Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Skippy’s Favourite Honey By Anthony Rebuck Review

“Skippy’s Favourite Honey”

By Anthony Rebuck

ISBN: 978-1-51444-612-6

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

Imagine if you couldn't find the food you liked most in the world. How would you feel? What would you do to get that thing you love?

That is Skippy's problem in Skippy's Favourite Honey. Author Anthony Rebuck tells the story of the little kangaroo who lives in Australia. Unfortunately, all the stores there are out of the best honey in the world. When Skippy discovers it comes from Guatemala, she's off on her search. And when she's disappointed again, Skippy is off to England. Fat Fred has what she's been looking for, but that's not all. She's got a surprise for everyone back in Australia.

Beautifully illustrated by Crock Plagerson, Skippy's Favourite Honey is a fun book for children between the ages of four and eight. It's a story of adventure and surprise.

About the author
Anthony Rebuck is a retired lung researcher, medical professor and expert in asthma treatment. He is the author of “BREATHING POISON.” This is Rebuck’s first children’s book.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The characters are very well invented and the story is super cute.  My younger kids get to hear an adventure as well as learn a few things along they way.  It is clean and perfect for little ones.  

Good Good Father By Chris Tomlin Review


Chris Tomlin has written songs that are sung by more people on a weekly basis than any other songwriter in the world. Now, his most recent single and K-LOVE “Song of the Year,” Good Good Father, lends inspiration to the children’s picture book of the same name, available Oct. 4, 2016. This delightful story is Tomlin’s first book for children, co-written with Pat Barrett, and will leave little ones with a greater understanding of who God is and of who they are because they are loved by Him.

“What an exciting journey to write my first children’s book,” said Tomlin. “Being a dad makes this so special. It’s my prayer that Good Good Father helps children understand the amazing reality that we can call God our Father, that we are His beloved sons and daughters. It’s a simple, yet powerful story—one that has been kid-tested in my own home and a joy to watch my girls experience.” 
Good Good Father is the story of a bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn just how great the King's love is for them. Along the way, Tucker encounters a variety of curious, humorous animals who each know one great thing about the King. However, they each have limited views of what makes him good. This is a precious story that will leave children with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

About the authors:

Chris Tomlin

With 10 albums, 13 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” and most recently, “Good Good Father,” to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20–30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship. More than anything, Chris loves being a husband to Lauren and a daddy to Ashlyn and Madison.

Pat Barrett is a husband, father, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He is the worship pastor of Grace-Midtown Church and co writer of the #1 song “Good Good Father.” Pat also travels with Housefires, a worship expression based out of the Atlanta area.

Cassandra's Review-  A very faith based book that my family really enjoyed.  It would make a great before bedtime read when you have a little more time at night.  If you follow God and want your children to learn and grow with him in their life, this is a great addition to place in your home library.  

Sneaky Blends By Missy Chase Lapine Review

Sneaky Book


Supercharge Your Health with More Than 100 Recipes Using the Power of Purees 

by Missy Chase Lapine 

September 2016

Chef and author Missy Chase Lapine has made a career out of “sneaking” healthy foods into reluctant eaters. As the Sneaky Chef she has transformed the way America feeds its families by creating a unique method of using “blends” that can be added to beloved recipes to make every meal more nutritious. 

She has made countless television appearances demonstrating for hosts and viewers alike how to sneak nutrition into kid’s meals at home and her company Sneaky Chef Foods LLC is committed to developing products that better children’s health. In 2007 her cookbook The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals rocketed onto the New York Times Best-Seller list as parents across the country snuck hidden vegetables into breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. In 2016, however, Missy has set her sights on the adults.

A study at Pennsylvania State University found that swapping vegetable blends for some of the more high caloric ingredients in recipes helped participants eat 357 fewer calories each day or 2,500 calories a week. With the debut of SNEAKY BLENDS [September 2016, North Star Way, $19.99 US / $26.99 CAN], Missy gives adults the tools they need to use the same blend technique she pioneered in The Sneaky Chef to round out their own meals with healthful, hidden nutrients tucked inside.

Starting off with signature base blends such as Butternut Squash-Apple and Black Bean-Blueberry-Baby Kale, Missy shows readers how to add these nutrient-packed blends into delicious recipes to kick-start a healthy lifestyle.

 The book also includes:

Recipes for 15 base blends

75 mouthwatering dishes, each using a base blend

Missy’s custom Blends Cleanse™, a 3-day Body Reboot

Tips and tricks to help readers start blending

Beautiful color photography throughout

With recipes such as Seared Salmon with Dill Sauce using the Broccoli-Pea-Spinach Base Blend, Meaty Mushroom Bolognese using the Carrot-Sweet Potato Base Blend, and the Skinny Chocolate Cake using the Black Bean-Blueberry-Baby Kale Base Blend, SNEAKY BLENDS is packed with delicious, simple recipes whipped up with nutrient-dense purees to create leaner, cleaner yet ridiculously tasty meals. It is the only cookbook readers will need to detox and transform their overall health while still enjoying delicious meals.

About the author:

Missy Chase Lapine is best known for her game changing “Sneaky Chef” series of books including her New York Times bestseller,The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. 

The Sneaky Chef has transformed the way America feeds its families following her unique method of using “blends” to make every meal more nutritious. In addition to her 7 books, Missy is also the founder of Sneaky Chef Foods LLC, a company committed to developing products that improve children’s health including Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter (a wildly successful peanut butter alternative) and pasta sauces made with 8 hidden veggies. 

Sneaky Chef Foods are sold nationwide. Missy has appeared on Today and has made hundreds of national TV, radio and print appearances. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Daily Meal and is also a member of the Children’s Advisory Council for NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where Sneaky Chef meals are served to patients. Missy's fresh, irreverent approach to nutrition can be found on her website,TheSneakyChef.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. She lives with her husband Rick and their children in Westchester County, New York.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I like to mention that the ingredients can easily be found in a local grocery market and at a decent price.  Everything in the book is down to earth and not over the top so that any age can enjoy the blends as well as treats included.  The zucchini pasta picatta looks amazing and I can not wait to try it out.   The directions are simple and very easy to understand.   The kids can even help create great blends.  

All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China by Carolyn Phillips Review

A comprehensive, contemporary portrait of China's culinary landscape and the geography and history that has shaped it, with more than 300 recipes.

Vaulting from ancient taverns near the Yangtze River to banquet halls in modern Taipei,All Under Heaven is the first cookbook in English to examine all 35 cuisines of China. Drawing on centuries' worth of culinary texts, as well as her own years working, eating, and cooking in Taiwan, Carolyn Phillips has written a spirited, symphonic love letter to the flavors and textures of Chinese cuisine. With hundreds of recipes--from simple Fried Green Onion Noodles to Lotus-Wrapped Spicy Rice Crumb Pork--written with clear, step-by-step instructions, All Under Heaven serves as both a handbook for the novice and a source of inspiration for the veteran chef.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Carolyn Phillips
Carolyn Phillips is a food writer, scholar, and artist. She is the author of the fully illustrated All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China (McSweeney’s + Ten Speed Press, August 2016) and The Dim Sum Field Guide: A Taxonomy of Dumplings, Buns, Meats, Sweets, and Other Specialties of the Chinese Teahouse (Ten Speed Press, August 2016).

Her work has appeared in Saveur, Best Food Writing 2015, Lucky Peach, Gastronomica, Life & Thyme, Buzzfeed, Zester Daily, Alimentum, Huffington Post, Food52, and at the 2013 MAD Symposium. She has appeared on such podcasts as KCRW's "Good Food," PRI's "The World," and on Berkshire "Bookworld," and has been interviewed by such outstanding newspapers as the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. Upcoming appearances include the Smithsonian, 92nd Street Y, San Francisco's Litquake, Goop, and Bon Appetit.

MadameHuang.com Twitter @madamehuang Instagram @therealmadamehuang
She's on Facebook, but prefers to communicate via Twitter and Instagram.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  This is so much more than just a cookbook, it is literally filled with all kinds of great recipes, instructions and knowledge that will help any cook to create cuisine.   Even though I was able to read through it quickly, it will still need to be re read several times because there is so much to learn.  Everything from the cover to the easy to understand directions makes this book a must have.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs @ransomriggs Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) 
by Ransom Riggs

The #1 New York Times Bestseller is now a major motion picture from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench.

Bonus features
• Q&A with author Ransom Riggs
• Eight pages of color stills from the film
• Sneak preview of Hollow City, the next novel in the series

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children -- Los Angeles. He was raised on a steady diet of ghost stories and British comedy, which probably explains the novels he writes. There's a nonzero chance he's in your house right now, watching you from underneath the bed. (Go ahead and check. We'll wait.) If not, you can find him on Twitter @ransomriggs.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  By far one of the best stories ever.  I found this author's imagination to be wild and creative, but to be able to write in the photos with this storyline is an amazing gift.   I would love to own every book in the collection and truly hope that Ransom thinks up more books.  I can not wait to see the movie and I hope it does the book justice.   This is seriously great for any age elementary grade and up.  The littler ones might get a bit scared or not understand.  

God's Little Lambs Bible Stories By Julie Stiegemeyer Review

9780310723646, God’s Little Lambs Bible Stories, Julie Stiegemeyer
Bible Stories for God’s Little Lambs is a storybook Bible written just for little ones. With a padded cover and simple, accessible text by Julie Stiegemeyer, children will learn about God’s love through stories such as Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Big Fish, and Jesus Welcomes the Children.

 With soft brushstrokes and warm colors, Qin Leng provides illustrations readers will love to cuddle up with at bedtime or anytime of the day.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I found this book to be very cute and if you have a faith in God and want to share it with your little ones, this would be a great choice.   The illustrations are beautiful and I think younger children will really enjoy it.

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon Review @Zonderkidz


Gilt Hollow
by Lorie Langdon
A Blink YA book
Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
Stand alone/ no series
Ages 13+
Appropriate for public school settings and book clubs.

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.

About the author:
Lorie Langdon is one half of the author team behind the bestselling Doon series. A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author, she spends her days tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. For more information, or just to say hi, visit lorielangdon.com

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  I think teen girls will like this a lot.  It has a light romance element mixed with a lot of mystery.   I feel like the author really did a great job of detailing and telling this story while keeping it age appropriate.

DNA Miracles® Natural body care and wellness products Review

From a home cleaning solution that makes cleaning bottles, foods, etc. a breeze to a foaming wash and shampoo derived from coconut oil, DNA Miracles®, a specialty line of high-quality natural body care and wellness products for babies and children, has a variety of products that parents can trust to keep their babies safe.

I recevied complimentary product.  
DNA Home Solutions Bundle with Bottles: Price $39:95
DNA Miracles® Home Solutions Bundle with Bottles
Your little miracle needs a clean and safe environment to grow up healthy and strong. Make cleaning a breeze with DNA Miracles Home Solutions Bundle with reusable bottles, and let the products do all the hard work for you. To keep your home squeaky-clean, each bundle includes packs for a Nursery + Playroom Cleaner, Fruit + Veggie Wash, Spot + Stain Remover and Bottle + Dish Soap. Cleaning agents derived from plant substances and compounds leave no harsh residue or fumes. Non-toxic, biodegradable, and Phosphate free.

DNA Miracles Natural Diaper Cream: Price: $17.95
DNA Miracles Natural Diaper Cream is a natural, nontoxic cream, specially formulated to moisturize, soothe and protect your baby's most sensitive areas. This cream helps seal out wetness and insulate against irritation to keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth-looking, while supporting normal skin barrier functions to help keep the skin hydrated.

DNA Miracles Natural Hydrating Lotion: Price: $15.95
DNA Miracles Natural Hydrating Baby Lotion is a natural, non-toxic body lotion, specially formulated to moisturize your baby's face and body, and help soothe minor skin irritations. Moisturizes with a combination of emollients and herbal extracts for skin that looks and feels smoother and softer, while supporting normal skin barrier functions to help keep the skin hydrated. Gentle on baby's sensitive skin and suitable for newborn use, this lotion helps moisturize and soothe your baby's skin.

DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo: Price: $13.95

DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo is a natural, gentle, non-toxic body cleanser and shampoo specially formulated for your baby’s delicate skin and hair. Gently cleanses, moisturizes and conditions the skin and hair with surfactants derived from coconut oil. Suitable for newborn use.

DNA Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment: Price: $22.50
DNA Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment is a nontoxic formula strong enough to soothe and yet gentle enough for the softest skin. Using natural ingredients like willow herb and coconut oil, this ointment protects your child’s sensitive skin while locking in much-needed moisture. DNA Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment helps keep your baby’s skin healthy and hydrated while providing soothing comfort.

Cassandra's Review-  The consistency and texture of the body care products are very nice and do not feel harsh when applied.   I like that every age member of my family can use these and not have to worry about skin flare ups or irritation.  The cleaning products came in a little sample packet sizes to be diluted with water, they are not strong to breath in while in use.  I enjoyed the no chemical scent.  Being able to clean my home and not add more toxins is always a great feeling.

Airfree Air Purifier Review


Fall is just around the corner and those that live in areas that require heating their home will soon be doing so.

 Indoor air pollution from burning wood to starting your dirty furnace to heat your home is putting nearly 3 billion people worldwide at risk of health issues and early death, with women being particularly susceptible.

 What can you do to curb this household air pollution?   AirFree is an purifier that sterilizes the air without the use of a filter and allows air to flow in and out while safely and effectively eliminating  dangerous dust particles that are released from open fires.

  Airfree takes in our indoor air and uses high heat to destroy all airborne particles, allergens and microbiological antigens and returns it to the environment, providing you with clean, sterile air.

I recevied complimentary product.
Airfree Operational English (US) from Airfree on Vimeo.

Cassandra's review- I recevied a black model P.   I was a little worried about the unit being able to get up to 400 degrees and thought it would be extremely dangerous. It actually can be placed onto a rug because it is that safe.  I am very happy with this product and hope to have it for a long time.

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About the Book

Title: Rimrider

Author: L.A. Kelley

Genre: YA Space Opera

Teenager Jane Benedict is awakened by her father and ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation. To evade the company’s murderous clutches and uncover the meaning of her father’s last message, Jane leads Will on a desperate escape across the galaxy aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex. Tangled in the crew’s fight against UEC, Jane saves the life of young smuggler Maclan Sawyer and learns her father’s code identifies a secret cargo shipment that can spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race.

Piracy, intrigue, romance, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the planet Rimrock. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose on the galactic rim or will death for high treason be her fate?

Author Bio

I’m the author of seven fantasy and science fiction adventure novels with smart female characters more comfortable with thinking rather than shooting their way out of a tricky situation. Rimrider is the newest and the first book in the Rimrock Adventures series. The second, Outlaw Jane, is also available with the third due in 2017. The story arc is a nod to the American Revolution, but with space colonists as the Yankees and Earth as the redcoats. A reader can expect to find an element of fantasy and sweet romance, humor, space battles and conflict, but no gore.

Florida is my home. The state is a good place for speculative fiction since most people speculate the heat and humidity here have driven residents slightly mad. I can’t argue that. In my spare time I enjoy calling in Bigfoot sightings to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are heartily sick of hearing from me.

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