Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Book Review: "An Amish Love"



UPDATE:  Want to read more in this lovely series?  See the entire list of books below!

"An Amish Love" contains three novellas from three different authors, yet the storylines tie together as if they were written by one writer.  The stories center around three Amish families in Paradise, Pennsylvania,  focusing on different struggles they faced:  a couple's marriage based on a lie, a prodigal son, and an empty nest couple rebuilding their relationship after a year long separation.  While the book is an enjoyable read, it also represents to the reader that all families can have struggles, regardless of who they are and where they live.  It is also a reminder of the importance of honesty, forgiveness and second chances in relationships.

As a bonus, there is a readers group guide in the back of the book to be for small group discussion and even a few traditional Amish recipes.

I can highly recommend this book; it was a lovely part of a weekend for me!  You can purchase this book through Amazon.

Other books in this series now include:

An Amish Christmas  (September 2009)
An Amish Love  (December 2010)
An Amish Wedding  (November 2011)
An Amish Kitchen  (December 2012)
An Amish Miracle  (December 2013)
An Amish Garden  (March 2014)
An Amish Second Christmas  (October 2014)
An Amish Cradle  (February 2015)


Affiliate links in this post. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book Review: "Everything Christmas"

Want a manual for "all things Christmas?" 

This book, published by Waterbrook Press, s a wonderful Christmas compilation, from inspiring stories to traditional recipes, from song origins to cultural Christmas dinners.  All these tidbits of history and Christmas cheer are broken down into daily doses for Advent, and it is a wonderful volume to bring out every year. 

What I enjoyed about the book was the many facts and lessons of the season I could share with my children. There was much inspiration from the book's stories of hope and Christmas miracles.  We loved reading the history behind some of our cherished Christmas carols and learning what other countries typically serve for their Christmas dinners.  Want to know what really goes into making figgy pudding or oyster dressing?  You'll find the recipes in the book, along with simple gift making ideas as well.  Want to know the origin of the Christmas tree?  It's there too, along with so many other treasures for everyone in the family, for any age. 

I recommend getting this book and sharing it with your family at dinnertime or bedtime each day of Advent.  You'll be surprised at what your family will learn about Christmas!

You can purchase this book through Amazon.

Affiliate links included in this post. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books (www.bloggingforbooks.com) book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Book Review: "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect" by John Maxwell


The new book by John C. Maxwell, "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect", is another great leadership manual of how to connect with other people in the correct way. This book follows along the same principles as others by Maxwell, i.e., it's all about other people, go beyond the words, it is more skill than talent, connect on common ground, etc. 

What I like about this book, however, is that Maxwell uses a multitude of examples -- from famous names to the unknown -- to illustrate how these principles work.  In addition, Maxwell writes in layman's language that is easy for anyone to understand and digest. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in any vocation or situation, from the career person to the stay at home parent.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Product Review: L'Oreal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse

UPDATE: (7/2015) You can still buy this product through Amazon.

My latest product review is on the new L'Oreal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse.  This product is designed to be an anti-aging eye cream with a pulsator that massages the cream around the eye to pulse away puffiness and reduce dark circles and wrinkles for brighter, smoother eyes.  With highly visible, dark circles under my eyes, I find it hard to completely cover them with makeup, so this product gave great promise.

Review: This eye cream goes on very light and creamy; it feels lovely on the skin.  The micro-pulse is a cool tool for massaging under the eye and it worked well; it wasn't too rough on the more delicate skin around my eyes.

The disappointing result was that there were no results!  Even by looking at the before and after photos I took, there was not any difference with my dark circles and under eye puffiness.  After four weeks of using the product, there was no visible improvement.  For the money, there may be another product that will offer a better benefit.  That being said, someone who does not have profound dark circles as I do may see more of an overall improvement.

Disclosure:  I received this product free through BzzAgent (http://www.bzzagent.com) review program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Review: “Grown Up Friendships” by Lisa Welchel

It was a pleasure to read and review Lisa’s latest book.  I have read other books by Lisa, and I’m never disappointed; I always seem to relate to what she shares to her readers.  The same goes for this new release.  She is transparent and authentic; she sincerely tells her story about the ups and downs of forming true relationships as an adult, renewing old friendships in a new way, and trying to resurrect friendships, only to realize that it is time to move on. 

Although her background is different than most of us, the needs that she has and wants in her friendships are incredibly similar. Lisa tells her own friendship journey with grace and openness; we empathize with her and cheer her on in her endeavor to form lasting and safe relationships. 

While her journey is much different to my own, I have absorbed many nuggets of truth that I will be able to transfer into my own life and relationships. 

You can purchase this book through Amazon.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Product Review: L'Oreal 24 Hour Lash Boosting Power System

UPDATE:  (7/2015) You can still buy this product through Amazon.  

Recently I had the opportunity to do a trial of this new product, L'Oreal 24 Hour Lash Boosting  Power System.   I had already seen the television ads for the prescription product called Latisse, so I was excited to try something that was available over the counter. As a person with very sparse and weak lashes, I would try anything to make them look thicker and fuller.

Review:  The serum was very easy to put on morning and night. When I first started using the serum, it did make my eyelid "tingle" for a couple minutes, but this sensation went away after using it for a week. There was no discoloration on my eyelids as a result of using the serum (which I heard was an effect of the prescription "Latisse") or any other negative effects.

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the two-step mascara process. One end of the applicator is the white layer, which goes on first, followed by the mascara on the other side of the applicator.  After several tries, my eyelashes clumped together.  I quit using the first step and just used the mascara alone, which was quite good.

After the four weeks, I can say that my lashes are stronger than usual, and I will continue to use it to see if there is more improvement.

My final recommendation would be a 3 out of 5 stars. If this is something you need -- definitely give it a try. You may have much better, recognizable results than I experienced.

Disclosure:  I received this product free through BzzAgent (http://www.bzzagent.com) review program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.