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Villain 20000mAh Portable Charger

he first thing that I do upon receiving a charger for review is charge it up.  So, I've had this thing plugged up since 3:00.  It is now 7:00 and it's only 67% charged.  That's rather slow.

Villain 20000mAh Portable Charger This munster is heavy too.  Yes, it has two ports.  Sweet.  Yes, it is physically beautiful.  The attention shown to the design of this charger is amazing.  Incredible.

After that, I charged my dead mobile phone.  Interesting to note is that the charger didn't note the status of my phone.  No.  It noted its own status as 100% ready to charge.

But, my phone charged completely in two hours!  So, we are not sure how to feel about the Villian. 

The flashlight was easy to work.  Simply double click the power button to turn on.  Do the same to turn it off.

But, heavy.  And, slow to fill up.  But, does a speedy charge.

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The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World

This is an interesting and colorful book of sayings and idioms from the world over.  Just like the title states.  We would like to have seen a reference or two.  Somewhere.  Perhaps, this isn't necessary?  We were fixated on this before we even received the book. 

We aren't even sure whether or not this is a criticism.  We just wanted to be able to see something like this.  Granted, there are 52 entries and each page details historical background rather succinctly. The author did a good job.

In fact, we would like a book like this which, focuses on American sayings.  We want to know where some of that strangeness comes from.  We'd write that ourselves, but, the thought of such a task is remarkably overwhelming.

This would make an excellent children's book after they have begun reading.  The covered topics are history, geology, sociology and a lot more.  Edifying.
The Illustrated Book of Sayings
Author: Ella Frances Sanders
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Ill edition (September 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607749335
ISBN-13: 978-1607749332
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

About the Author:

ELLA FRANCES SANDERS is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat. Her first book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, was a New York Times bestseller and is now, perhaps ironically, being translated into many other languages. She still doesn’t know exactly how it all happened, but things seem to be going OK.

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Fit Snack


We felt good about our review as we tried to receive the box one-handed.  It was too heavy!  This is just what you want from your box of goodies, treats and fun.  Just what you want.

And, that's another thing.

We've run across a handful of these brands before, while reviewing other good-for-you type snacks.  It gives a reviewer a good vantage point as we consider the evolution of snacks and snacking.  This is where we're headed.

We do not want cacao any other other ingredient which, sets us on fire.  No, thanks.  We want fruits and nuts.  We want them in new and different ways, as some of us have become bored with them.  It's true. 

However, we do not have to be bored.  We simply have only to venture past what we are accustomed to and look around.  Fit Snack has excellent variety.  There are both beverage and food.  The range is excellent.  This particular box covers pumpkin spice to a plant-based drink.

Fit Snack

  • (1) AlphaMind Vitamin Coffee (1 Oz)
  • (1) Back Attack Snacks Almonds (1.5 Oz)
  • (1) Dang Foods Coconut Chips (.7 Oz)
  • (1) Dark Dog Organics Energy Drink (12 Fl Oz)
  • (1) Purely Inspired Protein (1.27 Oz)
  • (2) Raw Rev Superfood Bar (1.6 Oz)
  • (1) Rawxies Heart Bar (1.5 Oz)
  • (1) Shine Organics (4.22 Oz)
  • Various Literature on Some of the Included Brands


  • (1) FruitChia Strawberry Blast (1.4 Oz)
  • (1) Kracklin' Kamut (.5 Oz)
  • (1) Raw Rev Organic Live Food Bar (22G)
Fit Snack

To receive your thoughtfully-crafted subscription box, feel uninhibited to check out the FitSnack website, as listed below.  Prices are as follows;

$13.00 P/M ($6 S/H) Recurring 12 month plan
$17.90 P/M ($6 S/H) Cancel Online Anytime
$16.90 P/M ($6 S/H) Recurring 3 month plan
$15.90 P/M ($6 S/H) Recurring 6 month plan

About Fit Snack:

Each Fit Snack box is packed with the most delicious and healthiest products on the market.  We strive to include a diverse experience of full and sample size items that are good for you.

Every box is different - half the fun is getting the mystery box of goodies delivered to your door each month. 

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Nahmias et Fils: T.G.I.F. Cocktail Recipes for September 23

Mahia is an award-winning product and the only handcrafted fig spirit which is made in the United States.  It requires over six-pounds of figs per bottle and is featured at Epcot Center's Moroccan Pavilion.  It's completely not we expected, based upon its description.

The nose is citrus and invigorating.  It does have a fig taste.  But, we've found that this can be covered up with a strong citrus mixer.  We know.  We know.  Why bother with a fig-based spirit if we're only going to cover up?  Because.

Mahia is balanced and should be consumed as a digestif.  A sip leaves drops sweet notes of anise on the tongue and the finish is very smooth.  Intensely smooth.  We want to dance a little.  Perhaps, after a little more and this article has been written.

Nahmias et Fils

  • (1) 750ml Nahmias et Fils (80 Proof)

Cocktail Recipes:

  • 1 Oz Mahia
  • 1 Oz Legs Diamond Whiskey
  • 3 Lemon Wedges
  • ½ Oz Simple Syrup
  • Ginger Ale

In Collins glass muddle lemons and simple syrup. Add ice, mahia and whiskey. Stir top with ginger ale.

Jack and Fig
  • 1 Oz Mahia
  • 1 Oz Apple Jack
  • 0.75 Oz Simple Syrup
  • 0.75 Oz Lime Juice
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients. Strain over ice.

Moroccan Almond Milkshake
  • 1 Cup Blanched Almonds
  • 6 Cups Water, Divided
  • 1/2 Cup Refined Sugar
  • 1 tsp Orange Blossom Water

Blend the almonds and two cups of the water in a blender and blend until very smooth.  Pour into a medium saucepan and add the sugar.  Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for several minutes. Remove from heat.  Add the remaining 4 cups of water. Let cool to room temperature and strain. Add the orange blossom water.  Cover and set to chill in the refrigerator.

Moroccan Spritzer
  • 30 ml Cointreau
  • 30 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Mandarin Liqueur
  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange Flavoured Soft Drink
  • Blood Orange Slices
  • Mint Sprigs

Combine the orange-flavored liqueur, gin and mandarin liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Add a splash of soft drink and garnish with and orange slice and mint sprig.

We found Nahmias et Fils on sale at drinkupny (currently) on sale for $36.99. 

About Nahmias:

Nahmias et FIls is the first micro-distillery to be based in Yonkers, NY. We produce unique artisanal spirits such as Mahia which is a traditional Moroccan spirit distilled from figs, Legs Diamond un-aged rye whiskey and Legs Diamond aged rye whiskey. Since we began production in mid 2012 our Mahia has been awarded a Silver Medal at the 2012 New York International Spirits Competition and 93 points by Anthony Dias Blue. We have also received media coverage from the New York Times, NPR, and LA magazine.

Our products are currently available in New York, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Georgia.  Our Mahia is also featured at the Moroccan Pavilion at Epcot Center.

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