Welcome everyone, to our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide – Great Reads For All Ages. Check out all the awesome titles below. Come back often as we will be adding throughout the season. Beautiful Touches has received these items from brands, as gifts and from family and friends, or have purchased for this years gift giving. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. Any opinions are those of the author.
2019 Holiday Gift Guide – Great Reads For All Ages
Two great books by Jacqueline Pirtle
Do you wish that you could enjoy parenthood more?
Have you ever wondered what deeper meaning there is to being a Mom or Dad?
In Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops Jacqueline Pirtle, a mom herself, carries you through the experience of parenthood by making spiritual and energetic sense of real physical-life parenting scenarios—while, as her highest priority, keeping children’s perspectives in mind.
This book opens new doors for you to dive into parenthood with fresh zest, plenty of fun, and infinite love for yourself and for your children by teaching you these 3 important pillars to better parenting:
- The Harmonious Dance
- It Is Never The Child
- The Love Cycle of Parenthood
This profound parent-life wisdom can be utilized immediately, so you too can experience a spectacular time with your children, including teenagers, ASAP.
No matter if you are a parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle, or just a lover of life, Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops will inspire you to dig deeper into the enjoyment of being alive and being a Mother or Father.
Get ready, this book will leave you with a sweet tooth that is endlessly craving well-feeling parenting and life moments every day!
Reading and practicing the bestseller 365 Days of Happiness – as seen on ABC 7 Chicago – will help you to BE and live happy anywhere at anytime––no matter your circumstances.
- You get daily practice in “feeling good,” creating health, celebrating joy
- You gain deep understanding of your inner self
- You master how to live a wonderful and mindfully happy life
- Available as paperback, e-book, mobile app––apple, android, and can be supplemented with its Self-Study-Program at Freaky Healer
Do you have fun with your own life?
How often do you really pay attention and choose things to improve your day?
In 365 Days of Happiness, bestselling author, holistic practitioner, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight.
Jacqueline decided to spend every day of 2017 devoted to her own happiness. She wrote every single day about the things she does to honor her joy, and used these writings to create this 365 day step-by-step guide so she could teach you how to shift to BE and live in a “high for life” frequency of happiness too—no matter where you are in your life right now. She started writing these for herself, but has a little sneaky intent to touch your heart every day and initiate new learning, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom for you to get closer to your true, authentic happy self.
Through light, bubbly, cheerful passages, each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.
Jacqueline Pirtle a.k.a FreakyHealer serves her clients as a holistic practitioner, a healing arts teacher-mentor, and author, with a unique passion as an ambassador for mindful happiness.
Her best-selling book is 365 Days of Happiness–as seen on ABC 7 Chicago.
She has been leading life-changing workshops, talks, and private sessions since 2006–helping thousands of people shift into a “high for life” frequency, a unique experience that calls clients into their highest potential in their NOW! Her passion for “sprinkling happiness” and being “high for life” shines through in all of her work.
She was born in Switzerland, but has lived everywhere. She now makes her home in the United States with her wonderful husband, amazing kids, and sweet cats, and can often be found having a little chat with a falling leaf, or indulging in a cupcake at her favorite bakery.
Jacqueline has been featured in Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, BuzzFeed, Elephant Journal, Bustle, NBC News-Better and many more. She appeared on Women Inspired TV, The Sunday School Radio Show, and WoMRadio, and was part of many International Health & Wellness summits and podcasts. Her article “Are You Happy?” is in print in The Edge Magazine.
Her professional background is in holistic wellness. She holds various international wellness degrees, and is an international certified Reiki Master.
You can find Jacqueline and her 365 Days of Happiness system (paperback, e-book, mobile app, Self-Study-Program) HERE
Great Books for All Ages
Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work:
An intimate look at the cult filmmaker of our generation. Packaged in a handsome slipcase and loaded with stunning pictures from the Kobal archives, this biography explores the genesis of Tarantino’s unique directorial style and provides insight into his inspirations
Tim Burton: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work:
In this celebration of one of the most remarkable filmmakers of the last 30 years, film critic and journalist Ian Nathan explores the depths of Burton’s imagination and inspiration.
Ian Nathan, who lives and works in London, is one of the UK’s best-known film writers. He is the author of eight previous books, including Alien Vault, the best-selling history of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Terminator Vault, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers and Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth. He is the former editor and executive editor of Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. He also regulalrly contributes to The Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Cahiers Du Cinema and the Discovering Film documentary series on Sky Arts.
How to Build Brick TV & Movie Cars: Detailed Lego Designs:
Ford designer and LEGO master builder Peter Blackert provides step-by-step instruction for 15 fun builds for a range of levels featuring the most famous rides from the big and small screens.
Peter Blackert is the most prolific vehicle builder in the LEGO community. He has built thousands of cars from LEGO over the years, drawing on his experience as a Powertrain & Chassis Systems Engineering Architect for the Ford Motor Company. His Bugatti Veyron, featured in his first Motorbooks title How to Build Brick Cars, was listed #5 in TopGear magazine’s “Ten Greatest Replica Lego Cars” in 2014. His work has also featured regularly in articles on LEGO fan sites, such as brothers-brick.com and TheLegoCarBlog.com, and car-club magazines. Peter’s work can be found on Flickr under the username lego911, and on Instagram under lego__911. His second Motorbooks title How to Build Brick Airplanes published in 2018. He lives near the beach in Australia with his wife and three kids, and a large room full of LEGO bricks
For Lovers of Cool Science and History
On the Trail of Stardust: The Guide to Finding Micrometeorites:
Tools, Techniques, and Identification: Puts the heavens in your hands—in the form of cosmic dust, or micrometeorites. With this handy guide from the author of the international bestseller In Search of Stardust, Jon Larsen, you will learn how to find micrometeorites in your own neighborhood!
A guitarist, composer, record producer, and painter, Jon Larsen began researching micrometeorites in 2009. His breakthrough came in February 2015 with the verification of the world’s first micrometeorite discovered in a populated area. In January 2016, Dr. Matthew Genge at the Natural History Museum in London evaluated and verified Jon Larsen‘s collection of “urban micrometeorites.” His first book on the subject In Search of Stardust is an international bestseller. Larsen resides in As, Norway.
An Uncommon Atlas: 50 new views of our physical, cultural and political world:
From charting energy networks to revealing new and emerging lands, measuring human migration to assessing the planet’s ant populations – and including the phenomena we have little control over such as lightning strikes or asteroid impact – each map asks you to question, wonder and look again at our rapidly changing and often surprising world.
ALASTAIR BONNETT is Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University. Previous books include Off the Map, What is Geography? and How to Argue. He has also contributed to history and current affairs magazines on a wide variety of topics, such as world population and radical nostalgia. Alastair was editor of the avant-garde, psychogeographical, magazine Transgressions: A Journal of Urban Exploration between 1994-2000. Alastair lives in Newcastle.
For Car Lovers
The Complete Book of Porsche 911:
Author and photographer Randy Leffingwell provides a year-by-year overview of Stuttgart’s most famous car, from the original 901 prototype to today’s technologically advanced GT2 and GT3 derivatives and the latest 992-generation 911. Along the way, he highlights the racing, prototype, and limited-production cars—offering the most complete reference available to these top-tier sports cars.
Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including Porsche 911: 50 Years, Corvette: 60 Years, and Harley-Davidson: Myth and Mystique. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
Hemi Muscle 70 Years: Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth High Performance:
The complete illustrated story of the legendary engine and the cars it powered. Author Darwin Holmstrom explores how Chrysler’s Hemi engine became the number one choice for drag racers and stock car racers across the country, campaigned to great success by drivers like Richard Petty, Don Garlits, David Pearson, Sox and Martin, and more.
Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to more than thirty books on subjects ranging from motorcycles and muscle cars to Gibson Les Paul guitars, including Indian Motorcycles, GTO: Fifty Years, Let’s Ride: Sonny Barger’s Guide to Motorcyclying,Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America’s Fastest Decade, BMW Motorcycles, The Life Harley-Davidson, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles. Darwin is the former senior editor at Motorbooks and former Midwestern editor for Motorcyclist magazine.
Purchase these books from Quarto Group: Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work | Tim Burton: the Iconic Filmmaker and His Work| How to Build Brick TV & Movie Cars: Detailed Lego Designs |
On the Trail of Stardust: The Guide to Finding Micrometeorites | An Uncommon Atlas: 50 New Views of Our Physical, Cultural, and political world | The Complete Book of Porsche 911 | Hemi Muscle 70 Years: Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth High Performance