Tuesday, February 21, 2017

#MaxinatureKitchenWare Tart Pans Review (Tomoson)

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I received Maxinature Pack of Three Tart Quiche Pans, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. I love silicone pans. The pans are easy to clean and last longer (for me) than regular pans. I liked these pans because of the size. I can cook smaller portions of cakes and pies. I have made mostly fruit cakes in the pans. Be careful of the temperature though because the pans can brown.

The first thing I made, as seen in the photos below, was a pineapple cake with cream cheese. I was able to make two cakes with my normal cake batter. I froze one for the next day, but my oldest got a hold of it and finished off the cake solo.

You can purchase the tart pans, using the link above. The pans are prime-eligible.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

When We Last Spoke Book Review (FlyBy Blog Promotions)

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I read When We Last Spoke by Marci Hanna, in exchange for honest review from FlyBy Blog Promotions.I received a paperback and a dvd intro (not released yet). I havent heard the dvd yet because my pc hates my external dvd player.

About the book

Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.

Meet Juliet Cranbourne, local radio personality and owner of a whimsical kitchen gadget store,and her sister Evangeline, a fruit tree geneticist who works for Oregon State University.

When a rift due to their orphaned past affects their sisterhood, Juliet convinces Evangeline to come home for Christmas and choose headstones to honor grandparents Walt (a tenderhearted, good looking rancher) and Ruby (a blue-ribbon fiddler, fabulous cook, and expert in the art of making family feel loved). 

As they cruise through Fireside in Ruby's Thunderbird, Juliet hopes that healing memories will somehow smooth rough roads ahead.

Does the tremendous love that marked Walt and Ruby's lives still have the power to renew their sisterhood and help them find their place in the world?

About the Author:

Marci Henna was born in Austin, Texas and lived as a child in Kenya, East Africa with the Wakamba tribe where her parents managed a medical research station. She later moved to the Hill Country ranch which has been in the family since the 1800s and currently lives in Austin.

Book Review

I liked the concept of the book. Two sisters (Juliet and Evangeline) attempt to get along, while healing over the death of their grandparents (Walt and Ruby) years ago. My maternal biological grandpa died before I was born, while I never met my paternal grandpa. My maternal grandma died 16 years ago, while my paternal grandma is still living at 80 something years old. 

I have three sisters (two from my parent's marriage and one from my father, never met her). The middle two and I tolerate each other. It may take something major for all of us to come together and grieve.

In the beginning of the book, Juliet is on a mass declutter of her grandma's junk from the house. I am in the process of doing the same for my apartment. Need to declutter to make room for things I want like a sofa set, dining room table, and a fifth bed for Brad (maybe a mattress).

I also lived with my grandma as a kid, with mother, sisters, and a host of other relatives. She was the disciplinarian, the cook, and the cleaner. 

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The book is available in paperback, kindle, and kindle unlimited format. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Dog Who Was There

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I readThe Dog Who Was There, in exchange for honest review from Litfuse. The book is Christian-based. I received the ebook version.

About the Book:

No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah.

He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley's eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we've never experienced before.

Barley's story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver's home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.

About the Author:

Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, "Notes to an Actor," was named by the American Library Association an Outstanding Book of 2008. His second book, "About Grief," has been translated into multiple languages, and he is currently completing a book on Shakespeare's sonnets.

He has acted extensively on TV-from "Lost" to "West Wing" to "Entourage" to originating the role of Mr. Casper on "Freaks and Geeks"-and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie "Illusion," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Most recently, he has played the recurring role of Judge Grove on "Major Crimes." He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA.

Find out more about Ron at http://www.thomasnelson.com/the-dog-who-was-there.

My Review: 

I loved the book and the angle of how the book is told through the eyes of a dog. The book was well written and detailed. The beginning for example, described the house, Barley and his owners (Duv and Adah, an older couple) lived in, from the low ceiling, one window, and the one room house. The author described the road and atmosphere. The author also described some of the daily chores, Adah and Duv did.  The beginning set the atmosphere for the rest of the book. Barley was a happy, observant dog. The story was set in the city of Jerusalem.

I also liked how the author described Duv's woodcarving process of birds. The book starts off slow. The author describes many things, more than what I discussed above. He set each scene beautifully. If you have a kindle or a reader, which has a text-to-speech option, the book is a great listen.

One powerful scene was Barley's nightmare scene. It was graphic and made you feel like you was there. I was glad when the scene was over.

You can purchase the book here. The book comes in Kindle, paperback, hardback, mp3 cd, and audible format. The book is prime-eligible. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ASD Reading Review (Tomoson)

I reviewed the ASD Reading Program, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder. I wanted to review the program for Kalen. Kalen has a lovely list of disabilities, including Autism. His other disabilities include:

  1. Global Development Delays
  2. Sensory Processing Disorder
  3. Suspected Long QT Syndrome
  4. Creatine Deficiency Disorder
  5. Static Encephalopathy
  6. Sleep Apnea
The program helps children with Autism learn how to read, write, and comprehend, even if they are non-verbal. The program was created by Dr. Marion Blank (literacy and language)  and Jonathan Blank (technology) (Check out this article about Autism and Reading)

I am a big believer in early childhood education. When Brad was diagnosed, they didn't have many services available. My old insurance wouldn't cover but one session of speech and the ex husband and I could not afford to pay for extra services.

When Kalen started having delays, he received early childhood intervention through WIC. He went to preschool program for children with developmental disabilities (PPCD pre-k for special needs kids). He received occupational and physical therapy in the home. Then, he was referred to Texas Childrens. Kalen started off with a neurologist, but later expanded to cardiology and genetics, based on new conditions discovered.

With the program, I had to try to teach Kalen how to use the computer first. He has shown an interest in computers and phones lately.

Benefits of the program:

  1. You can add multiple children to the program
  2. You can try out the program with a 30 day trial. 
  3. You can earn free months for sharing a personalized link on social media

You can purchase the program using the link above.

Lessons From A Difficult Person Book Spotlight (iRead Book Tours)

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Book Description: 

Elliston is a highly successful workshop leader and trainer, who offers wisdom learned the hard way—by experience – as well as through rigorous study and certification in many areas of professional training that aid her in her work -- Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. She is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy that teaches people they have a choice in how they choose to behave.

The methods Elliston offers in her book end the trauma and the drama, and minimize the possibility of confrontation. She gives YOU, the reader, the ability to take a strong, positive, confident—yet compassionate--stance with the “difficult person”—whether that is a relative, coworker, friend, one of your children or anyone else for that matter.

Elliston demonstrates how to:

• Identify the ways to talk to a “difficult” person

• Incorporate true incentives to help people change

• Make real the consequences of the “difficult” person’s action

• Increase success through acceptance and belonging

• Avoid being triggered by the “difficult” person allowing you to neutralize those hot buttons and communicate without judgment

Elliston lays out a proven script for peacefully transforming the difficult person’s behavior and the environment. She gives you the tools for successfully initiating and engaging in a conversation with a difficult person that would lead to change.

You can purchase the book here or enter to win using the link in the giveaway section.

Author Bio: 

Sarah (Sam) Elliston is an expert in the art of Dealing with Difficult People. She is a top workshop leader and a member of the faculty of the William Glasser Institute, which espouses “Reality Therapy” to foster behavioral change.

But her instructional career began long before she even became aware that she was herself a “difficult person,” traits that began in Lincoln MA, where she grew up. For more than 30 years she has been teaching and training, first as a high school teacher in Ohio and Cincinnati—and then as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


Prize: One winner will receive a copy of Lessons from a Difficult Person and a $10 Amazon gift card (open to USA & Canada)

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Monday, February 6, 2017

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review (FlyBy Blog Promotions)

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I read I'm Gong to Give You a Bear Hug by Caroline Clooney in exchange for honest review from FlyBy Blog Promotions. The book was illustrated by Tim Warnes. I wanted the book for Kalen.

The book was cute and easy to read. The book reminded me a bit of Seuss because it rhymed. In the book, the little boy got hugs from various animals, but nothing compared to the bear hug, he got in the end.

Kalen loves the book. He loves being read too. So far, the cover and book is still intact, which means he loves the book. He even hid the book from his brother when brother tried to snatch it from him.

You can purchase the book using the link above. The book is available in hardback, board book, and paperback format. The book is prime-eligible.