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Slimming Meals that Heal

Jul 10, 2014

aimeeroo

The title of this book really caught my attention. We all want to look our best, but more importantly we want to feel our best. Slimming Meals that Heal is a cookbook, plus a lot of great information about health and diets overall.

The first section of the book covers health, and explains why diets don’t usually work. There is information about nutrition, and food allergies. Very easy to understand as well, which is great because the last thing anyone wants is to feel like they are reading a text book!

The second section is the best though! The recipes are laid out by type, but each has a key to show if the recipe fits into certain criteria like gluten free, dairy free, etc. There is something for everyone too, I found recipes that both my husband and I would enjoy, which is saying a lot because we have different tastes in food.

I am also really excited to try the Alpha-Omega Breakfast Pudding, because I have always wanted to try recipes using chia seeds (this book has a few actually).

Overall it’s a great resource, and includes a lot of full color photos of the recipes as well.

I received this book from Hay House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Miracles Now

May 21, 2014

aimeeroo

Miracles Now is a nice treasure chest of wisdom. What I loved most about the book is that you can read it through cover to cover, or you can open it up at random and read just a few pages. Each lesson is broken down into simple, easy to read terms, so you can get inspired without being overwhelmed.

It's certainly a book that I have been revisiting since it arrived. Each morning I will open it to a random page and read the section it opened to, and then try to put the principal into practice throughout the day.

Inside you will find 108 simple techniques that help address common problems like stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment, etc. You might recognize a lot of the techniques already, but it is always great to have a little reminder now and then. I enjoy the way that Gabrielle presents each technique and gives an example as well.

Well worth picking up to have in your library! I keep mine on my bedside table as a fun way to start off the day.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Miraval's Sweet and Savory Cooking

Feb 23, 2014

aimeeroo

I'm always on the lookout for a great new cookbook, and Miraval's Sweet and Savory Cooking fits the bill. Not only is it full of a great variety of recipes, it also has a lot of full color photos (a must for a cookbook if you ask me). As the title suggests, you will find a mix of both savory and sweet inside.

Miraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking features recipes from Miraval Resort and Spa's Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. I had heard wonderful things about Miraval Resort, and this book certainly did not disappoint. The recipes are filled with fresh ingredients and healthy spa-cuisine techniques. There are even a few gluten free recipes, and low fat substitutions.

What I loved most was that the recipes are easy to follow, while still having some that are more unique. Many of the recipes look like something you would find in a very expensive restaurant or spa setting! It was exciting to have the chance to try some of these amazing meals out at home. Of course I was drawn to the sweet side first, a delicious vanilla coffee cake to be exact. Oh it was so tasty! And with the use of plain yogurt, it was friendly to the waist line as well as our taste buds!

I am also looking forward to trying more from the savory side, and for sure trying more of the sweet side too. Dinner and lunch ideas are always a bit scarce in our household, so it's nice to have a new cookbook to pull from. Especially when the cookbook has such mouthwatering photos inside. And it's even better to know that the recipes come from a reputable, healthy, kitchen.


I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Chris P. Bacon

Jan 04, 2014

aimeeroo

Chris P. Bacon: My Life So Far... is one of the cutest children's books you will ever see. Chris, an adorable pig, shares what his life has been like so far. For such a young little piglet he has already had quiet the life!

Simply adorable, Chris, who was born without the use of this back legs, was taken to the veterinarians office to be euthanized. Instead, the vet took one look at this adorable pig who was healthy and happy, and decided to take him home to be part of his family!

You may even recognize Chris because this little pig quickly became a YouTube and talk-show sensation. Chris's adopted dad, veterinarian Len Lucero, posted videos of Chris learning how to use a cart made out of toys. It wasn't always easy, but soon the adorable piglet got the hang of it and was rolling like a pro! Not only is he famous now, but he has a message to share in this book.

The message of the book is that it's OK to be different. That it's great to be UNIQUE! Everyone has something that is unique about them, even little piglets who use carts to get around.

With great illustrations and real photos of Chris P. Bacon, it's a book that would fast become any child's favorite (or adult for the matter).

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring

Dec 10, 2013

aimeeroo

After falling in love with the first book, I was thrilled when I learned that a second had been written. The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring did not disappoint! It is just as charming and endearing as the first book.

The book asks the question, "what makes you purrr", or in other words, what brings you happiness. Told from the perspective of HHC (His Holiness's Cat), the story weaves in key concepts of living a happier life. There is a bit of everything in this book, from humor, to more touching moments, and yes, purring.

We first meet this adorable feline, HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), also known as “Little Snow Lion” in the first book "The Dalai Lama’s Cat." HHC was rescued by the Dalai Lama when he saw the small kitten being thrown in the gutter. The first story we get to know what it is like living with the Dalai Lama, all told from the perspective of a very curious kitty! We also meet some of the characters that are in the sequel.

Before leaving for a very long trip to the United States, the Dalai Lama gives his Snow Lion the task of discovering the true causes of happiness. Being the smart cat that she is, HHC sets about trying to learn what makes her purr. Along the way humans, and even some dogs, help her discover what can help create lasting happiness in life.

A fun and easy read that teaches without preaching, these books have both become favorites. In fact, I really hope there will be a third in the series.
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Play Your Bigger Game

Nov 06, 2013

aimeeroo

I'll admit, I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. Maybe because it seemed more geared towards business minded folks, but the more I read, the more I began to see that it was for anyone, not just business people. In fact, the story that stood out to me most was that of a sweet grocery bagger who made each person's visit a bit more special by including "Thought of the Day" slips in their bags.

The concept is that life itself is one big game, so why not play a game that is fun, exciting, and fulfilling? Of course, even though we might all want to live a life like that, we often get stuck in our comfort zones, or worse, we hold back out of fear.

Play Your Bigger Game teaches you how to play on life's game board, which the author lays out in the book. Personally I loved the idea of approaching life like a game because it just felt a lot more fun than other ways to think of accomplishing goals and dreams. Usually these things are approached with such rigid terms and it can become more of a burden than a joy, which might be why a lot of people give up on their goals.

The book talks about natural "game players", which we may all recognize some of these in our lives. These are the people that are always taking things to the next level, or approaching tasks in new and creative ways. If you are one of these people already, there will still be something to learn in the book. The way the book is written will help both natural big thinkers and those who want to think big. I love what the author says when describing the book:

The purpose of this book is to: Reveal the Bigger Game player you already are, help you find the Bigger Games that excite and challenge you to fully deploy all of your energy and gifts, teach you to consciously design the person you're destined to become, allow you to feed the hunger in your soul, help you to make a major impact, and allow you to leave a lasting legacy.

Overall a great read, and something I will be re-reading parts of for years to come. Yes, the concept of the game really does take just a few mins to learn, but it is a game that will take a lifetime to master.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Feng Shui Simply

Sep 18, 2013

aimeeroo

I always enjoy reading about Feng Shui because I really believe that our homes can be a place to support our goals. In Feng Shui Simply: Change Your Life From the Inside Out, the author focuses more on how to use Feng Shui to bring balance to your life, and help support the life you wish to create, more than focusing on the intricate ins and outs of the practice.

You will learn about Bagua map, the concept of Yin Yang, the Five Chinese Elements, and also about core enhancements of color, light, sound, and nature. If you are familiar with feng shui it won’t be new material, however, the author, Cheryl Grace, does put her own unique spin on it. After an introduction to the basic principals, she guides you through creating your own plan for putting it all into practice in your life.

The book is small, but it’s full of great examples of feng shui at work. Cheryl made a big career change, from an ESPN executive to a feng shui consultant! She shares anecdotes from her own experiences, and also shares some of her clients’ success stories.

Beyond feng shui, she also talks about changing your mindset to include more gratitude, and she encourages simplifying your life as well. Overall it is a fun and easy read on the topic, there are illustrations as well to help explain certain principles. I enjoyed reading it.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Mind Over Medicine

Jul 28, 2013

aimeeroo

Growing up with a psychologist for a dad was a lot of fun, and of course, made me very interested in the mind and how it works. One of the most interesting things for me were the stories of people healing themselves, in sometimes dramatic ways. So I was obviously quiet excited to have a chance to read Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.

I’ve always believed in the mind body connection, and have even seen it at work in my own life (mom and dad once used a very effective placebo on me when I was little, but that is a story for another time)! In this book that belief is backed up with science proving that it’s real. Dr. Rankin did a great deal of research of peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence proving that the body can heal itself. Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology.

Now, before you get the wrong impression, this is not a book that discounts what modern medicine can do for patients. This is about helping you take more of an active role in your own health, especially for those times when you do need the help of doctors and medicine. It’s also about taking steps to prevent things from getting to that point when possible.

Towards the end of the book, she presents a six-step program to help with your own healing process. The steps help you discover where things might be off balance, and then offer a plan to help fix them. Every aspect from professional to personal, nutrition and environment, are talked about. This will help you tune into your body’s signals so you can take steps to heal.

What I love most is the message that we do know our bodies better than we think we do, and because of that, we can help heal ourselves. The only thing that would make this book even better would be an index. It’s certainly a book that I will be referring to again and again.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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The Looneyspoons Collection

Feb 28, 2013

aimeeroo

My husband and I have been trying to be healthier, and of course a big part of that is making sure that our diet includes good for us foods that actually taste good. Easier said than done, right?

Well, I was very excited to get a copy of The Looneyspoons Collection: Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun!, because the title promises healthy, good, and fun, recipes! But it's not just the recipes that make this book great, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye!

Not only are there full color photos for most of the recipes (I do wish there had been a photo of each recipe), but there are tips and tricks, and information about why certain ingredients are good for you. Each recipe also have calorie and other information included, which I love to see.

The titles of the recipes are all pretty funny, usually a pun or play on words. I liked that the recipes were divided up in clear ways, such as chicken, or vegetarian, and even a section for things that didn't really have a section. They have made it easy to find too by color coding the pages in each section so you can easily find what you are looking for while you flip through the book.

And yes, even though this is a healthy cook book, there are desserts! This is sure to become a favorite, go to recipe book, in our household.
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The Dalai Lama's Cat

Oct 29, 2012

aimeeroo

This book can best be described as charming, fun to read, and even a bit enlightening! Told through the perceptive of one very lucky cat, we get a glimpse on what it might be like to live inside the home of the Dali Lama.

‘Oh! How adorable! I didn’t know you had a cat!’ she exclaimed. I am always surprised how many people make this observation. Why should His Holiness not have a cat? ‘If only she could speak,’ continued the actress. ‘I’m sure she’d have such wisdom to share.’ And so the seed was planted . . .

I began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to write a book of my own—a book that would convey some of the wisdom I’ve learned sitting not at the feet of the Dalai Lama but even closer, on his lap. A book that would tell my own tale … how I was rescued from a fate too grisly to contemplate to become the constant companion of a man who is not only one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate but also a dab hand with a can opener.”

A fun and easy read, it will draw you in with it’s warmth and humor. I loved the lessons that each chapter taught, subtly yes, but there none the less.

From her rescue story to her meetings with dignitaries, this little kitty know how to tell a tale! I found myself wishing it were all true, as I was falling more in love with this sweet cat. Within her story are many founding principles of Buddhism, told in such a way that anyone could easily relate to them. It’s the type of story where you can glean wisdom and be entertained at the same time. It is also a story I am sure to enjoy reading again.

Thank you to Hay House for providing me with a copy free in exchange for my reviewing it.
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