Category Archives: **** Good – Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others

Archeer Monocular

EASY HAND-HELD MONOCULAR

~ What ~
Made of black rubber with a glass lens, this compact monocular scope can magnify up to 40% with its 60mm lens and comes with a hand strap, carrying bag, and cleaning cloth in a gift box with instructions. It does not have night vision but is waterproof.

~ Why ~
One of our sons camps, hikes, goes to plays, and enjoys the outdoors so needs a quality monocular. I like how this measures approximately 6 inches long and 2.5 inches in diameter so it can be stored in a backpack or put in a pocket. It is comfortable to hold with the rotating scope nearby for first-finger use. Including the strap and case are more pluses.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like how compact this scope is, but it does have a large adjustable eyepiece. Others may prefer a product with night vision.

~ Wish ~
With the wide lens cap attached, the scope’s eye cap is completely detachable and may get easily lost. By using the hand strap on the cap and looping it to the scope avoids this potential problem.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive and compact magnifying scope, this would be a viable choice if you do not need something with more magnification.

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

This item can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071S5HRYM

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

AOPETIO AirPod Case

PLIABLE CASE FOR APPLE AIRPODS

~ What ~
This package contains an all-black silicone case for AirPods with a harbinger and around-the-neck rubber wireless headphone straps that are magnetic. In 6 color choices of black, gray, brown, green, red, and blue, they fit Apple’s AirPods. Instructions are not included.

~ Why ~
Our daughter-in-law is into running and always carries her iPhone with her. Unsure if she has a pair of wireless AirPods, I thought adding this accessory to her Christmas stocking will be helpful when she exercises. I like the flexible, pliable case that cannot get scratched and its easy opening. Another nice feature is the decently-sized clasp that can be hooked onto a belt loop or backpack. The magnetic straps will keep the small wireless AirPods from being lost.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like wireless earbuds, so this add-on accessory would not be needed. Others may find the strap too short at only 16 inches long.

~ Wish ~
I am unsure how this case closes securely as I cannot test it with the I wish instructions or paperwork were included that stated if the items could be washed if they got dirty or sweaty.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a storage case with a strap and harbinger for your Apple AirBuds, this is a viable option.

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074579K7P/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Dr. Mats Grill Mats

PLENTY OF SPACE TO GRILL

~ What ~
Made of PTFE Teflon, this grilling mat set includes 3 black grill mats. All measure 15.74 by 13 inches and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees. The grill mats are 100% non-stick and reusable when barbecuing, keeping away the charcoal taste on food. Being 100% free of BPA, PFOA, and other harmful chemicals, they are dishwasher safe. Instructions are included on the packaging.

~ Why ~
The best feature of the product is that it can be used on top of an uncleaned grill (like when camping and want to fry an egg or make pancakes). Without needing cooking spray or oil, the food cooks as quickly as without the mat. I like that all are floppy so can easily be used, cleaned, and stored. Having the mat, food does not fall through to the briquettes while grilling.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not barbecue will think they do not need this product, but it works great in the oven to collect spills. Others may think it is too large for a small grill, but it can be cut to size with scissors.

~ Wish ~
I wish they were a little thicker as they are pretty floppy.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to keep your grill and food clean, this is an inexpensive way to grill on multiple surfaces.

Rate: 4.5 of 5 stars

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0727VQN6F/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Jesus Among Secular Gods

Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of ChristTitle: Jesus Among Secular Gods
Authors: Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-6916-9

“We all follow a god, whether supernatural or secular,” the authors state in Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale’s book, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page paperback targets those who are interested in dissecting current religious beliefs that are against the claims of God and Jesus written in Scriptures. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the NLT, NKJV, ESV, NHEB, and KJV are also referenced. The book is divided into eight chapters, ending with acknowledgments and notes.

In this book where each author writes four chapters, it covers atheism, scientism, pluralism, humanism, relativism, and hedonism as it relates to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Often mentioning experiences and discussions by the writers, it contains quotes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, and the Qur’an, as well as C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and the Bible.

The writers describe the atheist’s anger as they mock and ridicule Christianity without answering the “why” of God as they increase their desire for autonomy and power. The chapter on scientism further examines the Who behind the how, while pluralism is about origin, meaning, morality, and destiny but lacks a personal relationship with the Creator. Covering the philosophy of humanism that promotes transcendental spirituality, the experience machine of relativism, and the money and sex of hedonism, all offer a partial truth instead of accepting God’s free gift of loving each of us unconditionally.

~ Why ~
Having taken a religion class at a secular college decades ago, I found this book similar in explaining the different “isms” of the day, yet it refutes and challenges those who do not have Jesus Christ as their pivotal focus. In-depth with explanations, the book can be read a little at a time to comprehend how non-Christians believe and think and how we should respond in love to them. I like the hermeneutics of the topic and appreciate the many details in counter-acting to some of the non-God beliefs.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with our Lord may not understand and ardently disagree with this book. Some will take it as an emotional attack on their beliefs. A few may wish there were less of the writers’ experiences or analogies.

~ Wish ~
Having a sister who used to profess Christ and now is a white witch teaching the occult, I wish the book mentioned the fast-growing attraction of supposedly achieving a godship status as a human. This form of Satanism is another anti-Christ viewpoint that appears to be gaining traction, yet the book never mentions how the devil is the prince of darkness on Earth and behind many of these false “isms.”

~ Want ~
If you yearn to understand what non-believers of Jesus Christ think of the gods they serve and need assistance understanding their religions, this is a helpful resource that would be a good textbook in a Bible class on the subject.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.

Thanks to the Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jesus-among-secular-gods-ravi-zacharias/1123748103?ean=9781455569151#/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Book Review, Christian

Elite Yards Solar Sonic Pest Repeller

VIBRATE THE MOLES AWAY

~ What ~
Made of ABS plastic with metal shafts and USB wiring, this pack of 2 mole repellers can work using the sun’s rays. Measuring approximately 12 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, each can be set up quickly to ward off moles, snakes, gophers, mice, and other rodents. Instructions are included, and little assembly is required.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this set is it is solar powered, so I can set it up and forget about it. The concept is good in that vibrations will deter rodents from over 950 square yards. With that said, we have a mouse that hides in a downdraft under our house, and we cannot access its entrance. We also have a mole that appears every year and burrows lines along the sidewalk grass. I am hoping these devices will keep them away for good. By charging them with their USB cable and plugging them into the solar light section, all that needs to be done is put them in the ground.

~ Why Not ~
Those who live in the Pacific Northwest or where there is limited sun may not think they will work year round, but there is a USB plug that charges the waterproof vibration system. In asking my exterminator about these types of vibration units, I was told the rodent gets used to the sounds they make after 3 weeks and ignores them so that they no longer are helpful. It is unstated how long the USB charge holds.

~ Wish ~
I wish the USB cord were easier to unplug from the light section as I had to pull so hard to disconnect it that the inside parts became unglued (I do not think this impacts the vibrations).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 2 rodent repellers, this is a good option being solar as no wires are needed for set up. Keep in mind the vermin may get used to the sounds and ignore them after several weeks. I will report in a couple of months on their progress.

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XZGPJGD/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Senhomtog Headphones

 

IN-EAR ADJUSTABLE EARBUDS

~ What ~
This package contains one pair of in-ear headphones with an earbuds case and paperwork. Being mainly white with 2 color band choices of blue or gold and with single or two-to-a-pack options, their phone jack fits a smartphone, Android, iPhone, iPad, or other similar devices.

~ Why ~
Our daughter-in-law is into running and enjoys listening to music while doing it. I like how these lightweight earbuds can play, pause, go to the next or previous song, and answer and hang up a phone call by pressing a knob on their cables. Being white with the small blue highlights looks clean and crisp. Having a zippered round black case in thoughtful as it includes a mesh pocket for coins or a key.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like wearing the earbuds with dangling wires, but these do adapt well and stay on one’s ears while having noise cancellation features and good sounds. Others may not like they are white as they will show dirt quickly.

~ Wish ~
I wish the set came with extra silicone pads in small, medium, and large to fit different ear sizes comfortably. Instructions would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of inexpensive earbuds that have decent sounds and work on most smartphones, this is a viable option.

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Senhomtog-Headphones-Earphones-Noise-isolating-Smartphones/dp/B075TBMLHB

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Paisley the Goat

Paisley the GoatTitle: Paisley the Goat
Author: Rocio Monroy
Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61633-871-8

“Paisley the goat discovers many different things that can be counted at the beach on a sleepless night,” the back jacket states on Rocio Monroy’s children’s book, Paisley the Goat.

~ What ~
At sixteen pages, this square paperback targets children ages two to five years old who are learning to count. With no scary scenes, it is a story about a goat named Paisley who cannot sleep so gets up and counts objects. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

When Paisley the goat tries to sleep on her bed of sand, she finds no rest, so she gets up and takes a walk on the beach. After noticing the large moon, she sees two clouds, followed by three crabs, four birds, five seashells, six beach balls, seven fireflies, eight fish, nine turtles, and ten stars. After her long walk, she returns to her bed and falls to sleep with a smile on her face.

~Why ~
This is a charming tale of a colorful goat who is learning to count. I like that each number is part of the story and the reader can search and count the objects in numerical order. The colorful illustrations have enough detail to engage young readers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who already know their numbers may not be interested in a counting book. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
I hope some children will not think that if they cannot sleep that they should get up and take a walk in the middle of the night.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about counting for young ones, this may be a good choice.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paisley-the-goat-rocio-monroy/1127007957?ean=9781616338718

1 Comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Animals / Pets, Book Review, Childrens

As Bright as Heaven

Title: As Bright as Heaven
Author: Susan Meissner
Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 978-0-399-58596-8

“The world was different after the flu and war. And so were we,” Evelyn quietly reflects in Susan Meissner’s novel, As Bright as Heaven.

~ What ~
This four-hundred-page paperback book targets those who enjoy reading stories of love conquering all despite the trials and tribulations caused by the Spanish flu. With some profanity, its topics of illness, war, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments and the author’s note.

Set in 1918 in Philadelphia, the Bright family has moved from small town living to the city so the father can help his uncle with his mortuary business. Broken from the loss of their infant son, the couple, as well as their three daughters, try to start life anew until the Spanish flu arrives, unexpectedly taking more than one of those the love yet blessing them with another.

Through tears and heartbreak, the females write chapter by chapter of how they had to accept the tragedy of the illness and the ravages of war. While lies are told to protect the innocent and emotions are smothered to survive, the ever-changing family learns that Death is a quiet companion to everyone, including those loved.

~ Why ~
Having read and enjoyed other books by the author, I love how she writes in first person through the mother and her three daughters as each experiences the effects of hardship. As the years pass and the girls mature, the book offers a completeness that is needed for redemption and acceptance when we lose someone we love.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like tales of loss and sorrow from the massive deaths encircling the Spanish flu will not appreciate the intricate details of this read. Others may wish more of God’s hope of eternal salvation was offered instead of dwelling on the aspect of dying and death.

~ Wish ~
Being able to guess the ending at the three-quarter mark, I wish it was not as predictable when reading.

~ Want ~
Focusing on how death is a part of life, Meissner does another phenomenal job tying the deep ache and sorrow of losing a dear relative to finding love among the heart-broken relationships.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Penguin Random House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book will be available in February 2018 and can be purchased at https://www.walmart.com/ip/As-Bright-As-Heaven/56159379

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Book Review, Fiction

Tyroler The Glide Window Washer

A MAGNETIC WAY TO CLEAN WINDOWS

~ What ~
Made of plastic with 4 strong rare earth magnets, this cleaning gadget is used to wash both indoor and outdoor windows simultaneously. Measuring 13.8 by 5.9 by 2.4 inches, there are 3 sizes available to use on different thicknesses of windows. The wiper comes with 4 attached rubber squeegees, 2 microfiber cloths, a 6-foot string with ring, and instructions on its package, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
With a house that is 2-story with lots of large windows, I usually have to pay someone to wash them on the outside. I like how this unique item can be used from an inside window to wash where I cannot reach outside. In testing it, I was surprised it actually worked on a huge sliding glass door. I found the key was to spray cleaner on both sides of the glass before starting to glide the wiper around.

~ Why Not ~
Some will find this an awkward tool to clean a window as it may leave streaks or lines, but I did not find any on my window. The main issue I had is the magnets are so strong that if you take the green separation bar between them out and they come together, it is hard to pry them apart (this was with the strongest magnet model). This happened twice to me, once when taking the unit out of the box and again when I was adding the microfiber cloths. Be careful your fingers do not get in the way as my pinky finger was accidentally pinched between the bars.

~ Wish ~
I like the concept of this tool, but I wish there were a better way to keep the bars separated safely without being injured.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new way to wash a window on the outside from the inside, this did work, I am sure one could, with enough practice, clean both sides of a window at the same time.

This item can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Glider-D-3-Magnetic-Cleaner-thickness/dp/B00FK0NU5C/

Thanks to Tyroler Ltd for this discounted product I am under no obligation to review.

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Spinners by IN Global Glow Edition

SPIN STRESS AWAY, EVEN IN THE DARK

~ What ~
Made of metal and ABS plastic, this fidget gadget is meant to relax and reduce stress while spinning it with your fingers. Able to glow in the dark, it measures 3.6 by 3.5 by 0.5 inches and weighs 0.2 ounces. Made for children and adults, it comes with instructions on its gift box.

~ Why ~
My adult son tends to get stressed at work sometimes so this may help him relax when contemplating complex problems. I like that it does not require batteries, is small enough to keep in a pocket, does not make a lot of noise, and easy to use.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the act of spinning a flat triangular disc on his or her fingers as it may feel tedious. Others may think it is weighty.

~ Wish ~
I could not get it to glow much in the dark, but this may be due to it not being in sunlight while shipping.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for something innocuous to keep you occupied when bored or out of control, this inexpensive toy may be the ticket.

This can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0724ZRBT2

Thanks to Spinners by IN Global for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews