Rainy Days ~ Focus, Focus, Focus ~ Pollen Buster – These have been my go-to oils lately. I love the smell of Rainy Days. I’ve been using Focus, Focus, Focus in our homeschool room. Pollen Buster has been helping with my seasonal allergies lately.
I’m also loving diffusing a mix of; orange, spearmint, and eucalyptus lately. It smells so good!
Happy Homebirth, Dateline, and The Bible Binge – I just recently started listening to podcasts. I don’t listen very often, maybe once a month or so, but when i do listen these are the different podcasts i like.
The Daily Grace Co, Jane, Her Hearts Co, and Albertsons – I know this is a weird mix of websites/apps, especially since I’ve added in a grocery store app, but i love that the Albertsons app has tons of coupons and deals. Jane is always where i go for cute clothing, nail wraps, and jewelry. The Daily Grace Co always has amazing deals on great Bible studies, and Her Hearts Co is the place to shop for homeschool mom gear.
Black coffee and Blackberry Lemonade – I love these blackberry lemonade water enhancer packets from Walmart. So Good! I’m also really loving black coffee. I started drinking it because of fasting, but now i actually enjoy it.
Dad Challenge Podcast, Bikini Body Mommy, and Farmhouse On Boone – The Dad Challenge Podcast is bringing awareness to the exploitation of children by family vloggers on YouTube, some of his videos are hard to watch. I’m currently on day 25 of challenge 10 on Bikini Body Mommy. Farmhouse On Boone is always sharing great recipes.
Those are just a few of the things i’m loving right now. What are you loving right now?
It’s a very short book, only 38 lessons, so it wouldn’t work for a complete school year. We only used it for the second semester of the school year. The lessons were fun and engaging. Seriously, my son and i laughed so many times and we just really looked forward to doing a lesson every day. It has some subject matter that might be considered controversial (gun control, drugs, etc.), so that is just something to be aware of.
We loved this book and we will be using it again and again, for all my other children when the time comes for them to study logic.
It is a full school year, 180 days, worth of curriculum. It’s Christian, very Christian. In all honesty it’s just very boring and repetitive. Like i said at the beginning of this review, we only made it 7 days using this curriculum and the reason for that is because it was so boring. It starts out with how God is logical and how all knowledge comes from God and continues to say those things over and over again. Not once in those 7 days we studied, did it tell us some different fallacies and how to detect them. Versus in The Fallacy Detective, in the first 7 days, we learned about; Red Herrings, Special Pleading and Ad Hominem just to name a few.
Those are my thoughts, but i would love to hear your thoughts if you have used either one of these curriculum.
I am really passionate about pregnancy and childbirth. It’s a topic i love. I love hearing birth stories. I could talk birth and pregnancy all day long. I just think it’s so amazing what the human body can do. So, today i thought i would share all the pregnancy/childbirth books that i own.
Yes, i really do own all of these books and i think there is great information to take away from each of them. However, if you could only get one of these books i would highly recommend Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth. Whether you are having a natural birth or not, a home birth or a hospital birth, it’s just so encouraging to read other positive birth stories.
Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth – My midwife loaned me her copy when i was pregnant with baby number 6 and i loved it. I really love all the information in it, so i bought a copy for myself.
Nurture – It’s funny when i order books on Amazon (with the exception of fiction paperback books) i never know what they will look like in person. I didn’t expect this book to be so huge. I like that this book covers everything; pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood.
The Whole 9 Months – I bought this book mainly for the recipes, as i really want healthy pregnancies. It does have some information on pregnancy also. The Cobb Pasta Salad recipe on page 147 is delicious!
Holy Labor – I feel like Holy Labor and Redeeming Childbirth go hand in hand. They are both pretty similar books. *Not pictured, because i have it on Kindle*
Redeeming Childbirth – When i’m in labor, especially during my last labor (my home birth), i pray the whole time. I could not give birth without God being present, and the way i feel God present is by talking to him & praying. It helps me through all the pain. Redeeming Childbirth is all about experiencing His presence in pregnancy/labor.
The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – Back when i was pregnant with my first child, 17 years ago, i bought the What To Expect When You Are Expecting book. If you know anything about that book, then you know it is pretty much filled with everything that can go wrong. It’s a great book to read if you want to worry your entire pregnancy. I love that this book came out and replaced that book. This book gives you a week-by-week look at what is changing with your body and your baby. It’s a great resource to have. *Not pictured, because i couldn’t find my copy.*
Birth Without Fear – I didn’t love this book, because i didn’t feel like i gained any new knowledge from it. However, if you are about to give birth and you are nervous/afraid maybe give this book a try.
Today I would normally share what we are reading in February, but since i’m about to give birth any day now, i don’t think we will be doing much reading in February. So today i’m going to share some books that are on my wish list instead…
I’m mostly into fiction books, and i also love a good mystery. So if that’s not your thing, this list might not be for you.
Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.
Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…
She shouldn’t get involved.
She really shouldn’t.
But this could be her chance to make a few things right.
Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.
From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.”
“Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.
But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.
Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?
With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?”
“Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.
All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.
One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.”
“Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?
An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.
Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.
Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.”
“The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”
Those are just some of the books on my wish list. Have you read any of them?
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