Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kinzd Cases Review @Kinzd_levi #kinzd

Headset Case Bag for LG
EL058-3-Headset Case Bag
Kinzd Headset Case Bag for LG Tone Pro HBS 700 730 750 760 800 900 – Headphone Carrying Case Cover Box for LG Electronics Tone Infinim Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds – Black PU Leather
$9.99
AS165-B1-Apple Mouse Case
For Apple Magic Mouse Case

For Apple Magic Mouse Case Protector I and II 2nd Gen Hard EVA Storage Carrying Case Bag with Carabiner $9.99

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- Shipped fast and the cases are durable, easy to zip and can hold other products as well.

Cujo Smart Firewall @BestBuy, @cujounited #CUJO

Cassandra M's Place has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. #ad 

 CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This one device will secure all devices connecting to the WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it like antivirus for your entire network. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online and keep them safe.
I am excited about the MAIN FEATURES

•         BUSINESS-LEVEL INTERNET SECURITY

•         GUARDS ALL DEVICES

•         PARENTAL CONTROLS

•         CONNECT TO ROUTER, CONTROL WITH APP

•         BLAZING FAST (built with 1GB Ethernet)

I have the opportunity to share this great product with you and protect my family at the same time!
Parental controls features:

                  - parental controls for all devices

                  - internet filter

                  - time limits

                  - social media monitoring

                  - pause internet

                  - alerts and reporting

                  - remote administration

                  - user profiles and settings

Cassandra's Review- I found this to be not only a really cool product, visually, but it was simple to get everything started.  I found the app in both the the Itunes and GooglePlay stores.  Having a layer of protection for your children on the internet is a huge plus and well worth taking the time to add this firewall.

Trick or Treat on Sesame Street DVD Giveaway

Trick or Treat on Sesame Street DVD Giveaway

Sesame Street Trick or Treat on Sesame Street 3 WIN DVD Giveaway

Dates: August 30, 2017, at 9:00 am EST to September 20, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST

Prize: THREE lucky readers will win a copy of the Sesame Street: Trick or Treat on Sesame Street DVD

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Living the Spirit-Formed Life by Jack Hayford Review

Living the Spirit-Formed Life: Growing in the 10 Principles of Spirit-Filled Discipleship
by Jack Hayford
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New Look for Landmark Teaching on Living the Spirit-Empowered Life

In our instant-gratification culture, we consume a fleeting, shallow diet of media, relationships, entertainment, and spirituality. Our souls go hungry, longing for a fuller, more satisfying life.

Bestselling author and beloved pastor Jack Hayford shows, in what has become a modern-day classic, how we can feed our deepest places with the sustaining Bread of Life. With warmth and wisdom, he reveals how we can link our souls to timeless practices and principles set forth in Scripture. He invites you to rediscover the power and blessing of these spiritual disciplines--of true Spirit-fullness.

Even more, he shows how these spiritual disciplines are relevant for today and how we can practice them in our quick-paced, surface-level culture. When we take time to fast and pray, worship daily, feed on God's Word, and more, we fully enter the rich adventure of becoming an effective disciple of Christ--ensuring that our souls will never go hungry.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Depending on your outlook on religion and if you are a believer of the words presented in this book, the outcome of your own personal review will be different and I am sure this book will spark a few discussions, but as a reader I felt that even though I might not agree with certain topics included, I was able to view the author's points and take them into consideration.  If you enjoy faith based reading, this is going to be a good, but if you feel like communion ets are not your thing, this may be a book to pass on.


All Saints by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle Review

All Saints by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle
The True Story Behind the Powerful Film ALL SAINTS
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Newly ordained, Michael Spurlock's first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church with twenty-five devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. The best option may be to close the church rather than watch it wither any further. But when All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma--former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America--Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.

Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property--or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine.

The Reverend Michael Spurlock served All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, for three years. He is currently on the clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. Michael, his wife, Aimee, and their two children live in New York City.

Award-winning author and investigative journalist Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries, authored nineteen books, and mentors writers on five continents. To learn more, visit her at www.jeanettewindle.com

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Would you help a refugee? Would you change your whole community by taking in a new community?  Knowing the facts and doing them are two different things, but this pastor lived them and is recounting it all for the reader.  The book takes you on a deeper meaning trip into the mind of someone who loves and wanted to be full in the presence of his God.  It is faith based.  

Citizen Newt By Craig Shirley Review

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Citizen Newt
The Making of a Reagan Conservative
By Craig Shirley

The definitive, authorized biography of one of the most important, provocative, and visionary political figures of our time.

In one way or another Newt Gingrich has been leading a revolution for most of his life. Citizen Newt is the definitive account of that struggle. Writing with the full cooperation of Speaker Gingrich and the players around him, New York Times bestselling author Craig Shirley captures the events, ideas, failures, and successes of Newton Leroy Gingrich--one of the most complex, influential, and durable political figures of our time.

Returning to Gingrich's childhood in Pennsylvania and his formative years as a young history professor, Citizen Newt moves through Gingrich's first forays into politics and takes readers behind the scenes of the Congressman's crucial role in the Reagan Revolution, his battles with George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and his masterly orchestration of 1994s "Gingrich Revolution" and the Contract with America, which catapulted him to national prominence and forever changed congressional and national politics.

Drawing upon untold stories from Gingrich and those who know him best--political allies and opponents, Washington insiders and political iconoclasts, Capitol Hill staffers and colleagues--Shirley has crafted a fascinating, humorous, humanizing, and insightful account of a true American original.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  If you can get through the description of this book without being bored or losing interest, then this hugely thick book will be a great read.  I found myself having to put it down a lot, and not just because it was super heavy.

While the author writes clearly and tried to make the biography interesting as well as moving in a good flow, I personnaly thought it dragged on and was thrilled more so when it was finished.  I would recommend this book to help you rest at night before bed, unless the views included keep you up thinking.

Before You Hit Send By Emerson Eggerichs Review

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Before You Hit Send
Preventing Headache and Heartache
By Emerson Eggerichs

When will we learn?

With every sunrise we are given plenty of new examples of people “Hitting Send” and soon regretting it. Social media means what it says: it is social! Our methods of communication today allow for something to potentially be broadcast to everyone from Pekin, Illinois to Peking, China. But it’s not only Twitter fanatics who can find themselves in trouble. Every single one of us is capable of falling prey to this growing plague.

Every day we have the potential of both verbal and written blunders. It makes no difference if we are talking to a stranger over a meat counter, chatting on a cell phone with our mother, or sending an e-mail to a coworker; we can and do miscommunicate and people can and do get the wrong idea. When we don't pause long enough to think before speaking or writing, it commonly yields a misunderstanding and leads to a clash. We end up being the person who said, “You know that sphere of the brain that stops you from saying something that you shouldn't? Well, I don’t have one of those.”

This book is about preventing that misunderstanding and allowing for understanding. Said another way, preempting people from getting the wrong idea and enabling them to get the right idea! We all need work in this area in far more ways than just glancing through a checklist.

From external examples to internal turmoil, Before You Hit Send is about the four things we must think through before communicating. In all things we wish to say or write, we would be wise to ask ourselves,

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
Is it clear?

When we ask and answer these four questions honestly, we will be thinking wisely before we speak. But to explore this fully, we need to find out a whole lot more about ourselves and uncover why we consciously and subconsciously get into these communication disasters to begin with.  You may be surprised what you discover about yourself.  Shall we begin?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- I am so guilty of doing this because I tend to be in a huge rush and need to get things done, well at least with this book I can better relate and find ways to fix my errors, because let's face it, not everyone is perfect.

 I also know that emails are so impersonal that you can write something and mean to say it so many different ways, with this book it is really going to be pointed out.  Plus not everyone is going to get your talking style over the internet, so taking a few extra minutes to really grasp and respond makes all the difference.

Benji And The 24 Pound Banana Squash By Alan C. Fox Review

Have you ever wanted to achieve something so much that you were willing to dedicate yourself to a project for months on end?
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That’s what Benji does in BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis Publishing; October 2017) by bestselling author Alan C. Fox with illustrations by Eefje Kuijl.

This garden-to-table story teaches children about patience, love, and perseverance.


It all begins when Benji plants squash seeds he saved from the summer before in the back of the garden.  He carefully waters them, but for awhile, nothing happens. Then suddenly one day, tiny sprouts start pushing through the soil and Benji begins to see his hard work pay off.

When the gigantic banana squash is ready to be harvested, Benji’s dad weighs the vegetable – twenty-four pounds! – and takes a picture of Benji with it. But the best part comes when Benji’s mom cooks the squash with butter and brown sugar, so everyone in the family can gather and enjoy a delicious feast.

BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH is based on a real-life event that happened when Alan Fox was eight.  “I wanted to share the joy I experienced when I grew – what I thought was – the world’s biggest banana squash,” he explains. “I hope this book will inspire children and show them the value of patience and perseverance as well as the pleasures of growing their own fruits and vegetables to share with family and friends.”  

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The bright illustrations make this very well written book come to life.   The story is perfect for your little ones, especially if you are starting a garden.  I know that with my own family, when the seeds get planted the waiting can be slow going and sometimes not super fun, but when it is time to harvest the end result is so worth it!

Fun books from Quarto with Reviews

With these great new books from Quarto, you can find new ways to make art and discover new paths to creativity.

Kawaii Doodle Class illustrates how you can easily sketch super-cute drawings.
 Expressive Flower Painting is filled with exercises to make bold and beautiful floral art. 
And Once Upon a Colorful Canvas is the perfect starter kit for anyone interested in learning to paint.
Kawaii Doodle Class


Kawaii Doodle Class by Zainab Khan

Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi, Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and More

ISBN: 9781631063756

Race Point | September 1, 2017

The Japanese word kawaii translates to "cute," and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images of tacos, sushi, smoothies, clouds, rainbows, cacti, doodle monsters, Christmas trees, lipsticks, teacups, and more for your adoration.

Popular kawaii artist Zainab Khan shows you how to draw 75 super-cute characters with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions. She has also included fun search-and-find images and inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories.

Thanks to this crash course in Kawaii Doodle Class, soon you will be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and more with your own unique kawaii world!

Cassandra's Review - cute doodles for all ages to create.

Expressive Flower Painting


Expressive Flower Painting by Lynn Whipple

Simple Mixed Media Techniques for Bold Beautiful Blooms

ISBN: 9781631593048

Quarry Books | August 8, 2017

Expressive Flower Painting presents a range of creative painting exercises that help readers develop vibrant nature paintings. This exciting book is an in-depth expansion of artist Lynn Whipple's class called Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting, with additional content. The book will cover mark making, layering techniques, how to do "spin drawings," color methods, painted backgrounds, working from life, and how to successfully combine a wide variety of media for the maximum effect.

Cassandra's Review- I like the easy to learn way that this book is written, but it is super difficult to get the right techniques.

Once Upon a Colorful Canvas

Once Upon a Colorful Canvas by Kindah Khalidy
A Playful Plan for Learning to Paint
Includes an 88-page paperback book plus two 6" (15 cm) square canvases
ISBN: 9781631593222
Rockport Publishers | August 15, 2017

Once Upon a Colorful Canvas offers something completely new, a stunning and delightful visual journey of discovery! Readers are treated to a simple yet sophisticated "look and learn" approach to learning to paint by the brilliant and dazzling artist Kindah Khalidy. As she shares insights into the artistic process, Khalidy's playful compositions and clever visual clues illuminate various approaches to the art form, spark ideas for creativity, and encourage aspiring artists to take risks, allowing space for unexpected and sometimes wonderful accidents to occur.

Cassandra's Review- Two 6 by 6 canvases are included to help you start out  creating with this very informative book.

I received complimentary copies.




9/11 Film Autographed Poster and Gift Pack Giveaway

Gift Pack Giveaway

Welcome to the 9/11 Film Autographed Poster and Gift Pack Giveaway!

Hosted by: Michigan Saving and More

The Prize Pack Contains:

1 - 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen

1 - “Hope” Pendant with necklace

1 - Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children


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) 9/20/17. 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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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Community Coffee Cold Brew #Feature

I would like to introduce the family-owned Community Coffee Company’s newest product: Cold Brew Coffee. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Balanced with a rich, deep flavor, Community® Cold Brew is made with 100% select Arabica beans and specially formulated for the cold brew process. Available in easy-to-use cold brew filter bags, this refreshing blend is a cool & convenient way to enjoy cold brew without having to leave the comfort of home.

I received complimentary product.


The Pursuit of Lady $75 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett's previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.  
  RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
  amazon or paypal $75 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 9/22/17 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

Monday, August 28, 2017

zulily cutie contest #zulilycutie

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At  zulily,  they are ALL about inspiring their fans to share the unique and special #zulilycutie in their life on social media! So, in celebration of all the cuties out there, they are hosting another contest to find their next OFFICIAL #zulilycutie (aged between 5 to 13 years-old), who will be the face of an upcoming zulily campaign!



So, what is a #zulilycutie? It’s an adorable kid with a unique style, personality and sense of fun. Above all,  they are looking for a cutie who embodies the zulily spirit. At zulily, what makes us unique is their use of real people as models to tell a story around the products  their customers love. Many of their models are everyday people like you and me, unique in all the best ways!

The winner of the #zulilycutie contest will receive:

· A trip to zulily headquarters in Seattle, WA for a photo shoot featuring the cutie, which will be used in an upcoming zulily campaign!

· Featured in images and posts across zulily’s social media channels!

· A feature blog post here on The Find!

· The opportunity to take over zulily’s Instagram account and more!

Be sure to watch our zulily social channels for updates on this exciting contest! All information, including how to enter, is available at the link below. We would love for you to share this amazing opportunity with your readers, especially in celebration of the back-to-school season, so all the special kiddos in their lives have a chance to become our next, official #zulilycutie (aged between 5 to 13 years-old)!

ENTER HERE https://www.zulily.com/blog/the-find/back-school-zulilycutiecontest/

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Garden Lites® #Feature

NEW! Superfood Veggie Cakes launched in Costcos in the refrigerated section.    

Garden Lites® Superfood Veggies Cakes Superfood Blend, Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes Kale & Quinoa, Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins and Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are now available nationwide. Other Garden Lites products like Mac ‘N Cheese and Waffles are also available. www.gardenlites. com
Garden Lites
About Garden Lites:

Garden Lites® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Jamaica, Queens, NY that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Cooking Light - The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast; 2016 Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award; 2016 Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families; 2016 – Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; 2015 Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and 2017 Runner’s World Editor’s Pick.



For more information on Garden Lites products, visit www.GardenLites.com and be sure to “Like” on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

I received complimentary coupons. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Black Hairspray Half Wigs #BlackHairspray #beauty #ad


Even though this is a sponsored post, all opinions are mine.

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They offer no hassle, 30 day return policy, price matching guarantee and offer in-house live chat customer service.  With a new distribution center in Chicago, IL.  They offer same day shipping on nearly all products that allows them to ship orders out the same day when ordered before 4PM EST.




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You can find thousands of wigs and hair care products on the site but let's talk about the half wig , it covers half of the wearer's hair which allows you to blend your natural hair at the front giving you a natural, beautiful look and comes in eight hair color choices.

If wigs are not your thing, you can browse through hair care products like shampoos and even makeup.  If you are into beauty, this site has really neat options and from what I see very affordable prices.  I even found a special section for kids hair care.

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Perfectly You by Robin Daniels $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

 

Perfectly You by Robin Daniels Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming. Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises.

With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction. Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself…

 Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about s**. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no s**, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.   Author Robin Daniels Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid. Robin is a sucker for home design shows and magazines, watches way too much Netflix and has a very codependent relationship with with a certain diet soda who’s brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)
amazon or paypal  $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 9/15/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Warm Fall Colors At Home stores #AtHomeStores #sponsored



Get a sneak peek at the Fall season décor available in At Home stores across the US. At Home offers complete holiday solutions for every home, including indoor and outdoor décor for Halloween through Christmas. At Home is the one-stop-shop to decorate your whole house – from an entire room makeover to smaller refreshes for every season, on any budget.

Did you ever have "fall focus"  on the color changes that take place in your home as the temperatures start to drop ?

I notice that I do it every year, sometimes even earlier than the last one. As soon as a get the slightest chill in the air around the end of August and September, my mind goes right to change up the my home.  I go from cooler colors of summer to warmer fall goodness, that makes me feel comfort and scents that will bring memories for my family to enjoy. 

 I get super excited to see all of the great finds in the stores as well as the lower prices, but I have yet to shop At Home.  

 I noticed that At Home provides a full solution for their home, specifically within the indoor décor category, with a massive selection of specialty products for the fall season.  Since I had not been to the store before, I decided to check out the everyday low prices that would allow me decorate on a budget which I was able to do online.  


While this Chinese Lantern Wreath is a bit on the pricey side, the 22in, will take up enough wall space to not have to accent much more, or even to hang on an outside door. 

Of course it is nice to craft our own fall decorations, but having the added few special store bought ones are a real treat and I hope to be able to get out to one of the At Home stores and see what other finds I can save money on for all of my upcoming holidays!  

I received compensation for this sponsored post. 
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The Space Between Words By Michele Phoenix Review

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"There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned."

When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn't left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they'd planned before the tragedy.

"The pages found you," Patrick whispered.

"Now you need to figure out what they're trying to say."

During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before--her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.

"I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival."

Determined to learn the Baillard family's fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn't understand.

Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica's survival?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  This author dares to delve into a severe mix of emotional writing that will take the reader down a path of adventure with style.  The writing style chosen is easy to follow, but I found that it requires some concentration to keep up  the good reading momentum.  Once I got into the book more I was able to enjoy it more so that I did not want to stop reading.

The Christmas Code Booklet By O. S. Hawkins Review

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Grow close to the Lord this Advent season with 25 insightful and meaningful devotions from The Christmas Code by bestselling author O. S. Hawkins. Trace the birth of Jesus from its roots in the Old Testament to the ultimate gift of God: salvation. With a short reading each day leading up to Christmas, this devotional will be the perfect way to keep daily focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

At only $2.99, this booklet is an excellent value and a gift of appreciation and affection for the people in your life. It is a great gift for friends and family, teachers, pastoral staff, Bible study groups, church congregations, and service providers.

Each day includes a passage of Scripture, a devotional thought, a Code Word, and a prayer of reflection.

Royalties from the book are donated to Mission:Dignity, a ministry that helps men and women who have faithfully served God’s people for modest pay retire with well-deserved dignity, independence, and often the ability to continue serving.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I must say that booklet is the appropriate term for this tiny and simple book.  It is more like a pamphlet, but does have a good variation of daily devotions that the whole family can participate in reading and learning.  For three dollars it is worth the read.

Squishy Mats 3X3 Dog Mat Discount and Review



What is a Squishy Mat?

Squishy Mats contain almost one inch of Memory Foam - also known as the low resistance polyurethane foam developed by NASA in the 1960s. The surface of each mat is covered by a super soft, micro-flannel fabric and is backed with a nonslip rubber grid. Each mat is durable, sturdy and designed for life on the move.

Squishy mats come in three sizes:

16x32" The Skinny Mini - perfect for little dogs with big personalities and a nice way to protect "their" spot on the couch from hair - folds and fastens with a carrying handle.

3x3' Little Squishy - The Little Squishy fits perfectly in the back of most vehicles, keeping your automobile clean and your fur babies comfortable - folds and fastens with a carrying handle.

4x4' Big Squishy - Let's face the dog is just gonna steal the Squishy Mat from you and your little one. The Big Squishy is truly made with everyone in mind, but buy Scooby Too his own mat and be sure to pick one up for yourself - folds and fastens with a carrying handle.


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Cassandra's Review-  A great mat, that is soft enough for a baby or strong enough for a dog.  Even my cats love to relax on this great little mat.  You can even take it on the go.

The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries Blog Tour @litfuse @NewGrowthPress @netgrace_org

Does your church have a policy to keep children safe? Learn how to develop one with @netgrace_org's new book! http://bit.ly/2v79Sw7
The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries


Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.

This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse policies and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:

-Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
-The warning signs of child abuse
-Crafting and implement a child protection policy
-Responding to abuse allegations
-Caring for victims of child abuse
-The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries

Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.
Learn more and purchase a copy.
GRACE

G.R.A.C.E (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.
Find out more about GRACE at http://netgrace.org.


I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  I first, feel like it is terrible to even have to have books about this, however the subject is very real and the need to protect our children is high.  Abuse is so common within the ministry system and many are either not prepared or have no idea, so this is a great resource to bring everything to light.   

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back-to-School Blues Book Blog Tour and Reviews @GoSparkPoint

Bridge of the Gods by Diane Rios

Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe's abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. As Chloe struggles to survive, she finds that an ancient, natural magic still exists deep within the forests. This magic is the only thing that stands between her and the evil rising in the land.

Cassandra's Review- A great adventure book.  I really like the fantasy involved and the creative way the author chose to make the animals become more...



The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang

Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules—to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must keep the braid that shows his loyalty—and resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball. As Leon overcomes teasing and makes friends, his elder brother becomes increasingly alienated and disturbed. Eventually, Leon faces a tough decision, torn between his loyalty to his birth country—and his growing love for his new home.

The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, poignant, and nuanced novel based on a little-known episode from history, when 120 boys were sent to New England by the Emperor of China in the 1870s.

Cassandra's Review- The book takes the reader on an era based adventure and shows them the emotional journey of that time for one boy especially.  The author writes to bring this story to life as you read it.


The Raven God by Alane Adams

Introducing the third and final installment in the Legends of Orkney series by Alane Adams. The perfect read for fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, The Legends of Orkney series is a riveting fantasy with its roots in Norse mythology.

In this installment, Sam Baron and his friends are out to save the realm of Orkney from the God of Mischief, Loki, and the rest of the evils still present. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them, even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

Cassandra's Review-  I would have read book one and two first because now as the final book the story, even though it is a great standalone, should have had the others to great the bigger atmosphere.  Now I would not go back and read the first two because how how it is written, there is not much more to really delve into.   I would recommend trying these books in order and hope to get a great reading experience.


I received complimentary copies.


Hair Wars Coloring Book By David Yellen Review


From the real world of competitive Fantasy Hair styling comes Hair Wars Coloring Book. Based on the popular powerHouse book Hair Wars by David Yellen, which was shot at Fantasy Hair competitions across the country, these larger-than-life dos are now ready for your touch.

Drawing inspiration from everything from 9/11 to the Olympic Games, these hairstyles include motifs such as a gigantic bowl with live Japanese fighting fish, a beehive that blows soap bubbles, and the classic Sunday barbeque. Featuring 30 original drawings by artist Miguel Villalobos, this coloring book lets you get in on the action and be part of the fantasy.

Pull out your Crayolas and markers and set your imagination loose on these amazing hair sculptures. Fun for ages 1-100.

Coloring Book / Hairstyles / Portraits
Paperback, 8 x 10.875 inches, 36 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-846-0, $9.99 US/CAN

Author:
David Yellen was born in 1972 in Bayside, Queens. He graduated from SUNY Purchase in 1997. He is the author of two powerHouse books, Too Fast For Love: Heavy Metal Portraits (2004) and Hair Wars (2007). He is known for his expressive and technically flawless use of light that draws out his subjects’ most authentic selves, giving the viewer a sense of seeing straight into their souls. His images can be seen everywhere from billboards to covers of numerous magazines.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A great coloring book because even though there are not a lot of coloring pages, the uniqueness of each one will take time, so it will last.  I think this is a great book for anyone who like the de-stress, color, and fashion.

Mocha Turtle Crazy Cups Coffee GIVEAWAY



CRAZY CUPS MOCHA TURTLE FLAVORED COFFEE SINGLE SERVE CUPS

Treat yourself to the tempting taste of decadent caramel dipped in smooth milk chocolate - it’s the tastiest turtle in town.

(No turtles were harmed in the making of this coffee).



The Single Serve Cups contains 13 grams of coffee in each cup for a flavorful cup of coffee.
Compatible with All Keurig brewer including the Keurig 2.0 brewer.
Crazy Cups Are GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE, NO CALORIES flavored coffee.
Use cool-peel-recycle technology - The cups are recyclable.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The coffee is known for its amazing scent that fills my home while brewing.  I really enjoy the creative names.  The coffee it is bursting with caramel and milk chocolate goodness.