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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mens Hipster "Hola" Printed Crewneck T-Shirt


Mens Hipster "Hola" Printed Crewneck T-Shirt

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IW7UWN2

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***My Personal Review***

Really cute hipster shirt for men with hola! printed on the front in yellow letters outlined in white.  All black but cut very nicely for a good fit.  Size does run a little smaller than normal so I would order a size up.  They have a lot of different shirts available.  This is made from a super silky material that is very soft to the touch and it is a very lightweight shirt.  Drapes well because of the material.


Portable Lightweight Folding Picnic Table


Portable Lightweight Folding Picnic Table


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ID82V2U

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***My Personal Review***

This was quite easy to put together and it's very nice and taut when done.  It is lightweight and it folds down into an almost flat position for easy storage.  Simply connect the two top table holders to the bottom part and open the top, then snap the openings down into the bars.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was, so I can see this being something you could use while camping.  It is not a very tall table but is about the height of an end table so perfect for drinks and food.  This is definitely not meant for sitting on though, so don't sit kids on top!  Overall a nice little folding table that can be used at home or out in the wilderness.


AntKits Sewing Tools Kits


AntKits Sewing Tools Kits

https://www.amazon.com/AntKits-Including-Multicolor-Cushion-Measure/dp/B01EJQXA3Y/ref=cm_rdp_product


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***My Personal Review***

Nice little sewing kit that you can take anywhere, it will fit in a small bag.  It contains a seam ripper, a pincushion with a wooden bottom and a 120" measuring tape along with 2 packages of pins (160 total pins).  The only thing that you need is some thread, but this gives you the essentials to take anywhere so you can mend anything on the go.  Great for weddings or other events, would be awesome for cosplayers to have, and many other uses.  This is an easy to use set that anyone can use.  The pincushion is very cute and it's nice that it has the wooden bottom because it is much more sturdy that way.


Grillinator Utility Tote & Firewood Log Carrier


Grillinator Utility Tote & Firewood Log Carrier


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***My Personal Review***

This tote was actually built for carrying firewood and logs so it is very sturdy and well-formed.  It has double strapped handles on the top and the flaps fold down over the sides so that you can fill it easily.  However, I find that this bag is so much more than just for logs ... I am using it for carrying grocery bags.  It's the perfect size for carrying a lot of bags at once so I don't have to make many trips.  Honestly though this bag could be used for anything you need - sports equipment is one, but another I thought of are people in direct sales because they have to carry a lot of things to parties - this is the perfect bag for all of that.  So many uses and it's definitely strong enough to handle a large amount of weight.  Great for camping though, you can easily go grab some firewood and carry it back without scratching your arms up.  Check it out!


+20F Ultralight Sleeping Bag with a Carrying Bag


+20F Ultralight Sleeping Bag with a Carrying Bag

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ID6U3OA
Link to my review on Amazon:

ULTRALIGHT SLEEPING BAG

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***My Personal Review***

When they say ultralight they definitely mean it.  This is a very light sleeping bag but it is nicely stuffed and made from super silky material that is extremely comfortable to lay on.  I like how this bag has the rounded head area instead of just being straight on both ends.  The bag gets smaller as it moves toward the foot area and it has a nice round pad sewn on the bottom for your feet.  It has a drawstring on one side so you can make the neck area smaller and keep heat in, and I love the colors of bright orange which is very reflective.  87" x 32" x 22" is the size of the bag so it will accommodate taller people as well.  This is also tested for temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit so it will work even in very cold weather.  Perfect for camping but also great for sleeping in cold rooms, lounging around and more.  





Friday Reveal featuring In the Beginning Charity Anthology!


Today Month9Books is revealing the cover and some excerpts for their Charity Anthology IN THE BEGINNING! Which releases October 25, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive an eGalley!!

On to the reveal!



Title: IN THE BEGINNING: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales
Editors: Laureen P. Cantwell and Georgia McBride
Author: Stephen Clements, Nicole Crucial, Mike Hays, Sharon Hughson, Marti Johnson, Elle O'Neill, Lora Palmer, & Christina Raus
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback & eBook
Find it: Amazon | B&N |Goodreads

In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

IN THE BEGINNING, edited by Laureen Cantwell and Georgia McBride

Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master's zealous defiance of the king's law seals their fate.

Babylon by Nicole Crucial
Far above the earth, in Second Eden, where moments and eternities all blur together, young Babylon befriends Sefer, the Book of Life. As Babylon awaits the moment she'll fulfill her destiny, she and Sefer try to understand the world in which they live.

Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays
A homeless young boy, Baz, bears the weight of humanity on his shoulders and upon his body. When dark forces test a new-found friendship, Baz’s willingness to bear the ugliness of their world will be shaken. 

The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson
Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he's meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

The Deluge by Marti Johnson
A non-believer shares the story of Noah’s ark-building and the deadly downpour that follows. Fear, faithlessness, and the fallibility of mankind collide in a community where second chances aren’t unlimited and a better-late-than-never attitude just might be your doom.

Condemned by Elle O'Neill
Just sixteen-years-old, Barabbas finds himself pulled out of Routlege Academy and into a reality show competition—against Jesus himself—where the reward for the winner is life.

First Wife by Lora Palmer
In a first-person retelling of the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, themes of family, deception, guilt, and heartache emerge amidst the first days of Leah’s marriage to Jacob—a marriage mired in trickery a mere week before Jacob was to marry Leah's sister Rachel.

Emmaculate by Christina Raus
Based on the story of Mary's Immaculate Conception, we enter the troubled mind of Emma, who finds herself torn between her religious upbringing and the purity ring that binds her to her boyfriend and the pregnancy that results from her relationship with another boy.

Anthology Excerpts:

From THE DEMON WAS ME, by Sharon Hughson:

The ghastly black fog overtook me. Icicles pierced my back. Every muscle in my body spasmed. I plunged face-first against the ground. Something sharp gouged my cheek. Shivery tingles pervaded my insides. A vile presence pressed against my mind.
            
“Get out!” I rolled to my back, arms outstretched. I wanted to fight, throw the intruder off me. But how can you resist something as ethereal as air?
            
Laughter rang in my ears. Sinister. It shuddered against my soul. Terror and hopelessness collided in my chest. A foreign power clutched at my mind.
            
I screamed. I rolled to my side and squeezed my eyes shut. If only I could disappear.
            
Another dark wave of laughter echoed through my skull. Convulsions gripped me.
Against my will, my limbs flailed in every direction. A spike pressed into my mind. I cradled my throbbing head. My body, a tumbleweed in the wind, spun on the ground.


From BABYLON, by Nicole Crucial:

Only those will enter Heaven whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

These were the first words I heard, in the beginning of time.

But Sefer, the protest comes, Revelation wasn’t written until the first century.

My answer is that time is a funny little plaything to God, or so I imagine. That first sentence was the wind that breathed life into my chest, the binding of my pages, the ink in my soul. It knitted together my stardust-atoms from across centuries and millennia and planes of existence.

And when the first dregs of consciousness swirled at the pit-bottom of my spine, I yawned and opened my eyes to paradise.


From CONDEMNED, by Elle O’Neill:

To his surprise, as he heard the metal door grind to a stop, there was a popping sound, like the flash-lamp did when they experimented in Classic Photography at Routlege. Except no camera appeared—not that he could see anyway—but rather a digital time clock, bold red numbers, already beginning their descent, in striking relief against the black paint covering the walls.

29:48:12.

29:48:11.

Of course they would include the fractions of a second, he thought. He was now fighting a tiger against a racing clock. For all that they were merely numbers, he saw their dwindling trickle as if he were watching grains of sand pour through the hourglass of his fingers, helpless.

29:47:03.

The tiger looked at him. It didn't glance his way. It directed its massive head at him, its eyes trained on Barabbas ... and they didn't turn away.

Another man, in another arena, stood calmly while the tiger advanced. His breathing was even, he did not watch the clock, and he looked with love upon the prowling beast. When it snarled, he slowly exhaled; when its whiskers glanced his weaponless fingers, he blinked gently as the hot breath of the tiger dampened his skin.


From LAST WILL & TESTAMENT, by Mike Hays:

I’ve found money, I’ve found food, and I’ve found myself in plenty of trouble on plenty of occasions, but I’ve never found another human being just lying around. That’s what happened when I found a person-shaped ball of olive drab and camouflage clothing—which would have been more at home in the reject pile down at the army surplus store—under our decrepit, worn sign for the, “Extraordinary 

League of Witch Assass_ _ _.”

It’s true. I found a boy about my age sleeping at the end of the Extraordinary League of Witch Assassins driveway.


From UNWANTED, by Lora Palmer:

“Let me see you,” he whispers. “Let me truly see you.”

I swallow down the fear this moment brings, the anxiety that once he does see me, he will no longer accept me. No, I must stop thinking this way. My husband is not like Jacob, dazzled by the superficial beauty of my sister. My husband, my love, will see me.

Taking courage from this, I let out a shaky laugh as he helps me stand. I long to see him, too.

“All right,” I say.

He lifts my veil, his deft fingers moving slow, relishing the anticipation of this moment. At last, he lifts the linen over my face and lets it slip to the floor behind me. We stare at each other, stock still, in stunned silence.

It was Jacob.

From EMMACULATE, by Christina Raus:

The Ten Commandments are pretty straightforward. Killing? Bad. Lying? Nope. Adultery? Don’t even think about it. But is real life really that straightforward? If you tell your boyfriend that you’re going golfing, when really you’re going out to cheat on him, is the lying or the adultery worse? What if you stab the guy you’re having an affair with? Isn’t being a murderer worse than being a cheater? I think the stabbing is worse than the lying and the cheating combined. So, it was kind of unfair for God to group killing, lying, and cheating all together under one umbrella. They all seemed really different.

I was an adulterer. I couldn’t deny that. I was also a liar. A very, very good liar. But I wasn’t a murderer.


From THE DELUGE, by Marti Johnson:

The stench of mildew and mold is heavy in our nostrils, and my lungs feel as though they are on fire. My breathing is audible in the lulls between the thunderclaps. My mother huddles, shivering, propped between two rocks. She is coughing painfully, and I can hear her teeth chattering.

It is hard to breathe because the air itself is full of water.

A deeper shadow has fallen across the side of the mountain on which we are sheltering. I pull aside the brambles, and gasp in amazement when I realize what it is. “Look!” I call to the others, and point at the sight. The ark has risen with the water, and now bobs up and down. It sits high in the water. We hear nothing from it but the creaking of the wood timbers and the sound of the branches and rocks on the hillside scraping against its hull.


From DANIEL AND THE DRAGON, by Stephen Clements:

Your god is a liar!” roared the wizened man in thin black robes, as he pounded his breast with his fist.
Habakkuk stood by the gates of the temple as his master picked a fight with a sanctuary full of the slavish followers of Bel, a bloodthirsty demon god. A fire raged in the fanged maw of a giant, stone head sunken into the back of the temple, there to receive the offerings rendered unto Bel. He had seen this before in other temple raids with his master, though not on such a massive scale, and not at the heart of the demon cult in Babylon itself. The fire raged as the greatest offering that the Babylonians—who adored Bel above all other gods—could sacrifice to their deity was their own newborn children, rolled their screaming, helpless bodies down a stone, handshaped altar into the fire. They offered the fruit of their wombs to their dark god, who devoured the innocent souls sacrificed to him in eldritch rituals.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PainAway Essential Oils for Soreness & Pain Relief


PainAway Essential Oils for Soreness & Pain Relief


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***My Personal Review***

This is a blend of many essential oils and carrier oil specifically designed to reduce pain from aches and muscles.  It comes in a very pretty cardboard container and inside is a burlap drawstring bag with pretty designs.  This contains several oils including lemon, lavender, rosemary, evening primrose, peppermint and eucalyptus among others and targets pain in joints, muscles, even headache pain.  This is diluted with carrier oil so it is safe to use on almost all skin - but make sure to try it in a small area before using it more.


This is for external use only, do not ingest.  This would make a great gift for yourself or anyone else with chronic pain.  You just dab a bit of the oil on your fingers and massage it into the skin on trouble areas.  As with anything, consult a physician.  I used this on my lower back area which has a lot of pain and I did notice a small difference.  I haven't had the chance to try it for my sinus pressure yet but that is my next use.