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BigOtters 10 Bunches of Artificial Grapes

5 COLORS & 2 SIZES OF FAKE GRAPE CLUSTERS

~ What ~
Made of a squishable rubber, this pack contains 10 bunches of grapes in 2 different sizes and 5 colors that include frosted black, purple, red, yellow, and green. With all having green leaves on stems, the larger clumps measure 6.5 by 3 inches with 18 grapes, and the smaller is 4.5 by 2.5 inches with 18 grapes. They arrive in separate cellophane bags in a larger bag, ready for using or giving.

~ Why ~
These make a lovely addition to a table centerpiece or a front door wreath with their many colors and sizes. I like that they look real with their frosted look and that there are so many on each cluster. The added variegated leaves are a nice touch.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like or need grapes to decorate with, but these add color to a focal point. Others may wish the stems looked more real or wooden.

~ Wish ~
I wish the leaves did not fall off so easily, but they could be glued into place.

~ Want ~
If you need bunches of grapes for a project or décor, this is a lovely set as it comes with so many for a reasonable price.

Thanks for BigOtters for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyshenglili #BigOtters #ArtificialGrapeBunches

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These Nameless Things

Title: These Nameless Things
Author: Shawn Smucker
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3530-2

“It’s my fault he’s not with us. There’s no way around it. How could I let him go back on his own?” Dan guiltily questions himself in Shawn Smucker’s novel, These Nameless Things.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page paperback targets those who like other-world allegories about coming to terms with one’s past and accepting mistakes. The topics of dispair, mental abuse, torture, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book ends with the author’s note, a chapter from another book by the writer, acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.

Set in a small village at the base of a mountain, Dan and other survivors who had escaped unspeakable torture must make the decision to return for Dan’s brother or head east for a new life, hopefully free of pain and guilt. When a strange woman arrives from the other side of the mountain and uncovers the residents’ secrets, shame, and lies, Dan must find grace through the memories that haunt him.

~ Why ~
I like that this fiction read shows how the protagnist has to find his inner self while dealing with moral dilemnas. Since it is written in first person, it divulges the raw reality of how guilt eats away at the soul.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for a story that involves torture and abuse may not be interested in this book, but they are only alluded to and not described in detail. Some may not like that it is lightly based on Dante’s Inferno. Those dealing with trusting others as they work through their guilt may find it uncomfortable.

~ Wish ~
I wish the ending was not rushed and had more closure. I found loose ends in some of the characters and how they dealt with their own situations.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy mysterious fiction that is from a dark inner world, this is a good read that may force you to reflect on how you handle the guilt of your past.

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

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BigOtters Mandala Dotting Tool Set

BEGINNER’S TOOLS FOR DOTTING PROJECTS

~ What ~
This artwork set contains 4 mandala stencil templates, 8 acrylic rods in different sizes, 3 brushes, 4 rubber handle ball stylus, 5 double-adhesive dot tapes, palette, and a zippered waterproof storage bag. The set arrives in a cellophane bag without instructions, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Having a degree in art, I love painting and have recently gotten into acrylics so this is something I have always wanted to try. I love that it is a beginner’s set to help a newbie begin a new project. The tools are easy to handle and hold. It helps there is a carry bag too.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like doing an arts and crafts project, but painting mandalas, especially on rocks is the new craze. Others may not realize this set does not include any paints, but they can be found cheaply at most big box stores.

~ Wish ~
I wish tips with instructions came in the set. Their online page mentions double-adhesive dot tapes, but none were included in the package. I wish the 3 paintbrushes were different sizes, not all the same.

~ Want ~
If you like doing dot painting, especially designing mandalas, this is a nice starter project.

Thanks for BigOtters for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbysally #BigOtters #MandalaDottingToolSet

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Anser Sambucus Elderberry Supplements

IMMUNE SUPPORT PLUS VITAMIN C & ZINC

~ What ~
Containing 60 supplements, these elongated pink capsules provide protective antioxidants while improving the immune system. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken 1 a day with a meal or water. The ingredients are 500 mgs of Elderberry Sambucus Nigra Fruit, 120 mgs of Ascorbic Acid and 7 mgs of Zinc Citrate. Gluten free, it contains no fillers or GMOs. The bottle is stamped 07175099 EXP 04/22.

~ Why ~
With COVID hanging around, taking elderberry is a great way to ward off the virus so this is one way to do it. I like that the capsules only contain the 3 ingredients in a vegetable-based capsule. This is more mgs than other elderberry supplements on the market.

~ Why Not ~
Those that are skeptical of non-prescription natural 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. I am unsure where the product is produced and if at a USA monitored facility.

~ Wish ~
I wish more than 2 months’ supply were included in the bottle. It would be helpful to have a photo online of the capsules for size recognition.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for pure immune support that contains Vitamin C and Zinc, this is a good price for 2-months worth of capsules.

Thanks to Anser and KeepMeClub for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Anser #KeepMeClub #Elderberry

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The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart

Title: The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart
Author: Judith Grimme
Publisher: Encourage Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9985592-8-5

“Who do you think that card came from? It’s so mysterious, don’t you think?” Simone asks Lucy in Judith Grimme’s children’s book, The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-fifty-six-page paperback targets nine- to twelve-year-old children who like stories about family relationships and friendships during the 1960s in the Midwest. With no profanity or adult situations, it would best be read out loud to some readers due to occasionally complicated wording. The ending includes extras and activities, the author’s biography, information about other books in the series, and content ratings.

The final of a four in The Front Porch Diaries, this series chapter book set in Indiana continues with third-grader Lucy and her family going to a cottage by the lake and having her best friend, Simone, and her grandparents visit too. Not only does Lucy have to overcome her past fears, but she wants to know who sent her a special valentine’s card. With her friend soon returning to France, the two cherish their last few weeks together.

~ Why ~
This is a nice read about the past when kids spent ample time outside, enjoying the dog days of summer swimming and fishing with family. I appreciate the references to games like Monopoly and Little League baseball along with G.I. Joe dolls, Cracker Jacks, McDonald’s, and various consumer items. Having read the 2 other books in the series to our six-year-old granddaughter via Facetime, she is anticipating hearing this one next.

~ Why Not ~
Children who do not like chapter books or series that are written about how it was over fifty years ago may not appreciate this read. Others may not be ready to learn about boy/girl relationships. Some younger readers may be concerned about the fear of swimming or do not like the mention of God and the Bible. It is helpful if you read the books in order to understand the background (we did not read the second book but wish we had since this one relates to its story).

~ Wish ~
I found the book may be too advanced for a first grader due to the protagonist’s fears and love interest. There were far fewer French words in this one compared to the first book. The series should be professionally edited.

~ Want ~
If your elementary-school-age child likes chapter books that are in a series, this would be a fun read if he or she wants to know about someone having a crush on them, overcoming a past fear, and praying about being afraid.

Thanks to BookCrash and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#TheLakeandtheSecretSweetheart #JudithGrimme #TheFrontPorchDiaries #EncouragePublishing #Bookcrash

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UHIBROS Women’s Rhinestone Bracelet

SPARKLY, STRETCHY, STACKING BRACELET

~ What ~
Made of clear AAA crystals with metal and elastic cording, this almost half-inch wide bracelet has 3 rows of sparkly rhinestones. Available in 7 different designs and choices on its Amazon page, it can fit up to a 4.1-inch around wrist. The item arrives in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Since I make and sell jewelry, I am always in search of pretty pieces that are fun and shiny. I like to wear thicker tennis bracelets with some of my outfits, and this one is a nice fashion accessory.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like elastic bracelets, but they are easy to put on and take off. Others may not like that they can slide up and down on thin arms. Sometimes the prongs that hold the rhinestones can snag fabric. It is extremely lightweight.

~ Wish ~
This bracelet is not very wide for normal wrists (I have a thin wrist so it fits nicely). I  wish it came in larger sizes as it may be just right for girls, not women.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice gift for someone that loves to wear sparkly jewelry and do not want to break your piggy bank, this is a thoughtful gift.

Thanks to UHIBROS for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySOWTECH #Uhibros #RhinestoneBracelet

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Dream within a Dream

Title: Dream within a Dream
Authors Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2646-1

“Trudi, I can’t let you go. I need your help,” Dream begs his new friend in Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci’s novel, Dream within a Dream.

~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-sixteen-page paperback targets those who like suspense involving mobsters, artwork, and shattered relationships. Containing the slang words such as darn, the topics of physical abuse, torture, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book ends with the authors’ biographies and advertisements.

Part three of the Coffey and Hill series, Trudi may be divorced from Samuel, but somehow both still care enough about each other, especially since he works as a CIA operative who is trying to avoid his past and she, a private investigator, is dragged into helping Dream, an accused murderer who has a knack for quoting random facts. As the pair try to protect Dream, they are caught up searching for stolen art that everyone including the Boston mob wants.

~ Why ~
This is a fast read that not only has the chase to find stolen artwork but also how two past lovers try to reconnect their hurtful paths. As each is forced to trust one another along with others, the palette is painted by a frightened yet highly intelligent artist determined to find answers, no matter the cost. I liked the first-person writing by Dream and pace of the book, which could be read as a stand-alone novel.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the Biblical references, but they are not too often or deep. Others may not care for a story that involves torture and abuse. Some may wish they knew more about the protagonists’ background from the prior books in the series.

~ Wish ~
I prefer Christian books not to have slang words as they detract from the story. I wish the ending was not rushed and a bit hanging.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy mystery and suspense while gleaning the truth, this is an engaging read, especially some of the interesting tidbits of random facts spread throughout.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

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

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Mr. Inker Finds a Home

Title: Mr. Inker Finds a Home
Author: Christina Francine
Illustrator: Ksennia Kudriavtseva
Publisher: Waldorf Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-64764-880-0

“Your friend will have something solid from you to hold, and maybe he will write a letter back to you,” Mr. Inker tells Rafiq in Christina Francine’s children’s book, Mr. Inker Finds a Home.

~ What ~
Part of the Waldorf Readers series, this forty-four-unnumbered-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old who enjoy stories about a talking pen. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Simplistic illustrations grace half the pages.

In this short story, a writing pen named Mr. Inker is given as a birthday gift to a boy named Rajiq. When the pen begins to talk, the child is excited but leary as he is new to the country and misses his friends from Pakistan. As the writing tool coaxes the kid to write a couple of jokes, he also suggests writing to his old friends, hoping he will get a response.

~ Why ~
Since we have a six-year-old granddaughter who is learning to read, this is an apropos story that stresses how writing is not only fun, but important in keeping in touch with others. I like that it focuses on writing instead of typing letters on a computer. With a drawing on one side of the open pages, the opposite sides have bold font wording against white backgrounds, making them easy to read.

~ Why Not
Those who do not like reading may not like this book. Others may struggle with the three-and four-syllable words, and some may not understand the corny jokes. Those who prefer picture books may not like the rudimentary drawings.

~ Wish ~
Although the illustrations are understandable, it would be nice if there were more detail to each of them. There are a few punctuation errors that could be corrected.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about a talking pen that finds its home with a young boy who is new to America and misses his friends, this may be a good way for a young reader to adjust to a new life while keeping in touch with the past.

Thanks to Waldorf Publishing, Bookpleasures, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#WaldorfPublishing #ChristinaFrancine #WaldolfReaders #Bookpleasures #MrInklerFindsaHome

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DogRook Rechargeable Bark Collar

NO SHOCK VIBRATING PET CONTROL COLLAR

~ What ~
This kit contains a humane bark collar that does not shock or hurt a dog. With an adjustable neck strap from 9 to 22 inches, the barking monitor has 2 modes of beeping and 7 vibrations that escalate as the barking increases. It arrives with a rechargeable USB cable, 2 extra plastic prongs, 2 color covers, and instructions in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
We have an almost 4-year-old beagle who has a loud piercing bark that is hard to control. I like that this collar does not hurt or shock our dog but startles him when he barks by first beeping per each bark and then increasing in beeps and vibrations. In testing it, our dog barked once the first time and seemed confused, barked twice and the unit beeped, and then he did not bark again.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like training their dogs with any type of bark collar, especially those that could possibly injure their beloved pet. Others may find the unit bulky for their canine to wear. The battery has to be recharged via an enclosed USB charger, so it may go dead quickly based on your animal’s barking behavior.

~ Wish ~
Although the unit is lightweight, I wish it were not so bulky.

~ Want ~
If you are tired of hearing your dog’s endless barking, this gadget may work for you if your dog responds to sounds and vibrations. Although our dog did not bark again tonight, I may have to update my review if he gets used to it and continues to bark the next few days.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredOleksandraKushnir #DogRook #NoShockBarkCollar

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Clan X Multifunctional Face Mask

LADIES’ CHIFFON FACIAL BANDANA

~ What ~
Made of chiffon, this soft and chic scarf with a built-in face mast is for sun and dust protection. Available in 3 different floral designs in pink, blue, and white, the one purchased has dark gray and taupe flowers on a white backgroud. The accessory measures 33.5 by 19.7 inches and comes with 2 adjustable non-slip buckles to tighten around the ears. It arrives in a cellophane bag without cleaning instructions.

~ Why ~
With COVID-19 rampant in the United States, I am always looking for unique and pretty scarves to cover my mouth and nose, so this one fits both requirements. I like the floral pattern and sheerness to the fabric that is easy to breathe through. I appreciate that it doubles as a scarf or shawl.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like wearing face coverings, but these days they are a must. Others may notice there is no inner lining on the mask so there is limited protection of spreading germs to others when wearing. A few will not like hooking the straps over the ears, but there is a buckle that can be adjusted to fit your comfort level.

~ Wish ~
I wish a liner were incorporated into the face section and more floral options, colors, and patterns were offered than the 3 shown online.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an unique and different face mask that doubles as a scarf, this is perfect, but do keep in mind it is made of sheer, thin material.

Thanks to Clan X for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyxiaoguozi #ClanX #WomensMultifunctionalFaceBandana

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