Book Review: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is well known for being a swimsuit model and TV talk show host as well as making occasional controversial headlines (just look at today’s papers). But what many don’t know about her is that she is also very passionate about cooking and talking about cooking and food in general

Today, her book Cravings: Recipes For All The Food You Want To Eat was released and as you would expect, it is filled with hand picked recipes surrounded by lots of photos of staged celebrity moments. While the food looks good, these celebrity photos are often distracting and take away from this book’s true potential.

Overall, there are a few decent recipes that caught my attention and I may be giving them a try but for the most part this book contains too much fluff and not enough cooking content to spark my interest. 3 stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Jeff Oravits Running For Flagstaff City Council Re-election

For immediate release:

Since first being elected in 2012, Jeff Oravits has been leading the way to make Flagstaff a better place. Oravits was the driving force behind a much needed plan to fix Flagstaff’s streets, which resulted in a $100,000,000 voter approved streets and infrastructure repair plan. Oravits’ initiative to curb Police turnover, PD was losing 30% of its force per year, produced a huge turnaround bringing vacancies to zero in just one year! And while many talk about transparency and accessibility, only to quickly forget about it once getting elected, Oravits has delivered, publishing every vote, and that of his colleagues, attending countless events, bringing events to Flagstaff and doing weekly radio updates.

Recognizing Flagstaff’s position as Northern Arizona’s regional hub, Oravits has tirelessly worked to improve Flagstaff’s economy, has developed deep relationships (relationships that were non-existent for Flagstaff before he took office) with State and Federal Representatives, helping bring Flagstaff its first ever Gubernatorial debate and first legislative budget town hall. Jeff is committed to continue and expand this access and outreach if re-elected and looks forward to working with as many people as possible to make Flagstaff the greatest small city in the nation.

A Daily Sun editorial stated it best, “Sometimes it takes an outsider to move the needle on the status quo.” In Oravits’ case, it certainly has made a difference for Flagstaff!

“Serving on the Flagstaff City Council has been a great honor and together I know we can continue to get things done for Flagstaff. This is a full time position for me, and over the next four years I will continue to work hard, push for policies that create more jobs, address traffic concerns and housing issues and I will not rest until we get a Veterans Care Home in Flagstaff.” -Councilman Jeff Oravits

There’s still a lot to get done in Flagstaff and the leadership that Oravits has clearly delivered is needed to continue making Flagstaff the greatest small city in the world. The record is clear. Jeff Oravits has been getting things done for Flagstaff and is asking voters to re-elect him to continue the important work he has begun.


Jeff Oravits is a long time Flagstaff resident, small business owner and he and his wife Angela are proud to be raising their three young children in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Read more about the successful initiatives Jeff Oravits has brought to the Flagstaff City Council, see ALL his votes and read about his plans for a second term on the Flagstaff City Council at

Book Review: The Bee Friendly Garden

I was thrilled to come across The Bee-friendly Garden by Kate Frey a few days after my local town of Flagstaff, Arizona legalized backyard beekeeping. Bees are a critical element in many ecosystems and are an essential part of beautiful and delicious gardens. I am excited to start planning this spring’s garden with bees in mind.

The Bee-friendly garden is a beautiful volume filled with full color photos and lots of text explaining how to create a garden that supports biodiversity.  The emphasis, of course, is on choosing plants that foster and nurture bees…which will in turn increase the quality and flavor of your harvest.

The final chapter diverges a little from gardening and discusses bee activism. We live at a time when bees are dying off for any number of reasons and protecting and promoting a healthy bee population is a necessity. Starting a bee-friendly garden in your yard is a great first step.

I highly recommend this title for anyone in the process of planning this year’s garden. A few minor changes can have a huge impact, not just for the quality of your harvest but for the environment as a whole. 5 stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


AZ GOP To Charge Delegates $50 Each To Attend State Convention

Republican Executive Committee members were informed this week that delegates and alternates attending the state convention to elect delegates for the national convention will be charged $50 each to participate this year.

In an email sent out by Tim Sifert, communications director of the The Arizona Republican Party, committee members were informed of the new changes:

“Like all attendees, each Delegate and Alternate attending the state convention must buy a $50 ticket to attend.”

This is the first time elected state delegates have been asked to pay to participate in the selection of national delegates.

Some party members have raised concerns that this change will make it harder for young and low income delegates to be involved in the process when the state convention convenes in April.

Book Review: Pop Painting By Camilla d’Errico

Camilla d’Errico is one of the most fascinating and creative artists in the wonderful world of pop painting today. Her paintings of beautiful young girls with big anime influenced eyes, surrounded by a surreal blend of animals (often birds and butterflies), are captivating and addicting.

In Pop Painting, d’Errico offers us a peek into her unique techniques and methods and the end result is a book that is very hard to put down. What is pop surrealism? How do you evoke emotion? How do you replicate those amazing melting effects? Answers to those and a myriad of other questions are all here. As are step by step instructions and thoughts on some of her most popular pieces.

I have reviewed several art instruction books over the past couple months and this is by far my favorite art book (so far) in 2016. Anyone with an appreciation of the unusual and beautiful will want this in their collection. It is worth every penny.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.