Book Review: Juice + Nourish by Rosemary Ferguson

Juice + Nourish: 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty by Rosemary Ferguson

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Health, Cooking, Special Diets
Ebook/Print (192 pages, THE EXPRIMENT)
Simple, inspired recipes to cleanse, heal, and revitalize—plus realistic detox plans and expert guidance on eating for good health
“Busy” is a way of life for Rosemary Ferguson: She’s traveled the world as one of Britain’s top models, and today is a professional nutritionist and mother of three. For her, juices and smoothies are anything but a fad—they’re a way to pack vital nutrients into your day.
By upping your intake of simple, natural ingredients like blueberries, ginger, and kale, you can overhaul your health from the inside out! As Rosemary discovered, “skin complaints, headaches, fatigue, and stress can be dramatically improved.” Handily arranged by need, the recipes in Juice + Nourish will help anyone:
Detox & Heal (rehydration, liver cleansers, gut health)
Rest & De-stress (mood boosters, sleep aids, stress relievers)
Care & Preserve (anti-aging, healthy skin and hair, weight loss)
Protect & Strengthen (immunity boosters, cold and cough soothers, anti-inflammatories), and more!

Very thorough and colorful! (4 stars)

I have an early childhood memory of my mom—a fad-following health nut for as long as I can recall—giving me a cup of fresh orange juice. It was this heavenly frothy stuff that she'd made in a really noisy late-70's model juicer. Since then I've never been a big juice drinker because there's just no substitute for fresh juices and I honestly loathe cleaning mine. But darn did this book make me reconsider dusting it off and making use of it more often.

While I've honestly not made any of the recipes yet due to time, I very much liked what I found here and the overall attitude for the most part. The only thing I wasn't a fan of (and never will be) was the detoxing section. If you're interested in juice fasting/detoxing please consult your doctor before following the advice here, especially if you suffer from any medical conditions, mental illnesses, or take medication regularly.

Ferguson's juices are beautiful and I loved that she was so very thorough. There's a juice for everything in here and she explains so much about why each ingredient is included I felt like anything I made with these recipes would be an almost magical potion. If you're new to juicing and looking for very specific focus juices such as energy boosting or anti-inflammatory blends I really think you'll be impressed. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their juicing to the next level or newbies who want a lot of inspiration and education.

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Product Review: Copper Wire Light Set from Kohree

Copper Wire Light, Kohree Starry String Light, Party String Light, Starry Night Light, Décor Rope Light For Seasonal Decorative Christmas Holiday, Wedding, Party With Power Adapter (33Ft 100 LEDs)

Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for this honest review.
Product Details: 
*High quality & Moldable shape-This flexible copper wire with insulated lacquer, lightweight, easy installation, energy saving, environmental friendly, and sturdy. It is thin and flexible and coiled with paper tub so it will never make a mess. It can be easily bent, and shaped around plants, signs, furniture and almost everything else.
UL Listed Power adapter-Included UL power adapter: output DC 3.0V, 600mA. Note: The lights themselves are waterproof IP45 so they can be exposed to the elements. The power adapter is not waterproof and should be used with weatherproof receptacle cover when used outdoors.
*Brightness-These Best 100 pcs SMD 0603 LEDs, tiny Micro mini miniature LED Battery Operated String Lights Lamp are perfect for use as a lighting addition to any decorative project. Very thin wire hosts 100 very small LED bulbs that are about size of the rise grain and are intensely bright. With steady 360 degree viewing angle they illuminate in every direction.
*Perfect for any occasion-This LED Starry String lights is of Ultra Bright White Warm Color Micro LEDs that creates a light fairy twinkle effect. It's the perfect decoration option for bedrooms, living rooms, gardens, deck, patios, pathways, restaurants, hotels, cafes as well as wedding, Christmas trees, birthday parties etc, all kinds of occasions. It will create enough romance for you, since it is so soft and warm. You will love the warm, calm and relax atmosphere that brings you.
*Satisfactory guarantee-Kohree stands behind all of its products 100%. These lights come with a 12 month warranty. If you received broken or defective lights, please contact us Kohree any time, we will compensate you with free replacement or full refund.

Gorgeous and versatile! (5 Stars)

When a couple I know got married two months ago several of us who are friends of the newlyweds got together to help decorate. It was a lot of fun and, in my humble opinion, wound up with one of the most beautiful set ups I've ever seen at a wedding. A big factor in that was an emphasis on tiny lights and jars. Ever since I've been wanting to find some great lights to work with in crafting/decorating projects and this set totally fit the bill.

You could do so many things with these! Their versatility amazed me. The wire makes them very moldable to whatever shape you need them. I was thinking about using them to wire a wreath for my front porch but since they are not no a battery pack and are intended for indoor use really, I decided I wanted to do something with a pretty pair of red jars I picked up at the dollar spot at Target. As you can see they made great bundles for inside the jars. I just wrapped them around my hand with some length between them and the cord running down from the shelf to the outlet. Then tucked them and made them a little messy to get the feel I wanted. My 6 year old loved them so much she asked me if we could keep them forever.

I am very happy with them and would recommend them to anyone who wants a versatile string light set for home decorating. Even tucking these into white tulle or foam along a mantle would make for a gorgeous snowy effect that could get swapped for autumnal oranges or patriotic colors around other holidays.

I think once the holiday season passes I will actually use clear florists' tape to attach them to twigs and place them in a tall hurricane glass to use as everyday decor but really there are so many possibilities I'm likely to have these out all year round to decorate in some way. Love this light set, highly recommend!

Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges by Jen Mann

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Humor, Holidays
Ebook/Print/Audio (224 pages, BALLANTINE BOOKS)
For fans of Laurie Notaro and Jenny Lawson comes an uproarious and oddly endearing essay collection for anyone trying to survive the holidays in one piece.
When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punches
In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits. The essays include:
• You Can Keep Your Cookies, I’m Just Here for the Booze
• Nice Halloween Costume. Was Skank Sold Out?
• Why You Won’t Be Invited to Our Chinese New Year Party
From hosting an ill-fated Chinese New Year party, to receiving horrible gifts from her husband on Mother’s Day, to reluctantly telling her son the truth about the Easter Bunny, Mann knows the challenge of navigating the holidays while keeping her sanity intact. And even if she can’t get out of attending another Christmas cookie exchange, at least she can try again next year.

Enh, didn't really tickle my funny bone. (3 stars)

If you've ever had someone ruin the holidays (is there anyone who hasn't?) then you might find something in this book relatable. While a couple of the stories made me chuckle a bit I was surprised at how very little about it I really enjoyed. I swear Mann repeats herself in every essay. Yes your mom is a hoarder, you told is already. Even still I think that the majority of readers might enjoy it.

So maybe the takeaway is that if you've read Mann's other books and her humor works for you grab this and if you're like me and this would be your first foray into her style maybe check out a sample chapter or audio clip and see if it works for you before dropping the cash.

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Product Review: Santamedical Tens Unit

Santamedical PM-120 Tens Unit Electronic Pulse Massager with 6 Modes and Rechargeable battery
Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated here are my own and are in no way influenced by the cost-free product.
Product Details: 
  • Six Auto Modes (stimulation programs) and Pause button
  • 10- to 60-minute timer with auto shut-off, 20-minute default setting
  • Adjustable massage strength levels with gradual increase / decrease setting option
  • Portable and Compact device is easy to bring along in a bag or a suitcase for on-the-go use
  • Attachment pads, Rechargeable Battery and Power Adapter included

Small, but mighty. (4 Stars)

While pregnant 6+ years ago I sustained a neck injury in a car accident. During the treatment I received for my injury my amazing chiropractor would end our sessions with 10 minutes of TENS treatment. It takes some getting used to but I was amazed at how much it eased the discomfort I was experiencing.

I occasionally still experience soft tissue discomfort, in particular in the neck and shoulder where I was hurt so I'd been in the market for an affordable TENS unit for occasional use at home. This one from Santamedical fits the bill very well. It's effective, very easy to use, and I was pleased with the battery life between charges. The timer is adjustable and automatically shuts off the unit which I like. The 6 modes aren't all comfortable for me but I like that I have options for various uses. Sometimes you just want a different kind of stimulation on a different region of the body. The only thing I dislike about it is the pads themselves could be better, they tend to peel up easily from my skin no matter what I do. But those aren't hard to replace with a better set.

Overall, I am very happy with it and feel that if you're looking for an effective and economical TENS unit that's portable and easy to use I would recommend it.


Review: Friendly's Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

Friendly's Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers Variety Pack, 40 Count
Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for this honest review.
Product Details:
  • Keurig k-cup compatible-including new 2.0 brewers
  • 100 percent premium Arabica coffee beans
  • Small batch roasted coffee, perfectly blended with creamy friendly's ice cream flavors
  • Enjoy ice cream flavored coffee anytime
  • Contains butterscotch swirl, chocolate marshmallow, mint chocolate chip, and Vienna mocha chunk flavored coffees

An Unexpected Hit (4 Stars)

The hubs and I don't generally drink a lot of flavored coffee. Mostly because a lot of them tend to leave a funny aftertaste. I kind of expected the same with these but to my surprise and delight not a single one was overpowering in flavor or left a bad taste lingering for hours afterward.

I actually joked on Instagram about how I went to grab a pod and discovered that my husband obviously wasn't a fan of the Butterscotch since he had a pile of them shoved aside. He destroyed the Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Marshmallow though. My favorite was actually the Vienna Mocha Chunk.

If you like flavored coffee but still want the taste of coffee I think these are a really great option. The flavors are subtle and add a really nice something different that still lets folks like myself, who usually like their coffee black, mix things up a little.


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