Sunday, January 20, 2019

Enjoying Tea Company has many beautiful tea sets. The Japanese Geisha Tea Set is lovely, authentic, and servicable [Review & Giveaway]

Serving tea is culturally important in many countries. Each has its own unique traditions and many have their own unique style of teapots and teacups. The Japanese probably have a host of teapot styles from which they pour their lovely teas.

Today we're looking at a lovely Japanese Geisha Tea Set. Is it a style used by Geisha ladies past and present? I don't know. The set has a picture of a beautiful Geisha lady gracing each cup and the teapot as well.

Product information: Find it - click here - This ceramic tea set is the perfect companion for enjoying tea. On the body of the tea set is picture of Japanese Geisha. In Japan Geisha are traditional female entertainers who perform various classical music and dance. The tea set includes the following:

  • 1 teapot (approximate capacity: 500ml or 17 fl oz; 4 1/4" h x 4" w x 6" l)
  • 4 teacups (approximate dimension: 2 3/4" ht, 2 1/4" dia)
  • Internal filter at the base of the spout
  • Free Tea With Purchase of Any Tea Set.

And the Enjoying Tea Company has a fabulous assortment of high quality, delectable teas. I have tried many of their teas and always found them to be a totally enjoyable tea drinking experience. I highly recommend their teas.

One Japanese Geisha Tea Set
Begins January 21
Ends February 19 at 12:01 EST
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Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso & Illustrated by Denise Turu

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My thoughts: This is a colorful and quite cheery modern take on the Biblical story of The Good Samaratin. It isn't just about diversity though it can easily be used to teach it. Primarily, it is about compassion, social interaction, and just plain being nice to one another.

A cute story of the yellows and blues and how the two don't mix... until one day a need of compassion comes into the mix and then you get a bit of mixing. The illustrations are cute and I think kids will thoroughly enjoy them.

A good book for church and libraries as well as the Christian home.

About the book: Blues and Yellows just don't mix, and that's how it's always been. No one remembers why. But then comes the day Midnight Blue takes a tumble along the road. His friends Navy and Powder Blue don't even stop to help! It's only when a Yellow comes along that everything changes—forever.

This creative story is sure to prompt rich conversations, encouraging new ways of seeing our neighbors and ourselves. A note for parents and educators is included.

Disclosure: I won an uncorrected, advance reader copy in a draw on contest. Review is complimentary and my own opinions freely given.

With This Pledge (Carnton #1) by Tamera Alexander

ISBN: 97807180801836
Softcover $16.99
Thomas Nelson Publishing

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My thoughts:  War! Terrible! Gut wrenching horrible! Emotionally exhausting to experience and to read about 150 years after it torn through the land, the armies, the people. That is what author Tamera Alexander has so beautifully written into the early part of With This Pledge. And while the immediate horror of the battle of Franklin or Spring Hill was quieted, the torn and broken bodies, spirits, and hearts of the men who fought and the local residents continued to wage a war of healing. Healing of body. Healing of spirit. Healing of the  mind. And a healing of the social ills.

I read this book slowly so as to absorb the beauty of the writing of Ms. Alexander. She quite gracefully took the reader through the Civil War surgeries performed on surgical tables made from hastily removed doors and through the rooms of Carnton Place to see the blood ruined walls and floors of the mansion.

Characters are beautifully fleshed out and move through scene after scene of physical and emotional turmoil gracing the pages with words and actions that endear them to your heart. You can readily see why the two main characters ultimately have a blossoming romance that is portrayed gently and beautifully.

You'll love the children of Carnton Place. You'll love the nanny/governess just as the children and wounded soldiers do.You'll love Tempy and George, the "slaves" who are part of the story.

This is a must read book if you care about historical fiction that is painstakingly researched and artfully woven into a beautiful story. I previously read the novella Christmas at Carnton that took place about the same time as With This Pledge. You don't want to miss these stories.

Published by Thomas Nelson Publishing as Christian historical fiction, it deals defly with spiritual issues faced by the characters.

About the book:  History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander's new series, The Carnton Novels.

On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can't abide. He compels Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain's leg but also his life.

When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie's arms that night, the boy's final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy's first name. And, as she soon discovers, there's no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones's offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy Advanced Reader's Copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone, and are freely given.

The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story by Rory Feek & illustrated by Bruno Robert

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My thoughts:  From the treasure trove that is "Tommy Nelson" an imprint of Thomas Nelson Publishing another delightful children's picture book is available. This treasure takes the little ones down on the farm and meets with animals of all sorts. But the farmer has to deal with such confusion amongst his farm critters.

It is a funny story. The rhymes rollick along teasing joy out of each scene and animal miss-sound. Of course, this is a take on the "grass is greener on the other side" or "I could be better if I were like them." So the story provides fun opportunity to create a teachable moment with the child or children to whom the story is being read.

This will undoubtedly be a lot of fun to read aloud with the kiddies. A nice book. Real cute illustrations.

About the book:  From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.

The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!

With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine and are freely given.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Great group of fun books for kids from Walker Publishing & A Giveaway Celebration! 2 Winners Each a 4-Book Prize [USA/CANADA]

Book companies have branches in various countries tapping into an innovative and varied plethora of authors and illustrators. This provides the reader a grand assortment of reading materials from which to choose.

Today we celebrate Walker Publishing UK's new beginnings - or expansion - to the US by offering four Walker Publishing children's books to you......

Exciting new offerings from the Bear. 
Vivid storytelling and instant reader appeal in fiction, graphic novels, and illustrated books. A bold new direction for the bear! Walker Books U.S. is a division of Candlewick Press.

If you thought the walking bear with a candlestick looked familiar, you're right! Walker Books and Candlewick Press are now "joined-at-the-hip," friends, co-companies. Whatever their joint venture is called - it is a grand, workable set up. And the result is more, more, more books for your kiddies.

Angry Cookie by author: Laura Dockrill, illustrator: Maria Karipidou

Oooohhh . . . not you again!

AGGGHH It’s so bright! . . . Close this book this very second, you nosy noodle!

Cookie has woken up on the wrong side of the bed and is very angry. You want to know why? Well, you’d have to keep reading to find out, but now Cookie’s calling you annoying and telling you to mind your own business. If by chance you do stick around, you might hear about a certain roommate’s terrible musical skills, why you should never let your barber try out a “new look,” how it’s impossible to find a hat that fits a cookie, and why an ice-cream parlor that’s out of your favorite treat can be a source of desolation. Then there’s the matter of a hungry bird who tries to snack on you. . . . Propelled by quirky humor and woes that every young child can relate to, Angry Cookie suggests that sometimes the best way to cheer up a grumpy lump is simply by being there — and lending your ears.

Famed spoken-word poet Laura Dockrill's hilarious read-aloud about an outraged baked good!

Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli author: Katherine Rundell illustrator: Kristjana S. Williams

This wise and witty companion to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic is likewise a series of connected stories about the man-cub Mowgli and his adventures among the animals in the Indian jungle. It includes all the original favorites like Baloo and Bagheera and gives female characters, like Mother Wolf, a more prominent role in Mowgli’s upbringing. The timely theme of the possibility of understanding and empathy across species, cultures, and genders will resonate with contemporary readers.

Costa Children’s Book Award–winning author Katherine Rundell pens Kipling estate–approved Jungle Book origin stories.

Soccer School Season 1: Where Soccer Explains (Rules) the World authors: Alex Bellos; Ben Lyttleton illustrator: Spike Gerrell

At Soccer School, every lesson revolves around one thing: soccer!

Coaches (and authors) Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton cleverly use the lens of soccer to immerse kids in math, geography, biology, and more. Loaded with awesome true stories and science, the first book in the Soccer School series is illustrated throughout with cartoons that will have young soccer fans laughing out loud. Quizzes at the end of each chapter keep readers on their toes as they learn some truly weird trivia, like the hidden meaning behind a team’s uniform colors, how you might play soccer on Mars, or even the most opportune time for players to go to the bathroom. Entertaining and informative, this book is sure to score a goal with soccer fanatics everywhere (when they’re not on the field, of course).

Soccer School Season 2: Where Soccer Explains (Saves) the World authors: Alex Bellos; Ben Lyttleton illustrator: Spike Gerrell

Coaches Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton return with even more proof that soccer can be used to teach kids about pretty much anything. The second book in their funny, fascinating series is full of facts about the most popular sport in the world, from history to language, design to psychology. When did women begin playing soccer? Why do lefties have an advantage on the field? Which soccer stadium was built in the shape of a crocodile? Perfect for soccer players, fans, or just plain curious kids, this series is packed with information and amusement in equal measure. Goal!

Welcome Walker Books US Giveaway
Set of 4  Books Prize Pack
2 Winners Each Get A Prize Pack
Begins January 19
Ends February 18 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA/CANADA addresses
NO P.O. Boxes!
DISCLOSURE: I received a set of 4 Walker Books to facilitate this post. Any opinions expressed herein are mine, alone and are freely given without compensation. Prize Packs of books are provided and sent directly to the winner by the publisher or publicist.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Miss Pinkeltink's Purse by Patty Brozo & illustrated by Ana Ochoa [Review Giveaway - US.CANADA]

ISBN: 9780884486268
Hardcover $17.95 US
Tilbury House Publishers
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My thoughts:  Isn't Miss Pinkeltink the cutest rotund little old lady (homeless old lady) you have ever seen? As she wanders around carrying her purse she gathers all kinds of stuff. Stuff she shares or tries to use to help others. She was a bumbling mess with her oversized bag of stuff; but she was a caring, giving person, too.

As a young children's story book the pictures and rhyming story or text are really great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the rhyming story about Miss Pinkeltink. The opportunity to share with children the fact of homelessness and how they have no place to escape the cold and rain or to put their stuff is superbly presented. There is even some information about homelessness and action groups in the back pages materials.

I do, however, believe that while young children should be educated to the plight of homelessness of all types and ages of individuals, they also need to be made aware that all are not sweet little old ladies like Miss Pinkeltink. So the child should be made to understand that he or she should love and care for the homeless. They should provide what they are able to provide for the care and help of homeless individuals. But that they should also exercise care, be cautious, and go through the directions and support of a trusted adult.

I recommend this book but, as pointed out, stress that care of interpretation should be exercised.

About the book:  "Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door."

Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart. And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done.
Begins January 18
''Ends February 15 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA & CANADA addresses.
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of Tilbury House Publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publicist or publisher.

New Mother shares opinion of Baby Organic Nature's Paradise bath products

Guest blogger - Rebecca Roddenberry Smith shares her opinion of  Nature's Paradise Baby Organic after a happy bathtime with Baby Caleb......

Our little one always enjoys bath time, but this product added a new element of foamy fun! Not only does it smell like a hint of fresh coconut, it left his skin soft and clean. The paired oil will be nourishing year-round, but it was especially soothing during the dry winter weather we’re experiencing now. Above all, knowing these products are made from organic ingredients gave me peace of mind as a new mom.
--Rebecca Roddenberry Smith
New Mother & Professional Photographer

Read Chat With Vera's recent spotlight review of Nature's Paradise Baby products. CLICK HERE

Disclosure: I received the products from and previously posted comments. I then gifted the products to Rebecca who is giving her unbiased comment on the products. No compensation received.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Valentine's Day goodies - Lip Balm and Candy Hearts perfume [Lip Balm Giveaway & discount code]

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you don't want to be "caught short" and not have something for those special ladies in your life. Be it a mom, a wife, a sweetheart, a teen daughter or a younger daughter to whom you want to show your love. Good Earth Beauty has a plethora of sweet items that won't add pounds to the waist and will show your love.

Having a Valentine's Party and want some goodies to hand out (that are NOT CANDY)? How about ordering individual Lip Balms for your guests? Priced at $6.25 each. 

For those youngsters or young at heart, there are two delightful new Lib Balms - Bubble Gum and Candy Hearts. The Lip Balm is soothing and protective and especially tasty. I highly recommend these lip balms (and the other "flavors" as well).
Candy Cane Perfume &
Candy Cane Mint
Lip Balm gift set

And for a dab of sweetness to provide that sweet aroma around your sweetie, there is the new Candy Hearts Perfume. All natural and never heavy. This is nice for those youngsters that want to wear perfume and for the young at heart that wish to exhude an aroma of sweetness without overpowering.

Go ahead and enter the #giveaway and try to win the lip balms. But they might not reach you by Valentine's. So why not go to the website and find some you want - these or others from their assortment - and order.

As always SHIPPING IS FREE IN USA and you can use the DISCOUNT CODE of LOVE10 to take 10% off your entire purchase.

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2 New Lip Balms: Bubble Gum and Candy Hearts
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DISCLOSURE:  I was provided sample products to facilitate a review. Opinions and ideas expressed are mine alone and freely given. Prize is provided by and shipped directly to the winner by Good Earth Beauty webstore.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects and Fish by Florence Guiraud from Prestel Publishing [Review & Giveaway-US/CANADA]

ISBN: 9783791373541
Hardcover - Ages 5-9 Years

Prestel Junior Publications
US $25.00  | CA $34.00

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My thoughts:  This is an oversized picture book that is stunning. What an opportunity for children to see these beautifully drawn creatures that abound in nature. This is an opportunity for them to see the creatures themselves and to see how an artist has creatively and painstakingly drawn their images.

See close up their antenna, their wings, their tentacles. See their diversity and their colors.

Art departments in schools need this book. School and public libraries need this book. Homes that have children who want to explore the intricacies of this World's creatures will want this book to look through and then to take out their own art supplies and replicate the images.

Is this a "drawing" book? No. It is an informational treatise with lots of fantastic information and grouping by the author that teaches and fascinates. Yet, it is an "art" or "drawing" book in that the detail is so grand that budding artists will want to try their own hand at creating the same or similar pictures of the creatures a nd wonders they find in nature.

And it is refreshing to see the fun side of the author/artist in that the animals have deliciously delightful and fun expressions. Look for it! It makes the book even more fun.

I highly recommend.

About the book:  A stunningly illustrated treasury of animals, this book will entrance and delight young children interested in the world of nature.

Bright-eyed birds, evanescent butterflies, tropical fish and other pleasures await the readers of this large format book that will appeal to young children's curiosity about the natural world. Reminiscent of the watercolors of Ernst Haeckel, John James Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian, these charming and expertly rendered pictures of birds, insects, and fish will provide hours of exploration. Presented in double-page spreads, interspersed with informative texts, Guiraud's illustrations capture the wondrous beauty that populates our oceans, forests, and fields. Her expressive illustrations create a sense of intimacy and empathy with the natural world and their exquisite detail rewards close investigation. Certain to captivate both children and adults, this magnificent book will instill in its readers a connection to the world around them and ignite a sense of wonder about all living things.

Begins January 13
Ends February 7 at 12:01 a.m. EST
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Where’s the Architect? From Pyramids to Skyscrapers: An Architecture Look and Find Book by Susanne Rebscher and illustrated by Annabelle Von Sperber [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  If you or your child are fans of the search and find books where the illustrations offer opportunities to find objects or people hidden in a mass of images, and you are at all interested in the famous architectural buildings of historical importance, then this oversize book is something you should investigate. It will afford you and the child the beginnings of understanding the who, what, and where of structures such as the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, and the Tower of London.

This is not an extensive study on architecture. It is a children's book intended for ages 4 to 8 and introduces, in a fun and enjoyable methodology the famous structures. A few look and find or search and find objects throughout the intricately illustrated book and the glossary and information treasure trove at the back of the book lend themselves to great teaching moments.

This introduction of structures from ancient times to today's world is pictured in minute, very detailed illustrations. There is a wealth of information from the art work, to the factors on each two-page spread and to the more expansive information at the back of the book.

Libraries should add this to their collections and it would make a nice gift.

About the book: Where’s the Architect?: From the top of China’s Great Wall to the base of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, this journey through the world of architecture stops in nearly every continent and travels through centuries. Annabelle von Sperber populates her dynamic and intricate double-page spreads with many details and a hidden architect or important figure on every page that kids will have fun trying to locate. Along the way they’ll learn about the iron workers who built the Empire State building, how many bulbs it takes to light the Eiffel Tower, where the royal jewels are kept at the Tower of London, and why there is so much red and yellow in Beijing’s Forbidden City. Young readers will find themselves fully immersed in this large format book while learning about the incredible architectural wonders that continue to amaze us today.
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Begins January 11
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review of my personal opinion which is freely given. Published by Prestel. The winner's copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by the publisher.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells [Review & Giveaway - book & limited edition signed print]

Candlewick Press
Ages 2-5; 24 pages; $14.99
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My thoughts:  Lovely! A gentle, sweetly flowing text that while not directly connected to the pictured story of ending the day and settling into bed it does set the stage with calm thoughts and tender words.

The illustrations are bold and yet simple and are colorful and yet muted with the setting of the sun and approaching darkness. Some might see impressionist art in the style. Me, I see lovely children's illustrations.

And who doesn't love the bunnies that always populate a story book by Rosemary Wells? This particular little book takes me reminiscing back to when my youngest child was a little one. We happened upon a "bin" of highly discounted (and somewhat marred) bunnies, and she selected a little blue bunny. That little blue bunny saw her through many "scary" nights, sicknesses, heartaches, and even later it had a place in her grown up life. So..... little bunnies matter and this lovely bedtime bunny book is a joy.

The tiny sketches under the text can be found in the full illustrations on the adjacent pages providing opportunity for search-for-the-object and seek 'n find activities. There is a lot of detail in Ms. Wells illustrations capturing the essence of home life and preparations to end the day and get ready for quietly settling into bed.

A good choice for homes with young children and a must have for all libraries.
May the noises of evening be gentle and airy. 
About the book: Sleep, My Bunny (pub date 11/13/18; Ages 2-5; 24 pages; $14.99) is a soothing lullaby of a story, meant for the very young and their caregivers. With an expressionistic style reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh, the small book shows parents guiding their little bunny through the universal steps of bedtime: supper, clean up, bath time, and reading. Wells’ simple, poetic narrative pairs with her gorgeous artwork to create a bedtime read aloud – a perfect script for a reassuring voice – sure to lull a small child to slumber.

~❣~ GIVEAWAY ~❣~
Book and limited edition print,
 signed by Rosemary Wells
Begins January 9
Ends February 2 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses
NO P.O. Boxes, please.

About the author: Rosemary Wells has written over 120 books for children, including the beloved Max & Ruby series and she illustrated the bestselling My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, both edited by Iona Opie.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book and a signed print to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own alone and are freely given. Prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Candlewick Press.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Your lips really take a "licking" during those cold, blustery Winter Days. Here's a remedy! [Review & Giveaway]

Cold, wintry weather equals dry cracked lips. Blustery weather equals peeling lips. Ski trips. Building snowmen. Walks or working out-of-doors. All are sure-fire formulas requiring a good lip care product.

Enter the scene....... Lip Scrubs

I love the lip balms from Good Earth Beauty and these Good Earth Beauty Exclusives Lip Scrubs are a totally new experience for me. Treating my peeling, cracking lips has become a "dessert experience" for me.

These little jars of delight are actually delightful treatments for the skin of your lips.

Click here to find the "flavor" you like most

You take a smidgen on your fingertip and gently massage it all over the lip surface. The essential oils do a fabulous job of lubricating, softening, and caring for the skin. The sugar provides a gentle exfoliation and technique to allow the oils better access to the deeper layers of skin.

And to top it all off, it tastes wonderful.

These have been around awhile and I've seen them in various markets, but never tried them until just recently. I can say "I'm sold" on these products.

LIP SCRUB - ALL NATURAL - CHOOSE A FLAVOR! - Made by Good Earth Beauty Exclusives

This is Lavender Vanilla
and is absolutely wonderful!

  • Bubble Gum
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Lavender Vanilla
  • Vanilla
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Strawberry

All natural yummy, exfoliating lip scrubs! These will exfoliate and moisturize your lips, and contain only natural (and some organic) ingredients!  They come in a variety of fun flavors.  1 oz jar. $9.25 each

Ingredients: sugar, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic Shea butter, organic jojoba oil and flavor

Enter the giveaway and perhaps you'll win two of these delightful Winter Lip Care products. Or you can go ahead and purchase some NOW. Purchase by clicking here and REMEMBER - use the DISCOUNT CODE OF SKINCARE10 to receive a 10% discount. And as always, there is FREE SHIPPING to USA addresses.

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Begins January 8
Ends February 5 at 12:01 a.m. EST
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

30 Days to Understanding the Bible (Unlock the Scriptures in 15 Minutes A Day) [Giveaway Cont'l. USA/CANADA]

Do you want to learn the Bible but don’t have a lot of time? Do you need a quick refresher on what you already know?  Learn the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines using a proven study plan by author Max Anders who breaks down the Bible’s structure.

A straightforward, easy-to-use guide to learning that Bible that’s been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for 30 years is now here!
ISBN: 9780785216186
$19.99 Softcover

About the book:  This Max Anders classic is now expanded and updated with this 30th Anniversary Edition, helping you grasp the key people, events, and doctrines of the Christian faith and get more out of God’s Word.

If you've ever confused the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah, or Jericho with Jeroboam, Max Anders' classic book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, is for you. In just fifteen minutes a day, you'll learn the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God's Word. This simple-to-use, straightforward guide has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for thirty years, and now it's available in an expanded thirtieth anniversary edition—with the most requested topics from the original edition restored and updated for today's readers.

Features include:

  • The “Arc of Bible History” to help you visualize the Bible’s overarching themes
  • The “Story of the Bible” summarizing Genesis through Revelation in just a few pages
  • The core beliefs of the Christian faith, focusing on the teachings that have united Christians for the last 2,000 years
  • 13-week plan that provides teacher’s every creative and effective tool for teaching the Bible in 30 days 
  • Fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed, now restored from the original edition

Author information: Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor. Max was also one of the original team members with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. He provides resources and discipleship strategies at to help people grow spiritually.

Begins January 7
Ends at 12:01 a.m. EST January 15
Open to Continental USA and/or CANADA addresses.
NOTE:  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or 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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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Good Earth Beauty carries the brand "100% Pure" line of skincare and cosmetic products [Review & 2 product giveaway]


Our skin is the primary defense of our bodies. We have nerve endings that alert us to minute cuts, bruises, tears, or chapping so that our mind tells us to help the skin, protect the skin, maintain that line of defense.

The elements of sun, wind, heat, cold are enemies of the skin. The sun burns. The wind chafes. The cold chaps and dries. No season is without its risk of damaging the skin and Winter is especially harsh on our skin!

We do have help in the form of natural skincare products that can aid in healing, aid in protecting, and aid in softening the impact that we feel when the elements chafe, burn, chap, dry this largest organ of our bodies.

Today we're looking at  two absolutely lovely hand creams. They are all natural. and your hands will experience that luxurious silky feel that is only found in a quality lotion or cream. These lovelies are carried on the Good Earth Beauty website store. (Be sure to enter the #giveaway below.)

Something to think about.....

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Honey-Almond Hand Buttercream

The almond fragrance is clearly present and dissipates fairly quickly so you don't have to worry about its clashing with other products or your favorite perfume. I used about 1/2 inch squeeze from the tube and it was clearly adequate to provide substantial coverage and care for my hands.

Hard working or aging hands need lots of help. This cream will certainly provide it. It will also do the job of protecting and preventing damage to young hands to maintain that youthful beauty.

I highly recommend this product!

Look at the ingredients: (find it on Good Earth Beauty)

VEGAN - Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice1, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Extracts of: Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf3, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) and Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil - does not actually contain honey.

Blood Orange Hand Buttercream

As I rubbed my hands together massaging this lovely hand cream into the skin, the amazing fragrance of an exquisite orange wafted upward bringing a pleasure to my senses that further enhances the richness of the hand cream. My hands felt smooth and silky promising luxurious protection from all the tasks that busy hands must pursue. 

I can't say enough good about this lovely hand cream. I highly recommend it!

Look at the ingredients: 

Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera)* Leaf Juice, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Resveratrol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf, Garcinia Mangosteen (Mangosteen) Peel, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin, Extract of Lonicera Caprifolium Flower, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano)Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Fruit Essential Oil, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool** * Certified Organic ** Component of Essential Oil

Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Non-Toxic

Hand Buttercreams available: Lavender, Vanilla, Blood Orange, Honey-Almond, Coconut

Purchase these or any other products on Good Earth Beauty and use the DISCOUNT CODE - SKINCARE10 - for 10% discount. And as always, shipping is FREE to USA addresses.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided complimentary products to use and facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and given on products I have actually used or which have been used by a member of my family. I was not compensated for this review. Giveaway products are provided and shipped directly to the winner by Good Earth Beauty.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

MIND GAMES (Kaely Quinn Profiler #1) by Nancy Mehl

ISBN: 9780764231841
Paperback $15.99
Purchase here
My thoughts:  The character Kaely Quinn is complex and psychologically frightening. Having been the daughter of a pathalogical serial killer and bearing the brunt of that association as it shapes her own life she is mentally convoluted. She is not inept socially but she is definitely a different sort of person. This ably suits her to discover the identity of serial killers as an agent of the FBI.

Being targeted by a new threat from a serial killer that includes her as the end target, she and a team of agents pursue the daunting task of discovering the mind of this monster as he, or she, goes on a spree of killing fulfilling the lines of the poem predicting his actions.

The suspense builds as several likely individuals are identified as probable murderers keeping the reader in suspense as Kaely Quinn's life is threatened.

Again, Nancy Mehl has written a highly readable suspense novel with primary characters whose faith leads them through their days and decisions.

About the book: Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.

Read an excerpt - click here

Nancy Mehl ( is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Purchase it now at Amazon - click here

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy by Bethany House Publishing to facilitate a review. Any opinions expressed will be mine alone and freely given. The winner's copy is to be provided by and mailed by the author or publisher.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

God's Good News: More Than 60 Bible Stories and Devotions by Billy Graham (Published by Thomas Nelson)

Find it on Amazon-Click here to purchase
My thoughts:  As I read through God's Good News I can almost hear the voice of Billy Graham as he time and time again spoke of God's Good News. We heard him on television and we attended a crusade in a town near us. We have a long-playing vinyl recording of him, too.

Was he perfect? No. Was he a minister of God's good news? Yes. And this children's Bible story book and devotional with excerpts of Billy Graham's messages included is a treasure.

The book is filled with phrases that resonate with "Billy Graham's voice" - God loves you, He forgives you, He is a God of mercy, God has a plan for your life. Each story is Biblical and applications made that are simple to understand and yet profound in theological meaning.

These 60 plus stories and devotions will bring God's good news to the family that reads it together. It is ideal for the young reader to begin his or her own devotional readings in private as well as family time.

The illustrations are realistic yet have a modern "look" to them and bring the stories to life for the reader.

I highly recommend this Bible story and devotional to families and home libraries as well as church and school libraries. Public libraries would do well to include it in their collection.

About the book: God's Good News is even more child-friendly with a new cover, smaller trim size, and even a lower price point. More than 60 favorite Bible stories are told in actual Bible text from the New King James Version, each paired with a takeaway devotion from Rev. Graham. The takeaways will help children focus on God’s Word, apply it to their lives, and begin sharing the good news from an early age.

"Christianity is good news. . . . When we open up the Bible, it is good news from cover to cover. It's the good news that God loves us." —Billy Graham

No one has brought the good news to more people than Reverend Billy Graham, and the people who admire him span all generations. This lovely edition of God's Good News will be a timeless classic for parents and grandparents to give a new generation of children the good news, to show them the way to the cross, and to help them begin a lifetime of following Christ.

Invite the children you love to experience God through powerful stories from the Bible. They will imagine the walls of water in the parted Red Sea, figure out why Joseph chose to forgive his brothers, read about a paralyzed man Jesus healed, and discover God’s exciting plan for their lives. Most of all, this Bible storybook helps children understand God's incredible love for them. Each story is equipped with a takeaway devotion from Rev. Graham. The takeaways will help children focus on God's Word, apply it to their lives, and begin walking with God and sharing the good news from an early age.

With Bible stories told in actual Bible text, this storybook teaches that God loves us, saves us from our sin, and invites us into a new life with Him. Each entry includes the wisdom of Billy Graham, who spent his life helping people all over the world understand and respond in faith to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God loves us, and that is good news!

The striking artwork from Scott Wakefield will help children connect with the timeless Bible stories and messages from Rev. Graham.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the BookLook reviewers program to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.