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Barbie Forever

Title: Barbie Forever
Author: Robin Gerber
Publisher: Epic Ink
ISBN: 978-0-7603-6577-9

“Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has been breaking boundaries and highlighting major moments in art, fashion, and culture,” the inside jacket announces in Robin Gerber’s book, Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy.

~ What ~
This oversized one-hundred-and-seventy-six-page hardbound targets those interested in the Barbie doll that has been around for sixty years and is still sold successfully worldwide. The large coffee table book begins with a foreword by Ibtihaj Muhammad and introduction, followed by eight chapters, and ending with a bibliography, acknowledgments, author’s biography, image credits, and historic timeline.

With full color, large photographs of design models of the iconic Barbie, the eight sections cover how the doll has been inspiring fans since 1959, her profitable marketing strategies, breaking toy boundaries, the evolution of her female shape, creation of her lifestyle, how she affects fashion and art, global attributes, and the magic she has provided to many doll owners.

~ Why ~
Being in my early sixties, I enjoyed seeing a couple of the old Barbies that I grew up with and still own, so I was familiar reviewing this book. I found the history of Mattel Creations, Ruth and Elliot Handler’s designing Barbie, and Charlotte Johnson’s fashion clothing interesting.

~ Why Not ~
Those who never owned a Barbie doll or do not care about the iconic figure that has enamored girls for decades and will probably continue to do so will not appreciate this book. However, it does show the progression of culture, events, and fashion that the well-known doll captured. Some may not care for a doll proportioned with unrealistic body measurements.

~ Wish ~
With so much historical content in the book, I wish an index was included so one could look up a topic.

~ Want ~
If you love the iconic Barbie doll and are looking for a beautiful tabletop book, this would make an excellent choice. It would be an ideal gift for the Barbie collector too.

Thanks to the author, Bookpleasures, and Epic Ink for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BarbieForever #RobinGerber #EpicInk #Bookpleasures

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/31EerP4

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The Forest in the Trees

Title: The Forest in the Trees
Author/Illustrator: Connie McLennan
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-64351-3508

“Deep in the woods near a foggy sea, there’s a hidden forest in the trees,” begins Connie McLennan’s children’s book, The Forest in the Trees.

~ What ~
This oversized thirty-two-unnumbered-page hardbound with a duplicated jacket cover targets children ages seven to ten years old who enjoy an informative story about forests. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Expressive, colorful illustrations grace both sides of the pages.

In this short rhyming tale that mimics The House that Jack Built in format, the building sentence-upon-sentence story on the left sides of the pages is about a redwood forest with its tall trees, new growth, rich soil, interesting bugs, crawling creatures, abundant ferns, berry bushes, lacey lichen, flying squirrels, spotted owls, leafy laurel, and diving auk. The right sides of the pages include geographical, physical, scientific, and animal/plant facts.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about the coastal redwoods, a forest vocabulary matching game, animals of the forest and their basic needs, and how new trees are made.

~ Why ~
Since I live in the Pacific Northwest and love trees, this is an ideal book geared for children that teaches about the magnificent redwood trees and how their eco-system protects thriving insects, animals, and plants. The rhyme is cute while the sidebars of interesting facts are educational. I like the attention given to the highlighted words such as reiterations, canopy, humus, crustaceans, epiphytes, fern mats, and lichens. The drawings are detailed and eye-catching.

~ Why Not
Those who do not like an educational read about forest and trees may show no interest in this book. Beginner readers may have issues with some of the two- and three-syllable words. Others may wish there were more puzzles or games included.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about redwoods for elementary-aged children, this will delight many as they realize how abundant life is in a forest.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing, Bookpleasures, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#ArbordalePublishing #ConnieMcLennan #CoastalRedwoods #educationalchildren’sbook

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Savvy Bee Planner Sticker Set

TIME TO PLAN!

~ What ~
Made of glossy non-toxic high-quality paper with adhesive backing, this pack contains 966 colorful stickers to put on daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly planners, calendars, and boards and charts. With 22 pages of stickers to choose from, they are bright, cheery, and positive. They arrive in a reusable pocket folder without instructions.

~ Why ~
I love when our grandkids come and we use stickers on papers or if I need to put a special flag on my monthly calendar as this is a complete set with plenty of options. I like the wide variety of different designs and words. They are easy to peel off the pages and stick onto a clean surface.

~ Why Not ~
Some may wish there were less of the worded stickers and more designs while others may with the opposite. Do note there are 2 pages of each design so 11 different pages.

~ Wish ~
I wish these would be electrostatic stickers in that they could be removed and replaced repeatedly without leaving any glue or paper.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to brighten a planner or journal, this is an excellent choice.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by R #SavvyBee #PlannerStickers

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/34JZ4GO

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Keenstone Rechargeable AA Battery Pack

BATTERIES THAT LAST

~ What ~
This pack contains 4 1.5v Lithium 2775mh Rechargeable AA Batteries with a 2 slot battery charger and carrying case. Able to be recharged up to 1,000 times, they can be used for most standard battery-operated products. They arrive in a gift box with a 4-piece storage case, adapter, USB cable, and instructions.

~ Why ~
My husband and I seem to use a lot of AA batteries in our house, and I never seem to have enough on hand, so I like that this pack is rechargeable and comes with an ample amount of 4 pieces. I appreciate that they take about 2-3 hours to recharge and last up to 3 months when charged and they do not contain Hg/Cd/Pb but are CE, RoHs, FCC, and UL certified.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not use AA batteries often may see no need for this product. Others may prefer the disposable kind or forget that these can be recharged.

~ Wish ~
There is nothing I would question or complain about this product.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to end the constant purchase of batteries for your electronics, these rechargeable ones are an ideal choice.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Keenstone2018@ #Keenstone #RechargeableAA

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The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners

Title: The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners
Author: Amelia Levin
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64152-678-4

“The Pegan diet is all about fresh, wholesome foods, enjoyed in balance with each other and in accordance with what your body naturally craves,” Amelia Levin writes in the first chapter of her book, The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners: A 14-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan with Over 50 Easy Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-eighty-seven-page paperback targets those who are interested in or want to learn about a diet that mixes vegan with paleo. After a dedication and introduction, the book is divided into two sections, followed by a glycemic index and load chart, pesticides on food, measurement conversion tables, resources, index, and the author’s biography.

The first part explains the pegan diet basics of eating plants with a side of animal protein, its benefits of losing weight and belly fat, and a jumpstart plan for the first two weeks. The second section has six chapters of recipes for breakfast, salads and soups, meat and chicken, fish and shellfish, easy sides, and snacks and sweets.

Covering one to three pages each, the recipes begin with a title followed by prep and cook time as well as serving size. A paragraph down the left side of the page discusses the dish with ingredients listed in used order. The numbered instructions are easy to follow in paragraph form. Storage and various tips are set apart with the caloric content included at the end of the page.

~ Why ~
Having never heard of Dr. Mark Hyman’s Pegan diet, I can see how it is a blend of two popular diets but geared toward eating healthy things in moderation. Since I have cut back on wasted carbs and processed sugars, I value a diet that makes sense eating for a lifetime to improve one’s health. It is an ideal book for a beginner as it explains the why of and how the diet works.

Some of the interesting recipes that caught my eye are Grain-Free Nutty Granola, 30-Second Egg, Easy Cucumber-Tomato Gazpacho, Chilled Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Pegan-Style Bibimbap, Gingerly Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Miso-Glazed Pan-Seared Salmon with Bok Choy, Crab Cakes with Creamy Citrus Slaw, Easy Cauliflower Rice, Garden Ratatouille, Coconut-Banana Ice Cream, and Cacao-Nut Truffles.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not think a paleo/vegan diet that avoids carbs while monitoring protein will help them lose weight and feel better may avoid this book.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you want to know more about the Pegan diet and how it works, this is an excellent beginner’s book if you don’t mind it lacking photographs of the finished meals.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#pegandiet #amelialevin #drmarkhyman

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Baby-to-Love BClip

 

MAGNETIC SILICONE BABY BIB CLIP

~ What ~
Made of food-grade 100% waterproof silicone, this around-the-neck bib clip will keep your baby clean. With 2 clips on each end and a curved back-of-the-neck collar, its 2 ends can clip to a towel, napkin, or tissue to protect a child when eating, painting, or any messy activity. The one-piece clip comes in pink, blue, or gray and arrives in a gift box with instructions, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
With our 4th grandchild due any day, this is an ideal product for a parent on the go who doesn’t want to always carry a bib when feeding a child. I like how wide and large the clips are, easy to pinch the clip onto a thin napkin or a thicker washcloth. Including magnets on the clips makes it useful to hang on a refrigerator for quick access.

~ Why Not
Some parents may think it is a hassle to put a bib on their child, but this makes it so much cleaner as it can adapt to different materials. Some may not need it for an infant, but it would work well with the elderly or those who are messy eaters.

~ Wish ~
Since they come only in the 3 colors, offering more color choices and clip designs would be helpful. The part around the neck may be too short for adults who have large necks as the clips are closer to the throat area.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a baby bib clip that can be used with several different materials for a newborn, parents, or baby shower gift, this is an excellent choice.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyBabyToLove #Baby-To-Love #BibClip

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Limei STEM Toy Jeep Model

BUILD A CAR MODEL WITH A SMALL ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER

~ What ~
Made of painted army green and black non-toxic ABS plastic and metal, this 35-piece toy jeep model that can be assembled and disassembled includes 2 doors that open, an interchangeable roof, and 5 wheels. Having sounds and lights, the buildable toy also comes with a small child-sized battery-operated drill. For ages 3 and older, the vehicle measures 8.6 inches long, 3.9 inches wide, and 4.5 inches tall. Needing 2 AA batteries, all parts and instructions arrive in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Our grandson turns 3 next month and loves building things. I like how the parts look realistic and are already painted. The bolts to screw in are large enough for a young child to handle with the kid-sized drill. The instructions look simple, and there are not too many parts to put together.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think this vehicle is small, but it is decent sized. Others may not like having to put a model together, but it does improve hand-eye coordination in assembling and disassembling, plus no painting is involved.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the tiny batteries for the car are included, I wish the 2 AAs were also so the set could be used right out of its box.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun automobile model for your child to build that arrives already painted and easy to assemble, this would be an excellent choice. I know our grandson will enjoy his birthday present.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Wang #LimeiInternational #STEMJeepCarToy

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Caluffy Invisible Push-Up Strapless Bra

STRAPLESS, BACKLESS ADHESIVE NUDE BREAST CUPS

~ What ~
Made of safe, high-quality medical-biological silica gel, this reusable women’s bra has no straps, snaps, hooks, underwires, or backing. Coming in 4 sizes of Cup A, B, C, and D, they are nude in color. With a durable front clip between the 2 pieces at the breast, they can be washed with mild soap and air-dried. They arrive in a durable zippered case in a box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
I cannot stand underwire, push-up bras and like to be comfortable when wearing backless or halter dresses. This bra is ideal by offering ample support of the breasts due to the cups fully covering the nipples and lifting the breasts effortlessly. I found the Cup C fit nicely on my Size 8 36 frame. They are easy to use by applying the sticky side of the cups onto each breast and latching the hook. I like that they are reusable, can be washed, and able to store in the quality container.

~ Why Not
Some women may not like wearing strapless bras but having them look invisible is a must when wearing some outfits. Others may think their breasts will feel pain or get red wearing due to the sticky adhesive, but they do neither. If concerned about the weight and thickness, the cups are 30% softer and 57% lighter so will not slip or slide.

~ Wish ~
I wish application instructions were included on or in the box.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a stick-on 2-piece bra with a front clip that makes you feel secure and attractive, this would work great for dresses, shirts, blouses, and swimsuits that have no straps.

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

#Caluffy #InvisiblePushUpBra

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Kugoplay 50′ Expandable Garden Hose

50-FOOT STRETCHY HOSE PLUS 9-WAY SPRAY NOZZLE

~ What ~
Having a thick black double latex core fabric with solid ¾-inch brass fittings, this 50-foot garden hose comes with a nozzle, holding bracket, and carrying bag. The hose will not kink, leak, or burst, and the nozzle has 9 adjustable spray patterns of cone, shower, flat, full, center, mist, angle, soaker, and jet. It comes in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
When a friend of mine took care of our yard when we were gone a few days, she commented on how nice our expandable hose was. The best thing about them is that they shrink down and do not take up a lot of space. What makes this one better than others is the double latex core that will not falter when it is stretched like other expandable hoses do, altering the water flow. Another perk over the others is there is a turn off valve at the end of the nozzle end, making it ideal when you have to turn the water off quickly. A nice feature of the nozzle is that it has 9 not the standard 8 positions and a wide easy click on and off button on the handle.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like expandable hoses, thinking they will get tied up in knots or be stretched too far and burst, but this one is made better than others. Some may think a dog could chew the hose (which our dog did to one), but I think this one’s thickness will deter him when my friend takes care of our beagle.

~ Wish ~
It would be ideal if the hose itself could come in other colors like the blue, green, or red that is shown on the box. Including instructions and tips would be helpful. I hope my friend doesn’t see this post or she will know what she is getting for her birthday in two weeks.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an expandable garden hose that has been updated in 2019 and comes complete with an adjustable nozzle, bracket to hold it, and carrying bag, this would be an excellent choice or gift for a gardener.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyMindy #Kugoplay #ExpandableGardenHouse

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Dreamy Baby Muslin Swaddles

4 EXTRA-SOFT UNISEX SWADDLE WRAPS

~ What ~
Made of 70% bamboo and 30% organic GOTS certified cotton, this is a pack of 4 large swaddling blankets. To be used as for a baby swaddle, tummy-time blanket, burp cloth, nursing cover, or changing table cover, the breathable square blankets have white backgrounds with designs of llamas, owls, foxes, and XOs with arrows. Instructions on how to swaddle a baby and cleaning are located on the outside of the gift box.

~ Why ~
Since our 4th grandchild is due in a week, I know their parents need as many swaddling blankets as possible. I like how the sheer fabric is ultra-soft and absorbent yet durable with cute unisex designs. It helps they can be put in the washing machine and dryer, getting softer after every wash.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the white background color and wish they had more color choices, but they are designed for both sexes. Others may not care for the muslin fabric and how it shrinks initially, but it is eco-organic, hypoallergenic, and breathable.

~ Wish ~
I wish more designs were available. There are ample typos and misspellings on their Amazon website.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for 4 large, high-quality, bamboo/cotton blend baby swaddling blanket, this would make an excellent gift for a baby shower.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyAnna Faerman #DreamyBaby #FAERGO #BambooMuslinCottonSwaddlers

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/2MKUpyw

 

 

 

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