Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#TuesdayAfternoonWisdom


There was this kid in high school, you probably know him- or a him just like him. In literary terms he represented my high school foil character. He was in all the honors and AP classes, he was super ambitious, and mostly he was also an aspiring writer. He was also someone who was “highly intellectual” and “highly aware” of that fact. We crossed paths several times throughout high school. I can say with absolutely certainty that every time I was “graced with his presence” was a negative experience. He was always someone who knew exactly how to make me feel completely less than. 

My college choice wasn’t good enough.

The books I read weren’t high brow enough for a writer.

My writing was never deep enough.

My outlook on life was juvenile and unacceptable.

I have no doubt that he made me feel less than intentionally. Looking back I’m not sure if he was arrogant towards me because he actually believed these things or if he believed the opposite and was actually threatened by me. In my high school mind it was because I was most definitely less than.

Seven years after high school ended I walked into a college classroom, having not thought about him in years, and moving from these feelings to battle other demons, there he was sitting in a desk in the back of the classroom. At first I thought it was a joke. Maybe he was a professor or a teaching assistant. Certainly based on my memories and perception of him he couldn’t be just another student taking classes and a little known college like me.

I did what every millennia does when faced with this situation- I turned to the interwebs for information. What I learned was that Mr.Wonderful actually did not accomplish all the wonderful things and that he admittedly hit some rough patches in life. While I’m not reflecting and writing this piece to critique him life journey and struggles I do want to call attention to the concept that how other people make you feel means nothing. He may have once been “the smartest man ever”…in high school, but now who was the real winner…or was there a real winner.

Without sounding arrogant with a laundry list of accomplishments I’ve done and seen a lot and almost every goal that I’ve set for myself I’ve at the very least TRIED to see to fruition.

I’ve been a published writer.

I’ve created a successful blog that was the vehicle that allowed me to interview, photograph, and meet most of my idols.

I’ve collected an awesome selection of people who have brought amazing experiences to my life.

I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from a four year college.

I’ve learned how to take care of my mind and body.

I could continue this list. I could elaborate on any of these ideas, but I don’t think that it’s necessary to make my point.

I’ve spent a lot of my life listening to the negative critiques of my life. I’ve spent a lot of time giving others the space to make me feel less than…letting their words and actions resonate with me. Seeing this person who used to be so much “better” than me on a very definitively “equal” level is such a powerful semi colon between giving these people power and realizing that they have no real power at all. That instead I have all the power to do, to feel, to live my life.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Coolest Journal Ever


My latest book review book is probably my favorite book that I've gotten from Random House. The book is called "Q&A a Day for Creatives" Basically the book has 365 questions, one designated for each day of the month. There's room designated throughout the book to repeat each question for four years. 

Questions vary in the types of information they would invoke from "Illustrate one item you purchased today" to "Look up today's date online to see what famous people were born on this day. Draw a birthday greeting for one of them."

The way the journal pages are set up there's enough room to draw, paint, write, really to express your answer in any way that you deem to be fit. 

Unlike reviewing other books I can't really report back on how good this book is for the fact that I still have 1,460 more days of using this book to go, but it is a really awesome book for anyone young or old. 

I received this book from BloggingForBooks.com in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for the great read guys!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Juicy Secrets From Behind the White Walls


This read was a little out of the ordinary for me. I typically don't read politically centered books because quite frankly I don't find them interesting. But this book sounded rather juicy and fun and the author seemed reliable so I decided to give it a shot.

Typically a book about the White House, secret service or anything related to the president would seem stuffy, pompous, and boring (at least to me). This book included funny tidbits and stories from people who typically wouldn't share these types of secretive stories. There are funny quips about Joe Biden, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, etc. The book does not seem to slant towards either political party as we see both positive and negative stories from all political parties. I also really appreciated how readers get to see such personal, and not always the most polished, moments from each person portrayed in the book.

I would recommend this book both for both political junkies and people who are looking for a different view of politics.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for the great read guys!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Topangaaaaa


I'm going through a bit of nostalgia lately. My last Thrift Books haul included lots of memoirs and biographies by female child stars from the 90's. The first book I decide to read was Danielle Fishel (more affectionately known as Topanga from Boy Meets World).

The book looked rather promising. Danielle is on the front with a cute dress on that is "ruined" by a melting, messy ice cream cone. The books follows Danielle's story through her time auditioning for Boy Meets World, her experience dating Lance Bass, her wedding, and her life with her pups.

On one hand there wasn't anything especially juicy in her book. No crazy behind the scenes stories from BMW. No real crazy stories about being a celebrity. I think the most surprising thing I learned about Danielle in this book was that she worked a few seasons at Bloomingdales. But I think that was the endearing aspect of this novel.

Unlike other child actor memoirs it wasn't about drug abuse, finding religion, or crazy orgy at her former place of employment. This book was literally about a normal, often times awkward, woman who grew up on screen as every 90's girls' role model and every 90's guys' crush. It was extremely refreshing to read about someone who didn't always get everything she wanted right away (in fact she almost didn't play Topanga!). She wasn't (isn't) always perfect nor does she claim to have this picture perfect Hollywood life.

Overall I would recommend this to any 90's girl who's looking for a nice summer afternoon read.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Doctor Who?


This book was my first foray into the world of Doctor Who. I was never super interested in watching the show. I always felt like there were too many seasons and too much story to commit to in order to watch the show thoroughly. Also from every friend's retelling of the Doctor's adventures it just never seemed that interesting to me. Then I got the opportunity to read this book and I figured why not give the Doctor a weekend's time length to trying on what the Doctor Who story has to offer.

The premise of the book is that strange things begin occurring in Arbroath that involved disappearing people and people being able to read each other's minds. It is up to the Doctor to figure out what is going on.

I will say that I enjoyed this book much more than I anticipated. The story was very fast paced and the plot was extremely interesting. Coming into the story without any Doctor Who knowledge I found it relatively easy to follow along with the Doctor Who world without being lost in little details.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of mystery, scifi and British humor. 

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books. Thanks for the great read guys!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Encountering the Truth Revie


I'm not Catholic. Nor am I someone who frequents church or associates with a certain denomination of religious affiliations. Requesting this book was a little odd for me. However I am adamantly curious and I figured how many times in a lifetime does one get to read a book written by the current reigning Pope. I would have to imagine not that often. 

The book has a gorgeous, yet simple cover featuring Pope Francis delivering one of his morning Homilies from St. Martha's Chapel. The simplicity and elegance of the cover echoes the simplicity and elegance of the entire book. 

My favorite aspect of this book was the organization of the book. As an avid reader of self help types of books I think these books tend to get overwhelming. They should only be read in small doses so a person can have time to reflect upon what they have read. The book is divided into 186 chapters. Each chapter is a page or two long. I like that the book is set up so that the reader can find the topic that they need help or guidance with at that particular moment and focus in on the chapter or two that relate to that need. Also each section is extremely easy to read while at the same time packing a lot of punch in the words. 

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick. daily dose of inspiration.

I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Learning About Crossfit From Outside "The Box"


Crossfit has never really been something that peeked my interest. For those who know me, you know that I'm a strict addict of my at home, Beachbody workouts. I need my Shaun T cheering me on or else fitness is just not fun for me. But at the same time I am very intrigued by these very extreme workouts such as Crossfit and American Ninja Warrior. I like watching people push their bodies to their limits. I am truly amazed at what people are capable of. I picked up this book with the hopes that I would learn a little bit about the exercise culture that I am not apart of.

I learned so much from this book. Author and journalist J.C. Herz shares some history and inner workings of the CrossFit culture. But what I found most interesting was the information about the human body and it's relationship to sports.

While this book definitely should not be considered as the end all resource on everything fitness and CrossFit related, it is a good place to start for anyone who is even remotely curious in learning about CrossFit.

If you're looking to get some inspiration for your own fitness journey I would highly recommend picking up this book.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Classically Sweet Recipes


Twinkies are awesome. I think most people have some sort of memory of eating these delicious, sweet snacks as a kid. When I got the opportunity to receive this book for review I was so excited! After I found out that the recipes were created by FANS of the beloved snack I was even more excited to see what people came up with.

This book features about 100 pages of different Twinkie recipes. The recipes come in all types of flavors and forms- cakes, pies, fruity concoctions, chocolatey delicious creations, and even MEAT based recipes.

My favorite recipe in the book was the "Twinkie Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce." The sweet goodness mixed with a nice whiskey sauce was a delicious combo and I'm sure this will become a winter staple recipe.

A runner up for favorite recipe was the "Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Chocolate-Covered Twinkies."Anything with bacon and chocolate is a winner in my book.

I highly recommend this book for all the junk food foodies out there. It's a cute book with fun recipes that is sure to bring up nostalgia.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books. Thanks for the great read guys!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Charmingly Good Read


Even if this book had been absolutely terrible, the cover is so darn cute I would have given it a permanent spot on my bookshelf regardless. The contents of this book proved to be just as amazing as the cover. It's no surprise that this book was at the top of every book list when it was first published in Europe.

This book tells the story of Monsieur Perdu, a man who calls himself a literary apothecary. He chooses books for people to help people with what they are dealing with in their lives. The book follows his journey of finding his own story after helping others with their stories for so many years.

Anyone who enjoys reading will enjoy this book. If you have ever had a deep connection with literature or if an author has ever really connected with you this book will speak to your literary senses. Nina George really caters to the literary minded audience with this book. There's even a fun little book list in the back of books to prescribe for every feeling.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. Thanks for the good read guys!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

More Mystery


This summer seems to be the summer for good mystery stories. Freedom's Child is yet another mystery about a small town in the country, the main character is related to a cop, and there are secrets...lots and lots of secrets.

The main character, Freedom Oliver, is in the witness protection program after killing her police officer husband. Everything seems fine starting off in a new town until she catches word that her daughter, who was put up for adoption when she entered the witness protection program, is kidnapped.

The novel follows her story of reliving her past while trying to save her beloved daughter.

This novel is thrilling, enticing, and the characters are compelling enough to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire read.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Solid Read


If we're being honest in the beginning I mainly picked this book up because it had the work "library" in the title. What could be a more perfect location for a story than a library. Upon reading the description I realized that this was going to be a creepy book set in a library. Perfect.

This book tells the story of Carolyn. Carolyn has experienced a lot of tragedy in her life, starting with the death of her family. Then she gets taken in by a new "father" who "helps" her grow into her later years in life after her parents' passing. In the conclusion of the book Carolyn finds herself in a battle of sorts after the father has disappeared.

This book has mystery, fantasy, and an overall good plot line that lends itself to a good read. Some parts are a bit dense- so this certainly won't be a quick read, but it is a very pleasant and creative read.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. Thanks for the great read guys!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Word From the Wise

I love personal development books. I've read many in my lifetime from many different types of authors. The ones that I find most rewarding are the one that are by actual business people. While it is nice to hear a psychology or a philosopher's thoughts on what it takes to have a successful life and career, it can be much more interesting to read about an author who has all the success, some how looses the success and then end the end they end up gain in sight about their success, which is the greatest gift of all.

This book was a fun, insightful read. I definitely filled the pages with my own notes and thoughts as certain passages related to my own life. 

This book is written very smartly. I especially enjoyed the quotes incorporated throughout the passages. They really added to the flow and readability of the book. 

If you're looking for a little inspiration in a summer read, "Thrive" by Ariana Huffington would be an excellent choice.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Twisted Mystery


Samantha Hayes' book What You Left Behind tells the story of a town plagued with deaths of young people. Through the story we follow Lorraine, a detective on vacation visiting her sister, and Freddie, Lorraine's sister's son, to find out that the deaths weren't just creepy because they were deaths, but because there was something more sinister behind the series of deaths.  

Overall I really enjoyed this novel. I don't read a lot of mysteries or thrillers so this book was a good change of pace for me. I really liked the challenge of having to organize the characters and events in my head as I was reading the tale, almost as if I was the detective for the novel. Just when I thought I had figured out the answer to the mystery- boom- something would happen to change my perception of the story. In true mystery form there were continuous twists and turns right up to the very end. 

This book will leave you satisfied- as long as you bring your thinking cap for following the story. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Getting to Know Joan


The Book of Joan tells the story of the late Joan Rivers through the eyes of her daughter Melissa Rivers. Both women are a combination of very well known in the public eye, while at the same time they both are pretty mysterious and some may say misunderstood in the public eye. There's no denying that Joan had a special something about her. She had a particular way of presenting herself to the public. A book representing her life would not be doing her justice if it did not live up to Joan's funny, if not occasionally off the wall, sense of humor. 

This book brings readers into the life of Joan. Included in the book are some really great scans of primary documents from Joan's life, a bunch of great, funny quotes from Joan herself, and a few really fun lists- like the list of dating advice Joan gave to Melissa. 

The carefully selected stories are funny, compelling, and add a bit of realism to a woman who seemed so glamorous and outrageous in front of the camera.

If you're looking for a fun summer read that also has some teachable moments, I would highly recommend giving this book a try.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Great Resource for Mentors

As someone who wants to be a future educator I am always looking for books that can help inspire my future students, specifically my female students. While I may not be the biggest science or math fan, someone I come across might be. 

My favorite aspect of this book was the organization of the book. Yes, I loved the stories that Rachel Swaby told, but more than that I liked that I could learn about a specific discovery- such as math, physics, and medicine- without having to scour through the whole book looking for the specific think I was looking to read. 

Additionally I liked how Swaby has the stories about each woman written in short, easy to digest snip its of each woman's life. That way I, as the reader, am not overload with information about each woman, but she also gives me a great starting point if one of the women really sparks my interest to do more research. Further research would be a snap to start because she offers great bibliography, notes, and credits sections in the back of the book to reference. 

Overall I am really glad that I picked up this book and stepped out of my comfort zone into the realm of science and math as I found many of the stories uplifting and inspiring. I am sure that I will go back to this book for many years to come.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging For Books. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015


When I requested this book for review I was totally expecting some attractive looking, giant coffee table book with lots of pictures and not a lot of content. I expected to look at a bunch of cool pictures and maybe learn one or two cools facts that would otherwise have not crossed my path. What I got was something different.

This book is a well constructed, attractive coffee table book with great stories and history from one of America's favorite drinks. For its size this book is a pretty comprehensive collection of carefully researched information about every kind of whiskey you can imagine. 

Not only is the text high quality, but also the overall visual representation of the book is divine. The coloring of the pages matches the concept of whiskey. The photos and images of different labels really add to the reading and learning experience to make the reading of this book not only fun, but also very educational. 

Overall I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've left it out in my den for guests to flip through while enjoying their own drinks.

I received this book curtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Feminist Model for Life



There's something really gratifying in reading about the kind of woman you want to be from a woman who is everything you imagine your life to grow into. Kate Bolick is a 40 year old "spinster," as the title of the book would elude to. But unlike the reaction this declaration would receive in a small town like my own, Bolick sets out to put a positive spin on the notion of being a "spinster." In the same way that Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Close, and Katie Heaney made me feel okay for not having this natural propensity for being the "normal," "mainstream" marrying type woman, Bolick shows how it is okay to put yourself, your career, and the building of your own life first.

Here first person stories about her life as this so called "spinster" personality are real, relatable, witty, and intelligently written. This book is definitely not dumbed down for the average reader, she shows smart, intellectual choices in her references to Betty Friedan and others who either directly or indirectly influenced her life choices.

With her direct references to feminism in the past with feminism now this book exemplifies why it is so important to appreciate what we have as women "spinsters" and to see the value in being able to act in this role without as many negative connotations as we might have experienced in earlier decades.

Overall I give this book a very high rating. It's not a book to sit down and read on a Sunday afternoon as it warrants more time and attention than that. But it is a must read for the modern feminist. 

I received a copy of the book Spinster  from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for the good read guys! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

America's Favorite Sport


A few years ago I became enthralled by the sport of baseball. It was one of those afternoons where nothing was on TV, it was rainy, and I felt like having something on tv, but I did not necessarily feel like watching something. So I turned on an O's game and starred semi blankly at the TV. I'm not a huge sports watcher. I can follow along and generally know what's going on. It's not that I dislike watching sports, it's just that I'm not a fan of watching sports either. I'm more the apathetic sports watcher. So upon watching this baseball game I really fell in love with watching this sport.

There's something about the camaraderie, the pace of the game, the history, and some combination of factors that really draws me in as a watcher of this game.

As someone who is new to the sport I didn't really know anything about George F. Will going into this book. I also didn't know a lot about the Chicago Cubs or Wrigley Field. But that's the great thing about great books- you can start the book not knowing anything and end the book knowing a lot.

The book reads a lot like a series of conversations with my dad- or a dad like figure. Will incorporates little stories about his connection with the Cubs along with the history stories of the Cubs. These aren't your typical, textbook history stories. They're fun, conversational, witty stories about the game.

Whether you're new to the game of baseball or someone who has been a fan for decades, this book has a little something for everyone and is an enjoyable, quick read for a nice spring day.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Relatable, Pretty, Fun Introduction to Fitness


When I first became interested in bettering my health and fitness I became a follower of Casey Ho. Her workout videos are fun, easy to understand and are so uplifting that I almost forget about the horribly painful soreness and good pain that I experience when I'm doing her workouts.

When I found out Casey was coming out with a book I was ecstatic. There's only so much you can learn from a person on the inter webs. To have a physical book of her thoughts and teachings in my hands sounded like a powerful concept. She certainly did not disappoint. 

From my perusal of the front and back cover I knew this book was going to deliver the same kind of relatable, happy fun that Casey exudes on my computer screen. For goodness sakes the woman is smiling from ear to ear while doing planks in some arctic location. I often times think that she is just as dedicate to happy as she is health & fitness. Which is an amazing trait to have.

Next I looked at the recipes. I had seen a video preview of her recipes on her site and I was so jazzed to try the pancakes with berry applesauce... until I saw the cheesecake. 

One of my favorite aspects of her book is accessibility. You don't need hundreds of dollars in workout equipment to do her exercises. You need a yoga map, which honestly you can get for less than $10. You don't need to spend outrageous amounts inexpensive, healthy foods. All of her recipes are divided into seasons...so you can choose your ingredients according to what will be in season. 

For anyone who is looking to start a fitness journey, this book would be the holy grail. Casey will give you motivation, exercises, recipes, meal plans, and even a little history on Pilates in 248 pages. Oh, and did I mention the Gingerbread Fonuts? 


I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Chilling Tale of Life



From the front cover of "The World Before Us" By: Aislinn Hunter it is apparent that this book will be one that makes you think. This will by no means be a passive, pleasant, pretty read of a book. Just thinking about the concept of what really comes before us in the timeline of the world can move anyone into a place of existential contemplation about the world and our place in that world.

This book brings into play multiple time periods and multiple characters that really bring you into the world that Hunter creates in her novel. Her use of descriptive words brings you close enough into the novel to awaken your senses, but she leave enough mystery and open questions to keep you clamoring for more throughout the novel all the way up until the chilling conclusion that will leave you with enough details to feel satisfied with Jane's story, but will leave you questioning your own story.

Pick this book up if you're looking for a beautiful, chilling tale that will leave you riveted until the very end.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One Year Mini Devotional


I got this book early last week and I immediately started doing what I'm probably not supposed to do with this book- I sat down and read it in about 3 sittings. Granted I plan on going back through and actually following this book as a devotional, but at the time I just couldn't put it down.

For those who are new to my blog know that this spirituality thing is very new for me. It is an aspect of life that I haven't spent much time exploring, but now that I have some spare time to form ideas and opinions myself I've taken a great liking to exploring this aspect of life. While I will never disclose my exact beliefs, I think that is a personal matter, I will share my reviews and findings of books on the subject.

I came across this book from Tyndale Rewards, which is this awesome program where you can earn rewards for free books (click here for info). I picked it up because, well I'm busy and I'm a woman so this seemed like a good fit. 

Once I started reading a few of the devotionals I found that I really loved the author's style of writing. I love the little personal anecdotes she includes about her children and her garden and different aspects of her life. Her voice makes the book very conversational and it's almost as if you are sitting in a coffee shop with Jennifer King discussing the various nuggets of inspiration she includes in her book. For someone who is new to this world this book is very accessible for me and the topics bring up very good points to think about. 

I highly recommend checking out this book if you're looking for a generous dose of inspiration.

Leave me love & thoughts in the comments about your favorite daily devotional books!

Paint Me A Story


As far as I'm concerned there are only two ways of telling stories. It doesn't matter if the story is a piece of fiction, nonfiction, or commentary. A writer can either tell you a story or show you a story. Both ways can be effective. Both ways can tell equally compelling stories. However if an author chooses the wrong method of telling his or her story the piece will be nothing more than a flop.

I should have picked up by the title Ruby, a word that is also a color, that this story would be told in a very beautifully detailed and descriptive manner. 

I personally may be very far removed from the black experience in the south, in new york, and in the 1950's (all settings for the story), but when I read Ruby I was taken to a place where I felt a part of the story. I was an active viewer of Ephram and Ruby and their lives together and apart.

Throughout the story Bond relies on these descriptions through color "Lipstick red and think, her cornflower blue sundress," "holding each golden yolk in her pal as the white slid through her open fingers." These deep, meaningful descriptions take the reader inside the story to see the beautiful girl named Ruby, to smell the Catfish and the fresh out of the oven angel food cake. 

The story of Ruby is the kind of story that is shown. You learn about the plot and the characters through what Bond wants you to see while reading, not what she wants to tell you about the story. 

This type of story is the making of a true literary classic. This is the type of story that will be read for generations.

After finishing this book I had to do some research on the author and I was super excited to find out that this book is the first in a trilogy! I am excited to see how Cynthia Bond grows as a writer and to continue to follow Ruby's story in the future.

I was given this book curtsey of Blogging For Books. Thanks again guys for keeping my mind happy with another great read.

Has anyone else read the book Ruby? Let me know with your love and thoughts in the comment section below!

An Adorable Book For Some Serious Baking

I have been interested in learning how to bake my own bread for quite some time. As health and nutrition have become more important to me the concept of making my own food has become a very prominent hobby for me. However two things always stood in my way: 1) my intimidation of making something as seemingly difficult as bread and 2) finding a good, healthy, doable recipe. 

These things stood in my way until I met this book.

Just this month Erin McKenna, founder of BabyCakes NYC, released her third cookbook. This one focuses on making that light, fluffy, carboy stuff we all know and love. 

The cookbook not only has easy, doable recipes for various types of bread including: a sandwich bread, pumpernickel bread, and even a yummy cinnamon-raisin bread, but also she has recipes for croissants, crackers, pizza dough, and even pretzels.

The book is laid out in an easy to follow manner. While there are plenty of recipes to choose from, you won't get overwhelmed by too many recipes. The pictures making your baking easy to follow and give you a good idea as to what the end product should look like. 

McKenna even included a little Q&A section to the beginning of the book. If you're baking something and it just isn't turning out right the answer to your problems is probably right there in the beginning.

My own complaint with the book is that because it is a Gluten-Free baking book all of the recipes use different ingredients that I don't normally carry in my home kitchen. If you've ever shopped the gluten free or organic section of your local market you'll know that many of these ingredients often carry a nice sized price tag. I wasn't quite able to dig in to every recipe right away like I hoped, but I'm slowly adding a few of these ingredients to my pantry every couple of weeks. I think this is just going to have to be one of those time when patience will have to rule over my impulsiveness.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. If you are looking for some delicious recipes make sure to pick up a copy.

I was given a copy of this book courtesy of Blogging for Books. Thanks for keeping my mind happy with the new book!


Has anyone else read this book? What's your favorite recipe from it?

If you haven't read this book, what's your favorite bread recipe? 

Share your thoughts and love in the comments! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

No More Excuses For Me



I've read a lot of diet books. There is so much information out there about health, fitness, and well being that it can get pretty overwhelming to know what's what. For me personally I like taking bits and pieces from all over the place to create my own personalized plan for health success.

When I got the book the No More Excuses Diet I didn't have any background knowledge on Maria, but I turned to the author section of the book cover and I saw a picture of her planking with three young children on her back. I thought, Clearly this woman A- means business and B- knows what she's talking about. 

The book covers both the diet and exercise elements of a fitness journey. Maria breaks everything down into 3's. 
3 Days. 
3 Weeks. 
3 Months.

My favorite part about her approach is that she really focuses on the goal setting aspects of a health and fitness journey. A lot of books will lay out what you're supposed to do with plans that certainly work, but they forget the mental process of achieving health and fitness goals. They don't give you a plan for how to catch your head up with what you want your body to do. This is where Maria's approach is different. 

My other favorite part of this book is the section in the back of different strength training and stretching exercises along with the home workouts in chapter 6. She gives very doable, but effective workout routines that are perfect for someone who is looking to get themselves into fitness. At $26 for the book this is a much better deal for a busy person than any gym membership, session with a trainer, or a meeting with a nutritionist. 

I received my copy of this book courtesy of www.bloggingforbooks.com.