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Pick Me Up Review and Giveaway

As a person who deals with social anxiety and depression, I tend to be in my head a lot. I can get a little obsessive with over analyzing things. This is never good because it causes a lot of doubt and clouds my mind. As I get order I am learning different ways to deal with this. I like to focus on self care.

To me this means having a space that surrounds me with positive quotes and affirmations. I like to see these things everyday and look at them when I am feeling stressed. I make sure to do things that make me happy. This was hard for me for a long time because I used to put everyone else before myself. That lead to a very stressed and overwhelmed unhappy person. I have learned that I do deserve happiness so why not do things that put a smile on my face. Since I like to read, I also try to check out self help books. I currently reading Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz.

pick me up review

Well Pick Me Up is more of a journal but not the typical kind.

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The regular way of journaling does not work for me. I need a better way to to get my emotions out and Pick Me Up does that for me. I like that I can pick and choose what page I want to write or doodle on. It is fun while offering a little perspective. This is a journal I will actually use and not get bored with! I think it will be pretty interesting to look back to see how I have dealt with things in the future.

This journal would make a great gift especially if paired with some nice pens.

Buy Pick Me Up on Amazon for $10.15

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Three readers will win a copy of Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz

Book for review and prizing provided by a PR firm. Opinions 100% my own.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cooking with Coffee Cookbook

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I drink coffee a few times a week. I have my own little special recipe to make it delicious! As much as I drink it, it has never crossed my mind to use it for cooking.

cooking with coffee cookbook review

In Cooking with Coffee, author Brandi Evans discusses the history of coffee, the different brewing options and how to make the best coffee at home.  There are some great recipes to try from  creamers to desserts. A few of the recipes in the book include:

  • Vanilla Maple Glaze
  • Crockpot Pulled Barbeque Chicken
  • Strawberry Chocolate Chiller
  • Easy Mocha Mousse
  • Salted Dark Chocolate Coffee Bark
  • Spicy Roasted Potatoes
  • Hearty Beef Stew
  • No Bake Mocha Drop Cookies

I think this book is a great starting point to cooking with coffee. Using coffee to make waffles, tacos or ice cream is so creative. You can make an entire meal with coffee as one of the ingredients. I am looking forward to making the Coffee Cocoa Crinkle Cookies.

Coffee cocoa crinkle cookies recipe

Coffee Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons instant espresso
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the powdered sugar with the cocoa powder, espresso, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the egg whites, whole egg, and vanilla. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop the dough by tablespoon onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake 12-14 minutes until puffed and crinkled on top.
  5. Cool 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack.

Buy Cooking with Coffee: Brewing Up Sweet and Savory Everyday Dishes for $14.42 on Amazon.com .

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cocktail Cookbooks

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When my husband and I are out for dinner, I do like to enjoy a good cocktail. We also like to make drinks at home.  My husband makes a delicious chocolate martini which is one of my favorite drinks! We plan on experimenting more with cocktails. I recently received two new cookbooks to review that will help with that.

GIN: The Art & Craft of the Artisan Revival 

Gin the art and craft of the artisan revival

Aaron Knoll is a Gin expert. He shares the knowledge in his second book Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival.  This guide goes through the history of gin from the Renaissance apothecaries of Europe to the cocktail bars of the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Australia and beyond.

This is the first book to take a closer look at the emerging new categories of gin and to place it within context alongside the old guard. It includes profiles of key players in the distilling world and hundreds of ideas for how to drink gin – as a cocktail, in a classic gin & tonic or neat, as an aperitif (served before or after a meal) or a liqueur.

W.C. Whitfield’s Mixed Drinks and Cocktails

W.C. Whitfield's Mixed Drinks and Cocktails

This collection combines two fully-illustrated books of recipes—Just Cocktails (published in 1939) and Here’s How: Mixed Drinks (1941)—to teach readers everything they need to know about mixing drinks and provide a look back in time with the illustrations, descriptions, and introductory text capturing the American attitude in the 1930s and 1940s. There are more than 400 recipes as well as information about equipment and measurements.

These books would make great gifts for someone who enjoys cocktails and their history. You can get W.C. Whitfield’s Mixed Drinks and Cocktails for $13.19 and Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival for $26.08 at Amazon.com .

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Holiday Gift Guide: Juice It, Blend It, Live It By Jamie Graber

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On any given day I see pictures of all these great juices people are creating.  I have to admit I want to juice too. It seems like a great way to get my daily vegetables and fruits. Hopefully in a few weeks I find a nice juicer under the Christmas Tree because my 7 year old  blender just won’t do. I am thinking a Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series will do the trick. 

My interest in juicing has grown even more since I received this new book by Jamie Graber called Juice It, Blend It, Live It.

Juice It, Blend It, Live It Review.

Juicing basically takes the water and nutrients out of fruits and vegetables, making it easier for your body digest it. I buy premade juices from the store but I know I will save money if I  just make them at home. I was just not sure where to start.

This book does not have rigid rules to follow. Jamie encourages being creative and learning what you like. I like that substitutions are provided in case something is out of season or I just don’t like the flavor.

Juice It, Blend It, Live It has a great variety of recipes:

  • Green Juices with Fruit
  • Green Juices without Fruit
  • Green Juices with Citrus
  • Root Juices
  • Savory Juices
  • Milks
  • Smoothies with Fruit
  • Decadent Smoothies
  • Savory Smoothies
  • Cleanses

The recipes have fun names like Blissfully Basil, Starburst and Liquid Candy. The ingredients are easy to find in your grocery store. Each recipes include a few sentences to let you know how the ingredients work together and why they are good for you.

My daughters looked through the book with me and excited to try the different recipes. Juice It, Blend It, Live It is full of useful information and tips. I can’t wait to get to use it.

Grab Juice It, Blend It, Live It for 14.19 on Amazon.com .

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Holiday Gift Guide: Vegan Cookbooks By Toni Rodriguez

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My 13 year old daughter Kayla does not eat meat.  Since I am not very familiar with dishes that don’t include meat, I am constantly looking for new dishes for her to try. I can find food that is already prepared in the store for her, but I don’t feel she should miss out on home cooked meals just because the rest of us still eat meat.

Even though she is not 100% vegan, Kayla does like to also eat dishes that are vegan. I like to search websites, blogs and even Pinterest for ideas but nothing beats a cookbook in my hand! I was sent two cookbooks Vegan Delights and Vegan Cupcakes by chef Toni Rodriguez to review.

Vegan Delights Cookbook Review

Toni Rodriguez is a renowned Spanish chef and passionate vegan.  Vegan Delights offers wonderful meals composed entirely of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other kinds of plant based protein.

Before you get to the recipes in Vegan Delights, there are over 80 pages of useful information. I learned about the different classifications according to which animal based products a person wants to avoid from Vegetarians who do not eat meat or fish to Macrobiotics whose diet consists of cereals, vegetables in season and whole foods.

Some of my favorite cookbooks are more than just recipes. I like to have a resource to go back to when I need it. Vegan Delights cover cooking techniques, the vegan pyramid, the different herbs and spices and information about sprouts, nuts, cereals and more.

Now it is time to talk about the recipes. This cookbook is perfect for planning an entire vegan meal. The recipes are easy to follow and include very clear and appetizing pictures. A few of my favorites are:

  • Fried Corn Soup
  • Seitan Piccata with Creamy Spinach
  • Corn Patties
  • Tofu with Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
  • Hazelnut Crumble
  • Carrot and Walnut Cake
  • Chocolate and Avocado Milkshake

Vegan Cupcakes Cookbook Review

We don’t drink a lot of milk in my home. My son and husband stomachs can not handle it so I don’t buy it as much as I used to. I normally use it for cooking or baking but I have found myself using soy or almond milk as a substitute. Now I have more reasons to do a little dairy free baking because of the Vegan Cupcakes cookbook also by Toni Rodriguez.

My daughter’s eyes lit up when she saw this cookbook, she loves desserts just as much as I do! Vegan Cupcakes will definitely up your dessert game. These recipes are not just basic cupcakes. The recipes include:

  • Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes
  • Crispy Lime and Hazelnut Cupcakes
  • Raspberry and Whiskey Cupcakes
  • Toffee Delight
  • Pear Cupcakes with Chestnut Cream and Cognac

I love all of the pictures in this cookbook. The recipes are for desserts we have never had before. My daughter and I plan to make each and every one no matter how long it takes.

You can buy Vegan Cupcakes for $13.94 and Vegan Delights for $15.73

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Holiday Gift Guide: Art Therapy Collection Coloring Book Subscription

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Adult coloring books have really been popular the last few months. They are so many to choose from. I recently found out that there is a subscription service for adult coloring books, Art Therapy Collection.

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The Art Therapy Collection is different from traditional adult coloring books because you get more than just pages to color. In addition to the beautiful designs in each issue, there are also inspiring hints and tips to boost your wellbeing.  I get so busy sometimes that I forget about myself. It is so important to remember to take care of yourself. It is ok to relax sometimes and to do things that make you happy.

Included in each magazine:

  • Colour Me Happy

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A different color is highlighted in each issue. I like learning about the different effects that colors can have.

  • Sketchpad: Perfect when you only have a few moments to relax. These doodles are easy to color in and cut out to use in cards or to decorate your wall.
  • Colour Me Calm:

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All of designs fill an entire page and easily tear out.  There is even a spot on the coloring page to add your name and the date. I was happy with the variety of designs in each magazine. There is even a color by number numbers pattern for those days I just want to color.

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  • Ten Minute Mindfulness: Short meditation exercises to help you decompress. These exercises are a great way to focus on bringing positive thinking into your day.
  • Colour With Confidence: Full of tips of artists’ techniques to make your finished designs look even more impressive.

The Art Therapy Collection is great for yourself or as a gift. I like the idea of getting a new magazine each week. An added bonus is that each issue is complemented by pencils or markers specially selected in a full spectrum of colors to add your own creative touch to the designs. This is a great way to grow your art supply collection!

Right now you can get issues 1 and 2 plus a free pencil case for just $4.95 and no S&H .
Get issues 2 and 3 plus a free magazine tidy box and free coloring board for the special price of $9.90 and just $1 S&H per issue.  Each issue thereafter is $4.95 each + $1 S&H per issue. Visit the Art Therapy Collection website for more information.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Making A World Of Difference One Quilt At A Time

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making a world of difference one quilt at a time review

Ruth McHaney Danner has gathered fifty-four heartwarming stories of quilters who make their compassion tangible one stitch, square, and quilt at a time. Each story introduces a quilter or group of quilters, ranging from a blind woman in Texas to preschoolers in Australia.

I love to read a range of different book subjects, it pretty much depends on my mood. Even though a majority of the time I read fiction, there are times that I enjoy reading books that are inspiring.

I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Making A World A Difference One Quilt At A Time. Usually when I think of people that make quilts, I don’t think about them giving the quilts away. A lot of time, hard work and love goes into making a quilt. This book shares stories of quilts being used to raise awareness, raise money and raise hope for others.

This book shows how quilting is used to make a difference while providing resources of how you can help. One of the places quilts were donated was a Nursery Crisis Center. This is a place where parents can leave their children for short term care when they need help. I did not know places like this existed and I am glad they do.

I enjoyed reading the stories behind the quilts. Even though the stories are not long, they are very heartwarming.  The people in these stories come from all walks of life:

  • Preschoolers in Australia who  put orange handprints on quilt blocks in support of cancer research
  • Group in Indiana that makes quilts for every member of every Habitat for Humanity house bulit in their county
  • Elderly women in Michigan who churn out bedcovers, year after year, for a homeless shelter
  • African-Americans in Alabama who improve their community through quilting

There are so many people that can use quilts, from premature babies to veterans to runaways. If you are like me and don’t know how to make a quilt, you can still help by donating fabric and supplies.

Buy a copy of Making A World of Difference One Quilt At A Time for $11.39 on Amazon.com

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