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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mantra Wellness Centre

The Two Main Massage Therapies Offered at Businesses

Massage businesses in major cities, like massage downtown Calgary, offer numerous techniques to help the body's muscular-skeletal system. In general, there are two types of major massages: relaxation massage and therapeutic massage. 

Relaxation massage is defined by the massage therapist using soft strokes and presses to ease the pain from swollen muscles and increase blood circulation. These type of massages are great for customers who have chronic pain issues. The massages, often combined with oils and other skin cremes, help to soothe muscles and alleviate the customer's physical, emotional and mental stress. There are other techniques with a relaxation massage, including using hot stones, which are water-heated rocks, to increase heat relief upon skin tissue. Massage therapists can also use scents and scented candles to supplement the massage with aromatherapy. 

The second major school of massage is therapeutic massage. Therapeutic massage is defined by very deep presses and slow movements of the hand. This allows the massage therapist to add pressure and heat to deep layers of tissue in the customer's body. This not only relieves some pain, but it can press apart scar tissue and blood to decrease inflammation. Due to the intensity of the massages, massage therapists typically utilize these techniques for customers with chronic problems, athletes or those with a muscular-skeletal injury. 

Whichever type of massage works best for your needs, make sure you head to business that offers both types of massage therapies. Businesses like Mantra Wellness massage therapy and several others provide both types of massage techniques. Customers need to research carefully what massage business offer in terms of their services.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Virgin Vapor Review

We have one goal: to make the highest quality, organically flavored e-liquid available. We offer an extensive line of USDA certified organically flavored e-liquids in a variety of tantalizing flavors. From Best Damn Tobacco to White Cherry Crush we are constantly adding new flavors and expanding our line.

Recognizing that many people have allergic reactions or experience irritation for propylene glycol, we offer you a choice. 

Our vegetable glycerin based e-liquids are 100% propylene glycol free. Some companies sell vegetable glycerin based e-liquids, but use flavorings that contain propylene glycol. At Virgin Vapor it is important to us to bring you a truly propylene glycol free e-liquid. We also offer VG/PG mixes for customers who prefer a propylene glycol base.

I received 6 different flavors of e-liquid from Virgin Vapor at no cost in exchange for our honest review.

I selected the 100% VG and 12 mg Nicotine level for our e-liquids. We got:

Organic Pina Colada
Organic Blue Violet
Organic Strawberry Granita
Organic Razzmatazz
Organic French Vanilla
Organic Buttercream Mint

Our Review

Myself and my husband have recently decided that we would like to try to quit, or at the very least cut back, smoking. The price of packs of cigarettes is getting ridiculous where we live. We have to go outside to smoke, and I hate smelling like smoke at work. Our kids have been bugging us to stop smoking too. It's not an easy task that's for sure. We decided to switch over to E Ciggs to see if that would help the transition. We were able to find some nice vapor pen ECigs for a decent price, and then I set about finding some good flavored liquids. I came across Virgin Vapors and they were kind enough to send us a selection for review. We chose the vegetable glycerin based liquid and went with 12 mg nicotine level. These liquids come in nice glass bottles with easy to use droppers to fill our cartomizer tanks. We got 6 different varieties to try. My husband loves coconut so he's been using the Pina Colada, and I've been using the Strawberry Granita. These liquids have really great flavor. The flavor comes through nice and strong so you actually get to taste it. The nicotine is a step down from the cigarettes my husband has been using. The 12 mg still provides him the hit he needs though. He has not bought a regular pack of cigarettes in almost a month, since we've been using the vapor pens. These are very affordable also. How long the liquid will last you will depend on how much you are used to smoking regularly. My husband is a moderate smoker, while I smoke quite a bit less than him. This supply will last us quite awhile.

Virgin Vapor has a huge selection of flavors to choose from, and they are always adding new ones. They offer 5 levels of nicotine, from 24 mg to 0 nicotine. They also offer 2 different size bottles, 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce. You can get everything you need to make the switch from Virgin Vapors, from your e cigarette to your batteries, cartomizers and the flavored e liquid. We are both very happy with the selection we received and we will definitely order from Virgin Vapor again!

A Girl Named Jane Review

Jane Robinson was the fruit of a permissive subculture; she was also the victim of an indifferent society. Guardianship, in the care of Family Services does not provide the utilitarian atmosphere intended. Instead, it leaves her bitter and distrustful of authority. 

The men Jane chose to love have a common denominator; they resent authority and ignore the rules of society. One relationship ends tragically while another introduces a violent stalker into her life, which motivates an identity change. 

While pursuing her dream of finding her birth mother and reuniting with her “adopted” 
sister, Jane’s life takes on a dramatic twist when a chance meeting with Terry Kelley initiates her affiliation with organized crime.


This was an exceptional coming of age story. I have read the authors other book and couldn't wait to read this one. The book starts out a little slowly at first but the pace picks up quickly and gives the reader quite a ride. There are a lot of plot twists that I didn't see coming. The reader is kept guessing what will happen next. My attention was held throughout the book and I was up reading into the late hours to find out what happened next. There was no down time in this story at all. The characters and plot were very well developed. I really love the authors writing style and I can't wait to read more from him. A 5/5!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tummy Stuffers Wild Ones Review

The best-selling Tummy Stuffers collection features furry plush pals that double as the cleverest and cuddliest clean-up containers a kid could ever love! Terrific for helping children of all ages keep their bedrooms, playrooms and even camp bunks neat and tidy, Tummy Stuffers’ mouths open wide to keep kids’ things inside – and they “eat” everything right before their eyes! The brand-new Tummy Stuffers Wild Ones line-up features six fun and funky styles, including a spotted Dalmatian and Blue Leopard, polka-dotted Bunny and Giraffe, purple and pink striped Cat, and awesome argyle Monkey! Kids and tweens can store it all in the new Tummy Stuffers Wild Ones, from clothing and toys, to blankets, books and much more!

I received a Tummy Stuffer from the Wild Ones Collection for my son at no cost in exchange for our honest review.

The Review

My 6 year old still loves stuffed animals. I love to find him new and unique ones to add to his collection. He was so excited to get this Tummy Stuffer! It's a stuffed animal that he can put other stuffed animals in. He is literally in stuffy heaven. He has been taking this with him everywhere now. He puts his Nintendo DS, his action figures, and usually at least 1 other smaller stuffy in this when we go out for the day. There is quite a bit of room in the dog's belly. He also loves the dog itself as a stuffed animal without anything in the belly. The Tummy Stuffer is super soft and squishes and squeezes perfectly for his needs. I like this Tummy Stuffer because he can put some of his smaller stuffys in it and I can set it on his bed. It saves some space on his bed that is usually covered with small stuffed animals. He loves this product and I think it's adorable. We give it a 5/5!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Juggle Bubbles Review

Introducing Juggle Bubbles – the bubble activity kit featuring a no-pop solution that will allow your child to bounce, toss and juggle bubbles without the bubble bursting.

I received a Juggle Bubbles kit at no cost in exchange for our honest review

The Juggle Bubble kit includes a bubble blower, bubble tray, unique bubble solution and a pair of magic gloves to juggle and pass each bubble. Simple to use, the activity kit requires you to dip wide end of the Bubble Blower into the special solution, blow into the blower to create the bubble and then toss the bubble around or let it bounce off of your or your child’s hands with the Juggle Bubbles magic gloves. The bubble solution will provide hours of entertainment for your children, inside or out.

Our Review

Juggle Bubbles is the coolest thing to happen to bubbles since color and scent. All kids, and adults, love bubbles! They are so fun and just plain make people happy. They pop way too fast though. With Juggle Bubbles that's not a big issue anymore. With the revolutionary new bubble formula and the special gloves you can actually play with your bubbles without popping them. You can pass the bubbles back and forth, toss them and juggle them. They will eventually pop of course, as all bubbles do, but these last a lot longer than regular bubbles. My boys and my husband have had an absolute blast with these. The boys love showing their friends in the neighborhood their "magic bubbles" too. They have use almost all the solution having so much fun. They can't wait to get more! If you have kids who love bubbles then you definitely have to get these Juggle Bubbles! They are so budget friendly too! Only $10 for the whole kit. Check them out at the link below! You won't be disappointed I promise!

ProbioSlim Free Trial

ProbioSlim’s premium formula combines one of the most efficacious and resilient probiotic strains available with advanced weight management ingredients for holistic healthy living.

The innovative compound LactoSpore helps ease symptoms associated with occasional diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bloating. At the same time, it promotes the growth of beneficial flora, helping to reduce the proliferation of harmful bacteria. LactoSpore is scientifically designed to survive the harsh environment of the stomach to provide maximum digestive benefit.

Paired with this comprehensive probiotic is a powerful green tea leaf complex to help you lose weight as part of a reduced-calorie diet. Caffeine delivers a boost of energy and helps control your appetite for clean and efficient fat burning.

Take control of your digestion and your weight with ProbioSlim.

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My Thoughts

I'm not one who really needs a weight loss product, but I wanted to try ProbioSlim for the probiotic part of the product. Whether we all like to admit it or not, we all experience some form of tummy trouble at one time or another in our lives. Probiotics are a great way to keep your digestive system running at peak performance so you aren't always feeling those annoying, and sometimes painful, issues. I have tried other probiotics before and had some good and some not so good experiences. This particular product has been pretty great for me. The capsules are very easy to swallow, unlike some other vitamins and supplements, and they don't leave any gross after taste. I've only been using ProbioSlim for about a week and a half and I can honestly say I already see a difference.

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Cousins and Robbers Review and Giveaway

The Great Recession is punishing families across the land: lost jobs, lost dreams, lost hope. Tough times bring out the best, and worst in people. The sleepy South Jersey shore towns are being hit by a crime wave, a band of robbers boldly breaking into homes right in the middle of a summer day. The Cousins of Black Jack Jetty devise a plan to protect home and family. That plan will drag them into the mean streets of the meanest neighborhoods in Atlantic City. That’s where the tale twists and turns like a treacherous rip tide. Lucky will tell you the rest. Cousins & Robbers is the second in the Tales of Black Jack Jetty series. The South Jersey shore is once again the setting, a mindset that the author knows well.

Our Review

I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, but I have thoroughly enjoyed book 2! The cousins remind me of myself and my cousins when we were younger. There was always an adventure to be had. I won't give spoilers, but the narrator of the story is unique and very likable. You can feel the love and family camaraderie between the cousins and their new friend Angel. This is a story meant for ages 8-12 but has a quite a little story line punch. We really loved the pictures from South Jersey shore that were interspersed throughout the book. The pictures helped put very clear pictures in our heads as we read. I read this with my 9 year old and we both laughed and really enjoyed this book. He has now taken on the task of reading this great adventure to his little brother. You will smile, laugh and even feel your heart speed up a little reading this. I give this story a big 5/5 for middle age and grown up readers alike! 

About the Author

A native Philadelphian, Michael has spent much of his career in advertising as a Creative Director. Black Jack Jetty: A Boy’s Journey Through Grief is his entry into children’s literature and reflects the loss he felt as a young boy over the death of his own father.

The story takes place in Margate, down beach from Atlantic City where Carestio spends his summers with friends and family.

Mr. Carestio has two daughters, two granddaughters, and two World Series Championships thanks to his beloved Phillies.


1st prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers

2nd prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers

3rd prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ever Pretty Dresses US

Looking good is one of the most important things to many women. When it comes to special events like parties, homecomings or a casual evening out with friends, the right dresses must be worn because not just any dress is good for all occasions. For those who are not sure, the following suggestions will be helpful in ensuring that they always look their best.

Homecoming Dresses

There are special dresses that are designed specifically for homecoming events. These dresses are normally quite fancy in nature, and it is not appropriate to wear these dresses for most other occasions, such as job interviews, parties or casual evening outings.

Party Dresses

When women are invited to parties or are going out to a club with friends, many of them like to wear party dresses. These dresses are fun-looking, and many of them are flirtatious in nature. Party dresses are sometimes decorated with sequins or glitter, and they vary in length.

Casual Dresses

Casual dresses are not quite as elaborate. Styles are generally simple but colorful. Solid colors or straightforward patterns can easily be found. This type of dress does vary in length and is typically worn at evening dinners or job interviews. Casual dresses can also be worn at work places where the dress requirement is business casual.

Business Professional Dresses

These dresses are only worn in environments where the dress requirement is business professional. Examples of these types of work environments include top financial firms and other fortune 500 companies. Executives who hold high positions are also seen wearing these dresses, which are equivalent to three-piece suits for men. 

Depending on where dresses are purchased, prices can vary greatly. Women who visit Ever-Pretty Dresses Online or similar sites will be able to find quality dresses at outstanding prices. Rather than dropping tons of cash in the department stores, women can obtain department-store-grade dresses at only a fraction of the price.

Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids Review

So much more than a cookbook!

In addition to over 100 easy-to-make recipes, it is filled with family fun and food ideas that appeal to young cooks, parents, grandparents and teachers. There are party ideas and kid-friendly foods and activities for all seasons of the year.

Involving children in cooking activities helps them learn about and appreciate food as well as providing lots of other worthy experiences. These include learning to share, following directions, using good manners, practicing food safety, and tasting foods enjoyed by different cultures.

Each season features food appropriate for that time of year. You will find Fruit Roll-Ups, Pumpkin Bars, Holiday Cookies, Meringue Hearts, Bunny’s Favorite Egg Salad, Surprise Baked Potatoes, Tortilla Wraps, Strawberry Slush, Frosted Cones, and other recipes children and adults will enjoy making and eating.

In addition to the recipes, there are suggestions for seasonal activities. Some of these include making placemats out of fall leaves, observing holiday customs from different countries, planting a vegetable in a garden or clay pot, arranging summer flowers for a centerpiece, and many others. Each season offers its special blend of ideas and suggestions.

Our Review

This book is a must have for every family with children. There is so much fun and educational information packed in with easy and delicious holiday and seasonal recipes. We have enjoyed having this book this summer. There are so many easy recipes that my boys can help with, and there are some great activity ideas for keeping them busy and entertained. There is also fun and educational history tidbits included about the different holidays and seasons. This book also includes healthy eating tips and health hints. My boys are excited to be able help us make some of their favorite foods, and I love that they are learning to love cooking at a young age. This is a must have! Get the book at the link below!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen

All Natural Sunscreen For A Golden Tan

All natural sunscreen is the best option for anyone who is working on their tan during the summer. The rays of the sun can help produce a golden tan, but those rays can cause sunburns and discomfort. Many sunscreens have chemicals that will irritate the skin or produce a noxious odor. People want to be protected from the sun when they are out during the summer, but they want to wear a sunscreen that is going to meet their needs completely.

The Odor

Sunscreens that are made of all natural ingredients smell much better than other sunscreens. People who put on sunscreen and head to the pool do not not want to smell bad when they are around other people. Ladies are especially sensitive to this odor. A woman who dresses perfectly for the pool should smell good when she waltzes over to the pool. Also, gentlemen cannot speak to ladies when they are at the pool if they smell of chemicals.

The Smoothness

The smoothness of a natural sunscreen makes it easier to apply. These sunscreens feel like lotion, and they soak into the skin like a healing lotion. The sunscreen will help to improve the state of someone's skin, and the sunscreen will help the person have healthy skin even if they have been sunning for days on end. This kind of treatment from a sunscreen makes it much healthier for every user.

The Protection

Natural sunscreens help people to get protection from the sun for a long period of time. Natural sunscreens tend to last longer and do not wash off easily. The best way for someone to get longer protection is to work with a sunscreen that has all or mostly natural ingredients.

The best sunscreen for beach goers is the sunscreen that helps them stay out in the sun for long periods of time. People want to play in the water, get a good tan and smell good at the same time. These sunscreens will help people smell good, treat their skin well and get the golden tan that they went on vacation looking for. The natural ingredients treat people well.

Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts Review

In Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts, pastry chef Lei Shishak shares her most popular recipes for morning treats, cupcakes, crisps, cookies, pies, ice cream sandwiches, frozen pops, and beverages from her celebrated Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in the charming beach town of San Clemente, California.

At her shop, Chef Lei serves up familiar treats that offer so much more than a sweet dining experience. Inspired by her beach town location and her love of the sand-and-surf lifestyle, she creates high-quality, made-from-scratch desserts that transport you to the islands and resorts you’ve always hoped to visit. Get ready to hit the beach through one hundred recipes, including:

Daybreak Muffins
Light as a Kite Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Coco Hut Macaroons
Red, Red Wine Cupcakes
Sweet and Salty Beach Bod Brittle
Nantucket Ice Cream Sandwiches
Tropical Tea
And more!

Lei’s recipes in Beach House Baking are designed to take you on an island vacation, turning the task of baking into a virtual journey to a beachside paradise, filled with the sounds and aromas of the places you can go to just get away from it all!


My husband and boys love to bake. We all have a major sweet tooth here in this house. This cook book is amazing! The recipes all have easy to find and affordable ingredients. We can pronounce all the ingredients and find them at our local grocery store. The recipes are laid out in easy to understand and easy to follow step by step instructions. Each recipe has a great introduction and full color picture of the dessert that will make your mouth water. There are also some beautiful beach pictures interspersed throughout the book. There are so many delicious recipes to choose from that this cookbook will keep you busy and stocked on sweets year round. A big 5/5 from us!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Authentic Mexican Cooking Review

Everyone enjoys the flavorful and piquant foods and refreshing drinks of Mexico and Authentic Mexican Cooking shows you that these tasty traditional dishes from south of the border are very easy to make.

With beautiful photographs and fun, colorful illustrations, this extensive cookbook shows you how to make all of the popular Mexican meals as well as some you might not have tried before. From vinaigrettes, soups, salads, and appetizers, to meat and seafood fare, sweet desserts, and fun cocktails, you’ll be having a fiesta in the kitchen while making these. Along with valuable tips about typical ingredients, you’ll find great recipes for:

Vegetarian frijoles
Tortilla soup
Chocolate-chili sauce
Pork medallions with salsa
Mushroom-filled burritos
Quail in rose petal sauce
Halibut ceviche with olives
Shrimp in tequila sauce
Mint, watermelon, and hibiscus cocktails
And much more!

With Authentic Mexican Cooking you’ll be enjoying the sun and the fiery spirit of the country of the chili peppers, tequilas, and rich chocolate, until you are ready for your siesta.


We love this cookbook. My husband grew up with these kinds of recipes being served in his aunts house and has a great appreciation of Mexican food and culture. This recipe book has beautiful full color pictures and every recipe is laid out in easy to understand step by step detail. Even the most novice cook can get amazing results with these recipes. There are recipes for dinner, drinks, desserts and appetizers in this cookbook. There are a lot of interesting and helpful tips about the different kinds of food used interspersed in the recipes also. We love trying new foods and recipes so we will be having fun with this cookbook for a long time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pure Health Naturally Superfruit Juices Review and Giveaway

Pure Health Naturally provides food-based supplements from around the world. All our supplements are free of binders, fillers and other things you don't need or want. We also offer great, low prices.

I received Pure Health's newest Superfruit Juices at no cost in exchange for my honest review

Acai Blueberry: Enjoy the Brazilian beauty berry! Acai Blueberry blends the rich flavor of the exotic Amazonian acai berry with the bold, delicious taste of blueberries and a burst of sweetness from grapes and pineapple. 

Pome Berries: Savor the flavor of pomegranate superfruit! Pome Berries blends the lush, hearty flavor of pomegranates with the tantalizing, delicious taste of mixed berries and a tasty, bright burst of grapes and pineapple. 

Goji Cranberry: Meet the happy berry! Goji Cranberry blends the sweet tangy flavor of the Asian goji berry with the sharp, tart taste of cranberry and a burst of grape and pineapple.

Our Review

Our family tends to drink a lot of soda and sugary juice drinks. My boys especially like drinks like Capri Sun and Kool Aide. Trying to get them to eat or drink anything healthy is a struggle. I have a few health problems myself and I struggle with eating healthy and getting daily vitamins that my body needs. i have a full time job, take care of my family and run this blog. I tend to reach for sodas like Mountain Dew and energy drinks to keep myself going. I was happy to get these juice to try! Now, by no means have I stopped drinking my coffee, tea and soda lol. However, these are a really great tasting and healthy, vitamin packed alternative to other sweet drinks we usually reach for. These juices are light and sweet and we all enjoy them a lot, even my very finicky picky boys. My 6 year old loves the Blueberry and the Cranberry and I like the Pome Berries one. These are available at Walmart so you can find them easily whenever you need more. Check them out at the links below and enter to win these 3 juices!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

DecoraUSA Review and Giveaway

DecoraUSA is the south Florida's largest online retailer dealing with high quality and branded home lighting and decor products with everyday discount prices. 

Extensive product selection at DecoraUSA covers a large spectrum of home d├ęcor products from outdoor lighting fixtures to crystal chandeliers. We carry brand name lighting fixtures, designer rugs, ceiling fans and decorative products from top designers in the nation. Turn your home into a lavish Miami style mansion. Browse our astonishing chandeliers and lights. Shop our contemporary and modern table lamps at discount prices. Our selection of sleek and luxurious lamps offer European designs that are chic and affordable.

I received a product from DecoraUSA at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion.

I picked the Surya Teegan Throw

In one hundred percent acrylic, the throws from our Teegan Collection are woven to perfection, bringing a touch of class to your home.

My Review

My house is what I wold call hodge podge style decorated. When I see something I like I buy it and find a place for it. I have a love for small throw blankets. No matter the temperature outside, with the ac on inside I always like to have one handy. I always seem to be cold when everyone else is hot. This blanket is a beautiful neutral design that will fit in with any house design and decor. This is a nice large 55 X 78, so even my almost 6 foot husband can use this to cover up comfortably when he lays on the couch. The acrylic material is super soft. My 6 year old loves  to cuddle with me on the couch or in bed and cover up with this. He keeps telling me how soft it is and how much he likes it. I love the colors of this throw. When we aren't cuddling or covering with it, it looks great on the back of my couch or the end of my bed. This is a very versatile throw and we love it. The quality is amazing and I would definitely recommend this throw, and this company, to anyone looking for the perfect decor for their home.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Peas and Hambone Versus Flesh Eating Zombie Gorillas Review

Peas is an ordinary ten-year-old boy… who just happens to have a dog that can walk and talk like a person as long as no one else is around!

On one of their frequent trips to the zoo, Peas and his dog, Hambone, spy the Evil Doctor Crazy Gorilla feeding a mysterious potion to all the gorillas who instantly transform into disgusting flesh-eating zombies!

Peas and Hambone must put their heads together in order to find an antidote to the zombie outbreak. Otherwise, Evil Doctor Crazy Gorilla will use his army of gorilla zombies to take over the world.
As they take to the streets to fight the hordes, Peas and Hambone come to a terrifying conclusion: The zombie gorillas can regenerate! Will they come up with a solution before it’s too late?

Our Review

A boy, his talking and walking upright dog, and flesh eating gorillas, what more could you ask for in a middle age zombie book? This was a great short book for me and my son to read together. The story is fast paced, funny and gross. My 9 year old son loves it! It's kept to the main details and doesn't bog down in tiny details that would bore him. The main character is only a year older than my son, so my son really connects with the character and the story. It's funny enough to keep me interested and entertained while we read together. This really is a perfect summer read for kids are into the zombie craze and like to laugh!

About the Author

Todd Nichols earned his bachelor's degree in cardiopulmonary science in 1993 from Northeastern University, where he also later received his master's degree in education. The only thing Nichols is more passionate about than his job as an elementary school teacher is writing, a hobby that led him to publish his debut children's novel, Peas and Hambone Versus Flesh-Eating Zombie Gorillas. Nichols currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife, five-year-old twins, and cat, Pokey.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Family Dinner Cookbook Review

The Family Dinner Cookbook is compiled of loads of easy-to-prepare, delicious dishes plus prayers and inspiration. This unique recipe collection goes above and beyond the traditional cookbook, with a generous offering of smart, fun, creative tips and ideas for spending quality time together with family. Approximately 300 hand-picked recipes for simple meals, desserts, no-bake dishes, and more will delight the taste buds of even the choosiest eaters in the family. The Family Dinner Cookbook: Recipes and Inspiration for Quality Time Together makes a great “anytime” gift for families of all ages and stages.

Our Review

Our busy hectic schedules tend to get in the way of our family time sometimes. We tend to make fast and quick meals during the week when I work and then on the weekends I just want to relax, so we eat out or order in. I was so excited to get this book and see what kinds of recipes and tips were inside. There are so many fun and easy recipes included in this cookbook. The recipes are easy enough that even the youngest helper can feel included and part of the process. Some of the recipes we've bookmarked are:

Not To Hot Chili
Tater Tot Casserole
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Peanut Butter Logs
Chocolate Pretzel Rings

The book is broken down into 5 sections:

Kid Friendly Favorites
Favorite Classics
Try Something New
Soups, Veggies, and Appetizers
Desserts and Drinks

There are blessings and memorable scripture selections at the beginning of each section. This is really great family friendly cookbook that will bring families together for great food, and great time shared together!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Skippy Singles Review

SKIPPY® Singles are perfectly portioned single servings of peanut butter, available in two varieties – Creamy Peanut Butter and Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread – so you can have the great taste of SKIPPY® peanut butter wherever you go. Each package includes six single-serve cups in an innovative re-sealable canister, which is ideal for convenient storage, and features a clear front panel so consumers can easily see when to add SKIPPY® Singles to the grocery list. SKIPPY® Singles can be enjoyed as a spread, dip, or straight out of the cup, so they’re perfect as part of a quick lunch at the office, an on-the-go snack with fruit and veggies, or to refuel with protein post-workout.

I received 2 packages of the Skippy Natural Creamy Singles at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

Our Review

We love peanut butter. We go through at least 2-3 jars of it a month, sometimes more if we bake with it. We love PBJ's, PB and pretzels, crackers, celery, apples and I eat just straight spoonfuls of peanut butter. My husband has an awesome peanut butter fudge recipe that we make at least once a month also. We only eat the creamy peanut butter, no one here likes the chunky. I work a 9 hour day so I like to take extra snacks with my lunch to keep me going throughout the day. These Skippy Singles are very easy to take along, they are so small they can go in any lunch box, or even my purse if I'm not taking a cold lunch. These are great snack for car trips with the kids also. They can eat pretzels and peanut butter in the back seat and there's no mess or containers that have to be stored. We love these singles versions of our favorite peanut butter! 

You can find some really great recipes HERE!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Farmers Kitchen Handbook Review

More and more cooks are turning to their own gardens or to local farmers’ markets to find inspiration for their meals. Eating fresh, local produce is a hot trend, but lifelong Vermonter Marie Lawrence has been cooking with produce from her gardens, buying milk from the farmers up the road, and lavishing her family and lucky friends with the fruits of her kitchen labor since she was a kid. In this book she includes recipes for everything from biscuits and breads to pies and cookies, soups and stews to ribs and roasts. Also included are instructions for making cheese, curing meats, canning and preserving, and much more.

Organized by month to coordinate with a farmer’s calendar, cooks will find delicious recipes including orange date bran muffins and old fashioned pot roast in January, hot spiced maple milk and fried cinnamon buns in March, mint mallow ice cream in July, Vermont cheddar onion bread in October, and almond baked apples with Swedish custard cream in December. Other recipes include grilled chicken with peach maple glaze, veggie tempura, raspberry chocolate chip cheesecake, and dozens of other breads, salads, drinks, and desserts that are fresh from the farmer’s kitchen.

In addition to the recipes, readers will find old-fashioned household hints, a harvest guide, and a place to record your own favorite family recipes. Whether you have your own farm and garden or support your local farmers’ market, this book will make seasonal cooking a true pleasure.


This cookbook is a nice addition to our collection. We don't use a lot of preserved food and there are a lot of recipes in here for that sort of cooking. There are some good old fashioned recipes in the book that we have book marked. My husband is a good baker so he's pretty interested in the pie recipes and some of the other desserts. There's an easy recipe for Shepard's Pie and some snack recipes like soft pretzels and biscuits. There are also a lot of recipes for home made sauces, frosting, dips and stuff like that. The back of the book has some great old fashioned house hold hints, weight and measurement conversions, and substitutions  list. This is a really nice down home cook book that would add value to any cookbook collection.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Olactif Review

Olfactif is a first-of-its kind monthly perfume subscription service. And we're absolutely crazy about scent.

Around the first of each month, we send subscribers a curated collection of three niche perfume samples from artists around the world. Our samples aren't those tiny vials you get at the department store; we give you 2.25 ml of each scent in a glass spray vial, and each vial has enough for 15 - 20 wearings.

That's not all—we also give you an $18 credit to put toward a full bottle of a featured scent, every month. We also indulge your curiosity about scent with great content about the featured artists and their stories, plus lots of fascinating info on the science of smell.

What is niche perfume?

Niche perfume is hard to find, unless you happen to live in New York or Paris. Unlike the companies that make mainstream scents, the people who make niche perfume aren't obsessed with conforming to trends and mimicking last year's best seller. They value creativity and originality, and they make things you'd never smell on department store counters. And with their contrasts and complexities, they just make the act of smelling a lot more fun. And isn't that why we're here in the first place? 

I received the Wedding Collection at no cost in exchange for my honest review

    The Olfactif Wedding Collection features three 2.25 ml samples in an elegant gift box. Add a satin gift ribbon in the bride's wedding color for an extra-special detail.

My Review

I have a very few perfumes and body sprays that I like and use regularly. I have a hard time picking out scents that I think I will like and that will smell nice once I put them on. Even if I try them in the store they don't always seem the same when I come home. I was very excited to get to try this subscription box from Olactif. The box it comes in is very small, but the black box inside is beautiful. I love how it slides open. The vials look kind of small but each one has at least 15-20 uses. For someone like me who doesn't wear perfumes very often that lasts a long time. These are glass vials, not the cheap little plastic ones that tend to sometimes fall apart if you squeeze too hard. 

This collection is geared towards special occasions like a wedding, but they can be used any time really. The three scents I received are very feminine. The favorite of the box is Perfect Veil. I really fell in love with that one. It has a low key sweet scent that works for going out in the evening, or just wearing it to work. The other two perfumes are a little stronger in scent and a little more floral based, but they are still really nice scents. You only need to use 1-2 sprays at most of these perfumes and the scent lasts all day. 

I am thrilled I got to review this box and I loved the selection I received. The value of this box at $18 is very budget friendly, and really lets you get a good feel for which scents you like before you buy a full size bottle. If you do decide to purchase a full size bottle from the website, the $18 for this monthly box is put toward the price of the bottle you buy.  So this is really an amazing value and there's no excuse not to give it a try!

Pills and Starships Review

In this richly imagined dystopic future brought by global warming, seventeen-year-old Nat and her hacker brother Sam have come by ship to the Big Island of Hawaii for their parents' Final Week. The few Americans who still live well also live long—so long that older adults bow out not by natural means but by buying death contracts from the corporates who now run the disintegrating society by keeping the people happy through a constant diet of "pharma." Nat's family is spending their pharma-guided last week at a luxury resort complex called the Twilight Island Acropolis.

Deeply conflicted about her parents' decision, Nat spends her time keeping a record of everything her family does in the company-supplied diary that came in the hotel's care package. While Nat attempts to come to terms with her impending parentless future, Sam begins to discover cracks in the corporates' agenda and eventually rebels against the company his parents have hired to handle their last days. Nat has to choose a side. Does she let her parents go gently into that good night, or does she turn against the system and try to break them out?

But the deck is stacked against Nat and Sam: in this oppressive environment, water and food are scarce, mass human migrations are constant, and new babies are illegal. As the week nears its end, Nat rushes to protect herself and her younger brother from the corporates while also forging a path toward a future that offers the hope of redemption for humanity. This page-turning first YA novel by critically acclaimed author Lydia Millet is stylish and dark and yet deeply hopeful, bringing Millet's characteristic humor and style to a new generation of young readers.

My Review

This was an extremely thought provoking story. The end of almost all thing biological and beautiful on Earth and big sponsored corporations running everything from the news to providing end of life contracts. Instead of living to to old age and dying naturally you pick when and how you want to go. There are vaccines for everything and the population is segregated based on those vaccines and your wealth. Pharmaceuticals are used to keep the population happy and subservient. This book is written with a lot of depth and emotion from the narrator Nat. Her story is intriguing, sad and exciting at the same time. Almost all social interaction is done by computer and not face to face. This story will give you chills and make you think twice about the choices you make in your life and maybe not take things quite so for granted. I was up late nights reading to see what would happen and what the outcome would be for Nat and her brother Sam. This is a fantastic futuristic dystopian  novel that every teen and adult should read! A 5/5!

About the Author

LYDIA MILLET is the author of seven novels for adults as well as a story collection called Love in Infant Monkeys (2009), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her first book for middle-grade readers, The Fires Beneath the Sea, was one of Kirkus’ Best Children’s Books of 2011, as well as a Junior Library Guild selection. Millet works as an editor and writer at a nonprofit in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives with her two young children. Pills and Starships is her latest novel.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

240Sweet Review and Giveaway

Partners Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick hand-craft artisan treats in Columbus, Indiana. Originally, we made marshmallows to give to our catering customers. Soon, people begin clamoring for more puffs. 240sweet was born.

I received 3 different flavors from 240Sweet to try at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion.

I received Strawberry Black Pepper, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Sangria Marshmallows.

July is a busy month for 240Sweet. Every year they do a Christmas in July fundraiser to make improvements to their operations. You invest in them this month by purchasing vouchers in varying increments. In November and December, those vouchers are worth double the amount that you "loan" to them. They use your investment to grow. It is like Christmas for them--and you save on wonderful, handmade gifts for your clients, family, and friends.

What's next? Later this year, we hope to unveil new packaging and some other great things. We estimate that the bags will require a $7000 investment to design and make. We'll still use only Made in America packaging. As that is a lot of money for our small company, we have to wait until you support us with Christmas in July. Check out what we did with last year's investments. We appreciate your help in our growth.

July is also the month that they do Puff Fest! Click the link to get the low down on all the fun!

Now on to the review and giveaway!

Our Review

I am a sweets and candy junkie and one of my favorite foods is marshmallows. I love them by themselves, on S'mores, in hot chocolate, in rice krispie treats and any other way I can get them. When I got this box of amazing marshmallow goodness I had to open and try them immediately. These marshmallows are absolutely out of this world good! They are made to perfection. The flavors are a perfect balance with the flavor of the marshmallow itself, so it's not too strong, and not too light. You taste the marshmallow and just enough of the extra flavor to make it just so good!

They not only taste amazing but as soon as you open the bags you can smell the aroma of the different flavors. These are a perfect after dinner sweet snack. One is the perfect serving. These are not marshmallows that you will sit and stuff your face with all in one sitting. They are a bit rich because of the different flavor combinations. My husband really liked the Strawberry Black Pepper and my kids went crazy for the Chocolate Chip Cookie ones. I loved the combination of the chocolate chips with the marshmallow. The Sangria was really good also, the perfect amount of flavor and sweetness without being overpowering.

We all enjoyed these treats immensely and will be buying more soon!! Check them out and enter to win a code to get some of your own!

Win a code good for $20.00 on!
*shipping is always included*

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crown & Caliber Review

Welcome to Crown & Caliber – the nation’s preferred way to sell high-end luxury timepieces. We offer a way for customers to get the most for their watch.

We realize that a watch is unlike any other piece of jewelry you own. A watch typically is given by a special person or to commemorate a special occasion. Therefore we respect what your watch represents and will endeavor to provide you with the trust and ease that such a timepiece deserves. 

Crown & Caliber is a new way to consign or sell luxury watches. You no longer have to go to the pawn shop, or try to sell face to face with website ads, and worry you are not getting what you jewelry is really worth.

The process is very easy and simple.

*The customer submits the info on their watch through a form on Crown & Caliber's site

[This quote request also includes a comprehensive phone call with an expert horologist who will work to get all the details needed to provide the most accurate assessment]

*Then within a day or two the customer receives two quotes 1) a cash offer and 2) a consignment offer

*Regardless of the option chosen, C&C sends the customer pre-paid/insured packaging materials to ship their watch. 

*C&C receives the customer's watch and then it is verified and authenticated. 

[If the consignment option is chosen, the C&C team then cleans, services (if needed), photographs, and lists your watch for sale, to thousands of interested buyers]

*Then the watch is sold and payment is provided, or, the original cash offer is provided, depending on which the customer chose. 

Crown & Caliber handles many brands of luxury watches such as Rolex, Cartier, Christian Dior, Montblanc and Louis Vuitton. While i was perusing the site I came across this beautiful Rolex Datejust 116200.

Some of the watches have their original boxes and papers and some do not. If for any reason you are unhappy with the watch you purchase you can return the watch within 14 days for a small 10% restocking fee.

Crown & Caliber is a whole new way to get the most value in cash or consignment for you luxury watches.

Crown & Caliber also has a great cause. They give back for every watch you sell to them.

Sell Your Watch for Substantially More

Every watch we buy from you will help to provide medical treatment for 12 children.

A watch is unlike any other item we own. A watch measures the most important thing we all have: time. However, not everyone has time. Each year, thousands of children in third world countries needlessly die due to sickness that can easily be avoided with the proper treatment.

Therefore, with each watch you sell to us, not only will we provide you with significant cash compensation – we will also strive to buy time for 12 children by providing them with essential medical treatments through our global partnerships with medical organizations.

You can see more about their processes and how they work at the links below.