Friday, August 12, 2016

#LoveHallmark Maxine Review and Giveaway

  Free to Be Crabby Maxine Socks: Join Maxine in showing her crabby pride with these decorative socks that are as comfortable as they are fun to wear.

·         Love It or Leave Me Alone Maxine Tumbler: Take your Maxine and American pride everywhere you go with this illustrated tumbler.

·         itty bittys® Maxine Stars and Stripes Stuffed Animal, Limited Edition: From her patriotic hat to her bunny slippers, there's no better way to show your love for the stars and stripes—and maybe some gripes—than with this Maxine itty bittys plush.

·         Gripe About Anything Maxine Mug: Enjoy showing what it is that you—and Maxine—love about our country with this ceramic mug. With a Maxine illustration on the outside and a coordinating color on the inside, you won't find anything to gripe about!


I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I have a huge love of Maxine and was thrilled to take part in this review for Hallmark!  The character is genuine and really shows her attitude in a bold way.   I have personally had some not so sunny days in my lifetime and could have really use the socks to show my mood.   Maxine reminds me of a neighbor that no matter what is determined to be a crabby person, he is just cantankerous , but at the same time a very funny individual and I will keep him in mind everytime I drink from my well made, high quality mug.

The Silent Thought: America in Crisis by Charlie Wurz

You can buy this book on Amazon.

When you consider humanity's tremendous achievements, it's easy to see how powerful thought can be when it is put into action.

But we don't often think about the other side of the equation: How much are we losing by failing to act on the thoughts that we regularly have but do not put into words or actions?

Charlie Wurz, a freedom-loving American, tackles that question head on in this extended essay examining politics in the United States, including the gravitas of the 2016 presidential election. He answers questions such as:

Why do many people accept sound bites from others to form their opinions?
Does the American political system exploit silent thought?

Is silent thought found in all segments of American society?

What can be done to promote thought and expression?

Who benefits the most (and the least) from silent thought?

With a presidential election that could have staggering consequences for the United States right around the corner, there's never been a more critical time for individuals to re-examine their thoughts--as well as their resulting expressions and actions.

About the Author

Charlie Wurz is a freedom-loving American seeking to understand what promotes thought or the lack of thought--as well as why thought is not always expressed through words or actions. This is his first book.

Charlie lives and works in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and has serious concerns for America's path forward. He expresses these concerns as American crises providing thought provoking analysis and commentary.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  Perfect for political minds, as this book is deeply geared toward the topic.   I think it would make a great study book for older aged home school students.  It is easy to understand and breaks down the answers in a way that does not put you to sleep.

The Frayed Ribbon By R.W. Hart Review

Gail Rollins is in the hospital with a high-risk pregnancy and meets a young girl named Lexie, whose parents disappear. Gail’s doctor discharges her, but she returns to visit Lexie, only to find the girl gone. With Lexie ever on her mind, Gail spends years looking for the girl she failed to protect. Will she discover what happened to the lonely child, or will Lexie become another lost face in the desolate crowd?

I recevied a complimentary copy.

About the Author:

R. W. Hart is a novelist, technical writer, and award-winning essayist. He gained a wealth of life experience through hours of volunteer service at home and abroad. He grew up minutes from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and has since lived all over the world. The Frayed Ribbon is his first novel.

Cassandra's Review- The story has a good range of mystery and emotion.  Hopefully the reader will take more than just the story from the book as it has a powerful message included.

Organizing with Smead @SmeadOrganomics @Shoplet Review

Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab® Section Folder 11905, 1/3-Cut Oversized Tab, Letter, Assorted Colors
These 3-in-1 SuperTab® section folders with Lockit® technology allow you to securely subdivide multiple documents within a single file folder. Three extra high interior pockets safely hold documents, photos and certificates for secure transport while keeping the materials readily accessible. The patented Lockit flap folds over to secure your important documents and prevent them from falling out. The labeling area is 90% larger than standard file folders, so you can use larger text or more lines of description.

I recevied complimentary product.

Organized Up® Vertical Expanding File with SuperTab®
Smead Organized Up® Vertical Expanding File with SuperTab® 70701, 12 Pockets, Letter Size, Monaco Blue

Get instant organization for all your documents with the Organized Up Vertical Expanding File with SuperTab. The unique vertical orientation lets you organize and file your documents upright like you print and read them making document retrieval quick and easy. The oversized SuperTab on the pockets has 90% more labeling area so you can use larger font or more lines of text for better organization. Features 12 letter size pockets for maximum storage with flap and cord for security during transport. Blank SuperTab label sheet included (downloadable template at

Shoplet carries an assortment of office supplies, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, office furniture, and everything in between.

Cassandra's Review-  The folders are colorful and durable, but they still flex as well as bend.  It is easy to write on them or place stickers.  The organizer has one downside because it is  more of a  temporary storage place because it can easily bow and become wet.  I would not store my important documents inside in case of an emergency, but for kids to use as school work holders  it is great and also holds other items like stamps.   

The Identity of AngiArts By Angi Perretti Review

A Muse for Artistic Inspiration!
An Art Zealot with Super Powers from the Art Gods!

Introducing a perpetually adventurous muse on a mission to inspire the cultural history of the City Beautiful! The Identity of “AngiArts” is a modern-day legend that stages the fictitious life and identity transformation of a 21st century comic-book-style cartoon character for the Arts. I created this identity with the sole intention to rally and promote the arts and culture movement in downtown Orlando. The story narrates her fairy-tale life before the reality of her current presence—where she came from and how she got here; who she is today and why she landed in downtown Orlando.

This Letterbook Story you hold in your hands was written to be read while relaxing on a picnic blanket on the shores of the beautiful Lake Eola. It stages an interactive, literary theatre experience like no other. After a brief adventure through story-book fantasy, art sculpture lovers, letterboxing enthusiasts, and other literary adventurers are instructed to follow the monument map at the end of the story. Your mission is to ponder a moment of soulful self-prophecy, while embarking on a personal quest for artistic inspiration. Letterboxers, seek the letterbox treasure cache hidden somewhere at the “AA” landing sight. “Presto!” You’re there! Don’t forget to bring your logbooks. And, “Leave No Trace.”

You are standing at the Monument for Artistic Inspiration.

But what is this book really about? It’s about a lot of things at once! It’s about a soulful revelation in my life to reinvent myself; It’s about a little farm girl from Miami who tells the story of her childhood dreams in fairy-tale format; It’s about imagining something very original. Yet, I was totally inspired by all the great artistic icons of the second millennium, like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and even the great American icons like Norman Rockwell and Charles M. Schulz. But really…it’s all about making art happen in my community the “AngiArts” way.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

About the author

Angi Perretti is an author, costume designer and an instrumental participant in promoting the city of Orlando to a world-class arts community. She is the founder of “Walking~Works~of~Art,” a philanthropy for the arts, and has previously published two other books: “The Chronicles of Angi Perretti” and “Swans of the World Habitats.” Perretti has three children and five grandchildren and hopes to inspire their awareness for reading and literary culture.

Cassandra's Review-  The author seems to be a real treasure to the Orlando art world.  The book is extremely unique in design and imaginative art.  The story was well thought out and flows well. Spoiler alert: the caricature of the more showing dress is a bit risque for children, I could really see the Marilyn Monroe aspect.   Hopefully the author would not go around wearing that outfit while reading this book to children.  

Midway Barrel Racing Champion By David Shew Review

Second in a series of Midway books. Hope you all enjoy Midway Barrel Racing Champion and get to know Maria, Midway's new friend. Remember to read for the rest of your life and dream big dreams. Hope to see you in Midway's Dreams soon.

About the Author

In 2011, I asked my sister, Rhonda, if she would co-write a children's book with me. Thankfully she agreed and we put our imaginations to work. About half way through the first draft, Rhonda said that we should make our children's book educational as well as entertaining so we did our research and added the factual information to "Midway Dreams."Rhonda is a fourth grade school teacher at Kit Carson Elementary School in Richmond, Kentucky.

 She earned her Master's Degree from the Bread Loaf School of English, a summer graduate program at Middlebury College, in Vermont and her Masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Rhonda has served as one of the writing instructors for Madison County and also taught several graduate level writing classes at Eastern Kentucky University.

Today, besides a teacher and author, Rhonda is a proud mother and grandmother.Rhonda and I grew up working for our father in the newspaper business. At 22, my father appointed me the Editor of The Richmond Register. During high school and college, I opened the newspaper each morning and processed the Associated Press wire service which was very much an educational experience for me. In 1985, I became a certified public accountant and today my wife and I live in Lexington, Kentucky.Writing "Midway Dreams" was truly a labor of love for me. Hopefully Midway's dreams will come true, and Rhonda and I will get to write about them in the years to come.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review -- I found this book to be exhausting and as it just carries on from the perspective of a horse.  The horse seems to submissive to this little girl and makes light of the racing circuit.  How hard horses are worked and even though the chapters are written to create an atmosphere where everyone is having a great time, it is not realistic to what really goes on in world of horse racing etc.

I felt like it gives the reader a false sense that the horse is super excited to be trained and forced to do stunts and spending days on the road in a horse trailer.   So kids think it is super cool to want to do this to horses and that a horse would actually love it.

The Adventures of Celia Kaye By Kaitlin Puccio Review


by Kaitlin Puccio

Illustrated by Grammy nominee Sarah Larnach

When writer, director, and entrepreneur Kaitlin Puccio learned she had celiac disease her entire life changed. As she researched details about the condition, she discovered that it was difficult to access credible, comprehensive, and comprehensible information. She resolved to use her passion and creativity to help the millions of others who struggle with gluten intolerance—or any food allergy—every day, particularly young people who can feel shameful of their condition and who face challenges each day at school during lunch.

She developed the character Celia Kaye, a young girl facing the challenges of celiac disease, and penned THE ADVENTURES OF CELIA KAYE [Bent Frame, Available Now, $17.00 US] with a goal of giving children with celiac disease someone to whom they could easily relate. The first book finds young Celia Kaye telling a series of tall tales to a friend, all designed to avoid having to admit the real reason why she can’t eat the same foods as everybody else. With illustrations by Grammy nominee Sarah Larnach, The Adventures of Celia Kaye is an excellent tool to help parents talk to their children about celiac disease and overcoming the stigmas and fears surrounding food allergies.

What I do best is create, and I found that I can use my creativity to help others," says Puccio, who is also a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (NASM) and a certified mat Pilates instructor. "Once I see a need or have an idea I choose the right process and medium for what I've created, which allows me to produce prolifically across many platforms. Writing THE ADVENTURES OF CELIA KAYE was only one step in my overall plan to develop the brand and help the celiac and gluten-intolerant community., a website dedicated to sharing user-friendly and family-friendly information about living with gluten intolerance, is live and has a new section dedicated to The Adventures of Celia Kaye.

About the Author

Ms. Puccio is the author of the forthcoming children’s book, Have You Seen My Tail? as well as the writer of Circles (Winner, Best Short, Hoboken International Film Festival; Nominee, Best Director, 30 Under 30 Film Festival). She also contributes her ideas and thoughts on, a website dedicated to bridging the gap between analytic philosophy and creative writing.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I thought the secret was going to be braces or something far more secretive.  Having Celiac disease is super common these days and most people do not even care to address it in public.  It seemed a bit dramatic for Celia to make a big production out of it and not be straightforward from the start.

Starting off with numerous lies is never an option that  I give to children.  The book should have focused more on celiac and how to help it, then pages of fibbing and tall tales.   It just seemed like a lot of hype or build up for that topic.  Also repeating the full name Celia Kaye seems pointless though suspiciously when saying it a certain way sounds a lot like Celiac?

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