Sunday, September 6, 2015

Got Stress? Spend Ten Minutes with This

Ohuhu® Ocean Wave Night Light Projector and Music Player

Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.
Product Details: Have no time for a seaside trip? Now you can see it at home or in your office simply by turning this Ohuhu® Ocean Wave Light Projector on. It is an ocean wave projector with a mini speaker and you enjoy the tranquility or relax after a day's work. It is also perfect for creating a watery ocean atmosphere, which can be used in bathrooms, living rooms, or any other area. It would make a nice backdrop for a trade show booth or office reception area to greet your visitors.
An excellent decoration for any special day to create a romantic atmosphere, A romantic surprise for that special person in your life. Creates a perfect ocean wave atmosphere almost anywhere.
Relaxing, comforting, soothing, creates a large, brilliant light show for your viewing entertainment and pleasure.
8 Brightness modes. Bring the seaside home to you, give yourself a piece of the (ocean) in multiple changes of color.
Automatically shuts down after one hour. Relax yourself before sleeping or help your children sleep.
Battery powered or USB powered. That offers greater mobility and flexibility with a built-in Mini speaker (mobile phone, mp3, or computer can also be used)

10 minutes was all it took... (5 Stars)

If you suffer from stress—don't we all?—you've probably tried all kinds of things to help you cope. I know plenty of people who resort to happy hour or binge eating as a way to manage their but that's just not mine. A good book and a cup of herbal tea are always a nice and yoga or a walk in the park can be good too. For me, however, I find that my stress and anxiety tend to peak as soon as I'm trying to go to sleep and I remember everything I didn't get done or need to get done. Not always the perfect time to fill up on liquids or attempt a warrior pose, I'm tired and I want to go to sleep.

So I accepted the Ohuhu Ocean Wave Night Light Projector and Music Player for review to see if it was an option that worked for me. It's really cool for other uses since it has so many light settings—kids love it—but my goal was something to help me distract myself from a racing mind so I could fall asleep. I am 100% sold! The first time I tried it I think I barely made it 10 minutes before I dozed off. There's just something soothing about the gentle motion of the light and the soft blue color (the light setting I would recommend for those seeking sleep) that works. I love that it shuts off automatically after an hour too so it doesn't run all night long. If you were to pair it with ocean/lake/rain sounds I imagine the effect would be two fold though I chose not to.

Overall, I think it's a great soothing or stress relieving item for the price point and since it isn't chemical it's great for small children and those with sensitivities. I do want to point out, however, that there is one light setting that flashes heavily and could be dangerous for those who have seizure disorders so use at your own risk. Other than that I absolutely love it and would recommend it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams

Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams, Illustrated by Ron Stucki

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.
Children's Literature, Classic Reimagining
Print (32 pages, GIBBS SMITH)
"It was a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year ... " when the mischievous raven Edgar heads to his friend Roderick's house to work on their tree house. Edgar dashes his sister Lenore's hopes with the ever-popular phrase "sisters are not allowed," until a storm starts to brew and the two boys realize that sometimes the best things happen when you decide to stick together. The third picture book in the popular Edgar series is sure to warm the hearts of kids and parents alike.(Preschool)
Publisher Site: blank

A charming picture book for Poe fans and their children. (5 stars)

As I often do when a publisher sends me a review copy of a book for my daughter, I read this alone first. I was pretty sure my daughter would turn her nose up at it because it wasn't very colorful but to my surprise she absolutely adored it. To the point I'm kind of tired of her asking me to read it every night.

Being rather fond of the works of Poe and ravens, I found this to be a charming and fun play on The Fall of the House of Usher. It ended in such a way that even though I've had to read it numerous times since it arrived, I still grin at the end. It has lead to much discussion about gender-based exclusion and how we treat our siblings. We will definitely be purchasing the previous two installments in the Edgar series.

If you have a love of literature and want to introduce your preschooler (very loosely) to Poe this is a clever way to do so that it sure to delight. A short bedtime story that also teaches a simple lesson about inclusion, sibling relationships, and rising from a fall.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

by Kate Leth & Drew Rausch
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: November 5th, 2015
Graphic Novel, Nostalgia, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Print (148 pages, IDW)
After settling in with Megs and her family, Edward becomes curious about a television "miracle doctor" named April Wells, and enlists the help of friends and townspeople to send her a homemade audition tape. While Megs struggles with her uncertainty about the whole situation, Edward has a quiet hope that, maybe, she could help him.

I am loving this comic! (5 stars)

I really enjoyed the first Edward Scissorhands gaphic novel so I was hoping the second would be on par. I'd dare say I liked it even better. It's really great to see the Burton easter eggs hidden in the illustrations and I feel like the art overall fits the tone of the film even more closely than before. I love the new characters and while I feel like Edward was almost a secondary character this time around I can't help but give this a very strong recommendation. I can hardly stand the wait for the next volume!

While you would benefit from reading Volume 1 first so you'll know the characters and time frame, you could certainly jump in here and still enjoy the story for what it is. Just be sure to jump back later so you know why this story is happening.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Master the Farmer's Market With This Book

Fresh Made Simple: A Naturally Delicious Way to Eat: Look, Cook, and Savor

by Lauren Keiper Stein (Author), Katie Eberts (Illustrator)
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Cookbook, Farmer's Market, Vegetarian
Print (200 pages, STOREY PUBLISHING)
Each of the 75 recipes in Fresh Made Simple is a charming full-page illustration showing, rather than telling, how to make the dish described. Each meal or snack begins with one delicious ingredient, and the cook builds around that to make a simple yet elegant creation. An avocado, seasoned with lime and salt, elevates a fried egg on toast; fresh-picked blueberries and a leftover ear of corn add sweetness and texture to standard pancakes. From pineapple cilantro salsa and asparagus apple salad to a kale egg scramble, tortilla soup, and crostini, these simple recipes celebrate the unbeatable flavors of fresh ingredients.

Finally, I can conquer the Farmer's Market! (5 stars)

If you don't like to play with food don't even bother with this book. I wouldn't say it's for an experienced cook but well, you need to be someone who has a firm grasp on the basics and not need detailed directions. As someone who has grown to love being a mad scientist in the kitchen with ingredients and methods I found this an exciting and vivid book full of inspiration.

As someone who wants to work with fresh food more, in particular during the summer and fall when our local farmer's market is bountiful, I think this is a fantastic book. I love Eberts' beautiful illustrations and coupled with Stein's playful approach and sometimes unexpected combinations it's a visual delight. It's also a great resource for vegetarians who are in need of some boredom busters in their cooking repertoire. I think Fresh Made Simple would make a great gift for your favorite cook.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Oleavine Health Therapeutic Foot & Body Wash

Oleavine Health Therapeutic Foot & Body Wash

Company Site: website
Product Details: Oleavine Therapeutic Foot and Body Soap helps wash away and defend against stubborn fungus, bacteria and yeast from the skin surface responsible for Body Odor, Athletes Foot, Ringworm, Jock Itch, Acne, Toenail Fungus, Yeast, and other Common Foot and Skin Irritation Infections.
Our 100% Natural Plant Based Cleanser is Made Using Traditional European Techniques from Premium Organic and Natural Botanicals Rich in Skin Conditioning Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 Essential Fatty Acids.
Powerful Broad Spectrum Actives Include Tea Tree Essential Oil, a proprietary blend of Therapeutic Essential Oils, and Botanicals such as Neem Oil that are known to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
Who is Oleavine Therapeutic Anti-Fungal Soap Right For?
-People who are suffering from embarrassing bacteria related foot and body odor, acne, and skin rashes caused by sweating.
-People who are active in team sports that use or share equipment which can breed bacteria. (football, lacrosse, wrestling, etc.)
-People who are active in soccer, basketball, crossfit, martial arts, running, cycling, yoga, pilates, MMA (mixed martial arts), boxing, or workout regularly at the gym.
-Athletes or Active Individuals at high risk of being in contact with other individuals or where infection can easily be picked up from gym equipment, mats, locker rooms, and public showers.
-People looking to support and protect healthy skin, feet, and nails. Gentle enough to be used daily for your shower, bath, or foot bath.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Saponified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Organic Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Cocao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sachi Inchi) Oil, Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Natural Mixed Mentha (Mint), Thymol (Extract from Thyme), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract.

If you workout this rocks! (5 Stars)

If you hate the smell of tea tree oil don't even bother with this product. Some people just can't get over the smell and that's okay but this definitely smells strong. As someone who loves the smell of tea tree oil I loved this!

Over the summer I got back into a POPPilates routine and between the hot weather and regularly working out I've been crazy sweaty. In the past I found that combo would give me the occasional chest breakout so I thought I'd try this wash during my post-workout showers to see if it didn't curb it. I have yet to get a blemish. It also feels great thanks to the coolness of the mint so it's just a fantastic product for athletes and folks who go to the gym.

I would definitely recommend this for fitness enthusiast but also for anyone who has trouble with body acne or stinky feet. It has high quality ingredients and didn't leave my sensitive skin dry or irritated. Two big thumbs up.

Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly

Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly

by Patricia Briggs, Rik Hoskin, & Tom Garcia
Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Werewolves, Fae
Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, she shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae - a mystery that draws Mercy's stepdaughter Jesse into the fray! The supernatural romance series Mercy Thompson continues in this all-new, original story by New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Briggs, exclusively created for the comic book medium! Collects the six-issue Mercy Thompson comic book series from 2014-2015, a story set in official continuity.

A nice addition to the novels. (4 stars)

Since the Mercy Thomson series of novels first came out I've been a huge fan. I remember the the excitement I felt when I picked up the first book at the store at random and found a map of my hometown inside. I've not been as avid of a fan of the comics but mostly just due to time constraints. I'm glad I took the time to sit down and devour this one though. Garcia did an excellent job of capturing the region while also bringing the characters to vivid life.

It's not my favorite Mercy story but it was spooky and impressively not completely predictable. The story hinged much more on Jesse than Mercy which was also a nice change of pace. On a totally gratuitous note... hello crazy hot Zee. lol

If you've enjoyed the other comics/graphic novels I think you'll dig this one too. If you've a fan of the novels this actually fits into the series continuity so that's a huge plus. Definitely check it out.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

4 Reasons You Need This Beautiful Flower Crown from Valdler

If you follow me on social media you might have seen the horror we spent the end of June and beginning of July dealing with. Head lice. *shudder* Of course, this was when I had just received this stunning floral head wreath with an eagerness to review it. Much facepalming was had as I made the decision not to risk getting them on the wreath and postponed my review. Then we had rain and more rain and vicious high winds. Finally we had some sun and a perfect day for some photos outdoors. ☺ Please enjoy the review and check out Valdler's products on Amazon, I am VERY impressed! -- Rhi

Superior quality at an affordable price. (5 Stars)

If you're looking for a beautiful, well-made floral head wreath I cannot recommend this stunning piece of Valdler enough. Each flower is handmade and lovely. They're tightly bunched unlike other low priced options I've found in stores and online. The ribbons are long enough that you have a lot of adjustability for both the crown and the wristband. For my daughter we chose to have her wear the wristband as an anklet to adorable effect but I'd dare say the same could be done for an adult too. Overall this is a striking pair that would be wonderful for a child, teen, or grown woman equally. 

I have a few ideas for ways I would use this that I wanted to specifically share for this blog post:

This would make a fantastic photographer's prop both for portraits and editorial projects. Because it's well made it can handle a lot of adjustment and wear by children!

Cosplay, renfaire, and music festivals! The high quality of this piece make it a great choice because it can hold up to all day wear and hot weather and the flowers look more real than many of the other options out there.

Weddings and special events. This one is pretty obvious, it's inexpensive so it won't break your budget and if you're crafty you could easily add netting, ribbons, rhinestones, feathers, or other accents to individualize it to your tastes. Perhaps this pink version for the flower girl and the white version for the bride?

A dress-up box item. We turned an old dresser into a really great costume closet for our daughter a couple of Christmases ago and filled it with clearanced Halloween costumes. But we've since added nicer pieces (now that she's older and doesn't damage everything) like this and some costume jewelry that make her feel really special when she plays. Perfect for a older child who loves to dressup.

If you're convinced you need it find it on Amazon:

Valdler Flower Crown with Floral Wrist Band
Product Details: Material: Paper and foam (petals) and polyester (leaves)
Diameter: 16-18 cm (floral hair wreath), 6.5 cm (floral wrist band)
Adjustable size with the ribbon, fits most heads and comfortable to wear
Beautiful for bridal, bridesmaids or flower girls in the wedding, festivals, photography, etc.
It is normal for 1 or 2 pieces of petals falling off as the floral wreath is handmade and can be easily glued without having effect on the overall outlook

Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for this honest review. 
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm654dd74cfe6a0767d67ad0ef76f8eeea
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