Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Monday, August 25, 2014

In Future Years

The Wonder Within You takes you on a journey that weaves scientific studies, dozens of interviews with mothers, and storytelling into a fascinating account of life inside the womb. An obstetrician loads each chapter with advice. A sonographer gives incredible 3 and 4-D snapshots (included in this special enhanced eBook) and stories from her 25 years of watching babies grow in utero. Each chapter includes week-by-week developmental information, findings from recent neonatal studies, and even nutritional advice all designed to nurture a healthy baby. The Wonder Within You also serves as a weekly journal for expectant mothers to chronicle her own baby's journey to life outside the womb. It's a keepsake baby book that begins before birth.

The Wonder Within You will help moms meet the real needs of the growing pre-born baby. Sonograms, dietary and medical advice, and stories from experienced moms are combined to encourage 40 weeks of prenatal parenting designed with a joy for the journey in mind.

When I read through the pages, week by week, I felt that with this book, I would be ready for pregnancy. This book prepares you on the correct diet and what to expect within each week. There is also a spot at the end of each week to write down your thoughts.

I think that if this book was given to all new moms at the start of their pregnancy, then they can rest assure that their baby will be well taken care of. 

Here are some links that I got from Tyndale to share with you!

11 Weeks

28 Weeks

32 Weeks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Party Book for Pre-Teens Everywhere!

I was so excited to receive this book in the mail even if I was a decade over my pre-teen years. There were so many ideas of get-togethers, tea party ideas, and for sleepovers. There were many recipes and decoration ideas with hostess tips. I love that this book had colorful illustrations with easy to read instructions on each idea.

Whether you want to throw the best birthday bash or a luxurious spa party, this book has you covered. Packed full of fun and creative ideas, you won't run out of ideas. Plus, clever ideas throughout shows you how to turn every day into a special occasion!! 

I will probably gift this book to my cousin who is in her pre-teens or save it for my future kids. I recommend this book to any girl who just wants to have some fun with friends. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fluent Forever

I was curious when I saw the title of this book and wondered how I can learn a language and stay fluent. I remember agonizing over the conjugation in Spanish and it was bad. I don't remember any of the high school Spanish I learned, except for the yo ( I ) form.

It was good that I picked up this book. It taught me what books to look for and how to study. Many books just teach you the material, but this book adds personal tips on how Gabriel Wyner, the author learned. 

The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.  He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered.  

The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up. 

Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language.  And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books. 

This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, August 8, 2014


What made Mary so special that God chose her to give birth to Jesus? Why did the angels choose her out of all the people in the world? Find out when you read this book: Get to Know Mary.

Chosen by God, Mary was more than the mother of Jesus. She was a hero of the Bible. She said “Yes!” to God. Learn about Mary and her exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in Israel and be a part of Jesus’ life on earth. Mary - part of the Get to Know series - will teach you everything you need to know about this young woman whom God used to do great things!