Friday, September 26, 2014

Notes from a Blue Bike (Book Review)












About the book:
 
Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently. 
It doesn’t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions.
The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.
Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.
Entertaining and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices.
It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it—living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

My review:

After reading Tsh Oxenreider's blog for years, I thought I knew what to expect from Notes from a Blue Bike. While it's true, it is more of her fantastic writing and inspiring insights into simple living, she is going even deeper in her book. The level of openness into the struggles of her family on its quest for simple living were like a cool drink of water for our family. Simply knowing we aren't the only family trying to slow down in this chaotic culture was so normalizing..Amen. 

If you're longing for life with young kids to be about more than just surviving, Notes from a Blue Bike would be a perfect read! I am passing this book on to my friend, as I know she will get so much out of it!This was an awesome read, I also love the small chapters which made it easier to read tid bits off and on.

~I received this book in exchange for my honest review~

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Deep Cleansing Facial Oil and Youth Express Eye Gel Review




About the Product:
Our Deep Cleansing Facial Oil contains the perfect blend of ingredients that melt away dirt, impurities and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils or disturbing the natural pH balance. This energizing blend of oils will gently clean your pores and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and nourished.
Use with a washcloth or sponge and rinse off with warm water. Leaves a soft and silky feel on the skin. Wonderful for all skin types and especially regenerative for mature skin. Also great to calm skin after shaving or sun burns. Can be used to remove makeup - even mascara!

Key Active Ingredients:
+ Jojoba Oil
+ Olive Oil
+ Lavendar Essential Oil
+ Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
+ Tamanu Oil
+ Hemp Oil
+ Sea Buckthorn Oil
+ Geranium Essential Oil


Youth Express Eye Gel

About the Product
- Dab a small amount under your eyes and massage gently.
- For a complete face enhancement, dab small amount around the eyes, forehead and cheek area and massage gently.
- Use the product two times a day, preferably morning and night for best results.
- This product can be used under make up.
- Useful Tip: Keep using the product for at least 4-5 weeks. This is when you'll truly start seeing results.



My Review: 

I don't like to put many products on my face, I don't even wear makeup, but this product I love.  It has a wonderful fragrance and leaves your skin so smooth and clean. I used the Facial Oil Cleanser and the Eye Gel twice a day for 20 days so far and my skin is less oily, feels nice and smooth, also my eyes, forehead and cheeks look better than ever after using the eye gel. I also noticed that I didn't get any skin reaction while using this product, which I was very excited about.


I will defiantly let people know about this natural face product, I give both of these products 2 thumbs up, after I am done with these, I will be ordering more.

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 12, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season (Book Review)



About the Book:
It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

My Review:
Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas is an excellent read! The setting is in West Virginia in the mid-1950s. The characters are well developed and share their weaknesses. The theme I loved most about this book was not judging people for sinning differently. The main character's past sin was easy for everyone to see. Forgiveness had already been given by God. However, judgement took over their community, and fear of what the woman's sin brought into their safe little town.

I loved how the characters began to understand their sin in judgement, how the main character served others even though she knew they were judging and gossiping about her. I loved how forgiveness began to flow.  This is so true in everyday life, I put myself in a few of the chapters and just began to weep, as to what God had did in my life.  I thank him everyday for his love and faithfulness.

If you want a book that has to deal with real everyday life, Miracle in a Dry Season would be an excellent choice.

*I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion

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