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The Minimalist Way by Erica Layne

41uR1im2D1L._SY346_If you’ve found yourself hooked on Marie Kondo, there are more books in the world that will teach you decluttering techniques. I’ve read some great ones over the years, including Don Aslett’s Clutter’s Last Stand and Dinah Sander’s Discardia. Both of these books changed my life and helped me to let go of my hoarding ways.

The Minimalist Way is definitely in my top 5 favorite decluttering books. It begins with a look at what minimalism is and how it helps with the control of clutter (makes sense, if you have less stuff you’ll have less clutter).

There is a mental note when it comes to the need to own things. For me, I felt like I didn’t have much of a connection with other people, so I connected to things. Both my mom and my grandmother were hoarders up until they died. I didn’t want to be like them. I’m recovered. I don’t live a minimalist life, but I also don’t hoard things anymore.

Books like The Minimalist Way are tools I use to help me stay “cured.” They offer a reminder, even to those of us that are mostly or completely clutter-free, what an importance it is to have less clutter, and less stuff, filling up our lives and our minds.

There is so much information crammed in this little book. My favorite chapter is on budgeting. In this chapter, among many tips, the author encourages readers to take a “spending” fast—such a great idea. When you realize the money you save and the space you save in a month of not spending, you’ll realize that it’s not as hard as you thought it would be.

I highly recommend this book to people drowning in clutter and to those of you that simply want a reminder of why you don’t have a house full of “stuff.”

I received this book for free from the publisher so I could pen this unsolicited review.

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The Complete Guide To Natural Soap Making by Amanda Gail Aaron

51RXC2e9KDL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_If you’ve been considering making homemade soap, The Complete Guide to Natural Soapmaking is the only book you’ll need. This is an amazingly comprehensive guide to soap making. I wish I’d have had this book in my mitts years ago when soap making was something I did for money!

Whatever type of soap you want to make, from the easiest ways to the most difficult, they’re all in this book. Instructions on cold and hot-process soaps, hand-milled soaps, melt-and-pour soups, and even liquid soaps can be found within these pages.

Not only do you learn the processes, but you also get a massive collection of specific soap recipes so that you know exactly what you need in order to make some delightful soaps that are good for your skin, smell great, and help you get clean.

There are skin softening soaps, super-cleansing soaps, and even soaps that look like they’re made to eat (but don’t eat them).

This is not just a guide for beginner’s (though it is the perfect tome for anyone just getting started), there are plenty of tips and recipes worthwhile to people that have been making soap for years.

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

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Bigger Than All The Night Sky by Rose Rosetree

biggerthanallthenightsky-194x300I want to begin with the fact that this is an intriguing memoir about life, growing up, and spiritual awakening. The author’s story begins at birth, a page in each of our personal unwritten memoirs most of us don’t remember. Even when I focus my intent on childhood, I can only get back to about age 5.

Bigger Than All The Night Sky is laced with childhood trauma, lessons in failure, messages from God, and all of the typical things we each experience as we make our way through childhood. Rose’s story is a tale that evolves with her spiritual awakening, a life that leads her to be a future spiritual leader. It’s an inspiring story for people like me, who are on their own everlasting spiritual journey.

It’s an easy and quick read, as you get sucked into poetically written words of the author’s life. She is a poet, not just a spiritual guide, after all. This is one of the things that attracted me to the book – souls alike.

Bigger Than The Night Sky is a lifelong tale, but it won’t take you a lifetime to get through it. What you will find is that it inspires you to follow your dreams, to find your path. This is a profound read – if you’re ready to change your life, I highly recommend it. We all have a greater purpose; by learning how Rose found hers, maybe you’ll be able to do the same.

The author herself sent me this amazing book for my unbiased review.

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Here is my interview with Yvonne Glasgow

Just a little something to break up the book reviews. Enjoy!


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hi Fiona. My name is Yvonne Glasgow, formerly Stegall (you can find my out-of-print works under both my maiden name and my former married name). Sometimes I am Yvonne Wicks, but I didn’t officially take my new husband’s last name. I am 44 going on 35 (I believe that the reason I don’t look my age is that I don’t act my age).

Fiona: Where are you from?

Yvonne: I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and that’s where I live now. I wasn’t raised here, but that time in between no longer matters to me. While my address is Grand Rapids, I actually live where our city water and sewage is paid to Wyoming, and our post office serves Kentwood…

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This Year I Will… by Tiffany Louise

41G9jnllpRL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_This Year I Will… have so many journals to write in that I just can’t keep track of them all. But that’s OK.

This Year I Will… is another favorite journal I came across recently. I am still writing in it, as the year has not gone by yet. In fact, I’m not even to the part of the book that is broken up into the 52-week increments.

I first portion of this journal is meant to help you understand your goals and desires.

I loved this section because it made me take a look at the things I care about and the things I want in life, and how those things work with or against each other.

These “lessons” will help prepare you for the 52-weeks of goals and writing about your highs and lows for each week. I am excited to get to this part of the journal, but I still have a little ways to go on the preparation parts. This journal will take me through the rest of the year and into next year, and I can’t wait for this adventure!

I hope that this journal not only helps me achieve my goals, but I also think it will assist in seeing even my failures as part of the road to success.


This book was free from the publisher. My unbiased review is for your pleasure!

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Getting To Good: A Guided Journal by Elena Welsh

51BysSCJL1L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_I am obsessed with journals this year, and Getting To Good is at the top of my favorites list. Why am I so into journals this year? I’ve tried the diary thing, and I also tossed them after a couple of years, not wanting to look back at the past. Guided journals, however, give you direction and they push you to be more positive. Oh, I’m journaling without the guides as well, but each journal I have has a specific duty.

Getting To Good forces you to focus on the things that make you happy. It contains entries like “What type of friend do you want to be?” and “List what fuels you” with specific areas to think about.

This book will do more than make you focus on positivity, it will fuel your fire to be a better person, chase your dreams, and even treat yourself better.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re trying to better your life and be a happier person.



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

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Stop Wasting Time by Garland Coulson


41+zJRGoHYL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_I procrastinated in writing reviews for a stack of books I’ve read since January. This book, subtitled “End Procrastination in 5 weeks with Proven Productivity Techniques,” is one of those books. It’s a great book with some excellent tips, but I’m better at procrastinating than I am learning not to procrastinate.

Let me add, I’m not saying this book doesn’t work. It will work if you want it to. My type of procrastinating is creative, functional, and productive… so I kind of enjoy it. Some of the creative things I come up with when I am procrastinating turn into my best projects and ideas. Why would I give that up? But, if you really want to quit procrastinating, this book will help you (if you let it).

Stop Wasting Time contains lessons on how to stop avoiding the things you need to get done, how to take control of your email and your social media, and how to deal with other people that may be adding to your need to procrastinate. It’s an easy-to-read book with exercises and takeaways that push you right into learning and getting the job done!


This was a free book from the publisher, and this review is unbiased!