What I’m Reading: February 2017 Book Recommendations

In January I started some books, which I shared here, and while I’m enjoying them, I was craving some fast-moving fiction. Sometimes tearing through a couple great narratives helps renew my desire to read in general. It gets me back in the habit of reading regularly and ignites that interest in discovering a good story. Here’s what I’ve been reading and what’s on my nightstand.

Are you looking for a great book? Here's a list of what I've been reading and what's on my nightstand.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

My sister lent me Eligible at Christmas, and once I started reading it last week, it took me all of a few days to finish. Admittedly I was a little turned off by this “modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice” at first. I didn’t expect the parallels to Jane Austen’s classic to be so strong, but once I got invested in the modern versions of the characters, I started to really enjoy the story. Sittenfeld manages to stay true to the original plot, while adding in contemporary issues to give it a new feel. Even though I knew the outcome of Pride & Prejudice, I was still anxious to find out how the story would end. Eligible is a fun, quick read that would be a perfect vacation read. read more

Blinded By Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you enjoy this day or despise it, it causes the focus to shift to all things love. You can see it everywhere you go. The stores are full of displays of candy and flowers. There’s red and pink all over the place. For better or worse, it’s hard to ignore the expectations tied to February 14th.

Let's be blinded by love and choose to love others without reservation.

What would happen if we shifted those expectations? What if instead of associating Valentine’s Day with the romantic kind of love, we flipped that idea on its head? How could we make a difference by changing our perception? read more

Printable Kids Valentines

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me every year. All of a sudden we’re frantically trying to scrape together the kids’ valentines for their classmates, and it’s anything but fun. If you’re looking for free, printable Valentine’s Day cards, I’ve got you covered! One of my kiddos can’t bring any edible treats this year and the other can only bring non-candy so I stuck with mostly non-food options.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Non-food valentines

Abby from Just a Girl & Her Blog shared five days of her own printable valentines, and these lego-themed cards are adorable. They would be cute enough on their own, but attaching the mini block set is an extra treat. She also shared a cute idea for a teacher gift and other cute printable card options. read more

How to Organize Your Bathroom

The start of a new year always makes me feel like deep cleaning and reorganizing. I’m always so optimistic that this will be the year that I manage to find the right systems of organization for our home. One of my major goals for 2017 is to get control over the clutter. One area that has been driving me crazy lately is our bathroom organization… or lack thereof.

Beautiful inspiration for bathroom organization.

We have plenty of storage in our master bathroom. What we need is for each item to have a home. Maybe then the drawers won’t end up looking like the lost & found bin at school, which we all know is pretty scary! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for inspiration and seeing those beautiful pictures is so motivating. I’m trying to keep this project low-budget so I’ve been searching for organization methods using items that I already have on hand. Here are some ideas to help get the bathroom chaos in order. read more

What I’m Reading: January 2017 Book Recommendations

With all the festivity of the holidays and a lot of hosting at our house, I didn’t have much time for reading in the month of December. Now that we’re settling back into our normal routine, I’ve been catching up on some good books. If you didn’t see last week’s post where I shared my selections for the 2017 Reading Challenge, be sure to check it out here.

Are you looking for a good book recommendation? Here's what I'm reading this month.

One of my reasons for taking part in the Reading Challenge is motivation. As much as I love to get lost in a great story, it can be easy to get out of the habit of reading. There are so many demands on my time during the day, and some nights I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to get through a few pages. Plus let’s be honest, sometimes at the end of a long day, Netflix wins the battle for my attention. Having a list of books that I hope to read by the end of the year will hopefully keep me motivated to make time for reading. read more