When it comes to facial shaving I am not exactly an expert, but I do know that I prefer to shave my legs is the shower. So since I well don't have a beard to keep shaven I asked my dad whom has kept his face clean shaven every day of my life to review the Cassani Fogless Mirror. I'd have asked my husband, but he is currently rocking the mountain man look.
My dad always shaves in the shower he says it is more comfortable that way. But, typically you have to shave by feel because mirrors fog up, however with the Cassani Fogless mirror does just as it states and doesn't fog up no matter how how you want your shower to be. For those of us who don't shave this mirror is also helpful if you want to wash your face in the shower, you can look and see that you got everywhere or all of your make up off before coming out of the shower looking terrifying.
From the fact that it mounts easily to your shower and stays up as well as doesn't fog I would highly recommend this mirror to anyone looking to get a mirror for shower shaving or to be sure your face is clean after showering.
If you have been exposed to any girl ages 6-15 in the last year then you may not have seen these Loom band bracelets like the ones seen above. These bracelets are the "it" thing, they have replaced the friendship bracelets of my youth and are all the rage. However, when you are at the store trying to buy them typically they are pretty expensive for the bands to create it. For an average sized bracelet you can easily use 50 bands, so when the looms come with a 100 bands they really aren't providing much and not all the bands are created equal. Sometimes the bands are weak and you spend a ton of time making a bracelet only to have it snap the first time you wear it.
When given the opportunity to review the Rainbow Loom Bands Refill 5400 pack of bands I thought, wow that's a lot of bands. And, yes it is a lot of bands but that is really a good thing. The bands come in packs of 600 of all the 8 of the hottest colors, each includes the clips and plastic crochet hook to make the bracelet. The high quality of these bands goes beyond the way they look however. They are sturdy bands made of organic latex free materials so there is no concern for latex allergies and they won't snap while making them.
I was pretty in awe of how many bands 5400 really is, this is a perfect size pack for a group or to spoil the band fanatics in your life. The one drawback of buying in bulk however is storage, unlike when you get the small number with the loom, with 5400 you need to be able to use some then save them. At first I used ziploc bags which worked out well, however now I have a loom band organizer review to come shortly.
If your interested in picking up some of these awesome bands head over to Amazon!
The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I got this book as an ARC from Netgalley.
When it comes to love Landon Downey has a zero tolerance policy. His heart was destroyed by his college girlfriend and he will not open himself up again. That however isn't what fate has in store for him. When his brother needs him to watch his six year old nephew for a week the Millionaire Ad exec can't put his life completely hold so he employs a friend of the family Kimber Reynolds. Kimber had a secret crush on Landon from the time they were young and still can't resist his many charms. But, Kimber falls hard and fast and holds on to sinking relationships so she just wants a love'em and leave'em good time with Landon, until no strings get a bit tangled.
I like this book, the fast paced read is a great stormy afternoon read. The flesh of the relationship between Landon and Kimber is solid with very little left to the imagination if you know what I mean "wink wink". The self created complications within the storyline are extremely believable and the millionaire aspect only enhances the story line, it doesn't have the bigger than reality that many other stories do. I really enjoyed the fact that it was realistic but fantasy.
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Lay Me Down by Erin Kellison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I got this book as an ARC from Netgalley, that however doesn't change the fact I was dying to read it after reading the first one and literally jumped on the chance to review it in order to get to see it early.
Maisie Lane thought she had everything figured out she was well on her way to her dream on her own terms. Until, the shady people she was working with went after her sister. Now Maisie is hesitantly cooperating with Steve Coll from Chimera, the police of dreams. In a world where dreams can be controlled and where Maisie extraordinary. Only the gift of being extraordinary in the dream turns into a curse of sorts in this epic battle for both her life and her heart.
This is the second book of this series, Reveler and it equally lives up to the first. The dynamic of the two main characters Steve and Maisie is realistic and yet fantasy enough to give you the epic sort of romance. The overall storyline is unique with the idea of beyond lucid dreaming to literally living in a dream is among one of the best I have read recently. The book is a quick read, but suspense packed enough to keep you reading until the end. I literally put this book down to sleep and that was only due to blurred vision. I would definitely lose sleep to continue. I really enjoyed the transition and incorporation between book 1 and 2 that although included the characters from 1 took the time to expand the secondary characters into their own story.
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So as many of you know I have been participating in a weight loss adventure and honestly what do you need when you most when you are trying to lose weight a good accurate scale. Without a high quality durable scale I wouldn't be able to accurately identify what is working in my weight loss journey and what isn't. So when I had the opportunity to review the MIRA Instant On Digital Bathroom scale I thought perfect. With high precision sensors I can say I feel comfortable that the number is really reflecting the changes in my body, not just the way I am standing on the scale. One feature I really like about the MIRA scale is the 2 year warranty. Unfortunately, we have a bad track record with scales, I think it's partially due to being near the higher end of most scales range and having children who love to see their weight. With the two year warranty and a weight limit at 330 this affordable scale gives you a bit of piece of mind.
I really enjoy the display, it is backlit and displays your weight in extremely clear numbers. There is no confusion as to what you weigh when you stand on it. It also goes on instantly, there is no need to stand and weight for everything to turn on after you step. I like the size of the display it is about 1.5" by 2.5" so that when you step on you can see it below you without having everyone in the room be able to see your weight.
I would definitely recommend this scale to anyone looking for an accurate affordable option. For a little over twenty bucks, you can definitely grab this high quality scale for your bathroom on Amazon.
Whirl by Emma Raveling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The world of paranormal young adult has now expanded into the sea with the Ondine Quartet. Rogue Ondine Kendra Irisavie loses her mother to the monsters that she has always been running from, only to have her life completely turned upsidedown on her 17th birthday. The Aquadine, demon soliders of the evil which is the Shadow find her on her birthday and A Guardinel named Tristan Belicoux saves her. Her destiny began the moment she was born, but everyone except her seems to know about it when she is returned to her place of birth to her grandmother the Governor of Haverleau, to the truth about her.
I geniunely enjoyed this series, it's not yet completed for those of you who prefer to read series that are complete. However, it definitely doesn't leave you completely hanging. The world of Ondine is unique from many of the other paranormal sort of young adult books I have read previously in that there are no vampires/werecreatures/witches, rather they are ancient magical creatures from the sea. I like the difference, it was refreshing and yet it had the same angst and drama that sculpts the genre into what it is. The style at which Emma Raveling paints her story and characters gives them a flesh, they aren't perfect and they are all individually deeped by her descriptions. Her attention to detail however, doesn't draw away from the storyline, but rather enhances it.
I would recommend this book and the entire series thus far written including the 2 supplementary books Chevalier & Warrior Prince, as they give a perspective not seen from the main series which is written in First person narrative from Kendra's perspective.
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Billow by Emma Raveling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Billow the second installment in the Ondine Quartet returns with Kendra six months into her new life in Haverleau. Kendra is not the same person she was, and has grown with both her Virtue and within her new role as a Chevalier trainee. Struggling to maintain control of her new strength as well as working to get through her own wall created through a lifetime of pain. She battles the shadow, has accepted the prophecy and is struggling to fulfill her role and maintain her friendships. Fear is the hardest thing to overcome when it's not yourself your worried about and trying to save everyone could very well be the death of Kendra.
With each novel in this saga, Kendra is become a stronger character, and like an onion Emma Raveling slowly peels each layer throughout this story until you feel like you can truly see the strength and pain of Kendra as a character. Her relationships in this book are put to the test and it's her own struggles that make them the most difficult. With grief, guilt and anger clouding her judgement she is pushing away all the people who care about her. This rings so true for real life as well and to have it written in such a beautiful way through a character like Kendra is awe inspiring. I geniunely enjoy this series and will continue to read as long as Emma writes about Kendra.
This book is a continuation, reading it out of order would lessen the experience. So if you decide to read it, start with Whirl first.
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The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received this book as an ARC.
When the powers at be set the world in motion even Justin March and Mae Koskinen can't keep from being affected. In the second installment of the Age of X series Immortal Crown from Richelle Mead the world where the gods can help or hinder you and it's illegal to openly worship them. Justin March and Mae Koskinen return with their snark filled friendship and working relationship. They are manipulated by the mortal and divine into a mission that is far different than any other they have experienced, when they are assigned to go to Arcadia. Arcadia is the regional neighbor with a far different take on the involvement of the gods. The Arcadians are devout to their god and women are commodities.
I have been a huge fan of Richelle Mead since the Vampire Academy, and it only grew with the Bloodlines series. I really enjoy her descriptive, and colorful language. When describing a character she paints a picture that you can not only see them in your minds eye, but you feel like you know them and how they would react. It is no different with the Age of X series. From conspiracy to the fantastical The Immortal Crown does not disappoint. This series is a bit more adult than the other series and has a more complex story line, if your are looking for a young adult paranormal this is not for you, however it definitely will be enjoyed by any adult paranormal reader.
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In the last few years, I learned I like to camp and I also learned that camping is pretty much moving the basics for a short amount of time. I am really not good at the "roughing it" part of camping so trying to remember to get everything as well as get it all to fit in our car isn't exactly an easy feat. However, when given the opportunity to review the Lightload towel I think I found the ultimate camping friendly towel ever. It can either be used for it's intended purpose as a towel or you can even use it to start a fire if your desperate. The secondary function of a wick for an emergency fire. which could very well be a great use in a pinch.
While stretching out the towel from its very compact form, I learned it requires addition of water. So if you plan on using it just as a towel function it is recommended to dip it first then begin start pulling it apart. As you dry your body it should start to loosen up and be easily drapped around your body. The towel is super absorbent although not soft so don't expect a spa towel, but it definitely gets the job done and well.
If your looking to try one out for yourself of get one for the camper in your family this is a great option head over to www.ultralighttowels.com or enter to win below!
Disclosure: I received a promo code for a free pair of glasses in order to complete the ordering process for the review. All opinions are 100% my own.
So I went to the eye doctor today to update my prescription, it was 2 years old so it was due. Luckily, for me I am at the same prescription I was previously, so I technically don't have to change my glasses just yet. But, I did find out since I am either reading, on the computer or trying to see something up close about 99% of my waking hours it is recommended I wear my glasses 100% of the time. Since the whole reason I go without wearing them in the first place is that I can never seem to remember where I put them, I think I have to get a spare pair. While checking out the selection in the Doctors office I got quite a bit of sticker shock. Can you believe that many people pay upwards of two hundred bucks for a pair of glasses?!! Ahhh!! Two hundred bucks that is crazy, especially for something that chances are your going to break.
There is an alternative, thank goodness! Eyebuydirect.com just relaunched with a new and improved website, that also happens to have glasses starting as low at 6.00!!! Six bucks, yeah that is the kind of price that I am a fan of, with it that low I can grab 4 or 5 pairs so that when one dies and untimely death or is lost in the abyss which is my purse I can grab a spare and still be able to see for that day! They have all the styles that I saw at the optometrist earlier only the price is significantly lower. Here are a few examples:
So one thing I noticed being in office is that the styles I love really don't look good on me, so I thought well how does EyeBuyDirect.com handle that issue. Well they actually have a try it on feature, you can upload a picture of yourself and line up a few dots then tada you can try on the individual glasses. This tool isn't perfect, but you can instantly tell if you are going to look super gooberish in them. See my pic above, they also allow you to compare several glasses styles against each other to help you decide.