Brief book review: Unconditional Love by Jane Isay

Brief book review: Unconditional Love by Jane Isay

I recently noticed a new "guide to grandparenting" book making the review rounds on several of my favorite grandma blogger sites. Soon after perusing their thoughts, I was offered the opportunity to check out the book myself.

The book, Unconditional Love by Jane Isay, features the intriguing subtitle, "A guide to navigating the joys and challenges of being a grandparent today."

Upon reading Isay's thoughts and interviews with numerous grandmothers, it seems Unconditional Love can be wholly…

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Positive, powerful pick-me-up: My thoughts on 'I've Been Thinking...' by Maria Shriver

Positive, powerful pick-me-up: My thoughts on 'I've Been Thinking...' by Maria Shriver

I've long been a fan of—and subscriber to—Maria Shriver's The Sunday Paper. In her weekly e-newsletter, Shriver shares empowering, encouraging, inspirational thoughts and information on people making a positive difference in our culture, our world.

Shriver opens each newsletter with an engaging personal message  titled "I've been thinking...," on a range of topics relevant to world events and concerns. She follows up with powerful articles and tidbits by and about various "Architects of Change," as she calls the passionate "changemakers moving humanity forward." 

The Sunday Paper never fails to open my eyes and heart to the positive possibilities in our world today despite the doom, gloom, negativity, and nastiness proliferating online and off.

So when I was offered the opportunity to review I've Been Thinking... Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life, Shriver's most recent book, inspired by the messages she writes and shares in The Sunday Paper, I naturally responded, "Heck, yeah!"

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Book review: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy

We've all heard of — possibly even experienced — the health and healing benefits of acupressure, the treatments wherein pressure points in the body (the ones used in acupuncture) are pressed and prodded with fingers to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Some folks swear by it.

We've also all heard of the healing benefits of aromatherapy using essential oils, especially considering the recent popularity (and sales) of the bitsy bottles of extracts and chemical compounds in endless variety for use in equally endless ways.

Combine the two, acupressure and aromatherapy, and you have a dynamic duo that just might trump the health and healing benefits of either alone.

acupressure and aromatherapy

In her new book, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy, — which I recently received free for review — Karin Parramore, LAc, CH provides detailed...

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Brief book reviews: Two school story series for boys and girls

Award-winning children's author Rachel Renee Russell — along with daughters, co-writer Erin and illustrator Nikki — offers an update to her bestselling Dork Diaries series and a brand-new series boys will love, too.

Meet Max and the "Super Squee Edition" starring Nikki:


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Cookbook review: 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Do you have an air fryer? I reviewed one last year, and it quickly became one of my favorite appliances. I was quite pleased with the way french fries, chicken tenders, BBQ drumsticks and much, much more cooked up fast and oil free. And delicious.

Thing is, I had trouble finding recipes that went beyond the basics, beyond those things mentioned above. So I don't use my air fryer as often as I would like, as often as I could and should.

Enter 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury, freelance food writer and author of more than 20 cookbooks (including this one I previously reviewed). I received a copy of the glossy cover paperback for review and instantly fell in love with it.

175 best air fryer recipes

Inside the glossy cover of 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes the pages are primarily...

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9 Must-Share Picture Books Packed with Christmas Cheer

Christmas picture books

Can You Say It, Too? Jingle! Jingle! by Sebastien Braun (Ages 0-3, $8.99, board book, Nosy Crow — an imprint of Candlewick Press) A colorful Christmas book for kiddos just beginning to talk. What's by the sleigh? In the cave? Behind the door and more? Little ones repeat...

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7 stages of scary: Spooky tales for tots to teens

candlewick press halloween books

Contrary as it may seem considering their concern about monsters under their beds and boogeymen in their closets, kids like to be scared. Proof of that lies in their endless appetite for books about things that go Boo! and bump in the night.

All kids. Of all ages. (And even some grown ups, too. You know...

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