Mitten Crate Subscription Box

Mitten Crate Monthly Subscription BoxMitten Crate is a monthly subscription box that is different from other food subscription boxes because their aim is to provide you with foods that are the pride of Michigan. We decided to give their subscription box service a try and taste some of the gourmet offerings that are included in the box.

The first thing that we noticed about the boxes that we tried is that they were heavy! This is always an awesome sign when getting a subscription box, it generally means that the samples included in the box will be good sized. Imagine our surprise when we opened the boxes and there were not any samples at all! That’s right, the food products included in the Mitten Crate are full sized products.

It’s rare that there would be a subscription box service that ships out full sized products, but what is even more rare is that all of the products are genuinely unique and taste great. We appreciate the diversity that the food in this box brings, and the deeply rooted connection to Michigan taste that is emanated in each and every bite of the food shipped to you.

We tried a little of everything and have to admit that the foodies in Michigan are on to something big! The tastes were all uniquely individual and left a lasting impression on our tastebuds. Though, my personal favorite was the Beau Bien apple mustard. I tried the apple mustard on a spicy black bean veggie burger and the combination was out of this world. The curators of this box have done a fantastic job at bringing the best that Michigan has to offer to the world.

You can get a single box or subscribe to their monthly service at MittenCrate.com

Mitten Crate Subscription Box

Still Alice by Lisa Genova Book Review

Still Alice by Lisa Genova Book ReviewThis is one of those books that you literally cannot stop reading. The characters are all likable and you feel a connection to this family without even trying to. The story is compelling yet not overly theatrical and exaggerated. It is a very true to life depiction of Alzheimer’s disease.

So often an author will try to express what it is like to go through something, and there will be an obvious disconnect, but not in this novel. I had to remind myself many times that I really didn’t know Alice and her family because she seems that real.

The author Lisa Genova does a fantastic job at depicting what life would be like if you had to go through these same or similar events. The writing style is elegant, but not pretentious. Here is one of my favorite bits of writing from the book:

“The date on the calendar only made everyone feel offended or cheated, aware that it was already spring elsewhere, and there people wore short-sleeve shirts and awoke to the sounds of Robins chirping. Here, the cold and misery showed no signs of relenting, and the only birds Alice heard as they walked to campus were crows.” – From Still Alice pg. 106

This book is honest and that is really all that you can ask for in a book like this. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Don’t skip this book for any reason whatsoever.

Sweets Kendamas

Sweets KendamasIf you’re a fan of the game of Kendama then you need to know about one company that is making some of the most brilliantly designed Kendamas on the market! Sweets Kendams offers an amazing variety of Kendamas that range in color, design, and shape. Each of the color options offered by them pops and stands out.

Aside from having some of the best looking Kendamas in the world, they have sections on their website for tips and tricks, as well as videos to show you just what the game of Kendama is all about! There’s nothing boring or average about their Kendamas, and that’s something that we look for in a product. The game of Kendama is unique in itself, but having a Kendama with a “sweet” design on it, makes the game all the more interesting.

The people at Sweets Kendamas are serious about the game, and serious about having fun with it. They make it easy to learn the basics and aspire to Pro status. In fact, they even have their very own Pro Team. If you’re looking for a trusted Kendama retailer that makes the entire experience enjoyable, go with Sweets Kendama. They truly have some of the coolest Kendamas in the world, and you have the option to get one too! Check them out at www.SweetsKendama.com.

JetPens For Class

JetPens For ClassIt’s not a secret that taking notes can sometimes be frustrating, especially if you have a bad pen or pencil. Lucky for you, we have three brilliant solutions to make taking notes enjoyable and effortless! Remember, a good ink pen can be the difference in a good day or a bad day when it comes to getting those notes down properly during class.

1. Uni Alpha Gelll Ballpoint Pen – Don’t you just love it when you’re taking notes and the person you’re listening to emphasizes a certain point? You know that it is very important, but all that you have is your black ink pen, I guess you could just put a star beside that point and hope that you notice it later on when you review them, or you could get a pen that has two different ink colors built in! This pen has both black and red ink options built into one single ink pen. You will still get a smooth ink flow and nice looking results, only now you will have a little more option!

2. Morning Glory Mach 3 Roller Pen – If you want a sleek pen that is seriously built for structured notes, don’t hesitate to get the Morning Glory Mach 3. It has a modern and noticeable name to match it’s truly fantastic design. This is a very professional pen that will give you professional results.

3. Pilot Acroball Ballpoint Pen – Not all pens will give you a smooth line of ink and enjoyable writing experience, but this one sure does. It gives your writing just enough boldness to stand out and make legible notes. It’ll be hard for any other note taking pen to compete with the affordable price and superior quality of this pen. If you’re like me and like to doodle and sketch in the margins of your notebook, this pen will also work great for that. Talk about a win-win pen!

How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Book ReviewBeing a book reviewer for the last two weeks and having many of my books reviewed by others, I tend to see a lot of commonality in reviews. Mistakes, gestures, and things that are just inappropriate for a book review. It is one thing to tell someone that their book is great and others should read it. It’s practically a cliché at this point. Reviewers have to make prospective readers thirsty and energized in interest to the point where they want to purchase the book. Book reviews have the same flavor and sensitivity as a sales pitch.

How do I write a book review? Where do I start? How long should it be? Common questions with various answers! I only speak, in this blog post, from personal experiences as a book reviewer. When you begin writing a book review, start off thanking the author for their publication. You can include if you won the book through a giveaway, but know that this is a necessary evil. After being complimentary, start addressing the overall design of the book. What feeling did you get when you looked at the front cover? Does the title give off the main idea? Are the designs on the front and back covers an act of symbolism? Does the small wording on the back cover heighten your interest to open the book? These are the things prospective readers want to know.

The next portion of your book review should address the grammar and punctuation. Yes, something not often placed in reviews. It’s imperative that you get someone else to check your grammar and punctuation. Go through an editor or agent, if you have to. You’ve read the book. So, did you have to stop and almost stutter because the fragments were not revised properly in the sentences? Did the author wean off topic for a long time without reeling you back into his/her main purpose? Prospective readers and book reviewers look for the author’s purpose, focus, and moral in every story. At this point, you can begin considering the format and layout of the book. Was the table of contents outlined correctly? Were page numbers included? Was the book entirely too long with unnecessary information in chapters? Was the font and alignment of each page hard to conceptualize? Think about this when writing your book review.

How to Write a Book ReviewThese pieces to a book review are great, but the most crucial and last component of the book review should be recommendations. Make the sales pitch! State the type of audience who should be reading the book and address any internal/external feelings they may run into. Is the book full of adventure and suspense? Is it religious? Are profane words and derogatory remarks made in the book? Why is this so important? The prospective reader wants to know if they’re the right audience! For instance, I’m a poet and when I read reviews for poetry books, I want to know if the books are centered on the same themes I write about and read about. If I was a counselor and the book is full of adventure, but doesn’t hold a dramatic event requiring counseling for someone, this may not be the book for me. Make your recommendations and state why such audiences are the right candidates.

In closing, have fun with your book reviews! Don’t make it into an assignment or required duty. Don’t treat it as some book report or an exhausting activity one does when they finish a book. Write your review while you’re in a happy mode and when you think and concentrate about the interesting pieces of the book. Even if the book is terrible, don’t come right out and say, “this is the worse book to buy.” Mention the author’s weaknesses and give suggestions on how they could become strengths. Don’t tear down your author publicly, but address horrible matters through private communications.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing some of your book reviews out there!

Gfreely

Gfreely

Think healthy, now think how hard it can be sometimes to eat that way. What would you say to getting a box filled with super healthy and gluten free snacks delivered right to your front door each and every month? Believe it or not, Gfreely is a company that is making this a reality. For only $19 a month plus shipping you will get your surprise box delivered right to you or a loved one every month.

You will get super cool snacks, recipes, and of course GFree foods in the box. It’s different each month, so there’s never any fear of growing bored with what they send. You may or may not know that it can sometimes be quite difficult to find gluten free foods at your local supermarket and if you do they don’t always taste the best. What’s cool about this monthly box is they hand pick foods that taste amazing and are good for you.

A lot of monthly subscription boxes offer small sample sized portions of the products that they feature, and while you will get sample sizes in this box, they also include full sized foods and even things you can cook and eat as your entire meal. They don’t just send you cheap food, they send you a whole new lifestyle in a box. You will feel better and notice that the food you eat taste better when you try eating gluten free, and there is no better time or way to start than right now with a Gfreely subscription.

For more information on Gfreely or to subscribe to their monthly box be sure to check out their website, Facebook, or Twitter.