Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Big Book of Words for Curious Kids by Heloise Antoine & Ingrid Gordon (Review & Giveaway)

About the book: This colorful, appealing word book makes observing, recognizing and naming things an exciting adventure in learning. Each page in THE BIG BOOK OF WORDS FOR CURIOUS KIDS features numerous pictures revolving around familiar themes in a child's life - clothing, toys, food, and animals, just to name a few. Certain objects, such as Bobo the stuffed bunny, appear repeatedly throughout the book, encouraging image recognition. This book - at once a picture book, word book, and beginning reader - help make those first few steps into the world of words much less daunting and much more fun. 
  • Age Range: 4 and up 
  • Series: Big Book of Words Series
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561451111
My thoughts: Children love books that they can return to over and over and continue to discover treasures within. In The Big Book of Words for Curious Children there are hundreds of tiny, sketched and colorful pictures that the child can identify as they would touch on his/her life. Familiar objects or those easily learned when identified for him. Children find delight in "seek 'n search" and a book such as this can easily be turned into such an activity.

I found the art delightfully sweet and charming and this alone is enough to endear the book to readers. I like that the little bunny finds a way to join in the fun throughout the book. A fun twist for the kids to find throughout.

With a sturdy hardcover, little hands will enjoy learning and beginning their venture of the printed word. A good resource for the parent to have around for their child. Each two-page spread features a charming picture of little ones engaged in polite, social engagements - sharing, working together, reading together, etc. 

Needless-to-say, I recommend this book to you.

GIVEAWAY: The good folks at Peachtree Publishers has a copy of this delightful children's book just waiting for one of Chat With Vera's readers to win. Use the entry form below, please. Begins August 26 & ENDS September 17 @ 12:02 a.m. ET.  Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of The Big Book of Words for Curious Children in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story by Suzanne Slade and Illustrated by Joan Waites

Hardcover $16.95
ISBN: 9781607180708
Ages 4-8
Introducing math into the daily lives of children is the best way to make certain it takes root and comes to life in their thinking and reasoning. Bringing the math concepts into the storybook is a concept that has life and validity all its own.

Arbordale Publishing (previously Sylvan Dell Publishing) has several books that bring educational concepts - particularly math - into the storyline as well as infusing the story with other facts and concepts. In What's the Difference children are introduced to the endangered animal dilemma; and along with this introduction of a scientific fact, subtraction is used as a way to enforce the sheer concept of loss the plight of these endangered animals presents.

Additionally (pun intended), the book is written in rhyme which again reinforces the learning process.

Each two-page spread consists of an endangered animal, numerical fact, and factoid box about the animal on those pages. As with other books in this series, there is a "For Creative Minds" section in the back that has more information, activities, and concepts. This is a good book for home, school, and public libraries.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Arbordale Publishing in exchange for a review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not paid for this review.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get to Know Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders (for 6-10 year olds)

Introducing children to true heroes - those in the Bible - needs to go beyond the typical Sunday School lesson.  Nancy I. Sanders has created a series of little books for young readers and published by ZonderKidz. Inexpensive at $6.99, they are packed with factoids and indepth information that is still withing the mental reach of the young reader.

First of all, it is a "chapter book" and the text is challenging for the youngest but within the grasp of the 10 year old. A 120 page paperback that is sturdy and will hold up to much use, it is replete with pictures that ignite the imagination of the child, a timeline that correlates Paul's life with major world reigns, a vocabulary listing with definitions. It begs to be perused repeatedly.

The only drawback I see to this little volume is the sheer volume of information packed into it. Could it so overwhelm the child that they shy away from reading it? This is not a storybook. It is a reference work geared for the young mind. Hopefully, it will engage their attention and cause them to repeatedly return for more. I look forward to reviewing "Mary" soon.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers Program on behalf of Zonderkidz in exchange for my review. No compensation was received for this review.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream with minerals from the Dead Sea


To protect my skin, I treat it to serums, moisturizers, sun screen infused makeup, and cleaning; and in each of these, I try to use quality products.  I previously reviewed Adovia Serum and found it to be a quality product and one I can recommend. Now I have had the opportunity to evaluate Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream to see how it works on my skin.

Dead Sea Minerals
First of all, my skin is not dry and it is not oily. It is rather normal - for a lady-of-a-certain age. But that doesn't mean that some products don't cause problems for me, they do. Adovia products are infused with minerals from the Dead Sea and I think that is a good thing. Now just what do I think of this day cream?

My thoughts:  I found it to be rather thick - thicker than I normally like. I also found that I usually prefer a cream that leaves an allusion of a youthful glow and this one does not. It leaves a sort of matte finish "loo" and this remains even after the application of my high quality department store makeup. The appearance is somewhat reminiscent of using a moisturizer and then a makeup primer prior to application of makeup. I don't care for primers and don't use them.

However, the Adovia Day Cream absolutely does soften the face and leaves it nicely conditioned. So it works as a moisturizer and it works well.

How I used it...... After cleaning my face, I applied a serum (vitamin C or hyaluronic acid) followed by the Adovia Day Cream. I rubbed the moisturizer between my fingers to warm it a bit before applying to my face. I used my hands in rotating motions to spread the cream all over my face and neck ending with upward sweeps. After allowing it to soak into my skin and "dry," I applied my makeup for the day.

Product information (provided by Adovia) - find the product here

  • Product Description: Adovia Day Moisturizing Cream moisturizes and protects skin with Adovia's quick absorbing and non-greasy daytime formula. The moisturizer is infused with Dead Sea minerals, all natural UV protection and aloe vera. The Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and approved cream works to moisturize deep, hydrating skin and bringing out the natural radiance. A single application provides all-day moisture without clogging pores. Adovia moisturizing cream contains an active complex of Dead Sea minerals for natural moisture balance that is easier for skin to retain. The cream also makes an ideal makeup base.
  • Ingredients: Demineralised Water & Dead Sea Water, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Caprilyc/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol & Chamomile (Anthemis Noblis) Extract & Algae Extract & Papaya (Carica Papaya) Extract & Aloe Vera Barbadensis Gel, Urea, Lactic Acid, Dimethicone, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzalkoinium Chloride, Retinyl Palmitate, Dead Sea Salt, Benzophenone-3.
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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Body Merry Eye Cream - Natural & Organic Anti-Aging Formula



First of all, as with any cream for the eyes care needs to be taken to avoid getting it in the eyes. Secondly, nothing works miracles. And third, a little goes a long, long way. There is a plethora of creams available to help us keep our eyes looking their best. Let's be realistic though, staying up late, stress, age, smoking, too much sun, and life in general usually shows up around our eyes first! So we check the drug store, the department store, the "A--- Lady," the internet, and anywhere else that creams and stuff are sold to the waiting public. We try one, another, trice we try products. We never seem to find the absolutely best one.

When given the opportunity to try Body Merry Eye Defense Eye Cream, I was absolutely delighted. You see, nine months ago I had a heart procedure done and since then the dark night of circles has encamped round-about my peepers. I've always had a bit of under-the-eye dark, but this is different. So when Body Merry Eye Cream alluded to helping with those fierce dark circles, I jumped on board. Now just what has Body Merry done for me?

This is a sort of liquid type cream. When I pat it around the eyes (under, both sides, lids), it has a pleasant tingly sensation. Not a burning. It just feels different from others I have used.  I have applied this morning and evening for a couple of weeks. Has it worked a miracle? No. Do my eyes look better in the morning when I awaken? Absolutely yes! Do they stay looking pretty decent (for a lady-of-a-certain-age) throughout the day? Yes!

So I say this is a product I feel I can recommend. It is pleasant to use and seems to help. You can find it HERE on Amazon.

Product Description:  Do you want your eyes to express everything but your age? Our Age Defense Eye Cream is a comprehensive solution for all your eye concerns – whether its dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, crow's feet, fine lines, dryness, sags or bags.

This cream is perfect for your eyes since we reject the idea of using harsh chemicals for the delicate eye area and use natural and organic ingredients instead.

We've packed in cutting edge peptides like Matrixyl-3000 and Tripeptide-5 with an ocean based Retinol and botanical Hyaluronic Acid. We know that's not enough – so we've added lots of antioxidants, organic vitamins and minerals, pure plant oils and botanical actives – Aloe, Witch Hazel, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin C, Cucumber, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil, Green Tea, Licorice, Eyebright, Avocado Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Lemon, Lemongrass, Vitamin B5, Lavender and Chamomile (to name just a few!).

Our cream works well on all skin types and leaves your skin looking and feeling firm, plump and young. Get fast and lasting results and be at the receiving end of compliments!
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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.

Dr Song 20% Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E (Review & Giveaway)


As Chat With Vera readers may realize by now, I have discovered the world of Vitamin C serums and in doing so have had the opportunity to try several of these products. I have been amazed at how vitamin C serum makes my skin feel and look. Now today I'm sharing with you the Dr. Song 20% Vitamin C+E Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.

As you can see from the Product Description below, the Dr. Song product is professional grade from a medical cosmetic laboratory. That speaks very loudly to me about quality.

But today I simply want to share what I think about the product. I have enjoyed using Dr. Song's Vitamin C serum. I like the feel on my skin (face, neck, chest). I like the appearance of a glow that the skin of a lady of-a-certain-age usually doesn't have. I like its compatibility with my varied moisturizers (applied after the serum) and makeup. I like that folks are commenting on how nice my skin looks. That speaks volumes and speaks loudly to me! 

I like that Dr. Song is providing an opportunity for one of Chat With Vera's readers to win their very own bottle in this GIVEAWAY. Just enter using the form below. ENDS SEPTEMBER 1 @ 12:00 a.m. EDT. OPEN TO USA ADDRESSES ONLY.
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Product Description: Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities.  The creation of Amazon has allowed manufacturers like us, to easily get products directly into the hands of consumers, which allows professional quality products at a reasonable price.  Dr Song Medical products are made in the USA and is FDA compliant and a provider of professional products.

Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum contains 20% vitamin c, boosted with vitamin e, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera for a smooth velvet finish on the skin that many other vitamin c serums cannot replicate.  Our formula has been refined through rigorous testing from dozens of doctors and professionals within the cosmetic industry and comes with a 365 day money back guarantee. Full sized 1 oz bottle. Light, non-greasy formula. Produced in USA. CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon.

DISCLOSURE: 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. I was paid for this review but my opinions are still completely my own.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Purex detergent 10% off coupon on #Cartwheel

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