Saturday, 29 December 2018

Health from Transylvania Jam and Tea review


I can't even and I do not know where to start. I already need to travel to Romania and having these treats delivered to my door ,
Before I back peddle and start from the beginning  this is not a sponsored post in any way. I have chosen to review these products on my own honestly. Though full disclosure I did win these products from a giveaway they had.

As I mentioned I was one of the winners from their getting out there , introduce themselves giveaway. 10 winners receiving a tea and a jam.  My package came wrapped like a Christmas present are you kidding me. That is beyond and made me even more giddy.

The delivery was yesterday , but somehow I missed the front door buzzer and had to walk to pick it up this morning , but that gave me time to figure out what to do with my jam and tea, the best way to showcase it. Sure I hadn't even tried it or set eyes on it yet, but somehow I just knew it was going to amazing.
So before we take a look at what was in side who is Health from Transylvania?
A small artisan family run business, that takes tradition from 100 years ago from their Transylvanian roots, and produces hand made , hand foraged Jams and teas.  Ingredients harvested , made traditionally , handmade lovingly from Transylvania, Romania.  Personally how I see them from hat I have read for myself. I can say even before the review starts you can 100% taste the love in the products. You know it is homemade, you can taste it, see it , smell  it. Lovingly hand crafted.

Now down to my gifties inside 
My Tea :

I received the Tea from the Carpathian Mountains. Contains blackberry leaves, raspberry leaves, bilberry leaves, elderflowers, and linden blossom.


What I absolutely love and adore about this tea is that you can tell it is fresh picked. You are getting the actually full leaf , full flower.  That is real tea to me, steeping the actual product just loose in your cup. 
Find the teas HERE
Taste Test below.

My jam:
Adorable packaging right. The square of cloth just adds like 10 levels. I can just see this in a Nana cool room after jam making season.



Fruits of the Forest jam was my flavor received. It contains bilberries, lingon berries, raspberries, and blackberries. You are given 80 g of actual forest fruit er 100 g of product which is mind blowing to me, but one glance under the lid and you know it as such. The package also displays the name of who lovingly hand crafted your jam.
Find the jams HERE

Taste test below.

TASTE TEST REVIEW TIME:
So as I mentioned I had a plan for my taste test . I mean what else do you make jam , esp when you have tea around? ; for me you make empire cookies , and you steep the tea the way it is supposed to made. Now let's bring my Witch roots in cause why not and gifts from Romania , it can 't be any either way without cauldron shaped cookies and a reading of  your tea leaves. Tea leaf reading is not something I have done but am very keen to learn as their is history with a family member being gifted in Tasseography.
The jam is delicious. Berry after berry in this perfect preserve. Not the hard not jam, jam you get at the grocery store that is over produced. Perfect ratio of juice to berry. You can taste each harvested fruit on your tongue. The freshness and sweet taste bursts from each berry as you taste them. I would have eaten the whole jar in one sitting to be fair.










As you can see the tea is real produce. The blossoms were so pretty dancing in my cup. I allowed the tea to steep the 3 minutes and by that time all of the tea ingredients had sunk to the bottom of  my tea cup as it should.
As with the jam, the tea allowed your taste buds a taste of each element.  Each sip held different notes and flavor profiles. You will ruin it if you add any type of sweetener or creamer at all. You would miss the earthy sweet tones of the flowers, kissing each leaf to extract a taste sensation.

 The jam perfectly soaked the shortbread cookie and no need to dip. I may fancy afternoon tea from now on, though I will have to come up with more ways to use the jam and maybe bake with some of the steeped tea as well.
So on close out for a little bit of fun, here are my tea leaves, so I am giving it a shot. I see a kite left in the cup, you can;t really see but there is a string like piece of linden blossom connecting to the top bits so to me it is a kite, I also see a warrior and an arrow. inverted sort of or a greater than symbol. So using intuition of my own I can pretty much get the gist of what has shown up for me, but while I am off doing some research , what do you see in the tea leaves for me?


What are you waiting for , you need to stalk their social media and ordering a must at least from my point of view. I am gifting myself each product , it may take all year for that to happen but it is happening. I can't go back , these jams and teas have ruined every other jam and tea for me ,they are just that good. 
New company as well , please help get the word out.

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Monday, 24 December 2018

Sending Magick to you




If you have had a year or many for that matter, that may just seem to knock you down no matter which way you turn...
If you are sad and lonely...
If you are cold , with no where to get warm...
If you are scared and afraid....
If you need to know you are worth it...
If you need strength...
If you are hurting...
If... 

Then this Magick is for you.  A wish that everything turns out okay , that you find even the smallest flicker to realize things are going be okay.  Maybe not today , maybe not right at this moment but sometime. And sometime is sometimes all that is needed , the hope that sometime. 


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub Blog Tour & Giveaway

                   
                     



ABOUT THE BOOK

Written by Connie Bowman
                     
Illustrated by Kelly O’Neill
Publisher’s Synopsis: When a loving father finds an elephant in his bathtub one morning he decides to take matters into his own hands. As he travels from room to room he discovers more animals making themselves quite at home. What’s a Dad to do? When his son arrives home from school he’s in for quite a surprise. Dad has gathered all of the animals together in his  son’s room for quite a safari party! At the end of the story we find that Dad has a wonderful imagination and has created a sweet story out of his son’s animals left around the house.
Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Belle Isle Books | December 10, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1947860261
REVIEW: 
Before I get into the book itself , I just have to mention the look of the book .  The cover and quality of the book is just like an old school, perfect reader akin to the original Sesame Street books or to Dr. Suess.  The illustrations are great. Every animal character so cute and life like. The pages are laid out wonderfully and the illustrations jump off the pages. I love how they actually fit the story as well. The story itself is such a great read. A perfect bedtime or anytime read. It would be cute to read and treasure hunt with your own little s stuffies along with the story. Most pages are only a few lines also so a great early reader for the little in your life that can read.
Such a great story to share with my 6 year old.  He loved it and could put himself in the shoes of the boy in the story . I am sure we will be having a stuffie animal party in the near future thanks to this great read.
Great gift for all the kids in your life, maybe for the teacher to read to the class as a class gift even a great donation for children that need some magick in their life. 


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A Dream Within A Dream
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Mommy Ramblings
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December 4
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December 5
icefairy's Treasure Chest
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The Fairview Review
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Inspired by Savannah
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Enter to win a copy of There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub by Connie Bowman, and a menagerie of stuffed animals!
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub
  • A menagerie of stuffed animals, as featured in the prize image
Nine (9) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub
Giveaway begins December 1, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 31, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
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Monday, 3 December 2018

A Dreadful Fairy Book blog tour


 ABOUT THE BOOK
A Dreadful Fairy Book

Written by Jon Etter
Publisher’s Synopsis: Shade the sprite is dreadful at being the perfect fairy. After her treehouse burns to the ground, Shade embarks on a quest, albeit with rather questionable companions, to find a place her outrĂ© self can finally fit in—a place of companionship and comfort and, most importantly, positively filled with books. When fantastic ruffians, swindlers, and a pack of ruthless Unseelie hunters threaten to halt her at every turn, can Shade survive the dreadful journey and find a destination she can truly call home?


REVIEW:  
 Right off the cuff , you are hit with a grumpy telling. Which is such a great difference in narrative then almost every other book you read. There is a real Leminy Snickett feel with the book. Plus of course having Quacksworth in your head as the narrator you can't help but feel the ominous feel right from the start.  Do you dare continue the read , are you ready for it?

  I adore the in your face telling with nothing of the ordinary. It is about the Fae World but then turned on it's head and everything you thought you knew about the fae realm is given to you in a new perspective.

You follow the main character Lillyshadow Glitterdemalion (or Shade to her friends , term used loosely) through one adventure after another, some not so good either . She meets up with all sorts of magickal Fae creatures, and when some should be bad they are good, and those who should be good are bad.

 The age of intent 9-12 is perfect for this book. Of course being young at heart I loved the book myself, but through the reading saw how it related to and how appropriate the age was for this well crafted young readers novel.
 Perfect book to gift the magickal lover in your family.

 The best part about this book is the realism and the chance for young readers to be mindful that things are not always what they seem and that sometimes the use of your own experiences should influence what you see and perceive of the World and the situations around you. Of course just a journey with Magickal creatures but the lesson is there in the underlay to.
 Step away into the Fae realm  and join Shade on her journey.

  Akin to the Spiderwick Chronicles Jon Etter brings the Magickal realm to life. You are greeted with an array of creatures just waiting for your visit back to Pleasant Hollow. Though will  the journey really end there?!?

 Carefully crafted literary genius.

"Reader beware."


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Word Spelunking
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A Dream Within A Dream
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LitPick Student Book Reviews
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Mommy Ramblings
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The Fairview Review
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November 27
To Read, or Not To Read
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icefairy's Treasure Chest
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November 29
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Confessions of a Book Addict
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