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Mora Traditionals Keffiyeh

Shemagh 1BOLD STATEMENT SHEMAGH

~ What ~
Made of 100% Cotton, this authentic keffiyeh with seamed edges measures 47 inches square. Available in 11 designs, it usually has colored designs of white, tan, brown, and black with 4-inch ball tassels on the corners and ¾ inch ties on the edges. It is recommended to be hand washed in cold water and air dried or dry cleaned.

~ Why ~Shemagh 2
I like the over-sized largeness of this one because it can be wrapped around the neck to keep warm. Its soft material is not too thick or see-through. Its purpose is for military solidarity for Palestine, but males and females may wear it as a decorative garment. I like that tying and care instructions are included.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not want to wear a keffiyeh that promotes Palestine solidarity, but I was assured it can be used to accent clothing and has no propaganda icons on it. Others may insist it is to be worn by men only, but I asked and was told women could wear it too. I noticed the fabric has the potential to snag, and some of the decorative design stitching is a little loose.

~ Wish ~
I wish the online site mentioned it is not only to promote Palestine and women can wear it too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an oversized authentic shemagh, this may be a good purchase.

Thanks to Mora for this discounted item that I am evaluating by choice.

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Who Told You That You Were Naked?

Who Told You That You Were Naked?: A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of EdenTitle: Who Told You that You Were Naked?
Author:  William E. Combs
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
ISBN # 978-1-942587-68-2

“If we recognize the root of sin is our mental capacity to discern good and evil, then we can begin to understand we are incapable of overcoming this antagonist,” William E. Combs writes in his book, Who Told You That You Were Naked? A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-two-page paperback targets readers looking for an updated viewpoint of the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, verses are written throughout the text and discussed in detail. After an introduction, ten chapters with discussion questions cover the topic, ending with endnotes.

Written by a retired Presbyterian minister, the book concentrates on possible scenarios of Adam and Eve in the Garden after they had eaten of the tree of good and evil, became shameful being naked, and felt guilty disobeying God. Also using examples of Cain, Moses, David, Paul, John, and Jesus in the Bible, added are the author’s personal experiences, interjections, and other interpretations of Scripture.

~ Why ~
Since we were not in the Garden of Eden when the first couple sinned, we do not know explicitly what each was feeling when partaking of the tree of good and evil. The writer’s creative vignettes force readers to think how it may have happened and why. I appreciated the mentioning of touching verses eating the fruit, exegesis versus eisegesis, and contemporary and alternative interpretations of the historical, life-changing event.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not be interested in this book about the inception of sin and path to eternal salvation. Some may not like a book with a pastor’s experiences or analogies such as outhouses, an earth-swallowing event, or his wife’s challenges. Others may notice the highlighted repetition of statements which are meant to stop the reader and consider its content.

~ Wish ~
Although I felt parts of the book got off topic and included personal references, I was reminded that Jesus dying on the cross for our sin reestablished God’s direct relationship with us.

~ Want ~
If you do not mind a retold version of Adam and Eve that takes ample liberties regarding our inherent knowledge of good and evil, this may bring it to the forefront of your thinking.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.

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La Relief Essential Oils Mosquito Repellent Bracelet

LR Diffuser 1ESSENTIAL OILS INSECT REPELLENT BRACELET

~ What ~
Made of polyester with a mesh insert pocket and Velcro tab, this repellent bracelet can be safely worn by children or adults. Available in black, blue, green, orange, or pink, the bracelet measures 10 by 0.5 by 0.2 inches. They are deet- and toxic-free, as well as waterproof, and include 4 oil-soaked inserts that contain Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, and Citronella to ward off mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and spiders. Instructions are included.

~ Why ~LR Diffuser 2
Right now we are getting quite a few bugs outdoors, and wearing protection repellents are a must. I like how this one is adjustable with the Velcro and easy to use by inserting one of the pellets that can last up to 2 weeks or 360 hours each. Another nice feature is it is plant-based so you do not have to worry about strange chemicals touching your skin.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like wearing jewelry on their wrist while outside may not want to use this product, but it could be strapped to a pants’ belt loop or tied to a hat or jacket. Others may not like the scent which is

~ Wish ~
I wish the ingredients were stated online as the packaging has a list of 6 types of essential-oil blends with only one for mosquitoes.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a healthy, non-chemical way to be protected from insects, this makes a complete kit that will last over 2 months.

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

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La Relief Lice Treatment Hair Bands

Lice 15 STRETCHY HAIR BANDS THAT WARD OFF LICE

~ What ~
Made of silicone, this packet of 5 circular stretchy bands can be safely worn by children or adults to treat and remove lice in hair. In white with pink or blue, the stretchy round cord measures 2.5 inches in circumference and 0.25 inches wide. They are deet- and toxic-free, as well as waterproof, and have been soaked in essential oils of rosemary, geranium, tea tree oil, and lemon to ward off lice. A comb with a magnifying glass and instructions are included stating they offer 65 days of protection.

~ Why ~Lice 2
Having 3 grandchildren, they are sometimes exposed to lice. I like how the 5 hairbands can last up over 2 months. Another nice feature is it is plant-based so you do not have to worry about strange chemicals touching your hair while treating the lice.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have short hair or do not like wearing their hair in a ponytail will not like using this product if they have lice. Others may think it is geared toward females due to being used as a ponytail hair band.

~ Wish ~
Having received 3 blue/white and 2 pink/white, I wish more color combinations were included. I am unsure if one band lasts the 2-plus months or all 5 do (so 13 days per band).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a healthy, non-chemical way to treat head lice for more than 2 months, this 5 hair band packet with extras may be the way to do it.

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

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Best Choice Adirondack Chair

Adirondack 1CUTE BRIGHT GREEN ADIRONDACK FOLDING CHAIR

~ What ~
Made of weather-treated wood painted bright vermillion green, this Adirondack chair can hold up to 330 pounds and folds up for storage. With a cup holder on its right side arm rest, the wood slats are on the seat and back; the chair measures 27.75 inches long, 31.75 inches wide, 35.6 inches high, and weighs 20 pounds. Diagram instructions are in the box, and assembly is required using a Phillips head screwdriver.

~ Why ~
One of my favorite types of outdoor chairs is the classic Adirondack as I find them comfortable and adaptable. I like that this one folds up easily. It took approximately 90 minutes to assemble. With it foldable, the chair can be stored during the winter or taken on trips to the beach, lake, or cabin. Another nice feature is the bright deep green that matches my other patio furniture.Adirondack 1A

~ Why Not ~
Some may think the product is too low to sit on as it is only 13 inches at the front and 9 inches at the back from the ground. However, this is typical of many Adirondack chairs. Others may not like the having 71 screws to set or the green color.

~ Wish ~Adirondack 1B
It would be rated higher if some of the sections were already assembled as it was tedious to put together. I wish it came in different colors, but I could always spray paint it a different hue if I wanted.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a collapsible Adirondack green chair for the beach or patio, this is an excellent choice. Use those hand muscles and take your time putting it together so you can enjoy it more.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 StarsAdirondack 2

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-folding-wooden-adirondack-chair-w-cup-holder-green

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La Relief Extra-Strength Mosquito Bracelet

LR Mosquito 1ULTRA-STRENGTH BUG REPELLENT BRACELET

~ What ~
Made of polyester with a mesh insert pocket and Velcro tab, this repellent bracelet can be safely worn by children or adults. Available in black, blue, orange, or pink, the bracelet measures 9.5 by 1.25 by 0.2 inches. They are deet- and toxic-free, as well as waterproof, and include 4 essential oil-soaked inserts that contain Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint,,and Citronella to ward off mosquitoes. The reusable package has warnings, uses, and ingredients listed.

~ Why ~LR Mosquito 2
There are lots of mosquitoes on our golf courses right now, and wearing protection repellents are a must. I like how this one is adjustable with the Velcro and easy to use by inserting one of the pellets that can last up to 2 weeks or 360 hours each. Another nice feature is it is plant-based so you do not have to worry about strange chemicals touching your skin.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like wearing jewelry on their wrist while outside may not want to use this product, but it could be strapped to a pants’ belt loop or tied to a hat or jacket. Others may not like the scent which is initially strong when opening the bag.

~ Wish ~
I wish the ingredients online matched what the package states as they are slightly different. The package should state how long each pellet lasts when wearing.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to be protected from mosquitos, this makes a complete kit that will last at least 2 months.

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

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Tortuga Life Bath Bomb Set

Bath 1BATHE IN LUXURY

~ What ~
Containing no dyes or artificial coloring, this set of 6 handmade bath bombs includes a small bottle of bubble bath in an elegant round cardboard box. The scented 4.5 ounce balls include Catching ZZZZ, Revive, Spa Day, Inspiration, Pure Romance, and Stiff Muscles and use combinations of lavender oil, citrus, peppermint, cocoa butter, honey, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood, ginger, and lemon grass. Detailed instructions are on the inside of the lid. A “Do Not Disturb” door hanger and coupon are added.

~ Why ~Bath 2
I love pampering myself in a bath but am giving this set to a friend. These larger-than-normal bath balls smell wonderful as they fizz up a foot bath, bathtub, or jacuzzi tub. I like how each ball is different, explicitly made for a specific outcome. Another plus is the old-fashioned-looking box that measures approximately 3.5 inches by 8 inches makes a nice display item in a bathroom.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like taking baths will not like this item, but it makes a lovely gift for a woman or man who wants special attention. Others may not like some of the scent combinations.

~ Wish ~
Unfortunately, my box contained 2 Stiff Muscles bombs and no Inspiration one, so my review is marked down by a half point. Since I will be giving mine as a gift, I wish all the bombs were included correctly.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice gift for someone that needs to be pampered, this would be an excellent choice.

Rating 4.5 of 5 stars.

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Myner Pill Box

Pill Box 1MEDICINE CABINET PILL HOLDER

~ What ~
Made of food-grade PP material, this white and pink small box has 7 sections for holding pills or vitamins. Measuring 2.95 inches long, 4.09 inches wide, and 1.01 inches thick, it had semi-transparent pink covers that flip open to access the sections inside. A magnetic tab keeps the 2 openings securely closed. Instructions are included.

~ Why ~
Since I take vitamins and pills daily, I use one of those oblong holders with the letter of the days of the week on the front. I like how this storage container looks like a small medicine cabinet that opens up flat to access. The sections are large, able to hold the big “horse” pills. Another nice feature is the pink covers to view what tablets are inside.

~ Why Not ~ Pill Box 2
Those who do not have to take medicine or vitamins daily will not need this product. Others may wish there were days of the week printed on the pink covers. I found the lids a little tight to open initially.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were 8 evenly sized sections instead of 6 with one being doubled the size. It would be thoughtful to have it in blue and white for males.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute, small medicine cabinet pill box, this is good option if you do not like the oblong pill boxes with smaller compartments.

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

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The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories: Read-Along Classics (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories
Authors and Illustrators: Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76080-1

“Whether it’s bedtime, lap time, or just 5-minutes of story time, readers will love seeing the Bear cubs in action,” the back jacket states in Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bear 5-Minute Inspirational Stories.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page hardbound targets child four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

While most of the series are individual paperback books, this one contains a dozen stories focusing on teaching children how God wants them to live every day. The bear tales included are Loves You, Say Their Prayers, Love Their Neighbors, Faithful Friends, The Forgiving Tree, Biggest Brag, Gift of Courage, Blessed are the Peacemakers, Get Involved, Gossip Gang, God Bless Our Home, and Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple.

~ Why ~
This is a nice collection of books as it hones in on explaining different aspects of living life according to God’s way. Several of the stories focus on how to be nicer, kinder, and better to others instead of focusing on oneself. The illustrations are descriptive and interesting for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Because most of these books were originally written decades ago, they are dated and old-fashioned so may work well for home-schoolers or those children who enjoy reading. Some may find a couple of the stories a little degrading initially based on the bears’ conversations. All have a similar pattern of the bears facing an issue and learning to deal with it, which may tire some readers.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were Bible verses included somehow in the stories.

~ Want ~
If you or your child like the Berenstain Bears series, this collection will be cherished for years.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.

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The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury

Title: The Beginner’s Bible: Carry Along Treasury
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76030-6

“Now, preschoolers have a special carry-long edition designed just for them!” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible: Carry Along Treasury.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound with a red plastic handle and magnetically secured flap targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers of twenty-six well-known stories taken from the Holy Bible. With a few scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level.

The book presents fifteen Old Testament and eleven New Testament beloved stories that range from four to eight pages each with colorful illustrations. Each story has a title with referenced Bible verses listed and several paragraphs. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show expressive characters on almost every page; there is ample room under each for a few sentences written on white backgrounds.

~ Why ~
This is a good starter chapter book for beginner readers since most of the stories are short, to-the-point, and written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told give pertinent facts (Esther does not mention Haman hung or Jesus dying on the cross for our sins), it generalizes the events for a young one to understand. I appreciated that it included the less-often told stories about Moses in a basket, Deborah, Sampson, several of Jesus’s miracles, and His last supper and resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. It may be sophomoric for the targeted third-grade reading level. The scary stories that may concern some might be the ten plagues, Goliath being killed, the fiery furnace, Jonas in the big fish, and Jesus’s crucifixion.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The back jacket states there are thirty stories, but only twenty-six are included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Bible story book that has a carry handle, your child will enjoy this one.

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