Monday, September 1, 2014

Mary (Get to Know Series - A Biography) By Nancy I. Sanders

ISBN: 9780310744801
About the book: Chosen by God, Mary was more than the mother of Jesus. She was a hero of the Bible. She said “Yes!” to God. Learn about Mary and her exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in Israel and be a part of Jesus’ life on earth. Mary - part of the Get to Know series - will teach you everything you need to know about this young woman whom God used to do great things!

My thoughts:  Having just reviewed "Paul" in the Getting to Know series, I was looking forward to seeing how the author, Nancy Sanders, brought Mary to life beyond the typical Sunday School literature and handouts. At $7 each, these little books pack a lot of information. Frankly, they are mini-commentaries wrapped in children's storybook format. As the child reads each chapter, they are presented with factoids and indepth information that is still within range for the age intended - 6-10 year olds.

This is not a "cutesie" storybook. It is indeed a reference book designed the young child in mind.  It can entertain,  but I do  not see this as entertainment material. I see this being used during family Bible study time or in the home school setting. There is a virtual plethora of information packed in this book.

The author takes the time period customs and history along with Scripture to flesh out Mary's life. I like that the simple life of a woman in the Bible, though beloved of God and chosen by God to be mother of Jesus, is told for that alone - a Jewish woman in Bible times chosen to be Jesus' mother and the wife of Joseph.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers on behalf of the publisher, ZonderKiz, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.

Natures True Medicine Vitamin D3 (review)

My thoughts on the Natures Ture Medicine Vitamin D3, 2000 Supplement

For a review of a product, usually I use it awhile and then tell you how I like or dislike it. With a vitamin supplement, it would take a very long time to know enough about the product to actually be able to tell you whether or not it is effective and what I think about it. So this review will focus on roughly a two-week consumption of the Natures True Medicine Vitamin D3, how I perceive this product, and what it means to me personally.

Several years ago, my primary care physician said I should take Vitamin D supplement. I took them awhile and then decided, "Enough! I'm not taking stuff I don't actually need. I eat well!" So I stopped.

Then a month or so ago, I read my medical record and saw that I actually had a vitamin D deficiency! I didn't know that before when my kind doctor said I should take the vitamin. Anyway, I got some generic drugstore vitamin D3 supplements, 1,000, and started taking them.

And then I had the opportunity to try the Natures True Medicine Vitamin D3, 2000 units, supplement. Once I started reading about the Natures True Medicine Vitamin D3 I realized that not all supplements are "created equal."

When my jar of Natures True Vitamin D3 arrived, I switched to them. Now they "look" pretty much the same. The have no taste - which I love, and so does my digestive system. The 2,000 units are double what I previously took, (1,000).

I feel confident about using these capsules and this brand. Is it better? I really don't know but I truly feel this is doing better "for me" toward correcting my vitamin D deficiency!

And here is some information I gleaned from the internet about problems with having a vitamin D deficiency: An interesting article from the Huffington Post, The Vitamin Council ,and of course there is always Wickapedia.

Product Description (provided by company)

Vitamin D3 is a vitamin that is critical to keeping both phosphorus and calcium in balance and being used properly. Dr. Oz suggests that Vitamin D3 is the second most important vitamin you can take. Many people do not get adequate vitamin D3 because they do not spend enough time in the sun. Since this vitamin is important, you want to look into vitamin D3 supplements to ensure that you are getting enough and getting the right ingredients. It's especially critiwal that your vitamin d3 does not contain the harmful  and very toxic Magnesium Stearate filler.

Anthony Norman, MD, in a recent article in Endocrine Today, stated "it is now widely appreciated by vitamin D scientists that 50% of people in North America and Western Europe are vitamin D insufficient. Given that two-thirds of the people are vitamin D-insufficient or deficient. It is clear that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not adequate to solve the problem for most adults."

How Much Vitamin D3 Do You Need? - Adult men and women ages 19 to 69 need to get 600 IUs each day and when 70 and over, you need 800 IUs each day, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. This is only for those with solid levels of this vitamin which a large majority of people do not have.

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

Introduction to Cultures: If You Were Me and Lived in Turkey...... Portugal (Review and Giveaway)

With school resuming for the 2014-2015 school year, folks are focusing on education and one of the key fields in education that needs more emphasis is the study of geography, cultures, and peoples of the world. Today our introduction to cultures of the world takes us to Turkey and Portugal. Author Carole P. Roman continues writing her series of little books giving youngsters a glimpse into the lives of children in various countries.


In learning of Turkey, you first learn that it has the second largest city in the world - Istanbul; and it straddles two continents - Asia and Europe. Turkey is very old. In the year 390 the Hagia Sophia was built as a church by the emperor Justinian and over 1,000 years later it was changed into a mosque by the Ottoman sultan Mehmet II.

As in any country, folks like to eat and Turkey has food specific to that country. And you also like to shop in the market or play soccer or with your doll which is called a bebek.

 Next, the author introduces you to the names you would call your parents and in the back of the book there is a list of words in the Turkish language and their punctuation. 

Turkey celebrates with Children's Day which is a very special.


As with all of Carole P. Romans Introduction to Cultures books, we begin with locating the country on the World globe. Did you know that Portugal is the most Western country on the continent of of Europe and that its next door neighbor is Spain? 

Portugese money is called the Euro and they eat a lot of fish. You might enjoy soccer as it is a favorite sport.

They have their own holidays, too. They have a special carnival holiday with costumes, parades, and parties.

At the end of the book there is a page of words with definitions that are good to know about Portugal.

To date, Carole P. Roman has written and printed at least nine of the  If You Were Me and Lived in…… books. Chat With Vera has reviewed most of these. I invite you to read my reviews and see if these might be good books to add to the library of that special child of yours. They are especially nice to have on hand in the home school library or school classroom library.

GIVEAWAY: Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. You may be blessed to be the winner of  one copy each of "Turkey" and "Portugal" that Carole P.Roman is so generously providing. Begins September 1 & ENDS September 23  @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to USA addresses only. 

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DISCLOSURE: The author provided a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived In Turkey and also .... Portugal in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not compensated for this review.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Amani Pure - Hyaluronic Acid Serum & Vitamin C Serum For Face (Review and Giveaway)

I began using vitamin c and hyaluronic acid serums for my face this summer and it was simply because the opportunity presented itself in the way of review opportunities. I have been very pleasantly surprised with the results these products have presented. I have actually tried several brands. Each performs similarly, yet I have seen some differences which my "untrained" observation has noted.

My most recent opportunity has been to use the Amani Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This product is a clear gelatinous liquid that is dispensed with a pump (see image). I use enough to spread it generously over my face, neck, and chest. I allow it to dry before applying my makeup for the day. I found that it makes the skin feel delightfully smooth and appears radiant.

I really like the very mild fragrance. I can't identify it, but it is very pleasant and gentle. I really like that this product is almost totally natural and organic. To me that means it is closer to the purity of nature. And I like that it is made in the USA.

I have enjoyed using the Amani Pure Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Serum for my face and like the quality of the product.

The picture below has arrows indicating how to smooth the serum onto your face. They pretty much show how I also apply the serum to my face.
GIVEAWAY: Amani Pure is providing one of Chat With Vera's readers the opportunity to win their very own bottle of Amani Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below. Begins August 31 & ENDS September 6 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. (NOTE: This is a SHORT/FLASH giveaway) 
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  • Hyaluronic Acid Serum - SKIN PLUMPING & HYDRATING ELIXIR - was created from a specific blend of skin regenerative ingredients that is currently used in luxury, high-end spas all over the world.
  • This Hyaluronic Acid gets RESULTS - to help fill-in fine lines, diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and stimulates collagen production. It also functions as an anti-inflammatory and a treatment for acne. Use with our Vitamin C Serum for better results. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid for Face - FEELS LIKE AN INSTANT FACE LIFT - as it plumps up and hydrates dull, sagging skin while leaving your skin feeling instantly firmer, smoother and more radiant.
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DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Growing A Healthy Family" - Musselman's Sweepstakes

Musselman's Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes is under way

Who packs the lunches at your house – the parents or the kids?

Head over to our sweepstakes website to submit your entry. And remember: you can enter once a week from now to September 15 for a chance to win our grand prize, a trip for four to the Musselman’s Family Skating Tribute. The event takes place on October 19 at Penn State University. You have until midnight EST on Monday, September 1 to enter with this week's question.

Also, check your grocery store shelves for Msselman's “pink-ribbon” packaging on select apple sauce and apple juice products this fall. Each time you make a purchase, Musselman make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

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.