Monday, November 30, 2015

$120 Gift Certificate to JORD Watches Giveaway

$120 Gift Certificate


JORD Watches

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Hand-crafted wood timepieces that tell a story.

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JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders.

The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on December 15th, 2015. Good Luck!!

Halden Zimmermann's Guide to High Impact Blogs #HaldenZimmermann

In his newest book release, Halden Zimmerman, a successful blogger with a wealth of professional experience in mechanical engineering and corporate leadership, discusses the methods and techniques aspiring bloggers can apply as they seek to achieve long-term financial security through their blogging career.


Halden Zimmermann
A well-traveled man of many impressive and diverse talents, Halden Zimmerman's professional career has been marked by consistent achievement while serving in a number of executive leadership positions. In addition to his experience as a business leader and as a mechanical engineer, Mr. Zimmerman has also enjoyed a great deal of success in the world of blogging and has developed a highly regarded program designed to educate aspiring bloggers seeking to achieve a similar level of success.

With a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration, Mr. Zimmerman has demonstrated time and again that his unique leadership qualities are applicable to any industry or business endeavor. As a result, his insight has been sought by businesses seeking a transformational leader capable of installing a culture valuing innovation, efficiency and competition.

Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Mr. Zimmerman has long held a reputation for instilling a disciplined approach that values data-driven analyses and methodologies. These values are evident across every aspect of Mr. Zimmerman's professional career, as he has applied this approach to his work as an engineer, corporate leader, blogger and consultant.

The author of several publications including the newly released "Halden Zimmermann's Guide to High-Impact Blogs for Life-Changing Income," Mr. Zimmerman has demonstrated a clear commitment to the widespread distribution of essential information. Throughout his professional career as a high-ranking executive, blogger, consultant and author, Mr. Zimmerman has consistently offered valuable insight to anyone who stands to benefit from his guidance.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A very short and to the point book, that offers good advice and options.

God Makes Us Holy By by Jo Helen Cox #GodMakesUsHoly

he Bible describes God’s ways as a light burden, simple enough to teach children. Yet, this contradicts what most Christians experience.

That needs to change.

Without complicated theology, God Makes Us Holy guides the reader through restoration, regeneration, sanctification, and resurrection. These basic processes define sin, evil, and the excuses we use to accept them as normal. But mostly, they show God’s desire to mold us into His holy likeness.

God takes us as we are and is sensitive to our needs. He individualizes His methods and timing to benefit each person. God knocks. We must answer. His repeated efforts gently transform willing believers.

The process is not always easy, but joy comes each time we find God’s great love, abundant mercy, and willing forgiveness. God Makes Us Holy is simple enough for children and deep enough to live.

I recevied a complimntary copy.
Cassandra's Review- A good book that has a new outlook on older issues.

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack by Zondervan Publishing Review


Based on The Beginner’s Bible brand, the NIrV Beginner’s Bible, Holy Bible is a perfect first Bible for your child. With easy-to-read print and full-page illustrations, children will better understand stories in Scripture.

Using the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), this Bible pairs beautifully with The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions to encourage lifelong Bible reading habits. Simple connections to Scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Bible passage, story and art relate.

The NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack is a perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

I recevied complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review-  The combo pack is an awesome gift for any age.  The messages are clear and easy to understand.  Just an all around heart warming  pack that will make any spiritual reading time with the children so much fun.

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More by Andrea Nguyen Review

Is there anything more satisfying than a well-made Asian dumpling? 

Plump pot stickers, spicy samosas, and tender bāo (stuffed buns) are enjoyed by the million every day in dim sum restaurants, streetside stands, and private homes worldwide. Wrapped, rolled, or filled; steamed, fried, or baked–Asian dumplings are also surprisingly easy to prepare, as Andrea Nguyen demonstrates in Asian Dumplings. 

Nguyen is a celebrated food writer and teacher with a unique ability to interpret authentic Asian cooking styles for a Western audience. Her crystal-clear recipes for more than 75 of Asia’s most popular savory and sweet parcels, pockets, packages, and pastries range from Lumpia (the addictive fried spring rolls from the Philippines) to Shanghai Soup Dumplings (delicate thin-skinned dumplings filled with hot broth and succulent pork) to Gulab Jamun (India’s rich, syrupy sweets). 

Organized according to type (wheat pastas, skins, buns, and pastries; translucent wheat and tapioca preparations; rice dumplings; legumes and tubers; sweet dumplings), Asian Dumplings encompasses Eastern, Southeastern, and Southern Asia, with recipes from China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Tibet, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. 

Throughout, Nguyen shares the best techniques for shaping, filling, cooking, and serving each kind of dumpling. And she makes it easy to incorporate dumplings into a contemporary lifestyle by giving a thorough introduction to essential equipment and ingredients and offering make-ahead and storage guidance, time-saving shortcuts that still yield delectable results, and tips on planning a dumpling dinner party. 

More than 40 line drawings illustrate the finer points of shaping many kinds of dumplings, including gyōza/pot stickers, wontons, and samosas. Dozens of mouth-watering color photographs round out Asian Dumplings, making it the most definitive, inviting, inspiring book of its kind.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Andrea Nguyen
Andrea Nguyen is an author, teacher and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. Her first book publication was "Trip to Freedom," a short children's book on how her family came to America. Andrea's food writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Rodale's Organic Life where she is also a contributing editor. 

Her first cookbook, "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" was nominated for three 2007 James Beard and IACP cookbook awards. "Asian Dumplings" was her second cookbook with award-winning publisher Ten Speed Press. In March 2012, Cooking Light magazine selected both books for their Best 100 Cookbooks of the Past 25 Years award. Andrea's works comprised two of the seven cookbooks in the Asian category.

Andrea's third cookbook, "Asian Tofu" (2012) is an exciting work loaded with techniques and recipes, as well as personal stories of artisans, cooks, and chefs for whom tofu is a vital part of their lives; the book was a finalist for a 2013 IACP award. To bring Vietnamese food to a mainstream audience, Andrea wrote "The Banh Mi Handbook" (2014), which NPR named one of the best cookbooks of the year. She is currently working on a new book with Ten Speed Press (Crown/Random House) due out in winter/spring 2017.

All of Andrea's works are available as ebooks, with "Asian Dumplings" and "Asian Tofu" being also released as enhanced ebooks with additional video and audio content. She has collaborated with Chronicle Books to develop the Asian Market Shopper iPhone app, which helps cooks understand and select Asian ingredients. 

Regardless of topic, Andrea unlocks the cuisines of Asia for cooks to explore, master, and savor.

Cassandra's Review-  The cookbook is fun to browse, also the recipies are simple.  You do have to buy alot of ingredients if your new to asian cooking and then can get pricey.  This is a really well deisgned book. 

Premium Cotton Knee Support Sleeves #theravana

Designed to be used as recovery aid from injury and arthritis pain; for sports and athletics; casually around the house, gardening, to work, or to just aid, support & protect your knees, keeping them warm throughout the day!

Tourmaline weaved cotton fabric offers an added benefit over regular sleeves as the mineral is understood to act as a ceramic shield, refracting the body's natural infrared heat, warming your muscles at the core, without the feeling of overheating

Measure the circumference of your leg 5" above your kneecap and reference below:
Small: 16" and Under
Universal: Over 16"

I recevied complimentary product.

UpNature Neem Oil 4 OZ #NeemOil4OZ

PREMIUM QUALITY NEEM OIL: 100% Pure, Gentle and Effective Natural Neem Oil. Without Any Toxins, No Additives, Unfiltered and Undiluted. Therapeutic Grade. Packaged in the USA.

NEEM OIL WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR SHINE AND HEALTHY: Daily application of neem oil can lead to healthier hair and scalp. Neem oil is the perfect solution for frizzy and rough hair. You should add a few drops of neem oil in your shampoo before applying it on your scalp. Neem oil is considered the perfect solution for people suffering from hair loss. It can promote hair growth, and even improve the quality of hair.

NATURAL INSECTICIDE: Neem oil is considered quite useful when it's applied daily to young plants. Neem oil is commonly used in the form of an insecticide. It's non-toxic to birds, wildlife, fish and bees. Neem oil can be used to treat a number of garden ailments, including insects, fungus & viruses.


I received complimentary product.

Besties Handheld Stainless Steel Milk Frother with Latte Art Pen #BestiesCoffee

What will YOU whip up today?

The Handheld Milk Frother lets you skip the expensive coffee shops and enjoy barista-worthy cappuccino, latte and protein shakes right at home. Their stainless steel frother has a quiet motor so you can head out the door with a delicious cup of cappuccino without disturbing the rest of the family with noisy blenders or mixers.

They  are including a FREE frother art pen and e-book of frother recipes and tips, so that you can learn to create amazing decorative images of trees, flowers, hearts and more in the foamy surface of your drinks.

This versatile kitchen appliance also whisks eggs for baking or breakfasts, and thoroughly blends spices for marinades and sauces.

Clean-up is a breeze by immersing the whisk in warm water and dish detergent, rinsing in clean water, and then wiping off the wand with a damp cloth.

The entire unit stores in minimal space so you can slip it into a shallow drawer, a utensil holder on the countertop - or slip it into your overnight bag so you won't miss out on healthy, delicious drinks on business trips and weekend getaways.

It uses just 2 'AA' batteries to prepare your favorite coffee beverages in your hotel room or work cubicle, or next to a campfire as the sun is coming up.


I received complimentary product.

VinOrama Waiters Corkscrew + Wine Aerator #VinOrama

★ THE KING OF THE CORKSCREW MAJESTY! VinOrama's superior, hand crafted corkscrew is designed to satisfy the wine lover's desire for a top-notch wine bottle opener. The handle is made of the finest quality, hand-picked durable rosewood, and unlike others, each of our corkscrews owns its unique figure.
★ INTRICATE DESIGNED WORM is constructed of strong polished steel and is guaranteed to neatly remove any natural or synthetic cork effortlessly! The precision-cut notch along the worm grips the cork firmly and also reduces the drag as it cuts through the cork, making it less likely the cork will disintegrate.
★ The DOUBLE-HINGED FULCRUM makes opening wine bottles twice as easy by providing extra leverage and a smoother pull of even the longest corks! the two piece hinge offers a significant powered advantage over the older style single hinge corkscrew, by creating a nice 2-part cork removal.


★ Hand free, efficient breathing process with the all new, tested and proven red wine aerator. Fits precisely on any wine bottle, ensuring a perfect pour every time with no drips or spills. Unique drop stop build creating a neat pour, from bottle to wine glasses.
★ Designed with you in mind! Attractive petal design with laser engraved logo on the silver ring for that classy look. High quality acrylic construction with quick drying rubber core that will last a lifetime.
★ Presentable gift packaging includes captivating gift box and elegant black velvet carry pouch. Extremely portable and geared for travel. Use it in your home bar and for your night out with your friends. Take along the Vinorama aerator and you'll be the talk of the show! Makes an exceptional gift for Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, parties, and for every wine lover.
★ Instant Results. Enjoy noticeably improved sense and taste-immediately. It expands the aromatic profile and highlights individual smells, flavor and finish. The aerator offers breathability as it pours with no wait time.


I received complimentary product.

Herb Grinder #herbgrinder

4-Piece Herb Grinder with Mesh Screen

Shipping weight: 4 ounces
Size: 2.5 Inch in diameter
•  Converts from a 4-piece to 3-piece grinder
•  Stronger and sharper teeth
•  Tougher and more sturdy mesh screen
•  Bigger chambers for bigger hold
•  Aerospace grade aluminum

•  Protectors pouch


I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- A great grinder that is easy to use, the only down side is how big the holes are, because everything just falls through before grinding, but if you grind it upside down it works better.

Cat Tourniquet #Ari_Ale_Tools

Combat application tourniquet with windlass. It is easy to use and can be use by yourself on your own limbs. It fit easily for your first aid kit it may one day save a life With red tab for quick visual access and white tab to write the time that it was applied.


I received complimentary product.

Premium Quality Pizza Cutter #MagikuchenPizzaCutter

Tired of wasting your delicious pizzas and pies trying to slice them or cut them perfectly? Do not have to worry about it anymore.

The Magikuchen Premium Quality Pizza Cutter will offer you restaurant quality pizza slices without ragged edges you often end up with! Treat yourself and your guests to gourmet pizzas sliced just as in restaurants. The number 1 pizza cutter is not just a pizza cutter. You can easily cut all sorts of pies, baked pastries, tortillas, waffles and all the other homemade delicacies. No pizza is too large for the large 4" wheel of this high quality product.

The smooth stainless steel wheel of the kitchen utensil will prevent rusting, thus can be used for years to come without any health risks. The nonslip ergonomic TPR handle stays safely in hand, and a built-in finger guard keeps your hand safe. You won't believe how simple cutting through pizza is with this razor sharp cutter.

Do not worry, the high quality will not affect the price of the product; our price is extremely reasonable and way below the industry's average. The lightweight pizza wheel is very portable. Take it wherever you go over to your friends place to have a pizza night or when you decide to go on a picnic lunch with your family members.

Cleaning process is even easier since the must have kitchen appliance is 100% dishwasher safe. You could also hand wash with the help of some dish wash and warm water. Do not forget to towel dry before storing.

Stop thinking and grab the world's best pizza cutter to make your life more convenient. This is also an ideal gift to all pizza lovers.


I received complimentary product.

Squirrel King Build with Stickers Kits


The fun, unique and ingenious Squirrel King kits ( are a swirl of intellect, engineering and creativity delivered with a hands-on approach that inspires a thirst for knowledge. Kids build something really cool to play with that also stimulates their minds!

Designed for ages 8 and up, the brand new Build with Stickers kits ( combine two things kids love — stickers and building. Each colorful kit includes novel stickering techniques — no glue involved — and all the materials for children to build, create and explore, making awesome toys in the process. Bonus stickers are included to encourage adding personal touches of fun.
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With Build with Stickers kits, STEM (science, technology, education and math) principles are explored in an age-appropriate manner. Build our race car and learn about axels with Project: Speed Racer. The physics of stability is explored in Project: Sun Lounge. And while constructing garden tools with Project: Green Thumb, kids see leverage in action. All this fun comes with an educational bonus box that spotlights the engineering, physics and math concepts encountered while building with stickers!

Create an avatar for your Build With Sticker projects with the original Squirrel King Craft kits. Crack open the ever-popular and award-winning Squirrel King Craft kit, which comes in a 100% recycled molded-pulp acorn with all the materials needed to construct three colorful and cheeky squirrels. This kit encourages both creativity and the values of reusing (the instructions turn into a fast-paced, squirrel match game) and recycling (plant the envelope holding the googly eyes, paper ears, arms and legs and grow wildflowers)!


Squirrel King Craft and Build with Stickers kits are great for a fun afternoon of kids building with their brains and your hands! Plus the festive packaging makes for excellent stocking stuffers and birthday gifts. The new Build with Stickers kits are available on the Squirrel King Craft website and at select retail stores, priced from $5.99 to $7.99. The original Squirrel King Craft kit is also available on the website and in over 200 stores across the country, and in a range of choices for $9.99 to $69.99.

I received complimentary product.


  SouthernPeachPieSOUTHERN PEACH PIE AND A DEAD GUY (Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 1) Book Summary: After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town in Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school's famous peach pie. But Poppy's pastry problems go from bad to worse when she's suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry...resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy's going to survive this culinary experience, she'll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school's dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she's one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble? **Recipes Included**
  ChocolateMacaronsandaDeadGroom (1)CHOCOLATE MACAROONS AND A DEAD GROOM (Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 2) Book Summary: When Poppy Peters takes an internship in Paris working for a top pastry chef, she realizes that bakery life isn't all cupcakes and frosting. The sous pastry chef dislikes foreigners, her mentor only speaks French, and to top that all off she finds the groom of the wedding she's catering dead in his own backyard. But Lord Dovington wasn't just a handsome royal waiting to sweep his bride-to-be off of her feet. He was also a well-known playboy with a long line of vengeful exes. Now, as one of the prime suspects, Poppy must prove she's innocent . . . and that her recipe for chocolate macaroons isn't to blame. But the clock is ticking, and with a missing diamond, a break-in, and a hot batch of reporters on her tail, Poppy has a lot of sifting to do. Will she find the killer before she too gets baked? **Recipes Included**
  BananaFosterandadeadmobsterBANANAS FOSTER AND A DEAD MOBSTER (Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 3) Book Summary: Reluctant sleuth Poppy Peters is back in Georgia, and her last semester of pastry school is no icing on the cake when a body is discovered at the local farmer's market, and the murder weapon has Poppy's name on it. Not to mention, the victim belonged to a deadly southern crime family. Now, Poppy is being tailed by the mafia, and it doesn't help that the school's new pastry instructor has her working with her worst rival. But after a heart-stopping car chase, a frightening discovery at an old jam factory, and a spontaneous trip to New Orleans, Poppy discovers a secret that makes her past feats look like a piece of peach pie. Poppy's chances of making it to graduation day are about to go up in flames just like her Bananas Foster. **Recipes included!**
Praise for the Book "A sweet and satisfying mystery that will leave you hungry for more! A. Gardner's Poppy Peters Mysteries have earned a place on my keeper shelf!" ~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author "Charming cozy mystery featuring likable characters." ~Debbie Wiley, Fresh Fiction "A. Gardner cooks up one fabulous mystery with this Southern suspense." ~Pauline Michael, Night Owl Reviews
My first encounter with a southern guy isn't going so well. So far I've admitted I have never tried sweet tea, and my big toe is a little too long for the shoes I am wearing. Nice one, Poppy. Now he is going to think I am a weird westerner with a foot fetish. I try hard not to look down at my black, high-heeled boots. Why am I the only one on campus wearing any black?
"My name is Cole," the man says with a grin on his face. I reach out to shake his hand. My palms are sweating just like every other place on my body. I haven't even turned thirty yet, and I'm already having hot flashes. It is going to take me some time to get used to this heat.
"Poppy Peters," I reply. I wipe my forehead and underneath my eyes. I bite my lip when I see a bit of smeared mascara on the side of my finger. It is so humid my makeup is melting off. "Is it always this hot here?"
"Welcome to Georgia." Cole chuckles and shrugs as we walk towards the student bakery. Cole is one of the first students I bumped into at the registration office. His lemon-colored T-shirt shines bright compared to his dark skin, and his impressive physique makes me look at him twice. His eyes are intriguing—an even mix of blue and green.
As we walk, I can't help but admire how lush the vegetation is on campus. Every tree outstretches towards the sidewalks, providing a much needed break from the glaring sun. The patches of grass remind me of ocean waves, if the ocean sparkled like emeralds. Even the flowerbeds near the Administration building had bundles of purple and orange wildflowers that couldn't be contained.
"What's that smell?" I ask. "And don't say it smells like fresh meat. I heard a teacher in the Registrar's Office use that joke about a hundred times."
"I'll show you."
I follow Cole across campus until the heavenly smell of baked bread and sugary doughnuts grows stronger. I long for that smell sometimes. It takes me back to my schoolgirl days when I spent my weekends in the kitchen with Grandma Liz. My Grandma Liz came to Calle Pastry Academy when she was in her early twenties. I imagine her tiny frame and long, dancer legs. It's a miracle that she came to this school and still stayed so thin.
  A GardnerAuthor A. Gardner A. Gardner is a native westerner exploring the sweet bites of the south. After years of working in the healthcare industry, she moved across the country with her husband and adventurous baby boy. She is a mystery and romance writer with a serious cupcake obsession and a love of storytelling that began at an early age. When she is not writing, she is either chasing after her son, out for a swim, trying out a new recipe, or painting her nails bright blue.
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50_Amazon_Paypal   $50 Blast Giveaway Enter to win an Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 12/20/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway