Inspired Home Living 24 Ounce Bottle

24 Oz Bottle 1LARGE INSULATED DRINKING BOTTLE

~ What ~
Made of food grade 18/8 stainless steel, this large mouth bottle with a matching screw-on lid can hold up to 24 ounces of fluid. With double insulation, it can keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 12 hours. It is eco-friendly and BPA and Phthalate free with no metal aftertaste. It measures approximately 12 inches tall and 3 inches in circumference. Instructions are not included.

~ Why ~
The best thing about this bottle is that it holds a large quantity of fluids and has a wide 1 3/8-inch mouth opening to add regular sized ice cubes. I like how drinks can stay hot or cold for long periods of time so it works great at the gym, camping, hiking, etc. I also appreciate that it is made of stainless steel so will not crack, break, or rust like other drinking bottles.

~ Why Not ~24 Oz Bottle 2
Some may not think stainless steel is healthy to drink from, but there is no aftertaste using it, and it is not harmful to use. Others may prefer see-through containers for their beverages, but the drinks will not remain as hot or cold as this product.

~ Wish ~
I wish cleaning and care instructions were included. I assume this should be hand washed and dried and not put in a dishwasher.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a large, sleek stainless steel drinking canister, no need to look further with this one.

Thanks to Inspired Home Living for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Biovy Nutrauric Supplements

Uric 1NATURALLY CONTROL URIC ACID

~ What ~

Containing 60 days of supplements, these 120 capsules support normal uric acid levels in the body. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken two pills a day. The contents are tart cherry extract, turmeric powder, celery seed extract, psyllium seed power, and black pepper extract. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and to consult their doctor before using.

~ Why ~Uric 2
Keeping proper uric acid levels is important as we age. I like that this formula includes turmeric that can help with joint pain that I occasionally have. 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 contents originated.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for high-quality natural supplement to aid in keeping and maintaining a good uric acid level, this

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Orilife High-Waisted Women’s Brief

Briefs 1LOOK 10 POUNDS THINNER

~ What ~
Made of 94% spandex and 6% rubber thread with a bamboo fiber crotch lining, this boxer brief tummy control girdle for women is available in black and nude. There are four sizes of Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Its high waistline that includes 4 4-inch stays starts under the breastline, ends at mid-thigh, and is designed to keep the tummy and thighs unnoticed while shapely flattering the waist and buttock area. With 2 inches of lace around each thigh area, an insert is sewn into the crotch area. No cleaning information is online, the printed cleaning icons on them state to hand or machine wash and do not put in the dryer or stretch.

~ Why ~
Similar to the “spank” garment, this item has a cellular-knitted method of shaping the body by improving tightness of the skin. I like that the top of the shaper starts right under the breastline, controlling the flab and muffin top look that older women usually get. I wear mine with casual jeans to dresses and like that I appear thinner-waisted. The Large size fit my Size 8 frame comfortably.

~ Why Not ~Briefs 2
Some women may feel constricted wearing this type of underclothing, but it is not uncomfortable and does shape the body and hides the flab. Others may not like how high up it goes on the waist as the top may bunch and fold over around the ribcage area or that it travels down the thighs, but it eliminates any potential folds of skin as the 4 stays keeps it upright.

~ Wish ~
Since the attached tags are not in English, it would be ideal to have cleaning instructions online and written on the tags that included cleaning icons.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a tummy tucking, smooth hip area pair of undergarments, this boxer/brief is the way to go if you want to look more flattering.

I ordered these at their online price at the time and am freely reviewing them.

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Roadfood

Roadfood, 10th Edition: An Eater's Guide to More Than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems  Across America (Roadfood: The Coast-To-Coast Guide to the Best Barbecue Join)Title: Roadfood
Authors: Jane &  Michael Stern
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 978-0-451-49619-5

“The purpose of this book is to help you appreciate the glory that is American food,” Jane and Michael Stern write in the introduction of their book, Roadfood: An Eater’s Guide to More than 1000 of the Best Local Hot Spots & Hidden Gems Across America.

~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback on its tenth edition targets those who enjoy taking road trips and stopping to eat along the way. With no photographs but maps of eight sections of the United States, the book contains over one-thousand restaurants and eateries to visit.

After an introduction, list of one-hundred Roadfood honor roll locales, and notes using the book, it is divided into areas of New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Deep South, Midwest, Southwest, Great Plains, and West Coast.

Covering each section of the United States beginning with maps, the name of the restaurant is listed as well as its address, website if available, phone number, meal times, and coded cost. Approximately two paragraphs for each mention the locale’s food, any specialty, ambiance, and highlights of visiting.

~Why ~
When on the road traveling, it is smart to know something about a restaurant before you go to it. With the book containing over a thousand destinations, it offers those who visit large iconic cities and the East or West Coasts many options. I like that it provides websites when possible and pricing.

~ Why Not ~
The main issue I had with this book is that it lacks so many areas that travelers tend to visit as they cross the country. We live in Oregon and four Portland places were listed with ten coast restaurants (one of the in the top one-hundred). There were no locations from Salem, Eugene, Medford, or Ashland, all towns that are near the 5 freeway that is often traveled. I found this lack of eateries on the main routes in other states as well. Also, the descriptions did not grab my interest to make me want to stop and have road food since there are no photos. I might find more pertinent information googling the area on my smartphone.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were not a limited amount of listings in many of the states that must be traveled through to get to another state; instead there are random areas that are far between. Having photographs and a possible menu shot of main dishes would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that mainly catalogs a selected few restaurants in every state of America, this one may help. But you may find that, like me, you are disappointed it misses the mark by skipping those on many well-traveled roads.

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

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E.M.D.M. Trunk Organizer & Caddy

Trunk Caddy 1EXPANDABLE MULTIPURPOSE ORGANIZER

~ What ~
Made of high-quality polyester with a PVC mesh, this royal blue and black collapsible organizer measures 12 by 15 inches but can expand from 2 inches closed to 23.5 inches when opened. With a three layer non-skid bottom, it also has 3  adjustable compartments, outside pockets including a bottle section, locking buckle straps, metal eye holes, and carrying handles. It also includes a backseat caddy that hangs over a car’s headrest. There are no added instructions.

~ Why ~Trunk Caddy 3
I do not like it when items roll around in the trunk of my car, and this organizer is the perfect way to contain things with its many dividers, compartments, and pockets. I appreciate that it can be flatted to 2 inches when storing. Another plus is it can be buckled to only open half way and then further expanded when needed. The backseat caddy appears to be insulated with a zipper top, ideal for keeping drinks cold.

~ Why Not ~Trunk Caddy 2
Some may not have the trunk space in their vehicle that can hold this organizer that expands up to 2 feet. Others may prefer a different color combination.

~ Wish ~
Although I like blue and black car accessories, I wish other colors were offered that would match my car trunk’s interior. Including care and handling instructions would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to carry many products in an organized fashion in your car, this easy to use item would be a great choice.

Thanks to E.M.D.M. for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Austaras Hawaiian Fish Hook Necklace

Fish NecklaceSTUNNING DOUBLE-SIDED CARVED FISH HOOK JEWELRY

~ What ~
Made of 316L polished stainless (surgical) steel and coated with 925 sterling silver, this double-sided Hawaiian fishing hook pendant comes on a 16-inch chain with a lobster clasp. Available is a silver or 14K gold finish, and both sexes can wear it. The hook measures 1.2 by 0.9 by 0.2 inches and comes with the chain in a black velvet pouch with a metal snap closure.

~ Why ~
Since I make and sell jewelry, I am always in search of pretty pieces that are unique and stand out. I love the carved look this fishing hook has on both of its sides with a coiled rope connection. Due to its high quality and substantial weighted feeling, it is allergy-free and will not rust.

~ Why Not ~Fish Necklace 2
Some may not like wearing a fish hook around their neck, but it is a beautiful piece of art. Others may be concerned it weighs too much, but it does not.

~ Wish ~
It would be ideal if the chain were fastened to a piece of cardboard so would not knot up when shipping.

~ Want ~Fish Necklace 1
If you are looking for a statement in jewelry that involves a fish hook, this is an excellent selection as it will be noticed by both men and women.

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

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Mecco Emergency Radio/Flashlight

Radio 1HAND CRANK SOLAR RADIO PLUS MORE

~ What ~
Measuring only 6 1/2 by 2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches, this bright red electronic device is an AM/FM/NOAA radio that can be charged by hand, the sun, or via USB. It also includes a flashlight and power bank with output charging cables and 4 types of connector converters for mobile phones, MP3s, and MP4s. It arrives in a gift box with instructions.

~ Why ~Radio 2
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we occasionally get power outages, so I like to have proper emergency items on hand such as a radio and flashlight. I like how this one can be charged by 3 ways and it includes the weather station. Another nice feature is that I can charge my cellphone or other small electronics by turning a handle or putting the unit in the sun for charging. It is small and compact so easy to store.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are unconcerned about emergencies will not be interested in this product. Some may not like how small it is or that it cannot be plugged into an electrical socket, but the idea of it is to be self-contained while charging itself or other appliances.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if the unit were available in other colors besides red.

~ Want ~
If you are looking an emergency radio that is self-contained and requires no batteries plus has a flashlight and can charge other electronics, this would be a wise choice to have on hand.

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

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Zom Snappable Unisex Socks

Snap Socks 1NO MORE LOST SOCKS

~ What ~
Made of 78% Cotton, 20% Polyester, and 2% Spandex, this seven pair of unisex socks come in one size that fits men and women’s sizes 10 to 13 that fit 6 to 12.5 shoe. Having a 1 1/2-inch cuff and stitched toe area, the colors available are black, blue, gray or white with multiple yellow and brown bands around the foot and calf areas. Each sock has a yellow plastic snap to hook together to another sock to make a pair, and all arrive in a gift box. They are machine washable and can be put in the dryer.

~ Why ~Snap Socks 2
The best feature of this product is that they snap together to make a pair so when put in the wash or a drawer, they do not separate or are unable to find a mate. I like that both sexes can wear them and they are dressy enough to wear with slacks. They are not super thick yet stretchy enough to slip over the heel and stay in place at my lower leg area while the extra padding supports my insteps. I put them in the washer and dryer and had no issues.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that this pack contains seven identical pairs of socks and would prefer a mix of colors. One must remember to snap one sock to its mate before putting in the washing machine or drawer for the snap feature to be effective.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were a seven paired set that had all four color choices in it.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for seven snap-together comfy socks that you won’t have to spend time searching for its mate, this pack may be the perfect answer.

Thanks to ZOM for this discounted product that I evaluated by my free will.

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? (I've Got Questions)Title: Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?
Authors: Crystal Bowman & Terry McKinley
Illustrator: Ailie Busby
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1740-4

“God made your mind amazing. There’s so much you can know. Learning is a lot of fun. Get ready, set – let’s go!” Crystal Bowman and Terry McKinley write in their children’s book, Do Baby Bears Have Mommies.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page hardbound targets children ages four to seven years old who are inquisitive about animals. With no scary scenes, the illustrations cover both sides of the pages with wording on the left side of the pages against a white background. There are a few references to God and His creations that include animals and insects.

Part of the I’ve Got Questions series, this fun rhyming read helps promote questioning characteristics of animals and how they act, eat, and interact with others. Beginning with bear cubs being fed berries, nuts, or bugs by their mothers, answered topics cover ladybugs, elephants, worms, eagles, monkeys, kangaroos, skunks, cows, mice, giraffes, and ducks. The ending reminds the reader that all creatures God has made are in His care.

~ Why ~
I love a book that teaches young ones, especially about nature and our interesting world. Explaining in rhyme that there are boy and girl ladybugs, monkeys eat vegetables plus bananas, skunks spray their bad scent when they sense danger, and giraffes have long necks to reach high tree leaves, it educates and stimulates observing things around us. I like that there is enough detail in the illustrations to keep a young one engaged.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in this book. Due to the three and four syllable wording, it may be hard for beginner readers.

~ Who ~
Author Bowman has written over eighty children’s books. She lives in Florida with her husband. Author McKinley has coauthored several books; she and her husband live in Texas. No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence, but this issue did not affect ratings as it is something I always recommend if missing.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an educational rhyming book about animals and their features, this is a keeper.

Thanks to the Tyndale House Publishing for offering this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Got Me Tipsy “Best Dad” Coffee Mug

Dad Mug 1NICE FATHER’S DAY PRESENT

~ What ~
Made of clear glass, this decorative coffee mug states in white print “Best Dad Ever” and honors fathers everywhere. Able to hold 13 hot or cold fluid ounces, it measures 3.8 inches tall and 3.5 inches in circumference with a matching handle. It is dishwasher safe or hand washable and arrives in a white gift box ready for giving.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this product is that it is perfect for my husband for Father’s Day and that it holds more liquid than most other clear glass coffee mugs. I like that it is see through, so its contents are noticeable from a distance. With it coming in a box, it makes it easy to give as a gift.

~ Why Not ~Dad Mug 2
Some may not like a glass mug as they do not retain heat as well as those made of ceramic. Others may worry the printing will dull or peel off. In hand washing it after use, I found the wording stayed on, but it could be scratched off by a sharp knife or tool.

~ Wish ~
With white being the only printed wording, it would be nice if other color options were available.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun gift to give a dad for a special occasion, this one is a good selection.

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