Friday, November 21, 2014

To Everything a Season Book Review

Bethany House Publishers recently provided me with a copy of To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling.

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It felt like there was another book in the series before this one, as if the reader should have already known the characters. It was difficult to follow all the characters at first. It jumped from one character to another too much. And the main characters of the story weren't even in the book until several chapters in.

There are difficult-to-pronounce Norwegian words and names. People who have a Norwegian heritage will enjoy that, but I struggled over the words and names.

Because of those factors, I didn't even finish the book. It didn't grab my attention as I like books to, with some humor, adventure, action, and well-developed characters.

I read some of Lauraine Snelling's books as a kid, but this book just didn't seem as good as the ones I read back then. Though I would still say, if you are a Lauraine Snelling fan, give To Everything a Season a try.

Reviewed by Becca :)

Disclosure: Although Bethany House provided me with the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bear's Beauty Handmade Product Review

Bear's Beauty recently gave us the chance to try out samples of some of their products. I love having the chance to use products that are better for my body and also made by a real person rather than a big company.

The lavender and lemon deodorant that was sent to us is both the smoothest natural deodorant that I have used and the most solid - if that makes sense. The scent is a light and a bit spicy. This deodorant is another natural deodorant that really works - I am loving the fact that I am finding so many that do!

The vanilla body butter has a scent that reminds me of sugar cookies. Sweet and gentle, it helps you smell like a baked good. *Smile* The texture of this product is very smooth and silky, and it is a great moisturizer.

The lip balms have a good scent and a solid, smooth texture. I really like the cute, little tube that the grapefruit scent came in.

I had never used cold cream before receiving this product. The lavender simple cold cream has a scent that is perfect for the end of the day when you are relaxing and removing your makeup. It worked well to remove my makeup - with the help of a cotton ball.

Bear's Beauty also offers facial products such as toners and serums, men's products, baby products, and so much more. Check them out!

Thank you, Bear's Beauty, for this great opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

5 Reasons Women Deserve Better than Fifty Shades of Grey

By now I'm sure everyone has heard about Fifty Shades of Grey. And if not, you will, as the movie is set to release in February.

From everything I have heard of it, Fifty Shades of Grey is very disturbing. As I heard one reviewer say, "There's nothing romantic or loving about someone who hits you, looks down on you, controls your life."  Another reviewer said the main male character is "basically everything people tell you not to look for in a guy."  He's controlling, jealous, and abusive.

The story clearly illustrates that slavery and bondage equal love and romance.

That's a lie.

As a woman, I'm deeply offended by the material Fifty Shades of Grey presents. Women, you should be too. And men of character, it should offend you as well.

The story portrays evil as good.  It glorifies sexual slavery.

You don't deserve for someone to use you and control you.
You deserve a man who will selflessly adore you, putting your needs above his own. You deserve a man whose first thought is of you, not of himself. A man whose actions will be to benefit you.

You don't deserve abuse.
Fifty Shades of Grey romanticizes every type of abuse. Nothing about abuse is romantic. No one deserves abuse. Abuse is never the victim's fault. It is undeserved evil inflicted upon an innocent life.

You deserve a man who will protect you, not a man who will harm you.
You deserve a man who will keep you from harm. A man who would be willing to give his life for you if necessary.

You deserve to be respected and cherished.
You deserve a man who will care about you. A man who will take care of you. You don't deserve a man who will belittle or demean you.

You deserve to be loved.
The Fifty Shades of Grey story does not represent love.

"Love does no harm to a neighbor..." Romans 13:10

"Love is patient... 
does not envy... 
does not boast... 
is not proud.... 
does not dishonor others... 
is not self-seeking... 
is not easily angered... 
keeps no record of wrongs... 
does not delight in evil... 
rejoices with the truth... 
always protects... 
always trusts... 
always hopes... 
always perseveres... 
never fails." 

We can't take a stand against abuse... yet be fine with Fifty Shades of Grey.

We can't take a stand against sexual slavery... yet be fine with it.

We can't tell girls to respect themselves... yet be fine Fifty Shades of Grey.

We can't oppose crimes of most detestable nature in real life... yet be fine with Fifty Shades of Grey.

Women, let's let our voices be heard. Let's contact our local theaters and newspapers. We deserve better than Fifty Shades of Grey.

Will you join me in taking a stand?

P.S. Did you hear about the actual romance, Old Fashioned, set to release the same day as Fifty Shades of Grey? 

Written by Becca

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jackson's Honest Chips Review

Jackson's Honest recently sent us a generous amount of their chips to try out. These chips are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, organic, and... made with coconut oil!

The company - Jackson's Honest - was founded by a mother of four, and it is based in Colorado. The chips are made in Colorado, still, and they are kettle cooked in small batches.

These chips are really a mix of flavors - and they have captured them all well. At first taste they are fruity and full of both mango and lime flavor. Then, you get a bit of smoky flavor from the chili. Finally, they offer a bit of heat.

These chips are thick and crunchy and really good. At first I thought that they could use a little more salt, but after eating a few more I realized that they actually have just the right amount. The only problem that I had with these was the fact that I was tempted to eat the whole bag.

For being sweet potato, they weren't overly sweet, which I appreciated. They had a mild sweet potato flavor with a hint of salt. Very crunchy!

Mmm... the Salt and Vinegar chips... they are so tasty. These have a delicious flavor - a little bit salty, a little bit sour, and just a tiny bit sweet. The crunch of the chips, too - awesome!

Thank you so much, Jackson's Honest! Your chips are delicious!

Have you ever tried Jackson's Honest chips?

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Supereats Kale + Chia Chips Review

Supereats recently gave us the opportunity to try their Kale and Chia chips. 

Who doesn't like chips? 

But what about chips that are cholesterol free, trans fat free, MSG free, and gluten free??

Quite spicy. It took a few chips before I could taste the lime. They were the most rich in flavor of any of the varieties.

Just the right amount of salt. Mild flavor.

 The flavor of these was mainly lightly salted. The kale flavor overpowered the cheddar flavor. Though the kale flavor itself wasn't too strong. Just right. They had a bit of saltiness, but not too much.

Mild flavor. Just as the others, quite addicting. 

Faint ranch flavor. Kale is a rather over-powering flavor, so the ranch isn't all that noticeable, though it is able to be tasted a bit. (I still enjoyed them, regardless!)

It's nice how you can get your vitamins in while eating chips! I think that is the reason I started craving these- because I was craving the vitamins in them. They offer vitamins A and C as well as calcium and iron. Check them out for yourself!

Thank you, Supereats, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pereg Quinoa Pops Review

Pereg recently sent us two boxes of their Quinoa Pops Cereal to try out and review. Some of the other items that Pereg offers include quinoa, rice, and couscous mixes, as well as quinoa noodles and more.

These cereals are a great gluten free choice, especially for those who are avoiding gluten with their children and have a hard time finding sweet cereals for their family.

The cereal is light and airy, fluffy and sweet - and I like the unique size and shape of it.

I really like the colorful, fun boxes that these cereals come in - it definitely adds to the enjoyment of the cereal. *Smile*

The vanilla pops reminded me a bit of marshmallow treats in flavor. They are sweet and vanilla-ish. 

The chocolate pops have a good chocolate flavor. They flavor the milk nicely, too.

Check them out for yourself!

Or, check out their Facebook page here!

Thank you, Pereg, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were provided with these products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Surprised by Love Book Review

Revell recently gave me a copy of Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman to review.

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First off, I would highly recommend you read the first two books in the series. Surprised by Love is the first book I have read by Julie Lessman, and it sort of follows after the other two books. It can be read on its own, but from how it sounds, the characters are in the other stories as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Julie Lessman did a great job of creating the characters. They had so much heart and you could feel for them and root for them. They were very well-developed. And funny! The characters brought humor to the book, which is something I enjoyed. There is plenty of teasing and humor, which is always something I enjoy in a good book. One other thing that I appreciated about the characters is how you cannot tell who they will end up with in the end. I've never had a book be like that before, and I liked it.

The era was set up well and the history of discoveries and inventions were rich in the beginning, without making the story boring. It is clear that the author did a lot of historical research, which helped make the era very believable.

The characters, including that of the main characters Megan and Bram, are lovable from the start. I like that the story is told from several perspectives so that the reader can get into the mind of several different characters. And even though it was told from several perspectives, it wasn't confusing as some books tend to be with the variety.

The book had a good message on forgiveness and trusting God that were rich throughout the story. I like this quote from page 308:

"You see, I've learned the hard way that when it comes to the most precious things in my life, the safest place to keep them is in God's hands."

And this one from page 78:

"Because life was a gift from the Creator, meant to be savored and enjoyed, not spent pining over things that could never be."

So even though the story didn't contain any special action, adventure, or mystery, it was filled with rich characters that made the story one I really enjoyed.

If you enjoy historical fiction romance, I highly recommend Surprised by Love!

Disclosure: Although Revell provided me with a copy of the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.