Friday, August 14, 2009

Review ~ Off! Clip On

Off is always coming out with a new & improved way of preventing mosquito bites. There newest product is the Off! Clip-On.

Within minutes, OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent provides personal protection from mosquitoes.

The thing I liked the best about the new clip-on Off! is that it has a No Skin Application. Unlike ordinary personal repellents, OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent provides mosquito protection without putting anything on your skin. You just clip on the refillable unit. It is a Fan Powered unit.
The quiet, battery-powered fan circulates repellent all around you. Batteries are included.

Plus it is Odorless, they use a repellent that has an active ingredient with no scent.

Each refill provides up to 12 hours of head-to-toe protection. One refill is included with the unit. OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent refills are sold separately and contain 2 repellent disks (for a total of 24 hours of mosquito protection).

Easy to Use - Clip it on or set it next to you
When clipped to your clothing or just laid on a flat surface nearby, this compact device provides head-to-toe protection.

I think this is a great option if you are uncomfortable having the chemicals touch your skin. We have mosquitoes by your house & it did seem to work. Since it is a fan blowing the active ingredient, if you are moving around a lot it might not work the best for you. If you are outside working in a garden or sitting at a bon fire it is great! I had a good experience with my clip-on.

This review was done for the Family Review Network. I was sent one OFF!® Clip-On™
to test out. I was not compensated in any way.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

How to Create a Great Work Area for Inspiration

Today we have a guest post from the fabulous author Sheryl Keen. Her first book is Journal According To John.

Different people find different sources of inspiration. The same might be true for writers but the one thing that is true for all scribes is we all love great books. What better way to create a great work area that inspires us than to surround ourselves with some of our favorite books? When we are lost for words or need that extra push we can simply turn our heads, look on our book shelves and aspire to greatness.

While writers can be inspired by words, there are other creative works that can give us motivation. I am inspired by abstract pieces of art work. There is just something about color, shape, shades, tone and the story that is going on with paint that stimulates my thoughts and assists me to write my own story. Maybe all writers should get pieces of art works that make them think and help them to find form out of the intangible swirl that can be an author’s head.

But for something more tangible, writers who have won any awards or received a special letter, can frame them and placed them on their walls. In the times when writers are not feeling so motivated, the awards can be a reminder of past achievements and future possibilities. The awards on the wall can also remind us of the work that we have put in before and prompt us to see that we have to write to become inspired and not visa versa.

Personally, I like complete silence when I am writing but I know that other writers like a little music in the background. Whatever works! I can understand how a little Beethoven or Bach as the backdrop to a masterpiece can work. These musicians were masters themselves who made inspiring music. Music has that power to touch us and to make us reach for things far greater than ourselves. Ambiance is important to any occasion and writing is no different.

One of the things that give a room personality is the color of the walls. Some of us are conservative and others are a little more liberal. For those who are more of the latter, a color other than white or off white might be very stimulating. A nice earth tone can serve as a centre and a reconnecting force in the pursuits of writing the best piece of work that we possibly can.

In the end, we need to be comfortable when writing. An inspirational work area should have a comfortable chair, a sturdy, spacious desk and of course an up to date computer. Perhaps these are the most important things because nothing robs us of motivation and distract us from the job of writing than being ill equipped. Writers write and we need only some basic tools to get this done. Everything else is accessories. So in the final analysis, and with all the trimmings, maybe inspiration really comes down to simple things.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Review ~ Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl & April Henry

When I signed up to review books with Thomas Nelson to review books, I quickly chose Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel) by Lis Weihl to read.

Written by FOX News correspondent Lis Wiehl and veteran mystery novelist April Henry, Face of Betrayal is the story of three fiercely smart and devoted justice-seeking women who investigate the disappearance of a Senate page connected to a philandering politician.

While home on Christmas holiday, a 17-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The media firestorm that ensues quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedge… who just happen to be Cassidy’s best friends. It appears the young page was romantically involved with a senator–a senator now under suspicion for her disappearance.

As time begins to run out for the missing girl, Allison, Cassidy and Nicole fight to locate her before it’s too late, even while each fights her own personal battles–a stalker, single motherhood and an abusive relationship.

I have noticed that I prefer mystery/suspense books, and I also tend to prefer women authors. No real reason, I guess I just relate better. Face of Betrayal didn't disappoint at all, despite Wiehl working for Fox News, lol.

The story reminded me a bit of Patterson's Womens Murder Club. The three friends that work on solving disappearance call themselves triple threat. I really enjoyed the character development and plot of Face of Betrayal. It was a fast paced, page turner that kept me guessing. I can't wait to read the second book in the series!

Do you want this year to be an Epic Summer?

Aerial view of the Colorado Rocky MountainsImage via Wikipedia

When planning your family summer vacation, do you find your self stressed out? Do you find it hard to find something that you, your spouse AND your kids will all enjoy? When thinking about summer getaways, it often seems impossible to find a destination that offers adventures and activities to thrill each member of our families.

Vail Resorts has come up with an ingenious solution, drawing on the majestic national parks and forests of the West to transform their village at Keystone Mountain into a family base from which daily adventure trips take place. Set in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the Epic Summer Family Adventure offers families an action-packed getaway with four or seven-day itineraries.

Each day your family has an exciting fun-packed day ahead, from hiking up cool mountain trails, going white water rafting, zip lining, trail horseback riding, exploring National Parks, and adventure biking to attending a real cowboy campfire dinner under the stars. Best yet, all of the details have been taken care of for you, from transportation to guides to picnic lunches, adding up to the ultimate outdoor family experience.

The package, which includes taxes and resort fees, costs $1,195 per adult and $895 per kid – a savings of almost 40 percent (for the 7 day package)! What you get is nothing short of astounding. Spend six nights at either the Keystone or Breckenridge resort areas, and take advantage of an array of outdoor activities.

Rafting on the Arkansas River.Image via Wikipedia

The "Epic Summer" deal includes ground transportation and all meals, along with resort access and related activities. At a savings of around $2,600, you'll also get the added thrill of feeling like you're stealing from the resort. Don't underestimate the thrill of the illicit!

With everything from meals to outdoor trips covered, all you have to do is show up (with clothes of course, lol). Plus, the all-inclusive pricing proves surprisingly affordable. What better way to create lifelong memories than a vacation where the only thing you have to think about is how much fun you're having.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog and giveaway campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Epic Summer and Vail Resorts. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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