Color My Los Angeles

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Color Los Angeles the way you want to see it... Color your journey through the City of Angeles. Color elaborately hand drawn pen and ink illustrations of the most iconic destinations in LA.,―from The Hollywood sign to the Walk of Fame, down through Griffith Observatory and across the boulevard, enjoy all the treasures this city has to offer. Each page contains facts about the history of Tinseltown, so regardless if you’re a neighbor to the president or a first time visitor to the west coast, you'll have your own relaxing coloring experience for years to come.

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Coyote Peterson’s… Bravest Animal Adventures!

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Coyote Peterson’s… Bravest Animal Adventures chronicles some of the wildest encounters Coyote Peterson has had with wildlife over the course of his life. The stories begin with his first snapping turtle catch at the age of 8 years old and lead down a trail of incredible moments he and his camera crew have had while filming their Brave Wilderness Shows. From a giant alligator that nearly caught Coyote in its bone crushing jaws, to a 700lb Grizzly Bear that helped Coyote teach the audience what to do and NOT do if you ever encounter one of these enormous predators in the wild. Each and every tale is laced with fast paced action and daring adventure as Coyote, driven by a natural curiosity and love for animals, gets dangerously close to these incredible creatures. This collection of short stories aims to inspire a healthy dose of adventure and a fascination with wildlife for children of all ages. While the danger is eminent for Coyote, each story reminds the reader that animals rule the wild places of this planet and as long as we respect them from a safe distance even the most frightening of creatures are more likely to be afraid of us than we should ever be of them. Be Brave… Stay Wild!

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Heart-Healing

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Do you feel that something is holding you back? Do you realize it could be you, unaware that old resentments are blocking you from the fullness of your being? Heart-Healing: The Power of Forgiveness and Letting Go teaches you how to put compassion and unconditional love into action in a practical, easy and lasting way. Susyn Reeve explores the many areas of our lives where forgiveness is needed. Some of these topics get right to the core of your inner self, addressing life challenges; others may be surprising, and many may have gone unnoticed in your life - until now. Within this book, you will find great opportunities for real and transformational growth. Each chapter includes stories, exercises, and affirmations to help free you from any resentment and anger you may be holding towards yourself or others. This “psychological clutter” of old resentments and grudges can canker the soul; hatred and anger blocks love and light. And that holds you back. Susyn Reeve, an interfaith minister who apprenticed under Don Miguel Ruiz, takes readers through a process of heart-healing: looking at old grievances and wounds, childhood programming, memories of being bullied, relationships with family, friends, break-ups and divorces, betrayal and work issues, and all of these events which bruise us in our day-to-day life. She also addresses pain and sadness caused by global issues and crises that effect our community. Reeve shares her own 9/11 story and how that galvanized her to help others. Written in her wise and warm trademark style, Reeve’s book is an insightful, inspiring, refreshingly honest, and practical guide to living a life of contentment, connection and long-overdue joy. The helpful and hopeful advice and practices on these pages add up to a transformative journey to peace of mind and whole-heartedness. Susyn does not gloss over life’s pain and struggles but shows us how to use them to embrace new perspectives and possibilities.

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Pride & Joy

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This book fills the gap for 20 million queer Americans where 90% of the current queer nonfiction titles are predominantly by and about white, educated, upper middle class LGBTQ artists and icons, mostly gay men. Global figures, diverse representatives, Lesbians, disabled, gender fluid, working class artists, icons and, especially, everyday heroes are left out of the portrait. Most collections highlight research and feature dead heroes. Only Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes crossed over into bestseller status, cutting across race, class and sexual orientation in its readership. This collection is based on actual interviews with real stories and direct quotes. The subjects are leading successful, happy and fulfilling lives. Readers can see themselves in the featured LGBTQ icons, from the highest-ranking Lesbian at IBM to the Argentinian baker in Oakland, from the Maori Olympic rugby player and New Zealand MP to the African American choreographer from a potato sharecropping family, from the former president of the L.A.F.D. Women Firefighters to the Dutch-Spanish firefighter in the UK, from the Kansas gay dads to the Mexican American founder of a nonprofit to help queers stop smoking, from the first openly Lesbian Bishop of a major Christian religion to a Cuban immigrant inaugural poet, from the owner of the London gay bookshop featured in the film, PRIDE, to the first Transgender Member of Parliament in the world, and so on. This is what makes my book original. It’s one of the only books of its kind on the current amazon.com list of Top 25 Gay & Lesbian History Books and Nonfiction bestsellers. These are the “happy ending” stories queer readers and their allies crave. On a global scale, the awareness of the broad swath of LGBTQ artists, icons, everyday heroes and their contributions is often limited. This book brings those global role models out of the shadows for the gay boy in Ireland being bullied in his all-boys Catholic school or the Ugandan Lesbian fearing rape or worse in a country that outlaws homosexuality. With the Internet and e-books, nonfiction queer titles can find their way into the 73 countries where queers risk imprisonment for the crime of being queer or the 13 states where being gay brings the death penalty. For all our advances, American queer youth are still 4 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers (The Trevor Project, 2016). In America, queer youth make up 40% of the homeless population compared to 7% of the straight population (True Colors Fund, 2016). Studies are limited, but most indicate that substance abuse among LGBTQ Americans is 20-30% higher than the general population. From the Book: "This book will touch hearts and save lives. This book will encourage queer youth, college students and adults to pursue their dreams. I’m writing this book to inspire and embolden the next generation of queer youth, adults and allies around the world. I want American queers to realize on a visceral level that the fight for global LGBTQ rights, as well as gay rights in the U.S., is not over. I don’t want LGBTQ young professionals to experience what I did as a closeted Lesbian in a corporation where it was literally dangerous to come out. In one of my Persuasive Speaking classes at HP, one of my students, a highly educated white American engineer, delivered a speech justifying murder for only 5 crimes, one of which was homosexuality. At another company, I was OUTed by a former friend and colleague and subsequently fired by a Southern “cracker” CEO. A labor lawyer advised that I had no recourse since I was not OUT and couldn’t prove that this was a targeted “layoff.” The next corporate job, I was OUT to my department, but not to the salespeople I was training around the world. When the secretary OUTed me to the entire building at corporate headquarters, I had recourse with my boss and HR and was, subsequently, promoted and the secretary moved to another building with a stern warning. When I first met my Kiwi wife, she was not a citizen and we couldn’t marry in the U.S. This caused us to make all kinds of jujitsu moves; from becoming Civil Union partners in New Zealand to carrying Power of Attorney papers everywhere we went to paying extraordinary taxes and tax preparation fees because we could not marry. That was not that long ago: Marriage Equality was just won in the U.S. Supreme Court on Jun. 26, 2015."

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Still I Rise

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When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invicitus. The inspirational verse was by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invicitus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. It embodies the strength of character of the women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great ladies who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. The intrepid women are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince they took salvation into their own hands. Women celebrated in the book include Madame C. J. Walker-first female American millionaire, Aung San Suu Kyi-Burma’s first lady of freedom, Betty Shabazz-civil rights activist, Nellie Sachs-Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient, Selma Lagerlof-first woman Nobel Laureate, Fannie Lou Hamer-American voting rights activist, Bessie Coleman-first African-American female pilot, Wilma Randolph-first woman to win three gold medals, Sonia Sotomayor-first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Wangari Maathai-Nobel Prize winner, Winnifred Mandela-freedom fighter, Lois Wilson-founder of Al-Anon, Roxanne Quimby-co-founder of Burt’s Bees. From the Book: "Still I Rise Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014 You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. I rise I rise I rise."

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Banish Your Inner Critic

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We all have one: the Inner Critic who says you’re just faking it, that others have more talent, that you’ll never be a success. In Banish Your Inner Critic, respected keynote speaker Denise Jacobs uncovers the subconscious deterrents that stand between the seeds of great ideas and the fruits of achievement. Jacob’s guidebook shows you how to clear out your mental clutter so that your brilliant ideas can shine through.

Does your Inner Critic show up as a fear of being judged, perfectionism or procrastination, or all of the above? The trick is to recognize the Inner Critic and the different ways it manifests, and then have specific tools to deal with each guise according to the Creative Dose founder. 

Say goodbye to creative blocks and deadline panic with practical, effective tools you can start using immediately! Drawing on the latest in neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and productivity research, these game-changing exercises help you overcome self-doubt, get into the creative zone, and reach new levels of success. It’s time to fire your Inner Critic and do the kick-ass work you’re capable of.

You will learn how to:
-Identify and quiet the negative voice in your head (aka your Inner Critic)
-Disarm the evil twins of perfectionism and procrastination
-Conquer Imposter Syndrome
-Free yourself from anxiety, overwhelm, and self-sabotage
-Make the creative process more productive and fun again

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GUTS

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"GUTS is an attempt to help people understand the difference between their head, heart and gut and to use them in a way to make better decisions. Hopefully, GUTS will help you find your unique and powerful purpose to live with joy, passion and success." - Sam Bracken


In this modern era, we tap an app on our smartphone and anything you can imagine is delivered to you- maybe even by drone. We live in an age of convenience and ease; personal butlers are back in fashion and everyone has a chauffeur on call thanks to Uber. When was the last time you really “went for it?” Does anyone even have to try anymore? 

Sam Bracken answers that question with an emphatic YES. Now, more than ever, is the time to go for the gusto. In his book GUTS, Bracken explains why we all need to dig deep and do soul-searching to see what lights the fire within to bring forth your VERY best. Bracken’s backstory would make Dr. Phil turn tail and run. His childhood and upbringing are unimaginably tough with years of abuse, even to the point where a relative set him on fire. What didn’t kill Sam Bracken made him stronger and he is on a mission to empower others to live a gutsy life. 

When we say something takes guts, we usually mean it takes courage to do it. It takes guts to go skydiving or to run a marathon or to try out for the school play. We call it luck or stamina or intestinal fortitude in conquering the hard, albeit exciting, things in life. Look back at the great personalities who made a difference in the pages of history. What did they all have in common? Determination and tenacity. In short, GUTS!

They might have had talent too, but without guts they would have gone nowhere. Science now tells us that lots of talented individuals produce great stuff, but very few produce a lot of great stuff―and even fewer produce a lot of great stuff over a long career. What do these few highly productive people have in common? Grit and a large helping of self-belief. 

This book is about actually getting there. You’ll have to push past failure again and again. And it is also about beating the odds no matter how high they are stacked against you. To be a true leader, you have to start with yourself.

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Gay South Florida

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Steve Rothaus began covering the gay community for the Miami Herald in 1997 as was one of the first reporters at a mainstream newspaper anywhere in the country to cover gay issues as a regular news beat. “It was a different world.” “We wanted people to know that I was a real person so they would feel more comfortable having their name in the paper, knowing that they were talking to someone who was in the paper and who also was gay.” The rest is history. For nearly 20 years, Steve has been a major voice on LGBT pain, pride, and progress. “He’s really the authority on LGBT issues,” says Rick Hirsch, the Herald’s managing editor. “This is a region with a very significant LGBT community. Covering it well and intelligently really has value to our readers.”

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11 Seconds to Success

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The next time you are sitting in a long, boring meeting and your mind starts to wander might be the very moment you find your destiny. That is exactly what happened to Cyreneq who began doodling on Snapchat during a particularly snoozy conference room session. Soon after, she went on to rule that burgeoning social media platform. Cyrene Quiamco has become a prominent personality on a social media platform that is designed to make content disappear. Since joining Snapchat, Quiamco (who goes by "CyreneQ" across most social media) has amassed a following for her whimsical art ― from celebrity portraits to collages of Disney characters ― and interactive snaps. She engages her community with her highly imaginative and appealing art, quizzes, games and questions, transforming a series of short-lived snaps into a conversation. She's also the creator of The11thSecond.com, a blog and community for Snapchat artists to share their work off the platform. Cyreneq is also amassing awards, nominated for the Shorty Award, which recognizes the best in social media.


This modern fairy tale story (complete with Disney Princess self-portraits of the artist) starts in the Philippines where her family comes from. Cyrene gets her moxie, drive, spirit of self-invention and incredible work ethic from her mom whom she counts as a main inspiration to be fearless and go for your dreams. As she puts it, “I've always been an artist ever since elementary school, but I didn't really know how to apply that to the real world.” How she applied her artistry and originality to the modern world of social media is a fantastic story of 21st century success that will have readers dusting off their dreams. Cyreneq reminds us all of the power of our own imagination. Unleash that and nothing can stop you!

What you’ll learn inside this book:
• How to harness your personal creativity and apply it to the real world
• What Cyreneq really means in her motto “No excuses for starving artists!”
• How to “do what you love and the money will follow.
• Up your social media IQ and your earning quotient, too!

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Purposeful Retirement

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You’ve had a successful life and career by almost all measures. Now, you’re retiring. You are definitely not a couch potato and need something meaningful and inspiring for your second act. Is there a way to make intelligent choices? Can you learn from the lives and experiences of people who have chosen a purposeful retirement? Award winning author, distinguished speaker, and successful businessman Hyrum W. Smith offers tested and actionable approaches to finding that perfect retirement niche. In this book, Hyrum enables you to map the step-by-step route to a retirement that is not just enjoyable but is also deeply fulfilling on a personal level. Author Hyrum W. Smith shares a life-time of wisdom into this encouraging guide to discovering your true passion, re-imagining your life, and trying out new possibilities.

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The Responsive Chord

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The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.

Tony Schwartz, the man the New York Times called the "king of sound," drew on his unrivaled wealth of experience in the communications industry, to give us The Responsive Chord, an engaging read and one of the seminal books on media. Through his decades of work, Schwartz came to understand that most advertisers, politicians, and educators—in fact, most all of us—use a model of communication long outmoded by the coming of electronic media. In The Responsive Chord, he shows us how this model has made us blind to many of the inner workings of modern communication. He explains how audio and visual material can be used to create “resonance” with an audience. His “resonance principle” explains that the meaning of an ad (or any other stimulus) is not present in the ad itself but rather in how the ad relates to the vast array knowledge and associations—both factual and emotional—already held in the mind of the viewer. Thus, audience members do not merely digest a message; they are an essential force in creating it.

The implications for anyone looking to impart a message or influence decisions are enormous.

And with so many people these days getting their information through social media and "fake news" sites, it is crucial that we understand the strong forces by which these outlets act upon us and, yes, manipulate our ideas and actions. The Responsive Chord reveals these forces in a captivating and eye-opening read.

 

“I read The Responsive Chord as a freshman in college and it affected everything I’ve ever made since. Its message is practical and deep. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

— Ira Glass, Creator & Host of NPR’s This American Life

“Tony Schwartz was a genius in his understanding of the communications revolution of the 20th century. My interview with him was one of my favorites and one of the most important of my own long career in broadcast journalism.”

— Bill Moyers, Journalist, Political Commentator and White House Press Secretary

“Tony Schwartz was not only an original theorist but a master persuader whose must-read book is brimming with indispensable insight about how humans construct meaning through media.”

— Prof. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

“Here's the still-true story about how a media environment can shape our thoughts, our purchases and, yes, our votes. It's not just the content that influences us; if only it were that simple. No, it's the media themselves, the political economy driving them, and the atomizing impact of their targeted messaging. Maybe reading this book will prepare us to think more critically about the way social media is used on, and against us today.”

— Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“The Responsive Chord had a profound impact on me when I first read it as a teenager, and it sparked a lifelong interest in the impact of media and technology in education. Re-reading it today, Tony Schwartz's observations about education in a media-saturated environment are deeply prescient and more relevant than ever.”

— Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson Education

"I keep talking to Tony, learning from Tony, practically every day. Radio and audio are Tony’s World. We just live in it.”

 Christopher Lydon, Radio Host of The Connection and Open Source, former New York Times Journalist

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Every Day Thankful

Prayers and blessings for each day of the year on the topic of gratitude and giving thanks. This lovely book can be used as book of graces to share over the evening meal, as a hostess gift or for daily reflection. In today's frenetic world, the common experience of sharing the evening meal can restore a sense of community and humanity to society. More important, the blessing of the meal fosters in us a sense of gratitude for the gifts we have been given. This collection of 365 blessings-ranging from the words of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Abraham Lincoln to Maya Angelou and Oprah will bring joy to the shared experience of breaking bread. Becca Anderson’s curated collection of the world’s wisdom traditions celebrates the connections between grace and gratitude.

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Moon Spell Magic

This book is intended to be a practical and inspirational handbook to making magic - from spells for each day of the week, rituals for romance, seasonal sacred energy altars, to secrets for money magic and everything in between. Moon Spells Magic will contain an abundance of folk wisdom as well as many modern pagan practices that will help readers learn the necessary lore and background information for creating the life of their dreams. Rituals and incantations can lead to great personal growth. Witches are the among the most devoted spiritual seekers and this book can be an important tool for just this with the deep grounding in magical correspondences, astrological associations, as well as the myths behind the magic. Whether you are looking to conjure up a supernatural Saturday for your coven or rid your home of negative energy and blocks to happiness, this numinous guide can help readers turn their homes into personal pagan power centers and have fun in the process. The moon has enormous power and celestial energy; by harnessing that, you can improve your life every day with the spells in this book. What You’ll Learn Inside This Book: • Features over 100 recipes for spells ranging from the everyday to special occasions and high holidays • Something for every reader, from beginner level to advance students of the craft • Contains many ritual resources with lunar lore, astronomical and color correspondences, plant associations, god and goddess invocations, elemental aspects for creating personal spells • New takes on the basics such as spells for love, money and luck as well as many pagan practices for a modern lifestyle • A fun read that is grounded in scholarship for a fresh approach to spellwork as well as invocations and rituals for wealth, health and happiness. • A “personal super moon” section detailing your luckiest days of the year and the best time for magical working, romance, prosperity and when you can access you “Lunar Super Powers”

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Prayers for Hard Times

As recent scientific research shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even physically healing. With Prayers for Hard Times, author Becca Anderson offers solace in bringing together the wisdom of great thinkers, spiritual leaders and writers who have faced difficulty and learned from it. Organized in daybook form, the book draws from sacred sources such as the Bible, the Torah, Buddhist and Native American texts, as well as the writings of Joan Didion, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, Rumi, Mark Nepo, Harriet Tubman, Dave Eggars, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. Together, these wise words create a tapestry of consolation and renewal for those times when it all seems “too much.” In a world that feels increasingly fragile and, at times, fractured, people need answers and prayers. Becca Anderson’s collection focuses on prayers for a wide range of life challenges, from the personal to the global. Prayers for Hard Times covers issues facing individuals such as loss of loved ones, illness, anxiety, divorce, depression and addiction, as well as those challenges communities face in natural disasters and violence. The writers in Anderson’s devotional address the world at large, as well, with words of hope and help for global poverty, hunger, war and the environmental. Prayers for Hard Times offer readers solace, comfort, and support, drawing from the wisdom of every era, every major faith and tradition, and the important voices of those who have lived through such experiences themselves.

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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade on an interview will help get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you’ll not be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of secrets shared here in this definitive guide to the enchanted world of crystals. Semi-precious stones and gems have long been known for their magic as well as their beauty. In this book of charms, readers learn everything there is to know about the powers of crystals from birthstone magic to gem divination to jewelry spells. This is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book that will appeal to everyone who's ever worn a birthstone, kissed the ring of a lover for luck, or bought a crystal for good energy. The Magic of Crystals and Gems is a treasure chest filled with the ancient wisdom of crystals. It is also a handy-how-to is filled with little-known lore along with the myth, meanings and specific magical qualities of hundreds of crystals, both common and very rare including many meteorites. Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares secrets to how and why crystal balls work, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism and connections between the stars in the sky and gems of the earth. This one-of-a-kind work on the power of crystals will help readers understand which ones are right for them and how to unlock the mystery of sacred stones. It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

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Color My Miami

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Color Miami the way you want to see it... Color your journey through the Magic City. Color elaborately Hand drawn pen and ink illustrations of the most iconic destinations in the 305—from South Beach to the Everglades, down through Calle Ocho and across to the Wynwood Walls, enjoy the treasures this city has to offer. Each page contains facts about Vice City, so regardless if you’re a native to Miami or a first time visitor to the beautiful city, you'll have your own relaxing coloring experience for years to come.

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Colour My Canada

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Colour your journey through the provinces and territories stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and up to the Arctic. Colour elaborately hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations of some of the most iconic destinations in the True North—from Wasaga Beach, down through Yonge Street and across to the Hudson Bay, enjoy all the treasures Canada has to offer. Each page contains facts about the beaver country, so regardless if you’re from Vancouver or have never been to Alberta or are a first-time visitor to L’Anse aux Meadows, you'll have your own relaxing colouring experience for years to come.

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LaToya's Life

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YouTube vlogger, LaToya Ali, continues to capture the hearts of millions of women and families with her playful, quirky, and inspirational vlog (and with the help of her adorable daughter and loving husband). However, LaToya didn’t always fit in. In this sincere memoir, she carefully looks back on her journey from friendless to internet famous, the climb out of self-conscious to self-loving.

To her fans, LaToya is the crazy best friend who always invites you into her world of love and antics. Within her debut book, she opens up about her traveled childhood, lost friendships and difficult times finding herself which resulted in her vlog. Lost loe, embarrassing moments and silly memories allow us to see LaToya uncut. She’s beyond funny and caring, a bundle of energy and inspiration, LaToya reminds us that it’s how you see yourself that matters.

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