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Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me that Calm Is the New Happy
Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me that Calm Is the New Happy
by Martha Brettschneider
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
28 used & new from $2.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Living a Fulfilled Life with Intention and Mindfulness, April 27, 2016
Martha Brettschneider's book is a memoir, a record and a personal journal about life's successes and challenges, overcoming obstacles and the many surprising experiences which make it all worthwhile. It is a highly fascinating human interest story about value systems and facing the unknown. It is mostly about the unexpected twists and turns which occur on life's journey, with or without our emotional consent, sometimes based on the choices that we have made that are consistent with our values and life goals and other times, the unplanned events thrust upon us by changes no one could have anticipated. It is also about surprising lessons that lead into unknown directions where life's lessons are far more intense and deeply felt. What I enjoyed most was the genuine descriptions of what the author had planned in contrast with what actually happened in her life, after she got married. Especially amusing and enlightening are the chapters which begin with the phrase " It was never part of the plan ..."

The book is a very enjoyable read because the author's approach although light-hearted and amusing is also very serious at times. She provides just the right amount of detail so that the reader continually wants to learn more about how she adjusted to life experiences which were "never part of the plan." There is a great deal of candor and humor, humor which helps the author deal with some very serious life events. The discerning reader may discover many truths revealed by the author by 'reading between the lines'. It is especially interesting to learn how the author used gardening as a form of meditation, means of coping with stress and how she developed viewing life with "mindfulness."

Several life altering events in this book stood out: the first is when the author and her husband bought a home in Vienna, Virginia where they raised their two young boys. I enjoyed the descriptions of learning to adjust to suburban living, raising two young boys and coping with the ups and downs of life. The second was when she and her family moved to Germany to experience a different culture while her children were still young enough not to object to leaving their friends. Third, was when the author learned she had a life-threatening diagnosis. The author faced this life challenge with her usual sense of urgency, energy and drive to cope to become a winner. Reviewer received a complimentary copy of the book with option to review. This book is highly recommended. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


18k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
18k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
Price: $13.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Twist in Design Provides Beautiful Contrast, April 6, 2016
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I had some concerns due to the semi-twisted look to the earrings on the product page but the concern of how they appear in real life when worn was baseless. The twist in the design is actually appealing. I enjoy wearing them due to their eye-catching beauty. The yellow gold trim, as an outline stands out well against the sterling silver, sandy-grained center which catches light and has a crystalline appearance. These earrings are gorgeous and large, so be prepared to receive compliments and discuss their design, appearance and feel when wearing them.

My second concern was the length which makes them a larger size than I typically wear. They feel heavier than other earrings I own, so my solution is to wear them on special occasions only and for shorter periods of time. I also have resolved to *not* wear them when going to sleep. I can wear most of my 14 Kt gold earrings for any length of time and can sleep in them without concerns. These earrings due to their length, size and weight would make for an uncomfortable night. However, I enjoy their beauty and style so am very happy to own them. Thank you Amazon Vine for this very fine offer! Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Filigree Pendant Necklace, 18"
Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Filigree Pendant Necklace, 18"
Price: $22.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Beautiful and Elegant, April 6, 2016
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This necklace is elegant and looks so beautiful. In real life it looks to be a very expensive and costly piece of jewelry. It is an astonishing value! Rose gold is rare and must be seen to be appreciated. This is the first item of jewelry I have ever seen which is plated with rose gold. Yellow gold and white gold are much more common. What stands out the most for me is the filigree pendant which is much larger in size than I anticipated. It took some getting used to because ordinarily I choose smaller sized pendants however, it did not take long to appreciate the beauty and quality of the design. Nor do I feel uncomfortable with its dimensions which are eye-catching, approximately 1.75 inches in length and approximately 1.25 in width. It has a rare diamond shape with a nice lace effect throughout, making it lighter than it looks. It does not feel heavy because of the cut out design. I doubt the chain would be a problem or a concern for these reasons. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Ivento Collection Universal Tumbler, 18.6-Ounce, Clear, Set of 6
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Ivento Collection Universal Tumbler, 18.6-Ounce, Clear, Set of 6
Price: $36.14
3 used & new from $24.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Beverage Glass: Thin, Strong, Resists Breaking, April 6, 2016
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The German company Schott Zwiesel has created a new technology of glassware and I am pleased with the results. The most noticeable feature is that it tapers from a wider base and then gets somewhat smaller toward the rim. Another noticeable feature is the glass is much lighter and made thinner than many others of a similar size which hold 18.6 ounces. Most glassware would be very thick and heavy if it held 18.6 ounces of fluid, just because of the fact it is glass. However, Schott Zwiesel has added titanium oxide and zirconium oxide which they have patented and call "Tritan Crystal". It has astonishing features many other glassware and crystal products lack: it is very shiny, resists breaking, and is safe to use in dishwashers. These are great selling points but most outstanding of all is that it is light and holds so much volume! I do not have to keep pouring and refilling a favorite beverage. One good fill up of a nonalcoholic favorites will satisfy me most of the time! For any alcoholic beverages, one or two fingers high is the measurement I use due to such a huge volume! The best selling points are that the "Tritan Crystal" makes it strong and break resistant promising long use. Another very excellent point is that it has universal uses: great for everyday or for special occasions. Also, the size is really nice, not too tall and not too chubby: 5 inches high and 3.5 inches in diameter. I really like the fact that they do not have stems. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


Cuisinart 100% Cotton Terry Super Absorbent Kitchen Towel, Sculpted Subway Tile, Aqua Blue
Cuisinart 100% Cotton Terry Super Absorbent Kitchen Towel, Sculpted Subway Tile, Aqua Blue
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $5.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Large Enough for Most Needs and Very Absorbent, April 6, 2016
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This towel is a very good size. It is large enough for use for anyone who is drying dishes after a meal for several people. It is superb for large pots and pans also. I love the design which looks like a brick wall, the bricks which stick out have the side where the towel is more fuzzy. The other side is more flat and some reviewers do not like this fact but I can understand how the weave would create this effect. I have many dish towels of varying designs and the fact is this same feature exists in all of them. I have ones where there is a diamond design, the opposite side of it is flat, too. I have towels where there is a checked design and the same feature prevails. In my experience, the fact is that one side of most dish towels are woven to have more "drying power." Over all, this towel meets all my specifications for a good dish towel and is a very excellent product. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


Coyote Speaks: Cross Country Run
Coyote Speaks: Cross Country Run
by Peter Likins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Engaging Creative Mystery and Fascinating Life Story, April 5, 2016
Peter Likins has written a fascinating cultural story which starts in the Southwest, specifically southern Arizona on a chicken farm where a couple cares for as many as ten orphan children at a time. This book is about the life story of one of those orphans, Kit Coyote Viejo whose journey of challenges and successes is the basis for an eye-opening human interest adventure. The book is about finding one's self and one's purpose in life, despite the difficult journey getting there. It also resolves a mystery that ties together many details which opens up the necessary revelations about Kit Coyote's early life and reason for abandonment and becoming an orphan. The author creatively comes full circle in helping the reader understand the complicated issues which made Kit Coyote's emotional and personal life so difficult.

Life on the farm with the Durkins is filled with grueling hard physical labor, with very little love and emotional support from Jake Durkin, called "the Old Man" by the orphans, and Molly Durkin his passive wife, called "Aunt Molly". Aunt Molly makes her life more bearable by cooking delicious meals and by having a secret love affair with the Baptist minister, without her husband ever suspecting it. The Old Man died under questionable circumstances which becomes another one of the mysteries that is unraveled toward the end of the book in a very creative manner by the author. Kit Coyote becomes a runner, running in the mountains and deserts of Arizona. In high school, his running skills become the basis for turning his life around, and opening up new doors and possibilities for a better future.

The story continues in Pennsylvania where Kit Coyote wins an AAU Cross Country Race one of the rewards of which was a a gold ring. After the race, an auto accident occurred involving a Jamaican girl, named Lani Beckman who was also an AAU runner. This event changed Kit Coyote's outlook on life once more. He saved Lani's life and somehow became intertwined in it in unexpected ways. Lani returns home to Jamaica to recover from the physical and emotional scars of the accident but she does not forget Kit Coyote who saved her life. Lani was no longer quite the same person after the accident but the changes were not immediately evident. Kit had fallen in love with her and did not realize the serious toll this would take on his life due to her personal inner struggles. They got married without her parents' permission which was another strike against this ill-fated marriage. Kit graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor's degree in English and completed a Master's degree as well. He became an English teacher and wrestling coach. His life seemed on a good course but Lani's problems escalated and Kit lost his job due to associated problems which arose in his life. He and Lani divorced. Kit chose to return to Arizona, his former home and eventually builds a new life, with a new wife. Later in life, he seeks answers to questions he had about his early life and childhood which he was certain were the basis of his own complicated emotional life and behaviors which sabotaged his successes.

The story spans over forty years of time and is told in about 250 pages which is amazing, given the detail written about Kit Coyote's early life, his childhood struggles growing up as an orphan and his later successes as a high school and college athlete. The author writes the book in two parts and in part two, tackles the problems which created demons that haunted Kit Coyote throughout his life. The reader learns, out of the clear blue, when he was an award winning college runner, Kit is interviewed by Andrea Parker, a writer for RUNNING Magazine who is fascinated by his success and wants to learn his motivation and determination to run. She unwittingly becomes the conduit or connection to another person who eventually helps Kit unravel the mysteries of his life. He learns the answers to many serious questions which provides the resolution to the major problems that have haunted him throughout his life. This book is well written on an unusual topic and provides answers to many thought-provoking questions and helps resolve a very important mystery in the life of Kit Coyote. There are a few awkward areas which had me deduct one star but overall I totally enjoyed the book. The reviewer received a complimentary copy with the option to review. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Two Tone Oval Cubic Zirconia 8x6mm and White Cubic Zirconia Leverback Earring Jackets (3cttw)
Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Two Tone Oval Cubic Zirconia 8x6mm and White Cubic Zirconia Leverback Earring Jackets (3cttw)
Price: $11.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Red Oval Zirconia Set off by Small White CZ Stones, March 16, 2016
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This pair of rhodium plated sterling silver two tone oval cubic zirconia earrings are indeed stunning. I am very pleased and more impressed each time I receive one of the high quality jewelry items from the Amazon Curated Collection. I had some doubts at first, due to the ruby colored zirconia oval stone which measures 8 X 6 mm, as mostly I am not a fan of red colored stones. However I need not have worried, the color is very natural looking and is set off beautifully by the small white cubic zirconia which encircle it. The stone is not too heavy in my ears. All the small white zirconia shimmer and shine in any light. I love lever back earrings because they are a European design and more secure. The earrings fit very nicely through my pierced ears and I am surprised by the comments/descriptions in other reviews about ill-fitting earrings or how they hang. I own many lever back styled earrings bought in Europe and if they do not "hang perfectly" each time I turn or move my head, it is not a great concern to me. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


18k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Diamond Cut Hoop Earrings
18k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Diamond Cut Hoop Earrings
Price: $18.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Style, Design,& High Quality Look, March 16, 2016
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I was enormously pleased when I opened the box and saw these stunning and gorgeous earrings. They shine so brightly
and the yellow gold plating makes the earrings more attractive in my estimation than the photo on the amazon sales page. This is an amazing high quality product for the price. Hard to believe actually!

First, I love the style and the size. The earrings are diamond cut hoops, the size is just right (about 1 inch in diameter) to hang properly from the earlobes. The metal is of excellent quality: 18 Kt yellow gold plated over sterling silver and certainly will not tarnish. Second, I love the design, which includes an "X" pattern repeated over and over in a width that appeals to me. There is no difficulty inserting the earrings through my pierced ears whatsoever. These earrings will be getting a lot of use because they have a classical design which means they are universally appealing in quality, color, style and design. Thank you Amazon Vine program for this high quality offer. Love them, I really do! Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


Shelby's Way...Maybe: Listen to Your Heart and Find Your Way
Shelby's Way...Maybe: Listen to Your Heart and Find Your Way
Price: $4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relationships, Temptation, Romance, Self-Discovery, Personal Strengths, March 5, 2016
Katherine Mitchell has written an highly engaging, insightful and thoughtful novel in which values clash and compete with deeply conflicting emotions and desires. It is also about personal growth and taking responsibility for one's life and the decisions made amidst these conflicts. The setting is a posh party in the hillside home in Hollywood, California of a film producer. A successful and seemingly happy, strikingly good-looking couple, Shelby and Boyd are attending the party; they mix socially with many different people who belong to the "Hollywood" set of the socially prominent and wealthy crowd. Shelby and Boyd get separated as they are introduced to various successful people. However, as the party ends and comes to a close, Shelby can not locate Boyd, nor does he come home. After three days she begins to worry and does some investigating to learn more about the last person with whom he was seen at the party. Shelby's questions lead her to an older writer, someone she trusts. He is a famous author, whose books she had read, who knew this individual very well. Boyd is a handsome stuntman, he never strayed with other women, and fully supported Shelby (a stay-at-home mom) and their eight year old daughter. Shelby learns much more than she wishes and realizes she and her daughter were abandoned. For the first time in her life, Shelby must make decisions independently, earn a living, and support herself and the precious daughter whom she loves so much.

Shelby's life was turned upside down. Shelby was pushed into adulthood. Most important of all, Shelby learns that consequences always follow whatever decisions and behaviors she makes. She had to face unpleasant truths. She had to assess and develop workforce skills and find a job. She had to hire a caregiver for her daughter for after school. On her journey of self-discovery, Shelby faced temptations of involvement with a few men who crossed her path. Needless to say, on a few occasions she succumbed to temptation. Her survival instincts kicked in. She learned to sort out her life and discovered qualities, personal strengths, values and resilience within herself. She was able to balance the competing drives and energies within herself, and eventually make wise choices that helped her build a satisfying and fulfilling life. This book has many fascinating twists and turns as the plot develops, as different relationships unfold, as various conflicts arise on both a personal and romantic level and as Shelby develops and matures on her journey of discovering her true self. The book is well written and held my attention from beginning to the end. Reviewer received a complimentary book with option to review. Erika Borsos (pepper flower)
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Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl Cocktail Ring, Size 7
Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl Cocktail Ring, Size 7
Price: $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Design: Stunning, Elegant, February 27, 2016
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Simply stated the ring is gorgeous! This platinum plated sterling silver ring has a flawless design and will receive numerous high compliments and frequent glances when wearing it. The large fresh water pearl is shaped nicely to fit centrally into the setting. The setting has three pear-shaped white cubic zirconia on each side of the pearl, each is shaped into a floral pattern, resembling a highly modified fleur de lis. There is a small white cubic zirconia in the center of each. Running along the perimeter of the ring are numerous small equal sized round white cubic zirconia, creating a magnificent glimmering effect. The ring is superbly constructed. I was awe struck when I opened the box, very pleased and struck by its beautiful design. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
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