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The Math Lovin’ Momma Reads: Project Emergence

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 Project Emergence

Written by Jamie Zakian


Recently I was asked to read and review a new YA Science Fiction novel. This book was just released this week so what better time to tell you what I think!
Before I do that, however, why I don’t I tell you a little about the book and its author. You know peek your interest and then I’ll tell you if it’s worth your time! (Spoiler alert… it is.) 

Project Emergence

An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky.

But the truth is far more terrifying.

Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.

After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down.

With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.

But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, ​and ​even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.

About the Author

Jamie Zakian
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen.

Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.

 

My Thoughts on Project Emergence

I’ll just be honest, I went into my reading with pretty low expectations. I mean end-of-the-world stories seem to be a dime a dozen these days. 

Then I started reading.

I read Project Emergence in two days. (More than two sittings because I have a toddler and a full time job…) I could barely put it down. I was hooked and wanted to know more from page one. Some books start off so slow, you try to give them the benefit of the doubt because you know they have to do some back story and introduce the characters but Zakian does it with pizzazz!

Not only was the story fast paced and fun, with a few emotional moments mixed in for good measure, the characters seemed well developed to me. I’m not a literary expert by any means, but I wasn’t bored. I connected with the characters. I liked some, but not all. There was just enough back story to keep the present interesting but leave you wanting to know more about the past. 

There is a little bit of romance, but no more than you’d expect in a YA novel. Some flirting, an innocent kiss or two, and teenage angst overthinking every little action. Just the right balance. The romance doesn’t over take the story… ever.

Another plus for the story was that it kept me guessing. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next another branch of the plot popped up and knocked me back into uncertainty. 

Now, I’m a nerd. I love science fiction and fantasy but this story didn’t have too much of either. Obviously due to the space travel and science-y stuff it fits into the science fiction category but I think any lover of good fiction would enjoy this, even if sci-fi isn’t their thing.


Don’t stop yet! There’s a surprise if you keep reading!


If you want to hear more reviews for the book or check out some excerpts be sure to hop over to the other blogs in the book tour. Be sure to check the date, they’re not all published yet!

Project Emergence Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

3/13/2017- Reading for the Stars and Moon– Guest Post
3/13/2017- Kaelan Rhywiol– Review

3/14/2017- Month9Books– Excerpt
3/14/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

3/15/2017- Kaitlin Gillespie– Review
3/15/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Interview

3/16/2017- The Math Lovin’ Momma– Review
3/16/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

3/17/2017- Fix Gal– Review
3/17/2017- Book Review Becca– Spotlight



Week 2:

3/20/2017- Jennifer Eaton– Guest Post
3/20/2017- So Few Books– Interview

3/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review
3/21/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews– Excerpt

3/22/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review
3/22/2017- Wishful Endings– Guest Post

3/23/2017- Hall Ways Blog Excerpt


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Children’s Book Review: Nurtured and Nuzzled

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The Math Lovin Momma Reviews: Nurtured and Nuzzled

Recently I got the chance to read and review “Nurtured and Nuzzled by Mike Speiser. This is an adorable book intended for children from newborn to age five. (Of course, you don’t have to stop reading it when your child turns 6, but it is definitely written for a young audience.)

Nurtured and Nuzzled” is written in English and Spanish. So it’s a great way to introduce your child to another language and maybe even become a little more bilingual yourself! 

The illustrations are bright and cheery with just the right amount of detail to keep the interest of a small child. Dragonling loves to point out the animals on each page, with special attention given to the babies, of course. She especially enjoys the page with the mother breastfeeding the baby, that page gets some extra “Baby? Momma? Baby. Momma.” when we read.

"Babies are breastfed"

Although this is not a board book, the pages are thick and durable so they stand up to the rough handling of a toddler, which, at least in this house, is a very good quality to have. We are hard on books. They get read over and over, Dragonling drags them around the house to various locations to find the best “reading” light. Cats sit on them. Occasionally they get shoved under the couch or the TV stand. Covers and pages bent. This book has held up and, so far, seems to show little wear and tear. 

Nurtured and Nuzzled” can be purchased from Platypus Media or from Amazon for $9.95.

Want your own copy? Click here to buy on Amazon now!

I received this book complimentary in exchange for my honest review. I only review items that I would consider purchasing for myself or my family.

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My Body Utopia Product Review + Giveaway

I received these products complimentary or at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review. The views expressed here are honest and entirely my own.
I only review products I would consider purchasing for myself or my family.

My Body Utopia Shop Spotlight & Review + Giveaway

My Thoughts:

First of all, this review for My Body Utopia has been a long time coming, so long in fact that the packaging on the product that I received has been updated as you can see in the above picture. Don’t worry pictures of my actual product will be seen below! 

Sparkling Meadows Natural Deodorant:

This was my first time trying an all natural deodorant and, I must say, I was skeptical at first. I had been using the same deodorant for so long and I knew that it worked so why rock the boat! I am so glad I tried this product!

The deodorant I was using did work but I didn’t realize how poorly it had been working until I tried My Body Utopia’s natural deodorant. Not only did it smell better, it lasted long and kept my underarms dry longer too. (All important characteristics of any deodorant, in my opinion.)

The one thing that I didn’t like at first was the texture. It seemed like it was too soft compared to the deodorants I knew. However, after I had been using it for a while the texture became less of an issue.  

Another thing I like is that it seems to last a little longer than the tube I bought at the store and when you consider the benefits of all natural the difference in price is no big deal!

Deoderant

Product Details:

All of My Body Utopia’s natural deodorants are hand made. The Sparkling Meadows scent that I reviewed is made with coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E, beeswax, arrowroot powder, baking soda, bentonite clay, and floral fragrance. Currently, you can purchase a regular size 2.5 oz. tube ($8.50) or a 0.625 oz. trial size tube ($3.25) in whichever scent you choose.

Currently available aluminum free scents include: Fresh Cotton, Fruity Splash,
Land of Lavender, Pure Man of Steel, Scent Free, Sparkling Meadows,
and Zesty Lemongrass

Kitchen Clean Hands Soap:

First impression of this bar of soap? It smells wonderful!

I am not a big fan of bar soaps because they usually leave my hands feeling almost too clean. You know kind of squeaky. I hate that.

This bar of soap doesn’t do that. My hands felt clean but it was a good kind of clean feeling. A natural kind of clean feeling.

My Body Utopia advertises that this soap will get rid of onion and garlic smells that stick to your hands after cooking. A claim I was skeptical of because, let’s face it, onion and garlic odors hang around forever. So I tested it out!

Much to my surprise, it worked! I didn’t completely get rid of the smell with the first wash but after a second round, if I hadn’t known I had just been slicing and onion, I wouldn’t after smelling my hands either.

 

Kitchen Clean Soap

Product Details:

All of My Body Utopia’s bar soaps are hand made. The Kitchen Clean Hands soap that I reviewed is made with palm kernel oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil, lye, water, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, melaleuca essential oil, and colorants. Soaps are cut so you receive about 4.25 oz. in each bar.

Currently available handcrafted specialty soaps ($8.00) include: 

  • Dolphin Smooth Shaving Soap 
  • Dude Degreaser Soap
  • Garden Grit Bee Gone
  • Kitchen Clean Hands

Other handcrafted soap scents ($6.00) available include:

  • Bunches of Lavender and Mint
  • Cutting Down Lemongrass
  • Just Lavender 
  • Perfect Man

My Body Utopia also has some discounted and discontinued soaps still available for $2.50-$2.75 in the following scents.

  • Cherry Honey Bomb
  • Cup of Chai Tea
  • Gingerbread House
  • Glass of Berrywine
  • Holiday Candy
  • Rolling in Cloves

Current Shop Favorites:

I really enjoyed both of the products I was able to review and will definitely be ordering more of both. When I went to peruse the website I found a whole host of other items that I might want to try, here are a few of my favorites:

Spearimint Madness lipbalm

Spearmint Madness Lip Balm: $2.99

Cooling Wintergreen Toothpaste

Cooling Wintergreen Toothpaste: $5.99

More About My Body Utopia:

My Body Utopia is family-owned and operated by Candice Garcia, her husband Antonio, and daughter Kaitlin. They make all of their products by hand, with love from their home in Upstate New York.

If you want to keep up with My Body Utopia and be informed of new products and sales check out their website and follow them on social media!

 

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I loved my products so much I want to give one of you wonderful readers a $10.00 gift certificate so you can try out the My Body Utopia products that caught your eye!

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Simple Penne Pasta Recipe + Barilla® Pronto™ Review

*I received this product free of charge for the purposes of an honest review. *
 Review written by Science Lovin’ Papa

Simple Penne Pasta 

First things first, this is a really simple recipe. In fact, calling it a recipe seems like I’m giving it too much credit! 

What You Need:

  • 1 box of  Barilla® Pronto™ penne pasta
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce of your choice
  • can of mushrooms (optional)
  • ground beef – browned 

What You Do:

  1. Cook the penne following directions on the packaging
  2. Add tomato sauce, ground beef, and mushrooms.
  3. Serve with garlic bread.

 

That’s it! Super fast and easy dinner that everyone will love. 

 

Barilla® Pronto™ Review

 Okay, I get it: No one has time to cook anymore.
 
For better than seventy years this has been the advertising line from the food industry. Since the early 1950’s and the emergence of the ‘One Pot Meal’ it’s been a staple of our existence that ‘No one has time to cook like Grandma anymore’.
 
Turns out Grandma did what she did for some very good reasons, reasons that made our meal better even if it took a little longer. Barilla Pronto pasta is here to help us outline some of those reasons.
 
At the outset there’s nothing about this process that looks like it’s going to ruin your meal. However, let me assure you that if you follow the directions a series of unavoidable errors is going to quickly overwhelm whatever pasta dish you tried to make.
 
The entire premise of Pronto Pasta is stated right on the front of the box; that it is “One Pan-No Boil-No Drain”. Let’s start with the “One Pan” idea. 
 
Am I really making this pasta dish with only one pan? So…the sauce is…coming from a jar? Right, I forgot: no one has time. The back of the pasta box does not give me a specific sauce but directs me to the company website for recipes. What do I find there? Why, an elegant and expansive list of the Barilla Sauces for those that don’t have time. Do I even need to mention that meat and fresh vegatables aren’t going to be part of our “One Pan” dish?
 
Moving on, let’s examine the “No Boil” idea. This is not only the center phrase on the box, it’s the central idea behind Pronto Pasta: You don’t have to wait for water to boil. Not even  five minutes. Or ten. During which time you could start the meat cooking. *cough*
 
Okay, I heard you: No time! So you pour the box into a pan along with three cups of water, making sure that the water covers the pasta. My first try was penne pasta and three pots and I couldn’t find a pot in which the water would cover the pasta. So you’re going to be stirring that pasta. A lot. As the water gets absorbed and reduces you’ll have to stir more. Instead of tossing some pasta into boiling water and forgetting about it I spent the entire ten minutes of cook time pretty much stirring pasta. But I don’t have to worry about any other pots, right?
 
As the cook time comes to a close the instructions say most of the water will be absorbed. You read that right: most. But this is “No Drain” pasta and so we’re going to ignore that fact and add our pre-selected jar of sauce.
 
Congratulations! After being chained to a stove for ten minutes you have perfect noodles in a watery sauce. Wait…something’s not right here…
 
The most damning nail in the coffin for Barilla Pronto comes right here at service time. Because this is “No Drain” pasta it’s never been cooled. It’s still cooking even as the sauce warms. That means I, as the cook, am faced with the terrible choice of feeding my family perfectly cooked pasta in a cool, watery sauce or let the sauce cook down; inevitably turning my perfect noodles into a starchy mess. I have an idea kids: Let’s go have dinner at Grandma’s house!
 
Barilla is one of my favorite brands of pasta but I can’t call this anything aside from what it is: A terrible wrong to the cooks of America. It’s on your grocery shelf now but if you’ll take my opinion? Don’t buy unless it costs less than their ordinary pasta.
 
Never be told you don’t have time to cook. Take the time to enjoy the process, to savor the smells and tastes. Your family can endure that ten extra minutes. Even if your pasta dish isn’t worth it, you most certainly are.
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Children’s Book Review: Drinking Animals

Recently I got the chance to read and review “Drinking Animals” by Dan Jackson. This is a wonderful educational book intended for children of preschool age up to beginning readers.

Drinking Animals” features real pictures of animals not illustrations, drinking water.  Besides the fantastic, colorful pictures, Dan Jackson includes interesting facts about the animals, their water requirements, and their abilities. Not only will kids love the animals but almost everyone reading this book will learn something!

While I really like the e-book I really wish this could be purchased as a hard copy. I know e-books are the books of the future, but I will always prefer to have the real thing in my hands.

You can get a Kindle copy of this book right now on Amazon for $3.00!

Click here to get your copy today!

I received this book complimentary in exchange for my honest review. I only review items that I would consider purchasing for myself or my family.

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Jamberry Nail Wraps: Review + Giveaway

By now I’m sure most of you have heard about the latest in home manicure trends – the Jamberry nail wrap.

Well, as with many trends I’m a little behind the ball, but I finally tried my first set of Jams!

My First Jams

The verdict?

I LOVE them!

It took me a little while to figure out how to apply them,
but once I got going it was a breeze!

When I try to paint my fingernails one hand always looks better than the other, and inevitably, I smudge at least one nail before they dry. With the Jamberry wraps I had neither problem!

Doing your own Jam-icure is easy!

What You Need:

Jamicure Supplies

How to Apply Your Jamberry Wraps:
  1. Push back cuticles and clean nails with a Nail Prep Wipe or rubbing alcohol. When applying wraps over lacquer, apply a fresh coat and allow to dry.
  2. Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits.
Cut apart the wraps you want to use.
Cut apart the wraps you want to use.
Cut wrap in half
Cut wrap in half
  • Peel off nail wrap and warm the adhesive with a mini-heater or blow dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible.
    Individual wrap ready for warming
    Individual wrap ready for warming

    Warming Wrap
    Warming wrap over a candle
  • When warm, press the nail wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.

    Curved wrap ready for application
    When the wrap starts to curl it is ready for application.
  • To remove excess, trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion.

    Applying wrap to nail
    Applying wrap to nail

    Pre-Trim
    Pre-Trim
  • Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail.

 

Where do I get my own Jamberry wraps?

Visit Kira’s online Jamberry store to get your wraps and other Jamberry products. You can also follow Kira on social media to stay up-to-date with the most recent Jamberry promotions, giveaways, and other announcements!

More good news! Kira has decided to sponsor a great giveaway. One lucky reader will receive an Application Kit and two (2) sets of coordinating Nail Wraps, a $50 value. Enter using the form below and good luck! (Oh and don’t forget to tell your friends.) 😉

 Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I only review items that I would be interested in purchasing for myself or my family.

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Sunsella Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer

Summer is just around the corner and very soon your own vegetable garden or the local farmer’s market is going to start producing perfection. Baby carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower will soon fill counters and booths; a delicious bounty begging to be added to every meal.

 

It’s certainly nice to feel the crunch of a raw veggie but when I’m cooking for my family the preferred method is steaming. Not only is it fast and easy, steaming vegetables lets them hold onto more of their natural vitamins and minerals than a boiling pot of water. That’s why I want to talk steamers, specifically the Sunsella Stainless Steel Veggie Steamer.

 

This steamer is adjustable to fit comfortably into a wide range of common saucepan sizes. It’s made entirely of 100% high-grade stainless steel and that includes the feet. Steamers with non-stainless feet have been a bit of a sore point for me in the past but I’m not going to talk about that…I promised I would keep this column up-beat.

 

The steamer is a wonderful tool for the last-minute chef. Don’t know what to pair with that chicken? Toss in a few cups of raw broccoli and roughly five minutes later you have the tasty side dish you’ve been agonizing over all afternoon. Do your potatoes au gratin look au gooey? Don’t worry, you’re four minutes away from perfectly steamed asparagus!

 

Cleanup is just as fast: dump the water from the saucepan and rinse off the steamer. Done. It even folds to take up less room in your cupboard.

 

Summer is coming, people, and you need to be prepared. The steamer is an important tool in the arsenal of any home chef. Do your veggies justice and get yours today.

 

Sunsella 100% Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer

Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I only review items that I would be interested in purchasing for myself or my family. Post may contain affiliate links.

Shack on the Rock Bath Tea Review

Shack on the Rock promo
Photo from Shack on the Rock

Everyone needs a little ‘me’ time every once in a while, and as a new parent I am coming to realize quickly that getting ‘me’ time with a baby around is sometimes a challenge. Papa Dragon and I try to make sure the other gets some time to themselves most days but in the end we don’t always get what we want.

This week I was able to try out a new product from the Etsy shop Shack on the Rock called bath tea.

About the Product

Shack on the Rock created bath teas with busy, hard working women in mind. One tea bag can turn a regular bath into a soothing spa retreat in just a few short minutes.

This unique product was created after doing research to find the best combinations of salts/oils/botanicals, essential /fragrance oil blends, and goat’s milk.

Each bath tea recipe includes:

  • European sea salts – Sea salts that are solar evaporated and harvested from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the purest salts in the world.
  • Himalayan Pink Sea Salt – Sea salt that has been hand-mined from ancient salt beds in the Himalayan Mountains which have been protected from pollution and impurities. These salts are known for their stimulating and soothing properties.
  • Colloidal Oatmeal – Colloidal Oatmeal is finely ground oatmeal that creates a barrier over the skin. It is a great additive for people with dry skin because it helps to seal in moisture, it is also known to alleviate itchiness.
  • Organic Rose Petals/Buds – Roses are a natural botanical known for aiding relaxation. Rose petals are also known for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Essential/Fragrance Oil Blends – Shack on the Rock creates their own oil blends in order to achieve beneficial scents for their bath teas.
  • Goat’s Milk – Goat’s milk is moisturizing and nourishing for the skin because of capric-caprylic triglyceride. Capric-caprylic triglyceride is a naturally occurring  skin moisturizer that helps contribute to skin’s softness by forming a barrier which inhibits the loss of moisture. Protein strands in goat’s milk are shorter than in other kinds of milk and so are more easily absorbed by the skin.

Shack on the Rock‘s bath teas come packaged in a set of three, one time use teas bags in a high quality, reusable tin.

Tickled Pink Tin

Currently the teas come in two varieties, Tickled Pink and Dreamweaver.

To use simply place a tea bag under the faucet, run warm water and let the bag “steep”,  then squeeze the herbal mix into the water and enjoy!

Tickled Pink Bath Tea Bag
Tickled Pink Bath Tea Bag

My Thoughts

I was able to try out their Tickled Pink recipe. As stated on the item page,

Our Tickled Pink Bath Tea was created with women in mind. An airy blend of soft pink petals, creamy blonde woods, and vanilla bean chiffon come together to give you a sweetly scented bath time.

My opinion?

It’s perfect. The scent is perfect. Kind of like you’re walking through a flower garden on a warm Spring afternoon. Divine.

I’m not usually one for flowery fragrances, but the scent was very subtle. As it soaked in the tub the salts, oatmeal, and goat’s milk pieces dissolved and dispersed throughout the entire tub. (Not unlike a tea bag in a cup of water.)

After my soak, I felt relaxed and my skin was soft and moisturized. My skin also smelled faintly of the oils and rose petals. I can easily say it was the most relaxing bath I’ve had in a long time, and I cannot wait to use another tea bag for my next bath.

***Shack on the Rock provided me, The Math Lovin’ Momma, with a tin of bath teas, free of charge, for the purposes of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

Things I Want to Try

Here are some of the items currently in Shack on the Rock‘s Etsy shop that I would like to try:

First, I would love to try their handmade lip melt in the Berry Kisses flavor. This particular flavor includes strawberries, raspberries, with a touch of cotton candy. Sounds heavenly.

Berry Kisses Lip Melt - Shack on the Rock
Photo from Shack on the Rock

I would also like to try their Lavender Mint Goat’s Milk soap. The soap has a blend of lavender and spearmint essential oils and, of course, goat’s milk. That’s it, no extra stuff that you can’t pronounce, 100% natural.

Lavender Mint Soap - Shack on the Rock
Photo from Shack on the Rock

Last, but not least, I would like to test out their solid lotion stick. Not only does it seem like a great, on-the-go, product to keep in my purse, but it comes in the same Tickled Pink scent as the bath tea. Count me in!

Tickled Pink Hard Lotion - Shack on the Rock
Photo from Shack on the Rock

More About Shack on the Rock

Traci Cornell is the creator of Shack on the Rock.

As a young girl, Traci had a passion for experimenting on the women in her family. (Don’t worry there were no crazy science experiments done on anyone.) She simply loved natural skin care and wanted to try out new things! According to her, it was a common site to find bananas, sugar, and lemon juice smashed on her face in an attempt to rid herself of freckles or clear her face of dead skin cells.Now her first passion is soap, but her conviction to want all body products free of chemicals means she has been branching out, as evidenced by the lip balm and lotion seen above.

Shack on the Rock knows that most people do not have the time or energy available in their busy lives to make natural body care products and they are happy to be able to provide such products to their customers.

According to Tracy,

“If it says 100% natural it’s because it is! We pride ourselves on honesty, so while we may use some organic ingredients in our recipes, we will not promote our products as being completely ‘Organic’ unless ALL ingredients used in that recipe are, indeed, organic. I promise you can pronounce ALL of our ingredients and if you can’t, don’t hesitate to ask me about it!”

The company also likes to take part in recycling and keeping their products as eco-friendly as possible. Traci owns four dairy goats who produce more milk than their babies and Traci’s family can consume. So, rather than throwing it away, Shack on the Rock has re-purposed it for use in their hand made products.
Products from Shack on the Rock are free of soybean oil, sulfates, parabens, petroleum by-products, and contain no synthetic detergents or fillers.

To stay up to date with Shack on the Rock, or to check out their products for yourself, follow them at the links below:

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MKnits4Sanity Infinity Scarf Review & Shop Credit Giveaway

MKnits4Sanity Infinity Scarf Review Promo

As a life long Iowan, during the winter, I am always on the look out for a good scarf! In my opinion you can’t have too many scarves, they really are the perfect accessory.

Today, I am happy to be able to bring you a review of the perfect addition to any scarf collection.

My Thoughts

The multi-color wave crocheted infinity scarf from MKnits4Sanity is the ideal three seasons scarf.

Wrapped twice around the neck it provides a little warmth that would be right for blocking the chill in the Spring or Fall. Then, if you wrap it a third time it adds just the right amount of bulk to cover your whole neck for wear during the frigid Winter months.

MKnits4Sanity Wave Infinity Scarf Double Wrapped
Double Wrapped
MKnits4Sanity Wave Infinity Scarf Triple Wrapped
Triple Wrapped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scarf is crocheted on the diagonal using Red Heart Boutique Treasure Yarn in Tapestry. This type of yarn is 70% acrylic and 30% wool, giving it a durable, yet soft feel. This also means the care of the scarf is very simple, just wash on cold and lay flat to dry. The Tapestry yarn has a variegated color palette, which includes deep purple, forest green, red, orange, and brown that naturally form stripes in the finished product.

MKnits4Sanity Multi-Color Wave Infinity Scarf
MKnits4Sanity Wave Infinity Scarf

Being a crocheter myself, I’d also like to point out that the tension in the yarn is perfect. The stitches are nice and even, making the width down the entire length of the scarf very uniform. The finishing is also nicely done with no loose ends hanging down to get caught in a loose zipper.

Even Tension & Uniform Stitches
Even Tension & Uniform Stitches

Overall, MKnits4Sanity has provided a beautiful, expertly scarf that I cannot wait to show off!

***MKnits4Sanity provided me, The Math Lovin’ Momma, with this infinity scarf, free of charge, for the purposes of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

More About MKnits4Sanity

Margaret, the founder of MKnits4Sanity, is a stay-at-home-mom with three children, a husband, and a dog. She loves to knit, crochet, sew, and share her love of handmade items!

To stay up to date with Margaret and MKnits4Sanity follow her at the links below!

Etsy Shop: MKnits4Sanity.Etsy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mknits4sanity
Instagram: @margaretlh83
Twitter: @MKnits4Sanity

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Reese’s Spreads VoxBox

Time for my first product review! I’ve never written one before so bear with me as I give this a try. 🙂

I recently signed up for a site called Influenster. So far I’m really enjoying the things it has to offer. I can spend as much or as little time with the site as I want, which also makes using it very appealing!

One of the perks of being an Influenster member is the opportunity to get a chance to receive complimentary products for testing in return for sharing the products on social media outlets.

Last week I received my first VoxBox and I am just getting time to check it out!

InfluensterThe product in this VoxBox is Reese’s Spreads in peanut butter chocolate flavor.

My first taste test included pretzels, strawberries, and a sliced pear.Fruit and Spread front

The Reese’s Spreads are soft, I would liken the texture to that of Nutella or creamy peanut butter, so it made dunking pretzels and strawberries easy. Fruit Tasting

I LOVE this stuff! It’s like a wonderful Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a form I can spread on toast or dip fruit in. Really, who could want more than that.

My favorite pairing was the pretzels with Reese’s Spreads, strawberries were a close second, and then the pears. I think the pears were too sweet to really enjoy the addition of the peanut butter chocolate spread, but apples would be fantastic!

I would definitely purchase this product in the future. According to the information included in the VoxBox, Reese’s Spreads are now available nationwide at food, mass, drug, and convenience stores in 13 oz. jars that retail for $3.89.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.