Aubre Andrus' bio states that she got her start at American Girl magazine--and it shows, with the beautifully caring book that is Project You. While careful to give resources to reader who would need more help than a book can give, all 50 activities dovetail nicely with any treatment a young reader may access--and an older reader may appreciate without having to lug their DBT guide everywhere they go.
From lovingkindness meditation to wardrobe decluttering to making a nature journal, the 50 activities are cleverly arranged by topic, with a guide in the introductory chapter as a guide to what activities match what kind of stress. The layout is beautifully collaged and watercolored, with diverse models and illustrations--even boys! What a nice thing to see in a guide to feeling good.
A wonderful guide for every young reader you care about, Project You is a gift I would give every teenager I know, because its potential to make the reader feel better can lead to lifelong wellness practices. Highly, highly recommended.
Aubre Andrus: Website
Botanical Beauty is that perfect balance of stunning, clean design (that still appeals to the aesthetics of your spa-loving crafter) with clear, easy-to-follow recipes. I can't wait to try making my own batch of Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter, or Chocolate Sugar Hand Scrub.
While I would have appreciated more warnings to spot-test ingredients, especially anything warming or tingling, all of the recipes feature easy to find ingredients, simple instructions, and a fun, encouraging tone. Along with skin, hair, and nails-based fun, there are instructions for crafts like hair wraps and spa slippers, and suggestions for jazzing up products made as presents. Totally fun, totally on-trend, and a must-have for any young spa lover or naturalista in your life.
Both Books provided by Netgalley for an honest review--Couldn't resist a nonfiction title by an editor at my favorite childhood magazine, American Girl!