Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cozy for Fall Hallmark #LoveHallmark Home Review and Giveaway

Thanks to the Love, Hallmark “Cozy for Fall” Hallmark Home Product Line I recevied complimentary pillows. 
  A Season for Thanks 18x12 Bolster Pillow
 Regular price $40.00

Always Room for More 20x20 Throw Pillow
Regular price $30.00



Cassandra's review-  The pillows are beautifully crafted and look great in my home.  The are the perfect size to be cozy and decorated to bring out the fall feel of my room.  



My winner will recevied a giveaway pack including either a Stir in Extra Love Tea Towels, Set of 2Stir In Extra Love Tea Towel (set of 2)

or Gold Berry Ruffled Pot Holder/Oven Mitt Set
Gold Berry Ruffled Pot Holder/Oven Mitt Set from the Hallmark Home collection. Just enter on the form below.


BRAINSPIN™ Review


BRAINSPIN™
A great ice-breaker and creativity game. Players open up their minds and write down everything they see based on the card in play. No answer is too crazy as long as you can convince your opponents of what you see. Let your creativity explode!

ADDITIONAL INFO
Ages:7 and up
Players:2 to 10
Contents:Deck of 54 Brainspin cards and instructions.
Brainspin™

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Cassandra's Review- Ok, so you may think, how could a game that only has one black and white shape on a playing card be fun?  Well I will tell you that it really is enjoyable to see what your family and friends come up with.  Just on the front of the pack the game will begin as you try and come up with ideas for what the shapes are.  In the middle of the 1 minute game you turn the card to a 90 degree angle and keep trying.  My kids actually surprised me with the creative answers.   I think any age can join in and have fun, the only thing is that you do need a timer if you are going to play correctly and this does not include one.  




MOOSE CABOOSE® Review


MOOSE CABOOSE®
Four trains full of happy animals are chugging off on an adventure. The player who collects the most animal cards, by matching colors, wins the game!


ADDITIONAL INFO
Ages:6 and up
Players:2 to 4
Contents:60 Oversized heavy-duty cards and illustrated instructions
Moose Caboose®

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Cassandra's Review- The kids were super giddy about the colors and cuteness of the cards.  It is a simple game and matches colors.  The game play can be super fast or slow depending on your child's skill level.  



CLASSIC WATERWORKS™ Review


The classic 70's card game is the original leaky pipe card game. Be the first player to complete a pipeline from valve to spout!

ADDITIONAL INFO
Ages:8 and up
Players:2 to 4
Contents:110 Pipe cards, 8 metal wrenches and illustrated instructions

Classic Waterworks™

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Cassandra's Review-  The tiles are a good size so that you do not need to play on a huge table.  The whole concept is simple, but the game gets really strategic.  While any age group can play and any skill level , because there is no set time limit.   This is a great game to take with you camping etc.

THIS GAME IS BONKERS!™ Review

This Game Is Bonkers!™
Inspired by the classic 1978 version, This Game Is Bonkers will delight a whole new generation of fans! Players "build" a new track with each game so it's never the same game twice. Your goal is to be the first player to score 12 points.

Ages:8 and up
Players:2 to 4
Contents: Game board, 4 plastic tokens, 4 plastic scoring pegs, 1 scoring pegboard, 2 dice, 40 track cards, 4 large "Go To Lose" cards and instructions.
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Cassandra's review-  A remake of a game I enjoyed as a kid and being able to play it now with my family was super fun.  The board game and pieces are made well and with simple, easy to understand directions everyone was playing and having a blast in no time.  

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SCATTERGORIES® CATEGORIES Review


If you love The Game of SCATTERGORIES, then SCATTERGORIES CATEGORIES is the next game you will want to play! It's a great twist on your favorite. Keep the fun coming with this fast-thinking categories game.


ADDITIONAL INFO
Ages:12 and up
Players:2 to 4
Contents:125 cards containing 250 word challenges, 2-minute sand timer, 4 pads of player score sheets, plastic card base and rules.

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Cassandra's Review-  If you love word games, this is going to excellent.  I really enjoy challenging my kids no matter what age and skill level to be able to play and have fun.  We do not have competition in my family, but we do win because everyone who plays wins.   I can also make up words and clues for my younger children if the ones in the game are a bit too long or hard.   I am a word lover, so this was a very cool game for me as well.

UNCLE MILTON'S ANT FARM® GAME Review


This quick-paced board game is based on the original Uncle Milton's Ant Farm live ant habitat. Kids race their ant movers along colorful paths and from chamber to chamber collecting their baby ants. Once all baby ants are collected, the first ant to race back to the Queen Ant's chamber wins!

Ages:7 and up
Players:2 to 4
Contents: Game Board, 4 plastic ant movers (Red, Yellow, Green & Blue), oversized spinner, 24 baby ant disks, instructions with multiple levels of play & fun facts about real ants.

Uncle Milton's Ant Farm® Game
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Cassandra's Review-  Super cute, very fast and simple to play for all ages.  There is a good amount of strategy for little players to enjoy and the colors are bright.   Even I had a great time playing with my family.

Classic OUIJA® board Review



Whether you call it Wee-Gee or Wee-Ja, the Classic OUIJA® board spells fun! Just ask it a question and wait to see what the answer the Mystifying Oracle will reveal to you. Includes a THICK WOOD board!!

Ages:8 and up
Players:2 or more
Contents:Sturdy Wood Ouija Board Featuring Original Graphics, Plastic Message Indicator




Classic Ouija®

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Cassandra's Review-  I know what you are thinking, but after 43 minute of asking questions and waiting my family got a few slight movements, but I suspect the kids might have been moving the planchette bit.  You can not rush the spirits so maybe it will spell out some great information in the future, but as of now it is super fun to watch everyone ask questions and wait with wonder for a long time.   This game does have a few tricks to it so if you want to use it to trick your family, this is a great qulaity board and plastic planchette.

RUBIK'S® KEY RING Review

The Rubik's Key Ring puzzle plays like the original 3x3 Cube! . The key ring is not only way-cool, it really works!
ADDITIONAL INFO
Ages:8 and up
Players:1 player
Contents:Rubik's 3x3 Cube Key Ring

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Cassandra's Review-   A really cute little cube, that all ages can enjoy.  It does work and the keychain is a great quality.  So this is perfect for car trips.  Little hands Can really learn how to play with it better then the bigger sized cubes.  My kids had a ton of fun. 

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT™ GAME Review


The game captures the spirit of the cherished story as players' rabbits venture around the board, collecting cards along the way, in a quest to become real.
Ages:4 and up
Players:2 to 4
Contents:Bi-fold game board, oversized spinner, 4 cardboard pink hearts, 16 picture cards, 4 Velveteen Rabbit movers with plastic bases and illustrated instructions.



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Cassandra's review- Everything from the velvety feeling game pieces to the beautifully illustrated board is super cute and makes this board game a really sweet experience for your whole family.  It is does not take but a few minutes to play, but you will want to play again and again.  

The Power of Mercury by Leslie McGuirk Review


A lively guide to surviving and thriving during Mercury Retrograde—and to unlocking the astrological secrets of Mercury, the planet that rules communication.

Mercury Retrograde: We’ve all heard about its effects. E-mails disappear into black holes. Flights are delayed and trains run late. From communication mishaps to travel breakdowns, Mercury Retrograde wreaks utter havoc on our lives. So how do we survive it, sanity and relationships intact?

In The Power of Mercury, acclaimed astrologer Leslie McGuirk casts new light on Mercury Retrograde—treating it as an opportunity to slow down in a tech-crazed world, from approaching agreements with caution to communicating with intention. With an unparalleled sense of humor and uncommon helping of straight talk, McGuirk further dispels the mysteries of Mercury Retrograde by teaching us how to identify our personal Mercury signs and those of the people with whom we interact every day, from bosses to romantic partners—and what that means for how we communicate, and what to do about it.

In our ever increasingly tech-driven, fast-paced world, where we all email, text, chat, and tweet hundreds of times a day, and zip around the world at a moment’s notice, the stakes for any glitches in communication are higher than ever. Finally, with The Power of Mercury, we have the fresh, direct guide we need to navigating it all without stress—and with a much needed dose of optimism, common sense, and style.
Leslie McGuirk
As a child McGuirk was told repeatedly by adults and teachers that she had no talent as an artist. Despite the negativity, and with no training in art, she began selling whimsical T-shirts out of the back of her car and eventually became a famous designer in Japan, and an author and illustrator of over 20 children’s picture books which have sold over two million copies worldwide. She credits an astrologer, she went to at age 19, for putting her on her true path as a writer and illustrator. McGuirk believes being untrained and "wrong" has been the number one reason for her creative success, and knows that taking an awkward and intuitive path can lead to tremendous personal and creative success.

Her first adult book comes out in September 2016 with Harper Elixir, an imprint of Harper Collins entitled The Power of Mercury. This book helps people understand what astrology is really meant to do (which is not to be a fortune telling devise) but rather an amazing tool to help understand our internal wiring.

McGuirk has been studying astrology for over 30 years. She teaches regularly at Rancho La Puerta spa, in Tecate Mexico, as well as many other high-end spas, and resorts. In the corporate world, she has been a popular keynote speaker on the topic of creative inspiration.

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Cassandra's review-  The first thing I did was turn to my sign and read what it said.  Well it was right on the money with my personality etc, but can this all just be common knowledge versus the unknown?   I can get a lot of this information from the internet, but not in this author's writing style and voice.   It is a cool book to read and includes a lot of good information.

NIrV Love Letters From God Holy Bible Review

9780310743255, NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible, Hardcover

What if a child could read his or her own personal mail from God? The NIrV Love Letters from God Bible will invite kids to do just that! This full-text Bible in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) is a perfect way to introduce children to God’s Word and his great love. With 80 love letters from God written especially for the reader, children will see Bible stories and themes come to life and learn just how much they are loved by their Creator.

Each love letter also contains a very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words to You. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope, and are highlighted in the text. The love letters will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God.

Features include:

80 personal love letters from God
Highlighted Wonderful Words—special verses to remember and cherish
80 prompts encouraging children to write their own love letters to God
8 full-color tip-in pages with additional content
The complete text of the New International Version (NIrV)

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Cassandra's review-  The letters are well written and will help your child feel connected to God as well as making them feel very special to be a part of something so great.  I would recommend his book to families that have a strong faith in God and asl that want to share it with their kids.

Christmas Love Letters From God Bible Stories By Glenys Nellist Review

9780310748243, Christmas Love Letters from God : Bible Stories, Glenys NellistWritten for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.

About the author

Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England.   Her stories and poems have been published in children’s magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.


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Cassandra's Review-  This is a book that your family can treasure as well as gift to your little one knowing that they will be blessed by it.  The stories are kind of long for little readers to finish on their own, but with your help and maybe a sweet reading time, they will become closer to God.  

Jesus A 365-Day Devotional Review

9780310758099, Jesus : A 365-Day Devotional

Jesus isn’t just found in the New Testament of the Bible—mentions, whispers, and echoes of Him can be found throughout the Bible. There are hundreds of clues and promises about Jesus in the Old Testament, which are fulfilled in the New Testament. Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional helps 8-12 year olds understand these revealing verses about Jesus from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Each devotional includes a Scripture, an explanation, and a prayer for reflection to help children discover that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.

Jesus is a promised fulfilled for all of us. God promised he would send a deliverer, and He did. Jesus is ready and waiting for you.

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Cassandra's Review- Well written in a way that children can better understand and get help with their questions.  If you have a faith based family and would like to share the scripture with your little ones, this is going to be a great book to own.

A Night Of Great Joy By Mary Engelbreit Review

9780310743545
Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.

A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.

Mary Engelbreit, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the blockbuster Christmas classic The Night Before Christmas, brings readers a new holiday picture book that’s sure to become a family favorite.

About the Author

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.

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Cassandra's Review- Christmas will be here before you know it, and this book is going to be a great addition to the festivities.  The author brings to life the very magical moments for your child through her writing style.

KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible Review

The King James Version Beginner's Bible, Holy Bible

Ready for your first “real” Bible? Great! You’ll love how you can read this Bible all by yourself. The print is easy to read and The Beginner’s Bible® art is fun and will help you better understand the stories in the Bible.
Features include:
• Presentation page so you can make this Bible your own
 • Complete text of the King James Version
• Large print (11.5-point font) is easy to read
• 20 full-color pages of The Beginner’s Bible illustrations help you better understand the stories
• KJV dictionary concordance will help you when you come to a word you don’t know
• Words of Christ in red to easily see where in the Bible Jesus speaks

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Cassandra's Review-  With all the added features as well as the full text this Bible is perfect for kids and adults to share the beautiful words together.


NIrV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible Review


NIrV Beginner's BibleReady for your first “real” Bible? Great! You’ll love how you can read this Bible all by yourself. The print is easy to read and The Beginner’s Bible® art is fun and will help you better understand the stories in the Bible.

Features include:

Presentation page so you can make this Bible your own.
Complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible—written for kids just like you!
Large print is easy to read.
18 full-color pages of The Beginner’s Bible illustrations help you better understand the stories.
66 book introductions and outlines explain who wrote each book of the Bible and what you will discover as you read.
Dictionary of key Bible words will help you when you come to a word you don’t know.
Reading plan of 150 famous Bible stories will give you a great overview of God’s Word.

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Cassandra's  Review- What better book for kids and adults then a Bible because it is the biggest and best story of all time and this one is perfect for children.

Grammar for People Who Hate Rules: Killer Tips from the Ruthless Editor

Book: Grammar for people who hate rules
Grammar for People Who Hate Rules

Killer Tips from The Ruthless Editor!

Worried about choosing the right word? Puzzled by punctuation? This easy-to-read guide is full of examples to help you make the right choice. Ever worry that your email to a client might have embarrassing grammar mistakes? That your report for your boss won’t meet expectations? That your professor will find fault with your mid-term paper? Communication skills are valued in every field and in every position. Whether you’re in the classroom, you’ve been out of school for a while, or you’ve just grown accustomed to texting and today’s digital shortcuts, now’s the time to jump back into the grammar game.

The easy-to-follow tips in Grammar For People Who Hate Rules, a straightforward guide to help you avoid many of today’s common word and punctuation errors, will remind you what you’ve forgotten and elevate your writing — and speaking — to a new level. Whether you’re writing for work, for school — or even creating a knockout profile for LinkedIn or a dating website — the tips in this book will bring you up to speed with today’s English grammar. You’ll build your reputation as you build your mastery, impressing your clients, your boss, your professor — or maybe even your potential mate!

Kathleen Watson, Ruthless Editor and book author
Writing and grammar expert Kathleen Watson, fondly known as The Ruthless Editor, has nearly three decades of experience in the corporate and academic worlds. She has taught business professionals how to fine-tune their communication style, college students how to strengthen their writing, and Ph.D. candidates how to polish their dissertations. As a fiction and non-fiction book editor, she has helped many authors hone their writing skills. Put her Killer Tips to work for you today!

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Cassandra's Review-  I often type as I would say something during a conversation and so my grammar is probably not nearly on point as most people. However this book has really great tips and it is not boring so I could actually focus on them.  The book is perfect for children as well as adults.    

From Depths We Rise: A Journey of Beauty from Ashes by Sarah Rodriguez Review


Sarah Rodriguez experienced more loss and heartache in a short period of time than most people will endure in a lifetime. Infertility. Miscarriage. Her husband Joel’s cancer diagnosis (not once, but twice). Her husband’s death. Her two-week-old baby girl in a fight for her life. . . And still, Sarah clung to her faith. From Depths We Rise is a miraculous story of hope and overcoming.

Sarah's is a journey of beauty from ashes, of marching toward purpose out of the pain. Her awe-inspiring story will encourage you to grasp tightly to your faith and to rise above even the most daunting of circumstances.

Sarah Rodriguez
Author


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Cassandra's Review- The author shares her heart and so much more in this book and it really picks up your spirit as you journey through the pages. With her unique writing style and open adventure any adult  or older teen would really get inspired to stay uplifted by reading it.

Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker Review

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From the two-time New York Times best-selling author ofthe Against All Grain series, comes 125 recipes for grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free comfort food recipes for holidays and special occasions.

When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, it's the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions they worry about most. In Celebrations, best-selling author Danielle Walker provides recipes and menus for twelve special occasions, from a child's birthday party and baby shower, to a backyard barbeque, romantic Valentine's Day dinner for two, and even a Halloween party. Of course, Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, New Year's Eve party, and Easter/Passover brunch are also covered--along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Nearly every recipe is photographed, and food and party images shot on location provide beautiful and creative entertaining ideas. Delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes encourage the whole family to get into the kitchen and create lasting memories--no matter what the occasion.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Half of the food items needed will not be found in my local grocery store, most of them, I actually had no idea existed.  Everything is very fancy and most of it quite pricey.  The instructions are plain and easy to read in a good font.  The photos are nice.  While I did not find a lot of the recipes pleasing to my standards, someone who is forced to (or reallys wants to eat )diet like this still has option and this book will help to create and help you celebrate using them.