a dogs life, reviews

inubar: Stylish shopping for pet lovers

A beautiful new site just launched, and it’s just for pet lovers! We got a chance to check it out and we were delighted by what we saw. Gorgeous treat jars, fun toys, cute clothing, and more. We even got to check out a few items, an adorable platypus that can be played with in the water, and a super fun polo shirt. There is something for every stylish dog at inubar, and wonderful gifts for dog lovers as well.

If you love your pets, but find a lot of the pet products out there a bit bland, then you really must sign up for inubar! They are letting people in slowly, but I promise it is worth the wait. Besides, everything you order ships with just $5! A great deal, and the prices on the site are fair as well. I do believe we are going to develop a shopping addiction.

Thank you to inubar for providing items for review and for allowing me a sneak peek at the site. As always, my opinion is my own.

book club, home and garden, reviews

Design books from Better Homes and Gardens

Two new books to get your creative juices flowing! Both of the books have so many great ideas, it makes me wish for more than one house so I could try them all out!

In Color (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating), you will find tips for choosing paints, fabric, and accessories that work well together. Full of photos and examples showcasing the latest in color pallet trends, this is a great book for anyone who wishes to add more color to their home. No need to be afraid of making a color mistake, the book will walk you through the entire process.

Next, start dreaming of that beach house or cozy cottage you have always wanted! New Cottage Style: Decorating Ideas for Casual, Comfortable Living (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating) will show you all kinds of cottage styles that you can incorporate into your own home. Again packed full of color photos that will have you itching to redecorate, this book is a real treat to read! Featuring homes in all kinds of settings, the book shows that it is possible to have cottage style no matter where you live.

*These books were provided to me for review, as always my opinion is my own. Links are Amazon affiliate links.*

book club, giveaways, healthy living, reviews

The Digest Diet

We all want to eat well, and have the energy to do the things we want to do. Of course, looking great while doing it doesn’t hurt either! The Digest Diet won’t be released until September 27th, but we have a copy to give to one lucky reader!

We even had a chance to review the book ourselves, and while we haven’t yet started our The Digest Diet 21-Day Fat Release plan, we did see a lot of great ideas and tricks in the book! We loved that the tips were backed by science and that it simply shows how to identify “fat releasers” and “fat increasers.” I was most excited to read that honey is a good food, because I have a sweet tooth!

The Digest Diet author, Liz Vaccariello, analyzes and condenses decades of research to unveil the surprising truth about weight loss and puts it all into one easy-to-use plan.

  • Beat the sneaky fat increasers that cause “fat creep”
  • Enjoy amazing and delicious fat releasing foods
  • Discover why fast weight loss is safe and effective
  • Stop craving junk food and start craving greens
  • Drop a pound or more a day for 21 days!
  • Delight in the surprising fat-burning power of laughter

Author Bio
Liz Vaccariello, author of The Digest Diet, is editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest, which reaches more than 26 million readers. She is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flat Belly Diet! and 400 Calorie Fix. Vaccariello regularly appears on national programs such as Good Morning America and The Doctors and has been featured on The Biggest Loser, Today, Rachael Ray, and The View. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
For more information please visit http://readersdigest.com/digestdiet.

Now the part you are waiting for! One winner (USA only) will get a copy of The Digest Diet. Just leave a comment on this post before July 8th, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email.

food, reviews

Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures

I was excited to get a copy of Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining for review, not only because I love recipe books, but also because there was an adorable dog on the cover. The author is an avid animal lover, and each and every recipe is vegan! What a lovely surprise.

The book is gorgeous, with ideas for entertaining in addition to recipes. There are also tips to show you how to incorporate affordable, cruelty-free eating into your daily life and to serve that luscious, wholesome food to friends. Organized by season, each part begins with a terrific meal — a light spring lunch of chilled asparagus soup and quinoa salad; an alfresco summer dinner of veggie carpaccio and stuffed squash blossoms; a fall breakfast buffet of pecan waffles, faux buttermilk pancakes, and raspberry muffins; and a cozy winter’s dinner of shepherd’s pie with a chocolate tart for dessert. Each seasonal section contains recipes for beverages, soups, salads, pastas, side dishes, main courses, and an abundance of desserts that everyone will love. Special sections feature recipes for grains, greens, and beans. In “Notes from My Friends,” which appear throughout the opening chapters, chefs, doctors, Cornelia’s favorite veterinarian, and other health and food experts have contributed tips, advice, and eye-opening information.

The images are colorful and inspiring, which is just what I love when looking at recipes. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes to surprise friends, especially when they find out the food is vegan!

Here is an example of the recipes you will find inside:

Zucchini Blossoms Stu?ed with Amaranth
By Cornelia Guest,
Author of Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining

Serves 4
Total time: 45 minutes

Zucchini blossoms are so beautiful. This is so easy to make, and your friends will be very impressed.

You can make the stuffing the day before so you can enjoy your friends, stuff the blossoms and have a great lunch.

Amaranth is a gooey grain that works well as a stuffing. I serve this dish with iced tea with mint or a crisp white wine. Fresh tomatoes go well with the squash blossoms.

  • 3 cups amaranth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 small eggplant (you want to end up with 1-1/2 cups after its is cooked)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 large blossoms per serving
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add amaranth. Simmer and cook until water is absorbed, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Quarter the onion and cook in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 30 minutes over medium heat until caramelized.

3. Dice zucchini and sauté in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Dice eggplant and garlic and sauté in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 10 minutes.

5. Mix the cooked vegetables with the amaranth and add parsley. Fill the squash blossoms with the mixture. Serve at room temperature.

The above is an excerpt from the book Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining by Cornelia Guest. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

© 2012 Cornelia Guest, author of Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining
Author Bio
Cornelia Guest, author of Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining, is an activist, philanthropist, and businesswoman. In 2009, she founded Cornelia Guest Events and Cornelia Guest Cookies, catering charity and entertainment events with healthy, delicious vegan food. She is launching her own line of animal-friendly handbags, wallets, and dog accessories made with a vegan alternative to leather. She lives in New York.

For more information please visit http://www.corneliaguest.com, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.