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22 July 2015

Book Review: Women Are Scary

It could have been the catchy title. Or the fact that there are warring cake pops on the cover. It could have been the funny reviews I read before reading this book myself or the forwards written by some of my other favorite female authors (What up Boo Mama? Shout out to Melanie Shankle, too! And don’t forget Lisa-Jo Baker.) But what really made me love this book was the content itself. I’ll say it again upfront: I LOVE THIS BOOK! Women Are Scary, by Melanie Dale is definitely going at the top of my 2015 reads. 

With the turn of every page, every new chapter, every new “base” around the diamond of mom relationships (momlationships) I found myself nodding “yes!” But I’m getting ahead of myself just a bit. 

If you’ve ever been new in town, or new to church or new to any other kind of public setting, you know that it can be intimidating. The idea of making new friends in addition to making sure you don’t have lipstick on your teeth is just flat out overwhelming. (Wait- lipstick? Who wears that? Ok, you caught me- it was just an example. I’m definitely more they type who wears peanut butter on my shirt than lipstick on my mouth.)

From chapter one, Melanie (I feel like we should be on a first-name basis) makes the argument that we are better together. “We make each other better moms, better humans. We need each other, because mothering is just too darn hard.” Can I get an amen? This is the jumping off point for Women Are Scary. Its about breaking down the things she calls momlationships. “You know, those relationships that come with car pools and cupcakes, friendships borne at T-ball games and in quiet corners feeding babies.” Yes, Yes, and Yes.

If finding new mom friends is like a dating relationship, then the progressive stages of those relationships are the “bases” we must pass before a relationship is truly legit— the coveted homerun friend. Melanie breaks down the bases like this:

1st Base: Hanging out while your kids are in activities together
2nd Base: A park playdate outside of scheduled activities
3rd Base: A playdate at one of your houses
4th Base: Hanging out without the kids

I won’t elaborate on each of these bases (the trickiness of each, the beauty of each stage, the elation when you finally find a fourth-base friend!) as that is what the rest of the book is for. I’ll just tell you that you need to read Women Are Scary. If you’re a mom and you have friends, you want friends, you need friends or you’re living in denial about any of those things, this is the book for you. Go buy it on your Kindle and devour it tonight. Then call me and let’s hang out. 

I was given a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Positive Discipline The First Three Years



I have two little girls, ages 1 and 4. They have completely different personalities. What worked for discipline with my oldest only manages to bring forth rage from my youngest, so I was so thankful when I read Positive Discipline: The First Three Years. The easy-to-read and follow softcover book is filled with practical advice for parents and caregivers as to how to effective discipline our youngest little ones. 



I really appreciated that this is not a book filled with one-size-fits-all formulas as to how to raise a child. Rather, it encourages parents to really get to know their baby/toddler and to appropriately tailor discipline towards that child’s needs. It is not harsh in its suggestions of punishment. Instead, it exemplifies ways in which situations that need discipline can also be used as teaching moments to train our children in behaviors that will positively benefit them for the rest of their lives.



It is difficult to know how to effectively and positively discipline such little children. But as time and studies (and personal experiences) have shown, you can’t just sit idly by and hope that they turn out alright. Parenting and discipline are active, often exhausting, parts of life. However, when followed through with appropriately and lovingly, it can make all the difference in the life of your child.


As a mother who has read a wide range of parenting and discipline books, I would highly recommend Positive Discipline: The First Three Years. It is reasonable, loving and can be tailored to suit your parenting style as well as your child’s temperament. A definitely good read if you are looking for some new ways to incorporate constructive discipline into your parenting ways. 

This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

09 June 2015

TEETHING BABY ALERT!



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25 May 2015

Book Review: Savor


I’ll be the first person to admit that I am a Shauna fan. A Shauna fan? Yes, I’m calling her by her first name, mostly because she writes in such a beautiful way that makes me feel as though we are long-time besties, just chatting about life over coffee. I’ve read all of her previous books, and even declared Bread & Wine my favorite book of 2013. I love Shauna’s ability to tell a story woven with Biblical truths, and her concise one-liner life lessons that I may or may not have underlined, highlighted and written on pink index cards to put in my car, Bible, on my mirror, fridge, etc. Perhaps that is why Savor left me more than a bit disappointed. Most of this 365-day devotional is just shortened paragraphs from her previous works. And while I should be loving that, since I loved said previous works so much, I was just hoping for something new and maybe a different format? I’m not quite sure.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I still love what is written in Savor. After all, it truly does contain the best of the best writings from Shauna’s other books (as well as some mouth watering recipes). Savor is kind of like picking up one of her previous books and reading a section I’ve previously highlighted or underlined. For a seasoned Shauna reader, Savor will feel familiar and homey. And who doesn’t love that? So in this sense, I really do like this devotional. Its definitely a book that I will buy as a gift for certain friends, as the words and expositions are solid and biblical. Oh, and did I mention that this book is gorgeous?!?  Absolutely beautiful. It has a hardback linen cover with a ribbon placemarker, the page edges are dyed indigo and the inside type is elegant, easy to read. Skip the Kindle version and go directly of the hardback. Or get both! Because in spite of my disappointment concerning the lack of genuinely new content, Savor is definitely worth the buy!

You can purchase Savor HERE and read more about Shauna Niequist HERE

***Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.***

09 May 2015

The World Needs More Love Letters


I used to love writing notes. In fact, I still kind of have a notecard hoarding problem. If I see a cute set of stationery in the Dollar Spot at Target, I have to buy it! In Middle School and High School, my best friends and I exchanged notebooks during class periods that we filled with notes. There is just something about handwritten letters that the age of texts and emails just cannot touch. Each person’s handwriting is as unique as a fingerprint, and the extra time and effort that goes into hand writing a letter conveys a great measure of love and value. 

That is why I was thrilled when I received The World Needs More Love Letters: All-In-One Stationery and Envelopes. This isn’t a book you read cover-to-cover… its a book that requires action! 

There are 40 pages (5 different designs) that are each an all-in-one stationery set. On one side, you write the address and place the stamp, and on the other side you write your note. Then simply fold the note, place a sticker seal (which is included in the book) to close, and mail it off! Sure to make someone’s day. Its really as simple as that- write, fold, seal, stamp, send. The front and back cover of the book contain 40 simple ideas for writing letters, just to get you started. 

The book is the brainchild of Hannah Brecher, creator of moreloveletters.com (a truly beautiful website!). This movement has been responsible for more than 20,000 letters sent by volunteers. While this isn’t your ordinary book, it is definitely a fun one that I can’t wait to put to good use!

You can purchase this book HERE

This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are


I’ll be the first person to admit that I am a Shauna fan. A Shauna fan? Yes, I’m calling her by her first name, mostly because she writes in such a beautiful way that makes me feel as though we are long-time besties, just chatting about life over coffee. I’ve read all of her previous books, and even declared Bread & Wine my favorite book of 2013. I love Shauna’s ability to tell a story woven with Biblical truths, and her concise one-liner life lessons that I may or may not have underlined, highlighted and written on pink index cards to put in my car, Bible, on my mirror, fridge, etc. Perhaps that is why Savor left me more than a bit disappointed. Most of this 365-day devotional is just shortened paragraphs from her previous works. And while I should be loving that, since I loved said previous works so much, I was just hoping for something new and maybe a different format? I’m not quite sure. 

Don’t get me wrong, though. I still love what is written in Savor. After all, it truly does contain the best of the best writings from Shauna’s other books (as well as some mouth watering recipes). Savor is kind of like picking up one of her previous books and reading a section I’ve previously highlighted or underlined. For a seasoned Shauna reader, Savor will feel familiar and homey. And who doesn’t love that? So in this sense, I really do like this devotional. Its definitely a book that I will buy as a gift for certain friends, as the words and expositions are solid and biblical. Oh, and did I mention that this book is gorgeous?!?  Absolutely beautiful. It has a hardback linen cover with a ribbon placemarker, the page edges are dyed indigo and the inside type is elegant, easy to read. Skip the Kindle version and go directly of the hardback. Or get both! Because in spite of my disappointment concerning the lack of genuinely new content, Savor is definitely worth the buy!

You can purchase Savor HERE and read more about Shauna Niequist HERE

***Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.***
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26 April 2015

Book Review: Only God Can Make A Kitten


In this sweet & charming children’s book, Only God Can Make a Kitten, author Rhonda Gowler Greene conveys the timeless message that God is the ultimate Creator. From the first sprouts of spring to the fluffy white flakes of Winter, God created it all and loves us tremendously.

The illustrations by Laura J. Bryant (of the “God Gave Us” series) in this book are colorful and endearing, each one featuring a mother with her son and young daughter. My oldest child is 4 years old (recommended age for this book is 4-8 years old) and she absolutely loved this book. There is enough going on in each illlustrated page that gives us more to talk about than just what is written. The rhyming stanzas on each page are long enough to convey a message but short enough that my 4 year old doesn’t lose interest. 

I love this book and am delighted to have it in our home library. It would make an excellent addition to your’s as well. Perfect for a birthday present, to tell your child that they are loved and unique!

You can purchase this book here. You can also read more about the author and illustrator on their webpages. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.***