Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jökel Unbreakable Stemless Silicone Glasses Review

The Jökel stemless wine glass is made of unbreakable BPA-free food-grade silicone and is both stain-resistant and dishwasher safe.

Whether it’s a tailgating, a day at the beach, pool party, camping or picnic, the Jökel stemless silicone wine glass is perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle and its compact, squishy design make it easy to stuff in a small bag or backpack.

It looks great and fits comfortably in any size hand making it ideal for outdoor parties with guests of all ages, the durable, high quality silicone will never break, chip or crack

Jökel stemless silicone wine glasses are specially designed to prevent taste transfer and keep drinks colder than standard cups or glasses  allowing guests to fill with the beverage of their choosing.

My Review:
4 stars

These are great to use, especially for an outside BBQ like I had on the 4th, as these really are unbreakable (and they did get knocked around/dropped numerous times). They were very easy to clean, and I liked that they are BPA free as well. They are a very decent size, and could be used with other drinks as well as wine. My biggest concerns when using these were that they wouldn’t stand on their own well and that they would be easy to spill. Fortunately, these stood up well on their own, and the only difficulty spill wise came when people would forget that these were collapsible, and would squeeze them too hard, causing the drinks to spill out. But I knew that was a possibility when I bought them, and it didn’t happen very often, so I’m still very pleased with these cups.

The only downside was the smell. Even after repeated washes, I could still smell the silicone even after repeated washes. I do however have a very sensitive sense of smell, and only one of my friends was able to smell the silicone as well, so this probably wouldn’t be a problem for most people.

All in all though, these were very useful glasses period, and I will definitely be using them more in the future if I’m able to get rid of the smell totally. They are expensive glasses, but just from the amount of use I put them through, I have a feeling these will last a very long time and be worth the money spent.

*I bought this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review*

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! I hope you all have a fun (and safe) Independence Day! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Enos by Zarug Thane

Okay, so I’m still feeling a bit nostalgic. Plus, I was the first person to review this book. So here’s a review I did back in December of 2013.  This is one of those books that I felt like I shouldn’t have liked just based on the beginning, and then by the end of the book, I fell in love with it. It’s hard to explain…oh well, hopefully my review of Enos makes more sense.

Enos is a private investigator with a problem: he’s four months behind on the rent, and he hasn’t had a decent case in months. When the beautiful Jayleen walks into his office, matters go from bad to worse. Not only is she hoping to locate her missing roommate (who will almost certainly appear on her own within a matter of hours), Jayleen isn’t able to pay Enos’s normal rate. At least, she isn’t able to pay in cash....

To his surprise, Enos discovers that not only is Jayleen’s roommate truly missing, the young woman has been kidnapped for a most sinister purpose, by powers best left alone. There are dark forces at work, and Enos finds himself far more involved in the simple missing person case than is good for him.

Continuing his practice of having sex with anyone who doesn’t say no fast enough, Enos is soon in danger not just of eviction, but of evisceration.

Warning: For Adults Only. Heterosexual and homosexual behavior; coerced and reluctant participation; light dominance and discipline. 

My Review:
4.5 stars

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, especially after reading the warnings, so I was looking forward to something different. And this book certainly delivered. Though, I should warn you, this is apparently book 2 in a series, which I wasn’t aware of when I read Enos, so I would recommend reading the first book well...first.

Anyways, this was an interesting and conflicting book for me. I had quite a few problems with it, and yet I loved it. Though, my biggest problem was that I was thrown into a paranormal world with no explanation or background. However, like I said above this is book 2, and I did not read book 1 first, so I’m assuming the world building was primarily in that book. When I realized that, I wasn’t quite so upset at being so lost.

And the sex...truthfully, I was a bit against all the sex scenes at first. I know this is an erotic romance, but there was so much sex. I’m normally not a big fan of tons of sex scenes, and while there were times where I just wanted the story to move on, Enos surprised me. I actually liked reading most of the sex scenes, as they were all different and exciting (and included both heterosexual and homosexual scenes). I didn’t get overly bored reading them, which is unusual for me, which definitely made me enjoy the book more

Problems aside, I greatly enjoyed this book. Because for all the problems I had with it, I couldn’t put it down. I was drawn into the story, and I can’t wait to read the first and the third book in the series so I can learn more about this world. And considering I spent the majority of the book clueless about the world the story was set in, and ended the book with tons of questions in my head, I actually loved this book. Therefore, I would definitely recommend this book, as it surprised me and captured my attention to such a degree that I was able to put aside my problems with the book and truly enjoy it.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wellness Wednesday - A Healthy Mirror for Change Review

So I was originally going to report on which smoothies my roommate and I had tried and liked best, but unfortunately, things didn't quite go according to plan. For one, I started a 6 week Writing for Publication college course the same week I had my blogoversary. Yeah, wouldn't recommend that in the future. So, things have been hectic, and so we haven't gotten around to trying two of the flavors. Plus, Blogger decided to not post any of the odd numbered I'm still trying to get days 3, 5, and 7 to show. *facepalm* Oh well, just another day in my life as a blogger.

Anyways, I was going to do the smoothie post, and then I read this book. I was offered a copy to review, and it sounded interesting to me, especially since I am trying to get healthier and lose weight. I surprisingly enjoyed the book, and so I wanted to share it with you: A Healthy Mirror for Change by Jerzy Gregorek.

Though we all desire a healthy and happy life, it is ironic that we often follow a path that is complex and self-destructive. One never knows which words will provide the kind of insights and inspiration to help us right the course. Each poem in this book developed in response to the struggles of the many individuals who have tried to implement the simple but often difficult solutions to the obstacles they faced with regard to exercise and food.

For those who face such obstacles, it is the author's hope that these poems will strike a responsive chord, guiding you toward constructive changes that will make a positive difference in your life. Once you begin to travel this path, you will be able to focus your energy and attention on that which is truly important.

Jerzy Gregorek has been mentoring people for more than 25 years to help them attain a happy and healthy lifestyle. He is the co-creator, together with his wife Aniela, of The Happy Body Program.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Monday, June 29, 2015

3rd Blogoversary Day 6 - Cringe-worthy Posts

First, I would like to start by saying that though I've been having difficulties with Blogger not posting scheduled posts probably helps if I don't accidentally schedule them for dates in July instead of June. Yeah...that would definitely help. So now a whole bunch of posts are going to show up since I fixed the dates now. I've also decided to extend the giveaway for another week due to the mess-up (though I won't be doing more posts about the blogoversary most likely). Anyways, now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Since it’s Monday (and not going so well for me already), I decided to share a little something that’ll hopefully cheer you up (or at least make you laugh). So if you have a bad day, just remember…we’ve all been there. Part of taking a walk down memory lane means admiring the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, for your enjoyment today, I present my (IMHO) most cringe-worthy posts formatting/design wise.

Hart Attack Tour So many different fonts, sizes, and coloring! I still have no idea how I ended up getting the white background on certain parts but not on others, even when I tried to remove them all.  Blogger was not working with me on this day.

Laura & the City of Angels Interview Another post for the same author…I feel like I should write her an apology for this…in my defense, this was me in my very early days as a blogger. In retrospect, most of my early blog tour posts weren't very great formatting wise, but these two stuck out the most to me.

Oh, and my 3 year long struggle to figure out what color my writing should be when I need to differentiate who’s “speaking”? Is it blue? Green? Pink? How about purple? Do I even need to differentiate colors? I’ve gotten better about sticking to just blue or red now (mainly blue). But darn. I just realized that the first three colors I listed were all on different posts about the same book series. *facepalm* Well, I am a rainbow supporter, so I guess that’s a good excuse for my abundance of choices (though really, I’m just indecisive at times and like all the pretty colors, but let’s just keep that between you and me).

Though at least I’ve pretty much gotten past choosing impossible to read colors for no apparent reason (at least, not one that I can remember). But I do still stick by my Christmas themed color scheme.

Oo, oo! Here’s a personal favorite of mine…forgetting to make sure the photo is facing the right way. 99.99% of the time I caught it…this just happened to be the .01%.

There are plenty more I’m sure I could go on about, but these are just the top 3 cringe-worthy-offenses that stuck out to me. So in conclusion, I hope this helped cheer you up a little and made your Monday a little more bearable. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

3rd Blogoversary Day 5 - Reflecting

While celebrating this milestone, I’ve found that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting on the past. For example, looking back at some of my cringe-worthy earlier posts (see tomorrow for more details). I’ll admit, I was a newbie starting out with no clue what I was doing. What looked okay to me 3 years ago makes me cringe now. I’ve thought about going through and re-formatting my old posts to make them match my current layout, but I’ve decided against it. Why? Because it’s not just a timeline of my posts, it’s a timeline of my maturation and personal growth. When I started blogging back in 2012, I was going through a rough period in life. I didn’t really know what the heck I wanted or where I’d end up. I started blogging as an outlet (and on a bit of a whim to be totally honest). Yet I’ve grown personally these past 3 years, and I think it shows through in my posts. And as a wise soul once said, we learn from our past. And my past has shaped me into the woman I am today. So by keeping my posts the way they are, I feel like I'm honoring myself; both the girl I used to be and the woman I'm turning into. Plus, it'd be a pain in the ass to have to go back and fix all those posts :P

Wow, this turned into a much more inter-reflecting post than I thought it would. But hey, it's one of the reasons I started blogging, so it's nice to know I'm still true to my roots 3 years in :)  So thank you to all of you who have followed me and my blog through all the ups and downs, the missed posts, the crazy formatting, my ramblings, etc., etc... I truly appreciate it.

So I'm curious, how long have you been following my blog? Are you a new follower? If so, it's great to have you! Have you been following since the beginning? And if so, YOU ACTUALLY STUCK WITH ME??!! THROUGH ALL THAT??!! Are you crazy? It's okay, I'm crazy too. Must be why you stuck with me all this time. :)  Let me know in the comments, I'm genuinely curious to know. And have a wonderful Sunday!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

3rd Blogoversary Day 4 - Blog Hops

I’ve participated in several hops throughout the years, but two of the most memorable were the first hops I ever participated in. The first hop I participated in was the Hot in Handcuffs Hop hosted by Under the Covers. I had recently won a pair of furry handcuffs I had no need for, and I got to talk about one of my favorite BDSM authors, Kim Dare, so it was great. But the most memorable part of this hop happened when I posted about it on my personal Facebook page. What I did not realize was that when I had recently friended my mother, she apparently somehow started getting emails whenever I did anything on my personal page. Can you see where this is going? Yep, my mother got emails about the Hot in Handcuffs blog hop, including one where her daughter mentioned giving away handcuffs…oh, and she didn’t tell me this until about halfway through the hop. Oh, and she dropped the “I’ve checked out your blog a few times” bomb at the same time, leaving me sweating what she’d seen or read. Yeah…talk about VERY awkward. Now I keep my blog related posts to the fan page, and let my mother know when there are safe-for-mom-to-read posts, and it works :)

The second hop I participated in was the Virtual Zombie Walk 2012 (followed shortly after by the Zompacolypse Blog Hop). However, this walk was fun, because I got to go all out sharing some of my favorite zombie reads and movies. Plus, I spent like an hour looking up humorous cat zombie photos. I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun creating a post as I did then (though I’ve had a pretty fun time with my Wellness Wednesday posts lately…). And then a week later, I was able to participate in the Zompacolypse Hop, through which I met and befriended another great author who had previously been unknown to me.

So, while these were both the first blog hops (and walks) I was a part of, they are some of my fondest blogging memories as well. What about you? Have you participated in any of my hops in the past? Which was your favorite? (If you need help with looking them up, just click on the blog hop tag at the bottom of the post).

For today, I'm offering one lucky winner their choice of any of the books I've offered as prizes during a blog hop. So leave your book choice in your comment along with your email address for your chance to win! Also, don't forget to enter the grand prize giveaway!

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