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BOOK CLUB: SUMMER MUST-READS Posted 19th November 2012 BOOK CLUB: SUMMER MUST-READS
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Our summer reading list is finally here! I have been reading a lot of e-books lately [I’m secretly obsessed with my new kindle] and have discovered some amazing new independent authors.

1. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher – This book is definitely on the top of my list but I’m warning you now, it’s not a ‘happily ever after’ kinda story. Each of the characters are half-insane, manipulative liars but Tarryn has a magic way with words that will have you falling in love with them regardless. The second book in this series is called Dirty Red [due to be released in December] and I am nearly peeing my pants with excitement. I hate Leah, but love her craftiness, I can’t wait to read on from her POV. Oh and you should definitely follow Tarryn on Facebook, she’s gorgeous, witty and tells it how it is.

2 & 3. Thoughtless and Effortless by S.C. Stephens – Two words: Kellan Kyle. He’s the hot rock star that every girl [and grown woman] dreams about and I guarantee you won’t be able to put either of these down. My girlfriend was so obsessed she even picked it up to read while waiting at the checkout, at the drive through, any place she had a few spare seconds. It’s that good. The third book Reckless is due to be released in March 2013 – way too far away as far as I’m concerned!

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This murder mystery is a tangled web of lies and manipulation that will have you guessing the entire way through and you will be flawed by the ending. It plays on every emotion and will keep you captivated right until the very end.

5. Easy by Tammara Webber – A beautiful YA story that blends real emotional issues with a college romance. If you’re looking for a quick, romantic summer read be sure to check this out.

6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – Another great YA book with bad boy Travis Maddox. He’s naughty, he’s hot, and he’s sweet and romantic when he wants to be. Walking Disaster will be released in April 2013 and is the same story but told from Travis’ POV. Swoon.

7 & 8. Bared to You and Reflected in You by Sylvia Day – If you're a Fifty Shades of Grey fan you will love these too. The erotica factor is right up there and it’s an extreme story of love, passion and obsession.

9. Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde – Cheating, scandal, lies, sex and friendship. I think you either love or hate the characters in this book. It’s packed full of emotion and the sequel, Avoiding Responsibility, is just a few weeks away from being released!

 

We also asked our FB friends for their recommendations and thank you to everyone who shared their must-reads with us:

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel

J’adore New York by Isabelle Lafleche

Gypsy Tearoom by Nicki Pelligrino

One Day by David Nicholls

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Long Twentieth Century by Giovanni Arrighi

Obsidian [Lux #1] by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

Happy reading! Bx

THINGS WE LOVE: MY LITTLE JEDI & DIY CHEVRON RUGS Posted 20th March 2012 THINGS WE LOVE: MY LITTLE JEDI & DIY CHEVRON RUGS
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Wow – have you had a chance to check out the latest issue of My Little Jedi?!? Vesna, the editor of this wonderful e-mag, is such a creative and talented lady and each issue just keeps getting better and better. I was so honoured and beyond excited when Vesna asked me to contribute to the Autumn edition alongside so many other amazing contributors. I put together a ‘Things We Love’ feature for both the little ones and their gorgeous mums [perfect for Mother’s Day gifts... hint hint!].

If you haven’t already done so, make a cuppa and treat yourself to a some quiet time with MLJ [here] – 172 pages of pure goodness!  

 

 

DIY CHEVRON RUG

 

More chevron for the lovers. We love how this simple IKEA rug is transformed into a beautiful rug that would suit any house. I might even give this a go... maybe! For the full tutorial click here.

 

E-READ: MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PLATE BY JESSICA AINSCOUGH Posted 8th March 2012 E-READ: MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PLATE BY JESSICA AINSCOUGH
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“My message is about wellness: whole-body, complete, total, feel-so-good-you-pogo-stick-out-of-bed-in-the-morning wellness.”

I truly believe that everyone should have a copy of this e-book written by the inspiring Wellness Warrior Jessica Ainscough. For those of you who don’t know Jess’ story; in April 2008, at just 22 years of age, she was diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive, and essentially ‘incurable’ form of cancer called Epithelioid Sarcoma in her left hand, arm and armpit. Jess went on to have chemotherapy and radiation therapy with little [or no] success, so ultimately she chose to take responsibility for her illness and bring her body to optimum health so that it could heal herself.

Jess’ book is not so much about her story and treatment [Gerson Therapy], it really is just about eating whole, healthy foods that nourish our body. “The fight isn’t about whether we eat meat or not, or whether we follow a raw diet, a vegan diet, a paleo diet. In my opinion, the battle ends when we stop shovelling chemicalised crap into our bodies and start feeding ourselves with food that is real.”

Make Peace With Your Plate covers the food industry and how we got into this mess, the sneaky foursome adding lard to your ass and taking years from your life, power to the plants and going beyond our plates to nourish our spirit through meditation and exercise.

This book is a highly informative overview of the different grains we should be eating, dairy options, the optimum pH level of our body, decoding your cravings and so much more. What I love most is that it isn’t preachy, it doesn’t say ‘my way or the highway’ and it is written with a sense of humour that will have you giggling out loud.

You can purchase ‘Make Peace With Your Plate’ at thewellnesswarrior.com.au.

BOOKMARK IT: 9 NEW BLOGS WE ARE LOVIN' Posted 11th January 2012

BOOKMARK IT: 9 NEW BLOGS WE ARE LOVIN'

Last week on our style blog we put together a list of the blogs we are currently lovin’ (check it here)… so we thought it only fair to share some more great blogs for our Parent’s Club lovers. Happy blog surfing!

Checks and Spots

Mojito Mother

fat mum slim

 honey and fizz

Chic & Cheap Nursery

Styling You

Hello Owl

BabyMac

bigwords: lush tales of life and love…

 

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