ARC Review: Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Spa Products by Aubre Andrus

 

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Title: Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Spa Products
Author: Aubre Andrus
Publisher: Capstone
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Soak, scrub, and soothe your way to relaxation with simple homemade spa recipes from award-winning author Aubre Andrus. Using some of nature’s best ingredients, such as beeswax, sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado, sea salt, essential oils, and more, craft everything from a Cooling Peppermint Hand Cream to a Vanilla Honey Body Scrub. Make practical products, like your own all-natural Bugs-Be-Gone Insect Repellent, Minty Homemade Toothpaste, and Natural Shaving Cream. Or pamper yourself after a long day with a Re-energizing Tub Tea, Lovely Lavender Bath Salts, and a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Nourish your body from head to toe with these organic, handmade recipes and crafts, or package them as a gift to share a fresh, fun spa experience. Continue reading

ARC Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman

 

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Title: Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess
Author: Rachel Hoffman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who’d describe our current living situation as a “f*cking mess” that we’re desperate to fix. Unf*ck Your Habitat is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems: The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations, and many others. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.

Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve one that brings you happiness, not stress. Continue reading

ARC Review: Make in a Day Pompom Crafts by Victoria Hudgins

 

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

Title: Make in a Day Pompom Crafts
Author: Victoria Hudgins
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: October 19, 2016
Stars: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Add a bit of pizzazz to clothing and accessories with pompom crafts you can make in a day. These handcrafted yarn ornaments are simple to make — no knitting or crochet skills are involved and no prior crafting experience is necessary. Quick and easy projects include a headband and other wearables, baskets, and crafty items for home decor.
Each book from Dover’s “Make in a Day” series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. Easily completed within only one day, the beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something special but uncomplicated that offers a personal touch and a dash of handmade charm. Supplies are easy to obtain and readily available at major craft stores.
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Review: Lost Ocean Colouring Book

Review: Lost Ocean Colouring BookTitle: Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure Coloring Book for Adults
Author: Johanna Basford
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 27, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

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Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford is a colouring book that the reader/artist can really immerse themselves in and get lost within its gorgeous pages. Although it is an adult colouring book, it can actually be enjoyable at any age. This book makes the reader feel artistic, provides an amusing game and aids in relaxation. Continue reading

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain HillTitle: Rethinking Normal
Author: Katie Rain Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 30, 2014

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.

Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.

Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of "normalcy" to embody one's true self. 

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Review: Rethinking Normal

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill is a compelling book about the struggles that she experienced growing up as transgender. This memoir that she wrote about her life up until the time of publication is an inspiring tale of teen experiences, gender re-assignment surgery and raising awareness about transgender. Continue reading