Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday

 I have some really great articles, blog posts and books to share with you today!  We read so many interesting things last month that I had no problem coming up with a long list to share with you today. 

I've been making more of an effort to sit down and read in my spare time instead of watching TV or scrolling through social media on my phone.  It's easy to say I don't have time to read, but the truth is I haven't made the time to read consistently until recently.  I have read several good books and have a new one to share with you today.

I find myself reading in 15-20 minute intervals throughout the day.  I keep my book handy so I can grab it whenever there's a break in our schedule, the baby is napping or when both kids are playing nicely together.  I've learned to make the most of those little moments throughout the day even though they usually end up with both kids sitting me on and me holding onto my book for dear life. 


1. Looking for ways to build your child's self confidence and teach them ways to be more independent??

2. Winter seems like the perfect time to add some comfort foods to your menu.

3. Chip & JoAnna Gaines are the best.  Who wouldn't want to road trip down to Magnolia Market??
I really enjoyed Chip's New Year's Revelation.

4. My bloggy friend Maggie just got a beautiful blog update and posted her
At Home Workout Ideas that seem super doable and fun. 

5. Winter seems like the perfect time to clean out and declutter your house.

6. I love having a fun to do list to work through with my family.
Beth wrote a great Winter Bucket List that I'd like to copy for my family. 

7. I love the look of a striped wall, but they seem kind of intimidating.
Jenn wrote a wonderful tutorial on How to Paint a Striped Accent Wall
and a bonus it's in her nursery for their long awaited sweet baby!!

8. I love pork tenderloin in the crock pot and am always looking for new recipes.
Carolina Charm shared this delicious one for Easy Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce
and it sounds heavenly!!

9. Grace, Not Perfection
by Emily Ley
I finished Grace, Not Perfection and was sad to see it end.  I really enjoyed this book and made sure to read it slowly to really soak in the message of the book.  It was inspiring to women of all ages and stages.  I've been a long time fan of Emily Ley so it was fun to learn more about her story.  She shares the highs and lows of her life and how important all of those moments were in helping shape the person she is today.  She talks about marriage, family, kids, home decorating, careers, chores, self care, being busy, free time, making memories and building a legacy.

Emily Ley is hard working, organized, thoughtful, positive and a great mom of 3.  She is very relatable, is quick to share that she is not perfect and she challenges you to rethink how you go about your days.  The book gives you plenty of space to write out your thoughts and goals as you work through the book.  What are your priorities?  What things inspire you?  What activities make you the happiest?  Are you investing in people and building community?  My copy is all written up with ideas for the future, priorities for now and the most important things.  I came away with tons of practical tips for simplifying life at home and am inspired to make time for the things that matter most to me!

10. Noah, Noah What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson
The title of this book caught my eye because it seemed like it would be a similar format to Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  My daughter loves the rhyming, repetitive book.  I like that each page introduces her to a new Bible character and their story.  Each page has beautiful illustrations that inspire great conversation.  The book also lists a corresponding Bible verse for you to look up on each page.  My daughter is a little too young to do this, but I think older children would really enjoy finding the Bible story to match up with the text.  There are 15 different Bible stories and passages introduced to children in this board book.  I'd highly recommend Noah, Noah, What Do You See? to help teach your children some important Bible stories.
*I was gifted this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review of it.

I can't wait to see what everyone has been reading!


  1. I love the Noah Noah book! I had never heard of it but I love how it incorporates Bible stories into a children's book. And these posts are always so great--love that you share articles from other bloggers!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. Thanks for including my bucket list friend. We REALLY need to get working on that. My cold and the lack of winter weather have us "behind". I really want to check out that book too. I know I would love it.

  3. I have Emily's book and plan to read it while on vacation. I think it will be the perfect time to really soak in the messages in her book.

  4. I love your reading round ups. Thakns for the lunchtime entertainment! And I'm reading Grace, Not Perfection and am loving it. Same as you said, I'm really making myself go slow to process and not fly through it. It's uplifting and real!

    1. oh, and my laundry room is striped! it's not as scary as it may seem! do it!

  5. I hear good things about Grace Not Perfection. I don't know the author, but I did see the book in the bookstore and it looked really interesting.



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