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 saturation...as 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 Tomoson.com. 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!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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 deeds...it 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.



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daughter of Hope: The Siaris Quartet Book One




I am back with another book review...This time the book is "Daughter of Hope" by Joanna Fay.

This book was a great read, especially if you like the fantasy genre! In fact, I don't usually read this genre, and I am now looking forward to the next part of this series!

The story takes place in Siaris, and it opens on the birth of Revetia, the half-elden half-guardian daughter of Xereth, who serves the Morraeth, the dark Gods of Siaris. Xereth was once a guardian, who are winged beings, and God-like in their powers, but with the persuasion of a lover, is converted to the darkside.

Revetia, which means Daughter of Hope, wishes to escape from her father and his evil masters, and through the telepathic abilities that the Guardians possess, Revetia is able to reach out to her Guardian family.

This story is full of magic, and spells, immortal beings, and a long standing feud between good and evil...I highly recommend the read, and I am sure that you will be drawn in, as I was.

If you want to download this book, please CLICK HERE



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

StyloPhora Ice Ball Mold




I have to tell you all about these awesome ice balls! StyloPhora has brought us this amazing trio of molds that make these spheres of ice! No more boring square or crescent shaped ice cubes in your drinks!

These things are so easy to use, they come with their own little funnel for easy filling, and there is a line that shows you the max fill of each mold. When I received these, I immediately rinse them out, filled them with the handy little funnel, and set them in the freezer. My kiddos were as excited as I was! After freezing, I proceeded to remove each ice ball from its mold...there was a bit of a struggle at first, but I was finally able to get it loose.





As you can see, it makes a large ball of  ice, that keeps your drink cold for a long time. These molds can be used to make all kinds of ice balls...decorative ice for punch bowls, an ice ball for a stiff drink, juice balls for the kids on a hot day...Anything you can think of, you could even add fruit slices to the mold before filling it, so that you can make flavored water!

To see a video on how this product actually works, just CLICK HERE 

I have a few suggestions, that I figured out through a little trial and error:
  • fill to just BELOW the line on the mold, this way the water has enough room to expand as it freezes, without spilling out the top.
  • the mold is made of silicone, so give it a little twist, and the ice ball will pop out easier!

If you are interested in purchasing this product, you can find it HERE for $13.97, on sale from $39.99, which is a savings of 65%






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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coffee Dates from Hell




Hi all, I am back again with another book review. This time I am reviewing "Coffee Dates from Hell" by Jim Tilberry.

This is collection of fictional tales about coffee dates that just didn't work out. The coffee dates were hilariously awkward, and I found myself thanking the stars above that I am not part of the dating scene!

There are "journal entries" from some of the people that have gone on these hellish dates, and you will find that there are two entries that speak of the same date...it is funny to read the opinion of one party, as well as the other...it sounds like they are in agreement, that the date was a waste of time.

This is a short read, filled with all sorts of characters...some are famous, and some are just wacky, but overall this was a funny read, and one that filled a lazy afternoon just right.

I look forward to reading more from this author, and if you are interested in reading it, you can find it on Kindle,  HERE

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day by Day Beauty: Hyaluronic Acid





I was recently given the chance the test and review a wonderful Hyaluronic Acid brought to us by Day by Day Beauty.

As a busy mom, I don't have much of a beauty routine, aside from washing my face and putting on moisturizer. There is no combination of scrubs, toners, serums, etc. that go into my routine each morning...I just never felt like I had the time for all of that. With raising a family, school activities, and running the household, my beauty routine was the least of my concerns.

That is, until Pamela, the Co-Founder and CEO of Day by Day Beauty, gave me the opportunity to try this amazing product.




I ordered the product HERE and it arrived quickly, and wrapped in bubble wrap, so as to ensure that it arrived in one piece. I started using the product that next morning, and I am beyond pleased. The hyaluronic acid serum was easy to apply, very smooth, and felt like silk on my skin. I started to notice a difference immediately. My face is smoother, and more vibrant, and it doesn't feel tight or dry.

So what exactly is Hyaluronic Acid, well it is a naturally occurring  polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body, which makes it perfect for any skin type, even sensitive skin! If you have ever heard the saying

 "As soft as a babys bottom", and wished you could get it back...well, this is the way to do it! Babys skin is soft and supple like that because we are born with high amounts of Hyaluronic Acid, that diminishes over time. Ladies, its time to take back our baby soft skin, and we can do it with my new favorite beauty product, Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Day by Day Beauty!




Now, I want all of my wonderful readers to get a bottle of what I have decided is Silk in a bottle, and right now you can get it for $18.50 which is on sale down from $69.99, a 74% savings! So hurry, and click here
and get your bottle, and then come and back and let me know what you think!
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