Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Natural Color by Sasha Duerr

If you've ever considered using plants and natural resources to dye clothing, then this is the book for you! In "Natural Color" by Sasha Duerr, readers discover new and exciting ways to use dyes that won't leave you covered in chemicals!

Through research and experiments she has done herself, Sasha Duerr shows readers how to use Indigo, Blue Spruce, Mint, Pomegranate and many other natural resources to create the perfect color you're looking for. Using natural mordants, you can enhance any color to the desired shade.

Another amazing perk to dying naturally is it's medicinal use. Think of all of the chemicals used in traditional dyes. All of those chemicals seep into our pores when we wear clothing that's been dyed. When you dye naturally and medicinally, you are allowing amazing benefits into your body. Plants are beneficial for many different reasons.

This book was super exciting for me to go through! I would love to spend a Saturday experimenting with different plants and dye clothing and fabric! The author explained things very thoroughly and provided pictures of each process. There was a lot of information to go through including colors for each season. The cover is beautifully made and a durable hardcover. It certainly is a beautiful book!

I rate this book as 5 stars, I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

(un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz

This mothering thing is hard, and it just doesn't come naturally to everyone. That's the message that Hettie Brittz, author of "(un)Natural Mom" wants you to know.

As much as we'd like to be, we're not Super mom and we can't do everything. Our culture's understanding of motherhood is very different from what it actually is.

One really neat thing this book includes is an online assessment test called Tall Trees Parenting Profile, which helps you determine what type of parenting style you have. Hettie Brittz helps moms understand their parenting type and realize that we don't have to fit in a single mold to be a mother. We're all unique with different traits!

I think mothers of all ages and walks of life can relate to this book. Hettie shares her motherhood experiences...her triumphs and downfalls. She wants readers to know that no matter what, you are the perfect momma to your kiddos. I would highly recommend this book to all mothers! It should be required reading to becoming a mom!

I rate this book as 5 stars. I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Miracle in Music City by Natalie Grant

"Miracle in Music City" by Natalie Grant is the third and most recent book released in the Glimmer Girls series!

Twins, Mia and Maddie and younger sister Lulu are hot on the case of another mystery! The girls' mom, who is famous singer, Gloria Glimmer, is setting up an auction at the Grand Ole Opry to help raise money for the homeless. When one of the priceless guitars goes missing, the Glimmer Girls immediately get to work gathering clues to solve the mystery.

There's a lot of positive messages going on in this book. First, I love how the author incorporated helping the less fortunate. She explains it in a way children can understand, and even gives some examples of how someone can help a person who is homeless.

Second, there's also a smaller story going on with the girls' friends from school. The girls must learn how to properly deal with jealousy and sensitivity to someone else's feelings.

Honestly, I hope Natalie Grant writes a dozen more books in the Glimmer Girls series. It's so refreshing to see a book for young girls that has role models my daughters can look up to.

This book is aimed for girls between the ages of 8 and 12. I rate it as 5 stars.

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The Naturalist by Darrin Lunde

"The Naturalist: A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History" by Darrin Lunde is a look into the life of perhaps one of our most well known presidents, Theodore Roosevelt.

One facet that this book seems to focus on is Theodore Roosevelt's extensive work as a conservationist. Darrin Lunde has gathered facts from Roosevelt's diaries and travel journals so readers can really get a feel for our President's love for nature. It began when he was a young boy, looking up to John James Audubon and Spencer F. who developed a taxonomy of the natural world. He even carried this love into his political career as a Statesman and President as he grew older.

I thought this was an interesting look into Theodore Roosevelt's life. A lot of the book was about our former President's hunting practices, and his life as a naturalist. It was very well written and descriptive. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, the outdoors, and who considers themself a conservationist.

I rate this book as 4 stars. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.