City of Thieves by David Benioff – Book Review

258 pages
Publisher Summary:
“During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.”

This was a good book. I don’t normally like a: historical fiction and b: military/war novels.
Set in World War 2 we follow two males looking for eggs. The story itself only takes place over the course of a few days, but you become involved with the two men and the people they come across.
Its a moving and realistically sad book. You get to see how different personalities react and change over war. You’ll get all the emotions sadness, angry, sympathy and confusion. I would recommend this book to most people.

Tribute to Life

This past weekend we had the privilege of attending the Organ and Tissue Donation, Tribute of Life Program and Reception.

This program has a big place in all of our lives here. When my papa passed away 12 years ago, he was an organ donor, his donations went to glaucoma/eye research and diabetes research.
And almost 2 years ago 3 special people received life changing gifts from Holly.

I worked for many years at a bio-tech company that used the gift of donation. You never loose sight of the lose someone or their families give so that others can live better lives. Most of us take for granted a certain quality of life, with the help of Life Quest and companies like them. We can give others that same life. Children that have never known a normal life, families or family member involved in accidents and people suffering. To hear an old woman’s tears when they can walk again after years of confinement, or see a boy playing in a park, that had never left a hospital, gives hope to so many.

To take away the pain or suffering of just one person, can help ease the hurt and heartache of a whole family.
Losing a child is never easy, and nothing will ever make the lose and heartache go away. However, knowing your child, parent, friend or loved one, as changed someone elses life, helps give reason to what can sometimes feel like the end the world.
Will knowing that someone can breathe easier or live longer make it easier to not miss them everyday? No, but just knowing that , that person lives on in someone else can still bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face.

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Deep Steep : Body Butter in Rosemary Mint

“Our vision of Deep Steep involves two concepts: Luxury and Integrity. We promise you a retreat from the ordinary and a refreshing level of quality. We promise to provide you with personal care products that feel good, smell good, and simply are good.
Originally founded by earth-conscious entrepreneurs in 2002, Deep Steep is dedicated to producing all natural luxury bath & body care products that benefit both the consumer and the planet. Today Deep Steep is operated by leading natural personal care manufacturer, Royal Labs Natural Cosmetics, Inc.”

One of my most favorite scents is anything with mint. Eucalyptus and mint, citrus and mint and of course rosemary and mint.
When I first opened this up, ahhhh it was so refreshing. Defiantly more mint than rosemary. Which is fine by me. But if you want a more herbals scent with a hint of mint. This might not be for you.
This stuff is THICK. I would not use this as a body butter. I use it as a hand and foot cream, and love it. I don’t have dry skin, but I wash my hands quite a bit every day, and touch EVERYTHING. So my hands do tend to get a bit dry a couple of times a day. With this being so rich and creamy, my hands stay moisturized easily for 3 hours. It would work longer but I tend to get my hands wet that often.
If you have really dry skin, this might be great. It does take a minute to work into the skin. After its soaked in, it’s not greasy or coating? For winter this would be wonderful.

The ingredients are great too. Mostly Organic, and from what I can see vegan too. And Deep Steep is a cruelty free brand. And can I mention how cute Deep Steeps packaging it. I’ll defiantly be buying more from them. They have this scent in a lotion that I would like to get, and a moisture stick that intrigues me.