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Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream, 2 fl. oz.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream, 2 fl. oz.
Price: $12.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Organic Product From Juice Beauty, October 30, 2014
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Older looking hands are one of the first tells of a lady's age and this certified organic hand cream asserts it can help delay the ultimately inevitable aging process. At any rate this hand cream does absorb in to the skin of the hands quickly without leaving a heavy,oily, feel like many such products do. There is a subtle apple smell to this hand cream that I would think most users would find pleasant. This is the third product from the environmentally conscious Juice Beauty line I have recently tried and I have been very satisfied with all of them.


Nivea Lip Care Kissable 2 Piece Gift Set
Nivea Lip Care Kissable 2 Piece Gift Set

4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, Practical Holiday Gift, October 30, 2014
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This would make a small practical gift to give a woman during the holiday season. The lip butter and lip balm are manufactured by Nivea which is a respected moderately priced name in skin care. The lip butter comes in an appealing pale pink color and definitely has a taste of raspberry rose as its name implies. The lipstick style balm is creatively titled a "kiss of shimmer". The tin container with well fitting lid the products come in would be good for storing buttons, hair barrettes, coins or even for regifting small item(s). The navy color of the tin is attractive but not specific to any holiday. Since the winter holidays and the start of chapped lip season coincide these lip care products would be a practical and welcome gift for most ladies.


Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil, 4 fl. oz.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil, 4 fl. oz.
Price: $32.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, A Cleansing Oil, October 29, 2014
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This actually is an oil type product that removes makeup and other dirt or products left on the skin. At age 55 and having lived for years in the very dry state of Colorado any chance to get a little extra oil in my dry skin is very welcome though in my younger oily skin plagued days "cellular cleansing oil" never would have worked for me. The product does not flare my rosacea/adult acne which is the first thing I evaluate when trying a new skin product. There is a slight odor but to me it is pleasant and very subtle. I like that the product is cruelty free as well as certified organic. The apple grape and lemon fruit stems in its composition sound so very healthy and it is further enriched with Vitamin C and E for antioxidant properties.


Lily Love
Lily Love
by Maggi Myers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romance Novel Starring The Mom Of A Special Needs Child, October 28, 2014
This review is from: Lily Love (Paperback)
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LILY LOVE is the story of a woman, Caroline, whose life is changed when she suffers a stroke shortly after giving birth to what will for medical reasons be her only child, Little more than a year later she gets more bad news as she finds her child has significant developmental delays. As a special educator I was attracted to the book and author Maggi Myers gets many of the factual and emotional details of life with a special needs child just right. However much of the book falls in to the romance novel category. Caroline's marriage disintegrates under the stress of caring for Lily. However she has two love interests in the novel. A recently divorced hospital employee who has been a support to her for years and a handsome stranger she meets in the hospital cafeteria. I have to agree with other reviewers who found that the novel leaves too many questions unanswered to be a satisfying book for most readers though it does have value for those who closely identify with its specific themes.


Last Night at the Blue Angel: A Novel
Last Night at the Blue Angel: A Novel
by Rebecca Rotert
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.76
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4.0 out of 5 stars Set In 1965 Chicago And Narrated By A Ten Year Old Girl, October 28, 2014
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LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ANGEL is an entertaining if somewhat uneven novel. Almost eleven years old in 1965 our main narrator Sophia lives with her fame seeking, jazz singer mother Naomi in a hotel in downtown Chicago that has seen better days. Sophia and Naomi are supported by a quirky cast of characters they have known for years including Jim a policeman turned photographer who is in love with Naomi, Sister I a lesbian former nun and now a lay teacher and Sister I's sibling Rita a transvestite. Sophia's natural father a gambler named David is also still in love with the bisexual Naomi as is his sister Laura an airline stewardess. While Sophia carries the narration for the part of the story set in the mid 60's Naomi's voice tells her story from the 50's when she was forced to leave her farm family in rural Kansas after a scandal involving forbidden love. Her exodus eventually led her to find her voice and passion for singing.

The first part of the novel is the best as the second half seems too contrived to be believable. There is a well carried out theme concerning race relations in the 1960's that focuses on Sophia's friendship with an African American girl names Elizabeth and the scenes that included Elizabeth and her parents were my favorite parts of the book. I enjoyed the novel and felt parts were excellently portrayed and plotted while others more resembled an unbelievable soap opera. Still this is an above average novel many will be entertained by as I was.


A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth
A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth
by Barbara Cofer Stoefen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.92
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2.0 out of 5 stars Upscale, Christian Mom Can't Believe She Has A Daughter Who Abuses Drugs, October 25, 2014
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A VERY FINE HOUSE is told by an upscale Bend, Oregon mother whose daughter is recovering from drug addiction. The book is well written and though told from a Christian perspective author Barbara Cover Stoefen does avoid being overly preachy about her religion. However Stoefen is not as successful in keeping an obvious sense of entitlement out of her tone as evidenced by her continual bewilderment that problems could happen to a superior family like she considers hers to be. Finally she decides if this could happen to her it could happen to anyone. Wow such insight being privileged and protected doesn't totally insulate you from the bad things in life! Such statements about her father (an alcoholic) coming from a "fine" Arizona family made my eyes roll. Oh and her daughter never had a mental illness (depression, bipolar) as her psychiatrists diagnosed but all her very crazy actions (including cutting herself, breaking into her parent's house to steal mom's "best" jewelry, multiple meltdowns and so on) were caused by alcohol and drug addiction. OK Mom if you say so but if she was so mentally fit why was she so drawn to such bad choices especially with such a "fine" and loving family you keep telling us she had? The book does have some practical advice for those who have loved ones addicted to drugs and of course this is a success story with a happy ending which will be inspiring to some but this mom has to keep congratulating herself that she got the positive outcome for her daughter many don't. To her credit Mrs. Stoefen does seem to have learned some compassion for others from her daughter's experience so I'll give her book two stars for that.


Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment, 0.5 fl. oz.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment, 0.5 fl. oz.
Price: $45.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Eye Repair Treatment For My Fifty Plus Eyes, October 24, 2014
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This gel like eye repair treatment is almost immediately absorbed by the area around my fifty plus eyes. It definitely helps moisturize that area and hopefully over repeated use it may stimulate circulation enough to begin to even repair some of the damage the sun and years have inflicted. I like that the is certified organic with jojoba and shea butter being major ingredients and if you accidentally get a bit in your eyes there is no burning or pain. The applicator is well suited to help get just the amount of gel needed for each eye area out. The price of $45 seems a little high but just a dab is needed for each eye, This is my first experience with Juice Beauty products and I am impressed.


Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis
Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis
by Alexis Coe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched And Very Readable Story Of Fascinating 1892 Murder Trial, October 23, 2014
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Well researched and intelligently written in very readable prose Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis gives its readers a detailed look at a fascinating and tragic real life murder case as well as a snapshot of attitudes in the American South in the year 1892. Freda and Alice were two middle class teenage Memphis girls who met at a type of finishing school. Alice fell passionately in love with Freda and Freda seemed to return her affection though remained flirtatious with men. Alice proposed a scheme where she would pass as a man and marry Freda. Following the wedding they would elope to a new life in St. Louis. When this plan was discovered and thwarted by family members in the summer of 1891 Freda was kept at a distance from Alice while Alice became increasingly obsessed with the girl she considered her one true love.

In 1892 shortly before Freda was scheduled to leave Memphis Alice slashed her former lover's throat with a razor she had stolen for that purpose from her father months ago. Freda died soon after. Apparently Alice had meant to kill herself shortly after that act but was stopped by the people around her. A well publicized trial occurred soon after and eventually Alice was declared insane and sentenced to an asylum where she died just a few years later at the age of twenty-five.

I have an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book that is illustrated with black and white drawings but apparently forty additional illustrations are included in the published copies. While the background to Alice and Freda's affair and the murder and ensuing trial are interesting the book is most valuable because of the information it details about attitudes toward sexuality, the role of women and even race relations during the 1890's. Transcripts of several letters sent between Alice and Freda are included as are some correspondence from other players in the case, there is an extensive bibliography and seventeen pages of research notes.


Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer, Acai Berry, 30 Count
Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer, Acai Berry, 30 Count
Price: $39.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars All great workouts so far but a few downsides for the product, October 23, 2014
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I had two of my best workouts after using Vega Sport Sugar-Free Acai Berry energizer drink. So I have to rate the product highly. Maybe the great workouts were the placebo effect or maybe they were just coincidence because of the weather and other factors.

I have read that turmeric and ginger, two of the ingredients, are recommended and beneficial for exercisers.

A few warnings: This product does not taste good and it is very difficult to dissolve the powder. I ended up refilling the glass several times and ended up just trying to swallow the chunks. Some poepl may not appreciate the extra and unplanned fluids.

The product page says there are 100 mg of naturally-occurring caffeine from green tea and yerba maté per serving. I read everything on the box and on the packets and never saw anything about caffeine. I was unaware of the caffeine on those workouts so maybe that's why I felt so good.


Don't Touch
Don't Touch
by Rachel M. Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.92
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story Written For Young Adults About A Girl With An Anxiety Disorder, October 22, 2014
This review is from: Don't Touch (Hardcover)
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People joke about having OCD but it and other anxiety problems are treatable conditions that unfortunately because of fear and stigma cripple many. DON'T TOUCH is a novel aimed at the young adult audience that sensitively tackles the increasing problems OCD causes an aspiring young actress. It's an easy read told in first person that many teens will be able to identify with whether they suffer from an anxiety problem themselves or just need to develop empathy and understanding for those who do. The overall message of the book is there is help available and those who want to give it but the suffering person must be open and willing to receive it. An important message for those of any age.


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