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Planning Your Day 101: Book Review

Helping Preteens Make the Most of Every Day

Planning Your Day 101: Helping Preteens Make the Most of Every Day (Weekend & Summer Edition)

This workbook serves as a creative space for tweens to build their own schedule for weekends and summer days. As they work through the book, preteens will learn important life habits like planning, time management, life balance, and flexibility, to empower preteens to transition into a more open mindset in their teen years.

Carefully designed to serve as a practical hands-on approach, the book is full of full-color illustrations, brainstorming activities, and exciting categories that will help any preteen achieve balance in their daily life.

Your tween will be inspired to discover their interests, learn how to schedule their day, and gain the confidence to take control & act with responsibility.

Not only that, this workbook will help them turn their interests into a personalized schedule by taking actionable steps to build their own schedule. It’s a fun-packed and powerful workbook that supports a growth mindset for anyone who completes it.

Planning Your Day 101 is an ideal gift for your friends, family, or any tween you wish to delight on a birthday or for any occasion. Be a game-changer in their lives and give them an interactive, practical gift that will send them in the right direction and teach them critical life skills ahead of their adult years.

Net Galley book review:

This book takes kids step by step on how to plan their time and makes it easy to follow and understand. This is a great primer to teach kids be independent and mange there lives. I highly recommend this to anyone with a preteen or even older at home, we can all use some help planning out our time! Lisa

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Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast

Fill your garden with native plants, not deer
The benefits of growing natives are plentiful—less upkeep, more pollinators, and a better environment. In Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast, Ruth Rogers Clausen and Gregory D. Tepper provide a list of natives that have one more benefit—they are proven to help prevent your garden from becoming a deer buffet.
From annuals and perennials to grasses and shrubs, every suggested plant includes a deer-resistance rating, growing advice, companion species, and the beneficial wildlife the plant does attract. Let these beautiful natives help your landscape flourish!
For gardeners in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Net galley Book review :

An informative book on natural determinates to deer. This is written as a regional book but some of this information is also informative wherever you live.

Garden Herbs
Catmint (Nepeta sp.)
Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
Garden chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Lavender (Lavendula sp.)
Garden Mint (Mentha sp.)
Hyssop (Hyssopsis officinalis)
Thyme (Thymus sp.)
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

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Book Review : The Go-To Girl

Personal shopper Tess O’Neill is everybody’s Go-To Girl. Finding the right thing for a client is a no-brainer. Fixing her own life? That’s a different matter because Tess can’t seem to get over her charming ex-husband. But giving him another chance would mean risking her hard-won independence—and Tess’s heart again.

Recovering gambler Grady O’Neill knows Tess doesn’t trust him any more than she does her poker-playing father. Grady can’t blame her. He was never an ace in life’s deck of cards, and he did break her heart. Still, he’s not the messed-up guy he used to be. How to convince his personal Go-To Girl they still belong together?

She can’t take the gamble. He has to bet it all. Or, can they both win this game?

Net Galley book review:

A fun second chance romance book. With fun character and a sweet romance. Perfect for anyone that believes in forgiveness and a second chance. Lisa

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Book Review: Sit. Stay. Forever

Dogs do speak. But only to those who know how to listen.

This little book came to me in a flash while I was vacuuming. When I began to weep, I shut off the vacuum and hurried to my computer, where I typed out a draft of the work that became Sit. Stay. Forever. I posted a copy to my Facebook page, and when the reaction of readers equalled my own, I knew I had to publish those verses as a book.

Sometimes small books can have the biggest emotional impact, because the emotion isn’t in the words, it’s in the heart of the reader. The words and illustrations on the page remind us of the precious relationships in our lives and bring us back to an awareness of and appreciation for those beloved friends.

Sit. Stay. Forever is the perfect book for anyone who loves dogs. The hardback comes with a dust jacket and makes a wonderful gift for dog lovers. There’s even a page for the recipient to paste a picture of their beloved canine.

A little book with a powerful impact . . . just like the big little lives that leave their paw prints on our hearts.

Net Galley Review:

This 36 page book says it all for dogs lover. As I recently lost a dog family member (after 13 years) we moved through our grief and adopted another pup from a local shelter. in his honor. Our home is not a home without a dog included. If you are a dog lover or know one buy this book its a little gem… Lisa

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French Cooking for Beginners

Warm Goat cheese salad

Recipe from the book

  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 teasp sea salt
  • 1/4 teasp black pepper
  • 1 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 8 oz of baby greens

4 cups olive oil, vinger,shallots,salt and pepper mixed together for vinaigrette.

Cut goat cheese, into 8 rounds , cover with bread crumbs and brown lightly. About 3 minutes.

Toss Salad with shallot vinaigrette and place on a plate with 2 goat cheese disc.

A great beginner book for classic French cooking. Starting with explanation of French cooking,pantry ingredients ,shopping like a Parisienne and basic recipes to try.

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Children Book Day

Let’s celebrate the start of Major League baseball with this book for kids :

Book reviews:

Everything a kid would want to learn about the history of the game.From the first teams,games and uniforms you can find your answers in this kids friendly book. Just in time for the start of 2021 Major League Baseball season.

Let’s Play Ball !

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The Modern Homestead Garden: Growing Self-sufficiency in Any Size Backyard

If concerns about the environment and the health and wellness of yourself and your family leave you longing to make a change, start growing and preserving your own organic foods. With the guidance found in The Modern Homestead Garden, you’ll discover how little land and effort it takes to start growing healthy, nutritious food.

Modern homesteading is a lifestyle focused on living lightly on the land and increasing self-sufficiency. It doesn’t matter whether “home” is 50 acres in the country, a suburban corner lot, or an apartment in the city; all you need is a desire to reduce your footprint on the earth and live a more sustainable life. To be a modern homesteader, you don’t have to live off-grid and you don’t have to give up contemporary conveniences.

For most modern homesteaders, it all starts with making the conscious decision to reduce your reliance on the commercial food supply chain. In The Modern Homestead Garden, author and YouTube gardening star Gary Pilarchik of The Rusted Garden walks you step-by-step through the process of building a homestead garden. From laying out the planting beds,nurturing the soil, and starting seeds, straight through to cooking and preserving the harvest, Gary serves as your warm and accessible guide, no matter how large or how small your homestead is. With the guidance found here, you’ll move at your own pace, learn, share, and enjoy the journey as you slowly transform your home into an edible landscape.

  • Practical advice to site and build your very first homestead garden
  • Crop profiles to get you growing quickly 
  • Cost-effective ways to source seeds and plants 
  • The low-down on feeding plants in an earth-friendly way
  • Methods for preparing planting beds and containers
  • Soil prep advice every homesteader can use 
  • All natural trouble-shooting solutions 
  • How to include berries, cane fruits, vine crops, and fruit trees in your homestead plans
  • Food preservation advice that’s easy and delicious

Modern homesteading is as much an attitude as it is an action. It’s not dependent on how much land you have or even how much food you can grow; it’s about cultivating self-sufficiency and self-reliance, no matter its level. Welcome to The Modern Homestead Garden.

Net Galley Book Review:

I would recommend this book if you are just starting out, it is an excellent primer. If you are looking for cutting edge technology when it comes to your home garden, there are newer techniques not found here. I would use this as a table book (the photos are lovely) but also a reference guide to use whether I am starting my veggies from seeds or starters. Lot of great information that I would recommend for any beginner veggie enthusiast. 

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This House Is Home

An empowering story about coming to terms with change through creative problem solving
Lily’s family is happy in their old green house at the end of the lane, but progress soon encroaches. When Grandma refuses to sell their home to developers, the city just builds around them. Soon their house is smack-dab in the middle of a multi-lane highway. As traffic rushes by day and night, Lily and her family begin to feel differently about their beloved home.
Using crayons and a little creativity, Lily draws up a plan to keep her Grandma’s home and leave the highway behind. With the help of the construction crew that brought change to their neighborhood, Lily and her family take to the sea in their green house and set sail for a new place to call home.
Inspired by Chinese “nail houses” that end up stranded in a sea of construction when owners refuse to sell, this memorable picture book celebrates resourcefulness, negotiation, and collaboration in the face of change.

Net Galley Review:

I really enjoyed this picture book. The illustrations are lovely, and the text is poetic and expressive without being over wrought .The fanciful ending is cute for a storybook, and the book has great messages about dealing with change and regulating your emotions. 

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How to Bake for beginners

Book Review

This is a great beginner book to get you started in baking. I am an okay baker but this book has inspired me to learn more and bake more. Enjoy this book at any point of year baking journey.

Baking tips for success:

Bake for the love of it. Your oven is your best friend. And always read the complete recipe. Buy the best ingredients you can afford. Bake with confidence.

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Organic Aromatherapy

The book
Back of book

My book review and recipe:

I enjoyed reading through this book and finding lots of information and recipes for some of my favorite ingredients. I plan on adding some new items to my garden inspired by this book.

Tension from stress massage blend :

10 drops of frankincense

8 drops of lavender

8 drops clary sage

2 Tablespoon of carrier oil of your choice.

Add all the ingredients to your container with a lid. Shake to mix . Use oil to message into shoulders to relieve tension.