Friday, October 24, 2014

Adovia Intensive Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream uses Dead Sea Salt & Minerals for Maximum Anti Wrinkle Effect {Review}

Adovia has again granted the privilege to me of reviewing another of their fine products. Previously I reviewed their Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream and their Adovia Anti-Aging Facial Life & Firm Serum - both delightful products.
I have been using Adovia Intensive Anti Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer Cream for about two weeks, morning and evening, and it works very nicely. It is a dense cream but goes on smoothly. It serves as a make-up base or primer as well as moisturizer. I am a firm believer in using moisturizers at least twice a day. I also believe that serums play a great part in the care of our skin, so I use serums as well.

I am so delighted to use a product created and produced in Israel with wonderful minerals from the Dead Sea. Other ingredients in this product are acclaimed as being great for the skin, too. This is a fine product, and I am pleased to share it with my readers. 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  Infused Your Skin with Vitamin C, Dead Sea Salt & Minerals, Lactic Acid and Collagen for Maximum Long Term Anti Wrinkle Effect

  • Smoothes out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Firms and tones aging skin making it more youthful and refreshed.
  • Infuses skin with Dead Sea Minerals
  • Seaweed and Aloe Vera feed skin needed nutrients for maintaining naturally youthful skin
  • Helps prevent and delay the appearance of new wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Also contains Silicon and Vitamin A, which increase the firmness and overall vitality of your skin. 
  • Made in Israel with Genuine Dead Sea Minerals as the key ingredient. 
  • Uniquely combines the healing power of Minerals from the Dead Sea with natural botanical ingredients from the Earth.
Not a phony "Miracle" Anti Aging Cream - an Ingredient Based Long Term Approach to Younger Looking Skin Seaweed and Premier Aloe Vera feed skin needed nutrients for maintaining naturally youthful skin

Anti Aging Wrinkle Cream Increase the firmness and overall vitality of your skin.

Directions: Apply dime size amount to the face in circles in the morning and at night or when needed. It is highly recommended to use this product in combination with the Mineral Lift Serum. Apply a very small amount of serum first (it's concentrated so only a little is needed), then follow with the Intensive Anti Wrinkle Cream.

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

THE BACHELOR By Stehpanie Reed | Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party!

The Bachelor, Stephanie ReedDon't miss Stephanie Reed's newest book in the Plain City Peace series, The Bachelor. This compelling second book deftly weaves together the strands of a solid, simpler time with the turmoil of an era of change, revealing the strengths of both in its powerful narrative.

Join Stephanie in celebrating the book's release by entering her Kindle giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook launch party on October 28th!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 11/9. RSVP for the Facebook launch party today for a chance to connect with Stephanie and Amish fiction fans and a chance to win some great prizes! Winner will be announced November 10th here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Murphy, Gold Rush Dog (Dog Chronicles #2) by Alison Hart {Review & Giveaway-USA only}

  • ISBN-13: 978-1561457694
  • Hardcover $12.95
About the book: Murphy wants to help Sally and Mama build a new life in Nome, but life in the mining town is not easy. Can the three of them find a home-and maybe a fortune?

My thoughts:  Just the right length for middle readers who want a dog story, a chapter book, a bit of historical fiction, and some simply good fun. Dog lovers will delight in this story of Murphy told from the dog's point of view and "mind-set."

Murphy's owner is viciously cruel to his dogs and Murphy escapes. He begins an adventure with Sally and in the frozen wilds of Alaska and it is quite an adventure. Danger, intrigue, searching for gold, hoping for a good future - all wrapped up in a sweet little girl and a brave dog.

Set in Alaska in 1900 during the Gold Rush, there is plenty of history to educate and entertain young readers. As Sally gets herself into distressful, dangerous situations, Murphy comes to her rescue. 
The black and white illustrations are gently drawn with charcoal or soft lead and smudged for a soft, gray effect. You can see Sally and Murphy in various situations.  This is not a picture book. There are a few pictures scattered throughout the book and this helps young "chapter book" readers and reluctant readers to stay focused on the story.

GIVEAWAY: Peachtree Publishers is going to send one of Chat With Vera's readers their own copy of Murphy, Gold Rush Dog. Just use the Rafflecopter form below. Begins October 22 & ENDS November 12 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA addresses only.

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Author and Illustrators: Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including Emma's River, Anna's Blizzard, and the Racing to Freedom trilogy. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.

Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children's books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. Montgomery lives in Georgia.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Murphy, Gold Rush Dog from Peachtree Publishers in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The First Christmas by Janice D Green (Author), Violet Vandor (Illustrator)

ISBN: 9780983680826
Paperback $8.95
About the book: The First Christmas, by Janice Green and illustrated by Violet Vandor, tells the account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Adults and children alike will enjoy snuggling up to share these thirteen colorful scenes and the engaging discussion questions as this timeless story unfolds. Even older readers may be surprised to learn something new as they read again of the Messiah's birth.

My thoughts:  As parents and grandparents approach the Christmas season and if there are young children in the home, hopefully their thoughts will turn toward finding ways they can instill in these young children in their care the true meaning of Christmas.

A lot has been packed in this little book by Janice D. Green and illustrated by Violet Vandor. From the miracle of Elizabeth bearing John the Baptist and continuing through the gifts of the Wise Men. Each separate part of the whole is told as an individual story with guides for parents to discuss with the children.

I feel that there is a whole lot of information on each page and perhaps in the entire book that would present an overwhelming problem for children to pick up and read on their own and take personal ownership of the little book. It would definitely be a benefit for adult to child discussions or family devotions.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bookcrash in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.

"Their Name Is Today Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World" by Johann Christoph Arnold {Giveaway in US/Canada}

ISBN: 9780874866308
$14.00 Softcover
About the book: “If you want to glean insights into how to raise and influence children to be more compassionate and considerate, more courageous and confident, more independent, secure, and unselfish; if you want your children to be more loving and joy-filled, then get reading!” —excerpt from Mark K. Shriver’s Foreword (President of Save the Children Action Network)

There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide.

Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.

Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

My thoughts: I, personally, have long been an advocate of the adage, " is the work of children." In that you recognize that much is experienced and learned as a child engages in play, whether it is by himself or with others. I have also felt that children who are robbed of that experience of playing in "the backyard" never regain the benefits of that lost playtime. There are health and growth benefits from outdoor play. There are benefits of mind-growth as their imaginations take wing. There are benefits of a social nature as they play with others and engage in the give and take of fair play.

Today's world of large cities, towering apartments, and technology of every ilk and kind are truly robbing the child of much what he or she needs to grow naturally. We can't all live in small town USA -- that is a given. Many of necessity live in those towering high rises. And there is absolutely no escaping technology. However - and this is a biggie, we still must find a way for a child to play and to engage in positive ways to the world around him learning the intricacies of social life and imaginative play.

Arnold's book advises parents to raise healthy, wise, well-rounded children who are loved and who know they are loved. Children who are given responsibilities and tasks in daily life and lovingly held to them. It speaks to the educational system as being somewhat broken in that it truly does not address the needs of the child. 

Everyone won't agree with every line he has written. But he has written much good and what better subject to write about protecting than our children. They are our hope, our future. And Their Name is Today.

GIVEAWAY: One copy of Their Name is Today - Begins October 21 & ENDS November 4 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open in US & CANADA. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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About the author: Johann Christoph Arnold - A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the US in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Body Merry serums: Hyaluronic Dew and Pro-A for morning and evening skin care {Review}

The Body Merry folks have graciously provided two of their products for me to review - Pro-A Serum and Hyaluronic Dew. Both of these products are gel dispensed with a dropper. It is easy to discern the two because the night product is in a dark brown bottle with grey label and the day product is in a blue bottle with blue label (hint: blue skies you see in the morning).

The Pro-A Serum is a 2.5% retinol and hyaluronic acid gel designed to be used on face and neck in the evening before retiring for the night. This way the full benefit of the product is taken advantage of.

This product felt good on my skin and I had no adverse effects from using it.

The Hyaluronic Dew is applied in the morning after cleansing your face. You can apply moisturizer after the product has fully absorbed into your skin. Then you can apply whatever makeup you plan to wear for the day. As with most products, serums and moisturizers should be allowed to dry or absorb into your skin prior to application of makeup.

It has been my experience that hyaluronic acid helps the skin and the Body Merry product did not disappoint.

Product Description - Body Merry’s power packed duo of Hyaluronic Dew Serum and Pro-A Serum is perfect for those looking for an effective natural and organic formula to fight the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic Dew Serum: Morning dew is nature’s reminder that we all need moisture to kick start our day. This premium hydrating serum contains plant derived Hyaluronic Acid that provides the perfect amount of ‘dew’ to last throughout the day. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Green Tea add that extra punch, leaving your skin smooth and nourished.

Pro-A Serum: Much has been said about the power of Retinol in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and its not without reason. This professional grade 2.5% retinol serum lets you truly sink in all the goodness of Vitamin A. Plant derived Hyaluronic Acid adds the much needed hydration and Green Tea works its charm as a powerful antioxidant.
(Product description provided by Body Merry.)

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, October 17, 2014

Noah: A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Lundy

About the book: A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?

This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God – and a formidable engineering challenge.

Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.

Bonus: Find Squeakers the mouse on every page.

My thoughts: There is a tremendous amount of work and artistic skill involved in producing Noah: A Wordless Picture Book. The art is reminiscent of "comic" book style in my opinion. There is a place for a variety of art styles and there is a consumer market for each. My preferred taste does not include this style for the telling of stories from the Bible. However, that does not mean it does not have a place and a purpose in the telling of God's word. If accurate to The Word, it has a place.

I found Noah rather intense, dark, and foreboding (on some pages). Of course, that period in the span of mankind's history was intense and terrible. God judged man. However, the levity of the art in places and the darkness of the art telling the story of Noah and God's judging man are just difficult to reconcile.

Now the question is, for whom is this book appropriate? Typically a picture book is for the very young, the non-reader. Or perhaps for the early reader. However,  Noah: A Wordless Picture Book is simply too intense as presented here for a very young child to grasp. You have to know the story of Noah and of the flood. The story of God "shutting the door." Know that all creatures and people except for those on the ark perished. Now how can a child grasp the magnitude of those facts?

So for whom is the book designed? Older children and adults who know the story. Perhaps a young child (not a very young child) can "read" it prompted by an adult.

While I see value in this book and respect the skill and talent of Mark Lundy, it is not one I would purchase for my grandchildren. Perhaps it would be a good library book for a parent to check out and "read" to their children.

About the Artist: Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed is his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my review from The Plough Publishing House publicist, Handlebar. Opinions are solely my own and I was not compensated for this review.