Thursday, August 25, 2016

Neocell Joint Bursts and Move Matrix Supplements to keep you moving! [Review & Giveaway]

Getting older is not or sissies! Frankly, it hurts. Some hurt more than others. Some hurt sooner than others. But rarely does one not hurt in the joints as one grows older. "Old joints" can hit anytime. That means something makes the joints behave and feel aged - aching, hurting, un-movable.

Neocell has developed a complete line of Collagen products designed to provide supplements that support joint health and help you keep moving. Moving is a key factor to staying strong as one ages. As a member of a local work-out gym, I try to exercise three times a week. Some days it is simply too much to get a move on to actually go exercise. So I am looking for ways to help me keep moving so I can continue to exercise.

Neocell Joint Bursts

Cutting edge modern joint health supplement pictured on
family heirloom dish. Contrast in ages.
My thoughts: This product contains collagen and also tumeric. I had heard that turmeric was being touted as a seasoning that had health benefits - primarily joint health. And had wondered about trying to figure out a way to consume some to see if it would help me. Then along came Neocell with their newest product - Joint Bursts. These are little "chews" that are nicely flavored and a pleasure to take. I am currently using one per day. I find them easy to take and I am hoping to benefit from this soon.

The flavor of the Joint Burst chews is Tropical Tang and is very pleasant - not a chore at all to use. That's a plus.

Product information: NeoCell Join Bursts combine Collagen Type 2, Turmeric, and Hyaluronic Acid in a soft chew that is bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavor for targeted joint support. *
  • Collagen Type 2 is the main structural protein of joint cartilage and is what provides strength and cushioning in joints. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid is the primary component of synovial fluid which lubricates the joints. 
  • Turmeric is shown to promote healthy inflammatory response. * 
These three powerhouse ingredients work synergistically to support flexibility, mobility and comfort. Chew on this and take a comfortable step in the right direction. *

Neocell Move Matrix

Golden capsules give evidence of the tumeric.
My thoughts: This product contains collagen and also tumeric. As in the Joint Bursts, the turmeric holds the promise of health benefits for joint health. Combined with the top grade Collagen, the turmeric is compressed into capsules. These are large capsules and the directions say to take 5 a day. I have some difficulty with large capsules, so I am only using one per day. Combined with the Joint Bursts, perhaps this one capsule will provide some benefit from joint discomfort and help me to keep moving.

Another problem I have with some supplements is an after-taste or stomach problem. Whilst I can "taste" these as I take them, that is only momentary and there is absolutely no after-taste. A big plus.

Product information: Move Matrix provides scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically in the body to promote healthy joints. This premium formula supports joint flexibility and range of motion. Collagen Type 2 is the key structural protein of joint cartilage. This premium formula combines BioActive NeoCell Collagen™  Type 2, Turmeric, Hyaluronic Acid, and a sophisticated blend of joint targeted ingredients to support flexibility, lubrication, and healthy inflammatory response.*


Prize: 1 package each--Joint Burst & Move Matrix
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ENDS September 16 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
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DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary products from Neocell to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review. Prize is provided by Neocell and shipped directly to the winner.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spread Some Joy! - Spreading Joy to the Joyless....

The Social Insiders have been challenged this summer to post weekly about a specific topic. This is week #6 and the Challenge is to "Spread Some Joy!" 

I got to thinking about ways to spread joy around and thought, "Well, that is easily done." And then I began thinking that spreading joy that is easy is probably spreading joy to those whose lives are already pretty much joy-filled. But spreading joy to the un-joyful might pose more of a challenge and be a bit harder to do. It might take folks out of their comfort zone or create a feeling of un-joyfulness in them as they approach the un-joyful, joyless individual.

The elderly in care facilities who have no family to care about them..... Even though some of these facilities may look nice, they can and often are home for elderly who have no funds to purchase even soap or lotions. They need a visit, a smile, a gentle caring touch. They need someone to bring some little hygienic items and perhaps a little treat or so. Try - if your pocket book will allow - to buy nice items. Good quality lotions, bar soaps, hand soaps. A fresh washcloth and towel.

The homeless..... This is an area that you'll have to exercise care about safety issues. But these souls need joy in their lives. Gather someone with you to reach out and touch their lives with joy. As summer winds down they still need bottles of water to stay hydrated. They still need a piece of fruit. They need a bite to eat. And as the colder months approach and their biggest challenge comes with the cold, reach out to homeless shelters with support - work a soup kitchen, donate food or funds to provide food for these folks. If you have medical skills, serve. Again, hygienic items are needed. Check the shelters for what you can provide. Organize your church groups or other service organizations to help.

And the abused women and children...... Sometimes this is a real challenge as knowing how, where, and when to help is real tricky. I discovered last winter that in our small town, the Social Services Department collects Teddy Bears year round to be able to give a loving bear to a child when his or her life is torn apart. Perhaps Social Services can point you to a group with which you can work.

Spread Some Joy! And don't forget to spread some Joy to the Joyless!

And remember, they need some joy year 'round - not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Janine Mendenhall’s ‘Starving Hearts’ Prize Pack - Lots of stuff + a copy of "Starving Hearts"

Will Annette's search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall's book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12. The winner will be announced September 13 on Janine's blog.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday to You! (music button board book) by Michelle Medlock Adams & illustrated by Sandra Rodriguez [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780824919825
Board book $12.99

My thoughts: This little book is sized just right for little hands and it is one of those treasured "Press the button and sing along" books that the kiddies love. Worthy Kids/Ideals has several of these and they are always a hit with the kiddies. Played repeatedly and carried about through the day they won't be a big irritant because the music is soft but loud enough for most little ears.

As the child has a celebration whether large or small on his or her birthday, this book will bring added joy with it's musical component and also because it can be personalized. It can be used in a family of several small children by bringing it out for the celebration day and using the "birthday child's" picture. Fun! And doing this will teach sharing.

Auntie or Grandmommie will love to get this as a little birthday treasure. This book is about a child's birthday and there is a party with friends over, games, presents, and cake. If a child is only having a quiet birthday at home with family, this book might not be appropriate. It is charming and fun and ends with "And when your birthday's almost through, I'll say a prayer of thanks for you. You are a special birthday star, and I'm so proud of who you are!' This is a small token to Christianlity with it's being published by a Christian publishing house.

Cute illustrations with bright colors enhance and help to engage the child. A fun book that I can recommend.

About the book: Though all children may not struggle with who they are, every child has a birthday. Happy Birthday to You! celebrates the excitement children feel on their special day. The book has a sound button that plays the birthday song, and a photo pocket so it can be personalized for a birthday boy or girl.
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1 copy of God Made You Just Right & 
1 copy of Happy Birthday To You
Begins August 9
Ends August 29 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Worth Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

No Way Up (The Cimarron Legacy Book One) by Mary Connealy

My thoughts: I always look forward to reading one of Mary Connealy's books. She brings a relaxing, pleasurable read to the table filled with signature Connealy humor, comedy, and sassiness.

Wrapped in a family saga situated in the New Mexico area when it was newly settled and sprinkled with a sweet blossoming romance between ranch owner's daughter and cowpoke the story entertains and keeps the reader engaged. Embellished with some history of the area following the Spanish American war, the story gave insight into the emotional and political as well as familial history of the area.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ramped up verbal clashes between the two brothers as well as between them and their cowhand, Heath. Obviously Heath is a man of honor and savvy regarding ranching and hard work. He is also a life saver for the family on several occasions.

The side story of the orphanage in town and the new worker for it, Angie, is nice and promises more to come (in my hopeful opinion) in follow up stories by Connealy in this Cimarron Legacy series. I look forward to seeing what becomes of highly educated and intelligent Cole and rough and ready ranch owner Justin.

About the book: When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.

Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.

Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Food Tips - Just keep it cool!

It's hot..... an understatement? Hardly! They are saying (you can Google it online) that July 2016 was the World's hottest July on record.

But what are you gonna do? You have to eat. Eating usually requires meat, veggies, fruits, grains and many of these require cooking. Cooking gets hot.

So again, what are you gonna do????

We lived many years without air conditioning in the South - in North Carolina. And in North Carolina the summers get pretty hot and that heat takes the form of high temperatures and high humidity levels. If you've never lived where the humidity is high, you don't have a clue what I'm speaking about. But if you have! Well. 'nough said! It literally drains the life out of you. No you don't get used to it, either. But you do find ways to endure or cope.

The clue is produce as much food using as little heat inside the house as possible.

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So long cooking soups are usually a no-no. I do like to make chicken salad because you can boil a chicken for awhile, cool it, debone and use. Out of one chicken you get lots of chicken salad that goes a long way. Serve this up with vegetable salads (cold, of course). Or you can purchase one of those lovely rotisserie chickens from the grocery store, slice it for dinner, then pick the bones and make a chicken salad for the next meal - cold.

But think ahead when you do actually cook up something in the kitchen. During the summer, cook large batches that need long cooking.This way you are cooking ahead. Rewarm quickly in microwave. The pre-cooked meals are convenient and one-cooking time uses the heat for several meals. During hot weather, the one-cooking time method heats up your kitchen only once saving on your AC and also saving on the fuel to cook. Microwaves are great for no-heat cooking.

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Got lots of summer tomatoes, make a cold tomato salad. Finely chop (not mince) tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion. You can add corn, or perhaps your favorite canned (rinsed & drained) beans. Mix. You can make your own dressing or marinade according to your own preference. You can add herbs according to your likes. Make a fairly good size dish because this keeps several days in the 'fridge. It is great cold.

Of course, grilling out-of-doors is always a great way to get those meats cooked. While you're at it, cook extra that you can serve another day as a cold-cut. Or you can slice the chilled meat into a tossed salad. Another winner!

Sandwiches are super good in hot weather. Be inspired. Don't just serve ham and cheese. Try to be innovative. And make the sandwiches ahead and wrap them in plastic wrap or waxed paper and refrigerate. Eating a thoroughly chilled sandwich with a vegetable salad is good at lunch or dinner.

Save the hot roast beef and heavy veggies for winter. You'll need the extra heat, fat, and carbs to maintain body heat during the cold months. But during the summer? Well, keep it cool!

It's Just So by Brenda Faatz, Peter Trimarco [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780997085105)
My thoughts: It's Just So is a delightfully cute and entertaining book that takes Lizzy from waking up on the morning of her first day at school through the day until bedtime that evening. She has a full day and experiences many emotions.

I love the way she begins by choosing her own clothes. The illustrations show her joy filled and spontaneous. Then at school she begins to go through the day in different classes until lunch time when she finds herself all alone! But not for long.....

The book is filled with excitement, joy, exuberance. Spontaneity, imaginative words, and futuristic imagery into what Lizzy's future in school might hold (because we all know she can't experience all this on a first day or in a first year).

It is fun!

While a first-day-of-school student in the age bracket of 4 to 8 won't study science or the atoms or be able to pronounce (or even read) the big words, the imaginary words, in It's Just So, their minds will soar as Mom or Dad, teacher or librarian reads this delight aloud to them.

I think this is a fun book and can easily recommend it for home, schools, and libraries.

About the book: It is Lizzy's first day in a brand new school! At first things feel just so scary and just so hard, but in the end, they're just so .... not what she thought they would be! From waking up early and boarding the bus for the very first time to meeting new friends and painting outside the lines, it's a day of discovery and perspective for a little girl named Lizzy."
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated. Winner's copy will be sent directly to them by authors.