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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Noah, The Wordless Book

Noah, The Wordless Picture Book
by Mark Ludy
ISBN: 978-0874866391
$14.36 (hardback)

About the book:
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible? This lavish re-imagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy's world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah's relationship with his family, the natural world, God--and a formidable engineering challenge. Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you'll never read this story in the same way again. 

My Thoughts:
This has to be one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever read. The level of detail and depth to the expressions on the animals & people's faces is amazing and sure to catch a kid's attention. It will definitely stay on my bookshelf for when Gianna gets much older. My only concern if you show this to younger kiddos is the huge double page spread of the flood itself. It shows kids and adults as the water begins to overtake them and you can actually see the fear in the the adult faces. Be prepared for lots of questions as your children try to understand what is happening in that scene. 

The nice thing about wordless books is that children really have to think about what's happening in the book. You can talk about each scene, do a Seek & Find game (where are the snakes, the elephants, the mice?) talk about the food that each animal ate, the cages that they lived in on the ark, answer questions like "where did the animals poop?". Your kids will be thinking deeper about the story and I believe that the level of understanding your children develop when they aren't just being told a story is amazing. Plus the opportunity for kids to "tell a story" based on what they are seeing is awesome - they are learning to describe what they are seeing, guess what is happening next, learning sentence structure and so much more.

I highly recommend this book for any families bookshelf. It's ideal for family devotions, bedtime stories, car rides, airplane trips - I recommend it for kids 3-4 years and up. I'm looking for the next book & hope it becomes a series - I'd love to see Adam & Eve, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Joseph and Moses.

Learn more about the book & author as well as order Noah, The Wordless Book @ Mark Ludy's website.

About the author:
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated 8 children's books including The Farmer, The Flowerman, The Grump and Jujo; The Youngest Tribesman. When He's not immersed in his sketchbooks you'll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter and 2 sons.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of this book by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing.

Weekend Comment Hop with GivingNSharing & Friends!


I've been gone for 8 months and started blogging again in September and imagine my surprise that most of the blog hops & giveaway hops are GONE . My understanding is we cannot do FB required giveaways anymore - but I'm not sure why the blog hops and giveaway hops have disappeared. So....

1) First edit your post and add a question at the bottom you'd like action. You can see an example here: http://bit.ly/1D5vxmP and add the button to each post that you link up.

To get the button: Choose one of the images above & then Right Click on the Image and "copy", then go to your post and "paste" it at the bottom or top of your post in the editor. Go back to the linky post on GivingNSharing and highlight the address to that post "copy" it and then back to your post and in the editor link it to the linky post on GivingNSharing. (Sorry I don't know how to add an html box so you can copy & paste it)

2) Comment on 3-5 posts for each link you add if possible. It won't work if everyone is not participating. Thanks!

Lastly - please post below in the comments of this post which image you prefer for the blog hop button. I like both but the one with the black border is the one that is 150x150 for sidebars.... Thoughts?


Link Up here:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Kindness Store ~ Business Review

The Kindness Store is more than a marketing ploy for SendOutCards.com - it's an encouragement to follow the tugging of your heart to give to others. How many times have you had a tugging of your heart, where a certain someone came to mind to pray for them, to do a kindness for them (perhaps mow their lawn, send an anonymous check or drop a letter in the mail to them to encourage them and build them up in one way or the other?

With SendOutCards you have the convenience of shopping for birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby, thank you or Just Because you want to from your office or home. It's very easy to do and step by step instructions are given to you. This program is a win-win for you - it saves you time, money, gas and you don't have to go through a hundred cards before you find one to settle on. You can design your own or pick one they have already created for you - all you need to do is add your own words. From there SendOutCards will print, stamp and mail the card for you. What could be easier?

Bus 90 for Life from SendOutCards on Vimeo.

Watch the video and then click on Learn More to learn how Send Out Cards can not only give you a way to make full time income with part time work and at the same time you are making a difference in someone else's life and showing them you care.

To learn more go to: http://www.thekindnessstore.com and watch the video when it's finished click on Learn More. You can also contact Norbeth Shortt DeJesus on her website HERE.

Comment Hop: Please watch the video and then share something that someone has done for you that you will never forgot it touched your heart that much!

I was not paid to advertise for SendOutCards or by Norbeth Shortt DeJesus - we did however exchange advertising spots to help each other's business out. 

Link Up 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Special Announcement - FREE Shipping through October!

Immerse is Simply Aroma's newest Carrier - it's a Ultra-Fine Nourishing Carrier for your face & body. Perfect for all skin types: Dry, Combination or Oily, helps heal blemishes faster, helps Psoriasis and Eczema begin to heal too! It's even safe for skin that is smooooth as a baby's bottom!

Simply Aroma has announced FREE Shipping for customers on the NEW Immerse Facial Oil! Or if you'd like to get it for FREE! you can host a show and get it for FREE as well as receive all the other Hostess Benefits too!

Contact me at defendyourself.tina(at)gmail if you'd like to host a Pocket Party within the next 2 weeks - or if you are in the Omaha area I'd love to do an interactive "Germ Warfare" Party! Your guests will get to make up a sample of the Mean Green Germ Fighting Spray to try out at home as well!

Disclaimer: I have not received compensation for this post from Simply Aroma.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Libre Filter Advantage

The Libre Filter Advantage :

The Libre filter is an important part of your Libre tea glass - and it has many talents!

Life is like a cup of tea,
It's all in how you make it!
~ Irish Proverb~
First, the removable stainless-steel filter, keeps tea leaves in the glass, away from your mouth when steeping tea in the glass (e.g. green teas, fruit’n herb waters or herbal tisanes) and for the inverted steep, the filter is removable keeping the tea leaves out of the glass 
Learn more about the Libre Filter on your new Libre Tea Glass here & then pick up a great new recipe for Wendy’s Coconut Matcha Latte while your at it!
Coconut Matcha Latte
What is YOUR favorite beverage - coffee? tea? hot chocolate? Share your recipe if you'd like below:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: YUMI Beautiful Rose Hip Seed Oil

YUMI Beautiful
Rose Hip Seed Oil

Description: Nature's Do-It-All Serum for the face. A superstar for healthier skin & hair. If you use Vitamin A serum, retinol or anti-aging cream - you should definitely give this a try. Rich in phytonutrients & powerful antioxidants to soothe, soften & hydrate your skin, hair & nails, this cold-pressed, virgin botanical oil is the secret to naturally beautiful skin. Brighten dark spots, reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines.

Features & Benefits:
  • Pure, organic
  • May be used "straight from the bottle" or neat.
  • Can be used undiluted on the face, skin, hair & nails.
  • Use it to target problem areas - dry, rough, inflamed skin or add it to your favorite lotion.
  • Safe for all skin types - normal, dry, oily, sensitive & mature.
  • Soothes & moisturizes.
Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, 100% Pure & Cold-Pressed from the Southern Andes Mountains of Chile. Nothing added, Paraben, Alcohol, Dye and Fragrance Free.

How to Use:
  • Apply a few drops to clean face & neck in the morning as a hydrating facial oil & in the evening as a night treatment. Avoid contact with eyes. 
  • For external use only.
  • For all skin types: Massage into hands, elbows, feet and knees to soften and moisturize.
  • For Hair: Add a few drops to your favorite conditioner.
  • Refrigerate after opening.
  • Refrigerate after opening. Organic rosehip oil oxidizes quickly.
  • Discard any unused portion after 4 weeks.
My thoughts:
I'm now in my mid 40's and I've been noticing that my skin (in particular my forehead) seems to be getting dryer and thinner (?) and I think it's time I started paying a little more attention to my skin regimen at least daily. 

I found Rose Hip Seed Oil to be an interesting concept. Basically Rose Hip Oil is a natural source of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Trans-Retinoic Acid which is a type of Vitamin A that retinol converts too. Every morning and evening you wash your face and then I put a bit on my fingers and smoothed all over my skin in a upward circular motion and that was it. I've only been using it for about a week now but I've noticed my skin feels softer and smoother on my cheeks but not so far on my forehead. It soaks in really fast so I've had to put more of the Rose Hip Oil on my fingers to get to my forehead. 

When I received the bottle I noticed that it had a bit of a earthy smell - it's not overbearing and to be honest I don't notice it anymore. It is a dark color and I did double check in the mirror to make sure my skin didn't look darker (which it didn't). As a reminder you do need to keep it in the fridge.

This is something I can see myself using on a regular basis. The bottle is fairly large and I would think it would last at least a month if not 6 weeks because I don't need very much of it at all - altho as dry as my skin is and the fact it absorbs the moisture so quickly I'm not positive. I'll try to remember to come back and update this post and let you know.

You can order YUMI Beautiful Rose Hip Seed Oil on Amazon HERE

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Giveaway ~ The 12 Days of Christmas with the Six Sisters

Six Sisters is giving away 4 copies of their newest cookbook: The 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters' STUFF! You can read my review HERE - If you'd rather not wait to see if you've won a copy - click on the picture above to purchase your own copy. =D       Enter here:
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Christmas in Apple Ridge ~ Book Review

Christmas in Apple Ridge
by Cindy Woodsmall
ISBN:  978-0307730992
$14.53 (paperback)
$  7.99 (kindle)

About the book:
Join Old Order Amish Beth, Mattie, and Sadie as the warmth of Christmas beckons them to let go of past heartaches, set right past wrongs, and help them to trust in a fresh future.

Experience the holidays with the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, in these touching novellas centered around love, romance, and restoration from best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall.

My thoughts:

This 3 in one collection has 3 books that are part of a trilogy. I tend to get caught up in the stories I read and if I like the first one I'm going to always check to see if there is a sequel. I liked how the books are not set in the "ritual" of being Amish but actually let you see each character in a "real life" manner. You still have the rules of being Amish - but you also see the humanity and personality of each character standing on their own. I really liked that.

My favorite of the 3 books was the very first story. Beth Hertzler is out on a buying trip for her aunt's shop and comes across a intricate carving that shows the beauty of Amish children playing in the snow. The carving draws her attention and captures her heart and she sets out to see if the town bishop will allow her to sell these carvings in her shop. The love story comes when she meets the artist and and they must both let go of their past hurts and learn to love each other.

Books 2 & 3 introduce characters we read about in book 1 and in turn we get to meet and get to know each of them and watch them fall in love and struggle to get through issues each of them have in their own lives - or with each other. All 3 stories are beautiful detailed and capture your imagination and heart making them a wonderful classic to pull out each year to read again.

This would make a great hostess gift, stocking stuffer, "just because" gift or even a great addition to your own library. 

Disclaimer: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters' Stuff

12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters' STUFF
144 Ideas for Traditions, Homemade Gifts, Recipes and More
ISBN: 978-1-60907-935-2
$14.15 (paperback)

About the book:
New for the holidays, 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ STUFF mixes memoir and lifestyle into a creative cookbook, showing how food communicates love and is a way to connect and share family traditions. The authors are the bloggers behind SixSistersStuff.com which has 3.2 million unique visitors each month, connecting with a wide spectrum of readers who relate to the sisters, each at a different stage of their lives from college-bound to raising active families.

In this book the Six Sisters share their stories and expertise for making a memorable holiday season with practical tips, delicious recipes and great ideas as we share with them and their families the traditions and joys of Christmas. Includes recipes, projects, and ideas along with full-color photographs and easy-to-follow instructions.

My thoughts:
I have the first 2 books in this series and they have become a valued addition to my cookbooks (and my sit on the couch and drool over the yummy recipes, beautiful photography, and fun family activities books). 

One of our family traditions is to make Salted Nut Rolls - Grandma started the tradition and now the tradition has passed on to me since she passed away last year. Christmas just isn't Christmas without Salted Nut Rolls.... mmmmmm 

There are 12 chapters (of course) that cover everything from Cookies (can't forget those), fun things to draw closer to your spouse during the holidays, family traditions, party ideas and so much more! Here is a sneak peak at the chapters:

12 Christmas Cookies
12 Days of Christmas for Your "True Love"
12 Family Traditions
12 Christmas Brunch Recipes
12 Sanity-Saving Christmas Tips
12 Christmas Party Ideas
12 Spectacular Christmas Treats
12 Ways to Give Back
12 Gifts for Neighbors
12 Quick and Easy Family Dinners
12 Homemade Christmas Gifts
12 DIY Christmas Decorations 

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Stay tuned this week for a Giveaway to jump start your Cookie Planning, Gift Listing, Home Decorating and hopefully not very crazy causing holidays! 

What Traditions Does Your Family Have during the holidays?

About the authors:
The Six Sisters, Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra, started their blog in 2011 to keep in touch after they moved out of their house and started lives and families on their own and in just a few years it has become one of the top blog sites for women with millions of visitors each month, sharing stories of family, recipes and tips for running a home. The sisters live in the Southwest and Midwest.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to have a positive review & no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing!

My Twin's First Halloween ~ book review

My Twin's First Halloween
by Paris Morris
ISBN: 9780976009597
$11.66 (paperback)
$2.99 (kindle)

My thoughts:
My Twin's First Halloween is another book in a cute series for the preschool crowd. The series is based on Big Sister Paris and her experiences with her little twin sisters. In this story Paris teaches her little sister's all about Halloween - they pick out costumes, get candy from neighbors and going to the pumpkin patch. I would say it's a great story for the 3-4 year old crowd who live more in the moment and would identify with what's happening in their life. It's available in paperback (24 pages) or as a Kindle story for in the car convenience.

Other books in the My Friend Paris series:
~ I'm Having Twins
~ My Twin's are Coming Home
~ My Twin's First Birthday
~ My Twin's First Christmas
~ Paris Goes to San Francisco
~ Paris Goes to Los Angeles
~ Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe
~ Paris Goes to School 

The books range in price on Amazon from $11.66 to $12.95.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of My Twin's First Halloween. I was not paid for my review. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing