enLIGHTen by Trinity

Skin Lightening Cream - enLIGHTen - Miracle Skin Lightener - Fade Cream Lightens Using Natural Ingredients. For Age Spots - Melasma - Hyperpigmentation - Brightening and Whitening. Skincare for Believers!Product: enLIGHTen
Company: Trinity
ASIN: B00SW9LFYG

“Brightens skin and gradually fades pigmentation spots and melasma,” the label states on Trinity’s Skin Lightening Cream – enLIGHTen – Miracle Skin Lightener.

This two ounce white jar arrived from its company in Blaine, Washington, well before its suggested delivery date. With no instructions except on the label in minuscule print, the jar was packed securely.

Noted to be used as a fade cream that lightens skin using natural ingredients, it is for age spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation, brightening, and whitening.

Targeting the Christian market, Trinity’s logo includes an ichthys and Ephesians 5:8 is written out on the label.

Its first few ingredients are water, jojoba, seed oil, and sea kelp along with many other oils and extracts. It is noted it has not been tested on animals.

Upon lifting the easy peel-off sealed tab, the thick substance appears to look like creamy whipped butter with the consistency of mayonnaise. When applied to the skin, it is soft and luxurious yet has a somewhat chemical smell.

With the instructions stating to apply once to twice a day to a clean, dry face, it suggests only applying it directly to other affected areas. Recommended results appear after six weeks when used daily.

Meant for both sexes, its concept is to lighten dull or dark skin pigmentation but it does not treat skin cancer, blisters, or scars unless used for strictly for fading.

With a one hundred percent refund guarantee without having to return the product, Trinity is confident that the user will be pleased with the results.

As a reviewer who has used the product only one week and has had skin cancer issues, it did not interfere with prescription topical ointments such as Differin. There was some notice already of minor fading of facial skin blotches. However, after one week’s use on two age spots on the arm, one of the spots peeled, which may be due to other reasons.

This cream’s concept of lightening skin inconsistencies may be warranted with proper and daily use. Constant use may be the key to correcting a skin problem, but one wonders if the spot will return to its original color if the product is discontinued.

Rated 4 of 5 stars.

Thanks to the CWA Review Crew and Trinity for furnishing this complimentary jar in exchange for a review based on the user’s honest opinion.

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* CONTEST * Fast Freddy ~ Free Book Giveaway!

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WIN LEE ANN MANCINI’S CHILDREN’S BOOK,
FAST FREDDY!

ONE WINNER will be randomly selected to win FREE from Thomas Nelson this recently released book.

REVIEW  TEASER: “Getting an award will be great, but having friends is even better! I love my new school and all my new friends,” Freddy announces in Lee Ann Mancini’s children’s book, Fast Freddy.

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Hank & Snoliver – Put Down the Phone!

Hank & Snoliver - Put Down The PhoneTitle: Hank & Snoliver – Put Down the Phone!
Author: Nate Williams
Illustrator: Nate Williams
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 978-1-4236-3925-1

“It’s amazing what comes alive when you put down your phone and pick up on what’s around you,” Hank and snOliver explain in Nate Williams’s children’s book,  Hank & Snoliver – Put Down the Phone!

This unnumbered thirty-two page paperback targets children four to twelve years old, especially those that like books about a boy and his pet snake. Containing simple sentence structures, the book’s multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers. The strange capitalization of the snake’s name of snOliver may be confusing to some readers.

Author and illustrator Williams has a passion for inspiring creativity with his artwork. Having clients from Cartoon Network, the North Face, and Converse Shoes to name a few, he currently resides in Utah when not visiting Argentina.

With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful cartoon drawings with mainly white backgrounds grace the full pages with whimsical designs of a boy and his quirky snake. The black wording is easy to decipher in a childlike font.

This short tale continues the adventures of a boy named Hank and a yellow and orange bowtie-wearing snake called snOliver. This time the two friends are in Bubble Gum Meadow and find a magic bottle.

Suddenly a genie pops out of it and states he will make their wishes come true. Hank and snOliver wish for a hot air balloon, but the magician immediately gets interrupted by a phone call.

While the genie is on the phone, he erroneously grants them a bowl of delicious prunes followed by a baboon, a bird’s nest, and a swordfish. The two have to scream to get the genie’s undivided attention.

When the genie puts down the phone as their wish, he finally hears, feels, smells, and sees how much he has missed around him.

The ending includes a detachable postcard depicting Hank and snOliver on one side and instructions to draw the worst time to talking on the phone on the other side so it can be mailed to someone always talking on a phone.

To say the least, this is a perfect reminder for both children and adults to get off the phone and interact with others or merely observe the world around them. Kudos to Williams for being so direct and to the point regarding something that is so obvious to some.

Thanks to Bookpleasures, Gibbs Smith, and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Finger Foods

Finger Foods: Elegant Treats and Bite-Sized Eats for Every OccasionTitle: Finger Foods
Author: Joyce Tanner Whiting
Publisher: Front Table Books
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1526-6

“Scrumptious, sensational, and delicious – finger foods are the perfect way to impress your guests at parties, receptions, and more! And it’s oh, so easy! With this fun collection of delicious recipes to try, you’ll want to find any excuse to celebrate!” the back jacket states in Joyce Tanner Whiting’s cookbook, Finger Foods: Elegant Treats and Bite-Sized Eats for Every Occasion.

At two hundred and twenty-four pages, this paperback targets those interested food recipes to make for entertaining. With quarter-to-full page colored photographs of approximately half of the completed dishes, there are over two hundred listings in the three page index. The author’s biography concludes the book.

With no introduction but a table of contents stating chapters, the book covers recipes for beverages, meats and sandwiches, cheese, fruits and vegetables, sweets, themed celebrations, and basics.

From one to three recipes covering one to four pages, the concoctions have a red title at the top of the page, sometimes including a sentence or two about its uniqueness. Ingredients are listed in order of use, followed by simplistic numerical instructions. Serving size is added in a different font; there are no preparation times or caloric information.

Geared toward easy entertaining, there are five beverages such as Orange Lemonade Twist and Hot Buttered Cider. Thirty-one recipes with many variations cover meats and sandwiches such as Cashew Chicken Rolls, Posh Piglets, Reuben Sandwiches, and Bacon-Cheese Bruschetta. The seven cheese recipes include tips as well as Cheese Bowls and Calico Party Mold. A dozen fruits and vegetable ideas with options range from Veggies on a Pick to a Caramel Apple Ring. The listings of forty-three desserts fill the gambit of cakes, cinnamon rolls, blitzes, cannoli, tassies, shortcakes, ganache, tarts, bombes, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, and bars.

The chapter on themed celebrations has sample menus for buffets and bars of crepes, hot chocolate, and mashed potatoes and pastas. The final section titled Basics covers an eclectic mix of dips, breads, rolls, pastry shells, custard, and cakes as well as cooking with chicken, whole steak and beef chunk methods, and finishing touches.

Having no dish listings at the beginning to find quickly and with no total preparation times or nutritional information, this is a nice collection of menu items that can be made for either a casual get-together or elegant entertaining.

Thanks to Cedar Fort for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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The Creole Princess

Title: The Creole Princess
Author: Beth White
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2198-5

“I don’t want to live like a lady, not if it means sugaring up to people taking property away from those of us who claimed and settled it generations ago!” Lyse explains in Beth White’s novel, The Creole Princess.

Second in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, this three hundred and fifty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy historical romance involving the South during America’s struggle for independence. Topics of racism and slavery may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The end of the book includes author’s notes, acknowledgments, the first chapter of the next book in the series, and the author’s biography.

Native Mississippian author White has won several awards for her historical fictions with Southern overtones. Teaching music at an inner-city high school in Alabama, she is a pastor’s wife, mother of two, and grandparent.

In this story based mainly in Mobile, Alabama in 1776, sixteen-year-old beautiful Lyse Lanier is from a multi-cultural, mix-raced background as she lives life outside of the British fort that oversees and protects the land of the South belonging to His Majesty.

Lyse’s best friend is Daisy, the daughter to the fort’s Major Redmond. As they grow up together, the two girls share their deepest secrets, including Daisy’s love for Lyse’s brother, Simon.

When a mysterious, charismatic Spaniard named Don Rafael Gonzalez comes to town and saves Lyse from an unwanted sailor’s attention, the girl pulls a blade on him, thinking he is taking advantage of her. Before long, the Creole young woman is taken by his charm, playfulness, and quick thinking.

With Spain neutral in the American conflict with Britain, Rafael has to play both sides of the coin, not only in regard to being sympathetic to American rebels while delivering goods to the area, but also when amorously trying to win Lyse’s attention.

Through family secrets, slave trading, and keeping up pretensions, Lyse, Rafael, and others must play cat and mouse to hide their loyalties, patriotism, and interest in each other. Forced to give an oath to the king or be deported, Lyse must decide if her heart leads her to a marriage of convenience or one of love.

Written with a Southern flair of the era, the story shows how slavery and racism was a vital part of the American Revolution and what measures were taken for freedom.

Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Hank & Snoliver – What Can I Be?

Hank & Snoliver - What Can I BeTitle: Hank & Snoliver – What Can I Be?
Author: Nate Williams
Illustrator: Nate Williams
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 978-1-4236-3928-2

“I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Everyone knows what they want to be except me!” Hank laments in Nate Williams’s children’s book,  Hank & Snoliver – What Can I Be?

First in the series, this unnumbered thirty-two page paperback targets children four to twelve years old, especially those that like books about a boy and his pet snake. Containing simple sentence structures, the book’s multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers. The strange capitalization of the snake’s name of snOliver may be confusing to some readers.

Author and illustrator Williams has a passion for inspiring creativity with his artwork. Having clients from Cartoon Network, the North Face, and Converse Shoes to name a few, he currently resides in Utah when not visiting Argentina.

With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful cartoon drawings with mainly white backgrounds grace the full pages with whimsical designs of a boy and his quirky snake. The black wording is easy to decipher in a childlike font.

This tale concentrates on inquisitive Hank and his best friend, a bowtie-wearing snake named snOliver who easily bends and twists into unusual shapes to help solve almost every problem. When Hank has to come up with what he wants to be at Career Day, he is at a loss, and snOliver cannot help him.

As the snake suggests being a golfer, Olympic archer, veterinarian, and used car salesman, Hank considers being a Spanish teacher. The reptile thinks he would make a great undercover agent or rock star, but the boy believes being an astronaut would interest him.

The child and animal build a spaceship out of a garbage can and traffic cone, and they get in physical shape for the trip. When they take off and land on Saturn, Hank realizes he wants to be an explorer. Both happily agree tomorrow they can explore again.

With the ingenious twisted positions of the snake, the illustrations draw young ones into  the creative and interesting poses  Although some of the pages are congested with numerous designs, the book is engaging and entertaining.

At the ending, the final page suggests the reader draws a picture of what he or she would like to explore and share it with the author’s website.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Gibbs Smith and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Crossroads

Title: Crossroads
Author: Cathy Bryant
Publisher: WordVessel Press
ISBN: 978-1-941699-05-8

“How could she connect with the loving God Carter believed in – one whose existence she’d denied? And would she look like a total hypocrite if she even tried?” Mara ponders in Cathy Bryant’s novel, Crossroads.

Sixth in the Miller’s Creek series, this three hundred and seventy-two page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian contemporary romance. With no profanity, the topics of divorce, bulimia, and a life threatening illness may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes there was consistency capitalizing all pronouns of God for reverence.

Author Bryant has won several awards writing her Texas-based romance series. Married over thirty-five years and living in New Mexico, she also has written devotionals and a Bible study booklet.

In this stand-alone story, realtor Mara Hedwig has tried to move on from the past by settling down with her five-year old daughter in the small fictional Texan town of Miller’s Creek. Raised by a hell-fire-and-brimstone preacher, Mara has turned away from God due to a combination of her father’s legalism and a bitter divorce.

Policeman Carter Callahan has demons of his own as an ex-military man who did two overseas tours. Now that he is responsible for his teenage daughter, he is at a loss on how to be a good parent. He prays God will intervene as he deals with her rebellion.

Contacting Mara to find a new residence, Carter wonders why Mara is so caustic and bitter, wanting nothing to do with God. As the two search for the ideal house for Carter and his daughter, they develop a bantering but fragile friendship. Believing he should not fall in love with an unbeliever, he is torn on how to interact with her.

When Mara’s daughter, Ashton, has a rebound of leukemia, Carter prays as he tries to protect them. Dealing with his daughter’s personal issues, Carter must find solace in God while Mara learns God forgives and has always been there for her.

Even though the ending is predictable and Ashton’s vocabulary is rather mature for her young age, this tender story shows how prayer is important when trying to follow God’s will. Knowing a marriage should not be unequally yoked, it explains how relying on God not only shows His direction, but He always loves us and is in control.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Love Is

Love isTitle: Love Is
Author: Kim Lucretia
Illustrator: Tara Lance
Publisher: KLE Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-692-02265-8

“Love is being nice and sharing with others – even when they are not so nice to me and don’t want to share. Kim Lucretia writes in her children’s book, Love Is.

This unnumbered thirty-four page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like books about love. Containing simple sentence structures, a few multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers. Minor punctuation and capitalization errors may confuse some readers.

Inspired by her three children, author Lucretia has written two books for young ones. She is devoted to mentoring and teaching others through volunteering with SafeHouse, Dress for Success, and AmeriCorps. No information is provided on the illustrator.

With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful cartoon drawings with broad background colors cover the left side of the open pages with expressive faces showing emotions. Black wording is easy to decipher against lightly colored backgrounds with no other illustrations on the right side of all pages.

This short tale concentrates on what love means to an unnamed little girl. Every open page begins with the words “Love is …” followed by a concept of love. There is a depiction of a young girl’s actions that correlates to the storyline.

Whether helping Mommy with dishes, keeping a clean room, using kind words, or being nice to others, the book promotes love “actions.” Also mentioned is how the girl sees others giving love, such as the way her mother looks at her or tucks her in bed, her daddy plays in the backyard, her grandma makes a special meal, and when her other grandma dances with her. Love is also when her older sister allows her to sleep with her when she is scared at nighttime.

At the ending, the story reiterates that love is peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Love is not simply words, but actions, including vowing to God to love one another every day.

Having a book that explains what love is can be important to young ones trying to understand the concept. If the written errors were corrected, it would be ranked higher.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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* CONTEST * Little Chick’s Bible ~ Free Book Giveaway!

Little Chick's Bible   

WIN P.J.LYONS’S CHILDREN’S BOOK,
LITTLE CHICK’S BIBLE!

ONE WINNER will be randomly selected to win FREE from Zondervan this recently released book.

REVIEW  TEASER:
“Moses in a basket boat,
By his mama set afloat.
Hiding him from someone mean,
In the marsh grass, tall and green.
A princess at the river’s side
Found the basket. Moses cried.
So she raised him as her own
And kept him safe ‘til he was grown.”
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The Magical Slow Cooker

The Magical Slow Cooker: Recipes for Busy MomsTitle: The Magical Slow Cooker
Author: Sarah Olson
Publisher: Front Table Books
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1533-4

“Some of my recipes are lazily simple, and others have a few more ingredients but are still easy to prepare. Most of the ingredients in this book are easy to find at your local grocery story,” Sarah Olson writes in the introduction to her book, The Magical Slow Cooker.

At two hundred pages and twenty-four pages, this paperback targets those interested in food recipes that use a slow cooker. With full-color, close-up photographs, there are ninety-five creations. Measurement equivalents and an index along with the author’s biography complete the book.

After an introduction, personal note regarding the author’s life, and slow cooker tips, the cookbook is divided into seven sections: breakfast and brunch, party food, side dishes, soups and stews, chilies, main dishes, and desserts.

Each recipe that covers two opened pages, complete with a photograph of the finished product, begins with a title and serving size. One or two sentences sum up the dish as a teaser. All ingredients are listed in use order followed by simplistic, easy-to-understand instructions in one to several paragraphs. Occasionally there are directions involving a prior night’s preparation.

With ten listings under breakfasts, recipes include salted caramel apple cider, sausage mushroom frittata, and ham breakfast burritos. The eleven party dishes involve rosemary party nuts, honey garlic wings, and easy salsa. The twelve side dishes complete any meal with calico barbecue beans, roasted beets, and creamy mac and cheese to name a few. There are eleven soups such as chicken tortilla, hamburger, and left-over turkey noodle along with seven chilies like steak taco chili and frito pies. Main meals have thirty-two entrees ranging from meatloaf onion bombs and tater tot casserole to Indian butter chicken and turkey-stuffed peppers. Desserts number twelve; a few titles are blueberry buckle, pumpkin caramel flan, and candy bar dip.

Having no dish listings on the contents page to find a specific recipe quickly and with no total preparation times or nutritional information, this is a nice collection of menu items that can be made in a crock pot or slow cooker without too much fuss. With the idea of putting the ingredients in a pot all at once and returning later to a complete meal may be welcomed to those who are stressed for time, tired, or want to eat healthy homemade meals.

Thanks to CedarFort for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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