Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas at the Farm


This Christmas is both our first Christmas in this new home, and our last Christmas as just a couple, with baby girl due next spring. Since the style of our home is "farmhouse" I'm calling this posting "Christmas at the Farm", but some part of me technically doesn't feel right about it because we don't have animals. No chickens, goats, or cows. The animals I feed and clean up after include one late-twenties husband, two mischievous kitties, and one baby in utero. ;)


For the outside, I wanted to keep things simple with just a winter themed flag and 4 matching wreaths with red bows. Our light up deer didn't make the move with us, so that made things easier.

Last year, I had shingles for the better part of December and Daniel got sick (with a cold) early in the month too, so it was a really lack luster holiday. We didn't get to go to my office Christmas party, and I was super upset about that. I was looking forward to getting dressed up and celebrating with everyone.

As a result of us being sick, we put up our tree later than we've ever done. So late that apparently you can get a live tree for $5 a week before Christmas. Poor thing was so brown! But I was just thrilled that my husband went out and bought one for us. I was still so tired and in pain from the shingles at the time, so any sense of holiday, cheered me up.

For this year though, I wanted to enjoy and celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! Since we weren't hosting Thanksgiving, I felt total freedom to decorate for Christmas before turkey day. I got the outdoor decor done first, and then put out a few things on the piano inside.


After Thanksgiving, that first weekend in December, we went to pick out our tree. It's the smallest tree we've ever gotten (I typically like the 8 ft ones), but this new house does not have vaulted ceilings! We went for a 6 ft tree that was healthy (aka no $5 brown trees again) and full. I have to say, she's small, but I think it's the prettiest tree we've had in a really long time. She is just stunning to me. I love looking at her at night while relaxing on the couch.

I really wasn't able to put out many of my Christmas decorations this year (no stockings, no Christmas kitchen decor, no multiple faux trees) because of our move and renovation. We have only a fraction of the furniture we used to have, so no place to put decor out. In some ways, I feel like God is even training me now for baby girl, because next year I might not want to put out any breakables with someone learning to crawl and walk. lol It's felt like a simple and humble Christmas this year, and I couldn't be more grateful.


Two weekends ago, Daniel and I packaged up some treats for his fellow teachers. I made several batches of my favorite mint chocolate chunk cookies, and Pioneer Woman's Peppermint Fudge. Every teacher in his hallway could choose between a package of fudge or cookies, but two guys in particular got both. These two helped Daniel so much with girls' basketball coaching (that just ended), that we wanted to give these as a "thank you" as well.

Daniel said he had so much fun letting his coworkers choose their treat, and thanking them for a great school semester and friendship.


This year, 2017, in particular has been just so filled for us. So many big life accomplishments and life changes. We already have so many things, and things to be thankful for, that I really don't want anything for Christmas. Really. For so many years and Christmases, I prayed so hard for a baby, and now we have her. She will be here in just a few short months!

With all the renovation mess, it's easy to forget that I'm getting a brand-new kitchen. And laundry! That moving into this farmhouse is a gift enough already.

I think at the end of the day, just time with my husband is all I want this year. Time to reflect together. Time to cook together. Time to sleep in and be silly and crack jokes. Have hot decaf's and hot chocolate together. It's going to be a great winter break for us.

Merry Christmas and happiest New Year!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Our Big Kitchen Renovation: Part 2 (Upper Cabinets & Countertops)

Ok, here we go with Part 2! If you missed Part 1 with all the excitement and craziness of demoing the kitchen and getting started with building cabinets, check it out here.

Otherwise, I'm going to pick up where we left off and share a bit about countertops and the upper cabinets we installed on the stove and fridge side of the kitchen.

This happened around Thanksgiving until now, mid-December. Our big goal was to get the kitchen to a place of live-ability and get any professionals in here before the Christmas holiday. I did not want to have a finished kitchen, but not be able to get a plumber scheduled for sink and dishwasher, because it was two days before Christmas. lol So, we were laser-focus on some big kitchen projects. Here we go!


We ordered maple butcher block countertops from Lumber Liquidators ages ago (August?), and they sat in the garage until early December when we were up to that step. I learned from the plumber that they would not come in and re-plumb for my kitchen sink and install the dishwasher until the counters were installed. So, getting these counters sealed was high priority.

I've always liked the cozy feel of butcher block, and with this house being a farmhouse style, I figured we could pull off the country vibe. In our previous house, we had granite installed, and there were things I liked about that too, but I was ready to try something different.

In any case, you have to seal (and seal, and seal) butcher block to make sure it's water safe. There are a million tutorials on the web on how to do this, so I'm not going to detail it all out. The products we used were low VOC Waterlox (from Amazon) and when we ran out of that can, we did a mad dash to Lowe's for Watco's version of butcher block sealant. We did three coats each side, before installing. We did not stain the maple butcher block (which you would've done before sealing), as we felt it just looked pretty as is. It really balances out the dark, dark floors we have. We will paint the cabinets white.


Thankfully, soon after we got the counters set I was able to get the plumber out so we could have water and a working kitchen! Wohoo! That was a HUGE victory! To be able to wash dishes in the sink! And have a working dishwasher. Just simply amazing! The above photo is a panorama shot my husband took, but the first photo in this post has better true to life coloring.

With the sink-side of our kitchen taking shape (and at least livable, if not 100% finished), it was time to start thinking about the other half of the kitchen. Directly opposite the sink is the oven and fridge. Both upper and lower cabinets should go there, along with a large pantry.

Here's my plan...


What do you think? The pantry is on the far left, and fridge on the far right. Stove in the middle with microwave above. We worked hard to get cabinets built and installed, before the electrician came to do wiring for the microwave. I love that so many of our projects and ideas really and truly start out as drawings on paper. Remember the fence from the last house?

With the sink side of the kitchen, we didn't do any custom measurements. With this stove side, ha!, basically everything was a custom size. Meaning, we had to alter the cabinet building plans from Ana White to accommodate how we wanted the kitchen to look (the shape and scale of it all).


She is absolutely massive! Wow! We knew we wanted to take the upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling, so that was one change from the original kitchen. Also, the new "thing" in kitchens these days is to have multiple drawers, instead of lower cabinet doors. Either side of our stove will have that, as well as the pantry, with two deep, lower drawers.

With this side completed, we are officially done with cabinet building. I'll admit I am kinda sad about that. I really enjoyed planning it out, and then assembling the carcasses with my husband. He did all the heavy work with ripping plywood and then setting and installing the cabinets, but we tried to work as much as we could as a team (for a 6 month along pregnant woman, I think I'm doing pretty great!).


And that's it! We are so close to being done! This kitchen is really taking shape and I've loved cooking in it this past week. When Daniel is on winter break, and possibly into early January, we'll come back for all these finishing pieces.

Stay tuned!


Finishing Work: 
- Build and install all doors and drawers
- Paint all cabinet sides and doors white, and install hardware
- Build, stain, and hang floating shelves (which will go on those walls on the sink side)
- Install the pull-out trash can at the end of the peninsula
- Install a lazy susan, or shelves, or nothing? in the corner cabinet to the left of the sink (right corner cabinet already has a leftover lazy susan from old kitchen we saved)
- Beadboad back splash behind the stove
- Paint any/all walls with fresh paint
- Touch up stain on floors in front of stove and fridge, and adding any baseboards/base moldings


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Friday, December 15, 2017

It's Gonna Be A Baby!

We are just so absolutely thrilled to become parents next spring. After waiting and praying for three and a half years, this little baby just feels like the perfect gift in our lives.

In early November, at 20 weeks, we had our first ultrasound and found out baby is a....


...little girl! Can you believe it?! I'm gonna be a girl momma!


I was so overwhelmed with joy that morning we went for our ultrasound. It just was such a special and relaxing time for me to see her move around on the screen, see her toes and little feet, her profile. She is such an active little one. Every time the ultrasound tech would move the wand near her face, she would reach her hand up to it. It was just simply amazing to see! I really will cherish that day, probably forever.

Knowing it was a girl, there was no question as to deciding on a name. We had a girl name ready to go. I had struggled more with boy names, and even finalizing middle names, but for baby girl, there was nothing that felt more right.


Little miss Violet Caroline is on her way!

The name Violet, doesn't really mean much of anything. Look it up and it just says something like "purple" or refers to a violet flower. However, a violet flower does mean something special. As a flower, it symbolizes watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. The violet is the birth flower of February (which is special to our family because my husband, mother, and mother in law are all born in February). A posy of violets signifies that your thoughts are pure and desires are of the eternal kind. Violet was most popular 100 years ago (1898-1924) and is back on the rise again (2015- ).

I just love it. It's feminine, a strong name for a first-born child, unique for today's culture, but a name that's been around before. It's not gender-neutral, so you know right away it's a girl, and easy to spell. You also can't shorten it much, or give her a nickname, which was important to us because neither one of us go by shortened versions of our names.

(Side note, I found out later that my maternal grandmother had an aunt name Violet. Which sounds about right, since floral names were popular around the turn of the century. So our baby's great-great aunt was also named Violet. Neat!)


For a middle name, we chose Caroline. It means "joy" and "song of happiness". It's the feminine form of Charles, and a timeless name that has managed to remain in the top 100 since 1994. It evokes both elegance and a touch of monarchy.

Again, I just love this name. We had already decided on it before I realized it's meaning of joy and happiness, and now it just makes me love it even more. This baby has been just such a joy in this time of moving and starting a new chapter of our lives in a new city. Caroline as a name feels very regal and elegant to me, princessy, and I want our daughter to know how much she is a daughter of the King, our God.


Just for fun, here are some famous Violet's you might have heard of...
- Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Violet Parr in Disney's The Incredibles
- Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
- Violet from the Peanuts comic strip

And some famous Caroline's...
- First Lady Caroline Harrison
- Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice
- Caroline Kennedy, part of the famous Kennedy family, who inspired the 1969 Neil Diamond hit "Sweet Caroline"

There are more, but those are just a fun few. :) We shared our baby name reveal when we shared the gender with friends and family, and it was all through text message. I wanted people to have their own time to process the name and gender privately, without an immediate reaction on a phone call. Plus, we shared our pregnancy news via phone call, and so I was exhausted from all that talking two months prior. lol

At school, Daniel did a fun slideshow with his students with all their name guesses (Carter was the top boy name and Abigail was the top girl name suggestion, with the gender split 50/50 on what we were having). And the kids went wild for it! They really loved being apart of our special celebration. Only one girl guessed the name Violet, and so she was so excited to be correct.

I baked up some cupcakes for Daniel's co-workers with pink and purple frosting to help share the news as well. It was special getting to share our joy with others.

Now, it's just time to decorate the nursery and get started on her baby quilt! I just love knowing the baby's gender and being able to call her by name. I love hearing her name spoken by other people as well. My mom can't stop talking about baby Violet, and we call her by her name at home. She is growing and moving so much.

In the midst of all the to-do's (both for baby and for house), I just know I can't wait to meet her and hold her next March. She has already brought so much joy and happiness.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Our Big Kitchen Renovation: Part 1 (Demo, Flooring, & Cabinets)

When we bought our home in August, we knew we had some extensive home repair/construction projects to tackle right away. We also knew we'd be living through most of it. Thank goodness we don't have any toddlers or small kids running around. I honestly have no idea how parents do kids + renovation!

Among other big house jobs, we had to completely gut the kitchen. Here's a peek into all that went down September through November in the kitchen. Once we're completely done (fingers crossed for January..?), I'll share photos and a "Part 2" posting.

"Before" Kitchen (June 23rd)

"Before" Kitchen (June 23rd)
Here are two "before" photos of the kitchen for you. Looks great, right? Well, sadly, when we removed the tile flooring we saw how badly this kitchen needed a major overhaul.

Around the whole perimeter of the kitchen, about 6" of drywall was moldy (some areas, higher than 6" from the ground), and needed to be replaced. This was due to some under-the-house/subfloor issues, which we had fixed by a license contractor in August/September.

**Before I go further, I promise you we knew about all the issues this house had before we bought it. Our home inspector did a fantastic job of informing us and we asked a ton of questions and did research on our own. Had this not been our second time buying a home, I would've been terrified. lol But, suffice it to say, we had a few house projects under our belt before buying this one.

Daniel removing tile flooring. So messy and dusty! (August 19th)
Back to the kitchen, the cabinets were made of particle board and just totally did not stand the test of time. It took Daniel a while, but he was able to unscrew and haul out all the old cabinets. Shame Chip Gaines wasn't available to help with this demo. ;) My husband removed tile flooring in conjunction with removing cabinets. It was just a hot mess in there for a while. Old laminate counters also got ripped out. I got over-eager about appliances and ordered my kitchen suite in August. Oops! So, here's a great shot of my new fridge that floated between rooms as we worked.

Removing original cabinets, some counters, and tile floor. New fridge delivery. (August 20th)

Here's a great shot of the kitchen with pretty much everything removed. No cabinets, appliances, counters, floors. You can see where Daniel cut back a lot of drywall and would later patch with new stuff. About middle of the photo, near where the broom is propped up, we had to patch in new plywood subfloor sheets to replace soft, water damaged ones. 

Fully gutted kitchen. (September 4th)
Once all the bad was cleared out, we could start laying our pine hardwood flooring. Victory! I don't have photos from that time because we were rushing to finish the job and return the floor nailer and sander rentals to Home Depot. But, once pine flooring was nailed down (which first came a layer of 3/4" subfloor, and then two different moisture barriers), we could stain and seal. It was a very messy and smelly job, so we stayed two nights in a hotel to get away from the fumes.

Once mid-October hit, we were ready to start building cabinets! You can see in this panorama shot below, that we built the sink basin cabinet (the thing under the blue thing), two lower 36" cabinets (left and right), and an 18" pull-out trash bin cabinet (far right).

Lower cabinet building! (October 31st)
There were so many reasons why we chose to build our own cabinets, but honestly, I was surprised how easy it was. We followed Ana White's plans for kitchen cabinet carcasses. It was great to customize our sizes and the layout, but also we got such satisfaction knowing that we were building a solid product that is going to last. No more crumbly particle board for us! Hello solid plywood!

In November, we were able to add sheets of beadboard to the sink-side walls as our "backsplash". Ask me how much Daniel loved hated doing tile backsplash at our old house right before we sold it. Yeah. The beadboard is a great alternative for us to tile and gives it a different "look" than the white subway tile that's hot right now. I think it also helps give off the country farm vibe I'm going for.

You'll also notice in this photo that we've got the two corner cabinets built and installed, and the sink (with it's blue protective film) set and dishwasher to the right of it. Starting to come together!

Kitchen cabinet carcasses built and ready for countertops! (December 1st)
So there you have it! That's been our kitchen story so far. We're now ready for countertops, sink and dishwasher install, and cabinets on the fridge/stove side. I'll keep you posted with a Part 2, and then a final reveal!

Who's excited for a new kitchen for Christmas? This girl! Cheers!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"My Teacher is Having a Baby" Printable



It's been so incredibly sweet, how excited Daniel's students have been to hear that we are having our first baby. I honestly feel like a local celebrity. Kids really do say the sweetest things, even at the middle school age (11 and 12 yr olds).

One girl got so excited for the news, that she started exclaiming, "I'm going to have a cousin!", meaning our baby. Isn't that precious?

Another girl heard through the grapevine and guessed on her own about the baby, and wanted to be the one to share with the class. Well, alongside doing her classwork, she began to color little bits of torn up paper, pink and blue. This was to be used as confetti when at the end of the class period, she got to announce we were having a baby. I honestly wish I was there to see that. The story makes me laugh every time. I can just picture the confetti falling to the ground. Ha!

Everyone here at Daniel's new school has been so excited for us. Teachers, faculty, students, parents. It's unreal. I feel as much love and support as I think I would have felt from my office of 5+ years, back when we were in Orlando.

In any case, the kids are dying to know if baby is a boy or girl. And they've already come up with a zillion names to name it. Daniel and I put our heads together, and decided, why not make it an official vote?

So, I searched around Pinterest for ideas on how to share baby news with students (aka "my teacher's having a baby" printables). There are TONS of ideas for elementary school teachers! Tons! Super cute ideas, but nothing appropriate for older students. And nothing super dude-friendly for a male teacher. (C'mon, it can be cute, but not over-the-top!) I was bummed. I still want to involve the students, so I created my own printable instructions and tied some ribbon around two glass jars I got at Walmart. Done!

I honestly can't wait to hear the name suggestions. And I'm eager to see which gender gets more votes.

Here's the printable if you'd like to use it yourself. Have fun!
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Dinner's On Us! New Baby Menu Printable


Back in early September, my husband was invited to a baby shower for a fellow male teacher held after school. I was just getting out of morning sickness myself and we had just moved into our new home, so the thought of putting together a baby gift did not blow my skirt up.

I knew I wanted to do something, but was torn because this was a new friendship for Daniel. He didn't know the dad-to-be very well, but could know him better in the future. New relationship that had the potential to grow over time. Hmm.. what's a girl to do? And Lord knows, I'm not having my husband show up to the shower empty handed!

Typically, I like to make a baby gift (diaper cake, baby quilt, etc), but this go round I actually just gave myself permission to do something a tad simpler.

I had remembered from the shower we threw for baby Alice a gift idea that was just genius! On of the guests, Beth, wrote out a nice card and included two vouchers as her gift for the mom-to-be. One for a free house cleaning, and another for a meal of her famous loaded potato soup. Um, genius! Even more so now that I know how much of a struggle meal-time can be during morning sickness, and how I imagine it can be with a newborn.

Done! I did like Beth and bought a nice baby card, and then used a cute little bag to fold up a menu I created for the parents-to-be. They could choose between 3 meal ideas and 3 dessert ideas. It's my version, in a sense, of the popular website, Take Them a Meal (which is awesome by the way!).

I can't wait to see what they choose, and bless them with a night off of cooking and meal planning! Hope this gift idea is helpful to you as well!

Here's the document if you'd like to use for yourself! Or feel free to use this template as a jumping off point to create your own menu ideas. Famous lasagna anyone?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall Updates

Hi! It's been about 6 months. I'm sorry! Life went from crazier to craziest in about 2.5 seconds.

Let me fill you in on all that went down this past summer and early fall...

May
I (tearfully) said goodbye to my office of 5 1/2 years, and began packing our house. Whatever didn't fit into our POD container, had to be donated or sold. We let go of so many things including coffee tables, console tables, that wonderful entertainment center Daniel built, half of our dvd's, countless books, clothing that was 2 sizes too big or not really our style, etc, etc.
May 31st we loaded up the cats, motorcycle, and a million things into our truck and rental car and headed north! We were rushing to clean and get out the door by 8am, before the buyer did their final walk through on our home. Daniel and I really worked as a team, but boy was my heart racing the whole time!

June
This was a good month, full, but good. We had a lot of paperwork type things to handle (address changes, PO Box, etc.), along with Daniel applying with the county for open teacher positions. He did so well on interviews and was offered a position right away! We spent a lot of days together driving around neighborhoods looking at homes for sale. By mid-month, we found the perfect one and 60 days later, we closed.
We also spent a good amount of June touring our new city. We went on a college tour, walked around parks, got coffees, toured the capitol. It was awesome! My first summer with just him! I had always been jealous of other teacher's wives who got to spend the whole summer together off of work.
July
This was also a good month, albeit a bit more stressful than June. Paperwork really ramped up with applying for a mortgage and Daniel starting a new job. We celebrated the summer by watching lots of baseball, including the Home Run Derby. We also did a 1 miler fun run in the park downtown on July 4th. Part of the stress this month came from home inspections, decisions, and lots of back-and-forth with our out-of-town seller. Not fun! We also were trying to understand if we'd have to rent again through AirBnb for August (we only booked June and July). Turns out we did, since we closed on our house mid-August.
One absolutely spectacular thing that happened in July was finding out that we were expecting! Say what?! I was shocked. Totally shocked. After trying for 3 1/2 years, it is absolutely a miracle that we are on our way to parenthood. It was special celebrating our anniversary July 30th, knowing we'd meet our little one next year.
August
Horrible. The end. I had absolute terrible morning sickness. Like could not get up out of bed before noon morning sickness. I was vomiting every other day, sometimes multiple times in the day. It was difficult to have any sort of desire to eat. My poor husband! He had to pick up so much slack, for so long. Meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking dinner for himself and cleaning up. On top of multiple new job orientations and starting school, in a brand new school and new city. I honestly don't want to remember anything about August 2017! lol We signed on our house and started work with a contractor in late August.

September
Things were looking up for us this month! I willed myself to feel better and stop vomiting (I was so sick of being sick!). We moved into the upstairs of our house, while the downstairs was being worked on. Our POD was delivered and we moved things upstairs or in the garage.
Daniel had about a week off of school due to the hurricane. Let me tell you, hurricane prep in a new city and new home is not fun. But, we worked together to prepare as best we could. We even put our heads together to make a family "hurricane preparedness" listing for next time.
Lots of work on the flooring of the house was done during this time. I tried to stay out of it as much as I could, being pregnant, so poor Daniel again had to be the strong one for us. By the end of the month, subfloor was patched, pine flooring was down, and stain and sealer went on. We stayed 2 nights in a local hotel while it dried.


October
Very early October, we were blessed with help from a long time friend who moved all furniture into the house. After everything we had shouldered already, it was such a gift and morale booster to have someone else over to help out. It really encouraged us to keep going. His sweet wife even stopped by with dinner. We then were able to move out of the upstairs and into our master suite! Praise Jesus!
All of our contractors finished their work on the house, along with plumbers to re-pipe the home. My mom visited for some girl time and baby shopping mid-month, and Daniel started coaching middle school girls basketball. His school had a family fall fun night, so that was special to get to go to.
By the end of the month, we started building our kitchen cabinets, to get going on having a fully running kitchen.


And that's about it so far! There are honestly a million little side stories, jokes, and moments along the way that would take forever to share. But, atleast you get the jist of these past few months. It's been a non-stop ride, but I'm trying to remember to just enjoy each second. Life has never felt fuller, but I'm just so happy to be doing this all with my best friend.

Stay tuned for more posts on house and baby!

I can't wait to share with you some of the projects we've been up to. Baby gender reveal, and how we shared the news with Daniel's school and students, kitchen design, painting, beadboard!, recipes, holiday ideas, nursery decor, and more!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Recent Books That Have Changed the Way I Live

I've been pretty lucky this year to have read some mind-blowing change-the-way-you-live books. I haven't quite done book reviews on them, because honestly, they'd be pages and pages long. I could brag on them all day. However, here's a sneak-peek shortened version, because I just can't keep quiet about them.

The Curated Closet, Anuschka Rees


Great For: finally figuring out your personal style; creating "uniforms" or "signature pieces" which make shopping for new clothes and choosing daily outfits a breeze
Why I Love It In One Sentence: Very detailed book that will help you understand clothes, fashion, and your style better than you ever thought possible.
Good Habits I've Now Started: I'm no longer spending money experimenting with clothing. I know what my staple pieces are (colors, fabrics, cuts, etc.) and know my personal style. It's so easy to spot what is and isn't going to look good on me in the stores.



The Little Book of Skincare, Charlotte Cho

Great For: learning how to take care of your skin and age beautifully; intro to Korean skincare
Why I Love It In One Sentence: Very personable book written to truly help you prioritize and take care of your skin, for your lifetime.
Good Habits I've Now Started: Sunscreen! Lord knows I don't want wrinkles any sooner than I have to, so sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. I also take way better care of my skin because I pay attention to what it tells me it needs (moisturizer, Dr. Jart acne mask, exfoliation, etc.). I've also adopted the 10-step Korean skincare routine because of this book.



7: An Experimental Mutinany Against Excess, Jen Hatmaker

Great For: someone who is overwhelmed by all of their "stuff" and wants to get out of the consumer lifestyle
Why I Love It In One Sentence: A great, spiritual book that will help you take a closer look into your own personal habits, see what you can pair down to, and truly understand how richly blessed you already are.
 Good Habits I've Now Started: Truly thinking before I purchase. So many of Jen's personal stories will pop into my mind as I think about shopping or spending. Do I really need this? Don't I already have 10 purses at home?



Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

Great For: women of all ages and life stages, but even more specifically women who are wanting a family soon
Why I Love It In One Sentence: This book will educate you like never before to really understand and embrace your body and monthly cycle.
Good Habits I've Now Started: Charting my monthly cycle and paying attention to what my body is telling me. I could go on and on about this book, but basically this book feels like the real health-science class you never got, the one with actual, helpful information. Toni is a master at gently giving information we all wish we knew, and demystifying the female cycle.



Each one of these books has changed the way I think and live. Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? I hope they are as powerful for you!

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