Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

220I was sent a box of honey flavored Softish Throat Drops from Pine Bros to review a few weeks ago and I immediately tried them out. Not to my liking, they tasted rather bland to me, like I had just put a ball of wax in my mouth. I loved the texture of them though. I had several people try them out and surprisingly the ones that loved them were the kids. My godson suffers from allergies and they make his throat hurt by bedtime so my best friend has been giving him one of these every night before he brushes his teeth. He says it really helps his throat and that they taste yummy. Then he informed me that I need to bring him the rest of the flavors to try because he doesn’t normally like honey even though he likes these. I’m so glad my local Walgreens carries these, I’m planning on picking up a pack in Cherry flavor for him next week.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


read more

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World Review

5143owAPGpL._SX35_Book Description

Publication Date: March 9, 2014
From the #1 bestselling author of History’s Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern worldWhether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on modern society.

This book will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some traveled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to Indonesia in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between — and becoming counselor to over 30 heads of state. Others traveled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain’s holdings on the spice trade. Others traveled for the sheer thrill of adventure, such as Victorian explorer Richard Francis Burton, who learned 29 languages, went undercover as a Muslim on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and wrote 50 books on topics ranging from a translation of the Kama Sutra to a manual on bayonet exercises. Still others travelled for discovery, such as Ernest Shackleton, who led two dozen men to the bottom of the world in an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot.

Whatever their reason for discovery, these explorers still inspire us today to push the limits of human achievement — and discover something about ourselves in the process.

MY REVIEW:
I personally love history no matter what form it takes so I quite enjoyed this book. It reads in simple language that is easy to understand  and middle school children may find Off the Edge of the Map interesting. I love how it can be broken down easily into individual stories to be able to read them with your children. This book easily entertains and captures the interest when read in a family setting and I love how it brought my family together. Each time I went looking for this book, it was in a different room because my family kept taking off with it to continue reading. 4 out of 5 stars for a book that is both educational AND fun!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


read more

Smelly Towel Cleaner – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Smelly Towel Cleaner

resize_9538be482bbb19e92942324eb31a930fa9bfd0f9c1cdb2a3fc2ac507058e1468948054ad250250

I received this product in the mail to review and gave it a rigorous testing. I used it to wash regular towels that were starting to smell a bit odd from normal usage, I tested it on towels that had been urinated on by my abnormally annoying cat, I even tested it on towels fresh out of the dryer that were in desperate need of a baking soda/vinegar wash.

I’m sad to report that this product didn’t work for me nearly as well as regular ol’ baking soda and vinegar. It did have a pleasant smell, like citrus. The scent stayed for a few hours but that was about it.

After my less-than-stellar experience with Smelly Towel Cleaner, I passed it over to my sister to try. I thought maybe it just didn’t work well with my HE machines. But no, she reported no difference in her towels from regular washing versus Smelly Towel Cleaner. I would have loved to have given this a good review as I generally feel a bit bad when I get a product for free to review and it doesn’t work but I refuse to allow my bad feelings over it compromise the integrity of my reviews. It wouldn’t be fair to you, the readers.

If you’re interested in purchasing Smelly Towel Cleaner for yourself to try out, you can buy it HERE.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


read more

Reduxa Fat Burner Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
IMG_2909

I’ve seen a ton of people on here that claim to have lost a lot of weight with these pills. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. I weighed myself daily while I was taking these and had a difference of two pounds total in the two weeks I tried them out but some of that difference is natural as your body fluctuates daily.

BUT the reason I’m rating them 4 stars is because I gained a lot of energy. No jittery feelings, no crashes, no nothing except the will power to get off my butt and do more. It was sort of like that urge you get to clean your house and organize things when you are pregnant or about to start that time of the month. I loved it. I didn’t WANT to be lazy. I didn’t WANT to just sit there and read a book. I wanted to get up and do something.

I didn’t have any problems sleeping when it was time to go to bed, either. I actually got more restful sleep while I was taking Fat Burner pills (possibly a side effect of being more active during the day).

Since I got this product to review, I went ahead and stopped taking them about a week ago because I needed to see if there would be any type of withdrawals as its a common question when I looked them up online. Honestly? I regret not taking them right now. There aren’t any withdrawals but I work 14 hour shifts and this entire week I’ve been back to normal: Needing coffee to make it through the night, yawning while at work, feeling lazy… I fully plan on taking these again.

To sum it up: weightloss? No. Appetite control? I didn’t notice a difference. Energy? SPIKED! Withdrawals? None. I recommend the Reduxa Fat Burner supplements based on my observations while taking the pills. I liked them.

This is what the company has to say about them.
1234

IMG_2910

You can purchase the Reduxa Fat Burner supplements at Amazon where they cost just under $1 per pill at the time of this posting. But honestly? I spent more on my daily coffee than that and got more energy out of these than I do from my coffee.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


read more

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. IMG_2923  I’ve been using this to keep a supply of OTC pain meds in it as it takes up a lot less room than having three different medicine bottles (tylenol, IBUProfen, and Aleve bc they all do different things for me depending on whats wrong). Its nice to be able to keep them separate. The compartment on the top isn’t very big but it does a decent job of holding small pills. I love that this doesn’t pop open if it gets dropped but I can imagine that it might be harder for people with arthritis to open as you have to squeeze the end on each side to allow the pill compartments to slide out. The top area that will only hold small pills is very easy to flip open with your thumb or a finger but that may mean trouble later as the plastic hinge gets worn out. All in all, I’m giving this 4 stars because of the potential issues for arthritic hands to open.

Note to the company: I’d love to see this product come out in colors or designs. I don’t know a single person that takes medicine on a daily basis that wouldn’t LOVE for their pill holder to not be so generic looking. Possibly make skins that will slide on to the container that people can purchase on the side? Maybe a sticker for the top? Something in a matte or velvet finish might be nice as well, I imagine that this holder might be difficult for shaky, sweaty hands to hold on to and open while someone tries to get their meds out if they are having problems. Just a suggestion. :)

IMG_2927IMG_2926


IMG_2925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can purchase this holder at Amazon for less than $10. It is well-made and doesn’t have any design flaws other than what I noted above.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


read more

Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
81oXksXNQwL._SL1500_

Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak by working at her parents’ Filipino restaurant when in walks Romeo Garcia, the boy she left behind. Only now, he’s a hot movie star surrounded by gorgeous actresses and adoring fans.

Bad boy

Romeo Garcia never understood why Evie stood him up at the prom. When he rescues her from a flying coconut in the dumpster, he is determined to dig into her heart for the reason. Their mutual attraction and unresolved feelings ignite in a scintillating night of daring sex, and Romeo shows Evie what she’ll miss the rest of her life if she walks away again. R

Evie lands a part as Romeo’s co-star and falls into her role, totally in love. He plays his part, too, with his romantic gestures and skillful lovemaking. But is the fantasy real or revenge? Evie and Romeo are about to discover if their buried feelings will explode in pure delight or utter disaster.

 

My Review:

Taming Romeo was a cute read that left me wanting more. The beginning felt a tad bit filled with too much info as the author told quite a lot about the names and styles of food prepared in the family restaurant. I struggled a little through that and couldn’t get into the book. But as soon as I was past that, taming Romeo took off! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in the same day. I think that if the author were to change the beginning up a bit, like to put in a customer having problems with the pronunciation and Evie (or Romeo or any of the others) teaches them how to sound it that the readers would be able to connect faster.

I loved how Evie gets pulled into Romeos life by walking onto the set but my favorite part was anything involving both Evie’s and Romeo’s moms. I LOVED how they got involved in the background. Without saying more because I hate spoilers, I’ll just say that if I ever am in need of a husband, I’m going to Romeos mother to find me one.
I can’t wait to delve more into this family in the upcoming books!

 

You can purchase Taming Romeo here (you should, you really really should!)

 

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


read more

 You know what I love more than a good book? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Well… Except for maybe bacon. Bacon trumps everything. If I could erase this book from my mind so that I could read it all over again without knowing what will happen, I would totally do it. And eat bacon while I read it for the first time again.

Seriously though, I loved this. You can check the post HERE for an excerpt to learn more about the characters and their chemistry before we jump right in for the review. Go ahead, I’ll wait for you.

Caught up? Awesome! Did you love that excerpt as much as I did? It freaking ROCKED!

I loved this book so much that I’ll probably be reading it again in a month or two when I’ve given my mind enough time to forget the little details of it. If you know me, then you know what a big deal that is. 99.9% of the time I won’t re-read a book. But this one… It’s begging for it.

I adored Sam and Heath. All of the characters were utterly believable and I could see myself shooting pool with them or having a drinking contest (that I would win of course).

While you have your typical boy meets girl, falls in love, everything turns out good in the end type of story here, Gracen Miller does a fantastic job in Rockin’ the Heart of making it different enough to stand out in the world of indie books but just enough of a dash of that winning HEA combination that we all want. This was a book that, the moment I started it, I wanted to lock myself in my room, wrap myself in a blanket, and immerse myself into the world of rockstars.

Ya’ll know I never give spoilers away so I’m going to end with this. Part of me wants to bleach my brain so I can experience this book again for the first time while the other part of me wants to treasure the memories it has already given me. A resounding 5 stars from a girl that reads almost a book a day. When an author can make something stand out after reading so many other romances, I want to keep them. I think I’ll just go get Gracen and put her in my pocket where I can keep her safe so she can write the stories of the other characters. They need to be told.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Twitter: @GracenMiller
Buy Links (Note: Rockin’ the Heart releases January 23rd):

read more