Monday, July 31, 2017

Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson Review

Cover Art

About

A Simple Job. An Unbelievable Payout. But in Risking It All On Blind Trust, He May Just Lose Everything . . .

Ian Wells is a young, ambitious Minneapolis attorney struggling to build up a law practice while caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. As the stress and bills mount, Ian is nearing the breaking point when everything changes with a single new case. All Ian must do, the client demands, is judge whether three men qualify for nine million dollars of trust funds soon to be paid out by determining whether they've been involved in any criminal activity for the past twenty years. Ian's fee for a week's work: the unfathomable sum of two hundred thousand dollars.

The job seems too good to be true, and Ian wants to turn the offer down, but his needs weigh more heavily. He warily accepts the job--but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust money to an illegal enterprise dating back to Prohibition and the greatest unsolved crime in Minnesota history. Ian soon finds himself the target of a swiftly tightening criminal investigation--realizing too late that this so-called simple job has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future, and his life.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Yes, this was an exciting read, because the legal aspect is true to life and the plot was really well thought out.   The author takes you on a thrill ride that has a simple pace while being easy to follow.  Great for an afternoon or two of reading for older ages.

Patterns of Evidence DVD Review and Discount #PatternsOfEvidence #FlyBy



Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. 

Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.

About the film


Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.


Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.


It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.


The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.


You can purchase:  https://store.patternsofevidence.com/collections/movies OR watch movie trailers and see more info  www.patternsofevidence.com

Here is a discount code for you  to put in when purchasing the DVD at their store,  use MK1 for $3 off the DVD price which retails for $19.95.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  With factually presented information this DVD could easily sway a non religious person to the side of favor as the presentation is not only informative but also easy to sit through.  While you as a viewer are finding facts as well as learning, it is ultimately your choice to believe if it is a myth or not. 




Draw, Color, and Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook by Marissa Giambrone Review

Draw, Color, and Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook

Draw, Color, and Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook by Marissa Giambrone

An Imaginative Illustration Journal

ISBN: 9781631593376

Quarry Books | July 1, 2017

USD: $19.99 | CAN: $25.99


Draw, Color, and Sticker Creative Lettering offers page after page of beautiful inspiration designed to get you drawing letters! Stickers and partially illustrated pages provide a rich canvas to encourage you to practice drawing with a multitude of elements and across multiple themes. Black and white drawings with touches of color will get you started, and invites further experimentation. The uncoated paper stock is perfect for drawing, painting, and coloring with any variety of materials. The included stickers are printed on soft uncoated paper so they can take color or additional drawing on top!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  If you are interested in cute font and ways to draw it, this has a few great ideas.  I thought the animal creatures were super cute. The actual lettering can be a bit challenging.   It was really fun to browse through and kind of fun for my to try out the different styles.  My kids had more fun as the older ones really enjoy arts and crafts so the stickers were a huge hit.  

Brain Bend by Mister Mourao Review

Brain Bend Extreme Architecture Mazes to Decode and Color
Brain Bend by Mister Mourao

Extreme Architecture Mazes to Decode and Color

ISBN: 9781631593185

Rockport Publishers | July 1, 2017

USD: $15.99 | CAN: $20.99


Brain Bend is a unique book featuring 25 wild, vibrant, architecturally themed mazes, along with black-and-white versions of the same artwork for coloring in. The stunning, mind-bending designs, range in style from joyfully freeform to impressively structured, offer a stimulating visual challenge to maze and coloring enthusiasts. It also includes maze solutions at the back of the book. And the perforated pages make it easy to remove the designs, and high-quality, heavy, uncoated paper make them a pleasure to solve and color.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Wow, the mazes are tough but fun and then you get to color each detailed image.  My kids decided to use a q-tip to get through the mazes and wanted to color both pages.  It is so fun to see the look of concentration during the maze and added beauty of the finished work. Do to the smaller sections some skill levels may require added help. 

Busy Family Calendar Review

Busy Family Calendar 2018

BUSY FAMILY CALENDAR 2018 By Allison Cole
ISBN: 9781631063411
Rock Point Publishers | August 1, 2017
$15.99 US · $19.99 CAN · 24 pages · Calendar

Keep your family's organized while enjoying charming artwork on in the large calendar grid, colorful reminder stickers, and handy storage pocket make it fun and easy to manage everyone's schedule! BUSY FAMILY CALENDAR 2018 will organize and track up to five family members while enjoying charming season artwork by Alison Cole. The large calendar grid, colorful reminder stickers, and handy storage pocket make it fun and easy to manage everyone all year long!

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  A colorful, very entertaining calendar that is a joy to use as well as helps to keep everything on track.   I really enjoy the added 300 stickers as well as the grid type of days to make scheduling more efficient.  The whole family can enjoy this.

Estes Rocket Star Air Rocket Launch Set GIVEAWAY


This is the Rocket Star Air Rocket from Estes.

Suitable for Ages 8 & Older.

FEATURES

Flies up to 50 feet (15.2m) high
Air powered and no batteries needed
Simply attach the foam launch legs to the foam launch base and you
are ready to blast off
Pre-assembled rockets
Two air rockets included
Colorful decals

Instructions

INCLUDES

Two foam rockets
One air cube
One air hose
One air shaft
One launch pad
Three platform legs

REQUIREMENTS
Assembly

I received complimentary product.


Cassandra's review- Very easy to assemble and it works. Great for kids who want to have fun, but not wait all day to get the project over with.


I See Me Personalized Lunch Box Giveaway

I See Me Personalized Lunch Box Giveaway

Welcome to the I See Me Personalized Lunch Box Giveaway!


This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/28/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. 

 If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Winning Moves Games Giveaway

Winning Moves Games Giveaway

Welcome To The Winning Moves Games Giveaway ~ Ends 8/21


This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/21/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to silvie.mslg@gmail.com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. 

If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.


ALL SAINTS Movie releases 8/25/17 #AllSaintsFlyBy #FlyBy



















ALL SAINTS

All Saints Overview:

-Product category: film

-Title: ALL SAINTS

-Genre: drama

-Rating: PG

-Run time: 1:48:00

-Recommended ages: 10 and up

-Campaign focus: theatrical release

-Release date: 8/25/17

-Studio: Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures)

-About: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.



Behind the Scenes:

The Heart of the Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXv6h8avzFM

All Saints: John Corbett Decisions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecr5uwJbZjA

The Pastors of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDADYtgVWog

The Miracles of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLw27W_WuhY


Web Url: http://www.allsaintsmovie.com/

In the event that I do go to see the movie ALL SAINTS, I would be doing so with complimentary tickets provided to me by Sony and fandango as well as flyby.   As of now I have not went to see the movie, but I was provided again with tickets for the release for free. 


Saturday, July 29, 2017

QMT Corinthian Bells 44-inch Windchime Giveawy

Hosted By:
Holiday Contest and Sweeps


2- Winners will each receive a set of these Windchimes. (Their choice of available colors. Black, Copper Vein, Green. Patina Green, Ruby Splash) 
This giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media networking site.This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States Only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway ends at 12:00 AM (EST) 8/20/2017
a Rafflecopter giveaway Holiday Contest and Sweeps received a set of the Corinthian Bells Windchimes for review purposes, no other compensation was received. QMT Windchimes will be responsible for awarding and shipping the prize directly to the winner.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lighting Shoes YZ™ LED Light Up Shoes Giveaway

Welcome to the Lighting Shoes YZ™ LED Light Up Shoes Giveaway!

There is 1 winner for this giveaway. 1 Lucky Winner gets to choose their choice of size & color of Lighting Shoes.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/26/17. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. 

 If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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DLMY Simple Zipper PU Tote #Feature

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DLMY
Simple Zipper PU Tote

Simple Zipper PU Tote
DLMY is a fashion brand founded in 2014, which focuses on the products of clothing, handbags and shoes. With the core concept of qualified and acceptable fashion items, DLMY insists on self-designing and production. To develop the western countries market, it uses high standard materials, like PU and leather, which satisfied to those target consumers who are modern females.
Lining Material: Polyester

Closure: Zipper

Style: Simple

Color:
Black,Dark blue,Burgundy,Deep gray

Bag Size:
Large

Width (inch):
14

Height (inch):
9.1

Depth (inch):
5.5

Handle Drop (inch):
9.1

Weight (Kg):
0.98

Outside zip pocket(s):
One

Inside zip pocket(s):
Two

Inside open pocket(s):
Two

I received complimentary product.


Deor Gold and Pink Extra Dry Sparkling #Feature

Deor means “Golden” in Italian. Cuvée Deor Gold


Sparkling and Cuvée Deor Pink Sparkling are reminiscent of the opulent
Venetian lifestyle during the Republic times. Each bottle is painted in a
traditional Venetian technique by a Venetian artist with gold paint and glitter.Deor Gold
The unique gold bottle represents wealth and brings good fortune to all who
indulge. Deor is fun, flashy and ostentatious, and the perfect choice for a
celebration or night out on the town.
Deor Pink
Deor Gold Extra Dry Sparkling (90% Garganega and 10% Moscato) is bright light yellow with a fresh, aromatic bouquet followed by fruit-forward and floral notes and lasting effervescence. Deor Pink Extra Dry Sparkling (85% Merlot, 10% Raboso and 5% Moscato) is bright pink with a refined and intense bouquet followed by fresh and fruit-forward notes and lasting effervescence. SRP $12.99.
“Deor has seen tremendous success in its limited distribution thus far, and we see great potential for this brand on a larger scale.

We are thrilled to expand our Italian portfolio, and look forward to bringing this unique golden Italian sparkling to consumers everywhere,” said Alex Guarachi, CEO and President of Guarachi Wine Partners.


I recevied complimentary product.


Neocell $100 Credit Giveaway

Neocell Be Beautiful

Welcome to the Neocell Be Beautiful $100 Credit Giveaway

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/21/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. 

 If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Of Mess and Moxie By Jen Hatmaker Review

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Of Mess and Moxie 
Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
By Jen Hatmaker

New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing "right." Struggle doesn't mean they're weak; it means they're alive.

Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change ("Everyone, be into this thing I'm into! Except when I'm not. Then everyone be cool.") or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip ("Why are we in San Antonio?"), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted "in the moment" no matter what the moments hold.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The author presents a roller coaster adventure for your mind in that she includes mixed emotional stories.   If you are a female and want empowerment, inspiration and depth in your reading this book will be a great start. As a reader you will need to get ready to go in the deepest parts of the author's heart and mind and be ready to burst out in laughter with a box of tissues on standby.  



NIV, True Images Bible The Bible for Teen Girls By Livingstone Review

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NIV, True Images Bible
The Bible for Teen Girls
By Livingstone

For 15 years, the best-selling NIV True images Bible for Teen Girls has been a trusted resource guiding teen girls ages 13-18 towards a closer relationship with God. Updated for this generation, this new edition is packed with tools and insight to help teens navigate today’s contemporary cultural issues with confidence, love, and grace.

Facing today’s contemporary issues can be difficult, but the NIV True Images Bible gives teen girls a fresh perspective on faith-related issues and provides tools to navigate a complex world. They will ask the big questions, take valuable lessons to heart, and help others do the same.

Beautifully designed from the inside out, this Bible is filled with challenging insights, honest advice, and personal notes helping teen girls build a closer relationship with God as they set out on a personal journey of their world. Following Jesus isn’t unfashionable or illusive. It’s an authentic way of life!

This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen girls in their quest for truth.

Features:


Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version
12 Magazine-Style Quizzes that help girls learn more about themselves
In-depth introductions establish the context of each book in the Old and New Testaments.
 “In Focus” notes explain the Bible’s perspective on contemporary cultural topics such as perfectionism, spiritual growth, eating disorders, pornography, prayer, self-harm, relationships, sex, bullying and popularity on social media

Over 300 “Genuine” notes focus on the value of authenticity and true inner beauty.
Over 100 “Love Notes” give opportunities to reflect on God’s love.
500 “Dare to Believe” challenges help you discover God’s truth about life and faith.
52 “Mirror Images” share the stories of Biblical women.
“Christianity 101” introduces you to the basics of Christianity
“Beliefs 101” helps you dig deep into the underlying principles that shape your worldview

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  This book has a lot of hard facts presented in a Bible.  If you have young girls, but want to shield them from violence and explicit nature this book may not be for you.   As a mom I want my children to believe whatever they want, but I present all the resources I can to help them learn, not to pressure an outcome.   I think some of this book's hard truths might scare rather than teach and that some of what is involved might be a little more condoning then punishing.  In the end is it just a version of the Bible that is made for teen girls, but it can have a major impact so gift with care.

The New American Heart Association Cookbook Review

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The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 9th Edition: Revised and Updated with More Than 100 All-New Recipes
by American Heart Association

Here is the ultimate resource for anyone looking to improve cardiac health and lose weight, offering 800 recipes--100 all new, 150 refreshed--that cut saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Heart Association's cornerstone cookbook has sold more than three million copies and it's now fully updated and expanded to reflect the association's latest guidelines as well as current tastes, with a fresh focus on quick and easy. This invaluable, one-stop-shopping resource -- including updated heart-health information, strategies and tips for meal planning, shopping, and cooking healthfully -- by the most recognized and respected name in heart health is certain to become a staple in American kitchens.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- When you want recipes and a lot of them, this book is going to be great.   It is jammed to the gills with tons of recipes, but if you have trouble reading smaller font this might be a hard book to get through.  Also if you enjoy pictures of the food prepared, this does not have any.

I think it would be a great book for a gift or for a new cook.

HomeZada Digital Home Management Giveaway

HomeZada Premium - Digital Home Management Giveaway Ends 9/4
 

Welcome to the HomeZada Premium - Digital Home Management Giveaway!


This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/04/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment.

 If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Kinzd Products Giveaway

Welcome to the Kinzd Products Giveaway (3 Winners)!

There are 3 winners for this giveaway. Each winner gets to choose a prize of their choice from the following selection: Women's Large Cosmetics/Toiletries Bag, Crazy Horse Men's Slim BiFold Leather Front Pocket Wallet, or the Slim Wallet RFID Front Pocket Wallet.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/22/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment.

 If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonderful World DVD Giveaway


Hosted By:
Holiday Contest and Sweeps
Three lucky readers whom reside in the Continental United States and are 18+ years of age 


  This giveaway is in no way endorsed, associated or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 8/21/2017 a
a Rafflecopter giveaway Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be solely responsible for the awarding and shipping of the prizes directly to the winners. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Groza Learning Center $1000 towards higher education essay #CONTEST


How do you help your children prepare for back to school?

 I would say that it depends on the school as well as grade level the child is entering.   Obviously younger kids would need more of a talk about sharing and caring, while the older kids might need to know a little more about the dangers and safety first issues.  Even though I homeschool my kids, it does not mean that they are not able to go to certain classes or functions so every child really needs to be prepared.

What’s your favorite part about back to school?  Well again as a homeschool mom/teacher I would say my favorite part is bringing in a new lesson plan for my kids to explore and enjoy.  However not everyone has the luxury of getting to teach their kids firsthand and I know they would love to but at the same time need to find a place where the children can learn in a safe environment.   I would now like to introduce the  Groza Learning Center where the educators uphold the highest academic standards while also maintaining a personal, caring commitment to each student.

The world-class facility is equipped with private tutoring rooms, small classrooms, testing rooms, and one-on-one "retreat" rooms plus the center features a floor-to-ceiling tree, a babbling brook, a wall sized word-find, and a giant scrabble game

The Groza Learning Center Education Scholarship was created to help students interested in higher education reach their goal of attending college or university. Each year a theme will be chosen and students will have the chance to respond in a short essay. This year, applicants will be asked to explain what ‘redemption’ means to them and how it has played a role in their lives and in their interactions with others. Often times, when students come to Groza that is exactly what they are seeking- a turnaround with a challenging academic skill, concept, class, or a standardized test. After all, doesn’t everyone love a good comeback story? A committee will select a winner by the end of November, 2017. One winner will be selected and receive $1000 towards higher education.

Eligibility:

The following people are eligible for the Groza Learning Center Scholarship:
1. High school students who graduate in 2017 and have been accepted into a college or university.
2. Students currently enrolled in a college or university.

Guidelines:

The Groza Learning Center wants to hear about your take on the word ‘redemption’. Please tell us what it means to you and how ‘redemption’ has played a role in your life. This should be a short essay (under 500 words).

Application Process:

Please complete each section of the form below. All fields are required. By submitting an application, the applicant gives Groza Learning Center consent to use their essay, name and information for marketing and promotional purposes.

Submission Deadline:

November 30, 2017

Winner Selection:

The winner will be selected by the final day in December, 2017. The winner will be contacted by January 7th, 2018 and have two weeks to respond. If no response, a new winner will be selected.One winner will be selected and receive $1000 towards higher education because the Groza Learning Center Education Scholarship is offering a committee that will select a winner by the end of November, 2017.

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Whole by Steve Wiens Review

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Look around, and you'll notice: The world is covered with jagged edges. People and places are broken all around us.

We were made for better than this: We were made to be whole, and wholly human, to tend a world that is wholly humane. We were made in the image of God. This book is a quest to recover that image in ourselves and our neighbors, to help us all become human and humane again.

For Christians who lament the brokenness in themselves, their neighbors, and the world around them, Whole offers a rallying cry to pursue wholeness together.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why?  The way the author presents his theories and brings the reader much needed points to benefit them.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  I did not like the tone has it is more of an all in or none setting.

- What did you learn?  I was surprised by the different views of the author and how he chose to spin the stories in with the facts he was trying to get across.  Overall I feel like if as the reader, you know what this book is about and pick it up anyway, you will not be disappointed, but maybe more undecided.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? This is one of those special topic books, that a reader should want to engage in, before committing to reading it.  I think people with stronger binding faith of an older age would benefit the most.

Plant Therapy Essential Oils Giveaway


This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/22/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to at julie.talesfromasouthernmom (at) gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals by Valerie Baines Review

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals by Valerie Baines

ISBN: 9781631591396

Rockport Publishers | January 1, 2017

USD $19.99 |CAN $25.99

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is a draw-in book that shows you how by taking a close look at the details of great floral paintings and coaches readers to try the techniques with the help of an expert's suggestions. Printed on quality uncoated stock and suited for drawing and watercolor, each spread will consist of two working parts. The left-hand page features a close-up for a drawing or painting by a noted artist from the 19th century or earlier. The right-hand page is for drawing, with the expert's brief coaching tips, observations, and a demonstrative sketch.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Elegant, beautiful, medium hard instructions.  The book is not a step by step, how to, but more of a read and learn.  Some people might have a more difficult time learning this way.  For younger artists this is a bit more complex.  This actual art is really pretty and the author is very talented. 

Duct Tape Engineer by Lance Akiyama Review



Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects by Lance Akiyama

Publisher: Rockport Publishers

Trade Paperback , 160 Page, 200 color photos

8.75” x 10”

$22.99 US /$29.99 CAN

ISBN 9781631591303

Age 14+


From a working cannon to a bridge, this powerful everyday adhesive is perfect for creating incredible things! In Duct Tape Engineer, master tinkerer Lance Akiyama shows readers how to design and build fourteen mega projects ranging from backpacks to queen-size beds from nothing but duct tape. Every project is specially designed by Akiyama to be a blast to build, and last a good long time. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer is perfect for crafters of any age.
Lance Akiyama

Author Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education into a single aspiration: to create a better world by inspiring the next generation of innovators with exciting hands-on projects. He has created project-based learning tutorials on Instructables.com, started an after-school engineering service, and is currently employed as a STEM-based curriculum developer for Galileo Learning. Lance spends his free time designing elaborate plans for advanced contraptions, keeping journals in cryptic backwards writing, and attempting to fly by strapping paper wings to his arms and leaping from rooftops. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Lance Akiyama is the author of Rubber Band Engineer (2016), Duct Tape Engineer (2017), and the forthcoming 2018 book DIY Ballistics Engineer--all from Rockport Publishers.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Unless you are a die hard do it yourselfer type, this can be really challenging. While my family was excited to learn the things you can make with duct tape we were equally disappointed with the amount of time, energy, process and materials needed.  It would also cost a small fortune in duct tape to execute these plans.  

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Secrets By Jonathan Daugherty Review @litfuse @NewGrowthPress @bebroken

Secrets

Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is.

But that's not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work-his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing.

This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.

Addiction doesn't have the final say over Jonathan's life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.

-Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.
Learn more and purchase a copy.
 Jonathan Daugherty
Jonathan Daugherty is the founder of Be Broken Ministries, and founder of Gateway to Freedom workshop for men. He also hosts the weekly radio broadcast, Pure S** Radio, and is in demand nationally as a speaker on s****l purity and men's issues. He has appeared on multiple radio and television media, both local and national. He has authored "Grace-Based Recovery," "The 4 Pillars of Purity," and other works. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathandaugherty.com .

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- SPOILER ALERT__ DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS NEAR THIS BOOK, if you have never or will not at this time talk about love making in any form.  I should have read more about the book before agreeing to review it on my family friendly site.  While it is not super explicit or out there on the raw level, the topic and trus story might be super uncomfortable for the reader.

  I know at this time in life everyone freely speaks about and talks about it and honestly kids no way more than adults most of the this is just going to be a preference thing.  While it might be good for people with addictions, I think it may interest or get someone interested in a new one that they might not have been aware of.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Deiss Kitchenware Giveaway





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Friday, July 21, 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great books to read this month with Reviews! @Zonderkidz

9780310733294, The Bedtime Book, Mary Engelbreit

The Bedtime Book
By Mary Engelbreit

Mama comes to tuck you in,

Pulls the covers to your chin,

Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,

Lays a kiss upon your nose.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep.  The Bedtime Book has a beautiful cover decorated with embossing and spot gloss.

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.

Cassandra's Review-  A collection of sweet and simple short stories etc, that little kids would love to get read out loud.  Well really any age would enjoy them.

9780310759706, 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories, Catherine DeVries

5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories
By Catherine DeVries , Jim Madsen


Children will love these timeless 5-minute Bible adventures, featuring classic stories of Noah’s ark, Daniel and the lions, the birth of Jesus, and more! With text and art from the bestselling Adventure Bible brand, more than 30 stories come alive with bright, colorful illustrations and fun, interactive elements. Each of these stories can be shared in just five minutes, making this collection perfect for families on the go, children learning to read, and bedtime. 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories features a cover with eye-catching foil.


Authors:

Catherine DeVries is a writer and editor. She has been influential in the development of many bestselling children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks including The Adventure Bible, The Beginner’s Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible. She is also the author of My Time with God and many articles that have been published in professional magazines and journals. Catherine lives with her husband and three children in Colorado.

Jim Madsen has been illustrating for the past 15 years. He has worked on more than 50 books including the recently updated NIV Adventure Bible and the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers. Jim lives in Utah with his wife and three children. He enjoys the outdoors, golf, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Cassandra's review- The book can easily create a different discussion and story time for every night,  It would be great as a Sunday school resource or any religious homeschooling family.

9780310759591, Ready, Set, Find Noah's Ark
Ready, Set, Find Noah's Ark

Noah has an important job. He needs to build a huge ark and fill it with animals too. Now there are things and animals along the way he needs your help to find, like the hammer, the hen, and the hedgehog. Are you ready to help Noah? If so, on your mark, Ready, Set, Find! Read the classic story of Noah’s Ark in this engaging look-and-find book for young children.

Cassandra's review- I actually read this book first in a deeper voice and then is a silly voice for the different sections, and the kids has a blast not only trying to find the pictures but hearing the story out loud.  

9780310759898, The Beginner's Bible Daniel and the Hungry Lions
The Beginner's Bible Daniel And The Hungry Lions

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

Daniel is in trouble! He’s disobeyed the king and is facing down a cave of hungry lions. But Daniel knows God is on his side, and he is not afraid. This retelling of the story of Daniel and the lions will show little ones how trusting in God will keep them safe and sound. Featuring brand-new art from the beloved The Beginner’s Bible, a die-cut format, and a beautiful foiled cover, parents will love sharing this board book with their children.

Cassandra's review-  A very short read which is perfect for little ones that can not sit through a longer version and this has a great message added in that religious families will enjoy sharing.

9780310755371, The Beginner's Bible My First Book of Prayers
The Beginner's Bible My First Book Of Prayers

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

The Beginner's Bible My First Book of Prayers helps young children discover that they can talk to God about anything from the beauty of creation to their friendships and emotions. Thankfulness, praise, and requests for God's help are all included.

Sixteen sweet prayers, written with the child's daily experiences in mind, focus on important character traits such as caring and forgiveness. For each prayer, charming illustrations from The Beginner's Bible highlight a different Bible character or scene that illustrates the truth found in the prayer. Ideal gift for a new parent or young child, and a great addition to church or daycare library.

Cassandra's Review- The books you share with your children no matter what age, can mean all the difference in the way your family grows.   If you choose to believe in God and raise your child in the faith, this book is going to be a great resource.  While any age can learn from it, it is geared to help younger children to understand and follow.

9780310759058, In 27 Days, Alison Gervais

In 27 Days
By Alison Gervais

Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.

Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything—including her life—to keep Archer safe.

From award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais (HonorInTheRain) comes In 27 Days, a story of redemption, first love, and the strength it takes to change the future.

In 27 Days features a striking cover with embossing.


Watty Award-winning author Alison Gervais has been writing for as long as she can remember. In 2011, she began posting her work on Wattpad . com and has been active on the site ever since. If she's not writing, she can be found re-reading Harry Potter, watching Supernatural, or trying to win the affection of her two cats, Kovu and Rocket.

Cassandra's Review-  I felt this book is not for younger readers and as the topic is so strong, real and very much a problem today, I would suggest young adults or adults read it.    The message is strong and the story is so mixed with emotion that the reader could easily be swept up.

I received complimentary copies of all of the featured books.


Night Night, Train By Amy Parker Review


Chug-a-chug, the night night train Is a 'rumblin' 'round the track!

Choo! Choo! All aboard the train to Sleepytown! After a fun-filled day, it's time to snuggle in, and dream the night away.

Join these adorable puppies in pajamas as they say night night to the train, to their mommy and daddy, and to God. Your little ones will rest their sleepy heads knowing that the God who made them loves them and keeps them safe all night long.

Night night, train!

Amy Parker's children's books have sold more than a million copies, including two Christian Retailing's Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- This book was really creative because you can read two different stories or one whole story just by reading everything in black font first and them going back after and reading all the blue font, or you can read the book as a straight through.  I choose to read it as two diffrent stories, and my kids who range in ages all loved it.   The illustrations are cozy and inviting and I really liked the feel of the flow when reading out loud.

NIV, Revolution Bible The Bible for Teen Guys By Livingstone Review

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Explore what it means to live a revolutionary life for God with the help of the NIV Revolution Bible. Packed with challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about today’s contemporary cultural issues, this best-selling Bible empowers young men ages 13-18 to ask big questions, discover fresh perspectives and impact others while living their faith on the edge.

Teens will discover how to impact a broken and diverse world with fresh perspectives on a variety of faith-related issues. Their life, their relationships, their community: it’s all a big deal, and it takes a big, God-filled heart to make a difference. A revolution of the heart isn’t about how popular or tough they are. It’s about what God can do in them and through them. This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen guys in their quest for truth.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  I thought this would be a great gift for one of my older teens because he is going to start college and I felt that this book could really help him to gather a sense of peace on his journey.  I do think that even if your family is not fond of faith based beliefs, there is still something about this Bible that will help to keep your treasured loved one on a steady path.  It can be so helpful in more than a few ways, if you give it the time and possibly as a gift.




The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need by Peter B. Stark Review

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Everything in life is negotiated, under all conditions, at all times. From asking your boss for a raise, to asking your significant other to take out the garbage, most of us are involved in negotiations to one degree or another for a good part of any given day. The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, Revised and Updated outlines the critical elements you need for a successful negotiation and reveals the 101 tactics to use in any high stakes business deal, or in everyday life occurrences.

In this book, you'll discover your negotiating behavioral style through self-assessment questionnaires, gain the tools needed to deal with negotiation sharks (or bullies), learn tips for recognizing and interpreting your negotiating counterpart's body language to create beneficial outcomes, and see examples on how to counter unethical and unprofessional tactics effectively--and much more.

Using their 30 years of experience as business professionals, lead negotiators, consumers, and parents, Peter Stark and Jane Flaherty provide you with the tools you need to become a successful negotiator who builds win-win relationships.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Yes, I do like to negotiate and I find that in most instances it does benefit my families needs, but not always and sometimes I can come away feeling worse or getting a raw deal.  For this reason I thought to review this book.  It is filled with ideas and facts presented in a way that is easy to utilize and execute.

Pure Country: Pure Heart Available August 1st on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD at @Walmart

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”
Pure Country: Pure Heart is the moving, music-driven tale of teenage sisters Ada and Piper. Upon discovering a letter about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq, they leave rural Tennessee and hit the road secretly in search of the truth about the man they never knew. As they uncover his past as a budding country music star, the sisters find their own voice, beginning their journey as singers/songwriters.

Available August 1st on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD only at Walmart and on Digital Everywhere

Cassandra's  Review-  A tear jerking family drama, that inspires as well as adds a sense of pride.  Willie Nelson fans are going to get a huge treat and also fans of Shawn Michaels because they do have very important roles in the movie.  This is dove approved and your whole family can enjoy it, because if if your little ones do not understand what is going on, the music will still create a beautiful atmosphere during viewing.

Crazy Cups Coffee GIVEAWAY




Crazy Cups Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Flavored Coffee Single Serve Cups


I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I really enjoy the burst of scent that comes when the brewing process happens.   The whole house gets a remarkable sweet goodness.   I really enjoy using this coffee.


One winner will receive a 22ct of this flavor coffee from Crazy Cups, just enter below.



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Le Petit Marseillais™ Review and South of France SWEEPSTAKES

 Le Petit Marseillais™, the #1 body wash from France, is offering an experience of a lifetime – a chance to win a sweepstakes to win a dream vacation for two to its birthplace, Provence! The getaway includes the following for two:

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 Le Petit Marseillais™ is France’s #1 body wash brand that is now available in the US! As the French have known for decades, the Extra Gentle Scented Body Washes are an affordable luxury that can turn an ordinary shower into an extraordinary ritual.

  Inspired by the natural bounty of the south of France, the body wash collection's evocatively scented products feature authentic fragrances formulated by top perfumers, including: Orange Blossom, Vanilla Milk, White Peach & Nectarine, Lavender Honey and Cotton Milk & Poppy. Americans are now able to enjoy a luxuriously-sudsy shower nationwide for as little as $3.99 each!  

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- I enjoyed every moment of trying these relaxing and easy to apply products.  The orange blossom scent was a favorite of mine and I like how easily the lotion absorbs into your skin without a sticky residue.   I think that  the products would be a great gift as well.