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Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine by De’Longhi

I have always dreamed of being a morning person. At night, just before I drift off to sleep I imagine myself waking up in the wee early hours of morning, making myself a cup of coffee and sitting on the back deck enjoying a few moments of silence before the chaos of the day begins. The reality of my morning is usually more chaotic, I hit the snooze button one to many times and then dive out of bed, in a mad rush to start my day. As a result, I need a morning routine that is speedy and simple. The “Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine” by De’Longhi makes my morning just a little bit easier and enjoyable.

The “Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine” is the perfect addition to any kitchen. It has a sleek, compact design that takes up very little valuable counter space. The machine is easy to use, which is wonderful for those of us who have clumsy fingers in the morning. Simply fill the water tank with water and press the Espresso and Lungo buttons at the same time to start the machine, the blinking light lets you know it’s heating up. Lift the lever at the top of the machine to insert your capsule. Close the lever and place your favourite mug under the spout. When the light stops flashing press the Espresso or Lungo button to start. To stop the coffee flow manually or add more coffee simply press the button again. When you are finished, lift the lever to eject the capsule into the used capsule container.

The “Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine” makes an amazing cup of Espresso. The only drawback that I have found to this machine is that it is difficult to find the capsules locally. The only place I found them locally was at the “Atlantic Superstore”.  They sell their own storebrand capsules that are compatible. You can also order them online from Nesspresso.com and they have a variety of flavours to choose from. Regardless whether you buy them locally or online, I found the price per cup is considerably less than from the local coffee house.

The “Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine” is an attractive machine that will help you make an amazing Espresso everytime. It’s small footprint makes it perfect for the home, office or anywhere! The “Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine” is available for purchase on Amazon.

 

*Disclosure: I received a free “Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine” from the Amazon Vine program. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

God Loves Daddy and Me

Everyday is full of moments where God shows us how much he loves us. We are often to busy to take notice, but they are there. “God Loves Daddy & Me” is a gentle reminder to for daddies and their little ones to take notice of those special times that God gives us.

“God Loves Daddy & Me” is a wonderful story about the bond between a father and his child, and the God who loves them both. It will remind both dad and child of how much they are loved.

The author, Bonnie Rickner Jensen, has written a book about the special moments that we share with our children everyday. We often take these moments for granted and the story reminds us that each of these moments are a gift from God. Each moment the author shares with us is a moment that most children can relate to – taking walks, doing chores and even acting silly.

The illustrations are simply beautiful. They are soft and have a comforting feel to them, absolutely perfect for bedtime. I love the expressions on the faces of the characters as they go about their day. The illustrator does an amazing job showing the love that Daddy and Little Raccoon have for each other.

In the summer we love to roast marshmallows over the campfire, just like Daddy and Little Raccoon. The story reminds us that we need to take the time to cherish the moments with each other, they don’t last forever. My favourite moment in the book is where the author reminds us that God loves us even when things are going wrong. I love the lesson that this teaches our little ones about loving each other. The love between parents and children goes beyond right and wrong, it’s a love that lasts forever.

The best part of the day for Little Raccoon and Daddy is when they spend time in prayer. It’s a great reminder that we need to take the time to Thank God for all the things, big and small, that he give us.

“God Loves Daddy & Me” is a wonderful story to share with your children at bedtime, or anytime, to show them the special ways that God and Daddy love them. Purchase your copy today on Amazon or other major retailers.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “God Loves Daddy & Me” from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

BIORE Baking soda cleansing scrub

It’s been a busy week-end. We traveled to the mainland for a cheerleading competition and my daughter had a great time. The mornings were rushed though, between breakfast and getting my daughter ready for her competition there wasn’t much time for me to spend on myself getting ready. The “BIORE Baking soda cleansing scrub” makes your morning facial cleansing routine effortless.

“BIORE Baking soda cleansing scrub” is a unique cleansing product that uses natural Baking Soda to help wash away skin impurities. The concentrated powder foams up when it comes in contact with water to gently exfoliates as it cleanses your skin.

It is so simple to use. Simply pour a quarter size amount of the powder onto you hand and add water to activate the cleaner.  You can customize the cleanser, simple add more water to soften the cleansing action.  The powder will foam up and has a wonderful soft refreshing scent.

I loved how clean my face felt after I used the cleanser.  At first I used the it daily, and found that it dried out my skin which resulted in a breakout. After I reduced it to twice a week (as recommended on the bottle), my skin cleared up and I really like it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I wonder if I added more water to my cleanser would it have a less drying effect.

The ingredients are Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Citric Acid, Sodium Carboxymethyl Starch, Silica, Panthenol, Sodium Citrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Fragrance and Menthol. The list of ingredients gives me pause for thought so you may want to do a little research to determine if you are comfortable using them on yourself.

Be sure to make sure the lid is on tight as you don’t want any moisture to come into contact with the powder in the container. The lid is easy to open, simply press the button and it pops right open.

The “BIORE Baking soda cleansing scrub” is a great exfoliating cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

 

*Disclosure: I received a free 128g bottle of “BIORE Baking soda cleansing scrub” from the Amazon Vine program.

 

Spring Book Festival – March 27-29, 2017

Spring has finally arrived in my little corner of the world. After a long winter I look forward to the “newness” that spring brings with it. New flowers, fresh spring breezes and longer sunny days.  There is no better way to celebrate the “new” that comes with spring than with a new book! March 27-29. 2017 is the Navigating Indieworld Spring Book Festival!

There is a whole world of books to explore out there, but how do you find the perfect book for you? So many amazing books are lost to readers because of limited advertising budgets. An amazing group of Indie authors have banded together to create “Navigating Indieworld”, a place where all indie authors can promote their books to people like you and me!

Check out the Navigating Indieworld Spring Book Festival! A wide variety of books await you there! Show your support to an indie author and discover a new world of books!

Glasses from GlassesShop.com

GlassesShop.com

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 5 years old. When I try to mentally add up the amount of money spent on my glasses over the last 35 years, the sum is staggering.

If you ever get the time, this is an interesting read. It explains why glasses cost so much these days. If you’re as disgusted as I am, you may want to look into buying eye glasses online from a retailer like GlassesShop.com.

GlassesShop.com

 

One thing to keep in mind when you order glasses online is that you won’t have the benefit of getting your PD (pupillary distance) measured in store. There are a couple of ways of getting this measurement. Some brick and mortar retailers won’t give you these numbers at all, some will for a fee. I’ve heard of varying costs from $30-$75, but you would have to check your local vision centre to get exact costs. Another way of obtaining your PD is by using an on-line tool. A quick google search for PD measurement will bring up a slew of results. This is the method I used for the purposes of this review.

I ordered the MyrtleBeach Rectangle – Black for review. I decided to go for the “Advanced” lens package (1.61 index, anti-scratch, anti-reflective, UV). The lenses were clear and the index helped keep the glasses lightweight.The glasses are very comfortable and attractive.The arms are relatively straight arms and curve downward slightly over the ear, but also curve inward slightly behind the ear with the shape of your head allowing for a snug and comfortable fit. I had to adjust the nose piece slightly to create the perfect fit.

I did run into a small problem with my glasses, the same I’ve had with semi-rimless before. The strap that holds in the right lens loosened up slightly after my glasses fell one day (on the bright side, no scratches). From that point on the right lens would pop out with little pressure.  After contacting support, they immediately offered to send me a new pair.

Right now there are some great deals to be found on the GlassesShop.com website. Use coupon code GSBOGO at checkout to receive 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses, sale frames excluded. The coupon code expires on December 31, 2017.  Be sure to check out their website for other amazing deals!

Overall I’ve been happy with my on-line eye glasses shopping experience. GlassesShop.com also offers prescription sunglasses. Take some time to explore their website and take a moment to sign up for their e-mail newsletter and there’s always deals to be found.  Just remember to take special care taking your measurements (including measuring the size of your current frames for reference).  Happy shopping!

Get social with GlassesShop.com on Facebook, Twitter, and their Blog.

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace)

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thoreau

We all know that one woman who doesn’t dance to the same music as the rest of us. When the world says she can’t, she says she can. “The Elusive Miss Ellison” is such a woman, she dances to the beat of her own drum.

“The Elusive Miss Ellison” is the story of Lavinia Ellison, a ministers daughter who doesn’t always play by the rules. She isn’t above getting herself dirty in order to help those less fortunate and she is known for her outspoken opinions.  When Lavinia meets the Nicholas,  the new Earl of Hawksbury, their personalities clash.  Lavinia believes him to be arrogant with little regard for the welfare of his tenants on his estate.

Guilt, family obligations and the legacy of war have called Nicholas home. He never believed that his cursory visit would turn his world upside down.  Lavinia challenges him see the need of his tenants and look past his preconceived notions.  Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

“The Elusive Miss Ellison” written by Carolyn Miller is set in St. Hampton Heath, Gloucestershire, England in 1813. A time when class distinction was clear. The story makes us question do we help others because we want to, or simply to help ourselves? As Nicolas learns, when he helps those on his estate he in turn helps himself. And so it reflects in our own lives. When we help another who needs it, something in us changes. Our hearts change and we begin to see others in a new light.

The story shares a message of forgiveness and God’s grace. Lavinia needs to look inside herself to forgive those she feels responsible for taking away the person she loved the most. Nicholas needs to learn to forgive his brother and himself.

With vivid descriptions of the English countryside and London and intriguing historical detail, Ms Miller, transports you back to Regency England. You will find yourself lost in a story of forgiveness, love and God’s grace.

Check out the author’s website for most information on this and her other books, or get social on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.

 

I received a complimentary copy of “The Elusive Miss Ellision” from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Rice and Rocks

Our little island is becoming more and more diverse. Each year there is a multi-cultural street fair where we celebrate the different cultures that are present on our island. It’s an amazing time where the kids can explore foods, activities, games, art and crafts, displays, music and performances. “Rice and Rocks” is a celebration of different cultures coming together around the dinner table.

“Rice and Rocks” is a the story of a young boy named Giovanni who goes on a magical adventure around the globe with his Auntie and pet parrot.  Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner and his grandmother is making a traditional Jamaican dish of rice and beans or “Rice and Rocks” as Giovanni calls it. He is worried that his friends will think the dish is weird. His favourite Auntie comes to the rescue and takes him on a magical adventure around the globe where they visit other places where people eat “Rice and Rocks”.

“Rice and Rocks” is a story that celebrates friends, family and family traditions. I love that Giovanni’s family has a Sunday tradition of eating together as a family. There is no better way to connect together with loved ones than around the dinner table, I love how this reflects how we eat together as a family for supper as well. My children don’t always want to eat at the table with us, and this story shows that it’s not just “Mom’s rule” that they have to eat the table, but that it’s something that families all over the world do together.

The author, Sandra L. Richards, takes us on a journey to Japan, Puerto Rico and New Orleans in the United States. We discover that there are similarities between every culture. Giovanni discovers that “Rice and Rocks” is a meal that is served in various forms around the world. I love how this teaches us that while we are all different, if we look closely we can find a common thread, and it’s that thread that can bring us together as family and friends!

The illustrations are wonderful, full of energy and bright colours. I love the image of Jasper, he looks like he would be the perfect traveling companion.  I found the text difficult to read on my tablet, but it was much easier to read in the Kindle Cloud Reader on my laptop.

The story offers so many opportunities for conversation with your children. Take the time to discuss what traditions you have a family and which ones are your favourite. My favourite question to ask the kids is about what “new” tradition they would like to start.

“Rice and Rocks” is an amazing adventure that spans the globe and celebrates the things that bring us together. Visit the author’s website for teacher resources or connect via twitter, Instagram, FacebookGoodreads or LinkedIn.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Rice and Rocks” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

When you are having a bad every little thing can feel like a disaster of epic proportions. It can be difficult to see the problem for what it really is. Learning how to evaluate a situation is a life skill that was all need to learn. “One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” teaches us all how to see a situation for what it really is.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is the story of a group of forest friends who learn a valuable lesson about how put things into perspective. When Squirrel is running along a tree limb, she trips and falls losing all her acorns in the river below. Squirrel is upset and frustrated. Rabbit listens to Squirrel’s troubles and offers a solution. He tells her to rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. When Squirrel tries Rabbit’s suggestion she soon discovers that losing her acorns may not be all that bad after all.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is a fun story with an important lesson for us all, not just kids. When something “terrible” happens to us, we need to take a moment and really evaluate the situation. The author, Ms Roman, offers us a way of rating how bad things are using a scale of one through ten, one being no problem at all and ten being the worst thing ever! When we are feeling overwhelmed we should take few moments to really think about how bad something truly is, we may discover that thing may not be all bad. In the grand scheme of things few things are ever truly a 10, there usually a positive to be found somewhere.

I had the opportunity to read this to my son’s kindergarten class. They understood right away how to use the rating system. As the animals in the story shared their troubles, the children in the class tried to guess where things would be on the scale. At first they would guess a high number, surely losing all your acorns is a terrible thing, worthy of a ten.  When the story was finished the loss of the acorns was rated between a one and two. After we finished the story, the kids decided to rate their own problems. They were pretty quick to discover the “upside” to things.

The illustrations are beautiful, full of bright colours and fun forest friends. The only thing I disliked was the choice of font. I found the all caps style of font slightly difficult to read, but this is just my personal preference and doesn’t affect the book in anyway.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is a great story to help children learn how to put things into perspective. The One-to-Ten scale is a simple way for your child to feel more empowered when faced with a difficult situation.

Connect with the author:

Author’s Website: http://caroleproman.com/
Author’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks
Twitter: @caroleproman
Amazon.com: “One To Ten Squirrel’s Bad Day”

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Brave Girls 365 Devotional – A Year of Devotions for Brave Girls!

I recently overheard a conversation between my daughter and husband.  They were discussing how we need to put good foods into our body to grow strong and healthy. It started me thinking about how we need to put “good” things into our minds and hearts, to grow strong in our faith and knowledge of God. “Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a great way to put faith-filled thoughts into the heart and minds of your little girl.

“Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a daily devotional filled with 365 devotions that encourage your daughter to spend time daily in God’s word. She will join the “Brave Girls” – Faith, Hope, Glory Honor and Gracie as they explore God’s word and how he is working in their lives.

Each devotion follows the same format. They are all dated and cover 1 to 2 pages. The length is great for reading any time of day. My daughter tends to read her devotions just before bed, but the length is perfect for reading just before school as well.

Each devotion starts off with a title followed by a scripture verse. I love it when my daughter reads her Bible, but she often gets frustrated when directed to find a particular chapter and verse. The scriptures are written directly at the top of each devotion making it easy for her to learn what God has to say to her, without the frustration of trying to find it in the Bible.

The devotions are written in everyday language and use situations that most girls can relate to. Your little girl will discover amazing things about God’s love and how it applies to her life. Each devotion will help build her faith and draw her closer to God. She will learn that with God’s power working in her, she can do anything. No matter how difficult the situation, God is bigger!

Each devotional ends with a “Prayer Pointer”.  These are a great addition for any believer in Christ. If your little one struggles with starting her own conversation with God, these pointers are a great place to start.

My daughter is 7 and she would like more colour and images in the book. It is very “pink”. I think older girls will like the more mature feel to this devotional.

The “Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a wonderful daily devotional that will grow your child’s faith and encourage her to grow up strong in God’s word. It is available at most major retail outlets including Tommy Nelson.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

I’ll often tell my children that they have a Guardian Angel watching out for them, especially when they’ve done something that should have rendered them injured. This has made them curious to know more about Angels. “Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” is a great introduction for little ones who are just beginning to explore their faith and want to know more about Angels and what they do.

 

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” by Allia Zobel Nolan is a board book for children that introduces them to the Angels we read about in the Bible. The book covers both the Old and New Testaments, retelling stories of how Angels interacted with Elijah, Daniel, Mary and many others.

The illustrations are beautiful created by Alisa Massari. The colours are rich and each image has a comforting feeling. I love how the author shows the emotion in the faces of each being illustrated. While we don’t know exactly what an angel looks like, I like how the author depicts them in a way that is familiar to what my children are accustomed to seeing. The pages are sturdy cardboard, perfect for little hands to hold.

Each story is short, covering about 4 pages. Read one story at a time or the whole book. Each story shares a scripture reference so that you explore each story in more depth.  The stories in “Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” are told so that even the littlest child can understand. They read wonderfully out loud making them perfect for sharing at bedtime or Sunday School.

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” shares the stories of the Angels in the Bible, sharing their messages of love from God. I love how the first story of “Abraham and the Three Visitors” tells us that while the three visitors looked like men, they were really Angels. This story is a great time to talk to your children about the Angels we may encounter in our own lives.

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” is a wonderful introduction to the Angels that we read about in the Bible. The book is available at most major retailers including Zondervan Publishing.

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.