Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dial Coconut Water refreshing mango body wash review & giveaway

#GetNoticed with a new body wash from Dial; Coconut Water refreshing mango. This body wash smells amazing! The combination of coconut water and mango, leaves your skin feeling fresh, clean, and hydrated, and did I mention it smells amazing?

A little fact about coconut is rich in antioxidants and electrolytes, which makes it perfect for hydration! Think about how hydrated you feel after drinking coconut water, well thats what this body wash is doing to your skin! Gotta love that!

My kids love using as bubble bath, so I add a squeeze and they have bubbles galore! Makes for a very smooth sailing bath time! Even my husband, who is a manly scent type of guy, likes this body wash, and says that his skin doesn't feel tight afterwards. Thats the power of a hydrating body wash, baby!

The tropical scent of the mango, sends you on a vacation, as you melt into a warm bath after a long day!

If you want to read more about this body wash click here.

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*The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stories from the Golden Age; Westerns. by: L. Ron Hubbard

In honor of National Day of the Cowboy,  I am going to tell you about a series of books written by L. Ron Hubbard. With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 250 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. He was further among the most prolific and popular writers through the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. (

Cattle King for the Day, was originally published in the March 1937 issue of All Western Magazine. It is the story of Chinook Shannon, who, after learning of his grandfathers murder, rides from Arizona to Montana, in an attempt to secure the family Slash S Cattle Ranch, only to be informed that it is set to be foreclosed in the next 24 hours. As Chinook starts to investigate the murder of his grandfather, and who might be trying to take the family ranch, he is meet with problems that he had not foreseen, and along the way he becomes, The Cattle King. *This book also includes the story, Come and get it.

Six-Gun Caballero, was originally published in the March 1938 issue of Western Story Magazine.   In this story, Michael Patrick Obanon, has just inherited 100,000 acres, willed to him by his father. But he soon learns that he is at risk of losing his inheritance, when a group of renegades lay claim to the ranch. Obanon must fight to secure his birthright, but when it seems as if everything had turned against him, he must devise a new strategy to outwit those that wish to take what is rightfully his.

The Toughest Ranger, was originally published in the June 1938 issue of Western Story Magazine. In this story, Cowboy Petey McGuire, a young, soft, abused boy, who is gun-shy and self-despairing, goes looking for a new start as an Arizona Ranger. When he gets there, he has created an all now personality, as the toughest man around, from Kansas to New Orleans. He claims to be a man so tough, that he would give a rattler nightmares. But when he is sent after the states most dangerous desperado, Petey has to look deep within, to discover what it really means to be tough; Ranger Tough. *This book also includes the stories, Silent Pards, and The Ranch that no one would buy.

Shadows from Boot Hill, was originally published in the June 1940 issue of Wild West Weekly. In this story, the law is hot on the trail of Brazos, a murder, who has just killed a local banker. Brazos only option is to head towards Los Hornos and his old friend Whisper Monahan. Only, the last time they parted ways, it wasn't exactly on good terms. Monahan orders Brazos to a local man that has been poisoning his land by using cyanide to extract gold at the headwaters of a stream. Brazos doesn't know that this man has linked himself to a witch doctor, and when Brazos kills the witch doctor, he gains himself a shadow, after his soul is cursed. *This book also includes the stories, The Gunner from Gehenna, and Gunman!

The No-Gun Man, was originally published in the May 1950 issue of Thrilling Western. In this story, we meet Monte Calhoun, a man that once believed that the measure of a man was based on, how hard he could drink and how straight he could shoot. But after attending school on the east for several years, he has become a civilized, principled man; a No-Gun Man. When he returns home to to Arizona, to rescue his little brother and take him back east, his no-gun mentality is apparent, when he refuses to even avenge the death of his father. However, as is common, a mans principles can be put to the test, when in the face of gunfire. The only question is, how far can Monte be pushed, before he pushes back? *This book includes the story, Man for Breakfast.

The above descriptions are para-phrased from the inner flap, so as to let you get a feel for each book. I will say that, even though I don't usually read westerns, these books were great stories. They were fast paced, and full of everything that you would expect from a story about cowboys. Gun slinging, horse riding, revenge seeking, greatness. I enjoyed these books, and given the nature of the writing, was even able to read them to my children. My son was especially found of the stories, and played Cowboy for several days! These books come in both hard copies, and as audio books. If you are interested in any of the books above, just click on the name and it will take you directly to where you can order them. To view all of the L. Ron Hubbard Collection, please click here.

NOTE: I received these books and audio books, free for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

AKVIS Oilpaint Software Review

 I was recently given the chance to use and review AKVIS Oilpaint Software. This software takes your regular photos, and transforms them into an oilpainting, from the comfort of your own home. No waiting for long period of time for someone to create a painting for you.

I was skeptical at first, because oilpaintings take a lot of time, and creating one in a matter of minutes just didn't seem possible, but after seeing the sample painting, I was intrigued.

I downloaded the program for Windows 64-bit, and it is also available for Windows 32-bit. After downloading the program, I uploaded one of my favorite pictures of my daughter as a newborn...this is the original.

The program gives you many options, so as to make the painting your own...everything from brush stroke, to you can see here, there are many different setting that you can adjust to make it just right. One of the things that I really liked, was that you could see the changes taking place, within the square that was overlaying the original photo.

After adjusting things until I was happy, this is what I created...

I absolutely LOVE the outcome, and plan to do one of my son, as well as one of my entire family. I highly suggest this software to anyone that likes photography, or just creating amazing things. The AKVIS Oilpaint software, comes as both a standalone program, as well as a Photoshop plug-in. If you want more information on this software, you can find it HERE, or you can watch the Tutorials.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Learning Success Review and Giveaway!

As most of you know, my 7 year old son has Autism, and while he is incredibly brilliant in some areas, in others he is lacking. His brain simply cannot process certain things, the way that mine or his daddys would. As you can imagine, this has made school a little more difficult for him, and while the program he is in at school, has helped him immensely, there is still a deficit there. I knew that there is something more that can be done to help him, I just didnt know what it was or where to even start looking.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw a promotion for Learning Success, a program that was built for kids like my son. Kids with Dyslexia (reading), Dyscalculia (Math), Dygraphia (Writing), and ADD/ADHD.

This program is done at home, for 15-20 a day, 3-5 days a week, and delivered via email. You receive an email everyday, outlining which lesson you might want to focus on, and a link is provided where you can download and print out the lesson. The creator of this combination of lessons, Liz Weaver, walks you through how to apply the lessons, and suggests creating a binder. There are 16 core lessons, and depending on how many days a week you use the program, you will be doing anywhere from 4 lessons a day, to 9 lessons a day.

I opted to do a 5 day week with my son, which calls for 8 lessons a day, that I space out so as not to cause him any fatigue. After he starts back to school at the end of August, I will set him on a 5 day week, with 4 lessons day. I can honestly say that I have already started to see a change in my son...not so much with his ability to learn (that can take at least 3 months), but more so in his attitude about learning. He is excited to do the program, and I will admit, that the lessons are fun!

I look forward to seeing what the future brings for my son, both in and away from school. Now you might have an idea that your child has a learning disability, but you arent positive. Well, this program has designed two assessment tests that will help aid you in determining if your child truly is having difficulties. There is one for Dyslexia, and one for Dyscalculia. If after taking the assessments, you discover that your child needs this program, you have a few options; you can go with a 3 month (starter program), a 6 month (needs a little more help), or a 12 month program (get back to grade level), you can find pricing for these programs HERE.

As excited as I was to be able to review this program, I am even more excited, that the creator has allowed me to run a giveaway that will let 1 lucky reader win a Learning Success Program of their own. I truly hope that this program brings as much success to your family, as it has so far, to mine. So, that being said, do your Rafflecopter thing below, and Good Luck!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hym and Hur

I'm back with another book review! This time I am reviewing the short story, "Hym and Hur" by Phillip Frey.

This is a story about an immortal couple, by the names of  Hym and Hur (not hard to guess which is which!) This couple spends their time intervening in the lives of mortals, and doing so mostly unseen. They have the ability to be both visible and invisible, as the situation calls for. Between the two of them, they like to perform both pranks and good is when they try to do both at the same time, that things get a little out of hand.

In this particular story, they make a deal with death, and give a mortal the ability to interfere with deaths ability to take a life. However, they quickly realize, that you simply cannot make deals with death, because he is tricky, and always wins. In addition to trying to get out of the contract that they made with death, the pair must also try to save the relationship of the one that is at the center of their "good deed"

As I mentioned, this is a very short story (29 pages), and at times it can be hard to keep track of what exactly is going on. I also felt as if the ending was very abrupt, and sort of odd...there was a part of me questioning whether or not this was truly meant to be the end.

Overall, it was a cute quick read, one with a a couple of lessons...your interpretation of the reading will determine what lessons you take away from this story.

If you are interested in reading this short story, and you live in the US, you can find it HERE. If you live in the UK, you can find it HERE.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.