Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review of Audio CD By John Bytheway, Embark!

John Bytheway is an incredible speaker who particularly appeals to youth, but I think all ages can benefit from listening to him and his motivational talks filled with spiritual enlightenment and anecdotes that remind us of what we can do to make a difference in our lives and others.

 I recently listened to the new audio CD Embark! by John Bytheway and in the beginning he talks about what the word "Embark" means. My six-year-old son was in and out of the kitchen while I was listening and I didn't think he was really paying attention but when John asked the audience if they knew what "Embark" means, my son smiled and said. "I know what it means. I can embark on my horse." He pointed at the bouncy horse on our patio. This not only made me smile, but reassured me that this audio CD is excellent for the entire family to listen to.

I'd encourage you to pick up this CD and listen to it a few times, in the car, in the kitchen, etc. to give yourself a chance to really soak up the great ideas John shares. I always feel stronger after listening to him speak, like even though life is tough we can get through it if we hold tight to what we know is right and keep trying!

Here's a little more information about this new presentation:
An ideal talk that supports the new 2015 Mutual theme!
In this motivating talk related to the 2015 youth theme, John
Bytheway explains what it means to truly embark—to get
fully on board in the service of God with all your heart, might,
mind, and strength. Using scriptures, powerful stories, and his
characteristic humor, John explains that with the Savior’s help,
we can remain on board and eventually stand blameless before
God at the last day.

John Bytheway served a mission to the Philippines and later
graduated from Brigham Young University. A favorite speaker
and teacher, John holds a master’s degree in religious education
and is a part-time instructor at BYU. John is the author of many
bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How Do I
Know if I Know?; Of Pigs, Pearls, and Prodigals; When Times
are Tough: 5 Scriptures That Will Help You Get through Almost
Anything; and the 2014 youth theme talk on CD, Come Unto
Christ. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Recipe Hacker Cookbook: Comfort foods without gluten, dairy, soy, grains or cane sugar

 Here's a new cookbook that is perfect for many people today struggling with allergies to food. The Recipe Hacker: Comfort Foods without Soy, Dairy, Cane Sugar, Gluten, and Grain is a cookbook by Diana Keuilian and she has shared her expert hacking skills with us and I'm so grateful! I have gluten sensitivity and other problems relating to Leaky Gut Syndrome which I've worked hard to repair. This is a life-long change that I'm making and it's nice to have the options of favorite comfort foods made with ingredients that are non-irritating to the gut.

The Recipe Hacker: Comfort foods without gluten, dairy, soy, grains or cane sugar

Break the recipe code for your favorite foods! Free of grains, gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and soy, The RecipeHacker is a mouthwatering collection of your favorite comfort foods with a healthy twist. Learn to use easy ingredient substitutions to transform traditional dishes into real, healthy comfort food masterpieces, without sacrificing any flavor! Enjoy healthier, whole-food versions of Key Lime Pie, Crispy Orange Chicken, and Banana Pancakes. Dozens of recipes and delicious flavors will keep you coming back for more. Enjoy all the comfort foods you crave and keep your body (and skinny jeans) happy at the same time!

My Review: I like the format of the cookbook, ingredient list that is easy to follow. Love the great pictures--I'm a huge fan of photogenic foods. :) Diana has included some wonderful comfort foods that I'm looking forward to testing out.
I've already tried the granola and the granola bars and both were a hit. At first with the granola bars, I thought they might be too crumbly but when I put them in the fridge they set up quite nicely. The amount of shredded coconut in them was a nice change from my usual granola bars with oatmeal as the base. Here's a pic of mine, so yummy!
 About the author:
Diana Keuilian is passionate about creating wholesome versions of your favorite foods. She removes the gluten, dairy, soy, grains and cane sugar from traditional comfort food recipes like cake, tacos, cookies, waffles, enchiladas and more. This hobby propelled her to start the popular blog,, where she shares hundreds of delicious recipes and mouthwatering photos. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two young children.
For more recipes, or to contact Diana, visit

I was given a copy of this cookbook from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Books by Kierstin Marquet

Today I'm highlighting a book series by Kierstin Marquet. If you like suspense and adventure, you'll definitely want to check out these books!
Three Reluctant Promises (Mason Jar Series)

Kierstin is a talented writer and her first book Three Reluctant Promises is out in paperback as well as ebook.

Here's the book blurb:
Whoever heard of a kidnapper with a sense of honor?

Illegal immigrant Tommy Ramirez takes odd jobs to make ends meet after a car crash leaves him and his sisters orphaned. A bad day becomes a nightmare, when he discovers kidnapped girls in the back of his semi-truck. A victim's mother enlists his help to free the girls, and she is mortally wounded in the attempt. Bound by honor, Tommy makes three promises to her. Dodging death, deportation, and dyslexia, Tommy knows he can’t keep his word by himself. When he makes a desperate grab for help—literally—Ashten Mason, a cop’s spitfire daughter, doesn’t come willingly.

And of course, you'll want to check out Book 2 in the series, Three Stupid Lies (Mason Jar Series Book 2) the pulse-pounding sequel to Three Reluctant Promises, is also out in ebook on!

About the author:
Award-winning author, Kierstin Marquet, has a BS in criminal justice, a minor in psychology, and a love of sleuthing. Her debut novel, Three Reluctant Promises, and its sequel, Three Stupid Lies are the first two books in the Mason Jar Series. These stories were inspired by Kierstin's unique experiences growing up as a police officer's daughter. Experiences like: getting pulled over with lights (thankfully no siren) in the church parking lot and going to process crime scenes in her nightgown. You can visit her and find excerpts from her latest novels at and She's always delighted to hear from anyone who shares a passion for reading and writing at

Sharee Campbell AKA Kierstin Marquet

Friday, January 2, 2015

Review of FoxBrim Vitamin C Lotion

Today I'm sharing my review of a great little moisturizer I received through Amazon.
Vitamin C Lotion ★SALE★ BEST Facial Moisturizer - #1 Natural Face Lotion - Complete Ingredients 15% Vitamin C, MSM, Green Tea, Jojoba Oil & More! - Effective Lightweight Moisturizer for All Skin Types - Natural & Organic - Antioxidant Protection - Use To Fortify, Strengthen and Repair Skin - Visibly Reduce Sun Spots and Discoloration - Can Also Be Used As A Body Moisturizer - Try Risk Free Today - Amazing Quality Guarantee (Misc.)

My Review: This lotion delivered everything it promised. I've been very pleased with the light, clean scent. The lotion isn't greasy and it goes on very smooth. I love the bottle with handy pump that gives me control over how much lotion I want, so much easier than other kinds of pumps or moisturizers that I can to unscrew the cap every time. For me, the bottle adds a lot of value to my moisturizer because I like it when a great product comes in great packaging that provides ease of use.

My skin is very sensitive and so I tested this product for a few weeks before leaving my review. I haven't noticed any adverse effects and we've just hit a major cold snap with dry, dry air and my skin is glowing! 

Foxbrim's Vitamin C Lotion

Expect more from your daily moisturizer. It starts with quality skin protection with proven vitamin C. All the benefits in a single bottle.  Create eight-fold antioxidant protection while effectively preventing the formation of free radicals. From lightening sun spots and discoloration to reducing wrinkle formation our lotion provides a number of essential benefits to fortify and prepare skin for the day.

Enjoy the full benefits of a combination of MSM, Green Tea and Vitamin C. With soothing Aloe, effective restorative agents can work to strengthen skin elasticity and promote cell turnover. All for your healthiest skin yet!
Create healthy hydrated skin that radiates.

• Effectively lighten spots and discoloration
• Reduce wrinkle formation and existing wrinkles
• Refine and even skin texture
• Promote skin cell turnover

Key Ingredients include:
+ Vitamin C (15%)
+ Aloe Vera
+ Shea Butter
+ Jojoba Oil
+ Green Tea
You can try this yourself by ordering from Amazon on the link below. :) 
 I received a sample of this product to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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