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Mesmerizing Novel for Summer Reading List

By: Gloria Marie

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“The Little French Bistro” is a mesmerizing novel that needs to be added to your summer reading list. The beautiful descriptions of the French Rivera, the landscape, and the food will entice you to plan a trip or at the very lease enjoy a glass of wine with a baguette and dream of the area. Nina George’s new novel is filled with romance, passion and second chances.

Marianne is 60 years old and stuck in a loveless marriage. She tries to kill herself, unsuccessfully and instead finds her way to the sea and a new life. She begins working at the Ar Mor restaurant and meets the various characters in the town. There is Yann, the handsome painter, Genevieve, the restaurant owner, Jean-Remy, the chef at Ar Mor and many others.

Marianne for the first time in her life begins living with passion. She does a complete makeover of her wardrobe, her hair, and her makeup. She finds new love and no longer wants to end her life because it is now rich with relationships and interests.

However, her past does catch up with her, and that is when Marianne must make a choice whether to go back to her old life or continue with courage on her new path.

This is one of my favorite passages from “The Little French Bistro”:

“I don’t know why we women believe that sacrificing our desires makes us more attractive to men. What on earth are we thinking? That someone who goes without her wishes deserves to be loved more than she who follows her dreams?”

Pick up, “The Little French Bistro” and travel virtually to the French Rivera.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Try These Fun Creative Projects

By: Gloria Marie

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If you are looking for a book to give inspiration for creative projects, “Make It Yours,” is the book you need. There are many easy to follow projects that will help you bring personal touches throughout your home. “Make It Yours” by Christine Schmidt, will teach you how to print, stamp, stencil, and dye.

Each project is accompanied by a color photograph of the finished project. Also, for each project, there is, the time involved, the level of difficulty, “what you will learn,” a materials list and step by step instructions. Even someone with no previous experience can complete the projects.

There are numerous projects which include: abstract painted scarf, recipe cards, monogram leather clutch, fondant decorations, roll stamp table linens, custom monogram, stamped Moorish tiles and dry iron-on applique. Everyone with any level of experience will find a project to suit them.

There is a complete section with stencils and templates to trace. One of my favorite sections is Appendix A. I am a novice when it comes to these projects, but, Appendix A takes care of that! It goes into detail about the supplies by techniques. For example, one project I like called for an inking plate. I imagined I would go to the local craft store and pick one up. The author suggests using a clean baking sheet that you can buy at a thrift store! This section discusses what fabrics to use and the factors to consider when choosing the fabric.

You will want to stop what you are doing, get some materials and have some fun doing these diverse creative projects.

Perfect Gift Book

By: Gloria Marie

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This adorable book is filled with inspiring messages and beautiful, uplifting illustrations. It is the perfect book to give someone that you want to comfort, support or encourage. The messages are timeless and can be read over and over. Some of the topics include: happiness, growth, karma, forgiveness and calm. “Open when: Letters to lift your spirit” is also a great gift to give to yourself and keep it on your desk. Sometimes we need to think more positively, but, we get stuck in old habits and ways of thinking. This book will help you become unstuck with the uplifting passages. The book is arranged with envelopes that you unfold in an origami-like way to find the inspirational reading. There are twelve different envelopes to explore. The author, Karen Salmansohn, is considered a happiness expert and her newest book will have you find happiness and support. This will be my go-to gift book. It is a treasure.
One of my favorite messages:
Open when you need a booster shot of motivation……. When feeling overwhelmed by a faraway goal, repeat the following: I have it within me right now to get me to where I want to be later.

Inspired by the trend of “open when” letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like “Open when you need a laugh,” “Open when you’re feeling stressed out,” and “Open when you need courage,” these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn’s viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to write this review.

The Hum of Angels

By: Gloria Marie

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Most of us believe in angels for three main reasons: references in the Bible, experience with angels and Christian art. In the Bible alone, there are over three hundred references to angels. “The Hum of Angels” is filled with hundreds of references from the Bible and real-life stories of people that encountered angels.

Scott McKnight, the author, believes that angels are messengers from God and that angels are active in our world and all around us even when we do not take notice of them. It was fascinating to read that not all angel experiences are the same. Most people see angels as the traditional figure dressed in white. However, other experience angles as human-like figures, a scent of some sort or a bright light.

Angels provide God’s presence by expressing God’s love, confirming God’s presence, and they bring God’s comfort. The many stories were fascinating. Angels provided comfort during death and rescued people. McKnight writes, “That angels are all around us even when we don’t take notice of them. We are wise to believe they surround us, rather than expect them to announce themselves.” They appear when God thinks something special is needed.

One story gave an example of a women that did not listen to the hum of angels. She was scheduled for a cosmetic surgery procedure. She had to keep delaying the time because her baby sitter was late and got a flat tire. The sitter finally arrived over two hours late and she had the procedure. Of course, it went into complications. The angels intercede, but, we must listen to the hum.

The core teaching from the Bible about angels:
God is Love.
All that God does is loving.
God sends angels to us because God loves us.

I recommend this book. It will fill you with hope and love and you will most likely pay attention for the hum of angels.

I received this book for Blogging for Books to write this review.

Wishing You Peace and Love

By: Gloria Marie

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could keep the holiday feelings and sentiments alive all year? I do believe it is possible. How wonderful it would be, to be filled with joy and peace all year? Let’s take this a step further and wouldn’t it be wonderful if all beings were filled with love and peace all year? This joy and peace begins with you. As I spend time with my family during the holidays, I am going to focus on my feelings of love and try to keep that thread throughout the year. The Discourse on Good Will is one of my favorite passages. Wishing you peace and love during this magical time of year.

Discourse on Good Will

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long.
The subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

-The Sutta Nipata

May you be filled with joy, peace and love during this magical time of year.

Let Me Walk in Beauty

By: Gloria Marie

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Happy Thanksgiving! This is a favorite prayer of mine and perfect for Thanksgiving.

Let Me Walk in Beauty

-Chief Yellow Lark

O Great Spirit,

Whose voice I hear in the winds

And whose breath gives life to all the world,

Hear me.

I am small and weak.

I need your strength and wisdom.

 

Let me walk in beauty

And let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the thing you have made

And my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.

 

Make me wise so that I may understand the things

You have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden

In every leaf and rock.

I seek strength not to be greater than my brother or sister

But to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me always ready

To come to you with clean hands and straight eyes

So when life fades as the fading sunset

My spirit may come to you without shame.

Learn Radical Beauty

By: Gloria Marie

radical beauty, deepak chopra

Deepak and Kimberly’s book delivers a holistic approach to both health and beauty. This is a fantastic book that will show you how to transform yourself from the inside out. It is filled with tips, tools, recipes and at home beauty treatments.

“Radical Beauty” is a birthright for each of us to live with full potential from our bodily tissues to our outer, visible self. They discuss Six Pillars of “Radical Beauty”: Internal Nourishment, External Nourishment, Peak Beauty Sleep, Primal Beauty, Beautiful Movement and Spiritual Beauty. In addition, there is an appendix filled with healthy recipes.

In the Internal Nourishment section, you will learn cutting edge research on food. I loved learning what to avoid and why, but, quick tips like: “Quick Beauty Circulation Test”, “Radical Beauty Liver Tonic, and “Are You Overly Toxic?”

In the External Nourishment section, “Radical Beauty” discusses skin, hair and nail care. There are recommendations for specific skins issues with recipes for different type of masks to try and ways to deal with common skin problems: bags under the eyes, acne, cellulite and dry skin.

The Peak Beauty Sleep gives findings to help you understand your sleep rhythms and what affects them. It then gives action steps to align yourself to nature’s rhythms and ways to establish an evening routine.

There is a chapter on yoga with photographs of poses to try and the benefits you will gain from doing these poses.

Finally, is the chapter on spiritual beauty and the benefits and ways to meditate. One of my favorite quotes was in this section. “How do you arrive at this state of total inner fulfillment? Surrender, Let go, Accept, and Be.”

This is a wonderful reference book that I will keep handy and refer to often. “Radical Beauty” is renewal. “Whatever path you take, please, please, renew yourself forever and without end.” This may be the best book you could purchase to learn to renew yourself from the inside out.

I received this book from “Blogging for Books” in order to write this review.

A Captivating Work of Historical Fiction

By: Gloria Marie

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Saffire is a captivating work of historical fiction. It is filled with intrigue, romance and historical accuracy. The book is set in Panama in 1909. James Holt is asked by Teddy Roosevelt, an old friend of friend of his, to investigate sabotage at the Panama Canal construction site. James Holt’s character is right of the old west including his cowboy hat and boots. His ranch is in jeopardy of foreclosure, so, he accepts the assignment because of the hefty payment and travels by train and steamer ship to the Panama Canal. A very long trip in 1909. Holt is a widow and leaves his eight-year-old daughter in her uncle’s care in North Dakota. Holt quickly finds conspiracies far worse than Roosevelt imagined. He befriends, Saffire, a young girl whose Mother has disappeared and looks for clues to her disappearance. It is a compelling read filled with mystery, romance and murder. Saffire is page turner filled with history. It reminded me of Casablanca!
I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Your Mind Can Enhance Your Beauty

By: Gloria Marie

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The power of our thoughts have tremendous effects on our outer beauty. Our thoughts shape our faces. The Law for Beauty is the same as the Law of Attraction. The thoughts you put out will manifest on your face and body. The good news is that you can control this and your mind can enhance your beauty.

The health and beauty industry has sales of $55 billion annually. Most women in the United States spend $215 a year on cosmetics. To get ready in the morning, 25% of men and 21% of women spent over 30 minutes to get out the door. When going out at night 42% of women spend over 30 minutes getting ready. In 2013, in the United States, there were 15.1 million cosmetic procedures.

Obviously, we spend a lot of time and money on ourselves and our beauty. Why not spend some of this time learning to control your thoughts? It would parlay into spending less on beauty supplies, because your beauty would shine from within.

We have the age of the body and the age of the mind. Someone that has cheerful thoughts will have a cheerful face without the need for external enhancements. To preserve your beauty, have thoughts of health, vigor, and love. To become unattractive have thoughts of weakness, disease, and depression.

Thoughts can be like a magnet; you attract that which you think. If someone has a scowl on their face, that is an indication of their thoughts. Our face is an advertisement to our thoughts.

Expect to grow old, hunched over and decrypted and you will. Your wish will be granted.

How to Change:
1. Spend some time looking in the mirror and saying positive affirmations. I feel great. I love and approve of myself. I will send love to everyone I meet today.
2. Repeat similar affirmations in the evening.
3. Smile! Smile! Smile! Smile often and smile at everyone you encounter.
4. When negative thoughts arise, immediately shut the door on them.

With this practice, you will notice a difference in your facial features. Learn to use the power of your thoughts wisely.

A Fantastic Cookbook for Anyone with Food Allergies

By: Gloria Marie

pure delicious, heather christo

If you have any food allergies, this IS the cookbook for you. “Pure Delicious” by Heather Christo has more than 150 recipes that are allergen-free without gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, or cane sugar. The recipes include soups, salads, appetizers, main course, pizza, desert and breakfast. There are also many vegetarian recipes.

Heather Christo’s daughter had a health crisis and she discovered that her illness was caused by food allergies. That was the beginning of her journey towards this cookbook. The cookbook not only has great recipes, in addition, there are six chapters about transitioning and explaining the elimination diet. She guides the reader through an eight-week process to a new normal. The transformation that her family went through with is remarkable.

The recipes are easy to follow and do not require hard to find ingredients. They are accompanied by beautiful photographs and I found the recipes very appealing. The recipes most used ingredients include: coconut oil, olive oil, garbanzo bean flour, beet sugar, gluten-free flour, and dehydrated potato flakes.

I made the Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup and it was a dinner time hit. It can be made in 15 minutes and the texture and flavor was wonderful. I also made the Zucchini Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Marmalade. Again, my testers loved them. They required some effort to make, but, the result was work it. The Red Onion Marmalade I will be making again and again to accompany other dishes.

This is a must have cookbook for anyone with food allergies, but, even someone without allergies can benefit from the natural ingredients used in the spectacular recipes.

I received my copy of this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.