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Friday, January 24, 2014

Days of Our Lives: Better Living - Cast Secrets For A Healthier, Balance Life by Greg Meng and Eddie Campbell - Book Review

About The Book:

The word "balanced" has been defined as "possessing good judgment, well-grounded, wise." Most of all, having balance in your life equates to having a satisfying and rewarding existence. The lavishly illustrated Days of our Lives Better Living reaches into the private lives of the beautiful cast members and reveals some of their "secrets" for how they have managed to create unique, balanced lifestyles that allow them to look and feel their best anytime, anywhere.

The five sections of this inspiring book-Nutrition, Exercise, Style, Inspiration and Balance-are packed with full-color photos, recipes, stories and valuable advice from current and former cast members on various aspects of their lives.
Allison Sweeney

"Fashion truly is my passion! I love the expression of it. Don't be afraid to go with bold accessories. They can make or break an outfit."-Lisa Rinna

"Growing my own fruits and vegetables is the most effective way I have improved the meals that land on my table."-Deirdre Hall
Discover how to...
• Get energized with the Brazilian Bombshell Smoothie
• Switch up your boring gym routine with dance, martial arts, hiking and more
• Master the secret of layering clothing and accessories to polish your personal style
• Accept "the middle path"-and learn to let stress go
• Do what you love without feeling guilty
• And much more!
Whether you are interested in discovering the secrets of your favorite current and former cast members (including Deirdre Hall, Molly Burnett, Suzanne Rogers, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, James Scott, Austin Peck, Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow, and more!) or looking for tips and tricks to improve your own lifestyle, Days of our Lives Better Living shows that healthy change is attainable and offers fun and easy ways to help you lead a happy, fulfilling life.

My Thoughts:

I have been a fan of "Days of Our Lives" since I was a little girl, watching the soap opera faithfully with my grandmother every day. Ask me how Julie and Hope are related, I can tell you; ask me why Lucas Roberts is suddenly a Horton, I know why!; ask me if I remember when the Dimeras came to Salem, yep, I was there the day Stefano first appeared.  I adore the show, and try to watch at least a bit of it, if not all of it, every day.

What I like about Days of Our Lives is that it is a unique type of show that gives the viewers the feeling of being a part of a community, an almost family-like relationship with the characters who have been through ups and downs for nearly 50 years. So when I learned of a new book, "Days of Our Lives: Better Living," which would feature favorite stars from the show and their tips and advice for a more balanced, healthy lifestyle, I was thrilled, and with good reason.

This coffee-table sized, glossy, gorgeous book is filled with beautiful photos, wonderful insights into the stars of the show, and tons of great advice, tips, and recipes from the actors and actresses themselves.  From Deidre Hall's recipe for Red Pepper Soup to Kate Mansi's tips for staying in shape to Allison Sweeney and Susan Seaforth Hayes' fashion advice, this book is a true gem from the first page to the last. The book truly gives new insight into the lives of the men and women who populate the good town of Salem in television fiction, and into the lives of the folks who give those characters life.

Fans of the soap opera will absolutely love this book but it isn't just for fans. Anyone looking for ways to live a more healthy, balanced, creative life will find the tips and advice featured here to be good ones to cover over into everyday living.

(Plus, the book is worth every penny for the centerfold of actor James "E.J. Dimera" Scott alone - swoon, thud! He is one good looking man!)

About The Authors:

Greg Meng graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1979 with a degree in music, and went on to UCLA's School of Film & Television where he discovered his passion for television, entertainment and production.

Soon after leaving UCLA, Greg was accepted into the highly sought after NBC Page Program, launching his career in entertainment. After years at NBC, he was introduced to Days of our Lives and the Corday family. A trailblazer and visionary, Meng has now been Executive in Charge of Production at Days of our Lives for over 14 years, and additionally took on the role of Co-Executive Producer in 2011.

Eddie Campbell was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has a bachelor's degree from USC Annenberg School of Communication and USC School of Cinema-Television. His background is in art direction for both TV and film, creative direction, and graphic design.

I purchased this book for my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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dollycas aka Lori said...

I have to get this book!!!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

It's a gorgeous book, Lori! You'll love it!