Archive for July, 2012

Women Biz: Abundance Soaps

Different is good. Different is beautiful. I like different. From architecture to faces to shops, I have an affinity for and gravitate toward what I consider unique. Which is probably why I love handmade soaps.

Unlike pre-molded traditional boxed soaps, handmade bars are rough cut, not perfectly shaped. The scents have imagination and appeal and the texture is inviting, tempting you to touch. But beauty is only skin deep and the appeal needs to go deeper than aesthetics and the sensory qualities they offer. In short, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

And Abundance Soaps has what it takes on the inside. They use only high-grade ingredients in their handmade soaps and beauty products. Karin McGilvery, owner and creator of Abundance Soaps was kind enough to answer my questions about her products. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thumbs Up!

Call me strange, but I like to read the negative book reviews of authors I like. I do it to build up my own immunity for when my novel is released and also to get an idea of what it is that puts readers off.

The reviews I read are mostly for Christian novels since my writing falls into that category and I could say I have discovered a few things by reading them, but that would imply that what I learned was some new concept when it was just a reminder of what I already knew: Read the rest of this entry »

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Traveler’s FYI

Need a passport photo? Do it yourself passport photos are simple enough to size to the required 600 x 600 pixels (2” x 2”) in Photoshop, but if you don’t have a photo editing program or want a quicker method, you can use the simple crop tool on the government site:

Just upload a photo that meets the standards listed here:

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No Fear

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing an attempt.”




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Throw Away Society

Does anyone remember when the life expectancy of a refrigerator was 20 to 30 years? Early in our marriage, my husband and I were given one that was 19 years old. It worked great and still had years of use left in it. It didn’t look too bad either.

But things have changed. Nowadays you have to measure the life of your refrigerator in dog years. They just don’t last that long. The current average lifespan of a refrigerator is between 7 and 10 years. Our last one met with an early demise, conking out at 5.

From appliances to furniture, to cars, the quality and care we once invested in products no longer exists. An example of this is the fact that a typical car coming off today’s assembly line will never reach classic status. They weren’t made to last. They were made to use up and throw away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Book Review: Illusion

If you want to be entertained, intrigued and emotionally involved in someone else’s drama then you will want to pick up a copy of Frank Peretti’s latest novel, Illusion.

Illusion’s genre is difficult to pin down…thriller, mystery, a touch of sci-fi, and at the heart of it a love story that’s guaranteed to keep you turning pages.

After forty years of marriage to Mandy and a successful career entertaining fans with their magic, Dane Collins finds himself alone when a tragic car accident takes Mandy’s life.

Or did it? Read the rest of this entry »

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