Saturday, March 29, 2014

CHOP Split Easy Pill Cutter, by Sabi

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

CHOP: Created by Sabi




Twitter: @Sabi_brand

Do you have trouble swallowing large pills? I do. Technically, I can't swallow pills of any size. I have to break them all down into tiny pieces or I fear I will choke and die. I know, it is ridiculous, but it is how I feel.

Well, along comes the CHOP pill cutter. I knew they had pill cutters out there but never thought to use one. I figured I would just keep putting the pill in my mouth and crushing it between my teeth. Yes, it does leave an awful taste in my mouth, but in order to get it down, that is what I do.

The CHOP pill cutter is great. It isn't hard to use at all. You just put the pill in and push down on it. You don't even have to push hard to break the pill in half. It breaks it into two perfect halves that make it easy to take down. To be perfectly honest, it would have been nice to have had this when I was pregnant. Yes, teeth crushed those pills also.

 The size of the cutter is perfect. It is nice and small. You can easily fit it into your purse or pocket. And like I said before, it doesn't take a lot of pressure  to use it. The simplicity of it makes it worth getting. I really like it and think that anyone who has a young child that needs to swallow a pill or if you are like me and need help getting it down, the CHOP cutter would be very beneficial.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

When I Grow Up I Want To Be... a Firefighter, by Wigu Publishing

Age Group: 6 and up

Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be...

Paperback: 60 pages

Publisher: Wigu Publishing (February 22, 2014)

Language: English


I am extremely excited about writing this review. When I told my daughter that I was receiving another When I Grow Up I Want To Be... book, she got really excited. She said, "Yeah, now I can decide what to be when I get older from reading these books." Then she proceeded to list all the different jobs that are out there. How exciting for a parent to hear their child joyously speak about different positions they can possibly hold. That is the great thing about this series, it will spark something in your child that will put a smile on your face.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be... a Firefighter is just as amazing as the other books in this series. This story is about a boy named Will who had the field trip of his dreams. When he first heard his class was going to visit a firehouse he grew very afraid. One of his biggest fears was of fire. How could he possibly enjoy this trip? Unbeknownst to him, he wound up learning a lot about firefighting, as did I while reading the book.

Just like the other books, this one has the cartoon character kids placed in real life pictorial scenes. It also has pictures of firefighters in action along with informational pages. I have to say, two informational pages that I think are the most amazing are the one that actually shows and labels a fire station and the one that shows and labels a firefighter's gear. Now, if you have a child that wants to be a firefighter or loves fire trucks, they are going to love the pages that not only show the different kinds of fire trucks, but also tells you what they are called. Another learning lesson for me. Most importantly are the pages that contain the home fire safety checklist and the one that shows you how to create your own home fire escape plan. It was written in such simplistic terms that my child was able to go around our house by herself and utilize these two important pages.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be... a Firefighter has given my daughter a better understanding of what it takes to be a firefighter. It not only shows her the "fun" part of the job, but also the seriousness of it also. I highly recommend not only this book, but this series for any parent who has a child learning about different jobs, active imagination, or one who just likes to learn.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pirate Treasure: Traveling Trunk Adventure, by Benjamin Flinders

Title: Pirate Treasure

Series: Traveling Trunk Adventure (Book 1)

Publisher: Flinders Press (September 1, 2010)

Pages: 111

Age Range: 7 - 9 years

Grade Level: 2 - 4

Language: English

When you were a young child, did you have a strong imagination? I know I did. Or possibly you have a child that has one. One thing a lot of young children imagine is being a pirate. That is what two young boys in the book, Pirate Treasure: Traveling Trunk Adventure, by Benjamin Flinders get to experience in this amazing story.

Ethan and Dallin are two young brothers who share a room. They enjoy imagination and playing together. This is the reason why their parents got them bunk beds that look like branches growing out of a tree. And when Ethan, the older brother, would get out of bed (the top bunk) he would swing from a rope to get down. How cool would that be? I know my daughter would love that.

The journey in this book begins when Ethan and Dallin's father comes home from a business trip and brings them a treasure chest to put in their bedroom. When their younger sister knocks on the door to play, the decide to hide in the chest so she cannot find them. While in the chest, they hear funny noises that shouldn't come from a bedroom. Upon opening the chest, they realize they are no longer in their room, but on a ship, a pirate ship at that.

At first, the pirates don't take too kindly to Ethan and Dallin. First for being stowaways on the ship and secondly, for having a "magic" watch. They are told that they have to walk the plank because of this. Luckily, they talk their way out of it and get thrown in "jail" instead.

After going through different adventures on the ship, they wind up on shore with the captain at his house. They find out the treasure chest can take them to different places and times, but only when adults aren't around. Once they make it home, they realize this was the best gift their father has ever given them.

Pirates Treasure is the first book in the Traveling Trunk Series. The other books: The Lost City of Atlantis, Excalibur and California Gold Rush. At the end of each book, there is some sort of learning tool. At the back of Pirate Treasure is Dallin's Pirate Dictionary. The pages cover different pirate terms that you find in the book.

I think Pirate Treasure is a really cute book and if you have a child that likes adventures, this is a book for them to add to their shelf.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Plain Proposal, by Beth Wiseman

Paperback: 296 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: March 29, 2011

Language: English

This story, Plain Proposal, is about a young Amish girl who is going through some changes in her life to see where she really truly wants to be. Miriam is on her rumschpringe and is really enjoying it. The one thing she hasn't done is left her small little community. She loves it there and doesn't plan on leaving. One thing she does know for sure is that her heart belongs to a young Amish boy named, Saul. She has liked Saul for many many years. Even though he is shy and hardly ever speaks to her, she knows that he is the one for her. He is also known as the community "bad boy", but she doesn't let that faze her. Nor does she believe all the rumors going around about him saying he is not going to be baptized and will be leaving the community.

Saul has issues of his own that Miriam doesn't know about. He happens to care for her also, but tries to veer from her so that leaving will be easier for him. On top of that, his father has become an alcoholic, since his sister and mother were killed. He also is caught up with having to help or practically raise his two younger brothers. The one silver lining for him is that he has been offered a job in another city as an apprentice chef. Cooking is something he enjoys a lot and that job would be a dream come true.

Shelby is Miriam's cousin and is an English person (someone who isn't Amish) and has been sent to stay with Miriam and her family for a while. Shelby's parent's divorce has been hard on her and the fact that her boyfriend broke up with her left her getting into all sorts of trouble. What better place for one to go and stay and get one's life situated, an Amish community. At first she doesn't seem to like it much, but then realizes that there is a family unity that they have that she has been missing with hers. She also starts to enjoy the company of one of Saul's friends. Unfortunately, Shelby gets blamed by Miriam's mother for her daughter's new behavior. And for a slight minute, she thinks that maybe this place isn't for her.

Once Miriam and Saul realize that they do honestly care for each other and nothing can or will stand in their way. They do whatever possible to make it happen. Of course, once their parents are on board, they also help them out.

I really enjoyed reading Plain Proposal. Beth Wiseman does a really good job of writing and getting the reader involved in the story. At the beginning of the book, she has a list of Amish words and their English meanings and at the end of the book are a couple of Amish recipes. One could really immerse themselves in the Amish culture while reading the story. If you love Amish stories, I recommend this one for your bookshelf.

This book was given to me for my honest review.