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I am not much of a camper but I do sometimes camp out in my scrapbook area for weekends at a time – and after getting a couple of new toys and realizing that I needed some more room, this portable aluminum camping folding table from RORAIMA turned out to be exactly what I needed!  It is light weight, really easy to put together, is just the right height and if I do ever decide to go camp, I can easily disassemble it, toss it into the carrying bag and it will take up next to no room in the car to be transported! Pick up your own at Amazon!

The instructions were a bit faded which made for some fun times with putting the table together, but it went together in about 10 minutes once I figured out what I was doing 🙂

I received a discounted item in order to write this review, but I am absolutely loving the table and all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Book Review: Girl Boner

Girl boner is geared towards ‘good girls’ seeking sexual empowerment.  There are journal exercises throughout the book and stories from abuse victims as well as ways to self are and pointers on sex positions.  It seems like a woman’s pleasure is always an after thought to the man’s, so this book helps educate the women and hopefully help make their sex lifes a little bit more pleasurable.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Book Review: Fantastic Failures

Fantastic Failures is all about people who have changed the world – but not without falling down first.  Some of the names that you will probably recognize that are included in this book include – Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Media superstar Oprah, movie director Steven Speilberg, NASA brain Katherine Johnson… The moral of the story is, be persistent and keep trying.  Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Just think of all the things we would not have if the people in this book gave up after their first attempt didn’t go as they had planned for it to!

 

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Even the most well-known people have struggled to succeed! Find out what they learned and how they turned their failures into triumphs with this engaging and youthful guide on how to succeed long term.

There is a lot of pressure in today’s society to succeed, but failing is a part of learning how to be a successful person. In his teaching career, Luke Reynolds saw the stress and anxiety his students suffered over grades, fitting in, and getting things right the first time. Fantastic Failures helps students learn that their mistakes and failures do not define their whole lives, but help them grow into their potential.

Kids will love learning about some of the well-known people who failed before succeeding and will come to understand that failure is a large component of success. With stories from people like J. K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sotomayor, Vincent Van Gogh, Julia Child, Steven Spielberg, and Betsy Johnson, each profile proves that the greatest mistakes and flops can turn into something amazing. Intermixed throughout the fun profiles, Reynolds spotlights great inventors and scientists who discovered and created some of the most important medicines, devices, and concepts of all time, including lifesaving vaccines and medicines that were stumbled upon by mistake.

 

Book Review: We Are The Nerds

We Are The Nerds tells the story of the birth and tumultuous life of REDDIT, the Internet’s culture laboratory.  It may be a surprise to many, but I do not spend much time on reddit at all.  I am aware of what it is and I know a ton of people who spend hours there checking everything out but for whatever reason it never really clicked as a place for me to check out. However, I am a nerd and I am all about the internet and making webpages and apps and the like so getting to read a bit about how everything behind the scenes went down before the site was created and then trying to figure out how to balance its popularity as well as know what to censor and what not to censor was really interesting to me.  A lot of fun stories from behind the scenes, some sad ones as well.  I learned a lot, even if it did seem to take me forever and a day to actually end up finishing the book. (Where has all my free time gone!? No wonder why I have no time for reddit…)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A riveting look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website, whose intensely-engaged users have changed the culture of the Internet–“a must-read for anyone hoping to make sense of the century ahead” (Ashlee Vance, bestselling author of Elon Musk).

Reddit hails itself as “the front page of the Internet.” It’s the third most-visited website in the United States–and yet, millions of Americans have no idea what it is.

We Are the Nerds is an engrossing look deep inside this captivating, maddening enterprise, whose army of obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury and landing Donald Trump in the White House. We Are the Nerds is a gripping start-up narrative: the story of how Reddit’s founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, rose up from their suburban childhoods to become millionaires and create an icon of the digital age–before seeing the site engulfed in controversies and nearly losing control of it for good.

Based on Christine Lagorio-Chafkin’s exclusive access to founders Ohanian and Huffman, We Are the Nerds is also a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today–and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides.

Book Review: Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia

Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia is all about a concert that was held there back in 1998 and referred to as “Panic in the Streets”.  This book is not really a biography of the event, but instead a recount with stories from people who were there.  This was not a casual event, people didn’t just show up, it was all planned.  There even was a wedding at the concert!  This concert opened the door and brought a lot more music festivals to Athens and it still being talked about 20 years later!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

In April 1998, legendary southern jam band Widespread Panic held a free open-air record release show in downtown Athens, Georgia, its homebase. No one involved could have known that the predicted crowd of twenty thousand would prove to be nearly five times that size. The ultimately successful show, now known as “Panic in the Streets,” went on to become a cult favorite of Panic fans and a decisive moment in Athens music history. This event still holds the record for the world’s largest record release party, but the full story of how the event came to be has not been told until now.

Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia places readers at the historic event, using in-depth investigation and interviews with the band, city officials, and “Spread Heads” who were there. Told as much as possible in real time, music journalist Gordon Lamb’s narrative takes the reader from conception to aftermath and uncovers the local controversies and efforts that nearly stopped the show from happening altogether.

This deeply researched and richly sourced book follows every stage of the concert’s development from the spark of an idea to approximately one hundred thousand people from all over the world packing the streets of a legendary music town. Taking us back to 1990s Athens through vibrant, on-the-scene writing, Lamb gives us the story of a band on the verge of greatness and a town reckoning with its significant place in music history.

 

Harry Potter Music Box Hedwig’s Theme

I’ve always been in love with these kinds of music boxes and I was sooo excited to see that there was one for Harry Potter of Hedwig’s Theme! Absolutely loving it and the box that it comes in is amazing as well! Get your own here: Https://feriwola.com/products/exclusive-hand-crank-music-box (They have other movies/shows/themes available as well!)

The box is beautifully burned with the Harry Potter logo on the top in the lightning bolt harry potter font and the outside of the box has a beautiful design around it.  You can get Harry Potter in either Blue or Natural wood tones, but since Blue is one of my favorite colors I figured that is the way to go.  In addition to Harry Potter they also have Game of Thrones, Davy Jones Locker, Star Wars and more available… really, really cool for that geek in your life!

Stats:

-Laser engraved and cut hand-cranked music box
-4mm Birch Plywood
-65x55x40 mm

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review.  Check out the video below to see for yourself! (It was kind of hard to use 2 hands to hold it AND record a video… but I think I give a pretty accurate representation of how it works!)


Book Review: Baby Animals Eating

Baby Animals Eating has to be one of the cutest books I have read lately.  It has a bunch of photos of animals eating – like koalas and monkeys!  It tells you what they eat and how they eat it – for instance – a sloth at 1 month can digest just 1 leaf!  Super adorable quick read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Around the world, baby animals eat to grow big and strong. Whether it’s bear cubs snacking on clams, giraffes munching on leaves, or chimpanzee babies drinking milk from their moms, baby animals eating are not only adorable—they can teach us about animal behavior, too.

The third book in the Baby Animals series, Baby Animals Eating showcases more than 10 species from around the world eating different things. Stunning, intimate, full-color photographs by Suzi Eszterhas are each paired with a short sentence highlighting information about the animal. Designed both to be read aloud and for young children to explore independently, this book will encourage readers to make connections between themselves and the animals. Back matter gives further information about Suzi Eszterhas and some behind-the-scenes detail.

Book Review: Dollar Bill Animals in Origami

Dollar Bill Animals in Origami is a book showing you how to make all sorts of different animals using origami done with dollar bills! These would make awesome gifts or fun conversation starters to have around the house.  Some of the animals I would love to try to make are the seahorse, owl, turtle, unicorn or triceratops!  The skill level is noted by *simple, **intermediate and ***complex.  There are symbols that show you how to fold each step and step by step instructions to help you make these awesome animals.

I received a free e-copy of this book from netgalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

 

About the Book

John Montroll has consistently expanded the limits of the ancient art of paper folding. Now in this exciting volume of more than 30 original models, the world-renowned origami master departs from the traditional square form and crafts each creation from an ordinary dollar bill.
Using the familiar rectangular shape as a base, Dollar Bill Animals in Origami offers easy-to-follow diagrams for folders at every level of expertise, from beginner to expert. You may use actual dollar bills or any paper cut to the same proportions to create a stunning display of animals of land, air, and sea: giraffe, unicorn, dinosaur, parrot, owl, shark, and many others. Also included are pictures of each completed project and instructions for basic folds. With this innovative book an exciting journey in origami art is as close as the nearest dollar.

Book Review: Dumpling Pups

Dumpling Pups is a book full of crochet dogs that are just oh so cute!  There are technique to use when crocheting and all sorts of fun things to make – corgis, dog beds, bull dogs… instructions and photos for all of the pups and each has the skill level listed so you know if you may be in over your head before you start!  Adorable!

I received a free e-copy of this book from netgalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the book

Beginner- to intermediate-level crocheters will have a doggone good time with these 20 original patterns for dumpling-shaped dogs. Inspired by a Japanese collecting game, the guide offers full-color photos, simple diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions that assist crafters in “collecting” all of the cuddly pups, each of which comes with its own charming story and personality points. Breeds include corgi, dachshund, pit bull, lab, and many others — a dog bed and bowl are also included.

Hanson at The Big E

Friday September 14th was the first day of the Big E and Hanson was the entertainment for the evening at the Court of Honor Stage.  After finding “handicapped” parking in a pile of mud, we rode a golf cart to the main entrance, took a bit of a walk around and realized 2nd row was up for grabs for the show.  We hit up one of the fried food stations for lunch (funnel cake and deep fried oreos – lunch of champions) and then snagged a spot in the 2nd row for the day, knowing we would be seeing Street Beat at 1pm and 6pm and Blessid Union of Souls at 3pm.  We also had a good laugh that you couldn’t bring any weapons inside – but wonder knifes and the like were readily available for purchase once you made it inside of the fair.

Street Beats first performance left something to be desired, but the second they used a lot of kids as their volunteers from the audience and that seemed to make things a lot more fun and exciting.  Blessid Union of Souls was a pleasant surprise – I had remembered “Hey Leonardo” from the 90s but had completely forgotten they also had a hit with “I Believe”  The lead singer wore a shiny shirt that had to have not been able to breathe at ALL… and he was covered in sweat by the end of their awesome 1 hour set.

Hanson came out for a soundcheck which drew in quite a crowd – many not realizing that it was not their actual set until after they left. (Are there really people out there that think they only play their songs only halfway through during concerts?)  The crowd got larger and larger until the show started at 8pm and I never did manage to turn around to see just how big the crowd got but was told by friends who were in the back that the crowd went allllll the way back.  (Maybe if the have Hanson back they will get to play the bigger stage next time!)  They did a set mixed of hits and other fan favorites and although I probably would have pulled a couple of songs out of the set if I was in charge of making the list, it was a pretty solid setlist.  Very high energy for about an hour and a half!

My one regret was giving up waiting for the guys to come out after the show – when we left and just ended up in stand-still traffic on the highway anyway due to an accident.  Oh well, hindsight is 20/20