Tag: non-fiction

Book Review: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas

Book Review: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas

Welcome to my review of Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas! Book Details: Title: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature Author: Heather Thomas Genre: Cookbook, Vegetarian Cookbook, Mindfulness Publisher: Leaping Hare Press Publication Date: October 1st,…

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Details:    Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life Author: Clare Hudson Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation Publishing Date: December 19, 2016 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   My Thoughts:  30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just…

Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 – A Little, Yet Powerfully Positive Book

Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 – A Little, Yet Powerfully Positive Book

Are you looking for a little book filled with happiness? Then let me introduce you to Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 by Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon

Bite Size Happiness is filled with tiny nuggets of beautiful wisdom, that range from profound to simply kind, but all are positive and uplifting in nature. Yes, we may all have heard these titbits before in some form or another, but this book gives you the opportunity to incorporate this wisdom into your daily routine if you let it into your heart and mind.

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It does what it promises with elegance – sharing a simple note, that can make you happy if you take the advice to heart.

Here is an example of a typical entry, and my personal thoughts on it:

“Two people can encounter the same situation, have totally different experiences, and both believe that their own version is accurate. That’s because outer circumstances don’t create your experience, your beliefs do. You’re free to change those if you want.

Free will.”

This entry specifically spoke to me, as I am reading this, because this happens to be one day after having a confirmed diagnosis of a rare genetic chronic illness. I could have considered this devastating news – even if it only confirmed my suspicions – but instead, I looked at it as an empowering opportunity to resolve to make the best out of my life, and my broken body from this moment on, no matter what.

That was my choice.

Someone else could have the same diagnosis, and look at it as something that would break them, something that would make them less.

I think it simply makes me different.

Here are some of the other topics covered in this book:

  • The Alchemy of Difference
  • Giving Enriches
  • Thoughts Give Birth
  • Be Grateful Now
  • Deliberate Mastery
  • Adapt with Flexibility
  • The Peaceful Present
  • Internal Consistency

and many more.

While not meant as a journal, I can absolutely see how these pages could be easily used as journal prompts, and with that, opportunities to dig deeper, and find ways to implement these little practices into your day.

From the moment, I started reading Bite Size Happiness, to its last page, it made me smile. It is a book, that I will revisit again.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Details:

Authors: Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon

Genre: Self-Help, Positive Thinking

Publication Date: April 5th, 2015

Publisher: Infinite Monkey Publishing

Acquired via personal purchase


Book Summary:

Dear Beautiful Human,

Bite Size Happiness is a compilation of our daily meditations that we distilled down into short, simple ideas.
Why? They’re easier to follow and more fun to practice.
What can you achieve by reading Bite Size Happiness?

– Understand… The connection between your thoughts and feelings in order to change how you handle life.

– Energize… Yourself so you walk through life with presence and joy.

– Train… Yourself to focus your attention on what you want to manifest as well as who you want to become.

– Attract… The energy, harmony, and people you deserve to have in your life.
We hope you enjoy reading these bite size nuggets as much as we enjoyed writing them.

How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal

How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal

Welcome to my review of How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal by Detlef Beeker One aspect of reading self-help books, whether they are in the realm of general living, or even in business and productivity, is that the subject of Gratitude and…

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine – A Review

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine – A Review

Book Details: Title: How to Be Your Own Genie Author: Radleigh Valentine Genre: Law of Attraction, New Age, Self-Help Publication Date: November 28th, 2017 Publisher: Hay House Welcome to my review of Law of Attraction Secrets: How To Be Your Own Genie by popular HayHouse…

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Details:

Book Title: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Author: Jean B. MacLeod

Genre: Non-fiction, Food, Reference

Publisher: Self-Published / Indie

Publication Date: November 6th, 2018


Book Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars ✩✩✩✩

For the Novice and Foodie Cooks, And Anyone Who Is On A Special Diet, such as Gluten-Free

My Review:

With many dietary restrictions, as well as vegetarian and vegan family members, our recipes often have to be adjusted to accommodate our needs and tastes to ensure that everyone can eat the same meal. This can become complicated at times so that often I am scouring the internet for substitutions.

However, The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook makes this process a lot easier. Not only does it contain a list of substitutions for ingredients that are common, but also for some not so common parts of a meal, as well as quick tips on how to make things like almond milk yourself, should you not have any on hand.

Don’t get me wrong, this book is not just for vegans and vegetarians, but also mentions gluten-free options, and makes substitutions for those of us, with a more standard diet, easier as well.

Some of the listings come with extra information – such as if an ingredient becomes more expensive when using that particular substitution or nutritional differences. Changes in texture and appearance are also often mentioned, which I particularly found informative, and important, considering that I have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). 

The Complete Food Substitution Handbook is from now on going to be a staple in my household, that I will happily share with everyone in the family.

The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is that it completely lacks any images. When it comes to cookbooks or food-related books, I prefer at least some images within the context of a book, as it stimulates the appetite, and just simply adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of a food-related book. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book! 

Available On Amazon! 


The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook is a comprehensive listing of thousands of ingredients from the familiar and commonplace to the exotic and hard-to-find, plus all the available substitutes for each particular entry.

Whether looking to replace a missing component, seeking a healthier or leaner equivalent, or merely wanting a cheaper alternative, you won’t be disappointed.

Are you a budding baker, recipe maker, or culinary risk taker? Look no further. There are ideas aplenty to stir the imagination. Plus, a wealth of options to satisfy your creative spirit.

Whether you have food allergies, dietary restrictions, or ethical dos and don’ts, this book has you covered. Also, it’s one you’ll turn to time and time again. Because: choosing the right swap can sometimes spell the difference between a recipe’s success and a recipe’s failure.



About the Author:

Jean B. MacLeod is a native of Liverpool, England and a writer of practical hints for the home and garden. An enthusiastic culinarian, she is a member of the Culinary Historians of Southern California and Slow Food USA. She lives in the Los Angeles area.


Book Review: Hiding In The Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele

Book Review: Hiding In The Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele

Book Details: Title: Hiding In The Bathroom Author: Morra Aarons-Mele Publisher: Harper-Collins Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help, Women & Business My Thoughts: I am an introvert – not one that is subjected to social phobias, but if you give me the choice between staying…

How To Be More Productive When Working From Home And More:  The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

How To Be More Productive When Working From Home And More: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Title: The Productivity Project Author: Chris Bailey Publisher: Random House Genre: Self-Help, Productivity Publication Date: January 5th, 2016   My Review: Ever wondered why some people seem to achieve so much, yet they have the same amount of time available to them – 24 hours…

Conquering Procrastination: Help Yourself With These Books

Conquering Procrastination: Help Yourself With These Books


In my experience, most people have had moments of procrastination, especially when it comes to performing dreaded or complicated tasks. However, if procrastinating becomes a chronic habit, then our performance, quality of life, and ability to move toward our goals will be greatly decreased. Thankfully, there are plenty of books available, to help us overcome this habit.


I have compiled a list of books that have inspired me to go take more actions.


High-Performance Habits by Brandon Burchard

You may know Brandon Burchard from his motivational YouTube channel, or you may have heard about his membership site High-Performance Monthly (for which I wrote a review on my business blog), but even if you are not familiar with his teachings, you truly should check out this book. High-Performance Habits is an action-packed book that does not play around – from the beginning, you are told, that you have to put in the work, and then he gives you the goods. I don’t think that any book, I have ever read, had so much impact on my life, then this one, and I read a lot of books. If you want to take your life to the next level and skip the procrastination habit – then make this the most important book to read.




Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance


Written by a psychologist, this New York Times Bestseller is one of my favorite self-help books, I have read in 2018 so far. Focusing on long-term perseverance, her message is clear: In order to get what you want out of life, you have to develop grit. The Author is not shying away from getting personal to get her point across, often using personal experiences and anecdotes to get her point across.


Grit is based on her TedTalk which has over 4 million views at the point of me writing this article, which is as impressive as the lessons you can learn from her. Here is the talk, so you can see her in action yourself – and then of course, go out and purchase the book!

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Hack Your Habits: An Unusual Guide to Escape Motivational Traps, Bypass Willpower Problems and Accelerate Your Success


If you told me to choose one word to describe Hack your Habits by Joanna Jast, then I would choose “practical”. This is not a book that will tell you what you want to hear, it is a book that you need to kick you into gear, and get rid of those habits that are the most destructive – procrastination included. Her scientific approach to changing habits into those which are beneficial is easy enough to follow along, while the free workbook that she offers with it, gives you that extra little bit of guidance that you may need to actually turn what you learned into action steps. I loved it!




Fast Focus: A Quick-Start Guide To Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions, And Getting More Done In Less Time!

One of the things that keep me from being the most productive, and increases my chances of just throwing in the towel, and procrastinate, is at times, my lack of focus. Fast Focus, however, taught me how to avoid distractions, and re-direct my attention to what is actually important. I have a feeling that this book could be also very helpful for someone who has a tendency for ADHD.

Here are some of the points the Author – Damon Zahariades – makes throughout the book:

How To Achieve Improved production
Creating Stronger relationships with those that matter
Develop a boost in your critical thinking
Guide to better decision making
Increased grit
Increase your information retention
Increased self-control.

The best thing about this book is that it is also available for free on Kindle Unlimited (read more about Kindle Unlimited benefits here).





Best Books To Read For Motivation

Best Books To Read For Motivation

Motivation – something we can never have too much of, and sometimes seem to have a very hard time finding, especially during stressful and dramatic times (don’t ask about drama, I could write a book about that right now – actually maybe I should, lol)…