Friday, July 3, 2015

Children's Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in Peru by Carole P Roman

IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...PERU
A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

By: Carole P Roman

Published: October 14, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Non-Fiction

Introducing your child to different countries and cultures around the world is so important to the growth and acceptance of those who are different from them. Roman's series teaches children to appreciate those differences through learning about all the unique qualities that various countries hold. In IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...PERU, you can teach your child about the changing climates, the various land forms, the language, and food. I'm pretty sure your child would love to try the fried doughnuts (picarones) served for dessert. If you happen to visit Peru during February, be sure to have a towel because you may be ambushed by a bucket of water during their Carnival.

There are lots of fun things to learn about Peru and by sharing this book with children, you are giving them a way to learn about other countries and the people that live in them.

To see my other reviews of Carole P Roman's many books, just enter her name in the search bar on the right side of my blog. You will find that I can't stop raving about her books.

Carole P Roman
Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband. Carole has written several books for children including the IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...series as well as a fiction series for children, CAPTAIN NO BEARD involving lots of fun adventure and imagination. For more on Carole, visit her website, caroleproman.com.

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I will be linking up with Booking Mama's Kid Konnection on Saturday. This linkup features other children's and YA book reviews and spotlights from other bloggers. Be sure to click HERE to see other great children's book posts.

Thanks to the author for sending a copy of this book for review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase a copy of this book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Children's Book Review: Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls By Rob Elliott

LAUGH OUT LOUD POCKET DOODLES FOR GIRLS

By: Rob Elliott

Illustrated by Jonny Hawkins

Published: June 16, 2015

Publisher: Revell

Are you looking for a way to encourage your daughter's creative juices? Would you rather she kills time in a book rather than on an electronic device? Then this book is for her! The pages of this book include half-drawn illustrations that your child needs to finish based on the joke or riddle on the page.


From the pages of LAUGH OUT LOUD POCKET DOODLES FOR GIRLS - artwork by Reagan, Age 10
These are my daughter's illustrations. The left side states, "What kind of flowers are great friends? Rosebuds". My daughter drew another rosebud.  On the right side, it states, "Why did the lady wear a helmet every time she ate? She was on a crash diet." So my daughter finished drawing the lady and then added some spaghetti and meatballs to her plate. Now if she was following the joke, she could have drawn two cars crashing on the plate, but it doesn't matter. That is the joy of this book, the kids can create whatever they want on the pages.

The pages in this book can fill up a few minutes or hours of time, depending on your needs. Once your child has completed a few drawings, be sure to encourage her to share her creations with grandparents, siblings, and friends and she can revel in the telling of the jokes as well. Even though this book states it's for girls on the cover, many of the pages aren't just for girls. The pages are full of animals, people, and food, not princesses and dolls.

This book is small in size and fits in my hand which makes it easy to tuck into your purse with a pencil and pull it out whenever you have time to fill: on a car ride, in a waiting room, while waiting for the bus, or at a restaurant. The illustrations are easy for kids to either finish or add their own next to. They aren't overly detailed but enough that you can see the personality of the animal or person in Hawkin's original drawing.

These are the kind of books that I love to give as gifts because they are unique and help parents fill time and encourage imagination. There is a similar book for boys as well. These books would even fit in their Christmas stockings, so by ordering now, you could have your shopping done for all your grandkids, nieces, nephews, and your own children!

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Rob Elliott has been a publishing professional for more than 15 years. He lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and four children.


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Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com reviews. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review: The Joy of Ballpark Food by Bennett Jacobstein

THE JOY OF BALLPARK FOOD
From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine

By: Bennett Jacobstein

Food Photography: Deborah L Jacobstein

Published: January 9, 2015

Publisher: Ballpark Food Publications

Non-Fiction



Baseball is synonymous with summer. People all over our country spend days, nights and weekends at ballparks cheering on their favorite minor or major league teams. Part of that enjoyment includes the food you eat at the game. Ballparks aren't just serving hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks anymore. There are foods to cater to every palate as well as dietary needs. Bennett Jacobstein and his wife, Dorothy spent a good share of 2014 visiting all thirty of the major league ballparks in the United States. Their purpose was to investigate the various food offerings and find out what is unique about each one. Their book also shares iconic historical information related to the classic song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", the creation of Cracker Jacks, hot dogs, nachos, and how peanuts became a top-selling item at ball games. Each ballpark is featured including their signature hot dog and some of the more "unusual" and popular food choices.  Dishes such as Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wild Rice Soup at Target Field in Minneapolis, Rocky Mountain Oysters at Coors Field in Denver, and a Lobster Roll at Fenway Park in Boston are just a few of the stranger options to enjoy during a ball game.

Image taken of a page in THE JOY OF BALLPARK FOOD showing a photo of the menu from Wrigley Field in 1947. 
The enjoyment of food during a ball game has become big business and the Jacobsteins' share some interesting tidbits of baseball history, how some foods were created, and unique hot dogs to fit every personality and geographic location. Wonderful photos are included throughout the pages to whet your appetite. After reading through these pages, you will want to order tickets to get to your favorite ballpark as soon as you can!

Our family has only been to four of the ballparks, and were familiar with several of the dishes mentioned at Wrigley and PNC Park. This book can certainly be used as a travelogue to visiting and tasting some of the chef-inspired dishes that have become so popular at games. Even though this book is offered in paperback form, it would make a great coffee-table book or conversation starter for summer gatherings or an excellent gift for that baseball fan in your life. Even non-fans will enjoy the food facts throughout the pages. The best part is that all royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. That makes this book a "Home Run"!

Bennett Jacobstein
Bennett Jacobstein lives in San Jose, CA. He is a retired librarian and publisher of demographic materials. He currently works during the baseball season in the concessions stand at Municipal Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball’s Class A Advanced San Jose Giants. Every minor leaguer dreams of making it to the big leagues. Bennett had his dream fulfilled when he worked as a concessions stand substitute at three Oakland Athletics games during the 2013 season.

He enjoys both baseball and food but considers himself a much better eater than ball player. He had a two-year Little League career in which he went two seasons without getting a hit. His only RBI was when he got hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. When not batting or sitting on the bench, he would be found in right field praying that the ball didn’t get hit to him.

The three greatest days of his life were the day he married his wife Debbie, the day his daughter Aviva was born, and the day he first successfully replaced the nachos cheese bag in the dispenser at the San Jose Giants’ concessions stand.

To learn more, go to http://www.ballparkfood.org/. You can also find out more on Facebook, HERE, and Twitter, HERE


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Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com reviews.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Product Review: Hask Hair Products


I can tell you that before this Spring, I had never heard of HASK Hair Products. Since I am not one to turn away FREE hair products, I obviously said yes to trying them out.

HASK is a collection of hair care products that feature exotic oils in their products. High quality ingredients, aromatic fragrances and unique packaging come together to create amazing shampoos, conditioners, shine oils, and deep conditioners.  All of their products are based on Argan, Keratin, Monoi, and Macadamia Oils.

HASK products are free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten, and artificial colors. All of their products help to repair damaged hair and give you a shiny, frizz-free finish.


There is a product for every hair type:
  • Frizzy Hair - Argan Oil penetrates deeply and repairs split ends. Hair is soft and fortified.
  • Weak Hair - Keratin strengthens and smooths the hair shaft from the inside out.
  • Dry Hair - Macadamia Oil gives hair hydration and moisturizes your hair. 
  • Dull Hair - Monoi Oil nourishes and hydrates all hair types. The oil is known as a Tahitian beauty secret.

My favorite of the four products has been the Argan Oil for Frizzy Hair. I have loved all the products, but that seems to be the one my hair needed most. I have been a loyal Pantene user for many years. But using HASK, I noticed a difference immediately. I have now been using it for six weeks and I don't know that I could ever use anything else. 

Each of the formulas have a different fragrance and I think the Monoi Oil is my favorite scent, but I really like all their scents. The product is smooth and thick and doesn't feel greasy at all once applied. I use the Deep Conditioner once a week and love the way my hair feels after using it. The shine oils have been life-savers in this constantly humid weather we seem to be having here in Iowa. I am able to keep my hair looking the same all day long.


I have been so happy with my hair lately, I had to take a photo and share my "Good Hair Day" thanks to HASK. My hair is very fine and has a natural curl. To be able to straighten it, without fly-aways or frizzy ends and keep it looking nice all day is not normal for me.

You also don't need to use much product and when using the conditioner, I apply it just to my ends, not on my scalp at all. Same when using the deep conditioner and shine oils. 

HASK products are already well known in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, Mexico and South America.  They are now gaining popularity the US market. Oh, and the best part is they are MADE IN THE USA!!! You can find HASK at Ulta stores and Ulta.com as well as various pharmacies and department stores. Check out their website, http://haskbeauty.com to find stores in your area.  Their products are very reasonably priced. For $5.99 on Ulta.com, you can get a shampoo or conditioner and if you buy two products, you get one free! That's a great deal!


If you are frustrated with your hair products, have flat, lifeless or frizzy hair, I strongly suggest you try the HASK product best for you. You aren't out a huge cost amount and you are using exotic oils on your hair rather than chemicals! Who isn't interested in that???

For more on HASK products, check out their online presence: 
Website -  http://haskbeauty.com/ 
Instagram - @haskhair
Twitter - @HaskHair
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HaskHair
Pinterest - HaskHair

You can find all the HASK products available online for purchase at Ulta, HERE


Thanks to HASK for sending me the above products for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book Review: Love and Miss Communication By Elyssa Friedland

LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION

By: Elyssa Friedland

Published: May 12, 2015

Publisher: William Morrow Publishers

Fiction/Contemporary Romance



Have you ever wanted to completely disconnect? No cell phone, computer, or iPad. No email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Could you do it for an hour? A day? A week? How about a whole year? Evie Rosen is completely dependent on being available 24/7 not only because she is trying to make partner at the law firm, but also for her social life. After not making partner and being fired for sending thousands of personal emails during business hours and then messing up a date after "googling" the wrong guy, Evie decides to give up the internet. She uses an old cell phone and no longer checks her Email, Facebook feed, or uses Google. Her friends think she is crazy and slowly she begins to wonder the same thing.  How can anyone live without the internet for a whole year and still connect with friends and find a new job?

The concept for this book is interesting and even a little convicting. How often do I reach for my phone when I am bored, when I need to check the radar, look up an old friend, or use "google" as an encyclopedia? We all do it. It's become part of our life. But, living vicariously through Evie, you think about giving it up yourself. Sure you would miss out on seeing your friend's 100th photo of their new baby or miss that coupon to your favorite clothing store. But does any of that really matter?

Evie begins to realize that yes, some of her relationships will change because she "unplugged", but those friendships that matter grow deeper and are more fulfilling. Her down-time is filled with walks in the park, visits to her grandma and finding out she has a knack for decorating.

Even though this book starts slow and Evie's insecurity becomes repetitive, her character does come around. She has an endearing grandma and a few friends that keep the story interesting. Readers will be rooting for Evie and the new future she is creating. The romance piece is predictable, but it's who you want Evie to end up with so the reader is happy.

Overall, this book will encourage you to enjoy the time you spend with those you love, not the devices in your hands. It will show you that you don't always have to be connected to connect with others. And it reminds you that the internet can be a helpful tool, as long as you can balance your time on it. LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION is a current, witty, and modern love story.

Side note: I love the cover. The colors are bright and eye-catching. The cover relates to the concept of the book. Plus, it's fun!

Favorite quote from the book: "These people who take up space in our lives, they don't just vanish entirely. They leave scars." 
Elyssa Friedland - source
Elyssa Friedland attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and subsequently worked as an associate at a major firm. Recently, she has written for POPSUGAR, RealSimple.com and Bustle. Prior to law school, Elyssa wrote for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS MarketWatch.com, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her husband and young children. For more on Elyssa, check out her website, http://www.elyssafriedland.com. You can also find her on Facebook, HERE and Twitter, HERE. You can ask Elyssa questions on Twitter using the hashtag, #askelyssa. To see her article titled, "10 Ways the Internet is Ruining Your Love Life, Because Cyberstalking Exes Solves Nothing", click HERE.  

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Thanks to the publisher for sending an eBook version to me for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com reviews.


Monday, June 22, 2015

A Fun Father's Day Quiz from Grammarly

Take this fun Father's Day quiz and check your grammar.

Click on the correct answer below each photo. The correct answer will appear in the photo. How good is your grammar?




I got 7 out of 7. How did you do???

This quiz is brought to you by Grammarly - https://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check

Friday, June 19, 2015

Children's Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...Greece By Carole P Roman

IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...GREECE
A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World

By: Carole P Roman

Published: September 23, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Non-Fiction

It is never to early to start teaching your child about our great world and the countries and cultures that make it so wonderful.  If you are a home-schooling parent, a teacher, a grandparent, librarian, or anyone else who loves reading to kids, this series should be at the top of your list.

Carole Roman has the talent for teaching early learners about other cultures and making it fun and interesting to them as well as to the adult reading it to them! Through words, vivid illustrations and even actual photographs, Roman takes you into Greece, explaining its language, food, and culture. While reading the book, I found myself getting hungry for some fabulous Greek food.

Greece is full of important history and sharing this book with your child will help them connect parts of our American culture to the Greek culture. A dictionary in the back of the book will help with Greek terms and their pronunciation.

Carole Roman has written several other wonderful books in this series including writing about the countries of Kenya, France, Mexico and Australia...just to name a few. Be sure to check out all the books in this IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN.... series. To see all the countries offered, click HERE.

Carole P Roman

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband. Carole has written several books for children including the IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...series as well as a fiction series for children, CAPTAIN NO BEARD involving lots of fun adventure and imagination. For more on Carole, visit her website, caroleproman.com.


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Thanks to the author for sending a copy of this book to me for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase.  Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com reviews.