what i read : february 2015

March 3, 2015



The Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson : I have a lot of caveats for this book, and I’m not prepared to get into a discussion about the “right” way to discipline, but this book did help me to realize that we needed to firm up our methods of disciplining and to be consistent about what we do/when we do it. (3 stars)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline : Just SO much fun. I had heard high reviews of this one but I admit that for some reason I thought it was nonfiction so it didn’t interest me as much. When I got it in the mail for postal book club, I was so excited to see that it’s fiction! And it’s fast-paced, smart, with a bit of a romantic side as well. I gave it to my dad to read right when I was done, and he loved it too. (4 stars)

How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup : I started this e-book many months ago and wanted to finish it up. At one time I considered trying to make more money from my blog, but currently I just want it to be a hobby that I do a really good job at. So a lot of the advice I feel no longer applies to me, but then again a lot of it does! And I am glad that I have it in case I ever want to monetize. But I highly recommend it if you want to take your blog more seriously! (5 stars)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan : This was a fun book to listen to: light, quirky, and smart. I probably expected more from it than it gave, but it was still definitely worth the time. (3 stars, audio)

Crossed by Ally Condie : YA dystopia is always a good palate cleanser for me, or something I pick up when I’m not sure what else to read. This is the second in a series, but it had been so long since I’d read the first that I couldn’t remember many things. I liked it, but am not super invested in the characters (especially the female, who isn’t very well developed). I’ve heard the third in the trilogy is solid, so I’ll probably read it sometime. (2 stars)

Reading challenge:

This year I’m participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge:

  • a book you’ve been meaning to read – The Magicians by Lev Grossman (January)
  • a book published this year -
  • a book in a genre you don’t typically read -
  • a book from your childhood -
  • a book your mom loves -
  • a book that was originally written in a different language -
  • a book “everyone” has read but you -
  • a book you chose because of the cover -
  • a book by a favorite author -
  • a book recommended by someone with great taste – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (February)
  • a book you should have read in high school -
  • a book that’s currently on the best seller list -

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march goals

March 2, 2015

Welcome March and the beginning of spring right around the corner. I’ve been pleased with how these categories of goals are working out for me. I think they are definitely helping me make small improvements in my life that might not otherwise get done. Here is what I have planned this month. Nagging task: organize purse I don’t even carry that much around in my purse but it’s still very frustrating to rummage around in it. I need a better system, so I think I’m going to try a purse organizing insert. Purchase: real pajamas I have really been wanting some actual pajamas that aren’t sweatpants and a t-shirt, and since I’m basically going to sleepaway camp in a few weeks, I…
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LIGHT : february

February 27, 2015

Here is this month’s update with my relationship to one little word (light). spiritual I feel kind of weird discussing my spiritual “progress” or lack of, since it’s a matter of the heart. I know that my actions matter, but I am not necessarily judged by them. Anyway, in the future I might leave this section off of these monthly updates unless I really have thoughts. For now I just want to note that Scripture memory is harder than it seems, and I still believe it all comes down to prayer (which I am not very good at). physical what’s been going well : I am done with long-distance races for now, and I’m pretty happy about it. David and I had…
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updates to my natural beauty routine

February 25, 2015

Last year I wrote a long post about all the natural personal care products that I use. Recently I’ve made a few changes and wanted to share those with you. I still stand by all the products in my original post, and if a change is not mentioned, I still use them. Face The only change I’ve made to my facial care is that I’m now using handmade body butter as a moisturizer at night, and in the morning too if I feel extra dry (which is often, during the winter). I also started using a tinted moisturizer during the day, but I consider it more of a makeup item. Makeup My skin has been too dry recently to use powder…
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taking time for yourself

February 23, 2015

I have alone time on the brain this morning because I have a day off work, during which I planned to get lots done on my projects that I can’t do with the kids around, but Liam has perfectly timed his second round of pinkeye to coincide so instead I’m on motherhood duty again. Recently David and I both took a personality test and we had a date to discuss the results. It was fun! One of the aspects of personality it measured was introversion/extroversion. This has to do with what energizes you – alone time, or being with other people. Unsurprisingly, I scored high on the introversion scale. (Yet my personality type – ISFJ – is usually very social,…
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link roundup / 24

February 20, 2015

My planner and my favorite pen. >I love this new series of inspiring items. >I never have time to watch TV but I’m addicted to reading recaps of The Bachelor by Ashley (hilarious) and Sharleen (former contestant, very insightful). >Some of my new favorite lifestyle/crafty blogs: Green Fingerprint, The Lovely Laura Life, Azzari Jarrett, Lily and Twig. >This post on blogging by my friend and founder of Texas Style Council hit home in so many ways. >I’m inspired by these journaling cards. They add so much interest while still being simple. >I love this easy quilt by my friend Becca. I should have started with one like this instead of the one I did! >Purse organization is one of the nagging tasks…
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