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As you well know, I have a weight problem.  Well, it’s more like a dilemma.  Although, that really suggests that there might be a solution.  There’s a great solution: diet and exercise.  As fun as that sounds.  But seriously, I actually like eating healthy and exercising.  I just have to really make it a priority.  Now, with two kids under three and a part-time job, free time isn’t exactly my middle name.  Gyms are out since I can’t justify spending $40 a month for a year on something that I’m not guaranteed to make time to use.

When I received The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet by Jennifer Walters and Erin Whitehead, it had my name written all over it.  First of all, I follow @fitbottomedgirl on twitter so I have heard of them.  Secondly, the book is a one time fee of $17 or free to rent from the library.  Thirdly, the book advertises 10 minute fixes!

The whole concept of the book is that you can make time to exercise by taking 10 minutes at a time to do so.  The exercises are easy and fun and even I can find 10 minutes a day.  The nice thing about exercising too is that once you start, you feel so much better and you also feel more confident.  They suggest journaling, which has been scientifically proven to work.  Ask Weight Watchers.  They also give fun ideas for workouts, like the Reality TV Workout, where you do a certain exercise every time someone cries or someone says ‘thrown under the bus!’  I am going to test it out while watching Teen Mom 2!

A lot of this book might seem like common sense but it’s the kick in the butt that I needed.  There is a section on breaking through a plateau, or a weight-loss stalemate.  There are sections on things like getting out of your comfort zone and ones on listening to hunger cues.  There are even recipes in the back.  I like the way Jennifer Walters and Erin Whitehead write the book.  They sound like your friends trying to help you out and give you advice.  Plus, they have been there so they know what they are talking about.  I think it’s a very thorough and well-written book.  I also think that it’s great when combined with following them on Facebook and Twitter, in order to keep you motivated.

There are a lot of things I might wish I hadn’t done in life, but getting healthy will never be one of them.  Being healthy will also save you so much money in the long run too.  So find 10 minutes, take these baby steps in The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book, and get to work.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  Comments and opinions are my own.  No other compensation was received.

Ah!  There’s nothing like having a good book to read in the summertime.  It’s a time to relax and just enjoy yourself in the nice weather.  That is just what I did when I read The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty and Terrible Dresses by Eimear Lynch.

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This book opens with a very honest introduction from the author that explains why she wrote the book and what to expect.  I must say that I enjoyed every word of this book.  It’s a collection of stories from all types of people in all types of situations.  The one thing they share is that they know what its like to be a bridesmaid.  I don’t want to ruin any of the stories for you but I truly believe that you will enjoy each one of them as much as I did.  I learned so much from this book and I really feel like I could empathize with each bridesmaid, even though I might have never experienced anything like they had before. You will find yourself going through a full circle of emotions with this book so enjoy the ride!

I, myself, have been a bridesmaid only twice but I remember many a story from each occasion.  I was my sister’s maid of honor and I was one of seven (one ended up dropping out) at a close college friend’s wedding. Each experience was completely different but magical in its own way.  I wouldn’t change either one for the world!

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a twitter party involving the author.  She is extremely down to earth and so informative!  I asked her how she collected the stories and she replied that she “thought of all the stories (she) wanted and hunted for ‘maids—sometimes via wedding officiants, photogs etc.”  I found it fascinating that nothing was left to chance.  She had an idea of what stories she wanted to tell before she even knew who would tell it!  Lynch also said that she “loved hearing wildly different takes about the role—and female friendship!”  I think we can all agree to the bonds that form, not only with the bride but also with the other maids.

Lynch thinks the most important thing to do is to “Step back and think about why you’re there. Focus on friends & celebration rather than silly small stuff.”  Well said.

I think everyone should add this book to their ‘to-be-read’ pile!  Better yet, use it as part of a bridesmaid gift or wedding gift for a friend!  It’s a quick read but a great read.  I can’t wait to see what Eimear Lynch has in store for her next book!

Were you ever a bridesmaid?  Have any unusual or fun stories to share?

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  I am part of the Birch Blogger program and book club.  I received no other compensation.  Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I love checking craft books out of the library.  The first reason being, obviously that I like to make crafts with the kids.  The second reason is that I hate to get a book and never make anything in it.  Sometimes the books require too many materials or they cost too much to make.  Other times, I never really see anything that I like.  Hence why I rent books from the library all the time.  That way, if it’s a little disappointing, back into the pile you go. No harm.  No foul.

I was recently given a copy of Petit College by Lorena Siminovich in exchange for my review.  Just the cover alone made me excited to read it.  It was colorful and right up my alley.

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The projects inside are so creative and cute.  I also like how the author promotes using repurposed materials.  I have a huge box in my house that’s full of recycled things just waiting to be made into something awesome!  This book uses a lot of repurposed paper to create new, beautiful projects.  Everything in the book is cute and kid-related but also very chic and fun.  It’s a very stylish and modern craft book.  My favorite projects are the Leaf A Message: Family Memo Board and the Once Upon a Time: Book Ledges.

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The book ledges add a conversation piece to any child’s room or playroom, not to mention they promote reading too! I am going to put them in my kids’ room and use upcycled wood during the process. That way, I don’t have to put out a lot of money for decor, but I’ll get an awesome result.

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The memo board is clever and so practical.  Again, it’s an instant conversation piece too.  Kids will love to draw on it and add things to it and it helps keep parents organized.

This is one I would rent from the library and then make tons of copies or keep renewing until I just buy it.  I can’t wait to get started!  I’m so glad I had the opportunity to review this book.  I loved it and I think you will too.  And what do you know?!?!?  I have an extra copy that I get to send to a lucky reader!  That’s right.  It’s my first giveaway!  So hop on board this craft train and take a seat!

I’m going to keep this one easy and fun.  If you’d like to win the book, all you have to do is share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter.  Then comment below with the link to your post.  You can share on twitter as many times as you’d like.  Just leave a comment for each tweet. I will pick a winner on July 27th at midnight.  I’ll post the winner the following day! 

Thanks for reading and good luck!

 

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Disclaimer:  I received a copy of the book in exchange for my opinion.  My review and comments are my own. No other compensation was received. Giveaway is open to US only.  Sorry Canada, I am shipping it myself!  You must follow the rules in order to enter.  Once posted, if the winner does not provide their information in 48 hours, they will forfeit the prize and I will choose another winner.

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As stated in my last post, the family and I decided to drive to New Jersey on Wednesday and attend the Hungry Girl book signing at the Woodbridge Wegmans.    I could write an entire post on how much I love that store and how I wish we had one near us, but that’s for another day.  😉  Lisa Lillien just came out with her new Hungry Girl Diet book. This book is about taking her recipes and using to jump start your weight loss.  One thing I really like about her is that she will sign ANY of her books at a signing.  Some people won’t do that or they might only do that if you buy a book at that location.  She is so down to earth and friendly.  I really respect her for that.

I had been to other Hungry Girl book signings so I basically knew what to expect.  Wegmans really had it down to a science.  They gave everyone a gift bag as soon as we got upstairs to the cafe area.  Then you were given a card with a letter, telling you that you would get your book signed when your letter was called. I was a ‘C.’  Wegmans employees also handed out raffle tickets to everyone before they told you to have a seat and that Lisa would be out shortly.  Everyone was so friendly.  My husband decided to look around the grocery store part with our kids, while I was upstairs, in other to avoid a meltdown.  It was already pretty crowded so I chose a chair in the corner, by myself and decided to look in my gift bag.  The gift bag alone was worth the trip!  It included a ton of samples and free coupons!

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After a few minutes, I was joined by a wonderful lady who also arrived solo.  She sat next to me and we became fast friends.  It was so nice to spend the time talking to someone who was in the same boat and attended Weight Watchers, been a stay-at-home mom/worked part-time, etc.  Needless to say, we didn’t run out of things to talk about!  She even won a door prize!  We weren’t in the same group to get our book signed so after we tried the available samples and had a nice chat, we bid each other adieu.

I decided to wear my HG 200 under 200 tour t-shirt because you could only win them in 2009 and you had to go to a book signing to get one.  I thought Lisa would get a kick out of seeing it.  I also decided to get my book signed to the whole family.  When I stepped up to get it signed, Lisa’s agent (I think that’s who she was) saw my t-shirt and was so impressed that SHE wanted to take my picture too!  It gets better…Lisa Lillien knew who I was! She knew my name and said she remembered my social media posts to Hungry Girl!  The night couldn’t get any better!

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I also met Charlie from Starkist Tuna.

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I talked to Lisa about maybe doing a book signing in Delaware.  She is such a nice, inviting person!  I would make the drive for her again in a heartbeat.  But I also hope the she will consider Delaware.  😉
If you ever get a chance to attend a Hungry Girl book signing, I suggest you do so.  You won’t be disappointed.  They are so much fun!  Pick up one of her books too.  She makes it easier to live a healthy lifestyle.  Her recipes have helped me lose over 45 pounds.  They add variety to your diet and make you forget that you are eating healthy food.  Her recipes have larger portion sizes by bulking up veggies and proteins.  I can’t wait to read and follow her new book!  My husband got to eat at White Castle on the way home too, so everyone had a great day.

You can follow Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) on:

Twitter: Here!

Facebook: Here!

Online: Here!

Have you read any of her books?  Have you ever been to a book signing?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  I just love Hungry Girl and her books!  All comments/opinions are my own.