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!

 

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP Published Authors – my list

 

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I have finally compiled the list of all the wonderful authors who left a comment on my post, pubished?!.  I would like to thank everyone who listed their work,  and if you would like to be included, please leave your information in the comment section below, thank you.

I would also like to encourage you to take a moment to check out the authors’ offerings below and show some love and encouragement to your fellow WP bloggers.   Some of their books may be able to be checked out at a library if you cannot afford it, and many of the books can be read for free on Amazon through KindleUnlimited .  I am NOT an Amazon affliate, so I am not benefiting from this suggestion, but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and read all the books you would like and then make sure to cancel your membership before the 30 days.

So without further ado, here are the authors:

 

A Voice From Iran by Laleh 

Climbing Over Grit and can be found here

 

 

Healthy Living Books by Linda
I’ve published a few books. The most popular print books (updated and re-printed last year) are ‘ Growing Winter Food’ and ‘Herbs & Spices’ They’re both on Amazon –

Growing Winter Food – https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Winter-Food-harvest-produce/dp/1620083264/

Herbs & Spices – https://www.amazon.com/Self-Sufficiency-Information-Flavor-Enhancing-Perennials-Harvesting/dp/1504800583/

Rest Replenish Restore published by Summersdale in June this year. I’ve had some fabulous feedback from this book, including a gentleman who suffers with Parkinson’s and has expressed his love for the book and how it has helped him. Heart-warming when our work hits the right spot! https://summersdale.com/sd-book/rest-replenish-restore/

 

 

I Tripped Over a Stone by Kim

My book is The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal and can be found Here

 

 

Larry Walker

My name is Larry Walker. I self-published a book titled, Faithful to Complete It – Missionary Memoir.  It can be found here

 

 

Photographic Impressionistic Illusionistic by Mark

I am self-published – A photographic essay- “Mission Trails, A Walk In The Park”
https://www.blurb.com/b/1113310-mission-trails-a-walk-in-the-park#

Also a selection of verses: “The Lord is My Shepherd”
https://www.blurb.com/b/1266264-the-lord-is-my-shepherd

 

 

Ryan Callahan’s Blog by Ryan

My book is called One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.  It is my testimony before God and man of the supernatural way I came to know Jesus and the supernatural life I have lived following Him.

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BTN3CHG

 

 

 

Stress Free Homeschooling by Laura

I have written a 31 day devotional expressly for homeschooling mothers, but it would benefit anyone that struggles with negative thinking or needs encouragement from the Lord! It is called Stress-free Homeschooling: 31 Days to a Healthier Way of Thinking, and is available as an ebook at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073X4WRSL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499977486&sr=8-1&keywords=laura+hum . If readers prefer a printed copy, they can contact me directly on my wordpress site, and I will ship one to them.

 

 

 

The Hopeless Devotional

Powered by Hope, Positivity, and Optimism: Where Religion, Science, and Nature Converge.

IT SAYS OUT OF PRINT BUT IF YOU’D LIKE A COPY I CAN ASK EKRAM!

https://www.amazon.com/Powered-Hope-Positivity-Optimism-Religion/dp/1489719539/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=ekram+haque&qid=1565106367&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr

 

 

 

Wendi at SimplyChronicallyIll.com

I have written 2 books, Frugal Seeds Summer Edition and Frugal Seeds 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch A Dollar both include helpful ways to save money and can be found here.

 

 

 

Zoolon aka George

My book is called The Words & Thoughts of a Dyslexic Musician.  It can be found here

 

 

~ If you find that any of this information is incorrect, would like it to be presented differently, or links are not available, please let me know.  I have never complied a post with so much outside information and links before and there are bound to be mistakes.  Thank you.

published?!

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Here is my question for all of you, have you ever published your work?

If you have a book that is available to purchase please leave it in the comments below and leave a link to where it can be purchased.

I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into publishing and I want to provide another platform for you to get your work “seen.”

WordPress has such an amazing group of people and I know we all want to help each other and support each other to the best of our abilities.

PLEASE don’t be shy and PLEASE take a moment to look at the messages below to see what your fellow WP bloggers have been ups to.  Thank you so very much!

 

~ wendi is the author of 2 books, you can view them here, thank you.