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.

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

Yoozon 16ft 50 LEDs High Brightness Fairy Lights Waterproof LED 16 Colors Outdoor String Lights with Remote Control for Bedroom, Corridor, Patio, Garden, Yard, Photo Frame

The Yoozon 50 LEDs Fairy Lights are so cute, and easy to use.  They come in a small brown box, and in it are the lights, attached to a clear battery box, and the remote control.

I used 3 AA batteries, not included, and charged them fully.  I then put them into the battery case.  Next I pressed the on/off switch on the remote control, and they lit up red.  I then pressed other buttons and got blue, yellow, green, purple, orange etc. Then I pressed the button that changes the colors, another one that fades, and brightens them, and so on.  These are small lights, that do big, and exciting things.

From the website:

  • ’24-KEY REMOTE: More amazing 24 buttons, up to 16 colors options and 4 flashing modes, 5 brightness level, timer mode (8 hours on and 16 hours off)’

They are waterproof so you can have them outside.  I personally prefer them in a glass, vase, or jar, and I know they will look so festive over the holidays.  They have a lifetime warranty, so you have nothing to loose in trying them out.

I did receive mine for free, and would happily pay $13.99 for them, knowing that they will refund, or replace them if you are not satisfied.

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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

I love that my home has solar lights protecting it, and the reason being my Sogrand lights.  The ones I have tested, and reviewing today, are the Super Bright 8 Lumen Outdoor White LED Landscaping lights.

As with all solar lights, they have to be put together.  It’s so simple.  Just take the top, and push it into the pole, and then the stake into the bottom of it.  Next find a sunny place in your garden, and push them into the ground.  The solar panel is on the top, to allow them to charge up during the day.

To switch them on, twist the top that has the solar panel, and pull out the isolator tab. Replace the top, and as soon as it’s dark, the lights come on.  Having 8 lumen they have a crystal looking white brightness to them.  They look amazing.

Looking underneath them, they create a beautiful pattern.

Being that they are solar, you don’t have to worry about the cost of energy, or the environment.  They will give you pleasure for a very long time, and they can take, all kinds of weather.

I live in Florida, so I never have to recharge the batteries, but if you get limited sunlight, then these are provided, and under the solar panel.

The Sogrand lights are perfect for walkways, pathways, driveways, and patios. These will really light up the the front of your home during the holidays.

I received mine for free, and have really tested them, as you can see in my photos.

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Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor, Garden Path Light 4 Color LED Stainless Steel Landscape Lighting for Pathway Walkway Driveway Patio Yard Pack of 8

Sogrand Solar Square Bollard Pathway Decoration Garden Stake Light With White Led, Set of 3

Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor 100 LED Colorful Rope Light Decorative for for Garden Party Dinner Bedroom Festival Patio Yard Landscape

 

Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor, 8pc-Pack Bright Garden Path Light Stainless Steel Warm White LED Landscape Lighting for Pathway Walkway Driveway Landscape

I wanted to try the Sogrand 8 piece Outdoor Bright Stainless Steel Warm White LED Landscape Lights around my patio area.  I felt that the warm white could create a fairy-tale atmosphere.

I was correct, as when I opened the blinds, in my patio doors, the sight was spectacular.  I immediate grabbed my smartphone, and took a video of it, and also some photos.

From above they create these beautiful reflections of light.

They have only been out in limited sunlight, as we have been having our summer rain, here in Florida.  I put them out yesterday, and didn’t bother to check them last night.  So with the sun breaking through occasionally today, they all worked to perfection.

Everything you need is in the box.  Just put them together, and then push the spikes into the ground.  After they have sunshine, put the switch under the solar panel to the on position.  Once it was dark, my lights lit up our patio area.

These are solar, so you are saving energy costs, and they are also good for the environment.  I like my lights outside all year round, but these are perfect for a party, the holidays, or any festive occasion you might have.

I did receive mine for free, but after seeing the quality of the ones you get in local stores, I think you will find that these are exceptional value at just $16.99.

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Sogrand 200 LED, Solar String Lights Outdoor, Warm White Fairy, Garden Lights for Garden, Party, Bedroom, Festival, Patio, or Yard

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

Sogrand Solar Square Bollard Pathway Decoration Garden Stake Light With White Led, Set of 3

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

Yet another solar light, that I haven’t seen before.  That is the Sogrand Pure White LED Crackle Glass Globe Hangers.  These are the cutest hanging lights I have seen.  

When I saw the box they were in, the picture showed them hanging on tree branches, so I decided to do the same.  We have a big tree in our front garden, so I hung them on the south side, so that they would get the sun, all day long.

In the evening I went out, and turned the switch under the solar panel on.  By the time it was dark, it was raining.  I still went outside, and fell in love with the brilliant white, shining lights.  The crackle effect of them, makes for an even brighter looking light. They look like crystal.

Today I brought them inside the house, and went into my dark walk in closet, so that I could take a more up-close photo of them.  You will see on the wall behind them, how pretty the light comes off of them.

The lights are waterproof, and I can certainly vouch for that, with the rains we get in Florida.  They have a wide enough hanging half circle on the top, so that you can use them in different areas.

The Sogrand lights will be perfect for Christmas, as they have a special effect, that would be perfect for the holidays.

I did receive mine for free, and tested them really well, before writing my review of them.

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Sogrand Copper Cap Solar Glass Jar, Solar Lights Outdoor, Green Stripe Thick Hanger, Solar Garden Lights, Decorative Solar Lights,for Garden, Party, Dinner, Bedroom, Patio, Yard, and Landscape

Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor 100 LED Colorful Rope Light Decorative for for Garden Party Dinner Bedroom Festival Patio Yard Landscape

Sogrand 2pcs-Pack, Solar Post Lights, Fits 5 Post Sizes with Adaptors Copper Finish Vinyl Bright Sturdy and Big.

Advanced Mixology Science Moscow Mule Copper Mugs – Set of 2 – 100% HANDCRAFTED – Pure Solid Copper Mugs 16 oz Gift Set with BONUS: Highest Quality Cocktail Copper Straws, Shot glass and 2 coasters!

I always find it hard to buy gifts for men, so for the man that has everything, the Moscow Mule Copper Mugs – Set of 2 could fit the bill.  These mugs are handcrafted of solid copper.  They are 16 ounce, which is a perfect size.

They come in a really nice box, with some extra goodies for him.  2 cocktail copper straws, a shot glass, and 2 really nice coasters.

Being made of copper, and no other metals added, you can only taste the flavor of the drink.  They are not joined, which means that there is no chance of any leakage.

As you can see in my photos the mugs are dimpled, and have a lovely shine to them.  They are: ‘TARNISH RESISTANT – Coated with food grade lacquer to retain its shine. Just scrub the coating away if you like the antique look.

As well as the 2 pack at $19.99, there is also a 4 pack for $32.97.

I did receive mine at a discount price, and chose to write my own personal review of this product.

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Biboom EDC Tri Fidget Spinner Finger Stress Reducer Toy 1-3mins Spinning Time for Boring, Anxiety, Focusing

I am sure that most households have either heard of the Fidget Spinners, have one, or the whole family have gone Fidget Spinner mad.  I recently got the Biboom EDC Tri Fidget Spinner Finger Stress Reducer Toy.

I now have a few, so can compare them.  I have to say that Fidget Spinners certainly help with my anxiety.  I have to be doing something all the time, and find it really hard to relax.  Having this toy in my left hand, and then spinning it with my right, takes my mind off of what’s going on, which is a great thing.

It is suggested that it helps children/people Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism, so I am wondering if it could help smokers, drinkers.  Having something in your hand might work?

The Biboom one is really smooth, and I have had it spin for over 2 and a half minutes.  It is a perfect size for popping in a pocket, purse, or bag.  Right now the price has gone down from $18.99 to $6.99 if you have Amazon Prime. It’s a good time to buy for the holidays.

I did get mine for free, and have been honest in my testing, and review of it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071NGBC97/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Sogrand 200 LED, Solar String Lights Outdoor, Warm White Fairy, Garden Lights for Garden, Party, Bedroom, Festival, Patio, or Yard

I already have a similar set of Sogrand 200 LED Solar String Lights in Warm White, so was really happy to receive this set.

These couldn’t be easier to set up, and use.  In the box are the lights, attached to the solar panel.  You have 2 pieces of the stake, and just push them together, and then slide the top, into the back of the solar panel.  Put them in a sunny spot, and let them charge up.

Give them a day, and then switch them on.  You can have them on a steady light, or flashing.  I plan on added these to the other set, on the trunk of my tree, during the holidays. They will look so pretty.  In actual fact with 400 lights, I may be able to do the lower branches of this old tree too.

They are cost effective as the sun provides the source of light, so no extra cost on your power bill.  They also hold up really well in all kinds of weather.  The more sun you get, the longer they will stay lit.  We are so lucky, here in Florida, as all of mine only need minimal sun, to get a ‘fairyland’ look.

Solar lights not only look pretty, but also deter people from your property.

I did receive these lights for free, and always love sharing my views with you.

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Sogrand Solar Outdoor, Motion Sensor Light, 4pcs-Pack 16LED for Security Light, for Wall, Patio, Deck, Shed, Fence, Pathway and Driveway

Sogrand Solar Outdoor, Motion Sensor Light, Super Bright, Security Light, Great Sensor, Closer on Stake, for Wall, Patio, Garden, Deck, Shed, Lawn, Fence, Pathway and Driveway

Sogrand 2pcs-Pack, Night Light, Toilet Light, with a Colorful LED, Motion Sensor Light. Have Fun and Keep Safe in the Restroom at Night. Fits on All Toilet Bowl Sizes.

Sogrand 5 Color 15 Bulbs, Solar Lights Outdoor, Solar String Lights, Amazing Yard Decoration, String Lights, Solar Garden Lights.