Monday, February 28, 2022

PANA Soothe 1000 CBD & Arnica Salve - USA MADE PRODUCT [Review & Giveaway]

I am trying a product new to  me. It contains CBD hemp oil and Arnica and lots of essential oils and moisturizers. It's purpose is pain relief. As a member of the senior population, I have a variety of aches and pains and I don't really want to use those super strong opiates to get relief.

My hand has an ongoing on-again, off-again joint/tendon pain at the base of the thumb. Touching it, pressing it, moving it causes discomfort. Sometime to the "pain level" that I avoid using it. I was surprised that the PANA Soothe 1000 CBD Salve provided relief. 

I also have back and leg pain emanating from nerves down the leg. I generously massaged the Pana CBD Salve onto my low back, leg, and even foot. The salve didn't help that time. I think the root of this pain is too deep and complex for a topical application.

Today, I was developing a migraine. I take a special migraine prescription but it wasn't giving the relief I needed and I feared the migraine would go full-blown.  I decided to experiment a bit. I massaged some of the PANA CBD Salve onto my temples and neck pulses. Within a few minutes I felt the pressure and ache in my head was getting less. Now 30 minutes later I have no feeling of a migraine. I am delighted.

Is this a "cure-all"? Absolutely not. But I do believe it has appropriate uses and as a topical is better for one's overall health to use it instead of ingesting pills for pain and discomfort relief.

Check out their website & purchase - click here

Product information: Panacea’s Soothe salve is made from our unique blend of all-natural moisturizers, essential oils and Colorado grown CBD hemp oil formulated for long lasting relief. All-natural moisturizers and essentials oils to bring you soothing, targeted relief of life’s aches and pains. Apply locally to the target area and the high-quality salve will be noticeably effective, yet gentle on the skin. Soothe comes in two strengths; a 1 oz. jar containing 250mg or 1000mg of CBD. You’re going to want to get a subscription of this stuff so you never run out!

1 Jar PANA Soothe 1000 CBD Salve
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary product to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are provided only after using the product several times. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Panacea Life Sciences. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Love Under Construction by Penny Zeller - a delightful contemporary read!

 My thoughts:  I picked up this book to read following an especially dark period in my life. I needed a simple read, a light read, a fun read. That is exactly what I had in Love Under Construction.

The author pitted two delightful characters - a lady and a man - in an almost unbelievable plot where they are to inherit a set of twins - 3 year olds Max and Mia - and raise them. No these two adults are not friends and they are not married and they live separate lives. But they must cooperate and raise the twins.

What ensues is delightful. And the end result is a warm-fuzzy-feel-good ending that relaxes the reader and helps one cast their cares away for just a little while.

I highly recommend this clean, Christian read by Penny Zeller.

About the book: She builds websites. He builds houses. Together, can they build a home for two orphans?

Irelynn agreed two years ago to help raise her best friend’s twins should anything happen. When she is called upon to fulfill that agreement, there is only one problem—Irelynn must share the responsibility with the arrogant but handsome Quinton Gregory. 

 Quinton takes the role of raising his niece and nephew with all seriousness. He will do anything for the twins, even if it means putting up with the beautiful but stubborn Irelynn Brady.  

When forced to be in each other’s presence far more often than is comfortable, things slowly begin to change. Will the unexpected attraction between Irelynn and Quinton become a love under construction?

Author Bio: Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of several inspirational books. She is also a homeschool mom and a fitness instructor. 

When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters while camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, cycling, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her and her blog, random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, and author, at

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Fun learning about Noah and the Ark with a book, stickers, and a puzzle from Kregel Publishing [Review & Giveaway]

The children's Biblical books and puzzles available at Kregel Publishing have long been a favorite of mine. If you search this blog for "Kregel" you will find an assortment of quality products I highly recommend. Today we're focusing on three items featuring the Old Testament figure, Noah.

Noah and His Big Boat--Magnetic Adventures (Candle Bible for Toddlers) Board book ISBN: 9781781282274 

My thoughts: A colorful, sturdy book designed perfectly for 3-years and upward. The story text is lengthy enough to engage and yet not overwhelm. Designed as a read-aloud book with interaction for the listening child it will soon become a favorite. The unique magnetized "stickers" can be pla
ced on the pages enabling the child to immerse himself by the activity. 

I've never seen magnetized interaction activities features prior to this and look forward to my grands enjoying it. I highly recommend. Find it here.

About the book: These interactive Bible storybooks enable children to create their own scenes with these much-loved Bible stories. Special magnetic pages combined with a set of magnets provide children with hours of fun. Noah and His Big Boat has everything needed to illustrate the story of the coming of the great flood.

The Story of Noah Sticker Book (Candle Bible for Toddlers) Paperback – Sticker Book by Juliet David & illustrated by Helen Prole  ISBN: 9781781283080

My thoughts: This sticker book is perfect for the young toddler. Just enough text to tell the story of Noah briefly and within the attention span of the younger child. The pictures are colorful and will capture the child's interest.

The paperback book contains four pages of stickers inserted in the middle of the book. Stickers can be placed on appropriate "faded" replicas of the same image. This interactive activity engages the child in an enjoyable means of learning.

I highly recommend. Find it here.

About the book: Complete the story of Noah and his Ark using the sticker sheets provided! Appealing pictures from Helen Prole make it easy for children to engage with this important retelling in the Candle Bible for Toddlers range 4 up.

Noah's Ark Puzzle: 48 pieces ISBN: 9788772031866

My thoughts: I just love puzzles for children's entertainment. I believe they are invaluable assets in hand-eye dexterity, quick mental analysis, and logic. The 48 pieces are perfect for the young child. 

As a stand-alone item, puzzles are great. Paired with either or both of the Noah books, they provide an engaging way to teach the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. I highly recommend. Find it here

Product: What a fun way to learn Scripture! The 48-piece Noah's Ark puzzle comes with a Bible verses and scenes straight from the Word, designed to inspire, encourage, and teach. Noah's Ark features Philippians 4:6 -- "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything." Safely tucked into a poly bag for transport, the high-quality design of these Bible puzzles also help children develop fine motor skills and logical thinking. Children of all ages will love the bright, charming artwork. Recommended for ages 4 years and older.
Both books & puzzle
Begins February 22
Ends March 21 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
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DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary books and puzzle to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. Winner's prizes are provided and shipped/mailed directly to the winner by Kregel Publishing. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes. 

Monday, February 21, 2022

Saving Mrs. Roosevelt (Heroines of WWII #3) by Candice Sue Patterson (from Barbour Publishing)

My thoughts: 
The story opens in a small fishing town on the East coast of the United States close to Canada's border. It is 1942 and the world is embroiled in war. The small town has citizens whose origins are Germany which they left to seek the freedoms available in the US.

The focus is on Shirley Davenport who wishes to serve her country and enlists in a new branch of the military. When she arrives for training with her close friend, Joan, they meet other young ladies.

After their training they are sent to various posts and Shirley is sent back to her hometown where she'll function as a spy trying to root out German infiltrators that pose a danger to the war effort.

As the story progresses, a subplot also emerges that reveals the segregation of blacks and whites and the difficulties blacks had during that period of time. A dark period of history, to be sure. 

The story also reveals the efforts of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to elevate women and minorities giving them rights and respect.

I found the story engaging to read and educational about some of the actions taken to protect the home front here in the United States during WWII.

Read a preview:

About the book: The Safety of the First Lady Rests in Shirley’s Hands

Shirley Davenport is as much a patriot as her four brothers. She, too, wants to aid her country in the war efforts, but opportunities for women are limited. When her best friend Joan informs her that the Coast Guard has opened a new branch for single women, they both enlist in the SPARs, ready to help protect the home front.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

" . . .even if we're apart, I'll always be with you."

Jack H. Godley of Graham, NC died peacefully on February 4, 2022 surrounded by his family at the age of 92. He was born March 12, 1929 in Wilmington, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1957 with a degree in Industrial Relations. While in school, Jack was active in multiple areas, including the Men’s Glee Club, the Baptist Student Union, and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity.

During the Korean War, Jack applied his mathematical talents for four years in the Air Force as a Radar Instructor until his honorary discharge in 1952 as a Staff Sergeant.

Jack and his wife Vera settled in Carrboro, NC and raised five children while he worked for the University of North Carolina. After 20 years, he retired from the University of North Carolina and continued his career with Bell South, retiring in 1994.

Jack was a long-time member, deacon, and trustee of Calvary Baptist Church in Carrboro, NC and he unwaveringly lived sacrificially for his Savior and his family.

He is predeceased by his parents William Larry and Lee Clory Meares Godley and survived by his wife of 64 years, Vera Houston Godley; his five children, Princess (Aaron) Smith, Mark (Mary) Godley, Vera Andrews, Tim (Aimee) Rosewall-Godley, and Becky Suiter; thirteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Betty Croom; and several nieces and nephews he loved dearly.

Funeral services were held.... in Graham, NC......


(I wrote in 2019.....