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Tuesday 3 December 2013

Day 3: 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Win 4 Awesome Books From Viva Editions!

I'm not one who will pick up a novel and read it, nor am I someone who reads the newspaper. I do however, read stuff online, as well as read and collect recipes. I'm not a professional chef, but I do enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, and following and trying out new recipes... to make them my own. I recently came across the company Viva Editions, which is a book company that offer all kinds of books... especially ones to help you out in the kitchen!

They offer books that inform, enlighten, and entertain. The very name, "Viva!", is celebratory. And while Viva Editions is a line of books that are as fun as they are informational, the intention behind Viva is very serious... these are books that are truly helpful and intended to enhance people's lives. The company was founded at a pivotal point in time, as the stock market plummeted, the economy softened, and businesses tightened and cut back. Viva focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life. In short, Viva is about the very best in the human spirit.

I was sent four books to review: 
Lemons and Lavender, by Billie Sharp
The Lazy Gourmet, by Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin
The Fatigue Prescription, by Linda Hawes Clever, MD
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk

Lemons and Lavender, by Billie Sharp

This book has hundreds of ideas for a healthy, happy and frugal home. It will give you tools to help you reclaim a purer, yummier, healthier and less expensive way of living. The author shares her approach to budgeting in this step-by-step guide to the good life... which I found to be quite useful in my home. I read this book from start to finish the first day I received it.

Learn how to cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs to household appliances and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender. Billee Sharp’s friendly voice and practical wisdom prove that thrift is a virtue.

Creative ideas inside Lemons and Lavender:
 • Garden-to-table recipes for every meal
 • Eco-deco ideas for furnishing your home
 • Recipes for nontoxic cleaners, house paint and more
 • Start a seed sharing garden with your neighbors
 • Easy-to-make gifts with handcrafted gift wrap
 • Grow your own cup of delicious herbal tea
 • Learn to use organic sea salts, skin scrubs and detox bath therapies

The Lazy Gourmet, by Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin

"Food that's simple, seasonal, fresh and doable." - Joanne Weir

This book is for anyone who dreams of dazzling their family and friends with awesome home-cooked meals. The recipes in this book are geared to be short on time, fairly easy for those lacking in skill or experience when it comes to cooking. The book has a collection of over 125 easy recipes, many party worthy dishes. With the easy recipes and useful tips and tricks, The Lazy Gourmet shows that anyone can prepare delightfully simple, yet delicious and sophisticated dishes that would certainly impress.

This book was right up my alley... if it takes longer then 30 minutes, then I'm not interested! These recipes were simple and easy to make, as the instructions were super simple to follow. Every recipe uses minimal amount of ingredients, in which most homes would regularly carry most of the ingredients on hand.

The Fatigue Prescription, by Linda Hawes Clever, MD

Are you someone who frequently gets stressed out? Do you find that your energy level isn't what it used to be? If this sounds familiar, then this book would be perfect for you. The book provides a straight-forward guide to taking care of your whole self.  It's filled with tips, self-assessment guides, and practical wisdom.

The book actually reminds me of many sessions of cognitive therapy, group style. With it's many charts and guides to follow along the way throughout the book, it helps make you aware, and transition you into a better you!

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk

This is a recipes-filled guide to eating better on a low budget. It will show you how to creatively use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful, inexpensive meals for any occasion. The book covers everything from roasting coffee at home to coming up with inexpensive, crave-worthy casseroles and whipping up snacks on a budget. With hundreds of yummy dishes and expert advice, this cookbook will keep you living well and eating better.

This is another book out of the bunch that I really enjoyed. I had fun testing out a few recipes, and my family and friends did as well! They're super simple to make, with instructions that even a beginner would be able to follow. The recipes take common items that you'd normally have in your home, and help you create something that will have your mouth watering for more.

Interested in getting your own Viva Editions products? Of course you are! Click here to visit and grab your items today!

Thanks to Viva Editions one lucky reader has a chance to win the same books that I reviewed! To qualify you must be 18+, and be a resident of US/CA.

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I received an item(s), in exchange for my honest opinion, and a review of my experience. I did not receive any other compensation or incentive nor was I required to write a positive review. Individual results or experiences may vary.

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