Friday, September 25, 2015

Inside the Best Cover: Faith Girls Bible (NIV) by Kidz Bibles

I am always open to getting new Bibles. I love when easier to understand versions come out and I especially love when they are really engaging. I get even more excited when it comes to one that will get the kids reading it more. I am currently on the look out for my next new Bible. For now, I have found the perfect one for my nieces. The faithgirlz Bible from kidz Bibles is fantastic! There are so many things about it I love that I could gush for an hour. I will shorten the gushing for you and tell you just the very top features that this Bible offers. First off, this Bible is NIV, so it is easier for the kiddos to understand. It has 7 different features throughout this book that will get them to not only understand what is happening but enjoy learning about it as well. My favorite is the Bring it On sections. They are like choose your own adventure books but Bible lesson style. For example, the one I added to the picture below reads...

When I feel frustrated and jealous, I:
A: Keep it to myself - and maybe pout.
B: Vent to somebody - or at somebody.
C: Try to get back at someone.

Then on the next page you see..

If you answered....
A: Go to Ephesians 4:25-27
B: Go to James 3:3-6
C: Go to Luke 6:27-31

I love that! How fun and enlightening!

The Oh, I Get It features help take all the really tough information and breaks it down to their level. This is really useful for those stories that are hard to understand... even for us adults. There are Book Introductions where each book of the Bible has it's own introduction and an explanation of how they apply to our lives. Verses can easily be memorized with the Treasure This sections and there are even places where they can tell a Bible story in their own words. 

If you can't tell, I am super excited over this version. I think it is exactly what kids need today and I want one that doesn't look so kiddish on the cover for myself! Honestly if it didn't look so young, I would sneak it into my Bible case because I could use it too. Oh, and the cover is hardcover with a magnetic clasp on the overlap, which only makes this Bible cuter. Ok, I will stop gushing but you can get your own copy... which I don't know why you wouldn't want .... to on Amazon by clicking here for $28.22. This will be one that stands the test of time as long as it's taken care of. It is well protected with the wraparound hard cover. So happy reading girls!

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

Big day? Have a big glass of wine! Valentina Paris has just the glass for you.

I have my drinks of choice... well to be honest only one that keeps me going, and that is coffee. However I've been scratching my head looking for a unique wedding gift for an old friend who is getting married this weekend. I don't know him well anymore but I do know that he and his wife to be look very happy and enjoy having drinks with friends. The perfect gift fell in my lap when I had the chance to talk about mouth blown wine glasses from Valentina Paris. It's like they knew my dilemma. Kind of creepy because these are perfect.

Each one is unique to each other and let me just say... they are huge! I read some reviews before receiving them and they weren't kidding when they said they were big. These are for the ones that love their wine or the ones that really like to swish and swirl before sipping. The swirling seems to have been the inspiration behind the painting too, because it resembles the swirling that goes one when you wine taste. The colors are gorgeous. My pictures don't do them justice. The gold you see in the picture below is very silky and rich.

If I wasn't giving them as a wedding gift, I think they would be beautiful as candle holders. You know, the ones that have the colored water and a tea lights floating in them. They would be beautiful center pieces for Thanksgiving or Christmas because they have great universal but classy colors in them. 

A little about these glasses. As I said before, Valentina Paris designs each glass in Paris and makes them with mouth blown glass. Each one is different and hand painted by professional artists. They are for sale on Amazon for $29.12 for the pair, click here if you would like to get your own set. If they are unavailable, no worries. Last time they were unavailable, a couple days later they were back in stock. So keep checking.

Want to know more about Valentina Paris? Check them out on Pinterest, Amazon or Facebook.
Happy drinking!

I received this product for the purpose of review from Tomoson. I was invited to check them out and was given a coupon code with a discount. The opinions in this post are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Inside The Cover: Ghost Boy The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body By Martin Pistorius ( a book review)

About the book:

In 1988, Martin's life would start to change forever. At 12 years old, he came home from school, complaining of a sore throat and that would be one of the last things he said before unexplained symptoms took his body captive and he lost his voice. In less than 2 years, Martin was wheelchair bound, couldn't speak and was thought to be in a vegetative state caused by an unknown degenerative disease. They couldn't be more wrong. He was in a "virtual coma" for just over 3 years, but the rest of the 12 years that he was though to be mentally gone.. he was completely aware and surprisingly coming back to life. When everyone treated him as a decoration or background image in the scenes he took part in, he was building memories and battling depression. No matter how hard he wanted to, he could not get his body to react to get anyone to notice he was there, until Virna.

Virna was one of Martin's aids, the only aid that paid enough attention to see that there was more to Martin than just a "fixture" waiting to die. With her help, tools were used to give Martin back a voice. Once he had a voice back, recovery was well under way and secrets were exposed. Martin was able to tell all and finally defend himself against unspeakable abuse and describe how lonely and helpless he felt. His story made us rethink what is assumed in a lot of cases like his, that they can't think and they don't know what's happening. Doctor's would never find out what caused his illness but his autobiography certainly gave such a tragic series of events some amazing purpose. Check out the book trailer below.

My own thoughts:

Wow... what an amazing and powerful book! I have read many books that impacted me in some way but this book hit on another level. This book made me feel proud, sad, angry, furious, amused, happy and empowered. His story has proven what I have felt when I look in the eyes of so many others that have been cast to the side as "fixtures". Communication is so important. I learned some sign language to speak with a deaf student who had other complications as well. He was avoided in school and I saw people cringe when he would come close or tried speaking with them. It was heart-breaking. He is a sweetheart. Another student I knew, spoke through his computer like Martin did. He appeared to most people, to not have anything going for him. I heard people mutter things like "What's the sense in him going to school?" If they spent five seconds listening to him, they would realize that not only was he smarter than they gave him credit for.. in fact quite normal in that aspect, but he was funny as well. I get told all the time that Dementia is different though. They say that they really are losing their awareness. Then tell me, why do I recognize my scared and frustrated grandmother at times in her eyes? How do we know what connections are made and what is really going on in her mind? I went on that long vent to show you how emotionally invested I am in stories like these and how Martin's book just cemented them in. I hope stories like his are just the beginning and he helps show that maybe it wasn't Martin who was unaware after all!

About The Author (from his website)

Martin Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975. At the age of twelve an unknown illness left him wheelchair bound and unable to speak, and he spent fourteen years in institutions. In 2001 he learned to communicate via computer, make friends, and change his life. In 2008 he met the love of his life, Joanna, and emmigrated to the UK. In 2009 they married and in 2010 he started his own business. He loves spending time with friends and, most of all, being with his wife.

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

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 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 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 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.
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