Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook – book review

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The book I am happily reviewing today is, Sir Chocolate and Fondant Five story and cookbook written by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.  This book was sent to me free of charge, but the review is completely my own.

As I was reviewing the book, I could easily visualize myself reading it to my children when they were younger.  One of my greatest joys has always been to read daily to my kiddos and something I continue to do with my two youngest.  Although this book is for younger children then my own, this is one that my kids would have thoughly enjoyed.

Each page of the book has a colorful photo with animals created out of fondant, which I found to make the photos all the more impressive.  The rhyming story has a nice flow that draws children in, much like a Dr. Suess book.  At the end of the book there are recipes that you can create with your children which would have been a huge hit in my household.  In fact, if I was purchasing this book to read to my kids, I would pick a recipe at the back before reading the book and then surprise them with baking session at the end.

What immediately struck me after I finished reading Sir Chocolate was how it could be used as a stepping stone for further learning activities.  While your kids are waiting for the goodies to bake, you could get out playdough, or make some yourself, and have them try to create some of the animals they saw on the pages of the book. Hey, if you are really brave, you can try to create animals out of fondant just like the photos and even learn about how fondant is used.  You could also have your children choose their favoritie animal that appeared on one of the pages of the book and spend some time learning about it.

This book is a big win for parents with children around 10 and under, but I am sure my teens will enjoy making the recipes.

~ please note this book was written in the UK so the recipes are written using the metric system.  So hey, you are in the US you are also getting a math lesson with your kiddos!  Bonus.  🙂

Please take a moment to go visit Robbie at Robbie Cheadle

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books that you can view here

The Chronic Pain Manual – book review

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I happy to be bringing you my review of, The Chronic Pain Manual – The really, real manual to pain by Nikki Albert.  This is my third in a series of six reviews I am doing to promote authors who live with chronic illnesses.  You can checkout my first review here and my second one  here.

I have start off this review with a confession.  I had a draft almost ready to go but decided to trash it and start over.  Why would I throw away a perfectly good post; because of all the craziness going on in the world at this moment.

Those of us living with chronic illnesses are on edge, worried about how this is going to affect those of us who are most vulnerable.  We NEED to take time to distract ourselves  from the constant bombardment of bad news.  There is no better way to combat anxiety  then with humor,  and Nikki serves it up in this book that can be delivered straight to your door!  What makes her book so refreshing is that it is written by someone who lives this life and therefore can relate on every level.  This manual not only makes fun of all the ridiculousness that surrounds chronic pain, bringing you laugh out loud moments, but also the sense of feeling understood, and this is a beautiful combination.

What made reading her book so ironic is that I finished it while in a 140 degree sauna, roasting my backside off, dripping in sweat, and feeling nauseous,  because hey, I have been told it was good for me………..(if you read the book, you will get the irony).

So, take a moment to check out her book on Amazon and if you can’t afford to purchase it, please ask your library to do so.  This book will not disappoint those who live the life of chronic illness, and for those who don’t, it will give you a glimpse into what it is like to walk this path.

Now please head over for a visit with Nikki in her neck-of-the-woods at Brainless Blogger.  Thank you.

  • This book was purchased from Amazon using my own funds.

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books and they can be viewed here

One Man’s Strange Supernatural Life – a book review

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Welcome, I am so happy you are here today!  This is my second of six book reviews that I will be doing this year highlighting authors who live with chronic illness.  My first review can be seen here

I want to make a quick comment as to why I am doing these reviews.  Individuals who live with chronic illness not only struggle physically, mentally, and many also spiritually, but financially.  There is never enough money for all that is required: tests, medicine, supplements, and treatments, and finances add another burden onto an already stressful life.  It is my goal to showcase authors and to hopefully have others go out and purchase these books.

Ryan is a chronically ill warrior who blogs over at Ryan Callahan’s Blog and his book, One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life was purchased from Amazon with my own funds.

Upon receiving this book I noticed that is a great size to easily hold in your hand.  I was able to read the print size, and without pictures, there were no distractions from the text.  The cover of the book is pleasant to view with the colors and photo being easy on the eyes and calming.

Ryan’s book is a personal testimony on how and why he became a Christian.  I have to admit, I have read testimonies before and although many of them are profound and encouraging, a run-of-the-mill testimony is not what you will receive when you read Ryan’s book.  He has gone out on a limb and discusses experiences that many people could easily dismiss as crazy.  Ryan’s story drew me in within the first few pages and I did not put the book down until it ended.

His book is a quick and easy read as I was able to finish the story in under an hour and a half.  Ryan left me thinking about all he was willing to share in order to show others his truth.  For me, I was struck by his honesty.  It felt as if he was speaking directly to me and we were having a deep conversation about his faith.  For those of you who are not Christians, you will still find his faith journey compelling and interesting.  This book can purchased from Amazon and read free with KindleUnlimited.

I am also sending my copy of Ryan’s book to a lucky winner here in the United States.  To win this book, please leave a comment regarding your desire to win the book.  A winner will be chosen at random on 3/6/20 and will be shipped via USPS media mail.

 

 

 

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books that can be viewed here.

Calling authors who live with a chronic illness!

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One of my 2020 goals for simplychornicallyill is to review 6 books from WordPress bloggers who live with a chronic illness (or three).   Currently, I have two publications on my to-review list,  but I am searching for three more books to read this year.  My first review of 2020 was The Shadow Boxers by Kim Johnson & Karen Anderson and you can find my thoughts here.

So, if you are a chronically ill  and have published a book, or know of a WP blogger who is chronically ill, please send them a link to this post.  All I need is the title of your book and I will purchase it with my own funds, give you a review on this blog, and hopefully help bring more attention to your work.

Thank you in advance for the chance to assist another chronically ill author.

 

` wendi is author of 3 books and you can check them out here.

The Shadow Boxers – a book review

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I am super excited to kick off my 2020 book review series with, The Shadow Boxers – Fighting Fibromyalgia – Your Personal Journey by Kim Johnson & Karen Anderson.  My goal is to review 6 books, all written by individuals living with chronic illness(es).  If you are an writer and would like me to review your book, at my cost, please send me a message.

The Shadow Boxers was purchased from Amazon using personal funds and the review is completely my own.

 

My initial impression of the book is that I really liked the size.  It is not too big or small and fit in my hands perfectly.  This may seem like an unusual observation but I have purchased books that were just too small for my hands to hold easily and therefore caused pain or too big and akward to hold, again causing discomfort.  The print is also a good size, making the words easy to read.  Another bonus is the colors on the cover of the book are easy on the eyes creating another asthetic win.

Shadow Boxers covers all the basics of fibromyalgia, which I have to admit, although I thought I knew a lot about the illness, I still learned quite a bit.  The authors’ used not only their stories, but stories of others, allowing us to take a peek into the life of those who live with  fibromyalgia and how the illness can affect people in different ways.

But what I loved most about this book is that it is for you to write in.   You are an active part of the book, the main character, and with that honor it is imperative that you do your part.   Each chapter is followed by a one sentence prompt and it is a place for you to express your own thoughts and feelings, with enough space to write a rather lengthy commentary.

Although I did not write in the book, I did use the prompts to express my own thoughts and I found what I wrote to be quite insightful, I just substituted fibromyalgia for the main illness that I deal with.  Active participation is a MUST to get the most out of this book……..it is meant to be written in, to explore your own feelings, to express your frustrations and your inner most thoughts.  Once you have made your way through the book, it would be like having a productive counseling session and a whole lot cheaper.

Kim can be found blogging at I Tripped Over a Stone and I highly recommend you check her out………she is an amazing human being and force to be reckoned with!

 

Saving Money in the New Year

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OK, so I am not officially back blogging yet, but I did want to take a moment to announce that for the month of January and, stretching through February 3rd, I have lowered the price of my book, Frugal Seeds 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar, in both print and ebook form.

This book shares many of the ways that my family of 6 used to pay off all of our medical and consumer debt and ways we continue to use as we work to pay off our mortgage.

The book can be viewed here and, as always can be read for FREE with KindleUnlimited.

I look forward to seeing everyone again in February!

books by chronically ill writers

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With 2020 just around the corner, I have been thinking about blog posts for next year.  One of my goals, besides keeping the Living Our Best Life weekly questions, is to review at least 6 books that are written by an author who is chronically ill.

Not only do I know what it is like to live with multiple chronic illnesses, I also know how much work goes into writing and self-publishing a book and the enormous amount of effort it takes to promote your publications.  So next year I would like to help out my  fellow spoonies and promote their work.

If you would like me to do a review of your book, that I will purchase, please leave me a message in the comment section.  The book does not have to be about  illness, but the author must live with at least one chronic ailment.

I look forward to reading your work!

 

~ wendi is the author of 3 books that you can view here  and all her books can be read FREE with KindleUnlimited

Celebrating the Holy Days on a Budget

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“Creating the best memories requires no money.”

~ Charlie Lee Austin

 

It is that beautiful time of year again when we celebrate Advent, the time we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus.

Raising a family of 6 on a budget, I understand the stress that Christmas can create, a time when we feel the need to overdo everything, gifts, parties, meals, decorations…….but all of this costs money and can distract from the real reason of the season.

I have written a book that lists many of the ways my family has celebrated the hoidays while living on a tight budget –  Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season on a Budget.  It can be read FREE with KindleUnlimited and is available on Amazon in e-book and  paperback.

I would be humbled if you would take a moment to check it out, thank you.

 

~ Wishing all of you a very blessed Advent Season.

 

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living our best life possible – book give-away

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In the spirit of Christmas and as a huge thank you to all of you who have blessed this little blog with such great comments in my “best life possible” series, I am giving away my copy of The Power of Illness To Change Your Life by Kavi Jezzie Hackaday who blogs here on WP at Live a Holistic Life

Although he does not blog often, when he does, his posts are full of wonderfully helpful health filled content.

I purchased Kavi’s book through Amazon, and I did not want to put it down, finishing it in two days.  This is a major feat for me as I am a very slow reader.  I found it easy to read and understand, with it being part autobiographical and part how he healed his autoimmune disease that he was told was incurrable.

Please leave a comment if you would like to have an opportunity to win my USED (very used) copy.  I am so very sorry, but this is only available for those in the US due to shipping costs.

The winner will be drawn December 10th, 2019 from names of those who leave a comment, by one of my children.  I will contact you immediately for your shipping address and the book will be shipped via USPS media mail.

Happy Learning!

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books focusing on how to save money.  You can check them out here.  Thank you.

Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas on a budget

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The Holidays, even if you budget for them, have a way of putting a strain on your wallet.  While my kids were younger,  I worked very hard to make sure they didn’t notice our limited budget by keeping Christmas a fun and active time while remaining focused on the true meaning of this holy season.

In my latest book, Frugal Seeds Christmas Edition: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget, I share many of the ways we celebrated the Christmas season while keeping our focus on the reason for the season.

I would be greatly humbled if you would take a moment to check it out.  It is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-book and can be read FREE on KindleUnlimited.  Thank you.

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol