30 Lessons for Loving

30 Lessons for LovingSometimes you read a book that makes you smile, nod in agreement, and wish that you had come across it sooner! 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage is one such book.

The author, Karl Pillemer, talks to “the experts” as he calls them to find out what it takes to have long lasting, happy, marriages.

In the book we hear from the oldest and wisest Americans on everything dealing with love. The book starts at the beginning, with great tips about finding the right partner. If you have single friends, give them this book! I wish it had been around when I was single, but luckily I still found a great partner. And if you aren’t single, get this book for the wealth of great information in the following chapters.

The book starts with what to look for in a partner, then moves forward to tips on marriage, and on to growing old together. What I liked was that the advice applies to all married couples, no matter how old or young you are! Why not save yourself the trouble of figuring it out alone, and take the advice of those who have already been there?

Some of the best advice is of course not the easiest to put into practice, but is well worth the effort. Communication, having fun together, and not trying to change each other top the list of keys to a happy marriage. The funniest thing is, while trying to write this post I was put to the test on one of the tips given; pay attention to your spouse and put away the technology! In a fun twist, every time I sat down to my computer to write this, my husband would come in and ask what I was doing and want to chat. I guess that was my pop quiz to see if I had really learned my lessons from the experts.

The book is a great read, and it’s fun to see these spunky elders still making it work and enjoying their marriages. 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage should be on every shelf, and re-visited often.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for my review.

Miracles Now

Miracles Now Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose is a nice treasure chest of wisdom. What I loved most about the book is that you can read it through cover to cover, or you can open it up at random and read just a few pages. Each lesson is broken down into simple, easy to read terms, so you can get inspired without being overwhelmed.

It’s certainly a book that I have been revisiting since it arrived. Each morning I will open it to a random page and read the section it opened to, and then try to put the principal into practice throughout the day.

Inside you will find 108 simple techniques that help address common problems like stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment, etc. You might recognize a lot of the techniques already, but it is always great to have a little reminder now and then. I enjoy the way that Gabrielle presents each technique and gives an example as well.

Well worth picking up to have in your library! I keep mine on my bedside table as a fun way to start off the day.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.

The Looneyspoons Collection: Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun!

5ab0cc63c7194b5b857937090275b47aMy husband and I have been trying to be healthier, and of course a big part of that is making sure that our diet includes good for us foods that actually taste good. Easier said than done, right?

Well, I was very excited to get a copy of The Looneyspoons Collection: Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun!, because the title promises healthy, good, and fun, recipes! But it’s not just the recipes that make this book great, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye!

Not only are there full color photos for most of the recipes (I do wish there had been a photo of each recipe), but there are tips and tricks, and information about why certain ingredients are good for you. Each recipe also have calorie and other information included, which I love to see.

The titles of the recipes are all pretty funny, usually a pun or play on words. I liked that the recipes were divided up in clear ways, such as chicken, or vegetarian, and even a section for things that didn’t really have a section. They have made it easy to find too by color coding the pages in each section so you can easily find what you are looking for while you flip through the book.

And yes, even though this is a healthy cook book, there are desserts! This is sure to become a favorite, go to recipe book, in our household.

*Thanks to Hay House for providing a copy of the book for my review. No other compensation was given, and as always my opinions are my own.*

The Dalai Lama’s Cat

This book can best be described as charming, fun to read, and even a bit enlightening! Told through the perceptive of one very lucky cat, we get a glimpse on what it might be like to live inside the home of the Dali Lama.

‘Oh! How adorable! I didn’t know you had a cat!’ she exclaimed. I am always surprised how many people make this observation. Why should His Holiness not have a cat? ‘If only she could speak,’ continued the actress. ‘I’m sure she’d have such wisdom to share.’ And so the seed was planted . . .

I began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to write a book of my own—a book that would convey some of the wisdom I’ve learned sitting not at the feet of the Dalai Lama but even closer, on his lap. A book that would tell my own tale … how I was rescued from a fate too grisly to contemplate to become the constant companion of a man who is not only one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate but also a dab hand with a can opener.”

A fun and easy read, it will draw you in with it’s warmth and humor. I loved the lessons that each chapter taught, subtly yes, but there none the less.

From her rescue story to her meetings with dignitaries, this little kitty know how to tell a tale! I found myself wishing it were all true, as I was falling more in love with this sweet cat. Within her story are many founding principles of Buddhism, told in such a way that anyone could easily relate to them. It’s the type of story where you can glean wisdom and be entertained at the same time. It is also a story I am sure to enjoy reading again.

Find The Dalai Lama’s Cat on Amazon or anywhere fine books are sold.

Thank you to Hay House for providing me with a copy free in exchange for my reviewing it.