Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans. ~John Lennon

Sunday, February 14, 2016

My Journals: London Calling!

It's not hoarding, it's a collection!

Blank journals are another weakness of mine. Even though I have an entire cabinet full of journals, I can't seem to stop collecting them! Not sure what I'm going to do with them all, but I can't seem to make it out of a bookstore with at least one.


While I have several journals with a Paris theme, I've never seen any featuring London. Couldn't resist this one and, best of all, it was on sale! So cool!

Baby's got back!

Backs are usually boring, but this one's back is almost as cute as the front!

I need lines. No lines means my sentences wander all over the page like crazy!

Plain lined pages inside. Some of my journals have blank pages and my sentences tend to slope upwards for some reason. I need lines!

So happy that I stumbled across this journal, as London is one of my all-time favorite cities!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Spring/Summer #BookReview

 photo Buzz Bks YA Spring.jpgTitle:  Buzz Books 2016: YA Spring/Summer
Release Date:  January 14, 2016
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  netGalley

This fourth edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult provides substantial pre-publication excerpts from 20 forthcoming young adult books. Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the spring/summer season.(Goodreads)

My Review:

Buzz Books are one of my favorite ways to discover new-to-me books and authors! 

While I may not read every single word of every single sample, I read enough to know if I'm going to like the story or not. That's the beauty of these samplers - there's something for everyone!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Spotlight on TRANSFORM: The Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You

TRANSFORM: The Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You

Title: TRANSFORM: The Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You
Author: Dede Barbanti
Pages: 257
Genre: Self Help/Lifestyle/Health/Weight Loss

Finally, a book that will provide you with the answers that change your body and your life! TRANSFORM really is the Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Fitness and lifestyle expert Dede Barbanti not only gives you the tools to achieve your weight-loss goals, but helps you dig deep to fix the core issues that keep you from lasting success and your true potential.

This is not your traditional weight-loss book. Most diet books focus on the outside by changing your eating and exercise routines,but they fail to find the root cause of your bad habits: what, why, and where they all started. These band-aid treatments never treat the problem, only the symptom, and most people find themselves back at square one, frustrated and defeated. Dede's no-holds-barred approach gets your booty into gear by tackling the real issues of your weight loss merry-go-round; so you can stop the madness and unlock the perfect you.

You can continue reading all of those other diet and lifestyle books that ultimately keep you repeating the same old story and never seems to get you anywhere, or you can get real with yourself and finally bring about the changes that you have always wanted...permanently! (book blurb)

Book Excerpt:


Have you ever seen someone who turns heads and lights up the room just by walking in? Have you ever met someone who draws people to them magnetically? Who seems perfect in every way?

Do you find that you often compare yourself to these people? Wishing you had what they have, or looked how they look? Oh, come on, you know you’ve done it! We all have at one point or another in our lives. We have a tendency to compare ourselves with classmates and coworkers. We compare ourselves with our ex-partners or their ex-partners, our siblings, our parents, our heroes, even random people on the street! Comparing ourselves with others is something many of us do, especially when we aren’t fulfilled in our own body or life.

But no good could ever come from this, and most of the time, we’re using a very inaccurate gauge. We often look at the wrong things because somewhere along the way, we decided that people with more money or seemingly better bodies live more valuable lives. We compare ourselves to others by looking at their clothes, cars, homes, paychecks, beauty, or Instagram followers. . . but how much money you make and how many toys you have are rarely a good measure.

Outside appearance or net worth has never been a good indicator of self-worth.

You will never benefit from comparing your life to others.’ There will always be people who appear to be better off than you, who seemingly live perfect lives, but that’s because we always compare the worst of what we know about ourselves to the best that we assume about others. Trust me when I say their lives are never as perfect as your mind makes them out to be.

Comparing yourself to others puts your focus on the wrong person and lets you forget that you can control only one life - yours. Comparing yourself to others wastes precious energy you should be spending on your own life. It invites you to regret what you aren’t, rather than enjoy who you are.

It will always steal the joy and happiness within your grasp - and place it just beyond your reach. By focusing on what they have or how they look and wishing you had more of it, you are robbing yourself of your most precious gift - you! Your life!

About the Author:

Dede Barbanti
Dede Barbanti is a renowned fitness & lifestyle coach, certified soul memory discovery facilitator, author, motivational speaker and single mother of three. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Dede has dedicated her life to developing innovative methods that have literally changed the face of weight loss, fitness, dieting and lifestyle!

Through the creation of her first format Boogie Box (BBX) and the “Un-Diet” nutrition and weight-loss program; Dede lost over 70 pounds in less than 6 months and has since helped countless people from all over the world. Since forming BBX, Dede has released two groundbreaking workout DVD's "Boogie Box LIVE" & "BBX Hardcore."

Her groundbreaking techniques and work have been featured on shows such as: Dr. Oz, Shark Tank, Fitceleb, OnAir, Good Day Utah, ABC, KTLA and FOX News, as well as several media productions. Dede was also named one of OC Metro Magazines "Top 20 Women In Business."

Dede's passion, training and experience has helped countless people from all over the USA transform their bodies and lives through her unique and “straight shooting” methods.

Pulling from her years of experience, Dede has written a complete lifestyle guide, TRANSFORM: The Secret To Unlocking The Perfect You. In it, she shares her three principles to obtaining the body and life of your own design!

For More Information:

• Visit Dede Barbanti’s website.
• Connect with Dede on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about Dede at Goodreads.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Book Haul 2/6/16

My Book Haul | Alexia's Books and Such
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a surprise in my mailbox. Book surprises are always nice, but this is book 3 in a trilogy and I haven't read the first two. Wonder if it will stand on it's own?

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Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night - but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising . . .

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