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Trim Healthy Mama Plan: Keep It Simple, Keep It Sane

This is another book review for you but this one is a diet plan that shows you which foods to combine to help your body to burn fuel correctly and lose weight. Two ladies wrote the book together. It is an easy read and I will be honest to skipping a bit of it. I didn’t see where I personally needed to read the chapters on nursing/breastfeeding while eating this way or the eating plan for a man.

I started the book on Sunday and it jumps right in explaining how to do the plan. Then the rest of the book is going into ways to fine tune it for you and even gives you food plan suggestions. They break the meals up into two categories. S Plans are for Satisfying and E Plans are for Energizing. This video explains the concept.

Trim Healthy Mama Plan

I started their food plan on Monday morning and by this morning (Saturday) I have already lost 5 pounds. Even though it is only 5 pounds I can tell that I have lost several inches in just one week. It isn’t much different than what I have suggested for years. I also have said many times to put 4 hours between meals but they explain which foods you need to combine together and which foods should not be combined. I was happy to see that my muffins are still allowed on this plan! 🙂

I do recommend reading this book and following their plan. I would say about the second half of the book was done to advertise food items that they have for sale on their sight. I don’t plan to purchase any of the foods but luckily for us we don’t need to do that to still follow the plan and eat healthily.

There are several facebook pages that are set up for people to share their meal plans and recipes which also tell you whether the recipe is an S or E. I am looking forward to making new recipes again and getting my A1C down.


Gone Again by James Grippando

Yes it is time for another book review. This book has been added to my top five favorite books of all time. I love a good crime/mystery and this one truly fit the bill. It has many twists and turns and at no time was I able to figure out who did it until the very end and James Grippando finally disclosed it. I had never heard of this author and he is now in my cue to try to read all of his books. This book was #12 in a series about attorney Jack Swyteck. I have already downloaded another of his books to read in my Overdrive program on my phone.

To purchase the book go here-> Gone Girl By James Grippando


There will be spoilers from this point on.

According to Good Reads site:

“Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.”

The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax. The State Attorney refuses to consider the new evidence, insisting the case is closed. The governor has already signed the death warrant. An innocent man may be executed and time is running out—unless his lawyers can locate Sashi.

A man of principle who believes in justice, Jack jumps into the investigation. But the deeper he digs the more he discovers that nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents, whose grief ruptured their marriage, each openly blaming the other for what happened to their daughter.

As their gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl . . .”


The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

This book was amazing. I read 2-4 books each week and I only share the ones that take my breath away and this one does just that. I love to use Good Reads to keep track of the books that I read and they also like to recommend books to me based on how well I liked similar books. This book was recommended to me by them. This is one of those books that I would love to own. I think it would make a wonderful movie as well.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom– purchase on Amazon


This description is by Good Reads

“When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while on board ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.”

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Occasionally a book comes along that touches the heart and this one is it for me. I love to hike as I have mentioned here before. I had always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail (Over 1000 miles) but now given my age and health that is not an option for me so reading this story helped me to see the experience from someone who has accomplished a long hiking trail.

I get my books from the library and if I love the book I will purchase it for myself. I read about 50 books for every 1 book that I purchase. I listened to this book on audio while driving for work. I loved it so much that I purchased the book and the video for myself from Amazon. To get this book for yourself click below.

Wild: From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Trail- BOOK

Wild: From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Tail- DVD


This is the summary from Good Reads describing this book.

“At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

This makes me want to go out and purchase a tent and hit the trail and escape from my daily reality. It is a dream that I had pursued at a younger age. If you have read this book please let me know. I watched the video of it tonight but it was no where near as good as the book. I hated for the book to end.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I loved this book. This is not a book that will make you emotional or want to join a protest to help the exploited. It is a book to enjoy to escape the normal stresses of life. I am in love with this author and am currently reading another of her books. I hope to read them all. I get books from the library but if it is a book that I deeply love I purchase them. I have no doubt that I will be adding this author to my personal bookshelf. To purchase this book click here.



I don’t want to give too much away with this description so I will add the personal description that the book provides. ENJOY!!

“At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read…

My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.”

Thoughts to ponder after reading this. Imagine that your husband is a wonderful husband, father and provider and you have a wonderful marriage. Now imagine that your husband admits to a horrible crime. Would you turn him in knowing that your entire world change not only for yourself but for your children at as well?


America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray

I can’t express enough how much I loved this book. First of all it is historical so it is near and dear to my heart. This book is about the life of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph and how she was instrumental in her father, Thomas Jefferson’s illustrious political career. From this point on be forewarned that there will be spoilers. If you want to buy this book click here.



When Patsy Jefferson was a small child her mother died but on her death bed she made her husband Thomas Jefferson promise her to never marry again so that her daughters would never have to deal with having a step mother. That left Thomas Jefferson (TJ) with having a highly public profile and not having a woman on his arm for social functions. At a young age he became the United States Minister to France and he took Patsy with him. She was educated in the best of convent school for girls that was available. She was taught to be a proper lady and to support her father throughout his career.

Now this book is about Patsy, however, other than just a few short years she always lived with her father so his story is told as well through this book. TJ fell in love with one of his slaves and had multiple children with him. She went to France where she was automatically made free but when he returned to the United States she willingly chose to return with him but bargained with him that their children together would be free. This is the version of the story that this book provides. I would love to hear Sally’s side of the story.

Patsy was in a miserable marriage with Tom Randolph. He was never successful and TJ financially supported them throughout their entire lives. They lived most of their lives at Monticello with him. There is so much more to this story but I don’t want to ruin it for you. Please get this book and enjoy it as much as I do.


The 19th Wife

I am in two book clubs and last week someone in my local library book club suggested that I read The 19th Wife and it was wonderful. I currently read about 3-4 books per week. I put a lot of miles on my car with my job and I always have an audio book going. There have been many other books that I have read and enjoyed but I haven’t shared with you all but I hope to add them more often as they are a big part of my life now.

I always tend to avoid telling too much about a book but I am not sure that I can passionately describe this book without giving away too much so I will give you a warning that from this point on there might be spoilers. To buy the book please click here- The 19th Wife: A Novel




When I was in college I did a research paper about the Mormon faith and how the architecture of their church reflected their beliefs. We had been instructed to choose a denomination that was not of our own and to visit the church and attend one service. I chose the Mormon church. I did my research for my paper and I honestly thought that I understood their beliefs and history but I did not. This book totally opened my eyes to the roots of the Mormon church and how the church split between the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

Many people believe that the only difference between the two are that the FLDS believe in plural marriage and the LDS believe in monogamy between one husband and one wife. This book made me realize exactly how different the two are.

This book tells two stories within one book. One story recounts the beginning of the how Joseph Smith founded the church and ended with Brigham Young’s wife Ann Eliza who was numbered the 19th wife publicly divorced him and making the secrets of the Mormon church very public.

The second story is a modern day story of current FLDS and shows the plight of the young men being taken in the dead of night and abandoned on the side of the road because the Prophet wants the young teenage girls to be available to be forced into marriage to the older men who have many wives already. The young men are told they are excommunicated and they will not be able to go to Heaven. The young girls are told that if they do not willingly participate in plural marriage that they also will never be allowed to enter Heaven.

One young man named Jordan Scott had been abandoned on the side of the road as a young boy. He survived by participating in prostitution and living on the streets. At the age of 21 he returns to his FLDS community when his mother is arrested for the murder of his father.

Through this I learned about how there is an underground railroad that help the young women to escape similar to that of how the slaves were able to escape. The people who assist these young ladies risk their lives to help them. The young boys who are cast out are called Lost Boys. To learn more about Lost Boys and how you can help please click here- The Lost Boys

To learn how to help these young ladies to escape please click here. The Hope Organization

I hope that everyone reads this book. Feel free to discuss this in the comment section but please be respectful of each other.