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Review: You Can Shine So Bright

Title: You Can Shine So Bright
Authors: Jinger & Jeremy Vuolo
Illustrator: Naomi C. Robinson
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-1381-5

“One act of love or kindness can change the world. Let your light shine!” states the back jacket cover of Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo’s children’s book, You Can Shine So Bright.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardcover with a matching jacket targets children ages four to seven years old who like to learn about letting their light shine by loving others. With no scary scenes, it contains easy-to-understand colorful illustrations on almost every page. A simplistic font covers the pages.

Written by the television couple who promotes their faith and values, this book teaches young ones about the Biblical fruits of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. With engaging artwork that includes many nationalities, there are usually four-line rhymes about the topics along with two-line rhyming statements. The story reminds us how God loves us so we should love others as we shine in the world.

~Why ~
This is a lovely way to encourage children to care for and love others, especially by befriending others, sharing toys, giving of ourselves, and helping one in need. I appreciate the drawings were interesting and included a boy in a wheelchair in some of them.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a book that mentions God and Jesus may not approve of this one, but both are pivotal to letting our love shine. Some children with visual stimulation issues may not like a couple of the illustrations as they may be too busy, but they will keep a child entertained.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you want a book that helps little ones learn about the many Biblical fruits of the spirit, this read will wet their tender minds to want to shine like God does.

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

#Hachette #WorthyKids #JingerJeremyVuolo #YouCanShineSoBright #NaomiCRobinson #ChildrensBiblicalFruitsoftheSpirit

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Review: F-color Waterproof Phone Pouches

 2 WATER-TIGHT SMARTPHONE HOLDERS

~ What ~
Able to hold any smartphone or cellphone up to 6.7-inches, this set of 2 holders protects its contents from water, sand, and harsh elements. Being transparent, it is made of a clear, strong PVC that can hold iPhones and Androids as well as cash, identification, and more. The 2 pieces come in black and white, each with matching lanyards and in a gift box.

~ Why ~
Since we travel often and love the water, it is important to protect our smartphones. I appreciate how easy these are to open, slide in the phone, and seal the top bar to avoid any leakage. The pliable plastic screen can be viewed easily.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think these will not work, but they can be used even in 100 feet of water. Others may not like that a touch screen cannot be easily accessed, but using buttons seems to work fine.

~ Wish ~
I wish more color options like vivid blue or hot pink were available.

~ Want ~
If you want to protect your phone from the elements the next time you are canoeing, kayaking, boating, skiing, or biking, these are ideal to have on hand.

Thanks to F-color for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#JuicerReview #SponsoredbyYunGong #F-color #WaterproofPhonePouchSet #KeepCellphoneDry

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Review: Medagel BugBite Relief Patch

STOP BUG BITE ITCHING

~ What ~
This 18-piece set offers itch and pain relief from skin bites by mosquitos, midges, sandflies, spiders, ticks, and more. With no mess of sprays or lotions, the round gel discs measure over an inch in diameter and can be peeled and applied directly to the skin. Each patch contains arnica flower and lidocaine. The resealable packet received has Lot # 06224 printed on it.

~ Why ~
When I get a mosquito bite, I usually get a reaction almost every time where the bite swells and itches. I appreciate that these fairly large patches are easy to apply to the bite and stay on. Being somewhat transparent, they allow viewing of the skin too. I like that there are 18 in the recloseable bag so they should last at least a year or two.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are allergic to lidocaine or arnica should avoid this product. Others may prefer sprays or lotions, but they can be messy.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if several different sizes of patches were included in the box, but their current size is ample for my use.

~ Want ~
If you want to stop the itch of a bug bite and need a skin calming patch that reduces pain and irritation, these are the perfect answer and are easy to use.

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

#Medagel #BugBitReliefPatch #BugItchPatches #StopItching

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Review: Adventure’s Invitation

Title: Adventure’s Invitation
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Publisher: Cheri Swalwell
ISBN: 9798670379786

“Life isn’t lived during the happily-ever-after anyway — those are celebrated because of the lessons learned during the tough stuff,” Holly is told in Cheri Swalwell’s novel, Adventure’s Invitation.

~ What ~
As the first book in The Redemption of Green Pines series, this story focuses on a young woman trying to overcome grief and resentment when life does not turn out the way she had planned it. With no profanity but topics of premarital sex, pregnancy, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. While the beginning has a list of characters, the ending includes an excerpt of the next book in the series.

In this tale based in Indiana that spans more than ten years, college-aged Holly is jilted when her perfectly planned dreams abruptly end her anticipated happily-ever-life with her true love. As she tries to pick up the emotional and spiritual pieces, she discouragingly sees her family and friends move on without her. It is only when she completely trusts God that she understands He is the one in control of her life.

~ Why ~
This heartbreaking but redeeming story brings out the worst and best in Christians who can be judgmental and legalistic to compassionate and loving. I appreciate how the author tenderly handled crossing God’s set boundaries and dealing with an unplanned issue. Although it is the first book in the series, it is a stand-alone read.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a Christian-based story that centers on God’s grace and mercy as one deals with trials may not like this read. Others may not care for the anger and frustration portrayed in some of the characters, but they are raw and realistic.

~ Wish ~
Being one who is fixated on correct punctuation and grammar, I wish the book was professionally edited. I do not recall the eternal plan of salvation was clearly stated.

~ Want ~
If you want a wholesome series that promotes God’s plans are often not our plans viewed from a young woman struggling with forgiveness and acceptance, this first book in the series will invite you to read more.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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

#CheriSwalwell #AdventuresInvitation #TheRedemptionofGreenPines #WholesomeRomance

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Review: Sally Fashion Colored Gift Tags

100 CUT-OUT GIFT CARDS & TIES

~ What ~
Made of crease-proof kraft cardstock and jute twine, this set has 100 cut-out blank cards with 100 pieces of 8-inch strings. The cards include 25 each white, gray, light blue, and navy. All cards have a precut hole to string the jute through for tying on to a gift. The set arrives in a cellophane bag without instructions, ready for using or gifting.

~ Why ~
This is a fun way to label presents as the colored kraft stock is nice with the top-edge scalloped cut. I like that the cards are not flimsy, making them easy to write on with markers. It helps there is a precut hole for the included string.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like tying cards onto presents may not need or want this product, but it makes a gift look elegant and simple. Others may prefer actual cards with envelopes. For some odd reason, the white ones are made of a thicker cardstock than the others so are sturdier.

~ Wish ~
If you think the 8-inch strings are too short for tying, I recommend using thin, colorful ribbons that match the marker’s color for a finished look.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a simple but cute way to put a nametag on a gift, this kraft set would go nicely with almost any wrapping paper.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars due to the different cardstock used.

Thanks to SallyFashion and Pop Baby for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#JuicerReview #Sponsoredbyshenglili #SallyFashion #PopBaby #BlankGiftTags #100ColoredKraftGiftTags #DIYCraftGiftTags #WrapItUp

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Review: Vegepower Whole Food Multivitamin

KEEPING HEALTHY

~ What ~
This bottle of 90 full-spectrum vitamins and minerals is geared for men and women. Specially formulated with a blend of over 65 vitamins, minerals, organic nature powder, and extracts, they provide support for the brain, eyes, heart, stomach, and whole body in adults. They do not contain any added preservatives, GMO, coloring, flavoring, gluten, soy, or dairy. Instructions recommend taking 2 tablets daily. The bottle received has an expiration of 06/2024 and is Lot #MT220602.

~ Why ~
One of the best features of this product is that it is manufactured in the United States and laboratory tested in FDA, GMP, NSF certified facilities. I appreciate the bottle focuses on adults like me and is packed with 26 essential vitamins and minerals plus over 40 organic fruits and vegetables. Ample content percentages include 12,500% of the daily dose of Vitamin B12, 2000% Biotin, 1250% Thiamin, and 1154% Riboflavin as well as more than 100% of Vitamin D3, Folate, Pantothenic acid, and Chromium.

~ Why Not ~
Some do not like taking large tablets, and these are about an inch long so may be hard to swallow. Those who are more fastidious about percentages of specific vitamins and minerals may not want to take high dosages (example: the high dose of B12 may wire a person, and the 2000% of Biotin may interfere with tested Calcium levels when taken).

~ Wish ~
It would be ideal if the bottle contained more than 45 days’ worth of supplements.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comprehensive supplement for adults that is made in America, this will keep you healthy.

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

#JuicerReview #Sponsoredbychenchenny #Vegepower #VegepowerStore #WholeFoodMultiVitamins #KeepingHealthy

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Review: BigOtters 100 Gift Card Holders

100 COLORED GIFT CARD HOLDERS

~ What ~
Made of thick kraft paper, this set contains 100 foldable envelopes that can hold small gift cards, packet seeds, or more. Measuring 4 by 2.8 inches each when completed, the set has 25 each of white, gray, light blue, and navy envelopes. They arrive flat but can be folded with a heart-shaped tab that closes the flap. They come in a clear cellophane case, ready for using or giving.

~ Why ~
These are really cute and clever to hold gift cards or other small flat items. I love the heart closure idea as it stands out and is noticeable. They are easy to assemble. Since it is kraft cardstock, it can be written or painted on with markers, making it more personalized.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the size of these envelopes, but they amply hold regular gift cards. Others may think the heart closure will become undone quickly, but tape could be added to secure the flap.

~ Wish ~
It is great to have these in 4 colors – wish there were more options.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for unique gift card holders, these are adorable and can be personalized, making gift giving more fun. I appreciate that so many are included in the package and there are four colors.

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

#JuicerReview #Sponsoredbyshenglili #BigOtters #SmallGiftCardEnvelopes #EnvelopesforGiftCards

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Review: Peach Not Plastic Purifying Shampoo Bar

PLASTIC-FREE SHAMPOO FOR OILY HAIR

~ What ~
This small 3-ounce bar of solid shampoo is for oily, thin, or fine hair without having to use a plastic container. Able to reuse as many hair washings as in a 17-ounce bottle, the soap targets excess oil production as it cleans hair follicles. With a green tea and mint scent, its first five ingredients are sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, cocadimopropryl hydroxysultaine, stearic acid, and behentrimonium methosulfate. It contains no SLES, ALES, parabens, or synthetic colorants. Instructions on the box recommend rubbing the wet bar over the crown of the head, using the fingers to work it into a lather, and rinse thoroughly.

~ Why ~
One of the best features of this soap is that it is made in the United States. It is ideal for someone who has hair that gets oily and stringy, especially because it removes buildup, leaving it feeling light and clean. The soap bar lathers with plenty of soft bubbles. The bar would be perfect for travel use, especially if camping, hiking, or being in the outdoors for days.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the scent as it is not floral, but it does not linger long afterward. I prefer more moisturizing shampoos on my hair so the hair ends do not dry out.

~ Wish ~
Including a reusable holding container in the box would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a plastic-free shampoo designed to maintain oily hair, this may be helpful, especially if you want to use something eco-friendly.

Thanks to Peach Not Plastic for this complimentary sample that I am freely evaluating.

#PeachNotPlastic #ShampooSoapBar #BarofSoapShampoo #PurifyingShampooBar

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Review: Kizz Vitamin C Serum

VITAMIN C SERUM WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS

~ What ~
This 2 fluid-ounce glass bottle contains a Vitamin C serum that has added natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil, Gotu Kola, Vitamin E, and Horsetail, Geranium, and Dandelion Extracts. With a light mild scent, it can be applied to the face, neck, and chest to reduce fine lines, restore skin moisture, and brighten the complexion. Arriving with a dropper, the bottle and box include directions, cautions, and ingredients. Lot 2109096 Exp 10/2023 is printed on the bottle.

~ Why ~
Now that I am in my sixties, I have wrinkled skin since I was born and raised in Southern California. Having had all three types of skin cancer, I appreciate all the extra natural ingredients in this serum that protect my skin. This one blends into my skin quickly and easily without leaving a greasy feeling. Another great feature is it is made in the United States.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not apply serum to your face, you may not want to consider this product, but it is supposed to improve the look of your skin while staving off wrinkles. Others may question using Vitamin C on their face, yet this one has other ingredients that aid in restoring the derma.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the bottle and box promoted the multiple natural ingredients added to the serum.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bottle of Vitamin C with added healthy ingredients at an unbelievably low price, this is an excellent choice. I will update my review if I notice any more pros or cons to the product.

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

#Kizz #VitaminCSerum #ReduceFineWrinkles

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Review: LovesTown Moshi Squishy Toys

28 KAWAII DINOSAUR SQUISHIES

~ What ~
Made of stretchable silicone, this set includes 28 soft, colorful kawaii toys in dinosaur shapes that can be squished, stretched, and reformed. Measuring from 1.3 to 2.2 inches, they come in 24 different designs with a few duplications. They arrive without instructions individually wrapped in a cellophane box, ready for using or giving.

~ Why ~
These are colorful and fun for toddlers and kids while squeezing, stretching, or playing with them. I like how colorful they are with their black-dotted eyes, sometimes added with color. They are great for kids to adults and make nice party favors or fun gifts.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think these are too small, but one can fit nicely in the palm of a child’s hand. Others may want something with more details or looking more realistic.

~ Wish ~
I wish they were a little larger in size for our 3-year-old granddaughter.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 28 soft, pliable mini-dinosaurs to squeeze stress away, these are fun and colorful.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyshenglili #LovesTown #28MoshiSquishes #KawaiiSquishToys #SqueezeStressAway

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