Friday, October 24, 2014

No, No, No, No, No, Yes. Insights From a Creative Journey ebook Review


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NO...it is a dreaded word. To some, it is a sign of failure; for a child NO is mom is being mean, for an adult it can be anything from not having a job, or a house, or a car, or a relationship. But, what if we have all just been looking at the word NO, wrong?

Instead of thinking that everything has come to an end, simply because we have been told NO, why don't we look at it as the beginning of a goal?

In his book, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, YES. Gideon Amichay tells us how he took the word NO, and followed it through until he got a YES...a YES that would ultimately change his life.

In this book, Gideon focuses on how everyone is faced with the word NO, everyone. It is what we do with the word that determines where we will go next. He says "NO comma has great power. Every NO comma is a treasure. Every NO comma is a great opportunity to search for the next YES."

Because, NO comma, means that there is something else to say. NO comma, not at this time, NO comma, apply again soon. As a blogger and product reviewer, I am faced with it everyday. NO comma, we only had a few spots. NO comma, please apply for future promotions...Yet, out of all the NOs, I still get plenty of the emails that say YES.

Basically, don't give up after NO...Keep going until you get YES.

I suggest reading this book, and you can find it on Amazon for $2.99 (Kindle) or $17.49 (Hardcover)


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Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk (ebook) Review


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I recently reviewed a collection of stories, edited by Rayne Hall, and I am excited to tell you about another book edited and contributed to, by Rayne.

Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk, is a collection of short stories, by 10 authors, including Rayne herself, that delve into the world of Steampunk. Now, if you are like me, you have probably heard of, but don't know much about Steampunk...other than the fact that there are some really cool costumes that come along with it.

Basically, Steampunk is "a blend of historical, fantasy and science fiction, often with elements of romance, horror , humour, mystery and more stirred into the mix." (Rayne Hall, 2014)

Each of these authors has taken a different approach to letting the reader into this world, and while this would not be my normal genre, I was intrigued by what I was reading.

My favorite story was Midnight Visitors by Kevin O. McLaughlin, a story about a cat against machine. Mr. McLaughlin put a lot of detail into this story, describing the sounds of the creatures, as well as how they looked. I loved reading the story from the cats point of view, and it was a story that I could read to my children, which they thought was great because the kitty is the hero!

The other story I liked was, Fresh Whelks and Winkles  by Rayne Hall. A story of a young girl with an amazing, yet unfortunate talent. She can see the future, if she touches someone. Some fortunes are good, some make people unhappy, and her mama begs her to keep her visions to herself. In the end, she does just that...she thinks her mama will be pleased, but will she?

To find out the answer to that question, you really have to get your hands on Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk . You can find it on Amazon, for .99 (Kindle Edition)

I really liked this collection, and will be on the lookout for more Steampunk writings, there are a few that are great for kids, but mostly this collection is geared towards young adults, and those that are into Steampunk. There are a few of these stories that are a bit violent in nature, but overall, a wonderful collection.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels Review


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I am so in love with the microfiber kitchen dish towels from Luxe Home Essentials! They came in a three pack, so I have one for clean up, one for dish drying, and one for hand drying.

Since microfiber is excellent at absorbing whatever it touches, I knew these would be perfect in my kitchen. I cook every single day, so there is always something to clean up, and these towels made short work of the grease splatter on the stove.

I also have several items that don't go in the dishwasher, so they must be hand washed and dried. Again, these towels made short work of the task. Absorbing every droplet of water, and making sure that the dishes went back in the cabinet dry and streak free.

The third towel I use just for drying my hands while in the kitchen, and it is so soft. I love these towels, and will likely be buying another set soon, just to have extras. Also, coming from a family that loves to cook, so is always in the kitchen, I am guessing that there will be a few of these in stockings this Christmas!

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They look so nice, have a great waffle type pattern, and better yet, come completely clean in the wash. Like I said, I have used one of the towels to clean up spills and grease splatter, and you would never be able to tell which of the three towels was used for that task!

If you want to get your hands on a trio of these great Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels you can find them on amazon for $11.97 down from $18.97 (37% savings).


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Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel Review


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I have very long hair, and it is thin, so the last thing I want to do is damage it anymore than I already do. That's part of the reason why I don't like using blow dryers...it used to drive my dad crazy, that I would go out into the cold Colorado winters with wet hair, but I have always been the type of person to let my hair air dry.

The few times I have used a blow dryer, I didn't get that awesome supermodel silky smooth, shiny hair like in the commercials, in fact, I am convinced that it doesn't even exist. Plus, my hair always felt so dry, and not in the good sense, but more the straw type.

I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to try this microfiber hair towel, by Beauty by Shea, because I already new that microfiber was great at absorbing water, and drying things with ease.

I washed my hair, and wrapped it in this 19 x 39 in long towel, and finished getting ready. By the time I took my hair down, it it was only slightly damp, and finished air drying within a few minutes.

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I am thoroughly impressed with this towel, and so glad that I was able to test it out. If you have ever wanted to try out a good microfiber towel, now is your chance. You can get this Luxe Beauty Essentials Plush Microfiber Hair Towel  for $17.97 down from $21.97 (18% savings)


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Leo SuperHero - Children eBook Review


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I always like to review children's books because it means that my children will have new reading material, and in our house reading truly is fundamental. We read several books every night, and my kids always want to hear a new story. The problem with that is, although we have roughly 300 children's books in our house, we read so much, that each of them has been read at least once, if not more.

Our most recent book is called Leo Superhero and it was very cute story about Leo, a boy who lives with his mom, dad, little sister, and his cat, Milkshake.

One Sunday morning Leo is awakened by Milkshake, and after throwing on his superhero costume, go to find the problem that milkshake has found. I won't tell you much about the story itself, simply because it is a short story and I don't want to ruin it, but I will say that it is a cute little book, that my kids liked.

They liked that Leo was a superhero that solved problems with his cat, and ended up playing superhero all day, taking turns solving each others problems, and rescuing each other. 

It is also a simple enough book, that my second grader, who is learning to read, can get though some of it by himself. He especially liked that, not only is Leo 7, just like him, but that he also has a little sister too! It made it easy for my son to relate too. It is a very cute concept :) 

If you want to add a new book to the bedtime routine, you can get a copy of Leo SuperHero - A Sunday Morning Adventure  on Amazon for $2.99 (Kindle)  

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