Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Collection Review-The Haven Collection

I recently read The Haven Collection, which consisted of A Stranger Magic and Revenge of the Viper.

I rarely get the time to sit down and read a book, but over the years, I have lived The Harry Potter Series and The Twilight Series. These books seemed like a natural fit for me, as I read that there was a fantasy element with a young hero.

The series sees young Sam, thinking he is quite normal, but nothing special. He starts having strange dreams, and feels like he is being watched. Sam lives with his mother and sister, but you can sense that there is something more. The Dalcome family's history starts to reveal quickly, and their lives are changed overnight as it is revealed that Sam's parents have past lives in a place called Haven. The book is filled with surprises, twists and turns, which definitely make it hard to put down. Alisa Dalcome, Sam's mother reunites with friends from Haven. Sarah, Sam's sister, and Sam are bewildered, as their mom’s secrets are revealed and they begin to question their past lives. Travis, Sam’s best friend, is loyal throughout the story, and Sam learns how valuable it is to have a true friend. 

Many characters are in Haven including, Humans, Witches, Goblins, Orcs, Vampires and Elves, trying to exist peacefully together and to protect the world they created and now call home; Haven.

I found the books to be engrossing and hard to put down. I would definitely recommend them to preteen fantasy readers! They can be purchased for download at

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Petunia Skincare's Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

I have been using Petunia Skincare's Hyaluronic Acid Serum for about the last month. I'm always happy to try new skincare and cosmetics. I have a little bit of an addiction.

Petunia Skincare's Hyaluronic Acid Serum is an all-in-one moisturizing and anti-aging serum. It's amazing to me to see all of the advances in skincare over the years. This serum is developed to give you soft and supple skin, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, to retain skin's moisture and elastin, and to give you younger, more radiant and glowing skin.

The serum is made for skin that has a loss of elasticity and collagen, skin that is dry and dehydrated, skin that has fine lines, skin that is dull or lifeless, or that has spider veins or dark circles.
Hyaluronic Acid is a moisture binding agent, that helps hydrate and plump the skin, keeping it looking young.

I have found that Petunia Skincare's Hyaluronic Acid Serum has really helped my dry and sensitive skin. I'm over 40, and I'm starting to notice fine lines under my eyes. In the big picture, I'm pretty lucky as far as aging goes, but I do really fight dryness and sensitivity. This serum is fabulous, and my skin loves it. As a serum, it does absorb quickly, which may surprise some. If you are concerned about absorption, or a that a serum may leave you oily, I can assure you that this is lightweight, but very effective. The only complaint that I have, is that I don't find the smell of the serum to be pleasant. I think that is because there are no artificial fragrances. It's not bad enough to keep me from using it, however.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yalmeh Super Youth Eye Cream Review

I've been using eye products from Yalmeh for about the last month. The Super Youth Eye Cream is one of their best sellers, is to help with fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

Super Youth Eye Cream is primarily plant based, which I'm looking for more and more as I age. It contains organic and natural oils, gels and extracts, along with these plant based ingredients. It also only uses natural preservatives. It contains no mineral oil, propylene glycol or parabens. This eye cream contains a combination of organic aloe, alpha hydroxy acid, grape seed oil, vitamin c and vitamin e.

Yalmeh's Super Youth Eye Cream is meant to protet, treat and repair wrinkles, dark circles, and to reduce the look of age spots. It can also be used around the mouth, forehead and cheek area and is an effective natural solution for all types of skin. It contains a sufficient amount of Aloe, as the most effective way to reduce dark circles and tired eyes.

I personally found that this eye cream was not heavy or greasy, and it did seem to help the fine lines under my eyes. Unfortunately, it wasn't ENOUGH moisture for my dry skin. I'm sure there is one out there that can fight all the signs of aging, and moisturizes too, but I'm still looking. This is a good eye cream though, and I would recommend it, I just have super dry skin.

If you have those fine lines sneaking up on you, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this. You can fine it at

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Yalmeh Glory Eye Bright Gel Review

I've recently had the opportunity to test out Yalmeh Glory Eye Bright Gel.

This eye gel is marketed to help with dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and weary looking eyes, with a unique combination of highly-developed and preventative botanicals. It is a pure product, and is made with no fillers. It is also gluten-free and vegan. Yalmeh also donates 10% of their profits to charity, which I love.

This is a very good eye gel, but it won't completely be replacing all of my eye products. Yes, I'm a product junkie, and I'll continue to use this, but it definitely doesn't offer enough moisture for my very dry skin. It does, however, make my eyes look more awake, which hasn't happened since my kids were born. I like the light gel texture, and it is quite cooling. If I didn't have such dry, such ummmm...over 40 skin around my eyes, I probably would have loved this eye gel. Instead, I will use it when my eyes look particularly exhausted, or perhaps straight from the fridge in the summer! It is very nice though, and I like how it makes my eyes look more awake.

If you'd like to try Yalmeh Glory Eye Bright Gel, you can find it at

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ignite Dietary Supplement Review

I was happy to review IGNITE Dietary Supplement for Optinutrients.

IGNITE begins with Garcinia Cambogia, which is a popular supplement for fat loss. Optinutrients' clinical studies showed that Garnica Cambogia is missing an important component for fat and weight loss, Leptin.

The studies performed by Optinutrients, suggest that leptin is one of the most important fat burning hormones, as it controls many of the other hormones related to weight loss and is in charge of telling your body whether it should burn fat. When your leptin levels drop or you are no longer sensitive to leptin, it makes it hard to lose weight. Your weight loss will slow right down as, when dieting, your body believes it needs the fat to protect you from starvation. This drop increases your desire to eat more making it harder to keep losing weight.

IGNITE has a specific combination of natural herbs that have been shown to individually increase leptin, leptin sensitivity or overall fat burning in scientific studies. Combining IGNITE with a sensible diet and regular exercise, gives you the recipe for ongoing weight loss without hitting a plateau. Decreased feelings of hunger help you maintain your diet so you end up with a positive feedback loop of weight loss.

There are several natural ingredients in IGNITE, including:
*Garcinia Cambogia
*Brown Seaweed extract
*Olive Leaf extract
*Irvingia Gabonensis
*Panax Notoginseng extract
*Green Tea

I've been taking IGNITE for about a month, and my weight is down slightly. I do feel less hungry, and I feel like I have more energy. I don't know if it's the magic cure that we're all looking for, but IGNITE does have a 365 day return policy.

If you'd like to try IGNITE, you can find it on Amazon, at

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dot & Dot Packing Cube Review

I was so happy to review Dot & Dot Small Packing Organizers. I was in serious need of organization around here, and these were a great start!

We're currently living in a small space, and they are great to organize my makeup addiction and products that I'll be blogging about. My husband even uses one for cables and chargers in his computer bag. They come in all different sizes, and I will be getting some larger cubes for packing away summer clothes to maximize our space. If you need storage solutions-these are terrific! 

If you need storage solutions for everything from socks to medicine to suitcase organizations, look no further!
 You can find these in all different sizes at
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I haven't written in a couple of days, as I thought about thankfulness. Do we have to be thankful every day? We've had a terrible year. Does that mean there aren't things I'm giving thanks for? Of course not!

As a person, we physically need shelter, clothes, food, water. I'm probably missing one, and I doubt it's my cell phone. If those needs are being met, I'm definitely thankful to have them. But what if it's not your own? Do any of you wonder about this? I've mentioned that we're living with family, but I'm anxious to have a house of our own again.

Obviously, there's so much to this question. Is it difficult to be thankful when you aren't getting what you want? I'm still thankful for the bed I sleep in, even though it's not our squishy space foam bed. I'm still thankful for my family, and all my friends, past and present. I'm sick, but I'm thankful for my doctors. You get the picture.

So, for me, the answer is yes. You can have both. You can have situations or friendships, or a job that make you miserable, but there are more things in your life.

I'm going to allow myself to be mad. I rarely do this-I'm quite mild mannered. Then, after I've been mad, I'm going to think about the shining stars in my life. And I'm going to give thanks.

InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream Review

I've been using InstaNatural’s Stretch Mark and Scar Cream for about the last month. I have stretch marks on my lower stomach after having my children. They are now 8 and 6, and I often wonder if I had used a stretch mark cream, or even a body moisturizer on my stomach while I was pregnant, would I have these marks? Who knows?

Instanatural's Stretch Mark and Scar Cream is a treatment meant to minimize the appearance of current marks, while also preventing the forming of new ones. Stretch marks and scars are created when collagen is weakened and skin is stretched or torn beyond its limit. This cream thoroughally moisturizes areas that are vulnerable to stretch marks, such as hips, stomach and arms. It delivers nourishment and moisture to enhance elasticity of the skin and also helps restore a youthful look and even appearance.

The cream moisturizes using 15% Vitamin C, Cocoa Butter, Rosehip Oil, Mango Butter, Grapeseed Oil and Evening Primrose Oil. For me, it was because of these ingredients that made me try the product. The older I get, the more important it is to me that I use natural products whenever possible.

As far as it working on my stretch marks, I can't say for sure. My skin is very hydrated, which is rare, especially this time of year. It feels so soft and smooth, and I can say that it looks more even. I'll continue to use InstaNatural's Stretch Mark and Scar Cream to see if they continue to fade. I would absolutely say, if you're worried about getting stretch marks-get this! If you've already got them, and you're looking for something to moisturize and improve the appearance, this is an amazing moisturizer that seems to even the appearance of the texture and color of the skin, give it a try.

If you'd like to read more about this, or to purchase it, you can do both at

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nancy Drew: The Labyrinth of Lies Game review and Giveaway

When I signed up to do this review, I had absolutely no clue what to expect. I read the books about 35 years ago, and wasn't terribly interested. Nancy has grown up, and is much cooler than I remember!

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies is the 31st game in the popular Nancy Drew computer game series. Nancy Drew is 18 in this storyline, and is working at the Phidias Cultural Center in Greece. Wherever Nancy Drew goes, mystery is sure to follow! Players are the character of Nancy, and they must solve the case, as artifacts are disappearing from the museum's exhibit.

Nancy has been hired by the museum curator to assist with a hugely anticipated event of the year. Artifacts from the exhibit are mysteriously disappearing. Are these mishaps connected to the amphitheater’s upcoming performance? Or is an unseen villain pulling strings behind the scenes? Only Nancy Drew can solve the case!

As you play the game, you will:

Organize Greek Displays and Exhibits!

Use Stagecraft Expertise to Survive Backstage!

Experience the World of Ancient World of Greece!

Have cell phone conversations with The Hardy Boys!

This game appealed to the problem solver in me. It's good to see Nancy still around! The most difficulty I encountered, was setting up the game on my Mac with outdated software! This is a fun and challenging game-I hope it does well.

For a chance to win your own copy, either follow my page on Facebook or my blog, and leave a comment, as detailed below.
*Follow my Facebook page, and comment below this post. and comment with your favorite Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book.
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I'll accept entries until 11/13, and a winner will be chosen randomly. #nancydrew

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Glow Stick Review-Heck Yeah!

So, when I was given the opportunity to review a box of 100 glow sticks, of course I said yes. I have two sons, who always want to buy glow bracelets at theme parks for $200. Ok, maybe not $200, but they're pretty expensive.

The boys were really excited and wanted to play with them immediately. I didn't give in right away, but pretty close. They were packaged in a very cool Stars and Stripes cylinder. I'm guessing they do most of their business on the 4th of July. The first thing I noticed, was that it didn't seem like there were 100. After counting, I found that there were actually 77. I did write the vendor, who wrote me back after a few days, telling me that they were changing their packaging company. That was fine for me, since I received them free, but I would have been pretty upset if I had paid for them. Hopefully, if I had been a paying customer, they would have offered to send me the missing bracelets. 77 was actually more than fine in our house.

The glow sticks came in red, blue, purple, yellow and green. They were easy to light, just by cracking or bending the tubing a bit. The package came with more than 100 connectors, however! I was a little disappointed that these only glowed for about 3 hours, but the fun that my kids had far outweighed any major disappointment.

I would definitely recommend these. They aren't expensive, and we've had them out to play with several times. You can read more information at or

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Not a Word About Love, a Book Review

I had never read a book by Hana Goldberg, and I'm so glad that I was able to review her Ebook - Not a Word About Love.

It is a story about a woman named Maya, who is unsettled with her career as a screenwriter, and in her marriage with Uri. He can see how restless she has been, especially after the death of her mother. 

Uri suggests a trip to Thailand for reflection and inspiration, which she reluctantly takes. While on the plane, she meets a man named Joe, and they begin an affair. She sees him sporadically while in Thailand. The trip, her surroundings, the sights and smells of Thailand, and the affair, give her a new perspective on her life. Eventually, she is able to see its positives, and returns home happily. 

As a reader, I was surprised by the variety of emotions that I felt while reading this book. I found myself laughing a lot, but in tears as well. Maya is a likeable heroine, and I was rooting for her happiness throughout the book.

The book, Not a Word About Love can be purchased at 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

The Month is Young!

Well, I hope that no one thought that I would write a post about Collier, and not Hudson! There's so much to say about the littlest Fleming, but the best way to describe him is feisty. 

I should have known when he, too, entered the world early, but instead of five weeks early, he decided to join us nine weeks early. So, our Christmas baby became a Halloween baby. The peds specialists were there waiting for him, too, except they whisked him away as soon as we got a look at him. I have a picture that the Special Nursery gave me to keep in my room with me, and to this day, I think they gave me a picture of someone else's kid. Seriously, it looks nothing like him at six, and it looked nothing like him at six hours. There is likely another mother in the Boston area, looking at her child's first picture, saying, "Huh...I just don't see it." That's because she has a picture of Hudson Joseph, who I am so thankful for every day of my life. I do know that we have the right child though, since between my nose and Mark's curly hair, there's no doubt he's our fella.

I remember every year thinking, ok...this year has to be easier. Well, he turned six a few weeks ago, and we're still asking ourselves where he gets the ornery side. Mark and I are both so mellow, and he's just a pill. He has a devilish grin, that I see getting him into trouble one day. Right now, it melts my heart, no matter how much of a pistol he's been.

He's not bad, just a handful. However, in addition, he's one of the most loving little guys you'll meet. He still likes to sit on our laps, he gives bear hugs to the newest of friends, and is nice to everyone. When he was in pre-k, his teacher called him the mayor of the classroom, because instead of working, he had to pay social visits on all the other groups of kids.

We just signed our little scrapper up for wrestling, which kind of blows my mind. He does have Iowa and Blair Academy in him, so maybe six isn't too young. 

I love listening to him as he learns to read. He's sounding everything out-everything from Pete the Cat (we like his groovy buttons) to street signs. I have no doubt that he'll be able to do whatever he sets his mind to, and, as he might say as he gets older...shaking his fist, "and don't you forget it." Says the boy with the curls and the angelic face 💖

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Exotic Argan Oil Texture Hair Paste Review

I was very happy to try Exotic Argan Oil Texture Hair Paste. I haven't used hair styling products other than heat protectant in years, but I just impulsively cut my hair into a pixie that ended up way too short. Products were definitely needed!

The reason that I really wanted to try the hair paste by Rossina Julissa was because it has great ingredients, and after reading about it, it seemed like it wouldn't be too stiff, but that it would give some hold to my new "do."

First of all, it smells great! Very unisex, not flowery or like perfume, but a light citrus scent. It's a creamy paste, which is very pliable, and offers a medium hold. It is easy to manipulate, and it is easy to style my hair into a cute pixie. It has a semi-matte finish, which I like. I don't like my hair to be too shiny-I know, I'm weird that way. I also love that it doesn't flake later in the day-gross!
The reason that this product is actually good for your hair? It's packed with Argan Oil and Coconut Oil, so it repairs while it styles. That's pretty awesome. It's also Paraben and Phthalate Free.

I'm not a hair product obsessed person, like I am with skin care, but I can tell you that this works, and it's terrific. I am so pleased with this hair paste, that I will purchase it when my jar is gone, and I cannot recommend a hair product more highly. I'm not exaggerating-it's great. If you're looking for firm hold, this may not be the right product for you, but for medium hold that leaves your hair soft, this is it!

If you'd like to look into the product, or to purchase, you can do so at or 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Surpahs Shiny Small Lightweight Digital Scale Review

I was pleased to be selected to try Surpahs Small Lightweight Digital Bathroom Scale. It is available in white and pink, and of course, I chose pink.

This has everything I would need or want in a scale (the pink is just a bonus-my poor husband). It is extremely accurate, both in measuring weight and BMI. It can be set to auto identify up to four pre-set users, which is great for a family. It has a very easy to read LCD screen, with a blue backlight screen.

The scale is 11" x 9.6" x 0.9", with a small, sleek design, that is 0.2" thick. It has a higher tempered glass weighing platform.

This Surpahs scale integrates smart gravity point to detect and auto-calibrate. It has G-Sensor patent-pending technology embded in 4 TPU skidproof stands support a more stable and accurate measurement from 11 lb to 330 lb. It has "Sense-ON" patent-pending technology to get instant readings when you step on the scale.

You can purchase from Amazon, using the following link: 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

More November Thanks

 So, anyone who knows me will know that my children are the lights of my life. Oh, being a parent is hard, and I fully admit that I'm not as good at it as I thought I would be. I love them so much, that I can't wait for them to get home from school. I still check on them when they are asleep, and I still get a lump in my throat when they are upset. So, to continue my month of thanks...

2. I am thankful for my son, Collier James. Of course, we're all thankful for our children, but I can honestly say that CJ is "my son." That can be taken in many ways. He is kind and extremely sensitive. He kind of marches to his own drum, which is something I wished I had the confidence to do at his age. He's smart, but rushes through things. CJ is a worrier, I would say above all else, that is what defines him at many times. When he gets in trouble for being mean to his little brother, he gets upset because he was unkind. He calls my mother, just to talk. And bless him, she never has her hearing aids in, and he has to repeat himself over and over, but he doesn't care. He just wants to talk to his Noni. He goes to church with Mark's parents, and loves the praise that he gets from their friends. So handsome, so sweet, so tall, so smart...and all of those things are true.

CJ loves to hear the story of when he was born. He'll ask often. So, I tell him how mommy and daddy wanted a baby more than anything, but it was never the right baby that we were meant to have. We found out we were having a boy, and we were thrilled. Pretty soon though, mom had a doctor's appointment, and the doctor said, I know it's early, but he has to be born-5 weeks early. So they told me they were going to induce in the morning, after I had seen a pulmonologist. I called Mark, told him to take his time, feed the dogs, no worries, I wasn't going anywhere. About an hour later, I started having weird pain. I went to the nurse to ask what Braxton Hicks feels like, and she took me to my room, hooked me up, and told me I was in labor. So much for tomorrow. Mark walks in a bit later carrying a bag of McDonalds, and the joke is that he came in and the baby was born. Of course it's not true. So, that night, the doctor decided it was too much pressure on the baby to wait, they threw scrubs at Mark, and off we went. All the peds specialists were there waiting, in case there was a problem with our little preemie. He was born, the specialists looked at him, and left. A good sign. The next good sign (and this is his favorite part), was when the nurse was cleaning him up, he promptly peed on her. C'mon, how can you not be thankful for that?!

He's always been a kind and loving kid. Maybe not too understandable in 3rd grade, but we've moved around a lot. We've promised to stay put, and he can grow up in the same town we did. And he's thrilled, which makes me even more thankful.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November-A Month of Thanks

I'm not really sure why we tend to concentrate our thanks to November. I do try to appreciate and be thankful for the happiness in my life all year round, but I realize that like many, my intent far outweighs my actions. I'm not always great about follow through-again...intent vs. actions, perhaps it's the ADD that I've acquired as a parent. I swear, I could never in a million years do it alone. 

So, here it month of thanks.

1. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am thankful for my more than incredible husband. Mark is an amazing father, and husband. He's also a little better about the action part than I have become. I may be thinking about the cupcakes that need to be made for school, but he's making them. 

It was 28 years ago that we had our first date. I think I still had braces, and we went to see Crocadile Dundee. I cannot say that we were high school, or even college sweethearts, but we dated about a month, but remained friends for many years. It wasn't until my late 20s that we saw the light. My dad, who we call Dr. Bob must have been on to something, though. For the few years I had left with him, he used to say, you know who I wish you'd get back together with? That Mark Fleming fellow.

I cannot even begin to say all the things I'm thankful for when it comes to my husband. I'll write a few.
-I love it that at 45, most of his friends still call him Flem.
-I love it that when we are in public, he always sits next to the stranger.
-I love it that he loved me when I was 14, even though he didn't admit it until I was 27. He loved me when I was 22, cute and little with life ahead of me, I love it that he married me, even though I was the anti-bride. If you were at our wedding, I hope you remember it as being laid back and fun. I love it that he loved me when it didn't seem like we would have kids, and that he loved me when we did! I love it that he loves me when I'm in my 40s, a little sick, a lot older, hopefully a little wiser. I love knowing that he'll continue to love me when grey hairs come in, even though I'll cover those babies up in the blink of an eye!
-I love how he doesn't mind that I volunteer him for stuff. He really didn't mind that I said he'd be Santa at CH-CH, and then I left town.

Ok, I'm sure I've already embarrassed the heck out of him, which is not my intent. I'm thankful for my husband, every single day, and not just in November.