Book Rhi-view: Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay

Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! 
Written and Illustrated by Brenda Ponnay
Picture Book, Holiday, Senses
Ebook, Paperback (32 pages)

It's Christmas Eve and Little Hoo should be sleeping. But there are so many interesting noises! Are there reindeer on the roof and elves in the kitchen? Join your favorite owl and find out in this Christmas story that will make December bedtime more fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even big kids who can't help but believe in Christmas magic.  (Toddler/Preschool)

Utterly charming! (5 stars)

Don't tell anybody but this book gives me warm fuzzies. I usually read any children's titles I get for review before I ever share them with my preschooler so I can decide when to read them to her and this one was so cute I couldn't wait to share it with her.

The illustrations are bright and really adorable and the story well paced enough that kids in the 2-5 range are going to be kept interested. My daughter loved it so much she made me read it three times in a row the first time I shared it with her then immediately began begging me to buy the other Little Hoo titles. Not only are they very well priced, they're a subtly educational as well. In this particular story Little Hoo is hearing sounds and thinking they are one thing when they are really another, which I felt provokes critical thinking and comparison skills.

We loved Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! and would recommend it to our friends.

Notes: 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.

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Other stories by Brenda Ponnay:

Nomnoms Rhiview: Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack + Giveaway!

Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack, Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig Brewers, 40 Count

Company Site: website
Product Details: Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee. This sampler pack has it all from bold to decaf and flavored to complex roasts. If you enjoy a variety of coffees or you are trying to please a crowd, then here you go.
Enjoy a wide selection of coffees
Brooklyn Bean Roaster, Hamilton Mills, Java Factory, Select by Trump, Workaholics, Guy Fiery, Cake Boss
A selection of coffees: Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Light Roast, Extra Bold, Flavored, Unflavored, Decaf
Try 40 different coffees without buying 40 different boxes
For use with all Keurig K-Cup compatible brewers

Not Quite Mega Coffee, Mega Hot Beverages Is More Accurate  (5 Stars)

If the death of your Keurig would cause tears chances are you have tried plenty of different K-Cups in your long-term relationship. But if you haven't been treating it to some variety might I suggest the Mega Coffee sampler as a good place to start?

I must preface this by saying that I feel that calling it the Mega Coffee sampler is extremely misleading! Mine contained a ratio of about 1:1 coffee versus other beverages. If I had ordered this in the summer I would have been really unhappy that it had so much cocoa. That aside I was overall really happy with it as I like cocoa, cider, and both herbal and black teas. The majority of the coffees I received were flavored with everything from pumpkin spice (which I actually hate), vanilla, and hazelnut to maple, caramel, and cinnamon. I received 2 Workaholics coffees, 1 Cake Boss, and 2 Guy Fieri the rest were an assortment of Brooklyn Bean Roaster, Hamilton Mills, Java Factory, Select by Trump. I feel like it's also worth noting there were no decaf coffees in my sampler.

I had several dupes in the cocoas including the Tootsie Roll, Charleston Chew and the ones from Brooklyn Bean Hot Cocoa. Sadly, it looks like the Carnival Cocoa which I loved isn't even available to buy anywhere. The Prospect teas were pretty flavorless but I liked the Stash ones. I even had one random K-Cup with a white lid with a big black question mark on it that was some kind of hazelnut flavored coffee.

There's been plenty of hit and miss between my husband and I tearing our way through the sampler but it's always fun trying new things so I think we would both still recommend it. If you're getting someone a Keurig for Christmas I think this would be a fun add-on so that they can play with their new machine and find tasty drinks without having to buy a whole box of something they might not enjoy.

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Notes: 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.


Home Rhi-view: Scented Natural Soy Wax Candles by Old Factory [+ GIVEAWAY!]

Scented Natural Soy Wax Candles by Old Factory

Company Site: website
Product Details: Made in the USA with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks.
Each gift pack comes with 3 fragrance-themed candles. Each of which burns clean for over 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house - kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, basement. We recommend burning one candle in a smaller room, or combining 2 candles in a larger room for the best effect.
Buy one for yourself, and another for a loved one just because.
Every purchase is 100% Guranteed. If you are not completely thrilled with the fragrance or appearance of these candles. We insist you send them back (at our expense) and we'll give you a full refund. No hassles. No headaches. That's our promise to you.

Fall Harvest -- Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Autumn Leaves
Happy Holidays -- Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
Winter Wonderland -- Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow
Romance -- Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
Fresh & Clean -- Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
Spa Day -- Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
Vacation -- Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi
Coffee Shop -- Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
Man Cave -- Straight Razor, Leather, Mahogany
High as a Kite -- Cannabis, Incense, Bag O' Cookies
New Born Baby -- Baby Powder, Baby Shampoo, First Blanket
50 Shades -- Leather, Vanilla Sex, Jasmine Bubbles

Small & Mighty! (5 Stars)

If there's one gift I find works for just about anyone, it's a scented candle. So when I discovered these trios I was excited to check them out. It's not every day you find candle trios where the scents are well paired to smell nice burned in pairs or as a group. With so many great combinations I originally leaned toward one of the holiday scents but because I'm a book blogger I wanted to have some cross-over appeal with my readers and went with the 50 Shades set. I mean, who can resist finding out what the heck Vanilla Sex smells like, amiright?

I'm really impressed! The packaging is perfect for gift giving. With each candle having a screw on lid you can preserve the scents between uses (obviously, making sure your candle is cool enough to put it back on safely). They burn very clean with minimal smoking and they can fill a very large space. I've been burning mine in my kitchen for the sake of the space test and my entire upper floor (about 750 sq. ft.) was scented.

I've been burning all three together and they compliment each other nicely. I'm not overly fond of the Leather scent and would not burn it alone. The Jasmine Bubbles is lovely and Vanilla Sex surprised me by being my favorite when I'm not usually a vanilla scent kinda gal. I would definitely buy these as a gift or like to receive them myself. Now that I've had some bookish fun I'd love to try the High As A Kite or Winter Wonderland sets.


Notes: 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.


Spotlight: ALEXANDRA FRY: PRIVATE EYE Tutankhamun's Gift by Angella Graff [Excerpt + giveaway!]

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Now an 8th grader and the senior of Sage Brush Middle School, Alexandra Fry is looking forward to having a nice, calm, mystery-free year. But her hopes are dashed when she's visited by none other than the famous boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun who has a very special request: to find the carved jade crocodile that once belonged to the mummy of his unborn child. With a fight brewing between Alexandra and her two best friends, Penelope and Jack, this case won't be as easy as it seems.

New friends, a first crush, and a new threat from the spirit world, Alexandra must use everything she's learned to uncover the mysteries in this case. Who is the bad guy this time? Who can she trust? And above all, what is the Shadow Man?

It's up to Alexandra, her friends, and possible new allies to save the day in the thrilling new tale of Alexandra Fry, Private Eye.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“No!” I said, feeling angry now. “I mean, I don’t agree with them keeping it from you. I was really upset when I found out and I told your mom I didn’t want to do it, but she begged me. But Penelope, I like your mom, and so does my dad. They make each other happy, and I thought you could be happy for them.”

“I can’t even believe I’m hearing this. How can you take their side over mine!”

“Maybe because you’re being totally unreasonable!” I was frustrated and the words slipped out before I even realized I’d said them. I instantly regretted it.

Going pale, Penelope narrowed her eyes and took three steps back. “Maybe I am,” she said, her voice low and furious. “And maybe you and I aren’t friends anymore.” She stormed toward the door, but before she opened it, she turned back to me. “And maybe don’t expect me to save your stupid butt again next time some crazy person tries to kill you. It’s no wonder Jack’s using you for adventure. It’s all you’re good for.” With that, she went in, slamming the door behind her.

Her last words hit me like a blow to the gut. Tears instantly sprang into my eyes and I sat down right in the middle of the grass. How did it get so messed up? For the first time in my life, I’d had friends, friends who knew my secrets and accepted me for them. Friends who cared, who were there for me. Then one small mistake and everything fell apart.
Purchase the book at Amazon.

About the Author:

Angella Graff was born and raised in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. She married and became a mother very young, and after getting started with her family, began her University studies where she found her passion for creative writing, history and theology.

She now resides in Tucson with her husband Joshua, three children, Christian, Isabella and Adia, and their three cats and three dogs.


Beauty Rhi-view: Vitamin C Serum by Foxbrim

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid by Foxbrim

Company Site: website
Product Details: HIGHEST QUALITY VITAMIN C SERUM AVAILABLE: Foxbrim's advanced formula Vitamin C + Amino Complex + Hyaluronic Acid is a complete and comprehensive anti-aging solution. Only the best natural and organic ingredients used to create the most effective serum available. This is quite simply the ★BEST CHOICE★
RECOMMENDED FOR A REASON: Vitamin C has received quite a bit of notoriety thanks to a famous doctor on TV. In fact, he's highlighted it as the #1 secret to drop a decade of your face. He explained that using Vitamin C topically can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.
EFFECTIVE AND POWERFUL: Foxbrim's Vitamin C Serum delivers. This scientifically proven formula provides an abundance of key anti-aging benefits. Results include: Stimulating and boosting collagen, Reducing fine lines and wrinkles, Brightening and smoothing skin and Evening complexion by fading sun spots and discoloration.
REPAIR THE DAMAGE: Each and every day your face battles the elements. Smoke, sun, smog and pollution cause your skin to age prematurely. Repair and reverse the damage with a nutrient-rich formula of plant-based ingredients. Vitamin C Serum helps to create beautifully supple and resilient skin ready to fight the signs of aging and environmental damage.
★ RISK FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE ★ There is absolutely no risk when you order now! If you are not 100% satisfied with your results OR if our product did not live up to your expectations in any way we will give you a full refund. No questions asked. Your satisfaction and results are our #1 priority!
Wash and pat skin dry. If you are going to use a toner, apply the toner before the serum. Apply a small amount to entire face, neck and decollete. Allow to dry. Can be used daily; can be used under make up. Follow with any of our moisturizers.
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

Wonderful results, would definitely recommend! (5 Stars)

I've been using this product for a month now and I'm quite impressed. I noticed an increased brightness to my overall complexion since I started using it but more importantly—it hasn't made me breakout! My skin is on the sensitive and reactive side and acne prone so I figured the likelyhood I'd have an acne flare up was pretty high. I've been really pleased with how my skin has reacted to it... by not reacting negatively.

It's a thin serum with almost no smell and I find it's easy to apply and takes only a few seconds to dry. The current price is quite reasonable too. My results after a month have been an increase in overall clarity—I'm currently blemish free and have been for a couple of days which is unusual—and my skin is much smoother. I have noticed I'm a little drier in spots than I usually am but I think I just need a moisturizer that pairs well with it and I should be in awesome shape. I'm thinking I'll add the Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion to my routine to see if it works as well as this has.

Notes: 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.

Product Rhi-view: Surpahs Shiny Small Lightweight Digital Bathroom Scale

Surpahs Shiny Small Lightweight Digital Bathroom Scale
Company Site: website
Product Details: Auto identify up to 4 pre-set users, provides accurate body weight measurement and Body Mass Index (BMI) on 2.3" (59mm) diameter big round shiny LCD screen, with very nice blue backlight, easy reading in the dark.
11" x 9.6" x 0.9" small, sleek, lovely design with 0.2" (6mm) thickness more pure & higher tempered glass weighing platform.
Smart gravity point detect and auto-calibrate. The G-Sensor patent-pending technology embded in 4 TPU skidproof stands support more stable and accurate measurement from 11 lb to 330 lb.
New "Sense-ON" patent-pending technology gets instant readings when you step on the scale.
Powered by 4 AAA 1.5v batteries (demo included), long last standby time, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Those little bars move all the way up and then back down as it calculates your BMI, as you can see mine fell in Normal.

Stylish and accurate (5 Stars)

Since my last bathroom scale broke a couple of years ago the only time I've hit the scale is in the doctor's office. I'd have bought a new one by now but I'm so sick of cheap models that seem nice for what you pay that wind up breaking within the first year.

I was honestly not expecting much out of the Surpahs Shiny Small Lightweight Bathroom Scale. It's current retail price (at the time of this review) is just way low. But it's really, really nice. It's definitely lightweight but the design is sleek and it's very easy to set up and use. The accuracy is spot on and having the BMI calculator on there is handy. Watching the display go up and then back amuses my kid who now wants to get weighed all the time too.

Overall, a sleek and stylish bathroom scale that will look nice in most bathrooms (well, the white model anyway).

Notes: 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.


Beauty Rhi-view: Mermaid Minerals iLine [+ giveaway!]

Company Site: website
Product Details: Mermaid Minerals Magic Clear Liquid Eye Liner turns ANY powder eye shadow instantly into a waterproof eyeliner. No more buying eyeliner pencils to match your shadows. This is one beauty tool you need in your kit! Create dramatic eyes with contrast colors or frame your eyes with matte eyeliner matching your eye shadow. Works with vitually any powder eye shadow. Just shake a little of your eye shadow into the lid, dip the brush for the Mermaid Minerals Magic Clear Liquid Eyeliner into the powder and sweep over eyelid. It's that simple! Rinse the brush and pat dry. The best part is that it is only $9.00! You get the look of dozens of colors and only have to buy one product!
Perfect for weddings, beaches, photoshoots, everyday wear, professional Mermaid underwater performances, BellyDancers, Actors and the list goes on.
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Ingredients: Water, Hydroxethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Propelyne Glycol, Sodium Benzoate

Very useful but not-quite-waterproof (4 Stars)

About three years ago I stumbled on a review for Mermaid Minerals' magical eye liner product that turns ANY powder eye shadow into a waterproof eyeliner. I was really impressed with the product but at the time I just wasn't as into playing with makeup as I've been over the past year so I didn't buy it. Fast forward to a recent review and giveaway opportunity and I was eager to add it to my makeup staples because of the gorgeous mineral makeup powders I've gotten hooked on from another company.

I have to admit I have no idea what's the best way to use this product. I didn't like this idea of just dipping the brush into the powder since that would mean it would have to get cleaned every time but an internet search and checking the website turned up nothing. So I decided to just go for it with dipping it and that worked really, really well. It's a little messy so I recommend practicing to see what works for you. I found that just dipping the brush into the powder and then gently gliding it with the most powdery side against my eyelid worked very well.

My test for waterproof was double. I put some on the skin on the back of my hand (similar texture to my eyelid) and went about my day. Within about 5 hours at the computer with a couple of hand washes during bathroom breaks it was gone. The second test was at a wedding on Halloween night. It held up really well along my lash line but at the corners of my eyes tears washed it away without me wiping my eyes.

Overall, I think it's a pretty cool product to add versatility to your collection of loose powder shadows. I liked turning one of my favorite bright pink colors into a very loud liner and can't wait to try some of my other favorite bright colors that you just can't find great liners in without breaking the bank.

Notes: 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.
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