18 04, 2015

ALL YOU NEED IS LESS by Madeleine Somerville

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ALL YOU NEED IS LESS by Madeleine SomervilleAll You Need Is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity by Madeleine Somerville
Published by Cleis Press on April 15th 2014
Pages: 266
Genres: Do-It-Yourself, General, Green Lifestyle, House & Home, Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Sustainable Living
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Most eco-friendly books start with terror-inducing lists of the carcinogenic chemicals you are liberally slathering all over every single surface in your house, painting most people as unwitting eco-villains, happily Lysol-ing their way straight to hell. Well, readers can just relax and unpack the (plastic) bags — no guilt trips today!

All You Need is Less is about realistically adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from soul-destroying guilt or becoming a preachy know-it-all whom everyone loathes. It’s all gotten kind of complicated, hasn’t it?

This whole eco-friendly thing seems to have devolved into a horrific cycle of guilt, shaming, and one-upping, and as a result people are becoming exhausted. It doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to take baby steps towards a more Earth-friendly lifestyle without stress, guilt, or judgmental eco-shaming. Top eco-blogger Madeleine Somerville is here with really original ideas on how to save money and the planet. Her ideas are even fun! Somerville has emerged as the voice of reason on urban homesteading that is stress-free, sanity-based, and above all do-able.

I have been trying to figure out way to tackle my stuff problem for a while. All You Need is Less was the perfect book for me. I am so motivated after reading this, I am putting these tips into practice right away. Anyone wanting to cut back on stuff and costs will […]

18 03, 2015

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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Better Than Before by Gretchen RubinBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
Published by Crown Publishing Group, Crown/Archetype on March 17th 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: General, Happiness, Personal Growth, Self-Help, Success
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The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? 

Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?  

Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.   Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:

  • Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do? •
  • Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
  • How quickly can I change a habit?
  • What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
  • How can I help someone else change a habit?
  • Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?

Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.

This book was really full of great ideas. Gretchen offers advice, tells stories to drive the point home, and breaks it down by personality type. This book would benefit almost anyone who was willing to sit down and read it. The Good: Gretchen introduces us first to the 7 essential changes people try […]

26 01, 2015

LISTFUL THINKING by Paula Rizzo

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LISTFUL THINKING by Paula RizzoListful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paulo Rizzo
Published by Cleis Press on Paula Rizo
Pages: 228
Genres: Inspiration & Personal Growth, Non-Fiction, Personal Growth, Psychological, Self-Help
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What do Sir Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Sandberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Madonna have in common? Each is a list maker and history shows us that change creators make their to-do lists and check them often. A recent survey by the career website LinkedIn.com found that 63% of all professionals frequently create to-do lists.

If you’re part of the 37% and feel like you’re chasing your own tail, author Paula Rizzo (ListProducer.com), a top national TV producer, delivers the solution. You can still find time to relax, read a good book, enjoy your hobby and do the things you love. Listful Thinking shares secrets, time-saving tips and the fine art of getting it done.

Learn how to:

  • Save time
  • Be more organized
  • Become more productive
  • Save money
  • Reduce stress

Listful Thinking got me inspired to use lists to really get organized. As a sometimes list maker, I had no idea how lists could fill a whole book. I have been doing some things wrong in my list making, and feeling overwhelmed just looking at those lists. This book goes over all kinds […]

24 01, 2015

Review- SHE (She Harnesses Everything) by Mary Anne Radmacher

By | Saturday, January 24, 2015|2 Comments

Review- SHE (She Harnesses Everything) by Mary Anne RadmacherShe by Mary Anne Radmacher
Published by Cleis Press on December 24th 2013
Pages: 202
Genres: Body, Mind & Spirit, General, Inspiration & Personal Growth, Personal Growth, Self-Help, Social Science, Women's Studies
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She is a book of qualities illustrating the greatness of women. From "everywoman" to exemplars such as Madame Secretarys Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright to visionary artist Shiloh McCloud and {insert} poet Maya Stein, these many women represent the very best in the human spirit. Author/artists Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch have gathered these fierce and feisty females along with their best advice for our life's journey on the topics of leadership, friendship, purpose, adventurousness, cooperation, collaboration, risk-taking, resourcefulness, happiness, compassion, and much more including what it is to inspire.

Each page spread features a collection of vintage art and ephemera elegantly designed by Liz Kalloch paired with a love letter by Mary Anne Radmacher to each quality along with a tribute to women's strength, character, and the extraordinary capabilities within each and every woman. She gathers the wisdom of many wise women including Madeleine L'Engle, Laura Schlessinger, Erica Jong, Rachel Carson, Oprah Winfrey, Harper Lee, Lucille Ball, Mother Teresa, Pearl Buck, Cheri Huber, Julia Child, Drew Barrymore, and many more.

This book is like a celebration of what it mean to be a woman. She is great gift of inspiration.  Full of beautiful illustrations this book She is a wonderful book full of wisdom for every woman. I really enjoyed this book. This book was a great pick me up. This book was […]

15 06, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy

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The Ultimate Guide to Sexual FantasyThe Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy: How to Have Incredible Sex with Role Play, Sex Games, Erotic Massage, BDSM and More by Violet Blue
Published by Cleis Press on June 17th 2014
Pages: 272
Genres: Education, Health & Fitness, Health & Sexuality, Human Sexuality, Personal & Practical Guides, PSYCHOLOGY, Reference, Self-Help, Sexual Instruction, Sexuality, Teaching Methods & Materials
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Turn your favorite sexual fantasies into reality, safely and successfully…The complete guide for everyone—women and men, singles and couples!Join the legions of couples and singles who are making their hottest sexual fantasies come true. Whether you’re looking for an endless supply of fantasy ideas or expert advice for a playful, imaginative sex life that turns you both on, this charming and information-packed book will tell you exactly what you need to know: * Learn your lover’s secret fantasies * Role-play: hot, dramatic sex without feeling silly * Comprehensive lists of the most popular fantasies and fetishes—complete with suggestions for props, toys, and costumes (and where to buy them) * Expert help for deciding just how far to take your fantasies * How to have a threesome—without jealousy * Sex parties and swinging * How to have sex in public * Create thrilling S/M scenarios * Racy sex games for lovers * How to strip, lap dance, talk dirty * Make your own porn and erotic photographs * PLUS…hot new stories by best-selling erotica author Alison Tyler

Violet Blue does a stellar job of rounding up an all-about book in her new title The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy. She draws on all her experience with sex and gives us a book complete, covering everything you might need to know about fantasy. Her book is inspiring and informative. If you […]

20 05, 2014

Never Say Never -Tip, Tricks & Erotic Inspiration

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Never Say Never -Tip, Tricks & Erotic InspirationNever Say Never by Alison Tyler
Published by Cleis Press on 2014
Pages: 239
Genres: Family & Relationships, Love & Romance, Fiction, Erotica, General, Romance, Health & Fitness, Sexuality, Self-Help, Sexual Instruction
Also by this author: Dark Secret Love, The Delicious Torment, Flying High: Sexy Stories from the Mile High Club , Those Girls, Those Boys
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Monogamy does NOT have to equal monotony and eroticist author Alison Tyler has made it her life's mission to make sure it never is with Never Say Never!
Half of a very happily married duo, Tyler's advice is that couples can build a trust level that makes experimentation truly possible and posits that uninhibited, really exciting, and highly imaginative sex happens best with lovers who just happen to be couples, too. This follow up to Tyler's bestselling Never Have the Same Sex Twice blends her wisdom, expert advice, and favorite erotic scenarios illustrating myriad sexual techniques and fantasies designed to liven up the bedroom.

Want to read something really inspiring? The book Never Say Never will motivate you to try something new. Whether you are in a monogamous relationship that has hit or snag or you love life is porn worthy, this book has something for you. This book offers real tips and tricks without giving you […]

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