Sunday, June 13, 2021

Along a Storied Trail



New release from Ann Gabhart!

About the Book

Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn’t mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in the books she loves. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it—or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks?

Perdita Sweet has called these mountains home for so long that she’s nearly as rocky as the soil around her small cabin. Long ago she thought she could love, but when the object of her affection up and married someone else, she stopped giving too much of herself away to others.

As is so often the case, it’s easier to see what’s best for others than to see what’s best for oneself. Perdita knows who Tansy should choose, but why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster?

Cafe Lily's Review:

I so enjoyed this new book by one of my favorite authors!  If you are a fan of historical fiction (along with some romance!), you will not be disappointed. Being an avid reader, I really liked that this story was centered around Tansy Calhoun, who is a packhorse librarian. One of my favorite aspects of Ann's stories is how she takes actual events from history and makes them come alive with interesting characters.

Sidenote:  Prior to reading this book, I didn't know anything about the Pack Horse Library initiative which was part of the "New Deal" during the Great Depression. This project was sponsored by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). It amazed me that during a time when food, money, and jobs were scarce, people still had a hunger and thirst for learning and reading. 

Ann does a great job of making the characters come to life in this book. Tansy runs into a bit of a dilemma when she has two gentlemen vying for her attention. She's torn between her commitment to her job and the people she serves, and her commitment to herself to carve out a life and find love just like she's read about in her books!

I enjoyed every page and highly recommend this one.



Friday, May 7, 2021

Committed by Paolina Milana - Virtual Book Tour



“Insanity had taken root in my family tree, and I was tasked with tending our garden...” 



About The Book:
After a decade of caring for crazy and keeping her mother’s mental illness a secret from the outside world, twenty-year-old Paolina Milana longs for just one year free from the madness of her home. When she gets the chance to go to an out-of-state school, she takes it, but her family won’t leave her be. Letter after letter arrives, constantly reminding her of the insanity rooted in her family tree. Even worse, the voices in her own head whisper words she’s not sure are normal. “Please don’t make me be like Mamma,” she prays to a God she’s not sure is listening.

REVIEW:
This was such an agonizing book to read, but I had a hard time putting it down. I felt myself pulling silently for Paolina, wondering how she was able to withstand so much horrific craziness at such a young age! Paolina is raw, vulnerable, honest - at times, shockingly so. And just when I thought she couldn't possibly see anymore grief come her way the book takes an unexpected turn. 

Paolina's plans for the future are made more difficult by one unexpected bump after another, as she desperately tries to hide the family secret of her mother's schizophrenia. 

While reading, I found myself agonizing over Paolina, hoping and praying there would be a break for her - a way out - an escape route to a sense of "normal" at some point. My heart broke for what she lost growing up and into her teen years, but at the same time my admiration for her grew. When you read this story, and realize what she had to overcome, it is amazing.  Anyone who has walked the path of a caregiver or has lived with mental illness in their family, will be able to identify with Paolina's struggles. 

You can buy this book on Amazon by clicking the book cover below:




Author, Paolina Milana


Website and Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/madness2magic/

THANK YOU:
My thanks to Paolina, and PR by the Book for an advanced complimentary copy to review.



                                     


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Losing Sleep? Sick and Tired of Being Sleep Deprived? Read My Lectrofan Review and Find Out Why This Is My Go To Sleep Machine




Did you know that adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night to feel their best? Anything less than 7 hours a night, does not promote your best health and wellbeing. 

There are some serious consequences (besides feeling terrible) to chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders. Not only do you feel sleepy all day, but it can lead to a depressed mood, poor memory, lack of concentration. Over time, it can cause problems with your heart, immune system, nervous system and lead to obesity, diabetes, anxiety and a host of other things.  This is nothing to play around with. Don't listen to anyone promoting "pulling an all-nighter", thinking it will make you more productive. Over time you are going to pay the price for sleep loss.

According to the CDC, the state I happen to live in has between 38% and 44% of adults, walking around sleep deprived. I was included in that number and feeling horrible, which is what led me to the discovery of Lectrofan products. I have been using this for white noise and to help drown out noisy neighbors, since we moved to an apartment in 2014 and discovered that we had GODZILLA living above us. I started out using a normal box fan but that wasn't loud enough to block the noise coming from above me.

So I began to research "fan noise" and white noise machines and found my LectroFan.

I happen to like the black ones and have three like this:

I have the original one that I use every single night, and two for backup in case that one fails. I will NEVER be without one of these machines again. I personally need a "fan" noise to get the best sleep and this one has the best sound that I have tried. 

So why am I such a big believer in this?

My LectroFan Classic is designed in the USA and comes with a 1,000 day satisfaction guarantee.

The Original Design provides ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations, including white noise, pink noise and brown noise. Everyone can find a sound that appeals to them and helps them sleep! There are so many to choose from.

This is safe and powered by AC or USB. Great to take along when you travel, compact!

The LectroFan has unique, non-looping, non-repeating sounds and no moving parts. It is all digital, smooth and the sounds are the best quality I have found. This machine has a high fidelity speaker that I just don't find in other sound machines.

It has easy to control volume, you can turn it up or down based on the type of environment you are in.  I choose to use certain noises based on what is going on....need to sleep through a barking dog, fireworks, or traffic noise?  You can choose your sound and volume to drown those out.

If you want the LectroFan version that has an optional timer and a 3.5mm connector if you want to connect headphones this one might be better for you:


If you want to see all of their products which include machines for kids, travel, nature sounds, you can head over to the Adaptive Sound Technologies store.  

My next purchase may just be this special edition sound and sleep machine they have created because of the 64 sounds it offers! This one has Adaptive Sound and is so smart, it "listens" to your environment and responds instantly by adjusting the audio volume for you. It also has dual USB power ports, audio input and a headphone jack so you can listen to your own music on this. 


I have been very happy with this company and they have offered me a variety of solutions for my sleep needs. I highly suggest them if you are in need of a white noise machine, or better sleep quality.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Lubrigyn Cleansing Lotion - Say Bye To Dryness and Vaginal Irritation!



I've been using this cleansing lotion for a couple of years now, and I can honestly say I won't ever use anything else "down there" for washing. If you are using soap, body wash, or even feminine hygiene washes off the grocery store shelves - PLEASE STOP!  

Do yourself (and your V) a favor and at least try this. I have tried all of the products this company makes and they are wonderful, unlike anything I've used before. I am turning 50 this year and so I have some experience with dryness and menopausal misery in the lower regions.

I have super sensitive skin and am prone to itching and irritation from detergents and soaps however that all changed with Lubrigyn.  (They are not sponsoring this review, this is my own personal blog post). 

What makes this different is that it is a moist, creamy lotion that you can use for cleansing. It's so gentle you don't even need to rinse it, though I do. It actually protects and lubricates delicate skin, without harsh perfumes or lather. The products are gynecologically tested, women approved and Italy’s first choice in feminine hygiene and care. This cleans your skin using gentle oils. There's no parabens, harsh detergents, or sodium lauryl sulfate. 

You can see the cleansing lotion by clicking this link: Lubrigyn Cleansing Lotion

I knew NOTHING about acidic hydrolipid film or why it was so important, but this cleansing lotion protects that very important healthy barrier on the skin which in turn, helps to lubricate and retain moisture. If you are suffering with burning, itching and dryness and you keep using low end products in your intimate area, your vulva may become red, flakey, cracked and inflamed. Please do yourself a favor and at least try this cleansing lotion once. I hope it works for you as well it does for me.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline




Listen to this book for free on Audible with this link:  FREE Audible Trial

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Riveting and fast-paced, with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?

REVIEW:  Wow, wow, and wow. Every so often I find a book that draws me into the story, even though I am not a huge fan of suspense, murder mystery, crime scenes.....but I have to admit, this one hooked me. This was the first book I've read by this author and I could not put it down.  

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, have desperately hoped, prayed, and waited for a baby. They have tried everything to conceive on their own but then find themselves having to resort to a sperm donor. Imagine their horror when months later the TV news shows the arrest of a man blamed for serial murders.....and Christine recognizes his face from his profile photo.

Donor 3319.

Could she be carrying the child of a serial killer?

I'll leave it up to you to find out. You will NOT be disappointed in this if you love this genre.



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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Audible Gift Memberships


Need a quick and easy gift?  Try an Audible Gift Membership! 



It's easy to give your favorite reader exactly what they want! 

Audible offers 1, 3, 6, and 12 month gift memberships. Recipients who are new to Audible have access to all member benefits for the duration of their gift and keep all purchased audiobooks permanently.

Amazon will send your gift recipient an email on the day you choose along with redemption instructions, or allow you to print and give it directly based on the option you select. The gift recipient can start their Audible Premium Plus membership right away. 

Current Audible members will receive all credits from a redeemed gift membership at once. Their current plan will not be extended or interrupted.

You can check out the Frequently Asked Questions link on the Amazon Audible page but it's really pretty easy!

An Audible gift membership is the perfect gift for both Audible enthusiasts as well as those who have not yet discovered the joy of audiobooks!

If you haven't signed up for Audible yourself, you can try out Audible Premium Plus and get up to two free audiobooks. 


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DEFINEME Fragrances Hair Fragrance Mist Clara, Audry, Payton, Delphine




I recently ordered four of the DEFINEME hair fragrance mists and wanted to share my experience with them here, in case you are interested in trying these. 

These mists add shine and amazing scents to your hair, and are anti-frizz! 
 
Why I Like Them: This woman-owned company was launched in March of 2015. The products are made using clean, natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients. Also, they partner with She's the First, which is a non-profit organization facilitating educational scholarships for young women in developing countries. Every product purchased results in a $1 donation going directly toward these scholarships.

So here's the lineup of what I tested:

Audry: This is a sweet, clean floral scent. I like to spray the mist and walk through it. The mists use natural and essential oils, panthenol, chamomile extract, aloe vera and a touch of coconut oil.   Audry is perfect for you if you really like "sweet" smells. The scent wave is as follows:   Swell: Peony + Pink Rose. Crest: Jasmine + Magnolia Blossom. Break: Atlas Cedar + Sandalwood.

Clara:  Clara is by far my favorite! It is light and clean and lingers with a subtle fresh scent. It is not heavy at all or overpowering. I like to mist the air and walk through it so it lands all over my hair and upper body. Clara lives life with gratitude + grace. The scent wave is as follows: Swell: Blue Violet + Lily. Crest: Hibiscus + Lilac. Break: Powder + Oak Moss.

Payton: If you like musky and/or spicy, try Payton. Payton inspires going after dreams with strength and passion!  The scent wave is as follows: Swell: Orange Blossom + Petitgrain. 

Crest: Mimosa + Cassis. Break: Clove Buds + Cocoa. 

Delphine: I sprayed a light mist of this and it smelled a bit powdery sweet, but not overbearing. It's clean and I like that it has Ylang Ylang which is one of my absolute favorite smells. Delphine inspires creativity and imagination. The scent wave is as follows: Swell: Lilac + Gardenia. Crest: Ylang Ylang + Freesia. Break: Coconut + Rosewood.

You can click on the names of each scent if you are interested in seeing them online or want to purchase and try them out yourself.

Out of these four that I tried, Clara is my favorite. It also comes in a natural perfume oil  which I would happily purchase. 

For the Disney princesses out there, check out Ariel Disney Princess travel spray. This scent is meant to evoke your sense of wanderlust! It has a splash of citrusy neroli and bergamot, flowing into a sweet floral with jasmine and lilac, then crashing with a beachy blend of tonka bean, coconut and driftwood


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