Keto Gatherings: Festive Low-Carb Recipes for Every Occasion by Kristie H. Sullivan, PhD 

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Title: Keto Gatherings 
             Festive Low-Carb Recipes for Every Occasion 
Author: Kristie H. Sullivan, PhD 
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Cookbook
Details:  Softcover with 368 pages.
ISBN: 978-1-628603-49-1
How Did I Acquire This Book: I purchased this book from Amazon in January 2019
      Purchase Price was $20.80 (on sale)

Overview: Keto Gatherings starts with an introduction and a few pages from the author titled, “My Food is a Love Story”.  Then you will find an Ingredients Guide, Alternative Ingredients for Low Carb Baking, Sweeteners and Flavorings, Making Substitutions, Tips and Tricks for those Baking with Trepidation, Cooking Tools and Equipment, Guide to Using Recipes and Nutritional Information. Read more

the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

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Title: the life-changing magic of tidying up:
           the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
Author: marie kondo
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Cleaning & Organizing
How did I get this book: I purchased the book in April of 2015
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Overview: Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). Read more

Magic Eye II 3D Illusions by N.E. Thing Enterprises

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Title: Magic Eye II
Author: 3D Illusions by N.E. Thing Enterprises
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Games
Details: Hardcover
ISBN:
0-8362-7009-6
How did I get this book: I purchased the book many years ago
Get your own copy HERE
     Magic Eye
     Magic Eye II
     Magic Eye III (updated)
     Magic Eye Disney
     Magic Eye Anniversary Book
     Magic Eye Gallery
     Magic Eye Beyond 3D Improve Your Vision
     Harry Potter Magic Eye Book: 3D Magical Creatures, Beasts and Beings

Overview: 
3D illusions are a magical blend of artistic expression and computer graphic technology.  Instructions (from back of book): All you need to “see” the 3D illusion on the front cover are your two eyes and some patience!  To discover your Magic Eye, focus your eyes as if you were looking at a faraway object; this is called “diverging” your eyes.

One easy way to do this is to hold the book against your nose and very, very slowly pull the book away from your face.  Do not focus on the image; let the image come into focus.  Another way to do this is to focus on a reflection on the shiny cover, then just keep staring at the reflection. This may take several attempts. Be patient, eventually, the 3D image will magically appear.

Likes: What a fun book!  This was the second in the series and my family had as much fun with it, as they had with others in the series.  Some family members could easily see the images, while others struggled.  Most got the hang of it quickly, by allowing their eyes to relax and almost cross, letting the images come to life. Read more

Magic Eye III Visions: A New Dimension in Art

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Title: Magic Eye III Visions: A New Dimension in Art
Author: 3D Illusions by N.E. Thing Enterprises
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Games
Details: Hardcover
Pages: 32
ISBN:
0-8362-7017-7
How did I get this book: I purchased the book many years ago
Get your own copy HERE
     Magic Eye
     Magic Eye II
     Magic Eye III (updated)
     Magic Eye Disney
     Magic Eye Anniversary Book
     Magic Eye Gallery
     Magic Eye Beyond 3D Improve Your Vision
     Harry Potter Magic Eye Book: 3D Magical Creatures, Beasts and Beings

Overview: 3D illusions are a magical blend of artistic expression and computer graphic technology.  Instructions (from back of book): All you need to “see” the 3D illusion on the front cover are your two eyes and some patience!  To discover your Magic Eye, focus your eyes as if you were looking at a faraway object; this is called “diverging” your eyes.

One easy way to do this is to hold the book against your nose and very, very slowly pull the book away from your face.  Do not focus on the image; let the image come into focus.  Another way to do this is to focus on a reflection on the shiny cover, then just keep staring at the reflection. This may take several attempts. Be patient, eventually, the 3D image will magically appear. Read more

Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake by Pearl Wolf

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Title: Gorilla Baby
           The Story of Patty Cake
Author: Pearl Wolf
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Children’s (Vintage)
Details: Hardcover, 30 pages
Copyright: 1974
How did I get this book: I purchased the book from a yard sale

Overview: Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake is a true story about the surprise birth of a gorilla baby to Congo and Lulu of the Central Park Zoo in the ’70s. It’s a story told through clear text and startling black and white photographs. Read more

Phone Calls, Facetime and Chats. How Can These Keep You Moving?

Ready for another movement tip?

"Mobile Chat | www.stephsneckofthewood.com" Phone calls, Face Time, etc. … is a great way to connect and stay in touch with loved ones and friends, especially during this time!

Sometimes I can get a bit chatty, I’ll admit it.  Why not take advantage and grab your cordless/mobile phone/ipad and walk around while you chat?  

As of the posting of this tip, many people are working from home. Why not take that conference call on the move?  Take advantage, get up and get some steps. Get that blood circulating! Continue reading “Phone Calls, Facetime and Chats. How Can These Keep You Moving?”

Little Gorilla: A Book by Ruth Bornstein

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Title: Little Gorilla
Author: Ruth Bornstein
Category: Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Details: Hardcover, 31 pages
ISBN: 0-39528773-1
How did I get this book: I purchased the book many years ago, to read to my youngest son

Overview: An adorable short story about a gorilla and those around him.

Likes: 
This book is a short, easy read and wonderful when you need something quick and cute for children. Read more

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (aka The Frugal Zealot)

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Title: The Complete Tightwad Gazette
Author: Amy Dacyczyn (aka The Frugal Zealot)
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Thrifty Tips
Format: Softcover, 959 pages
ISBN: 0-375-75225-0
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago

Overview: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle.
The author established herself as the expert of economy.  The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in this book format.

Many years ago (back in the 1990s) I had a subscription to The Tightwad Gazette newsletter, 1990-1996.  I loved it and looked forward to each issue. I had no idea that the issues were compiled into not only one book, but three.  Then, this book was written encompassing all three previous books along with new information.  When I stumbled across it, years after I had received the final newsletter issue, I was thrilled, and bought it on the spot.  It has been on my shelf for many years and although I have enjoyed all the tips, it may be time for it to be passed on to someone who has not yet experienced all the thrifty tips it contains. Read more

Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? by Katherine Smith

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Title: Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs?
Author: Katherine Smith
               Consultant: Nicola Davies
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Details: Hardcover, 32 pages
ISBN: 1-57768-949-6
How did I get this book:
 I purchased the book from a yard sale

Overview: (From the back cover) Do you know why gorillas don’t have long tails? Do you know why they eat vegetarian instead of hamburgers? Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? explores these questions and many more. The fantastic illustrations and the easy-to-understand text reveal how the characteristics and behaviors of gorillas allow them to survive in their unique environment. Read more

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues,” sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure.” However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind. Why not get family and/or friends involved and make a day of it?

No time to devote an entire day?  No worries! Many of these treasure hunts can be completed in a short amount of time. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!”