June 17, 2016

Gym Phone Armband Review

Our family joined the gym about a month ago and already I can feel and see the difference. It's amazing how much better you feel with 20-30 minutes of exercise each day. And for me it means I get half or a full show in while working out, or that much time reading my current novel, or that much time listening to upbeat music. It's good for me on multiple levels. Before I was bringing a little wristlet for my keys, headphones, cards and phone, but now that I have this phone armband I don't need it. This is big enough to carry it all!

June 15, 2016

Medical Judgement - A book review

About the book: 

Medical Judgment (Abingdon Press, May 2016)

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she's about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn't think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her---and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband's best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, and they're both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won't protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1PjHaAz
About the author:




Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes "medical suspense with heart." His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers' debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Reader's Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

My Thoughts:
I'm not in the medical field but I've loved all of Richard Mabry's books that I've read so far, and this is no exception to that rule. While I knew a romance was blossoming I couldn't tell with whom, and even 30% into the book I didn't know who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. I suspected every character of commiting these crimes at some point or another despite how "nice" they seemed. I love that about his books. He keeps us guessing til the end!

GIVEAWAY INFO: Just what the doctor ordered: heart-thumping suspense and intrigue, courtesy of Richard Mabry’s new medical drama, Medical Judgment. Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

Join Richard in celebrating the release of Medical Judgment by entering to win an e-reader!

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  • A copy of Medical Judgment
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 21st. The winner will be announced June 22nd on the Litfuse blog.

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June 11, 2016

Anchor In The Storm - by Sarah Sundin

One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger 

For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he "is" her brother's best friend. 

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves--and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection? 

My Thoughts:
Somewhat predictable in the romance department but it was hard to pin down who was involved in the drug ring. Twists and turns kept it exciting. At one point I suspected the culpret then I convinced myself he wasn't involved, and went back and forth with several characters during the book. I also liked how lillian realized her strength in the end. Her handicap didn't hold her back. I cant say more or id give it away. I'd give it a 3 star rating out of 5.

May 29, 2016

Upcycled Chick-Fil-A Salad Container Project

Chick Fil A Moms challenged us to upcycle a salad container from their restaurant and make it into something new. My 3 year old son loves music and dancing, so I decided to turn it into a musical shaker.



We took some construction paper we had lying around, some popcorn kernels and packing tape and went to work!



Here are the steps:
1. Open salad container and add about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels (unpopped)
2. Close salad container and tape shut
3. Wrap container in construction paper color of your choice
4. Cover completely with packing tape
5. Decorate as you see fit. We used stickers :)
6. Enjoy your shaker!!!
















The end result looked pretty neat. See it in action below:

video
#chickfilamomsdiy 

May 25, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Litehouse Salad Dressing

Anyone else get annoyed when you reach for a salad dressing and realize you're all out so you have to resort to your new bottle in your pantry, which is warm!?! Who wants to put warm salad dressing on a cold salad? I know I don't. If your veggies could talk, they would say no to room temperature dressings. Fresh foods deserve fresh tasting dressings that are packed with ingredients like buttermilk and real blue cheese. 


When the weather gets warmer I have less desire to spend hours slaving over a hot stove. I want meals that are fast, easy, and cool. On those hot summer nights, a great way to cool down is with a refreshing salad or veggie dish filled with the best seasonal ingredients. To top off your dish, reach for another cool and delicious choice – refrigerated Litehouse dressing. Cold is where it’s sold.

I recently had a chance to check out this brand of salad dressing: Litehouse.  They're very tasty! We buy produce about once a week, and often have fresh salsa or salads, so it's nice to be able to shake things up a bit with some new dressings. I've even made some chicken salad using the poppy seed dressing....mmmm! Litehouse have a wide variety of options: blue cheese, ranch, poppyseed and more!







Chicken Salad Recipe:
* 2 lbs of chicken
* 1-2 cups of mayonaise (or substitute)
* 1-2 cups of Litehouse Poppyseed dressing
* dash of sugar

Directions:
Boil the chicken in a pot of water until cooked. Drain in strainer and run cold water over chicken to cool it. Once chicken has cooled, shred by hand.  In large bowl, mix all ingredients in a bowl and cover with cling wrap. Chill for 2-3 hours in fridge. Then eat and enjoy!!! [I like to dip pita chips into this. Yum!!!]


WIN IT: two free product coupons

HOW TO ENTER: 
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This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

May 21, 2016

24K Premium Gold Collagen Face Masks - Worth the Hype???


I've been hearing about and seeing these face masks EVERYWHERE. They're blowing up on social media. All the big beauty gurus on youtube have been talking about/posting about them. There are the black head masks, the purifying masks and the collagen masks. Some are just for the under eye area, just for the nose, or the full face. There are so many varieties.

This is one beauty band wagon I was hesitant to jump on as mud masks have irritated my skin in the past, but these are not mud masks. After trying an under eye collagen mask that I got in one of my beauty boxes, I was itching to try more! Thankfully I had a chance to purchase these 24K premium gold collagen face masks at a discounted rate to try out!

About the Product
  • Professional High Quality Facial Mask for Spas, Beauty Parlours and treatment at Home. Used by beauty experts around the world!
  • Look Great Everyday Everywhere! Innovative 10X Absorption Technology with "4 in 1" Treatment. Whitening, Moisturizing, Pore Minimizing & Anti-wrinkle.
  • 24k Gold Collagen Crystal Mask for Deep Tissue Rejuvenation and Collagen Renewal Mask
  • Perfect for rehydrating dry, damaged skin, leaving facial skin smooth and firm
  • Collagen face mask enhances collagen synthesis process, which can combat the effects of aging and overexposure to sunlight. Pack of 5 high quality masks

I had a chance to try these, and you can find my review below:

 


Buy them here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A87R0C0 BOTTOM:

April 25, 2016

Ava & Frank Face/Body Paint



I recently learned about a brand called Ava & Frank. They make a face paint palette that looks like an artist palette. Such clever packaging and design. I'd probably buy this one over others just because of the artsy feel. :)


Anyway, here's a bit about them:
"Our Face and Body Paints are the best in the industry. Sourced, made and packaged with love in the USA. With so many dangerous chemicals in the current providers of kids face paints, we wanted to make a difference and use non-paraben, hypoallergenic, FDA compliant, Vegan paints that are creamy, long lasting and SO MUCH SAFE FUN!"

I recently had a chance to try out this product. They arrive as cakey dry paints, but once you add a few drops of water it's easy to work with and paint with. However if you add too much water the color does not stay on your face, so you have to hit a happy medium. I decided to try my hand at a Cinco De Mayo look, the candy skull. Am I Spanish? No, but it looked like such a fun look to try out. What do you think?

You can find the product here: http://avaandfrank.com

Many thanks for Tomoson for connecting me with this brand, and Ava & Frank for the chance to try this product. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
       

April 19, 2016

Edifying Movies

Here are some recently released films by Edifying Media. Check them out!


Noble  
They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. NOBLE, the award-winning feature film, is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.

See Noble Trailer here:



When Calls The Heart

It Begins with Heart 
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) and Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) star in When Calls The Heart: It Begins With Heart, an especially romantic film originally broadcast under the title, A New Year's Kiss.

In the days before the big New Year's Eve celebration, Hope Valley sees some unpredictable resolutions. For instance, Abigail sets out to catch whoever's been stealing from her kitchen – and finds herself in charge of two orphans in the process.

Elizabeth resolves to take charge of Jack's dog, Rip, in an attempt to remedy Rip's apparent jealousy of their relationship. Rosemary is determined to win a San Francisco Herald essay contest about a "real frontier family"... and has to pose as Lee's wife when a reporter from the paper shows up. And Bill Avery tries his best to convince Jack that he's not the one who should be behind bars for counterfeiting.


Meanwhile, two visitors in town ponder sticking around and causing trouble for both Jack and Pastor Frank!

See a clip here:



LIVING HOPE


It's the story of three extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to serving the poor in South Africa. It is a feature length documentary created by the filmmakers behind Journey to Everest, Apostles of Comedy, and Honoring a Father’s Dream: Sons of Lwala.  John Thomas, a pastor who is leading his church to serve the sick, hungry, and dying in the communities that surround them. Journey beside John through the neighborhoods where they work, meet the people their ministry has impacted, and hear from his heart why they chose to make a stand for the poor.  Joey Lankford, a businessman and father of four who moved his young family from the United States to Cape Town. Journey beside Joey as he equips men and women with job skills, and leads them out of the bondage of poverty.  Leonie Rustin, a single mom and nursing assistant, who turned from a life of crippling drug addiction to follow Christ. Journey beside Leonie as she attempts to help other in her community unshackle the chains of addiction and prostitution.


See Trailer here:



Chasing Grace


A tragic accident threatens to destroy a pastor’s family and sets into motion a complex betrayal between two brothers, while exposing secrets no one wants to face.

Pastor Jonathan Matheson lives in a world of black and white, yet finds a way to navigate the “grey in-between” to work to his advantage, while facing one of the most tragic moments of his life. Set in small-town America and woven inside a tale of redemption, “Chasing Grace” is a story of how one family takes on the burden of guilt in order to make sense of their loss. While pointing the finger of blame at his brother, Pastor Jonathan also chooses to hide from the truth while trying to escape his own personal demons. “Chasing Grace” is loosely based upon true events and provides a powerful story about the redeeming power of forgiveness.

Watch the trailer here:


April 18, 2016

Contouring & Baking your Face...What??? :) Yes, its a thing!

Two new hot beauty crazes right now are contouring and baking you face? This is not an autocorrect issue, I really meant to type "baking your face."

Contouring is darkening the parts of your face you want to push into the background, and highlighting the parts you want to bring to the foreground. This helps your face look sculpted.

Baking is letting powder sit on your face, especially the areas you've recently used concealer on, and let it bake into the moisture, leaving a smooth surface when it's done. After about 5 minutes dust off remaining product and voila!

I hope you enjoy!
Remember to head over to my youtube to like, subscribe and check out other beauty video by yours truely ;-)

April 04, 2016

Timeless Skincare

What is Timeless Skincare?

It's a skincare company that offers all-natural, paraben-free, and pure concentrations for your skin’s health and healing. Timeless Skin Care specializes in skincare products that are anti-aging and, well, timeless. Their skincare formulations are made with pure ingredients that have stood the test of time to deliver well-being and comfort for all skin types. Timeless Skin Care’s natural skincare line contains powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles, minimize the appearance of scars, and treat acne. Their formulas are created with better ingredients at a lower price. At Timeless Skin Care, they use only powerful and proven ingredients, and no fillers, so that you get just what you need for timeless beauty. Their natural skincare products are never tested on animals. Timeless Skin Care’s line of serums, pure oils, refill formulas, and facial creams is perfect for those who want to create timeless beauty without a lot of fuss, and without harsh chemicals. They care about your skin, the environment, and animals. In effort to bring timeless beauty to all life on the planet, they have created cruelty-free and all-natural Timeless Skin Care products with these things in mind.

I recently had a chance to try their hyaluronic acid serum 100% pure. It says to mix two or three drops with your daily moisturizer and then applying in the morning and night, which I've been doing for the past 3 weeks. I have also been using it on my hands and lower arms since they show signs of aging and scarring too, and I've seen the most improvement on my arm. I had a mole removed about 5 months ago and the scar was red and mean-looking, and after using this on my arm for the past few weeks, it's fulled to a muted dusty pink color and is barely noticable. Hooray! Being part Irish, I frequently have things removed leaving ugly scars, so I'm grateful to find something that helps diminish these. I can't wait to try other products by Timeless Skincare!

 I even featured this product in my morning moisture routine youtube video, which you can see here:
(head over to my youtube to like and subscribe. Thanks!)

 

Head on over to their site to check out the products for yourself: http://www.timelessha.com/

I received products for review but all opinions expressed are 100% my own!!!

March 30, 2016

Swissvita Eye Lift Cream

 
Product Description
  • A YOUNGER-LOOKING YOU: Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Eye Cream contains ingredients that are backed by many scientific studies. This eye lift eye cream has components known for their revolutionary healing effects. They also help increase collagen levels to keep skin younger-looking.

    SAY GOODBYE TO DARK CIRCLES: Periorbital dark circles are common to people who lack sleep or are tired. Age and genetics are also some of the reasons for getting these unsightly shadows under your eyes. No matter, our uniquely formulated product is known for visibly reducing the appearance of dark circles. It brightens and targets signs of fatigue around eyes and diminishes puffiness.

    ERASE EYE WRINKLES: Improve skin firmness and elasticity with our high performance eye cream. Contains multiple active ingredients that nourish and heal discolored skin, fine lines and wrinkles. This natural skin tightener enhances your skinΓ•s biochemical properties, giving you an eye-lifting, youthful effect that makes your skin look younger and healthier.

    SAFE TO USE: For your safety, this product adheres to the strictest standards of consumer regulations. This 3D all-use eye cream was made with your utmost safety in mind as it is additive-free, alcohol-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. We took out the dangerous chemicals found in many other eye cream products, so you are ensured when applying to your skin.

    INTELLIGENT PACKAGING: This product comes in an aluminum sealed package for your protection. Plastic containers are not used to ensure the quality of the product, prevent the risk of product contamination and to maintain the effectiveness of the active ingredients. The container is also tested to withstand high temperature. Easy to use. Just open the cap, squeeze a sufficient amount on your fingers and apply generously on desired areas.

Application: Use 3D eye cream every morning and night after toner. Take a pea-size and apply onto skin around eyes, tap with light pressure or massage gently with finger.

I tried this ointment for a few weeks and I have mixed feelings about it. It comes out very quickly from the tube, and the lid doesn't screw on easily, so it creates a messy tube nozel which I'm not a fan of, however it does absorb quickly and doesn't affect my makeup application which is a plus. I haven't noticed any noticable improvements in my wrinkles or skin quality, but plan to continue using and see what happens. You'd have to try it for yourself and see what you think.

Learn more or buy it here: http://www.amztk.com/eye-lift

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