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Diamond Candy Woman’s Jacket

LIGHTWEIGHT WOMEN’S WATERPROOF JACKET

~ What ~
Made of a shell that is 100% Polyester with a mesh lining, this women’s hooded lightweight jacket comes in 5 sizes of Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Available in aqua blue, olive or orange, it comes with detachable hood with toggle drawstrings, high-neck snap collar, full-length zippered opening, zippered breast pocket, 2 zippered hip pockets, and elastic wrists sleeves. Cleaning instructions not in English on an attached tag state it can be washed in cold water but not put in the dryer.

~ Why ~
Living in the Pacific Northwest, having a lightweight waterproof jacket with a removeable hood is a must. I like how this one adapts to my body, being long enough to cover my hips. Because I wear layers or sweaters underneath, I chose a Large size to fit my Size 8 frame comfortably. I like all the inside and outside pockets that are deep. The attached label states it is superlight, resistant to tearing, and suntan/wind/waterproof.

~ Why Not ~
Some may wish it were available in more than only 3 color choices. Tall women may think it is too short, but it was a modest length on my body, and I could have gone down a size.

~ Wish ~
Online pictures and descriptions state the wrist sleeves are adjustable with Velcro tabs, but the one I received were elastic, and this should be corrected.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for sporty yet comfortable lightweight woman’s jacket, this one is an excellent choice.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Calvin W #Diamond Candy

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Front-zipper-Multifunctional-Waterproof-Lightweight-Climbing/dp/B071DP34BJ

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Thief of Corinth

Thief of CorinthTitle: Thief of Corinth
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2866-0

“I was not planning to make a life of thieving. My actions would be an aberration,” Ariadne confesses in Tessa Afshar’s novel, Thief of Corinth.

~ What ~
At four-hundred pages, this historical Christian novel targets those interested in a fictionalized story that includes the Apostle Paul from the New Testament. With no profanity, topics of thievery and rape may not be appropriate for immature readers. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the NIV and NLT are also referenced. The ending includes a chapter of another book by the writer, author’s note, acknowledgments, ten discussion questions, and the author’s biography.

Written in first person, this engaging Biblical-backed tale is told by sixteen-year-old Ariadne, a young girl who has run away from her mean, unloving mother to her lonely father in Corinth, who has a deep secret that she unwittingly learns. Desperate to keep her father from being found out as the city’s infamous Honorable Thief, she emphatically assists him until the stakes become unbearable. As more family secrets are uncovered, she must decide what her and her family’s freedom will cost, especially when they met and befriend Paul, a Jewish convert with a fresh and unusual outlook on love and forgiveness.

~ Why ~
This love story not only shows the devotion between a daughter and father as well as a friendship of two who grew up together, but it also conveys how God’s grace and love conquers all, even when one has to forfeit and give up something they want. I enjoyed reading about the stadion races, community baths, luxurious pompous living of the wealthy, and broken family interactions. The budding romance between the Ariadne and a friend over the years was sincere and believable.

~ Why Not ~
Although the book is loosely based on Paul and I Corinthians 13, Ariadne is not a real character. As a predictable read regarding romance, it does have contain interesting historical content.

~ Wish ~
I wish more novels were written that promoted the Word of God and what it teaches in a venue that is Biblically related.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fictional story that includes intrigue, romance, and Biblical application of God’s love, this one may grip your senses and make you think of your own relationships that need mending through loving and forgiving one another.

Thanks to Tyndale Blog Network for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thief-of-corinth-tessa-afshar/1127416123

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ProCore 5 Bottle Wall Wine Rack

ELEGANT BLACK IRON WALL WINE RACK

~ What ~
Made of solid steel with a black matte powder coated finish, this wine bottle rack can hold up to 5 full wine bottles and 4-8 long-stemmed wine glasses when mounted on a wall. Measuring 26.5-by-6-by-18-inches, it weighs 5.15 pounds without the bottles and includes all necessary mounting hardware. No manual is included, and it arrives in a shipping box with no packaging.

~ Why ~
While most wine racks hold bottles on their sides at a downward angle, this unique and beautiful rack holds the 5 bottles completely upside-down so the wine is touching the cork, keeping it moist so there is no oxidization. The curly scrolled metal looks attractive and would work well with other wrought iron or black decorative items.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the contemporary design of the metal rack or do not drink wine, so they would not be interested in this product. Others may need a rack that holds more than 5 bottles of wine, but it could be used for specialty bottles that are on display. When installing, be sure to secure to a studded wall section as it will be heavy when the bottles and glasses are added.

~ Wish ~
I wish the product arrived in a gift box and came with instructions, so it would be ready to wrap and give as a gift.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a “wrought-iron” looking wine rack that can be hung on a wall to save space while holding firmly 5 wine bottles upside down, this would be a great and appreciated addition to a room.

Thanks to ProCure Products for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Debra Dougherty #ProCure Products

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076D4T7M8/

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Heytech Kid’s Golf Set

15 PIECE TOY GOLF CLUB SET FOR KIDS

~ What ~
Made non-toxic ABS plastic and metal, this children’s toy golf set comes with 3 golf clubs, 5 golf balls, 2 hole cups, 2 hole flags, 2 tees, and a zippered golf carrying bag with an adjustable shoulder strap.

~ Why ~
Our grandson and granddaughters are coming to visit from out of state soon, and I like having fun toys for them, especially since we are a golfing family. I like that the approximately 2 foot clubs that come as a driver, wedge, and putter have hollow metal shafts and are not all plastic like similar sets for little ones are. Another nice feature is the golf bag to store all the clubs.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not realize some small parts could be a choking hazard. Others who are not into golf may not be interested in this toy. Hard core golfers will find the set too sophomoric for those who are serious about teaching their children the game.

~ Wish ~
I wish the set did not only come with the blue carry bag but also in pink for girls..

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a step-up golf club set that looks more realistic than all plastic golf clubs for kids, this is well above par.

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0751BH7HC/

 

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Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention (Paperback)

Title: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention
Author: Oneeka Williams M.D.
Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
ISBN: 978-0-9983045-2-6

“The Ice Worms and the Arctic animals are extremely grateful,” Dee Dee Dynamo’s sidekick orb flashes on his screen after the young surgeon refreezes the ice in Oneeka Williams’s children’s book, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention.

~ What ~
This numbered thirty-two-page oversized paperback targets ages four to seven years old, especially those interested in the Earth and global warming as it relates to ice worms. With no scary or violent scenes, it does contain complicated words that beginner readers will need help understanding or pronouncing.

The story is about a young girl from the Island of Positivity who visits Alaska with her friends for the Cordova Ice Worm Festival. They meet Toby, a smart autistic kid who knows a lot about climate change. When Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo and her crew are called into action, they learn from Toby about the ozone layer, troposphere, greenhouse effect, and the long-eye-lash-looking ice worms that may die due to the glacial temperature heating up. In the end, Dr. Dee Dee spins her magic to refreeze large areas of ocean ice to save the worms and Arctic animals.

Having colorful and expressive illustrations, the tale incorporates educational pages regarding the discovery of ice worms, the Earth’s atmosphere, greenhouse gases, effects of climate change, map of ice worm locations, aspects of autism, and the habit of positivity. Added at the end are a glossary of twenty-six words, thirty-seven learning words, and resource guide.

~ Why ~
The story contains scientific information on climate change that even adults can glean knowledge when reading it to a child. Although the tale is fictitious, it is educational and instructional, teaching young ones about protecting our planet. I had never heard of ice worms before reading this book, so I was intrigued to find they are located in five places around the world, including the Cascades near where I live in Oregon. I love that the story’s information could be used in a classroom or as a book report about the environment and what we humans can do to protect it. Another plus was the additional data included at the end of the book.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want a complicated read with lots of wording and teaching concepts on every page will pass on this one as it is geared toward older children. Young ones or those visually challenged may be overwhelmed with the busyness of its contents, but it offers plenty of information.

~ Wish ~
I have previously reviewed the hardbound copy of this book, and this is reposted as a paperback version. I wish more educational books for children were available that taught and instructed within its story, although the surgery mentioned is make-believe.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for another engaging, intellectual children’s book about Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo that explains our planet, global warming, and autism, this is an excellent teaching tool in paperback format for young ones. Watch it, you may learn a thing or two too; I did!

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

Check out the author’s website at www.drdeedeedynamo.com

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Dynamos-Worm-Intervention-Paperback-Book/dp/0998304522/

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RoadTec Solar Water Fountain

6.3” SOLAR WATER FOUNTAIN WITH 4 NOZZLE HEADS

~ What ~
Made of plastic and metal, this 6.3” round flat black disc that is solar powered is a water fountain that can spray up to 15 inches tall. The 1.4 watt, 7 volt motor can be charged by the sun if in at least 2 inches of water. It comes with 4 different types of nozzle heads with 2 height levels. Instructions are included, and little assembly is required.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this compact water fountain is that it is solar-powered, so I do not have to think about turning it on and off daily or running any electrical wires. Another top feature that is the many different nozzle and height combinations. It was easy to assemble by removing a protective film, putting it in direct sunlight in water, and adding the desired nozzle. Since I recently reviewed another fountain, I found this one works better in my bird bath and pond as it is smaller and does not spray too much out of the fountain or pond.

~ Why Not ~
Those who live in the Pacific Northwest or where there is limited sun may not think this will fountain will run long enough during the short sunny days. Some may not like the flat black disc look of the unit. However, it appears to be quite durable and is waterproof.

~ Wish ~
I wish the nozzles could come on and off easier as they are hard to change. I may have to remove all nozzle heads and use as a bubbler so I do not have to keep adding water that quickly evaporates due to the spray.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a wireless water fountain to put in a bird bath or pond, this smaller solar-powered one would work well.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Chardy #Roadtec

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/ROADTEC-Solar-Fountain-Standing-Garden/dp/B07F2FTMD2

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I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones

I Am: The Names of God for Little OnesTitle: I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones
Author: Diane Stortz
Illustrator: Diane Le Feyer
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1079-1

“God’s names teach us that He is powerful, loving, and gentle,” the back jacket states in the children’s book, I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones, by Diane Stortz.

~ What ~
At twenty-four pages, this hardbound with rounded corners and sparkles on the padded front cover targets preschool children and older who want to learn more about God. With no scary scenes, the colorful illustrations are detailed and expressive on all pages, captivating a young one’s attention. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the ICB and NLT are also referenced.

With the top of the left side of the page listing a name for God with the Hebrew or English rendition, a Bible verse and short rewritten paragraph from the Word is written out, overlapping a corresponding drawing. A short one-sentence prayer is on the bottom right side of the page. All names reflect who God is and why.

~ Why ~
This is terrific way to explain to a child who God is and what names He is called. There are the Old Testament names of Elohim, El Shaddai, Jehovah, El Moshaah, Jehovah Jireh, and Jehovah Rophe, as well as the Son of God, Rabbi, the Good Shepherd, Savior, Friend, and King of Kings. I love how the book is formatted in the same order as the Bible and that some of the Jewish names have pronunciations. The prayers complete the thought as they refer to the Almighty’s names.

One example is The Lord Will Provide / Jehovah Jireh (jeh-HO-vuh JYE-ruh) that has Genesis 22:14 written out. The paragraph covers Exodus 16 about God’s people trusting God to take care of them by giving them manna. The prayer is “Dear God, thank You for giving me all I need! Amen.”

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not approve of this book as it focuses on God. Beginner readers may have trouble with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I was so impressed with this book that teaches God’s names that there are no suggestions to improve it except to provide more names of Him. I love that an adult reading it to a child will be encouraged and reminded of our Lord’s names too. Those of Jewish faith may appreciate the link to their Messiah.

~ Want ~
If your child is starting to question who is God and what are some of His names, this is an excellent short book that promotes a dozen names, explaining each of them through a Bible passage.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-am-diane-stortz/1127480799

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Fronage Woman’s Casual Polka Dot Dress

 

 

COMFY WOMEN’S POLKA DOT KNEE-LENGTH DRESS

~ What ~
Made of 70% Polyester and 30% Spandex, this women’s 3/4-sleeved dress that rests at the knee has a scooped neckline and bottom hem and 2 pockets with no zipper or buttons. With 4 sizes available from Small to X-Large, it comes in 3 color choices of blue, coffee, and gray, all with white polka dots. Online it states it can machine or hand washed, but its attached tag recommends to wash separately or dry clean.

~ Why ~
I am in my 60s and love wearing casual, comfortable dresses, and this one fits the bill. I like the empire waistline and the almost ½ inch white polka dots. The stretchy t-shirt-like fabric flows well and is soft against my skin. The double-stitched hems are well sewn. I ordered a Medium, and it fit my Size 8 frame nicely.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the dress material or pattern design. A few may think it is hard to put on since there is no zipper or buttons on the back, but it is stretchy to slip on and off.

~ Wish ~
I wish information was given online of the exact fabric contents.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comfortable, casual, and classy dress for work or play, this is a great option.

Thanks to Fronage for this discounted product that I am not obligated to review.

This item can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F32D7DR

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Nannette 3-Piece Boy’s Summer Outfit

COLLARED & T SHIRTS PLUS SHORTS FOR BOY TODDLERS

~ What ~
Made of either 100% cotton or 60% cotton and 40% polyester, this little boy toddler outfit comes with a button down shirt, t-shirt, and shorts. With 3 sizes available from 12 to 24 months, there are 7 designs to choose from online. Cleaning icons on a detachable tags state they can be machined washed and dried.

~ Why ~
Our two-year-old grandson is growing like a weed and is visiting from out of state in a month, so I had to buy him this 3-in-1 set. I like the quality of the button-down shirt with the racecars on it and the matching car-themed t-shirt. The shorts have a button on the fly with an elastic waist. The material is a little stretchy, lightweight, and comfortable. I think he will love wearing this gift.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the color combinations or designs offered, but they are nice as complete sets for a boy toddler.

~ Wish ~
Even with 7 designs to choose from, I wish more options were available so I could buy several.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a 3-piece combination outfit for a 1 to 2-year-old for summer, this is a quality one that will look nice

Thanks to Nannette for this discounted product that I am not obligated to review.

This item can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0777PWQRT/

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Mini Da Vinci Fun Stencil Set

STENCIL ON THE GO

~ What ~
Containing items made of paper, plastic, and wood, this children’s art set has 10 colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, 20 drawing papers, zippered pencil case, and a clear backpack carrying tote. With over 15 sheets of designs to stencil, there are 220 cut-out choices for ages 4 years old and above to use. It arrives in a cellophane pack, ready to give to the young artist in your life.

~ Why ~
Having a degree in art and a 5 year-old granddaughter who loves to draw, this is the perfect art project to have available when she visits next month. I love the combination of stencils that cover emojis, musical instruments, princes, princesses, fairies, unicorns, mermaids, dragons, nature, flowers, dogs, cats, paw prints, rainbows, dinosaurs, cars, emotions, holidays, and farm animals just to cover a few. Adding the paper and pencils with the sharpener, pencil holder, and bag complete the gift.

~ Why Not ~
Some children may not be into drawing and stenciling or may prefer free-hand illustrating so they may not be interested in this product. Others may want to buy less inexpensive sets, but they will not contain the plethora of stencils in this pack.

~ Wish ~
I wish the carrying tote was a of higher quality as the zipper would not unzip the entire way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a art set that will provide hours of fun for children in a wide age range and can be used repeatedly, this one would be enjoyed.

Thanks to Mini DaVinci Fun Stensils for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Amanda Poppagins #Mini DaVinci Fun Stencils

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CWGJS66/

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