As a busy mum with 5 kiddos between 1 to 10.5-years old, I have started cutting down on doing product reviews to focus on my childcare and family life, home cooking, education, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)! Reading is my passion and coupled with books that are of parenting, children, family or religion or educational genre, all the more I gotta say yes!

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Good Habits, Bad Habits

Title: Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick
Author: Wendy Wood

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 2019)
ISBN-13: 978-1250159076
Paperback: 320 pages
 

Description from the product page:

"We spend a shocking 43 percent of our day doing things without thinking about them. That means that almost half of our actions aren’t conscious choices but the result of our non-conscious mind nudging our body to act along learned behaviors. How we respond to the people around us; the way we conduct ourselves in a meeting; what we buy; when and how we exercise, eat, and drink―a truly remarkable number of things we do every day, regardless of their complexity, operate outside of our awareness. We do them automatically. We do them by habit. And yet, whenever we want to change something about ourselves, we rely on willpower. We keep turning to our conscious selves, hoping that our determination and intention will be enough to effect positive change. And that is why almost all of us fail. But what if you could harness the extraordinary power of your unconscious mind, which already determines so much of what you do, to truly reach your goals?

Wendy Wood draws on three decades of original research to explain the fascinating science of how we form habits, and offers the key to unlocking our habitual mind in order to make the changes we seek. A potent mix of neuroscience, case studies, and experiments conducted in her lab, Good Habits, Bad Habits is a comprehensive, accessible, and above all deeply practical book that will change the way you think about almost every aspect of your life. By explaining how our brains are wired to respond to rewards, receive cues from our surroundings, and shut down when faced with too much friction, Wood skillfully dissects habit formation, demonstrating how we can take advantage of this knowledge to form better habits. Her clear and incisive work shows why willpower alone is woefully inadequate when we’re working toward building the life we truly want, and offers real hope for those who want to make positive change. "

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This book draws on how we form our habits and what we can do to break out from the bad habits as well as how to stick to the good ones. I've highlighted some key points I took from this book which I think touch a point in my life - that there is a set pattern and we have to follow and stick to it in order to make it stick and firm up.

As a parent, for example to get our children to eat vegetables, we have to set a pattern (include vegetables in every meals for instance) and then follow it (by making sure everyone including us parents eat it). When children see the adults do it, they emulate and follow through, but of course, we have to keep on repeating and be diligent at it in order to make the habits stick.

Good Habits, Bad Habits

Another point which I think is very important to me from this book is the word FRICTION. From the dictionary, the word 'friction' means: the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact or the clashing between two persons or parties of opposed views. Sounds like a negative word but like the book stated, it can be manipulated to help accomplish astounding things.

For example: If you want to save money, you need to cut down on your unnecessary expenses. So you create friction by not using credit card. Force yourself to use cash everytime you buy something, perhaps the sight of the physical money leaving your wallet and hands will trigger some conscience in yourself that this is money going out. The purchase better be worth it.

Good Habits, Bad Habits

I feel that this book has some key points that is beneficial for those looking to break their bad habits and maintain / form good ones. One thing that I personally would like to see more is perhaps for the important points to be in bullet forms or to sort of bold it or something. As a mother of 5 kiddos, I'm constantly being distracted, so to be able to quickly grasp important points from the book is a plus point for me.

Overall, a very inspiring and educational book to have!

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The book is available at all major bookstores in Malaysia.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Book Review - Everyone

~ Posted on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6:02 AM ~

As a busy mum with 5 kiddos between 8 months old to 10-years old, I have started cutting down on doing product reviews to focus on my childcare and family life, home cooking, education, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)! Reading is my passion and coupled with books that are of parenting, children, family or religion or educational genre, all the more I gotta say yes!

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Everyone

Title: Everyone
Author: Christopher Silas Neal

Publisher: Candlewick Press (May 10th, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9780763676834
Paperback: 32 pages
 

Description from the product page:

"Everyone cries, everyone laughs, everyone sings—everyone. A celebrated illustrator explores the universality of feelings in his authorial debut.

Christopher Silas Neal, praised by the New York Times for his “stunning retro-style illustrations,” invites young readers to explore how we feel what we feel, and how everyone else feels it, too. From the animals in the woods to the neighbors in their homes nearby, everyone has feelings and shares them in this whimsical story. Vivid, childlike art in a limited palette conveys a full spectrum of emotion. Young children easily frustrated by a popped balloon or overjoyed by a sky full of stars will relish this simple exploration of empathy."

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We received the "Everyone" book for our review which was packed nicely in a cardboard which you can recycle further for doodling, crafts, and more. This book is a simple and easy read, especially to younger children. I read it to our 2.5-year old boy.

Everyone

There are some pages in the book which is filled with illustrations. I used the opportunity to play hide-and-seek with our 2.5-year old boy. I asked him to find certain objects and watched as he scoured through the page looking for the objects I asked him to find. Very fun and educational, really!

Everyone

The illustrations are easy to understand for a young child like him as we move along the storyline. I like the idea where some objects transformed into balloons, butterflies and so on. What a nice concept!

Everyone

I also used the opportunity to get our preschool going girl (she'll be 6 years old in end of Sept) to read to me and guided her when there are words that she has not came across before. I think it is nice to be able to get our children to use other words to express their feelings and frustrations - words like bonkers, batty, bananas - they are not usually used in our vocabulary haha...

I feel that this book inspires our children to express their feelings better and to understand that everyone has their ups and downs and that it is okay to share their happiness and sadness.

Overall, a very gorgeous and educational book to have!

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You can find out more about this book from https://www.store.mebooks.asia/

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Book Review - The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs

~ Posted on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3:29 PM ~

As a busy mum with 5 kiddos between 6 months old to 10-years old, I have started cutting down on doing product reviews to focus on my childcare and family life, home cooking, education, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)! Reading is my passion and coupled with books that are of parenting, children, family or religion or educational genre, all the more I gotta say yes!

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The Brilliant Deep

Title: The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation
Author: Kate Messner,‎ Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 8, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1452133508
Paperback: 48 pages
 

Description from the product page:

"All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs—with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral—are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe tell the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope."

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We received the "The Brilliant Deep" book for our review, coincidentally a day after I saw this video on Facebook highlighting an an accidental discovery which is giving new hope for coral reefs. The book was packed nicely in a cardboard which you can recycle further for doodling, crafts, and more.

The Brilliant Deep

This book tells of the story of a boy who fell in love with the ocean and grows up learning and researching as much as he could and trying his best to save it from further damage. The illustrations are beautifully done and eye catching as well.

There are so many ways to use this book! You can use it to educate your child(ren) on science (habitat, life cycle, cause-effect), nature preservation, volunteerism and much more. At the end of the book, there are some key points to take note on how we (or our children) can help. I think this is good as it tells us no matter how big or small we are, how we think we might not impact anything, in the end, every little bit of contribution does help towards the big picture in conservation and preservation.

The Brilliant Deep

 

Overall, a very gorgeous and insightful book to have!

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You can find out more about this book from https://www.store.mebooks.asia/

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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