Saturday, July 23, 2016

Naturally Cute

Summer might almost be over, but there are still a few weeks left to squeeze in a road trip or two, which means you might be wondering how to pass a few hours in the car. Break out the DVD player and get ready to learn with Spy House Productions and Gundersen Entertainment's recent release of Owlegories™ Vol. 3 – The Fire, The Duck, and The Seasons. Each episode is packed with fun ways to learn even more ways that God touches our lives every day and speaks to us through his beautiful creations in nature. No matter how young or old you are, these cute little owls can teach you to see the signs of God's love all around us and remember how special He thinks we are. With a special guest appearance from Uncle Sy of Duck Dynasty fame, Owlegories™ Vol. 3 – The Fire, TheDuck, and The Seasons is sure to give your little ones tons of fun and keep them busy while you keep your eyes on the road. Happy viewing!  

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What a Hoot!'re looking at the calendar and scratching your head about what the Easter Bunny might have up his sleeve this year when it's time to fill the baskets. Amazingly enough, the lovely people at Spy House Productions and Gundersen Entertainment have released Owlegories™ Vol. 2 – The Ant, The Fruit, and The Butterfly for your little one's viewing pleasure, which means that you won't have to resort to mountains of candy to keep the fun going. In fact, even if everyone's so hopped up on a sugar high that you think they'll never settle down again, this sweet little DVD will capture their attention and hold it, which means that you'll get some peace and quiet while they're learning some really cool ways that God's love is mirrored all throughout His marvelous creation and how we can carry out His plan for our lives. Watch the episodes with them for a reminder of your own––sometimes, no matter how old we are, we all need to take a childlike perception of things to get grounded. So sit down and take a lesson from the cute little owls who make up the cast of characters in these inspirational animated videos...and don't forget to share the chocolate bunnies.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rich Inheritance

I’m not one to say this lightly, but this is one of those instances that leaves me saying, “Oh, my God!” Not in the irreverent way, that flippant manner so often employed in the common vernacular as a meaningless phrase. Nope. This, “Oh, my God!” is a cry out, an exclamation of praise and wonder inspired by the emotion evoked by Audrey Assad’s brand new album, Inheritance. Released February 12th, this album is the re-imagining of well-known and well-loved hymns. Assad’s ability to transform them into something truly hear-rending is amazing, and it really will leave you uttering cries of praise, adoration, and exaltation to the God who originally inspired the lyrics of these songs. Assad’s vocals are reminiscent of such secular artists as Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan, and the instrumentals lend a powerful backdrop that fully round out the experience. This is one album not to be missed.

For more information on Audrey Assad and her album, Inheritance (Fortunate Fall Records with Tone Tree Music distribution), visit

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Stuff This In The Little Ones' Stockings...

I recently had the pleasure of getting to watch the premier DVD for a new computer-animated Christian children's series called Owlegories, which features s cute little group of pint-sized owls under the very wise tutelage of a professorial owl, who sends them on a series of field-trip-like adventures in search of things like seeds and leaves and other things found in nature, all of which teach them ways to relate those very things to God and his impact on our lives. The characters are cute, and I have no doubt that they'll easily become a household favorite!

Owlegories™ Vol. 1: The Sun, The Seed, and The Water can be found at Walmart, LifeWay, Family Christian Stores, and local Christian bookstores. For more info, visit

Makes a great stocking stuffer!!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Stocking Stuff...

It's about that time again! Only two months to go until Christmas, so it's time to break out the elf ears and start helping Santa get ready...Here are a few ideas that might make a few people on you list feel pampered and pretty, so check them out!

All Scrubbed and Polished

I may not be a Nubian queen, but I still need to moisturize; and I want my skin to look and feel at it’s best. When I tried Nubian Heritage’s Raw Shea Butter hand and body scrub, I was amazed at how soft and silky it left my skin. It sloughed off the dry, flaky layers and polished up those patches so that they were smooth and soft like a baby’s bottom. Going into these cooler months of fall and winter, I can’t think of a better way to battle the bluster and keep well-hydrated even when skin has a tendency to get chapped and dry. 

Nubian Heritage’s hand and body scrubs combines certified organic and ethically sourced ingredients like mango, shea, and vegetable butters with essential oils and herbs to create naturally fragranced products that promise to leave your skin looking radiant, healthy, and beautiful. They’re perfect for women of all ethnicities, and because they’re so pure in their ingredients, you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin, confident in the fact that you’re not exposing yourself to harsh, harmful chemicals that could damage your skin instead of helping it. 

Choose from formulations like Mango Butter, Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver, Raw Shea Butter with Frankincense & Myrrh, Patchouli & Buriti, all of which are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA, and artificial fragrances or colorings and have not been tested on animals. You’ll look good, feel good, and do good, because the shea butter used in Nubian Heritage products is sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, giving the women there an economic boost that has lasting effects on their families and their communities.

Nubian Heritage’s hand and body scrubs retail at $12.99 (12 oz.) and are available at, Vitamin Shoppe stores, and select Whole Foods and Sprouts stores. For more info, visit

Lighting the Flame

Who doesn’t love a candle––especially one that leaves your home smelling like you’ve magically relocated it to a tropical Hawaiian island? With their fragrant blends of natural oils, herbs, fruits, and flowers, Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Coconut Wax Candles are created from a base of coconut wax, which is renewable, clean, and eco-friendly; Kukui Nut oil; and Hawaiian beeswax. The candles burn with soot-free cotton wicks and give off exotic, intoxicating scents common to Hawaii, including Coconut, Maile, Passion Fruit, Pikake, Plumeria, and Tuberose, which means that whether you prefer more nutty notes or want a little spice in your life, Ola’s candles have the perfect way to invoke an island getaway.

6 oz. candles come in recycled glass jars and offer 30-36 hour burn time. Available online, $33 each, at

Peeling It Away

Skin peels rank high on the list of spa services and dermatological treatments, but they can be costly and time consuming, which means not all of us can avail ourselves of that beauty boost without doing the budget shuffle and risking some major frown lines. Fortunately, the skincare market has embraced the trend, and leading edge companies like Comodynes offer products with ingredients promising to achieve the same results as those pricier peels, all within the comfort of your very own home. 

Comodynes is a French-born cosmetics company known for the ease and efficacy of its products, and they’ve continued that with their new Easy Peeling Plus exfoliating towelettes, which contain the skin regenerating properties of a Glyco-AHA complex and other natural exfoliants that will swipe away dead skin cells, improve imperfections, smooth out wrinkles, and brighten your skin.  

Comodynes’ Easy Peeling Plus towelettes are available online at

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Would You Rather?...A Few Meandering Thoughts from the Lovely Author Anabelle Bryant

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I have the very great honor of hosting my fellow author, Anabelle Bryant, who's recently released the latest installment of her popular romance series Regency Charms, called Defying the Earl...See what kinds of things she'd rather do (or endure) if posed with the choice... 

Would you rather basejump or skydive from an airplane? I love healthy adventure – zip-lines and crazy roller coasters are perfect, so I’d choose to skydive. I’ve parasailed before, but this would be even freer – as close to being a bird as possible.

Sing in front of an auditorium full of people or pose nude for a small art class? I’m not a very good singer, but I’d still expose myself to the embarrassment in front of an auditorium before I disrobed for the art class.

Win the lottery or live forever? Living forever means watching all my loved ones die, so I’d like to win the lottery and improve everyone’s life while we’re all on earth together.

Have the ability to travel back in time or have a crystal ball? I would definitely travel back in time and learn from history, change a few decisions and become smarter for what’s to come. Seeing into the future with a crystal ball would change my perception of things and that could be negative. I’d rather leave that alone.

Read people’s minds or be invisible? Make me invisible, please. I’d love to choose what I hear or see by slipping in and out of the room. Hearing other’s thoughts in my head might prove hurtful and distracting – not to mention noisy!

Eat cow’s testicles or goat brains? Really? This question is brutal. I’m going with the brains because I’m the intellectual type…but honestly, I’d rather starve.

Give up coffee or give up sex? Looks like I’m going to have to find another favorite beverage. I mean, I love coffee…but you know, that’s a bit extreme.

Live in a big city or a small town? I grew up in a small town very close to New York City, so I do love both locations. If forced to make a choice, I’m going to have to choose the small town. Cities are fun to visit and explore, but I prefer the peaceful simplicity of a small town.

Anabelle Bryant writes historical romance for Harlequin/HarperCollins. Her fourth historical romance, Defying The Earl begins a new series of Regency Charms novels and was released May 2015. A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows life doesn’t always provide a happily-ever-after, but her novels do. An avid traveler and novice photographer, she enjoys connecting with readers on Facebook, Twitter, and at

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bottles Up!

As an aunt, I'm always interested to see what new baby products are out on the market, just in case I need to put together a nice little basket of goodies for a gift-giving occasion; and when I heard about the new tinted glass bottles from Evenflo Feeding, I was really excited. These baby bottles come in teal and lavender and have a unique, twisted glass shape that makes them easier to grip. Because they're glass, they have the added benefit of being BPA free; and the Proflow™ Integrated Venting Nipples are designed to vent rapidly and redirect air bubbles into the bottle so that gas, colic, and bubbly tummies can be avoided.

The bottles are designed to be leak-free, easily sanitized, easily recycled, and long-lasting; and the silicone nipples are one-piece, which means easily cleaning and easy assembly.  Available at Babies 'R Us in 4 fluid ounce 3-pack ($11.99) and 8 fluid ounce 3-pack ($11.99)

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