Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford sign bottles of Gifft Wine at Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers,NY!

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Authors Emma Donoghue & Hannah Kent at RJ Julia in Madison, CT!

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Authors Jane Green & Jean Hanff Korelitz at RJ Julia in Madison, CT!

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NY Times Bestselling Author Robyn Carr signs Four Friends!

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Jennie Garth signs Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde!

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Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver sign Here’s Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too!

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Brandi Glanville signs “Drinking & Dating”!

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Tonight at Books & Greetings in Northvale, NJ Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Brandi Glanville spent time talking with a crowd of about 50 women, some men and even a few children who were there to meet her, ask some questions, take pictures and get signed copies of her latest book Drinking & Dating!

She said things like “getting old sucks!”

She said things like “is there wine here? we should be serving wine here!”

She said things like “the best way to get over one man is to get under another!”

She said things like “that’s my gaygent, I slept with him last night, but it’s ok because he’s gay!”

She said things like “I’m really glad I didn’t shave my legs since I got here I really need the extra warmth!”

Most of all she said she was “glad that so many people came out to see her on this cold February night!” Cheers to Brandi & keep those “Brandi-isms” coming!!

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi signs Baby Bumps!

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A large crowd of mostly 20-something girls swathed in various patches of signature “Snooki” leopard print and toting designer handbags were on hand tonight at Bookends in Ridgewood,NJ to meet MTV reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi as she signed her 4th book “Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and All The Messy Milestones Along the Way”. I could equate this to waiting in line to meet your favorite Disney character, it had an odd feeling to it as the droves filed in to meet their “Princess Snooki of Fake Tan Land”!

I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from what I had seen on the show The Jersey Shore from a few years back…I was pleasantly surprised by how nice, friendly & personable she was. I knew she had recently had a baby, got engaged and stopped the partying to turn towards being a Mom…and a very fit, healthy Mom at that!

I enjoyed her comment when she signed my book for me, she wondered if I was Australian? I looked confused. Then she said “you have an Australian name, Sheila”…then I understood, she was thinking of a “Sheila” in Australia which is a girl! Then comes some of the best advice I’ll probably get along the way of my blogging site, which as some of my regular readers know, I tend to like to pass out hand knit or crochet scarves to the various celebrities I meet. I gave Nicole a scarf and she asked me did I have an Etsy site? I had to tell her no, she advised me in all seriousness that I need to get an Etsy site, and she is totally right! She showed me her necklace, a small charm that says “Lorenzo” on it, she said she got that from Etsy!

It was nice to see so many girls (and yes, some boys too) coming to meet Nicole and she spent time chatting with each and every person, she took pictures with everyone too. Sometimes you are very rushed through some of these signings, it was a real treat that she was so personable to her fans! Love her or hate her, I have a feeling Nicole “Snooki” is going to be around for a while and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!!

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Certified Nutrition Consultant & Author Carol Cottrill signs The French Twist!

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Last night I attended a very informative book talk & signing and met Certified Nutrition Consultant and author of The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management, Carol Cottrill at The Wilton Library in Wilton, CT. Carol spoke to a room full of people as we were welcome to help ourselves to some light snacks & wine!!

She shared some of her thoughts behind her book which discusses “approaches to eating not from a diet perspective but as a philosophy”. She talked about how “in France the grammar school children are allowed an hour & 40 minutes to eat lunch! We barely give our children 30 minutes here in America.” Her book, The French Twist, “explores how the reverence and respect that the French culture shows for food should be applied in our lives for a sensible and sustainable approach to weight management.”

She then answered some questions and met everyone personally to talk with them and sign copies of her book. I also had the opportunity to give Carol one of my handmade scarves!! It was fun to meet her and take some pictures.

I’m looking very forward to reading her book and applying some of the useful information to my not so great eating habits. I hope to find some small changes to help me out! When she answered a question about how to break the cycle of emotional eating, I thought her suggestion was very helpful…when you have that urge to eat & you’re not really that hungry, keep yourself busy instead with things such as knitting (right up my alley!) or just searching around on Pinterest. I think this book will have what I’m looking for to approach eating in a different way.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book last night was donated to The Wilton Library Association.