The Last Ride : An Andrea Carter Book ~ Book Review

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About the Book:

Andi’s newest adventure may be more than she can handle–even with her family’s help Andrea Carter is turning sweet 16 and life could not be better. She’s about to finish school, her sister Melinda is getting married, and her older brother Justin has a new baby to spoil. There will be plenty of time to work with the colt of her treasured palomino horse, Taffy, and best of all, Andi will finally get to work full-time for the ranch she loves. There’s just one problem: a city-slicker cousin named Daniel. Left there by his father, with a cryptic warning that New York City life has done damage to the young man’s character, Daniel wants nothing to do with the ranch. He ignores Andi’s lessons, walks away from responsibility, wrecks valuable equipment, and even runs away to San Francisco. The Carter family is in a frenzy trying to keep Daniel under control. When Andi discovers a horrifying secret about him, he forces her to stay silent. But all that changes when Daniel’s actions put lives in danger. Andi’s anger over her loss threatens to destroy not only Andi but her entire Circle C world. Can anyone break through the wall around Andi’s bitter heart and help her find healing? Loyal long-time readers of Susan Marlow’s historical fiction will line up for an older Andi’s newest adventure, and her discovery of how powerful love can be. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-last-ride/#sthash.tL1Bh1ww.dpuf

Our Review:

First of I must say this was a wonderful read! I have not read any of the previous Andrea Carter books…so this one is one that can be read if you have not read any other Andrea Carter book. Although, I must say it makes me want to go back and read the rest of the Andrea Carter books!

Andrea is a great heroine, especially for teens! This book was packed with adventure, romance, and drama. Just enough to excite…but not too much to over saturate the mind!

I do not want to give away more than the summary I posted above…because this book is a must read …I do not want to produce spoilers for future readers! But if you are looking for a good book full of adventure romance and a bit of drama…check this one out!

You can find this book and all of the Andrea Carter books at:

Kregel Publications

The Longest Ride: An Andrea Carter book by Susan K. Marlow

Other Andrea Carter Books by Susan K. Marlow

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Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day ~ Book Review

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Cave Kiddos is a fun book about four Paleolithic children who share the experience of developing and learning important words and concepts. Join Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee as they discover the world around them.

Our Review: This book is geared toward the preschool age set. However, the book is very cute and my older children enjoyed reading it to the younger ones! THe characters are very cute and likable. The idea I liked best within the book is that the cave children sound out words … and this makes the book interactive … letting the readers sound out the words too! This is a great way to engage children while learning to read!

 

This book can be found on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Cave-Kiddos-Eric-Jay-Cash/dp/152324450X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458312768&sr=8-1&keywords=cave+kiddos

 

About the Author:

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Eric Jay Cash became facinated with speech and developmental learning when he worked with his children who are both delayed speakers. He lives in a cave on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and two cave kiddos.

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LulaBloc Review

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Booster Seat Buckle Holder

Now your child can buckle themselves with ease. No more floppy buckles. no more digging.

The LulaBloc is one of the most useful booster seat travel accessories you can find! They fit over the rear seat buckles with ease and keep the buckle right next to the booster seat where it belongs. Don;t dig between the seats or undereath the booster anymore! Get the LulBloc and get moving!

We are in love with LulaBloc! This makes a caregivers job so much easier! We love that children can now buckle themselves with ease!

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You will notice in the picture above that the LulaBloc simply slips over the buckle providing easy access and stability to the buckle. We liked the ease of installation and ease of use! This is the best product ever!

 

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LulaClip Review

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LulaClip Magnetic car seat clips

THEY GO WITH YOU ~ Lulaclip car seat clips attach to any car seat or stroller. Their placement can be adjusted so they grow with your child.

 

LulaClips are one of the most unique car seat travel accessories on the market. These patent pending magnetic clips attach to any car seat or stroller. They allow the straps/ buckles of the car seat or stroller to be clipped out of the way. This makes unloading or loading a child as easy as it can be.

We found Lulaclip very easy to use and was nice to not have to search for the car seat clips. They really work as an extra set of hands.

Here is a closer look at the clips back and front sides. You will note that installation is simply pinning them to the car seat fabric.

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Now see the product installed!

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This product is wonderful for new moms and seasoned moms! We cannot get over this product!

 

For more information about the brand and prouct please visit http://www.lulakidsbrand.com/

 

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Still Restless ~ Book Review

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About the Book:

Many things prevent us from allowing God to be the manager of our lives. For some, it’s a longing for social justice they don’t see Him bringing about. Others fear losing more than they would gain. Still others have been wounded and believe a God of love would have stopped the hurt from happening. In response, we create our own kingdoms, attempting to organize life to get what we want. The problem is that we are not truly equipped to run our world well, no matter how hard we try.

Still Restless relates good news: God has always had time for honest seekers, even when they have hard questions or objections for Him. The proof is in the life of Christ. Jesus met for one-on-one conversations to share the way to truth and life, and He rarely used the same approach twice. The gospel is designed for everyone, no matter one’s experiences or personality.

Jan Hettinga walks through these gospel encounters to demonstrate how talking with Jesus is a good thing to do, particularly in today’s fast-paced modern world. Conversations with Christ lead to a spirituality that shuts down evil and empowers good. They produce a faith that surrenders control right from the beginning, embracing the relief of following a leader who cares for you.

What would you give to travel back in time to make an appointment with Jesus, to talk to God in flesh and ask your questions face-to-face? Hettinga uncovers the path to that opportunity today. Get ready for the conversation of a lifetime and a manager you can trust completely. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/still-restless/#sthash.hx1eGtko.dpuf

Our Review:

This was a very good read! I loved the way the author got the reader involved and invested within the Bible and the context of Jesus and the Gospels. This is a great group to also use within Bible study groups or faith groups to begin a discussion of investing and involving Jesus and the Gospels into your home, lives and careers! This is certainly something you do not want to pass by… invest today!

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Kia Sorento SXL

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I am definitely a soccer mom.  I have two kids and drive a minivan, and I cannot complain.  Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to drive a SUV, though.  I had the opportunity to drive a KIA Sorento last week, and I really enjoyed it.

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The KIA Sorento offered quite a bit of room.  Both of my kids’ car seats fit in the backseat easily.  Even my mother-in-law was able to squeeze in the middle of them when we had a full load.  The Sorento felt very roomy, especially with the moon roof that opened the full length of the vehicle.  The kids really enjoyed looking up at the sky on the way to school.

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The KIA Sorento offers some really nice features including heated seats, air-conditioned seats, heated steering wheel, push button start, memory driver’s seat, and my favorite the navigation system.  It was really easy to plug in addresses and easy to follow directions.  The back-up camera makes it virtually impossible to hit anything.  Trust me, it has full camera views where you can literally see every angle of what is around you.  I miss it on my minivan now.

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The trunk space is huge.  It fit all of my grocery shopping bags easily, with room for more!  The KIA Sorento gets 22MPG on average, which is great considering how much driving around I do.  This vehicle gets up to speed unbelievably quick, thanks to its 2.0L turbo gas direct injection 4-cycle engine.  Let’s just say, this mommy mobile for the week was fast!  Overall, I was really pleased with the KIA Sorento and recommend it to families with kids, and even people without kids.  It really is a great vehicle!

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Ice Cream Wear

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I would call myself a pretty active person.  I workout 5-6 days a week, depending on the week. I’m also a busy stay at home mom of two.  Being fashionable is not at the top of my list.  Comfort and versatility are important in my life.  90% of the time my hair is in a ponytail, so I try to “look cute” by changing up my headbands.

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I was really impressed with the headband I received from Ice Cream.  Not only was it super stylish, but it was extremely comfortable.  I put it on in the morning to run my errands, and wore it throughout my PiYo workout.  It didn’t move, and it kept the hair out of my eyes.  I loved how vibrant the color is, and how soft the material is.  The headband was made from 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex.  It’s also machine washable which is a huge plus!

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Their website offers a ton of choices ranging from headbands, to workout pants, and fitness tops.  They will custom make their clothing to fit you.  What I absolutely love about this company is their commitment to helping women achieve and maintain their body weight.  When you lose inches and your Ice Cream Wear is too large for you, they will alter it for you, free of charge.  How amazing is that!  For more information and to see all of their products, check out

www.icecreamwear.com

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Wellness With Nature Made & Giveaway

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“This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of a Blog Blast for Influence Central.

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As the new year is left in the dust and we creep into February…I find myself asking if I have begun to work on my New Years goals or if I have left them in the dust as well. In February, many people either have forgotten their New Years resolutions or are diligently trying to stay on track.

I have made the promise to myself to continue to strive toward a healthier lifesyle for myself and my family. I have found that essential vitamins and supplements are part of this regimine. I am a avid vitamin and supplement advocate…as we do not always get the essential vitamins and minerals we should be getting every day. Supplements can help achieve that goal.

So if you are reading my post and noting that perhaps you should be getting more daily vitamins…or just want some reminders or encouragement to do so… Nature Made has a great new site that can assist!

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The Wellness with Nature Made site is great for both beginners and veteran wellness seekers!

Visit the site http://wellnesswithnaturemade.com and simply enter your email for some daily “boosts” from Nature Made.

Daily boosts are there to encourage you to keep on track and keep going on your path to wellness.

As the site states ~ “Every day is a new opportunity to do right by your body. Taking Vitamins and supplements is one way. Taking action is another. Something small that makes a big difference – we call it a Daily Boost. Or, if you prefer a dose of Vitamin Do.”

 

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*I-C will randomly select 20 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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The History Major ~ Book Review

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About the Book:

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

 

Our Review:

What an awesome read! We are never disappointed when reading a Michael Phillips Cash book! This one is a wonderful read! I love that this book is full of suspense and flirts with danger! The characters and setting are real, which makes the book come alive! Again, I cannot advocate this author enough… you must pick up this book to add to your library! If this is the first book by Michael Phillips Cash you are reading …don’t stop there… pick another from his repitoire and delve into worlds that you might not have known existed! You will not be disappointed!

About the Author:

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Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The       Battle for Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards. Cash currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

This book and all of the authors books can be found on Amazon.com.

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Fit Chic Headbands

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Working out has really become my passion.  It’s been a little over a year that I have been really and truly committed to exercising consistently.  Over the past year I have done everything including intense cardio workouts like T25, weightlifting like 21 Day Fix and P90X3, powerlifting like Hammer & Chisel, running, yoga, and PiYo. Since I’m working out everyday, I’ve been trying to find clothes and accessories I can wear to run errands in and workout in that are also cute and fashionable.

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I was so happy to stumble upon Fit Chic Headbands.  These headbands are handmade and come in over one hundred different colors and designs.   Solids, animal prints, stripes, polka dots, camouflage, and more.  The material is super soft and gentle on your head;  I could barely feel it.  My favorite part of Fit Chic Headbands is how they are versatile.  I liked wearing it wide, right at my hairline when I was working out.

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I folded it a little and wore it more on the top of my head when I was running my errands.

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Fit Chic Headbands offers headbands, hair ties, kids headbands, shirts, and more.  If you are looking for a stylish way to add a little fun to your fitness wardrobe, check out Fit Chic Headbands. You won’t be disappointed!

http://fitchicheadbands.com/

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