Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Effortless Healing by Mercola

It took me longer than normal to post the review for this book, because I felt like reviewing a diet book isn't enough. You should have to actually try it first.  OK, at least I intended to try it first.  Mostly the "trying" part lasted a few days, and the book has been collecting dust waiting for me to write the review ever since.  So, on to the review:  it is not like other "health" books I've read.  The chapters are easy to read and presented in such a way that they do seem possible to achieve. It stresses healthy lifestyle changes, some of which I would find easy, and others that looked like they were not a good fit for me. Like eating all of my meals in a 6 hour period.  Not gonna happen.  Mercola is well known, and I associate with many people who put into practice his ideas, and have had good success with their health.  Even though I absolutely failed at my attempt to utilize the principles within, there are many who have much more self-control who swear by these methods. Definitely worth the read.  

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Furry Logic

They do say good things come in small packages.  I have to say "Furry Logic" lives up to that in a BIG way!  What a darling little book! The artwork of the animals is absolutely amazing, and the quotes are relevant to everyday life.  I had intended to give this as a gift to inspire a friend, but I admit I fell in love with it and couldn't let it go. I suppose I will have to buy a second copy for her.  Highly recommended if you need a fun pick-me-up for a down day!  To read more about Furry Logic's 10th Anniversary Edition, or to buy a copy for yourself, go to:

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Skinnytaste Cookbook

I have been a follower of the Skinnytaste blog for as long as I have been trying to lose weight. Which is something like years.  When I saw that author Gina had come out with a cookbook, I rejoiced.  I love her blog, but it would take me considerable time to hunt up a recipe I wanted on there and the cookbook just saved me all the hassle.  It's a gorgeous book, the photos alone will leave you drooling.  I have tried many of her recipes over the years, and can say I enjoyed 95% of them (only because I'm hard to please).   The cookbook does a great job of introducing some healthier eating habits, and then reinforcing them with tasty recipes using common ingredients found in your grocery store.  I look forward to experimenting a little over the holidays, Christmas breakfast is about to become a little healthier and a lot more satisfying!  
This book was provided to me free of charge by Blogging for Books in exchange for my unbiased review. 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr

I have to admit, when I ordered "The New American Herbal" to review, I had no idea it was this comprehensive.  I have a lot of respect for people who take the time to do their research prior to publishing, and this author gets a standing ovation.   This is not simply a reference for wanna-be gourmet chefs, but a great cornerstone for someone wishing to plant herbs for medicinal and culinary value.  It took me days to wade through all the information, yet the reading was pleasant, and left me feeling like I'd gone through a story book and not an herbal encyclopedia.  Highly recommended!
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Friday, October 31, 2014

God Gave Us Angels (a children's book)

I'm always a little hesitant when it comes to books about angels.  Sometimes they are portrayed in a way that makes them seem fictional, and other times they are given an almost God-like status.  Neither is the case with "God Gave Us Angels".   In this beautifully illustrated book the angels are presented in a manner consistent with their Biblical descriptions.  The writer did a wonderful job of explaining the unseen in a way that a child will truly understand. I loved it!  

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Underground Girls of Kabul

I'm not usually a "heavy reading" kind of girl.  "Heavy reading" meaning something that actually has some depth to it.  Reading time for me is at the end of the work day, and it is my escape from reality for a little while.  Unfortunately, reality for we women here in the USA is different from the reality known to women in other parts of the world.  "The Underground Girls of Kabul" takes you on an in-depth journey to Afghanistan, behind the shaded windows and under the veils.  It is the very well researched account of girls whose families disguise them as boys for a time. This allows these young ladies freedoms they would otherwise never experience, like going to school, or having a job.  It also explores what happens to these women when their simulated manhood extends longer than anyone could have ever imagined.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

I was introduced to Jim Gaffigan's humor during a very intense Wilderness Medicine training.  Prior to our exam, we watched his skit on "camping".  I promptly went home and watched it again on YouTube.  I ordered Jim Gaffigan's book "Dad Is Fat" because I so enjoy his comedy.  As a maternal child health nurse, I also appreciate his support of home birth, breastfeeding, and attachment parenting.  His humor is fun, and clean enough for the kids.  I am sorry to say that I did not feel the quite as enthusiastic about his book.  I think it would be enjoyable to someone who has not seen his acts, but I found a couple of the chapters verbatim from his videos, which kind of took the "funny" out of it for me.  So, I don't want to discourage anyone else who needs a good laugh, because I know you will find one there, but I couldn't bring myself to finish this one.  
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