Thursday, June 22, 2017

CARS 3 Junior Assembly Kit - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review from Revell.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Cars 3 is now out in theaters and I'm sure it will be a big hit.  In this third film, Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.  My family watched the first Cars movie and really enjoyed it.  I can't say the same for the second, but we are amped to see if the franchise has redeemed itself in the third movie.  

Now that Cars 3 is available to watch in theater, there is a whole new array of merchandise featuring the funny and lovable automobiles.  Revell has introduced three new Junior Kits that children can build and play with.  The three model kids available are Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez.  We received the first for review.


The new Junior Kits from Revell includes 21 large body parts and 24 screws and nuts. All three kits retail for $24.99 (MSRP).  My husband spent some time helping our friend's son, TJ, assemble the Lightning McQueen model kit.  

TJ is five years old and did require some help with assembly.  There is an illustrated diagram that shows what piece goes where.  Once Jason showed TJ how one thing worked, TJ was able to do the rest.  For instance, Jason would assemble one tire while TJ watched, then he would take over and do the other three tires.


A plastic screwdriver is included and required to assemble the pieces.  When it is all said and done, the screwdriver fits securely under the car so it doesn't get lost.  Once it is completely assembled, the car will roll with its movable wheels.  If you press on the top of the hood or on the motor, headlights light up and there's a variety of action sounds.  There's also an extra mouth plate so the child can change them out if they want their Cars 3 model car to have a different expression.  The same goes for the eyes.  The section for the eyes slides out, and can be turned around to show a different eye expression.  The hood lifts  up to show the motor.  
underside of completed car

To top it off, kids can use the plastic screwdriver to disassemble the model kit and put it back together again.  I'm almost positive TJ has disassembled and assembled his Lightning McQueen model kit a few hundred times now.  According to his mom, TJ has been fascinated with this toy since he got it. And, I can see why!



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Summer Essentials from Bioré - Review

I received products for review from Bioré.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
My face feels dirtier during the summer months than any other time of the year.  Summer sweat, heat and humidity can certainly take a toll on skin. Luckily, Bioré Skincare has a cleansing routine that will rid you of blemishes, dirt, and oil and get you on the path to clean, clear, healthy-looking summer skin.

Bioré’s Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub solve the eternal combination skin conundrum by taking all the natural cleansing and exfoliating properties of baking soda while also being gentle on skin.

I've been washing my face every night with Bioré® Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and have been pleased with the results. The liquid cleanser is formulated to clean and exfoliate dry, flaky skin. It deep cleans and exfoliates at the same time.  After wetting your face, you just pump some of the cleanser on your hands and work into a foam.  Then massage over entire face.  I usually wait 2-3 minutes, then rinse it off.  I've had no harsh effects or skin reactions from this cleanser.  In fact, I can see and feel a true, deep clean after each use.

Logan has staked claim on the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub.  It's a powder that turns into foam with water.  He uses it 2-4 times a week and has seen a noticeable difference.  I've used it a couple times myself and like the clean feeling it gives my face after use.

As far as effectiveness, both Bioré baking soda products do a pretty decent job at cleansing our faces and removing any makeup, sweat, or dirt.

Three More June Winners

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

The winner of My Jesus Bible giveaway is #1, Peggy.

The winner of the Junior Pro Golf Set giveaway is #32, Darby Elizabeth.

The winner of the Sweese 3101 Butter Dish giveaway is #32, bison61.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PLAYMOBIL Ice Cream Truck - Review

I received product for review from PLAYMOBIL.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

PLAYMOBIL, one of the top toy manufacturers in the world, remains at the forefront of creative play with a continued mission to inspire children to explore the depths of their imaginations.  The new PLAYMOBIL Ice Cream Truck is a perfect addition to their product line this summer.

I keep toys for younger children on hand at home because friends and family of that age are always stopping by.  Recently my friend's daughter, Azra, came over so I could babysit while mom was away.  I brought out the PLAYMOBIL Ice Cream Truck and it kept Azra busy the whole time.


The PLAYMOBIL Ice Cream Truck has 64 pieces and some assembly is required.  That's part of the fun of it.  Azra is 8 years old and was able to completely assemble all the pieces by herself, with the exception of the back doors.  She needed help putting them right side up.  There is an illustrated diagram included with the set to show what pieces and stickers go where.


There are several little ice cream pieces and people that come with this set.  Because they are so small, they can be a choking hazard to little children.  I gave Azra a baggie to put the small pieces in when she's not playing with them so they don't get lost.  

The Ice Cream set includes one adult figure, three child figures, ice cream truck, table, ice cream, cones, dishes, ice cream scoop, beverages, and other accessories.

The wheels of the ice cream truck are movable, and the awning opens and closes.  The back doors also open and close.  Azra likes this set so much that I let her have it and take it  home.  Her mother has relayed that Azra has lots of fun with it still.  This is a fun playset that encourages imagination.  

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 78

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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 78. 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.

Things To Do With Dad - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Candlewick Press.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

A morning of fun with Dad takes a turn for the boring when a long to-do list interferes. At first content to let Dad cross things off his list, the boy in the story soon realizes that the whole day will be spent on chores — unless he can come up with a solution. In his singularly expressive, kid-friendly style, author-illustrator Sam Zuppardi crafts a colorful celebration of the fun that can be had with just a little imagination — and a trusty green crayon.

Can a young boy figure out how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity in this nearly wordless picture book?
My Review:

A hardcover book with very few words, Things To Do With Dad is illustrated with a boy and his father.  The lad wants his dad's attention but the father is busy with work and chores.  The boy becomes sad so he makes a list of how the two can do the chores together in a fun and imaginative way.  For instance, the task of making the beds turns into sailing a pirate ship.  They both realize that they can do chores and tasks together, in a fun manner.

Father's Day has come and gone for this year but that doesn't mean we shouldn't recognize dads every day.  This book shows ways that a father and his son can bond together by letting loose and using their imaginations.

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Zak Designs: Free Measuring Cup Set with Orders Over $25

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It's National Selfie Day


Selfie: 
noun, Informal.
1. a photograph taken with a smartphone or other digital camera by a person who is also in the photograph, especially for posting on a social media website.

Get out the selfie stick and practice your pose.  Today is all about the selfies!  

GetFruity is holding a Twitter contest in celebration of today if you follow them @GetFruityBar and retweet their National Selfie Day post.
Selfie with my son

Wordful Wednesday - Swimming


I don't mind swimming but I mind the crowds.  I don't want to be buttholes to elbows with people I barely know.  A couple friends of ours own a private pool and we've been indulging in that.  There's usually no more than ten people at a time.


Swimsuit Selfie

Baby frog on T.J.'s chest

Once in a while a little critter will be found when cleaning out the filters.  T.J. is all boy and loves playing with the bugs and frogs, even naming them before they're released.

Shelby catching some rays

If we don't feel like dipping in the water, there's plenty of chairs to sit in and get some sun.

Adam, T.J. and Azra

Have you been swimming this summer?  
Do you own a pool?
Do you prefer to swim in pools, lakes, or beaches?

Teletubbies: Bubbles - DVD Giveaway

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TELETUBBIES: BUBBLES

Six All-New Episodes on DVD

Featuring the Teletubbies Singing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and a Special Featurette with the Lovable Laa-Laa!

Families everywhere can get ready to sing, dance and splash with the Teletubbies, when TELETUBBIES: BUBBLES arrives on DVD on June 20. Timed perfectly with “International Bath Day” on June 14, the six all-new episodes feature Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they sing, dance, play and of course, eat Tubby Custard! TELETUBBIES: BUBBLES includes two all-new engaging featurettes: In the first, fans can join the Teletubbies as they sing the classic song, “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”; in the second, little ones can learn more about Laa-Laa, the sweet, song and dance-loving yellow Teletubby!

Synopsis:
The Tubby Custard Machine is making lots and lots of Tubby Custard bubbles! Join the Teletubbies as they chase and pop bubbles, play with a magical music box and dance the energetic Tubby Phone Dance. Contains six new episodes, including “Bubbles”.

Bonus Features Include:
·         “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” Song
·         Meet the Characters: Laa-Laa

TELETUBBIES: BUBBLES has a run time of approximately 74 minutes. The collection is not rated.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Curél Skincare Fragrance Free Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion - Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

June is National Men’s Health Month, and Curél is here to remind you about the importance of skin health.  The skin is your largest organ, and Curél can help you ensure you are treating it properly. Chronic dry skin can be a serious issue, but Curél Skincare Fragrance Free Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion helps to heal and protect dry skin– keeping your skin healthy every month of the year.  

It's no exaggeration, I have extremely dry skin. I have to keep it continuously moisturized or it will flake and itch. Curel, known for their moisturizing lotions, is a brand I've turned to many times for help with my dry skin.

I was recently able to review the Curél Skincare Fragrance Free Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion, and it came at an opportune time.  Me and my daughter got matching tattoos not too long ago.  Aftercare instructions were to apply fragrance free lotion after taking care of the tats with skin protectant ointment for a period of time.  I've been applying Curél Skincare Fragrance Free Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion to the tattoo on my arm a few times daily, and it's helped keep the tat from becoming dry or flaky during the healing process.

As for the rest of my skin, it is still quite dry so I have to apply Curél Skincare Fragrance Free Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion three or four times a day to my body.  The softness and moisturizing feel of the lotion lasts a few hours, then I have to apply more to my skin.  I like the soft, refreshing, silky feel of this lotion.  It has a thick, creamy consistency and absorbs quickly.  Because it is fragrance free, my husband likes it as well.  He uses the lotion from time to time and agrees that his hands feel a lot less rough after application.


Keeping Tech in Check with Cricket Media and Parents' Choice Foundation

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Cricket Media and Parent's Choice Foundation help families balance screen time with real time through the "Keeping Tech in Check" campaign.

More and more, contemporary parents feel “tech shamed” over the amount of time that their children spend consuming electronic media. Research released almost daily warns of the mental health value of unplugging and the dangers of unrestricted time spent in front of a screen for kids of all ages. While parents recognize that today’s technology offers numerous developmental and educational benefits, parental anxiety over the tech takeover of family life is real and growing—but it’s time to reframe the conversation.

Keeping Tech in Check is a year-round initiative helping families achieve "a balance, not a ban". Keeping Tech in Check offers families across the country a wealth of tools, tips and resources to help them find the right balance between technology and real-life experiences

The Keeping Tech in Check hub has been thoughtfully designed to give parents the information they need to navigate and manage technology guilt-free in ways that work for them.
Drawing from Cricket Media’s deep archive of award-winning magazine content, the site includes stories and downloadable activities, as well as news and current research. A dedicated blog features expert advice and real-life ideas for activities that shine the spotlight on balancing tech mindfully.

Families everywhere are invited to join the Keeping Tech in Check community at KeepingTechinCheck.com. Among the site’s features are:

· The American Academy of Pediatrics Media Use Planner and Media Calculator (both kids and parents will be able to monitor their tech use with these planners).

· Downloadable content from Cricket Media’s award-winning magazines, designed for ages 3 mos. to 14+.

· Advice from experts and peers, including a regularly updated blog written by Cricket Media editors, parents and other experts, sharing seasonal and topical ideas for screen-free activities, including “Out of the Box” ideas to unplug. Guest bloggers offer real-life examples of unplugged fun for various ages.

· Programs designed to focus families on achieving their goals together, including a summer reading program; the Smithsonian Institute sponsored Folklife Challenge and Invent It Challenge; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Yang’s Reading without Walls Challenge.

· Mini printable books –colorfully illustrated tales by top authors and artists, aimed at a variety of age levels.

· Printable activities – enjoy conversation starters, scavenger hunts, recipes, party ideas, ad-lib word games, writing prompts, and brain teasing games for the whole family.

· Parents’ Choice Family Adventures Map.

· Subscription discounts to the 11 ad-free and multiple award-winning Cricket Media magazines for various ages and interests: ASK, BABY BUG, CLICK, CICADA, COBBLESTONE, CRICKET, DIG, FACES, LADYBUG, MUSE, and SPIDER .


My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Thomas Nelson.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Quick Overview: 

With more than 30 lift the flaps that move the story along and charming artwork, My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories will delight little ones as they learn favorite Bible stories.  Unique from other lift-the-flap books, each flap reveals the next part of the Bible story to keep the story moving. Search for Jonah falling into the belly of the whale, watch Jesus perform miracles, and welcome an angel waiting in the tomb by lifting the flaps to see the story revealed. Sweet art and easy-to-understand retellings of favorite Bible stories will delight parents and little ones alike. 

My Review:

A hardcover book perfect for youngsters, My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories introduces children to stories of the Bible.  Each story is short and includes tales of Noah's Ark, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Jonah and the Big Fish, and more.  There is at least one lift-the-flap for each story, and sometimes more.  There's scriptural references if readers want to look up passages in the Bible that the stories relate to.  This book is a good way to keep the attention span of youngsters while teaching about the Bible because it has colorful illustrations, is interactive with lift-the-flaps, and the accounts are kept short.  
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It's National Flip Flop Day


I own several pair of shoes but flip-flops are my "go to".  They're so easy to slip on and my feet can breathe.  Today, throw on a pair of flip-flops and head on over to Tropical Smoothie Cafe between 2-7 pm to receive a free 16 oz. Sunshine Smoothie.  As an added bonus, Tropical Smoothie will give proceeds of a $1 paper flip flop from customers to send ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine.  It's a win-win!

This is what happens when you get your shoes muddy and ask for a replacement pair from your bestie.  She gives you the ugliest flip-flops known to man.

Will you be going to Tropical Smoothie for a free smoothie today?

First Winners For June

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

The winner of the Max 2: White House Hero Blu-ray giveaway is #6, bnchile.

The winner of the Battle Blaster Water Gun giveaway is #95, Philip Lawrence.

The winner of the Colortime Crafts giveaway is #37, Charlene E.

The winner of the ShedRain Compact Umbrella giveaway is #106, Kayla Bennett.

The winner of the Peppa Pig Toys giveaway is #44, Heather Dawn.

The winner of the Baby Dove baby care products giveaway is #22, porschepuppy.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to keep an eye out for current and upcoming giveaways.  They're all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tips On How To Comfort Those Dealing With Loss

I've been through my fair share of deaths.  It's something we're all going to be faced with someday.  We're going to die and we're going to deal with the loss of others.  The most recent for me was my mother last April.  Of all the losses, hers was the worst.

I'm no professional but I think I can safely say I know of things you should and should not do when trying to comfort those dealing with loss.  Here's my list:

1.  Try to be personable - If anything, send a card.  If you think greeting cards are expensive (and they can be!) Dollar Stores have them cheap.  It's okay to express your sentiments on Facebook but a card or call is more personable.

2.  Make sure family knows first - I can't tell you the number of times I've seen someone post about a death on Facebook before the family knows first.  No, no, and no.  Don't do it!

3.  Don't wait to help - People have good intentions and say "Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you."  Nine times out of then, they're not going to.  People have pride issues, and they're too busy dealing with other issues.  Step up and do something without being asked.

4.  Don't be afraid to talk about the deceased. - Rather than avoid the issue or the person who is grieving, talk to them.  Tell about memories and stories of the deceased person.  Sometimes people don't know what to say, but saying something is better than saying nothing.

5.  Let the person grieving talk. - It takes time to get over a loss.  Let the person who is grieving feel that it's okay to talk about it.  Even a year later, I still miss my mom like nobody's business.  I want to feel that it's okay to talk about her.

6.  Don't have a solution. - Sometimes, a grieving person just wants to vent or break down.  Let them.  Don't try to tell them that it will be okay or give them blanket answers.  Just let them cry on your shoulder.  Sometimes shedding a few  tears is all it takes to get things better again.

Do you have any tips to add?

Suzanne Adams 'National Smile Campaign' - Giveaway

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Top bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker, Life Purpose Consultant Suzanne Adams Launches National Smile Campaign

When: June 15-June 22

To celebrate National Smile Day, which is celebrated on June 15, bestselling author Suzanne Adams is kicking off a National Smith Contest. This contest is encouraging people to look up and connect with others through sharing a smile. In a time where people are addicted to social media and have lost personal connection, we are reminding people of the power of a smile.

Our goal is to positively impact thousands of people and get them to create a massive wave of positivity during this contest.

The power of a smile is underestimated and today more than ever we need people to open their hearts and share their glow from within. Smiling at someone unexpectedly can shift their mood, which can in turn shift their entire day and the interactions they have with others. The more people we can get to intentional share their genuine smiles the more positivity we can send out into the world.

During this contest people are being asked to post on social media using the hashtag #suzanneadamssmilechallenge.  To participate in the challenge you can sign up here: http://suzanneadamsinc.com/smile-challenge/

Suzanne Adams is author of the book, Musings of an Earth Angel.

About the Book:

22-year-old Samantha Kingston had the perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect Friday nights. When disaster strikes she loses everything and is propelled into a journey where evil and good, dark and light are battling for her destiny. Will the Demon Brigade viciously destroy her? Or will her Angel team and the Divine help her to elevate and see her real truth as an Earth Angel?

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Pack the Perfect Beach Bag with Go Organically - Giveaway

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With beach season quickly approaching, Go Organically Fruit Snacks has some tips and tricks on how to pack the perfect beach bag this summer season.

How to Pack the Perfect Beach Bag

Although trips to the beach aren’t QUITE as relaxing with kids in tow, we never pass up an opportunity to spend a few hours with our toes in the sand and a book in our hand. The only part we don’t like? THE STUFF. Hauling endless armfuls of supplies from house to car to sand and back again is not our idea of a good time. Which is why we’ve gotten the whole packing-a-beach-bag thing down to a science. It’s all about smart planning and sticking to the essentials! So to kick off beach season, here are our tips for packing the perfect, streamlined beach bag.


1. Bag
Choose a bag with sturdy fabric such as nylon or canvas—preferably treated with a waterproof coating. While the style of bag is totally up to you, just make sure it’s roomy and has a few pockets for easier organizing. Many use a traditional tote, which has a large opening and stands on its own easily. But a large backpack or duffel works just as well.

2. Towel
Fold or roll your beach towel as tightly as you can, and place it at the bottom of your bag to serve as a base. Consider investing in a thin, microfiber travel towel, which dries just as well with a lot less bulk.

3. Sun Protection
Place your favorite natural, mineral-based sunscreen in a side pocket in case of accidental spillage. Better yet, seal it in a plastic zip-top bag. Wear your hat and sunglasses if you can to save valuable bag space. Don’t forget SPF-infused lip balm to protect your smile!

4. Small Zippered Pouch
We like to pack a small cosmetic case for personal items such as keys, medication, and cash. Who wants to take along a wallet or handbag and risk it getting wet or stolen? Think of it as your “mini purse” inside your beach bag.

5. Snacks
Rather than bother with a heavy cooler, we opt to keep it simple with light, non-messy snacks that don’t require refrigeration. Think pretzels, nuts, granola bars, and of course, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Not only are they certified organic, non-gmo and preservative free, but they come in individual pouches for ultimate portability. Just grab and go! Tip: Stash snacks in a lunch box inside your larger bag.

6. Water Bottle
Hydration is key! But we never like to pay for an overpriced bottle of water from the concession stand. Take along your favorite reusable water bottle to be kind to the planet and your wallet. To keep your water cold, add a few ice cubes before you leave the house, or fill the bottle halfway and freeze it (if it’s freezer-friendly) before topping it off with water from the tap. If you’re worried about your bottle sweating, wrap it in a plastic grocery bag, which you can later re-use for trash or wet swimsuits.

7. Entertainment
Bring along whatever puts you in your happy place—a breezy new book, a trendy tablet game or your favorite celebrity weekly. This is your downtime, so embrace it! Kids tend to be happy splashing in the waves or collecting shells, so keep their entertainment to a minimum. A simple pail and shovel should do just fine.


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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 77

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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 77. 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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mean Dads for a Better America - Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Harper Collins.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

From the stand-up comedian and popular host on the Fox News Network, a nostalgic look back at his childhood and the simple American values that shaped his worldview—a portrait of growing up in 1970s America.

As a comedian and conservative thinker, whip-smart funny Tom Shillue grounds his ideas about our current culture and political climate in stories from his childhood. Growing up as one of five kids in a devout Irish Catholic family in a small town outside of Boston, Tom sincerely believes that the rough-and-tumble, rules-dominated world in which he came of age was a better America—a time and place that made him into the well-adjusted, happy, successful man he is today.

In Mean Dads for a Better America, Tom reminisces about his childhood, his family, and the traditional values he cherishes. He takes us back to a time when neighbors disciplined each other’s children without fear of being sued, when kids made it to the family table for dinner, when parents’ rules were gospel, when the occasional fistfight was considered a fair way to solve a problem, and when children were free to roam, make mistakes, and experience the first tastes of independence.
My Review:

This is the first I've heard of Tom Shillue but, after reading his book, he and I have a lot in common.  I was born in the '70s and can relate to a lot of what he writes.  In fact, he had me going down memory lane several times.

Mean Dads for a Better America is Tom Shillue's thoughts and opinions on why the upbringing of yesteryear are better comparably than how youth are raised today.  He doesn't bash or belittle today's society but gives his own viewpoint on the differences with parenting, schoolyard fights, sports, and more with how they were different then compared to now.  For instance, parents used to let their kids play outside in the dirt and run around the neighborhood.  These days, it's almost unheard of for a child to be left unattended.  School fights used to be between the kids and, once it was broke up, nothing else was said or done about it.  Now, you can't even bring a pair of tweezers into school without it being considered a weapon.

I personally believe that the world now compared to the world just a couple of decades ago has changed dramatically. Not all of those changes have been for the good.  Kids aren't allowed to be upset, every child is awarded a ribbon regardless of how well they did, and helicopter parenting keeps our children inside a bubble. I think parenting is a "different strokes for different folks" kind of deal and I rarely judge how a parent raises their child.  But Mean Dads for a Better America took me back in time and made me miss certain parts of that kind of life.

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Summer Lovin' Tips For Your Teeth

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Memorial Day is complete and now it is time to officially kick off the summer! Summer is a season that makes you fall in love all over again with the sun, family days at the pool, BBQs, ball parks, and camping. People say love is blind, so let’s take off our rose colored glasses and remember that summer fun can sometimes hurt your teeth.

This summer, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) wants you to give some summer lovin’ to your teeth, which is just as easy and enjoyable as spending your day at the beach with the below tips:

Tip 1: When at a backyard BBQ, bring a cheese tray so you know you’ll have something healthy to nibble on! Cheese is not only healthy for you, but it’s also tasty and the calcium and phosphates help neutralize plaque acid, which ultimately reduces cavities.

Tip 2: While camping, it’s hard to stay away from the s’mores and sweets. Be sure to drink a lot of water and brush and floss when you’re done. Water helps wash away food debris and keeps your saliva levels high. Saliva is your mouths best defense against tooth decay because the proteins and minerals counteract enamel-eating acids.

Tip 3: Taking a trip to the beach? Pack simple snacks, like apples, almonds, and carrots. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and produce saliva, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. Almonds are also great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein, but low in sugar.

Do you have any tips for taking care of teeth during the summer?

Bump It Off - Reusable Silicone Sleeve Review

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Sometimes you come across a gadget or gizmo that you find both odd and interesting at the same time.  Such was that way for me with Bump It Off, a resuable silicone sleeve.  It has several possible uses and I tried a few which I'll tell you about.  But, first, let me explain the design.  

Bump It Off is made of silicone and comes in different colors.  On one side are several bristles and the other side has lots of bumps.  There is an opening for you to put your hand and four holes to place your fingers.  Bump It Off can be worn in four different positions, depending on which is most comfortable for you.  Because of the material it's made with, Bump It Off can be easily washed with soap and water.
Bump It Off can be used for a variety of different things.  You can exfoliate your skin, brush your pet's hair, scrub your dishes, and even trap lint.  I didn't test every possibility but tried out a few.

One way I used Bump It Off is by helping wipe up spills on my carpet.  It didn't take away any pre-existing stains but helped get fresh messes cleaned up and kept them from staining my carpet.  I also used Bump It Off to get the cat hair off my recliner.  It did quite well with that.  Trader Jimmy is a fan of Bump It Off.  I've petted the cat while wearing the silicone sleeve and he really likes it.  Plus, it captures the loose fur and I can dispose of it.  I tried Bump It Off on my dishes and wasn't a big fan.  I prefer something with more scrubbing power.  I think Bump It Off has good purpose for some tasks.