Colored Pencil

Colored Pencil Painting Portraits provides straightforward solutions to the problems that artists face in creating lifelike images, and will prime readers on the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. In this truly comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step demonstrations, Nickelsen considers working from photo references versus live models; provides guidance on posing and lighting, as well as planning and composing a work; discusses tools, materials, and revolutionary layering techniques; and offers lessons on capturing gesture and expression and on rendering facial and body features of people of all age groups and skin tones.

Paperback, 192 pages

This book has big, lovely-to-look-at illustrations. It could be a super resource for the artist and the home school art classrooms, but it didn’t work for me. Too much heavy writing and not enough something else. Will donate and hope to make someone’s day. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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★★★★★Recommend picture book. My three year old was attentive to this alternate retelling of the classic Prince and the Pauper story. It is a pleasant story that examines curiosity in a positive way. Gratitude is also expressed in this picture book. Easy rhyme text and sweet illustrations have made it an often requested read.

I received this book from the author to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Paperback, 128 pages

((̲̅ ̲̅(̲̅C̲̅r̲̅a̲̅y̲̅o̲̅l̲̲̅̅a̲̅( ̲̅̅((>This book includes helpful information for the beginner artist. Rachel’s recommendations included the supplies/ tools she used to achieve beautiful colorful art. There are many illustrations throughout that show the creation process. This book would be a great resource for home school art (somewhere around grade 5 and up) with the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and practice pages. 

This book was provided by Rachel Reinert (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

a beautiful, smart way to protect from the sun. I highly recommend

100 % cotton canvas fabric measuring 10.8 feet x 5.9 feet

the design allows the breeze to blow through

lightweight makes it easily portable in a zippered bag (weighs only 9 pounds)

easy set-up. All ropes already connected

sand and grass pegs for either sand or grass setup

natural sun protection in six fashionable print styles

South Beach 

South Beac Tent

Please watch the setup video available to view from the Lovin’ Summer website’s main page.

Unlike any other beach shade products on the market today, we designed our Lovin’ Summer beach tents to put an end to uncomfortable shade protection, without the complicated knots and instructions like the majority of freestanding or “pop-up” beach tents available today.

Driven by our passion for the beach, our beach shade products have combined coastal style with practical design to create a simple innovative product that looks great, offers maximum light, airflow and UV protection.

Lovin’ Summer provided the South Beach Tent to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

Everyone loves ‘Bingo the Puppy’™. Unleash this playful pup and watch him bounce, tumble & roll over! Then match his ‘spots’ to a space on your game board and place a chip there. Be the first player with three chips in a row and you win!

Bingo The Puppy Board Game

It is a fun game to play with a 3 year old. Easy to understand rules as you can read from the description of the game above. As with the previous Jax games I reviewed, everything is quality made to last for many enjoyable game times. Visit Jax Games to see this and other terrific games ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

I received Bingo the Puppy game from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

goobsi

goobsi

Delicious scents
(no added perfumes)

No parabens, chemicals
or mystery ingredients

Cleansers, Oils, Soaps,
and Toners

Consciously crafted in
small batches in Texas

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“The artisan aromatherapy mist for yoga studios, spas and busy families that need relaxation without the chemicals common in mass-market mists”

Ingredients:
Distilled Water, Sweet Orange Peel Essential Oil, Clementine Peel Essential Oil, Rose Absolute, Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Organic Bourbon Vanilla Bean Extract, Organic Honey, Organic Cardamom Seed Extract, Benzoin Resin Extract, Nutmeg Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil

Wisdom is a terrific combination of essential oils that make a great aromatherapy spray. For use as an air freshener or body spray, this comes from a company that offers toxin-free, chemical-free, organic, plant-based personal care and aromatic products. (and a super cute logo) Would make a nice gift for Mom or teacher ✔

Goobsi provided Wisdom/ Aura to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Tranquility

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Hardcover, 112 pages

Various subjects in this book include a devotional prayer and bible verse along with space to journal and something to color. 

Not fond of the front and back covers which are made of cardboard reminiscent of a composition notebook. The inside pages are a nice quality for writing and coloring. The size (basically 6 x 8) makes it convenient, not too big and not too small. Not my cup of tea, but I recommend it for artsy people of the Christian faith. 

Tyndale House Publishers provided this book in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.