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Love: The Psychology of Attraction

To say that this is fascinating stuff would be the understatement of the century. Using a bang up to date layout of infographics and illustration, this easy to read guide to modern love will help you crack the code of compatibility and find love using the lessons of psychology. Backed by the most advanced behavioural science this book will answer all your love-related questions and provides practical dating and relationship tips too. Love: The Psychology of Attraction will hold your hand on your relationship journey from recognising your own relationship needs and searching for love through to dating, commitment and the possibility of marriage, family and beyond. From Profile to Person - Turning a chat into a date, Spotting a serial dater, Are we going to last? - What your conversations predict, Arguing Like Grown-Ups - how to communicate not manipulate are just a few of the topics covered in this super guide to dating and relationships in the 21st century. RRP. £14.99 Published by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) ISBN-13: 978-1465429896

 

Upcycle: 24 Sustainable DIY Projects

There can't be many people today who haven't tried their hands at a little upcycling, be that giving Grandma's brown furniture a couple of coats of chalk paint or re-using an old birdcage as a planter. Rebecca Proctor's Upcycle: 24 Sustainable DIY Projects takes this ethos to a whole new level with all the photography and step-by-step instructions needed to produce stylish designs for your home that you will be proud to show off to your friends. A Moroccan style star cushion from fabric offcuts, a reading lamp from recycled wood and a clothing rail from scrap copper piping are just a few of the innovative pieces made from materials that would otherwise be wasted and sent to landfill. Great designs from international product designers that will sow the seeds of a new way of thinking and living that we all have to embrace. RRP £18.95. Hardback. ISBN-13: 978-1780676005. Published by Laurence King Publishing

 

The Artist's Way for Retirement: It's Never Too Late to Discover Creativity and Meaning

Loved by creative souls all over the world for her sound advice and encouragement, Julia Cameron's latest book sets out to prove that retirement can be the perfect time to reignite old passions and discover new ones. Through the framework of a twelve week course, she invites you to discover a new muse by using tools such as Morning Pages, Artist Dates, Solo Walks and Memoir Writing. A delight. RRP £12.99 ISBN-13: 978-1781805619 published by Hay House Inc.

 

Eaternity: More than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life

Though a growing band of compassionate eaters are embracing the vegan lifestyle, the transition does have it's difficulties, so as well as tempting and nutritious recipes, Jason explores current scientific research and advises on the optimum vegan diet whether your goal is to lose weight, have more energy, boost your libido, be stronger or live longer. Comfort food is not off the menu though as the beautifully photographed recipes for fudge brownies, salted caramel waffles, vegan nachos, butternut squash mac 'n cheese, pumpkin pesto pasta and coconut lemongrass risotto prove. Full of information and scrumptious meal ideas to keep friends and family happy on a plant based cruelty free diet. RRP £16.99 ISBN-13: 978-1401947880 published by Hay House UK.

 


The Flower Farmer's Year: How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit

Georgie Newbury, herself an artisan flower farmer and florist, has used her knowledge and passion for flowers to create this beautiful book showing how to produce masses of beautiful blooms from your own patch. After explaining the environmental impact that commercially grown cut flowers have on our planet, often having been dipped into chemicals and flown thousands of miles across the world, Georgie shows you what to grow, cutting, conditioning and presenting cut flowers, creating a hedgerow Christmas, starting a cut flower business, where to sell and the importance of marketing and social media. A real treat for anyone who loves to grow flowers for business or pleasure. Would make a wonderful gift. Published by Green Books ISBN: 9780857842336 RRP £19.99 Hardback.




One Magic Square: Grow Your Own Food on One Square Metre
One Magic Square shows how you can start your own productive food garden in ten minutes a day on a single square metre of earth. It's exciting because it's doable even for complete beginners, and manageable for everyone. The plot designs inspire you to get started with easy salads and move on to herbs, beans and root crops as you add more squares and increase your yield. There are also plot designs for specific diets or foods such as The Curry Plot, The Soup Plot, The Stir Fry Plot, The Anti-Oxidants Plot, The Anti Cancer Plot and The Pasta and Pizza Plot. There are tips to help with organic growing, including companion planting and intercropping, mulching, dealing with pests and predators, and getting the best from easy care fruit trees, berry plots and hedges. A fabulous new way to think about growing your own food, and such fun that you are highly unlikely to stop at one square. Published byGreen Books ISBN: 978-0857842800 RRP £19.99 Hardback.

 

The Handmade Home: Inspirational Craft, Food and Flowers

As a long time reader of Cherry's blog I was delighted that she brought her particular blend of homemaking, crafting and party planning together in this superbly photographed book. Cherry welcomes you into her home and garden where you will learn to make birthdays and seasonal events such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Halloween and Christmas extra special and be inspired to make an occasion out of an afternoon tea, a barbecue or a night in with family and friends. Easy to follow decorating ideas, craft tutorials, table settings and recipes make this book an inspiration for all skill levels but most of all encourage you to give these things a try.

 

 

Handmade for Baby:
25 Keepsakes to Create with love

Welcome new babies to the world with one or more of the delightful crafts in this lovely book of ideas for celebrating the new arrival. Suitable for all skill levels, there are projects for announcing the pregnancy and birth, making decorations for the baby shower and decorations for the nursery. There are sweet ways to keep baby cosy with knitted booties, a crochet blanket or a beautiful patchworked quilt, and babies will love to watch the stars and clouds paper mobile, play with the star wand rattle or build with the fabric blocks. Then when in the blink of an eye that first birthday rolls around, there are easy to follow patterns for a first birthday crown, a pretty ruffle party skirt, hand stamped leggings or cute harem pants. A lovely book for Mums to be, Grandmothers or Aunties, anyone who enjoys getting creative. Published by Apple Press
ISBN: 978-1-84543-577-6 Paperback £12.99

 

Sew Quick, Sew Cute: 30 Simple, Speedy Projects

This lovely book sets out to prove that whether you have an hour, an afternoon or a weekend, you have time to be creative and sew. Clear instructions and 300 images then inspire novices or experienced stitchers to make toys, bags, gadget cases, cushions, clothes and quilts, all with a contemporary twist that makes them perfect for gifts or as additions to your home. Published by Ivy Press ISBN: 978-1-78240-088-2 £14.99

 

 

The Gentle Art of Knitting

Superb new book from crafter, blogger and author Jane Brocket, that will delight both new and experienced knitters alike. As well as wonderful patterns for cosy scarves, cushion covers, gloves and mittens, stripy socks, bunting and throws, Jane shares her philosophy for gentle knitting. Relaxing knitting for pleasure, without complicated patterns and charts, enjoyed while listening to the radio, chatting with friends or waiting for a cake to bake. To this end Jane includes a list of wines to go with fireside knitting, and films to watch while making flowers for a tea cosy. There is also a chapter on finishing touches, with ideas for using ribbon and vintage buttons. Lovely.


Neal's Yard Beauty Book      

If you've ever worried about what exactly is in the make-up, creams and bath products that you and your daughters are putting on to their skin then this is the book for you. Trusted brand Neal's Yard Remedies have produced a wonderful book full of ideas for preparing your own beauty treatments, bath products, deodorant and perfumes. Using entirely natural ingredients, many of which you will already have in your kitchen cupboards, you will learn to make herbs, flowers and fruits into bath melts and bombs, soaps, soaks and scrubs, hair treatments, hand repair creams and lots more nourishing and uplifting beauty treatments that are free of toxins and full of goodness to help you become your most beautiful self. Published by Dorling Kindersley ISBN-13: 978-0241183915 Hardback RRP 16.99

 

 

 

 

 

Skinnytaste Cookbook

I first came across Gina Homolka's method of skiinnifying the family meals we all love, on her blog skinnytaste.com. She has got making our favourite foods low fat and low calorie off to a fine art and I am delighted that she has brought them all together in this lovely book. You will find delicious healthy suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, mains and treats. If you want to cut down on fat and sugar but go large on taste and nourishment this book will help you do just that. Published by HarperThorsons ISBN-13: 978-0008128050 Paperback £18.99.

 

 

Superb guide to making and icing a wonderful collection of cookies that will be a great hit at family or children's parties and make great goody bag or teacher gifts too. After showing the tools, tips and techniques needed, the clear and simple instructions and photographs show how to make pets, zoo animals, woodland creatures, fish, dinosaurs and lots more. Great fun! Published by Apple Press. ISBN-13: 978-1845435646 RRP £12.99 Paperback.

 

 

 

The 3 Promises: Find Joy Every Day. Do What You Love. Make a Difference

If you have ever wondered Why am I here? What is my life's purpose? How can I be happier? David J. Pollay's thought provoking book can help you. He encourages you to make three promises to yourself every day. To find joy, to do what you love and to make a difference. He then shows you the many ways that you can keep these promises even if your life is busy and you have many commitments. In short chapters that you can read whenever you have a few minutes, David shows you how to see more clearly the paths you need to tread to find joy and happiness. Definitely worth reading. Published by Sterling. ISBN-13: 978-1454912484 Hardback RRP £14.99

 

 

Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties and Sandals to Crochet for Babies

You will be able to make a whole wardrobe of stylish baby footwear for all seasons and to match all types of outfit with the original and stylish patterns in this lovely book. There are rosebud party pumps, cherry slippers, ballet flats, moccasins and mary jane shoes, vintage bow, furry, biker, baseball and cowboy boots and cutest of all the sandals - espadrille, gladiator, bow-front, grecian and more. Includes instructions for basics of crochet and special stitches used. Pattern sizes 0-6 and 6-12 months. Published by Apple Press. ISBN-13: 978-1845435219 RRP 12.99 Paperback.

 

Fun with Stitching: 35 Cute Sewing Projects to Turn Everyday Items into Works of Art

This book confirms that modern embroidery is so worth learning for the individuality it can add to your home and your wardrobe. Fiona Goble's bang up to date designs are shown on bags, bibs, aprons, mobile cases, pictures, jeans, plimsolls, shower caps, bunting, cards, and cushions, items that you can enjoy crafting for everyday use, not just for table linens pulled out of the drawer only on high days and holidays.

 


The Three Day Nanny: Your Toddler Problems Solved: Practical advice to help you parent with ease and raise a calm and confident child

Is it really possible to change behaviour patterns in just three days? With these strategies from Kathryn Mewes, the Three Day Nanny, it most certainly is. Ex Norland nanny and tv presenter Kathryn, shares her pratical solutions to eating, sleeping and potty training problems and shows you how to deal with the dreaded tantrums too. Reassurance and good advice for parents of children between six months and six years old in desperate need of a fresh start. Published by Vermilion. ISBN-13: 978-1785040306. Paperback £12.99

 


Cakes From The Tooth Fairy: How to Bake Delicious Treats That are Kinder to Your Teeth

Written in consultation with a qualified dentist, the delicious recipes in this book are made with Xylitol instead of sugar, a natural substance made from birch bark, that actively inhibits tooth decay. It is also a safe sweetener for dieters and diabetics. As well as recipes for family favourites such as Butterfly Cakes, Mini Apple Pies, Easy Strawberry Tarts and Cheese Scones, there are also instructions for Rose Cup Cakes, Chocolate and Courgette Brownies and Custard Butter Buns as well as savoury Toothbrush Sandwiches, Cheesy Biscuits and Cheese and Chillie Muffins. There are also lots of tips from the tooth fairy about taking care of teeth. Tasty recipes in a fun format. Published by How To Books. ISBN-13: 978-1905862658. Paperback. £8.99

 

One-Minute Mindfulness: How to Live in the Moment

Through very short essays and meditations this is an easy to read guide to living mindfully, in the moment, without worrying about what has already passed or stressing about what is to come. The format is perfect for dipping into whenever you have time and then reflecting upon what you have read, rather than rushing through to the end of the chapter. A lovely guide to recognizing and enjoying the small but valuable moments that make life wonderful. Would make a caring gift for a friend struggling through difficult times. Published by Hay House. ISBN-13: 978-1781804964 Paperback RRP £8.99

 

The Unbelievable Truth: Powerful Insights into the Unseen World of Spirits, Ghosts, Poltergeists and Altered States.

Highly respected spiritual medium Gordon Smith shares his fascinating knowledge on how mediums and psychics get their information, why spirits choose to communicate with us, the truth about poltergeists and hauntings and re-incarnation and memories of past lives. Very well written in an entertaining style, it is informative and thought provoking, challenging to the sceptical, comforting to the bereaved and a great read for everyone. Published by Hay House. ISBN-13: 978-1781803905 Paperback RRP £9.99

 

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