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Exploring Nature With Kim Andrews

I love the great outdoors. I feel like kids these days don’t get to spend as much time outside as I did as a kid. We were free-range children in the 80s. It’s was a different world back then. But there are still plenty of chances to get outside with your children, and these two books by Kim Andrews will help you; Exploring Nature Journal For Kids and Exploring Nature Activity Book For Kids.

While the journal has begins with some great information, it really works great alongside the activity book. The journal starts with safety first, as it should, including safety tips to protect exploring children from things like poison ivy and wild animals. There are instructions on how to use the journal and creative things to do with your journal.

My favorite part of the journal is that each entry has an additional page for field sketches. This is a bonafide outdoor explorers journal, it doesn’t cut short just because it’s geared toward children. It’s a wonderful and fun learning experience, where kids can track the foliage and wildlife they see, what they learned on their exploration, and more.

The activity book is filled with fun projects. Ones that will help your child learn more about the great outdoors, and some that will bring the great outdoors in for closer exploration.

Some of the fun projects you’ll find within the pages include:

  • Creating a walking stick
  • Learning about different types of clouds
  • Learning about the phases of the moon
  • Fossil making
  • Birdwatching
  • Making a toad home

There are 50 fun projects in this book, so that list barely glosses over the coolness within these pages. There are step-by-step instructions written to make them easy for kids to follow (but parents can help out too).

It’s getting near time to start thinking about Christmas shopping (don’t shush me), so why not snag these two books for the little future explorer in your life!

 

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How To Draw by Aaria Baid

517Sn9omhtL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_I’m not a kid, and this book is marketed for kids. I don’t even have any kids. Whether you have kids, or you want to learn to draw yourself, this book is pretty cool. As someone not super-skilled in the drawing arts, I prefer books marketed toward kids over those for adults – I feel like they make the learning process more straightforward and less confusing (maybe I’m just a kid at heart).

Aaria Baid’s How to Draw book offers a step-by-step guide in drawing basics and then graduates the learning to more difficult drawing tasks, while still making it easy to do.

More than learning to draw, you’ll learn all of the things that go into a good drawing. Some of the techniques you’ll learn are shading, foreshortening, using positive and negative space, making things to scale and proportionate. You’ll learn about drawing optical illusions and more.

This is more than an educational art book on drawing; it’s fun.

I got this sweet book from the publisher. I wasn’t required to write a review, but here it is anyway!

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Bodybuilding for Beginners by Kyle Hunt

5124Oipt0qL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Let me start off by saying that you don’t have to want to be ripped with big bulging muscles to get some good use out of this book. It has some great steps to help you tone your body and start getting into shape.

With that said, Bodybuilding for Beginners by Kyle Hunt is an excellent resource if you’re trying to get fit, no matter who you are. It’s more than a book about lifting weights, it’s a guide to building muscle and getting toned healthily.

The book starts with the basics, like finding a gym, making a workout plan, and listing essential techniques. It includes excellent nutrition tips, which makes it stand out. You don’t have to join a gym to benefit from this book; Most of the exercises can be done from home if you have the right equipment (and some of them require no equipment at all).

Starting with warm-ups, you’ll find fitness techniques for all the muscles you want to work on. The book finishes off with an actual 12-week guide filled with the exercises you need to do to build muscle and burn fat.

I got this cool book free from the publisher!

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Breathwork By Valerie Moselle

41ESq-O5iAL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_CalmiGo is my go-to when I need to focus my breathing. CalmiGo is a handheld device that helps you take even breaths so that you can find calm (hence the name). I love it, but I also love learning more about how breathing helps with health and wellness, both physically and mentally.

Because I know the many health benefits of breathwork, I was happy to get a free copy of ‘Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program‘ from the publisher. I was mesmerized from the moment I opened the book.

I like that the book is broken down into weekly lessons, and it’s about more than just breathing. There are body positions which help with breathing and relaxation.

From the typical yoga “breath of fire” to basic 3-minute baseline breathing, you will learn breaths to help you deal with anything life throws your way.

Not only do I recommend this book if you want more calm in your life, I highly suggest checking out CalmiGo for relaxed breathing on-the-go.

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Empath Empowerment In 30 Days

51rU3awSmhLI’m an empath. Baby, I was born this way. It’s not easy. Rose Rosetree knows the struggles of the empath, and that is what empowered her to write a book to help those of us who may still be struggling with our gift of empathy.

Empath Empowerment in 30 Days‘ is a guide that will take you deep into the mind of the empath. It touches base on narcissism, something you should know a little something about if you’re an empath.

Learn about your emotional intelligence. Learn how to protect yourself. Learn how to know when you’re clogged.

This is an impressive learning guide. I applaud Rosetree for sharing her knowledge and lessons with readers. There’s a lot of information in this 200+ page book. I recommend taking the entire month to get through it so that you’ll get the most out of the lessons and have a chance to hold onto all that you learn.

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How To Be Nice To Yourself

41tIjsL8PtL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Are you being nice to yourself? Think about it. You probably compliment the people in your life, but when was the last time you gave yourself a compliment? When was the last time you took some time out for self-care? ‘How To Be Nice To Yourself‘ is a book to help remind you to be nicer to you.

The tips within this book will help you deal with your inner critic. It will teach you to talk nicer to yourself, even in your head. You’ll learn to take a moment now and then to look within.

I like that this book offers an excellent and easy-to-follow guide to getting in control of your thoughts and how you see yourself. It’s like a self-love coach in a book.

Thank you to the publisher for this free review copy!

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Time Management in 20 Minutes a Day by Holly Reisem Hanna

51ufw2yKuvL._SY346_As a self-employed freelance writer and craft business owner, with a husband and 2 pets (and a life), time management is extremely important to me. I am always happy when I “find” help. For the moment, help is coming from Time Management in 20 Minutes a Day.

What I like about this book is the breakdown of categories – It’s easy to read and easy to follow the tips the author is sharing with us readers. From cleaning out your inbox to not forgetting the importance of yourself, this book will help you meet your goals and not get burned out.

My favorite chapter is the one on goal setting – something I’ve always had a passion for (and would get nothing done without).

Whether you’re an entrepreneur with a few irons in the fire or you’re a nine to fiver with a side hustle and a family, this book will be an asset.

 

I go this book for free from the publisher.