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Book Review: Do You Love YOUR Life?

I LOVE my life right now: I’m a wife, homemaker, and mother. I’m a bit starry-eyed still because I was single for 34 years, and I’ve only had one year or less with all of these new, dreamed-for roles. The job I’ve always wanted is to be a wife and a Mom, now I have it–thanks to God and my husband.

You may be thinking, “Just wait until the baby is born…then you will NOT like your life very much.” Yes, I’ve heard that having a newborn is hard for a season, but I’ve been mentally preparing for it, so I hope that will help. What also is helping is reading books that encourage me to be content wherever I’m at, such as Rachel Cruze’s book,
Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want.


Rachel shares stories from her life to illustrate her points about being generous, living on a budget, not going into debt, and more. She keeps on encouraging you to love your life–not compare yourself to anyone else. This book is worth reading!

If you prefer videos, check out her show on YouTube:

 

We can choose to be content whatever is happening in our lives. What helps you choose contentment over dissatisfaction?

It will be great to hear what you have to say.

Peace!

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2017

 

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope


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Free Prenatal Yoga Videos // Baby Books Recommendations //

With so many books and videos out there on the topic of pregnancy, which ones should a new Mom read and watch?

The book that I found at a thrift store after I found out I was pregnant that I have been reading every week is this:
You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

 

This book has a few photos, lots of diagrams, and a week-by-week update on how the baby is developing. I read it before bed, and sometimes I read ahead because I get so excited! I'm in week 27 now, feeling the baby kick a lot, and am feeling well.

There are many "Don't's" out there for pregnant mothers; for example, "Don't lie on your back after 20-weeks," "Don't eat cold cuts," and "Don't eat soft cheese." Emily Oster, in her book
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know

walks you through the nine months of pregnancy and shares all the research she did when she was pregnant about these "don't" and which ones are wise to pay attention to and which ones you have more of a choice than you thought. Stephen's cousin, Anni, gave me the book, and it is one of the first ones I have read. I enjoyed Emily's non-nonsense attitude and all the stories from her pregnancies. Check it out!

I've found several YouTube videos that have helped me start doing prenatal yoga; there are many free yoga routines to choose from, but I have three that I am enjoying using. The first one has peaceful music in the background and the narrator is encouraging (which is my favorite)! Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSFobwvQTg

The next routine is more strenuous, it has no music, but it makes you work harder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utINxvh-h9Q

A new video I found recently is a bit shorter, it is a quicker sequence, has a little music in the background, but is a more no-nonsense, get-to-business video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjwenVn2uQ

 

Mothers out there, what books and videos have you used that you enjoyed when pregnant? I would like to hear from you.

Have a peaceful day!

~Mary Hope

 

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

 


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Book Review: A New Way to View World War II 

Lilac Girls: A Novel pulls you in with its first lines of, “If I’d known I was about to meet the man who’d shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta, I would have slept in.” Author Martha Hall Kelly hooked me immediately, and she gave me three different angles on the two decades that span before, during, and after World War II that I had not read about before. The book felt authentic, and at the end, Mrs. Kelly describes her journey of researching the people she based her characters upon in this historical fiction book.

This book alternates between the stories of three women, Lilac Girls: A Novel, whose lives overlap during these twenty years. From the picture on the cover, of women walking arm in arm, I assumed that these three women were close friends; however, the opposite is true for one of them. Continue reading


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Classic Book Review: Pride and Prejudice in Less Than 150 Words

Today I wrote a review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen using only 144 words; having to condense the story to its main points, like a movie trailer, is a great way to practice writing more concisely. Here’s what came out:

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Young Adult Fiction to Read This Summer

I’m just wrapping up my year of teaching, and I just sent off this summer book suggestion list to my middle school students, so I thought I would share it with you as well!

If the review is quoted, it is from Patti Tjomsland and her workshop’s “What’s new in Young Adult Literature” handbook that I received when I attended her workshop.

Fantasy

Shadowcaster (first book) and Flamecaster (second book) – by Cinda Williams Chima http://amzn.to/2tmYHyd

For the second book: “Ash is forced into hiding after his father is murdered and his own life is endangered. On his quest for revenge he meets Jenna who shares his hatred for an evil king.”

 

Heartless –by  Marissa Meyer  http://amzn.to/2st5om0

“Ever wonder how the Red Queen became so heartless? Catherine just wanted to be a baker and then she falls in love with Jest which leads to heartbreak.”

 

Genius: the Game –by Leopoldo Gout   http://amzn.to/2sp1GZK

This book has a hanging ending! “First in a new series. Only 200 invitations go out to the best of the techies in the world for a huge competition. Tunde (an engineered genius from Nigeria) and Painted Wolf (an activist blogger from Shanghai) are invited and Mexican American Rex hacks his way onto the list. What is the real reason for this event?”

 And there are more…
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