Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Review: Bend Your Brain by Marbles the Brain Store


Bend Your Brain is a very fun book full of puzzles and brain teasers that help enhance your memory, build problem solving skills, and reduce stress. Basically they help you build a better brain, which is great for me, because I pretty much have the memory of a goldfish.

The book is divided into five different categories: Visual Perception, Word Skills, Critical Thinking, Coordination, and Memory. Each of these categories contains puzzles that progressively become harder. They are labeled by five different skill levels: Mind Warming, Mind Stretching, Mind Growing, Mind Bursting, and Mind Blowing. Gradually increasing the difficulty allows your brain to change and become stronger.

I really enjoyed this activity book. It's definitely not your everyday crossword or sodoku puzzle book, it's so much more. It contains many brain teasers that I've never seen before, such as a 600+ dot-to-dots, sodoku with letters, crossword puzzles with no clues, and plenty of word scrambles, word searches, and mazes. Some of the puzzles only take a few minutes to complete while others may take half an hour or more.

The entire book has over 150 pages for you to enjoy, so it will definitely keep you busy for quite a few road trips, flights, between classes, or bouts of boredom. I try to do a few puzzles a day to keep my brain active.

The puzzles have definitely kept me busy. They are difficult, but not so much that I can't complete most of them. However, I was dissapointed with a few puzzles because they aren't possible for everyone to do. For example, there's a puzzle where you have to identify celebrities mouths (what if you aren't familiar with the celebrities?), and another puzzle where you have to label whether certain events happened before or after the year 2000 (a few of them I had no clue about). That kind of information you either know or you don't, I prefer puzzles that really make you think.

In the event that you can't figure out one of the puzzles and it's starting to drive you a little crazy, there are answers in the back of the book to help you keep your sanity.

Not only does this book contain many mind blowing puzzles, but there's also witty little descriptions, graphics, brain facts, and hints throughout it's entirety that truly makes this book superior to an average puzzle book.


Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, September 19, 2014

High Road Car Organizer Gift Set Review & Giveaway!


I finally cleaned and organized my car and I couldn't be happier. Having trash, water bottles, magazines, and various other things strewn across the inside of my vehicle feels chaotic. When everything is organized and has a place, I can find what I'm looking for much easier and it looks and feels better. Not to mention a more comfortable environment makes for a safer experience while driving.

After I thoroughly cleaned out my car, it was time to organize! Thankfully, High Road sent me some great oraganizers to get the job done.



The Car Organizer Gift Set that I chose had 3 pieces to organize, sanitize, and accessorize. It included an Auto Litter Bag, Driver Pocket, and Backseat Organizer.


The driver pocket has a deep pouch and a small mesh pouch that you can store your sunglasses, keys, or cell phone for easy access. It accomadets phones that are up to 3 inches wide. It fits my Samsung Galaxy S3 perfectly. On the back there's a hook that you can hook onto your vent and a strap that lets it hang down so it doesn't block your AC from coming through.

The Back Seat Organizer has 4 pockets total. The strap is adjustable and it fits over the back of any seat. It's perfect for storing drinks, snacks, books, magazines, wet wipes, activities for kids, and anything else you will need for daily outings or long road trips.


 The Auto Litter Bag might just be my favorite item of all. It fits 3 gallons of trash and has a leak proof bottom. I don't know about you, but trash seems to accumulate in my car rather quickly. I don't have time to clean out my car everyday, so this bag will keep my car clean effortlessly.

If you like this gift set as much as I do, you can get it in either black or pink for $26 at HighRoadOrganizers.com along with many other great products to help keep your automobile clean and organized.

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Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Book Review: How to Pick Up A Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness by Todd and Erin Stevens


I decided to read How to Pick Up A Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness by Todd and Erin Stevens because I was intrigued to find out about a church group that is open-minded enough to extend a helping hand to the most unlikely people for a church group to reach out to; strippers. I was hopeful that the book would be full of stories about different dancers and their lives and struggles, and how they were able to turn things around. Well...this book had none of that.

This book is more about Todd's church and outreach programs. It's almost like I'm reading a manual meant for ministers, because so much of the information is of very little interest to the average reader. I kept anticipating when he would finally get to the part about the dancers, you know the title of the book, and it never really happens. The outreach that they do in strip clubs is only briefly mentioned in one or two paragraphs and feels very rushed.

He mentions that his wife and other members of the church brought the dancers gift baskets full of makeup and they frequently bring lunch for all of the employees (including the managers) at the strip club. Why do they do this? So, the strippers will hear about the word of God, and eventually leave their jobs, and join the church.

The rest of the book is full of what Todd's church does. They give out free hot chocolate during Christmas parades, they give people $1 to wash their car, they give out goodie bags to businesses during Halloween, they give out free drinks at a park, etc. Todd calls these "acts of kindness", but I think these are also ways to get the word out about his church and to gain new members. I would have loved to hear about ways his church uses the donations to help people that are in need instead.

My favorite part of the book is when Todd talks about how he was having car troubles right in front of a church, and everyone just drove right past him to get to church. Not one person stopped to see if he needed any help. They were probably in such a hurry to hear a sermon about the importance of helping people, that they couldn't bother to stop and help someone. I really liked Todd's honesty about that situation.

I liked Todd's style of writing when he told stories. He's funny and engaging. However, everything else kind of dragged on.

Overall, I personally didn't find the content in this book to be very useful to me. It all seemed like common sense, and I've heard it all before. However, I think this book may be an important read for someone who doesn't already know that they should be open and helpful to all types of people, even if they are different from you, or have a lifestyle that you don't necessarily agree with. I think the people who need to read this book the most, probably wouldn't read a book with the word "stripper" in the title. So, If you're offended by the title, "How to Pick Up A Stripper" then I encourage you to read this book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites Breadsticks Review!


Crum Creek is a company that makes a wide variety of snacks and supplements. They have trail mix, rice pops, bars, raw fruits, sweets, coconut oil, fish oil, chia seeds, and much more! One of their unique snacks that I couldn't wait to try are their Soy Bites Breadsticks, a delicious, protein-packed mini-breadstick snack.

The Soy Bites were created by Ara Yeramyan, PhD, a gourmet cook and scientist with a passion for inventing delicious, nutritious foods. He created the Soy Bites right out of his kitchen, making everyday foods even better.

Some of the benefits of Soy Bites include:
  • Completely nutritious without sacrificing taste
  • Vegan
  • Made with non-GMO soy protein
  • No artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Conveniently packed in single-serve bags
  • A very healthful snack for kids in their lunchbox or at home
Their full list of ingredients for the Sesame Soy Bites is: Unbleached wheat flour, soy protein, sesame seeds, expeller pressed soy oil, yeast, malt syrup, baking powder, wheat gluten, and salt. I'm always impressed by a short ingredient list with all recognizable foods that I can actually pronounce!


I received 20 bags of Crum Creek Soy Bites! I was able to try out all four of their flavors; Remarkable Rosemary and Garlic, Outrageous Onion, Superb Sesame, and Everything. 

The Soy Bites are crunchy little breadsticks that can be quite addicting. Once I open up a bag, I probably won't stop munching on them until the bag is empty. I always eat them on their own, but they would be phenomenal dipped in hummus or your preferred dipping sauce. 


My favorite flavor of them all is the Everything, a blend of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic and salt. I love them because they are the most flavorful. They taste a lot like an everything bagel. My 2nd favorite is the Outrageous Onion, it tastes just like an onion bagel, go figure. The Superb Sesame comes in 3rd place, because I like it, but it's very plain. The only flavor I didn't care for at all is the Rosemary and Garlic. I would have probably enjoyed it, if only it tasted more like garlic and less like rosemary. The rosemary flavor was just too overwhelming for my personal taste. 

Overall, the Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites are a great little snack for packing in lunches, on the go, for dips at parties, or for casual snacking in between meals. You can purchase them at CrumCreek.com

*Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Label Daddy Review + 20% Off Coupon Code!


Label Daddy is a company that makes a variety of different style custom labels for every occasion. Labels are great for identifying you or your kids items. You can get the labels in sizes x-small to large. They can be used for camp, school, or sports. They also make return address labels, luggage tags, allergy notes, photo stickers, spice labels, zipper tags, gift tags, and more.

You will love all of the designs that they have to choose from. Whether you love animals, food, flowers, sports, or even Disney or Marvel Comics, Label Daddy can customize your labels so they are perfect for you.

Best of all their labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant!


I love Christmas, so it's never too soon for me to start preparing for the holidays. One of my favorite things about Christmas is wrapping gifts. When I saw these gorgeous gift tags, I knew I had to have them. They are not only beautiful, but they are even customized with my name printed right on each label! I love that these tags will only enhance the look of my presents with their festive designs.

I received 5 sheets of gift tags with 12 unique tags on each sheet, so 60 gift tags total! These tags will last me for quite a few Christmases!

Another thing that makes these gift tags superior, is that they are waterproof & dishwasher safe. That means if you want to put one of these lovely labels on a jar of homemade cookies as a gift, the recipient could totally reuse the jar, put it through the wash, and your gift tag would still be intact.

Now you can save 20% on Label Daddy labels! Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout. This is THE BEST discount available in the market! http://www.usfamily20.labeldaddy.com

Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, September 12, 2014

LA Fresh Eco-Beauty® Eyes Face Nails Set Review & Giveaway!

LA Fresh is a company that makes all kinds of award winning wipes. They have disposable wipes for makeup removal, facial cleansing, antiperspirant, mosquito repellent, nail polish removal, lens and screen cleaning, shoe shine, sunscreen, and more. Their products are also eco-friendly. Their packaging is made by using clean renewable solar energy and their products need very little water per use.


I decided to get the Eco-Beauty® Eyes Face Nails Set. It contained 36 individually wrapped Eco-Beauty® Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes, Eco-Beauty® Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes, and Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free Pads. All of the wipes come in a beautiful box that you can stack and stash away in a glove box or desk drawer.


This set is perfect for traveling. They can conveniently go in your purse or luggage. They fit everywhere and you don't have to worry about them spilling in your suitcase. You could take as many as you need with you, or take the whole set. This set has everything you need to take it all off. You have wipes to remove your makeup, cleanse your face, and remove your makeup.

The Waterproof Makeup Remover is everything I look for in a makeup remover wipe. The wipes are big, soft, smell great, gentle, non-drying, and non-greasy. They can be used on both the eyes and lips. They dissolve even the toughest waterproof makeup. They even nourish the skin with 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Lavender. They are environentally friendly, biodegradable, compostable, natural formulation, and made in California using clean, renewable solar energy.

After removing my makeup, I use the Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes. Once again these are big super soft wipes that have a lovely scent. They remove dirt and oil without drying out your skin. They refresh and purify all skin types with a luscious blend of Aloe, Cucumber, Papaya, Pineapple, Marshmallow, Jojoba, Vitamin C & Vitamin E.

The nail polish remover is probably my favorite wipe of all. These are a small pad that works great at taking off nail polish and conditioning the nails on all ten nails or ten toes. They are acetone free, aren't harsh on your nails like regular polish remover, and have a fresh tuscan orange scent. I love that these work so effortlessly without even hurting my nose.

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*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Collage.com Photo Book Review!


If you want to display your photos in a unique and beautiful way, then you need to check out Collage.com! At Collage.com they make it easy to create gorgeous collages, because they do the work for you. All you have to do is add your pictures, and they will place all the photos into an elaborate collage. You can take your collage to the next level, by placing the collage into a shape, word, change background colors, add patterns, and text. You can get your collage printed on a canvas, poster, calender, blanket, pillow, phone/tablet case, mug, shower curtain, and more.

One of their newest items that you can get are their photo books. Making a professional looking photo book just got a whole lot easier, because you can get all of your photos placed perfectly with just the click of a button.


I got a 20-page 11.5"x8" hardcover photo book and a 20-page 8"x6" softcover photo book. I had plenty of gorgeous pictures from my trip to Zoo Miami. So, I decided to make the hard cover book dedicated on that outing. They had plenty of animal shapes to choose from for the cover. I decided on the elephant, since we spotted them at the Zoo. I then chose a pretty green and blue background for the front and back cover.

With the smaller soft cover book I decided to add pictures from our trips to the Circus, Monster Jam, and the Everglades.


I had so much fun customizing these books until they were perfect. I was able to add as many photos as I wanted and rearranged them as I pleased. The bright color backgrounds make the photos look even more vibrant and colorful. I added text on some of the pages to document the date and place the pictures were taken. Both books turned out beautifully. 

I think these books are so much more fun and better looking compared to a regular boring photo album. You could do so many things with them too, the possibilities are endless. You could use them to display pictures of your wedding, kids, pets, vacation, holidays, and much more. They would make a wonderful thoughtful gift for a friend or family member. 

If you hurry, for a limited time you can get a 20-page 11.5"x8" Hardcover Photo Book for $25, 51% off from Collage.com here: http://bit.ly/collagepbdeal

*Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
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