Monday, October 23, 2017

Mine for a Day $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

  Mine for a Day by Delaney Cameron Growing up in the shadow of three beautiful sisters isn’t easy when you’re average. Not that anyone in Violet’s family ever mentions it, but it’s pointed out to her again and again by everyone else. Guys don’t mind talking to her or hanging out with her, but she doesn’t make the cut as girlfriend material.

She compensates for her lack of social life by staying busy. Holding down two jobs and working on her master’s degree is a decent enough smokescreen. What most people don’t realize is that her sensible, no-nonsense exterior hides the heart of a hopeless romantic. More than anything, Violet wants to love and to be loved. There was a time when Jackson looked forward to getting married and having a family, but all that ended his senior year of college. Because of the selfish actions of others, he had to walk away from someone he cared deeply about. Disillusioned and heartbroken, he resolved never to risk falling in love again. This means keeping his relationships short in length and light on commitment. As such, they never come close to touching his heart. This system works flawlessly until he meets Violet; someone who reminds him of what he used to be, and who makes him question whether he really is better off without love.
 

Praise for the Book A "chance" meeting between Jackson and Violet leads them to a relationship that frees them from their hurting hearts and to a love that makes for a life worth living. Loved the line "The seemingly insignificant things are never unimportant, and chance meetings have little to do with chance." A most enjoyable romance from Delaney Cameron! Easily one of my favorite authors. I especially like how she shows the development of the relationship for our hero & heroine. A sweet, sweet romance. A beautiful story of unexpected love.
 
 Author Delaney Cameron I'm a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I'm a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn't always work out the first time. My books are sweet romances set in both contemporary and regency settings featuring stories about the journey to love, from that first meeting to the point where two people know their hearts are no longer their own. My characters aren't perfect. They make mistakes and have faults like the rest of us. They learn the sometimes painful truth that the path to love isn't always smooth, but it's a road worth traveling.
  amazon or paypal $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 11/19/17 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

The Emoji Movie from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Review

About the Emoji Movie:
Emoji Movie Combo Pack [Blu-ray]


The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions.

 Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

Directed by Tony Leondis.
Written by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White.
Produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate.

THE EMOJI MOVIE - Official Trailer 
I received a complimentary copy.

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Cassandra's Review- In a world like today anything is possible including this movie.  I guess it will open up people's eyes to just what they let their children really do.  If you are letting your little one fall in love with the use of emojis, this will really show you what they are representing.  Is there humor?  Is there a deeper meaning?  Should you care what age child views this?

The answers to these questions can only be answered by the adult that checks out this movie before choosing to share with their kids, but in my opinion if you think this is the coolest thing, then your kids have already been exposed.   Overall this is to me just a really off putting odd movie that does not seem to give any other purpose than to distract and attract your kids.  It almost makes me feel bad that this is what is left for our kids to discover. 

Total Christmas Makeover By Melissa Spoelstra Blog Tour

Total Christmas Makeover

Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose (Abingdon Press, October 2017)

Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.

In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.

Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.

In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Melissa Spoelstra

Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God's Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree," "Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness," and "Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible" studies and "Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home" book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.

Find out more about Melissa at http://melissaspoelstra.com.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The author created a perfect new way to spend even more time teaching your family about God as well as giving him more time in all of your lives.  She takes the fun out of Christmas and adds the faith in this very well written and easy to follow book.  It will be a great gift for anyone who prefers to follow a more religious path during the Christmas holiday.  

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Football Abolished The 136th Amendment by Bud Watts Review



Football Abolished The 136th Amendment 
by Bud Watts  (Fiction, Public Policy, Adventure, Political) -

Big tobacco makes about $36 Billion globally each year while accounting for millions of deaths and untold illnesses and medical expenses.  It has been banned from planes, parks, restaurants, etc. and the restrictions get tighter every year. 

Yet tobacco companies and users continue to find loopholes.  Alcohol was prohibited in this country for 13 years despite being a staple revenue stream and this drove the illegal production and distribution.  So, what if football was abolished? 

Would people still find a way to play and profit?  Would underground leagues appear?  Would it be pirate broadcast over the internet?  Would unforeseeable problems would result from banning football?  Author Bud Watts is a huge fan of the game. 

But he has noticed the decline in popularity and youth participation and started thinking of the long-term ramifications if the current trends continue.  His fast-paced novel takes place in the very near future and paints a picture of society where football is abolished but still beloved by many.  His satirical approach makes you laugh and think.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  First you need to enjoy or even like football because this book uses this as a catalyst of sorts.  It has dry humor and sarcastic writings in this super thick intensely long book.  The stories are true to life and the writing style is pure.  Either you're going to clear a few days to read this or a few hours each day to get through it. 

There is bad language and is is created for adults only.   There is so much included like double meanings and satire that this becomes a deeper thinking book which in itself will have you losing time.  I would recommend this book for people with too much on their minds because it will distract and at the same time clear your mind by bringing in a massive flow of un needed knowledge as well as information. 

Experiencing the Supernatural Review


Experiencing the Supernatural: How to Saturate Your Life with the Power and Presence of God
by Messianic Rabbi K. A. Schneider

Bestselling Author Shows How to Experience God's Presence and Power Every Day!

God is not bound by the laws of the natural world. He is, by definition, supernatural, and He created us in His image. We are supernatural beings. So why do we confine our understanding of Him--and our relationship to Him--within our own physical, finite limitations?

Expecting and experiencing the supernatural in our daily lives should not be a rare occurrence, says bestselling author and Messianic Rabbi K. A. Schneider. It should be a regular way of living and relating to God, and in these pages he helps you discover the many facets and ways you can live a supernatural life with God, including how to
· listen to and trust your intuition
· recognize the signs He uses to guide you
· experience miracles
· hear God through dreams and visions
· minister and receive healing and deliverance
· and more!

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The author gives a true and fulfilling presence of the supernatural in this book as only he can.  There are ways as well as knowledge that is interlaced in so that the reader can pick or choose what to take away from it.  As a whole the writing style is unique and the messages come clearly.   I would recommend this book to middle aged adults or people who are more into faith and might need a spiritual wake up.  It is a faith based book.  

Dave Made a Maze DVD Review

Dave Made a Maze
DAVE MADE A MAZE – Specifications
Format – DVD and Blu-Ray
Running Time – 80 minutes
Rated – NR
Street Date – October 24, 2017
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 (DC 2.0)
SRP: $19.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-Ray)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Special Features: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Filmmaker Commentary, Slamdance Preview, Slamdance Teaser
AMAZON PREORDER

Gravitas Ventures has announced the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Bill Watterson’s critically acclaimed DAVE MADE A MAZE, which took home this year’s Audience Award for “Best Narrative” at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Dave (Thune), an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend Annie (Kumbhani) leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they also find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.

"We wanted to re-imagine classic 80s adventure films with a comedic edge and a higher body count. To reignite that tactile sense of wonder triggered by those films, we played in the sandbox of old-school practical effects – puppetry, miniatures, stop motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions,” said Director Bill Watterson.

Dave Made a Maze comes from the minds of first-time director Bill Watterson and his co-writer Steven Sears. John Charles Meyer and John Chuldenko produced; Carlos Cusco and Emerson Machtus (The Little Hours) are Executive Producers.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- First of all not family friendly and it may actually scare your kids.  It is laced with humor and the actors tried, I guess.  All around I think that with maybe a real budget and some rewrites this could have been something better.  As far as enjoying it, I did not.  I also did not share this with my children.   Sure some people will fall in love with the concept and movie overall but for me it was more of a time waster than entertainment. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

SuperClara by Robert Martin with Keira Ely Review

SuperClara: A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage by Robert Martin with Keira Ely 
Published August 1, 2017 by DreamChaser Publishing LLC
32 pages
$16.99
Available for purchase on Amazon in e-book and hardcover formats

Meet Clara, a five-year-old girl that is super positive and super happy. If something disappoints, she smiles it away. If something is wrong, she does her best to fix it.

Clara learns that she has brain cancer. Her treatment requires surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Like any child, she first resists the need for radiation treatment and years of having to take medicine. She asks questions, her way of making sure that this is the best way to fix it. She reluctantly agrees, and although she is afraid, she maintains her positive attitude.

Following the radiation treatment, Clara discovers that she has special powers that allow her to connect with animals in extraordinary ways she can tell what they are feeling inside, understand what they are saying and they can understand her.

Clara's journey takes her to the dog park, where her dog Maggie is frightened by Fang the bully; the zoo where the sea lion Fuzzy is embarrassed to be seen; and the Cheetahs' den where Dash seems very angry about something. Clara quickly recognizes that, fear, embarrassment, and anger, are the same feelings she experienced with cancer and the cancer treatments. She responds to their plight with her winning attitude and special powers, helping them to overcome their negative feelings, making them happy once again.

All terminally ill victims need support from family and friends, as well as their own courage to remain positive and diligent. For children, it's even harder. The fear they have from not understanding anything that is happening to them only adds to their anxiety: "What is cancer? Why me? Did I do something wrong?"

SuperClara - A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage, presents answers in a way that instills comfort to the child battling a terminal disease and at the same time provides a much-needed injection of courage.

SuperClara's story can also be an inspiration to anyone who is discouraged for any reason; it puts life's challenges and disappointments into perspective. It helps people of all age be more appreciative of their present circumstances.

The funds generated will be directed to the Bridge to a Cure Foundation. The mission of Bridge to a Cure is to provide funds to research life-sustaining-treatments for terminally ill victims. The expectation is that the research will not only consider current and prior clinical trials, but also drugs that are off patent, and many of the alternative treatments.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  As a cancer survivor myself, I felt this book on a deep emotional level. While I have had to battle a few times, it was nothing as severe as this precious child went through.  

  It is super important to bring the disease to light and to share with young readers.  It is a powerful book that can help other children going through this or even for a healthy child to understand better. 

I love a Book By Joe Rhatigan Review

I Love a Book
Hardcover / 9781633222267 / $16.95
I Love a Book
This celebration of books, reading, and our imaginations opens with a list of types of books and where to find them. The simple, lyrical prose then becomes more frantic as a young reader encounters pirates sailing the sea, a classroom of monsters "learning math with their paws," and even an animal doctor making house calls in a helicopter. This book is for anyone who loves books and wants to instill this passion in the next generation.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The illustrations are beautiful and helped the book come to life.  This is a great find for a young reader because it will inspire them to pick up a book and delve into their imagination.  I think that by reading this out loud to your classroom or family, you will be able to fully express the need to keep books and reading alive.

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler Review


Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

Readers who love stories about friendship, school, and little monsters will love this clever and humorous picture book about a skeleton who is falling to pieces and needs help pulling himself together.

Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself.

When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?

Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The book has humor as well as a great message for your little readers.  I really enjoyed hearing the giggles and excitement, when reading this outloud to my family. 

The Cottage Kitchen by Marte Marie Forsberg Review


The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside
by Marte Marie Forsberg

Share in a gorgeous, thoughtful life in the charming English countryside with The Cottage Kitchen, a cookbook of recipes and stories by Norwegian-born photographer and tastemaker Marie Forsberg.

About the Author
MARTE MARIE FORSBERG is a professional food and lifestyle photographer, as well as the creator of the blog My Cottage Kitchen. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, and she regularly runs cooking and photography workshops. Marie lives in a charming cottage in the English countryside with her English pointer, Mr. Whiskey.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  While I found most of the recipes a bit off putting, I am not really experienced in english countryside cooking.  I thought that the book was beautiful and well written.  The photos and stories brought the whole experience to life.  I am so glad that this author choose to give this to the public.  It was just not anything that I would really think to eat together, but they do sound tasty. 



WowWee Magnaflex Review


Flex your imagination with Magnaflex by WowWee - a creative construction kit that’s turning magnetic play upside down.
Bend-able: High-quality, flexible material let you bend Magnaflex strips to create colorful organic shapes!
 Its exclusive flexibility allows kids to build up, out, and even down to form ​any ​2D and 3D ​figure​ they can imagine​ ​- from balls and crowns to spiders and snakes. 

All strips are bendable, zippable, snappable​, and stackable - and they’re all interchangeable so kids will never run out of ideas.

Magnaflex
Not only will parents love how this toy promotes creativity, visualization and fine motor skills without batteries; when playtime is done, cleanup is easy and fast with pieces that stack in seconds.


From ($19.99) to the top of the line collections ($49.99), there are options for everyone.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  No matter what age,  this toy is super fun, but my kids really loved it.  I enjoy that no matter what skill level your child has this is going to be fun.  Even if your little one is gifted they can just hold the toy and enjoy the bright colors as well as texture. 

TheraBreath Oral Rinse for kids Review


The Anti-Cavity rinse is made for KIDS! Millions of adults use TheraBreath Oral Rinse formulas daily because they work and because they're free of problem ingredients found in many other mouthwashes.

This brand felt that kids deserved a healthier mouthwash too - one that tastes great, fights cavities and is free of artificial colors and flavors.  The  new TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse is made with certified natural flavoring from organic grapes and sweetened with a touch of Xylitol , a sweetener with proven oral health benefits.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  The flavor is a nice grape, but you do have to tell the kids not to swallow it. I mean most kids know that about oral rinse but this has more of a grape taste, so they might think it is ok to swallow.   I am on the fence about Xylitol and am not super convinced that it is good for you.  While I did try this myself and will use it with the kids, this is not going to be a full time change in my home.  The grape did not stain the mouth or teeth.

Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream and Liquid Review


Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream (MSRP: $12.99) provides non-greasy, fast-absorbing numbing relief. The Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid (MSRP: $12.99) features a no-mess, roller ball applicator that keeps hands clean while providing effective pain relief. All of the Salonpas lidocaine products, including the Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Patch, are unscented.


The new Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream and the Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid are available at retailers nationwide.

Euromonitor International Limited reports that Salonpas® is world's number one OTC topical analgesic patch brand. In October 2016, Hisamitsu America launched the Salonpas® Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Patch which has become the best-selling product in the lidocaine segment*. 

The company manufactures their own patches ensuring strict adherence to the highest quality standards. Salonpas® sells 13 patches every second with over 1 million sold daily in the United States.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- I can tell that within the first 20 minutes this product works best.  It leaves a film on your skin and will need to be washed off after a while, but it did help for a bit and was very easy to apply.  It is unscented but still has a light scent. 

Lottie Doll GIVEAWAY

Sponsored By: Lottie

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive: 

Their choice of Lottie Doll - up to a $25 RV!

Many of Lottie's dolls, outfits, accessories and playsets have come straight from the amazing and awe-inspiring imaginations of children. That’s what makes their range of dolls so relate-able. Kids have helped to create a range of toys that they actually want to play with!
Open to Worldwide entries and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 10/20 9:00 AM EST through 11/10 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. 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. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pearly Whites Coconut & Charcoal Whitening Strips Giveaway

Sponsored By: Pearly Whites

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive: 

A Box of 10 x Coconut Oil & Activated Charcoal Infused Teeth Whitening Strips!

Open to US entrants and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 10/19 9:00 AM EST through 11/9 11:59PM EST


Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. 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. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

  Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals Practicing the alphabet is fun when your child can do it learning about animals! This workbook contains over two hundred practice pages, easy-to-follow instructions, and lots of bonus games and activities. Educational exercises include:
  • Alphabet practice
  • Uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and practice
  • Simple drawing exercises that improve understanding
  • Essential writing practice
  • Practice writing rudimentary sentences
  • Matching exercises
  • Basic word puzzles
  • And much, much more!
This workbook also encourages numerous life skills that are essential for your child, including word recognition, memory recall and creative thinking. These books allow your children to learn in a way that is both fun and highly effective! Parents with younger children can read along and explore these fun animals together! Professor Ladybug workbooks are packed with simple learning exercises that your children will be happy to complete. This workbook is designed primarily for children aged 3-6. Praise for the Book Professor Ladybug workbooks are wonderful for young children... Engaging them to learn, think, write, create, and draw. I love it. Creative with a great page layout. Certificates in the back to award to the children upon completing their learning tasks. I wish children's workbooks were more like this one when I was little. Overall, I highly recommend this one to both teachers and parents alike. ~Danielle Urban, Urban Book Reviews  
amazon or paypal$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 11/8/17 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

Devotions from the Mountains By Thomas Nelson Review

Devotions from the Mountains
By Thomas Nelson
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I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. —Psalm 121:1–2

The mountains can seem like heaven on earth—the peace, the freshness, the grandeur. Devotions from the Mountains invites you to spend a quiet moment in reflection each day, finding peace and drawing closer to God—the Creator of heaven and earth. Inside you’ll find 90 inspirational readings, Scripture verses, prayers, and breathtaking imagery of God’s mountain handiwork sculpted and brought to life by His hand.

Lift your eyes to the mountains. Be refreshed and inspired at our amazing God who is more majestic than the mountains and yet cares for every detail of your life.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A journey each day will be brought by this powerful and inspiring book. It will uplift you in the spirit every day and keep you feeling wonderful after going through each daily devotion as well as scripture.  I think that anyone who wants to feel a sense of calm can easily do so by taking the time to enjoy the faith based book.

Great Book Selection for young readers from @Zonderkidz Reviews

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Your Own Beautiful: Advice and Inspiration from Chelsea Crockett
by Chelsea Crockett

“The picture-obsessed, highly edited, perfection-driven culture we live in makes most of us feel like we never quite measure up. I’m so thankful for Chelsea’s young-but-strong voice calling girls to understand God’s bigger plan and purpose as you discover your own beautiful.” —Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Chelsea Crockett’s debut book, Your Own Beautiful, expands upon the beauty tips and inspirational advice featured on her popular YouTube channel. A life, faith, and beauty guide, Your Own Beautiful offers guidance on the big issues all young women face—from self-confidence and friendship to following your dreams.

With her signature grace and wit, Chelsea tackles tough questions through uplifting messages influenced by her faith and life experiences. You will be thrilled to find Chelsea’s trademark tips on makeup and style included throughout the book alongside full-color photos, how-tos, and more.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A great mash up of advice with style or style with advice and includes the thoughts as well as some how tos from this author. If you crave fashion and photos, this is going to be a great read.
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God's Great Love for You
by Rick Warren, Chris Saunders

God’s Great Love

Created the entire universe

And everything in it

Including you.

God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

Cassandra's Review-  Very short and super easy for younger readers to enjoy either by themselves or with you reading out loud.   The illustrations to me are what make this book a story, because if it was just the wording it would be easily written on one page.  I do not really see any imagination by this author, but it is a clean and cute book for kids. 

9780310745532, 'Twas the Evening of Christmas, Glenys Nellist
'Twas The Evening Of Christmas
By Glenys Nellist , Elena Selivanova

’Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town,

Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.

Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door,

At last found a place on a small stable floor.

For over 200 years, families have gathered on Christmas Eve to hear the much loved words of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, families can gather together to share the real Christmas story––the story of Jesus’ birth. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, who is, after all, the true hero of Christmas. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. With a cover that comes alive with foil and sculpted embossing, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic.

Cassandra's Review- Perfect for a new traditional read out loud book for your little ones to dream about. 
9780310758655, Glimmer and Shine : 365 Devotions to Inspire, Natalie Grant
Glimmer And Shine
365 Devotions To Inspire
By Natalie Grant

In Glimmer and Shine: 365 Devotions to Inspire, author and award-winning recording-artist, Natalie Grant, challenges and inspires girls ages 8 and up to be their best selves throughout every daily devotion filled with Bible verses, thought-provoking readings, prayers and interactive weekend pages that include quizzes, coloring pages and more. Girls can be confident and have fun when they decide to follow Jesus. Growing in faith, building up confidence, and trusting God even when we may not know where He is leading can be an adventure when His promises fill each moment. This two-color book of devotions with a ribbon marker and decorated cover provides inspiration for each new day. Glimmer and Shine is designed to speak directly to every type of girl, encouraging each individual reader to take a journey! A journey Faithgirlz readers won’t want to miss.

Cassandra's review- Faith based and ready for your little ones minds to engulf, with the love of God.  This not only teaches but provides a wonderful way for your kids to spend time and ask questions. 
9780310762591, NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible, Hardcover : 52 Verses to Color
NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible, Hardcover

God’s word is inspiring, and what better way to express our love of God than through art created by our own hands. The NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible contains over 50 ready-to-color illuminated verses on high quality thick paper as well as the complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Beautiful cover with foil makes for a stunning gift
Over 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations ready to be colored
Each coloring page highlights an inspiring portion of Scripture
The full text of the bestselling New International Version translation
Presentation page for gift giving
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I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review-  A coloring book that give more to the reader by instilling the faith based illustrations as well as NIV knowledge.  If you have a child that loves to color as well as learn the word this book is going to be great. 




True Identity by John C Majors Review

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True Identity: Finding Significance and Freedom Through Who You Are in Christ
by John C Majors

 
Teens' Guide to Identity from FamilyLife 

All teens wrestle with the question "Who am I?" and wonder, What makes me special?
Though these questions linger for life, they are most intense in the teen years, where confusion, awkwardness, and a desperate grab for identity reign. So how does a young person answer these critical questions? Where do young men and women find their significance, worth, and value?

True Identity is perfect for parents and youth workers to give to the teenagers (14-16) in their lives to help them in their journey. Drawing on experiences and wisdom from a wide array of experts, the book provides compassionate answers to help teens discover who they really are, emphasizing their identity in Christ above all other ways our culture defines them. As the book walks teens through the steps to make their faith their own, it highlights healthy independence and God-honoring relationships.

The Passport2Identity curriculum launched in April 2016, and True Identity is its trade book companion.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- As a mom, I want to give my kids all the options they could want or need in life, and this book helps in a more faith based way to keep them thinking and discussing the topic of finding themselves.   While some parents might view this as a path through God, because it is, others might not approve.  It really depends on what you want to bring to your teens.  

A Very Sordid Wedding DVD Review @SordidWedding @GravitasVOD

A Very Sordid Wedding

A VERY SORDID WEDDING – Specifications
Format – DVD and Blu-Ray
Running Time – 109 minutes
Rated – NR
Street Date – October 17, 2017
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 (DC 2.0)
SRP: $19.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-Ray)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Special Features: Behind the Scenes, Music Video, Cast Interviews, Bloopers
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Gravitas Ventures has announced the DVD and Blu-Ray release of GLAAD Award-winner Del Shore’s A VERY SORDID WEDDING, a continuation of Shores 2000 feature film Sordid Lives.  The energetic cast includes Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Leslie Jordan (“American Horror Story”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch), Dale Dickey (Hell or High Water), Emerson Collins (Southern Baptist Sissies), Ann Walker (“Child of the 70s”), Katherine Bailess (“Hit the Floor”), Alec Mapa (“Devious Maids”), Aleks Paunovic (War for the Planet of the Apes) Levi Kreis (2010 Tony Award®, “Best Featured Actor in a Musical,” Million Dollar Quartet) and Academy Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, “The View”).

17 years after family matriarch Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs in Sordid Lives, same-sex marriage equality has barreled into Winters, Texas and not everyone is ready to accept it. An anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at the bar while the Southside Baptist Church plans an "Anti-Equality" rally to protest the abomination of gay marriage and work to defend their religious freedom. The beloved cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks on the big night. Along the way a bisexual serial killer shows up, a drag queen country medley is performed and a beauty-salon-versus-the-bigots battle turns getting your hair done into the front lines of the equality battle.  Friendships are tested and families are reunited as fear and bigotry are confronted with acceptance and understanding on the way to a surprise wedding with (almost) everyone in attendance.

Sordid Lives was a massive hit among LGBT audiences and spawned a 12-episode TV series in 2008 — stars such as Bedelia, Olivia Newton-John Delta Burke and Rue McClanahan appeared.

Shores wrote, directed and produced A Very Sordid Wedding. Emerson Collins also produced. Louise Beard (Show Yourself), Jeff Beesley (Nomis) and Phyllis Laing (Heaven is For Real) are the Executive Producers.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  FIlled with controversial material and scenes that younger eyes should not see, this movie is laced with humor, strength and is a sequel.  Even though I found myself cringing at some point this movie was well casted and the humor is evident.  I need to say that I recommend this only to adults and it is not faith based in any way.