Book Review & Giveaway: MeaningFULL by Alli Spotts-De Lazzer

MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues by Alli Spotts-De Lazzer

Publisher:  Unsolicited Press (January 26, 2021)
Category: Self-help, Non-Fiction, psychology, memoir, health/wellness, inspirational, eating disorder recovery, weight loss, & body positivity
Available in Print and ebook, 282 pages

“MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues” is a blend of motivational self-help, memoir, psychology, and health and wellness. Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an expert in eating and body image issues, and a woman on the other side of her own decades-long struggle with food and body.

A $702 billion global diet/nutrition and weight loss industry shows that people worldwide are devoted to achieving maximum health and their desired bodies. Yet mainstream approaches are failing these individuals, and sadly, science proves this. Intent on gaining the “health” and “happiness” that diets promise, consumers keep trying. They become sad and frustrated, believing they’re failing when they’re not. They simply need a legitimate, alternative path, which “MeaningFULL” offers. Through the contributors’ diverse, real-life mini-memoirs followed by Spotts-De Lazzer’s commentaries, readers will learn about themselves and discover their unique, unconventional formulas for conquering their issues. Along the way, “MeaningFULL” will also guide them towards more self-appreciation, wellness, and fulfillment.

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Guest Review by Sage Nor

“Knowing your values helps you to make empowering decisions, including those related to conquering food, weight, and body image issues.”

What a different and sorely needed take on self-help this book was! I assumed that this would be just like every other diet and weight loss book out there but boy was I ever glad to be wrong! Contained in the pages of this book are 23 stories from different people from all different walks of life, all of whom have struggled with their weight, eating disorders and body image issues.

Every single one of these stories is gripping, many are heartbreaking but most end joyfully with the person talking about the path that they were able to take to reclaim who they truly are outside of being obsessed with their weight.  Can diets be helpful to some people? Of course, but this book is an excellent look at how diets and the culture surrounding them can often go too far and how people can begin to feel that their weight is all that they are.

Alli Spotts De-Lazzer provides the gentle, intelligent commentary of a trained therapist throughout the book and, especially, at the end of every chapter. Her summation of the stories is so helpful and affirming that I found myself tearing up at times while reading it. In some chapters she provides exercises that are helpful for looking at your own situation if you suffer from an eating disorder or body image issues. Spotts-De Lazzer is not only an eating disorder specialist but also a family and marriage therapist and I think this shows in her gentle encouragement style of writing.

There was one lesson from Spotts- De Lazzer in particular about figuring out what your core values are that really resonated with me. It makes so much sense to me that, that can help with your body image issue. This is a must read for anyone who is or has struggled with body image issues and if you know someone in the struggle!

About the Author

Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a “CEDS” Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and a person on the other side of her own decades-long struggle with food battles and body dislike. She has presented educational workshops at international conferences, hospitals, and graduate schools and has published articles in trade magazines, academic journals, and online information hubs.

A believer in service and advocacy, Alli serves on multiple committees and created #ShakeIt for Self-Acceptance!—a movement embodying its message.

Website: https://www.meaningfullread.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeaningFULLread/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/meaningFULLread
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meaningfullread/

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Praise for MeaningFULL

“First, let me tell you….YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Why? Because it will resonate with you at some level. Whether you’re the person that has had a moment of, “I can’t wear that” or “I don’t like the way my (insert body part here) looks in that shirt” or “That food is bad/good for me”. I promise something in this book will touch you. For me, there were many “A-HA” moments that made me tear up a bit reading them knowing that I was not alone. Alli does a fantastic job of letting these stories unfold, letting the writer tell their truth and where they’re coming from, and where they are going. You will laugh, you might cry, but you will definitely be better for reading this! Highly recommend. 5 SHINING STAR STICKERS!!”-cedarparkmom

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Desire Factor by Christy Whitman

The Desire Factor: How to Embrace Your Materialistic Nature to Reclaim Your Full Spiritual Power by Christy Whitman

Publisher:  Beyond Words Publishing (April 21, 2021)
Category: Self-help, Motivational, Creativity, Inspirational, Non-Fiction
Available in Print and ebook, 208 pages

Description

There is no limit to the amount of happiness that we, as human beings, can experience. There is no limit to how much love, laughter, excitement, or satisfaction we can feel. This universe is unendingly abundant, which means that it has the ability to yield to us whatever experiences we desire. Why, then, do some people manifest their desires so fluidly and naturally, while others are living lives of struggle, mediocrity, or quiet desperation?

Hard work alone does not guarantee a positive result.  In fact, pushing forward with determination and effort when things are not going as planned usually only makes a bad situation worse.  Energy – not action – is the source of all manifested things, and The Desire Factor is the definitive guide to achieving energy mastery.

The Desire Factor provides one of the most current, comprehensive, and easy to apply explorations into the realm of energy, and shows readers how – by purposefully calibrating the energetic frequency of their dominant thoughts, moods and expectations – they can bring any desire into physical form.

The book is built around 7 universal principles, each of which assists readers in connecting with and deliberately harnessing the divine energy stream that sources all things. These are:

  • The Principle of Alignment
  • The Principle of Focus
  • The Principle of Joyful Expectancy
  • The Principle of Having
  • The Principle of Loving
  • The Principle of Surrender
  • The Principle of Action

Each principle builds upon the last one, and together, they provide a clear path – not just toward the manifestation of objects, experiences and conditions you desire to create in each important area of your life – but toward the personal evolution your desires are guiding you to embrace.

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Guest Review by Sage Nor

An interesting and unique take on the modern self-help book, ‘The Desire Factor: How to Embrace Your Materialistic Nature to Reclaim Your Full Spiritual Power” by Christy Whitman is a book about embracing your wants through the power of positive thinking.

In the beginning of the book, Whitman states that “Desire is intended to feed you, to thrill and refresh you, and every desire, big or small, summons life-force itself through you.’ This is an excellent introduction into the belief that provides the heart of this book: that desire is a living thing that helps us when we need it to.

Whitman believes that the desire for something—anything, be it as small as a designer handbag or as big as world peace—creates a spark within us that is capable of showing us the greater purpose within ourselves and the better person that we can become. She believes that desire is the first step in all creation and that if you want something—provided that it is not hurtful to you or another person—it is a message from your Divine Self.

Throughout the book, Whitman discusses several principals of her belief in using desire for personal betterment, including the Principal of Alignment, The Principal of Loving, The Principal of Joyful Expectancy, and many others. Each idea is well outlined and thought out. Whitman has a way with words that brings the book an air of spirituality that I appreciated.

I recommend picking up a copy of this book even if the idea behind it makes you feel skeptical. It really has to be read to be fully understood and soaked in.  There is no better teacher than our own human minds and Whitman brings that across beautifully in this book. If we listen to our own desires, we might find some unexpected ideas within ourselves.

About the Author

Christy Whitman is a Transformational Leader, Celebrity Coach and Law of Attraction expert, as well as the two-time New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All and Taming Your Alpha Bitch. She is also the author of the international bestseller Quantum Success. Her forthcoming book The Desire Factor will be released April 21, 2021.

Christy has appeared on the news, The Today Show, The Morning Show, Ted X, and The Hallmark Channel and her work has been featured in the media in various publications. She’s been featured in Goalcast, People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, to name a few.

Christy is the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Learning Academy & Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 10-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped certify over 3,000 life coaches and has helped countless others to unlock their power to manifest. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband Frederic and her two boys Alex and Maxim.

Websites: www.thedesirefactor.com and www.christywhitman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christywhitmaninternational/
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Book Review & Giveaway: The Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

Addicted Child: Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse by Richard Capriola

Publisher:  Book Baby (November 24, 2020)
Category: Self-help, Parenting, Adolescence, Substance Abuse, Drug Dependency Recovery, & Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-09832-728-1
Available in Print and ebook,  107 pages


The Addicted Child is a resource for parents. It addresses adolescent substance abuse. Readers learn the extent of adolescent substance abuse in America, how drugs impact the teen brain, warning signs every family should know about, assessments and tests important for a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, how eating disorders and self-injury can accompany substance abuse, how to recognize street drugs being used by teens, and resources to help identify treatment options.

Parents will learn from Richard Capriola, a mental health and addictions counselor, the importance of comprehensive assessments – and what to look for in a counselor to know you’re getting the right help.

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Guest Review by Sage

When you discover that your child is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, it can be difficult to decide what to do next. This book, ‘The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse’ by Richard Capriola, is an excellent resource for answers to that question. Capriola is a mental health and addictions counselor who has dealt with many cases of teenagers facing substance abuse in his professional line of work.

Although this is a guide to getting help, there are lost of chapters on the ins and outs of different drugs and substances that your child may be addicted to. Things like that many of us don’t consider that serious like marijuana use or vaping can have long-lasting negative affects on not only physical, but also mental health if started at a young age.

In the book, Capriola states that drugs like amphetamines, cocaine and morphine produce a surge of dopamine in the brain that delivers a pleasurable feeling. This overrides the prefrontal cortex, or the part of our brain that assesses risky or dangerous behavior. However, the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the age of 25, so drug use in children has a tendency to be even more dangerous than drug use for people of older ages.

The chapters of this book are filled with helpful graphs and checklists for things to assess whether or not your child is at risk for developing an addiction and, if they have already developed one, the best way to help them is to seek treatment.
This book is quick and an easy read for parents who may not have time to sit down and read a full textbook on the subject. All of the pertinent details are there and anything unneeded is left out. This is a great resource and concise. Five stars!

About the Author

Richard Capriola has been a mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He has been licensed in Illinois and Texas and has treated both adults and adolescents with substance abuse disorders.

Website: https://helptheaddictedchild.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.capriola
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapriolaRichard
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/richardcapriola
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instarick1949/

Praise for the Addicted Child

Literary Titan Book Award (Gold) 2020

In this pragmatic and accessible text Rick Capriola has distilled the wisdom he accrued from decades of experience on the frontlines of substance use treatment. He provides a valuable resource to all parents attempting to find their bearings in the often confusing and frightening world of intertwined adolescent psychological and substance use problems.”-Major R. Bradshaw, Ph.D  Department Of Psychiatry, Houston Methodist Hospital

“Rick has written an invaluable tool for parents. The Addicted Child helps parents understand how alcohol and drugs influence their child’s behavior, offers resources to help parents find effective treatment options, and explains which assessments are important for a diagnosis and the professionals that should be involved in making those assessments.”-Jamison Monroe, Founder and Chairman Of Newport Healthcare

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New Releases

Redundancy

This book is intended for anyone who has been, or is being, made redundant.

It explains how redundancy is a natural process in today’s modern world, and nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of.

It gives practical, sage advice on how to approach redundancy, and how to put it in proportion and perspective.

Written in a readable, flowing and pithy style, this book provides peace of mind and explains how redundancy is not something to be feared, but a true lifetime, golden opportunity.

About the Author:

Paul Williams is a consultant, author and speaker, specialising in organisational culture, transition management, team dynamics, individual behaviour and collaborative working.

His disarmingly readable style marks him out as a uniquely effective author, willing to address the issues concerned with people, and building high performance teams.  Using his inimitable, pithy style he has tackled the thorny subject of redundancy in a succinct, readable and empathetic way.

Excerpt from the book:

“Being made redundant can come as a terrible shock, and be seen as an almost fatal personal blow.  It can set loose a tide of despair which, if left unarrested, can result in a self-fulfilling prophecy of personal failure.

It needn’t be like that!

This short book has been written for those who are facing the threat of redundancy, those who have been made redundant, or indeed anyone – be it a friend, family member, colleague or manager – who know someone who is facing what they will perceive as a daunting process.

Hopefully reading this book will help everyone to realise that redundancy should not be the harbinger of personal failure, but be perceived as a real and genuine golden opportunity.”

Review on Amazon for this book:

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Change is good

27 November 2020

“With the coronavirus lockdown and unemployment increasing in general, it’s a difficult time for many of us. What I particularly like about this book is it’s written in a colloquial way which makes the advice provided really easy to understand and follow. The author has many years of business experience and shares his commercial expertise by encouraging us to see being made redundant as an opportunity for change and personal growth, which is a good thing and not something to be feared or loathed.

They say the measure of a person is how they deal with change and move forward. This book guides us on how to do so.

If you’re facing redundancy, pick up this book and give it a read. It’ll help you realise the opportunity that change provides, both in term of understanding the possibilities and fulfilling your potential.”

“Redundancy:  A Golden Opportunity”by Paul Williams is available in hardback from Amazon at:

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Abigail Bear – The Lockdown

Abigail is a little bear – with a big love of dance. She loves to dance with her friends at Madame Swan’s dance school, and she really enjoys telling her class all about it at school.

So, what will happen when both her dance class and her school must close suddenly, without warning? Will Abigail ever get used to the new normal?

A heart-warming story of hope and resilience – even in the toughest of times.

About the Author:

Shona Stringer is a Mum to three children (Abigail, Toby & Jude), and a Dance Teacher/Principal of ZEST Dance Studios in Leeds.

During lockdown#1 2020, Shona decided to write a short story for her younger students, as it was becoming apparent many were struggling with the confusion of their newly-imposed normal. They were missing their friends & family as well as missing their school and dance lessons.

Abigail Bear is the dance studio mascot and has been loved for many years by generations of dancers. Shona hopes now that Abigail can bring more joy and happiness to children far and wide.

Excerpt from the book:

“She went to her bedroom, lay on her bed, and thought about what Mummy Bear had said.  She didn’t really want a new normal; she was quite happy with her old normal, so why did things have to change?

She turned over to look at the photographs next to her – all of Abigail in her sparkly costumes and tutus.  She missed her dancing friends, too.”

“Abigail Bear – The Lockdown”by Shona Stringer is available in paperback from Book Depository and Amazon at:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Abigail-Bear-Lockdown-Shona-Stringer/9781839752773

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Book Review & Giveaway: My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn

Book Title:  My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   August, 2020

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

This story is about Rosie, who lives in Chicago. Within three weeks she lost all of her hair and asked, “Where did it go?” Rosie loved to rock the bald, without even skipping a beat. She happily wore sunscreen -not even a hat!- in the summer heat. At bedtime, Rosie would tell her own stories with a smile on her face. She’d imagine her hair going on magical adventures all over the place. From a young age, Rosie loved herself and was not phased by her look, So her mother decided to share her spirit to teach others through this book. Come on this adventure with a confident bald girl, Who tells us Bald is beautiful! as she smiles with a twirl. We hope this book can inspire you to love others as they are, And to love yourself every day, whether your hair is near or far.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an inspiring story for children as well as adults! Rosie is a real person and her mom is the author, Paula Quinn. When Rosie lost all of her hair, she wasn’t fazed. She was diagnosed with alopecia, but she would tell people that her hair went on vacation. She showed others how to love yourself even if you’re a little different…especially because you’re a little different.

It’s obvious that Rosie and her mother feel that helping those with low self-esteem is important. They’ve even started a mission to help others who are struggling to restore confidence, happiness, and pride.

My Hair Went on Vacation is adorable and has cute and colorful illustrations and rhyming text. It teaches children and adults to love yourself and others as they are. This is definitely a book I recommend!

About the Author

Paula and Rosie Quinn are the founders of Coming Up Rosies, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling Rosie’s dream to make bald kids like her smile confidently. At two years old, Rosie was diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an incurable autoimmune disease that results in baldness. From a young age, Rosie taught her parents how to embrace her difference by coming up with magical adventures of her hair each night before bed. Despite Rosie’s confidence, awkward questions and comments about her baldness started to bother Rosie. One day, her parents surprised her with a head scarf made from one of her paintings. Rosie immediately felt confident again, and wanted to share this feeling of pride with all bald children. Rosie lives in Chicago with her sister Caroline, her parents Paula and Larry, and their bernedoodle, Enzo. As a family, they love to go to Cubs games, have dance parties, and cook Italian dinners at home.

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New Releases

Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures

This children’s bereavement book ties in pictures with simple heartfelt words from Hugo’s daddy, Ric. Written as a poem and linked by colourful illustrations to capture moments, memories and feelings around the loss of Hugo’s mummy, it is also for the future.  It might just provide some help with a little one’s loss.

When Hugo lost his mummy ‘Jade’ straight after birth, many beautiful things were made for him, including a special ‘mummy cushion’ and a lavender scented teddy, which was created from one of her dresses. Hugo’s mummy t-shirts, which are hanging as buntin in his room, have been worn in many charity 10K and half marathon runs in memory. A personalised travel belt for clipping on Hugo and daddy’s backpacks reflects all the adventures to come.  The heart symbols lay on mummy’s resting place – red representing Daddy, green for Mummy and blue for Hugo. There is also a shooting star included for mummy and as hope for Hugo and Daddy’s future, the H symbol also represents this as a sign of hope and for the initials for Hugo Hart.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  http://www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk

Excerpt from the book:

 “Hugo’s and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures” by Ric Hart is available in paperback from the following retailers:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hugo-and-daddys-night-time-adventures/ric-hart/jacqueline-tee/9781839752018

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A change of expectations is one of the keys. 

A change of intentions is another.

About the Book:

Throughout your life, what you think, say and do are determined by emotional undercurrents running beneath your conscious level. Those undercurrents have evolved through earlier experience, some that enhance your life with pride and happiness, others that impact on the decisions you take each day without your recognizing it. Keys to Your Life invites you to see how, by releasing the disappointments from the past, you open to an excellence and a higher level of consciousness that you did not previously know was in your nature. If you are someone that wants to manifest the most excellent aspects of your nature, this is a book through which you will derive much inspiration.

About the Author:

Leon Norell is not a psychologist. He is a businessman. His qualifications for writing “Keys to Your Life” are his 80+ years’ life experience; in particular, his emotional early years, two years in the R.A.F, 60 years in the business world and a series of personal development seminars in the 1980s that changed his life.

Through his many years of experience, Leon came to recognise how people sabotage themselves in subtle ways and penalise others for their own unhappiness. He also saw how people are the authors of much of their own misfortune, and that by realising and releasing grievances and your mistakes of the past, they can achieve so much more.

Based on his own life experience, Leon’s intention in writing this book is to guide anyone who genuinely wants to advance from his or her current level of existence to a more fulfilled, meaningful and purposeful life.

If you are someone who wants to manifest the finest aspects of your nature, “The Keys to Your Life” is a book through which you will derive some valuable inspiration.

Excerpt from the Book:

 

Contents

                       A Word from the Author   
                       Introduction   

Chapter 1 Your Brain Decides
Chapter 2 You Decide
Chapter 3 Undercurrents that Drive You
Chapter 4 Your Beliefs and the Truth
Chapter 5 The Excellence of Your Nature
Chapter 6 The Release Process
Chapter 6 Toward Neutrality and Peace
Chapter 7 The Non-physical Dimension
Review your Consciousness

“The Keys to Your Life” by Leon Norell is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Book Review: Portrait Drawing for kids by Angela Rizza

Draw the people and faces around you―a kid’s guide to portrait drawing

Anyone can take a picture―but drawing a person with recognizable likeness takes practice. Portrait drawing offers a completely unique interpretation of your subject, and Portrait Drawing for Kids gives budding artists the skill set they need to draw pictures of themselves, their family, and friends.

Broken down into simple, step-by-step instructions, this book will teach you every aspect of portraiture, from features of the face, to capturing emotions, to techniques like shading and highlighting. This drawing for kids book will help you take your artistic talents to the next level―beginning with a sharpened pencil.

Portrait Drawing for Kids includes:

  • Selfie know-how―Not only will you learn to create pictures of other people, but you’ll also learn the art of self-portraits.
  • Inspirational activities―Each lesson offers separate drawing for kids exercises to inspire you to establish your abilities on your own.
  • A painter’s toolbox―Get introductions to your full range of art instruments―from sketch pads to colored pencils―as well as terms of the trade like contour, midtones, exposure, and more.

Interested in a drawing for kids book but not sure where to start? Portrait Drawing for Kids is ideal for budding artists!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Although it says that this book is for ages 9-12, I think that any age will learn a lot from this book. All you need is a pencil and an eraser and something to draw on. She gives a list of other tools that would be nice to have on hand, but they’re not necessary, especially to begin with.

Portrait Drawing for kids begins with the basics. First, framing the face, then adding the eyes and eyebrows and finally, the nose and mouth. The last thing under basics are expressions, which are a little more difficult than just drawing an expressionless face.

Once you have the basics of the face down, the book goes into more advanced things such as ears and hair, profiles, shading, etc. Toward the end, she shows a few portraits from history followed by how to draw your own portraits.

There is so much detailed information in Portrait Drawing for kids that one thing needed is patience. It takes a lot of practice to get good at something. There are a lot of pages dedicated to practice and those should be taken advantage of (over and over).

I recommend Portrait Drawing for Kids for anyone of any age who wants to learn more about drawing people.

About the Author

Angela Rizza graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2011 and since, has been creating artwork in Mahopac, NY. Her work is inspired greatly by the wildlife around her home, and her favorite stories she read growing up. When working on children’s books, she creates images that appeal to her inner child, drawings with lots of details, color, and quality that captures the attention of the viewer. The intricate work is hand-drawn in ink and color is applied digitally, and she is greatly influenced by classical storybook illustrators and her favorite plants and animals.