I usually don’t like to write a blog post about something until I’ve solidly used a given strategy to accomplish something (like budgeting to get out of debt) or applied the principles for a long period of time to see how and if they really work in many different situations. I feel like it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m not inadvertently leading my readers astray.
But as some of you have been asking for more of a day-to-day behind the scenes look into the blog, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you what I’m into right now, in April 2015. So here’s what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to, and otherwise learning and pondering lately.
This post includes some affiliate links to resources I’m loving this month!
What I’m reading
I’ve always loved to read, but it has gotten pushed out of my life by so many other needful things over the last year or so. I’m so enjoying diving back in and discovering some fascinating new ideas this spring.
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
I have been interested in positive psychology lately. It’s probably not surprising, as this discipline is all about the small strategies we can use to make big impacts on our well-being. I am really enjoying Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin. It’s incredibly well researched and includes a ton of interesting anecdotes that keep it really entertaining.
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
I was first introduced to the concept of Real Food shortly after my oldest was born through the book Nourishing Traditions. Especially early on in my career as a mom, this seemed like a really healthy way to eat, but also very overwhelming.
I’ve adopted the real food principles to varying degrees depending on which phase of “survival mode” we’re in, but when I started reading Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, something finally clicked.
Her “Four Pillars of Nutrition” make it so much simpler and more manageable to include real foods in our diet on a regular basis. You can check this one out for free if you have Amazon Prime.
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
I got my advanced copy of the 2015 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle last week, and I can honestly say, this is the best one yet!
This is my fourth time as an author with Ultimate Bundles, and the bar just keeps going up. I’m so honored (and a little intimidated) to be a part of this team of over 100 authors.
I can’t share specifics just yet, but I can tell you I have been absolutely devouring the resources in the bundle since the moment they were available. With my little Send to Kindle program, I can upload them to my husband’s kindle wirelessly with one click, and I’ve been enjoying hours of learning and inspiration on all things home.
The awesome bundle bonuses have also been landing on my doorstep, and they are the best ever! There’s one that’s pretty, some that are practical, a couple that are just plain fun, and one that has my 3 year old especially excited.
Stay tuned for more info. It will be available for just one week, and you are not going to want to miss this!
What I’m Watching
I know you aren’t going to be surprised that I’m not a big TV watcher, since we don’t have cable and I’ve written quite a bit about going almost TV free. I do enjoy snuggling up with my hubby occasionally to watch an episode or two on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Here are my current favorites. (Be sure to leave me your recommendations in the comments.)
We love the TV comedy Suits, centered around the inhabitants of a major New York law firm: lawyers, paralegals, associates, and one brilliant imposter with a photographic memory. It has a lot of similarities to one of our other favorites, White Collar, especially the bro-mance aspect of the two lead characters.
It’s sometimes silly, sometimes sentimental, and generally ridiculous, so it’s the perfect thing to watch to unwind at the end of a long week. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can stream the first 3 seasons free.
Hart of Dixie
After a long break, I’ve started up watching Hart of Dixie again on Netflix. It’s another light hearted comedy about a New York doctor who relocates to a small Alabama town and all the ridiculous situations that ensue as the two cultures collide.
I love an easy laugh and anything that doesn’t take well, too much thought. I want my entertainment to be entertaining after all, so Hart of Dixie is right up my alley.
What I’m Listening to
I don’t listen to a lot of music, but I have developed a passionate love for Podcasts over the past couple of years. Here are a couple of my new favorites I’m listening to right now.
This Is Your Life
I just recently started listening to the This Is Your Life podcast with Michael Hyatt. I especially loved the episode on The Disciplined Persuit of Less with author Greg McKeown.
It’s a fascinating conversation about how to live a life that prioritizes our real values rather than those impressed upon us by our busy culture. I can’t wait to read Essentialism, to learn more, and I’ll be sure to let you know how I liked it in the next “What I’m Into” post.
I also finally started listening to the Fizzle podcast my husband had been telling me about, and I love it! It’s all about running a creative small business, but they go off topic a lot (in a good way) and is always good for a giggle.
For the Kids
As I mentioned on my Facebook page, I am so excited to be moving beyond picture books when reading to the kids!
I have started reading some beginner chapter books to my 3 ½ year old, and he is happy to sit and listen for at least a chapter or two. He still likes it when there are pictures too though.
It’s been fun for me to revisit some of the titles I remember reading as a child. Though, it makes me think it must be nearly impossible to break into the children’s book market as an author, when parents just want to read their old favorites!
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
We started reading the Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary. Little boys and motorcycles are just a natural fit, aren’t they? So far we’ve made it through The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Ralph S. Mouse, and then watched the first movie of course.
We also love the Amelia Bedelia series by Herman Parish, even though I’m fairly certain my husband and I laugh at the puns way too much and my 3 year old doesn’t get them at all! I think we’ll revisit these again once he’s a little older.
The first Mary Poppins book by P.L. Travers was a big hit, so we’ll also have to come back to that series soon.