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I was recently given the chance to review a wonderful and inspiring Christian film about dating and courtship, called "Old Fashioned." (see my review here.) There is also a novel by Rene Gutteridge that the film was based on. The book and the film portray the beauty of courtship and falling in love with the theme that chivalry is not dead. Having two teenage daughters, it was important for me to share the book and the film with them. I want my daughters to experience true romance and courtship, and to expect nothing less from the young men that they date.
About the book:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
My thoughts: I loved this book. It is a perfect summer reading book about romance. Where was this book when I was a teenager who dated jerks? It is a real eye opener as to what romance can and should be for a young couple. You don't have to settle for less when you are dating! I have passed this book onto my daughters and I am certain that they will love it as much as I did. Perhaps I will make them turn in a book report to me by the end of the summer so I can make sure they read it and got the message the book is trying to send to young people about achieving old fashioned, ever-lasting love.
And if the movie and the book was not enough, there is also a beautifully written devotional on the subject of old fashioned romance!
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.
Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
See the promotional video of the book and the devotional here:
Win! One winner will receive a copy of Old Fashioned on DVD, Old Fashioned novel, and a devotional about how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. (ARV: $45)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Didn't get everything you wanted for Christmas? Well, treat yourself to something extra luxurious! Crabtree & Evelyn’s 2014 Seasonal Spectacular Holiday Gift Collection is a gift of pampering that you will love!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Are your teeth looking a little dull, dingy, perhaps a bit stained and yellowish? Are you perhaps afraid of the sensitivity that comes with most tooth whitening kits?
People avoid using traditional teeth whitening products because they cause tooth sensitivity and are too messy and time consuming to use. Traditional teeth whitening and bleaching products use carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient. It is slow-acting and can cause tooth and gum pain with extreme tooth sensitivity and irritation.
Ultra-sensitive customers will swoon over this new innovation in teeth whitening. ZERO White contains no harmful peroxide and is ideal for pregnant mothers, all-natural aficionados, and anyone looking for a gentle yet effective treatment.
ZERO White is specially formulated and offers a potent blend of botanicals and baking soda that works overtime to brighten the dullest of smiles.
Its sweet mint flavor works to freshen your breath. Restore your teeth, crowns, veneers and caps to a natural white the pain free way with ZERO White.
Pen Instructions: Twist and click the base of the pen until gel exudes from the brush tip. Dry your teeth, paint on the gel and whiten while you sleep.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Discover Fun & Flirty Valentine’s Day Beauty products to make everyone fall in love this Valentine’s Day – treat yourself or
Silkies Silicone Hair Elastics
Keep hair in place throughout the night with the no slip Silkies Hair Elastics. In two fun shapes, lips and heels, Silkies also double as bracelets.
Price: $9/5 pack
Availability: At drug stores nationwide and online via www.miabeauty.com
Tony Ties with Charms
Sleek, functional and great for a quick ponytail –these no tug-hair ties are comfortable and will not leave a crease. Wear them as bracelets for a fun, festive look.
Price: $7/3 pack
Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment in LOVE
Infused with anti-aging and lip filling peptides, Lip Rewind repairs daily damage, boosts volume and moisture content, protect UVA/UVB sun damage and improves the definition of lip contour and shape. $5 of each purchase is donated to the Children’s Action Network.
Whitening Lightning Super Booster Pen Teeth Whitening Pen
The easy-to-use gel freshens breath, kills bacteria and restores teeth to their natural white shade. The formula whitens and fight stains while you sleep by up to seven to ten shades in 14 days.
Availability: Online viawww.whiteninglightning.com
Authentic Skin Remedies Bath and Body Luxe Line
Get smooth, sexy skin with this all natural, 100% organic bath & body line. The three step regimen will polish, gloss, quench and nourish skin from head to toe.
POLISH Sugar Exfoliating Buff, $39
GLOSS Essential Bath and Body Oil, $33
QUENCH Nourishing Face and Body Balm, $45
Availability: Online via www.authenticskinremedies.com
Spa Sonic Face & Body Polisher
Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, this multi-brush face and body polisher will keep skin kissable and smooth. The set includes a face brush, body brush, pumice stone and sponge for moisturizer application.
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Adventuress Skin Care Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier
Add a little adventure to your Valentine’s Day with Adventuress Skin Care. Packed with micronutrients, the skin purifier will unblock pores, hydrate, firm, and restore skin’s youthful radiance.
Availability: Online via www.goadventuress.com
My Experience: I was sent the Whitening Lightning Super Booster Pen Teeth Whitening Pen to review. I could not believe how easy it is to use and how fast the results are. I have used mine twice per day, in the morning and at night right before bed. All I do is wipe down my teeth with a paper towel to dry them off. (I only do my front top teeth because those are the areas that need some whitening.) Next I turn the bottom of the pen until a tiny bit of the solution is visible in the small brush at the tip. I then polish the solution onto the teeth that I want to treat. I hold my mouth into a smile (which feels kind of silly) until the solution dries. (usually 60 seconds, or you could blast it with a blow dryer, like I have done to dry it faster.) There is no need for rinsing. It freshens my breath and does not cause sensitivity. After using this product for just one week, my teeth are so much whiter! I love it.
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Spa Sonic Valentine’s Day deals can be found at the following
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Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Are your teeth looking a little dull, dingy, perhaps a bit stained and yellowish? Are you perhaps afraid of the sensitivity that comes with most tooth whitening kits? People avoid using traditional teeth whitening products because they cause tooth sensitivity and are too messy and time consuming to use. Traditional teeth whitening and bleaching products use carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient. It is slow-acting and can cause tooth and gum pain with extreme tooth sensitivity and irritation.
Whitening Lightning has the perfect solution for you! Their Super Booster Teeth Whitening Pen is made with hydrogen peroxide which offers faster results without tooth the sensitivity. Additionally, this product is fast acting, easy to use, and can even be used while you sleep. Whitening Lightening even offers an all-natural botanical solution to whiten teeth in their ZERO White Teeth Whitening product line. Their teeth whitening products are ideal to whiten dental work like caps, veneers, and crowns.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Whitening Lightening is known for its top of the line, high quality tooth whitening kits, but did you know they also carry some very sexy Lip Glosses as well? I honestly go utterly nuts for lip gloss! I wear it all the time. You will almost never see me without it. I love a lip gloss that gives me a full sexy pout. When I was asked to review Whitening Lightening's new lip glosses I was truly excited.
Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss is a fresh new lighted lip-gloss that contains collagen peptides to increase lip volume and reduce lip wrinkles, while doubling as an amazing moisturizer. These collagen peptides rapidly speed up cell renewal to increase lip size safely and painlessly. A Whisper lightweight treatment, luxuriously moisture rich and so comfortable to wear, never sticky. The gloss creates a super natural, luscious look. Available in these new fashion forward innovative shades and hues of peach, pink and bronze.
- Contains collagen peptides – increases lip volume
- Reduces lip wrinkles
- Doubles as a treatment
- Feels smooth and light on the lips, so comfortable to wear – never sticky.
- Will not feather or bleed
Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Jewel
This is the color I received. I love it because it is deeply pigmented, a truly rich and beautiful color. All I needed was one application and it stayed on my lips until I removed it. Jewel is the perfect color for me for winter. It feels amazing and light on my lips. My lips looked fuller and sexier. I absolutely love the way it lights up when you open it up! When you remove the lid, there are LED lights in the applicator and a small mirror on the side of the gloss. How perfect for applying my lipgloss in the car at night (not when I am driving, of course.)
Borneo Exotic Lip Gloss
I chose this lip gloss for my daughter, who wore it on Halloween. I am so ashamed to say that I did not get a photo of her wearing it! It was absolutely perfect on her and complimented her goth look. She looked stunning! She also loves the formula and the lighted applicator. She only wishes that I had ordered her a color that she could wear every day because it is so moisturizing and feels so good on the lips.
To learn more about Whitening Lightening products or to order one of these amazing lip glosses go to: http://www.whiteninglightning.com
Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 is a one-step, leave-on daily peel, formulated to exfoliate and deliver potent antioxidant protection for everyday defense against aging. It contains 10% Citric Acid, a well known antioxidant and anti-ager that is found in citrus fruits.
Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 exfoliates and prepares skin for moisturizer absorption and smooth makeup application without downtime. The antioxidant power of Citric Acid neutralizes damaging free radicals brought on by daily environmental exposure to help prevent signs of aging. Easy one-step pad does not require rinsing or neutralizing.
I absolutely love it when I find a beauty product that works like a miracle on my skin. Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 is one of those amazing products. This peel is an easy way for me way to achieve gentle exfoliation and antioxidant protection into my daily routine with one easy swipe. That's it!
After only three days of use, I have definitely noticed a difference. My skin is so much smoother. The fine lines I was worried about have just seemed to vanish. My pores even look smaller. My moisturizers and other beauty treatments are able to penetrate and work much more effectively since they are being applied to a fresh surface.
I love it!
I love the way my skin looks and feels.
To learn more about Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 or to purchase go to: http://www.neostrata.com