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Japan FunBox Review

Subscription boxes are super popular these days. Who doesn’t like getting a box in the mail, especially one filled with snacks? Japan FunBox offered me one of their mini-boxes to review.

This company offers three sizes of boxes:

Mini- 5-7 items, $14.99 a month

Original- 15-20 items, 1 DIY kit, 1 Special item, $32.99 a month

Family- 25-30 items,  2 DIY kits, 2 Special items, $49.99 a month

 

All of the options offer free shipping worldwide!

 

As I said, I received a mini-box, and below is what I received. The descriptions are straight from the paper that came in the box.

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Alfort

 

Bite-size biscuit, ALFORT that is a combination of rich milk chocolate and fragrant whole grain biscuits. Please enjoy its flavorful taste.

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Definitely tasty! Chocolate with that crunchy biscuit center.

 

Whistle Candy:Grape Flavor

 

This is a very popular and regular snack in Japan. Because this candy can make sounds like a whistle when you put it in your mouth and blow, it makes kids happy but their parents angry. A cute secret toy box comes with this.

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These look like Life Savers, but when you pull them out they are a little thicker. They dissolve fairly quickly, so make sure you get your whistling in first! The idea remind of me of Toot Sweets from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

 

Here is the toy that came with mine:

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Pizza Potato

 

People around the world would say the Pizza Potato taste is good and finally this Pizza Potato add to line up in Funbox. Who think up the potato chips go well with cheese? Rich cheese on the zig-zag cut thick potato. This potato chips is only Japan.

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Now these are definitely good. I may have to find a way to get a hold of some more. The texture of the chips are like Ruffles, with the ridges. Super tasty. Probably my favorite thing in the box.

 

Pretz Tomato Taste

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The great Japanese long-established company’s technology. It was baked crunchy outside and crispy inside with special manufacture methods. We can taste the sweet tomato and green vegetables and crisp and fragrant PRETZ.

 

I’ve had other similar type Japanese snacks in many different flavors, but had never had tomato flavor. These sticks are a quick, easy snack and the tomato was more like a sun-dried tomato taste. They probably would be good with some dip as well!

 

Ume-pachi

 

A combination of a crackling burst Ume (plum) candy and sour Ume taste (plum) granules and it is new texture candy.

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These are like Pop Rocks, but of course I’d never had plum flavored pop rocks before! Not bad, but not my favorite flavor.

 

Shuwabo

 

A long, soft-candy with bubbly powder on the inside. The orange flavor and the lemon flavored soft candy combined inside your mouth mysteriously creates a coke flavor.

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How in the world does orange and lemon flavor taste like cola?? Weird! Definitely a new experience.

 

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Japanese Candy Box - Japan Funbox

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Book Review: A Powerful Secret

A Powerful Secret is the the story of a family, first and foremost, with some political and corporate intrigue as well. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate this review. I found the characters likable, and while I normally wouldn’t really enjoy a political story, I would say that the majority of the book is focused on Sean and the family relationships. Of course I won’t tell you what the “powerful secret” is, but reading along as Sean comes to terms with that secret draws you closer to his character. I was unaware at first that this was the second book in a series, but I didn’t have any problem following the story without having ready the first one. I now want to read the first one, as well as the third story, which follows Sean’s younger sister Sarah. The authors include a glossary at the front of the book with common abbreviations that are found in the story, which I found helpful. Also, at the end of the book is a bonus feature, “Birth Order Secrets”. You will discover why when you read the author bio’s below. Also below I am including descriptions of each of the books in the series!

 

A Powerful Secret

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Sean Worthington is shocked when he hears his older brother Will announce that he will not run for New York’s Senate seat. In fact, he’s angry. All of his efforts as Will’s campaign manager are now for nothing– and Sean is left to handle questions from the press while Will walks away without a backward glance. Throughout his life, Sean has felt like an outsider in his own family. And not being told about his brother’s plans is just one more piece of evidence that he’s right.

Tired of being the odd one out, Sean is determined to forge his own path. Little does he know that it’s not easy to escape your family–especially when a powerful secret from the past threatens to explode everything Sean ever believed.

 

Dr. Kevin Leman, the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 books, including The Birth Order Book and Born to Win, has made thousands of house calls for Fox and Friends, The View, Today, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, CBS’s The Early Show, The 700 Club, CNN, and Good Morning America.

Jeff Nesbit, a former senior communications official at the White House and former director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, is a strategic communications advisor and the author of 20 novels. He writes At the Edge, a weekly column for U.S. News & World Report.

 

This book is the second in a series called the Worthington Destiny. The first book focused on older brother Will and is entitled A Perfect Ambition. Here is the description of that book:

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It’s time for Will to forge his own path. But the force that drives him to greatness could also destroy him– and his family.

As the firstborn son of an old and powerful family, William Jennings Worthington VI knows what it’s like to be under pressure. Groomed from birth the relentless message that he was destined for greatness, Will has always pushed himself to succeed–nearly as much as his never-satisfied financial tycoon father pushes him. Becoming CEO of the world’s largest and most adventuresome oil company seems the next logical step on the success ladder. But when circumstances turn, Will finds himself staring down a road that leads to Capitol Hill. Can he trade the board room for the Senate floor? Or will family secrets keep him from his destiny?

And the next book in the series will focus on Sarah, the youngest Worthington sibling. Here is a description of A Primary Decision:

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The road to power and position is fraught with perils, even for a Worthington. But Sarah does not intend to lose.

Sarah Worthington never expected to become the US attorney general–at least not this early in her career. Plunged into the vicious vetting process, with all sides digging for secrets in her family closet, she steels herself for the path forward. Nothing will deter her from making her mark on the world in the biggest way possible–even if that means prosecuting the current president of the United States.

Yet powerful forces conspire behind the scenes to take the Worthington family down, and the president orders her to close the investigation. Will she comply? Or turn the tables to pursue her ultimate dream–the US presidency?

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Book Review: Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography

I have had two periods in my life where the music of Billy Joel was front and center. First, as a small child, maybe three or four, every night when I went to bed I made my mom put a certain record on, and that record was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street. And then, as a senior in high school, our marching band show for the year was The Music of Billy Joel. So when I saw this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. First, let me give you some information on the book. Keep scrolling to the end to see my thoughts.

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Book Description

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend.

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.

Exhibiting unparallelled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the seventies and eighties. He also explores Joel’s creative transformation in the nineties, his dream performance with Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium in 2008, and beyond.

Along the way, Schruers reveals the stories behind all the key events and relationships- including Joel’s high-profile marriages and legal battles- that defined his path to stardom and inspired his signature songs, such as “Piano Man,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “New York State of Mind,” and “She’s Always a Woman.” Throughout, he captures the spirit of a restless artist determined to break through by sharing, in his deeply personal lyrics, the dreams and heartbreaks of suburban American life.

Comprehensive, vibrantly written, and filled with Joel’s memories and reflections- as well as those of the family, friends, and band members who have formed his inner circle, including Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, Jon Small, and Steve Cohen- this is the definitive account of a beloved rock star’s epic American journey.

About The Author

Fred Schruers enjoyed a successful high-profile career as a writer at Rolling Stone, chronicling an impressive body of musicians and actors, including Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Nicholson, Sheryl Crow, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Chris Rock. His writing has also appeared in Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, Men’s Journal, GQ, the Los Angeles Times, and Columbia Journalism Review.

My Thoughts

This book is everything you want in a musician biography, covering everything from Joel’s childhood until the present. Personally, although I enjoyed his music, I didn’t know much about his personal life. I remembered him being married to Christie Brinkley, but knew nothing about his previous marriage and all the problems that occurred during that time frame. And thought Joel has achieved tremendous success, you really feel like he is a regular guy that you could hang out with when you read these interviews.

The author also includes information about certain songs, little tidbits that will make you listen to the song in a different way. Schruers also made sure to get interviews with many of the most important people in Joel’s life. This is a book that any Billy Joel fan should pick up, and would even be an interesting read to fans of music in general.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

For more information, including a book excerpt: HERE

Author’s Page: HERE

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Book Review and Giveaway: Spring Fling Kitty by Rachelle Ayala

Heartbreaker Connor Hart, one of the youngest fire chiefs in the country, is planning on marrying Dr. Elaine Woo, a woman who pretended to cheat on him with his best friend many years ago. She bought him a Dalmatian puppy, he gave her a ring—and the women of San Francisco are about to lose their most eligible bachelor.

Artist and poet Nadine Woo is down on her luck. The cast-off half-sister of Dr. Elaine Woo, she doesn’t measure up, according to her strict and distant father. When Nadine and her mother are about to be evicted from their apartment, she gets an interesting offer from her sister. Seems she’s in need of a little help concerning her relationship with Fire Chief Connor Hart.

As soon as Nadine meets Connor, she knows she’s in for a rough ride. Connor is the fireman who rescued her and her little gray kitten, and she’s never forgotten how safe she felt in his arms.

When Nadine takes her sister’s place at a spring fling weekend with Connor, love ignites, and there’s no going back.

Can a spunky little kitty show Connor and Nadine that doing the wrong thing is sometimes right, especially when it comes to love?

Spring Fling Kitty is Book #3 of the Have A Hart Romance Series. It can be read standalone, although characters from the previous books appear here in supporting roles.

MY THOUGHTS

I definitely thought this was a cute story. I didn’t even realize until later on that this was book 3 in a series, so I can speak to the fact that it can definitely be read standalone. The addition of the animals in the storyline was a fun touch that I found quite endearing.

I will say that there were a few bits of romantic conversation that, to me, seemed slightly unrealistic, perhaps something that something just wouldn’t say, especially after knowing someone for just a couple of days. But I am not romance hater, so I overlooked those bits and paid attention to the story underneath it.

And let me tell you, the ending was definitely not anything I was expecting! Of course I won’t tell you what happens, but let me say that I think that unexpected twist in the story was my favorite part of the book. All in all, this was a sweet story and I would not hesitate to check out more of this author’s books.

Have a Hart Romance Series 
Christmas Lovebirds, Book #1
Valentine Hound Dog, Book #2
Spring Fling Kitty, Book #3

Available to buy from…
Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Google Play   iBooks

 

“Beautiful romance with a touch of suspense, great combination!” – Amazon review

 

“A beautiful, heartfelt story. Love saw. Love came. Love conquered. I truly recommended everyone to read this book.”  – Amazon review

 

About heroine Nadine Woo – “A free spirit is a gift in my eyes. It’s what makes her beautiful. It’s what makes Connor love her. It’s what brings life to this story.” – Corissa Palfrey

About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

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