Prayers for Bo

Kaleb “Bo” Miller is 16 years old and has suffered from kidney disease since he was 11 months old. He was diagnosed with FSGS and his kidney function went downhill until the age of 9 when he reached total renal failure. Both of his kidneys had to be removed and he was put on dialysis until receiving a kidney transplant from a friend at his church when he was 10 years old. However, as soon as his new kidney was in, the disease came back. They were in the hospital for two months and almost lost him three times. By the time he was 13 years old; he was in total renal failure again and has been put back on dialysis 4 times a week. Because of his age and disease, they have to make several trips to Augusta every week for treatment, and the travel costs is a hardship for his family.
On top of these issues, he has been very sick recently and he has had three bone marrow tests which have all come back positive for leukemia. In December 2012, he was rushed to hospital and had to be put on a ventilator due to respiratory distress. In March 2013, they found a bleed in his brain and discovered that he has had past strokes. Due to extreme high blood pressure for so long and so many years, Bo is experiencing abnormalities in his heart, shown by a recent echocardiogram. The cardiologist said, “Bo has the heart of a 70 or 80 year old man who has had high blood pressure for a very long time.” He has been in and out the hospital for the past three months & having vascular surgeries through his fistula/chest, due to blockages & sclerosed veins/arteries. Bo recently had his 65th surgery/procedure with many more in the future. This young man will soon be starting a workup for another transplant in the near future. Praying & believing the disease will not attack this one.

Donations can be made via Paypal: or by stopping by your local Queensborough Bank or by mail:  Queensborough National Bank, the Janis Joelle Miller for Bo Miller Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 780, Millen Ga, 30442

We thank you for you love, support, and prayers.


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Back to school with Blast Zone Giveaway

Reviewz & Newz along with our friends at Andrea's World are bringing you yet another fabulous giveaway!  Who wants to win the EPICS Bounce House from Blast Zone??

This summer and back to school kickoff is no exception. The Blast Zone Magic Castle has provided so much entertainment for my kids. We are having a small gathering as a end of summer party next weekend, and, of course, The Magic Castle will be the main attraction.
Both my kids absolutely love it, and all the close neighbor kids are very jealous and also happy that we are the type to share.

My little girl especially enjoys it. My son loves technology(and air conditioning), so sometimes he likes to stay inside and do other things, but she cannot get enough of being outside and bouncing in the Magic Castle.

My son does love playing in the Magic Castle too though. It's his favorite outdoor activity. Miraculously, they actually play together well and get along in the Magic Castle, something they rarely do with other activities.
I love the fact that the Magic Castle encourages physical activity. My son is a bit on the chubby side, and he needs all the exercise he can get. This is a safe way for him to get the exercise he needs without leaving the yard. No itchy grass or ants/bugs to bother him, not having to get dirty. There is nothing better than keeping active just by having fun.

I wish I was light enough to play in the Magic Castle. I love inflatables to this day. Just because I am "grown-up" does not mean I cannot be a child at heart. It looks like so much fun.

I have wonderful memories from when I was a child, playing in inflatables at birthday parties and my dad's worker appreciation picnics. Back then it was the occasion that made the inflatable so special. But now, I can use the Magic Castle to make any occasion all the more special.

Since this is a Blast Zone product, I know that we will be enjoying it for many years to come. The high quality and outstanding service of Blast Zone has been evident from my very first experience with them, and it only gets better and better. They stand behind their products because they are made with the highest quality materials and utmost attention to detail.

When I say these products are incredible, I mean every word, but you don't have to just take my word for it. Try Blast Zone for yourself, and I promise you will not be disappointed. In fact, on lucky winner will get the chance to own a Magic Castle for FREE. Simply enter the giveaway below for your chance. Good luck!

Don't forget to check out all the other School Rules giveaways(remember there are 10 other blogs participating) HERE.

*Although I received this product at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

Casio Compact Grand Piano Giveaway

I know how much I love music and so do my kids.  Reviewz & Newz is happy to help promote this giveaway for a Casio Compact Grand Piano!

I get to share a lot of great products with you all during the School Rules event, but this very well may be the best yet. This is an item that the whole family will love. It is fun, practical, stylish and, in a way, educational.

Introducing the Casio CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano. The name says it all, this is truly a Grand Piano, but Casio's amazing CGP-700 is compact and digital, so you save money, save space and get so much more than just a premium quality piano.

The CGP-700 boasts a 9-foot concert grand piano sound.  A meticulous recording session, with over two dozen microphones, ensured a dynamic and expressive concert grand piano that can be used in stereo or mono, and even includes damper resonance simulation.

Just like a grand piano, the keys have a heavier feel in the lower register, and a lighter feel up top, thanks to Casio's famous Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. Even the surface of the keys feels natural, with the reproduced textures of both ebony and ivory.

The CGP-700 goes far beyond piano, with 550 different instrument tones. You'll find a variety of guitars, strings, basses, drums, synths, and more. There is also a powerful effects system with reverbs, delays, and other essentials.

The centerpiece of the CGP-700 is a beautiful 5.3" Color Touch Interface. This hi-res display is bright and clear. Everything is at your fingertips so you stay in control. You can simply swipe and tap your way to the perfect tone or rhythm. There is even a Grand Piano button that puts it back into Grand Piano mode in one press of a button.

Whether you are playing as a Grand Piano or a veritable orchestra of other instruments or even listening to your MP3 player(phone) via the stereo aux input, the unique 3-way speaker system will easily fill the entire room with rich, true sound.

With the CGP-700 you get all the amazing sound of a Grand Piano. Unlike a traditional Grand Piano, you also get the bonus of other rhythms and instruments. You also get the portability that a traditional Grand Piano could never provide. The CGP-700 can easily be removed from the stand. It weighs only 26 pounds, so you can have premium sound anywhere.

The CGP-700 also connects to your computer, mac, iPad or other device with no drivers needed. Its 1/4" outputs mean you can easily connect to a mixer, amplifier, or PA system. It uses both MIDI and USB audio recorders, so it is so easy to transfer your music to a computer to save it and share it with the world.

The CGP-700 is also perfect for a student and teacher to play/learn together.  There is a Duet Mode, which splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, so teachers and students can play side by side. It offers dual headphone jacks as well.

The Duet Mode is a huge asset for me. Our entire family loves music, but none of us are talented or even taught musicians. I would love my children to learn to play for real, and I wish I could teach them, but that will never happen. I can however get them a piano teacher, and I love that they can play side by side with my kids. My son especially(who has autism) is a visual and hands on learner. Spoken lessons would not be effective for him at all.

Also, Duet Mode will make it much easier for my children to share this piano. They can split the keyboard and each wear their own headphones, they can create their own music without having to fight or wait their turn. That feature alone is a selling point for me. Anything to keep the peace. Every single thing about Casio's CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano is completely incredible.

If you are a skilled pianist or a beginner or even someone who has never played, the Casio CGP-700 would be the perfect piano. Its amazing sound quality, style, space saving design and host of other sounds make it a true do-it-all instrument that anyone can enjoy.

If you are as impressed by the CGP-700 as I am and want to own one yourself, it is your lucky day. Casio has been generous enough to offer a CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano to one very lucky giveaway winner. Enter below for your chance to win this incredible prize.

Be sure to also enter the other giveaways in this School Rules event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. You can find the other giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site, or by clicking HERE.

*I received this product at no cost to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win Thor and Darth Vader 3D Deco Lights

3D Deco Lights are trhe new must have themed lights for your kids.  With all the awesome choices of characters, your child's room can be transformed into a their favorite adventure.

3D Deco Lights from 3D Light FX are so awesome. 3D Light FX has so many fun and exciting designs for boys and girls of all ages. Marvel, Nick, Star Wars, Disney, Universal and much more, 3D Light FX has it all. My son is a huge super hero fan as well as a Star Wars fan, so I knew that he would love the 3D Deco Lights I chose for him.

He loves The Avengers and his favorite it Thor, so naturally, Thor's Hammer is perfect for him. As a Marvel fan myself, I really love this one too. All of the 3D Deco Lights have stickers included that make them look like they are embedded into a cracked wall. While they all look awesome that way, Thor's Hammer fits especially well for that as it really could have been slammed into the wall.

No matter which Marvel hero has rescued your heart, 3D Light FX has you covered. From Captain America to Iron Man to Spider Man to The Hulk, you'll be in hero heaven. If you are not into Marvel(blasphemy!) you can get Batman instead. But if you are truly cool, you will want them all.

Of course in order to believe in heroes, one also must believe in villains. Sometimes one must even embrace the villainous-ness of if all. In other words, you must come to the dark side. The best way to do that is with a Darth Vader Helmet 3D Deco Light. Does it get any more awesome than that?

If you are not ready to come to the dark side, 3D Light FX has a huge selection of Star Wars Deco Lights, including Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2, and the Millennium Falcon. Of course, the dark side has its partners as well, like the Death Star and Boba Fett. There is even a Darth Vader hand with Light Saber. That one I must own to accompany this one. Er, I mean my son must own it. Okay, I love these as much as he does!

Whether on or off, these 3D Deco Lights look fantastic. They are a very unique room accent and are sure to garner many compliments when people visit your home. They are safe, cordless and battery operated.They use LED bulbs(that will last basically forever), they are cool to the touch, which is essential around children.

My son loves these lights so much. No when I tell him it is bed time, he will hurry to get to his room so he can turn on these awesome lights. Now I just need to expand his collection and begin one for my daughter. With characters like Dora, Frozen, Minions, My Little Pony(last two coming soon), there are tons of designs that everyone will love.

If you are ready to come to the dark side(AKA the side of 3D Light FX) you are in luck. 3D Light FX has been kind enough to offer one Thor and one Darth Vader Helmet Deco Light both to one very lucky entrant. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck.

Be sure to also enter the other giveaways in this School Rules event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. You can find the other giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site, or by clicking HERE.

*I received these products at no cost to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fresh 'N Lean Giveaway

Looking for healthier options?  Fresh N Lean has just what you need!  Want to win?  Enter the Rafflecopter form below!

I needed a fast and easy way to get food that is healthy and tastes good enough that I will actually want to eat it. That is exactly what I got from Fresh n' Lean. I just got 5 days of amazing food from them.

There are so many amazing entrees. Five breakfasts(the delicious granola is 2 breakfasts) and 10 entrees that can be lunch or dinner. I have not tried all of them yet, but everything I have tried so far is so yummy.

This is the granola I mentioned above. There are to portions in this package. The portions are very generous. A "serving" of granola on other diets I have been on were tiny, not to mention full of additives and not as tasty. This one is gluten free and has nuts and it is  just fantastic. The serving filled me up so well. I was actually stuffed for hours.

Another fabulous breakfast is the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. It is gluten free too. It is also a great portion, very filling. The flavor is amazing and the nutrition is exactly what I want. I could eat this every day for breakfast and feel like I am splurging.

The Spanish Vegetable Rive is so good! I love Spanish rice, and Fresh n' Lean's version is so hearty and full of flavor. This is a very satisfying meal. It is better than anything I cook for myself when I am eating healthy.

The Tomato, Spinach & Mushroom Pasta is to die for. I love pasta. This is brown rice pasta, so it is gluten free, but is every bit as delicious as "regular" pasta, if not more delicious. I had never tried brown rice pasta before this, but now I need to buy some for my cooking.

This is Summer Veggie Medley & Cannelloni Bean Pasta. It is so unique and I love the flavor. I found myself savoring each bite, and I was sad when it was gone, but I was full due to the generous portion.

I am seriously loving these Fresh n' Lean meals. All Fresh n' Lean meals are organic, GMO free and vegan. I am not a vegan, but this food is so good that I do not feel deprived at all. It's the opposite in fact. I love trying so many new flavors. These are all recipes that I would never come up with on my own. If I could cook this way for myself I would enjoy eating healthy all the time.

The meals are so easy to prepare, just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes. They come out perfect, not soggy or dry, and they taste like they were just prepared in my kitchen (by someone who can cook that well). I can't even think of anything negative, except that I will run out of these soon.

If you want to try Fresh n' Lean (and believe me, you do), they have been generous enough to host a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive 3 breakfasts and 8 entrees(lunch/dinner). Enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this amazing prize.

Be sure to also enter the other giveaways in this School Rules event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. You can find the other giveaways via the School Rules tab on my site, or by clicking HERE.

*I received these meals at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway