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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Children's Book Review~The Adventures of Spunky and Dunky and Buddy Bear-Rescued at Last


The Adventures of Spunky and Dunky and Buddy Bear-Rescued at Last is the first book in a series of ten books chronicling the adventures of a bear and two little monkeys. These books all have many character building themes, as well as struggles common to children as they grow up.  The author is Gary C. Newton, PHD, who is the Professor of Children and Family at Crown College in Minnesota. 

In this first book, Spunky and Dunky are two little monkeys whose parents were taken away by poachers in the African jungle.  Buddy Bear is a kind bear who hears their story and travels to Africa to rescue them.  He brings them to his home, a cabin in the woods in Canada.  Once there, Spunky and Dunky must adjust to a new life, and learn many new rules.  They have lots of fun adventures along the way. 

The Adventures of Spunky and Dunky and Buddy Bear-Rescued at Last is a sweet, fun book for all children.  It is 39 pages long, with eight short chapters and beautiful illustrations on every other page.  It is available in hardback or e-book from Outskirts Press and Amazon.

*Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. 


Product Review~Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler



I don't usually wear a lot of makeup, but one thing I do know can make a big difference in my eyes is curling my eyelashes.  I recently received the Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler to review.   My eyelashes are sparse, short, and pale so having a good quality eyelash curler is important. 

 
 
This Izy Trends Eyelash Curler is comfortable to hold with a rubber grip handle.  It is good for curling any length of lashes, and has a lifetime guarantee.  It has a gentle, soft pad design for no tugging or pulling on the delicate eye area. 
 


The Lovely Lashes Eyelash curler worked great for curling my lashes, and was very comfortable to use with no tugging or pinching.  You can purchase your own at Amazon.





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Product Review~LumenX EZ Grip Bike Light


 

My 11-year-old son Chad rides his bike a lot, so I was very interested in reviewing LumenX EZ Grip Bike Lights .  I never let him ride around our neighborhood once it gets dark, because he doesn't have lights.  Now he does, and we both are loving them!

The set consists of two high quality dual energy efficient LED lights, white for the front and red for the back.  The lights are super bright, with 90 lumens and provide up to 150M safe use.  The white light has four modes and the red light has three modes, which range from constant light to faster strobe light.  The lights can last for up to 25 hours in constant mode and 130 hours in flashing mode.  It is super easy to attach, my son did it on his own in a minute.  Here is a picture of the rear light in my hand, so you can see the size:

I was impressed with the small size and quality of the EZ Grip bike light.  Also, it attaches very quickly and easily.  It is advertised to be used with any type of bike, but my son switches his from his bike to his electric scooter in a flash, and even put one on each of his rollerblades the other day!  So, the LumenX EZ Grip Bike Light is a big hit at our house and I feel that my son is safer riding now!


You can purchase your own set of EZ Grip Bike Lights at Amazon.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Review and Triple iPad Author Giveaway~The Revealing


The Revealing is the third and final installment of The Inn at Eagle Hill series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  In this story, we continue following the Old Order Amish Schrock and King families.  Tobe Schrock is away in prison, due to be released soon.  His family is looking forward to his return, to put the bad memories of the past behind them.  Neighbor Naomi King and Tobe are in love with each other, but they are keeping it a secret from their families. 

Through The Revealing we follow several romances and relationships in different stages, all while the Inn has a very curious guest who is having a romance of her own.  The family is shocked when a pregnant stranger shows up on their doorstep, claiming to be having Tobe's child.  When Tobe is released from prison, there is a lot to get sorted out. 

My Thoughts: I was excited to read The Revealing, as I had very much enjoyed the first two books in the series, The Letters and The Calling.  Suzanne Woods Fisher never disappoints me with her stories, The Revealing included.  Being the third book in the series, I felt mixed emotions-I want to experience more with these characters I have gotten to know, but I also didn't want the series to end!  The Revealing would be best read after the first two books, as I think it would be too confusing by itself.  The story is full of emotion, and so riveting I read until the wee  hours of the morning!  I enjoyed watching Naomi's character grow and gain strength. 



To learn more about author Suzanne Woods Fisher, visit her website.  You can also read more reviews of The Revealing at Litfuse.  To purchase your own copy of The Revealing, click here.



In The Revealing, the riveting conclusion to the Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.

Suzanne is celebrating by giving away THREE iPads!
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  THREE grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • PickPocket Tablet Accessory Pouch (A stylish storage pouch designed to hold all your tablet accessories. Info.)
  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing)
Five second place winners will receive:
  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing) by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 20th. All winners will be announced July 21st at Suzanne's blog. AND ... if you're looking for more in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, be sure to pick up the ebook novella, The Rescue, for just $1.99!

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Suzanne is also giving away two 10-book mystery prize packs! 

One of the major themes of The Revealing is learning to trust your intuition and instincts. These are God-given qualities that we sometimes are too timid or unsure of to act on. For a chance to win one of the 10-book prize packs, leave a comment on this blog and share about a time when your intuition or instinct saved the day—or a time you ignored it and missed an opportunity. 

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

 
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.