Friday, July 28, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 82

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 82. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Secrets - #LitFuseReads Book Review

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Book Info:

Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That's what any secret addiction can do-but in particular a sex addiction.

After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.

But that's not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work-his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.

Addiction doesn't have the final say over Jonathan's life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.

-A courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addiction destroys marriages.
-A life-affirming and personal story of recovery and redemption that will inspire readers.
-Offers hope to all who struggle with pornography and sex addiction.
-Each chapter includes a "Living in the Light" section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction.
-Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.
Learn more and purchase a copy.

About the Author:

Jonathan Daugherty is the founder of Be Broken Ministries, and founder of Gateway to Freedom workshop for men. He also hosts the weekly radio broadcast, Pure Sex Radio, and is in demand nationally as a speaker on sexual purity and men s issues. He has appeared on multiple radio and television media, both local and national. He has authored "Grace-Based Recovery," "The 4 Pillars of Purity," and other works. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathandaugherty.com.

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My Review:

Christian or not, most of us have skeletons in our closet or addictions that have taken hold.  Because we are human in a sin-filled world, it's hard to break free from unhealthy habits or destructive vices.  Author, Jonathan Daugherty, has written a book that details his addiction and how he was able to overcome it.  Secrets tells how Jonathan struggled with sexual addiction for many years and the consequences that came about because of it.  Secrets is raw and honest.

Proverbs 6:27 describes sexual immorality as taking fire into our laps, and it's just one of the many sins we need to keep guard against.  Secrets not only tells of the sexual addiction that the author went through, but it also tells of how he was able to overcome it.  This book shows how God's grace and mercy can be extended to anyone, regardless of past behavior.  Secrets is a personal account of an addiction, and a good resource to anyone who wants to know how they can start the recovery process with the help of God.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks: Perfect for On-The-Go - Giveaway

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 With Go Organically Fruit Snacks, organic has never tasted so good.  These tasty, on-the-go USDA-certified organic fruit snacks are made with real fruit, and are now available in 4 oz. peg bags for each flavor – Fruit Medley, Mixed Berry, and Tropical.  They are perfect for an on-the-go summer snack or lunchbox filler for the upcoming back to school season.
Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are available in three flavor assortments including:

Fruit Medley - flavors of Strawberry, Orange, Apple, Peach, and Cherry

Mixed Berry - flavors of Raspberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, and Blueberry

Tropical - flavors of Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, and Pineapple

Go Organically Fruit Snacks are made with real fruit, USDA Certified Organic, GMO free, and an excellent source of Vitamins A & E.

Go Organically® Fruit Snacks has partnered with select organic brands to assemble the perfect On-The-GO Road Trip pack for your summer vacation. You can enter to win a prize pack by filling out the On-the-GO Sweepstakes form.

One lucky winner will win a $500 Gas Gift Card, 1 Diono Car Seat and a basket filled with organic goodness for your family’s summer road trip.  Ten lucky winners will win a basket filled with tasty treats for your family’s summer road trip. 25 winners will receive a box of Go Organically® Fruit Snacks.

The On The Go Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older, excluding residents of Puerto Rico and other US territories and possessions.
Win It!

One person will win six boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks (2 of each flavor).

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wordful Wednesday - Mission Trip Yard Sale


As some of you know, me and Jason are going on a mission trip to Ecuador in September.  We, along with a group of 11 others, have been busy fundraising - both as a group and individually.  

Last Saturday I hosted a yard sale at my house as part of the group funding.  The amount of donations we received was incredible.  Over 20 tables were set up and filled to the brim.  It was hotter than two hamsters farting in a wool sock but the end result paid off.  The group profited approximately $1320.

We have a couple more group fundraisers in the works.  We've been blessed with support from others.  Ecuador, see you in September!

Have you ever been on a mission trip?
Have you been to any yard sales this year, or held any yourself?

Keeping Skin Clean in Summer with Bioré Natural Charcoal Products - Review

I received products for review from Bioré®.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Summer sweat, heat and humidity can certainly take a toll on skin. My face feels dirtier during the summer months than any other time of the year.  Bioré® has the perfect product for every type of skin, so you can stop worrying about your pores and start relaxing.

Bioré’s pore cleansing, acne fighting products come in liquid, bar, scrub, and strip forms to keep your skin clean and healthy – no matter what your style is.  I was able to recently review two Bioré skincare products from their charcoal cleanser line.

The Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar is infused with peppermint oil, natural charcoal, and exfoliating jojoba beads.  It's formulated to make skin smooth and clean.  It looks like a black bar of soap.  For best results, you are to wet hands with warm water and work bar into a white lather.  Then, massage lather across face and rinse.  There's no roughage from the bar, but I can slightly feel the exfoliating beads and it feels good.  I have the bar in my shower and clean my face with it during that time.

The Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is formulated with natural charcoal, just like the bar.  It's intended to be used on the face to draw out dirt and impurities.  This cleanser works by pumping it into hands and working into a foam.  Massage over entire face, let it set for a few minutes, then rinse.



As far as preference, I'm more partial to the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser.  That's because I find it to be more convenient to use and it's not as slippery as the charcoal bar.  Just like a bar of soap, the Charcoal Bar sometimes gets dropped in the tub.  I'm the only one who uses the Charcoal Bar, but the teens have also been using the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser since it's in a pump bottle.  It's what I'd consider "gender neutral" and can be used by both girls and guys.  I've had no harsh effects or skin reactions from the bar or cleanser.  In fact, I can see and feel a true, deep clean after each use.

Seven More July Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Cupcake Surprise Doll giveaway is #32, Anna Pry.

The winners of the Cricked Media Magazine Subscription giveaway are #9, Jennifer Bellotti and #25, Lisa Queen.

The winner of the 'And Then Comes Summer' children's book giveaway is #14, Lauryn Rescoe.

The winner of the 'Jabari Jumps' children's book giveaway is #3, aperry.

The winner of the 'Little Wolf's First Howling' children's book giveaway is #1, Peggy.

The winner of the You Are A Princess Doll giveaway is #62, jill190.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  If you haven't already, be sure to enter the current active giveaways on my blog.  They're all listed at the top left hand side of the blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet - Book Review

I received book for review from Litfuse.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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Book Info:

Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend's Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.

In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an "unmom"-a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

About the Author:

Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network's CBN.com, Beliefnet.com, and the Huffington Post's Christianity blog. As Connecticut's coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God's message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she's not on the trampoline with her three boys in Connecticut, Jessica shares her unapologetically "real" commentary on the Christian life at www.JessicaKastner.com.

Find out more about Jessica at http://jessicakastner.com.

My Review:

I don't know how else to put it - I kind of have a girl crush on Jessica Kastner.  Her wit and humor and outlook on life is just the kind of traits that draw me to a gal pal. Author, Jessica Kastner, has written a book that lightens up motherhood and parenting.  Through her, I learned that not everyone overly decorates for Christmas, creates Pinterest-worthy dinners, or always schedules activities from sunup to sundown.

I will forewarn you that Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet does have a crass, and sometimes sarcastic, tone. It's not offensive by any means (or at least not to me) but it pokes light at the lengths that some parents go through for their children.  This is not an encouraging book about how great motherhood is; It's a book about not taking it all so seriously. I laughed, laughed, and laughed some more. Jessica makes us see that we can survive parenting and love our children without going overboard.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cheeky: Tableware Products That Give Back - #MakeMealtimeMatter Review

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When I am having a large gathering in my home or hosting a party elsewhere, I tend to bring paper plates and cups, and plastic utensils. That way it all can just be thrown away and a bunch of dishes aren't piled up.  If I'm hosting a small event or eating with the family, I get out the regular dinnerware.

Cheeky is a line of fun, colorful tableware that marries style and design with social responsibility.  Its products include dinnerware, everyday paper goods, and tableware for kids and babies.

What makes Cheeky different than other tableware companies (other than the fresh, bright colors) is that Cheeky provides millions of meals to Americans facing hunger.  They are doing this in partnership with Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization.  They also work with No Kid Hungry.  The way it works is simple. For every Cheeky Home item purchased, the company will donate the monetary equivalent of a meal to Feeding America.  For every Cheeky Kids item purchased, the same donation happens with No Kid Hungry.  It's a win-win situation!


I received some of Cheeky's porcelain dinnerware for review.  The dinnerware can be purchased as 16-piece sets or individually.  Each piece is dishwasher and microwave safe.  I like the clean, modern designs of my dinnerware and I've been using them quite often.  I love that this brand has functional products and helps serve those in need.


Break Free - #BreakFreeChallenge Game Review and Giveaway

I received product for review from  YULU Toys.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


According to NPD research, games and puzzles are up 18 percent, the largest category in toys last year. Family games are showing no sign of slowing down. 

I grew up playing games with my family, and have passed that tradition on to my kids.  We like to gather around for some friendly competition.

The game, Break Free, joined the new Spy Code game line from YULU Toys in June.  With a great mix of action, strategy, skill and luck, it's perfect for any family game night gathering.

Players in Break Free must race to pick the lock on their handcuff to be the first to break free. Take the #BreakFreeChallenge and record and share your race to escape with the online community. Family and friends are also encouraged to come up with different challenges each round, like playing blindfolded or race to escape after a series of relay races, making the game an endless amount of unpredictable and creative fun.

Contents included with the Break Free game:
hand cuffs with chains - 4
plastic keys - 4
easy level mazes - 4
intermediate level mazes - 4
advanced level mazes - 4
cardboard tokens - 16

This game can be played with 2 to 4 players.  The aim of the game is to use your plastic keys to break free of the handcuffs.  Players first need to decide which level of play they want to try, and connect the hooks of all handcuffs to each other.  The green plastic mazes are easy, the yellow are intermediate, and the red are for advanced play.  

Once each player has placed their plastic maze pieces into the correct position of the handcuff, the players are to close the handcuff on their wrist.  Once that its done, the players have to grab a plastic key and insert it into the keyhole.  Each person has to find their way through the maze with their key by rotating left or right, up or down.  The quickest to unlock the handcuffs is the winner and gets to collect a coin.  The player with the highest points of victory coins after three wins is the ultimate 
Break Free champion.
Break Free can be played in alternating ways for more of a challenge and those game plays are in the instruction booklet.  There is an emergency release button on the handcuffs if you are unable to break free from completing a maze.

I have to say, this game has been quite entertaining.  Even my teens enjoy playing.  It's not hard to catch on, and it works our thinking skills.  And, all this breaking free might come in handy someday if we ever get caught in handcuffs (just kidding!)

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 81

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 81. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's National Hot Dog Day


Did you know that fans at Major League Baseball parks enjoyed 19.4 million hot dogs during the 2016 season?  Or that Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city?

I like hot dogs but don't do anything outrageous with them.  A plain cooked hot dog on a bun is good enough for me.  The best is a hot dog blackened over a camp fire.

In honor of National Hot Dog Day, Sonic is offering  $1 All-American & Chili Cheese Coneys all day today.  Pilot Flying J, a national truck stop chain, is also offering  a free hot dog or other roller grill item just by presenting a special bar code found here. The Pilot Flying J promotion runs through Wednesday, July 26.

What toppings do you put on your hot dog?

Back to School: Fight Bullying With A Smile

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More than one out of every five students reports being bullied. More than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes. With back to school season right around the corner, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) wants to take a stand against bullying with one easy gesture – smiling.

Smiling is one of the best and most simple ways to prevent bullying. As your child prepares to head back to school, GEDC would like to share the following tips with you to ensure your child, and your readers’ children, know how to combat bullying:

1.       Simply smile. A simple smile is all it takes to begin a friendship. Encourage your child to smile at their peers when they head back to school - especially those that are the target of bullies. This simple gesture can help someone in need. If your child is the one being bullied, help them understand that most bullies are just looking for a reaction. Encourage them to simply smile instead of getting worked up in an effort to get bullies to leave them alone.

2.       Get crafty. For bullied students, heading back to school can cause great anxiety. Spend some time with your child before school begins and create a craft that they can hand out to their classmates in an effort to make everyone feel included. GEDC recommends adding beads to a safety pin as a “friendship charm” – a perfect addition to a backpack or pencil case.

3.       Stand up to bullies. If your student sees someone being bullied, educate them on how to stand up against a bully. Most bullies feel foolish after being confronted. After confronting the bully, encourage your child to reach out to a teacher or trusted adult to report the behavior.

4.       Treat others the way you want to be treated. This tip is nothing new, but can be very powerful. As back to school season begins, take time to talk with your children on how to respect their peers and use their smile to comfort others and make friends.
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Do you have any tips on how to deter or prevent bullying in schools?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Birthdays and Bridesmaids

Stacy Uncorked is doing another dose of Random Tuesday Thoughts.  Link up at her site if you'd like to play along.
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This has been the week of birthdays.  Which means a lot of people were busy in the month of October!

Logan and Emma had their birthdays.  He turned 19 and she turned 15.  We took them out to eat at a Mexican restaurant.


My nephew, Ozzy, celebrated his 13th birthday with a carry-in and swimming party at the local campground.  I actually watched this kid be born.

Putting Azra to work.  If I was gonna be there, I was gonna get pampered too!

Saturday I volunteered to help with an overnight spa birthday party.  Seven girls and none of them were mine.  (Never say I'm not a good friend!)  We went swimming, ate pizza, watched a movie, put on face masks, and did pedicures.
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This week is nothing but a mad dash to get stuff done for the yard sale this weekend.  I'm holding a yard sale at my house to raise money for the upcoming mission trip.  I thought I was almost done pricing stuff but tons more was donated last night.  No complaints; Just gotta get busy!
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Shelby asked her oldest step-sister, Allyson, to be a bridesmaid in the wedding.  She said yes!
That's five people down and two more to go.  
There's going to be seven attendants on each side.
Adam was asked to be a groomsman and Logan was asked to be an usher.  
The whole fam damily is going to have to save up to pay for tuxes and dresses!
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What randomness do you have for the week?
How's your summer been so far?

Toy State CAT Tough Tracks Machine Team - Giveaway

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Toy State is a leader in the manufacture of radio controlled vehicles and construction toys for kids of all ages. The toys, which have made their way into Toys R Us, are perfect for keeping kids busy during the summer season.

One of the many Cat machine toys available from Toy State is the Cat Machine Team™.  Kids can have hours of fun setting up their imaginary worksite with this dynamic team.  Featuring a push-powered 15” Dump Truck and 10” Cat Excavator, the Cat Machine Team is great for indoor and outdoor use – also perfect for a trip to the beach.
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One person will win a Toy State CAT Tough Tracks Machine Team.

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Celebrate IHOP's Anniversary with 59 Cent Pancakes

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Today, July 18th, IHOP is celebrating their 59th anniversary by offering their diners 59 cent short stack pancakes.  This offer is available from 7 am to 7 pm at participating restaurants.  Will you be going?

Edushape Sensory Hoops - Review

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Although I have no desire to have a baby of my own (been there, done that) I love browsing baby selections for friends and family who are due with wee ones. 

Whether you are a first time parent, grandparent or a friend searching for the perfect gift for a young child, Edushape is here to help. Edushape, a company that focuses on learning and fun, recently sent me Sensory Hoops to review. 

Sensory Hoops is a floating basketball game with three easy-to-grasp balls.  It has to be assembled before use.  There are illustrated instructions that are fairly easy to follow, and it took me less than 10 minutes to put the whole thing together.  Once it is completely put together, it creates a floating four hoop "basket".  

The hooped basket is made with Edu-Foam and is resistant to mold and mildew.  It does not absorb water, and it stays upright in water.  Included are three Nubby Sensory Balls, each with different textures and colors.  Children can play with Sensory Hoops in the water and try to dunk the balls in through the hoops.  Sensory Hoops provides lots of fun for young children while they are in the tub, or even in the pool.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

It's National Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day

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Are you a person who lives in the past?  Do you often regress to what should have or could have happened in a situation?  Do you know someone who blames their present behaviors on how they were treated in the past or their upbringing?

Today is marked as Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day.  It's intended for all to let go of the past and live for the present.  It's a day to make us let go of regrets, break free from the bondage of our past, and live for the present.

Each day is a new slate.  Enjoy it!  Live it!  Make the best of it!

Safe Breaker - Game Review and Giveaway

I received product for review from  YULU Toys.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
According to NPD research, games and puzzles are up 18 percent, the largest category in toys last year. Family games are showing no sign of slowing down. The popularity of games is definitely on the rise.

I grew up playing games with my family, and have passed that tradition on to my kids.  We like to gather around for some friendly competition.
A game that we've been recently playing is Safe Breaker, a part of the new Spy Code game line from YULU Toys.  For this game, players must crack the code and successfully break into the safe without getting caught. Each round challenges memory and requires a mix of strategy and luck to win the game. 

Contents included with the Safe Breaker game:

1 x Safe Breaker Vault
1 x Spy Stethoscope
15 x Coins
18 x Game Cards
3 x Diamond coin stickers 
1 x Alarm Bell coin sticker 

Before play, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the bottom of the vault and insert three AA batteries, which are not included.  This game can be played with 2 to 4 players.

Play is initiated by placing one of the cards in front of you and turning the dial to the corresponding number.  Then you have to use the stethoscope and connect it to the top of the vault.  You'll receive a hint after pressing your finger on the fingerprint scanner.  If the number you chose is correct, the vault will open and you collect the coins.  The amount of coins given each time varies.  If you've entered the wrong number, the vault will give you one of three hints.  Game play continues until the safe has been opened.  You don't want to be the one who gets the alarm clock coin.  That means you have to put all your coins back into the top of the vault.  The player who collects five golden coins or the two diamond coins first is the winner.  There are also two variations of the game that can be played for more of a challenge.

I have to say, this game has been quite entertaining.  Even my teens enjoy playing.  It's not hard to catch on, and it works our thinking skills to remember what numbers could be a part of the winning combination.




Win It!

One person will win a Safe Breaker game.

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Four More July Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Wild Republic Huggers giveaway is #24, Charlene S.

The winner of the Pigsticks and Harold book giveaway is #25, Leela.

The winner of the NeoCell Move Matrix Advanced Joint Hydrator giveaway is #22, LeAnn Harbert.

The winner of the Hattie & Hudson children's book giveaway is #5, Marti Tabora.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter the currently active giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of the blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Hartz Delectables™ Lickable Treats - Cat Treats Review

I received products for review from Hartz.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
I'm one of those crazy cat ladies.  Although I don't own a bunch of felines, the two I have are very spoiled.  Misty and Trader Jimmy bring such joy into my life, and I want them to have food and treats they enjoy.

One line of treats that both cats seem to really enjoy are the Delectables Lickable Treats from Hartz Mountain Corp.  This fairly new cat treat line has five new flavors including Bisque Kitten with Tuna, Bisque Kitten with Tuna & Chicken, Stew with Chicken & Veggies, Bisque with Tuna & Veggies and Chowder with Tuna & Veggies.  As soon as I open one of the cat treat pouches, the cats are there and ready to eat.

Ideal as an in-between meal treat or as a savory topper for dry food, Delectables Lickable Treats' convenient, single-serve pouches provide cats with tempting treats made with real chicken, seafood, and vegetables. Delectables Lickable Treats are available in multiple varieties including regular, life stage (for cats 10+ and 15+ years old and for kittens up to 12 months old) and in 5 and 12-pack variety packs.

The pouches are easy to open and inside are the wet cat treats.  It's obvious to me that the treats are made with real ingredients.  I can tell when I'm dumping it into their bowls.  I received a variety of the treats made for different stages of a cat's life.  My cats are 2- and 1-years old so the Senior line isn't necessarily beneficial to them right now.  But that hasn't kept them from loving the treats regardless!

On Hartz's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, consumers are invited to share photos and videos of how crazy fast their cats lick up Delectables using hashtags #lickitloveit, #emptybowl, and #catsgocrazy4Delectables through the "Empty Bowl" campaign.  You're encouraged to participate in weekly drawings for a chance to win Delectables Lickable Treats.  Consumers will also see videos featuring "celebricats," product reviews by prominent cat bloggers, and broadcast and press coverage.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Little Wolf's First Howling - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Candlewick Press.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

Little Wolf can hardly wait. Tonight he will howl at the moon to the top of the sky. First, Big Wolf demonstrates traditional howling form: AAAAAAAAAAOOOOOooooooooo. Then it’s Little Wolf’s turn. He’s sure he is ready, but when the big moment comes, something happens. Something unexpected, something wild, something unbe-beep-bop-believable! Sisters Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate McGee have created a wonderful story about the importance of doing things your own way and being true to your heart when it swells with wildness and joy.

Some may favor the proper way to howl, but what if you have a song in your heart that needs to come out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for little and big wolves everywhere.

My Review:

I have a fascination with wolves and consider them to be one of my favorite animals.  I don't want to encounter one in the woods, but I love reading about them and their behaviors.  Little Wolf's First Howling is a hardcover book that tells of a young wolf being taught how to properly howl.  He is shown proper howling form several times by his father, but can't seem to quite get it right.  Father wolf remains encouraging and highlights his little one's other good attributes.  Little Wolf tries to howl correctly again and, instead, comes up with a string of syllables that resemble a tune more than a howl.  Rather than chastising him for improper howl form, the father wolf joins in on the unique howl.

The words of the book are simple and children can try to imitate the howling sounds that are throughout the pages.  The illustrations are done in blue, brown, and other dark colors.  The summary of the story is that it's okay to be original and unique.

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