I’m not going to lie: The last two months have been insanely busy. The last week of March, I launched my eBook, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, and Stephanie at Keeper of the Home and I launched The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle just over a month later.
And I’ve barely had time to breathe!
Thus, I’m merging April and May’s Reads and Recipes together. I love to read–both blogs and books–and this is a regular feature where I can share those reads with you, as well as any recipes I’ve been trying. It’s also a time to give you a tiny glimpse of the other side of the computer screen–to see what’s going on in my family life.
But since I’m finding it difficult to pick and choose just a handful of titles for each once-per-month feature, I am most likely going to begin posting this weekly–on Saturdays. However, there will be a Saturday here or there when I won’t post. You’ll know then that I’ve just had a busy week and other things are taking priority (as they should). 🙂
Without further ado, here are just a few of the things I’ve been reading over the past two months:
On Being a Mother and a Time Traveler @ Five Kids is A Lot of Kids: This post totally made me cry. It’s a must read. I repeat: Read this!
When the Womb Cries Empty–My Prayer for All Women Who Weep Loss @ One September Day: I’ve never felt the searing pain of miscarriage, but this, my friends, is for those of you who have.
Health vs. High Maintenance: What I Want People to Understand About Living Gluten Free @ Babble: Think gluten-free is a fad? Think again. My little girl got “gluttoned” just last week, and it was a week full of major mood swings, extra bloody noses, an upset tummy and dark circles under her eyes. The facts? It just makes some people plain sick.
New Kind of Sexy @ Red and Honey: I just love Beth (a.k.a Red). Perhaps it’s partly that we’re both redheads, but what I love the most is that she is real. She’s raw. She’s transparent. She’s downright honest in this much-too-often-let’s-only–put-our-best-foot-forward blog world. In this post she tells about her marriage challenges–and gives a peek at where she and her hubby are now.
Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mama by Emily of Live Renewed via Keeper of the Home: I think Emily must be my twin–or at least our lives seem very, very similar. If you’re a work-at-home mom who ever struggles with overwhelm, this post is for you.
Why So Few? @ Him We Proclaim: This is a reflective piece written by a missionary in the midst of raising financial support. He expounds on why so few churches today support long-term missionaries as opposed to a few generations ago. He gives some GREAT food for thought.
Letters of Legacy: OK, this is actually my own post, BUT it’s someone else’s story. I was just the conduit through which she shared it. I wrote it two years ago, so a LOT of you haven’t read it. It still gives me chills and chokes me up. It’s a must-read for Memorial Day. Kelly’s testimony about what she discovered in her late father’s letters from Vietnam will blow you away.
The only entire books I read–oddly enough–were on Pinterest!
Pinteresting: Pinterest Strategies for Brands and Bloggers : This book is only $2.99, but is worth SO much more! It is really only for small business owners or bloggers, so if you are one, I’d get it for sure! I learned a ton about how to use Pinterest!
Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million + Followers: I got this one for free, but it’s normally $4.99. Eh–since I had read Pinteresting first, I really didn’t find this one as helpful. I think I would have found this one helpful if I hadn’t read Pinteresting first. If you’re interested in either, I’d save your money, get Pinteresting and learn more.
I don’t have may actual recipes to link to here, but during the course of the last two months, the new eats I’ve made have included roasted cabbage (yum–and we thought we didn’t even like cabbage!), the Big Boy Smoothie from Trim Healthy Mama, and a chocolate pudding from Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve also been messing around with a couple different peanut butter cup recipes to make them my own (more protein packed). I’m excited with how they’ve turned out. Look for at least one of them later this week!
April and May were as packed as ever! Here are some pictures to tell how:
In April and May, I worked. A lot. This is a shot of my favorite little coffee shop nook, where much of this site comes together!
In April, we celebrated my Paw Paw’s (grandpa) 90th birthday. We dressed the girls alike.
My sis scored some free tickets to Discovery Place, a science museum in Charlotte. We took the girls on hubby’s spring break. They had a blast!
At 8 months old, Baby Girl had her first taste of solid foods. I guess that means weaning has officially begun (although my goal is that she’ll self wean around 2.) Sniff Sniff.
Baby Girl went from sitting up for the first time at 7 months to crawling and pulling up to standing all within a month! She also says “Dada,” “Mama,” “giggle giggle” and “nigh nigh” (night night). She turned 9 months a few days ago.
In early May we spent a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, compliments of some friends. The girls absolutely loved it!
In mid-May, we took the girls to our local Relay for Life. It’s a blessing to go every year and watch my mom walk the survivor’s lap. She has now been cancer free for 15 years! Yes, my girls are eating cotton candy. It was their first time to have it. Don’t judge. 😉
I attended Bloggy Bootcamp with Becky of Your Modern Family and Jessica of Smartter Each Day. Both are lovely ladies. Oh, and Baby Girl came along…it was her second blogging conference in her 9-month life. She’s gonna be a blogging pro one day. 😉
My family had the blessing of spending Memorial Day weekend with Stacy and Barry Myers of Stacy Makes Cents. Our girls act like they love each other–and then fight like cats and dogs. I guess that’s what happens when you put my 2 and 4 year olds and her 3 year old together! Stacy inundated me in Trim Healthy Mama training, which I SO needed. She’s a master cook and has this THM thing down to a T! Look for her Trim Healthy Tuesday link-up, starting tomorrow! (Even if you aren’t a blogger, visit her site each Tuesday to stock up on THM recipes!)
How did you spend your spring? Have you been reading anything good lately? What are some new recipes you’ve tried?
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