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April 24, 2017

Review: I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind by The Mindfulness Project

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind by The Mindfulness Project

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind
by The Mindfulness Project
Mindfulness is the simple and powerful practice of training your attention. It's simple in that it's just about paying attention to what's happening here and now, and powerful because it can keep you from getting lost in thoughts about the future or past, which often generate more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life.

While learning to live in the moment, the joyful mindfulness exercises, meditations, coloring pages, and habit-breakers in this beautifully designed and illustrated book will challenge your powers of observation, investigation, and cultivation while bringing new awareness to your senses, thoughts, and emotions.

I Am Here Now inspires readers to explore the world with greater curiosity and find moments of mindfulness in everyday life, while unleashing your creativity along the way.
I have the spanish edition of this little journal, and when I bought it I didn't know what was 'Mindfulness'. What I understand, it's the action of paying attention to now, so you won't get lost in thoughts about your past or future, worries, etc, that makes your life more stressful.

It's not a journal you are going to finish in a day, although you could. I like to do an activity per day, sometimes I did a few, some days I did nothing. Some of the activities were very simple, others I needed more time. But you will need a pen or pencil and some colors to make it more fun.

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind

It's a very personal journal. I recommend doing the activities when you are alone, for me it was better to concentrate. I usually keep it on my nightstand, that way it was easier to not forget to do it.

Overall, I recommend it if you want to take a break from life worries for a couple of minutes. I wasn't used to this kind of activities, but I think it was good for me. I still have a few pages to finish, but I think it's a journal you can keep forever and repeat the activities whenever you need.

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind

April 20, 2017

Wedding Dreams

Wedding Dreams
Wedding Dreams | Multi Author Boxed Set 

**You are invited to the weddings of your dreams** 

Twenty award-winning, USA Today and International best-selling authors have come together to bring you over 3,000 pages of love, lust, and lusciously sexy men.

From sweet second chance romances to bad boys, BBWs, and brides looking for revenge, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys Romance or Women’s Fiction. These pages are packed with cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. Our authors bring you everything from hot cowboys to rockstar romances, elegant weddings to nuptial disasters, and blushing brides to bold women, all in a delightful celebration of love.

You’re in for a wild, passionate ride on a breathtaking voyage to make your heart soar. This box set will leave you craving all things marital and wishing the honeymoon would never end.

Pre-Order today for $0.99! 

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Abbie St. Claire

Alix Nichols

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Auriella Skye

DelSheree Gladden

Gemma Brocato

Iona Findley

Kate Allenton

Kristi Rose

Lexi Ostrow

Lindzee Armstrong

Lita Lawson

Michelle Jo Quinn

Nicole Morgan

Susan Ann Wall

April 15, 2017

Movie Trailer: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Yesterday was the release of the first trailer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Are you excited for this movie? I am!

April 14, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

I loved the new Disney version of the Beauty and the Beast. When I was a girl, I was never a big fan of princesses. But this new version seemed beautiful and interesting with Emma Watson.

And it was so beautiful and magical. The special effects, the details, the dress! Emma Watson played the perfect Belle. Who wouldn't want to be an intelligent and beautiful princess like her?

I liked that the movie was very much like the original animated Disney's film, but also it had some changes to make it more modern. There was more information about Belle and Beast's pasts, and Belle was not only a reader, but also an inventor. It does maintains the sweet romance and the magic around the castle. And the songs! I remember the songs were beautiful, and this time even more.

But not only that, I think the amazing cast made this movie the perfect remake. Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline....I specially liked Josh Gag's character, LeFou. I know there was lot of press because LeFou is gay and apparently in love with Gaston, but not only I think it's totally normal, he also did a great job.

Overall, Beauty and the Beast totally recommended!

April 12, 2017

10 children's books to celebrate Earth Day

10 children's books to celebrate Earth Day

In a few days (April 22) it will be Earth Day and I want to share with you some children's books to raise awareness of this important day. Not only today we have to take care of our earth, but every day. If we do little things  everyday as recycling and we teach our children to be careful with the environment, our future will be better.

So, here are 10 children's books to celebrate Earth Day:

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard

 Big Earth, Little Me by Thom WileyWhy Should I Recycle? by Jen Green

Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh

The Curious Garden by Peter BrownOlivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. NivolaWe Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Have you read any of these books with your kids? Do you celebrate Earth Day?

April 9, 2017

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Published May 6th 2014 by Portfolio
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“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion – it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance.
It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she’s the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS is Sophia’s story and yet it is infinitely bigger than just Sophia. It’s deeply personal, yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is Your Invention”), and plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college (if you went to college)or how popular you were in high school. Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. . She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.

As Sophia writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”
I absolutely loved #GIRLBOSS. It was the kind of book that I needed for extra motivation. Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, give us tips for life and business, while she tells us a little bit about her past and how she transformed from a problematic teenager to CEO of one of the most lucrative business.

I really liked her informal writing, every hard working woman (You go #GIRLBOSSes!!) can benefit from her positive energy and recommendations. She remind us that to be a #GIRLBOSS you have to work hard, be responsible and constant. Sometimes you will have to take difficult decisions, make sacrifices, be careful with money and concentrate on your own life. She demonstrates that using your own strengths, it doesn't matter if you don't have money to invest or the best education, you can have success!

#GIRLBOSS, super recommended! I can't wait to watch the Netflix series based on this book (streams globally on April 21).

April 5, 2017

Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published July 29th 2014 by Vintage
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
We Should All Be Feminists is a short but concise essay about why we still need to be feminists! The author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells us some of her life experiences in Lagos and it makes you think that yes, we still need to talk about this.

I feel grateful because my parents raise us to be strong and independent. We are three sisters, and we all had opportunities to study, to work, to raise a family, etc. Nobody ever told me or made me feel like I was lees. Is not unusual for me to have women making her way in life, having a job, or her own business, being great mothers, or travelers....whatever they want. Of course, we all know society expects women to work more, at her job and at home, and we get paid less. And is not fair.

I live in Latin America, where people is usually very machista. But what bothers me more is that is not only men, but women who are very machista!! Women are the ones who usually ask you when you are going to get married (at a very young age!), and when you are having children. Society expects you to be always well dresses, nails and hair done, a good doesn't really matters if you study a career. Mothers like to teach her daughters to cook and clean, because they have to be good wives. And of course you have to have children, and raise them perfectly.

I remember when I was at the university, old women always asked me when I was going to get married. Really? Not that I'm against marriage, I love my marriage and my husband, but at that time I was occupied studying! When I graduated, the big question was: When is the wedding?.... Thankfully I had a job where most of the bosses were women, and they were a role model. Now I have my own business, and yes, I still sometimes get questions as Are YOU the owner? Are YOU the veterinarian? Is this your husband's business, right? Well, I am the owner! And no, my husband is not related to my business! It was my idea and my money, thank you very much.

Of course that's not everyone, and I'd like to think each decade it's less people who think like that. Because we live in a region where is usual for mothers to raise alone her children, and the system give us the same opportunities to study. So, what happens? Maybe not only we should raise our children better, as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says, but first we women need to change that idea of what being a 'good' women is.

We Should All Be Feminists is totally recommended!

March 31, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.
Blue Is the Warmest Color is the story of young Clementine facing her homosexuality. One day she sees a girl with blue hair and can't forget her, and when they finally met she realizes she likes her.

It's a sweet but tragic love story. Both Clementine and Emma, the girl with the blue hair, have to face their own insecurities. Sometimes they were too selfish or childish, but that made their story more realistic.

I couldn't connect with Clementine, she was too insecure sometimes. But I liked the story and the art, with all the blue following the story. I'm sure young people being in a similar situation as Clementine will connect with her easily. There are some sex scenes, so if you aren't comfortable with that, probably this isn't for you.

Overall, Blue Is the Warmest Color isn't my favorite graphic novel but I did enjoy reading it.

March 28, 2017

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Published November 1st 2011 by Crown Archetype
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
I love The Mindy Project tv series. Mindy is a successful obstetrician, mother, business women, and a little bit crazy, but I love her character!

That's why I was curious about the real Mindy: actress, writer, director!. She is not only funny, but a very real women and easy to look up to. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is about her family, school life, failures and road to success. I loved how she expressed her feelings about her family and friends, her hindu culture, and I liked that her life wasn't an instant success.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is the perfect light reading, excellent to have a few laughs before going to bed. I definitely want to read more about Mindy!

March 25, 2017

Book Review: Find Momo Coast to Coast: A Photography Book by Andrew Knapp

Find Momo Coast to Coast: A Photography Book by Andrew Knapp

Find Momo Coast to Coast: A Photography Book (Find Momo #2) by Andrew Knapp
Published May 12th 2015 by Quirk Books
Momo loves to hide—and you’ll love looking for him! In this follow-up to Find Momo, the canine Instagram superstar (and his best buddy, Andrew Knapp) travel across the United States and Canada, visiting iconic landmarks and unique off-the-map marvels. Look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, and in the French Quarter of New Orleans . . . as well as at diners, bookstores, museums, and other locales that only a seasoned road-tripper like Andrew could find. It’s part game, part photography book, and a whole lot of fun.
Find Momo Coast to Coast was adorable! Obviosly Momo is super cute and well-behaved, and if you love dogs as I do, you will love this game! Every page offers a new photo where you have to find Momo enjoying his trip across the USA and Canada. Some were easy, other were very difficult, but it's a book I'd enjoy having it around the house or my *future*¨veterinary clinic waiting room!

Find Momo Coast to Coast is the second book from the Find Momo photography book series, I'd love to read the first: Find Momo.

Find Momo Coast to Coast: A Photography Book by Andrew Knapp
Source: Mirror

Can you find Momo?

March 23, 2017

When Two Hearts Collide by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

When Two Hearts Collide by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

When Two Hearts Collide by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

Charlie Williams’ view on relationships is simple—one night, no strings, move on.

But when the opportunity to see a girl from his past comes up, Charlie finds himself breaking all his own rules. Ever since the night he'd turned her away, Charlie hasn't been able to get Charlotte off his mind. A break from his pub for a vacation across the pond should be enough to cure him of his curiosity and get her out of his system. At least, he hopes…

Charlotte Mackay channels love through coffee.
Running her fandom-themed store and specialty coffee bar keeps her nerdy heart busy after one too many relationship disappointments. Until the man she can’t manage to forget calls.
Charlie’s coming to The Hamptons for a two-week vacation. She’s going to be his host—nothing more. She'd fallen under the spell of his bedroom eyes and roguish charm once before, and it nearly wrecked her. Charlotte can’t risk the same mistake twice.
But love knows no boundaries when two hearts collide.

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 Reading Challenge

Happy New Year!

I feel like this season was super fast and crazy, specially at work, but my family and I had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Last night we had a big and delicious dinner all together to wait until midnight to celebrate this new year. 

Regrettably, I failed miserable at my 2016 reading challenge.....I even thought about not making a reading challenge for this year, but I do love challenges, so I decided to challenge myself with a more realistic number.

Hopefully I can complete this challenge and read even more. I do want to read more non-fiction books and finally read all those to-be-read books I have on my bookshelf before I buy more.
Do you have any reading goals for 2017? Let me know in the comments, and we can support each other!