Review of YouCopia Crazy Susan 11-Inch Turntable with Backstop {and Giveaway}


YouCopia was founded in 2006 by father-daughter duo Mark and Lauren Greenwood and they create innovative home organization products to help you simplify and enjoy life. YouCopia all started when Mark, a product designer with 30+ years experience, developed a concept that would challenge the traditional spice rack. His design, the SpiceStack, smartly organizes spices in the kitchen cabinet with unique horizontal drawers that flip down to reveal spice bottle labels for easy selection. By 2010, they had sold more than half a million SpiceStacks, so YouCopia started introducing additional space-saving organization products for the kitchen, including the Crazy Susan 11-inch turntable with backstop, which I was given the opportunity to review. 

The Crazy Susan is made from durable ABS plastic and requires no mounting or installation whatsoever. It fits perfectly into the corner of my pantry and has non-slip feet to hold it securely into place. Impressively (on a wooden surface), it doesn't budge on me at all, whether I'm adding, removing, or rearranging things. It's perfect for organizing my various spices and extracts. It even has a backstop that easily lifts and locks to prevent the bottles from falling off into the dark corner of my pantry.
 

It smoothly rotates 360 degrees on stainless steel ball bearings, making it very easy to find what I'm looking for. Ultimately, I was able to fit approximately 17 spices and extracts (yes 17) onto my Crazy Susan. The Crazy Susan is most definitely the kitchen gadget I never knew I needed. I'll no longer misplace spices and my pantry will stay better organized.  


You can purchase your own Crazy Susan here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G7C16ZW/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_7_w

You can find out more about YouCopia and their products below. 

Website:  http://www.youcopia.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/YouCopiaInc
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/YouCopia
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/YouCopia
Pinterest:  https://www.youtube.com/user/YouCopia

You can also enter this giveaway to enter to win a YouCopia product of your choice (up to a $40 value). This giveaway will end on June 26th. 

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Book Review: Play For Me by Céline Keating


About Play For Me

Play For Me by Céline Keating is "A novel of midlife crisis with music at its core."

Play For Me centers around Lily who becomes distraught after sending her only child, Colby, off to college. To make her feel better, Colby invites his mom for a visit and during that visit he takes her to a James Taylor concert where up-and-coming folk rocker Blaise Raleigh would be opening. During Blaise's performance, Lily becomes captivated by her guitarist, Jackson Johnson (JJ). At the end of one particular song, the last note that JJ played seemed to shoot like an arrow straight to Lily's heart and in that one split second she would never be the same again. 

Overcome with emotion and a desire she couldn't quite understand, Lily used her job as a videographer with MKT Productions as a way to join Blaise and JJ's tour by offering to make them a professional concert film. During the tour, Lily becomes even more enthralled by the music and Blaise and JJ's world and over time she becomes unsure if she wants to return back to her comfortable life and she can't even fathom leaving JJ behind.

In the end, Lily realizes that her obsession with JJ was because right from the start, from the second that she had connected with his music, that she had inexplicably fallen in love with him. But she had to decide to either work on her marriage with Stephen or to carry the love she had for JJ and the pain it brought her, inside her forever. 

My Thoughts

For me, Play For Me was definitely a page turner and the author is a great storyteller.  The author's love and knowledge for music was really evident. I loved Lily's character and in many ways I could relate to her wholeheartedly. The author really puts into perspective just how quickly life can change, which is both scary and exciting at the same time. I really thought Lily was a very well written and resilient character and I liked following her through her journey. Blaise and JJ were very well written and strong characters as well. Right up until the end, I wasn't quite sure who Lily was going to pick. Either way, she was going to have some amount of heartbreak but I'm happy with the choice that she made and I think this path will bring her the most happiness.  


About the Author

Céline Keating is an award-winning writer living in New York. Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, Mount Hope, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review.

Céline’s short story “Home” received the first-place 2014 Hackney Award for Short Fiction. She is the author of two novels, Layla (2011) and Play for Me (2015), which was a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence Awards, and the USA Book Awards. Céline is also the co-editor of On Montauk, A Literary Celebration.
An avid student of classical guitar, Céline is a regular contributor to Minor7th.com. Her articles and music journalism have also appeared in Acoustic GuitarCoastal LivingGuitar World, and Poets & Writers magazines.

$199.99 Prom Package at Men's Wearhouse

If you or a man in your life could use a new suit, I ran across an amazing deal at Men's Wearhouse recently. Until June 18, 2017, Men's Wearhouse will be offering a $199.99 Prom Package. This package includes one suit, one dress shirt, and one tie from the Prom Package selection. This deal excludes Exceptional Value items and clearance and cannot be combined with other promotional offers or discounts. 

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Awakening to God App Review



I don't try to hide the fact that I struggle tremendously with my faith. When it comes to my faith, my journey has been arduous, constantly seeming like I'm moving two steps forward and one step back. Just because my mindset regarding my faith is not where I need or want it to be, doesn't mean I don't enjoy faith-based books, apps, and the like. For instance, when I was recently given the opportunity to review the Awakening to God app, I jumped at the chance. 

Awakening to God was founded by Gerald and Jeannie Long who had experienced success and wealth based on the values of the world and also the deepest grief and suffering from the death of two of their three children. On their journey, God has revealed His grace and glory to them in extraordinary ways. In particular, they've experienced how God is able to redeem the most painful areas of our lives and turn them around for good. Gerard has caught a deep awareness of eternity and Jeannie has experienced God's presence and glory when she was close to ending her own life. Their marriage has triumphed when all seemed lost and they've learnt invaluable lessons on their unbelievable journey.

The Awakening to God app is a devotional journal to help you enjoy your walk with God. The app's purpose is to help you sit aside at least 8 minutes a day with God at the start of your day, learning to hear his voice, memorize scripture, pray, and journal. By developing this app, it is the Long's mission to share faith, hope, and love to bring healing to the brokenhearted, freedom to people who are suffering through something, release from darkness to people imprisoned through bad decisions (including addiction and incarceration), and understanding to people asking the big questions of life. 

The Awakening to God app features a section for a daily verse. I found that sometimes the same verse is featured multiple days in a row. I also found that sometimes there's an inspirational quote in this section and not an actual verse from the Bible. It would be great if this section featured Bible verses only or added a separate section for inspirational and/or religious quotes. 

  
I found the app extremely easy to navigate. Each day you can tell the Lord what you are thankful for, what you think God is speaking to you about, and what you'd like for the Lord to do for you (or someone else). You can also upload a picture each day.  I like to wait until closer to the end of the day (or at least the end of the workday) to do my journaling. While this app is very nice for someone like me who is a beginner and/or struggling with faith, I don't think it would be advanced enough for someone who has been following God for some time or is comfortable with their faith. In any event, I'm hoping this app will help me to grow my relationship with Jesus Christ.    



All profits from the app will go toward providing clean water (a well in 100 villages), 40,000 meals, 15,000 mosquito nets, and medical services to the poor and suffering in India so it's a great way to spend $3.99 no matter where you stand regarding your faith. 

Disclosure:  I received compensation in the form of a $10 iTunes gift card and a calendar in exchange for my review of the Awakening to God app. However, all opinions are my own. 

Review of Date Night In Subscription Box

My boyfriend and I have been a couple for over 16 years now. In all those years, we've definitely had our ups and downs and lately we've been in a bit of a slump. For some reason or another, we never seem to be able to devote much quality time to each other anymore. When I heard about Date Night In, I was definitely intrigued.  Date Night In is a monthly subscription box and each month you'll receive fun, unique, and spontaneous date night items, ideas, and activities, all aimed to help you and your partner create a memorable date night. 



My boyfriend and I recently received the Pamper Your Love Service For Two Date Night In Box to review.  Included in our box was a sensual massage oil, everything for a cleansing grains facial (including cups and a spoon for mixing, an exfoliating pad, and a wash cloth), a sugar lip scrub, two packs of Organic Lavender Tulsi tea, and some made from scratch biscotti. A card is included with each box with some tips on one side to help you make a great date night in and on the other side there is a recipe to kick off your date night in. The recipe included on my card was for Strawberry Basil Chicken. You can even find a custom playlist to help you set the mood at datenightinbox.com/music.

My boyfriend is a "manly man" type so he thought the Pamper Your Love box was a bit "girly" but I absolutely loved it. Date Night In gave us all the tools needed for a nice, romantic evening at home. While I was very excited about this box, I have to admit that it did take some coaxing on my part to get my boyfriend into it. The more effort a couple puts into their Date Night In box, the more fun they will have. At the end of the night though, I felt relaxed and pampered and it felt great just to connect with my boyfriend on a more romantic and intimate level than usual and I have Date Night In to thank for that. This is definitely a subscription box I'd love to try again.   

If you're interested in trying out a Date Night In box, you can check out their pricing and plans here:  http://www.datenightinbox.com/pricing. You can also connect with Date Night In on social media at the links below.