Book Review: Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary

Book Review: Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary

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This book is about Rifqa’s journey to Christianity from a Muslim background. It tells a little of her life growing up in Sri Lanka and then her families subsequent move to America. Then, she shares her experiences in discovering Christianity and then her journey in leaving her home and breaking free from the anger of her parents and her decision to follow Christ.

The book overall was okay. it was a very easy read, not at all deep. I think it may have been better had there been a little more depth to it. There was something missing and I’m not quite sure what it is. My mom read the book also, and her comments was that the story seemed embellished in areas. It seemed to be a lot focused on the “me” aspect. It’s a story I believe that is written more for a teenage audience than adults.

I received this book from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Product Review: Paw Pals pet brush by Life Enchancement

Product Review: Paw Pals pet brush by Life Enchancement

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First off, I received this Deshedding Tool at a discount in exchange for a review.

I am very impressed with this product. To be honest, I didn’t have very high expectations for it. The packaging wasn’t all that great but that’s just coming from me who expects an awesome package. It’s what is inside that should matter. That said, I have been searching for a good brush for my two cats. They have been shedding excessively lately and I hoped to find a product that was gentle on their skin, yet was able to shed them of their loose hairs.

This product did precisely as was described. I have one other brush, but it is a thick bristle and is not suitable for our two felines. This one, is perfect. They were less than happy to be brushed (spoiled cats), but it did exactly as described. I mainly used the shedding blade because it removed the most shedded hair from the two cats. All I can say is wow.

The product is sturdy and fits in my hand. You can remove the top of the brush to wash. I personally love the green color because it is easy to find.

Would I buy this without a discount code? Definitely. Recommend to others? Yes!

Product Review: Bath Pillow by Del La Mar Limited

Product Review: Bath Pillow by Del La Mar Limited

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I bought this pillow with the idea of placing it on my white cast iron vintage tub for a wonderfully relaxing evening in the tub. What I ended up instead, was a less than comfortable pillow to lean against. Luxury and this pillow do not go hand in hand. The logo is wonderful in creating the illusion that you are entering a spa in your own home. Not the case in my home.

The good thing about the pillow is the suction cups. There are so many other pillows I’ve had in the past that were awesome, but keeping them in place was always difficult. They’d slip and slide. Not the case with this pillow. Just as the description, the bath pillow has ultra strong suction cups. So strong, you really do need to be careful in how you remove the pillow from the tub to prevent accidental removal of the suction cup from the pillow.

The not so great part about the pillow is the comfort. There are others who love and rave about the pillow, but my experience was just the opposite. It was hard and plastic. I admit, I was expecting something much softer, similar to a foam pillow. This had no foam. Actually, if it was foam it was a very hard foam with very little give. In the tub, I could never find a comfortable position with it, mainly due to the issue of no “give” to the pillow. It has a preformed area where you are to rest your neck and that area is where your neck and head must lay.

All in all I was very disappointed in this pillow and would not recommend it. The sale price of $25 seems a bit high for this pillow, at least for me, unless it is purchased for the suction cups.

Rather than return this pillow to Amazon, I will instead give it to my husband to use as a lower lumbar support in my vehicle where it should work better.

I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

EDIT: Husband did not like my bath pillow aka lumbar support. He said it was too hard and not comfortable.

Product Review: 3.5mm Stereo Extenstion Cable by KabelDirect

Product Review: 3.5mm Stereo Extenstion Cable by KabelDirect

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I love this cord. It’s perfect. Especially for my uses, which is currently at work. Previously, my headphones reached only a certain distance, forcing me to keep my computer monitor closer to me than I really wanted. Now however, with this extension, I can lean back in my chair with no fear of the headphones ripping from my ears. Absolutely love it.

This morning I tried them out while working out, and let’s just say they are way to long for that. It was pointed out to me that my cord was draping on the floor. So I wouldn’t necessary recommend it for a workout session. But everything else? YES!

The extension itself seems to be well made and of quality. It is most definitely something that I would consider purchasing in the future.

After reading some of the other reviews on Amazon, I haven’t had any issues yet of scratchiness or loss of sound in one ear or the other. So far it is working splendidly.

I did receive this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

Book review: Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson

Book review: Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson

  
This book, was awesome. So many times, we as women are pressured in one way or another to say yes, even if we don’t want to do it. Under the false idea that God will no longer love us if we say no. My mother-in-law is one of these people. Rarely does she take time for herself, to rest and take time to listen to the sights and sounds surrounding her. I don’t like to spend much time with her because she is always rushing. A baby shower she can’t say no to, a wedding.

This book is for a person just like her. The book describes how we don’t have to say yes to everything. Burnout will occur (I’ve experienced it). God will still love you if you say no, to make time to be with Him. You don’t have to constantly strive to do things to get Him to like you, he already does.

I especially liked the last part of the book where it encourages you to challenge yourself both physically and spiritually. I definitely need to challenge myself in a spiritual nature.

All in all, an excellent book. Well written and thought-provoking. Even if you don’t have a problem saying no, I’ve sure you know of someone who does. 

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Book review: London Tides by Karla Colonnieves

Book review: London Tides by Karla Colonnieves

 Wow. I totally forgot I had downloaded this book, and when I received a gentle reminder I started reading. My mistake was starting at 9:00 at night. Let’s just say I kept on going until I was finished with it, which was well after midnight. 

That said, London Tides is about Ian McDonald the brother of Jamie from Five Days in Skye. I admit, I didn’t realize that, until I started reading. The good thing, you don’t have to have read the previous book to read this one. 

20 years ago, Grace and Ian was to be married, but six months before the wedding she left. Working as a photojournalist in war torn countries, she returns to London. Seeking out Ian, she wonders if he is still single or if he has moved on with his life. 

That’s a rough synposis of the book, but I don’t want to give too much of it away. I found it to be a good book, although lacking in some areas. I never quite picked up why Grace left Ian so many years ago, although I was impressed with him maturity I now he dealt with her return.

This was a book that, as I mentioned before, had me captivated. I was moved to tears at the end, because I really wasn’t sure how it ended. And then he choices he made spoke to me. How so often we do so many things for everyone else and often forget about ourselves in the process.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend reading it. 

I received this book from net galley and David Cook publishing in return for an honest review.

Product review: Organic Kenko tea (matcha green)

Product review: Organic Kenko tea (matcha green)

 After a previous experience with matcha tea (cbi.as/cnp0) I didn’t think there was any matcha tea worth trying. But, when I saw this package, and the fact it was from Japan I decided to give it another go. I’m glad I did.

First, I like the packaging. Simple and clean. It has an organic feel.

  

The powder inside is a green powder (of course) and doesn’t give off any off smells. The package itself is paper.

 Because it says it’s a cooking grade, I opted not to use it as a hot water tea. Instead, I added it to my morning smoothie (publix frozen fruit and honey, wih a touch of wheat germ). My mistake was adding a tablespoon of the matcha. OY! It didn’t taste bad, in fact, had no overly bitter flavor… But it overpowered my fruit. After adding a little more honey, it was easier to drink. 

  

All in all, I will most definitely be using this in the future. As for how much mental clarity I’ve gained from it, I’m not sure. I just know that I’m currently very, very hungry! But that’s due to my lack of food and not the matcha tea.

Just to let you know, I did receive this at a discount to review, but my review is unbiased and honest. If I don’t like something, I will tell you!