Beach Toy Set

Beach Toy Set in Reusable Zippered Bag with Mesh Bag for Easy Clean and StoreProduct: Beach Toy Set
Made by Pretex
Sold by Kids to Discover
Made in China
ASIN: B00UVVM45M
Model Number: X000QXFM9B

“These high quality colorful beach toys can be used in pools, beaches, or wherever the kids want to enjoy them. This strong and good quality beach play set includes a clear storage bag with straps and a mesh bag for an easy way to clean off the toys. So grab your family and head out for some summer fun in the sun with this convenient beach set!” the online product description states.

The item weighing a little over a pound arrived inside a cardboard box with ample packing on its projected delivery date. Inside was the twelve by nine by seven inch bag with an attached label.

Geared for having fun at the beach or in a sandbox, the set comes in a clear bag with two bright yellow handles and a yellow zipper that goes half way down each side of the bag, providing convenient access. Holding twelve different play toys, there is a large green bucket with a strap and lid that has sifting holes that doubles as a castle mold. Another smaller castle is included as well as shapes of a dinosaur, alligator, crocidile, turtle, and bunny. Additional items are a shovel, rake, watering can, and sand sifter.

Designed not to be suitable for children under three years of age, there are no obvious miniscule parts. The plastic used is sturdy and strong, easy to rinse and store in the plastic carry-all or clean in the additional bright orange mesh beach bag with handles and a drawstring closure that can be shaken to remove sand.

One of the best characteristics of this product is the quality of material used while showing details in the molds. Adding wet sand to the plastic forms will bring hours of joy and fun to young ones.

Unable to locate any information on warranty for Pretex, company information cannot be found online on it or Kids to Discover. The pricey retail cost of $40.00 for the set is currently discounted to a reasonable $18.97 with free shipping to Amazon Prime members.

If you need a well-made, reliable beach toy set, this would make a nice gift for any child headed to the beach or playground. With the extra mesh bag, don’t forget to pack towels, sunscreen, and drinks.

Thanks to Reviews for Free (www.reviewsforfree.com) for furnishing this product at a discounted cost in exchange for a review based on the user’s honest opinion.

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Pure Running Compression Leg Sleeves

Running Compression Leg Sleeves (Pair) - Relieve Shin Splints - Calf Support - Calf Guards - Shin Sleeves - Faster Muscle Recovery - Great for Running, Cycling, Traveling, Golf, Tennis, Maternity, and Working Out - 100% Money Back Guarantee (Black, S/M)Product: Running Compression Leg Sleeves (Pair)
Made by PureCompression
Sold by SharpeZone
Origin: United States of America
ASIN: B00XIRRXXE
Model Number: 88-1 SN 813065021718

“The PureCompression Leg Sleeves feature graduated compression technology. This means the greatest amount of compression in the bottom the calf sleeve and the least in the calf. This helps to improve circulation, given the muscles more of the oxygenated blood to need to recover faster,” the online product description states regarding the company’s Running Compression Leg Sleeves.

The item weighing a little over three ounces arrived inside a bubble-pack envelope on its projected delivery date. The pair was enclosed in a four by eight inch labeled plastic bag that was easy to tear open.

Promoting to be used for faster muscle recovery by reducing shin splints, alleviating leg pain, controlling restless leg syndrome, and supporting the calf, these handy sleeve guards can be worn during sport activities, working, or resting.

Wearing them for several hours, the not too thick or thin material lets the legs breathe and not feel constricted like other competitors’ sleeves. They do not appear to absorb sweat or perspiration. The fabric of nylon and spandex seems to be well-designed with one seam running the length of each leg with elastic bands on both ends, being able to easily stretch and retain their original shape after pulled over the foot and heel area.

Sizes are based on the circumference of the widest part of the calf, ranging in three lengths from nine to seventeen and a half inches. The only color available is black. Cleaning directions are given on the plastic bag to machine wash in cold water and do not bleach, tumble dry, iron, or dry clean.

One of the best characteristics of this product is the graduated compression that keeps the ankle area more secure than the calf area, improving blood flow and circulation. Being made in the USA is a plus for American citizens.

Only for sale on Amazon with a 100% thirty-day money-back guarantee, the pricey retail cost of $40.00 a pair is currently discounted to $16.97 with free shipping to Prime members.

If you enjoy wearing comfortable compression sleeves while running, exercising, working, or traveling, this pair made by one of the leaders in compression apparel may be your answer. It was mine.

Thanks to PureCompression for furnishing this complimentary product in exchange for a review based on the user’s honest opinion.

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Noah’s Voyage

Noah's Voyage (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible)Title: Noah’s Voyage
Illustrator: David Miles
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74683-6

“There is going to be a flood. Build an ark. Then two of every creature, one male and one female, will come. Put them on the ark. Then wait,” God instructs Noah in the retold Bible story of Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Noah’s Voyage.

Part of the “I Can Read!” Adventure Bible series, this numbered thirty-two-page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing more about the Biblical story of Noah and the ark. Using the New International Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the Old Testament. Containing the concepts of obeying and trusting God, its level is for developing readers.

After a book-ownership page and message to parents regarding the “I Can Read!” series, illustrator Miles’s expressive and detailed designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving blank backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font. The end of the book includes sections titled “People of the Bible” and “Did You Know.” There is also an advertisement for three other books in the Adventure Bible Family series.

Following well-known Biblical events, this charming and engaging rendition is of God telling Noah He loves him and asks the six-hundred-year-old man to build an ark since the people did not follow God’s rules.

Noah and his three sons work hard and build the massive boat. God brings the animals in pairs to the ark, and they are assembled on the top, middle, and bottom floors of the huge ship. After God closes the window, the floodwaters appear, and it rains for forty days and forty nights, covering all the land.

Noah, his family, and the animals are safe. After one hundred and fifty days, the water began to recede. Noah sent several birds free to fly, making sure the land had reappeared. In the end, Noah built an altar to God and thanked Him for keeping them safe. God put a rainbow in the sky, promising never to flood the earth again.

Although the book does not go into detail of the tragic story not in the ark dying in the rising waters, it is Biblically sound. The story offers children a glimpse at how powerful and loving the Creator of the universe was to save Noah and his family.

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Five Days in Skye

Five Days in SkyeTitle: Five Days in Skye
Author: Carla Laureano
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN: 978-0-7814-1307-7

“The fact he’d already turned her into a blithering idiot once didn’t bode well for her quick thinking. But she’d manage. She had to. She hadn’t come this close to achieving her goals just to let a man get in her way,” the determined Andrea believes in Carla Laureano’s novel, Five Days in Skye.

First of the MacDonald Family Trilogy series, this three hundred and thirty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary romance. With some slang and the word hell used, scenes of passionate kissing may not be appropriate for immature readers. Promoting Christian theology of trusting in God, no eternal plan of salvation discussed in detail. The ending includes seven discussion questions and the first chapter in the next book in the series.

In this current-day tale, thirty-one-year-old Andrea Sullivan has worked her way up the hospitality consultant ladder for the past eight years. Being considered for a vice president position at her job, her plans are derailed when she does not get a contract based on being sexually harassed. Instead of taking a vacation, she is sent to Scotland to close a huge deal involving a well-known international chef’s dream to revamp his deceased father’s hotel.

James MacDonald has it all; the wealthy, good-looking owner of several restaurants has a large following with his television show and cookbooks. Wondering if life has little left to offer, the assumedly flippant playboy struggles with the opposite sex. By staying aloof emotionally, the thirty-five-year-old Scotsman feels he is a brand, not a man.

Dreading the flirtatious attention of another man who she thinks gets everything he wants, Andrea has her heart well-guarded, insisting not to fall in love again. As she thwarts James’s constant approaches, the professional sales woman’s only goal is to get a signed contract.

While the disarming man woos and charms her with his wit and ways showing her the “deep quiet” of the Isle of Skye, Andrea wonders if she can let go of the past feelings of being damaged goods. Only when the two rely on God over a five-day period, can they begin to trust each other.

As an engaging read surrounding the beauty of Scotland, the story reminds readers that God is in control, knowing what is best for us. By accepting He can heal past wounds, two can find a true, loving relationship.

RITA award winner, author Laureano enjoys writing romance and Celtic fantasy series. Having ten years’ experience in marketing, she is a full-time writer who lives in Colorado with her husband and children.

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Refining Fire

Refining Fire (Brides of Seattle)Title: Refining Fire
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1062-4

“We’re quite the pair. She won’t talk about her past, and I won’t talk about mine. Seems there’s very little we trust each other enough to share,” Thane ponders about Militine in Tracie Peterson’s novel, Refining Fire.

Second of the Brides of Seattle series, this three hundred and twenty page paperback targets those who enjoy historical romance. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenarios, the topic of physical abuse and human trafficking may not be appropriate for immature readers. After the story, the author’s biography and advertisements complete the book.

In this continuing saga set in the late eighteen hundreds in Seattle, twenty-two-year-old Militine Scott has found a touch of solace living at the Madison Bridal School, keeping her past well hidden. Her best friend, the outspoken and opinionated Abrianna, proselytizes her to rely on God for forgiveness and trust as the niece of the school owners’ establishes a food house to minister to the poor and friendless.

While Militine assists Abrianna with feeding mainly homeless sailors and sometimes unsavory men, the girl who is afraid to show her true self gravitates to Thane Patton whose job is to protect the school’s girls. Being a firefighter with a violent upbringing, he is equally drawn to Militine, knowing they both want to forget their pasts living with tyrannical fathers and dark secrets.

With Abrianna being the most endearing character of the series, she does not notice Wade’s arduous intentions helping launch the food shelter as the wealthy but untrustworthy Praim Welby vies to court her for ulterior motives.

Containing historical references to the “Great Seattle Fire” that devastated twenty-five city blocks of its business district, religious legalism, proper behavior of women, and illegal underground activities are also examined.

Although predictable as far as the main two characters evolve romantically, the book focuses on one woman’s determined efforts to do what God wants, no matter what the cost as she helps those she loves.

Having written over one hundred novels, author Peterson enjoys history and research. She is a recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. She and her family live in Montana.

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Review Teaser: “This is all quite mad. We’re going to buy a dress for weddings we’ve not yet received proposals for? And what if one of us never marries? Or waits. A long, long time,” Joan questions her roommates in Eva Marie Everson’s novel, Five Brides.

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Five Brides

Five BridesTitle: Five Brides
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9744-3

“This is all quite mad. We’re going to buy a dress for weddings we’ve not yet received proposals for? And what if one of us never marries? Or waits. A long, long time,” Joan questions her roommates in Eva Marie Everson’s novel, Five Brides.

This four hundred and eighty page paperback targets those who enjoy historical Christian romance. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of premarital sex and pregnancy may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Set in the nineteen fifties in America, five single women’s lives are intertwined around one wedding dress they fall in love with one Saturday and purchase, hoping to wear it when and if they walk down the aisle to matrimony.

Betty, the eldest at twenty-six years old, comes from a wealthy family but has turned her back on her parents’ allowance because she refuses to marry the man they choose, a long-time family friend.

Ever searching for perfect employment, Joan moves in with Betty and ardently saves every dime that she sends a portion back to her parents in war-torn England. Insisting there is no time for romance, she juggles up to three jobs a week as she experiences life to the fullest.

Sisters Madga and Inga have left their sheltered, conservative life raised by strict Lutheran parents. Expanding their wings, Madga becomes an airline stewardess hoping to find Mr. Right in Los Angeles while Inga prefers to hide herself in a book or write.

Lastly, Evelyn is the roommate who no longer wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps of being a farmer’s wife. Doing anything she can to become sophisticated and classy, she turns into a society girl only to have her dreams change course.

As all five women wear the distinctive wedding dress when it is their turn, they grow up, change, and learn to trust God, realizing He directs their paths. An engaging tale, the book promotes how love conquers all, and the Almighty is always nearby.

Multi-award winning author, Everson is president of World Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conferences, and owns a company. She and her husband have three children as well as grandchildren.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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The Midnight Saint

The Midnight SaintTitle: The Midnight Saint
Author: Mitchel Whitington
Publisher: 23 House Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-9393060-9-8

“I just – well, I mean if it’s possible – could we find some way where I don’t have to die right now? Maybe even give me another few years?” Adam begs God in Mitchel Whitington’s novel, The Midnight Saint.

This one hundred and seventy-four page paperback targets those interested in stories about dying and heaven. With profanity and using God’s name in vain, the topic of death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes there was consistency capitalizing all pronouns of God for reverence.

What would you do if you were given twelve days left to live? In this short twelve-chapter novella that includes an epilogue, the story begins with Adam performing an innocuous act of kindness on his way home from work late one evening. Afterward, he crosses paths with the glowing but deceased Saint Lucia, who tells him he is going to die.

Believing he has twelve days to live, he takes a two-week vacation from work to spend time with his wife and young daughter. When he visits his doctor, he is reported in good health and told to relax with a six-pack of beer and watch football.

Every night at midnight for the next eleven days, Adam and his beloved dog go into the backyard where the man in his late thirties is allowed to ask Lucia one question about death. In turn, the saint explains what Heaven is like and if marriage is there. Recalling verses from the Bible, they discuss God’s divine presence, praying without ceasing, having faith and free-will, and embracing the “magic” of life. Negativity, apologizing, and preplanning for a funeral are mentioned as well as the concept that “every religion is completely right … and completely, totally wrong.”

As Adam deals with his relationship with God, there is no mention of eternal salvation through Jesus dying on the cross, forgiving sin, or being resurrected. Beliefs are given regarding angels, saints, and spirits.

Although there is some sound Biblical doctrine interspersed with both Catholic and Christian overtones, the story focuses on how to remember each day is a gift and God truly loves us unconditionally.

With no biographical information in the book, the author has over thirty years of writing experience and is a paranormal researcher with a passion for history. Living in Texas with his wife and two dogs, he resides in “the most haunted home in the entire state” per Wikipedia.

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* CONTEST * ALL 15 of the IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … SERIES! ~ 15-Set Giveaway!

If You Were Me and Lived in...China: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World

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The Choosing

The Choosing (A Seer Novel)Title: The Choosing
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4964-0225-7

“Lying on the bed were three grey uniforms that were painful to touch – painful because of the reality they drove home: that she was stuck in a life that would never hold the future she had been promised, that she really was as worthless as she’d always feared,” Carrington acknowledges in Rachelle Dekker’s debut novel, The Choosing.

First in the A Seer Novel series, this four hundred and forty-eight page paperback targets those who enjoy dystopian stories of truth versus lies with a blend of mystery and romance. With no profanity, topics of physical abuse, torture, and execution may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

The year is 2257, and the Authority has determined everyone’s worth, position in life, and if they are chosen to be married. When the day approaches for Carrington Hale to attend her Choosing Ceremony, she is devastated she is not selected to become a bride. Marked as worthless and unwanted, she is banned to being a Lint, the lowest-level in society of menial tasks proving she is nothing.

Doomed and discouraged, she befriends another Lint named Larkin who tries to convince her the errors of the Authority and to follow a man named Aaron who shows the way to freedom.

Given a second chance, Carrington begins to question the Authority’s core beliefs of labels and identities, especially when she notices a CityWatch guard that wants to protect her. Trying to find her true self that includes God’s view of her place and purpose, her choices become limited when she is told someone else possesses her.

With an undercurrent theme showing God’s abundant love of feeling wanted, beautiful, worthy, and perfect in His eyes, the book lacks the eternal plan of salvation as it uncovers how a cult twists Scripture, errors in doctrine, and becomes self-righteous.

A quick read that promotes looking inward to find peace through the Almighty, the book quickly engages the reader to consider how sin and shame try to supersede God’s love as Carrington chooses her future both physically and spiritually.

Following in the footsteps of her father’s fiction-writing vocation, author Dekker continues the absorbing storytelling family traits of suspense. With prior experience working in marketing and corporate recruiting, she lives in Tennessee with her husband and cat.

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