Monday, October 31, 2016

Thanksgathering Quiz #ad #SCJThanks

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Holiday Giveaway Spectacular   Week One
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  Grand Prize Package: 1 - Ergo Chef My Juicer with Extra Bottle and Grinder Attachment 1 - Night Stars Landscape Shimmer Light 1 - Ohio Flame Patriot Fire Pit 1 - $25 Bravo Cucina Italiana Restaurant Gift Card 1 - Standard Concession Supply 5' Turkey Harvest Thanksgiving Inflatable 1 - QMT Shenandoah Melodies 34" Windchime (Asst Colors) 1 - NASA A Journey Through Space Documentary DVD 1 - Kentucky Made and More Red with Dark Red Plaid Cashmere Scarf 1 - The Popcorn Factory Merry Christmas 2 Gallon/3 Flavor Tin 1 - JClaw Tek 4pc Tool Set 1 - Country Bob's Assorted Sauce Gift Pack

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

GSI Exchange #ad

Company Overview
Founded by industry veterans, GSI Exchange is a leading national coin and precious metals company specializing in wholesale trading as well as direct sales to the general public. GSI Exchange's management has more than 50 years of combined market know how and a huge supplier database within the U.S.

I recevied complimentary coin.

Read and Share Look I'm Reading Bible Storybook Review


With more than 1.3 million sold in the Read and Share® brand, this is the perfect next step!

Your family will love this Bible storybook in the popular rebus style with pictures sprinkled between words, allowing your little ones to read along with you! Kids will love to engage with the Bible stories by pointing out the pictures among the words to tell the story. This is a proven way to help children learn and retain the stories through interaction. In the rebus format, children see the picture key, learn the word, and then complete the sentence using the correct picture. This gives children positive learning and interactive reading time.

Stories include: Adam and Eve and the Sneaky Snake, Noah and the Big Boat, Moses and the Ten Commandments, David and the Giant, Mary’s Big Surprise, Jesus Stops a Storm, Jesus Goes to Heaven, and A Promise to All God’s Children.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A great learning tool for little readers because the illustrations are easy to recognize.  I think it is a real treat to be able to read a clean story to your loved ones.

Method Holiday Hand Wash Review and GIVEAWAY

Buying gifts for family and friends is stressful enough, but finding the perfect give to give your child’s teacher is an unnecessary struggle. If you’re working on a holiday gift story, the Method Holiday Hand Wash Collection creates an ideal gift set.

The seasonal scents are sure to sleigh a favorite teacher with frosted fir and vanilla chai, each complemented by a fun + festive forest design which evokes snow-dusted evergreens and bright baubles and sparkling stars.

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I favored the Frosted Fir scent over the Vanilla Chai but they are both really nice on my hands.  I would not use them right before eating because the stronger fragrance will be very noticeable.   They are a really great hand soap for holiday parties and my family enjoys the blast of scent they provide during use and they are not hard to rinse off. 

The Library Book 1: CURSE OF THE BOGGIN by D.J. MacHale Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY


Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying.

There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out.

It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start a story you can’t finish. Because in this library, the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.

Marcus O’Mara is a 13 year old guy at a crossroads. He constantly finds himself in trouble at school, with his friends, and with his adoptive parents. Marcus doesn’t believe things can get any worse for him…until they get worse.

Much worse.

He begins seeing strange and impossible visions; gets thrown into paranormal danger and is haunted by a mysterious ghost with a singular goal: to give him a key.

It’s a key that opens the door to a mysterious library. When that door opens, the incredible adventure for Marcus and his friends begins as they learn the truth about Marcus’ past and uncover the strange world of unfinished stories that are found on the shelves of the Library.


I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A chilling but kid friendly book that will delight readers of all ages.   It provides an excellent story with the hints of creepy that is blended just enough to make you walk a little faster around the house at night.


D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His filmmaking career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 10-15 Minutes Skype Session (personal or school class). 
- Two Signed Copies of The Library Book 1: Curse of the Boggin + Signed Bookmarks by D.J. MacHale

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Digital Media Academy Camp Registration Now Open Save Up to $250 #spon

Save up to $250 during the Launch Sale and discover exciting new summer camps and courses for your kid or teen ages 6-17. Since 2002, Digital Media Academy has set out to be the thought-leader in tech education for kids, teens and adults a 
prestigious universities across the U.S. and Canada

In addition to summer camp programs, DMA offers year-round learning via DMA Online and powers tech ed programs through its curriculum licensing program around the globe. DMA instructors and curriculum developers include industry professionals and outstanding technology educators, with a driving passion for inspiring, teaching, and mentoring.

What will you create this summer? Don't wait - the Launch Sale ends November 4, 2016!

Balanced Experience

DMA camps offer more than sitting in front of a screen all day. The DMA learning experience strikes a balance between tech time and social time; sending our campers home with new tech skills and confidence and new friends.

Top-Notch Staff

The DMA staff is an impressive group of industry professionals and tech educators who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience. Small staff to student ratios keep learning personalized and ensures that no one gets left behind.


Students learn by getting hands on and collaborative in search of solutions to relative, real world problems. Infused with design-thinking methodology, our courses teach students to lead with empathy, test and retest through prototyping, and work as a team to get results.

Safety Matters

Your child's safety is DMA's top priority. All DMA staff are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid. Our security procedures ensure that our students are safe on campus, in the classroom, and online so that you don't ever have to worry.

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids By Liz Lee Heinecke Blog Tour

Learn physics, chemistry and biology in your own backyard!

At-home science provides an environment for freedom, creativity and invention that is not always possible in a school setting. In your own backyard, it's simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments using the great outdoors. Science can be found all around in nature. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids offers 52 fun science activities for families to do together.

 The experiments can be used as individual projects, for parties, or as educational activities for groups. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids will tempt families to learn about physics, chemistry and biology in their backyards. Learn scientific survival skills and even take some experiments to the playground! Many of the experiments are safe enough for toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science together.

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Liz Lee Heinecke
Liz Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. Now she's on a mission to make it safe, fun and easy for kids of all ages to play with science.

After working in molecular biology research for ten years and getting her master’s degree, Liz left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, journaling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website.

Her desire to spread her enthusiasm for science to others soon led to regular TV appearances, the creation of the KidScienceapp iPhone app, and her two books, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids and Outdoor Science Lab for Kids.

You can find her at home in Minnesota, wrangling her kids, writing, singing, playing banjo, painting, running, and doing almost anything else to avoid housework.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The ideas are great but for most kids in diffrent areas some of these projects will not be able to work well.  It was a very interesting book and would be great for homeschool science projects.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold By Iain Reading Review

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses.
  Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 1) by [Reading, Iain]
 Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climactic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Author Iain Reading
Iain Reading
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

Cassandra's review-  I can see where this author pulls his inspiration from in creating a great story that will entertain most younger ages.   It has a good amount of details and imagination lining the pages in way that keeps a reader on a smooth but knowledgeable path to the finish.  

Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Relief spray Review

Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Relief spray can be used before, during, and after a flight to clear the nasal passages and deliver much needed moisture.  This non-addictive formula comes in a travel-size and can be used alone or with a cold or allergy medicine.

Simply Saline™ Nasal Relief

Simply Saline™ Nasal Relief can be an integral part of helping to moisturize and clear congestion, and in performing everyday maintenance.
Moisturizes and flushes dust and irritants from nasal passages
Drug-free, made from simple ingredients: just salt, water and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
Non-addictive, can be used as often as needed
Gentle mist, with adaptable nozzle
Contents remain sterile throughout use
Use alone or with your cold or allergy medicine
Available in three convenient sizes

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Anyone who has children with allergies or a runny nose will know just how terrible it is for them especially if the child does not like to or will not blow their nose.   This not only provides a way to clear the nasal passage but leaks out of the nose after spraying which encourages the user to want to blow and wipe the nose.   It feels like a burst of water when being sprayed in the nose, but does not have any taste.  One spray in each nostril lasted about an hour.   This also did not cause a nosebleed.

Prison Fellowship Selects Adventure Bible for 2016 Angel Tree Program

Zonderkidz was pleased to share that Prison Fellowship has selected the NIrV Adventure BIble for Early Readers as their Bible choice, in English, for this year's Angel Tree Program. This program will help provide over 140 thousand Bibles to children who have an incarcerated parent this Christmas.

If you, your church, or your groups and organizations are looking for a worthy Christmas charity project, we encourage you to consider Angel Tree.

 The Angel Tree program helps makes Christmas a little more joyful for children who have a parent in prison. Registered volunteers are provided with info on a child (or children) in need and have the fun job of Christmas shopping for the children. 

A gift guide is provided and the suggested spend is only $15-$25 per child. Prison Fellowship works to ensure that the children receive a message of faith, hope and God's love. While gifts do not replace the presence of a parent, your generous giving and volunteer work helps ensure that these little ones do not get forgotten on Christmas. To learn more, visit:

You can read more about the Prison Fellowship's selection of the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers and the NVI Biblia Aventura (the Spanish edition) here:

I did not receive compensation for this post. 

Woombie Air + Zipadee-Zip wearable blanket +Babee Talk eco-teething rail cover + eco toys Giveaway

Through awareness, we can beat SIDS together! I partnered with my friends at Woombie, Sleeping Baby, and Babee Talk to share an awesome SIDS Prevention infographic and giveaway!  

Together we can make a difference by educating parents – will you join us? For sharing the infographic and also liking my Facebook page/post you will be entered for a chance to win these three safe sleep gifts:
Woombie Air baby swaddle,
Zipadee-Zip wearable blanket, and
Babee Talk eco-teething rail cover and eco toys!

(Remember, always just have a tight fitted sheet in the crib with baby and nothing else! No bumpers, toys, blankets or pillows)

ENTER HERE Enter via the form on this page and look at the educational infographic below to learn more about SIDS. Armed with knowledge we can make a huge difference together!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Urban Market Bags Review #urbanmarketbags

3 soft and durable reusable shopping bags. These eco-friendly nylon market bags have longer handles for slinging over the shoulder - conveniently stored in one drawstring pack that fits in the cupholder of your car or handbag so you'll never forget them when you go shopping or to the grocery store.

Drawstring pack is 5’’ tall and 3.5’’ wide. The bags are 26’’ tall and 12.5’’ wide. Carries 20% more content than a generic plastic bag. 100% SUPPLEX® nylon. Machine washable in cold water, tumble dry on low.

Cassandra's Review-  The easy to hold handles were even easier to help me carry my things because it fit on my arm and was soft enough not to cut through or leave a mark.  I tend to carry a lot of heavy bags at one time so having a good size and material that holds strong is super important  to me.  The bags can actually be washed in case you have a leaky baby bottle or water etc.    I am glad they are not super huge because I would overload them and they are a good size for library books.  My family plans on using them to trick or treat this year which will eliminate the old fashioned pillow case.  I also like that these save the amount of plastic bag needs, I do wish they would be a bit less pricey because I would like to buy them but have a super tight budget.  

I recevied complimentary product.

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Slimsation Pants Review


Slimsation Pants have flexible tummy control panel moves with you, keeping your figure looking great throughout the day, whether you're working, playing, or running errands. You don't quit, and the SlimSation tummy control panel won't quit either. These versatile pants can be dressed up or down, pairing perfectly with your moto leather jacket and sneakers or fur lined coat and boots. SlimSation's secret slimming panel can't be seen, but the effects of it are unmissable. The panel is built into the fashion-friendly pants, giving you an on trend look and a great figure all in one.


The variety of styles means you can always look your best, from fun capris that are ideal for a fun summer weekend to relaxed pants that are perfect for the office. The SlimSation leggings can be worn on their own or with a dress, giving you a flexible style that will have you looking smooth, slim, and toned. SlimSation also offers a variety of styles of jeans, giving you the figure you want whether you prefer skinny jeans or boyfriend cuts.

For more information, please visit

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  With sizes up to 3X these pants will fit most.  They do have a good amount of stretch, but you really need to get your correct size.   The fabric is a bit itchy if you're sensitive to certain materials.  The flexibility makes these very comfortable to relax in as well as walk in.  

$150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Ends 11/7

Welcome to the Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms. Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Ends 11/7 In today’s promotion for the FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers, it started out at $39.90 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

  You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item.

 As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!   Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

  Giveaway: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Diapers and you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!   This giveaway ends on 11/7/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends. Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Multiwear Kickstarter Cardimom Giveaway

Whether you are a SAHM, WAHM, or a 9-to-5er, life is SO BUSY and it’s not always easy to stay organized on the go. We lug around way too many bags creating a bulky, inefficient mess. Priscilla Barton, founder of Multiwear, was that mom, “the bag lady” with many bags that would fall off her shoulders, with things in her arms and hands and two kids to herd around. She had so many bags for different things and could not keep track of what she was carrying and when.

That’s when she decided she had enough! Her bags certainly did not play well together and nothing out there did! So, she set out to design the Division of Labor Dual Tote. The Division of Labor Dual Tote features two highly organized and dedicated bags – one for baby’s effects (Care Tote) and one for you (Command Tote) that can be used separately or attach together magnetically.

The new Kickstarter campaign is taking off and to celebrate, Multiwear is hosting a very special giveaway! 3 winners will be chosen to receive their very own Cardimom® AND if they get funded, each winner will also receive her own Division of Labor Tote – choose either the Care Tote or the Command Tote! How exciting is that?!

PLUS, if you win and you backed the Kickstarter project, you will win both totes!

Three lucky winners will be chosen!

Open to residents of the U.S. only, ages 18 and older.

Click here to see the Giveaway Rules.
Everyone who enters will receive something special after the giveaway as a thank you.

The giveaway will run through November 6th at 11:59 pm ET.

Entering is easy and can be done via the Rafflecopter BELOW.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Compact Lightweight Beach Blanket Review

Large lightweight compact sand proof beach blanket perfect for you and your family. Easy to carry and easy to dry.


QUALITY – Made with durable and lightweight 100% Parachute Nylon.
BIG AND COMPACT – The blanket when in the pocket is just 4.5 x 7 inches but when is full opened it turns to 7 x 6 feet and it gives to you plenty room for 2 people and all their belongs, this make it easy to carry in any bag with you. Perfect for the beach, picnic and any outdoor activities.
SAND FREE – Sand won’t stick to your blanket, just shake it off and enjoy sand free experience.
DOUBLE ANCHORED – Corner sand pockets helps to hold the beach blanket in place and they make sure it will not fly away. Or you can keep your personal items in the pockets. Also you can secure blanket with pegs to the ground.
COOL TO THE TOUCH – Blanket will stay cool to the touch even in hot summer days.

If you like to go to the beach but hates that your things get full of sand, here is what make the things better.

With this beach blanket you have a good spot on the sand and have a lot of space to lay down and put your stuff. So with this, your bags will not get full of sand anymore.

Easy to carry because is small and lightweight, and also you will see how easy is to set it up, the corner sand pockets and stakes will helps your beach parachute blanket stay on place, don't flying away.


Cassandra's  Review-  The awesome blanket is lightweight and very easy to use. It did not fly away when anchored and has a soft feeling fabric that is strong enough not to rip during use.   My family can fit sitting down cross legged and the little kids will have no problem laying down.   I can use this on the grass and in the sand.  It was sewed well and fits into a neat little carry bag.

PosterMyWall 1/2 OFF Printable Downloads Review

Posters - 1/2 OFF Printable Downloads - Create amazing Posters & Flyers in minutes PosterMyWall! .@usfg

Commemorating a graduation

My entire life, I've loved doing arts and crafts projects, especially collages. As a child, and even into my early college years, I always gifted my closest friends collages of our times together. I mean, what better way to cherish the moments than have them frozen in time in a personal collage? So naturally, when my eldest started his senior year of high school, I knew a collage would be happening in the near future.

Even though I had the entire year to make the collage, I figured I'd better start sorting through our online albums (just to select the ones I wanted to print). I even mentioned it to a girlfriend, who also shared my love for all things arts and crafts. And that's when she told me about PosterMyWall!

She told me the site offered amazing templates, including a category for family collages!!! Suddenly, my project turned from a year's worth of prep into about a day's worth of prep. Because I still had to sort through my online albums, it took me a bit to decide which images to select. But actually uploading the images and customizing my design only took a few minutes!!! With the site's online tools (we're talking backgrounds, images, filters, etc.), I designed and purchased a 24x36" poster collage without hours of meticulous cutting and pasting.

The collage arrived fairly quickly, and everyone loved it. My son even teared when he opened up the package! Now we use PosterMyWall for all photo gifts. If you wanna see what other products PosterMyWall offers, check out this page.

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I recevied complimentary print.

Cassandra's Review- I recevied a $7.50 8X12 print that took me over two hours to customize using the software on the poster my wall site and it was not simple.  The print arrived with good speed as far as shipping and it was just a print, like a bigger photo not sure if you can do it on a photo printer at home.

 However because I choose photos that were not correct to size and basically gave up in the end of customization, mine arrived with blurriness in the quality.  Overall I think that if you need a gift or photo and do not mind paying a little more for it, this is going to be great, if you have time to customize and correct your edits for awhile.  The large photo was on photo paper and makes a nice print.  

Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss Review

German baking has influenced baking traditions around the world for generations and is a source of great nostalgia for those of German and Central European heritage. Yet the very best recipes for Germany’s cookies, cakes, tortes, and breads, passed down through generations, have never before been collected and perfected for contemporary American home bakers. Enter Luisa Weiss, the Berlin-based creator of the adored Wednesday Chef blog and self-taught ambassador of the German baking canon.

From her cheerful Berlin kitchen, Weiss shares more than 100 rigorously researched and tested recipes, gathered from expert bakers, friends, family, and time-honored sources throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Whether you’re in the mood for the simple yet emblematic Streuselkuchen, crisp and flaky Strudel, or classic breakfast Brötchen, every recipe you’re looking for is here, along with detailed advice to ensure success plus delightful storytelling about the origins, meaning, and rituals behind the recipes. Paired with more than 100 photographs of Berlin and delectable baked goods, such as Elisenlebkuchen, Marmorierter Mohnkuchen, and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, this book will encourage home bakers of all skill levels to delve into the charm of Germany’s rich baking tradition.

Classic German Baking is an authoritative collection of recipes that provides delicious inspiration for any time of day, whether it’s for a special breakfast, a celebration with friends and family, or just a regular afternoon coffee-and-cake break, an important part of everyday German life.

I recevied a complimentary copy.
Luisa Weiss
Luisa Weiss is an American-Italian food writer based in Berlin. She is the author of My Berlin Kitchen, a food memoir about growing up between Berlin and Boston, is the founder of the acclaimed food blog, The Wednesday Chef, and is the food columnist for Harper's Bazaar Germany. Her latest book, Classic German Baking, is a collection of the very best recipes from across Germany and Austria for cakes, rolls, cookies, tortes, and Christmas confections. Weiss lives with her husband and son in Berlin.

Cassandra's Review- You can really tell that there was a lot of research and hard work put into this cookbook.   There is just an overflow of information with recipes included.  The whole book is going to be a huge help if you want to learn to bake German goodies.   The ingredients can get pricey and it will take a lot of work to create the delights.

Jack Templar and the Last Battle by Jeff Gunhus $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

    jack-templar-and-the-last-battle Jack Templar and the Last Battle by Jeff Gunhus In the last book of the Jack Templar series, Jack and his friends race to stop Ren Lucre before he launches this Creach army against humankind. But the Lord of the Lesser Creach and the Lord of the Zombies hold the last two Jerusalem Stones Jack needs to have any chance of success. To make matters worse, the Oracle predicts that one of their group will die in the upcoming fight, and Jack discovers betrayal among those he trusts most. Even so, Jack must find the courage to lead his friends into battle. Either they collect the Stones in time to defeat Ren Lucre or die trying. It’s "Do your duty, come what may" no matter the cost. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. amazon add to goodreads
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  jeff-gunhusAuthor Jeff Gunhus Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list. After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gnoments tis the season to bring the magic back into relationships Review

Gnoments is a unique relationship-building tool to help you share and create special moments with the one you love.

 The Gnoments kit includes a boy and girl gnome, each with a special pouch for including notes, mementos, and gifts, along with an embedded NFC chip for high tech messages, and a 32 page hardcover, illustrated story book with ideas to get you started so you can begin making special moments today.

Available with most smart phones, one can easily program the NFC (Near field communications) tag inside each gnome to offer another exciting way of being romantic, thoughtful, and fun. From recording a YouTube video, sending over a text, or going on an adventurous treasure hunt, the possibilities are endless.

 If you are away from your gnome, but still want to send a special message, Gnoments' mobile-friendly website includes a special messaging system called Gnomifications, where one can create a Gnomitar (a gnome avatar) and send an email or text with the same links one can share through the embedded NFC tags.
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I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review -   I mean, super cute and so very fun to play with.  There are a lot of ways to use this and the whole family can have fun. These are going to make excellent gifts this year.  The set comes with a really nice storybook to help couples to get some loving ideas.   If you are a single parent these are still really cool for the kids to leave little notes as they do not have to be for couples only.

Baja Baby Review and 30% discount

Baja Baby Lavender Conditioning Cream
 Baja Baby Lavender Conditioning Cream Baja

From peach fuzz to long locks, they can guarantee it will leave your baby’s hair soft and tangle-free. Their vitamin-enriched conditioning cream is gentle and free of parabens and sulphates. And you can rest assured, knowing that no ingredients were derived from animals.

Suitable for babies and kids of all ages (and mommies too!).


Glacial Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl 2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Cold-Pressed Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Organic Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil,Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase.

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This luxurious Lavender Lotion has a calming, fresh scent that is gentle enough for baby’s skin, and soothing enough to transport you to a land of luxury...even if only for a few minutes.

This soothing, spa-like cream is lightly scented with fragrant lavender and was created with your priorities in mind: a natural-based formula that hasn’t been tested on animals and is paraben-free, sulphate-free, and pH-balanced.

Suitable for babies and kids of all ages! (And yes, you can use it, too!)


Glacial Water (Aqua), Organic Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Organic Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Organic Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Allantoin, Organic Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase.

I recevied complimentary product.

The calming and cleansing Lavender Shampoo & Body Wash. One bath with paraben-free, sulphate-free, Ph-balanced, and delightfully smelling shampoo, and your baby will be clean, happy, and back to bed. Which also puts YOU back to the couch, comfy, and in control of the TV remote once again.


Glacial Water (Aqua), Coco Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Myristic acid, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate Guar Gum, Organic Cold-Pressed Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Organic Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase.

Cassandra's Review -  The light scent of lavender is not overwhelming but at the same time fragrant enough to really create an atmosphere of relaxing if only for the briefest of minutes.    The scent doesn't linger on your skin after washing and drying.  My hair did have a faint scent which was very pleasant.  I did not feel any harshness or have trouble rinsing these out.

Very Christmas by Simone Mets Review

Very Christmas by Simone Mets, Softcover Book with Coordinating Bookmark
When Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas.  Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true.  Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.   

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Simone Mets has spent her life connecting with others, whether locally or abroad, and always has her eyes peeled for opportunities to give back. Her ingenuity has served her well in her professional life as an attorney and event planner, and shines throughout her first book, Very Christmas. She is a passionate volunteer, a mentor, and an active member of SCBWI. Mets lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and two short haired ginger tabbies.

Learn more about Very Christmas at, Facebook, and Instagram.

Very Christmas is available to purchase at, Amazon,, and the Farmhouse Store in Princeton, NJ.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   The book shares loving, giving and blessings in a way that your little ones can enjoy as well as learn.  The author choose a different way to go about her writing but it worked really well and I think this is going to be a book that open hearts while reading.