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californiablue Violet Mist Necklace Giveaway ends 01/14 CLOSED

Melissa is the creative mind behind californiablue. Her jewelry is fresh and casual representing the laid back lifestyle of  Northern California. Her jewelry is beautiful and she has many different pieces that are totally affordable. Here is a little but from Melissa.

*My name is Melissa Lisbon and I live with my husband and 2 cats in Northern California.  I came up with the name of “californiablue” for my Etsy shop given that where I live is my greatest inspiration.  Having grown up on the East Coast, I still am amazed at the uniquely beautiful geography, plant life and California light that surrounds me.   I aspire to capture some of this beauty in my jewelry designs while at the same time keeping the designs casual and affordable.   I tend toward the “less is more” approach with my designs giving deference to the shape and color of the beads I use.  Through my jewelry, I try to represent a certain joie de vivre California style.

Melissa has been generous and is offering one of STM readers a chance to win her Violet Mist Necklace
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Mark-My-Time Digital Bookmark Review

Mark My Time - Digital Timer Bookmarks

I recently purchased mark-my-time bookmarks, and I love them! The Mark-My-Time Bookmark is a flexible plastic bookmark and has a timer at the top.  I got one for each of my kids.

My kids have to do at least 20 minutes of reading per night for homework, and these bookmarks are perfect for that. It’s also great because the bookmark/timer always stays in the book they are currently reading. No lost timers when it is time to sit down and read.

Another really cool thing about the timers is that they have two different ways that they can be set. There is a count down setting where you put in the amount of time that you want to read, and it will beep when you are done. And they have a count up feature where you start the timer and press stop it when you are done and it will tell you the total time read. Very cool! And you can pause the timer for snack or potty breaks. The two different settings make it great for everyone because kids who love to read can use the count up feature to know how long they have read, and reluctant readers can use the countdown feature so they can meet their minimum times.

I think the best part is that the kids are now timing themselves. There is no more “Am-I-done-yet? How-much-longer?” type questions from my reluctant reader. You are done when the timer beeps. And I don’t have to keep watching the time for my child who loves to read to know the amount of time to write down on the reading log from school. I just look number on the timer when she is finished.

Reading is a really important skill for kids to develop; it is necessary to do well in most of the other subjects. And like anything, the way to improve is by practicing. I love that my kids now have an easy way of timing their practice. And I love that it’s stress-free for me!

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Zuvo Water Purator Review

Concerned about the safety of your tap water? Tired of spending tons of money on bottled water, while feeling guilty about the effect of all those plastic bottles have on the environment? I know I am!
Zuvo has sent me one of their Zuvo water purators Model ZPS130 Brushed aluminum metal finish to review. I drink a lot of water, up to two gallons per day. I have been really excited about trying a product that reduces potentially unhealthy contaminants in my family’s drinking water without compromising great taste.

They are available in under the counter models and above the counter models. I chose the above counter system. It sits up on the counter and connects to the faucet. I would normally choose something that could be hidden, but the sleek style of the Zuvo Water Purator fits in perfect in my kitchen. It was fast to install and before we knew it we were seeing the Zuvo Water Purator in action. You can see it working, and the kids love to watch it. If you install under the sink, I imagine you would spend a lot of time with the cabinet open so you can watch it. It delivered fresh filtered water right to my tap. There was minimal noise from the unit. The water tastes fresh and delicious.

According to the company, The Zuvo Purator, uses a five step process that consists of ozonation, UV Light Exposure, photo oxidation, carbon filtration, and dual-pass UV. I don’t pretend to understand the details of all that, but what I do understand is the great taste of the water that comes out.

When it comes to the water that my family drinks, I am concerned about the quality, the cost, and the impact on the environment. Zuvo passes the test in all three areas. The cost seems a bit steep at first, but overtime, it works out to be cheaper than buying bottled water (I didn’t do the math on that one, but you can see the cost breakdown per year on the Zuvo website). As far as quality, it tastes great. And I love the fact that we are not using all of those plastic water bottles anymore!

I don’t imagine it would install well on a sprayer-type faucet so you might want to take that into consideration and get the under counter version with the butler faucet or ask about other options. My other consideration with water filters is always filter cost. According to the Zuvo website http://www.zuvowater.com/ , the filter needs to be replaced every 500 gallons or every 6 months and costs about 30 dollars. And with every purchase one is included and the company will supply your first refill filter for free. Doesn’t seem too bad to me. Overall, I was very pleased with the Zuvo water purator.

We would also like to thank Stephanie at SFM PR Inc. and SheBlogs for the opportunity.

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