"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, December 2, 2016


Besties by Leah Reena Goren is part comic book, part ode to friendship. I loved all the relate able topics (like your 6th grade boyfriend, or how hanging out with your besties means pizza and sweatpants). There is just something about having a long time best friend and this book hits it on the mark. The only downside is many of the pages are specific to Leah's best friend. It's a cute little book, especially the artwork, that would make a cute little gift for your "bestie". Honestly though, I'm glad I got this book free from Blogging For Books for my opinion because I would've been disappointed if I'd used my own money on it. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

David Bowie Retrospective and coloring book

I ordered this book from Blogging for Books (free for my honest review!) as a gift for my music (and coloring) obsessed auntie. The quality of paper is great, pictures are awesome, and I love the little addition of a placeholder ribbon. The only downside is it's a little on the small side, as far as coloring books go, which may make it a bit harder to color. Either way I'm sure she'll love it, and I bet it would make a great gift for the Bowie lover in your life. :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Power Vegetables!

A book all about veggies? I thought it couldn't go wrong; as a vegetarian I would love it! With all the bright colors on the covers and inside plus lots of pictures...just my kind of cookbook! But sadly...I am not a big fan. The recipes are either ho-hum (quiche lorraine) or totally out of left field using ingredients I personally wouldn't have around (vignarola). I was also kinda bummed the recipes are "mostly vegetarian" because I was expecting that with a book named "Power Vegetables" all the recipes would be only veggies. Also, not many vegan recipes. By no means is this a terrible cookbook...just nothing that really grabs me. Thank you as always to Blogging For Books who sent me this book fo' free for my honest review. :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mindfulness : A journal Review

Are you someone who loves to journal, or is looking for a bit of quiet introspection in your life? This journal is a great addition to your self-care arsenal. It's gorgeous and feels great in your hand, and I love the empowering quotes to ponder on the pages. The layout is great too, especially the little spot to jot down the date. I would recommend this Mindfulness journal for yourself or as a great gift for the person in your life who needs a little reminder to slow down. Thanks to Blogging For Books for letting me have this journal free for my honest review!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Even as a married woman, I like to read all sorts of feminist books about other's journeys. I found "Spinster" to be an interesting look at what has influenced our generations to decide to forgo marriage, and instead live a life for yourself, and ONLY yourself. I recommend giving it a read woman or not! Thanks to Blogging for Books for a free copy in exchange for my review. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Doodletopia : Manga ... A Review!!

I was really excited to see this Doodletopia : Manga book offered on Blogging For Books! I'm a bit of an anime fan (as is my little cousin who is getting this book ;) ). There are tons of activities to help your manga drawing abilities. Some have the character basically already drawn and you just fill in with their clothing or perhaps their facial expressions. There are also some pull out items (like bookmarks) that you can draw on and then use. It's pretty big for an activity book (159 pages to be exact) and each page has something on the back and front. Definitely a great gift for the doodlers in your life, especially the ones fond of anime and manga! Thanks again to Blogging For Books for giving me this book for free for my honest review! :)

Monday, June 6, 2016

The More of Less

"The More of Less" by Joshua Becker is a book I had been longing to read! I have been a long time fan of his blog, Becoming Minimalist, and am a bit of a minimalist myself! I really enjoyed how the book was broken down into different parts to guide you along your journey to minimalism. I also really enjoyed the personal stories he told about his own journey as well as some other minimalist's. I really recommend both this book and Josh's blog to anyone who is curious or wants to learn more about minimalism!
As always, a big thank you goes to Blogging for Books who sent me this book for free for my honest review!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brain Freeze Journal

I was so excited to get to try this cute journal! I'm a bit of a stationary nerd and I really love notebooks. What sets this one apart is that it looks like a little neapolitan ice cream sandwich! I really like that it has a lay flat binding as well, making it super easy to write it. My only gripe is that the pages are set up a big odd; the "chocolate" and "strawberry" parts of the page are lined (top and bottom sections) and the middle "vanilla" isn't. So it breaks up the page weirdly. It's a cute size, great for stashing in luggage or a purse. I think it would make a great gift for the journal-er in your life (but be aware about the page oddity).
Thanks as always to Blogging For Books for sending me this journal to try out for my honest review!

Monday, April 18, 2016

F*ck That : A Review

So originally I picked this book because I KNEW it would make an awesome gift for my aunt. It's totally hilarious (lots of swearing) with little bits of mantra like, "breathe it, let out all the bullshit", and stuff like that. Would make a great gift if you knew someone with the right sense of humor. Thanks to Blogging For Books for another great free book!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Around The Fire : A Review

Can you tell I have a penchant for cookbooks? "Around The Fire" is a great one, too! It's a quality hardcover with breathtaking photos. All the foods are made on the grill (yum!) and this would make a great gift for the griller in your life. As a vegetarian I especially enjoyed the grilled vegetable chapter. Some of the recipes are a bit over the top, not an everyday type recipe but something more for a foodie (grilled leg of goat, and some of the seafood dishes especially) but definitely a good inspiration for trying different things on the grill. Thanks as always to Blogging For Books for sending me this book for free for my honest review.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fast Metabolism Food RX

I decided to read this book because I've seen the author, Haylie Pomroy, on Dr. Oz quite a bit and I always liked her advice. In this book she uses food as medicine to help with many different issues that all stem from metabolism upset. For example, GI issues (bloating, constipation, gas) and constant fatigue. Basically you eat certain foods at certain times of the day (her "prescription") to heal the metabolic pathways so you can digest and break down foods more effectively and feel better. The first bit of the book describes the way she fixed her own medical issues with diet. The chapters then go on to describe the food "prescriptions" (complete with recipes) and how to use them. I am glad to see she only recommends whole healthy foods but for me personally I would have a hard time following the prescriptions to a T. Definitely an interesting read if you are interested at all in how the body works or nutrition! Thanks again to Blogging for Books for sending me this book free to review!