Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: Artist

Artist, book three in the Remote Psychic Thriller series, follows Cassie Reynold as she picks up her life following the tragic events of the previous book, Fatal. She begins training for what she feels is her destiny, and in the process follows a handsome detective in the NOLA police force, Kurt Dupond, as he tracks a local serial killer whose signature are the mysterious letters, CLV. She feels compelled to catch this evil man, even if she has to use her powers and kill him herself. However the feelings she has for Dupond force her to deal with her past while trying to move on with her life.

I really enjoyed the descriptive imagery in the book; in fact it seems that is author Eric Douant’s strong suit. As a reader you are able to visualize exactly where the scene is taking place and observe. This also goes for emotional internal monologue, which I always appreciate. Unfortunately, the actual dialogue was a little stilted in parts, particularly when dealing with personal aspects of the characters interaction rather than professional. Readers also should note that although this is part of the Remote Psychic Thriller series, there is really very little in the way of psychic abilities. Although there is an excellent brief but informative summary of the previous two books that details exactly how her powers can be used, it’s pretty clear that in this one Cassie is trying to see if she has what it takes without her abilities, so anyone hoping for a more supernatural thriller will be a little disappointed. As this is a series however, I trust that this is a link in a larger story and that subsequent episodes in Cassie’s life will fit the series title a little better.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Last Day to Buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle!

If you have been contemplating buying this ebook bundle today is your last day to pull the trigger! I've told you a little about the books I'm interested in, and I've listed a lot more below courtesy of some canned copy put out by the bundle people (bundlers?) This is a huge wealth of information and really includes something for everyone who is interested in healthy living. Happy reading!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses


Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes


Special Diets

Click here for more info or to buy now.
Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.
Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. Please note, while there may be affiliate links or payment for reviews, all opinions are my own. You can't buy a good review from me, people. I am way too mouthy for that.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Plug - Alternative Diet Books

One thing I haven't mentioned much about administrating the Ehlens (see what I did there) is the dietary changes. I'm not sure why, because this part of it is super stressful. We figured out very early on that dairy was not going to work for our family. I'm still in mourning. I still sneak ice cream when the kids aren't looking. See, my system can tolerate dairy. This does not seem to be the case for the other family members.

The oils actually help some with dairy - Matt will use the "tummy oil" when he knows he is going to be bad about dairy. (This would be DigestZen for those of you who don't have small children who rename everything.) But in general, we abstain. In case you are wondering, David and Rachelle used to slurp dairy all day and we had milk delivered. However, once we decided to see if diet had anything to do with David's delays, we were floored when after 3 days of no dairy he was speaking in complete, multi word sentences, had stopped head banging when he threw fits, and was generally just less fuzzy, more easily focused on a direction or task. We can still tell when he has had dairy and didn't know it - his behavior tanks. So does his cognition. Sadly, this appears to be the same for gluten. Before you ask, yes we did allergy tests. No, he is not technically allergic to either. But it's hard to deny the behavior changes. I'm hoping that as he matures he might be able to tolerate small doses, but for now we are one of those obnoxious GFCF families. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. (Bonus points if you can attribute that quote!)

I hate cooking this way. I like sandwiches. I like pasta. I like creamy sauces. Truth be told, large amounts of produce staring back at me kind of makes me nervous. And I have a really sensitive palate to even slightly overripe produce. It totally grosses me out, even when not pregnant. But I am trying, because I know that it is better for me in the long term, and it is critical for my kids now. 

Given that I can, in fact, talk about things other than adoption and essential oils, and that diet is a huge part of how we live our life. I felt I would be remiss in not pointing out the fabulous resources available in the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle. The sale is only on for a few more days, so don't wait! 

Please note, while there may be affiliate links or payment for reviews, all opinions are my own. You can't buy a good review from me, people. I am way too mouthy for that.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 and Other Musings

Does anyone else still feel somewhat confused on how to observe 9/11/01? On the one hand I feel like I have to continue on with normality, because I still vividly remember the whole live-your-lives-or-the-terrorists-win sentiment that was so prevalent immediately after. On the other hand it feels somewhat sacrilegious to do that today, because of the enormity of the violence and loss of that day. On the other other hand (I have many apparently) I can honestly say I know no one who died that day. Seriously. I know people who knew people who died, but to my knowledge no one I knew personally. So it seems sort of odd for me to still feel like I have to feel so conflicted, since the affect on me was only that of a general national sentiment. My outrage is purely sympathetic. But it is still undeniably there.

Do you have weird feelings about going to work today? I honestly struggled with whether I was going to put effort into promoting the ebook bundle that I have been doing. I'm not sure why, but it seems disingenuous to try to sell people things today. Of course I'm terrible at sales in general and tend to feel personally violated when someone tries to sell me anything - even something I want to buy - whether it's 9/11 or not. So maybe that's just me. But even some of the adoption agency stuff, which usually I feel a moral imperative to do because it is important and needed and save the children and social work all the people etc. etc. etc., feels sort of sacrilegious. At least the stuff that's more about business and marketing rather than straight up counseling and crying. (For those of you who think everything is about counseling and crying, not so gentle reminder that without business and marketing there would be no counseling and crying. You have to know that I'm available to counsel and a safe shoulder to cry on, and for you to know that I have to get expensively licensed for it, advertise it, and be paid for it. Yeah, think about it. Ok, stepping off soapbox.)

If I was being a good marketer I'd huff some oils and tell you to do that too. But even linking affiliate links to this post feels weird. I'm gonna do it anyway, but know that in my heart it's very passive aggressive. Like I'm going to link because if you buy through it that's great and bolstering my personal economy which is good because my family is expensive, but I feel sort of guilty about it. But you know, buy stuff or the terrorists win. See, it is just still very unrelatable to me.

So now you know some of my inner conflicts. Am I the only introvert out there overanalyzing? Perhaps. But if I am I'm ok with it, because it's sort of how I roll. On the other other other hand (right? we're up to 4 or 5?) feel free to comment with your 9/11 stories, I still find it cathartic to read them.

Please note, while there may be affiliate links or payment for reviews, all opinions are my own. You can't buy a good review from me, people. I am way too mouthy for that.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Sale starts today!

Today is the day, folks! If you are at all interested in healthy living and detoxing your life, and like me even a little bit, puh-leeze go buy this bundle! Don't be overwhelmed by sheer numbers of books and special offers, you can easily pick and choose what will work for you and your family. I suggest these if you are looking to take control of your healthcare:

See, I promised an essential oil book and look at some of the other great books offered! Another one of these books, DIY Natural Remedies, is written by a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I just discovered! This is only a smattering of what's available, but the reason I got interested in this bundle in the first place. For the rest of the list go here and share the info with anyone who may be looking for healthy lifestyle options!

Oh, did I mention...

 Please note, while there may be affiliate links or payment for reviews, all opinions are my own. You can't buy a good review from me, people. I am way too mouthy for that.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle has Essential Oil ebooks!

Ok, you know I usually do an essential oil post on Tuesdays. And this is sort of an essential oil post. Really. But I signed up to be an affiliate for the Ultimate Healthy Living ebook bundles and I did so for a reason. A couple of them really, if you count that I like to get paid to tell people about stuff I would have anyway. (This is how good affiliate marketing works everyone, pay attention.) But the real reason is that I have learned A LOT about essential oil use, detoxing your home and diet, and general tips and tricks for healthy living from ebooks. Most of them I download for free because I'm also super cheap. But some of them I bought because it was worth it, and when I do shell out some of my hard earned money on ebooks usually they are in good deals like bundles, because this is how authors get themselves out there. Wonder if there is an adoption bundle out there where I can add my book.....

Based on my perusal of this bundle, there is at least one ebook specifically about essential oil use, one ecourse worth $100 all about essential oils, and another 15+ about non toxic cleaning, natural cosmetics, herbal remedies and specific conditions. That's a lot of resources! And it doesn't even begin to cover all the other info. I'm not allowed to tell you which books until tomorrow, when the bundle launches, but check back here tomorrow and I'll post them and lots of other resources in all their glory!

So, here is my essential oil plug in this bundle. You all know that I'm a doTERRA girl, but this does not mean I am unable to gain information from other sources. Read the books, and take the information in them and apply them to your personal oil use. Just like with some oils you might have to dilute some of it or combine in ways that work for you, but you still get some great info. Remember, I'm a social worker, and one thing we are good at is connecting people with resources that will help them reach their goals, so consider this part of my social workiness. Or something like that.

The sale starts tomorrow, and is limited to 30,000 sales. I know that sounds like a lot, but you never know, they may go fast!  

Please note, while there may be affiliate links or payment for reviews, all opinions are my own. You can't buy a good review from me, people. I am way too mouthy for that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: The Labyrinth Wall

The Labyrinth WallThe Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like all other Mahk, Araina lives in the Labyrinth and spends most of her days hunting for obsidian to pay her taxes and tries to avoid being killed by other Mahk for food. But Araina has a secret friend, a bird named Blue. Blue would normally make a tasty meal, so Araina carefully hides and protects her, and in doing so finds some measure of comfort and friendship. Blue has a secret too, and when she reveals it all of a sudden Araina finds hope to escape her miserable existence and fight the Creators, who put her people in the position to only just barely survive. Will she be able to trust some other Mahk she comes across or are they just using her? Will they breach the wall and if so, what’s on the other side?

The Labyrinth Wall is the first in the Obsidian series, and as a fan of fantasy literature I think the series has huge potential. Author Emilyann Girdner has done a fabulous job of setting the scene and setting up really interesting and relatable characters without revealing all of their secrets just yet. Given the nature of the labyrinth and the potential for conflict between not just the Creators and the Mahk, but internal conflict and the violent nature of the culture of the labyrinth, I am eagerly anticipating the rest of the series. I think there are many hidden spiritual undertones as well, and am looking forward to putting those pieces in the puzzle, or maze as it were.

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