HUSKSWARE LED Lighting Roller Skate Shoes {Review}

Disclosure: I received the following item at a discounted rate. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the company.

My daughter has always loved the idea of shoes having skates on the bottom and she recently fell in love with the LED shoes as well. Combine the two and you get an amazing shoe! Not to mention that blue and pink are her two favorite colors. She really hit the jackpot with these!


They are well made and they fit true to size.  The stitching is well done as I didn’t find any loose stitching.  The colors are bold and stylish. She was really happy with the blue/pink combo.  She also really liked that they offered Velcro straps so that she didn’t have to tie her shoes. She found them to be comfortable and even enjoys wearing them without the front skate inserted.

The skates roll smoothly on a variety of surfaces.  There’s a button on the rear of the shoe that makes the rear skate pop out.  The back skates can be taken out, but there’s also a plastic sliding door that closes to conceal them in the shoe when desired.   The front skates were a little hard to get in and out. However, after a few attempts it has become easier.    When you take the front skates out there’s a plastic piece you cover the hole with so that no debris get in there.  It fits snug so that it doesn’t fall out during wear.

My only complaint as far as the skates go is that the rear sliding door doesn’t secure in place when not using the skates so the door just slides back and forth during use and makes them louder than they need to be.  This seemed to annoy my daughter after some time so she doesn’t wear them as much as she did when she first got them. I like the idea behind the  sliding door, but I wish the rear skates were just like the front ones.

The LED lights are easy to control as there’s an on/off switch at the top inside of the shoe. With a press of a button you light up a room. I was a little disappointed that the lights are not rechargeable. Instead, they are ran off of a non-replaceable battery that is supposed to last approximately 3 months. I think that changing them over to a rechargeable battery would be a huge quality and style improvement.  I also noticed that the pair I received didn’t light up all the way around the base like the ones in the original listing.

Overall,  there are some improvements that need to be made, but it’s a great shoe that your little one will enjoy. I would recommend these to others with the caution of the battery life for the lights and the sliding door not being secured when closed on the rear wheels.

 

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Sous Vide Cooking: An Easy Alternative With Amazing Results + Sous Vide Pork Chops!

I have always had a passion for cooking, but lately I can’t seem to find  the time to really put together a delicious healthy meal.  Luckily, I recently came across sous vide cooking and fell in love! It’s an easy way to prepare delicious, healthy meals without all the fuss!  Sous vide is the perfect cooking style for all of us out there that don’t particularly enjoy like standing over a pan or that lack the time to prepare the meals they really desire.

I recently made Sous Vide pork chops, which were to die for! I love how easy it was and that dinner came together with little effort.  I love that I was able to start them and walk away until just before dinner time.

Preheat a sous vide cooker to the desired final temperature, which will depend on how well done you like your meat. I prefer pork to be well done so I set mine to 160°F and let it cook for about 3-3.5 hours. If you prefer your meat to be medium-well you will want to set it at 150°F for up to 4 hours.  

Season your pork chops ( about 1.5″ thick) and place in a sous vide bag along with any extras you may want to add in for flavor. (I added in salt, pepper, rosemary, shallots, garlic and thyme to mine)  You’ll want to ensure that it’s evenly distributed. Once done, vacuum seal the bag (or use the displacement method) and place in the water bath for the recommended time.

Once it’s cooked, You can sear the edges for a nice finished look. This will add a nice color to your meat as well as a crisp exterior.

Pair it with your favorite sides, such as corn, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. You can even use the drippings from the meat to make a pan sauce to either top the potatoes or the chops.

Don’t limit yourself! You could even add cut potatoes and carrots in with the chops for a delicious meal all in one bag. There’s tons of recipes and tons  of guides out there to help you along your sous vide journey.

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Overcoming Objects to Go The Distance + Creed II Release!

Have you struggled to “go the distance” – whether it was mastering a sport, a school subject, or just overcoming a difficult challenge/time in life?

I know I have- quite a few times at that.  However, the one that sticks out the most is science class!  Learning was always easy for me. I could make an A with no effort at all… in every class except science. Even at an early age science was just never my thing. I wasn’t good at it  and the more I tried the more I failed so I gave up and quit trying.  I’ll never forget how my 11th grade science teacher thought I needed advance placement science since I was sleeping in her class. She was convinced that since I had an A in every class except hers, that I wasn’t being challenged enough. I pleaded and tried to explain to her that I just wasn’t catching on, but my plea fell on deaf ears.

The next semester I found myself sitting in an advance placement science class wondering how I had gotten there – knowing I wasn’t going to make it.  I tried, I truly tried- harder than I ever had. It was frustrating to actually have to put effort in, to actually have to study. However, my efforts had gotten me nowhere because when it was all said and done. I got an F!

I found myself taking night school to make up that grade. This teacher understood my struggle and listened when I said that I really didn’t get it.  He was patient and took the time to help me understand rather than assuming that I wasn’t being challenged enough  by glancing at my other grades. He help me discover a small sliver of hope and I actually enjoyed his class.  I caught on slowly and passed with a low B.

However, that 8 week long night class taught me a lot about myself. I learned not to give up- even when I feel hopeless. I learned to give my all and to speak up for myself. I learned that it was okay to ask for help and to accept it. I learned not to underestimate myself.  I also learned to have patience.

CREED II is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of family.

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Release Date!

On November 21, 2018, the one-two combo of Rocky and Creed, who onscreen inspired us all to “go the distance,” and fight for our dreams returns to the big screen to face their biggest challenge yet – both on and off the ring.

 

Cast:
Michael B. Jordan
Sylvester Stallone
Tessa Thompson
Wood Harris
Russell Hornsby
Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu
Andre Ward
Phylicia Rashad
Dolph Lundgren

 

 

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Are You All Prepared For Parenthood?

Parenthood. It’s quite possibly the biggest time in anyone’s life; you’ve got a child on the way, you’ve got a lot of rules and routines to set out and get yourself into, and you’re never going to be quite the same because of the little human who depends on you. As a parent, you’ve got to be responsible, whilst still being a little bit fun, and that’s one of the hardest balances to create!

 

But don’t worry, people have been doing it for centuries, and you can be just as successful in your own journey. And when there’s so many people willing to give you some tips and tricks out there, you’re going to be receiving support from all angles. Even years down the line you’re probably going to need some more tips on how to handle getting your baby to sleep at night, so don’t worry about making irreversible mistakes. Parenthood is a learning curve, and you’re always going to be finding something new out.

 

So without further ado, here’s some of the questions to ask yourself when it comes to deciding if you feel ready or not. Sure, you may never quite feel ready to raise a child, but you can know you have all of the eventualities covered, and that can be enough.

 

It’s a long road you’re going to have to walk together, and your child’s going to be looking up to you the entire time. (Source)

 

Start with Your Finance

 

The financial side of having a baby is one of the hardest things to account for, seeing as you’re bringing another member into your household and now have to account for their care as well. It’s something a lot of people aren’t able to manage, and it’s usually none of their fault considering the position employers, family members, and the government tends to put new parents in. But if you’re happy your little bundle of joy is on the way, and you know you’ll do anything to make sure they’re happy and healthy too, you’re going to get through this stage just fine!

 

So start saving, straight away, as soon as you know a baby is on the way. It’s going to be much easier to cover any rainy day or unknown costs from the hospital or other services involved in the pregnancy/birthing process when you account for these from the get go. Save as much as you can sock away each month without disrupting leading a healthy life and you’re going to feel much more secure by the time you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet.

 

Considering the questions: Are you going to have to take time off work? If so, for how long can you manage without going under? Can your partner, if you have one, still work or maybe even increase their hours? These are all scary questions to have to tackle, but the sooner you do the better the outcome will be.

 

Then Set Some Boundaries

 

When you have a child, and then you’re out of commission for quite a few months from work and other walks of your life, it’s very easy for someone to feel neglected. Most of all, your employer can feel you’re neglecting your position, and you’re not going to garner a good reputation out of miscommunicating your needs here.

 

Even legal action can be taken against someone who is out of work without the sayso of their boss, so make sure you never let it slip your mind to tell them you’re going to need the time off of work. An unauthorised absence can quickly turn up on your record when there’s no clear communication between your insurance company or medical provider and your employer, so don’t assume they know you’re covered for maternity or paternity leave.

 

Then set some boundaries in your personal life as well. Tell your friends that things are going to have to change if you tend to go out with them every Friday night, and tell your parents you might not be able to make Sunday dinner every week either. You’ve got a baby to take care of at home, and you’ve got yourself to take care of alongside that!

 

You’re more than likely to be exhausted at this point, and your partner will be as well, and that involves staying at home and recuperating. People’s expectations of you can be wild, so they need to understand immediately that your own little family has to come first.

 

Make Sure You Have a Sleep Schedule

 

As a new parent, you’re going to be missing out on a lot of sleep you used to really enjoy. The baby can cry at all hours because it’s hungry, cold, missing you, or simply crying because it’s learnt that’s what gets them some attention! So now’s the time to craft yourself a sleeping structure to make sure you can always be on call and not feel like a zombie the entire time.

 

Of course, you have no idea how a sleep schedule will work out until the baby is actually here, but you can lay yourself down some general rules about how to cope with a bit of sleep deprivation. Look into some of the usual newborn bedtime patterns that parents have noted down along the years and use them to get your plan started. Mostly, make sure naps are in the works and that you or your pattern are sleeping on a cycle (which is a Plan F, if nothing else works first!), and taking turns with taking care of the little one. Midnight and early morning feeds should never depend on just one person!

 

Being prepared for parenthood is going to take a lot, but don’t worry, you’re getting there! If you’ve got a baby on the way, it’s very easy to feel like you can’t cope with what’s coming, but you’re never going to know that until you try! And hey, you’re a parent now, and they can take on the world.

 

Protecting The Work-At-Home Type From Health Risks

The impact of a sudden health risk should be taken lightly. Those in a good job under an employer that cares will have all kinds of perks to protect them in the event that something goes wrong. But what about those that work at home? You have to understand the risks, as well as the measures you can take to battle against them as best as possible.

 

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Be prepared

The first thing you have to do is acknowledge the risks and be aware of the kind of implications that accidents and illnesses can have. Having an emergency fund set aside can help you stay afloat to some degree when coping with medical costs or when a sudden injury or illness puts you out of work. You can also invest in income protection insurance that can act like an emergency fund, but you should be aware of the limitations of these policies and study your choices carefully so that you can’t be disqualified over certain kinds of common injuries or reasons to claim.

Cut those costs

If the worst does happen, you need to pull the lever that puts you and your finances into emergency mode. Even if you do have insurance, an emergency fund, or you benefit from some of the other tips we share, being unable to work due to health reasons can be a highly unpredictable period of your life. Lower your costs across the board, including your medical and hospital bill costs. Try to keep as much as you have saved or will receive from insurance as possible. You don’t know how long you will have to rely on it for.

 

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Stand up for yourself

If someone with an employer gets injured at work, they get worker’s compensation. But what about you? If you get injured and it’s someone else’s fault, you have to consider whether it’s in your best interests to make a claim. This doesn’t only apply to accidents, either. Look at the additional facts that show how common and how damaging medical malpractice can be, as well. If you are wronged and it leads to medical expenses, assigning responsibility can ensure that you’re not forced to bear the brunt of costs that you shouldn’t have to.

Invest in preventive

There are also long-term costs to worry about. Chronic health issues can be just as expensive as any major accident, over time. The best way to cut those costs is to invest in preventive care early. It won’t eliminate your chances, but it will reduce to a great degree, provided you follow your doctor’s advice well. Preventive health insurance costs can be much lower than having to make a claim on your regular insurance, too, for that matter.

Health is one of the greatest determining factors of financial security. If you’re unable to deal with health risks well, you are almost certain to have your finances heavily impacted by the bills they can bring. Hopefully, the tips above help you find that sense of preparation.

 

Falling for You by Becky Wade {Book Review}

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Synopsis

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

My Thoughts!

Wade made my top author  list a while back and continues to amaze me with each of her reads. She has a magical way with her words and storylines that draw readers in to the edge of their seats until the very end.  This read was no different. I quickly found myself entangled in the read with time passing by faster than I had intended.  The characters are relatable- the kind you know you could totally be friends with in real life. The story offered a steady pace that kept my attention throughout the entire read. I loved this read and can’t wait to discover more from Wade.

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Can You Handle These Investments?

If you don’t feel as though you can handle an investment, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. However, it’s the danger and the challenge that people seem to find attractive about certain investment ideas. But what you have to remember is that you’re going into the investment risking it all. If the money you spend is lost, there’s no getting it back. Think of it like gambling. You’re either going to come out on top, and you are going to win, or you’re going to lose it all, and you’re going to hate yourself for it. But at the end of the day, there’s no telling when this could happen. Even the investments that you feel as though are perfect for you, and you’re 100% sure you’re going to make a return on them, they sometimes fall through. So, before you start all of this, we just want you to make sure you have money to throw away. When you’re sure you are, see if you can handle these exciting investment opportunities.

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Property

 

Property is one of the coolest investment ideas, because it’s just so easy to do. You can make a hell of a lot of money from it, and that’s what thousands of people in your home country are doing right now. Get it right, and you’re guaranteed to make so much money from it. People tend to start out with one small investment, and then end up taking on the world with a little property investment business. That’s one of the things we want to warn you about. Things can quickly spiral out of control with this investment, whether that’s good or bad to you. One minute you could be making nothing, and the next minute you could have your money invested in multiple different properties, which can be rather hard to manage. However, if you want to keep things simple and easy, then we recommend buying property abroad. The process of actually buying might be a little harder than you first thought, but after that the whole process becomes really easy. All you need to do is start advertising the property to rent out, and wait for the people to come to you. If you follow this link, https://www.rumah.com/tanah/dijual, you’ll find plenty of properties for sale that might take your fancy. If having something abroad seems like too much hassle for you, then there are things you can do in your own country that might tickle your fancy. For example, there’s always the option of getting into property flipping. You buy a property that needs a little, or sometimes a lot, of work doing to it. You do the work. Then you resell the property in the hope of making a profit. This idea is more suited to those that enjoy the creative side of things. Plus, if you do this right, then there’s definitely a lot of fast cash to be made. An investment into a holiday home overseas is usually a slower building investment.

 

Cryptocurrency

 

This is going to be up for debate for a long time. The thought of whether cryptocurrency is a good investment is one that is spoke about on a daily basis. Some people believe it is a dead end, with online platforms just trying to drain as much money from you until you finally give up. However, that truly isn’t the case. Although cryptocurrency can’t be used in the real world, it still has such a high internet value. Trading cryptocurrency is becoming a firm favourite amongst investors, but you have to make sure you’re doing it right. It’s all about selling it at the right time, and making sure that you’re buying it at a low rate to try and make the most money. That’s why most people complain that it’s too much hassle to invest in. You literally have to be watching your performance constantly. If you take a day off, you could miss some important investment opportunities. There’s also the factor that changing the cryptocurrency back into usable money is hard, but make no mistake, it is doable. You just have to make sure you can find a trusted source who will do it for you.

 

Peer To Peer

 

Peer to peer lending does not come without its risks. P2P is lending your money to small companies or individuals who are looking for an investment. This could be to start a business or something similar. So, you’re going to give a complete stranger your money, creating a deal that once they make the money they need to make, you’ll get back the money you invested, as well as a cut extra. The risk obviously being that you never know whether the person or people you have invested your money into will give it back. That’s why it’s best to have a legal contract drawn up, or you might not get everything back that you were hoping for. There’s also the risk that they just won’t be successful enough to even pay back your investment money, let alone anything on top that you might have agreed. However, if it does go your way, and the people who you invest money in do rocket to success, then you venture is going to work out so well. A lot of people agree to give you a high percentage of money back as they’re desperate for the initial investment. A word that they can’t go back on, meaning you’re going to come up on top!

 

Simply Saving

 

You probably won’t be able to handle this investment idea. Why you ask? Well, think about how hard it is to save. With so much temptation going on around us, it’s just so hard to build up a savings fund. That’s why you might not like this idea. However, if you invest your money into a banks saving fund, you know your money is going to be safe, and you know you’re going to slowly make money from it. Don’t get us wrong, it’ll be next to nothing compared to what you could make from a property investment for example, but at least you know you’re making some money!

 

 

 

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Synopsis

It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

My Thoughts!

This was my first read from Bradley and the 3rd book in the Memphis Cold Case series. It’s well written and easy to follow. I loved that I didn’t feel lost or as if I was missing a ton of back story since I hadn’t read the previous two books beforehand. I love Elvis so I was eager to jump into this read. I love the mystery and suspense. I was entwined  in this read in no time at all. It offered a steady pace and tons of twists and turns. I love Rachel. She’s strong willed, determined, and a force to be reckoned with.  There’s even a little romance tossed in there too! This book definitely offers the best of both worlds and you will not be disappointed!

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A Rebel Heart By Beth White {Book Review}

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Synopsis

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land.

Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he’ll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to “supervise” while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.

My Thoughts!

This was my first read from Beth White and is the first read in the Daughtry  House series. I love starting series from book 1 because I don’t miss a single moment of the story. White has a wonderful writing style that brings readers to the edge of their seats. It started slowly, But I quickly became entwined in the story as the pace picked up and the characters bloomed. The characters are well developed and relatable. I love that the love story sprouted over time and lingers. It offers ahonest slice of history as well that really makes this story stand out. Readers will not be disappointed!

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When Hope Begins By Catherine West {Book Reviews}

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Synopsis

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

My Thoughts!

Grab a box of tissues because this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. West did an amazing job at engaging readers and bring the story to life. The characters are captivating, well developed, and relatable. The story offers a steady pace and  makes it so hard to put this book down. I was drawn in from the very start and got lost in a whole new world as I flipped through the pages. I cried, I cheered, and I cried like a baby again.  I could feel Savannah’s pain and her healing journey. This read was moving and memorable. I highly recommend it!

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