You Don’t Want A Unicorn

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You may think having a pet unicorn would be fun. Glitter and rainbows. A magical horse with a horn. No one else has one. You would be the envy of all your friends. Who else would be able to ride a unicorn to school, be pushed on the swings by one, and eat lunch with Magic?

WRONG!!!!!!!!

Unicorns are not like that at all. They are messy, destroy your bed, toys and will invite all of their friends over to help mess up your house. How will they ever get their home back to normal? You’ll need to read it to find out.

Be careful what you wish for, you don’t want a unicorn!!

Fun story written by Ame Dyckman with colorful illustrations by Liz Climo that will delight your child. Although I’m not so sure it will be a great bed time story as your child will be laughing.

My Daughter’s favorite part is when they kept saying “poof” because it’s fun to say. She gives it 6 unicorns out of 10. I give it an 8 unicorns out of 10.

This book will be released on Feb 14, 2017 but you can pre-order now! Hachette Book Group sent my daughter and I – You Don’t Want A Unicorn in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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Love Matters Most, a book review. 


The story by Mij Kelly is fun, entertaining and heat warming. Why does the polar bear go out on such a cold stormy night? She passes by lush berries and plenty of fish swimming in the clear stream. It wasn’t food she was in search for, when she found what made her leave her warm cave on a blustery night, is she able to cuddle up and have a good night’s sleep. I give this 9/10 snowy tears. 

Em gives this 10/10 snowy tears. She liked the story, but was more drawn in, by the gorgeous illustrations by Gerry Turley.  

This is what she has to say:

The book kept me guessing. At first I thought the bear was searching for something and the seasons would change. My favourite part is when she found what she  was searching for. Good story. The pictures are beautiful. 

Love Matters Most is available to pre-order, place your order as it’s being released on Dec 6. Hachette Book Group sent us a book for an honest review.  

Bottom line: every child will feel snug as a bug in a rug. A must have book for bedtime reading!! 

The Secret Life Of Squirrels: A Love Story 

Follow Canadian, Nancy Rose wrote this book, and the squirrels in her backyard are the stars in this story.
Mr. Peanuts was lonely and feeling down, after making a wish, he went to the book store where he…… you’ll need to read the book to find out what happens.
It’s a cute story line, with impressive photographs. Nancy has her camera set up at all times so she can capture the moment. She creates most of the sets herself; sometimes her family and friends give her props they think she would need or want.
One of my favorite scenes is the wishing well, my daughter liked the photograph of Mr. Peanuts was in the bookstore. This is what Em had to say about the book “The end was a bit crazy, but he got his wish. Who falls in love with someone they just met?”
Em gives the book 7/10 peanuts, I give it a 9/10 peanuts only because I could read that book forever.
This would make a great book for bedtime, or for home reading. I’m trying to think of what age group I’d recommend this for, but it’s enjoyable for all ages. From baby’s story time to children learning to read to grown up’s who enjoy reading to children. Thank you Hachette Book Group for sending out a copy of this book and introducing us to Nancy and Mr. Peanuts.
You can pre-order The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story from Amazon. While you’re there check out her other two books Merry Christmas, Squirrels! and The Secret Life of Squirrels .
To find out more about Nancy, check out her Flickr page- be prepared to spend a few hours looking at all the photos without realizing it, and her Facebook page.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as we did. Oh btw I showed this book to the librarian at school and she was in awe of how beautiful this book is 😀

Forks Over Knives Family Cookbook Review

It’s been five years since the Fork Over Knives Documentary came out. Since then they have release Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook, The Forks Over Knives Plan and now their latest book- Forks Over Knives Family Book, by the husband and wife doctor team Matthew Lederman, M.D. and Alona Pulde, M.D.This is a comprehensive book for anyone wanting to start, transition or expand their knowledge about the lifestyle.

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(I borrowed Forks Over Knives photo)

Part 1- The Forks Over Knives Family Guide, introduction to why Forks Over Knives? Topics also include- You’re having a baby, baby’s first year, beyond the first year, how to help your family transition, on the road. I always love reading how to stay on track when you are traveling, or eating out, especially when it comes to eating at family or friends. How do you deal with kids parties?

There’s also other people’s stories through out to inspire you. It’s not as hard as some people make this lifestyle out to be.

Part 2- The Forks Over Knives family recipes. There’s more than 125 kid-friendly recipes by Forks Over Knives culinary projects manager Darshana Thacker. No oil, minimal salt yet delicious you won’t miss the empty calories oil provides. Darshana covers everything from breakfast to supper to special treats. With easy to read recipes that calls for real ingredients makes this the book to use before, during, and after transitioning. Even people who have been on the plant based journey will find this resource useful.

Touchstone sent me out a copy to review and will send out a copy to one lucky winner. Please click here to enter our giveaway.

I’m going to leave you the link back to their recipes. Good luck everyone! I know who ever wins this will be thrilled! This could end the meal time battles.

Esther The Wonder Pig

This book is funny yet heartwarming. It all started with one message- that one message changed their lives forever.

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By Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane. (Photo cred goes to whoever supplied Amazon with the photograph.)

 

I always thought Steve and Derek was vegan- so it shocked me when Steve cooked burgers with cheese and bacon. I stopped reading and flipped through the handful of recipes- all vegan- continued to read. Steve and Derek had to start somewhere- just like the rest of us did, because of Esther they went vegan.

Esther- oh my- she’s like any other animal or child for the matter. She has her own personality, her own likes, and like a child she gets curious. She gets herself into trouble. I was telling my kids the other day about The Wonder Pig. I told them that, Steve or Derek had left a bag on the stove. She stretched up to sniff it, decided whatever was in the bag was hers. One of the guys startled Esther- she squealed- took off with the bag of noodles. But as she was taking off she knocked over the stove. Running down the hallway, bag half open- noodles went FLYING everywhere. She’s also gotten into rice, little rice pieces showing up in places it shouldn’t have. I’m trying to control my laughter of the memory I read, after all I was driving the kids’ home from school. The minions laughed. Not a giggle or half assed laugh, but a full on belly laugh as I was telling the story.

Of course Steve and Derek faced many challenges.  The litter box, potty training, Esther’s growth, they didn’t have a big house. Speaking of housing, there was a little issue with the bylaw. No one was permitted to have an animal with hooves living within the city/town limits. So, the real challenge began- how would they handle things? Well, they were not about to give up Esther. So, they had to find a new home. With the help of others- they found their dream home and a new calling in life. Happily Ever Esther Sanctuary came to be. The guys still take rescue/ abused farm animals in Campbellville Ont.

I can’t say enough about this book. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it gives you insight about what it’s like to live with a pig. If you have no idea who Esther is, visit her facebook fan page.  The guys’ video random things that she does throughout the day. I showed my son some of her videos today- he was laughing, or watching intently wondering what Esther would get up too next. It was funny, because I was also telling them that Steve and Derek couldn’t keep anything in the freezer because Esther would get into it. Well, we came across a video showing how she does it- my son just laughed saying ‘THIS IS WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT!!!!’ in between gasps of air.

If you are ever near the Campbellville area, see about their tour times, go say hi. Esther will change your life forever.

I was given permission to share Esther Approved  Cherry Cheesecake. Enjoy!

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I was given a copy for review, and now here’s your chance to win a copy of Esther The Wonder pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter with Caprice Crane, for yourself. Let us know what your favorite Esther approved meal is. Click here to enter. Must be 18 and older and a Canadian resident. Good luck. You’re going to enjoy their story 🙂 Now, I’m off to make some Esther approved Mac N Cheese.