Friday, October 24, 2014

Manual Citrus Squeezer and Juicer Review

The Priority Chef Jumbo Manual Squeezer manages to squeeze every last drop from your lemons, limes and oranges with ease. It is designed to extract every last drop from the fruit that you place inside the chamber. The chamber is large and can accommodate lemons and limes easily and even smaller oranges.
UNBREAKABLE SS304 STAINLESS STEEL - Don't waste your $$$ with cheap, aluminium manual squeezers that break after a few uses. Invest in a squeezer that will last a lifetime and looks great too! Made with industrial grade SS304 [18/10] strength stainless steel that will not rust or bend under pressure, this is the only citrus squeezer you will ever need.
DISHWASHER SAFE - Since the construction is made of SS304 stainless steel you can use a dishwasher to clean the squeezer. The premium steel used in the making of the squeezer can withstand the harsh temperatures and cleaning agents that other, low quality squeezers can't.
GET CREATIVE! - Cocktails! Want to be able to mix up some great cocktails without the hassle and mess of the old fashioned way? The manual juice press can prepare fresh citrus juice from lemons limes and oranges in seconds to make cocktails easier than ever before! Or, add that finishing touch at the dining table of fresh lemon drizzled over the delicious fish meal you prepared for your guests.

Cassandra's Review- Excellent, high quality squeezer.  I was able to use wash and dry it without any water stains.  You can get just the right amount of juice needed without hurting your hands. You will need to cut up the fruit first.  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Retap Bottle Review and Giveaway


Company Description

The Dark Blue Large Retap Bottle is going to keep you well hydrated.  Use it for home, work, trips to the beach or mountains or wherever you what a drink of clean crisp water! Retap stands for refilling with tap water.

The Retap Bottle is especially designed for drinking water and therefore high quality, clean and eco-friendly. Show that you care for your personal health and the environment.

Details: Large bottles holds 27 ounces - Height is 9 inches and Diameter (max) 11.2 inches - Weight (with lid) is 7.1 ounces

The Retap bottles are of the highest quality!  That is why we prefer borosilicate glass.  Safe, strong and reusable.  An our Danish design has been rewarded with a Red Dot Design Award in 2011 and the Good Design Award in 2012

Borosilicate glass will not wear down over time, but calcium and magnesium in tap water can leave (unharmful!) off-white marks on the glass. If your dishwasher is not able to remove these marks, we have a few tips to make your Retap Bottle shine like never before.

Our tops are very unique as well.  They do not leak!  Stick them in your handbag, backpack or briefcase and do not worry that you will find a pool of water at the bottom like so many of the tops of other bottles.  Our tops are made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) which are completely safe.  Further, when you actually drink the contents, you only ever touch glass.  Our tops fit nice an snug.  They will not accidentally 'pop off' and you can take them off easily especially when there is a little liquid in the bottles.

Cleaning Tips:  One of the main features of the Retap Bottles is that they are designed to keep your tap water clean - Glass cannot pollute your water, unlike plastic; The bottle is designed without edges where bacteria could grow; Retap Bottles can easily be cleaned in a dishwasher.

 - Wash your Retap Bottle and lid before use.

 - Don't leave water in a Retap Bottle when it's not in use. It increases the change of calcium remains.

 - Rinse the ReTAP Bottle with tap water before refilling.

 - Use vinegar to remove calcium remains. You can use it pure and shake it around with a lid on the bottle or you can mix vinegar with water and leave it overnight.

 - If you clean the ReTAP bottle by hand: use a bottle brush. They are available in most shops with household appliances.

Cassandra's Review- I felt right away the high quality of this product.  The top does not leak and that is great when sealed on a glass bottle.  You can also keep your beverages in the refrigerator without having to worry about them acquiring a plastic taste to them.  Of course my little ones can not get ahold of this, but it does pour easily into cups when needed.

I received complimentary product.

Now your family can own a Retap bottle, just enter on the form below ends Nov. 20th 2014

My Baby's Heartbeat Bear Review

My Baby's Heartbeat Bear - Purusha's Picks Inc
My Baby's Heartbeat Bear
Looking for a unique pregnancy keepsake? There is nothing more precious to an expectant Mother than the sound of her baby's heartbeat. My Baby's Heartbeat Bear provides everything you need to capture the sound of your baby's heartbeat and create a keepsake that will be cherished forever. Our kit includes an adorable stuffed animal, and a 20 second red heart recorder that will easily record your baby's heartbeat. My Baby's Heartbeat Bear Kits also make fantastic baby shower gifts.
Angel Bear Kit
The Angel Bear Kit includes an adorable 15" stuffed white Angel Bear, and a special heart shaped recorder. The Angel Bear is a very soft fleece like material with poly fiber stuffing, and a velcro closure opening in the back where you can place the recorded heartbeat. My Baby's Heartbeat Bear kits make the perfect baby shower gift or pregnancy keepsake. Also available at many 3D Ultrasound studios.

Cassandra's review- The angel bear is so soft and my youngest children were immediately attached to it.  Even the older teens enjoyed checking it out and giving it a squeeze. The best feature of this adorable cuddly bear is the sound module as it allows you to record your babies heartbeat.  You then put it into the bear and the baby can hear its own heartbeat to keep it calm during the early stages of life.  

I have received a complimentary product.

Organo Gold BrewKups Review

12 BrewKups in each collection

Close your eyes and embrace the royalty roasted blend of rich black coffee – a brewed coffee experience that only Organo Gold can deliver with the rewarding benefits of Ganoderma.
Offered in three tantalizing flavors, BrewKups are an unsweetened and fat free option with only 5 calories per cup! Brew coffee your way by adding the right amount of sweetener and milk or milk substitute to suit your taste. It’s a truly personal experience that allows you to enjoy home brewed gourmet your way.

Organo Gold began in 2008 in Richmond, B.C., Canada, in a small shop with only three employees. In just two short years, Organo Gold became one of the fastest growing Network Marketing companies in the world.
Today, as a result of the hard work of our Independent Distributors and employees, Organo Gold is operating in over 35 countries. With an incredible line of products, an unmatched income opportunity and a dedicated leadership team, Organo Gold is on a mission to help people improve their lives by reaching new levels of wellness, prosperity and balance. Organo Gold’s strong foundation is built on the principles of Loyalty, Unity and Edification, and the aim of building one of creating the most admired company in the world.

Cassandra's Review-  I do not own a K-cup  brewer, I have always wanted one,  I mention this first because you can still use 3 K-cups to make one pot of coffee using the regular coffee maker. Another way is to use a coffee filter and place it into  a plastic up after you poke a hole in the bottom of the cup and then boil your water in the microwave or on a stove and then slowly pour the water over the coffee that has been dumped into the filter from the K-cup.  Make sure of course to be doing this over a cup or pot to catch the brewed coffee.  The black gold taste is really nice and  I add a little bit of sugar and milk to mine for a perfect cup.  I could not find anything about caffeine content.  I would drink this as more of a treat.  

I have received complimentary  product.

Dream Team Pets Review

My Readers receive 30% Off Dream Team Pets with Promo Code: USFGUIDE

Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it's an innovative kid's sleep aid that helps end the bedtime battles of trying to keep your child in bed. Developed with the help of a pediatrician, Dream Team Pets bedtime routine empowers kids as they reward their Pet with stickers and a certificate for a good night's sleep. If the child wakes up from a nightmare, there are no hard feelings because the responsibility is on their Pet, but when they successfully sleep in their own bed, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they reward their Dream Team Pet. What makes this unique is that the kids think they are training their Pet, but really they are sleep training themselves! 

I have received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-   The plush  is very soft sweet cat has made one of my youngest children especially happy.  It can be hard for children to go to bed, but it is especially hard on special needs children because like mine it is very hard for them to comprehend when your trying to explain that there is no monsters under the bed.   The dream pet makes it more hands on and with the book my child was able to learn and sleep better at night.  I wish I had thought of this before the product came to me.  If you're on a super low budget I am sure any stuffed animal would do.  This does come with a cute certificate and book. 

Lola Granola Bars Review and Giveaway

Lola Granola Bars were created by Mary Molina when her family hit hard times. They were struggling to provide for their 4 young children, and were relying on public assistance and food banks.  Her husband Ernie was eating junk food to save money. So Mary made him nutritious granola bars to save money, making sure they were gluten and soy free due to her children's allergies, and he loved them! The kids loved the bars, and so did Ernie’s coworkers, who asked to buy some. Lola Granola Bars was born.  Lola Granola Bars have an MSRP of $1.99. Lola Granola Bars are made in small batches at their upstate New York facility, a member of Pride of New York, and support local food anti-hunger programs.

“Because we care, we share Lola Granola Bars with anti-hunger children's back pack programs,” Bee Gr8full Naturally – Mary Molina, Mom and Founder, Lola Granola Bars.

Lola Granola Bars, the only bar sweetened with just honey and, gluten free oats is expanding nationwide.  The snack bars are packed with all natural proteins, fiber and omega 3's, are low in sodium and contain absolutely no GMOs. Lola Granola Bars ingredients are locally sourced including Massachusetts Cranberries, New Jersey Blueberries, New York Honey and Gluten Free Oats. Each of the 5 flavors contains 8 core, all natural, non GMO ingredients. Unlike many bars on the market, Lola Granola does not add any rice, wheat, corn or soy fillers, hydrogenated oils or refined sugar.  All bars are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and kosher.  They taste great and kids love them in their backpacks.

Mary Molina explains: “One of the questions that came up is how I came up with the flavors:

The first flavor I created was Cranberry and Almond (mostly because it was what I had in my cupboards at the time).  I named it Lola because, even though I made it for Ernie, I made it so that Lola could eat it too.

When I realized my kids also like Lola Granola Bars, I created flavors for them as well. Next came Ruby, she's younger than Lola so I took out the nuts and it had beautiful red cranberries for my Ruby. After that Enzo, my daring son is nuts, so his bar is just nuts, almonds and cashews. Finally for my daughter Ellie who is sweet as a date and very caring (as the oldest she helps out a lot too) is made with dates and cashews.”

I have received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I enjoyed the flavor and texture of the Lola bars.  Your getting such healthy high quality ingredients and they are just like homemade.  It is cute how the bars are named after the creators children.  Most of them do include nuts which is great for me but might not be for other families.

Giveaway is for Continental US only and ends Nov. 8th. 2014

M9B Friday Reveal: Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show by Steve Bryant and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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Title: Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show
Publication date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Steve Bryant

Lucas Mackenzie has got the best job of any 10 year old boy. He travels from city-to-city as part of the LondonMidnight Ghost Show, scaring unsuspecting show-goers year round. Performing comes naturally to Lucas and the rest of the troupe, who’ve been doing it for as long as Lucas can remember.

But there’s something Lucas doesn’t know.

Like the rest of Luca’s friends, he’s dead. And for some reason, Lucas can’t remember his former life, his parents or friends. Did he go to school? Have a dog? Brothers and sisters?

If only he could recall his former life, maybe even reach out to his parents, haunt them.

When a ghost hunter determines to shut the show down, Lucas realizes the life he has might soon be over. And without a connection to his family, he will have nothing. There’s little time and Lucas has much to do. Can he win the love of Columbine, the show’s enchanting fifteen-year-old mystic? Can he outwit the forces of life and death that thwart his efforts to find his family?

Keep the lights on! Lucas Mackenzie’s coming to town.

Steve Bryant is a new novelist, but a veteran author of books of card tricks. He founded a 40+ page monthly internet magazine for magicians containing news, reviews, magic tricks, humor, and fiction; and he frequently contributes biographical cover articles to the country’s two leading magic journals (his most recent article was about the séance at Hollywood’s Magic Castle).

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: (if you choose to include it)

· Three (3) digital copy of Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show by Steve Bryant
· Open Internationally
· Winner will be drawn October 31, 2014
· Winners will receive their book on release day

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World Review and Giveaway

-209 pages
-Parent Resources
-Discussion Guides for every chapter (perfect for a bible study!)

Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?

Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

Cassandra's review- As a blogger I can see the points and facts put into this book at face value.  Sometimes I get so busy it is hard to not let the kids entertain themselves.  However to be able to set boundaries and keep everyone on a time schedule with limited technology gets more difficult everyday. This is the book for you if I am writing and you're nodding your head in agreement as it will be a useful guide. 

 Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit

Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

100% natural Australian jojoba oil Review


Jojoba is the only plant known to produce wax esters similar to those in our skin.

Skin health is maintained by an oily (waxy) solution called sebum; 25-30% of the skin's sebum is made up of wax esters. The prime role of wax esters is to hold moisture in the skin, which keeps skin looking and feeling firm. As we hit our early 20's, our production of wax esters starts to decrease, allowing moisture to escape from skin cells. This begins the aging process of skin. 

Jojoba is the only plant known to produce wax esters similar to those in our skin. Jojoba is naturally hypoallergenic and contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D and E. Remarkably, when applied to skin, the wax esters in jojoba provide similar nurturing and moisturising properties as our own sebum. Skin recognises jojoba as its own and lets it in to deliver active ingredients into the deeper layers of our skin.

The remarkable qualities of 100% natural Australian jojoba are at the foundation of The Jojoba Company's entire skin care range.

Jojoba nourishes and moisturises your skin, hair and nails.

Powerful natural moisturizing
 Jojoba moisturisers face, body, hair, lips and cuticles
Jojoba is known to soothe problematic skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, cradle cap, nappy rash and sunburn.

Skin Types: Suitable for all ages and skin types.

Usage: Use daily as a moisturiser, makeup remover and to soothe the appearance of skin.

Key Ingredients:
Pure Australian Jojoba – antioxidant, rich in Vitamins A, D+E, hydrating
Ingredients List:

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*
* 100% Natural Australian Jojoba. 

NO harmful detergents, chemicals or parabens. 
NO artificial fragrances or colours. 
NO PEGs, mineral oil or sodium lauryl sulphate.
NO animal products.  

Cassandra's Review- Even though this is an oil, it is not super greasy and does absorb give excellent results. It does not have a harsh smell and I like to use this on my cuticles, but it can also help with acne. 

I have received complimentary product. 

CapriClear Review

100% Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Nothing Else
What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a fraction (portion) of the whole oil, in which the different medium-chain fatty acids are separated for specific uses. Lauric acid, a 12-carbon chain fatty acid, is removed. Fractionated coconut oil may also be referred to as caprylic/capric triglyceride oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil because it is primarily the medium-chain caprylic (8 carbons) and capric (10 carbons) acids that make up the bulk of the oil. MCT oil is most frequently used for medical applications and special diets. As part of this method, the familiar coconut smell is eliminated.
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Sprays on for Even Coverage
Absorbs Quickly and Deeply
Won't Irritate Sensitive Skin
Can be Used Daily
All Natural Benefits of 100% Fractionated Coconut Oil

• NO Fragrance• NO Phthalates• NO Artificial Color• NO PABA• NO Mineral Oil• NO BHT• NO Parabens• NO Gluten

Cassandra's Review- I love that you can use this one product all over your body from your head to your toe nails.  It is light and absorbs fast leaving results that are spa like.  You do not need a lot per application to get the best results.  You can find this product at CVS and Walgreens.

I have received complimentary product.