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  • Ross Johnson 5:00 pm on 2017/12/29 Permalink
    Tags: david zinczenko, fresh starts, Home & Seasonal, , keenan mayo, meditation for fidgety skeptics, melissa hartwig, , , the super metabolism diet, the whole30 fast & easy cookbook, the wisdom of sundays: life-changing insights from super soul conversations   

    7 Books for a New Year, New You 

    January is almost here! Now’s the time to get your resolutions on the fast-track with 7 books that will help you achieve a happier, healthier 2018.

    The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30, by Melissa Hartwig
    Whole30 is all the buzz lately when it comes to fitness and healthy eating, refining a diet style based around eating unprocessed foods with minimal carbs, and eliminating sugars and alcohol. Which will be a lot easier now that the holidays are over, am I right? This new cookbook focuses on convenience, with recipes from Whole30 co-creator Hartwig designed to get you feeling right with minimal time in the kitchen.

    Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book, by Dan Harris, Carlye Adler, and Jeffrey Warren
    Science has begun to back up the promise of meditation, with benefits that many of us could be enjoying. There are a lot of barriers, though, from misconceptions to confusion about where to begin. ABC News anchor Harris teams up here with meditation teacher Warren to take a cross-country journey exploring some of the myths that keep people from trying it out and interviewing people who’d like to try about why they haven’t. From it all emerges some simple, practical instructions about how to get started and why.

    The Whole30 Day by Day: Your Daily Guide to Whole30 Success, by Melissa Hartwig
    If you’ve started on the Whole30 program of eating minimally processed foods and cutting out sugars, or if you’re just interested, this book is designed to make it easy. It’s intended by program co-creator Hartwig as a daily guidebook to healthy eating; sort of like a portable eating coach. It’s got day-to-day reminders, tips, guidelines, as well as inspiration and ideas for tracking your progress and staying motivated.

    Bobby Flay Fit: 200 Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle, by Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, and Sally Jackson
    Bobby Flay’s method here is less about eliminating anything from your diet, and more about making the most of each meal. The idea being that you can make satisfying, flavorful recipes using lean protein, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables by knowing how to use your spice drawer. The balanced recipes utilize low-calorie flavor enhancers like rubs and marinades to jazz up meals, and Flay also offers up some satisfying breakfast, snacks, and smoothies as well as some fitness tips to keep your energy up and the weight off.

    The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People, by Meik Wiking
    Inspired by the happiness habits of his homeland of Denmark, Wiking set out to discover not just what makes Danes so generally happy, but what secrets could be found in other parts of the world. Focusing on six factors—togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness—Wiking looks at what makes people content and satisfied all over the world, whether it’s by savoring a meal or dancing a tango. It’s full of tips based on Wiking’s journeys and research into what makes people happy, and how we can apply those lessons to our own lives.

    The Super Metabolism Diet: The Two-Week Plan to Ignite Your Fat-Burning Furnace and Stay Lean for Life!, by David Zinczenko and Keenan Mayo
    Eat This, Not That! author Zinczenko joins Keenan Mayo to provide a complete guide to getting your metabolism going in 2018. Many of us are feeling pretty sluggish this time of year, so it’s a good time to get things cranking. The book includes recipes and menus for keeping that engine going in-between meals, along with shopping guides and workouts. The focus is on balanced proteins and carbs as a way to feel full and full of energy.

    The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations, by Oprah Winfrey
    Going beyond just our bodies in 2018, Oprah’s new book collects some of the most extraordinary moments of insight and inspiration from her Super Soul Sunday television show. Authors, teachers, writers, and celebrities—people like Shonda Rhimes, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wayne Dyer, and Arianna Huffington share what they’ve learned about finding purpose and making connections in a busy world. The book includes several photographs, as well as an intimate essay from Oprah herself.

    What’s on your new you to-do list?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 3:00 pm on 2017/09/27 Permalink
    Tags: allie ogg, anne e. briated, cheese & beer, , goodnight brew: a parody for beer people, Home & Seasonal, janet fletcher, jeff alworth, joshua m. bernstein, patrick dawson, the american craft beer cookbook: 155 recipes from your favorite brewpubs and breweries, the beer bible, the complete beer course: boot camp for beer geeks, vintage beer: a taster's guide to brews that improve over tiime   

    Celebrate Oktoberfest by Drinking Up Beer Books 

    The second half of September through the beginning of October rings in the fun folk festival of Oktoberfest. The tradition originates from Germany, and the beer-drinking party is so popular that it has spread through many cities around the world. For those who caught the beer bug at the festival, or for those who can’t make it out, celebrate Oktoberfest in the comfort of your own home with a generous serving of books and beer.

    The Beer Bible,by Jeff Alworth
    Just beginning your beer adventures? bee The Beer Bible is a great place to start. Beer expert and author Jeff Alworth artfully pens the big book of beers and explains all beers—breaking the book up into four sections (ales, lagers, wheat beers, tart & wild ales) and then delving into the taste, process, and history of each brew. Though the book discusses complex subjects, Alworth’s tone is inviting—just like a satisfying pint.

    The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes, by Joshua M. Bernstein
    Swishing, sniffing, and sipping are usually reserved for wine tastings. But tasting beer can also be quite profound (and much less intimidating). As the title of this book promises, The Complete Beer Course will take readers from newbie to connoisseur in 12 tasting classes. The book is available in hardcover—the beers are sold separately.

    Cheese & Beer, by Janet Fletcher
    With The Beer Bible and The Complete Beer Course under your belt, it’s now time to take enjoyment of beer to the next level: pairing. Pairing a certain drink with a certain food creates a mix in the mouth that draws particular characteristics out of each. And honestly, which food is better to pair than cheese? After explaining the tenets of pairing, this appetizing book takes on the beautiful task of telling readers exactly which beers to pair with which cheeses.

    The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries, by John Holl
    Beyond pairing beer with food, cooking with beer can also be a delicious adventure. Prolific food and beer writer John Holl serves up 155 dishes that have been shared by beloved brewpubs and breweries. With recipes like American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams and Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes, this book is ideal for the beer aficionado and experimental chef alike.

    Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time, by Patrick Dawson
    This book makes a great addition to a veteran beer drinker’s collection. Taking on the cryptic world of aged beer, it discusses what brews make great vintages, how to find them, and what to look for when tasting them. The author even gives a guide to creating a home beer cellar, complete with which beers to buy and the process of how to age beer.

    Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People, by Ann E. Briated and Allie Ogg
    While this book is a play on the classic children’s story, Goodnight Moon, this parody is intended for a slightly older readers (ideally those 21 and over). It includes clever lines like, “goodnight, wildebeest and yeast”, and playful illustrations like pictures on the wall of ‘chocolate stout’. While it won’t put beer lovers to sleep, it will put them in a good mood. Best when read aloud to a group of beer-loving friends over a pint.

    What books are you raising this Oktoberfest?

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  • Holly Ashworth 4:14 pm on 2015/04/07 Permalink
    Tags: fresh flowers, , Home & Seasonal, , , ,   

    Give Your Mother the Gift of Fresh Flowers 

    Now that the long winter finally looks like it’s behind us, everyone’s in the mood to celebrate spring—and the moms in your life are no exception. Luckily, Mother’s Day is May 10, which gives you a great opportunity to delight your favorite mom with one of these beautiful presents. She may enjoy it even more than she enjoys the nice weather.

    Fresh Flowers Collection Lightweight Wool Blend Scarf
    This pattern on this scarf was designed by painter and gardener Julie Paton. It adds a beautiful splash of spring to any outfit. It arrives tied in a complementary blue bow, ready for a deserving mom to unwrap and enjoy for many springs to come.

    Cracked Egg Candle in a Nest—Set of 3
    This set of candles is so precious, moms may want to keep them forever instead of lighting them. Which makes sense to us—they’ll add a little spring to home decor year after year. The eggs are packaged in a Kraft box with raffia bow, and they sit on a natural raffia nest.

    Fresh Flowers Straw Market Tote with Fabric Wrap & Bow
    Springtime means storing away your winter purse and pulling out a lighter and brighter one, and we can’t imagine a bag that’s more perfect for the season than this one. The straw is handwoven and adorned with a beautiful fabric wrap and bow with a pattern by Julie Paton. We love the complementary polka-dot fabric in the interior. Moms may not want to let go of these bags until well into next winter.

    Blue Robin’s Egg French Milled Soaps in Apothecary Jar
    This set’s half-dozen soaps are the same size and color as real robins’ eggs, and thankfully, these won’t hatch. They arrive in a glass apothecary jar and sit on a raffia nest, and they smell of chamomile and meadowsweet extracts. Your mom can set them next to her sink, on her coffee table, or anywhere else, bringing a hint of springtime to the room.

    Fresh Flowers Collection Pen & Pencil Boxed Set
    For the mother who still values the art of handwriting (which, we think, is all mothers): a pen-and-pencil set that will freshen up all of her correspondence this spring. The box and pen are decorated with lively floral prints by Julie Paton, and the mechanical pencil comes in a charming polka-dot pattern. We hope she doesn’t use up all of the ink writing your thank-you note.

    Fresh Flowers Gardening Tool Set
    Know any moms who garden? Give them a flower print to enjoy while they cultivate some flowers of their own. The set comes with a trowel, shears, and a fork, all made out of stainless steel and aluminum and in a matching floral pattern. They’ll add pops of color to any garden.

    Tulip Votive Candles in a Box – Set of 4
    These floral-scented candles are as fragrant and colorful as a bouquet of real flowers, and they’ll last longer. That is, if Mom can resist lighting and enjoying them all at once. The set of blue, yellow, red, and purple candles comes packaged in a small blue carton and will add some pretty spring color to any room in the house.

    Fresh Flowers Flexi Cover Journal
    The perfect complement to our pen and pencil set, or a lovely gift on its own. The notes and thoughts of your favorite mom will be secure in this beautiful journal, comprised of 160 blank pages. And to keep her writing extra safe, there’s a matching elastic closure and pocket on the inside back cover.

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  • Melissa Albert 10:18 am on 2015/04/04 Permalink
    Tags: , Home & Seasonal, , ,   

    Spoil the Mom in Your Life with These Provence-Inspired Gifts 

    The best gifts are the kind that allow for a bit of delightful escapism. For Mother’s Day, we suggest you whisk your favorite mom away to France with gifts that evoke the scent and feel of Provence’s lavender fields. Here are five gifts for the woman who loves brie and baguettes, and dreams of one day buying herself a Parisian pied-à-terre.

    Lavender Rosemary Soy Candle
    Made of 100% soy wax, this candle will fill her home with the sparkling garden scent of rosemary and lavender. Its packaging is so pretty your mom won’t want to throw it away, and it comes housed in a reusable glass vase decorated with a fleur de lis-inspired pattern.

    Provence Script Cotton Blend Pillow
    This elegant throw pillow, decorated with French-style typography designed by artist Julie Paton, is already wrapped like a gift, and brings a breath of fresh air to any living space. It’s the perfect couch companion for lying back and daydreaming about your next continental vacation…or for lounging on while you work your way through a great book.

    Lavender Rosemary Bath Soap
    Two bars of artisanal, triple-milled soaps nestle in this box bedecked with birds and flowers, imported from Europe.  The soap imparts a delicate herbal scent while softening skin with rich shea butter.

    Lavender Rosemary Hand and Body Lotion
    Not only will this lotion make your mom’s skin smell like she’s been gardening in the French countryside, but its base of shea butter, aloe, and jojoba oil will keep her hands feeling soft for hours. With its pretty floral label, inspired by botanical illustrations, it adds a perfect decorative touch to a sink or bathroom shelf.

    Provence Cotton & Jute Tote
    Paton’s typography and floral design enliven this tote, which is the perfect size for carrying a drawing pad and pencils, or for turning a work lunch into a picnic for one. Stuff it with bath soap and hand and body lotion for the perfect gift set.

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  • Monique Alice 4:01 pm on 2015/03/05 Permalink
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    5 Books to Kickstart Your Spring Cleaning 

    Maybe you’re one of those preternaturally clean types. You know, the person who always has a stain removal pen in your pocket, a designated trash receptacle in your car, and a house that’s completely devoid of clutter. Or maybe you’re a stern, disapproving type, with a carpet bag full of cleaning supplies and a white glove specifically used for checking dust levels on credenzas. Heck, maybe you’re the protagonist in a Hollywood thriller, and you keep your penthouse apartment strictly mid-century minimalist so you can see the city from your spotless floor-to-ceiling windows as you contemplate the killer’s next move.

    But if you’re not one of those types, the term “spring cleaning” just might fill you with shame and dread. This year, instead of wandering around aimlessly in the forest of old magazine stacks and laundry piles that is your living space while clutter buzzards circle overhead waiting for you to just give up already, why not try one of the titles below? Don’t worry, help is on the way! (And always remember: books don’t judge.)

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
    Marie Kondo is a Japanese clutter consultant whose “KonMari” method of organizing will positively inspire you to get sorting! Kondo doesn’t see decluttering as a mundane daily chore, but rather a special opportunity to learn about ourselves and make sweeping change in our lives. Her brilliant, pithy sorting motto is, “Does it spark joy?” The true magic in Kondo’s approach is that she treats organization as a tool for creating happiness. If you can’t afford a plane ticket to Japan and three months to get through her firm’s waiting list, this book is the next best thing.

    Green Housekeeping, by Ellen Sandbeck
    Why not use this spring as a chance to turn over a new (and very green) leaf? Ellen Sandbeck uses her gardener’s knowledge of healthy ecosystems to enlighten us in the ways of health-focused cleaning. This green guru’s no-nonsense approach emphasizes saving time, cutting out potentially harmful synthetic chemicals, and bringing environmentally friendly practices into our home cleaning routines. So go forth and get green-cleaning!

    My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha, by Jolie Kerr
    True to its title, this book will clue you in on how to clean your way through the grossest of gross situations. It’s a veritable treasure trove of wisdom pertaining to every sort of cleaning problem, from the mundane (tabasco polishes copper!) to the almost unmentionable (how to get stains out of…unmentionables). The woman behind the popular weekly “Ask a Clean Person” column has got you covered for those cleaning conundrums you simply cannot ask your mom (or Martha) about.

    Team Clean: The Ultimate Family Clean-Up-The-House Formula, by Carol Paul
    Do you have any of those pesky clutter tornados commonly referred to as children? Are you tired of uttering the phrase, “I am not your maid?” If so, this is the spring cleaning manifesto you need. Carol Paul provides not only time-tested strategies for everyday tidiness challenges, but also gives you all the tools you need to transform your ragtag bunch of ragamuffins into an elite squad of clutter cutters. In addition to a clean home, you’ll have a new family tradition that strengthens your bond and adds some fun to your weekly routine. What family couldn’t use that?

    Zen of Hoarding, by Saira Priest
    This ebook offers 108 meditations on the emotional aspects of why we keep so much stuff. If you have a serious stuff habit that seems impossible to tackle (or, like some of us, you still have every theater ticket stub from every movie you’ve seen since 1998), you might want to settle into this positive, upbeat read that will help you do the inner work needed to streamline your life. This book reminds us our clutter issues aren’t really about our stuff, but about ourselves and our stories. Let this read give you a gentle nudge on your journey to a more beautiful space and a freer spirit.

    What are your favorite spring cleaning books?

     
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