Monday, October 22, 2018

Dark Winter By Anthony J Tata Review .@ajtata

DARK WINTER: A Jake Mahegan Thriller / Book 5
By Anthony J. Tata (Pronunciation: “Tayda”)
Kensington, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Hardcover / Fiction $26.00 ($28.95 CAN)
ISBN: 978-1-4967-1790-0

In a blistering scenario almost too close to the headlines, former Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata delivers a chillingly authentic glimpse of tomorrow’s wars—and the anonymous hackers who hold the fate of the world at their fingertips . . .

By the time anyone realizes what’s happening, it is too late. A dark network of hackers has infiltrated the computers of the U.S. military, unleashing chaos across the globe. U.S. missiles strike the wrong targets. Defense systems fail. Power grids shut down. Within hours, America’s enemies move in. Russian tanks plow through northern Europe. Iranian troops invade Iraq. North Korean destroys Seoul and fires missiles at Japan.

Phase 1 of ComWar is complete.

Enter Jake Mahegan and his team of highly trained operatives. Their mission is to locate the nerve center of ComWar—aka Computer Optimized Warfare—and to shut down the operation through any means necessary. Mahegan knows it’s a virtual suicide mission. There are three ComWar headquarters, each hidden deep underground in Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Each contains a human biometric nuclear key that the team must capture to shut down the imminent nuclear strikes. Splitting up the team is Mahegan’s only chance to prevent the next wave of cyber attacks. But even that won’t stop the sleeper cell agents—here in the United States . . .

When Phase 2 ends, World War III begins.

About the Author:

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata has more than three decades of public service as a military officer and in leadership roles at the state and county level. His last combat tour was as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division and the Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, commanding nearly 25,000 troops. He is the national bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Jake Mahegan series and the Threat Series, as well as co-author of Reaper: Ghost Target with Nicholas Irving, published by St. Martin’s Press. General Tata is the National Security Expert for One American News Network on Tipping Point. He also appears frequently as a guest commentator on Fox News and CNN. He is president of defense, transportation and energy services KaylaTek, LLC, and frequently speaks on matters of foreign policy to companies such as Google, Hewlett Packard, General Electric and other major corporations. Tata lives in Wilmington, NC.

Visit Anthony J. Tata online at: www.AJTata.com.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  If this is not already some kind of movie, it should be.  The author brings to life the action in this hard to put down read. You get more than just a simple story of hacking or something that has been played out over again, because of the truth in the chapters and the real life moments that could possibly be laced in.   My only upset was that I had not known it was a book 5 until after I read it so I would have prefered to get all of the series in order, but that is ok.  The book holds its own and makes for a great read out loud.  I would absolutely go back and read books 1-4 as well as anything else written by this author. 

The Academic Hustle By Matthew Pigatt Review

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Readers of Confessions of a Scholarship Winner and the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019 will love The Academic Hustle!

An inspirational graduation gift: The Academic Hustle tells the story of Matthew Pigatt and his transformation from a juvenile delinquent with a 2.1 GPA in high school to a national award-winning researcher, graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse College.

A college planner to help you get it together: Matthew uses his journey of entering college on academic probation and covering all tuition with loans―to securing over $100,000 in scholarships, fellowships, and awards―as a springboard for a detailed, step-by-step guide to academic and career achievement.

Scholarships, Grants, Internships, and Jobs: The Academic Hustle gives a personal accounting of strategies uncovered while conducting research on high-achievers. Through experience and research, Pigatt has refined a system that has been replicated by hundreds of other students to secure millions in funding for their career development.

In this book you’ll learn how to:

Develop a plan for your career
Find and apply for scholarships
Win awards and be recognized
Cultivate a network for success
Master time and manage money
Develop an impressive résumé
This college survival guide is a perfect gift for college students.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Great for my oldest who attends college as this book offers a lot of information in smaller chapters.   You get a good amount of discussion material that can become a jump off point to really get things in motion for the future.  I feel like this book is a great gift for anyone who in the college phase of life no matter what age. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Fitted Crib Sheet GIVEAWAY

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Delayed Justice By Cara Putman Review

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She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- First off as a book three it is can hold its own as a standalone.  There is drama and enough storyline to keep you wanting to continue on with the more drawn out chapters.  The character styles are there and well written.  I feel like overall if you are interested in this kind of book and are old enough to understand it without someone having to read it and break it down for you, this is going to be a good read. 

The Mothers Manual By Liu Yang Review

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The Mother’s Manual is a practical handbook on parenting children from birth to 5 years old. There has been a great deal of research into the importance of bonding and nurturing children in their early years. Now there is more evidence on the understanding of children’s brainwave pattern and why they behave the way they behave.

The Mother’s Manual provides everything you need including tips and tools that you can apply in your life as a parent to deal with some common issues that crop up in those early critical years. It gives you simple strategies to help you raise a happy and healthy child, realise their full potential and enable you to be a proud, well balanced and fulfilled parent.

Whether you are a parent or planning to have children, you can start practising some of the skills in this book and perfect them before your baby arrives, especially as new habits take time to establish.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book does not have a lot of clarified sections and chapters blend in, so if you need to quick look something up, it would not be easy to find.  The tips and information are helpful but random, and some of it is just stories placed in between.  Overall a good source of random facts.


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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's review-  I am going to tell you that this is a huge mess and I mean big, it gets color on everything and in the air and on the grass and on the cars so be careful where you throw your "party" .  Is it fun? Yes.  Is it hard to clean up?  Mostly yes, but if you do this like in the woods or somewhere no one cares about getting mess all over, then you are only cleaning up yourself and everything you brought with you.  So unless you can not fathom being covered in color this may be a huge party success.  At first I had no idea why I was receiving bags of 5 lb  cornstarch colored powder each, but after reading all about this and seeing the games that could be done with it, I would say that any children would have a ball, also you have to supervise your kids because even though this is non toxic it really does get everywhere.  I would probably only throw this party once in a lifetime, but more flexible people would probably do it way more often. 

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Cassandra's Review- I like the many uses and sizes of the better qulaity material that these mesh bags provide.

I received complimentary product.

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UNTAMED Jailbreak Playset from WowWee #TheUNTAMED

Fingerlings Untamed - Jailbreak Playset with exclusive T-Rex "Infrared"
Jailbreak Playset featuring Infrared T-Rex [$24.99]: What happens when the UNTAMED get a little too… ferocious? You give them a time-out in the UNTAMED Jailbreak Playset! This cage comes with Infrared, an exclusive T-Rex with eyes that glow and a fierce desire to escape. Pull the lever if you dare!
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I received complimentary product.

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Cassandra's Review-  Fun and exciting for all younger ages to enjoy.  The kids really like the eye effects and being able to carry a dino in a cage. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

SMITCO Kids Nail Polish Set GIVEAWAY

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Rockwell F50 Sonicrafter Oscillating Multi-tool Review

Sonicrafter F50 Oscillating Multi-Tool - RK5141K | Rockwell
SONICRAFTER F50 4.0 AMP OSCILLATING MULTI-TOOL
Model # RK5142K

Hyperlock tool-free blade change system provides 1 ton of clamping force to prevent blade slippage

Universal Fit System accepts other major brand accessories

Higher oscillation angle provides unrivaled speed of cut

Electric oscillating tool boasts a powerful 4.0 Amp motor with constant speed control won't stall
Variable speed dial for precision control

33 piece kit includes a variety of blades and sanding attachments for a wide range of applications
 The Sonicrafter's Hyperlock tool-free blade design provides 1 ton of maximum clamping force to prevent blade slippage & ensure your accessories are securely in-place.

Additionally, in order to ensure your tool won't bog down during cuts, the Sonicrafter was engineered with constant speed control for maintaining the speed-of-cut under load. The variable speed dial allows for optimal precision control, while Rockwell's patented Vibrafree counterweight offsets vibration for a smooth cut.
Rockwell’s unique Universal Fit System allows other accessories to fit tightly on our newly designed Sonicrafter. It doesn’t matter the brand, the model or the year purchased. No more driving across town to get the right blades.

I received complimentary product.

 This tool with the proper accessory can cut, scrape, polish, rasp, sand and more. Very handy around the house in tackling a number of projects.

Cassandra's Review-  My current home is run down and in constant need of repairs, I mean everything from leaky roofs to floors that are like trampolines.  Also doors that swell open or shut and I can always use great tools to help out.  The projects are endless it seems and so I was thrilled to be able to review this tool.  I like that it is not super heavy but feels like I am handling a good quality power tool.  The amps are perfect for the more quick projects and this worked really well on my smaller door frame to evenly sand it out which is so much better than the kitchen knife that I was trying to saw it off with before.  The tool would make a great gift for adults this holiday. 

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Do Angels Really Have Wings by Today in the Word Review

Do Angels Really Have Wings?: ... And 199 Other Questions About God, Life, and the Bible
by Today in the Word
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Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims all pray to the same God? Is it okay to be mad at God? Did Adam have a belly button?

We all have questions, even if we don’t know how to find answers. Over the last 30 years, Today in the Word from the Moody Bible Institute has taken questions from people all around the world and published a few of them each month with answers from reliable Bible experts. Do Angels Really Have Wings? is a collection of the most repeated, most intriguing questions (with a few light hearted ones too). These questions are then answered by trusted Christian voices like Don Cole, Mike Kellogg, and Rosalie de Rosset. Whether you’re curious about Christianity or have been in the church since you were in diapers, this book is a great place to start exploring some of your own questions about God, life, and the Bible.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Great questions are answered with bible passages in way that is easy to understand and help the faith based reader.  So the book is going to be super beneficial to someone who has a real belief in God and wants to also find out more about the connection they have within.  I would recommend this book to curious and open minded people of any age that would be old enough to read the questions.

Celebrate Americas Favorite Pastime this Fall with Goliath .@GoliathGamesUS


When you cast it, blast it with the Rocket Fishing Rod, the kids fishing rod that accurately casts its line up to 30 feet. Great for kids of all ages, because it replaces standard kids fishing poles and takes the hassle out of fishing. Just pump, launch and reel in real fish!

System Content:

Rocket Fishing Rod
1 Safety Bobber
2 Hooks
150 feet of 8-pound Test Fishing Line
2 Line Stops
1 Weight
Complete Instructions.

 A safety bobber keeps the hook enclosed until it hits the water, and it all but eliminates snarls and snags. Once the bobber is in the water, the lure/bait compartment opens to drop the lure/bait to the desired depth. Made with hi-tech precision engineering, the patented design and rugged ABS construction will stand up tough to outdoor use.  Recommended for ages 8 and up. More than 1 million sold.

I received complimentary product. 

THE ORIGINAL COMFY BLANKET SWEATSHIRT AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK

The Original Comfy is the world's first truly wearable blanket. Designed after a giant hoodie sweatshirt – but made out of ultra-soft blanket material – The Original Comfy is the ultimate in portable luxury, and is guaranteed to be the warmest, most comfortable thing you'll ever wear, whether at home or on the go.

IT'S COMFY TIME!
100% Polyester
Machine wash cold, tumble dry separately at a low temperature
Drawstring (seen on Shark Tank version) has been removed due to child safety regulations
Available colors: Blue, Gray, Black, and Pink

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Unless you do not like polyester, this soft and warm hoodie/blanket would be a great holiday gift.  It does not unfold or get longer but if you tuck your legs into it, then it becomes a blanket sort of pouch. The one size fits all or most and the reversible aspect is fun for kids who want the pocket on the inside.  One of my special needs teens enjoys this a lot because of the sensory feeling that is more secure.  I think the only problem my family is going to have is sharing this between us all. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Against the Grain Pet Food

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I received complimentary product.


THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES DVD Set Review

THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES

Type: DVD/13 Discs
Running Time: Approximately 2805 mins.
Genre: TV DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 & 1.78:1
Audio: Stereo & Dolby Digital 5.1

"Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk...Why I Oughta..."

For over 50 years, The Three Stooges presented a brand of pie-throwing, eye-poking and head-bonking routines that cracked up multiple generations. They were the masters of mirth, merriment and mayhem, turning slapstick comedy into an art form. And, with a body of work including over 300 films, television, stage shows, cartoons and more - they're forever ingrained in popular culture. Now, one of the greatest comedy troupes of all time is here to poke, smack, slap and bonk their way onto your screens with THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES!

With this riotous DVD set, Time Life has brought together the Stooges greatest hits in one exclusive collection, priced at $99.95 and available only at ThreeStoogesDVDs.com . Across 13 uproarious discs, viewers will yuk it up with over 45 hours of knee-slapping content brought together for the very first time, including:

THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES: COLUMBIA PICTURES SHORTS 1934-1945 -- These two volumes feature 87 hilarious short films from 1934 to 1945. Witness the rise of these comedy icons in this high-spirited collection containing the first of the iconic Columbia Pictures Shorts. Watch as the Stooges hit their stride and began to settle into their definitive roles- Moe as boss, Larry the middleman, and Curly as their foil -- and experience what has become regarded as the high point in the Three Stooges career - the Golden Age! (8 Discs; 1496 mins) 
Time Life
THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES: SHORTS, CARTOONS, & FEATURE FILMS -- From feature-length films to rare cartoons and vintage shorts - this collection is sure to leave a smile on your face and a bump on the back of your noggin! It includes Shemp Howard Comedy Shorts (14 classics from the '30s & '40s); Joe Besser Comedy Shorts (10 side-splitters from the '40s & '50s), Joe DeRita Comedy Shorts (4 smackers from the '40s), Feature Films (The Three Stooges (2000, biopic); Have Rocket, Will Travel; The Outlaws Is Coming and Rockin' in the Rockies; The Three Stooges Cartoons, including Bon Bon Parade (1935), Merry Mutineers (1936), A Hollywood Detour (1942), as well as the bonus 9-part documentary series "Hey Moe! Hey Dad!," which takes fans behind the scenes with the family of The Three Stooges as they share never-before-seen footage and photos. (5 discs; 1309 mins)

I received complimentary DVDs.

Cassandra's Review-  I am so happy to have been able to review and rewatch some of the most classic humor of the past.  Imagine introducing your family to the funny and sometimes wild antics of the Three Stooges. 

Collar & Leash Set GIVEAWAY

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Libman Fall Cleaning Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

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Monday, October 15, 2018

$100 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash Giveaway


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Porto By Gabriella Opaz Review

Porto: Stories from Portugal’s Historic Bolhão Market 
by Gabriella Opaz

Discover the culinary heart of Northern Portugal through the stories, food, and history of Bolhão.

Bolhão Market’s century-old walls are crumbling as its vendors and visitors wait for the restoration that will return it to its former glory. Though the deteriorating conditions have forced many vendors to leave, there are fishwives still singing their seductive pregão, bakers still hawking crusty bread baked in wood burning ovens, and butchers still offering up favos de mel for the city’s signature tripe stew. Bolhão still pulses with knowledge earned over generations and the rich culinary heritage of the region.

This book is about those vendors who remain, and their stories are for those who want to know what to do, see, and eat when they visit the North. Porto, nestled between the sea and the esteemed Douro Valley, is the heart of one of Europe’s premier—though often overlooked—food destinations. The people of Bolhão embody the spirit and tradition of this enchanting city. Your next culinary adventure starts here!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A great mix of information and recipes to go along with photos that are beautiful.   I enjoyed taking time to read this and share it with my kids.  The book would be a great coffee table browsing piece or a fun way to spend a few hours of your day. 

Hardcore Carnivore by Jess Pryles Review

Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It by Jess Pryles
Hardcore Carnivore is a protein-packed cookbook for meat lovers everywhere. From slow-smoked barbecue ribs to perfect cowboy steaks, author Jess Pryles’ recipes are meaty winners. In addition to dozens of recipes for chicken, game, pork, lamb, and beef, Pryles—touted as the “female Ron Swanson” by her loyal followers—covers all the basics, finishes, and tricks of the trade, ensuring you’ll be cooking meat like a seasoned pro in no time.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Aside from the recipe for kangaroo and a few other choice game that I have not wanted to cook ever, this book is great and features a lot of new recipes that have ingredients which are pretty easy to find locally, but are not too pricey on the wallet, of course the meat is usually super costly at the store, but if your already buying it, these food choices will be a huge hit at a party.  

Vertellis Family Edition Review

 Vertellis has introduced a new edition to their popular card games for parents and their children over 8-years-old that re-enforces meaningful conversation and kindness.

Prompted by questions, points are earned by starting and engaging in meaningful conversations. It's a fun, interactive way to bring the family together.

Vertellis is Dutch and translates as “tell me more”. The game retails for $19.99 and available on their website and Amazon.

For more information visit, https://vertellis.com/

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review -  A thought provoking fun time for every age person in your family.  You can even explain to younger children if you need to.   Some families just want to talk but can not really think about topics that everyone can share about openly or that will not start a fight.  Great game for the holidays. 

Precious Memories With Album Envy Giveaway

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Zubels Dancing Darlings Giveaway

Zubels Dancing Darlings Giveaway Ends 11/12

Welcome to the Zubels Dancing Darlings Giveaway!

1 Winner $20 rv

Choice of 1 - 14 inch Dancing Darlings

Zubels

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Shield for Immunity CBD Bath Bomb

Shield for Immunity CBD Bath Bomb
Shield for Immunity CBD Bath Bomb - Loaded with 100mg of pure CBD and inspired by the 15th Century legend of Four Thieves, the effective and aromatic mixture of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and other natural botanicals provide a shield of protection by supporting and strengthening the body and its immune system, all while providing a deeply soothing bath time experience.  

 Retails for $19.99.

I received complimentary product.


Hangsun Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat Massage Review

Hangsun Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat Massage and Jet FM180 Electric Feet Salon Tub with Bubbles, Rollers, Vibration, Pedicure Spa & Infrared - Maintain Water Temperature & Relieve Foot Pressure

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Hangsun Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat Massage and Jet FM180 Electric Feet Salon Tub with Bubbles, Rollers, Vibration, Pedicure Spa & Infrared - Maintain Water Temperature & Relieve Foot Pressure 

How well do you treat your feet?

A restful foot bath can provide well-earned stress relief; its pampering and rejuvenating properties may be just what you need after a long day. Here are some features that can make it a true, home spa experience.

HANGSUN FM180 FOOT BATH : Treat your feet to the perfect pedicure in the comfort of your own home with our luxurious foot baths with soothing heat, gentle vibration and refreshing bubbles.

HANGSUN FM180 FOOT SPA

All-in-one

Vibration massage, oxygen bubble massage, infrared heat therapy, water heat

Non-slip rubber feet

The rubber feet on the base of the unit help to prevent the unit sliding around on your floor.

Pedicure attachment

Use in successive sessions until your feet feel soft and are free from hard skin.

Soothing infrared light dots

The soothing infrared light points add to the calming effect and relieving tension.

Anti-Water Splash Design

Removable splash guard helps prevent splashing and spills, especially while you move the footbath.


Maintain the Temperature

Most people prefer a warm foot bath, but a cool bath can do wonders on a hot day.

Different home spa foot baths have different heating methods. Most are designed to maintain the temperature of warm water, not to raise the temperature. For these, you control the initial heat by pouring water into the bath at the temperature you desire (keep the water at 100 to 118 degrees F to avoid burning your skin).

Depending on your needs, it may be more efficient to pour warm tap water into the footbath.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  If you want a quick soak and need something to maybe help with soaking toes after surgery or something like that, this is going to be helpful.  My feet fit fine and it was easy to dry. 

Salonpas® Relief Patch New Larger Size

 Hisamitsu America, a division of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., and the marketers of the Salonpas® line of pain relieving products, announce the availability of the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE (SRP: $17.99) in a new double size value pack that includes nine large patches.
Salonpas Patch - 9ct


“There is only one OTC topical pain reliever that is FDA-approved like prescription medicine, and that’s the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch,” said John Incledon, President & CEO, Hisamitsu America. “We understand that many consumers suffer from back pain, as it is the most common area of pain.  As a response, we decided to launch the new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE. They’re twice the size as before with the power to target large pain areas. We also included nine patches in this new product to provide a better value to our consumers. Since the patches are now double the size, there is a 35% savings on an equivalized patch basis.”


“Clinical trials demonstrated that the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch works up to 12 hours on mild to tougher moderate pain,” said award-winning journalist Dr. Bob Arnot, M.D., internal medicine, who is the author of twelve books on nutrition and health, and previously Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News. “As a 70-year old active athlete, I suffer from pain as a result of training and competing. I was a huge fan of the previous Salonpas Pain Relief Patch and it is great that it is now available as a double-size, larger patch which targets my back pain.”

I received complimentary product.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pereg’s Pumpkin Pie Spice blend


HERE ARE 14 SAVORY REASONS WHY YOU NEED PUMPKIN PIE SPICE IN YOUR LIFE

Time to Step Up Your Fall Menu Plan – Pereg Natural Foods Gets You Started

Not too many years ago we were singing the praises of pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin spice everything else. Next thing we knew, pumpkin pie spice took over the world.

Well, you may be over the ubiquitous pumpkin pie coffees and desserts (which, admittedly, are delicious), but don’t dismiss pumpkin pie spice altogether. This harbinger of autumn is available only seasonally – and now’s your chance to think outside the sweet box.

Pereg is all about using Pumpkin Pie Spice blend in new ways this year. According to Gill Schneider, President of Pereg Natural Foods, “Pumpkin Pie Spice is much more versatile than many people realize. It has a slightly sweet, slightly savory character that adds a layer of warmth and depth to savory dishes of all kinds.”

Cultures around the world traditionally use components of pumpkin pie spice in salty or spicy cuisine. Pereg’s intriguing blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves marries beautifully with many of the savory ingredients you’d use in appetizers, entrees, sides, and more.

Start with this easy marinade for meat and chicken and see why pumpkin pie spice still wins.

Easy Savory Pumpkin Pie Spice Marinade

This robust combination works especially well with skirt steak, short ribs, London broil, chicken, and even turkey. Keep clean-up simple with a zip-close bag -- no dishes to wash!

½ cup good quality olive oil

2-3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 Tbsp. Pereg Natural Foods Pumpkin Pie Spice blend

1 Tbsp. brown sugar or ½ Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

½ Tbsp. lime juice

Salt to taste

Red chili pepper flakes to taste


Put all the ingredients in a zip-close food storage bag. Seal the bag and massage the ingredients to blend. Add the meat or poultry to the bag, squeeze out excess air, seal, and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Drain the liquid and broil, grill, or bake as usual. Do not reuse the marinade.


More new ways to use Pumpkin Pie Spice:

·        Sprinkle on nuts or pumpkin seeds before roasting

·        Season kabocha squash oven fries

·        Blend with hummus

·        Combine with browned butter and sage as a pasta topper (hello, pumpkin ravioli!)

·        Give roasted chickpeas a new personality

·        Top sweet potatoes with pumpkin pie spice and caramelized onions

·        Think Moroccan – add to couscous or squash soup

·        Try sweet-spicy pumpkin seed brittle

·        Use as a dry rub for meats

·        Mix with jerk seasoning for chicken

·        Elevate hearty chilies and stews

·        Spice up your popcorn

·        Add a pinch to your martini!

Pereg’s Pumpkin Pie Spice blend is crafted from 100 percent pure, fresh ingredients with no additives, preservatives, coloring, or MSG, and is OU and CRC certified kosher. MSRP: $5.50/3.2 oz

I received complimentary product.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cole and Sav by Cole LaBrant, Savannah LaBrant Review

Cole And Sav Book Cover
Cole and Sav: Our Surprising Love Story
by Cole LaBrant,  Savannah LaBrant

A chance meeting, a kiss, and the surprise of a lifetime…


Millions around the world followed the fairytale love story of viral YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant and watched as they said “I do.” Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than 100 million views each month. But now for the first time ever, Cole and Sav invite you beyond the highlight reel and into the beautiful and messy, funny and tender story of how God brought two unlikely people together in a surprising, unexpected way.


With their signature charming and engaging style, Cole and Sav take you behind the camera and open up about past heartaches and mistakes; painful secrets and difficult expectations; the joys and challenges of raising their daughter, Everleigh; and the spiritual journey that changed their hearts—and relationship—forever.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   With this book I wonder how much of it is staged and how much is real.  It seems picture perfect even with the certain pointed out flaws and the story is placed together very nicely.   While no one can really be certain if any of the events actually happens exactly how it is written, I still think that it is a good clean love story that gives glory to God. 

NKJV, Ancient-Modern Bible Review

NKJV, Ancient-Modern Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print
One faith. Handed down. For all the saints.
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Many things have changed in the last two-thousand years. The good news of Jesus Christ isn’t one of them. The NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible features all-new book introductions, articles, and commentary from voices both ancient and modern to help you experience the Word of God as never before. Read the Bible alongside Augustine, Luther, Graham, and others—and discover the rich wisdom of ages past and present, which is the rightful inheritance of every follower of Christ. The NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible is an opportunity for readers to experience the Word of God with fresh eyes, as members of the global and historical community of faith. This is a Bible two thousand years in the making.

Features include:


Full-color design that uniquely blends cutting edge modern typography and layout with traditional, sacred elements
Bible commentary from church thinkers past and present, from Huss to Keller, from Chrysostom to Spurgeon, from Aquinas to Wright
Biographies of church leaders & thinkers
Doctrine and history articles on significant councils, creeds, and controversies
Sacred art from throughout church history
Easy-to-read 8.5-point font

More Details:

Thousands of verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage comments from the church's greatest teachers and thinkers, including John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, Augustine, John Wesley, Timothy Keller, Matthew Henry, Billy Graham, A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, Henry Halley, Martin Luther, N.T. Wright, Jack Hayford, John Bunyan, Eugene Peterson, Jerome, Warren Wiersbe, R.C. Sproul, Ulrich Zwingli, D.L Moody, William Tyndale, D.A. Carson, John Knox, Scot McKnight, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Soren Kierkegaard, and John Chrysostom
Full page biography articles sharing the inspiring life stories of men and women who were transformed by the gospel, from the early church, through the Reformation, and beyond.
Sacred art as inspired by the Bible through the centuries, including Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Gustave Dore, Christian Rohlfs, and Makoto Fujimura.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The tiny print is a little hard on the eyes and the pages are very easy to see with the white background.  The Bible is typical with not a whole lot of extra unique features.  I was not thrilled with it overall, but feel like anyone that loves collecting Bibles or studing the faith based literature would really enjoy this as a gift. 

Crude Blessings By T.M. "Roe" Patterson Review

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Crude Blessings
by T.M. "Roe" Patterson

Much more than one son's homage to his dad, Crude Blessings is a compelling narrative about a family patriarch who embodied the best qualities of the Greatest Generation, which inspired and powered the success of America. Timely because of the increasing polarization in our country, Glenn Patterson's story and values were noted in the Christian ethos of decency, integrity, faith, and trust throughout his life in his business and family. His mantra, "Always do the right thing" turned out to be an enviable formula for success in a highly volatile industry. His son Roe's firsthand account of Glenn's life is a memorable story about surviving adversity through positive, thoughtful leadership and determination. It is a great tutorial for how to achieve the American dream and how to treat others.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Growing, sharing and gifting memories to the reader of his moments that are heartwarming as well as very open, honest and sincere make this book a must read for older ages. 

ELENA FERRANTE ON FILM Review

ELENA FERRANTE ON FILM
 
Street Date: October 23, 2018
BLU-RAY/DVD SRP: $49.95/$34.95

TROUBLING LOVE SYNOPSIS:
What happened to Amalia? Who was with her the night she died? Her daughter Delia is saddened by the news, but not surprised. She considers her mother to be a disgrace even before she hears of the sordid circumstances of her death. Delia travels home to Naples for the funeral and tries to piece together her mother's recent life. By doing so, she starts to confront her childhood memories that shaped their family history. Based on the novel by best-selling author Elena Ferrante.

THE DAYS OF ABANDONMENT SYNOPSIS:
Olga's life is shattered when her husband abandons her, prompting her to fall into a period of self-degradation and self-destructive behaviors. Based on the novel by best-selling author Elena Ferrante.

Includes a 32-page booklet containing Elena Ferrante's letters and script notes about the films (excerpted from Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey, published by Europa Editions, 2016).

CAST
Margherita Buy
Angela Luce
Anna Bonaiuto

Type: BD/DVD
Running Time: 200 minutes
Aspect Ratio: The Days of Abandonment/2.35:1 | Troubling Love/1.85:1
Audio: The Days of Abandonment /5.1 Surround Sound/2.0 Stereo | Troubling Love/2.0 Stereo
Language: Italian with English Subtitles

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Very edgy and only for adults, this movie was a little hard to follow with the subtitles because you want to see what it really going on without having to read so much.  Some scenes would make a shy person cringe outright but the film is powerful and emotional with drama filling the moments both good and bad. 


White Picket Fences By Amy Julia Becker Review

White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege
by Amy Julia Becker
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We need honest conversations about privilege.
As an affluent white woman with southern roots and an Ivy League education, Amy Julia Becker considers what it means to be a person of privilege. She comes to believe that privilege harms everyone—those who are excluded from it and those who benefit from it. Her insights into privilege are rounded out by her experience as the mother of a child with special needs fighting against diminished expectations and withheld opportunities for her daughter. Amy Julia reminds us that the white picket fences that seem pristine and good can also prevent us from knowing and loving our neighbors as we experience the messy, complicated beauty and sorrow of the world.

White Picket Fences is an invitation to respond to privilege with generosity, humility, and hope. This book opens us to questions we are afraid to ask, so that we can walk further from fear and closer to love, in all its fragile and mysterious possibilities.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why? The author was not afraid of backlash and went with openness as well as hitting a topic that would make some people cringe or back away as to not want to be in the middle of any touchy subjects.

- What did you not like about the book and why? It may be a bit offensive to some more picky readers and other may not feel comfortable with how the author  views her white privileged background. 

- What did you learn? The author truly feels her book and it may even be her own conviction that makes this stand out as a read that will open eyes and cause great lengthy discussions. 

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? I feel like anyone who can tolerate the writing style and topics from this author while also taking some moments with a grain of salt, this book is for you, plus younger children will not connect with it. 

Great Fall Reading with Agate Publishing

With the cooler weather ahead fall is a great season to cozy down with some of these excellent reads.



The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America's Most Infamous Crimes
by Nina Barrett

In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. As the decades passed, the mythology surrounding the unlikely killers continued to capture the interest of new generations, spawning numerous books, fictionalizations, and dramatizations.

In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources—confessions, interrogation transcripts, psychological reports, and more—the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course. Until now, these documents have not been part of the murder’s central narrative. This first-of-its-kind approach allows readers to view the case through a keyhole and look past all of the stories that have been spun in the last 90 years to focus on the heart of the crime.

Carefully curated and steeped in historical context from Barrett, this book allows the surviving Leopold and Loeb documents, most of which are in the form of either transcripts or narrative, to function as both artifact and literature, recounting the moves of the murder and sentencing hearing as well as addressing the questions that continue to fascinate—issues of morality, sanity, sexuality, religious assimilation, parental grief and responsibility, remorse, and the use of the death penalty.

This comprehensive, ephemera-driven history allows the reader to act as a fly on the wall and speaks powerfully to the unsolved mysteries of this distinct crime, in which the guilt of the perpetrators is unambiguous but almost everything else is open to interpretation.


The Best of Royko: The Tribune Years
by Mike Royko

For more than 30 years, Mike Royko was a part of the daily fabric of Chicagoans’ lives, penning often humorous and always honest columns first for the Chicago Daily News, then the Sun-Times, and finally the Tribune. Culled from thousands of his Tribune columns and edited by his son David Royko, this collection offers up his best material from the last stage in his career, which was cut short by his premature death in 1997.


Vintage Chicago: The Best of @vintagetribune on Instagram
by Chicago Tribune Staff (Author), Pamela Bannos

The @vintagetribune Instagram, a beloved photography account produced by the photo editors of the Chicago Tribune, has been mining the newspaper’s vast subterranean archives since 2014 and breathing new life into its most gram-worthy black-and-white images.

You won’t find the 300 photos in this collection in your typical time capsule. These aren’t the dramatic, front-page, history-making photographs we’re used to seeing from photojournalists. These are the images that would have been posted had Instagram existed in, say, 1932—the offbeat, gritty, strange, funny, rare, charming, everyday images captured in the moments that happened between the well-documented events that make up the city’s official biography.

This book is an unexpected, inspired portrait of one of the world’s great metropolises, told through the lenses of the countless feet-on-the-street photographers from the city’s hometown paper.

And yes, there are cats. We are talking about Instagram, after all.


Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President
by Rebecca Sive 

Men are not the enemy, but they are the problem. It’s easy to feel angry, but much harder to do something about it. This book shows us how.

Women are wildly underrepresented at every level of the US government: federal, state, and local. Research has shown that women in executive government positions are far more likely than men to commit to policies that benefit women, girls, and other marginalized groups, so after centuries of underrepresentation, it’s clear: our best bet for creating a system that is more fair, balanced, and just for everyone is electing our first Madam President—as soon as we can.

Vote Her In is organized around the inspirational messages seen on protest signs carried at the record-breaking 2017 Chicago Women’s March. Part One outlines the case for why we need to mobilize now, and Part Two provides a clear strategy for how to do it. Each chapter in Part Two includes an action plan that women can complete to help each other (or themselves) attain political power and work toward electing our first woman president.

Author Rebecca Sive draws on her decades of political experience to create this crucial book, which empowers every American man, woman, and child who cares about our nation’s democratic future to harness their collective power in the run-up to 2020 and, at last, form a more perfect union.


The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago White Sox: A Decade-by-Decade History
by Chicago Tribune Staff

The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago White Sox is a decade-by-decade look at one of the American League's original eight teams, starting with the franchise's Windy City beginnings in 1900 as the Chicago White Stockings (the former name of crosstown rivals the Cubs) and ending with the current team.

For more than a century, the Chicago Tribune has documented every Sox season through original reporting, photography, and box scores. For the first time, this mountain of Sox history has been mined and curated by the paper's sports department into a single one-of-a-kind volume. Each era in Sox history includes its own timeline, profiles of key players and coaches, and feature stories that highlight it all, from the heavy hitters to the no-hitters to the one-hit wonders.

To be a Sox fan means to know breathtaking highs and dramatic lows. The team's halcyon days―starting with the championship it won during the first official season of the newly formed American League in 1901―have always been punctuated with doldrums and stormy stretches, including a period of time in the '80s when it looked likely that the team would leave Chicago. But with the diehard support of their fans, the "Good Guys" have always made a comeback―including the team's landmark 2005 World Series win, the first by any Chicago major league team in 88 years. This book records it all.

The award-winning journalists, photographers, and editors of the Chicago Tribune have produced a comprehensive collector's item that every Sox fan will love.


Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Memoir
by Regina Louise

In this unflinching, unforgettable memoir, Regina Louise tells the true story of overcoming neglect in the US foster-care system. Drawing on her experience as one of society’s abandoned children, she tells how she emerged from the cruel, unjust system, not only to survive, but to flourish.

After years of jumping from one fleeting, often abusive home to the next, Louise meets a counselor named Jeanne Kerr. For the first time in her young life, Louise knows what it means to be seen, wanted, understood, and loved. After Kerr tries unsuccessfully to adopt Louise, the two are ripped apart—seemingly forever—and Louise continues her passage through the cold cinder-block landscape of a broken system, enduring solitary confinement, overmedication, and the actions of adults who seem hell-bent on convincing her that she deserves nothing, that she is nothing. But instead of losing her will to thrive, Louise remains determined to achieve her dream of a higher education. After she ages out of the system, Louise is thrown into adulthood and, haunted by her trauma, struggles to finish school, build a career, and develop relationships. As she puts it, it felt impossible “to understand how to be in the world.”

Eventually, Louise learns how to confront her past and reflect on her traumas. She starts writing, quite literally, a new future for herself, a new way to be. Louise weaves together raw, sometimes fragmented memories, excerpts from real documents from her case file, and elegant reflections to tell the story of her painful upbringing and what came after. The result is a rich, engrossing account of one abandoned girl’s efforts to find her place in the world, people to love, and people to love her back.

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review-  The books featured today are a great mix of everything to make hours fly by while enjoying and are perfect for older readers.   They are also perfect for coffee table reading and will lead to discussions.  Vintage Chicago may be a huge blast of nostalgia for some readers while others can really get a glimpse of what once was.  The books can be gifted as well and make a really nice surprise.