Thursday, February 20, 2020

She Believed: 12 Stories of Courageous Women of Faith Who Changed the World by Shiloh Kidz an imprint of Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 9781643522739
Hardcover $9.99 ~ Ages 5+
Shiloh Kidz-Imprint of Barbour Publishing
My thoughts:  This is a very nice collection of short biographies of courageous women. Written with the young child or young reader to understand, it of necessity focuses on the barest of details of the women.

The collection of women is "Hall of Fame" quality and readers should be encouraged as they grow older to read more about these women.

Included are missionaries, nurses, abolitionists,  musicians, and holocaust survivor.  Knowing that they lived during a time when historically women were relegated to the background and a mundane life, their accomplishments should empower today's young girls and women to believe as did these women that they, too, can do important work for society and for God.

I highly recommend this book for home libraries a well as school and public libraries.

About the Book: Girls are world-changers! . . . And this delightful storybook proves it!

Just for the girls in your life, ages 5 and up, this collection of twelve extraordinary stories of women of faith will empower girls to know and understand how women have made a difference in the world and how much smaller our faith would be without them. Colorful illustrations complement the true stories of these twelve amazing women:

  • Gladys Aylward, missionary to China
  • ​Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
  • Catherine Booth, cofounder of The Salvation Army
  • Amy Carmichael, missionary to India
  • Fanny Crosby, blind hymn-writer
  • Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing
  • Edith Schaeffer, cofounder of L’Abri ministry in Switzerland
  • Mary Slessor, missionary to Africa
  • Corrie ten Boom, Dutch watchmaker who helped many escape the Nazi Holocaust of WWII
  • Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and missionary
  • Sojourner Truth, Civil Rights leader
  • Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad

The stories of these courageous women will encourage and inspire young girls to become the world-changers God created them to be!

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

Turn it Up!: A Pitch-Perfect History of Music that Rocked the World - National Geographic [Review & Giveaway]

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Hardcover $19.99
My thoughts: Historians tell us that man has created "music" since earlier times. We have no written history to facilitate this. However, we do have archaeological indicators of some earlier music instruments and we know that cultures each present music in various ways and means.

The National Geographic Kids Turn It Up!: A Pitch-Perfect History of Music that Rocked the World takes young readers, and "their adults," back in history and up to modern day. We see an evolution of man's creation of sounds and instruments on which to produce those sounds. And as we continue through this evolutionary history, we see that to some degree man remains in his historic past with explosive sounds that rock their world.

My personal choice of music leans toward orchestral or symphonic renderings of glorious melodies and lovely chamber ensembles of violins and their cousins. I enjoy a good mellow sound of "easy listening" with strings, mellow brass horns of various types, and reed instruments.

My choice doesn't include the raucous rap, or bams, or booms and off beat cadences of modern music. But music was evolved or perhaps de-volved to such.

This book simply presents the musical evolution and those creators of each genre. I like that listings of performers and songs that enable readers to access each of the types.  I do think that there is too much focus given in this book to the loud, strident sounds that comprise today's musical choices and the performers. 

This is an interesting book and would be a good choice for libraries and personal libraries. I strongly encourage homeschoolers to avail themselves of books of this type even if I can't endorse or say I enjoy every tidbit of information. 

About the book: From classical to country, blues to rock, hip-hop to pop, crank up the volume and get ready to rock out with a comprehensive record of music through the ages.

The high notes and biggest moments in music history are covered in this fun compendium. You'll learn about the world's most famous musicians through the eras, from Bach to the Beatles to Beyonce -- and beyond. Many major music genres are playfully explained, from tribal, classical, jazz, folk, rock ... all the way to today's modern forms, such as k-pop, hip-hop, and rap. Instruments and sounds are explored, along with places and events in history that inspired the evolution of music. Kids will also get a sense of music theory, instrumentation, and the artistry of distinctive musical styles. Song recommendations help readers open their ears to what they've learned. Add to that amazing images, a rockin' glossary of musical terms, and a timeline that plots each genre on its path from ancient history to today, and this book is bound to top the charts!

Begins February 20
Ends March 17 at 12:01 a.m. ET
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OFF THE HOOK: How Forgiving You Frees Me by Earl Middleton

ISBN-13: 978-0985097837
Whitestone Publishing


Is there something you’ve inadvertently picked up along the way that’s sucking the life out of you? Stealing your peace? Has you stuck? Stuck happens. Much as we think we’ve moved on, hard things have a way of taking root in the heartscape of our lives. Off the Hook shares real life stories of real people who had no idea they were still captive to past hurts—until they walked through deep forgiveness! This way of forgiveness offers healing and freedom you never thought possible. It’s about the power of truly letting go—taking old pain patterns and people off your hook, for your sake, not theirs. No longer hemmed in by the burden of deep hurt, loss and offense, you are free at last to soar above it. Discover what no one has told you about the forgiveness power tool—what it is, what it is not, and how to do it. Rewrite the ending to your true story by retrieving the well being and destiny God has for you.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ishmael Covenant (Empires of Armageddon series) by award-winning author, Terry Brennan - from Kregel Publishing [Giveaway]

His marriage in tatters and his career ruined by lies, Diplomatic Security Service agent Brian Mullaney is at the end of his rope. Banished to Israel as punishment by his agency, he's assigned to guard a US ambassador and an insignificant box. Little does he know that this new job will propel him straight into a crisis of global proportions.

Inside the box is a messianic prophecy about the fate of the world. And a dark enemy known as The Turk and the forces of evil at his command are determined to destroy the box, the prophecy, and the Middle East as we know it. When Ambassador Cleveland gets in the way, his life and his daughter's life are threatened--and Mullaney must act fast.

Now agents of three ancient empires have launched covert operations to secure nuclear weapons, in direct defiance of the startling peace treaty Israel and its Arab neighbors have signed. And a traitor in the US State Department is leaking critical information to a foreign power. It's up to Mullaney--still struggling with his own broken future--to protect the embassy staff, thwart the clandestine conspiracies, and unmask a traitor--before the desert is turned into a radioactive wasteland.

Fans of Joel C. Rosenberg, Steven James, and Ted Dekker will relish the deadly whirlpool of international intrigue and end-times prophecy in Ishmael Covenant--and will eagerly await the rest of this new trilogy.

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About the author: Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher, The Brotherhood Conspiracy, and The Aleppo Code, the three books in The Jerusalem Prophecies series. His latest release, Ishmael Covenant is the first in his new series, Empires of Armageddon.

A Pulitzer Prize is one of the many awards Brennan accumulated during his 22-year newspaper career. The Pottstown (PA) Mercury won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a two-year series published while he led the team as the newspaper’s Editor.

Starting out as a sportswriter in Philadelphia, Brennan became an editor and publisher for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York and later moved to the corporate staff of Ingersoll Publications (400 newspapers in the U.S., Ireland and England) as Executive Editor of all U.S. newspaper titles.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Giveaway is hosted by publicist who is responsible with publisher, Kregel, for sending winner's copy.

Fabulous Tenth & Pine baby and toddler organic tee shirts - Made in USA (#sensitiveskin #eczema #organiccotton)

Today folks are thinking seriously about the environment and that includes manufacturers. So when I received my package containing the exceptionally fine Tenth & Pine toddler T-shirt,  I was quite impressed. The package did include some plastic, but not over-much. The shirt was encased in a simple, brown kraft paper bag imprinted with the logo. It looked great and I could see they value the environment just from their packaging.

Then when I removed the gem of an organic cotton T-shirt, I was simply amazed at the softness, quality weave, and structure. Believe me, as a grandmother of 13 and mother of 5, I've handled quite a few T-shirts and other items of clothing. This Tenth & Pine product is top quality.

And some of my Chat With Vera readers have already met my great-grandson who has appeared in several posts and reviews. He is one cute little fella and so lively and so very smart. Yes! I'm a proud Great Grandma.

I passed this shirt along to his mommy and was thrilled to do so. You see, Baby Caleb has had eczema that pops up on his beautiful skin. So sensitive. This organic cotton T-shirt is naturally hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin. Well worth the money!

And it is an USA product. Sourced and produced in America.

What Baby Caleb's mommy is saying about the Tenth & Pine T-shirt.....

I've been blessed with a healthy, thriving son that is always on the go! However, we've been dealing with his sensitive skin and a range of eczema conditions from the day he came home, so we're very careful about his clothes, detergent and anything he touches. I could tell from the moment I picked up this shirt that it was going to be perfect for him, the fabric was so soft, supple and made with good quality materials. This little cutie had free range of motion and was very comfortable while he was wearing it, not to mention the timely message for Valentine's Day. The quality and thickness is of the type that I know it will hold up well over time and whatever he gets into next.
(--Photos by Rebecca Roddenberry-Smith, Baby Caleb's Mommy) 

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Benefits to Organic Cotton:
  • Perfect for sensitive skin, all natural fibers.
  • No chemicals, no harsh toxins.
  • Conservation of natural resources, minimize pollution.
  • GOTS Certified workplace, employees are treated fairly.
  • Durability, strong resilient material.
DISCLOSURE: I receive a complimentary product to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine and Baby Caleb's and are freely given.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Premium Natural Pacha Bar Soap lets you bathe in luxury and aid people around the World [Review & Giveaway]

It is such a pleasure to sink into one's bath, pick up a lovely scented bar of soap, and lather up. Enveloping oneself in tantalizing aromas and a rich lather that softens one's skin with natural ingredients.

Relax! Enjoy a simply "delicious" bath with natural oils and scents!

You know when you use Pacha soaps that you are getting a product that is effective, made with natural ingredients, cruelty free, and contains no SLS, parabens, and sulfates. There is no synthetic fragrance in these soaps. Just lovely products merged together here in the USA to bring you wholesome, conscious consumer, products that are good for you and the environment.

I have used several of the Pacha products and loved them. I am using the Pachafetti Bar right now and it has a little bit of everything in it. Previously I've tried the French Lavender, Dirty Hippi (love the patchouli and spicy nutmeg scent), and others.

Since it’s Good Earth Beauty's 10th anniversary this year, we are celebrating with the brands we carry. Pacha is one of their leading brands. So we are offering a discount and a giveaway.

Product information: The Pacha no waste blend! This bar is crafted with scraps from each of our soaps for a colorful and conscious creation. Brightly scented with lemongrass and peppermint essential oils. Made with sustainably produced palm oil, wild harvested unrefined Shea butter and hydrating castor seed oil.

Pacha products spread goodness by supporting radically transparent and ethical sourcing, clean water initiatives, hygiene education and small business opportunities worldwide.

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Begins February 13
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The Hunter and His Dog (A Fantastical Journey through the World of Bruegel) by Sassafras De Bruyn from Eerdmans Publishing [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  Unless one is schooled to understand and recognize the works of various artists through the centuries, one would likely miss the fun of a book such as The Hunter and His Dog. To begin with, this is a "wordless" book in that the story is told visually alone. The story is that of The Hunter and he leaps from page to page following the black bird. His companion is his dog. The two of them see the black bird soar through a crevasse that appears on the virtually blank page.

Turn the page and you see and "town square" packed full of peasants from long ago engaged in village activities of playing, dancing, and life in general.

But the scene changes just as in the Works of artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We see the Tower of Babel, Winter hunting scenes, folks diving into holes in the ground, and a scary figure.

So the "readers" can create their own story but the real fun would be exploration of the multitude of characters revisited from Bruegel's famous works.

A short bio about Bruegel's paintings is at the end of the book. And there are numerous websites where you can find information and images of Brugel's paintings. Here is one:

I highly recommend libraries acquire a copy of this fun book and homes where love of art is important would want to add it to their children's libraries.

About the book: Spotting a bird in the distance, the hunter and his dog begin a madcap chase across the world of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. They stumble into some of the artist’s most famous scenes: wedding dances, snowy villages, even the winding stairs of the Tower of Babel. Will they ever find the place where they belong?

This wordless book introduces young readers to the Flemish Renaissance artist and his most beloved works, including The Hunters in the Snow and Children’s Games. Includes informational endnote on Bruegel and an index of the paintings that inspired each illustration.
Begins February 12
Ends March 11 at 12:01 a.m. ET
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided by and shipped directly to the winner by Eerdmans Publishing.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Blizzard Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #10) by Susanne Dietze

My thoughts:  This series "The Daughters of the Mayflower" has been a joy to read. I think I've only missed one to my despair and shame. Anyway, reading The Blizzard Bride, #11 in the series, has been interesting in that it has a woman (our Blizzard Bride) serving in the US Secret Service to help identify and apprehend a sinister counterfeiter and murderer.

A man who was a childhood friend and sweetheart is also engaged by the Secret Service to bring the culprit to justice. But Abigail's and Dash's unpleasant past experience with each other doesn't make them the best work companions. So that brings a lot of ups and downs in the story.

The blizzard is a Kansas sudden storm and there are children wandering and lost in it. Melodramatic? Perhaps, but it does make for a good read. And true to life happenings such as these occurred in the annuals of history.

You'll meet some delightful and interesting characters drawn in words on the pages of The Blizzard Bride and you'll find yourself rooting for the good guys. The children and their antics and personalities are a delight.

I recommend this book and the entire series.

About the book: A Blizzard Changes Everything

Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.

Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her.

All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?

DISCLOSURE I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. Opinions are mine, alone and freely given.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Pets and Their Famous Humans by Ana Gallo & illustrated by Katherine Quinn [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

ISBN: 9783791374253
Hardcover $17.95
Ages 7-10, 48 pages
Prestel Publishing Ltd.
My thoughts:  Seemingly, the main portion of the title is "Pets" I, however, found this book to interestingly be a sort of biographic sketch of the "humans" relative to their pets. Some of the pets were rather exotic, wild creatures that we are extolled to not ever consider as critters that we should domesticate. However, these various animals, birds, etc. were inspirations to their famous owners, their humans, in their chosen professions.

The easy to read text is geared for middle elementary age students; but as an adult, I, too, found the short biographic sketches interesting. Readers will discover famous individuals and perhaps be encouraged to seek more information about their literature, art, and achievements.

I found the book interesting, informative, entertaining, and one I certainly can recommend for libraries everywhere.

About the book: A charmingly illustrated collection of pet-related stories, children will find out about some of history's most important scientists, artists, writers, and musicians and their beloved animals.

Did you know that Mozart's pet starling was the inspiration for his Piano Concerto No. 17? Or that writer Dorothy Parker loved animals so much she let aI  pair of alligators swim in her bathtub? These are just a couple of the stories in this delightful and surprising collection that profiles the strong bond between humans and their pets. Some of these stories are touching: Frida Kahlo memorialized her pet deer Granizo in her painting The Wounded Deer. Some are a little quirky: Albert Einstein, convinced that his parrot, Bibo, was sad, told bad jokes to cheer the bird up. Each of these wonderfully entertaining stories is made even more appealing by Katherine Quinn's captivating illustrations. Rich in detail and reminiscent of folk art, they capture the humor and poignancy of these fascinating pairings. Together these stories and illustrations will create lasting impressions that will help young readers identify historic figures and spark joy in friendships with the animals in their own lives.
Begins February 11
Ends March 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Unique men's Bible: The Christian Standard Bible® He Reads Truth Bible from Holman Bibles at [Review & Giveaway]

As Valentine's Day approaches, you may be pondering an appropriate gift for the man in your life. A husband. A boyfriend. Father. Son. Son-in-law. What a grand opportunity to share God's Word with a Bible especially crafted to help men study God's Word!

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About the CSB He Reads Truth Men's Bible: This is a unique men's Bible that includes robust, well-crafted theological extras to draw the reader back to Scripture, increase biblical literacy, and foster a growing affection for God and His Word. This Bible is color-coded by genre, and each book of the Bible features detailed book introductions, a reading plan with supplemental passages for deeper understanding, and full-color maps, charts, and timelines by the He Reads Truth team. In addition, the He Reads Truth Bible features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization. This Bible for men invites every man to count himself as part of the He Reads Truth community of “Men in the Word of God every day.”

The He Reads Truth Bible offers a rare combination of creativity and insight into Scripture for men to explore the beauty, goodness, and truth of God's Word. The result is that whether looking to pair this Bible for men with existing daily devotions or using it as an anchor resource to teach a class, the CSB He Reads Truth Bible could be the perfect option.

Features include 66 hand-lettered key verses, 17 full-color timelines, 21 maps, 122 charts (including infographics and lists), and 4 illustrations, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, smyth-sewn binding, two-colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking.

The He Reads Truth Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

My thoughts on this edition (click here to find it): I have a copy of the Evergreen Cloth Over Board edition, ISBN: 9781535935036, which has a strong binding that facilitates the flat layout of the book in one's hands or desktop. This is a hefty, quite heavy, Bible that makes it more effective to use at a desk than a "take to church" Bible. The pages have very wide margins that facilitate personal notations.

The paper is quite thin as is the case in many Bibles. This paper is such that the type or imagery on one side bleeds through to the other side. This is annoying and troublesome when reading. The type face is quite small, too, which for many would create difficulty in reading for any length of time.

As can be seen from the two images below, the study aids "The Book of Nehemiah and the Life of Jesus" and "Read and Study John" provide gems of information to aid in one's study of Scripture. This is typical of the types of aids one can find in the CSB He Reads Truth Men's Bible.

But then you can also see the extent of bleed through or shadowing from reverse pages and the difficulty they might pose.

As can be seen on the page for the CSB (Christian Study Bible) He Reads Truth Men's Bible, there are a variety of bindings, colors, etc. that can be selected. God's Word is always a 5-Star product and even with some points not being to my personal liking this copy is His Word and will provide guidance, comfort, leading for a man who chooses to read truth as presented in God's Word.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone. I do not purport to be an authority on Bibles and my review is to promote the use of God's Word and comment on the way it is presented in physically in this publication. Prize is provided by Blessed Freebies, publicist, or publisher and shipped directly to the winner that they choose. #HeReadsTruth #Lifeway

Friday, February 7, 2020

We Love Babies! Yes We Do! by Jill Estaum from National Geographic Kids [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  This is a cute book for young children. Using actual photographs of baby animals to illustrate their cuteness in a charming manner, the book rhythmically rollicks along with a cheerful, gleeful free rhyme that brings joy to the reader.

Cute little cartoonish cheerleaders join in as they chant "We love babies! Yes we do!" encouraging the listening child to cheer and chant along.

At the back of the book, a couple of pages are dedicated to identifying the baby animals.

This a fun book that introduces sweet human babies and toddlers little to critters. I recommend the book. 

About the book: A wonderfully playful picture book showcasing adorable baby animals and celebrating their glorious diversity, from "paws and claws and little flippers" to "feet that look like fuzzy slippers!"

This hilarious picture book with rollicking, rhyming text reads like a crowd-pleasing call, pumping up readers' excitement for the cutest baby animals ever. Illustrated with lively National Geographic photography, We Love Babies! presents furred, feathered, and finned baby animals of all shapes and sizes. Whimsical cartoon cheerleaders add to the fun, popping up throughout the book to lead fans in the irresistible refrain: "We love babies, yes we do, we love babies, how about you?"
Begins February 6
Ends March 2 at 12:01 a.m. ET
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Operation Blessing presents "Recipes From Around The World Cookbook"

Information on the ministry, cookbook, and offers are below.

Just what is "Operation Blessing"?

With the support of generous partners who make it possible to bring clean water, nourishing food, medical care, and disaster relief to those in desperate need, we are blessed to experience amazing cultures – rich sights, smells, and tastes of those lands - through special recipes gleaned from those who have been impacted by Operation Blessing.

For over four decades, Operation Blessing has shared God’s love by alleviating human suffering in every state and over 90 nations. Our generous partners provide:
  • Clean water to thirsty people in remote villages and disaster zones
  • Food to famine victims, long-term hunger solutions for developing communities, plus groceries and support for struggling families here in America
  • Medical care and life-changing surgeries for men, women, and children in desperately poor regions of the world
  • Disaster relief to those devastated by hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and other catastrophes

You can learn more about our global impact here: Operations Blessings Global Impact

Using the recipes from the unique Operation Blessing "Recipes From Around The World Cookbook," you can enjoy tasty treats from many countries where Operation Blessing and our partners are changing lives.

The recipes from an assortment of countries and cultures are given in Recipes from Around the World Cookbook. Approximately 5 x 7" and soft cover, this is a small cookbook. The variety is pretty extensive and colorfully displayed.

Special offers from Operations Blessings:

1.Make a donation of any size to Operations Blessings and receive a copy of the "Recipes from Around the Word" cookbook - CLICK HERE

The cookbook is offered as a gift for any dollar amount donation. It has a soft cover with a total of 34 international recipes ranging from breakfast, side & main dishes, breads & desserts and drinks. The recipes originated from 15 countries namely Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, Israel, Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, China, and United States.

2. Operation Blessing Recipe Cards... Get offer here:  CLICK HERE

We are pleased to offer four (4) recipe cards inspired by international recipes from Operation Blessing’s latest cookbook, “Recipes From Around the World.” Anyone can sign up to receive this free gift after which, requests will be processed and delivered straight to their mailbox. 


You can enter this giveaway and try to win a copy  of Recipes From Around the World Cookbook for yourself.   CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of the cookbook to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Responsibility of giveaway promotional herein is that of Operation Blessing and/or the publicist.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

National Geographic Celebrates Legendary Women: Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman [Review & Giveaway]

Selections for Women’s History Month for younger readers book picks from National Geographic include two new leveled Readers from Nat Geo celebrate legendary women:  Susan B. Anthony and Harriett Tubman.

These two publications are geared to early readers. L1 is for shared reading where an older reader reads a section and then the young reader reads. What each reads is related. For example, the younger reader's portion is a simplification yet brings forth the main idea of the older reader's portion.

L2 is for the young, independent reader.

National Geographic Readers: Susan B. Anthony (L1/Co-Reader)

My thoughts:  Not all children are going to pick up a biography to read. Children tend to live in a fun filled fantasy world. But it is important to encourage them to read the stories of real people who have achieved great things. Real people who have changed the world.

One of those real people was Susan B. Anthony who worked diligently in the Suffrage movement to obtain the right-to-vote for women.

This book presents the information about Anthony and her work in an easy to read and easy to understand mode with lots of side bars and tidbits of information as well as pretty standard paragraphing.

I think the series of "Super Reader" books from National Geographic Kids Books is a superb addition to libraries everywhere.

About the book: Meet one of the most important figures in women's and U.S. history. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving U.S. women the right to vote, learn about Susan B. Anthony's remarkable life, from her childhood to her groundbreaking work.

National Geographic Kids Readers have been a hit in the beginning reader category, and this book builds upon that success with a new approach--parents and children reading together. With the same combination of careful text, brilliant photographs, and fun approach to high-interest subjects that has proved to be a winning formula with kids, National Geographic Co-readers provide one page of adult read-aloud and one page of kid read-aloud text on each spread, building toward a collaborative reading experience.

National Geographic Readers: Harriet Tubman (L2)

My thoughts:  As in any war, there are uprisings, secrets, resistance, and underground movements. The Civil War was fought for various reasons - depending on how you look at it. It was political. It was jurisdictional. It was moral. It was about freeing a people. It simply was a dastardly period of history in America.

Harriet Tubman lived was born as a slave around 1822 and escaped slavery in 1844. From that time forth she worked to help other slaves find freedom. She was even a spy and led a revolt for the Union Army.

The book is well written and the illustrations excellent. I highly recommend for home and any other types of libraries.

About the book: Find out about the life of Harriet Tubman and how her brave actions working to "conduct" the Underground Railroad helped the Union Army in the Civil War lead more than 700 slaves to freedom.

Learn about Harriet Tubman's life, achievements, and the challenges she faced along the way. The Level 2 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging information for independent readers.

National Geographic Readers have been a hit in the competitive beginning reader category, and this book builds on that success with the same careful text, brilliant photographs, and fun approach to high-interest biographies of fascinating people such as Harriet Tubman, has proved to be a winning formula with kids.

Begins February 2
Ends February 29 at 12:01 a.m. ET
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 DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic to facilitate a review. Opinions expressed are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publicist or publisher.

Skin Daily Rose Water Toner Spray for Face

Rose Water Hydration or cleansing with a quick mist

Several years ago I discovered rose water and have used a couple different brands. I still don't know the scientific use or benefit of rose infused water, but personally I do know that it is refreshing, enjoyable, and adds another layer of moisture to my thirsty skin.

Simply spritz a bit over face or body for instant hydration that smells really nice.
Or you can spritz/saturate a cotton ball and use as a toner to effectively remove last traces of makeup. 

So how to incorporate it into my daily regime? And just what is Rose Water?.....
ROSE FLOWER WATER: It is an aqueous solution of the steam distillate obtained from the flowers of Rose
This is a very pleasant, softly scented water that is intended to help cleanse the skin of residual makeup and skin cells after your regular cleansing method. I also love that it is a product that can be misted onto the skin and hair to hydrate at any time.  I  also have used it to set makeup after applying makeup with a light spritz. I used it in each of these manners and it feels quite nice and is certainly pleasant to use.

Do I recommend the Skin Daily Rose Water Pure - Rosewater Toner Spray for Face?

I'd say it makes a nice non-drying toner to use after washing one's face. It is also a very pleasant hydrating mist. And the fragrance is love, soft, non-lingering.

Product information (find it on Amazon - click here

  • HEAVENLY FRESH ROSE SCENT- Skin Daily Pure Rose Water smells just like heaven. As if a fresh bouquet of stunning summer roses has been brought straight in from the garden, then bottled and rushed right to your doorstep. Skin Daily's Rose Water has a light fresh scent that is refreshing and delightful, and will leave your senses uplifted and your skin super soft and smelling delightful and pure.
  • COOLS AND SOOTHES SKIN IRRITATION- Skin Daily Rose Water has natural calming properties that cools red and irritated skin, soothes itchy skin, and hydrates dry skin. Our Rose Water is very refreshing on the face and feels amazing on your skin. Instead of having small bumps and irritations turn into large eruptions, apply Skin Daily Rose Water to calm down the skin and leave it feeling radiant and dewy.
  • PURE, NATURAL, UNCOMPROMISING - This is the real deal...the way Rose Water is suppose to be. 100% all pure and natural Rose Water is made by distilling rose petals in pure spring water. Unlike other brands, nothing else is added to our 100% Pure Rose Water, no alcohol to dry your skin, and no preservatives, only pure rosey goodness.
  • PAMPER YOURSELF- Tone with Skin Daily Pure Rose Water for a pampered sense of cleanness and softness. Tone with Skin Daily Rose Water to eliminate dry spots, take away that tight feeling caused by cleansing, and to make your skin feel soft and dewy. How does skin toned with Rose Water look? Skin will show a brighter more hydrated complexion and radiance and have your friends asking what your doing different with your skin care regimen.
DISCLOSURE: Product reviews may have been provided at a highly discounted or at no charge to facilitate a review of my honest opinion. I was not compensated for this review. Opinions are strictly my own and given after I personally or a family member uses the product.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Lady of Cofitachequi A South Carolina Native American Folktale.... & .... Fire and Forgiveness: A Nun’s Truce with General Sherman

Young Palmetto Books, an educational children's and young adult book series, is a publishing partnership between the University of South Carolina Press and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy, a unit of the USC School of Library and Information Science.

Two recent publications from Young Palmetto Books are historical picture storybooks about people and events in South Carolina history.

The Lady of Cofitachequi A South Carolina Native American Folktale by Kate Salley Palmer & Illustrated by James H. Palmer, Jr.

My thoughts:  A picture book told from the viewpoint of a Otter would seem destined to hold the interest of preschoolers and early elementary age children. However, this is a wordy book and a person's disappearance might age it out to those in upper elementary. It is a legend of Indian lore for a time when the Americas were being discovered and conquered by the Spanish.

Published by the University of South Carolina's children's book division, it addresses a piece of history of South Carolina and those early days. History can hold fascination for the reader when recounted in an entertaining, yet historically correct manner.

Children can enjoy this book and it would be especially nice in the classroom or school libraries.

About the book: More than 500 years ago, a tribe of Native Americans lived peacefully next to a river in an area called Cofitachequi, near what is now Camden, South Carolina. A kind and generous woman, who was a member of the Otter Clan, ruled this tribe. She became known as the Lady of Cofitachequi. All the people of the tribe and animals in the area loved the Lady.

An adoring otter tells this true historical account of what happened to the Lady and her kin when Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto came looking for gold and silver. De Soto demanded that the tribe hand over precious metals and gems, but all the people had to offer were freshwater pearls and copper. In anger de Soto ordered his army to loot the temples and take all the food. Before leaving, they took the Lady captive and forced her to go with them. Otter watched with tears in his eyes as the Lady was taken away.

Where did the Lady of Cofitachequi go, and would Otter and the people of the town ever see her again?

Fire and Forgiveness: A Nun’s Truce with General Sherman by Martha Dunsky & Illustrated by Monica Wyrick

My thoughts:  Not many in the South can speak of General Sherman and "forgiveness" in the same sentence. The Civil War was a brutal period in United States history and remains a controversial topic to this day. This story of Fire and Forgiveness doesn't excuse Sherman's burning of Columbia, South Carolina (as he did much of the South) nor does it condone his actions.

It tells of a group of Catholic Convent girls and the nuns who were responsible for their safekeeping. It tells about a nun's previously knowing General Sherman and eliciting a promise to spare the girl's convent. That promise was not kept, though.

General Sherman excuses the burning by saying the wind was strong and his men were excited. Still he apologized. And still the nun forgave him.

I had mixed feelings about this book but will still recommend it as a worthy book for classrooms and school libraries.

About the book: A captivating tale about forgiveness and peacemaking based on first-person accounts of true events

Making peace with her spiteful classmate Clara seems impossible to Jane. Despite encouragement from Mother Baptista, the mother superior at their convent school, Jane and Clara dig in their heels. As the girls brood they hear the cannons of the Civil War explode outside their school as General Sherman and the Union army attack the city of Columbia, South Carolina, in February 1865.

Mother Baptista asks Sherman for protection for her nuns and students, and he promises they will be safe inside their convent school. But despite his promise they have to flee in the middle of the night through a chaotic, burning city. Will Mother Baptista forgive Sherman for breaking his promise? Can Jane and Clara make peace when the adults in their world are at odds and at war?

Set during the most deadly and divisive war in U.S. history, this compelling story is based on first-person accounts of true events. Fire and Forgiveness is a reminder of the important role forgiveness and peacemaking play in life’s conflicts big and small, whether between quarreling children, proud adults, or warring nations.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions expressed are mine, alone and are freely given. My copies will be donated to a school library.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gifting your Valentine lovely Candy Heart Lip Balm and Hand/Body Wash and enjoying a Candy Heart Soy Candle [Review & Giveaway]

In just a few short days, men and women, boys and girls, will be celebrating Valentine's Day. They will purchase or make their own Valentine's cards to hand to friends, sweethearts, husband or wife, and class mates in school. It is a fun, sweet time to share love and to be caring toward others.

Candy Hearts Lip Balm $6.25, Candy Hearts Soy Candle $13.00
Candy Hearts Hand and Body Wash $18.00
Or buy set of 3 for $32.00

Most everyone loves products that make them feel good, feel pretty, and feel appreciated and loved. Simple everyday items can become items that one can luxuriate in using or show tender care to others.

The Good Earth Beauty webstore has a plethora of sweet items that won't add pounds to the waist and will show your love. Just look at these "sweets".......

Candy Hearts Soy Candle

The lovely Candy Hearts Soy Candle emits a soft glow as its pure natural goodness burns providing a sweet, relaxed ambiance to your room. Candy Hearts Soy Candle is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift to bring to hostess or for birthdays & events.

Product information: All natural, soy based, slow burning candle will help you relax and enjoy the moment.  Soy based with natural fragrance and essential oils. Glass jar - 4 Ounces - Burn Time 20 Hours

Free of:  parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colors. 
Made in small batches in the USA by Good Earth Beauty Exclusives. 

IngredientsPurified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Sunflower Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Organic, Evening Primrose Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Rose Hip Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana, Chamomile, Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Radish Root Ferment (Natural Preservative),  proprietary blend of natural fragrance oils

Having a Valentine's Party and want some goodies to hand out (that are NOT CANDY)? How about ordering individual Lip Balms for your guests? Priced at $6.25 each. 


For those youngsters or young at heart, Candy Hearts Lip Balm will delight. The Lip Balm is soothing and protective and especially tasty. I highly recommend these lip balms (and the other "flavors" as well).

I, personally, assure you that these lip balms at Good Earth Beauty Exclusives are all fabulous, soothing, nourishing for your lips. I use them several times a day.

Product information: Seasonal scent for Valentine's day - Candy Hearts is a fluffy blend of pink cotton candy, sugared lemon, tart orange and sweet cherry drops. Hints of creamy vanilla smooth out this adorable scent! Vegan - natural -  soothing and moisturizing - helps heal chapped lips. Made by Good Earth Beauty 

Ingredients: Meadowfoam oil, olive oil, avocado butter, candellia wax, vitamin E, natural flavor oil


Product information: Our scrumptious and foamy natural hand and body wash moisturizes and softens, while nourishing even the most sensitive of skin types. Infused with organic milk and nourishing honey, it cleanses and refreshes while being gentle enough to use every day. Made by Good Earth Beauty in small batches in the USA. 8 oz bottle $18.00

Scent Description: Candy Hearts is a fluffy blend of pink cotton candy, sugared lemon, tart orange and sweet cherry drops. Hints of creamy vanilla smooth out this adorable scent!

Free of:  parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colors 

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Cocomidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Cocomide DEA (from coconuts), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Organic Chamomile, Coconut Milk, Mel (Honey), Carica Papaya (Papaya Enzymes), Organic Resina Propoli (Propolis), Royal Jelly, Glycerin, Radish Root Ferment (Natural Preservative). 

Go ahead and enter the #giveaway for full-sized Lip Balm and Candle and a mini body wash. Why not go to the Good Earth Beauty webstore and find some Valentine's items you want for people in your life and order.
As always SHIPPING IS FREE IN USA and you can use the DISCOUNT CODE of VERA10 to take 10% off your entire purchase.

💖  Giveaway  💝
Candy Hearts: Lip Balm, Candle, & mini Body Wash
Begins January 23
Ends February 15 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE:  I was provided sample products to facilitate a review. Opinions and ideas expressed are mine alone and freely given. Prize is provided by and shipped directly to the winner by Good Earth Beauty webstore.

Monday, January 20, 2020

How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio & illustrated by Nicola Anderson

My thoughts:  Children's devotionals often are a compilation of Bible stories or portions of Bible stories and the lessons they teach on a level young children can understand. While learning about the key stories in the Bible and how we can learn to live our lives for God is important, it is quite refreshing to have a children's devotional that shows the child how the science of this world in which they are living connects them to the God of the Bible who is the Author and Creator of all things.

From learning how the butterfly is designed with "dust," that is actually scales, on their wings to how there is a design on their wings that tells predators they are poisonous.

Or in the devotional about God being our strong rock and fortress, the focus is on how we think the ground beneath our feet is solid and strong, yet it is constantly changing and can actually fail us in the form of sinkholes and other collapses. God is strong and never fails us.

I think this devotional will draw children to a closer relationship with God and that they will gain an understanding and appreciation for the World and Universe that God has created. I found it nice, too, that an index in the back of the book will help children locate these salient facts for when they wish to refer back to them. The Table of contents has cute, catchy titles.

I highly recommend.

About the book: Show the children in your life the awe-inspiring connection between the natural world and the God who created it.

The bestselling children's devotional Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science resonated with more than 200,000 kids, parents, and teachers. Now Louie Giglio offers 100 more devotions about God and science that will expand the curiosity of your 6- to 10-year-olds. Including amazing scientific facts, beautiful photography, fun illustrations, and simple activities, How Great Is Our God covers topics like:

  • Space and time
  • Earth and weather
  • The human body
  • Animals
  • Plants, 
  • And more!

With this science devotional, which is based on Giglio's well-known "How Great Is Our God" and “Indescribable” messages, children will embark on a journey to discover more about God and His incredible creation. From the pink lake in Senegal to the earth's trip around the sun to the water-holding frog that can live up to five years without a drink, the wonders of the universe will deepen your kids’ appreciation for God's wild imagination.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.