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I’ve mentioned many times over the years that I have a bad back…  A bad back meaning for many years, I was basically bed-bound, floor-bound, and my back pain ruled my life.  I would have some good moments where I would feel almost like a normal human, but they were interspersed more often than not with the really bad pain.  I tried so many things to help.  My chiropractor (who I think is awesome, really like him!) became like my second home.  But I still didn’t feel normal…  It was still just managing the pain to a “livable’ level.  See, the hard part about chronic pain is that at times you can hide it (many times, you just can’t, and those were the times I’d stay home).  You smile, and people don’t realize just how much pain you are in.  Anyways, enter Plexus.  It was *the* thing that finally truly helped my pain.  After being on Plexus products (I started with the TriPlex Combo and then also added in the Ease caps) for several months, I was no longer living at, or even visiting, my chiropractor’s office.  It is the only thing that changed in my life, and so I have no question about it being the thing that worked.  So my back pain – instead of being a normal everyday 6-7/10 on the pain scale with flare ups (very often) of 10/10 pain, is on the whole now maybe a 1-2/10 in my every day normal with a few days here and there of maybe 7-8/10 pain.

While my pain level is very low these days, I do still get some back pain here and there.  That’s why I was excited to try Spand-Ice when I was contacted about trying it out for a review.  Anything that helps the back, that is good for pain, is something I love to try.  So what is Spand-Ice?  Well, it’s something I had years earlier wished was in existence – I would get ice packs or warm packs and try to hold them in place, which worked while sitting, but as soon as I’d stand up, I’d have to hold them in place and it was just awkward.  This is a tank, that also gives a bit of support as well as securely and comfortably holding the ice/warm packs.  It zips up and can be worn as a vest, or you can wear a top as an extra layer beyond that if you don’t want it to be the focal point.  I have worn mine several times, mostly as ice instead of heat, but the heat does feel nice.  I think it’s a great option if you are wanting something to help aid in annoying pain/irritation and also as just a tool for recovery and injury prevention.

It is comfortable (I got a size L, and I’m glad I did – it is snug, but I think you want it to fit fairly snugly, but I know a M would’ve been too small on me).  I would guess that I could wear a L or an XL, and that someone who buys the S could also wear a M.  Besides their Revive Tank, they also have wraps, as well as tanks for pregnancy!  And not to leave out the men, they also make the wraps and the tanks in men’s sizes as well.  And there are extenders if that’s needed.

Here is a video of the founder sharing how to wear the tank plus showing just how long it stays nice and hot/cold (and that you aren’t tied to your couch, but can get things done at the same time!)

Know The Word Study Bible

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KJV Know The Word Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, September 2017)

Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.

The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.

The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

Features include:

—King James Version Bible text
—Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
—Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
—Words of Jesus in red
—Beautiful two-color interior page design
—Comprehensive list of theological notes
—Full-color maps
—8-point type size

Learn more and purchase a copy.


This Bible is a nice gift-giving Bible or one to get for yourself if you are wanting to dig a little bit deeper into the Bible, to understanding more so that you get more out of what is being said.  This isn’t the “studiest” Bible out there, for sure, but it seems to do a good job of going beneath the surface and helping one to – as its title suggests – know the Word better.  I personally enjoy ESV or NKJV for Bibles the most, but the KJV is a standard and what many people read.  There’s really nothing about this that I didn’t enjoy, and I wouldn’t have any issues recommending it to you if you’re interested in picking up a study Bible!

[As a Litfuse blogger, I was sent a copy for review purposes.  As in all my reviews, my thoughts are my own.]

Christy book review

Leave a Comment Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)(Evergreen Farm, October 2017) New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic! The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, […]

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‘Christy’ Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party

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My Daughter’s Legacy

My Daughter's Legacy

3 Comments My Daughter’s Legacy (Harvest House, July 2017) A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last Virginia, 1864 Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, […]

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