Monday, May 16, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess Book Review

Bethany House Publishers recently gave me a copy of The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White to review. At first it was hard to follow all the characters, but it got easier. The story flowed smoothly and was easy to keep reading.

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I like that there was humor in the The Reluctant Duchess. The characters, especially the main male character, Brice, had a good sense of humor. 

There were some solid biblical lessons, such as trusting God and listening and obeying His voice. I also like that Brice, displayed strong faith. He was an honorable gentleman, something I always appreciate in the books I read.

It was easy to sympathize for the main female character, Rowena. Her story seemed real and it was easy to root for her and be happy with how things turned out for her.

The Reluctant Duchess was a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, from start to finish. There were no dull moments or moments that really dragged on. 

I like the solid substance the book offered. It wasn't just a light read, but, as stated above, spoke solid biblical truth. I like the quote on love, which reminded me of 1 Corinthians 13:

"Maybe it wasn't a feeling, wasn't an emotion- if it were, it would be changeable, fleeting, like anger or happiness or sorrow. But it shouldn't be. Couldn't be. Love had to be firmer than that. Which meant that love, like faith, couldn't be based on feelings." (page 298)

Looking for an historical fiction read? Check out Roseanna White's The Reluctant Duchess

Disclosure: Although I was given a copy of the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Volo Energy Review

Volo Vitamins recently gave us the opportunity to review their berry and citrus flavored Volo Energy products. 

The product comes in individual-sized packets. All you need to do is mix it with 8 ounces of water, mix, and you have a good serving of vitamins.

I like that they are stevia-sweetened. They offer a great way to get your vitamins in! The flavors are good. (Although I felt they do have a bit of a powder taste to them). 

They make for a good energy drink alternative. My sister who drank the citrus variety noticed the caffeine content. They contain electrolytes and essential amino acids. They are sweetened with 17 different fruits.

If you're looking for a better alternative to caffeinated beverages or energy drinks, check out Volo Energy.

Reviewed by Becca :)

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Playing the Part Book Review

Bethany House Publishers recently provided me with a copy of Playing the Part by Jen Turano to review. I always enjoy Jen's books, as they are filled with light-heartedness and humor. Playing the Part was no exception.

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Playing the Part was quick-paced from the start. It offered the wit that I enjoy from this author. The story offered just a little bit of suspense, which I also enjoy in books.

I like that the story only jumped between the two main characters, actress Lucetta Plum and the wealthy Bram Haverstein. This brought things out from each perspective, but wasn't overwhelming as some stories that go between more characters.

Overall, the book was an enjoyable read. The characters were easy to get behind and root for. The main character was funny, with heart. The man who won her heart was a gentleman. I liked the sweet romance and how things tied together so well.

If you are a Jen Turano fan, or a fan of historical fiction in general, check out Playing the Part.

Reviewed by Becca :)

Disclosure: Although I was given the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crockett Creek Beef Jerky Review and Discount Code

Crockett Creek recently contacted us to review their Original Beef Jerky. I really like that the jerky contained no nitrites.

The jerky smelled good as soon as I opened the package! It was delicious. It didn't leave the aftertaste jerky sometimes leaves. It was tender, easy-to-chew and made a filling snack. It also made for a quick, on-the-go meal.

Aside from the jerky we reviewed, Crockett Creek also makes varieties such as elk jerky, venison jerky, garlic jerky, and buffalo jerky.

Ready to try some for yourself? Use the code JerkyB25 to get 25% off your purchase!

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Farm Review

Back to the Roots sent us a fun product awhile back, and we were excited to give it a try.

I had never grown mushrooms before, so I was eager to see how this Organic Mushroom Mini Farm would work out. I soaked the bag like I was supposed to and then set it on a shelf to let it do its magic.

The above picture shows how things looked for the first several days. The box says that the mushrooms can grow in as little as a week, so I was eager to see them come in.

I waited, and I waited...

I began to give up hope and considered throwing the whole thing away.

If it hadn't been for the fact that I was supposed to review this product and I really wanted to give it a chance to prove itself to me, I would have tossed it.

Finally, something happened.

The day before the above picture was taken, the box was the same as it had been the day that I set it up. There had been no growth and everything looked as it had the whole time.

Suddenly, there were mushrooms where there had been none. That was pretty exciting.

Things progressed pretty quickly after that, and it almost felt like you should be able to see the mushrooms grow.

Every day, there was more growth. The mushrooms were getting bigger and bigger.

It was fun to watch the mushrooms grow up, and I think that this would be a very fun project for children. Kids will love watching the mushrooms get bigger and bigger each day.

If mushrooms are not your thing, Back to the Roots also offers a Garden in a Can Set, Water Garden, and even ready to eat products.

Thank you, Back to the Roots, for this opportunity!

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chambers Creek Kitchen Pizza Crust

We were recently given the opportunity to try out and review a variety of products from Chambers Creek Kitchen, and we loved all that we got to try! You can check out our review of their waffles here, their breads here, and their tortillas here. Now, we are doing one final review, a review of their Quinoa Pizza Crust.

These pizza crusts come in a pack of three and they are very reasonably priced when it comes to gluten free pizza crusts - or any pre-made pizza crust, really. The crusts are ready to be topped, heated, and eaten.

We used one of the pizza crusts to make pizza cheese fries of sorts, topping it with garlic, oil, and Parmesan. The results were delicious.

The crust has a great texture to it. It is thin and gets crispy. This is very different from other gluten free crusts that I have tried.

The crust would be delicious in a variety of recipes and for a mix of pizza types.

Thank you, Chambers Creek Kitchen, for this opportunity!

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Choc Alive! Review

We did a review for ChocAlive! awhile back - you can check it out here - and we were recently given the opportunity to try out a new product from the brand. We had the chance to try out a delicious Chocolate Spread.

ChocAlive! puts out products that are gluten free, vegan, and organic.

This Chocolate Spread is smooth and silky. It has a fudge-like consistency and taste. I could eat the whole container by the spoonful - and that is exactly how I ate the majority of it. It is a great snack on its own.

The spread is made with very simple ingredients - just agave nectar, cacao powder, virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, dates, cacao paste, cacao butter, and sea salt.

In addition to eating the spread plain, I also used it on pancakes and in a smoothie. It was delicious no matter how I ate it.

Thank you, ChocAlive!, for this opportunity!

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