Thanksgiving Week Reading




I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I love this time of year- the holiday season is my favorite even though I get easily overwhelmed and do most of my shopping in my pajamas at my computer with a giant mug of coffee.

I love any excuse to stay in and cuddle up with my dogs, writing and reading. I get a lot of reading done when its cold outside.

This week I read a fantastic book called Medical Medium. The author, Anthony Williams, is a medical medium, meaning he can diagnose illness and disease with guidance from a divine being. Kind of like a spiritual guide with a direct line to your health problems. Anthony blows my mind with his knowledge!

I love all things spiritual and intuitive so I was very interested in this book which addresses numerous diseases and ways to treat them.

“Medical Medium reveals the root causes of diseases and conditions that medical communities either misunderstand or struggle to understand at all. It explores all-natural solutions for dozens of the illnesses that plague us, including Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, hormonal imbalances, Hashimoto’s disease, multiple sclerosis, depression, neurological conditions, chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease, blood sugar imbalances, colitis and other digestive disorders, and more. It also offers solutions for restoring the soul and spirit after illness has torn at our emotional fabric.”

I advise anyone with persistent health issues to read this book and keep an open mind!


The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin is next up on my list to books! 

Here’s the synopsis:

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a high-profile husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle.

I’ll stop there because I don’t want to give too much away! Isn’t the description intriguing?


I’ve long been a fan of author Bridget Asher so I am really looking forward to her new novel, All Of Us And Everything. 

What’s this about? I’m so glad you asked.

The Rockwell women are nothing if not . . . Well, it’s complicated. When the sisters—Esme, Liv, and Ru—were young, their eccentric mother, Augusta, silenced all talk of their absent father with the wild story that he was an international spy, always away on top-secret missions.

But the consequences of such an unconventional upbringing are neither small nor subtle: Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her precocious fifteen-year-old daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles.

So when a hurricane hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite to assess the damage—only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box. In a candid moment, Augusta reveals a startling secret that will blow the sisters’ concept of family to smithereeens—and send them on an adventure to reconnect with a lost past . . . and one another.

What are you reading? 

Wellness Wednesday: All Good Coconut Oil and SeaBuck Wonders


Not a day goes by when I do not use Coconut Oil for one thing or another. There are countless uses for this multi-tasking product and I encourage you to get a big vat of it and dig in! From removing makeup to brushing your teeth to cooking with it, this is the best product to have on hand.

I love the All Good brand, its organic and amazing. I have the Lemongrass which is utterly relaxing and delicious smelling. After a warm shower (I am really into my showers for relaxing) I apply this from head to toe.

All Good Lips is exactly what you need as the weather gets a little cooler and lips get chapped.

This lip product will soothe and hydrate with an A+ blend of ingredients, take a look:  Organic Calendula*, Organic Comfrey*, Organic Lavender*, Organic Plantain* and Organic Yarrow* Infused in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil* with Organic Beeswax*, Organic Essential Oils* and Non-GMO Vitamin E.

In addition to the Coconut Oil and Lip products, there are sunscreens, lotions,  and a pain relief spray with arnica.

Don’t you love natural products like these? Check it out here. This product looks like a good one to have around the house too!


I tried the serums and lotions and now.. .the SeaBuck Wonders Ultimate Hair, Skin and Nails Omega 7 & Biotin supplements.

Sea Buckthorn is so highly incredible for your skin and body, it contains healing properties and is brimming with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and the entire family of Omegas (3, 6, 9 AND the rare Omega 7).

If you’re asking yourself what on earth is Omega 7, here’s what you need to know:

Omega 7 is known for supporting healthy hair, skin, and nails, as well as providing various health benefits for the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and cardiovascular system. It is only known to exist in a couple plant sources and to a very small extent in fish oils.

I love a good supplement and this one helps the body maintain a healthy complexion and  strong hair and scalp (among other things).  You can find out more by heading over the SeaBuck Wonders here.

Desert Essence for Winter Weather


One of my favorite brands is Desert Essence! I frequently  use their Jojoba Oil and toothpaste and now I can add a few more items to my list- Gentle Nourishing Cleanser, Thoroughly Clean Oil Control Lotion, and the Gentle Nourishing Night Cream.

Here’s what you need to know about Desert Essence- this brand is clean and safe, plus they are cruelty free.

NO: • Animal Derived Ingredients. • Animal Testing. • Parabens. • Artificial Fragrances or Dyes. • Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil Petrolatum or Paraffin SLS. • PEGS PPG MEA DEA or TEA. • Glycols. • Phthalates. YES:. • Vegetarian/Vegan. • Recyclable. • Gluten Free. • Biodegradable. • Renewable Sources. • Cruelty Free

To remove makeup and dirt, I use the Gentle Nourishing Cleanser which is made from Apple Juice, Aloe, plus a variety of oils and extracts.

I use a soft cloth to cleanse my skin with a few pumps of this cleaner. It leaves skin soft and clean and bonus-it can be used around the eye area too.

If you have overly oily skin, try the Thoroughly Clean Oil Control Lotion. This helps dial back the oil production- ideal for teens!

Tea tree oil helps calm and soothe skin and the awesome antiseptic properties of it keep bacteria at bay. This product helps with excess oil but also adds hydration so skin doesn’t dry out.

Gentle Nourishing Night Cream is not greasy or oil and infuses your skin with moisture as you sleep. Night time is when cell turnover occurs so never forget a nourishing cream to aid the process.

This night cream is not greasy and absorbs quickly. I normally layer an oil or serum then a  night cream to really work on my skin while I sleep! You can find this night cream here.




Kari Gran + Jolene Hart = Lip Whip!


To have a lip gloss or any product named after you must be such a huge thrill! Jolene Hart, author of the incredible book, *Eat Pretty, has the honor of a lip gloss named after her: Jolene by Kari Gran!

And the color is gorgeous, a fiesty pink, a deep and bold shade that is light in texture and is hydrating.

You can apply just a swipe for a little sheer color or apply more aggressively for a darker look. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

I love Kari Gran’s Lip Whips, it’s what I reach for most often day to day!

These lip products are natural and non toxic. They contain beeswax and natural oils like camellia, olive and castor, plus mineral pigments and a splash of peppermint oil.


True story- I keep a pot of Kari Gran’s Lip Whip on my bathroom counter because I use it so much. I don’t even put it away!

The other color here is Shimmer which is a nude-peach with light flecks of pearly shine.  I have mixed the two together for a mid-tone pinky peach. You just cannot go wrong with these!

This duo is sold until 12/31 so hurry and get yours before they are sold out. You can go here for more information or to place an order.

*If you haven’t read Eat Pretty, do it now! A great book with recipes and nutritional advice.

What Are You Reading?


I read author Kathleen Tessaro’s great novel The Perfume Collector last year and was eager to dive into her new book, Rare Objects. This one won’t be out until 2016 so pre-order on Amazon or add to your To-Read list on Goodreads! You won’t want to miss this book.

Here’s what you need to know:

Boston, 1933. Maeve Fanning is a first generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston’s North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable, and as head strong as her trademark red hair suggests, she’s determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression.

I really enjoyed reading about Maeve, who calls herself May and dyes that bright red hair blonde to feel more elegant and secure a job for herself at an antique shop.

She is friends with the mentally unstable Diana and develops a relationship with Diana’s playboy brother, James, all against the backdrop of 1930’s Boston.

I am a sucker for a story set in the 30’s or 40’s especially in a big city. Rare Objects held my interest and I was sorry when it ended!

After Rare Objects, I read The Restaurant Critics Wife by Elizabeth LaBan. Good, fun book.  After I read a historical novel or a memoir, I enjoy switching gears and reading something a little lighter like this one.

Here’s the synopsis:

Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.

In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world.

Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.


And then back to a historical book- I just started this one last night and am into it! Love it.  Called The Forgotten Room, it is written by three fantastic authors all of which have last names starting with W: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig


1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate?  And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?  In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known.  But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

I am completely hooked and cannot wait to pick this up again later today and read more.



By Hello Dollface