Its a Non-fiction Saturday two-fer!

4 Stars

A smoothie a day keeps the fat away. So go on. Blend your way to skinny.

Forget those 700-calorie "healthy" smoothies you've been drinking. Daniella Chace, nutritionist and bestselling author of Smoothies for Life!, has whipped up 365 recipes that will kick-start your weight loss with daily doses of delicious, medicinally potent superfood smoothies.

Organized by season and month, each of these 365 smoothie recipes is a satisfying blend of whole foods that are rich in nutrients that help you shed body fat. Powerhouse ingredients—such as pomegranate juice, chia seeds, green tea and cocoa powder—will boost your metabolism, increase fat-fighting enzymes and even curb your appetite And with names like Tulsi Avocado Cream, Green Lushy, Svelte Synergy and The Violet TuTu, you'll be sipping your way to increased muscle and reduced fat while your taste buds—and waistline—rejoice. 
Daniella Chace, MSc, CN, Nutritionist is an educator and author who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She specializes in medical nutrition therapy and has written extensively on oncology nutrition.
Her new weight loss book "365 Skinny Smoothies" (Harlequin Nonfiction) will be on the shelves on May 27th.
She is a nutritionist by day and a children's book illustrator by night. She is working on her first fully illustrated book about the organisms in the ocean that glow from bioluminescence.
Learn more about Daniella and sign up for her newsletter at and learn more about the nutrition education tools she has developed such as the "iEat for Life" iPhone tools and "NutriSigns" in-store signage at

This book is a little different than what I am used to in a smoothie book.
First it listed all the ingredients that you could possibly use in alphabetical order, explained what they are good for and why, how to store and prepare them. So that part was kind of interesting!
Then - she literally had a smoothie for every day of the year!
For example - Jan. 1 -
The Golden Banana -

May 19 (which is my birthday!) -
Apple Mint Aperitif (I don't think I would like this because I don't like mint in my drinks)

It is a very interesting concept for a smoothie book! Some recipes look better than others, but I am willing to try anything that doesn't have mushrooms or meat in it! Some that sound really good to me are Caramel Cream, Vanilla Orange, Tart Raspberry Vanilla, Coffee and Cream, and so many others.

The only thing I didn't like about the book is - no pictures! Now I am not sure if the version you buy has no pictures or if just my review e-book had no pics. but you all know how I feel about pictures in my cookbooks!

Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin for this awesome e-book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE (I do think its definitely worth it!)
5 Stars

Take your craft to another level with this imaginative approach to crochet. More than just a manual on techniques or a pattern book, this guide shows how to transcend the use of traditional hooks, stitches, and yarns to produce truly innovative creations. A pioneering work in freeform crochet, the book is suitable for all ages and levels of expertise. It provides beginners with the chance to master basic stitches, and it offers advanced crocheters the opportunity to discover new ideas, colors, and designs.
More than 80 color photographs and 49 line drawings with captions illustrate everything from stitches to garment construction to finished products. A concluding section of practical information explains abbreviations and terms, and every chapter encourages the development of personal creativity and individual style.

Again - this book was a little different than what I expected. There are lots of great interesting techniques in this book! I think this is a great book to keep and refer back to in a lot of your crochet projects. It is also a great book to learn the basics of crochet.
I am a very experienced crocheter. I thought the directions were excellent! There are pictures and diagrams for every stitch!

Unfortunately this book is all about "free-form" crochet, and while it is very interesting, it is not really my thing. However I did not rate it based on that. I still think this is an excellent book even if it is not "my thing".

If you want to try your hand at a new kind of craft - this may be just the thing for you!

Thank you Netgalley and Dover Publications for this e-book to rad and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE



  1. Oooo smoothies. I love making them. I need to buy some hemp seeds.


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