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Mastering Memory by Brad Zupp

514JL+znpNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_My memory is awful. I can chalk it up to either my anxiety or pills I was on for three or more years for my anxiety. Maybe it’s smartphones — that easy access to phone numbers — that made my mind lazy. Who knows? Whatever the reason, I was intrigued by Brad Zupp’s Mastering Memory because of my fading memories.

This book has a ton of tips and tricks, or “hacks” (if you’re into buzzwords) to help you increase your short-term memories. Each trick is mapped out to make it easy to test out for yourself. Some are easier than others.

If you’re tired of forgetting your grocery list and then missing a bunch of items from the list, the hacks in Mastering Memory could help you. There are memory hacks for just about anything you need to remember. There are general tricks and specific ones — like how to remember where you parked your car.

I got this book for free from the publisher. This is an unbiased review. The book is cool.

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The Attachment Theory Workbook by Annie Chen, LMFT

41c5QAqIRhL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_What’s your relationship type? Most of us probably don’t really know the answer to this question. Chen’s book, The Attachment Theory Workbook, begins with a guide that will help you figure out your style. Once you know, you can figure out how to use this info to build better relationships.

Do you have trouble making friends? Argue with your family members all the time? Feel like your spouse doesn’t understand you? You may be interacting with people who have different relationship types. This book is the guide you need.

I love it because it’s a workbook. Plenty of lessons to do and places to take notes. It’s not easy learning where your faults and insecurities are, but by understanding them, you’ll find a deeper connection within yourself and with the people you share your life with.


This super-interesting book was free from the publisher. I chose to review it of my own free will.

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Two Books To Help You Sleep At Night

41b-OwLdw3L._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_I’m not awake because I can’t sleep. We’re night owls here. As a full-time freelance writer and a business owner/entrepreneur, I make my own hours. I married a career musician… Then again, I do have insomnia from time to time.

Do you? The 4-Week Insomnia Workbook may be just what you need to help you get to sleep and stay asleep long enough to get a good night’s sleep! This book is filled with healthy sleep habits that are meant to assist you in getting to sleep without the use of drugs or self-medicating habits.

I like that the book begins with an explanation of what insomnia is. Some people think 41jESQfCOWLone night of disrupted equals insomnia, but that’s not the case. Read on to learn how to change your sleep behaviors, and learn how to make a plan to regain your sleep-filled nights!

I’m no stranger to teaching people how to get more sleep. I get paid to write about it, like in this article about getting better sleep. If you liked that article, you’ll love this next book by Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, PsyD. In The Book Of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia, you’ll find easy-to-maneuver tips from quitting smoking (a habit that can affect your sleep) to getting into healthy habits, like doing Tai Chi.

This is a great book to have on hand when you need a reminder on how to relax and live healthier. The bonus is that the tips will help you get to sleep at night.

I got both of these stellar books from the publisher for free. I liked them, so I chose of my own free will to review them.



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Nine Cookbooks I’m Cooking With Right Now!

I’m not a cookbook hoarder by any means. However, when I get the chance to get my hands on a unique cookbook, I grab it. I get free books through a publisher, with no review requirements, but I love what I pick from them. Sometimes I pick cookbooks, like the six I am going to tell you about.

I cook for two. I have IBS triggered by anxiety. I am gluten-free and lactose intolerant. These things make it a challenge sometimes, even when I am cooking my own meals. The right cookbooks give me a chance to open up and try new things, instead of eating all the same “safe” foods all the time. Learning new safe foods means I don’t get bored with my steamed veggies and rice, because I have it less often (or with new sauces).

51FXbwLBsCL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Speaking of sauces, the first cookbook I want to tell you about is The World Sauces Cookbook by Mark C. Stevens. I love sauces. They make food less dry, they add flavor, and they’re fun. This cookbook is filled with fun and unique sauces, and if you’re a sauce lover, you need a copy!

The author begins with a break down of sauces from different regions, like Asia and the Americas. The second part of the book directs you where to use these sauces in your meals, from using them with meats to vegetables. Want to make a sauce but not sure what to eat it with? The book’s got you covered.

So far, I am thrilled to be making my own Tikka Masala. Hey, I have a lot of cookbooks to cook from, but I have a list of future sauces to make!

51OEb-47igL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_So, I mentioned that I’m gluten-free. If I eat some, I’m sick for three days, and it’s not pretty. Gluten-Free Vegan Baking For Every Occasion by Sara McGlothlin has given me some new delicious treats while helping me learn to eat less meat!

I suck at baking things from scratch, but this recipe book has made it easier (and less scary).

WARNING: Reading these recipes will make you hungry!

I like to start easy. What can go wrong with Blueberry Muffins? They were delicious and some much better than the Jiffy packages I remember as a kid (before I had to be so strict about my diet).

Crisps, scones, cakes, bread, cookies, pies, and frosting – You’ll find them all in here (and you won’t be disappointed).

47193047._SX318_I’m trying to eat less meat. I can’t say it’s working all that well (I love meat), but I did find a couple great vegan/vegetarian books I’m enjoying. The first is the Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook. The recipes are easy, but the prep is not fast. You’re eating mostly whole foods, so 51vf278FQmL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgit’s going to take you some time to get those meals ready to eat. That’s OK, though. This way, you know what you’re putting into your body. My favorite recipe, so far, is the Artichoke Heart Salad. Huge fan of those tasty tidbits. This is one of the quicker recipes, too!

The other meat-free cookbook I love right now is The 30-Minute Vegetarian Cookbook. My favorite recipe in this cookbook is the White Bean and Cream of Asparagus Soup. While the name has “cream” in it, there is no dairy. I LOVE asparagus, and I am a huge fan of soup (and soup season is upon us).

51nRT5cOz+L._SX260_I have food sensitivities. It sucks. We eat at home most of the time because eating out anywhere is a nightmare. I constantly worry about being glutened (when I do, I am stuck out-of-commission for three days, running from crying in the bedroom to the bathroom). I didn’t try the plans in the next two books, because I suck at following diet plans. I did try recipes in each, though. They both have great foods that will help you feel better and discover which foods are harming you.

The first is The 14-Day Elimination Diet Plan. Note: you cut out a lot of foods with this diet plan. Not everyone will be up to that. But, if it’s a matter of life 51-VKyOH6rL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_or death (or at least quality of life), it’s worth it. You can also talk to your doctor about the elimination diet plans and share this book with them. I like that recipes are broken up into their main ingredient, for the most part. Chicken recipes are separate from meat recipes.

The 4-Week Gut Health Plan is meant to restore the health of your stomach. If you suffer from a lot of gas, bowel issues, or even bloating, the recipes in this book are meant to help you. Again, it’s a diet plan you need to follow for it to work. The recipes are tasty even if you don’t have the drive to follow the 4-week menu.

51HY8kYJShLThere are amazing recipe books out there meant to heal your body. The food you eat (the drugs you take, the things you drink, and everything else that goes inside your body) determines much of your health. The air we breath matters too, and we can’t always do anything about that.

These last three recipe books are some healing tomes I am 51JgkDpzeBL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_glad to have come across. The Chinese Medicine Cookbook is my absolute favorite of these three. I love Chinese cuisine and can’t really get it in restaurants since most soy sauce is made with wheat. I have some of my own favorite recipes (not in this cookbook), and my husband makes a fried rice that is to die for. This book has expanded our love for Chinese, and our bellies are thankful.

The Hashimoto’s AIP Cookbook is a must for anyone who has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or thyroid issues. It’s a guide to a healthier thyroid 51Z8Ux9ERcL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_through food.

The Easy Sugar Detox Cookbook is the newest cookbook in my collection. I am hopeful for this one. Sugar is such a bad thing for us, but it’s in nearly everything (including that slice of bread you just used to make a sandwich). I’ve been trying to trade out recipes in this book anytime I crave a sugary snack. It doesn’t always work, but the Chocolat-Banana nice Cream is pretty divine.


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The No-Nonsense Home Organization Plan by Kim Davidson Jones

5137sv2Cz7L._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_Don’t judge this book by the look of my home. I mean, I didn’t write the book. I live in what I call a state of “Organized Chaos.” Everything has a home, but homes are relative. Fabric may go in one of three bins, but that pile of fabric I am working with is in its own home.

While I have my way of organizing things, I still love to read books on organizing and cleaning. They remind me I’m not alone in the taming of clutter and belongings. Also, as someone who believes that a cluttered home equals a cluttered mind, books on cleaning and organizing motivate me to keep thinking clearly!

So, Kim Davidson Jones wrote a book that aims to help you declutter your space in seven weeks. Seems manageable. The Non-Nonsense Home Organization Plan breaks down the rules of organizing your home, and follows that will your step-by-step plan for organizing each room in your home.

What I like best about this book is that it gives you something to do each day, and it breaks those tasks down into how long it should take you. You’ll spend a week in each room, so you won’t feel overwhelmed either!

So, I have to tell you that I got this book for free from the publisher. I am not required to review it, but I did it anyway. Enjoy!

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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!