Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Spotlight tour for Dixie Moon by Shirleen Davies and Giveaway

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Gabe Evans is a man of his word with strong convictions and steadfast loyalty. As the sheriff of Splendor, Montana, the ex-Union Colonel and oldest of four boys from an affluent family, Gabe understands the meaning of responsibility. The last thing he wants is another commitment—especially of the female variety.

Until he meets Lena Campanel...

Lena’s past is one she intends to keep buried. Overcoming a childhood of setbacks and obstacles, she and her friend, Nick, have succeeded in creating a life of financial success and devout loyalty to one another. 

When an unexpected death leaves Gabe the sole heir of a considerable estate, partnering with Nick and Lena is a lucrative decision…forcing Gabe and Lena to work together. As their desire grows, Lena refuses to let down her guard, vowing to keep her past hidden—even from a perfect man like Gabe.

But secrets never stay buried…

When revealed, Gabe realizes Lena’s secrets are deeper than he ever imagined. For a man of his character, deception and lies of omission aren’t negotiable. Will he be able to forgive the deceit? Or is the damage too great to ever repair? 


“I hope I’m not too late.” Lena stopped behind Gabe’s chair, ignoring the venomous look on Nick’s face.

No one spoke as they took in the dress she’d chosen. Discarding her usual clothing with full-length sleeves and conservative neckline, she wore a bright green dress of silk, cut low in the front, with capped sleeves and black lace, a black shawl draped over her back and arms. The dress hugged every curve, leaving little to the imagination. The deep red lipstick and rouge replaced the minimal makeup she’d always preferred.

“Um…that’s quite a pretty color on you, Lena.” Abby’s gaze shifted between Lena, Nick, and Gabe, knowing Gabe hadn’t turned to see her attire.

“Why, thank you. It’s a dress I’ve been wanting to wear for some time.”

Gabe’s eyes narrowed as he shifted in his seat, and for the first time, saw what everyone else already had.

“What the hell?” He shot from his chair, taking her by the arm. The muscles in his jaw tightened and his eyes flared as he took in her outfit. He’d never seen her dress as one of the girls in the saloon, and he sure as hell didn’t like others to see her like this. “Do you want to tell me what you think you’re doing dressed like that?” His low, controlled, deep drawl should have been a warning of the inner turmoil about to explode.

Her eyes widened as if in surprise. “You don’t like my dress, Gabe? I borrowed it from Deborah. She mentioned it is a customer favorite.” Smoothing the skirt with her hands, she looked up, resting her gaze on Caroline. “Are you going to introduce me to your new lady, Gabe, or should I do it myself?”

Tightening his grip on her arm, he turned her toward the stairs. “Go ahead without us. Lena and I need to talk,” he called over his shoulder as he guided her out and up the stairs to her room. “Key.” He held out his hand.

Lena crossed her arms, refusing to do as he asked.

“Fine.” One strong kick and the door broke loose, flying open and slamming against the wall.



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Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance.  She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RELAX: Deep Relaxing Mandala Coloring Patterns and Calming Designs Review and free coloring pages

The book comes with: 
**50 Mandala Patterns printed on one side of the page
**FREE 10 Printable Oriental Style and 10 Floral Designs
**FREE 1-2 Printable Adult Coloring Pages every week!

 So you might want to check it from time to time for new designs!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The adult coloring book is really well crafted. The mandala patterns are smaller and a bit darker than most books but are still a good size to color with thin lined markers or sharp colored pencils.   I think that because the designs are smaller they do make me focus more.  I would have liked for the pages to easily rip out instead of me having to destroy and cut the binding.  

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes by Pearl Barrett Review

In their debut cookbook, the Trim Healthy Mama’s share hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well.  This companion cookbook to the bestselling Trim Healthy Mama Plan is just what readers have been waiting for. It features simple, mouthwatering, recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including slow cooker and one-pot meals, hearty soups and salads, omelets and waffles, pizzas, breads and more.  No Trim Healthy Mama should be deprived, so there are also favorite snacks, delectable desserts, and the smoothies, sippers and teas fans love. With  pantry-stocking advice, time-saving tips, and information on how to cook for the entire family, the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook offers a delicious and nutritious way to make trim and healthy meals with less stress—so you have more time with your loved ones.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A really thick and heavy book that is filled with recipes that you can actually make.  You don't have to run out and buy so many ingredients that you're broke. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.  The cookbook is going to be a great gift this holiday!

L. Ron Hubbard Books and Review


Long before Captain Jack Sparrow raised hell with the Pirates of the Caribbean, Tom Bristol sailed to hell and back Under the Black Ensign. That’s where the real adventure begins.

Bristol’s had plenty of bad luck in his life. Press-ganged into serving aboard a British vessel, he’s felt the cruel captain’s lash on his back. Then, freed from his servitude by pirates, his good fortune immediately takes a bad turn . . . as the pirates accuse him of murder—and leave him to die on a deserted island. Now all he has left are a few drops of water, a gun, and just enough bullets to put himself out of his misery.

But Bristol’s luck is about to change. Finding himself in the unexpected company of a fiery woman and a crafty crew, he unsheathes his sword, raises a pirate flag of his own, and sets off to make love and war on the open seas.

In his early twenties, Hubbard led the two-and-a-half-month, five-thousand-mile Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition. He followed that with the West Indies Mineralogical Expedition near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in which he completed the island’s first mineralogical survey as an American territory. It was during these two journeys that Hubbard became an expert on the Caribbean’s colorful history—an expertise he drew on to write stories like Under the Black Ensign.


In the Arizona territory, every mountain hides a fortune—and every man fends for himself.

Tim Beckdolt is as American as the frontier itself, as rangy and self-reliant as a young Jimmy Stewart.  But after spending eight treacherous months digging $175,000 in gold out of Desperation Peak—all he has left is desperation. Two sadistic strangers have taken his gold, and now they want to take his life.  He’s on the run—the target of a Devil’s Manhunt.

In a time and a place where the only law is the law of survival, Beckdolt will have to live by his wits…or die by the bullet.

In 1932, Hubbard led a mining crew on a six-month West Indies Mineralogical Expedition in Puerto Rico—the first complete survey of the island since it had become an American territory.  It was an experience that informs this title with remarkable realism.

Also includes two additional Western tales:  Johnny, the Town Tamer, the story of a local swindler who meets his match, and Stranger in Town, in which a drifter confronts a corrupt sheriff…and his own dark past.


The doomed Chinese city of Shunkien was being systematically destroyed. Japan’s war machine was pounding wreckage into ashes—wiping out a city that had thrived since the time of Genghis Khan.

One of the few buildings still standing is the American consulate where one hundred and sixteen US refugees are facing almost certain death, either from high explosives, the ravages of starvation or Asiatic cholera.

Unbeknownst to the refugees, their fate rests in the hands of one Marine-- Gunnery Sergeant James Mitchell--and his ability to negotiate two hundred miles of occupied territory in order to bring desperately needed gold and medicine, while overcoming bullets, dive bombers, butchery and his own personal nemesis—alcohol.

Add to these seemingly insurmountable odds, a seductive American fan-dancer who hitches along for the ride and saving the lives of the hostages is far from a fait accompli.

As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China.  Hubbard gained a unique insight into the hostile political climate between China and Japan—a knowledge that informs stories like Orders Is Orders. In addition, he served as a First Sergeant with the 20th United States Marine Corps Reserve—giving him first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a Marine.


Flying into action, daredevil photojournalist Johnny Brice is always looking for trouble . . . and more often than not, finding it. But he doesn’t know what real trouble is until he rescues the beautiful woman he calls Jinx from a sinking ship. Like Bogie and Bacall, they’re made for each other—even if they are a dangerous mix.

Get the picture? Well, Johnny always does. The problem is, with Jinx now in the picture, all his photo-scoops are going down the drain—losing his film to water, fire or war. And it all comes to a head on assignment in China, when the Japanese shoot his plane down and take Jinx and Johnny prisoner.

Their lives at risk, it’s time for Johnny to get the real story about the lady. Is she really a jinx . . . or something even more sinister? In an adventure full of surprising discoveries, getting at the truth leads to the most shocking twist of all.

L. Ron Hubbard had first-hand experience of flying high with Trouble on His Wings. As a young aviator, he loved to tempt danger. One journalist wrote: “The flaming-haired pilot hit the city like a tornado a few years ago. . . . He just dared the ground to come up and hit him.” The knowledge and insight he gained during those flights is clearly evident in his aerial adventure stories.

I received both audio and paperback copies of these books from Galaxy Press.

L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard wrote early in his remarkably diverse and prolific career. It was, as well, an excitement he drew with consummate skill from a life of adventurous breadth and uncommon personal achievement—as an explorer and ethnologist, master mariner and daredevil pilot, filmmaker and photographer, philosopher and educator, composer and musician, and, always, before everything, as a writer and master storyteller. His boundless curiosity, his deep conviction that “To really know life you’ve got to be part of life. You must get down and look; you must get into the nooks and crannies of existence,” carried him across continents and oceans and through the wide realm of the human condition. And all of it, first to last, became part both of L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction and of the literary culture of our time.

Cassandra's Review- This group of action packed and completely exciting books are just a few of the works of this great author.  The stories are so detailed and inviting that they are sure to have you reading well into the night. I was able to enjoy the audio versions as well, which are awesome for on the go or when you just want to rest and listen.  

Halloween Safety with U.S. Cellular #spon

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From costumes to sweet treats, Halloween offers plenty for kids to get excited about. Parents and guardians, on the other hand, may feel some anxiety about the holiday, especially if they have teens or tweens who trick-or-treat or attend Halloween parties. 

 It’s a night where staying connected with kids takes on increased importance. Fortunately, today’s parents can breathe a little easier, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and some of the top-rated apps that can make Halloween safer and more fun. 

 Parents with children and teens can use U.S. Cellular Parent Child Agreement to start the conversation about cell phone rules and etiquette and set expectations for Halloween night. 

 According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, nearly half (47 percent) of parents have a child with a cellphone, and the average age children receive their first cellphone is 12. 

The Basics: Most modern smartphones come with several tools useful for Halloween safety. For example, you can: 

 Set up alarms on your child’s phone for periodic reminders to check in.  Program your phone numbers into their phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency). 

Take advantage of the flashlight function for night visibility. o Recommended apps: Parents can also take advantage of these top-rated, free or low cost apps for Halloween safety:
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 Family Locator: Keep tabs on trick-or-treating family members with the Family Locator app. This free app allows parents to see kids’ locations in real time, get notifications when they reach their destination and receive alerts when they go somewhere unsafe.
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 Red Panic Button: In case of emergency, parents can ensure they’re reachable at a moment’s notice with the Red Panic Button app. A press of the button sends an SMS and email that contains a link to Google Maps and their GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic contact list. 
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 FBI Child ID: This free app provides invaluable tools in case a child goes missing. Convenient electronic storage of photos and vital information about your child enables parents to show pictures and provide physical identifiers to first responders, as well as easily email the information to authorities. 
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Ghost Radar: Have a little fun this Halloween with the Ghost Radar app! This free app takes Halloween safety to a paranormal level by alerting users to any possible paranormal activity in the area. Ghost Radar takes various readings on the device, and includes a voice to announce when interesting words have been detected. 

Parent Child Agreement

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StarLooks Looksbook™ Review

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 LooksBook® Membership

 Each LooksBook® contains fashion-forecasted, PRO Quality, HD, photo-compatible Starlooks color cosmetics, tucked into a convenient and educational “Book”, and is carefully curated to provide a complete “Look”. Let Starlooks be your monthly beauty stylist!

Their LooksBooks, unlike beauty subscription boxes, are NOT comprised of random selections of product. The Creative Team (a wonderful group of highly trained professionals from the beauty and fashion industry) carefully plans each month based on professional beauty and fashion forecasts, and products are specifically chosen to guarantee that each book's look is not only fashion forward, but also current in the fashion and beauty industry (if not totally ahead of the game)!

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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- This month's lookbook is very nice.  The colors are a great compliment to the fall weather and matched well with my skin tone.  Depending on how much you apply them , they can last the whole month or longer.  A great quality make up, it did not become runny or messy when applied. 

The Long War & Common Core by Donna Hearne Review

A comprehensive history of Common Core's background, which has roots that stretch more than a hundred years back. It is an expose of the latest effort by a progressive, autocratic elite to completely transfer all decisions concerning children from parents, teachers and school boards to themselves, and to completely transform America from a nation of responsible, moral, independent human beings endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to robots and servants of the state. "A MUST read! It's clear and widely known: Common Core is an educational disaster for America's kids. The good news is that parents can protect their kids by rejecting Common Core and by learning to embrace academic excellence once again!" - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

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Donna Hearne is executive director of The Constitutional Coalition and has a degree in elementary education from Washington University, St. Louis. She is a writer, a radio talk show host for thirty-plus years, and currently serves on a local school board. From 1981-1991, she worked in the U.S. Department of Education. Appointed by President Reagan, she served on several policy-making boards, with an appointment in 1988 to America 2000, the forerunner of Goals 2000 as her last appointment.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Donna has a way of making this topic more interesting and, I was able to understand it easily.  The book is packed with knowledge and delivers some real thinking points. 

Lake of Fire (An Allison Coil Mystery) by Mark Stevens Review

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A giant wildfire is roaring through Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness. The massive blaze is wiping out Allison Coil’s precious hunting grounds, and the flames have set their sights on the beautiful ranch owned by her boyfriend’s family. 

Allison and longtime friend Trudy are shocked to learn that a body has been found in the fire ravaged forest—a friend who was a reclusive environmentalist with an unorthodox idea for the battle against global warming. Along with reporter Duncan Bloom, Allison burrows into an underground group of anti-government extremists. As they strike close to home and hurt those closest to her, Allison vows hell might not be punishment enough for this cabal of sinister fanatics.

Mark Stevens
The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts, graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and, four years later, from Principia College in Illinois. He has worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. He also worked as producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and in school public relations. Stevens is married and lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I would have liked to read this series in order, but this book is still a good standalone.  The author is skilled and it shows in the creation of the characters and well crafted story.  I would sit back and get ready to enjoy this book as you will not want to stop reading until it is finished. 

Break the Spell by A.M. Bostwick book blitz 10$ Amazon GC Giveaway @yaReads


Break the Spell

Break the Spell by A.M. Bostwick Published by Fiery Seas Publishing Published in September, 2015 Genre: Young Adult Goodreads Amazon B&N Kobo iTunes   Alone. On the run. Until she came along. When Allison Evans walks out of high school the last day of her senior year, she has no idea that her carefully guarded life is about to unravel. Ethan Knight is on the run. Accused of dealing drugs and armed with nothing but a bad reputation and his motorcycle, he takes refuge for the weekend inside the old high school. Thinking no one will find him and no one does. Until Allison. Panicked and left with no other choice, Ethan takes her captive. It should be a nightmare, but together, both of their lives take an unexpected turn. It’s time for them both to stop running from their problems.   About the Author: Bostwick A.M. Bostwick writes Middle Grade and Young Adult novels. Her debut middle grade novel, The Great Cat Nap, earned the 2014 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. An early draft of her young adult novel, “Break the Spell,” was a finalist in the 2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Fab 5 Contest. She holds degrees in both art and earth science. A.M. Bostwick lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband, dog and thrill-seeking cat. Social Media: Website Twitter Goodreads Publishing Website  

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  Read an excerpt below:   Storm clouds gather above me. I zip my jacket sleeves. I’m always leaving, but I never have anywhere to go. Where the hell are you, Steve? Why am I the one with all this cash? Why is this all up to me? He isn’t exactly beating a path to get to me and answer my questions. I shake my head and saddle up. Screw him. Damn it, I have to stop swearing so much. Get on the road again, I tell myself. Stay moving. Cursing is the least of my worries. Where to go? Where do I have left to go? Motor loud, iPod louder, pounding out my favorite band. My Darkest Days. You’re out for blood and you can smell the fear. Miles and miles pass beneath me. The sky grows darker, threatening clouds silently rolling in. The single headlight illuminates my road to nowhere. These roads I’ve traveled all my life. It’s impossible for me to get lost, I know them so well. This both comforts and frustrates me. Lightening flickers across the sky on the western horizon. The music moves through me like electricity. You need poison, like it’s the only thing that keeps you alive. I’m two counties away now, down cracked and twisting county roads. The Wisconsin River snakes downstream alongside me - black, cold, dangerous. Inviting. Just a little bad habit that you hide from your friends. What the hell am I supposed to do? Ozone is in the air. Thunder rumbles. Chicken Little had been right. The sky is going to fall. Stay tough, Ethan. Said you didn’t want it, but you’re in a sick and twisted affair. I push the throttle in further. The Harley responds. A strike of lightening briefly lights up the eerie gray sky, thunder cracks, and the rainclouds break open. I can’t outrun the storm. I’m forced to slow as the road gets slick beneath my wheels. The drops are needles against my skin. I’m soaked in seconds. One taste and it can take control of your life. It hits me. Your dirty little drug, that you never get enough of. I know where to go. I know where to hide. Where they will never find me. You won’t be alone tonight. It will buy time. Which I sorely need right now. As the rain pelts down, I decelerate the bike on the highway, make a u-turn in the middle of the road and gun back toward Oakdale. Following the storm. You won’t be alone tonight.   Book Trailer Teaser:

Release Day Blitz: Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson with Giveaway

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“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur. Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.” Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began. So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth. This is the true story of the Minotaur.  
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Phillip W Simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press.
He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland.
Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia.
His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.
He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency.
When not writing, he works as a school teacher.
Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus $25 Amazon or Paypal Blog Tour Giveaway

Westly Westly: A Spiders Tale by Bryan Beus This is tale of a caterpillar named Westly who is destined to be a Monarch butterfly and the next king of the butterfly kingdom. But sometimes things don't turn out the way we plan. When Westly emerges from his cocoon he is nothing like he expected. As a spider he must rediscover who he is. Adopted by the "dirt eaters," Westly is determined to make a difference. He is determined to belong, to be loved, and most importantly, to become who he was born to be. add to goodreads
  Author Bryan Beus Bryan Beus – which rhymes with Zeus – is the winner of the Kirchoff/Wohlberg Award from The New York Society of Illustrators. He works full time as an illustrator for magazines, book covers, film and game conceptual art, and more. When not writing and drawing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, mindful meditation, drinking root beer floats, and eating far too many Sour Patch Watermelons. Westly is his debut novel.
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Friday, September 25, 2015


For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah's Ark.  Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat.  Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or "The Painful Mountain" is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot.  With constant threats of deadly rockslides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.  

Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat's desolate summit.  There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question:  did Noah and his Ark actually exist?  

Shot in never-before filmed locations in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth.  Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation. 

Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Runtime: 116 minutes
Release Date (ONE NIGHT ONLY): October 8






I received a complimentary advance screening. 

Cassandra's Review- I will not reveal the answer to the question presented in this movie.  It is still a very debatable topic, but now we have more to go on.  The movie is well made and very interesting.  I think the whole family would enjoy it, but the older kids might like it more as they are going to understand and discuss it.  

YUMMY KAWAII BENTO Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids By Li Ming Lee Review

Packing school lunches for fussy children can be a chore. Parents are bored of making the same old soggy sandwiches every day, and your picky eaters don’t even show any appreciation when they return their lunchboxes with uneaten veggies and scrappy bits. What if you could entice your children to eat balanced lunches every day? Even better: how do you transform the routine of unoriginal packed lunches into a joy for yourself?

Inspired by the Japanese tradition of the bento box—a home-packed meal served in a box with compartments containing different foods—Yummy Kawaii Bento reinvents the concept of the stale packed lunch. Learn to make your very own creative bento boxes and turn the law of “don’t play with your food” on its head by reimagining dishes as colorful cartoon characters. Entice your children with:

• Teddy bear-shaped mini pizzas
• Hot “dog” buns
• Scrambled egg chicks
• Porky pastas
• Panda bamboo salads…and many more edible critters!

With more than 160 step-by-step tutorials on how to assemble balanced bento boxes, create food art, and cook individual recipes that bridge the East and the West, Yummy Kawaii Bento turns food preparation into an art and makes eating fun again for both parent and child. Soon, your children will boast to their friends about their lunches, and your spouse might even ask for his or her own takeaway lunch! Lunchtime, or dinnertime, will never be the same again.

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About the Author
Li Ming Lee is a stay-at-home mom who first began making character bentos when her sons started school and had problems adjusting to their mother’s absence. She started documenting her bento adventures on in 2011, and has since created nearly 1,000 different bentos. Her character bentos have been featured on New York Post and The Huffington Post, and her Instagram,, has received 88,000 followers. She lives in Singapore, Singapore.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- In reality, I do not see a lot of moms and dads having the time of day to create these super cute ideas.   I do not even have the needed supplies in my home to do more than half of the creations in this book. However the author is extremely skilled and I really enjoyed reading and sharing the ideas with my family and friends.

Doctor On Demand Diet by Dr. Melia Jampolis Review

The Doctor On Demand Diet

About the Doctor On Demand Diet

A companion to the highly popular Doctor on Demand video medicine app, The Doctor on Demand Diet provides a customized eating, exercise, and behavioral plan that optimizes your chances of success without forcing you to eliminate any major food groups.  

The Doctor on Demand Diet begins with the 10-day Clean Start phase, designed to control hunger without compromising nutrition by focusing on higher-protein foods and reducing fat and carbs—especially sugar, dry carbs, and bread. Next, the 10-day Customize Your Carbs phase personalizes your eating plan to match your own individual metabolic profile. Then, the Cycle for Success phase creates a more flexible plan that provides continued weight loss while preventing frustrating weight-loss plateaus.

Along the way, practical advice, real-life patient stories, and targeted findings from the latest scientific studies show how basic lifestyle changes can boost your health while you slim down. A simple exercise quiz pinpoints your exercise “personality” and gives customized, practical, and fun exercise suggestions. Mental health self-checks help you gauge whether emotional roadblocks stand between you and your goals, and delicious chef-designed recipes and meal templates make it a snap to prepare healthy, tasty meals.

With a program that fits perfectly into your life, The Doctor on Demand Diet provides a clear, customizable roadmap that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good. 

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About Dr. Melina Jampolis

Dr. Melina Jampolis is an internist and board-certified physician nutrition specialist (one of only a several hundred practicing in the United States). She specializes exclusively in nutrition for weight loss, disease prevention, and treatment.

A graduate of Tufts University and Tufts School of Medicine, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford University teaching hospital. In 2005, Dr. Melina hosted a program on the Discovery Network's FIT TV, Fit TV's Diet Doctor, and served for the past six years as the diet and fitness expert for CNN Health.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons and maintains a small private practice there. She believes wholeheartedly in the role of nutrition in preventative medicine and achieving optimal health. She teaches a balanced and sustainable lifestyle based eating and exercise program and has helped thousands of clients over the past decade and a half improve their health and well-being.  

Dr. Melina is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity, particularly in the low-income, minority population. Her volunteer work includes helping to launch a healthy food pantry in the Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco, and biweekly family nutrition and obesity counseling sessions at the Bresee Foundation in Los Angeles, a center for low-income, minority, at-risk youth.

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Cassandra's Review- The book is targeted to help you create a way to lose weight.  Some people have a hard time getting on track and their diet plan just falls apart. With this author's help you can easily customize your own schedule and feel good about losing weight.  I enjoyed taking the added quiz and found out what kind of an exerciser I am....

Cave Tools Smoker Box for BBQ Grill Wood Chips Review

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Cassandra's Review-  I have never tried a smoker box for the grill before so this was a great first time trial.  It is easy to clean and small enough to store. You do not need to waste wood chips as this seems to do the job using just a little amount, but you can add more as needed.  It worked really well with fish and did not warp or melt.  I think this is going to make a great holiday gift. 

Vacuum Insulated 16 oz Stainless King Beverage Bottle by Thermos Review

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Thermos™ double wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold
Durable stainless steel interior and exterior
Twist and pour stopper lets you pour without removing the stopper
Cool to the touch with hot liquids, sweat-proof with cold
Insulated stainless steel serving cup

Capacity: 16 oz
Dimensions: 3" W x 3" D x 9.6" H

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Cassandra's Review-  This can be cleaned easily with a bottle brush and will air dry without leaving a scent.  It has a nice look and feel.  the grip is good so as not to slip when in use.  Perfect for a beverage because of the pour function on the cap, but you can also hold soups or chunkier foods and beverages for on the go. A tight fitting lid that holds back any leaks.  You can also place in ice cold beverages and not worry about it sweating and being a huge mess.