Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste Burke

Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste Burke

Murder at Sea of Passenger X

by Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke has done it again! This time Georgie Shaw and her hunky new husband Detective Jack Wheeler go away for a much needed honeymoon on Marvelous Marley World’s luxurious cruise ship, the MMW Fantasy of the Sea. A relaxing cruise in the South Seas, with sun, sand, a little pampering, and a man overboard. Wait, who said anything about a man overboard? Did he fall or was he helped overboard? And who is the man who is lying in a pool of blood right there where the unlucky man fell overboard? How many more bodies will be found before the end of the cruise? And what does the missing man have to do with jewels that were reported missing? Are Georgie and Jack getting too close to the truth? This book is a lot of fun and the author pens a lot of realistic details about being on a cruise ship. Her attention to details make the story believable and that makes it so much more fun to read. And there’s even a special recipe included to add to the enjoyment. I’d surely recommend this book! It’s a great read!

 

Murder at Sea of Passenger X by Anna Celeste Burke can be found online at:

 

 

Ahava’s Softening Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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I tried a new product the other day, and I love it! It’s Ahava’s Softening Butter Salt Scrub. It’s a thick, buttery- textured cream with small granules of sugar that scrub dirt and debris away gently without irritating my tender, sensitive skin. I have had so many issues with scrubs made from apricot pits etc. that just felt like they were tearing at my skin. Not so with this scrub. It is much more gentle. The cream isn’t loaded with granules- as a matter of fact, I was surprised that it had so little in it. But it really had plenty when I went to use it. I tried it out on my hand at first to see if it was going to be too harsh and it made my skin soft and supple. This lasted for hours. I actually kept putting my hand up to my face to feel how soft it was. This product comes in a 8 ounce tub which is enough for quite a few treatments. It is a little spendy but the quality more than makes up for it in my opinion.

Ahava’s Softening Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub can be found online here:

https://www.ahava.com/softening-butter-salt-scrub

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Diva Naturals Eye Shadows Review and Giveaway

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I used to love wearing eye makeup. I didn’t wear a lot of face makeup but when it came to my eyes, I loved to play them up. Now, as I am approaching my 60’s, I don’t dress up as often and putting on makeup is a thing of the past except for special occasions.

I saw a post about Diva Minerals Eye Shadow and thought “why not?” so I ordered a bunch of colors and thought I would share what I thought of this product with you.

Diva Minerals is a mineral based powder eye shadow. It can be applied either dry or wet, depending on your preference. Dry is a softer hue while applying wet will intensify the colors. The range of colors is awesome and the intensity of some of them makes me think of using paints or pastels. They’re so vibrant!

I noticed when using these eye shadows that I left a fine dusting of shimmer all over my counter and the tops of the products on my countertop. My suggestion is to duplicate my husband’s remedy for keeping messes contained by placing a towel over the counter and sink area before starting. Then when I’ve finished, I simply take the towel out and shake it a few times and I’m done.

I wasn’t familiar with this product when I ordered it, so I asked what kind of brush to use and she said she uses this brush by ELF:

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ELF “C” Brush

Start with cleansing your skin and using whatever products your prefer for moisturizing, etc. A primer is recommended to help prep the makeup area for best results according to the experts as Sephora. MakI tap the container on the counter to help the powder to settle before opening. It’s amazing how much of the powder will disappear up into the brush so go easy when getting it onto your brush and gently tap, tap it onto the side of the container to remove the excess. Apply eye shadow either wet or dry, then apply liner and mascara. One thing I found was that you could use a color dry for shadow, then use the same color wet as the liner for a dramatic pop of color.

Diva Minerals sells eye shadows in  a whole host of colors for a very affordable price. She also sells foundation. Her line can be found on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/Diva-Minerals-440156296056872/

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

Diva Minerals has graciously allowed me to offer 2 eye shadows to you, my readers, in a giveaway. Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter. And be sure to come back daily to get your extra entries! Good luck!

 

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Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s Colombian K-Cup Coffee

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I’ve got a special surprise for you this month! I not only have a review of Brooklyn Beans Colombian K-Cup Coffee, but one of you is going to experience it for yourself! That’s right, one of you will get to try out their custom, small-batch roasted, filter brewed coffee for yourself, just for being here and reading this review. Now don’t get in a hurry or you’ll miss something important. First, let me highlight this awesome coffee.

I must say, I’ve always thought of Colombian Coffee as super strong and bitter, so I wasn’t all that excited when I got my coffee this month. Boy, do I need to keep an open mind! I was way off!! This is a bold, but very smooth coffee, with a rich, satisfying flavor. I love my coffee with cream and sugar and this was no different, but I did sip it black and I was surprised at how flavorful it was. And using cream just made it rich and decadent!

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I love the attention Brooklyn Beans gives to all of their coffees. It’s as if each cup is watched over by one of the three original guys who began the company- they pay that much attention to detail. I’ve yet to find a coffee or cocoa that didn’t give me full satisfaction in my experience and I know if that were to happen they would stand behind their product. Thing is, I think it’s easy for them to make that promise because their product is of such high quality, nobody is going to take them up on it! It’s just that good! American made in an independently owned factory, Brooklyn Beans makes the following promises:

Five separate, important quality-control checks are performed with every batch we make:

  1. Visual inspection – only the best coffee beans make the initial cut.
  2. Supervisor-monitored grinding – A little secret: if it’s too coarse, it won’t brew properly; if it’s too fine, the coffee gets bitter.
  3. Portion quality control – precisely the right amount is packed to ensure the best brew every time.
  4. Filled and sealed pods are individually hand-checked for perfection.
  5. Brewed coffee samples are consistently taken for aroma and taste testing checks (we admit, this is our favorite part of the job!)

Their Brooklyn Beans Colombian K-Cup Coffee is made from 100% Arabica coffees and is Keurig Compatible including 2.0 K Cup Brewers, and can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008I1XLJ0

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

And now for the fun stuff! Go enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a 40 count box of Brooklyn Beans Colombian K-Cup Coffee to try at home. Lots of different ways to enter and plenty of return entries if you want to up your chances, so enter, enter, enter!

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The Smart Tracker by Ancall Review

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I just got a new tracking device from Ancall and I’m really excited about it. It’s called the The Smart Tracker by Ancall and it’s really cool! It takes a little bit of time to figure out how to use it but so far it’s going well for me. I installed the battery as per the directions, then I clicked and held the button down and the alarm started working. I can click and hold for the device to make my camera take a picture, setup under the SOS button so that I can send an emergency message, I set up under the two way tracking icon to enable my phone and tracker to communicate with each other, setup a geofence so I can tell if something (or someone like a small child) has moved out of my specified area. I can even tell if something has moved my tracker, so if I leave it sitting with my purse or phone and it gets moved, I am immediately alerted with a warning alarm. I love this feature!

 

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The SOS feature is pretty awesome as well. I set it up using my cell phone number, then I hit the SOS button and it called my number right away without needing to open the phone or anything. It also sends a text message with the location the message is coming from. This would be very useful in the case of an accident or being lost. My husband had brain cancer and one day he got lost driving to pick up our granddaughter from school. He was flustered and couldn’t give me good information to be able to tell him where he was or how to get back home. I had to drive to where he got lost and find him. Fortunately he was still on the same road he would have taken or I might have not been able to help him. This would keep something like that from happening again. Great idea, right?

 

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This device works for any IOS device Version 9.0 or above with exception to the Amazon Fire and any Android device using system version of V4.3 or above.

Other ways this device is set up to use are:

  • Play Music: Enjoy your favorite music anytime, anywhere.
  • Record Audio: Press the button to start recording immediately.
  • Speed Dial: One-touch dialing to keep you from searching your contact book.

The company mentions online that they are adding new features often and shows some of the new features expected in this picture:

ancall-tracker-features

So far, I haven’t figured out how to access all of these functions but I will keep playing with the tracker and report back when I have figured it out.

 

The Smart Tracker by Ancall can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Ancall-Bluetooth-Accelerometer-G-sensor-Replaceable/dp/B01N1SHCXB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488657752&sr=8-1&keywords=Ancall+Smart+Tracker

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee

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I love a good cup of coffee to start out the day. I want a coffee that I can count on to taste just the way I want it time after time. Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee is just such a coffee. It’s light, fresh roast and slightly sweet flavor deliver that wake up punch that I need to get going.

 

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I really love the selection of coffee and cocoa products from Brooklyn Bean Roastery. A little bit about them:

They’re really from Brooklyn. The company started with 3 guys who saw the need for an independently owned coffee company that could deliver single serve coffee on a consistent basis and run their company with quality, originality, and local pride. They developed a process for their product, called ‘Roast2Cup’ technology, that has changed how coffee is delivered. This process ensures that every cup will be the best cup every time you brew.

 

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Brooklyn Bean Roastery performs five different quality control checks with each batch they make:

  1. Visual inspection – only the best coffee beans make the initial cut.
  2. Supervisor-monitored grinding – A little secret: if it’s too coarse, it won’t brew properly; if it’s too fine, the coffee gets bitter.
  3. Portion quality control – precisely the right amount is packed to ensure the best brew every time.
  4. Filled and sealed pods are individually hand-checked for perfection.
  5. Brewed coffee samples are consistently taken for aroma and taste testing checks (we admit, this is our favorite part of the job!)

It’s their sincere hope that this will produce the best cup every time.

Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee, just like all of their coffees, is made 100% Arabica coffee beans, and comes in a convenient 40-count box.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XT683UG/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_CmvKybK65B3JF

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Spumoni Cookie Recipe

As requested, my recipe for Spumoni cookies. These are similar to regular chocolate chip cookies, but made with white chocolate, dried cherries, and pistachio nuts. Mmm, I might need to make another batch!

 

Spumoni Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour                                   1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt                                                            1/2 cup butter, softened

½ cup shortening                                                      3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar                                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs                                                                  1 cup dried cherries

1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled                                  2 cups white chocolate, chips or chopped

Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine first 3 dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix sugars, butter, and shortening in a large bowl,  beat until creamy. Add vanilla, then eggs, one at a time and mix well each time. Gradually add in flour mixture and beat well. Stir in chocolate, cherries, and nuts. Drop by generous tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Cool completely before storing in a sealable container. Dough or baked cookies freeze well.

pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser

 

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I’ve been studying some information that had been passed along to me regarding having a healthy PH balance in my body. I am finding that there are numerous physical issues that can be caused simply by having an acidic balance that’s too high for the body to properly digest and assimilate nutrients before flushing them out. Acidosis, even at a slight level, can cause a plethora of unwanted reactions. A list of these is:

 
 Inflamed sensitive gums, cavities
 Immune deficiency
 Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
 Respiratory problems, shortness of breath, coughing
 Yeast fungal overgrowth
 Low energy and chronic fatigue
 Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen
 Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate
 Weight gain, obesity, and diabetes
 Bladder and kidney infections
 Accelerated free radical damage
 Premature aging
 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
 Osteoporosis, weak brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs
 Headaches, confusion, sleepiness
 Joint pain, aching muscles, and lactic acid buildup
 Allergies, acne

 
I was pretty concerned because tests I’ve taken have already shown that I have Osteopenia, the beginnings of Osteoporosis, as well as Osteoporosis in some areas of my body. I felt it was necessary to at least attempt to put a halt to future damage, much less attempt to create a healthy balance in my body to avoid future issues. I got pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser to see just where my levels were.

 

 
The pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser are really easy to use. They work in a number of applications such as testing Urine, Saliva, Water, Pool, Hot Tub, Hydroponics, Garden Soil, Aquariums, and Kombucha Tea.I used them to test my saliva by removing one of the test strips, wetting the whole colored strip with saliva and waiting for 15 seconds, then compared it to the supplied color coded chart. It doesn’t give partial numbers but gives whole numbers from 0 to 14, 0 being strongly acidic and 14 being strongly alkaline. The neutral range is 7.0. My first test was a 5, which means I am acidic. I tested the second day at 7, which is neutral. I noticed that the foods and drinks I consume can alter the readings by quite a bit. Water really helps to bring me back into the neutral range, especially if I add a slice of lemon to it. I thought this strange, as lemon has an acid taste, but it actually helps your body lean more towards an alkaline reading.
pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser come in an opaque bottle to protect the strips from light and air. The bottle contains 100 strips and they’re good for up to 2 years. They can be used on virtually any liquid that needs to be tested and they deliver accurate results in a short amount of time. If you aren’t satisfied for any reason, HealthyWiser offers a guarantee that you can receive a replacement or refund.

pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XT683UG/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_CmvKybK65B3JF

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Pure Body Naturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Sampler Oils Kit

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I picked up a Pure Body Naturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Sampler Oils Kit and it’s such an awesome kit I had to tell you about it! This kit consists of 6 of the most popular and most used oils; Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, Lavender, and Tea Tree. These oils are good for so many different applications. The oils are Therapeutic grade and will work directly on skin when combined with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond, my 2 fave carrier oils. They can be put in a spray bottle with water for a room spray or in a diffuser.

I personally love the Lemongrass oil. I had never tried Lemongrass before and it has such a clean, citrusy smell. Everyone in the house commented on the scent. I think it’s my new favorite. They only thing I missed was a dropper to get the exact amount I wanted to use, but it’s fine. I used some of the Sweet Orange when cleaning and it really seems to work well without using chemicals in my home. And when my kidlet started fussing that she was feeling like she was coming own with a cold, I gave her some Vitamin C and used the Eucalyptus oil with my coconut oil to chase the symptoms away. She felt better after that, no she never missed any school. I am curious to see which oils they will offer next!

The Pure Body Naturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Sampler Oils Kit can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/Vremi-Silicone-Ice-Cube-Tray/dp/B01H7BF1DA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484886222&sr=8-1&keywords=Ice+cube+trays+with+lids

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski

If you like books that make you really stop and think- look no more. I just read The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski and what a ride!

Ms. Bertauski’s characters were believeable and the story was told from different perspectives and timeframes. It centers around a teen named Grey Grimm, who has disappeared into what’s called “the Maze”, a contest played inside your brain. The lucky ones survive to enjoy their riches. The not-so-lucky? Well, if they live it’s not pretty. As Grey’s mom tries to get her son back before he is consumed forever, we see just how far people will go before they’ve gone too far. And things aren’t always as they seem.

I loved how the story didn’t go in a straight line but at times would veer seemingly off course, only to find out later that what was happening brought everything into focus. Or did it? This is one of those stories that can’t be read when there are a lot of distractions or you’ll miss a key bit of information you’re going to need later. Pay attention- it’s worth it!

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