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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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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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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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Whether you’re an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a “sleuth of bears,” keep your eyes open for a “watch of nightingales,” and learn something new about a “school of whales.” Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.

Size: 5.6″ x 7.6″, hardcover

Pages: 144
Short text and super watercolor illustrations. This is a fun book. It would be useful for home school science or art or even creative writing. A nice gift for an animal or nature fan. Recommend.

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This perpetual week-at-a-glance diary follows in the steps of the best-selling Start Where You Are, adding gorgeous illustration and encouragement to appointments and deadlines. 

160 pages

5.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches

The author is a self-taught artist and I enjoy experiencing her art in this diary. (diary/journal/planner) There is plenty of space to write daily memories or to write in work or school assignments. The design of the planner and the use of illustrations are kept clean and simple. A great gift idea for any almost any age. 

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Paperback, 64 pages, July 2017

In this new installment of Lee J. Ames’s beloved Draw 50 series, readers will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual lessons on sketching and rendering all kinds of sea and ocean-dwelling creatures. Animals and plants from in and near the water featured in the book include clownfish, whale sharks, sea otters, dolphins, turtles and more.

Draw 50 is a step-by-step way to draw and uses only visual lessons, so don’t expect any text in this book. I appreciate this simple method of creating by observation. Each drawing is shown in 6-8 steps on a single page. The selection of sea creatures are not arranged in a any particular order but there is a single content page at the beginning to make it easy to find your subject. Each sea creature is named. Great addition to the home school art class. This is a beginner’s level book. 

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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Hardcover, 112 pages

Various subjects in this book include a devotional prayer and bible verse along with space to journal and something to color. 

Not fond of the front and back covers which are made of cardboard reminiscent of a composition notebook. The inside pages are a nice quality for writing and coloring. The size (basically 6 x 8) makes it convenient, not too big and not too small. Not my cup of tea, but I recommend it for artsy people of the Christian faith. 

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