Giveaway and Book Blast: Karmack by J.C. Whyte!

Karmack by J.C. Whyte

Title: Karmack | Author: J.C. Whyte | Publication Date: June 6, 2013 | Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing | Pages: 140 | Recommended Age: 7+

Summary: A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts!

Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails, “dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all.

Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!

“Karmack” won First Place in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children’s book authors, in the category of chapter books (e-Books).

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The Buzz About the Book

“Karmack is a well-written, middle grade book tackling the difficult topic of bullying from the perspective of the bully. The character development is absolutely brilliant as the reader witnesses the transformation of Sully from an aggressive, angry bully to a positive role model and respected leader among his peers. While the concept of karma is not for everyone, I found myself agreeing with the main message of how our actions have consequences, intended or otherwise. I would recommend this book to middle grade classrooms as a great book to generate discussion around bullying.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“A wonderful story about growing up and treating others with respect, Karmack is well paced, funny, and manages to teach important lessons without coming off preachy.” ~ Jess W., Amazon

“A fun read with important lessons for us all about Karma, and why bullies have more to balance than most people. Great for ages 9 up, child centered, non-preachy, action packed, great classroom read aloud.” ~ Carolyn W., Amazon

“What an AMAZINGLY FUN story! EVERYONE needs to read it! Full of FUN, FANTASY, and FANTASTIC REVENGE on a bully! Fun for ALL ages!” ~ Shauna W., Amazon

“Karmack is a captivating pre-teen fantasy and author J.C. Whyte has created a strong cast of characters that are well developed and quite likable. As the story progresses, the suspense builds to a delightful outcome that is sure to keep readers anticipating Whyte’s next round of literary treasures. We look forward to seeing more from this author.” ~ Literary Classics Book Review, Amazon

About The Author: J.C. Whyte

J.C. White Author of KarmackWhen J.C. Whyte was eleven, her 6th grade teacher gave a class assignment to write a poem about a sport. Realizing her classmates would probably choose popular American sports like baseball or football, J.C. decided to write about something different: golf. And to her complete surprise, the teacher found it comical; she was thereby encouraged to keep writing.

Then over summer break, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list and write a book report on each. J.C. was horrified! She wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading! You see, J.C. was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids back then didn’t have all the fun books to choose from today. But that same teacher who had assigned the sports poem told J.C.’s mother she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was absolute genius! Although she didn’t actually write 26 stories (perhaps six?), J.C. submitted one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And she got an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. has never forgotten that wise teacher who let her play to her strengths.

So from the age of eleven, J.C. knew she wanted to be a writer. Yet by the time she reached college, she understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies in the field of Public Relations.

Marriage, kids, and several more degrees and occupations later (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J.C. entered law school – mostly for the challenge of writing creative arguments for the court. But while in law school, she became a columnist for the student newsletter, writing humorous pieces on the strange and quirky life of a law student. She was absolutely thrilled when one of these articles was chosen for publication in The National Jurist, a magazine distributed to law students throughout the US.

But after graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she’s returned to writing. And with publication of her middle grade novel Karmack, she’s come full circle, back to where her writing journey began.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize

Contest ends: September 18, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, J.C. Whyte and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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A Healthy Diet For Your Hair!

Hi guys!

The following are some tips for a healthy diet for your hair, given to you by Mike Ryan, Trichologist, Brand Expert of CLEAR Arabia!

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A well balanced diet containing all essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats can keep the hair healthy. It’s necessary to hone the nutrient intake through the food we eat to make sure it is healthy for the hair. A nutritious diet can help sustain healthy hair growth, prevent hair shedding and hair loss. Below are certain essential nutrients and minerals required for healthy hair:

  • PROTEINS

Proteins are the building blocks for your hair. Hair needs adequate amount of protein as energy for hair cell renewal and nourishment. If your diet lacks protein, your hair is the first thing that will suffer. This is why it is necessary to include a wide-range of high-protein foods in your diet. Having a protein-rich diet also helps other tissues of the body such as your heart, liver and lungs which are very important to the body.

Some examples of plant-based sources of proteins include quinoa, tofu, seitan, lentils, nuts, coconut, white beans and more. If you are lactose tolerant, you could also take advantage of cheese and milk products for extra protein. Fish and eggs are also great sources of protein.

  • IRON

For healthy hair and hair growth, good levels of iron and stored iron (also known as ferritin) are essential. Red meat contains the most iron and is a great source for it. For vegetarians however, some of the plant-based sources of iron include Beets, leafy vegetables like spinach, okra, kale, broccoli, watercress, prune juice, soy beans, almonds and fruits such as dried apricots, prunes and figs. However, iron from plant-based sources is not easily absorbed by the body and it may be good to consider taking an iron supplement if your levels are low.

  • VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient for hair growth. It is not in vegetables or plants but can be found in milk and eggs. For vegans, there are many good soy milks and cereals fortified with B12 that can be chosen from. Supplements for Vitamin B12 can also be considered.

  • SUPPLEMENTS

It can be difficult to have a balanced diet at all times, especially with a vegetarian diet, and this is when supplements are helpful. Vegetarian diets usually lack in calcium, iron, protein, zinc and vitamins D, B12 and B6. However, it is crucial to choose the right combination and be careful not to take too much of any supplement. For example, excessive of vitamin A can cause hair loss. Blood tests are helpful indicators of levels of iron, zinc or B12 to consume in right amounts.

Also, consider using products that give intense hydration to your hair, to keep it healthy. Here are some examples:

ClearshampooconditionerThe CLEAR shampoo and conditioner costs AED 18.75 and 18.25 respectively. Available at all local supermarkets. Stay tuned for my birthday giveaway in October, since I will be giving away these products!!. Am so excited for you guys :)

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Flawless Feet With Herbline Essentials!

All natural and holistic Foot Scrub & Foot Cream

 Our feet need nourishing and protecting in the heat of the desert. What’s more, the fact that they’re constantly on show in sandals and flip-flops is an added incentive to make sure we are taking great care of our tips and toes.

Herbline Essentials, the all natural Ayurvedic skin and hair care brand is homegrown here in the UAE. Its Foot Scrub (AED 49) and Foot Cream (AED 52) use entirely organic ingredients for ultimate care and protection for your feet. Organic products are on the rise, and Herbline Essentials’ complete holistic approach has gained the trust of consumers all over the world.

The Foot Scrub is a unique blend of absorbent clays that are combined to detoxify and exfoliate your feet, cleaning and soaking away dirt and leaving them soft and clean. With additional extracts of oil of wintergreen, the Foot Scrub will also relax and reduce your feet’s fatigue. Natural ingredients also include spring water, clay, coco palm wax, sunflower oil, and walnut shell.

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After a vigorous scrub, enjoy the cooling Foot Cream. Using a nourishing blend of oils, waxes and natural extracts, this cream repairs tired and cracked feet, leaving them perfectly soft and flip-flop friendly. The powerful wintergreen extract provides extra astringent benefits, alleviates muscle pain and helps to improve signs of aging by tightening the skin.

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The brand new tube design of the Foot Scrub and the Foot Cream means you can carry it in a small handbag or the zipper of your beach bag. Both foot products are paraben, paraffin and cruelty-free, making Herbline Essentials the ideal choice for savvy consumers who are making purchases with an ethical conscience.

To find out more about Herbline Essentials’ all-natural approach to beauty and its products, visit www.herbline-essentials.com.

About Herbline Essentials:

Herbline Essentials is a range of truly natural beauty products for the face, body and hair. All products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas and adhere to the principles of Ayurveda to provide long term benefits for a healthy body and mind.

Established in 2005 and inspired by 50 years of extensive plant and mineral research, Herbline Essentials is a joint collaboration between Harmony Cosmetics and their Research and Development partners based in the foothills of the Himalayas. The range is paraben and paraffin free and is also enrolled in PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” program as a cruelty free brand.

The Herbline Essentials range of products is currently available at leading pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies, including the Dubai Duty Free pharmacies at Dubai International Airport. The brand has recently started retailing in Kuwait and Pakistan, with plans to launch across the Middle East, South Africa and Turkey in 2013. Customers can also order online through www.herbline-essentials.com with worldwide shipping.

To find out more about Herbline Essentials’ Ayurvedic approach to beauty and their products, visit www.herbline-essentials.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/herbline.essentials) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/hessentials) as well as www.natural.ae.

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Review: EYOVA Hair nutrient with Egg oil!

Hey guys!

I recently happened to hear about Eyova’s egg oil when someone commented about it on one of my most popular posts – 2 eggs = 1 fabulous DIY hair mask + 1 face mask!. I checked their website and was pretty intrigued to know more about it. I found out that this brand ships and sells only within India. So, I didn’t check more into it. However, I was quite surprised when someone from Eyova contacted me recently and asked me if I am willing to review a bottle!. I was pretty overjoyed at the chance to try it. They couriered me the bottle from Mumbai :)

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Pretty much every one knows that when you apply egg to your hair, it’s very beneficial. However, not everyone does it because of how inconvenient and uncomfortable it is. This is where Eyova comes into picture.

One bottle of Eyova contains 50ml of product. This 50ml has the goodness of 22 eggs!. It’s packed with egg’s nutrients. It doesn’t drip or smell disgustingly of eggs.

I have been using it twice a week for a little more than a month. The oil is slightly hazy, yellow in color and viscous. It’s not as thick as castor oil but still is thicker than any regular oil. It has a really mild smell of eggs. However, the dominant smell is a fragrance that smells good.

When you apply it on to your hair, it seems like your hair is drinking up the goodness. There is no oiliness or greasiness at all. However, almost immediately your hair gets a natural shine. You have to apply it for a minimum of 3 hours or you can even leave it overnight and then wash off with your regular shampoo. I usually applied it overnight since after the application, your hair isn’t oily at all and the smell isn’t pungent.

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I mainly concentrate on the lower half of my hair since it needs more conditioning than the roots. Of course, this being an oil, long term usage brings more benefits to your hair. My review is based on a short term usage of a bit more than a month. I am sure the more I use it, the better my hair will be.

This oil contains :

  • Essential Fatty Acids (like Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) – which stimulates hair growth and fights poor scalp conditions like dry and flaky scalp, thus preventing dandruff and hair loss.
  • Cholesterol – which deep conditions hair and enhances the penetration of other bioactives, thus adding shine and luster to hair strands.
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin – which helps fight free radical chain reactions which damage hair, thus increasing hydration, elasticity of the scalp and preventing premature ageing (graying) of the hair.

I am loving this hair nutrient and I highly suggest you give this a try!

Price of a 50ml bottle is Rs. 590 (AED 35.59) and can be ordered from their online site www.eyova.com. If you suffer from weak, thin, damaged or greying hair, give this oil a try. The bottle will last quite a bit of time, even though it’s 50ml, since a little goes a long way.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

Introducing Moment by Moment Fast Acting Tinted Mousse from Vita Liberata!

! Enjoy a luxurious, golden tan all year round !

Organic tanning product and celebrity favourite Vita Liberata, is renowned the world over for offering highly effective, high quality self-tanning products that smell and feel great, and leave you positively glowing!

Vita Liberata’s latest offering, Moment by Moment, is a Fast Acting Tinted Tan Mousse that is transfer resistant and allows you to control exactly how deep your tan will be, meaning you can enjoy a perfect, flawless tan after as little as one hour! The instant bronze guide color in Moment by Moment, also allows you to see where your tan is being applied, looks completely natural and dries instantly, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful bronzed color as your tan develops underneath, over 1 hour (a sunkissed glow), 2 hours (a golden bronze) or 3 hours (lusciously dark).

Vita Liberata_Moment by MomentThis revolutionary Vita Liberata product also has Odor Remove Technology, ensuring zero smell, a moisture locking system, which means your skin will have 72 hour hydration, is developed using certified organic botanicals and ensures a perfect fade, which means that your golden tan will always look au natural!

Vita Liberata’s Moment by Moment is available in a Tinted Self Tan Mousse (AED 195) for the body, as well as Rich Face Tinted Tan Lotion (AED 145) for the face, ensuring that you can achieve the perfect tan from head to toe.

Vita Liberata tanning range is free from paraben, perfume, alcohol and toxins, and is enriched with organic ingredients. The range is now stocked at over 20 outlets across the UAE, including POSH by Feryal at The Burj al Arab and Address Downtown, Maison de Joelle in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Glamour in Abu Dhabi, Physiomins Abu Dhabi, Hilton Hotel in Abu Dhabi, The Beauty Spot at Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Ushi Nail Spa, Al Ain, Nadia Beauty Centre, Kalm Holistic Beauty Spa, Sugar Nails Abu Dhabi , The Cure, Roots, Pastels Salon, Dashing Nails Khalifa City A and Delma in Abu Dhabi .

Visit www.vitaliberata.ae to find out more.

About Vita Liberata

Created in 2007 by Irish entrepreneur and former communications director of the Women’s Coalition of Northern Ireland, Alyson Hogg, Vita Liberata is a ‘clever’ organic and toxin free tanning brand offering tanning solutions for every skin type and every occasion. The brand proudly counts Erin O’Connor, Olly Murs and the cast of Made in Chelsea amongst its loyal celebrity fans. Even dark-skinned beauties such as Sinitta and Alexandra Burke regularly indulge in complexion enhancing Vita Liberata. Please visit www.vitaliberata.ae for more information.

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All you need to know about BB creams!

Hey guys!

Read on to find out everything you need to know about BB Creams, according to Nilo Haq, Make up Artist & Brand Ambassador for Pond’s Arabia.

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With so many products on the market, many women get confused when they see BB Creams – are they creams, foundations or treatments?

Well, BB Cream stands for blemish balm or beauty balm.  It’s a quick all-in-one base for the face, which brings together a moisturizer, foundation and sun protection. It’s great to use as an alternative to foundation since many women don’t like to wear heavy foundations during the day.  The coverage is natural and is intended to treat the skin for spots, evening out the complexion, and as an anti-wrinkle treatment.

How to Use Them:

BB Creams can be worn alone similar to a tinted moisturizer or over your regular skincare products as a foundation and can even be worn under powder.  It’s a very adaptable product depending on your specific needs.

Fingers: Applying BB Creams using your fingers works best on normal to dry skin.  During the day simply apply Pond’s BB+ Cream SPF 30 using your fingers.  Fingers are super easy to use and the heat of the skin warms up the product, making it easy and smooth to apply.  Dab on equal amounts of the product on the main areas of the face.  Beginning blending the product at the center of your face moving it outwards until it disappears into the skin.  If you need a little more coverage on problem areas dab on your favorite concealer using your index finger.  Apply powder if needed.

Ponds_BBCream_Flawless WhiteSponge: Applying BB Creams using a sponge works on all skin types but particularly well on oily complexions and using your fingers will add more oil to the skin.  It’s best to dampen your sponge with water; this will help to move the product evenly over the face.  Apply Pond’s BB+ Cream on the back of your hand and dab on the BB Cream using the sponge on the main areas of the face.  Blend outwards until the product blends into the skin.

Brush: For the evening, it’s nice to have a little glow on the skin.  Try using Pond’s Gold Radiance Day Cream all over the face to prep the skin and it will add an undeniable sheen under the BB+ Cream.  Then apply Pond’s BB+ Cream using a foundation brush and pat it on all over the face to create more coverage suitable for the evening.  Apply powder on the t-zone or as needed.

For more information on make-up tutorials using the Pond’s BB+ Creams, please visit the Pond’s Arabia YouTube Channel.

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Book Review : When Violet was Blue by Deb Troehler!

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Today I am reviewing a children’s picture book called When Violet was Blue by Deb Troehler. Let’s get to know the author first :

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Deb Troehler has worn many hats over the years—teacher, fabric artist, author, illustrator, gardener, mother, and grandmother. Although each hat is unique, they are all stitched with a common thread—Deb’s connections to her loved ones and the world around her.

Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. When Violet Was Blue is Deb’s third book for children.

Book Summary

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Little Violet has a problem. She knows that she needs the help of others, but simply cannot figure out how her friends can help her solve this problem. With assistance from an unlikely source, Violet and her rainbow friends find a way to brighten the day for everyone.

Told in rhyme, When Violet Was Blue is a bouncy tale that children from 3 to 6-years-old will ask to hear over and over again.

My review

This is such a sweet book, perfect for children aged below 6. The protagonist of this story, named Violet is sad since she is blue in color. Several other colors come around to her to cheer her up. She wants the cloud to move away so that the sun can shine through and her hue will change from blue to violet. However, the cloud is adamant not to move.

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Finally the colors learn a very important lesson. If they stay together and cooperate, they can make things happen!. It’s such a lovely moral for kids, teaching them the importance of team work. This a quick read and one that will leave the children excited, since there are plenty of illustrations to look at. These illustrations, which are also done by the author, are very nice and cute.

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There are some fun activities at the end of the story like maths and fill in the blanks that will help kids remember what they just learned :)

I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodness standards mean ‘it was amazing’.

Links to the book

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Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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