What’s on your bookshelf?
|May 8, 2014||Filed under Reviews|
Disclosure: I was provided the following books free in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write anything positive. All opinions are my own.
As an avid reader, it is always a pleasure to be presented with opportunities to review a wide genre of books. Here are some that recently hit my TBR pile:
Looking for DIY products, but too lazy too Google them? Join the club! Yes, there are thousands of variations for free on the world wide web, yet it’s so much easier to just reference a book on your bookshelf. It’s why people still buy cookbooks. Besides, with the money you invest in the book, you will easily make it back within a month. You can make various products from garden bug killer to dish and laundry detergent with a few household ingredients you probably already have on hand. Simply reference the index for whatever product you’d like to make and flip to the relevant page. You’ll open up a new world that allows you to experiment with essential oils. Personally, I’m tired of reading bottles that say, “This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer.” I know it’s a blanket disclaimer, but it kind of makes you wonder. It’s bad enough that our food source is exposed to pesticides. Do we really want to prepare our food in spaces where we had previously slathered chemicals, even if they claim to kill 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria? I don’t know if vinegar is as effective, but being that you can ingest vinegar, it seems common sense that it’s a much safer alternative than your typical cleaning product that contains hazardous ingredients and that needs to be stored out of reach of children.
My husband is a science geek. While he can discuss quantum physics at length and watch back-to-back videos of Michio Kaku on Youtube, I’m bored to tears. However, STEM fields are starting to appeal to girls and women, so if anything, you could purchase this book to nurture an appreciation for science. As you are well aware, our country has prioritized funding for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, so anyone pursuing those fields has access to beaucoup scholarship funds. The book is appropriate for homeschooling families. You can probably get some inspiration for a future science project as well!
Your child can learn about:
Chemistry, with Soap Clouds
Biology, with Hole-y Walls
Physics, with Straw Balloon Rocket Blasters
Planet Earth, with Acid Rain
The Human Body, with Marshmallow Pulse Keepers
On the other hand, it could make a GREAT Father’s Day gift!
This one is a must-read for our youth, whether the youth is in junior high or college-bound. This book underlines how teaching respect and boundaries when dating can be a positive step toward sexual assault prevention efforts.
About Mike Domitrz
Mike Domitrz has touched millions of people with his lessons about sexual assault and healthy dating. Over the past decade, more attention is being given to dangerous sexual behavior among our youth and to the crime of sexual assault – mainly due to cases and news stories concerning celebrities, middle schools, high schools, college campuses, and the military.
“In a cultural environment where all of us continually receive mixed and confusing messages about what a healthy, consensual relationship might look like,” says Pat McGann, Director of Outreach, Men Can Stop Rape, “Domitrz lights up the issue with welcomed rays of clarity and insight.”
After what happened to his sister, Mike wanted to make a difference. He teamed up with educators, professionals, counselors, parents, administrators, students, military professionals, and experts from around the world to found The Date Safe Project, Inc. and construct the “Can I Kiss You?” program. The program has gone onto to be presented in schools, universities, communities, military installations, and at conferences throughout the world.
Ultimately, his focus is to:
• Dramatically improve society’s approach to healthy dating;
• Create a better understand of how “consent” is obtained in intimacy;
• Reveal the keys to effective bystander intervention with alcohol and sexual activity; and
• Teach how to properly support survivors of sexual assault
There isn’t a person in this world that hasn’t been affected by sexual assault or knows someone that has. And Mike is the perfect voice on this subject. His website is www.datesafeproject.org
I absolutely ADORE Greek Yogurt. Little did I know that this book would blow me away with its uses. In fact, I have at least 4 containers of yogurt in my deep freezer, courtesy of the truck driver desperately looking to unload it on anyone who wanted to indulge. I love the thick, tangy flavor of Greek yogurt, but after a while, you start to wonder what else you can do with it besides eating it with granola or some fruit. It turns out you can incorporate it into marinades, guacamole, dressing, and a wide range of desserts like brownies, blondies, and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. YUM! If you’re looking for healthy recipes with less fat and calories, AND you’re a fan of Greek yogurt, definitely add this cookbook to your collection.