Review: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip

Title: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip
Author: Sara Brunsvold
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-4027-6

“But he is a God of new life, Miss Kelley. A God of rescue and redemption,” Aidyn is told in Sara Brunsvold’s novel, The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page targets those who like fiction that focuses on dealing with one’s end of life here on Earth. With no profanity but topics of alcoholism, dying, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s note, biography, and advertisements.

In this story, seventy-nine-year-old Clara is living her last days in a hospice facility, trying ardently to show God’s love one last time before she meets her Maker. When the hospitable yet ornery spitfire is interviewed by a twenty-two-year-old journalist for her supposed obituary, the dying woman has to step up her game one last time to help guide the girl with a youthful, naive ego to understand the power of faith, prayer, and trusting the Lord.

~ Why ~
This is a tear-jerker read that tenderly shows how a person who has given others love deals with dying. The quickly growing relationship between the two women is uplifting and caring while the cub reporter matures observing a spunky but graceful lady passing into eternity. Since I have volunteered with the elderly for years and have dealt with loved ones passing, I appreciate how accurate the process of dying was told.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a Christian-based story that conveys peace and comfort at the end of life may not like this book. Others may not care for the slow start of the story or that there were some presumably stereotypical characters, yet both were necessary to the flow of the tale.

~ Wish ~
I do not recall the eternal plan of salvation that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day was thoroughly explained. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reference.

~ Want ~
If you want to read a story about an elderly woman dealing with mortality and a young woman finding new life, this one that promotes the extraordinary gift of companionship will be cherished.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #SaraBrusvold #TheExtraordinaryDeathsofMrsKip

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Review: In the Shadow of His Wings

Title:  In the Shadow of His Wings
Author: Roslynn Long
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3948-9

“Each bird photograph in this book is a kind of ‘Ebenezer’ of my birding expeditions–they are reminders of the love and care of the Lord in even the smallest matters of life,” Roslynn Long writes in the introduction to her devotional, In the Shadow of His Wings: 40 Uplifting Devotions Inspired by Birds.

~ What ~
This square one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound targets those who enjoy a devotional devoted to birds and how they correlate to God. With beautiful photographs by the author, it contains Biblical stories and applications that are taken from the Holy Bible. The NIV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, and NLT versions are referenced.

From three to five pages each, the forty devotions have one to two full-color photographs each of all types of birds that include bluebirds, cardinals, ducks, eagles, geese, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, loons, mallards, meadowlarks, owls, sparrows, swans, and more. The devotions relate to various topics such as the Garden of Eden, the attributes and characteristics of God, what Jesus did for us, and how we can be more Christlike. Bible verses are gleaned from books like Genesis, I Samuel, Psalms, Jeremiah, Nahum, Matthew, Luke, John, Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews, James, and I John to name a few.

~ Why ~
Those who like birds and reading short devotions that focus on God will enjoy this book. The photographs are simple yet stunning as they display our Maker’s creativity. The readings blend how birds can remind us of the Lord’s love, care, and encouragement.

One devotional I appreciated was Don’t Look Down about Peter faltering when he walked on the water to Jesus, which is mentioned in Matthew 14. The writer ties the story to a mallard duckling having to jump off a wooden ledge; he looked at his mother instead of down. Only by focusing on Christ can we address our fears and take a leap of faith toward Him as we go through day-to-day trials.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with the Almighty may not be interested in this type of book. Others may not care for the many stories that include the author’s personal experiences, although they do revert to God.

~ Wish ~
Since there are no page numbers listed, it is hard to find a specific bird listed at the back of the book. Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are or know a bird lover who loves looking at photographs and reading about God’s feathered creatures, this would be a thoughtful and uplifting devotional.

Thanks to Baker Publishing and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BakerPublishing #IntheShadowofHisWings #RoslynnLong #BirdDevotional

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Review: Kizz Vitamin C Serum

VITAMIN C SERUM WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS

~ What ~
This 2 fluid-ounce glass bottle contains a Vitamin C serum that has added natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil, Gotu Kola, Vitamin E, and Horsetail, Geranium, and Dandelion Extracts. With a light mild scent, it can be applied to the face, neck, and chest to reduce fine lines, restore skin moisture, and brighten the complexion. Arriving with a dropper, the bottle and box include directions, cautions, and ingredients. Lot 2109096 Exp 10/2023 is printed on the bottle.

~ Why ~
Now that I am in my sixties, I have wrinkled skin since I was born and raised in Southern California. Having had all three types of skin cancer, I appreciate all the extra natural ingredients in this serum that protect my skin. This one blends into my skin quickly and easily without leaving a greasy feeling. Another great feature is it is made in the United States.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not apply serum to your face, you may not want to consider this product, but it is supposed to improve the look of your skin while staving off wrinkles. Others may question using Vitamin C on their face, yet this one has other ingredients that aid in restoring the derma.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the bottle and box promoted the multiple natural ingredients added to the serum.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bottle of Vitamin C with added healthy ingredients at an unbelievably low price, this is an excellent choice. I will update my review if I notice any more pros or cons to the product.

Thanks to Kizz for this complimentary product that I am evaluating by choice.

#Kizz #VitaminCSerum #ReduceFineWrinkles

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Review: LovesTown Moshi Squishy Toys

28 KAWAII DINOSAUR SQUISHIES

~ What ~
Made of stretchable silicone, this set includes 28 soft, colorful kawaii toys in dinosaur shapes that can be squished, stretched, and reformed. Measuring from 1.3 to 2.2 inches, they come in 24 different designs with a few duplications. They arrive without instructions individually wrapped in a cellophane box, ready for using or giving.

~ Why ~
These are colorful and fun for toddlers and kids while squeezing, stretching, or playing with them. I like how colorful they are with their black-dotted eyes, sometimes added with color. They are great for kids to adults and make nice party favors or fun gifts.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think these are too small, but one can fit nicely in the palm of a child’s hand. Others may want something with more details or looking more realistic.

~ Wish ~
I wish they were a little larger in size for our 3-year-old granddaughter.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 28 soft, pliable mini-dinosaurs to squeeze stress away, these are fun and colorful.

Thanks to LovesTown for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyshenglili #LovesTown #28MoshiSquishes #KawaiiSquishToys #SqueezeStressAway

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Review: Neostrata Enlighten Serum

LIGHTENING SERUM WITH VITAMIN C & PHA

~ What ~
This 0.5 fluid ounce serum is a daily skin brightening concentrate that contains 15% Vitamin C and PHA. With ingredients that include pure, stabilized L-Ascorbic Acid, Green Tea Extract, and Feverfew, it is mineral oil-free, dermatologist-tested, and hypo-allergenic. It arrives in a glass jar with a dropper; directions, cautions, and ingredients are on the bottle and box. The bottle has stamped Lot # LOT012JA.

~ Why ~
Since I am in my sixties, I have discolored skin spots so this nice clear light yellow liquid can be applied daily to keep them faded. It is easy to use and absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving only a little residue feeling on the dermis.

~ Why Not ~
If you have no sun or aging spots, you may have no need for this product. Some may think a lightener does not work, but they do if used on an ongoing basis. The fragrant-free solution feels oily at first, but it does seep into the skin.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if a lightener could be made that you use for a week or two and it brightens skin for up to a month, but currently, these products have to be used consistently to get good results. I wish the bottles were transparent so I could see the contents inside to know when it is time to repurchase.

~ Want ~
If you have sun or dark spots and want to lighten them, this one with a high dosage of Vitamin C and PHA is a viable product to use.

Thanks to Neostrata for this complimentary product that I am evaluating by choice.

#Neostrata #SkinEnlighten #GetRidofSunSpots #LightenMySkin

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* CONTEST * I Can Be Your Friend ~ Free Book Giveaway!

WIN PAMELA KENNEDY’S VEGGIETALES CHILDREN’S BOOK
I CAN BE YOUR FRIEND!

One FREE book in print format will be given away by Hachette Book Group!

TEASER: “We all need good friends.
Veggies know that is true.
You can be friends with others.
They can be friends with you,”
Pamela Kennedy writes in the VeggieTales children’s book, I Can Be Your Friend.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not 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. Check out: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/veggietales/i-can-be-your-friend/9781546002147/
5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book (although it is not required).

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Wednesday, July 6th, 2022, 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 5-star book at https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2022/06/28/review-i-can-be-your-friend/

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Review: PIPETTE BABY BALM

PLANT-BASED HYDRATING CREAM FOR BABIES

~ What ~
This two-ounce jar contains baby balm that protects, hydrates, and nourishes sensitive skin. Able to be used on newborns, it is fragrant-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and made with plant-derived ingredients such as squalane and pomegranate. Its ingredients are Squalane, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Punica Granatum Sterols, Jojoba Esters, and Tocopherol. Instructions state to gently rub the balm into sensitive spots like the diaper line, knees, elbows, and wherever needed. The label states # 128621.

~ Why ~
The best thing about this product is that it is made in the United States. I appreciate it contains no petroleum or zinc oxide and is plant-based. The cream easily absorbs into the skin. I use it on my chapped lips, and it stays on a long time compared to some lip balms.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not have a baby, you may have no need for this product, but it works well on dry skin while using natural ingredients. Some may not like the oily feeling it can leave on the skin if it is not massaged in thoroughly.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if it were a little thicker in consistency.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an all-natural balm for your baby or self, this would be an excellent choice at a decent price.

Thanks to Pipette for this product that I am freely evaluating.

#Pipette #PipetteBabyBalm #PlantBasedBabyBalm

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Review: I Can Be Your Friend

Title: I Can Be Your Friend
Author: Pamela Kennedy
Illustrator: Lisa Reed
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0214-7

“We all need good friends.
Veggies know that is true.
You can be friends with others.
They can be friends with you,”
Pamela Kennedy writes in the VeggieTales children’s book, I Can Be Your Friend.

~ What ~
This twenty-page oversized board book with rounded corners targets children one to four years old who like having friendships with others. With no scary scenes, it contains simplistic illustrations of playful vegetables that keep the attention of little ones. An easy-to-read font covers the pages.

Part of the VeggieTales series, this one told in rhyme focuses on how to be a friend to others shown through a bunch of veggies that include asparagus, cauliflower, cucumbers, peas, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, and more. It promotes that to have a good friend, one must be a good friend by caring, sharing, listening, helping, and being nice. It reminds young ones that friends come in all colors and shapes, play together, take turns, brighten another’s day, and always come through when there are problems. The ending confirms that God is our all-the-time, very best friend.

~Why ~
This is a cute way to combine vegetables with big eyes as friends who have fun outdoors and indoors. I like the expressive but simple artwork that keeps a toddler engaged. I appreciate the reference to God being our best friend.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a book that mentions the Almighty may not approve of this one, but He is only mentioned at the end of the book. Others may not like scenes of veggies playing on playgrounds or sick in bed, but it is iconic of the VeggieTales’ series.

~ Wish ~
Since this book is part of the VeggieTales franchise, adding their website link would be helpful for parents who want to know more about their videos, movies, television shows, and other merchandise.

~ Want ~
If you want a book that helps little ones learn how to make and be a friend, this one would be a great addition, especially if the child likes anything related to VeggieTales.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and VeggieTales for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #VeggieTales #ICanBeYourFriend #PamelaKennedy #LisaReed

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-can-be-your-friend-with-cd-veggietales/1132448874

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Review: Peach Not Plastic Stengthening Shampoo Bar

PLASTIC-FREE SHAMPOO

~ What ~
This small 3-ounce bar of soap is for washing damaged or split-end proned hair without having to use a plastic container. Able to reuse as many hair washings of a 17-ounce bottle of shampoo, it cleans and improves hair elasticity as it lathers. Using protein-protecting monoi oil, its first five ingredients are sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, cocadimopropryl hydroxysultaine, stearic acid, and cetearyl alcohol. It has nice honeydew melon scent and contains no SLES, ALES, parabens, or synthetic colorants. Instructions on the box recommend rubbing the wet bar over the crown of the head, using the fingers to work it into a lather, and rinse thoroughly.

~ Why ~
With long hair that is not chemically treated or colored, I like to use plant and flower-based shampoos. In using this, I found the soft smell pleasant but not obnoxious so that it could be used on men’s hair. The soap bar lathers with plenty of soft bubbles. I like how it is made to improve damaged hair. The bar would be ideal for travel use, especially if camping, hiking, or being in the outdoors for days.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the fruity scent as it seems catered to women more than men, but it does not linger long afterward. I prefer more moisturizing shampoos on my hair so the hair ends do not dry out.

~ Wish ~
It would be great if a scent could last in one’s hair for hours like when wearing perfume or cologne.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice smelling, plastic-free shampoo designed to strengthen hair, this is a perfect choice, especially if you want to use something eco-friendly.

Thanks to Peach Not Plastic for this complimentary sample that I am freely evaluating.

#PeachNotPlastic #ShampooSoapBar #BarofSoapShampoo #StentheningShampooBar

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* CONTEST * Boldly Going Somewhere ~ Free Book Giveaway!

WIN RON & AIMEE COOPER’S BOOK
BOLDLY GOING SOMEWHERE!

One FREE book in print format & 3 FREE eBooks will be given away by the authors!

TEASER: “The most important lesson was that there was always something interesting waiting ahead,” Ron Cooper writes in his and his wife’s book about traveling in a recreational vehicle, Boldly Going Somewhere.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not 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. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book (although it is not required).

*** IN YOUR COMMENTS, PLEASE POST IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN THE BOOK IN PRINT OR EBOOK.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Monday, June 27th, 2022, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed or emailed from the authors directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this 4-star book at https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2022/06/23/review-boldly-going-somewhere/

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