Review: ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power

ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power
Notes: Review copy provided by NetGalley.
Yoga, Spirituality, Children's
Print (32 pages, STAFFORD)
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids uses the alphabet, rhyming vignettes, and colorful illustrations to introduce children to yoga in a kid-friendly way. Each of the 56 different poses featured in the book delightfully promote flexibility, strength, and coordination while encouraging children to incorporate healthy activity into their daily lives. Yoga is a noncompetitive form of exercise, suitable for children (and adults) of all ages and athletic abilities. Any activity for young children is important because the nation, including our youth, is under siege by obesity, stress, and diseases like diabetes, which stem from poor diet and lack of exercise. Yoga for young kids will create good habits and a foundation for well-being. Children have a lot of fun learning new positions, new letters, and new ideas. This book will delight and bring joy to the early yoga practitioner. (Ages 8-12)

No pictures means not for us. (2 stars)

My daughter loved Good Morning Yoga so I thought perhaps she'd enjoy the ABC's of Yoga for Kids as well. Even though it's geared toward the 8-12 set and my child is only 6, I grew up with a yogi in the family so I know age really isn't a big deal. Alas, this book had no pictures to show the child what the pose should look like and that simply did not work for us.

Maybe... just maybe, if you have a child in the target age range who is already experienced in basics this would be a good choice. Otherwise, I say skip it.


Book Review: The Beauty Vol. 1 by Jason Hurley & Jeremy Haun

The Beauty Vol. 1 by Jason Hurley & Jeremy Haun
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Digital/Print (164 pages, IMAGE)
Imagine a sexually transmitted disease that makes those infected better looking... a disease people want. That disease is real, and it's called the Beauty. Two years after the Beauty burst onto the scene, over half of America is infected. Now, it looks like the downside may be far worse than anyone suspected. Detectives Vaughn and Foster find themselves on the front line of the battle against the Beauty, embroiled in a conspiracy they never knew existed. Collects THE BEAUTY #1-6.

Not quite worth the hype but good. (4 stars)

 After seeing lots of buzz about The Beauty I decided to give it a try. The idea of a STD that grants beauty to the infected and how it would affect the world seemed pretty brilliant. I really liked Vaughn and Foster and found their stories pretty gripping but ultimately I didn't quite love the book as a whole. It's good, but not mind blowing. It's enjoyable, but predictable.

Artistically I found it alright but nothing wow-worthy and that's fine. This is definitely the kind of book where you want the story to be the wow and the art to support it rather than the other way around. Overall, it was a good read and I might pick up the next volume to see where the rabbit hole leads.


It's not just for grandma anymore...

100% Pure Rosewater by Joyal Beauty-Organic Bulgarian Rose Otto Hydrosol 
Notes: Complimentary product for review.
Product Details: Bring You The Best Rose Water With Love - 100% Pure Rosewater. Purest Form on the market. No added artificial rose fragrance. No alcohol. No irritation. First water from natural organic rose pedals. No chemical residues. Unlike other cheap rose absolute rosewater with strong smell and chemical residues, this rosewater is more pure, refined, and smells more natural and softer. It can provide more benefits to all skin types and hair types than other rosewater.✔ Unique and Finest Rosewater in the World - Steam Distilled from Rose Damascena in Bulgaria Rose Valley -Best Rose Area in the world which provides just right condition to this unique rose-which is recognized as a unique type of rose with different properties from roses cultivated elsewhere and is widely considered as the finest in the world.✔ All Natural Rose Water Face Toner Spray- Help to maintain skin's pH balance; Hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin; Calm and cool skin;✔ Good for Skin Health for Daily Use- Fight acne, dermatitis and eczema; Reduce pigmentation; Strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues; Revitalize aging skin and fight fine lines and wrinkles.✔ All Natural Rose Water Hair Spray- Enhance and nourish hair. Help to treat mild scalp inflammations and dandruff. Make you feel good and romantic.
Ingredients: Rose Otto Hydrosol

It's not just for grandma anymore... (5 Stars)

I've always thought of rosewater as being one of those old fashioned beauty treatments reserved for grandmas. For the most part, I'm really not a roses kind of woman, they're okay but the I can take them or leave them in terms of fragrance. But my recent quest to tone down my beauty regimen and use more natural products had me eager to see if it could prove to be more modern than dowdy. I'm really happy to say that thanks to Joyal Beauty, thinking of this as a granny product is a thing of the past.

First of all, the scent is light and fresh, not heady and cloying as roses can sometimes be. I find it really pleasant and barely there. I tried using it in my hair but my hair didn't care for it (which could be a result of being no-poo for a couple of years now) and I found it too weighty for me. But what I do love it for is as a post-workout refresher and after-shower moisturizer for face, neck, and chest. I even like it for my legs. I also recently read that the scent of roses can help with insomnia and have found a light mist before bed is just the thing—for both women and men!

If you've spent years like me, thinking rosewater was a beauty secret reserved for your great-grandma I say think again. This is a fantastic product that really deserves a comeback in popularity. Love it!


Love the adult coloring boom? You'll want to have these!

US Art Supply® Jewelescent® - 96 Gel Pen Set - Professional Artist Quality Gel Ink Pens in Vibrant Colors

Notes: Complimentary product provided in exchange for review.
Product Details: MEGA SET OF 96 UNIQUE GEL PENS: Incredible vibrant and bold colored assortment of superior artist quality gel pens that include Classic, Glitter, Metallic, Neon, Pastel and Swirl Colors, (2 pens of 48-unique colors). Super smooth writing every time. Safe for children. Perfect for the young aspiring artist to the established art professional.
PROFESSIONAL QUALITY: Pens are non-toxic and acid-free with superior archival quality long lasting vibrant inks that don't smear, fade or skip. Exceptional writing pens that provide consistent free-flowing ink with a smooth glide that allows you to create perfect lines with every use. Strong durable 0.8 to 1.0 mm tips.
UNLIMITED USES: Let your imagination run wild when using these artist quality gel pens, as they're ideal for drawing, sketching, coloring, scrapbooking, crafting, doodling or anything else that allows you to show off your creative side like greeting cards, invites, decorating, nail art, tattoos & more!
CONVENIENT STORAGE: Pens are stored in 8 convenient organizer trays with individual spots to hold each pen, so you can keep all your pens neatly organized and ready for use.

Another winner! (5 Stars)
This is my second set of Jewelescent gel pens from US Art Supply and it will not be my last. I loved my first set so much that several of them have been emptied. I love them so much I actually started using them in my planner in addition to coloring in my coloring books.

This is actually TWO sets of 48 pens so if you want to go in halvesies with a friend or split it between two grandkids it's a nice set to divide. Or, if you're as avid of a user as I am, just keep the backup set for later.

The only thing I dislike in these sets is the swirl pens. I hate them and I wish they would not include them. I wind up giving them to my kindergartner. Other than that the only other thing worth mentioning that could be a negative is the box and trays, I wound up swapping mine into a cute zippered pencil case because I got sick of scratching myself on the awkward plastic corners.

Overall, this is a great set for the price point. I have had zero problems with any of the pens, they all write beautifully and are superb for adult coloring books if you want something a little more vivid than colored pencils. I especially recommend them if you like the touch of shimmer and glitter that you can get with gel pens. Highly recommend!

Add on to your purchase, get one of these fantastic coloring books:

Review: Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

Notes: ARC received from NetGalley.
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Children's, Social Issues, Animals
Print (32 pages, ANNICK PRESS)
There’s something very different going on in the raven’s nest.
When the eggs hatch, a pink girl emerges from one of the shells, along with her black raven siblings. Loving raven parents take their little Rosie just the way she is.
In the beginning, Rosie tries to do everything her siblings do. She opens her mouth to receive worms from her parents, tries to caw until she is hoarse, and wildly flaps her arms in an attempt to fly. The neighbors offer encouragement. “Rub it with birch leaves. That will make its feathers grow!”
Rosie finally realizes she is different. Maybe she can’t caw or fly, but a world of discovery awaits her nonetheless.
Helga Bansch’s exquisite artwork of collages and colored images, including comic-style panels, bring humor, mood, and emotion to Rosie’s story. The reader is drawn to Rosie from the instant she pushes herself from the egg, smiling and happy to greet her family, oblivious to her differences.
 (5-8 years)

Delightfully illustrated! (4 stars)

I wish my daughter and I had enjoyed this one more. The story was weird and normally we both like weird. It just didn't work well for us. That said, I loved its concept, the execution was just lost it on a 6 year old. Not loving the execution of the story aside, Bransch's illustrations were marvelous. The color choices were unexpected and truly beautiful in their roughness.

It might be a better choice for children closer to 8 years of age when the desire to fit in starts becoming more prevalent in children. We didn't love it but it was certainly likable, maybe a good choice to borrow from the library or donate to your school's counseling program.


The #1 Reason Your Should Preview Adult Coloring Books Before Buying

Aquarium Depot - The Amazing Reef Coloring Book Volume 1 by Christina Duncan
Notes: Product received via giveaway.
Coloring Book, Animals
Print (28 pages, N/A)
Adult coloring books are growing in popularity because thousands of people find it relaxing, helps you decompress, and let their inner child out to play while opening up creativity. Many of the books on the market are centered on patterns but we cater to you reef lovers. They are a little more detailed than a child's book but also designed for you to interpret the colors as you want to see them. These pages were patterned for you to enjoy your free time diving into one of your passions, the ocean. You should not be limited to the color palette you see in your tank or on your next reef dive. Pick a color at random and jump in. Now we understand that many adults probably haven't colored a page in over 20 years. Crayons were great as a child but grown ups should probably use grown up materials. So we recommend colored pencils as you can blend them to make realistic works of art. Colored pencils can get into the fine areas that a crayon is too thick to fill. We favor Prismacolor Colored Pencils for their smooth blendable and layerable results. The key is to go in lightly and build up color slowly instead of pressing hard.
Art markers would be another high end choice as they leave a brilliant color that jumps off the page but may take a little longer to learn to when it comes to shading. If using markers, we recommend a sheet of paper behind the page you are coloring to ensure no bleed through. You can also use Watercolor Pencils. We suggest removing the page and taping it to a clean hard surface like glass after you have colored the page. Then you can apply clean water to the page with a small brush. Be careful how you mix areas. For instance, if too much water blends a red into a green... it's going to turn brown. The effects with some practice can be amazing and is a great way to learn how to paint in watercolor. The most spectacular aspect of a coloring book is no two people will color a page exactly the same. It becomes your art. So get creative, do something different but most of all have fun in your spare time.

Someone is trying to cash-in... (1 stars)

My husband is an aquarium enthusiast so every once in a while I find something that seems like a neat gift to feed his interest. Since one of his other interests is art I thought this would make a great just-because gift since I recently bought him the really huge, really expensive set of Prismacolors he has been eyeballing for a few years. I guess I should have looked closer because when it arrived I took one look at the book and got downright mad.

Not only is this not really a coloring book, the actual printing is awful. Five pages had big black ink blots on them, some in clusters even! But the real kicker was that all someone did was take someone's beautiful coral reef photography and run a Photoshop filter on them to make them black and white. There aren't lines to color in! I made a noble attempt anyway but it's so poorly done and printed that you just really can't color it decently unless you're an actual artist.

I would NOT recommend this to those wanting to purchase a coloring book. If you'd like to purchase some inexpensive aquatic... I don't even know what to refer to this as... to remove and frame for a bathroom or something maybe you'd find this worth buying. Otherwise, I'd recommend a very strong pass, for a few dollars more you'll find several beautiful coloring books done by real artists, not someone trying to make a buck off a trend.

I recommend instead:


Review: Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: April 1st, 2016
Fairytales, Children's, Retelling
On her way to Grandma's house, Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf. Now, that might scare some little girls--but not this little girl! She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she s not going to let him get away with it. In this updated fairy tale with a mischievous twist, talented newcomer Bethan Woollvin uses sly humor, striking visuals, and a dark irreverence to turn a familiar tale on its head.

Delightfully clever! (5 stars)

Little Red is an amusing and truly smart take on the classic fairytale. It's always been one of my personal favorites so I adore a good twist or retelling and this is probably my favorite children's version. I read it to myself and later my 6 year old who went absolutely bananas over it, making me read it over and over and then doing a pretty good job of reading it to me.

If you've ever wanted to see a version of Little Red Riding Hood where she's smart as a whip, this is it.

Other great retellings of this classic for varying age groups:


Review: Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting

Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Parenting, Humor, Comics
Ebook/Print (128 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)
Parenting can be a magical journey full of bliss and wonder . . . if you're on the right meds. For the rest of us, it's another thing altogether. Fowl Language Comics takes an unvarnished look at the tedium and aggravation of parenting, while never forgetting that the reason we put up with those little jerks is that we love them so damn much. By poking fun at the daily struggles parents face, these cartoons help all of us feel less alone in our continual struggle to stay sane.
Brian Gordon, creator of Fowl Language Comics, has two small children of his own and knows well the trials and tribulations that go along with raising them. With more than eighteen years of experience in humorous illustration, writing, and cartooning, Brian's visual point of view is memorable, authentic, and instantly recognizable. From Brian: "They say 'write what you know.' Well, I don’t know much, but I do know what it’s like to be the father of two brilliant, beautiful, bat-shit-crazy kids."
Launched in July 2013, the relatable humor of Fowl Language broke out on HuffPost Parents, Pop Sugar Moms, Bored Panda, Awkward Family Photos, and countless other humor and parenting blogs. Thanks to more than 200,000 fans on social media, including Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, it continues to grow in popularity at a rapid pace.


Your parenting pain in comics (5 stars)

Being a parent is awesome...ly difficult. Fortunately, there are millions of people out there who know your pain. Be it the epic saga of trying to get a toddler to eat or the nights and days of sleeplessness and diaper blow-outs, you are far from alone. Even better, all of your struggles can be pretty funny when you think about it.

It's been a while since I picked up a humor book that gave me genuine chuckles from cover to cover. Fowl Language comics have crossed my social media feeds plenty of times but this collected tome has some of my favorites and reminded me that we're all just trying to keep our spawn alive and thriving. Sometimes even asking for the latter is a stretch. But a good dose of humor about it can make it the one job you'll look back on fondly... in another 18 years anyway.

If you're a parent or know a parent-to-be I recommend you pick this one up and share the laughs. Makes a great baby shower gift! Loved it!

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Review: The Bone Broth Secret: A Culinary Adventure in Health, Beauty, and Longevity by Louise Hay and Heather Dane

The Bone Broth Secret: A Culinary Adventure in Health, Beauty, and Longevity by Louise Hay and Heather Dane

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Cookbook, Alternative Medicine, Health
Digital/Print (400 pages, HAY HOUSE)
When a forgotten, time-honored traditional food is rediscovered for its health and beauty benefits, we all pay attention. In this one-of-a-kind culinary adventure, internationally renowned self-help pioneerLouise Hay and “21st-century medicine woman” Heather Dane join together to explore a fresh and fun take on the art of cooking with bone broth, as well as the science behind its impressive curative applications.
Chock-full of research, how-tos, and tips, this inventive cookbook offers a practical, playful, and delicious approach to improving your digestion, energy, and moods. With over 100 gut-healing recipes for broths, elixirs, main dishes, breads, desserts—and even beauty remedies and cocktails—Louise and Heather will show you how to add a dose of nourishment into every aspect of your diet. You’ll also get entertaining stories along the way that remind you to add joy back onto your plate and into your life. Plus, you’ll find out how Louise not only starts her day with bone broth, but uses it as an ingredient in many of her meals as well—discovering why it is one of her secrets to vibrant wellness and longevity.
“Wherever I go, I’m asked, ‘How do you stay so healthy and young?’ Or I’m complimented on how beautiful my skin, hair, and nails look. I always say that the key is positive thoughts and healthy food. For many years, the staple of my diet has been bone broth. My doctors keep pointing out that my blood tests and other health-test results are better than people half my age. I tell them, ‘I’m a big, strong, healthy girl!’ Then I talk about bone broth. I want everyone to know about it because I believe it is an integral part of my health, energy, and vitality.”
— Louise Hay

Publisher Site: website

A rich resource presented in an approachable way! (5 stars)

I've wanted to learn more about bone broth since stumbling upon an interesting article about it on Pinterest a couple of years back. I've made plenty of stock in my slow cooker from turkey and chicken carcasses before but had never thought of it as a super food before. If you want to learn more about it and how to really benefit from it, I think this book is hands-down the best resource out there.

The approach is very down-to-earth and realistic. I loved the very personal nature in how Louise and Heather shared their knowledge and recipes. I felt as if I were sitting down with friends who were sharing their wisdom and life experience with me in an approachable, friendly way. They covered everything I could have asked about and more. I will be recommending this one to friends and fellow health and wellness interested fans and followers.

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Kick the cord for better workouts!

1byone Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless In-Ear Headphones with HD Stereo Sound and Ergonomic Design
Notes: Complimentary product received in exchange for review.
Product Details: With Bluetooth 4.1, supported by apt-X HD and 6th generation CVC tech, to ensure high-fidelity bilateral stereo sound and clear speech.
Smart indicator for battery level - when connected with iOS system, it will display the battery status of the headphone.
The ergonomic in-ears are very comfortable to wear and will remain in your ear at all levels of exercise.
Battery core from Panasonic, longer battery life, your training won't be interrupted.
Most reliable Bluetooth connectivity and stable responsive ability, pairing two devices, freely switching without any challenge, always keeping pace with you.

Easy as pie! (4 Stars)

I'm not an earbuds fan but I'm always on the lookout for things that will make my workouts more fun and less a chore. These earbuds didn't win me over to the earbud side but the sound quality and overall ease of set-up and use—including changing out the fittings and plugs—made them a set I would recommend to those who do find earbuds comfortable.

The cording is generous and easy to adjust, the controls are simple and responsive. If you're a fitness enthusiast in search of a reasonably priced bluetooth wireless set of earbuds I would suggest picking these up. Lightweight, generally comfortable, and well made.

Review: Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming

Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming

by Brenden Fletcher (Author), Annie Wu (Illustrator)
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Comics, Superheroes, Family
Ebook/Print (168 pages, DC COMICS)
Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage ... but she's quickly learning she'd die to protect the gang of misfits she's fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble ... and Dinah's not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why!
From the pages of BATGIRL, Martial arts, super-spies, and rock 'n' roll combine here in the superheroine's solo series BLACK CANARY VOL. 1. Written by Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and art by Annie Wu (HAWKEYE), this graphic novel collects BLACK CANARY #1-7.

Totally took me by (positive) surprise! (5 stars)

I honestly wasn't expecting to like this one in spite of all the praise it's been getting. I've never gravitated toward Black Canary as a character but I figured this was a good place to start giving her a shot. At first I was sure I was right and she just wasn't going to work for me... but as the plot progressed and the characters fleshed out I found myself falling in love with this story arc and the fantastic characters.

If you've been looking for a superheroine to start following this is a little edgy but a lot of fun and I loved the family-of-your-choosing feel of it. I'd definitely recommend!


Try This Special Way to Welcome Spring!

Coloring for All Seasons: Spring

Notes: Review sample provided by NetGalley.
Adult Coloring, Seasons
Print (96 pages, RIVER GROVE BOOKS)
Coloring for All Seasons “With the coming of spring, I am calm again.” –Gustav Mahler Spring is that captivating time of year when the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and plants come alive again. All across the globe, people shed their winter coats and step outside to celebrate this season with festivities and a collective appreciation of nature. Coloring is a meditative pastime that has been proven to help practitioners focus and relax. By concentrating on specific patterns and hues, coloring can unlock creative potential and help alleviate stress. Each step of the way, from the initial choice of which shades to use to the soothing act of filling in each design, Coloring for All Seasons: Spring is an invitation to unwind. We have carefully selected forty-six plates of spring flowers, butterflies, and animals to help immerse you fully in the season. Seasoned meditation practitioners and beginners alike will rejoice in Coloring for All Seasons: Spring. So grab your crayons, pencils, or markers and prepare to find a sense of inner calm. Within these pages of detailed patterns and inspiring beauty, we invite you to add some color to your world!
Publisher Site: website

A lush Spring coloring book, much recommended! (5 stars)

I find few things more calming and soothing for my generalized anxiety disorder than sitting down with a coloring book and focusing all of my energy into the selection and placement of color. So I am always on the lookout for adult coloring books that have different themes because my moods can be pretty weird and at one moment I might enjoy coloring an intricate dragon, another a pair of shoes, and yet another I might want something funny. I don't often find one that has a very floral-centric theme that I like though, so I was very excited to get an early look at COLORING FOR ALL SEASONS: SPRING.

Filled with beautiful flowers, delightful butterflies, and sayings that are heart-warming I found this one very lovely. Since my review copy was digital I didn't actually get to color the pages but the styles of art provided an excellent variety for colorists who enjoy different types from mandalas and tangles to simple line drawings. But as an experienced colorist I'd dare say you cannot go wrong with this one based on the art alone.

If you love coloring and enjoy the Spring season I highly recommend this one! I'm looking forward to seeing what this publisher will do with the other three seasons very, very much.

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Review: Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business

Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business

by Cameron Stewart (Author), Brenden Fletcher (Author), Babs Tarr (Illustrator)
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Ebook/Print (176 pages, DC COMICS)
All-star creative team Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr continue their fan-favorite run in BATGIRL: FAMILY BUSINESS, featuring guest-appearances by Dick Grayson, Batwoman, Spoiler, the students of Gotham Academy and more!
Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has made some big changes to her Batgirl alter ego. She has a new look, new support team and new home base in Burnside—Gotham’s trendiest neighborhood. But just when she’s hitting her stride, her father drops a bombshell: Babs isn’t the only masked crime-fighter in the family anymore. Jim Gordon is the new Batman.
After the original Batman fell fighting the Joker, the former police commissioner was given a high-tech super-suit and asked to take up the mantle. With a team of G.C.P.D. officers watching his every move, Jim Gordon’s new law-and-order Batman has zero tolerance for vigilantism. He’s been ordered to arrest any unsanctioned superhero in Gotham—and Batgirl is next!

Almost as good as Volume 1... (4 stars)

Another enjoyable installment of Batgirl but I felt like I couldn't enjoy it as well as the first volume because it became obvious you kinda need to be reading other books in the DC universe to know what's going on here. It wasn't totally problematic but I found myself a little confused as to why Jim Gordon was now Batman and in a robotic suit no less. I mean, yeah the blurb mentioned it but I didn't feel like I had enough info without having read those books too.

Overall, another fun read, I am loving the cast of characters so much. I'll definitely be in for Vol. 3!


If you hate adulting...

Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Humor, Comics, Graphic Novels
Ebook/Print (112 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)
These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.
Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious.

Side splittingly spot on! (5 stars)

Sometimes being an adult is awesome. You get to set your own bedtime. You get to eat all the donuts you want. You can even sleep in a bed of donuts if you want. But being an adult is also awful. If you stay up all night you'll be tired. If you eat all the donuts you'll barf. If you sleep on a bed of donuts... well, you'll probably get an ant problem.

Adulthood is a myth pretty much sums up in hilarious comics all of the pleasures and pitfalls of what being an adult is—or at least, should be. Having seen Andersen's comics floating around on social media I eagerly dove into this and laughed my head off. I also stayed up way past my bedtime and slept through my alarm thanks to it. Darn you adulthood!

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Review: Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates

Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Wellness, Children, Yoga, Mindfulness
Print/Ebook (36 pages, SOUNDS TRUE)
Yoga helps children learn how to focus, relax, and both self-monitor and self-soothe Good Morning Yoga instills these four skills and more, enabling children to jumpstart the day with energy and excitement-and meet the adventures that come with mindfulness and perspective.
Good Night Yoga tells the story of the world retiring for the evening-and a new generation of readers has fallen in love with the relaxing sequences and beautiful pictures that lead them to dreamland.Good Morning Yoga weaves gentle exercises with a heartwarming narrative and wonderful illustrations to empower children to manage the energies that visit throughout the day-from the "fiery volcano" to the "mountain quiet and still. Good Morning Yoga concludes with a visualization for kids to set intentions for the day.

My 6-year-old LOVES this book! (5 stars)

My daughter has watched me do POP Pilates and yoga at home for the past few years and she often wants to join in but most moves aren't so easy for a little body. So we were very impressed and delighted by both Good Morning Yoga's beauty and child-friendly poses. With vibrant illustrations and pose instructions that feel like a story it's a fun way to engage with the practice of yoga without it being too difficult or serious but also not silly and without mindfulness.

The only reason I would consider knocking a star off is simply that while I love the idea of morning yoga to get my child ready there's simply not the time for us. So we're eager to get a copy of Good Night Yoga, which is far more suited to our lifestyle and in my opinion, would probably be a better option for helping my active kindergartner wind down after our busy days.

No matter which of the two suits your child and your needs I recommend both because honestly no one says they have to be restricted to waking up or going to bed. Whenever your child needs a boost of energy go with Good Morning Yoga and whenever they could use some calming try Good Night Yoga.

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