Reviews I Have Done For Companies

 Killer by Olivia Howe

“I glide the knife across her face, making her breathing and heartbeat accelerate. I inhale deeply. The smell of her fear is addictive, mesmerizing. Chills run up my spine, sending my whole body into a shiver.” These are the first words written in the story. Wow, what a way to stage the book, No nonsense, bring on the terror. It further goes on detailing every move by the “Doctor”, his feelings, emotions, step by step of bringing on the ultimate fear. The “Doctor” has practiced these moves before, almost perfecting his “habit”. Detective Gwen and her partner have been hot on his trail for months, just six minutes behind the “Doctor’s” latest savage act of depravity. Gwen, seeing his shadow outside the apartment window, reminds her he is still out of reach. Gwen races outside to the alley where the “Doctor” would descend, only to have him escape, leaving her breathless. On further examination, Gwen’s breathlessness could be for other nefarious reasons. She is a woman after all, single, young and in her prime. Her partner, Sullivan is young, single, energetic and in his prime. Also, he is a male. When in close proximity to her partner, she has feelings “sensation” as she calls them. In the story, Gwen has a need to walk off her “sensations” in order to keep on track. We never do understand why the “Doctor” does what he does, but we do know he does it well. The book is edgy, titillating, well written with clarification.


 Killer By Olivia Howe




A Piece of Sky by Ann Hunter

  A Piece of Sky Author Ann Hunter I love reading. Reading is my go to “Happy Place” when I choose to escape, in essence, my “me time”. When Tomoson asked me to review a “A Piece Of Sky” by author Ann Hunter, I couldn’t wait to see what this new author had to offer for my entertainment. Ann Hunter genre is Young Adult Fiction, and with “A Piece of Sky”, has ventured into a new genre of a remix of Children’s Stories. The book is easy enough to follow and takes you on a journey of a chicken named Ros, Nurgal and an acorn mistaken as a piece of sky. Ros is a scared little chicken who tries to do the right thing by bringing back the “piece of sky”. Nurgal is “Lord of Decay” and believes the “piece of sky” will doom mankind. We never see Nurgal, as Nurgal is nothing but an metaphor for Earth. What we do hear though, is Nurgal’s thoughts as Nurgal tries to stop Ros from reaching her destination. From what I can understand, Ros is trying to reach the highest point she can see so she can return the “piece of sky” because it is the right thing to do. Nurgal does not want her to return the “piece of sky” because he wants it to return to the earth to “decay“, where he believes it belongs. The story is easy enough to follow, but slow and hard to keep my attention. In my opinion, this book would be best suited for a book club where each chapter could be reviewed, broke down and reflected on. The book is very well detailed, thoroughly explaining the surroundings, giving emotions to the characters. I was given a copy of “A Piece of Sky” to review and all opinions are my own.

Piece of Sky



45 mm Rotary Blades by ArtisRove

 I do a lot of sewing and paper crafts. ArtistrOve invited me to try and review their 45 mm Rotary Cutter blades, and Air Erasable Marking Pen and I gladly accepted. ArtistrOve provided the blades for me to try and all opinions are my own. ArtistrOve is a little known company, and I wanted to do research on them. If I’m going to cut my projects using their blades, I wanted to know if they would stand behind their product. They have a 30 day guarantee, no questions asked. All there products are offered through Their rating is 100 percent positive, good to know. The blades came quickly in a basic bubble envelope. The blades themselves are in a case of 10 with a quick clasp lip. Are made of SkS-7 Tungsten Alloy Tool Steel. I’m not sure what this means, but I do know Tungsten is a very hard metal. The thickness of the blade is .03, then narrowing down to the tip. The diameter of each blade is 45 mm is an universal blade that fits most 45mm rotary handles. I keeping with “old school”, the blades have numbers 1 through 12 encircling the perimeter. The numbers are a left over nostalgic reminder of when there weren’t blade sharpeners for rotary cutters. In the “olden days”, in lieu of a rotary sharpener, the blade would be removed and rotated to the next number. The flaw in this is that there would be one dull spot on the blade, then 2 dull spots, and so forth. With the long lasting SKS-7 Tungsten Alloy Steel, the blade should last longer than the aluminum blades on the shelf. I used the blade on 6 layers of extra heavy stabilizer, then on quilt batting and also on fabric. When I cut the quilt batting, I had to stop to see if it was cutting through the hi loft of the batting. It was indeed cutting through, but so thoroughly that the batting jumped back up before I realized it had even cut. Included with the blades is an air erasable marking pen that fades in time. I used my on fabric, and 24 hours later, it is fading. The pen itself is small with a removable cap that lays in a cradle at the top of the pen when being used.

45 mm Rotary Blades


Can Koozie by BevWorx

  Can Koozie 15-Count Multi Color Party Pack by BevWorx I love these can koozies. So many beautiful colors just waiting to be decorated or embellished, and then personalized. The can koozies I received are in colors of winter jewel and pastel spring. Included in the mix are a pink camouflage and a earth tone camouflage. BevWorx also make can koozies in bright summer colors. Included with the koozies is a can opener. The koozie itself is a solid piece of stretchable fabric that is heat sealed onto the koozie itself. The koozie also had strectable fabri on the inside, thus preventing any insulation from tearing apart. The design allows the koozie to lay flat when not being used. The seam itself is a generous ¼ inch, thus preventing any separation of sides. The koozis fit a 20 plastic bottle standard glass bottle, and 12 and 16 ounce (tall) can. O love the can koozies by BevWorx because everyone can choose the color they want, and never get confused as to whose is whose. With the stretchable fabric outside and inside, sewing, embroidering, hot gluing, painting and / or embellishing is super easy. The bottom also has a notch out one both sides for further decorating.


 Can Koozies by Bevworx

I received for a discount, a 15 pack of assorted can koozies. All opinions are mine.


New York Eye Lash Serum

My eyelashes couldn't bat a breeze, that is how short and stubby they were. When offered an opportunity to try New York Biology Eyelash Serum, my first thought was of skepticism. Further reading into the product ingredients, I realized I had nothing to lose and only to gain. After reading the ingredient panel of the product, I had a sense my lashes would be receiving a healthy dose of healthy nutrients. I felt completely safe using this product as the product consisted mostly of natural products and ingredients used myself every day. Reading the directions, I found out I could use it on my lashes as well as my brows. The directions were easy to understand. It said to dip the wand once and apply being careful to avoid the eyes.Once, I was in a rush and accidentally got it in my eye. It stung for about 20 seconds. The product itself was an oily serum, odorless and colorless. The product was easy to apply. I used the product for 2 weeks, and in my opinion, this was not long enough to gather a true decisive decision. The serum did make my eye lashes darker, and this alone, made them more noticeable. I was offered this product free to try and all opinions are my own.

New York Eye Lash Serum



 Beach Blanket by Fjord

 Fjord Pro Beach Blanket When I was offered the opportunity to try the Fjord Beach blanket, I was exited to put it to the challenge. You see, I do live within 2 miles of the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. We have sand in the yard, cars, shoes, shorts, beach bags, beach toys and ever prevalent, on our beach blanket. We live in sand, eat sand and wear sand. I have yet to find a beach blanket that doesn’t bring home more sand on it than what we can shake off into a bucket for the kiddies sand box. It seems what ever beach blanket we use, the wet sand embeds into it, refusing to shake off and ends up needing to be hosed off before going into the washing machine. Or we fight over who sits in the middle for opportune blanket space. For me, there isn’t just one note of disappointment in a beach blanket, but many. I hate the small size of a family beach blanket, or the need to buy each person their own beach blanket. I dislike having to lug a heavy cumbersome blanket to the beach then lug a heavier beach blanket home that is sodden down with wet sand. And I certainly dislike having to hose the blanket down, then the wait for it to reasonably dry before putting it into the washing machine. And then the surprise of finding the sand I thought was removed from the blanket, is now in my washing machine. Or having to store this huge blanket in hopes I don’t forget where I stored it. The real challenge is the “sand”, the wet, sticky, stinky , heavy “sand”. You know, the sand that will adopt you, never to leave you and your belongings alone again. And then comes along the Fjord Beach Blanket, cue the music as I have found the solution to my problems. Behold, the answer to my problems, the Fjord Beach Blanket. It is a large impressive 7 feet by 9 feet. Folks, this is large enough for kiddies to sit in in their own corners, if the need arises. It is made of a light weight polyester, fashioned with 6 sand pockets and an auxiliary 7 pocket. Each pocket is roughly 6 inches by 7 inches. The theory is that you fill the pockets with sand in order to keep the blanket on the ground. Easy enough, shove sand into the pocket, which is underneath the blanket. The blanket itself crushes down to roughly 6 by 6 inches by about 8 inches and weighs less than a pound. It comes with its own carry bag attached to the blanket for absented minded people like me. What I really liked about the blanket was not the specifications, but rather what it can do. Due to its compact size, I could fit more snacks in the beach bag. And because it is so lightweight, I also could bring more juice boxes for the kids. And because it was so big, each kid could have their own corner without sitting on their siblings side, ugh. Everything was going so nice, but all things must come to a end. I brought a plastic bag in case I couldn’t fit it back into the attached bag. So here comes the moment I dread, as I wonder how much sand I’ll bring home with us. Stand up , flip pockets up, dump sand out and shake. The blanket was damp, and I shook it to loosen any sand on it. Sand granules were still clinging, so I took the blanket and shook it vigorously for about 5 seconds. What remaining sand was dislodged at this time. Getting it back into the bag was easy. It gives recommendations on how to fold it, but the wind was strong, and I found it easier to wad it and stuff it back into the bag. Will I recommend this, yes. It is lightweight, large, easy to dislodge sand from and makes my life a whole lot easier. I was given this product free for my honest opinion, and all opinions are my own.

 Fjord Beach Blanket



Beyond Comfort Arch Support

Beyond Comfort Pro Arch Support foot pain is something all of us experience in our lives. Whether we have flat, normal or high arches. Proper foot apparel is something that is necessary for our feet to be pain free. With proper foot support comes proper alignment of our ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders and neck. Thus, our well being begins with the feet. I personally have high arches, and I choose to wear arch supports. When "Beyond Comfort" contacted me totry their arch supports insoles, I readily agreed. They sent me a pair of their "Beyond Comfort Pro" high arch supports. The box arrived, and inside were a pair of arch supports and a pair of gel insoles. Neither bag was marked as to what they were. and no instructions as well were included. On observation , both bottoms of the supports were marked with a L, as opposed to an "L" and a "R" to denote left and right. Looking at the bottom, it is clear as to which one is left and which one is right because of the inside foot arch support is curved for the correct foot. The first bag had the supports inside.

 Another bag, by the picture on the box, were the gel insoles.

 The box didn't contain instructions, but the back of the box said they fit men's 8 to 12 and women's 10 to 14. The arch insoles I received had numbers 8 to 12 on them. Thus, using this as my guide, I cut along the curved 8 line. They were easy to cut through. Again, no instructions were included, but from past experience, I would remove the previous insert, then replace with the new. The arch supports were easy to place in the shoes, but the gel inserts were sticking to the inside of the shoes, and were stubborn to place inside. I wore the arch supports for 2 days to work and every day activities. Standing on a cement floor for work in almost the same position, proved to be a challenge. There are bumps on the under side of the supports and on top of the supports with a cloth over lay. The bumps on the top side of the supports I felt. I felt the bumps to be to hard and pushing to hard on the inside foot area. What I did like about the product is that it did align my heels to hip better than a "off the shelf" Also, I did notice was that the impact of hard rocks, pebbles and broken pieces was considerably lessened. The gel inserts, were just that, an insert. After wearing the gel inserts for a day, I had to call it quits. I would no recommend wearing the gel inserts outside as they didn't cushion against hard objects. Overall, for an arch support for temporary purposes, or on softer flooring, I would recommend.

Arch Supports

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