Product – Natural Reader


Sometimes listening to your written words read aloud allows you to hear mistakes that proof-reading by sight alone does not reveal. I can’t even begin to number the times I have read, and re-read my blog posts, only to find a grammatical, spacing or spelling mistake at a later date. It is hard, sometimes next to impossible, to edit your own work. The Natural Reader website helps alleviate some of these problems. Yes, the free voice is a bit stilted and robotic, but it gives a sense of flow to what you have written, revealing grammar mistakes, or errors of omission in your text. Give it a try!

Here are two links for Natural Reader:

Natural Reader Instruction Page
Natural Reader Home Page and Free Download

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Another good tool is Auto-Crit. You can try this program for free, and if you are a daily writer, you might want to purchase the program. It will reveal grammatical errors, word count, excessive word usage, etc.

Click here to try Auto-Crit: Auto-Crit

Product – Rooibos Tea

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I absolutely have come to love Rooibos Tea. I must say that at the first, I was a bit taken aback by it’s very different flavor. However, the more rooibos I drank, the more I loved it, and now am of the opinion the tea tastes as if I am drinking sunshine and flowers.

Some of the benefits in drinking Rooibos Tea are listed below:

  • Acts as an antioxidant and increases SOD levels
  • Prevents DNA damage
  • Cardiovascular protection through ACE inhibition
  • Suppresses fasting glucose levels
  • Improves glucose uptake and insulin secretion after a meal
  • Aids in liver tissue regeneration
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Acts as a bronchodilator and antispasmodic
  • Inhibits lipid peroxidation and brain aging
  • Rooibos extract improves immune defects such as HIV

A good article about Rooibos Teas can be found here: Rooibos Tea

I am very glad that my local grocery store carries this tea. Not only is it delicious, but it has multiple health benefits.

Pleasure and Product – Pap-Pap’s Sugar

My sister Susan’s honeybees often visit my yard. Bees can fly up to four miles from their hives to collect pollen, and I live only a mile away from my sister’s home and hives.

The honeybees love my spearmint, which happily is grown organically, as are all of my sister’s vegetables and flowers.

Here’s a jar of Susan’s honey. She calls it “Pap-pap’s Sugar” in honor of our grandfather who also loved bees and had many hives during his lifetime. The honey is so beautiful. I love the way the sunshine illuminates it’s golden and pure goodness. My favorite way to use it is in tea…a bit of heaven in a cup.

Product – Etsy and the Teeny-Tiny Fairy

I love handcrafted items. I sell a few of my pressed flower cards on Etsy, and sometimes buy from the other artists and craftspeople who sell their wares on the site. I loved this teeny-tiny baby fairy I came upon. Here she is hanging on a wreath in my home.

Here she is with a penny to show how very small she really is.

She is going to become part of an ongoing game with my grandsons. Each time they come I’m going to hide/hang her in a different room. It will be fun to see who can spot her first.

Another thing I love about Etsy is the personal touch and interaction I have with the other artists who sell on the site. It’s so nice getting a genuine “Thank you,” rather than the usual “Here you go…” response I receive so often as I am handed my bag in a big store or grocery. Thanks Tania. To visit Tania’s Etsy shop click on this link: FAIRY SHADOW SHOP.

To visit all of Etsy click on this link: ETSY

Product – Survival Hammock

On a recent camping trip my nephew brought along a survival hammock. This lightweight, full sized hammock fits inside a small bag and easily opens up into a strong and durable, weatherproof hammock. We were amused at how prepared he was for any problems he might encounter. All within reach were his flip-flops, a hatchet, and a fly swatter. He was prepared for any emergency.

These hammocks are quite expensive, but for the serious camper and hiker, worth the expense.

Product – Oscar Mayer Angus Beef Hot Dogs

You always crave what you can’t have. I don’t know how much I “love” hot dogs, but because I have a bad reaction to the sulfites in them and other foods that contain this chemical, I don’t eat them. So, of course I crave hot dogs, but never eat them at picnics, fairs or barbecues. I was so happy to find these Angus Beef hot dogs in the supermarket this summer. They are free of artificial preservatives. Hooray! They were worth a try, although I found them quite expensive compared to other hot dogs. The flavor was good, not spectacular, the skin a little chewy, but I was eating a real hot dog.

If there were any sulfites, they were negligible because I was fine and never felt ill effects.

Here is information on sulfite allergy: Sulfite allergies

Product and Pleasures – Champagne Mango

I love Mangos. They are definitely in my top ten of fruits, maybe in my top three. The hardest thing about eating a mango is cutting into the fruit exactly when it is at its peak smoothness and sweetness. The cream of the mango crop, at least in my opinion, is the Champagne Mango. They seem to ripen to perfection. The best way to know if they are ready to eat is to gently smoosh the fruit for a bit of give, then take a good whiff for fruity fragrance. The fruit is succulent and almost indescribable in taste. A bit of heaven in a bite. Mangos are packed with vitamins and enzymes that aid digestion. I can’t eat enough.

Product – Alessi Rosemary Breadsticks

I love breadsticks, especially the brand, Alessi Rosemary Breadsticks. I also love the fact that they are very low in calories, nine sticks add up to 110 total calories. The breadsticks contain only six ingredients, no preservatives or junk: wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, yeast, malt and salt. I don’t feel I am polluting my body or mind when I snack on them with a cup of tea. If you can’t find this brand there are many others in the grocery store, usually found near the pasta and sauces.

Rusty looks like he wants to sample one too.

Product – House and Garden Sprayer

I’ve used a smaller version of this for years. The Ace House and Garden Sprayer was the perfect solution to spraying and defeating the mildew on my porch ceiling. It will also come in handy when it’s time to spray my organic pest deterrents on the gardens. It’s easy to use, but I did need to read the directions thoroughly before I started. It took a little bit of strength to lock the handle in place after pumping, but once I became adept at knowing whether to turn clock-wise or counter clock-wise I had no problems at all.