Sleep, Beauty, Eco-Ideas, and Tricking Your Kids…More June Book Reviews

Note:  all books reviewed are available at the Toronto Public Library.


A Good Night’s Sleep

At school, my teachers are constantly talking about how important sleep and stress are to our overall health and wellbeing but it’s something that we often discount and it’s the first to go during busy periods.  This book, written by Lawrence J. Epstein and published by The Harvard Medical School breaks down why we need sleep and explains ways to overcome sleep issues in a way that is readable and understandable.  Sleep related issues such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and even night terrors are discussed and examined for possible solutions backed with scientific research that supports the evidence supplied.  If you, or anyone you know has ever experienced problems sleeping, definitely check this book out.  4 out of 5 stars.

Deceptively Delicious

I love Jerry Seinfeld, who doesn’t!?  Well, his wife is pretty much just as awesome.  In her book Deceptively Delicious, Jessica Seinfeld paves the way for parents to sneak healthy food into foods.  For real, you can put beets in cupcakes, cauliflower into tuna salad, and spinach and broccoli into chicken nuggets.  YES!  This is the book I’ve been looking for.  I work at a middle school teaching nutrition and cooking to 6, 7, and 8th grade kids and the minute I pull out any type of vegetable they start to moan and groan.  This book will allow me to get their stamp of approval on the taste of a dish BEFORE telling them what’s in it.  Brilliant!  The author teaches you how to puree and store foods so that “hidden” ingredients are quick and accessible even on a busy weeknight.  5 out of 5 stars!!!

The Green Beauty Guide

I loved the book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick so much that I decided to explore the topic of DIY beauty even more and was pleasantly surprised with the information contained in The Green Beauty Guide. Written by Julie Gabriel, this book suits those looking to up the ante on their home pharmacy and will allow you to avoid purchasing most beauty products from your local drugstore.  Learn how to make your own perfume, soaps, creams, and oils and if you decide to purchase items instead, Gabriel has outlined the safest and most environmentally friendly products on the market.  4 out of 5 stars.

Green for Life

By the same author as There’s Lead in Your Lipstick (can you tell I loved that  book??!), Green For Life teaches readers how to be environmentally conscious without having to live on a commune.  Learn how to purchase a car, have sex, have a baby, and do renovations to your house while keeping the environment in mind.  Did you know that cloth diapers have half the environmental footprint as conventional diapers which stay in landfills for more than 200 years?  By installing a low flow shower head and turning off the water while you soap up you can save you $250 dollars a year.  I hadn’t even considered that you could throw an environmentally friendly child’s birthday party…wow!  Some of the suggestions in Green For Life are too much for the average person to implement but most are totally doable and so, this book is absolutely worth reading if you care about reducing your eco-footprint.  5 out of 5 stars!




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