Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good Earth Beauty Natural Exfoliating Shower Whip [Review & Giveaway]

12 oz Tub
Made by Good Earth Beauty Exclusives
My thoughts: The Good Earth Beauty Exfoliating Shower whip is a gentle scrub that is quite refreshing to use. It is not heavily oily leaving skin greasy feeling. The skin feels soft, nicely moisturized, and gently exfoilated.

I used it and loved it. The fragrance of my product was Coconut Lime which is lightly scented with coconut and lime for a brisk experience.

Often, exfoiliating scrubs are too rough and too heavily "oiled" leaving your skin and your bath or shower too slippery. Not so with Good Earth Beauty's product. It has just the right amount of scrub and moisturizing oils.

And please note, this is a natural product that uses only natural ingredients providing you with a safe product that you can confidently use or gift to another.

About the product: Good Earth Beauty's natural Shower Whip will liven up your shower! This natural shower soap will detoxify and exfoliate your skin leaving you feeling refreshed, clean and moisturized!  For use on face and body! Coconut Lime Scent Description -  Sweet Creamy Coconut mixes with tangy lime - a great unisex scent


Organic RAW Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Powdered Volcanic Ash, Vitamin E, Grapeseed Oil, Natural fragrance and essential oils.

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Begins October 26
Ends November 16 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary product to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and determined after personally using the product. I was not compensated.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land (Book #2) by Vicki Marquez Illustrated by Jeremy Russnak [Reviw & Giveaway]

ISBN 9780990721628
About the book: In the second book of The Rootlets series, fans of the award-winning, Super Rootabilities, will rejoin Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley on their first superhero adventure!

It’s opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi’s magnificent amusement park, Plantasy Land…and The Rootlets couldn’t be more excited! With special surprises and newly sprouted rides, this is sure to be the greatest day ever! But when The Rootlets arrive at the park, they realize that something is terribly wrong…Plantasy Land is in trouble! Someone – or something – is destroying the park. Could it be The Great Zucchini – Mr. Fungi’s new magician? Or could there be an even greater danger lurking beyond the park? Most of all, can The Rootlets trust their new super rootabilities to help them save their favorite place on the planet?

My thoughts: What a super way to capture children's interest and lead them into the world of vegetables in a fun, engaging manner. The illustrations are cute, colorful, and wittily charming.  The author uses terms like Planet Plantasy to create a world of its own. It is a "fantasy about plants" plantasy and it has its own sphere.

The kids (little plants) are just discovering their own "powers" or rootabilities and how to use them. This is a cute way to teach Earth's children (your kids and mine) the powers that various plants have. Truly plants - veggies - are powerful powerhouses for all of us and they help us grow, be healthy, and look good.

I applaud Vicki Marquez's pursuit to bring healthy eating and healthy living to children and recommend this little book to anyone who is trying to help their kiddies learn to love their greens, roots, and other veggies.

A bit about the author: Vicki Marquez is a certified health coach, plant-based chef, author, and TV host whose mission is to inspire others to live a healthy, vibrant life. Vicki’s desire to help inspire and empower children to make healthier choices. From this inspiration, The Rootlets were born: four veggie-haired, cartoon superheroes on a quest to promote good nutrition by making veggies fun and exciting. Vicki launched The Rootlets, LLC, and autho red the first book in her series, The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities, in October 2014.

As the creator and host of the Chicago-based healthy living cable show “Nourished,” Vicki shares wellness how-to tips and veggie-centric recipes, structured much like her one-on-one coaching sessions. Through her private health coaching practice, children’s brand and TV show, Vicki aims to make healthy eating and living easy, accessible, and entertaining for everyone.
Begins October 20 @ 11:00 p.m. ET
ENDS October 29 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
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I received a complimentary copy from the publicist, PR by the Book. Opinions and comments are my own, alone. I was not compensated.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon from Revell a division of Baker Publishing

About the book: Finn has packed away his combat instincts--but he may need them again when danger begins to stalk his quiet hideaway . . .

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.

My thoughts: Irene Hannon has proven time and again to be an author whose books I look forward to reading. She has not disappointed with Tangled Webs which is the third and concluding book in the series of the McGregors - Men of Valor.

I found it interesting that two damaged folks are secluding themselves, in close proximity yet separated by a veil of forest, in an effort to recover from their personal injuries and emotional scars. Not much is given to lay a foundation for their flaws, but that doesn't truly hamper the reading of their story. It might have given a bit more substance as to their limitations and their powers to overcome said limitations.

When danger comes to visit their quiet woods, Finn bounds into rescue mode and stays there throughout the book. The lovely Dana is quietly pursing her professional life albeit disconnected from the outside world by phone or Internet.

The locals are tangled up a bit in Finn and Dana's stories presenting multiple layers of danger, suspense, and mystery. I loved their trips into the quaint town for the diner's wonderful pies.

I have read all three books in the Men of Valor series and found them simply enjoyable reads. Looking forward to more from Irene Hannon's pen.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw (WWII Non-Fiction Biography & Memoir)

ISBN13: 9780804140058
History - Europe - Western
$16 paperback
About the book: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris

The best-selling author of The Liberator brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II

The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.

From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11--but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake  a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.

Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler.

My thoughts: We all need to read books like this about the people, places, events, and horrors that were the meat and potatoes of World War II. - even if biographical reads are not our "thing" nor historical non-fiction what we long to delve into. And even if the book is written in such a manner that it primarily bores us stiff. We need to read the stories. We need to acquaint ourselves with what happened to millions of people. We need to know the depth to which humanity can plunge and the height to which the human spirit can soar.

Avenue of Spies sounded intriguing to me. I am a bit of a history buff so reading about the events of World War II wasn't much of a stretch for me to reach for the book and get started. But the story, while a relatively thin book, was a slow read. A tedious read. And frankly quite hard to grasp at the start. But about midway through, my interest began to latch hold and the story of Dr. Jackson and his wife and son captured my attention and left my heart weeping.

Dr. Jackson was an American practicing medicine in Paris. His European wife was happiest on her own turf, so he happily resettled. Having been a doctor on the front lines of World War I, he easily transitioned from private practise to war injuries when the war came to Paris. Living and having his medical headquarters on the fashionable Avenue Foch with the most feared of German soldiers encamped as his neighbors did not deter him from pursing clandestine activities.

The cost to him and his family was dear as this memoir brings out. Horrific circumstances and heroic personalities. We don't want to repeat World War II, so read and learn from history.

I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books reviewers program. Opinions are solely my own.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Multi-Vitamin Serum from Devera Naturals Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness [Review & Giveaway]

Devera Naturals Multi-Vitamin Serum

Devera Naturals Multi-Vitamin Serum is an amazing product. It feels so good on my skin and is made of such wonderful ingredients that are naturally occuring. It is light weight, yet creamy. Often serums are clear, watery liquids. This is a nice smooth creamy liquid of substance. The goals of this serum are to boost the production of collagen, super hydrate the skin, and aid in tone eveness. Skin is supple and has a radiance that I love.
Remember the song "I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty"?
Remember Breast Cancer Awareness and help pretty-up the ladies!

"See the pretty girl in that mirror there:
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face,
Such a pretty dress,
Such a pretty smile,
Such a pretty me!"
What's in it? Well, good stuff, of course! Stuff that is safe on your skin and especially safe for those undergoing chemo treatment for cancer. We're focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness during October, so share the good news that there are products to help cancer patients feel good about themselves, take care of how they look, and that they can trust.
How do I use it? Well, I dispense a few pumps into the palm of my hand and then dab it all over my face and neck. I then smooth it out using a rotating upward sweeping motion. I carefully avoid the eyes. Use once a day and I usually do this in the evening. You can follow with your favorite moisturizer. The Devera Naturals Snow Créme is a fabulous moisturizer that I recently reviewed here on Chat With Vera. However, it is nice to sleep with minimum products on your skin in the evening, so the serum alone does a fabulous night job!

Product ingredients:

Water, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Coconut Water, Hypnea musciformis Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gellidiela acerosa Extract, Lactobacillus/Lemon Peel Ferment Extract, Phospholipids, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Lycopene, Citrus limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol


Begins October 12
ENDS November 2 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Pancakes Taste Different Today! by Heather Wood Galpert and Bruce Galpert [Giveaway USA/CANADA]

About the book: Before going fishing one day, Ethan eats his favorite breakfast—pancakes. As his mom explains how his pancakes are made with help from the sun, clouds, rain, animals, and farmers, Ethan sees the world in a new way.

While playing outside, Ethan decides to create a big splash by throwing a can in the lake and accidentally contaminates the environment. Time passes and one day Ethan notices that his pancakes taste different. Realizing his decision to make a big splash caused a problem which affected his food, Ethan enlists the help of his friends to correct his mistake.

Do Ethan and his friends fix the taste of the pancakes? What do they learn in the process?

Begins October 11
ENDS October 24 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA & CANADA addresses only.

I received a complimentary copy from PR By The Book. Giveaway copy is provided by and sent by author or publicist. Buy links: Amazon and/or B&N

Monday, October 10, 2016

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum [product review & giveaway]

I have found the Valentia line of skincare products to be quality products that feel good on my skin, don't irritate the skin, help my makeup go on nicely, and help manage the affects of aging that we all seem to succumb to whether we want to or not. Valentia helps us age beautifully and gracefully.

Today's product is the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum. As many of you are aware, retinol is considered one of the best ingredients for skin tone and diminishing wrinkles, but using retinol is not without small risks. It is important that it be used at night only and that during the day you make certain you utilize a UV blocking screen SPF. That isn't hard as many day creams and makeup foundations include SPF for you.

I found the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum a surprising serum in that it has a thick, milky consistency that spreads beautifully and liberally all over my face and neck. Most serums are thin, clear, and quite watery. This was a nice surprise. It feels so soothing and smooth. I applied it in a rotating upward sweeping motion all over my face and neck making certain to avoid the eye area.

Having used it for just over a week, I think I am seeing a slight lightening of the few dark spots on the side of my face - help to even out skin tone. My imagination? Who knows? I know the reputation of retinol is strongly encouraging for help in this matter. There is virtually no scent and it feels nice.

About the Product Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum - Find it - A transformative retinol serum that fights wrinkles and provides hydration, for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin. This Retinol Serum Will:

  • Diminishes wrinkles
  • Stimulates collagen
  • Improves skin tone
  • Manages breakouts
  • Conditions skin

KEY INGREDIENTS - Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

  • Retinol (Vitamin A): Works at the cellular level to stop winkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration.
  • Vitamin C: Guards skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging.- Vitamin E: Provides intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol.
  • Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

Find it online at: Amazon   Valentia   Instagram   Facebook

Valentia is graciously providing their Pure Glow Moisturizer
(see my review - click here)
Begins October 10
ENDS October 31  @ 12:01 a.m. ET
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary product to try so I could write this review of my honest opinions. I was not compensated. This is a sponsored (product) post via Brandbacker.