Letters From Paris: Introspection and Mystery in the City of Love

Letters From Paris: Introspection and Mystery in the City of Love

Letters From Paris by Juliet Blackwell

Beauty Brite Disclosure

When I first saw the book Letters from Paris, I was not incredibly excited. The book’s cover is beautiful, and it is written by bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, but the word ‘Paris’ instantly made me apprehensive. After all, there are many books about Paris that involve a woman’s self-discovery (and romance) whilst visiting the French city; what would make this one different?

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Only You: A Summery Romance

 

Only You: A Summery Romance

Only You by Denise Grover Swank

 

Beauty Brite Disclosure

I admit it; I love romance novels. Sound the alarms! After all, romance novels are not usually listed among the world’s most esteemed pieces of literature (even though they can tell us a lot about different cultures’ romantic ideals), and several of them certainly do lack quality writing or unique plot elements. But I love them anyway, whether they’re historical Westerns or simplistic contemporary novels–and I’m certainly not the only one who does–so I was thrilled to receive an Advance Reading Copy of Denise Grover Swank’s new book Only You as a reviewer!… [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]

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]

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]

Is Your Diet Aging Your Skin?

Is Your Diet Aging Your Skin? - Younger Skin Start In The Gut by Dr. Nigma Talib

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Ulysses Press (March 1, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential Disclosure

There is a lot of talk in the media about the effects our diet can have inside our bodies as well as on the surface of our skin. Younger Skin Starts in the Gut by Dr. Nigma Talib addresses how eating the wrong foods can impact digestion as well as age skin by causing wrinkles, blemishes, and bags among other undesirable outcomes.

Outlined in the book is a 4-week program to “identify and eliminate your skin-aging triggers — Gluten, Wine, Dairy and Sugar.” Wine? Say it isn’t so, Dr. Talib?!… [read more]

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]

Make Yourself Financially Fabulous

Make Yourself Financially Fabulous!
Shefluential Disclosure

We all love the enjoyable things our money does for us: Eating out at nice restaurants, getting a fresh manicure or finally buying that designer purse we’ve been coveting for weeks. But how many of us can say we’re truly informed and savvy about how our money can work for us?

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Picking a Perfect Book For Story Time

Picking a Perfect Book For Story Time
Shefluential Disclosure

There is no better feeling than having my son curled up in my lap, bonding together over our mutual love of reading. Story time is a special time; precious moments woven together to create the tapestry of his childhood.

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Little Banty Chicken And The Big Dream

Little Banty Chicken And The Big Dream

Age Range: 3 and up
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Three Pebble Press, LLC (January 15, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential DisclosureHave you ever had a dream that just seemed too big to make come true on your own? Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream by Lynea Gillen (illustrated by Kristina Swarner) is a great way to get started sharing those dreams with others by providing a way to start that conversation. The uplifting message is a wonderful educational tool to build character and self-esteem while fostering community in a world that is becoming increasing fragmented and distant. At the end of the story can be found a great discussion starter to encourage children to share their big dreams and ideas and make plans to work together to make them a reality…. [read more]