Saturday, August 29, 2015

Apologies and hellos.


Let's just dive right in. I owe everyone a big apology. My blog sort of dropped off the face of the earth. Life decided to hit pretty hard and it was a tornado of events starting with the loss of my hard drive, to internet, to my "pops" (in all sense of the word), my job and then our home. I am not going on a boo hoo rant, I am simply explaining my absence. My beloved blog was the very last thing on my mind and with the loss of all my pictures, videos and documents.. I gave up for a while. Then I got an email from a company that I reviewed for. I was in the middle of this review when everything hit. It was one that took some time and needed updates with pictures and results and I failed them because I no longer have anything to show this company or to my viewers. This made me feel extremely guilty. I am all about ones word and I let people down. I would like to make up for this and revive my beloved. I had to buy a new domain name since mine was hijacked and taken over by inappropriate pictures. I have now bought langleylove.com. I'm back people and I am going to get the promised articles up, whether they are late or not simply cause I said I would. So expect a new look, new posts and new ideas. Hope you all have been well!




Saturday, December 14, 2013

A unique way of sharing your memories. Try out a brand new photo sharing site at the albums!



Thanksgiving has ended and Christmas is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to let you know about a great online photo sharing site called The Albums. What makes these guys different from the tons of others out there? Actually ... several things! Let me tell you about them.
First off, like others, it is free to join. However, what makes them different is ... you can easily earn free months by just being active! The more you upload and share... the longer your free membership is. For making your first album... you get a free month... for making 2 more... you get another. The first time you share one, you earn yet another month... get the drift? Pretty cool huh?
I really love the look of the site. It is elegant and simple and clutter free. They have family name in a handwriting font and the whole site loads really fast. I didn't have a wait time at all to see all the pictures once they were uploaded. The whole thing is really easy to use, I don't see anyone really having an issue figuring things out.



One thing that is unique is they have a cap of 25 pictures per album. At first, I hated that idea, but the more I started thinking of it, the more it made sense. Having 25 pictures is a decent amount of shots per event, it doesn't take forever to load and it doesn't overwhelm the family members and friends. Also, you can add as many albums as you like so you can just do it in parts, but it forces you to choose the best shots for the occasion. If I was to have any constructive criticism on that feature it would be that maybe having a choice of a certain number of photos would be better so people didn't feel forced into it. For instance... make your album with 25 or 50 photos. Either way, I kind of like the idea.




Sharing is super easy and the emails that your friends get are great. They see a thumbnail of your albums right in their email. When you upload more, they will get a message. Also, you have a spot for all your friends albums. Say Grandma is on vacation, she uploads her vacation photos in an album on The Albums and she shares it with you... you log into your account and click on your shared albums tab, you will then see all the albums from friends that have been shared with you right there. I love this and it is definitely different than others that I have seen.
I had to ask the people at The Albums about the option to download photos. The option is not available at the time but may be in the future. Right now, it is mainly a sharing site. Depending on the demand from the public, downloading for printing may be available. They have a conveniently located
feedback button on the lower right hand side of the page so you can easily give them your thoughts on what you like or don't like. Since they are fresh out of the gate, this feedback is valued.
I do love the fact that you will never see ads on The Albums. They promise to never bombard us with ads now.. or ever. Since they get their expenses covered from the monthly fees, they listen to us.. not advertisers or investors. So make your opinions heard!




I received this product for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Teach your children to read young with Children Learning Reading




Children Learning Reading is a super simple and effective, step-by-step program that helps parents teach their children how to read. We have numerous videos posted on our website showing the amazing progress of many children.
It takes about 10-15 minutes a day and can be used with children as early as 2 or 3 years old. Here are some benefits that parents have experienced. You can find these and more information at the Children Learniing Reading site.

It was rewarding and endearing to see the fantastic reading progress made by their children.
Their children had developed a mastery over print, and were developing a very respectable vocabulary base.
The children acquired a real love of reading and learning.
Through the teaching process, the parents themselves had developed a deeper and better understanding of the English language!
Older siblings who could already read showed a real interest in helping their younger brother or sister learn to read, and in the process, developed stronger reading skills themselves.
Children who were behind with poor reading skills were reading at grade level after completing our program.
The parents developed a real respect and appreciation for their child's amazing ability to learn and assimilate new information.
  
 

My thoughts:

All my sons are older than the target audience for this program, however it is benefitting my 6 year old anyway. When my firstborn was a baby, I spent so much time with him singing and reading and one of the things I liked to do with him is go through the alphabet in sounds and not the letter names. I was doing this all the time with him and my son started reading at 3 but was finishing books at 4. I didn't have this program to help me out and I hadn't tried any others but I knew something I was doing was working well and it paid off because all of his teachers have told me that he can read anything. The only reason he has a capped score is because it is the highest they give. I'm not telling you this in a gloating manner but because while I was looking over this program, it implements a lot of the same things I did with my own son that I know to work.

Teaching your child to read at a young age doesn't just open the door for imagination and learning facts but it opens a whole new way of thinking and processing as well. Kids learn how to treat others better because they can understand empathy more and how things work. They have more of a "mathematical" sense of learning where they process things "outside the box" and seem more mature. I agree with Jim and his family that it is incredibly important to teach your child to read young. I had a lot more time with my firstborn than with my youngest (go figure) and I have seen such a difference. I feel that I have hindered my youngest from his full potential because he is just as smart as his brother but didn't get the tools as early and is slightly behind because of it. He reads but still can't read alone and he is 6. This program helps me with time because it has lessons planned right out. I can tackle one before dinner or complete a couple over the weekend. It's always easier with a plan so now I can get him caught up and it has already helped him where sounding words out are concerned.

In conclusion:

I highly recommend this program because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt (first hand proof) that the techniques that are used are extremely effective. I used very similar techniques with my 8 year old and he was fluently reading at 4 years old.



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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

*review* All natural mineral and beautiful eye shadow, made in the USA by Ageless Derma.


Hello everyone! *Big smiles* I am in a great mood today. Why? I am not sure. It is bitterly cold outside with the wind chill but yesterday was beautiful and I got lots done and I always feel good when I am productive. And now, I get to share with you a wonderful make up product that is made from natural ingredients. I'm finding it very easy to fall in love with Ageless Derma just a little bit more with each product I try. I'm not a mega girly girl and I don't do much for make up. I will put concealer on my face to cover up my bad blemishes, some lip gloss now and again but my main staple and girly vice is mineral eye shadow. I have a ton and I love ... nay... I'm kind of addicted to grabbing new shades both bold and sheer. 


 Of all the beautiful colors that Ageless Derma had to offer, I just had to try the Gold Leaf. I love natural colors and I'm not going to lie... Army green was pretty much 75% of my wardrobe several years back. I have gotten better since then but I still love natures hues. Gold leaf looked like an army/olive green with gold flecks in it. I was curious because in the pictures you can't really see the shade all that well so I didn't know what I was truly getting but the description sounded great. It turned out to be prettier than I imagined. Unfortunately, unless you have a professional camera, you can't capture the effect in photos at all! I did my best but these pictures still don't do the shade justice. I put a heavy application on, hoping that it would show up more. There is a lot of depth to this shadow and it gleams. It's hard to explain but it's sort of like the difference between 2d and 3d. I love it! You can get a more dramatic look as well if you are applying over a cream base or when wet.


"Ok... so the color is great... we get it... but what are we putting on our eyes?" I'm assuming you are asking something along those lines... Well..... let me tell you...

From their site:
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Boron Nitride, Octyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cyclomethione, Green Tea Extract (Carmellia Sinesis), Superoxide Dismutase & Catalase & Apple Extract (Pyrus Malus) & Horseradish (Cochlearia Armoracia) & Phospholipids & Retinyl Palmitate & Tocopheryl Acetate & Butylene Glycol, Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage, Cedarwood, Palmarosa.

May Contain: Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxylcloride, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ultramarines, Carmine.
Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow contains natural minerals, mined from the earth, that have natural, light-reflecting abilities. This contributes to the long-lasting wear of the Ageless Derma eyeshadows as well as their other important attributes. This mineral cosmetic contains all natural ingredients that revitalize the skin and target wrinkles around eyes that make women look and feel older than they should. Natural beauty and refreshing youth is restored with the use of all natural ingredients.

Ageless Derma does not test on animals and is made in the USA. Make up is paraben free and is safe for all skin types. I have sensitive skin actually, so I am proof. I break out very easily. 

This eye shadow retails for $16.50 and can be purchased right on agelessderma.com. Be sure to check out their weekly giveaways too! 

Thanks for reading!


I received this product for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Inside The Cover: Return To Me by Lynn Austin (a book review)


About the book in my own words:

Iddo was just a young boy when his life was ripped apart. He witnessed his closest family murdered in cold blood and his home devastated and abandoned. Now, after decades of exile, he is free to return to his homeland. This causes lots of mixed emotions for Iddo and his family. Nightmare memories come flooding back but so does the promise and favor God once gave the Jews. His sons, never living in Jerusalem before and used to the Babylonian life, do not share in his excitement and do not want to leave. This would have been the case for his grandson as well if he hadn't heard from God right before they were to leave. Zechariah (Zaki) was destined for great things.

The journey was generous with hardships and faith wavered pretty strong at times but never did Iddo lose sight of their purpose or his faith in God. Zaki chose to leave his father and mother, knowing that he may never see them again, to follow where God led. As time went on and it got closer to the time when he was to become a priest, he was given strong visions and proclaiming God's word. No one doubted that God was with them but God doesn't follow man's law. What would this mean for them and their future?

My thoughts:

The Old Testament can be hard to bite into at times and even if you can chew it, it can be hard to swallow. I sometimes have a hard time understanding the message that is meant to be given or know the difference between God and man and who is speaking at times and why. This book did a really good job of coloring the black and white photos and giving them animation. I was happily surprised at what I was able to back up in the Bible. Obviously lots were added to give you a realistic picture but Lynn did her research and took a story that is easily overlooked and put a spotlight on it.

This novel is the first in a saga that Lynn has started called The Restoration Chronicles. Even though I thought there was a gap that could have been filled out a little more towards the end, I am looking forward to reading the next book in line. There will be 3 books in this series and it focuses on Ezra and Nehemiah. I passed this book onto the local library for a couple reasons. I liked it but didn't LOVE it but I also thought it was a great book to add because Christian Fiction is not the most popular genre but in a small town library it may be just what the older kids need to get into, not only the genre ,but the Old Testament.

I would recommend this book for any of Christian Fiction or Historical Fiction. I thought that Lynn did just a wonderful job at showing you the characters of the book were just like us. They may have had more audible or visible signs of God's presence but they still fought with jumping off that "faith cliff" and doing what God wanted them to do. You can purchase your own copy from Amazon by clicking the image below.

Thanks for reading!

About The Author:

Biography
For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.





I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Improve your memory with Prevagen.




While I may not be considered old enough to be a prime candidate for this supplement, I have definitely noticed that my memory is definitely not what it used to be... not that it was ever that great to begin with. I have always been bad at remembering birthdays or phone numbers when I have to call someone. I am one of those people that would repeat the number mentally several times before picking up the phone.. just to recheck the number again before dialing. I would like to blame it on "mommy brain" but I really wasn't that good at that stuff before expecting babies either. However, I am all for trying to improve my memory as long as it is safe.



I have been taken Prevagen for a month now and here is what I found. First of all, when I was researching this product, there seemed to be some controversy surrounding whether it was possible for it to work or not. Lots were saying that it can't work the way it claims because of how proteins are broke down in our bodies. Others were saying it definitely worked. I'm not a scientist or pharmacologist, so I don't even want to try to pretend I know the details of how Prevagen would work or not work. The main thing to me is to know if it is safe or not and try it out for myself. Everything I have read seemed to indicate it was safe, so how did trying it out go? By the end of the month I was dialing my friends number by memory. She just recently moved to Texas and this is kind of a big thing. I have a hard time remembering local seven digit numbers but this is a new 10 digit number that I recalled from memory.

Who knows... maybe it wasn't the supplement at all. I could have been focusing better subconsciously because I psyched myself into thinking it was working. I don't think so. I think that even if the proteins are not what is making it work, it adds something to my body that I need or balances something out where I can focus more. I don't care about scientific mumbo jumbo...  I care about safety and results and I noticed a difference when I took Prevagen.

Now, I am not saying that it was a drastic difference or that it would be worth paying $60 a month for. Personally, they would need to lower the price for me to try it longer and then I could let you know if it is worth Grandma paying that much a month on a fixed income. Times are hard and that is quite an expense.

Overall thoughts? I feel that it was too short a time to let you know if it is worth the money. I will say that it seemed very safe. I never had any side effects and I did notice a difference in recalling phone numbers and my focus. Take that as you will. I think this product works. If you would like to know more about Prevagen go to www.prevagen.com or check out the online home of the researchers at Quincy Bioscience. To keep updated or show appreciation, find Prevagen on Facebook. Thanks for reading!



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.

Get rid of wrinkles with Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream from Ageless Derma





Today I am going to put the Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream from Ageless Derma in the spotlight.

Let's tackle the obvious question that some readers are probably asking themselves. I just got done reviewing a clay masque for Ageless Derma and loved the feeling it gave my face and was excited that another opportunity came up. That being said, when I read the stem cell ingredient, I panicked. I quickly went to read about the use of stem cells because I am on the side that is fully against it. However, I was quite relieved to see that they are apple stem cells! In my personal opinion, they may want to make it obvious on their packaging so they don't have problems with people being quick to judge. Now that I got that out of the way, let's get on with the review.



Can I just gush a little here over the genius invention of the jar this cream comes in? I have always been a gal that gets happy over the small things, but this jar really ... and I mean really, won me over haha. Hopefully you can see what I mean in the pictures easy enough. The whole top is a button. When you push down on this button, the perfect amount of cream comes up in the center. Not only is it a lot let messy and convenient but it makes it super not to waste the cream. This is incredibly handy since the cream isn't cheap. I immediately showed this feature out. Also, you can take the top off and get it out that way as well. Again, I think it's genius!

So far this is the second facial product I have reviewed from this company and with both I have noticed how it feels like you are literally slathering your face with nature. I smell citrus. There is a strong lemon or lime smell to it and it a refreshing tingle feel when it's applied. It is gel based and quickly absorbs into the skin leaving you feeling moisturized and fresh.

Does it work? Don't hate me. I am 29 years old and even though I am fast approaching (too fast if you ask me) the age where wrinkles will be a lot more prominent, I have not collected many as of yet. So I can't give you a detailed review on this cream and it's effect on wrinkles. However, I do suffer from dry skin and I have noticed more aging and pitting on my face and I have noticed something occurring here. I apply this cream all over the face but my forehead gets the main focus and it has felt smoother and tighter while using this product. Even though the cream absorbs fast, the moisturizing feel lingers without feeling greasy or heavy. This is a great cream to put on right in the morning after washing your face. It's like having a glass of orange juice.. it just feels like the right way to start your day.

So what is my overall opinion of what I like and don't like about this product?

I love that it is made in the USA! This has been important to me (especially lately) and I love that this is made local. I also love that it uses natural ingredients and doesn't test on animals. I really love the jar! I think I have mentioned that.
I don't love the price but I love it compared to others. You can tell this is a great product and things are just expensive now-a-days. So retailing for $65 is not bad when you consider what other products in the same market are going for. I have done my research and read other reviews and not only have I not found one that says they don't feel it working but the company offers a money back guarantee. You can feel confident trying it out. So would I feel comfortable enough telling my mother on a budget to try this anti-wrinkle cream out? Yes, yes I would. So I feel confident telling you the same thing. Below are the "guts" of the the product for those of you who like to know exactly what you are putting on your face. You can also read a little more on some of the ingredients in their beauty products on their site.





Ingredients:

Argireline
Matrixyl 3000
PhytoCellTec Malus-Plant Stem Cell Domestica
Sodium Hyaluronate
SYN-COLL
Vialox Powder
CoenzymeQ 10-Ubiquione
Peptides
Retinol
Green Tea Extract

Keep your eyes peeled for a review on some eye shadow I tried from Ageless Derma in upcoming posts. Thanks for reading!

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.
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