Friday, February 12, 2016

Really Liking Make Me Like You

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quick, Yummy & Delicious! #HeatTearEat

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I received the Pace Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla from BzzAgent to try for free in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I love that it is shelf stable.  This is handy for keeping in your desk at work.  Then when lunchtime hits, you grab it out & pop it in the microwave.  Plus it only takes 1 minute to heat up. 

There are areas on the packaging that don't heat up.  So you don't have to worry about burning yourself when you take it out of the microwave.

You can eat it straight from the package.  However, as you can see, I used it in a wrap & made a burrito out of it.  The wraps I had were oversized.  The amount in the package was more than would fill one wrap, but seems skimpy on two wraps like I had done.

I really loved the flavor of it.  There was just enough kick of heat to it that it didn't punch you in the face, but you still got enough to really enjoy the flavor.

I had been worried that the food would heat up enough in the one minute it was in the microwave.  I worried for nothing though.  It was nice and hot when it came out.  So be careful when taking your first bite. 

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I have two other flavors to try out.  I will definitely let you know what I think of those!!

#HeatTearEat  #GotItFree

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Broken Dolls

 

Description

Ella doesn't remember what it's like to be human; after all, she's lived as a doll for thirty years. She forgets what it's like to taste, to breathe...to love.

She watches the professor create other dolls, but they don't seem to hang around for long. His most recent creation is Lisa, a sly goth. Ella doesn't like Lisa. How could she, when Lisa keeps trying to destroy her?

Ella likes the professor's granddaughter though, even if she is dying. It's too bad the professor wants to turn Gabby into a doll, depriving her of an education...depriving her of life.

With time running out and mad dolls on the rampage, Ella questions her very existence as she unearths the secrets buried in her past; secrets that will decide whether Gabby will befall the same fate...

 

Review

So I just finished reading Broken Dolls.  I hadn’t heard of this author previously.  She had only written one book prior to this one and that was a few years ago.

Well…  I was completely engrossed in this book from the start.  I absolutely loved the characters and the descriptions.  I could see in my minds eye what each and every one of them looked like.  I could picture Lisa running around insanely trying to “break” Ella. 

There were so many twists and turns in this story, I couldn’t decide who was the good guy and who was the bad guy.  I really did not see that ending coming at all!!  I loved it!

There was a preview of another book called Shattered Girls and I can’t wait for that one to come out.  In the meantime, I am going to get her previous book Dumb Luck.  I hope it is as good as this one.

 

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I did not receive any form of compensation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Angels–A 90 Day Devotional

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Book Description

A 90-day devotional for 9-12 year olds that explores over one hundred Bible passages in which angels make an appearance, helping teen and tween readers separate between fact and fiction.

Guardian angels. Divine messengers. Fiery spirits. Winged cherubim. The realm where these beings live is invisible. Most of the time, so are the angels themselves. Are they real? What do we really know about them?

Angels: A 90-Day Devotional About God’s Messengers explores over one hundred Bible passages in which angels make an appearance. In addition, there are questions and answers, an exploration of myths and truths, hymns, Bible story retellings, pop culture references, and trivia that help readers sort fact from fiction. Through biblical scholarship aimed at ages nine and up, readers will have a better idea of what angels are and how God uses them as part of his heavenly kingdom—as well as gain understanding of God’s intent for us here on earth.

 

Review

This was a wonderful little book that was filled with great information on Angels.  I didn’t realize how many times in the Bible that angels were really mentioned.  Of course, I knew the main ones, but they were mentioned so many more times. 

Plus I loved the references to them in pop culture such as songs, movies and art.  It helped to wade through what pop culture references actually have a Biblical reference point and which ones are completely fabricated to make for better sales.

So whether you are an adult wanting to brush up on your angelic knowledge or you have a youth that wants to learn more, this is definitely a great book to get. 

Each day is a very quick read.  It starts with the “chapter” heading.  Then it gives you a reference Bible quote.  Then a daily lesson follows.  Finally, there are three points that will get you thinking and wondering.  It helps you to open your mind and start to really think of things in your life that are examples of divine angelic presence.

 

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from booklookblogger.com in exchange for an honest review.  I did not receive any form of compensation.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hemp Hearts

Hemp Hearts

 

As part of a healthier start to the new year, we tried hemp hearts.  I only received a small sample of them.  So I got to have one try. 

I absolutely loved the hemp hearts that I received.  I only had a chance to try them one way though.  I sprinkled them on salads.  They gave a nice crunch to the salad.  The taste was light and pleasant.  Almost nutty in flavor.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I ate them.  I am definitely glad I tried them.  We will be buying more.

Disclaimer:  I received this sample free from swaggable in exchange for an honest review.  I did not receive any form of compensation.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Genealogy Update - John Flynn

I have had some wonderful breakthroughs on this branch of my family tree.  I pretty much obliterated a huge brick wall when it came to John Flynn.

Since I haven't posted any updates lately, let me catch you up to speed on this enormous brick wall that has been perplexing my family for several decades.

My maternal grandmother (Ann Flynn Pearson) was born 18 June 1908 to Mary Reynolds Flynn & John Flynn.  Growing up, she had heard that her dad had died.  She didn't know when or where.  So that is all she could tell my mom about him.

Ann Flynn Pearson passed away in 1965 before I was born.  So I never got the opportunity to meet her.  I had not even seen any pictures of her that I was aware of (but that is another story completely).

In the early 1990s, my mom & her sister paid a genealogist in Scotland to look into Ann's family.  This was a rather difficult process since the only thing they knew about Ann's parents were the Gaelic forms of their names.  They were known as Maisie & Ian Flynn to my mom and aunt.  In fact, my mom was named Maisie after her maternal grandmother.

This genealogist was only able to track down the real names of Ann's parents and where in Scotland they had lived.  It did include the names of their parents (Bridget Doherty Flynn, John Flynn, Mary Fitzpatrick Reynolds & Edward Reynolds) as it was listed on Mary & John's marriage records.  There wasn't much else known on them. 

Finally, with the advent of online genealogy, I was able to start on the hunt.  However, I didn't have much information to work with.  I kept chipping away at various walls in my entire family tree.  However, the Flynn line remained hidden.

It wasn't until several years after my mom had passed away that I came across my great grandparents divorce records.  Mary Reynolds Flynn had filed for divorce in 1919.  I immediately sent away to Scotland to see if I could get copies of the records.  I was hoping that I would be able to find out any information from them.

Was I happily surprised!!!  Not only did the divorce papers provide information that John Flynn had moved to New York, but it listed his sister Ann Flynn Devitt and his brother Owen Flynn.  Chink!!!  A nice huge gap opened in the brick wall.

So I started searching records and became dismayed by all of the John Flynn's that came through Ellis Island.  However, after hours of searching through all the records, I found a John Flynn who was going to stay with his sister, Ms. Patrick Devitt.  So what are the chances?  As I looked through the passenger manifest for that ship, I found the log of immigrants who had to go into quarantine for a short period of time.  John Flynn was amongst those passengers.  In the quarantine record, it showed that his brother Owen Flynn had signed for his release.     Again, what are the coincidences that a John Flynn travelled from Scotland to New York and had a sister that was married to a Mr. Devitt and a brother named Owen?  It had to be the one.  Then I noticed one detail that clinched it for me.  On the page of the manifest that shows closest living relative it listed Mary Flynn as his wife & the address that they lived at in Scotland.  This was definitely him.

So now I knew where he went.  The sad part is that he moved to New York in 1909 when my grandmother was barely a year old. 

Next hurdle was to figure out his birth date, where in Ireland he was born & his death date. 

Again, I went back to the divorce records.  I noticed that it listed that his siblings (Ann & Owen) had written Mary in 1912 stating that John was deathly ill.  Mary attempted to write them back, but they never responded.  So she never knew what happened to them.

So I started looking for deaths in Manhattan, New York around 1912 & 1913.  I definitely had no luck at all.  It wasn't until recently that I finally widened my search.  I found it.  He died 9 December 1919 of wood alcohol poisoning.  I have no clue what caused his siblings to write to Mary saying he was ill previously.  Maybe he actually was.  I will probably never know. 

Now I had another brick taken out of the wall. 

Then I stumbled upon Ann Flynn Devitt & Patrick Devitt in someone else's family tree.  She had Ann as being born in Drumkeeran, Ireland.  I sent a message to this person to find out how she knew this.  She said that the family story went that Ann Devitt had gone back to Ireland while she was pregnant with one of her sons and she gave birth to him in her home town.  That son was born in Drumkeeran, Ireland. 

With this information, I started digging in Drumkeeran records.  I found the birth of a Peter Flynn to Bridget Doherty Flynn & John Flynn.  So now I found out that there is another sibling. 

I may not have John Flynn's birth date yet...  Notice I said yet.  This was not provided on the death certificate.  However, the death certificate did provide the cemetery that he was buried at.  So I contacted the cemetery to find out where he was buried & if he was buried with anyone else. 

Apparently, his brother Owen had paid for the plot.  The plot contains John Flynn, Owen Flynn, Owen's wife Mary Nally Flynn & Julia Schultz. 

Julia M. Schultz is another mystery that needs to be solved, but that one is for another day.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Lessons From the 12 Archangels

 

Description

A powerful guide to open your life to the wisdom and healing of the Angels and their love for us


• Contains instructions from the 12 Archangels on how to transform our deepest fears and hurts from the past
• Includes Angelic guided visualizations on working with Angels to access the healing power of the chakras and to manifest with the creative imagination
• Contains 48 specific messages from the Angels, designed for quick access to practical guidance when needed in daily life


Angels are loving forces in our lives. Each of us has the ability to communicate with them if we open our minds to their teachings. Belinda Womack was a believer in Angels until the age of 12, when she decided she wanted to become a scientist. Years later, working in a biology lab, she found herself in the presence of the Archangel Gabriel and realized her calling as a spiritual conduit for Angelic healing and support.


In this book she shares lessons, practices, and daily guidance from the 12 Archangels to help us listen to and heal our wounded inner child, release our fears, and enact deep subconscious transformation. Each word, transmitted directly from the 12 Archangels, carries their love, so that when read, the love is absorbed into the reader’s mind and supports the release of our deepest wounds and fears. The tools and exercises shift your vibration so results are both felt and experienced immediately. Each message awakens your innate spiritual power to rebuild destroyed self-esteem, lifting you higher in vibration and allowing life to be filled with the power of your own divinity.


The book includes Angelic guided visualizations on working with Angels to access the healing power of the chakras and to manifest with the creative imagination, as well as specific messages from the 12 Archangels designed for quick access to practical guidance when Angelic support is needed in daily life. As Belinda Womack shows, by opening ourselves to the support of the 12 Archangels, we can move out of the past and into Heaven’s abundance, heal our inner wounds, and shift our vibration to one of unconditional love for self, others, Mother Earth, and the Universe.

 

Review

I had been trying to work with the Archangels for a few years now.  I had read many books, but would sometimes get confused by some of the information that was provided.

Thankfully, this book gave clear concise information.  Not only do I feel that I can use this information to help heal myself.  But the information can also help in my practice as a spiritual teacher and healer.

The author gives wonderfully descriptive information about each of the Archangels and their functions.  She then goes on to provide detailed guided imagery exercises to help you learn to communicate and work with the Archangels on your own. 

You could tell by her writing style that she was very confident and comfortable in her knowledge about the angels. 

Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Beliefs and the world they have created

 

Description

An accessible, objective understanding of what the major ‘beliefs’ are about.


The major beliefs include: Polytheism, Judaism, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Nationalism, Communism and Environmentalism. All have over 100 million followers and the full structure of faith-determined behavioral guidance.

On every page of Beliefs, there is a quotable fact. Did you know that Socrates couldn’t read or write, or that Confucius did not believe in God or Gods? That the term ‘Capitalism’ was invented by Communists, and that according to the original Bible Hebrew, many Gods made the world? There is a rich tapestry of informative and entertaining information, from naming the first person to envisage God as we do now, to the fact that writing began as a legal and accounting tool, 2,000 years before it was used to tell stories.
Whether you want to know more about just one belief or about all of them, Beliefs presents ideologies and religions together, showing their links and answering frequently asked questions like: What is it that drives some believers to act in whatever way? What do religions say about homosexuality? Why did people become Communists? What is Buddhism? and so on.

Suitable for anyone looking for a quick grounding on the major beliefs, Beliefs is a fascinating read that will appeal to those interested in religion, current affairs, history and politics.

 

Review

Having grown up in a very religiously open home, I was prompted to learn about various religions and make up my own mind about which one I chose to call my own.  That is one of the reasons why I have chosen Unitarian Universalism.  It allows and even promotes the study of all religions to help cultivate understanding amongst people.

This book helps to give a basic understanding of the major religions and what their belief systems entail.  It helps you to distinguish between the garbage that media & ignorance force feed us about religions that aren't Christianity and what is actually true. 

It is only through knowing other religions can we truly come together as one complete global society.  This book helps as a stepping stone to promoting knowledge and understanding.

I loved all the little factoids that are sprinkled throughout the book as well.  It helps to dispel some of the illusion that has been created.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.

The Salvation of Dr. Who

 

Description

Chart the intersection of faith and science through cult favorite Doctor Who.


Pastor and author Matt Rawle is on a mission. He sees Christ all around him—in books, movies, TV shows, rock music—and he wants to share what he sees. As Matt says, "God offers the raw ingredients, and 'culture' is whatever we cook up."


In The Salvation of Doctor Who, pastor and author Matt Rawle draws on the long-running TV show and cult favorite Doctor Who to chart the intersection of faith and science. Chapters include “Bigger on the Inside,” “God and Time and God’s Time,” “The Oldest Question in the Universe,” and “The Sonic Screwdriver Is Mightier Than the Sword.”
The Salvation of Doctor Who is part of The Pop in Culture Series of bible studies in which Matt Rawle stirs up a tasty gumbo of insight, humor, and inspiration based on some of your favorite pop culture classics. A DVD featuring four sessions with the author, a full Leader Guide, and a Worship Resources Flash Drive also are available for group study.

 

Review

Being a die-hard Whovian & an extreme geek, this book was a perfect fit into my everyday spiritual life.  Warning:  If you have not seen Doctor Who or are not a sci-fi fan, then this book is definitely not for you.

Even though this book is showing how Doctor Who episodes correlate with the Bible and Christian beliefs, I was able to see these episodes as correlations to many other major religions as well.  I love being able to find knew ways to interpret ideas and beliefs through the usage of TV and entertainment.  This book does just that.

There are daily readings that help you to see similarities and will expand upon your already vast knowledge of Doctor Who trivia. 

The book could use a little more editing, but I did receive a galley of it.  So it probably hadn't gone through a final edit yet.  I am sure that once you read the fully released version, you will see how great this book really is.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Visualization for Weight Loss

 

Description

In Visualization for Weight Loss, Jon Gabriel expands on the most talked about tool in his best-selling book, The Gabriel Method: visualization. This powerful technique helped Jon drop 220 pounds without dieting or deprivation because it didn’t depend on calorie counting or extreme exercise—rather it changed his biochemistry and neural pathways. In turn, this helped lower stress and its associated inflammatory chemicals in his body, allowing him to lose weight easily and naturally.


Examining the importance of visualizing for weight loss, Jon takes readers through the latest research on the power of the mind in order to show why this technique works. And then he lays out concrete, unintimidating advice about how to implement visualization into their lives. In addition to teaching readers how to move into the most powerful brain state for enacting change, Jon includes visualizations to help readers:

 

  • Overcome disempowering beliefs surrounding food and weight loss
  • Melt away stress
  • Conquer fears of losing weight
  • Rediscover the joy of movement
  • Create healthy new habits
  • Kill food cravings and addictions
  • Achieve better sleep

Jon not only provides readers with these visualizations but also teaches them how to create their own personalized visualizations that can be even more powerful. He then presents a four-month visualization strategy that can be easily included in anyone’s life—no matter what time constraints they face.

 

As Jon found in his journey, the biggest challenge in weight loss is not finding the perfect diet or the perfect exercise routine; the biggest challenge is convincing your brain that your body needs to be thin.

 

Review

Most weight loss books focus solely on what you should and shouldn't be eating.  They don't talk about the emotional issues that could be causing you to sabotage yourself.  And I don't just mean by overeating because you are stressed.

I know for me, that as soon as I start doing good and losing some weight, I end up sabotaging myself.   By working through this book, I have come to realize that I use my weight as a buffer.  It helps to protect me from being hurt. 

Thankfully, this book provides various exercises (meditations & visualizations) that help to clear away the clutter that is in my head that causes me to sabotage myself.

I really like the way that the author explains everything in a manner that makes it easy to understand.  As I was reading this book, I had many AHA moments that really helped to explain away some of the things I do.  And as the old saying goes "Knowing is half the battle". 

So now that I know why and am armed with the tools to help combat it, I am looking forward to losing some of this weight and becoming healthier again.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.