Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.
 
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

Paperback, 192 pages

I would recommend adding this to the typical health curriculum for high school grades. The author gives good advice from evidence based studies as well as common sense. Part one of the book is “The Wake Up” designed to ” freak you out. It’s a synthesis of how and why our phones are designed to be hard to put down, and what effect spending so much time on them may be having our relationships and out mental and physical health.” Part two is “The Breakup”. This part is ” a 30-day plan designed to help you establish a new, healthier relationship with your phone.” Both the reading and 30-day plan would make a great class project.

I am that person that already limits phone, television, and computer. Glad to have gained more insight into this topic from Catherine Price’s book. A smart read.

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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The Birdhouse Chick

Birdhouses, Wild Bird Feeders, Bird Baths & Garden Art.

Their mission:

“Promote stewardship of conservation – getting more people into their yards and gardens. By offering uniquely fun products, we hope to entice more folks to the fast growing, rewarding and relaxing hobby of backyard birding!”

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Durable poly-lumber will not crack, split, warp or fade. The bird-friendly tail-prop design lets birds land and perch easier as they actually “prop” their tails on the long bottom portion of the feeder for leverage. Ideal for cold weather, suet is packed with fat and calories to help keep birds warm in freezing weather.  Can be used for year-round use with No-Melt suets for warm-weather feeding. This feeder fits all standard suet cakes, features stainless steel screws and twisted wire hanger.

Recycled. USA Made. The birds in my yard have taken to it right away. 

Check out The Birdhouse Chick’s interesting Facebook page, too.
Beth at tThe Birdhouse Chick provided this bird feeder to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
 

 

Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album

Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album (CD+DVD)

Audio Cd (2 discs) 2016

Grammy Award-winning musicians who inspire families to get outside and get creative: http://www.okeedokee.org

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as The Grammy Award Winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.

The two-time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters”. Their nationwide fan base is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, The Okee Dokee Brothers are working full-time to advance the family music genre. 

Saddle Up, which was released May 2016, is the third in their Adventure Album series. This CD is our first listen to the Okee Dokee Brothers. We highly recommend (Yeehaw!) It is upbeat music that I feel good about having my little one listen to. A hit for both kids and adults, it has good lyrics and instrumental quality. Also, the songs are without any television connection. (Disney and the like)

 

The Okee Dokee Brothers/ Beth Blenz-Clucas – Sugar Mountain PR provided this CD to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book’s fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.

Paperback, 224 pages

WOW. This learn to paint watercolor book is great! It has a clear & easy to follow format with simple and understandable instructions. It is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to learn watercolor. This is the first how-to type watercolor book that I have found useful. Daily lessons (30 days) are perfect for your practice of skills taught. Illustrations accompany each daily lesson. WOW.

 

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Cherry Bombe

Hardcover

Oct 10, 2017 | 256 Pages

It’s the first-ever cookbook from the team behind Cherry Bombe, the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.

Large hardcover makes a classic looking cookbook. Nice if you like to display books in your kitchen and especially nice if you like pink.

Super feature is that every recipe has a full page photo. But- the recipes do not suit my culinary style. Not at all. Overall I found the recipes lengthy. Lots of the recipes were the kind I know I would never try. But maybe you would. (Garnet Yam Pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar). And a few were just too common (chocolate chip cookies) My style is simple and healthy (and maybe a bit unique) so this cookbook is not for me. 

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Paperback8.5 x 11, 312 pages, with full-color and black-and-white illustrations

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of exercises lead the hand and mind through creating accurate reproductions of plants and animals as well as landscapes, skies, and more. Laws provides clear, practical advice for every step of the process for artists at every level, from the basics of choosing supplies to advanced techniques. While the book’s advice will improve the skills of already accomplished artists, the emphasis on seeing, learning, and feeling will make this book valuable—even revelatory—to anyone interested in the natural world, no matter how rudimentary their artistic abilities.

The information is organized and nicely presented for being such a large book. And, wow, there is a lot in there! Many ways for any art and nature lover to enjoy this book. Middle and high school teachers and students can easily use this as a resource to create lesson plans in art, science, and creative writing. It is a true idea sparker.

Heyday Books/ John Muir Laws provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Wherever you’re off to, take New York Street Style with you. Transport yourself to bustling New York, and give life to the city. Beautifully detailed outfits, accessories, and hairstyles complement iconic skylines and intricate street scenes. Embellish whimsical, full-page patterns with your own touch and window shop the elegant stores of New York while you make your way through an iconic city. 

This sleek, high-end package has an elastic closure and a satin ribbon marker so you can dip in and dip out of your own New York fashion week. With nothing more than some colored pencils, you’ll be on your way to a perfect New York day.

Paperback, 80 pages

This coloring book has a variety of clearly drawn images in black on thick white paper suitable for crayon, colored pencil, or even marker.  The elastic closure and attractive cover make it more of an art journal than a coloring book.The scenes of people (all girls) and fashion are a perfect coloring escape. There are no faces drawn on any of the drawings and this could be a likable or unlikable quality of the book. (liked by me) Scenes focus on the outfits, accessories, hairstyles, and the activity. Very nice; highly recommend.

 The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.