Praise baby Jesus!
I’ve successfully been able to find a few pockets of time throughout my weekdays in between school drop off, gym workouts and the duties of everyday life. My to do lists are still a mile long and all the things I should be doing indeed fall to the wayside some days for my Pretty Little Liars obsession (just starting season 4 on Netflix and is Alison alive or what? Discuss.)
Back to the pockets.
I found a stack of magazines I hadn’t read from summer. MS Living and BHG are subscriptions. Real Simple gets me at the check stand every time with their ridiculously catchy headlines. It seems foolish to toss these even though the season has passed, right? So, I’m currently reading about tomatoes and 100+ BBQ tips.
I will say MS Living and BHG are making it hard to resist their fall issues. The no carve pumpkin patterns done with lace stockings and spray paint is totally blowing my mind. Thank you Martha for what may very well be this month’s Adventures in Pinterest. BHG has three pages of black and white Halloween inspiration that gives my tummy butterflies. This usually means that I’ve finally zeroed in on my Halloween theme for the year.
I read books too.
I did go through a huge Audible phase for a while but have been spending more time with the real thing lately. Now, I’m not completely through even half of these yet but all are totally worth a read in my opinion.
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann. I thought about Jen today as I was digging through my crafting supplies looking for some large popsicle sticks. I wondered if she’d skewer me for having a craft supply box the size of a small coat closet. My saving grace? I’d never bling out my washer and dryer. I loved Jen’s book which is a collection of essays about suburban life, marriage and motherhood. I wish I had an ounce of her wit and timing.
Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker. Remember that craft closet? Well, it mostly sits untouched because I can be a crazy perfectionist which pretty much can halt any project. Make it Mighty Ugly offers exercise and advice for getting creative. I will say I feel a little bit anxious reading her suggestions. A lot of it is really out of my comfort zone – but, I totally get that is mostly the point. She writes about making one part of your home that you love with abandon. Moving furniture, hanging new art, adding and removing knickknacks. Nope. Every cell in my body says I can’t do that until I know exactly what it’s going to look like. I do like a challenge though and plan to spend some more time with this self-help book in the age of Pinterest.
And finally a few I haven’t quite gotten to yet but are in the line up.
Toxin Toxout by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith. Sounds like a page turner, doesn’t it? It’s a little bit like reading a text book (think bar graphs and statistics) but it promises to teach the reader how to rid our body of toxins and how to go about living a healthier life. Cancer friends, take note.
How To Talk to So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. My friend told me the methods in the book can also be applied to your spouse. You’re welcome.
Continuing on the quest to be a better parent, Say What You See by Sandra R. Blackard. This is less that 100 pages with tons of actionable takeaways. I’m actually really excited about this one! Full report as soon as I’m finished.
So friends, tell me… what books have been gathering dust (or not) on your nightstand?
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