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Product Review :: What’s Your Favorite Color?

Product Review :: What’s Your Favorite Color?




 

I saw a funny thing on Facebook earlier today from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons asking, “What’s your favorite color?”

Answer?

myfavorite-color-is-christmas-lights

 

Please note, I received all of these products at a discount in exchange for evaluation and a review on my blog or in social media.

The first five years or so we lived in this house, our outside decorations were the best decorations around. We have a larger home and every line of the roof had dangling lights and there was a blow-up Santa in a sleigh on top of the roof! There were multiple other decorations and ornaments in the yard too. We would have people driving through our neighborhood from Thanksgiving until after the New Year to look at what we had managed to do.

Then I got sick and there were not as many decorations, but still our home looked lovely with the little we could do. The last 5 years or so we have done very little, a few years there were no decorations at all. I felt like we let our neighbors and all the kiddos down but we just couldn’t manage it between my health and my husband’s declining health. 

This year I had a plan. I ordered 4 items; 2 laser lights, one set of curtain lights, and one set of mesh lights. My plan was to accomplish an elegant transformation in much less time than it took to write this blog post, hopefully in less than an hour or so.

What do you think? There were 3 of us to work on this, my husband, my sister, and myself. Granted, we are three disabled adults, but I had a great transformation in mind and my goal was to show you just how easy it can be to decorate the outside of your home.

starry-laser-lights-projection-christmas-lights-moving-laser-fda-approved-star-projector-landscape-lights-with-wireless-remote-green-blueStarry Laser Lights Projection Christmas Lights Moving
Laser FDA Approved Star Projector Landscape Lights
with Wireless Remote (Green & Blue)

 

 

laser-christmas-lights-landscape-projector-outdoor-waterproof-lights-laser-lamp-outdoor-garden-yard-wall-family-gathering-decoration-green-and-blueLaser Christmas Lights, Landscape Projector Lights Outdoor
Waterproof  laser lights Laser Lamp for Outdoor
Garden/Yard/Wall Family Gathering Party
KTV Wedding Night Club Decoration (Green and Blue)

 

 

ActionFly Multi-Color Outdoor RGB 96 LED Mesh Fairy string Lights Twinkle Lighting With US Plug for Wedding Christmas Xmas Thanksgiving Party Events Home Roof Decor Tree-wrap (Blue)Nofonda 300led Window Curtain Icicle Lights
String Fairy Light Wedding Party
Home Garden Decorations 3m*3m (Cold White)

 

 

 

 

nofanda-curtain-lightsActionFly Multi-Color Outdoor RGB 96 LED
Mesh Fairy string Lights Twinkle Lighting With US Plug
for Wedding Christmas Xmas Thanksgiving
Party Events Home Roof Decor Tree-wrap (Blue)

 

 

 

Well to find out, you will have to check back next week…..  I can’t wait to show you the After pictures. Here is the Before picture, taken earlier this week. 

 Our house

#LaserChristmasLight


 



This morning I woke up terrified…

This morning I woke up terrified…

This morning just after 5 a.m. I woke to the sound of bells ringing. It seemed like every bell in town was ringing and immediately my mind flew to the thought that there must be some disaster happening and they must be trying to warn us. Was it 911 happening all over again???

I quickly woke my husband but he just said he didn’t know and rolled over, exhausted, his mind couldn’t even understand what I was saying. The bells continued to ring and I opened the window to see if all the neighbors were up, wondering if we should we prepare for the worst? I was really panicking. 

I turned on my tablet and pulled up cnn.com but only saw more complaining about the election so there must not be a world crisis going on but why were the bells ringing? I belong to a few local Facebook groups that talk about news around town and so quickly went to one of those groups and found my answer.

veterans-day-collageThe bells were not ringing because the world was imploding, the bells were ringing to signify PEACE and to thank our Veteran’s for their service. Imagine my real relief.


Veteran’s Day

Can you imagine what it must have been like when WWI or WWII ended and the bells were ringing here in the US and in so many countries in Europe and in the home countries of other allies? Can you imagine the joy and elation they felt?

I would not mind waking up every morning to the sound of bells, reminding me that we have a lot to be thankful for and that peace is possible. I never again want to wake up to anything like the news of 911.

This morning I woke up terrified…. and my fear turned to gratitude and thankfulness to our Veterans, and the Veterans that are our allies, for protecting our country and our way of life. Whatever your politics are, surely you can acknowledge the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.

Many of us are sadly at the age where our grandparents are no longer with us to tell us about what it was like to live through the Great Depression and then WWII, much less WWI. Not many Vietnam Veterans are vocal about their experiences so a great deal of history is being lost. I love history myself and combined with reading, I have a great hobby. I have put together some lists of books if you would like to find out more about these periods of time and what went on for the common man, not from the standpoint of generals or politicians.  If we forget the past, we are at risk of reliving it.

But let’s not forget our new generations of Veterans either. We have millions of people now that are Veterans of the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I am probably missing some group so someone will be kind enough to correct me and I can add them. 

aaron and griff

My oldest son is my own personal hero, a Veteran of Iraq. I am unbelievably proud of him and the man he has become. He not only volunteered for the Army at the age of 16 (that’s a story for another time) but now works in the Veteran’s Affairs office at a college and is an advocate for Veterans at the state level.

Here is a picture of my son Aaron and his son when he came back from Iraq, one of the happiest moments of my life! 

 

 

I hope everyone today is thankful in their hearts for what these men and women have accomplished and preserved for us and to remember that Freedom isn’t Free. Thank you to the men and women just like us who have gone and given something of themselves that not all of us would or could. Thank you also to their families at home for everything that they have also had to sacrifice. 

America's Veterans Honor All

 


Free Kindle books to learn more about the history of Veterans who have fought for us. Please double check the prices before you order, they can change at any time on Amazon. 

Kindle books with good reviews, check at your local library for copies before spending money on them. These are not affiliate links, just links to books I think you might find informative.

For Children

Fiction Series

  • World War I (5 Book Series) by Anne PerryThis series begins on the eve of WWI in England and follows the Reavley family throughout the war. They uncover a conspiracy that could have prevented the war and as the story progresses, they try and track down the Peacemaker, the code name of the person behind the conspiracies to drastically change the war as it continues, leaving the world a completely changed place than what our troops are fighting for. The  conspiracy plot is interesting with many twists to keep you interested. I also found it just as  fascinating to read about what it was like not only for the people left on the homefront but particularly, learning about what life was really like at the front. 

The plot is constantly questioning war and sacrifice and the author reminds us “that love and hate, cowardice and courage, good and evil are always a part of life, in our own time as well as on the eve of the greatest war the world has ever known.” 

Those concepts are as true then as they are now and I enjoyed each novel, though some were hard to follow with the twists of plot and espionage involved. I was constantly researching the battles and real events as they took place in the books and think that anyone who loves history will certainly love these books. As always, there is a bit of romance thrown in also. 

No Graves As Yet

Shoulder the Sky

Angels in the Gloom

At Some Disputed Barricade

We Shall Not Sleep

Unfortunately, there is so much controversy surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is difficult to recommend any book without offending someone unintentionally. I wish I did know of some good books to share with you about those wars and the lives of our brave soldiers who fought in them. If you know of any, please let me know. 

freedom isn't free


 Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


 

Just for you! Thanks, Relaxation and a Contest

Just for you! Thanks, Relaxation and a Contest


Life isn’t all about Reviews….

Did you know that coloring is the new meditation?  I hope you all come and check out what I have set up! Anyone out gel pens in cupthere like Coloring Books for Adults?  I have compiled a whole page of links to countless collections and some free Kindle downloads with instructions on how to print them.  I am also starting a Contest with some fantastic prizes that include 3 sets of 60 gel pens, 2 copies of a newly released coloring book along with three other coloring books for adults.

 

 

 

You have 2 ways to enter. You can do a quiz that I know square w'syou know all of the answers to or you can enter the coloring contest. 

I am not exaggerating when I say there are countless printable sheets for you along with all of the downloads! I was amazed at everything that I was able to find.  I want you to be able to relax and enjoy yourself, you all deserve it!

Brought to you by CulaLuva, Donna Hull and my own personal Valentine, Mr. White.

Remember, life is about the journey you are one and the
treasures you find along the way!serendipity signature teal



 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


2016 New Year Words
Well after a short break off while I was migrating my site to my own domain from WordPress, I am finally up and running again.  I have a ton of new things to share about Product Reviewing and I thought I would come out of my self-imposed prison of over 8 years and start really interacting with the world again.  I plan to share more about myself including things like adopting one of our grandchildren, my health struggles, interests such as aromatherapy, DIY, recipes and many things to inspire us all.

Thank you all for following me.  Your support has meant more than you know.  It has actually given me the courage I needed to face up to my illness and realize how cut off I am, and I am the main one to blame.  But more of that later, for now, HAPPY NEW YEAR!



HNY boat



 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving


I hope your Thanksgiving is full of joyous moments
that turn into beautiful memories.

Happy-Thanksgiving



I would like to thank every one of the over 300 people who have so graciously come to look at my new blog and subscribe. I have many new things planned for the blog in the coming weeks, most importantly I have decided to share a little more about myself.

As I have dived into the Reviewing community, it has felt so good to connect to people again.  That is something I have really missed in the years since I have no longer been able to work.  As it became more and more necessary to spend my time in bed, I cut myself off from the friends and colleagues I did have, trying to deal with the grief I still continue to feel over losing my independence.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more about that and my current health, but more importantly, sharing the jewels of inspiration I have been finding as I rediscover my life. 

Please keep checking back, I never expected to have so many new friends and followers not even a month after I started, and am looking forward to sharing this journey called life.  

Coming Soon :: Inspiration, Family Dynamics, Aspergers Syndrome, Adoption, Grandfamilies, Friendship, Essential Oils, Recipes, DIY,
Health (Dysautonomia, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Hypoxia, CFS/ME)
and more about my favorite new activity Product Reviews!