Thursday, April 11, 2019

Keto BHB Max by Zen Naturally- Review

By: Melissa Baker

I wanted to share with you about a product called Keto BHB Max by Zen Naturally. I am not on the Keto diet, nor have I ever tried it. But I have had the opportunity to try this dietary supplement. It advertises that it will give you energy, assist with weight loss/burns fat, and has BHB Ketones. The directions say you are to take 2 capsules once a day, 30 minutes before a meal. This bottle has 60 capsules, which is a 30 day supply.
I have only been on it for about 2 weeks, so I haven't noticed any weight loss (or gain for that matter). But I have noticed a slight increase in energy. I used to absolutely have to have a nap with my 5 year old just about every afternoon. However, when I am on this, I notice that I don't even think about a nap. So it basically takes the edge off of my exhaustion.

Overall, nothing has changed except the little bit of energy I have noticed. Again, I have only taken it for the last 2 weeks, so if I continue to take it, it may produce the other results I was hoping for, and that this product is supposed to provide. And my body may react differently than others, so results may vary. Just for the energy factor alone, I would recommend at least trying it for a month or so, to see how your body reacts.

You can find out more or order your own Keto Max here or here.

Have a great day!

**I did receive this product in exchange for my honest opinion and review posts.**

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Vegan: Mexican Vegan Diet For Beginners- Review

By: Melissa Baker

I have always wondered what the vegan diet and lifestyle was all about. I have vegan friends, and they seem to have mastered the lifestyle. I have always thought that being a vegan meant that you had a very boring and limited diet. But after digging deeper and reading this recipe book, there are many tasty options and recipes for the vegan diet. In this book, there are many recipes that will suite the needs of people with a vegan diet. There are delicious, and healthy recipes in this book and I look forward to trying them. If you are interested in learning more about vegan food, I would highly recommend getting this book. It is perfect for beginners or people wanting a taste of the vegan lifestyle. This book has all kinds of Mexican food for vegans including: salsas, breakfasts, soups, salads, snacks, main course meals, and desserts. My mouth is watering just by thinking about these recipes. YUM!

About The Book:

Being a vegan in the modern world is seen to be a monotonous and lifeless existence. A common misconception is that the vegan diet is synonymous with bland food without much room for desserts, let alone exotic flavors! Well, these all are nothing but misguided opinions and are absolutely not true!

With the advent of several dairy-free options such as soy milk, almond milk, soy yogurt etc, being a vegan has become easier. It is actually very much possible to lead a healthy, complete vegan lifestyle with very little inconvenience. You can enjoy all your favorite desserts, ethnic cuisines etc without compromising on your way of life.

This book is on Vegan Mexican recipes. Mexican food is among the most popular ethnic foods in the USA and is also gaining popularity across the globe. The variety of spices, herbs, condiments and desserts have long been loved in America.

Mexican cuisine is extremely luscious and eccentric. It's a fusion of recipes from many different nations, especially those that have a predominantly Spanish-speaking population. The Mexican cuisine is famous for its unique and tasteful style. The recipes mentioned in this book have been made keeping in mind this essence of Mexican cuisine. You'll definitely find the fiery deliciousness that generally accompanies Mexican cuisine in all the recipes. Hence, we have tried our best to make sure that the vegan Mexican cuisine still has the general lusciousness that we associate with the non-vegan version. There are a large variety of recipes that have been mentioned in this book that are enough to cater to all of your needs. You don't have to follow that same old vegan diet anymore; you can cook up a new cuisine every day. You can experiment and enjoy making food that you will surely love.

Here's What's Included In This Book

  • 10 of the best Vegan Salsa and Guacamole recipes
  • 6 ways to spice up your Vegan Breakfast the Mexican Way
  • Cold outside? Try out 6 different Vegan Mexican Soup recipes
  • A variety of Mexican Vegan snacks to include as part of that football game
  • Fill up on a trough of Vegan burritos, enchiladas etc for lunch and dinner
  • Finish the meal off with 7 different varieties of Vegan Desserts
Even if you've never been a vegan and just want healthier Mexican recipes, you will get a lot from this book.

If you would like to get your audible copy of this book, you can do so here.

** Disclaimer: I did receive an audible copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and social media posts. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Mended- Book Review and Giveaway!!

For my entire life, I have had a pretty good relationship with my mother. I have always loved and cherished our relationship and we continue to be close, even as we get older. But I do realize that mothers and daughters don't always get along the way my mother and I have. I have learned to never take that for granted. However, Something about this book drew me in and I was very interested in reading this amazing book. Even though I have never had to restore my relationship with my own mother, I feel more equipped to help others who are struggling, now having read this book. It truly is a wonderful tool for mothers and daughters to restore their hearts and mend their relationships. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a mother, daughter or both! 

About the Book:

This magnificent duo has created a safe and logical space for readers to take practical steps toward restoring and enhancing their mother/daughter relationship. No matter how good or fragile the relationship is, change starts with an earnest prayer. Blythe and Helen say, "As a first step, we invite you to acknowledge that you want a different future. Don't focus on how yet. Just tell God you want to make things better between you and you need His power to do so."

In each chapter of Mended they focus on some of the most sensitive topics that have fractured mother/daughter relationships and share how to take a pivotal step in the right direction. They have pulled from their triumphs and generational trials, plus some relatable stories from some of their friends, to offer some key concepts for restoration. A few of their suggestions are to value the relationship over being right, only be responsible for your own thoughts and words - not hers, to love who she is becoming - not focusing so much on who she was, and extending forgiveness even if she has not asked for it. All of these lift the mantle of heaviness over your heart.

And now for the giveaway!!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my personal opinion and blog post. 

Apollo 11 Movie- In Theaters Now!

By: Melissa Baker

Apollo 11 is now showing in theaters all over America! I personally cannot wait to go see it. I am really looking forward to seeing the never before seen footage mentioned in the trailer of the movie. I know it will not disappoint. I absolutely love history and this movie looks really interesting to me. So, join me in going out to your local theater and seeing this amazing movie. 

The History of the Apollo Space Program:

Apollo,  a project conducted by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s and ’70s that landed the first humans on the Moon.
In May 1961 Pres. John F. Kennedy committed America to landing astronauts on the Moon by 1970. The choice among competing techniques for achieving a Moon landing and return was not resolved until considerable further study. Three methods were considered. In direct ascent, one vehicle would lift off from Earth, land on the Moon, and return. However, the proposed Nova rocket would not be ready by 1970. In Earth orbit rendezvous, a spacecraft carrying the crew would dock in Earth orbit with the propulsion unit that would carry enough fuel to go to the Moon. However, this method required two separate launches.
In the method ultimately employed, lunar orbit rendezvous, a powerful launch vehicle (Saturn V rocket) placed a 50-ton spacecraft in a lunar trajectory. The spacecraft had three parts. The conical command module (CM) carried three astronauts. The service module (SM) was attached to the back of the CM and carried its fuel and power to form the command/service module (CSM). Docked to the front of the CSM was the lunar module (LM). One astronaut stayed in the CSM while the other two landed on the Moon in the LM. The LM had a descent stage and an ascent stage. The descent stage was left on the Moon, and the astronauts returned to the CSM in the ascent stage, which was discarded in lunar orbit. The LM was flown only in the vacuum of space, so aerodynamic considerations did not affect its design. (Thus, the LM has been called the first “true” spacecraft.) Before reentering Earth’s atmosphere, the SM was jettisoned to burn up. The CM splashed down in the ocean. The lunar orbit rendezvous had the advantages of requiring only one rocket and of saving fuel and mass since the LM did not need to return to Earth.

Uncrewed missions testing Apollo and the Saturn rocket began in February 1966. The first crewed Apollo flight was delayed by a tragic accident, a fire that broke out in the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a ground rehearsal on January 27, 1967, killing astronauts Virgil GrissomEdward White, and Roger Chaffee. NASA responded by delaying the program to make changes such as not using a pure oxygenatmosphere at launch and replacing the CM hatch with one that could be opened quickly.

In October 1968, following several uncrewed Earth-orbit flights, Apollo 7 made a 163-orbit flight carrying a full crew of three astronauts. Apollo 8 carried out the first step of crewed lunar exploration: from Earth orbit it was injected into a lunar trajectory, completed lunar orbit, and returned safely to Earth. Apollo 9 carried out a prolonged mission in Earth orbit to check out the LM. Apollo 10 journeyed to lunar orbit and tested the LM to within 15.2 km (9.4 miles) of the Moon’s surface. Apollo 11, in July 1969, climaxed the step-by-step procedure with a lunar landing; on July 20 astronaut Neil Armstrong and then Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon’s surface.

Apollo 13, launched in April 1970, suffered an accident caused by an explosion in an oxygen tank but returned safely to Earth. Remaining Apollo missions carried out extensive exploration of the lunar surface, collecting 382 kg (842 pounds) of Moon rocks and installing many instruments for scientific research, such as the solar wind experiment and the seismographic measurements of the lunar surface. Beginning with Apollo 15, astronauts drove a lunar rover on the Moon. Apollo 17, the final flight of the program, took place in December 1972. In total, 12 American astronauts walked on the Moon during the six successful lunar landing missions of the Apollo program.

**All information mentioned on the history of the Apollo Program was found here.

Apollo 11 Movie Trailer:

“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 the product/product information. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did/will receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Other Bodies by Joel Ohman- Book Review

By: Melissa Baker

Due to the controversial subject of this book, it was not, by any means, a "feel good" story. However, I was looking forward to reading about the current issues at hand regarding abortion. It seems that in this world we are living in, abortions are becoming a normal, every day acceptable thing. In the book, we not only see teen pregnancy, but we also see the after affects of abortions. It truly is heartbreaking to read at some points, given the story line and issues that are being discussed. However, I really feel that it is an important topic, and in today's world, we need to educate ourselves and really dig deep into pressing issues, such as teen pregnancy and abortion.

If you are looking for a light-hearted, encouraging read, this book is probably not for you. I did however, think this book is well written and is very informative. I am a little on the fence on if I really "enjoyed" reading this book, but I think it is definitely something worth reading.

About The Book:

For fans of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Divergent comes a YA dystopian/light romance with a strong female protagonist who is forced to question everything...
In a world where immersive VR suits distort what is real from what is not, and the AI Personhood Act blurs the lines between body and bot, the choices sixteen-year-old Hattie Martins faces are very personal. Welcome to Hattie Martins' dystopian Philadelphia, where everything is not as it seems...

Just as her life is looking up--a new job, new friends, a new date--Hattie discovers not all progress in her beloved, futuristic Philadelphia is for the best. Societal regrets can become personal regrets in an instant. Choices don't always come with second chances, and when they do the cost can be unimaginable. How far will she go to undo her greatest regret? And worse yet, what will she become if it's too late? 

In a world where bots are equal to bodies, what does it mean to be alive? 
What is real? 
Which bodies matter? 
What about the other bodies?... 

In this blistering new young adult novel from the #1 bestselling author of the Meritropolis series, readers will question everything they know about life and reality in a unique dystopian adventure that is equal parts moral dilemma and romance.
If you enjoy Veronica Roth, James Dashner, or Suzanne Collins then this is the story of the year you won't want to miss. BUY NOW.

*Subject matter includes references to euthanasia, abortion, and teenage pregnancy. There are NO sex scenes and NO curse words. This is a stand-alone book with a complete story from beginning to end. There are NO cliff-hangers and this is NOT a part of a series.*

About the Author:

Joel Ohman lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.
Joel is the author of the #1 bestselling Meritropolis series—“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”.
Joel is a Christian, CEO, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, author, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur who loves creating new things, whether books or businesses. He is the founder of a number of web startups and currently serves as the CEO and lead operator of 360 Quote, a private equity backed platform company in the online lead generation space, the co-founder and CEO of a B2B SaaS software company,, and has also previously served as the founder and resident CFP® of a national insurance agency, Real Time Health Quotes.
He has an undergraduate degree in Business from Clearwater Christian College, an MBA from the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves the city of Tampa and is heavily involved in the community: he serves on the board of the Tampa Bay Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a trustee of The Idlewild Foundation, and is a deacon, missions trip leader, and member of the finance committee at Idlewild Baptist Church.

To learn more, be sure to browse Joel’s books and visit the press page.

You can read special notes from the Author here.
For more information about informing others about abortion,click here.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, you can do so here.

Disclaimer: 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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NKJV Study Bible- Full Color Edition

By: Melissa Baker

I have had the privilege to begin studying with the NKJV Study Bible. And I must say, It is AMAZING!! I think this is my most favorite Bible I have ever read. There is just so much information in it. It is the ultimate study tool weather you are a beginner or an expert at studying the Bible. The cover is very elegant and the binding is high quality. The colors are very vibrant and clear. Each book begins with the introduction to the book, which explains who the author is, what the background of that specific book is and gives a timeline of events. As you read, you will notice that the top half of the pages are the chapters like a regular Bible. But the bottom half of the pages literally break down each scripture and explains it further. It makes everything you read so incredibly easy to understand. There are maps and pictures throughout the Bible that help you understand and visualize what you are reading. In the back of this Bible, there is a table of monies, weights and measures as well as a section called "The Bible as History". The "Teachings and Illustrations of Christ"  section basically lists out where you can find scripture about certain topics. For example, it lists out different things you go through like anxiety, anger, etc. and lists where in the Bible you can read about it. There is also a chart of the "Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ"as well as "The miracles of Jesus Christ". It is extremely interesting to read all the extra  and in depth information that we normally would not have had access to in a regular Bible. There is also a subject index and a concordance followed by several useful maps. 
There is so much information in this Bible and it is wonderful. I would highly recommend this Bible for anyone who really wants to understand in depth what the Bible says. It is a wonderful tool and I would encourage everyone of all ages and walks of life to get a copy of this Bible. It will forever change the way you study your Bible!

About the Bible:
This beautiful full-color Bible provides a complete resource for study, and is a great choice to help you understand and deeply engage with Scripture. With more than 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Study Bible is a proven and reliable guide for your journey into God's word. An array of curated notes, articles, charts, maps and cross references combine to create the ultimate single-volume study experience. Contributed by top evangelical scholars, these Bible study tools are the perfect complement to the accurate and beautiful New King James Version. This edition features Thomas Nelson's NKJV Comfort Print and an all new full color design, making the NKJV Study Bible an ideal choice for deeper engagement with Scripture.
Features Include:
  • Full-color design
  • Over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • Bible times and culture notes
  • Word studies with Strong's numbers
  • Extensive cross-reference system
  • In-text maps and charts
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Full-length articles, a concordance, and color maps
  • Clear and readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print®

Check out this amazing Bible in the video below!

Strengthening Our Spiritual Health

By: Melissa Baker

We are getting to the end of the first month of the new year. Those who have made new years resolutions might still be hanging on, while others have either achieved their goal or have given up. A common resolution that people often make is to lose weight or get healthy. I know that this is something that we have been working on in our home as well. We are trying to eat right, trying to exercise everyday and trying to make good and healthy choices. We are trying to strengthen our physical bodies. And although our physical health is really important, our spiritual health is even more important. 

Just like we work hard to strengthen our bodies, we also need to strengthen our minds and our faith. We need to gain wisdom on how to achieve our spiritual goals, and grow our faith just like we grow our bodies. Staying in the Word of God is one way to strengthen our spiritual health. We must read our Bibles if we expect to strengthen our faith and grow in our walk with the Lord. We must feed our minds with the "food" it needs to nourish it. There is so much wisdom in the Bible, as well as important information we need to be able to walk the Christian walk. It is literally our instruction manual for life! So dig in everyday!

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
Romans 15:4

Another way we can strengthen our spiritual health is to attend a church. Not only will we get to fellowship with other Christians, but we will hear the word of God in sermon form, as well as get closer to God as we worship Him. Our family attends services on both Sunday's and Wednesdays at our church. We start the week off with our Sunday service, and by Wednesday, we need to refuel! We need that mid week connection with other believers and to hear the word of God. We need that mid week refuel to gain spiritual strength to finish the rest of the week. So if you don't already attend a local church, I encourage you to find one! 

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:25

Prayer is another very important step to strengthening our faith. It is our direct communication with our God. If we don't speak with Him, how can we communicate and grow our relationship? For example, if we don't talk to our husband or the people in our lives, how will we get close with them? How will we even have a relationship? It works the same with God. If we don't communicate with Him, there is no relationship. So prayer is a MUST! 

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:16

'Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is
God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.'

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

All these things will help us grow closer to the Lord and strengthen our faith and spiritual health. Let's not just focus on our bodies and other worldly things this year, lets renew our minds as well. It is so incredibly important to have a relationship with Jesus! And reading our Bibles, praying, attending church and worshiping Him will draw us ever close to Him and He will move in our lives like never before. We just have to be intentional about it, and actually let Him move! So weather you make new years resolutions or not, lets make a resolution right now to be intentional about strengthening our spiritual health and our relationship with the Lord.