Diet Enlightenment by Rachel L. Pires (Review)


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As many of you know I have been “dieting” since January.  I recently lost 25 lbs but I still need to lose another 10 lbs to be at my optimum weight.  That’s why I was thrilled when Rachel L. Pires asked me to review her latest book Diet Enlightenment. I was hoping to find the magic formula in its pages to help me shed these last unwanted pounds. But what found was so much more!

First, Rachel’s ideas about “dieting” are refreshing and she is brutally honest. No gimmicks or hard to follow instructions.  Rachel gets right to it and lets her readers know how this billion dollar diet industry is failing us.(I won’t spoil it but in the first chapter she divulges a secret that has eluded many of us) She does not throw any one diet plan under the bus; she just very clearly explains why they are short-term solutions not long-term resolutions.

Rachel maps out simple to follow instructions to ensure that you not only lose the weight but keep it off. There’s no special measuring cups to buy or scales to bring out before each meal; there is perhaps a little math to do but nothing to difficult.  Rachel explains how to do all of this while eating the foods we love; no horrible tasting shakes or cardboard tasting bars but by eating real food!

With so many diet books, blogs etc. I thought I had read it all but Mrs. Pires brings an entirely new look to dieting and gives her readers the tools to successfully the lose weight and keep it off.

If you’re looking for real answers on how to lose weight while eating the foods you love then I highly recommend Diet Enlightenment!

rachelAbout the Author:

Rachel is the author of Diet Enlightenment, which released in April of 2014. She is also a weight loss advisor and a contributing writer for Livestrong.com Weightloss Blogs.

In her free time, Rachel is a dancer (Salsa, Flamenco, Hip Hop, and Jazz), an advanced PADI certified scuba diver, and a 2nd degree black in Taekwondo.

 After years of personally struggling with weightloss and binge-eating, and then overcoming it and becoming an enlightened dieter, it is now her mission to help men and women discover how easy weight loss and maintenance can be with the right approach.

Affiliate Disclosure The fine print:)

25 Beach Books for Kids Under $15


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Summer is just around the corner!  In honor of Children’s Book Week start building your Summer library today with these fun to read Beach Inspired Books from Amazon.

1. At the Beach by Anne Rockwell
2. Good Night Beach by Adam Gamble
3. Beach Day by Karen Roosa
4. Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean
5. Sleepy Beach by Scott Harpole
6. Curious George Goes to the Beach by H. A. Rey
7. Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? A Lift the Flap Book by Karen Katz
8. What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
9. Walter the Farting Dog Banned From the Beach by William Kotzwinkle
10. Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach by Tish Rabe
11. Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
12. Beach by Elisha Cooper
13. Beach Bugs: A Sunny Pop-up Book by David A. Carter
14. Down at the Beach by BeachHouse Publishing
15. Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer
16. Baby Loves Summer by Karen Katz
17. Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan
18. A Day at the Seashore by Kathryn Jackson
19. Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach by Kenny Harrison
20. Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
21. Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
22. Sam and Liza Go to the Beach by D.L. Madson
23. Starfish on the Beach by Tom Schneider
24. Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman
25. Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake

 

What are some of your favorite Beach books?

 

The fine print:This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation.

Celebrating Children’s Book Week-96th Anniversary Plus a Book Review



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Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books that runs May 4th through 10th!

This annual celebration was established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy event in the country. Every year, celebratory events are held nationwide in homes, libraries, bookstores and even parks — wherever young reader and books can connect!

Here are a few fun ideas how you can celebrate Children’s Book Week!

1. Go to your local library and check some of your favorites.

2. Call your local bookstores and checkout if their are holding events

3. Invite friends over for tea and read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics)

4. Take a hike then lay down a blank and read My Side of the Mountain Trilogy (My Side of the Mountain / On the Far Side of the Mountain / Frightful’s Mountain)

5. Get under the covers with your flashlight and read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
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This week is wonderful time to find some new favorites too. Recently, Tali Carmi asked me to review her latest children’s book : Children Books:Terry Treetop and the Little Bear: (Animal habitats) Early Learning (Values book) social skills for kids (Adventure & Education) (Bedtime … Books for Early & Beginner Readers Book 9)the fifth installment in her Adventures Education Series.

Let me start off by saying my daughter Sophia loved it! Terry’s excitement about the first day of Spring is infectious and you find yourself smiling as you turn each beautifully illustrated page. Terry meets a whole host wonderful new friends during his journey through the woods.  Terry’s friend Barry the Bear shows us that being a friend my require some hard work but in the end the reward of friendship is so worth it .

This was a lovely book and I would highly recommended it for young readers(Mom’s & Dad’s they may need some help but over all an easy read).

Please share some of your favorite children's books below; we would love to see what your favorites are!

Still Time to Enter…Bless A Mom Giveaway


Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve gotten together with a group of bloggers to bring you a giveaway and blog hop that we are hoping will bless your socks off!

We not only hope to bless several moms with some pretty awesome giveaway prizes, but we also hope to bless many more moms through the Letters to Moms Blog Hop (that you can find at the end of this post), where each participating blogger is writing a ‘Dear Mom’ letter.  These letters will be anything from a letter to our own moms, a letter to ourselves, a letter to a mother figure, or a generalized letter to a group of moms, such as weary moms, hopeless moms, expecting moms, single moms……. Maybe one of these letters will speak to you!

So please, hop around to the many other bloggers below, and of course enter to win the giveaway too – there will be 4 winners with the total prize value over $1000!

 

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Dear Mom Who Needs Self-Care,

As Moms we care for so many but often forget the most important person ourselves. We are no use to our family if we are sleep deprived, frazzled and malnourished.  Our families need us so that is why it is so important that we care for ourselves before others.  Don’t get me wrong there will still be those sleepless nights with a newborn or the child who caught the latest flu strain but when those catastrophes are over Mom take time for yourself.  I have complied a Top 15 List to help you get started with self-care

1. Get enough rest.! Squeeze in a nap when the kiddos go down; the dishes can wait.

2. Get the kids to help out with daily chores; even toddlers can help sweep or put their toys away..

3. Don’t be a people pleaser

4. Trust your instincts

5. Never speak bad about yourself

6.Give up perfection! Nobody expects of you accept yourself.

7. Don’t be afraid to say “No”

8. Eat Right & Exercise

9. Meet up with friends weekly even if the kids have to come along the adult time is needed.

10. Be kind to yourself (why is this so hard for many of us?)

11. Take a Saturday off once month. Ask your partner to give you a few hours alone.  Go to the mall, library or hideout in your bedroom curled up with your favorite book

12. Let go of what you can’t control.

13. Stay away from drama & negativity.

14. Fill up your spiritual cup.

15. LOVE A LOT

Make your self-care a priority, not something that happens (or doesn’t happen!) by accident!  Your Family will thank you for it.

 

And now for the giveaway!

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The prizes will be as follows –

Prize 1 – Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
Prize 2 – Slow Cooker
Prize 3 – Keurig Coffee Maker
Prize 4 – ALL 3 of the prizes above

Each winner will also win a digital copy of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy by Stacy Farrell

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Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter:

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Breaking the Status Quo: Crossing Over from Mediocrity to Greatness


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Great show slated for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1pm EST to find out more click here

re you ready? YOU! Yes, you! Are you ready to change your life? Are you ready to show up big? Are you READY to cross over from Mediocrity to Greatness? Well, you’ve come to the right place at exactly the right time.

Join three dynamic life empowerment coaches, Lisa Marie Pepe, Gina Costa-Goldfarb, and Dorothy Doctor as they take you through the process of crossing over from mediocrity to greatness. All three coaches have extensive personal experience of having “been there and done that” at some point in life. Despite their own personal struggles and setbacks, they recognized they were given a choice: continue living an ordinary, mundane existence and be miserable or take decisive action to break the status quo!

My Top 5 Favorite Geeky Educational Link Ups


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Click on the images below to read more about this fabulous posts

1. Comes from our Host More Than a Coupon Queen

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2. Jess over at Benoit Academy‘s post

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3. This post comes from Kass over at Motherhood Community

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4. Nessa over at 2 Dorks in Love shares an explosive cake recipe! (BTW the name of her blog)

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5. OK I had to add one of my own especially this one since it was written with one my favorite people

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Make sure to link up some of your favorite Geeky Educational posts you’ve done!  See you next week for more Geeky FUN!!

Homemaking Just Got Easier!!


 

 

Dear Homemaker,

Are the inmates running the asylum?

I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.

I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.

I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:

  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.

And then real life happened…

…laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours, a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.

And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family


… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!

To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.

They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.

And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…


Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Andrea

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

 

Homemaking Made Easy..Just click


Dear Homemaker,

Are the inmates running the asylum?

I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.

I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.

I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:

  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.

And then real life happened…

…laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours, a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.

And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertip..

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

 

… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!

To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.

They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.

And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

 

After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Act now!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

♥ Andrea

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

***For every purchased made on our blog we received a commission as a thank you for marketing this amazing bundle!