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Book Review: Beauty and the Beast

Title: Beauty and the Beast

Author: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve

Genre: Fairytale

Publisher: Harper Design

Publication date: Illistrated Edition, January 2017

Page #: Hardcover, 208 Pages

Link to Purchase:  Amazon Barnes and Noble

I have been a fan of the animated (and now live action) film, so I wanted to read the book too. I can honestly say that this story did not disappoint! The story is beautifully told, and is a great read for anyone who’s a fan of the films. There are similarities to the films, but with some added surprises. The author writes a page turning fairytale with fun details that give enertaining mental immagery. to a version of a tale loved and known the world over. The book design is beautiful and the interactive elements are really charming and fun. If you’re a fan of fairytales…I highly recommend this book!

Star rating: 4 out of 5.

Product Review: Dogwidgets DW-18 Dog Training Collar

This is a great dog training collar!
It took awhile for me to figure out exactly how to get everything working.
Some Tips: Charge both the collar and remote before trying to use, for at least 6 hours. To pair the remote to the collar hold down the power button on the collar, as well as the Y button on the remote. When they beep, they’re connected. I hope these tips help! Before testing the collar on my dog, I tested it on myself, and a level 4 shock was enough to not cause me injury but a large enough jolt to make me jump with surprise.






I have a medium sized dog and this training collar worked great for her! The level 4 shock was all that was needed (and I probably could have set it less for her). I only had to go through the functions of the remote with her one time before she got the idea of what was going on. She always came when called when wearing the collar. I left the collar on her for a few hours (in the booklet it suggests no more than 12 hrs of wear at a time), and she seemed fine. She did scratch at the color a bit, but that was probably more due to slight irritation of it being on, than any skin issues.
**Disclaimer*** I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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Product Review: Imperial Kitchen Collection – Cutting Mats

Imperial Kitchen Collection: Cutting Mats

The package arrived quickly (via Prime Shipping) and was intact and undamaged. The cutting mats came well packaged in clear plastic with an instruction/description sheet. You are supposed to wash the mats and coat them with a light coating of oil (but I forgot to do this after I read it).
The mats are made of sturdy bendable plastic, with a non-slip grid on the bottom to prevent slippage as you chop food. I like that each mat is a different color and coordinates with a different food/meat group to prevent contamination during meal prep. The mats are brightly color coded as follows: Red is for beef, yellow is for poultry, blue is for fish, and green is for veggies. I found the mats to be lightweight and easy to store in a fairly cramped kitchen.  I hand washed with warm water and soap and set to dry for over 10 minutes. They were still slightly wet and needed towel drying before reuse. All things considered, I think this is a great product for the kitchen. I recommend it if you’re in need of some quality plastic cutting board

Here are some photos:
The mats in the packaging – straight out of the box.
Cutting some veggies.


Detailing of the non-slip grid on the back of each mat.


All 4 mats with their labels.


Mat drying after being washed with warm water and soap.

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I have received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

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