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What I’m Reading May 29, 2013

Photo from Penny for Them 1

Photo from Penny for Them 1

As many of you know from my post about my kindle, you know I love to read. I really hadn’t read too much in the past few years until I got it. I am seriously in love with it and the ability to read no matter where I am. Along with that, I’m reading a lot of blogs. I’m trying to grow as a mom, wife, and believer and have received a lot of encouragement there. Today I wanted to share with you what I have been reading and what I’ve thought.

“Don’t Make Me Count to Three!” by Ginger Plowman

I am absolutely crazy about this book. It is changing my life and our parenting. It’s gradual and one day at a time, but we’re learning how to be the parents we really feel like we’re suppose to be. It really is a great guide and comes from a humble writer. Ginger is the first to say that she doesn’t have parenting down to an art but it sharing where they are doing well and what not only works, but the Biblical way of parenting.

“Perfectly Paleo- 30 Unique and Delicious Paleo Diet Recipes” by Kelly Smith

This is another great find for us! I haven’t found a recipe in here that I don’t love and I love the nutritional benefits we find from eating paleo on occasion. If you are a paleo diet, interested in it, or just wanting to eat healthy, this is a great cookbook to get. You won’t regret it!

“Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget” by Fanny Seto

I really enjoyed this read. We’re working to eat healthy (not always organic) and what we’re found is that eating cheap can be expensive. If you’re not careful, you can end up killing your budget and making your finances a lot more stressful than you need to. We’re been there and done that. We are working hard to eat healthy in a way that we can afford. Sometimes this means we don’t do organic. Sometimes it means the food we’re eating may have GMOs in it. We are striving to NOT do this and avoid it when possible and this book has really helped me figure out where to cut costs.

“Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds” by Cynthia Gabriel

I’m going to be honest and tell you I have not finished this book yet. I’m almost halfway through and have taken it slow since I’m not pregnant yet and don’t expect to be having a baby in the next few months. My goal is to finish it prior to becoming pregnant again. As we continue to plan for a natural birth this time around, I’ve found that educating myself is probably the most important step (other than tons of prayer). JR is completely on board and I’m so grateful for his support. This book so far has really helped me out as I plan for a natural, hospital birth for our number 2, whenever that happens.

I Totally Get Why Angelina Jolie Had Her Breasts Removed from the Humbled Homemaker

ThThis was a favorite for me. I felt this post wasn’t really about what was right or wrong, but more about loving someone like Christ did no matter what decision they make. It was about cutting out judgment that it seemed like so many were doing shortly after this procedure. As a woman with two lines of breast cancer in my family history, I really needed and appreciated this post.

Baby Wearing Series from Stacy Makes Cents

We are a babywearing family. You know the saying- those who baby wear together, stay together. Well, not really the saying, but this series was GREAT! Stacy took time to review several different carriers- from mobys, to slings, to bobas, to ergos, and more! Be sure to check out these posts and guest posts from fellow blogger, Brandy.

On Being a Mother and a Time Traveler from Five Kids Is A Lot of Kids

I stumbled upon Beth several months ago and I’m pretty certain this is my favorite post she’s ever done. I cried. And cried. And cried some more. I get so caught up in what “use to be” and not enough of  “what is”. One day, I’m sure I’ll look back and wish I was in this moment again. When Emma is grown, JR and I are old and grey, and these days are just a memory. Cherish these moments. They are few and far between.

Natural Sources of Folic Acid from Red & Honey

I read this one over a month ago but had to include it. I just started prenatal vitamins a few months ago (I’m NOT prego people, seriously- just getting prepared) and after reading this, I am unsure I will continue them. It’s so important to have a balanced diet and if a balanced diet keeps me healthy and not needing prenatal vitamins, that’s probably the route I should go. I’m glad someone is blogging about these things!

This what I’ve been reading. What have YOU been reading?


I’m a Reading Mommy May 21, 2013

I love to read. I’ve always been a reader and it was never a chore for me to read for school or anything else really. It’s been a hobby for awhile, however, I’ve learned over the past two years that reading is few and far between. Between my day job, cleaning, taking care of my family, and more, reading has hit the back burner. I wondered if I would ever read again and then I found something wonderful. Well, my husband found something wonderful. He bought me a refurbished kindle, case, and gift card for Christmas this past year for less than $50. I was certain that I would NEVER read on a kindle because I love hard-back books. I love books I can write in and underline. Today, I want to share with you some reasons why you should get a kindle, too!

Photo by Engadget

Photo by Engadget

**Please note that I am not an affiliate with Amazon/kindle or any other company to promote this product. I am simply writing a review for a product that I believe in 100%**

Reasons why you should get a kindle:

#1- You will never lose your book(s). I love this feature. All of your books are stored on your Amazon account and are available for any other kindle device you may have as well as storing your books in case something ever (God forbid!) happens to yours. It puts my mind at ease to know my books are now safe.

#2- You can carry around thirty books at once. Seriously. I throw my kindle in my purse and keep it with me at all times. I have about thirty different books on mine from topics including child birth to breastfeeding to cooking to blogging and more. I haven’t yet loaded my homemaking bundle yet but when I do, can imagine that amount of books I’ll have in my purse? It’s not even possible to comprehend. It definitely makes packing books for vacation a breeze. Kindle? Check.

#3- You can read your book multiply ways. I have access to my books on my kindle, my iPad, and my iPhone. If I’m ever away from my kindle, I have other ways to read. Keep in mind if you get PDF versions then you can also read them on your computer or print them out. That’s a good option for those who like hard back books.

#4- You save money. I know it’s a price up front but it pays off considering that the books are almost always cheaper and there are always free ones. I haven’t paid for one ebook cookbook that I’ve got on amazon for my kindle. They’ve all been free and they’re all whole foods based. I really like that I’ve been able to learn more about healthy eating for free. That’s a deal.

#5- Easy to use. It really is. I haven’t had JR teach me hardly anything on my kindle as I’ve learned the majority of it myself. The battery life is outstanding which makes it easy to use, too. I can charge it and carry it around for at least a month without a worry. Another feature I really like is the ability to search the table of contents, go to the most recent page, write notes, and more. It really is like having a hard copy right there with you but more than one at once.

So, what about you? Do you have a kindle or do you prefer to go old school?


The Reading Rug January 10, 2013

Photo by Liu Bolin

Photo by Liu Bolin

Do you remember in school or at the library when everyone would gather on the reading rug to read in the group or separate? I do. It was one of my favorite times in school. I love to read. Deep down, I’m a nerd who could read 20 books a day. Being a busy, working mommy and wife, I read about 20 books every 5 years now. I’ve just now, over a year after Emma’s birth, got back into the swing of reading and I’m loving it! I wanted to share with you some books I’ve read recently and am planning on reading, along with a few that are all time favorites. I hope you enjoy them and would appreciate some reviews from you, too!

Books I’ve Recently Read


Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik

This is my most recent finished read and I absolutely loved it. I know you’ve heard me talk about it several times, especially in my post here. If you’re questioning what type of parent you are or you are even slightly interested in attachment parenting, this book is a must read. Also, if you have the ability to purchase it for a kindle or kindle app, it’s much cheaper here.


The Birth Book by Dr. William Sears & Martha Sears

If you’re interested in birthing a child EVER, this is a great book to read. I didn’t get it until after we had Emma. I found it at a Goodwill for dirty cheap and did a happy dance as I walked down the book aisle. Yes, I did. The Birth Book has so much info on it and comes from parents who have birthed EIGHT babies. Yes, I think they know what they’re talking about here. The chapters include the history and current situations of childbirth, what choices you have, how to prepare your body, interventions in childbirth, caesarean births, VBAC births (vaginal birth after caesarean), why birth hurts, relaxing births, easing birth pains, best birth positions, labor and delivery, putting together your birth plan, and birth stories. Seriously, GET THIS BOOK! Although they have certain views and opinions, I feel they are open to your choice being YOUR choice.

Books I’m Currently Reading


French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

This book is one that’s informative and fun, all at the same time. I love French people. I love French culture. And I love how this book explains the diet of a Frenchmen and how that shapes their eating habits as well as what is “regular” in weight gain. If you’ve ever been one to struggle with overeating, being overweight, not eating healthy, or just curious on why French women don’t get fat, check this book out.


Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel

This book gives me baby fever, no joke. Reading it gets me excited about our next little Linkous and the possibilities I have in front of me. We are coming from a medicated, caesarean birth going into the world of a natural VBAC. For us, there are several reasons for why a homebirth just isn’t in our plan. For one, we are heading into the unknown already. Not only have I never felt the pain of childbirth before (minus getting to 4 ½ centimeters before an epidural) but I’ve never had a vaginal birth. Too much new stuff already. Second, I don’t know how to have a natural progression of labor. I came in for an induction and went with the standard doctor tells me what to do” method. Not saying this is wrong- but it wasn’t what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know it until I got there. And third, I’m not sure I’d ever be interested in a home birth. I’m just sure it’s my thing. So, for me this book really helps. From what I can tell so far, it has a lot of information about VBACs as well as being supportive of the relationship between parents and the hospital staff. I like that. A lot. If you’re considering a natural birth, even in the slightest, I would recommend this one to read.

Books I’ve Already Read


The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. William Sears

Amazing book! If you have ANY questions about nursing, your answers will be found here. The Sears family seems to have gone every where in the world of breastfeeding and are supportive to parents of all types. I found a lot of encouragement and answers to my questions during my year of nursing/pumping. I would recommend this book to ANY mom that is planning to or already is nursing their child.


Breastfeeding Made Simple by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Another great read for breastfeeding moms. Once you finish the first recommendation, I would read this one, too. It never hurts to read more than one book. I bought this book and read it first, before I even knew who Dr. Sears was. It’s encouraging to me to read books encouraging not only nursing, but the bonding that happens there. This book is full of it. And as always, the book IS better than the movie.


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

My favorite “fun” read of all time. I have a huge, soft heart that loves a good love story and Nicholas Sparks always delivers. Since I’ve had Emma, I’m behind by about 1-2 books but am working to catch up after I finish the others on my list. This story also pulls at my heart strings after having grandparents who suffer with Alzheimer’s and I watched their love story appear and disappear for many years. Definitely recommend but be prepared to cry. A LOT.

Books I’m Going to Read


Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake

I’ve been very impressed while reading up on Ricki Lake and her change from medicated to natural childbirths. If you have asked me 10 ten years ago about reading a book by Ricki Lake, I would have said no way Jose, but I’m all for it now. While you’re at it, be sure to watch the documentary “The Business of Being Born”. It’s on Netflix streaming.


The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr. Wiliiam Sears

As stated before, I’m a fan of attachment parenting. I really want this book. Bad. I’m waiting for Wee Cycle It because I like all my Dr. Sears books to be hardback copies. I know I’m weird but I can’t help it.


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Another recommended book on natural childbirth. Not only was it recommended by friends, but it’s one of the top reads on amazon for natural childbirths. If other people are reading it, there must be something to it!


Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

I’ve read a few excerpts here and there from this book and have been very impressed by it as well. Just like the previous French-based book I am reading, I am very intrigued by how Frenchmen raise their families and am interested in how they raise their kids to be the people they are. This is one I want to read prior to Emma’s second birthday.

There’s my list. I’ve got A LOT of reading to do. Any books you want to add to my list? Oh, and if you have some free time you’re more than welcome to order some of these books that are on my amazon wish list. I won’t hold it against you…promise!