Lose Yourself In Paris With This YA Read

Lose Yourself In Paris With This YA Read - One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Series: Blink
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Blink (June 7, 2016)
Language: English

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Summer time is the perfect time for teens and young adults to spend some time away from school and online social media. I love social media, but sometimes it can get a little claustrophobic for me. You know what I mean? I love a good book that I can snuggle down into the couch with and be transported into the pages to a whole new world…. [read more]

YA Thriller Read For Your Armchair Vacay

YA Thriller Read For Your Armchair Vacay - With Malice by Eileen Cook

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (June 7, 2016)
Language: English

If you are a fan of Young Adult fiction (or know a young adult who is), pick up a copy of With Malice by Eileen Cook. This is one twisty, turn-y thriller of a read that will excite book lovers. This plot had me wide-eyed with surprise at every turn. I love a book that can do that!

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The Joy of Less

Chicken Soup for the Soul The Joy of Less by Amy Newmark

Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul (April 19, 2016)
Language: English

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives by Amy Newmark, with Brooke Burke-Charvet, came into my life at just the perfect time. Four years ago a tornado destroyed my family’s home, sucking up and spiriting away many of our belongings in the process. Much of what was left became water-logged due to the several days of rain that followed. We acted fast and were able to salvage a few dozen plastic totes and some trash bags full of possessions and a few pieces of heavy furniture that escaped the F3 tornado winds and the huge tree that was uprooted and catapulted through my kitchen. Our home, 2,200+ square feet worth of living space filled with personal possessions was suddenly, abruptly reduced to about the size of a couple of storage units. [read more]

Get A Taste Of The Gulf Coast

Get A Taste Of The Gulf Coast - LuLu's Kitchen Taste Of The Gulf Cook Book by Lucy Buffett

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (April 26, 2016)
Language: English

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For years, when I was in grade school, my family lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I loved having all the seafood and the taste of the Gulf at our fingertips. Po Boys, crab, shrimp, and crab boils are all good eats to me.

The thing that I miss the most not being near the Gulf Coast is the desserts. I miss the real Key Lime Pie with Grand Marnier whipped cream that is made fresh in so many local places there. Another dessert that I love to indulge in when I am in Florida is Banana pudding with Nilla Wafers. I am not sure what it is that makes the banana pudding so good when I am visiting the Gulf Coast area, but it is a favorite of the whole family…. [read more]

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Grand Ventures LLC (April 4, 2016)
Language: English

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My six year old loves to read right before we lay him down to sleep. It is part of our nightly routine that has helped scare away the night time terrors and fears of the dark. Since it is almost time to be outside camping I decided to add this book to our repertoire.  The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa by author Donnie Cranfill, with illustrations from Jeffrey Ebbler, is book one in a new series centering around two young children who are excited to visit and spend time with their grandparents at Camp Nana Papa. I don’t know about you, but my son also enjoys time with his grandparents. We all love being outdoors enjoying the world around us. This book encourages and fits with our country lifestyle and love of camping…. [read more]

Inspiring Strategic Thinking in Young Children

Inspiring Strategic Thinking in Young Children

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My son became a preschooler this year and so much has changed! He is full of questions as he explores the world around him. At preschool, he soaks up everything like a sponge and is always hungry to learn something new.

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Easy Farm-Fresh Cooking For Your Family

Easy Farm-Fresh Cooking For Your Family - This Book Cooks Cookbook

Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Artichoke Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2015)
Language: English

Beauty Brite DisclosureI love cooking new and interesting recipes for my family. It is so easy to get into a rut when it comes to preparing dinners, especially since my kids have after-school activities and my extended family is experiencing some pretty tough emotional times lately. There are certain meals that are go-to crowd pleasers in my house — tacos, my homemade lasagna, parmesan crusted chicken and Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza to name a few. But, sometimes, we all crave a little variety at the dinner table, am I right?!… [read more]

Some Women

Some Women

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Some Women
By Emily Liebert

I rarely have time to sit down to read anymore. When I look back on my Facebook posts, I used to read all the time when I first started blogging. These days, I have so much going on with family, blog work, managing my review team and trying to find time for fitness, I’m having a hard time justifying just sitting down to read.

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When I’m Gone

When I'm Gone

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 15, 2016)
Language: English

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Wow. Just Wow!!! There isn’t a rating scale with enough stars to give this book the rating that it deserves. When I’m Gone by author, Emily Bleeker is a novel that I am telling you — point blank — is a MUST READ. If you love the written word and live to lose yourself within the pages of an awesome plot, this has to be on your “To Read” list. Not buried in the middle or near the bottom. Make room in the #1 slot for this masterpiece. Cross out whatever is currently inhabiting that spot, whatever it is will not be as satisfying, I promise you — unless maybe it’s a Stephen King book. He is The Master, after all. (Sorry, Ms. Bleeker, but I have full confidence you will get there, too.) 🙂

Trust me, you will absolutely, positively thank me once you are done reading this novel, if you’re still able to string together intelligible words or coherent thought by that point. Very few books leave me speechless upon ingesting the last words, closing the back cover and setting it aside. When I’m Gone left me without adequate words to discuss it for days, completely devastated that the journey was over and grieving like I’d lost something precious when I was confronted with the reality that I had reached the end. Very few books earn a spot in my ridiculously large book shelf wall for a re-read later, and this is one that I am thrilled to place there. I have a feeling that I will be reading this novel over and over again many times in the years to come. It’s. Just. That. Good. Great!… [read more]

The Piper Protocol Is Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Plan

The Piper Protocol Is Hollywood's Favorite Detox Plan

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (December 30, 2014)
Language: English

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The Piper Protocol: The Insider’s Secret to Weight Loss & Internal Fitness by author Tracy Piper, with Eve Adamson, is a step-by-step guide to getting healthy and losing (and maintaining) weight loss. This book will provide all the information you will need to change the way you live and to look and feel better from the inside out…. [read more]