Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mini Reviews : Life Hacks

These mini reviews feature my informal thoughts on two non-fiction books I've been reading and pulling tips and advice from all year long.

Skinny Taste by Gina Homolka

In 2015  I wanted to start eating healthier, so I picked up Gina Homolka's Skinny Taste after seeing the beautiful cover in Target. Plus this Target edition had extra recipes.

I loved the recipes in this book so much that I actually gave it to my brother, BC, as a birthday gift. It features colorful and flavorful recipes that are so good you won't believe they are healthy. Even in my tiny kitchen they bring out my inner Top Chef.
Chicken Pot Pie Soup !
One of the first recipes I made was the Chicken Pot Pie soup. I also highly suggest her beef and broccoli plus I've made her chicken marsala on multiple occasions.

If you're not sure if Gina's recipes are for you check out her blog SkinnyTaste.com it's how I first discovered her !  I co-sign on her Skinny Chicken Enchiladas !

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Mari Kondo

This is  the little book that was everywhere this year. This book outlines the KonMari method for tidying. I grabbed it on audio performed by Emily Woo Zeller. It's a shortie at around four hours and  I listened to this audiobook while doing the KonMari method. I really embraced her philosophy on discarding and organization.

As a book blogger I couldn't quite commit to her ideas behind book organization. Just no. I can't say I've kept up with tidying but I do find myself folding stuff into rectangles and throwing out things that don't have that spark.

Kondo seems to realize her ideas and thoughts on organization may be a bit radical and I couldn't help but to side-eye some of the lengths she goes to in the name of order.

One of my criticism of this book is that Kondo's book doesn't fully take into account individuals who might have non-familial roommates or who share a house. Her book is very focused on homeowners or those who live with parents. I enjoyed the audio but if you're not sure if it's for you this is a book I'd grab it from the library.



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