Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday

I read lots of good things in March.  I did read only one adult book, but rest assured I read plenty of children's books.  Can you relate??  Your own stack of books gets ignored and your kid's stack of books is well read??  I guess that just happens some months when you're parenting littles.  I did manage to read TONS of great articles and blog posts on-line so I hope you enjoy:

1. I LOVED this article and found the timing perfect for my family!  We always try to chat about our days at dinner and 50 Questions to Ask Your Kids instead of Asking How Was Your Day? has so many great conversation starters.  I think What made you smile today?, What are you looking forward to tomorrow? and Did you help anyone today?  There were so many great questions for kids of all ages.

2. Building a Home Kids Want to Come Home to really made me think about parenting and the home environment I'm creating.  I want to have a home where everyone feels welcome, comfortable, can relax and enjoy good food.  I know our routines will change as the kids get older so my goal is to adapt and create a loving environment where my kids will want to come back home to.   I love going back to my parent's house and I want my kids to do the same.

3. Body image.  It's such a tricky thing.  It's hard to feel beautiful as your body ages, changes, goes up and down in weight and maybe doesn't look perfect in your mind.  It Matters How We Talk to Our Daughters About Our Bodies was a great read.  It reminded me of the importance of saying nice things about your body, wearing a swimsuit even when you don't feel 100% swim suit ready and treating your body well with good food and exercise.  

4. This $250 Kitchen Makeover was AMAZING!  I'd love to do something similar in my kitchen.

5. 6 Words You Should Say to Your Child Today is something I have been saying all month long.  I read it and it really stuck with me.  I notice that my three year old smiles the biggest when I say this phrase to her and I genuinely mean it.  So that's the best compliment - right?

6. This post about Upping Your Sleepwear Game was convicting.  My pjs are cute-ish, but there are definitely things that could stand to be tossed.  I'm sure my husband would appreciate cuter pjs on me.

7. Have you ever made your own Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce?  Momfessionals made it look so easy and so good!  I've got to give her recipe a try!

8. Jo packs the best lunches for her daughter.  Her Lunch with Lawtie series always makes me hungry and gives me tons of ideas of things to pack for Olive next year.

9. I am not a great gardener.  I've learned how to take care of potted plants and some basic ones, but I've still got a long way to go.  I want to get better at gardening so I can't wait to try out all the tips that Lara Casey tells about in her Gardening 101 3 Part Series.

10. My friend, Whitney, wrote a great post recently about her journey to get healthy.  How I Took Control of My Eating and You Can, too!  It was inspiring, realistic (not overnight success) and I loved watching her video on her youtube channel to go with the post.  Definitely check her out to be inspired to take control of your eating!  Whitney also does great posts on saving money on groceries, organizing, and more.

I read You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons this month.  It was a good read.  I enjoyed the chapters of the book that dealt with finding and pursing your God given callings in life and parenting the most.  Her message of God being in all the details of our lives, waiting and praying were really inspiring.  The book has Bible stories, Bible characters and verses quoted throughout.  It does more than just quote the verse number, it gives explanations and ties the Bible story to current times.  It was a quick read that would be really motivating to anyone who struggles with anxiety, finding their purpose in life or anyone in a season of waiting on the Lord for answers.  I enjoyed reading this book on my own, but think it would be a great book to enjoy with a small group or book club.
*This book was gifted to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review of it.

Head over to instagram (@polkadottyplace) to see what my kids are reading.  I'm sharing all of their favorite Spring/Easter books over there.

It's time to link up with some sweet ladies for What We're Reading Wednesday.  I can't wait to see what everyone has been enjoying reading.

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


  1. So many great post recommendations friend. I need to check out that body image one. It is something I have always tried to be SO careful about. My mom never was with me and I still remember a day that she said something to me that unbeknownst to her, gave me a binge with anorexia for a while. Words are POWERFUL.

  2. And now you've given me some new nap time reads. I try to discover a new blog or two a month and this post gave me tons to work with!

  3. YOu know I love these and save them for my lunchtime reads! And THANKS for the shout out : ) I've felt like a meal prepping machine over here this week with packing lunches for all, and breakfast for most some days, and trying to snack healthier and have dinner started so that we stay on track with healthy meals. Sooooo much work! I'm laughing already about the pjs... some of my favorite sweatpants are totally holey and I know Anthony just loooove them! bahaha

  4. What great articles. I'm off to read the one from your friend, Whitney.

  5. Oh what wonderful posts you referred to! I love the building a home for your family one!!

  6. I always love all of your recommendations Whitney! Can't wait to read all of the different articles you mentioned in this post!! Hope you're having a great week!😊

  7. Thanks for sharing my post on eating! <3 I always love your roundups - that post on creating a home your family wants to come home to was an excellent read. I loved so many of her points, but "happy starts now" is a good one even for those of us without kids. Our pastor says we should pray for a marriage that we can look back on at the end of our lives and say, "Praise God!" That can only happen when I make those daily choices to be happy now. Great roundup!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  8. Thanks for sharing all the lovely posts you've been reading! I love that your kids like to read! I was always a big reader, and I STILL love it - including books for kids. :)


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