Things I’m Loving

Health

Collagen

When I last posted about swapping out my skincare for supplements, I mentioned I would be trying collagen next. I have now, and I love the results. Collagen in all its forms has been very good to me in the last few months.

I started by taking Higher Nature’s marine collagen, then I researched the cheaper and more widely available bovine collagen. My skin has never been the same, neither has my blood sugar.

Whichever type of collagen you choose, make sure it’s the powder variant. You don’t want all the fillers in the pills.

Biotin

I started taking 1000mg a day for hair growth, eyebrow hair in particular. At the end of three months I was finally starting to notice some brow hairs sprouting. And you know what else? I lost weight too! It’s too bad that I took a break from them. I could have used some help burning the extra calories during Christmas.

I’m taking them again now; I have been for the last three weeks. If you intend to take biotin for weight loss, I suggest that you don’t go past the 1000mg dosage. More is not better when it comes to this.

Beauty

Alba botanica even advanced sea lipids daily cream

I’ve loved this for a while now. Back before I started taking collagen, my skincare routine was a delicate balance. This was the only cream I could use both day and night without breaking me out. In fact, it was effective at combating break outs.

If you’ve gone through other posts on this blog then you already know that clearing breakouts is not really a miracle, it can be done with the right active ingredients. What is miraculous about this cream is the glaring absence of the common acne fighting ingredients. So if you hate benzoyl peroxide, zinc oxide doesn’t work fast enough for you and can’t stand salicylic either, then this cream is for you.

Entertainment

Series

For some reason, I’ve been loving detective series lately. They are just so many on Hallmark, can’t pick one.

Books

The Legend of Snow Wolf is one I keep coming back to. I’m living vicariously through the main character. Gift yourself this amazing book, you won’t be disappointed.

Order a hard copy on amazon.

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The Legend of Snow Wolf – book review

The Legend of Snow Wolf is a captivating tale about betrayal, honor, friendship and love in the Martial Society. The story begins in Mongolia where the main character, Sochai, loses his old and ailing grandfather. His grandfather leaves behind a record of his past and a Jade with a long history behind it. Possession of this Jade causes Sochai to be poisoned. He then has to travel to China, the land where the Jade originated from. It’s his only hope for finding an antidote.

When Sochai travels to China, he finds himself in the midst of a long standing battle for supremacy between two powerful houses, the Red Dragons and the Green Dragons. The Jade he possesses is the ultimate symbol of legitimacy for whoever seeks to rule the Martial society. Both houses seek to possess the Jade, but it is not theirs to take. In truth, the masters of both houses are usurpers to the throne at Redwood Cliff. Snow Wolf and her husband were the initial rulers, but they were betrayed and had to flee. Will Snow Wolf ever return? Did she leave behind a piece of her legacy when she fled?

This was my first foray into books about the Martial Society and I wasn’t disappointed. The narrative is multi-layered with interesting and distinct characters. It was easy to get invested in the characters and I was sad for the ones who died. The story unfolds in layers; it is multidimensional in a way that mirrors real life perfectly. The love story embedded within this great adventure took me by surprise and was quite a delight to read.

I rate this book 5 out of 5. I loved everything about it from the characters, the story line, even the ending. I recommend this to people who love Game of Thrones and Ken Follet’s Kingsbridge series. Get your hands on it before it too becomes a television series.

You can purchase a hardcopy here.

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One Way or Another by Mary J Williams

Hello fam,

I am diversifying the content on my blog to include all of my passions. That includes books, and this review is one of many to come. I hope the move is well received. Without any further ado, let’s get right into the review.

In this story Calder and Adam meet and fall in love in a fairytale romance. The narrative focuses on Adam and Calder getting to know each other but Calder’s family also features prominently in the story.

Calder has three amazing sisters who always have her back. Growing up they only had each other as their mother was somewhat of an unreliable mother figure. Luckily, they all turned out great and are more than capable of taking care of themselves.

One Way or Another is reminiscent of other great novels. The author’s writing style reminds me of Nora Roberts. The storyline is quite original though.

I don’t have the benefit of three sisters like Calder, but there are parts of her story that strongly resonate with mine. It’s a rare delight to read something so familiar.

I loved the narrative’s different dimensions. Each of the sisters has their own distinct character, you will have no trouble finding someone to relate to.

This is one of the best romantic novels I have read this year. It explores both familial love and romantic love and will appeal to anyone who loves a good romance.

You can read it for free with a Kindle subscription or buy it on amazon.com.

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