November Book Giveaway: Weelicious and Weelicious Lunches (Two Books!!)

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For the last book giveaway in November, I’m going big: two cookbooks from Weelicious!! I’m so excited to share these books with you! I think that they are perfect for a family that is struggling with picky eaters as well as a family that has great eaters, but is ready to try some new recipes!

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I blogged about the first book back in 2012. The second book came out last year and I never blogged about it. I think I’ve already explained that last year was a very rough year for me. If you didn’t hear about this book last year, well here’s your chance to win it!

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I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to find inspiration to pack school lunches every single day. My current lunch-packing situation is tough because his lunches have to be nut free with the added complication of every packaged product has to be made in a nut-free facility. Charlie’s gluten free so I pretty much have to stick with the Enjoy Life brand. But it’s really a challenge because now he’s sick of everything I’ve been sending him! I’m cracking open this book again — I know it will save me!

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Let’s cut to the chase — to enter into the drawing for TWO Weelicious cookbooks, please comment below on or before Sunday November 30th. I’ll generate a random number and announce the winner the first week of December! Good luck!!

 I received copies of these books to review (awhile ago!). Regardless, opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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The winner of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is #3:

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Congrats Aaron!

November Book Giveaway: Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

Next up for November is: “Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes.

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I received a copy of this book over a year ago and I didn’t blog about it. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to share it with you. Instead, I was overwhelmed by family stuff last year. Then my step-mom saw that I had the book on my shelves and asked to have it! So with the book no longer in my possession, I couldn’t give it away to a reader, which is what I really like to do. I kind of stalled out at that point.

I contacted Elana and explained things, and she said she would have no trouble sending a copy to a reader of the blog! How wonderful is she to do that?

What I like about this book is that Elana starts out giving the reader an idea about what the “paleo diet” is all about. This was the first book I ever owned devoted to Paleo eating and I still felt nebulous about the concept of eating grain free. Elana describes it well and then she goes on to share what basic ingredients you need to have on-hand to cook the Paleo way straight from your own cupboard.

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry shares some terrific staple recipes that people can rely on to create some of their favorite comfort foods (chicken, pancakes, and brownies to name a few). But then she also reaches to create some things that I had never heard of before including Paleo sesame noodles. I liked that it is a slim book, which is easier to cook from than a heavy tome.

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Please comment below to enter (and if you have been trying all month to win a book, please continue to enter each week!) and I will choose a winner on 11/22!

I received a copy of this book to review. Regardless, opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Without further adieu, the winner of Slim By Design is Comment #13:

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Comment #13 was created by Carole! I’ll be emailing you shortly!!!!

November Book Giveaway: Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life

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Dr. Brian Wansink is at it again with some more amazing research. When I last heard about him, he was researching school lunch lines. He found that when chocolate milk was placed in the back of the cooler instead of the front, more children took white milk without complaining. He also found that if a fruit was offered in a pretty bowl (nothing fancy, just a decorative bowl — could be from the dollar store potentially) that students were more likely to take fruit. Furthermore, if that pretty bowl was lit up with a small lamp (reading size), fruit consumption increased even more.

The human brain is fascinating, isn’t it? After reading about his research, I feel like Harvard MBAs are tricking me to overspend in all the different places I visit when I shop.

But Dr. Brian Wansink wrote this book so that we can learn those same tricks so that we consume and spend less. Slim by Design is a wonderfully insightful book that just came out in September! I think you will really enjoy it — please comment below by 11/14/14 to enter the giveaway! I will announce a winner on 11/15!

I received a copy of this book to review (which is the copy I’m giving away). Regardless, opinions expressed in this review are my own.

**Last week’s winner of the cookie cutter book was comment #14**

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Sarah (sarah-m email acct) — I’ll be emailing you!

I considered not voting…

– I considered not voting on Tuesday.

– I considered not voting because I don’t relate with anyone running.

– I considered not voting because I’m not a white male.

– I considered not voting because I’m exhausted.

– I considered not voting because I don’t have a lot of money and I have an ordinary job.

– I considered not voting because I don’t feel very important or powerful.

– I considered not voting because I’m confused about who really means what they say.

– I considered not voting because I’m really depressed about where I think this country is headed.

– I considered not voting because I think the rich control everything anyway.

– I considered not voting because I stopped watching TV since there was no viewpoint that didn’t have an agenda.

– I considered not voting because I’m just a mom.

– I considered not voting because I know that on Tuesday I’m going to have to rush home to get something on the table to feed my hungry boys.

– I considered not voting because I don’t think my voice matters.

Then I read that 36% of people don’t vote. Those people don’t vote even though our ancestors fought and died for this right.

So on Tuesday I’m going to make time to vote.

– I’m voting because I don’t relate with anyone running — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I’m not a white male — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I’m exhausted — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I don’t have a lot of money and I have an ordinary job — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I don’t feel very important or powerful — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I’m confused about politicians and their messages — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I’m depressed about where I think this country is headed — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I think the rich control everything — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I stopped watching TV — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because I’m just a mom — my voice matters.

– I’m voting because even though I have to rush home and feed the family, my voice matters!

Dinner can wait!

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Charlie, 6 weeks old, when I voted in 2008! 

November Book Giveaway: You Can’t Judge a Cookie by Its Cutter

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but winter is my least favorite season. To keep myself going, each week I’m going to be giving away several interesting books that have come my way over the past months as well as some books I’ve received over a year ago.

First up, this delightful cookie book:

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It’s brand new and being released next week!

I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity and bringing that into my work with students. How does someone take a shape and think of it in new way? This book is about cookies, but I think it’s also about taking an ordinary object like a cookie cutter, twisting and turning it, and imagining other possibilities.

Patti Paige is the author and chef behind the cookies and she runs a website called Baked Ideas.

Not only does the book contain the author’s exquisitely designed cookies, but she include her seven favorite cookie recipes, which include a whole wheat, vegan, and gluten free recipes.

Definitely a fun addition to your cookbook collection. Comment below by midnight 11/7 to enter in my giveaway. I will chose a name on Saturday 11/8. You Can’t Judge a Cookie by Its Cutter is available wherever books are sold on Tuesday November 4th.

I received a copy of this book to review (which is the copy I’m giving away). Regardless, opinions expressed in this review are my own.