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

Beauty Brite Disclosure

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

Beauty Brite Disclosure

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]

Developing Healthy Confidence in Kids

Developing Healthy Confidence in Kids

Shefluential Disclosure

This summer marks a time of big transition for my son. Next month, he will graduate from Preschool and have to leave behind the teachers and friends he’s come to know and love. In the fall, he will be starting Kindergarten within the school district where we live. These changes are a lot to absorb for such a little guy. I know he’s apprehensive about a new school, different teacher, and unfamiliar classmates.

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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

Beauty Brite Disclosure

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]

Become A Fat-Burning Machine

Become A Fat-Burning Machine

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Regan Arts.; 1 edition (December 29, 2015)
Language: English

Shefluential Disclosure

Have you found yourself gaining weight (even just a few pounds) year after year, despite trying to live an active lifestyle? Do you crave sugar and other snacks to the point that it feels like you can’t control your cravings? Are you experiencing increasingly aggravating issues with your digestive system? Pick up a copy of Become A Fat-Burning Machine: The 12-Week Diet by Mike Berland (with Gale Bernhardt) and give the pages a perusal and you may find your life described within.

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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]

A New Way To Understand Addiction

A New Way To Understand Addiction - Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Wya of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 5, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential Disclosure

“Szalavitz is one of the bravest, smartest writers about addiction anywhere. Everything she writes should be read carefully — I guarantee you’ll have a lot to think about.” — Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream

Addiction (no matter which form it takes) is something that is everywhere around us. No matter who you are or where you live, chances are that you know someone who struggles with some sort of addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling or other substances or behaviors, even if it’s a silent struggle that no one else other than the person suffering through it knows about.

I found it to be an interesting perspective, as proposed by author, Maia Szalavitz in her new book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, that addiction is not something that is medically or psychologically based but a learning disorder (one more like autism, ADHD or dyslexia than cancer or Alzheimer’s). The more I think about it, I feel that this may be the best way to look at the issue.

Consider this, humans are a species that is in constant evolution. We are constantly learning, processing, making inferences and drawing conclusions from new information with which we are presented on a daily basis. From the moment we draw our first breath until we gasp our last we are learning, adapting and changing. … [read more]

Inspiring Strategic Thinking in Young Children

Inspiring Strategic Thinking in Young Children

Beauty Brite Disclosure

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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Freeweight Training Anatomy-A Guide To The Muscles You Want

Freeweight Training Anatomy-A Guide To The Muscles You Want

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Ulysses Press; annotated edition edition (March 15, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential DisclosureIf you’re considering adding weights to your workout routine, Freeweight Training Anatomy by Ryan George can help you maximize the results strength training can provide by helping you to understand what muscles you are exercising, the movements needed to get the most out of your workout and how those movements can have either a negative or positive effect on the outcome…. [read more]