Things We Love – Shred: The Revolutionary Diet

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes
Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

From the bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet comes this helpful new diet book promising big results for people who are struggling to lose that last 20 pounds.

Many of us know firsthand how it gets more difficult to lose weight as we get closer to our goal. This book is designed to help you push through the plateaus when your previous weight loss efforts have stopped working.

Dr. Ian K. Smith has created this program, which combines a low Glycemic Index diet with meal spacing and meal replacements. (Dieters on the Shred Diet plan will be eating every three and a half hours, so it helps you keep your blood sugar – and moods – in check). The diet is composed of 6 week cycles, which you can repeat as often as you need to get the results you want. Dr. Ian puts the average weight loss for a cycle between 18 and 25 pounds.

What we love about the Shred diet is its inherent flexibility. Dr. Ian offers solid education about what works to push through frustrating plateaus and he provides specific guidelines to follow, but he emphasizes that, once you get an understanding of the Shred philosophy, you’ll be able to eat anywhere and know that you have the ability to both enjoy yourself (and food) while staying lean.

We also love that the focus is on eating a variety of healthy foods and on paying attention to meal spacing. As Dr. Ian says “the timing of your meals and snacks can be a reason why you are or aren’t losing weight.”

Dr. Ian has launched “Shredder Nation,” which you can get a taste of online. Get free tips by following Dr. Ian on facebook (, Twitter (@doctoriansmith) and via his website: The book is available at amazon for preorder (with a release date of January 10).

Disclosure: An advanced reading copy of Shred: The Revolutionary Diet was provided to Momscape free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed are our own.

Kitchen Table Tycoon – How to Make it Work as a Mother and an Entrepreneur


Kitchen Table Tycoon: How to Make It Work as a Mother and an Entrepreneur

Kitchen Table Tycoon: How to Make It Work as a Mother and an Entrepreneur
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Review by: ACKelly

‘Kitchen Table Tycoon’ is a book written for mothers who are thinking about throwing in the towel with their job and starting up their own business from home. The book covers all the details you need to think about to decide if it is right for you to run a business from home and be self-employed. The author, Anita Naik, passes her experience of 16 years of working from home and setting up shop alongside raising a family onto the reader. She offers valuable insights, and tips to questions such as ‘Are You a Kitchen Tycoon?’, meaning are you are suited to working from home alongside raising a family or ‘Work, Guilt and Mother’s Syndrome ‘(dealing with deadline pressures and crying children) etc.

The book covers practical tips on getting a business started. You will learn about researching business ideas, start-up finances, and other business basics you need to know about before starting out.

Overall, this is a lovely book full of good advice and inspirational stories from successful mompreneurs and is ideal for mothers who want to go the next big step and start up their own business

Here’s more information about the book, straight from Amazon:
Kitchen Table Tycoon: How to Make It Work as a Mother and an Entrepreneur
Kitchen Table Tycoon: How to Make It Work as a Mother and an Entrepreneur
Price: $11.66
For many mothers, running a business from home in order to cut child care fees and see more of their children is an ideal but tricky situation. This instructional guidebook provides the true, nitty-gritty details on what it really means to start and run a business from your kitchen table. Information is included on how to juggle family, work, and alone time as well as how to handle mommy guilt and work guilt. Tips on the business side are also provided, including researching a business idea, estimating start-up costs, and navigating through the inevitable ups and downs. Filled with inspiring stories and advice from successful entrepreneurial mothers, even the most nervous of moms can learn how to have a great business and a great life.

Raising Happiness


I just got a note in my inbox I thought you Momscapers might be interested in:

Happiness Expert Dr. Christine Carter has announced the dates for her next online parenting class, RAISING HAPPINESS, which will begin on October 3rd on her web site Parents who sign up for the class by September 5th will receive 25% off the cost of the Fall class ($50 value) when you use promo code: MOMSCAPE.

Dr. Carter is a sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and author of the book “RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Steps to More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.” Dr. Carter is the only parenting expert who specializes in raising happy children, and she has helped thousands of parents find more joy in their parenting while raising happy, successful and resilient kids through her online class.

The Fall 2011 Online Class covers important topics related to Back to School issues including the problem with academic achievement and perfectionism.

Here’s the full agenda:

Theme One: How and Why to Put Your Own Happiness First

• Week 1: Why Happiness is the Biggest Advantage in Life
• Week 2: It’s True: Your Happiness is the Most Important Thing
• Week 3: Why Parents Today Aren’t Happy
• Week 4: How to Break a Habit and Start a New One: The Science of Change
• Week 5: Dedicated Implementation Week and Group Coaching Call

Theme Two: The Science of Success

• Week 6: The Two Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Kids
• Week 7: Your Guide to Elite Performance (i.e., How to Raise an Olympic Athlete)
• Week 8: Perfectionism is a Disease; Achievement is a Myth
• Week 9: How to Foster “Grit” in Your Children
• Week 10: Dedicated Implementation Week and Live Group Coaching

Dr. Carter has helped thousands of parents find more joy in their parenting while raising happy, successful and resilient kids through Raising Happiness. For more information on Raising Happiness, visit Registration closes October 3rd.

Get Dr. Carter’s Book from Amazon:

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
Price: $9.48
What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course! Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do s and don’ts in action, Christine Carter, Ph.D, executive director of UC Berkeley s Greater Good Science Center, boils the process down to 10 simple happiness-inducing steps.

With great wit, wisdom, and compassion, Carter covers the day-to-day pressure points of parenting how best to discipline, get kids to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table as well as the more elusive issues of helping children build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence. In these 10 key steps, she helps you interact confidently and consistently with your kids to foster the skills, habits, and mindsets that will set the stage for positive emotions now and into their adolescence and beyond.

Inside you will discover:
* the best way avoid raising a brat
* changing bad habits into good ones
* tips on how to change your kids attitude into gratitude
* the trap of trying to be perfect and how to stay clear of its pitfalls
* the right way to praise kids and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough
* the spirit of kindness how to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children
* strategies for inspiring kids to do boring (but necessary) tasks and become more self-motivated in the process

Complete with a series of “try this” tips, secrets, and strategies, Raising Happiness is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you instill joy in your kids and, in the process, become more joyful yourself.

Read more about Raising Happiness

Things We Love – Easy Summer Recipes

Oh how we love summer. This year, we are going to love it more than ever. In the Colorado Rockies, it snowed more than 500 inches on us this winter. It was snowing through, well, yesterday. And so this summer is going to taste sweeter than ever.

In celebration of this, we are spotlighting some of the best cookbooks that feature easy summer recipes, including a favorite cookbook review and a roundup of other popular summer cookbook titles.

Bon appetit!

Best Summer Weekend Cookbook

Things We Love – Best Summer Weekends Cookbook
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Review by: APCKelly

I love food. Especially summer food, with its fresh, ripe vegetables and mouthwatering, luscious fruits.

As a supreme lover of such delicacies and delectable delights, I am always on the lookout for great cookbooks. Even my kids love to page through the cookbooks at home and decide what to try out next. I was initially attracted to The Best Summer Weekends Cookbook because of its beautifully designed cover of mouth-watering watermelon, shrimp, tomato, lemon.

The inside of this book is as appealing as the outside. More than 75 recipes, perfect for entertaining friends and family or delicious day-to-day summer cooking. The color photographs make it one of our favorites to flip through to get inspired.

The recipes are varied and include appetizers, starters, sundown snacks, delicious BBQ recipes, summer salads, light main courses perfect for a summer’s day, to breakfast and brunch ideas and amazing desserts. I am sure you will love to try the delicious Mocha Ice Cream Loaf – or how about a refreshing Tabouleh salad and Thai Green Chicken Wings?

The ingredients used in the recipes are relatively easy to come by, but they are seasonal. (Each recipe gives ideas on how to substitute certain ingredients if they are not to hand.)

Overall, this cookbook has an exciting array of summer recipes that will please anybody. I am sure you will get a lot of joy out of trying out these fantastic and mouth-watering dishes.

Here are a few more summer cookbooks to try:

Book Recommendation – Green Crafts for Children

green crafts for kids

Book Recommendation: Green Crafts for Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, And Found Materials
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Review by: ACGMama

Green Crafts for Children is fun green craft book for pre-teens. It features 35 easy projects, each of which could make an ideal gift for family and friends.

The projects included will give your kids hours and hours of enjoyment and they are inexpensive to make because they use materials easily found in and around your home and garden, or even on walks in the woods or trips to the beach.

Your kids will be delighted to create something fun out of old wrapping paper, buttons, shells, pine cones and other bits and pieces they can find. I am sure that your children will play over and over again with their handmade driftwood boat. And I am also certain that you would love to receive a beautifully painted stone from your last trip to the beach or a felt necklace.

Also included in the book are recipes on salt dough as well as other useful tips and advice.

Crafting enhances your kids’ imagination and creativity. This book will inspire them to be creative and keeping boredom at bay. I would certainly recommend it to any family.

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