Saturday, December 30, 2017

Winters & Yonker where Trust And Experience Matter

A normal day and you and your family are out for a drive, mayde to the store or maybe for a scenic trip.  You're all excited and talking maybe even fighting about where to go and the radio is on.  Maybe it starts to rain, or maybe you get distracted and in that minute anything can happen.  Not only do you have to worry about your own driving but also anyone else who might be on the road that day, even a hitchhiker that strolls to close to the side lines.

 While you can not predict or change the outcome of the situation and you should not be afraid to go out and drive, you can feel a little bit better with the right attorney on your side.

If you happen to live in the Tampa, FL area and for whatever reason might be needing an experienced lawyer on your side check out the services at Winters & Yonker, because  the strategy is simple – to get you the compensation you deserve while focusing on your goals, needs, and concerns.  After a car accident or other personal injury, your health and your future could be at risk. An accident is only the beginning of what could prove to be a lifelong struggle.

At the Tampa law firm of Winters & Yonker, P.A., they work tirelessly to fight for and protect the rights of their clients. If you have been seriously injured in any kind of accident, the personal injury attorneys at Winters & Yonker will be there for you.

Trust And Experience Matter

Personal injury litigation can be time-consuming. At every turn, insurance companies and their lawyers will look for weaknesses in your case they can exploit. You need to work with an attorney you trust to act in your best interests, no one else’s.

This is a personal injury attorney Tampa residents have trusted for 13 years to protect their rights and interests in personal injury cases. Know that you are protected. Contact the Tampa personal injury law firm of Winters & Yonker today because their seasoned legal team is here to help with any kind of personal injury case.

The law limits the amount of time you have to take action. Don’t wait. Contact a personal injury lawyer at 888-848-9399 if you have suffered injury in any kind of accident, even if you think you might have been at fault.


Trade Your Cares for Calm By Max Lucado Review

Be Free from the Worries That Weigh You Down.

If you’re trembling on a tightrope of fear and worry, get ready for the best trade ever: your cares for God’s calm.

What if faith, not fear, could be your default reaction to circumstances? Imagine being able to walk away from worry, conquer the need to control, get rid of guilt, and end if-only thinking.

That’s God’s offer. He wants to exchange your burdens for an abundance of mercy, gratitude, and trust. To replace striving and stress with a faith-filled life in which you’ll see God’s goodness, feel calm in chaos, and find peace through prayer.

Bestselling author Max Lucado understands what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by anxiety. Through unforgettable stories and biblical wisdom, he offers powerful tools to help you manage your fears and worries.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  When you have a gift with words and a love of God you can write anything.  Well at least this author can.  While you need to have a strong belief in God to enjoy this book you also need to have a strong belief in the words that this author shares.   I think that once your hooked into the world of this author's work you will continue to be blessed and pleased with the writings that come out. 

Same Kind of Different As Me By Ron Hall Review

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.

An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.

A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, inside the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.

Gritty with betrayal and pain brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Bonus material in this special movie edition includes:

A new epilogue with updates on the authors since the release of the original book; the amazing story behind the movie, how it got made, and the incredible experiences while filming in Jackson, MS; photos from the movie set.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The story is one you could read around a fire to an older crowd.  The author has a style that draws you into the stories and gives you characters that could easily have been real well that is probably because they were at some point.  It is one great thing to be able to retell a story in such a way that it was more vivid and true then when it was occuring. 

Enter to win a Kalu Yala Scholarship

Written by Cassandra McCann
Title: Enter to win a Kalu Yala Scholarship

Can you imagine writing a 500 word essay and winning a 1000.00 scholarship? 

I know first hand how tough life can be and how quickly money can be depleted. Even as a homeschool mom I often wonder if my younger children will want to go to college or stay at home and go via online. The choice is tough and it is heartbreaking as well as exciting to see your kids go off if they choose.   Either way it is a very big expense and even as I write this I have a teen already off in a university.

Thankfully I was able to apply for scholarship money and financial assistance along with my child's straight A's which really helped out but even with the extra help there is still the added costs of living on campus or off campus etc.  So when I read about this  essay opportunity I thought that you might have a child that could try for it as well.   I took some information from the Kalu Yala website so that you can learn more and enter if you wish to do so. 

While I am not going to to be participating and have no affiliation with the Kalu Yala program or any responsibility for prize fulfillment etc and am just passing on the information.   I am also required to let you know that this is a sponsored post as well. 

I would like to present to my readers the Kalu Yala scholarship  which was created with the future of entrepreneurs and business people in mind. They are hoping that this scholarship helps someone get a little closer to their dream career.

 Applicants will be required to write a 500-word essay to be considered for this $1000 scholarship.

A committee will select one winner based on their essay at the end of December 2018.


To be eligible for the Kalu Yala Scholarship you have to meet one of the following criteria:

High school senior that has been accepted into a college or university.
Current college or university student that is not in their final semester. This includes all education levels (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate).

Application Process:

To apply for this scholarship you have to fill out the form on the Kalu Yala website home page. All fields should be completed. By submitting your application, you are giving Kalu Yala permission to use your essay for marketing and promotional purposes.


Friday, December 29, 2017

SoapSox® Review

#soapsox  #babybath #bath #bathtime #bubblebath

Finally! An adorable new line of plush friends that kids can take from playtime…. to bath time! It’s 2-in-1 fun with SoapSox®, the cuddly companions you can actually take in the tub! Snuggle, cuddle, and play together all day and when it’s time for your bath, bring them with you! A patented soap pocket transforms lovable SoapSox® into sudsy wash cloth – just add soap and scrub. It’s the way kids want to wash! SoapSox®, the next generation of washcloths for kids!

Product Features + Benefits:

Easy for Parents and Fun for Kids

“Feed” SoapSox liquid or bar soap

Built in finger pockets

Eases anxiety for nervous bathers

Soft terry cloth exterior and an anti-microbial sponge interior

Machine washable

MSRP: $9.99

Age Range: Birth +

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  A super cute product that makes bathtime fun. I would recommend giving this to any age that understands not to eat the soap like the toy is supposed to be doing or sticking this in the mouth for whatever reason as younger kids can do.  The convenience of being able to wash and dry this like normal and let your little one get messy and clean with a plush may really help some parents whom may have a child that does not care for bathtime.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Drink in the Box and Snack in the Box Review

Drink in the Box Eco-Friendly Reusable Drink and Juice Box Container by Precidio Design (8oz, Purple)

Drink in the Box is the world's only reusable drink box. It is patented, BPA and Phthalate free, won't squirt or leak, and helps to hydrate your kids without all the sugar and risk of mold, or impact to the environment of a disposable juice boxes.

Age range: 3 years +

MSRP: 8 oz: $11.99; 12 oz: $14.99

Where to buy online:

I received complimentary product.

Snack in the Box is the coolest snack container, featuring two separate chambers that each hold 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. Using USA-made Tritan, the body lets you fill with 2 different types of snacks, and the Tritan pop-up lids let you easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually. Patent pending design, Snack in the Box is BPA and Phthalate free, keeps your snacks from being crushed or mushed, and works as quantity control so you don't eat more than you planned.

Age range: 3 years +

MSRP: $9.99

Cassandra's review-  The design is perfect for a little hand to use the snack box, but an adult can dump out the snacks when needed.  This reduces the amount of mess and the need for a plastic storage bag or other storage container.  The drink box is a cute design and size with great durability.

Where to buy online:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Fix-It and Forget-It Cooking for Two By Hope Comerford Review

150 Small-Batch Slow Cooker Recipes

Good Books paperback, also available in eBook
January 2, 2018 ǀ 978-1-68099-312-7 ǀ $19.99

By Hope Comerford

You want wholesome and delicious meals but you just don’t have the time to prepare them after a long day at work. Most slow cooker cookbooks offer recipes for a crowd, and there are only two of you, or maybe the two of you plus a baby or toddler, and you don’t want a whole week’s worth of leftovers taking up space in the fridge. This slow cooker cookbook is different. The perfect gift for newlyweds, elderly couples, or anyone who is too busy to spend hours futzing in the kitchen, these recipes will put just the right amount of home-cooked food on your table with shockingly little time and effort on your part.

You can trust these recipes because they are:
• Collected from some of America’s best home cooks
• Tested in real-life settings
• Carefully selected from thousands of recipes

Learn what size slow cooker to purchase, discover tips for easy prep and cleanup, and find scrumptious recipes such as:
• Chicken Parmigiana
• Buttery German Chocolate Fudge
• Taco Bean Soup
• White Bean and Chicken Chili
• Poppy Seed Tea Bread
• And many more!

About the Author:
Hope Comerford is the new author and face of Fix-It and Forget-It cookbooks. She has been the blogger behind A Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Adventures for the past six years and is the author of The Gluten-Free Slow Cooker and editor of Fix-It and Forget-It Lazy & Slow Cookbook. She is passionate about slow-cooking and writing healthy, delicious recipes. She lives in Clinton Township, Michigan.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Quick, cost efficient and simple prep however a slow cooker does just that. If you have a super busy lifestyle and no time to cook this is not going to be a good fit as it can take up to 4 hours for some of these recipes and are only for two people. 

 I would be scared to leave my appliance on when I was out of the home for the day, but some people will.  If you do have an extra hour or more in your day and happen to be spending it at home this is a really great book of ideas and the photos help to make a good decision. 

Catch the Fox Game Giveaway

Sponsored by: Goliath Games

 Disclosure: Goliath Games is responsible for prize fulfilment. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Have Your Pet Be A Social Media Star New Year's Pet Photo Contest


Dogs Parents Everywhere -- Participate In Casting Call To Have Your Pet Be A Social Media Star

New Year's Pet Photo Contest: , Throw Some Confetti & Show Off Your Pet!

In honor of the New Year dog lovers across the United States, best-selling author Jeff Lazarus of Dogtology is hosting a casting call for all dog and cat lovers to have a chance for their furry friend to be featured on nationally syndicated TV, Pet Pals TV, which can be seen in more than 6 million homes in the U.S.

Three pet parents will get to have their furry friend featured on an episode of Pet Pals TV, a nationally-syndicated television program to highlight how our furry friends make our lives a little extra special. All submissions will be shared on the Social Media Pages of Pet Pals TV and Dogtology and must be photos of the pets only. 
Photos are due by January 3, 2018

To enter please submit a photo and/or video and tell us why your dog is the head of the household by visiting the website:


ICB Prayer Bible for Children Review

Help your children develop a heart for prayer with the new Prayer Bible for Children. This colorful Bible in the ICB version, the simple translation children can read and understand, highlights the most famous and beloved prayers featured in the Bible throughout the text. To put prayer life into practice, the Bible comes with a free prayer journal and a handy pocket on the back flap to carry it!

Prayer can be challenging and fearful for children to grasp sometimes, and the new ICB Prayer Bible will help show children that God loves to hear from His children and loves answering prayers.

With 160 pages about prayer and special features that show how God answers prayers throughout the Bible, you and your family will love to study this special Bible together!Featured   throughout the text are the most famous and beloved prayers featured in the Bible. From Abraham’s prayers to the Lord . . . to Jesus praying before his crucifixion . . . to the way Paul prayed for the churches he planted, this Bible will teach young readers about a God who loves to hear from His children and loves answering prayers.

Special features include 160 full page prayer articles throughout the Bible. These special pages help children learn how to pray, to not fear prayer, and to see within the Word how and when God’s people prayed. The 64 colorful decorative pages will feature kid-friendly scripture prayers, topical poem prayers and fun questions and answers kids have about prayer.

To put prayer life into practice, the Bible comes with a free prayer journal and a handy pocket on the back flap with to carry the prayer journal.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  As I have said many times before, this Bible is one of the best and biggest story books of all time.   The prayer Bible really gets down to level of the younger readers to help them discover without much need from and adult.  I love the addition of an added prayer journal so that little minds can create a place to think and keep thoughts to share when needed.  You can even sit and learn with your little ones and maybe create a space for them to bond with you in God's love.  It is a faith based book. 

Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe By Billy Graham Review

Billy Graham brings hope for every day…

Beloved inspirational author and pastor Billy Graham knows how important hope is for living a life full of peace, joy, and love. And he knows that God’s Word overflows with hope throughout its pages—all the way from Genesis to Revelation.

Now lasting, biblical hope can be yours every day with this 365-day devotional. Fill your heart and mind each day with the presence and fullness of God’s grace and power in your life.

This classic devotional has been updated with a leathersoft cover, deluxe interior design, a ribbon marker, and new “Hope for Today” takeaways to keep you close to the Lord throughout the day. Your soul will be blessed as God’s everlasting hope remains at the center of all that you do.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- I really enjoyed everything from the well bounded leather to the look of the cover and that is just the outside.  Billy Graham is a master of words and can really show the reader a side of Gdd that he wants you to delve into and spend time with.   If you believe in the motions of this man and faith based book then when you read it there will be a sense of peace and forthcoming of blessings.

The Empowered by Craig Parshall Review

Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he'll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power. 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why? The intense and thrilling build up after the first few chapters was perfect for a setup of this book.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  It had a little drag in a few spots that kind of felt a little run on with the movement of the story, but quickly works its way out. 

- What did you learn?  The author crafted a great story that will have readers who delve in mystery with a flair, something great to read.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? An older aged person who might want to espcase from the world for a bit and enter the mind of this really good author. 

Restore by Vince Antonucci Review


What should we do when we feel stuck in life?
You know how it feels. There's a hurt in your past that is hard to get beyond. There's a bad habit that's difficult to break. There's a setback that is just too tough to overcome.

We all have our own unique situations in which we feel "stuck." Americans' favorite suggestions for how to fix our lives--self-help programs, self-esteem techniques, or simple willpower--leave many of us ceaselessly spinning our wheels and feeling just as "stuck" as ever. Vince Antonucci knows what this feels like, and he knows many who have struggled to fix their lives with these dead-end methods. He struggled to get past the pain of a neglectful and angry father. It wasn't until Vince decided to go through a recovery and rehab course, focused on God, that he learned ways to break free of that hurt and to live in God's future.

Today, when someone walks through the doors of Vince's innovative church, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, he offers a Restore class as one of three core classes that every member takes. He knows how important it is to learn to break free of these old hurts and bad habits. The essence of that popular class is contained in this book.

Move past your past, heal your hurts, and break your bad habits.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why? The author chose to create a feeling within God that helps the readers to get a little less stuck in the moments of life.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  Not everyone will abide by or agree with the tips and facts, but it depends on belief. 

- What did you learn? You can break free even it it hurts and know that God is with you.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? Someone trying to get over an addiction or feeling of being locked in to life instead of living it. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

True Story Foods Helps You Eat Well For the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, True Story Foods, makes its national debut offering all natural, non-GMO and organic sausages, hot dogs, and deli meats. Whether you are serving up a wholesome breakfast or wowing a crowd during a festive holiday party, True Story Foods has the most delicious, natural organic meats for your friends and family.

True Story believes in a future of food that is a return to what is real and true. A future that is respectful to the source of our food – the soil, the animals, and the farmers. True Story is nurturing a community of family farmers, artisan producers, progressive retailers and food lovers who are dedicated to this future.

True Story lives by:

Fair Trade Partnering With Farmers

True Story partners with farmers to set an equitable price for their animals to ensure the animals are raised humanely and without antibiotics, to create a sustainable livelihood for generations to come. All their animals are fed an all-vegetarian diet, and never fed antibiotics or growth enhancers and live without undue stress or agitation.

Crafting Real Foods

All True Story recipes are crafted in their California Kitchens with artisan methods used for three generations, like hand seasoning and netting roasted turkeys and hams, using traditional all natural casings, and hand tying sausage links. Their foods never contain synthetic nitrates or nitrites.

Provoking Honest Conversation

True Story shares the story of their animals, farmers, and community to provoke honest conversation about how food is raised and prepared. They believe informing and educating food lovers helps them to make better choices for them and their families.

Enjoy these simple-to-prepare yet memorable recipes this Holiday season!

Antipasto Skewers

antipastoThis recipe was created by food stylist and blogger Betsy Haley of It's a quick appetizer recipe that’s easy to make for crowds large and small. Make ahead of time and have less to stress about the day of your gathering.


Makes 10 servings

· 1-10oz package True Story Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

· 1 jar Sprouts sweet and spicy cherry peppers

· 1 package Sprouts cheese curds

· 1 package Sprouts fresh basil


1. Slice sausage into coins.

2. In a pan over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently until brown on both sides. Remove from heat and cool.

3. Meanwhile, remove several cherry peppers from the jar and pat dry. Slice into roughly ½ inch sized pieces.

4. To assemble the skewers, rip a small piece of basil and skewer followed by a slice of pepper, a cheese curd, and finally a sausage coin.

Chicken Sausage, Feta and Kale Frittata

Calling all frittata lovers! What do you get when you combine sausage, tangy cheese and a healthy heap of greens? Your new go-to brunch or dinner recipe in record time.

frittata Ingredients

Makes 4 servings

· 8 eggs

· 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

· 1/2 cup crumbled feta

· 1 tablespoon olive oil

· 3 cups trimmed and thinly sliced kale

· 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped

· 2 True Story Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, cut in bite-size slices


1. Heat broiler to high.

2. Combine eggs, salt, and feta, and stir with a whisk. Set aside.

3. In a 12-inch ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add kale and sauté for 4 minutes, or until starting to wilt. Add pepper and sliced chicken sausage and stir 2 minutes, or until heated through.

4. Add egg mixture. Cook over medium heat until eggs are partially set, 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Transfer the skillet to the broiler and cook about 3 minutes, or until the top is set.

All True Story Foods are available in select natural and traditional grocery retailers and Costco.

They are available in select natural and traditional grocery retailers and Costco. For more information, visit .

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The taste and quality is very good.  I was really impressed with the packaging and how easy it was to cook the meat products.  I do wish this was located in my area as it should be sold everywhere in my opinion.  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Now there is a safe, easy way to handle, medicate, groom, and carry your cat or dog:  the Pet Pita.
The Pet Pita (Grey)

Pet enthusiasts who were tired of being clawed, pawed, and bitten will find the Pet Pita to be a welcome holiday gift.  When you need to groom or apply medicine to your dog or cat, you now have a way to do so while easily hold your pet in place.

The PET PITA is designed for small dogs and larger cats. This Pita allows you full access to the heavily medicated and groomed areas, while maintaining a safe environment for you and your furry friend.

To purchase a Pet Pita for the holidays and beyond, visit:

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's review-  Like a pet strait jacket and a taco that will keep you from getting hurt, if used correctly.   It does not hurt your pet if again used correctly and even though they are still able to move around while you are using the product it does help a bit.  I would not use it for super heavy pets because it my opinion it would hurt them being suspended by the upper legs and belly.  

Go Organically gingerbread house Idea

A traditional gingerbread house with a Go Organically "renovation" with fun swaps and alternative decorations that everyone will love. We're calling it the "Next-Gen Gingerbread House." 

Here's how it's done!

Step 1: Go House Hunting

First you'll need the gingerbread structure itself—meaning the walls, roof and doors. Your two options are baking and buying.

Baking: Find a basic gingerbread house recipe online, like this one from The Food Network. It includes paper patterns for your gingerbread house template so you'll know how big to make the walls, roof, etc. It's easy to swap out any of the ingredients for organic versions, such as organic butter or organic all-purpose flour.

Step 2: Make the Cement

Next you'll need to make a binder to hold the structure together. Traditional royal icing is made with confectioners' sugar, egg whites and vanilla extract, and you can find the instructions here. For a Next-Gen version, consider modifying the recipe with coconut confectioners' sugar and free range eggs. Or skip the royal icing altogether in favor of melted organic white chocolate. Use your "cement" of choice to assemble the house and let it sit for a bit while you gather your decorations.

Step 3: Decorate with the Unexpected

Now comes the fun part: decorating! While we love candy canes and gumdrops as much as the next person, there's something so elegant about a natural-looking gingerbread house adorned with nuts, popcorn and fresh herbs. A few ideas to get you started:
Thatched roof: Use shredded wheat cereal to create a thatched roof. You can either apply whole pieces as shingles, or shred them with your hands and scatter them across the roof for a rustic effect.
Pathway: Create a "stone path" leading up to the front door using a mix of almonds and walnuts.
Windows: Outline your windows with pumpkin or sunflower seeds to mimic the look of a wooden frame.
Wreath: Shape a wreath out of fresh thyme to hang on the front of the house.
Pop of color: Use Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks to add visual interest while keeping the rest of the look low key. Stick on a red door knob or outline the roof with a string of colorful holiday "lights."

Happy decorating from all of us at Go Organically! Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Fight Lice with Lice Clinics of America

Lice Preventer Kit Guaranteed to Prevent Head Lice Infestation– Safe, Non-Toxic & Pesticide Free

Lice Remover Kit is an easy to use weekly treatment applied just before shower time. The Lice Prevention Kit contains a liquid gel that kills any lice that your child may have come in contact with. The gel is easy to apply with the provided applicator, rinses out with normal shampoo, and has a pleasant scent. Like all Lice Clinics of America products, it is non-toxic and pesticide-free. When used weekly, lice are eliminated before the egg laying cycle leads to an infestation. The product is currently available on for $14.95 MSRP.

Lice Remover Kit—Guaranteed to Cure Lice, Even Super Lice, Safe, Non-Toxic and Pesticide-Free
Lice Remover Kit contains a non-toxic, pesticide-free liquid gel that kills lice, detangles hair and facilitates the removal of lice and eggs—all with no mess and no harsh scent. Unlike other gel products, the gel in the LRK easily washes out of the hair and has a fresh pear-blossom scent. The kit also contains a unique dispenser for applying the gel and controlling the amount of gel, and a sturdy metal lice comb for removing the lice and eggs. With the LRK, ending lice infestations at home is easy—and guaranteed (when used as directed). The Lice Remover Kit is available in select retail locations nationwide, including CVS, Target, Walmart, Giant Eagle, HEB and Safeway for $24.95 MSRP.

I received complimentary product.

Monday, December 18, 2017

New series 52 Questions Books Review


978-1-57826-689-0, $7.50 paperback


978-1-57826-691-3, $7.50 paperback
With the deluge in digital devices comes social isolation, depression, and further fragmentation. Loved ones become strangers as we dive deeper into our solitary worlds.

Optimist and author Travis Hellstrom offers a way to turn detachment into engagement, solitude to sociability through his new series 52 Questions. These simple little books offer intriguing and meaningful questions designed to bring back intimacy, conversation, and connection.

Finding new things to talk about has never been easier. Get your family talking. Get your friends to open up. It's fun with 52 Questions.

Hellstrom's first three books are now available focusing on family, friends, and love relationships. Learn more about your loved ones one question at a time with 52 Questions.

About the Author
Travis Hellstrom
Travis Hellstrom is a husband, professor and author who helps people dream big and expand their influence. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Founder of Advance Humanity. He is the author of The Peace Corps Volunteer’s Handbook and The Dalai Lama Book of Quotes. To read more from Travis, visit

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review-  A great topic starter for days when you just want to talk but do not really know what to say.  So many times a simple question can turn into a disaster, but these books help especially with teens.  

LEXO travel mug Feature

I received complimentary product.

The LEXO travel mug was initially released last year and became so popular that ThermAvant had trouble keeping it in stock. 

This year, the company — founded by University of Missouri C.W. LaPierre Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Bill Ma — has made the popular mug even better.

The original version of the LEXO mug used one of Ma’s four patents developed at MU to rapidly cool hot beverages such as coffee or tea to an optimal drinking temperature, then keep it warm for hours. It also keeps cold beverages nice and cool for hours on end.

A side-by-side comparison of an earlier version of the LEXO mug (left) and the updated version (right).
The LEXO absorbs the extra heat of a beverage, cooling it to the ideal drinking temperature within minutes. It then releases that heat back into the coffee as it begins to cool, extending the optimal temperature for much longer than a standard vacuum-sealed travel mug. The LEXO is able to do all this without the need for complex electronics or batteries.
LEXO Smart Mug™- 16 oz, Luxury Slide Seal Lid
The original LEXO keeps beverages at the optimal drinking temperature for up to 8 hours. The new 16-ounce mug can keep hot beverages warm for upwards of 12 hours and absorbs the heat to bring your beverage to a drinkable temperature much quicker thanks to a few enhancements made by Ma and his team at their headquarters here in Columbia.

“Inside, we have modified some of the design from the heat-transfer point of view,” said Ma.
“We also changed the color options available for LEXO. Initially, we only had a metallic finish available,” Ma explained. “This year, we added powder coat and paint options in a variety of colors. Now, the newly designed mugs include glossy, matte, and extra durable ‘GRIT’ colors, which gives the mugs a contemporary look.”

ThermAvant also addressed early feedback about the weight of the LEXO. The new version of LEXO weighs approximately 140 grams less than its predecessor. New lid designs have also been incorporated into the latest revision —the older LEXO utilized a hinged flip-top lid that was less than optimal. The new lid revision allows users to choose between a revised flip-top lid and a luxury Slide Seal lid. The Slide Seal lid has a button that slides back and forth to open and close, creating a leak-proof seal.
“Since the price of our mug is a little bit higher (than a standard travel mug), so we wanted to play with everything to make sure the LEXO is perfect,” Ma said.

The new mugs are available now, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Online shoppers can use the code “MIZZOU17” to receive a special discount on the new mugs when ordering from Amazon or

Lipiderm Skin and Coat and Arthramine for Dogs Feature

Lipiderm Skin and Coat  and Supplements for Dogs

Helps support a healthy skin and coat

Helps Reduce Excessive Shedding, flea dermatitis, scratching and itching

Contains Omega-3 Fatty Acid, Omega-6 Fatty Acid, Vitamins A&E, Zinc and Nordic Anchovy fish oil
Suitable for Large dogs

Made in the USA

I received complimentary product.

IVS Arthramine Advanced Healthy Joints & Bones Chewable Tablets

Builds and repairs connective tissue; reduces inflammation and pain
Increases pet mobility and desire for play
Protects pet from further cartilage breakdown
Suitable for Large dogs
Made in the USA

Quick Bath Dog Wipes Feature

Quick Bath Dog Wipes, Reduces Odor & Bacteria with All-Natural Skin Conditioners and Cleaners, Extra Thick & Heavy Duty

Contains All-Natural Ingredients with Vitamins A & E and Soothing Aloe Vera
The Perfect Way to Clean and Nourish your Pet's Skin and Coat - Best used for in-between washes, after the Dog Park, Camping, Hikes and Walks
Reduces Odor & Bacteria, wipes away Dirt, Dander and loose fur
Extra thick & heavy duty; wipes measure 8-inches x 10-inches (you won't believe how thick!)
Wipes are Super Absorbent and stay moist even after you've cleaned your pet
Easy, Safe, Cruelty Free and effective to use on the entire body from face to tail

Proudly Made in the USA  As seen on Amazon.

I received complimentary product.

Tu B'Shevat and Purim Titles New for 2018

In Sadie's Snowy Tu B'Shevat, Sadie wants to plant a tree to celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees. But although in Israel it's already springtime, in her town it's still the middle of winter! Her parents and grandfather assure her that a tree can't take root in the frozen ground. But with help from brother Ori and Grandma, Sadie finds her own special ways to celebrate. The seventh book in Kar-Ben's popular "Sadie & Ori" series.

About Tu B'Shevat
Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is the Jewish new year for trees. While it is winter in much of the world, in Israel the almond trees are beginning to bloom, announcing the start of spring. The holiday is celebrated by planting new trees, but in places where it is too cold to plant, families celebrate by eating fruits that grow in Israel such as almonds, oranges, figs, dates and carob. Tu B'Shevat is January 31, 2018.

The seventh in the popular Jewish holiday board book series by Newman and Garofoli, a family and their adorable dog celebrate the kid-friendly holiday of Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees!

Front Cover
In A Queen in Jerusalem, it is Jerusalem, in the early 20th century, and a little girl named Malka--"queen" in Hebrew--dreams of dressing up as Queen Esther for the Jewish festival of Purim. All the kids are looking forward to celebrating in their costumes, but Malka's mother doesn't have time to prepare a costume for her. Malka goes for a walk and stumbles upon a magical place. Can the amazing Bezalel art students help her? Originally published in Hebrew.

About Purim
The spring holiday of Purim recalls how brave Queen Esther saved the Jewish people from wicked Haman. Jews celebrate by wearing costumes, eating three-cornered cookies called hamentaschen, listening to the reading of the Megillah, and making noise with groggers, blotting out the name of the villain Haman. Purim is March 1, 2018.
I received complimentary copies.  

EQyss Avocado Mist and Detangling spray Feature


Avocado Mist – Pet
From $11.99
EQyss-Pet Avocado MIst 10880-16oz
Wet or dry leave on spray excellent for long hair breeds . A leave in conditioning spray that maintains the moisture balance within the hair shaft and prevents the coat from becoming dry, and damaged. Reduces shedding. Does not contain silicone, wax or synthetic polymers. Shines and conditions the coat with a unique formula that combines extracts of avocado and aloe vera. Detangles without the heaviness common in most conditioners. Anti-static and alcohol free.

Weightless Conditioning Spray
Enhances Shine
Won’t burn eyes
Safe to breathe
Smells Great
Repels Dust and Dirt
Elite Spray

EQyss ELITE Moisturizing Detangling Spray with recognized UV protecting ingredients is fortified with oils & extracts that eases brushing. Keeps your pet’s skin and coat conditioned, moisturized, and hydrated. Perfect for an in between bath refresher! Tropical Berry Scent 

I received complimentary products.

Skinny Pasta Feature


New to the US Market, but wildly popular in the 20+ countries it’s already available in, Skinny Pasta promote healthy weight loss with a delicious and well-known food stable – Pasta! Skinny Pasta is made of the Konjac Plant, which features significant benefits to the health conscious consumer. The Konjac Plant, originally from Southeast Asia, is a water absorber and significant source for fiber. Because of those characteristics, Konjac has a reputation of being a “Hunger Killer.”
Skinny Pasta 9.52 oz (6 Pack) - Weight Watchers - The Only Odor Free 100% Konjac Noodle - Pasta Weight loss - Low Calorie Food - Healthy Diet Pasta (Variety Pack)
The dried corm of the Konjac Plant contains around 40% galactomannan, which help promote healthy weight loss as well. Skinny Pasta, certified by the FDA, BRC, is Kosher and Halal, will be available at local Food Lions and Kroger Stores and distributed by UNFI and Kehe and Amazon.

I received complimentary product.

Mucinex Feature

 Mucinex and their products that help alleviate the symptoms of Cold & Flu, especially stubborn chest congestion and a nagging cough.
There’s no better time for you to let us stock your household with Mucinex, the #1 Doctor Recommended brand  and the #1 OTC brand in America, especially the Mucinex 12-Hour DM expectorant and cough suppressant line. Along with tissues, hand sanitizer, herbal teas and a working thermometer, your Cold & Flu Season readiness demands the bi-layer, 12-hour (not just 4-hour) formulations of Mucinex products that combine both immediate and extended release properties.
And for those with a multitude of symptoms beyond cough and chest congestion, the Fast-Max line treats 9 symptoms with a single dose: sore throat, headache, fever and more.

I received complimentary product.

Dr. Axe Multi Collagen Protein Powder Feature

A healthy gut helps keep our insides and outsides glowing.
Multi-Collagen Protein (All-In-One)
Ancient Nutrition and Dr. Josh Axe are a powerhouse team of health and wellness experts who have teamed up to provide some of the hottest supplements available to address most dietary and health concerns. In the modern world, we are disconnected from the traditions and nutritional principles that were honored and celebrated throughout history. Ancient Nutrition & Dr. Axe’s whole food nutritional products are designed to provide Ancient Nutrients in a modern, convenient form to power the body and mind, restoring us to the health, strength and vitality of our ancestors.

I received complimentary product. 

Diaper Caddy Organizer Giveaway

Sponsored By: Baby Tooshy

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

2 WINNERS will receive: 

A Baby Tooshy Large Capacity Diaper Caddy Organizer! ($52 TRV)

Open to US entrants only and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 12/18 9:00AM EST through 1/10 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winners will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. 

Portable North Pole Review

Make Christmas Magic with Portable North Pole.

Portable North Pole 2017 (PNP) lets you make Christmas even more magical by sending personalized video messages and calls from Santa from the enchanted North Pole to children young and old. Watch them be amazed as they see Santa in his home, the magical reindeer, and the hustle and bustle of the elves as they prepare for Christmas Eve. As the top free mobile Santa app with more than 160 million videos viewed, PNP is a cherished, modern holiday tradition for families worldwide. In just moments, create an adorable video from Santa that you and your child will remember forever. Simply visit the PNP website or download the mobile app on iOS or Android.

PNP offers a free video for every child with a new option to purchase a single premium video ($4.99) or upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass ($9.99) or Magic Pass ($13.99). Both packages provide six enchanting video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage to watch, from exploring Santa's workshop to the amazing gift-wrapping machine, as well as the Reaction Recorder (available on mobile app only). In addition, you can create an unlimited number of videos, and receive a special "Santa's Coming" video to watch on Christmas Eve. Plus, the Magic Pass includes HD video downloads and five weekly bedtime videos read by Santa leading up to the big day.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I love this service because it is super fun, totally legit and my kids have a ball listening to or watching the videos.   You get much more than just a phone call from santa because the kids memories are going to be forever.  If your family expresses a love for santa this is going to be a wonderful gift and well worth the smaller cost. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cami Checketts $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

      How to Kiss a Billionaire by Cami Checketts Sassy meets swoon-worthy in this fast-paced contemporary romance. Miriam Salisbury escapes to Oregon to avoid a boyfriend who won't take no for an answer, killing her beloved cat to prove it. When her father sends Clay Browning to protect her, she's certain he's lost his mind. As far as she's concerned Clay's experience is limited to posing for the camera, charming women, and making fun of her. He's been teasing her since they were children and she's never gotten over the way he threw crawdads at her at church picnics. Clay retired from the military and entered the world of private security. When he gets the call to protect Miriam he's excited to be around his lifelong crush. As expected, he teases her nonstop and the only thing he takes seriously is her security. He knows she'd never give him a chance and he can't help but give her a hard time. After Miriam is dumped in the freezing ocean on a crabbing expedition and Clay saves her from drowning and freezing to death, she takes a second look at her hired gun. But opening up to him is more terrifying than facing her stalker. As events escalate to a frenzied climax, Miriam and Clay must put aside past grudges in the hope of finding a lasting love for their future.
Author Cami Checketts Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Berenstain Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing. 

Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/31/17
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, December 15, 2017

Marrying Miss Kringle $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

  MMarrying Miss Kringle: Lux by Lucy McConnell Christmas Magic is changing and the Kringle Family scrambles to keep up in this fun and entertaining, sweet Christmas romance from Author Lucy McConnell. A normal electrical substation takes two years to build; but, Lux has 365 days to install one at the North Pole or Christmas Magic will overload the factory and send them back to the Dark Ages. The one man on the planet with the know-how, the education, and the time to help Lux finish the substation before her Noel deadline, is also the one man who sends sparks through her heart and surges through the power system. If Lux kisses Matthew Quik—again!—she could blow up Santa’s workshop before she has a chance to save it. If she doesn't kiss him, she may lose him forever.      

Author Lucy McConnell Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis. She started out as an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment. Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock. If she's not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, in a boat, in the kitchen, or on a horse.

Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/30/17
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Imperfect Justice @litfuse @TNZfiction @cara_putman

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . can they?
Imperfect Justice

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?
Cara Putman
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing's BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA.

 She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review - As a person who has been through some of these topics covered in the book it hit home for me.  It was almost real life playing out and the author does a great job of really pointing out some harsher moments.  This would be recommend for anyone not suffering with PTSD and who enjoys a great bit of suspense. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Just Ella $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


  Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she'd imagined. "I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me."
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  Author Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho. Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from a class or a how-to book. Something about the struggle of writing without a formula or rules worked for me. I write clean romance because I love it. Jane Eyre is the hero of my youth and taught me that clinging to your convictions will be hard, but will bring you more genuine happiness than giving in ever can. I love chocolate, Into the Woods, ocean waves, my husband, and my five littles. And I love books that leave me with a sigh of contentment.

Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/28/17
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

GIANTmicrobes Brain Cell Giveaway

GIANTmicrobes Brain Cell Giveaway

Welcome To The GIANTmicrobes Brain Cell Giveaway!

~3 Winners! Each winner will receive a pack of 3 Brain Cell Keychains.~

This GIANTmicrobes Brain Cell Keychains Giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 90 days. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/25/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to or a new winner will be drawn; you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsor is responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest is responsible for prize fulfillment. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Holiday Baking with NuNaturals Giveaway

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE GIVEAWAY - 4 WIN Holiday Baking With NuNaturals

Welcome to the Holiday Baking with NuNaturals Giveaway!

4 winners

This Holiday Baking with NuNaturals Giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 90 days. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/23/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to paula_stewart (at) ymail (dot) com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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Holiday Baking With NuNaturals Gift Package Giveaway