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New Release: Joel Osteen’s Blessed in the Darkness! #faithwords #joelosteen #review

***This is a Review of the pre released book by Joel Osteen. The opinions and views below are solely mine and I was not paid for this review.***

Coming the end of October Joel Osteen, the number one New York Times best-selling author and motivational speaker, is releasing his new book “Blessed in the Darkness how all things are working for your good.” I have always been a huge fan of Joel Osteen’s work on television as well as in print so I was excited to begin this title.

In a time when it seems the world is very dark, it is good to have the motivation and peaceful words from Joel about still fighting the darkness and looking to the blessings in every day life.

This book focuses on what a blessing is. A blessing he states is not just when things are really good, a blessing he goes on to speak about can also be what we find in the dark times. I found the book motivating as always and easy to read. The book is broken down into chapters that are just the right size for a break or to take a few moments reflection. I am not very religious yet I still can find comfort and relevance in all of his speakings. I enjoy how the scripture readings are related to present day stories. Joel’s works are really for anyone including the non-believers if you can just listen to the stories of inspiration.

If you’re living discouraged going through a divorce, a loss of sickness, or where you feel like you’re being let down and you’re settling in life than reading this book will really help. This book will teach you as a believer to not only be closer to God and trust him in life even when it doesn’t make sense but to also give you comfort.

Joel Osteen is the author of nine New York Times bestsellers. There is no doubt that this will be another bestseller. If you enjoy this title you can visit his website at Joel Osteen.com and also find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JoelOsteen.

The book is 304 pages easy to read and goes on sale October 24, 2017. The book will be available on e-book, audiobook and in hardcover.

Enjoy!

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Cable Got You Tied Up in High Fees? Here’s some cost affordable alternatives!

***The following post is strictly my own opinion. I was not credited or paid in anyway for my opinions stated below.***

Cable fees got you down? The feeling that long contracts locked into high pricing seem to go on forever? There just may be an alternative. Today, if you look on your World Wide Web or search popular social media you most likely will find many different applications with enticing promotions to join now and begin watching television and movies at next to no cost monthly. Let’s see, we have Hulu-Netflix-SlingTv and DirectvNow just to name a few.

My family was locked into a contract for years paying close to $120 a month for our televisions in the home to watch standard programming. When the new year began we decided to cut expenses and cut the cord on contracts and try new applications as we had heard so much about saving money from friends. The following are my findings as I have tried all the below companies. This is our journey!

1. Netflix: if you remember Netflix most likely you think of movies. You may remember receiving DVDs in the mail and then sending them back in once you were finished for a low monthly rate of $7.99 a month. Not a bad deal if you are a movie renter and want to see the newest films. Also, as the Emmys showed us this year Netflix currently holds a following now with tv exclusive shows such as Ozark, Disjointed, Orange is the New Black and Narcos which can only be seen on Netflix and most likely to the viewer is far worth the $7.99! The first month is free and offers a few options such as three tier plans to choose them. Basic for $7.99 which is 1 screen of viewing and no HD, the standard which is 2 tvs for $9.99 with HD or finally the premium at $11.99 with 4 tvs, HD, ultra HD, and unlimited movies and tv shows at your disposal with being able to cancel anytime.

I really enjoy Netflix for its exclusive shows but if you are a regular tv viewer of your popular syndicated shows on say your local channels you will most likely find Netflix lacks in this area. This is definitely more of an exclusive programming and movie application.

2. Hulu: I really enjoy Hulu as well and was recently shown Hulu Live which opens up television viewers to a whole new world of viewing. Hulu plans start as allow as $5.99 a month as a special offer if redeemed by 1/9/18. Otherwise, typically runs equivalent to Netflix at $7.99 a month with a package delivering popular shows like Family Guy, Law and Order SVU, Seinfeld, This is Us the new hit show from NBC, Saturday Night Live and many more including exclusive Hulu originals like the Handmaids Tale and The Path. Hulu, in my opinion, is a whole lot of package for a small amount of money. This is where you will note a big difference between Hulu and say Netflix. If you want to cut cable but not miss out on the popular hit shows Hulu most likely will be offering these episodes to you. Also, with Hulu, like Netflix you can cancel anytime. Just note with Hulu that there are limited commercials at $5.99/mo. and no commercials for $11.99/mo. Though, I have paid the $11.99 and still get bombarded with commercials quite frequently.

Hulu now has another add-on called Hulu Live which for a higher price closer to Cable and or Dish prices presents you with live shows on the major channels such as Food Network, HGTV, History, Disney, FX, TNT and many more. Catch all your favorite teams even on the go with live games from NBA, MLB and NFL and NHL! You can also add on Showtime, HBO, and Cinemax for extra additional charges. Hulu Live TV has a one week free trial then costs $39.99/month. Just make sure you have either Roku, Firestick, Xbox one or Chromecast to watch this feature. Hulu live also lets you watch on two screens at the same time and record live tv with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. This is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a no contract reasonable television package.

3. SlingTV: I’m sure you have seen the commercials about watching a la Carte tv. SlingTV is a program that gets you the channels you watch with Live Tv on a Roku device, Xbox One or Chromecast and Firestick. The first seven days are free and then sign up starts at just $20/mo. for live tv shows on TBS, A&E, ESPN, and a ton more. Sling has two different packages an Orange Package and a Blue or an Orange and Blue combined package. You can combine and customize your own channels with no hidden fees or contracts. I chose the top package to try and had all my favorite shows and channels minus CBS for my soap opera which ultimately is why I canceled and went back to Hulu. The only reason was my soap opera or I would have stayed with Sling. The programming is much more user friendly and about equivalent if not cheaper in price. You appear with SlingTV to get more channels than with Hulu Live. The company assured me they are always adding more channels so I hope they get my soap opera so I can come back! This is by far the best application to watch all your favorite shows at the lowest price.

Also, if you sign up now with SlingTV and you get two months of tv service they are now offering a free Roku!

4. DirectvNOW: The final application I tried was DirectvNOW and I was happy with the programming content but the price seemed a bit steeper like normal pricing of cable minus a contract. Also, DirectvNow could not be used with my Xbox One or tv so I had to go out and buy Chromecast to use. My soap opera on CBS was again not able to be watched as it is on Hulu which was disappointing because I definitely enjoyed this format also more than Hulu Live. Hulu Live for someone who is not tech savvy could be very confusing.

Overall, we ended up with Netflix and Hulu Live. I would have chosen SlingTV and Netflix and still had been cheaper than my regular cable bill but I just can’t pass up my soap opera daily. I am continually monitoring the different websites to see if this ever changes as they expand. I hope this was helpful to anyone conflicted like I was on what was the best route to take for a cable alternative.

Enjoy!

Back to School with Hickies Sneakers!

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Website Review: Quality K Cups 

       

                 QUALITY K CUPS
If my name is not clear enough as to the indication for my love with caffeine then let me tell you how much I love a great hot cup of coffee. 
When I first bought my Keurig I scoured stores all over the area for the largest variety in coffee k cups I could possibly find. I live in a rural area so I had no options other than a few regular flavors. So, when I heard about this new website called qualitykcups.com with affordable k cups delivered right to my door in all varieties I could hardly take it! I was SO happy to find QualityKCups.com! 
The K Cups for sale on the website come in all different flavor roasts from light to medium and dark. I personally love the light roasts but I can appreciate the coffee lovers who range in their levels of darkness and robust flavor. 
The website is very easy to navigate and the drop down menu options are just a click away. This website is the largest k cup directory featuring the best products. This website has the hardest to find and rarest coffee options and at such a reasonable price I have yet to find any cheaper. The coffee for sale on this website to purchase is top quality brands such as Gevalia, Starbucks, Dean and Deluca and many more. 
You can find all your favorite coffee flavors in a variety of forms such as pods, kcups, ground and even whole bean. Looking for new coffee equipment they even have that as well. This is your coffee one stop. 
Premium ingredients easy on your wallet and with so much variety you will never be short for options for every coffee drinker and lover in the home. I personally recommend the Cake Boss k cups chocolate cannoli medium roast. The k cups are $15.47 for 24 of them. You cannot find this in stores and at such an affordable price. Always make sure to check for coupons under the pull down menu and for all you coffee lovers make sure to check out the blogs and writings of fellow coffee lovers alike. 
I am a believer now in ordering ALL my coffee K cup needs now with http://www.qualitykcups.com and hope you will too! You will not regret it.  
Quality K Cups

Website Review: QualityKCups.Com 

QUALITY K CUPS


If my name is not clear enough as to the indication for my love with caffeine then let me tell you how much I love a great hot cup of coffee.

When I first bought my Keurig I scoured stores all over the area for the largest variety in coffee k cups I could possibly find. I live in a rural area so I had no options other than a few regular flavors. So, when I heard about this new website called qualitykcups.com with affordable k cups delivered right to my door in all varieties I could hardly take it! I was SO happy to find QualityKCups.com!

The K Cups for sale on the website come in all different flavor roasts from light to medium and dark. I personally love the light roasts but I can appreciate the coffee lovers who range in their levels of darkness and robust flavor.

The website is very easy to navigate and the drop down menu options are just a click away. This website is the largest k cup directory featuring the best products. This website has the hardest to find and rarest coffee options and at such a reasonable price I have yet to find any cheaper. The coffee for sale on this website to purchase is top quality brands such as Gevalia, Starbucks, Dean and Deluca and many more.

You can find all your favorite coffee flavors in a variety of forms such as pods, kcups, ground and even whole bean. Looking for new coffee equipment they even have that as well. This is your coffee one stop.

Premium ingredients easy on your wallet and with so much variety you will never be short for options for every coffee drinker and lover in the home. I personally recommend the Cake Boss k cups chocolate cannoli medium roast. The k cups are $15.47 for 24 of them. You cannot find this in stores and at such an affordable price. Always make sure to check for coupons under the pull down menu and for all you coffee lovers make sure to check out the blogs and writings of fellow coffee lovers alike.

I am a believer now in ordering ALL my coffee K cup needs now with http://www.qualitykcups.com and hope you will too! You will not regret it.

Quality K Cups

Book Review: ABC Sensationally Silly Animals #bookreview 

              

         ***I was given a free book to read and review. I was not compensated and all opinions express are my own.***

I sat down with this book with my child who is seven and we read the book until it was fully completed. Afterwards, I asked what he thought and he said he liked the drawings and rhymes but found it somewhat confusing because the names of the animals combined were not actual animal names. 

After I put him to bed and sat down to write my review I thought about this book while I reviewed the pages, page by page. My son was right. The illustrations were very cute and the rhymes on each page are cute to read but they can definitely appear confusing to those children looking to become educated on animals and their names and descriptions. The animals are all popular but I don’t understand really why the animals are combined. I think the book could really be cute and educational if they had not put the two animals together. Focus on the fact that the combined animals create a funny and silly name and you will have a really cute book. 

The children while reading through the 26 different illustrations and descriptions can learn their alphabet and also learn lower case and upper case while flipping through each page. 


My concern would be that any child young enough to learn their animals and descriptions would definitely be confused and lost while reading this book. I would stick more to the books that actually show the animals and provide facts. If you are looking for a cute book and the child is older and understands the animals names and can differentiate from two different animals and placing them together to create a fake word then this would work for you. Before a child can comprehend for example what a Frox is they must understand for sure what the actual animals are first and foremost. 

So, overall my review is positive that the illustrations are adorable and the rhymes are cute and fun to read out loud. The book provides educational material as far as the 26 letters of the alphabet go and also how to write each letter upper and lower case. There’s knowledge to be learned in this cute book. I just want to stress that if reading this to say a toddler make sure they understand that the concept is placing two animals together and not just that this name is a name for the animal so they are misinformed. 

I would recommend checking it out at such a great price! 

Product Review: V8 Energy Fruit and Vegetable Drink #bzzagent #bzzcampaign #v8juice 

***I was given this product at no cost to try and review. This product review is my own opinion and I was not in any way influenced or compensated for this review.***

Energy drinks…most people think of energy drinks and they instantly think of Red Bull, Monster and other beverages guaranteed to keep you energized and on the move for hours. This energy drink variety pack though is a combination of fruits and vegetables that when combined with green tea extract provide a natural pick me up to get you through the day along with providing a full servings worth of fruits and vegetables. 

V8, if you are anything like me you instantly think of the salty red tomato drink that we all saw our grandparents drink as kids. We may or may not use them for our bloody mary’s as adults. I personally though shudder when I think of tomato juice. I am not a fan so when I was asked to review this v8 juice mix I instantly thought well here is a product that I walked into the review expecting to dislike. I was wrong.

The three different varieties of V8 energy are pomegranate blueberry, orange pineapple and peach mango. After sampling each can, I determined that the Orange pineapple was my favorite. The color was a bit intimidating as it looked like blended carrots yet the taste was pleasant with not being too sweet and having just enough tangy taste to it with a orange pineapple accent. I was not so much a fan of the pomegranate blueberry. I would probably not ever buy that can. The taste of it was very tart and made it hard to swallow more then just a sip. I also am not a huge fan of pomegranate and the blueberry was so subtle I barely tasted it. Peach Mango was alright. The peach mango beverage was fruitier than the orange pineapple and had a more fruit juice appearance to it. This would be my second choice out of the three.

I would recommend definitely buying V8 energy if you are looking for a more natural boost in your day without going for the extremely sugary or dangerous drinks we find in stores like Monster and Redbull. V8 at least provides you with fruit and vegetable supplements. Just be careful if you are pregnant, a child or sensitive to energy and caffeine. I would not recommend drinking this product. 

If interested check V8 energy out in your local grocery store. There are more than just the three v8 energy drinks I mentioned and I am definitely curious to try more such as the Strawberry Lemonade and the Cranberry Raspberry. 

Overall a 👍

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Movie Review: Office Christmas Party #christmas #review #officeparty 


Where do I even begin with this movie. I remember in December wanting to go to the theater to watch it and it just never worked out. I am thankful now after spending even my $2.00 on this film. The hours in my life I will never get back. I try to not be harsh and critical of a review but this has to be the worst movie of the year I have seen, if not ever. I urge you to save your money and do not be fooled by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston or Kate Mcginnon’s big names as the cast. The cast could not even save this film. 

If you want to watch the film realistically all one would have to do is go to a Saturday frat party or the local dance club, where even there the antics in this film would most likely be way over the top. This film is about a CEO played by Jennifer Aniston who is uptight who is trying to save the family business by telling her brother that she will be letting 80 of his employees go due to financial reasons. Here is your plot folks. Jason Bateman’s character along with actor T.J. Miller decide to throw an epic Christmas “Office Party” to a potential client who can save all the employees jobs should he accept this office’s pitch. 

The directors who created Blades of Glory and The Switch which were films that I actually enjoyed deliver an empty script with characters with no depth and a plot that is far fetched. As I spent over an hour watching cocaine accidentally get blown on the client to make him high and a prostitute giving hand jobs in the bathroom I simply could only shake my head and wonder what Jennifer Aniston especially was thinking. This was more like a sadly two minute skit you would find on SNL, definitely not film worthy.

Overall, as in most films, the day is saved but I struggled after the first fifteen minutes to keep going. The jokes were stale and the acting poor. There was zero chemistry with the characters and watching for over an hour people guzzle beer, use drugs and act without any common sense just simply is not my thing I guess.  I have seen comedies with these elements but they possessed a good script that simply was lacking here.

Overall I would give this movie a 1 out of 4. If you wish to check it out for yourself make sure to check your local Redbox or Video store. 

Book Review: 20 Ways To Make Every Day Better by Joyce Meyer #faithwords #joycemeyer #review 

***I received this product to facilitate my review. I was not required or compensated to provide a positive review. The opinions expressed are my very own. Disclosed in accordance to FTC regulations.***

Has your week hit a slump? Are you tired and needing a pick me up? Is your caffeine just simply not doing it for you? I highly recommend you pick up the new Joyce Meyer book hitting shelves April 2017!

Joyce Meyers, a number one, New York Times best-selling Author is famous for her inspirational, faith- based books on how to live a simple, encouraging and uplifting life and to try and find it in God. I am not a real religious person but Joyce Meyers books are motivational and teach the reader scriptures while making each relevant to today.

 Every chapter beginning with a motivational quote followed by personal testimonies and mixing scriptures and quotations to road map your way to God in not only prayer but also in your daily lives. If that does not interest you try reading a few chapters and see how Joyce Meyers inspires you with this book to just be a better person. Do not be discouraged by the word God or feel that this is strictly a book for religious readers, anyone looking for any motivation in their lives or hoping to practice setting personal daily goals will find this book very helpful.

 What I personally enjoyed in this particular book was that at the end of each chapter, Joyce provides suggestions on how to implement the chapter previously read into the daily lives of you the reader. The chapter’s text is very easy to read and follow and is featured in larger print for those who may struggle with the finer print. 

Some of the topics touched upon are: Not giving in to dread, Learning something new in life each and every day, Refusing to settle and also to invest in yourself. I recommend this book and I am a huge Joyce Meyer fan and this book does not disappoint.

 I recommend slowing down and reflecting on what you are putting out into the Universe and to ask yourself while reading: Am I Thankful enough? Am I Positive Enough? Do I Worry Too Much? By the end of reading this book you will find that if you follow the devotional and the lessons at each chapters end, you are or will be a better person! 

I do not recommend reading this book completely through in just a single sitting. This book should be focused on chapter by chapter each day so you can take away the important lesson, quote and scriptures that are in each and every chapter and apply them to your daily lives.

 If you find that you enjoy this book, Joyce Meyer offers many other popular best-selling titles that she has written. Look for this title in bookstores soon and do not be afraid to change your life a page at a time! 

Check it out: http://www.faithwords.com

                       www.joycemeyer.org/Salvation 

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