After a month FULL of traveling in July, that allowed me to read hardly any books, August brought on a quiet normalcy that I was so grateful for! I dove back into my love for reading with a really sweet, breezy trilogy, and continued on to some fabulous books that totally sucked me in! [As always, I hope this encourages you to dive into a good book, and if you have any recommendations of your own, please leave them in the comments!!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree there is just not enough time in the day to read all the books that you’d like. Especially if you add in children and traveling. I way overestimated my time and ability to read when we were traveling this summer, and brought about 10 books with me, and guess how many I read while we were away?
Oh I read a couple chapters here and there of books, but I didn’t finish one of them.
[Insert rolling eyes emoji here.]
But that’s one thing that makes me excited about the fall.
Do you remember “Book It?”
Oh goodness I loved Book It. Reading books for free pizza? Sign me up. (Is there an adult version of this??) I’ve always been a big reader, and as I’ve gotten older and entered the blogging world, some of my favorite blog posts to read are book reviews. Even though I have a 42 million unread books on my book shelf, I’m such a sucker for a good book recommendation.
Being a mom has definitely put a damper on the amount of books I read per month, but I found that if I make it a priority, (less TV, being more productive during the day so I can relax and read after my kids’ bedtime) I can actually read a good amount!
Have you heard of “She Reads Truth”?? It’s a website and an app that encourage and give women an easy way to be in the Word of God every day. Not only that, but it’s a community of women reading through the Word of God TOGETHER daily. But if you wish to read through something other than what is the daily reading, there are a bunch of other reading plans you can use for your own daily devotions.
But now, not only is it a website and an app, but it’s also a book! She Reads Truth the book is the stories of the founders of She Reads Truth, Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams.
Little Critter Little Blessings Collections by Mercer Mayer
Ok, WHO doesn’t LOVE Little Critter?? I remember reading Little Critter when I was younger, so I just LOVE that my son is getting into the stories as well.
This book is super cute, and definitely one that will remain a classic on our bookshelf. It includes 4 stories:
- You Go First
- Being Thankful
- It’s True!
The Lyons Lifestyle by M. Frank Lyons II, M.D.
In a country where it seems like there’s more overweight people than healthy people, Dr. Lyons offers 7 of the hardest and easiest steps to a healthy body. With diseases such as esophageal reflux, fatty liver disease, gout, kidney failure, autoimmune disorders, inflammatory diseases and vitamin D deficiency taking over our world, something needs to change and fast.
I had SO much fun doing these giveaways as a way of celebrating Our Grand Life’s brand new look! Thanks to everyone who participated, shared and commented! It was great to celebrate with friends and some new faces!
And the winners are:
Books: Elise Burkehead!
Meal Planning Notepad: Becky Evans!
BRANDstorm session/new logo: Katie Kolbrick!
Congrats Elise, Becky and Katie! I’ll be contacting you via email to get your addresses, and sending out your gifts in the mail this week!
So many good books!! I can’t wait to share my latest reading list with you!
Preach to Yourself by Hayley Morgan
Oh my goodness you guys. This book! You HAVE to buy it NOW. It’s a game changer for anyone who has ever had that little annoying inner critic telling you you’re not good enough, not thin enough, you’ll mess up eventually so why not give in now?
You guys, life is just funny. I’ve recently realized that when I think I have it all figured out, I really don’t. “Mom life” is like trying to juggle 52 balls in the air, and realizing you can only handle 1 at a time. In reality, for me, that means just as I’m getting the hang of the mom thing, the rest of it just becomes really tough…being a good wife, a healthy cook/eater, keeping our home clean, trying to get the baby weight off [yes, it’s still there, a year later…] and trying to spend time doing things I enjoy like reading and blogging and showering.
Goals. They’re great. They really are. They help us aim for something, work for something, and feel accomplished.
However, sometimes I can aim too high, or life gets uber busy, or let’s face it, I just don’t get to it.
So this month, instead of monthly goals, I’m sharing some of the thing I’ve been focusing on lately. I don’t know why, but this perspective feels more like an enjoyable journey, instead of the destination of success or failure.
After our super busy summer, it’s been SO wonderful to be home and get back to a [somewhat] consistent routine.