Friday, August 08, 2014

The Family of Jesus Book Giveaway

The Family of Jesus Book Giveaway Sponsored by Family Christian

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

The Family of Jesus Giveaway
Through The Family of Jesus, readers will develop an emotional connection to the family members of Jesus, learning about their lives and falling in love with Scripture along the way. In this Bible study, part of the Life-Changing Bible Study Series, bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury will make you laugh, cry and ultimately care more deeply about the Bible by helping you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart.
The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus – Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Kingsbury intersperses fictional, emotionally gripping details anchored in Scripture with historical and theological insights and questions that will guide soul-searching and reflection.
The Family of Jesus not only provides a deeper understanding of the relatives of our Savior, but also helps listeners acquire tools that will draw them closer to Christ, to the Scriptures and to each other.
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness had the chance to review this wonderful book. See her full thoughts in The Family of Jesus book review.
Would you like the chance to win The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury? One winner will receive the The Family of Jesus book! This giveaway begins on 8/8 and ends on 8/21 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from both Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received free product in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

100% Natural Australian Jojoba Review

 Jojoba enriched with added vitamins and antioxidants for healthy, youthful looking skin.

We like to call it the multi-vitamin for the skin.


Benefits: 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion smooths the appearance of wrinkles to visibly enhance skin texture and minimise the look of expression lines. Skin is deeply moisturised and rejuvenated making it radiant and youthful looking. 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion has a unique scent of the rare and precious linden blossom.

 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion combines the qualities of 100% Natural Australian Jojoba with potent antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids to include the full spectrum of vitamins A, B, C, D E & F and essential fatty acids to promote healthy skin and enhance benefits to skin. 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion is infused with potent antioxidants including CoQ10 and vitamin E to provide protection to the skin against free radical damage which is a major cause of the appearance of aging skin; vitamin C rich baobab (Africa’s best kept secret)and camellia oils to assist the stimulation of collagen production; vitamin E rich Argan oil; vitamin A rich Baobab and Camellia oils to aid the skin renewal process along with meadowfoam to form a moisture barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss and antibacterial Manuka oil. 

Skin Types: Suitable for all skin types.

Usage: Dispense 1-2 pumps onto the fingertips and gently massage onto a cleansed face, neck and d├ęcolletage. Use morning and night for maximum benefit. Follow with a moisturiser from The Jojoba Company range.

Key Ingredients: 
100% Natural Australian Jojoba - hydrating, nourishing, antioxidant, rich in Vitamins A, D and E
CoQ10 - potent antioxidant
Manuka oil - healing, anti- bacterial, anti- fungal
Argan oil - high in vitamin E and oleuropean, antioxidant, rich in essential fatty acids
Camellia oil - high in vitamins A, B, & E
Baobab - high in vitamins A, C, D, E and F, soothing, hydrating, 6 times higher in vitamin C than oranges
Meadowfoam - forms a moisture barrier to assist with preventing moisture loss, high in fatty acids, good moisturiser

Ingredients List:

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Camellia Olefera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Tilia Cordata (Linden Blossom) Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Branch/Leaf Oil
* 100% Natural Australian Jojoba.

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

  I have received complimentary product.

Casandra's review- This product has many uses and it goes on oily and had to be rubbed gently in or you can just smooth it on depending on where your putting it. I did not mind the smell as its more of an oil then a fragrance. I think in my hair it does make it more greasy looking, so I would not continue using it for that purpose. I do however get very dry skin in the summer and the product works great. The best feature for me  is that the results are really quick and the bottle can last a long time if use sparingly. I also tried this on my nails and had great results.

Hipzbag: Hip bag - Waist bag - Cross-Body Handbag review and GIVEAWAY

Made of Nylon
Wear 3 ways:
Cross Body using silver extenders
Clip onto your belt loops using swivel hooks
Wear around your waist with matching adjustable waist strap - take extenders off if desired.
8" x 6 1/2"
fits kindle
fits cell phone
no more losing or dropping your phone or missing those calls
3 Zippered Compartments
Holds essentials (cash, credit cards, id + more)
Security for your personal items as they are attached to your body
Keep the heavy purse at home - no more back pain, plus now your hands are free to do other things!
GREAT FOR:  traveling, sporting events, walking, working out, shopping, hiking, concerts or a night on the town
GREAT FOR:  students, moms, business people, active people...cellphone lovers... everyday for ages 9 to 109
 I received the complimentary Hipzbag in the navy color and you will be able to see it better in the video as my pictures really distort the actual color.
Cassandra's Review- This is a lightweight easy to use product.  I have a few flaws with it. One it is a bit to small. Two the zippers are made out of plastic instead of metal and can pop or break really easily. Three if you do get to fit a cell phone and maybe some coupons and a key or two inside it, you may have a problem trying not to break anything when you sit down.  Four, I would not get this wet with your cell in it. Five- If you have it on your hip it will keep banging into your leg when you walk.  Other then that this is a cool new product that the teens might enjoy or if your needing just a few pieces to go out with. I could not even fit my full car keys into it and that is a main need when I go out.  There is also not secure place for money to go and can not fit a wallet. The concept is neat.

Waxelene Review

Waxelene, the 100% natural petroleum jelly alternative, announces the launch of its revolutionary Lip Tube: a buzzworthy and all-natural beauty must-have with 100+ uses.

The Lip Tube ($3.99) joins cruelty-free Waxelene’s top-selling trio of doctor-recommended and celeb-approved products, made from only four of the highest-quality ingredients: organic soy oil, naturally moisturizing beeswax, organic rosemary oil and natural vitamin E.

Created to relieve and protect skin for all seasons, the Lip Tube also functions as a makeup primer and remover. The all-purpose beauty essential actually moisturizes skin better than petroleum jelly because Waxelene’s patented aeration process, paired with the line’s natural ingredients, allows skin to breathe as well as remain soft and creamy, never greasy.

Waxelene’s Lip Tube beauty uses are endless and include:
Lip gloss/lipstick primer
Wear alone on lips for a subtle sheen. Just a dab!
Complexion enhancer: a dewy glow can be achieved on eyelids or cheek bones
Makeup remover (even mascara)
Moisturizing (non pore-clogging) night cream
Nail polish brightener
Eyelash nourisher

For a full list of uses, click here. As if the 100+ uses weren’t enough to become a beauty must-have, the line even boasts an eco-friendly, green approach.

“Our facility is fueled by 100% wind power and our boxes are made of 100% recycled material,” said Waxelene founder, Todd Cooper. “We use the most sustainable packaging we can get, including recyclable glass jars instead of plastic and BPA-free plastic for our tubes.”

All Waxelene products can be purchased online at or at other retail locations, such as: Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS Pharmacy and Pharmaca. 

About Waxelene:

Waxelene is the eco-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly. It has the same protective, waterproofing, moisturizing and soothing properties that doctors love, but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oils. Waxelene’s ingredients include natural beeswax and oils like vitamin E and organic rosemary which soak in and nurture skin cells. Waxelene’s patent-pending aeration process gives it a silky smooth texture that won’t clog pores. Committed to the environment and healthy living, the makers of Waxelene endeavor to become more sustainable every day. From using natural and organic ingredients, to packaging in recyclable jars and tubes, and to implementing energy-efficient practices, Waxelene is striving to do its part to prepare for a petroleum-free future.

Cassandra's Review- There is no harsh smell or taste. I did not have a problem with the product making my lips break out.  With so many uses, my only problem is that I need a bigger tube or bottle for my whole family to use. Also one of the kids has a sever allergic reaction to bees and can not use this product without breaking out in a rash. 

I have received complimentary product. 

BEABA’s innovative products reduce space and time of feeding time Review


 Portions food storage containers are perfect for storing, heating and freezing homemade baby food. Place them directly into Babycook's bowl for fast and easy defrosting or reheating with steam. Airtight and leak-proof lids ensure food stays fresh. Easy space-saving stackable sizes nest together perfectly in your cabinet.

 Perfect for storing, heating & freezing Leak-Proof lid Sizing allows nesting Set includes: 5oz, 10oz and 16oz containers BPA, Lead & Phthalate free Tritan® material Designed in France Made in France 

Beaba's 2nd Stage Spoon & Fork Set includes 6 spoons and 4 forks adapted to baby's grasp. These spoons and forks are perfect for little hands learning to self-feed. BPA, phthalate and lead free. Dishwasher safe.
Ergonomic design is perfect for little hands learning to self-feed
Includes 6 spoons and 4 forks
BPA, Lead & Phthalate free
Designed in France

I have received complimentary product. 

Cassandra's Review-  My youngest child really likes these products. As the portions cups are made to out last a child playing around with it and learning to use measurements. The feeding set is perfect for little hands and safe enough to let your loved ones try to use them all by themselves. Of course I would not leave them completely unattended.  Some of my children have special needs, so even though they are a bit older the fork and spoons are very helpful to them. 

The Royals, Volume 1: Eddie by Missy Kirtley Review and Giveaway

The Royal family's fortune came from the Royal Car Company, founded by Charles Royal I. His son took over the company, married, and had six children. As close to American Royalty as possible, due to the fame of the company that bears their name, the children grew up in the spotlight. How much or how little it affected them is yet to be seen. 22839906The eldest of the Royal children, Charles, purchased a house in Burbank, California, sight unseen. His younger brother, Eddie, is helping set up the home for his arrival. When Eddie sees a beautiful, young woman in the window next door he is instantly smitten. When he starts asking about her he's told that only an old woman lives in that house. Who is the woman on the other side of the fence? Will Eddie get to the bottom of this mystery?

Missy Kirtley

Missy was born in Marin, California, and is a life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first publication was at age nine: an article titled “Santa Claus is Magic” was published in the Sonoma Index Tribune. In school, Missy wrote stage productions and student films for her peers to perform, and participated in the Student Literary Magazine. At San Jose State University, Missy studied Creative Writing. She graduated in 2005, just before meeting then marrying her husband and starting their family.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Missy was pronounced a Winner in the NaNoWriMo program, having successfully written fifty thousand words over the course of November’s thirty days.

Missy currently resides in Castro Valley, California. She works diligently on a plethora of writing projects.

I have received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review- A cute easy to read children s book that will have the younger kids entranced in a mystery and learning about the royal characters.  as a book one to a series, I look forward to reading more with my family.  Now you have a chance to win a copy for your friends or family thanks to the author. Just enter to win below.

Giveaway Ends 09/13/2014

There Will Be Killing: A Novel of War and Murder Review

This wasn't supposed to be Israel Moskowitz's war. What country in its right mind would draft a child psychiatrist fresh out of his residency from Columbia University Med School and send him to Vietnam in 1969? But Izzy was here for the duration: three-sixty-four and a wake-up. A year that would change everything.

Assigned to the 99KO, the psychiatric unit of the 8th Field Hospital in sultry Nha Trang, Izzy attempts to use his skills in ways he never could have imagined; not to heal, but to get boys back onto the field of battle. A circle of compatriots soon grows around him – Gregg, the surfer dude turned psychologist; Rick, the tough-as-nails Special Ops commando; J.D., a man of many guises and even more secrets; Margie, the gorgeous, relentless head psychiatric nurse; Kate, the stunning thrill-seeker with a taste for the illicit; Nikki, the endearing, incongruously sweet Red Cross dolly. As their relationships weave and intertwine, the face of Vietnam evolves for Izzy.

But nothing will turn his world upside down – and redefine the nature of war to him – like the mission on which he finds himself an unwilling participant. Someone is massacring soldiers in unthinkable ways with the goal of demoralizing via terror, and Izzy needs to be part of the team tracking down the killer. Before he'd come to Vietnam, Izzy had never heard the term "ghost soldier." Now one might dictate what remains of his life.
"JOHN L. HART, Ph.D. has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than forty years, starting in Vietnam where he was a psychology specialist, then studying with James Hillman and receiving his doctorate from the University of Southern California. John is an internationally respected lecturer, has been a consultant to the nation of Norway for their Fathering Project, and maintained a private practice in Los Angeles for twenty years. He is the author of Becoming a Father from HCI Books, co-author of Modern Eclectic Therapy (Springer), and was mentored by the renowned poets Robert Bly and William Stafford. John’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals and magazines such as Verve and Rivertalk. He has co-authored three screenplays with veteran screenwriter P.J. Torokvei whose credits include Ghostbusters, Guarding Tess, Back to School, Real Genius, and many more. In addition to his professional achievements, John won the small college World Series and is in three Oregon sport Halls of Fame. His photography is featured in Sooke Regional Museum and his Chinese brush paintings, which appear in There Will Be Killing, can be found in Hawaiian art galleries. John divides his time between Hawaii and Vancouver Island, B.C., where he is Executive Director of Spirit Bear Art Farm and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

OLIVIA RUPPRECHT (aka Mallory Rush) is an award-winning, best-selling author who began her career as a novelist with Bantam Books in 1989. After seventeen published novels with extensive foreign translations from Bantam, Harlequin, and Doubleday, Olivia has gone on to manage fiction and non-fiction projects for major publishers as a copywriter, ghostwriter, book doctor, and developmental editor. She has served as editor for NINK, the official newsletter of the international author’s organization Novelists, Inc., and in 2009 assumed the position of Series Developer for the groundbreaking reality-based novel series from HCI Books, True Vows. Olivia’s moveable feast of a desk is presently near Madison, Wisconsin.”

I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Story Plant.

Cassandra's Review-  OK brutal and graphic to the point I would not share it out loud with my family. The book holds mystery and violence of the highest measure. The author can surely write to impact the reader. The characters are brought to life and after an action packed journey you will not want to let them go. I would recommend this book for adults as I just personally feel a youth should not be engaging in it and could have bad dreams etc..

The Book of Revelation Made Clear: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible Review

The Book of Revelation Made Clear
A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation.

The Bible’s final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures.

Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references, Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straightforward, easier-to-digest biblical material. Yet the capstone of the canon need not remain a mystery.

In this refreshingly accessible book, Bible scholar and best-selling author Tim LaHaye (originator of the Left Behind series) and renowned puzzle master Timothy E. Parker (editor of the USA Today Crossword, and founder of The Universal Crossword, King James Games, and Master Puzzles) demystify Revelation for your benefit. Absorb this book and discover afresh—or for the first time—the richness of Revelation and its God-breathed, life-changing power to deepen your walk of faith.

About the Author
Dr. Tim LaHaye is president of Tim LaHaye Ministries and founder of the Pre Trib Research Center. He has written more than sixty non-fiction books. Dr. LaHaye holds a D.Min. degree from Western Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Literature degree from Liberty University. He and his wife, Beverly, have been married more than sixty-five years.

Puzzle master Timothy E. Parker is Senior Crossword Puzzle Editor of USA Today Crosswords and the “World’s Most Syndicated Puzzle Compiler,” according to Guinness World Records. Parker is the founder of the television show Bible Brilliant and constructs crosswords, word searches, anagrams, cryptograms, mazes, column raises, slide-n-solves, the Japanese games Sudoku and Kakuro, hangman, and a mass array of trivia and original games. 

I have received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers.

Cassandra's review-  The book is filled with quizzes.  The book is an easy to understand break down of the book of Revelation and it is perfect for a bible study group or for school children.  Most people do not bother to read the Bible because it is hard to understand so books like these are always fun to come by.

Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids review and GIVEAWAY

Sooner or later, it could happen to you! Anyone who has ever had to care for elderly parents will see their own situations reflected in this witty yet practical guide to surviving the ordeal. You’ll feel like you’re right by Pam Carey’s side as she outlines 49 essential points for navigating the trials of elderly living, the medical issues, and the inevitable loss that eventually comes. She illustrates each point with her own sometimes hilarious and often poignant experiences.


Pamela Carey obtained a B.A. from Colby College and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College. She taught high school English in three states before studying at Rhode Island School of Design and opening her own interior design firm. In 2009 Barking Cat Books published Minor League Mom: A Mother’s Journey through the Red Sox Farm Teams, Pam’s story during her two sons’ years playing professional baseball, without ever reaching the major leagues. She and her husband reside in Delray Beach, Florida, and Westport, Massachusetts. When not writing, Pam can be found playing for a tennis team.

Cassandra's Review- In this book you will be delievred into the aspescts of the elderly. I was sadden by some of the facts but in the end this is a great guide and is good for the whole family to learn. If you have a loved one that is getting up in age, this would be a great book for you. 

I have received a complimentary copy of this book.

You can win a copy of this book by entering below- Ends 9/06/2014

ANTHEM'S FALL by S.L. Dunn Book Blast and Giveaway


Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.

S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series.

--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

3 Winners will receive an E-Copy of Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn.
1 Winner will receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.
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Cover Reveal: Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed by Scott Craven and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed by Scott Craven

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
After a tumultuous first semester in seventh grade, Jed Rivers returns triumphant or so he thinks. After embracing his undeadness to put his archenemy Robbie in his place, the thirteen-year-old zombie thought he’d have a much easier time surviving the second semester relatively intact. That was before he came across the antizombie propaganda published by the mysterious NZN Network, a group trying to push Hollywood stereotypes as the truth. Through fear- mongering and outright lies, the NZN Network will stop at nothing to get Jed expelled.
Jed s attempts to blend in get even more difficult when news spreads that he’s created a zombie dog. And it’s no rumor. Jed shocks even himself when, after seeing a dog get hit by a car, he brings the dog back to life or at least to undeadness when some of his ooze slips into the dog s wounds. The good news is that Jed always wanted a faithful canine companion. The bad news is that the creation of Tread (so called for the mark on his ribcage) unnerves Jed s best friend Luke. Luke abandons Jed, who then learns Luke has been feeding the NZN Network inside information.
Determined to unmask those behind NZN, Jed gets his opportunity at the end of the school year during Pine Hollow s annual Science Fair. When the NZN s experiment goes horribly awry, Jed has a chance to show people that being undead isn’t always a bad thing.
Title: DEAD JED 2
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Scott Craven
Scott Craven
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter
Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
(Winners will receive their book on release day)

Baby That Baby Skin Giveaway

Baby That Baby Skin Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Daddy's Health & Skin Care

Hosted by:  Savory Savings 

Daddy's Health & Skin Care Giveaway August 8 - 22


From the moment your little bundle of joy makes his or her first apperance - you would protect that baby from anything.  So why not continue that protection when it comes to bathtime by bathing baby with chemical-free bath products.  Daddy & Co has launched a new skin care line, Daddy's Health & Skin Care that features baby skincare products without all the harsh chemicals!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had the chance to check out these natural bath products - be sure to check that out!
How would you like to win a baby skincare set from Daddy's Health & Skin Care?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Daddy & Co giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from August 8 through August 22, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.
Good Luck!