Friday, February 25, 2011

Review~ A Conversation with God for Women

A Conversation with God for Women: If you Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?
By: Marcia Ford
Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780785231790
price: $15.99
pages: 320
A Conversation with God for Women allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important women and men from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases challenging, address the issues and tensions specifically felt by women. Each answer, designed for both believers and seekers, is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child. There are many topics covered from the existence and nature of God to
the authenticity of Scripture. This is a wonderful book for any women. It gives complete answers the the questions and backs them up with scripture proof. I liked book and give it 5 stars! I suggest this as reading for any women who has questions about their faith.
disclosure: I received this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for my review

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Review~ Day of Honey By Annia Ciezadlo

Day of Honey

Free Press$26.00

ISBN: 9781416583936
Biography & Memoir

Review Date: February 2011

In the fall of 2003, freelance journalist Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad, filing war stories alongside her Lebanese husband while making pasta puttanesca in their in-room kitchen. Day of Honey is the story of their courtship and marriage, of the two wars that they lived and worked through, and an examination of the role food plays in both love and war. The title is drawn from an Arabic proverb: “Day of honey, day of onions.” That cycle of sweetness and grief, pleasure and tears suffuses every page here.
“Many books narrate history as a series of wars. . . . I look at history as a series of meals,” Ciezadlo writes. She traces her own wanderlust to a vagabond childhood with a single mother that included time spent in a San Francisco homeless shelter, facing down a block of tofu. Her husband was uprooted by the civil war in Lebanon as a child and grew up in New York, where the two met. When his job sent him to Pakistan six days after the 9/11 attacks, Ciezadlo dragged friends to a series of kebab houses, keeping him near by recounting all his dietary quirks to anyone who would listen.
When their assignment in Iraq ended, they moved to Beirut and began a more settled, domestic life . . . just in time for a renewal of sectarian conflict. While rifle fire pinged past her apartment window, Ciezadlo tried to cook pasta on a hot plate, feeling that “as long as I was cooking, I would be safe.”
The book brims with Middle Eastern history, but it’s the small details that tell the story: the Iraqi man who expounds on the greatness of Chicken Soup for the Soul; neighborhoods destroyed by war that sprout rooftop and terrace gardens; bars and cafes where Sunnis and Shiites might sit at the same table and share a meal, then leave and come to blows. Capped off with a collection of mouthwatering recipes, many from Ciezadlo’s larger-than-life mother-in-law, Day of Honey turns thoughts on food into provocative food for thought.

disclosure: I received this book free from Book Blogs in exchange for my review.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review~ The Story of Stuff

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Free Press

March 9, 2010
Language: English
ISBN-10: 143912566X
ISBN-13: 978-1439125663
Annie Leonard's book tells us so much about our world and about, as it says on the cover, the environmental and social impacts of "our obsession with stuff." But it also tells us about who we are and what we think is important. Not preachy or judgmental, Annie creates a new way to think about the choices we make in our own lives and how they connect to everyone and everything. It's really a book about community and how to create one, and how to make choices --both personal and political --that can lead to a healthier, safer and more sustainable world for all of us. Loved the mix of personal stories and analysis and the detailed footnotes and citations. It's well written and tells a great story. A great read that will make you see the world differently -- and open up many opportunities to make change. This book picks up where the video leaves off with lots of discussion of solutions and what we can each do to create a more sustainable life for ourselves and the planet. The message is that life is about more than stuff or profits --that we should honor and appreciate everything we have. And of course businesses need to make money, as do we all. It's just not the only thing that life is about.

disclosure: I received this book free from Book Blogs in exchange for my review.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Review~ Tithing by Douglas Leblanc, Phyllis Tickle

Tithing: Test Me in This
By: Douglas LeBlanc
Thomas Nelson



Tithing, by Douglas LeBlanc, is an awesome book. In the book, LeBlanc provides eleven different perspectives on tithing by interviewing people from drastically different backgrounds and finding out how it has affected their lives. LeBlanc seemed to focus more on telling the stories of his interviews than on giving the reader any actual information about tithing. In one of the interviews, Mark Kellner says, "As far as I know, there's no mention in Scripture of tithing on money." As far as he knows? As a reporter, doesn't LeBlanc have the responsibility to research and answer that statement? It is, after all, a book about tithing.I admit to being a bit of a cynic, but there were points in the book where the theme seemed to be, "If you tithe, God will give you what you want; if you don't, He'll make sure terrible things happen to you." That is much too simplistic for my taste. There were some good points included in the book. They were just hard to find. LeBlanc does point out that tithing is less about money and more about the heart. Tithing positions us humbly before God as our provider, which is always a good thing. If you're looking for material that will actually instruct you on how to tithe or the biblical basis for it, this is not what you're looking for. If you're looking for stories that have a bit to do with how peoples' lives have been affected by tithing, you will like this book.

disclosure: I received this book free from Booksneeze for my review.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review~ God Gave us so Much

Book Title:
God Gave Us So Much
Subtitle:A Limited-Edition Three-Book Treasury
Author Name(s):Lisa Tawn Bergren; illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
Release Date:August 10th, 2010
Page Count:112 Pages
Category:Children, Ages 2 to 5
Three Adorable Tales for Children of All Ages!

Through the eyes of a curious little polar bear, young readers are invited into engaging journeys through the Arctic North Pole to explore some of their most tender-hearted and important questions.

Mama, Papa, and Grampa Bear, the ever-loving and wise guides for Little Cub’s adventures, share with her the incredible miracles of God’s creation and the depths of His love for her.

This limited edition treasury of the best-selling God Gave Us series includes three complete charming tales—one of which is brand new to the series. With heart and humor, the stories reveal the beauty of diversity throughout the world, the incredible gift of love, and the wonderment of our Heavenly home to come.

All three books are available in this exclusive treasury for the price of two!

God Gave Us the World A brand new addition to this series.

For a limited time, available exclusively in this treasury!

God Gave Us Love

God Gave Us Heaven

Thanks to Blogging for Books I was able to review an amazing children’s book titles ‘God Gave Us So Much.’ To me the title says it all and I knew that this book could not disappoint! God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren is made up of not one but THREE children’s stories telling them about the love that God has for us. I love that the books is more than just a few words to a page and really tells you a good story. Each page is also filled with the most fun and eye catching art work that brings the children into the story. All three stories are about a little Polar Bear Cub who asks questions to her family members. Each of them lets her know Gods love for her in a entertaining way.

Story One- God Gave Us the World- You will enjoy listening as Little Cub hears about all of the other bears there are in the world. His mother tells him about how God made different landscapes such as desert, mountains, jungles, and the arctic. God also made bears to fit each place and Mother Bear explains to Little Cub that God put each bear in the place that he knew would make them most happy.

Story two-God Gave Us Love- take note as Little Cub gets a lesson from Grandpa. Little Cub learns that God loves each one of us just as we should all love another. The gift of Love is a Gift from God that we should never take for granted!

Story Three- God Gave Us Heaven- You will enjoy learning just as Little Cub does, about Heaven. God has a plan for each of us and Little Cub and his Papa will discuss their views on the wonderful place that they will one day return to.
I love the God Gave Us books by Lisa Tawn Bergren.
disclaimer: I received this book free for this review from Blogging 4 books

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Product Review and Giveaway - Salon Grafix invisible dry spray shampoo~ ENDED

Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo( will leave your hair feeling clean and refreshed without the residue. By simply spraying it in your hair and brushing it out, your hair will look and feel rejuvenated. Great for all hair types and styles, Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo goes on clean and clear, with no powder left behind and it absorbs the oily buildup on your scalp.
Salon Grafix new invisible formula neutralizes odors also, making it the perfect middle man in between showers to keep your hair looking (and smelling) fantastic! Salon Grafix is dedicated to bringing you the finest salon quality hair care products for a modest price. Their Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo retails for $7.99 and can be purchased at all many drug retail stores across Canada and the US such as: Target, WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.

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Salon Grafix's Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo goes on clear to clean and refresh your hair - with no color and no powdery residue.
Just spray in and brush out.
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1 Lucky reader is going to get their very own full size bottle of Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo to try for themselves.

Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.
Winner information: I will require the winner's name and a valid e-mail address.
Incomplete details will disqualify a winner from receiving the prize.
1 winner will get a bottle of invisible dry spray shampoo

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This giveaway will end on February 23, 2011 @ 11:59 CST.

I will choose the winner using Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile. Winner will be announced in a post on February 24th and will have 48 hours to contact me to receive prize or another winner will be chosen.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Review~ The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

Book Title:The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari
Author Name(s):Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark; illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
Release Date:January 11th, 2011
Page Count:40 pages
Category:Children/Juvenile/Picture Books
Description: “Padraig, my friend, it is time for us to be courageous.”

Padraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s’mores over their campfire. But when the sky gets dark and the sounds of strange animals fill the forest outside their tent, their safari gets scary. This adventure is just what the boys need to discover that the dark might be frightening, but their friendship is stronger than fear.
The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari is a cute kids book about a turtle named Roger and a dragon named Padraig. The two decide to spend an entire night out camping, beneath the stars and alone all by themselves. While out, the familiar spooks and noises born from childhood imagination appear, and Roger and Padraig struggle to endure the long night.

The themes are great for young kids, teaching them the values of friendship and of helping others. Also, on the back cover of the book there is a collection of questions to ask your kids to prompt them to respond to the story.

Overall, The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari is a fun book for young children that teaches good morals and tells a fun story along with it.

disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for this review.
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A child-size tent
Sleeping bags (2)
Campfire treats
Essential safari tools (a compass, a flashlight, and a spy glass)
Stuffed animals
Copies of The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

Two runner-up winners will receive a copy of The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari and a stuffed animal.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Review~ Big Funny

They are colorfully customized and personalized greeting
cards that are sometimes bigger than the people who receive them.
BigFunnyCards come in three LARGE sizes: 4 feet, 3 feet and 2 feet tall.
Each card is customizable online and allows the uploading of digital photos
onto the card. No other greeting card on the market is as large and can be
personalized online and shipped within 48 hours – with no extra shipping
There are six greeting card categories on the site
pre-loaded with templates to help customers get started. After a template
is chosen, the proprietary Victory Design Technologies online design tools
allows a user to quickly and easily customize a card for a loved one. The
greeting card categories include: Birthday, Christmas, Get Well, Valentine,
Thinking of You and Wedding. The BigFunnyCards are also ideal for holidays,
graduations, anniversaries, retirements and more. Some of the more unique
BigFunnyCards include: a card of four feet tall roses cut into the shape of
a vase of roses; and a four feet tall money tree where 75 dollar bills can
be pasted on the oversized card. has started with just a
few dozen templates, but plans to have more than 250 choices in the next
year. BigFunnyCards are printed on corrugated plastic and are 100%
recyclable. shoppers can also add a gift card to their
purchase to be included in their delivery. The 2’, 3’ and 4’ BigFunnyCards
range in price from to $19.50 to $44.50 and are available year round.

I received a code to purchase a card from to give this review.
This is the card that I purchased.
I choose a 4ft Valentines card for my kiddos.
Thanks to my daughter for holding the card!
The card took less that 5 minutes to customize.
The site is easy to navigate and picking the card you would like it is as simple as a few clicks.

When you are done with customizing your card of choice you can preview the card and then enter your address and the card is on its way.

The card i ordered arrived in about 5 days with a envelope big enough to hold the card.
That was a neat touch.
When the kiddos opened it they were amazed and loved it.
If you are looking for a card that will impress your loved ones you should order from Big Funny Cards. 
For more information or to purchase go to:  

Thanks to Big Funny Cards for giving me the chance to review your cards and delight my kids!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Chex Gluten Free ~ Review

From celebrity wedding cakes and bakery delicacies to countless blogs and articles, it’s clear that the number of households looking for gluten free foods is on the rise. In fact, according to one dietary report, 25 percent of consumers expressed interest in gluten free foods and that number continues to grow.

Without sacrificing quality or taste, Chex® has taken the requisite steps to ensure products labeled as “gluten free” do not contain wheat, rye, barley, oats or crossbred hybrid of these grains. They also do not contain ingredients derived from these grains. Production locations assure that no cross-contact can occur during manufacturing and/or packaging. Gluten free products are also routinely analyzed to assure ongoing compliance with the FDA proposed regulation for “gluten free.”

With gluten-free Chex available in Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Corn and Rice varieties, the options are more readily available than ever before. The five gluten free Chex cereals have an approximate retail price of $2.99 to $3.29.

To verify that the cereal is gluten free, consumers are strongly encouraged to look for “GLUTEN FREE” on Chex cereal packaging. This label will appear near the ingredient declaration on the package side panel and on the front panel. It’s also important to note that Wheat Chex and Multi-Bran Chex are NOT gluten free cereals.

Source: NPD Group Dieting Monitor, May 2010.
Note that Wheat Chex and Multi-Bran Chex are NOT gluten free.

disclosure: I received a box of Honey nut chex to review from PSSST. These tasted great and didnt taste like what i had expected a gluten free food to taste. The box was gone within 5 minutes of opening it. The kiddos give it 5 stars as they were muching them down. They even ate them with out milk!

Five crunchy Chex cereals with all-family appeal are gluten free: Honey Nut Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Rice Chex and Corn Chex. Two Chex cereals – Wheat Chex and Multi-Bran Chex – are NOT gluten free.

From breakfast staple to midday snack or used in a gluten free recipe, Chex is a versatile pick for families on the go. Glassman and Chex offer healthy tips for anyone following a gluten free diet:

Start the Day Right—Eating breakfast lays a good foundation for the day. A nutritious breakfast should contain whole grain, low-fat dairy, lean protein such as egg whites or peanut butter and a serving of fruit. Chex cereals offer at least 8 grams of whole grain in every serving and pair perfectly with fruit such as bananas and blueberries, not to mention milk.

Stock Up—Keep the kitchen stocked with delicious options that are naturally gluten free, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, and most yogurts.

Simple Snacking— Nutrient-rich snacks can be part of a complete and healthy diet while helping to keep cravings at bay. Keep single servings of raw or dry-roasted nuts and crunchy cereal, such as Chex gluten free cereals, in your bag for an on-the-go option.

Keep a Food Journal—Glassman recommends keeping a food journal to track meals and snacks throughout the day to ensure you’re meeting your daily nutritional needs, including recommended servings of grains, fruits, vegetables and protein. Jot down what works well and what doesn’t so you have a point of reference.

Recipe Round-Up—Mix up your mealtime by testing delicious gluten free recipes the whole family will appreciate. An array of gluten free recipes are available at  and .

For more great information on Keri and healthy living, check out .

Try All 5 delicious gluten free Chex® varieties:
Honey Nut Chex – Sweetened with a bit of honey, flavored with a touch of almond and ta-da! Breakfast is served—sans gluten.
Chocolate Chex – Chocolate lovers, fix your eyes—and taste buds—on a bowl of morning merriment, complete with delicious cocoa.
Cinnamon Chex – A perfect balance of real cinnamon gives gluten free-seeking early birds another reason to celebrate.
Rice Chex – Lightly oven toasted with an enthusiastic crunch, Rice Chex is simply delicious on its own or dressed up with berries or sliced bananas for a wholesome breakfast pick.
Corn Chex – Offers a wholesome crunch at the breakfast table and plays nice with a variety of flavors, working well in many gluten free recipes.

Nutrition profile of 5 gluten free Chex® cereals:
100–130 calories per serving
0g–2.5g of fat per serving
2g–9g of sugar per serving
12 essential vitamins & minerals
A good source of calcium and vitamin D
At least 8g of whole grains per serving*
*At least 48g recommended daily

thanks PSSSST