Review of the Ativafit Yoga Block

 

 

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I have done yoga for about 3 years now and never really felt the need to get a yoga block. I have seen them used in numerous different videos on YouTube and in numerous different ways. I was always curious about them but didn’t really feel the need to get one. So when I came across this one for review on Tomoson, I was intrigued. So I received this product for a fair and honest review.

I actually loved this product more than I thought I would. It is a very beautiful purple color and it is nice and lightweight, easily packable for yoga classes. I am studying to become a yoga instructor so I am pretty excited about using this more often! It is the perfect size and height to assist in any pose and makes it easier to do that pose when you have taken time off from yoga and you can’t stretch as well as you normally do! (for me this time of year sucks with all the yummy food and no time to workout lol) I really enjoyed using this product and I can’t wait to incorporate it more into my daily workouts! 🙂

 Check out my video on Youtube

Definitely recommend! 😉

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Review of 3-Season Mummy Sleeping Bag

 

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I received this sleeping bag through Tomoson for a fair and honest review. My initial reaction was that it is VERY lightweight, it would definitely be better to carry around than my husband’s heavy cotton lined sleeping bag.  Product description says that this bag is rated for up to 28 degrees Fahrenheit, wonder if it’s true! Came very compact and the storage bag has tightening straps to make it even smaller.

 

The full size pack vs. the somewhat compressed one. Can be made smaller if you really want it to! 🙂

To test, I used it inside since the 5 degree temp outside was a bit extreme. We keep our thermostat set on 65 degrees so I thought it would at least provide a similar experience to a late spring/early summer camping trip.  The dual zipper worked well and it was easy to get into, I am 5’9” and there was a little room left at the top if my feet were all the way at the bottom. Anyone much over 6 feet tall might find it a tight fit! The hood tightens down to fit your face, so I was definitely cozy. Again, with it being so light weight I wondered how warm I would be overnight so I had some blankets on standby.  The next morning I was pleasantly surprised! I was very warm and did not need the blankets at all, I was very comfortable all night long. I repeated this for the next 3 nights (again in the house) and every night was the same result.

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My husband who is also 5’9 tried it out for me!

Based on previous camping trips I would say that this sleeping bag definitely wouldn’t have any issues with temps at least in the 40’s, so I look forward to taking it out when the weather warms up!

 

Available at Amazon

Check out the YouTube video of it! 😉

 

 

“The Terry Treetop Collection” ~Tali Carmi~Review

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Synopsis:

A collection of Tali Carmi’s best-selling children’s books!

The Terry Treetop Series

Terry Treetop is a redheaded little boy who loves to climb trees. He loves animals, being helpful, and, of course, his tree house! What kind of excitement is in store for him?

Join him on five different adventures that teach children about animals, the environment, and love for all creatures. It will encourage your children to be helpful, kind and considerate, to think for themselves in face of trouble, and to actively pursue their dreams.

The Abigail Series

Abigail is a little girl with a magic bicycle. She loves exploring, going on adventures and meeting boys and girls from different parts of the world! Where will she go and what will she see?

Tag along for the ride to four exciting journeys that will inspire your children to be open to different cultures, see new places and explore the world around them. It will also encourage them to be more curious, independent and enthusiastic about visiting new places!

For children aged 2-8

This series is ideal for children aged 2-8. The stories are suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers. It’s a fun series for youngsters, with a simple vocabulary and colorful illustrations, and a length that’s just right for a bedtime story.

Author:

Tali Carmi spent her childhood in a small town in the desert.
She memorized and knew by heart many books that her parents read to her when she was very little. She played with words and rhymes and wrote her first book of songs at the age of ten.
After many years of turning to other hobbies and maintaining a successful career, she now writes again for young children.
Tali is the CEO and ounder of a software company and a business coach focused on the fast growth and success of small businesses.
She holds a B.Sc. in Food Science and M.Sc.in Biotechnology, and she is a graduate of a Team Management and Leadership program.
Tali Carmi is happily married and a mom of three children.

Visit Tali’s website: www.thekidsbooks.com

Review:

Such an adorable collection of kids books. The first book that we read from this author was the Terry Treetop and the Christmas Star and we absolutely loved it! My kids were so excited about reading this collection! We were not disappointed, they are great books! They have vibrant colors on the pages and they are short enough that they don’t lose interest in the story. Each of the books has a great theme of kindness, generosity, helping others, etc to them that makes them even better! A great way for kids to learn those important things while still having fun and enjoying a great story! Kids can relate to the characters whether they are boy or girls. This collection not only includes the Terry Treetop books but it also includes a new character Abigail. Great stories to read to your kiddos!

I would definitely recommend!

 

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Review: Asani Wood Grain Oil Diffuser Humidifier for Essential Oils

I received this Oil Diffuser from Tomoson to try out and write an honest review. Well I’ll tell you this….this is the most amazing oil diffuser I have ever used. It is lightweight and portable, so I can easily move it around. It is a beautiful wood grain style that fits into any decorating style you might have.

It is easily put together and has two different styles for where the mist comes out.

It also has a nifty little night light on the bottom of it, which is the perfect placement so it isn’t shining right in your eyes whilst trying to sleep lol.

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There are two settings on which you can set it to control the amount of mist that is coming out. I like to use the higher setting because I have horrible allergies and I feel like the more the mist the better I feel. I like the fact that even when you have it on the higher setting, the water doesn’t run out quickly. I was able to run it two nights in a row, all night long and it still had some water left in it.

I have tried several different brands of diffusers and I haven’t been that happy with them. They either don’t put out enough mist or the light is so bright I can’t run it beside my bed at night. This one is great and works perfectly for what I want it for, which is allergy treatment while I sleep. It works well with all of the different oils I have and I am extremely happy with this product.

I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!!!!

Available at AMAZON

 

 

 

Pre-order The BitterRoot Inn by Devney Perry

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Today we have the teaser reveal for The Bitterroot Inn by Devney
Perry!

Be sure to preorder your copy now!

Title: The Bitterroot Inn
Author: Devney Perry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: January 16th

About The Bitterroot Inn:
Her past. His secrets. They have more in common than she knows. Maisy is happily content with the life she’s built for herself and her young son in small-town Prescott, Montana. Her child is thriving, her business is growing, and her family is as close as they’ve ever been. But when a handsome stranger walks into the lobby of her motel, her simple life is swept up in a wave of affection for his gentle heart. None of those feelings can be trusted, though. She made that mistake before with another man. The man she murdered.

Hunter was a different man when he first saw Maisy Holt from afar. He took one look at her and ran in the opposite direction. But years later, he’s back in Montana and unable to keep his distance. He shouldn’t have tried to find her but he never was good at rejecting temptation. The promise of the good she could bring into his life is too hard to resist. Maybe if he can disguise the lies and hide the deceit, he can keep her from learning the truth. Because his only chance at a future with her is by burying his past.

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About the Author:
Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.

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“How to Raise Happy Kids: An inspiring guide containing expertly reasoned, loving advice and practical tools for a different aspect of child-rearing” ~Vitaly Buchatsky~ Review

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Synopsis:

Help your children actualize their uniqueness and fulfill their purposes and dreams!

An outgrowth of the author’s extremely successful parenting website, How to Raise Happy Kids is comprised of 61 short chapters, each containing expertly reasoned, loving advice and practical tools for a different aspect of child-rearing. Even those with limited time to spend at home with their children will find this book extremely useful.

Be both inspired and informed by this indispensable parenting guide!

Effectively illustrated and explained parenting techniques include: encouraging your child to help out at home with praise and positive reinforcement rather than threats; creating a “Success Journal” together with your child for recording his or her daily accomplishments, large and small; the importance of parents setting a good example and showing leadership in the family, showing respect as a way of fostering respectful behavior; and creating great relationships among family members. An inspiration for parents, educators, and therapists!

Author:

After drawing hundreds of thousands of parents to his Facebook page, “How to Raise Happy Kids,” Vitaly Buchatsky published his first book, which sold more than 15,000 copies in Israel in 12 months. A great achievement for a book that is now on its way to becoming a best-seller!
Married with two kids, Vitaly holds a bachelor’s degree in medical engineering and is a project manager at a start-up company that develops medical devices. Even before his first son was born, he realized that his work would not allow him much time at home. So, he decided to study parenting. He read thousands of articles and hundreds of books, listened to many lectures, went to workshops, and found that almost none of the experts talked about the connection between adult behavior and child development. In addition, no one gave simple, practical explanations about how to create a strong connection with one’s kids, even if you can only spend an hour a day together.
When his son was a year old, Vitaly decided to begin sharing his conclusions on Facebook. Within six months he had 60,000 followers. Today, with over 100,000 followers, he decided to publish his first book based on his Facebook posts. At the same time, he founded the “Success Diary” in which the parent and/or the child write what they have accomplished each day. “Success is not always important,” he explains, “the path is important. And this diary is about the path.”
Look me up on Facebook: How to Raise Happy Kids: Parenting Tips- Vitaly Buchatsky

Review:

This is such a great book! I always strive to make my kids happy but let’s face it sometimes I fail at keeping my cool. I want them to grow up strong, responsible and loving adults. This book really puts it in to perspective, you don’t have to read every self help parenting book out there, just this one lol! With that being said, it really isn’t a self help book. It is simply a book from a person that has experience raising children and whom has found a great way to rear his children and he spreading the word.

We all have our own way of parenting, the way we parent, the things we believe and don’t. But sometimes we get stuck in ways that aren’t working or are not beneficial to our overall family needs. This is when you need to read a book like this. It his helpful, it comes with a lot of tips and tricks. AND it is not from some nut job that isn’t even a parent. This is information from a man who has definitely done his homework and he is putting his input on parenting out there for others.

Overall a great read, not too overbearing with information and definitely helpful. If you need a little pick me up in the parental department look no further than this book right here! Definitely would recommend this! 🙂

Available at:

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“A Plain Leaving: The Sisters of Lancaster County Book #1” ~Leslie Gould~ Review

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Synopsis:

Gould Offers a New Amish Series in Idyllic Lancaster County

At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who’d been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway.

Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father’s funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions–yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.

Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?

Author:

Leslie Gould is the best-selling and award-winning author of twenty-five novels. She loves traveling, research, Shakespeare’s plays, and church history. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon and are the parents of four children. http://www.lesliegould.com/

 Review:

LOVED this book! I don’t read Amish-centered novels very often but this one is so good! A story within a story we find out so much about the women in the Bachmann family. There is a lot of characters but it doesn’t make you get lost with the story. It is very easy to read and has such a perfect story! I love how it intertwines the present and the past. Jessica Bachmann (the main leading lady) has been through so much and she is so strong! Stronger than I would be in her situation. We learn so much about her and her family through the two stories and it is such a fantastic read!

This author is such a fantastic writer! She knows how to take you on a wild ride while keeping you guessing! I kept trying to guess what would happen next and I kept guessing it wrong! She really knows how to keep you on your toes! Loved this book and I would totally recommend it!!!!

Available at:

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“Terry Treetop and the Christmas Star” ~Tali Carmi~ Review

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Synopsis:

Can Terry Treetop save little Sammy and have a truly merry Christmas?

This charming picture book will show your child that reaching out to help others is an important part of the Christmas spirit. It features Terry Treetop, a red-headed, freckled young boy who loves to climb trees. Christmas is in the air, and Terry is busy getting his family’s Christmas tree ready with his Dad when he notices a small, helpless creature in danger. Terry runs out into the deep snow and puts his famous tree-climbing talents into play. Will he be able to save little Sammy and then enjoy Christmas with a furry new friend?
Scroll up now and get your copy of Terry Treetop and the Christmas Star!

Author:

Tali Carmi spent her childhood in a small town in the desert.
She memorized and knew by heart many books that her parents read to her when she was very little. She played with words and rhymes and wrote her first book of songs at the age of ten.
After many years of turning to other hobbies and maintaining a successful career, she now writes again for young children.
Tali is the CEO and founder of a software company and a business coach focused on the fast growth and success of small businesses.
She holds a B.Sc. in Food Science and M.Sc.in Biotechnology, and she is a graduate of a Team Management and Leadership program.
Tali Carmi is happily married and a mom of three children.

Visit Tali’s website: www.thekidsbooks.com

Review:

Such a cute book! This is perfect for this time of year! It is a very nice little Christmas time story that carries a great message! Terry the little boy of the story is kind, caring and teaches littles to be nice to others even if they are animals! It is the perfect story for beginning readers or just to read as a family. It is short and sweet but packs a great message! The illustrations are nicely done and my kids absolutely loved looking at the pictures!

The pictures are vibrant and beautiful! Kept my kids attention throughout the entire book! Love, love, love this book and so do my kiddos! 🙂 We have read this book over and over again! It is definitely something I would recommend!!! 🙂 🙂

Available at:

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“Starstruck: A Lovestruck Novel” ~Rachel Schurig~ Review

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Synopsis:

Sofia Flores has had a crush on Jackson Coles for as long as she can remember. And she’s hardly the only one. After all, Jackson is one of the most famous movie stars in the entire world. Sofie never imagined she’d get any closer to her fantasy crush than admiring him on the big screen. Real life just doesn’t work that way.

But everything changes when her cousin Lizzie marries Jackson’s co-star, Thomas. Suddenly, Sofie finds herself actually meeting Jackson Coles, up close and personal. It’s every fan girl’s dream come true. And to Sofie’s shock, Jackson seems just as excited to spend time with her.

Despite Jackson’s attentions, Sofie knows that real life is rarely like the movies. Real life means struggling as a single mother, running out of money, and dealing with a loving but frustratingly obtrusive family. Not to mention the heaps of Baby Daddy Drama that continue to plague her…and threaten to take away the very thing she holds most dear in life. There’s simply no room in her life to go chasing after a movie star, even one as gorgeous as Jackson Coles.

But when Jackson shows that he’s more than willing to do the chasing, Sofie has a big decision to make. Will she play it safe? Or will she risk everything for the perfect Hollywood happily ever after?

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

You can visit Rachel at http://rachelschurig.com

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Review:

This should be read after Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story.

As always a fantastic read! This is one of those series that you just can’t get enough of! Luckily this author is amazing and she ties up all the loose ends and doesn’t leave you wanting more and then doesn’t provide it! Each character gets a perfect ending and this is the perfect ending to Jackson and Sofie’s story!

We have seen bits and pieces of the relationship throughout some of the other books but this book is completely them! Jackson loves Sofie even if she doesn’t want to believe it! They each try to deny the attraction feeling it is the best solution, but is it really?!? I don’t think so! They are totally made for each other and the way that Jackson dotes on Sofie and her daughter is super adorable! This is one of those fairytales that you wish it was your life instead of Sofie’s lol!

So anyways….fantastic writing….fantastic story! Seriously the perfect story. Boy meets girl…they try not to fall for each other….once they finally give in to each other… the world is right and they are the cutest thing ever! Sofie goes through so much throughout this series and she deserves a man that will fawn over her and her daughter! I love how Jackson steps up and seriously saves the damn day… He is her knight in shining armor and man is he fantastic! Can I meet him?!?? Just kidding! ;0

Go read this series!!!

The order:

  1. Lovestruck in London
  2. Lovestruck in Los Angeles
  3. Lovestruck Forever
  4. Lovestruck at Christmas
  5. Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story
  6. Starstruck
  7. Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Story

 

 

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“Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Novel” ~Rachel Schurig~Review

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Synopsis:

Lola Fischer is in big trouble.

Lola’s name and celebrity gossip have always gone hand-in-hand—that’s just the price she pays for being young, beautiful, and famous in Hollywood. But when the paparazzi catches her in a steamy embrace with one half of America’s favorite movie star couple, Lola knows things are about to get bad.

If Lola wants to keep working in this town, she’s going to need some major image rehab. According to her publicist, what Lola really needs is an All-American boyfriend to salvage her bad-girl reputation. Sam Medina is the perfect choice to play the part—hard-working, decent, and decidedly not famous.

He’s also sexy as hell. And he’s interested in being a lot more than a pretend boyfriend.

Lola needs someone to save her career, not fight for her heart. But Sam refuses to follow the script…

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

You can visit Rachel at http://rachelschurig.com

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Find Rachel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RachelSchurigAuthor

Review:

I have come to love all of the characters of this series! Except for Lola, she was always snooty and sooooo mean to Lizzie. She always came off as a spoiled rich girl who you loved to hate! But she finally has a chance to tell her story and boy is it a doozy. In this book we learn all kinds of things about Lola and her past. You begin to have a new appreciation for the character and feel sorry for all the things she has gone through.

This book really opened my eyes to what Lola was going through and a great reminder to not always judge a book by its cover. She has been through so much and has put up this tough-guy exterior that it is so hard for her to get along with people! She really comes out in this book and has a whirlwind romance with the hunky brother of Lizzie, Samuel. He is hot, he is steamy and the way he feels about Lola rocks her entire being. She isn’t used to the love and attention that he is willing to give to her.

A fantastic read and a great redeeming of a character! Love Rachel Schurig’s writing and love love loved this series! Such an awesome story!!!! 🙂

TOTALLY RECOMMEND ALL OF THIS SERIES!!!
YOU NEED TO READ ALL OF THEM!

 

The order:

  1. Lovestruck in London
  2. Lovestruck in Los Angeles
  3. Lovestruck Forever
  4. Lovestruck at Christmas
  5. Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story
  6. Starstruck
  7. Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Story

 

Available at:

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