cozy up with a book



A cold winter day is the perfect time to snuggle up by the fire with a good book.  Today I’m sharing a few books that share my passion for beauty and healthy living.   I’ve enjoyed each one and I hope you find one that you like too!

Happy reading!

Good To Glow by Tali Shine & Steph Adams

Tali and Steph have handpicked a selection of gluten-free recipes from the world’s most healthy cafes, hotels, spas, trainers, and celebrities, and created a guide complete with health tips and glossary of international hotspots.  This book is all about getting you on the road to a glowing lifestyle!  You’ll find mouth watering smoothies, detox soups, breakfast wraps, brunch and lunch ideas, snacks, and a Saffron Apricot Chicken that I’m looking forward to trying.

Love And Lemons by Jeanine Donofrio

A picture is worth a thousand words!  This cookbook is gorgeous and just looking at the photographs should inspire you to prepare something healthy.   Jeanine writes about cooking backward, so the book is organized by by vegetable rather than breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  She encourages you to use her book for inspiration and to create your own beautiful meals, which is easy to do here as nothing Jeanine makes is overly complicated.  I recently made the Spring Leek & Lemon Pasta.  This is a great dish to prepare when men (that don’t usually care for meatless meals;) are involved.  It’s hearty, nutritious ~ and yes, my husband liked it!

GRIT by Angela Duckworth

What is the secret of success? Angela Duckworth explains that the secret to outstanding achievement is not just talent, but a blend of passion and persistence ~ GRIT.   You’ll gain insight as to why effort counts twice towards your goal and how GRIT can be learned regardless of IQ or circumstances.   Angela also discusses how to trigger a life long interest and what’s best for our kids .. a warm hug or high standards.  Strive for excellence and create true GRIT!

True to Form by Dr. Eric Goodman

This book is about foundation training for everyday fitness and pain relief.   Hunching over a key board, sitting at desk, lifting or working around the house with poor posture, and leading a sedentary lifestyle all have consequences.  Dr. Eric Goodman has a program called Foundation Training.  His easy to follow program teaches us how to reset our posture and shift the burden of support where it belongs ~ the big muscle groups.  No gym or equipment is required here!  Dr. Goodman teaches us a series of movements that are easy to add to your daily routine, so you can breathe and get back to using your body the way nature intended.   I have read through this and now I’m having my husband read it.  Even if you follow just a few of his suggestions you’ll see a difference!

Nourish by Lorna Jane

Lorna Jane Clarkson has created an active living philosophy that inspires women of all ages.  Lorna shares her daily rituals and offers common sense advice like “stop dieting” and “if you honestly want to take care of yourself both physically and mentally you need to stop and take care of the way you feed yourself first.” Lorna talks about the importance of eating real foods, where to shop, what’s in her pantry, and the importance of hydration.  I’ve refer to this book often and love her philosophy on nutrition, exercise, and life!


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  1. Leslie,
    There are a couple of books on your list I will definitely be ordering. Grit sounds like a motivation to grow throughout the year. I can always use tips on eating healthy so Nourish is another one.
    Thanks for this.

    1. Hi Karen, Nourish is a good one and Lorna is not a young woman. She’s very accomplished and women of all ages can relate to her:) I’ll be anxious to here your thoughts on both books. xoL

  2. Hi Leslie, I’m still here…a lot going on lately so I haven’t been online as much.

    Sounds like some great recommendations. My library had two of the books so I requested them. :)

    Hope your year is off to a good start!


    1. That’s great Linda! Let me know what you think.

      Sounds like you’re busy! ..hopefully 2017 is off to a great beginning for you and your family:)

  3. i will have to happily obey your command today! cozying up with a book is my favorite…especially if that book is a picture book. i have a stack of em to read, some to review, some to study, and some to get lost in. but first a mile long list of chores! happy monday, beautiful. xox

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