Saturday, September 20, 2014

Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala ebook review


I have just finished another book by author Rachelle AyalaKnowing Vera, book three in her series Chance at Love.

In this book we learn more about Vera, a woman we first met in book two of this series Hidden Under Her Heart

Vera Custodia is reliving a horrible memory from her past, and it has come to light thanks to her budding romance with Zach Spencer, the Australian triathlete that she has had a "friends with benefits" relationship with.

Zach's mother was murdered when he was very young, and Vera's father just might be the murderer. Only, Vera's father jumped to his death from the Golden gate Bridge when Vera was seven. Vera wants to tell Zach, but is afraid of what his reaction might be.

Soon Vera starts receiving strange postcards, text messages, and YouTube comments from someone claiming to be "Tatay" which is Tagalog (Filipino) for father. Could Vera's father still be alive, and if he is, what does he know about Zach's mother?

Vera sets off in search of answers, and finds her self in Australia, along with Zach, and Cliff, the head desk clerk at the retirement home where her uncle lives. She is unsure of everything, as she learns new things about her own family, as well as Zach's family.

Along the way, she discovers that she is head over heels in love with Zach, and knows that he feels the same, but will they ever be able to get over the murder and lies that plague their pasts? In the end, all of the answers are revealed, but the road there is filled with blinding curves and an ever thickening plot!

I recommend this book, and I can definitely say that I like Rachelle Ayala's writing style!

You can get a copy of Knowing Vera  in Kindle format for .99 or in paperback format for $11.51


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Organic Tart Cherry Juice Review



I am always looking for something that I can keep on hand for those nights, where sleep is just not going to happen. Lately, those nights seem to be happening more and more often. Usually, it is happening with my son, and part of that, I believe is due to his Autism. However, when he can't sleep, no one else can sleep either.

I don't necessarily want to get a prescription for a medicine that will help him sleep, and nothing else seems to work for long.

I was thrilled when I was contacted about trying this Sleepytime organic tart cherry juice, from Elite Gold Solutions. When I researched it, I found that it works well to assist in bringing on sleep, and allowing for a more restful sleep. In addition, this tart cherry juice also aids in fighting heart disease, and fighting inflammation.

The normal dose is 2 Tbsp, and can be mixed with the beverage of your choice, although I prefer just mixing it with water. While this dose is great for me, I noticed that a half dose worked best for my kids. I liked that within 30 minutes of drinking their "night night" juice, they were starting to get drowsy, and after laying down, were asleep within 15 minutes.

These results will likely vary, as not all people respond the same way to supplements. I started getting drowsy within the first 30-45 minutes, and after laying down was asleep within 30 minutes.

The next morning, I could tell that we had all slept better, the kids were in better moods, I didn't find myself dragging, and I had more energy throughout the day.

I recommend this juice for anyone that needs assistance in getting to sleep, and would like to do it with a natural product. This tart cherry juice is organic, fat free, has no sugar, is BPA free, Gluten free, and vegetarian.

You can get a bottle of this Organic Tart Cherry Juice directly from Elite Gold Solutions, by clicking HERE



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Friday, September 19, 2014

Navigating Emotions for Parents Ebook Review




 We all know that being a parent is not an easy thing, we are responsible for raising the next generation, and I think we all are constantly wondering if we are screwing them up.

It certainly doesn't help, when you get so overwhelmed with everyday life, coupled with the back and forth rivalry that is guaranteed with siblings; even an only child can overwhelm a parent.

The question is, how to react to how we are feeling, when we reach that point of no return...and how do we keep from losing it on our kids.

Amy Phoenix over at Presence Parenting, has put together this ebook about how we can best navigate our emotions, so that we can interact with our babies, without blowing up or shutting down. The truth is, we have all had that moment, and I don't believe for a minute that there are parents who have never experienced being overwhelmed and angry.

All too often, we end up bottling up our emotions, and then they come spilling out all at one time, leaving our kids wondering what they did that was so bad.

Amy discusses several methods by which we can get control of our emotions, before they take over the situation. Some of those methods are:

  • The Sit Down
  • The Satisfying Shout
  • The Special Notebook
  • The Safe Friend
There are many more alternatives, and each one gives you an example of how we as parents usually handle a situation, and how we can handle it differently based on which method you choose to use.


We work hard everyday to make sure that we are providing all the necessities in our children's lives, and as we mold them, we have to remember that we are learning as well. Just like we tell our children that it is okay to get upset about things, we have to remember that it is okay for us to be upset at times too. Just like we help them to understand their feelings and cope with what they are dealing with, we have to remember to do the same with ourselves.

Being a parent is wonderful and hard and beautiful and scary, all at the same time, and there is no shame in reaching out to others when we feel overwhelmed...in fact, getting a handle on our own emotions and how we deal with things, will help us be better parents, that are raising kids that know love and not fear.

You can find this book HERE for $2.99

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

MAG - Magnetic Screen Door Review.



I have put another magnetic screen door to the test, this one if from Tresalto, and is similar in construct to other types that I have tried. There are several strong magnets, sewn into the fabric, making for a tight close, with no gaps. It comes with 12 sets of velcro, for installation, as well as small nails to use for extra support. There is also a cute little lace curtain sewn to the top of the screen door, to add a little more style. It fits doors up to 34" X 82" and word is, that the company plans to release both larger and smaller versions, soon.


PROS:
  • Strong magnets 
  • Tight stitching
  • Velcro Strips hold tight
  • Additional nails for extra support
  • Cute lace curtain
  • NO BUGS!!!
CONS:
  • Would have preferred more velcro strips (personal preference)


So, as you can see, other than a personal preference of more velcro strips (which are easy enough to add), this is a solid product, that does exactly what it claims to do. With the cooler months coming, it is time to invest in a screen door like this...it is easy to put up, and easy to take down, and will allow all the great crisp fall air to come in, while keeping the bugs out.

You can get your own MAG Magnetic Screen Door  on Amazon for $29.90 down from $59.90 for a savings of 50%


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Town Haunts Review


We are getting close to Halloween time, and so it is only fitting that I give you my review of this great book by Cathy Spencer Town Haunts. 

In this book we are introduced to a host of character, from 40 something beauty Anna Nolan, to newcomers Tiernay Rae and her brother Greg.

Here is the synopsis, as posted by the author:

Cemetery caretaker Sherman Mason is horrified to hear his dead wife calling to him from her grave.  He asks newcomer Tiernay Rae, a gorgeous witch and proprietor of the Healing Hands store, to hold a séance to find out what’s troubling his wife’s ghost.  Tiernay needs a coven to focus her powers, however, so her roguish brother, Greg, suggests that Anna Nolan and her two friends help ‒ “the maiden, the mother, and the crone” as he calls them.  But with Halloween fast approaching and the séance unleashing a malicious evil in the small town of Crane, can Tiernay stop it before someone gets hurt, or even killed? (Cathy Spencer, 2013)


I have to say, this book drew me in; I am a huge fan of mysteries and scary stories alike, so the combination in this book had me hooked. I was constantly surprised at the direction the book took, as, right as I thought I had figured out what was going on, the plot took a sharp turn and thickened.

In this book we find out that it truly does take a witch to catch a ghost, but you will be surprised by how things progress. I sat down to read this book, and didn't get up again, until I was done! It isn't very often that I am drawn into a book that quickly, but this book started with a scenario that had me itching to find out more.

You can find Town Haunts on Amazon for $3.99, and on sites like Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Adovia Natural Facial Moisturizer & Sulfur Soap for Acne, Blackheads and Oily Skin with Dead Sea Salt - 100% Natural Review

I have come to the realization that I can no longer just let my skin do its own thing...I am showing signs of aging at just under 34 years of age. There are crows feet by my eyes, smiles lines by my mouth, and for whatever reason "teenage acne" breakouts!

So, I have been using this Natural Sulfur Soap from Adovia, that is made with olive oil, aloe vera, sulfur, and dead sea minerals. It is great for oily and combination skin (like mine), and leaves behind a very clean scent.

You can use it on your face and body, and is very gentle, leaving behind smooth skin. As always, I like to follow up with a good moisturizer, and Adovia came through on that product as well.



I have been using their Moisturizing day cream, made with the same dead sea minerals as found in their soap, but also includes aloe vera, and chamomile. This moisturizer is great, it absorbs quickly, is not greasy at all, and instantly made my skin feel nourished.

There was no tight feeling, just instant moisture! This is great for all skin types, so I highly recommend it.



I really like this skin care line, and the dead sea minerals have the ability to renew your skins natural balance, producing beautiful, healthy looking skin. I recommend this duo of products for anyone that has breakouts, oily or combination skin, teenagers that are going through the dreaded acne stage, or someone that just wants a great skin care line. * This is not for use by those with dry or sensitive skin

You can find both of these products on Amazon, the Natural Sulfur Soap  is $10 down from $16, for a saving of 38% and the Moisturizing Day Cream  is $25.95 down from $46 for a savings of 44%



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Off Balance, the American Way of Health Review



 I have been reading this book by Dr. Leyla Ali, Pharma D., Off Balance, The American Way of Health. A book that discusses something that affects us all.

Pharmaceuticals...the drugs that are being prescribed to just about every American, and for just about every issue.

In this book, Dr. Ali discusses Western Medicine, alternative forms of medicine, and when and why this country changed the way it treated patients. During the 30s patients were free to choose from alternative forms of medicine, to try and heal what ailed them. Many people took a holistic approach to their health, choosing to keep themselves healthy by focusing on what they put into their bodies. Sadly, medicine has become a business, run by pharmaceutical companies, that are only trying to make a buck.

Now, before you think I am some conspiracy theorist, let me assure you that I am not. I am however, a mother, and I have a son with Autism. Many Doctors would have just as soon prescribed my son a drug, as a means to control him and the behaviors that come along with Autism.

I on the other hand, wanted no part in being responsible for giving him something that had the possibility of setting him up for failure...addiction. So, with the help of my dad (who has taken a no drug approach to combating his diabetes) I started looking into alternative forms of therapy that would help my son.

This book has been an eye opener, and has enlightened me to things that I did not know. It discusses many forms of alternative medicine, has interviews with people that either practice one of these forms of medicine, or have used one of these forms to combat an illness.

We have become a society of people that are impatient...we need faster cars, faster Internet, faster food, faster drinks, and faster relief from pain and sickness. Our bodies are capable of healing, if we give it the right tools, and for the most part chemicals are not the answer. Now, don't get me wrong, there are always going to be instances in which you have no other choice, but for most illnesses, there is another answer...one that doesn't involve the perpetual cycle of taking a pill, followed by another pill to combat the side effects of the first pill, and so on and so forth.

If you ever question the validity of a Doctors opinion, focus on his/her reaction to you saying that you DON'T want a prescription for pain medication...it is always a telltale sign of whether the Doctor is truly trying to help you, or if you are just another dollar sign.

I strongly suggest reading this book, and researching your options when it comes to healing your body.

You can get your copy of Off Balance, the American Way of Health on Amazon for $14.99

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.