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Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?
As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?
A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.
Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?
Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a book? What do you hope your writing achieves? We asked Beth Vogt to tell us the story behind Crazy Little Thing Called Love.Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?
There were two sparks for Crazy Little Thing Called Love: the first was the whole idea of young love and a couple eloping. I know people who were high school sweethearts and got married, and their marriages are still going strong. The second was the realization that we’ve all made mistakes and wishing we could undo those mistakes.
How long did your book take you to write?
I use The Book Buddy, a work-text developed by author Susan May Warren, and take about two weeks to develop my characters, my plot, and my spiritual thread. Then I take a month to fast draft the story before I rewrite it. All told, the process for the initial draft I sent to my editor took about 10 weeks.
How long was the editing/publishing process?
From start to finish – which includes my first draft, second edits, copy edits, and galley edits – one year.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
There’s so much I could say to aspiring writers. Find a mentor. Invest in writers’ conferences. Join My Book Therapy (author Susan May Warren’s writing community). Most importantly, stay grounded in who God says you are. The publishing business can mess with your head.
What’s your next book or project?
There are two more installments in the Destination Wedding series in 2016: another novella and another novel: Almost like Being in Love.
Growing up in an Indian home in South-East Asia (Singapore), I (Rebekah Letch, Co-Founder of Radha Beauty) was constantly bathed in oils. Oil baths were part of my regime growing up. As a kid, my mother would adorn my hair and skin with different oils and create natural mixtures using spices and oils from turmeric, coconut, argan, lavender, peppermint etc which left my skin insanely soft, supple, blemish free and radiant. I would always get compliments on how healthy and radiant my long hair and skin were. Over the next 10 years, I worked with some of the world’s best makeup artists as a professional ballet dancer and model. However, I noticed that after each session, my face would either break out, or get really dry and flaky. The more I learned about the toxic chemicals in most cosmetics, the more I wondered: did beauty have to be bad for us?
I couldn’t accept that. I wanted cosmetics that embodied luxury and conscience — cosmetics that were sexy and fun, high quality and organic, effective and good for Mother Earth.
In 2014, I started Radha Beauty a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world. Radha Beauty embellishes beauty with the earth’s most natural oils and our natural skin care line. Our products are Cruelty Free and Not Tested on Animals. We believe that beauty does not have to be bad for us, as in our industry today, harsh chemicals are used in most beauty products. Our professional-level performance and luxe feel beauty line embodies luxury and conscience using high quality and organic ingredients which are effective and good for Mother Earth.
*I received this product in exchange for my honest review.
OxyRub pain relief cream rubs away pain—right on contact!
OxyRub works within minutes to:
– Dissolve arthritis pain in knees, hips, fingers, and wrists
– Relieve tense, painful back, leg, and neck muscles
– Cool and soothe stubborn bursitis pain
– Take the throbs out of bumps, sprains, and bruises
– And so much more…
Pain is the single most common reason that patients seek medical care—and yet, there have been shockingly few truly effective solutions. NOT ANYMORE. Now, not even the worst chronic pain can stand up to the pain-relieving power of OxyRub. Whether you’ve been fighting arthritis pain for ages or just suffer from aches and pains after a round of golf or an afternoon in the garden, OxyRub pain relief cream can eliminate your pain—quickly.
OxyRub combines the pain-relieving power of menthol with a patented, proprietary oxygenated essential oil into a soothing, pleasant-smelling cream.
OxyRub’s secret lies in a patented blend of menthol, emollients, and oxygenated essential oil in a soothing, non-greasy cream that’s absorbed into the skin in seconds with NO burning or irritation!
linical studies prove OxyRub has twice the pain-fighting power
In a double-blind, randomized, controlled head-to-head study, OxyRub pain relief cream was put to the test against a leading, mainstream menthol-only cream. After 8 days, users reported their acute pain decreased by an impressive 27.8% compared to just 13.7% in the menthol-only group. That’s more than double the effectiveness of one of the top mainstream pain creams!
Users also reported a 59.9% improvement in mobility and flexibility compared to just 34.4% in the menthol-only group.
Many users reported relief in as little as 30–45 seconds…with increased pain-relieving power over the next 30 minutes and lasting for hours at a time. Plus, OxyRub continues to work better the longer you use it! And you can apply it as often as you need it.
A high-quality source for pain relief
OxyRub harnesses the soothing power of menthol (a proven OTC pain reliever) in combination with an “essential oxygen oil” for fast-acting, long-lasting pain relief. This exclusive combination of ingredients provides joints and muscles with relief from aches and strains and even the pain of arthritis.
In a double-blind, randomized, controlled head-to-head study, OxyRub Pain Relief Cream was tested against a leading menthol-only pain cream. By day 8 of the treatment, acute pain in OxyRub users had decreased by double that of those using the other pain-relief cream. During the study, limitation of activity decreased by 59.9% for OxyRub users, compared to 34.4% for the menthol-only group.
Essential Oils & Ancient Practices: How oil, oxygen & sunshine soothe skin
In the 1950s and ’60s, Professor Pierre Baranger—a member of the Pasteur Institute’s scientific team—traveled throughout India studying the healing powers of chaulmoogra oils. These oils were known throughout the East for their exceptional restorative virtues, including relief from joint, muscle, tendon, and even bone aches.
Upon further study into the healing qualities of chaulmoogra, Baranger became perplexed as to why modern doctors in the mainland cities weren’t using the oils. Local healers informed him that it was because modern doctors didn’t know the secret to properly preparing the oils. To truly harness its natural healing powers, the oil first had to be exposed to sun and open air for 20 years. Using all he had learned from the medicine men of India, Baranger was able pioneer a process that replicates 20 years of oxygenation in just 3 days. This allowed him to introduce these powerful soothing oils to the West.
Dr. Pergolizzi was first introduced to the benefits of oxygenated oil while traveling through Germany. During his time abroad, he spoke to an Olympic trainer whose athletes were rubbing oxygenated oil onto their muscles to relieve aches and pains. This inspired Dr. Pergolizzi to learn more about oxygenated oil, the history of its use, and how he could best incorporate it into his own pain-relief treatments.
Dr. Pergolizzi’s OxyRub utilizes the therapeutic features of vegetable oil via oxygenation and sun exposure.
Simple: Just rub the cream on the area you’re experiencing pain.
Our business originated in the newsletter division of Phillips Publishing International (PPI) more than two decades ago.
In 1985, PPI began expanding its newsletter offerings to include natural health–related titles that featured advice from alternative medicine doctors. These included the 1991 launch of our flagship letter, Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing, and the acquisition of Mountain Home Publishing and the newsletter Alternatives, both owned by Dr. David Williams.
The health advice was well-received, and readers began calling to find out where they could buy the nutritional products recommended by our physician editors. We helped point them to safe, appropriate sources, and then began working with the doctors to formulate their own supplements.
The rest, as they say, is history.
In 2004, the business was sold and officially rebranded as Healthy Directions. Today we are proud to be a leading health publisher and direct-to-consumer retailer of doctor-formulated nutritional supplements and skincare products, dedicated to helping people lead healthier, happier lives. Healthy Directions provides expert guidance and advanced nutritional supplements from America’s most knowledgeable and highly respected integrative and alternative health doctors including Julian Whitaker, MD, Dr. David Williams, Stephen Sinatra, MD, Susan Lark, MD, Aaron Tabor, MD, Richard Wurtman, MD, and Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr., MD.
Short answer: YES! I was pleasantly surprised by this product. While the information about the product kind of reads like an infomercial, the product itself WORKS. I’ve been pleased with every Healthy Directions product I’ve tried, so I really shouldn’t have been surprised. My family used OxyRub for muscle relief pain. It worked as well as brand name muscle rubs. We loved that OxyRub utilizes healthier ingredients. If you’re looking for a ‘better-for-you’ approach to pain relief, definitely check out OxyRub. It’s pricey, but if you’re super strict about ingredients, this may be what you’re looking for.
Amazon – Use code SAVEOXY2 to save 20% off your first purchase of OxyRub (1 tube – 4 oz.) sold by Healthy Directions on Amazon. The seller must be Healthy Directions for the coupon code to work.
*I received this product in exchange for my honest review.
InstaNatural’s Lemon Essential Oil is extracted directly from lemon rinds for a fresh citrus fragrance. This oil is cold-pressed and has a powerful bright scent that is sure to refresh and uplift. It also works well as an astringent to cleanse and tone your skin while delivering a boost of beneficial Vitamin C.
InstaNatural’s Peppermint Essential Oil is directly extracted from the leaves of the Mentha Piperita herb for a sharp and sweet minty fragrance. It is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. Its scent makes it perfect for aromatherapy to lift the spirits.
Lemon: 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Limon)
Peppermint: 100% Pure Steam-Distilled Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)
Directions For Aromatherapy: Use in tandem with an Essential Oil Diffuser to fill your living space with the refreshing, cheerful citrus aroma.
Caution: For external use only. Avoid sun exposure after application to the skin since this is likely to cause photoirritation. Dilute well before use. A small patch test on skin is recommended to ensure no adverse reactions. Keep away from flames. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water. If you’re pregnant, consult your doctor before use. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use if redness or irritation occurs.
Directions For Aromatherapy: Use in tandem with an Essential Oil Diffuser to fill your living space with the revitalizing minty aroma.
Caution: For external use only. Dilute well before use. A small patch test on skin is recommended to ensure no adverse reactions. Oil may crystallize due to high menthol content. To resolve, submerge bottle in hot water until oil liquefies and shake bottle before use. Keep away from flames. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water. If you’re pregnant, consult your doctor before use. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use if redness or irritation occurs.
InstaNatural was started as a small local business in Florida with a vision to provide safe, effective, and affordable skin care products – without sacrificing quality. InstaNatural is constantly in search of wonderful wholesome ingredients to enhance the natural beauty that is often lost due to various external and internal factors. The product line was developed by focusing on using premium organic and natural ingredients in their formulations without the use of harmful alcohols, parabens or sulfates.
At present, InstaNatural is a leading online distributor of a collection of nature-inspired beauty and cosmetic products. All of InstaNatural’s products are produced in small batches and packaged in FDA-certified facilities in the USA to ensure freshness and safety for customers. With results-driven products backed by a satisfaction guarantee, InstaNatural is focused on providing the best collection of beauty products to address a wide variety of skincare needs.
“We are committed towards researching and developing the BEST natural and organic skincare products, so you can feel comfortable and proud about what you put on your body. We at InstaNatural value the safety of our customers, therefore we reveal every single ingredient included in our products on the label. We wake up each day with a vision to provide the maximum value to you, our beloved customer. We are so confident in our products, that we back them all with our satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied for ANY reason, all you have to do is contact us and we will take care of you, no questions asked. Even though we have thousands of customers from all around the globe, our mission is to treat you as if you’re our only customer!” – AJ, Founder – InstaNatural
I’ve been pretty impressed with InstaNatural’s Lemon & Peppermint Essential Oils. I already use YoungLiving Essential Oils for topical applications and diffusing, so I used these oils around the house. The lemon oil worked really well as a laundry additive. I added 2-8 drops to the soap dispenser in my washer or to a dry washcloth and threw it in the dryer to give my laundry a refreshing scent. My laundry came out smelling so good!! I also used the lemon oil for cleaning and was happy with the results. The peppermint oil was used to make the house smell nice. I put a few drops in a drawer or in the edge of a cabinet to give the house a minty smell. I also use peppermint oil as a mouse deterrent by putting several drops on a cotton round and placing it where mice are likely to show up. All in all, I really liked these InstaNatural essential oils. The lemon smells amazing, so I’ll probably be purchasing it in the future. I was satisfied with the peppermint, but I didn’t notice a huge difference from less expensive peppermint oils I’ve tried, so I probably won’t purchase this one. The bottles are sizable (4 oz) so both oils last awhile. InstaNatural also makes a Lavender Essential Oil that I’d be interested in trying in the future. I’d highly recommend ordering these oils if you’re looking for large bottles of essential oils to use around the house. NOTE: These are for external use only!!
*I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.
I’m partnering with Darby Smart for another giveaway! I believe this will be for the February To DIY For Box. To enter, go here. This giveaway closes Monday, 2/17/14 at 11:59 PM EST. A winner will be automatically selected.
I’ll review the Darby Smart February To DIY For Box after it arrives. Good luck!!
It seems like there are a million giveaways for Kindle Fires right now! I wanted to share this one with you. It’s a joint author and blogger giveaway, and the winner gets their choice of a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX, a $229 Amazon Gift Card, or $229 PayPal cash! Head here to enter. Good luck!!