7/26/15

Review: OZ Naturals Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer


OZ Naturals does it again with another fantastic product from their skincare line.  Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on their Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer. 

ABOUT: OZ Naturals
Oz Naturals is leader in the skin care industry for creating natural/vegan, animal cruelty-free skin care products backed by science, out of their FDA certified facility in West Palm Beach Florida! 

The company's co-founder Angela Irish is a certified esthetician who was really passionate about healthy skin, and formulating ways other people could have that naturally beautiful skin that they weren't born with. 



ABOUT: Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer
This moisturizer contains Vitamin C, Algae Keratin Extract, and Blueberry Extract which is infused with seaweed proteins to act as a collagen builder. This Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer is an organic moisturizer than can be used on the face and all over the body. This product has many moisturizing and antioxidant benefits from the use of Keratin and Vitamin C which provide 8x the natural UV protection. This lotion heals your skin and keeps it renewed and protected from sun damage.    



IMPRESSION:
For starters, OZ Naturals has great packaging. All of their products come in different colored boxes with labels that are not only clear and to the point, but visually appealing as well.  I am never disappointed with the packaging. I love that this company guarantees a 30 Day Money Back & 100% satisfaction guarantee.   Upon opening the box, I noticed a heavy tube of lotion. The tube was nice. Sleek. The color of the lotion tube matched the packaging. Labels were nice. 

When I opened the cap, first thing I did was do a smell test. I think it has a very mild salty fragrance. Not unpleasant. Not chemical.  The lotion itself is a caramel color and is very silky to the touch. It glides across the skin very nice and absorbs fast. It doesn't leave hands sticky or greasy.  I didn't feel the need to reapply this product more than once during the day.  The effects felt long lasting.  I would purchase this in the future. 




  


For more information about OZ Naturals and their products, please visit their webpage: 

OZ Naturals Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer
retails for $24.99 for 4 fl oz


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7/19/15

Book Review: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers: An Illustrated Book About the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth

I was recently in Columbia, MO at Barnes and Noble inside of the mall there and I stumbled upon this book and HAD to buy it. It was the CUTEST book I have ever seen. I cannot tell you how many times I have just picked up this book to look at it. It's seriously the cutest.  

I am OB-sessed with good reads and coffee. What's better than a good book about my favorite drink? 


About: 
Coffee Gives Me Superpowers
An Illustrated Book about the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth
by: Ryoko Iwata
ISBN: 1449460836
96 pages
Hardback
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing 

This book retails for $5.23 on Amazon with Prime.

Description:
This book is an illustrated book full of beautiful graphic designs, flow charts and pictures of the most addicting beverage on the planet! COFFEE!


Impression:
I love love love this book. I can't get over it. It's beautiful. It's cute. It's adorable. It's visually pleasing. It's fun. This book is definitely a must have if you're overly obsessed with coffee. You cannot look at this book and not smile. Not only is the book cutesy, it's informative. I learned a lot of facts and statistics that I did not know before! The author did a great job at researching the effects of coffee on your brain.  The graphics and illustrations made me laugh. This book would be an amazing gift for a coffee lover, or somebody who doesn't take life too serious. It's goofy and cute and needs to be displayed and shared with everybody.  This book is a MUST-HAVE, if you're into coffee table books. 









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Book Review: Exploring Christian Theology Vol. 2 Creation, Fall, and Salvation

For those interested in Christian reading, I suggest giving this book a read.

Exploring Christian Theology Vol. II
Creation, Fall, and Salvation
By Nathan D. Holsteen & Michael J. Svigel



About:
Two Dallas Seminary professors Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel come together to write about key doctrines of Christianity. This book, (Vol II of a 3 part series) highlights From Dust to Dust: Creation, Humanity and the Fall and Wise Unto Salvation: Gospel, Atonement, and Saving Grace.
The sole purpose of this book is to understand GOD better. 

Impression:
For starters, upon opening and reading the very first pages, I was hooked. The writing style of this book had my eyes glued to the pages for hours. I love books that engage me as a reader right off the bat, and this book was one of them!  I was very nervous about reading this book because the book title alone was intimidating for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised at how the writers wrote as if they were talking to me.  

On the very first pages, in the Introduction to be exact, page 8, it reads:

For some people, the word doctrine summons yawns of tedium, shudders of trepidation, or frowns of suspicion. Dogmatic preachers exasperate them, feuding denominations weary them, and droning scholars bore them.
When people hear the word theology, the condition sometimes worsens. They picture massive tomes packed with technical discussions, less-than-crucial data, and incomprehensible footnones--unusable information to distract them from God rather than drawing them nearer.

RIGHT??  This was exactly my first impression. I was scared to pick up this book.  But then I kept reading.  And what I found inside of it was exactly what I wasn't expecting.
Basically this book summarizes that God has a plan for all of us and that the good news about God's story is that anybody can be apart of it. (pg. 19) 

Some highlights I am taking from this book:

  • Dangers to Avoid.
  • Sin is an existing fact.
  • Through Adam's original sin, we are born sinners and can only be saved by the grace of God.
  • Humanity was created in the image of God despite what science and skeptics say.
  • Angels and demons are finite creatures of their infinite Creator. They only do God's Will.
  • Salvation is by grace alone.
  • Karma doesn't exist. Jesus tells us in John 3:9 that good things happen and bad things happen. The rain falls on the just and the unjust and disaster affects us all. 
  • It is my responsibility to trust that God's Promises are sure; He will complete what He started.
  • We will never outgrow the need for our Savior. 
  • We live in a broken world, but grace fixes what's broken. The gospel is our only hope.
  • Salvation is God's gift to us.
  • Unlimited Atonement: The view that Christ died for all of us, without exception and those who have faith in Him will be saved.  



I enjoyed the scripture memory verses, and diagrams throughout this book. Being a visual person, the diagrams helped.  Voices From the Past and Present is a chapter that shares quotes and passages from different people through the years. I love when wisdom is shared this way.  There were many excerpts that I related to. At the end of both Part One and Part Two of this book is small chapters called Shelf Space For Your Library with about 5 pages each half of the book of reading suggestions with titles, authors, publishing information, whether the reading material is for beginners, intermediate, or advanced ratings. This is extremely helpful as I am always looking for new reading material to study.   I will be using this book for many references. 



For more information on:  www.bethanyhouse.com

Exploring Christian Theology Vol. II
Creation, Fall, and Salvation
By Nathan D. Holsteen & Michael J. Svigel

272 pages
Published by: Bethany House
Christian Theology
Retails for $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1131-7












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7/18/15

Book Review: The Art of American Whiskey


If you love visual history books, then you will love The Art of American Whiskey by Noah Rothbaum.  

About:

A visual history of American whiskey, as told through hundreds of whiskey bottle labels, from early, pre-Prohibition-era days to the present.

Just as wine is to the French or beer is to the Germans, whiskey--especially bourbon and rye--is  an integral part of the history and culture of the United States. The Art of American Whiskey traces the arc of this beloved, renowned spirit--from its earliest days in the Colonial era, through the Civil War, Prohibition, Great Depression, and up to the current craft-distilling boom. Illustrated with 100 full-color modern and historic labels from the most iconic bottles ever made, The Art of American Whiskey is an instant collectible and a fantastic gift for any whiskey enthusiast or design lover. Captions, sidebars, profiles and short histories tell the story of the pioneers and places behind the labels, and each chapter features era-appropriate recipes from all-star bartenders and cocktail experts that will tickle any tippler's fancy.




Impression:
As somebody who doesn't know much about the history of alcohol, I was actually surprised when I chose this book to review and the depth of coverage within these pages. There is so much to learn. So much history lies within these pages and the story of how American Whiskey came about. This book covers 100 different labels showcased through the years. 
The images in this book are everything. You get a genuine feel for the authenticity of the information written through the photos. The photos alone tell a story.  The author did an amazing job at including mini history lessons about Prohibition also.  

An example from pg 49:  
The United States hit rock bottom in 1933. At the worst depths of the Great Depression, roughly a quarter of the country's population was left unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And many of those who were lucky enough to have jobs were only working part-time.  
At that point, it was hard to deny that the Prohibition was a colossal mistake. Shutting down distilleries, breweries, bars, and all the ancillary businesses that they supported was no longer justifiable. That's not even to mention the crime, corruption, and extreme violence caused by bootlegging. 

From pg 103:
To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it was the best of times and the worst of times for the American whiskey industry in the 1970s. All-time bourbon sales peaked in 1970, but the brands were beginning to lose ground and control of the market. 


I love that this book includes Cocktails of the Time sections which give a recipe for different cocktails in different eras.  Here is an example of one from the late 1940s-1050s, which was not an easy time to be a whiskey drinker, because bartending took a long time to recover from Prohibition and World War II, so drinks were often made into the form of a cocktail. Here is a recipe as seen on pg 79:



Manhattan
Contributed by Jim Meehan-bartender

2oz Old Grand-Dad 114 Barrel Proof Bourbon
1 oz Martini Rosso Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: 3 brandied cherries on a metal stick
Glas: Coupe

>>>Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and then fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with the cherries.



I also was a big fan of reading about the different Distilling Legends. This book highlights individuals and families I have never heard of before, such as: Frederick Booker Noe II, Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle, The Shapira Family, and Bill and Margie Samuels, and their respective stories. 

I found this book to be HIGHLY informative and engaging. I loved the collection of labels. 


Some labels had interesting back stories. Jack Daniel's nephew Lem Motlow filed a trademark application in 1908 for the term "Old No.7" which the whiskey label still uses proudly. 

The labels included in this book are as follows:

Jack Daniel Old No.7 Whiskey
Old Forrester
Early Times Old Style Sour Mash Whiskey
Old W. L. Weller Pure Rye
Belle of Lincoln Straight Whiskey
Jack Daniels No. 7 Whiskey (Bottled for Medicinal use only in 1910)
Geo.A. Dickel & Co. Cascade Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Hickory O.P.S. Rye Whiskey (Labeled in 1903, befits Andrew Jackson whose face is on the label)
T.W. Samuels Bottled in Bond Whiskey
Echo Spring Whiskey
Four Roses + Four Roses Adverts from 1934 & 1941
Old Stagg Whiskey
O.F.C. Whiskey
Mirror Brook Old Style Bourbon
Golden Wedding Brand Rye Whiskey
Stagg's Elkhorn Old Style Kentucky Whiskey
Old Fashioned Mountain Corn Whiskey
Henry Watterson Whiskey (Pulitzer Prize Winning editor crafted this)
Old King Cole Whiskey
Walnut Hill Whiskey
Old Barbee Whiskey
Monticello Special Reserve Rye Whiskey
Bourbon Falls Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Polk Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Forman Brand American Type Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled In Bond Old Rip Van Winkle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Haven Hill Springs Distillery Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey +10 artist renderings
Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Polk Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Forman Brand Whiskey-A Blend
Bourbon Falls Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald
Bourbon Star Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Crown of Nelson Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Cream of Nelson Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Beam's Private Stock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (La Posada Inn Santa Fe, NM)
Jim Beam Manhattan Cocktail
King Corn Kentucky Corn Whiskey
Kentucky Nobleman Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Booker Noe's Bourbon
St. George Single Malt Whiskey
Cork & Bottle Private Stock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Beam's Choice
Beam's Private Stock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Kung Pei Cocktail Lounge Albuquerque, NM)
Bonded Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Colonel James B. Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
J.W. Dant Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Marion Corn Corn Whiskey
Old Tub Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Jim Beam's company prior to Prohibition)
Chicago Yacht Club James B. Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
George Dickel Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey Merle Haggard Jug
George Dickel Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey Powder Horns (Coolest bottling, imo.)
Wild Turkey Liqueur With Honey
Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(Hardest bottle to get your hands on)
Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon Aged 10 Years 
Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (These bottles come dipped in red wax.)
Jim Beam Honey
St. George Single Malt Whiskey
St. George Single Malt Whiskey 30th Anniversary Edition
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(Every bourbon drinker should know the name Elmer T. Lee. He created the world's first single barrel bourbon, Blanton's when he was a master distiller at George T. Stagg. In honor of his retirement in 1986, the distillery introduced Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel, for which Lee helped select the casks until his death in 2013.)
Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Angel's Envy Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Maker's 46 Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Old Blowhard Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon
Booker's Bourbon Batch No. 2014-1
Jim Beam Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey American Honey
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey (Impressive Decanter)
Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey
Few Bourbon Whiskey
Ragtime Rye American Straight Whiskey
Willett Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Templeton Small Batch Rye Whiskey (Al Capone was supposedly partial to this whiskey.)
Hudson Single Malt Whiskey
Noah's Mill Bourbon Whiskey (114.3 proof)
Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky (Made from roasted blue cornmeal.)
Balcones Brimstone Texas Scrub Oak Smoked Corn Whisky
Michter's 10 Years Old Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Corsair Triple Smoke Single Barrel American Malt Whiskey
Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Whippersnapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey
Tincup American Whiskey
Henry Duyore's Straight Bourbon Whiskey
High West Son of Bourye Whiskey
Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (This fun label has a pair of mythical jackalopes on it.)
Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey
Kings County Distillery Chocolate "Flavored" Whiskey
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey


My father-in-law and I taking a shots of Jim Beam Honey! So smooth, so good!



More photos from inside the book:








In conclusion, after reading about this fantastic spirit, it's history, and every single label listed in this book, I have decided that this book does not belong on a shelf. This book belongs on a coffee table for display, so everybody I know can see it and learn something new or old, depending on how you look at it!  This is a fantastic book. I enjoyed it very much and I rate it 5 stars because of it's depth. There is so much to enjoy here.





For more information:

Retails for $13.45 on Amazon
$19.99 in bookstores

The Art of American Whiskey
by Noah Rothbaum
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 28, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1607747189
ISBN-13: 978-1607747185
Weight: 1.2 lb
Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches



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Book Review: Believe Storybook Think, Act, Be Like Jesus by Randy Frazee

I got a beautiful new storybook, for children and adults alike. This book is called Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus.


Believe Storybook
Think, Act, Be Like Jesus
Illustrated by Steve Adams
Written by Randy Frazee with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton


About:
This book teaches life lessons through God's Rules and teaches how to be more like Jesus. This storybook covers many of the most important stories from The Bible. Each chapter starts with a simple topic and there are prompts written to encourage children to answer the key questions to comprehend what the chapter is about.  These are simple questions that children any age can answer.  Then each passage delivers a simple version of Biblical stories that can be easily understood. The illustrations are beautiful and relevant to the stories in each chapter.  At the end of each chapter is a section highlighted called "The Jump To Jesus", and in it it summarizes the chapter read and how Jesus would have acted in each situation and how the story relates to him and his teachings.

Impressions:
First of all, I am proud to say that I had an amazing opportunity to grow up with grandparents who took me to church every Sunday. I was blessed to learn about God at an early age.  I am trying to find helpful ways to encourage that same love and interest with my own children. As a mother, I look towards books such as this one, and I found this one very helpful. It was engaging and the questions make it interactive and that is very important when you have small children. 

I loved this book. So did my daughters. We will continue to use this book to aid in Bible Study for our homeschooling as well as for leisure reading.

This hardcover book is pretty big, heavy, and sturdy. I mean, next to my hand, it's huge. It's a coffee table book that you will want to leave out on display, because it's too nice, and beautiful to shove on a shelf! The illustrations are beautiful and on point.  The stories contain Bible verses for referencing and I really liked that. I will recommend this book to all my friends.


Believe Storybook
Think, Act, Be Like Jesus
Illustrated by Steve Adams
Written by Randy Frazee with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton


For more information: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031074590X?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

This book retails for $16.37 on Amazon
Recommended ages:4-8
Dimensions: 9 x 11.3
Weight: 2.8 lbs
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN-13:  978-0310745907


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Review: Dr. Pergolizzi's OxyRub Pain Relief Cream

Do you suffer from tired, sore muscles or joint pain? I know I do! I've had a bad back for 2 years now and I go through topical analgesics like crazy!  It wasn't until I tried this one that I found one that significantly made a difference! 

Dr. Perogolizzi's OxyRub Pain Relief Cream is a muscle and joint pain relief cream that penetrates deep to the source of your discomfort. It is fast absorbing and isn't at all greasy. 

Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi is a doctor at the Naples Anesthesia and Pain Associates Group of Southwest Florida and he's specifically known for his international research and expertise in pain medicine. 




Impression:  Nice packaging. Product comes in an easy to read, neatly labeled 4oz tube. Upon opening the product to try it, I noticed a sort of minty/citrus fragrance. It wasn't unpleasant. Very light. Easy instructions. Just apply to affected area. I tried the product on my wrist first to see if I had an allergic reaction and when I noticed I didn't I went ahead and applied this to my lower back where it hurts a lot.  It started working immediately. Not too hot. Not too cold. But amazing. I felt the warmth and this cream really did help ease my discomfort.  I will say this though, it wasn't super long lasting. I had to reapply the product a couple of times because the effect wore off too soon for my liking. I will say this product for me, works better than Icy/Hot and Bengay, but is very similar for those who like comparisons. It's above par! 

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OxyRub Pain Relief Cream retails for $24.95
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Review: Wayro Travel Bottles


Do you find yourself reaching for lotion, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, etc.. in your purse or luggage only to find that your bottle has leaked?  Well there is a solution!

Wayro made some Travel Sized Leak-Proof Squeeze Bottles. 




IMPRESSION: These bottles are amazing.  Upon opening, the very first thing I noticed and loved was the color variations.   Secondly, I noticed that the bottles were squishy, soft, flexible and they felt absolutely amazing to the touch.  This silicone texture alone won me over!  I couldn't stop touching them!  The caps are a really secure screw top, spill -proof cap. I took it upon myself to fill them each right away with different lotions. These bottles hold approximately 1 and a half oz of product.  I really like that you can put anything into these. They have been approved by the FDA to be used with food items and they are BPA free.  These are reusable, refillable, leak proof, and best of all for you travelers out there, TSA-Approved. Yes, you can fly with these babies.   I just stuck them to my bathroom mirror because the suction cups on the backs of the bottles were neat! 
I highly recommend these to everybody. 

To purchase: Wayro Travel Bottles
These retail for $16.97
for 3- 1.25oz Travel Bottles








 





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