Friday, December 16, 2011

Spellbinders Quick & Easy Crafts for Entertaining

With more than a dozen exciting ideas, this guide reveals not only useful techniques but also an array of inspirations to help crafters easily create dazzling items with Spellbinders Nestabilities brand die-cuts. Projects for every skill level cover a variety of special events, from baby showers and Mother's Day celebrations to New Year's Eve, birthdays, Halloween, and more. Easy-to-follow instructions, thorough materials lists, and professionally styled photos will make re-creating these stylish sets an enjoyable experience for all crafters while expanding their skills.

  • Paperback: 64 pages

  • Publisher: DRG (April 1, 2012)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1596353902

  • ISBN-13: 978-1596353909

  • This was a great book.  Lots of colorful pictures attached to each page.  Great ideas for that perfect party!

    Cutie Pies for Kids by Jennifer Adams

    What a "sweet" book this is!
    So fun for the kids to help make some yummy goodies over the holidays!

    ACCORDING TO NATION'S RESTAURANT NEWS, pie is the top food trend of 2011 and "mini" is the top buzzword. So what better than a book about mini pies for the "mini" food-lovers in your life? Author Jennifer Adams ushers in the hottest new trend in the food world with Cutie Pies for Kids, a collection of mini-size dessert favorites. With 26 recipes, from creamy pies to fruit pies to extravagant pies like Chewy Gooey and Baked Alaska, Cutie Pies for Kids has every kind of pie you'd want, but in adorable miniature form.

    Go Bananas! White Chocolate Gingersnap Pistachio Cream Pie Pear Tartlet Somethin' Phishy Fluffy Raspberry Chewy Gooey Pirate's Limey Chocolate Satin and Ribbons

  • Hardcover: 64 pages

  • Publisher: GIbbs Smith; Spi edition (August 1, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1423620496

  • ISBN-13: 978-1423620495

  • Big Foot Boutique~An Annie's Attic Crochet Book!

    Big Foot Boutique: "Kick Up Your Heels" in 8 Pairs of Crochet Slippers!

    Featuring creative patterns for people of all ages and feet of all sizes, this project collection is a favorite among crocheters. Designed for men and women, pattern sizes range from a child's small to a men's extra large and are made with worsted-weight yarn. Patterns include cowboy boots, house slippers, high-top sneakers, tennis socks, work boots, track shoes, Mary Janes, and ski boots.

  • Paperback: 24 pages

  • Publisher: DRG (December 1, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1596353996

  • ISBN-13: 978-1596353992

  • I loved this book. have yet to try the techniques, but what fun these 'shoes' look to make!

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Magical Meals Made Easy, by Ashcroft, Kelly, & Patrick

    click HERE to order!

    Whether you are new to coking or you've been slaving in the kitchen for years, this book will provide you with 400 foolproof recipes for successfully putting dinner on the table. These recipes are easy to prepare with simple, step-by-step instructions and basic ingredients found at your local supermarket. It's a must for the home cook library!

    Stephanie Ashcraft is also the author or coauthor of 200 Cake Mix Creations and 14 of the "101 Things to Do with . . ." cookbooks. She presents cooking segments regularly on TV shows around the country. She lives in Tucson.

    Donna Kelly is also the author of 101 Things to Do with a Toaster Oven, 101 Things to Do with a Tortilla, 101 Things to Do with Chicken, and 101 Things to Do with Tofu. She lives in Provo, Utah.

    Toni Patrick is also the author of 101 Things to Do with Ramen Noodles, 101 Things to Do with Mac & Cheese, 101 Things to Do with Canned Biscuits, and 101 Things to Do with a Blender. She lives in Colorado.

    Homemade meals made easier!

    Love this great hardback cookbook! Highly recommended by someone who cannot cook that great, this book makes it look so easy!
    Hardcover: 496 pages
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith (October 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1423623630
    ISBN-13: 978-1423623632

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    T is For Titanic, by Debbie and Michael Shoulders

    Product Description

    At 11:40 pm on April 14, 1912, the fate of the world's most famous ship was sealed when the lookout on the luxury liner, RMS

    In T is for Titanic, husband-and-wife writing team Michael and Debbie Shoulders sift through the stories, documents, and artifacts surronding the famous ship, giving a you-are-there view to one of the greatest disaster stories.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover: 32 pages
    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (November 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1585361763
    ISBN-13: 978-1585361762

    Little Soccer, Little Basketball, by Brad Herzog

    I just love these little books.
    It's a series of 3.
    Little Soccer, Little Basketball, and Little Baseball.
    I reviewed Little Baseball a while back and the publisher sent the other 2 along.
    A great little series for young children.
    Great board books!
    Super fun rhyming riddles.

    Click HERE for purchase of Little Soccer

    Reading level: Baby-Preschool

    Board book: 20 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1585361976

    ISBN-13: 978-1585361977

    Click here to purchase Little Basketball
    ISBN-10: 158536181X

    ISBN-13: 978-1585361816

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs

    Growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes, Anju loved being an elephant. Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be.
    That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus. Anju spends decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds. After the circus, she's then moved to a small zoo for 23 years, their lone elephant. Anju no longer loved being an elephant. She was old and tired. Will Anju ever love being an elephant again?

    About the Author
    Wendy Henrich's love of animals expresses itself in the stories she writes for children. In researching elephants, she was struck by their deep family connections and emotional needs so closely resembling those of humans. Wendy lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

    John Butler has illustrated more than 40 children's books, including A Mama for Owen, the true story of the African baby hippo that, separated from his mother during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, bonded with a giant tortoise. John lives in England.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Library Binding: 32 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (September 1, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1585365335

    ISBN-13: 978-1585365333

    *My kids and I enjoyed this fun book*

    Just Me and 6,000 Rats, by Rick Walton

    Teachers and parents know that teaching is more effective when kids are having fun. Rick Walton's Language Adventures Series combines entertainment and education with eight newly revised picture books that cleverly teach grammar and usage. Kids will love the silly stories, funny illustrations, and witty wordplay. Teachers and parents will love the new features: definitions at the beginning of the book and activities at the end that allow kids to apply what they've learned.

    Titles in the series include

    Around the House, the Fox Chased the Mouse: Adventures in Prepositions

    Bullfrog Pops: Adventures in Verbs and Objects

    Herd of Cows, Flock of Sheep: Adventures in Collective Nouns

    Just Me and 6,000 Rats: Adventures in Conjunctions

    Once There Was a Bull . . . (Frog): Adventures in Compound Words

    Pig Pigger Piggest: Adventures in Comparing

    Suddenly Alligator: Adventures in Adverbs

    Why the Banana Split: Adventures in Idioms

    Rick Walton is the author of more than sixty children's books, including this best-selling language arts series. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, Reading Rainbow, and CBS This Morning.

    More than 150,000 copies sold!

    Conjunction-junction, what's your function? Author Rick Walton knows, and he's delivered another delightful children's book in the language arts series to teach budding new readers all about them. Conjunctions are used to link words, phrases, and clauses, but who knew that they could be so clever!

    "After the game we decided to see a play. The city is famous for its plays. We entered the theater. We had trouble finding just the right seats, AS . . .

    . . . all the seats were already filled, SO . . .

    . . . we sat on people's laps. We don't know why everyone decided to leave early, THOUGH. . .

    . . . it might have been that the show was about cats. Who wants to see a show about cats? We left the theater.

    And then the rats saw the sign, "Museum of Fine Arts". Rats don't read well. They insisted we go in BECAUSE . . . . . . they thought it said, "Museum of Fine Rats."

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Paperback: 36 pages
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Revised edition (March 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1423620763
    ISBN-13: 978-1423620761

    Handlettering Workbook~Annie's Attic books

    CardMaker's Hand-Lettering Workbook was created to fill a need expressed by many card-making enthusiasts who long to make their hand-crafted cards even more personal with the inclusion of handwritten notes and sentiments. Talented lettering artists, Nancy Burke and Marian Rodenhizer provide a nice assortment of lettering samples for individuals to practice and perfect and ultimately use in their greeting cards, tags and invitations to share with friends and family. A brief overview of the tools necessary for successful lettering is included to get crafters started on this creative venture. A helpful tutorial is provided with each alphabet making it easy for crafters of all skill levels to achieve beautiful lettering results. Eye-catching projects samples showcase a number of ways each alphabet can be used. Ruled pages included at the back of the book can be photocopied and used for lettering practice.

    This book is available for purchase in 2012. Check here for details CLICK HERE

    I am going to use this book for my embroidery~great writing styles to copy from!

    Why the Banana Split, By Rick Walton

    Fun kids book, click here to purchase...

    The creators of Pig, Pigger, Piggest here dish out a kid-tickling serving of humor, illustrating a sequence of punning variations on verb phrases that can all be translated, roughly, to mean "exit." This is exactly what the characters (some human, most not) do when a gigantic dinosaur appears, baring his enormous, sharp teeth. Jump ropes "skipped town," astronauts "took off," frogs "hopped a train" that then "made tracks" and (in a triple whammy) "the bananas split, peeled out, slipped away." Walton stretches his concept with some of the entries (e.g., baseball players "struck out on their own" and trees "took their leaves") and indulges in several groaners (shoppers say "Good buy," and shopkeepers add, "Buy buy"). Depicting amusingly frantic faces on a variety of inanimate objects, Holder's stylized, fittingly exaggerated cartoons will wring chuckles from the audience. Although their worldlier parents may want to take a hike from the one-joke wordplay, kids riveted by puns will guffaw. Ages 4-8.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Paperback: 36 pages
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Revised edition (March 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1423620860
    ISBN-13: 978-1423620860

    66 Ways Caregivers Solve the Alzheimer PUZZLE, by A.K.G. Laws

    Click to purchase here

    With her unique and compelling writing style-wedding invitations and diaries, Annie G. Laws personal stories, letters and poems encourage courage. She achieves the major focus of this book by employing over 65 stress handling ideas all readers should find helpful. Through empathy, sympathy and understanding the disease, caregivers experience less stress-and yes- more laughter and more fun. This book is an excellent guide for caregivers and families caring for Alzheimer patients.

    Paperback: 94 pages

    Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 20, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 143277445X

    ISBN-13: 978-1432774455

    True to Life, by Duane Ashley Poole

    In a rap-like cadence comes-the poetry of youth - words that echo of love, hope and higher inspiration.

    Love is priceless love doesn't care if you are rich or poor.
    Money cannot buy love, so it's not about who has more!.
    Love is embracing, nurturing, strength, and support.
    Love stays with you through the good and bad, never selling you short.
    Love is doing good deeds, without a conscious of giving.
    Love is the ultimate, and all that this world needs to heal the living.
    Love exists for everyone in this world, love doesn't discriminate.
    Love's the savior of all humanity, that will rid hatred, war, and heartache.

    From "Love"

    I could visit the Great Wall of China, Statue of liberty, Big Ben and the Taj Mahal.
    Only to find out none of them conquer you because you're the finest of them all.
    I could go to visit Africa on a wild life safari and observe the king of the jungle.
    To find out you're the only person alive who can make me humble.
    Because nothing in the world captivates me, or moves me the way that you do.
    You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen that's why nothing compares to you!.

    From "Beautiful (nothing compares to you)"

    Paperback: 80 pages

    Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 26, 2008)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1432729039

    ISBN-13: 978-1432729035


    Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset~by Randall Ng

    Tough Love Is Real Love

    You might think that living in Hawaii and working with kids all day sounds like Paradise. But the reality of working as a middle school counselor, servicing kids in a low-income neighborhood, is very different. Told as the story of a typical working day, Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset gives an inspiring, eye-opening, and sobering view into the life of a man who has dedicated all his resources to making children's lives better. Randall Ng's students run the gamut from gifted to gang members; from at-risk to motivated; from safe in loving families to abused by parents and caregivers. Randall knows that to make a difference in the lives of these kids, he has to go above and beyond the call of duty, and he has to think outside the box. Randall transcends the typical role of school counselor, as he visits students at home, confronts them and their parents with the truth, finds wildly creative solutions to problems with no easy answer, and steps in as a father figure to children who have never known a reliable and caring authority. Surprising, shocking, fascinating, and ultimately deeply redemptive, this book shows you what tough love looks like, and what it can accomplish in the lives of children at risk.

    About the Author:

    Randall Ng worked in the Hawaii State Department of Education for over 33 years as a classroom teacher, and as a campus, outreach, and grade level counselor. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Texas A&M University, with a minor in political science. In 1967, he graduated from University of Hawaii with a professional teacher's certificate in secondary education. Awards and recognition during Mr. Ng's career have included the 2005 Hawaii State Teacher Association's "Friend of Youth" award, and a 2002 award from the Hawaii State Senate for his counseling department's efforts to promote a safe, healthy, and drug-free lifestyle among his school's students.

    Paperback: 194 pages
    Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 30, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1432773313
    ISBN-13: 978-1432773311


    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    T is for Tutu~A Ballet Alphabet, by S. Rodriguez and K. Browning

    Purchase this hardback children's book HERE

    Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbions, stretching exercises at the barre--these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this historic dance form than pink tulle. There's hard work with years of study.

    Young readers will find themselves pointing their toes, practicing the five positions, and dreaming of being onstage as a sugarplum fairy or a king with a crown.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Library Binding: 32 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (August 1, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 158536312X

    ISBN-13: 978-1585363124

    Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting

    What a sweet little book for your favorite 1st-2nd grader!
    My daughter very much enjoyed this book.

    Purchase HERE

    Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Paperback: 40 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (July 22, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1585366897

    ISBN-13: 978-1585366897

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Fine Cooking in Season: Your Guide to Choosing and Preparing the Season's Best

    Today’s home cooks want to embrace the bounty of every season and cook with unusual ingredients — or use their tried-and-true options in creative ways. Featuring 100 ingredients and 300 recipes arranged by season, Cooking in Season, readers will enjoy both the thrill of discovering new flavors as well as learning different methods of preparing common fresh produce. Each ingredient is accompanied by a beautiful photograph and in-depth details on how to choose it at its peak and keep it fresh, as well as preserving ideas and surprisingly delicious pairings. Plus, each ingredient features multiple recipes from the editors and contributors of Fine Cooking and tested by the Fine Cooking test kitchen staff so home cooks will get sure-to-work, delicious results from their fresh bounty, whether grown at home or purchased at the farmer’s market or grocery.

    Paperback: 320 pages

    Publisher: Taunton Press (February 22, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 160085303X

    ISBN-13: 978-1600853036

    A beautiful cooking book with lots of gorgeous pictures of fruits and veggies! Great for the dieter, the vegetarian, or overall lover of fine foods!

    for purchase click here

    Lipman Pike~by R. Michelson

    Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King

    In the mid 1800s the sport of baseball was working its way across the United States. Amateur teams were springing up and in 1858 the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed. Young men were eager to show their prowess on the field and in the batter’s box.

    Lipman Pike’s father, a Dutch immigrant, runs a small haberdashery in Brooklyn, New York, though Lip is more interested in watching the ball players than working behind the counter. His mother doesn’t approve—Jewish boys should be paying attention to more sensible matters. But when Lip is barely a teenager, he’s invited to join the Nationals Junior Club and play first base. When he hits his first pitch over the right fielder’s head, Lip knows baseball is the sport for him.

    Award-winning author Richard Michelson chronicles the meteoric rise of one of baseball’s earliest (and unsung) champions.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Library Binding: 32 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (February 1, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1585364657

    ISBN-13: 978-1585364657

    The Lone Star Skate, by Glenn Hart & Rusty Burson

    Hockey fans, living in Texas???
    Improbable but true stories of Texas's Hockey Heroes~

    Click to purchase

    Hardcover: 180 pages

    Publisher: Bridgeway Books (March 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1934454389

    ISBN-13: 978-1934454381

    Tugg and Teeny, by J. Patrick Lewis

    Tugg and Teeny , Book 1

    My kids (ages 8 and 9) were laughing through this whole kids book~grades 2-3. Fun fun.
    Highly recomend!

    Meet Tugg and Teeny. Best friends since…well, forever!

    Tugg (a gorilla) and Teeny (a monkey) live together in their jungle neighborhood, Sidekick Thicket. As opposite as night and day, the two friends work and play together, each helping the other face life’s challenges.
    Lively, impulsive Teeny always wants to try new things. Sure and steady Tugg is always there to lend a hand or give a word of encouragement.
    In this beginning chapter book series, Book One’s trio of stories has Teeny learning to become a musician, developing her talents as an artist, and fine-tuning her skills as a poet. Book Two has her pondering strange and quirky situations in the jungle. All with the help of her best friend Tugg.

    Reading level: Ages 4-8

    Paperback: 40 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (March 2, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1585366854

    ISBN-13: 978-1585366859

    Little Baseball, by Brad Herzog


    This is a sweet book for maybe a 4-6 year old?
    It's a rhyming book that asks questions, then you flip the page and get the answer. Makes the little ones think! ~very cute book

    level: Baby-Preschool

    Board book: 20 pages

    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; Brdbk edition (April 10, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1585365475

    ISBN-13: 978-1585365470

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, Edie Eckman

    (BEYOND THE SQUARE) CROCHET MOTIFS BY ECKMAN, EDIE[AUTHOR]Paperback{Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs: 144 Circles, Hexagons, Triangles, Squares, and Other Unexpected Shapes} on 2008 [Paperback]

    Publisher: Storey Publishing (July 30, 2008)

    ASIN: B0041JMT82

    a great quick reference.
    working with triangles, hexagons, rectangles, and much more~getting started techniques and tricks to make this fun trade so easy to learn!

    The Promises she Keeps, Erin Healy

    click to purchase this book HERE

    Loved Healy's writing style.  Quirky, funny, romatic at times.
    Loved this mid size young adult fiction.

    Paperback: 352 pages

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (February 8, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1595547517

    ISBN-13: 978-1595547514

    I'm Outnumbered, L.L. Groves

    I'm Outnumbered!: One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys [Paperback]

    I could definitely relate to this book~having 3 boys of my own.
    helping boys keep organized, stay off drugs, stay away from sexual activity~lots of great ideas to help out your boys in this little book.
    Product Description

    I'm Outnumbered! offers sound advice and encouragement for every mom who has more than one son, even if there's a girl in the mix. Laura Lee Grove's combination of personal anecdotes, authoritative research, and humorous stories will give every outnumbered mom much-needed encouragement, inspiration, and information.

    About the Author

    Laura Lee Groves is a high school English and drama teacher who has written for Moody Magazine, Focus on the Family's Focus on Your Child, Indianapolis Star, and Coral Ridge Ministries. She also has contributed to the upcoming Book Lover's Devotional and The mother of four sons, Laura and her husband, John, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit
    Paperback: 192 pages

    Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 2, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 0825427398

    ISBN-13: 978-0825427398

    SEWING SCHOOL~A. Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle

    Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make [Spiral-bound]

    Gr 2-8-These projects were tested by kids between the ages of 5 and 13, and there is no denying their appeal or their ability to instruct and inspire. After learning the basics (threading a needle, knots, simple stitches), beginners can easily dive into the initial projects-a needle holder and pincushion. A ratings system guides intermediate sewers to items that require more skill, like doll clothing and skirts, with plenty of tasks in between that build confidence and experience. Almost everything is hand sewn, with any machine use acknowledged in the "Note for Grown-Ups" sections that identify the steps requiring adult help. The authors have a fun and encouraging writing style, offering tips to personalize projects and breezily stressing that results do not have to be perfect. Also helpful are the practical techniques like repairing rips and holes or replacing buttons. Bright photos add to the enjoyment and provide guidance for the step-by-step instructions. A "Sewing School Dictionary" and "Resource Guide" are included. However, librarians may find that the ebook binding and the attached envelope of patterns will make it difficult to keep everything complete and intact. These features make the book better suited as an excellent gift idea for creative kids or for adults conducting youth-centered group activities.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

    Sew What! BAGS, by Lexie Barnes

    Oh my~bags galore~even if you are a beginning sewer you will love this bitty reference book. Great pictures and colorful guides will help you to make the perfect bag!

    Storey Publishing, LLC (2009)

    ASIN: B00336KU3A

    Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs [Hardcover]

    It's Not Your Fault, by E. Barling

    this book is a great reference if you are struggling with weight issues.

    review from amazon:  The plight of overweight and obese Americans has fostered a national debate that has poured over into television talk shows such as Oprah and the Nightly News. Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to the N.Y. Times Bestseller, Women, Food and God, asking viewers to email their comments to her web page. Our reactions to the limited theories advanced on that show are contained in the book. American obesity rates are the highest in the world. Sixty-eight percent of adults are categorized as overweight. One-third of them are diagnosed as clinically obese. There are nearly 7 million overweight and obese children in the U.S. today. Childhood obesity statistics show that obese children have a 70% chance of becoming obese adults. The percentage increases to 80% if either one or both parents is obese as well. Americans did not get fat overnight nor did some mosquito spread a deadly virus that causes obesity. Eating until becoming obese is now the leader in American addictions surpassing cigarettes and alcohol. There are tangible reasons why Americans are gaining weight, becoming obese or cannot lose it. The so-called "healthy foods" you're eating are making you fat and ill. The research cited in the Reference section proves that weight gain and obesity are the result of an addiction to many chemical food ingredients, the dangers of genetically modified fruits and vegetables and the damage to the human body caused by foods containing synthetic growth hormones, carcinogens and antibiotics found in factory farmed meats and dairy. We ask and answer the questions: Are you eating a lot of salads but still gaining weight? Juicing and still gaining weight? Drinking so-called health food shakes to lose weight without success? Changing your diet so often you feel like a yo-yo? Can't stop eating? Finding working out impossible because you are getting too overweight to walk, jog or exercise for very long? Are you considering a drastic means to lose weight such as liposuction, gastric bypass or lap-band surgeries? PLEASE STOP NOW. It's Not Your Fault! The information in this book led to one author losing more than 80 pounds and the other losing 20. And they are still losing weight. This is a new approach to losing weight. The authors show you how to change your diet and lose weight without giving up your favorite type of foods. The only sacrifice is switching brands containing dangerous chemical additives for a healthier version. We teach you how to do it. It's easier than you think. The book describes the causes of food cravings, overeating, addiction and discuss food allergies, delayed food intolerance and the dangerous addictive chemicals used by food manufacturers that cause the compulsive/obsessive eating that leads to obesity. We offer a 90-day challenge and easy 12-step dieting rules that can start readers on their way to losing weight. Diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses are complications caused by weight gain. This book enlightens and empowers people to lose weight and improve their health. We also discuss how certain chemical food addictions in children originate with the eating habits of pregnant mothers that start in vitro. We offer important information to help expectant mothers stop the cycle of addiction. "I'm having great fun already with the book. Fascinating read. And extremely informative. I'm appalled at the extent of my ignorance!" Barbara Paskin, BBC

    One Yard Wonders, R. Yaker and P. Hoskins

    Loved THIS book!

    For both novice and accomplished sewers, this spiral-bound guide offers directions that are precisely, clearly, and buoyantly written as the authors share 101 sewing projects requiring only a yard of fabric, including apparel, toys, accessories (human and pet), dresser organizers, and stuffed animals. For each “recipe,” the authors, in well-ordered fashion, list necessary materials and then take the reader-crafter through clearly numbered, carefully explained directions to create a successful final product. For each project, too, a pattern schematic is matched on the opposite page with a full-color photograph of the finished project. This is a fundamental crafts book appropriate for most crafts collections.

    Hardcover-spiral: 304 pages

    Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (October 28, 2009)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1603424490

    ISBN-13: 978-1603424493

    Around the Corner ~Crochet Borders, Edie Eckman

    Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time

    When it comes time to put the finishing touches on the edges of a fiber project, a crochet border is the perfect solution. Edgings are essential adornments to the most popular knit and crochet pieces blankets, scarves, and afghans. But borders can do so much more; they give handmade goods a delightful finishing touch, serve as focal points, tidy uneven edges, and add handcrafted flair to store-bought apparel.

    Borders often require turning a corner shaping the edgings around a 90-degree angle without breaking the pattern. This is rarely simple; add too few stitches at a corner and the work rounds inward; too many stitches, and the piece begins to ruffle awkwardly. Unfortunately, most published edging patterns fail to include specific instructions for turning the corner, leaving crafters to fend for themselves.

    Edie Eckman comes to the rescue in Around-the-Corner Crochet Borders, a collection of 150 colorful crochet frames, each with detailed instructions for working around a corner. Instructions are offered both as text and as charts for working in-the-round; back-and-forth charts are also included for when that method is more appropriate. Photographs of finished borders, each turning a 90-degree corner, allow readers to see the details up close. Borders range from the delicate to the flamboyant and are sure to appeal to a new generation of trend-setting crafters.

    Offering practical solutions to one of needlecrafts most vexing challenges, Around-the-Corner Crochet Borders is an essential addition to every crocheters reference library. With this book, marvelous crochet borders are just around the corner.

    love this book~a great quick reference for the busy crocheter!

    Paperback: 316 pages

    Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 13, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1603425381

    ISBN-13: 978-1603425384

    Girl You Are Worth a Million Dollars, by Alayjiah Bargnare

    Girl You Are Worth a Million Dollars: The True Story of a Young Independent Poor Black Mother of 3 Who Struggles to Become Successful Despite Her Circumstances

    Alayjiah Bargnare

    An emotionally and sexually abused young woman survives being molested as a child and raped several times. She searches for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. She never gives up on overcoming her dark abusive past to become successful.

    Asia is disgusted and embarrassed by her abusive past and blames herself for all the crimes committed against her. She longed for love and protection from "Mr. Right" and a fresh start. Determined to escape her wild sexual past she ends up in the most dangerous relationship yet. This new relationship makes her feel even more worthless and hopeless. Asia makes the choice to stop at nothing to become successful and not be a victim to her tragedies.

    A tough read~but worth it. Content is sad and depressing. But a good writer she is...

    Paperback: 204 pages
    Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 30, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1432756079
    ISBN-13: 978-1432756079

    Spiritual Vitamins, by Sister Janet Lovell

    Spiritual Vitamins

    Thoughts and words have power. In Spiritual Vitamins, author Sister Janet Lovell discusses how you can bring healing power into your body and mind through your thoughts and words. This handbook presents a message of hope and positive thinking and affirms what God has been teaching mankind from the beginning. Spiritual Vitamins helps you learn the importance of: • Guarding your thoughts and disciplining your mind to control your thoughts • Thinking before acting • Removing the spirit of unforgiveness and replacing it with the love of Christ • The power of prayer • Preparing yourself for a special encounter with the three divine powers • Secrecy and thinking before speaking • The knowledge of visualization to become healthy and prosperous Using personal examples and biblical citations, Lovell shows you how to live by the word of God and not your own motives and to follow the Bible as a guide to prosperous living. Spiritual Vitamins demonstrates how thoughts and words can move various mountains in our lives. Change your thoughts, and change your life.

    Paperback: 344 pages
    Publisher: iUniverse (May 11, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1450208983
    ISBN-13: 978-1450208987

    We live in such a negative world~this book is a refreshing view on life, love, having spiritual happiness. *Would highly recommend this book*

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Letters in the Attic, by DeAnna Julie Dodson

    Annie's Attic Mysteries~

    Publisher: Annie's Attic (2010) a feel good book! quick read.

    ISBN-10: 1596353066

    ISBN-13: 978-1596353060

    Flavors, by Emily Sue Harvey

    Not yet released. This is a great book.
    All your emotions ignited in this sweet book.

    Emily Sue Harvey’s first novel, Song of Renewal, was praised by New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis as “an uplifting, heartwarming story,” by bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh as a work that will “linger in the memory long after readers put it aside,” and by Coffee Time Romance as “a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry said, “It captures your attention, and whets your appetite for more,” while Peeking between the Pages called it “quite simply a beautiful book.”

    Now, in Flavors, this master storyteller of the human heart sweeps us along with twelve-year-old Sadie Ann Melton as she enters a life-altering season. The summer of 1950 will change everything for her. For in that summer, she will embark on an odyssey at once heartbreakingly tender and crushingly brutal. At times, she will experience more darkness than she has ever witnessed before. At others, she will thrill to lightness and joy she never imagined. By summer’s end, the Melton women in Sadie’s journey &ndash loving her, coaxing her, and commanding her &ndash will help shape her into the woman she becomes. And they will expose Sadie to all of the flavors of life as she savors the world that she brings into being.

    Filled with charm, wisdom, and the smorgasbord of emotions that comes with the first steps into adulthood, Flavors once again proves Emily Sue Harvey’s unique ability to touch our souls with her unforgettable stories.

    Paperback: 120 pages

    Publisher: Story Plant, The (March 1, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1611880033

    ISBN-13: 978-1611880038

    Sudden Moves, by Kelli Sue Landon

    When Katie Brashers announces to her friends that she's headed to Orlando, Florida, for spring break, no one thinks twice. But when school resumes and Katie is nowhere to be found, her sixteen-year-old classmate and friend, Michelle Martin, grows suspicious. The school staff claims that the family moved to Florida, but Michelle doesn't buy it. First, Katie never said goodbye to her devoted boyfriend, Brad; and second, Katie still has a treasured family book Michelle gave her to read-a book Katie promised to return. Something doesn't make sense. Michelle and her best friend, Tami, team up with Brad to investigate the family's disappearance, but it's not easy. Not only do they have to dodge Michelle's demanding, nosey mother, but they also have to sneak around the neighborhood while avoiding arrest for trespassing. After talking to neighbors and looking inside the house, they still have nothing but circumstantial evidence. Michelle is about ready to give up-until she takes her dog for their daily walk and uncovers a concrete clue. The clue leads her closer to the truth, but also thrusts her into dangerous circumstances beyond her control. If she isn't careful, Michelle could end up like Katie-gone without a trace.

    I did not get the chance to read this one, but from the description, it looks like an awesome read and already has great reviews!

    to purchase click HERE

    Paperback: 216 pages

    Publisher: Trafford Publishing (October 26, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1426945841

    ISBN-13: 978-1426945847

    don't tell nobody~ by darryl wayne

    A tale in an inner city ghetto, a young boy is imprisoned in a dark world where molestation, poverty and self loathing are a daily way of life. Repeatedly raped, an event that foreshadows a life of struggle with self identity and dysfunctional relationships with men. The inevitable happens as he takes many risks trying to find himself, until one day he does, becoming, not forever vulnerable.

    I enjoyed this book but it was hard to get through. Very graphic, detailed. Sad. But a good read overall.

    Paperback: 202 pages

    Publisher: E-BookTime, LLC (December 27, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1608622150

    ISBN-13: 978-1608622153

    to purchase: click

    Dust and Other Poems

    by Thomas Noel Smith

    The works in "Dust and other poems" are a collection of works that address the human condition-from our origins to our movement and development through time. Some of the works are heartwarming. Some are disquieting. Each poem attempts to engage the mind, touch the heart, and invigorate the spirit. Poetry is the music of life that sings of where we've been and inspires us to reach for a sense of perfection in our lives that we can achieve.

    Paperback: 90 pages

    Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 19, 2011)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1432768786

    ISBN-13: 978-1432768782

    I enjoyed this collection of poems very much.

    Quantum Angel Healing by Eva-Maria Mora

    You can purchase this book HERE

    If you have a love one that is sick and there are no answers being will want to read this lovely book. Interesting.


    Identifying and transforming the true cause of an illness or difficult life situation is a very complex task. Through connecting and communicating with angels, Quantum Angel (QA) Practitioners help those living with pain access the divine matrix and restore health and balance by applying the "Angel Healing Formula."QA Healing applies fundamental concepts of quantum physics to perform healing, either hands-on or at a distance. It uses diagnostic intuition, clairvoyance, telepathy, energy healing, and prayer and goes beyond physical death and integrates nonphysical helpers in the process.

    Paperback: 312 pages
    Publisher: Synergy Books (February 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 098450401X
    ISBN-13: 978-0984504015

    Merger, by Sanjay Sanghoee

    Merger ~to purchase click

    Sanjay Sanghoee,a former investment banker goes behind the scenes of multi-billion dollar mergers to reveal a dark world of greed,corruption,and murder A gruesome murder kick-starts this explosive saga of greed, corruption and mayhem. Set in the secretive world of corporate America's ruthless plays for money and power, Merger takes readers behind the closed doors of Wall Street to witness the shocking dealings of corrupt CEOs and unethical bankers who violate the public trust for their personal gain- similar to the real-life incidents at Enron and WorldCom.

    Paperback: 384 pages
    Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2005)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0765311135
    ISBN-13: 978-0765311139

    A great writer~a definite read.

    The Day Before the Berlin Wall

    The Day Before the Berlin Wall: Could We Have Stopped It?: An Alternate History of Cold War Espionage , by T.H.E Hill

    Product Description

    The plot is based on a "legend" that was still being told by U.S. Army soldiers in Berlin in the mid-1970s. According to the legend, we had advance knowledge of the wall, and we knew that the East-German troops who were going to build it had been told to halt construction if the Americans were to take aggressive action to stop them. In Hill's version of the tale, a young American sergeant is the one who gets this piece of intelligence, but he is in East Berlin and has to get back to his unit to report it. The Stasi (the East German secret police) are prepared to kill to keep him from reporting it. They have killed his postmistress, and framed him for her murder. Now it is not only the Stasi, and the Vopos (the East-German "People's" Police), but also the West-Berlin municipal Polizei and the U.S. Army MPs who are after him. It's the day before construction is scheduled to start, and time is running out, so the sergeant is running as fast as he can. The key question of the novel is "even if he is lucky enough to make it back across the border, will anybody in the West believe what he has to say and take action on it before it is too late?" History says that he either didn't make it, or they didn't believe him.

    About the Author

    T.H.E. Hill served with the U.S. Army Security Agency at Field Station Berlin in the mid-1970s, after a tour at Herzo Base in the late 1960s. He is a three-time graduate of the Defense Language Institute (DLIWC) in Monterey, California, the alumni of which are called “Monterey Marys”. The Army taught him to speak Russian, Polish, and Czech; three tours in Germany taught him to speak German, and his wife taught him to speak Dutch. He has been a writer his entire adult life, but now retired from Federal Service, he writes what he wants, instead of the things that others tasked him to write while he was still working.
    Paperback: 188 pages

    Publisher: CreateSpace (November 9, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1453825142

    ISBN-13: 978-1453825143

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    an interesting take on the berlin wall controversy.

    29 Days ... to your perfect weight, by m. bertolin and r. fast

    Have you already given up on that hard to reach weight goal from new year's?
    NO need~this book will help you continue that journey...

    Diets, fads and quick fixes to losing weight never last. If, and that's a big IF, people manage to reach their desired weight, they seldom know how to keep it off. Statistics show that 97% of dieters gain the weight back and even more. Losing weight, without the ability to keep it off, effortlessly and permanently, is of little value. In 29 DAYS ... to your perfect weight, you will change your fundamental beliefs. For twenty-nine days your "free" online coach will guide you through a life changing step-by-step journey toward developing a new awareness of the triggers and causes of your weight gain. With a new understanding of your old eating habits, you can effortlessly create new habits that will be with you for good. 29 DAYS does not require willpower or a restricted diet. By changing the way you think and feel you can effortlessly lose your excess weight and keep it off ... for the rest of your life.

    Paperback: 252 pages

    Publisher: 29 DAYS Inc. (May 26, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 0986537713

    ISBN-13: 978-0986537714

    to purchase click HERE

    Deed So by Katharine A. Russell

    It is 1962, and Agnes Hayden Bashford, Haddie, a brainy Southern teen from a tradition-bound family, dreams of breaking free from suffocating expectations placed on girls and from Wicomico Corners. She vows to escape to the exhilarating world beyond its narrow borders, like her handsome, older friend Gideon Albright who is going to Vietnam. A series of shocking incidents brings the outside world crashing down on her peaceful village, exposing long-buried family secrets and setting Haddie on a collision course with an unstable firebrand who will have to silence her to protect his identity. Haddie witnesses the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white down-on-his-luck farmer trying to protect his retarded son. The resulting murder trial attracts outside agitators and political aspirants, and pits townspeople against each other. Excited about being a witness in the trial, Haddie sees her moment of notoriety dissolve into frustration and discomfort and tragedy claim the people around her. The racially-charged case exposes civic fault lines and secrets within Haddie's own family, shattering her comfortable home life, and unleashes an arsonist who terrorizes the community by night. In Deed So, a young girl and an entire town lose their innocence in the last year of innocence, the year before the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights struggle, feminist activism and the Vietnam War changed America forever.

    Paperback: 438 pages

    Publisher: CreateSpace (November 18, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 145377503X

    ISBN-13: 978-1453775035

    A wonderfully written historical fiction~it really made me think. thinking about what happened 'back when' the young men were drafted for War. Sad days, but a riveting story being told in Deed So.