Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Product Review: Goose Creek Candles Blueberry Cheesecake Scented Jar Candle 24 oz

Product Description

These premium jar candles are highly scented and are available in beautiful colors that complement any room's decor and a double wick design that allows for hours of clean, even burning. With several unique smells to choose from, all our candles are made in the USA with only the finest quality ingredients. Our candles are safe and non-toxic. See images for more details.

My Review

This is one of the best candles I've had in a while. I love the blueberry scent and the mixture of that and the cheesecake scent is so nice. The scent in this is so strong that I could smell it right after I opened the box it came in and it's just as powerful a scent once the wicks are lit. This one candle was powerful enough to distribute scent in my entire 600 square foot apartment. While it is a small 1 bedroom apartment, I could smell the scent from the candle in my bedroom when the candle was in my kitchen. It had been burning for about an hour at that point but it's really nice scent. I smell mostly blueberry to be honest but I can tell there's a little something extra and if I hadn't read that something extra was cheesecake, I'm not sure I would have known what it was. But it's nice, don't get me wrong, it's a really pleasant scent.

This candle comes in a nice glass jar with a lid so you can keep the dust off it when you're not burning it. This is reasonably priced, it smells great and it looks nice sitting on my table. I definitely recommend trying this candle if you're a candle lover or know someone who is. If you'd like to purchase this candle for yourself, you can find it here

Disclosure: I was given this product free in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Product Review: Strawberry Lemonade Scented Wax Melt 3-pack By Goose Creek

Product Description

The strongest and longest lasting wax melts available. Burn time is an approximate 50-80 hours depending on usage. Highly scented to fill the entire home, garden, kitchen, office, or bathroom with fragrance. Affordable prices allow you to mix and match different fragrances to create your own, custom scent. Goose Creek melts are compatible with all the top brands of electric candle warmers.

My Review

I've been using wax melts for over a year and I like to find the strong smelling ones that will get that fragrance out there and distribute it all over the apartment. Well this one really lived up to my expectations. It's a strong smelling wax melt and has a really nice smell to it. I really like most lemonade type scents and this one has a rich strawberry lemonade scent to it. I can really smell both the lemon and the strawberry scents in this wax melt. It's a nice and I will say pretty scent. It just smells like I've been cooking when I put one of these wax melts in my warmer. I like food fragrances because they tend to bring up thoughts of home or grandma cooking in the kitchen.

Each piece as easy to get out of the container, melts fast and starts putting out scent right away. If you're looking for a wax melt with a strong scent, a long scent life and a nice smell...these are definitely worth trying. I highly recommend them. If you'd like to try this for yourself, you can find it here

Disclosure: I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of Rat Logic.*

*Photo courtesy of Rat Logic.*

*Photo courtesy of Poppy's Mischief*

"I think I have some in my whiskers."

"Me too."

"Yeah, me too." 

"It's in my nose." 


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Universal Yums Subscription Box

Universal Yums is a monthly subscription box that sends you snacks from all over the world. A different place each month. This month's box is from Taiwan. There are two box sizes to choose from. The 6 or more snacks or 12 or more snacks. I chose the 6 or more snacks box.  For my box size, it's $13.00 a month. And they sent quite a bit in my box. The other box costs $25.00 a month.

So I was sent 13 snacks in my box. Candies, cookies, chips and chewy candy. This months box is from Taiwan. It was interesting to try the different snacks because I've never had any of these things. I'm going to share with you a few of the more interesting things I found and my favorites.

I tried the Taro Mochi Cake first and it turned out to be one of the best things in the box. This is what the pamphlet said about it...

Taro Mochi Cake. Mochi is a sticky, chewy Japanese treat made from glutinous rice. In this Taiwanese take on the classic Japanese dessert, they've wrapped the mochi in a sweet butter cake and flavored the mochi with taro, a purple sweet potato.

It had a really soft feel to it. It was so soft that I could press down on it and let go and it would spring back into shape. It was so strange but wonderful. It had a sweet taste to it but I couldn't quite put my finger on the flavor. Maybe because I've never had taro or purple sweet potato before.

Then I tried a crunchy chocolate roll cookie thing which was really good and a Hi-Chew that was Lychee flavored. I didn't care for it but Ken liked it. 

The worst thing in the box was the Prince Noodles. It was like crushed Ramen noodles and Ramen seasoning and you were supposed to eat it right out of the package...not cooked or anything. It was not good and Ken didn't care for it either. 

I liked most of the candies in this box and the other things were interesting to try. Have you ever had any of these things?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Favorite Video of the Week

I laughed so hard while listening to this.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too. You can also sign up at these sites and get products at a great discount. No Kidding CouponsAMZ Review Trader, and Elite Deal Club.

This week I received:

A coupon for a free 32 oz. Powerade from My Coke Rewards.

A Blueberry Cheese cake scented Jar candle from Goose Creek

A pack of Strawberry Lemonade wax melts from Goose Creek

A $5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap

I received the candle and wax melts because the company emailed me and asked me if I'd like to write a review for a couple of their products. I've written over 600 reviews on Amazon and now some companies email me after reading my reviews on that site and ask me to review their products too. So write reviews for the products you buy through Amazon because other companies do read them and you might start getting emails too. Just make sure you have your email address on your Amazon reviewer profile so they can contact you.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Amazon Prime Sample Box Review- Dog Treats and Food

Amazon has been having a few sample boxes that if you have Amazon Prime, you get free shipping.  Amazon sends you a credit for the full price, this one was $9.99. The credit can then be used towards the purchase of similar items. In this case, dog food items. 

There were 8 dog foods and dog treat samples in my box. You can find the different sample boxes Amazon is offering at the time by searching, "Sample boxes" on Amazon. 

In my Amazon Prime sample box I received the following....

Eight samples in my Dog Food and Treats Sample Box are as follows:

Hills Ideal Balance Soft-Baked Naturals treats
 Hill's Ideal Balance Dog Food 
GREENIES Original Dental Chews Dog Treats 
Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings Natural Grain Free 
Two CESAR Canine Cuisine dog food
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Meal Topper 
The Honest Kitchen dehydrated Chicken and Whole Grain Dog Food 

Falcor loves it when I get boxes and he liked this one even more since everything in the box was for him. I'm very happy with what came in this box and so is my dog. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane

Book Description

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark... 

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself. 

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

My Review

Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh was one of the best stories in this anthology. Bastien keeps getting a whiff of the scent of his mate, but then it's gone again. It's only when they meet face to face that Bastien and start getting to know one another that he figures out she isn't completely human like she thinks she is. This was such a sweet romance and it even made me misty eyed a few times when Kirby finally finds the missing pieces of her past. 

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews was so much fun. Jim and Dali are just perfect for each other. Dali is a tiger shifter but she's also a vegetarian. That is just part of the fun. Jim is fun and helps her as she tries to figure out who is using magic to kill or try to kill people. The reason why was interesting and the story line for this was not something I was expecting, but it was fun. 

 Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin had all sorts of creatures in it. Gargoyles, leprechaun's, large man eating worms, goblins and dragons were just a few of the crazy creatures you'll find in this story. Mac is hired to help track down a leprechaun prince and his buddies who have escaped from their protective detail. Mac is a seer and can see through the glamour that they use to keep themselves hidden from humans. This was a fun story, my only complaint was the ending. It turns out someone is killing or trying to kill the seer's this company hires and that story line never gets wrapped up. I'm guessing it will in the next book but it was kind of a cliffhanger to me. 

The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane started out a little slow for me but quickly picks up after Kavik made the goddess mad and he is cursed. Later he meets Mala who is on a quest for the same goddess he pissed off and they realize that their fates are somehow wrapped around each other. This is a very dark and gritty story. After reading the other three and getting a fun feeling from them, I was a little shocked to find this in the mix because it's nothing like the other three and it really didn't seem to fit, at least not for me. It's not a bad story if you like this sort of thing but it really wasn't my favorite. 

If you'd like to buy this book, you can find it here

I give this anthology 3 out of 5 stars. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: On The Prowl by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny

Book Description

These all-new paranormal romances from today's hottest authors feature a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.

My Review

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs, was probably the best story out of the 4 short stories included in this anthology. I would have loved this story a lot more if it hadn't ended without all the loose ends being tied up and with the words....

"Look for the continuation of Charles and Anna's story in August 2008 from Ace Books."

Yeah, that was a complete let down down for me. Anthologies should include complete stories with a beginning, middle and ending that ties up all the loose ends of the story. Just because it's an anthology doesn't mean that I don't expect a complete story. I almost chucked the book right in the garbage at that point but decided to read the other three stories. 

Anyway, this story is about Anna who was turned into a werewolf 3 years ago and her pack is totally wrong on so many levels. She sees something she shouldn't have and doesn't know what else to do so she calls a werewolf that is supposed to take care of problems in the packs. He sends his son, who is an enforcer and kills members of the pack if his father sends him to do so. Anna and Charles get to know one another and they kindle a relationship that we don't really get to see where it goes because although the larger story line is wrapped up their relationship story line is just beginning and I guess continues into the next book. 

"Inhuman" by Eileen Wilks was a story that caught me by surprise because it had a few twists in it and I love twists. Kai has a strange telepathic type gift and since someone is killing people with 'gifts', her friend Nathan who is a cop, decides to help her hide. But Nathan has secrets of his own and when they come to light and he calls a couple of friends to help, it all starts to make more sense. I really can't say much about this one or all the different twists and plot lines would be given away. It's enough to say that this was a really good story. 

"Buying Trouble" by Karen Chance was a little surprising for me because I don't usually like fae, fairy, or elf type stories. But this one was written very well and had a really interesting story line. Claire was being put up on the auction block by a family member and Heidar who is an elf there to bid on an item or two. During a riot that breaks out, they are both transported somewhere else and have to stay under the radar if they are to stay alive. While on the run, Clair finds out a lot about herself, things she had no idea about and finds people she never knew existed. That was a fun story. 

"Mona Lisa Betwining" by Sunny just didn't catch my attention at all. It seemed like this story was from the middle of a series and I was just completely lost in their world somewhere trying to figure out what was going on and never really making much sense of things. There was a lot of sex and it wasn't romantic much at all. The queen is Mona Lisa and she killed the old queen. The story line was confusing and felt erratic and rushed. I don't mind sex in a romance story but there has to be some sort of intriguing story line to go along with it for it to be a good story and this just didn't have that. 

I'm glad that I won this book in a blog contest because I'd be mad if I had paid money for it. If you'd like to read this for yourself, you can find it here

I give this anthology 3 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Raturday!

"This is my piece, get your own." 

"Mooooom, get this ridiculous hat off my head!"

"I picked the pine cones I like, now what?"

"Gimme that bag. No really, give it to me." 

"I seriously doubt you went to Build A Bear Workshop for this monstrosity." 

If you happen to recognize some of those rats, that's because they were all pictures of some of my own rats that's I've had over the years. Lucky, Hades, Romi, Flower and Scribbles.