Friday, August 29, 2014

Dark Hope Book One of the Archangel Prophecies




As always, I was excited to get a new book in the mail. This one is called Dark Hope, it is book one of the Archangel Prophecies series.  Dark Hope is written by Monica McGurk you can click HERE to read a little about her.  Dark Hope is classified as a young adult fiction book you can find it in both kindle and paperback on amazon.  The kindle edition sells for $7.99 and the paperback sells for $14.07.  You can click HERE to find it.   A portion of proceeds from this book will be donated to partner organizations that fight Human Trafficking.  The Author sites ECPAT and Street Grace as partner Organizations.

Summery of the back of the Book:
"For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father.  Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, High School.  Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in her.  Hope's life is filled with questions.  What's behind the angry looks she gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who's responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations?  How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope's suburban world?  And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister- and just why does he seem so familiar?  In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Hark Hope introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency."

I read a lot, and when I say a lot I mean at least 2 books a week not including all the children's books I read to the girls.  I am not real picky with what I read as long as it has the ability to pull me in a little and get me wondering whats next.  I will admit I have have read a lot of the young adult fiction books that have come out lately I even read the vampire one.  So reading a young adult fiction book was not new to me, and most are actually good.  I started this book thinking it was going to take me a week to read it, but I quickly got sucked into the story.  It was a classic battle between good and evil and I had to know who would win.   I read the hole thing in about a day and half and it left me wondering what would happen in the next book.   The Majority of the book kept my interest and even left me wondering what was going to happen in the next book.  I was always trying to figure out who Michael and Lucas really were.  Who Hope would end up with, would they find the missing girl, would Hope be saved or lost to evil.  The book touches on some issues like Human trafficking and child abduction both serious issues around the world.  There is some scripture in the book but I cant say how accurate or inaccurate it is, since Dark Hope is a fiction writing, I didn't take the time to look each passage up and check it.  The end of the book has questions and topics for discussion, and even an author Q&A section to help you get a little more involved in the book and series. A great bonus for book club members.  Over all I felt it was a good read and I can wait to see what else Monica McGurk comes up with.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

EnduraCool by Mission

Summer is in full swing hear in Missouri. Its been a cooler summer than normal but still plenty hot. I have been seeing commercials for the Multi-Cool for a couple months now and always wondered if they really worked.  This past week I got to try it out first hand. Mission EnduraCool gave me the opportunity to try out a couple of there products. I received a Multi-cool, a Cooling mesh towel, a cooling towel, a cooling bandanna, and a cooling cap to try out. Prices range from about $14.99 to about $43.99, and come in various colors. You can find everything HERE at the Mission Enduracool website.

These things are super easy to use even my 4 year old can do it. Here is how the company says it works: the "patented technology, powered by Coolcore works by absorbing moisture and perspiration into the fabric core where the unique radiator-like fiber construction circulates water molecules and regulates the rate of evaporation to create a prolonged cooling effect". Key features are: Patented technology cools 30 degrees below average body temperature when wet. UPF 50 protection from the sun, Chemical-free, when wet stays cool for hours, when dry soft and absorbent, and its reusable and machine washable.  Basically you get the Item wet snap it by pulling both ends away from each other to activate the cooling properties and it gets cool. It also absorbs your sweat and uses it to cool you down.
I tested out cooling mesh towel first while the kids were out riding bikes in the yard. On the day I first tested the towel the temperature was about 95. I got it wet wrung it out and snapped it. I wrapped it around my shoulders and sat in the sun to see if I would start baking.  I was surprised to find that it really did have a cooling effect even more so when there was air blowing on it. Like on a breezy day or while I was riding my bike. I was able to sit in the direct sun for about an hour before it started to dry out and loose its cooling effect.  I had to re wet it and snap it again and it began cooling all over again.  It would be great to lay over a infant seat or stroller to shade baby as there products do provide UV protection.
I do want to point out that it doesn't get ice cold or even refrigerator cold. It did cool me off and was noticeably cooler than my body temperature and the temperature of the area I was sitting in.
I took the cooling cap out for a test drive last weekend while I was cutting wood. Temperature was in the 90's and I was in the sun.  It was also great and it helped me stay cooler while we were cutting. My only complaint is that it was a white hat and it was grimy after about 20 min. But wood cutting is dirty business. I haven't washed it yet so I don't know how it will wash up but I think it will come clean.
Both of the girls and my mom have tried out the multi-cool and cooling towel. They all report that it does feel cool when they put it on. They actually argue over who gets to wear it they like to wear which one.  Personally I like wearing the multi-cool as a headband. The company actually makes a head band that I would love love to have. It would be wonderful for cutting wood in the summer. It would also be perfect when I am working out, both out side and in the gym.  Over all the product works well for me and I would buy any of the Mission Cooling products. They offer so many great colors and even some great patterns that I can see my self getting one of each color just to match my gym gear.

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Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge in order to test them and write this review. I did not receive any payment for this review all opinions are my own or that of my kids.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

AirForce BlowGun



Foam dart guns are all the rage in our house right now. Thanks to AirForce BlowGun my girls have discovered a love for foam dart guns. The AirForce BlowGun is a super simple foam dart gun. Basically you stick a foam dart in the barrel of gun place your mouth on the mouth piece gently suck in and then blow out to launch the dart out of the barrel.  Its so simple even my 3 year old niece can shoot it. They sell for $24.95 on Amazon.com click HERE to find them. They also sell refill packs you get 50 darts for $9.95 click HERE for those. Click HERE for the AirForce BlowGun web site.




When our AirForce BlowGun arrived the girls were super excited and basically tore open the shipping box to see what had arrived. In side the actual box we found the BlowGun, a pair of safety goggles, and a pack of 10 foam darts. There is some minor assembly required but no tools are necessary. All you have to do is stick the mouth piece on the side of the gun I didn't even need directions to figure this part out. We did read the directions on the back of the box to see how to load the gun. One of the first things I noticed is that its made of a nice sturdy plastic its not a flimsy hunk of junk.

It took the girls who are 4 and 6 years old all of 2 min to figure out how to load and shoot the AirForce BlowGun. My 4 year old is a lefty and she does have some trouble shooting it but I hear a left handed model is in the works. They also offer a video on how to convert a right handed gun to a left handed gun. We may have to do this if the left handed models don't come out soon. I'm not sure how long I can handle the two girls arguing over this one gun. We definitely need a second one. Pop (aka grandpa) is even getting in on the fun and chasing the girls and Nana (aka grandma) around the house with it. You can also shoot baby marshmallows out of it.
The aim is surprisingly good for a toy.

I have no complaints about this toy. It works wonderfully there is really nothing to stop working on it. Since you use your own lung power to shoot it, you don't have to pump it up like some of the other foam dart guns. So in less your kid tosses it off the second story deck or pounds on it with something heavy this baby is going to last you the long haul. I do wish they sold them in two packs since its a lot more fun to play with a buddy.  One of the tips did come off one of the foam darts but I just glued it back on it was not a big deal and I am sure one of the girls probably pulled it off while they were arguing over who's turn it was. I have to admit everyone in our house is arguing over this thing. I have a feeling everyone is going to be putting these on there birthday and Christmas list this year. Check out this cool video from AirForce BlowGun.



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Disclaimer: We received a Free AirForce BlowGun to test out for this review. All opinions are my own or that of my family and children. We were not paid for this review.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Claritin Playmaker Play Date

We have begun another great year with the Children's Claritin Mom Crew. Both of my girls suffer from seasonal allergies and when they get bad we turn to Children's Claritin. We kicked off the year with the Claritin Playmaker Play date. Thank to Claritin some great mommy friends and the kids got to play outside and received some great play ideas, coupons, and some cool Claritin swag. We were only able to play for an hour or so but the kids had lots of fun making mud pies, running and jumping over the obstacle course, playing in the sprinkler and snacking on pizza roll-ups. While the moms got to chat about how they get there kids out side and moving during the summer months. Some of the favorite activities were: Playing in the River, Bike riding, water gun fights, splatter painting, making mud pies my girls personal favorite. Hear is a photo of some of the great Claritin Swag items I gave away to the mommies at the event.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Children's Claritin Mom Crew, I received product samples promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story


Zondervan provided the picture of this great book.
This past Easter we read a great Berenstain Bears book called Berenstain bears and the Easter Story. Who doesn't love the Berenstain Bears they were a favorite when I was a kid and both of my girls have found a love for these great book. They were excited to read this book and I think we probably read it 10 times or more before Easter even arrived. This particular book takes place during Easter the Bear Cubs have gone bonkers for Easter candy its all they seem to be able to think about that is tell Missus Ursula the Sunday school teacher and some of the students put on a play tell the cubs about Jesus' resurrection and show them that the salvation is much sweeter than candy. The story really helped the girls understand that Easter is not just about getting great candy. Its a book I would like to recommend for families to read together its simple enough for smaller kids to understand but it did get my 6 year old thinking and she came up with some great questions that we were able talk about together.  This wonderful Berenstain bears book can be found by clicking Here. It sells for about $4.99 and it comes with some cute Bear Easter stickers.

Disclaimer: we received a free copy of the book Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story from Zonderkids in order to perform this review. I did not receive payment for this review all opinions are my own or that of my children.