This week I’ve managed to read two books. Now that I’ve finished watching The Killing (I highly recommend this show), I have more time to enjoy reading and I’m back to my favorite hobby with full dedication.

Here’s what I finished:

E-Cubed by Pam Grout

from Amazon.com: E-Squared, the international hit sensation described by one reader as “The Secret on crack,” provided the training wheels, the baby steps, to “really getting it” that thoughts create reality.

In E-Cubed (don’t worry—there will never be E to the 10th Power), author Pam Grout takes you higher and deeper into the quantum field, where you’ll prove that blessings and miracles are natural and that joy is only a thought away. With nine new experiments and more tips on how to keep the gates of the world’s largesse and abundance wide open, this book is chock-full of incontrovertible evidence that the universe is just waiting for us to catch up, just waiting for us to begin using the energy that has always been available for our enjoyment and well-being.

My thoughts- I really need books like this to keep me positive and on the right track. I appreciate Pam’s style of writing, its very clear and her suggestions are easy to follow. I loved her first book, E-Squared and think its the perfect guide to listening to your heart, God, and/or the Universe and living a happy life filled with your heart’s desires.

This is the law of attraction broken down in steps to follow each day. Every time I read this kind of book, I get some information that I then apply to how I am living my life.

I highly recommend this whether you are looking for guidance or not. We can all use a little boost in our positive energy.


The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richmond

from Amazon: Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she’s never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino.

Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But when Mussolini’s Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives.

In Portofino, young doctor Angelo Rosselli gives the frightened and exhausted girl sanctuary. He is a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse. But Elodie’s arrival has the power to awaken a sense of hope and joy that Angelo thought was lost to him forever.

My thoughts- Loved it! I am a big fan of books that take place during World War II and this one, taking place in Italy, gave me a new perspective.  The story weaves between the Elodie as a resistance fighter in the past and the present Elodie, seeking refuge in Portofino, trying to remain hidden. The book wasn’t a fluffy read but it also wasn’t too heavy- it was the perfect novel to relax with at the end of a long day. Add this to your Must-Read list!


And if you are looking for a fun, humorous read that can be finished over a long weekend, check out my own novel- To Marilyn, With Love! 

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*By Caroline Leavitt

You know what a boost coffee gives you?  But did you know that it can also nourish, repair and protect your skin?  Java is a line of coffee-infused skin care. Made from organic green coffee, artisan roasted coffee and organic essentials, it’s made right in Rhode Island.
“The Java Effect” is  part of this amazing skincare line, and it practices what it preaches. Your skin will harness the healing power of coffee and look more beautiful than ever. All these products are meant to break up the fat cells which form bumpy cellulite, giving way to smooth, lovely skin.
Of course, I couldn’t wait to try it. I tried the Coffee Bean and Raw Sugar Body Scrub which was invigorating and gentle to my skin. It’s meant to get rid of that pesky cellulite we all have!  I also tried the bar soap, which felt soothing, rather than drying. What I loved best of all was the Body Serum. I just drizzled a few drops on my skin  and let it do its work, reducing cellulite, boosting cell turnover and softening my skin.
I can’t start my mornings without coffee. And now I can’t start them without Java.
*If you didn’t know, Caroline is a Best Selling author whose  books are read around the world! Check out her amazing novels by going here.
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I don’t know a whole lot about this cancer but feel we need to be informed. There’s a lot of attention given to ALS with the ice-bucket challenge, lots of pink ribbon stuff coming up for breast cancer awareness but let’s take a look at another serious disease- Mesothelioma.

This is an aggressive form of cancer that results from asbestos exposure. Surprisingly, asbestos is not banned in the US, although its widely known as a carcinogen. It is found in homes built prior to 1970 in places like insulation, siding, roof shingles, textured paint, and much more.

Check out these infographics for more information and pass it on!



For more information, please go here!


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I am loving this powerful powder! Reserveage Collagen Replenish is the answer to “Where do I find the fountain of youth?”

This tasteless powder mixes easily in any beverage, I’ve been adding it to my morning coffee. You only need a tiny bit and the benefits are huge.

Check it out:

• Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles*
• Helps promote collagen production*
• Clinically studied soluble Bioactive Collagen Peptides® for improved absorption*
• Each scoop offers clinically studied amount of Bioactive Collagen Peptides

This product is gluten-free and non GMO, both are so important to me. Take the time to read through the website as there is good and interesting information.



Stronger nails? Yes please! When I don’t paint my nails with polish,  I use the Pro-Belle Nail Treatments. I like to really take care of my skin, hair and nails- everything from head to toe, inside out.

I like this Nail Hardener With Garlic and Lime. Yes, I was curious and  I smelled it to see if I could detect either lime or garlic and no, I really couldn’t.  You can use the Touch N’ Grow Nail Hardener 1, then move on to the Touch N’Grow 2 pictured above.

These products help to repair nails in poor health- think about removing the gel nail polish or acrylics and the terrible shape of the nails.  Here are the details:

“Touch N’ Grow nail hardener will cure, repair, and restore damaged nails. The formula itself has proven to Prevent and correct thin nails that are breakingand cracking by forming a protective barrier on the nail. After using the nail hardener for 2-4 weeks the treatment can be continued with the nail hardener and the nails will continue to grow healthy. We recommend to continue the treatment with Touch N’ Grow PLUS to maintain healthy nails.  With special elements extracted from garlic, not only does this amazing formula harden and grows the nail, it also protects against fungus.  Along with Garlic, Lime is a key additive to maintain hardness and growth while restoring the whiteness of the nail. “

I like my nails to look pretty and shiny and these do add a little shine. I feel like my nails are looking healthy and strong, less breakage and not very brittle.

I recommend eating foods that will benefit nails such as – bananas, eggs, peanuts, salmon, fish oil, lean meats, mangoes, spinach and oatmeal.



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Have you heard of Beauty Enounter? it’s a website that features all kinds of beauty products such as perfumes, skincare, body products, makeup and various beauty related products.
They offer natural and green brands such as 100% Pure, AHAVA, Egyptian Magic, Jane Iredale, Tom’s of Maine and much more. I found a new brand called The Naked Bee that intrigues me as I have never heard of it before checking out Beauty Encounter.
You can also find beauty accessories, hair color, and things like eyelash curlers, makeup cases and men’s items. 
Because I love green and organic products, I did a search for ORGANIC and several products popped up.  And because I love sales, I spent a while checking out the sale items (I’m looking for a new curling iron!) and perusing theperfume clearance searching for a good clean perfume. There’s a big summer beauty blowout sale going on right now that is worth your time to check out.
If you have a moment, head over Beauty Encounter!
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own!
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I am always very excited to discover a new green, clean beauty brand.  Faerie Organic is my latest discovery! This mineral based artisan brand offers lots of products from skin care to makeup and everything in  between.

Here’s what I tried and my thoughts!


Wow, this blush is really pigmented which is a great thing because you only need a little to last through the day. I apply just a dab then blend with a brush. I always love pink shades for a rosy glow. I tried the shade called Love Letter which contains  mica, titanium dioxide, boron nitride, iron oxides, carmine.

Juicy Pout Lip Gloss:

I do love a good gloss and this one is currently in my purse for frequent touch-ups, that’s how much I like it. The consistency is smooth and light, the color is sheer. Feels nourishing on the lips and helps keep lips moisturized with the blend of oil and butters. Made with castor oil, cacoa butter, beeswax, lanolin, extra virgin coconut oil, orange essential oil, vitamin E, and mica.

Forty Winks Eye Primer:

A little dab on each lid is all you need of this primer. This cream to powder formula helps eye shadow last through the day, I think it also brightens my eye lids a bit.  Its hard to find a good primer without silicones or petroleum products so I was happy to give this one a try. Made with-  *Castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, candelilla wax, *carnuba wax, *beeswax, stearic acid, mica, boron nitride, silica, titanium dioxide, vitamin E.  *certified organic

Flower Child Face Primer:

Chemical free and mineral based, this primer doesn’t contain silicones but will prep skin to hold makeup. It doesn’t add color- just a soft glow- and it will hold makeup all day. I’ve used this when I’ve been out and about and don’t have time for any touch ups. It helps keep my foundation from melting in this hot weather! Here’s the official 411-

“With Flower Child our main ingredient is the high end expensive diamond like mineral Boron Nitride, which not only has anti-bacterial benefits but also oil absorbing benefits as well. Silica aids in further oil absorption and the illusion of flawless skin.”

French Pink Clay & Goats Milk Mask

This finely ground clay mask helps mature skin like mine by drawing out impurities. It cleans skin, nourishes with anti-oxidant ingredients. I do love using a good mask and liked what I saw from this one. Add a little water to make a paste, apply then wait for it to dry. When you gently scrub it off, skin is more radiant and soft.

This mask contains-

Organic Roses- used for centuries in skincare known to have been used by Cleopatra in her beauty rituals due to its anti wrinkle anti aging properties. Nourishing and renewing for dry/mature skin. 

Rhassoul Clay- mined in the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco has been used over 12 centuries for its ability to absorb and remove toxins and impurities from the skin. It is known to have a high capacity of absorption due to its high level of ions exchange. 

I see loads of products that I would love to try from Faerie Organic. You are going to be hearing about this brand again, trust me! Take a look here!

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