Before I Forget

WHAT HAPPENED TO restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven B. SMITH? One day she was in the spotlight on television shows, negotiating book deals and then . . . nothing! What happened to B. Smith was early onset Alzheimer’s disease. BEFORE I FORGET: Love, Hope, and Acceptance in our Fight Against Alzheimer’s by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.

AT THE TIME this book was published, 200,000 people had early onset Alzheimer’s disease and their symptoms started before 65 years of age. “Some 5.2 million Americans are living with the disease and about 500,000 of those die of the disease each year . . .[with] a new case every sixty-five seconds.”

THIS TOUCHING SNAPSHOT into the life of B. Smith focused on the time between the Fall of 2010 through June 2014. Through flashbacks you are taken back to when the early onset signs first appeared to when the signs became too obvious to ignore – she was ultimately diagnosed in 2013. Unfortunately, as time passed B. Smith became another casualty to this progressively, debilitating disease and unwittingly became “one” face, a “known” face that became one of “the” faces of the Alzheimer’s disease.

B. SMITH and HER FAMILY wanted her story told before she “disappeared” totally into the world of Alzheimer and to serve as an option of support for other families going through the same situation. Her story mimicked the stories of so many untold victims’ “BEFORE I FORGET” experiences. The real theme of the book is not only B’s journey, but all of the others who unwittingly became a part of it . . . the unsung heroes/heroines of her family (immediate and extended) the people who want their voices heard too.

HER HUSBAND, DAN wrote of longing for the woman he fell in love with and married. He wrote about his struggles, his denials, his selfishness; while unnerving can never compare to the person trapped and losing her memory. Like a ball of yarn being unravelled and rolling on the floor, the loss of control is scary. Dan’s honesty and his guilt helped the reader better understand his new normal way of life and how his fear of handling his business almost cost B. her life. This “new normal” is now the way of life for countless people lost in the fog of Alzheimer’s.

BEFORE I FORGET is another reminder, another wake-up call, another alarm to become aware, stay vigilant, and continue to work for a cure because according to the numbers we all have or may become the “B. Smith” in our family. Remember, Alzheimer’s becomes personal when you can put a face to it. Speak about it, learn about it, do something about it to help heighten the awareness and help spread the word – anything you can do is valuable and priceless.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS:

  • Recommends reading and/or sharing this book
  • Rates BEFORE I FORGET: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in our Fight Against Alzheimer’s as CHALLENGINGLY CHARISMATIC (301-500 pgs) . . . Borderline lengthy – it better have a good ending!


Disclaimer: BONDing over Books received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review



Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary

Have you ever taken a good look at a bottle of shampoo, conditioner or even lotion and realized that not only could you  not  pronounce some of the ingredients? Or that you didn’t know what they were and/or what purpose they served. Milady’s SKIN CARE and COSMETIC INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY 4th Edition by Natalia Michalun with Joseph C. DiNardo.

This comprehensive, resourceful book is written in an easy-to-read style; which enables the reader to understand the “direct and indirect relationship between skin care cosmetic product performance and skin physiology.”  Do you know what Cetyl Alcohol  is? What about Methyl Paraben?  How about Sodium Laureth Sulfate? These are some of many common ingredients that are found in products that you use everyday.

The book is broken down in a very logical format:

  • The anatomy of the skin, such as the dermis and epidermis.
  • The types, conditions and problems of the skin, such as dry, normal, sensitive.
  • How products work, such as how they penetrate the skin.
  • The definition of terms, such as “active ingredient,” “esters.” “vehicles,” etc.
  • Product ingredients found on all labels.


  • While the skin has great water absorption capabilities it does not have equally great water retention capabilities.”
  • The skin is acidic, “Which helps it maintain strength, cohesiveness and ability to help ward of infection.”

Keep in mind that even though the SKIN CARE and COSMETIC INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY  may answer many of your questions, it does not take the place of any medical advice, prognosis or treatment from a medical physician, dermatologist or any other health care professional. So, if you weren’t a chemistry major in college, but you are an inquisitive consumer,  or maybe an esthetician/aesthetician, etc., you will feel more empowered when you buy products for your yourself and your  family.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates SKIN CARE and COSMETIC INGREDIENTS DICTIONARY as CHALLENGINGLY CHARISMATIC (301-500 pgs). ..borderline lengthy – “it better have a good ending!”




Drink to your Health

Drink to Your Health – Delicious Juices, Teas, Soups, and Smoothies that help you look and feel great  by Anne McIntyre is an interesting resource for the healthy drinking “aficionado.”

Have you ever thought about the healing power of liquids? DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH  gives you a good introduction to various drinks from around the world. Infused with exotic names and enticing photographs to lure anyone from the novice to the experienced “juice junkie,” “smoothie mixer,” “tea taster,” or “soup sipper.”  The book is broken down into 4 sections starting with key ingredients, to drinks that can help heal the soul and spirit. You can easily find yourself spending countless hours taste testing the various combinations and concoctions.

The author, Anne McIntyre  did a good job of giving the reader a brief history of liquids, such as water, coffee, juices, milk drinks and soups. Each section is very easy to navigate through. I found this book to be very helpful in suggestions to help alleviate certain ailments. So, if you want to learn more the drinks are categorized by ailments, food allergies or intolerances – some of the ailments discussed are sinusitis, diverticulitis, healthy hair, constipation, anemia, arthritis, and blood pressure, to name a few.

**Speaking of healing your body and soul, there is a documentary/movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross. It is well worth checking out.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS  rates DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH  as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.



Default Cover CULINARIA – The Caribbean, A Culinary Discovery  by Rosemary Parkinson is a book that makes your mouth water,  about chillin’ on the beach and absolutely doing nothing but relaxing…oh and yes, eating.

Rosemary Parkinson  does a really good job of showcasing the “treasures” of the Caribbean islands. Have you ever thought about going to the Caribbean? Well, you may want to read or take this book with you on your travels. Even if you aren’t going on vacation, just reading the pages transforms you to the island, giving you an opportunity to visit “wherever;”  while in the comfort of your home.

There are too many delicious sound and mouth-watering dishes to try. Why not step out of your comfort zone and try making one of these dishes. If you do let us know. Just most a comment or send us an e-mail. Good luck!

What makes CULINARIA a worthwhile resource in our opinion?

  • The beautiful full-color photography
  • The colorful and flavorful local or “signature” dishes and drinks
  • Brief historical facts, myths, and legend
  • An explanation of the different types of fish, vegetation, animals, etc.

How much do you know about Caribbean culture?

  1. This traditional drink is sold in Margarita:       a).   Rum Punch     b).   Carib Cocoa Milk    c).   Chicha
  2. What island is known for its Blue Mountain Coffee?         a).   Cuba      b).   Jamaica         c).    St. Lucia
  3. “Kick’ em Jenny” is an underwater volcano where?     a).   Grenada     b).   Barbados      c).    Virgin Islands

Did you know that:

  • Cinnamon relieves rheumatism; Ginger relieves stomach pains; Rosemary is a build purifier and Hibiscus purifies the kidneys.

There is so much you can learn from reading this book, well worth the investment!

**We will post the answers at the end of the month, but please post your answers by clicking on the reply button.


The Smoothie Bible

Default CoverThe Smoothie Bible, 2nd edition by Pat Crocker is full of interesting, yet easy to make recipes for the novice or experienced “smoothie lover.” There is something for everyone. This is especially a great way to get children in the “mix,” have them choose a recipe and let them help you make it.

You will find definitions and examples of commonly used terms, such as tinctures, decoctions, infusions, herbs, fruits, and most of the recipes are for one or two servings.

This revised and expanded edition of the Smoothie Bible is broken up into easy to find sections, such as:

  • Introduction to Smoothies
  • Healthy Body Systems
  • Health Conditions
  • Healthy Foods
  • The Recipes ~Fruit Smoothies ~Vegetable Smoothies ~Healing Herb Smoothies ~Dairy Smoothies ~Dairy Altermative Smoothies ~Hot and Frozen Smoothies ~Dessert & Cocktail Smoothies
  • End notes which contains a glossary, food allergies and food combining

Why not take the 2013 Summer Smoothies challenge and see how many new Smoothies you can try to not only make, but taste from now through the end of the summer. * Let’s BOND over BOOKS definition of new is a combination (fruit, vegetable, etc.) that you have not tried before.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS is going to set a goal of 12 new smoothies, why not take the challenge with us?

Interesting Smoothie Let’s BOND over BOOKS will try first: Peach Blush (p.296).