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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Adovia Mineral Skin Care : Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask #review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.




  • Facial Mask Tightens and Purifies Pores leaving Clear, Younger Complexion 
  • Dead Sea Mud Quickly Reduces Acne and Pimples 
  • Over 21 Minerals Present in Dead Sea Mud Mask help to keep skin healthier and act as acne treatment 
  • A Facial Dead Sea Mud Mask Facial Treatment in Spas costs from $70-120. This Mask contains 30 Sessions! 
  • Can be Used as Spot Treatment and Blackhead Remover
My Review

As a fair and sensitive skinned girl, I am always skeptical about trying new products. Anything and everything can set off breakouts that I have worked for years to get under control.

As soon as I read the list of ingredients, I knew the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask was one I could try. Beeswax, Dead Sea water/mud, papaya extract, Aloe Vera gel, vitamins a and c, camomile,  sunflower seed and jojoba oil, among other incredibly moisturizing ingredients make this a mask that every girl should have in her skin care regime. This product is also not tested on animals.





The mask itself is not at all gritty, which was pleasantly unexpected. The tube makes it very easy to get just the right amount, as you only need a thin layer. It goes on smooth and dries in about 20 minutes. After it dried, the mask washed off very easily with lukewarm water. I tried the mask on my hand first (in case of reaction) - it left my hand soft and supple with no itchiness. This truly is a mask for all skin types, as it says, and no breakouts!

As for shipping, packaging, and labeling: The product was shipped securely and in a timely manner. The tube comes in an outside box and it was shipped well enough that the box had no visible signs of bending/crushing. The packaging is gorgeous and reminds me of being in a spa with its silver/blue label. The labeling is very clear and professional looking.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Bonds of Blood Book Tour and amazon.com giveaway!


The Bonds of Blood (The Revenant Wyrd Saga #1) 

In the world of Saracin, the Goddess damns the earth that killed her two beloved angels and tears it into six realms. As a reminder of their transgression, each person is branded with a stigmata on their palms as testament of their home realm and their separation from the Goddess.

Thirty years later, in the Holy Realm, Jovian, Angelica, Amber, and Joya, quadruplets whose mother died in childbirth, have just reached their 21st spring and are now adults. When terrible visions depicting the downfall of their family stir within Jovian and Angelica, they struggle to make sense of what they have seen while trying to live a normal life.

After Amber is kidnapped in the night, her three siblings are drawn into a dangerous pursuit across the Great Realms to find her. With every step they uncover more mystery surrounding their families past, and something far worse--an ancient enemy that could threaten their hope of ever seeing Amber alive again.

Will this enemy grant the answers they seek, or will she fray the tenuous threads binding them to their old lives?   Buy The Bonds of Blood today and enter a dangerous world of magic!

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My Review

Falling under the fantasy genre, this book was something I had hoped to enjoy - and I wasn't disappointed! Travis is an excellent storyteller with an incredible imagination that allowed me to truly experience this new world and epic journey! 

Pros: Travis Simmons does an amazing job of developing the history of this new world and I absolutely love how that history is told to the reader. There is a great deal of depth to the story line and, at the end of the day, I had quite a bit of trouble putting this book down! I love stories involving magic - add to that siblings on an epic quest and you have won me over! 

Cons: At times there is a bit too much on the descriptive end of things and the multiple points of view can be overwhelming. In the last book I read by Travis, there were character details that should have been found out early on not revealed until later. This made the character formation in my mind quite difficult and I found that with this book as well, when I found out the age of the siblings and the fact that they were quadruplets. There were also some issues with the reading format I received that made it difficult to read until I got used to it.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love fantasy and quest lines. I am very excited and looking forward to reading the rest of the saga!


About the Author
Travis has been writing since he was 14.  He began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" He always knew there was a "before" and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride for him.  He has also written the Infernal Design series.
 

He lives in a small town at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels.   He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.

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Also available in The Revenant Wyrd Saga
  
(Books #3 due April 2014, #4 due May 2014)
 
(coming soon)

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Giftcard
Open Worldwide
Ending on Sunday 4th May at 11.59pm EST 

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Operation Smile: healing children's smiles and changing lives

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of CampusBookRentals.com. Opinions are 100% my own.


Operation Smile and its more than 5,400 medical volunteers are working every day around the world to provide safe, effective and free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery for children all over the world.

They are an international medical humanitarian organization that works in over 60 countries that is dedicated to raising awareness and providing lasting solutions. Hundreds of thousands of children are still suffering from facial deformities. Worse, children are dying every day simply because they lack the access to safe surgical care.

They have gained extensive knowledge and insight into the challenges facing global health in the developing world. Poverty, malnutrition, cultural superstitions, and a severe lack of specialized surgeons in many resource-poor enviornments are all part of the problem.

WHO WE ARE: INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CHARITY

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.

At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before celebrating their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford the surgeries they need to live a productive life.

Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care. Every child deserves a future filled with hope. That's where we come in as the largest volunteer-based children's medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.

As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world, we work in over 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Together, we are saving children’s lives.

Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow? Learn more about our mission, key differentiators and history to see how we are unique from other children charities by clicking on the links.

HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS

Every dollar counts. Every gift helps change the life of a child who is suffering from a cleft lip or cleft palate.

Gifts transform lives

  • $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child's life forever and can take as few as 45 minutes. 
  •  Contributions in excess of surgical costs are invested into our sustainability programs, which empower our partner countries to treat more children on their own. 
  •  Operation Smile has more than 5,400 credentialed medical volunteers in over 80 countries who are ready to donate their time and talent. Your gifts help send them to countries where desperate children are waiting to be healed. 
Visit Operation Smile

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CampusBookRentals.com has a great new program called RentBack. RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students, which makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options!


Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Friday, April 04, 2014

NEW Purex® No Sort™ for Colors Detergent Sweepstakes!


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Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Curse The Moon - Cold War Rising by Lee Jackson - Book Tour




Lee Jackson Brings Heat To The Cold War.

His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.

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About the Author
Image of Lee JacksonLee Jackson was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in Tangier, Morocco. When he was 12 years old, his family returned to the US, and when he was 20, he enlisted in the Army. A year later, the Vietnam war ended. Lee then attended and graduated from West Point, and served on active duty until June, 1982. In 2008, he went back to work for the Department of the Army, and deployed for 19 months each in Iraq and Afghanistan. There, his job was to go into towns and villages and learn anything he could about concerns relating to security, and recommend courses of action to meet military objectives without resorting to lethal methods. He returned to the US in 2013, lives in Texas with his wife, and is a full time writer of Historical Thriller Fiction, particularly surrounding the Cold War. 'Curse The Moon' is his first novel which was published in December 2013.

My Review

What an exciting book!

This is an edge-of-your seat read (I just LOVE those) that takes place in Cuba during the Cold War. The story ended up being one that I didn't expect - one that kept me turning page after page in anticipation of what was to come. Lee Jackson wrote this book with a passion that connects you with the characters and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing Historical Thriller (Fiction)!

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY



5 LUCKY WINNERS will each receive a
SIGNED BOOK to US Winners or
PRINTED BOOK to CA / UK winners
Ending on Thursday 10th April at 11.59pm EST 

Enter Below and Good Luck !!




Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fitness Friday: How can Muay Thai Camps help you lose weight?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of SuWit Muay Thai camp

How can Muay Thai Camps help you lose weight?

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing or Thai Kickboxing) has helped many people (both young and older, men and women) lose weight and practice a healthy way of life.

It is a well known fact that people who tend to live an active life are healthier and have weight that remains on a normal level, unlike passive people who have a lot of problems with their weight. In this article we will show you how May Thai training can help you lose weight and some other benefits that this combat sport gives.

There are thousands of people across the world that are trying to find the magic formula in order to get rid of the excessive weight. The fact is that the best way to achieve this is by having a healthy diet in a combination with increasing the level of fitness. The main reason why people avoid exercising is because they find them boring and they can’t see improvement very fast. But they probably don’t know that there is a way to exercise and have fun at the same time – Muay Thai.

What exactly is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is a martial art that originates from Thailand. What makes Muay Thai different from other combat sports is the usage of “all limbs” – elbows, fists, knees, feet and shins. There are hundreds of professional fighters that practice this sport but there are also people who visit Muay Thai training camps just to keep their body strong or to lose weight.

Muay Thai provides a full body workout. Both your mind and your body are challenged and you need to cope with these challenges. It takes only few training sessions to see the effects of the training. This comes as a result of the intensive training sessions that last 1-2 hours every day. Professional training camps have experienced trainers that monitor the whole process and advice the people that are training in order to get the best results.

If you have trouble forcing yourself to visit a local gym maybe a combination of a trip and training will be the best option for you. Thailand is an incredible place where you can work on losing weight in some of the Muay Thai camps there.



SuWit Muay Thai camp is one of those camps that have everything that is needed for both amateur and professional training. There are several programs that will help you achieve your goal whether it is weight loss and muscle strengthening or becoming a professional Muay Thai fighter.


Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap #purexsinders #review

I am a Purex Insider and received product(s) to facilitate my review. Opinions are 100% my own!




We have been using the Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap in both Coconut Lime Verbena and the Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar for a few weeks now and I am in love! It's the perfect hand soap for my family that uses micro-scrubbers to get hands deep down clean. At the same time, it leaves hands soft and silky!

With a 4 year old, you know we are washing our hands multiple times a day! I NEED a soap that leaves my hands moisturized. The Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap bottles have a new bottle design that’s tapered at the bottom, making it easier for smaller hands to hold while pumping too.

These soaps are refreshing on your hands and they look pretty on the sink! I put the Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar in our bathroom (it smells amazing) and, with it's fresh citrus scent, the Coconut Lime Verbena is perfect in our kitchen.


Like other products from Dial, the Deep Cleansing Hand Soap has qualities that you can trust and offers good value for your money.

Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap comes in three fragrances: Water Blossoms, Coconut Lime Verbena, and Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar.



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Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

FREE Kindle Books from amazon.com


Every single day, Amazon has free ebooks in different genres such as: kids, fiction, non-fiction, romance and many more. You can read these free kindle books on your Kindle or one of the many free Kindle reading apps for your phone, computer, or tablet (which is what I do).

Amazon’s deals often change, so please be sure to check the price before purchasing. If you see one you think you might read, grab it now.


Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sky1 - Foundation: a post-apocalyptic thriller book review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
In a post-apocalyptic world, Nick Burke has been allotted 389 square feet of living space by the government. 

Disease spreads quickly when people are packed together so tightly. Quarantines have been imposed in an effort to contain the spread of infection. 


When a quarantine is imposed on Nick's Ground, he and his family are trapped. The only way out is to break laws that carry a penalty of death. 

Fearing for his life and the safety of his family, Nick joins forces with a local group to move to another Ground. But can he trust his new friends? 

My Review
It had been a long time since Nick Burke had run from the police. Details jumped at him. A woman swept the steps of a sewing shop. A man in jogging shorts propped a sneaker on a light post, tying his shoe. And cameras. Dear God look at all the surveillance cameras.
Jane stumbled on the sidewalk.
Nick reached out to steady her. "Are you okay?"
His wife jerked away from his hand. "I don't know why we can't take a taxi."
Nick leaned close to her, trying to appear casual. "Because this entire city's Special Police force is hunting us."

Nick Burke's story is a fascinating one that takes us on a gripping ride through a post-apocalyptic era where citizens are fighting to rise above the world they live in. Trapped during a quarantine, Nick and his family need to escape to higher ground. And Nick has a secret that the government wants.

If you like action and edge-of-your-seat reads, Sky1 - Foundation is for you. The author has an uncanny talent for making you feel every heart-beating moment and you just might feel as though you are part of Nick's escape group! With well written flash-back scenes that fill in the gaps, he comes out with developed characters and a story line that leaves you wanting more. I can't wait for the next book in the series - this is definitely a 4.5 star book!


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From the Author

I thought of this series while recovering from a hangover in bed in Holland in 1997, looking up at the (late) morning sky through a skylight in the bedroom. The premise was simple; what would happen if Holland's population continued to boom but there was no land left to expand? The conclusion I reached was that they would have to expand upward, connecting their cities. 

The world I have crafted exists seven hundred years in the future, where generations have grown up in this self-contained enormous structure that houses over eighty million people. Over centuries, the history of how and why the world was built has been lost to the citizens. Eventually, the series will deal with these questions, including what (and who) lives outside their world and what environmental changes are about to bring a very nasty surprise. This first book is a pretty straight-forward thriller, a page-turner that allows me to set-up the rest of the series.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee