Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ergonomic Pen: It may not be Pretty But... Giveaway

So I received the UGLEE Pen for my honest review. I have had a history of tendonitis in my hands  and thumbs. This all stems from be a crafty and artistic personality.

The Uglee Pen is an ergonomic pen that  is comfortable and allows for a relaxing grip. I have used this pen since receiving it from everything from writing my grocery lists to ALL day long at work. 
This is by far the best pen I have ever used to relieve the cramping and pain in my hand. 

UGLee Pen Home
Besides it being comfortable and relaxing to use, this pen also flows smoothly and without hiccups in the ink. 

This is the description Uglee Pen provides:

The UGLee Pen is good for everyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc., and for all children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills.
It is also helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping. 
You can follow Uglee Pens on FACEBOOK or TWITTER

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Spotlight on Virtual Author Book Tours: The Return

Melissa Douthit, On Tour for The Return


Publisher: Couronne Press (August 1, 2013
Series: Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, Book Three|
Category: YA Fantasy, Futuristic Fantasy, Fantasy
Tour Date: Mid October-November
Available in: ebook, 300 Pages

After the fall from the Maaldan cliff, Chalice is reunited with her friends on a journey that takes them to the coastline of Ielieria.  Little do Vlaad and his Fierain know what is in store for them as, bit by bit, their plans are thwarted by this blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty.
The small band of rebels then travels across the Realm, preparing it for war, while Chalice herself is brewing plans of her own that may just land her in the hot seat.  What will happen when she returns her father to the throne?  What will happen when he finds out what she has done?  And … what will happen once Dar’Maalda learns of the rebels’ location?
In the third and final novel of the trilogy, The Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, you find out.  It is a dramatic finish to an epic story of action, adventure, betrayal, forgiveness and love.

About Melissa Douhit:
Melissa Douthit grew up in North County of San Diego, California. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in Southern California, and working for a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, she moved to the Bay Area to work at NASA Ames Research Center for a year and then at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for another four years. From there, she moved to Monterey, California, to work at the Naval Postgraduate School on a government project for two years.
She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as a software engineer. Since high school, she has been a voracious reader of books of all genres, with an emphasis in fantasy and science fiction. Her literary work is strongly influenced by her professional experience and includes many elements of her scientific background. You can find out more about Melissa on her website: http://melissadouthit.com
Melissa on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Douthit/164124433645392
Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/melissadouthit

Follow the Tour:
So Many Precious Books Oct 14 Spotlight & Giveaway
Peeking Through The Pages Oct 16 Interview & Giveaway
Peeking Through The Pages Oct 17 Review
DWED Oct 18 Review
Joy Story Oct 21 Review
BK Walker Books Oct 22 Interview
Hywela Lyn Oct 24 Review
Hywela Lyn Oct 25 Interview
Everything To Do With Books Oct 28 Review
MY Book Boyfriend Oct 30 Interview
Wormhole Oct 31 Review
Wormhole  Nov 1 Interview & Giveaway
My Devotional Thoughts Nov 1 Review (postponed)
Paperback Writer Nov 5 Spotlight
Ordinary Girlz Nov 5 Review
Paperback Writer Nov 7 Guest Post
Giveaways & Glitter Nov 8 Review & Giveaway
Butterfly-o-Meter Books Nov 13 Interview
Two Kids & a Migraine Nov 14 Review
Tracy Riva Books & Reviews Nov 14 Guest Post
Tracy Riva Books & Reviews Nov 15 Review
Serendipity Nov 15 Review
Roses & Beps Blog Nov 19 Spotlight & Giveaway
Green Mountain Couple Nov 20 Spotlight
No Wasted Ink Nov 20 Interview
Ashley’s Bookshelf Nov 21 Review
Diane ‘s Book Blog Nov 22 Review
Diane ‘s Book Blog Nov 25 Guest Post & Giveaway
Books, Books & More Books Nov 26 Review
Up In the Bibliosphere Nov 26 Review
Rhythempoets Nov 27 Review
Rhythempoets Nov 27 Interview
MY Book Boyfriend Nov 27 Review

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cara Box Reveal

Cara Box

I participated in the Cara Box exchange hosted by Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals (Thank you for hosting this SWAP!).
 This swap is a round robin type exchange. 
What that means is the person you are sending to, is not the person who will be sending to you. 
This exchange is now on a quarterly  basis, so you get a LONGER amount of time to get to know your partners! 

I was paired with Jessie from Keeping Up with the Jones, check out what I sent her.
And my bloggy buddy Kelsey from Running with My Tiara On sent to me. Here is the really great thing about this, Kelsey is currently living over in Germany with her Husband D. I don't believe I have ever personally received any mail form another country!

Let me show you what she got me!

 This is what I saw when I first opened the box!
 All my goodies!
 Handmade Pumpkin Vanilla Soap and Lip-balm (Made in Germany)
 Pudding and Cake mix to Make Kelsey's Cinnamon Coffee Cake (A fall tradition in their household)
Dan should absolutely LOVE this!
My pretty new infinity scarf! 
I also got a small box of chocolates!

Thank you for hosting this great swap and for Kelsey and Jessie for being such great partners!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Squared Away Customs IWB Holster Reviewed

I very recently bought a new firearm, a Gen 3 Glock 19 to be exact. The Glock 19 is my replacement for my SCCY CPX 2 that I used to conceal carry. Now that you know there very short back story, I will talk about the holster.

What Squared Away Customs does.

"High quality custom made Kydex holsters, mag pouches and sheaths for all types of carry. 100% made in the USA." 

What is Kydex?

KYDEX is a line of thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride materials. It has a wide variety of applications, including for firearm holsters and sheaths for knives.

Everything Squared Away Customs does is completely custom made, much like there name implies. You can choose from many colors of Kydex, and rivet colors. I chose black Kydex, with Blood Red Rivets for some flair. 

My holster came gift wrapped.

This is what is under the pretty paper, minus the Glock 19.

Now for the pros and cons.

Concealability is very good. It is basically not visible on my body, I am wearing a very thin Old Navy shirt.

The holster is extremely comfortable, so comfortable I have taken a few naps wearing it. Drawing from holster feels good, and the angle is very natural too grab my Glock 19. 

The first and most noticeable con for me is removing the holster from my person at the end of the day. The clip design on my holster is very hard to slide over my waist band and belt. There is no real good way to grab it to remove it, it is still do able but it is difficult. It is also impossible to pull the clip over my belt with the gun in the holster. You can slide the belt out of the loop but I find that to be inconvenient. It seems like just a week after I received my holster Squared Away Customs Solved this problem by changing the design of the belt clip.

My Holster

New Squared Away Customs Clip.
The new clip appears too have 2 nice reliefs in it that probably takes a lot of the stiffness out of it. There also appears to be a nice place to put your fingers to pull up on the clip.

I wish there was more definition on the kydex around the trigger guard. Like the picture below. 

I find there would be more retention in the holster, if all the holsters they produced held onto the gun around the trigger guard. The holster above looks like the perfect holster to me, with the new clip and the retention around the trigger guard, sadly it is not mine. 

Now for the finish of the holster, initially it appears to have a really good finish but I have a eye for detail verging on extremely nit-picky. 

There is 2 spots on the whole holster that I noticed a tool markings. 
Paint has been removed on the rivets.
Marked from sanding or a dremel.

I would have preferred the trigger guard more defined like I said above and also more material covering it.

I find the muzzle of my Glock 19 protrudes longer than I would have normally liked.

My final thoughts on the holster.

The Squared Away Customs IWB holster is very comfortable and functions as it should. The holster could be better in my opinion, and it looks like mine just missed some improvements in design by just one week. I paid $60.95 including shipping for my custom holster. I am satisfied with the holster, and it does its job. My words may be a little blunt, but I found the holster a little lacking in the finest details. If I had to give it a rating out of 10, I would give this holster a 7. I do highly recommend Squared Away Customs, for all your retention needs.

You can contact Squared Away Custom through there facebook page Squared Away Customs

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lets Catch Up on Life

Okay okay so I know I have been a little MIA the past few weeks with very few posts happening. 
But you want to know what? this is okay. 

Lets Catch Up
Hmm ... this last week I had to work Monday through Saturday after having a weekend off. 
 Thursday was Halloween so here was my costume:
 At work we had a Halloween Potluck for lunch. 
Everything was A-O-K, until Friday morning, where after going to work I left a few hours later, due to feeling green around my gills.

I came home and crashed on the couch and took about a 4 hour nap. I as STARVING but when ever I went to eat food it just didn't look appealing.... Have you ever experienced that?
Anyways I felt better Saturday morning and went to work and stayed for the entire day! Yay!
Dan went and picked up these to cuties while I was at work:
Meet Figaro and Ursala! They are Bantam Cochin Chickens.


 This is one of the New England's Children Hospitals performing a rendition of Katy Perry's ROAR!
This is such a great heartwarming video where the WHOLE staff of CHAD seems to have gotten involved!
For some of these kid's they are going through the worst part of their lives, they are fighting to stay alive. These children are amazing people already and will hopefully continue to touch others through out their lives!

This is what CHAD'd website has said: