Lalechka: A Story of Friendship & Courage









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An astonishing manifestation of loyalty and courage . This real story of a little girl born into the chaos of war and holocaust.
It’s a warm and muggy Saturday. night in August of 1942. The Nazis are liquidating the ghetto of Shedlitz, an industrial town east of Warsaw, Poland. Zippa, a 27-year-old Jewish woman, finds temporary shelter in a small attic, together with her baby daughter and a hundred frightened Jews. When the Nazi noose is tightened around her neck, Zippa asks her husband Jacob, a Jewish policeman in the ghetto, to save their little girl from certain death. The young father manages to smuggle his wife and daughter to the gentile part of town, where Zippa’s childhood girlfriends Sophia and Irena reside.  This is the real story of one Jewish family confronted by the terror of Nazi rule. The book follows Lalechka, the little girl born into the chaos of war and holocaust and forced to struggle with the reversals of fortune that led her each time into foreign and terrifying regions. But, beyond that, it is the story of the true friendship of three girls in early 20th Century Poland, a friendship that won’t cower before government dictates. An astonishing manifestation of loyalty and courage.
This is Amira Keidar’s first novel, based on the journal written by the young mother during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents and authentic letters.

Our Review: This is a Courageous Story of Three Young Girls That Every Adult Could Learn  Something From: I was given this book for my honest review and I can honestly say it is a MUST READ! Granted get your tissues out before you embark on this journey to WWII but you will not be disappointed. Amira Keidar takes great care delivering the story Rachel, a long-time friend of Amira’s mother, who was dying of cancer shared with her. On her death-bed, Rachel gave her friends the diary her mother wrote during the liquidation of the ghetto of Siedlce (east of Warsaw) in August 1942. Knowing how this true story was given to Amira made it even more impactful. I have always been interested in the stories of the individuals who survived this great tragedy and this book only made me desire more. The story of these three lifelong friends is one of strength, perseverance and sheer grit; it is one that can inspire us all. I encourage you to read this book and get know these truly awe inspiring women.

About the Author:

Amira Keidar was born in the fall of 1963 in a kibbutz in Israel. After serving as an officer in the Israeli Army, she lived for 3 years in Paris where she studied Business French and Political Science. Coming back from France, she completed her B.A. in International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Amira worked for six years as a flight attendant for the Israeli Airline EL-AL and then started to work as a researcher in a national T.V. channel.
During her work as a researcher, Amira wrote dozens of mini-biographies for an interviews show that aired on the channel at that time. Researching and writing about people’s lives made her realize that writing biographies might be her target.

In 2003, Rachel, a long-time friend of Amira’s mother, was dying from cancer. On her death-bed, Rachel gave her friends the diary her mother wrote during the liquidation of the ghetto of Siedlce (east of Warsaw) in August 1942. In the diary – a 9 page document translated from Polish – the 27 year old woman described in bright and sober words all the atrocities of the Nazi rule in her home-town and above all – the horrifying days of the Jewish community annihilation in Siedlce. Rachel’s mother described in details the days she and the one year old Rachel spent in an attic while the Nazis were pursuing Jews in the streets of Siedlce in order to send them to extermination camps.

Reading this diary as a young mother, about the baby struggling to stay alive and about her mother fighting against the dangers outside and inside the attic, made Amira decide she wants others to know about this stunning story.

In June 2007, Amira quit her work as a researcher and a month later she found herself on a plane to Poland, starting her own research for the book she already had in mind.
It was not until 2009 that Lalechka was completed.

Since then, Amira wrote biographies and other family stories for her living. After living almost 20 years in different places, Amira now lives with her two daughters in the kibbutz where she was born.

25 Scrumptious Side Dishes


Side dishes can make or break your Thanksgiving meal!  Below we have shared 25 Scrumptious Side Dishes from our favorite bloggers to help you create the perfect Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy:)

Oven Baked Steak Fries

Garden Skillet Green Beans

Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Buttery Diced Potatoes Side Dish

Super Easy Fruit Salad

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Potato Puffs

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Apples, Pecans & Pineapples

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Kale Chopped Salad with Berries and Freekeh (or Quinoa)

Colorful Roasted Butternut Squash with Potato, Pepper and Leeks

Cranberry Pecan Green Beans

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic-Browned Butter

Winter Tomato Salad

Chinese Sausage Stuffing

The Sweetest & BEST Corn Pudding Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole


Glazed Carrots

Cranberry, Orange and Beet Salad (make it ahead in the slow cooker)

Semi Homemade Cranberry Pineapple Pecan Salad

Easy Frugal Recipes: Modified Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving 2012 MA’s Make Ahead Irish Mashed Potato Casserole

Please share some of your favorite side dishes below!!

Darkiron 852 Stereo Headphones..Review

Darkiron 852 Stereo On-ear Portable Headphones

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This time of year our blog is showered with products to review.   So when we were asked to give our honest opinion on the Darkiron 852 Headphones Headset with In-line Microphone, Extremely Portable Foldable and Adjustable for Smart Phones/ipad/ipod/mp3/mp4, Best Christmas Gifts(Black) our son Logan an avid gamer and youtuber was the obvious choice to provide this review.

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  • Adjustable and supple leather headbands provide super comfortable and secure fit
  • 90-degree folding ear cups and foldable lightweight design make it flexible and portable
  • Microphone mute button make you more convenience to use
  • 3.5mm plug and 4.75 ft.cord,Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz,Sensitivity:-42dB+/-3dBH
  • Compatible with MP3, MP4, PC,PCD,DVD,most smartphone

The Darkiron new version 852 headphones, very flexible and highly potable fashion design.

Convenient to use

–Line controller built-in microphone , a key switch from music to calls, make the operation more convenient.

–Foldable and adjustable design, perfect for flatter storage.

–5 fasion colors to choose, perfect for running and your active life.

Excellent sound quality and strong low bass

–40mm drive units bring a high-quality stereo, rich and clear dynamic sound.




Impedance: 32 Ohms

Frenquency Response:20Hz~20kHz

Plug Type: 3.5mm

Cord Length:1.45m

Mic Frequency:100Hz~1000Hz

Mic Sensitivity:-42dB+/-3dB

Sound Intone i68 Headphones Review


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We were given the i68 Sound Intone Headphones for our honest review;please check out our complete review below:

Product Specs:

Sound Intone I68 Headphones 
If you want to chat or listen to music, sit back with the Sound Intone I68 and enjoy the quality digital sound, made even better with total-comfort leatherette ear pads. Also, the perfectly headphones offer sleek style and an excellent on-the-go choice

Foldable Portable Design
This foldable portable design makes it easy to take along on that next vacation or business trip or to store in your desk drawer for use at work when you need to focus. Lightweight at just 10-1/2 ounces, the portable headphones slip easily into the included carry bag for added protection and travel convenience.

Leather Ear Pads
Designed with cushioned, pressure-relieving ear pads that rest comfortably on the ears–versus completely covering the ears. They are extremely comfortable for long periods of use. They also do a better job at keeping the hustle and bustle of your surroundings out, so you can listen to your music without interruption.

Adjustable Headband
The headphones offer not only sleek style with a slim profile but also an adjustable contoured headband, it allows you to get a great position on your head.

Inline Mic and Volume Control
Inline controls allow you easy access to the controls for your headphones. Easily switch between calls and music on your phone, No need to reach for your device.

Superior Service
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    •  High 40mm energy drivers deliver powerful bass & clear treble
    •  Lightweight foldable & adjust.ABS housing for rugged durability
    •  Pressure-relieving ear pads for long-wear comfort
    •  Control your music and calls with inline volume control/mic/remote
    •  47.25-inch (1.2 meter) cord with straight shaped stereo mini plug to connect to your phone, MP3 player, or computer

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Time is Running Out to Get Healthy!!! SALE ENDS TONIGHT

Don’t you wish you had affordable short-cuts to make healthy living easier? Are you tired of trying to make a Whole Foods lifestyle work on a Trader Joe’s budget?

I get it. You want the best for your family. You want to raise healthy kids, have strong immune systems, be more fit and energetic, and be intentional about creating a natural home, but sometimes it just feels so hard.

There’s a lot to learn and the internet can be more than a little overwhelming at times.

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this difficult, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily. You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You can easily replace store-bought products with DIY options that really work. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fourth year in a row. Each year, they’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete collection of natural-living resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

Plus, it comes with $225 worth of bonus products including:

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Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2000 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

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The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, September 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

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It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

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Codename: Zosha a Review ( An Inspiring Story; I loved it)


About the Author: 

Yehudit Kafri Meiri is a 20th-21st century Israeli poet and a writer, as well as editor and translator. She was born in 1935 and lived as a child in Kibbutz Ein HaHoresh, where her parents were founding members. Yehudit belonged to the first group of children born in this kibbutz.

After she got married, she moved to Kibbutz Sasa, where she wrote her first book, The Time Will Have Mercy, which was published in 1962, one year after she moved to Kibbutz Shoval with her family. In Kibbutz Shoval she published a few more poetry books and children’s books and made her first attempt at writing prose including a book describing her childhood memories, All The Summer We Went Barefoot, which was successful and sold several editions.

Yehudit Kafri, mother of three and grandmother of five, has lived since 1989 with her husband in Mazkeret Batya, where she continues to write and publish books of poetry and biographies. In 2003 she published an historical biographic novel, Zosha: from the Jezreel Valley to the Red Orchestra, which tells the life story of Zosha Poznanska, who was a member of the Red Orchestra and eventually killed by the Gestapo. This novel won The Best Literary Achievement of the Year Prize in Israel. It has since been translated and published in English, and in Polish, and lately in Amazon.

Kafri published 9 poetry books and 9 others (children’s books, biographies, and prose). Poems by Yehudit Kafri were published in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Spanish, Croatian and Russian. Kafri has won several literary prizes including the Prime Minister’s prize in 1987, and other prizes.

About the book:

An unsung Jewish heroine of World War II

Her daring activity in the Red Orchestra and the heroic struggle in a Gestapo prison.

Zosha Poznanska was recruited into the Soviet spy network known as the Red Orchestra, which operated in Western Europe. It was on the eve of World Rar II and Zosha was part of the inner core of the network, a third of whose members were Jews. Apparently unaware of the Jews’ participation in the Red Orchestra, Hitler declared, “The Bolsheviks surpass us in one area alone: espionage!” and he commanded his counterspies to eradicate this network at all costs.

This book tells the story of Zosha through all the chapters of her short life: childhood, the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement in Poland, Eretz Israel and the PKP in the 1920s, Europe in the 1930s and the Red Orchestra. It tells her loves, her relationships with family and friends, her daring activity in the Red Orchestra and her heroic struggle in a Gestapo prison. The State of Israel posthumously awarded Zosha a medal of honor for fighting the Nazis.

Zosha Poznanska is an unsung Jewish heroine of World War II. Born in Kalisz Poland, she immigrated to Israel as a pioneer and for a brief time belonged to the group that founded Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek. Afterwards, she joined the Palestine Communist Party (Palestiner Kumunistishe Partie in Yiddish, abbreviated PKP), and from 1930 until her death she lived in France and Belgium.

My Review:
I was given this book for my unbiased review and I can honestly say it was one of my favorite WWII books.

What a truly impressive novel. I think this might be one of the most important example of historical WWII; yes I am including Schindler’s List. I enjoyed this book more than others I have read because it is more culturally rich and, frankly, it’s about a strong resilient woman.

I commend the author for bringing this woman’s life and sharing her unbelievable story. Zosha would make an excellent film, but the film needs to show her as strong as she is the in the novel and give the author the respect she deserves for this well written novel. I plan on having our book club read this book in this Fall! 5 STARS

Awesome NEW Beard Oil with Argan & Jojoba!

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Review done by Philip Warren AKA the Hungry Salesman

So, when I began putting on my “middle age” weight, I decided to grow a beard to cover up my double chins. I have typically done a goatee or a light beard but recently grew it long for a full-fledged mountain man beard.  I can’t allow my beard get too unruly because I work in corporate America but I now have a beard any man would be proud of (except for the gray but that’s another story). The problem is that it can easily look unkempt ( a cross between Grizzly Adams & Duck Dynasty)  and I don’t have time during the day to repeatedly “comb” it.  So I was thrilled when I was asked to review Garvon Beard Oil and  give my honest opinion about their product. Well, let me say it really has made a difference, my beard is smoother, it no longer looks dull and the oil has keeps it looking professional throughout the day.

Typically, my beard is somewhat scratchy so I understand my wife’s complaints but now, she is more apt to give me kisses and that can lead to… other things:).  You don’t need a lot; just a few drops after your shower; make sure to distribute it evenly. After applying I typically run a comb through it and I’m good to go. So, all in all, Garvon Beard Oil has given my beard a much neater look and more action; tough to go wrong with this beard oil fellas!


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