Category Archives: Books

Brush Pen Lettering Review

Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles Review + Giveaway

As much as I love review blogging there is another thing I love to do – write and send cards to loved ones.

I believe that the art of handwriting is slowly being eliminated from the skills people hold. Instead of being able to do clean brush lettering, people strive to have the most words typed from their smart phones.

Each year I write cards and notes, and each year I strive to make my handwriting better. I am always looking for books and step-by-step instructions to extend those skills. When I recently I received a copy of Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles by Grace Song for review I was excited to perfect my abilities for future cards.

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Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal Review

Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal Review + Giveaway

I am a summer baby – July to be exact. When I was young I hated having my birthday in the middle of summer when all my friends were out-of-town.

There is also another element to having a summer birthday is that I am firmly in the astrological sign is in the Cancer time frame.

When I saw the new Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal by Gabriel Picolo/Blue Star Coloring I decided to look and see how similar I am to the astrological description.  Continue reading

Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book Review

Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book for Those with Alzheimer’s and The People Who Love Them Coloring Book  Review + Giveaway

As we go through life, we accumulate a lifetime of memories and moments. Many of these are captured through photos and videos, but most of them exist in our minds.

Imagine as you get older, you begin to forget not only those precious memories but also things as simple as your own name and your loved ones names. While this progression can be quick, many times it is slow and painful for all parties involved.

While there currently is no way to stop this terrible progression from occurring, there are ways to stimulate memories. One new way is with a coloring book like Coloring Your Mind: A Coloring Book For Those With Alzheimer’s and The People Who Love Them by Maria Shriver/Blue Star Coloring. Continue reading

Wellspring: Grownup Notebook’s Review

Wellspring: Grownup Notebook’s (Coloring Books) Review + Giveaway

There are days when I spend most of the daylight and into the nighttime on the blog. I spend time learning and educating myself, as well as cultivating relationships and finding new products.

Since I spend so much time at the computer, I enjoy taking time away to clear my eyes and mind, and in those moments I like to color.

Recently I came across a coloring book that is a bit different from the other coloring books on the market – it is spiral bound. Wellspring has a variety of Grownup Notebooks that you can color.

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Make It By Hand Book Series Review

Make It By Hand: New England Paperscapes and Vintage Coloring & Craft Book Review and Giveaway

There is something about starting with a simple book and being able to create a whole city or town. When I was young I had a book that I could punch out shapes and images, that after colored and assembled, would create a whole cityscape.

As much as fun as I now remember that book was, honestly I had forgotten about it until I received the Make it By Hand Paperscapes and Vintage Coloring Book for review.

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How to Draw Cool Stuff – 3 Book Series Review

How to Draw Cool Stuff – 3 Series Review + Giveaway

There is no doubt that I am a creative person. I love to up-cycle items in my home, I love to use paper to craft cards and scrapbook layouts and I love to just doodle.

My entire life I have thought it would be neat to have the ability to draw cute things on the pages and cards I create, but I am never able to get past a bloated looking stick figure. As a crafter, I am dismayed that I can not draw event the simplest of images, and made a resolution that this year I would work on changing that.

Timing is a constant theme on this blog, and this item is not exempt from a case of perfect timing. When I received an email with an opportunity to review the How to Draw Cool Stuff – 3 Book Series I could not believe the timing, because the night before I started looking for a books that would help my drawing skills.

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The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide Review

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide: Using the Science of Carrier & Essential Oils to Create Natural Personal Care Products Review + Giveaway

I have always loved learning, and reading. I think I learn best when I am left to read the instructions and the execute the action. As I have aged I have learned that is more I do not know than do know and that excites me – it means I still have a ton to learn.

The one thing that I love to learn about and to educate myself about is essential oils. The great thing is that is always something to learn, make and concoct where these versatile oils are concerned. When I recently got The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide and looked through it I knew I found a great reference.

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Think Time: 2017 Journal Planner Review

Think Time: 2017 Journal Planner Review + Giveaway

Ever since I was young, I have been a planner. One of my favorite gifts were day planners and calendars. Each time I received a new planner or calendar I would spend the next couple hours making note of important birthdays, events and important school dates.

Now that I am older, I still love planners but like them to be a little more than just dates and space to write events. Ideally, a planner can help me plan, but also inspire me to think bigger, and set goals.

As the blog grows, I find my dreams growing so this year I decided that it was time I get a planner that will not only make note of dates, but also give me a place to brainstorm and dream. When I began looking for the perfect planner I came across the Think Time Journal Planner.

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Blue Star Coloring: Master Collection Trio Giveaway

Blue Star Coloring: Quest, Howl and Form Master Collection Coloring Book Trio Giveaway

Some of the best gifts you can give someone is the gift of creativity, and a moment to escape the noise and stress of life. One gift that combines creativity, and stress relief are coloring books.

When I received the Master Collection of coloring books by Blue Star Premier, I thought that these would make the perfect additions to the baskets we give this time of year!

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Barron’s Coloring Books New Releases February 2017 Review

Barron’s – Coloring Books – February 2017 – New Releases Review + Giveaway

When I was younger, I remember purchasing a book that would help me prepare for the SAT’s and the other testing I would need to attend college. The book company was Barron’s and they were/are the go to for test prep books. So naturally when I saw that they also have coloring books I was surprised.

As it turns out, they do the test prep books, but also have a full line of coloring books, Barron’s Educational Series is not only education but also robust in their coloring book selections.

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