Archives for March 17, 2015

Does An Unusual Photographic Image Capture the Release of the Human Soul?

Image of a Spirit cover

In the new book Image of a Spirit, Paul Williams shares what followed after he took a picture with a cell phone camera of the space surrounding his mother after she died.


Paul Williams has lived a full and adventure -filled. Life.  He graduated Harvard Phi Beta Kappa in 1965 and became an accomplished Hollywood film director, dated many beautiful women many of whom became famous in their own right. He was also a devoted son who spent the final weeks of his mom’s life with her in Manhattan. He was there with other family members when she died, on the morning of December 27, 2009.

He watched as the caring women attendants cleaned up his mom’s body and dressed her in her favorite blue shirt. He couldn’t be physical with his mother, so he kept his distance and watched the other prepare his mom for her final journey.


Having been a professional photographer, it was then, an hour and fort-five minutes after she died, that he instinctively grabbed his Blackberry smart phone and snapped a few photos looking above his mother towards the two devoted women and the beautiful, loving expressions on their respective faces as they hovered over her.


A few hours later, he uploaded the pictures to his Macbook laptop, and to his utter amazement, discovered a small–maybe six inches tall, blurry hominoid-like figure just above his mother’s body which had been captured by his cell pone camera.

Williams had taken tens of thousands of photographs in his life, had studied and even taught photography at Harvard.


But nothing prepared him for the image that was before him. The photos clearly showed a small utterly clear, distinct image of a person like entity. One of the women was bothered, even spooked by the images. They couldn’t shake the feeling that something was really weird.


Williams determined that there was no obvious conventional explanation for this small blurry figure. It could not be explained by stray reflections or other well-known optical mechanisms. That much was for certain.


What was in the photos? Was it a picture of his mother’s spirit?


Image of a Spirit is the story of Paul William’s experience as he sought to unravel the mystery of the images. Williams went on a multi-year quest to determine the possible explanations for the captured images.


He shared the photos and sought advice from several Hollywood celebrities and colleagues.

He took the photos to experts for analysis and validation. He researched the possibilities and contacted with people with the highest credentials in the fields of photography, psi research, chemistry and energy science.


He met with Dean Radin, America’s leading scentist  in the field of psi phenomenon investigation. And he met with Loyd Auerbach, author of the classic ghost image referece, the 1996 ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists.


He gave the photo to Digital Computer Photography expert Professor Harry Farid, in the Image Science Group at Dartmouth College.  Dr. Farid developed with Adobe Corp. (Photoshop) the fool-proof authenticator of digital photos –utilized by courts, the NY Times, and intelligence agencies.   Farid performed the forensic evaluation and verified the authenticity of the photo.


Can a cell phone be used to prove the soul exists?

I received a copy of this book and it really was tough to put down! It is quite an intriguing book! if you enjoy reading about the spirits and the unusual, this really is a book to read. 

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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this feature.

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Tropical Green GoodBelly! Good-for-you, green reader giveaway!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Ready for heavy plates of corned beef and cabbage, sweet Irish crème treats and pitchers flowing with green beer? Come March 18, your bellies may be in need of a little TLC! Well, we have the answer for you! GoodBelly, is a line of delicious probiotic drinks, and would love to suggest a healthy green way to balance digestion after rich St. Patty’s Day food and drinks: GoodBelly Organic Tropical Green juice!

GoodBelly Organic Tropical Green juice is packed with probiotics and good-for-you greens like spinach, alfalfa grass, spirulina, chlorella, oat grass and parsley – plus with the addition of tropical fruit like mango and banana it tastes absolutely delicious! Non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan like all other GoodBelly beverages, Tropical Green is made with the well-researched probiotic strain, LP299V to give you the digestive helpers you need! Drink straight out of the carton, blend into your favorite smoothie for a festive morning treat, or save it for a next-day reboot. Let’s all raise a glass (or stein) and cheers to luck and GoodHealth with GoodBelly!

You can find their store locator here.

I will be reviewing soon! So stay tuned! For now, we are having a St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win VIP product vouchers to complete a 12 Day Belly Reboot! To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Deadline to enter is March 27th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I have received free vouchers and will be reviewing soon. 

About GoodBelly

Made with the well-researched probiotic strain, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®), GoodBelly supports digestive health when consumed daily. Unlike many other live and active cultures, LP299V survives passage beyond the stomach’s acidic environment in order to support the rest of the digestive system, and ultimately overall health.* GoodBelly offers multi-serving cartons and single-serving shots to satisfy every taste and dietary need, available in delicious flavors like Blueberry Acai, Mango, Pomegranate Blackberry and Strawberry. Each serving of GoodBelly packs 20-50 billion live and active probiotic cultures to promote a healthy digestive and immune system, as 70 percent of the body’s immune system resides in the digestive tract.* To learn more about GoodBelly, please visit, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Brave Teens Share Their Stories in Bullied Kids Speak Out by Jodee Blanco


When Jodee Blanco began a speaking tour of America’s schools twelve years ago, she never imagined the scope of what would happen, the lives she would touch, nor that she’d meet so many brave teens facing intolerance and bullying in their daily lives.


Blanco helped many of them, intervening on their behalf with school administrators, social services and even local police. Their courage and compassion so impressed Blanco, that she decided it was finally time to give them a voice.


In Bullied Kids Speak Out Blanco presents seventeen of the most unforgettable teens she’s encountered in our school system, providing them with a no-holds-barred platform to speak directly to other teens in turmoil, because as Blanco states, “sometimes it takes a kid, and not an adult, no matter how well-intentioned, to reach another kid in pain and get them to do something about it.”


Jodee’s book is a great resource for parents and kids dealing with intolerance or bullying on a daily basis.

I received a copy of this book and I really do think that it is an awesome resource for both parents and kids. I also think it would be great for Teachers and Counselors too. I like how each chapter features a different teen sharing their story about how he or she was bullied and how they find the strength to stand up. I do know that not all children and teenagers can do this and often bullying has very drastic consequences. This book really is a Must-Read for all parents and it is also very helpful that at the ending of each chapter, Blanco gives very helpful advice. 

In addition to her books, Blanco’s acclaimed anti-bullying program It’s NOT Just Joking Around!™ has been presented to a combined audience of over five-hundred thousand students, teachers and parents nationwide at the behest of such entities as The United States Department of Interior, The United States Department of Justice, The National Catholic Educational Association, The American School Counselor’s Association, the Illinois Association of School Boards and countless local school districts. It’s NOT Just Joking Around! has also generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant awards for schools and organizations coast to coast.   For more information on Blanco visit her website at

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this feature.


Hoppy Paws for St. Patrick’s Day! Bringing Magic to the day!


Looking to make the day special for kids or decorate for a party? Hoppy Paws Leprechaun footprints is the perfect way to do just that! Decorate indoor and outdoor surfaces using Hoppy Paws‘ stamp kit to create a fun St. Patrick’s Day for kids using safe, non-toxic, biodegradable ink. The best part is it washes off using only water- no mess, no fuss. Hoppy Paws are just $6.99.

We received a sample and this really is a fun idea! There really aren’t enough fun kid-friendly products for this holiday of wearing green so this is a Must-Have for the holiday! I know…the holiday is today but there’s always next year! Kids of all ages will enjoy! A great way to bring magic to the day.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Hoppy Paws.

Dessert for Two: Small Batch Cookies, Brownies, Pies and Cakes by Christina Lane Baking with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

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Downsized Desserts
Popular dessert blogger shares classic desserts scaled down to serve two in new cookbook.

When it comes to cooking for just two people, scaling down recipes is often a challenge, and finding dessert recipes that serve just two people is nearly impossible. Christina Lane, blogger behind the popular site Dessert for Two, uses this challenge as inspiration in her new, aptly-named cookbook, Dessert for Two: Small Batch Cookies, Brownies, Pies and Cakes.

From classics such as Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies and Red Velvet Cupcakes to new takes on old favorites such as Buttered Grits Cookies with Lime Glaze and Buttered Pecan

Cream Puffs, each recipe is scaled down to serve just two people. Dessert for Two is the perfect cookbook for newlyweds, empty nesters, or anyone looking for a bit of portion control in their lives.

“Making just a small batch of cookies or cupcakes is the perfect way to indulge in a high-quality dessert without over-eating,” said Craig Nielsen, CEO of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. “ Dessert for Two offers the perfect solution with delicious recipes made with high-quality ingredients in the perfect size.”

Lane encourages buying high-quality ingredients with which to bake and uses only name-brand ingredients when recipe testing. “When I use quality ingredients, I know I can trust the outcome of my recipes. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas makes my favorite vanilla extract – I can trust that the sweet, creamy vanilla flavor will shine through and enhance each of my recipes.”

In her Mini Sour Cream Pound Cakes recipe below, Lane recommends using Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Pure Almond Extract to give the cakes a rich flavor. Making just four mini cakes, this southern favorite is perfect for sharing with someone special.

Mini Sour Cream Pound Cakes
Courtesy of  Dessert for Two
Yield: 4 individual cakes


¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
4 tablespoons (60 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
3 tablespoons (45 mL) full-fat sour cream
½ cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place cupcake liners in four cups along the edge of a muffin pan.

In a medium-size bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the sugar and butter for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and almond extract and beat until combined. Next, add the whole egg, egg yolk, and sour cream and beat until combined.

Sprinkle the flour, baking powder, and salt on top of the wet ingredients. Beat until just combined; do not overmix.

Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes. It’s okay to remove the pound cakes when moist crumbs cling to a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake, and the tops appear slightly damp. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

I received the Dessert for Two Cookbook and simply love the recipes, beautiful photos and recommend this as a wedding gift! Actually it is a Must-Have for anyone who likes to bake! I also received samples from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and used them to make the above recipe. Too delicious for word! It really is a recipe to try and would be perfect for an upcoming Spring or Easter brunch.

About Dessert for Two
Dessert for Two takes well-loved desserts and scales them down to make only two servings. Author and blogger Christina Lane took her beloved stack of recipes and made them more realistic for her lifestyle (and waistline). Those recipes, many tried-and-tested by fans of her blog, are gathered together with tips and advice on baking small.

Told with a friendly voice that could only come from a Texan, Dessert for Two provides readers with all the information they could need to make wonderful desserts with reasonable serving sizes.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas also offers a full line of Pure Flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are All-Natural, Allergen-Free, and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Dessert for Two and Nielsen-Massey.