Affordable Fashion At Your Fingertips

Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian	Morgan

Affordable Fashion At Your Fingertips - Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan

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I’m like most women, I love purses. Love ’em, can’t afford to feed that passion, though. I have one (yes, only one) Coach purse. Coach purses are beautiful, but outside my price range. The one I have, I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway a few years ago. Handbags are something I do a lot of window-shopping for but am rarely able to justify purchasing for myself.

And then came Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan into my life. I’d heard of duct tape wallets before and thought they were kinda neat. But, I’d never considered expanding the concept. Flipping through the pages of this DIY tutorial book, however, inspired me to try this out for myself. Continue Reading

Complete Guide To A Plant-Based Life

Take the Plunge! Switch to a Plant-Based Diet by Micaela Cook Karlsen
Complete Guide To A Plant-Based Life - Take the Plunge! Switch to a Plant-Based Diet by Micaela Cook Karlsen

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: AMACOM (July 12, 2016)
Language: English

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I keep hearing on social media, television, and on the internet about the fact that switching to a plant-based diet is healthier for us, can get rid of leaky gut syndrome, and can reduce disease (or the risk of certain diseases) among other benefits. As with most such topics, Googling terms like “healthier eating”, “plant-based diet” or other similar keywords will return results that, quite frankly, just boggle my mind. It’s total information overload.

A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook Karlsen appealed to me not only because of the fantastic and colorful cover art but also because reading the synopsis of what the book contains it seemed to be a single source of information that would discuss the topic in a fairly complete manner.
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A New Way To Understand Addiction

Unbroken Brain-Book Cover
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

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“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. Continue Reading

Freeweight Training Anatomy-A Guide To The Muscles You Want

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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. Continue Reading

Is Your Diet Aging Your Skin?

Younger Skin Starts In The Gut--Book Cover
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

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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?! Continue Reading

Little Banty Chicken And The Big Dream

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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. Continue Reading