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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review~The Great Grammar Book

I have always enjoyed Grammar, and considered myself to be good at knowing all the rules.  It has always driven me crazy when people use the wrong their/there and your/you're.  I received The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition by Marsha Sramek.  This is the Second edition-the First edition was very successful, selling over 20,000 copies to the general public as well as to many education programs.

The book is laid out well and easy to read.  It begins with a 100 question Diagnostic Test, which I took.  I was so surprised!  I did not do as well as I thought I would!  I had a big problem with it's/its and a few other rules.  I then started going through the book.  In each chapter, there are definitions, explanations, examples, exercises, and Chapter reviews. 

The topics covered in The Great Grammar Book are:
* Subject-Verb Agreement
* Common Errors
* Pronouns
* Capital Letters
* Using Apostrophes Correctly
* Complete Sentences
* Punctuation
* Commas
* Irregular Verbs
* Usage Glossary
* Double Negatives
* Successful Writing Strategies

There is also an Appendix with Answer keys, and an Index at the back of the book.  I especially found useful the Usage Glossary, covering a variety of topics used in everyday life.  The Successful Writing Strategies is also a very useful Chapter.

I am  very impressed with The Great Grammar Book, and plan to use it this summer with my son, who is in Middle School.  This would be a great book for adults to brush up on those things that fade as the years go by and you get stuck in bad habits! 

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Product Review~Large Insulated Lunch Bag/Cooler

With Spring here and Summer on it's way, it is time for enjoying ourselves outside in the beautiful weather!  With kids, that means packing drinks and food.  This Big Size Insulated Lunch Bag/Cooler by Sacko is perfect for packing your food and drinks! 

This cooler features quality insulated lining, a front pocket, velcro closure, a large Main compartment, and two side mesh-netting pockets.  It is 13"(W) x 13"(H) x 8"(D), which is a large size for a cooler.  On the top is a convenient velcro flap (see picture directly above) that allows you to access small items from within the bag without having to open up the main compartment.  This cooler is available in Black, Blue, Green, and Red.

I'm impressed with this insulated cooler.  It is really big!  In the picture above, I put in 5 water bottles, 2 bottles of soda, a cardboard box with 8 yogurt tubes, 5 tangerines, and a dozen string cheese sticks.  As you can tell, I still have lots of room left.  I especially like the extra pocket on top that lets you reach in to get something without having to open the bag.  The front and side pockets are very handy, and the insulation kept my items nice and cold.  The strap is padded, which is a great feature I appreciate.  Nothing worse than a strap digging into your shoulder!  I know I will be getting a lot of use out of my new Insulated Cooler this summer!

You can purchase your own Large Insulated Lunch Bag/Cooler at Amazon..

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Children's Book Review~If You Were Me and Lived in...Hungary

Author Carole P. Roman has a wonderful series for children that introduces them to culture around the world.  The most recent book in the series that I reviewed is If You Were Me and Lived In...Hungary.  In this book, a girl and boy from Hungary tell you all about their country.  First they show you where Hungary is on a globe and map, and tell you about the capital city and other landmarks. 

Next, they share what names are popular for boys and girls, and what you would call your parents.  They also talk about toys, money,  and fun places to go.  You stop by their Nagy's (Grandma's) house and see what she is cooking.  They also tell you about a hero and holidays they have, as well as popular sports and school.  At the back of the book is a pronunciation guide. 

My family has enjoyed all of the books in this series.  They are a great way to teach kids in a fun and easy manner about other countries.  I always learn at least one thing (but usually more) in every book!  For example, in If You Were Me and Lived In...Hungary I learned that the Rubik's Cube was invented in Hungary!  This series is great to add to your family's book collection, perfect for homeschoolers, and would make a great gift. 

You can learn more about author Carole P. Roman and her books at her website. 

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Book Review~Jaded by Varina Denman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)
Varina Denman


An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.


As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man ... and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart ... and a thirst for hope.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Jaded, go HERE.

What I Thought: I just received this book a few days ago, so I will have to post my thoughts at a later date, after I have had a chance to read the book!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Product Review and Giveaway~Purex Crystals ScentSplash Liquid Fragrance Booster

I've been using and promoting Purex products for years now, because Purex makes products that work great for less money!  Another new product is on the shelves this month-Purex Crystals ScentSplash! 

How is this product different from regular Purex Crystals, you ask?  It's liquid!  Now, I love my Purex Crystals, but this liquid infuses your laundry with long lasting freshness.  You choose how much scent you want-add a little or a lot!  Safe for use in regular and HE washers, and it is safe for use on linens and children's sleepwear too.  Also, Purex Crystals ScentSplash gives you 35% more wash loads than an 18 oz. bottle of Purex Crystals. 

I received Purex Crystals ScentSplash in Fresh Lavender Blossom, shown above.  ScentSplash is available in three different scents:

*Fresh Spring Waters: Wade into cool, enchanting waters and give your laundry an incredible just-washed freshness that lasts for months.
*Fresh Lavender Blossom: Wander through colorful, sun-lit fields of lavender and give your laundry an incredible just-washed freshness that lasts for months.
*Fresh Mountain Breeze: Capture the exhilarating moment of a crisp, fresh breeze and give your laundry an incredible just-washed freshness that lasts for months.

What did my family think of new Purex Crystals ScentSplash?  It was a big hit with everyone, even Finn the puppy!  We all love the scent, and how long it lasts on laundry.  I especially like using a lot of ScentSplash on our towels and sheets!  It's great to be able to control how strong you want the scent.

Connect with Purex:


Two The Loose Screw Readers will each win a coupon for a free bottle of new ScentSplash!  Open to US residents only.  Winners will be emailed the day after the giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. 

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*Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a free sample of ScentSplash in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Product Review and Giveaway~Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

I'm kind of picky when it comes to hand soap.  I like it to be liquid, it has to smell good, and it can't dry out our hands.  It also helps if the container is pretty :)  Dial has a new liquid hand soap hitting the shelves this month-Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap. 

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap is infused with Marula Oil, and is the first formula with Micro Oil technology.  Your skin will be clean and deeply hydrated, while being protected from skin damaging free radicals.  Dial Miracle Oil is also available in a Body Wash.

Here is a picture of new Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap at our kitchen sink, where it got a good work-out!  The bottle looks pretty in my kitchen, and worked well for everyone.  The scent is fresh and clean, while not being too flowery or overpowering.  The soap lathered quickly and easily, and rinsed off well. The entire family felt that their hands were hydrated after using Miracle Oil Hand Soap.  I didn't get that feeling I sometimes do that I need lotion right away after washing. 

Connect with Dial!


TWO The Loose Screw readers will each win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Hand Wash.  *NOTE: The coupon you will receive is not for Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap.  It is for Dial Complete Omega Moisture Foaming Hand Wash as shown above. 

Giveaway open to residents of US only.  Winners will be contacted by email then day after the giveaway ends.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email, or  a new winner will be drawn. 

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*Disclosure: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap in exchange for a product review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.