Monday, April 27, 2015

Children's Book Review: Walking Fish by Rachelle and Kopel Burk

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from JKS COmmunication, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


All this week I'll be sharing products and books for kids, to help with Brain Drain over the Summer, or to assist you on Summer vacation and travels!

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Synopsis:

When 7th grader Alexis catches an unusual fish that looks like a living fossil, she sets off a frenzied scientific hunt for more of its kind. Alexis and her friend Darshan join the hunt, snorkeling, sounding the depths of Glacial Lake, even observing from a helicopter and exploring a cave. All the while, they fight to keep the selfish Dr. Mertz from claiming the discovery all for himself. When Alexis follows one final hunch, she risks her life and almost loses her friend. "Walking Fish" is a scientific adventure that provides a perfect combination of literacy and scienc


Review:

Finding Middle grade books (aimed for 9-12 yrs old) for younger readers (8) can be a bit difficult if you want to get past the 'Disney' era. So if you can find a book that includes science and adventure, and is FUNNY, for girls, then you know you have a winner! This is a wonderful book, that your daughters will devour this Summer! And because it deals with archeology, geology and biology, (aka STEM) you can easily work in some trips to your local museums and STEM activity centers, for more exploration and education! It is the perfect fun tale to start a Summer adventure with! The book is so engaging and endearing, your child may be surprised they finished it, as good look getting them to put it down! Miss Grace is hoping for more books from the authors with Alexis and Darshan, and I heartedly agree! 

About the Writing of This Book:

One day, Kopel asked his niece, Rachelle, if she’d co-write a children’s book with him. When he explained that it was about a girl who discovers a prehistoric fish, Rachelle—who was already a published children’s author—said, “I remember you telling me that story when I was a little girl over 40 years ago! It’s your story. How about if I just edit it for you?”

But one year, many chapters, and several new characters later, it really had become their story. The Walking Fish is a middle-grade science-adventure novel filled with well-researched science, page-turning excitement, and quirky characters. The process, which included countless laugh-till-they-cried moments, had brought uncle and niece closer than they’d ever been.

Rachelle soon landed a contract with Tumblehome Learning, an educational publisher whose mission is to get children excited about science through captivating science-based fiction stories. With the release of The Walking Fish on April 1, 2015, the book became Kopel’s first publication at the age of 86. It is Rachelle’s 5th children’s book, and her first novel.


About the Authors:

Kopel Burk is a retired New Jersey physician who writes, sculpts, and travels in his spare time. He conceived the idea for Walking Fish more than 40 years ago, when he told early versions of the story to his family. He lives in Millburn, New Jersey. 

Rachelle Burk writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. She is the author of Don’t Turn the Page and Tree House in a Storm and has written for national children’s publications including Highlights MagazineKidsville News, and Scholastic Science World. She lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Music Monday: Let it Be Jesus by Christy Nockels (CD Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Propeller Consulting, LLC, for review purposes. Thanks also to them, for providing the prize for the giveaway as well. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Today I have an amazing album to share with you,
that releases TOMORROW!

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Recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, this is the first ever live album from Christy! It is an intimate concert, attended by only 350 of the church's volunteers (what a great reward for them to be part of this event!). It features a blend of old and new worship songs, along with a new recording of 'Let It Be Jesus.' originally they recorded 14 songs, but chose to stick with the 12 strongest tracks, to give a more concise offering for listeners (the missing 2 tracks may be featured on her next cd!). The cd marks 20 years of ministry for Christy and her husband, and includes songs you may know and others you don't! 

Track Listing:

1. Freedom Song
2. My Anchor
3. Everything is Mine in You
4. The Wonderous Cross
5. Let It Be Jesus
6. Who Can Compare
7. Jesus, Rock of Ages
8. If You Never 
9. Leaning On You, Jesus
10. Find Me At the Feet of Jesus
11. Wonderful Name

Review:

You know an album is going to be amazing when you put it in the cd player in the car and by the end of the first song, you hear joyous singing along from the backseat, as the 8 yr gets into the song! I had to smile as the singing continued. By track 6 when I asked her what her favorite song was, she couldn't decide between The Wonderous Cross and Let It Be Jesus. By the end of the cd, Leaning on You, Jesus and Wonderful Name had been added to that list. I had to laugh at her seriousness on being unable to choose a favorite, as I had the same problem! This is a glorious cd- so uplifting and strong in our faith! While the songs are modern worship songs in beat and tempo, the lyrics could be from tried and true hymns. Christy says that she writes worship songs that really help you to meditate on scripture and I think she is right, as her songs do make you think of related scripture passages and how they apply to your life! This is an amazing album and I hope all of you get a chance to listen, and take to heart all the lyrics!

Christy will not be doing a Spring tour, but will be at women's conferences and similar events, but they may put together a Fall tour! This cd would make a glorious Mother's Day present!

Check out a video of the title song (from a Passion concert, not the one the album is recorded from):



About Christy:

As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She's seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin. Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords label mates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut, Life Light Up and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion.

Purchase:

You can pre-purchase NOW on iTunes and Amazon



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Giveaway 

One BTHM reader will win their own copy of this wonderful cd, Let It Be Jesus!




Note: 

"If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won  the  same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

LEVEL Life is YOUR Low Carb Choice for a Diabetic Lifestyle! (giveaway)


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge,from Level Life, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them. As with any diet product, my experience may be different than yours. 


Do you have someone in yoru family who is diabetic?

Are they on the border of being diabetic?

LEVEL Life is not only a product company, they are a program to help you make healthier choices for a better life.

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LEVEL Life was started by someone with Type 1 diabetes out of the need for better solutions for the daily challenges that diabetes presents. They aim to equip you with what you need to stay on track, live well, and achieve your goals with a full range of delicious products and their easy to use step by step program, so staying LEVEL doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste, nutrition or convenience

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Clinical studies have proven that people who follow a low carb diet achieve better weight loss than those who follow a traditional low fat diet. And weight loss is THE key to getting your diabetes under control, and keeping it under control. Long-term weight loss can be maintained through low carb’s easy-to-follow lifestyle approach as well. Level Life understands this, so they came up with a product line to meet the needs of a low-carb diet!

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Both their shakes and bars are high in protein and fiber, and low in carbs and sugar, to keep your blood sugars stable. They're low glycemic, lactose and gluten free too. They also contain key vitamins and minerals with antioxidants. These are great as a snack or meal replacement! 

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As you can see the shakes come in 4 tempting flavors- Creamy Caramel, Classic Vanilla, Strawberry Creme and Milk Chocolate. So not only do you have a variety, you're sure to find a favorite! The shakes are ultra rich and yummy- perfect for when you need a meal on the run, to keep from having a low blood sugar episode! So we try to keep some on hand for Dad, so he was eager to try them!

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As you can see the shakes serve a very important purpose as well- their protein-fiber blend reduces sugar absorption and blood sugar spikes. Who knew that the Nutrisystem shakes couls send it up so high and then drop? That is never good for a diabetic. And they taste better than the other 2 brands too! They really are thick and creamy like a real shake. 

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We were sent a variety of the snack bars to try- Caramel Chocoatey Peanut, Chocolately Peanut Crunch, Chocolately Crisp and Double Chocolatey Chip (my personal fav). And yes they ALL have chocolate, because let's be honest. It makes everything taste better, doesn't it? LOL. And sometimes when you're diabetic chocolate can be a huge no-no, so having it in a meal replacement bar is HUGE!

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While the bars were supposed to be for DAD to sample and review, I couldn't resist them!
Just look how yummy they look and you can see why!

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Seriously, I planned on using a BAR as a meal replacement for breakfast while at work. I was thinking with low carb, protein and steady blood sugar options, it would be a great choice to keep me not only full, but running with plenty of energy all morning. WOW was I shocked at what just HALF a bar did! I was FULL. Literally I could not eat the whole bar! So I ended up having the second half as a mid-morning snack, and was supposed how I lasted 8 hours on one 1 bar, before feeling the need for a meal! Yes, I said 8 HOURS. Now when I did a lot of manual labor at the house, renovating the kids room, I needed the extra energy from a full bar. So if you know you'll be really active, be sure to eat the whole bar. For Dad, he prefers the whole bar at one sitting. It just depends on your body's needs. 

And the taste? Let me tell you, we both agree, these bars taste WAY better than any of the 'diet', 'protein', 'diabetic' bars that we've both tasted! In fact they have 83% less sugar and carbs, and 63% more protein and 50% more fiber than similar Glucerna bars! They actually taste like a snack bar that you MADE. You know with great tasting ingredents, not cardboard! Try one and you WILL be hooked! We are! Even Miss Grace got hooked on having one before dance class! 

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One of toughest and scariest parts of diabetes is low blood sugar episodes, which is Level Life created tasty, fast acting, easier to use glucose gels. The gels contain 15g of fast acting glucose in a pouch, that is easy to carry and easy to use. For Dad, we all try to keep some hard candies on us, when we will be out and about for a logn period of time, in case his blood sugar drops. Finding them in a hurry in a large purse can sometimes be scary! But with these glucose gels in flat, easy to see packs, finding them is easy and opening them is just as quick! 

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They come in 4 great tasting flavors- Green Apple, Strawberry Banana, Mandarin Orange and Classic Vanilla. You can get them in both 3 count and 12 count boxes (with 18 month expirations), so you can always have enough around! But what really sold us on the gel is that they are similar to what paramedics use to stabilize blood sugar quickly, but effectively, without over-treating you. many of these alternatives contain ingredients that may slow down absorption (such as fats).
Now Dad and I carry them with us whenever we head off for the day or for a festival (Jazz Fest anyone?), knowing that we can keep any low-blood sugar episodes at bay quickly!

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Level Life knows that successful diets have to have treats, or due to human nature, they will fail. So they also have a couple of sweet snacks in their product line:  Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Turtle Bars!

Both snacks have 80% and 60% less sugar, respectively, than the leading candy bars, so you can treat yourself without the guilt! Like the skaes and bars, they are high in protein and fiber, and low in carbs. But that doesn't mean they aren't tasty! In fact I found that I just needed a couple bites of ONE peanut cup to satisfy a sweet tooth urge! Dad ate a whole one and didn't the second, which is saying a lot, as his sweet tooth is way worse than mine! 

Level Life shakes, bars and sbacks all have a shelf life on a year, so you CAN stock up and know that you have a while to use the products. You can puchase online (follow their Facebok (https://www.facebook.com/LevelFoods) and Twiiter (https://www.twitter.com/LevelFoods) feeds for speicals and discounts too), or locally- just use their store locator to find your nearest store, including many Targets and Walgreen's stores! 

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The Level Life Program is FREE to join! 
They can help you with a 14 day jumpstart program (Supported by over 38 clinical studies, our Program has been used successfully by people all over the U.S.) to help you loose up to 8 pounds (does include ecommend 30 minutes of cardio activity per day), get free snacks, hundreds of diabetic friendly recipes, and exclusive discounts! Every day, you’ll receive a step-by-step plan — delivered straight to your inbox — to help you dominate diabetes.plenty of delicious choices at restaurants to choose from

These products are amazing and we urge anyone that has diabetes to check them out. ANd if you don't, but you are looking for healthy meal replacements while dieting, then be sure to try Level Life too! ANd with Mother's and Father's Day right around the corner, a sample pack of products given as a gift will show your Mom/Dad just how much you CARE about their health!


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Giveaway:

Level Life is giving away a Nikon SLR camera right now (ends this week!!!), to help you celebrate your jumpstart with their program! You just have to like their page and gree to getting their emails- eays peasy! 
Friday, April 24, 2015

Dermaflauge Can Get YOU Through Those Special Moments! (giveaway)


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this giveaway, free of charge,from KMR Communications for giveaway purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about the product. 


Spring is here, and Summer isn't far behind, and you KNOW what that means.

Special events like weddings, banquets, awards, proms, graduations.....

Sigh....

While you don't mind the dressing up, if you have scars, you may be trying to avoid the photographer at these events. But what if you can't?

The solution is simple: Demoflage!


Dermaflage is the first at home cosmetic that functions as a second skin to fully cover scars on the face and body, from skin cancer, acne, surgery, accidents and also covers pock marks and deep frowns! 

The recessed nature of these imperfections cannot be effectively hidden using makeup, leaving expensive and often ineffective medical procedures as the only viable option. Far superior to traditional cosmetics and concealers, Dermaflage fills and conceals the recessed area.  And unlike makeup, it uses silicone to simulate skin and fill in sunken scars on your face, neck, legs, arms, and other parts of your body. It also works for frown lines between the eyes that make you look worried or angry. And it easily matches your skin‘s tone and color. Dermaflauge was developed by Hollywood Makeup artists and it can bear up to whatever you need it to- it is waterproof (up to 26 HOURS, even while swimming and showering), matches YOUR skin tone, non-irritating, clinically & dermatologist allergy tested, so it is SAFE to use! 

Demoflage before and after


It is so easy to use, with it's simple 3 step process, that is easily fits into your makeup routine! Just be sure to follow the instructions, and don't put any liquid makeup over it! 

April is Cancer awareness month and skin cancer scars are one of the main things Dermaflage was made for! Do you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime? That's more than 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, that get diagnosed in the United States every year!

The worst thing about skin cancer is that left untreated, it can kill you. A secondary concern is worrying about the scar one may be left with after treatment.  Patients won't know how bad it will be until the doctor starts cutting and learns just what the cancer is like. This is particularly nerve wracking when the cancer scar is on the face. But Dermoflage can bring back your confidence and let people see the real YOU, not a scar!


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One lucky BTHM reader will win a $50 starter set of Dermaflage!

Book Review and Giveaway: Wishful Thinking by Kathy Wicoff

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Booksparks, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Ever wish you could be in two places at once? 

Busy moms everywhere can relate – and now there’s a (fictional) app for that! 

She Writes founder Kamy Wicoff’s fiction debut,  Wishful Thinking, explores one woman's journey to appreciating the joys of living life in real time after finding an app that lets her be in more than one place. 

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Synopsis:

Jennifer Sharpe has problems just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn’t have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn’t have a boss. But when Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of a miraculous time travel app called Wishful Thinking, she thinks she may have found the solution. 

With the app, Jennifer goes quickly from zero to hero in every part of her life: she is super worker, the last to leave her office every night; she is super mom, the first to arrive at pickup every afternoon; and she even becomes super girlfriend, dating a musician who thinks she has unlimited child care and a flexible job. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can’t answer. Why does she feel busier and more harried than ever? And when choosing to be with your children, at work, or with your partner doesn’t involve sacrifice, do those choices lose their meaning? 

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Review:

If you're a working mom, especially, you will LOVE this book. We've ALL been there, trying to get in the extra hours for the extra pay/favors, but having to attend school/extracurricular functions with the kids, and just flat out needing TIME to ourselves (seriously why is laundry only DONE for about 14 seconds, before there is mysteriously another load, after you just finished 8 loads?). This is an uber quick read- mainly because you just can NOT put it down! I finished it in 2 sittings, only because I had to! It is funny, charming, realistic (hey, who says magic doesn't exist?), and full of all the yearnings and realities that modern moms have! It is THE book you'll be sharing with all your mom friends and relatives this Spring. And you'll never think of 'there's an app for that' the same way again!

About the Author:

Kamy Wicoff is the co founder of SheWrites.com, the world’s largest online community for women who write, and co founder, with publisher Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press. SheWrites.com and SheWrites Press were acquired in 2014 and are now part of the SparkPoint Studio family. Wicoff’s first book, the best-selling I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters, was published by Da Capo Press in 2006. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, and has been anthologized in Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does The Dishes (Hudson Street Press, 2006), and About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror (Seal Press, 2008). She serves on the board of Girls Write Now, a mentoring organization in New York City, and also formerly served on the Advisory Council for Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Wicoff lives in Brooklyn with her sons, Max and Jed. Connect with her at kamywicoff.com, at facebook.com/kwicoff or on Twitter @kwicoff.



Giveaway:

Join us in celebrating the launch of Wishful Thinking and enter for your chance to win an iPad mini, case, and a signed copy of Wishful Thinking! on the  author's Facebook page!