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Innovepower Blow Light

BLOW IT ON, BLOW IT OFF

~ What ~
Made of white ABS plastic, this small light looks and acts like a candle, even able to turn off by blowing on its surface. Measuring 3.9 inches tall and 3.5 inches in circumference, its warm white LED light has 3 modes of lighting that can stay light from 3 to 6 to 9 hours. Without the need of an electrical outlet, its long-lasting battery can be charged under 2.5 hours via an included 2-foot USB cable. Instructions are included in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
With young grandkids staying overnight, it is helpful to have a nightlight in their rooms. I love how this one appears like a candle with its soft glow or can be bright enough to lighten the room. It is simple to blow on it whenever it needs attention. I like how it can be charged through the USB port on my computer.

~ Why Not ~
Those who prefer real candles may not like this product, but it is safer for children. Others may wish it included an electrical cord that could be plugged into a wall socket. Some may prefer it in a different color. I found I had to give it a hefty blow each time.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the lamp had an electrical adaptor included as well as a longer USB cable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a wireless candle nightlight that turns on or off by blowing on it, this would be an excellent choice.

Thanks to Innovpower for this product that I am freely evaluating.

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Leslife Car Bumper Protector

PROTECTS CAR TRUNK ACCESS BUMPER

~ What ~
Made of anti-scrape rubber, this long runner is to put on the rear bumper area of a car or compact vehicle to protect the surface from scratches and dings while accessing the trunk area. Measuring  35.8 by 3 inches, it is easy to apply while covering existing marks on the bumper. It comes with a thin roll of 3M double-sided tape for securing; no instructions are included.

~ Why ~
My white 4-door sedan is now 4 years old and has a couple of light scratches on its bumper that were caused by putting things in and taking them out of the trunk of my car. I like that this protective strip is easy to apply. While covering up the marks, it also offers a non-slip section on the bumper that I can rest objects on while accessing the trunk.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like adding aftermarket accessories to their vehicles will avoid this item. Some may wish it were covered the full length of the bumper, but there is a longer option for the larger SUVs and trucks available.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color options were available to match a car’s exterior so the strip would not be noticeable. Instructions should be added on where to apply the tape: the full horizontal length of the strip or in short sections vertically.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to hide marks on your vehicle’s bumper while protecting it from future ones, this would be a wise choice.

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

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Egooz Tactical Utility Pouch

STRAP ON POUCH CARRIES PLENTY

~ What ~
Made of 600D polyester, this compact utility pouch can be strapped onto a belt for carrying a wallet, cell phone, keys, power bank, identification, et cetera. Coming in 2 colors of black and tan and measuring 4.7 by 2 by 7 inches, it comes with 2 zippered areas, outer slip pockets for a cell phone and pen with a buckle closure, and molle backing with 2 snap straps for attaching. No instructions are included, and it comes in a cellophane bag, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
When hiking, camping, or walking the dog, I like to be hands-free, and this quick strap-on carrier works great as I can carry my smartphone, keys, and extra items such as dog bags or treats. While one zippered area has a lined pocket and plastic lobster clasp, the other one has a mesh pocket. I like how there are pull cords on the zippers that can be grabbed quickly. There is a hanging loop also.

~ Why Not ~
Those who prefer large bags, totes, backpacks, or carry-alls may not want this compact item, but it is handy when carrying a minimal amount. I found my Samsung Galaxy Core Prime had a tight fit in the outside pocket (it is a small cell phone with a protective case), but it could be placed inside one of the zippered areas. I thought the plastic outside buckle was hard to undo, but maybe after using it often, it will unlatch easier.

~ Wish ~
With only 2 color choices, it would be ideal if more designs were offered. I wonder if it is hand-washable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to carry important items close to your body without having to use your hands, arms, or shoulders, this is a thoughtful and needed gift for a person always on the go.

Thanks to Egooz for this product that I am freely evaluating.

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Here’s Some Happy

Here's Some Happy: A Coloring Journal to Lift the SoulTitle:  Here’s Some Happy
Author: Gina Graham
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4789-2062-5

“Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 (TLB),” the first coloring page states in Gina Graham’s book, Here’s Some Happy: A Coloring Journal to Lift the Soul.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-eight-page hardbound targets mainly women who like to color and write in a journal with Bible verses that focuses on God and happiness. Often with full page black and white lined drawings to color on one side of the page, there are several blank lines with more designs on the opposite side. Bible verses are written out plus have their reference with version. The Holy Bible versions include the TLB, KJV, NKJV, NIV, ESV, ICB, and NLT.

While promoting and prompting happiness, joy, and love while concentrating on our Lord, the fanciful illustrations have flowers, animals, children, birds, hearts, et cetera. Be it scrolls, twirls, or repetition of patterns, there are plenty of objects to fill in bright colors, leaving ample room for writing down thoughts, prayers, or blessings among the pages.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal coloring book for any Christian woman who loves to spend time with God while reading a verse from His Word and penning in the journal. I love that it is a hardbound, not a hard copy so can be cherished, added to, and reread throughout the years. The drawings will bring a smile to the owner of this book, especially if given as a gift.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care or have time for coloring or are opposed to writing in a journal. Some may wonder if the color mediums may bleed through the pages, but they should thick enough for no bleeding of color pencils and some felt tips.

~ Wish ~
The only negative I could find in this book is that the finished artworks cannot be removed and framed. Adding a ribbon marker would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical devotional with coloring pages that are uplifting, joyful, and filled, this is a keeper and would make a special present for a loved one.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Egooz Barbequing / Grilling Set

IMPRESSIVE BBQ SET

~ What ~
Made of stainless steel, this set of 24 barbequing utensils comes in an aluminum carrying case. Not only does it include the standard grilling tools such as tongs, skewers, knives, forks, and brushes, but it also has matching spatula, smaller folks and knives, and pepper shakers. Its silver storage case that measures 18.9 by 10.6 by 3.1 inches comes with a handle and 2 clasp locks. Being stainless steel, they should be hand washed. No instructions are added.

~ Why ~
I must say I was wowed when I got this grilling set for a friend who loves her Traeger grill. The large knife and fork, tongs, and spatula have long handles and a sturdy feel. The cleaning brush has stiff metal bristles while the basting brush has silicone ones. With the 4 skewers, 6 meat forks, and 6 meat knives, they make the set complete when having guests. Besides the aluminum case being impressive, the added shakers top it off.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not grill or barbeque will not need this product. Others who mainly do camping and cooking will feel the case is too bulky or big to carry or store, but it is an impressive set. Some may find the Velcro and elastic straps a hassle, but they do keep all utensils nicely in order.

~ Wish ~
It would be great if telescoping roasting forks were included in this set.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an impressive gift for the griller, this would be a cherished set that can be used throughout the year.

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

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Tiva Design Victoria Trivetrunner

ELEGANTLY PROTECT YOUR TABLE WITH A MOSIAC LOOK

~ What ~
This almost 6-foot long table runner has 2 purposes: protecting the surface from temperatures up to 300 degrees and looking decorative. With 2 rows of 11 identical patterns of brownish-gray scrolls with light green and blue on a cream background, a matching border completes the look. The runner measures 53 1/8 inches by 13 ¾ inches so fits most dining and kitchen tables, countertops, and other flat surfaces that need protection. It can be washed by hand and comes in a clear tube.

~ Why ~
Having purchased all of the Tiva designs for Christmas gifts, this one I am keeping as it closely matches my kitchen. It is long and wide enough for hot or cold pots, pans, dishes, and platters to be set on it directly without damaging wood, stone, tile, glass, or other surfaces. Because it does not slip or slide, it remains in place when the pots are moved around for serving. The bold gray design that is offset by the light green and blue makes it attractive and noticeable.

~ Why Not ~

If you do not cook or use protection of your table furniture, you will find no need for this, yet it makes a wonderful housewarming gift. Some may wish it covered the full length of a table while others may want it shorter. If you do not like the design, there are 5 other patterns offered.

~ Wish ~
I wish more designs had included pale tones of tans, light browns, and cream in them.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an attractive way to brighten your table while protecting it from hot or cold, this beautiful runner will stand out and be a conversation piece. It makes a special gift too.

Thanks to Tiva Design for this purchased product that I am not obligated to review.
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Pubmind WiFi Socket

TURN ON YOUR LIGHTS FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE OR ALEXA

~ What ~
This small white electrical plug-in allows controlling an appliance via a wifi smartphone without needing a hub. By downloading an app to a smartphone, the approximately 2 by 3.5-inch (without the 3 prongs) oblong unit can be controlled at a distance or by Amazon’s Echo. The plug-in comes with instructions.

~ Why ~
I appreciate being able to turn my living room light on or off when I am not home or asking Alexa to do it. Syncing this simple device with my Samsung Galaxy Core Prime smartphone took less than 5 minutes as I already have the Tuya app installed. I like that I can access the freestanding light in our living room and turn it on or off from anywhere via my phone. A plus is it can be set for specific or random times to deter possible intruders or I can tell Alexa to turn it on or off from another room.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like having more apps on their smartphone or already use the old-fashioned timer plug-ins may not be interested in this product. Others may be unsure how to pair it with Alexa; it must be set by the Echo additionally. Initially, I had issues changing the plug’s name, but it is simple to do by following directions.

~ Wish ~
I wish other colors were available to match a room’s décor or plug-in faceplates.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to control a light or appliance while not at home or via Alexa, this is easier than you think and works.

Thanks to PUBMIND for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Tiva Design Toscana Trivetrunner

MOSAIC PAD PROTECTS YOUR TABLE

~ What ~
Measuring 53 1/8 inches long by 13 ¾ inches wide, this decorative table runner protects tabletops and other flat surfaces from temperatures up to 300 degrees. With 2 rows of 11 identical taupe and gray mandalas on a white background with a hint of light and dark blue, a matching border completes the design. The hand-washable mat can be placed on dining tables, countertops, serving tables, and other flat surfaces instead of using trivets or hot pads. It arrives in a reusable clear tube.

~ Why ~
I love serving hot or cold dishes, but it is a hassle to keep them on trivets or hot pads when passing them around on our kitchenette table. This one is my favorite choice as it matches my kitchen and is long and wide enough for hot or cold pots, pans, dishes, and platters to be set on it directly. When putting it on wood, stone, tile, glass, or et cetera, it does not slip or slide and stays in place when the pots are move around it. The calming mandala designs in the muted gray-brown with the splash of blue looks classy.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not cook or use protection of your furniture when serving food, you will not need this, yet it makes a beautiful housewarming gift. Some may wish it covered the entire table or be shorter. If you do not care for this design, check out the other 5 patterns offered.

~ Wish ~
Having more tans, light browns, and cream in my kitchen, I would prefer those colors only.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to decorate your table that looks like tile mosaics while protecting it from hot or cold, this runner will add a nice touch. I like how beautiful it looks on our table.

Thanks to Tiva Design for this product that I purchased and am not obligated to review.

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Babyhood Diaper Bag

12-POCKET DIAPER BAG WITH ZIPPERS, TOGGLES, & MORE

~ What ~
Made of machine-washable Oxford 600D polyester, this gray and white scallop designer diaper bag comes with a changing pad, shoulder straps, handles, 2 insulated bottle holders, a dozen pockets, and 2 stroller straps. The bag measures 17.5 by 13 by 6.5 inches and has 6 heavy-duty zippers and 6 pocket toggles. The outside section has 3 zippered pockets with 2 toggle side pockets and a double-zipper fold-down changing area, while the inside has 4 more zippered and toggle pockets plus 2 insulated bottle toggle pockets as well as an approximately 25-by-15-inch changing pad. The product with anti-microbial linings is BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free. No instructions or cleaning tips are included.

~ Why ~
With 2 grandbabies, I like that this diaper bag can be carried by 2 gray handles, slung over the shoulder with the adjustable crossbody strap, or looped onto a stroller. The main area offers plenty of space for diapers, clothes, bottles, et cetera. Having the secured zipper areas is a plus for those who need to carry a wallet, cell phone, or identification. The inner insulated sections and outer changing pad are nice perks.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think this diaper bag is bulky when filled, but it is lightweight and does not get too heavy unless overfilled. Others may prefer the deeper pocket type of diaper bag, but I found this one that is long and shallow allows access to everything quickly.

~ Wish ~
Although I like the gray and white colors, having other color options would be thoughtful. It would be nice if cleaning instructions were inserted.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an all-in-one diaper bag that comes a myriad of pockets and features and is long not deep, this would be a definite choice.

Thanks to BABYHOOD for this purchased product that I am freely evaluating.

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Tiva Design Eastern Star Trivetrunner

BRIGHT BLUE MAT PROTECTS YOUR TABLE

~ What ~
This almost 6-foot long table runner keeps a table or flat surface protected from temperatures up to 300 degrees and looks decorative. With 2 rows of 11 purplish blue, aqua blue, brown, and black Eastern stars, blues on white border completes the design. The runner measures 53 1/8 inches by 13 ¾ inches so fits most dining tables, countertops, serving tables, and other flat areas. It is hand washable, arriving in a clear reusable tube.

~ Why ~
If you love blue and decorate your kitchen with the color, this is a stunning way to protect your tabletop. It is long and wide enough for pots, pans, dishes, and platters to be set on it directly without damaging the wood, stone, tile, glass, etc. When something is placed on it, that object will not slip around on the mat and stays in place until moved around for serving. The bright blue pattern of the pretty stars will pop out on any table where there are blue accent accessories.

~ Why Not ~

If you do not cook or use protection of your furniture from hot or cold sources, you will not need this item, yet it makes a lovely gift for someone special. Some may wish it covered the entire table while others may want a smaller size. If you do not like the bright blue pattern, check out the other 5 designs offered.
~ Wish ~
I wish more designs had included tans, light browns, and cream in them to match my décor.

~ Want ~
If you love blue and want a charming way to decorate your table while protecting it from hot or cold sources, this runner will brighten any room. I have been buying up all of the designs for Christmas gifts for my siblings, who will no doubt love them.

Thanks to Tiva Design for this purchased product that I am not obligated to review.

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