Book Review | Besties

What I had hopedscreen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-44-36-am to find in Besties by Leah Reena Goren were more generic relatable examples of best friends and value of friendships and relationships across generations. The book is more millennial-based (and perhaps a little too specific in my opinion to Taylor (a girl) or Moses (a cat) then this book is dedicated to.)

Every page of the book is illustrated, some more pleasing than others—and contain messages that are more universal such as “I can always count on you to help me make important life decisions.” And, “Even when we’re lost, we still have each other.”


If you’re a millennial and fortunate enough to have a best friend then this book will be for you.

Disclosure: I received this book from the
Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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Book Review: Mindfulness: A Journal

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-6-34-05-pmSerendipitously I was dreaming-up something like this for a journal I’d want to keep and lo and behold here it is, in a book form: Mindfulness: A Journal by Catherine Price.

I’ve wanted to return to journaling but was hesitant since I felt that if left to my own devices I’d use a journal as a dumping ground for negative thoughts or things I was hoping to sort out.  This book offers a mindfulness approach to writing and maintaining a journal that will be an excellent way to stay present and focused, and prompting users to stop and notice things in the world around us.

Catherine Price writes a lovely contemplative introduction to the book and has provided wonderful quotations and writing prompts. The recommended resources at the end of the book contain a number of authors you might hope and expect to see there along with a host of others whose names are more vaguely familiar.

The look and feel of the book was well-conceived, too.  A very pleasing subtle color and design. Perhaps the only thing I would have liked to have seen would have been stich binding, but that being said, this book is a real gift.

Disclosure: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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Book Review | Think Happy by Karen Salmansohn

think-happyInstant pep talks to boost productivity aren’t the only thing you’ll get from Karen Salmansohns’ book Think Happy.

The book culls great information from a range of sources: brain researchers, psychologists, philosophers, motivation researchers, research studies, and folktales. The artwork is colorful, playful and even happy, too.  The book can be read cover-to-cover, or open a page any page to receive memorable quotes, meditations, lessons-learned, assignments, tips, and reminders.

Keep the book on your coffee table, on your night stand, or within your tote bag to help think happy.  I find myself thinking about Karen’s pep talks and telling other people about them, too.  Makes a great gift!

Disclosure: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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Book Review: Lessons in Classical Painting

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Cliche? Maybe. But even holding the cover of the book, Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier by Juliette Aristides in your hands, the reader knows that the text they are about to embark upon is a very good stand-in for not studying in a studio and that by learning from a book, this book, they will take a very valuable journey.

The book includes high quality whole-page prints, sometimes even 2-page pictures which hold high appeal to readers of art books. Great choice of pictures make it very appealing to the reader! The text is a good length, not too long, and coupled with many shorter passages makes it easy to read, and keeps the usability focus on people interested in the arts.

From the beginning of the book you go step by step into the process, at your own pace, which is important because it’s a book that can be read and then re-read many times.  It’s an educational process, one where the reader just like an art student will stop, look, question, go from foundational studies to discover their own process and what speaks to them in art making You get the feeling you get closer into the authors atelier the more you read, becoming more and more practical, messy and contemporary, what I like!

The book fits right into the art studio, and as a beautiful piece on a coffee table where artists and their friends are invited into a very special world.  Overall, I highly recommend, Lessons in Classical Painting!

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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Wednesday Wisdom

Who can’t benefit from a little more focus in their life?!
Simply, focus helps me write, create, listen and be.

I’ve carved out a small area in a sunny room in my house. Set-up an altar of sorts with a tiny buddha, yoga statues, beach glass, shells and rocks I’ve collected along the way. And surround myself with books about writing, art and yoga, along with a myriad of magazines.

How do you create focus?


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2 Essential Tips For Improving Your Website’s Searchability

BACK TO BASICSBusinesses often fall prey to caring about the next shiny thing for social media marketing but very often they’re missing the boat on key optimization for search engines.

As soon as I start talking with a client about their online presence the first thing I do is to check the title and description tags of their websites. A very nice program to help you find what you’re looking for in the html code is Knowem’s free social media optimizer tool.


Enter the name of your website (or a competitor’s for that matter) into the field on the top of the page and then select the tab Standard SEO.

Google used to weigh high relevancy on keywords but in the past few years that’s become less important.

Having a strong and relevant title and description of your website is key! Be sure too to pay attention and adhere to recommended number of characters.




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Keep it Simple

There’s a lot to keep up with these days– in politics, across the country, and around the world.

Striving to keep it simple.


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