Thursday, 13 June 2019

Two Little Golfers Being Positive Blog Tour and Giveaway



DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose paid partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Jenn Holt for this post and review.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Written by Jenn Holt

Illustrated by Harry Aveira
Publisher’s Synopsis: Coach Jenn takes Alice and Izzy on the golf course to show them the value of positive self talk,  a positive attitude, and to never give up, no matter how hard it gets. The story is told with some cute illustrations, and is great for all sports kids.
Ages 0-7 | Publisher: Outskirts Press | October 29, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1977201263
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MY REVIEW:
You hope to encourage and teach your child to incorporate positivism in their life and that they see life through happier eyes. We want them to take every situation and try to spin the happiness web instead of the binding negative/ complaint one. Thus being our hope of course. That is what is great about books so well written and geared toward children in little mind speak. Jenn Holt has done just that with her cute but moral of the story book Two Little Golfers. Coupled with the most adorable illustrations by Harry Aveira this is a must have to addition to your home library. The vibrant colours also dance off the page when you are reading the book as well garnering attention from your little as you read.
Such a great read and you can take the lesson and apply it to all facets of life. Just switch out Golf and insert something else and you have a recipe for a positive more happier life if you just follow along in the lesson. The mini bit of Golf knowledge thrown in was a plus as well.
An added bonus is the interactive page at the back of the book . I love when books have that as I find it creates more of a memory for the child of what they read, was read to them, or that they learned. In this book particular it is a great way for kids to talk about a bad day and turn it into a positive.


TOUR SCHEDULE


The Children's Book Review
Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway
June 10
Word Spelunking
Book Review
June 11
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book Review
June 12
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review
June 13
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Review
June 14
The Fairview Review
Book Review
June 17
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Giveaway
June 18
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
June 19
Jrsbookreviews
Book Review
June 20
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Review
July 5


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Jenn Holt's Two Little Golfers Being Positive and one dozen pink golf balls and pink tees!

One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of Two  Little Golfers Being Positive
  • A set of one dozen pink golf balls and pink tees
Two (2) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of Two  Little Golfers Being Positive
Giveaway begins June 10, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 10, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 17 and older.
Jenn Holt is responsible for prize fulfillment.


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Monday, 10 June 2019

The Knowing Blog Tour and Giveaway !!



DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Brit Lunden , sponsored paid post.



ABOUT THE BOOK


Written by Brit Lunden
Publisher’s Synopsis: Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.
Ages 17+ | Publisher: Chelshire | March 13, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1947188990
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GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a copy of The Knowing by Brit Lunden, and a $50 Amazon gift card!
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of The Knowing
  • A $50 Amazon Gift Card
Four (4) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of The Knowing
Giveaway begins June 3, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 3, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 17 and older.
Brit Lunden is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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TOUR SCHEDULE


June 3, 2019
The Children's Book Review
Book Review
June 4, 2019
Word Spelunking
Interview
June 5, 2019
LitPick Book Reviews
Interview
June 6, 2019
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
June 7, 2019
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Review
June 10, 2019
Jrsbookreviews
Book Review
June 11, 2019
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Giveaway
June 12, 2019
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Review
June 13, 2019
ShootingStarsMag
Book Review
June 14, 2019
Confessions of a Book Addict
Giveaway




The Bus Chronicles. GRT Transit Ride for Free


(I took a picture of the picture from the Cambridge Times  Newspaper )

  Let's face it the price to ride the city bus is not very cost effective or friendly for this single mom. But thanks to the GRT ( Grand River Transit) unveiling the new ION and routes they are providing free service on all their platforms. From June 21 2019 after inaugural run of the ION to July 1 2019 , you can just hop on any city bus, ION light rail, ION Bus, iXpress, and MobilityPlus and Kiwanis. That's right no need to have a ticket, a pass or anything; just get on. ( I have confirmation from GRT that validates that.) Anyone within the region can just hop on. So even if you have a vehicle , maybe grab the bus a few times for free, the Environment will thank you and so will your wallet.  Head to GRT website for all the info you may need GRT Website

  This is great news for Zach and I , and we are going to take full advantage of this gift. We will also be Blogging and  Vlogging our daily adventures also. We are looking for places to go within the region on the bus. The can include events, places to go, great places to eat or grab a pastry treat, etc.
  If you have any recommendations that would be great as we would love to include those. Also if you would like to partner with us on these adventures that would be great to. We are offering and looking for direct exchange of free product , event tickets, donut, etc for  being included in our posts. You will be highlighted and we will include any extra info you require, and share all of your links to your social media as well. We of course will be sharing across a wide range of social media mediums too.
  Can not wait for these adventures  to begin and if you want to just join us let me know.

**Just for knowledge for those that do use the bus on a regular basis, I know that routes are changing and things will be different for you. Please make sure to check out the website and prepare yourself for the changes.
DISCLOSURE : I  have no partnership with GRT and the views,  reviews and thoughts are mine alone. 


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

False Fairy Tale of a Child for their Father Whom Abandons Them



We are a day off of the one year anniversary of my bio-dads death. You see even at 44 years old last year when he left me , I had only known him 9 short years. Not a even a decade with the man my whole life I built around a Fairy Tale in my head. And when I say my whole life , his abandonment affected my whole life and if I remain honest it stills does. You can do all the internal self work you can find, let go of it , well think you finally let go of it , but it comes back. Cause no matter how much you wish it wasn't true, that man s action proved he never wanted you to you. Holding on to that and feeling that for over 3 decades scars you so deep. I wish now at this age I could have listened when I was told stories or told the truth about the man who ran away, but it doesn't matter, it is something you have to get for yourself , see it to finally be able to accept it.. How I wished that bubble for me could have been burst when I was younger. meet the man decades and decades earlier. My life wouldn't have been the ruin I let it become. You never quite heal from being in effect thrown away. The crazy part is it happened to me as a later teen from the family I loved so deeply , who were always there for me , they decided to abandon me too , throw me away so easily for a couple years. You have no idea the damage that that does to you.

 I was sad for about 2 hours when he died for the actual man that passed away, the man I had come to know. Though as in his life as he did with his children , he chose to die alone, not give us the courtesy of knowing that it was the end. That abandonment then at the most crucial time at the end of someones life sparked the anger. I went from the grief stage to the anger stage in less than  a few hours . The anger lasted till my birthday this year in January when pieces of my fathers life and his ashes showed up to my door. I broke hard. Gut wrenching sobs attacked my whole body , right down and touched the little girls soul. It hit me like a wave of terror, ripping through me like I was that 3 year old again crying on the top of the steps just wanting my dad.

 My internal sadness continued daily at the onset of his passing, but only for the little girl so badly damaged deep inside who spent her entire life wishing with every fiber of her being , that the man she created in her head would come and make everything better. That didn't happen though , that never happened. I became the hero of my story after I found him myself.  And I begrudgingly admit that I made a critical mistake in self healing right from the time we first talked and it is still unfinished when he left for good this time around. I never once called him on his abandonment , never once did I ask why didn't you want me. I was just that little girl again desperate to not lose her dad again so I kept the fairy tale going until it shattered itself.

 Until it shattered for you , nothing anyone said or did mattered or would have swayed you in anyway.

  And now I have done it to my youngest son. It kills me every day to know exactly how he feels. I know the torment going on in his head. You build your dad up so high in your head , give them so much of your internal power, none of which they deserve. Cause no matter how they spin it , or how they explain it away ; they left you . They abandoned you , you aren't good enough to hold a place in their  life and their heart. Never in a million years did I expect the man who biologically helped me produce Zach to abandon him that way. And you see I did it again; I created a false fairy tale around the man cause all I thought about was making sure Zach would one day get the chance to meet his dad. Plus he has a son already and treats that kid like gold , so why would he treat Zach any less. Hold out hope everyday that today would be the day he would come save him. I didn't know how else to process the abandonment of my son from his father, since of course I was still an abandoned little girl myself.  I won't let Zach live a lifetime , decades of that abandonment to scar his as I am scarred; he is so damaged without his dad already. It actually is scary to see, he is more affected at that age than me.


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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