Friday, June 15, 2018

Healing Scarred Hearts by Susan Hoemke Review

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Healing Scarred Hearts: A Family's Story of Addiction, Loss, and Finding Light
by Susan Hoemke

In this emotional memoir, Susan Hoemke divulges the heart-wrenching story of her son Hayden's eight-year battle with drug addiction, and his tragic death at age twenty two. Through the pain of losing a child, Susan unflinchingly relates the crimes that her son's desperation for a fix drove him to commit, and how the mental and physical impact of the drugs on his body turned her happy, creative son into a stranger in their home.

The years surrounding Hayden's death have been some of the most difficult in the family's life, his addiction not only affecting him but all those around him. Rebuilding their home and family, and attempting to see light in the darkest days they'd ever experienced proved to be an incredibly difficult effort, but not impossible. Hoemke hopes that her family's story will serve as a wake-up call to people everywhere about the drug epidemic across this country, and as a song of hope for those suffering through what her family has.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  As  sad and heart attaching as this author's words are to read. I feel like this is a story that is all too familiar in the world.   It would be easy for the reader to feel connected and sadden, perhaps even humbled by the story.  Unfortunately most families have at least one person that goes down this road, but just how far, know one really knows.   I am glad in the way that the realness comes to light and the authors choice to speak up and help which hopefully helps her to heal even more. 

ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible International Children's Bible By Tommy Nelson Review

ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible
International Children's Bible
By Tommy Nelson
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Show your little princess what it means to truly be a daughter of God with the beautiful Golden Rose Princess Bible. This full-text International Children’s Bible® (ICB) is written at a third-grade reading level, so it is the perfect first step for young readers ready to read and explore God’s Word on their own.

The ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible is a complete Bible in the easy-to-read ICB translation children can read and understand, and includes many special features to help encourage growth and study. Little girls will love to explore the fully illustrated Bible story pages tucked throughout the text, as well as the many key highlighted verses. This Bible also includes a dictionary and concordance, making it a wonderful tool for study.

The ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible comes with a dazzling cover with shimmering design and lots of sparkling glitter, all highlighting the beloved princess theme. You and your little princess will love the thirty-two pages of full color insert that dive deeper into some of the most beloved Bible stories!

Every little girl is a princess in God’s eyes, and this glittery Bible packed with great features is truly fit for royalty!

Cassandra's Review-  An easy reading version of the greatest storybook of all time that you can share with your little ones.  It is designed to be understandable and even though you will not finish it for a while, this is a good thing because there is so much to learn in this faith based book and your child can reference it during all stages in life. 

I received a complimentary copy.



Celebrate America with Red, White, and Books!


Great American Humor: 1000 Funny Jokes, Clever One-Liners & Witty Sayings (Little Book. Big Idea.) by Gerd De Ley

Mark Twain wrote: "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing." Consider yourself blessed a thousand-fold with the new compilation Great American Humor by Gerd de Ley.

Great American Humor collects 1000 wise and witty jokes, clever sayings and smart one-liners from well-known American humorists, actors, comedians, politicians, and personalities into a terrific volume guaranteed to generate laughs.

Great American Humor features quips and quotes from well-known figures such as Mark Twain, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Milton Berle, Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, Robin Williams, Mae West, Mitch Hedberg, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, and the list goes on.

Carefully researched and culled for maximum guffaws, Great American Humor captures the unique spirit of American wit and features more than enough jokes, puns and riddles to have everyone laughing.

Cassandra's Review- Laced with raunchy humor and bad language this book has mostly quotes taken from other people and placed in the book.  There is nothing like reading this outloud and coming to a word or phrase that would not be polite for anyones children to endure, so make sure your not gifting to a minor.  As for adult humor, I did not find it so attractive in the groupings either and found most of them to be gathered in poor taste. 

Handbook for Americans, Revised Edition : The Essential Reference for Citizens of the United States of - image 1 of 1

The Handbook for Americans, Revised Edition is an essential reference guide for every American to the United States and its tradition of freedoms and responsibilities.Now, more than ever, Americans are faced with economic, environmental and philosophical challenges that require a strong response. When we ask ourselves, "What does it mean to be an American? What do we stand for?" we are in fact casting about for the resources and traditions to enable us to meet today's challenges.

 The Handbook for Americans, Revised Edition features the foundational documents of our democracy--The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights--and provides information every American citizen should know about how our government works and the balance of powers set forth by the Nation's founders. An overview of key moments in America's history, including the long march toward equal rights, provides inspiration and a valuable historical perspective.

The Handbook for Americans is a comprehensive resource of the traditions, customs, and facts every American should know about their country. The Handbook for Americans is a sourcebook for citizens as we embark into the 21st Century. It is a guide, and a comfort, for the times ahead and the challenges it may bring. It can help us to understand where we are going, by mapping out where we've been.

Cassandra's Review- If you would like a refresher course on American freedoms and responsibilities or you were asleep during this in school.  The book is jam packed with everything you need to know.   It can be either really informative or super boring depending on who is reading it and what the need is for them doing so. 

I recevied complimentary copies. 

Children and Dads Reading Funtime this Father's Day

Here are some great books for your little ones to enjoy discovering with their dads this father's day.
I Love Dad
I Love Dad 
Author: Camilla de la Bedoyere

This endearing book explores father and child relationships between animals, ranging from mischievous monkeys to loud lions. There are so many reasons to love our Dad - he protects us, plays with us and makes us happy. Animals feel the same way. I Love Dad perfectly captures these moments and features fascinating animal facts too. This title offers the chance for parents and children to explore the subject of human interaction using the loveable animals as examples.

Cassandra's review-  Each page includes a little paragraph with a bit of information for your little one to enjoy along with a really nice animal photo.

Dragons: Father and Son
Dragons: Father and Son
Author: Alexandre Lacroix

Young Drake the dragon is sent to the local village to cause some mischief and start a fire. But Drake has only ever breathed fire to roast a tasty caterpillar. How will be burn down a whole house? Or a school? Or even an old wooden shack? Has Drake got what it takes to make his father proud?

Dragons: Father and Son is a funny and moving story about the bonds between fathers and children, with a positive, peaceful message – and all the magic and mayhem you’d hope for in a tale about dragons.

Cassandra's Review- The book is cute and easy to read, the illustrations make little one giggle, but the message is deeper and can lead to a pretty good discussion afterwards.

Draw with Me, Dad!
Draw with Me, Dad!
Draw, Color, and Connect with Your Child
Author: Jasmine Narayan
Create beautiful artwork and spend quality time together with Draw with Me, Dad!

Doodling is a great activity for parents to do with their children. Not only does it take you away from the screens of tablets and computers, but it gives you an authentic way to connect and have fun! Featuring over 50 unique doodling templates, family psychologist Dr. Jasmine Narayan's doodling book is shaped to make coloring side by side easier. Each spread features prompts for you and your child to doodle together and fill the scene. Work together to complete an underwater sea party, dinosaur family vacation, and so much more! The book also includes tips on how to best communicate with your child through coloring, the top 100 questions to generate thoughtful responses or engage your child, how to tailor your quality time so it's still fun, and more!

Cassandra's review-  Just spending a few minutes coloring and talking with your kids can be a real blessing, but some dads do not know how to start, so this book is a good icebreaker and craft to make the day fun. 
Go West! The Great North American Railroad Adventure
Go West!
The Great North American Railroad Adventure
Author: Pascal Blanchet

Hop aboard for the journey of a lifetime as you head out west to Los Angeles, stopping in some of North America’s best-loved cities along the way, including New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco. Explore how the railroad shaped the nation’s history and discover some of its most iconic locomotives in this stylishly designed book by Canadian author/illustrator, Pascal Blanchet.

Cassandra's Review- I was very happy to share this book with my children.  It is informative and when read a certain way, this can provide a real journey.  The details are on point and the story is fun.

Bug Lab for Kids
Bug Lab for Kids
Family-Friendly Activities for Exploring the Amazing World of Beetles, Butterflies, Spiders, and Other Arthropods
Author: John W. Guyton

Prepare to cozy up with spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and bees, to name just a few! In Bug Lab for Kids, Mississippi State University associate professor, extension entomologist (bug expert), and educator John W. Guyton shares his knowledge and excitement about all things beautiful, creepy, and crawly.

Every chapter is bursting with photos, illustrations, fascinating facts and fun activities--including experiments, hunt-and-catch and citizen science assignments, and arts and crafts projects--that teach kids about bugs' physical characteristics, behavior, and how they affect agriculture, health, and water quality.

Bug Lab for Kids also includes helpful sidebars that explain how to safely handle common insects, and how to easily identify bugs that shouldn’t be held, pet, or touched. Get kids excited about science and the outdoors with Bug Lab for Kids!

Cassandra's Review- I do not think my kids would be collecting any of the bugs in this book, but learning about them and how to do so, was a great time.

Soccer Stars Meet 40 game changers
Soccer Stars
Meet 40 game changersAuthor: Jean-Michel Billioud

The greatest goals… The most spectacular saves… The top 40 soccer stars of all time are here! Learn how these soccer stars became the best in the field in this book packed with hundreds of incredible facts. Relive Ronaldo’s most memorable moments, learn about Messi’s legendary left foot, meet the youngest-ever World Cup goal scorer, PelĂ©, and see the some of the most spectacular saves in history. Every player is a winner in their own way, but who will you choose as your hero?

Cassandra's Review- Not every kid is going to go wild over this book and it is packed with facts, but some dads might and being able to know a bit more about a favorite sport could be a really great gift.
National Parks of the USA
National Parks of the USA

Discover the beauty and diversity of America's great outdoors in this tour of its most iconic national parks. Explore Florida's river-laced Everglades, travel down the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon, trek across the deserts of Death Valley and scale the soaring summits of the Rocky Mountains with this book that brings you up close to nature's greatest adventures. Packed with maps and fascinating facts about the flora and fauna unique to each park, this fully-illustrated coast-to-coast journey documents the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places—and shows why they should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Parks include: Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royale, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

Cassandra's Review- Even though this book is informative and provides a nice small journey of some great parks, I felt that if real photos were used to actually take you to the place instead of the illustrations, it would have been more of a fun and exploration feeling.

I received complimentary copies.









The Plaza Astoria Mirrored Jewelry Armoire

I find that being a homeschool mom and working from home that I do spend a great deal of time indoors.  I frequently find a need to change up decorations and the overall flow of my rooms to refresh and create a beautiful, restful atmosphere.

 I know for some people even coming home to a bland house after hours of work can be stressful as well.   I am also always looking for creative and fun ways to add features to my home.  Today I want to share with you the  Plaza Astoria Mirrored Jewelry Armoire, which I think would make a great addition to your space.

 Even though I did not review nor do I actually own one of these, I like the look and style of it Amazon.    Hopefully there will be an opportunity for me to review in in the future, but for now if you do choose to buy it, please leave me a comment letting me know how you feel.
Plaza Astoria Wall-Mount Jewelry Armoire, Vanity Mirror, White


The Plaza Astoria Mirrored Jewelry Armoire

Over the Door Convenience

Wouldn't it be great to have an organized place to store all of your Jewelry? All your time and effort can now be saved with our over the door jewelry armoire with a built in mirror. Gone are the days of spending three hours trying to find the match to your favorite chandelier earrings. This easy to install jewelry armoire features a slim profile and comes in four beautiful wood finishes. It hooks right over the door, so space is no issue. This American-made piece of home furniture can fit in even the smallest of apartments. And no more waiting around for the mirror to free up, because you have one right here.

Frustration Free Assembly


Here are the assembly instructions

The instructions include a template to help you drill holes into the wall, but you can recreate it. The template is just a sheet of paper with two round circles drawn on it. The circles have diameter just over .25", and they are 10.2" apart (midpoint to midpoint). The paper says "PLACE TEMPLATE AGAINST THE PENCIL MARK ON THE WALL AND TEMPORARILY TAPE PAPER TO WALL." Full hanging instructions are:

Step 1: Using a pencil, mark off a starting area on wall. We recommend that you hang the mirror between 64 to 68 inches from the floor.

Step 2: Hold the enclosed template on the wall and using a level make sure the paper is straight. Drill through the paper where the holes are marked for holes and anchors enclosed. For anchors enclosed, you will need a 1/4 inch drill bit. [I'm pretty sure we just used 1/4" nails and hit them into the wall, because we didn't have a 1/4" drill bit.]

Step 3: Be sure screws protrude 1/4 inch from the wall. IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the right hardware for your type of wall. Mollies and special anchors are sometimes necessary for certain walls. [That's what the instructions say, which is pretty useless. The accompanying photo shows that you should use a hammer to tap the anchor into the wall and then screw in the screw.]

Step 4: Hang unit on screws and using the countersunk washer (included) screw in the 3rd screw, on the bottom, to secure item to the wall. You are now ready to organize your collection in your Jewelry Armoire Mirror

Installation is extremely easy. It will arrive to your home practically assembled. All you need to do is customize and configure it for your own routine and demands. It holds up to 36 Necklaces, 48 earrings, 96 rings and more. Your jewelry armoire comes complete with a full length dressing mirror on the outside. No need to run to the nearest mirror to see if everything matches. The full dressing mirror measures a full 48 inch long. The attached hooks offer a comfortable length to match your height during installation.

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