Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans. ~John Lennon

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Spotlight on TRANSFORM: The Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You

TRANSFORM: The Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You

Title: TRANSFORM: The Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You
Author: Dede Barbanti
Pages: 257
Genre: Self Help/Lifestyle/Health/Weight Loss

Finally, a book that will provide you with the answers that change your body and your life! TRANSFORM really is the Secret to Unlocking the Perfect You. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Fitness and lifestyle expert Dede Barbanti not only gives you the tools to achieve your weight-loss goals, but helps you dig deep to fix the core issues that keep you from lasting success and your true potential.

This is not your traditional weight-loss book. Most diet books focus on the outside by changing your eating and exercise routines,but they fail to find the root cause of your bad habits: what, why, and where they all started. These band-aid treatments never treat the problem, only the symptom, and most people find themselves back at square one, frustrated and defeated. Dede's no-holds-barred approach gets your booty into gear by tackling the real issues of your weight loss merry-go-round; so you can stop the madness and unlock the perfect you.

You can continue reading all of those other diet and lifestyle books that ultimately keep you repeating the same old story and never seems to get you anywhere, or you can get real with yourself and finally bring about the changes that you have always wanted...permanently! (book blurb)

Book Excerpt:


Have you ever seen someone who turns heads and lights up the room just by walking in? Have you ever met someone who draws people to them magnetically? Who seems perfect in every way?

Do you find that you often compare yourself to these people? Wishing you had what they have, or looked how they look? Oh, come on, you know you’ve done it! We all have at one point or another in our lives. We have a tendency to compare ourselves with classmates and coworkers. We compare ourselves with our ex-partners or their ex-partners, our siblings, our parents, our heroes, even random people on the street! Comparing ourselves with others is something many of us do, especially when we aren’t fulfilled in our own body or life.

But no good could ever come from this, and most of the time, we’re using a very inaccurate gauge. We often look at the wrong things because somewhere along the way, we decided that people with more money or seemingly better bodies live more valuable lives. We compare ourselves to others by looking at their clothes, cars, homes, paychecks, beauty, or Instagram followers. . . but how much money you make and how many toys you have are rarely a good measure.

Outside appearance or net worth has never been a good indicator of self-worth.

You will never benefit from comparing your life to others.’ There will always be people who appear to be better off than you, who seemingly live perfect lives, but that’s because we always compare the worst of what we know about ourselves to the best that we assume about others. Trust me when I say their lives are never as perfect as your mind makes them out to be.

Comparing yourself to others puts your focus on the wrong person and lets you forget that you can control only one life - yours. Comparing yourself to others wastes precious energy you should be spending on your own life. It invites you to regret what you aren’t, rather than enjoy who you are.

It will always steal the joy and happiness within your grasp - and place it just beyond your reach. By focusing on what they have or how they look and wishing you had more of it, you are robbing yourself of your most precious gift - you! Your life!

About the Author:

Dede Barbanti
Dede Barbanti is a renowned fitness & lifestyle coach, certified soul memory discovery facilitator, author, motivational speaker and single mother of three. Once weighing over 200 pounds, Dede has dedicated her life to developing innovative methods that have literally changed the face of weight loss, fitness, dieting and lifestyle!

Through the creation of her first format Boogie Box (BBX) and the “Un-Diet” nutrition and weight-loss program; Dede lost over 70 pounds in less than 6 months and has since helped countless people from all over the world. Since forming BBX, Dede has released two groundbreaking workout DVD's "Boogie Box LIVE" & "BBX Hardcore."

Her groundbreaking techniques and work have been featured on shows such as: Dr. Oz, Shark Tank, Fitceleb, OnAir, Good Day Utah, ABC, KTLA and FOX News, as well as several media productions. Dede was also named one of OC Metro Magazines "Top 20 Women In Business."

Dede's passion, training and experience has helped countless people from all over the USA transform their bodies and lives through her unique and “straight shooting” methods.

Pulling from her years of experience, Dede has written a complete lifestyle guide, TRANSFORM: The Secret To Unlocking The Perfect You. In it, she shares her three principles to obtaining the body and life of your own design!

For More Information:

• Visit Dede Barbanti’s website.
• Connect with Dede on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about Dede at Goodreads.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Book Haul 2/6/16

My Book Haul | Alexia's Books and Such
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a surprise in my mailbox. Book surprises are always nice, but this is book 3 in a trilogy and I haven't read the first two. Wonder if it will stand on it's own?

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Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night - but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising . . .

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa #BookReview

 photo Iron Warrior.jpg Title:  The Iron Warrior
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Release Date:  October 27, 2015
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Source:  review copy received from Amazon Vine

The Iron Prince - my nephew - betrayed us all. He killed me. Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. 

Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter - a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Iron Warrior is the final book in Julie Kagawa's Call of the Forgotten series, featuring Ethan Chase (the Iron Queen's brother). And what a finale! Totally worth the wait!

The story picks up shortly after book 2, with Ethan waking up in his sister's castle. After being in a coma for almost a month, Ethan is anxious to find out what happened after his nephew stabbed him.

Unfortunately, Keirran's plan worked and humans had a brief glimpse of Faery when the Veil fell. Needless to say, things will never be the same.

The Forgotten, with Keirran leading their army, are gaining strength. In response, the other faery courts are chomping at the bit to declare war and go after Keirran for his betrayal. It's hard to disown a family member, but no one can deny what happened. Poor Meghan and Ash!

Ethan is reunited with his girlfriend Kenzie, and they decide that they need to help Keirran try to find his way back to the light. A fools errand? Maybe, but they have to try.

Really enjoyed this story! Several of my favorite characters have return appearances and, while I wish that Grimalkin had a larger role (love that sassy cat), I know this is Ethan's story. Luckily, he more or less holds his own.

Great writing, well paced plot, and an ending that will have you in tears and then smiling, then in tears again! What a finale to a great series! Now if only the author would give Puck his own series...

Series reviews:
The Lost Prince (book 1)
The Iron Traitor (book 2)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January 2016 Wrap Up

January 2016 Wrap Up
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 6 books this month so I'm behind already. But on the bright side, that's more books than I've been reading so I'm on the right track!

  1. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
  2. Pawn's Gambit by Timothy Zahn
  3. Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster
  4. Knight's Fall by Angela Henry
  5. Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  6. Buzz Books YA Spring/Summer 2016

January Reviews

Pawn's Gambit by Timothy Zahn
Knight's Fall by Angela Henry

On the Blog 

Took part in the Winter mini-Bloggiesta in the middle of the month. While I didn't complete all of my goals, got a good start.

Also took part in the January Review-a-Thon in order to catch up on some of my outstanding book reviews. Despite my best efforts, I always seem to fall behind with my reviews.


It's been a long process, but I'm slowly climbing out of my blogging rut. Inspired by Emily's Bloggiesta mini-challenge, I've started a bullet journal and hoping that it will help. Going to keep a monthly TBR list as well as a reading challenge list. Maybe having them right in front of me will work better than tracking them online.

I'm also going to be taking part in the Month of Letters Challenge in February. I've tried this challenge before and usually run out of steam pretty fast, but I'm determined to write/mail something every day this time! The rules say that postcards are okay, so that should make things easier. Even joined a pen pal group on Facebook, but shoot me an email at alexia561(at)yahoo(dot)com if you'd like a postcard!

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