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The Hunger Games Trilogy – A Lazy Review

2nd March 2012

Ok, so I, like every other person on the planet have read The Hunger Games trilogy.

Sort of.

Here’s my lazy, very short, not much of a review at all, review.

Book One: The Hunger Games

  • Super Fantastic, great premise, likeable characters and whatever else I need to tell you to convey that this thing is one enjoyable read. If you’re near a beach, that much better.
  • You won’t be able to put the thing down.
  • You’ll read it in a day if you ignore your children, housework and the telephone. (Not in that order)
  • I read it in a day.
Book Two: Catching Fire
  • Really good but not super fantastic.
  • A bit of a slow start but picks up and becomes a can’t put it down after about the third chapter.
  • Its slow start allows you to get some dishes done, possibly some laundry. The children might even get fed.
  • I read it in a few days.

Book Three: Mockingjay

  • Not remotely super fantastic.
  • I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to finish this one – it is kind of, really boring compared to the first two.
  • I almost prefer doing laundry than reading this book.
  • Thankfully, I borrowed this from my lovely and understanding girlyfriend, because I’ve had it FOREVER.
  • I plan on finishing Mockingjay at some point. Currently being used as a paperweight.

I will say that despite my sheer boredom re: book three, I am super excited about seeing the movie, which comes out this month, March 23rd!!

Here’s a clip!

What did you think of the books? Will you see the movie?….Can you pick me up? I need a movie date.

The Phytozyme Cure – Review & Giveaway

2nd February 2011

I’m not sure how I feel about New Year’s resolutions – mostly because I suck at actually sticking to them.

Having said that, I have every intention (every year) to make real, positive changes, and they almost always involve my diet. If intentions counted for something, I would be really skinny right now. Sadly, intention is nothing without follow through – gets me every time.

The lovely Mom Central Canada offered me the chance to check out a new book by Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, called The Phytozyme Cure, and I jumped at it for several reasons. As I get older, I am really interested in learning more about healthier, more natural options to being and staying healthy. I am one of those people that HATE taking pills or any time of medicine, and unless absolutely necessary, I completely avoid them. So I wanted to read about healthier alternatives to feeling better.

In this groundbreaking book, award-winning natural health expert Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook introduces Phytozyme Therapy – a revolutionary all-natural diet and nutrition based plan that combines the healing powers of phytonutrients and enzymes to strengthen our immune systems, protect our bodies from disease, and even reverse the signs of aging.

The first part of the books outlines what phytonutrients are, the different types and their benefits. Benefits listed include:

o Faster healing

o Improved energy

o Greater mental clarity

o Increased resistance to illness

o Enhanced immune functioning

o Accelerated weight loss

o A more youthful appearance

The second part of the book lists specific health conditions, from arthritis to skin conditions, and how the Phytozyme Therapy can help. I shared the book with my mom who suffers from arthritis among other things, and she’s going to be trying to adapt the dietary suggestions to help with her symptoms, and I’m hoping they help her – we’ll see what happens with some time.

GIVEAWAY!!

I have ONE copy of The Phytozyme Cure by Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, to give away!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Leave a comment below, telling me if you made any resolutions this year, and if so, have you stuck to them??

BONUS ENTRY:

You can earn an extra entry by tweeting the following, and leaving a comment below saying that you did:

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*Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

*Open to Canadian Residents

Disclosure – I am participating in the Phytozyme Cure program by Mom Central on behalf of Wiley Publishing. I received a copy of the book to review and gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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UPDATE: THE WINNER IS #10 – ALICIA – CONGRATS!!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!!

Book Review – Adopted Ed

30th November 2010

In celebration of National Adoption Month, I recently received a copy of the children’s book Adopted Ed by Darren Maddern (illustrations by Erin Fusco) to review.

Adopted Ed is the story of a little boy named Eddie, who is adopted, and because he’s “different”, he experiences bullying at school. With the support of his parents, he’s able to get through it, and when he gets older and feels a void from not knowing his birth parents, his adoptive parents help him through that too.

I chose to review this book, because adoption is close to my heart as my husband was actually adopted as a baby. I thought this book would be a great story to share with my children, as a way to better understand adoption and what it means to a child, and their dad.

I thought this book was a really sweet story. From the illustrations (which were simple but perfectly coupled to the story), to the rhyming and overall message of the book, it is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who reads it.

My kids really enjoyed it, as did I, and there were some sections that really stood out for me. Personally, I loved when he confronted his bully, who was picking on him because he was adopted and “different”, by saying, “MY PARENTS CHOSE ME, YOURS  WERE STUCK WITH YOU.”

I also really loved the pages (to the left) that read, “So whether you’re Chinese, African or even from Spain, an adopted child is a gift just the same.”

At the end of the story, the author includes a section about famous people who are adopted, including everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Nelson Mandela. I thought it was a great way to end the book, and underline the message that being different can make the person that much more special. Being different is ok and wonderful, and not something to be embarassed or sad about. Being different is something to be celebrated, as Eddie says in the end, So puff out your chest, and say it out loud, “I’m Adopted, I’m Special!” and stand very proud.

I think this would be a perfect book to share with children and families that have experiences with adoption, while also a lovely story with adorable illustrations, entertaining and empowering for children of any age.

You can find Adopted Ed on Amazon – please check it out and support Darren Maddern, a first-time author!!

You can also find Adopted Ed at AdoptedEd.comTwitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to review from One2One Network – my review in my own.

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