Saturday, September 30, 2023

Elegant Minerals - Face Paint, Costume Make up [promo & Giveaway USA]


Elegant Minerals: Face Paint - Party Animal Natural Non-Toxic Halloween, etc.

Featured kit being reviewed and giveaway offered is the 5-color set (sample) with applicators. Colors included are: light green, white, gold, light blue, and orange.

Product can be used for fun and natural halloween and costume makeup applications. Kids and adults have delightful fun making butterfly faces/eyes, etc. Product is ready to apply and NO WATER IS NEEDED. Product is lead-free, dye-free face paint. A great alternative to harsh petroleum-based products. Made with natural pigments from the Earth!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Come soar with me and help women find hope and healing - Mary Kay products provide opportunities

A famous person once said, "I have a dream" and this dream drove their passion for change.  I am certainly not famous, nor a "dreamer," but I DO have a passion!  Coming from a background of helping and caring for the those in need I am more aware than ever of the urgency to help women find hope and healing.  Often, they lack confidence. Sometimes they just need a friend to walk beside them.

Mary Kay Ash took her passion for seeing women succeed in what they set their mind to - took God as her business partner and launched a company that 60 years later still puts God first, family second and career third. 

This company gives me the outlet to pursue my passion of helping women be confident in who God made them to be. Whether they are domestic abuse victims, moms struggling with loneliness, women needing a few extra dollars , or just someone needing to be told they are beautiful Mary Kay gives me the perfect platform to fulfill my passion!

Could you make a difference in someone's life where YOU have influence? Come join me!  Together, whether buying skincare and color for yourself or someone you know, you are making a difference. 

—Princess Smith,
Sr. Independent Beauty Consultant

Facebook VIP group:   Princess' Joyful Girls  (for those who do not have a MK gal!)  Request to join.

Mary Kay donates from every product sold toward domestic violence shelters as well as research for cancers affecting women. 

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Marshalling Her Heart (Wyoming Sunrise #3) by Mary Connealy [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  The conclusion of Mary Connealy's Wyoming Sunrise series wraps up the three young women's friendship and growth into young adulthood. Each of the three ladies, Nell, Mariah, and Becky come from different backgrounds and have different talents. They have a strong friendship and support each other in the wild, untamed state of Wyoming.

In 1871, Wyoming was a forward thinking, progressive state even though it was not industrialized or densely populated. The small town in which the three sisters live has had a serious amount of stage coach robberies and murders that are unsettling to this area.

In "Marshaling Her Heart" U.S. Marshals come into the area to try to put an end to the robberies and murders. During this time, a scheduled visit by a famous woman's suffrage leader, a woman no less, is about to happen. 

Becky has her own ranch and her father has his. He is a cruel, ruthless man that seriously has no love for his daughter. He puts her in harms way. 

As the story progresses we find that each of the three young women have found suitable men to love, settled down into normalized lives with, and yes, the marshals have a part in making life in the area just great.

As usual, a book by Mary Connealy is a winner. This series was a fun read that had some interesting history tucked in along with a nice measure of fun and humor.

About the book: Becky Pruitt has always prided herself on knowing everything that's happening on her successful ranch, which makes her foreman Nate Paxton's admission to her quite a surprise. With the notorious Deadeye Gang on the loose, Nate--a former U.S. Marshal--believes that Becky's ranch might be the best spot for a group of Marshals to use as a base and hideout.

The timing couldn't be more crucial for the growing town of Pine Valley, and Becky feels a commitment to help. But after escaping the grasp of her harsh father, she's never liked giving up control--of her life or her ranch. Again and again, Nate's proven himself to her and she soon realizes that if there's anyone she can trust with her ranch--and her heart--it might be him.

But the outlaws won't go quietly, and as danger draws ever nearer, Becky and Nate are faced with impossible choices that will test their growing bond.

This rousing conclusion to Mary Connealy's Wyoming Sunrise series is an exhilarating blend of humor, romance, and adventure.

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Begins September 24
Ends October 25 @ 12:00 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and mailed directly to the winner by author or publisher. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

A Match in the Making (The Matchmakers #1) by Jen Turano

My thoughts: 
I enjoy funny stories and quirky characters. I enjoy stories that have engaging conversations. This story began with a lot of frivolous conversations between flighty ladies of society (the 400 set) of the period, was slow and uninteresting reading and failed to engage my interest. I found it hard to believe that even in a humorous novel ladies could be so exasperating. 

And then there was the introduction of three grandly precocious and lovable children, a hilarious beach scene with a "near drowning" and my interest was sharpened. So I read on.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

New Scripture study aid: The Old Testament Handbook authored by Holman Reference Staff [Gift card giveaway USA]

The Old Testament Handbook (Charcoal Cloth Over Board) by Holman Reference Staff (Author)

This Old Testament Handbook is an elegant, full-color Bible handbook that includes robust summary content, charts, maps, word studies, illustrations, and more for every Old Testament book of the Bible. Constructed with high-quality cloth cover materials and a sewn binding, the Old Testament Handbook is designed to last a lifetime as a valuable companion resource for Bible study, teaching, and ongoing discipleship. Find it - click here - B&H Publishing

Friday, September 15, 2023

Love Well, My Precious One by Jill Roman Lord [Review & Falling Into Leaves Giveaway Hop Sept 15-30 & Review]

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ISBN:  978-1637970836
Hardcover | $18.99
End Game Press

My thoughts: It is a joy to read author Jill Roman Lord's children's books. They are spiritually intact, have a sweet rhyming rhythm that brings lyric expression to the reading, and tells Biblical stories or teaches love and good behavior. Her latest LOVE WELL, MY PRECIOUS ONE! has all of the above.

Beautifully illustrated in a breezy, flowing, modern style without being abstract, and with gentle yet bold colored illustrations, children are lovingly told to show their expressions of love for one another through their daily deeds of kindness, consideration, and sharing. They are encouraged to help at home, play well, share, and to overcome their baser instincts with loving thoughts and acts.

I highly recommend this book for all children.

And frankly, I'd love to see this embraced by our entire world and peoples of all ages and faiths.


“God blessed you with a great big heart.
He made you sensitive and smart.
I wonder how you’ll do your part?
Love well, my precious one.”
Children have big hearts. They can make a difference in the world and in the lives of all they encounter. Secret word: Compassion. While it is good for children to know they are loved, this inspiring book shows kids how they may love others despite their differences and no matter their age. With all the violence, bullying, and hatred in today’s world, it is important for children to learn how to love well in their own homes and at early ages.

This book teaches children that little acts of love can make a big impact in the world.

Love Well, My Precious One
Signed by the author
Begins 9:00 a.m. September 15
Ends at Midnight September 30
Open to USA addresses only.

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Route 60 Biblical Highway movie

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I am so excited about this film. I will never walk the paths in the Holy Land and this film will allow me to journey with my eyes and ears to see and learn the history of that land - the land where the early days of Judaea Christian beliefs began.

What a privilege it was to be invited for a pre-screening of the documentary film "Route 60: The Biblical Highway." Beautifully executed to show the land, its history, and importance not only political but to the three major belief systems of today: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All recorded history and writings of these belief systems have connectivity stemming from Abraham. Hosted by Secretary Mike Pompeo and Ambassador David Friedman who each delighted viewers with their personal insight and joy in bringing this production to life. I viewed this on my computer and eagerly await viewing on a larger screen.

About ROUTE 60Carving through the heart of the Promised Land is the biblical spine of Israel, sometimes referred to as the Path of the Patriarchs and officially designated as Route 60. Secret word: Holy Land. A highway of deep historical significance while often the scene of unrest and violence, this 146-mile road of asphalt and concrete begins in Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city, and ends in Beersheba, one of Israel’s high-tech centers.  Running north to south, Route 60 connects ancient Israel with modern Israel, Jews and Christians with Muslims, and Israelis with Palestinians.

Click below to watch the trailer!

$10 Amazon gift card
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Begins September 10
Ends September 22 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
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DISCLOSURE: I was granted screening privileges to facilitate a review of this movie. Opinions are mine, alone. Publicist is responsible for providing prizes in association with this giveaway.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Goodbye Summer - Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop

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A Royal Christmas: A Christmas Novella by Melody Carlson

My thoughts:  
I found A Royal Christmas to be a bit of fairy tale story of a modern college student whose life of living in a stinking apartment as a financially struggling law student whose life is given a complete turn around as she becomes queen to a small principality. A rags to riches tale that includes friendship, classy castle life, Christmas fun, budding romance, and dastardly intrigue. 

The story moves quickly and in a couple weeks time our "Cinderella" is crowned queen to succeed her deceased father who was the reigning king. What's interesting is her mother and the king never married as the then-reigning-king didn't approve of an American for his son. Also interesting is that an American who has nearly finished law school should take upon themselves the role as a new queen of another country. This raises international law and citizenship issues. But then, this is, of course, a "fairy tale" type of story.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Falling into Fall with pumpkin & spice scents from Good Earth Beauty Exclusives [Review & Giveaway]

Spiced Pumpkin Brûlée Whipped Body Cream 

Buy here $15.25 4 oz. jar

My thoughts:  This is absolutely heavenly. What a delightful product to luxuriate in as we usher out the waning days of Summer and step into the briskness that is brought to us by vibrant Autumn.

As a lover of things spicy and things pumpkin, I can tell you that this is a product you don't want to miss out on. Crafted lovingly here in the USA in small batches with natural and organic ingredients, the delicate spices will let you breath in an aroma that invigorates and yet relaxes you. 

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Giveaway Blog Hop: Glam & Glits hosted by MamaTheFox


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Friday, September 1, 2023

Grandparent's Day celebrated September 10 - generational love that spans cultures [Review & 4-book Giveaway USA/CANADA - 2 WINNERS]

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Grandparents’ Day is Sunday, September 10, and Candlewick has the perfect cozy stories for reading and sharing with loved ones! You can celebrate this generational love by providing opportunities for children and grandparents to join together and engage in activities.

Betty and the Mysterious Visitor By Anne Twist | Ages 3-7

My thoughts:  A sweet story of a little girl who is staying with her grandmother. While there they reap the bounty of fruits and berries growing in grandmother's garden and make jam to sell at the local market.

The mysterious night visitor that's tearing up the flower garden is a badger. Sweet Betty devises a plan to scare the badger away and save the fruit and berry crop. She's successful.

CSB Life Counsel Bible from B&H Publishing Group [Review & Giveaway]

Whatever you’re facing, the Bible has something to say. The NEW CSB LIFE COUNSEL BIBLE contains articles from leading biblical counselors that will give you the tools you need to take action and FIND HOPE through all of life’s storms.