Thursday, December 18, 2014

Show Me The Kwan Game Review

It's not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ - can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating).

Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected.


We love this game! It is so easy that my 7 and 9 year old sons can grasp it, and really enjoy playing it. They are both avid readers, and do really good in spelling in school. This is a fun game that allows them to use these skills that they have learned! We are all a little competitive when it comes to family game night, and this game really brings out the competition between us. Show Me The Kwan really makes you use your brain. You have the think of words for the letters on the dice, and you have to do it quickly, before the other players come up with a word and take all the letters. The player with the most dice, and the most points is the winner. This game comes in a nice zippered bag so you can take it with you when you visit friends or travel with the kids. 

Get the game Here

Xploderz Mayhem Review

This holiday season, outlast and out-blast the competition with the new Xploderz Mayhem! The new firing system will change the way you shoot forever! It features a multi-shot auto firing system that fires an astonishing 120 rounds of ammo in 60 seconds! The Mayhem comes with an amazing 2,000 rounds of ammo! With a velocity of 100 feet per second, it’s 50 percent faster than any foam blaster. Reloading ammo only takes seconds with no mess to clean up.

1 Mayhem Blaster
1 Xploderz Ammo Clip – holds 250 rounds
2000 Xploderz Ammo Refills
Ready to fire rounds in Ammo Clip
2000 rounds of Xploderz Ammo
250 round Ammo Depot

We received an Xploderz Mayhem at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


When you are a mom of boys, you have to resign yourself to all the boys toys that will take over your home. No barbies and kitchen sets here. It's all dirt bikes, guns, sports and video games. Products like this Xploderz Mayhem make up for the no pink, no dolls and no other girlie things. This blaster is...well there is no better word than awesome! It's half as big as my 7 years old (he's kind of tiny), but still light enough for him to handle it. It comes with plenty of ammo to start. This is a toy that requires movement and physical action, so it gets them off the video games for awhile. The ammo is a wet ammo, so while it won't do a lot of damage, I would warn not to shoot at someone in close range, because it will sting. The blaster is made to stand up to a lot of play and use, so it will be a favorite for a long time!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Texting: The Patient Communication of the Future

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Body Glove Surge Energy Shot Review

Body Glove Surge All Natural Energy Shots

All-natural ingredients, including green tea, protein, coconut water, high anti-oxidant fruits, and more
Reduces mental and physical fatigue
May improves focus and concentration
Extends physical endurance
Boosts reaction times
Protein formula speeds muscle recovery and reduces soreness
Tested and proven by Montana State University sport science researchers
50 calories of fewer per serving
12-pack of 2.5 fl. oz. bottles

Nutrition Label and Ingredients

I received a 12 pack of the Peach Mango at no cost in exchange for my honest review


I am always looking for ways to have more energy to get through the day. I drink coffee, I try to get a full 8 hours of sleep, and I've tried a lot of different energy drinks. I don't really like the carbonated energy drinks, and I always have a crash with them. I tried these Body Glove shots to see if they were different. I was pretty happy with these. The flavor is really good, and you don't taste anything extra like you do with some shots and drinks. I really felt like I had an extra boost of energy during the day too. I work customer service on the phone for 9 hours a day, so I definitely needed that boost. I also did not feel that crash after a few hours with these shots.  i have shared some of these with my co workers, and I get pretty good feedback from them all. I would definitely recommend these to get that needed boost!

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Pinrose Perfume Review

At Pinrose, we are re imagining scented products. We sell the highest quality fragrances at a price that doesn't break the bank. No fragrances created to sell you just on the top note - no phthalates - no parabens. Just the best perfumers in the world, using the best ingredients.

Our goal is to create effortless joy in scent discovery. Pinrose ends the painful experience of getting sprayed in the face at the mall by sending you samples to try at home. We use synesthesia in our Scent Profiler to help you identify which of our fragrances might be best suited to your taste. Our try-at-home samples (Petals) are scented towelettes - designed to give you more control in the sampling process.

We hope our product delivers small moments of happiness to each day of your life. Live your life in every sense and your memories will live long and prosper.

I received a Starter Kit from Pinrose at no cost in exchange for my honest review.


I am very particular about my scents I wear. I don't usually like to buy perfumes or body sprays online unless it's a scent I am really familiar with. I received this starter kit from Pinrose to try, and I'm impressed. They offer this started kit so you can try different scents, before you commit to buying a full size bottle of perfume. These are little Petals, scented towelettes, that let you try 10 different scents. Each Petal comes attached to an card with some information about that particular scent. This process lets you pick the scents you like best, and that match your lifestyle skin chemistry. Pinrose offers a quick Scent Finder Quiz also takes you through some questions to determine which scents might fit you best. I enjoyed all the scents for the most part, but there were definitely a few favorites that I would love to have in full size.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily Zen Doodles Review

Few activities are as spiritually satisfying as the art of the meditative “tangle” drawing. Finding a quiet moment to craft an intaglio of intricate, mandala-like drawings brings on a peaceful state that clears the mind and facilitates creativity and relaxation.

Offering a different hand-illustrated prompt for each day of the year,Daily Zen Doodles inspires you to lose themselves in the contemplative act of sketching beautifully repeating patterns and abstract designs. Whether it’s the outline of a nautilus shell, the petals of a lotus blossom, or the spokes of the Buddhist wheel, the mindfulness-inspiring ideas in this book foster focus and help unlock the your inner artist.

Accompanied by apt quotes from spiritual leaders and famed philosophers to provide you with an added spark of inspiration, each drawing prompt is an invitation to an improved mindset and elevated state of inner peace.

You can go from this..


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My Review

I love my life and all the adventure and stress that comes with it. Sometimes I need a little break from the adventure and stress though. I'm not big on hands on hobbies, I usually wind up more stressed than I was to start. I received this Daily Zen Doodles book to review, and was kind of intrigued. I loved the inspirational quotes on each page, The doodles are started for you, just to give you a starting point to let your mind wander. This book is small enough to put in a purse or laptop bag, so you can take it with you and pull it out when you are traveling or waiting somewhere. I made a few copies of some of these for a quiet time activity for my boys, who are both ADHD. My husband is the drawer in the family, so I'm sure he'll try his hand at some of these also. This is a great way to help you stop, relax and center yourself for a moment in the busy rush of your life.

On The Move Review

Callum Vicente and his four best middle school buddies live in a Southern California beach town, and narrowly miss being grounded for life after they sneak out of town on the bus for a great skateboard day just before promotion from 8th grade. Their pal Justice ends up with a wicked broken leg, but their parents soon forget about it because weird, tense things are happening in the news. 

So Callum, Levi and his bff Apollo are soon deep into their best summer ever at PEAK skateboard camp where they learn tricks from the pros, grind on endless street courses, and careen off one awesome ramp straight into the lake. It is mad fun until the War breaks out: the teens watch major cities blown up on TV, have no idea what’s happened to their parents, and then lose virtually all communication with the outside world. 

Stranded, the boarder buddies strike out on their own to find their families, travelling north through all of California and Oregon, following a network of underground message boards and savvy riders who they find holed up in skate parks along the way. They pick up their school buddy Mateo Beltran and hitch a ride with their Native friend Obbie, on his way to safety on his dad’s reservation in Washington state, and even get some surprising help as they try to figure out a world gone crazy while they are On the Move.

I received a paperback copy of this book at no cost in exchange for my honest review.


My son and my husband are into the skater culture, especially my husband who grew up in Florida and skateboarding was his main form of recreation. He really wants to teach my boys how to skateboard and they are eager to learn. My 9 year old was excited to sit down and read this book with me. He was fascinated with the story line, even if some of it was a little over his head. As a grown up reading this, I loved the references to pop culture songs, movies and items in the book. There is a dystopian theme in the book based around a catastrophic event. That event brings Callum and his buddies closer, and teaches them what teamwork and sticking together is all about. This was a quick, entertaining, sometimes funny and sometimes serious read that I really enjoyed. I will be holding on to this for my sons to read again when they get a little bit older. 

About the Author

K.V. Flynn is a writer who lives in Southern California, kind of near Manhattan-Huntington-Malibu Beach. His action-adventure book ON THE MOVE is about 14-year-old skater friends who are stranded at skate camp when a War breaks out. Follow the news about it at

He's currently writing the prequel, ON THE RIM. His favorite ride is an 8.25" Krooked deck, Independent trucks, and 53 mm Spitfire wheels. He is half Spanish and half Irish. K.V. has a dog, and has been watching "Pretty Sweet" by Chocolate Skateboards, "Stay Gold" by Emerica, and "The Deathwish Video" by Deathwish Skateboards. What about you!? 

He and his bros regularly cruise Venice, Stoner, Skatelab, and Van's. Talk back:

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Holiday Children's Books

It’s almost time to deck the halls and trim the trees once again – and, just in time for all the festive fun, here are four wonderful children’s books by bestselling indie authors to make young spirits bright. Each of these authors wanted to share the special holiday stories that they created for their own families with readers around the world and they all found success beyond their dreams via Amazon’s indie publishing platforms, CreateSpace for print and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for e-books. These four books introduce lovable new characters that are sure to become seasonal family favorites far and wide for years to come:

Calling All Grammies – A Christmas Tale of Friendship, an inventive story by Flo Barnet features an intrepid grandma and her friends from around the world, who band together to save the day when Santa’s sleigh breaks down and can’t be fixed in time to take to the skies for Christmas. Flo began writing children’s books at age 68 because she wanted to leave her seven grandchildren something special to remember her by.

Christmas on the Farm, an engaging rhyming picture book by Beau Blackwell, featuring a whole barnyard of adorably illustrated animals, reinforces that the true meaning of Christmas is about the spirit of friendship and giving to others. Beau has two small children who he reads to every night, and his goal was to create a Christmas book that he could share with them and that would also make a great holiday gift for friends, family and beyond. 

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis, a charming winter’s tale and the newest addition to the award-winning Captain No Beard book series by Carole P. Roman, finds the daring pirate Captain No Beard and his loyal crew heaving anchor for adventure as they steer a course due north for the icy waters of the Arctic. A prolific writer, Carole’s work is inspired by the antics of her grandchildren and she often features them in the pages of her books.

The Christmas Witchling, an enchanting chapter book by D. Byron Patterson featuring the brave 8-year-old Witchling Tulie Flue, who struggles to set everything right after it all goes wrong in a heartwarming tale about courage, friendship and the wonder of the holiday season. Before deciding to indie publish his books, Byron had been telling his tales for years, holding the kids of friends and family spellbound.

We received paperback copies of these 4 books in exchange for our honest opinion.


I am so blessed to have two little boys who love reading as much as I do. They so very excited for new books. I was excited to get these new holiday books and give them to them. I could barely get pictures before they were grabbing them and reading them. Their grandma and grandpa live out of state, so my 9 year old called grandma up and read her the Calling All Grammies book over the phone. These stories are cute and funny, have a few nice little lessons in them, and the artwork in them is beautiful.

My 9 year old is a little bit of an advanced reader so me and him read The Christmas Witchling story together. This is a beautiful and sweet story about friendship and courage. All four of these books are holiday themed, and will be read many more times between now and Christmas, and hopefully will become part of our traditions for a few years to come!

Click on the underlined book names above to find them on Amazon!

Box of Rain Release Day!

In Box of Rain, cousins Shorty Davis and Booker T Brooks grew up in pretty much the same circumstances: single mother, too many siblings crowded into a small ghetto apartment. So what makes one kid choose violence as his method to survive living on the streets and the other choose education? Jo doesn’t know or have time to worry about it. She’s dealing with her own issues when her estranged father comes to Chicago to participate in a cancer clinical trial. When a severed head turns up in an alley dumpster, however, she’s thankful for an excuse to shift priorities and find out why all the evidence seems to point to the one kid least likely to have committed the crime.

Release Day December 15th!

Author Bio:

Debra R. Borys is the author of the STREET STORIES suspense novels. A freelance writer and editor, she spent four years volunteering with Emmaus Ministries and the Night Ministry in Chicago, and eight years doing similar work at Teen Feed, New Horizons and Street Links in Seattle. The STREET STORIES series reflects the reality of throw away youth striving to survive. Her publication credits include short fiction in Red Herring Mystery Magazine, Downstate Story and City Slab.

JOCO Glass Reusable Coffee Cup Review

Driven by the world as we know it and the truths that come along with it, JOCO is an honest brand with an honest goal: To experience life completely without taking more than our share.

We at JOCO believe in products that don’t make us compromise our personal tastes or take away from the little things in life that we care about so much. Born from this truth, JOCO glass coffee cups strive to compromise neither taste nor the environment like so many of those plastic folks do.

Our philosophy is as simple as it is honest: glass lasts longer, never affects flavour and looks good for the long run. Taste and intelligence, you see, are what make JOCO the “Cups That Care”.

I received the 16oz Mint JOCO Cup at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

I love my coffee, and I love my coffee cups. I have several travel mugs for my coffee that I use all the time. This is the first glass coffee mug I have had though. I have noticed that with the plastic travel mugs, they tend to retain the smell of the coffee, and they tend to stain. I'm not really able to use my plastic travel mugs for other drinks, because they are permeated with the coffee. This glass coffee cup from JOCO is quickly becoming my favorite. This cup holds the perfect amount of coffee for me. It has a thermal silicone sleeve so you don't burn your hands. The anti-splash lid fits perfectly, so there are no sudden spills to ruin your clothes and your day. The glass is BPA free and can be microwaved and put in the freezer. This glass cup also cleans easily, and doesn't hold the coloring or smell of the coffee, so I can use this for other beverages as well. JOCO cups come in 3 different sizes, and you can buy the glasses, sleeves and lids separately. You can create your own unique color combination. i love this glass coffee mug and I will be buying more to add to my collection soon!

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