The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy ~ ~ ~ by Valerie Ann Worwood – review

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Easy to Use & Informative!

A fabulous book for both the novice and the advanced! Worwood delivers a hands-on and easy-to-comprehend approach to applying essential oils and aromatherapy for everyday use. The well experienced author reveals 600+ unique recipes that are very simple. Unlike many aromatherapy recipes that use 20+ ingredients, Worwood utilizes only a few essential oils that are the most effective. In fact, many of the recipes have no more than 10 essential oils, most have 5 ingredients.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy also contains helpful information about all essential oils used in the recipes and their medicinal values. What is more, it is the ideal for the novice who knows absolutely nothing about essential oils. As well, the recipes include home use, travel, work and emergency first aid. Continue reading

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Cut Loose on Limerick Day!

What a great book!

Spilling Ink

Edward Lear's 1846 Book of Nonsense - Chockablock full of limericks Edward Lear’s 1846 Book of Nonsense – chock-a-block full of limericks

The twelfth of May is Limerick Day, a “real holiday” (because the interweb says so!). The day honours the famed English author and illustrator Edward Lear, who popularised limericks in his opus magnum ABook of Nonsense (1846). Lear’s most recognised literary work is the nonsensical poem The Owl and the Pussycat. [Listen to it on Storynory.]

OwlpussycatThey dined on mince and slices of quince

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced in the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced in the light of the moon.

*Sigh…* If that’s an example of what limerick writing can do for one’s lyricism, I say let’s write more limericks. Lear’s delightful turns of phrase birthed his own brand of neologisms. Runcible, for…

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10 Questions for Martha Woodroof, Author of Small Blessings

What a great read!

Books on the Table

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Small pleasures; deeply enjoyed. How old was she before she recognized this as the true joy of living?
Perhaps she should write a book. Or perhaps not.
Too many people wrote books already.
Agnes Tattle

Small Blessings, just released in paperback this week, had the misfortune of being published in hardcover on the heels of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Both novels are about lonely, bookish people who find love, with the help of orphaned children who show up unexpectedly. They’re about second chances in life — and now Small Blessings, with a gorgeous new cover, has a second chance at finding its readership. It’s a truly special novel, and I’m glad I finally discovered it.

I had the pleasure of “talking” with Martha Woodroof in an online interview, and I mentioned to her that one thing that really resonated with me in the book was…

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Best Read Aloud Moments #WRAD-2015

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Spilling Ink

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Wednesday the 4th of March, 2015 is World Read Aloud Day, an event launched by LitWorld to raise awareness of the importance of literacy in the fight against poverty and inequality. Celebrated by over one million readers worldwide, this is an event to get behind.

Spilling Ink is doing just that by blogging along on the topic of reading aloud–and all things related. Today, I’m sharing my favourite read-aloud book and my family’s best read-aloud moment.

My Favourite Book to Read Aloud

My read-aloud book pile is tall indeed, but the perennial favourite from my childhood and my daughters’ was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It’s been a l-o-n-g while since any of my girls asked for a story (or fit on my lap for that matter), but I can still recite from memory the story of Max in his wolf suit.

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Reviewed: “Almost Famous Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman

What a fabulous book! It is now on my list of ‘must reads’.

Adventures With Words

Almost Famous WomenMegan Mayhew Bergman hit on an intriguing idea when she wrote Almost Famous Women, a collection of short biographies of women who were almost famous.

Almost famous women are women who hovered on the edge of fame, of doing something that led to them being in the collective consciousness decades after their deaths. Bergman cites biographies of most of the women, but they probably aren’t commonly read in the 21st century. This qualifies as almost famous. More than that, though, is the fact that these women were known in their time and their place, even if it was just by the world they inhabited.

Bergman includes the three year old illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Oscar Wilde’s niece, Butterfly McQueen – Prissy in Gone With the Wind, conjoined twins who moved in the same circles as Bob Hope, and an integrated swing band in…

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“The 12-Foot Teepee” is the book

Looks like a great read!

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Yesterday only I purchased this book on kindle which has been written by none other than Marilyn Armstrong, Serendipityfame and today this prompt came as a surprise. For old bloggers Marilyn Armstrong and her blog doesn’t need any introduction. As far as new folks out there……Few words about the author:

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A Holiday Book List

Fabulous List!

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Holiday hot gifts list

Looking for a book to gift someone? Here’s a list of a few interesting, recommended books. Not all of these are 2014 releases (why restrict ourselves to a calendar year?). Some will be found at Amazon, some at Barnes & Noble, and some can be ordered through your local bookstore. But you can and should find a way to purchase any of them that may be of interest. Joseph Arellano

The Nobodies Album (trade paper)

The Nobodies Album: A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst

A major rock star from San Francisco is accused of murdering his girlfriend. It’s a uniquely told story that’s worth reading and re-reading.

Everything I Never Told You (nook book)

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng

A Chinese-American girl tries to find out how and why her older sister died. There’s both more and less here than meets the eye.

Five Days Left (kindle edition)

Five Days Left: A Novel by Julie Lawson Timmer

A woman intends to kill herself…

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