Thursday, May 24, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 123

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 123.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

God paid a high price for you, so don't be enslaved by the world.
–1 Corinthians 7:23

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ZeroWater 7-cup Ready-Pour™ Pitcher - Review and Giveaway

College-bound kids get all sorts of things but why not give them something they will actually use!  Start their college years off right with clean water for healthy minds.  ZeroWater's 7-Cup Ready Pour has a sealed lid and reservoir, making it possible to pour water that has already been filtered without spilling water that is still filtering.  That way there is still some water in the pitcher even if your roommate takes the last drip. The pitcher even fits in a dorm fridge!  With a MSRP of $21.99, it makes an affordable graduation gift.  

I'll raise my hand up, I'm guilty of purchasing bottled water and not always drinking it out of the tap at home. That's because water from the tap has a metallic taste to it. I try my best to recycle plastic water bottles but it still gets expensive buying them all the time. 

Using an exclusive 5-stage Ion Exchange Filter to provide water that is 000 -- free of ANY contaminants.  ZeroWater has given my son, Logan, a solution to purifying tap water and reducing the purchase of bottled water.  Although he goes to college, he still lives at home.  Par for the look of  "dorm room" decor, he has a mini fridge and has been keeping the ZeroWater 7-cup Ready-Pour™ pitcher in it.

Enjoy pure-tasting water with the latest filter pitcher technology in just minutes. The ZeroWater filtration system combines sophisticated technologies that work together to remove virtually all dissolved solids from your tap water, delivering you great tasting water. This 7-cup pitcher comes with one Ion Exchange filter and a laboratory-grade water testing meter.

ZeroWater’s primary layer of filtration, activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy, removes the chlorine taste you are accustom to with tap water. The Ion Exchange stage removes virtually all dissolved solids that may be left over from public water systems or even leached into your water from piping such as Aluminum, Lead, Zinc, Nitrate and more. Another three stages are included to ensure your water receives the appropriate amount of treatment time to deliver a “000ppm” reading on your laboratory-grade Total Dissolved Solids meter.


NSF Certified to REDUCE LEAD
Removes 99.6% of all dissolved solids
Purest tasting drinking water


7-cup capacity = 6 cup pitcher + 1 cup in reservoir
Immediate pouring ability
Slim, space-saving design

Certified to reduce Lead, Chromium, & Mercury
Premium 5-Stage Dual-Ion Exchange filtration system
Ion-Exchange system that removes virtually all dissolved solids in your water.
The FDA requires the TDS level in PURIFIED bottled water to reach 000-010ppm. ZeroWater is the only filter in its class to achieve this level.

Before using the ZeroWater Pitcher, there are a few prep and assembly steps. The first is to remove the lid and water reservoir from top of pitcher and remove filter from packaging. The pitcher, lid and reservoir then need to be hand washed and rinsed thoroughly with water. This is important to do because soap residue and leftover water may affect TDS meter readings. 

After you've twisted the filter into bottom of reservoir and filled it with cold tap water, you have to wait for all the water to pass through the filter before filling again. Once the reservoir has been emptied, you can pour the filtered water into a cup or glass. By using the TDS meter, you can ensure a 000 reading. At the point in time when the TDS meter measures around 006, it's important to change your filter.  You will need to purchase additional filters online or at Walmart.
the tap water reading of 146

Me and Jason tested the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) level of our tap water before using the ZeroWater Pitcher and was kind of scared to see the results were 146. Although it's not an absolutely horrible reading, it's still more than I'd like it to be. Most water in the USA falls into the 051-200 grouping, and that's where our number stands. Oh, and just for kicks and grins, we also tested the TDS level of a brand name bottled water. The reading was at 16.
Perfect reading of 000

After pouring water into the ZeroWater Pitcher and allowing it to filter, we tested the TDS level again. The proof was right in front of our eyes; The reading was 000! That's certainly an improvement in water quality! 

To say that we are impressed with the ZeroWater Pitcher is an understatement.  The TDS meter clearly proves that our water is now free of impurities.  I can confidently drink my tap water from the ZeroWater Pitcher and know that the only thing I'm drinking is H2O.  The pitcher itself is slim in design and has a pretty blue color to it.  The only downside we encountered is that it takes some time for the tap water to filter through.  It's a somewhat slow process filling the pitcher and waiting for the water to filter through.  After seeing the results of what the ZeroWater Pitcher can do, I can live with that downside. 

Like I mentioned, Logan's been keeping this pitcher in his dorm-size mini-fridge.  He drinks water quite often and is amazed with how well the ZeroWater 7-cup Ready-Pour™ filters impurities.  Luckily, he's nice enough to let me raid his fridge when I'm wanting some good ole' H2O.

Discount:  Receive 20% off a ZeroWater 7-cup Ready-Pour pitcher by using coupon code MC30 when making a ZeroWater purchase online.

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Daphne & Velma - Blu-ray Review #spon

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray.  The opinions I share are my own.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.  

Jinkies! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie!

State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo.

Daphne & Velma is available now on  on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018.  The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”), and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions. Daphne & Velma carries a suggested retail price of $19.98 for the DVD and $24.98 for the Blu-ray.

My Review:

Daphne and Velma became friends before they became part of the Scooby-Doo gang.  This film shows how the two met and became pals.  Daphne becomes more than an online friend when she starts her education at the same school as Velma.  The school itself is very futuristic and boasts very bright students.  Weird things begin to happen, beginning with male student Spencer.  Soon, many of the pupils are acting strangely.  Daphne and Velma take it upon themselves to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed the acting skills of the two actresses who play Daphne and Velma.  The pair turn out to be a strong duo and show they can fend for themselves.  I think it would have been neat to see cameos or references of the other Scooby Doo gang members but this was still a delightful movie.  Although Daphne and Velma become involved in solving paranormal activity and strange happenings, the scenes aren't overly scary.  I think kids ages 9 to 15 would be most interested in this film.

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Check It Out: Rock Salt Prints Star Wars Competition

Rock Salt Prints has set up an amazing competition. You can WIN three framed 16”x20” Star Wars artworks from their online collection.  Giveaway ends July 1, 2018. 

As an added bonus, by entering this competition, you will also have the chance to collect extra entry points and earn rewards along the way.

 You can earn the following REWARDS:

1. 15% OFF Discount Code

2. 30% OFF Discount Code

3. FREE A3 Print of your choice

4. FREE Star Wars T-shirt of your choice

Will you be entering the giveaway?
Who's your favorite Star Wars character?

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Wordful Wednesday - Juliann's Graduation

walking toward the stage

Five of our six kids have officially graduated high school.  This year it was Juliann.  That means we only have one left, and that event will be in two years.  It's so cliche to say that time flies, but it's the ever lovin' truth. 

Juliann attended her four years of high school at a private Catholic institution.  She's held down part-time jobs through it all.  She will be taking classes in the Fall at the local community college to become an EMT, then a paramedic.
Jason with Allyson and Emma at graduation

Juliann's graduation party is the first time in sixteen years that the two families have come together in one house to celebrate, rather than hold the events separately.  You learn after a while to put the crap aside and do what you can to make life better for the kids.  (It didn't take us 16 years to realize that but it took longer than it should've.)  Juliann's mom hosted the party at her home.

Emma, Jason, Juliann, me, Allyson

Can I just put this out there.....  Graduations are boring.  My kids alone have made up a fair share of them so I can say that.  They're always about memories, journeys, and life chapters.

BUT, I'll keep going to them as long as my kids keep on having them.  Because it means they've made another great achievement towards this process called life.

Four More May Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Welch's Fruit Rolls giveaway is #44, Kim Avery.

The winner of the GIANTmicrobes Heartfelt Box giveaway is #35, Judy Mitchell.

The winner of the Welch's Fruit Snacks giveaway is #23, Maryann D.

The winner of the I Can Only Imagine children's book giveaway is #20, Darlene.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter the currently active giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of the blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.