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Book Review ~ Best hair book ever!

“Cute cuts, sweet styles and tons of tress tips” along with plenty of photographs and instructions for a variety of hair types and lengths are what comprise the Best hair book ever! from the editors of faithgirlz and Girls’ Life magazine. Although it is targeted towards middle school and high school aged young ladies, this book even gives this 30-something mom a few ideas. 😉

The Best hair book ever! is thorough in content and friendly in tone. Its 128 pages are full-color with plenty of photographs. As a how-to book, there is a section to define your hair type with a recommended regimen as well as a guide to determine your face shape and the right cut to flatter it. The chapters are divided into styles for: summer, sports, school, weekend, party, and braids. For each style shown, there are small sections of information with a picture and description. There are braids, up-dos, ponytails, and accessorizing your style. None of the styles are over-the-top but include those ranging from classic to trendy.  There is also a make-your-own guide for “hair candy” like hair clips and ties.

4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from the BookLook Bloggers program.

Happy Wives Club ~ Book Review

    In an effort to combat the negativity our society often associates with marriage, Fawn Weaver sets out on a “worldwide search for the secrets of a great marriage,” and she succeeds. She is passionate about marriage and obviously in love with her husband. In her travels she receives timeless wisdom and reminders that are not earth-shattering. They are important, and our modern culture of “me” tends to neglect them. Two of these universal ideas are to respect and trust your spouse.

Anyone who is married or plans to marry should read this book. Yes, it’s that good without being preachy or overdone. Reading Weaver’s story is like having coffee with a friend. It is comfortable, informative, and easy-going with dashes of history included about the areas she visits. I enjoyed the entire book and marked many pages to refer to later for their wisdom.

Here are a few gems:
(paraphrased from p. 73) Since you have two different people who have come together, each has to do his part in finding solutions to come together. This makes love a daily problem, and you continue to build your marriage everyday.
(p. 143) “[He does] kind gestures for no reason.”
(p. 160) “Rather than just thinking about me, [we each] consider us.”

Go ahead and read it. This is not a self-help or advice book, but a compilation of lessons in love.

5 out of 5 stars!

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.

Thoughts of My Mom

I saw a contest for Mother’s Day that asked you to submit something you remember your mom always saying or telling you. I thought about it and was saddened to realize that I have nothing. I remember Mom’s endearments, but she didn’t have something she said very often. A year after her passing was not the time to realize this.

However, a day or two later I realized that while I don’t have her words, I do have her actions. She embodied the idea that actions speak louder than words.  She taught by example in how she lived. She was comfortable with herself, which allowed others to be comfortable themselves. She was kind, loving, and patient, very patient. She was a benevolent dictator in how she mothered me. 🙂  And while she taught me more than I can say, I’m especially grateful that she taught me how to love, how to be a lady, and how to be a great mom.

Even though I wish I had some thought or platitude of hers to hold, I’m grateful for my memories of her and of us as a guide for how to live and love.

Dr. Seuss Quotations

Short and sweet:  In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, I thought I’d compile a list of quotations. Do you have a favorite?

  • “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
  • “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, . . . and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
  • “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
  • “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.”
  • “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
  • “Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.”
  • “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
  • “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
  • “Only you can control your future.”
  • “They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
  • “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
  • “Be awesome! Be a book nut!”
  • “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
  • “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”
  • “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells.”
  • “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”
  • “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  • “Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.”