Category Archives: Books

The Whole 30 – The 30 Day Guide

6th October 2015

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I bought this book the day it came out, read it and then put it lovingly on a shelf fully intending to try it out at some point. I had read great things about this ‘diet’ and how it acts to reset the body and is great for people with health issues and sugar addictions.

I’m that person, 100%. Besides the fact that sugar is my spirit animal, I’m also dealing with a very intense case of PCOS that I was diagnosed with a few months ago. If you’re as lucky as I am and have every possible symptom connected to PCOS, you’ll get why making dietary changes are really important. I also have a lot of stomach issues that seem to appear whenever I eat any kind of starchy carb – if that’s not an evil thing to do to a Greek girl, I don’t know what is.

So it’s time for me to give Whole 30 a try. What I love about this book, is how easy the ‘diet’ is. Basically, you can eat MEAT, SEAFOOD, EGGS, VEGGIES, FRUIT AND NATURAL FATS. You can’t eat sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy or baked goods of any kind. You also are not allowed to measure yourself or weight yourself during the process. Measure/weigh yourself at the beginning and end of the 30 days instead.

The book is great in that it has a section that answers every possible question you might have about the diet and the food you can and can’t eat. It also covers what to eat when eating out, travelling, and during the holidays. The Whole 30 guide also gives you lots of recipes, a shopping guide, and a suggested meal plan.

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So I’m going to follow this diet for 30 days, but I won’t be that person who’s instagramming/facebooking/tweeting my meals and progress. I’m not much of a food photographer and I know most people have zero interest in seeing what I’m eating so it works out. If you’ve done this ‘diet’, I’d love to know how it worked out for you – what you found easy/difficult and how you felt after the 30 days. I hope you’ll share your experience and/or your tips for someone just starting out. After the 30 days, I’ll let you know if I made it and if it affected my PCOS in any way.

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! #RoaldDahlMonth #Giveaway

24th September 2015

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I love weird and different.

I love smart and entertaining.

I LOVE funny and bizarre.

This is a few of the reasons I LOVE ROALD DAHL and his books. I can’t think of another author that I like that is so quirky and strange, and yet so beloved and respected by so many adults and kids alike.

There are so many wonderful messages in each of his books, they’re just impossible not to love.

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September is his birthday month, so Penguin Kids has declared it Roald Dahl Month in celebration. I’m all for it! To celebrate, I’m giving away a Roald Dahl prize pack that will include three Roald Dahl books of your choice, and a Roald Dahl event kit that will include a poster, sticker sheet, bookmarks, and a word search.

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This giveaway is open to U.S. RESIDENTS only this time! The giveaway will run until September 30th, 2015 and you can enter below! Good luck!!

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Frozen Fever Books – HairStyles and Party Book #Giveaway

28th August 2015

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A little while back I reviewed this super cute EDDA USA title, The Ultimate Disney Party Book, full of great ideas for having a Disney themed party. I was recently sent two more titles from EDDA USA – Frozen Fever Party Book and Frozen Fever Hairstyles.

FROZEN FEVER PARTY BOOK

This book has 22 fun ideas for creating your very own Frozen Fever party. The book is divided into several sections: Invitations, Decorations, Cakes & Drinks, Games and Party Favors. Each section has several ideas that are simple to re-create for the perfect Frozen Fever celebration. There is also a section that includes some of the templates used for the invitations.

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Some of my favourite ideas are the Spring in a Bottle Invitation – so pretty and simple, yet such a great idea for an invite. The Sunflower Table Decoration – my little eight year old artist picked this one as one of her favourites too. I also really love Anna’s Birthday Cake – this is the most complicated thing in the book, but it’s super gorgeous.

FROZEN FEVER HAIRSTYLES

Want to re-create Anna and Elsa’s hairstyles? This book will definitely help you do just that. In it you will find 28 hairstyles to choose from. The first section of the book is called BraidSchool and it teaches you the basics that you will need in order to be able to do the more difficult hairstyles. The traditional braid, french braid, dutch braid, fishtail braid and french fishtail braid are all outlined up front. The book is then divided into Twists and Braids, Updos and Buns, and Waves and Ponytails.

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Each hairstyle is photographed with step-by-step instructions and a final photograph that shows what it should like when it’s done. From simple to intricate, each hairstyle is super pretty and an especially handy reference for changing things up.

Both of these Frozen Fever themed books are perfect for celebrating all things Frozen. Full of gorgeous photos, they’re a great gift idea for yourself or any Frozen Fever fan. Want your own set? I’m giving away a copy of each book to ONE lucky winner!! Please enter below – the giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will run until Friday, September 4th, 2015.

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RELEASE DAY: RULE by C.D. Reiss

27th August 2015

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Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE!

Theresa and Antonio.

They’ve been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They’re devoted and strong, ready for anything….

A Love Tested To The Limit

And then, someone from Antonio’s past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core.

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In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.

RULE MAIL

NOW AVAILABLE!

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1ST673M

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1GSN58e

iBooks – http://apple.co/1E2iW7j

Nook – http://bit.ly/1ItjaUH

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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LostMy.Name Personalized Books #Books #Review

9th July 2015

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Personalized books have come a LONG way, baby. Most of the ones I’ve seen haven’t been very impressive, looking both cheesy and of poor quality. But then I discovered LostMy.Name personalized books.

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LostMy.Name books are special. They’re a softcover book, made with a lovely, heavy quality paper that gives them a substantial feel. The illustrations are absolutely glorious and really work with the story to make this book unique.

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The story is about a little girl or boy who loses their name and goes on an adventure to find it, letter by letter.

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I adore this book – it’s a great story, and any little person would love it too. I think a personalized gift makes a perfect gift, and one this special will be a winner. The site says these are ideal for two – six year olds, but my eight year old loves hers too.

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The ordering process is one of the best things about these books – it is just SO easy. Just enter the child’s name on the site, choose boy or girl and click the CREATE YOUR BOOK button and it’s done. You can click to preview your book in several languages including English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian. The book is $34.99 with free worldwide shipping, and you can choose to have it gift wrapped for an additional $4.50. Make it even more special by including your very own dedication and they’ll print it on the first page for you.

Want to order your own copy? Head over to the site and check them out. You can also find LostMy.Name on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

*I was sent a personalized copy to review, but my opinions are always my own.* 

The Ultimate Disney Party Book

7th July 2015

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This book is SO cute.

I was sent a copy of The Ultimate Disney Party Book by Jessica Ward (with Cynthia Littlefield) for review and it’s just delightful.

If you have a Disney fan at home or plan on organizing a Disney themed party, this book is full of fab ideas of some of the most beloved Disney movies and characters. The book features eight different parties – five of them feature Aladdin, Monsters, Inc., Planes, Toy Story, and Wreck-It Ralph. There’s also sections dedicated to a Disney Princess party, a Mickey and Minnie Party and a Captain Hook party.

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The best thing about this book is you really don’t have to be Martha Stewart to pull off any of the great ideas. The instructions for every element, including large full-colour photos, are very clear and thorough so even someone like myself (I’m no Martha) can easily pull it together. The book includes recipes, invitation and decor ideas, games, and party favors. You will even find templates at the back of the book to help with the construction of your party elements.

There are so many cute ideas but if I had to pick some favourites, Abu’s Caramel Apples (from Aladdin), Rapunzel’s Golden Braid Garland (from Tangled – SO genius), and Mike Wazowski Cupcakes (From Monsters, Inc.) are mine.

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You can check out other Disney EDDA USA titles on their site and find them on Facebook and Twitter.

100 Family Adventures – Book Review

18th May 2015

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Remember when you were young, way back when, when it was the norm to spend hours outside, when fast food meant reheating leftovers and when the only electronics in the house was a big clunker of a television and the Atari with Pong on heavy rotation.

I still remember all five of us kids sitting around watching each other play Pong and being riveted. RIVETED. Seriously.

As a mom now, it worries me how much time my kids will play on their iPads or the XBOX if I don’t limit them. Literally hours will pass, and not a peep. Don’t get me wrong the lack of fighting and overall silence is BEAUTIFUL. But it also frustrates me at the same time. We have a house FULL of toys and crafts and books, let alone a garage full of scooters, bikes and hockey equipment and all that fun stuff. Of course, the irony is the moment I take away all the electronics they get over it and play. They’re outside playing hockey, or baseball in the backyard for hours, and they’re happy and dirty and smelly and it just feels right.

This is why I really like this book – 100 Family Adventures by the Meek Family (Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella Meek – known as the UK’s “most adventurous family”). They’ve created an informative, fun reference guide to inspire families to enjoy the outdoors no matter where they are, or what the weather is like. The book includes activities grouped into themes: Woodland, Water, Close to Home (my personal favourite – how did you guess?), Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea and Extreme Weather.

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Every adventure also includes great advice and suggestions including tips and considerations, instructions, things to remember, trivia, safety tips, advice and cute jokes. Canoe down a river, Climb indoors, Go on a night hike, Geocaching, Sleep in an Eco Tent are just some of the adventures in this fun adventure book.

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This is a great, fun resource for families who enjoy the outdoors and/or who endeavour to be more adventurous with their kids. Lots of great ideas to experience no matter where you live, all year round.

You can find 100 Family Adventures (published by Frances Lincoln Publishers) online and in stores. You can find The Meek Family on Twitter, Facebook and on their website www.dotrythisathome.com.

Colouring Books For Adults

13th May 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard – colouring is very in right now, especially for adults. I’m kind of thrilled about it because I LOVE to colour. I find it relaxing – as long as my eight year old klepto keeps her cute little hands off my colour pencils. She has a lovely way of making my pencils and books disappear.

There are SO many fun colouring books for grown-ups available out there now that it’s so mainstream. From pretty to hilarious, you’re covered! Check out some of my favourites below – I’ve added links below in case you want to pick some up for yourself. They’re not affiliate links – just being helpful, because the joy of colouring needs to be shared.

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  • Charley Harper – Volume 2
  • The Tattoo Coloring Book
  • Charley Harper – Volume 1

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Do you have a favourite that I haven’t shared – please let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new ones!!

Children’s Books Of The Week – BabyLit

12th March 2013

I saw the cover of this book and being a Jane Austen fan, had to stop and take a look. Believe it or not, this version of Jane Eyre is a baby’s board book by Jennifer Adams and it is just lovely. It’s a counting book that both baby and mom will adore. I’m regretting not buying it for myself – honestly, the art by Alison Oliver is so sweet and charming. Jane Eyre is just one of the titles in their BabyLit series, with three new books coming out this month including Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights and Sense and Sensibility. They retail for $9.99 and I think they would make the perfect baby gift, or feel free to send them my way because I am in love.

 

If you adore their work as much as I do, you can actually check out their BabyLit shop where you can buy their books and other items like prints, buttons and totes.

Mr. Darcy is calling my name – can you tell??

FYI: You can find them on Facebook too!

*This post is not sponsored – apologies to the husband for the upcoming dent in the wallet.*

Holiday Gift Ideas – Books

5th December 2012

I LOVE books.

Nothing makes me happier than opening up books during the holidays (or anytime for that matter).

I think books are just the perfect gift to give and receive.

So, with that in mind, here are some great books you might want to give/get this holiday season.

For The Cook

Boucheron Bakery, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, The Smitten Kitchen

For The Little Ones

Don’t Let The Pigeon Finish This Activity Book, The New Jumper, Lemony Snicket

For The Music Lover

Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, 1982, I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

For The Design Fan

Young House Love, The Things That Matter, Home By Novogratz

For The Art & Photography Lover

More Than Human, Great Paintings, Arriving At A Landscape

For Fashion Lovers

Smithsonian Fashion, Louboutin, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

For Pop Culture Fans:

Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle (Updated version), James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters, Spider-man Chronicle

Check out my first holiday gift guide post on DVDs.

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