragraph format with brightly colored designs to view. I appreciate that the stories follow the Word of God and mention Jesus’s death for our sins and resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no personal relationship with Christ may not want to promote Bible stories to young children. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the tw0- and three-syllable words. Some may think the drawings are too sophomoric.

~ Wish ~
Although there is no plan of eternal salvation, the book is a good start for young ones to see the Bible’s importance through several retold stories.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a rudimentary book for a child learn Bible stories, this one may delight your little one.

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VitaMonk CinnaTrax

CinnamonORGANIC CINNAMON BARK IN CAPSULE FORM

~ What ~

Containing 500 mg of organic Ceylon cinnamon back in each, these 60 capsules support healthy blood sugar and a healthy heart while providing anti-oxidants. The dietary supplement should be taken to one to two pills a day. The contents are organic Ceylon cinnamon bark and inactive ingredients such as vegetable cellulose, silicon dioxide, and white rice flour. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and to consult their doctor before using.

~ Why ~
Keeping my blood pressure regulated and my circulation healthy are important to me. I prefer taking non-prescription drugs compared to those filled with chemicals. With no odor in the capsule form, if it is split open, a light scent of cinnamon is noticed, and it does taste like the spice. Being produced in a GMP facility is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
If one does not like taking it in pill format, it could be opened and sprinkled on food.

~ Wish ~
With the product manufactured in Florida, I wish the label stated it was made in America and where the cinnamon originated.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for high-quality cinnamon supplements made of Ceylon cinnamon, this is an excellent choice due to its healthful benefits. Since it is an organic capsule, it can be taken orally or split over meals to add flavor.

Thanks to VitaMonk for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Best Choice Outdoor Patio Wicker Bar

Patio Bar 1STURDY BROWN WICKER/STEEL PATIO BAR

~ What ~
Made of a weatherproof brown wicker on a steel frame, this outdoor patio bar comes with two shelves with two rails for stemmed wine glasses. Weighing 38 pounds with a top that can handle up to 110 pounds, it measures 54.5 inches long by 18.5 inches wide and 36.4 inches tall. Instructions are in the box, and some assembly is required.

~ Why ~Patio Bar 2
With a summer party coming up, we hope our guests can enjoy the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest by having an outdoor patio bar for drinks. I like how sturdy the furniture is and that it matches the other brown wicker chairs we have. The top is long and spacious, able to hold lots of beverages, bottles, or bowls. With easy to assemble instructions, it took me less than 30 minutes to assemble with no issues by screwing in 22 bolts with the included Allen wrench.

~ Why Not ~Patio Bar 3
Some may not like wicker furniture, but this one is durable and should last a long time. Others may not like the dark brown color, but it could be spray painted.

~ Wish ~
I wish multiple colors of the wicker such as white or black were available.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a quality patio bar at a price that will not break your budget, consider this one. It will look great outdoors on a patio in time for summer.

Thanks to Best Choice Products for this sample that I am evaluating by choice.

This product can be found at https://bestchoiceproducts.com/products/best-choice-products-outdoor-patio-wicker-bar-counter-table-brown

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YouCopia Crazy Susan 11″ Turntable + CONTEST!

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Susan 2EASILY ORGANIZES CUPBOARDS

~ What ~
Made of white ABS plastic, this round 11-inch turntable with a gray-colored backstop is for storing spices, oils, or condiments in a kitchen cupboard. As a person touches the round base, the circular device slowing swivels around so one can view all contents inside. It arrives in a gift box ready for giving. Instructions are included.

~ Why ~Susan 1
I cannot stand my kitchen cupboard where I keep my spices as I always have to move them around or out of order to get to the one in the back of the cabinet. With this handy gadget, I can turn the lazy susan around and get the needed spice with no effort. It also could be used to hold makeup, lotions, or beauty aids in a bathroom. When my husband noticed I rearranged the spice shelf, he mentioned it looked more organized and easier to grab a jar.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a lot of spices or condiments in their cupboards may not need or want this product. Others may wish it was larger in diameter.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color options were available to blend better inside a cabinet or shelf.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a simplified way to view all your spices or small condiments in a round rotating tray, this is the way to do it.

Thanks to YouCopia for this product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Goodia Solar Mini Copper String Lights

Mini Lights 2MINI LED ON COPPER STRING LIGHTS

~ What ~
This 33-foot strand of 120 mini LED waterproof lights on a copper wire is for outdoor use and solar powered. Able to shine up to 16 hours after being fully charged by the sun’s rays for 6 to 8 hours, there are 2 operating modes of lighting. Its built-in battery will last over a year. Instructions and a ground spike are included.

~ Why ~Mini Lights 1
What I like most about this product is that it is solar-powered, so I do not have to think about turning it on and off daily or running any electrical wires. Another top feature that is that this wire is longer than most others. In testing them at night, I put them around our outdoor pond, and they were bright and illuminating on the flashing or solid lighting mode.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like miniatuare lights as they are tiny. Others that 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.

~ Wish ~
With the lights being miniscule, I wish they had varied light sizes on the copper wire so they can be mixed and matched in decorating.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a strand of mini LED lights on a thin copper wire that are solar powered, this will make your decorations shine brightly.

Thanks to Goodia for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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Orilife Colorful Bra Set

Bright Bras 1BRIGHT, COMFY SPORTS BRAS

~ What ~
Made of 96% nylon and 4% spandex, this set includes three workout bras that have no adjustable straps, snaps, hooks, or underwires. Coming in six sizes from Small to XXXL, their colors are in aqua blue, hot pink, and purple. With removable breast pads, 1,5-inch shoulder straps, and 1.75-inch bands around their bottoms, they are machine washable and can be put in the dryer.

~ Why ~Bright Bras 2
I cannot stand underwire, push-up bras and like to be comfortable when I am at the gym, working in the yard, or wearing casual clothing. These bras are ideal by offering ample support of the breasts due to the stretchy, breathable fabric and wide straps. I found the Large fit nicely on my Size 8 frame. The double stitching has no loose threads. The colors are bright and cheerful so their straps could be shown on purpose.

~ Why Not
Some women may not like having to put a bra on over the head since there are not hooks or latches. Others may wish the designs were razorback so give more shoulder movement for working out, but those types usually show near the neckline. Some may not like the thickness of the insert pads, but they are removable.

~ Wish ~
Since they come only in the three solid colors, it would be nice if floral, polka dot, or stripes could be included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pack of three comfy, stretchy, and bright bras that make you feel secure, these are a must. Be sure to check the sizing as I ordered one size up and they fit perfectly.

I ordered these at their online price at the time and am evaluating them by choice.

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