Category Archives: **** Good – Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others

The Cow Said Neigh!

Title: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1189-7

“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s board book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.

~ What ~
At twenty-six pages, this board book with rounded corners and a padded front cover targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.

Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.

~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this board book would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.

* Do note the book is available in hardbound, board book, and kindle format. The difference between the hardbound and board book is that the hardbound has an ownership page at the front and has more pages because the ending is spread out more compared to the board book.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Animals / Pets, Book Review, Childrens

Switch on Your Brain Every Day

Switch On Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and HealthTitle: Switch on Your Brain Every Day
Author: Dr. Caroline Leaf
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-9360-9

“Your choices, where you direct your thinking, and what you decide to meditate on, can change the world—for good or for ill,” Dr. Caroline Leaf writes in the introduction to her book, Switch on Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this small hardbound with a padded front cover targets those who want a daily devotional that promotes thinking deeply and dwelling on spiritual things to better their well-being. Using the New Revised Standard Version of The Holy Bible for Old Testament references, The Kingdom New Testament is used for the second half of the Bible. Ending with an epilogue, notes, author’s biography, and advertisements, the book comes with an attached yellow marker ribbon.

Each page in this book has a number day of a year with one or more written out Bible verses. A brainy tip to contemplate is highlighted in a gray-shaded box, followed by one to three paragraphs about the verse and an unstated topic. Using verses from all parts of the Bible, the devotionals concentrate on trusting in God while instilling practices for living a healthy, happy life daily.

~Why ~
So many devotions include a writer’s personal experiences, but this one does not. I am thankful that its focus is on God and thinking about Him. I like that I could relate to the topics and how the mind can be a powerful tool for personal and spiritual happiness. I appreciate that some of the topics may cover a few days or sometimes a verse is used on another day but with a different perspective.

One devotion I enjoyed is Day 18 about Psalm46:10: Be still, and know that I am God. The Brainy Tip is: If you are constantly in busy mode, your mental and physical health will suffer. The two paragraphs that follow remind the reader that it is acceptable to say no sometimes and allow God to control our time. If we take the time to rest and relax, we can be restored and renewed through Him.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their savior may not enjoy this devotional. Some may not like that the paragraphs do not thoroughly dissect the Scripture or offer other verses to explore. Others may prefer only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading. It should not replace daily Bible reading.

~ Wish ~
While the author mentions to write thoughts about the day’s contents in a separate journal, the book’s pages often have plenty of space that could include lines for writing. I wish a short title, prayer at the bottom, and topical or Bible verse index were included.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that lightly cover a Bible verse with insights and concepts to help you think about things, this may be a good choice. It would make a thoughtful thank-you gift for a loved one.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/switch-on-your-brain-every-day-dr-caroline-leaf/1128620142

 

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Book Review, Christian

Home Buying in 30 Minutes

Home Buying In 30 MinutesTitle: Home Buying in 30 Minutes
Author: Jim Morrison
Publisher: In 30 Minutes Guides
ISBN: 978-1-6418-8023-7

“You won’t always have all the choices, information, time, or money that you wish you had to get the house or condo of your dreams, but I hope this book will help as you navigate the process,” Jim Morrison writes in the conclusion to his book, Home Buying in 30 Minutes.

~ What ~
At one-hundred pages, this paperback targets those who are considering buying a house or condo without having the usual frustrations and delays. After an introduction, there are six chapters that briefly dissect the topic, ending with a conclusion, index, and bonus book introductions on LinkedIn, Genealogy, and Google Drive and Documents.

Beginning with two rules determining how much of a home one can afford, two full chapters follow on hiring a knowledgeable real estate lawyer and experienced local realtor. A section is dedicated to getting a mortgage broker in advance. The final two chapters are about touring homes while being aware of interior and exterior flags and making a realistic offer. Also included in the final chapter are home inspections, negotiating issues, final walkthroughs, and closing the deal.

~ Why ~
Buying a house is one of the most important financial decisions a person or persons make in their lifetime. Having done it several times, I find it is helpful knowing what you are getting into and the most about a potential residence before purchasing it. I appreciated the explanation of being pre-approved, pre-qualified, and pre-commitment for those who cannot make full cash payments. I agree with the information on revisiting the home a second time before making an offer as well as being present during a thorough home inspection before signing. There are a few added tips of how to avoid or win bidding wars.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to buy a house or no longer own a house may not be interested in this read. Others may not like the book’s insistence on professionals such as real estate lawyers, realtors, mortgage brokers, and home inspectors, although some of their knowledge can be beneficial and save money and time.

~ Wish ~
With the book being short and to the point about a somewhat complicated financial decision and purchase, it would be helpful if the guide included lines or spaces in the chapters to take notes or have lists to do as one progressed. Since my husband and I are older and experienced in home ownership, I did not learn any new information.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that quickly explains in 30 minutes of reading how to find, buy, and finance a house or condo, this book would be a good source for the first-timer. Do note that the book is to learn about buying a house in a half hour, not to actually find, buy, and seal the deal in that short of time – which would be amazing and a dream come true!

Thanks to i30 Media Corp for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at http://www.in30minutes.com

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Book Review, Business / Money / Education, Non-Fiction

The Cow Said Neigh!

The Cow Said Neigh! (picture book): A Farm StoryTitle: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1171-2

“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s children’s book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this over-sized hardbound targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.

Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.

~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Animals / Pets, Book Review, Childrens

Sean Awesome

Sean Awesome: A Mission at NightTitle: Sean Awesome
Authors: Ms. Yellow and Mr. Wide
Publisher: Simply Read Books
ISBN: 978-1-7722-90295

“No, Sean. You have to sleep in your own room,” Mommy explains in Ms. Yellow and Mr. Wide’s children’s book, Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night.

~ What~
This unnumbered forty-page paperback targets children ages three to five years old who enjoy a story about bedtime. With no scary scenes, it is about a boy named Sean who was afraid to sleep alone in his own bed. The ending includes a note from the author. All colorful artwork includes cut-out paper or cardboard shapes.

In this short tale, a little boy named Sean Awesome makes it his mission to sleep in his parents’ bed. Although he tries several ways such as hiding under a blanket, wearing his Halloween dinosaur costume, or putting on a disguise, his missions fail whenever he attempts to crawl into their bed. When he becomes a superhero, he accomplishes the task. The next night he decides to be an astronaut for his new mission in his own room.

~Why ~
This is a quick read that offers a fun outlook for a child who loves sleeping with his parents. I found the photographs of the paper illustrations interesting and sometimes clever. I like that the mother repeatedly stood her ground to have Sean go to his own bed.

~ Why Not ~
Those parents who do not allow their young ones sleeping in bed with them may not want to give them the idea or ways to try. Some may not like that the child gets his way in the end but learns on his own to stay in his room the next time. A few fathers may feel slighted as the story only refers to “Mommy’s” bed, not their bed. Others may not like the simplistic illustrations, but they are engaging. Some

~ Wish ~
I found the mommy’s commands to go to bed hard to read based on the font used and the designs within the lettering.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on bedtime, this one may be a starter to help a child not be afraid to sleep alone.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sean-awesome-jiwon-hwang/1129366632

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Book Review, Childrens

3 Bees & Me Complete Bracelet Making Set

BEGINNER’S COLORFUL PLASTIC BRACELET SET

~ What ~
Made of colorful BPA, lead, and phthalate-free ABS plastic, this art set for girls can make all different design styles of bracelets. The set comes with various colors, sizes, and shapes of beads plus red, blue, and yellow cording plus instructions. Targeted for ages 6 to 8 years old, all items arrive in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Our 5-year old granddaughter loves to make crafts, especially jewelry related. Since I have a degree in art and used to sell and make jewelry, this is an ideal gift we can do together when she comes for the holidays. I like how there are opaque, shiny, alphabet, flower, star, and heart shapes, long tubes, and a plethora of different beads. Including the cording makes the kit complete.

~ Why Not ~
Some may be concerned the beads are small, so they should not be used around children who are 3 or under. Others may not like plastic beads and would prefer glass or rock. The set is a plastic tray with no lid, so the beads have the potential to spill out easily and may work best placed in a jar with a lid or sealed bag.

~ Wish ~
I do not like threaded cording for making beaded bracelets or necklaces and prefer stretchy elastic instead as you can get a tighter closing.

~ Want ~
If you have a young girl who likes making bracelets with colorful, different-shaped plastic beads, this is a good beginner set, but you might want to use stretchy elastic cording instead of the threaded kind in this set.

Thanks for 3 Bees & Me for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#3Bees&Me #SponsoredKeepMeClub #BraceletMakingSet #GirlBeautySet

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FRVL7DR/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Qike Black Eyeliner

FINE BLACK EYE HIGHLIGHTING PEN

~ What ~
Made from natural plant extracts, this liner is for eyelids and is water/sweat proof. Instead of a paintbrush-like standard liner or pencil, it has a felt-like tip for easy applications. It can be removed with regular makeup removers or natural blend oils.

~ Why ~
Since I usually use a charcoal eyeliner pencil, I have to constantly sharpen it to get the right line or run it several times over my eyelids. I like that this is a gel pen that glides across the lid as if you were using a felt tip marker.

~ Why Not ~
In testing, I noticed it is not fully water or smudge proof, but maybe I did not let it dry long enough. Some may not want a carbon-black color, but I love the darkness of it and its ample coverage. I do not know if it will dry out quickly, but its lid does snap on tightly.

~Wish ~
I wish the company had other colors available as I would consider buying them in brown and navy blue. It would be helpful to include a small sheet of instructions with tips, removing, and warranty information. Be aware the product is shipped from China so takes about 3 weeks to arrive.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fine-line gel pen that can be used as an eyeliner, this is a good choice, but it is not totally waterproof.

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GRQ7LM8/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Easin Artifical Peony Bouquet

REALISTIC-LOOKING PINK PEONIES

What ~
Made of silk, this handmade set of flowers include 6 light pink peonies with dark green leaves and stems, tied with tan raffia ribbon. The bunch measures 10.6 inches long, 6.29 inches wide, and 6 inches across. The bouquet arrives in a high-quality purple designer box tied with a raffia ribbon.

~ Why ~
Pink flowers can be stunning. Unable to grow peonies for some strange reason here at my house in Oregon (yet others do in the neighborhood), I love the fanciful look of them. This bouquet has the noticeable large petals that become the focal point of the arrangement. They are attractive and look real from a distance because the peonies’ petals have tipped edges.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like fake flowers, yet these make a nice touch as a wedding bouquet or in a vase when purple is the accent color in a room. Others may wish the petals were smaller, but the large look is the true size of peonies and included green leaves. Since the flowers arrived in an Amazon padded bag and not a box, the blooms were flattened and the leaves were bent. Hopefully, they will be able to go back to their original shape.

~ Wish ~
Although this pale pink selection is amazingly beautiful, I wish more color options were available. I wish Amazon shipped them in a sturdy box as they may not be salvageable so have discounted them for this reason only.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pink peony bouquet that looks real, these make a perfect choice if you can request them to be shipped in a box and not bubble shipping bag.

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

This item can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NBGIXG5/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews

Cozy, Snowy Cuddles

Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and FeelTitle: Cozy, Snowy Cuddles
Illustrator: Fransesca Pesci
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0978-1

“Thank God for cozy kisses!
And snowy cuddles too!
We snuggle up with good night
hugs and whisper, ‘I love you,’”
states the ending of Tommy Nelson children’s book, Cozy, Snowy Cuddles.

~ What ~
At ten pages, this square paperback with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy winter animals. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about a white baby polar bear that wants to snuggle with other animals during the cold winter. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

Containing “touch and feel” sections on several pages, the rhymed tale has the bear cub be with whales, husky sled dogs, seals, moose, and the bear’s parents. Each of the animal scenes have a parent and baby animal with the bear. The touch-and-feel pertains to all of the animals’ skins and fur.

~Why ~
While winter can be cold and icy, this book reminds young readers that they can get warm by snuggling with others, especially parents. I like the cute depictions of the parent and child animals and expressions on the cub’s face. Mentioning God briefly is a thoughtful touch.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no relationship with Jesus may not approve of the one time God is mentioned. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the different animals shown, I wish there were more of them since the book is limited at ten pages.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for young ones about snuggling on a cold day, this may be a good choice, but I wish it were more comprehensive.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cozy-snowy-cuddles-touch-and-feel-thomas-nelson/1128128167

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Animals / Pets, Childrens, Christian

OntoBeauty Organic Hemp Oil Drops

STRESS REDUCER, SLEEP ENHANCER DROPS

~ What ~
Made from 100% organic hemp seed oil, this 1.01 ounce brown glass bottle is meant to relax moods, reduce stress, support healthy hair, skin, and nails, and improve joint functions. Being naturally flavored with 500 mgs, it has no preservatives, fillers, chemicals, GMOs, or THC. Suggested dosage is 12 drops 3 times a day. It comes with a pump dropper and instructions on the bottle and box.

~ Why ~
I have never been a good sleeper and am always looking for ways to sleep better without taking medication. I like that these drops promote quality sleep as it fights insomnia and boosts brain function. Because it contains Omega 3, 6, 9, and fatty acids, there are added benefits of mood enhancement, nail and skin care, and healthy heart and joint boosters. Best of all is it is made in the USA at a FDA, GMP approved facility.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are against anything that contains any part of a marijuana plant may avoid it. Some may wish less could be used at a time to reap the benefits. I found the taste to be a little oily, similar to an Omega capsule.

~ Wish ~
I wish more was included in the bottle as the 12 drops 3 times a day will be used up quickly. Since I will not be taking this on an ongoing basis, I will update my review if I find any pertinent information regarding this product’s effect on me.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a unique way to improve sleep, attitude, skin, hair, and other health issues, this may be a good choice compared to taking more prescriptions or over the counter medicines.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyTatianaBarsky #OntoBeauty #HempOil

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GX584XN/

Leave a comment

Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Product Reviews