Thursday, January 17, 2019

Goosebumps 2 DVD Giveaway

Goosebumps2 DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Goosebumps 2 -DVD Giveaway!

2 Winners

This giveaway is part of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host that put together this giveaway is SaraLee’s Deals, Steals, and Giveaways

My co-host for this giveaway are Michigan Saving and More
THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/9/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. 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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PLAYTIME WITH PUPPY DOG PALS DVD Giveaway

PLAYTIME WITH PUPPY DOG PALS DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the PLAYTIME WITH PUPPY DOG PALS DVD Giveaway!

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
Host is Michigan Saving and More


THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/7/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. 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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Brooklyn Beans Assorted Variety Pack Coffee Giveaway


Welcome To The
Brooklyn Beans Assorted Variety Pack Coffee Giveaway


DATES
January 17, 2019, at 9 am EST through January 31, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST

PRIZE
TWO lucky readers will win a 40 Count Box of Brooklyn Beans Assorted Variety Pack Coffee.


Hosted By: Sweet Southern Savings


Co-Hosted By: Deliciously Savvy


Sponsored By: Two Rivers Coffee


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Brooklyn Beans Assorted Variety Pack

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Jo Noelle $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Giveaway

  Love Match by Jo Noelle Can two people learn to trust again to make their marriage of convenience into a love match? With university behind him, Lord Gerard Morrow the Earl of Norham, is preparing for a grand tour to the future with a fellow time traveler. His first night home, he receives a summons from his father the Duke of Kyloe to come to Scotland or their family will be ruined. Lady Layla Colvin was roused from her sleep to marry the duke’s son as part of settling a gambling debt. Everything she looked forward to vanished with the words "I will." She will never have a come-out, or a suitor, or a wedding dress—and apparently not a husband either. Two years later when Gerard walks back into her life, she runs the other way. How can she trust a man who abandoned her immediately after the vows were said?  
      Giveaway Details $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Ends 2/7/19 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 may be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Celebrate National Puzzle Day January 29th with Highlights

Known for iconic Hidden Pictures™ and the kid-favorite Puzzlemania® series, Highlights is one of the first names in American puzzling. Speaking of Hidden Pictures, did you know the company has developed nearly 10,000 of them in its 73-year history, with more than 100 design variations on the banana alone? More Highlights Hidden Pictures Fun Facts:

Hidden Pictures puzzles first appeared in June of 1946 and has appeared in every issue since
The top three most hidden objects are: toothbrush, pencil and banana
Total number of toothbrushes hidden since 1946: 2,417…and counting
More than 600 artists have created Hidden Pictures puzzles for Highlights
Objects hidden 500+ times: crescent moon, pizza slice, feather
More than 100 million objects hidden objects found in the Hidden Pictures app
More than 115,000 objects hidden in the nearly 10,0000 Hidden Pictures puzzles
Most unique items ever hidden: fairy princess, harp, vacuum cleaner, can opener, safety razor

I received complimentary copies.

Secret Hidden Pictures Puzzles ($9.99, 6+) – A brand new and magical approach to Hidden

Pictures®:  color-reveal technology!  This red-on-blue puzzle collection comes with a seek-and-find wand, made of curdy cardstock with a plastic lens and shaped like a magnifying glass, that kids will use to discover amazing scenes and reveal over 1,000 hidden object.  Every puzzle is a mystery until the lens uncovers the curiosities underneath; children will become Hidden Pictures puzzle detectives by using clues to help locate the hidden objects, while the easy-to-use and simple-to-store wand (that is housed in an envelope inside-the-front-cover of the book) adds more play value to Highlights’ signature puzzle. 

Photo Puzzlemania ($12.99, 6+) – Puzzle fans of all ages will be wowed by this stylish, exquisitely crafted and truly unique offering of brand-new puzzles from the experts at Highlights.  Every puzzle is created from beautiful, intricate, full-color photographs that have been manipulated to produce a challenging and exciting experience for both kids and adults.  The book includes the all-time favorite Hidden Pictures® puzzles in addition to Matching, Check and Double Check and Hidden in Plain Sight puzzles.  This is a book you’ll want out on your coffee table and a perfect gift for all ages.


Millennial parents have fond memories of Highlights due to the powerful role it played in so many childhoods. Now these parents can introduce their own kids to Highlights and their one-of-a-kind puzzles through books sold online and at retail and through new media like the free Hidden Pictures Puzzle App and the Highlights Hangout podcast.

Cassandra's Review- When I was a kid, I could not wait to my highlights magazine because I was hooked on the puzzles.  It was super fun to see who could find the most pictures first and I never had enough pages per magazine.  I was probably more excited than my kids when this set arrived and I had no idea they made highlights puzzle only books that are filled with fun times.   Of course I will share with my kids and maybe even race them, but I really look forward to spending family time. 

Two Rivers Coffee Chocoholic Giveaway

Welcome To The

Chocoholic's Valentine Giveaway

Dates: January 16, 2019, at 9 am EST through February 14, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST

Prize: TWO lucky readers will win a 40 Count Box of Two Rivers Coffee's Chocoholic Sampler Pack.
Hosted By: Sweet Southern Savings

Co-Hosted By: Deliciously Savvy
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Chocoholic's Valentine Giveaway

Denise Albright Reminder Binder Gifts Bundle Giveaway

  Welcome to The Denise Albright Reminder Binder® + Gifts Bundle Giveaway!

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Deliciously Savvy

 co-hosts for this giveaway are Michigan Saving and More, My Silly Little Gang, Sweet Southern Savings, & Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
Bargnhtress, Deliciously Savvy, Giveaway Gator, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Java John Z’s, MarksvilleandMe, Michigan Saving and More, My Crafty Zoo, My Silly Little Gang, SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways, Tales From A Southern Mom

1 Lucky Winner will receive the Denise Albright Studio Reminder Binder + Gifts Bundle valued at $110! The bundle contains:
*2019/20 Reminder Binder
*2019/20 Mini Monthly Desk Calendar
*Peek At The Week Planner Pad
*Dad Pad Weekly Planner + 322 Stickers
*4 Different Collections Of Planner/Binder Stickers
*Pull & Place Snap-In Twin Coil Adhesive Strips
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/14/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest are responsible for prize fulfillment.
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Tuscanini Foods is rolling out a new lineup of gourmet food

 From the rolling hills of Italy, Tuscanini Foods is rolling out a new lineup of gourmet food products that bring the taste of Italy to your table for a truly authentic Italian dining experience.

This superior brand of foods is imported from Italy, famously identified for its traditions and age-old recipes. From the mountainous Dolomite region to the idyllic Sardinia Island, products are sourced from artisans that specialize in offering only the best quality ingredients.

Distributed by NJ-based Kayco a leader in specialty food products, Tuscanini  products meet the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship and gourmet cuisine.  All products are produced with natural ingredients, nothing artificial and are certified OU kosher.


Balsamic Vinegar Glaze (MRP $7.99 / 8.5 oz.)

Rich and complex, these condiments hail from Modena, Italy, one of only two places in the world where true balsamic vinegar is produced under PDO classification. Tuscanini’s gourmet balsamic products are meticulously prepared from locally grown grapes and aged in traditional wood casks. Balanced with 6% acidity, they are superior for serious home cooks and restaurants.


Italian Pastas (MRP $3.99 / 16 oz.)

Dried pasta has been the mainstay of Italian cuisine for centuries. These 100% Durum Semolina pastas are bronze cut to create a porous, home-style texture that showcases the sauce in every bite. The high-end collection includes a variety of shapes: Gigli (ruffle-edged cones), Pennoni (a somewhat more substantial version of Penne), Trottole (“spinning top”), tricolor Conchiglie (seashells), and tricolor Fusilli (corkscrews).


Tomato Paste (MRP $1.99 / 7.05 oz.)

Ripe, luscious tomatoes grown under the Tuscan sun are triple-concentrated for an intense burst of fresh flavor. Convenient, re-sealable tube lets you use only what you need with no waste. All-natural and non-GMO project certified.

I received complimentary product. 



Crissy Sharp $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash GIVEAWAY

The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Housewife by Crissy Sharp Lotty Brooks’ days consist of avoiding thoughts of her failing marriage, changing diapers, and trying not to eat chocolate brioche for breakfast and lunch. However, everything changes when her perfect, lakeside Montana neighborhood begins bustling with crime and she seems to be the target. Jason Brooks wants to know what happened to the woman he married. Lotty’s a mere shell of her former self. When she becomes the focal point of neighborhood threats, and the town seems to question her innocence, he must decide how well he knows his wife. As Jason and Lotty try to get to the bottom of the threats and find those responsible, they’ll need to remember what they once loved about each other. Otherwise, they may lose everything and everyone they care about.      

         Giveaway Details $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Ends 2/6/19 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 may be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In the Shadow of Croft Towers By Abigail Wilson Review

In the Shadow of Croft Towers
By Abigail Wilson
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From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a mysterious Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.

Orphaned Sybil Delafield jumps at the opportunity for a position at the mysterious Croft Towers. She believes she was hired to act as companion to a dying woman, but a highway robbery and a hostile welcome from the Chalcroft family cause her to wonder if she was actually hired to help someone spy for France.

An unsolved murder adds intrigue to this already secretive family, and Sybil recognizes Mrs. Chalcroft’s handsome grandson as one of the infamous highwaymen who robbed her. Sybil must determine if this man's charming smile and earnest eyes speak the truth or if he is simply using her like others in the house. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Sybil must decide who to trust while also coming to terms with the truth about her own past

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A good story to pass the time as the character build is very well written.  The storyline has a really nice flow and with the right cozy reading spot and a good beverage this book will create a cozy atmosphere filled with imagination for the older reader. 

Lisette the Vet by Ruth MacPete DVM Review

Lisette the Vet by Ruth MacPete DVM

Lisette loves animals: big or little, furry or feathery, even slimy or scaly. Well... almost all animals. When her class gets a new pet, she can’t wait to meet him. When she finally meets Fluffy, he is not what she expected. Then disaster strikes! Will Lisette the Vet save the day? Book includes an animal facts page.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  An easier to read children's book that includes nice pictures for your little one to enjoy.  It is simple and teaches some facts about tarantulas.

The New Color Mixing Companion By Josie Lewis .@QuartoCreates

The New Color Mixing Companion
Explore and Create Fresh and Vibrant Color Palettes with Paint, Collage, and Mixed Media--With Templates for Painting Your Own Color Patterns
The New Color Mixing Companion
$24.99 / £16.99
Author: Josie Lewis
The New Color Mixing Companion

Description
The New Color Mixing Companion is a modern, hands-on guide to working with color featuring approachable projects that each explore a different aspect of color mixing.

In The New Color Mixing Companion, artist and popular Instagrammer Josie Lewis (@josielewisart) offers easy lessons and exercises on how to mix color and create exciting palettes.

This comprehensive guide starts with a crash course in essential terminology and visual vocabulary, then shows you how to go beyond the wheel and basic theory with hands-on projects that illustrate and illuminate a variety of color elements and techniques. The materials used—including watercolor and acrylic paints, and found or purchased collage papers—are accessible, inexpensive, and readily available. Plus, this art guide includes easy-to-use templates featured in many of the projects; their modern geometric layouts yield stunning color arrangements.

With The New Color Mixing Companion, artists, crafters, and designers of all skill levels will learn to take color in a whole new direction!

The author
Artist Josie Lewis, whose Instagram account @josielewisart has more than 200,000 followers, has taught college-level painting, drawing, art appreciation, and two-dimensional design, and also regularly teaches workshops, leads creative retreats, and hosts exhibitions in her Minneapolis studio. She has been featured on DesignSponge, Insider, High Times, and by many other social media influencers.

Josie’s work has also been exhibited widely throughout the US and can be found in the collections of many private and public institutions, including Target Corporation, General Mills, University of Arizona at Phoenix and Flagstaff, and University of Minnesota. Her current work, which explores the interaction of material, pattern, repetition, and color, spans many mediums, including sculpture, painting, mixed media, and film.

 A two-time grant recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Josie has a BA from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Originally from the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, she lives in the Twin Cities. See more of her work at josielewis.com.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   The book is filled with great tips and fun projects for you to practice. It will make a great gift and will be easier for older ages. 

GrandBox Review

GrandBox is curated for Grandparents & Seniors

Each month, the GrandBox team designs a new theme to build around. Whether it be Farmer's Market Fun or Movie Night at the Drive-In, each care package is developed specifically for your senior parents, grandparents, and loved ones.

 Included is at least FIVE full size items (no samples) along with your family photos and personalized note.

GrandBox, the subscription box for the ones who cared about you. Order yours now! http://www.mygrandbox.com/

I received complimentary product,

Cassandra's review-  For $33 a month you get a box with a few items in it.   The box I received had six products total, the crosswords book might not be super easy for elderly people depending on how they are doing mentally.

 While I would not eat the mints (xylitol) or the chocolate biscuit, nor would I want my loved one to eat the ingredients of them.  The hot chocolate stick and spice mat is more novelty and I am not sure why it was paired with christmas light tissue pack, I am also not sure all of the products combined would cost $33.

 Now this is not a negative review and in fact I think if you have some extra money and have no idea what your grandparents like, this is a great gift as it is definitely random and probably contains nothing your family member would have,  aside from crosswords, though I prefer wordsearch myself.  Also I think that it would be great if you could pick the items you would send in the box.

 Maybe it was because I was not sent a personalized box or because mine seemed more thrown together then thought out, but it was just a review box that I had no way to customize or create so my thoughts would probably be different based on that.  My last thought would be for you to try it out and see how you feel because not every thinks the same way. 

The Sweetest Spark $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Giveaway

  The Sweetest Spark by Liwen Y. Ho He’s a fun-loving ice cream shop owner looking for more than a fling. She’s a straight-laced food critic too scared for love. Little did they know how much a foolish kiss would trigger an avalanche of emotions too great to contain. Colin Spark may not have the best track record when it comes to his career choices, but he’s loved the same woman since he was thirteen. His only obstacle to winning her heart is proving he’s ready to settle down—an impossible task now that his store is going out of business. Since her sister’s passing, Candy Connelly has survived by being in control and protecting her heart. There’s only one man she’s let her guard down with, but his unreliable past shakes her confidence in his future. Colin won’t give up pursuing his passion; Candy won’t give in to her attraction. That is until an accident brings all their unspoken issues to the surface and forces them to listen to their hearts. Will this incident be the spark that drives them apart for good or gives them their sweetest taste of romance yet?

Giveaway Details $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Ends 2/5/19 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 may be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thirty One Convertible Belt Bag Giveaway


Welcome to the Thirty-One Convertible Belt Bag Giveaway

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
Host is Michigan Saving and More
THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/12/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. 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 14, 2019

$25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway

  A Friend in Paris by Jennie Goutet Friendship between a talented young artist and her handsome French neighbor is a promising start—until it’s not enough. April promised her dying father she would study painting in Paris, but friends are few, her budget is tight, and her landlord increasingly won’t take "no" for an answer. Then she meets Victor. Victor is as chivalrous as he is wealthy, and if it weren't for him, April would have already left the City of Light behind. Too bad Victor still has eyes for his ex-girlfriend, who is now back on the scene and wants to get married. Although April and Victor swore to remain just friends, magical Paris seems to weave a different spell.

Giveaway Details $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Ends 2/4/19 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 may be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Calligraphic Drawing By Schin Loong Review

Calligraphic Drawing A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish By Author: Schin Loong
Calligraphic Drawing A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish

Description
Calligraphic Drawing, written and illustrated by artist Schin Loong, is a step-by-step guide to the pictorial side of calligraphy. Learn how to make calligraphic flourishes, then apply the technique to draw 15 different  flourished animals. You'll also find instructions for embellishing letters and drawing ornamental cartouches.

In the past, masters of penmanship advertised their copperplate skills by shaping their calligraphy and flourishes into elaborate pictorial designs. Now the art of the flourish is back! With her fresh approach to this age-old art form, Schin will take you confidently through each step, from choosing your pen, nib, and ink, to creating calligraphic animals that express your own imagination and artistry. The basic steps for the strokes are simple, but as you learn each new pattern and stroke, you'll watch your drawings develop into ever more complex and beautiful compositions.

By following the step-by-step instructions, you can create stunning drawings of a pigeon, swan, crane, rooster, jellyfish, goldfish, peacock, parrot, owl, raccoon, elephant, puppy, rabbit, fox, and zebra. Each exercise includes a photo of the animal, followed by an illustration and written guidance for each numbered step. You'll find helpful tips and encouragement throughout. At the back, a gallery showcase provides examples of Schin's own artwork to inspire you in your own flourishing pursuits.

Whether you're a designer, calligrapher, doodler, or just picked up a pen, this guide to drawing with flourishes will enlighten and inspire.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A super pretty book with great exercises to practice.  It may be hard for beginners to master, but it will be easy to read and repeat the steps, even if they do not come out the same on the first few tries. It depends on your skill level. 

Trump and the Jews by David Rubin Review

Trump and the Jews

Trump and the Jews

The surprise election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States evoked passionate reaction across the American political spectrum. It seemed as if not one American was neutral. Trump's supporters adored him, while the expressions of hatred of many of his opponents defied the norms of civil debate.


Well into the Trump presidency, one community, the Jews, on both sides of the ocean, has been on the front lines of the continuing Trump debate that has gripped the nation. Trump's relationship with the Jewish community is unique in its very personal nature. Some of his key policy decisions affecting Jerusalem, the Iran nuclear deal, and even economic policy, have been influenced by positive relationships of trust that Trump maintained through the years as a high-profile businessman in New York, as well as some Jewish family connections.


At the same time, most American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Furthermore, many members of the liberal American Jewish community have been among President Trump's harshest and most vociferous opponents, which raises the obvious question, "How can a president who has been so good for the Jewish people fail to receive their support?" Trump and the Jews explains the complicated nature of the small, but highly influential American Jewish community, its natural, yet uneasy relationship with the State of Israel, and the role of religious Jews (as well as Christians) in passionate support of Trump, and of Israel.

It also explores the sharp American political divide, in which the role of American Jews is clearly evolving in ways that will surprise many objective observers. One thing is for sure Donald J. Trump will continue to make headlines and the Jews will continue to be involved. https://www.davidrubinisrael.com

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is a very open and filled with real truths. No matter which side of the fence you are on with this topic, you can gain knowledge and expand your mind with the details that this author brings to the surface.  I would recommend this read to older ages who may have more of an interest in the subject as I feel that younger children would not really understand as much and may lose interest.

Be Wee with Bea By Liz O’Neill Review

“Be Wee with Bea”
By Liz O’Neill
ISBN: 978-1532030628 (softcover); 978-1532030611 (electronic)
Available at the iUniverse Online Bookstore and Amazon
 
This story is simple. But Bea the wee bear is very complicated. The adorable part of Bea is that we can all identify with how much she complicates her problems and relate to the exercises she does to solve them. She does have a severe sugar addiction to her honey, which leads her to her obsession with exercises on her step stool. She also gets into predicaments when she cares too much about her friends and tries to force situations. Much of her angst and source of some of her problems are her bad memories of when the mean little bears would bully her.

Join us as we stroll with Bea, listening to the music from the water, trees, rocks, and birds, and meet her important friends—Scruffles, Sweet Puppy, Timothy, and Willow.

Bea invites you to take the wisdom of this book into your heart and learn to be wee with Bea.


About the author

Liz O’Neill, a third generation Vermonter, spent 28 years in a religious community and has a master’s in education with a minor in language arts. She also taught middle-grade writing and literature for 20 years. She has written curricula for her undergraduate and graduate courses in her local college, where she taught for seven years. She is currently working on two other books. One is “Be Wee With Bea Pt. 2” and the other is called “A Particular Friendship.” To learn more, please visit http://www.beweewithbea.com.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's Review-  I am not sure if the book is for children or adults, but older ages would probably understand it more.  It is filled with what I guessing is more the authors take on the  subjects rather then how everyone is going to relate but it is nice to read someone else's thoughts. 


Confidence & Joy by Deborah Ross-Swain Review

Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents and Professionals by [Ross-Swain, Deborah, Fogel Schneider, Elaine]
Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents and Professionals
by Deborah Ross-Swain

In this breakthrough book, Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences, you’ll be given practical tools to lead your child with learning differences to lifelong success—educationally, socially, and personally. You’ll be presented with questions for personal reflections that can transform parenting or teaching these children for who they are… smart and different! In this powerful parent-and professional-friendly book, you’ll find step-by-step strategies to build stellar teams and communities of support for your child as well as yourself.

You’ll also learn simple guidelines to build successful relationships, identify confidence and joy robbers, and notice signs and signals of learning differences. Discover useful checklists on how to jump-start your child’s confidence and joy, as well as how to go to bat for your child.

Based on more than 70 years of clinical experiences working with children with learning differences and communication disorders, Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain and Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider’s message is as simple as it is effective: Children with learning differences are just that... different! Children with learning differences have their own talents and are smart, bright, and wonderful in their own way. All children are different, and all children want to succeed. With this book, they will!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  While you may not agree with everything included in the book, the tips might help some parents a lot.  The information is relevant and in Q&A form.