Get a Fresh Start to 2015 with DK Books #Review and #Giveaway~ CAN 02/23

| February 5, 2015 | 42 Comments

Many people make resolutions to make a fresh start by trying to improve on an aspect of their body. It may be becoming fit, eating better or trying something new. So not make resolutions, but I do like trying new things in order to improve myself. When I was asked to review two books from DK’s Start Fresh Boutique, I was really happy that I would get to do and make things to help accomplish my goals by getting to read these books and learning to improve on myself. I was able to chose 2 books form this boutique, and I chose Natural Beauty: Natural make-up, Soothing therapies, Homemade preparations and Mediterranean Cooking: Fast, fresh and easy recipes.

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I decided to start my fresh start on the outside of my body first, so I turned to the book Natural Beauty: Natural make-up, Soothing therapies, Homemade preparations. This book is full of so many ways to help heal and improve your body from head-to-toe using natural products you can make at home. The photos were simple yet beautiful, and there was a lot of detail given for what the book wanted to share with its readers so they would understand what they were doing and the benefits of each treatment, plant or mineral being used in these products.



I really loved the “What’s In That Bottle” section of this book. My particular favourite pages were “The Science of the Label” pages where it has a chart for readers showing different chemicals that are traditionally found in beauty products, why they are put into beauty products, and how it does to your health. I also loved “The Kit You Need” pages that provide readers with the basic tools they would need to make beauty products at home. There are also photos of each of these items so readers will know what they are to look for if they are going to purchase these items.

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After looking through the book, wanting to try to make so many of these products for myself, I decided to keep it simple and make something with ingredients that just about everyone has in their homes. I chose to try the Reviving Tomato Mask to test on myself. There are only three ingredients, and the steps to replicate this mask were simple to follow. I also liked how this book tells you why tomatoes are great to use on your face and how they are great for your body, too. After I used this mask, my face felt smoother, and I was touching my face all day, feeling how nice my face felt after using this treatment.

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Now that I have begun to take care of the outside of my body, my insides (mainly my stomach) were ready for some pampering, too! This is when I cracked open Mediterranean Cooking: Fast, fresh and easy recipes.



There were so many photos that were, as to what I have become accustom to expect of books published by DK, gorgeous. After a lot of flip-flopping, I chose to make Peperonata from Italy. I went with this choice because this meal is a great compromise between what everyone eats in our home, and the ingredients were not difficult to find at our grocery store. There were only two directions for this recipe which made this recipe really easy to prepare and follow.

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I really liked how this book also gives suggestions as to how certain dishes can be used in a meal.


I used it as a sauce for pasta with capellini noodles and I added hot Italian sausages to the dishes of those in my household that eat meat. We then topped of our dishes with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I loved it and my other half said that it was a great dish. He liked that it was a simple dish, but it was so delicious! He cannot wait for us to have Peperonata for dinner again!

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Once again, DK has published some amazing books for readers to read, to learn from and to explore. The Fresh Start Boutique DK has to offer a reader is brilliant, and the books I reviewed were fantastic! I am so glad to have these two books in my personal library. I will be using them over and over again because they are so informative and there are plenty of recipes and treatments I want to try to improve myself, both inside and out!

If you would like to see what books are available in DK’s Start Fresh Boutique, you can take advantage of their offer by clicking on their button below.



Disclaimer: I was compensated by DK Books with two books in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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DK Books wants for one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club reader to have a fresh start this year by receiving the same books I read and tested for this review! The winner will receive the following books from DK’s Start Fresh Boutique:

  • Natural Beauty: Natural make-up, Soothing therapies, Homemade preparations; and
  • Mediterranean Cooking: Fast, fresh and easy recipes.

Enter today for your chance to have a fresh start this year with DK Books!

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends on February 23rd, 2015 at 11:59 EST.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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  1. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I use cookbooks and also the internet.

  2. kathy downey says:

    I mostly use my cookbooks but every now and then I use a bloggers recipe that looks good

  3. Joy says:

    i love, love, love cookbooks – i am almost obsessed with them! The pictures and the ideas fill me with inspiration!! I like to read them, even if i don’t use any of the recipes. sometimes i look on-line, but i will always love cookbooks!

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    I use a combination of both cookbooks and the internet to find my recipes.

  5. KD says:

    I use both! I look through my own cookbooks, borrow cookbooks from the library, google recipes, and use pinterest! I love trying new recipes…

  6. Charlene A. says:

    I love my cookbooks! I also search for recipes online, but I truly adore buying new cookbooks, trying recipes from them and simply reading them.

  7. jan says:

    I use both cookbooks and the web

  8. Freda Mans says:

    I have the cookbook as well and LOVE it!
    I shared the giveaway everywhere. Good luck to all who enter!

  9. Silvia D says:

    i have a few favourite cookbooks but tend to search the web more!

  10. Amy C says:

    I like to search the web mostly but sometimes I look in cook books.

  11. Julie G. says:

    I look for recipes on the internet and in recipe books, too.

  12. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo says:

    It really depends on what I’m looking to cook. If it’s a dessert or preserve, I would use a cookbook. If it was how to bake beans I would look to the internet.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I use both cookery books and the web when searching for a recipe. I have some fantastic German books with great recipes but sometimes I need to search the web for new ideas.

  14. Victoria Ess says:

    I love finding recipes in cookbooks but also search online for well-reviewed ones.

  15. heidi c. says:

    I use a combination of both!

  16. Jonnie says:

    I collect cookbooks and love to use them for ideas and inspiration. I do use the internet as well

  17. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    We use cookbooks and the internet to find recipes.

  18. cbrazil says:

    I use both – recipes for family favorites, and the web for new ideas.

  19. Toby says:

    Cookbooks, internet sites, and I love the Kraft Recipe magazine that comes in the mail. I also cherish my Mom’s cookbook of favourites past!

  20. Michelle james says:

    I have one website I use for recipes but I also have 4 books I use all the time

  21. Audrey Skinner says:

    I sometimes use the web for recipes but mostly I use recipe books and other recipes handed down over the years.

  22. Sean Pynaert says:

    I search on the web all the time.

  23. Susan Patterson says:

    Yes, I use cookbooks to prepare different dishes- thanks!

  24. trotulo says:

    I usually Google search my recipes

  25. Jeannie says:

    I use both cookbooks and I search the web as well.

  26. GARRY S says:


  27. Anna W says:

    I usually use the web to look for recipes but I have a few old cook books I still use.

  28. Angela Mitchell says:

    I use both. I still like browsing through cookbooks!

  29. Tiana says:

    I usually search online

  30. lucy says:

    I search online

  31. Lee-Ann S says:

    I use both cookbooks and online searches. Depends on what I am looking for.

  32. amber y says:

    I use cook books AND search the web. I spend a lot of time hunting for new recipes. I love cooking and eating.

  33. tennille says:

    I use a combination of the two but I would say more of it would be online

  34. Dreena says:

    I use both. My tried and true favourites can be found in a cookbook.

  35. Jennifer Lo says:

    I use cook books and serach the web!

  36. Tina L. says:

    I use a combination of both.

  37. Gene D says:

    i use both cookbooks and internet sites

  38. Karine says:

    When I have a cookbook of what I want to do (ex: fondue book) I’ll use it but otherwise look on the web 🙂

  39. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I mostly use cookbooks and online recipes

  40. catherine brown says:

    I use cookbooks and search on the internet for anything I can’t find in the books.

  41. Heather Ritz says:

    I use cookbooks.

  42. Pam says:

    I love a good cookbook (especially with lots of pictures!), but often use the web to look for recipes centered around a particular ingredient.

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