Thursday, August 30, 2018

Unexpected Places By Anthony Evans Review

Unexpected Places
Thoughts on God, Faith, and Finding Your Voice
By Anthony Evans
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Unexpected Places is the personal story of gospel singer Anthony Evans, son of well-known pastor Tony Evans and brother of author Priscilla Shirer. In this intimate and moving memoir, Anthony shares the details of his struggles with depression and doubt, and encourages readers with the unique story of his search for purpose and identity.

From growing up duty-bound to his name, to his time as a finalist and then talent producer on The Voice, Anthony explores the pressures he experienced as a child and as a young man in Hollywood, and describes the journey to his renewed faith in God. He exposes the vast differences between what the world teaches us to value and how God values us. Anthony examines what his parents did right in raising him but also describes how they unknowingly missed his elusive pain. Finally, he reveals how God orchestrated His plan to grow Anthony into a man who is in love with life, his heritage, and his individual calling.

Anthony has learned to embrace the incredible beauty of his unique voice. In Unexpected Places, he invites readers on their own journey to do the same.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- You get storytelling and uplifting moments in this book. The author does a great deal of name dropping and shares photos with celebrities.   It was good to read about and connect with the journey and process of thoughts that take you from one step to the other.  As a reader you get a good dose of drama and real life takeaways that help to make your own life a little better.  You take what you want and leave the rest when you finish the book. 


Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo Review

Have hair that looks and feels clean without having to wash it with Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo. With just a few quick sprays you can have hair that looks and feels beautiful, healthy and full of body. When you don’t have time for a full wash with water, Dove dry shampoo quickly helps to reduce the oily, greasy feel of unwashed hair, leaving it easy to style and manage.

 It also comes with a light clean scent, so you can enjoy the feeling of hair that is fresh and clean within seconds. This Dove dry shampoo refreshes your hair using ingredients that absorb excess oil and then brush easily out of your hair, leaving it looking and feeling clean, soft and full of body.

Available at Target 

Hair Type: All Hair Types
Health Facts: Paraben-free, dye-free
Product Form: Powder
Wellness Standard: Dye-free, paraben-free
Beauty Purpose: Basic cleansing, damage repair

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I absolutely enjoy the fabulous scent and experience when using this product.   There are different sizes availble, so you can take it on the go and with three simple steps your hair gets a major refresh.  I would use this for everything from going camping to power outages.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Apps to Pass the Time

Have you ever just had a loll in your day or basically be in some type of funk, well here is a list of 10 random fun apps to fill your thoughts and maybe inspire you to do other things.  You can even spend a little time with them to improve your mood or pass the time.  While there are so many apps to offer you everything for day to day, these are some pretty good ones and also some that I use.   There are also websites that have funny memes to read or uplift your spirits like Miss Bongo Avis which has a great instagram page.

10.  Facebook- well this is a given because you can stalk, spend time on or just talk to strangers and anyone else you may know.  You can take polls, read news and play apps on there as well.  Whatever makes your day fuller and happier.

9.  Twitter -  It is easy to tweet and get in the mix of what is up to date, even the president choose to utilize the fame of this app and it can burn a lot of your time.

8.  Candy Crush-  While being both fun and addictive, this game is colorful and easy to play which can lighten your mood or at least relax your current thoughts.

7. Angry Birds - Yes this is kind of an old game, but it is an app and fun to play.  You can even find it free for sometime and it can be just a few minutes of added fun to spend some free time.

6.  TuneIn radio - If you enjoy playing stations with choices worldwide to select from for free this is a great app to use.  Sometimes a good song can just make all the difference.  So feel free to sing, maybe even dance.

5.  Instagram - is filled with pictures that you can take your current mood and shift it by viewing.  There are even short clips of randomness that you can find for entertainment.

4.  Email-  Any kind of email app could be a good thing to figure out and sign up for, maybe even using them to sign up for free samples and spend time emailing family.

3.  9GAG. For anyone that just loves to spend time with memes, GIFs, funny pictures and videos. This is going to be a great app to view and you may find some great funny moments.

2.  Voice Changer Fun- You can find this or another app to spend time making silly voices for your kids, or maybe with them.  There are clean ways to use this and create funny moments.

1.  Wakie - is the perfect app if you want to talk about something to a friendly stranger.  While I would never use this myself and probably be a little scared to let my family try it, this could be a lot of fun for some people.  I do have to mention the dangerous of using the internet to talk to random strangers, although it depends on what you say and your intentions.  Please take time to advise your children of internet safety.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

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Memories in Dragonflies By Lannette Cornell Bloom Review

Memories in Dragonflies: Simple Lessons for Mindful Dying

Life―and death―may be hard; but joy is simple.

Lannette Cornell Bloom, a typical, overworked nurse, wife, and mom of two, was forty-three when her mother was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. She quit her job and dove headlong into the familiar role of caretaking. This choice―to slow down and be present for the hardest year of her life―resulted in an awakening. In unexpected moments, as childhood memories flooded into the present, Lannette glimpsed bits of magic that existed just beyond the pain. Without knowing it, she was experiencing a mindful dying process with her mother―and it was a journey that would change the way she lived the rest of her life.

A touching and soulful memoir that gracefully uncovers the beauty that is often lost within the dying process, Memories in Dragonflies is a beautiful portrait of what it means to be human and a gentle reminder to enjoy every moment, because even the simplest ones bring lasting joy.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Sad and even more so heart wrenching, The pain is so pure and open that the reader would not help but feel compassion and grief.   The book is going to humble and depress you at the same time.  As I read the chapters I began to feel such a low point in  my mind of despair but it does have moments of brightness and clarity. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Keep Christianity Weird by Michael Frost Review

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I received a complimentary copy.

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould” (Romans 12:2, Phillips). Once we’ve committed ourselves to following Jesus, the pressure to fit in can become enormous. But as Mike Frost shows us in Keep Christianity Weird, the hallmark of our faith is being different. Jesus was never mainstream. Read this book and be equipped to resist the allure of acceptability, and be equipped to surprise the world with the good news it didn’t even know it was waiting for.

Christianity is, as always, at a crossroads: How do we navigate the ever-changing culture we find ourselves in and continue to win people to Christ without sacrificing our distinct character as the people of God? Michael Frost draws from the city movements—from “Keep Austin Weird” to “Keep Colorado Springs Lame”—to propose how we can lean in to the uniqueness of the Christian story in ways that are surprising and winsome to those outside the faith.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why? There is a lot of good connected trains of thought provided and the examples are easy to understand. 

- What did you not like about the book and why?  The book is little boring and I found it was easier to put down and try to come back to later rather than wanting to keep reading.  It was just hard to stay focused. 

- What did you learn?  The author is open in his faith and wants others to feel the same way.  It is purely faith based but mixed into great modern day examples. 

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Think out of the box type of christians that are not set in old times or unwilling to compromise beliefs. 

Playful Painting: People Review

Playful Painting: People
Whimsical projects and clever techniques for painting any likeness - from family and friends to the rich and famous
Playful Painting: People
Description
Playful Painting: People is a quirky take on portrait instruction—sharpen your skills with 16 step-by-step projects, among them a mixed-media Frida Kahlo, an '80s girl, an ad man, a Victorian couple, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Creating portraits is fun and easy with Playful Painting: People. This colorful guide will have you creating beautiful portraits of women and men, as well as nature motifs and animals. Whether you’re an aspiring, beginning, or more advanced artist, you'll be working with affordable, approachable tools, such as colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, to create your own portraits.

Every portrait is customizable, allowing you to add your own personal embellishments. Pick up a variety of tips and techniques that will show you how to paint whimsical patterns, accessories, and famous faces. There's even a section devoted to learning how to paint a self-portrait.

Playful Painting: People isn’t just a collection of skills to learn; it’s a fun, fresh take on an age-old art form.

Cassandra's Review - The directions are a little different from other books in that the illustrations are more blanked out as you fo instead of drawn out lines etc.  The paintings are not an exact match for the people, but they are fun to view and you could even try to draw them out and use other mediums for more creating time.


Ergo Chef My Air Fryer Giveaway

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This new Air Fryer comes with several great features that 2 lucky readers in the Continental United states that are 18+ years old will win their very own Air Fryer.
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Kindness Quotient By Rhonda Sciortino Review

The Kindness Quotient by Rhonda Sciortino
ABOUT THE KINDNESS QUOTIENT
Harness the power of kindness to change your world.

KQ, or kindness quotient, is a measure of how much each of us embodies the virtues of kindness, caring and generosity. A high KQ means taking advantage of all opportunities to be kind and finding personal success by bringing kindness into the world. Now there’s a way to boost your KQ and maximize your kindness potential.

The Kindness Quotient helps you understand exactly how kindness affects, and is affected by, everything you do. In doing so, we learn to better appreciate the importance of kindness in our personal and professional lives and learn new ways to share and experience the best that the world has to offer.

With The Kindness Quotient, you will:

– Develop the proactive habits of successful kind people
– Learn how kindness shown to others can boost your happiness
– Experience how tapping into the power of kindness can create success at work, at home and in the world
– Pinpoint new opportunities for kindness in your daily life
– Learn to embody the nine principles of kindness

Each of us has the potential to improve the world around us and increase our level of peace and happiness through kindness. So, what’s your KQ?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rhonda Sciortino is an author, speaker, business owner, and spokesperson for organizations including Safe Families for Children and the National Foster Parent Association. She is the founder and chairperson of Successful Survivors Foundation, and the national champion of the LOVE IS ACTION Community Initiative. She is a successful survivor of child abuse, and a passionate advocate for children who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, and/or trafficked. Rhonda can be contacted through rhonda.org or successfulsurvivors .org.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I really enjoyed this book because the author shows you real kindness and how to acheive it.  There are so many tiny things you can do to be a better person for your own benefit as well as others.  There are really good points and tips to discover in the chapters.  I have been through the worst kind of bad in life, but I never project it onto others even though sometimes I feel like I might be.  I know that other emotions are linked to kindness so be prepared. 

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book Review

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book
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If you rush to Starbucks at the first hint of cool weather . . . If Pumpkin Spice Latte is your fall drink of choice . . . If you need a way to recover from a busy summer and take a breath before a busy holiday season, this book is for you. Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book includes gorgeous illustrations featuring your favorite images of autumn. This one-of-a-kind adult coloring book has classic fall quotes, fun sayings, and Bible verses featured alongside detailed coloring pages.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book offers hours of enjoyment and reflection and makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves fall.

So settle in by a crackling fire for an evening of relaxation, rest, and pumpkin spice!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- The book is fun to create beautiful coloring pages and can take hours to complete.  The pages are strong enough for marker or crayons, colored pencils and even chalk markers. The pictures are more detalied.  I think this book is a great way to start off the fall.  

MacGyver the Escape Room Game Review .@pressmantoy

 MacGyver: The Escape Room Game is now available exclusively at Target. This multi-scenario escape room in a box is perfect for MacGyver fans and escape room fanatics alike.

MacGyver: The Escape Room Game brings the challenge of an escape room straight to the comfort of a player’s home. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, this escape room in a box includes five, individual, hour-long missions that will require players to use their mind as the ultimate weapon.

MacGyver’s team must use the interactive website to guide them through the missions, while keeping in contact with their operative at the Phoenix Foundation to track their progress.

Players will need to work together and use the tools at hand to solve puzzles and diffuse bombs. Think outside of the box, as you discover secret codes, take on high-risk missions, and face off against a familiar foe.

“Pressman’s escape room game is unique since players have to ‘MacGyver’ their way through the missions by using ordinary, everyday objects like a paperclip,” said David Norman, President of Pressman Toy Corporation

Missions are inspired by episodes from the original show. You will work together to escape from an underground laboratory, land an airplane, survive a dangerous factory, flee from a missile silo and outsmart Murdoc in the grand finale.

Will MacGyver save the day, or will it end in disaster? Designed for 1 – 4 players, ages twelve and up.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  A blast from the past gets a makeover with this great game.  It is more advanced so older players 12 and up will have the most fun.   You will need to spend at least an hour per game, maybe more.   With a quicker setup the game is up and ready to go soon and you can even use the website provided for added fun. 


Monday, August 20, 2018

Night Night Sleepytown By Amy Parker Review

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Join bestselling author Amy Parker and award-winning illustrator Virginia Allyn in the latest Night Night adventure through Sleepytown, where community helpers work hard so everyone can rest! Say thank you and good night to farmers, doctors, teachers, firefighters, and God, who takes care of us all. Your little ones will sleep soundly, feeling safe and loved.

Night night, helpers—Sleepytown too!

Thank you all for what you do.

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than a million copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer; Night Night, Farm; and Night Night, Train.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  A super quick and sweet children's book that is sure to excite little readers, but not too much because it is of course bedtime.   I think that the illustrations are bright and very enjoyable and this would make a great little nap time read. 

Excess Baggage By Tracey Carisch Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance

Tracey Carisch thought she had it all. As a wife, mother, and successful executive, she seemed to be living the modern American dream. But one night, a panic attack sent her tumbling into a midlife crisis and questioning everything. That’s when she and her husband made a decision that shocked their family and friends: they sold everything they owned, pulled their three young daughters out of school, and became a family of wandering globetrotters.

Loaded with hilarious mishaps as well as deeply meaningful revelations, Excess Baggage chronicles the Carisch family’s extraordinary eighteen-month adventure across six continents, bringing to mind the spiritual journey of Eat Pray Love – and the comical mishaps of National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Through Tracey’s insightful and poignant narrative, the reader will discover the life lessons of an around-the-world journey without leaving home.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Could you imagine having the strength to leave everything and redo your lifestyle choices?  Would you have the courage to sell all of your belongings and travel around the world with your kids? The author shares more than just her adventures in this easy to read and well written book.  I would recommend it for the reader that feels held back in life. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Teach My Back to School Giveaway

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The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook

With kids heading back-to-school it’s no question that budget is top of mind. So why not get the kids a notebook that will last forever? The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services.
When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few.
Rocketbook Everlast
Rocketbook allows students to document their notes and illustrations in an efficient and environmentally-friendly way, and with its reusability, Rocketbook will last a lifetime.
Rocketbook Everlast

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- Amazing technology, that will impress and come in handy.  I did not care for the lacking privacy of having to use the app to save pages, but it would be awesome for kids in school and also for non secure notes.  You do not have to use the mobile aspect to use the notebook.  You do have to have the special pens.  I think this would be a really cool gift. 

Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers Learn to Draw 75 Flowers in Ten Easy Steps Review

Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers
Learn to Draw 75 Flowers in Ten Easy Steps
Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers

Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 75 different flowers, Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps. All you need to get started is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper!

Handy prompts encourage artistic individuality, and include helpful tips for drawing other subjects not featured in the book.

Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers will encourage even the most reluctant amateur artist to draw their heart out.

Cassandra's Review-  Great directions that are medium hard to learn and the styles are so beautiful.  It will take patience and time, but with practice you can acheive really pretty flowers.  

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Can you take the perfect Photograph

I wondered just what are some great tips or advice that you can really benefit from knowing when trying to take a really great photograph.  As a social media influencer it is very important for me to give my audience the best pictures that I can to show off the products that I am reviewing or featuring at the time.  Of course no matter what I try, for me it always could be so much better.

 I know that equipment like a really good camera and lighting has a lot to do with the main reasons that my photos are not super thrilling but for that is more of a budget problem. Perhaps one day someone will have me review a great camera with an awesome lighting studio.  With the right amount of time, experience and not having a shaking hand. I even think that most of my photos are spectacular when I see them, but then I see a professional and just get stumped as to how they are making everything look magazine worthy.  You are usually not going to be able to create perfect photos your first time trying so just do not give up.

I did get some of the following tips from the internet along with a few of my own opinions. First one is Get in close which means Fill the frame with your subject and see how much better your photo will look without so much wasted space. The closer you are to the subject, the better you can see their facial expressions too.  Secondly slow down and take time to think about what is going on in the viewfinder before pressing the shutter.

Third although I think that the better the camera the better the picture, but I read that most of the time that is just not so, and depend on the photographer and experience, even a cell phone can take a decent photograph. 

Asking permission or giving photo credit, especially when finding photos to use via the internet is a huge thing, and I never realized it because it is super easy to search for any kind of photo and use it, I did not think anything would be a problem. However certain sites and people do mind and can actually cause quite a stir.  It most cases it is always better to take your own photo, but that is not always possible so just double check that it is ok first.  Not only on the internet but offline as well, some places require permission to photograph in.

When photographer and entrepreneur Ismail Sirdah was asked, what is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? He stated practice really does make perfect. It takes a lot of hours of practice to gain good photography instincts, so just keep going!
My mentor always used to tell me that if you are in a bad mood, you have to stop what you are doing and go do something else. Then, when you come back to the task that was putting you into a bad mood, you will have a fresh perspective.

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The Daily Question for You and Your Child Review .@WaterBrookPress #PRHpartner

The Daily Question for You and Your Child
A Three-Year Spiritual Journal

About The Daily Question for You and Your Child

A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child's life, personality, and faith journey.

This interactive prompted journal allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child's life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child's feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus on spirituality and the child's heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's review-  A book that will take time and dedication on the part of both you and your child.  It can bring a new discussion along with just a single question each day.  It is very simple and straightforward with no added features.  Each page is a date, question and a few spaces to write in your answers.   You would probably want to start this with a child who is a little older than 3 if you want more serious answers and also an age when the child actually understands what your asking.  It would make a nice gift for a younger child as teens might find it a bit less of a challenge. 

The Politics of Autism By Bryna Siegel, Ph.D. Review

Increasing numbers of autism diagnoses. Hysteria around vaccines. The mystique of the autistic savant… Amid so much buzz about autistic spectrum disorders (ASDds) there’s painfully little focus on how we can better support children with autism and their families right now. Today.

Enter distinguished autism scientist Bryna Siegel, Ph.D., who has devoted her career to seeking solutions to these immediate issues. In her new book, The Politics of Autism (Oxford University Press, September 3, 2018), Siegel examines our culture’s ideas about autism and the reasons for the misconceptions driving counter-productive decision-making in both the public and the private realms.

The Politics of Autism also exposes just how vulnerable the autism community remains from a political and social perspective. Treatment options and choices about the futures of individuals with ASDs are often driven by deeply flawed policies and regulations, the book explains. This has led to misguided priorities that neglect the real needs of most individuals and families living with autism.

From the diagnosis process and its impact on access to services, to flaws in autism education programs and treatments, The Politics of Autism offers a 360 degree look at the contradictions and misinformation obstructing the way to a more constructive dialogue and effective solutions.


The book does a deep dive on the following topics, among many others:

What is fake news about autism, and what’s real?
Real reasons the number of autism diagnoses is increasing.
Why “full inclusion” and “core curriculum” emphases in autism education may be inappropriate and even harmful.
Why we should ditch traditional academic curriculum for most with ASDs, instead focusing on independence and vocational skills to help prevent ASDs adult unemployment (which is rampant).
What’s behind excessive costs of some autism treatments, and how can it be changed?
How the Internet lures parents into trying miracle ‘medicines,’ creates myths and disinformation, and can result in disillusionment when costly fake cures don’t work.
Unpacking the vaccine wars - and why vaccines do not cause autism.

Ultimately, The Politics of Autism argues that we can do much better. Reaching into the very depths of identity politics, Siegel recommends a sensible, policy- and science- based way forward.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's Review-  Some of my children have special needs so I know firsthand about the majority of what is being covered in this book.  Of course I will never be an expert and finding all the information I can is always a valuable resource.  Every child is super different no matter how many books are specializing in making them all the same. 

The book holds a lot of great discussions starters and topics that people could both agree and disagree with. Everyone can give an option or option on the topic and think that is is just that simple but nothing with autism is simple and everyday it takes work.

 If you are a parent or caregiver of a special needs child, just remember to be patient and understand that your child is trying their best already, there should be no expectations or added pressure, just be there to help and guide, not make life overwhelming based on how you feel they should be. 

Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Tonic

Feel relaxed and at ease with a cool ocean breeze!  Designed to soothe and restore skin, Oz Naturals’ Ocean Mineral Tonic is just as refreshing as it is effective.  This mineral toner can be utilized as a base for serums and moisturizers after cleansing and exfoliating, and can be applied to skin before makeup.  It contains ocean minerals that deliver active ingredients to support skin health, improve the appearance of sun damage and even out skin tone.  Made with safe, natural, and eco friendly ingredients, this potent, yet gentle formula can supercharge any skincare regimen by flushing toxins out and allowing nutrients to absorb into the skin.
Ocean Mineral Tonic
Ocean Mineral Tonic,

Designed to soothe and restore skin, as well as support a synergistic relationship with anything layered on top of it
Amino acids, ocean minerals, Vitamin C, and active plant extracts provide support and repairing benefits to dry, sun damaged skin
Sulfur acts as a key ingredient, creating permeability for nutrients to move into the skin and toxins to move out
Blueberry Fruit Extract reduces inflammation and oxidative damage, which can break down the cellular support structure of the skin

I received complimentary product.


My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream Giveaway


Welcome to the Parents Treat For Back To School Giveaway!

1 winner

Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More

 3 6-pack boxes of My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Fingerlings Hugs Review #FingerlingsFriday

Fingerlings HUGS™
Meet Fingerlings® HUGS™ - they’re softies when it comes to affection! Their long arms are perfect for big hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go! Swing them, pet them, and rock them to sleep, or give them a kiss and watch them kiss you back!! Record what you say and hear them repeat it in funny ways...then toss and twist them in the air for a silly remix!

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Watch what you say around these silly monkeys.  So cute and any age would have a fun time playing with these.  I think it is interesting and adorable.  Very well made and they come in pink or blue.  A great gift for the little one in your life who loves to cuddle and play.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

$45 Amazon Gift Card GIVEAWAY

Enter to Win a $45 Gift Card from Gululu!

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Dreambaby's 20th Anniversary Giveaway

Dreambaby's 20th Anniversary Giveaway

Welcome To The Dreambaby's 20th Anniversary Giveaway!

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Giveaway Dates: 8/16/18 12:00 AM EST and runs until 9/16/18 at 11:59 PM EST

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Relaxium Sleep Review

Sleep better the first night you try it with safe, all-natural Relaxium Sleep®
Relaxium Sleep® is a unique blend of safe, clinically- tested ingredients that help you sleep better naturally without the risk of dependency.
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In fact, Relaxium Sleep is the same formula Dr. Eric Ciliberti uses in his own clinic to help people just like you enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep.

Best of all, you can expect Relaxium Sleep to start working the very first night you take it! And within a matter of days, you should find that your sleep patterns have become more regular. Right away you’ll experience:

An easier time falling and staying asleep
Deeper, more restful sleep
Waking up feeling refreshed, energized and rejuvenated
Better mood balance
Fewer aches and pains
A stronger immune system
Better digestion
Better heart health
And so much more!
 
Dr. Eric Ciliberti is a board certified physician specializing in neurology. Highly respected for his extensive experience with acute disorders of the nervous system, Dr. Ciliberti is considered one of the foremost experts on sleep, stress and anxiety.

Dr. Ciliberti has medical degrees from several prominent universities, including Georgetown University. He has trained with world-renowned leaders in his field of expertise and has been practicing medicine since 1991. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and one of the founding members of the American Behavioral Research Institute. Dr. Ciliberti is a lecturer and author of several medical publications, and he has appeared on several national cable television channels. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife and two wonderful children.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- With a mix of ingredients that can make you calm and sleepy, this gluten free and made in the USA gelatin capsule was easy to take and did not hurt my stomach.  Perhaps perfect for someone who can't relax enough to get to sleep.

Beauty Products For You HUGE Giveaway

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2 Winners

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Easy Tie Laces Giveaway

Easy Tie Laces Giveaway

Welcome to the Easy Tie Laces Giveaway!

4 winners

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Unbridled Faith By Cara Whitney Review

Unbridled Faith
100 Devotions from the Horse Farm
By Cara Whitney
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Explore the timeless wisdom of God's Word through this beautiful horse devotional.

Horses nuzzle their way into our hearts and have a way of teaching us a lot about ourselves, about life, and even about God. Just ask horse enthusiast Cara Whitney, wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy).

Through years spent working with these majestic animals—Cara Whitney has learned countless spiritual lessons that have brought her closer to God.

In 100 heartfelt devotions with stunning photography, you'll

Learn about being flexible in your faith from a gangly legged colt.
Discover the secret to overcoming temptation through a horse's "sneak and eat" game.
From a pony with a sweet tooth, find out why we should be glad God doesn’t answer yes to all of our prayers.
Be reminded that you are priceless to God from a one-eyed quarter horse named Roanie. 
Unbridled Faith is the perfect daily devotional for horse lovers.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A blend of bible, faith, facts, knowledge and horses to tie it all together.   The book will really stand out amongst horse lovers and people who enjoy reading into the chapters rather them taking them at face value.  It is so much more than just an ordinary horse farm, it is a way to connect and feel good with God.  Perfect for faith based believers. 


CookBook Fun with RobertRose Books


175 Best Multifunction Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes

Delicious meals in a fraction of the time that stovetop or roasting methods take.

With their many function features (some have as many as 7), electric pressure cookers help make delicious and healthy foods that are not only easy and quick to prepare, but use much less energy. Clean up is minimal, too.

Bestselling small appliance cookbook author Marilyn Haugen uses her expertise to create rewarding recipes for this ingenious small appliance. There are recipes for every meal of the day. In a hurry? Done. Low and slow? Got it. The perfect stew or roast? No problem. Entertaining? How about Coq au Vin with Creamy Mashed Potatoes?

Haugen has created super time-friendly recipes for those frantic mornings like Sausage, Hash Browns and Pepper Casserole or Quinoa, Millet and Almond Bowls. And even on the busiest of work weeks, Beef Barbacoa Tacos with Chiles can be on the table in no time flat. Butternut Squash, Quinoa and Pomegranate Casserole made the night before can just be reheated.

These inviting recipes are sure to become family favorites that will be requested time and time again. The home chef can impress family and friends with the wide variety of satisfying dishes effortlessly created in an electric pressure cooker.


100 Classic Gluten-Free Comfort Food Recipes

An all-new collection of comfort food classics made gluten-free.

Washburn and Butt published their first gluten-free cookbook nearly 20 years ago and at the time, they were at the forefront in promoting and advocating a gluten-free lifestyle. This brand-new collection of gluten-free recipes evokes that wonderful feeling of comfort foods -- soul-satisfying foods that simply taste better and are completely gluten-free.

These recipes include those from childhood as well as modern interpretations of what spells comfort food today without the gluten. Oven Fried Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes or Chicken Pot Pie still tastes good. In fact, no one would ever guess that this stupendous Spaghetti and Meatballs or Tuna Noodle Casserole was gluten-free.

Since soup is certainly one of the things that first springs to mind, Donna and Heather have created sumptuous, soothing gluten-free versions of classic standbys like New England Clam Chowder and Chicken Noodle Soup that warms a cold winter evening.

These wonderful recipes can been enjoyed by anyone - whether on a gluten-free lifestyle or not. Several mouth watering chapters are dedicated to baked goods like muffins, biscuits, cookies, cakes and pies. There's nothing like pulling freshly baked Shortbread Cookies or Apple Crumble Pie fresh from the oven, and these recipes are perfect for that.

Tasty and innovative ideas for everything from hearty entrees and sides to satisfying family meals and mouth-watering desserts are all here.


Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health

East meets West in the kitchen with the nourishing treasures of Chinese Medicine.

Food can be the most powerful medicine. This outstanding book introduces and teaches how to apply the ancient wisdom and traditions of the healing that comes through food according to Chinese medicine. This is a new way of thinking about what foods are needed to achieve balance and ultimately improve health.

Goldsmith provides a keen and comprehensive understanding behind the basic principles of Chinese medicine so they can be easily applied to day-to-day lives. She takes these same concepts, expands on them for the food to eat in order to maximize the benefits of Chinese dietary therapy.

Eating well is essential to good health and Chinese medicine believes that food truly is medicine. In an easy-to-understand and straightforward manner, Ellen explains how and which combination of foods and flavors act upon the body to move qi (energy) and how they act on the body to warm or cool. Many of the modern day chronic health problems caused by lifestyle, genetics and stress can be helped by distinctive and long lasting changes in the way we eat.

175 enticing recipes organized by season put the theory of Chinese medicine into practice. There are meals that are appropriate for each season from breakfast to dinner, including beverages and desserts. All the recipes are super straightforward, easy to assemble and easily adapted to meet your needs, desires and tastes.


Beautiful Bundts: 100 Recipes for Delicious Cakes and More

The appeal of bundt-style cakes is stronger than ever.

The distinctive ring shape of a Bundt pan is more popular than ever, with many next-generation bakers discovering their unique and iconic shape for the first time. Julie Hession has created 100 delicious and versatile recipes for every occasion featuring the retro classics enjoyed as a child, to modern pull apart Bundts like Monkey Bread which have exploded in popularity.

The recipes are simple and easy to make, and the results are spectacular. There's sweet to savory including vegan and gluten-free options so absolutely everyone can enjoy her sumptuous cakes. Full color throughout will show just how spectacular a slice of Bundt cake can be. There are also loads of helpful advice, tips and techniques to get started, from key ingredients and how to glaze and ice a cake, to step-by-step photos on how to effortlessly make a gorgeous layered and swirled Bundt.

The recipes begin with basic Bundts like Best Ever Chocolate Bundt, Lemon-Lover's Bundt Cake and Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chunk Bundt which are anything but basic in taste and texture. Fabulous breakfast and brunch Bundts like Spiced Cranberry Orange Pecan Bundt or Caprese Strata Brunch Bundt will please all. For the holidays a Gingerbread-Pear or Cinnamon-Raisin Challah Bundt, and Mini Chai-Spiced Bundts with Vanilla Glaze are really special.

The pull apart Bundts or Monkey Breads are a baker's dream, from Maple Bacon Monkey Bread and Orange Pecan Sticky Bun(dt)s to Savory Cheese and Herb Monkey Bread. Day or night, the home-made goodness of a Bundt cake makes the home baker a pro.

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Reviews- As a whole the books are wonderful to look at and learn from.  I am so excited to try a few of the recipies with my family.  There are so many ideas to choose from and great photos to help you decide.  I would recommend these books to anyone who loves to read and learn new recipes as well as added facts along the way. 





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Where's the Potty On This Ark and two more Book Reviews

Where's the Potty On This Ark?
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Uh-oh! The animals need to go. Not just on a journey on Noah's Ark, but to the potty, too! Noah's wife, Naamah, helps each animal—owl, giraffe, monkey, raccoon, and even elephant—go potty while on the big ark.

Cassandra's Review- The book is cute and fun to read. It's a little odd to include a prayer, but it is different.  

I received complimentary copies.  

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by Anna Levine

Alexandra Crane is terrible at following her family in their flying Vee. She can't help it that the world is so full of interesting and distracting sights! When it's time for the Cranes to migrate to Israel's Hula Valley for the winter, Alexandra is excited but her family is worried. Will Alexandra stay with the group? And might Alexandra discover that a bad follower can make a great leader? 

Cassandra's review-  An easier to read story that is informational and fun for younger children.  

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by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren

In Germany in 1938, playing and dancing to jazz music is forbidden. The Hitler Youth patrol the night streets looking for anyone who breaks the rules. Albert is a member of the Edelweiss Pirates, a secret group of young people who defy the Hitler Youth. They play the forbidden music and work against the Nazis any way they can. Albert's younger brother, Kurt, loves jazz and longs to be a Pirate, too. Although he's too young to be an Edelweiss Pirate, Kurt can still find a way to take a stand.

Cassandra's Review -  Depending on the age of threader and the thoughts they have already experienced, this can be a mix review.  It is for kids, but is more than just a kids book and that is not to make light at all of what the real time period would have been like.  



Unshakable Hope Promise Book By Max Lucado Review

Unshakable Hope Promise Book
By Max Lucado
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Get to know the God who keeps His promises. Unshakable Hope Promise Book, by bestselling author Max Lucado, explores the promises God made to His people throughout the Bible and how they are relevant to your life today. Get ready to discover the amazing plans and promises God has just for you!

What would you do tomorrow if you had no fear? How would you live your life if you knew that the promises in the Bible are for you? What if God Himself put promises there meant for you and has an amazing plan for your life?

In Unshakable Hope Promise Book: Student Edition, Max Lucado shows you how God has kept His promises in the lives of His people for all of history. Using examples from biblical characters and current examples from teens like you, Max will help you explore and understand the ways God has kept His promises then and how He keeps them now.

Embrace an exciting faith-filled life as you work through stories, Scripture, and journaling questions in Unshakable Hope Promise Book. 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A great author who shows the power in his writing.  The author selects certain passages from the bible and uses them to help get is thoughts across to the reader.  It is a very easy book to read, but it will have young minds thinking, possibly even wanting to open up to a discussion or a few.  It is strongly faith based and would benfit the reader if they are believers in God.