Book Buddy Giveaway Contest!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 2, 2009

Mr. Sandman doesn’t like me lately! :(

I STILL can’t sleep. I believe I had the worst sleep last night known to man!!! Maybe 3 hours?

Since I was lying awake last night, I narrowed down my sleep troubles to a couple things:

1) Increase in caffeine (loose leaf Sencha Green Tea)

2) Not unwinding before bed

Green Tea

I am suspecting that the caffeine issue has a lot to do with it! This week, I made the switch from bagged teas to my Sencha Loose Leaf Green Tea. For a couple reasons: 1) I have lots of loose leaf tea to use up, and 2) The amount of bagged teas I was going through was a bit crazy (and expensive). Loose leaf is not only more economical, but better on the environment. So I have switched it up for a while!

And I do LOVE my Sencha green tea. I have been drinking it for about 5 years now. But I make it strong…very, very strong!

I always steep it for a good 10-15 minutes and then I squeeze out the leaves so every last drop gets into my tea. It is a very strong drink, but it gives me SO much energy!!!

However, I have been drinking it until about 5pm lately, which for someone who is sensitive to caffeine, is NOT good! I think that is why I am stirring so much at night when I go to bed.

So I am going to cut off my green tea at 2pm and see if that makes a difference.

Not unwinding

As I mentioned, I have been doing work straight until I go to bed at night (around midnight). While this is good for the business, it is not good for 1) My sanity, or 2) My sleep. Last night, I went to bed and my mind was RACING with thoughts. I was getting so frustrated because I just couldn’t turn it off.

At 3am, I said to myself, ‘I can’t wait until it is sunny so I can just get up and get my work done!!!’

so as you can see, not a great mindset for sleep! lol. ;)

So my goal for this is to wind down and remove my batteries at least 30 minutes before bed. I’d like to start doing some yoga or reading before bed. I am going to try it tonight and see how it goes!


This morning…

Needless to say I was very groggy when I got up around 6:30am this morning. I had to get up and finish off some orders, package, ship, and do my invoices. I have so much paperwork to get caught up on– that is really my least favourite part of owning a business!


So anyways, I had 4 orders shipped out by 9am so that felt pretty good! :)


Mandy from Reading Comfort has donated a Book Buddy for the Summer Glow Boot Camp!

What is a Book Buddy?

The Book Buddy™ holds both hardcover and softcover books in place with adjustable ribbons for hands-free reading.  The special filling in the pillow makes any book feel practically weightless.
Each Book Buddy™ comes with a sparkling clear acrylic desktop that slips into place and converts your reading pillow into a writing desk.  The durable desktop also serves as a handy platform for your laptop computer, keeping the warm surface off your legs and elevating the computer to a position that most people find perfect for both reading and typing.  Simply slide your laptop under the diagonal ribbons to safely secure it the most comfortable position.

She sent me one to try out for myself and I must say it is really cool!

I ordered the ‘Sweet Charlotte’ design because it was SO me! :)


I used it indoors on the couch…




And I even found a totally new use for it! As a cookbook holder!


Pretty darn cool! :)

The latest research is showing that having laptops directly on our laps is not good for us. The Book Buddy creates a barrier between the body and our laptops! Not to mention that the Book Buddy is super comfortable and cute!

Would you like a chance to win a Book Buddy?

1. Visit Reading Comfort’s blog!

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me a brief story about what brings YOU comfort and why! Is it a trip to your cottage, a pedicure at the salon, a nice bubble bath? Whatever it is that brings you a great deal of comfort tell us below! Mandy is collecting these comfort stories to use on her website, so yours just might be featured!

Contest closes Friday July 3rd at noon EST. One entry per person. Contest open only to US and Canadian residents please.

What brings me comfort?

Often a particular smell can bring me comfort. Sometimes I will smell something and it will remind me of various times in my life. I love the smell of Eric’s cologne and his clothes…sometimes I will wear one of his shirts just so I can feel comforted.

I also feel comfort when I am around my mom and my sisters. I feel so loved by them and so at ease with myself. Many times growing up, I would bury my head in my moms shoulder and cry when I was upset. There really was no greater feeling of comfort than having my mom hold me when I was sad.


1. Don’t forget my delicious Blueberry Banana Walnut Streusel mini loaves are 25% off today only!!! Email [email protected] to place an order.

2. If HAYLEY is reading this, please check your junk mail filter! I keep getting your emails for an order, but I don’t think you are getting my emails! Please check your junk mail as I have emailed you back a few times now. ;)

3. See you later for a Summer Glow Post!!! This week’s topic- REFLECTION: How we think, feel, and perceive our current selves!!! It’s going to be good!

Ok, I am off to bake an order and then I have a BUNCH of paperwork to do! I am also working on my research for shipping to the STATES!!! Don’t worry it is coming soon my lovies! ;)


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Kristin July 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

A mug of tea, my warm furry slippers, a blankie, a good book and a rain storm going on outside. Or any combination of the above. :)


Danielle July 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I find that scents bring me comfort. Sometimes, it’s a perfume or shampoo that someone I know and love wears/uses, and when I smell it on a stranger I feel instantly happy and comfortable. Sometimes, it’s just a random perfume someone will have on and I’ll be walking behind them with a huge smile on my face :)


R2R July 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm

What gives me comfort is having some ‘me’ time where I am by myself and just lounge around.


pheebs July 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

singing. esp. in the shower


Ali July 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Nothing beats cuddling up under a blanket with a good book, and a dog on your lap!


Molly July 3, 2009 at 5:18 am

I find comfort in getting away from it all by hiking or running on a beautiful trail or up a mountain!


JJ July 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

Sitting in the sun listening to music on my ipod and just thinking about whatever…watching people walk by, looking at the pretty trees/flowers around me. Just tuning out.


Debbie July 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

What comfort means to me is a peaceful feeling. A feeling that comes over me and no matter what my troubles and worries are I know at that moment that life is going to work itself out and everything will be ok. I find the most comfort when I am in nature. A simple trip to the beach, toes in the sand, sun on my shoulders and looking out into the vast blue Gulf (of Mexico)will bring me comfort. Or being able to visit Utah and looking at those strong tall mountains that change with the seasons but have been a constant in my life. The mountains provide a stability that I have constantly searched for in my life and that brings me comfort. Thenn there is the red rock of Moab or St. George that provides an energy that is fun and contangeous yet peaceful. I am truly blessed to have all the beautiful places in the world to visit and I have so much more to discover.


Judy July 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

Being with my daughter is the thing that brings me the most comfort. She is my only child and she is everything I wanted to be when I was her age. I love her so much.


Kristen July 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

I feel most comfortable when I am under my covers, with my kitties sleeping by me and my laptop on my lap. :)


Mallory July 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

how cool is that little pillow!?!?

for me, comfort = being all cozy and warm in my sweats, watching a movie (preferably during a rainstorm…), and having a cup of tea or REALLY amazing hot cocoa. yum.

… i’m smiling right now just thinking of that by the way…


Kelly July 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I’m suppose I’m most comfortable when I’m completely lost in a book, especially when I’m reading outside and it’s a beautiful, warm summer day.


stephanie p July 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Spooning with my man when i’ve had a rough day! Maybe I especially feel that way because he’s in London for six weeks and I cant see him. That’s why the book buddy would get a lot of use – Im on my computer talking to him as much as I can!


K July 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Being at home with my family and pets brings me so much comfort and I am heading home tomorrow night! Hooray!


Sara July 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Peppermint tea brings me comfort. When I am sick or have anxiety, even just the smell of peppermint tea INSTANTLY makes me feel better!

Another thing that brings me comfort is the smell of Eucalyptus … reminds me of the spa!


kArLy July 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Snuggling up on the couch with my boy and falling asleep on his lap while watching a movie brings me lots of comfort!


Kelly July 4, 2009 at 2:32 am

I find comfort in me time…be it a book, a massage, hanging at home watching tv/movie, or cooking, anytime that i spend on myself.


Karen September 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Hi Angela:
Just purchased your new book. I really like the containers used in the photos to store products. Where did you find these?


Angela Liddon October 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Hi Karen, If you mean the containers on pages 291–297 (-ish), those jars are actually Ashley’s (from the blog Edible Perspective), as she shot the photos. My guess is that they are from Crate and Barrel as they look like ones that I have, too. :) Hope this helps, and thanks so much for your support!


Rhonda Garber July 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Hi Angela
I have a confession to make. I have had your cookbook, “Oh She Glows Everyday” since it came out but haven’t tried very many of the recipes until lately. Honestly, I was thinking that there is no way that your second cookbook could be as good as the first. But I was wrong! Tonight I made the “Best Marinated Lentils” and they are S U P E R delicious! My favorite vegan recipe of all-time is your “Broccoli and Cashew Cheese Quinoa Burrito” recipe, but I think this lentil recipe just topped it! THANK YOU for making healthy plant-based food so delicious and easy to make. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 24, 2018 at 8:22 am

haha awww you’re sweet Rhonda. I’m so glad you loved the lentils!! There are a lot of hidden gems in that book. I can’t wait for you to explore it!


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