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A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood

A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating MotherhoodTitle: A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood
Illustrator: Stephanie Corfee
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4789-4741-7

“Enjoy moments of peaceful creativity while being reminded of your special place in the hearts of your loved ones and your wonderful God-given purpose …” the back jacket states in Stephanie Corfee’s A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets mothers who enjoy down time coloring. With forty-six illustrations, the right side of the pages have black and white artistic designs to color. The left side is usually left blank so that the art medium does not bleed through the pages. While focusing on motherhood, the designs celebrate the topic with a Bible verse or saying often incorporated into the drawings. The NKJV, NLT, NIV, MSG, and NLV versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

Including a verse from Psalms, Proverbs, Matthew, or Romans to name a few, also added are quotes from well-known individuals such as Lincoln,  Graham, Mother Teresa, and Chapin. The drawings involve lovely patterns of mothers, flowers, leaves, hearts, birds, foods, objects, and mandalas as a few examples.

~ Why ~
Moms who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books will love this book that concentrates on them. I like that the written words are short and to the point, while the charming illustrations are clear, crisp, and creative.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not mothers or do not have time on their hands may not appreciate this book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling.

~ Wish ~
I wish more coloring books were available like this that had one side blank in case the paint or markers bled through and that they could be removed and framed.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a special gift for a mother or to give to children to color, cut out, and frame as a gift to give, this would be a keeper and appreciated greatly by a mom.

Thanks to Hatchette Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Homde Children Placemat

Baby Placemat 1LARGE, NON-SLIP INFANT PLATE/MAT

~ What ~
Made of 100% food grade silicone that is BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate-free, this green container can be placed on a flat surface and remain in place. Meant for infants five months or older or children learning to eat, it has 3 heart-shaped sections that form a 3-leaf clover. With the placemat measuring 10.2 by 8.4 by 1.2 inches, each of the sections hold 3 to almost 4 ounces. The product can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning and is microwave, oven, and freezer safe. Instructions are included on the box.

~ Why ~Baby Placemat 2
With a grandson that is 8 months old, he is starting to eat more solids so this silicone placemat is ideal for putting on his tray table and adding a few soft foods for him to pick up and put in his mouth. I like the shape and ability to remain stationary on his tray. On my wood desk, it was securely in place, releasing only when I lifted its edge. Another plus is how large each of the 3 sections are so they hold plenty of food.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like placing food in front of a child in a highchair with a tray may think the product is not necessary. Others may consider their child would make a mess of trying to reach for the food in the sections, although it may enhance eye-hand coordination.

~ Wish ~
I wish the bowl could be available in other colors. Having more written information online regarding how much each section holds would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an immovable tray when feeding your infant, this is an excellent product.

Thanks to Homde for this product I was partially reimbursed and am evaluating by choice.

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VitaMonk CinnaTrax

CinnamonORGANIC CINNAMON BARK IN CAPSULE FORM

~ What ~

Containing 500 mg of organic Ceylon cinnamon back in each, these 60 capsules support healthy blood sugar and a healthy heart while providing anti-oxidants. The dietary supplement should be taken to one to two pills a day. The contents are organic Ceylon cinnamon bark and inactive ingredients such as vegetable cellulose, silicon dioxide, and white rice flour. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and to consult their doctor before using.

~ Why ~
Keeping my blood pressure regulated and my circulation healthy are important to me. I prefer taking non-prescription drugs compared to those filled with chemicals. With no odor in the capsule form, if it is split open, a light scent of cinnamon is noticed, and it does taste like the spice. Being produced in a GMP facility is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
If one does not like taking it in pill format, it could be opened and sprinkled on food.

~ Wish ~
With the product manufactured in Florida, I wish the label stated it was made in America and where the cinnamon originated.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for high-quality cinnamon supplements made of Ceylon cinnamon, this is an excellent choice due to its healthful benefits. Since it is an organic capsule, it can be taken orally or split over meals to add flavor.

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

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Best Choice Outdoor Patio Wicker Bar

Patio Bar 1STURDY BROWN WICKER/STEEL PATIO BAR

~ What ~
Made of a weatherproof brown wicker on a steel frame, this outdoor patio bar comes with two shelves with two rails for stemmed wine glasses. Weighing 38 pounds with a top that can handle up to 110 pounds, it measures 54.5 inches long by 18.5 inches wide and 36.4 inches tall. Instructions are in the box, and some assembly is required.

~ Why ~Patio Bar 2
With a summer party coming up, we hope our guests can enjoy the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest by having an outdoor patio bar for drinks. I like how sturdy the furniture is and that it matches the other brown wicker chairs we have. The top is long and spacious, able to hold lots of beverages, bottles, or bowls. With easy to assemble instructions, it took me less than 30 minutes to assemble with no issues by screwing in 22 bolts with the included Allen wrench.

~ Why Not ~Patio Bar 3
Some may not like wicker furniture, but this one is durable and should last a long time. Others may not like the dark brown color, but it could be spray painted.

~ Wish ~
I wish multiple colors of the wicker such as white or black were available.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a quality patio bar at a price that will not break your budget, consider this one. It will look great outdoors on a patio in time for summer.

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-wicker-bar-counter-table-brown

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YouCopia Crazy Susan 11″ Turntable + CONTEST!

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Susan 2EASILY ORGANIZES CUPBOARDS

~ What ~
Made of white ABS plastic, this round 11-inch turntable with a gray-colored backstop is for storing spices, oils, or condiments in a kitchen cupboard. As a person touches the round base, the circular device slowing swivels around so one can view all contents inside. It arrives in a gift box ready for giving. Instructions are included.

~ Why ~Susan 1
I cannot stand my kitchen cupboard where I keep my spices as I always have to move them around or out of order to get to the one in the back of the cabinet. With this handy gadget, I can turn the lazy susan around and get the needed spice with no effort. It also could be used to hold makeup, lotions, or beauty aids in a bathroom. When my husband noticed I rearranged the spice shelf, he mentioned it looked more organized and easier to grab a jar.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a lot of spices or condiments in their cupboards may not need or want this product. Others may wish it was larger in diameter.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color options were available to blend better inside a cabinet or shelf.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a simplified way to view all your spices or small condiments in a round rotating tray, this is the way to do it.

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

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Goodia Solar Mini Copper String Lights

Mini Lights 2MINI LED ON COPPER STRING LIGHTS

~ What ~
This 33-foot strand of 120 mini LED waterproof lights on a copper wire is for outdoor use and solar powered. Able to shine up to 16 hours after being fully charged by the sun’s rays for 6 to 8 hours, there are 2 operating modes of lighting. Its built-in battery will last over a year. Instructions and a ground spike are included.

~ Why ~Mini Lights 1
What I like most about this product 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 that this wire is longer than most others. In testing them at night, I put them around our outdoor pond, and they were bright and illuminating on the flashing or solid lighting mode.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like miniatuare lights as they are tiny. Others that live in the Pacific Northwest or where there is limited sun may not think they will light up long enough at night during the short sunny days.

~ Wish ~
With the lights being miniscule, I wish they had varied light sizes on the copper wire so they can be mixed and matched in decorating.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a strand of mini LED lights on a thin copper wire that are solar powered, this will make your decorations shine brightly.

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

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Orilife Colorful Bra Set

Bright Bras 1BRIGHT, COMFY SPORTS BRAS

~ What ~
Made of 96% nylon and 4% spandex, this set includes three workout bras that have no adjustable straps, snaps, hooks, or underwires. Coming in six sizes from Small to XXXL, their colors are in aqua blue, hot pink, and purple. With removable breast pads, 1,5-inch shoulder straps, and 1.75-inch bands around their bottoms, they are machine washable and can be put in the dryer.

~ Why ~Bright Bras 2
I cannot stand underwire, push-up bras and like to be comfortable when I am at the gym, working in the yard, or wearing casual clothing. These bras are ideal by offering ample support of the breasts due to the stretchy, breathable fabric and wide straps. I found the Large fit nicely on my Size 8 frame. The double stitching has no loose threads. The colors are bright and cheerful so their straps could be shown on purpose.

~ Why Not
Some women may not like having to put a bra on over the head since there are not hooks or latches. Others may wish the designs were razorback so give more shoulder movement for working out, but those types usually show near the neckline. Some may not like the thickness of the insert pads, but they are removable.

~ Wish ~
Since they come only in the three solid colors, it would be nice if floral, polka dot, or stripes could be included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pack of three comfy, stretchy, and bright bras that make you feel secure, these are a must. Be sure to check the sizing as I ordered one size up and they fit perfectly.

I ordered these at their online price at the time and am evaluating them by choice.

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Cannara Daily Anti-Aging Face Cream

Hemp 1CREAMY NATURAL HEMP FACE MOISTURIZER

~ What ~
Made from 100% natural hemp seed oil, this 1.7-ounce jar of face cream is to keep wrinkles at bay, dry skin moist, and leave skin looking healthier and younger. Coming in a small glass jar, the thick cream-colored lotion can be applied to a clean face twice a day. The first five ingredients are water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cannabis sativa seed oil, vitis vinifera seed oil, and squalane. Instructions are printed on the included box.

~ Why ~ Hemp 2
Now that I am in my late fifties, my skin is aging quickly. Born and raised in Southern California, needless to say, I have wrinkled, dry skin. I like that the cream is soft and blends into my skin quickly and easily. Another nice feature is it contains all natural products with no chemical additives. The smell has an earthy, almost cinnamon tint to it.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not ritualistically apply moisturizers to your face, you may not want to consider this product, but it is supposed to reduce wrinkles. Those who are against anything that contains any part of a marijuana plant may avoid it. Some may wish it included a sunscreen additive.

~ Wish ~
I wish online stated the quantity amount, how much to use, application, and ingredients for the picky buyer. I was skeptical about this product, but I was so impressed by its absorption, nice scent, and moisturizing feeling on my skin. It would be helpful if consumers know how much of the cannabis is absorbed into the skin or if it gets into the bloodstream.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a unique way to add moisture to your face while treating aging and wrinkles, this one that contains cannabis may be an excellent idea. I will update my review if I notice any more pros or cons to the product.

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

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Goodia Solar Spike String Lights

Stick Lights 2SOLAR STICK STRING LIGHTS

~ What ~
This 72.5-foot strand of 200 LED waterproof lights that have sections of 1-inch stick lights every 4 inches is for outdoor or indoor use and solar powered. Able to shine up to 16 hours after being fully charged by the sun’s rays for 6 to 8 hours, there are 2 operating modes of lighting. Its built-in battery will last over a year. Instructions and a ground spike are included.

~ Why ~Stick Lights 1
What I like most about this product 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 different than other solar lights on the market is the individual stick lights are thicker and more obvious than others. In testing them at night, I found them to be bright and illuminating on the flashing or solid lighting mode.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the sticks being either too long or short. Others that live in the Pacific Northwest or where there is limited sun may not think they will light up long enough at night during the short sunny days.

~ Wish ~
With each stick being approximately 1 inch long, it would be nice if other size lights could be available that are smaller and larger than these so they can be mixed and matched in decorating.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a long strand of stick string lights that are solar powered, this will make your decorations shine brightly.

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

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Shizan Anti-Aging Day Cream

Shizan 1LUXURIOUS FACE MOISTURIZER

~ What ~
This 1.7 ounce of a thick white cream can be applied daily on a clean face or neck to lessen wrinkles, fine lines, and aging. Coming in a plastic 4.5-inch tall bottle with pumper and lid, it is easy to use. The first four ingredients are water, sunflower seed oil, sorbitan oleate, and hydrogenated stearyl olive oil esters. Also added are honeysuckle, argan, olive, jojoba, pomegranate, grape, and citron oils. Directions are on the box and jar.

~ Why ~
Now that I am in my late fifties, my skin is aging quickly. Born and raised in Southern California, I have all three types of skin cancers so try only to use natural products on my face, so I like that this one contains 95% organic water-binding ingredients. I appreciate that concoction includes a blend of cold-pressed oils that do not leave my skin greasy or slippery. The smell has a floral fragrance, and it absorbs into the skin quickly.

~ Why Not ~Shizan 2

If you do not ritualistically apply moisturizers to your face, you may not want to consider this product, but it does help with consistent use to keep those wrinkles at bay. Those who already have oily skin may not want to add more oil-based products to their daily regimen. Others may not care for its flowery scent.

~ Wish ~
Since this cream can be used daily, it would be helpful if it included SPF ingredients that blocked out the UV rays that cause further skin damage.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a natural, healthy cold-pressed oil-based face and neck moisturizer, try this one. I will update my opinion if I come across any other findings.

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

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