The Knot: Little Book of Big Wedding Ideas- Review

It’s been a really cold week here in Greenville, SC! And since everything closed because of the snow I was going stir-crazy by day two trapped inside my apartment. Anyways, I was able to take the girls to the public library on Valentine’s Day and I managed to pick up a copy of “Prince Lestat”!!! That review is coming as soon as I finish “Never Let Me Go” from Kazuo Ishiguro.

So here I was doing school related work, teaching my kids how to read and write, and looking through my old Pinterest boards… my future wedding boards to be exact. I married two years ago in a courthouse after my second daughter was born. But still… sometimes I really want to do my “wedding party” you know? The white dress, the flowers, the photographs… I want it. Obviously we still need to save more money so we can make it happen. And I often find myself dreaming about the day when Cj says “It’s time”… But I have no idea how to plan a wedding!

So I was browsing books to review in my Blogging for books account and I found something that forever changed the way I approached wedding planning:

I saw a boxed set called: “The Knot: little books of BIG WEDDING IDEAS” by Carley Roney.

Book Description: The Knot, the #1 resource for brides, compiled their all-time best wedding details (cakes, bouquets and centerpieces, vows, décor and more), planning advice, and ideas for celebrations big and small within this beautiful box set of four colorful mini books. Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking bouquet, an unforgettably original cake, or the perfect reading for your ceremony, these books offer hundreds of ways to make the day your own.

With more than 200 photographs and inspiration for:
Invitations * cakes * bridal bouquets in every hue * aisle and altar decorations * ceremony readings  * guidance for writing your own vows * escort cards * table settings * centerpieces * reception décor * toasts * favors * and more…

The boxed set has 4 little books filled with information and ideas for cakes, bouquets & centerpieces, details such as invitations, stationary lingo, and  vows and toasts. The photographs are amazing…especially the ones in the cakes and details books! The packaging is to die for, so much elegance and cuteness. I read all of the little books in less than 3 hours. These are a must for any bride looking for guidance and ideas for her big day.

Rating: 5/5!

Blogging for Books made my day (possibly my wedding) with this pick! Thanks so much guys for sending me this boxed set for free just to review it.

It Was Me All Along: A Review!

Disclaimer: I got this book for free to review it, thanks to Blogging For Books.

I’ve always been skinny. Even after having two kids people still consider me “skinny”, but in my mind I’m not as skinny as society wants me too. When I read this book and all of the struggles Andie Mitchell had to go through as a child and as a young woman I felt like somebody understood me for the first time. That feeling of giving it your all to lose those last 10 pounds and then losing them but they still aren’t enough… This book is for people who are cardio addicts, people who go on extreme diets of juicing and shakes to lose those last 3 pounds, for people who are literally in shape but they still want more…
This book is for people like me, and it helped me cope with my eating/dieting/self image issues. I totally recommend this book. Andie’s journey to being healthy from being obese has taught me that I don’t need to judge my appearance, that I love myself the way I am, that I should stop comparing myself to 90 pound skinny models… It’s not healthy. I need to love myself for who I am, my weight does not define me.

The Ultimate Guide To The Daniel Fast: A Review

I love food! I consider myself an amateur foodie, but an expert chef haha. And I also love exercise… sometimes…

2014 was a year filled with change. We moved to South Carolina, I graduated college, my little one was diagnosed borderline autistic and I packed 12 pounds. Maybe you guys think 12 pounds is a lot (I weighed 120 pounds) but in my frame ( 5’1) they looked like I gained 20 pounds. So I started having a quarter life crisis. I needed to deal with our new life, my daughter’s treatment every week, and try to keep up with college stuff and my 4 year old so she wouldn’t feel abandoned. I started exercising weekly but I needed something more. I needed motivation!…

That’s when this came into play:

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I signed up on BookLook Bloggers to review books for free. And the first one changed my life! This book is filled with healthy recipes, motivational messages from people who were going through some rough times in their lives and they succeeded in life thanks to their faith and The Daniel Fast. The book comes with more than 100 recipes that are super easy to make, especially for people like me that are busy all day long. It also includes 21 daily motivational messages that you can read during the 3 week fast. The book itself is very uplifting, the recipes are amazing and the testimonials will fill you up with hope and perseverance. I combined my Daniel Fast with the Spartacus Workout and was able to shed 5 pounds the first week!! I’m currently starting week 2, so I’ll come back to post some photos of my progress.

Score: 4.0/5.0

Why 4 stars? It only had 7 pages with photos of some of the recipes. As a foodie I love books that are filled with food portraits.

Do I recommend this book?: YES! Especially if you’re a mom trying to get back in shape while eating healthy and developing a sense of spirituality during your journey.

My Notorious Life: Review!

My Notorious Life, written by Kate Manning, is one of those books that you should keep in your book collection, because trust me… It will become one of those guilty pleasures that you have to read again and again!

The book is written in such way that your imagination will take off, and you won’t have any problems picturing places, faces and feelings. And the themes inside the main story (poverty, greed, love, midwifery, feminism, abortion) will keep you reading non-stop, because from the start the main character captivates you and steals your heart. She has been through so much tragedy growing up, but instead of feeling pity for her, you find yourself cheering her on through the bad times and the horrible times! (Yes… there’s really messed up situations while she’s an adult). But in the end she comes through.

I’m not a fan of giving spoilers so don’t expect me to blabber about everything that happens. But I will leave you with the synopsis:

Inspired by a real midwife who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City, this “daring page-turner” (O, The Oprah Magazine) is an unforgettable tale—a love story, a family saga, and the confessions of a charismatic and passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others.

Meet the incomparable Axie Muldoon. Axie’s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day. In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of “Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint” into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women’s rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says “trust me.”

When her services attract outraged headlines, Axie finds herself on a collision course with a crusading official—Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. It will take all of Axie’s power to outwit him in the fight to preserve her freedom and everything she holds dear. Inspired by the true history of an infamous physician who was once called “the Wickedest Woman in New York,” Kate Manning is “writing in the venerable tradition of Stephen Crane…those social reformers knew that a powerful tale with memorable characters could draw us into the heat of social debates like nothing else” (The Washington Post).

What’s On My Bedside Table? Weekly Book Pick

How about I start the New Year reading a new book every Sunday? 

I just got “My Notorious Life” from Kate Manning to start the year! I’ll be MIA for the next days as I gobble this book up. I already read the introduction and let me tell you something… I AM HOOKED! I just love any kind of book that has some kind of historical base, especially if it’s set in the 1800’s and 1900’s (Angela’s Ashes, anybody?) So, as soon as I’m done with it I’ll be sure to write a review for it over here.

Also, go check out PopSugar’s reading challenge for 2015:

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And one last thing, click here so you can check out my Book Wishlist on Amazon to give you some ideas about stuff I’ll be reading this year. I’m constantly adding new books to it so check it out at least once a week.

Happy Reading Guys!