Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Book Review!!!

Children are love made visible- This quote jumped out at me while reading this book in bed the other night. How beautiful and true is that?!

My wonderful blog friend, Jane, sent me this book a few days ago. The book was written by her mom and her sister. Let me just say that I simply could not put this book down! Reading its contents from cover to cover was not a difficult task at all.

As the authors wrote in Preconception Plain & Simple, there are many books out on the market about pregnancy and having babies, but not so many about preconception. It's all about preparing for pregnancy. How wonderful is that?!

What I loved most about this book was that it was light-hearted, funny, fun, positive and inspiring. I enjoyed the authors' writing style and felt it was very informal and fun. Just reading the book makes you feel relaxed and that the process of baby making isn't something stressful or anxiety filled...because it isn't (or at least, shouldn't be)! I don't mean the actual process of creating a baby, but rather the steps before one tries to have a baby.

The book talks about preparing your mind, body and soul for pregancy. There are lots of witty, sexy, creative, intelligent tips like what foods to consume for virility and motility (they even supply a grocery list!). Preconception Plain & Simple is also not laden with thick, heavy, overwhelming medical information. It's got just the right amount of info and they also include links to websites and references to books if you want to further research things yourself. I suppose one could also go to their doctor or specialist if one wanted full on medical information. Actually, I presume one would go to their doctor for detailed information and advice. However, I liked that this book wasn't all about that!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks, Jane, Sharon and Audrey!

Just an added bonus: I also loved that the authors included quotes by some of my favorites! Clever and inspiring! I was so pleased to see that Sharon and Audrey also appreciated the words of H.D. Thoreau, Arthur Guiterman, Victor Hugo, Simone de Beauvoir and many others.

Book info:
Author: Audrey Couto McClelland, Sharon K. Couto
ISBN: 0975442600
Published: 2005-02
Publisher: Pinks & Blues Publishing
# Pages: 256
Binding: Paperback
Amazon Price: $19.95 US

One more thing!!! Check out the promo these wonderful ladies have done for my sister-in-law's sister!!! It's on their website. All the more reason why I love these ladies!!! You can also check out my SIL's sister's website for her baby series at . You'll simply fall in love with Melanie Bailey's adorable baby series. I've already got mine! "The Baby Series paintings have even caught the eye of The Mom Show on Discovery Health Channel. Stay tuned next season to see The Baby Series used in a nursery make-over!"

PS. Unfortunately, I have had to start using the "word verification" on my comments section, because spammers have found my blog. Grrrrrrrr! Sorry guys and gals! I know it's a bit of a hassle to have to type in the word verification...


pinks & blues girls said...

Christine, you are just too sweet!! Thank you for the wonderful book review. I am so glad you liked it. You are an amazing friend and I am hoping some of the book's wisdom can help you conceive!!

- Jane

Anonymous said...

I must say that you are one 'well connected' girl, Chrissy! I always find it interesting to see who you're friends with and who you know. You know some pretty interesting people! I ckecked out your sister in law's page and it is really cool. I like her baby series. What other things does she do?

t said...

Great review(s) Chris. It's so like you to always promote friends and family. That's why we love you!

Karen MEG said...

Hey Chrissy, you are very connected! That looks like an awesome book - and you're right, there aren't a lot out there about pre-conception that don't focus only on all the medical do's/don't's. What a stunning trio those ladies are too!
That baby series is super-cute. With 2 new babies on their way in the family I'll have to check if they mesh with the baby decor. I find them quite "Warhol-esque"!

Chrissy121875 said...

Jane: Thank you again for everything...especially your friendship :) You are one wonderful lady!

Anon: you're making me blush! LOL! It's just important to me to promote people and businesses that I feel strongly about. Whenever I find something really neat, I want to share it with the world! LOL!

t: Awww...thanks! You know I love you too...even if you do need to visit me more often! LOL!

Karen: Thanks! Yes, I think that the trio of ladies at Pinks & Blues are quite marvelous too! With regard to the baby series, Melanie can tailor the paintings to your liking. You get to choose the colors and sizes of the paintings. I just got one and I'm going to get them all! LOL! I'll post a pic of the one I got sometime soon :)

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

That sounds like a great book. I'll make sure to look out for it. Your sister in law's paintings are really cute! Great for a nursery room!

Diesel said...


Chrissy121875 said...

AHMM: Thanks! You know, Melanie's actually got a show this weekend. Her art will be displayed at the one of a kind show in Ottawa (I think that's what the show's name is)! There will be a bunch of artisans, artists, crafts people, and people with all kinds of neat products.

Diesel: LOL! You know the funny thing is that I don't even like pink that much! I used to cry when my mom made me wear pink dresses as a child. I've always been partial to blue!

Curiosity.Killer said...

LOL -- Diesel's comment is very funny. It's true, I think Chrissy has made this post guy-proofed. LOL

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