Merry Christmas from Treasure Island Beach.

We are having an amazing time.  Last night the candlelit service at St. Alban’s chuch.

This morning sitting on the balcony, and walking to John’s Pass,

in the water’s edge.

Cooking a traditional English dinner in our apartment, and yes it can be done.

Serving up right now.

Merry Christmas to everyone, and if you do not celebrate, than Happy Holidays to you.

 

Do you feel sad at Christmas time?

My husband and I have lived in Florida for 29 years, and I was fortunate enough to visit my family in England every summer, up until he had a cerebral hemorrhage, and a brain tumor.  Thankful benign, and dormant.

I chose after that not to leave my husband to visit England.  Christmas was a sad time for me, so a few years back, when he asked me what I wanted, I said to spend Christmas at our favorite beach.

This is what we have been doing.  Hopefully we will be able to get through on Skype, to England, on Christmas day.  With the time difference I don’t get to see my granddaughters open their presents, but manage it some time during the day.

Now when my husband asks me what I want for Christmas, I tell him that I already have it, as a timeshare at Christmas is always waiting for me.  What are you doing for Christmas/the holidays.

Free product. Amazon sellers are amazing.

I have been a freelance writer for 26 years, and reviewing most of that time.  When I lost my writing ability on Amazon as they said that I had a connection with sellers, which of course I have, I turned to this blog.

I now have a couple of hundred sellers that contact me when they have new products, and I always test the product, before writing about it.

I have been lucky enough to receive 3 products as gifts, with nothing to do, but enjoy the products.  That is why I wanted to mention PURENJOY BATH BOMBS.  I received a 6 x 3.7 ounce box, and I am truly thankful.

I am so blessed this time of the year.  I hope you all get unexpected gifts.

I have the heating on in Florida!

Both hubby and I have coughs and colds.  He has had his for 2 weeks now, and I have been so careful, but finally had the sore throat on Friday, and the coughing, and sneezing today.

So I was going to write a review, but figured I would rather sit here in the cozy house, and just write what came into my head.

Yes we are going out tonight, as Len has 3 meetings, and I want to spend time at the gym.  We were at the beach earlier in the week, and I managed my walking, but with all the clothing, earmuffs, scarf, and leather gloves, no one would have recognized me.

Tomorrow I will be back into writing mode, and some more items that you may wish to buy for Christmas.  Stay warm, as my daughter sent me snow photos from England that I had to share with you.   Enjoy this festive season.

 

Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor Christmas Decorations Pathway Light Bright 15 Lumen Ornaments Sale Decorative Garden Path Lamp Walkway Lighting for Driveway Patio Landscape 6 Pack

The Sogrand Christmas Solar Lights with 15 Lumen, are really impressive in my front garden.  They have 3 pieces of pole, which makes them higher than other landscaping lights.  This allows you to have your lights staggered in rows.

There are six beautiful Stout Drum stake Lights.  They are black, and are clear where the bulbs are. When lit you have a really bright white light in the middle, and a warm more yellow light around them.

So easy to install as you only have to push the poles into the stake, and solar light.  If you do want shorter ones you can use one, or two of the pieces of plastic pole.

Once they have the sun on them, switch them over to ON, underneath the solar

panel, and that is it.  They will light up at dusk, and go off at dawn.

They are suitable for any sunny area, and are great for added security for your home.

With the holidays almost on top of us, it’s time to put your lights outside.  These are great for Christmas, and all year around.

I did receive mine free of charge, and am delighted with them, so wanted to share how pretty them are.

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Sogrand Solar Lights, Outdoor Garden Decorations, 4 Color Diamond Lens Stainless Steel Yard Decor Landscape Lighting, for Lawn Patio Walkway Pathway 4 Pack

Solar Light, Post Cap Lights 4 x 4 Plus, Super Bright 10 Lumen LED Sogrand White Vinyl, for Outdoor Areas. 2 Pack

Sogrand Solar Jar Lights, Glass Jar Hanging Light Quicksilver Electroplating, Outdoor Decorative Lantern, for Garden, Party, Patio, Yard, Landscape Decor

ACRAFT Thanksgiving Decoration Twinkle Star String Lights for Bedroom Girls Gift 10 Led 7.1ft Home Decoration Lights for Baby Shower Wedding Teen Tee Pee

There are so many pretty string lights to choose from, for many different occasions, so I couldn’t wait to check out the ACRAFT Thanksgiving Twinkle Star String Lights.

These are so different to any others I have seen.  Not only are they star shape, but they have cut out stars, to show the light through.  The color of the star lights is silver, and there ten of them.  The individual stars, have twelve tiny cut out stars, that show the light through them.

Specifications are from the Amazon webpage:
‘Total Length (end to end): 7.1 ft
Lead Length: 1.15ft
Diameter of Star: 0.26ft
Bulb Count: 10
Bulb Spacing: 0.66ft
Bulb Type: LED
Grade of Waterproof: IP44(not battery box)
Power Source: Battery Powered
Power: 3AA Battery (not included)
Material: Metal, Copper wire, Plastic
Light Mode: Steady on
Colors of Balls: Silver white ‘.

They are battery operated, and you will need 3 AA batteries, which are not included.  These go into the clear box, and you just click the black light across to switch them on.  This would be great for a little one’s bedtime.  You could switch them on when they got into bed, and turn them off before your bedtime.

With it coming up for Christmas these lights would be great around a window.  I personally would put them inside, as the battery case isn’t waterproof.

I can think of endless places to put these, including a party on the patio.  Wouldn’t it be great to see the stars.

I did receive these pretty lights for free, and have been honest, in my review of them.

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ACRAFT Gift Turquoise Teal Blue Boys String Lights for Teen Bedroom Battery Operated 10Led 7.1ft Cotton Balls Lights with White Wire for Tee Pee

 

Indoor and outdoor, white plant basket flower basket, cotton rope garden hanging rope garden, home decoration flower plant display by Bruce-AXK

I have a hanging basket fixture at the front of my garage, but I have never used it.  I do have plants in pretty pots, so thought that the Bruce-AXK White Plant Rope Basket would be a great asset.

It is made of ‘ Hemp 4 legs 1.1 m, with the best recommended boat hangers’.  I have a fairly large plant pot, and wondered whether it would work.  As you can see from my photos, it fits in perfectly.

The top, and bottom have knots to ensure that large plants stay in place.  The quality it excellent, and it really does look unique.  It is handmade, and you can put any shape pot in it.

I am thinking of getting some flowers to add to my green plant.  This will bring some bright colors to this very cute basket hanger.

I have several friends that are keen gardeners, and I am thinking of buying them this Plant Rope Basket for Christmas.  At just $7.99, and free 2 day shipping if you have Prime, I feel it is a great gift.

I did receive this product for free, and it was my choice to write a favorable review about it.

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Dickens style Sogrand Solar Outdoor Garden Lanterns, LED Pathway Lighting for Yard Patio Walkway Landscape

The Sogrand 2 piece Lantern LED Solar Lights remind me of Dickens, and when I used to live in England, just 8 miles from Rochester, where they have the Dickens festival.

They are really ornate, and create a pretty entrance to a walkway, pathway, or anywhere that 2 lights will work.

As they are solar, there is no work involved with them, apart from putting the stakes together, and then finding the right place to put them outside.  A spot in bright sunshine is perfect.

You take the top off, where the solar panel is, and underneath is a switch.  Just push it over to the ON position.  Now your lights will look beautiful during the day, and light up at night.

You are saving energy costs, and also helping the environment as well.  I can certainly imagine these at Christmas time, taking you back to far away days.  They can sustain all kinds of weather, but the more sun you have, the better they perform.

I did receive mine for free, and tested them in my garden.  They work great, and my only problem,

is to decide where I am placing them permanently.

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Sogrand Solar Jar Lights, Glass Jar Hanging Light Quicksilver Electroplating, Outdoor Decorative Lantern, for Garden, Party, Patio, Yard, Landscape Decor

Sogrand Outdoor, 8 piece Pack Bright Garden Path Solar Lights Stainless Steel Warm White LED for all Landscaping.

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With Halloween, and Christmas not too far away, it’s time to think of decorations. The Sogrand hanging solar jar light

has to be one of the cutest I have seen.

You can actually try it out in your home first.  We have had a lot of rain, in Florida, so very little sunshine to get the solar panel working.  However,  it does have a battery in the top of it.  I just pulled off the top, and underneath it is the switch.  I turned it to the on position.

Immediately there were pink, green, off white, and blue lights in the jar. They are in the shape of an S, so the colored lights fill the jar/lantern.  With it being a dull day, the lights show up well in our living area.  They don’t need complete darkness to work.

Once we have sunshine I will put them outside, where the sun can shine on the solar panel, and the lights will come on whenever it gets dark enough for them to shine.

Being solar, with battery included, these will work for you, with no plugs, cables, electricity costs to you.  It also makes you feel good about the environment.

Now is a great time to buy new festive lights, and these certainly fit the bill.  It’s great that you can hang them from the rope handle,  or have them standing on the ground. Both ways look amazing.

I received this product for free, have had it for a while now, and tested it fully.

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Sogrand Solar Lights, Super Bright 8 Lumen Outdoor Garden Path Light White LED Landscape Lighting for Pathway Walkway Driveway Patio Pack of 6

Solar Lights Outdoor,Sogrand Decorative Garden Path Light 4 Color LED Glass Lens Stainless Steel Landscape Lighting for Pathway Walkway Driveway Patio Yard Pack of 4

Sogrand Solar Lights, Outdoor Garden Decorative Light Pure White LED Crackle Glass Globe Hanger on Top Landscape Lighting for Patio Yard Window

 

EECOO LED Projector Lights Rotating Spotlight Waterproof Outdoor and Indoor Night Light Wave Projector with Spider Pattern for for Christmas Halloween Theme Party Landscape and Garden Home Decoration

I now have my LED Projection lights for the front of my house, that I will use at Christmas.  the Eecoo projector is for indoor, or outdoor use.  It is very easy to assemble with either the flat base for inside, or the stake and pole, for outside.

It can be rotated with the 180 degree adjustable head. There are two separate buttons for the wave, and the spider pattern.  You can use them separately or together.

I tried mine in a fairly small room, but they will cover 80-400 sq.ft, of area.

It you have children, or grandchildren these would be perfect for a party, and great at Halloween.

A little from the website: ‘UL safety certificated, DC 9V output low voltage. Come with standard US power plug and 16.4 ft long power cable. The power adapter will automatically cut off when the voltage exceeds the standard value, completely prevent fire and explosion! LED uses 70% less energy and have 4 times the life of similar incandescent string lights, won’t hurt eyes like laser lights.Weather Resistance & 180 Degree Adjustable – Comes with IP65 level case body and IP44 power adapter, can withstand snow, rain and intense sun.’

I found these really simple to use, everything you need comes in the box, and they worked really well for me.  You can see from my photos.

I received this product at a discounted price, and wanted to share it with you.

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