Friday, November 26, 2021

Sudshare Review

 Disclaimer: I received a promo code to test out the service. 



I reviewed Sudshare, in exchange for honest review. Sudshare is a laundry pick-up and delivery service. I had seen similar services in the area, for the past year. 






What made me interested in Sudshare:

I have a portable washer, which is great for washing the majority of my clothes, but spinning the excess water out, is another issue. With my comforters and blankets, the water has to be squeezed out or drip dried, in the bathroom, until I can place them on my dryer racks. (I had a portable dryer, but it ran into issues, so I bought dryer racks from Wal-Mart. I was using the laundry room until the pandemic happened.)

I was reminded, a few weeks ago, by my case manager, I can use the laundry room again to wash and dry my clothes, especially blankets. Yes, I went to the store and got some cash back with a grocery order. I walked into the office to buy a new card and load it (gave the last one to my neighbor. I wasn't using it anyway). I was told by the staff, the laundry machine has no cards available and to come back in a few days, when they have more. 

I came back, a few days later, to find out the complex has no plans to re-load the laundry card machine. They are also not fixing any broken washers and dryers because the complex has been sold to the city to build a pond. Some laundry rooms have been permanently locked.  We don't have to move until October 2022, but that is still a long time to be without a washer or dryer in the complex. The complex has 700 units and at least 4 laundry rooms, within a 5 minute walk of me. What about the other residents too?

I need a way to wash my blankets and comforters. I also may need a break from laundry for the week because I am overwhelmed. Enter Sudshare. 

You can download the app and schedule someone to come pick up, wash, dry, fold, and bring back your laundry. Laundry is $1 per pound with $20 minimum. If you have a small load, you still will be charged $20. 

Comforters and puffier items are charged a bit more per item. You can only 

You also can tip the sudster, within 48 hours, who provided a valuable service. 

Next, communication. You can communicate with your Sudster, once they select your order. Communication is continued until the order is delivered. Then, you need to contact the company with any issues. 

Extra service:

You can include special instructions in the app, such as using a special detergent (must provide) or fabric softener (must provide) or hangers (must provide). 

The app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store. 

I used the service twice--one with the promo code and one with my own money. I loved both Angela and Reginald. Laundry was brought back the same day with Angela and the next day with Reginald. Since the clothes was already folded, it made it easy to put the clothes up quicker, before my kids messed over them. 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Trazadone Induced Dream. 11/21/2021


I have had a lot of strange dreams since I have been taking Trazodone for sleep, for the past month or so.  Last night's dream really stood out. 

Man meets woman

A man meets a woman, who owns an apartment building, by squatting in an apartment, once occupied by her deceased son, and would not leave. He notices the apartment sign, on the sidewalk, steals the sign, and moves into the apartment. 

Fast forward to man and woman, living as a couple, on separate floors and separate beds. She slept downstairs and he slept upstairs. They was fussing from both of their beds, and his mom stepped in and asked why they always fought. The mom told the son, he shouldn't have squatted in the woman's son's apartment. 

This proceeds to a fight where the woman is telling the man, he is selfish, always thinking about his self. She shows him, her calender of things, she has to do, because he never showed any interested. She stopped placing her tasks on the family calendar because of his lack of interest. 

Making of the Band

A girl group is forming, with a girl, resembling, Nicole Byers, as the lead. The group can sing but lacks stage performance. Jenna Van Oy is the group's performance coach and trains them, while they are live on stage, in front of fans, cheering them on. Nicole #2 tries complicated dance moves, failing multiple times, and even fell into the audience. Jenna feels the live tries will make for a better band. 

Definitely will post more dreams, provided I remember them :-)

God with Us: A journey home review (Momentum Influencer Network)

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I read God with Us, a journey home, by Jeremy Pierre, in exchange for honest review from the Momentum Influencer Network. I received a paperback copy. 

The book is also available in Kindle and Audible versions on Amazon


The book is a children's book, which teaches kids, Earth is not our home, Heaven is. The story is told from the perspective of two, unnamed, angels. The book chose not to give the angels names because the main character of the story--the book, and in real life, is Jesus. 

The book is written in a poem, like, narrative format. Each chapter focuses on a different bible story, from Genesis to Revelation. The chapters are quick reads, great for kids, who may not have the best attention spans, like my kids. 

Kalen loves books, with few words and a lot of pictures. He likes calling out things in the pictures. I can read a chapter and show him the pics before he goes back to Youtubing a kitchen skit. I can teach him about God, for those few moments.

You can purchase the book, using the link above. The book is prime-eligible. 





Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Twin Tales: Alike and Different Book Review (iRead Book Tours)

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I received Twin Tales, Alike and Different, in exchange for honest review from iRead Book Tours. The book was written by Brielle and Nadia Dupervi. 

My Review: 

First, the book has simple language and amazing illustrations. The book tells the story of Alexia and Denise, who are twin, African-American, girls. They love to play and they love their family, but they are not alike, they are different. They may share the same face, but they have different skills and abilities. 

As a special needs parent, I definitely understand. My kids are 20 and 10. They share five diagnoses, including severe autism, but they are so different. Each kid has their own skills and abilities. My oldest loves to eat; watch youtube; and play video games. My oldest doesn't like sour cream or corn chips, unless it is mixed into something else. He doesn't like bananas. He also doesn't eat most sweets, but he loves ice cream, sour gummies, and oreos. Brad definitely doesn't like the biscuit at Mcdonalds and Jack in the box. 

My youngest is severe autism but he is more mentally advanced, age wise. He was delayed in everything, but made significant progress over the years. When it comes to food, Kalen is more picky. He also doesn't like the biscuits at Mcdonalds and Jack in the box, but he loves chicken, fries, chips, and sweets. He loves ice cream, chocolates, some cookies. He also will play with blocks, cars, and his kitchen playset, while my oldest never really took to toys. My oldest does like simple toys like blocks and other similar stacking toys. 

You can purchase the book, in hardback or paperback, using the link above. The book is prime eligible. The book is also available on Kindle Unlimited. You can read more about Twin Tales below and check out other bloggers on the book tour. 

Thank you

Stacie


 



Join Us for This Tour from October 25 to November 19
 
Book Details:
Book Title:  Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children
Publisher:  RiaJay Publishing
Release date:  October 2021
Content Rating:  G - Suitable for all readers.
 
Book Description: 
Imagine having someone that is just like you in the world. Or what if there were not just like you, but everyone thought they were? Twin sisters Alexia and Denise might look alike on the outside, but they are very different on the inside. Join the sisters as they reveal what makes them unique. An enduring story of siblings who share a strong bond that parents will appreciate, and children will love.
 
Buy the Book:
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Authors' Website
add to Goodreads
 

Meet the Authors:

​Brielle has a bold and bubbly personality and never meets a stranger. You can call her the life of the party because there is never a dull moment when she is around. Brielle is a curious conversationalist who will talk to anyone who will listen.

Nadia is a soft spoken, articulate, gentle spirit. Initially she is reserved, but once comfortable she will win you over with her contagious laughter and the silly jokes she keeps in her back pocket for the right time. Nadia is caring and always does what she can to help others feel better. She is very in tune with her emotions and very direct when expressing them.


Connect with the Author:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram
 
Tour Schedule:

Oct 25 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 25 – 
Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Oct 25 - Kam's Place – book review
Oct 26 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 26 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview
Oct 26 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 27 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 27 - Rajiv's Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 28 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Oct 29 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 29 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Nov 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 2 – Perfect Chaos – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 2 - @twilight_reader – book review
Nov 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 4 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review
Nov 5 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Nov 5 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Nov 8 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 8 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – ajbookreads – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 11 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 11 – The Adventures of a Traveler's Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 12 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 15 - Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – 
Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – 
Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Nov 19 
– fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 
 TWIN TALES by Nadia and Brielle Dupervil Book Tour Giveaway
 

 


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Photo Wall Pink Horizon Canvas Print Review

 


I received a Photo Wall, canvas print, in exchange for honest review. I had reviewed for them before and they asked me to review again. 

This print is called Pink Horizon. I loved the pink sky, the rocks, and the water. I also favorited, a few more prints, for the future, such as small dock and lake and sunny day. :-)

The print does come with a unassembled frame. Please have enough room to assemble the frame.




 I chose a bigger print, this year, and just found a folding table for assembly. You may need two people for bigger, canvas prints. I had a few issues with screwing in the corners, in addition to hanging the print because of the size, but I got it hung on my bedroom wall. 





Use code sdwperfectchaos25 to save 25% on any print within the next 2 months.

JoyBos Jewelry Organizer Review (Tomoson)

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I received the JoyBos Jewelry Organizer, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. I wanted the organizer to help me organize my studs and earrings better. They are mixed between multiple bags and a smaller organizer. The jewelry organizer also has slots for necklaces and chains, at the top. 

In total, the jewelry organizer has 18 slots for necklaces; 63 earring holes; and 90 stud holes. 

Joybos designed the organizer, like a 4-panel organizer. It opens up, on hinges to reveal 3 panels for jewelry and a mirror panel. The organizer is great for finding your earrings without rummaging through a few bags, like I do sometimes. The storage also helps keep out dust and other debris. 






What didn't work was hanging my hoops and jewelry, with a little bulk to them, such as these, I got from Myvipon/Amazon. 




The organizer did not close with those types of jewelry. It also didn't work with my earrings with longer stems, such as these. 

Punk stud earrings, I got from Amazon. The listing is no longer available. 





The organizer is available in green and white. The jewelry organizer is prime-eligible. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Joyou Eye Massager Review (Tomoson)

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links. 

I received the Juyou Eye Massager, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson.  I wanted the massager to help me relax at night, after the kids go to sleep. Being a special needs parent is stressful and the massager helps me relax. 

The massager, first, has blue tooth technology, so you can stream your music. I connected the massager to my phone, kindle, and computer. The massager also has heat, air, pressure, and vibration. The massager does fold to fit into the carrying case. 







Next, the eye massager has five different massage modes--integrated, clear, sleeping, vitality, and smartmode. Integrated combines heat, pressure, blue tooth, air, and vibration, while sleeping mode has no music. You can learn more about the modes with the manual

The heat temp ranges from 104 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. 


The massager comes in white and wood grain styles. You can charge the device with a micro a/b charger (included with the massager). The massager is prime-eligible. 


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Do I get an award for this?




I am fucking envious of people, who live in the lap of luxury, with things like bathroom doors; bedroom doors; no holes in walls; a simple dining room table and chairs. Why am I not allowed to have these things, long term? What did I do wrong? Did I offend God in some way to keep living in a state of brokenness? Is there a reward, maybe a certificate of achievement for getting through each day, keeping yourself and two, kids with special needs alive? For not running away from home during or after, every meltdown?

Brad has gone super postal, the last few days, especially during dinner time. He broke the bathroom door again. It was a bedroom door, I found by the dumpster, after Brad broke the original bedroom and bathroom door. I put the door on the bathroom, even though it didn't fit, to have a bit of privacy. 






Brad also broke the living room window again, for the 5th time. Just went up to it and hit it hard, without any warning. No idea what triggered him. Texas has a flash flood warning, along with a tornado warning today. 

Finally, Brad decided to re-open a hole, I keep fixing, with exposed wires. My son hit the wall, but he also pulled the loose sheet rock pieces, down. Glad I have spare sheetrock. Maintenance left a few bigger pieces in the dumpster and I grabbed them because I knew, I would need them. No going to Home Depot for a while, at least for sheetrock slabs. (Link for 5/8 inch sheetrock, just in case you need it). I fixed the hole again, this morning. 

Eventually, he took a nap and woke back up. Brad is still hitting the walls, doors, and windows, when I last edited this post. 


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

It's because of Brad, I am here.

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links. and links to Walmart. 



It's 6:02 am and I am supposed to be getting my youngest, ready for school, but I chose to keep Kalen, home the entire week, letting him be virtual. Why? Other than 2 appointments, it's because of his brother, Brad.




My niece's car broke down and she is unable to help. I wish she still stayed across the street, but she moved 20 minutes out, to her dad's house, because the complex wanted to raise the rent to over 1k per month. My sister is still in the vicinity, but I don't see her woke, this early. 

Brad has been eloping more--running out of the house and running out in public. Brad has always been a big runner. I stopped going to many places--parks, for example, because he will bolt. When we go somewhere new, I try to map it out on Google Maps, to see if there are any triggers--like McDonald's near by. 

Memorable Incidents. 

Need a new laptop

A few years ago, I wanted a new laptop because my old one (and now back up) was messing up. I couldn't even get on Blogger to type anything because it moved so slow. I had to type a blog post from my phone. Took over an hour to get it written up because of the freezes and restarts. I found one at Aarons but had to go pick it up. I mapped the area and didn't see any immediate triggers. I thought it would be ok to catch the bus; pick up the laptop; then head home. 

I was able to go to the store and pick up the new laptop, so I can work, but ran into issues, getting home. The bus stop was a few feet away. I figured we can ride the bus to the transit center, then come back home. The other way-- was to cross over the highway, which I did not want to attempt. 

Brad went postal. There was a McDonalds, across the highway, which I did not notice when I was looking for triggers. He wanted to bolt across North Freeway. I was able to keep him back, but I was struggling. A wonderful woman, saw me struggling, and offered me a ride home. I was so grateful. 

Visiting my former church

A few years ago, I moved from my mother's house to my own place. The new place put me out of range, to ride the church bus, to and from church. My old church was close to my mother's subdivision. During vacation bible school, during the summer, I would walk, my brats, plus other brats, who wanted to go, because I could cut through the back of the church, once I got out of the subdivision. 

I tried finding new churches, closer to me, but none resonated as a good home for my kids. I had one, I visited--where Brad had a screaming and rolling fest--and not a soul came to help me. I assumed special needs, would be open every Sunday, but it was closed, this particular Sunday. It was my 3rd visit to this church. I got him calm and just walked back home. It was a good 30 minute walk. 

I had another one--tell me-- they had a special needs program--but found out after service--that the staff just walked the kids around the church, while I was in service. It didn't help, that while I was in a visitor session, after the service--that the lady, who sat next to me, mentioned the church (probably her) didn't like me typing notes on my kindle/blue tooth keyboard (miss you .need to get another one). 

Anyways, I decided to attempt to visit my old church, for one Sunday. Get a good lesson in. See familiar folks. Enjoy my last year or so with them, since Brad was about to be 18. ( I have found an amazing church home, which has an amazing program for special needs kids and adults). 

I mapped out the route. One bus to the highway. Walk across the highway, then walk about another 30 minutes to an hour. BIG MISTAKE. Got off the bus and Brad wanted McDonalds. I didn't notice the Mcdonalds, either because, it was blocked by a few other restaurants, which wasn't triggers. I said fine--we can walk to Mcdonalds, get the kids some food, which hopefully, will keep him calm. It didn't. 

We started walking towards the golden arches, only to discover, before we approached, it was closed. It was Christmas and it was closed. He didn't want any of the other places, which was open. Brad was kicking and screaming. He ran across part of the highway. God was with him because the cars was stopped and I was able to pull him back. I had to leave Kalen, in his stroller, with our bags, near a ditch. 

Concerned citizens called the police. The police tried to help calm him down. Luckily, once again, someone, from our old church, passed by, recognized us, and offered us a ride to church and home from church. The next time, we went back, my mother took us, but he had a scream fest, at church, and we never went back. 

Incidents going to my current church

  • Night to Shine 2020: I had to catch an Uber, to go from the bus depot, to church, because Brad refused to leave the bus depot. The walk is about 10-15 minutes. The bus depot has a sidewalk, which takes you directly across from the church, then just cross over the bridge and I can enter through the back of the church. 
  • Went to Sunday service. There is a retirement home, across from the back of the church. Brad refused to cross over. I tried to call the director of special needs, but his number would not connect through. A concerned church member saw me struggling with Brad and was able to contact the director, for us. The member also drove us to the back of the church.

Currently, I catch a ride share to church and my mother brings us home. How did we get to this point? Well busses are out now.  Before, my mother would drop us off in the parking lot and we would walk across the street, to get into the front of the church. One Sunday, Brad decided to bolt across the parking lot; past the crossing guards; and directly into the church. 

I ran after him, with Kalen, on my back, and bags in hand. Kalen had no shoes on. I did meet, a lovely lady, who handed me a card to the church's food and clothes pantry, after she saw shoeless Kalen. 

The past week

Brad upped his elopement game. In the past few months, Brad has learned to open the front door and just run out. I bought a small, under the door, alarm from Amazon, but Brad learned to toss/trigger the alarm, and still run out. 

Brad started eloping more, out of the house, since the pandemic. He has been stuck in the house, with no where to go. Brad still hasn't been approved for day hab. It was so bad, last year, I had to be careful walking out to take out the trash or to stalk a delivery driver, because Brad would run out and it was hard to get him back in the house. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Hypersun PlayPen Review (Tomoson)

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I received the Hypersun Playpen, (listing is currently down)in exchange for honest review, from Tomoson

The playpen, came in a big box, with panels, including an activity and door panel, including top connectors, end connectors, and silicone feet. 

I wanted the playpen because it was big enough to wrap around Kalen's play area, giving his area, a frame/border. The playpen also has built-in activities, which will give Kalen something extra to do, when he doesn't want to play with his kitchen set or other toys. 

The activities include a carrot, which moves up and down; some rollers; a pressable button; and a spinning wheel with animals. 


The door has a built-in lock, which is easy to open and close.