Product Review: Powerocks Portable Charger

Powerocks oh yes it does.  When Powerocks USA asked me to review this portable Super Magicstick portable charger I readily agreed.  I thought it would be perfect to test it while I was on the go, so I decided to use it while visiting my daughter.  It’s a 5 hour drive to my daughter’s, that would be plenty of time to charge the device and provide ample opportunity to use it.   

When I’m visiting my grandchildren remembering to charge my phone is not a priority, but I always regret it later.  I love the bold colors of this little device.  I’m loving the pink, blue, purple and red.  I also love that it’s small enough to stick in a pocket in my purse.  I received the hot pink charger to put to the test.  The charger comes with a USB-to-Micro-USB cable and a pouch for travel. 

Using the charger proved to be very simple.  It involves 3 steps:
  • Step 1 – Charge the Magicstick.  I used the charger that I carry in my car to power it up since I was on the go.  You can also charge it using your phone charger, your laptop or notebook.  It took about an hour to charge the Magicstick in my car.  The charger in my car is pretty powerful, so it may take longer if you’re charging it at home.   
  • Step 2 – Push the button on the bottom of the charge to ensure it’s fully charged.  The button should be blue if it’s fully charged, green if it has a 50% charge and pink if  less than 50%.
  • Step 3 – Once the Magicstick is charged, flip the USB cable around and plug into your Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, Motorola or whatever device you have.  It’s universal!   
 I love that I can charge my grandson’s games when we’re on the go.  I’ve lost track of the number of times he has had to turn off his game to save some juice for the ride home.  Keeping the kids occupied while I’m driving is a must in my car.  If the Magicstick is fully charged, you should be able to fully charge your devices twice.  This little baby packs power.     
This item is hot.  Don’t be caught without power again.  Check out your local or on-line retail stores and grab one.  I highly recommend it. 
Disclosure:  I was provided a Super Magicstick charger for this review by Power Rocks USA.  The opinions are my own.   

How To Get A Good Nights Sleep


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Do you know how to purchase a pillow?  Are you a side, back or stomach sleeper?   I’ve been purchasing pillows for years, and I never thought about how I slept while doing so.  For years my pillows have ended up on the floor by morning.  I concluded, I didn’t like them for some reason and sometime during the night I made my dislike known.  Not only where the pillows on the floor, my bed looked like a bomb hit it.  There times when I woke up, looked at the bed and asked WTH.  I obviously tossed and turned all night, which probably has been a big contributor to me waking up feeling like I had never gone to bed.  I decided to trash all of my pillows and make new purchases.  

While researching and trying to decide what kind to buy, I learned that I’ve been buying the wrong pillows.  There are pillows made specifically for side, back and stomach sleepers.  I am a side sleeper.  I’ve always purchased what was the cheapest, the end.  They always ended up as flat as a pancake, basically useless.  I checked out Web MD during my research, and the article confirmed my suspicion.  I had been purchasing the wrong pillows.   


Since I was going to redo my bed, I decided that I wanted it to be as delicious as the beds at the Marriott and Crown Plaza that I’ve stayed in during my travels.  I headed over to Bed, Bath and Beyond to check out their selection.  According to Web MD side sleepers need a firm pillow to fill in the distance between the ear and outside shoulder.  After discussing the pillow selections with the sales representative, I decided on Laura Ashley side sleepers.  I purchased 4 firm at $20.00 bucks each.  I originally went in with the intention of purchasing Down pillows, that’s what Marriott has on their beds.  The Laura Ashley pillows felt just as good.  I do have a Down bed topper and comforter, which adds to the deliciousness of my bed. 
According to Web MD, if you are a back sleeper you need a thin pillows so your head is not thrown forward and stomach sleepers need a very thin almost flat pillow.  Stomach sleepers usually don’t need a pillow for their head, but they should use one under their stomach to avoid lower back pain.  I found the article to be very informative. 
I have a habit of sleeping on one pillow and snuggling with the other. I know you’re thinking I snuggle with my man or my husband.  I may start there, but before the night is over I’m looking for coolness and I’ve drawn a line down the middle of the bed.  Don’t cross I’m hot!  That’s another story.  Stayed tuned for my post on that experience.    

I have 3 days to use the Laura Ashley pillows, and if I’m not satisfied I can return them.  So far so good.  Are you a side, back or stomach sleeper?  Do you buy your pillows accordingly?  If not, you may want to change how you make your selections too.  Buying the right pillow can contribute to a good night’s sleep.  Who knew. 
                                                                          
                              

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Remembering King Syrup and Fried Bologna Sandwiches

King Syrup

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Do you remember King Syrup or was that before your time?  I’m telling my age, but I used to eat this stuff by the gallon when I was growing up.  We ate it on pancakes, waffles, biscuits and made syrup sandwiches.  They were the best.  Aunt Jemima may reign supreme now, but King Syrup roared back in the day.  It was so thick it took forever to pour it out the bottle.  We actually turned the bottle upside down once and went outside to play ball.
Our thinking was when the game was over, the syrup would be ready to pour.  We complained so much, daddy started buying the syrup in the can.  Dipping a spoon into the syrup eliminated that problem.  We loved it, and we loved daddy for the new purchase.  We sang Long live the King to him!  I think we could have gotten King Syrup out of him for the rest of our lives after that.  I miss you daddy!
As the years passed, King Syrup lost its popularity in our household.  I was visiting a friend, and we decided to go to iHop for breakfast.  As we were walking out the door, I noticed that he had a can of King Syrup in his hands.  I couldn’t believe that he was actually going to take his own syrup into a restaurant.  But I was truly in disbelieve that he had a can of King Syrup.  I hadn’t seen a can in years.  He told me that he had it shipped to him and he never ran out.  He stated the neighborhood iHop allowed him to bring his own syrup for years.  His wife verified his story, and I got to see it for myself.  He ordered his favorite pancakes and covered them with his favorite syrup.   Just when you think you’ve seen it all.   We had a great time reliving our childhood and reminiscing about all the foods that we ate as children.
Fried bologna sandwiches, known as the poor man’s meat, was another favorite.  Daddy would go to the deli and have Johnny, the butcher, slice it thin for us.  For those who didn’t indulge in fried bologna sandwiches, you don’t know what you missed.  Half the fun was in eating it and the other half was frying it.  If you didn’t put a slit around the edges of the bologna, it would curl up.   For some reason, we found that hilarious.
I loved my childhood for the most part.  It was carefree and the memories are great.  What are some of your favorite childhood foods?

Plus Size Barbie


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Plus-size... or obese? A mocked-up image of a plus-size Barbie beside a traditional Barbie by Worth100 has sparked a debate about the doll's impact on female body image
Would you buy a plus size Barbie doll for your daughter?  Apparently the idea is being looked at; however, the plus size Barbie shown is drawing controversy.  Facebook group, Plus Size Modeling, generated the question “Should toy companies start making plus-sized dolls?  They have gotten 36,000 likes and 1,600 shares on the idea. 

Personally, I think it’s a great idea.  Most women are not pencil thin.  Most have curves and are proud of them.  The plus-size Barbie shown was produced by artists at Worth1000.com, not Mattel.  Mattel has not stated, to my knowledge, that they are entertaining the idea of a plus-size Barbie.   


This plus size Barbie has come under fire by many.  Many believe the image created is not how plus size women should be portrayed.  In fact, many think the Barbie shown is obese not plus size.  There is a difference.  Not all plus-size women are obese.  Did you notice that the plus-size Barbie has a triple chin and is basically three times the size of the original Barbie.    

When I first saw the doll, my response was WTH.  I am a plus size.  Yep, size 12/14W and I am comfortable in the skin that I’m in.  My goal is to be healthy and if I can accomplish that at a size 12/14, than I’m happy. I don’t have 3 chins and I’m not three times the size of a pencil thin woman.   Most of the women in my family are plus size.  My daughter however is petite.  Imagine that.

I believe in diversity and want to expose my granddaughter to a variety of doll images.  I purchase Black, Hispanic and Caucasian dolls for her.  After all, the world is made up of many people from many backgrounds in a variety of hues.  I want her to see the world for what it is and know that it’s okay to not be pencil thin.  I want her to know that women of color are beautiful, intelligent and successful.  I want her to know that not everyone looks alike, has the same shape or is the same size.  That’s the beauty of the human race.  I don’t know what genetics have in store for her, so I want her to have this knowledge at an early age. 

If a plus size Barbie is to be marketed, plus size women should be on the team while she is being developed.  I wonder who was behind the development of this doll at Worth1000.com, but more importantly who approved the final plan.  They obviously need to return to the drawing the board and take some time to learn about healthy full figure women.         

How To Care For Your Children’s Teeth

 

children's teeth, children's dental care

 

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First, should children brush their teeth and floss? The answer is yes.  Oral hygiene should start early.  Most importantly, caring for your children’s teeth and gums should be a priority. Additionally, teaching your children to care for their teeth will eliminate tooth decay and gum disease down the road.

Furthermore, we have great tips on how you can help your child promote healthy teeth and gums.  So, follow these tips and you will be on your way:

  • Do not give your child any product that contains sugar when putting them to bed. The sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Encourage your baby to start drinking from a cup around 9 months or shortly thereafter.
  • Clean your child’s teeth with a gauze pad or soft cloth when they first surface. Once they break through, use a soft toothbrush with water only
  • Encourage your child to stop sucking their thumb or fingers. See your dentist if you’re unsuccessful.

dental care for toddlers

  • Around 1 – 2 years of age a dot of toothpaste may be used on the child’s toothbrush. (Check your stores for training tooth pastes).
  • Encourage your child not to swallow the toothpaste and rinse well with water.
  • By age 3 or 4, children should be able to brush their own teeth. You should check your children’s teeth to ensure proper brushing. Chewable Disclosing Tablets can used to determine if any plaque is on your child’s teeth. The Disclosing Tablet will leave a color on the teeth when plaque remains.
  • Have your child brush their teeth twice a day.
  • Gently floss between your child’s teeth until they learn the proper technique.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups for your child as early as 2 years of age. (Make sure your dentist and hygienist work well with children).
  • Be an example, brush and floss regularly and maintain regular dental appointments.  Allow your child to watch you brush and floss.  My grandson loves to watch me use my electric toothbrush.

Last, if you follow these tips, you’re leading your child toward the goal of healthy teeth and gums.  Additionally, a toothbrush, Child Life Toothpaste Tablets, Plackers Kids 1st Flossers , and Tooth Brushing Sand Timer for Kids are the proper tools for the job.

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Don’t Slap My Child

A passenger accused of slapping a 2 year old toddler on a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta is sentenced to eight months in prison.  According to the mother, Jessica Bennett, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, former president of an aircraft parts manufacturer based in Idaho was seated next to her and her son on a flight to Atlanta.  Her son became frightened upon decent and started to cry.  Hundley yelled at her to shut the “ni**** baby up.  He than slapped the toddler.  The adorable baby suffered a scratch below his eye after the assault.  

Thankfully, other passengers witnessed the assault and came to her rescue.  Passengers 12 rows up heard the racial slur.  I wonder if people were raised under rocks at times.  Ms. Bennett stated that Mr. Hundley reeked of alcohol during the flight and his speech was slurred.  According to Ms. Bennett, Mr. Hundley had been complaining about her son prior to the incident.  Earlier he had asked the stewardess about the regulations for holding children on laps.  Ms. Bennett also stated that he told her the toddler was too big to be sitting on her lap.  She said she spent most of the flight in the rear with her son, so she could stay away from Mr. Hundley. 

According to Mr. Hundley’s attorney, he was on his way to Atlanta to remove his son from life support and he was distraught.  Although I understand his pain for having to make such a heart wrenching decision, nobody has the right to slap another person,  Especially a child.     

Mr.  Hundley apologized in court for his disgraceful behavior.  He admitted that he had an alcohol problem and was attending AA meetings and had enrolled in an anger management course.  He will be spending the next 8 months behind bars, so he will have plenty of time to reflect on the incident and how he will re-enter society.  Hopefully, he will be rehabilitated and will have made peace with the death of his son . 

Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.  

How To Attract Cardinals in Your Backyard

cardinals

The cardinal also known as “redbirds” is my state bird.  They were the mascot for our high school growing up, so I’ve always had an infinity toward them.  My backyard is full of them and as you can see they eat well.  The males are red with black back/tail feathers and are a standout anytime of the year, but breathtaking during the winter months against the snow.  During mating season, the brighter the better to the female cardinals.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds before you leave.

 

female Cardinals

 

The females have some red, but are mostly tan and gray.  They sing outside my bedroom window in the morning.  They are known to have up to 12 different songs.  While watching them, I’ve found them to be quite sociable.  They wait their turn at the feeder and interact well with other species.  Cardinals love mixed birdseed as well as the black oil sunflower seeds.  They also eat fruit, insects and sap from the trees.  I have yet to see them eat from the suet feeder.  The male is a gentleman.  The majority of the time he will perch on a branch while the female eats and than he takes his turn.

 

male Cardinals
Cardinals usually mate for life and they don’t migrate.  You can enjoy their brilliant color year round.  The male is responsible for feeding the female when she is incubating her eggs.  He guards the nest and ensure predators stay at bay.  Breeding season can last from March – September.  The female usually builds their nest in a dense bush that I have at the other end of my house.  I watch them from afar, the female will leave the nest and build elsewhere if she senses danger.  The male in the picture above is indulging on black oil sunflower seeds.  They usually arrive at the feeder with their mate, but I have seen both feed alone.
attracting Cardinals
If you’re a beginner bird watcher, the cardinal is one of the easiest backyard birds to attract.  They like the platform and tube feeders, so you can use one or the other.  They’re not picky eaters, so regular bird seed or black oil sunflower seeds will meet their needs.  Happy bird watching!

Remembering Gone With The Wind

                 
                                                                   Alicia Rhett played India Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind." (Everett Collection)

Gone With the Wind (GWTW) is my all time favorite movie.  I used to sit for hours watching it from beginning to end on my VHS tape.  I did step up, and purchase the DVD finally.  I’ve often wondered how Hollywood chooses the actors and actresses for roles.  At times, it seems impossible to have found a better actor or actress for their role they are in.  They couldn’t have picked a better actress than Vivian Leigh to play the starring role of Scarlett O’Hara.  She was a beautiful and talented actress. 

Today, I’m remembering India Wilkes one of Scarlett O’Hara’s enemies.  India Wilkes was played by Alicia Rhett, shown above.  Alicia Rhett passed away yesterday at age 98.  She actually auditioned for the role of Melanie Wilkes, but the role went to Olivia de Havillan. Alicia was offered and accepted the role as India Wilkes instead. In the movie Melanie Wilkes, played by Olivia de Havillan, comes from an inbreeding family. She marries her cousin and India’s brother, Ashley Wilkes, who Scarlett was in love with.  From there, they were intertwined. 

My fondest memory of India was when Scarlett called her an old maid during an argument.  It seems that her role of being an unmarried woman continued after filming.  Off screen, Alicia Rhett never married or had children. She returned to Charleston, SC after (GWTW) and continued to paint and do stage acting.  Much of her art is on display in her home town of Savannah, GA.    

There are 3 cast members who are still living, Olivia de Havilland, 97, who resides in Paris.  Mary Anderson, 93, who played Maybelle Merriweather; and Mickey Kuhn, 81, who played Beau Wilkes, Ashley and Melanie’s son.  
Gone With the Wind earned an Oscar and an Academy Award.  The period dresses and scenes were amazing.  It was a fascinating movie by all accounts.  Alicia Rhett, rest in peace and thanks for helping to make Gone With the Wind one of the best movies in American History.                               

How To Trace Your Ancestry


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how to trace your ancestry

Do you know who you are?  I’ve spent the last few months tracing my ancestry on Ancestry.com, and I must say that it has been quite an endeavor.  One that I’ve enjoyed so much I’ve decided to do a scrapbook.  I’ve traced my mother’s and father’s ancestry back three generations.  I know amazing, right.  I think it’s important to know who we are.  Once we know who we are, we will understand our greatness and our mission in life.  I also think it’s important to share our heritage with our children so they too can understand how great they are.  


I received a 30 day free trial with Ancestry.com.  The site was easy to use.  It asks for basic information like:  first and last names, places where you relatives may have lived, mother and father’s name if know, birthday etc.  You enter as much information that you have on the person and the systems returns information that you can browse and add to your family tree.  What’s cool about the site, is they do some of the tracing for you when you’re off-line.  For example, they return birth, marriage and death records that they think are connected to your family.  When you log back in, it will give you an indicator on the person that they may have information on.  I also liked that other members may be searching the same heritage line and may have pictures or other documentation that you can copy.  You can make your information public for others to view or you can make it private.       

I was able to trace my history back to slavery on my father’s side.  I was able to find the cemetery where my great, great, great grandfather is buried.  On my mother’s side of the family, my ancestors found the first African American community, Johnsontown, in West Virginia.  I’m excited to be able to pass this information on to my children and grandchildren with the hope that they will pass it on to their children. So many times we loose our heritage, and as a result we miss so many opportunities to be proud of who we are and what our ancestors accomplished.            



I was able to find an ancestry scrapbook, below, on Amazon for a good price.  I snatched it up quickly, the company, KCompany, is no longer making the book.   I really like the brown and turquoise colors and the slot on the album where I can add the family name.  For some reason brown and turquoise seem appropriate for ancestry photos. 
                                             
 
Some may see Ancestry.com as somewhat pricey, pricing may vary month to month, but it was worth the time and energy that it took to trace my roots.  I would advise you to try the free 30 day offer, so if you’re diligent you may be able to accomplish tracing a great deal of your heritage during that period.  If you’re interested in digging a little deeper into who you are, check out the site and make some memories for your family.