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20 03, 2017

Review: Winning with Money by Aaron Coleman

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Finance, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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winning with money book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Money can be an extremely sensitive topic for people. This can be partly attributed to the negative connotation of money due to social conditioning. Now, in many cases, those who attribute a negative connotation towards money often lack one of the most vital tools in the world to ‘Win with Money’: a budget. This message is at the core of Aaron Coleman’s book, Winning with Money: Simplify Your Financial Life.

Coleman puts forth that there are dozens of different budgetary techniques in the world and, for many people, they often haven’t found one that works. In fact, many people often complain that they are living paycheck to paycheck or finding themselves struggling with debt. Through a proper monetary budgeting plan, one can easily take control of their life and begin to see the numbers

13 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |2 Comments

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just the essentials book coverPlease join Adina Grigore, author of Just the Essentials, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Christen Krumm

My essential oil journey (obsession) began a few years ago and ever since that fateful day in my best friend’s living room, I have enjoyed soaking up all the information about these magical liquids in dark colored bottles. Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics and author of Just the Essentials, fell into the world of essential oils based on a need. She had major skin issues and after visiting doctor after doctor and receiving multiple medicines, all with no relief, she gave up. “Who knew,” Grigore says, “that simple, natural ingredients could do more than smell pretty and taste nice—that they contained potent plant-based compounds that offered real benefits for your skin?” Thus began her essential oil journey.

10 03, 2017

Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Happiness, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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The Little Book of Hygge book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Happiness. That word brings forth millions upon millions of thoughts within seconds. When you ask people what the meaning of life may be to them, many say happiness. If you ask them for their personal goals, they say happiness. Everyone, to some degree, is pointing towards happiness. With that being said, every year, numerous reports deliver research on the happiest countries in the world. Each and every year, the Danes end up taking the cake. (If you read this book, you will get the pun).

The Little Book of Hygge is quite the fascinating book as it offers great insight into the cultural belief system of the Danish people.

7 03, 2017

Review: Drop In by Sara Harvey Yao

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Management & Leadership, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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drop in book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

In 2017, social conditioning has programmed a society into a state of complete distraction. While many may have resistance to this notion, it’s true. In so many cases, people have complicated their lives to a place where complications, complexities, busyness, and stress seem normal. In fact, for some corrupt reason, people actually value their self-worth as a worker by how much stress they have. And these complexities of life and the constant state of busyness have caused people to, by default, stay in auto-pilot mode, as Sara Harvey Yao describes. Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage is the perfect book for anyone seeking to truly focus on the here and now. 

25 02, 2017

Review: The F*ck It List by Kevin Pryslak

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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fuck it list book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Let’s start with the facts–The F*ck It List: All The Things You Can Skip Before You Die is hilarious. We all despise other people’s glorious tales about the exciting to them but boring to us travels, their “this or that” some friend just purchased, or the Lifetime Achievement goals someone else just achieved. Who needs it, the having to be happy for other people for their trumped up triumphs? Who needs a bucket list anyway and why do we need to list all of the crap that we will likely never achieve or be able to afford in our average lives?

Kevin Pryslak flows the idea of a formalized, notarized “Bucket List” that can be promptly thrown out the window, or alternatively, in the toilet. And man, it definitely felt good to do this and take my life back–to get rid of the expectations and the “scores” to exceed.

23 02, 2017

Review: The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Happiness, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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the gratitude diaries book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

I came across The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan one day as I was doing personal research for my book on the topic. Upon reading the introduction to the New York Times bestselling book, I was captivated, intrigued and sold. Now, I do not say this quite often at all. I firmly believe that every single human being walking on planet Earth should read this book. It is not only life-transformative, it’s life-enlightening.

The concept of The Gratitude Diaries was an idea that came to Kaplan on New Year’s Eve. With the hustle and bustle of society, especially in New York City, Kaplan made it her personal resolution to dedicate 365 days to gratitude and appreciation. Rather than finding fault in things the way so many people do, Kaplan’s intention was to see the silver lining and the bright side of everything.

25 01, 2017

Blog Tour: Secrets from the Eating Lab by Traci Mann

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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secrets from the eating lab book coverPlease join Traci Mann, author of Secrets from the Eating Lab, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

We have all heard plenty of advice and news about dieting and losing weight–what else could there be to say? Traci Mann, author of Secrets from the Eating Lab, is truly an expert, and does offer some new insights into losing unwanted pounds and improving overall fitness. Mann, a professor of Psychology, runs a laboratory at the University of Minnesota that researches eating habits. Her book reviews her research on diets, debunks diet-based myths, and offers strategies for achieving optimum weight.

15 01, 2017

Blog Tour: SuperLife by Darin Olien

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

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superlife book coverPlease join Darin Olien author of SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Food. One of the most controversial topics in the entire world. Why? Everyone wants to be healthy but cannot put down the bacon double cheeseburger or large french fry. Everyone loves to talk about exercising and getting fit but cannot drive to the gym because they are too busy driving to the closer McDonald’s or Taco Bell. The reality is, healthy seems to be a fad of conversation rather than a way of life. If you believe this to be true or struggle with understanding health, Superlife is perfect for you.

3 01, 2017

Review: You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris

By | January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Death & Grief, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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you will not have my hate book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

In 2015, terrorists attacked six different sites in Paris, killing 130 people. A large number of those victims came from the Bataclan Theater, where Helene Muyal-Leiris was attending a concert. While there were survivors of the attack on the Bataclan, Helene was not among that number. With Helene’s death, Antoine Leiris lost his wife and the mother of his child. It is this tragic loss and Antoine’s struggle to move forward that serves as a backdrop for the raw, powerful emotions that are portrayed throughout the beautiful, heart-wrenching You Will Not Have My Hate.

The memoir is structured in short, conversational passages that begin on the night of the attack and end two weeks later. Antoine details everything from his initial concern and then panic on the night of the attacks, to the deep sorrow, desire for isolation, and appreciation for support in the days that followed. Each passage builds a portrait of a man who lost half his heart, but recognized the need to remain strong to raise his son, Melvil.

22 12, 2016

Review: Die Young With Me by Rob Rufus

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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die young with me book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I’m not the one to read memoirs, especially not ones with heavy topics like cancer, but Rob Rufus’ Die Young With Me turned out to be the perfect exception to my rule. Mixed with teen angst and underground punk culture, this book enticed me until the end.

Rob and Nat Rufus live in a typical little town in West Virginia where punk is nothing but noise. It’s not until the twins visit a relative that they find out how punk truly can be a way of life. After that, the brothers and a few friends start a band and never look back. When Rob, young, angry, and full of potential, is diagnosed with cancer, the dreams the Rob had fought so hard to achieve turn into a life or death battle.