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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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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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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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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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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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Express Yourself: The One-Year Journal For Girls

51pIi2mp-QL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_As a creative soul, I love looking at books about creativity – even when they’re for kids. Express Yourself is a one-year creativity journal that is geared toward girls or anyone that wants to embrace their feminine side (really). There really wasn’t anything in the book that couldn’t be loved by boys or transgender teens and pre-teens as well.

As a journal, it includes one week worth of entries across every couple of pages. It’s basically a journal, but it gives you prompts and inspiration galore. It’s not a journal so much about “creating” things. The creative part is in the writing (I’m a writer, so that’s the most creative pastime for me).

It’s a colorful and fun journal. Journaling takes just minutes a day to do, and it’s a great way to be able to look back at your life. With 5-lines for each day of the week, you won’t be writing a ton, but it’s a great way to remember some of the best things from that day or a great place to jot down your coolest ideas.

Each week includes a quote, like “Accept who you are, unless you’re a serial killer.” Ellen DeGeneres said that. It also includes prompts about your dreams, your crush, and more. One of my favorites is the page that has a fill in the blank for “I just can’t stop thinking about…” I can’t stop thinking about writing and creating!

If you have a teen or pre-teen in your life that has an affinity for words, this would be a great gift for them. It’s available on Amazon.

I received this book free from the publisher, and this is an honest and unbiased review.