Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Secret Sweater The Travel Wrap Review

The travel shawl, the wrap has also been designed to fold up and into its own (attached!) little self fabric pouch for easy transport and access at a moment's notice.  


The wrap measures 78" circumference (39" on the flat), 29" length from neck/shoulder point, and 9" x 8" x 2" when folded up into its own (self) pouch.​

One size fits all, really. the model shown above is 5' 6" tall, it looks great on everyone!

Finished weight is approx. 1lb.
color: Black
Made of high quality 50/50% cotton & modal blended interlock knit to give you warmth without the bulk.
Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. smooth out wrinkles and line-dry or dry-flat. for best results, do not dry in the dryer.

Any initial wrinkles from shipping should shake out with wear. the garment should not wrinkle with normal use and re-packing in the baggie.
Knitted and manufactured in california, USA

I recevied complimentary product.
Cassandra's review-  I think this is a really neat wrap.  It is easily folded up so that I do not have a huge bulky garment weighing me down during an outing.  I like the comfortable material and can see the qulaity and care put into creating it. 

  I like to throw my things into the dryer so having to wait for this to air dry is a bit of a hassle, but I do not have to wash it all of the time and it stays cozy without getting all hard and stiff.  The black is a nice color but it can show up lint and stuff so I would hope that there are more colors to come out in the future.   I see that there are other products as well like the shawl which looks really cool and I noticed that that does come in grey.

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The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity by Kate Frey Review

For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees.

In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own native bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain. There are many personal benefits of having a bee garden as well! Bee gardens:

· contain a gorgeous variety of flowers
· bloom continuously throughout the seasons
· are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable
· develop healthy and fertile soil
· attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects
· increase the quantity of your fruit and vegetable harvest
· improve the quality, flavor, and size of your produce

Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, The Bee-Friendly Garden debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. From “super blooming” flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming habitat for nature’s most productive pollinator.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  I took a little longer to review this book because of all the information included, it was not very easy to get through.  After a few sittings and taking time to show and teach the kids as well, I am now more familiar with bees and how they work.  There seems to be a lot of wildflowers that attract them.  I have a child that is seriously  allergic to bee stings, so this is also a good reference for what not to place in certain areas around my home.

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If you have bad password habits, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone! According to a Harris Interactive survey, more than half of Americans realize they need to change their password habits.

Among the password habits that need attention are reusing passwords and creating weak passwords, such as your dog’s name, 12345 or password123.

When it comes to protecting valuable information, those passwords share common patterns, creating vulnerability across the various accounts we all use every day, ranging from the ones that need to be most secure, like bank and credit cards, to social media sites or free subscriptions. If one account gets hacked, all accounts sharing the same password and email are at much greater risk.

How apps can help manage and improve passwords

With many accounts prompting and requiring stronger passwords, including a combination of letters, capitalization, numbers and characters, password management apps can really help.

Many that enhance and simplify the user’s life share similar features, such as auto-creation of complex passwords, auto-fill of forms and encryption of information for safety.

That’s helpful considering a recent Harris Interactive survey that indicates 59 percent of adults admit to reusing passwords due to the difficulty remembering them.

The complex passwords created can be easily stored and used, and often shared across platforms, including home computers, work computers and smart devices, like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Edge and iPads.

What are some of the password management apps available for smartphone/ tablet users?

Keeper: As the number one most downloaded password management app, Keeper provides users with the ability to manage passwords across various accounts. Keeper’s free version provides local password storage and use on one device. A $29.99 per year subscription is required to access many of its quality features. Those include unlimited password storage, secure online storage for photos, videos and documents, and access across multiple devices, along with the ability to share the information with other users. Those with a subscription can also set up fingerprint login for quick and secure access to their account.

Dashlane: Dashlane is another great option. It’s, rated among the top password manager apps and is listed as Editor’s Pick in the Google Play Store. In addition to creating complex passwords for accounts, Dashlane acts as a digital wallet to make secure on-the-go payments and provides security breach alerts for usernames and passwords. Offered for $39.99 per year, the premium subscription allows syncing across devices, securing Cloud backup and accessing information via the web.

LastPass: This trusted app provides users with a secure vault and organization of accounts for user preference. Its features also allow for easy transitions between accounts on the same site. Like many other password management apps, LastPass can also keep track of credit card information, audit account passwords, record secure audio notes and more. Premium features for $12 a year include a shared family folder, unlimited device sync, multi-factor authentication and access to accounts from any device or computer.

Additional steps that users can take to further enhance the security of password protected information

A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicates that 65 percent of smartphone users always remember to take their device with them when they leave the house. With that mobility and U.S. Cellular’s robust network with nationwide coverage, people have embraced their smartphones for shopping online, managing bank accounts, catching up on news and emailing, all while on the go. Some additional steps to keep your accounts safe are simple, such as refraining from connecting in locations offering free WiFi. While it may be tempting to utilize the free WiFi, the connection may not be secure, which can impact your account security if accessed while connected.

Another easy step is one of the most obvious – use built in features such as the screen lock on your device. This feature comes standard on many devices and requires a pattern, fingerprint identification or character password to be entered before anything on the device can be accessed.


See You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin Book Blast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

  See You Soon BroadwaySee You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin Maris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams. When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true. And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come. But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of? amazon get it add to goodreads Praise for the Book I also look forward to any other books that Melissa has to offer. This is my second one by her and I have liked them both a lot. This is a very entertaining book about pursuing your dreams. I really enjoyed reading the book and am actually looking forward to a possible sequel. I enjoyed reading See You Soon Broadway. In fact, I finished it in two days; I could hardly put it down. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be the last. If you enjoy reading sweet romance, then definitely pick this up!   Excerpt “What are you guys up to?” I ask. My mom and Cassie are busily looking through some boxes. “Hi, hon. Dad was cleaning out the garage and found these boxes,” Mom replies. She continues to empty some junk from a box onto the table. “Mom and Dad are finally cleaning out their stuff. I told them that they need to feng shui,” Cassie says softly. Cassie just opened her own yoga studio; she’s probably the most calm and mentally sound person I have ever met in my life. I have thought about talking to her about the possibility of me moving to New York, but I’m a little nervous about what she’s going to say. “Maris, do you remember this? We used to play restaurant with this old menu.” Cassie holds up a menu that we stole from IHOP in the 80s. We used to play restaurant in Mom’s Tupperware closet for hours. “I can’t believe we still have that thing,” I exclaim. Although, I’m not surprised since Mom and Dad never throw anything away. “I’m keeping this for my kids,” Cassie adds. Ugh, typical Cassie—she may be calm and patient but she will always be the bossy older sister. She thinks she knows everything just because she’s a whopping three years older than me. “Um, why do you get to keep it and you don’t even have kids yet?” I demand. She doesn’t say anything; no doubt she is chanting some kind of yoga stuff in her mind to ease the tension that’s building. “You’re right,” she replies calmly. “We should share this once we both have kids, of course.” I guess I can’t really argue with her considering she’s definitely closer to having kids than I am. I start looking through a box that’s on the floor. It looks like a bunch of old stuff that belonged to my grandmother. Grandma passed away two years ago and my parents got the remainder of her things. I sort through the box of romance novels, crossword puzzles, and National Geographics from thirty years ago. As I’m sorting through the stuff, I find a red leather-bound notebook at the bottom of the box. My curiosity is building as I run my fingers over the gorgeous worn leather. I open it to the first page and immediately recognize my grandmother’s handwriting. The first page is dated March 10, 1948 . . . MelissaAuthor Melissa Baldwin Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway. Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
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