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Minimalist design, never out of date.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. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Favorite Picture of the Week


My favorite picture this week is the one I took at the beginning of the month when my brother and sister in law came into town. My dad, brother and hubby all standing around the bbq as the food cooked. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Product Review: Finether Cordless Handheld Household Power Scrubber with Rechargeable Battery, 7 Brushes





Product Description

Description:

The light weight and low noise tool will save your hands and wrists from the tedious work of scrubbing. It can be used to clean kitchen, bathroom tub and tile, carpet stains, auto body, outdoor furniture, barbecue grill and more. Say HELLO to finether cordless handheld household power scrubber!

Specifications:

-Color: Blue
-Battery: 3.6V 1300mAH Ni-Cd Rechargeable Battery 
-Battery Charging Time: 6.5-8.5 hours
-Operating Time Per Charge: About 2 hours
-No-load Speed: 180-200 r/m
-Dimensions: 9.4 x 3.9 x 2.8 in/ 24 x 10 x 7 cm
-Circumference of Handle : 5.3 - 5.9 in/ 13.5 - 15 cm
-Net Weight (of Main Unit): 15.4 oz/ 436 g

Package Contents:

1X Power Scrubber 
1X Rechargeable Battery
1X Battery Charging Dock
1X AC/DC Adapter 
1X Battery Charger 
1X Hard Brush 
1X Fine Brush 
1X Scouring Pad 
1X Crevice Cleaning Brush
1X Oil Brush
1X Polish Brush 
1X Micro Fiber Brush
1X Assembly Instruction Manual


My Review

I've never used a power scrubber for cleaning purposes even though I've looked at them on Amazon a few times. I charged this for 8 hours, then put one of the scrubbing heads on the base and scrubbed the bathroom sink. I have to say that in spots where it's hard to reach and right around the water handles it did clean it better than I could have done by hand. It's gets into those hard to reach places that I have to use a toothbrush to get to and it did it in no time. I wasn't actually sure this was going to be a good scrubber because when I turned it on it wasn't swirling around as fast as I thought it should be going but I was wrong. It worked great and on the bathtub, sinks and I even used one of the heads to dust out around the bottom of my sliding glass windows and it got out all the debris that was there.

I'm very happy with this and it does hold a charge for a full 2 hours. I used it for more than 2 hours and it was still going strong but I wasn't using it continuously for 2 hours, I did take a break here and there. I love all the different heads/tools that came with it for doing different jobs and I really like that it came with a battery charger. I also really like that there are no cords to get in the way and that it's really easy to use. 

The only thing I would change is the addition of a carrying case to keep everything together instead of having to keep it stored in the box. If you'd like to purchase this product, you can find it here

Disclosure: I received this product free, in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of MrRat395*

"I'm not moving until someone serves me breakfast...."


*Picture courtesy of MrRat395*

"Ha! I knew that would work."


*Picture courtesy of Poppy's Mischief*

"You're poking me in the eye with your whiskers again. That's it, I'm making an appointment with the hair dresser. Maybe she can curl them." 


*Picture courtesy of Poppy's Mischief*

"I think she said food. Don't just sit there, she's bringing food!"

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amazon Prime Tooth Whitening Sample Kit Review

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 $4.99. The credit can then be used towards the purchase of similar items. In this case, teeth whitening products. 

This sample box contained a full size tube of Crest 3D White Toothpaste
A sample of Crest 3 D White whitening strips
Oral-B Glide Pro-Health floss

When they sent me the credit back I bought another tube of toothpaste because you can never have to many tubes of toothpaste in the closet and that stuff stays good forever or as long as it doesn't dry out. 

If you haven't tried the sample boxes that Amazon has and you like some of the products that I keep showing you are in them, it's actually a pretty good deal since they give you the money back in the form of a credit to buy more stuff in the same category. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Bite of a Vampire by Anna Belsky


Book Blurb

I never was a romance novel kind of girl, maybe that’s why I decided to get in the business of proving that love was meant to be unfaithful. Call me bitter but my full name is Emily Johnson, and I work as a private investigator for Jonesville Extramarital Affairs. It’s my daily job to investigate, snap photos of and usually proves that a spouse has found someone else to dilly-dally with. It was a bit of a dream job after having my own respect and dignity broken so many times in college by a guy named Robert, Bob for short. I don’t hold a grudge against him, he was my first, and he taught me that love relationships are not really things that exist. My best friend Abby doesn’t believe me so I decided to prove my point and become a Private Investigator. 


On this night Emily's world turns upside down when she comes across a vampire attacking one of her investigations. She is swept into a world of the supernatural and must draw from all her experiences as Private Investigator to survive... or so she thinks until she meets Michael. 


My Review

Emily is a private investigator. She doesn't believe in love but she does seem to believe that if a spouse thinks the other is cheating, they probably are. She's on an assignment, taking pictures of a woman who she thinks she's caught cheating on her significant other when she witnesses something that can't be real. Or at least she can't believe is real until faced with the fact that vampires might jut be real and she's now in danger. But who is she in the most danger from? The vampire who wants to save her or the vampire that wants to kill her? Now that's the real question. 

Mark lives near Emily and has a night job. He's tall and cute and is interested in Emily. So when he hears Emily screaming from a nightmare, he rushes into her apartment to make sure she's alright. 

Michael is a vampire and he's intrigued by Emily but because he's shown some interest in her, his enemy is showing interest in her as well and Michael knows she's in danger. So he shows her who he really is...a vampire. But is Michael there to save her or kill her...that's the big question. 

This first book in the series was really interesting and since I love vampire romance and paranormal romance, this had some pieces that I really loved. But and there's a big but here, this felt more like a Thriller with a little romance thrown in for good measure instead of a full fledged romance, at least it did to me. 

The big story line is the fact that Emily is in danger and the vampire who is after her is killing woman and someone close to her. There's blood, carnage, ghosts, gruesome nightmares and vampires. There's some hot sex in this book but the romance in this story took a backseat to the thrill of the chase and the murdering that went on. I'm not saying it wasn't a good first book because it was, I just hope we see more romance and a more in depth look at a relationship in the next book. It was free on Amazon when I read it and it might still be. 

If you enjoy paranormal romance, and vampires then you should give this book a try. If you'd like to read this one, you can find it here.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, September 16, 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 box of coffee cups, lids, straws and sleeves

2 oz samples of Mauricettes shampoo and conditioner

A $5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Twilight Dreams by Amanda Ashley

Book Description

Holly Parrish has never met anyone like Micah Ravenwood: his dark eyes, his movie-star smile, the indefinable way he looks at her. Even when she thought he was no more than another client for her investment firm, her lust overpowered her logic.

But she never expected this attraction to whisk her from her busy southern California life to a silent and eerie ghost town in Wyoming. Only vampires call the deserted place home—and one of them is Micah. He says he’s brought her to Morgan Creek for her safety, that vicious creatures are hunting her. But how can Holly trust him? One look and she can see the need barely restrained behind Micah’s polite words. The heat of his kiss, the pleasure of his touch—none of it can tell her whether he wants her as his lover—or his prey . . .


My Review

As you know by now I love a good vampire story and I've loved Amanda Ashley for years. She really knows how to write an awesome vampire romance. This is the sequel to As Twilight Falls, and you can read my review of that book here. Here's a spoiler for you...I liked that one as much as I liked this one. 

Micah is a vampire but not a very old one. About a year ago he lost his girlfriend. He had wanted to turn her into a vampire like himself but she was old and didn't want to be a vampire, so he let her die of natural causes even though it killed him inside. About a year after her passing Micah meets Holly and asks her out. 

Holly is out to meet a potential client when she runs into Micah thinking he is the potential client but he's not. It was a fun meeting and I love it when a story can make me smile or illicit some emotion from me. 

They meet a couple of times for dinner and movies ect... then something happens so that a female vampire hell bent on revenge is out to get Micah's friend. Being a vampire she can smell his friend's scent on him and follows Micah. When Micah feels like he's in danger and therefore Holly is in danger, he acts but the action he takes scares Holly and Micah has to tell her the truth about who and what he is. 

The female vampire would be easy to kill but she has a body guard who is human but maybe something else as well. They just don't seem to know exactly what this body guard of hers is. Is he a Djinn, ogre, fairy or maybe a troll? They have no clue but he's strong and can walk over threshold's that vampires cannot and that makes him dangerous to vampires during the day when they sleep and are vulnerable. 

The romance between Holly and Micah is so sweet. Sure, she's scared and a bit uncertain about the vampires around her that keep telling her she has nothing to be scared of and she can't deny her attraction to Micah. She still feels like it all happened too fast and she needs to take some time to herself to come to terms with it all and figure out if a relationship between them can really work. Micah is patient and gives her space and time. 

This was a great story, one that I read in one sitting. It kept me wanting more and it was really good to see some of the characters from the previous book because I really liked them. If you like vampire romance with a little action and a sweet romance, then give this one a try. While this can be read as a stand alone book, it will make more sense and you'll understand the characters better if you read the previous book, As Twilight Falls. If you'd like to read this one, you can find it here.

I give this book  5 out of 5. 

I received this book free from NetGalley. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Favorite Picture of the Week

A picture of my daughter, grandson and sister in law sitting on my couch 2 weeks ago. I'm glad we all had a nice visit.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: Viking Warrior Rising


Book Description

When Loki's forces descend
Immortal Vikings are humanity's only protection against the dark

Under attack from Loki's minions, immortal warlord Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif's warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn't find her fast, he's going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn't want to be found...and they're both running out of time.


My Review

This is my first time reading this author. I won this book in a blog contest and I'm so glad that I did because this was like paranormal romance meets Norse mythology. Ever since Loki and Thor popped up in a few movies, I've been seeing more vikings and references to Valhalla in books and I have to say I really like it. Of course I had to brush up on my Norse mythology and thanks to Google, I know who those old players are and what Valhalla is. 

I had a lot of fun with this and I have to say I absolutely loved Naya. She is one badass, kick you in the teeth type of heroine. She can kick a big guys butt and she's really good with computers. 

Naya just wants to find a way to save her brother from the same hell hole and effects from his captivity she escaped from but she is side tracked when she encounters Leif and a couple of demon like guys that she knows aren't human. When Leif finds himself outmatched, she helps him, kills the evil minions and calls Leif's buddies to come help him. But in doing so, she doesn't realize that by helping him she has just triggered some sort of old bonding ritual that has Leif and his men looking for her...and finding her right at the right time. 

They both have secrets and aren't quick to trust each other but they are both after the same group of baddies and if they're going to help each other, they'll have to find a way to trust each other a little. 

There's enough action, secrets, twists and romance to keep a romance reader entertained. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of Rat Logic*


*Photo courtesy of Martymousehouse.com*


*Photo courtesy of Martymousehouse.com*


*Photo courtesy of me*

"No doggie, I'm not sharing my yogies."

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review: Target Beauty Box

Target has a beauty box that you can sign up for each month but supplies are limited and they run out really fast. Last month's box was just $7 each and they have at least $20 worth of products in them. I usually try to get the Target bx each month but sometimes I miss it and by the time I see they are available, the boxes are all sold out. Thankfully, that was not the case with the latest box. 


This is what was in my box last month. 

Up and up Women’s 5-Blade Razor
Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner – Coconut
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
NYC Color Get It All Lip Color 
Olay Make-up Remover Wipes
Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant
CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara – Black
Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips 

That's a good amount of products for just $7 and I liked everything in this box. 


Have you tried any of the Target Beauty Boxes? Did you like them? 


Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's A Falcor Photobomb Day

I thought it would be funny to post most or all of the pictures that Falcor photobombed while I was taking a picture. Like the above picture. I was trying to get a picture of the Christmas presents on the table for our grandson and right as I clicked the picture, Falcor decided he needed to be in it too. 

He is watching very closely as the presents are opened. Just in case there's something else for him. 

When I went to take a picture of Ken fixing a plumbing problem under the sink, boom! Falcor decided he needed in on that picture too. 

Falcor checking out Ken's new robe. 

It's like he knew the dog food and dog treats were for him. 

Ken was helping me take a picture of this very long shoe horn I got for free for him and Falcor made sure he was in the picture. lol 

I got this dry erase board for free and I was trying to get a good picture of it...Falcor decided to jump on the chair. 

Then he wouldn't get down. Might as well just take the picture, he wasn't moving until I did. 

I received a box of food from Green Chef and Falcor was busy sniffing everything while I tried to get a picture. 

I tried to get a picture of the bike I ordered for Ken for his birthday and Falcor made sure he was in the pictures.

Oh yeah, he was there. When I open a box he's so nosy, he wants to see what's in it.

I opened the box and boom! there he is. lol 

He just waited there until I was done taking pictures and gave him one of the treats. 

LOL "Open the box, mom. I know it's for me."