Monday, May 16, 2016

Sun and Sizzle: Grills to Greens and Everything In Between; book review

Sun-and-Sizzle-Blog-Tour-bannerAbout the book:
Gather fresh ingredients and fire up the grill! Prepare in-season, summer-perfect recipes like sweet Aloha Burgers, tangy Garlic Shrimp Skewers, and zesty Barbecue Chicken Sliders, Zucchini Lasagna Rolls, and Chicken and Veggie Pasta. Plus, go beyond with light and savory appetizers, refreshing drinks, and fruity desserts. Excellent for parties or just a day out in the sun, these recipes will have you grilling year round!

About the author:
Allison is the blogger and food photographer at Cupcake Diaries, a site all about easy, family-friendly recipes that don’t take a lot of time. She received a degree in Communication from BYU-Idaho, and lives with her husband and sons.
From Reidhead Randomness:
I have to confess that I am a cookbook COLLECTOR!  I. LOVE. COOKBOOKS!   From the moment I got this one in the mail, I opened it up and had about half of the book 'dogeared' to try the recipes!  

When I do meal planning for the week, I go to my "WALL OF COOKBOOKS" and choose one.  For that week, all my meals come from the same book.  When I am smart, at the end of the week, I tuck my shopping list and menu back in the book, and then it's ready for the next time I choose that book.  
Two weeks ago was this FABULOUS book's turn for the week.  I made so many of these great dishes!  Let me just tell you that the Aloha Burger, the Pudding Fruit Salad (that I made for Mothers Day), the Lemon Lush (that I brought to a neighborhood women's get-together...and came home with an empty dish...and tons of requests for the recipe), and the no-bake eclaire cake (that tasted good even with gluten free grahm crackers)....were definitely our favorites...but there were SO MANY good ones!  The recipes are easy to follow with good instructions....and they all have a beautiful (tempting) picture to convince you to try it!

Guidecraft IO Blocks review

I had the super fun opportunity to try out the new Guidecraft IO Blocks.
I'm not going to kid you...they were kinda tricky!  There are Gazillions of possibilities!  There are many different shaped blocks and many colors.  It has a set of cards, and you try to recreate the different shapes (like an airplane, for example).  There is also an app with MORE ideas!  We had a get together, and I got these out for the kids to play with....but the adults jumped in and were playing and building with the kids!  They are being sold at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Toys R' Us, Target, and Walmart.

I received a box of these in order to write my review, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book review: On the Edge with Stewart Edge

Stuart-Edge-On-the-Edge-blog-tour-bannerAbout the book:
Everyone has had that one awful job, but Stuart Edge really had an awful job–cleaning porta-potties. As he cleaned, he dreamed of creating videos that not only made people laugh but also changed their lives. Now a YouTube sensation, Stuart shares his secrets to his YouTube success and reveals his conversion from self-conscious to confident and how being true to his beliefs made all the difference.

About the author:
Stuart Edge was earning money for college tuition by cleaning portable toilets when inspiration hit: “Make YouTube Videos That Make People Happy.” Only months later, he called his mother in a panic. “Please pray for me. I think one of my videos just went viral.” The Mistletoe Kissing Prank did indeed go viral, netting more than 27 million views to date. Several viral videos later, Stuart Edge has found fame, and possibly fortune, making people laugh. Not bad for a boy with social anxiety.

From Reidhead Randomness:


Ok.  If you haven't heard of Stewart Edge, you are REALLY missing out!  

One of my favorite videos he has done recently also includes the cast of Studio C (My family's favorite show.)

Now he has just come out with a book!  It is a fun and insightful look into his life...and all the moments that shaped who he is.  It is well written and a great read for anyone who loves a good autobiography from a funny person.  He shares lots of personal stories of how he was shaped by anxiety, moving to Mexico when he didn't speak the language, and some of the acting and different jobs he did when he was younger.  It is wonderful how he has always held true to his beliefs, standards, and morals.  

You can catch him on his youtube page....and get his new book too!!!

I received a copy of this book in order to write the review, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Brainstream SOI purse light, and Whoosh! Duo device cleaner reviews!

I have a couple great products to tell you about!!  I LOVE tryazon!  I was given a party pack to introduce my friends to some of these great products!  They would make great gift ideas too!!

In 2012 two (male!) college students went to a music festival. All of the sudden, the lights went out and all the women started digging their purses. An idea was born. SOI (pronounced like zoe, not soy) became the first automatic handbag light on the market, meaning it needs no switches, buttons, or anything alike. It illuminates as soon as you start digging the purse and then shuts off automatically. SOI can also be used in suitcases, in hotels, and as a night bathroom light. Engineered and manufactured in Germany, its quality and precision make it a useful gadget and gift!

This purse light is amazing! If you have a "bottomless" purse like I do, you need some light at the bottom of the dark pit. This one is motion activated, so you can give your purse a shake, and it will light it up down there in the depths of your purse! I LOVE IT! I don't know how long the batteries last, but I LOVE IT A LOT!

 You can pick one up HERE or HERE!

Let’s be honest, we know you take your phone to the bathroom. We also know that you sloshed egg on your laptop this morning and we saw you shake hands with flu guy at the mall… we don’t even want to talk about what your kids did before you let them play angry birds on your iPad… Introducing a superior innovation in cleaning that’s powerful and safe to use… because hey, it’s a dirty world out there. Prepare yourself for a rush of clean happiness. WHOOSH! Screen Shine is the solution for Tech Hygiene. But what the heck is Tech Hygiene?!? Well when we learned that our phones are 10x dirtier that a public toilet seat, we knew that we could make things better. Tech Hygiene for us is all about a clean new habit: you brush your teeth; you wash your hands – and now you’ll WHOOSH! your screens. Because, frankly, it’d be gross not to. So what should you use WHOOSH! Screen Shine on? Everything and anything! It removes the germs and bacteria you can’t see on all of your tech devices (smart phones, tablets, laptop screens, key boards, etc.) plus the dirt and smudges you can see.

If your interested, WHOOSH!  can be purchased at

I received a party package for free in order to try these and share them.