Blog Tour Book Review: The Wisdom of Moms/Amazing Dads by Bridget E. Hamilton

About The Wisdom of Moms

• Hardcover: 96 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 28, 2017)

There is so much we can learn about motherhood from the animal kingdom. We can learn how to be the strong role model a child needs, like the snow leopard that teaches her children to survive and thrive on dangerous mountain slopes; to be as resilient as the hardworking sea otter mom; and to serve our communities like the pika, a rabbit-like animal native to northern climates. This is a beautiful tribute to mothers, full of adorable animal photographs and touching anecdotes that show your appreciation for all the wisdom and care that Mom provides.

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About Amazing Dads

• Hardcover: 96 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (May 2, 2017)

This fun, lighthearted book is a great way to show Dad how much he means to you. Page after page of stunning animal photographs and heartwarming stories of fatherhood in the animal kingdom showcases the bond between dads and their loved ones. This package is the best way to share words of gratitude and appreciation and express your love for the dad, grandpa, uncle, or stepfather in your life.

Stories of remarkable animal dads include:

  • Golden lion tamarins that mash bananas into a mush to hand-feed their babies

  • Wolves that enjoy playful roughhousing with youngsters of the pack

  • Foxes that bury food near the den to teach pups to hunt

  • Rheas, South American birds that not only incubate eggs solo but also serve as single parents

  • Seahorses that carry eggs in their own brood pouch

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Happy Friday!!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wisdom of Moms and Amazing Dads. I received both of these book for free from the publisher National Geographic through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of them.

The Wisdom of Moms is a book of photographs of animal moms and their babies. Not only is it filled with beautiful photographs, but it also includes inspirational quotes and facts about animals…some familiar and some that were really suprising and fun to learn. This book is a really cute appreciation of moms of all kinds and how they show their love and protection for their kids. (5 stars)

Amazing Dads is also a book of photgaprahs, quotes and facts but this time it is an appreciation for animal Dads and how they care for their young. This one was a bit different from The Wisdom of Moms as this one also showed photos of baby animals on their own which I didn’t expect. There weren’t many like that but there were maybe 1 or 2. I did learn a few things going through this book as I had no clue about some of things the animals Dads did for their young especially the ones who serve as the primary caregiver. Super interesting.(4.5 Stars)

Overall, as an animal lover I really enjoyed these books. I thought the photographs were beautiful and moving. I didn’t know I needed these photographs in my life until I held these books in my hand. One thing I will say is that I feel like the animal facts should have been the dominant feature on the page with the quote and the fact but that wasn’t that big of a deal. It’s still the same content it just would have made more sense to me that way. I also urge you to take your time going through this book and the photos therein, take the time to fully appreciate every one because they are so beautiful. I think the release of these two small books is timely with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up. They might serve as a cute gift whether to a parent, an animal lover or even a child. I also think these are beautiful coffee table books that people will want to look through.

Blog Tour Book Review: The Art of Calm by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

The Art of Calm coverAbout The Art of Calm

• Hardcover: 192 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 29, 2016)

Let’s face it: the more we rush around, the shorter the days can seem. Packed with page after page of inspirational ideas to help you bring your life back to center, this is the perfect antidote to reducing the chaos of everyday life. Filled with exquisite photographs and insightful quotations, this elegant book offers an opportunity to enjoy guilt-free “me” time, as well as easy suggestions for a more peaceful existence—from keeping a bud vase on your desk to tucking yourself into bed an hour early with a book you love. The brilliant images are a reminder to savor the world’s natural beauty—and ease the mind in an instant. This enriching, beautifully illustrated book is an inspiring guide to relaxation and harmony. Simple tips for how to unwind, ideas for spending quality time with loved ones, and illuminating quotes offer ideas on how to slow down and savor life’s simple moments.

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Happy Monday and welcome to my stop for The Art of Calm blog tour. I’d like to thank the author, as well as TLC Book Tours and the Publisher National Geographic for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.

The Art of Calm is an inspirational book all centered around the topic of bringing more calm, less stress and more inspiration and harmony into your life. It is a small collection of quotes, recipes, suggestions on things that could possibly help you to de-stress or find a few moments of peace in a busy life.

It is mainly geared towards busy women like moms needing to take a few moments for themselves or women who are just getting home after work and need to unwind by drinking a glass of wine in a bubble bath. I definitely really enjoyed reading through this book. It’s definitely one that you can pick up, read a few pages and then return to it later. It would also be a great idea to just read a page when you feel stressed and try to reflect on what it says or in some cases, follow the recipe or do whatever action the page refers to. Some of these definitely sound very calming or even fun. My favorite page was 202 and it says, “Start with this thought, every morning, even when your alarm goes off too early. Every day is a gift.” I love that and that is definitely something I am going to try to take to heart.

I think the book itself is absolutely gorgeous and it has it’s own bookmark which is awesome and all the pictures and colors that are used in it are like lavenders and light blues – definitely colors that I associate with having a calming affect on me. I am giving this book a four star review, I thought it was really neat and cute, something that I see myself referring to again, although once again there are a few things that don’t fit with my particular lifestyle but I think people would love this and it’s even a great book to have on your nightstand or your coffee table.

About Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a journalist who covers celebrities and lifestyle. She contributes to many newspapers and magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and The L.A. Times.

Blog Tour Book Review: 1001 Ways to Live Wild by Barbara Ann Kipfer

1,001 Ways to Live Wild coverAbout 1,001 Ways to Live Wild

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 29, 2016)

Bestselling author 14,000 Things to Be Happy About Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer pours her creativity into an irresistible book of bite-size inspiration for leading an adventurous, happy, and fulfilling life. 1,001 Ways to Live Wild is filled with light-hearted quick hits of encouragement for anyone looking for a jolt of “get out there and live.” Short entries—musings, things to do, and inspirational quotes—are paired with stunning artwork, creating a beautiful keepsake to give as a gift or to keep on your bedside table. Presented as one continuous list accompanied by whimsical sidebars and thought-provoking quotes, the text touches on many and varied themes such as: following your passions, staying curious, appreciating nature, traveling, trying new things, and living life with courage.

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Happy Thursday everyone! Who else is excited that tomorrow is Friday?? For me this means I am one more day closer to vacation in May!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for 1001 Ways to Live Wild by Barbara Ann Kipfer. I’d like to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and also the publisher National Geographic for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for my honest review of it.

1001 Ways to Live Wild is an inspirational book that literally lists 1001 suggestions for you to make life a little more fun, adventurous and wild. It is is filled with not only numbered suggestions like “274. Throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands.” but it also includes lists like “National Park Landmarks to see” and inspiration quotes like this one on page 239 from Rachel Carson “One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'”

 I found it to be a delightful book. Not only are the contents really wonderful, it is just absolutely stunning. The dusk jacket for the book is stunningly illustrated, as is the book itself on the outside as well as the inside. It’s really colorful and fun, decorated with greenery and flowers to evoke a sense of adventure and the wild. Reading through the suggestions and lists was really fun and something that I actually did with my husband. We decided to be really interactive with it and check off the things we have done and haven’t done and it really inspired us to think of things we can do during our vacation in May. It sparked conversation about fun things from our childhood and teenage years that we did with our families and never mentioned before because it just never came up in conversation so I felt like even after reading it I knew my husband a little better as well so it also served as a fun little exercise for us. It definitely reminded me that I have an inner me that wants to play around outdoors, take nature hikes, take a moment to appreciate the sunrise and backpack through Europe.

I am giving this book a four and a half star review. My only complaint is that some of the suggestions really didn’t fit in line with the lifestyle that I lead, which is a vegan lifestyle and there were some suggestions that I would just never do like learning to lasso a calf (really?! ) or learning to fish. In that way I don’t think it’s 100% considerate of all lifestyles but I do recognize that the vast majority of people don’t live a vegan lifestyle. In spite of that, the wonderful suggestions and quotes in this book far outweigh the ones that I made a face at for sure and I’m actually grateful to have been able to experience this little book and I will be carrying it with me on vacation and it’s something I see myself pulling out and reading from for years to come. What is great about this book is you can read through it in a sitting or you can put it down and go back to it again and again. Highly recommend!

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About Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer

Barbara Ann Kipfer has written more than 60 books of wit and inspiration, including 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, The Wish List, Instant Karma as well as numerous others.  Kipfer holds Ph.D.s in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies.

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