Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nidra Patented Contoured Sleep Mask - Review


A study from Sleep Medicine showed that one night of interrupted sleep is enough to make you more depressed, confused, and tired. (Nidra Facebook pg.)
If someone needs to sleep during the daytime, a sleep mask could assuredly be beneficial. Closing the blinds or other window treatment does not totally close out the light.

The Nidra sleep mask is very lightweight, thin, foldable, and the domed area for one’s eyes is wonderful in that it doesn't rest on the eyelids and push against the eyelashes (which would be a terrible annoyance). The nose area is cut out so that the nose is not covered. This is a plus because it could prove claustrophobic if it interfered with one’s breathing.


I can see advantages to having this lightweight mask along on long trips simply tucked away for a quick retrieval for a nap.

It is soft, lightweight, has a strap to go around the head that adjusts and fastens with Velcro. Hand washable is a real plus, too.

If you're a side-sleeper or a tummy-sleeper, you won't have a problem using this mask as it is comfortable in any position.

Very inexpensively priced so that you can travel with one and keep one in the bedside nightstand at home.
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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.

Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition A Guide to Life's Little Challenges Jane Seabrook

ISBN: 978-1-60774-716-1
About the book: The adorable and high-profile Furry Logic series celebrates its 10th anniversary with a menagerie of illustrated animals and hilarious sayings about life, love, and everything in between.
     No one understands the ups and downs of life's little challenges better than the frisky critters of Furry Logic. The inspirational and tongue-in-cheek advice from series creator Jane Seabrook and her plucky animal characters will tickle the fancy and the funnybone of readers everywhere. Each intricately illustrated spread features a member of the animal kingdom with a unique take on life, from the adorably grumpy owl who advises "Smile first thing in the morning. Get it over with" to the fluffy hawk who admonishes, "If at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished." So join the original flock of penguins, bears, frogs, and more in celebrating a decade of wit and wisdom with ten new illustrated spreads for fans looking for fresh inspiration.

My thoughts: This book is FUN! The innuendos and sly humour are absolutely terrific. Droll expressions on the critters drawn by the artist are so apt to the "logic" of the expression. 

I really can't wait to share this book. I'm thinking it will make someone on my list a super gift. What better gift than logic, especially subtle and apt. 

The watercolors and detailed line drawings are beautifully done. Some pages leap at you with brilliant color. Others are done in the subtle shades of nature.

Each page is infused with wise yet funny logic, beauty, joy, and "tickle your fancy" fun.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Blogging for Books on behalf of the publisher and author in exchange for my review. I received no compensation for this review.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion [Natural & Organic] Review


I've used several products by Foxbrim and they have all been nice. The Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion is a true winner, though, bringing a feeling of luxury and richness to skin with the use of this mild, silky lotion.

Dispensed via a nice pump bottle, a generous and adequate portion is provided for application to one's face, neck, and chest. It glides on and is absorbed quickly. I really like the feel of this lotion either without makeup or with makeup applied after.

It is encouraging to see that Foxbrim is using natural and organic ingredients to create this lovely lotion. It is my understanding that much of what is applied to our skin is absorbed into our body's system. We certainly don't want anything but good ingredients to be rubbed on our skin - our body's largest organ. (check out the list of ingredients below)

Foxbrim has indicated that this product is good not just for our face but all over or body. While certainly affordable for a face, neck, and chest, it would, however, be rather pricey to use full body. But I have applied it to my hands and arms and it feels absolutely lovely.

Product Description - It Starts With Quality Skin Protection With Proven Vitamin C. Moisture and More. All The Benefits In A Single Bottle. (product description provided by Foxbrim)

  • Effectively lighten spots and discoloration
  • Reduce wrinkle formation and existing wrinkles
  • Refine and even skin texture 
  • Promote skin cell turnover

Key Ingredients include:

  • Vitamin C (15%)
  • Aloe Vera
  • MSM
  • Shea Butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Green Tea
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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton

About the book: A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

My thoughts: This was a different style read and required effort on my part to get through 200 pages. The book tops out at nearly 400 pages.  First of all, it was somewhere around 150 pages before the gist of the title stuck me. Ahh. It was beginning to come together for me. But I digress...

NBL Horton, author, has a way with words and phrases that makes a read enjoyable, that is, up to a point. But when words and phrases and oblique meanings cloud the plot, then it becomes tedious. And I really hate that because I do love when an author has the skill and wit to weave beautifully the tapestry of words.

Grace, Mark (her husband), their son and daughter with spouse or intended, plus an entourage of CIA, M16, Mossad and other types cavort all over Europe ending back in Israel tracing the meaning of a carved rock dating back thousands of years. These multiple locations, descriptions of scenes, beautiful phraseology, and two old geezers in their 80s are the genesis for a meandering tale.

It would have helped tremendously to have read the first book in the series. I had not done so.

Frankly, I've had to put the book down. I may come back and finish it one of these days because as I said, I do enjoy beautiful use of words. But for now, it is being laid to rest.

Read other reviews here: http://litfusegroup.com/author/nhorton

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review.

End Human Trafficking - The Challenge (#FCchallenge)

I was given the opportunity to share in "The Challenge" at Family Christian directed to help promote our challenge to help rescue victims of human trafficking out of the Dominican Republic. This is a major world-wide problem and has existed for centuries and grows more horrific as the years pass.

My heart grieves when I think of the horror these face on a daily (or nightly) basis. The snatching of children (boys or girls) and women and then selling them into slavery is an abomination! It must be ended and the old saying is so true,
 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Family Chistian is promoting a challenge to generate funds to fight human trafficking. Watch this video:


No boy or girl or woman should be subjected to a life like this and you can help.

Please visit the following website and learn more about this challenge: http://familychristian.com/challenge

How can you help? Please shop with us Nov. 22-30 at Family Christian and a portion of your purchase will be donated toward this purpose!

Shop On November 22-30, shop in-store or online. The earnings from your purchases will go toward the Challenge.

Donate Please consider donating to the Challenge!

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided the information, links, and images to use for this post by Family Christian. I consider it a privilege to share this information with my readers and encourage you to visit the website and purchase items during the Nov. 22-30 promotion or make a direct donation via the weblink.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Morning, God! by Kathleen Long Bostrom & illustrated by Tammie Lyon {Review & Giveaway}

ISBN: 9780824919399
Boardbook $6.99

About the book: A delightful look at a child's morning activities.
This sweet little board book follows a child through her morning routine from the time she jumps out of bed to when she goes outdoors to play. In simple rhyming text, the author gives relatable examples of a child greeting God as she greets the day.

Little ones will enjoy the engaging verse and bright illustrations as they learn that God is with us throughout the day. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts: Sweet, sweet little
 book. What an adorable way to teach little ones to look to God first thing in the morning and on through the day. Oh, that we adults would be diligent in speaking first to God when we awaken and begin our day. 
I kick the covers off  the bed.
I STRETCH my arms above my head,
put on a shirt that's WHITE and RED.
GOOD MORNING GOD!

And on throughout the day, the rhyme goes with greetings to God. Charming. Sweet. Tender. And delightful, playful illustrations will charm child and adult throughout the book.

GIVEAWAY: Good Morning God! along with a copy of Good Night God! are being reserved by Ideals Publications for one of Chat With Vera's readers. Who will win this to delight a child? Giveaway begins November 20 & ENDS December 10 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy of Good Morning, God! by Ideals Publications in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Good Night, God! by Kathleen Long Bostrom {Review & Giveaway}

ISBN: 9780824919405
Boardbook $6.99
About the book: A delightful look at a child's bedtime rituals.
This sweet little board book follows a child throughout his evening from the first hint of bedtime to those sleepy moments as his head hits the pillow. The author provides relatable examples of a child saying good night to God during his evening routine.

Little ones will enjoy the engaging verse and bright illustrations as they learn that God is with us throughout the night. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts: Delightful! As the day winds down this little boy prepares for bed and, like many children, wants various things - a treat, a story, a drink. How many parents have gone through the same bedtime ritual? And then, the very final is a Good Night, God! before the child closes his eyes in comforting, secure sleep.

"I've brushed my teeth
and washed my face and put my toys all back in place.
Do we have time for one more race?
Good night, God!"
GIVEAWAY: Good Night God! along with a copy of Good Morning God! are being reserved for one of Chat With Vera's readers. Who will win this to delight a child? Giveaway begins November 20 & ENDS December 10 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy of Good Night, God! by Ideals Publications in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.