Saturday, February 25, 2017

Batteroo battery life extender Review

About 15 billion batteries end up in landfills each year, creating not just trash but ultimately soil contamination and a laundry list of other environmental impacts.
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 Consuming fewer batteries is ideal, and to that end, Silicon Valley-based Batteroo has released its eponymous battery life extender, a thin, simple ‘sleeve’ that slips over a battery and draws out its usable power to prolong its life.


Technically speaking, Batteroo is a miniaturized voltage management and delivery system. Stainless steel, less than .1 millimeter thick, these reusable devices can significantly cut the number of batteries we buy, use, and throw away (which makes the battery companies not too happy).

For more about the environmental toll of battery production and disposal, see https://www.batteroo.com/

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  One of the things my family always has in bulk are batteries, because I get them cheaper at the dollar store and they tend to just blow through the charge.  With the help of these sleeves I hope to be able to save a lot more money and they did not have a problem going into my device.

 I was a little leary about using something that might might cause a shortage or fire and you need to have a sleeve for every battery you use in the device as well as watching out not to cut yourself during placement.   The product is going to be an emergency use item in my home during outages etc.

The Ragamuffin Gospel By Brennan Manning Review



“This is a book I wrote for myself and anyone who has grown
weary and discouraged along the Way.”
—Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel[P1]


Many of us believe in grace, yet we live as if we still have to earn God’s love. We picture God hanging His head in disappointment, tallying our successes and failures on a score sheet. We assume we have to do more, or be a different person, for God to be pleased with us.


Brennan Manning shows us a different, truer image of our relationship with God: We come to God as ragamuffins. Bedraggled, dirty, exhausted. But as we sit at God’s feet, He smiles upon us. He embraces us. He treats us not as failures but as the chosen objects of His love.

In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Manning’s classic meditation on grace, Manning reminds us that we don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make ourselves presentable to God. We can recognize our poverty and powerlessness as what bring us closer to a God whose love embraces us no matter what.


The Bible tells us that by grace we are saved. So why does our spirituality often start with ourselves, not with God? Why are we likely to believe in grace in theory but deny it in practice?

In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning explores the true meaning of the word grace in all its power. When we beat ourselves up over who we are or what we’ve done, we pull away from God. When we acknowledge that it is only grace that can save us, we draw near to a God who delights in who He created us to be.

The Ragamuffin Gospel has changed thousands of lives since it was first published twenty-five years ago. In this anniversary edition, we find the timeless wisdom of a man who came to God needy and desperate again and again and found a peace that defined his life, his relationships, and his career.

You are not a disappointment to God. God does not “put up” with you. He celebrates you. God not only loves you, He likes you.. This is the joy of the gospel.


I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Walking with God is easier for some than others, but the author brings a special light out in the reader and will help them to embrace life in light.  To be able to connect and go even beyond what you thought you could reach is a gift that this author gives and a blessing for anyone who takes the time to fill their heart with the written words.   This is about God and so much more, but will appeal more so for faith based lovers of the topics.


Legend of the Sand Dollar By Chris Auer Review

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This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marley illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I have heard about the sand dollar before in my youth.  I did forget all about it and now being able to share this story with my family was a huge treat.   The illustrations are neat and colorful.   The message for Easter is going to make this a must have book for the upcoming holiday.  You will never think of a sand dollar the same way again.

Hope for Each Day 365 Devotions for Kids By Billy Graham Review

“Every day I turn to the Bible to give me strength and wisdom for the day and hope for the future.”
—Billy Graham
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 Let Billy Graham, one of the world’s most beloved pastors, daily guide your child in understanding the truth of Scripture and trusting God’s great love.


Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids presents the same messages of the bestselling devotional for adults in terms children can understand. Each day’s devotion corresponds with the theme and Scripture of the adult devotional, making it easy for families to share devotional time together.


Bring Billy Graham’s cherished wisdom and message of hope home for the child you love.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I think this book is better for middle grade kids or children that really understand deeper reading.  I know it is made for kids, but some might not really know how to grasp the devotionals.  Of course you could read and discuss this with any child so that they can be blessed with you and at the same time you might learn as well.  This is a very faith based book.

Tales Of Men And Women Edition 7 By Stone Riley Review

Tales Of Men And Women Edition 7 Paperback

Magnum Opus: 500 pages of illuminating and inspiring poetry, prose and pictures by a life-long activist: We can awake; we can rejoice amid life's pain and darkness, and treasure light. We can learn and teach. We can build foundations for the Good New Age; it is now as though the hallways of Lascaux stand empty waiting for your brush. But how to even start? How can you live a good human life? Now when we must rebuild society on wiser passions, that is the urgent question. So here is a life's work book about our ancient human race in the world today, by a solemn worshiper of Goddess Earth; collected, enlarged and reissued constantly since 1992.

Author Bio:

Stone Riley has been an activist artist since thirty days in U.S. Army jail during Vietnam, a month from which he gained some pictures and poems. He is a solemn worshiper of Earth, has mainly made his home among the constantly supportive Pagan movement, and claims the American Pagan movement has done essential service by proving radical spiritual freedom. He believes in the revolutionary use of beauty.

Author Website: http://www.stoneriley.com/

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book was a little weird for me.  I guess if you are into the topics and feel the authors touch in the writing style, then it would be a bit of a better experience.    It is almost like a collage of knowledge and learnings mashed into forms of stories.  

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure hits shelves on March 14 Review

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n the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons, and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?
Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series and Beyonders series. He travels the country visiting schools, promoting literacy, and sharing his message that "Imagination Can Take You Places." He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his family.

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure (Shadow Mountain Publishing) will be available from Amazon and other booksellers nationwide as of March 14, 2017.

Find Brandon Mull at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at www.brandonmull.com.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   The older kids really liked the book because it has a good amount of fantasy ads well as really creative characters.   If you have children that like fantasy and magical books, this is going to be a great read. 

QMT Arabesque Windchime Giveaway

QMT Arabesque Windchime Giveaway
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Presents The:
 QMT Arabesque Windchime Giveaway
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ergo Chef 10 Piece Cutlery Set Giveaway

Ergo Chef Exclusive Crimson G10 10 Piece Cutlery Set Giveaway
Hosted By: Holiday Contest and Sweeps 
Presents The:
Ergo Chef Exclusive Crimson G10 10 Piece Cutlery Set Giveaway 1-Winner

 
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Brushies Review .@the_brushies

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health in children


The Brushies is the world’s first finger puppet toothbrush for infants and toddlers. The book and puppet system makes a once challenging daily routine fun, setting kids up with a healthy habit for life and turning what’s often a battle of wills into a beautiful bonding routine.

With dental decay topping the charts as the number one chronic childhood condition in the world today, the two doctor moms behind The Brushies took it upon themselves to drill a dent in this unhealthy epidemic and make brushing fun for all.

I received complimentary product.
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Cassandra's Review-  I know some adults that would love to brush with these cute brushes as well as put on a show for the little ones.  Finger puppets are a great idea.  As long as your kids do not spend a long time playing with the brushes instead of brushing their teeth, these are going to be great.  The book is an excellent idea.  If you have a hard time getting someone to pick up a toothbrush, this may be a really cool helper.  The brushes were also super easy to clean and store.


Carrington Farms Organic Chia Seeds #ad


Sprinkle Carrington Farms Organic Chia Seeds onto your oatmeal, cereal or smoothies for a nutritional addition to your breakfast! This small but mighty seed is a nourishing "superfood" loaded with Omega-3's, fiber, calcium and protein.

I received complimentary product.

Viki's Original Granola #ad

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Viki's Granola is great to eat on its own or to accompany your favorite breakfasts including yogurts, cereals, parfaits, etc. Also available in snack packs - the perfect size to throw into your bag for a morning pick-me-up!

I received complimentary product. 




Munk Pack ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes #ad

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Packed with wholesome whole grains & real fruit bites, Munk Pack ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes Are  perfect for a healthy on-the-go breakfast. Even better, they are gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and certified vegan.

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I received complimentary product. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Octavia's Orangesicle Float Recipe from Cascade Ice


Octavia's Orangesicle Float
This simple, kid-friendly drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser! In a tall glass, put two scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Next, pour Cascade Ice Orange Mango over the ice cream until the glass if full. Garnish with an orange slice if desired and serve with a spoon and a straw!

I received complimentary product.



Method Kitchen Gel Hand Wash #feature


for freshly scented kitchen hands

garlic, onions + fish smell delicious in a dish. but on your hands? not so much. infused with citrus extracts, this  naturally derived, non-drying gel hand wash eliminates stubborn smells and leaves hands feeling soft + clean, even after multiple washes.

I received complimentary product.



Beth Brykman New book GIVEAWAY


Sponsored By: Beth Brykman

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

*3 Winners Will Receive* 

A Copy of Beth Brykman's New Book Titled: 

The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-time Satisfaction in Part-time Work

Book Synopsis:  How can mothers bridge the gap between the worlds of "mom" and "career woman" to find work-life balance? By working part-time. This informative guide tells both stay-at-home and full-time working mothers how they can re engage or redefine their careers while still having time to care for their children. The author--a mother and a former business executive, entrepreneur, and self-employed writer--provides all the information moms need to find the ideal employment solution in today's job market. For some women that means returning to the job market, while for others that means reducing hours with a current employer or changing jobs to obtain part-time work. The author also offers suggestions for defining personal objectives, networking, approaching job-sharing, and starting a business to help land part-time jobs.
Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 2/21 9:00 AM EST through 3/10 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received nominal monetary compensation to host this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn.

Sprinkled with Love Blast $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash GIVEAWAY

Sprinkled with Love by Jennifer Faye What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo? Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat. One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it. So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?  

    

Author Jennifer Faye Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. When she's not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book.

amazon paypalBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 3/12/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

iRig Recorder 3 #ad

K Multimedia is proud to announce the release of iRig Recorder 3, the new version of the popular audio recording app which now supports video recording plus includes a wider collection of pro audio effects, expanded sharing capabilities via a number of online services and social media as well as professional exporting features. iRig Recorder 3 now allows users to finalize superb sounding audio/video recordings directly on their device, share them with the world or export them for further editing.
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The pro audio recording app, now with video


While there are many video recording apps available, very few of them focus on an easy way of getting professional sounding audio tracks together with the recorded video. iRig Recorder 3 solves this problem, starting from a powerful audio recording engine and adding video recording capabilities for a truly complete content production solution.

 With more and more musicians, video-makers, bloggers, journalists, web professionals and enthusiasts willing to share their videos at a higher-than-ever quality, IK Multimedia have focused on giving them everything they need to record serious audio and video at the same time, anywhere. Whether for recording "selfie" videos, live performances, lectures, speeches, interviews and much more, iRig Recorder 3 is aimed at both professionals and enthusiasts who need a tool capable of higher versatility when it comes to creating ready-to-share, high-quality video with great audio directly on their iPhone and iPad.

iRig Recorder 3 supports both portrait and landscape audio and video recording, allowing iPad users to take advantage of the full size of their device's screen for previewing and capturing higher quality videoclips. Together with IK's iKlip Grip range of multifunctional camera stands for iPhone, or iKlip Xpand mounts for iPad, iRig Recorder 3 provides a great solution for shooting professional audio/video anywhere, on the go.

New professional audio effects

iRig Recorder 3 now comprises an expandable collection of up to 17 professional effects such as Normalize, Stereo Imager, Compressor and 3-band EQ as well as creative audio effects such as Morph, Reverb, Chorus and Delay. They can be applied to the audio recordings for sound optimization and creative purposes, doubling the number of effects available in the previous version of the app.

Natural fade ins/outs can also be applied to the recording in order to create natural transitions before exporting the final project.

iRig Recorder 3 is ideal for use with IK Multimedia's full range of portable iRig audio interfaces (both single and dual channel) and microphones for superior audio quality in the studio or on the field, and includes convenient, easy to-use on-screen waveform editing functions.

Works well with other audio apps
For all those musicians who want to record and share their musical performances while playing with their favorite audio apps, iRig Recorder 3 offers complete AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatibility, which means it can seamlessly receive audio from other IK apps such as AmpliTube, SampleTank, VocaLive, EZ Voice (or other third-party apps like GarageBand), and directly record processed audio together with video for great "selfie-style" videoclips that can be socialized immediately.

Advanced multimedia export

One of the features that make iRig Recorder 3 stand out from the crowd is its ability to export the recorded content in separate files for convenient editing in a DAW or other third-party video editing software. A convenient, professional-oriented feature that is not found in any other audio/video recording app on the market.

Enhanced sharing capabilities

The content created with iRig Recorder 3 can easily be shared via a large selection of online services and social media like Airdrop™, Messages™, SoundCloud®, Twitter®, Facebook®, WhatsApp™, DropBox™, Google Drive™, Microsoft OneDrive™, E-mail, Wi-Fi™, FTP or iTunes™ File Sharing, in a variety of sizes and formats.

Pricing and availability

iRig Recorder 3 is available as a FREE version and as a paid version at a price of only $/€7.99 (includes waveform editing, 8 effects and high-quality wav file export), both offer the option of expanding the effects collection via in-app purchases.

Download iRig Recorder 3 from the App Store, please visit:
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For more information, please visit:
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Evanger products #feature

Evanger's Grain Free protein packed Hi Bio™ offers a high protein meat food with the nutrition of canned meat and the convenience of a kibble size. 



Evanger's USA Hand Packed Hunk O' Beef offer human cuts of beef that are brought in from local ranches and farms fresh each day, then cooked in the kitchens of Evanger's its own juices and packed by hand.



I recevied complimentary product.


Evangers had to recall the Hunk of Beef dog food and you can read about the updates here


The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway



The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?












Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

Ends 3/15/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Really Woolly Easter Blessings By Bonnie Rickner Jensen Review

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Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. And the Really Woolly characters are discovering God’s goodness all around them. Curl up with your little one, and join the fun while learning about the hope of Easter and springtime!

Adorable rhymes, sweet Bible verses, and prayer starters will make reading time a special moment for you and your child—to connect with each other and with God.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The illustrations are beyond adorable.  You get a little Bible verse and a tiny story for each of the huge blessings.  If you enjoy spreading faith and love, this is going to be a nice little book for your friends and family to enjoy.