• 10 Things You Can Do To Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

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    August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and bibliophiles all over the globe are about to get lit.

    If you don’t know what a bibliophile is, simply put, it’s a person who collects and loves the hell outta some books. There, see, by learning a new book lover term you already did one thing to get the party started. Here are nine other things you can do to keep the celebration going:

    Visit your local bookstore

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    As much as I love B&N I also make it a point to support my local independent stores. These stores service and support the community in ways that big chains don’t. My favorite independent store is Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene BK. They’re small but pack a powerful punch with their carefully curated selections and cozy atmosphere. I never walk out empty handed.

    Discover a new genre

    We all have our favorite categories to read but what if we decide to skip historical fiction (my fav for the past couple of years) and venture into the sci-fi section. Or instead of choosing fiction look at some non-fiction titles. You’ll never know what your hidden love is if you don’t go exploring.

    Start a new book

    We all have a stack of books that we’ll start “tomorrow”. Yeah, two years later the book is still there with 20 books stacked on top of it. Today is a great day to choose one, crack it open and read it through to the end. I have more than a dozen but here are 5 that will try to finish before the end of the year.

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    Finding Gideon
    Children of Blood and Bone
    The Perfect Nanny

    Get a library card

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    If you don’t have one then you owe it to yourself to carry yo ass to your nearest library and get one. And if you do have one, then head over and check a book or two out.

    Continue a book you stopped reading

    Our shelves are filled with books we’ve started and for whatever reason, never finished. This a perfect time to continue where you left off.

    Sniff some old books

    Only a true bibliophile will understand me here. There is something so alluring about opening a book, burying your face in its pages and inhaling deeply. It’s intoxicating, especially when the book is really old. The yellower the pages the more you wanna sniff it. Am I the only one who wants and old book air freshener?

    Signup for a Goodreads account

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    Yeah, yeah I know you don’t need another social account or log in to remember. But if you’re a book lover then this will be the only book based platform you’ll ever need. You log in and from there you can discover, rate and have conversations with fellow book lovers, and because you can connect it to your Facebook account you’ll be able to see your friends suggestions and ratings.

    Donate books to the less fortunate

    Contact your local libraries, schools, shelters or elderly homes etc. to find out about their book donation policy. You can also set a stack on your stoop and passersby like me will most def go through what you’ve left out. Whatever you choose, don’t throw them in the trash. Books do not belong in the trash.

    Give the gift of a book

    Who doesn’t love presents? Give someone you love the gift of a book they’ve been dying to read or a gift certificate so they can pick out their own book.

    How are you going to celebrate National Book Lovers Day?
  • Tips On Living The Chic Life From Molly Sims New Book ‘Everyday Chic’

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    *This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Proceeds go to keeping this site running.

    Molly Sims is back with a brand new book, ‘Everyday Chic‘ and in it she shares her secrets and tips that will help all of us live the chic life.

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    I love a good lifestyle book. Especially one that’s gonna help me in more than one that’s practical and easy for me to use myself. A couple examples of this are one thing in/one thing out for organizing closets and desk drawers. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a place to neatly store something when in fact I should be looking to store it in the garbage or in the donation bin. There’s also ways to step your house party game up from themes to decor and food.

    And that’s not all, Everyday Chic is also gonna to teach you:

    • Family-friendly meal hacks and time-saving techniques.
    • Party planning like a professional, so you can party like there’s no tomorrow.
    • Strategies for creating a zen-like space and kicking clutter to the curb.
    • The accessory rule for your house—always remove one piece from any room you’re decorating.
    • Prioritizing the positive without getting hung up on the perfect. Perfection is a unicorn!
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    This is the perfect gift between girlfriends. And I’d also recommend Molly’s first book The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple.
    Organization is like weight loss. Go lean.” – Molly Sims (click to tweet)

    *This event was hosted by The Moms Network and they were kind enough to gift me with a copy of Molly’s book. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Three Self-Help Journals That Will Transform Your Life For Self-Improvement Month

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    It’s September and you’re no doubt caught up in the hype of back to school. But what if I told you this is also the month for self-improvement. I wanna say this is not a coincidence.

    Usually, when people think of self-transformation it’s at the start of the new year. You know the whole new year new me type shit we all post when we know good and doggone well it’s same shit new year.

    Here are three self-help books you should check out for self-improvement month:

    pause by Danielle Marchant

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    Learn how to start putting yourself first and doing the things that make YOU happy with Marchant’s Pause. Understanding the importance of not allowing anyone to make you feel guilty about choosing to take care of you. And the most valuable of all, knowing when to pause by telling others no so you can stop putting so much on your plate.

    Calm by Michael Acton Smith

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    Based on the app of the same name. It’s a perfect start for someone who is interested in meditation. Calm provides fun easy to follow how-to tips and tricks that will help you find peace and focus, as well as increase your creativity and productivity which will ultimately lead to better mental and physical health.

    Surprise Yourself by Lisa Currie

    The purpose of Currie’s book is to help get you out of your shell. Pure and simple. I love it because you can do it alone or with a friend. It’s about stopping to not only smell but enjoy the roses. There are fun and quirky ways to learn, create and grow, and provides simple activities to make every day count. Prompts include: compliment a stranger, be a tourist in your own town for the day, invent a new recipe and so on. While the weather is still warm I’m gonna get out and explore my hood with this journal in hand.

    Which journal do I like the most?

    Of the three I would consider Calm as my favorite as you can use the book alongside the Calm app.

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    I just recently downloaded and it’s changed my entire nighttime routine. I don’t pay for the extras cause the freebies give me the type of wind down I’m looking for at the end of a long tiring day.

    Which self-help journal are you looking forward to reading for Self-Improvement Month? Have you started one? Share with me in the comments.

  • Power Your Happy with Popsugar Founder & Author Lisa Sugar

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    This is a contributor piece originally posted on Brooklyn Active Mama. Only an excerpt will be provided.

    power your happyPopsugar founder and Power Your Happy author Lisa Sugar (pictured right), is one of the happiest people I’ve ever met.  By happy I don’t mean bouncing off the walls hyped – although she could be I just didn’t see it. I’m talking about more of an air about her that exudes happiness as well as peacefulness and positivity.

    We all know someone like this – no matter when we see them they’re always smiling and telling us to not let the negative thing in life keep us down.  This is Lisa! When I attended the Power Your Happy event (appropriately named after the for the release of her first book) I discovered that powering your happiness is not only possible but a  necessity.

    So, how do you  power your happiness? According to Lisa you can power your happy by:

    Following the Signs

    If you enjoy doing something and you find yourself continuously surrounded by it and/or pulled in the direction of it, then that could be a sign that you should be doing it. Since I can remember I have always found myself sharing stories and coordinating events, this ultimately lead me down the path blogging and hosting events. Without even realizing it I followed the signs to my happiness. Had I stayed at my previous job I would be stuck in a cube maze doing the same boring job. I would not be as happy and fulfilled as I am today.

    Click here to continue reading this article in its entirety on Brooklyn Active Mama.