Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mindfulness: a journal

Ive become so obsessed with minimalism and simplifying my life, so when I received an invitation to review this journal I was very intrigued.
I love the concept of this journal, full of prompts that make you really think through an idea or problem and forces you to work all the way through it. I'm interested to see if I fill it.
It is very small and not spiral bound, so for someone who likes to write big and loopy, this is definitely a downside.
overall, I love the concept, and the prompts are very apropos for living a more intentional life.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

From the author of, "Against all grains", I present, "Celebrations"

I received this copy in advance, and oh my...I already loved her book "Against all grains". A serious paleo believer, I was still skeptical about the possibility of rave worthy paleo desserts. I am no longer a skeptic. Danielle Walker knows how to make eating clean, enjoyable and approachable. Celebrations is no different. Set to the tune of party food and get together s, she carefully plans an entire meal plan for each event, such as New years, game day, valentines etc. I already made the "beet of my heart" smoothie, and oh my...I hate beets, but this was phenomenal. Child approved, and the most gorgeous red I have ever seen.
What a delight. I cannot wait to cook through yet another masterpiece!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

VICTUALS - do yourself a favor and buy this asap

Victuals is one of those cookbooks you meander through slowly, you lose yourself in the stories and it inspires you to cook. I sat down and read through this book in one day. I read it like a book, each recipe prefaced with beautiful, sincere, real stories. An american tale really, this is full of heritage and rich with culture and context. What a jewel of a book. I can't wait to cook through it...the sort of recipes that stick to your ribs and and fill your heart as much as your belly.

I received this book, courtesy of, in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cook Korean!

Robin Ha completely nails the graphic novel-esque cookbook style that is cropping up more and more (i.e. nom nom paleo) I was a little skeptical at first, I really really have a strong aversion to cookbooks without actual food pictures. But somehow she manages to illustrate and walk you through in such a way, you feel your at home with your best friend, as she teaches you a recipe. She's that personal and warm. This is by far, one of my favorite cookbooks. I cannot wait to try it out, and I can already tell its going to be easy to follow. Thank you blogging for books, for the free copy. Truly a gem of a cookbook.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Oh my, this book...where to start? I was immediately captivated by the cover, a young cherubic boy, beaming with joy. And that begs to be explored. The author is a news correspondent, so the tone and cadence of the book is similar to a news story. It moves a little bit slowly at first, telling stories of different people, showcasing the heartbreaking cultural poverty
, and yet also glorifying the incredible might of the human heart, and what we can not only bear, but seamlessly turn into victories. But keep reading, work through that first portion, and soon you will be reading late into the night, ,stopping to put the book down while you let the emotion of it sink into your heart and process in your mind, before you can even move forward. And the ending....what a clincher. I found my eyes instantly filled with tears, and a lump in my throat I couldn't easily clear.
This book was a gem. Rob Schmitz is an incredibly story teller. His ability to paint pictures with his words in beautifully heart rending. I could almost tangibly experience each story. This was a profound read.
I received this copy free, from blogging for books, in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beautifully refined sewing book > H O ME // S E W N

I so enjoyed flipping through the pages of this book. At first I was a little bit hesitant, it definitely has a muted tone, older, more refined look. But I was taken in by the materials and content, rich with linen and fibrous materials, articulate writing and gorgeous layout. I will definitely be making several projects (hello linen pouf!!!) and probably incorporating a younger, more modern approach. But this was worth every minute I spent pouring over the content. Its beautifully presented, clear details and none of the projects are so daunting a beginner couldn't accomplish them.
I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for my honest review by blogging for books. This in no way impacts the content of my review, I genuinely enjoyed this beautiful book.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

// The Naked Cookbook \\ a minimalist's dream

I recently received this book for review, and oh is a gorgeous, divine gem of a book. The aesthetic of the book is absolutely beautiful. It has a raw unfinished spine, bound with twine. The thick front and back cover, made of sturdy cardboard. It has weight and heft and the minimal typography is gorgeous. If you have followed Tess wards blog, as I have, then you already know her recipes are exquisite and simple. She exudes whole, clean, fresh eating, and this book lives up to her reputation. The photography, the tone, the recipes...they have a minimalism to them that I was immediately drawn to. Gorgeous book, cannot wait to cook my way through and soak up all her knowledge.


A transformative approach to healthy eating that strips back one’s diet to simple, clean, and pure foods that cleanse, restore, and nourish the body, featuring 60 recipes and a chapter on detoxing.

In The Naked Diet, author Tess Ward shares her personal prescription for renewal: a collection of deliciously simple yet flavorful recipes composed of the most nutrient-rich and simple foods. This is not a deprivation diet but an achievable lifestyle where food is enjoyed and celebrated in its purest form. Lamb Meatballs with Rhubarb Sauce, Smoked Tofu Panzanella with Figs, Hot and Spicy Seafood Soup with Crispy Shallots, Soba Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Mango–these delicious dishes support and fuel the body while encouraging optimal health.