Saturday, October 01, 2016

Review: Aaden's Hope by Jacqui Jacoby

Book Description

There is no cure,” Aaden said. “It’s over. Mankind took the hit.”

It took little time for the world to go from cell phones, credit cards and the Internet to barren continents and too few people to count. The very few who remained refused to roll over and die. Now, four years later in a small campground in Northern California, twenty people rely on each to make it day to day.

Before 'The Fall', Aaden Muñoz lived as a laid-back handyman with more music in his mind than crops. Now he serves as an unofficial leader, keeping wheels moving when chaos wants them to stop. Digger “No-Last-Name”, the newest recruit, is an efficient government operative carrying a secret grief no mother should ever have to bear.

The days of keeping the food growing and the supplies coming in are never-ending. Each survivor is responsible to the person next to them, helping them stay safe, healthy and happy. The camp is a place of unity, family and hope … until betrayal comes from nowhere with a knife to decide that maybe, none of them were meant to survive.


My Review

I love it when a book grabs me in the first few pages and I have to say that this one sure did. In the span of five minutes I was laughing at Aaden's carefree attitude about how he woke up in some woman's bed who he knows is just a fling. The next minute he's watching the news about some new outbreak that's killing people, but he gives it just a passing glance and doesn't really seem too concerned about it. That's when Aaden decides to go camping and things drastically change. People are dying, the first 2 that we read about damn near broke my heart and that was all in the first five minutes of reading this book. To say that I was hooked is an understatement. 

Aaden stays at the place he set up camp and a couple of new people show up every once in a while. Within a couple of years, most people around the world are dead and the ones they come across end up coming back to the campsite with them. They venture out to get supplies every few months and aren't all that worried since they think there really aren't many people left alive in the world. Things heat up when they come across a man and woman and all hell breaks loose after that. The female who calls herself Digger, comes back to camp with them and she has a whole van full of supplies that they bring back with her. You'd think that would make everyone happy but for some reason a few of the other 19 people at the camp aren't so happy. Crazy things start to occur and there's a murderer among them. 

This is a story of what happens after a virus wipes out most of the world's population and a small group of survivors try to make their way towards some sort of future. It's also a story of how just one nutball can ruin a good thing when people are fighting for their lives and their future. If you'd like to read this book for yourself, you can find it here

I give this story 4 out of 5 stars. 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, September 30, 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 make up case from Covergirl that contained....

A nail polish
BB cream
Lipstick


Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Walmart Welcome Baby Box

I've been subscribed to and getting the Walmart Beauty Box for a couple of years but they also have a Baby Box and it's only $5 every 3 months as well. I signed up for the Walmart Welcome Baby Box and it was free with free shipping. They sent a Free Welcome Box as long as I signed up for their  Baby Registry and was an Amazon Mom Member.  This box is currently sold out.

Inside the box was cute blue tissue paper and several free samples of baby products. I'll be adding these to a box to give to the next mom I know with a newborn. 

Inside the box was a coupon towards fabric softener. 
Newborn baby bottle. 
Pacifier. 
Sample of laundry softener. 
A sample of Cetaphil shampoo/body wash. 
A sample tube of diaper rash cream.

It was a nice box of freebies that I'm sure a new mom will love to get.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Favorite Picture of the week


You can give a dog a comfy bed...but you can't make him lay in it. 

lol 

I was trying to figure out what might have been going through his head when he decided to lay on the floor and rest his head on the side of the bed. Why not just get in the bed? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Product Review: Finether Minimalist Novelty Design Wood Table Lamp

Product Description

Minimalist design, never out of date. Ideal as holiday GIFT, birthday present. The soft, stable, and non-flickering flight is friendly to the eyes, you can enjoy what you're doing for longer. Buy a table lamp that complements your bedroom's color. Look for a style with a wooden base for a classic feel or buy a wood table lamp for a more vintage vibe. Use the lamp as a gentle nightlight, or to create a romantic atmosphere. Whether in a child's room, near the television or computer, or in your office, the lamp, sitting on its square solid wood base, provides a natural feeling. 


My Review

The lamp came in a secure box with Styrofoam on all sides to protect it. When I took it out of the box, there were two pieces, the stand with the socket and the lamp shade. It does not come with a light bulb. 


The socket is a standard size and my regular light bulbs fit it fine. The stand is sturdy and a dark brown color. The instructions aren't very clear about how to put this together but after messing with it, I figured out that you have to unscrew the small piece from the socket, put the lamp shade on and then screw the top piece back on to hold the lamp shade on. Then screw in the light bulb. 


It comes with a long enough cord to reach anywhere I want to put it in my apartment, but it's going to replace the old lamp that I have in the bedroom. It fits nicely on the dresser we have in there. 


Even though it was packaged very well, there were still a couple of dings to the lamp shade itself and once they are there, there's really no way that I found to get them out without making it worse. 


It does have a nice lighting effect when turned on and works just as well as the other small lamp I have. 


I like the lamp and think it makes a nice light source for a bedroom or kids room. It's not overly bright so it's not good if you're looking for a lamp that is really bright because this lamp takes a 40 watt bulb. If you'd like to purchase this lamp, you can find it here

I give this 4 out of 5 stars. 

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of Poppy's Mischief*

"Insert yogies here."


*Photo courtesy of Martymousehouse.com*


*Photo courtesy of Martymousehouse.com*


*Photo courtesy of Martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Old Photo Album


My mom and dad got divorced when I was 11 and they gave me a big box of photos because I was interested in keeping the family pictures. I went to live with my grandma when they split up and she bought me this photo album to put all the pictures in. That was 35 years ago and this photo album has seen better days. The outside of it is all cracked to hell and is falling apart. The magnetic pages are no longer magnetic and don't stick, so the pictures just move around inside the album and fall out. It was time for a new photo album. 


The inside of the photo album is cracking and pulling apart and like I said, the pictures don't stay where they're supposed to. Oh and on this page is a picture of me and one of my dad, both of us at age 12. 


The pictures are just in piles inside this old thing. 

So here's the new one. 

My brother and sister in law gave me this one and I like this with the pockets. These pictures won't be floating around the pages. I have about 20 photo albums. I know everything is digital these days but I really like being able to pull out a photo album and see the picture instead of trying to track one down in a file on my computer. A few years ago I lost some pictures that were stored on my computer when it crashed and it wouldn't turn on again. It happens so now I back all my pictures up on photobucket and order prints from shutterfly for the ones I want print copies of. I should put them all on disc at some point. 


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Favorite Video of the Week



I found this one really funny especially because the Pawn Stars show is filmed right here in Las Vegas where I live.

Friday, September 23, 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 Fitjoy Energy Bar.

Finether motorized scrubber. (The company sent me an email and asked me if I'd review this product for them)

Did you get any freebies this week?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Universal Yums Review

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.


This month's box was from Brazil and it had 16 treats in it. 


There were quite a few really good snacks and a few flops as far as I'm concerned. So let me tell you a little about my favorites. 

This was a crunchy puffed chip type snack with a really interesting lime and spicy flavor to it. At first I wasn't sure I liked them but they grew on me. 

Caramel corn. You really can't mess up caramel corn and this was really good. The popcorn was fresh and crunchy and the caramel was really sweet and tasted good. 

Now this was my favorite. It was chocolate and peanut butter and really tasted like a reeses peanut butter cup. It was good. 

There ere also some coffee candies that pretty much tasted like all the other coffee candies I've had but that's a good thing. And there was a chocolate wafer cookie which was really good. 

The flops for me were a very crumbly powdery type treat that had a weird taste and the fruit rolls that tasted like fruit but not the fruit pictured on the package. They both tasted like fig to me and Ken. 

All in all not a bad box of treats and it was fun to try things from Brazil.