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What I’m Into: February Edition

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Each month I link up with Leigh Kramer to share some of my favorite things and what I’ve been into this past month. Enjoy!

Read & Reading

TV

I’m averaging about 4 hours a day of nursing, so that means I’m still watching a lot of TV. (Sometimes I read, but my neck gets sore after looking down at a book or phone for so long). My current favorites are…

  • The Little Couple.  This show just always brings a smile to my face.  It can be kind of corny, but I love seeing the little kids grow (especially Will).  When we were in the middle of infertility treatments, it gave me hope to see such a positive adoption story, too.
  • Finding Your Roots.  What librarian wouldn’t love a show based on genealogy research?  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a fantastic, intelligent host.  The recent episode with LL Cool J and Sean Combs was fascinating!

Things I Love

  • Naps.  I’m not getting very many of these, but the ones I do get are just heavenly!
        • Ambiance Lite app.  This free iOS app lets me download different white noise tracks.  I use them to help CJ fall asleep.

In the Blogosphere

On My Blogs

Amateur Nester (infertility blog)

Librarian Lisa

That’s what I’m into this month!  I’d love to hear what you’re into.  Feel free to share in the comments below!

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What I’m Into: January 2016

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Each month I link up with Leigh Kramer to share some of my favorite things and what I’ve been into this past month. Enjoy!

Read & Reading

My reading time has taken a huge hit due to motherhood, but that’s okay! I’ve been slowly making my way through Michael Yankoski’s Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life. This book isn’t what I thought it would be, and it’s not light reading, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

TV & Movies

The time I’ve spent not reading has been made up for in the time I’ve spent watching TV. (It’s hard to read while nursing, but easy to watch TV). I’ve been putting the record feature on my DVR to good use. Some of the movies and shows I’ve enjoyed are:

  • What If.  Harry Potter goes hipster. I really enjoyed this one even though it made me realize I’m no longer officially part of the “younger” generation.
  • Beth Moore’s Living Proof. I love Beth Moore’s teaching and I’m excited about the fact that she has a new weekly TV show. I normally don’t care for anything on TBN, but this is an exception.
  • Wild.  The movie was a bit graphic at certain points, but Reese Witherspoon’s portrayal of Cheryl Strayed and her journey was incredible.

Things I Love

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Foam

My hair is the longest it’s been in several years, but the baby doesn’t allow me much time to style it. This foam does a pretty good job at giving my curls some definition when I air dry my hair.

Hempz Original Herbal Moisturizer

Having a baby means I’m washing my hands like crazy, and the dry air means cracked, chapped hands. I love this lotion because it does a great job at moisturizing without being greasy, and the light scent is not overpowering.

Panera Quinoa Lentil Broth Bowl

MMMM, I LOVE Panera and I was fortunate enough to receive several gift cards for Christmas. I recently tried the Quinoa Lentil Broth Bowl for the first time and it’s DELICIOUS. It’s hearty, healthy, and perfect for a winter day. You can get it with either chicken or a hard-boiled egg. YUM.

Baby Nursing App

This app is AMAZING. It helps me keep track of everything baby: nursing, pumping, diaper changes, doctor’s visits, bath times, and more. Totally worth the $4.99 it costs.

Highlights From My Blogs

On this blog…

On AmateurNester.com (my infertility blog)…

  • I was honored to interview The Carry Camp Founder, Wynne Elder.
  • I did a round up of all the guests posts from 2015

On LibrarianLisa.com…

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Reading

12 Non Fiction Books I Want to Read in 2016

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Last week I shared with you my favorite reads of 2015.  This week I thought I’d share with you the 12 books I want to read in 2016! I’ve chosen one for each month.

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The Sacred Year:  Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice–How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life

by Michael Yankoski

Sounds super-fascinating to me!


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Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul

by Gary Thomas

I’m a big fan of Gary Thomas’ books and I’m hoping this one will give me insight and encouragement as I try to lose baby weight.

 

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My Favorite Reads of 2015

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I read a few dozen books last year, so I thought I’d share my favorite reads of 2015 with you.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired to read some of them, too!

Christian Living

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Beauty & the Bitch: Grace for the Worst in Me

by Jan Meyers Proett

One of my favorite authors writes about shame, restoration, and God’s grace.  Don’t let the title throw you!

 


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Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath (member workbook)

by Priscilla Shirer

A short, legalism-free Bible study on making the Sabbath a part of your life.

 


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Learning to Walk in the Dark

by Barbara Brown Taylor

While I don’t agree 100% on all her theology, this is a beautiful meditation on learning to see God during difficult (“dark”) times.

 


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One Thousand Gifts

by Ann Voskamp

I was a few years late in reading this best-seller, but I’m glad I did.  Life-changing thoughts on joy and thanksgiving.

 


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Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together

by Ed Cyzewski

Succinctly combines practical tips with philosophical musings on prayer and writing, and how they go hand-in-hand.

 


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Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life

by Michele Cushatt

I enjoy listening to Michele co-host Michael Hyatt’s podcast and was inspired by her brave story.  

 


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What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

by Matt Perman

Provides perspective and meaning for all the time management and productivity geeks among us!


House & Home

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondo

This book can be a little weird in that it suggests talking to your stuff, but it does make cleaning and organizing seem like art.


Marriage

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And Baby Makes Three:  Six Steps for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

by John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

Goes beyond the usual “schedule a date night” advice and actually gives scientifically-backed suggestions. 


Memoirs

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Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love

by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

A sad, but not self-pitying or melodramatic, reflection on the author’s sudden, tragic loss of her young son.

 


Parenting / Childrearing 

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All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

by Jennifer Senior

A fascinating, if not slightly-grim, look at modern parenthood in middle-class America.

 


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Boundaries With Kids: When to Say Yes, How to Say No

by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

A follow-up to their classic title, Boundaries, I consider this a must-read and will refer to it often in the coming years.

 


Psychology 

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Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

by Laurel Braitman

Explores the mental health of animals and how it can lead to new understanding in human mental health.


 

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Better Than Before:  Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin

I never miss an episode of Gretchen’s podcast, and her book on developing and maintaining habits is entertaining and thought-provoking.


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The Organized Mind:  Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

by Daniel J. Levitin

Really interesting research on how we process, retain, and organize all the information we digest daily.


Do any of these look good to you?  What were your favorite books last year?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

 


 

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Pregnancy Update: Week 40

STILL pregnant…. I never thought I’d be overdue, but here I am. I’ll likely be induced if she doesn’t arrive by early next week. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen, but we’ll see…

I’m feeling very uncomfortable and tired since I haven’t slept for more than an hour or so straight in the last few weeks. Hopefully this is the last pregnancy update you’ll see from me!

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