Monday, June 27, 2016

Elephants in the Room By Charlene Wexler Review

Elephants In The Room is award-winning author Charlene Wexler’s latest collection of short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Charlene Wexler writes from the heart. With a keen eye for detail and a way of looking at the world a bit sideways, Wexler’s writings in Elephants In The Room will entertain while they make you think.

In Elephants In The Room, Wexler’s fiction and essays are grouped in five categories. Coming of Age features essays and fiction about growing up and reaching some of life’s milestones—whether you are ready or not. In Family and Friends, you’ll meet some of the fun characters in Wexler’s life and in her fiction, and inevitably you’ll think about similar loved ones in your own world. The story “Elephants In The Room,” from which the title of this book is derived, appears in this section. What would life be without our animal pals? Wexler shares some stories about four-footed friends and loved ones in Animal Magnetism.

The Passing Parade features Wexler’s fiction and prose observations on the changes in our fast-paced world. Senior Moments contains Wexler’s wry, humorous, and even serious observations on the mature years. After reading Elephants In The Room, you’ll see why Wexler’s books and short stories have won multiple awards. Her style makes you feel as if you are reading about or talking to dear friends.

 Elephants In The Room is Wexler’s second collection of fiction and essays published in book form. The first, Milk and Oranges, won several awards. Elephants In The Room is a collection of stories that will pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone.

Charlene Wexler
Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as "a wife, mom, and grandmother," she said. In recent years, Wexler's lifelong passion for writing has led her to create numerous essays as well as fiction.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   The author has a writing style that invites you to have a seat and bring your children for a great reading outloud session.  I like how this book is written with such detail that each short story is pleasing  and feels like you are a part of it. 

 I loved hearing giggles and answering questions along with being able to share a few memories of my own along they way.  So whether you have a a few minutes or a few hours, this book is going to entertain.   It is also clean so you can read without skipping anything and all ages will enjoy it.  

With My Eyes Wide Open Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn By Brian "Head" Welch Review


He left KoRn to help himself. He went back to help others. And along the way, he nearly lost everything.

A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian “Head” Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving the shattering betrayal of a trusted friend. In this intensely inspiring redemption saga, perhaps most inspiring is Brian’s radical decision to rejoin KoRn and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene.

Brian returned to his musical roots with a clear head and a devoted heart. Though his story is wild, hilarious, and deeply poignant, the message is simple: God will love you into the freedom of being yourself, as long as you keep the relationship going and never, ever quit.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   Thank you to Brian for not being afraid to go forth in his choices and stick by them.  It takes strength and willpower beyond means sometimes.   Most people would straighten up and move on forgetting any and everything from the past, but this author had the courage to turn back and give his new self to bring a stronger future for everyone involved and along the way has this great book that is inspiration through it all.

God Bless America Patriotic Coloring Book Review

Return to simple pleasures and simpler times.

Enter the pages of this coloring book for adults, and you will find a peaceful way to reflect on what makes America a truly amazing country: our values of equality, opportunity, faith,family, character, generosity, justice, and perseverance. Each coloring page features an original design from one of nine different artists, illustrating an inspirational quote from one of the Founding Fathers, an historic document, a patriotic hymn, or another of America’s heroes.

Slow down, quiet the noise, and express creativity as you color your way through history.

So grab your colored pencils or markers, find a comfortable spot to relax, and spend some time celebrating America. To help set the perfect patriotic mood, a link to the “Coloring America” playlist is included inside.


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About the Author

God Bless America includes illustrations from nine artists, offering a variety of styles to suit the tastes of a wide audience. Featured illustrators include Holly Camp, Christina J. Culver, Deborah Gregg, Katherine Howe, Bridget Hurley, Joseph Marsh, Jennifer Tucker, Melinda B. Shiflet, and Lisa Shirk.
I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Each page has a quote, illustration that represents its meaning and the persons name who said it on the front, but the back is a full detail of the quote and meaning.

It is great to learn about some of the American patriotism as well as letting older kids color to reduce stress or if you have little ones and do not mind scribble this is great too.   I like it as a learning tool for my homeschool.

EVANGER'S Dog Food Review

As seen on site:
Crude Protein, not less than  . . . . . . . . . .   17.0%
Crude Fiber, not more than  . . . . . . . . . .   3.0%
Moisture, not more than  . . . . . . . . . .   24.0%
Crude Fat, not less than  . . . . . . . . . .   10.0%
5.8 per square

Natural Venison, Potato Flour, Dried Chicory Root, Gelatin, Palm Glycerin, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Fruits and Vegetables (Blueberries, Cranberries, Carrots, Peas), Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Oil of Garlic, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E).

Contains no corn, no wheat, no soy.

QUANTITY: One 4.5 oz package of Venison

PRICE: $7.95

Product Benefits
- Only 6 calories per treat! - Semi-moist treats are easy to tear into smaller pieces - Fresh meat and low fat make these excellent for training

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Product Benefits
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- Grain and Gluten Free
- Slow Cooked Stew for maximum flavor

Slow Cooked Beef Stew – 12 oz
A grain free stew with diced meat and farm fresh vegetables are simmered in gravy for a delectable dinner.

Product Benefits
- Succulent cuts of real meat simmered with farm fresh vegetables
- Grain and Gluten Free
- Slow Cooked Stew for maximum flavor

Product Benefits
- Whole pieces of uncut meat placed into the can by hand!
- Served in a delectable gravy
- Grain Free and Gluten Free

Product Benefits
- Single source proteins
- Excellent for pets with food sensitivities or allergies
- Great for protein rotation diets and dry food toppers
- Naturally Grain and Gluten Free

Crude Protein, not less than  . . . . . . . . . .   16.0%
Crude Fiber, not more than  . . . . . . . . . .   2.0%
Moisture, not more than  . . . . . . . . . .   82.0%
Crude Fat, not less than  . . . . . . . . . .   2.5%
156 Kcals/100g, 576 Kcals/Can

100% Whole Beef Cooked In Its Own Juices.

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QUANTITY: 12 pack- 12 oz cans

PRICE: $36.91
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Cassandra's Review--  Given at different times of the day, once an hour before a meal and after a meal, this had different results.  It was tried both times but my dogs ate more after the meal I served, I am not sure what that means, but they did not finish what I gave them for dinner, but did finish this.

   I tried before the meal and noticed there was quite a bit more water drinking after testing that I did not see the other trial time.  I also gave this to a few stray dogs in the neighborhood and they just ate it and left.   I guess since at all times there was no hesitation or uninterested dogs, this was a success.    Now the food itself looks good, not like junky puree yuck.   It smells ok.  The treats are easy to feed and did not make a mess.

Crazy Cups Raspberry Chocolate Truffle ® Pods FLAVORED COFFEE Giveaway

Crazy Cups Raspberry Chocolate Truffle ® Pods medium Roast 22 Count Regular Coffee Kosher
A luscious combination of tangy raspberries and rich dark chocolate.

100% Arabica Coffee Naturally and artificially sweetened.

22ct K-cups 15.90

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I prefer to add a little milk, but no sugar to this already sweet coffee.  It has a super strong aroma that fills my entire hour during brewing and it lingers for a bit after too, which I do not mind because it is really good.  This is a coffee you can drink black if preferred.

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