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Secret of the Sonnets
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Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.

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Friday, December 10, 2021

Sunroofs and Shoeboxes By Jamie L. Mathews -Non-Fiction Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

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This is my post during the blog tour for Sunroofs and Shoeboxes by Jaime L. Mathews. In Sunroofs & Shoeboxes, Jaime L. Mathews compiles the nuggets of wisdom she has found in the commonplace, so you can do the same.

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 29 November till 19 December. You can see the tour schedule here.

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Sunroofs and Shoeboxes
By Jaime L. Mathews
Genre: Inspirational nonfiction
Release Date: 2 November, 2021

From the health benefits of opening the sunroof of your car and letting the sun in, to turning shoeboxes into treasure troves of memories to cherish, Jaime L. Mathews shows you the positive side in the things of every day life.

Seeing the beauty in the mundane goes a long way towards leading a happy life. But the daily practice of gratitude is a muscle that needs to be flexed regularly. Jaime teaches you to look at life with a brand new set of eyes, every day. Eventually, you won’t even need to think about it, and you will start to see opportunities in the biggest challenges, see the extraordinary in the most ordinary things, and your outlook on life will be changed for the better.

So flex those muscles now, and take a deep dive into the unbridled enthusiasm and contagious optimism of Jaime L. Mathews.

My Review 

I love any book that lifts me up and brings positive thoughts in my life. There is so much to be feeling down about in our lives these days. Sunroofs and Shoeboxes helps you look at things differently and get a new perspective on even the small, or what you may think are the insignificant things in your life. 

I really liked author Jamie Mathews voice and writing style. The short chapters in this book were a huge hit for me. I was able to read several chapters during the day when I had short breaks. I wanted to share a section that was very moving and spoke such truth to me.
     “We are a society of busy bees. We schedule our time to the minute. We schedule time to make our schedules. But life doesn’t always happen according to plan, and health doesn’t either. Sometimes, some of the most amazing, most profound events and experiences happen during the in-between times, those times before or after the big events we think are going to change our lives.”

I found so many words of wisdom in this book and know I will revisit its pages often. If you are looking for a book that will up the joy in your life, then Sunroofs and Shoeboxes is the book for you.



grat· i ·tude. The dictionary defines gratitude as, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I am so grateful,” and actually mean it?

When was the last time you felt grateful? Not just a time where you felt lucky, but a time where your whole body and mind felt genuinely grateful and blessed all at once.

The word “grateful” is thrown around so much in our society. We send up our yogic prayer hand and bow our heads, which seems to have become the universal display of gratitude; much like the peace sign is the known signal of its meaning. But gratitude is a two-way street. It is not only the appreciation for the kindness shown to us; it is also the reciprocation of good to others. It is more than just giving thanks. It is returning that thanks so that others also have something to be thankful for. It is in these moments when we experience being grateful and in turn, our lives feel more fulfilled, healthier, and we ultimately feel happier.

So, how do you start feeling genuinely grateful?

Within these pages, you are about to read nearly a year’s work of intentionally looking for health and gratitude in situations, scenarios, and during times when you might least expect it. Do you think it’s possible to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic and find something to be grateful for? Can you eat pizza and feel so good and healthy that Paleo diet followers everywhere would be utterly stumped? What about losing your pet? Can you be grateful when Fido goes missing? You can, because sometimes we have to go through a lot of gunk to be able to see the good. Each challenge or hardship offers a gift. The gift is being able to see new gold that you would have otherwise ignored. Remember, the good and the bad exist together. You cannot see one without the other.

Sunroofs & Shoeboxes shares some (actually a lot of) stories that I hope will inspire you to know, feel, and then practice seeing that gratitude, which is one of the only things we can control in our lives. When we grab hold of what our mind thinks about, we empower ourselves to experience greater health, increased happiness, and gratefulness. Are you ready?

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About the Author:
Jaime L. Mathews is the author of Sunroofs & Shoeboxes, a collection of the little nuggets of wisdom she has found in the little things of everyday life.

Educated as a journalist and an educator in holistic health, Jaime has had an eclectic career path which included journalism positions at the Orion and Natural Awakenings, being the wellness director of an exclusive fitness resort, and the business owner of a hair salon and a fireplace retail store.

But between the many hats she has worn throughout her life, the one she is most proud of is that of mother and mentor to her little ones. Jaime, her husband, and their five children live on a farm in California.

Author links:
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- Instagram

There is a tour-wide giveaway for the blog tour of Sunroofs and Shoeboxes. Here are the prizes you can win:
- 5 winners will each win a paperback copy of Sunroofs and Shoeboxes (US Only)
- 10 winners will each win an ecopy of Sunroofs and Shoeboxes

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