Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How To Deal With Insecurity and Self Doubt by Amber Khan, Author of Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being

“Own your happiness. Reclaim your well-being. Make a guilt-free lifestyle, your choice of living!
· Do you think being a 'super mum' is your only option?
· Do you neglect your own health while caring for others?
· Do you struggle to maintain a happy work/life balance?
· Do you often feel stressed and burnt-out? Then you may be suffering from 'Mummy Guilt'.

Guilt Free Motherhood will guide you to:
· Ignite your passion to bring balance to your life;
· Take practical steps towards self-care;
· De-clutter your space, schedules and relationships;
· Let go of the 'super mum' and the 'control freak' inside of you;
· Practical ways of recharging your batteries.

A mother's journey should not be, and need not be, a GUILT trip. Guilt Free Motherhood gives you the tools you need to start living a more contented, healthy and energised lifestyle today - right in the midst of motherhood.”

How To Deal With Insecurity and Self Doubt
 by Amber Khan

Feeling insecure? Doubting yourself, your abilities, your beliefs, may be even your relationships?

At the end of the day, we all want the sweet taste of security. Well, the feeling of insecurity can crop up, any time of your life. If you are one of those working women finding it difficult to devote time to your personal life, the question of insecurity can shoot up a few notches.

You could be insecure about what you do, about what others feel for you, about what others do behind your back… the list could go on.

And truly, be it performance or productivity, everything will take a turn for the worse if you aren’t self-aware.

Psychological problems can appear out of nowhere and you might just be gaping at a hole far too deep to get out of.

So, what can you do to tackle insecurity?

Self-Awareness can work wonders. It’s simple. Analyze the cause of your insecurity. Is it fear, loss, rejection or inferiority? An action plan to fight your fears is the way forward. It will eliminate self-doubt and help get over the feeling of insecurity.

Exercising regularly does not only help regulate your body but your mind too. Blood rushing through your body can work wonders for your mental health. It’s easy – you can relax a more comfortable way when you are into exercising and in effect, think more clearly.

Everybody needs goals, and you could do with one too. Lack of direction can be a major source for insecurity to crop in. Try to find your focus but do remember – everybody is human. Don’t try to be a super woman. We need not be one to function effectively in any society.

For More Information

  • Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5 Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being is available at Amazon US & Amazon UK.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Read excerpt here.

Amber Khan is a Lifestyle Mentor, Speaker, Author, sports enthusiast and a proud mum of three.

She is the founder of Guilt Free Living which provides tools for the mothers to help them live a fulfilling, healthy & energised lifestyle.

She has ran retreats, given talks and written articles on the importance of wellness and how to re-energise the tired minds and bodies of mothers.

Amber currently resides in London, UK with her husband and their three children.

Her latest book is the nonfiction/parenting/motherhood book, Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being.

For More Information

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mailbox Monday - July 27 and Giveaway Winner

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

It is Monday again. Funny how quickly the weeks pass. I had back to back open houses Sunday and was on the road showing houses all day Saturday. The good thing: I sold a house! I've already closed nine deals this year--not counting rentals--so I'm feeling good right now.

But, on to more fun things. This week included a trip to the library to pick up two audiobooks, an unexpected arrival, and a Kindle freebie.

Prior to reading Go Set A Watchman, I wanted to read the classic To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm listening to it in my car. 

I also picked up the next HP book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

In the mail, this book arrived:

The Brain Sucker is a fast-paced action adventure story for Middle School readers. It follows Callum McCullock and his two friends, Sophie (a brilliant engineer) and Jinx (the world's unluckiest boy) as they try to defeat an evil genius from unleashing his brain sucking machine and destroying all the goodness in the world.

This is a book I'm reviewing for a book tour.

Finally, I downloaded a really interesting looking freebie for my Kindle.

Be careful what you wish for. When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability. Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion. REDEMPTION is Book One in the award-winning Legends of Graham Mansion series.

What was in your mailbox?

In other good news, I picked the winner in our latest giveaway. Congratulations goes out to Vicki. She won a copy of Bitter Bronx by Jermone Charyn.

That's it for now. I hope you all have a nice week.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mailbox Monday: July 20

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Long, busy week but we had a nice weekend with family. I received only one book last week, but that is fine by me. I am not getting a lot of reading done these days.

Just as the creator of the Chronicles of Narnia decided to try his writer’s hand and imagination, I decided to try something too. And so, I have written a story of my own having been prompted by that same idea of creating a God presence in another place. No, it is not Narnia but it is a new world similar yet different from our own. Surely, as I write this, I was inspired by the man who has invited tens of thousands of readers and not a few writers to write, think and look beyond this ‘shadow land’ called earth. I have named it The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom, and the Sea Princess.

It is a story of intrigue and ever present danger in a world populated by creatures and mortals, whose destiny hangs by the threads of an Emperor’s vision, a prince’s lost love, mysterious foes, enchanting forest maidens, unlikely heroes, and a mermaid-heroine. All of this is wrapped up in a champion so invincible, yet mysterious, that he challenges the Dark Sorcerer with supernatural forces of a fascinating nature, using even the humblest of defenders. This profound love story will leave you with a taste for a country and a universe beyond your dreams and even imaginings. A world that is A fairy tale come true, and one “you will never want to end.”


What did you receive in your mailbox?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mailbox Monday - July 13

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

We survived the beaches of North Carolina despite Jaws trying to attack people. One afternoon, we arrived to discover they had pulled a shark from the waters a mile from us just a few hours prior to our arrival that day. What fun.

As always, vacations are too short. I also worked on vacation a bit. Overall, we had a superb time. I should have some photos to share soon.

I picked up an autographed copy of Voices from the Outer Banks edited by Stephen Kirk at Books to Be Red, an independent bookstore on Ocracoke Island. Kirk had book signings scheduled in Manteo and Duck while we were at the Outer Banks, but I didn't get a chance to meet him. I let the kids dictate our schedule while we are away. He is the editor of John F. Blair, Publisher.

While visiting, I also got a chance to recommend the books of Karen White to someone looking for Southern fiction. She picked up one of her books, which I hope she will enjoy as much as I did.

John F. Blair, Publisher, continues its Real Voices, Real HistoryTM series with Voices from the Outer Banks. This volume presents the actual words of the people who lived the uncommonly rich history of this chain of barrier islands stretching from the Virginia border southward through Cape Lookout.

Readers will enjoy contemporary accounts of the first British settlement in North America and the birth of the first English child on American soil. They ll read 18th-century letters, articles, and poems about the bloody death of Blackbeard, arguably the most famous of all the pirates. They ll read the news account of the first powered airplane flights in human history. And the editorial that created America s first national seashore. And the words of family members who once inhabited the nation s most iconic lighthouse part of a matched set of four.

Topics include the Graveyard of the Atlantic, in a nod to the rough waters that over the centuries have claimed hundreds of vessels, and Torpedo Junction, site of the Great American Turkey Shoot, the latter nickname bestowed by German submariners during World War II.

The volume includes first-person accounts of Civil War battles, a freedmen s colony, hunt clubs that drew the first wealthy tourists, and lifesavers who used horses to pull surfboats to the water and fired lines by cannon to wrecked vessels. Readers will even hear contemporary stories of the Boy Scout troop that rode ponies descended from ancient shipwrecked animals.

I also picked up several Kindle books while browsing Amazon's titles:

That last one I picked up to read with my online book club. You can learn more about it here.

Finally, when I returned home, this book was waiting for me--a gift from an author whose book tour I am hosting.

Trying to be a normal 12 year old is going to be hard but Jania is certainly going to try. Being the Princess and having to compete to become a Warrior Maiden is just the beginning of her problems. Looks like someone tried to kill her but got her guards instead. Now she and a small party must travel to a city that few people escape and return with a special flower to save her guards. Did I mention, it all has to happen within 24 hours or they become trapped forever. Like I said...just a normal 12 year old. 

What did you receive this week?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Take the Ultimate Language Geek Personality Quiz!

On July 13 we'll be celebrating Geekiness Day and on July 15, Dork Day. Are you a Language Geek? Take the quiz to find out. This quiz is brought to you by the folks at Grammarly.

Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd Infographic

Monday, July 6, 2015

Beach Reads: Vacation Book Update

Vacation has been lovely. We are now in our second week at the Outer Banks. We've managed to avoid sharks; though a news report indicated we missed two guys hauling a shark up onto the beach a few hours before we were there one day.

One of the best parts of vacation is catching up on my reading. I'm almost done with Out of Control: Why Disciplining Your Child Won't Work...And What Will by Shefali Tsabary, PhD. I've also read, My Spouse Wants More Sex Than Me: The 2-Minute Solution for a Happier Marriage by Dr. Ruxandra LeMay, and am currently reading ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson and Guilt Free Motherhood: A 5-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Time, Health & Well-Being by Amber Kahn.

What have you been reading this month?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

As a Busy Mom Thinks: Independence Day 2015

I'm sitting here at our friend's beach house on the Outer Banks this Fourth of July. The television news is both frightening and ridiculous--talk of terror threats on this sacred holiday blending in with the heated debate over the appropriateness of the Confederate flag.

The direction our country is heading causes dismay. Once a country that applauded achievement, it now decries success and calls it greed. Once a country that celebrated freedom of speech and freedom of religion, we now live in fear of offending anyone--especially if we are Christians sharing our faith. Instead of praising our cultural differences, we are suspicious and more divided than ever.

America remains the greatest country in the world. Democracy has stood the test of time. Yet, abuse of executive privilege has us moving closer and closer to socialism; as does a Supreme Court that ignores the Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

We are at a dangerous turning point in our country. Either we are going to move closer to socialism or we are going to keep democracy alive and well. We are either going to allow the federal government to centralize control or we are going to elect people who work to keep control in the hands of the states (the people).

I am scared for our future. I am scared for our children's future. Every day I fear some new terror threat will impact our country and the people I love. As we sat and enjoyed the fireworks on the beach tonight, my husband and I were considering how easy it would be for a terrorist with a machine gun to wipe out hundreds of us as we were celebrating our country's independence.

September 11 changed our lives forever. But have we gotten smarter? Have we learned from it? Have we elected leaders who can deal with threats and keep us safe? Do those kinds of leaders exist anymore?

I pray for this country. I pray for its leaders. And I pray for my children and future grandchildren who will live through much more difficult times than my husband and I have known.

God bless us all, and God bless America.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Free Kindle Quick & Easy Cookbook Bundle

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Table Of Contents
Creamy Zucchini Soup
Broccoli, Zucchini and Blue Cheese Soup
Beetroot and Carrot Soup
Baked Beets Soup
Curried Parsnip Soup
Pumpkin and Bell Pepper Soup
Moroccan Pumpkin Soup
Spinach, Leek and Quinoa Soup
Vegetable Quinoa Soup
Broccoli and Potato Soup
Creamy Potato Soup
Leek, Rice and Potato Soup
Carrot and Chickpea Soup
Spicy Carrot Soup
Lentil, Barley and Mushroom Soup
Mushroom Soup
Mediterranean Chickpea Soup
French Vegetable Soup
Minted Pea Soup
Brown Lentil Soup
Moroccan Lentil Soup
Bean and Pasta Soup
White Bean Soup
Tomato Soup
Cauliflower Soup
Creamy Artichoke Soup
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Vietnamese Noodle Soup
Spinach Soup
Spinach, Nettle and Feta Cheese Soup
Nettle Soup
Cold Cucumber Soup
Corn Soup

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Table Of Contents
Warm Quinoa Salad
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Quinoa with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto
Cucumber Quinoa Salad
Fresh Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Warm Mushroom Quinoa Salad
Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad
Spicy Buckwheat Vegetable Salad
Buckwheat Salad with Asparagus and Roasted Peppers
Roasted Broccoli Buckwheat Salad
Haloumi, Lentil and Rocket Salad
Brown Lentil Salad
Blue Cheese Iceberg Salad
Apple, Walnut and Radicchio Salad
Apple, Celery and Walnut Salad
Greek Chickpea Salad
Snow White Salad
Asian Carrot and Sprout Salad
Asian Coleslaw
Shredded Egg Salad
Fresh Greens Salad
Simple Broccoli Salad
Caprese Salad
Bulgarian Green Salad
Green Superfood Salad
Fried Zucchinis with Yogurt Sauce
Cucumber Salad
Tomato Couscous Salad
Red Cabbage Salad
Cabbage, Carrots and Turnip Salad
Carrot Salad
Fusilli Salad
Bulgur Salad
Roasted Eggplants and Peppers Salad
Okra Salad
Green Bean Salad
Zucchini Pasta Salad
Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
Beet and Bean Sprout Salad
Beet Salad with Yogurt
Spinach Stem Salad
Bulgarian Spinach Salad
Green Bean and Rocket Salad with Green Olive Dressing
Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Couscous Salad

File Size: 520 KB
Print Length: 97 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: December 11, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bargain Book: 365 Days of Juicing Recipes by Emma Katie

365 Days of Juicing Recipes is about feeling great, having more energy, stabilizing your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. These things can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.

The book has every single recipe with perfect tips for garnishing, presentation and juice making tips as well. The recipes are also well presented with pictures and even perfectly measured. The ingredients listed can be accumulated from any local grocery store. These recipes keep in mind the needs of diabetic patients; thus every juice recipe can be made with or without sugar. The book contains recipes for kids, for adults and for health concerned people as well. These are not only served after or before the main course but can also be prepared on a hot summer day.

In 365 Juicing Recipes, the author provides 365 healthy recipes for people who are searching for a healthier life. Juicing offers several advantages:

• Juices are the best way to get direct nutrients, minerals, iron, and essential acids and even glucose.
• Juices don’t only mean fruit juices. Vegetable juices are also the best way to refresh your inner body without having to trouble the digestive organs.
• Juices are also perfectly made for those people who want to stay fit and healthy.
• Most of them are essential to our body growth, for our daily diet as well as to oxidize the inner portion of the body.
• Juices expand your vitality and are delicious

Get valuable tips like using ingredients which are spicy, herbaceous and high yielding like root vegetables and beet greens.

In addition to mouthwatering recipes like:
Fresh Start
Hangover Shot
Beet and Celery Juice
Zesty Green
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Get your copy today and enjoy 365 days of delicious, healthy and mouth watering juicing recipes.

File Size: 1809 KB
Print Length: 227 pages
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Publication Date: November 18, 2014
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Language: English

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