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Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

Coming Home For Christmas

viewerI am just going to start this review by confessing: I am a Christmas junkie.  I love it, all of it, the Christmas specials, the feelings they bring, holiday gatherings, decorating, all of it!  The thought of having a perfect Christmas drives me all year long!  This year I have had the privilege of reviewing Christmas stuff- I’m in way up to  my ears with happiness over this one!!!

Now, on to my thoughts!  The movie has a great story!  Having seen probably a hundred Christmas movies, I can honestly say that I haven’t seen this story before!  I loved the story and the message behind it!  The set designers did a great job of making it a believable little town and homes!  The actors could use some work, but then perhaps the fact that they aren’t household names is what makes this special.  The film makes you feel good and even amidst mediocre acting you want to watch, to hear the story, to see it unfold.

Overall, I can’t turn down any holiday movie, good or bad.  This one has a great story, an actual unique one which is a rarity.  While this probably won’t be your new holiday favorite, it is one you will feel good watching.  Personally, I enjoyed it.  I am a sucker for a good Holiday story!

About The Movie

After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven’t been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home… the only problem is someone else lives there now.

The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!

Who is Norman Rockwell?  Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.

Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
$14.99
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Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon
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Originally posted 2013-11-22 00:01:07.

Mission Belts

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A Guest Review By Rebecca

I received the Kid Storm Mission Kids Belt in L/XL  It fit both my 9 and 11-year old boys perfectly!  The stitching was straight and strong and both the leather belt and the metal buckle are incredibly well made and durable.  They will able to withstand the active lifestyles of my boys! The look of this belt is great! The boys have had it for nearly a month and it still looks new!  Also, because of its particular style it is able to accentuate dressy, casual, and sporty looks.  My only regret is that I only got one; I guess my boys will have to practice sharing!

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The belt is a metallic 35 mm buckle with acrylic finish made with synthetic coated 1.25″ genuine leather.  Mission Belts are made to be customized so if it is too big, you can easily fix it!  The kid’s belts cost $26.99 and can be shipped to any country (shipping and handling may be additional).

Helping Others

For those of you who know me or know the Zoo, you know I’m all about giving back.  While perusing Mission Belt’s Blog I found that the reason they are ‘Mission’ Belts is that they are on a mission to help with ending world hunger and poverty.  They donate $1 from each belt to the cause and have been able to expand their reach to help with over 1.300 micro loans to help people get started on their path to self-sufficiency!

 

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Originally posted 2013-11-11 00:01:13.

Tego Audio- Sound You’ll Love!

IMG_4733With music being such an incredibly important part of our society, it’s crucial to be able to have great speakers!  Between that and the incredibly mobile world we live in, Tego Audio has created the product you aren’t going to want to miss!

The Cera Wireless Portable Speaker has amazing sound from such a small speaker!  You can connect via bluetooth or USB to enjoy your tunes wherever you are!  With a reach of up to 35 feet, you can wirelessly play your music as you go from room to room or work in your garden!

A perfect Christmas gift or treat for yourself!  Super simple to use so that even the newest of technology users can use it but those adept will love it too!  If you wanna get one now, or anything else from Tego Audio, use the code below for 20% off!

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Originally posted 2013-10-07 00:01:38.

Grace Unplugged Review

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Delving into the story of Grace, I loved her spirit and her focus.  I could easily see Grace in not only myself but in many of the young ladies I know.  Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t far into the book when I came across a young lady who needed Grace’s story far more than I did.  So, after giving it much thought and consideration, I gave the books to one of my Monkeys.  I asked her to simply read it and give me her thoughts so that I could share them with you.  😀

Given that she is a young adult, writing the review didn’t really turn into a paragraph, but instead a collection of thoughts.  Perhaps that will be better.  Monkey 2 likes the book and has enjoyed it.  She shares the same passion of music as Grace does so relating to the book has been quite simple for her!

She writes:

She [Grace] has real controlling parents that want her to be in college instead of pursuing her music career. She talks to God every day [praying] that her parents will lighten up and have faith an believe in her. I think the own it book guides you through the book on how to connect with the girl in the book.

Needless to say, Monkey 2 is getting into the book.  I can’t wait to see what blessings it brings her!  I also can’t wait to pass it on to my niece, as I know she too will relate!

 

About Grace Unplugged the Novel
Grace Trey is an 18 year old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one hit wonder Johnny Trey who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.
When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the “real world” puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

 

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace.

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About Own It, Discover Your Faith in God
The movie Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an ideal Christian teenager who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she is pushed into the “real world” at the tender age of eighteen after getting the music break of a lifetime, her faith is put to the test.

Own It mirrors the film by asking what it means to really “own” your personal faith rather than just automatically following in the footsteps of parents, friends, or other influencers. Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco help readers understand what to do when faith meets real world challenges.

Without solid beliefs, poor choices are likely to follow. You must take the time to really know who you are, who you are becoming, and who God made you to be. It’s your personal faith . . . own it!

About the Grace Unplugged Author
Melody Carlson has sold more than five million books. A professional writer for twenty years, she recently received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Melody has two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.
About the Own It Authors
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than thirty books including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, and The Woman of Mystery. She has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Precept National Women’s Conference, and MOPS Intl. among others and has consulted on the creation and enhancement of some of the largest stadium events for teens and young women in North America.

Michael DiMarco is a skillled communicator and teacher who has authored more than a dozen bestselling books including the 2010 Christian Bookof the Year for Youth, B4UD8 (Before You Date). He and his wife, author Hayley DiMarco, have one daughter and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grace Unplugged

Written by: Melody Carlson

Publisher: B&H Books

Paperback: 304 pages

Release Date: September 1, 2013
$15.99
Own It
Written by: Hayley and Michael DiMarco
Publisher: B&H PublishingPaperback: 192 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2013

$14.99

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And remember to check out the Grace Unplugged movie trailer
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Originally posted 2013-09-26 07:00:48.

Classic Hardware: A New Vintage Jewelry

ClassicReviewWhen I came across Classic Hardware, I was immediately drawn in.  Though not all of it is ‘my style’, there was something about it that called to me.  Repeatedly I went back and browsed their selection, trying to figure out what drew me there.  Their site is designed very well, but it wasn’t just that.  I love the classic style and the vibe it gives off.

They have many pieces that I am fascinated by, that make me smile when I look at them.  Of course, with 17 amazing artists, there are bound to be all sorts of pieces that you’ll love too!  As a matter of fact, I went back to find the name of the designer for the pieces I received and got distracted.  I know I lost at LEAST a half hour checking out the new stuff and re-doing my wish list from their site.  LOL.

The owner of the company, and one of the designers, is Karyn Cantor.  Checking out her site and seeing the amazing artists she has gathered will give you a deeper appreciation for her artistic eye!

The artist who designed the above images is named Melissa Conteras.  She has some great animal pieces, and the proceeds to the particular collection I got go partially to conserve animal wildlife.  I thought that was really cool.  😀  Though we all know I love monkeys, the elephant in this design stands out to me for some reason.  She is beautiful, as are all the animals.  I also love the zebra, as for whatever reason it too seems to call my name.

Both of the above images are from the Endangered Species Collection.  If you have a love for animals, you’ll find lots of pieces you have to have!  Personally, I don’t buy animal skinned or anything that looks like it just because I don’t want to support even the idea that it’s okay, but the pieces in this collection let me show my love for animals without any implication or representation of harming animals.  I think that’s one of the reasons I love this particular collection so much!

The sponsor asked me to point out a site that they support, Born Free USA and I am putting them on my list to support now!  Don’t let the name fool ya, they support causes all over the world.  I’m particularly pleased that they have a section of Canadian Projects, among other things.  I have a very dear friend who is Canadian (as well as a great aunt that lives there now) and my friend has given me a love for her country through her shear passion for it!  😀  (You can check her out at Journeys of the Zoo)  Moving on though…  LOL.  Born Free USA supports some great ways you can help out wildlife, as we all know not all of society is remembering that these beautiful creatures are an invaluable source of so much goodness to the world!  Jump over and check them out, perhaps you’ll add them to your list as well!

Getting back to my review, there was really only one thing that I wasn’t quite pleased with.  The bracelet is an 8 inch bracelet but due to the design of the pendants, it fits wrists a little smaller than 8 inches.  I easily solved that problem with a trip to Hobby Lobby by purchasing a link to add onto the end.  It doesn’t take away from the design and now it fits comfortably.  Problem solved!

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Originally posted 2013-09-24 09:30:01.

Boots: My Spring Favorite Sponsored by @Lugz

By now, surely you’ve realized I have a love for boots.  If not, let me tell ya about these new boots that are keeping my feet comfy while I do my Spring chores!

Lugz Theta Boots: Spring Gift Guide

So, admittedly boots may be piling up in my house.  I’m okay with it, husband….  well…. he loves me.  Haha.   I do frequently hear side remarks about them, but that’s okay.  Having grown up with 6 siblings, I can handle it!  I have a pair in the Mallard style and I did a post about my year’s fashion statement this year with a fabulous silver pair of Empire Hi’s from Lugz!  That brings us to my latest pair, my Theta’s.  They have become my absolute favorite pair of Lugz thus far!  Lugz: you have officially been challenged to beat this pair!

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Not only are the Theta’s super comfortable, they are very easy to clean which is a major plus for a girl that couldn’t stay clean anywhere!  I love that the style screams work boots and, when paired with the right outfit, can be worn just about anywhere!  My only complaint is that I can’t seem to find a skirt that they look good with.  Of course, one could argue that there are no skirts that work boots go with.  Calling all you fashionistas, can you find an outfit that they go with?  Please?  LOL.  They are SO comfortable I don’t want to take them off!

Lugz are known for their memory foam insole and being super durable.  This particular pair is also water and slip resistant.  For those of us who are clumsy on our feet, that’s a definite plus!  More than once my feet have been known to trip over themselves.  It’s like they’ve got a mind of their own.

If you are looking for a comfortable pair of boots, you have found them!  I assure you!  These boots made the Spring Gift Guide because I’m crazy about them and they are perfect for working, strolling, and keeping one’s feet dry on rainy Spring days!

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New Movie Release: Paul Apostle of Christ #PaulMovie #FlyBy

In PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, Luke risks his life to visit Paul, who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

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Paul may have been one of my favorite Apostles.  I appreciate that he didn’t put too much stock into niceties and was straight forward.  It is the opinion of this blogger that life would be a lot easier if everyone were straight forwards.  Of course, it is quite obvious that today’s society can’t really tolerate anyone disagreeing with their own perspective.  Funny, if no one disagrees with us, how might we grow?  As both individuals and Christians?

Paul, Apostle of Christ

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is a faith film that doesn’t shy away from presenting the reality of fear, danger and persecution faced by the early believers in the time of Nero . . . and their amazing acts of faith, love and service. Practicing Christian faith often meant a death sentence in ancient Rome, often brought about by horrific means. But in the face of it, the early church continued to serve. Talk to filmmakers about the bold choice of showing what life was really like for the early Christians, and what that means for us today.

Biblical Accuracy or Cinematic Drama? How About Both!

Creators of PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST went to great lengths to be biblically authentic in details of Paul’s life and journeys. Then they created characters to interact with him weaving drama throughout. Talk to filmmakers about the challenges and benefits of bringing a New Testament story to life for 21st century filmgoers.

OrganicaPure Review

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Between myself and my teenage daughter, we have a LOT of lotions around the house.  There isn’t much difference that we can tell, aside from scent mainly.  Of course, there are a few exceptions, but not many.

Organica Pure seems to be one of those few and far between lotions.  Instantly after rubbing it into your skin you feel a softness that has no match.  It’s the closest I’ve ever felt my skin be to the softness of a baby’s skin.  That is an amazing result if you ask me!  Who doesn’t love the feel of a Little One’s cheek???

I tried two different lotions: Cocoa & Honey and Aloe Vera & Honey.  While they both yield similar results, the Cocoa & Honey is my favorite.  It could be a psychological chocolate thing.  LOL.  The Coacoa & Honey leaves your skin amazingly smooth with a subtle scent that doesn’t overpower perfume or other natural smells.

The Aloe Vera & Honey lotion also did an amazing job of softening my skin.  It has been said that aloe vera helps with aging skin and the company points that out in the description. If you love the smell of aloe vera, you’ll love this one.  The scent is a little stronger than the other but it’s still a great lotion.  I’m just not a lover of strong scents.

One thing I love about their product, that really adds an additional perk, is that the bottles have a lid that you can turn sideways to close so that you don’t have to worry about accidental discharge.  Extremely important in a house that frequently has curious little hands investigating things!

At $15 a bottle, Organica Pure does an amazing job of creating organic lotion that truly makes a difference in your skin from the moment it is rubbed in and beyond.  Organica Pure also offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders!  That’s always a win!  They have many other products to help your skin, my favorite (with all this pasty skin) would be the sunburn treatments but they also have bath salts, wash gels, stretch mark creams and many others.

Judging by the amazing results I got from the lotions, I’m pretty certain that the others work equally well, if not better!  You’ll want to check them out, I promise!  Getting that spa treatment feel without that spa treatment price is an added bonus!

Company Description

Coacoa & Honey Organic Lotion

Our combination of Mayan’s finest cocoa and healthful honey replenishes moisture to dry skin without a greasy film, and leaves skin with a light, sweet fragrance.

Cocoa is an anti-wrinkle agent: It contains powerful anti-oxidant properties that prevent damage to your skin’s elastin and collagen, restoring and maintaining your youthful glow. It also works to moisturize and nourish your skin. Honey is also a gentle, healthy, natural moisturizer. As a humectant, honey helps your skin retain moisture without an oily buildup. Cocoa and honey work together in this luxurious body lotion to gently replenish moisture.

Treat your skin to this restorative combination, and experience healthier skin than ever before!

Results in: Moisturized, glowing, revitalized skin

Organic Aloe Vera & Honey Lotion

Our signature infusion of Yucatan’s finest aloe vera and healthful honey delivers therapeutic nourishment to needy skin without the greasy feeling and leaves skin with an understated, fresh fragrance.

>Aloe and honey work together in this healthful body lotion to soothe, soften, and brighten your skin. The aloe guarantees that the lotion will absorb quickly into your skin, restoring moisture without leaving an oily film. Honey, a natural humectant, seals in moisture to heal dry, irritated skin. Both Ingredients: also function as natural anti-agers. Our Aloe Vera & Honey Body Lotion will not only moisturize, but leave your skin with a healthy, youthful glow.

Treat your skin to this soothing, moisturizing experience!

Results in: Soft, healthy, younger-looking skin

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Corset Chick Review

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Being a plus size gal, I was excited to see that Corset Chick Review went up to a size 5/6 XL.  Let me just take a moment to go on my soap box and say, yes I’m a larger woman and I know I need to be smaller, however I’ve been trying for years and have yet to have enough success to make me a size 2 or whatever the ‘in’ size is.  I have made some great strides this year that have helped my health, but they haven’t made me a toothpick yet.  Plus, honestly, I’m 6 feet tall.  If I were a size 2 I’d look like I had an eating disorder!

*jumping off my soapbox*

All that being said, a 5/6 XL wasn’t what anyone I know would think of when they thought of it.  Normally, I wear a 2XL or maybe a 3XL if a brand runs small.  With Corset Chick, the 5/6 XL wouldn’t even fit!  That’s insane!  I was so thankful that I’m currently not having issues with self esteem, as I probably would have had a meltdown!  The 5/6 XL is supposed to fit an 18/20, even though they say they will fit up to a 22.  Well, let me tell ya, they don’t.  22 centimeters, sure, inches….  well, that is another story!   I will say though, that the g string that accompanies the corset is more true to size, I couldn’t wear them as they were actually a 5/6 XL…

It is frustrating to get to a site that boasts about ‘now carrying plus sizes’ only to find that their idea of a plus size is calling a size 14 fat.  Just because you slap on an ‘XL’ doesn’t mean it’s plus size.  Also, as the mom of a not large 17 year old, I can say for a fact that those kinds of things really hurt them when they buy a brand that runs *incredibly* smaller than they are supposed to then label something an XL to have ‘plus sizes’.

The only positive things I can say is that they have a good selection of styles and that the quality of the corset was nice.  Of course, I could only visually evaluate it was not going to fit around a woman that actually wore an 18/20!!!  It isn’t very often that I can’t find much to love about something, but here is one of those rarities.

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Originally posted 2013-08-17 08:44:10.