Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dauber Dawgs Dot Marker

I don't know why, but I've always been fascinated by these dot markers. I bought some at the beginning of the school year, but we've only used them a handful of times. I was stoked when this coloring book came up for a review!!



Now, when I got it (for free, in exchange for honest opinion), I was thrown off -and maybe a tiny bit annoyed- that it was not a bound book. I didn't stay annoyed, though, because I quickly realized how GENIUS this was!!! Paisley played with these for a long, long time and has so much fun. I love that they hone her gross motor skills!! #DauberDawgs

Check out Paisley's review video!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss9nLPS8v1s

Buy the Dot pages here:
http://www.amazon.com/Activity-EXCLUSIVELY-Markers-Daubers-Download/dp/B01E0VWG9W/ref=lp_13937896011_1_2?srs=13937896011&ie=UTF8&qid=1462943138&sr=8-2

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Hunger

I'm not gonna lie. I'm pretty picky about what books I read that  involve magic. I've read a few that I just didn't love. And then there are ones like this. This was exciting. This was COLORFUL. This I could relate to!! This is called The Hunger and it's written by Michael D. Young.  It's available on Amazon right now for $.99 and it is well worth it. I received an advance copy to read for free, but I liked this so much that I bought the Kindle version as well. It's one I want in my collection. You get to know all the main characters and what drives them, see very imaginative scenery, and experience a search for knowledge. #futurehousepub

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Double Review

You get a two for one today!!! Juliana will be reviewing a book, Subtle Beauty, an I'll be reviewing my new favorite household item!! Remember, we got these things for free or at a discount in exchange for our honest review.

First, Jules-a-Bean:
I really liked The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter because it had twists and turns and you never expected what happens next! It had mystical creatures, princes, princesses, evil daggers, magical men, Kings, queens, and a enchanted man! Think Beauty and the Beast, but mixed up!! Get it here: http://amzn.com/B00HNJX0Q2



Finally- you've been wondering this whole time what item I was talking about, huh?! Well, as a mom who has kids that react to every smell and every color, it's frustrating. Why is it more expensive to buy dye free/ scent free stuff? This makes no sense to me. Then I had the opportunity to review #GoTriNova Castile Soap. HOW have I never heard of this stuff?! It's dye free. It's scent free. It's usable for counters, bathrooms, dishes, even my BABY! And it doesn't cost very much, either! Check it out:
http://www.amazon.com/Castile-Soap-Unscented-Counters-Ingredients/dp/B0195BSVKU/ref=sr_1_35_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1456417426&sr=8-35&keywords=castile+soap+unscented

It's super duper concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. I'll definitely be using this often!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Born To Run

Juliana here! I'm excited to review the book, Born To Run by Ann Hunter

I got this in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book because it has (race) horses (like black Stallion), and a technically out-law. Alex goes to this family that she has to stay with for ten days, after running away from a foster home. She bonds with one of the really fast horses that I think is named Magmite. There's also another horse that goes in a race that I think is named Victor Galixies. I loved it so much (and Piece of Sky #CrownsoftheTwelve) that I want to read the rest of the series (of both).

 Get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-North-Oak-Book-ebook/dp/B00U68Q8JI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


 Visit Ann Hunter's page here: http://www.amazon.com/Ann-Hunter/e/B00HNL6K3K/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Absolutely Genius

Every now and then, someone in the world comes up with something so genius that one wonders- WHY was this not here before?! This has happened again!

I have a 7 year old. He's cute. He's smart. He's funny. He plays soccer. But he CANNOT tie his shoes. We've tried teaching him by example. We've tried walking him through it. We've tried having his siblings teach him. We've tried other adults teaching him. We've tried YouTube videos. Nothing. Soccer cleats MUST be tied to be safe. I was at my wits end. Then I was offered to try these silicon shoelaces. I'm so happy I could cry!!

Look how cool!!!



 My video is short, but soccer practice was moved to tomorrow, so I couldn't get the actions shots I wanted. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL2vxgnQQY8

While I did receive these for free in exchange for my honest review, I will willingly buy more!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Scale-O!

Don't laugh at me, but I get excited about..... um, everything. It's not on purpose, it's just who I am. So when I was accepted to review a BATHROOM SCALE, I was ecstatic. What, it doesn't make YOU jump for joy? Then you are missing out! I've been married for almost 13 years and have always WANTED one, but never felt it was high enough on the priority list to justify spending any money.

However, this one IS. I decided to make a list of things you can use a scale for. Ready?

1. Seeing how much you weight.
2. Seeing how much your kids way so you know if it's time to go up a carseat!
3. Having a contest between you and your husband and making sure he keeps weighing more than you!
4. Weighing small animals- No really, I'm kind of tempted to weight the chickens.
5. Seeing what time of day you way the most and the least.
6. Seeing if you really did drop 10 pounds when you were throwing up
7. Comparing your REAL weight to your drivers license.
8. Weighing things around the house that don't fit on the kitchen scale.
9.  Checking to see if your airline bag will fit without paying for extra baggage.
10. Figuring out how much your food storage weights

Anywho, if you like this one (which WE do!), you can pick it up HERE.  #EatSmartScale


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Piece of Sky- review by Juliana

Hello I'm Juliana and I'm going to tell you about "Piece of sky" by Ann Hunter. It's about a chicken named Rose that finds an " acorn" but it's a magic "acorn" but she calls it a piece of sky. The characters are Rose, Grainia, Abaven, Nurgal, dog, mare, the kelpie, Shiver, Cerennunos, and E.N.Ts. 



The book teaches us even though we are small, we can do BIG things. In it she is gone so long she forgets about the farm. She went on a long journey and almost froze to death on the mountain. Then she, a little chicken, had to face Nurgal the lord of decay! She had to go through many trials, and exhaustion to save the world! 


GO READ IT BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING AND IT'S A GOOD BOOK!  #CrownsoftheTwelve

Oh, and we have a video review, too!

Purchase it HERE! 
*We did receive this book for free in exchange for our honest review.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stone Bearers

I love having the opportunity to be part of something new and exciting. As most of you know, I've recently had the chance to start reviewing products and books. I like it because it makes me feel important, lol! #sorrynotsorry #FutureHousePub

One of my most recent reviews was for a book. It's called the Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens. It's a clean, exciting book that I'm excited my 11 year old wants to read. Right now, you can get a free, SIGNED copy of the book if you head here:
http://wp.me/p4x4ek-mX 

If you don't want to wait (and I wouldn't), the book is currently $.99 on Amazon, so grab it here:
http://amzn.to/1SCEA8L

Lastly, if you are on Goodreads, first follow me (imafishtank) then find Stone Bearers:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29420265-the-stone-bearers 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Drops in a Bucket

The way I see it, we are all given 4 buckets that sit nicely inside each other. The biggest one, the financial bucket, is made of plastic- a beach bucket, I guess. Drops in this bucket are saving, smart planning, paying off debt, etc. As the drops add up, wealth is built. But what do you do if someone forgot to put the bottom on your bucket? Or if you got the one someone stepped on? For every dime you save, an expense that costs $1 comes along. I'm not talking about luxuries or wasted money. I'm talking about broken bones and transmissions....

Bucket #2 fits inside. This one, the physical bucket, is made of clay. Drops in this bucket include eating healthy foods, exercising, sleeping at night, putting your needs there so you can run at optimum level. Friends, someone has taken a shotgun to my bucket. I have had one night's sleep in the last 16 months. I'm grateful that my shotgun shells are not fibromyalgia or chronic pain or diabetes as I know so many are dealing with. But between lack of sleep and my ADHD (temporarily not under control because of the missing bottom of the first bucket), this bucket can hold no drops.

But luckily, bucket #3, the emotional bucket, fits snugly inside. This bucket is made of wood. When we take care of ourselves, treat ourselves, take a night out, paint our toes, etc, we put drops in this bucket. Some people every get the luxury of adding coats of lacquer to strengthen this bucket. Mine, however, has had the sandpaper of exhaustion and the very rough sandpaper of battling Satan for my children taken to it. I fear that the bottom of this bucket is now broken, weak, and completely worn through.

There's one more bucket, though. The metal one. The strongest one. The one that is spiritual. It's the easiest to fill & to protect. Reading scriptures, attending the temple, family home evening, studying conference talks, praying, attending church, giving service, keeping the things around you uplifting and clean. But what happens if it begins to rust? If the elements let through by the other buckets start corroding it from the outside in? How do you protect this little bucket?

I'm so weary, friends. I feel beaten. I just want a whole bucket. I don't want to feel broken. But I don't know what to do. There is nothing left in me. There is no way to repair the other buckets. This last one is the key to it all, I am sure, but there is no end to the attack on my little bucket.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Sorcery Code

I was asked to review a book. It's called the Sorcery Code by Dima Zales  #SorceryCode



Here is what I have to say about it:
It's about a guy who accidentally creates a girl instead of a magical object. He has to decide if she is dangerous. At the same time, he has to deal with his ex. It was recommended to me because I like Harry Potter (magic) and Cinder (Dystopian).

Pros:
No swearing (maybe 1 or 2 in the whole book)
No details of the bedroom scenes
Very different story
Well written
4 different perspectives
set-up for the next book
violence was redeemed

Cons:
Definite innuendo
violence- kind of gory, lots of beheadings
the romance was bit cheesy

My official say- It was a good story to pass the time. It doesn't take a long time to read and it's easy to follow. I won't read it with my kids, because it was borderline PG-13 for me.

Check it out for yourself at: http://www.amazon.com/Sorcery-Code-Fantasy-Romance-Intrigue-ebook/dp/B00HB8TGVS
Check out my video review here:
https://youtu.be/PFNGK4TwXhc
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.