Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Review: The Psychopath Whisperer

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Witout a Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD offers a glimpse into how psychopaths are identified and diagnosed. New science offers much more than the psychiatry of yesteryear. Today's tools include using functional MRI to take a look at the inner workings of a psychopath's brain.

The author goes into depth about the science of the psychopath's brain and the self-awareness of psychopaths. If you like personal psychology and science, this book is right up your alley. I find it very interesting that a physical problem in the brain is the cause of the psychopathology that has so far been difficult to understand.

Some parts of the book are a little tedious and boring but overall this is an informative and easy to read book that may make it easier to understand what these troubled souls are going through.

There wasn't really much though about how physicians could treat those brain abnormalities and perhaps treat or even cure a psychopath. Surgery? Medicine? Not much in here about new treatment techniques.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Kroger, OfficeMax, Estate sale

Kroger:
milk 2.77/gallon

Meijer:
grapes $.97/#
cucumbers 3/$1
6 bags frozen veggies @$1 / buy 10 get 11th free
refried beans $1 / buy 10 get 11th free
tortillas $1/buy 10 get 11th free
animal crackers $1 / buy 10 get 11th free
goody ribbon hair elastics clearance price .74 -$1 mPerk adjusted down
goody ribbon headbands 1.19 -$1/1 mPerk

Target:
4 bags chicken nuggets @$4, used 5% cartwheel and 4 x $1/1 target coupons
4 market pantry cookies @2.09, used 5% cartwheel and 2 x $1/2 target coupons
2 Keebler crackers @2.59 -50% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
4 market pantry crackers @1.87 -5% cartwheel -2 x $1/2 target coupons
4 boxes bandages @1.87 -4 x .50/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 rolaids @2.98 clearance, used $4.50/1 and $3/1 = free plus overage
3 sally hansen nail polish kits @2.50 clearance, used 3 x $1/1 tearpad coupons
sally hansen nail polish 1.74, used $1/1 tearpad coupon
4 market pantry smoothies @1.92 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 up & up tissue @1.32 -4 x .50/1 coupons -5% cartwheel
up & up allergy relief 3.92 -$1/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 schick razors @6.99 -2 x $4/1 coupons, got back $5 giftcard
8 up & up ibuprofen @.94 -4 x $1/2 target coupons, -5% cartwheel
airborne .99 -$2/1 coupon
5 up & up suncare @1.02 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -buy 3 get 1 free
3 up & up crayons @.39, 3 up & up glue @.39, 3 up & up erasers @.52, 3 up & up pencils @.77 -4 x $1.50/3 target coupons
2 raisinettes @2.79 -2 x $1/1 coupons
2 scotch tape @5.99 -$5/1 coupon
I used 3.40 on a giftcard I had from last visit. I paid $52.40.

Second visit: This visit was at a different location and I was hoping to find a few things the others didn't have but I still haven't found them. Oh well!
2 market pantry lunch meat @2/$6, used 2 x $1/1 Target coupons and 5% cartwheel
up & up pencil case .69
up & up portfolio .50
up & up erasers .52 -1.50/3 Target coupon
3 up & up sunscreen @1.02 -2 x $1/1 Target coupons - buy 3 select items get 1 free
up & up facial cleanser pads 1.14 -$1/1 mobile coupon
tissues 1.25 -.50/1 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 Keebler club minis @2.89 -50% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
2 market pantry cookies @1.88 -$1/2 coupon -5% cartwheel
2 market pantry cookies @1.47 -$1/2 coupon -5% cartwheel
Used $5 giftcard from last visit.
Paid 8.04.

Office Max:
3 boxes crayons @.25
3 packs glue sticks @.25
scissors .25

Estate Sale:
My daughter found a puzzle game, set of 3 dress-up necklaces and a watermelon shaped pencil bag. I got my son some bubbles and a Highlights magazine. I got thread and yarn.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions

Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss,  Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson offers a guide to Christian parents who want to impart guidance, comfort and wisdom to their kids while facing difficult situations.

What I liked most about this book was that it answers these questions based upon actual child development research and not conjecture or old wives' tales. Some of the issues addressed include why God lets natural disasters happen. This is a common question and one that is not without controversy. I get frustrated when I hear that people prayed hard enough to keep the tornado/hurricane/flood from killing themselves or their loved ones. Well, does that mean that the people that did die didn't pray hard enough? I don't think so. This book offers better advice for those types of situations that are difficult for all of us to understand.

What I didn't care for is that the book comes off as rather preachy and the authors take some stances that I don't personally agree with. There is a lot of Biblical interpretation going on within the pages. This is definitely a book for conservative Christians.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a children's hardcover book about the story of Jonah and the whale. I could hardly pry the book out of my 19 month old daughter's hands to do the review!

The illustrations in the book are engaging and that's what drew my little one right in. She loves "Shees! Sheeees!" (Fishes).

The retelling of the story is comprehensive and not dumbed down, which is unusual given that the recommended age group is 4 to 8 years.

This book would make a nice way to introduce little ones to this beloved scripture. I think it would also make a nice baby shower gift to start out a little one's library. There wasn't anything about this book that I didn't like.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I received no other compensation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: Simple Thai Food

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu is a guide to making authentic Thai home cooked meals.

I love Thai food and a local restaurant is our place of choice when we want to go out to eat. As someone who grew up eating overcooked meat and potatoes, I've been working to expand my palate and cooking skills, so I was excited about this book.

Most of the recipes here require a lot of ingredients, most of which aren't available at my local Kroger or Meijer. I live in a large city with several Asian grocers, so I assume I could find the ingredients there.

I think these recipes would also take a significant amount of time to cook, which can be a challenge when you have 3 kids underfoot. These recipes would be good for when you have a few hours to play around in the kitchen, chop things up and work without interruptions.

One other issue I had was that there weren't photos of each recipe. Finally, the binding of the book makes it difficult for it to stay open while in the kitchen. A spiral binding would solve that problem.

There are some great ideas in this book, but I'm not sure I'd call any of it simple!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: A Match of Wits

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano is the fourth book in this series. I had not read the other three, which made it a little difficult to catch on and catch up to the story line. I also rarely read fiction as I find so much interesting in the non-fiction genres.

The characters are well-developed- nearly fully developed by the time of this book, so understanding their backgrounds is a challenge for those of us who haven't read the others in the series. Still, the adventure is engaging and what I liked most was the development of the relationships between Agatha and Zayne.

If you like to read romance novels but the regular kind are a little too dirty for your liking, these Christian sort of romance novels might be a bit tamer and more to your liking.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I received no other compensation.

Book Review: Get to Know Mary

Get to Know Mary: A Full-color Biography for Kids by Nancy I. Sanders offers a way for kids to get to learn about this very important mother and woman in history.

What I liked the most about the content of the book was that it wasn't sensational and that it was fairly realistic about the times. There is also artwork commemorating special parts of her life.

The book is aimed at kids ages 8 to 10 or so, or a 3rd to 5th grade reading level. There is a word bank, maps and facts as well as references to scripture.

I think this book would be nice for Christian homeschooling families or as a stocking stuffer or Easter basket stuffer.

The only thing I didn't care for in the book doesn't have anything to do with the content- just the center justification of each line of text. I prefer left-justified because it's easier for me to read.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I received no other compensation.