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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Unholy Guest Post



Paul: The greatest secret about the horror genre is that it is so multifarious and multi-paradigmatic that it defies description. You get S. King with increasingly rich stories as he is ageing, a man who not only has lived and knows horror, but knows longing and love as is evident in his more mature stories written over the past few years especially Lisey’s Story. Then at the other end of the spectrum, you get the rough and wild bad boy of horror, Edward Lee. This guy has some seriously demented characters that never ever can be redeemed. I mean what kind of character is the main character in Portrait of a Psychopath as a Young Woman? Horror is such a varied genre.

In The Unholy you get more of a classic good guy and bad guy scenario but played out on a supernatural venue featuring the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan. This is a cultural realm with deep spiritual meaning for the mestizos of New Mexico. This is a story of church politics, culture, misogyny, and the struggle to find a sense of self within this multifarious and tormented drama. I don’t think anything short of a horror story (I won’t clean it up at this point by calling it a psychological thriller) could convey the terror of conflicting energies of culture, church, abandonment and the desperate need for courage in a world that seems like it has gone to hell in a church pew! 

I love horror and I love horror because it is so multifaceted, rich, and into extremes that pop out the realities behind the scenes of everyday life. That’s the secret of horror…it’s into extremes so as to express truth…if you got something to say, an old professor of mine used to quip, why not exaggerate to get the point across. Horror does that. The Unholy does horror and goes to extremes to pop out the reality behind what is observable.

About The Unholy 

"A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision." 


Book Excerpt from The Unholy 

As she ran forward, out of nowhere the two crows flew at her, scraping the air near her face with their sharp talons. Fists clenched, she struck out at one and grabbed at the other. They flew up, circled overhead, then dove, talons flaring. Unmoving, Claire placed her hands by her side and held their gaze. They fluttered above her head for a minute, then left. Claire turned and saw an eagle soaring—a healer’s spirit manifestation. Medicine women said it came only when needed, when danger lurked.

Frantically tugging away bush, bramble, and cacti, she uncovered the mouth of the seventh cave and stepped in. She had the feeling somebody was watching. Her eyes adjusted and she made out the contour of something. Squinting, she stooped and touched what seemed to be a circle of stones and charred, cold logs. She stood up and pulled back. A bat flew at her. She waved it away. She stopped, waited for her breathing to slow, and, stepping sideways, touched the walls of the cave. They were damp and the stink of blood and guts was everywhere. Using the hard surfaces as a guide, her fingertips suddenly brushed through a hollow space roughly the size of a human body.

Book Information 

Name: Paul DeBlassie III
Book Title: The Unholy
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Sunstone Press



About the Author 


PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

Level Sweet Snacks Review



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We received a box of each Level Sweet Snack in exchange for our honest review. 


You can click on the links above to see the ingredients list and all the nutrition information.

Review

There are so many products on the market now that are specialized for different health conditions, including Diabetes. My father has Diabetes, and I have seen his struggle with finding healthy, and tasty treats and snacks. These products that I received to review from LEVEL are something he would love. These are safe for people with Diabetes to eat, and they actually taste good too, really good as a matter of fact. These Peanut butter Cups (3g of sugar) and Peanut Turtle Bars (8g of sugar) are really delicious. I had my boys try them (PICKY SNACKERS) and they LOVED them. These have such a small amount of sugar in them that I don't have a problem letting them snack on these. I have told my mom and dad about these and I highly recommend them!

Eartheasy Physics Solar Workshop Review and Giveaway




Sustainable living is about respecting the limits of the earth's capacity to provide. We look for solutions that lead to a simpler, more self-sufficient way of living. At Eartheasy, we believe we can enrich our lives and ensure a healthy future while also reducing our impact on the environment.


We received a Physics Solar Workshop Kit at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


In one way or another, most forms of energy we use originate as energy from the sun. The Physics Solar Workshop explores the topic of solar energy by focusing on photovoltaic cells. By building models and conducting experiments, you will learn how solar cells transform light into electrical energy, and how mechanical devices can optimize the work done by this energy. By building different types of vehicles and machines, you will learn how gears can convert and transform power for different needs.

Each kit includes 320 parts and a 74-page book of illustrated instructions. Build 12 models, including a solar-powered tractor, truck, treaded vehicle, car, elevator, drawbridge, fan, airplane, mobile crane and construction crane.

Review



I am so excited to get this product from Eartheasy. My boys are 7 and 9, and so very curious about the world around them, and how things work.  This is a very large kit that will allow them to build numerous models and do many different experiments with them. The great part is, we live in Florida, so there is plenty of sunshine to keep them busy with this for a very long time. The pieces of the kit are sturdy, because lets face it, little kids can be rough. The models can be put together, taken apart, and remade into something new. They have a blast, and learn something in the process. A mom can't really ask for much more than that!


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

3 Advantages of Purchasing Wooden Toys


3 Advantages of Purchasing Wooden Toys

Years ago, a lot of children’s toys were made from wood. However, the majority of toys now are made in part or all from plastic. A plastic toy can be great. They can be formed in all types of shapes and come in great colors. However, there are some reasons why parents should consider wooden toys for their child.

Educational Benefits

Problem solving wooden toys in Australia help young children to work toward achieving a goal and gain confidence in their ability to do things for themselves. They also help them develop critical thinking skills such as an understanding of effect and cause relationships and flexibility.

On the other hand, creative wooden puzzles and toys help children develop their senses by exploring texture, color, form and shape while imaginative wooden toys boost a young child’s ability to understand the world and think.

Children's wooden toys also help stimulate a child’s senses. Unlike a modern-day toy, a child is encouraged to touch, listen and look. People all know that this stimulation of senses is vital for intellectual development.

Additionally, wooden toys help develop eye to hand coordination. They also encourage manipulative play such as tracing, aiming, grasping and digging to boost their eye to hand coordination.

Highly Durable

Wooden toys are highly durable compared to plastic toys. Because they are made from wood, they are rugged and will not be ruined or damaged by an active child who likes to throw their toys against the wall or let them get a little wet. This is not the case with plastic toys as they tend to break and wear out quickly and need to be replaced.

What is worse is that they can be dangerous when they break into pieces. Kids can put these pieces in their mouth and choke. They also have sentimental value, and this is something that a grandparent or parent wants to share with their youngsters.

Environmentally Sound

Wooden toys are made wholly from organic substances. Because they are made from recyclable wood, a parent has the opportunity to teach their children the importance of being environmentally conscious before they can even walk.

This is not the case with plastic toys as they are made from chemicals. They will not only damage the environment but also pose a threat to a child’s health. In addition, plastic toys that end up in landfills can stay there for many years without breaking down. On the other hand, wood is biodegradable, so it will eventually return to the earth.

People can be easily attracted by the numerous features that a modern-day toy offers. However, with their simple design, rigidity and unique manufacturing, wooden toys in Australia still remain a popular choice among parents. Visit the 3 Cheeky Monkeys at http://the3cheekymonkeys.com.au/ to learn more about the world of wooden toys.

Show Me The Kwan Game Review





It's not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ - can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating).

Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected.


Review

We love this game! It is so easy that my 7 and 9 year old sons can grasp it, and really enjoy playing it. They are both avid readers, and do really good in spelling in school. This is a fun game that allows them to use these skills that they have learned! We are all a little competitive when it comes to family game night, and this game really brings out the competition between us. Show Me The Kwan really makes you use your brain. You have the think of words for the letters on the dice, and you have to do it quickly, before the other players come up with a word and take all the letters. The player with the most dice, and the most points is the winner. This game comes in a nice zippered bag so you can take it with you when you visit friends or travel with the kids. 

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Xploderz Mayhem Review




This holiday season, outlast and out-blast the competition with the new Xploderz Mayhem! The new firing system will change the way you shoot forever! It features a multi-shot auto firing system that fires an astonishing 120 rounds of ammo in 60 seconds! The Mayhem comes with an amazing 2,000 rounds of ammo! With a velocity of 100 feet per second, it’s 50 percent faster than any foam blaster. Reloading ammo only takes seconds with no mess to clean up.


Contains:
1 Mayhem Blaster
1 Xploderz Ammo Clip – holds 250 rounds
2000 Xploderz Ammo Refills
Ready to fire rounds in Ammo Clip
2000 rounds of Xploderz Ammo
250 round Ammo Depot

We received an Xploderz Mayhem at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

Review

When you are a mom of boys, you have to resign yourself to all the boys toys that will take over your home. No barbies and kitchen sets here. It's all dirt bikes, guns, sports and video games. Products like this Xploderz Mayhem make up for the no pink, no dolls and no other girlie things. This blaster is...well there is no better word than awesome! It's half as big as my 7 years old (he's kind of tiny), but still light enough for him to handle it. It comes with plenty of ammo to start. This is a toy that requires movement and physical action, so it gets them off the video games for awhile. The ammo is a wet ammo, so while it won't do a lot of damage, I would warn not to shoot at someone in close range, because it will sting. The blaster is made to stand up to a lot of play and use, so it will be a favorite for a long time!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Texting: The Patient Communication of the Future


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Body Glove Surge Energy Shot Review



Body Glove Surge All Natural Energy Shots

All-natural ingredients, including green tea, protein, coconut water, high anti-oxidant fruits, and more
Reduces mental and physical fatigue
May improves focus and concentration
Extends physical endurance
Boosts reaction times
Protein formula speeds muscle recovery and reduces soreness
Tested and proven by Montana State University sport science researchers
50 calories of fewer per serving
12-pack of 2.5 fl. oz. bottles

Nutrition Label and Ingredients

I received a 12 pack of the Peach Mango at no cost in exchange for my honest review



Review

I am always looking for ways to have more energy to get through the day. I drink coffee, I try to get a full 8 hours of sleep, and I've tried a lot of different energy drinks. I don't really like the carbonated energy drinks, and I always have a crash with them. I tried these Body Glove shots to see if they were different. I was pretty happy with these. The flavor is really good, and you don't taste anything extra like you do with some shots and drinks. I really felt like I had an extra boost of energy during the day too. I work customer service on the phone for 9 hours a day, so I definitely needed that boost. I also did not feel that crash after a few hours with these shots.  i have shared some of these with my co workers, and I get pretty good feedback from them all. I would definitely recommend these to get that needed boost!

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Pinrose Perfume Review


At Pinrose, we are re imagining scented products. We sell the highest quality fragrances at a price that doesn't break the bank. No fragrances created to sell you just on the top note - no phthalates - no parabens. Just the best perfumers in the world, using the best ingredients.

Our goal is to create effortless joy in scent discovery. Pinrose ends the painful experience of getting sprayed in the face at the mall by sending you samples to try at home. We use synesthesia in our Scent Profiler to help you identify which of our fragrances might be best suited to your taste. Our try-at-home samples (Petals) are scented towelettes - designed to give you more control in the sampling process.

We hope our product delivers small moments of happiness to each day of your life. Live your life in every sense and your memories will live long and prosper.


I received a Starter Kit from Pinrose at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

Review



I am very particular about my scents I wear. I don't usually like to buy perfumes or body sprays online unless it's a scent I am really familiar with. I received this starter kit from Pinrose to try, and I'm impressed. They offer this started kit so you can try different scents, before you commit to buying a full size bottle of perfume. These are little Petals, scented towelettes, that let you try 10 different scents. Each Petal comes attached to an card with some information about that particular scent. This process lets you pick the scents you like best, and that match your lifestyle skin chemistry. Pinrose offers a quick Scent Finder Quiz also takes you through some questions to determine which scents might fit you best. I enjoyed all the scents for the most part, but there were definitely a few favorites that I would love to have in full size.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily Zen Doodles Review




Few activities are as spiritually satisfying as the art of the meditative “tangle” drawing. Finding a quiet moment to craft an intaglio of intricate, mandala-like drawings brings on a peaceful state that clears the mind and facilitates creativity and relaxation.

Offering a different hand-illustrated prompt for each day of the year,Daily Zen Doodles inspires you to lose themselves in the contemplative act of sketching beautifully repeating patterns and abstract designs. Whether it’s the outline of a nautilus shell, the petals of a lotus blossom, or the spokes of the Buddhist wheel, the mindfulness-inspiring ideas in this book foster focus and help unlock the your inner artist.

Accompanied by apt quotes from spiritual leaders and famed philosophers to provide you with an added spark of inspiration, each drawing prompt is an invitation to an improved mindset and elevated state of inner peace.

You can go from this..

 

To this..

My Review

I love my life and all the adventure and stress that comes with it. Sometimes I need a little break from the adventure and stress though. I'm not big on hands on hobbies, I usually wind up more stressed than I was to start. I received this Daily Zen Doodles book to review, and was kind of intrigued. I loved the inspirational quotes on each page, The doodles are started for you, just to give you a starting point to let your mind wander. This book is small enough to put in a purse or laptop bag, so you can take it with you and pull it out when you are traveling or waiting somewhere. I made a few copies of some of these for a quiet time activity for my boys, who are both ADHD. My husband is the drawer in the family, so I'm sure he'll try his hand at some of these also. This is a great way to help you stop, relax and center yourself for a moment in the busy rush of your life.