Dark Spot Corrector from Key Largo Traders


As time goes on, I’ve noticed a lot of tiny (and some not-so-tiny) brown spots. I am not always as good about re-applying sunscreen like I should or making sure to have it on even when I’m going out for just a minute.  Now I am paying for it! I got a bottle of Dark Spot Corrector from Key Largo Traders for a reduced price in exchange for a fair review. The Dark Spot Corrector comes in a small can-like container with a squirt pump on top. It pumps out anywhere from a drop to a quarter sized amount which I then apply to my skin wherever I need it. It is very silky going on and it absorbs very quickly. The after effect is smooth, soft skin that looks and feels well hydrated and healthy. I love that Key Largo Traders made this Dark Spot Corrector without adding hydroquinone or paraben, so I know it’s good for my skin. Instead, they used 72% organic plant based glycolic and kojic acids, along with hyaluronic acid to combat the wrinkles and fine lines that occur when skin is dehydrated. As a matter of fact, hyaluronic acid holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Now that’s hydration!

Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement


I received a bottle of Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement courtesy of Anchor for the purpose of an unbiased review. The following is 100% my own review and does not reflect the views of Anchor.
I’ve been trying out this Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement and I thought I’d share a bit about it with you. First of all, it is a generous bottle with enough product to last for over a month if taken twice a day at the recommended dosage. One serving of this Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement has 1,600 mg of Hydroxycitric Acid or HCA, and 400 mg Chlorogenic Acid or Green Coffee Bean Extract and just 12 calories per serving of 1 tablespoon. It has a berry lemon flavor with no sugar added. I find the flavor pleasant but the makers suggest mixing it with juice if you don’t care for the taste. It is suggested that Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement be taken 1 hour prior to eating a meal, which I sometimes found hard to do.


I struggle with my weight because I have a severe back injury and I’m unable to do a lot of exercising. I have tried many different healthy forms of dieting and just haven’t been able to lose any significant amount. What few pounds I do lose I tend to gain back within days. I didn’t see a lot of weight loss myself while using the Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement but I did notice an increase of energy. I feel that as I heal and am able to move around more I will continue to lose weight. I think eating a healthy meal and exercising is key to effectively losing and keeping the weight off.

Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement from #Anchorhashtag can be found on Amazon  at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WQ7TU9C

Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusion Mix Review

Morning Vitality Fusion Smoothie

Rader Farms #FreshStartForSummer taking summer by storm in my house!! I received Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusion Mix complimentary for the purpose of review. I tried it out on my hubby and son and they both loved it. Funny thing is, this mix has carrots and sweet potatoes in it. My husband HATES sweet potatoes. He can hardly stand seeing them on the table at Thanksgiving. Bummer for me because I LOVE them! Well, so I made the smoothies as directed the first time. I tasted the mixture and instantly knew I wouldn’t have much luck getting a decent idea of how good/bad they are unless I added some sweetener, so I added some honey. Both gave a thumbs up to the smoothie so I felt comfortable making another smoothie with a different flavor profile. I did do a video which can be seen on my Youtube channel- link to follow. I made a mistake part way through and realized my camera had shut off. Boy am I glad I didn’t use the whole bag! So, the new day I made a new batch and this time I double checked my camera- good to go!! I used strawberries, blueberries, acai berry puree, flax seeds, yogurt, and protein powder. The smoothies were so delicious!! Smooth, creamy, and no extra sweetener added! I am going to add some spinach leaves next time. 10 or 12 add nutrients without discoloring the smoothie or changing the taste, I promise! Try Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusion Mix for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!

Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusion Mix is available at Walmart Stores. My Youtube videos are here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VceBpPvwIc8 and here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1LEoWPhbK8. It’s a 2 parter :)


Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance Review

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I was sent a bottle of Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance free for the purpose of review. These are my opinions and do not reflect the views of Island Vibrance or its affiliates.

I was pretty excited to get the Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance. I have been noticing a lot of little brown spots lately, and even more when I go out into the sun. I have been using sunscreen a lot but still these spots plague me. So I jumped at the chance to try this product out.

My initial sense of the Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance was that it comes in a brown glass bottle- the type to keep light out. I don’t know if light is an issue or not but if it is, they’ve taken care to keep the product fresh. Inside is a glass dropper to deliver the product. I squeezed out a small pea sized drop onto my finger and applied it to my face. The serum is slightly more liquid than most serums I’ve used in the past, but has a smooth consistency. The drawback is that it leaves a slightly sticky feeling after use that doesn’t really go away.


It’s amazing how noticeable brown spots can be. I don’t need a magnifier to spot them and it seems like they multiply every night while I’m sleeping. But to show you the proof is next to impossible. The darn things are virtually invisible to the camera’s eye. I had hoped to show before and after pics. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get a clear enough picture to make it worthwhile. But I have a spot on my cheek which has been bothering me a lot. I thought it would be a good one to do my test on. I have 2 products and 2 sides of the face. Each day I faithfully applied the Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance on the left side of my face and arm and the other product on the right side of my face and arm. 2 weeks later I am noticing a reduction in color in the small spots on my arms and hands. Both did help lessen the spots I already had and they also seemed to keep new ones at bay. But the real kicker was that darn spot on my cheek. It’s not only lighter, it also looks much smaller. I think if I continue to use the Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance I can look forward to clearer skin!


Natural Vitamin C Serum from Island Vibrance can be found on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/ok4zh47

#BLOCKIT RFID Blocking Sleeves Review



I’ve heard a lot about credit card theft and how people can get their ID stolen without even taking it out of their purse. I am thankful that I haven’t had this happen to me, but I thought I should look into something that would ease my mind and protect my identity at the same time. I am loving my new #BLOCKIT RFID Blocking Sleeves. They’re cute, sturdy, and completely enclose my cards for security!  They have the #BLOCKIT RFID Blocking material on the inside and colorful designs on the outside. They come in a set of six and can also be ordered in other patterns. I feel confident that my card is being held in place and that the RFID block will keep my identity safe, no matter where I go.

If you’d like, go check out BLOCKIT RFID Products, Inc. on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Protector-BLOCKIT-RFID-Protection-Exclusive/dp/B00W4LEMO8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1435353722&sr=8-2&keywords=BLOCKIT+RFID+Products%2C+Inc.

This set of #BLOCKIT RFID Blocking Sleeves wa sent free from Tomoson for the purpose of review,

Ascension (Journey of the Arcanist Book 2) by M. R. Coleman


I just finished reading Ascension (Journey of the Arcanist Book 2) by M. R. Coleman and I just had to tell you about it. Wow, this book really kept me going all the way through. It starts out with an elven couple, Ruen and Auren, as they return home after a long time away. In the first chapter many references are made regarding what happened in the first book to acquaint the reader if they were not familiar with it, as was I. I appreciated the references and noted that they were woven into the storyline nicely. It was easy to fall right into the story and get to know the characters. In no time, they were joined by Hiram, a friend of Ruen, and Dyshera, a magi. Soon all 4 leave on a journey together as Ruen has been tasked with reviving the Leunari, an ancient caste of elven warriors.
At the same time in a different place, Callum, a human, finds that his home town has been attacked and all the people there have been slaughtered or abducted by Krelns. Callum is a saejin, trained to hunt and destroy mages by tearing their spells from their minds and often using them on the mage that cast them. Callum immediately goes to seek revenge on all Kreln, attracting attention to himself from a magus that is with an evil group of marauders led by their mistress, Lady Mythrael. Lady Mythrael quickly sends out a scouting party to find and kill Callum, but….
Have I got your attention yet? It’s hard not to get drawn into this story, I tell you. Full of symbolism and color, it moves at a great pace through 2 intertwining stories and at the end leaves me wondering how I got there so fast!
I received a copy of Ascension (Journey of the Arcanist Book 2) from the author for the purpose of review. Any and all opinions are my own and not reflective of the author.
I would definitely recommend Ascension (Journey of the Arcanist Book 2) by M. R. Coleman to anyone who wishes to read something exciting and colorful this summer. Better yet, grab a copy of the first book, Aurora (Journey of the Arcanist Book 1), and read the series from the beginning. You’ll be glad you did!

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble review and Family Christian $25.00 giveaway



I’ve been reading a new book by Colleen Coble and I’m in love with her writing. The book, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, was provided free of charge for the purpose of review. Just so you know, I review based on my own opinions and my review does not reflect the views of the author or Family Christian.
I found The Inn at Ocean’s Edge to be very entertaining. The Hotel Tourmaline in Folly Shoals, Maine is celebrating the 4th of July. 4 year old Claire Dellamare is celebrating her birthday on the same day when she disappears, only to turn up a year later with no explanation what had happened to her. Now, a grown up Claire has returned to the Hotel Tourmaline- this time to surprise her parents and help with a business meeting- when she has such strong, disturbing feelings that she has a panic attack. Not understanding why she was feeling this way, Claire tries to overcome the feelings by going to the beach for a walk. She sees what appears to be a man pushing a woman from the cliff above the beach to her death. Horrified, Claire begins to remember why this Hotel brings back such dark feelings in her. What really happened to her when she was 4? And why did everyone cover it up? And what about the woman who was killed right in front of her?

This book grabbed me right from the start. Colleen Coble’s way of twisting and turning the plot are delicious and leave you wanting more. It’s a great story for a summer read!

Best of all, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and many other great books are available at Family Christian. And to help you with the cost Family Christian has graciously offered a $25 Family Christian certificate to use online or at your local Family Christian. This is a super prize and I am hoping you will enter this giveaway daily for better chances at winning. Enter here:


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Eye Mask Sleep by Smarter Rest with Comfortable Adjustable Strap

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I love, love, love this eye mask. I have had a hard time getting rest and have been having a lots of migraines. Since I’ve tried the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest, it’s easier to go to sleep and stay asleep longer. The Sleep Sublime Eye Mask is made from a satin type material, and it’s very nicely made. It comes in black with the name of the product across the mask. It’s got a comfortable adjustable elastic velcro strap so it’s adjustable for different head sizes. It’s got 2 small slots in the side of the strap where you’ll find foam ear plugs if you need them. It’s even got a nice satin travel bag to keep your Sleep Sublime Eye Mask safe and clean while not in use.
There’s a little area built in that fits to the shape of your nose so that light can’t creep in from underneath. The package even included directions for using the mask for best results.  I tried this mask on while it was midday and quite bright. I could not see my hand no matter how hard I tried.  And once it was on, it was hard not to just give in and take a little snooze.
I found the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest to be well made and well thought out. I’d give it a definite thumbs up!
I received the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest at no cost for the purpose of review. All reviews are 100% my own and not reflective of Smarter Rest.

Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves Review

magi grill

I was sent a pair of Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves from Tomoson free of charge for the purpose of review. This review is 100% my own opinions and does not reflect Tomoson or Magikuchen in any way.

I was very pleased with the look and feel of the Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves when I removed them from the package. They are BPA free and FDA approved- made from pure 100% Food Grade Silicone and a bright red color- easy to find in my jumbled up drawer. I am so happy with them- I’m going to toss out all the old oven mitts!


Now to the testing! First, I tried them on ordinary oven pans. No heat, no discomfort at all! Of course, this is pretty much what I expected. I even left my gloved hand on the hot pan to see if it would get hot. It took about 30 seconds before I had to remove my hand. Then a brain flash as we were preparing our corn on the cob- use the gloves to hold the cobs for buttering. Wow, what a great idea!! The gripping power of the silicone made it easy to hold and turn the cobs while the glove protected my hands from that hot corn!

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And clean up is easy. You can hand wash, use a scrubber if you have stuff down in between the little nubbies, or even wash in the dishwasher. Check out the picture of how Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves easily fit in your washer for cleaning.

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On to the next test- barbequing! My husband is the chef for all of our outdoor cooking and these gloves were hopefully going to help him keep safe from the heat. The Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves are large enough to fit my hubby’s chubby hands and he was happy to report that they kept his hands from getting too hot while handling the grill.

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Last test- removing fur- yes, I said fur, from the furniture. We have pets and they all shed. It’s a pain to vacuum the couch, so I had another one of those ideas- try the glove on the couch. My kidlet was given the task to run the Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Glove across the couch and carpet underneath. I asked her which was easier, vacuuming or using the glove? Her answer? The glove, hands down! (No pun intended!) Not only did it remove the fur quicker and easier, it removed more fur than the vacuum usually does. My friend’s kitty even loves being stroked with the glove. It’s a fur magnet, but you just scrub it under running water with a little dish soap and the fur slips right off!

The Magikuchen #1 Heat Resistant Silicone Grilling BBQ Gloves Set meets and exceeds my expectations and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who is tired of those darn hot pads that slip or the oven mitts that get old and crusty. I have 2 pair and I love them! And Magikuchen states they are “SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – We offer a *MONEY BACK GUARANTEE* so you can buy with absolute Peace of Mind. If you are not 100% satisfied, you get your Money Back. Plus we offer No Questions Asked Lifetime Free Replacement Guarantee.”

Find them on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Heat-Resistant-Silicone-Grilling-Gloves/dp/B00VNXKW4C/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8


I give the Magikuchen #1 Heat Resistant Silicone Grilling BBQ Gloves Set a definite

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Family Christian Summer Reading Challenge

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School’s out and the kids have already begun to quarrel? Boredom sets in and the TV is not the solution you want? This summer, help your kids to develop a love of reading while encouraging their faith. Find a plethora of books for all ages and reading abilities by visiting your local Family Christian store. Family Christian has an amazing stock of reading material to choose from and there’s always a great deal on something, whether it’s a book, video, or the latest CD by your favorite artist.

Check out these great titles I found when I visited our store!


90 Minutes in Heaven

Don Piper

90 minutes

This book is a story about Don Piper, a minister who is in a horrific accident. He dies and then is resuscitated after 90 minutes. He then recalls his time after dying, when he went to heaven and what he saw there. This is a very interesting read and would encourage anyone looking for a reason to believe or for those who already believe- an example of just what lies ahead. As Mr Piper puts it, an event he claimed was “indescribable”.

Million-Dollar Throw

Mike Lupica


Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s is known by his friend’s and classmates as Brady, after his hero Tom Brady. Nate’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed. Will he overcome his fear or will he choke at the last second?


Evan Angler


In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizen shop, go to school, and even get medical care-but without it, you’re on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.

Almost Heaven

Chris Fabry

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Author Chris Fabry spins a wonderful tale of a boy named Billy, a gifted mandolin player in Dogwood, West Virginia. Billy recognizes that his gift is from God, and lives his life as an offering to his divine creator. Malachi is an angel sent to watch how Billy affects those he comes in contact with. In observing Billy’s use of his gift, Malachi begins to see the bigger picture of how each painful step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful symphony that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Colleen Coble

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When an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor‘s fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she’ll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team. Emily sets out to find the real culprit and clear her name so that she can continue with her passion- Search and Rescue.


These are a very few of the many choices your kids will have. But this summer, reward your kids for choosing books that will enlighten them and help them grow in faith by entering them in the In addition, there’s a great summer reading program offered by Family Christian. Read all about it here!


Read six books & tell us about them!

  • Read any six Christian books. (See our kids book suggestions on the website at http://www.familychristian.com/summerreading)
  • Complete a Book Report Form for each title, and bring all six in to any Family Christian. Don’t live by a store? Submit your completed forms and mailing address to customerservice@familychristian.com.


  • Once your child reads and completes a Book Report Form for six books, we’ll give them a FREE $10 savings pass good toward any purchase of $10 or more online OR in-stores!!

Print Book Report Form

For a list of books by age and interest, please visit Family Christian at http://www.familychristian.com/summerreading


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