Lemons are a Girl’s Best Friend


   I was so excited to get the book, “Lemons are a Girl’s Best Friend,” by Janet Hayward, because I have so many lemons from our lemon tree and I run out of things to do with them.

The title is a bit misleading as there are only two “recipes” that involve lemons, but I do love this book. It is focused around superfoods and using them daily in your diet. The surprising part is that they also give you a recipe to use for beauty purposes.

Examples of superfoods include cherries, tomatoes, cider vinegar (what!?), lemons (of course), coconuts, green tea, and seaweed, among others. For each ingredient, a short explanation and description is included, as well as a recipe to eat and a recipe to use for beauty.

For cherries, you’ll learn how to make a sour cherry and mint granita, perfect for summer, and you’ll get a recipe for a cherry lip tint. Pomegranates are so delicious and are used in a yummy halloumi, orange, and pomegranate salad. While you’re making that, you can also make a facial treatment to hydrate your skin.

And what can I do with all my lemons? I get to make a lentil salad and treat myself to a lemon and honey face mask. Sounds good enough to eat!

I love that this book includes both edible and beauty recipes because who doesn’t love a twofer! Check it out if you want to add superfoods to your diet and you want some fun DIY facials and other spa treatment-like recipes. Perfect for a ladies night!

Lemons are a Girl’s Best Friend at Penguin Random House


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.



Noelle: A Novel


    It has taken me a while to read this book due to the holidays, family illnesses, and life, but I’m so happy I finally took the time to sit down and enjoy.

In this story, “Noelle,” Gred Kincaid tells stories of a few of the townspeople and they are definitely relatable to things that can happen during Christmastime in any part of the world. Adding Noelle into the mix makes for a sweet Christmas tale about trying to find the Christmas spirit no matter what is happening.

I haven’t read his other stories, but I am definitely interested in going back to the beginning and meeting everyone from the start. A great holiday book for this next year.

Noelle @ Penguin Random House


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

God Gave Us Family


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If you are in need of a book that talks about different types of families, either for you or someone you know, then this book is a very sweet one.

Written by Lisa Tawn Bergen, with art by David Hohn, “God Gave Us Family” goes through a lot of the ways a child can be a part of a family. Whether it be a small family, large family, adoptive family, family of grandparents, single parents, or a village of family, each way is no more special than the other. This book will help children understand the diversity that can be found in our world and also may help them understand another child’s situation and be more empathetic to them.

It also talks about how sometimes we can get annoyed or unhappy with our family but that under it all, we love them and they are there for us.

I love these books for my children because they always have a loving message and help ease children into important life lessons. I recommend this for anyone with children, nieces/nephews, or anyone who works with children. These are important lessons to be taught and this is such a great way to teach it.

The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and unique.

God Gave Us Family @ Penguin Random House


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Women In Sports


Ever since the first book in this apparent series came out, I have been hoping they’d release another one and I wasn’t disappointed. “Women In Sports,” by Rachel Ignotofsky, is just as wonderful as “Women In Science” was.

The number of women represented in this book is phenomenal (although I’m sure there are many more to be included but for brevity, they chose who they did) and the illustrations are incredible, as they were in the first one.

Specific women represented in this book include figure skater Madge Syers; track and field, ice hockey, tennis, and softball player (wow!) Bobbie Rosenfeld; Judoka master Keiko Fukuda; mountaineer Junko Tabei; volleyball player Flo Hyman; weightlifter and body builder Bev Francis; referee Violet Palmer; para triathlete Melissa Stockwell; and gymnast Simone Biles, just to name a few. As you can see, there are women represented in an array of sports categories and the diversity of the group is wonderful.

I had mentioned that I loved the first book because I have a daughter and I’d like her to be aware of wonderful women doing incredible things. Well, now I have two and the desire for that is doubled. If they want to get into sports, I’m glad I can show them all the women who have succeeded in their areas. I can’t wait for the next one!

Women In Sports @ Penguin Random House


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal


This cute little book (it fits in the palm of your hand), “Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal,” by Robie Rogge and Dian G. Smith, is the perfect gift, even if it’s a gift to yourself.

Especially with the holidays and, of course, New Years (and resolutions), coming up, this would fit great in a stocking. It is screaming to be used as part of a New Year’s resolution or would even make a sweet host/hostess gift for Thanksgiving (or any of the holidays).

The purpose of this book is to find what brings you the most joy, helps you to reflect on the wonderful things that happen in your life that add to your happiness, help you see how you overcome difficult situations, and, in my opinion, give you inspirational quotes and prompts that help you to focus on the good instead of the bad.

It’s not about forgetting those difficult times or giving yourself a false sense of joy by hiding from the negative, but it’s more about moving importance from the negative to the positive to increase your overall feeling of happiness.

Some examples of prompts:

  • What made you energetic
  • A happiness compromise
  • A cheap happiness
  • What you liked doing alone
  • Top 5 shows that make you happy

Examples of the quotes:

  • “When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy.” ~ Samuel Goldwyn
  • “Each day provides its own gifts.” ~ Martial
  • “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ~ Douglas Adams (Yeah, I definitely need to really read this and practice this over and over and over again…)

There are also barometers to measure your happiness, starting at the very beginning and finishing at the very end, the point being that you should be happier by the end of it than you were at the beginning.

It’s a very cute book and something I will enjoy doing in the New Year.

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy @ Penguin Random House


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.