Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit from Baby Care by e-cloth® Review

Keep the bath tub sparkling clean and free from harsh chemicals with the Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit from Baby Care by e-cloth®

Many moms think that using heavy-duty cleaners is the only way to battle germs but those harsh chemicals can pose serious risks to kid’s health such as eczema, airway irritation, eye irritation, allergies, and even poisoning! 

The set includes the three core cloths to clean all major hard surfaces in the home without chemicals using just water. Set comes with Bathroom Cloth, General Purpose Cloth, and Glass & Polishing Cloth. MSRP: $19.99. Available online at http://www.ecloth.com/Baby-Care-by-ecloth/

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I was a little sceptical over just using water to clean.  I figured I would try the cloths and then go back over the surfaces with my regular cleaners.    I was very impressed with the way these actually work.  You can reuse them so it saves a lot of money.  

 This has no odor which can be kind of strange if you're use to a scent while cleaning.   I will use this for everyday cleaning and then once every few days go back and deeper clean with my regular cleaners but that is just for my own personal peace of mind.   I know that everyone has their own levels of clean.   If you happen to be someone that uses a baby wipe for everything, this might be a cheaper alternative and safer.  

Expecting Sunshine by Alexis Marie Chute Review

After her son, Zachary, dies in her arms at birth, visual artist and author Alexis Marie Chute disappears into her “Year of Distraction.” She cannot paint or write or tap into the heart of who she used to be, mourning not only for Zachary, but also for the future they might have had together. It is only when Chute learns she is pregnant again that she sets out to find healing and rediscover her identity―just in time, she hopes, to welcome her next child.

In the forty weeks of her pregnancy, Chute grapples with her strained marriage, shaken faith, and medical diagnosis, with profound results. Glowing with riveting and gorgeous prose, Expecting Sunshine chronicles the anticipation and anxiety of expecting a baby while still grieving for the child that came before―enveloping readers with insightful observations on grief and healing, life and death, and the incredible power of a mother’s love.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

About the Author

Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, writer, and filmmaker. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and photography from the University of Alberta, and her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chute is a highly regarded public speaker and has traveled around the world presenting on art, writing, and the healing capacities of creativity. She is widely published in anthologies and magazines, and her artwork has been exhibited internationally. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her husband and their three living children.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   Heartbreak, sadness, life goes on.  I think that because death is so constant and so many people die each day that it almost becomes easier to move on and past it without much thought of who it touched.   When the author shows you her pain and story you get a peek at just a small portion of what was really happening.  

Words just will not describe the actual moments that this person must live and relive daily.   Yes over time it hurts less, but it is not forgotten and no one can create an atmosphere where it is fixed.  I hope that this book brought a pinch of closure for this author and that be sharing her story others might head toward a process of healing, the best one can.  

The Great Good Thing By Andrew Klavan Review


Edgar Award-winner and internationally bestselling novelist tells of his improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish-intellectual to baptized Christian and of the books that led him there.

“Had I stumbled on the hallelujah truth, or just gone mad—or, that is, had I gone mad again?”

No one was more surprised than Andrew Klavan when, at the age of fifty, he found himself about to be baptized. Best known for his hard-boiled, white-knuckle thrillers and for the movies made from them—among them True Crime (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Don’t Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas)—Klavan was born in a suburban Jewish enclave outside New York City. He left the faith of his childhood behind to live most of his life as an agnostic in the secular, sophisticated atmosphere of New York, London, and Los Angeles. But his lifelong quest for truth—in his life and in his work—was leading him to a place he never expected.

In The Great Good Thing, Klavan tells how his troubled childhood caused him to live inside the stories in his head and grow up to become an alienated young writer whose disconnection and rage devolved into depression and suicidal breakdown. But he also stumbled into a genuine romance, a passionate and committed marriage whose uncommon and enduring devotion convinced him of the reality of love.

In those years, Klavan fought to ignore the insistent call of God, a call glimpsed in a childhood Christmas at the home of a beloved babysitter, in a transcendent moment at his daughter’s birth, and in a snippet of a baseball game broadcast that moved him from the brink of suicide. But more than anything, the call of God existed in stories—the stories Klavan loved to read and the stories he loved to write.

The Great Good Thing is the dramatic, soul-searching story of a man born into an age of disbelief who had to abandon everything he thought he knew in order to find his way to the truth.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  When I read of someone else's truths, they become more open in my heart.  I felt connected to the author by the way he shares his thoughts so openly and took me on a journey of highs and lows but not for sympathy but, power.   I think some people write for fame, but this author seems to write for the love he expresses in God and self.

After the Cheering Stops By Cyndy Feasel with Mike Yorkey Review


Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma—and the faith that saved her.

“If I’d only known what I loved the most would end up killing me and taking away everything I loved, I would have never done it.” – Grant Feasel

Grant Feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. Grant died on July 15, 2012, at the age of 52, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Cyndy Feasel watched their life together become a living hell as alcohol became Grant’s medication for a disease rooted in the scores of concussions he suffered on the football field. Helmet-to-helmet collisions opened the door to CTE and transformed him from a sunny, strong, and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self. In this raw and emotional memoir that takes a closer look at the destruction wrought by a game millions love, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium empties and the lights go down. A powerful tale of warning for football moms and NFL wives everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also a story of the hard-won hope found in God’s presence when everything else falls apart.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Sadness and strength.  Horrible workings of life with the good and bad wide open.  The story of truth and healing through death.  To lose and to regain different parts of your being and to be able to express everything through this writing  where it was the rawness or sadness, made this book a must read.

The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher Review


History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime Street, whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal.

The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics—and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities.

Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by Scientific American and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee.  Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified.  Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini.

David Jaher's extraordinary debut culminates in the showdown between Houdini, a relentless unmasker of charlatans, and Margery, the nation's most credible spirit medium. The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other’s orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question: Is there life after death?

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The author's talent shows through the pages of this really interesting read.  I thought that it would be a stuffy kind of old fashioned work, but it is so well executed that I did not want to put it down.  This is going to be a great book for anyone who loves a good real story with a twist.

60 Days of Happiness By Randy Alcorn Review

Would you like to experience true happiness?
When it comes to happiness, most of us have the same questions. Why can’t I be consistently happy? Is it wrong to be happy when there’s so much pain and suffering in the world? And perhaps the biggest one: How can I be happier? Some Christians make an artificial contrast between joy and happiness, while others claim God wants us to be holy, but not happy. In fact, he wants us to be both, and the two go hand in hand!

In 60 Days of Happiness, noted theologian and New York Times bestselling author Randy Alcorn shares sixty timeless devotions demonstrating that God not only wants us to be happy in him and enjoy his gifts, he commands and empowers us to do so.

Randy AlcornRandy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God's Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, underwater photography, research, and reading.

Contact Eternal Perspective Ministries at www.epm.org or 39085 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 206, Sandy, OR 97055 or 503.668.5200. Follow Randy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/randyalcorn, Twitter: www.twitter.com/randyalcorn, and on his blog: www.epm.org/blog.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why?  Everything from the bright yellow cover to the uplifting feelings of joy from the devotions  included.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  I found the book to be well organized and written in a great light, so nothing that I would not or did not like.

- What did you learn?  There are people everywhere on certain levels of happiness but they can all be happier with the help of God.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  The book is faith based and so anyone of any age around teen and older who has a love and strong faith in God will benefit.