Monday, February 23, 2015

Stainless Steel Travel Mug Review

Cold weather means an increase in warm drinks for our household.  While we have several plastic travel mugs, I am less and less thrilled with the idea of drinking hot beverages from a plastic cup.  When I found these stainless steel travel mugs in a set of 2, I picked them up.
 These 16oz, double wall insulated, 18/8 stainless steel travel mugs have a BPA free lid that vacuum seals.  The exterior of the mug is cool to the touch, even with hot liquids inside for an extended period of time.

 The lid has a leak-proof stopper that opens easily when one wants to drink, and quickly snaps closed again when not in use.

 The handle sticks out rather far, which at first annoyed me a little, but I found it rather nice when I put it into my cup holders and found it clears the  edges and makes picking it up much easier than other close-handled mugs I own.
I am very pleased with these mugs!  I love the stainless steel, which I trust so much more than plastic for my hot beverages, and they definitely keep my drink warm for much longer.  The lid doesn't pop off easily, like some I have owned, and spills just don't happen unless the lid is open.  They are solid, durable, and can take a beating or repeated dropping.  Stylish and trendy, they are appealing in look and function.

You can buy some for yourself here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

iArrow iPhone 6 Plus Screen Protector

I tend to be rough on my phones, just out of normal use.  So, as soon as I purchase a new phone, I look for good, quality cases and screen protectors to help me keep my phone looking and working like new.  

I came across the opportunity to try a tempered glass screen protector for the iPhone 6 Plus and went for it.
 This screen protector ships in a bubble envelope for extra protection.  Inside the plastic case, the glass itself is in a foam sleeve and the two rubber suction cups used for installation help absorb shock as well.  Included with the tempered glass screen protector are two suction cups, a screen cleaning moist cloth and a fabric screen cleaning wipe as well.  Conveniently attached to the package label are the instructions, no loose piece of paper to lose.
 The screen protector itself is very thin, with a protective film on each side until time of installation.  Yet, as thin as it is, it is quite sturdy feeling.
Installation is a snap.  Simply clean the phone screen, apply suction cups to glass front, remove backing film from the glass, line up and set on the phone.  The glass adheres with little effort and fits nicely.  No air bubbles or wrinkles, it is barely detectable.  The phone works great with it on, no glitches or dead areas.  I feel confident my screen is protected from bumps, scratches and other trauma.  

My one complaint is that the glass screen protector does not fill the entire phone face.  It stops just past the screen, so there is a bit of space on the phone face not protected. With a case on, this probably will not be an issue at all, however.   I just wish the screen protector had spanned the entire phone face, not just the screen area.

You can find one for yourself here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review.

Best For My Pets Bully Sticks Review

We've had our puppy about 5 months now, and are loving having her as a part of our family.  Much different than our previous dog, this dog is young and loves to chew.  So many toys, articles of clothing and more have been destroyed by her so far.  So, I was interested in finding a safe, appropriate outlet for her to release her chewing needs.  When I came across the chance to try these Bully Sticks, I went for it.
These sticks should have no odor to them.  When I opened up the bag, there was a very slight odor, but nothing off-putting and I was unsure whether this was actually from the sticks themselves for from being packaged.  After being chewed on for a bit, the moisture created a stronger odor.  Again, nothing that would be much different than other chews or treats, but detectable and not a smell I would want getting absorbed into my furniture over any length of time.
Made of all natural, 100% pure beef, I feel good giving here these sticks.  They are free of chemicals, preservatives or additives, just meat.  Made from dried muscle, they are 100% digestible, low in fat, a great source of protein, and free of gluten and grains.  Still, they are hard like bones, so there is longevity to this treat.  Even better, they are hard to break into tiny pieces that could be choked upon.
My dog loves these Bully Sticks, and they keep her entertained for quite some time.  She seems to like the taste and definitely enjoys chewing them.  I love them because she is safely entertained with a healthy treat and there is no mess for me to clean up later, as some rawhide and other chew treats have.  I like that these sticks do more than just entertain my dog.  While she chews, they work at cleaning her teeth and keeping them strong.
A 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee comes with these sticks, so I felt confident in trying them risk-free.

You can check them out for yourself here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Monday, February 9, 2015

If Jesus Had A Child

If Jesus Had A Child
by Dr. B. Glenn Wilkerson

Parenting advice is readily available everywhere, both solicited and un-solicited, from family and friends, to Facebook, to the wide web, even strangers at the grocery store seem to have a tidbit to share in regards to raising children.  In a world so filled with a variety of parenting options, all with titles, it has become a line drawing, side choosing thing to raise a child.

If Jesus Had A Child considers the one role model that should be held above all others as a way to look at parenting, Jesus Christ.  While He never had a child, He is the ultimate parent as His love for us as His children goes so far beyond what any one of us could ever fathom.  By referencing scripture and using solid examples from the Bible to argue this case, Dr. B. Glenn Wilkerson presents the idea that one can parent, discipline, encourage and train up a child in the footsteps of the best parent, our Heavenly Father.

Broken up into five parts and twenty chapters, Wilkerson, a parent himself, walks the reader through the pillars of great parenting, parenting gifts, correcting misbehavior, applying Jesus' teachings and approaches to difficult issues relevant today, such as bullying - all with Christ as the model.  With relatable stories and examples, humor and light- hearted illustrations, this book is an easy read.  Discussion questions complete each chapter and give opportunity for deeper consideration and learning, making this book a possible group study as well as a family library reference.

I enjoyed reading this book and found myself considering so many different points and approaches I had never even thought of before.  I found myself looking at my parents as well as my own children in a different light, as well as looking to my Heavenly Father in a new way.  This is a book I definitely would recommend to any parent - new or practiced, as there are so many nuggets of truth.

You can find a copy here

I received a copy of this book to review for free through the Book Crash program in exchange for my honest and un-biased review.