Sunday, 28 November 2021

Bookishly Inspired Etsy Finds 22 to 28 Nov

A week of beautiful Etsy finds inspired by my Literary Flits book reviews and spotlight posts (There wasn't a post on Tuesday). I hope you love discovering these items as much as I enjoyed searching them out, and that you spot a book or two to tempt you as well!

Mother and Child painting by Angu Walters Painter
Vies de Femmes by Delphine Zanga Tsogo

Letters to Jacob by Maria Hopfgarten + Giveaway

Albanian Foods Apron by Art and Archaeology
Free by Lea Ypi

Hummingbird garden ornament by Rusty Rooster Metal Art
Mia And The Hummingbird by Nancy Carlisle + Giveaway

Raven Brooch by Skullbag
Storms Of Lazarus by Karen Kincy

As always, Etsy links are affiliate links which go straight to each item's Etsy page. Book titles are linked to their Literary Flits blog posts and Giveaway links go to my dedicated giveaways index page, also on Literary Flits.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

My Christmas Gift Guides with Etsy

 Now that I think I'm finally safe from Bonfire Night fireworks making me jump, I'm turning my attention to Christmas! It's going to be different for us this year - our first UK-based Christmas in nine years so I'm expecting to be a bit overwhelmed by all the 'silly season' shopping. That said though, when Etsy got in touch to ask if I'd like to write a post featuring a trio of gift guides, it reminded me that I need not actually venture out into the cold at all! There's hundreds of small business sellers on Etsy all hoping to attract our attention!

I've curated my gift guides around three themes - Advent Calendars, Beanie Hats and Vegan Books - all of which are items I'm looking forward to receiving on Christmas Day (or next week in the case of my Advent Calendar!). I've featured my Top Three favourites from each of my Gift Guides in this post. You can also see lots more gift ideas in the Etsy Editors' Christmas Shop. It's a proper wonderland!

Tea Advent Calendar by Victoria Mae Designs
Vegan Fudge Advent Calendar by Whitley Bay Fudge Co
Country Wisdom Advent Calendar by Talking Trees Book Co

Click here to see all the Advent Calendars that tempted me

Pure Hemp Beanie by Reborn Rewild
Rainbow Beanie by Bea The Black Sheep
Ponytail Hat by LM Handmade Scotland

Click here to see all the Beanie Hats that tempted me

Peace Love Vegan Colouring Book by Things I Care About Shop
Babycakes by Simply Sweet Cake Shop

Click here to see all the Vegan Books that tempted me

Merry Christmas!

Please be aware that, although Etsy has sponsored this post, all featured items were chosen by myself. Links go to Etsy pages and are affiliate links so, should you click through and make a purchase, I would receive a small commission at no extra cost to yourself. 

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Thrive: The Facilitator's Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny + Giveaway

Join Us for This Tour from November 1 to November 19, 2021

Book Details:

Book TitleThrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  262 pages
GenreBusiness Communication / Meetings & Presentations
PublisherEmerald Lake Books
Release date:   October 26, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This is a business book.



Book Description:

Imagine meetings where everyone is heard and all people matter.

Picture organizations that embrace all voices and are committed to justice, equity and opportunity. Imagine businesses, nonprofits and the public sector creatively engaging people in thousands of ways—seeking their best ideas, empowering the silenced, and building communities where all are treated with dignity and respect.

That’s what Thrive seeks to create.

Each chapter contains practical insights and accessible stories that transform meetings from dull to dynamic.

You will learn how to:
  • capitalize on diversity's strengths.
  • keep meetings task-oriented and collegial.
  • facilitate effectively in polarized or conflicted settings.

Thrive includes chapters on privilege and power, multilingual and virtual meetings, and full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Whether you are a skilled practitioner or new to leadership, Thrive will teach you techniques for facilitating more effective, inclusive and energizing meetings. 

Meet the Author:

Dr. Mark Smutny is a professional facilitator, consultant, speaker, author and founder of Civic Reinventions, Inc. He is known for helping organizations uncover the wisdom hidden in their diversity, build cohesion, and achieve their goals.

He draws upon decades of work planning and leading retreats, facilitating meetings, and working with nonprofits and businesses. He teaches and writes on the arts of inclusive facilitation and inclusive leadership skills. He has worked in the fields of homeless services, affordable housing, transportation services for special needs populations, business and resident associations, faith-based groups, and public/private partnerships dedicated to strengthening civic engagement.

Mark received his Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, one of the most religiously diverse theological institutions in the world. His doctorate focused on organizational revitalization in multicultural settings. He is a Program Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute, an agency that equips leaders to communicate effectively across cultures, ethnicities and race.

When not working, Mark and his wife, Barbara Anderson, enjoy the Cascades, cooking, gardening, exercising their dogs, and playing with their granddaughters.

You can learn more about Mark Smutny and Civic Reinventions, Inc., professional facilitation services, consulting, coaching and training at or by sending Mark an email.

connect with the author:  website ~ email ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:

Nov 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 2 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 4 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 5 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 8 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 9 - Kam's Place – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 10 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 10 - Laura's Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight
Nov 15 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight
Nov 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 16 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 17 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight /giveaway
Nov 18 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 19 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Enter the Giveaway:
Win a signed copy of THRIVE: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny. Plus ONE HOUR FREE CONSULTATION with Dr. Mark Smutny (1 winners/USA only) (ends Nov 26)

Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings Book Tour Giveaway