Friday, September 19, 2014

Vitality Voxbox


A couple of weeks ago I was so excited to receive my second Voxbox from Influenster! It was the Vitality one and it had some awesome goodies in it! I did an unboxing on Youtube so feel free to check that video out below.

*First Degree Burn Cream ($5.97-$8.99) This helps a great deal on those pesky minor burns. Small enough to fit into purse for emergencies and boy does it come in handy! Great for curling iron disasters or oven mishaps!

*Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($3.99)- Designed to neutralize odors on and off the playing field. These are made with 360 degree protection designed to conform to your body for maximum protection against leakage. I am pleased they are only lightly scented and very easy to use.

*Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future ($60 an ounce)- None of us wants to appear to age and this product works great on minimizing wrinkles. I enjoyed trying this out and it works pretty good but a bit to pricey for me.

*Pure Leaf Iced Tea - I immediately tossed this in the fridge and slurped it down as soon as it was chilled! This was one of my favorite items in the box! I was lucky enough to get the sweetened one and boy it was so so so good!

*Softlips Cube ($3.49) - I got to try the Pomegranate Blueberry flavor and this was another favorite of mine! I am a chap stick junkie anyhow but I quickly fell in love with this cube and can't wait to try the other flavors! I loved how smooth it goes on and it smells so yummy and you can even taste the blueberry flavor just a bit. Just wanted to eat it up! LOL

*Bikini Ready Energy Gummies ($14.99) - Who doesn't need a boost of energy now a days? 2 gummies are the equivalent to about 1/4 cup of brewed coffee. They taste really good at first but do get a bit blandish if chew for to long.


I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

eSalon Hair Care



Are you one of the brave souls like me who have tried boxed hair dyes? How often have they ever came out in the way you had hoped or anticipated? Mine hardly ever does despite the many brands and color options I have tried over the years. A few times I can honestly say I was quite impressed with my end result but there were usually more hair horror stories than anything one time resulting in bright Orange hair! Boy was I upset! I was NOT a happy camper! The things we put ourself thru just to keep the gray covered. LOL

I recently was able to try eSalon hair coloring products free of charge for my honest opinion and I was really impressed! They design a whole personalized kit based on YOU. They even come personalized with YOUR name right on the bottles! You can send them a photo of your hair and explain to them what's going on and what you want your hair to look like and they mix up a kit just for you! It was an awesome experience and I had never done anything like that before. The kit arrived very quickly and their customer service was very very nice and helpful!

The previous time I had dyed my hair before trying eSalon my color came out fairly good but was a bit brighter than I wanted and dull looking so I was ecstatic when I used my personalized kit from eSalon and not only did it fix that issue for me but made my hair appear more healthier than it has in a long time. I have gotten many compliments on my hair lately and it has just tickled me silly!

You can try eSalon for yourself at 50% off http://u.bzz.com/sakzi

Book Highlight - The Fall by Stephen Cost


Title: The Fall

Author: Stephen Cost

Publication: September 16th, 2014



For thousands of years, Death walked behind the dark veil of the living, waiting to ferry the dead. That is, until the day that Death took a life for pleasure rather than duty. On that day, the first Reaper fell to Earth. Now, Reapers live among us, craving the taste of death, forcing them to kill to satisfy their immortal hunger.



Giles Reid fell more than 300 years ago starving for the taste of death, only to find himself drowning in a sea of the living and blinded by a hunger that forces him to kill. In the centuries since his fall he has tried to be more human, desperate to live a life that makes up for what he is and the wrong he has done. Driven by his guilt over killing, he has chosen to feed only on evil; humans that have never been a threat to him but who are always a danger to others. That is, until the day he tries to feed on a human as strong, fast and cunning as himself; a human who, it turns out, has been hunting him. Now he is being pursued by the very evil he has fed on for centuries, embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, where friends and other Reapers connected to him are simply pawns on a chessboard waiting to be sacrificed. Giles is left with a choice, save the life of the women he loves, the daughter of his mentor, or betray her for his own survival.



To save the woman he loves, Giles will have to be the monster he is.



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Excerpt

"By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done." The day that is the basis for The Fourth Commandment. (Genesis 2:2-3) 

The following text was found in 1947 in a synagogue in Cairo, Egypt and rejected by the Church as heresy.

"By the seventh day God had created all life and the Earth, but He knew life could not exist without death and so Death was born to provide passage for his Children of Earth to his Kingdom of Heaven.  This, he completed before the setting of the sun on the seventh day and so He rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on this day He celebrated his creation of life and Death, He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.  (Geniza fragments, found Cairo, Egypt, 1947)


“Death is the beginning of immortality”

--   Maximilien Robespierre, July 26, 1794


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Martins


People say they love the smell of fresh cut daisies, but I far prefer the scent of what pushes them up, the dead. You see, death has a scent all to itself, slightly tangy and bitter, pleasing and calming on the palate. Sure there are other aromas I love too, not just that of death, which can chase the chill from my heart, or would, if I had a heart; at least one that could beat and warm the night’s cold from my blood.
Every day I crave the smell of death and evil, I have since my birth. But living in a sea of flesh and blood, I have developed an appreciation for other human and earthly scents; Like the ocean, its sea salt assaulting my senses with a clean, pure bouquet, quite unmatched by anything manufactured. Or the first morning smell of fresh-cut, wet grass and, of course, women. Women smell so much sweeter than men. They, over the millenniums, have refined their scents out of necessity as much as pleasure, each expertly adapting their sultry, seductive and secret combinations of body lotions and perfumes. Honing this craft throughout the ages, to tempt and seduce men out of their minds.
But these are not the only olfactory delights to curl my toes and tickle my senses. For nothing—not the tangy stench of death, nor the sweet scent of a woman—compares to the most inspired aroma of all. Coffee. Nothing in my three-hundred-plus years of experience has compared. Sure, coffee itself has evolved, from non-filtered to filtered, from espresso to cappuccinos, and now from mochas to Frappuccinos, but the essence is the same. The intoxicating sweetness, the mild-to-bitter flavors that leave you wanting more—needing more. 
You see, that’s my drug. Some people need cocaine, others heroin, and some crave cigars or alcohol. I, on the other hand, have the most decadent, refined and expensive vice of all. And it’s because of this little addiction—or weakness—that I can be found most nights here, sitting on the dimly-lit, damp, covered balcony of Martin’s Books and Coffee.
I sip my overpriced drug while the not-so-distant smell of the ocean creeps its way through the maze and tangled web of Seattle’s wet streets. The cars filing by below enhance the scent of the ocean sitting not too far from here, as the sound of their tires splashing through wet, potholed roads echoes that of the rush of a wave over a rock and the sound of ocean spray.
On most days, Martin’s tends to be a good place to relax. One of the few independently-owned book stores left in Seattle, the atmosphere here is calming and the lighting muted. Not so dark that you cannot read a book and enjoy your coffee, but just dim enough so that someone of my, let us say fair complexion, can go unnoticed by the everyday person stopping by for a fix and a good book. 
The décor is modern contemporary, although the designer clearly relied far too much on his collection of old IKEA catalogs, with a thousand shades of tans and browns with brushed steel accents scattered throughout, for effect. I do think that they might have gone a little overboard with the alternating redwood and pine floor boards. The effect is still pleasantly calming if not somewhat dull.
So, why so critical, you may ask? It’s an occupational hazard, I’m afraid. We all, Reapers and humans alike, must have a day job and mine happens to be that of a wine critic. The crème de la crème of critics, although, truth-be-told, I’m not a big fan of wine. However, I have been gifted with a palate most French chefs would give their sous chef’s right hand for. Not their own hand, of course. No French chef I have ever met, and I have met more than my fair share, would ever think of giving that much for their craft.
“Mr. Reid, would you like another?”
The sound of her sing-song voice pulls me back to the moment, temporarily suspending my hazy, drug-induced stupor.
The question comes from Sarah, one of my favorite wait-persons here at Martin’s. Yes, I said wait-persons. Living—if you can call what I do living—in a world of political correctness, I’ve learned it is no longer appropriate to refer to someone as a ‘waitress’. That would be such denigration. Sarah is just the typical twenty-something coffee house wait-person who can be seen in any of the hundred or so coffee houses that pepper the Seattle Landscape—not Sarah herself, of course, but the type. Tall, but not too tall, with long blonde hair. A lightly tanned complexion and the body, a perfectly sculpted masterpiece. I’m not sure about the other Sarahs out there, but my Sarah has one defining attribute that I find hard to resist, her smell. The bouquet that wafts around her is subtle and ambiguous, what is that? Lavender with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon, perhaps?


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About Stephen


Stephen Cost was born in Wexford Ireland and raised in a small seaside town not far from Dublin. From a young age he would spin dark tales and write them down for his own amusement.  At the age of 13 he moved from his home in Ireland to America and his love of dark American cinema took root.



He passes his free time, when not writing, by reading horror and fantasy genre novels in addition to watching science fiction and horror movies.



He graduated from University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  A computer engineer by trade, he specializes in integrated system services and uses the knowledge gained from his degree to write emotionally captivating urban fiction.



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Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover Reveal To Make a Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter


To Make a Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter
(Sword of Elements #1.5)
Publication date: October 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
At her old school, Lacey found herself on the wrong side of a conflict between Celtic gods. Making a new start in an exclusive boarding school in New Orleans, she hopes to forget that she was once on the verge of becoming a powerful witch—and everything she has lost since then.

When a gruesome murder occurs in the very heart of Westover Academy, Lacey senses a connection between it and the desecration of the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo queen. Haunted by a trauma in her past and the resulting OCD, Lacey must solve the mystery before she becomes the killer’s next target.

Circumstances beyond her control may once again make Lacey McInnis—cheerleader, scholar, and all-around good girl—a witch.


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23157847-to-make-a-witch


AUTHOR BIO:

Heather grew up in a family where books of myth and legend were used to teach the ABCs and Irish uncles still believed in fairies. Raised with tall tales, she has always told stories too- first as an actor and singer, then as a photographer, and now as a writer.

Heather lives in rural Ontario, Canada happily raising three children ranging in age from 6 to 18 with her biggest fan, her husband Steve.

Author links:
http://www.heatherhamiltonsenter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Hamilton-Senter-author/317288951753170
https://twitter.com/HeatherSenter
www.heatherhamiltonsenter.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 Promo and Giveaway


About the movie:
Inspired by true events, Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.” This film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick Jr., Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who has been an example of courage, also appears in the film.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.



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