Living with Intent Review

(I received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review)

“I’m trying to meditate one day but urgent thoughts keep intruding. Don’t forget to take cupcakes to school! I have to prepare for my presentation for the wellness conference! Is that lunch with the other moms tomorrow or next week? My to-do list is stampeding through my mind, trampling any chance of tranquility. I feel overwhelmed, yes, but there’s more: I feel…guilty. Guilty that I’m taking on too much, guilty that I’m not doing anything well, guilty that I’m giving short shrift to my kids, my husband, my job. And what about you, Mallika? a quiet voice asks. How are you shortchanging yourself?”

Living with Intent is a chronicle of Mallika Chopra’s search to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She hopes that by telling her story, she can inspire others with her own successes (and failures) as well as share some of the wisdom she has gathered from friends, experts, and family along the way— people like her dad, Deepak, as well as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Weil, and Dan Siegel. She also provides a practical road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Each chapter is devoted to one step on her journey and another piece of her INTENT action plan: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action. Chopra’s insights and advice will help us all come closer to fully living the lives we truly intend.

I think everyone can relate to the above experience. We want to be everything to everyone and then somehow we end up exhausted of out own wholeness, inner peace and true joy.
Mallika Chopra was having trouble balancing her life when she came up with the idea of Intent.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is jam packed full of helpful information and relatable anecdotes.
Chopra offers very useful tips and easy ways to remember to look at the bigger picture of life and be the best person you can be in your life.

(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)


Book Review- Sorry, I’m Not Sorry


(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)

When I ordered this, I thought it was like a self help style book. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is instead a juvenile fiction novel.

I enjoyed this book so much, I read half of it in one sitting. This is a book series I would be happy to recommend to my students.

The story is told from the point of view of a girl who got suspended from school for bullying. She has a character arc that is emotionally engaging. I really, really was so annoyed with her, thinking about what an awful brat she was, and then you start to learn more about her and understand why she lashes out so much. I can’t wait to finish it.

I had a little bit of a hard time keeping track of the characters a little just because I am being brought in more at the end of the story (this is the third book in a 3 book series.)

I still enjoyed it and it stands well on it’s own!


Book Review- On Shifting Sands

22798875I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)

Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.

When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury. Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma. Or so she thinks. As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ’s love strong enough to stand the test.

This is historic fiction with a very modern feel. If you enjoy lifetime movies you will greatly enjoy this book. It is an easy read and very human. I personally had a little trouble connecting with the character. It isn’t bad by any means, just not my cup of tea. I know many women who would adore this book and not be able to put it down. It just didn’t hold my interest. This would make for a nice summer read.


Book Review- Princess Grace


Sticker books girls will love! The Princess Parables come to life through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and 50 reusable stickers—perfect for girls 4-8.

The Princess Parables come to life through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and 50 colorful and reusable stickers in the friendly and fun Princess Grace’s Sticker and Activity Book featuring Grace, her four princess sisters, and their friends.

Join Grace and her sisters in some creative and interactive fun with 16 pages of stickers and activities that are sure to please, featuring her father the king and her special animal friend Poppy the kitten.

This book is just so sweet and beautifully illustrated! I was thrilled to give this to my niece, she absolutely loves it! It is for girls 4-8 and is full of activities and comes with tons of fun stickers! I definitely recommend this without hesitation.

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