Saturday, September 24, 2016

Color Your Year During 2017

Workman Publishing has released a wide line of products called Color Your Year.  With the trend of coloring still strong in the adult community, it isn’t surprising that new products beside coloring books are release.  This time you can get from the Color Your Year products a coloring book, a wall calendar, a notepad and calendar, an engagement calendar, and a page-a-day calendar.

For the purpose of this review, I will present you the page-a-day notepad and calendar as well as the engagement calendar.

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There is nothing more relaxing I find than coloring away the stress of every day.  This particular Color Your Year product will allow you to do just that and stay organized throughout the year. Each pages including in this notepad and calendar will combine a check-off to-do list, lined notepaper, a mousepad, and built-in coloring break.  COLOR YOUR YEAR NOTEPAD + CALENDAR is the all-in-one desk accessory that works hard while refreshing the spirit through creativity. The hundreds of intricately drawn illustrations—designed to be colored in and brought vibrantly to life—cover a range of themes and are accompanied by smart and inspirational quotes. It’s a daily reminder to slow down, take stock, and make something beautiful.


This particular product is very interesting for anyone whether are work, school, home or on the go.   You can easily write the things that needs to be done on the day/week-end in order to not to forget anything.  A page could easily become your shopping list if you need to.  But what it also amazing about this notepad is that you can have a little peach and quiet time in order to recharge your own batteries by coloring an image on the page.  I find that doing the simply activity of take coloring pencils and adding color in an image helps to relive stress and tension in you.    I know that I personally feel more relax and patient when I do bible art journaling – even if it is just sketching an image, inking it or coloring it.  Coloring for adults can do wonders to anyone who takes the time to do so.

Color Your Year_engagement2017_COV_2ndba.inddENGAGEMENT CALENDAR

With the Color You Year engagement calendar you will be able to let your creativity shine—and keep track of important things during the year on a weekly basis. Combining the organizational powers of a planner with the addictive pleasure of coloring, COLOR YOUR YEAR ENGAGEMENT CALENDAR delivers an intricate, beautifully drawn illustration each week to color in and make your own. This particular engagement calendar offers seasonal themes like animals, botanical motifs, dazzling geometric patterns, and more. On the right-hand side of each spread is a roomy, write-in grid for keeping track of the week’s reminders and goings-on.


At times throughout the engagement calendar, you will obtain a two pages coloring image that is simply stunning.  Not how I plan to use this specific engagement calendar next year is to do tiny scripture doodle in it.  What are tiny scripture doodle you might ask?   Well it looks a little bit like these which I have grabbed from instagram to show you.


Essentially, you take a specific scripture that has touched you in some way during the day and doodle it in a calendar that offer smaller space.  The Color Your Year engagement calendar for 2017 will be perfect for this kind of project.  Another useful way that this can be used would be to jolt down blessings you have received during the day or special prayer requests/answers for the year.   Being uplifted when I do bible art journaling, I think being challenged in doing a doodle a day on a scripture will be fun to do next year.


As you can see both of these products can be really helpful for stay-at-home moms and homeschoolers.  One will allow to keep track of the daily activities in a calendar way while the other will allow you to keep your to-do list very organized.     Each of these product gives you the opportunity to download a free page-a-day digital calendar for you personal device.  And since different people prefers different kind of calendars, you will find that offering a variety of products with the same theme can be very helpful – especially for those of you who will be looking at getting a special calendar to a love one for the new year.

The Color Your Year products are available at and






Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned books for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender

IMG_7942The Braun MQ 505 Mutiquick Hand Blender is the perfect tool to have at home or at the RV when it comes to make quick recipes that require blending, mixing or whipping.

The hand blender will fit perfectly in your hand and is quite light to use. 

The motor is German-engineered and offers you the PowerBell system which blends rapidly and finely.  This technology is exclusive to Braun.

Two attachment comes with this device: the beaker and the whisk.   I have used the whisk while make brown sauce to accompany our supper one night.  I decided to whisk the powder in the water before cooking it over the stove in order to thicken it.   This allowed me to avoid have chunks of powder stuck together.  The sauce was beautifully mixed when I was ready to thicken it.  We also used the MQ505 hand blender to mix our greens in water at supper time.  It did a marvelous job at mixing them without the noise of the regular blender we normally use.  

The attachments are easy to remove for cleaning by simply clicking on the sides of the device.   You will also see that there are two levels of power which will allow you to had some boost while mixing a sauce or making guacamole.  Be aware that the whisk itself needs to be remove from the plastic attachment in order to be cleaned.   The second attachment with the beaker and the whish only can be put in the dishwasher.

Also included in the box you will obtain a 600ml plastic beaker which is great to mix your ingredients without being splashed in the process.  This container is also dishwasher safe.


Numerous recipes can be found directly on the Braun website -

This hand blender is perfect for the kitchen at home or at the RV.   We are considering bringing it to our RV in order to be able to mix dips that we eat sometimes like guacamole for example.   This is a great tool that I think should be own by any family.   

One thing I would like to see in the future would be to have a rechargeable version of the hand blender which will remove the awkward cord out of the way when you use it. 

The Braun MQ 505 Hand Blender is available at your favorite store, even on and


Disclaimer: This product has been provided courtesy of Vine Voices for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by or the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Philips Shaver S9531 Series 9000

IMG_1964The Philips Shaver S9531/27 Series 9000  will allow your man to shave in dry or wet mode.   You will also have the possibility to choose between three speeds in order to select your own personal comfort setting while using the shaver.     The shaving unit is very flexible and allow to follow the curve or your face.   In all the shaving unit can move in eight directions and allow you to have a clean cut shave.   Apparently this shaver will allow you to cut 20% more than any other shavers.  

This shaver will require being charged for about 1 hour before being used.  This hour will give you about 50 shaving minutes afterward.  Note that the Philips Shaver Series 9000 can only be used cordlessly.   You could either use the adapter to charge it or insert it in the SmartClean system in order to replenish the battery. It also can be locked for traveling purposes in order to prevent the shaver from being switched on by accident. 


I initially thought that my husband would like to try it out but his skin is so sensitive that he learned long time ago to avoid shaver.   So I got the permission to allow my father-in-law to try the shaver for me.   When I brought him the shaver last night, it was almost like it was a Christmas morning for him because he opened up the box immediately and proceeded to remove all the items from their packaging.  His first impression when he held the shaver in his hands was “Boy, this is very light!”.    He immediately plugged it in the electrical plug in order to charge it.    This morning the phone rang and he wanted to share his thoughts with me.   Here’s what he has found.   The shaver is very easy to use and does indeed cut closer than anything he had in the past.  His skin is smoother that what it used to be with his previous shaver.   So I guess that the shaver does indeed cut more than any other kinds on the market.  At first when he wanted to use the trimmer attachment, he was a big worried about removing the shaving unit but it was very easy to do and the shaving unit is quite sturdy.   He is very satisfy with the shaver on dry mode.  He has not try the wet mode yet but I wouldn’t be surprise that he will do so in the days to come.  For today, my in-laws are celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary and I am please that he could have a cleaner shave for this special day.

The shaver also comes with a SmartClean System which will keep the saver like new every day.   This sytem cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges the shaver.  You can choose to clean the shaver with using the SmartClean System or tap water if you prefer.

The box comes with the following:  shaver, trimmer attachment, cleaning cartridge, SmartClean system, retaining ring holder, pouch for storage and or travel, and adapter.  Instructions to use the shave as well as on how to clean it are ridiculously clear with many illustrations to guide you in the process. IMG_1965Even the pouch was of great design and sturdy.


Note that you will have to replace the shaving heads every year and also purchase new cleaning cartridge if you want to continue to use the SmartClean system.  

In conclusion, my father-in-law was so impressed with it that I suppose this would be a wonderful gift to someone who uses a shaver on a regular basis.  

The Philips Shaver S9531/27 Series 9000 is available for purchase at your favourite store, even and


Disclaimer: This product has been provided courtesy of Vine Voices for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by or the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.