Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Product Review: Life Equals Focus and Energy

Do you have days where you just can't seem to stay on task and focus? Do you hit that mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump and just wish you could take a nap? These types of days seem to happen to me more often than not. I seem to always have multiple things on my list for the day and am just trying to get everything done. I try to avoid sitting down because if I do, I could easily find myself taking a nap. I used to read in the afternoons before the kids would come home, but I can't do that now. I would easily fall asleep. 

If you are nodding along to anything I have said, then this product might just be for you. 

Life Equals Focus and Energy  is a supplement that helps you focus your mind and energize your body. This supplement includes B-vitamins, amino acids, and herbs. Herbs, such as guarana, provide a natural source of caffeine. Ginger, spearmint, and feverfew are other herbs included in the list of herbs. The amount of caffeine provided is less than a cup of coffee but more than a can of soda. 

When you feel your energy dropping or know the time of day it usually happens, you can take one or two capsules depending on your needs. Do you need a gentle nudge or a boost? You can take this supplement every day or whenever you feel like you need it. Do you have a huge project that you need to push through? A long drive ahead of you? Need energy to get through your workout after work? Just take one or two capsules and within 30-45 minutes, you should notice a difference in your energy level, but not to the point where you are like Jessie Spano from Saved by the Bell singing, "I'm So Excited". If you are too young to get that reference, then google it!  

The capsules aren't overly large and have a powder inside a clear-coated covering. They don't have an aftertaste or leave you burping like other supplements do.

I did not take this product daily, but just when I was home and felt like I needed a boost of energy. This summer I had a difficult time staying focused with our house being torn apart due to a major remodel. It was hard to work with constant noise. I also had days where I really wanted to crash, but napping on the couch while construction workers are walking around isn't ideal, so I pushed through and took Life Equals Focus Energy to get me through the afternoon slump.

I had a couple projects that came up this summer that needed my 100% attention and focus. I needed to get them done and done right in a short period of time. I found Life Equals Focus and Energy to be helpful in keeping me focused on the job in front of me. In the past, I would have made a cup of coffee or ran and grabbed a soda to keep me going through the afternoon. But, I feel like this is a much better option for me.

Life Equals gives one month of essential children's multivitamins to a malnourished child in need with every purchase. Around the world, 1 in 3 children die from malnutrition, so Life Equals has partnered with Vitamin Angels, a non-profit currently working in almost 50 countries to provide needed supplements to children.

Life Equals products are 100% Made in the USA.  To find out more about Life Equals products, check out their website, HERE. You can also purchase Life Equals Focus and Energy on Amazon by clicking the photo below:

*The FDA has not evaluated this product. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease of any kind. You should always consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting a new supplement.*

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Thanks to the company for sending this product for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase the product through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Children's Book Review: Ellie's Fun Day at the Farm By Elle Fair and Marci Fair

The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant

By: Elle Fair and Marci Fair

Published: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Pacochel Press


The newest addition to Ellie and Pudgy's adventures takes them to the farm. I have previously shared their adventures to the beach and to school. Ellie the stuffed elephant and Pudgy the stuffed penguin go on adventures. Along the way, they learn something about the place they are visiting and of course, have lots of fun.

Ellie and Pudgy immerse themselves on the farm after a picnic made them wonder where their food came from. On the farm, they get to ride on a tractor, see rabbits, sheep, chicken, goats, pigs, and horses. They also visit the garden where many vegetables are grown and stop by to smell some flowers. Just being curious, allowed these two friends to have an adventurous day on the farm, seeing things they had never seen before.

There are also activities included throughout the pages of the book including dot-to-dots, a crossword puzzle, and a find-the-difference game. Joining Pudgy and Ellie on this adventure to the farm will teach your child about all the fun things that happen on a farm. Eating a delicious snack of foods from the farm was the perfect way to end their day.

Actual photos around the farm with Ellie and Pudgy feeding animals or riding the swings make the story fun for younger children and may just make them want to take their favorite stuffed animals on an adventure. If they do, be sure to share your pictures on their Facebook Page.

Marci Fair - source

As a working mother of four children, Fair was inspired to share the hard-earned wisdom she gained from juggling work and motherhood for over twenty years. This labor of love resulted in "TILT-7 Solutions To Be A Guilt-free Working Mom."

Filled with over 70 quotes from her children, over 100 real-life practical tips to help working moms and the wisdom of over 80 other wonderful working moms, Marci's goal with TILT is to encourage moms to continue to reach their goals and dreams, as they help their children reach for theirs.

Marci Fair earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern Methodist University. Together, she and her husband founded a real estate business that is ranked in the top 100 in the United States. In addition, Marci founded a children’s charity Kares 4 Kids, that has served over fifteen thousand kids. 

Marci and her daughter, Elle have coauthored a series of books about Elle's two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. Elle loves reading and her stuffed animals so collaborating on these books has been a special project for them together. Both of their previous books have won the God Mom's Choice Award. 

For more information on Marci Fair and her books check out the links below:
Author's Books on Amazon, HERE.
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I will be linking up this post with other bloggers at Booking Mama's Kid Konnection. Each Saturday, she hosts link-up for bloggers to share their YA or Children's book related posts. Click HERE to see all the posts. 
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Thanks to the author for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Children's Book Review: Emily the Astronaut: The Space Case By Colette Omans Nicoletta

The Space Case

By: Colette Omans Nicoletta

Published: February 27, 2014

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

Fictional Nonfiction

This is one of those great children's books that tells a fictional story while giving the reader nonfictional information about a topic. In this case, Emily dreams of being an astronaut and being the first girl to visit the moon. Even though her dad makes fun and says the moon is made of cheese, Emily is determined to find out the truth about the moon and what it takes to travel to space.

Emily and her family travel to Florida to visit NASA and there Emily learns everything she needs to know about how she can get to the moon someday.  With facts, photography combined with illustrations, and a girl with a dream, young readers will become excited about space. Children are encouraged to have a dream and then find out what it will take to achieve it and I have no doubt Emily will make her dream come true.

Colette Omans Nicoletta - source
Writing and illustrating children's picture books is a lifelong dream for Colette. She published her first book in December 2008, THERE'S A FROG ON MY FOREHEAD. It received a Mom's Choice Gold award and honored as a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist. Her second book, ALLISON INVESTIGATES launched in 2010 and is available in both English and Spanish. It also received a Mom's Choice Gold award as did EMILY THE ASTRONAUT.

Nicoletta was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After college, she spent time as a textile designer in New York City and industrial designer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nicoletta is now a K-5th-grade art teach in Minnesota and lives with her husband, two children, and two cats. To see all of her books, click HERE. You can also visit her website, HERE.

To purchase a copy of EMILY THE ASTRONAUT, click the photo below:

I will be linking up this review on Booking Mama's Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. Other bloggers have the opportunity to link up any posts related to children's or YA books. Click HERE to see all the Kid Konnection posts.

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Thanks to the author for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase this book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for SincerelyStacie.com. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Product Review: Goose Creek Home Fragrance Wax

I love using scented wax to make our home smell wonderful. I have a habit of forgetting to blow out candles so I like using these because they are much safer and when I leave, I just turn them off like I do the rest of my lights.

If you have never used a scented wax before, you can purchase a wax burner from many department or discount stores. Then you break off a piece or two of the wax and place it on the burner. The light bulb in your burner will heat up the wax and melt it which then gives off the scent in the room.When you turn off the warmer, the wax will reharden and be ready for the next time you want to melt it.

Goose Creek wax melts are long lasting, with the potential to burn 50-80 hours per package. They are made with natural essential oils that give that true-to-life scent. 

I was able to try the Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake scent which was a perfect summer scent. I tend to like food or citrus-related scents in our home and this one was just the kind of scent I like. My husband thought it was a bit too sweet, but I really liked it. Several times while the wax was burning, someone would ask, "Are you baking cupcakes?". This would make a great scent for staging your home if you are putting your house on the market. I've always heard that having the scent of something baking makes people more interested in buying your home.  

Since we were doing construction on our home all summer, I used this warmer in various locations in our home. But, it was nice to turn it on during the evening to get some of the odors from construction out of the house. I used half of the package of the wax melts since I have a larger warmer. I can't tell you how many hours I have used this, but I'm sure it is much less than the minimum of 50 hours for the length of use. There is still plenty of scent left in the wax when I  turn it on and I can smell it throughout my whole home, not just in that area where the warmer is placed. 

Goose Creek offers a number of products in their home fragrance line. Finding a scent that works for your home will be easy with their variety of fragrances. 

If you would like to purchase the Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake Wax Melts, click the photo below:

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Thanks to Goose Creek for sending this product for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase this product through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Inspiration this Week from Reading the Bible in 90 Days - 2 Samuel 22:2-3

I've been reading the Bible in 90 days with Amy at MomsToolbox.com as well as many others. We started this journey on July 18 and I kept up until several crisis situations came up that took any and all free time I had. As soon as I would get one under control, another would come up. Seriously. I just had a lot going on and couldn't focus on much. Plus I had deadlines for my paying job that needed my attention. So, I got extremely far behind, which is why I haven't posted anything about my reading lately.

But, the key is I am STILL READING. I haven't given up even though that would be the easy thing to do. I'm still finding snippets of time to soak in the Word and learn from Him.

My latest verse that, as usual, hit me at the perfect time is from 2 Samuel. I've been doing lots of praying the last several weeks for various things going on in our lives. He has been my rock and kept me going through all of my life's struggles.

I hope this verse offers some comfort and support for you today as well.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Product Review: Rug from Rug Expeditions

The timing was perfect. I received an email asking if I would be interested in looking at some rugs for a possible review. Since we have been remodeling our home, I am in need of several new rugs for our entryways, mudrooms, and bathrooms. I couldn't believe my luck.

When I looked through the available options, I was disappointed that none of them looked like they would match our decor and the size I was looking for. Then, late one evening, I looked through the options again and realized I had skipped over one that said Indoor/Outdoor rug. I hadn't looked at that one because I was so focused on looking for rugs for the inside of our home.

But, I clicked on it, since I actually had been wanting a rug for our screened in porch for a long time. When I clicked on the rug, I couldn't believe my luck. From the photo, it looked like the perfect color and size for our porch. So, I selected this rug in the 6x9 size and hoped it would be just the rug I wanted it to be.

Rug Expedition is a website based in San Antonio, Texas. They specialize in selling area rugs. They offer a selection of over 100,000 rugs, which makes them one of the largest online rug inventories in the United States. The process to choose and order a rug can be so overwhelming. Can you imagine scrolling through 100,000 rugs? Their website offers rugs in every single color in the rainbow and more, plus sizes and styles to fit every space and decor of your home. It can be intimidating to start the process of buying a rug, but by being allowed to narrow down your options with the available filters, it makes the process so much easier. If you start with choosing a color, say brown, then you can narrow down your choices by price range, shape, size, and decor style. Just making these choices alone, dropped my choices from 25 pages of options to only 4 pages. Then you can narrow it even more by choosing a material and if you are really knowledgeable about rugs, by a designer. If you are a Pinterest user, you can pin a rug you like right away and keep track of the ones you like. They even offer a FREE 30-Day in home trial. If you decide it doesn't work it your home, you can send it back for a full refund. The best part? All the rugs ship for FREE! 

My rug arrived very quickly and was well wrapped to protect it. If you are ordering this as a surprise, keep in mind these are delivered in clear plastic, so there is no question what you ordered when it arrives.

I quickly laid out the rug on our porch while saying a little prayer that it would work and then felt a sigh of relief when I realized it was just right. I may have jumped up and down with a little happiness clap when I looked over the whole room. It immediately gave the porch that homey feel. I have to admit, I was afraid my husband was going to hate it, but when he walked onto the porch for the first time, he stated that "it really warmed up the porch".

As you can see, our cat really likes it too. The rug has sage green, beige, tan, and yellow stripes throughout, with the yellow giving it that "pop" of color it needs. I am beyond thrilled with the rug. We have had our first several rainy days with the rug on the porch as well, and it drains through and dries quickly.

I have nothing but great things to say about my experience with Rug Expedition and this Indoor/Outdoor rug.  Check out their website HERE for your next rug purchase.

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Thanks to Rug Expeditions for sending this rug for the purpose of a review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Children's Book Review: Because of an Acorn By Lola M Schaefer and Adam Schaefer


By: Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer

Illustrated by: Frann Preston-Gannon

Published: August 2, 2016

Publisher: Chronicle Books


When I stop by my favorite independent bookstore, Next Page Books, I love perusing their children's books. This one got my attention because I love nature books for kids. As I began flipping through the pages, I knew I was going to love it by the first page.

Through simple words and gorgeous illustrations, children are shown the life-cycle of an acorn and how it affects the environment that it lives in. From the acorn to the tree to the seed to the bird to the flower to the fruit to the forest, and everything in between, all of the living things in the forest depend on each other.

The illustrations are just gorgeous with almost a three-dimensional feel to them. Children will love looking at the various things on the pages and learning the cycle of life in the forest. A few of the pages have these gorgeous die-cut images that take kids from one page to the next.

Even the youngest children can learn the importance of taking care of our environment and how each piece is important to the other. I can't wait to send this book off to my little great niece who I know will love reading this sweet story of an acorn. This book is a wonderful celebration of fall for young readers.

Lola M Schaefer - source

Lola M. Schaefer is the author of many children's books and the winner of a Charlotte Zolotow Honor and the Children's Choice Book Award. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northern Georgia. To see her many awarding-winning books, click HERE. Check out her website, HERE.  

Adam Schaefer is a writer by night, city government worker by day. Adam grew up climbing trees and still does. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Frann Preston-Gannon is a London-based illustrator and author. Her picture books have been shortlisted for many awards. In April 2011, she became the first UK recipient of the Sendak Fellowship.

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