Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: Stretching the Borders by Yael Shachnay


Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

Naomi and Reuben are two people in a marriage that are trying to do the best in raising their children. They even do what most neighbors would do when a neighbor comes to their door to tell them to turn the music down; they are respectful to the request. Their neighbor is taking care of his sick wife after all, and it’s often hard for a man to have a sick wife. They become curious of him and his sick wife and watch them from their home, and are invited into their life in some ways. The relationship with them looks innocent, but really what are these neighbors about?

I liked that this story was based in Israel. I kind of thought it was going to be something different than it was though. I probably didn’t read deep enough into the book description, and I wondered if things would change, and they kind of did at one point, just not soon enough for me because it was hard to read about them. The hardest thing for me was that the story was based on a lot of lies and deception; it was also a little bit x-rated at one point in the story. There were also occasional bad words used throughout it. One thing that didn’t bother me so much was that there looked to be some occasional typos. The cover of the book I first received (shown with this review) is also different than another one currently being advertised, which is another reason I wasn't aware of what the book is about. I didn’t get lost in the story though, which means it wasn’t difficult for me to follow. The end of the book made me wonder if some of the people in the book would change eventually.

This is not the kind of book I would normally request to review, or recommend.

My review =  2 out of 5 stars

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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Product Review: Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Insta Natural

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Insta Natural is a natural hydrator to help the skin retain moisture. Its natural, pure, and organic ingredients are supposed to have anti-aging benefits, helping the skin with aging issues by plumping it to fill in wrinkles and lines, reducing the appearance of dark circles, and decreasing puffiness that often occurs under the eyes.

This product absorbed right into my skin after applying it and then I put on my other normal cosmetics. It doesn’t make my skin feel oily at all. My skin feels soft when I touch it and any lines I had on my face look more filled in. I love that the ingredients on the bottle list some organic ingredients. I am happy with the way my skin has looked and felt since using this product!

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Product Review: Argan Oil Hair Mask by Insta Natural


Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.


Argan Oil Hair Mask by InstaNatural causes hair to be healthier by transforming dry and damaged hair into soft and shinier hair. It uses ingredients such as Vitamin B5, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, and Japanese Green Tea to make this transformation a reality. The directions say to apply it to clean towel-dried damp hair; it is also supposed to stay in the hair for 5-15 minutes before it is rinsed, and to be used once or twice a week.



I liked the way Argan Oil Hair Mask has made my hair feel smoother and silkier. I could notice a difference the first time I used it. My hair tends to get dry when I eat really salty foods for some reason so I have seen the best results on days when I have not consumed very many salty foods. The product has an odor to it but it smells healthy to me. I love that this product has many organic ingredients. When I use this product my hair usually feels like it does when professional products have been put in my hair at hair salons when I am getting it conditioned after a shampoo…feels smoother and silkier, and smells good!


My review = 5 out of 5 stars

 
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, September 11, 2014

Product Review: Natural Sulfur Soap by Adovia Mineral Skin Care




Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

Natural Sulfur Soap by Adovia Mineral Skin Care is for all skin types. It is made in Israel and is enriched with sulfur and minerals from the Dead Sea. Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, and Dead Sea minerals cause the skin’s natural moisture levels to be balanced and optimized. The soap cleanses both the body and face.

Ingredients on the box of the product I received:

80% palm/ 20% palm kernel oil, dead sea salts magnesium, sodium, potassium, demineralized water (aqua), sulfur, olive oil, aloe vera, sodium chloride, natural extract (fragrance), dead sea black mud (silt).



I used Natural Sulfur Soap as a regular soap and to clean my face. I liked that it didn’t have very much of a scent to it because sometimes that sets off my allergies. The soap bar I received was yellow. My skin slightly itched after using it for a few days but that might have been because it is a new product that my skin is getting used to. It felt like I was putting something organically healthy on my body and I felt very clean after using it.

My review = 4.5 out of 5 stars

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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Product Review: My Growing Up Chart by The Victoria Chart Company


Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

The My Growing Up Chart is a responsibility chart to positively reinforce children. Each chart is for an individual child. Responsibility stickers are give to be posted down the chart and number stickers 1-10 are stuck on the chart when the children have completed certain responsibilities, such as “I’ve been kind to someone”, “I practiced my reading”, “I dressed myself”, etc. There are also some blank stickers that can have other responsibilities written on them. Rewards can also be added, such as when the children reach certain responsibility milestones they could be given something such as a day in the park, an ice cream cone, etc. The “Great Job” stickers can also be added when the children have reached milestones.

I really think this responsibility chart will help many children. I think children would check their progress at times if the chart is put up in a visible area where they can see it, it would also be a great reminder to them of what they have accomplished. I liked that the responsibility stickers are positive, which I think will help many children focus on positive responsibilities and actions. I also like the chart is dry erasable, comes with a dry erase marker, and is reusable. I think all children ages 4 through Elementary School age will benefit from the My Growing Up Chart.

Please visit www.victoriachartcompany.com for more information on their products. 


My review = 5 out of 5 stars


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.

Friday, September 5, 2014

E-book Review: God's Tissues by Eyal Sabag



Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

God’s Tissues is about a man named Eyal Sabag who developed a disability while he was being born. He describes what it’s been like for him, in areas such as relationally and vocationally. He has suffered a lot although he describes that it is possible to function well even with disabilities. He passes on information as to what helped him, to help other people who will also benefit. He gives examples of mantras that people can use to try to vocalize something into becoming a reality in their lives because “sometimes dreams do come true”. It is not just a book for people who the world may classify as disabled but also for people that may not have any noticeable disabilities.

I liked the way that Eyal reached out to others while sharing his story, often in humorous ways. It was interesting to learn more about what it’s like for a person to live in Israel as well. I also noticed that they have some things going on in Israel that are kind of like some things that are also going on in United States.

There were some random typos and/or grammar errors in this book. There were also some words used at times that some might consider bad language.

I really like the cover of his book. It shows how a bent over person can often be fully functioning if they set it in their mind that they want to be. I liked how Eyal wanted to break through the way the world often tends to treat disabled people and find purposes for his life. With a lot of determination he was able to live a life that many non-disabled people live as well. I was happy that he kept pressing forward to find the jobs that matched him better and that seemed to pay him what he deserved.

My review =  4 out of 5 stars

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.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Product Review: Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream with Dead Sea Minerals, Aloe Vera and Chamomile

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream with Dead Sea Minerals, Aloe Vera and Chamomile is for men and women of all skin types. It uses ingredients from The Dead Sea, to give skin a healthy, natural look by allowing it to rebuild and renew itself to achieve visibly healthier, smoother, and younger skin. It contains vital nutrients, minerals, and anti-oxidants.

The first surprise for me after receiving this product was that it is made in Israel! The next surprise was that the skin on my face started looking healthier soon after using it. There is a little bit of an odor of the product for me, but it is a good odor, one that to me smells like sea salt. So when I smell it I imagine that it is a smell from Israel.

Some of the ingredients include: Demineralized water & dead sea water, stearic acid, glycerin, etc.



I love this Adovia Mineral Skin Care product and I am looking forward to using some of their other products as well!

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

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.