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My Life Surrounded By Paranormal Activity by Elida Y. Garcia-DeHaan

 

41GnMTLAtiL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Whether or not you believe in the paranormal, Elida has a story for you that just might convince you that demons and ghosts are real. The stories in this short little book, My Life Surrounded By Paranormal Activity, will open your mind.

The book begins with a background on Elida’s religious upbringing, or maybe experimentation. She doesn’t explain why she went to so many different denominations of churches, but I admire her interest in learning about religions outside of Christianity and being open-minded to something more.

The following chapters delve into a family curse, using the Ouija board incorrectly, hauntings, astral projection, and omens.

Parts of the story reminded me of my own paranormal experiences. Some of the author’s tales opened my mind up even more – and I thought I already knew all there was to know about paranormal experiences.

 

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The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal by Noah Rasheta

 

71QpzXq101LMindfulness, meditation, yoga, exercise, and healthy eating are things I try to integrate into my life as often as possible. I found that this little journal is helping me with a couple of those things.

The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal not only helps me be more mindful, but it has allowed me a chance to meditate on things that I may not have thought to focus on before.

This journal works to help you learn to slow down and put a focus on the now, on the things that you are doing when you’re doing them. It teaches us to listen to the voice in our head (our inner narrator), as well as when NOT to listen to the voices (negative self-talk).

Not only is this little journal all about YOU, and accepting yourself, but it is a lesson in being kind and accepting of others as well.

This journal has become one of my go-to “diaries” when I need some quiet time of reflection and thought. I highly recommend it.

I received this book for free from the publisher for this unbiased review.

 

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The Secret Joy of Hygge by Alexandra Amarotico

*Note to my readers – Thanks for allowing me the month of January off. It’s been a crazy year so far, but I am going to get back to catching up on this giant stack of books (although I cannot actually “stack” the ebooks). I hope you enjoy my reviews!

1200x630bbThe Secret Joy of Hygge is the story and anecdotes of one person experience Hygge for themselves. Alexandra Amarotico was a foreign exchange student who got the opportunity to spend some time living in Denmark in her teens. This book is the culmination of her experience with Hygge, explained in a way that will help readers find joy in this… way of life… too.

What I liked about the book – It has the basics. The glossary of terms at the beginning was my favorite part. Don’t worry if you have no idea how to pronounce Hygge properly, this book will teach you.

What I really thought – While this is a well-written book, I didn’t feel like I learned all that much from it. However, if you’re spending your life running around like a chicken with its head cut off, you could use this book. The reason it didn’t work for me is that I apparently already have plenty of Hygge in my life. Yes, there’s room for joyous improvement, but as someone that does what they love for a living, at home, in a happy relationship, who has learned how to dispose of the negative – this book just wasn’t something I’d need to read again.

5 stars for the beginner in the world of Hygge, 3 stars for the pro.

I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes.

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The Art Of Hand Lettering For Beginners by Joanna Munoz

51wWqkdkB2L._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_DIY everything is in these days, and lettering your own signs, cards, and other things is a must if you want to be a creative genius. I LOVE art and crafting, but even I could use some hand lettering practice, which is why I requested this particular book to review.

I was worried that The Art Of Hand Lettering For Beginners would be difficult to follow (yes, it says it’s for beginners, but I’ve had drawing books for beginners that were difficult to understand). Luckily, it’s an easy book to learn from.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it has lined pages for you to practice on. Of course, I invested in a lined dry erase board for lettering to practice on.

The second amazing thing about this book is that it covers more than one font style. You will learn various fonts, from basic to super-fancy. It also includes step-by-step instructions for some specific projects, including embroidered gift bags, coasters, and chalkboard sign lettering.

On top of all of that awesomeness, it also offers you some information on how to create your own personalized font!

This is a must-have book for all crafty folks out there.

 

I received this book for free from the publisher, and I love it!

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The Mindfulness Journal For Anxiety by Tanya J. Peterson

41ab-oLPH2L._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_The Mindfulness Journal For Anxiety is one of my new favorite journals, and it’s something I plan to start my new year with. I think we all have some form of anxiety, most people only mildly. In 2004 I was diagnosed with social anxiety and panic disorder. I still have panic attacks from time to time, but these days my anxiety is more generalized – random things cause it, not just social situations (which don’t bother me much at all these days).

Even though I feel like I have my anxiety mostly under control, I found this journal so useful and inspiring. I’ve only just started writing in it, after reading through it for this review, but I have felt such a connection with the space within these pages.

Put pen to paper and learn about what makes you feel anxious, get to know your anxiety, imagine what life would be like without anxiety, and learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to find peace and clarity of mind.

This journal will help you get in tune with your thoughts. It’s full of colorful images and motivational/uplifting quotes that will keep you inspired and writing.

I received this book free from the publisher for reviewing purposes.

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The Social Anxiety Workbook by David Shanley

 

51Fvj4I9CZLHave you been diagnosed with social anxiety? I was, about 13 years ago. It almost felt like a death sentence, even though it came with a prescription that was supposed to help me. The drugs made me numb, not social. Then I lost the dream job that kept me social, and it all went downhill from there. I wish I’d have had this book back then!

Since then I’ve learned to use mindfulness and other techniques to deal with my anxiety. I don’t need the drugs (but they do work for some people, so don’t use my story as an excuse to quit pills prescribed by your doctor). This book touches base on mindfulness techniques, which is why I believe it’s an excellent tool for those of you out there still fighting with your anxiety in social situations.

Aside from mindfulness, this book is a journaling tool to help you discover your triggers and learn to see things differently. Journaling is proven to help people in many ways, mentally and physically.

Each page offers important information and forces you to look at your life, your anxiety, and how you react to things. It’s an investment you need to make in order to deal with anxiety and find a social balance again.

This book was free from the publisher for this unbiased review.

 

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The Complete Guide To Modern Massage by Ryan Jay Hoyme

 

41XWnaQJGZLOnce upon a time, I wanted to be a massage therapist. Then I remembered that I am slightly germaphobic and don’t like touching people (especially strangers). However, as someone that suffers from back, shoulder, and neck pain, I like to pay my husband back for impromptu massages with the same. I requested to review The Complete Guide To Modern Massage in hopes that I could get better at helping him with back spasms he suffers from during the cold months.

Whether you want to use massage in the privacy of your own home or you’re considering it as a career, this step-by-step guide to the basics of massage should be on your bookshelf. It will give you the key massage techniques needed to start training ahead of the curve or to just help your spouse battle pain naturally. I love how detailed it is!

The sections travel down the body, starting from the head and working your way all the way down to the toes. There is also a special techniques section that takes you to types of massage from “around the world” – including Ayurvedic, Reiki, and Reflexology (some of my favorite techniques and topics).

This is a 5-star book on massage therapy, making both a great reference guide for pros and an excellent guide for beginners.

I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes.