Good Advice From Doctors Who Are Moms

Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great.The Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great is a really wonderful and helpful book.

The best thing about it is that it has tips from Doctors who are also Mothers.

These are the things those women do themselves to lose weight and stay healthy, and feel great.

Since they actually made it through medical school (which isn’t easy), and practiced medicine (which also isn’t easy), and are raising kids (which REALLY isn’t easy), they are probably the absolute best people to be getting health advice and tips from.

This book contains more than 700 tips from those women.

I haven’t read all of them yet. It is going to take me a while. This is a thick book(447 pages).

It also contains some recipes,  some sample food logs, and advice on how to figure out what your style is and what looks best on you.

I think every woman could learn quite a bit from this book.

Some might want to read The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, and the Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years.

Please visit the Mommy MD Guides website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I received a free book to review.

Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty By Jan Martinez

Cover of Christ Kitchen by Jan Martinez.Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty by Jan Martinez is about the job training program started by the author in Spokane, WA.

It is also a bible study of the Samaritan woman. She compares some of the poor women she meets at the training program to the Samaritan woman.

The author says we can learn a lot, from this tutorial, about how to interact with people who are different from us, no matter what the differences are (financial, cultural, racial, national).

Anyone who is thinking about mentoring others (or ministering) could learn a lot from reading this. Especially if you are thinking about starting a job-training micro-enterprise of your own.

This is a really good book. At first I didn’t think it would apply to me too much because it is about people in a large city. Larger than any of the places near me (the largest place near me is only 67,000) anyway.

But after thinking about it, I realized there will be poor people no matter where you go. We do in fact have a “bad” side of town, and there are homeless shelters in both the big towns close to me.

So doing something like Christ Kitchen here would probably be really good. Not just for the people it helps but for the community. Something to think about for sure.

About the book:

“I awoke with a knife at my neck and the palpable pounding of a rapist’s heartbeat on my chest.” So begins Christ Kitchen—a story about redemption and healing based on the experience that molds the author’s life, brings her to faith, and fans a passion to help other desperate women living in poverty.

Jan Martinez tells a compelling story of women living in poverty in America, demystifying the baffling complexities of poverty, and providing thoughtful solutions suited to individuals or groups. The book provides a practical, replicable example for overcoming poverty through Christ-based mentoring and employment at Christ Kitchen, a job-training ministry to low-income women.

Based on the mentoring approach Jesus uses with the Samaritan woman at the well, the book exposes God’s heart for the poor and equips us to share his message and our lives with women who never find their way to church. Masterfully, he shows us how to talk with society’s outcasts and love them into the Kingdom. With equal mercy, the Lord shows us the way to finding our true selves through service to the “least of these.”

Through insightful, personal stories of women from the street struggling to change their lives and women from church communities struggling to walk beside them, Christ  Kitchen provides a mentored path for both to transcend barriers of class, race, and opportunity to form healing, faithful relationships.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Deep River Books (September 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1937756920
ISBN-13: 978-1937756925

Promo Picture of author  Jan Martinez. About the author:

With Master’s degrees in public health and counseling, Jan Martinez founded a job-training project called Christ Kitchen, which attracts low-income women to work.  Through the production and sales of gourmet dried food products and catered meals, this project enables women to learn to work, to become employable and, eventually, to support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships.

Christ Kitchen recognizes the myriad of issues making employment and self-sufficiency difficult for women in poverty. They offer a work setting in which any willing woman can gain skills and competencies which in turn improve their confidence and self-image. Helping low-income women learn the love of Christ and achieve emotional and mental stability as they become self-reliant, stable workers and citizens, is the goal or our growing community.

Recognized for her countless hours of serving others, Jan has received awards such as the Sister Peter Claver Award (2010) reflecting the mission, compassion quality, and commitment of service and leadership from the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital; Person of Excellence (2006) by the Spokesman Review; Helen Hamilton Peacemaking Award (2006) from the Presbyterian Synod of Alaska-Northwest; Governor’s Recognition Award (2003) for commitment to the excellence of the human spirit; and the Spirit of the Daughter’s Award (2003) by the Jonas Babcock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jan received a Doctorate in Ministry researching discipleship with the poor and is an adjunct professor at Whitworth University. She is married to Felix Martinez, a physician, and they have two beautiful children, Jake and Rose, both adopted as babies from Korea. They’ve served in medical missions in Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam and go fly fishing together every chance they get.


Visit the Christ Kitchen website for more information or to make a donation. You can buy a copy of the book there too.

I received a free book to review from Tell Us The Truth Reviews. My opinion is 100% my own.

Tried Everything To Quit Smoking?

Have you tried Quit Tea? Picture of a box of Quit Tea.

Just about every resource you can find about quitting smoking will tell you that in order to quit you need to replace the bad habit of smoking with another habit. Hopefully a good habit. Like drinking herbal tea :)

It is possible to quit smoking without changing to a good habit…but it is a lot harder and usually takes longer.

What you do is….every time you have the urge to smoke…you drink some herbal tea instead. So you are actually doing something.

Many people say a big part of the smoking habit is the actions involved…the taking it out, lighting it up, inhaling….that occupy your attention and become so routine that you don’t even notice doing them sometimes.

Just stopping takes away the activity…but if you don’t replace it with another activity…you will catch yourself doing the actions without thinking about them….and might just end up smoking again before you even realize it is happening.

That is why replacing the habit with a good habit can be so helpful.

Quit Tea is made of herbs and spices that help you relax and help reduce anxiety and nervousness.

Some of the ingredients are : Valerian Root, Sarsaparilla, St. John’s Wort, Red Clover, Licorice, Cinnamon, Ginger, Burdock, Cloves, Oregano, Fennel, Cayenne Pepper, and Black Pepper.

If you have tried everything else…well trying this tea certainly isn’t going to hurt and it is cheaper than many other smoking cessation aids. And even if it doesn’t help you…it is still good for you!

The folks at Quit Tea are going to be offering one of my readers(US only) the chance to win 2 boxes of Quit Tea, a book called “Quit Smoking with Herbal Tea” and a Quit Tea tumbler.

Quit Tea Tumbler.Be sure and stop by on Monday the 21st to  enter the Summer Heat Giveaway Hop. If you want to get a head start on entries you can follow their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. They are also on Google+ and you can find links to their other social media sites on their website.

Nip It By Kristen Fredricks And Jeanie Wade

Cover picture of Nip It by Kristen Fredricks and Jeanie Wade.Nip It: Stop Negativity Moment by Moment by Kristen Fredricks and Jeanie Wade has a lot of good advice in it.

The authors tell you how to recognize negative moments(and people) and give you lots of tips and techniques that will help you learn to turn them from negative to positive moments.

And if you can’t manage to make it positive (some things just are NOT) you can still learn to deal with it better. Maybe.

It does take practice and you have to keep at it.

The authors actually make it sound easy. It isn’t easy. Not for me anyway. However – if/when you manage to do it…it can make life a lot happier.

I’m still working on it. I have managed to get myself to pause(mostly) – so I have a chance to ACT instead of REACT. You wouldn’t think that could make such a huge difference…but it does.

You are gonna have to try it yourself though. You won’t really believe it till you try it.

Go on. You will like it. Really! I do.

About the book:

Every person’s life has room for more positivity, and positivity is always your choice. The personal stories and real-life situations in Nip It challenge you to see your life as a series of individual moments over which you have control. Then you can choose to “nip” the negative moments and turn them into something more positive.

The authors provide hints and tips to help you recognize the negative situations you encounter, find ways to change their impact, and help you shift the outcomes from negative to positive. By the end of the book, you will have a toolset that will allow you to act rather than react when faced with a negative moment. When you apply the techniques that are outlined, you can begin to experience more positive life moments. And with practice, you’ll find that your positive moments turn into positive hours, then positive days, weeks, and months, which can lead to an overall life of greater positivity.

About the Authors:

Promo picture of author Kristen Fredricks.

Kris Fredricks has more than twenty years experience guiding groups to enhanced teamwork and more effective performance. She uses her naturally optimistic attitude to help others create a positive vision for how they will work together more effectively. Her natural enthusiasm is contagious.




Promotional picture of author Jeanie Wade.


Jeanie Wade has spent more than thirty years leading teams and understands how one negative team member can impact an entire team. She, like many people, is not a naturally positive person, so she enjoys sharing her insights on how practicing positivity every day can change your life.


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Fit Moms for Life Giveaway

Fit Moms For Life

I’m giving away a used paperback copy of Fit Moms for Life by Dustin Maher.

This is the copy that I got to review way back when(2011). It is in good shape(bottom corner of the cover is bent a bit) and perfectly readable.

This is only open to folks in the U.S. as I will have to ship the book myself.

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Crafting Calm By Maggie Oman Shannnon Review

Cover of Crafting Calm by Maggie  Oman Shannon.Crafting Calm :Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon is all about ways to relax and be calm by crafting things.

I’m not a really crafty person myself and most of the crafts didn’t really appeal to me but I do like to crochet and making something can be incredibly relaxing. Especially if it is something for someone else.

Not only do you get the relaxation of concentrating on something but you get the pleasure of giving it to someone who needs it.

In this book you find recipes for crafting items such as anointing oils, blessing baskets (I really liked this one!), prayer mats, tray sand gardens, and many others.

Each one also usually has a story associated with it as well as suggestions on how to make the process more meaningful for you.

About the book (from the back cover) :

Craft Your Way To Inner Peace

In this wild and wired world, it is increasingly difficult to truly relax and find the stillness within. Maggie Oman Shannon’s Crafting Callm is a DIY guide to peace of mind, offering an abundance of ways you can achieve serenity and satisfaction by living the handmade life. Author Oman Shannon, the spiritual director of a Unity Church, explores crafts and creativity as a lifelong practice with enormous physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. And by knitting love and hope into every stitch, handicrafts help form new friendships and community. From making a desktop shrine or mini-Zen garden, to stringing intention beads and painting personal prayer flags, Crafting Calm is an essential tool for making mindfulness.

About the Author :

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of five books, including Prayers for Healing and A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads. In 2000, Maggie Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives. Shannon currently has the honor of serving as Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.

Rev. Shannon can be found on Facebook.

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Word Catcher Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.


I received a free book to review.

Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo By Patrice Williams Marks Review

Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo: How to Raise Big Bucks in 30 Days! Secrets to Running a Successful Crowd Funding Campaign on a Budget was easy to read and has a lot of information in it.

I learned a few things. For one thing I learned that if I really want to be successful with a crowd funding campaign I need to put it off for a few months while I get everything all set up.

The author gives you a list of things you need to do to be successful. Some of those you need to have ready before you get started. Like a list of all the friends (or just folks you met) who might be able to help. You need this beforehand so you can get started as soon as you post your campaign (or even before).

She explains everything in this eBook. Not just the what but the why….and how a particular action can make a difference between success and failure.

I’m glad I read it. Now I just have to decide which site would be best for my project…and make sure I got all my duckies in a row. Once that happens…I’ll let you know.  You and everyone I ever met.

About the Author:

Picture of Patrice Williams Marks.Patrice Williams Marks has been writing since she was 6 years old. She has written screenplays, fiction, and How To books such as Hacking Kickstarter, Indigogo: How to Raise Big Bucks in 30 Days, and Want Top Cash For Your Gold?

You can visit her website, friend her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter too.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Who Do You Want To Be? By Dr. Nicola Bunting Review

Who Do You Want To Be? How To Embrace Change And Live Your Dream by Dr. Nicola Bunting was interesting and not too difficult to read.

The book aims to help people who are going though changes in their lives figure out where they really want to go…and how to get there.

And it doesn’t matter if they changes are something you choose or something that just happens…like getting fired or losing your home in a tornado. Or if you just wake up one morning and decide you don’t want to keep on living the way you have been.

Whatever the changes may be Dr. Bunting wants to help you use the changes to actually find and live your dreams.

I really like that she uses the Enneagram which is a really neat personality profiling framework. I did the questionnaire for this a long time ago (you can do one online) and it was really helpful. It can tell you things you didn’t realize about yourself and what you really like.

I didn’t actually sit down and do all the things she recommends in the book(yet). I expect that if you actually did do the work it would be extremely helpful…and a lot cheaper than actually hiring a coach. Of course you might just find out you really need to hire a coach…

About the Book :

Change is inevitable – the plans we’ve made for our lives, our careers, our relationships, our family, and our finances can suddenly need dramatic adjustment, and that is when we anxiously realize, often too late, that we need a Plan B. Whether it’s the immediate shock of suddenly being made redundant and asked to clear your desk, or the more fundamental challenge of changing your career or ending your marriage, how you handle change may determine how happy you are in life. Who Do You Want To Be? intends to be an eminently practical book, a vital resource to turn to when faced with any kind of major change in your life – how to identify the nature of the change you are confronting, how to prepare yourself for it, how and when and in what spirit to take advantage of the concurrent opportunities that present themselves. . .

About The Author :

Picture of Dr. Nicola Bunting.Nicola Bunting is a personal and professional coach and founder of the international bespoke coaching company La Vita Nuova. She is one of only 1% of coaches to have attained the master certified coach credential and her clients include executives and other business leaders across several industries.

Dr. Bunting can be found on Twitter and her company website La Vita Nuova.


How Not To Murder Your Grumpy By Carol E. Wyer Review

How Not To Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E. Wyer is an excellent book for anyone who has a Grumpy they want to keep busy.

It was written for women with “Grumpy Old Men” but the suggestions will work just as well for a “Grumpy Old Lady” or for “Grumpy Young Squirts” or anyone else you want to get out of your hair.

I really loved this book. I’m NOT gonna take up any of the hobbies she suggested myself…except maybe the ones that involve some sight seeing. I already indulge in a couple of the hobbies she suggests…chicken raising and reading.

I might try to get my own Grumpy involved in one or two though. There are a heck of a lot of them. She starts at the beginning of the alphabet with Aviation and works her way down to the end where she ends up with Zorbing.

And between the two there are a whole lot of other suggestions as well as some jokes and lots of information about different hobbies and some statistics about the oldest people(known) to have done a few of them.

It was a really fun read and I learned a few things too. Some of the hobbies she mentioned I had never even heard of. Some of them really made me wonder about people. In my opinion jumping off bridges is just nuts…jumping off a skyscraper is even MORE nuts. And rolling cheese down a hill? I just don’t get it.

But you never know…that just might be what floats your Grumpys boat.

About the book (from the publisher) :

Before you push your Grumpy off the next bridge,
Look no further!

Is your Grumpy Old Man getting under your feet? Is he wrestling with retirement? Are you wondering if you should bundle him up and entrust him to basket-weaving classes? Then this book could be the answer to your prayers. This light hearted guide is packed full of lively ideas, anecdotes and quips. Not only does it set out to provide laughs, but offers over 700 ideas and ways to keep a Grumpy Old Man occupied.

From collecting airline sick bags to zorbing, you will be sure to find an absorbing pastime for your beloved curmudgeon. There are examples of those who have faced extraordinary challenges in older age, fascinating facts to interest a reluctant partner and innovative ideas drizzled, of course, with a large dollop of humour.

Written tongue-in-cheek, this book succeeds in proving that getting older doesn’t mean the end of life or having fun. It provides amusing answers to the question, “How on Earth will my husband fill in his time in his retirement?” It offers suggestions on what might, or most certainly might not, amuse him. Ideal for trivia buffs, those approaching retirement, (or just at a loose end) and frustrated women who have an irritable male on their hands, this book will lighten any mood and may even prevent the odd murder.

About the Author:

Carol E. WyerCarol E. Wyer is a former teacher, linguist and physical trainer. Having spent her 40’s trying out all sorts of new challenges, such as kickboxing, diving and helicopter flying, she is now making sure that her 50’s are just as fab. Just in the last few years she has started painting, learning Russian and, of course, writing. Carol lives in Staffordshire with her very own Grumpy, who is not at all happy about any of this.

You can visit Carol on her official website and read her blog Facing 50 with Humour. She is also on Twitter and Facebook.


Family Ever After By Michelle Packard Review

Family Ever After is about how you can have the Happily Ever After that all the fairy tales say you are supposed to have.

And with the same old family you have now. No fairy dust involved at all. Just a change in how you look at things.

The author makes the point that you don’t hardly ever get upset if a stranger does something (like spill wine on a table) but if your kids do that you get really upset. She asks why you treat strangers better than your own family?

She says that a lot of reason we are not happy is that we expect so much more from our families and ourselves than we do from other people…and she says we should stop doing that.

The book talks about things you can do to change your perceptions and become more happy…and make your family more happy.

Things like figuring out exactly what is really important to you…and knowing what is important to your family members…and realizing that just because something is(or not) important to you…doesn’t mean it is (or not) to everyone else. And that is ok!

I liked this book…it has some wonderful ideas in it and several of them actually made me rethink some things I was doing in my own family. It is an easy read and it didn’t take long to finish even though I had to stop and think about some of her points before moving on to the next one.

If you are looking for ways to improve the happiness in your family….reading this book might be helpful.

About The Book :

Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Perfect Happiness in an Imperfect Family

Women frustrated with their marriage and their family will find the help they need to achieve greater happiness and success in their family in the new book, Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Extraordinary Happiness with Your Ordinary Family by stay-at-home mom, blogger, and ordinary family leader Michelle H. Packard.

Family Ever After uses the fairytale concept that once you find your prince charming life is happily ever after. Michelle H. Packard knows this concept, while romantic, is not realistic, and she provides a practical, poignant, funny, and moving exploration of the simple ways you can help find greater happiness and satisfaction in your marriage and family. Packard says, “While the idea of happy ever after is distorted, you can, in fact, achieve a Family Ever After.”

Family Ever After brings time-tested and well-researched principles to family life to help you learn specific ways to improve your marriage and your family, whether that family is ordinary or extraordinary.
Using real-world examples of best practices and helping woman readjust their media-driven perception of what happily ever after means, Family Ever After gives readers a pragmatic, helpful, and entertaining exploration of:

  • How happiness in marriage and family life requires a more educated, real-world perspective
  • How proper prioritization and defining what’s important in marriage and family is key to success;
  • Why conflict is part of an ordinary family experience and how to peacefully resolve it;
  • How to cultivate a sense of humor;
  • How to develop a thoughtful and sincere habit of complimenting each member of your family;
  • How to improve family relationships with extended family members; and
  • Learning how to love a family member in the way they understand and accept that love

More than another how-to-have-a-perfect-family book, Family Ever After helps you gain the understanding and the practical skills of what makes ordinary families successful. Family Ever After is an essential and beautiful resource for all women who want to put more happiness in theirs and their family’s life.

About the Author :

Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. Her oldest, Ella is always in charge and leads the pack with creativity and curiosity, Daniel follows with loyalty and loves tenderly, Julia is a doll and always buzzing over something beautiful, and Jackson could hunt down the last sharpie on earth to create art on your bathroom wall. She has been married ten years and is quite taken with her guy. Date night is her favorite and she dreams of weekend getaways with her man. She loves creating beauty through floral design, but apparently has no gift with living flowers (They end of upside down and pressed in books). She finds parties alluring. They beckon her to invite people over, spend way too much time preparing food for murder mystery dinners, and totally enjoy friends and family. Michelle holds a bachelors degree in Home and Family Science from Brigham Young University. She has spent a great deal of time working with children and young adults and finds her greatest joy is happy families.


You can get your own copy of the book here : Amazon * Barnes & Noble

You can also visit Michelle Packards blog.

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