Snack Girl to the Rescue Review

Snack Girl to the Rescue
 Author: Lisa Cain
 Pages: 273
Publication Date: April 15th 2014

  Summary: From popular blogger Lisa Cain, aka "Snack Girl," a common-sense guide to healthier eating and weight loss, including 100 Weight Watchers-friendly recipes. Since 2009, Lisa Cain has been blogging at about how to make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle. Her mission is to share the secrets and recipes that have helped her stay fit and healthy, without sacrificing fun or flavor. Snack Girl to the Rescue contains Lisa's best advice on avoiding common weight-loss pitfalls, shopping healthier on a budget, and getting in shape, along with 100 recipes for fun, quick, and affordable meals and snacks. Written in Snack Girl's signature voice--down to earth, encouraging, and funny--this is the go-to resource for anyone looking to incorporate healthier food choices into their lives, whether they are looking to lose weight, have more energy, or just feel more confident about their family's nutrition.


 For years I have wanted to “eat healthy” and exercise to lose a little bit of weight. But as soon as I would see a donut or candy my brain screamed “eat me “ and I would cave in and consume empty calories.

After several attempts of eating better and saying no to certain foods, my body craved the sugar and fat and I would eat the whole house out of sweets. I would constantly get mad at myself for eating these foods that I know are not good for me but because they were there and accessible I ate them.
After I found this cookbook online I grew excited to see that it was for healthy snacks and food that still tasted good. 

After I received it in the mail I went through it right away to pick out the recipes that I wanted to try first. 

There were so many to choose from so I just chose a couple of recipes for food that I had around the house. 

I made the Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Sugar Roasted Almonds which tasted so good! You wouldn’t even think it was that healthy, but it was great tasting and 183 calories per serving. My boyfriend is the pickiest eater and even he liked it. 

 Some of the recipes you might have to tweak but I loved every single recipe I tried to make. 

People who are looking for a healthier choice in their meals for the day should go pick up a copy of Snack Girl to the Rescue. Lisa Cain motivates you and teaches you how to shop healthier. It’s not just a cookbook it’s a helpful guide to get you on the right track.
5/5 stars

*I received this book from blogging for books.

Reasons My Kid is Crying Reivew

Reasons My Kid is Crying
Author: Greg PemBroke
Publication Date:April 21 2014

 A glimpse into the tribulations of parenting that is part documentary, part therapy, and completely hilarious.
It all started when busy father Greg Pembroke posted a few pictures online of his three-year-old son, mid-tantrum, alongside the reason his son was crying: He had broken his bit of cheese in half. In Reasons My Kid is Crying, Greg collects together photos sent from parents around the world, documenting the many, completely logical reasons why small children cry.  Among them: “I let him play on the grass” . . . “He ran out of toys to throw into his pool” . . . “The neighbor’s dog isn’t outside”.  The result is both an affectionate portrait of the universal, baffling logic of toddlers—and a reminder for burned-out parents everywhere that they are not alone.


This book is absolutely hilarious. Each page has a picture of a baby or toddler crying with a caption. If you’re not laughing with tears coming out of your eyes then you’re not reading it right.
As a new mother of twins I found myself thinking of all the little cry’s and tantrums my boys are going to have.  This book is such a fun and fast read that you’re going to want to take this book wherever you go and show it off just so everybody can have a good laugh.
Greg had a great idea in capturing the world of toddlers and their innocence of the world.
 I received this book for free from blogging for
3.5 stars

A Very Good Life

 A Very Good Life
Author: Lynn Steward
 Publication date: March 6 2014

Very Good Life ranked #1 for more than 26 hours on Amazon's list of Top 100 Free ebooks! Dana McGarry is an "it" girl, living a privileged New York lifestyle of a well-heeled junior executive at B. Altman, a high end department store. With a storybook husband and a fairytale life, change comes swiftly and unexpectedly. Cracks begin to appear in the perfect facade. Challenged at work by unethical demands, and the growing awareness that her relationship with her distant husband is strained, Dana must deal with the unwanted changes in her life. Can she find her place in the new world where women can have a voice, or will she allow herself to be manipulated into doing things that go against her growing self-confidence?

Set in 1974, A VERY GOOD LIFE recreates a unique time in New York City when women like Dana hungered to have it all. From lunch at Cipriani’s to the annual Rockefeller Center holiday tree lighting ceremony, from meetings with business icons like Estee Lauder to cocktail receptions with celebrity guests like legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Steward’s intimate knowledge of the period creates the perfect backdrop for this riveting story about a women’s quest for self-fulfillment. A VERY GOOD LIFE is bound to become a beloved favorite of readers everywhere.


I definitely wouldn’t have usually picked this book off the shelf myself. I read mostly Young Adult novels so this was a big change for me but after reading this book I actually want to start reading more adult novels.

 What really caught my attention about this book was the fact that it was based in NYC and from the year 1974. I don’t know what it is but I am attracted to anything NY. I just love the feel and the atmosphere whenever I go there and I wanted to feel what it would be like to go to NYC in the 70’s.
Lynn really has a way with words and knows how to make the characters come alive. There were no times when I had a hard time imagining what the character looked like, what their emotions were and what they were feeling. The words jumped off the pages. 

Dana’s life has so many ups and downs that you just want to jump in the book and give the poor woman a hug, but I loved every minute of her drama filled life.

I highly recommend reading this book and I can’t wait for the second book!

3.5 stars

Brunnette Ambition

Brunette Ambition
Author:Lea Michele
Publication date: May 20th 2014

The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide. Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business. Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker. She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered. In Brunette Ambition, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her--from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights. Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.


  As a fan of Glee, I was excited to find out that she was writing a book. I didn’t know what it was about but I was excited to get my hands on a copy. 

I have to say that I loved every word from this book. From page one I felt like she was showing the side of her the public eye doesn’t get to see. She’s shows us what she does on her day to day life.
For anybody who wants to see what life as a celebrity is like, reading Brunette Ambition gives you a close look into it. 

Reading her health tips and healthy food recipes were inspiring and very helpful. So go pick up a copy of Brunette Ambition. I promise you you’ll love it from the start! 

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

4.5/5 stars 

Kitchen Confidnence Book Review

Title: Kitchen Confidence
  Author: Kelsey Nixon
 Pages:224 pages
 Publication date: February 11 2014

Host of Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Essentials and fan favorite on season four of The Next Food Network Star, Kelsey Nixon shares the essential recipes, techniques, and tools that new home cooks need in their back pocket.
 A young food star and new mom, Kelsey is an invaluable friend in the kitchen to everyone settling into their first kitchen of their own. Her recipes, which are broken down into simple steps, teach readers how to cook, highlighting key tools and basic techniques everyone should know. And yet her flavors are anything but basic; Kelsey gives everyone the confidence to start with the 2.0 version of a recipe instead of the boring standards. For example, she makes her house pilaf with quinoa instead of rice, and her addictive fruit salad is a savory first course instead of a lackluster dessert. With 100 recipes and 60 color photographs, Kitchen Confidence brings home all of the energy and spirit of the Cooking Channel show of the same name, making it an excellent handbook for newlyweds, recent college graduates, and those discovering their kitchens for the first time.


I rarely ever cook, but when I do its always out of a box. I literally burn everything I cook so when I received a copy of “Kitchen confidence” in the mail, I was excited to try out some recipes and make myself feel like I can at least cook something from scratch. 

So far I have only tried a few recipes like the Tuna noodle casserole and the sugar cookies, but I have to admit the recipes were simple and easy to follow. 

I found her tips to be extremely helpful and for someone who doesn’t cook this cookbook makes it easy for me to look like I’ve been  cooking for years. I found the introduction at the beginning fun to read and the pictures mouthwatering. 

I love how her cookbook has a variety of different recipes to cook and it came just in time for summer picnic and get togethers. 

I would give this book 4.5 stars for simple recipes, helpful tips and beautiful pictures.  I recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants to make fast and easy meals. 

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

4/5 stars