Book review: ‘Deliciously Ella Every Day,’ by Ella Woodward.


‘Deliciously Ella Every Day,’ by Ella Woodward is her second book. The book focus on eating well as easy as possible, focusing on easy accessible ingredients. It covers breakfast, healthy eating on-the-go, salads, easy weekday dinners, big batch cooking simple sweets. There are over 100 recipes in this book.

It was from this book that I tried a quinoa and ginger porridge one time, for my breakfast. Not something I would have thought of having and so it made a change for me.

Although I have not delved in this book much, it is still a book that remains on my bookshelf for alternative ideas and new inspirations.

Book review: 101 ways To Live Well

“101 Ways To Live Well,” by Lonely Planet, is an easy to read book that you can read right from the beginning, or dip in and out of where it interests you. (
This book helps you to discover secret wellness hacks that you can incorporate into your regular routine. It can be just 5 minutes, or 10 minutes, to help you feel calmer, more productive, healthier and without sacrificing your hours. These tips for your body and for your mind, can help at home, work, play, relationships and travel.
Some tips are familiar to me, but there are lots of new ones too. A nice handbag size book to read on the go.

I already started reading this book before I went on my recent holiday and I was reading it in the hotel, or on the coach at times. A nice book that will stay on my bookshelf for future use.

Book review: ‘Heart Thoughts,’ by Louise L. Hay


‘Heart Thoughts,’ by Louise L. Hay, I have owned a while now. It was a birthday or Christmas gift from a friend. Although I have read this book some time ago, it is still a book you can go back to and dip your head back into it. This book has been used a couple of times as conversation between my friend to me, so I can look up the page she talked about in her email, to read a quote that seamt right for me, at that period of time in my life. So this book I treasure.

This book is a collection of meditations, spiritual treatments and excerpts from Louise L. Hay lectures. They focus on aspects of our day-to-day experiences and are meant to guide and assist us in particular areas we may be having particular difficulties.

This book can be read through thoroughly, which I suggest you do first, as well as dip in and out of where you need to read.


Book review: The Art Therapy Sourcebook


I have owned this book for a while now, dipping in and out of it. It’s a book that I think will stay on my bookshelf, for possible future use. Although this book is ideal for art therapists, you may find it an interesting and useful to read too, like I did.
This book, written by Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR, LPCC, is an updated one, showing you how to use art therapy to guide yourself and others of personal growth, insight and transformation. Inside the book are step-by-step instructions for stimulating creativity and interpreting them and it suggests different materials to try when doing them.

As back of the source book says, it will help you:

  • Find relief from overwhelming emotions
  • Recover from traumatic losses
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Discover insights about yourself
  • Experience personal growth

There are ten chapters in this book:

  1. What is Art Therapy?
  2. Art Therapy: Drawing on the Past and the Present.
  3. Getting started: Drawing from Within
  4. Creativity: Drawing on Process
  5. Setting up: Drawing on Environment and Materials
  6. Spontaneous Art: Drawing Out Imagery
  7. Using Art to Express Feelings: Drawing on Loss
  8. Art Making and Illness: Drawing a Picture of Health
  9. Art Therapy Groups: Drawing Together
  10. Working with the Art Product: Drawing on Meaning


Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR, LPCC, is a licensed art therapist and clinical counsellor and the Professional Relations Director for the American Art Therapy Association. Also the editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and the author of Breaking the Silence: Art Therapy with Children from Violent Homes.

Book review: Container Gardening

“Container Gardening,” by Myriard, (, was a book I bought while on my holiday in the Cotswolds. This book I read it all, on my way back home on the coach.

This book was easy to read and follow and it will be useful for me, as I progress with my garden and especially container planting I will be doing.


  • Introduction
  • Containers
  • Seasonal planting
  • Flowers and shrubs
  • Kitchen gardens
  • Pot maintenance
  • Water pots
  • Pests and diseases

It doesn’t matter if you have a small space like I have, or even less like a balcony, or a porch. Even if you are struggling with space, or have poor quality soil, suffer from lack of light, then this book is for you and you might have the answer you are looking for.

Book review: ‘Hungry Healthy Happy,’ by Dannii Martin


‘Hungry, Healthy Happy,’ by Dannii Martin is a book that Dannii Martin wrote, to show us that with a few small changes, we can still enjoy our favourite foods, while still nourishing our bodies with a delicious, healthy and nutritionally balanced diet.

There are over a 100 recipes, from protein packed breakfasts to main courses and desserts. There are dishes from light, summery salads to takeaway favourites such as burgers and curries.

Inside the book, as well as recipes, you will find out more about Dannii’s story and why she written this book, the principles of losing weight, the importance of exercise, learn about eating well for less, store cupboard essentials and creating a meal planner.

Book review: “Mindfulness for everyday living,” by Christopher Titmuss.

This is a guide as the title says, mindfulness for everyday living. By focusing on the present, we can teach ourselves to appreciate what is going on around us. To become happier and calmer, without the constant anxiety caused by worrying about the past or the future. By practising the Buddhist art of mindfulness, we can experience life on a different level.
This book brings an introduction to the basic principles of mindfulness and the benefits it can bring. There are exercises to try throughout the book, that can be used in your daily life and helpful advice on dealing with emotional issues, arguments and relationships.

The first time you read this book I suggest you read it all, then go back to where you feel it is useful for you. It is certainly a book that you can refer back to, because mindfulness is something that has to be worked on. It is not something that you can easily pick up on in a week.
Now I have read the book throughout, I will certainly go back and read parts of it that are helpful for me.

Contents of this book:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Mindfulness of Energy
  • Mindfulness of Activities
  • Mindfulness of Inner Life
  • Mindfulness of Five Precepts, Seven Ways for Inner Change
  • Mindfulness of Spiritual Experiences

For those that already have some experience of mindfulness in some way, you will be familiar with some of the things it talks about in the book, like relaxation breathing exercises. There is still something to learn though, from this book and I learnt a lot. It is a book that will remain on my bookshelf, to keep referring back to.

Book review: “The Hidden Messages in Water,” by Masaru Emoto

I have had this book for some time on my bookshelf, but only just got round to reading it towards end of last year. This type of book I would not normally read,but I did find it interesting.

Dr Emoto, the author of this book has illustrated the healing power of love and gratitude. This book introduces his work of how water is affected by our thoughts, words and feelings. He shares some photos of crystals formed in frozen water, to show the effects that words, photographs and music can have on water.

Now although interesting and with good words of wisdom about life, I felt that what he said about how water is affected by positive or negative things, evidence for this was poor. Like for example, writing a positive or a negative word on the side of the water container, effects the development of the water crystals. Positive words supposedly formed beautiful crystals, while negative words did the opposite. He only shown one photo of each in the book, for the experiment he was trying. He did not show several, or say how many times this was done. I felt I was reading his beliefs on this topic, than anything else.

Yes, this book was interesting and there were good wise words spoken, but for trying to prove facts he was claiming in this book, was not enough for me. He also bought god into it, something I was not expecting for something supposedly science talk. I would not have bought this book had I known fully what I would be reading. There are plenty of books I can read that have good wise words in them and if you are reading this book for the science, you will be disappointed.

Book review: “How 2 become Nail Technician,” by Philippa Oakley

I bought this book, ‘How 2 become Nail Technician,’ by Philippa Oakley, from Amazon 3 years ago, so I could know more about a Nail technicians role. I didn’t know if this was the route I was going to take at that time. But as I was enjoying my nail art course I was doing, this book was very useful to learn more about this role. I decided in the end, that being a nail technician wasn’t for me and I gave this book away.

The 108 pages book is not quite A5 size and fits fits perfect in the handbag, so it is easy to take with you anywhere. It has everything to know about how to become a Nail Technician. Buying this book as answered lots of questions I had when looking into this role.

The chapters cover the following:

Chapter 1 – What is a nail technician?
Chapter 2 – Types of treatments offered by a nail technician.
Chapter 3 – What does it take to be a successful nail technician?
Chapter 4 – How to get the qualifications you need.
Chapter 5 – Careers as a nail technician.
Chapter 6 – What services should you offer if setting up your own?
Chapter 7 – Setting up a home or your mobile nail technician business.
Chapter 8 – Financial awareness and guidance.
Chapter 9 – How to attract clients.
Chapter 10 – Marketing your business.
Chapter 11 – Customer care.
Chapter 12 – Gaining great feedback.
Chapter 13 – Expanding into other areas.
Chapter 14 – Useful resources for the nail technician.

For anyone thinking, or are going into this type of career, I would certainly recommend this book. This is a book that you can always use to refer back to, even when you are a qualified nail technician.

Book review: ‘Nails, Nails, Nails!’ by Madeline Poole.

“Nails, Nails, Nails!” by Madeline Poole has 25 creative nail art designs to try. I received this as a Christmas present 3 years ago from a friend, which I was so thrilled about, as I only looked at the book myself, debating to buy now, or later.
I was spoilt for choice of the designs to try, after recently getting into nail art around that time. My Mum had also been looking at this book too and chosen her design for me to do next, on her nails.
As well as the nail art to choose from, with lovely clear photos and easy step by step guide on how to do them yourself. There is also at the beginning of the book the mention of some nail art tools you can get and what you could use them for, as well as types of polishes and nail anatomy.
If you like nail art, then you will like this book.