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Real Moms Love to Eat – Upcoming Book Release

After Baby P is born I’ll be on a mission to drop the extra baby weight and be able to put my own shoes on without breathing heavy and having to twist myself into a pretzel. There’s just one problem – I don’t do diets. And, as you know – I love food. Mostly food that is probably not on anyone’s Healthy Eats list. And old school Italian ladies don’t understand the concept of portion control when they are cooking for you and filling your plate.

So what is a girl to do? Well, I’m hoping Beth Aldrich can help me out with this. Beth will be releasing a book on January 2, 2012 – Real Moms Love to Eat – How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous.

I’m excited to be reviewing this book in January and I’m currently waiting patiently for my pre-release digital copy. Real Moms Love to Eat is broken down in three sections, which include a fun and easy-to-follow 10-part plan; allowing you to make gradual, life-long changes in your approach to food and 21 days of meal suggestions,tips, recipes and lifestyle changes. Beth’s approach to healthy eating is simple and realistic for busy people. You’ll learn a lot about the food you eat and how it impacts your body.

It sounds like it is intended for real people who don’t sit at home next to a food scale all day. I’m also hoping it has some yummy and practical recipes and food choices for those of us who might be a little more picky as well as some healthy alternatives for kids.  

If there are any bloggers out there who just can’t wait until January to check out this book, then you might want to sign up for Beth’s Food Affairiate program. All those who write a review will receive a digital copy of the book now and then a final paper copy when they come out on January 3rd, a goodie bag filled with swag from the book tour sponsors AND be entered to win prizes.

About Author Beth Aldrich:

Beth Aldrich is a Certified Health Counselor, Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Expert, engaging speaker, media personality and author. She delivers health, nutrition and balanced living fundamentals through keynote addresses, presentations, lectures and as a media spokesperson. As a health and nutrition columnist for,, and, Beth shares her wisdom, experience and knowledge about health and nutrition topics.

Beth is also the founder of Restoring Essence Nutrition, LLC and a Certified Holistic Health and Nutritional Counselor through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Beth received her education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Beth Aldrich – Real Moms Love to Eat blogging program, for a chance to get 3,000 My SocialMoms Rewards points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.


Great Book For Children – Flightless Goose

Bullying has become a huge issue in schools and neighborhoods across the country over the last few years. Schools have employed counselors and law enforcement officers to help kids deal with bullies and harassment in an effort to stop this behavior, or at least limit it. For younger kids, sometimes a friendly character and a creative way to approach the subject can make all the difference in learning about self worth, confidence, and acceptance of others. I love children’s books that combine all those aspects of growing up and making these important life lessons entertaining and interesting. The Flightless Goose by Eric D. Goodman manages to do this beautifully.

This book is about Gilbert – a happy, fun-loving, active goose- who suffers an accident and is left without the ability to fly. Gilbert soon learns that his friends no longer see him the same way and in time, tease him because he is different and turn him away. Gilbert becomes an outsider in his flock and one little boy in a wheel chair tries to comfort him. Gilbert eventually has the opportunity to prove that being different can sometimes be beneficial and could even save their lives. Gilbert teaches all of the other geese some valuable lessons about tolerance, awareness, acceptance and real friendship.

The book doesn’t go into details about the accident’s damage or get graphic in any way. It is very age appropriate for young children through 2nd or 3rd grade. The illustrations by, Nataliya A. Goodman,  are absolutely gorgeous. I love how she captured the main points of the story without making such a sensitive topic graphic or uncomfortable. She uses a lot of bold colors.

Since this book is a hardcover it will not tear or fall apart and can be a part of your children’s library for many, many years. And for those too young to read you will love the CD that is included. The CD includes a narrated version of the story so your child can listen to it on their own.

Bruce really liked the book. He said the pictures were his favorite part. His 1st grade teacher read it to the whole class as part of a week-long themed session on bullying. She said it was perfect for her lesson and the kids really related to and enjoyed the book.

For a preview of this book and interactive children’s activities, click here. The book’s website has some fun reading activities and questions for children as they go through parts of this book. This book can be purchased directly from the author for $15.95. You might even catch Eric Goodman at a school near you as he visits schools around the country to share his anti-bullying message.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book and cd for this review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by anyone. I was not compensated or paid in any way for this review.


The 5 People You Meet In Heaven

I don’t do a lot of book reviews – it reminds me too much of when I was in grade school and had to churn out book reports. But, a while ago I read a book that touched me so much I wanted to share it with everyone. It’s The 5 People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.

Mitch Albom is not exactly known for his lighthearted, funny or superficial writing. But his books are fairly easy and quick reads and no matter how serious the subject matter there is always some underlying basic truth and raw emotion you just can’t ignore. It seems very fitting to start the new year off with this book.

This book is about a Eddie, who dies while trying to save a little girl’s life. He’s 83 and has lived a long life- war veteran who has made a career of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. But he wasn’t happy or fulfilled. He questioned his life and whether it was all worth it. He didn’t even know if he was successful in his attempt to save the little girls life.

After he dies he finds himself in the afterlife. There are no pearly gates, people floating through the clouds, angels flying around – it’s very realistic and what I hope the afterlife will be like. It is a lush garden where he meets 5 people who were a part of his life and changed the course of his life forever. They aren’t even all significant people in his life. Some are loved ones and others are distant strangers.

Eddie learns that heaven is for understanding your life on earth. Heaven is not a physical place – it’s a state of being. It can be “found in the most unlikely corners. And heaven itself has many steps.” Everyone’s heaven is different.

In the end Eddie learns why he lived and what he lived for. He learns that even the most insignificant times of his life were had for a reason. Everyone who has walked into his life has had a hand in shaping it. In many ways, every member of the human race is connected in some way. Every person’s stories and experiences have affected those of someone else. No one exists in isolation, even when they feel alone. And in the end “each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.”

I highly recommend that everyone read this book. I promise, it isn’t doom and gloom. You will not be depressed. It is 196 pages of the most well-written words and uplifting messages that I have ever read. It will make you think about your life and see certain events and people differently. It might even help you free yourself of events in yoru own life that have held you hostage for far too long. I’m still working on that part.

And for anyone who is afraid of death or dying, I can relate. This book relieved those fears for me. It made me wonder with a certain amount of anticipation and peace – which 5 people will I meet in heaven?

Some of my favorite quotes:
~…There are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.
~…the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being misses, lives are changed.
~Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.
~Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning.
~Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to…Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.
~All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.
~Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.

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