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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Protect Your Face and Neck From the Harmful Effects of the Sun With a UPF 50+ Sun Hat from Coolibar - Review sent me the Shapable Sun Catcher Hat for this review.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 

As soon as the sun rises here in the desert, the stinging rays of the sun start scorching the skin.  I keep my skin as protected as possible knowing that the ultraviolet rays of the sun can have a damaging effect.   What I most want to protect is my face and neck.

I have seen too many of our seasoned citizens that live here in the desert looking much older than their years.  I don't want what is called "photo-aging" (looking older than what you are because of taking in too much sun) to happen to me.  I don't care for sunscreens as too much of the fragrances can lead to a sinus attack for me.  To keep my face and neck protected, I wear a hat.

Here's where the disappointing part is for me.  For years I have been searching department stores, sporting goods stores, and just any store that carries hats for one that would offer good sun protection.  Most of the hats that I see in the stores are made of straw, are baseball caps, or have small brims.  These offer hardly any sun protection at all, and should be avoided!

Where can you find the best hats for sun protection?  The Sun Protection You Wear store is Coolibar! Here you will find hats that are rated at UPF 50+.  What does this rating mean?  A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation.  That is superior protection!

The desert has very harsh weather.  We don't get many days without sunlight, and the wind here is usually 10-20 mph daily, too.  Coolibar had just the hat that suited my needs: the Shapeable Sun Cather Hat.  With a wide generous brim of 4 1/2 inches, this shades my face, my ears, and the back of my neck perfect.   The brim does have a downward slope that will protect the face and neck better during more of the early and late hours of the day besides just when the sun is shining straight down at you.

The crown of the hat is made of Coolibar's crushable packable lite Suntect fabric.  This fabric is incredibly lightweight, highly breathable and remarkably durable, this fine weave polyester fabric blocks UVA and UVB rays with titanium dioxide (TiO2) permanently inside of the microfibers. The soft touch of the fabric keeps you cool and comfortable.  The breathability of the hat really keeps me cooler when I am out in straight sunlight and it's 110+ degrees in the shade.

Even though the Shapeable Sun Catcher Hat comes in only one size (23" circumference), there is an adjustable sizing cord at the crown.  The moisture wicking sweatband with air vents in the front of the crownband does keep your forehead nice and dry.

Our desert in not only known for hot blazing sun, but also for wind.  We daily have winds that range between 10 - 20 mph, and 40 - 50 mph is not all uncommon either.  To keep the Shapeable Sun Catcher Hat on the head, there is a secure adjustable chinstrap.  There is not need to hold onto this hat when strong gusts of win come along.  It stays on firmly, and keeps giving me that sun protection that I desire and need.

I am so happy with this hat. It has become my one accessory that goes with me everywhere here in the desert.  Don't become a victim of photo aging, get a UPF 50+ Sun Hat from Coolibar today - Sun Hats for women, men, and children. 


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It's A SUPER-DEE-DUPER DAY with Barney - Review & Giveaway - ends 8/17 US

I received a copy of Barney: A Super Dee-Duper Day on DVD for this review from Lionsgate.

It’s A Dino-Sized Summer Celebration With Barney® And His Playground Friends In The All-New Movie


It’s a Tee-Riffic day for friends big and small as they celebrate the summer with Barney® in the all-new movie Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day became available only on DVD July 15, 2014 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.

When Barney takes his friends on a dino-sized adventure, everyone has a Super-Dee-Duper Day! Barney encourages everyone to use their imaginations to remember the lessons they learned during their super Sports Day in the park showing them that sometimes the most rewarding activities are the most simple. From playing ball and hopscotch to riding bikes, playing basketball and much more, Barney, BJ™, Baby Bop™ and Riff™ show how the power of friendship makes everything fun!

This is just super terrific fun watching Barney and all of his friends in this feature length movie.  This is a full 56 minutes of great Barney fun with no commercial interruptions.  (Commercials can be such a nuisance.).  My son and I just loved watching this together.  Barney is just full of positive reinforcements of friendship, caring, sharing, and living and working together.  It shows how fun life can be when we have fun together.

There are two bonus features included on this DVD:
  • BJ’s Batting Cage Counting Game
  • I Love You Karaoke Music Video

Barney has been trusted by moms and adored by children for over 25 years!  Barney displays the positive and moral virtues of sharing and caring with others, while also having fun with imagination, dancing, and learning.  Barney is celebrating over 25 years of love and friendship with the Barney 25 Million Hugs campaign. Barney is inviting fans of all ages to help him reach his goal of sharing 25 million Barney hugs around the world through the site and via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Where can you find Barney?  He's on TV, online at, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Win A Super-Dee-Duper Day! on DVD.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18+, and will end on August 17, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.  By entering, you agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter.

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I received one or more of the products or services mentioned below for free in the hopes that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Treasure Hunt Tuesday Giveaway Link Up - July 29 - August 4, 2014

Time to link up your Treasure of a Giveaway
Dig up some Treasure for yourself!

A few rules:

  1. Linked posts but be linked directly to the giveaway
  2. Giveaways must be Family Friendly! No adult oriented giveaways. Watch those covers of some of those romance books, girls. Please no almost nude covers, thank you.
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  4. Please list Geographical restrictions aka US, US/CAN, or WW (World Wide)
  5. Giveaways must include an End Date in Title

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My wishes for you all to have an excellent and enchanting day.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Michael Phillip Cash #Giveaway: #Win $150 & His Books: Stillwell & The Flip - ends 8/11 WW

I am a lover of literature, and thrillers of the supernatural are always a good read.  One of my favorites is Michael Phillip Cash.  He has quite a way with spinning a good tale.

Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning author who thus far has written seven books which include the Darracia Series. His books still rank among Amazon's best seller list. 

One of the favorites among readers, is his book, Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island. This book is an award winner and continues to rank in the top spots on Amazon.

One of his most recent books, The Flip  is quickly becoming a favorite as well and has hit top spots in its genre.

Michael Phillip Cash is grateful to each and everyone of the people who have reviewed his books and for the support given. As a  thank you, he is giving away a chance at $150 Paypal cash and both of his books, Stillwell and The Flip.

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This giveaway will run from July 27-August 11, 2014. The giveaway is open internationally. However, if the winner is outside of the US, then the books will only be Kindle versions. 
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Serene Sunday - It's Time For the Teddy Bear's Picnic - July 27, 2014

Doesn't this look like an excellent place to have a picnic?  The Teddy Bears thought so!

The Teddy Bears Picnic
sung by Bing Crosby

You'll find one of my pictures in the video from one of my reviews for Teddy Bears Personalized at 56 seconds in.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Silly Saturday - Kitchen Fun! - July 26, 2014

Time for some Saturday

Let's have some fun in the kitchen...

If you don't like my standards of cooking...lower your standards.

Although you'll find our house a mess, Come in, sit down, converse. It doesn't always look like this...Some days it's even worse.

A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious.

If we are what we eat, then I'm easy, fast, and cheap.

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.

Help keep the kitchen clean - eat out.

Countless number of people have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to lead normal lives.

My next house will have no kitchen --- just vending machines.

Dull women have immaculate houses.

No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

A husband is someone who takes out the trash and gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.

Housework done properly can kill you.

If you can't have your cake, AND eat it... Then next time make more cakes!

Two bachelors sat talking. Their conversation drifted from politics to cooking. 
'I got a cook book once', said the first, 'but I could never do anything with it.'

'Too much fancy cooking in it, eh?' asked the second.
'You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same way - 'Take a clean dish and...'

Top Ten Rejected Cookbook Titles:

10. Newman's Stone: Cooking for Older Gall Bladders
  9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches for Dummies
  8. Bob Vila's Sawdust Cuisine
  7. Granny Clampett's "Yer Throwin' Away the Best Parts!" Entrees
  6. Mud, Sticks, and Leaves: Cooking with a Four Year Old
  5. Cooking with Condiments - An Apartment Dweller's Guide to Making
      Something Out of Nothing
  4. 101 Ways to Wok Your Dog
  3. Everything's Yogurt...Eventually!
  2. Lions and Tigers and Beets, Oh My!
...and the Number 1 Rejected Cookbook Title:
  1. Getting Even: Hillary's High-Fat Cookbook

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

#ShopletReviews - SteelMaster Office Supplies and Security Boxes

For this review, I received the following SteelMaster products from for free.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are 100% my own.

There is a place for everything and everything in its place - that's my motto even if I don't follow it so much.  I like to stay as organized as I possibly can, and with SteelMaster office products, I can keep organized.

I was recently sent three great SteelMaster office supplies from  All three of these have really come in handy at home - the MMF Soho Pen and Note Holder, the SteelMaster Tablet Stand, and the neat MMF Store-It Box in red. SteelMaster products are meant to last.

SteelMaster is a subsidiary of MMF Industries :
Behind the STEELMASTER name stands 70+ years of metal fabrication experience. Serving the Retail, Specialty, Hospitality, and Banking Industries, STEELMASTER products are built to perform and made to last. STEELMASTER Products are constructed of sturdy, heavy gauge steel with a scratch and chip resistant finish. The STEELMASTER products are designed to stand up to daily use.

Most STEELMASTER products are made in the USA, many with partially recycled raw materials. Our ‘green’ logo represents the amount of recycled raw materials used in the production of each STEELMASTER product.

Here's one that we keep right next to the computer on our office desk.  It's the Soho Pen and Note Holder.  It keeps all of my immediate needs right where I can get them quickly.  It's quite stylish, and adds a bit of modernity to our surroundings.  This combination vertical organizer with a pen/pencil holder that also holds either note pads, papers, CDs, DVDs, mail, or whatever your needs are.  It is made of steel to withstand the test of the years.  It's powder-coat finish was designed to resist chips and scratches.  It's eco-friendly with a total recycled content of 58%.  Get it at for only $11.86.

Here is a personal favorite of mine.  It's the Steelmaster Tablet Stand, and it's perfect for me to set my Kindle on for reading or for when I find a recipe that I want to use.  This A-frame style tablet stand is useful for 7-10" tablets and can be positioned for either portrait or landscape viewing.  The easel design will not interfere with any of your screen controls.  It's perfectly angled for reading, watching videos, or for playing games.  The finish over the heavy-duty steel construction will not chip or scratch.  The SteelMaster Tablet Stand will not harm the finish of counters or desks with its nonskid padded base.  This 5.5"x6" stand stays where you put it.  It is well worth the price of only $16.87 at

Here is a nifty little item to have around the house or in a dorm room.  The Store-It Box is an ideal safe keeping box for students, it has a keyed lock to keep small electronics, jewelry, credit cards, and cash safe and secure.  Constructed of heavy-gauge steel and coated with a scratch and chip-resistant finish, the Store-It Box has a piano-hinge for easy access to all contents.  This is a ‘go green’ product from SteelMaster, the Store-It Box is made in the USA with more than 50% recycled content.

This is the perfect box for valuables for a college student.   My son thinks this little box is great and likes to keep it with him while he is at school.  He keeps his valuables in it while he is working in the lab.  Buy the SteelMaster Store-It Box in red at for only $23.79 each.

What are your home or office needs?  Perhaps you need some promotional products such as mugs, backpacks, or even blankets and golf balls to improve and elevate your business.  My husband would love some promotional shirts to wear when he goes out to meet prospective clients.  I would like some office stationary when I write out his contracts.  Everything you need for your business or even Medical Supplies is at the one-stop online store -!

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