The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness by Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP

I’m thrilled to take part today in the PR by the Book’s virtual book tour for Dr. Jill Grimes’ new book of health for the college student. Geared towards the first-time-on-their-own young adult, this handy little book covers everything from head to toe (and in between!).

My daughter, who is almost 17, and I took a look at this handbook and found it to be great for many things right now! For instance, achy ankle? Here are some exercises to do. Headache? Some reasons why and some steps to take. Nosebleeds? What’s going on and what to do. When to see the doctor and when to worry (or not). It’s all in here!

Thank you so much for sharing this helpful book with us. It will go to college with Anne when she goes!

Dr. Grimes is a nationally recognized medical media expert, author and mom. Find her online at

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Cookbook Review: A Good Food Day by Marco Canora with Tammy Walker

I received this cookbook through Blogging for Books. I’m a bit of a cookbook junkie and I love checking out new recipes!

The premise of this book is that food that is good for you doesn’t need to be bland or unexciting — it can taste good. That way, you can make every day a “good food” day!

At the beginning of the book, author/chef/restaurateur Marco Canora goes into his back story for a bit, telling how he really didn’t eat well or take care of himself until suddenly, in his 40’s, all his numbers were off and he was overweight and on his way to Type II diabetes. He moved to eating clean, wholesome foods – with lots of fresh veggies – and this book is chock full of his yummy recipes! (For instance, tomorrow for dinner I am making his pork tenderloin medallions, cook with a pan gravy that includes fennel, garlic, and white wine, with roasted lemon asparagus with pesto). His recipes are easy to follow and include what I would consider basic kitchen ingredients, assuming you have a well-stocked pantry/fridge. I haven’t seen anything I couldn’t pick up at my local grocery store or any recipe that should take hours to prepare (yes — some soups simmer for a while, but I don’t need to stand over them).

I’m so glad I chose this selection as it will be a staple in our kitchen!

Thank you Blogging for Books for my copy!

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Review: Simple Skincare, Beautiful Skin: a Back-to-Basics Approach by Ahmed Abdullah, MD

I found this little gem on Net Galley, and since I’m a person who has ten thousand products in her bathroom, I couldn’t wait to read it!
“Simple Skincare, Beautiful Skin” is a great primer on basic skin care. Dr. Abdullah starts with the facts so that the average person can understand their skin. By reviewing how skin “works” he then proposes his approach: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, protect. Lots of information is given which helps the reader to decide what products to use and what products are unnecessary. Additionally, he has special chapters on understanding and treating acne and also the special needs of skin that has undergone cancer treatment (radiation, etc.).

I just loved this book! I found it so readable and so interesting. I have always been a bit obsessed with beauty products, but since reading this book, I feel I am a more educated consumer. Some product claims that sounded too good to be true to me, or illogical, really are! Also, Dr. Abdullah has his own line of skin care products and I’ll be honest: I was afraid that the book would turn into a commercial for them, but it does not. Except for a few references to his “skin care line”, I would have only found information on his products in his bio.

I’d recommend this book for those who want to better understand their skin. There is something in this book for all ages, teen to older adult.

Thanks, Net Galley and Green Leaf Book Group Press, for my copy!
This book releases on 9/1/12.

Review: Ron Kardashian’s 30-Second Solution

Through my newfound obsession, Net Galley, I received a free ARC copy of Ron Kardashian’s upcoming new book on my kindle for review. The full title of this work is “Ron Kardashian’s 30-Second Solution: Transform your Body, Business, Relationships, and Life in Just Seconds at a Time”. It is due to come out in early October.

According to Ron’s premise in this book (which I would consider “self-help”), most of the decisions we make in a day are made in 30 seconds or less. Do I order the donut or the low-fat muffin? Do I wear my seat belt? Do I sign on the dotted line? Ron focuses on the power of positive thinking, the power of making good choices and actions, and the power of words. What am I saying? Thinking? Doing? According to Ron, you can make positive changes in your life by keeping these thoughts and actions positive and healthy. “If you believe it, you can become it” is the type of thing he is espousing. Ron also inserts some research on brain studies showing the power of positive thoughts and actions. “You can change your brain!” kind of stuff. I will admit, I was less impressed with this type of data (I’m one of those people who need to read the whole original study in a medical journal – period – before I take incredible results to heart. But that’s just me!). Ron is a “life coach” by day – and I found on the internet that he is also a pastor (I’m not sure of what denomination if you are wondering). Ron “coaches” his readers to make a better life by focusing on what they are thinking, saying, and doing each day.

To be honest, when I put in for this book I missed the fact that Ron’s last name was Kardashian. When the book arrived I thought: “Wait — not Kardashian like that family on tv??” I will admit: I don’t want much reality tv (though I confess to a fondness for America’s Got Talent), and I wasn’t sure who or what this guy was – but his last name made me wonder. A little internet searching showed me that Ron is a relative of the well-known sisters and a pastor. He is a life coach and seems like a really positive and healthy person. I enjoyed reading his book. I have to agree with Ron, too: much of the decisions we make each day are quick, yet can yield long-term consequences. How many times do we say “If only…”? If everyone thought more positively and acted healthily and positively, the world would probably be a kinder, gentler place. However, while I agree that negative thoughts and action can only hurt, I have to stop short of thinking that positive thoughts always yield results. If everyone was able to say: “I’m going to get this job!” before an interview and it yielded direct results, well – I think our employment rate would be much lower. I can’t tell you how often I’ve gone into an audition thinking “I’m going to nail this song!” and did – and then thought “I did great! That part is mine!” and I didn’t get it. Sometimes there are things in life that we can’t control. It’s good to just accept that gracefully.

Ron’s Christian faith does shine through in this book. His earlier work was an exercise book with “God” in the title. This one seems toned down – I never saw Ron listed as “pastor” in this book, but did on the internet. This is fine to me – as a Christian it never turns me off when people work God in to the equation; however, I could see how some people might not like that element. For some reason, this book reminded me of Dr. Oz. I don’t watch his show (unless  it’s on when I’m on the treadmill at the gym) but an incredible amount of people quote Dr. Oz to me. People will say (often they are women friends of mine) “Well, Dr. Oz says…” or “I heard Dr. Oz say…” like they know him. Dr. Oz has that friendly, personal quality. To me, Ron Kardashian falls in the same category. You feel like you’ve been coached by him in a session once you’ve reached the end of his book. You really feel like he has your best interests at heart. I’ll be curious to see if some of my friends start quoting him to me…

Thanks, HCI, for my review copy!