Food with Friends

food.jpgFood with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd

If you are looking for some unique ideas to bring to a potluck, give as a gift, or entertain at home,there are bound to be recipes in this volume you’d never have considered before.

I don’t know if I’d agree with the term “simple,” though.  Just acquiring the ingredients for some of these dishes might prove to be a bit complicated.

By far my favorite (and perhaps the simplest) concoctions in this book are the Spa Waters.  Beyond those…I think I’ll put this book on the shelf for a day that I’m feeling brave.

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


Pop Painting

popPop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon by Camilla d’Errico

If you’ve ever wondered how to create surrealist art based on current pop culture, this is your go-to guide.

From tools of the trade, how to set up a studio, and where to find inspiration through the very basic elements and complete composition.  Camilla covers it all  in an often humorous way.

And even if you consider yourself too clumsy to pick up a paintbrush, this makes a great coffee-table book with numerous works throughout.

For more info, click here.  Author bio.

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

Collage This Journal

collage.jpgCollage This JournalEleanor Shakespeare

This journal is FILLED with fabulous prompts and pages waiting to be filled with your clippings/drawings/anything you want!

I can’t wait to get started!!!

I’ve already decided some pages won’t be nearly enough room, so I’m using those as inspiration for even bigger projects to go in a separate scrapbook.


More info here.  About the author.

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

Life-Changing Magic

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Life-Changing Magic: A Journal

by Marie Kondo

This little 3-year journal begins with an introduction inviting you to consider each item/activity/person in your life and determine how each sparks joy for you.

If something does not bring you joy, is there a change you can make so that it does?  Otherwise, why is it still in your life?

Sprinkled with little bits of  inspiration throughout, this journal will get you thinking and remind you to hold gratitude for what sparks joy, and inspire you to improve or remove what does not.

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

Design the Life You Love

design.jpgDesign the Life You Love: A step-by-step guide to building a meaningful future by Ayse Birsel

This workbook/journal/sketchbook/scrapbook is magnificent for anyone desiring change in their life or even just wanting to clarify their goals and values!

Ayse takes you through a deconstruction and reconstruction process with a design perspective toward building the life you want, the life you love in a unique and powerful way.

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

Boy Meets Depression

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Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live by Kevin Breel

This was a difficult book to get through.  I had to stop and start many times.  Not because it isn’t a great read—it most certainly IS!  The reason it was difficult was the subject matter, and how raw and honest the author is as he takes us along on his journey through the down and dirty slog of depression and near-suicide and through to the other side.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has been through it, who knows someone who has been through it, or are currently going through it, because it provides a tiny speck of light at the end of the tunnel when you think that it’s utterly impossible.

Well done, Mr. Breel.  Well done.

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

The Time Garden

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The Time Garden by Daria Song

If you haven’t heard already, coloring books for adults are all the rage, and for good reason.  They take us back to a time when we didn’t have so many concerns and allow us to regenerate by doing a relaxing and fun activity that may have consumed many hours for us when we were children.

The Time Garden is a great example as we follow a little girl into a magical world.  The story is brief but well told and the illustrations are spectacular.  I have always admired cuckoo clocks and  I love that Daria Song included images from her time in San Francisco.

The best part about this book is that you get to choose the colors, textures, or anything you want and you don’t even have to stay within the lines if you don’t want to!

If you’d like to know more about Daria Song, check out her Author Bio.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

It Was Me All Along

it was meIt Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell

This book was a tearjerker, but I found myself rooting for Andie and cheering for her at the end.

She chronicles her difficult life in a dysfunctional family and how food was her comfort, her ally, and her enemy, all rolled into one.

How does one confront an addiction to a substance that you literally cannot live without?  Perhaps Andie has found a way.

Find out more about this author:  Author Bio

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.