* CONTEST * One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day – 10 Giveaways!

One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK
ONE TO TEN: SQUIRREL’S BAD DAY!

10 WINNERS will be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book.

REVIEW  TEASER: “In the event that something happens, and you feel your world fly apart, recall this conversation; remember the one to ten chart,” Carole P. Roman writes at the end of her children’s book, One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.


5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Sunday, December 4th, 2016, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/one-to-ten-squirrels-bad-day/

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Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations

Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every OccasionTitle: Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations
Author: Danielle Walker
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-942-4

“Remember, these recipes are not just for people following a grain-free diet; they will also appeal to anyone who wants to eat healthfully and share beautiful, entertaining inspiration with loved ones,” the author writes in the introduction to her book, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion.

~ What~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-five-page hardbound targets those interested in grain, gluten, and dairy free recipes to make and enjoy throughout the year. Containing over one-hundred-and-twenty-five recipes, it covers the main holidays and special occasions of meals served from January to December.
After an introduction with an ingredient glossary and substitutions along with kitchen gear, a dozen chapters cover the typical year’s holidays plus birthdays, summertime, and autumn dinner parties. With full-color photographs of almost all completed dishes, it ends with the basics, conversion charts, acknowledgments, and recipe, special diet, and topical indexes.

Covering New Years, Game Day, Valentine’s, Easter Brunch, Mother and Father’s Day, birthday parties, July Fourth barbeque, summer shower, Halloween with treats and parties, Thanksgiving, and Christmas breakfast, dinner, and desserts, it focuses on recipes that do not contain any grains, dairy, or gluten. There is usually one recipe per page with the serving size and ingredients in used order on the page’s edge with the title, description, and paragraph instructions, with often “Make It Ahead” and Tidbits” listed in the main area with a photograph on the opposite side.

~ Why ~
Using interesting ingredients such as almond flour, arrowroot powder, coconut flour and milk, ghee, palm shortening, and raw honey, some recipe examples include Apple Parsnip Soup Shooter, Carnitas on Tostones, Be Mine Pizza, Lavender Lemonade, Eggs Benedict Strata, Skillet “Corn” Bread, Burger Bites, Grandma’s Potato Salad, Mimosa Bar, Mummy Dogs, Herbed Drop Biscuits, Gingerbread Latte, Garlic Rosemary Rib Roast, and Christmas Fudge. I like the tips in the added Tidbit notes.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not concerned about eating grain, dairy, or gluten may pass on this book although it contains delicious dishes. Others may find there are too many sugar-based recipes of desserts, treats, cookies, etc. No time preparation or caloric content is included (it is stated the nutritional value can be found online).

~ Who ~
The author of three cookbooks, Walker is a self-trained chef who focuses on healthy and tasty grain-free recipes. She lives in Northern California with her family.

~ Wish ~
With various sweeteners often used throughout the recipes, it would be nice to include their caloric content for those who count calories.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a recipe book to use throughout the year for celebrations that are free of gluten, grain, and dairy, this would be a viable option.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Meco Cool Mist Diffuser

LARGE 7 COLOR HUMIDIFIER

square-diffuserWhat ~
Made of a durable white plastic with an electrical adapter, this compact aromatic diffuser can emit a stream of cool mist for up to ten hours, automatically shutting off when it runs out of liquid. Measuring 4.7 by 4.7 by 2 inches, it holds up to 24 ounces of water, and soluble essential oils can be added. With the option of soft or bright lighting, seven colors can be chosen of yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, and white. Included in the box are the unit, adapter, measuring cup, and instructions.

~ Why ~
I love diffusers and use one nightly in our family room. I like the large size of this one as it holds plenty of water and can operate for a long time without having to refill it constantly. It is easy to pour the water to a specific level in the square holder. The seven glowing colors stand out or be muted as a nightlight in a baby or child’s room.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like cool, moist air being issued into a room, but it is healthy and offers a way to fill a room with a scent. Others may not care for the humidifier’s large dimensions; it could be set on a nightstand table but may take up the majority of the top’s surface. I could not tell the difference between the low or high mist choices on the unit.

~ Wish ~
With the directions not showing if the hole on the top should face the back or front of the unit, it would be helpful if it stated it in the directions or had an illustration.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a square diffuser that can hold a lot of water plus comes with seven colors of bright of soft lighting, this may be a viable option.

Thanks to Meco for this sample that I am reviewing freely.

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* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel ~ 5 Book Giveaways!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 19)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD BOOK SERIES
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … ISRAEL!

5 WINNERS will be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released new series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in Israel (Yiz-ra-el), you would call it the State of Israel or Medinat Israel (Me-din-at Iz-ra-el),” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.


5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Thursday, December 1st, 2016, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-israel/

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One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad DayTitle: One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1539590668

“In the event that something happens, and you feel your world fly apart, recall this conversation; remember the one to ten chart,” Carole P. Roman writes at the end of her children’s book, One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day.

~ What ~
This square thirty-eight-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children, especially those who tend to be worried or often unhappy with life’s circumstances. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful, fanciful illustrations are included with black all-capitalized wording on almost all pages.

This charming yet instrumental tale involves Squirrel who believes her world has fallen apart when several of her cherished acorns drop into a river. Upset, mad, and crying, she is comforted by Rabbit who suggests playing the one-to-ten game by picking a number the tragedy represents. Using examples of Red Bird flying away during the winter, rain and wind ruining their ball game, ice-skating Fox falling, Froggy failing math, Deer’s parents separating, the death of Hammy, and Rabbit’s grandparents moving away, each issue is rated and explained why the number is chosen. In the end, Squirrel and her friends put their problems into perspective, realizing they may not be as bad as they seem.

~ Why ~
This is a clever way to show little children that although bad things happen, they may not be as devastating as initially considered. By teaching young ones to apply the one-to-ten chart to a problem, they can retrospectively evaluate the impact in a healthy, emotional manner.

~ Why Not ~
With the book containing many three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to beginner readers. Those who are mainly happy and positive may not connect with the concept of evaluating a problem by categorizing its numbered value.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on countries, civilizations, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Children’s illustrator Arkova resides in Bulgaria and enjoys traveling the world.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books promoted and encourage logical deduction in children, especially when it involves evaluating a problem or issue emotionally. More uplifting books like this one should be on the market today.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that suggests determining a number value to a crisis or problem, this one that focuses on a one-to-ten categorization may help young ones reevaluate and accept life’s issues, good or bad.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel

If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 19)Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1537261997

“If you were me and lived in Israel (Yiz-ra-el), you would call it the State of Israel or Medinat Israel (Me-din-at Iz-ra-el),” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.

~ What ~
Part of the international series, this thirty-four-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and readers who like learning about other countries. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words that usually include pronunciation. Typically, colorful illustrations cover one side of the page with a nicely sized font wording on the opposite side. Several pages at the end of the book reiterate how to pronounce certain words and their meanings.

Israel is considered the Holy Land to four different faiths. With a wall built in 1538 AD around the city of Jerusalem, it contains four neighborhoods. A famous place to visit is the Dead Sea, which is 1371 feet below sea level.

Favorite foods are falafel, pita, tahini, shwarma, shnitzel, humus, baklava, and fistookeim. The people enjoy participating in the Maccabiah Games, practicing Krav Maga self-defense, and celebrating Purim, a day that remembers Queen Esther.

The reader learns names for mother and father. Also taught are common names for boys and girls, as well as words for doll, money, and school.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational book is a simple way for a young child to learn about a foreign land, especially if he or she knows someone living there or is planning a trip to visit.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words, some in foreign languages that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words from another country.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on counties, civilizations, and pirate genre as well as non-fiction for adults. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were books like this on every country so children could see and learn about the vast array of different cultures throughout the world.

~ Want ~
With so many countries on the planet, one looks forward to future books in the series to learn more about a particular location.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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Out of the Frying Pan

Out of the Frying Pan - A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side.Title: Out of the Frying Pan
Authors: Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer
Publisher: Bling! Romance
ISBN: 978-1-938499-13-5

“That’s why I came. To keep them out of everyone’s hair during the investigation. They’ve got a bad habit of minding everyone else’s business,” KC makes excuses for her aunts in Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepher’s novel,  Out of the Frying Pan.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-seventy-six pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy a light-hearted mystery romance. With the uses of slang words such as heck and darn, its topics of drugs and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.

After a year dating Brian, KC breaks off an uncommitted relationship and flies to Florida to calm her two aunts who live together in a retirement village where a recent murder has taken place. While the dramatic busy-body Aunt Zula thrives on the local gossip while often overstepping her bounds, sleuthing Aunt Fern is determined to track the killer. When the sisters-in-law meet Detective Jared Flynn, they add matchmaking to their schemes that include their niece. In the end, not only are the loves of the two elderly women questioned, but also hired help, a bitter woman, and drug lords add in the mayhem as KC gets caught up in the fray.

~ Why ~
Writing light comedy can be fun yet challenging, especially by two authors of one book. With the many antics, dramatics, and confrontations of two women who are bound together as a family, the breezy novel considers how the elderly believe, trust, think, and love as they get older. Although there are minimal spiritual discussions, praying to God is shown in a positive manner.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like corny comedic tales of seniors who sneak into homes without permission, act like boy-crazy teens around gentlemen, and jump to wrong conclusions repeatedly may avoid this read. I found it rather unrealistic in describing living in a retirement community and how often the three main characters did things illegally, unconcerned by their actions.

~ Who ~
Both internet bloggers who live in the Heartland of America, the two authors have been friends for over ten years. While Griep is involved in historical fiction and teaching teenagers, Klepher loves spending time with her beagles and grandchildren.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were less choppiness between the scenes where the writers veer off on cutesy tangents that are not part of the story and disrupt the flow of the book. With no village managers mentioned, Jared having recently moved to the town, and the key issue incomplete, and the story was not plausible to me.

~ Want ~
If you like reading a silly book of the shenanigans of two old ladies with wild imaginations craving love and their heart-broken niece realizing what she wants, this may be for you, but it did not connect with me.

Thanks to the Book Club Network for this complimentary book that I am evaluating freely.

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Best Choice Vanity Set

WHITE VANITY WITH MIRROR & STOOL

What ~Best Choice Products Tri-Mirror Vanity Table Set W/ Stool Bedroom Home Furniture- White
Made of painted white wood, this bedroom ensemble includes a vanity with matching trifold beveled mirror and padded four-legged stool. There are four pull out drawers as well as a large flat surface table. The complete vanity with mirror measures 77 inches tall, 36 inches wide, and 16 inches deep and the stool is 16-by-11-by-18 inches; the set weighs 50 pounds so can be moved fairly easily. Instructions with screws and an Allen wrench are in the box, and some assembly is required by using a Phillips screwdriver that is not included.

~ Why ~
I like that the three-frame mirror is adjustable and can be closed when not in use. The small and large drawers can hold plenty of objects such as pens, paper, jewelry, or cosmetics. The stool is an ideal height that can be placed under the vanity when not in use; it has a soft beige upholstered linen fabric covering its seat. It took me a little over a half hour to assemble the vanity and stool.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the solid white color, yet it could be repainted. Since the top shelf has two drawers that are glued together with a couple of staples, they do not hold the weight of the mirror well as it tips forward; I would recommend reinforcing the mirror with a bracket to the desk or secure it to a wall. The vanity can be used without the top-drawer ensemble, but there are four small holes that need to be covered on the table’s surface. When the mirrors are closed their brackets and backing show, but they could be covered with design paper.

~ Wish ~
I wish the product did not use glue but screws and bolts on all areas as the top shelf with drawers and mirror seem unstable. Even though the item arrived in a double box, the loose screws and washers were loose, and the top shelf was separated from the drawers and bowed a little.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a  vanity set with a mirror and stool to accent a bedroom, this may work for a young lady but keep in mind it is not a high-quality product, thus the low price.

Thanks to Best Choice Products for this sample that I am freely evaluating.

I found this product at: http://bestchoiceproducts.com/products/best-choice-products-tri-mirror-vanity-table-set-w-stool-bedroom-home-furniture-white

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The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional

The Gift of JesusTitle: The Gift of Jesus
Editor: Johnny Hunt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8641-1

“With every step you take, every decision you make, every conversation you have, and every thought you entertain, the Lord Jesus desires to live with you,” editor Dr. Johnny M. Hunt writes in the introduction of the book, The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and -thirty-six-pages, this leather-bound targets men and women seeking a daily devotional about Jesus. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the KJV, NIV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB, and The Message. A contributors’ list, notes, and Scripture index complete the book.

Written by fifty-one pastors, reverends, doctors, and men of God, the My Daily devotional covers one page per every weekday plus one weekend day of the year. Divided into the fifty-two weeks of one author per week, each devotion begins with a title, followed by one to three Bible verses written out. Several paragraphs cover the topic, ending with a short prayer. The bottom of the left side of the page lists the author.

The gifts of Jesus include topics such as salvation, seeking God’s righteousness, the security of Jesus’s resurrection, our inheritance in Him, mercy, prayer, unconditional love, joy in Heaven, and the unpardonable sin to name a few. By reading the given Scripture, focusing on the author’s words, and a short prayer, the reader will cherish and love the gifts our Lord has freely given us.

~Why ~
My husband has been asking for an in-depth devotional to read with his daily Bible reading, and this one fits the bill nicely as it concentrates on Jesus and is written by educated, spiritual men. I like that each author’s week is written differently, and each rarely mention first person (which irritates me sometimes in other devotionals). The leather cover is attractive and classic.

One example I enjoyed is Thursday of Week 36 titled Jesus Defines Your Value by Pastor William Crook of Florida. After Matthew 10:29-31 is written about regarding Jesus knows the sparrows, the writer reminds us that no matter what trials or pressure we have throughout our lives, God stretches our faith and deepens our dependence on Him as He covers us with His grace, mercy, and love. The prayer thanks God for His constant love and perfect care as He values us.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not like that there are only six days of the week included. Others who do not agree with the Southern Baptists doctrines may shy away from some of the written concepts. I wish there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.

~ Who ~
The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the general editor of the book is a pastor who has a Masters in Divinity and cherishes his wife and family. The My Daily Devotional series has sold more than a half-million copies.

~ Wish ~
I wish the table of contents included the title of the devotional instead of the contributor as they are stated again at the end of the book. It would be helpful if there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a six-day-a-week devotional of the gifts of Jesus from a Southern Baptist slant, this makes the perfect gift for a loved one or self.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Hitop Houndstooth Cape

BLACK & WHITE HOUNDSTOOTH CAPE

black-white-herringbone-poncho~ What ~
Made of half Polyester and half Acrylic, this women’s black and white poncho with a houndstooth design measures 56 by 48 inches. Available in one color, its colors blend back and forth between the two colors with a V-neck in the back and two open front panels with double cross-stitching on all seams. Although there is no attached care label, online t is recommended to be hand washed in cold water and air dried or dry cleaned.

~ Why ~
Wearing scarves year round, I like the long length of this cape because it ends almost to my knees on the front and back yet the sleeves are the three-quarter type. Its material is soft, not stiff, and not too thick or see-through. Another nice feature is the wide geometric pattern that can be wrapped to show if folded properly. The black and white are in bands so display nicely on the body.

~ Why Not ~houndstooth
Some may not like that there is only one color option available, but it works well with blue jeans or dress slacks and skirts.

~ Wish ~
With only one color option, I wish more colors were available. Attaching a care label would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for long open houndstooth cardigan in black and white, this is the perfect choice that will keep you warm during the winter.

Thanks to Hitop for this discounted item that I am evaluating freely.

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MXELOG8/

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