Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sayings for the Mom

I grabbed this book for mom for Christmas. I thought for the woman that likes to hang sayings and signs on the wall, what better than an illustrated book of sayings. Judging from the picture online it appears to be a wider coffee table book.

It's actually a lot smaller. It's a little bigger than the width of a school notebook and about half as tall.

The book is funky, whimsical, and a little odd! It contains 50 sayings from around the world and does a great job displaying or illustrating (to steal from the title) these sayings to help articulate exactly what they mean. The book does a nice job of portraying the language so that it is easy to grasp. I am a little disappointed in the content. I was hoping for something a little lighter and happier, but some of the sayings are just too strange.

The other weird thing about the book is it seems to have no order. The sayings are all done randomly. I wish it would've been alphabetical by language, grouped by continent, or even time-period.

If you like funky world culture, then this book is a neat gift.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fairies Fairies Everywhere

We ordered this book for our younger cousins who absolutely love everything to do with Fairies. They love the typical fairies Disney has produced as off shoots from Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, but more so they love them in general. They've created little fairy gardens at their home, bed sheets, curtains, and have statues all over.

I've received books from Christopher Hart in the past and have loved his instructional perspective. This is another gem in the series. It covers everything from very detailed drawings that will take a lot of skill and practice, to those just beginning.
After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book’s many exercises and challenges.
I highly recommend this book to any aspiring artists or those just loving the fantasy world. I am excited to give this book away!


Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The I Quit Sugar Cookbook

This book does a good job of using everyday language to explain scientific ideas with some really great recipes.

I've been getting a lot of these cookbooks lately. My sister has been on a long term health kick and this was to help keep that going. The recipes in here were definitely hit or miss for me, but she really enjoyed all of the ones she has tried. I think there is something that changes when you are on the long term health kick that helps trick your body into thinking one way. I could definitely tell there wasn't sure in the recipes, but my sister insisted it wasn't noticeable enough for her.

The ingredients were a huge challenge when initially starting this recipe book. We have a local Kroger's and after they remodeled and added a specific organic section it made finding the ingredients so much easier. I would definitely keep this in mind when picking up the book.

Overall it's worth picking up just for the deserts if you like fruit. The natural sugar in fruit definitely makes the deserts delicious. If you've ever had homemade apple pie without sugar then you know what I mean.

When Sarah Wilson gave up sugar for good, she developed a new repertoire of inventive, go-to dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With 306 satisfying recipes for one-pan wonders, grain-free breakfasts, leftover makeovers, smoothie bowls, and more, this comprehensive cookbook makes living sugar-free easy, sustainable, and delicious.

Find your happiest, healthiest self

If you are already a fan of Sarah's writing and her dietary philosophies in general then this book will be a great selection for you. It has some really creative and interesting food ideas that will allow you to eat delicious, healthy, low-sugar foods, that will still satisfy your taste-buds. I have read however that it is very Americanized. For me that is a great thing :) I like the comfort of knowing what everything already is in my food, however I can see that for someone trying to be more adventurous this book might not be for you.

Example Recipes:
  • Bacon ’N’ Egg Quinoa Oatmeal
  • Gift-Wrapped Miso Cod
  • Caramelized Leek, Apple, and Rosemary Socca
  • Green Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Two-Minute Desk Noodles
  • Broc Bites and Cauli Popcorn
  • Carrot "Bacon"
  • Red Velvet Crunch Bowl
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackles
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Mug Cake



Fast Metabolism Food Rx

B4B Super Foods Every Day


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Fast Metabolism Food Rx

The cover of this book is what really grabbed me. It is big, bold, and colorful, but what I really like is the alluding to changing your metabolism based on your diet. I've had this work with me and my tea drinking, so I am very interested in other ways of maximizing what I already do (love eating), and having it be more impactful.

Quick Synopsis:
Haylie Pomroy, celebrated nutritionist, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet, shares a food prescription for the 7 most common ways your metabolism misfires and leads to exhaustion, excess weight, and illness. With her targeted eating plans you can feed your body back to a vibrant, energetic, and thriving state.


All of that being said, the book really did a nice job of breaking down what types of food help with what. The appendix, oddly enough, might be my favorite piece.

The appendix breaks down the Top 20 Foods for repairing:
  • GI
  • Energy
  • Horomone
  • Cholestroeal Metabolism
  • Mood and Cognition
  • Blood Sugar
  • Immune
Then it also tells you what foods to definitely avoid that will leave you drained.

I would recommend this book to anyone having some of the problems above to get a better idea of natural methods to repairing that or anyone actively working out or trying to be healthier.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Priceless Weddings for Under $5,000 (Revised Edition) by Kathleen Kennedy

 Priceless Weddings for Under $5,000 (Revised Edition)
by Kathleen Kennedy gave a lot of practical advice. It would be a great addition to your collection when planning your wedding, being the maid of honor, or maybe even the groom. This book was originally published 10 years ago (I think), but it definitely had current trends from 2015 aka cake pops and cup cakes.

The book focused on a variety of vendors covering caterers, florists, halls, photographers, videographers, djs, photobooths, and more.

Now we had a much larger budget for our wedding, but the concepts in this book definitely helped put things in perspective and help us refocus our efforts on what was more important to us which was a great time and remembering that day forever.

I really liked the example stories and budget breakdowns that were offered throughout the book.

·         All-new chapters on envisioning your ideal event as well as using online resources and apps to find the most creative options and the best deals
·         A questionnaire to help you decide—as a couple—on your top priorities for the day
·         Strategies for making—and keeping to—a budget
·         Dozens of unexpected ideas for booking a low-cost venue
·         Tactics for negotiating with caterers, florists, musicians, and photographers
·         Advice on which elements you can DIY to save thousands (without risking your sanity)
·         Menu plans, recipes, and many other low-cost alternatives for the food and drinks
·         Tips for finding stylish attire at a fraction of the cost
·         Real-life couples’ wedding stories, including complete budget breakdowns

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

B4B Super Foods Every Day

I requested this book for my sister who is a total health nut foodie. She's the person that substitutes honey for sugar, uses whole wheat flower, and finds creative ways with cauliflower to make bread.

The title of book is what originally drew me, Super Foods Every Day, along with the very vivid and bright colors of the food on the cover.

The book is gorgeous.

It has pictures of the food before prep and making the meal on the left, and then it has the final product pictures on the right. I haven't seen this very often when skimming through cook books, but it is a feature that should not be overlooked.

The recipes are good!

I don't say this lightly. I like eating sugar and things that really taste good, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the first 2 meals we had, are delicious!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart
The neat part of this book and why I think I am going to enjoy giving it as a gift, is that you are able to draw side by side with the author which makes the book interactive and the experience greater. You don't need special paper or a certain medium (pen, pencil, marker, etc.) to take advantage of the tutorial. There are a lot of helpful tips on each page to get you going in the right direction. If you have ever done uncork the artist or something similar where the artist really makes creating "art" easy by breaking down the drawing or painting into simple steps - then you will enjoy using this book. I am a terrible artist - I can't draw anything but mathematical graphs so seeing this book and how it broke it down into steps made it a lot more interesting for me. My father-in-law though is an exceptional artist. He will be able to really take advantage of fine tuning his skills with this book.

There are 10 chapters over 160 pages covering different types of drawing which covers a wide variety of interests: people, animals, fantasy, props, or doodles.

I hadn't heard about Christopher Hart until I saw this book on Blogging for Books, but his website has a lot of credentials worth noting and backing up the authority of this book. The one that stood out to me was
Chris has had the rare distinction of having had the top 1, 2 & 3 art books in the country, simultaneously, as reported by Nielsen Bookscan.
That's an impressive feat and definitely worthy of checking out this book.

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