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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.

 

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The Last Feast by Zeb Haradon

51Fv1ufEWOLI was intrigued by the description of this book –

“Jim, the only human still alive in the universe, lives his life on a small escape pod orbiting a black hole, where he survives by replicating himself and eating his clones. Before eating one of his duplicates, he entertains his meal by recounting the story of how he got here and how he managed to survive.”

That was all I needed to read before agreeing to give this book a review – which was sent to me for free by the author for an honest review. Honestly, I enjoyed the book – even when it was grossing me out.

This book has some twisted themes, so it’s not for the faint-of-heart. However, the disturbing things aren’t throughout the entire book so you can rest assured that you won’t spend the entire time on the verge of nausea.

I like that we get taken on a storied journey about how Jim ends up being the only human still alive. It gives the story its bones. It makes it an interesting read that keeps you flipping from page-to-page, not wanting to put the book down.

 

I definitely recommend The Last Feast to anyone that likes science fiction tales.

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Traveling Light by Nisha Paul

51vHBwln8AL._SY346_When was the last time you reflected on your life? Traveling Light is a guided journey through this reflection process, allowing you to practice self-discovery and invest more in yourself.

While this is a book that is meant to help you in your road to self-discovery, Nisha takes us on her journey of the same. That’s what makes this such a useful book – you get to see the author’s path, which allows you a visual of what can happen to you if you follow in her footsteps, or take her advice, anyway.

The first lesson of the book is to question your life experiences. Question everything, really. I can attest to the fact that questioning things is the way we learn. When we’re children, we don’t fear to ask questions, no matter how strange they may seem. Questions lead to discovery, plain and simple.

Each chapter of this tome delves into something like the above – happiness, love, trust and influence, loss and displacement, and journeying onward. You don’t have to travel across the world to discover yourself – but it doesn’t hurt.

Ready to find the things that make you happy and content, and allow you to lose those feelings of loss? Give this book a read. You won’t regret it.

 

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Everyday Crystal Rituals By Naha Armady

41MaKAEGDvLThis book… If you already use crystals or you’ve only been thinking about using them to better your life, this book will be a much-loved addition to your collection. I love it, and I have been through it twice so far.

Everyday Crystals Rituals is put together in a way that makes it easy to follow. It has the colorful stone photos you’d expect from a book about crystals. This helps you with identifying the crystals in your collection (because we all know after the first dozen you start to forget the names of some of them).

This book will help you with your love life, self-love, wealth, your career, and it will even help you enjoy your home life more. The book is detailed when it comes to each and every ritual. You won’t be confused, even if you’re a beginner in the fine art of crystal healing. You don’t have to be witchy, you just have to want to live a better life.

 

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