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Groovin’ in Gildan

When it comes to winter, a must have item is warm socks. Among those, you also want something that is comfortable and looks nice. Instead of paying for socks that fall apart, choose a company that makes good quality socks at affordable prices. Plus, you want to make sure that the company that you are supporting also supports the community.

Gildan meets all of those qualifications and many more. They make top quality, warm socks. Their socks can be plain or you can choose one of many pattern styles. Beyond that they are a company that cares.

Gildan has been helping the community through various outreach programs. Also, they are willing to immediately step up and fix issues that occur with products that people purchase from them. For example, if you find that your 10 pair of socks is missing a single sock, they will make sure that issue is taken care of. They will not make you have to take the product to a store or mail them the package back, they will fix it, because you as the customer have come to them to get it fixed.

 

A Round of Applause to the Hands of the Goddess

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When many people are complaining about who needs a handout, there is one special group offering those in need a hand up. The group was originally started in Pasco County, Florida. Well respected author of “Rupert’s Tales” and “Mi’s Search for Beauty“, Kyrja and her husband Randy, found a need in their local community to help out.

Hands of the Goddess offers a variety of services to those that are homeless or at-risk. They have monthly outreach programs where they offer food items that are either bought or donated locally. They offer toiletry items, clean socks, and a variety of other items. Some of the items that are issued during these event are shipped in from other states. They work with multiple agencies, individuals, and organizations to meet all needs of those that need a hand up.

Some of the things that they are known for doing is collecting shopping bags that would have otherwise been thrown away. They will then take those bags, cut them into strips and use the strips to crotchet mat that are not only able to soften sleeping areas, but also help to keep the user fry from the morning dew.

Hands of the Goddess may have started as a local group, but they have grown in number of supporters and branches. They are becoming a wildfire of care and compassion. Hands of the Goddess has already spread from Florida to Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, and has a fifth branch in Bakersfield, California. For item donations, most go to the Florida branch then are further distributed from there to the other branches. However, you can choose to also locally donate, if you are in an area where one of the other branches are located.

If you would like to donate to help them with one of their many community projects, click here. To learn more about items that they need, please feel free to message Hands of the Goddess at handsofthegoddess@yahoo.com. You can also follow their efforts by checking out their Facebook page by clicking here.

In a world that has taken a turn for the dark side, it is good to see that there is a small group trying to relight the fires that burn in each of us. The fires, once lit, will burn brighter with each and every thing we do to continue to help our communities both locally and globally. While Hands of the Goddess- North Carolina has not officially been made known, it has slowly been building to become something great to help out the northern rural regions of NC.

Spine Tingling Suspense in “Remembering Lauren”

I recently got the chance to read the ebook of “Remembering Lauren” by Misha Jordan. I got the chance from this book to be able to revisit a place I have not been in a very long time. I am originally from Florida. In Florida, there were a lot of cold case murders that went unsolved.

I loved this book, because I was able to relate with Nikki, who is the main character. She moved from a busy city, because of bad events that had happened in her own life. She went to a small town, where she learns that creature comforts are not available, like public transportation and easy to find rentals. I found many of these same challenges when I moved from Florida to North Carolina.

One issue I did find with the book was that the first couple of chapters were a little bit drawn out. It is slow in the beginning, but it is because you are finding out more about both Lauren and what is the story behind why Nikki moved to Chiefland and why she is so interested in Lauren’s case.

In Florida, there are many junior detective groups that love to try to find ways to solve old cold cases. This story does include one of those groups. It shows that sometimes it takes more than just the local police department to get to the bottom of the case.

Once you make it through the first couple of chapters, the story does pickup and it does get very interesting with a few plot twists. So be sure to be paying attention or you may miss something in this spine tingling suspense.

Calling ALL Grammar Police

Yes, I am calling you out. If you are wanting to give a gift that will keep you from blowing your top with your friends. How about, a copy of “Perfect English Grammar” by Grant Barrett.

He offers a great idea of how to write the perfect paper. The thing is that they have to be willing to read it. The book offers information on proper spelling, abbreviation, and even the Oxford comma. Plus there are section on proper word usage  and parts of speech. This book offers a great learning tool to anyone that wants to do better with speaking or writing the English language.

The book even offers tips in how to write a better paper. One of the biggest tips offered is to use the same style or point of view throughout the entire paper. You do not want to start off writing the paper in third person and end writing it in first person. That will lose and confuse your audience.

One thing that I tell many people that ask me for writing advice is to not be overly critical. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not hold your mistakes against you. Learn from them and move on. If not, you will find yourself getting stuck in a rut. Sorry about the pics of me not coming out well. That is what happens when you are sick and are a writer.

Let Out Your Inner Grill Beast

When it comes to outdoor cooking, Review Lew loves it all. He was asked by Grill Beast to try out their products. We purchased most of them, but we had received the Beastometer and the Beastclaws. Here is a rundown on Review Lew’s opinions of the Grill Beast products.

BeastClaws: The BeastClaws offer a chance to make pulled pork or pulled chicken without having to use a knife and risk cutting yourself. They also double as a great back scratcher, if you have an itchy back and no one is around to help you with that. This item was received free in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion.

Beast Injector: Review Lew uses the Beast Injector every time we use the smoker. He has found that by adding the butter sauce or other homemade marinades with it, meat comes out more tender and delicious with every bite. He also likes the fact that they are more durable, because of their sturdy, stainless steel design.

Beast Armor: When you are working with a hot grill, you want to make sure that you are going to be able to keep your hands from being burned by the hot grill or the hot food that is on the grill. Review Lew suggests any of the beast glove lines. The set he has covers heat up to over 662 degrees Fahrenheit. Now unless you are planning on cooking with a torch, I highly doubt that you are going to have a grill get that hot.  So, Review Lew says that these are an amazing set. He has had set number one for a very long time, and we just recently got set number 2 as a result of an issue that occurred with finger seams coming apart. We let Grill Beast support know, and they were on top of the issue immediately. We have him a perfect set now. He loves using them.

Beastometer. Now, when you are cooking the meat, you want to make sure that you get the meat cooked to healthy temperatures. Therefore, you are going to want  a good working and long lasting meat thermometer. In the case of Grill Beast, they have you covered there too. They have their Beastometer available. Review Lew says that you want to make sure that you get a new battery after the first year. He has used it for no less than two meals a day for about a year now. It finally just this afternoon had the battery on it die. We are currently in the process of getting a new battery for it. This item was received free in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion.

Grill Beast Hat: What Grill Beast would want to be cooking without a way to keep the sun out of their eyes? If you thought that the sun being kept out of the eyes is a mandatory rule for Grill Beasts, you are right. Especially in the case of Review Lew. He hates the sun, but it is a necessary evil. He loves to play with his grill daily. Tonight, he made a succulent pork roast with covered hash browns, and all this deliciousness was cooked on his grill. The pork roast was served shredded with a garlic infusion. The potatoes were perfection. He was able to see what he was doing, because he had his Grill Beast hat to keep his hair and the sun from getting in his line of sight. This item was won as a part of a giveaway that the VIP program was offering.

Grill Beast offers customers a chance to become a part of their VIP program. This allows them to get the chance to have first access to new grill tools, supplies, and even the chance to get rebates that now other customers will get. They also have a Facebook group for the VIP members to communicate and share great tips and recipes with each other.

 

Here is to a long happy relationship between the Grill Beast company and my personal Grill Beast, Review Lew.

Light up my Life with Purple globe solar lights

Purple, which happens to be Dbug’s favorite color, is a great way to light up hallways or corridors at night. It keeps from the lights being too bright, yet offers enough light to see where exactly you are wanting to go. I found that by using solar lights, like these, I have drastically cut down on the amount of funds that I end up feeding to my electric company.

One issue we had was to find the right color to end up lighting up our hallway. As small as it is, we found that the normal white solar lights tended to make the hall too bright, which makes it hard to focus on where you are going at night time.  Then we tried the multicolored strands, they were better but the flashing and color changes got to be a bit to hectic for that small of an area. Then my daughter suggested the purple globes. They were an instant hit for everyone in the family. We used the multicolors as a great way to light up the outside, and we used the white for the bedrooms and bathroom. This allows us to save a bunch of money and enjoy a well lit home, in the right way.

If you want to use these outside, there is a stake that will help the solar panel to be able to stay stationary and collect as much sun as possible during the day. However, I do suggest that if you are using them indoors, please make sure that you start by ensure the base is near a window.

I received these lights free in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion.

Customer Service Means Nothing to Wells Fargo

If you are looking for a worthwhile banking establishment, keep on going. Wells Fargo does not have the ability to offer the kind of customer service that the rest of the world expects.

I am letting you all know that I do have a life outside the blog. I work in the industrial and manufacturing field. Problem is that I have grown accustomed to dealing with little quirks involving Wells Fargo, which is my bank and the bank that handles the company I work for.

My husband and I have joint checking and savings accounts there, or should I be saying had. Last Friday, my husband went to deposit my money into the account. The lady behind the counter decided to place a three day verification hold on the money. I called the corporate number. They told me to call the store. I called the store they said that it was over an hour and I am out of luck there is nothing that they can do. It took about an hour to get someone to answer the phone at the local branch, so I could not get hold of someone there any sooner.

Yes, they do offer online banking, which is a plus. However, you also pay monthly fees for your account. You deal with drama like them not telling you until after you make a deposit that they decided they wanted to place a hold on it, which then makes it impossible for you to take it back and go elsewhere to cash it. You will also find that when you try to get help from them about an issue that they caused, you will get the run around and will deal with being let down by the bank that you hoped you could trust.

Go with any bank, but this one. Wells Fargo used to be great. They used to be the best. However, anymore they have fallen back far behind the rest.

 

Light Up My Life With Flowers

When it comes to lights, you have to find the right ones for your wallet and your event or area that you need the lighting for. For example, even if you could find the most beautiful pattern of lights, you still have to know how much it is going to cost to run them, plus the purchase price. You also need to worry about finding one that goes with the theme of the area.

Recently, Review Mafia contacted me to offer me the chance to test the new Qedertek Fairy Blossom lights. The lights are listed as being warn white, however, to be honest, they are more of a warm yellow in color.

The flower pattern was a great addition to our lights in the garden. We use them for garden lighting, because who wants to pay to light up the night in their garden? Not I. I prefer allowing the sun to light it by day, and these beautiful lights to work at lighting the area at night.

If you do need more than the sun as a means to recharge the battery, you can set it under a regular light or in a lighted room to recharge it. Myself, I prefer letting the sun do the trick instead, because the sun is free.

I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Need to Know Norse Knowledge

Rayne is at it again. She  created another workbook that offered DBug a great way to learn about Norse Mythology.She wanted to find a fun way to teach children about Norse culture and mythology. Yggdrasil and the None Worlds workbook was the perfect way to do it.  Her favorite story out of the book is the Three Brothers. I love that it offers her worksheets. With doing K12 for DBug, she gets to read stuff her father and I choose for her as extra readings. This teaches her about many aspects outside of the regular school curriculum offered here in NC. It offers her a chance to learn more about our faiths in a safe environment that is free from persecution.

Whether you are interested in the Norse Mythology, or you follow the Norse culture, this is a must have to add to your learning collection. I love it. She loves it, and we both look forward to seeing what kind of new books Rayne or Kyrja, Dbug’s two favorite authors have got cooking up next. That is the smile I got the day I told her she got the chance to review one of Rayne Storm’s book.

 

 

Remarkable Runic Writing Fun

I was offered the chance to review to Runic Script book by Rayne Storm. She writes various books that teach about different Pagan and Wiccan  children’s topics. One such topic is learning to write runic symbols.

Destiny has fallen in love with what Rayne Storm writes. She finds that she has a lot of fun with these learning workbooks. Our family is very open in teaching her about ALL faiths. We want her to feel as though she is not pressured to agree to believe in something that she does not want to believe in. We find various authors that she will be able to read their books.

One thing that she likes about Rayne’s book of Runic Script is that it offers her the chance to learn to write something that not everyone else will be able to write or even read. She says it is also a great way to send spy messages. She says the reason she feels that way is that she thinks that people would be able to hide secret messages in a very pretty writing and others would look at and not know what it means.