Sunday, January 21, 2018

Readydesk ~ Adjustable Standing Desk Giveaway

Welcome To The Readydesk ~ Adjustable Standing Desk Giveaway! $170 RV

1 winner

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) 2/14/18. 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 would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Melissa Cushing at mcushing7 (at)hotmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stronger than the Struggle By Havilah Cunnington Review

Stronger than the Struggle
Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle
By Havilah Cunnington
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"Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?"

We all face challenges. On any given day, the problems of real life can take our breaths away. Our marriages, finances, relationships, and health are regular struggles, and that's just the beginning. Doesn't the Bible say the war has already been won? So why do we still battle?

In a down-to-earth, let’s-get-real approach, popular Bible teacher Havilah Cunnington cuts through the confusion and shows us how to

Discern whether we’re dealing with battles within ourselves, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the Devil.

Throw off misconceptions about spiritual warfare, and understand what Jesus really said about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him.

Ask the right questions and build a realistic battle plan to win one day at a time.

With humor and honesty, Cunnington lays out practical tools to thrive in the face of hardship, enabling us to walk forward in the confidence that, because of Jesus, we really are stronger than the struggle.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is going to be hit or miss depending on your beliefs.  If you love and know God this is going to be a really wonderful read.  If you have faith and believe, this book is going to give you so much spiritual love, guidance and value.  You do have to take time to read it and value what you think is right in the wording of the author. 

The Crooked Path By Irma Joubert Review

The Crooked Path
By Irma Joubert
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From the bestselling author of The Girl From the Train, comes another compelling coming of age story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation in WWII-era South Africa.

Lettie has always felt different from and overshadowed by the women around her– this friend is richer, that friend is more beautiful, those friends are closer. Still, she doesn’t let this hold her back. She works hard to apply her mind, trying to compensate for her perceived lack of beauty with diligent academic work and a successful career as a doctor. She learns to treasure her friendships, but she still wonders if any man will ever return her interest.

Marco’s experience in the second world war have robbed him of love and health. When winters in his native Italy prove dangerous to his health even after the war has ended, he moves to South Africa to be with his brother, husband to one of Lettie’s best friends. Marco is Lettie’s first patient, and their relationship grows as she aids him on the road back to restored health.

In the company of beloved characters from The Child of the River, Marco and Lettie find a happiness that neither of them thought possible. With that joy comes pain and loss, but Lettie learns that life—while perhaps a crooked path—is always a journey worth taking. 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A sweet and sometimes sour romance in an older era, that will have fans of the genre reading late into the night.   It is written with a wisp of creative character with settings that will easily please the reader. 


Breaking Cover by Michele Rigby Assad Review

Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting for
by Michele Rigby Assad
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The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek people who can keep a secret, yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country, but are willing to leave it behind to head into dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation's most highly sensitive tasks.

Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people.

As a CIA agent, Michele soon found that working undercover was an all-encompassing job. The threats were real. The mission was a perilous one. Trained as a counterterrorism expert, Michele spent over a decade in the agency--a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet, secretly serving in some the most treacherous areas of the Middle East. But deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job? Was she in the right place at the right time, or had she misunderstood what she thought was God's calling on her life? Did she have what it would take to survive?

The answer came when Michele faced a life-or-death choice--one that had secretly been the plan for her all along.

In Breaking Cover, Michele has at last been cleared to drop cover and tell her story: one of incredible struggle; of thwarted plans and expectations; and most of all, of discovering a faith greater than all her fears.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why?  I like the openness and willingness of the author to share about secrets that most people would not especially working for the CIA. 

- What did you not like about the book and why?  The book is centered around God which is perfect for faith based readers, so while I enjoyed it, some may not. 

- What did you learn?  The author was and still is very strong in her mind and spirit. 

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Someone who has a thirst for knowledge of the inner working of things far greater then they could imagine. 

I received a complimentary copy.


Spice Islands Spices

Spice Islands is a 75 year old premium line of seasons that ensures that the highest quality flavors are always added to your dishes.

  Not all spices are created equal and Spice Islands Spice Islands® premium spices and seasonings adhere to strict specifications to ensure high volatile oil levels, meaning a higher quality and more flavorful product.

  From cultivating long term relationships with farmers throughout the world, to handpicking many of the spices, to maintaining traditions of drying many of the herbs and spices in the sun - tender care is put into each harvest to ensure the highest quality product. 

I received complimentary product.

Some standouts from the Spice Islands® line up sourced from all over the world include:

Pumpkin Pie Spice – A warmly sweet blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace and cloves, Spice Islands® pumpkin pie spice captures the quintessential flavor of pumpkin pie. Not only does it give pumpkin pie a premium twist, but it can also be added to pancakes, apples or to make delicious seasonal drinks.  (See Pumpkin Pie recipe, below.)



Dill Weed—Spice Islands® Dill Weed looks different than others as we wait until the plant blooms before harvesting. This is when the plant reaches its peak in flavor and why you’ll see little yellow flower buds in each bottle

Bay Leaves—Spice Islands® sources a unique genus of Bay Leaf with a vibrant look and even more vibrant flavor than other burnt bay leaves in the market

Cumin— Spice Islands® cryogenically freezes Cumin Seed before milling to capture every bit of flavor for the finished product

Garlic Powder—Spice Islands® grinds Garlic to a true powder to release more flavor, unlike many Garlic Powders on the market that are really granulated and add grit to recipes, Spice Islands® Garlic Powder has the consistency of flour and incorporates easily into recipes

Saigon Cinnamon—Sourced from a different region than other cinnamons on the market, Spice Islands® Saigon Cinnamon has a red-hot candy flavor rather than the subtle woody flavor of traditional cinnamon

Turmeric—A hot trending spice due to its many great qualities, Turmeric is from the Ginger family and can be added to diets in numerous ways, including sprinkled on eggs, added to shakes, or as the star of our Golden Milk Latte recipe

These spices join the full line that includes Black and White Pepper, Capsicums, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Sage, Oregano, Basil, Parsley and more.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees by Angela Hunt Review

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Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.

Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I found the book to be a bit hard to follow with almost two stories being told at once.  The sequence just was not appealing.  The story was one more retold than invented and so not super original.   It is historical fiction but the author has incorporated God to make it a faith based book as well.   There is so much more to this book then just a story, but I was not super taken with it. 

Monat Hair Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Revive Shampoo
Sku#10058000
You Pay: $35.00

A gentle volumizing cleanser that delivers body to fine and limp hair. Penetrates and supports the scalp while helping boost natural hair growth and improving follicle strength to assist in reducing hair thinning. Gives hair a touchably soft and youthful look. Safe to use on colored and/or chemically treated hair and extensions.

Check out the Monat site for other products.

Revitalize Conditioner
Sku#10066000
You Pay: $47.00

A gentle volumizing conditioner for fine, limp and lifeless hair that penetrates and nurtures the scalp while helping boost natural growth, improve follicle strength, and reduce hair thinning. Delivers weightless moisture and vital nutrients to help plump and energize hair from roots to ends. Fine, flat hair is left touchably soft, shiny, and youthful. Safe to use on colored or chemically treated hair and extensions

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I enjoyed the consistency of the products and how easy they are to apply without being super runny.  The texture makes it easy to blend in to my hair follicles.  The scent is not amazing, but it is better than most and does last even after my hair was rinsed and dried. 

Good Clean Love Gifts for Valentines Day

Give your partner the gift of organic pleasure this Valentine’s Day. Good Clean Love’s personal lubricants, love oils, and fragrances are made with all natural ingredients. 

While other intimate products contain heavily concentrated petrochemical ingredients that disrupt the natural salt balance and immune protection in your private area and have proven harmful to skin.

 Good Clean Love offers the below natural products as a great solution and a perfect gift for your Valentine!

Almost Naked ($15.99):

· Made with aloe Vera and agar (seaweed)

· Responds to your own internal moisture

· Dries without any sticky cleanups



Bio-Match Restore ($19.99:

. Naturally deodorizing and moisturizing

. No petrochemicals, no parabens, no hormones

. Compact and complete with hands-free applicator



Caribbean Rose Love Oil ($16.99):

· Made with pure, high-quality essential oils sourced from all over the world

· Made from organic and wild crafted oils whenever possible

· Free of petrochemicals, parabens, and glycerin

· Safe to use all over your body

· Nourishing to the skin

· 100% Vegan & Cruelty-free



Myth & Legends Fragrance ($2.50- $99.99):

· Petrochemical-, solvent-, and fixative-free

· Responds to your unique body chemistry

· A healthy alternative to synthetic fragrances

I received complimentary product.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bluetooth Headphones Giveaway


Welcome to the Listen In Comfort Giveaway!

5 winners

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) 2/14/18. 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.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Cookbook Bundle Giveaway

Welcome to the New Year ~ New You Cookbook Bundle Giveaway! (1 Winner - 3 Delicious Healthy Cookbooks) !

1 winner

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) 2/14/18. 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.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Caru, Eazee by Foolee and Barkworthies Dog & Cat Products

The Eazee by Foolee Click & Brush deshedding tool for dogs and cats is a safer, gentler and more stylish grooming alternative. Unlike ordinary metal deshedding tools, the Eazee by Foolee Click & Brush features a composite plastic comb with smooth, rounded teeth.

The head and contoured handle are precisely balanced and users can adjust the deshedding comb depth for either short or long hair by simply sliding a button. Plus, the handle on the Click & Brush system accommodates the company’s variety of accessories to fit any grooming need.
Made in a human food plant in the USA and with 100-percent human grade ingredients, the new Daily Dish Stews from Caru Pet Food look, smell, and taste like a home cooked meal. The protein in these stews comes from meat and/or poultry, as well as chickpeas, flaxseed and egg whites.

 These delicious stews are made with non-GMO ingredients and do not contain any wheat, gluten, soy ingredients or animal by-products. Plus, they're packed in 12.5-ounce Tetra Pak cartons, BPA-free sustainable packaging that keeps the stews fresh without preservatives. 

These stews make for the perfect stocking stuffer for those looking to give their pups a home cooked meal this holiday season and they're perfect for holiday travel!


Caru's Natural Treats for Cats are made with real poultry or fish as the first ingredient. Each bite-sized snack is packed with high quality protein and does not contain any wheat, gluten, corn or soy ingredients (no ingredients from China). Plus, these tasty morsels, which are made in the United States, are carefully prepared in small batches and naturally preserved.
Made with real meat, plus superfood ingredients like blueberries, carrots and pumpkin, the Superfood Jerky treats from Barkworthies help support muscle growth and development. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, they also support the digestive system, as well as promote anti-inflammation and dental health.


I received complimentary product.



Monday, January 15, 2018

Picture Keeper Connect 16GB Giveaway


Welcome to the Picture Keeper Connect 16GB Giveaway!

1 winner

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) 2/14/18. 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.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Teach My $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway


Welcome to the Teach My $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

1 winner

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) 2/14/18. 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.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Bob Vila Signature Series Workman's Tool Bag Giveaway

Bob Vila Signature Series Workman's 
  Tool Bag Giveaway

Hosted By: Holiday Contest and Sweeps 

This giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway will also be valid in the Continental United States only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This event will come to and at 12:00 AM (EST) 2/15/2018 a Rafflecopter giveaway Holiday Contest and Sweeps received one of these tool bags for review purposes. .Viatek will be responsible for the awarding and shipping of the prize directly to the winner.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Machines are not linked to Future Mass Unemployment

I never really sat back and took the time to think about what this world would become if all of the machines were able to take over in the factories or skilled labor world as a whole. To me it actually does not seem like it would be a possibility because people would protest and or maybe they would work on the machines to keep them in good standing.

 I know that whatever comes about people will always find a way to adapt, but in case you had any doubts.  Read below for more interesting knowledge.

Andrew Charlton wrote a blog post called Future work: why machines won't generate mass unemployment

I read it and here are parts from his actual post that I would like to share with you on this topic.

AlphaBeta's research,The Automation Advantage, commissioned by Google, gives a comprehensive picture of the impact of automation on Australian workers by digging below the job level and analysing how technology is affecting the time that we spend on more than 2000 work tasks within our jobs.
The results provide remarkable insights into how technology is changing the way we work.

For example, retail workers are spending less time ringing up items at the register and more time helping customers; bank employees are spending less time counting banknotes and more time giving financial advice; teachers are spending less time recording test scores and more time assisting students; factory workers are spending less time on the assembly line and more time optimising production and training other workers.

Over the past 25 years, nearly one in 10 unskilled workers lost their jobs and did not return to the labour force. Today, more than one in four unskilled workers don't participate. Big economic shifts are not costless for everyone.
More than changing what jobs we do, automation is changing the way we do our jobs.
Photo credited to AFR site and Andrew Charlton 

We need strong education, training and employment policies to prevent vulnerable workers from sliding into joblessness. Targeted programs must help those who do lose their job to machines to find new, and better, work.

Automation isn't a force we can stop. There is no doubt that over the long-term, automation technologies will be the primary engine of prosperity, lifting wages, living standards and work conditions. But in the short-term these same technologies present risks that must be managed to ensure that all Australians benefit and the gains are fairly shared.


I encourage you to read the full story again written by Andrew Charlton if you would like to know the whole article and fill in the rest of his thoughts on this subject.

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High Treason by DiAnn Mills Review

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When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country.

Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

 What did you like about the book and why?  I enjoy the thrill paced chapters and how well the author creates the true to life characters.

 What did you not like about the book and why? I found the book to be everything a good mystery of this genre to be.  With no current dislikes. 

 What did you learn?  The author can craft a good mystery while blending more current times with excellent characters and this is a book 3.

 To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Even though it is not a fly by the seat of your pants action book, I would recommend it to anyone older who enjoys a good mystery with a suspense building all the time. 

I received a complimentary copy.


Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle Giveaway

Welcome to the Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle Valentine's Day Giveaway!

3 winners

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) 2/14/18. 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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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Moonlight in Vermont Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Kacy Cross Review

Moonlight in Vermont: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by [Cross, Kacy]
Some of the best things in life are worth the wait...

Fiona Rangely loves her fast-paced life as a high-end real estate broker in New York City. Or at least, she does until her boyfriend dumps her, claiming that he doesn’t get enough of her time.

She retreats to her family’s quaint Vermont Inn to evaluate her life...but her ex-boyfriend soon shows up with a brand new girlfriend. Fiona quickly devises a plan to win him back: pretend the handsome and laid-back head chef Derek is her new boyfriend!

Will her ex realize what he’s missing? And will Fiona herself start seeing life--and love—in a new light?

This fun, feel-good romance includes a free exclusive recipe for Maple Glazed Sea Scallops.

I received a complimentary copy.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.


Cassandra's Review- Like most hallmark movies this was half tear jerker and half funny at times.  The plot is something that happens if you follow hallmark, most of the time so nothing really refreshing.  The book is easy to follow and written well, but with the same old kind of characters, you kind of already know how it is going to play out.  Great book for a romantic in need of a good hallmark fix. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wounds Are Where Light Enters By Walter Wangerin Jr. Review

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Many know the acclaimed author Walter Wangerin Jr., the storyteller who gave us the national bestseller The Book of the Dun Cow.

In Wounds Are Where Light Enters, you’ll see how God’s love breaks into our lonely moments in unexplainable ways. Wangerin tells the stories of memorable characters facing the same struggles we all face as we try to trust in God’s faithfulness.

Wounds Are Where Light Enters is a collection of stories that are warm, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but always taking unexpected turns to find the care of God in all the pathways of life. In them we find the grace that enables us to live with the answers we see and the answers we don’t see. In this collection we meet Arthur Bias, the retired black police officer who loves those who hate; Agnes Brill, the shrill piano teacher of patience; Junie Piper, precious of the homeless; Melvin, who honors his aging mother by honoring the little girl she has become; Lucian, the lover of thieves; and Blue Jack, the hammer of God.

Readers will discover in these stories a powerful display of God’s working in the lives of all of us. They’ll find a place where he works even in the dark, even in the struggles, even in the wounds. This is the place where God’s light enters.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book, one box of tissues and a cozy spot to read and time is all you will need to enjoy this wonderful book about strength and God's love.  The author chose great stories to get his feelings across and even if you just read a few at a time they will bless and stay near to your mind all day. 

The View from Rainshadow Bay By Colleen Coble Review

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After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- The book has a molasses quality as it is super slow flow and sticks to your mind.  While I found the writing to be easy to get into, it just did not have the grace of a good character or the speed of a good mystery.   I was in a hurry to finish this and not because it was the best.  If I was not reviewing it, I would have put it down middle way through.   Other books by this author are much better, so maybe the work is just spread too thin. 

Running from the Heart By Jeannie Long Feature

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Running from the Heart” – is a devotional to inspire and encourage women to live strong and courageous lives for Christ. It’s a legacy to their daughter Rebecca (32) who went home to heaven on May 8th 2014.

Reviews:
“I want you to know that I am reading Running from the Heart and I am so moved by it. I can think of so many people I want to share it with. I am going to go on the website and purchase 25 to give away. Thank you for writing this. I have fallen in love with your daughter. What a treasure. I have cried for your loss. I just, just, just LOVE the way you structured the book. It will be a blessing to so many. Thank you Jeannie.”  Marsha, OH

“Running from the Heart is an authentic and real picture of what it looks like to follow Jesus. Rebecca's beautiful life and walk with Christ will inspire you to run after God with faith and perseverance. The book shares how Rebecca overcame pain, suffering, struggles, and trials in her life through her faith in God. This is a great gift for any young person seeking after the Lord and longing to live for something that will last forever. It is a book that is a blessing as an individual devotion and in group discussions in small groups as well.

I can't wait for my two young daughters to read this powerful book that I know will have a huge impact on their faith walk with God. Rebecca lived liked Jesus and I hope that one day my girls choose to follow Jesus and grow up to become a Rebecca to this lost and hurting world. Check-out other incredible resources through the Awakening to God Ministry website that will bring you Hope and give you a new eternal perspective in the midst of your own pain and suffering.”  Julie Davies, GA


 “Running from the Heart”(published by Xlibris) was birthed from the broken heart of Jeannie Long. Long’s heart was first broken when her 17-year-old son, Alex, committed suicide, following cyber-bullying and drug taking. Unbelievably, eight years later, her daughter, Rebecca, drowned in a terrible accident in Lake Michigan. Unable to go on, Long decided to end her life. At the last moment, the presence of God filled the room and she was transformed in a divine encounter.

Discovering Rebecca’s journals and encouraged by hundreds of messages, Long was moved to share the legacy of her daughter’s courageous and triumphant life. “Running from the Heart” is a unique devotional based on the last eight years of Rebecca’s life told through her journal entries, with messages from the broken heart of her mother. Dealing with matters of the heart, Rebecca transferred what she learned as a champion athlete to her journey through life.



She wrote: “What I learned as an athlete prepared me for such a time as this.” “Women (and people in general) are facing unprecedented challenges to live full and abundant lives.  Depression, suicide and addiction are all on the rise and, possibly more than anything else, they are looking for authentic and honest guidance to help them navigate through the struggles and challenges they are facing.” Through the example of girl, who had the world at her feet and yet still chose to follow God's plan for her life, the author’s hope and prayer is that “Running from the Heart” will encourage women to stay strong to what is true and right, whatever pressure, struggles or challenges they may face. 

“Running from the Heart” By Jeannie Long
Hardcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 126 pages
 ISBN 9781543453133 Softcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 126 pages
 ISBN 9781543453126 EBook | 126 pages
 ISBN 9781543453119 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author Jeannie Long was trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced professionally before starting her own ballet school in London. She served God for 24 years as a pastor’s wife.

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Organic Brownie Bites Review

Sugar Bowl Bakery treats come in organic options, so you never feel like you’re missing out. They taste homemade so you may think you’re cheating on your new diet, but you aren’t! The organic Brownie Bites, Madeleines and Petite Palmiers are available at local grocers across the nation.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  A great thick and rich taste.  Each little bite is perfect for a small snack.  Of course with all of my kids only having 12 in a box is not really enough for more than one snacktime, but they are really good. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Charcoal Fusion Belly Slimming Nursing Tank Feature

UpSpring, is a line of clinically-backed solutions for moms and babies in the areas of breastfeeding, postpartum  recovery, baby care and more

Bamboo Charcoal: The Belly-Melting Breakthrough For New Moms
UpSpring’s Charcoal Fusion Nursing Tank combines cutting edge bamboo charcoal fiber technology with moderate compression over the abdomen to help you lose inches off your belly.  In addition to our belly slimming benefits, the nursing tank provides seamless support with easy to use clips and drop cup design for easy breastfeeding.   

Our belly-slimming nursing tank is made with bamboo charcoal fiber technology, one of the latest breakthroughs in natural health and wellness. Bamboo charcoal contains unique therapeutic properties that help to increase blood flow, which can then increase circulation and metabolism to help you lose inches faster after baby.*

Bamboo charcoal fibers also have antibacterial properties and help increase circulation which may reduce the risk of mastitis.*

Why Charcoal Fusion Nursing Tank?
Bamboo charcoal fibers increase circulation naturally and help raise metabolism so you can burn more calories*
360-degree compression over waist helps you lose inches faster*
Slims belly and waist
Seamless, drop cup design for easy nursing 
Adjustable straps with easy to undo clasps for breastfeeding
Wire-free built in bra with removeable breast pads 
Machine washable and latex-free
Recommended by OBGYNs

I received complimentary product.


My Patriot Supply Provides Water Filtration Systems for Ongoing Hurricane Relief Efforts in Florida

I would like to introduce you to Keith Bansemer who is VP of marketing for My Patriot Supply, a company dedicated to fostering a greater sense of independence through self-reliance as well as the tenets associated with the survivalist and preparedness lifestyles. Keith, an experienced digital marketing expert, is a passionate member of the very same community his company serves, as he often enjoys spending his free time off the grid in a region of Idaho near Upper Priest Lake.
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Hello Keith! Could you please tell us more about yourself and your company?
 
Keith answers - I’ve spent the past 30 years as a marketing leader, and it is with a great deal of pride that I offer my experience and expertise in my role with My Patriot Supply, a company that understands the importance of self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness. As a company, our focus is on serving the large community of people who are as serious as we are about emergency preparedness, self-sufficiency, and food independence. We have always strived to offer products and services of the highest quality at a fair and reasonable rate.

Why is emergency preparedness and self-sufficiency so important?
 
Keith says- With the right tools, supplies, and knowledge, there is no situation one can encounter capable of inducing fear; the principles of self-reliance and emergency preparedness are intended to inspire confidence while also removing fear from even the most uncommon of situations. In the course of preparing for an emergency or becoming more self-reliant, it becomes quite evident just how much so many of us depend on that which is most unlikely to be available in the event of an emergency.

Any parting tips for entrepreneurs, especially those interested in the serving the survivalist community?
 
Kaith answers -Our company has thrived because it understands the community it serves and is focused on doing so earnestly and honestly. Anyone interested in an entrepreneurial endeavor serving the survivalist community should make a sincere commitment to developing a keen understanding of the values and principles that animate it and make it such a dynamic and robust group of people.

Did you know that My Patriot Supply Provides Water Filtration Systems for Ongoing Hurricane Relief Efforts in Florida ?  By agreeing to match any purchase of a water filtration system with an in-kind donation in support of Florida relief efforts, My Patriot Supply is effectively helping those who wish to prepare for the next natural disaster while also addressing the needs of those currently dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster. 

It is in this way that the company's values mirror those of so many Floridians who understand the importance of thoroughly preparing for a natural disaster -- or any other kind of emergency, for that matter -- not just for their own good, but also for the good of fellow community members in need of help or assistance in the aftermath of a disaster.

Some of the interview text is taken from By D Scott Carruthers, Patch Poster 
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SCOOBY-DOO Teamwork Screamwork Two-Disc DVD Set Giveaway

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2 DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the
Be Cool Scooby-Doo! Teamwork Screamwork DVD Giveaway

Hosted By
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Dates: January 10, 2018, at 9:00 am EST to February 1, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST
Prize: THREE lucky giveaway WINNERS will receive a copy of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Teamwork Screamwork.
The THREE winners of this Be Cool Scooby-Doo! Teamwork Screamwork DVD Giveaway will receive a copy of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Teamwork Screamwork. This contest will end on 2/1/2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. It is open to residents of the US ages 18+. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 90 days. No fake, dummy, or contest only accounts allowed. Fraudulent activities will be monitored and will lead to exclusion. Giveaway host reserves the right to disqualify contestants. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified. Winning entry will be verified. Winners are subject to eligibility verification and those who do not provide mailing information at the time of entry will have 24 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. 

GOOD LUCK!!!!

Be Cool Scooby-Doo! TEAMWORK SCREAMWORK DVD Giveaway


Menton Ezil Sport Watch Giveaway

Keep Your Man On Time With Menton Ezil Sport Watch Giveaway

Welcome to the Keep Your Man On Time With Menton Ezil Sport Watch Giveaway!

3 winners

Men’s Sport Watch

$49.79 RV each

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) 2/10/17. 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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Monday, January 08, 2018

Munch Mitt Feature #mominvented #MunchMitt

Munch Mitt's - Baby Teething Mitten & Sensory Toy
Photo is from the Munch Mitt's - Baby Teething Mitten & Sensory Toy as seen on site:

Munch Mitt is the undroppable, unstoppable teething mitt. Made with food grade silicone, BPA and Phthalate free, the mitt is both convenient for parents and fun for babies. Munch Mitt gives little ones the gift of self-managing teething relief and parents the gift of free hands!

Age range: Recommended for ages 3-8 months. Can be used up to 12 months of age.

MSRP: $18.99

Where to buy online: http://www.munchmitt.com/shop/

I received complimentary product.

Munk Pack Protein Cookies Feature

With 18G of plant-protein per cookie, Munk Pack Protein Cookies are a delicious protein bar alternative. Take it on-the-go to the gym or enjoy as a no-guilt dessert after dinner. Available in four flavors, these vegan and gluten free cookies are soft baked and filled with fiber.

I received complimentary samples. 

Gaea Olive or Veggie Snack Packs Feature

Gaea's new line of Veggie Snacks are the first shelf-stable on-the-go vegetable snacks on the market and are available in three savory varieties – Carrot, Cauliflower and Gherkin.The packs are designed with convenience in mind with a re-sealable, liquid-free pouch. Best of all, Gaea Veggie Snacks are made with all natural ingredients and zero preservatives, and are vegan and gluten free. 

Packed in a resealable pouch, Gaea Olive Snack Packs offer 100% natural and liquid-free olives, harvested from the finest olive groves in Greece. These Snack Packs are available in three different flavors, including: Pitted Green Olives marinated with Chili and Black Pepper, Pitted Green Olives marinated with Lemon and Oregano, and Pitted Kalamata Olives (100% natural and sun ripened). Available for purchase at http://www.gaeaus.com/

I received complimentary samples. 




Saturday, January 06, 2018

eShakti Customizes womens fashion



From their website:

What is eShakti?

Is it a women’s fashion company? Is it a custom-clothing company? The answer is: first-and-foremost, we are a women’s fashion clothing company with a fashion personality and identity of our own. We have amazing fashion designers working for us. And we launch new products every day! When you talk of fast fashion, there is no one who responds to market trends as fast as we do.

What makes us unique among women’s clothing companies is that we make clothes to our customers’ height, size and style preferences at an affordable price and deliver in 13-17 days.


I received complimentary product.

Worry Less, Live More By Robert J. Morgan Review

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Worry Less, Live More
God's Prescription for a Better Life
By Robert J. Morgan

How do you bury worry before it buries you?

Worry, which is essentially a strain of fear, is a rational response to real pressures and problems. Life is harder than we expect, and even the Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace Himself, admitted, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). He said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). On one occasion, He even said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say?” (John 12:27). Our souls are easily troubled. The world and its trials seem to only increase.

In nearly forty years of pastoral counseling, Rob Morgan has seen a lot of changes in our culture. People are anxious, and everyone seems increasingly tense and taunt. We’re overextended, running on empty, and often running late. We’re worried and we’re weary. One moment we’re alarmed about global politics and the next we’re frustrated with a clogged commode or a cranky boss. Stress can have a way of keeping us on pins and needles from dawn to darkness.

In this book Pastor Morgan leads the way through the investigation of the Bible’s premier passage on the subject of anxiety. Philippians 4:4–9 is God’s most definitive word about overcoming anxiety and experiencing His overwhelming peace. Dissecting the following eight practices this vital passage promotes will help you to wage war on worry:

The Practice of Rejoicing
The Practice of Gentleness
The Practice of Nearness
The Practice of Prayer
The Practice of Thanksgiving
The Practice of Thinking
The Practice of Discipleship
The Practice of Peace

When we study and employ these practices effectively, we have the power to erase anxious thoughts and compose our minds with peace in any situation.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Using faith as counseling has been a practice for years, this book deals on the level of this topic by expressing a way for people to start coping with stresses of everyday and the build up of anxiety.  I think to get the most out of the chapters you must really have a strong faith and love of God as well as the truth of the Bible, because they are the guides in which this author chose to use to get his points across.  I would recommend this book to someone who either wants to learn more or is overcome with the worries of the mind.

Is This the End By Dr. David Jeremiah Review

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The world seems more fractured each day. People are asking, "Is this the End?"

Never have the headlines been this jarring, the cultural changes this rapid, or the moral decay this pronounced. What on earth is happening? After each new occurrence, the most oft-heard questions are, “Will the world ever be the same again?” and “Where is God in all of this?”

Over the last few decades, Dr. David Jeremiah has become one of the world’s most sought-after Christian leaders on topics that deal with biblical application and modern culture. And few would dispute that the pace at which things are currently changing is unprecedented. The time has come to accept this new normal, Jeremiah says, and understand how God’s hand is still at work on His eternal plan for mankind.

No one can afford to ignore these warnings, but all can better understand the greater story and the role we each play in this changing world. From prophetic clues in Scripture to an understanding of the power of Christ in all believers, this book directs us on a clear path forward.

Includes detailed chapters on:

Terrorism
ISIS and Radicalized Islam
The New Russia
The American Debt Crisis
The Loss of Absolutes
Polarization and Divisiveness
and many more

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- When you find a good author the book is almost always better, but when you find a smart author who writes about a topic they have devoted most of their life to you get inspired.  I think that even if you do not have a faith based belief in today's world or God that this author can sway and put great ideas into your mind.  He helps to ease and get people to cope without panic.  I would recommend this book to older readers who could understand and connect more to make change. 

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Not all PR agencies are alike

As a blogger you might have a hard time finding work or products to review and often times cold pitching is difficult because you have to dig for information and try to find the best person at the brand to communicate with.

  Several times I have tried to contact via a contact form on a website only to have an automated response or a reply where the brands rep has no idea what I am referring to or where to send my requests. 

It is very hard to find the right products or ideas that will appeal to everyone and I also like to add giveaways in the mix of postings.   When I first started out several years ago I found out about PR agencies and some just want you to work for free while they feed you junk links and nonsense that had no relevance to your following or help in any way to produce compensation for the influencer or in the old days we just said blogger.  
Nancy Behrman
Now that I have worked really hard I get more honest and compensated pitches from PR agencies and brands who see my worth and hard work.  Still to this day and I am sure in the future I will be contacted to work for free in exchange of nothing,  knowing on my end that the person writing the email or the employee of the PR agency is getting paid to find me to work for free. 
My point is that there are good and bad places to work with and I would like to introduce to influencers that are looking for help to Nancy Behrman who is president of Behrman Communications because they specialize in a multitude of strategies, including public relations, brand building and strategic planning, retail advisory services, and digital influencer relations and management. 

Whether offering guidance on branding, mapping out a regional market media tour, or developing engaging digital campaigns and collaborations, we make it our mission to express your company’s bespoke vision and philosophy.  

The agency’s diverse capabilities work together to communicate a compelling brand story, inspiring media, influencers and consumers alike, and helping clients become and stay category leaders.

I believe Nancy is going to work with you and help to find ways for the influencer to get ahead as well.  

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Pillow Pets Review

 All Pillow Pets are super-soft chenille plush folding stuffed animals. So cuddly you’ll never want to put it down! Pillow Pets start out as your pal and then quickly unfolds to become a soft, comfy pillow.

Pillow Pets come in a variety of sizes and feature some of children’s favorite characters, including Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars, Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, and Poppy from Trolls among many others!  New this year are the Pillow Pet Holiday Bear and Holiday Reindeer; Fox, Lynx and Bunny from Animal Jam; and Minnie and Mickey Mouse Emoji Pillow Pets, as well as many of their classic Pillow Pets!  All Pillow Pets products are recommended for children age 3 and up. Pillow Pets retail for $24.99 - $64.99 at major retailers and online.               

Since 2003, Pillow Pet® plush folding stuffed animals have been bringing smiles to the faces of all ages. Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals add true function to that warm and wonderful feeling by combining the security of a stuffed animal with the functionality of a pillow. Made of high quality, cuddly chenille, Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals make the most precious snuggle pal for you or your loved one.

 The concept is the brainchild of a San Diego-based mother of two, who had grown tired of picking up stuffed animals strewn across her children’s rooms. An ideal nap time companion – not to mention a comforting partner on road trips or airplane rides – Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals are anything but just another stuffed animal.

Extremely versatile, these unique creations have a strap that closes underneath to transform them into friendly pets. Simply open the strap and the pet becomes a pillow! You can visit Pillow Pets for more information about all of their products.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's review-  Made of softness, this plush and pillow has a great design and the kids love it.  I like that it is small enough for on the go, but can be a decent pillow when needed.  I think that this would be a great gift for the new year.    The choice options are wonderful and you could easily find products for adults to enjoy as well. 

Diono Car Organization Giveaway

Welcome to the Diono Car Organization Giveaway!

1 winner

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) 1/29/18. 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.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

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Monday, January 01, 2018

Coredy Water Flosser Giveaway

 

Welcome to the Keep Your Mouth Clean With Coredy Water Flosser Giveaway!

5 winners

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) 2/14/17. 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.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!