Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Adfilic External Battery #powerbank Review and Giveaway!

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Adfilic Power Bank With a New Gen 3 in 1 Charging Cable 
  • This External power Bank Will Recharge Most Cellphones 
  • Most Users Get One Full and One Half Charge 
  • Use With Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, Sony, LG, Nokia and More!
  • Small and Lightweight - Great For Purses and Backpacks
  • Metal Exterior for Durability 
  • For a Limited Time Your Purchase Includes a 3 in 1 USB Adapter 
  • Includes a 12 month Money Back Guarantee
  • Available From Amazon for $39.99 $19.97
  • Eligible for Amazon Prime
Do you know that feeling you get when your phone gives you the low battery warning, but you still have hours before you will be near a charger?  Yeah, me too.  I'm not the type who never looks up from my cell, but when I'm going to be away for the day, it is usually a picture and video taking reason, and that sort of thing just eats through my battery.  I also spend some time warming the spectator benches while my sons participate in sports practices, so I often spend these idle hours catching up on email and social media. Now I don't have to worry about my battery usage any more.

I just received this external power bank to try out, and I will definitely be taking this along with me any time I am going to be out and about for the day.  It will also be great for the days when I pick up my cell only to realize I forgot to charge it overnight.

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You may not be able to tell from this photo, but this little power bank is only a tiny bit larger than a lipstick!  At about 4 inches long, it fits easily into a purse or backpack.  For a limited time it will also come with the three in one charger you see in the photo above.  The cords are short and will not tangle, and there is a port for Apple devices, a standard micro USB for other phones, and a lightning cable for Apple models 5 and above.  You may also plug your own USB charging cord directly into the unit if you prefer.

To get started remove the power bank from the box and attach it to a USB charging cord that is plugged in.  The LED light on the bottom will glow red while it is receiving a charge, and it will change to blue when fully charged.

I have attached it to my phone when it gets to about 50% and I was able to get it back to full charge in less than an hour and I did this twice before I plugged the power bank back in for its own recharging.

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In the photo collage below you can see the size of the unit in proportion to my hand.  You can also see the blue LED light that signals a full charge.  Finally, you will see that in addition to my iPhone, I am able to charge an iPod Touch and a BlackBerry phone using the three in one charging cord.

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This power bank is very handy to have, and with the special current price of $19.97 it is a bargain, too!  It would make a great back to school purchase, and if you have Amazon Prime, it even comes with free shipping.

One of my readers will also win one of these units!  If you would like to try your luck, please use the form below and follow the directions for the entry methods you choose.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The #BoxcarChildren Animated DVD Collector's Edition - With Giveaway!

The Boxcar Children
The Boxcar Children Collector's Edition DVD
  • Animated DVD Featuring the Voices of Martin Sheen, JK Simmons, Joey King, Jadon Sand, Zachary Gordon
  • Based on Gertrude Chandler Warner's Beloved Children's Classics
  • Released by Phase 4 Films, Directed by Dan Chuba and Mark A.Z. Dippe
  • Full Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC - Closed Captioning Available
  • Region One, Single Disc, English and French Language
  • Rated: G - Suitable For All Ages and a Five Dove Rating From the Dove Foundation
  • Pre-Order Now From Wal-Mart - In Stores August 19, 2014
  • Movie Run Time 81 Minutes, Plus Special Bonus Features
  • Special Features Include Downloadable Content and Printable Activities
  • Visit the website:  www.boxcarchildren.com
  • There is also a Facebook Page and a Twitter Account (@BoxcarChildren)
The Boxcar Children are four orphaned siblings who are on the run.  Driven by a fear that they will be forced to live with their grandfather they gather up a few possessions and take off into the night.  Never having met the grandfather, they believe that he is old and evil and that life with him would be terrible.  

After only a few days they come upon an abandoned boxcar in a beautiful secluded area of the woods.  It is a perfect place for Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Ben to call their own.  Once it is fixed up, the boxcar is cozy and perfect - at least for the summer.  When the weather grows colder little Violet gets sick, and the children are forced to seek help from a new friend.  Their lives change forever after this as they are united with their grandfather.



This is a sweet movie for little ones, probably up to about age 8.  It shows siblings working together, loving each other, and protecting each other.  A an added benefit children will see self sufficient young people taking care of all of their own needs.  It could be helpful in motivating boys and girls to do more chores and participate in housekeeping.

The movie could probably have been animated better - it is not as fluid as most modern movies.  Since the story is set during a time when a quarter would buy three loaves of bakery bread the vintage feel is more forgivable.

There are quite a few special features including a children's eBook with three stories, a downloadable Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure, a town map, the official soundtrack, an activity kit, a featurette about the author, a museum featurette, and a gallery of still shots from the movie.

If you would like to participate in the giveaway for a copy of this DVD, please use the form below.  This giveaway is made possible by Propeller, and while you may enter as many giveaways as you would like, they enforce a one winner per household rule.  
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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

@ChickenSoupSoul - Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries (With Giveaway!)

Chicken Soup for the Soul Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • 101 Stories About Hearth, Happiness, and Hard Work
  • Compiled by Amy Newmark, Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein
  • Foreword by Lee Woodruff (Wife of Reporter Bob Woodruff)
  • Ten chapters of Reader Submitted Short Stories
  • Available in Paperback and eBook Editions
  • 432 Pages - English Language
  • Released 6/24/14 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publisher's Suggested Price for Paperback $14.95
  • Sales Benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Available at Bookstores, Amazon and Barnes and Noble Online
  • Find Chicken Soup for the Soul Has a Facebook Page and A Twitter Account
If you are current with the news you have probably noticed that there has been a lot of discussion regarding traumatic brain injury.  The topic comes up often in regard to professional athletes and repeated concussions, but there are so many other people who also deal with the devastating effects and the often difficult recovery process.

One of these people is Bob Woodruff, the news reporter who was injured by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq.  Luckily, Bob survived his injuries, but his life will never be the same.  His dramatic story has put a face to a struggle that so many people are dealing with every day.

It is said that in America there is a traumatic brain injury occurrence every 18.5 seconds.  That statistic means that most people have had their lives impacted in some way by TBI.  The purpose of this Chicken soup for the soul book is to reach out with support, advice and inspiration to those who have been injured and their loved ones.

There is a forward by Mr. Woodward's wife, Lee, and ten chapters of stories.  Here is how they are arranged.
  1. But You Look so Normal
  2. Self-Discovery
  3. Never Giving Up
  4. Healing Power of Mother Nature
  5. Acceptance
  6. A Family Affair
  7. Attitude is Everything
  8. Coping Strategies That Work 
  9. Opportunity Knocks
  10. Making a Difference
I have been granted the opportunity to offer a copy of this book for giveaway.  If you are interested, please use the form below.

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