Thursday, March 31, 2016

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids By Dr. Todd Cartmell Review #8SimpleTools #FlyBy


"I love my child, but parenting is hard."

Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. Let child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walk you through the nuts and bolts of healthy, effective parenting.

Using examples from his home and 20 years of professional practice, Todd gives eight essential and practical tools to help you:

Maintain a healthy relationship with your child
Develop a nurturing home culture
Correct behavior in lasting ways
Designed for busy parents, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters that include a summary tip and application questions. Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship with your child will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in their heart, and ultimately, seeing them flourish.

Hello. I'm Dr. Todd!

I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. We then moved to Columbus, OH, where I completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Wright State University at the Children’s Hospital. Since then, I have done my clinical work at Summit Clinical Services in Wheaton, IL, where I continue to see children, teens, and families on a full-time basis.

I have written five parenting books (faith based), which you can learn more about on the Books page. I have presented many parenting workshops at mom’s conferences (Hearts at Home, MOPS International), MOPS groups, churches, and schools, which you can read about on the Workshop page. I have also recently developed a skill-building game for kids called The Flexible Thinking Game.

In my free time, I enjoy doing anything with my wife, spending time with my boys whenever possible, reading, running, and playing jazz piano any chance I get. My Christian faith is an important part of my life and thinking, and I am continually thankful for God’s grace, of which I am an undeserving recipient.
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My readers will receive a 50% Discount Code which is GREATKIDS16 This code is only good from April 15th to May 15th, after that they will no longer be able to use the code for the discount.

I recevied a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's review- Armed with a great sense of humor and knowledge this author created a book that helps to make the tedious job of parenting a little lighter.  Of course it is not going to be the book that ends all problems, but it does help out a lot and had a great feel to each chapter.   There are also some great added tips along the way.  

Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs Review

"I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do."

But how? When the enemy whispers lies that we are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or are you too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don't have what it takes to be who you really want to be?"

In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.

Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who you are and what path God has you on, we all need to remember the lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!

You can purchase this book on Amazon.
Annie F. Downs
Annie F. Downs is an author, blogger, and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of three books- Let's All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Read more at and follow her on Twitter @anniefdowns.

Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  If I had to choose a word to describe this book it would be - blessing- plain and simple.  Why?  Because in every story, faith filled chapter this book has so much wisdom and honesty that it is a huge blessing to be a reader.  It actually made me feel a little better and stronger, so I would recommend this book to any age that would understand just how much quality and compassion it holds.  

The Golden Princess by L. R. Garner Review

Alice took a deep breath and faced the menace. As she did so Alwyn, who had also recovered his feet, rushed at her to drag her away to safety. He grabbed her around the waist but Alice swept him aside with a powerful, and almost casual, swing of her arm, sending him flying backwards. The beast, which had started to advance toward her, stopped.

 As Alice's power began to work on it, it gradually began to shrink and fade. She took one pace toward the beast and it disappeared completely. From where he was lying, Alwyn saw all that she did. This was not the Alice he knew. What he could see was a tall, strong, stone faced, hard woman with eyes that were glowing white. This was not his Alice.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

About the Author

L. R. (String) Garner, born in Lyttelton, New Zealand, in 1932, spent the majority of his working life in the New Zealand Army. This included two periods of active service in Borneo and Vietnam. During his service, he has co- authored books such as Regulations and Standing Orders.

 On retirement, he wrote a number of short stories and entered them into competitions and received some nice compliments but no prizes. The Golden Princess was written over a period of ten years, a chapter every three months, for granddaughters and great-nieces in order to keep the spreading family in touch with each other.

Cassandra's Review - Not only did I really enjoy this, but my older teen did as well.  I think the whole book was well written and executed in a way that had me reading at a faster pace and delving into the magic.  I would highly recommend checking out this book as it is a read you do not want to miss and characters written to life.

Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson Review

Few people know that national pie champion Francine Bryson got her start on the cooking contest circuit at age sixteen with a savory stuffed pork loin—that won first place. In Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, Francine invites you into her home to share recipes for everything that graces her Southern table: chicken dinners, savory pies, Sunday suppers to serve the preacher, make-and-take casseroles, dips and other redneck whatnots, backyard barbecue favorites—and, of course, three chapters devoted to her celebrated baked goods, including her most-requested holiday sweets. Feeding people is what Francine loves to do, and here are simple instructions for 125 dishes with 60 color photographs to help you to bring her Southern charm to your table.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

About the Author

FRANCINE BRYSON is the author of the bestselling Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen, a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award finalist and Okra Pick. She has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Bryson, a member of the American Pie Council, lives with her husband in Pickens, South Carolina.

Cassandra's Review-  A great cookbook just filled with home cooked southern goodness.  Each recipe is easy to understand, takes a decent amount of time to create and the ingredients are super down to earth and easy to find in any local store.  I enjoyed the author's outlook, humor and grace on each of the little stories.  The desserts are my favorite part of this book.

NIrV, Under the Sea Holy Bible by Zondervan Review

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- The Bible is filled with great stories that will entertain and teach your child all about God and help them to get stronger in their faith.  It is super easy to understand and can hold the attention of all ages. The theme presented is extremely spiritual and great for faith finding families.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chuck E Cheese and National Volunteer Month Giveaway @las930 @chuckecheese

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Chuck E Cheese wants to help you teach your children and grandchildren about giving back to society and they have a fun way to do it.  They have teamed up with Big Brothers and Big Sisters!  Big Brothers and Big Sisters matches kids,  who might be having a hard time, with really nice, smart grown-ups to help them make good choices.  This is something children can relate to easier than some other charities. To make it fun, Chuck E. Cheese's across the country will donate 15% of sales from 3 - 9 PM on 3/31 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters when guests mention the organization!  So make it a fun night out and don't forget to mention Big Brothers and Big Sisters! Also throughout April, families can donate $1, $5 or any amount of their choice to help Big Brothers and Big Sisters match “Littles” with “Big” mentors. Chuck E Cheese When kids donate, they get to write their name on a Pin-Up ticket, pictured above, and stick it on the wall to show their support. So let's have some fun and teach our children about a charity they can easily relate to!  Find a location closest to you, click on locations top right!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto New Flavors


Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto is unveiling six new flavors for 2016. Beginning this month, the new varieties will appear in grocery store freezers and include delicious, hand-crafted flavors just in time for the warmer spring and summer months:

· Chocolate Sorbetto: No milk? No problem. A sophisticated cocoa sorbetto that delivers a smooth, simple and rich chocolate taste.

· Coconut Almond Chocolate Gelato: Coconut shreds, semi-sweet chocolatey flakes, and salted roasted almonds all blended into coconut gelato.

· Key Lime Pie Gelato: Refreshing key lime gelato with a textured graham swirl and graham cracker pieces.

· Peanut Butter Pretzel Gelato: Peanut butter gelato with a peanut butter ripple and chocolatey peanutty crunchy pretzel balls.

· Vanilla Caramel Swirl Gelato: Classic vanilla bean gelato with a generous swirl of decadent Talenti dulce de leche.

· Wild Blackberry Gelato: An elegant blackberry gelato with a smooth blackberry swirl.

“We’re always finding ways to innovate our flavor lineup, and we’re really proud of these inventive twists and fresh flavor combinations,” said Josh Hochschuler, founder of Talenti. “This year’s flavors are made with real ingredients you can see — like coconut shreds, layers of graham crackers and ribbons of peanut butter — and we’re excited for our fans to discover these latest creations.”

Talenti is committed to using only the good stuff when creating their multitude of sorbetto and gelato flavors. Farm-fresh milk and fine, pure cane sugar are blended with ingredients sourced from around the globe, and locally, whenever possible. With this, the company uses artisanal cooking methods designed to create robust flavor profiles and experiences. The end result is scooped into the signature Talenti clear, recyclable, resealable and BPA-free containers. Sorbetto options are also part of the ever-evolving product line.

The newest flavors will debut at this year’s Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, Calif. Consumers can find the new Talenti flavors at major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99.

About Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto

Talenti began as a gelateria in 2003 and has since grown into the best-selling packaged gelato in the United States. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, Talenti is committed to using artisanal methods and uses only the finest, carefully sourced ingredients — Belgian Chocolate, fresh whole Tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea, select coconuts from the Philippines, and real Argentine dulce de leche are just a few of the many fine ingredients used to create Talenti gelatos and sorbettos. Both Talenti® gelatos and sorbettos showcase our commitment to providing frozen desserts that taste amazing.

For a full list of Talenti products and to find retail locations that sell Talenti, please visit To keep up with Talenti news, visit Talenti on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


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Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Imposter Celebration Tour and Kindle Fire 7 GIVEAWAY

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the imposter

A heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . .

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.

What she doesn’t need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow’s farm just when help is most needed–and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She’s been deceived once before, and she isn’t planning on experiencing it again.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

You can purchase on Amazon.

Cassandra's Review- I enjoyed  reading the well written book with very detailed characters, but when the author added an Amish twist and a light mystery, this became the perfect read for a lazy afternoon.  I like the the author managed to keep the presence and faith of God in her story.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Playing the Part Celebration Tour and 15$ Amazon GC Giveaway

What happens when an eccentric gentleman meets an actress?  Find out in Jen Turano’s Newest release: #giveaway

"One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre."--Booklist

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

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Jen Turano
Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013.

Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she's not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying life as an empty-nester because her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook at or visit her on the web at She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, With Love By Amy Newmark 3 winner GIVEAWAY

Enjoy the best 101 stories from Chicken Soup’s library on the celebration of mothers and motherhood. With heartwarming stories by mothers and their children of gratefulness, love, inspiration and even amusement, this book does what we so often fail to do – say “I Love You, Mom”, making it a great gift not just for Mother’s Day, but always.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Amy Newmark
Amy Newmark is Chicken Soup for the Soul's publisher and editor-in-chief, after a 30-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She and her husband have four grown children.

After a long career writing books on telecommunications, voluminous financial reports, business plans, and corporate press releases, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a breath of fresh air for Amy. She has fallen in love with Chicken Soup for the Soul and its life-changing books, and really enjoys putting these books together for Chicken Soup's wonderful readers. She has co-authored more than four dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has edited another three dozen.

You can reach Amy with any questions or comments through and you can follow her on Twitter @amynewmark.

Cassandra's review-  I am a huge fan of all of the Chicken Soup books.  This book is perfect for upcoming mother's day and I am always so blessed by each story.   Each story is only a page or two long but they are all so loving and filled with a range of every feeling. So armed with a box of tissues and a cup of tea, I shared the stories out loud to my family.  While most people would not get through this book in a few sittings, I was able to laugh and cry my way through it all.

Man With Child: Confessions Of A Full-Time Daddy In A Mommy's World by Marc Kuritz Review

We’re told that less than one percent of American fathers are full-time dads. Every good dad is a full-time dad. But it does make a difference what shift you take.

I happened to take the day shift…

Hel-lo Mommies, hel-lo Mommies, hel-lo Mommies, we’re glad you’re here today.

Hel-lo Grandmas, hel-lo Grandmas, hel-lo Grandmas, we’re glad you’re here today.

Hel-lo Nannies, hel-lo Nannies, hel-lo Nannies, we’re glad you’re here today.

And hel-lo Daddy, hel-lo Daddy, hel-lo Daddy, we’re glad you’re here today.

That’s Ms. Jennifer’s music class greeting song. That last line is her and the preschoolers singing to me. After grandmas. And nannies.

On preparing for parenthood

”…Sure, paint the baby’s room and register at Babies“R”Us. Read some parenting books and fiddle with the car seat. It will keep you busy, but it will be about as relevant to parenting as the rhythm method is to contraception…”

On crashing the party

”…what are the rules for a full-time daddy in a mommy’s world? There are none. Just by being there, you are defying the expectations, Daddy-O. By all means break the mold. Just tread with patience, courtesy, and a healthy indifference to social discomfort…”

Man With Child is the travelogue of a full-time daddy in a mommy’s world.

For daddies and daddies-to-be, here are some observations, warnings, and minor revelations. For mommies who stare at daddies as if to say “What were you thinking?” here is one dad’s answer. Both mommies and daddies will find insights about each other’s perspectives—with plenty of laughs along the way!

About the Author

Marc Kuritz is the cheese. Daughter Dessa often pulls Mom Kathy and Dad together for a group hug, declaring herself The Cheese. Sometimes the dogs go along, nosing in, Sammi the big American bulldog and Ajax the elderly, pleading Lab mix.

But the poorly kept family secret is that Marc is the cheese. Before the cheese, there was an early career in politics and public policy. Marc might say that his values continue to be served by helping collective human energy achieve constructive common purpose. He might not say that fifteen years in politics equipped him to deal with temper tantrums, sharing issues, and refusal to play well with others-in other words, to be a parent. Consulting to nonprofit entities followed.

Marc specialized in needs assessments, program planning, design, evaluation, and resource development. In other words, helping well-intentioned people focus ever-scarce time, energy, and dollars in order to do better at doing good. Marc might admit that consulting was not like parenting only because the clients could fire you and they usually didn't cry when they peed their pants.

Today Marc is a rare-book seller, with an established presence in the antiquarian book trade and a worldwide clientele. Unlike children, good books stay where you put them, cultivate humility without humiliating you in public, and are patient while you try to figure them out. In time not allotted to working, parenting, and volunteering, Marc is a competitive fencer. Marc aspires to be a warrior poet, but he is just the cheese.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book is funny with good intentions and humor that will bring smiles to the dads of the world.  it was refreshing to hear what one dad feels like and his outlook on the subject.

Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me that Calm Is the New Happy by Martha Brettschneider Review

In a world that pushes us to always look for the next best thing, BLOOMING INTO MINDFULNESS shows you how to break the cycle of discontent and take control of your own happiness. Narrated with humor and raw honesty, Martha Brettschneider shares her transformation from ego-centered screaming mommy to a meditation-touting creative, finally at peace with the world.
Inspirational, motivational, and sprinkled with practical tips to silence our internal bully (the first step: recognizing that not all of our thoughts are to be trusted!), BLOOMING INTO MINDFULNESS is a must-read for anyone in search of an extra dose of internal peace.

If you're looking for strategies to reduce suffering in yourself and others, boost positive energy in your life, and not only unveil but also embrace your purpose, this book is for you.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.
Martha Brettschneider
Martha Brettschneider is a writer, blogger, and award-winning photographer with a passion for inspiring mindfulness, the practice of finding beauty in the present moment. She stumbled upon mindfulness teachings in 2010 after breast cancer forced a reorientation of every aspect of her life--body, mind, and spirit. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two sons, and a rascally golden retriever puppy who takes great pleasure in eating her garden. Visit her at

Cassandra's review-  This author has power behind her words and chapters of strength, build this book.  There is a huge mix of emotions filling the pages and I really enjoyed being a part of the author's world.  As I have dealt personally with cancer more than once and felt some of the same moments, I felt more connected with diffrent parts of the book.  In the end this is a great read for anyone who needs a little pick me up and a lot of faith boosting because of the truth and wholesome sharing involved.

Make a Break for It: Unleashing the Power of Personal and Spiritual Growth by Bill Purvis Review

Bill Purvis had to be left for dead before he discovered that everything he was searching for could be found in Jesus Christ. As a teen, Purvis nearly died when stabbed three times by a pimp during an encounter with a prostitute. With his pericardium sac pierced, liver punctured and his jugular vein completely severed, he cried out to Jesus, who miraculously saved his life. In the more than thirty years since that day, he's built a large church and become a leader and mentor to many.

Make a Break for It is a transformational road map meant to guide you by helping you pinpoint where you need to start and then providing detailed step-by-step guidance on how to successfully and continuously cultivate the transformation God has in mind for you. Your life will truly be transformed as you discover the importance of alone time with God, the secret to keeping your own excuses from holding you back, the significant role mentors play in your success, how to handle betrayal, and how to cultivate traits like integrity and humility. You have all of the tools you need to break out of the mold and begin living the life God called you to!

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- The book brings truth, hardship and encouragement in despair.  All of my emotion levels came forth during each chapter and I was beside myself with a sense of grief and loss, however in the midst of all of my low points, the book brought a ray of hope, a strength that came from behind me and wrapped me in a light of glowing freedom and a deeper connection in my faith.  The author is truly blessed and his work shines through the pages.

A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind and Spirit by Randi Ragan Review

Everyone wants to live a long, productive life and be as vibrant and healthy in the process as possible. Yet sometimes, it's hard to know how to construct a wellbeing plan that provides for these goals on a day-to-day basis.

This elegant guidebook for awakened holistic living distills the basics and offers up practical solutions for busy people who yearn for lasting results. Stories, first person memoir, journaling, meditation and ritual take readers on a journey around the Wheel of the Year and through four inspiring seasonal themes: Renew(Spring), Energize (Summer),Balance (Autumn) and Contemplate (Winter).

This book shows you- step by step - how simple yoga and breathing exercises, herbal healing, aromatherapy, delicious plant-based food recipes, and soothing beauty rituals can be essential components for creating deep transformation.

Author Randi Ragan makes connections between everyday habits and a life filled with vitality, fearlessness, wise purpose, compassionate relationships, and spiritual sustenance for any age or stage of life.

You can purchase on Amazon.

Randi Ragan

Holistic wellbeing expert Randi Ragan is the founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa, celebrating ten years (2016) as Los Angeles' only award-winning mobile spa and wellness service. For over twenty years, Ragan has led yoga and spiritual retreats, created experiences for healing and wellbeing and guided groups and individuals with rituals and ceremonies to mark life milestones. Her book is a compendium of these journeys and experiences. Her blog, The Mindful Living Almanac ( has been providing readers inspiration for mindful, seasonal living since 2008.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- When a beautiful person both on the inside and out, creates a book that is made to share faith, love and hope in a real very raw form this is what you get.  I was so appreciative of all of the goodness that each chapter holds and the overall sense of peace, joy and nourishment.

Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla Review

A love letter from two Americans to their adopted city, showcasing modern dishes influenced by tradition, as well as the rich culture of their surroundings.

Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine-- mirrors of their culture, history, and geography. But the cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout. In Tasting Rome, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture Rome's unique character and truly evolved food culture-- a culimation of two thousand years of history.

The recipes here, each selected for the story it tells, acknowledge the foundations of the cuisine and demonstrate how it has transitioned to the variations found today: cacio e pepe is not only a peppery condiment for pasta, but also a filling for suppli, fried rice balls; pollo alla romana is served as a summer platter of peppers stewed with chicken, but also deboned and on hearty sandwiches. Parla and Gill focus, too, on cucina ebraica to highlight the role Rome's Jewish communities have had, bringing dishes such as hraimi con couscous, which incorporates spicy amberjack, and matzoh fritters, pizzarelle, with honey and pine nuts; celebrate the authentic quinto quarto ("the fifth quarter") offal, and luscious verdure, which grow all over; acknowledge the baked pizzas and breads that anchor everyday eating; and explore the ever-changing culture of sweets and cocktails.

With its forgotten recipes, beloved favorites, and street food innovations, the book transports all the flavors of Rome into your kitchen. Narrative features revealing bits of history and gorgeous photography that highlight both the food and its hidden city will immediately inspire you to start Tasting Rome.
Katie Parla
Katie Parla has written, edited and contributed to more than 20 food and travel books for National Geographic, Time Out, Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley, Fodor's, and Insight Guides. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and is the author of a Saveur nominated food and travel blog ( and the apps "Katie Parla's Rome" and "Katie Parla's Istanbul". Her forthcoming cookbook, "Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors & Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City", co-authored with Kristina Gill, is available for pre-order now and will be published by Clarkson Potter in March 2016.

You can connect with Katie via her blog (, and on social networks: @katieparla on twitter and instagram. Her professional site is

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- I was a bit overwhelmed by this book because of the different ways everything is condensed and I would never have the ingredients available in my home to create the recipes.  While when broken down in English and taken a lot of time to figure out, this book is a great learning tool and I think anyone who wants to get to know more about or try cooking in a flavor of Rome, will enjoy it.

That's Not Hay in My Hair By Juliette Turner review

New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering skyscrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves.

Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.

Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book is like a memoir with a slight twist.  It must be great to have everything and enjoy life to the fullest and with only miniscule problems, but I guess for a little girl a move may bit a much.  There is a well written adventure for teens or younger to enjoy.

The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book By Jan and Mike Berenstain review


The Berenstain Bears come to life in The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book that fans are sure to love! Join the whole Bear family in creative and interactive fun with 32 pages of age-appropriate activities such as word finds, mazes, puzzles, coloring pages, and colorful reusable stickers that are sure to please. Features Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, Honey, and their friends from Bear Country.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The book is short but has a good amount of different activities for younger children. There are really neat stickers included and if you are a fan of the bears, this is a real treat. my kids were able to share the book by using their fingers to do most of the activities and coloring a little of each of the coloring pages. It provides at least a half hour of total fun.

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With the chilly air still looming it’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner! Flowers will be blossoming, trees will be in full bloom -- and kids will be suffering from those pesky allergies. Itchy eyes, fatigue and sniffles will restrain little ones from going outside, unable to enjoy the warm weather. Don’t let your child be stuck indoors on a beautiful day this spring – try Kids Relief!

Kids Relief, a homeopathic line of children’s medicines, offers fast-acting, effective relief for any allergy problem your child may endure this season. Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid helps children to breathe easier while relieving nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchiness. The unique homeopathic formula lacks harsh ingredients other children’s medicines may include. The oral liquid offers children relief with no risk of side effects, drug interaction or overdose. And your little one will love the delicious banana flavor! Be sure to check out your local CVS location where it can be purchased for $6.99.

I recevied complimentary product.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Digestic review


Digestic, an all-natural capsule that offers a non-laxative, non habit-forming way to relieve constipation and the unpleasant bloating, gas and other discomforts that go along with it. Spring is a great time to explore ways to clean out the body, not just the house!

Not only is Digestic all natural, but it is also vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher, so just about anyone who suffers from digestive issues can benefit.

Laxatives merely clean out the intestines, but the 5 key natural, organic ingredients in Digestic actually work to restore equilibrium to this delicate digestive eco-system. Here are the ingredients, all of which are sourced sustainably from planet-conscious farms across the world:

PAPAYA -- rich in vitamin A, C, E, and K, and a good fiber source. It is also filled with digestive enzymes that help break down waste and reduce inflammation

FENNEL -- naturally high in fiber but also contains essential oils that help digestion, break down gastric juices and aid in the excretion of the stool

ALOE – lubricates and helps stimulate bowel movements, and also fights free radicals, which cause inflammation

TREE WORMWOOD, a Mediterranean medicinal plant proven to relieve constipation, indigestion and related pain, heartburn and flatulence

CARDAMOM is rich in many vitamins, as well as manganese. It has antioxidant properties that help promote digestive health

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  It took a few days, but this really does get the bowels moving, and when it worked, I had to stay home all day and be by the bathroom.  I will not take this again until I am beyond bound up as it does work, but I do not need all of the flush it provides.

 This is going to be perfect if one, you are not allergic to any of the ingredients and two, you are to the point where constipation is a real problem for you.  I am sure it will work diffrent for everyone as we are all not the same or eat the same way, but for me it was definitely an experience also I drank a lot more water too in hopes of really getting this through my system.

 I also had to take it after eating because during a meal it would not help my appetite.  

Earth’s Care’s 2.4 oz Anti-Itch product Review

The days are short and cold now, but it won’t be long before the mercury starts rising. Common spring and summer conditions like bug bites and rashes will replace winter skin irritations. Unfortunately, many OTC products use artificial active ingredients to combat minor skin issues. This summer, environmentally conscious consumers can take a natural and portable approach to their summertime skin care with the Earth’s Care Anti-Itch 1 oz Sport Tube.

The convenient new size builds on the success of Earth’s Care’s 2.4 oz Anti-Itch
product. With the average traveler, backpacker and sports enthusiast concerned about weight and bulk when packing, the new 1 oz Anti-Itch Cream provides portable relief from minor skin problems such as insect bites, rashes caused by plants, sunburn, and minor cuts and scrapes.

Earth’s Care proprietary Anti-Itch Cream uses ingredients sourced from nature, including camphor, menthol and Almond Oil. Both menthol and camphor have been proven to alleviate itching: menthol provides a dual cooling/warming effect while camphor soothes the itchy area. Both work quickly and naturally to desensitize sensory nerves so the itch sensation is suppressed. The products are free of petrolatum, artificial colors or fragrances, parabens and phthalates.

Earth’s Care Natural Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) products with virtually all “sourced from nature” ingredients that match many mainstream OTC drugs for comparable indications. Their Anti-Itch cream is ideal for combating minor skin irritations without the steroids and other chemical active ingredients found in typical OTC anti-itch medications.

I recevied complimentary product. 

There are a lot of other great products, I got to try a few and they all can be found at 

Cassandra's review- the cream is so pleasant in its scent and helping to relieve the itch. It does contain almond oil and shea butter, so I can not use it on one of my children as the nut allergy and it does affect the skin.  I can use it and it works really well for me I notice the itching becoming less within minutes of applying this and I had to reapply it after 30 minutes.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Monday, March 21, 2016

First Look blog tour for Suddenly Single Mom by Jeanette Hanscome @Worthypub, @JHanscomeWriter #SuddenlySingleMom

Raising your family on your own can be heartbreaking, lonely and hard to navigate. Suddenly, you are the one who has to have the answers. Remembering that God is always with you and that His love is faithful can give you the confidence to face whatever this new life brings.

 With a foundation of helpful Scripture verses, each message shares a story, a survival tip and a prayer. Readers will find a faithful companion in this book as they encounter each new experience and learn to embrace their new role. 

Jeanette Hanscome shares 52 encouraging insights gleaned from her first year as a single mom to two boys. She shares very real struggles and triumphs, from learning to stand on her own to knowing when to ask for or accept help, and deals with both the emotional and the practical challenges of raising her children on her own.

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To purchase a copy of the book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book

Jeanette Hanscome
Jeanette Hanscome is a busy author and mom who constantly looks for opportunities to weave her experiences into stories. 

She is extremely excited about her newest releases, Running with Roselle, co-authored with Michael Hingson, and Gifts, Volume 12 of Kathi Macias's 12 Days of Christmas series. 

When she isn't writing, Jeanette enjoys encouraging writers, teaching and speaking, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with the people she loves.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- As a single mom, I really enjoyed the pick me up messages and faith shared in this book. It is both inspiring and a treat to read and reread when needed.  I would recommend this book to any single mom whether you have been one all along or suddenly as it is  filled with hope.  

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