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Panda Planner Review

Panda Planner Review _ Zainey Laney

I have been using a variety of Planners: Kikki K, Mambi, Erin Condren. Each has a specific purpose and organization method. Panda Planner is a different approach. First off, it comes with a web address so you can sign up to receive videos on productivity. This is good if you are not sure the best way to use the planner.

The planner itself is divided into 3 sections, Monthly, Weekly, and Daily. The monthly section has space for each day in the month, a side section for notes, and a section at the bottom. In that section, you can plan you goals and how you will succeed. There is also a space for reviewing how you succeeded at your goals.There is also a line at the top to put your habit and focus for the month. There are only enough for 6 months of information so to me this is not as good because you will have to purchase another one of these in 6 months if you like to use it.

Week view Panda Planner _ Zainey Laney

The Weekly section has a variety of different sections. You can use these to record Bog Wins, How to Improve, Things I will do to Make this week great, I’m looking forward to, Habits I am focusing on developing, Education/ Mastery, Affirmation, top goals this week, and 4 big spaces for listing all your projects. This really gets into the depth of planning specifically. There are enough for 20 weeks, so you won’t have enough weekly spots to fill what you would get to match the 6 months in the previous section. To me this is definitely a drawback as there should be 4 more weeks.

Day View Panda Planner _ Zainey Laney

Lastly is the daily section. Here you can track what you are grateful for, looking to why it will be great, affirmations, focus, exercise, priorities, schedule, tasks, notes, and a space where you can review the days wins and improvements. I like how detailed this section is, but I am not sure I could use every section everyday. From the amount of pages, there seems to be enough daily entries for 2 and a half months. For me, this is not enough because in order to get into a habit, you should do it for 28 days. However, this is good for having the ability to do it a few times a week if you want it for that.

In order to keep track of the sections, there are ribbons to place where your leave off. I think this is a great idea instead of tabs! The leather book is held closed with an elastic band and it is the perfect size to fit in your purse or bag.

Overall, I really like the concept of this planner, It has options for everything you may want to do, and keep track of. I like the positivity of it as well. I realize that this planner would have to be huge in order to make every section have enough for 6 months, but that might be a good thing. It seems like almost a mishap that there are not enough pages in it.

You can purchase this planner on AMAZON!

But stayed tuned to my YOUTUBE channel for a chance to receive this planner for free!

From the Company:

The first planner based on scientific studies that are proven to increase happiness, producitivty and time management.

The Panda Planner was created by a once-struggling entrepreneur who was riddled by Traumatic Brain Injruy (TBI) and Lyme Disease. 

The unique design of the planner allows the user to focus on what’s important and build positive habits in their life, fast.

 

I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until Next Time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Return to Robinson Island By TJ Hoisington Book Review

 

 

It’s Novel Nerd!

Return to Robinson Island by TJ Hoisington _ Zainey Laney

I was recently given the opportunity to read this book, the sequel to Johann David Wyss‘s Swiss Family Robinson. The book takes place in the future, after Ernst has left the island to join the Navy, Fritz has started a family, and Francis has grown to be very skilled in animal husbandry and hunting.

After serving on the seas for a few years, Ernst takes some time off and goes back to the island for a visit, taking his friend John. While there the men discover pirate treasure, but really have no use for it on the island. Ernst takes a few pieces back to the mainland for some sound, yet discreet advice. But sinister forces are afoot, and this discovery threatens the island and the Robinson family.

This book is a very interesting read, especially if you have read the original story, or seen the movie. The description of the innovative ways used to live on the island has always fascinated me. And this story definitely does continue where the other leaves off, making a thrilling and fun ride to the end!

Return to Robinson Island is available on AMAZON in kindle, and hardcover formats. Also available on Google Play. Check out more on the website: https://www.swissfamilyreturns.com

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Release date: Oct 13

Press Summary:

Inspired by the “original” Swiss Family Robinson book written in 1812 by Johann David Wyss, Return to Robinson Island is a continuation of the adventures of the Robinson family fifteen years after their famous shipwreck.
 Return to Robinson Island is an entertaining, action-packed adventure story that has a thread of romance weaved throughout. It takes place fifteen years after the Robinson Family’s famous shipwreck on a remote island in the East Indies. The story highlights Ernest Robinson, who is now twenty-seven years old, engaged to be married, and is a 1st Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy. Ernest has distinguished himself as a fearless fighter, respected leader, God-fearing man, and loyal friend. However, his loyalty is tested when his commanding officer, Captain Charlie, is court-martialed on war crimes and Ernest has no choice but to tell the truth even if his testimony sends his former captain to prison.
When reports reach England that a vast treasure trove has been found on Robinson Island, Ernest and his family find themselves in mortal danger when Captain Charlie vows to retrieve the treasure for himself and wreak revenge on the entire Robinson family. Will the Robinson Family survive the attack?
Will Ernest ever see his fiancée again? One thing is certain: they won’t give up the island – or their lives – without a fight!
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Until Next Time,
Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney
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Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson Book Review

It’s Novel Nerd!

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson Book Review _ Zainey Laney

OK so I confess, the real reason I chose to review this book is because the cover is purple! Not really. So I started reading this book and realized that I had read books by her before. Janice Thompson has also written the “Weddings by Bella” and “Weddings by Design” . It looks like she likes this genre as this book is part of the “Brides with Style” series. I believe this book is the second in the series, and although I did not read the first, I may just go back because I liked it.

Katie works at a bridal shop and is dating the shop owners son, Brady, who is also a Maverick’s basketball player. Or he was, but he has been benched due to an injury. Katie is trying to balance love, work, and tough decisions in her life while helping Brady through his own life changing ones. The book is filled with lots of lively characters and an easy to read story. Plus there is also an element about Doris Day (I won’t spoil it, but it’s cute and makes me want to go watch more of her movies). Definitely one you don’t have to think about!

Every Girl Gets Confused is available on AMAZON in paperback, kindle, and hardcover formats. Also available on Google Play.

Release date: Oct 20

Press Summary:

How can she choose between the love she thought she lost and the love she stumbled upon in the aftermath?

Katie Fisher and Brady James may be a match made in heaven, but that doesn’t seem to guarantee them a happily ever after accompanied by angelic choirs. Katie’s almost-fiancé Casey is back in Fairfield, ready to rekindle their relationship. And there’s nothing Katie’s parents want more than for their small-town girl to leave Dallas and come home for good.

But can she really leave Brady behind? And will she ever be able to wear that gorgeous wedding dress she won?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Whisper if you need me by Dina SIlver Book Review

Whisper If you Need Me by Dina Silver _ Zainey Laney

 

It’s Novel Nerd!

It’s not monday but I have a special book to share with you today! “Whisper If you need me” is a story about Julia. 5 years previously her mother mysteries left and Julia still does not know why. Now, at 16, Julia is sent to camp by her father and step mother. While there, she meets Jack, explores what it means to grow up, and how to deal with the past in her life.

Whisper If you need me is a very nice read. I felt like it was fast and pulled me in. This is definitely in the chic-lit genre. While I liked the story itself, I felt like the ages of the main characters were a little young. The setting of the camp is definitely idyllic and I could see many people being introspective there. However, the relationship to me was not totally realistic.  As someone who has worked at camps, if you were involved with a camper, you were a goner. However, the story itself is definitely worth the read.

Whisper If you need me is available on AMAZON in paperback, and kindle. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: Oct 20

Press Summary:

A strong-willed yet vulnerable young beauty, Julia Pearl is sixteen years old when she’s sent away to summer camp for the first time. Julia’s father and stepmother are convinced that time away from home will be good for Julia, hoping it will restore the confidence she lost when her mother disappeared five years earlier. Released from the emotional constraints of her new family and the ugly reputation her mother left behind, Julia finds herself reluctantly tossed into the free-spirited and often drama-infused world of overnight camp—where she quickly falls for an intensely charismatic counselor named Jack Dempsey, a nineteen-year-old college student who will prove to save her life in more ways than one. Rich with humor and poignancy, Whisper If You Need Me is a timeless story that will remind readers of the strength of friendship, the unwavering devotion of family, and ultimately, the power of young love.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review to share with my readers.

 

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Sleuth’s Dinner Theater Travel Review – Orlando, FL

This review was done by Marshall (AKA The One True Hazard)

Sleauths _ Zainey Laney

 

As a celebration of October, the Month of Two Birthdays around our household, we managed to wrangle a few seats over at the I-Drive area’s famous Sleuths Dinner Theater. I-Drive is well known for the sheer number of dinner theater concepts that have sprung up around there, and we have seen most of them. Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, and Pirates come to mind. They all run off a similar formula. Gather everyone together in a waiting area/bar/gift shop until show time, then wrangle them into the show area and give them chunks of the show while they eat their dinner.

Sleauths Gift Shop _ Zainey Laney

Sleuths is the same kind of concept, but instead of a high-action stunt show in a massive amphitheater, you have a more intimate theater gathered near a small stage. The show is, as the name would suggest, a mystery for the audience to solve. There are many different shows available at Sleuths, so even if you go multiple times, you’ll get a different experience. Because of the smaller theater, and the type of show that it is, much of the performance is not only interactive with the audience, but improvised a bit.
Sleauths Bar _ Zainey Laney
We enjoyed the show. It was lots of fun. I don’t really want to ruin the show for you, so I won’t really get into the nitty-gritty details, but ours was a murder mystery at the Squire’s Inn in England. The characters were off the wall, and the actors really got into them. After seeing things unfold up until the murder, we received the main portion of the meal. After that, we got to question the suspects, which was lots of fun. This is where the actors could really show off their improv skills, as they would not only respond entirely in character, but could easily segue weird questions into the pre-scripted, multi-character scenes that would reveal content. Then, we got dessert, followed by accusations.
Sleuths Stage _ Zainey Laney
This was where the show fell a bit flat. As someone who was raised watching Poirot and other Agatha Christie mysteries on PBS, the final result was… unsatisfying. As the only piece of definite evidence as to whodunnit was left until the end to be revealed, it could literally be ANY of the suspects right up until the reveal. The suspects all have a motive, and no alibi. It feels as if they could change the ending right there with a quick whisper behind stage and nobody would be the wiser. That grinds my gears. This could have just been the Squire’s Inn story that did this, but I have no way of knowing.
So, after a full discussion of the show, lets move on to the consumables. The bar has a full assortment of drinks, and several house drinks that looked very good. There was a chocolate mint drink that was very tasty. Once you get into the show, you have unlimited soda, beer, and wine. The lasagna was much better than the food we’ve had at other dinner theaters, and Vince’s steak seemed to meet his expectations. Deserts were a bit of a let down, as the chocolate cake was dry and dense.
Sleuths Dinner _ Zainey Laney
All in all, Sleuth’s is a fun experience, but I would only go again if I could get a discount. At the price, its food is in need of a little upgrade. The show was entertaining, and a good way to spend an evening with friends. I would like to see if all the other shows have the same lackluster ending, but take this bit of advice: think of this less as a mystery show, and more of a comedy. You’ll enjoy it better.
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Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl Book Review _ Zainey Laney

It’s Novel Nerd!

Today I am reviewing Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl. This looks to be book 3 in the series “Finding Sanctuary.” Sophie is a reporter for a big city newspaper who is chasing a decade old thief to a Mennonite city. Her past is catching up with her as she finds her childhood crush lives there. Seeing him reminds her of the hurtful past she wants to forget. Will she find the criminal and write her story? Will her childhood crush help heal her past?

This book was very much under the thriller/suspense genre. It was well written with complex characters and a plot twist I did not see coming (and I see them pretty far away). If you are looking for a good read that is rivoting, this is definitely a read for you. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s is not a book about evil or eclipses.

Rising Darkness is available on AMAZON in paperback, kindle, and hardcover formats. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: November 3

Press Summary:

Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she’s left her past far behind her, she’s now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man–a prisoner–claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can’t resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie’s confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary’s charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she’s getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop–fatal or otherwise–to her investigation?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC to introduce to my readers.

 

Until Next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Makeup Remover from Miss Landson Review

I recently got a chance to use a product I had been wanting to try for awhile.

Makeup Remover Cloth _ Zainey Laney

Many people in the beauty community has raved about this product or a similar one. The basic idea is to use the product to wipe the makeup off your skin without washing. I was really skeptical because in order to get off my makeup, I need to use makeup remover, argan oil, and a variety of other things. Still my waterproof mascara stays until the morning no matter what I do.

Let me tell you, this product actually worked. No joke, you just rub it across your face and it takes it off! The simply wash the product and you are good to go again. The product says you can use it thousands of times before it is done. I have not used it that many time so I can not voucher for that. But it does work!

Miss Landson Makeup Remover Cloth is available on AMAZON.

From the Company:

Finally you can throw away the makeup remove pads or those chemical based removers! Here comes the makeup remover from Miss LandsonTM with all natural microfiber! * Removes all of your makeup with just water, like magic * Machine washable and no stains remain Up to 1000 times use; Get a better skin and save the environment * Chemical free finest soft & high water absorption cloth * Removes mascara including waterproof mascara in seconds * Even removes dead skins The Miss Landson makeup remover is the perfect, all natural solution for hassle free, quick and healthy makeup removal. Use one side to gently remove your makeup, and then flip over to the other side to exfoliate. Up to 1000 times use, it will save you thousands. The cloth is machine washable and chemical free. No need for any more expensive, chemical based makeup removers. It is made with the finest soft material, which offers high water absorption, meaning the most difficult make-up can be removed in the most comfortable way, whilst leaving your skin chemical free and healthy.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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FSL Xylem Earbud Review

 

Today we are doing a product review!!!

 

Future Sound Lab Xylem Headphones _ Zainey Laney

I was recently given the opportunity to review these earbuds from Future Sound Lab. As a hearing impaired person, I find it is always a struggle to get headphones that work well.

There are quite a few things I love about these. First, they are light weight so they don’t hurt my ears or give me headaches after a little while. Also the wood give it a nice clear quality that I really appreciate. There is no crackling or static from these, just pure clear sound. Also the sound is loud and not muffled.

The earbuds do come with microphone and volume control which is very handy.

Overall, as earbuds, they are very good quality!

FSL XYLEM earbuds are available on AMAZON. They are on sale right now for $14.99!

 

From the Company:

Eco-friendly construction
You may not have a cape or super-powers but you can do your bit to save the earth with these premium quality wooden earphones. Wood offers several advantages over plastics and metal and that is why it is used in the construction of premium, high end speakers and musical instruments.
Powerful vibrant sound with naturally enhanced bass
The wooden chamber of the FSL Xylem is designed specifically to reflect bass frequencies and yet absorb high frequencies. The result is a powerful bass sound with a fine detailed high end. Only a wooden chamber can provide this natural acoustic effect and the Xylem has been fine tuned to high definition audio standards.
Control your music and calls
A discreet integrated microphone and remote put you in complete control of your music and calls. Play, pause, skip track, previous track as well as answer and end call at the touch of the button without reaching for your phone.
Note: track controls may not be compatible with all devices
Compatibility
The FSL Xylem is universally compatible to work with all audio devices with a 3.5mm socket – that means just about anything portable like your smartphone, tablet or iPod etc.
Lifetime customer service and 3 year warranty
FSL prides itself on it’s customer care and we want you to be happy with your product for years to come. Our faith in our products is why we offer a 3 year warranty and offer our customers support for the lifetime of the product.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

 

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The Good Neighbor Review + Giveaway

It’s Novel Nerd! Plus a Giveaway! Read to the end to find out how to get your own copy! Plus look for a new Book Review on Mondays.

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This is the second book I am reading for BookSparks U. If you missed the first one, Big Law by Lucy Cameron, make sure you check it out!

The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner _ Zainey Laney

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner is classified under the suspense thriller genre. I reminded me a lot of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, but shorter. If you are a fan of the type of books that keep you guessing, this will be up your alley.

Sarah lives a perfect life as a small town writer in beautiful Washington, and is still a newlywed to Dr. Johnny. However, one night a fire reveals the dangers of living in a small town.

Like I said, this book was a really fast read both in length and how it keeps you reading. My complaint is that the characters were not written as complex and deep enough as they could have been. While I did kind of root for the heroine, I did not fall in love with the protanganist enough to want to read a sequel. However, if you are looking for a book to read for enjoyment, this is an excellent read.

The Good Neighbor is available on AMAZON in paperbakc, audible, MP3 CD, and ebook formats. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: September 1

Press Summary:

Named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next Gone Girl.

From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

***Giveaway*** LANEY LOOT

For a chance to win your own copy of the Good Neighbor, enter below until November 16th!

The Good Neighbor Review Giveaway

Until Next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney