Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May Book Periodical

This month I surprisingly read through a few books even though I spent as much time as I could outside at the parks, in the garden and near a pond or two.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova 
I read this for my first book in the book club I started and it was beautiful, gripping and seemed so real. I really enjoyed how the writing progressed and show Alice slowly slipping into Alzheimer's, now to watch the movie. Definitely recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
My friend Allie and I send each other books via snail mail and this was one she recently sent me and I couldn't believe I never have read it till now. It was thought provoking, honest and inspiring. Definitely recommend.

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd
This was a surprising little addition to my book pile this month. I had been wanting to dig into this series and I am so happy I found it at the library. It almost has a little Jane Austen feel but in a different era.

Taken by Dee Henderson
I have always loved this author's style of writing and this one didn't disappoint. I love these kind of thrillers and I read through it in a few days. Definitely a must read.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
I have really enjoyed a few other books by this author but this one didn't impress me. It had too many foul words and didn't exactly have morals like her other ones. A neat storyline as it followed three different families and it was interesting how they linked up but I only gave it 3 stars out of 5.

Currently I am reading At Home in Mitford and it is a nice, calm read. Really enjoying the small town feel of it. I also just picked up a stack of books from the library the other day and am hoping to get through them this month! What have you been reading?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sky Spills Over {review}

I have always been a long time fan of Michael W. Smith and his passion and inspiration he has brought to the Christian community with worship music. He recently came out with his latest CD- Sovereign and the video is now out for one of the songs- Sky Spills Over.

It is a beautiful, energetic song and the video is a perfect mix of this. You can check it out here. Don't forget to grab a copy of his CD!

Sky Spills Over has beautiful lyrics and my favorite is:

Can you hear
Can you hear that thunder
Sing His name, sing it out
'Til the sky spills over

I hope this brings some inspiration to your weekend! 

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting for letting me review, these words are my own. 

Self Care for Moms, part two

I wrote back in this post about the beginning of self care for moms and how crucial it is. It's refreshing, replenishing and overall a perfect thing to put into practice for everyone.

Mother yourself with finding a hobby you really enjoy. Whether it be scrapbooking, painting, crocheting, sewing, reading, gardening and more. What do you really enjoy doing just for you?

It shouldn't be something you are doing to keep someone else happy or to even bring more stress into your home. It should be something you love doing and relax just thinking about it.

I have found I have a few hobby's that keep me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I really enjoy reading a book outside while catching some sun ray's. I enjoy digging in the dirt and making seedlings come to life. I love crocheting and watching a pattern become a blanket or dishcloth. These are a few of the ways I have self care become a habit.

What do you currently enjoy doing? Build on it. What excites you? Plant yourself there and do more of it. Pick up where you left off and live it out. Try something new for fun and see if it becomes something you love. Now find those moments to do them.

Here are a few ideas of when to practice self care with a hobby:

Nap time for the little ones. While they nap you leave the cleaning to the side and pick up your hobby.

Wake up half hour before everyone else. Give yourself a little time in the morning if you are an early bird.

After kids are in bed. Set aside half hour in the evening to do what you love, it could be a perfect time for your husband to also pick up what he loves to do also!

Weekends. Find a babysitter or have your husband take the little ones to the park or in the backyard and mother yourself!

I hope you find the time to do what you love and to have self care become a habit. I know I have found I feel more sufficient to mother my little ones when I have mothered myself.